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Susan Schulman

Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently on the paper's Watchdog Team. Schulman joined the Buffalo News in 1985.


The death of a Deaconess Cen ter nursing home patient is being investigated by the state Health Department as possible patient abuse, officials confirmed Wednesday. The state probe into the death of Antonia Serfilippi, 84, on Sept. 4 is being conducted at the request of her family and the Deaconess Center staff, according to officials of Buffalo General Hospital, whic…

Robert Steele, 41, of 77 Maple Ridge Ave. was found early today lying face down in the middle of Locust Street with a fatal stab wound in his chest and a beer bottle beside his body, police said. According to police, Steele was dead at the scene when they discovered his body at about 2:15 a.m. Assistant Chief of Detectives Grego ry Simonian said that, as of this morn …

Deputies looking for drunken drivers coming into Buffalo from the Peace Bridge arrested a dozen people over the weekend, the Erie County Sheriff's Department said today. Half of the 12 people charged with driving while intoxicated were Americans, and the other six were Canadians, according to Sheriff's Lt. Robert Connors. The drivers ranged in age from 19 to 40 years…

Sale of cocaine remains at epi demic levels in Erie County, and law enforcement officials have been unable to put much of a dent in it, Erie County Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins said today."It's absolute disgust we feel with the situation," Higgins said. "There just doesn't seem to be any end to it."Higgins discussed the issue dur ing a press conference conducted today to…

An off-duty police officer is accused of shooting a man in the foot while chasing another person who allegedly attacked the policeman's brother, authorities said Monday.The injured man, Douglas Manuel, 30, of Sweet Street, said he was shot by off-duty Officer Reginald Peete, police said.But officers Monday said it is unclear how Manuel was hurt.Peete's attorney, Thoma…

One man was killed and another seriously injured in what police decribed as a drug-related shooting at the Dewey Avenue playground late Thursday.A suspect was arrested a short time later in his Cheektowaga home, where police said they confiscated the .38-caliber gun believed to be used in the shootings, as well as more than an ounce of cocaine.Gordon Wise, 28, of the …

A 12-year-old South Buffalo boy ran away from home with his dog this morning, but he left in style -- driving his father's four-speed sports car, police said.About 90 minutes later, police found the car -- parked and overheated -- in the Town of Tonawanda. But there was no boy or dog to be found.Police described the runaway this way:The family argued this morning, and…

A city lawyer denied Tuesday that racism or sexism played any role in the Buffalo Police Department's decision earlier this week to drop a probationary officer from the force.Assistant Corporation Counsel Stanley J. Sliwa repeated that the city will not publicly discuss the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Officer Datayna Betts, 22.After Ms. Betts was dismis…

It costs taxpayers $900 for a pregnant woman to get prenatal care at one of Buffalo's health clinics.The savings, however, come after the baby is born. Good prenatal care reduces the chance of a premature birth or of a baby being born with problems requiring expensive medical treatment.A week in the Intensive Care Nursery at Children's Hospital costs as much as $5,600…

At least a dozen women have been victims of a man who snatches purses while driving around in stolen cars looking for targets, authorities said Monday.The thefts have occurred over the past two weeks, with the most recent attacks reported Monday, according to Lt. George Gasper, head of the Robbery Squad.A woman was accosted about 10 a.m. Monday on Herkimer Street, in …

The Buffalo police union has filed a formal complaint with the state, alleging that a series of transfers that took effect this morning violate the Police Benevolent Association contract.The union also plans to seek an injunction to halt the transfers, said PBA President Robert P. Meegan Jr.Police Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart Jr. was not immediately available to co…

A man stalked around Mayor Griffin's South Buffalo home around midnight today, then put a severed pig's head on the hood ornament of the mayor's 1988 Lincoln, police said.A police officer assigned to keep an eye on the mayor's house witnessed the incident and arrested the man at the scene, police said.Umberto J. Guzzo, 28, of 3081 Seaford Terrace, Hamburg, was charged…