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Police seek boy last seen near East Side projects

Buffalo police late Wednesday were searching for missing 8-year-old Tyshawn Askia, who was last seen in the area of the Kenfield/Langfield housing complex on the city's far East Side.

Tyshawn was last seen about 8:40 p.m. near Oakmont Avenue and Tower Street. When he went missing, he was wearing a blue T-shirt with the word "raw" written on it, along with blue jeans and black sneakers. The circumstances of Tyshawn's disappearance were not immediately known.

Police asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911.


Police hope video gives clues in St. Lawrence Ave. slaying

A surveillance video released by Buffalo police Wednesday shows two men who police believe are the suspects in the July 1 homicide of Joseph Hale, 35, of St. Lawrence Avenue.

Now, police hope members of the public come forward to identify the suspects.

The two men are seen in the video entering a nearby business shortly before Hale was shot in the back about 3 a.m. near St. Paul Mall and Ellicott Street. Hale was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

The video can be viewed online at Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255 or to email the information to and click on "Report a Tip."


Buffalo man admits guilt in illegal sale of firearms

A Buffalo man who illegally sold undercover federal agents four firearms pleaded guilty to a five-count indictment, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Wednesday.

Richard T. Kennedy, 58, admitted that he unlawfully dealt in firearms while not being a licensed firearms dealer, as well as illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition while being a convicted felon.

Federal agents conducted an investigation from April to October last year. Authorities said that on three separate occasions, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives were able to buy a pair of semi-automatic pistols, a revolver and a semi-automatic rifle from Kennedy, along with a large amount of ammunition.

Kennedy, who faces significant time in federal prison and fines, will be sentenced Dec. 14 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.


Makeup saleswoman reportedly raped by client

A saleswoman was raped by a would-be customer in the area of Main Street and Fillmore Avenue, according to Wednesday's Buffalo police reports.

The victim told police that her attacker pulled up in a vehicle just before midnight Tuesday and asked her about the lipstick he buys from her. She got into his car after telling the man she had some at her home and could get it for him there.

After getting into the vehicle, the victim told police the man locked the doors and punched her twice in the face, knocking her out. She returned to consciousness with the man having sex with her. She said he then dropped her off on East Delavan Avenue. She went to Sisters Hospital for treatment.

Police were investigating the report. The suspect was described as a 45-year-old or more white male who is 6-foot tall and 240 pounds. He has gray hair, a large build and a gray goatee, according to police reports.


Buffalo man gets 10 years in robbery, home invasions

A Hopkins Street man who robbed a man on the street and then weeks later robbed two families in their South Park Avenue apartments was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

Kevin Walker, 20, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on three counts of first-degree robbery.

Prosecutor Patrick B. Shanahan said Walker participated in the robberies with three other men, two of whom are scheduled to be sentenced in upcoming weeks and one taken into police custody earlier this week.

A victim robbed on Hopkins Street on Nov. 6 had his phone and keys taken in the gunpoint robbery.

In a Nov. 22 home invasion on the 1500 block of South Park, Walker and the three others knocked on the door of an upper flat and then rushed in to confront a 35-year-old woman and 16- and 11-year-old girls, Shanahan said.

Then, Walker and one of his accomplices went downstairs and stole a wallet after confronting the residents in the lower apartment.

Walker headed back to his Hopkins Street home, in the area where police had been told to look, Shanahan said.


Police say former tenant may have vandalized flat

An evicted former tenant may be the suspect in damaging a Connecticut Street apartment this week, according to Buffalo police reports.

The landlord of the lower flat in the 400 block of Connecticut told police that the side door to the apartment was pried open sometime between Friday and Wednesday morning.

Once inside, red graffiti was spray-painted on every wall inside the apartment and also the vandal or vandals tore out the kitchen sink and cabinets. The living room window was also broken. Damage was pegged at $3,000.