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Erie County Sheriff's Department

With the Erie County Sheriff's Department and Seneca Nation marshals working together, a three-time convicted drug dealer was busted Monday and charged with supplying residents of the nation's Cattaraugus Territory.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A Buffalo Police officer is in “fair” condition and good spirits after he was shot in the head on Sunday evening in the Black Rock-Riverside neighborhood.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A Buffalo police officer was shot and another officer injured Sunday during a violent confrontation that left a man dead.


A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to five years in prison for scamming elderly victims out of their savings.

A murder indictment has been dismissed for an Attica prison inmate accused in the recreation yard slaying of another prisoner.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about funny money being passed locally.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local political activist, accused of casting a vote where he was not living two years ago, was spared jail time. Instead, as part of a plea deal, Rus Thompson was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The man who admitted killing his girlfriend and her older son in their Cheektowaga home last September will spend the next 50 years to life in prison.

New York's State Supreme Court has upheld convictions in two high-profile cases.

A former maintenance supervisor at the University at Buffalo has been sentenced for his part in a bid rigging scheme.

Drug Policy Alliance

As Western New York and the nation deals with an opioid crisis, a group of drug reform advocates, former users and health care professionals have launched an effort to bring to New York State facilities where addicts can consume their drug of choice in a safe, secure and supervised environment.

Cheektowaga Police

Cheektowaga Police are warning residents to lock up their cars.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

An Eden man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting death of his elderly mother inside their East Eden Road home.

WBFO's Chris Caya

The Niagara Falls man convicted of strangling the 25-year-old mother of his two young children has been sentenced to four years in prison and three years post-release supervision.

Orchard Park Police

Authorities say two suspected shoplifters taken to the Erie County Holding Center ended up causing water damage to their cells and the rooms below.

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A 14-year-old Lockport boy has been sentenced to a year probation and psychiatric care, in response of his guilty plea of arson and burglary in connection to a massive tire recycling plant fire last August.

The body of Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to be appointed to New York's Court of Appeals, was found dead in the Hudson River on April 12.

At first, clues led authorities to believe she had committed suicide: There appeared to be no signs of trauma on her body, she was fully clothed and there were no obvious signs that a crime had taken place.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

A Brampton, ON man has pleaded guilty to being part of an international conspiracy that smuggled $120 million worth of cocaine through Western New York.

$2.7M to fight gun violence awarded to WNY

Apr 19, 2017

New York State is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

A nationwide manhunt for a suspect who allegedly shot an elderly man dead in Cleveland and then uploaded it to Facebook has ended with the man shooting and killing himself in Pennsylvania's Erie County.

"Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by [Pennsylvania State Police] members in Erie County," the state police said on its Twitter account. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself."

A manhunt is under way for a suspect whom Cleveland police say filmed his fatal shooting of an elderly man, in a video that he posted to Facebook.

In a later video, also posted to Facebook on Sunday afternoon, a man purporting to be Steve Stephens, the accused shooter, says he has killed more than a dozen other people. Police have not verified that claim.

Cleveland police have identified the homicide victim from the video as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

New York State will use $1 million set aside in its new budget to establish a hate crimes task force.

National Public Radio File Photo

Anyone who has used DNA family geneology websites, like Ancestry DNA, knows there are a lot of people out there who are genetic relations. That is the root of a new criminal investigative technique.

New York State Police

A high school volleyball coach has been arraigned on charges of having sexual misconduct with a teen boy.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Relatives and friends of 59-year-old Jose Hewitt gathered on the sidewalk Thursday afternoon, outside the front entrance to the apartment building where police say Hewitt was fatally beaten by robbers who intended to hold up another resident.


Authorities say they have arrested two people in connection with a robbery that resulted in the death of a Western New York man. 

Updated at 11:45 a.m. Friday

Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to be appointed to New York's Court of Appeals, was found dead on Wednesday in the Hudson River.

She had been reported missing from her home in Harlem.

The New York Times reports:

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

Two former employees of Baker Victory Services have pleaded guilty to charges of forgery and falsification of records related to investigations of abuse and neglect of people with special needs.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Sentencing has been delayed for a Niagara County teenager charged in a tire recycling plant fire that killed his friend.

WBFO News file photo by Mike Desmond

New York State-approved Child Advocacy Centers have an additional $10 million to help protect children from sexual and physical abuse. The announcement of the two-year federal grant was made to coincide with the beginning of April: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

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