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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says his office will no longer pursue misdemeanor charges for low-level possession of marijuana, following the state legislature’s passage of a decriminalization bill.

State effort to legalize marijuana goes up in smoke

Jun 19, 2019
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Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) - who introduced New York's measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana - says the effort has gone up in smoke. In a statement released late Wednesday morning, Krueger said "it is clear the measure will not pass this session," but called it only "a delay," not the "end of the road."

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials are facing a lawsuit over plans to create a new oversight board for New York’s prosecutors. Those plans became law in August after years of debate. However, a group that represents District Attorneys statewide says the law is not constitutional.

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With the India Cummings death shifting toward a criminal investigation, a crowd turned out Thursday night in the Delavan Grider Community Center to discuss the case.

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The state body that reviews public authorities has censured Erie County Water Authority commissioners who served during 2016 and 2017. It is also recommending that any commissioner who served then and still remains on the board be replaced by the County Legislature.

In 2007, Anthony Capozzi was cleared after 22 years in prison because long-stored DNA showed he was not the Delaware Park Rapist; it was Altemio Sanchez. The new state budget mandates DNA samples in potential criminal cases be stored for at least 20 years.

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A Jamestown man has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison for killing his estranged wife.

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The Niagara County Legislature raised the stakes on the Niagara River black sludge spill by seeking criminal investigations on local, state and federal levels.

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Law enforcement in Niagara County is getting nearly $700,000 to fight violent crime.

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Anyone who has used DNA family geneology websites, like Ancestry DNA, knows there are a lot of people out there who are genetic relations. That is the root of a new criminal investigative technique.

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John Flynn officially became Erie County's new District Attorney Friday morning, taking his oath of office in front of a large audience of family, friends, lawyers and elected officials spanning the political spectrum.


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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has been cleared in an investigation into a sexual encounter at a downtown hotel in December.


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A Newfane teacher is looking to clear his name after legal charges against him were dropped.

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The turmoil surrounding Hamburg School Superintendent Richard Jetter is growing in its reach.

Republicans endorse Sedita for re-election

Jun 4, 2012
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District Attorney Frank Sedita III received some positive political news this weekend with the endorsement of the Erie County Republican Party.

The development puts the long-time Democrat on the top lines of the November ballot and almost guarantees his re-election to a second term as D.A.

Sedita's office suffered a high-profile setback last week when James Corasanti was found not guilty on felony charges related to the vehicular death of 18-year-old Alix Rice.

In an emotional post-trial press conference, Sedita apologized to Rice's family for the verdict.