LITTLE VALLEY -- A jury trial is set to begin Thursday in Cattaraugus County Court for a Jamestown man accused of burglaries in Randolph.
Douglas Martin, 39, of Towers Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary in September 2001 at two locations in Randolph when items valued at $1,895 and $390 were stolen.
Martin also pleaded not guilty to petit larceny and third-degree tampering with a witness between Nov. 3 and 5, 2002, in Mayville when he allegedly threatened a potential court witness.
Jury selection was completed Tuesday and the trial will be held before Judge Larry M. Himelein. Jay Carr of Olean is the defense attorney.
Burglars loot, damage
Korean Church in Clarence
Erie County sheriff's investigators are continuing to probe a weekend burglary that netted thieves about $5,000 in office equipment and left hundreds of dollars worth of damage inside the New Hope Korean Presbyterian Church in Clarence.
Burglars who forced their way into the church on Strickler Road sometime overnight Saturday confined their damage to the office area of the church.
"We're looking at it very carefully," Chief Deputy Richard T. Donovan said. "There was no damage to the sanctuary itself. There was nothing to give us any indication that it was any kind of a hate crime. But it's still under investigation."
Cattaraugus Sheriff's Dept.
reports several arrests
LITTLE VALLEY -- The following recent arrests have been reported by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department.
David Blanco, 47, of Randolph, was arrested Tuesday on Route 241 in Conewango allegedly passed out at the wheel of his vehicle. Deputies charged him with driving while intoxicated and parking in an intersection. Following arraignment in Randolph Town Court he was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Jason Lee Nichols, 21, of Ellicottville, was arrested on a burglary warrant from East Otto Monday in Salamanca. He is also wanted on a state warrant for parole violation and is being held in the county jail on $10,000 bail.
Dawn R. Keyes, 30, of Salamanca was arrested on a charge of third-degree hindering prosecution for allegedly hiding Nichols at her residence. She was released without bail.
David L. Gardner, 53, of Little Valley was arrested Monday on a charge of first-degree sodomy in connection with a Dec. 13 incident involving a 17-year old male. After arraignment Gardner was taken to the county jail in lieu of bail.
Anthony T. Ogilvie, 21, of Machias, and David W. Macomber, 23, of Chaffee, were arrested Sunday in Machias on charges of third-degree burglary. They are accused of stealing alcohol and lottery tickets from Lil's Deli in Machias. Following arraignment, they were jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail each.
Judge orders Olean woman
to pay business $89,057
LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean woman was sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to restitution of nearly $90,000 that she stole from an Olean business where she worked.
Mary Jo Clarke, 39, of North Union Street, also was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $89,057 by Judge Larry M. Himelein for her guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny.
Court records show Clarke, while employed at A.G. Edwards & Sons in Olean, stole the money by writing checks to herself and others between Nov. 27, 2001, and Oct. 18, 2002.
Olean Attorney Jay Carr served as special prosecutor in the case after District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey recused himself because he is acquainted with Clarke's family and her husband had worked for him.