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Drug, weapons charges follow joint probe

WELLSVILLE -- A Whitesville man faces weapons, drugs and stolen property charges following a joint investigation by several area police agencies.

David Pusey Jr., 33, of Snow Road, is being held in the Allegany County Jail, state police reported this week.

Pusey was arrested last Thursday after a search of his home as a result of a joint investigation by the Wellsville and Independence police departments, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and state police.

During the search, officers recovered a .45-caliber pistol, a cut-down 12-gauge shotgun, other long guns and a "box lab" containing equipment and chemicals for the production of methamphetamine.

He is being held on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.


Lakewood man, 22, held in home burglary

BEMUS POINT -- A Lakewood man is being held on $20,000 bail on burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief charges stemming from his alleged role in a Town of Ellery home burglary in February or March, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

Joshua Asel, 22, of Chautauqua Avenue, was arrested Monday following a court-approved search of a Town of Chautauqua home where some of the stolen items were recovered Monday and linked to him. He is being held pending further court proceedings and investigators are looking into whether he had accomplices.


Traffic stop results in DWI, marijuana charges

STEAMBURG -- A Jamestown man was arrested last weekend on drunken driving and marijuana charges.

Ronald Hultin, 46, was charged by Trooper Joseph Krywalski with felony driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over Saturday on Interstate 86 and failed several field sobriety tests, according to a police report.

The trooper reported finding a pipe containing marijuana and a bag of marijuana in Hultin's car and also charged him with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hultin, who registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, was charged with felony DWI because of a previous drunken driving conviction within the last 10 years, troopers said.


Woman accused of stealing mother's credit card, phone

BATAVIA -- A Le Roy woman was sent to the Genesee County Jail following her arrest Tuesday morning on robbery and other charges for allegedly stealing her mother's credit card and cellphone after an argument.

Samantha M. Williams, 31, of Warsaw Road, got into an argument in their car on Seven Springs Road in Batavia at about 9 a.m. Williams reportedly stole the items only to be arrested by Genesee County sheriff's deputies a short time later on East Main Street Road.

She is being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail pending arraignment May 22 in Batavia Town Court, according to the Sheriff's Office.


Guilty plea entered to attempted burglary

LITTLE VALLEY -- Mary C. McConnell, 23, of Olean, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court to third-degree attempted burglary for a Sept. 30, 2011, incident in the Town of Olean. She faces sentencing July 9.


Another woman pleads guilty to burglary attempt

LITTLE VALLEY -- Tanya M. Brehm, 18, of Machias, pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court on Tuesday to third-degree attempted burglary for a Jan. 27 incident in the Town of Machias. She faces sentencing July 9.


Guilty plea entered to aggravated DWI

LITTLE VALLEY -- Travis L. Perkins, 41, of Silver Creek, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court to aggravated drunken driving for his Jan. 2 arrest in Salamanca with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.26 percent, more than three times the state's legal limit. He faces sentencing Aug. 27.


Olean house break-in brings a guilty plea

LITTLE VALLEY -- Michael L. Chase, 21, of Olean, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court to third-degree burglary for a Jan. 28 house break-in in Olean. Already in custody at the county Jail, he faces sentencing in County Court July 9.


Two driving yellow sedan sought in Amherst break-in

Amherst police Wednesday continued to search for two men driving a yellow four-door sedan that may once have been a taxi in connection with a daylight burglary on a Campus Drive apartment off Main Street last week.

The car was described to police as possibly a Ford Crown Victoria. Officers said the men stole a laptop computer and flat-screen television last Thursday.

Anyone with information is urged to call Amherst Police at 689-1360.