Police: Niagara Falls man commits murder-suicide

Feb 26, 2013

Police in Niagara Falls say a man appears to have killed his girlfriend, then himself, in a house on 29th Street Monday night. 

Law enforcement engage in active shooter training

Feb 26, 2013
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Members of the local law enforcement community are undergoing special training so they can better respond to shootings.  Recent exercises at the Erie County Fairgrounds were led by a team from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Four deputies with the Erie County's Sheriff's Office were injured in two separate attacks by inmates in the downtown Buffalo Holding Center.

The murders of two young people in December led to a meeting Monday in the offices of the Erie County Legislature under the new Buffalo Safe Neighborhoods Initiative Committee.

Alleged heroin kingpin arrested

Feb 5, 2013

An accused drug kingpin is scheduled for arraignment today in State Supreme Court in Buffalo.

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Former Erie County Deputy Sheriff Michael Haug went from putting people behind bars to being behind bars himself Wednesday.

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A second doctor now reports that Amanda Wienckowski was murdered, but the family still can't get a homicide investigation started. 

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School districts and police departments across much of Western and Central New York are going to get opportunities to learn the latest in training about violence and active shooting incidents.

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A local lawyer is moving ahead with plans to challenge the state's new gun control law in court.  The case will not revolve around the U.S. Constitution's "Right to Bear Arms."

An 87-year-old man faces a charge of manslaughter for allegedly beating his nursing home roommate repeatedly with a heavy magnet.

A former Niagara Falls city official has pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge.

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On the heels of New York State passing the toughest gun control legislation in the nation, a new report shows the number of firearm related offenses is up in the City of Buffalo. 

Authorities bust suspected West Side meth operation

Jan 18, 2013
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Federal agents conducted a major round-up of suspected drug dealers Friday on Buffalo's West Side.

Former teacher convicted of rape on the run

Jan 11, 2013

A former South Buffalo Charter School teacher convicted of rape several years ago  is apparently on the run. 

Motorcyclist pleads guilty to pedestrian deaths

Jan 10, 2013

A man from Niagara Falls has pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the deaths of two pedestrians he stuck and killed while riding his motorcycle in Amherst last November.

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On the fourth anniversary of the finding of the body of Amanda Wienckowski in Buffalo, the family's lawyer claims another doctor says the young woman's death was a murder, not an overdose.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for legislation that would make it a federal crime to intimidate a witness and set tough penalties for intimidation.

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Buffalo police have made the first arrest in the November 24 home break-in and assault on 96-year-old Levi Clayton.

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Authorities have charged a 24-year-old woman in connection with the guns used in the Christmas Eve ambush that killed two volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire in Webster. 

Beaten nursing home resident dies

Dec 28, 2012

Authorities say an 86-year-old man beaten in a Town of Tonawanda assisted living facility by his elderly roommate has died.

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.