Crime

Crime

A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the discovery of a woman's body near Buffalo's Central Terminal on Saturday.

In Manhattan Friday afternoon, U.S District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick sentenced Stephen Zarsky to four years of probation with four months of home confinement and 250 hours of community service for his part in the insider trading scheme that brought down Western New York Republican congressman Chris Collins.

Despite pleading guilty to securities fraud, Cameron Collins will not go to jail, unlike his father, disgraced former congressman Chris Collins who will spend 26 months in federal prison. Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for The Buffalo News, was inside the Manhattan courtroom during Thursday's sentencing. In making the determinations, U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick, Zremski says, pointed to the former congressman as the instigator in the fateful decision to share inside information in order to avoid massive financial losses for his family. 


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Former Erie County sheriff's deputy Kenneth Achtyl will serve no jail time for his conviction on charges of assaulting a fan outside New Era Field on December 3, 2017.

Cameron Collins, the son of former Western New York congressman Chris Collins, was sentenced Thursday to five years probation in federal court in Manhattan, including six months home confinement.

UB graduate Kapoor sentenced for opioid-related scheme

Jan 23, 2020
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A 1972 University at Buffalo graduate and founder of an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.

Diocese of Brooklyn

The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against a Brooklyn bishop who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.

New York State troopers are investigating a stabbing in the Cattaraugus County village of Portville.

The Christmas Eve death of a popular Niagara Falls deli owner has been ruled a homicide.

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The prison break in northern New York captured the nation’s attention for three weeks in 2015 and spawned two screen adaptations – one of questionable accuracy on Lifetime and another based on the actual events and filmed on location for Showtime.

But as one filmmaker watched what unfolded during and after the escape of Richard Matt of Tonawanda and David Sweat of Deposit, near Binghamton, from the maximum security prison at Dannemora, he felt corrections officers and other workers were negatively portrayed. The documentary “We Stand Corrected: Dannemora“ chronicles the events and aftermath of the escape from the point of view of law enforcement and corrections personnel.

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The fight over bail reform intensified again yesterday in Albany. Supporters of the controversial new policy rallied against efforts by Republicans and some Democrats to roll back or suspend many of its provisions.

A former business manager for Perry Ambulance Service has pleaded guilty to petit larceny for stealing more than $5,000 from ambulance funds.

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Looking to address its vehicle shortage, the Buffalo Police Department plans to lease several new vehicles instead of purchasing them. 

 

A Wyoming County man has been arrested on homicide and drug charges in connection with a suspected drug overdose death Saturday.

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Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack is flying south to become chief of the Asheville, NC Police Department. Zack is retiring on Feb. 3 after 33 years of service with Cheektowaga Police, the last nine as chief.

Assemblymember Kolb pleads not guilty on DWI charge

Jan 10, 2020
Ontario County Sheriff's Department

Assemblymember Brian Kolb was in court in the town of Victor on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DWI, following an incident New Year’s Eve when Kolb’s state-owned SUV crashed into a ditch near his home on Route 41.

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Chris Collins won’t be sentenced for insider trading until next week, but his potential sentence may already have been revealed.

 

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System has recommended the former Congressman serve a year and a day in prison, as well as pay a $200,000 fine.

Swormville Fire Department

A former captain of the Swormville Fire Department has been sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge  for embezzling from the fire company.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

A Buffalo man has been charged with murder in the death of a toddler. Nathaniel Baker, 23, is accused of fatally beating 2-year old Jordan Robinson Tuesday at residence on Theodore Street on Buffalo’s East Side.

Two Albion teenagers charged with plotting to attack their middle school with guns and explosives have pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

A Buffalo man has been charged with fatally beating a toddler.

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It is increasingly likely the new law barring bail for many crimes will head back into Albany's legislative process for some change, with that return trip also backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Tish James.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Minority party Republicans in the New York State Assembly have a new leader. The change comes as new details become public about the DWI arrest of his predecessor.

A Depew man has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation as the result of a crash that injured another motorist.

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A Williamsville pain specialist, who had been accused of causing six overdose deaths, has admitted to unlawfully prescribing painkillers over the course of a decade. 

 


The Erie County District Attorney's Office has charged two former seminarians with harassment for an alleged incident last fall outside Diocese of Buffalo offices.

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a felony count of first degree assault, resulting from a high-speed crash that ensued after he was subject to a traffic stop by Buffalo police.

WXXI News

Less than a week after new criminal justice reform laws took effect in New York State, some state officials are already asking for revisions to a law eliminating cash bail for people charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. Among them is New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

This winter's unseasonably warm weather may be creating an unusual problem: more crime on the streets because weather isn't keeping bad actors indoors.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Jonathon White has been sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison for the assault and attempted murder of his former girlfriend Jessica Cameron, whom he doused with gasoline and set on fire outside a City of Tonawanda Tim Horton's restaurant in December 2018.

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