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Two Delevan men indicted for Yorkshire buglary and rape

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.

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