Crime

Crime

A former mayor of Dunkirk has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing campaign contributions for personal use.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A man who jumped out of a third-floor window at Buffalo Police Department headquarters while being questioned about sexual assaults has pleaded guilty to rape charges.

New York State Sen. Patrick Gallivan is among a trio of lawmakers introducing the Community Heroes Protection Act in New York. The act would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes.

A Kenmore man and former Buffalo bar owner has been sentenced  to prison after his arrest in 2014.

Reward offered for info on animal stabbing

Jan 27, 2017
SPCA

An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for help in finding whoever stabbed a pig that was found bleeding in the Village of Sloan.

A Buffalo man has been found guilty of sexually abusing two underage girls over a period of several years.

FBI

The FBI is looking for information about a possible pedophile.

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A student was arrested for allegedly carrying a gun into school Monday morning. It happened at the Baker Hall School in Lackawanna. Baker Victory Services spokesman John Pitts tells WBFO News the gun was discovered as the student entered the school building.  


A City of Tonawanda man has been sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for his role in a deadly boat crash on Ellicott Creek in June of 2015.

Legacy.com

A Buffalo man brought his murder trial to a halt when he pleaded guilty to beating and strangling his estranged girlfriend.

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A former Boy Scout leader who tricked a troop member into sending him sexually explicit pictures of himself has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. 

NYS Justice Center

A Williamsville woman has been arraigned in Erie County Court on 201 felony counts related to forging and falsifying documents as an official with Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

A popular tourist attraction north of the border is again under fire over how it treats its animals. Marineland is facing six new charges of animal cruelty.

Lawmakers, law enforcement decry Clark parole

Jan 9, 2017
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A group of New York lawmakers and leaders of police groups is calling on parole officials to deny the release of Judith Clark, an ex-radical who drove a getaway car in the deadly 1981 Brinks armored car robbery.

The morning of Oct. 18, 2016, the employees at La Divina, a taqueria and Mexican grocery in Buffalo, N.Y., were prepping for the lunch crowd — making salsa, grilling chicken and stocking the shelves with Mexican Cokes and Corona beer. Suddenly, agents from Homeland Security Investigations rushed in.

Apparently, the latest winter blast got more than tempers flying Wednesday in Cattaraugus County. One man escaped gun shots and another is in jail.

Seth Wenig / Associated Press

New York lawmakers will again face a proposal this year to lift the statutes of limitations on sex abuse crimes.

Orchard Park Police

An East Aurora woman has been charged with stealing more than $1 million from the auto dealership where she worked. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond / File Photo

It has been a violent start to 2017 in Western New York. Police are investigating three gun deaths in Buffalo over the weekend, plus two other shootings - one in Buffalo and another in Lockport.

NFTA

In a series of pre-dawn raids yesterday, NFTA and FBI SWAT teams grabbed two alleged gang members with criminal records and charged them with the shooting of another alleged gang member late last Friday inside the University Metro Rail station.


Canadian man charged with smuggling cocaine into WNY

Dec 22, 2016
courtesy Erie County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcers in Erie and Niagara Counties say they've arrested a Vancouver, British Columbia man who, according to their intelligence, has been smuggling drugs into the United States by entering Western New York.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As the result of a plea deal reached in October, Gabriele Ballowe received a sentence of one year in prison Tuesday for the 2013 hit-and-run death of a man in the Town of Evans. 


West Seneca Youth Baseball Association

A former youth baseball official will be sentenced next year after pleading guilty to embezzling nearly $50,000.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Calling 48-year-old Ronald Epps a "cold, calculating murderer," Federal District Judge Richard Arcara on Thursday sentenced him to 60 years in a federal prison for a series of violent crimes around his execution-style murder of onetime girlfriend Angela Moss in August 2009.

Niagara Falls Police Department

A Niagara Falls patrol officer has resigned, as she faced being fired for her suspected involvement in a Cataract City drug ring.

Two local men with previous child pornography convictions have pleaded guilty to more charges.

Two drag racers have been sentenced for the fatal crash that took the life of one of their passengers and injured another.

A Tonawanda man faces charges after threatening a police officer with a knife Friday night.

A Miami, Florida man has plead guilty to trying to enter Canada with forged credit cards back in October.

Holocaust Center joins alarm about hate crimes

Dec 9, 2016

In recent months, there has been a surge in reported hate speech - on Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Now an international group of 90 organizations, including the Holocaust Center of Buffalo, plus 71 Holocaust scholars and educators have signed on to a statement condemning such intolerance.

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