LITTLE VALLEY – John M. Haluska, 65, of Frewsburg, pleaded not guilty Monday before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz to a grand jury indictment charging him with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon – for allegedly making an improvised explosive device intended to be placed under a vehicle.
Haluska, if convicted as charged on the Class B felony count, could face a state prison term of up to 25 years. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said that on Nov. 11, State Police in Jamestown received a call about a possible explosive device in the Town of South Valley.
Armed with a search warrant, troopers went to property Haluska owns on Bone Run Road and found the explosive device in a shed. The device was disabled by the State Police Bomb Disposal Unit.
In other cases Monday before Ploetz:
• David J. Knoxsah, 25, of Salamanca, was sentenced as a predicate felon to a three-year state prison term and five years of post-release supervision on his felony conviction for second-degree attempted burglary. He was arrested in an attempted Town of Salamanca break-in on May 4, 2014, that caused more than $1,500 damage.
• Thomas D. Oldshield, 20, of Salamanca, was ordered to serve up to nine months in the county jail on his conviction for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was found with drugs when arrested while trying to sell a defaced firearm in Olean on Jan. 14.
•Lance W. Burdick, 18, of Cuba, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with a Leandra’s Law felony aggravated driving while intoxicated count, driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving and unsafe lane change.
He was pulled over in the Town of Hinsdale on Oct. 26 with a 14-year-old passenger in his vehicle.
• Jeremy M. Foster, 25, of Salamanca, was placed on probation for five years on his conviction to third-degree attempted burglary in an attempted break-in in Portville in mid-December 2013.
• Kelly M. Crawford, 34, of Olean, was placed on probation for five years, and ordered to make full restitution on her conviction for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument – forging a check to get a prescribed medication in Olean last May 28.
• Lawrence A. Bennion, 37, of Olean, was placed on probation for five years, his driver’s license was revoked for one year, and he was ordered to use an ignition interlock device for a year after he gets his driver’s privileges restored on his felony driving while intoxicated conviction.
• Jaun-Luc J. Baker, 22,of Delevan, was placed on probation for three years on his misdemeanor third-degree assault conviction for a fight in the Town of Yorkshire on Nov. 21.
• Danielle M. Jones, 27, of Olean, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for her arrest in Olean last June 27, when she tried to sell drugs on the streets, and for illegally collecting more than $12,000 in welfare benefits by filing false day-care sheets. She faces sentencing July 6.
• Jenna L. Shoup, 25, of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for her arrest in the Town of Hinsdale last Sept. 17. She faces sentencing Sept. 8.
• Anthony J. Harris, 30, of Delevan, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary and second-degree assault for attacking a Hinsdale couple during an attempted burglary. in their home last June 16. He faces sentencing Sept. 8.