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Two arrested in seizure of drugs in Jamestown

ELLICOTT -- Two Jamestown men were were arrested, and one remained in custody Monday after a raid on an East Main Street house over the weekend and the seizure of a large quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana, officials of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force announced.

Ulus C. Battle, 25, of Hallock Street, remains jailed, and Terin L. Butler, 21, of Willard Street, faces further Ellicott Town Court proceedings as a result of the raid, authorized by Chautauqua County Judge John G. Ward.

Drug task force agents, as a result of an investigation by the task force and the Ellicott Police Department, raided 1980 E. Main St. at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, seizing Battle and Butler and finding the crack and marijuana, task force officials said.

The two were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Battle, allegedly in possession of the crack, also was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal nuisance.


Attempted robbery, assault of officer lead to prison

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man was ordered Monday by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein to serve 18 months to four years in prison on his conviction for attempted robbery and assaulting a police officer last October.

Daniel P. Klein, 22, who has been jailed for the past seven months, was convicted of displaying a handgun during a street robbery in Olean last Oct. 11 and causing minor injuries to a city police officer when he was arrested last Oct. 12.


Cattaraugus sheriff warns residents of 'mail scam'

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County-area residents were warned Monday to be cautious about receiving unexpected checks for about $5,000 from an entity billing itself as Dongwha USA from KeyBank National Association.

Residents are being asked to cash the check and contact an alleged "claim agent" to send a money order, personal check, cash, or debit and credit card information "to receive additional winnings," Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb said.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating what the sheriff called "a mail scam." He stressed that personal information should never be given out over the telephone.

Anyone who receives such calls or mailings is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 938-91912 or their local law enforcement agency.


Blood-alcohol levels high in four charged with DWI

Four people charged by state police with driving while intoxicated over the weekend all recorded blood-alcohol levels of at least twice the legal limit, officials reported Monday. One of them was a 69-year-old man who recorded a level of 0.19 percent.

The first case occurred at about 7:20 p.m. Friday, when state police at Warsaw responded to a two-car injury accident on Route 19 in the Town of Warsaw. Troopers determined that a car driven by Robert B. Brown, 69, of Wyoming, rear-ended another vehicle. Brown, who was not injured, consented to a breath test that revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, officials said.

Brown was charged with DWI and speed not reasonable and prudent. The other driver suffered back and neck pain in the collision.

Also charged with DWI, in separate incidents, were Jennifer L. Dee, 33, of Lancaster, accused of having a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent; Barnett B. Slutsky, 30, of East Aurora, with a 0.16 percent reading; and Kevin A. Girard, 21, of Amherst, with a 0.16 percent level, state police said.


Californian convicted of online sexual charges

A California man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for trying to force a child in Buffalo to send him nude photos online four years ago.

Jose Francisco Pineda, 32, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on a count of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

In November 2008, Pineda, who was living in Los Angeles, used his computer to begin a relationship with a 12-year-old minor in the Buffalo area, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case.

Pineda, 28 at that time, began an online relationship with the victim claiming to be 17 years old. He engaged in online chats of a sexual nature and tried to manipulate the victim into sending him nude photographs by expressing his love for the victim, sending graphic images and videos and threatening to break up if he did not receive such photos. The parents of the victim discovered the online activity and alerted law enforcement, Grisanti said.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.


Jail term up to a year set for resisting arrest

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man was ordered Monday by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein to spend up to a year in the county jail on his Feb. 9 guilty plea to resisting arrest.

Jeremy M. Foster, 22, of Adams Street, was arrested during a Salamanca street fight last Oct. 13.