Two Delevan men pleaded not guilty to burglary and rape charges Tuesday before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz in Little Valley in connection with their indictment for a Town of Yorkshire house break-in and sexual assault there April 9.
Brandon D. Root, 28, pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree assault for injuring one victim and having repeated sexual contact with another victim.
Lucas Burdick, 22, pleaded not guilty to single counts of first-degree rape, third-degree rape and first-degree burglary for the same incident.
Also Tuesday before Judge Ploetz in Little Valley:
• Jeffrey Burney, 21, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of second-degree assault for his alleged role in the beating of a 65-year-old man March 11 in the City of Olean.
• Joseph P. Vavrecan, 31, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana for alleged drug sales in the City of Olean April 26 when he was also allegedly found in possession of more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana.
• Ira Lidge, 30, of Buffalo, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance for an alleged drug incident in the City of Olean Jan 29.
• Eric Westfall, 36, of Delevan, pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated for having a blood-alcohol reading of 0.16 percent, twice the state’s legal limit, when he was pulled over in the Town of Yorkshire July 25, 2015. His sentencing is Sept. 6.
• Heather Deer, 33, of Franklinville, pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for having a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent, almost twice the state’s legal limit, when she was pulled over in the Town of Great Valley last Nov. 14. She faces sentencing Sept. 6.