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Coldspring man pleads guilty to operating methamphetamine business from his home

Brandon J. Reynolds, 30, of Coldspring, pleaded guilty Monday before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz to operating a methamphetamine business from his Lebanon Road home.

In a separate case, Jacob G. Winship, 24, of Little Valley, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of operating a meth lab from his home on West Hill Road.

Reynolds faces sentencing Jan. 4 on his guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said that during a raid on Reynolds’ home in February, a full-blown meth lab was found in the garage with plenty of meth-making compounds and mixtures to keep the business going.

In the other meth case, Winship was arrested at his home by agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force on Aug. 17. He pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a child because there was a child younger than 17 living with him, according to the district attorney.

While agents were searching his garage after Winship barricaded himself in a bedroom, they found a meth lab in his garage equipped with five pots that he was allegedly using one at a time to put all the all ingredients together and mix them into a container the size of a soda bottle, the district attorney said.

Also in the garage, agents found more than 4 ounces of methamphetamine oil, which is an unfinished element in the manufacturing process and about 3 grams of finished meth, Rieman said.

In other cases before Ploetz on Monday:

• J.D. King, 36, of Salamanca, was ordered to serve a state prison term of one to three years and made full restitution on his June 22 guilty plea to felony charges of driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for his stop in the City of Salamanca on March 7, when he registered blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, twice the state’s legal limit.

• Michael Bennett, 25, of Cattaraugus, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty to third-degree rape for having sex with a 16-year-old girl in the Town of New Albion March 1. He faces sentencing Jan. 4.

• Corey O’Neil, 36, of Salamanca, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty to felony DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after being pulled over in the City of Salamanca on Aug. 26, when he registered blood-alcohol content of 0.23 percent, almost three times the legal limit. He faces sentencing Jan. 4.

• Aaron L. Stearns, 29, of Hinsdale, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with first- and third-degree criminal sex act, first and second-degree attempted rape, second-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment for allegedly sodomizing an allegedly mentally disabled or incapacitated woman in a City of Olean residence Aug. 21.

• Sean M. Galmer, 26, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree criminal possession and criminal sale of drugs twice last May in the City of Olean.

• Jerome S. Giles, 43, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for an attempted drug sale in the City of Olean on May 6.

• Amy L. Schoonamaker, 36, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with second-degree assault third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment for injuring a person she allegedly held hostage in a house in the City of Olean on June 12 and 13.

• Quinton A. Powless, 19, of Salamanca, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charged him with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault, third-degree intimidating a witness, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly breaking into a City of Salamanca home June 3, threatening a witness to an earlier crime, damaging property and scaring a couple of children in the home.

• Ricky S. Schwab, 55, of Yorkshire, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a number of traffic law violations for allegedly breaking into a Town of Yorkshire building July 8, causing more than $3,000 in damage and sealing a car. He was ordered to remain in custody in Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley pending further proceedings.

• Dorothy M. Hagen, 45, of Salamanca, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with felony DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and using a motor vehicle without an interlock device ordered after an earlier conviction. She was arrested in the Town of Great Valley in the current case May 23, 2014, when she registered blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

• Jason A. McKune, 42, of Machias, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with felony DWI, failure to keep right and having an expired auto inspection sticker after being pulled over in the Town of Machias on July 12 when he allegedly had blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

• Shana Maybee, 40, of Salamanca, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with felony DWI and fourth-degree criminal mischief after being pulled over in the Town of Salamanca on April 30 when she allegedly had blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent and allegedly damaged some private property.

• William Carr Sr., 29, of Olean, was ordered to serve up to a year in Cattaraugus County Jail on his conviction for obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief for an incident in the City of Olean on July 5, 2014.

• Kristin L. Demis, 34, of Bradford, Pennsylvania, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and was ordered to spend at least 150 days at the Cattaraugus County Jail and make full restitution for a Town of Allegany break-in Sept. 6.

• Danielle Howard, 37, of Olean, was ordered to serve three years of probation and granted a conditional discharge on her petit larceny and trespass conviction for an incident in the Town of Allegany on April 28.

• Laurie A. Hathaway, 21, of Salamanca, was granted a one-year conditional discharge on third-degree burglary and petit larceny for an incident in the City of Salamanca on Oct. 6, 2013. She was also ordered to make full restitution of more than $1,000.

• Tanya Woods, 32, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with fourth-degree welfare fraud, fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly illegally obtaining more than $1,000 in public assistance benefits between last April 1 and Sept. 1 in the City of Olean.

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