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Three enter guilty pleas in apartment firebombing

LITTLE VALLEY -- Sentencing will be held in the fall for three men who pleaded guilty this week in Cattaraugus County Court to their roles in a firebombing of an apartment house of St. Bonaventure University students in the Village of Allegany.

Adam Peterson, 22, of Allegany and Mark J. Braithwaite, 21, of Olean pleaded guilty to fourth-degree arson and third-degree assault for the incident Oct. 17.

Also, Donald J. Phearsdorf, 23, of Allegany pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.

Judge Larry M. Himelein set sentencing for Peterson and Phearsdorf Oct. 17 and for Braithwaite on Nov. 14.

Andrew Piccirillo, 22, of Portville and Steven Sprague, 21, of Allegany have each been sentenced to five years' probation for their pleas to fourth-degree arson and third-degree assault in the incident.

The firebombing erupted after a reported confrontation between the men and the St. Bonaventure students renting the apartment.

The bottle bomb, known as a "Molotov cocktail," did not fully explode, and started a small fire that the students extinguished.

None of the students were injured in the fire.

But one was assaulted when he ran outside to get the license plate of the vehicle carrying the fire bombers, according to police reports.


Allegany woman accused of workplace stalking

ALLEGANY -- A Cherry Valley Road woman was arrested for stalking by continuously harassing another woman at her place of employment, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Andrea M. Jackson, 26, was taken into custody July 26 and charged with fourth-degree stalking. Following her arraignment in Allegany Town Court, she was released to appear at a later date.

Tuesday, Jackson was taken into custody again by deputies on a state violation of parole warrant. She was taken to the county jail and being held without bail.


Warrant charges woman with issuing bad checks

CATTARAUGUS -- A court warrant charging an Erie Street woman with 12 counts of issuing bad checks led to her arrest Friday and to the county jail.

Brandi C. Bartlow, 24, was taken into custody by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on a Little Valley Town Court warrant.

Following her arraignment in New Albion Town Court, Bartlow was taken to jail with bail set at $1,000 cash.


Randolph man charged with criminal mischief

RANDOLPH -- After police observed a smashed-in front door, broken cellphone and laptop computer they arrested a Sheldon Street man on a charge of criminal mischief.

Aaron J. Ling, 32, was taken into custody at about 11 p.m. Sunday at his home by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and charged with third-degree criminal mischief, stemming from a domestic incident.

Following arraignment in Randolph Town Court, Ling was released to return at a later date.


Salamanca man gets 1-3 years for DWI

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to serve up to three years in prison for his conviction of drunken driving.

Chauncey K. Dexter, 55, was sentenced to serve one to three years in prison, fined $1,000 and had his driver's license revoked for his guilty plea to driving while intoxicated Sept. 2 in the City of Salamanca.


South Dayton man sentenced in robbery

LITTLE VALLEY -- A South Dayton man has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to two years in county jail for his role in an armed robbery of an Amish couple in their horse-drawn buggy.

Donald J. Pfaffenbach, 30, of Edwards Corners Road, was sentenced Monday to serve two consecutive one-year terms in the county jail for his convictions of third-degree attempted robbery and second-degree menacing.

On July 11, 2010 in the Town of Leon, Pfaffenbach and others attempted to rob the couple and when they refused to turn over money fired a round near the horse.

There were no injuries.


Police flag driver for DWI on Route 417

ALLEGANY -- A Salamanca driver who was seen on Route 417 striking several construction signs and guardrails before being stopped by police, was arrested for drunken driving, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Aaron M. Pierce, 22, of South Main Street was charged about midnight Monday with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, leaving an accident scene and reckless driving after being stopped on I-86.

Following processing, Pierce was released to return to court at a later date.