This week's local crime and court updates from The Buffalo News.
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A man who pleaded guilty to killing a Niagara Falls woman and then sawing her body into pieces in 2015 was sentenced Thursday to serve 18 years to life in prison by Niagara County Court Judge John Ottaviano, according to the Niagara County District Attorney's Office.
A 17-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Niagara Falls girl has been indicted on murder, attempted robbery and weapon charges.
A team of investigators from the FBI's training and research center has canceled a visit to Buffalo intended to provide specialized assistance to the probe into a suspected firebombing at an anti-abortion center in Eggertsville, according to CompassCare's chief executive.
Police described the homicide as "an isolated incident" and said there was "no hazard to the public."
Prosecutors said Roldan-Pantojas, 22, is suspected in a shooting Aug. 19 in the 800 block of Prendergast Avenue that killed Jesus Batista Perez, 35, and wounded another man.
According to the report, several firearms, an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and suspected cocaine, fentanyl and crack cocaine were confiscated at three residences in Lockport.
A 40-year-old woman was struck in the leg by gunfire Tuesday while sitting inside a vehicle in the 200 block of South Division Street.
Amy Newman, the first woman hired by the Tonawanda Fire Department, has won a settlement with the city after she claimed she was unfairly fired when an on-duty injury left her unable to perform her job.
A 36-year-old Buffalo man was hospitalized following a shooting early Tuesday in the 300 block of Elmwood Avenue.
Victor P. Marinaccio, 64, was arraigned Tuesday in Erie County Court.
Officers responded to a call on Jefferson, between Broadway and William Street, shortly before 5:30 a.m., police said.
A ride share driver was arrested on numerous charges Monday after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop in the vicinity of 6700 Ward Road in Wheatfield, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.
A Lackawanna man who ran down another man with his SUV has pleaded guilty before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Givens to a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal incident.
A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to shooting two people in the city's Allentown neighborhood last year has received a determinate sentence of eight years in prison.
David Miszko, 44, has been charged with second-degree murder for the Sept. 13, 2020, fatal stabbing of Richard D'Andrea, 34. Prosecutors and defense attorneys delivered opening statements before State Supreme Court Justice Paul Wojtaszek, who is presiding over the trial.
The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Elsie, just north of East Ferry Street, near Jefferson Avenue.
Abouyea Thornton, 30, was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault, police said.
The jury acquitted Marshawn D. Levy of attempted murder, assault and gun possession charges, said Louis P. Violanti, one of Levy's defense attorneys.
Corey Flatau spoke recently for the first time publicly about his arrest.
The man was shot several times, detectives said, and arrived at the hospital in a civilian vehicle.
Maximo Gomez, a Cuban citizen, was in a taxicab and had been refused entry into Canada by the Canada Border Services Agency, according to Customs and Border Protection.
On Friday, Jared M. Adamski, 26, of Hamburg, who authorities say was the one who stabbed Benoit four times, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. He had been remanded in jail since his arrest in July.
Judge David W. Foley ordered the DA's office to provide Hadi Matar's defense team with names and contact information of witnesses whose identity they want to have shielded from Matar.
An 18-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with murder for his suspected role in a double slaying last month in a Town of Tonawanda apartment building, police reported Friday.
Victims’ attorneys signaled interest in six platforms they say played a role in the May 14 Tops massacre.
Samantha Tarczynski was fired from the town Sept. 22, 2021, after an investigation by Hamburg town police found probable cause that she misused a credit card.
Police said they weren't releasing the name of the suspect "at this time" and that the investigation was still ongoing. It was not clear whether the suspect was at large or in custody.
Judge David W. Foley on Wednesday granted prosecutors' request for a protective order that bars Hadi Matar's defense attorneys from sharing with him the names of civilian witnesses in the case, according to the District Attorney's Office.
James R. Kaska, 50, of Hamburg was arraigned on charges of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment before Hamburg Town Court Justice Carl W. Morgan.
A criminal conviction, even for a low-level marijuana crime, can be a barrier for people trying to find new housing, job or education, District Attorney John J. Flynn said.
The case against a 17-year-old in the McKinley High attack should be sent back to Erie County Family Court, his attorneys argue. Prosecutors say the case should remain in adult court because their evidence shows the suspect participated in an attack that "resulted in significant physical injury."
Eighteen years after a Jamestown mother of four was last seen alive, cold case investigators with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office are revisiting possible clues in her disappearance and death.