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Second suspect charged in Jamestown robbery

JAMESTOWN — A second man has been charged following the robbery Monday at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.

Investigators from the Town of Ellicott and Jamestown Police departments located and charged Thomas Bartlett Sr., 61, of Jamestown with second-degree robbery.

Bartlett was located in a Jamestown residence Tuesday afternoon and was later arraigned in Ellicott Town Court on the said charges and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the robbery is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS (8477) or via the TIPS 411 app. All calls are kept confidential.

Ellicott Police are being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Frewsburg man sentenced for health care fraud

BUFFALO — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Wednesday that Leo A. Kronert Jr., 66, of Frewsburg, who was convicted of healthcare fraud, was sentenced to three years supervised release to include six months of home confinement and 100 hours community service by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The defendant was also ordered to pay $59,449 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, then a full-time teacher at Salamanca High School and a part-time chiropractor in Salamanca, submitted false claims for payment to Medicare and private insurance companies seeking reimbursement for health care services allegedly provided in connection with his chiropractic practice. The fraudulent claims totaled approximately $92,000, and included bills for patient visits on dates during which Kronert was travelling out of the area and bills for an individual who did not reside in Western New York.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, special agent-in-charge, and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Scott Lampert.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

¯ CLYMER — Sherry Hammersley, 61, of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, was involved in a one-car accident that occurred on State Route 474 shortly after noon on Tuesday. Hammersley was traveling south when she reportedly left the east side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Hammersley was entrapped for a period of time, but was eventually freed by Clymer Fire and Rescue. She was then transported to Hamot Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

Dunkirk Police Department

¯ Michelle Clark, 19, of Lewiston, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Feb. 16.

¯ Kelly M. Cambria, 38, of Fredonia, was charged with disorderly conduct on Feb. 20.

¯ Rebecca L. Schaff, 18, of Silver Creek, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and insufficient tail lamps on Feb. 23.

¯ Andrew R. Soglio, 28, of Dunkirk, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Feb. 24.

¯ Norman Geddis Jr., 18, of Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing on Feb. 24.

¯ Ronald R. Winchell, 51, of Dunkirk, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child on Saturday.

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