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Woman admits stealing from Legion Post

MAYVILLE -- A restitution hearing will be the next stop for a Westfield woman who pleaded guilty this week to embezzling more than $50,000 from that community's American Legion post.

District Attorney David Foley said Nancy Merriam, 58, admitted to stealing the money between January 1997 and June 2004.

No date for the hearing was set.

Foley did not disclose Merriam's connection with the John W. Rogers American Legion Post, but said she pleaded guilty in Chautauqua County Court to second-degree grand larceny.

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Jamestown man faces cocaine-sales charges

JAMESTOWN -- Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested a Jamestown man Wednesday on drug charges.

Officers allege Joshua Dorsey, 20, of Barrett Avenue sold cocaine to an undercover agent.

After a two-month investigation, a City Court warrant was issued for Dorsey's arrest on charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

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Canaseraga man found guilty of child porn

BELMONT -- An Allegany County Court jury Wednesday convicted Brian N. Woodring, 21, of Canaseraga of promoting a sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

District Attorney Terrence M. Parker said Woodring produced and distributed a videotape of sexual conduct with a child younger than 17 in Canaseraga in 2004.

Judge James E. Euken ordered Woodring held in the Allegany County Jail in Belmont without bail pending sentencing sometime next month.

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Chautauqua deputies nab man on wanted list

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies brought in a Falconer man Wednesday who appeared on the county's wanted list.

Ryan Newell, 23, charged with possession of a forged instrument, was remanded to county jail.

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