The Erie County Sheriff's Office warned it has responded to nearly 20 larceny calls over the past few days in the towns of Boston, Concord, Elma and Grand Island.

Cheektowaga Police

Cheektowaga police were expected to release more details today involving Saturday night's fatal shooting of a Java, NY man by a Cheektowaga police officer outside a hotel near the airport.

Crackdown launched on problem delis

Feb 26, 2016
Thomas O'Neil-White

Claiming some corner stores have become "community centers for criminals," a group of local lawmakers is calling for a crackdown on unscrupulous deli owners.

As the national debate continues over strategies for curbing gun violence, a local panel will explore the issue from several perspectives.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a robbery at an upstate New York college that's being called  racially motivated.

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As numerous controversies have thrust a national spotlight on policing, a recent study has placed Buffalo in the top 10 cities in the nation when it comes to efficient spending on public safety.

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2015 and the years leading up to it have seen more than 100 gang members in the City of Buffalo indicted for crimes such as drug trafficking, gun violations, and violent offenses including murder. U.S. Attorney William Hochul said over the last year, most of those individuals have been convicted. It’s why he’s calling 2015 one of the best years for his office.

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The Erie County Legislature is likely to approve some new controls on pawn shops following a public hearing held Thursday.

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While he's admittedly still getting to know some of the key players in local law enforcement and even his own staff, the new Special Agent In Charge at the FBI field office in Buffalo has a history of counter-terrorism work worldwide.

Buffalo is the setting for a new collection of fictional short stories about crimes and criminals. Buffalo Noir includes works from Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Tom Fontana, and others. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with co-editor Ed Park about the book, which was released earlier this month. 

New York State

More than 200 police officers, prosecutors and other law enforcers wrapped up a two day seminar in Saratoga Tuesday that aimed to reduce gun violence.

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Top defense attorney Tom Eoannou has quit as lawyer for the alleged victim in the Patrick Kane case. He tells WBFO he's concerned that a rape evidence bag delivered to the home of the accuser's mother may have ended up at the home under "suspicious circumstances."

City of Buffalo

Crime in the City of Buffalo is at an all-time low, according to Mayor Byron Brown.

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Residents and businesses in Buffalo are being encouraged to participate in a new crime-fighting initiative that allows the city police department to view footage from private surveillance cameras. 

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Lawmakers in New York State have taken a step toward making improper touching on public transportation a crime.

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With the theft of metals on the rise, New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling for greater controls on the scrap industry.


As downtown Buffalo enjoys a spike in development activity, there’s talk of launching a new public safety

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

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

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There are no easy solutions for the problem of young people going to prison. That was the message from a community meeting last night in the Merriweather Library.

Monday was National Night Out, that annual sign of the public's hope to be safe in their homes and neighborhoods, now in it's 30th year of that quest for safety.

A U.S. Supreme Court justice, the creator of one of the best TV shows of all time and a popular public radio personality all visit the Chautauqua Institution this week.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports in his Chautauqua Preview, it's "crime and punishment" week at Chautauqua.

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Early morning drug raids on Buffalo's East Side Tuesday netted ten arrests.

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On the heels of New York State passing the toughest gun control legislation in the nation, a new report shows the number of firearm related offenses is up in the City of Buffalo. 

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Niagara Falls will be getting the latest in high-tech crime fighting under a program that may eventually bring in millions of dollars to deal with rising crime.

Forbes magazine has ranked Buffalo 10th on its list of America's Most Dangerous Cities.  

Detroit, St. Louis and Oakland top the list.  Forbes ranked cities with a population of over 200,000 based on violent crime rates.  

Using FBI statistics, Buffalo had  more than 1,200 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.  Forbes noted that the city's crime rate has dropped steadily since the 1990's.  

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says he takes issue with the magazine's characterization.

Medina, NY – A police officer who was wounded last year in a shootout in a pharmacy is among three Orleans County law enforcement officers arrested Monday and charged with cocaine possession.

Village of Holley Police Chief Michael Grattan, Lieutenant Michael Russell of the Medina Police Department and Orleans County sheriff's Sergeant Donald Stilwell are charged in connection with a state police investigation.

State police say the three Orleans County officers took cocaine together for years while off-duty. They were arraigned Monday.