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Harold McNeil has been a staff reporter for The Buffalo News since 1989. He currently covers Amherst.

A Buffalo man admitted in federal court that he helped launder money for a drug trafficking organization. Bryant Hudson was accused of participating in a drug trafficking organization that had ties to a Mexican drug cartel operating out of the Los Angeles area. The organization shipped drug packages to various states including New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Colora…

A Niagara Falls man with a prior conviction for possessing images of a child engaged in sexual activity was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 27 years in prison, following his most recent conviction on distributing child pornography. Daniel Krull, 44, using the Facebook profile "Danny Blaze," distributed 11 images of child pornography to other individuals …

Four people pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to taking part in a marijuana distribution and money laundering scheme. Damarcus Hennings, 25; Shaquata Hennings, 30; Shahana Beaver, 25; and Janice Humphrey, 28, all of Buffalo, each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, acc…

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning at Elmwood Avenue and Virginia Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to Buffalo police. The man was running at about 8:10 a.m. on Virginia when the vehicle, which was traveling south on Elmwood Avenue, struck him. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old Buffalo man, was transported to Buffalo General for n…

WESTFIELD – Two Chautauqua County residents were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday, following a police raid at a South Portage Street residence, authorities said. John J. Buzcek III, 48, and Julie A. Warren, 47, were taken into police custody after authorities seized scales and other items used in making methamphetamine from an apartment at 63 South P…

An Erie County jury Tuesday returned a guilty verdict after an 11-day trial of Michael Reibel of Buffalo. Reibel, 40, was convicted of stalking in the third degree, criminal contempt in the first degree, burglary in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, after stalking his former girlfriend and violating an order of protection several times, a…

The FBI on Tuesday announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in two separate bank robberies in Western New York. The incidents happened in October 2015, officials said. James Keitz is being sought in connection with a robbery on Oct. 20, 2015, at a M&T Bank located at 1205 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, acco…

A Cheektowaga woman Monday admitted that she helped others to file false New York State personal income tax returns. Shonnel Harris, 48, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to criminal tax fraud in the fourth degree, according to District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. In pleading guilty, Harris acknowledged she acted as an unlicensed tax preparer while assisting others …

Two men were charged by West Seneca police with driving under the influence of a substance in separate incidents less than 12 hours apart. Joshua J. Huber of Orchard Park was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an injury accident after the vehicle he was driving struck another vehicle about 4:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of Union Road. Officers …

A federal grand jury has returned an 11-count indictment against two Jamestown men on drug conspiracy charges. Juan Pacheo Jr., 34, and Andrew Garner, 36, were each charged with conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms or more of cocaine, over 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and marijuana. Federal and local police described Pacheco and Garner as significan…

A Bemus Point attorney was convicted in federal court Friday of mail fraud, receiving more than $3.4 million from victim investors, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. James A. MacCallum, 46, faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine MacCallum-- who was a practicing attorney at the time-- devised a scheme to defraud investors out of the money betwee…

Fliers related to white supremacist topics were found earlier this week in the driveways of more than a dozen homes in Lewiston, according to town police. Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said the fliers were distributed sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. They were found at properties on Mohawk Street, Chicora Road and Lower River Ro…

JAMESTOWN -- A man faces kidnapping, drug and weapons charges after he allegedly held a man at gunpoint earlier this month in his residence, according to authorities. Mark E. Diers Jr., 39, of Norwood Avenue, has been charged with kidnapping, menacing, criminally using drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment in connection with the alleged incident on March 12, acco…

TOWN OF ALABAMA -- A Medina man who was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a Thursday collision at a rural intersection here  Friday from his injuries, according to State Police. Purcel E. Buzard, 81, was pronounced dead Friday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Buzard was a passenger in a car driven by Donna L. Wolter, 69, also of Medina. She suffered head…