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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…

The $4.1 million that Billie B. Becker admitted stealing from Towne Automotive Group makes her the biggest individual embezzler anyone in the Erie County District Attorney's Office can remember prosecuting. It's possibly the largest single embezzlement in Erie County history. And the $4.1 million is only the amount prosecutors said they could prove she stole, since bank…

LOCKPORT - Joseph J. Lloyd, a Southtowns contractor with a long history of defrauding clients, will serve 3 1/3 to 10 years in state prison for failing to repay his victims. "In the words of Nobel Prize-winning poet Bob Dylan, 'Some men rob you with a fountain pen,' and you fall into that category," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Lloyd. Lloyd had ple…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls burglar who quickly flunked out of a drug treatment program by committing another break-in was sentenced Monday to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison. "This is how I was raised: stealing, robbing and selling drugs," Atrel M. Hudson told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Hudson, 23, of 24th Street, added that he was "addicte…

An Orchard Park woman was served with an arrest warrant Monday, accused of spraying a police officer with a "household product" at her residence on Feb. 19, Orchard Park police said in a statement Monday. The police officer, who was not named, sought medical treatment after the incident and was treated and released. Patricia Hansen, 62, was charged with resisting arr…

Three young teenage girls reported that a man approached them in Martin Luther King Jr. Park while walking home from school Friday afternoon and offered them money and shoes if they got into his car, Buffalo police said. The girls, all Buffalo school students, told police the man offered them money, and then offered to buy them sneakers, if they would get into his vehic…

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 …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who fought his roommate over missing food faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Niagara County Court. The victim, Dennis McGuire, 52, was left with "significant brain trauma," Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Murphy scheduled sentencing May 16 f…

A Clarence driver on Sunday struck a parked vehicle on Circle Court in the town, surveyed  the damage and  left without reporting the incident - also dropping her cellphone at the scene, State Police said. Shortly after, troopers  discovered the damage vehicle and found the cellphone, which rang  while they interviewed the vehicle's owner,  police said. On the othe…

STOCKTON – Two Stockton women were charged as combatants in a fight Sunday that employed weapons including a sawzall and crowbar, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies said. Victoria L. Miller, 19, was charged with third-degree assault and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Karen L. Miller, 23, was charged with second-degree harassment and released pend…

Buffalo police on Saturday arrested two Buffalo men suspected of scamming a woman by selling her a fake laptop on Feb. 25. Marvin Royster of Collins Walk and Clyde Brown of Barthel Street, both in their 40s, are charged each with second-degree scheme to defraud and petit larceny. The two were arrested in a store in the 2100 block of Elmwood Avenue, where the swindle beg…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A B Street man was arrested last week after falsely reporting that his rental vehicle had been stolen, town police said. Police said on Tuesday they were called to the home of Michael J. Hanusin, who told officers someone stole a blue Chevrolet Malibu he recently rented. Police said they later stopped the car and learned from the driver that he had r…