Area Police Reports


¯ ELLERY — Timothy J. Bethlehem, 50, of Bemus Point was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Deputies responded Wednesday at 1:11 p.m. to Belleview Road in the town of Ellery for a report of an altercation. An investigation found that Bethlehem allegedly made verbal threats to an individual and damaged property within the residence. He was taken to Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment and is scheduled to appear in Ellery Town Court later.

¯ James W. Haskins, 40, of Forestville was charged with third-degree grand larceny. An investigation found that Haskins was hired to complete a roofing job in the town of Portland. Haskins reportedly accepted a check for $3,500 but failed to complete any of the work and did not attempt reimbursement to the victims. He was issued a ticket to appear in Portland Town Court later.


¯ POLAND — Travis Centi, 26, of Olean was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. Troopers stopped a vehicle Wednesday on Route 394 for a traffic violation. Centi, a passenger in the vehicle, was allegedly found in possession of a hypodermic needle loaded with heroin, a bag containing methamphetamine and a digital scale. He was processed and released with tickets to appear in Poland Town Court next month. The driver was issued a traffic ticket.


¯ Rebecca L. Pratt, 29, no address listed, was charged with petit larceny and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Police responded Wednesday to Dollar General, 460 W. Main St., Falconer, for a shoplifting complaint. Pratt reportedly left the store and was later found in the McDonald’s parking lot. Pratt was issued tickets to appear in Ellicott Town Court later.


¯ Eric M. Lundsten, no age or address listed, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, disobeying a stop sign and inadequate muffler. Officers observed a vehicle Thursday at 1:42 a.m. disobey a stop sign in the area of Falconer Street and Hopkins Avenue. Officers reportedly observed Lundsten making movements to conceal something in the rear of the vehicle and later found a small amount of crack cocaine. A search later of the vehicle turned up methamphetamine. Lundsten was issued tickets to appear in Jamestown City Court later.

¯ David M. Paulson, 38, of Jamestown was charged with first- and second-degree criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and second-degree criminal trespass. Officers responded Thursday at 11:41 a.m. to Howard Street for a complaint of an unwanted person. Police spoke to a woman who said Paulson was inside the residence, violating an order of protection. The woman told the police the residence also had a strong odor of natural gas. The gas was later shut off to the property as Paulson refused to come outside. Paulson was eventually taken into custody and held at Jamestown City Jail.