Falconer woman sentenced for stealing from the Post Office
BUFFALO - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday that Donna Spencer, 51, of Falconer, pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds by a postal service employee before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr., who is handling the case, stated that Spencer was employed by the United States Postal Service since 1986. Between Feb. 13, 1999, and July 19, 2013, the defendant was employed as the Postmaster at the Frewsburg Post Office. During that time, Spencer accepted cash payments from USPS customers for the purchase of postage stamps. Instead of depositing the cash payments into the USPS register, the defendant kept the cash for her own purposes. An audit of the Frewsburg facility determined that the total loss amount was $14,023.50.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kevin Niland of the Boston Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 27 at 10 a.m. before Judge Skretny.
Alleged drunk driver rolls vehicle
PORTLAND - An alleged drunk driver rolled her vehicle on Plank Road early Thursday morning.
Brittney N. Paulus, 29, of Dewittville was charged with driving while intoxicated, speed not reasonable or prudent and failure to keep right.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office was called to the report of the single-vehicle accident shortly after 12 a.m. It is alleged Paulus was traveling south when she crossed over the northbound lane leaving the roadway and overturning her vehicle. Paulus was found to be allegedly traveling at an unsafe speed for the icy conditions and was intoxicated.
Neither Paulus nor her 25-year-old male passenger was injured. She was released to appear in Portland Town Court at a later date.
New York State Police at Collins
COLLINS - On Wednesday Robert Bargy, 49, of Falconer and Joshua Ross, 25, of Falconer were arrested on arrest warrants for petit larceny.
On Feb. 13, the two men reportedly stole $150 worth of cigarettes from the Iroquois Smoke Shop on Route 438 in Gowanda.
Troopers from Collins and Falconer were able to track the two down to the Jamestown area as the investigation unfolded, and picked them up last night on the warrants.
The two were processed in Collins, arraigned in Collins Court and sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $5,000 cash bail.
Chelsi Mikowski, 25, of Brigham Road was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a lane on Feb. 8.
Joshua Cave, 32, of Cottage Street, Westfield, was charged with second-degree harassment on Feb. 9.
Rolando Colon, 30, of Route 20, Fredonia, was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching on Feb. 9.
Rodney Clyburn, 33, of West Fourth Street was charged with menacing on Feb. 9.
Isai Santiago-Garcia, 29, of Lake Shore Drive East was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Feb. 10.
Tony Stewart, 31, of North Beagle Street was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal contempt and trespassing on Feb. 11.
Alexander Santiago-Rodriguez, 38, of Lincoln Avenue was charged with trespassing and possession of a hypodermic needle on Feb. 12.
Wayne Magill, 41, of South Roberts Road was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and inadequate exhaust on Feb. 12.
Angel Muniz, 39, of East Main Road, Fredonia, was charged with driving while intoxicated, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to signal and expired registration on Feb. 14.
Carlos Ruiz, 67, of Ruggles Street was charged with driving while intoxicated, no insurance and failure to dim lights on Feb. 15.
Joseph Jagoda, 24, of Washington Avenue was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to comply, no insurance, failure to signal and violation of a conditional license on Feb. 15.
Orlando Rodriguez, 51, of Lincoln Avenue was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated on Sunday.
Jeremiah Kurgan, 27, of Robin Street was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Sunday.
Eric Grim, 55, of Hoyt Street, Dunkirk was charged with larceny on Feb. 12.
Paul Otto, 23, of Rochester was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment on Feb. 14.
Alexander Czechowski, 20, of Clinton Avenue was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and following too closely after an accident near the intersection of East Main Street and Newton Street on Feb. 15.
Jacob McCoy, 21, of Lancaster was charged with failure to yield the right of way after an accident on Brigham Road about a quarter of a mile north of Temple Street on Feb. 15.
Cheryl Jessie, 50, and Adam Jessie, 24, both of Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk, were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Wednesday.
Rachael Langford, 28, of Wisteria Drive was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment on Wednesday.
Edward R. Eaker, 28, of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and having no or inadequate headlights on Tuesday. At 1:53 a.m., police stopped Eaker's vehicle on East Main Street for allegedly driving without headlights. Eaker's driving privileges were allegedly suspended in New York state. He was released to appear in Westfield Village Court at a later date.
Chautauqua County Court
MAYVILLE - District Attorney David W. Foley announced the following pleas and sentences in Chautauqua County Court.
Ulus Battle, 28, of Jamestown, was sentenced to 10 years determinate in state prison with 2 years post-release supervision for three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled.
New York State Police at Jamestown
KIANTONE - On Tuesday, New York State Police arrested Stanley P Barton, 66, of Jamestown and charged him with drug possession and obstruction after a traffic stop for using a hand-held mobile device on Riverside Road.
Barton was issued appearance tickets for second-degree obstructing governmental administration, unlawful possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle on a public highway while using a mobile phone and obstructed plate; all returnable to the Town of Kiantone Court and released.