Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploets spared a Portville man a prison sentence on his grand larceny and forgery convictions but ordered him to spend the next five years of his probation and more if necessary repaying $23,100 to two Olean businesses he defrauded earlier this year.
Jaryd J. Rodgers was sentenced in County Court in Little Valley on his conviction of third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery for forging checks and stealing money from two businesses Jan. 7 and Feb. 20. Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Rodgers had faced combined prison terms of up to 14 years on the two felonies, but his victims probably would not have received any restitution if Rodgers were sentenced to prison.
Also this week:
• Bryant D. Battle, 23, of Olean, was sentenced to two years in state prison and then two years of post-release supervision as a prior felon on his Sept. 3 guilty plea to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree for a cocaine sale effort in Olean on Sept. 21, 2012.
• Mark R. Dzielski, 28, of Brocton, was ordered to spend up to the next year in jail on his attempted-burglary conviction for his role in a Town of Perrysburg attempted business break-in Oct. 27, 2012.
• Scott A. Crandall, 46, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana for his arrest in Olean on May 29.
• Donald E. Wojick, 56, of Penfield, was placed on probation for five years, fined $2,500, and his driver’s license was revoked on his conviction for driving while intoxicated in the Town of Hinsdale last Nov. 7. The district attorney said Wojick was driving that day with a blood-alcohol level of 0.31 percent, almost four times the state’s legal limit.
• Craig A. Dechow, 36, of Cattaraugus, was placed on probation for five years, fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and his driver’s license was revoked for his driving while intoxicated conviction for a Town of Napoli incident Oct. 6. 2012. Pettit Rieman said his blood-alcohol reading that day was 0.13 percent.
• Joseph P. Dempsey, 34, of Olean, was ordered to remain jailed after he pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree for a heroin sale in the City of Olean on Jan. 11. Sentencing for Dempsey, who is being held in the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in another drug case, is scheduled before Ploetz on Feb. 10.