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News Update for Thurs., Feb., 20, 2014


Former Frewsburg Postmaster pleads guilty to stealing $14,000 in postage stamp sales...

The former head of the Frewsburg Post Office has pleaded guilty to stealing just over $14,000 in cash paid for postage stamps.  Assistant U-S Attorney Russell Ippolitto, Jr., says 51 year-old Donna Spencer pled to misappropriation of postal funds by a Postal Service employee in U-S District Court today.  The plea was made before Chief U-S District Court Judge William Skretny in Buffalo.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison... a fine of $250,000... or both.  Ippolito, Junior... who is handling the case... says Spencer was employed by the U-S Postal Service since 1986.  Ippolito says -- between February of 1999... and, July 19th of last year... Spencer was employed as the Postmaster at the Frewsburg Post Office.  However... over the past year-and-a-half... he says she accepted cash from customers for the purchase of postage stamps.  But... instead of depositing the cash payments into the register... she kept the cash for herself.  Hochul says Spencer is to be sentenced next May 27 at 10 a.m. before Judge Skretny.


Rain begins in Jamestown area; High Wind Warning now issued for region...

A major storm system is expected to produce some strong winds... and, the resulting warm up could result in some significant flooding issues.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo has now issued a High Wind Warning through 10 p.m. Friday for Chautauqua County.  Forecaster Bob Hamilton says some gusty winds of up to 45 mph are possible between the Lake Erie Shoreline and the Chautauqua Ridge.  Tomorrow... Hamilton says wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph.  The storm system will also bring rain to the area starting later today... and, during the overnight hours with the possibility of some thunderstorms.  The Weather Service is continuing a Flood Watch from this evening through Friday afternoon.  Ice Jam-flooding is also possible in those areas prone to see it.


       
 

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