Cattaraugus County Court
LITTLE VALLEY — Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County district attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday:
¯ Aaron Diers, 42, of Gowanda, but currently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a determinate term of 1.5 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for each of his convictions to two counts of third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines to run concurrent.
The incidents occurred on or about April 9, 2016 in the town of Persia and on or about Dec. 3, 2016 in the city of Salamanca, when the defendant was found to be in possession of lab equipment and precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.
Woman, nabbed in Angola, sentenced in heroin case
BUFFALO — A Buffalo woman has been sentenced to time served after being convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute; and to distribute; heroin within 1,000 feet of public housing authority property.
Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny sentenced Jeannette Knightner, 35, on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that in June 2014, the defendant agreed with Reginald Royal Sr. to store heroin at a residence at 31 Olcott Lower in Lackawanna. On June 11, 2014, Reginald Royal Sr. sold $100 worth of heroin to a confidential informant at Royal’s residence at 1 Olin Lane, which is part of the Baker Homes Public Housing Projects, a public housing facility owned by the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority. The heroin Royal sold to the confidential informant was retrieved from the defendant’s residence.
In addition, at the request of co-defendant Royal on June 17, 2014, the defendant drove to Columbus, Ohio with another individual and purchased 23.5 grams of heroin for $2,200 that Royal had provided to her. On June 18, 2014, as Knightner was driving back to New York, she and another individual were pulled over by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office near Angola and the heroin was discovered in the defendant’s purse.
For his role, Royal has been convicted and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, special agent-in-charge; the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel; and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Timothy Howard.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
¯ HANOVER — Joy M. Sprague, 22, of Forestville, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation on Tuesday at about 4:45 p.m.
Allegedly, Sprague had been driving on Routes 5 & 20 when she hit a guard rail, causing minor damage but no injuries. Upon investigation, it was found that she had a suspended license. She was ticketed and will answer for herself in Hanover Town Court.