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A 22-year-old Buffalo man has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possessing a revolver, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. In February, a jury found James Taylor guilty, as charged, of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. Taylor was convicted of the only count in the indictment against him. On June 29,…

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Kenneth P. Achtyl, an Erie County sheriff's deputy whose bloody 2017 arrest of a Buffalo Bills fan was caught on camera – drawing wide attention when the video went viral one year later – will face criminal charges in the incident, The Buffalo News has learned. Achtyl is set to be arraigned this afternoon in Orchard Park Town Court on two counts of assault, one count of…

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A Town of Tonawanda police officer will be arraigned later today on charges of falsifying business records and insurance fraud stemming from a January motor vehicle crash. Howard M. Scholl III, 36, who was a police officer at the time of the crash, is accused of falsely claiming he wasn't the driver, a law enforcement official told The Buffalo News. Scholl will be arrai…

A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to serve nearly 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that between July 2013 and May 2015, Calvin Elston, 41, conspired with several other people – includ…

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A man caught with gas-pump skimming devices at the Peace Bridge pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Buffalo to stealing bank account information from dozens of victims, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The losses totaled about $57,000. Jorge Alberto Alvarez, 35, a Cuban native living in Miami, obtained the bank card information of customers using gas…

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A West Seneca man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to second-degree criminal contempt and third-degree attempted assault in a domestic violence case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 37-year-old Kyle Ernst admitted to contacting a priest at a Catholic church in Orchard Park on May 4 and asking the priest to tell an indiv…

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Neighbors who say a Town of Tonawanda crematory produces toxic and foul-smelling emissions are still trying to shut down the facility after losing an initial round in court. The residents' attorney last week appealed a ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia. The judge decided the neighbors waited too long after the crematory was given permission to reop…

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Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead th…

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office says a Buffalo police officer can't be trusted and prosecutors are now weighing what to do with up to 30 criminal cases in which Officer Joseph Hassett was a potential witness. District Attorney John J. Flynn last month informed Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood that the District Attorney's Office won't call Hassett as…

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An Eggertsville man who was badly hurt when a tree branch fell on his head as he walked in his neighborhood blames the accident on the Town of Amherst's negligence. Grant Reed and his wife, Nicole, filed a notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, in April. The Reeds were walking with their son in front of 135 High Park Blvd., off Main Street, at 10:20 p.m. Feb. 4 w…

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A Wyoming County man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Kory Doyle, of Warsaw, faces a maximum 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 15 before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. State Police executed a search warrant in…

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The Town of Amherst will pay $45,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a Rochester law firm, over the bill for its legal services. The dispute stemmed from the Amherst Town Board's 2017 lawsuit against the town's Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board granted variances for a controversial planned apartment complex. The Town Board hired Hancock Estabrook of Syracus…

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A murder trial in Buffalo ended in a mistrial this week after a judge determined there was juror misconduct. Prosecutors will retry the case against Lemuele Jackson, accused in a double-shooting in August that killed a 26-year-old mother of two. The juror went online to obtain information from the Erie County District Attorney's website along with media reports with …

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The death of Eric Przykuta in a boating accident last May shook many residents in Lancaster who struggled to deal with the loss of the middle-school teacher and coach. While the community and Przykuta's family struggled, Michael Cronin mourned the loss of his best friend. And now Cronin has been charged in connection with the fatal accident. Cronin, 46, an off-duty p…