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Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office

Employment History

  • Investigator
    Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department
  • Fire Investigator
    Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department
  • Investigator
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The first witness, Randall ..., 13 June 2014 [cached]
The first witness, Randall Boland, an investigator with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, was one of the first people to enter the Skinner home after the incident occurred in the early morning hours of April 17.
In detail, he described entering the home at approximately 10:30 a.m. through a rear entrance into the basement, and immediately noticing the overwhelming amount of debris and ceiling tiles strewn on the floor.
Within a short distance, he identified two human bodies, one of them "deeply charred" on a wooden chair and the other lying face down on its stomach.
"I couldn't even tell if (the bodies) were male or female," Boland confessed.
"(The home) appeared to be ransacked," said Boland, describing how drawers and dressers were ripped apart along with the contents of a wallet and purse. A device underneath the television also appeared to be stolen.
According to Boland, the dead bodies were positively identified later as Gordon and Joyce Skinner through dental records.
According to Randy Boland, ..., 4 Dec 2009 [cached]
According to Randy Boland, an investigator with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, the duo intentionally set a fire at a vacant house located at 4826 Route 474 in Ashville on July 28 around 3:50 a.m.
The Ashville Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the house minutes after the fire was reported and according to Boland, the fire was knocked down fairly quickly. An on-scene investigation by the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team allegedly determined that the duo poured gasoline on a side porch of the home to accelerate the burning.
"This was a case of two guys out being mischievous," Det. Boland said. "The house was vacant at the time but the owners in Eldorado, California were in the process of renovating the home. But because of the fire, the house had to be destroyed."
Boland said that the reason the investigation took about four months to reach fruition mostly centers on the nature of an arson investigation.
"With an arson, most of the evidence is all burned up, and that makes the investigation much more complex," he said. "To make sure you have all the elements of the crime secured, it takes time. It is a slow and deliberate process and you're always looking for that one piece of the puzzle that will persuade someone to talk. By nature, arson is a violent crime and note that it is a Class C felony, and most people convicted will usually be doing time in prison."
Boland said that he tracked down witnesses that had since moved considerably, spanning from Kentucky to Canada. He explained that being able to connect with them in itself was time consuming and not always easy.
Although Boland couldn't speak about what evidence allegedly ties the two suspects to the crime, He did say he was pleased with the way the case progressed since the beginning.
The Post-Journal, Jamestown New York, 10 Nov 2006 [cached]
They were still battling it with ladder trucks that literally shoot a thousand gallons per minute," said Randy Boland, a fire investigator with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.
In fact, the wreckage was still smoldering for much of the day, leading fire investigators to postpone most of the investigation until 8 a.m. today, and the cause of the blaze remains undetermined.
‘‘The first person who reported the fire reported it as being throughout the building.I'm not going to speculate on what that would mean," Boland said, responding to allegations that arson was the cause of the fire.
According to Randy Boland, a ..., 4 April 2012 [cached]
According to Randy Boland, a Sheriff's Department investigator and organizer of the tournament, the event was created to give back to worthy local organizations - and helping CAP to aid the victims of child abuse is about as worthy as it can get.
The annual tournament is open to all public safety employees in Chautauqua County, and Boland said that nearly every department in the county was represented at last year's event.
''Anything from firemen to policemen to any public servant,'' he said. ''It's been very successful for many years, and it sells out every year.''
Numerous area businesses also chip in to sponsor holes each year, Boland added.
Randy Boland, right, of the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Chautauqua County, is seen at last year's DSACC Charity Golf Classic at Maplehurst Country Club with representatives from event sponsor Kia of Jamestown.
One of the snowmobiles had a ..., 3 Feb 2012 [cached]
One of the snowmobiles had a unique tread pattern, and deputies followed its tracks for about a half-mile before finding the snowmobile at a house in Mayville, Investigator Randy Boland said.
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