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Jay Tokasz

Jay Tokasz is part of the watchdog team at The Buffalo News. He has spent 25 years in newspapers, writing on a wide range of subjects, from evidence-tampering cops to papal elections.


Buffalo

Ronald C. Williams has served prison sentences in three states for child sex abuse felony convictions over the past 28 years. But Williams' penchant for sexually abusing children goes back to when he was a K-9 patrolman on the Buffalo police force and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, according to Bob O'Donnell of the Town of Boston. O’Donnell said Williams, who had b…

Obituaries

April 17, 1941 - May 2, 2019 Barbara A. Druzbik, who started as a receptionist with Towne Automotive Group and worked her way up to assistant finance manager, died Thursday at Hospice in Cheektowaga. She was 78. Born Barbara Kolenko in Lackawanna, she was a 1959 graduate of Lackawanna Senior High School. After getting married in 1960, she worked for a few years as a …

An event Sunday to commemorate the Holocaust will examine how anti-Semitism continues to be a devastating force. Kenneth S. Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate at Bard College, will be keynote speaker at the annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. Stern is an attorney, an award-winning author and expert on hatred and …

Local News

President Trump has nominated a Buffalo private investigator and former commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services as the next U.S. Marshal for the Western District of New York. Trump announced the nomination of Peter M. Vito on Friday. Vito was commissioner of Central Police Services from 2008 to 2012, when Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, was county executive.…

Buffalo

An Erie County judge allowed two foster parents to retain custody of a 4-year-old girl they've raised since birth, despite the wishes of an aunt who has never met the girl but wants to adopt her. Family Court Judge Margaret O. Szczur on Tuesday dismissed the aunt's petition for custody, saying she didn't act soon enough. “They have waited too long to come forward and…

Courts

Updated April 30: Girl's aunt loses custody request to foster parents in Family Court case A 4-year-old girl is in the middle of a tug of war between Erie County foster parents who raised her since birth and the girl's aunt in North Carolina who has never met her. The African-American child has bonded with her white foster parents, her "only constant and true family,…

Crime

A Minnesota law firm on Tuesday publicized the names of 130 Boy Scout leaders in New York state who were accused of sexual abuse of minors, including a dozen from Western New York. Attorney Jeff Anderson made the announcement of the names at a Manhattan news conference. All of the names from Western New York were first made public in 2012 with the release of internal…

Local News

The spectacle of millions of gallons of water dropping every minute over a 167-foot-tall cliff draws tourists from around the world to Niagara Falls. The famous cataract gets all of the oohs and aahs and photo ops. But further up the Niagara River, a nearly equal amount of water flows out of sight into two massive conduits that run for miles underneath the City of Niaga…

Local News

More than 100 priests who worked in the Buffalo area have been publicly linked to sex allegations, according to Buffalo News reports, public records and lists of abusers prepared by the diocese and religious orders. That has led some to wonder: How pervasive is the problem? And why haven't more priests gone to prison? Those were among the questions readers have had a…

Local News

A Buffalo Diocese priest and high-ranking administrator whose name emerged last week in a confidential diocese document of cases of alleged misconduct was accused of mishandling an alleged abuse case involving a Boy Scout leader – not of sexually abusing anyone. Diocese attorney Lawlor F. Quinlan III declined to specify what prompted the inclusion of Monsignor Albert Ru…

Buffalo

Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone has agreed to review the diocese’s approach to releasing names of clergy accused of sex abuse and to hold a series of “listening sessions” on the abuse scandal. Those are among several reform initiatives announced Monday morning in cooperation with a group of lay Catholics called the Movement to Restore Trust. Other initiatives includ…

Buffalo

Monsignor Joseph E. Schieder advised Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy on youth issues. In the 1950s and '60s, he was arguably Buffalo's most renowned Catholic priest, writing books on youth and their concerns and regularly traveling the country and abroad to speak at youth conferences. The president of Italy even awarded Schieder a "Star of Solidarity…

Buffalo

St. Bonaventure University President Dennis R. DePerro is the latest high-profile Catholic in Western New York urging Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign  over his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations. DePerro released a statement on Friday saying that Malone “hasn’t been transparent enough along the way for Catholics in Western New York to continue to have confid…

Buffalo

The names of an additional 27 Catholic priests accused of misconduct emerged this week in leaked Buffalo Diocese documents showing that a review board examined allegations against the priests. A copy of the June 27, 2018 meeting agenda of the Diocesan Review Board, obtained by WKBW-TV, included the names of nearly 100 priests whose cases were being reviewed by the board…

Buffalo

Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed Charles Mendolera, a veteran employee of the Buffalo Diocese, as executive director of financial administration. Mendolera has been serving as interim director for the past few weeks. He succeeds Steven D. Timmel, who resigned in March after 31 years with the diocese. Mendolera will oversee a sprawling, multimillion-dollar opera…