Crime

Crime
2:24 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Basil found guilty of murder

Defense Attorney Joel Daniels following Basil verdict.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mark Scott

A jury has found Jeffrey Basil, the former bar manager of Molly's Pub, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Air National Guardsman William Sager, Jr.

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Crime
12:29 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Tonawanda man sentenced for string of summer arsons

Christopher Syracuse was sentenced Wednesday for a string of arsons last summer.
Credit File photo

A man who went on an arson spree in North Tonawanda last summer was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

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Crime
3:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Prosecution rests in Jeffrey Basil trial

The prosecution has rested its case against Jeffrey Basil, the former bar manager who is accused of murder in the death of William Sager last year.

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Crime
5:05 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former school administrator, son, probed in theft of anti-poverty funds

The son of a disgraced former top administrator in Buffalo schools has been charged with stealing money intended to help the education of low-income people.

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Crime
1:08 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Bartender says Basil tried to 'justify' Sager shove

Jackson Zimmerman, a Molly's Pub bartender, testified Tuesday in the murder trial of bar manager Jeffrey Basil.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Adam O'Shei, an off-duty Buffalo police officer working security at Molly's Pub last spring, wrapped up his testimony in Jeffrey Basil's murder trial in State Supreme Court Tuesday.

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Crime
4:36 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Molly's Pub trial underway

Credit Chris Caya / WBFO News

The murder trial of bar manager Jeffrey Basil began Thursday morning in an Erie County courtroom.  Basil's accused of pushing William Sager down a flight of stairs inside Molly's Pub in May.   WBFO'S Chris Caya was in the court room for opening statements.

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Crime
2:09 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Jury selection begins in Molly's Pub murder trial

Jeffrey Basil, second from the left, faces multiple charges relating to the death of William Sager Jr.
Credit Chris Caya / WBFO News

Nearly 70 people were called as potential jurors in Jeffrey Basil's murder trial Monday morning as the judge and attorneys in the case began narrowing the pool.

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Crime
11:25 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Pastor weighs causes of recent city violence

Pastor James Giles says only the public can bring the spate of killings in Buffalo to an end.
Credit Twitter

Two men who were shot Tuesday evening are the latest victims in a recent burst of street violence in the City of Buffalo.

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Crime
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Buffalo Police investigating string of murders

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda discusses recent rash of murders and shootings from Buffalo Police Headquarters.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings, some of which were deadly. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports police are urging help from the public.

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Crime
1:26 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Authorities find pot growing operation in home day care

A Buffalo woman has been arrested after sheriff's deputies say she was found to be growing marijuana in a residence that was being used as a day care center. 

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Crime
2:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pretrial hearing held for former Molly's Pub manager

A pretrial hearing is taking place for Jeffrey Basil in Erie County Court Friday morning.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A pretrial hearing for Jeffery Basil was held in Erie County Court Friday. Basil is accused of pushing William Sager Jr., 28, down the stairs at Molly's Pub on May 11. The fall led to Sager's death two months later.

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Crime
1:06 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Batavia man charged in death of infant son

A Batavia man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his infant son. 

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Crime
2:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Drug trafficking ring dismantled in Lackawanna

U.S. Attorney William Hochul announces takedown of the "Project Boys."
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An illegal narcotics trafficking ring was taken down by several law enforcement agencies and SWAT teams early Tuesday morning. Twenty men and women have been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged.

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Developing
10:35 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Maximum sentence in murder of Kenmore bar owner

The home where 62-year-old Jim Cottone lived.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A 21-year-old man convicted of murdering a Kenmore bar owner has been sentenced to 25 years to life.  Antonio Martin-Brown was found guilty in October in the death of 62-year-old Jim Cottone.

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Crime
12:40 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Man sentenced for killing family friend, setting house on fire

19-year-old David Meyers sentenced in Erie County court for murder and arson.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

David Meyers was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison in Erie County court Tuesday. Meyers, 19, admitted to bludgeoning 52-year-old Brian Dombek to death and setting fire to his South Buffalo home back in March to cover up the crime.

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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
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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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