Crime

Crime

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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.

District Attorneys Association of New York State

A new law that takes effect in New York in January will give people accused of crimes more tools to mount a defense in court. But the state’s District Attorneys say changes to what’s known as the discovery laws will be costly and hard to implement.

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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.

Sweeping reforms that will end cash bail for all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges in New York state take effect in January. But some law enforcement groups are objecting, saying the changes go too far and could jeopardize public safety.

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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.


Robert Kirkham, Buffalo News

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.

 

Omar Fetouh / WBFO News

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

Buffalo State College

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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