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A Buffalo teen was virtually arraigned Tuesday in Buffalo City Court on a felony charge of third degree insurance fraud, plus misdemeanor counts of offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records and falsely reporting an incident.

In advance of January 1, 2020, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is advising his prosecutors to seek special permission before requesting bail for those charged with misdemeanors and non-violent crimes. At the start of the new year, New York State will no longer allow bail to be imposed in such cases. According to Ali Ingersoll of Investigative Post, some factions of the criminal justice system may not be ready to embrace the reforms.

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Buffalo legal officials have come together to relaunch a program that would offer mediation services that can be an alternative to criminal proceedings.

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A 26-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a wheelchair at Erie County Medical Center.

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Retiring Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Thomas Amodeo was honored in a special ceremony Thursday that also announced his successor.

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The harassment trial of former Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Randy Lee has been rescheduled for Dec. 20. The non-jury trial was to have begun Friday in Buffalo City Court.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the city has lost a true pioneer. The Hon. Barbara Merriweather Sims has died.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Alexandria Heath, 17, and Romaine Jirdon, 19 - both of Buffalo - have been arraigned in Buffalo City Court on a charge of murder in the second degree.


Buffalo City Court has re-opened its children's center, renaming it in honor of a distinguished longtime colleague.

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Following the passing of Mario Cuomo, many officials in the City of Buffalo are lamenting on the career and life of the three-term New York Governor.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the newest appointee to the City Court on Friday. WBFO’s Avery Schneider was at City Hall, and brings us this report…

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Prostitution and related offenses are now being handled differently in Buffalo City Court. Chief Judge Thomas Amodeo on Thursday announced the start of the Human Trafficking Intervention Part.

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Buffalo is one of five pilot courts programs in New York State that provides an Adolescent Diversion Program to prevent teens from becoming repeat criminals. But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, a Buffalo City Court judge first implemented the program in his courtroom a few years ago after witnessing repeat offenders.

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Buffalo City Court is adding another specialized court for human trafficking and prostitution cases as part of a statewide program.