Crime

Crime
11:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Death of Jamestown toddler ruled a homicide

The death of a 16-month-old Jamestown girl has been ruled a homicide.

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Crime
12:55 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Former Buffalo cop pleads guilty to injury fraud

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (second from right) outlines the plea taken by former police officer Patrick O'Mara.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

A retired Buffalo police officer has pleaded guilty to defrauding his Injured On Duty status. 

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Crime
1:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Two men convicted in killing of elderly deacon

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A State Supreme Court Judge in Buffalo has found two young men guilty in the death of 96-year-old Deacon Levi Clayton.

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Toys 'R Us Killing
7:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Grucza pleads guilty to federal gun charges

Bernard Grucza
Credit WBFO File Photo

A day after he admitted killing a Toys 'R Us manager in Hamburg last June, Bernard Grucza was back in court Tuesday, this time before a federal judge.  He entered a guilty plea to a federal gun charge.

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Breaking
4:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Concord standoff subject identified, charged with attempted murder

A bullet hole on the hood of an Erie County Sheriff's car.
Credit Erie County Sheriff's Department

A standoff described as an 'active shooting' in the Town of Concord ended Monday morning after a gunman fired shots at authorities responding to a domestic call on home Brown Hill Road Road Sunday night.

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Crime
2:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Buffalo man found guilty of killing 13-year-old girl

Darshawn Morris faces a sentence of 37 years to life in prison.
Credit File photo

A jury on Friday convicted the man charged with raping and killing a 13-year-old Buffalo girl. Darshawn Morris, 21, has been found guilty on all counts.

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Crime
10:22 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Human trafficking is the second largest money making crime in U.S.

Human Trafficking images.
Credit WBFO News file photo

As we celebrate Women's History month, a terrifying crime is occurring in our community that is a threat to dignity and freedom. Human trafficking is considered the slavery of the 21st century. A local law enforcement official is working to raise awareness of how human trafficking is happening in right here Western New York. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Human trafficking in the Buffalo region.

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Crime
1:42 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Teens convicted of murdering Buffalo cab driver

Credit WBFO News file photo

A State Supreme Court jury on Friday convicted two 17-year-olds of murder and robbery charges in connection with the shooting death of a Buffalo cab driver last March.

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Crime
10:51 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Taglianetti sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison

Convicted murderer Anthony Taglianetti learned his fate Monday morning.
Credit File photo

A Virginia man has been given the maximum sentence for the 2012 killing of Chautauqua County school superintendent Keith Reed, Jr.

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Developing
4:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Man arrested for bringing handgun into Harvey Austin School

Buffalo Police outside Harvey Austin School on Sycamore (right of photo) as they searched for possible person with gun.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Harvey Austin School on Sycamore Avenue was in lockdown late Thursday afternoon following a report of an individual with a gun near or on the school grounds. Some children were there at the time as part of an after-school program.

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Crime
4:42 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Former Buffalo cop pleads guilty to trafficking marijuana

Police Commissioner Derenda, surrounded by law enforcers with the U.S. Attorney's Office, announced the guilty plea of former officer James Hamilton.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Former Buffalo Police officer James Hamilton will serve time in a federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to felony drug trafficking charges.

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Crime
2:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Husband and wife indicted in Attica prison ODs

Officials announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday at the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The deaths of two Attica Correctional Facility inmates has led to the indictment of a fellow inmate and a his wife, a Buffalo woman.

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Crime
3:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Double drug bust nets 40 arrests

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Two separate drug trafficking rings in Western New York were dealt major blows Tuesday when sealed indictments were opened and 40 people were arrested.

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Breaking
3:25 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Two dead in apparent murder/attempted suicide in Cattaraugus County

Limestone is a small community near the Pennsylvania state line
Credit Google maps

Two people were shot and killed in the Cattaraugus County Hamlet of Limestone Wednesday. A third person, believed to have attempted suicide, has been taken to an Erie, PA hospital.

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Crime
3:58 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Amherst Police: Abused 3-year-old died from blunt force trauma

Amherst Police are investigating the death of a young girl.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Amherst Police are investigating the suspicious death of a young girl who was found unresponsive this past weekend in an apartment on Allenhurst Road.

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Crime
4:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Authorities arrest man believed to be behind 25 bank robberies

Local law enforcement has apparently made the first dent in suppressing a string of bank robberies across Erie and Niagara counties.

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Crime
2:09 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Springville teen given max sentence for toddler's death

A Springville teenager convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's toddler son last year was given the maximum penalty at his sentencing Friday morning.

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Crime
10:24 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Buffalo Police investigate 1st homicide on New Year

Just hours after the New Year began a Buffalo woman was shot to death. Homicide Detectives say a 25-year-old female victim was riding in a Chrysler Pacifica headed northbound on Michigan Avenue, towards Genesee Street just after 3:00 a.m. Wednesday when she was struck by gunfire.  

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Crime
8:54 am
Mon December 23, 2013

State audit underway to measure reporting of hate crimes

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Credit WB FO News file photo

With concerns that hate crimes could be on the rise in New York, the State Comptroller's office is now conducting an audit on the reporting of the crime. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says comptroller Thomas DiNapoli wants to make sure hate crimes are being reported.

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Crime
5:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Jury finds teenager guilty of murder in death of toddler

A 16-year-old defendant who admitted to killing a nearly two-year-old toddler last March has been convicted by a jury of second-degree murder.

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Crime
1:37 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Buffalo Police officer charged with growing, selling marijuana

A probationary Buffalo Police officer has been arrested and charged on counts related to an alleged marijuana growing and distribution operation.

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Crime
11:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Man arrested, charged with 1979 murder of his wife

An arrest has been made in a 34-year-old cold case murder in Lackawanna.

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Crime
9:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New report points to disparities among minorities in the Erie County Criminal Justice System

Members of several agencies that work with Open Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A new report points to disparities among minorities in the Erie County criminal justice system.  Open Buffalo revealed results Tuesday calling it "alarming". 

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Animal Abuse
8:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Sloan man accused of killing dog

Michael Tortorici

A Sloan man has been arrested following a disturbing outburst of violence toward his family dog. 

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Crime
1:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Authorities capture suspect in beating of elderly man

A man being sought for the fatal beating of a 96-year-old church deacon in Buffalo has been captured in central New York.

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Crime
2:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Man pleads not guilty to killing 13-year-old girl

Despite reportedly confessing to police, the Buffalo man accused of murdering and raping a 13-year-old girl last month pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday morning.

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Crime
10:20 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Court intervention to prevent teens from a life of crime

Inside the courtroom of Buffalo City Court Judge James McLeod, a poster reads "Pull Up Your Pants" as part of the Crossroad’s Diversion program.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo is one of five pilot courts programs in New York State that provides an Adolescent Diversion Program to prevent teens from becoming repeat criminals. But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, a Buffalo City Court judge first implemented the program in his courtroom a few years ago after witnessing repeat offenders.

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Crime
10:38 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Hoskins awaits sentencing for animal cruelty

Beth Hoskins at past court appearances.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Horse owner Beth Hoskins faces up to two years in jail when sentenced Thursday on dozens of animal cruelty convictions.  

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Crime
2:11 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Another hold up at a KeyBank branch

Robbery suspect being sought from KeyBank at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence, N.Y.
Credit Photo provided by the Erie County Sheriff's Department

There has been another bank robbery in the area.  This time the KeyBank at 4401 Transit Road Road in the town of Clarence was robbed around 10 a.m. Monday. 

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Shootings
10:34 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Weekend shootings wound seven in Buffalo

Buffalo police are investigating two shootings on the city's East Side this weekend that have left seven people wounded.

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