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An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010.

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Town of Tonawanda Police have arrested an 83-year-old woman and charged her with the murder of her 89-year-old husband. 

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The family of murdered Toys R Us assistant manager Larry Wells will have to wait longer for justice to be served. In State Supreme Court in Buffalo Monday, a judge granted a last minute request by the attorney for Bernard Grucza.

Buffalo man found guilty of killing 13-year-old girl

Mar 14, 2014
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A jury on Friday convicted the man charged with raping and killing a 13-year-old Buffalo girl. Darshawn Morris, 21, has been found guilty on all counts.

Taglianetti sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison

Feb 24, 2014
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A Virginia man has been given the maximum sentence for the 2012 killing of Chautauqua County school superintendent Keith Reed, Jr.

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Two people were shot and killed in the Cattaraugus County Hamlet of Limestone Wednesday. A third person, believed to have attempted suicide, has been taken to an Erie, PA hospital.

Man gets maximum sentence for North Buffalo murder

Jan 3, 2014

A young man convicted of the brutal slaying of another teen in North Buffalo in 2012 was sentenced Friday to the maximum 25 years to life in prison.

A 16-year-old defendant who admitted to killing a nearly two-year-old toddler last March has been convicted by a jury of second-degree murder.

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A charge of second-degree murder has been reduced for a North Carolina woman.

Man pleads not guilty to killing 13-year-old girl

Oct 30, 2013

Despite reportedly confessing to police, the Buffalo man accused of murdering and raping a 13-year-old girl last month pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday morning.

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A couple visiting from North Carolina has been arrested in a Niagara Falls murder.

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The shocking murder of a 13-year-old Buffalo girl struck a chord among the many who turned out in her memory Sunday night in Martin Luther King Park.

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Buffalo Police have announced an arrest in the murder of a 13-year-old girl. The body of Lanasha Rollerson was found in the 100 block of Newburgh Avenue Tuesday night. Darshawn Morris, 21, of Hagen Street was arrested at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Teenager sentenced for killing 5-year-old girl

Sep 5, 2013
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A Niagara Falls teenager has been sentenced to 22 years-to-life in prison for killing a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Dontre Jones, 19, has been given 25 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed, for the 2011 shooting death of Ira Watkins, Jr. in Cheektowaga Town Park.

A 14-year-old boy from Buffalo pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to an indictment charging he shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a mass scuffle earlier this month on Northland Avenue.

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Hamburg Town Police are asking the FBI for help in solving a weekend murder in a local toy store.

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A Buffalo teenager has been given the maximum 25-year prison sentence for his role in the death of a 16-year-old in North Buffalo who was set on fire after being stabbed more than 50 times.

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A guilty plea has been entered in the murder of a North Tonawanda woman.

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Buffalo Police have charged a Buffalo man who has confessed to the murder of his wife.


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Jurors in a Niagara County Court have convicted a man of two counts of felony murder.

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An arrest has been made in the murder of a North Tonawanda woman.

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Buffalo Police are seeking the public's help in solving a murder case.

Investigators report that a male, believed to be in his late 20's, was found dead from gunshot wounds in an apartment on the 200 block of Person Street Friday night. Police believe that one or more assailants shot the victim inside the residence.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the confidential tip line at 847-2255.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario police have determined that a woman whose body was found at the base of the Falls is a murder victim.

The cause of death has not been determined, and authorities are requesting help in identifying the body. The individual's age appears to be between 20 and 40. She possesses a pierced navel and a cesarean scar.

Police are reviewing missing persons files in hopes of a connection.

Man sentenced for killing teenage sister-in-law

Aug 27, 2012

An Orleans County judge today handed down a sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison to a man who admitted to killing his teenage sister-in-law. 

Carlos Cardenas, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this summer in the January 15, 2011 strangulation death of 15-year-old Katherine Sanchez.  The plea came shortly before he was due to stand trial on rape and murder charges.

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Mark David Chapman, the man convicted of killing ex-Beatle John Lennon, will be interviewed by the parole board this week.

Chapman has unsuccessfully faced the board on six previous occasions. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder after the 1980 shooting and was sentenced to 20 years to life the next year. Chapman is currently housed in the Wende Correctional facility, a maximum security prison.

His last parole hearing was in 2010.

A Kenmore native, serving time for multiple murders, has refused to accept parole.

As a teenager in 1985, John Justice killed his parents, his brother and a neighbor. He has been serving prison time on a pair of murder counts, but was relieved of two other counts for reasons of insanity. This is the second time Justice has refused parole.

John Nuchereno, his former attorney believes Justice is looking to serve out his term and to be released in 2015 without facing the restrictions of parole.

Authorities in Columbia, South Carolina are reporting that a former Buffalo resident was recently killed in that city.

The boyfriend of 44-year-old Johnette Pratt has been charged with murder in connection with her death. Pratt's body was found in a burning vehicle after 48-year-old Darrell Lyrell Griffin reported to authorities that the pair had been kidnapped. Sheriff's deputies investigated the claim, found it to be false, and arrested Griffin on the murder charge.

Pratt is a graduate of Kensington High School and left the area six years ago.
 

Man accused of murdering his half-brother

Jul 17, 2012

A resident of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation is accused of murdering his half-brother. 

Erie County Sheriff's detectives arrested 22-year-old Cody Testerman of Brant Reservation Road on Tuesday morning.  He is being charged with second-degree murder in North Collins court this afternoon in the death of 20-year-old Jessie Seneca. 

Seneca's body was discovered by a nearby resident Saturday afternoon on a dirt road off Route 438.  He was last seen alive last Wednesday morning, July 11.

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