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>Drug arrest results in 5 years' probation

BELMONT -- Allegany County Judge James E. Euken on Wednesday sentenced a Cuba man to five years' probation on drug charges.

Gerald R. Loiacona Jr., 31, of Cuba, pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to a reduced charge of fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, District Attorney Terrence M. Parker said.

Loiacona was indicted Jan. 4 on charges of fifth-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance, Parker said.

Loiacona was accused of selling an unspecified controlled substance Jan. 10, 2005, in Cuba, the district attorney said.

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>Wellsville man admits guilt in June 11 fire

BELMONT -- A Wellsville man pleaded guilty this week to a reduced charge in an arson case involving the torching of a mobile home in Wellsville's Level Acres trailer park.

Jeremy D. Smith, 25, will be sentenced Feb. 20 in Allegany County Court on his guilty plea to third-degree attempted arson. Assistant District Attorney Keith Slep said Judge John Michalski, on assignment from Erie County, accepted Smith's plea.

Slep said Smith was originally charged with third-degree arson in the June 11 fire.

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>Sentencing scheduled Feb. 5 on guilty pleas

LITTLE VALLEY -- Several guilty pleas were entered this week before Cattaraugus County Court Judge Larry M. Himelein, who scheduled sentencing Feb. 5.

George C. Haas Jr., 39, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty to first-degree scheme to defraud. He was accused of attempting to obtain property valued at more than $1,000 between May and August in Salamanca.

District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey said Haas also pleaded guilty to violating probation for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.

In other cases, Wade M. Spruce, 36, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving without a license. He was arrested Nov. 8, 2005, in Persia, where his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.20 percent.

Brandi L. Pascucci, 23, of Allegany, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance -- narcotic pills -- which were sold Oct. 28, 2005, and Aug. 19 in the City of Olean, Sharkey said.

Joseph B. Marciano, 45, of Olean, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Oct. 8 in the City of Olean.

Adam Cass, 19, of Little Valley, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary. The crime occurred June 18 in Coldspring.

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>Two youths accused of witness intimidation

SHERIDAN An Angola youth and a teen from Silver Creek were arrested Thursday afternoon and accused of intimidating witnesses who were about to testify in a criminal case in Sheridan Town Court, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Joshua Phillips, 18, and Nathan W. Mekus, 16, were both charged with third-degree intimidation of a witness. Authorities said Phillips threatened to punch a Sheridan witness in the face and called the person a "snitch." Mekus was arrested in the Town of Hanover, where he threatened a witness there, deputies said.

Both were arrested on warrants and were ordered held in Chautauqua County Jail on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond.

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>Someone swipes chipper from Public Works site

LITTLE VALLEY -- A used brush chipper valued at between $1,500 and $3,000 has been stolen from a locked storage area on the Public Works Department grounds.

Public Works Commissioner David J. Rivet told the Cattaraugus County Legislature's Public Works Committee members about the missing equipment during a meeting held Wednesday. He said it was brought to his attention by his staff within the last couple of weeks.

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