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>Chautauqua adds 2 men to its Most Wanted List

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department has added two names to its Most Wanted List.

James Treacy, 52, of Prendergast Avenue, Jamestown, is wanted on a welfare fraud charge.

Police also are looking for Daniel Thomas, 36, of Washington Avenue, Dunkirk. Thomas allegedly violated his probation on a criminal drug sale charge.

If you have information on either man, call the Sheriff's Department at 753-2131.

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>Mother, 27, is accused of biting daughter, 8

JAMESTOWN -- A Chandler Street woman is being held in the city jail on charges she bit her 8-year-old daughter.

Laura Butts, 27, of Chandler Street, told police she was disciplining her daughter for making a mess. She was charged with assault and is awaiting arraignment.

According to police, the victim's father brought the child to WCA Hospital at about 1 p.m. Sunday. Police spoke with the father, who said he had picked up his daughter from Butts a short time earlier. He said he brought his daughter to the hospital after noticing the bite marks.

The child was treated and released.

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>Convicted sex offender accused in abuse of boy

JAMESTOWN -- A Hedges Street man who is a convicted sex offender was arrested over the weekend on charges he sexually abused a 15-year-old boy.

Robert Lewis, 60, allegedly abused the teen on four occasions, according to Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies.

Lewis, who is listed on the State Sexual Offender Registry, is facing two counts of second-degree committing a criminal sex act and two counts of third-degree committing a criminal sex act.

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>Arraignment set today in sexual-abuse case

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Buffalo man faces arraignment on sexual-abuse charges today in Cattaraugus County Court.

Richard C. Ingram, 45, was indicted last week by a grand jury on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person. The crime occurred Dec. 3 in the Town of Persia.

Ingram is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail.

In another case, Michael J. Larder, 18, of Delevan, was indicted on two counts each of third-degree burglary and petit larceny and one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The alleged crimes Aug. 19 and 20 in Yorkshire involved break-ins at two buildings. Arraignment is scheduled next Tuesday.

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>Guilt admitted in rape, endangerment of minor

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Kill Buck man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child younger than 13, a day before his trial was to get under way in Cattaraugus County Court.

John M. Goodwill, 23, of Route 417, pleaded guilty before Judge Larry M. Himelein for the crime that occurred Nov. 13, 2002, in Great Valley, authorities said.

In another case, Wendy J. Seize, 66, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. She was arrested Jan. 18 in Salamanca, with a blood-alcohol level nearly triple the legal limit, authorities said.

Goodwill and Seize will be sentenced May 1.

Joshua A. Bowers, 16, of Gowanda, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in the April 25 thefts of items from a home in the Town of Persia. He will be sentenced April 24.

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>Ex-funeral director admits sexually abusing girl, 13

PORTVILLE -- Sentencing is scheduled May 19 for a former funeral director who admitted sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Richard D. Truesdell, 46, of Brooklyn Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. A former employee of Guenther Funeral Home in Portville, Truesdell was arrested in August by state police.

Truesdell is expected to be sentenced to three years' probation and required to register as a Level 1 sex offender, according to a plea agreement.

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