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Two men plead guilty to operating meth labs at their homes

Michael J. Conners, 33, of Franklinville, and Jacob G. Winship, 24, of Little Valley, both pleaded guilty Monday before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz in Little Valley to separately operating methamphetamine businesses at their homes. Both pleaded guilty to felony charges of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and both of them face sentencing March 28.

District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Conners was arrested at his Weller Road house last June 10 by agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. She said the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and local fire departments were called to Conners’ property because of the threat of possible explosions and fire as the equipment was dismantled.

During the raid several ounces of methamphetamine and ingredients used in the making of meth were seized.

Winship was arrested at his West Hill Road home in Little Valley by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force last Aug. 17. The district attorney said that while searching Winship’s garage after he had barricaded himself in a bedroom the task force found a meth lab equipped with five pots that he was using to mix ingredients. Authorities also found in the garage 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.

Also Monday in Cattaraugus County Court:

• Michael R. Magnano, 81, of Allegany, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with second-degree grand larceny and issuing a bad check for a purchase of more than $50,000 in property in the City of Olean last May 6.

• Mark L. Burdick II, 22, of Olean, was ordered to serve 5½ years in state prison and then submit to three years of post-release supervision on his Nov. 16 guilty plea to second-degree assault for severely injuring another person during an altercation in Olean last June 12.

• Raymond Jemison, 34, of Buffalo, was ordered as a repeat felon, to serve 1½ years in state prison on his felony drug sale conviction for a Town of Great Valley drug deal on Sept. 23, 2014.

• Cara L. Skye, 28, of Steamburg, was ordered to serve up to a one-year term in the Cattaraugus County Jail on her conviction of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for an attempted drug sale in the Little Valley area last Feb. 26.

• Kylene M. Hellriegel, 31, of Leon was placed on probation for five years and ordered to make full restitution on her felony forgery conviction for a incident in Salamanca last June 28.

• Gary C. Coleman, 27, of Olean, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance for an attempted drug sale in Olean last March 21. He faces sentencing April 25.

• Mark R. Reiller, 22, of Salamanca, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty as charged to third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for a burglary in the City of Salamanca on Dec. 8. He faces sentencing April 4.