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Little Valley man pleads not guilty in fatal hit and run

A Little Valley man pleaded not guilty to charges Tuesday in the traffic death of a man who was killed while he was standing next to a parked car in Red House on May 25.

Cyrus Spruce, 19, entered the plea before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz in an indictment charging him with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, criminally negligent homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of a serious personal injury incident.

Watson M. Cooper, 23, of Salamanca, was fatally injured when a vehicle operated by Spruce crashed into two parked cars, according to District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman. Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies said Spruce was speeding at the time. Cooper died in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

In other cases before Ploetz:

• Nicholas S. Cossairt, 28, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with second-degree burglary, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny for a City of Olean break-in and theft. Cossairt previously was placed on probation for five years and ordered to make $1,586.87 in restitution in another burglary in Olean in December 2012.

• Wayne A. Babb Jr., 33, of Olean pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with second-degree assault, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child for an incident with a child younger than 7 years old in the City of Olean on March 27.

• Todd Ullman, 56, of Salamanca, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with second-degree vehicular assault, second- and third-degree assault, leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and traffic violations for injuries suffered by another person while he was driving in Salamanca on April 6.

• Norman I. Geddis, 46, of Conewango, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor unlawful imprisonment. He is accused of threatening a person with a firearm in the Town of Conewango on July 6. Geddis was charged in December with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding linked to a crash into a ditch on Center Road in Sheridan, according to State Police.

• Kristina K. Kelley, 33, of Olean, pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as the result of her arrest during a drug raid by Olean Police on a flat in the 100 block of Orleans Avenue on April 26. She faces sentencing Dec. 5.

• Janay Tarrant, 23, of Buffalo, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty as charged to a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs when she was pulled over in the Town of Franklinville on March 25. She faces sentencing Oct. 23, 2017.

• Jacquelyn A. McCord, 25, of Little Valley, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She was arrested in the Town of Ellicottville when she had a 9-month-old child in her car this past Jan. 28. According to State Police, she posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, nearly twice the state’s legal limit. She faces sentencing Nov. 7.

• Michael A. Osby Jr., 31, of Olean, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal trespass in the theft of a credit card in the City of Olean last Sept. 24, and a break-in at an Olean building last Nov. 6. He faces sentencing Nov. 7.

• Brandon Blackshear, 33, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance for an incident in Salamanca on Sept. 9, 2015. Blackshear is serving a term of up to three years in Wyoming State Correctional Facility on a parole violation conviction linked to a 2011 Steuben County drug arrest. He faces sentencing Dec. 5.

• Howard B. Allen, 35, of Olean, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested while trying to sell narcotics in the Town of Coldspring on May 7. He will be sentenced Nov. 7.

• Jeffrey Zink, 35, of South Dayton, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief for damaging property in South Dayton in October 2015. He faces sentencing Dec. 5.

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