LITTLE VALLEY — An Olean man wanted for several months on methamphetamine-related charges was finally back in Cattaraugus County Court Monday.

Tyler J. Harding, 29, of Olean, but presently incarcerated in Cattaraugus County Jail, pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, stemming from a Jan. 18 arrest in Carrollton.

District Attorney Lori Rieman’s office reported the case Tuesday among others heard Monday.

Harding was arrested Sept. 21 after the Olean Police Department allegedly found meth-making materials in his apartment at 442 N. First St. He was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony.

On Jan. 18, Harding and two others were arrested after the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force searched 5645 Windfall Road in Carrollton and allegedly found a quarter ounce of crystal meth, packaging, scales and pills.

After Harding allegedly failed to appear in court, Olean police and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office went to Harding’s 442 N. First St. apartment in Olean Feb. 26 with a felony bench warrant.

Police instead found a couple living there with their three young children, but once again found meth-making materials inside the apartment. Cortney A. Ginnery, 24, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

Ginnery and her husband, Karl J. Ginnery, 34, were charged less than two months later after allegedly again being found with meth-making materials near their children at 3605 Main St. in Hinsdale.

Harding’s case has been adjourned for motions.

IN OTHER CASES reported by Rieman:

  • Sandra Cooper, 41, of Gowanda, pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both class E felonies; as well as violation of ignition Interlock, unsafe lane change and failure to signal, all violations. On Dec. 18 in Persia, Cooper allegedly operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition while her license was suspended, operated a motor vehicle without interlock ignition, failed to use a turn signal and moved from a traffic lane unsafely. The matter has been adjourned for motions.
  • Samantha Lilley, 34, of Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. Lilley possessed a controlled substance Jan. 7 in Yorkshire. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26.
  • James Hanson, 34, of Fredonia but presently incarcerated in Cattaraugus County Jail, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a class D felony. On April 21, 2018, in South Valley, Hanson unlawfully entered a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime therein and stole property. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26.
  • Robert S. Daniels, 38, of Olean, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a class E felony, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an unclassified misdemeanor. On March 8, 2018, Daniels operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition while his license was suspended. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26.
  • Kenneth Jankowski, 34, of Cherry Creek, was sentenced to five years’ probation for driving while intoxicated, a class E felony. Jankowski operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition Nov. 20 in South Dayton.
  • Markas Mueller, 41, of Lackawanna but presently incarcerated in Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to 10 months in Cattaraugus County Jail for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, a class E felony. Mueller operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition with a child passenger July 28, 2017, in Red House.

(Contact reporter Tom Dinki at tdinki@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @tomdinki)

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