Crime

Crime

A Buffalo teen is facing life in prison for murdering one teen and injuring two others.

Criminal defense lawyers are benefitting from some additions at the Erie County Bar Association's Assigned Counsel Program.

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An Allegany County teen accused of killing his parents said it was actually the father who killed the mother. That was the testimony Tuesday during a preliminary hearing, according to the Olean-Times Herald.

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The number of arrests for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) made in Erie County this year is on track to match the 2018 figure of 2,408, according to county data released Tuesday.

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Across New York, the criminal justice system is grappling with a series of legal changes that are starting to fall into place and making some basic alterations in the way the state's courts work.

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An Allegany County teenager has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of manslaughter in connection with a fatal fire Thursday morning in the Town of Clarksville.

A lawyer assisting a Grand Island man sentenced to five years in prison for voicemails he left for two Republican members of Congress said the man maintains his messages were not meant as threats.

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It is no secret major changes in New York's criminal laws are starting to take effect. More take effect Jan. 1.  Judges at an anti-violence forum Wednesday evening said they are reviewing their cases for those who will be released from prison.

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A Buffalo man is charged with witness tampering for allegedly shooting a person who was scheduled to testify hours later in a murder trial.

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A Lackawanna man was sent to prison for six months and sentenced to 10 years of sex offender probation Tuesday for a sexual act with a 14-year-old at an Orchard Park salon.

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A 19-hour standoff between an armed man and police in Batavia has ended peacefully.


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Buffalo Police need new cars, a lot of new cars. That is from Police Benevolent Association President John Evans, who has been complaining for a while that the city has to buy more patrol cars and make sure they are properly maintained. He says the city isn't doing either.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police are close to having all officers equipped with body cameras, as the force deals with an avalanche of recorded images.

Carter appointed supervising judge of WNY Family Courts

Nov 12, 2019
Eighth Judicial District

Erie County Court Judge Kevin Carter has been appointed Supervising Judge of the Family Courts of the Eigth Judicial District. As Supervising Judge, Carter will oversee the judicial administration of the Family Courts in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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A suspended Erie County sheriff's deputy appeared in Lancaster Town Court Tuesday, arraigned in connection with a prostitution case involving his wife.

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Last Thursday in Wayne County, Everardo Donoteo-Reyes was sentenced to 20 years in state prison and five years probation for the murder of his girlfriend Selena Hidalogo-Calderon and her infant son, Owen. Both Calderon and Reyes were undocumented immigrants. While their families and communy continue to grieve, soon a contested new law could help undocumented domestic violence victims get to safety.

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A 17-year-old Buffalo resident was arraigned Friday morning in two separate shooting incidents, one of which killed a local youth football coach who was trying to break up an altercation. If convicted in both trials, Jason Washington could face up to 75 years to life in prison.

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The Erie County Legislature has unanimously approved a five-year body camera program for the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

A 23-year-old man who worked at a dog grooming and daycare business admits beating a dog to death while it was in his care.

Albion Central Schools

The Albion Central School District has released an open letter to the community describing an investigation into threatening messages and images it says were shared by a group of Middle School students.

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Retired drug enforcement agent Joseph Bongiovanni is facing federal bribery charges in Buffalo. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy said the 21-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration used his position to take pressure off friends and associates who had links to Italian organized crime and the drug trade.


Buffalo police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office are probing a series of crimes that appear to target a Muslim neighborhood on the city's East Side.


Swormville Fire Department

A former captain at the Swormville Fire Department has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $24,000 from the department.

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A new reentry program called Project Blue is a first-of-its-kind partnership to help formerly incarcerated individuals in Erie County transition back into society.


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A jury late Friday afternoon found Jonathan White guilty of attempted murder and assault in a case which shocked Western New Yorkers, the dousing and setting aflame of his former girlfriend, Jessica Cameron, last December outside her workplace.

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Taking the stand for his murder trial Thursday afternoon, Johnathon White said his motive was to kill himself on Dec. 17, 2018. White was charged with murder in the second degree for pouring gasoline on ex-girlfriend Jessica Cameron and lighting her on fire, according to prosecutors.

A Lackawanna man, who police say caused a car crash that killed three members of a New Jersey family, has pleaded guilty. 

Erie County Sheriff's Office

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has announced receipt of a $1 million grant from the Second Chance Act. It will be used by the sheriff's Jail Management Division and Erie County's Department of Mental Health.

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An arrest warrant was issued for Yuriy Bruks on Aug. 5, a day after his wife was found dead in their Cheektowaga home.

 

That was just enough time, according to prosecutors, for the 35-year-old truck driver to retrieve his passport from the crime scene, purchase a burner phone from Walmart and head toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

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The coordinator of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency's Crime Prevention Initiative has been arraigned on sexual abuse charges.

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