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By Andrew Harris

A potential standoff that took place Thursday night between a suspect and police in Bolivar was quickly avoided.

As the drama unfolded Thursday night between dispatch and police, Bolivar Police Officer Bryce Rumfelt was on the scene and police agencies came together in Bolivar to keep the public safe and make an arrest without incident.

Bolivar PD noted that the standoff was avoided due to the work of multiple agencies, “Wellsville, Cuba, and the New York State Police responded and talked him out of residence.”

Thursday night, the Bolivar Police Department charged Edward A. Bulkeley, 31, of Bolivar with second-degree menacing, third-degree burglary and possession of a weapon. Police said the incident started with a domestic dispute. Bulkeley was arraigned in Bolivar Village court and was sent to the Allegany County Jail on an Allegany County warrant. He will appear back in village court at a later date.”

Bulkeley was arrested in Wellsville on Dec. 31, 2022 for multiple charges:

Wellsville Police arrested Edward A. Bulkeley III, age 31 of Cuba, charging him with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, AUO 3rd, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Improper/No Signal and Failed to Stop at a Stop Sign. The charges stem from an attempted traffic stop on South Main Street and East Hanover Street area. The vehicle was pursued along East Dyke Street to Williams Avenue to the School Street area. Bulkeley was located on Merriam Heights a short time later and taken into custody. Bulkeley was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released. Bulkeley is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on January 24th at 4:30 pm. Wellsville Police were assisted by New York State Police. Additional charges are pending.

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