Crime

Crime

University at Buffalo School of Nursing

A truck driver from Saratoga County has pleaded guilty to killing an assistant professor of nursing at the University at Buffalo.

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A second-degree manslaughter charge against a Chautauqua County hunter who shot and killed a Sherman woman who was walking her dogs last fall has been dismissed in Chautauqua County Court.

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Authorities say a 28-year-old Syracuse man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a U.S. congressman and his family over net neutrality.

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A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to providing the fentanyl-laced heroin that took the life of two users.

An Amherst man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision for having sexual relations with a child.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to five years in prison, plus five years of post-release supervision, for attempting to run down two police officers with his car.

Buffalo student injured in pocket knife incident

Feb 12, 2018

Buffalo Police and Public School District officials were investigating a Monday morning incident involving a pocket knife that left a sixth-grade girl injured.

New York State Office of Mental Health

The state Office of Mental Health estimates a third of those incarcerated in New York have some type of mental illness. So why are they locked up instead of in a mental health program? Actually, Erie County has become a leader in diverting these offenders from prison. Progress has been slow, but steady, using a national model of law enforcement called Crisis Intervention Teams.

You hear about people being scammed out of money by online thieves all the time, but rarely do you hear one was caught and prosecuted. The U.S. Attorney's Office says that is exactly what happened in a Buffalo court Thursday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While stating he did not see malicious intent in the 88-year-old defendant's actions, Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case said Thursday afternoon he could not allow Martin Turkiewicz to go unpunished for an admitted hammer attack on his wife last year. Turkiewicz was sentenced to six months jail and five years probation for a crime that was motivated by a desire to end his ailing longtime wife's suffering.


The U.S. Attorney's Office says Marguin Sanchez, 23 of California, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to employ what it described as "unlawful aliens" at four local Mexican restaurants.

A Tonawanda man has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison after leaving the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident on Grand Island last June 13. His driver's license also was revoked.

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The government's key witness in its bribery case against a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he participated in bribery schemes with his longtime friend.

The union representing New York correction officers says new security methods are needed to reduce the amount of contraband smuggled into state prisons, while prison officials say more prohibited items are being seized than ever before.

Two Buffalo police officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of an unarmed man who was trying to flee the scene following a traffic stop in May of 2017.

Erie County Water Authority

The Erie County Water Authority is issuing a warning to its customers.

New York State

Recently, a few upstate news outlets released stories about a crime Ithaca College President Shirley Collado pleaded no contest to almost 20 years ago. That got us thinking, what’s the impact on individuals and society when someone’s criminal record is made public after they’ve completed their sentence?

In New York, Gun Owners Balk At New Handgun Database

Feb 1, 2018
Lauren Rosenthal / NCPR

Wednesday marked the official deadline for more than 370,000 handgun owners in the state of New York to register those guns with state police. New York is trying to use that information to build a comprehensive record of gun owners — something only one other state has done. The database that California started in 2007 has gotten mixed reviews.

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New York State plans to provide every inmate with a free computer tablet from a Florida-based company that provides services to prison systems.

Deadline to re-certify pistol permits is here

Jan 31, 2018

Wednesday is the deadline for New York State pistol permit holders to re-certify their permits with state police. State police said they are focused on informing handgun owners about the requirement, which is a provision of the state’s SAFE Act. The deadline applies to those who were issued a pistol permit before January 2013.

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A jury has found a Cheektowaga man guilty in the sledgehammer attack on his ex-girlfriend and her friend, then attacking her father.

Two new reports from Columbia University are raising questions about New York's probation and parole system - and offering suggestions for making it more effective.

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A disgraced former University at Buffalo vice president who admitted last fall to stealing more than $330,000 of state funds for personal use and benefits will not go to jail. Instead, State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski sentenced Dennis Black, who has already paid full restitution, to five years probation.


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Former Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has taken a job with a Florida-based private security company.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced after admitting he burglarized dorm rooms at the University at Buffalo.

A Snyder woman convicted of stealing nearly $30,000 from Oracle Charter School is going to jail.

Nagi pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS

Jan 22, 2018
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Two and a half years after he was arrested by federal authorities, a Lackawanna man has admitted he attempted to travel abroad and join the efforts of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. On Monday, Arafat Nagi entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in downtown Buffalo.


Albany County District Attorney

Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger was arraigned Monday in Albany on charges of rape and criminal sexual act for an alleged encounter with a female county employee at a hotel.

Finger Lakes Health

Buffalo's Homeland Security office is looking for the public's help after the arrest of a Newark, NY physician on child pornography charges.

Locked and loaded: pastor encourages guns in church

Jan 16, 2018
Payne Horning / WRVO News

When the parishioners at one Oswego County church gather for worship each week, many of them are armed - and it's no secret. The Lighthouse Mexico Church of God even advertises that its not a gun-free zone, a response to the frequent mass shootings in the country that are the subject of some debate.

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