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Salamanca hotel operator charged with felony

SALAMANCA -- City police report the arrest of a local businesswoman on a charge of third-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

Laura J. Dorfman, 49, of East State Street, operator of the Dudley Hotel on Main Street, was arrested at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday. Following processing, Dorfman was released to appear in City Court Jan. 6.

Police said the incident took place in October but could not provide further details.


Woman, young passenger injured in car crash

A 22-year-old driver and an 11-year-old male passenger were injured early Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on Middle Road in the Town of Concord, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported.

Police said Kristen Meyer was traveling east when her Pontiac Grand Am slid sideways off the road at about 12:45 p.m. and struck some trees before coming to rest in a small creek.

Volunteer rescue crews from the East Concord and Springville fire companies feverishly fought creek water trying to free Meyer from the vehicle. Using the Jaws of Life, crews finally extricated her after about 90 minutes.

The young male passenger was taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services to Women & Children's Hospital, where he was listed in good condition late Tuesday. Meyer also was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance. She was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center with severe leg injuries, deputies said.


Baby sitter arrested in theft of thousands

BASOM -- An 18-year-old Shanks Road woman was arrested last week for allegedly stealing several thousand dollars over a period of four months from a neighbor for whom she babysat, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Dora L. Poodry was arrested Friday and charged with a felony county of third-degree grand

larceny. Investigators said the thefts took place between last December and March 21.


Man serving 90 days as part of DWI sentence

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man is serving 90 days in the Cattaraugus County Jail following his sentencing in County Court for driving while intoxicated and without a driver's license.

Marvin D. Cooper, 19, also was sentenced Dec. 13 by Judge Terrence Parker to five years' probation, license revocation and $1,500 in fines for the DWI July 4 in the Town of Salamanca. Authorities said Cooper had a blood alcohol count of 0.20 percent.


Traffic stop leads to charge of aggravated DWI

FALCONER -- A Jamestown man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated over the weekend after he was pulled over for unspecified traffic violations on South Work Street in Falconer Friday, state police said.

Paul Thrasher, 50, failed several field sobriety tests. At the State Police barracks in Jamestown, a breath test indicated his blood-alcohol level was 0.21 percent -- more than twice the legal limit. He was turned over to a sober third party.


Woman gets probation for selling drug

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean woman has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to five years' probation for selling a controlled substance Oct. 23, 2010, in Olean.

Rebecca Oakley, 29, was sentenced Dec. 13 for her guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Alprazolam.


Plea of not guilty entered to home invasion charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- A man extradited from Florida to face charges in Cattaraugus County Court of home invasion has been arraigned and pleaded not guilty.

Nathan Chester, 23, located in Lake Mary, Fla., and now being held in the County Jail, entered the plea last week to grand jury charges of first-degree robbery, counts of second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

Chester and two others are accused of stealing items from another person Sept, 5, 2009, in the Town of Farmersville. A firearm was displayed, police said. County Judge Larry M. Himelein set bail at $100,000.


DWI brings probation, license revocation, fines

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Perrysburg man has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to five years' probation, license revocation and fines of $1,000 for driving while intoxicated.

Jeremy L. Henderson, 31, was sentenced Dec. 13 for his guilty pleas for the incident March 16 in the Town of Perrysburg, when he was driving with a blood alcohol count of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.


Man gets year in prison for attempt to sell pills

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to one year in prison for attempting to sell hydrocodone pills in the City of Olean.

Jesse C. Bartlett Jr., 21, was sentenced Dec. 20 to prison for his guilty plea to fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance Dec. 15, 2010.