Crime

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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.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on the sentencing.

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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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Crime
2:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Symphony violinist fatally shot in Westfield

A Google street view of 8448 Titus Rd., where the apparent homicide took place.
Credit Google Maps

An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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Crime
1:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Former Eden wrestling coach admits to raping two juveniles

A former wrestling coach in the Eden School District has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape after admitting to engaging in sexual intercourse with two juveniles.

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Crime
9:26 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Man arrested, charged with murder in shooting of 14-year-old

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with the Tuesday shooting near the Oakmont Avenue footbridge which claimed the life of 14-year-old Raymond Patterson III.

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Shooting
6:55 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

One killed, three wounded in Buffalo shooting

Buffalo police officers investigate shooting near Kensington Expressway
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond

A shooting near the Langfield Housing Projects in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood has left one person dead, and three people wounded.

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Crime
11:33 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Alleged firebug arraigned on multiple arson counts

Alleged arsonist Christopher Syracuse faces several charges

A City of Tonawanda man has been arraigned in connection with a string of arsons Monday night in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

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Crime
9:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Authorities bust major heroin pipeline to Jamestown

Jamestown Police
Credit WBFO News file photo

A major narcotics pipeline has been eliminated in Jamestown. Forty-seven people have been charged in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from Philadelphia and New York City to Jamestown.

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Crime
1:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Basil pleads not guilty to Molly's Pub attack

Jeffrey Basil pleaded not guilty to multiple charges relating to the attack on William Sager Jr. at Molly's Pub in May.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Former Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil has been arraigned in connection with the attack that seriously injured William Sager Jr. in May.

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Crime
11:46 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Grucza sentenced to 25 years for Toys R Us murder

Grucza, seen in the blue shirt in the background, will spend the next 25 years in prison.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Bernard Grucza, the admitted killer of Toys R Us manager Laurence Wells, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years probation.

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Crime
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Authorities round up members of gang tied to City Grill shootings

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials announced the arrests on Wednesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several members of what is described as the most violent drug trafficking gang in Western New York have been taken off the streets.

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Crime
3:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cartagena found guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter

Candance Cartagena was found guilty of murdering her daughter Monday in Erie County Court.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010.

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Crime
1:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Man and woman killed in East side shooting

Two people are dead following an overnight shooting on Buffalo's East side. The incident occurred around 2:15 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Jefferson Avenue. 

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Crime
2:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Manager indicted on attempted murder charge in Molly's Pub attack

Jeffrey Basil faces more serious charges in the attack on William Sager Jr.
Credit File photo

Jeffrey Basil, the manager of the now-defunct Main Street bar Molly's Pub, has been indicted on multiple charges, including attempted murder, in the May attack that left airman William Sager Jr. with serious brain injuries.

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Crime
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Fourth city employee admits to stealing from parking meters

Parking meters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Another city worker has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from Buffalo parking meters.

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Crime
4:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tow truck manager admits to ‘pay to play’ scheme in bribing Buffalo cops

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (center), joined by Brian P. Boetig,special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Division (left) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr. during a news conference on the tow truck case.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A 30-year-old tow truck manager has admitted to taking part in a 'pay to play' scheme of bribing Buffalo Police officers.

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Crime
11:03 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Orchard Park man charged with murdering his father

21-year-old Sean Keenan arrested in the murder of his father in Orchard Park
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Orchard Park Police say a 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his father.

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Crime
10:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Tonawanda woman, 83, charged in death of 89-year-old husband

Phylis Eson, 83, faces a murder charge in the death of her husband.
Credit Town of Tonawanda Police

Town of Tonawanda Police have arrested an 83-year-old woman and charged her with the murder of her 89-year-old husband. 

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Crime
11:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Buffalo police investigate shooting

Buffalo police are investigating an early Saturday morning shooting on the East Side.

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Crime
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Man spared jail time in 'unusual' fatal DWI crash

Robert Styn was given probation in State Supreme Court Wednesday in the crash that killed Daniel McParlane.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The West Seneca man involved in a crash that killed off-duty Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McParlane last November has been sentenced to probation.

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Shooting
6:27 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Arrest made in Allentown shooting

An arrest has been made in a shooting early Thursday outside a popular Allentown bar.

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Crime
1:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Judge orders mental health exam for mother accused of killing son

The Buffalo mother accused of murdering her 8-year-old son has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of second degree murder.

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Police Misconduct
11:13 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Kenmore officer resigns amid misconduct allegations

A Kenmore police officer has resigned after allegedly drawing a gun on a man while working a side job as a bowling alley security guard. 

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Crime
10:45 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Man with gun comes out of woods, situation ends peacefully

The area a SWAT team surrounded Thursday night in Clarence Center.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

A tense situation in Clarence ended peacefully shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Crime
11:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Buffalo teens sentenced to prison for murdering cab driver

Two Buffalo teenagers could spend the rest of their lives in prison for killing a cab driver after robbing him of his cell phone and wallet. 

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Crime
1:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Bills' Dareus charged with racing, reckless driving in Hamburg

Marcell Dareus faces three charges after being arrested in the Town of Hamburg.
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Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been charged with three crimes by Hamburg Police following a series of road-related incidents last Friday.

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Crime
5:08 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Buffalo cops accused of brutality plead not guilty

A retired Buffalo police lieutenant and two suspended cops pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to federal charges of civil rights violations stemming from a 2009 case allegedly involving police brutality.

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Crime
5:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Former Buffalo cop pleads guilty to beating handcuffed suspect

After quitting his job as a Buffalo cop earlier in the day, John Cirulli pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of misdemeanor civil rights violations for attacking a handcuffed man who had been arrested April 19.

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Crime
4:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Officer says he witnessed Molly's Pub shove down stairs

Jeffrey Basil faces a charge of first-degree assault for the bar attack that left William Sager Jr. in a coma.
Credit Buffalo News pool photo

A grand jury will be getting the case against Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil, charged with felony assault for allegedly "launching" William Sager Jr. down a flight stairs at Molly's May 11.

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