Crime

Crime

A traffic stop sparked a raid on a Madison Street home in Buffalo that resulted in the seizure of nearly 1.5 kilos of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, six loaded handguns, ammunition, an unknown amount of counterfeit bills and more than $40,000 in U.S. currency.

Omar Fetouh

A former City of Buffalo program coordinator and pastor who worked with young people pleaded guilty Thursday to felony sex abuse.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a Rochester-area man has been charged with threatening to kill New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and California Rep. Adam Schiff.

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy Tuesday under the weight of hundreds of childhood sexual abuse cases filed against the organization. Seattle-based attorney Jason Amala, who is handling 75 cases in New York, said the news is a mixed bag for his clients.


A judge has found a Buffalo man guilty of two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of a 54-year-old woman and her toddler grandson.

Town of Tonawanda Police have released a timeline of the events that led to a six-vehicle crash Friday night at Military Road and Sheridan Drive that killed two people.

The woman wanted by Niagara Falls police for abandoning her 10-month-old son at the Seneca Niagara Casino hotel last month has been arrested.

Boy Scouts of America

The bankruptcy filing by the Boy Scouts of America does not affect the Scouts' Greater Niagara Frontier Council.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office is looking for help to identify how a child was shot in the Town of Collins.

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Orchard Park Middle School may be closed this week for the winter holiday, but Monday night it was filled with police, firefighters, EMTs and actors playing screaming shooting victims as part of an active shooter drill.

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A woman who says she was raped by late Buffalo R&B singer Rick James when she was 15 years old is suing his estate for $50 million in damages.

Mike Desmond

Federal prosecutors say a local seminary instructor went over the free speech line when he made a series of threatening cell phone calls to a Buffalo reporter.


A Buffalo man who admitted to killing a dog while working as an animal daycare attendant in August is in trouble again.

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend, as jury selection for her trial was about to begin.

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for the 2018 murder of Santana Anderson, a 26-year-old mother of two from Buffalo.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The law enforcement establishment of Western New York says a series of new state criminal laws that took effect the first of the year are a mistake and should be repealed or replaced.

WNY child porn prosecutions rise over 50% in recent years

Feb 6, 2020
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Prosecution for people producing, distributing or possessing child pornography spiked last year in Western New York.

Between 2015 and 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Western New York handled an average of 38 cases annually. Last year, that number spiked to 58. They only take on the most egregious of these crimes. The others go to local district attorney offices. Prosecutions by the Erie County District Attorney also increased last year.

As part of their partnership with WBFO, Investigative Post's Ali Ingersoll reports.


The death of a Buffalo infant last September has been ruled a homicide.

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has launched a new public service announcement campaign to fight a growing nationwide scheme.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The fight over recently enacted bail reform heated up at the Capitol on Tuesday, with dueling events by police and activists that at times centered on charges of racism surrounding a Facebook page that calls for the law to be repealed.


NYS Police

A Hamburg native has been appointed commander of the State Police Troop A operations for the eight counties of Western New York and more than 400 sworn and civilian personnel.

A former Buffalo teacher was arraigned Tuesday on a three-count federal grand jury indictment, including two counts of producing child pornography and one count of possession of child porn.

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their allies celebrated the one-year anniversary of passage of the Child Victims Act in New York, but they say they want the law updated to allow some adult victims more time to file lawsuits.


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William Shrubsall, a Niagara Falls native who fled to Canada to avoid serving prison time for a 1996 sexual assault conviction, pleaded guilty Thursday to bail jumping in State Supreme Court.

Buffalo Police

Buffalo Police are investigating a series of home invasions and burglaries in the city's Black Rock area.

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A Lake View restaurant owner has been sentenced in Erie County Court for failing to pay New York state sales taxes.

Cheektowaga Police

Two local police departments have new top cops leading the force.

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to second degree assault in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured another driver nearly three years ago.

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.

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