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Randolph man indicted for a violent burglary

Johnathan Wright, 20, of Randolph, currently in custody at the Cattaraugus County Jail, pleaded not guilty before County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz on Monday in Little Valley to a felony burglary indictment linked to a break-in Aug. 9 at a house in Randolph.

Wright was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, second-degree menacing, and second-degree harassment for allegedly making physical threats against a homeowner who confronted him during the incident.

Also before Ploetz in Little Valley, according to District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman:

• Edward D. Prince, 49, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with a felony count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fifth-degree welfare fraud for filing for welfare benefits in the City of Olean April 27. Rieman confirmed that Prince, formerly of Portville, is a New York State Registered Sex Offender for a May 2014 rape conviction for sex with a victim younger than 17 years old.

• Maria C. Grant, 23, of Grand Island, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault for beating another person in the Town of Persia on Aug. 25, 2014. She faces sentencing Dec. 21.

• Heather L. Blade, 38, of Olean, currently in the county jail, pleaded guilty to a felony count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for a drug deal in the Village of Allegany May 28. She faces sentencing Nov. 30.

• Kelly S. Bennett, 47, of Bradford, Pa., waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny for a theft from a Town of Allegany home July 15. She faces sentencing Dec. 14.

• Lindsay Goode, 25, of Salamanca, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty as charged to criminal possession of a controlled substance for having a quantity of cocaine, driving while intoxicated and second-degree criminal use of a public benefit card when stopped in the City of Salamanca July 4. She faces sentencing Nov. 4.

• Melissa J. Bushey, 40, of Lancaster, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty as charged for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and second-degree offering a forged instrument for filing after being pulled over in the Town of Yorkshire Feb. 19 at a time when her driving license was already revoked because of an earlier incident and she had a forged statement earmarked to submission to a local government agency. She faces sentencing Dec. 14.

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