Cattaraugus Woman Charged In Mass Gathering Investigation

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CATTARAUGUS – A Cattaraugus woman is charged following an investigation into a mass gathering at 9983 New Albion Rd. Monday, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputies say they received numerous complaints from a number of constituents concerned about a mass gathering at the residence of 29-year-old Melinda Dreaver. The complaints reportedly varied from multiple vehicles at the residence and parked in the roadway, loud noise and concerns about the safety of the people at the “large party.”

Deputies say they responded to Dreaver’s residence on three separate occasions throughout the evening. Deputies made several attempts to educate and warn Dreaver of the health risk this large party was creating for her, the people at the party, and the public.

Each time, Dreaver allegedly refused to comply and stop the party. On Tuesday, a review of the investigation of this incident was done by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. It was determined, based on the alleged actions of  Dreaver and the number of complaints received by the Sheriff’s Office, that she was in violation of the New York Penal Law and in violation of the New York State Executive Order 202.10 in regards to mass gatherings.

Dreaver was taken into custody by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Dreaver was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, second-degree criminal nuisance and disorderly conduct.

Dreaver transported to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office where she was processed and released with appearance tickets. She will appear in the New Albion Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.


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