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Prison term imposed in stolen-check case

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man faces up three years in prison for cashing stolen checks, after sentencing Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court.

George Vancleaf, 33, of North 11th Street, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein on his guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny. The crime occurred April 25 in the City of Olean, where Vancleaf cashed stolen checks totaling more than $3,000.

In other cases, Demerio J. Watts, 21, of Olean was sentenced to two years in prison for his guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested May 17 in the City of Olean, where he tried to sell crack cocaine.

District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey said three people pleaded guilty and face sentencing May 4:

Timothy J. VanName, 19, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The crime occurred Oct. 24 in Olean, where he tried to injure another person using a weapon while in the presence of a child.

Raymond J. Mullen, 31, of Bolivar pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and without a license, for an incident Nov. 9 in Portville.

Elias W. Gould, 19, of Batavia pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted rape of a person younger than 17 and endangering the welfare of a child younger than 15, for Sept. 5 offenses in the Town of Freedom.


Man, 32, wounded in drive-by shooting

A 32-year-old Buffalo man was wounded Tuesday night during a drive-by shooting on French Street, police said.

Ernest Fair suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said Fair was standing next to his car, which was parked in the street in the 300 block of French, when gunfire erupted at about 9 p.m.

Officers said a white Ford Explorer with tinted windows pulled up to him and a gunman inside pulled out a pump shotgun and said, "I ain't no joke. I ain't playing. I'm going to kill you."

The gunman then fired a single shot.

The vehicle was found in the 200 block of Cherry Street.

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