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10:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Underage sex case nets 4 arrests

A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of four people in Little Valley on drug and rape charges.

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Buffalo Police investigate Goodyear Ave shooting
1:51 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Buffalo Police investigate shooting on Goodyear Avenue

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Buffalo police are investigating a shooting that occurred just before 7 o'clock Saturday morning on the 500 block of Goodyear Avenue.

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Crime
9:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

A call for an end to violent crime in Niagara Falls

Remembering Franchot Wallace, gunned down at a private party inside the bar early on Saturday at 3M's Bar at Highland and College in city of Niagara Falls.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

A shooting inside a Highland Avenue bar in the city of Niagara Falls brought out a small crowd  to pray for a resolution to crime and economic problems in a troubled section of the Cataract City.  

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Crime
11:51 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Basil sentencing adjourned until April

Basil and his attorney Joel Daniels will be back in court on April 7.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The sentencing of Jeffrey Basil, the man convicted of killing an Air National Guardsman William Sager Jr. at Molly's Pub in 2014, was adjourned Monday morning at the request of his attorney. 

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Multiple arrests for narcotics in Springville
1:38 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Multiple arrests for narcotics and child endangerment in Springville

From Left to Right, Melinda Dearmyer, Ashley MacDonald, Justin Prouty, Richard Tyma Jr.
Credit Erie County Sheriff / WBFO News

The Erie County Sheriff has reported the arrest of five people in the Village of Springville, on an assortment of narcotics and child endangerment charges.

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Crime
4:40 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Eden swim coach accused of 'sexting' teenage girl

An Eden swim coach was arrested Thursday by Village of Hamburg police and charged with inappropriate contact with a minor.

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Crime
5:15 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Williamsville native charged in WVU fraternity death

Nolan Michael Burch died after a hazing ritual turned tragic at West Virginia University.
Credit File photo

A West Virginia University fraternity member from Williamsville has been charged with two hazing-related misdemeanors after the November death of another student, also from Williamsville. 

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Crime
5:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Toronto trial examining alleged train attack plot

Courtroom sketch of Jaser being arraigned on special terrorism-related charges
Credit courtroom sketch artist

The Toronto trial of two men accused of a terrorist plot to derail a passenger train between New York City and Toronto is now in its second week. 

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Crime
5:25 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial underway

Tammy Schueler, Alix's mother, during a break in Corasanti's trial on Monday.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Attorneys for both sides in Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial  presented their opening statements to the jury Monday.

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Crime
1:48 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former school official charged with stealing anti-poverty funds

A former administrator at the Buffalo Board of Education has been charged with stealing funds.

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Crime
5:33 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Orleans County pastor found guilty of sexually abusing children

Rev. Roy Harriger was convicted of sexually abusing two children more than a decade ago.
Credit File photo

A former Orleans County minister was convicted Monday in Orleans County Court of sexually abusing two children over a decade ago while he was a minister of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

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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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