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Crime

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

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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.

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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.

A West Seneca woman has admitted to illegally collecting monthly pension payments for more than 30 years after the death of her mother. 

Jamestown Police Department

In Chautauqua County, officials say a suspect is in custody in connection with a recent string of arson fires in Jamestown and Falconer.

A Cheektowaga man is being held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center, charged with the shooting death of his father.

In 2015, New York announced it had reached a landmark settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which sued over the state's aggressive use of solitary confinement to discipline inmates.

Five Mualimm-ak is one of the activists who pushed for the changes. He spent five years in solitary and says it left him broken.

"When people say you survived solitary? Nobody survives that," he says.

A driver is accused of intentionally ramming his SUV through the security gates outside the Buffalo FBI office.

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Police say an Orchard Park roller rink was filled beyond capacity while hosting a weekend dance party that ended when gunfire wounded a New York City woman.

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A reward is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the arson suspect or suspects connected to five fires in Jamestown last month.

Jamestown Police Department

Jamestown Police have released video in hopes of identifying a suspect in an array of fires that has recently plagued the Southtown city.

National Public Radio

A deadly batch of heroin is suspected in the deaths of seven Erie County residents in one day - the average number of overdose deaths in a week.

Lockport Police

Lockport Police have a suspect in custody for calling in a bomb threat to a Main Street apartment complex.

A police chase through South Buffalo has resulted in multiple injuries, including a drug suspect being chased.

A former auto dealership employee has admitted to stealing more than $4.1 million from the business over several years. 

Buffalo Police need your help to find a potential pedophile.

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As April approaches, Western New Yorkers will be finishing up their income tax returns. However, one tax preparer will not be taking any more customers.

courtesy Erie County District Attorney's office

Town of Lancaster Police are revisiting a homicide that happened 35 years ago. Thursday morning, a cash reward was announced for information that may help solve the cold case.


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A man charged in a fatal shooting inside Buffalo's Anchor Bar has been convicted on unrelated federal firearm and drug charges. 

A Western New York couple has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $1 million in federal government benefits.

Ballowe denied early release

Mar 22, 2017
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The woman responsible for the December 2013 hit-and-run death of a Town of Evans man remains in jail, after the Erie County Probation Department's Conditional Release Commission denied her request for an early release.

A Lockport man has been charged with sex and drug trafficking and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder.

A Williamsville man who recruited family members to act as drug couriers over two decades has received a stiff prison sentence.

Despite years of audits and prosecutions, financial people in volunteer fire companies continue to steal from their fire companies, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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