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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.


A man linked to the getaway car in the firebombing that killed Firefighter George McCastle last month today was ordered to remain in jail without bail, and his brother was ordered to stand in a lineup in the case.Lee "Beaver" Jackson, 28, of 71 Mapleridge Ave. pleaded innocent to a first-degree arson charge, which carries a mandatory life term. City Judge Anthony P. L…

An Alden man was arrested on a drunken-driving charge Monday night for the eighth time in the past nine years, and his wife was given a summons for letting him drive her car.Edward M. Victor, 27, of 11168 Broadway was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and with various vehicle and traffic violations.Police pulled Victor over after spotting the car he was dr…

Firefighters rescued three family members trapped on the second floor of a South Putnam Street house today when a fire swept through the three-story building.The three fire victims -- a mother and her children -- were critically injured.Flames were shooting from 17 S. Putnam St. when firefighters arrived at 4:35 a.m., officials said.The occupants of a lower apartment …

City police are widening their investigation into allegations of corrupt police officers after talking with drug kingpin James E. Fuller last week."He has given us certain information we will be attempting to corroborate and follow up on," Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart said. "We will be continuing our investigation in relation to this, and there will be other…

Following arrests this morning of drug dealers on Montana Avenue, Buffalo police say that the city's drug dealers are copying the methods of New York City dealers who have opened high-security gatehouses here."It's not a gatehouse, but it's copied from a gatehouse," said Detective Sgt. George Adymy.The front door at 132 Montana Ave. was reinforced with steel, making i…

A man suspected of operating a $100,000-a-month cocaine distribution ring in the Buffalo area from his Florida home has been arrested and is expected to brought back to Buffalo to face federal drug charges, officials said Friday.The arrest followed a four-month investigation that started in a Buffalo-area hotel room being used as a drug distribution point. It ended at…

The five victims of a series of sex attacks on the city's lower West Side were all Hispanic, leading police Thursday to say the attacker may have a "preference" for Hispanic women.Police stopped short, however, of saying that the apparent serial rapist is targeting Hispanics, and they cautioned that all women -- not just Hispanics -- should take precautions against po…

Police have a plan to rid Buffalo of gatehouses and the drugs that come with them.And they'd like to start with a Leslie Street property narcotics officers raided twice in one month."We are going to see if we can legally plow it under," said Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart. "We want to attempt to have it condemned and razed."Top police officers are scheduled to…

Drunken-driving arrests made by the Erie County Sheriff's Department jumped by 94 percent in 1988 over the previous year, largely due to increased enforcement, officials said today."One of the mandates of my administration is to be responsive to the entire community we serve, and the threat of a crippling or fatal vehicle accident resulting from those driving under th…

Drunken-driving arrests made by the Erie County Sheriff's Department jumped by 94 percent in 1988 over the previous year, largely due to increased enforcement, officials said today."One of the mandates of my administration is to be responsive to the entire community we serve, and the threat of a crippling or fatal vehicle accident resulting from those driving under th…

A rash of gas station robberies in the past week has police looking for at least two thieves, including one suspected of a series of holdups in Buffalo, and another believed to have robbed several suburban service stations.At least 12 gas stations have been robbed at gunpoint since Jan. 23, including seven in Buffalo, two in the Town of Tonawanda, and one each in Amhe…

The Erie County district attorney's office has cleared a Buffalo police officer accused of beating a South Buffalo man last month, officials said."It is our determination based on the evidence we have reviewed that there was no criminal conduct on the part of any of the Buffalo police officers involved," District Attorney Kevin M. Dillon wrote in a letter to the Buffa…

An off-duty firefighter killed Sunday when his girlfriend's Vermont Street home was set on fire appeared troubled recently, as if he had some type of problem, according to his attorney.Richard F. Daly said he doesn't know what the problem was, but based on his personal knowledge of Firefighter George E. McCastle Jr., Daley said he sensed something was wrong."I just kn…

Police today made one of the largest crack seizures in the Buffalo area to date, confiscating about three-quarters of a pound of the powerful cocaine derivative as it was brought into the downtown bus terminal, authorities said.Acting on a tip, police in the recently formed Jamaican Organized Crime Task Force arrived at the bus terminal early today and waited for the …

Buffalo's newest police recruits received encouragement and warnings when they were sworn in today by city officials.Addressing the 32 men and women attending the ceremony in Police Headquarters, Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart told the candidates they are entering a profession that will place them "under the eyes of the public.""The public won't hesitate for a…