Area Police Reports

Gerry Woman Charged After Pursuit

ELLERY — A Gerry woman, wanted on warrants by seven police agencies, was nabbed by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies after a Christmas morning pursuit.

Deputies report they have been investigating reports of burglaries and larcenies at storage facilities throughout Chautauqua County. On Saturday before 5 a.m., deputies were on a targeted patrol of a storage facility on Dutch Hollow Road in Ellery Center.

A vehicle entered the lot, observed the patrol vehicle parked behind the storage buildings, and immediately fled the lot. Deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop of the vehicle, at which point the vehicle continued to flee.

A vehicle pursuit ensued, with the suspect vehicle eventually stopping on Salisbury Road in the town. The operator, 35-year-old Amanda Sendall, was taken into custody.

Sendall was found to have active arrest warrants from seven police agencies in New York and Ohio. A search of the vehicle found that Sendall was in possession of bolt-cutters, a saw, and other tools used for forced entry. Sendall was arrested on the active warrants, and subsequently charged with possession of burglar’s tools, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to comply with lawful police order.

Sendall was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.


Troopers charged a St. Petersburg, Fla., man with driving while intoxicated early Sunday.

Sean McNiff, 29, was pulled over on Route 20 in Fredonia for a traffic violation and after failing several field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest and transported to Fredonia barracks where he provided a breath sample of .09. McNiff was then processed, issued tickets and released. McNiff is scheduled to appear in the town of Pomfret Court next month.


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