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


A state judge Thursday denied William Sims' bid for a new Democratic Party primary for two City Court posts because of a dispute over 2,100 absentee ballots sent out without his name on them.State Supreme Court Justice William J. Ostrowski ruled Sims wouldn't have enough votes to win, even if the 26 absentee votes he got were credited to him and all absentee votes wer…

Thomas Kennedy spent most of his youth in institutions because he was a hyperactive and uncontrollable "wimp" who would lie, steal and play with matches, his mother said Thursday.At her son's trial on charges of murdering Melody Wilson, 9, Patricia Kennedy testified that she had thrown him out of her Buffalo home about a month before the murder because he had stolen f…

Don Paul's career as a Buffalo television weatherman remained fog-bound today as managers at his former station refused to budge on their demands that he stay off the air for the next six months.Setting the stage for pretrial evidence-gathering next week and a possible trial in the case as early as mid-October, State Supreme Court Justice Leo J. Fallon held an hourlon…

A state judge today denied William Sims' bid for a new Democratic Party primary for two City Court posts because of a dispute over 2,100 absentee ballots sent out without his name on them.State Supreme Court Justice William J. Ostrowski ruled Sims wouldn't have enough votes to win, even if the 26 absentee votes he got were credited to him and all absentee votes were d…

Days after 9-year-old Melody Wilson's slaying, the man accused of killing her told other Erie County Holding Center inmates that he killed her, a jail guard testified today at Thomas Kennedy's week-old murder trial.As Kennedy and other inmates in the downtown jail's psychiatric ward were watching television newscasts Aug. 31, 1987, Kennedy turned to another inmate and…

Legal storm clouds continued to hang over television meteorolo gist Don Paul on Tuesday after a judge barred him indefinitely from telling WGRZ-TV viewers about the weather.State Supreme Court Justice Leo J. Fallon issued a preliminary injunction keeping the meteorolo gist off the air until further notice.He ruled that WIVB-TV, Paul's former employer, has "a likeli ho…

Efforts by prosecutors to force Edward Beaufort-Cutner into a lineup before two women terrorized in a Sardinia stickup and shooting were delayed today after his attorney was called out of town.State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti postponed the hearing, scheduled for this morning, to Oct. 6.John W. Condon Jr., Beaufort-Cutner's attorney, was called out of town…

Buffalo Bills' wide receiver Andre Reed and his siblings can lodge assault and harassment charges against an off-duty Buffalo police officer and a tavern bouncer after their own assault cases in a Sept. 5 bar fight are resolved, a judge ruled Monday.City Judge Hugh B. Scott said the "proposed misdemeanor complaints" attorneys for the Reeds gave him last week can be fi…

Thomas Kennedy said he committed the murders of a Buffalo girl and boy last summer and bragged about plans to get acquitted on a phony insanity claim, a fellow inmate testified Monday.Randall Rowles, 31, told Erie County Judge Joseph P. McCarthy that Kennedy, 22, told him last August he had killed both Melody Wilson, 9, and Jesse Powers, 8.David Hinchy, 24, is charged…

A Niagara Falls man received a prison term of six to 12 years today for his second manslaughter conviction linked to the use of a machete in a dispute.State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang imposed the prison term on Benjamin R. Campbell, 44, for the slashing death of Jimmy Priester, 41, during a late-night card game at 719 Broadway in Buffalo about midnight la…

Prosecutors want Edward Beaufort-Cutner to appear in a lineup before the women he is accused of terrorizing during a Sardinia stickup earlier this year that left one man paralyzed and one of the women partially deaf.In addition to the two women, several other crime victims may be called to view Beaufort-Cutner as prosecutors try to link him to other recent robberies, …

A judge Thursday began considering a request from Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed and his brother and sister to have assault and other charges lodged against an off-duty Buffalo police officer and others linked to a Sept. 5 fight in an Elmwood Avenue bar.City Judge Hugh B. Scott said he may have to conduct a hearing to decide whether he will permit the countercharge…

A judge Thursday ordered the Erie County Conservative Party to hold a second reorganizational meeting to decide its leadership.State Supreme Court Justice Vincent E. Doyle voided Joseph F. Kelly's election Tuesday night as party chairman for the next two years but gave Kelly permission to call the new vote.Doyle ruled Kelly was elected interim party chairman properly …

The third-place finisher in the Democratic Party primary for two City Court posts went to court Thursday in an attempt to force a new election over what he called irregularities in the manner absentee ballots were distributed without his name.William Sims, a Buffalo attorney and former City Court judge, obtained a show-cause order for a State Supreme Court hearing Mon…

The only woman to serve as president of the New York State Bar Association declared her candidacy for a State Supreme Court vacancy Thursday.Maryann Saccomando Freedman said she will seek the Republican Party nomination when the party meets Saturday to select its three candidates for 14-year terms in the 8th Judicial District."People must regain confidence in our cour…