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No jail time for UB student in 2018 hit-and-run on campus – The Buffalo News

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Hannah Christensen sat inside her parked car on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, watching as police and emergency responders treated Renuka Ramanadhan.
It was the evening of Nov. 1, shortly after the car Christensen was driving struck Ramanadhan, a fellow UB student, in front of the Hadley Village Apartments. After seeing that the person she had hit was getting medical attention, Christensen drove away.

But when police caught up with her two weeks later, after receiving a tip about her possible involvement in the incident, she was remorseful and cooperated by giving a statement.

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Mt Mercy Academy’s annual scholarship Gala April 6th at Sheas Seneca

McAuley Gala at Mount Mercy Academy

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How an idea on a whim turned Buffalo attorney Cheryl Meyers Buth into the one-woman show of sports agents

Cheryl Meyers Buth at her desk
By Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  Dec 14, 2018

If​ a sequel to “Jerry Maguire” —​ the​ memorable​ 1996 sports drama featuring a wayward​ sports​ agent determined​ to uphold​ his​ moral fiber and​ not​​ value corporate interest over his clients — were in the works, the organizers might consider casting Cheryl Meyers Buth as the lead.

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Cuomo signs Reproductive Health Act into law

Abortion now regulated under public health law

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Author: Alison Chilton
Published: 5:15 AM EST January 23, 2019
Updated: 5:25 AM EST January 23, 2019

Women in New York State now have the right to an abortion under the state's public health law.

The Reproductive Health Act passed the senate yesterday by a vote of 38 to 24.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law last night on the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Local Western New York attorney, Cheryl Meyers Buth, explains that the bill moves abortion, which had previously been regulated under the penal law, under the public health law. "It gives women the right to abortions in the last trimester if their life is in danger or if the fetus is deemed unviable."

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Drug dealer turned entrepreneur is sentenced to prison

By Phil Fairbanks Published February 19, 2019 Updated February 20, 2019

When Fawzi Al-Arashi was accused of selling synthetic marijuana out of his North Tonawanda storefront, he set out to make things right with his family.

Six years later, the e-cigarette company he formed after his arrest is doing $150 million in sales and employs 140 people, many of them Burmese immigrants.

Al-Arashi's lawyers say Magellan Technology, located in Riverside, is now one of the largest e-cigarette makers in the country.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara pointed to Al-Arashi's business success in sentencing him to a year and a day in prison, well below his recommended sentence of up to 71 months in prison.

Al-Arashi's sentence stems from a 6-year old plea deal in which he admitted running a wholesale synthetic marijuana distribution business that included his convenience store on Main Street in North Tonawanda.

He also sold synthetic marijuana to other retailers and owned a warehouse on Ridge Lea Road in Amherst big enough to handle large quantities of the drug.

"That was the lowest point of his life," defense lawyer Cheryl Meyers Buthsaid Tuesday. "But unlike a lot of our clients, he didn't sit around and feel sorry for himself."

When Al-Arashi was first arrested in 2012, federal prosecutors described him as a wholesaler who bought his synthetic marijuana in California, repackaged it at his warehouse and resold it across New York State.

Later, as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, he admitted being part of a larger criminal conspiracy.

"He directed the conspiracy," Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said Tuesday.

Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration said their interest in Al-Arashi began with phone calls from suspicious parents and alleged that at least two children were hospitalized after using drugs he sold.

At the time, investigators said they also seized four of Al-Arashi's bank accounts, which held about $725,000, as well as about $50,000 worth of silver bars and coins found in his Williamsville home.

Investigators said Al-Arashi sold the synthetic marijuana in brightly colored packages with names such as "Pump It," "Tiger Shack" and "California Dreams."

"Despite the green rush sweeping our area of late, today's sentencing makes two things crystal clear," U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. in a statement Tuesday, "One, the manufacture and distribution of marijuana - whether real or synthetic - remain federal crimes. And two, proceeds from the manufacture and distribution of marijuana remain subject to federal seizure and forfeiture."

Meyers Buth said Al-Arashi, a native of Yemen, started Magellan Technology with the help of family and friends who loaned him money after his arrest six years ago, and suggested his success is evidence of his rehabilitation.

"He built the company from scratch," she said. "We believe what he's done the last six-and-a-half years is extraordinary."

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What could be next in the AG’s investigation into the Catholic Church, WGRZ, September 2018

Local attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth speaks with us about the NY Attorney General's investigation into the Catholic Church.

September 6, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Just like that bombshell investigation in Pennsylvania, New York's Attorney General is opening her own investigation into allegations of priest sex abuse in the Catholic Church. . . .

The civil investigation launched Thursday includes a clergy abuse hotline and online complaint form for anyone to submit confidential information. That's on top of the A.G. issuing a subpoena to each diocese in New York. Underwood's office is also working on a joint investigation with district attorneys from across the state to uncover potential criminal wrongdoing.

"What kind of documents could they be looking for, or are they allowed to request?" asked 2 On Your Side’s Kelly Dudzik.

"[T}hey will be looking for are any policies, procedures on handling the complaints, anything that might be relevant to a cover-up by the church, you know, abuse that was concealed intentionally. Reports that were taken and never followed up on. Things like that," says attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth.

Meyers-Buth says the church will have to turn over both paper and electronic documents going back as far as they've been maintained, and the investigation will take as long as necessary.

"For those for whom the statute of limitations either in a criminal case or for a civil lawsuit is already extinguished, at least they get to tell their story and they provide information as background which could also help corroborate current complaints, for example, if there's one particular clergy member who has been accused, even if the statute of limitations is expired, those other complaints may be helpful," says Meyers-Buth.

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‘I can’t count that high,’ Kingsman says of members’ cocaine use, Buffalo News, March 2018

Defense lawyers attacked Masse's credibility and pointed to the numerous lies he told a federal grand jury four years ago to suggest he might still be lying.

They also referred to his more than 30 years of drug use and wondered aloud if it had taken a toll on his memory.

"Nine times, after putting your hand on the Bible and swearing to tell the truth, you looked at those grand jurors and lied," defense lawyer Cheryl Meyers Buth told him Friday.

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After moonlight stroll turns into tragedy, who’s to blame? Buffalo News, March 2018

There is no evidence that either John or Van Aernam had anything more than a few social drinks at the event, said Laurie A. Baker, who represents Van Aernam as Daniels' co-counsel. Cheryl Meyers Buth, who represents John's family, agreed.

"There is no evidence that they were impaired or inebriated," Baker said. "These were two people who stopped on a bridge on a very nice night, and decided to go for a short walk. The real issue here is that the state had abandoned this bridge for decades. There were no lights on the bridge, no warning signs, nothing to stop anyone from going up on that bridge."

The accident and its aftermath have been a "nightmare" for Van Aernam and John's family, which includes a son, two daughters and a young granddaughter, Baker said.

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Footage of Cheektowaga man killing father leads to not guilty plea, Buffalo News, January 2018

Family members had begun to be concerned about Sirwilliam's mental health in the days and weeks before the shooting,  defense attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth said after court. He showed no signs of being violent, she said, but he was acting out of character and showing signs of paranoia.

"The sad part is, he had actually gone with his girlfriend to a doctor the Thursday before (the shooting) and then to another doctor with his mother that weekend because he was saying he didn't feel right," Meyers-Buth said.

Both times, she said, Hardy was told there was nothing wrong.

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