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Delevan sex offender pleads guilty to registration crime

LITTLE VALLEY – Douglas G. Howe, 30, of Delevan, who served a brief jail term last fall for sexual contact with a girl under the age of 17 last year, pleaded guilty last week before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz to new felony and misdemeanor charges.

District Attorney Lori Petti Rieman said Howe, who was convicted last year of third-degree criminal sexual act and unlawfully dealing with a child for his crimes with the girl in Yorkshire in March 2016, failed to inform the state Division of Criminal Justice Services within ten days of his change of address.

He waived grand jury action and pleaded guilty to the felony crime of failure to register.

Under state law affecting registered sex offenders, his failure to notify the state agency within ten days of his change of address last month was a crime.  He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree forgery for issuing a forged written statement last month. He faces sentencing July 17.

Also last week before Judge Ploetz:

–  Dlyn G. Tingue, 44, of Machias, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.  He was arrested in Franklinville last Jan. 23 while trying to make meth in a home where state police found young children living. He faces sentencing July 17.

– Obidah T. Ramadhan, 31, of Little Valley, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The district attorney said Ramadhan was arrested by Olean police when he tried to flee after the car in which he was a passenger near his Third Avenue flat was pulled over about 7:50 a.m. Feb. 26.

After a brief foot chase, he fought with officers and was found to have cash, six baggies of cocaine and some marijuana. He remains in custody at the county jail in Little Valley pending further court proceedings.

– Melissa Nestell, 33, of Salamanca, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated charges and an obstructing governmental administration charge for her arrests in the City of Salamanca for drunk driving on Oct. 1, 2016 and Nov. 9, 2016. During the October arrest she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit. She faces sentencing July 17.



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