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

A federal grand jury has returned a six-count indictment against two Dunkirk men on various cocaine charges. Fred A. Santiago, 29, and Michael Pacheco, 27, were each charged with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, and maintaining a drug premise. The charges car…

Two Niagara Falls residents have been indicted on cocaine distribution charges by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Raymond Hopson, 32, and Lindsay Carrier, 32, each was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute and distribution …

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty on heroin charges Thursday in U.S. District Court. Juan Oliverias-Arbello, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin when he stood before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges also carry a penalty of…

Four Niagara County men were arrested on federal charges  and accused of operating a cocaine distribution network in Niagara Falls and Lockport between April 2016 to May 2017. Ramone Westbrook, 27, Rico Freeman, 33, Corey Bradberry, 34, all of Niagara Falls, and Darius Dix, 27, whose alias is Darius Jenkins, of Lockport, were charged with conspiracy to possess and pos…

March 25, 1955 - May 22, 2017 He was a tinkerer, handyman and Mr. Fix-it, all rolled into one. Whether it was a carburetor that needed repairing or kitchen in need of remodeling, Jeffrey Simme of Lancaster could do it. Mr. Simme was a natural problem-solver and just good with his hands, according to his family. Mr. Simme, a longtime code enforcement officer …

A pedestrian was seriously injured Thursday when two vehicles collided in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, authorities said. The drivers of both vehicles also were injured, Niagara Falls Police said. The crash happened at about 10 a.m. when a vehicle traveling west on Niagara Falls Boulevard moved into the left lane and struck a second vehicle before cross…

A man wanted in connection with a May 13 stabbing outside the downtown Bus Terminal turned himself in to transit police Wednesday. John Moore Jr., 23, was charged with first degree assault, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Additional details about the incident were not available Wednesday.

A Marilla teenager Wednesday was arraigned on a second degree charge in the March 10 death of a toddler he was babysitting. Devon VanDerWege, 17, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. VanDerWege was charged in connection with the death of 2-year-old Ethan Bigham inside the Hemstreet Road mobile home they shared w…

Buffalo police reported that a man was struck in the leg by gunfire just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the first block of Richlawn Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood. Additional details, including the identity, age and condition of the victim, were unavailable.

The body of a teenage girl that was brought Sunday to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk was positively identified Tuesday as one of two girls reported missing from an Auburn youth facility since May 15. Auburn police Tuesday issued a statement acknowledging that they had confirmed the dead girl's identity with the Dunkirk Police Department which, official…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police were called to the scene of two separate shootings and a stabbing Tuesday, all of which occurred within a span of three hours and involved groups of people fighting. Four people who were injured in the three incidents wound up at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment, though none of their injuries were considered …

Immigrants and refugees settling in Buffalo sometimes run into difficulties, and when difficulties occur, police frequently respond to help sort out the problems. But how to communicate, when thousands of refugees speak dozens of different languages in Buffalo? Buffalo police came up with a way. They carry a card listing 75 different languages that are spoken in the …

The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, a man shot by Buffalo police, is a homicide, according to a lawyer representing Hernandez-Rossy's family. "The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide by gunshot wound, and that is consistent with the independent investigation conducted by my office," Nelson Torre tol…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his conviction on a heroin possession and distribution charge in U.S. District Court, officials said. Steven Martinez, 51,  was one of five people convicted in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Another man, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, was convicted earlier this month on the same charge as Martine…