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Hinsdale couple accused of possessing pot, fireworks

HINSDALE -- A town couple have been charged on marijuana and fireworks possession counts by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

George A. McMillen, 65, and Debra A. Lange, 56, were arrested Friday during a search of their home and charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of fireworks.

Task force agents reported seizing numerous marijuana plants as well as a quantity of processed marijuana, other controlled substances and fireworks.

The task force was assisted by the Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and K9 units, and state police.

An investigation is continuing, authorities said.


High-speed chase results in reckless-driving charge

BENNINGTON -- An East Aurora man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Sunday has been charged with reckless driving.

Daniel F. Lewalski Jr., 22, of Hunters Creek Road, was arrested following the pursuit which police said reached speeds of close to 90 mph.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy Michael A. Bentham said Lewalski was speeding east on Route 354 at about 8:30 p.m. and chased him onto Burrough Road. The chase stopped briefly at Burrough and Schoellkopf roads, and State Trooper Eric Lunser joined the pursuit.

Lewalski was charged with unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, speed over 55 mph, reckless driving and failure to comply with a lawful order of police.


TV viewer's tip results in fugitive's arrest

Several police agencies teamed up Sunday to arrest a fugitive from Pennsylvania, after an alert Chautauqua County viewer told police that a person featured on the American's Most Wanted television show was living in the Town of Arkwright.

The viewer told state police at Fredonia that the wanted man, Joseph W. Chapman, actually was living in the area under the name Joshua Tompkins. Troopers Dennis Gould and M.J. Cully went to the address and interviewed Tompkins, who denied that he was Chapman.

Working with the FBI, the U.S. Marshal's Service and Dunkirk police, state police determined that "Tompkins" was indeed the wanted fugitive.

Chapman was being sought for escape from the McKean County Jail in Pennsylvania in July 2007, and authorities said he also was wanted on several warrants from Pennsylvania for sexual assault of a child and rape. He has been sent to the Chautauqua County Jail.


Jamestown man accused in cocaine sale case

GOWANDA -- A Jamestown man was charged on drug sale counts after the car in which he was a passenger was stopped on Jamestown Street for having a loud exhaust at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, village police reported Monday.

Prinston D. Blount, 23, was found with numerous packets of cocaine "indicative of packages to be sold," police said. He was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Blount and ordered held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.


Woman charged with DWI after hit-and-run crash

ARCADE -- An town woman was charged with aggravated drunken driving and leaving the scene of a property damage accident after a hit-and-run crash over the weekend at the entrance to Arcade Valley Estates, Wyoming County sheriff's officials said Monday.

Hillary D. Russell, 19, registered a blood-alcohol count of 0.20 percent after the crash, which occurred at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

She also was charged with unlicensed driving and moving from a lane unsafely, deputies said.

Russell is scheduled to appear in Town Court June 14.


Delevan man gets one year in jail for impaired driving

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Delavan man is headed to the Cattaraugus County Jail for a year following his conviction on a motor vehicle-related infraction.

Codey A. Tingue, 27, was sentenced to two one-year jail terms after being convicted of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

The terms will be served concurrently.

The charges related to an incident on April 4 when Tingue was driving after using drugs.