An investigation of state employees stealing from developmentally disabled people in their care has prompted a call for better oversight by the agency overseeing group homes for the disabled.

A new study from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services puts a price tag on a specific form of elder abuse. The statewide study says the financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults results in at least $1.5 billion in annual costs associated with stolen cash and property, benefits that are paid to the victims and the price of investigating the crimes.

Cheektowaga Police

Cheektowaga Police are asking the public to contact them if they fell prey to a Wanda Avenue man who has been impersonating a police officer.

The local lawyer representing the family of a man who died in the Erie County Holding Center is praising the work of the New York State Commission of Correction. The commission issued its final report in the 2012 death of 35-year-old Robert Metcalf, finding it a homicide caused by improper restraint used by Erie County deputies.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The owner of four local Mexican restaurants, as well as two other individuals, are charged with harboring illegal immigrants after federal agents raided the eateries late Tuesday morning.

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Buffalo Police are investigating how a body turned up in the Niagara River.

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State officials argue against claims that they aren't assisting enough to improve New York's 911 system.

Two Southtowns drag racers have pleaded guilty for their part in a deadly crash in April.

Buffalo Police Department

Buffalo Police are asking for help solving the city's latest fatal shooting.

Stevenson arraigned in deaths of girlfriend and her son

Oct 12, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend and her son in their Cheektowaga apartment last month appeared in State Supreme Court Wednesday morning, arraigned on an Erie County grand jury indictment.

A new scam is taking advantage of area businesses.

Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force

A new series of public service announcements is aiming to tackle a crime across Western New York that most residents may not know is even happening – human trafficking.

Erie County 911 call-takers have approved a pilot agreement to create a 12-hour work day schedule. A majority of the 33 CSEA call-takers voted Thursday to approve what they say will be an improvement to their work-life balance.

A Cheektowaga woman has been arrested and charged with voter fraud. Authorities say she has been voting illegally for more than two decades.

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An Erie County grand jury has indicted two men in a fatal shooting inside Buffalo's famed Anchor Bar restaurant.

Another member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club is facing jail time for participating in what authorities say was an organized crime ring under guise of the club.

BBB warns of tech support scam

Oct 3, 2016

The Better Business Bureau is warning Western New Yorkers about a new scam. It says to be weary of strangers pretending to offer computer tech support.

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

A licensed practical nurse at Erie County Medical Center has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a person with special needs in his care.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

An Allegany County father who used drugs before a crash that killed his 4-year-old son has been found guilty of manslaughter.

TWC News

Federal and local authorities on Wednesday released more information about the man charged with the robbery and homicide at a Xerox federal credit union outside Rochester more than a decade ago.

Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed has introduced a bill that would include life in prison and the death penalty for drug dealers who cause a fatal opioids overdose.

Buffalo Billion developers due back in court

Sep 26, 2016

Three executives from LPCiminelli will be back in court Monday morning for a preliminary hearing.

A teenager was stabbed to death on Saturday night on the 1700 block of Genesee street.

New York State Police

A Niagara Falls man becomes unresponsive after getting arrested Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo police are investigating the death of a young man found Saturday morning.

Police say the body was found at a home around 10:30 on the 100 block of Winspear Avenue. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of death. There is no sign of foul play. The man is believed to be in his 20s.

He is not a student at UB.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Buffalo Police have quickly arrested four teenagers in connection with an early-morning assault of a 64-year-old man behind the downtown Buffalo library.

A man charged with killing a woman and her 7-year-old son inside their Cheektowaga apartment has waived his right to a felony hearing. A grand jury will now hear the case.


A woman and her young son were discovered dead inside their Cheektowaga home Thursday evening. The man who had a relationship with the mother is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Former youth baseball president jailed

Sep 13, 2016
West Seneca Youth Baseball

Prosecutors say the former president of a West Seneca youth baseball organization embezzled about $49,000 from the club and used some of it to gamble at a casino.  Kevin Chodkowski of West Seneca has been jailed on $25,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records.

Charges announced in May 20 murder at Anchor Bar

Sep 12, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Police Department and Acting Erie County District Attorney announced Monday that a suspect in a brazen shooting death inside one of Buffalo's most iconic restaurants is now charged with second degree murder. The alleged killer, investigators revealed, is already in custody on an unrelated charge.