BROCTON - On Nov. 24 at 2:27 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 20 in the village of Brocton for excessive speed. Vincent Kane, 27, of Portland was found to be the operator of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Kane was allegedly found to be intoxicated. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se .08 blood-alcohol content or higher and speed in zone. He was issued tickets and is scheduled to appear in village court at a later date.
RIPLEY - On Nov. 24 at 8:53 p.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on West Main Road in the town of Ripley after deputies observed the vehicle cross over the center line while another vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction. Casey A. Swabik, 33, of 154 S. Lake St., North East, Pa., was found to allegedly be driving in an intoxicated condition. Additionally, numerous open contatiners of alcohol were found throughout the vehicle. He was taken into custody and charged with failure to keep right, open container, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI per se (blood-alcohol content of .18 or more). He was issued appearance tickets.
MAYVILLE - On Nov. 24 at approximately 3:20 p.m., during a routine search at the Chautauqua County Jail, it is alleged that inmate Norman I. Geddis, 43, of 73 Lincoln Ave., Apt. 1, Dunkirk, was discovered to be in possession of a jail shank. Geddis was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and will appear in the town of Chautauqua court at a later date.
BUSTI - On Nov. 21, 911 dispatchers received a report of a house fire on 1972 Hoag Road in the town of Busti. Ashville Fire Department responded and found the interior of the house fully involved in flames. Assistance was provided by fire departments from Bemus Point, Busti, Celoron, Chautauqua, Kiantone, Lakewood, Panama and Sherman. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team also responded to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Damage led investigators to the kitchen, where it was discovered that a burner on the stove had been left on. No one was home at the time of the fire. The house was a total loss and an emergency demolition took place. The fire has been ruled accidental in nature. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the homeowner and her grandson.