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(1:40 PM) JPD Officer Charged With Felony In March Resigns

Kenneth V. Nellis III

An officer with the Jamestown Police Department charged in March with criminal possession of a forged instrument has resigned.

Jamestown police Chief Harry Snellings confirmed that 40-year-old Kenneth V. Nellis III resigned May 30 and is no longer with the department.

Nellis, a four-year veteran of the police force, was taken into custody March 11 following a domestic violence complaint. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony, following an investigation and placed on administrative leave.

“We received a (domestic violence) complaint, and as a result we made the arrest,” Snellings said at the time.

A month after his arrest, the Jamestown Public Schools Board terminated Nellis’ employment as a safety and security officer. The district declined comment at the time, citing it was a personnel matter.

Meanwhile, the forged instrument in question has not been made public.

However, according to the felony complaint filed through Ellicott Town Court, where the case was handled, Nellis allegedly did “possess a forged and fictitious supporting deposition document and did possess it with the intent to deceive another person. The supporting deposition is a written instrument that is officially issued and created by a governmental instrumentality — the city of Jamestown New York Police Department for official government business.”

On Wednesday, Nellis agreed to an offer by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office for an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. Under an ACD, charges against defendants are dismissed as long as they stay out of trouble, usually for six months.

Nellis has been represented by Dunkirk attorney Daniel Gard, who did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

An order of protection was issued during Nellis’ initial court appearance; the case was moved from Jamestown City Court to Ellicott.