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The Erie County Sheriff's Department has kicked off National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  A conference and training session was held in Buffalo Tuesday to teach the public about making safe choices when getting behind the wheel.  

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Washington celebrated Cyber Monday with major busts around the country of websites selling fake merchandise.

Death of Buffalo infant ruled homicide

Nov 20, 2012
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The death of a five-week old infant has been turned over to Buffalo Homicide detectives.  Police say a baby boy died from injuries inflicted upon him at his home on Heath Street in the city's University District. 

Teens accused in dog burning appear in court

Nov 20, 2012
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Families of the two young men charged with setting a puppy on fire are feuding about who is responsible, even as the criminal justice system is moving their cases along. 

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Law enforcement officials say a suspected longtime drug dealer is now out of business.

Mohamud sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison

Nov 15, 2012
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A Buffalo man has been sentenced 25 years-to-life for killing his 10-year-old stepson with a rolling pin.

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An employee with the Customers and Border Protection has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Walmart assailant sentenced to five years

Nov 14, 2012

The Batavia woman convicted of assaulting an elderly Walmart employee last Christmas Eve was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. 

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A former top aide to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will have to wait another month to learn his fate.

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Lynn Dejac Peters, the Buffalo woman who served more than 13 years in jail after she was convicted of murdering her daughter, has settled a lawsuit with the State of New York for $2.7 million. 

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.

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The Erie County District Attorney reached a compromise to resume prosecution of cases in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court. 

Frank Sedita had recently announced that he would no longer handle the cases.  He said too many non-criminal issues were affecting the integrity of the cases. 

But Thursday, Sedita told WBFO News a compromised was reached with the State Office of Court Administration. 

Mohamud convicted of murdering stepson

Oct 18, 2012
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A jury this afternoon convicted the Buffalo man who has been standing trial for the beating death of his 10-year-old stepson.

Jurors took less than three hours to find 41-year-old Ali-Mohamad Mohamud guilty of second-degree murder, after closing arguments were presented this morning. 

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Both the prosecution and the defense have rested in the Ali-Mohamed Mohamud murder trial in State Supreme Court.  Closing arguments are scheduled to take place Thursday morning.

Mohamud, who admitted to police that he beat his 10-year-old stepson Abdifatah to death last April with a wooden rolling pin in the basement of their Guilford Street home, was not called to the stand, and no witnesses were called by the defense.

Jurors in Mohamud trial shown police video

Oct 16, 2012
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Jurors in the trial of the Buffalo man accused of killing his 10-year-old stepson today watched a graphic police video of the murder scene. 

Ali-Mohamad Mohamud is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Abdifatah Mohamud.  Testimony began Monday when the boy's mother and stepbrother took the stand, following opening statements. 

Prosecutors say Mohamud stabbed, suffocated, and beat the boy repeatedly with a wooden rolling pin last April in their Guilford Street home.  He allegedly confessed his crime to Buffalo Police.

Trial begins for man accused of killing stepson

Oct 15, 2012
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The murder trial of a Buffalo man accused of fatally beating his 10-year-old stepson in April has begun in State Supreme Court. 

Prosecuters says Ali-Mohamed Mohamud tied up Abdifatah Mohamud in the basement of their Guilford Street home, stuffed a sock into his mouth and covered it with duct tape, and then beat the boy about 70 times with a wooden rolling pin. 

The fifth-grader suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs, and dozens of bodily injuries. 

Police find live grenade, neighbors evacuated in Leroy

Oct 8, 2012

Some residents in the Village of Leroy were evacuated for about an hour today after police found a homemade grenade and a gun in the trunk of a car pulled over for speeding. 

A police officer who made the stop around 7:30 a.m. opened the trunk after seeing ammunition in the car.  Homes within 200 feet were evacuated.  A state police bomb technician determined the grenade was explosive.  The grenade and a long gun were removed. 

Police say the driver lives in Buffalo and told police he was on his way to visit his girlfriend in Rochester.  His name hasn't been released. 

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An inmate being held in the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo has died from injuries suffered in a fight with another inmate.  

19-year old Tyshawn Ball of Buffalo has been charged with second degree murder for the beating death of an inmate at Holding Center.   

Acting jail superintendent Thomas Diina said the fight between Ball and 49-year old Patrick Yale occurred in June.  Yale was treated at ECMC and died at the end of August.

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Over the last several years, the city has worked hard to tackle graffiti and other tagging. 

Mayor Byron Brown appeared at an area off Niagara Street Thursday as Americorp volunteers helped to remove the latest batch of graffiti.   

The back side of some buildings along Niagara Street  is visible from the 190.  That was the latest section of the city to be tagged with big chunky lettering in several colors.  

The Mayor announced that the city is partnering a stretch of Niagara Street businesses between the 198 and the Peace Bridge in the clean up effort.  

Clymer murder suspect refuses to waive extradition

Oct 1, 2012

The Virginia man accused of killing Clymer schools superintendent Keith Reed Jr. is fighting extradition to western New York.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace says it could be a month or more before Anthony Robert Taglianetti II is turned over to New York authorities, after he refused to waive his right to an extradition hearing from Prince William County, Virginia.

Reed was shot to death ten days ago outside his Clymer home. Taglianetti was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Virginia last Friday after being located in a wooded area.

Suspect in Clymer shooting arrested in Virginia

Sep 28, 2012

Authorities in Virginia have apprehended the suspect in last weekend's killing of Clymer Schools Superintendent Keith Reed.

Forty-two-year-old Anthony Robert Taglianetti was taken into custody without incident Friday afternoon at Shenandoah Valley National Park in Virginia. Police were patrolling areas where the suspect was thought to be in when they spotted his moving vehicle. Taglianetti was then stopped and arrested.

Reed was found dead outside his home Monday morning.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Virginia man in connection with the homicide of the Clymer Schools superintendent. 

Chautuaqua County Sheriff Deputy Joseph Gerace and District attorney David Foley held news conference Thursday afternoon to announce that 42-year-old Anthony Robert Taglianetti II is wanted for questioning.

"We have evidence to put the suspect in Chautauqua County the night of the homicide which we believe would have been Friday night," said Sheriff Gerace.

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Federal and local authorities say they have cracked a cold case murder that took place in Orchard Park three years ago. 

Angela Moss, a 39-year-old nurse from Amherst, was shot to death on California Road on August 27, 2009.  A federal grand jury has returned a seven-count indictment alleging that Moss's fiance, 44-year-old Ronald Epps, killed her in a scheme to collect on her life insurance policy. 

In July of that year, Epps convinced Moss to make a change to her $100,000 policy that would make him the sole beneficiary. 

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State Police arrested a Kenmore man for driving with steroids and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. 

23-year-old Michael Vazquez was pulled over for speeding on the 290-in the Town of Tonawanda. State Police say  he was traveling 81-miles-per-hour in a 55-mile-an-hour speed zone. 

A search of his vehicle found a number of hypodermic needles and three glass vials of sterile testosterone.  Vazquez has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and speeding. 

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A 22-year-old Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend.  23-year-old Jeremy Lott was shot to death in a double shooting early Sunday on Fillmore Avenue. 

John Carney has been charged with second-degree murder and assault.

26-year-old Lareecea Love of Buffalo was also shot, but was treated and released from ECMC.  Love was standing with Lott outside, smoking a cigarette, when Lott's friend Carney approached them.

"This reinforces our message to young people to put the guns down," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Four University at Buffalo students have been arrested on felony drug charges in the city's University Heights neighborhood. 

Police seized more than a half-ounce cocaine, eight ounces of ecstasy and other pills, nine pounds of marijuana, along with $64,000 in cash Friday night.

Police Commissioner Derenda says an illegally parked car on West Northrup Place in the University District led to the arrests after the drugs were on display in plain view of officers.

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The superintendent of the Clymer School District in Chautauqua County has been found dead outside of his home, the victim of an apparent homicide. 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies discovered 51-year-old Keith Reed at his residence on Clymer-Sherman Road with gunshot wounds this morning.  Reed lived alone and hadn't been heard from him since Friday night. 

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace says Reed was reported missing by friends Sunday night.

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Complaints and tips by city residents about drug dealing led to more than 60 arrests throughout the City of Buffalo this week.

Several law enforcement agencies from across the area teamed up with Buffalo Police in executing 103 search warrants in three days as part of Operation Power Sweep. Starting last Friday, it was the city's fourth series of drug raids this year.

Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says the Buffalo Police Department relies on the public for information and help from other law enforcement agencies in cracking down on illegal activity

Falls man sentenced for killing Niagara student

Sep 19, 2012

A Niagara Falls man was sentenced Wednesday for the shooting death of a Niagara University student last December.

Eighteen-year-old Gordon Jackson faces 21 years-to-life in state prison. The victim, Brandon Johnson of Rochester, was shot in the head with a shotgun during a robbery attempt at his apartment close to the Niagara campus on December 8, 2011.

Through a plea deal, a trial was avoided and Jackson's sentence was reduced from a possible 40 years-to-life.

Lancaster man sentenced for fatal hit-and-run

Sep 13, 2012

A Lancaster man has been sentenced to one-to-three years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a 14-year-old bicyclist.

State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski issued the sentence to 24-year-old Michael Ettipio, who had earlier pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with the death of Bryce Buchholz.

Ettipio was found to be three times over the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers when his vehicle struck and killed Buchholz on May 3rd.

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