Police: Cattaraugus woman arrested over "mass gathering" that violates New York executive order

Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:35:43-04

CATTARAUGUS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Cattaraugus woman is facing criminal charges after she allegedly refused to end a large party at her residence.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Melinda Dreaver was arrested Tuesday evening at her residence on New Albion Road in Cattaraugus.

The sheriff's office says it received complaints from "a number of consituents' about a mass gathering at Dreaver's home. Callers were concerned about loud noise and the potential health risk. Deputies say they went to Dreaver's home three times attempting to warn her of the health risks of having a large party during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order banning non-essential large gatherings in New York State. Local police have been notified they should enforce the order.

Deputies reviewed the incident with the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office and determined that Dreaver had violated the executive order and New York State law.

Dreaver was taken into custody and charged with obstruction of governmental administration, criminal nuisance and disorderly conduct. She was processed and released on appearance tickets.

Dreaver will be due in New Labion Town Court at a later date.