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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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Buffalo Police and Buffalo State College Police are investigating an armed robbery Monday night near the campus.

A man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his wife in Cheektowaga has been captured in Mexico.

Early in the morning, a mother was arrested by Buffalo Police for stabbing herself and her 6-year-old son on the city's East Side. In the noon hour, a man was arrested for stabbing another at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo Police say a mother and child suffered stab wounds Wednesday morning and the mother is now in custody.

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Acting Town of Tonawanda Police Chief James Stauffiger has been appointed permanently to the post by a unanimous vote of the Tonawanda Town Board.

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The University at Buffalo Law School on Monday hosted a look at the Child Victims Act, the new state law that has reopened New York's history of sexual abuse for a one-year window. The law allows victims to go to court against abusers, even if the abuse occurred decades ago.

A woman who admitted she violently shook her boyfriend's 2-year-old daughter while babysitting her has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the toddler's death.

A Rochester man pleaded guilty Monday to bilking at least 1,000 people around the country out of more than $100 million.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy said financial adviser Perry Santillo ran a Ponzi scheme for about a decade. Kennedy said the scheme started when Santillo and an unnamed partner lost millions in investor money in another Ponzi scheme back in 2007. 

New York is taking most 17-year-olds with offenses out of the adult criminal justice system.

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The son of former Clarence Rep. Chris Collins and the son's prospective father-in-law have each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in federal court in Manhattan.

The Department of Defense has agreed to better protect personal information stored in a database used by banks and others to confirm a servicemember's military status.

A Buffalo teen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision for a murder in the city's University District last year.

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On Friday, an Orchard Park jury found Erie County sheriff's deputy Kenneth Achtyl of reckless assault and other charges related to his use of force when arresting Nicolas Belsito at a Buffalo Bills game in December 2017. A conviction of a law enforcement officer is unusual and it brought harsh criticism of the District Attorney's Office from the deputy union. WBFO's Howard Riedel talked about it with Matthew Spina, who covered the trial every day for The Buffalo News.


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Albany made major changes in New York's criminal law in the last legislative session and those changes are slowly working into place. However, the cost of the changes is not yet clear.

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An Erie County Sheriff's Deputy was convicted Friday afternoon in Orchard Park Town Court of charges in relation to an incident outside New Era Field, during which he roughly arrested a fan who confronted officers about his friend's arrest moments before.

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The suspect in the stabbing death of a Buffalo woman at McKinley Mall in Hamburg was arraigned in Hamburg Town Court Thursday. He has been scheduled to return to court for a felony hearing Tuesday morning and is currently being held without bail.

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A man who ran a sex trafficking operation out of his Buffalo home is facing a lengthy prison sentence.


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An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal stabbing Wednesday afternoon at the McKinley Mall in Hamburg.

The owner of a Hamburg restaurant has pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has created "a new protocol for dealing with credible allegations of sexual abuse against adults by bishops, priests, deacons, religious, lay ministers and seminarians." In a video message Tuesday, Bishop Richard Malone outlined the "Adult Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures," alongside an updated "Code of Pastoral Conduct for Clergy," which are both effective immediately.

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Fredonia Police are investigating a series of burglaries that took place over the weekend.

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New York State has expanded the statute of limitations for second and third-degree rape. The time allowed to report the crime is not unlimited, as with first degree rape, but prevention advocates are hopeful the new legislation will increase reporting rates and, in turn, convictions.

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Buffalo Police are relying on the city's growing network of private surveillance cameras to solve a horrific crime, the details of which remain unclear.

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A Buffalo man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend is now also charged with killing his mother.

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A suspended City Honors teacher has been charged with child pornography and attempted and actual sexual exploitation of a child. 59-year-old Peter Hingston of Amherst is being held in federal detention and potentially faces up to 40 years in prison.


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"Charlotte" had nude photographs of herself shared without her knowledge twice. Both times, it was as a senior in high school while dating boyfriends she trusted.

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A Lockport man charged in a Buffalo road altercation earlier this summer now faces four new counts, two of which accuse him of a hate crime.

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