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

A Buffalo man who admitted to raping two women at his Busti Avenue residence in the fall of 2015 faces five to 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 3 in State Supreme Court. Aaron Lucas, 38,  pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. Lucas forced the women to engage in various sexual acts b…

A Mayville man intentionally struck two people with his vehicle during a fight outside his home, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies reported. Deputies were called to the Lake Road home of Daniel Weaver, 58, at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight. They were told Weaver intentionally swerved his vehicle toward two people, striking them both. Weaver was charged…

An elderly Alden woman was rescued from her home by boat Thursday, following heavy rain that caused Cayuga Creek to rise above its banks. A call for a welfare check was relayed to the fire company shorlty before 2 p.m. at a house in the 13000 block of Clinton Street, according to George Gertz, second assistant chief for the Marilla Fire Co. When firefighters arrived,…

Two Niagara County men pleaded guilty to child pornography and cyberstalking charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Timothy Laubacker, 25, of Lockport also pleaded guilty to enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Laubacker faces a maximum of life in prison. Travis Guerriera, 27, of Olcott also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and cyberstal…

An Amherst woman was accused Wednesday of driving while under the influence of drugs. Anne Heller, 46, was stopped by troopers shortly before 8 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls after Niagara County 911 received reports of a vehicle that was being driven in an erratic manner. Troopers said Heller showed signs of impairment when they spoke with her. Su…

A Perry man is acccused of sexual crimes against a 15-year-old girl, according to State Police. Lance A. Riley, 38, was charged with third-degree rape, endangering the welfare of a child and committing criminal sexual acts against the victim since March. Riley is accused of having sexual intercourse with the girl several times at his residence on Borden Avenue in the V…

Two Buffalo women were sentenced Wednesday in a conspiracy to sell marijuana. Shahana Beaver, 25, was sentenced to time served and three years supervised release after she was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Janice Humphrey, 28, was sentenced to two years on probation by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford for her convicti…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday night that deputies are investigating a homicide in the Town of Collins. The shooting occurred at the Springwood Trailer Park on Bagdad Road. Police are currently investigating at the scene. Police said there is one male victim.

After conceding to pay a part of health insurance costs, unionized transit workers of Metro Bus and Rail are looking at potentially receiving their first pay raise in eight years. The more than 1,000 members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1342 on Tuesday ratified an 11-year agreement with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority that, to start, includes an 11 …

An Amherst man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in U.S. District Court. Rohan Chopra, 22,  pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, MDMA, also known as “Molly.” Two other men, Connor Dempsey and Joel Jacob, agreed to allow Chopra to store various controlled substances in an apar…

Steven Brzezinski, 33, of the City of Tonawanda, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of child pornography. At the time of his arrest, Brzezinski  was found in possession of a tablet containing child pornography. He was on probation for an unrelated offense, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie O. Lamarque. Brzezinski also has a previous convictio…

A missing woman and her 2 1/2-year-old son who were being sought by the Orleans County Sheriff's Office were located Tuesday evening in Rochester, according to authorities. Alexandra L. Finnefrock, 24, was arrested on a warrant for endangering the welfare of a child and arraigned in Murray Town Court, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office. Finnefrock's son, …

Niagara Parks Police Tuesday recovered a body from the Niagara Gorge after a hiker observed it floating in the rapids and called 911. The body was discovered at about 1:38 p.m., according to a dispatcher for the parks police. Parks patrol officers arrived on the scene and located the body about 300 yards from the whirlpool in Niagara Falls before it was finally recovere…

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing woman and her 2 1/2-year-old son. Alexandra L. Finnefrock, 24, and her son Joseph Theo Williams were last seen about 4 p.m. Thursday at her father's house on Francher Road in Holley, according to the Sheriff's Office. Finnefrock left with the child in a silver 2006 Toyota Corolla with…

A Buffalo woman who defrauded the government of more than $130,000 faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 1. Halima Mohamed, 35, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of government funds before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, the charge resulted from operations at Twinkle Stars Day C…