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Paving business enters not guilty plea in Cattaraugus County Court

John Rauh, the chief executive officer of HH Rauh Paving Inc.,  pleaded not guilty before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz Monday to a grand jury indictment accusing the business of two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for incidents in the Town of Allegany on May 1, 2013, and Dec. 22, 2014.

The charges are in connection with two jobs in the Town of Allegany.  Officials of the Chautauqua County business could not be reached to comment on the case.

Also  appearing before Ploetz in the Little Valley courtroom:

  • John M. Leaf, 44, of Salamanca, was placed on probation for five years and had his driver's license revoked, He was convicted of felony driving while intoxicated after being arrested in the Village of Ellicottville on March 27, when he posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent, more than three times the state's legal limit. If his driver's license is restored he will be required to use an ignition interlock device.
  • Joshua J. Meachum, 35, of Randolph, was placed on probation for five years on his Sept. 19 guilty plea to a felony charge of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person for an incident in the Town of Randolph on July 3.
  • Clifford W. Heitman, 33, of West Valley, waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty as charged to a felony count of aggravated driving while intoxicated. When arrested in the Town of Coldspring on July 22, there was a child younger than 15 in the car. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.


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