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The Buffalo Police Department has fired one of its own after an arrest this morning by federal law enforcement officials. 

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said former police officer Jorge Melendez, 41, is charged with running a drug manufacturing business out of two warehouses in South Buffalo. Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI arrested Melendez at Police Headquarters. 

Details emerge in police shooting

May 29, 2012

An Erie County Grand Jury is expected to review the details of the Sunday morning incident in which a Buffalo police officer shot and killed a suspect in the city's Black Rock neighborhood.

Internal Affairs and the Homicide Squad are currently investigating the shooting that claimed the life of 25-year-old John Sordetto.

According to the Buffalo News, Sordetto was likely in violation of the terms of his parole when he was stopped by police.

Officer Mark Andrzejak attempted to handcuff Sordetto before a scuffle ensued during which the fatal shot was fired.

Suspect dies in police struggle

May 28, 2012

Internal Affairs investigators are reviewing the Sunday morning incident in which a Buffalo police officer shot and killed a man in the city's Black Rock section.

Few details have been released but a department spokesman says the shooting followed a foot chase and struggle between the officer and suspect.

The officer was treated for eye and head injuries.

The names of those involved have yet to be released.

The Homicide Squad is also conducting an investigation of the incident.

Buffalo Police investigating another fatal shooting

May 23, 2012
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A Tuesday afternoon, West Side-shooting, makes for Buffalo's eighth gun-related death over the last three weeks.

Police are looking for tips as they search for suspects in the double-shooting at 18th Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

A man in his twenties was pronounced dead at the scene while his female companion was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gun shot wound to the arm.

The Buffalo News reports 105 shooting incidents have occurred this year compared to the same date in 2011 when 60 such incidents had been reported.

A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with assaulting his eight-week-old infant son. 

Buffalo Police investigators were called to Women and Children's Hospital around 2:30 a.m. when the boy's father, 22-year-old Mark Bridenbaker of Indian Church Road, brought in the injured child. 

The boy was found to have internal injuries and a head injury, and Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says there are indications of previous physical injuries.  He is currently listed in critical condition. 

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A second Buffalo police officer who is listed as injured on duty has been arrested and charged with mail fraud and health care fraud.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced that 50-year-old Patrick O'Mara was put on the injured on duty list in February 2004. After two periods on light duty assignments, O'Mara was back on the IOD list from September 2005 until his retirement on March 31 of this year.

Independent medical examinations indicated O'Mara was not disabled, and he was seen walking without a limp when out of the office. 

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The defense attorney for a Buffalo Police Officer and former Common Council member is building an argument in a coming felony fraud case.

Robert Quintana is accused of improperly collecting benefits while on leave from police duty due to an injury. During that time he worked at a family restaurant. The defense claims Quintana could only work a few hours a week and was not compensated.

The charges could bring a twenty year prison sentence.

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The City of Buffalo along with members of the city's police force are facing a lawsuit over freedom of expression.

The suit has been filed by Lockport resident Gregory Owen. Owen was handing out religious fliers during last year's Italian Festival until police and festival organizers intervened, claiming that he did not have permission to distribute leaflets. The News reports that Owen is not seeking damages, simply the freedom to spread his message at future festivals.

There is no comment as yet from the Police Department.

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A former Common Council member who is also employed as a Buffalo Police officer is facing federal charges for allegedly abusing sick leave at his job. 

Police say Robert Quintana, 50, was arrested this morning and charged with mail fraud and healthcare fraud. Quintana has been listed as 'injured on duty' since 2005 and has been receiving full pay and benefits. He had told the Police Department he had severe back injuries from a fall on duty.

Mayor: city cameras watching for hit-and-runs

May 7, 2012

With so much attention on the rash of recent hit-and-run accidents in the area, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda released surveillance footage today of a vicious hit-and-run in the city. 

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An east side Buffalo man is in custody following a grim discovery at his home on Guilford Street near Broadway.  

Buffalo Police today formally announced the arrest of Ali-Mohamad Mohamud for the beating death of his 10-year-old stepson Abdifatah Mohamud in their home at 30 Guilford. 

Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards told reporters police went to the arrest shortly after 10 p.m. after receiving a report about a missing child.

Man shot by Buffalo police officer

Apr 5, 2012

A man is recovering this morning at Erie County Medical Center after he was shot in the stomach by a Buffalo police officer during a standoff in Black Rock Wednesday night.

The wound has been categorized as non-life threatening to the unnamed man who has been described as being in his late sixties.

In accordance to department policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave as the incident is reviewed by the Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs.

The Hamilton Street standoff came to a boil when the man threatened an ambulance crew with a knife.