Chilling details from killer's note in Webster

Dec 26, 2012
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Details continue to emerge from Monday's deadly shootings in a suburb of Rochester.  62-year-old William Spengler opened fire on firefighters after setting a fire at his Webster home Christmas Eve morning. 

Spangler shot four firefighters trying to battle the flames, killing two and critically wounding two others. Spengler then turned his gun on himself, dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering released information Tuesday from a note left by Spengler. WXXI reporter Scott Fybush said the letter sheds some light on Spengler's rampage.

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Four firefighters were shot while responding to a blaze on Lake Avenue in the town of Webster, just east of Rochester, and two are dead. The assailant is also dead.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), today issued the following statement following the fatal shooting of firefighters in Webster, NY early this morning.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement in the wake of the shooting of four suburban Rochester firefighters Monday morning, two of them fatally.

Taglianetti pleads not guilty in Reed murder

Dec 19, 2012
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The man accused of gunning down Clymer schools superintendent Keith Reed Jr. pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder one day after being extradited back to Western New York.

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Governor Andre Cuomo says federal gun laws need to be strengthened to prevent more shootings like the one in Newtown Connecticut, but he says New York State’s assault weapons ban has loopholes that need to be closed.

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As citizens across the nation try to make sense of the tragic shootings shootings at a school in Newtown, Connecticut,  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reached out to two local psychiatrists. 

Two dead in shooting in University District

Dec 11, 2012
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A shooting in Buffalo's University District has left two people dead.  Buffalo Police say a man and woman were shot just after midnight Tuesday in the 400 block of Minnesota Avenue near Bailey Avenue.

Local FBI agent charged with lewdness

Dec 11, 2012
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State Police arrested a local FBI late last week on public lewdness charges.  48-year-old John Yervelli, Jr. of Lake View is accused of exposing himself to a truck driver while traveling along the eastbound I-90 Friday night in Eden. 

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The local arm of the Department of Justice had a fruitful year in recovering cash and assets from criminals and criminal enterprises. 

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One of the two Buffalo teenagers involved with the burning of a Jack Russell terrier puppy in October pleaded guilty as charged in Erie County Court today to aggravated cruelty to animals.

Child safe, father dead in Lockport home

Dec 5, 2012
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A man is dead, but his 3-year-old child is safe after a tense situation in Lockport Wednesday morning. 

Infant killed in drunken driving crash

Nov 28, 2012

Drunk driving is being blamed in a crash that killed a 7-month-old girl and left her mother seriously injured.

Toddler shot in Niagara Falls drive-by

Nov 27, 2012

A child believed to be around three years old was shot in the face during a drive-by shooting at a Niagara Falls convenience store Tuesday afternoon.

New campaign to stop driving while impaired

Nov 27, 2012
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The Erie County Sheriff's Department has kicked off National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  A conference and training session was held in Buffalo Tuesday to teach the public about making safe choices when getting behind the wheel.  

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Washington celebrated Cyber Monday with major busts around the country of websites selling fake merchandise.

Death of Buffalo infant ruled homicide

Nov 20, 2012
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The death of a five-week old infant has been turned over to Buffalo Homicide detectives.  Police say a baby boy died from injuries inflicted upon him at his home on Heath Street in the city's University District. 

Teens accused in dog burning appear in court

Nov 20, 2012
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Families of the two young men charged with setting a puppy on fire are feuding about who is responsible, even as the criminal justice system is moving their cases along. 

Alleged Buffalo heroin dealer arrested

Nov 15, 2012
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Law enforcement officials say a suspected longtime drug dealer is now out of business.

Mohamud sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison

Nov 15, 2012
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A Buffalo man has been sentenced 25 years-to-life for killing his 10-year-old stepson with a rolling pin.

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An employee with the Customers and Border Protection has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Walmart assailant sentenced to five years

Nov 14, 2012

The Batavia woman convicted of assaulting an elderly Walmart employee last Christmas Eve was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. 

Wanamaker's sentencing rescheduled

Nov 13, 2012
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A former top aide to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will have to wait another month to learn his fate.

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Lynn Dejac Peters, the Buffalo woman who served more than 13 years in jail after she was convicted of murdering her daughter, has settled a lawsuit with the State of New York for $2.7 million. 

Forbes magazine has ranked Buffalo 10th on its list of America's Most Dangerous Cities.  

Detroit, St. Louis and Oakland top the list.  Forbes ranked cities with a population of over 200,000 based on violent crime rates.  

Using FBI statistics, Buffalo had  more than 1,200 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.  Forbes noted that the city's crime rate has dropped steadily since the 1990's.  

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says he takes issue with the magazine's characterization.

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The Erie County District Attorney reached a compromise to resume prosecution of cases in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court. 

Frank Sedita had recently announced that he would no longer handle the cases.  He said too many non-criminal issues were affecting the integrity of the cases. 

But Thursday, Sedita told WBFO News a compromised was reached with the State Office of Court Administration. 

Mohamud convicted of murdering stepson

Oct 18, 2012
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A jury this afternoon convicted the Buffalo man who has been standing trial for the beating death of his 10-year-old stepson.

Jurors took less than three hours to find 41-year-old Ali-Mohamad Mohamud guilty of second-degree murder, after closing arguments were presented this morning. 

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Both the prosecution and the defense have rested in the Ali-Mohamed Mohamud murder trial in State Supreme Court.  Closing arguments are scheduled to take place Thursday morning.

Mohamud, who admitted to police that he beat his 10-year-old stepson Abdifatah to death last April with a wooden rolling pin in the basement of their Guilford Street home, was not called to the stand, and no witnesses were called by the defense.

Jurors in Mohamud trial shown police video

Oct 16, 2012
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Jurors in the trial of the Buffalo man accused of killing his 10-year-old stepson today watched a graphic police video of the murder scene. 

Ali-Mohamad Mohamud is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Abdifatah Mohamud.  Testimony began Monday when the boy's mother and stepbrother took the stand, following opening statements. 

Prosecutors say Mohamud stabbed, suffocated, and beat the boy repeatedly with a wooden rolling pin last April in their Guilford Street home.  He allegedly confessed his crime to Buffalo Police.

Trial begins for man accused of killing stepson

Oct 15, 2012
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The murder trial of a Buffalo man accused of fatally beating his 10-year-old stepson in April has begun in State Supreme Court. 

Prosecuters says Ali-Mohamed Mohamud tied up Abdifatah Mohamud in the basement of their Guilford Street home, stuffed a sock into his mouth and covered it with duct tape, and then beat the boy about 70 times with a wooden rolling pin. 

The fifth-grader suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs, and dozens of bodily injuries.