Area Police Reports


¯ Donner J. VonRitter, 51, of Jamestown was charged with three counts of failure to keep right, failure to signal turn, refusal to take breath test and driving while intoxicated. Officers observed on Sunday failing to keep right, crossing the center lanes and making wide turns. Following an investigation, VonRitter was found to be intoxicated. He was transported to Jamestown City Jail and processed. VonRitter is scheduled to appear back in court at a later date.

¯ Holly E. Conklin, 58, of Jamestown was charged with failure to keep right, operating a motor vehicle while using a cellphone, inadequate muffler, second-degree aggravated unlicensed, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Officers stopped a vehicle Sunday at 12:15 a.m. for several violations. The driver reportedly refused to provide identification or exit the vehicle. Conklin allegedly resisted arrest when officers attempted to take her into custody.


¯ WESTFIELD — Kevin J. Weary Sr., 50, of Fredonia was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. John P. Houser, 30, of Westfield was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies conducted a warrant check Nov. 16 at a residence in Westfield. An investigation found that Houser and Weary were allegedly in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Both were issued appearance tickets to be in Westfield Village Court at a later date.

¯ GERRY — Giovanni C. Hance, 23, of Jamestown was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and speed in zone. Deputies stopped a vehicle Saturday around 2:42 a.m. on Route 60 in Gerry for a speed violation. Hance was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. Hance was released with tickets to appear in Gerry Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.

¯ NORTH HARMONY — Allison L. Syper, 24, of Mayville was charged with failure to keep right and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies stopped a vehicle Friday at 10:09 p.m. on North Maple Street in North Harmony for a lane violation. Syper was found in possession of a controlled substance and was taken into custody. She was released with appearance tickets to be in North Harmony Town Court at a later date.

¯ BEMUS POINT — Deputies responded Saturday around 11 p.m. to a complaint of a suspicious person outside a Bemus Point residence on Anderson Drive. A woman stated she was startled to find an unknown person walking around her home who fled when confronted. K-9 Link with the Sheriff’s Office was called and was deployed on a human odor track from the residence. K-9 Link tracked about 1,000 feet through adjacent yards and streets, ending at a residence on Carmen Drive. A male youth was identified as having left his residence and had been running through neighborhood properties. The youth was released to the custody of adults. and the woman was satisfied without pursuing charges.


¯ Richard Catanese, 29, of Gerry was taken into custody on a bench warrant and for resisting arrest. Heather Bentley, 37, of Gerry was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Troopers responded to Bentley’s address on Saturday. Her vehicle was involved in an alleged menacing complaint in Jamestown involving a handgun. The owner of the residence said Bentley and Catanese were inside. In the bedroom, the Troopers and deputies observed Bentley with her child, and Catanese was located in the bedroom hiding behind furniture and boxes. Catanese physically resisted being placed under arrest but was eventually taken into custody and processed at police barracks. Catanese was then turned over to the deputies and subsequently transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. Bentley was processed and released with an appearance ticket to be in Gerry Town Court at a later date.

¯ CONEWANGO — Timothy Snyder, 38, of Jamestown was charged with first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Snyder was pulled over Saturday on Route 62 for a traffic violation. A check found that his license had been suspended in addition to a stay away order from his passenger. Snyder was processed, arraigned and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.

¯ KENNEDY — Omar Marrero, 32, of Falconer was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Marrero was stopped Saturday for a traffic violation on Route 394 in Kennedy. While speaking to Marrero, troopers reported smelling marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search turned up a container with about 3 grams of marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket to be in Poland Town Court at a later date.