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Police reports for the Journal week of July 19

Gene Tingue charged in Yorkshire

Gene C. Tingue, 57, of Yorkshire, was arrested by the New York State Police based at the Machias barracks, on July 6 for menacing in the third degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree.

The charges stemmed from an incident the day prior, during which Tingue drove a vehicle onto the grass toward a person who was mowing, resulting in that person taking evasive action.

Tingue then made verbal threats to that person. He was arraigned in the town of Yorkshire Court and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 property bond.

Cheektowagans arrested in Ashford

Amy L. Bednarek, 33, of Cheektowaga was arrested on July 12 after she was stopped for speeding by Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies on Route 219 in Ashford.

While speaking to Bednarek, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent investigation revealed Bednarek to be in possession of marijuana, a glass pipe and a Valium tablet.

Investigation revealed that Bednarek’s passenger, Aaron M. Heggs, 31, also of Cheektowaga, was also in the possession of marijuana,

During a search of Bednarek’s vehicle, it was discovered that the car seat, her 1-year-old daughter was in, was improperly secured in the vehicle passenger seat.

In total, Bednarek was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, speed in zone and improper restraint for a rear-seat passenger less than 4-years-of-age. She was processed and released on appearance tickets.

Heggs was issued appearance tickets for unlawful possession of marijuana.

West Valley man arrested for DWI

Joshua C. Griffin, 33, of Stady Road in West Valley, was stopped on Route 219 in the town of Boston on July 5.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Walczak was patrolling on Route 219 when he observed erratic vehicle operation. The vehicle was stopped, and upon further interview and field sobriety tests found Griffin to be intoxicated.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic infrasonic. He submitted to a chemical breath test, with the result being .11 percent blood alcohol content.

Griffin’s vehicle was towed from the scene and he was later released to a third party on appearance tickets in the town of Boston Court at a later date.

Deputy Brad Ballantyne and Sergeant Jim Welch assisted at the scene.

Colden man injured in accident

David J. Arcara, 49, of Colden was traveling south on Route 240 in the town of Colden on July 3, when he lost control of his 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on a curve and traveled off the roadway and over a 70-foot ravine, into the creek bed of Cazenovia Creek.

Arcara was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight WNY, where he was listed in stable condition. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s office.

Musser charged with criminal contempt

Jamie Musser, 33, of Omphalius Road, Boston, was arrested by New York State Troopers on July 2 at about 1:45 a.m.

Troopers based at the Boston barracks responded to a report of possible shots fired on Omphalius Road in the town of Boston and located Musser. He was located on the property of his father where he had previously resided. He stated he was currently staying at a property behind his father’s residence and that he had set off some fireworks. A computer check of Musser showed that there was an active stay away order of protection issued against Musser by the town of Boston Court ordering him to stay away from his father and brother.

Musser was placed under arrest for criminal contempt second, a class A misdemeanor. He was transported to his grandfather’s residence and issued an appearance ticket to appear in the town of Boston Court.

Machias man charged with endangering

Thomas J. Archer, 19, of Machias, was arrested by Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies for endangering the welfare of a child on July 3, after an investigation from a domestic incident that had occurred.

Archer was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Machias Court at a later date.
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