Area Police Reports


¯ NORTH HARMONY — Matthew A. Ryan, 42, of Ashville was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. Deputies responded Friday at 9:30 p.m. to a home on Route 474 in North Harmony. An investigation found that Ryan intentionally damaged property at the residence. He was taken to Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment and is scheduled to appear in North Harmony Town Court later.

¯ SILVER CREEK — The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fight that took place Thursday on Drake Avenue in Silver Creek. An investigation found that a 19-year-old male was dragged by a vehicle during the altercation, suffering minor injuries. The investigation remains ongoing; no charges have yet been filed.

¯ Richard LaFrance, 33, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Olive Hardinger, 35, of Bemus Point was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. LaFrance was charged for violation of an order of protection. Hardinger was charged after allegedly allowing a juvenile to communicate with LaFrance. The pair was both issued appearance tickets.

¯ CLYMER — Timothy Drayton, 58, of Clymer was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. Deputies were called Sunday at 9:23 p.m. to a disturbance on Mohawk Street in Clymer. Witnesses said Drayton allegedly threw a wooden board through a window, striking several children. He also allegedly pushed a child to the ground. Drayton was held pending arraignment, and is scheduled to appear in Clymer Town Court later.

¯ RIPLEY — Aaron R. Newman, 27, of Ripley was taken into custody Monday at 10:20 p.m. on multiple arrest warrants. He was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was transported to Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.


¯ Kentrell J. Stewart, 35, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief. Officers responded Monday at 8:04 a.m. to a possible burglary at a Park Street address. Inside, police found Stewart, who was not supposed to be in the property. An investigation found that Stewart allegedly broke into the residence through a side door. He was taken into custody and held for arraignment.