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TWO ACCEPT PLEA DEAL IN DRUG CASE

Two men arrested in a drug sweep in May in Olean have pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to reduced charges.

David A. Applewhite, 20, of Olean pleaded guilty to two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (cocaine), March 10 and 28.

Judge Larry M. Himelein sentenced Applewhite to serve consecutive sentences of one to three years in prison on each charge.

Applewhite was indicted by a grand jury on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Earl F. Wilfong, 35, of Olean pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, Feb. 11 in Olean, where he sold drugs with a child nearby.

Wilfong was indicted on charges of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey could not be reached to comment on the details of the plea arrangements.

Just as his scheduled trial was to begin, Arthur J. Wright, 20, of Jamestown pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, Aug. 5, 1999, at a house in Mansfield. He admitted he broke in and stole guns. Sentencing is Nov. 6.

Several others entered pleas and face sentencing in November.

David P. Buchanan, 45, of Randolph pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse, Nov. 13 involving a person under age 11.

Lillian F. Kruszka, 37, of Gowanda pleaded guilty to fourth-degree larceny, April 20 in the Town of New Albion. She told the court she wrote a check for around $2,400 on a closed account at the Bank of Cattaraugus.

Jason L. Nichols, 18, of Salamanca pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted arson, May 21 in Little Valley.

Alberta L. Mann, 59, of Salamanca pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, April 29 in Salamanca.

Sentencing has been set for Dec. 11 for Rick L. Laahs, 42, of Franklinville, who pleaded guilty to probation violation and driving while intoxicated March 9 in Yorkshire.

A five-year probation sentence was imposed on Laahs in a previous DWI case, May 10, 1998. He violated the terms of the probation when he was arrested in March.

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