Area Police Reports


¯ Paul A. Martinez, 49, of Erie, Pa., was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right. Deputies on Aug. 24 at 8:54 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Carter Street in the town of Ellicott for a traffic violation. An investigation found that Martinez was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He was released and scheduled to appear in Ellicott Town Court later.

¯ CHAUTAUQUA — William J. Petsch, 34, of Westfield was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of hypodermics, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, uninspected motor vehicle and operating while on a cellphone. Deputies stopped Petsch on Route 394 in the town of Chautauqua on Thursday at 10:21 a.m. for multiple violations. Petsch’s driver’s license was found to be suspended nine times, and he was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles. He was brought to Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment and held for court.

¯ HANOVER — Caleb Daniels, 28, of Brocton was charged with following too closely. Deputies responded Thursday at 3:41 p.m. to a crash on Routes 5 and 20 in the town Hanover. An investigation found that Daniels was traveling west when he rear-ended another vehicle. One person was transported to Lakeshore Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Daniels is scheduled to appear back in court at a later date.


¯ Robert T. Comber, 25, of Jamestown was charged with second-degree burglary, third- and fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Police alleged that Comber broke into a garage at a Busti residence on Aug. 21. While inside, Comber allegedly stole a 2013 Ford F-150 and wallet from the home. Comber used a stolen credit card at Walmart in Lakewood, and an investigation found that he was absconding from parole. Comber was located with assistance from the New York State Parole and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.

¯ Johnny Ray Hallowell, 23, of Jamestown was charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny. Police alleged that Hallowell broke into a South Avenue home in July and took property. Evidence was recovered linking Hallowell to the crime. He was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.