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Olean woman acquitted of drug-related charges

OLEAN -- An Olean woman who was one of 27 people indicted in late July for possessing and selling crack cocaine was found not guilty of all charges against her Thursday in Cattaraugus County Court.

Cynthia Herbert, who was 41 at the time of her arrest, was acquitted of two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to her attorney, Fern S. Adelstein.


Phone scam prompts warning from sheriff

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County Sheriff Dennis B. John is warning residents of an apparent telephone scam offering federal grant money.

He urged anyone receiving a telephone call asking for information, including bank account numbers, to call police. Investigator Ronald Lott at the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is available at 938-9191, Ext. 2568.

"There is always someone wanting to separate you from your money, and many have devised ingenious ways to run a scam to do so," John said. "If you are offered a deal that sounds too good to be true, chances are that is just the case."


Jamestown hit-run brings DWI charge

JAMESTOWN -- A man is accused of drunken driving after a hit-and-run crash about 2 a.m. Friday.

Robert Bargerstock Jr., whose age and address were unavailable, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. A city police officer pursued the suspect from East Second Street to Falconer, where he was pulled over, police said.


Two suspects arrested, one sought in break-in

RIPLEY -- Two Ripley men were arrested and another is wanted in connection with a November break-in and theft of rifles from a Ripley home, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said Friday.

Deputies said William R. Tilyou, 17; Travis M. Humes, 18; and Brent M. Wilkinson, 20, broke into the home on Route 20 on Nov. 8, when they stole several items, including three rifles.

Deputies recovered the guns and some other property.

Deputies said Tilyou was arrested Thursday and taken to Chautauqua County Jail; Humes was picked up Friday and was being held at the jail; and Wilkinson was still at large Friday, a warrant issued for his arrest.


Humason Avenue youth recovering after knifing

A 16-year-old Humason Avenue youth was listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center on Friday, after being stabbed at least three times Thursday by a known assailant, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

Shakeem Pierce was stabbed in the right shoulder and right forearm. Following the assault, his attacker dropped the knife in a nearby sewer on Humason, where it was recovered by police.

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