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Indictments handed up in county court

A Forestville man charged last year following a rash of burglaries in numerous towns has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury.

Gary Lang, 52, pleaded not guilty when arraigned Feb. 24 in Chautauqua County Court to a single charge of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. He was originally charged in January 2020 with two counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of petit larceny, third-degree criminal tampering and trespassing after an “extensive investigation” into burglaries reported over two months in the towns of Ripley, Pomfret and Gerry.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Lang allegedly entered two homes at night while residents were asleep and stole property. The Forestville man also reportedly took property from several unlocked vehicles.

Lang was released following arraignment; a conference in county court is set for April 26.

Other indictments recently handed up by the grand jury include:

¯ Justin Spicer, 41, on counts of third-degree burglary and petit larceny. He pleaded not guilty during arraignment Feb. 26, and a conference has been scheduled for April 26.

¯ Trevor Kneer, 21, on counts of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny. He pleaded not guilty during arraignment March 15 and a conference for his case is set for April 19.

¯ James Roberto, 37, on counts of driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% — prior, and unlawful fleeing a police officer. He pleaded not guilty during a Feb. 25 arraignment in county court. A conference has been set for April 26.

SENTENCING

Benjamin Catalino was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in state prison during an appearance Tuesday before Judge John Lamancuso. Catalino pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office announced. The Jamestown Police Department assisted the DA’s office with the investigation.

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