Crime

Crime

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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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For the second time this week, a City of Buffalo worker has pleaded guilty to the theft of parking meters.  57-year-old James Bagarozzo appeared before U.S. Judge Richard Arcara late Thursday  morning in Federal Court. 

Bagarozzo admitted to stealing $210,000 in coins from the meters.  He has agreed to pay full restitution.

"At any level of government, public servants owe a duty of integrity and honesty to the taxpayers they serve," said U.S. Attorney Hochul. "This office will continue to prosecute  any who breach that duty."

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A city worker admitted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of quarters from parking meters. 

40-year-old Lawrence Charles of Buffalo appeared in Federal Court Tuesaday to plead guilty to the theft of $15,000 between 2007 and 2011. 

Several months ago Charles and co-worker James Bagarozzo were charged with the parking meter thefts. 

"This kind of conduct simply won't be tolerated," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

Charles was responsible for repairing broken city parking meters.  But Hochul said he would "systematically" steal quarters during his shift.

The Niagara County Coroner released results of an autopsy Tuesday revealing the cause of death of 5-year-old Isabella Sarah Tennant.  

Niagara County Coroner Cindy-Lou Joyce tells WBFO & AM-970 News Tennant died from "asphyxiation due to mechanical obstruction of the airway and compression of the neck."

Two teenage boys,  16-year-0ld John Freeman and 18-year-old Tyler Best, appeared in Niagara Falls City Court Tuesday morning for an arraignment on charges related to the death of Tennant.

Both entered not guilty pleas.

Man sentenced for killing teenage sister-in-law

Aug 27, 2012

An Orleans County judge today handed down a sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison to a man who admitted to killing his teenage sister-in-law. 

Carlos Cardenas, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this summer in the January 15, 2011 strangulation death of 15-year-old Katherine Sanchez.  The plea came shortly before he was due to stand trial on rape and murder charges.

The samurai-sword wielding robber of a North Buffalo gas station/convenience store remains at large.  Mayor Byron Brown says the investigation of the armed hold-up at Hertel and Colvin avenues early Tuesday is continuing. 

Also, Brown says Homicide Detectives are still looking for a suspect in a deadly shooting near the Entertainment District.  Police say 27-year-old James Henley died early Sunday after being shot in a parking lot near South Elmwood and Johnson Parkway. 

Man with sword robs Buffalo gas station

Aug 21, 2012

A man used a sword to rob a North Buffalo gas station early this morning, engaging in two altercations as attempted to flee on foot. 

The incident happened at a Sunoco/A Plus station at Hertel and Colvin avenues around 3 a.m.  The robber held a sword to a clerk's throat and demanded cash. 

As he fled the store, he encountered a man in the parking lot who attempted to stop him.  The robber then struck that man in the head with the sword.  The store clerk then came out with a baseball bat and hit the robber in the shoulder before he fled. 

Wrong-way driver sentenced for double-fatal crash

Aug 13, 2012
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Matthew Ruckdaschel of Getzville has been sentenced to prison for a wrong-way crash on the Kensington Expressway that claimed two lives.

Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka sentenced Ruckdaschel to three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half years in prison Monday morning.

Family members of the victims were visibly upset at the emotional sentencing.

Ruckdaschel was facing  up to 25 years in prison after admitting he was drunk, speeding and driving the wrong way when he crashed his pickup into an SUV and caused the death of its two occupants.  

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A local doctor has been arrested for allegedly writing prescriptions in exchange for toilet paper and other goods. 

Dr. Matthew Bennett of Clarence was charged with unlawful distribution of controlled substances after a year-long undercover investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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A convicted sex offender who was involved in an "incident" with his parole officer in Buffalo Thurday morning was found dead after committing suicide at the Langfield Housing Projects on the city's East Side. 

Officials had launched a manhunt for 28-year-old Demone Frasier, who had served time in prison on a rape conviction.  Following the altercation with the parole officer, Frazier escaped, with a gun, in the officer's vehicle. 

Frazier later abandoned the vehicle.  The parole officer, who was making a residence check on Frazier, was not injured. 

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Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said a fatal police shooting in the City's Riverside neighborhood is "a tragedy for all involved" 

Derenda said  four-year-old Roderick Geiger died as a result of stabbing. And the suspect - the boy's grandmother - 38-year-old Charlene Fears was shot and killed inside 195 Esser Avenue. 

Commissioner Derenda said the initial investigation indicates officers "were justified in using deadly physical force."

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A four-year old Riverside boy died from stab wounds at Women & Children’s Hospital Wednesday night and his grandmother was shot dead..

Two officers on routine patrol were flagged down around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in front of a home at 193 & 195 Esser Avenue, a double home with a common front porch area.   

At the same time, a 911 received a call that a child had been assaulted.

Police shot and killed 38-year-old Charlene Fears as she lunged towards them after they repeatedly told her to drop two knives she was armed with.

20 charged in suspected Buffalo drug ring

Jul 25, 2012

A federal grand jury has returned indictments against 20 individuals involved in a Houston-to-Buffalo drug operations that allegedly brought several kilos of cocaine to Buffalo's streets.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Houston man, 50-year-old Earl Brown, Sr., supplied narcotics to 30-year-old Franklin Richards, who then distributed them to the notoriously violent L.R.G.P. street gang. The gang's members sold the drug, in both powder and crack cocaine form, in Buffalo's Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood. 

SPCA investigating cat shot with arrow

Jul 23, 2012

The SPCA Serving Erie County is seeking information on a violent incident that caused the death of a domestic cat. 

The shelter says a 5-year-old cat named Tommy was found shot in the forehead with an arrow last Thursday afternoon near his Elm Street home in Lackawanna.  He was taken to an animal hospital, where he had to be euthanized for humane reasons. 

Animal investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call an SPCA hotline at 629-3502.  Any tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a $500 reward.

 

Buffalo man sentenced for attempted witness murder

Jul 18, 2012

A State Supreme Court justice this morning handed down a sentence of 40 years-to-life in prison to 21-year-old James Blair, a Buffalo man convicted of attempting to kill a witness scheduled to testify against him. 

A jury found Blair guilty of attempted murder last month in the stabbing of 51-year-old Colleen Murray of Buffalo.  Murray suffered 54 broken facial bones in the July 2011 attack, requiring dozens of screws and plates to be implanted in her skull. 

The attack occurred just hours before Murray was set to testify against Blair relating to a burglary at her home. 

Man accused of murdering his half-brother

Jul 17, 2012

A resident of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation is accused of murdering his half-brother. 

Erie County Sheriff's detectives arrested 22-year-old Cody Testerman of Brant Reservation Road on Tuesday morning.  He is being charged with second-degree murder in North Collins court this afternoon in the death of 20-year-old Jessie Seneca. 

Seneca's body was discovered by a nearby resident Saturday afternoon on a dirt road off Route 438.  He was last seen alive last Wednesday morning, July 11.

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While Canada may seem very close to commuters on the Niagara Section of the Thruway, it's nowhere near as close when the legal system wants to bring someone from Canada to stand trial in the U.S.

When federal officials announced on Tuesday they had broken a cross-border scam which cost 2,000 Americans millions of dollars they said 23 of those indicted living in the Metro Toronto area would have to be extradited to stand trial.

Teens accused in North Buffalo murder arraigned

Jul 11, 2012
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Two teenage boys accused of stabbing and burning another teenager to death in North Buffalo last week were arraigned this morning on charges of second-degree murder. 

Buffalo Police Tuesday arrested 17-year-old Demetrius Huff and 16-year-old Ezeiekile Nafi.  Authorities believe the North Buffalo teens stabbed 16-year-old Darren Brown ten times and then used an accelerant to set his body on fire on a footpath near Colvin Avenue and Taunton Place. 

Brown's badly-burned body was discovered by a man walking his dog last Friday evening close to an abandoned rail line. 

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Two Buffalo teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Darren Brown.

The teen’s body was found last Friday night in a wooded area off Taunton Place near Colvin Avenue in North Buffalo.  Brown was stabbed several times and set on fire.

Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda held a news conference Tuesday night at police headquarters to announce the arrests of 16-year-old Ezeiekile Nafi of East Amherst Street and 17-year-old Demetrius Huff of Jewett Parkway.               

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Federal prosecutors are seeking to bring nearly two-dozen Canadians here for trial, as they announced a series of arrests in a cross-border computer-based scam.

At a late afternoon news conference Tuesday in Buffalo, U.S. Attorney William Hochul said the scam went right across the U.S. targeting people in need of some cash to deal with the financial crises of hard times.

"There was a request for an upfront payment," said Hochul.         

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Buffalo Police have identified the body of the city's latest homicide victim found in a normally quiet North Buffalo neighborhood. 16-year-old Darren Brown discovered on Friday evening in a wooded area near Colvin Avenue and Taunton Place. Police sat the body had been stabbed multiple times and set on fire. Homicide detectives are trying to determine a motive for the killing. Police said the murder scene reflects that of an unsolved murder from 1998. But authorities do not believe was a random killing. Police said they believe the killer knew the victim.

Shooting wounds three on Buffalo's East side

Jul 5, 2012
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A 14-year-old boy is in serious condition after he was shot in the overnight hours on Buffalo's East Side.  Police say it happened after 1 a.m. near Purdy and East Ferry. 

Three males were shot, the 14-year old, a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old.  All three were taken to ECMC.  The 16-year-old and 20-year-old males are listed in stable condition.  The 14-year-old has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

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Buffalo Homicide detectives are investigating yet another fatal shooting in the city.  

It occurred in broad daylight just after 3:20 Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of Goemble.

Police say one man, believed to be about 20-years-old was struck multiple times.

The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center where he later died.

Police are asking that anyone with information call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at (716)847-2255 or e-mail the department at www.bpdny.org.

Buffalo police shooting remains under investigation

Jun 25, 2012
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Buffalo Police are providing more details from an early Sunday morning incident in which an officer shot and injured a suspect.

The suspect, 17-year-old Wilson Morales, remains in Erie County Medical Center for treatment of wounds suffered when he was fired at by officers on French at Moselle Streets on the city's east side.

The incident occur around 2:40 a.m. Sunday.  Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said Morales was operating a vehicle without lights and at a high rate of speed. 

City of Buffalo

The city's new effort to crack down on crime is off to a solid start.  WBFO & AM-970's caught up with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown about the new police "Strike Force".

The mayor says he is pleased with the collaborative effort that has created a new crime fighting tool.  Buffalo Police are now teaming with 40 members of the Erie County Sheriff's Department and New York State Troopers. 

"Strike Force is going extremely well.  It's been in operation for a little over a week now," Brown said.

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