Crime

Crime

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A former teacher at the now-closed Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, who is also a former mayor of Blasdell, has been named in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed on behalf of three women now in their 50s. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Attorney Dan Chiacchia, representing the women who attended Immaculata when they say the abuse by teacher Michael McGuire took place.


An East Aurora woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hit man on the dark web to cripple her boyfriend.

The leader of a Jamestown drug organization has pleaded guilty to selling cocaine, after two of his business associates were convicted.

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New York's new Child Victims Act has not only opened a one-year window for new litigation against abusers in the church, but other organizations that work with youth. Tuesday afternoon, the New York City-based law firm that has taken on the Catholic Church announced new lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America.

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Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Jerome Uschold has announced his request to retire from the force. Uschold submitted his request to staff Monday and to the Town Board Tuesday night.

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Two more priests have been put on administrative leave. The move comes after the priests were publicly named in sexual abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday, the first day of the one-year Child Victims Act window.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation Thursday to impose a penalty of life in prison without parole for acts of domestic terrorism, including mass shootings.


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A Buffalo man has been arraigned in Erie County Court on charges he was recklessly driving an ATV, injuring a police officer.

An Akron man has been sentenced to a year in prison for leaving the scene of a drunk driving crash that injured two children and an adult.

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More than 230 cases are already expected to be filed in Erie County during the statewide one-year window that starts Wednesday and allows survivors of child sex abuse to file charges against their abuser—regardless of when the abuse took place.


Wednesday is the first day of a yearlong legal window to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue their alleged abusers. Hundreds of cases are expected to be filed on the first day alone.


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Many states, including New York, have what are called "red flag" laws. That's legislation under which a judge can rule such an individual is a potential danger to himself or others and take away that person's guns. 


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A Buffalo man faces multiple charges for allegedly intentionally driving his vehicle into the entrance of a Chippewa Street bar.

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Beginning on August 14, New Yorkers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse will have a one year window of opportunity to file civil suits against their abusers, under the terms of the Child Victims Act passed by the legislature earlier this year. Thousands of cases are expected to be filed, with payouts potentially in the millions.


New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday approved a law allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to hide their address from offenders.

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It took a federal court jury around 90 minutes to convict Grand Island resident Carlos Bayon Wednesday of threatening two members of Congress.

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Antagonistic, intimidating, unhelpful. That was the the perception of Buffalo Police by a small group of city residents who turned out for a Buffalo Police Advisory Board forum Tuesday night at the Merriweather Library.

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New York has banned the manufacture, sale and possession of 3D-printed guns and other types of undetectable firearms under a measure signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also signed new rules for the safe storage of firearms in homes with children.

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A Town of Tonawanda man accused of crashing his car into an apartment complex at a high rate of speed, killing a 94-year-old resident, faces murder and vehicular manslaughter charges in the case. The Erie County District Attorney says pursuing a murder charge will be difficult but he sees this case as an example of what could happen on local roads if marijuana were to become legal.

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New York is extending the waiting period for certain gun purchases from three days to 30 days to give authorities more time to run background checks.

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New York State is strengthening a law requiring companies that handle consumers' personal data to notify them about any data breaches.

A Salamanca man has been convicted of bank fraud and money laundering in a wide-reaching scam to steal from small businesses across the country.

A Town of Brant woman has pleaded guilty to causing a crash that sent five people to the hospital last year.

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After allegedly driving under the influence and striking a girl on a sidewalk in East Aurora this past Sunday, Erin Kuntz was arraigned in the village Monday but did not have her license pulled. After pressure from Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, that changed the following day. 

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New York is catching up to most other states by criminalizing revenge porn.

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Buffalo police officer Corey Krug has been found not guilty by a federal jury of using excessive force against a Lackawanna man on Thanksgiving Eve in 2014 on Chippewa Street.

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An East Aurora woman faces charges of drunk driving, leading her to go off the road, hit a car and then hit and seriously injure a 9-year old who was riding a scooter on the sidewalk. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is angry Erin Kuntz's license was not pulled when she appeared in village court Monday.

A Cheektowaga man has pleaded guilty to first degree reckless endangerment for nearly injuring a police officer at an accident scene.

A Niagara Falls man has been indicted for abducting a female victim and holding her against her will in his home.

An East Aurora woman has been charged with vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated after police say she struck a 9-year-old girl who was riding her scooter.

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