John V. Noel III, 43, of Mayville, was ordered by Chautauqua County Judge David M. Foley this week to serve a six-year state prison term and then submit to five years of post-release supervision on his conviction for operating a methamphetamine lab in his Beaujean Road home.
Acting District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson said Noel was arrested Aug. 9 during a court-authorized raid on his home by agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Hours before the raid Noel had been remanded to the county jail after being arrested on a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle during a traffic stop. During the house raid officers found quantities of methamphetamine and a fully equipped methamphetamine lab.
Swanson said the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was put into action during the Aug. 9 raid to collect evidence and safely dispose of the toxic meth byproducts found in Noel’s lab.
Noel was convicted of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.
Also before Foley this week:
• Kevin Weary, 50, of Jamestown, was ordered to serve a state prison term of two and a half to five years on his conviction for third-degree burglary. He was arrested Sept. 9 after a two-month investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office into a series of burglaries of businesses throughout the county. Swanson and Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace said Weary was involved in burglaries last year at the Vineyards Golf Course in Pomfret, the Jamestown Area Federal Credit Union, the Rowdy Rooster in Panama, Hogan’s Hut and the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union in North Harmony, the 430 Market in Ellery, the Robo Wash in Jamestown and S.A.S. Motors in Ellicott. Both officials praised the Jamestown Police Department for its assistance in the Robo Wash burglary.
• Devon Wilson, 21, of Dunkirk, was ordered to serve a state prison term of 16 months to four years and submit to three years of post-prison supervision on his conviction for third-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree criminal contempt for a violent incident on Aug. 30 in a home on Hoyt Street in Dunkirk. Swanson said Wilson was taken into custody following an hours-long manhunt throughout the city by Chautauqua County sheriff deputies, state troopers, officers of the Fredonia, Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti Police and Dunkirk Police K-9 units. He was finally arrested after a brief standoff in a house on East Fifth Street in Dunkirk.
• James Nedwick, 56, of Mayville, was ordered to serve a two-to-four-year state prison term and pay $4,000 in fines on his convictions for two felony driving while intoxicated arrests on July 22 in the Town of Chautauqua. Swanson said Nedwick that day registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit.