Crime

Crime
11:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Kuzdzal sentenced to 50 years-to-life for murder of Eain Brooks

Matthew Kuzdzal in New York State Supreme Court during his sentencing hearing.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The man convicted in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

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Sheriffs investigate vintage farm equipment theft
4:24 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Chautauqua County Sheriffs investigate theft of vintage farm equipment

Allis Chalmers WC model
Credit TractorData.com / WBFO News

Several pieces of vintage farm equipment were reported stolen in the Town of Sherman, New York.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff is investigating the theft of three tractors and a ride-on mower from a barn on Morris Road during the week of October 20th.

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Cheektowaga man dead, shot by neighbor
2:52 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Cheektowaga man dead after shooting by neighbor

A man has died as a result of a shooting on Woodell Avenue in Cheektowaga, last night.

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Crime
5:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Man convicted in 1979 murder of estranged wife

A South Buffalo man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife 35 years ago.

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Crime
9:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Police locate man, car sought in attempted child lurings

A white Lexus used in the attempted lurings has been found in the City of Buffalo.
Credit File photo

Buffalo Police have located the white Lexus that was used by individuals who allegedly attempted to lure teenagers in recent weeks.

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Crime
11:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Two dead in Allentown murder-suicide

A black Audi was towed from the scene of an apparent murder/suicide in Allentown this morning.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Buffalo Police responded to an apparent murder-suicide in broad daylight on College Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood Tuesday morning.

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Crime
5:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Basil's attorney seeking lesser charge

Jeffrey Basil faces a murder charge in the death of William Sager, Jr.
Credit File photo

Attorneys for the man accused of killing another man by throwing him down a flight of stairs in a Buffalo bar in May were in court Monday to request that charges be reduced from murder to manslaughter.

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Crime
6:35 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Lewiston man pleads not guilty to kidnap and torture

Lewiston Police
Credit WBFO News File Photo

A Niagara County Grand Jury has handed down a 122 count indictment against a Lewiston man accused of kidnapping and torture.  67-year-old Iver Phallen pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday. 

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Crime
3:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Man found guilty in killing of Kenmore bar owner

The home of the late Vincent Cottone on Landers Road in Kenmore.
Credit File photo

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia says Antonio Martin-Brown was guilty of murder in the brutal stabbing death last year of Kenmore bar owner Vincent Cottone.

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Crime
2:50 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tonawanda arsonist takes plea deal, ordered to pay restitution

Christopher Syracuse has accepted a plea deal for multiple arson fires from August.
Credit File photo

The man accused of setting several fires on the night of August 4 and 5 in the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda has agreed to a plea deal.

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Crime
1:17 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Police say Hertel business owner was likely targeted

Police say Kevin Hogue was likely targeted at his Hertel Avenue business on Wednesday.
Credit Google Maps

Buffalo Police have identified the victim of Wednesday's fatal shooting on Hertel Avenue. 

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Crime
3:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Alert issued for couple attempting to lure teens

Authorities are looking for this Lexus in relation to multiple incidents of its occupants allegedly trying to lure teenagers.
Credit Buffalo Police

Buffalo Police are investigating recent incidents in which a couple tried to lure teenagers into their car, a white or tan four-door Lexus.

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Crime
4:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Lewiston businessman indicted by grand jury

A Lewiston businessman accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman in his home has reportedly been indicted by a grand jury.  Iver "Jay" Phallen was in Lewiston town court last night for the proceedings.

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Crime
3:20 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Woman charged in fatal Hamburg hit-and-run

Hamburg Police have made an arrest in the case of a July hit-and-run on Big Tree Road that took a life.

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Police end hostage situation on Leroy Avenue
5:44 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Hostage situation on Buffalo's east side

A domestic incident call on the city's East Side turned into a hostage situation just before noon, on Sunday.  Buffalo Police responded to the 200 block of Leroy Avenue, where a woman with a gun was holding a handful of relatives - including young children - captive inside the home.

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Crime
3:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Buffalo teen wounded while escaping intruder

Buffalo police are continuing their investigation into a shooting this morning in which a 15-year-old was struck in the leg.

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Crime
11:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Soccer coach accused of having sex with 12-year-old girl

Cheektowaga Police have charged a soccer coach with allegedly having sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl. 


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Crime
7:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Police say accused Lewiston kidnapper had more victims

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Investigators with Lewiston and state police believe more people may have suffered at the hands of Iver  "Jay" Phallen and they're asking for the public's help. 

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Crime
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Buffalo Police release photo of person of interest in Thursday morning fires

Person of Interest in six Buffalo fires
Credit Buffalo Police surveillance photo

Buffalo Police have release a surveillance photo of a person of interest in a string of suspicious fires that erupted Thursday morning.

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Crime
10:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Lewiston man accused of kidnapping, torturing woman

A Lewiston man faces a laundry list of charges connected with the alleged kidnapping and abuse of a Niagara County woman.

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Crime
8:15 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Chautauqua County designated a high-intensity drug trafficking area

Chautauqua County has been given the designation as a high-intensity drug trafficking area, a label that could actually be helpful in the fight against drugs.

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Crime
6:46 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Two nursing home workers charged with patient neglect

Two nursing home workers in Buffalo have been arrested and charged with neglecting an elderly resident.

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Crime
12:47 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Teenager pleads guilty to three Allentown rapes

A Buffalo teenager has admitted to committing three rapes in the city's Allentown neighborhood over the summer. 

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Crime
3:54 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kuzdzal found guilty of murdering, sexually assaulting Eain Brooks

Matthew Kuzdzal has been convicted of murder and sexual assault in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
Credit File photo

A State Supreme Court jury in Buffalo has found Matthew Kuzdzal guilty of second-degree murder and predatory sexual assault in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.

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Crime
12:31 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Jury acquits man charged with cruelty in dog killing

Michael Tortorici has been found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his family dog.

An Erie County Court jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the case of a Sloan man accused of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his dog.

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Crime
3:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Trial begins for man accused of killing 5-year-old boy

Matthew Kuzdzal faces a murder charge in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
Credit File photo

The trial of alleged child killer Matthew Kuzdzal got underway in downtown Buffalo Monday morning. Kuzdzal is charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks, his girlfriend's son, nearly one year ago.

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Crime
3:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Authorities say streets safer with breakup of notorious gang

Charts showing a reduction in criminal activity in the gang's neighborhood from 2009 to 2013.
Credit U.S. Attorney's Office

Local law enforcement agencies joined U.S. Attorney William Hochul on Buffalo’s West side Monday to celebrating the termination of the 10th Street Gang.

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Developing
3:04 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Cartagena gets maximum 25 years-to-life sentence

Sentencing of Candace Cartagena in Erie County Court.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Candace Cartagena has been sentenced of 25-years to life for the death of her 8-year-old daughter.  Cartagena appeared before Erie County Court Judge Thomas Francyzk Tuesday afternoon, where the sentencing was handed down.

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Crime
1:08 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Basil faces upgraded murder charge in Sager's death

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Belling (l.) and defendant Jeffrey Basil (r.).
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Former Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil now faces a murder charge in the death of William Sager Jr.

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Crime
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Two suspects in Westfield homicide arrested in Erie, PA

Mary Whitaker
Credit Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra

Two men have been arrested in Erie, Pennsylvania, after a car belonging to shooting victim Mary Whitaker was found in Erie.

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