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Brandon Gena, Olean drug suspect, given three year prison term

Brandon M. Gena, 25, of Olean was ordered Monday to serve a three-year state prison term by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz on his felony drug conviction for a City of Olean incident on March 14. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Gena was convicted of a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having narcotic drugs when he was frisked that day. The judge also ordered him to submit to two years of post-prison-release supervision.

Also before Judge Ploetz, sitting in Little Valley:

• Ricky Vento, 42, Jeffrey Zink, 35, and James Lewellyn, 36, all of South Dayton, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging them with second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly breaking into a South Dayton building Oct. 15 and severely beating a 16-year-old teenager who had confronted them.

• Todd Childs, 19, and Michael Flynn, 17, both of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing them of first- and second-degree burglary and fourth-degree conspiracy for their alleged roles in a break-in at a Town of Allegany home on Dec. 27.

• Tanya Woods, 33, of Olean, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated for an incident in the City of Olean on Oct. 11 and a felony count of fourth-degree welfare fraud for illegally obtaining more than $1,000 in public assistance in the City of Olean from April to September. She faces sentencing May 2.

• Cody Mitchell, 24, of Olean, pleaded guilty to a felony count of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance for an incident in the City of Olean on Aug. 25. He faces sentencing May 2.

• Husnain Rafi, 38, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of felony counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated and traffic infractions of failure to use a turn signal and improper use of hazard flashers without justification for an incident in the City of Olean on Dec. 4.

• Eric Westfall, 36, of Delevan, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with felony driving while intoxicated, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speeding and failure to yield for an incident in the Town of Yorkshire on July 25.

• Joseph L. Hecht, 32, of Yorkshire, was ordered to serve up to one year in the Cattaraugus County Jail on his conviction for attempted failure to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry and parole violation for an earlier incident. He was charged on Sept. 24 after he failed to notify the State Sex Offender Registry within 10 days of changing his residence.

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