JAMESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Telly Ortiz, 32, of Jamestown was charged with third-degree assault Thursday following an investigation into an incident on Stowe Street around 1:30 a.m. Police reported that Ortiz allegedly pulled a man from a vehicle on Stowe Street, punched him in the face and threw him to the ground where he kicked him in the mouth. The victim reportedly sustained swelling and bruises on both eyes, his forehead and chipped teeth. He was being cared for at WCA Hospital with possible internal injuries. Ortiz was taken into custody later in the day and held awaiting arraignment.
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
MAYVILLE - Latoya Coules, 20, of Erie, Pa., was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps Friday after she allegedly moved to Erie without notifying the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services. As a result, she received $1,478.96 in public assistance between September and November to which she wasn't entitled. She was given an appearance ticket and will be in court later.
SHERIDAN -Vanessa M. Smith, 24, 945 Central Ave., was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane after a traffic stop at 8:03 p.m. Monday. She will answer the charges at a later date.
SALAMANCA POLICE DEPARTMENT
SALAMANCA - David C. Lounsbury II, 28, of Salamanca was charged with two counts of third-degree assault and one count of unlawful imprisonment Thursday, following a domestic dispute on Summit Street. He was taken into custody and held awaiting arraignment.
PENNSYLVANIA LAW ENFORCEMENT
SUGAR GROVE - Warren-based state police were called to the scene of a one-vehicle accident at 7:05 a.m. Thursday on Jamestown Street, one-half mile south of Sanders Road. According to police, a 17-year-old male was northbound on Jamestown Street in a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer and had just crested a hill and was entering a gradual left turn when the vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the road. Police said the driver attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the road, but was unable to regain control. The SUV crossed both lanes of traffic, skidding sideways, and the rear driver's side tire went into a ditch along the shoulder of the road. The vehicle's rear tire subsequently dug into the ditch edge, causing the vehicle to roll over several times before coming to rest on its tires. Police said the driver was treated at the scene by Busti volunteer firefighters, then taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The Blazer sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene by C&A Towing. Police said charges of driving too fast for road conditions and failure to maintain lane are pending.
WARREN - Marie Campbell, 28, of Warren was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they were called to the Warren Shurfine around 10:08 a.m. for a reported shoplifter that had left the store. Campbell was found by an officer at the intersection of Madison and Canton streets and taken into custody. Once Campbell was at the police department, a property inventory revealed she was in possession of drug paraphernalia, which was allegedly found in her purse.
BROKENSTRAW - Warren-based state police reported that between Nov. 1, 2009, and Thursday, someone entered an unlocked shed belonging to a National Forge Road residence in Irvine and stole 84 raccoon and muskrat traps. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police at 814-728-3600 or Warren County Crime Stoppers at 800-83-CRIME.