Buffalo Police Department

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to  1 1/2-3 years in prison, after running over and dragging a Buffalo Police officer who was trying to ticket him.

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Former Rochester Police Department chief La’Ron Singletary has opted not to comply with a subpoena from City Council’s investigation of the Daniel Prude case.

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Buffalo Police have closed a city bar after a weekend shooting incident.

Jamestown Police have announced the identity of the suspect accused of striking a two-year-old child with his vehicle then driving away.

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Rochester Police announced a series of appointments to its command staff Thursday, including a new deputy executive chief.

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A $10,000 reward has been posted for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in September’s mass shooting in Rochester. The Rochester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced the reward Thursday at the Public Safety Building.

A North Tonawanda man who admitted to sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison, followed by 15 years of post-release supervision.

State restricts visitors to 2 upstate prisons

Oct 22, 2020
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Visitors will now be restricted at two upstate New York correctional facilities after recent COVID19 outbreaks among inmate populations. Effective 3 p.m. Wednesday, visitation was suspended at New York’s Greene and Elmira Correctional Facilities. Transfers in and out of the facilities have also been suspended.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has announced the indictment of several teens for their roles in robberies in Buffalo, Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda.

Lockport Police have announced the arrest of two teenage males in connection with the early Saturday morning shooting at a Halloween party that left one person dead and five others wounded.

An Erie County Sheriff's Jail deputy has been arrested on drug-related charges following a three-week investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

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The new interim chief of the Rochester Police Department was sworn in at City Hall on Wednesday.

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An arrest warrant has been issued for the man at the center of a racially-charged incident on Hertel Avenue in August. Michael Cremen, 47, of Franklinville failed to show up for his arraignment for a second time Wednesday morning. 

Niagara County Sheriff

As Niagara County continues work on its state-mandated task force on police reform, reinvention of the Sheriff's Department moves to a meeting Wednesday evening at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Niagara Falls.

Police body camera video shows a shirtless state Supreme Court justice shove a Buffalo Police officer who was putting handcuffs on his wife during an argument with neighbors.

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"It is not the sort of facility that we're used to when we think of prison," said Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News,, as he described the Florida federal prison where former Congressman Chris Collins is scheduled to begin his jail sentence today. In a morning conversation with WBFO, Zremski discussed the prison and how Collins remains defiant over his prosecution on corruption charges. Collins, of course, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the charges earlier this year. 

Rochester Police

Rochester Police have released body-worn camera video of an arrest of a 21-year-old man that occurred last Friday and said its Professional Standards Section will conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Police released more information about the arrest of 21-year-old Roy Siplin Sunday after questions around the arrest were raised earlier in the day by his father. Roy Siplin Sr. said he had learned his son was punched multiple times by police when he was arrested last Friday.

Erie County Sheriff

A month-long investigation into dogfighting and drug dealing by the Erie County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrest of Douglas Williams, 43, of Buffalo.

Erin Heaney

There is no connection between undocumented immigrants and crime. That is the conclusion of a new report from a University at Buffalo team.

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Like every local government in New York State with a police department, the Town of Tonawanda has to have a police reform committee. The town is dealing with the public on this issue with neighborhood meetings.

A Long Island man was sentenced in Erie County Court Tuesday to an indeterminate sentence of 1-3 years in prison in the death of a Buffalo woman.

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In a case with some mysteries to it, the target of a late-night shooting and a retired Buffalo Police detective are charged with varying crimes.

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Like every police agency in New York, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department is being forced to look at how it operates in a racially diverse society and what it will do in the future.

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A West Seneca man is facing a criminally negligent homicide charge after a barroom dispute over not wearing a face mask. Donald Lewinski, 65, will be arraigned in Town Court Tuesday evening in the death of Rocco Sapienza, 80.

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The mayor of Rochester, N.Y., Lovely Warren entered a not guilty plea Monday afternoon to campaign finance fraud charges. If convicted, she could be removed from office and be disbarred.

The mayor was released under her own recognizance.

The court appearance comes three days after the second-term mayor and two political associates were indicted on charges they knowingly committed finance violations stemming from the 2017 reelection campaign.

The number of people driving under the influence is rising rapidly in Erie County, judging by the arrest statistics so far this year.

Attorneys for the seven Rochester Police officers involved in the Daniel Prude case said Thursday that all standard operating procedures were followed, including how they pinned him down. 

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Cariol Horne, the namesake of a pending Buffalo law, filed a lawsuit Thursday in State Supreme Court against the City of Buffalo and the city's police department.

Horne maintains she intervened in November 2006, when she pulled fellow officer Greg Kwiatkowski off of a suspect being violently arrested during a domestic dispute. Horne was fired two years after the incident, a year short of serving the necessary 20 years to qualify for a full police pension.

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Under an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, every government in New York with a police agency must study how that agency works and whether it has any racial bias or disproportionate policing of people of color. The task force to study the Erie County Sheriff's Department kicked off Wednesday night on a tight schedule.

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Buffalo is one legal step away from having a law requiring police officers to intervene if another officer starts using too much force against someone being arrested. This "duty to intervene" is detailed in Cariol's Law.