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Matt Gryta covers city police and crime for The Buffalo News.


One day after he was convicted of murdering a 9-year-old girl in a sex attack, Thomas Kennedy was charged today with assaulting a fellow inmate six months ago while defending the honor of rock singer Madonna. Kennedy is now accused of pummeling a fellow inmate in the Erie County Holding Center on April 1, according to a Sheriff's Department misdemeanor com plaint. Ken…

After expressing initial doubt that she had committed the crime, Clau dette Hudson pleaded not responsible by reason of insanity Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of her 19-month-old daughter last year. Asked by State Supreme Court Jus tice Mario J. Rossetti, "You did stab your daughter?" Miss Hudson, 24, re plied: "That's what they say." After a hurried talk with Mark …

A man described as Buffalo's biggest heroin trafficker over the past decade was sentenced today to 20 years to life in prison for handling $3 million worth of heroin seized in a bus terminal lock er two years ago. Leonard E. Price, 46, received the mandatory term after being convicted June 1. He did not comment during the sentencing. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Ami…

An Erie County judge today convicted Thomas Kennedy, 22, of murdering 9-year-old Melody Wilson 13 months ago, rejecting defense arguments that Kennedy was either insane or emotionally out of control at the time of the slaying. Kennedy sodomized and then stabbed the girl to death on Aug. 26, 1987, on Squaw Island, where he had gone with her and other young children to …

Prosecutors have found a boy who can help them prove that David J. Hin chy was stalking Jesse Powers for hours on the day the 8-year-old Riverside boy was slain, law enforcement sources said Monday.The boy, whose identity is being withheld to protect his safety, recently told authorities that Hinchy ap proached him on the afternoon of July 30, 1987 -- hours before Jes…

An apparent silver lining ap peared Thursday in the legal clouds surrounding television weatherman Don Paul. Although State Supreme Court Justice Leo J. Fallon barred him from working as a television mete orologist until February, he didn't restrict him from doing other on- the-air work for his new station, Paul and attorneys for the station say.Fallon, clarifying a p…

Erie County Judge Joseph P. McCarthy will rule Wednesday on whether Thomas Kennedy deliberately killed Melody Wilson, 9, on Squaw Island last summer or whether Kennedy was insane or emotionally out of control at the time.McCarthy said Wednesday the defense contention that Kennedy killed the girl in a so-called fit of uncontrollable passion was a legally "reasonable" t…

An alert Erie County Sheriff's deputy foiled an alleged escape attempt Wednesday night at the county Holding Center by a Depew man facing trial in three Amherst rapes, officials confirmed today.Holding Center Superintendent Raul Russi and Undersheriff William Payne confirmed that the Sheriff's Department plans to lodge attempted-escape charges against Paul Moser, 24, …

Craig Jones today pleaded guilty to a reduced manslaughter charge for masterminding the drug heist in which an innocent bystander was slain.But he also asked a judge to throw the case out of court because prosecutors granted him immunity during grand jury proceedings four years ago.Jones, 35, now an Arizona limousine driver, told Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico h…

Battle lines are forming on a second front in the fight over Buffalo television weatherman Don Paul as his former station threatened legal action Wednesday against his new station on grounds of contract interference.WIVB-TV (Channel 4), Paul's former station, believes that WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), his new station, "has acted in violation" of Paul's contract with WIVB, and…

Erie County Judge Joseph P. McCarthy today said he will rule next Wednesday on whether Thomas Kennedy deliberately killed Melody Wilson, 9, on Squaw Island last summer or whether Kennedy was either insane or emotionally out of control at the time.McCarthy said the defense contention that Kennedy killed the girl in a so-called fit of uncontrollable passion was a legall…

Erie County Judge Joseph P. McCarthy said he may consider the possibility that Thomas Kennedy was mentally healthy but emotionally out of control during the fatal sex attack on 9-year-old Melody Wilson.McCarthy said Monday during Kennedy's non-jury trial on charges of second-degree murder, sodomy and weapons possession that he won't issue a verdict until sometime next…

A state appeals court today upheld the dismissal of a Buffalo school psychologist who allegedly called black members of the Board of Education "traitors, if not criminals," three years ago.In a unanimous ruling, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester said Rabbi Morris A. Cohen's May 1985 dismissal for neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming a teache…

Thomas Kennedy was in "a blind fury" but was mentally alert when he killed Melody Wilson as she screamed during a Squaw Island sex attack, a psychiatrist testified today at Kennedy's murder trial.Kennedy, 22, killed the 9-year-old West Avenue girl because "she wouldn't be quiet," Dr. Russell W. Barton testified."His fury mounted and he went further than he intended to…

Someone approached Irene Pierce outside her suburban Philadelphia home last December and fired two shotgun blasts into her face at point- blank range.One of the men accused of being involved in the slaying has taken refuge in Buffalo, fighting extradition to Penn sylvania to face murder charges.Erie County prosecutors feel Thom as S. Vile has overstayed his visit. "We…