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A Buffalo man accused of shooting a man to death at a neighborhood party 2 1/2 years ago was arraigned Friday on a second-degree murder charge. Cornelius Jones, 27, who was arrested in November, is charged with killing Dequawn Griggs, 21, of Buffalo on July 5, 2015, at a party on Montana Street. Jones pleaded not guilty to murder and second-degree criminal possession…

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An Amherst family whose son died of alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing ritual in West Virginia more than two years ago has reached a settlement with the students, fraternity and university responsible for the teen's death. Nolan Michael Burch, a Canisius High School graduate, was 18 years old and a freshman a West Virginia University when he became a pledge at…

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Jury selection is underway in State Supreme Court for the trial of a man accused of attacking three people in a jealous rampage in June 2016. Mark T. Dublino, 54, is accused of using a sledgehammer to beat a former girlfriend and a man who was at her home on Mill Street in Williamsville on June 6. Dublino faces two counts of attempted murder and assault for a sub…

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A Buffalo man who repeatedly harassed and abused his girlfriend before she left him, and who then broke into her apartment and killed her new boyfriend, faces a possible 50-year prison sentence after being convicted of the fatal stabbing and other crimes. A State Supreme Court jury found Hillard Smith, 46, of Buffalo, guilty of first-degree manslaughter, burglary, assau…

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A Buffalo man was convicted of attempted second-degree murder after a weeklong trial in Erie County Court. The jury also found Warren Meredith, 35, guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June shooting of a man in the Fruit Belt on Rose Street. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds but survived. Meredith was arrested …

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Jeffrey T. Brown was never officially arrested, charged or indicted in the shooting death of David Brown in 2016. Even so, he stood before an Erie County judge Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for killing Brown at a family party more than two years ago. The two men were not related but had been involved with the same woman. Jeffrey Brown, …

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Shortly before midnight on April 3, the cameras inside Sirwilliam Hardy's home in Cheektowaga captured something no one expected: Hardy shooting his father. Images leading up to the fatal shooting showed Hardy, a paraplegic, watching TV with his father, who was visiting from California, and prosecutors said that there appeared to be no provocation whatsoever for the att…

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A Grand Island man who called in a death threat to an Erie County Sheriff's deputy and then later attacked and choked him during a traffic stop was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison. Sammy Abdellatif, 23, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court in August 2017 to a charge of attempted murder for his August 2016 attack on Deputy Jason Clark. Abdellatif and Clark…

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A State Supreme Court justice described Lawren K. Goins' actions as savage and cowardly Tuesday before sentencing him to two 25-year terms in prison for a double shooting in 2016. Goins, now 17, killed 16-year-old Kristian Piazza and wounded Terrell Lockett, also 16, when he shot them in the back after they left a store near Leroy Avenue and Hill Street on Oct. 13, …

Sanitation pickup in Buffalo was suspended Saturday afternoon due to the extreme cold weather. The service already was delayed one day because of the New Year's holiday on Monday. Pick-up will resume Monday in the Delaware and North Districts, according to a city spokesman, with the schedule once again delayed one day in other districts for the remainder of the week, as…

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death after a day of drinking in summer of 2016 received a prison sentence Wednesday of two to six years. Veronica Reynolds, 43, who originally was charged with murder, was found guilty of manslaughter in October by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio in a nonjury trial. Reynolds stabbed Brian Smith, 59, at least 10 times on Jul…

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An Erie County judge agreed with the prosecution on Wednesday that accused Dollar General shooter Travis J. Green should be kept in jail without bail, at least for now. Green, 29, of Cheektowaga was before Judge Sheila A. DiTullio for arraignment on felony charges of attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He plead…

Obituaries

March 20, 1941 – Nov. 26, 2017 Charles "Chuck" Schorr, a scientist and engineer, died Nov. 26 in Canterbury Woods, Williamsville, from complications of brain cancer. He was 76. Mr. Schorr was born in Baltimore and moved to the Buffalo area in 1966. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from B…

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A 3-year-old boy was shot and wounded in his family's home on Tooley Road in the Wyoming County Town of Bennington early Saturday, the county Sheriff's Office reported late Monday, but few other details are being released. The child was struck in the chest and shoulder by a bullet from a .45 caliber handgun, the report said, with the shooting called in by the boy's moth…

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A supportive crowd was on hand at the Hotel Lafayette Sunday night to see Mayor Byron W. Brown sworn in for a fourth term, but even the mayor realized that his audience might have something else on their minds while witnessing the ceremony. For one thing, the mayor opted to have his ceremony on New Year's Eve as part of an inaugural ball and holiday celebration. So, aft…