Area Police Reports


¯ David Phearsdorf, 39, of Cuba, pleaded not guilty to an indictment on a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The incident occurred on or about Feb. 17, 2023, in the town of Allegany in which Phearsdorf allegedly possessed a narcotic drug with intent to sell it. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

¯ William Fisher, 31, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree arson to satisfy a pending indictment. The incident occurred on or about Sept. 25, 2022, in the city of Salamanca in which Fisher allegedly damaged a building by intentionally starting a fire. Sentencing is scheduled for August 2023

¯ Nicholas Cooper, 28, of Salamanca, was sentenced to three years probation upon conviction of driving while intoxicated. The incident occurred on or about March 27, 2021, in the town of Coldspring in which Cooper allegedly operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in an intoxicated state.

¯ Christian R. Brewster, 26, of Friendship, was sentenced to time served for fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. The incident occurred on or about Jan. 26, 2023, in the town of Ellicottville in which Brewster allegedly attempted to possess and controlled substance.


¯ Isabelle J. Shelton, 26, no address listed, was charged with petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Patrol responded at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday to Walmart for a larceny concern. It is alleged that Shelton took $358.69 worth of merchandise and passed all points of sale. Police later learned that Shelton had allegedly been in possession of fentanyl. She is scheduled to appear in court later this month.


¯ Harry J. Stauffer Jr., 35, of Jamestown, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Officers received a call Wednesday at 8:09 p.m. about a lost child on the north side of the city. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a passerby who observed the 4-year-old child to be by himself in the area of Buffalo and North Main streets. After further investigation, it was determined that there were no adults looking for the child and that police didn’t receive any calls for a missing child. Following a check, officers located Stauffer, a step-father to the child. Stauffer was transported to jail and held for arraignment.

¯ Megan M. Tilyou, 28, of Jamestown, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal impersonation. Officers stopped a vehicle at 8:19 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Colfax Street and Newland Avenue. An investigation determined that Tilyou was allegedly in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. After Tilyou was released, officers determined that she had given the name of a family member when the fingerprints did not match previous arrests. Tilyou was taken into custody again and booked on the new charge. She was released with appearance tickets.


¯ Kylene Hellriegel, 39, and Jason Swan, 38, both of Falconer, were each charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. A two-month investigation into narcotics sales in Jamestown and the town of Ellicott resulted in narcotics investigators executing a search warrant Tuesday on room 133 at the Quality Inn, 1980 E. Main St. in the town of Ellicott. Hellriegel and Swan were located inside the room. As a result of the search, investigators seized 26.84 grams of methamphetamine, 7.49 grams of fentanyl, scales and packaging material for the distribution of narcotics and $95 in U.S. currency. Hellriegel and Swan were transported to Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.


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