Crime

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department proposed a plan to the County Legislature to consolidate the area’s jails at a meeting on Tuesday. However, it could be years until it comes to fruition.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

This winter's unseasonably warm weather may be creating an unusual problem: more crime on the streets because weather isn't keeping bad actors indoors.


James Morgan / NCPR News

Are ranking lists a good or bad thing? This week, Maclean’s magazine - which is much like TIME or Newsweek in the United States - released a list of the most dangerous places for crime in the country. To American readers, Canadian crime might seem like an oxymoron, but the truth is, we have it, it’s often violent and it happens in places that seem least likely.

A 27-year-old Buffalo man is dead following a shooting on Freund Street, the latest victim in a string of fatal shootings that have happened in the city in recent days.

New state law helps survivors of crime victims

Jun 28, 2019
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New York State is making it easier for the families of murder victims to cover the burial costs for their loved ones.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An arrest has been made in connection to the three fake explosive devices found last week at the South Park Buffalo Police station and a UPS facility.

Every rentable bounce house in the area must have been in use Tuesday night, as blocks, housing projects and neighborhoods celebrated National Night Out - more than symbolic in a summer of violence.

Francesca Bond

Whatever you can think of, there’s probably an app for it. In Buffalo, that now includes a new way for citizens to help law enforcers solve crimes.

Chris Caya / WBFO

A “suicidal man” in his mid 30s was shot by a Buffalo Police officer in the 600 block of McKinley Parkway Friday afternoon.

Woman accused of killing 7-year son in Monroe County

Apr 6, 2018
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Authorities say a woman used a "large-bladed kitchen knife" to sever the head of her 7-year-old son in a home near Rochester Thursday night.

Law enforcement agencies across New York State are now required to video record interrogations of people accused of most serious non-drug felonies, such as homicide and sexual assault.

A 'State of Our City' for the people, by the people

Mar 30, 2018
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Not everyone thinks Buffalo is great and getting better. That was apparent at the Central Library Thursday night for the first "State of Our City" meeting.

The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force all regularly fail to submit required crime data to the FBI for inclusion in national databases, but the Air Force has shown improvement over the past several years, according to a new report released by the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

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Niagara County is looking to the public for help in solving crimes, by registering their security cameras with the county.

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When it comes to identity theft and fraud, New York has the dubious distinction of ranking as the ninth most vulnerable state in the nation.

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Ontario's independent corrections adviser says the province is one of the only jurisdictions in Canada that does not have a law limiting the use of strip searches in jails.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announced Tuesday morning that 124 people were arrested in a string of raids over a 28-day period. The effort to nab these suspects, said Derenda and others, were made possible through partnership among several law enforcement agencies as well as the community.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County District Attorney announced Tuesday that a Buffalo Police officer faces charges, including assault, in connection with an arrest earlier this year during which the defendant was injured.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The old statement in political campaigns is, 'Let's look at the record.' At Thursday night's Buffalo mayoral debate, Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown liked his record and challengers Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant did not.

Crime Stoppers Buffalo

Anonymous citizens have stepped forward and added $5,000 to the reward pool to help solve the January murder of Paul Byrd - in his car, in front of his Cornwall Avenue home in Buffalo's Grider-Delavan neighborhood.

Mother sentenced to 10 years for fatal stabbing

Aug 15, 2017

A Buffalo mother has been sentenced in the stabbing death of her daughter's father.

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With the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor only four weeks away, incumbent Byron Brown has a substantial lead over competitors City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.

Falls police discover body in trunk

Aug 10, 2017
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Niagara Falls Police arrested a Youngstown, Ohio man early Wednesday night after discovering a female’s body in the trunk of his vehicle. 

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Crime remains a big issue in Buffalo's mayoral campaign, with violence not going away. Wednesday night at the Merriweather Library, Mayoral Candidate and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant held one of her town hall meetings - this time on body and dash cameras, red light cameras and police checkpoints.

Hot off the press: cold case murder info

Jul 18, 2017

A new initiative designed to get the public involved in helping the Buffalo Police Department solve murders and other crime is underway.

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Right after his graduation from Buffalo's Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School at Seneca, Jequan Wilson posted the image of his high school diploma on Facebook. Hours later, he became another victim of Buffalo's street violence.

New York State may soon have a new way to prosecute dealers who sell heroin or opioids that result in a lethal overdose.

A man involved in a gunfight, during which a stray round struck a child in the head, has been convicted of weapons possession. 

A 15-year-old boy was granted youthful offender status for his sentencing Wednesday in connection with the stomping of a homeless man last September.

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