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Crime

Arrest made in 25-year-old N. Tonawanda murder case

Apr 25, 2018
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A Town of Tonawanda man has been arrested and charged with murder in a case dating back to September 1993. Joseph Belstadt is accused of killing Amanda "Mandy" Steingasser, his former classmate, after allegedly offering her a ride home from a party.


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The New York State Senate has voted to prohibit any individual convicted of animal cruelty from working in animal shelters.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is recommending that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio is removed from office. The commission says Astacio has 30 days to accept or appeal the decision.

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Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it's all about green.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

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A chaotic scene emerged in North Buffalo Thursday night after a house exploded into flames on Covington Road.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department

Prosecutors in Wyoming County say a town board member and retired sheriff's sergeant was living a double life and killed to bury allegations he was a sexual predator of young men.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

Three people have been arrested after police say they found more than 200 marijuana plants growing in their home, plus cocaine, heroin, needles, weapons and cash.

Sunset Motel

Updated 11 a.m.: Genesee County authorities are investigating a homicide at a Batavia motel and asking for the public's help in identifying next of kin.

Giokas Wealth Advisors

A Clarence investment advisor has pleaded guilty to bilking clients out of nearly $1.5 million.

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Five individuals have been indicted on charges they distributed heroin and fentanyl that led directly to the overdose deaths of six individuals. Two superseding indictments were announced Friday by the US Attorney in Buffalo.

Jamestown Police Department

A dead body and a suspicious missing person case are keeping area police busy Friday.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department

Perry Town Councilman and retired Wyoming County Sheriff's Sgt. Joseph Mylniec has pleaded not guilty in the death of Robert Irvine III.

Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant

It is the first time in more than four decades anyone at the Genesee County Sheriff's Department can remember a deputy fatally shooting a suspect. It happened Wednesday night at a Pembroke restaurant.

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In a case with wide-ranging impact, a New York City judge on Wednesday ruled information collected by portable cellphone tracking systems commonly known as Stingrays may remain confidential.

Monroe County Sheriff's Department

A community reeling from the brutal killing of a first-grader, allegedly at the hands of his mother, will be saying a final farewell Wednesday evening.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local attorney and former member of the District Attorney's Office was arraigned Monday morning on additional counts related to an alleged violent domestic dispute last June.


Woman accused of killing 7-year son in Monroe County

Apr 6, 2018
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Authorities say a woman used a "large-bladed kitchen knife" to sever the head of her 7-year-old son in a home near Rochester Thursday night.

The investigation continues into an alleged shooting and the police chase that followed it, ending with one man dead and another injured.

Advocates for survivors of domestic violence and supporters of stricter gun control are applauding passage of a new measure included in the new budget for New York State.

Law enforcement agencies across New York State are now required to video record interrogations of people accused of most serious non-drug felonies, such as homicide and sexual assault.

In 2007, Anthony Capozzi was cleared after 22 years in prison because long-stored DNA showed he was not the Delaware Park Rapist; it was Altemio Sanchez. The new state budget mandates DNA samples in potential criminal cases be stored for at least 20 years.

Lord & Taylor

A data breach at department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor across North America has compromised the personal information of customers who shopped at the stores.

Tianna Manon

More than 9 million New Yorkers had their personal data exposed last year. This includes social security numbers, financial information and driver license records.

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Erie County's first prison sentence for an opiate-overdose death under District Attorney John Flynn was handed out Wednesday morning in county court.

Police in Jamestown are investigating the apparent assault of a three-year-old girl by her caregiver Tuesday morning.

An Elma woman has been charged for crashing her vehicle into a Grand Island home.

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While many were wearing green during Sunday's St. Patrick Day parade, 26 patrol officers from Buffalo's B District were wearing body cameras for the first time, with mixed results according to the department.

Hunter re-indicted for manslaughter of Sherman woman

Mar 19, 2018
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A Chautauqua County hunter has been re-indicted in the death of a Sherman woman.

City of Buffalo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed New York extend the background check waiting period as part of efforts to reduce gun violence.

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A repeat felon is facing criminal charges and a civil lawsuit over allegedly ripping off more than 30 local churches and community groups.

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