11 July 2019
Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander


Law enforcement make more than 30 arrests at music festival in Sherman


From July 4 to July 8, 2019, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation into drug use and sales occurring at the Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY.  


The Chautauqua County District Attorney, NY State Police Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET), Sheriff’s Department drug investigators, Uniform Troopers and Deputies took part in this investigation.  These departments were assisted by members of the Jamestown Police DepartmentNYS DEC Forest Rangers and Chautauqua County Probation.


In all, more than 30 people were arrested for over 70 charges.


The following property and drugs were seized:

One Chevrolet Silverado.

Over $3,000 US Currency 


Synthetic Marihuana




Concentrated Cannabis




Synthetic Methylenedicoxy Methamphetamine


Law enforcement have listed some of the more serious charges below:  


Philabelle McCarthy-Shields, 33, of Buffalo, NY and Alexis Matuszewski, 22, of Buffalo NY were each arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hallucinogen), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (11 counts), Criminal Possession of Marihuana 5th degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, less than 17. Additional charges are possible


Joshua Paterson, 31, of South Dayton, NY and Danielle Johnston, 25, of South Dayton NY were each arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hallucinogen) 4th degree and Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd degree.


Derek Gramling, 29, of Cumming, GA and Steven Bicks, 36, of Madison, IN were charged with Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 4th degree (LSD) and several additional drug charges.


Brian Christina, 50, of Fredonia, NY, Lamont Brown, 31, of Fredonia, NY, Andrew Sobilo, 30, of Fredonia, NY and Loren Dumen, 31, of Dunkirk, NY were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (Intent to sell) a Class B Felony and additional drug charges.


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