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Chef Kevin O'Connell booked in child support claim

Chef Kevin O'Connell Jr., of the Greystone fine dining restaurant downtown, was booked by the Erie County Sheriff's Department Tuesday after turning himself in on a bench warrant.

O'Connell, who was released on bail later in the day, said the incident stemmed from a misunderstanding in an ongoing child support dispute with his ex-wife.

"I missed a date, and it has been rescheduled for Friday," he said. "This has nothing to do with the restaurant."

Kathleen Dowd, who had a daughter with O'Connell in 2006, said O'Connell has avoided paying most of the court-ordered support he has owed her since 2010. He owes her about $42,000 in support and medical expenses for their daughter, Dowd said.

O'Connell said that after he failed to appear at trial Friday over an allegedly willful violation of a support order, a Family Court magistrate issued the warrant. "Judge (Mary) Carney rescinded the warrant, and there is no issue."

His new court date on the child support hearing is next week, O'Connell said.

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