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Town of Tonawanda Police

With time running down to get police reorganization plans to Albany, the Town of Tonawanda approved its 166-page package Monday night, ready to send it on to the State Division of the Budget.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Anna Howard is seeking answers for the death her son, Mikey Frears.

“I just want justice for my son,” she said.

By the account of friends and family, Frears was a physically healthy man of 27. How he ended up dead last week inside the Erie County Holding Center has Howard and other friends and family seeking answers.


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A Buffalo criminal justice system of nearly a half-century ago is going to get a close look within weeks. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns has ordered a court hearing on a request to quash convictions from a 1976 murder on Fillmore Avenue.

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More video of the June 4, 2020 shoving incident by two Buffalo Police officers of protester Martin Gugino, 75, has been publicly released.

New York State Unified Court System

There are three criminal jury trials in Western New York this week. That may seem routine, but COVID-19 has blocked most jury trials for the last year.

Buffalo Police launch online crime reporting

Mar 21, 2021
Buffalo Police Department

The Buffalo Police Department has begun a new initiative that allows residents to file a police report online, without having to call 911 and wait for an officer to respond.

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The fate of legislation that would severely limit the use of solitary confinement in New York’s prisons is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has opposed the bill in the past over what his office projected as the cost of the measure.

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Deyanna Davis faces up to 25 years in jail, as the alleged driver of a vehicle which drove over a police line during a tense George Floyd demonstration on Bailey Avenue June 1 of last year, severely injuring a state trooper.

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A Buffalo man who police say they shot after he behaved erratically and attacked an officer with a baseball bat last September is now in a psychiatric ward in Rochester, being evaluated.

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Monroe County has added 18 new positions to a mental health intervention program that assists law enforcement officers handling people in crisis and expects to have new staff on the job within 90 days, County Executive Adam Bello announced Tuesday.

Rochester Police have announced some policy changes as the department continues to look at overall reforms and changes, partly in preparation for a state-required plan to reimagine public safety, due for all municipalities, by April 1.

On Monday, RPD released policy updates in two areas -- “duty to intervene” and the use of chokeholds. (The complete documents are below)

For duty to intervene, changes include:

Spectrum News

An emotional news conference took place Sunday on the steps of Spiritus Christi Church to talk about the life of Tyshon Jones.

Albany Police Department

One day after a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo “aggressively groped” a female aide when she was summoned to the executive mansion, more state lawmakers are putting pressure on the governor to resign, or to at least step aside while the charges are investigated. The incident also has been referred to the Albany Police Department, according to the New York Times.

A former North Tonawanda Girl Scout leader was arraigned in State Supreme Court in Buffalo Thursday on felony sex charges.

Pendleton Town Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Stowell entered a guilty plea in Niagara County Court Thursday to a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.

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The City of Rochester has released police body-worn video of the shooting of a man who authorities say threatened officers with a knife early Wednesday morning.

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A man who was shoved out of his wheelchair by Rochester Police eight years ago during an arrest is seeking a new trial. A jury awarded Benny Warr a dollar for his lawsuit against the Rochester Police Department two years ago. His lawyer says that trial had several problems, however.

Being late for a meeting with a parole officer, missing curfew, using drugs or alcohol. Those are all non-criminal acts that can land a parolee back behind bars.

And sending them there costs Erie County $10 million a year, according to study a by New Yorkers United for Justice, a bipartisan criminal justice reform group.


Attorneys for the five children of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being restrained by police during a mental health episode, announced a federal lawsuit Monday against the City of Rochester, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations.

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On a frigid late January afternoon, Rochester, N.Y., police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on the city's north side.

Two Buffalo police officers seen on video punching a man in the face while he was on the ground won’t face criminal charges stemming from the encounter last year, a prosecutor has decided.

Rochester Police released body camera footage Friday of a woman who was pepper-sprayed by officers on Portland Avenue last month while she was with her child. 

In a news conference Friday, the Police Accountability Board claimed the woman was also tackled, but that wasn’t clear in the video that police released.

Robert Morgan Communities

Federal authorities have announced that a grand jury has returned a new indictment against Western New York developer Robert Morgan and three others.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

A Buffalo man was sentenced virtually in State Supreme Court Wednesday in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend's two-year-old child Jan. 7, 2020.

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After it was announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James that the grand jury would not prosecute the officers involved in Daniel Prude's death, Duwaine Bascoe spent the next day processing what happened. 

“The more you know, the angrier you become because you see the pattern over and over again,” said Bascoe.

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Cheektowaga Police

Cheektowaga Police are continuing their investigation into an early Monday morning traffic accident that proved fatal to a Buffalo teen.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

Jason Lanning, 46, of Depew was virtually sentenced Thursday morning in State Supreme Court to one year in jail, followed by 10 years of sex offender probation, and he must register as a sex offender after release.

Proposed Daniel’s Law gets a boost from NY Attorney General

Feb 24, 2021
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During her visit to Rochester Tuesday, State Attorney General Tish James said she intends to push for a law changing how communities respond to mental health calls. The measure, Daniel’s Law, was authored by Assemblymember Harry Bronson and state Sen. Samra Brouk of Rochester.

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On Sept. 12, Buffalo police shot Willie Henley, a troubled man that relatives say had a history of mental illness. He was charged with assault after swinging a baseball bat at police.  Two weeks earlier, the March 2020 death of Daniel Prude in Rochester came to light with the release of police body camera footage that showed him as a troubled, naked man gasping to breathe in a spit helmet. And suddenly, the already boiling issue of race and policing turned to look at how police interact with people with mental illness.

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