Erie County District Attorney

DA’s office adopts school to reach troubled teens

Dec 19, 2016
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Erie County District Attorney's Office adopted the Buffalo's Alternative School on South Park Avenue to work with troubled teens. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is offering students in grades seven through 12 a chance to focus on a stronger path for their future. 

Two drag racers have been sentenced for the fatal crash that took the life of one of their passengers and injured another.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 22-years-to-life in prison for the beating and sexual assault on a local woman walking home in Willert Park.

The Cheektowaga man convicted of strangling his girlfriend, then setting her body on fire inside their home, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison, plus five years post-release supervision.

NYS Police

Police have arrested a Buffalo man in the Labor Day weekend shooting and robbery of a Clarence restaurant owner.

A City of Tonawanda man has been found guilty in the boating death of 16-year-old Avery Gardner of Lockport.

Erie County DA candidates debate at WNED|WBFO Studios

Oct 27, 2016
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The candidates running to be Erie County's next district attorney squared off in a debate in the WNED|WBFO Studios Thursday morning. Democrat John Flynn and Republican Joseph Treanor III participated in a 50-minute debate heard live on WBFO.

The Buffalo News

On Thursday, October 27, candidates for Erie County District Attorney will meet at the WNED|WBFO studios for a debate on issues facing county voters.

New York State Senate

Western New Yorkers are going to the polls for what is expected to be a lightly attended primary election. A hotly contested race for Erie County District Attorney is on the ballot, along with State Senate, Assembly and judicial delegates.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Thursday's debate among the candidates running for Erie County District Attorney didn't feature the back-and-forth attacks that are so often heard. Instead, the common target was former DA Frank Sedita, who was often accused of allowing politics to influence office policy.


A retired Air Force colonel who helped prosecute Saddam Hussein has joined the growing list of candidates looking to become Erie County's next district attorney. 

Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Saying he wants to change what he sees as a culture of corruption and overspending in the office, former Assistant District Attorney Mark Sacha has his sights set on becoming Erie County’s top legal watchdog.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Former Tonawanda Town Justice John Flynn has gained the official backing of the Erie County Democratic Committee in his run for District Attorney.

Former broadcaster Pasceri hired as DA's public relations chief

Feb 9, 2016
Photo from Joanna Pasceri's Facebook post.

For the first time in its history, the Erie County Acting District Attorney has appointed a veteran broadcast journalist to serve as Public Information Officer. Joanna Pasceri, former anchor at WKBW-TV has been named by Michael Flaherty.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

District attorneys are often pictured in TV and movies prosecuting violent criminals, but a significant aspect of their jobs is taking on less infamous “white collar” crime. New York State’s Crimes Against Revenue Program is once again helping to fund this critical task by providing more than $14 million to district attorneys across the state.

Photo from Erie County Bar Association

Kevin Dillon, a former judge, district attorney and prominent criminal defense lawyer, died after a long and debilitating illness. He was 65. 

File photo

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court justice.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the newest appointee to the City Court on Friday. WBFO’s Avery Schneider was at City Hall, and brings us this report…

Kenmore West teen admits to running down classmate

Jul 23, 2013

A Kenmore West High School teenager has now admitted she ran over her classmate last April with her car.

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