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Some stole to cover gambling debts. Others financed a lifestyle of luxury. One man paid for a $10,000 hair transplant. Going back decades, large-scale embezzlement is nothing new for the Buffalo area. A longtime financial official for Towne Automotive Group on Tuesday admitted stealing $4.1 million from the company. That figure is believed to be the largest single e…

A Lockport man is accused of inflicting a brain injury on his live-in girlfriend's 2-year-old son. John M. Moudy, 28, of Clinton Street, was picked up Tuesday on a warrant charging him with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of child endangerment. Moudy is accused of injuring the boy Oct. 27 with "blunt force trauma," Niagara County First Assistant Dis…

LOCKPORT – A man and a woman from Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to felonies Tuesday for a burglary at a Ferry Avenue home where the resident was struck with a tire iron. Christine M. Harbeson, 46, of Pierce Avenue, faces as long as seven years in prison after admitting to third-degree burglary. Christopher S. Beard, 44, of Niagara Avenue, could spend as much as four y…

A suspect in the fatal shooting of an employee at the Anchor Bar pleaded guilty this week to charges in another case, the attempted strangulation of his girlfriend. Gregory Ramos, 25, pleaded guilty to the violent felony for an altercation on May 23. http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/23/anchor-bar-murder-suspect-convicted-federal-gun-drug-charges/ Ramos, who was arre…

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt took the first step in his defense against felony election law charges Wednesday by claiming prosecutors never allowed him to provide relevant testimony to an Albany County grand jury during his voluntary appearance on March 23. Ortt, the North Tonawanda Republican who was indicted on a charge of “filing a false instrument” in a case that h…

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found on the Lake Erie shore in the Town of Sheridan on Wednesday morning. A man, whom the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office described as elderly, was found dead shortly after 7:30 a.m. off Route 5. No foul play is suspected, the Sheriff's Office said. The man's name was withheld pending family notification, officials…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A Lewiston man has been charged in the February death of a pedestrian on Erie Avenue, North Tonawanda police said Wednesday. George A. Spizzirri Jr., 55, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death without reporting it, police said. Spizzirri is accused of running over James W. Edel, 53, just before 10…

A Buffalo man accused in two bank robberies last January has pleaded guilty in Erie County Court. Samuel Roberts, 22, of Stockbridge Avenue, was convicted of robbery in the third degree and attempted robbery in the third degree for separate incidents on Jan. 5. Roberts robbed the M&T Bank branch in University Plaza and a KeyBank branch on Elmwood Avenue, accordin…

A jilted boyfriend who "wouldn't take no for an answer" was convicted on four charges related to the stalking and abduction of his ex-girlfriend in East Aurora in 2015. Over the course of 11 days, a State Supreme Court jury heard that the woman had obtained an order of protection to keep Michael J. Reibel away, and that he continued to come to her house and to send her …

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…