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Woman gets jail time in forged-check case

An Allegany County woman sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court faces jail for possessing forged checks.

Catherine I. Washburn, 42, of Black Creek, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to serve two concurrent six-month terms in the county jail, five years' probation and restitution.

District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey said Washburn was convicted of two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument involving another person's personal checks between June 6 and July 28, 2004, in Olean.

Sharkey said several others entered guilty pleas and await sentencing on Nov. 21.

Paula M. Bremiller, 48, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny between May and December 2004 in Machias when items valued at over $1,000 were stolen.

Dawn M. Marlett, 37, of Allegany, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance May 19 in Ashford when she was found in possession of 500 milligrams of cocaine.

Raymond L. Pastorius, 54, of Franklinville, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted sexual abuse between June and July 2002 in Franklinville involving a person under age 11.

Martin A. Thomas, 31, currently being held in the Chautauqua County Jail, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance May 3 in Olean relating to the sale of crack cocaine.

Henry Donaldson, 31, no known address, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance June 9, 2004, in Olean when he possessed crack cocaine.

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