Police warn of ‘persistent stranger’ who approached girl
Police are warning the public about a “persistent stranger” in a white van who approached a Buffalo student twice Friday on East Ferry Street.
The girl told her school administrators and police that she was walking along Fillmore Avenue after getting off the 13 bus on East Ferry Street when a van pulled up and a man inside asked her age. He sped off when she didn’t respond. The van circled back, at which point the girl called her mother on a cellphone. The man drove off again.
The man was described as a black man about 30 years old with a “medium beard and medium-high unkempt hair.” He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up. He was in a white work van that had a ladder on top. The van had a green and orange sticker on it.
Injured driver charged with DWI, fleeing scene after collision
A Chautauqua County woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after a collision Thursday night in Jamestown, police said.
Officers responding to the scene on Maple Street at about 8:10 p.m. were told one of the vehicles had left the area. They followed a trail of fluids leaking from the fleeing vehicle, Jamestown police said in a news release.
A short distance away, police found Kimberly D. Wilson behind the wheel and injured. She was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment and then to the city jail. Wilson, 30, of Kennedy, was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of a crash, driving without a license and moving unsafely from a lane, police said.
The news release did not include any information about the condition of the other driver or vehicle.
Kids found home alone leads to endangerment charge
A Jamestown woman faces child endangerment charges after police said she left four kids at home while she went to pick up an intoxicated friend and walk around a Walmart store with him.
Officers were called at about 9:10 p.m. Thursday to a home on Baker Street, Jamestown police said in a news release.
Police said they determined Ciara L. Raynor left the children alone when she went to pick up the friend in Falconer. Raynor, 32, was charged with four counts of child endangerment and taken to the city jail, police said.
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Driver with children in vehicle charged with aggravated DWI
A Medina woman was charged Thursday night with aggravated driving while intoxicated after police said she was driving drunk with two children in her car.
Genesee County sheriff’s deputies investigating the report of an erratic driver pulled over Sharnice S. Gibson on Alleghany Road in Alabama just before midnight, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Gibson, 27, had two passengers in her vehicle under the age of 16. In addition to aggravated DWI, she was charged with two counts of child endangerment and DWI. She also was ticketed for driving with a loud muffler, deputies reported.
She was arraigned in Alabama Town Court where bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. Gibson is scheduled to return to court April 4.