Area Police Reports



¯OLEAN – Samuel D. Beu, 46, of Ellicottville was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. At 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services Fraud Unit investigated a complaint from CCDSS that Beu had attempted to submit paperwork with false information to the agency. Upon subsequent investigation, Beu was reported to the Sheriff’s Office and charged. Beu will appear Olean City Court later.



¯HANOVER – Joshua S. Blum, 32, of Dunkirk is being investigated for an vehicle versus pedestrian accident that took place at Routes 5 and 20. At approximately 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location for a reported vehicle versus pedestrian accident. During the incident, Eric B. Corns, 52 of Dunkirk was reportedly walking in the westbound driving lane when he was struck by a private snowplow. The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo and was reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the snowplow, identified as Blum was uninjured. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Chautauqua County EMS and ALSTAR.

¯STOCKTON – At approximately 8:44 p.m. on Wednesday Sheriff’s deputies were called to Route 380 for a reported vehicle accident involving a U.S. Corrections prisoner transport van that had slid off the roadway. Upon arrival at the scene, Sheriff’s deputies observed the van in a ditch with multiple prisoners onboard. Stockton and Cassadaga Volunteer Fire and Rescue and EMS were called to assist at the scene. Minor injuries were reported among the passengers. Upon evaluation of these injuries EMS crews transported the victims to Brooks Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.


¯ Matthew J. Molnar, 44, of Jamestown was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana. Officers conducted a street check on Molnar and another Jamestown resident who were walking together and acting suspicious at approximately 1:34 a.m. Wednesday. Officers discovered that Molnar had an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of city court. Officers also observed a small plastic bag where Molnar was standing when he was being arrested. The bag contained small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana. He was transported to city jail and is being held pending arraignment.

¯Timothy J. Thomas, 35, of Jamestown was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. At 3:08 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to 292 Harrison St. to investigate an alleged past-tense burglary. Upon arrival officers spoke with a male victim who alleged Thomas had taken his property. The male victim also told officers that Thomas was sitting in a green pickup truck across the street from the location. Officers questioned Thomas and found that he had property similar to the male victim’s in the bed of the truck. The male victim identified the property as his. Thomas was transported to the Jamestown City Jail. He will be in Jamestown City Court later.

¯ Travis J. Spencer, 31, of Jamestown was charged with second-degree harassment, two counts of first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. Officers responded to a Hallock Street address at approximately 7:42 p.m. Thursday for a reported physical domestic dispute. An investigation revealed that Spencer punched a female victim in the face. An order of protection had also been in effect against Spencer. He was located off scene and taken into custody without incident. Spencer was transported to city jail and is being held pending arraignment.