A major pharmaceutical distribution company and two of its former executives are facing criminal charges for their roles in advancing the nation's opioid crisis and profiting from it.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed New York State Police to increase patrols around churches and houses of worship across the state in the wake of the bombings that killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka at churches and hotels. Hundreds more were injured.

A Lockport man has pleaded guilty to five counts of sex trafficking.

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First there was heroin. Then fentanyl. Then carfentanil. Now butyryl. Ever-stronger variations of the deadly opioid are making their way through Western New York.

A Jamestown couple has been arrested on multiple drug and gun charges.

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A substitute teacher and coach at a Cheektowaga high school has been charged with possession of child pornography.

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The new mugshot legislation that passed in the state budget this month has been sometimes described as a mugshot “ban.” That’s not entirely accurate -- most local law enforcement agencies will be able to choose whether they make mugshots public or not.

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Erie County's former social services commissioner was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday for raping a female subordinate at an Albany hotel in December 2017.

A University at Buffalo student was rushed to the hospital early Friday following a potential hazing incident that occurred at a fraternity house.

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The former chief of the Kenmore Police Department was sentenced to one year probation Wednesday for stealing prescription painkillers from a drug drop box.

A Buffalo woman will spend 4-12 years in state prison for coercing four teenage boys to perform bank robberies.

The man wanted by Buffalo Police for shooting at officers on the morning of April 4 was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Tuesday.

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An arson bug struck several times overnight in Buffalo's Elmwood Village.

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Badr Elwaseem was buried in Hamburg Monday, 12 years after his birth. Who killed him on Saturday is the focus of an intense investigation. Buffalo and other officials went door-to-door distributing leaflets asking the public for help on who killed the School 45 student.

A teen father has pleaded guilty to injuring his infant daughter and is facing up to four years in prison if youthful offender status is granted.

A Rochester man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to first degree manslaughter in connection with the death of his mother's ex-husband about two years ago, after a girl's basketball game in West Seneca.


Badr Elwaseem, a 12-year-old student at School 45, was sitting in his living room on William Street around 8:30 p.m. Saturday watching television when a bullet came through his front window and killed him. The incident is prompting outrage among local leaders who are calling for greater efforts in combating gun violence.


Authorities in Chautauqua County announced at a press conference today they would not press charges against a Fredonia Police Officer who shot and killed a man in December. 23 year old George Penev was shot by Officer Nathaniel Scriven, a 15 year veteran of the police force.

Search continues for suspect who shot at police

Apr 5, 2019

Police are swarming across much of Buffalo's East Side and into Cheektowaga and looking for 23-year-old Robert McBride. He is identified as the man who allegedly fired three shots at two police officers engaged in a foot chase early Thursday.

A mail scam has been making the rounds in Cattaraugus County.

Buffalo Police have released more information about a series of shootings since Saturday night in the city.

Buffalo Police are investigating three shootings over the weekend - two of them fatal.

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The Diocese of Buffalo, its Review Board and Bishop Richard Malone have determined the immediate fates of three priests accused of sexual abuse.

Soldier found guilty of murdering wife, state trooper

Mar 20, 2019
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Jefferson County jurors have found former U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Walters guilty of fatally shooting his wife and a state trooper back in 2017. The verdict came down after a weeklong trial in Watertown.

The mother of a two-year-old boy who died of injuries inflicted by a babysitter has been sentenced to a year in jail for endangering the welfare of a child.

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New York State is considering providing medication-assisted treatment to all prison and jail inmates struggling with opioid addiction.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says a second suspect has pleaded guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme in Western New York. Authorities say Patrick Ogiony, 35, of Buffalo has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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Former state Sen. Marc Panepinto will serve a two-month prison sentence at a federal facility in Massachusetts.

First responders had to rescue a jet skier, stuck in the ice near Beaver Island State Park Wednesday, but it wasn't a normal rescue.

Lockport Police have arrested a 15-year-old in connection with a bomb threat Monday.