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One Gowanda meth dealer pleads guilty and second is spared more jail time

One Gowanda methamphetamine dealer pleaded guilty and a second has been spared more jail time by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz in Little Valley.

Ryan D. Pisa’s guilty plea and the sentencing of Alissa C. Jones both involved investigative work by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in cracking down on separate meth labs operating on the village’s Commercial Street, District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said.

Jones, 44, arrested during a raid on her Commercial Street apartment building, was placed on probation for five years and ordered to repay the state for the cost of dismantling and removing lab equipment from her flat. The district attorney said six other residents of that apartment were evacuated during the dangerous cleanup operation and placed in a nearby motel for a night.

Jones was convicted of a felony charge of third-degree attempted unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, the prosecutor said.

Pisa, 38, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines linked to his arrest in another Commercial Street building last April 9. Police found lab equipment and precursor chemicals for the manufacture of meth, the district attorney said. Pisa faces sentencing Nov. 21.

Also Monday before Judge Ploetz:

• Christopher A. Barber, 27, of Portville, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for the theft of more than $3,000 worth of goods during break-ins in the Town of Portville last Nov. 23 and in the City of Olean last Dec. 2. He faces sentencing Nov. 21.

• Kevin Mylett, 41, of the Village of Cattaraugus, was placed on probation for five years, ordered to use ignition interlock devices when he gets his license restored and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service for a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

• John M. Leaf, 44, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent, more than three times the state’s legal limit. He faces sentencing Nov. 21.

• Michael Knipple, 50, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated. He is accused of registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent that day, three times the state’s legal limit.

• Michael Boone, 31, of Ellicottville, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of felony driving while intoxicated, speeding, and failing to keep right on the road. He is accusing of having a blood-alcohol level that day of 0.14 percent, almost twice the state’s legal limit.

• Allen E. Brillhart, 31, of Silver Creek, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. He faces sentencing Jan. 9.

• Dale R. Parker, 29, of Olean, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny for an attempt to steal property in the City of Olean. He faces sentencing Nov. 21.

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