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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Another Hell’s Angel pleads guilty in U.S. District Court

A Hell’s Angels leader from California pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday in U.S. District Court in Rochester. Richard W. Mar, 64, of Monterey, Calif., known as “Chief,” “The Professor,” or “Hoki Jamoki,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with ...

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New York judicial watchdog handles high number of complaints, seeks more state funding

The number of complaints filed with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct reached 1,959 last year, the most since 2010. But staff and funding are not keeping pace with the workload, according to the Commission’s 2015 annual report, ...

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Buffalo man indicted on 41 charges, accused of scamming thousands

BUFFALO — A federal grand jury has handed up a 41-count indictment against Alan Ceccarelli, 30, of Buffalo, including charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and distribution of alprazolam and buprenorphine. The charges carry ...

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Rochester finance director charged with DWI

Charles A. Benincasa, 59, Rochester’s finance director, was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated. About 8:40 p.m., State Police monitoring police radio heard a report of a hit and run collision at the McDonald’s Restaurant on Culver Road in Rochester. ...

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Canadian trucker charged with trying to smuggle two Polish citizens

BUFFALO  — A Canadian citizen has been arrested on an attempted smuggling charge. According to the office of U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr, Leszek Budzyna, 50, was charged with attempted alien smuggling and making false statements. In addition, Monika ...

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Empire Justice Center files suit against state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker

Lawyers at the Empire Justice Center have filed a lawsuit challenging the Medicaid-funded long-term care system in New York state that is preventing recipients from receiving services at home and forcing them to move to nursing facilities. The system, approved ...

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