Crime

Crime

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

A Niagara Falls man has been charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, in a hit-and-run crash on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

Buffalo Police have announced the arrests of three men in connection with a shooting Monday  on the city's West Side.

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office will investigate the arrest of a Buffalo man Sunday evening.

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The Erie County District Attorney announced Tuesday that seven people face charges related to separate incidents, during which all are accused of spitting or coughing at arresting officers and then claiming to be infected with COVID-19.

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Town of Tonawanda Police say their investigation into the discovery of a dead body on Tuesday has determined it is a homicide.

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A Lockport man who works as a cook at the Niagara County Jail has been arrested for promoting prison contraband.

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Federal authorities say that they have seized counterfeit COVID-19 test kitscoming into Western New York through the Rochester Airport.

National Grid is warning its customers of a new phone scam in which imposters are demanding immediate bill payment and threatening service disconnection.

Buffalo Police officers from the Central District were called to a shooting just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

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A Buffalo man has been arraigned on a felony count of first-degree falsely reporting an incident.

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The Erie County District Attorney says since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders which have come with it, overall crime is down with the exception of domestic violence.

A residential evacuation continued Thursday near Cedar Avenue and Third Street in Niagara Falls. New York State Police believed explosives may have been stored in a local home.

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Buffalo has 15 new police cars on the street, although you might not notice them in their plain clothes.


A routine traffic stop in the city of Jamestown Tuesday afternoon led to the seizure of drugs and the arrests of two people on a number of charges.

A section of the I-90 was closed Wednesday morning due to a confrontation between police and a motorist.

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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to a story first published in the Niagara Gazette. Weinstein is in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. The news comes as advocates for prisoner rights are asking the state for a plan to protect inmates from getting the virus.


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Federal prosecutors are taking proactive steps to stop fraud schemes associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

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A 60- year-old man was arraigned in State Supreme Court Thursday morning on one count of second-degree murder for the killing of a young woman 42 years ago.

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The Niagara County Sheriff has decided to handle "low-priority" calls by telephone instead of in person. Acting Sheriff Michael Filicetti said the decisions was made in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Since Mandy Steingasser's murdered body was discovered in 1993, authorities have been trying to bring her killer to justice. Prosecutors were hoping that day was approaching as they outlined their case during opening arguments last week against Joseph Belstadt, the man accused of killing Steingasser. The proceedings came to an end yesterday when Judge Sara Sheldon declared a mistrial due to concerns over the potential impact of the coronavirus. Rick Pfeifer, who has been covering the proceedings for the Niagara Gazette, says a new trial could begin this fall. In the meantime, Belstadt remains free on bail.


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After nearly three days of proceedings, a jury has been selected for the trial of Joseph Belstadt, the man accused of killing teenager Amanda "Mandy" Steingasser in 1993.  Rick Pfeiffer has been following the story for the Niagara Gazette. He says the judge and prosecutors are taking a thorough and deliberate approach in the case. With the amount of publicity the cold case has generated, some are concerned that a guilty verdict could face an appeal. While opening arguments are taking place today, Pfeiffer says over 60 witnesses may be called in a trial that will likely last several weeks.


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A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials to halt what they contend are unconstitutional practices at bond hearings in the Buffalo and Batavia immigration courts.

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The tangled relationship between Buffalo Police and residents of the city's East Side was on display Tuesday evening at the Delavan-Grider Community Center.

An investigation by Orchard Park Police into an assault case led detectives to a large pot growing operation.

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Niagara County officials say they have new DNA evidence that will finally close a murder case that has been open for nearly three decades.

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Talk about your bad dates. Cheektowaga Police were called to a Walden Galleria restaurant Thursday evening because a man was carrying heat, but not the kind you find on a plate.

A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the October 2018 death of a woman waiting for her bus to arrive.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in connection with a shooting death nearly two years ago.

A Chautauqua County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the health care agency where she served as business manager.

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