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If you want the secret, maybe it was the shoes. Officer Patrick McDonald does not wear your grandfather's thick-soled leather police shoes. He wears jet black, uniform-matching, department-approved black Under Armour sneakers, which allow him to be nimble in any number of split-second on-the-job situations. Let's say, for instance, he was playing wide receiver in a game…

A Buffalo man who admitted to raping two women at his Busti Avenue residence in the fall of 2015 faces five to 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 3 in State Supreme Court. Aaron Lucas, 38,  pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. Lucas forced the women to engage in various sexual acts by …

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Buffalo Police made an arrest Tuesday in connection with a Nov. 21 shooting and home invasion at a residence in the first block of Clayton Street, off Military Road and Hertel Avenue, a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department said. Keion Robbins, 23, of Buffalo, was charged with robbery, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the case, accor…

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The Buffalo Police Department confirmed in a tweet Monday that it had recovered a gun in connection with a shooting near Frank A. Sedita Academy on the city's West Side earlier in the day. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/876959770527268864 Sedita School #30 was briefly placed on lockdown just after 3 p.m. Monday, following reports of gunshots fired in the vicini…

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A man who was wounded in a shooting Wednesday at Clinton Street and Fillmore Avenue was listed in critical condition, Buffalo Police said Wednesday night. The 20-year-old victim was transferred to Erie County Medical Center from Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, according to Buffalo Police. A second man connected to the shooting, who was described as being in his mid …

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Buffalo Police on Monday were continuing their investigation into whether a teenager may have accidentally shot himself in the foot just after 10 p.m. Sunday night near Bailey and Andover avenues, Buffalo Police said. The youth was treated at Erie County Medical Center, according to Buffalo Police. Police also were investigating another shooting incident that occurre…

Buffalo police arrested a man early Monday, after a witness told officers that a woman was being raped in the vicinity of Walden Avenue and Miller Street. Damani A. Crolle, 43, of Buffalo was arrested about 3 a.m. by officers when they discovered Crolle holding a woman against her will, police said. Crolle had violated a court order of protection that required him to st…

A Town of Tonawanda man has been arrested in connection with the shooting Sunday evening of a 35-year-old man on Jefferson Avenue near Carlton Street, according to Buffalo Police late Thursday. Warren Meredith, 24, was taken into custody about 6 a.m. Thursday on Highland Avenue in Tonawanda by SWAT team members and Buffalo homicide detectives executing a search warrant,…

A 25-year-old man who was stabbed Wednesday during a dispute with another individual near Parkridge and Lisbon avenues was listed in serious condition Thursday, according to Buffalo Police. The incident occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Buffalo Police said the man, whose identity was not released, was transported to Erie County Medical Center. Northeast District offi…

Buffalo police reported that a man was struck in the leg by gunfire just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the first block of Richlawn Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood. Additional details, including the identity, age and condition of the victim, were unavailable.

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The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, a man shot by Buffalo police, is a homicide, according to a lawyer representing Hernandez-Rossy's family. "The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide by gunshot wound, and that is consistent with the independent investigation conducted by my office," Nelson Torre tol…

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A coalition of social justice and community activists Thursday demanded that Buffalo lawmakers override Mayor Byron W. Brown's plans to increase the city's police department budget by $500,000, arguing that such an increase is unjustifiable given what they characterized as the department's poor record on solving homicides and making residents feel safe. Several members …

Police in Buffalo and Cheektowaga on Tuesday located a yellow-colored vehicle that was linked to an incident of alleged luring Monday and, after an investigation, determined no crime had taken place, according to authorities. A 15-year-old girl said she was accosted Monday by two men in a yellow SUV about 11 a.m. near South Park Avenue and Louisiana Street, according to…

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Buffalo police are investigating a report that a 15-year-old girl was accosted Monday by two men in a yellow SUV. The incident happened about 11 a.m. near South Park Avenue and Louisiana Street, police said. The girl told school officials that the men asked her if she wanted to get into the vehicle with them. Police are seeking to hear from anyone with information ab…

Buffalo police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal stabbing on April 12. A Buffalo Police spokesman confirmed the arrest of Hillard Smith, 46, about 1 a.m. Monday in Niagara Falls. Smith is accused of stabbing Justin Johnson, 42, about 10:30 p.m. April 12 at 518 N. Division St. Police said Johnson died of his injuries Monday, the same day Smith was arreste…