Area Police Reports

Chautauqua County

Sheriff’s Office

¯ On Jan. 18 at approximately 9:59 p.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on Main Street in the village of Bemus Point for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle identified himself as Erik J. Phillips, 35, of East Aurora. After an investigation, Phillips was found to have been operating the vehicle in an intoxicated state and was taken into custody. A check of Phillip’s criminal history revealed that he had been convicted of DWI within the previous 10 years, making this arrest a felony. Phillips was charged with DWI (Felony), DWI Per Se and inadequate tail lamps. Phillips was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail on pre arraignment bail and is scheduled to appear before the Ellery Town Court at a later date.

¯ On Jan. 21 at about 9:23 a.m. a call was received claiming gun shots were heard in the area of Sea Lion Drive in the Village of Mayville. A short time after CCSO received calls from ice fishermen that were on the ice stating that ammunition rounds appear to be coming over the ice in a reckless manner. Deputies located Matthew Michael, 20, of Ohio along with numerous other subjects at a residence on Sea Lion Drive. It was determined that weapons owned by Michael were being discharged at targets placed on the ice. Michael was taken into custody then released with appearance tickets and is to appear in Town court at a later date.

¯ On Jan. 19 at about 9:32 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle on Rt. 394 in the Town of Poland for an observed traffic violation. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Tracey A. Brooks, 47, of Falconer. Further investigation found Brooks to be operating the vehicle in an intoxicated manner. Brooks was taken into custody and charged with DWI Per Se, DWI Common Law, and Inadequate Headlamps. Brooks was later released with traffic tickets directing her to appear in the Town of Poland Court at a later date.

Jamestown Police


¯ Jorge Brito Jr., 21, of Jamestown was charged Monday after a call for an alleged domestic incident came in around 2:30 p.m. Officers responded to 640 E. Sixth St. and learned Brito and a female victim had been arguing for most of the day. When the victim attempted to leave, Brito allegedly restrained her. Eventually, the female broke free and called police. Brito was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment and transported to city jail without incident.


Police Department

¯ Austin Muntz, 21, of Lakewood was charged just before 5 p.m. Sunday with petit larceny after attempting to steal socks and underwear from Wal-Mart in Lakewood. Muntz was released with an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Busti Town Court at a later date.