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Jamestown man pleads guilty to meth charges

BUFFALO — A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday that Terrence M. McRae, 40, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. He admitted to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on Sept. 6, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a New York State search warrant at the residence of Richard Kinsey on Newland Avenue in Jamestown. Before the execution of the warrant, investigators observed co-defendants Richard Kinsey and Brandi Whitford arrive and enter the residence.

A short time later, the defendant and another individual entered the residence. As investigators moved into the residence to begin executing the search warrant, they observed McRae exit the residence to a second story porch roof. The defendant was subsequently detained.

During the execution of the search warrant, investigators recovered nine plastic wax baggies with skull and Viking hat logos, methamphetamine, marijuana, three suspected alprazolam pills, two cellular telephones, and a black scale.

Charges remain pending against co-defendants Richard Kinsey and Brandi Whitford. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings.

Seven charged with illegal fireworks

In response to numerous complaints from community members, the Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police conducted a joint Illegal Fireworks Interdiction detail on Saturday.

The detail was conducted from noon until 5 p.m. resulting in the arrest of seven people for transporting illegal fireworks into New York state. In addition, a large quantity of fireworks were seized. Of the seven people arrested, four were city of Jamestown residents, two others were from Falconer and one was from out of the area.

They were all issued appearance tickets to appear in court at a later date.

The fireworks were secured by the state police Bomb Disposal Unit for destruction.

ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF

COLLINS — Deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the area of South Quaker and West Becker streets where a driver was sounding the horn and yelling for help around 10 p.m. Sunday.

Katlyn Pedziwiatr, 23 of Concord, stated to the deputies that she was driving home and became lost. She also admitted to drinking alcohol at a beach bar.

Pedziwiatr failed multiple standard field sobriety tests, and a chemical breath test indicated a BAC twice the legal limit. She was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI — .18 blood alcohol content or higher, DWI, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher, operating an unregistered vehicle, and stopping on a highway. The defendant was processed and released to a sober third party.

SPRINGVILLE — Following a traffic stop along South Cascade Drive and a search, deputies arrested the operator and a passenger after discovering a quantity of methamphetamines and crystal meth.

Rachel Wilson of North Collins, 42, the operator, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and a vehicle and traffic law violation.

Todd Speck, 22, of Eden was charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both were processed and released with appearance tickets.

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