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Susan Schulman

Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently assigned to Buffalo City Hall. She is also author of City Hallways, a daily blog offering an insider's view on the daily machinations of city government and politics.


Buffalo's police force will reach its highest level since 1980 when the next group of recruits are appointed at the end of the month, Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart said Wednesday.The 30 officers, scheduled to be appointed Jan. 30, will bring the department's manpower to 1,055, Degenhart said.The department needs the additional officers to comply with the mini…

An abortion protester charged today that a security guard at a Linwood Avenue doctor's office pulled out his automatic pistol and fired a single shot into the ground to scare her away."All of a sudden, he goes like this (pulling gun out), and it goes boom," said Sharon Kokney, who was protesting outside the Linwood Avenue office of Dr. Parviz Taefi.The guard fired the…

A month after a narcotics officer was wounded by gunfire, Buffalo police have tightened procedures on drug raids and are making sure that narcotics officers are better armed and better identified when forcibly entering homes of suspected drug dealers.Narcotics officers have received additional training in firing shotguns -- at least one shotgun is to be available in e…

A former Buffalo resident has been charged with raping a comatose woman in the Virginia Hospital where he was employed as a nurse, according to police in Portsmouth, Va.David DiRaimondo, 28, who grew up in Buffalo and currently lives in Portsmouth, Va., was arrested Saturday. He was released Tuesday night on $10,000 bail, according to Virginia authorities.DiRaimondo w…

A former Buffalo resident has been charged with raping a comatose woman in the Virginia Hospital where he was employed as a nurse, according to police in Portsmouth, Va.David DiRaimondo, 28, who grew up in Buffalo and currently lives in Portsmouth, Va., was arrested Saturday. He was released Tuesday night on $10,000 bail, according to Virginia authorities.DiRaimondo w…

A police officer accused last month of possessing stolen property returned to duty Tuesday, while criminal and department charges against him are pending.Theater District Officer Dennis P. McGee, 41, has been assigned to traffic duty around Police Headquarters, said Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart.McGee had been suspended without pay since the criminal charges …

The latest additions to the Buffalo Police Department's fleet of patrol cars come with an added safety feature -- air bags.The department has received 36 new cars, including 14 unmarked and 22 marked vehicles, Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart said today.The marked cars came with air bags as a standard feature, Degenhart said.The air bags are on the driver's side…

Christopher Abrams, 28, was found strangled in the bedroom of his Virginia Street home Sunday, police said.The body was discovered at 191 Virginia St. about 11 a.m. by a friend who contacted police, Buffalo homicide detectives said. An autopsy showed Abrams died of strangulation, Detective Sgt. Carl A. Lipinczyk said.Police have neither a motive nor a suspect in the s…

Christopher Abrams, 28, was found strangled in his Virginia Street home Sunday, police said.The body was discovered at 191 Virginia St. about 11 a.m. by a friend who contacted police, Buffalo homicide detectives said. An autopsy showed Abrams died of strangulation, Detective Sgt. Carl A. Lipinczyk said.Police have neither a motive nor suspect in the slaying.Abrams liv…

A general-alarm fire destroyed a Cheektowaga shrubbery and holiday decorations business early today, sending potentially dangerous chemicals into the air and forcing evacuation of 150 homes.There were no reports of injuries, and no damage estimate was immediately available, although Harlem Genesee Nurseries, 2875 Genesee St., and its contents were reduced to charred r…

Angered by allegations that police brutality is growing in Buffalo, Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart denied the charges Tuesday and chided Common Council members who made the accusations."We are not getting an increased amount of complaints," Degenhart said. "Councilmen (James W.) Pitts and (David A.) Collins make allegations about burgeoning amounts of beatings…

Buffalo's crime rates are rising this year, largely led by an increase in burglaries, rapes and serious assaults, city police said Monday.From Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, the number of reported rapes increased by 31 percent, assaults by 32 percent and burglaries by about 20 percent compared with the same period in 1987, according to preliminary 10-month statistics by the Polic…

In their latest attempt to quiet off-campus parties, Buffalo police this weekend charged a student selling beer at an Engelwood Avenue apartment with operating an unlicensed business.Officers assigned to keep an eye on fraternity and other student parties held in off-campus apartments spotted a large party at 142 Englewood Ave. Saturday night, Chief of Detectives Ange…

The more aggressive tactics used by Buffalo police during an anti-abortion demonstration Saturday morning were not unexpected, according to protesters, who said such tactics would not dissuade them from holding future demonstrations in Buffalo."It didn't surprise us," said Paulette Likoudis, spokeswoman for Project Rescue, which sponsored the protest."I don't think we…

In their latest attempt to quiet off-campus parties, Buffalo police this weekend charged a student selling beer at an Engelwood Avenue apartment with operating an unlicensed business.Police officers assigned to keep an eye on fraternity and other student parties held in off-campus apartments spotted a large party at 142 Englewood Ave. Saturday night, Chief of Detectiv…