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A second allegation of sexual abuse of a child has been filed against a Catholic priest who was recently returned to ministry by the Buffalo Diocese after it ruled a prior complaint was unsubstantiated. The diocese allowed the Rev. Paul M. Nogaro to resume practicing as a priest on Jan. 17, after saying it was unable to substantiate the allegations made against him in a…

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NEW YORK – Stephen Zarsky grew up with an abusive father, but went on to lead an honorable life until a young man with a stock portfolio – the son of a congressman and boyfriend of Zarsky's daughter – suggested that he break the law. And now Zarsky is a troubled old man, too sick to go to prison. That's the portrait of Zarsky that emerged here Friday, via defense attorn…

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An 87-year-old Erie County man is suing the Buffalo Diocese, alleging that he was abused in the early 1940s by a Catholic priest and two nuns at a Catholic school in Silver Creek. The man claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Erie County State Supreme Court that Monsignor Edmund O’Connor and Sister Mary and Sister Veronica “engaged in unpermitted, forcible and harmful …

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On a frosty winter night 35 years ago, an off-duty New York State trooper struck up a conversation with 21-year-old Leichia Reilly in a popular West Seneca nightclub. Witnesses saw them walk out of the old Pierce Arrow nightclub together around 3 a.m., according to West Seneca police. The trooper, identified by police as Daniel D. Rose, walked back inside almost an h…

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Rickii Brown kissed her 2-year-old son goodbye when she left for work before 7 a.m. Jan. 7. On the phone, during her lunch break later that day, would be the last time she talked to him. A couple of hours later, Brown was holding the toddler's unconscious body in her arms. He wasn't breathing. Brown's boyfriend had told her she needed to come home because there was "som…

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A Buffalo father on a 5-year probation sentence in the 2018 fire death of his son has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to one year in jail for knowingly violating a non-offensive conduct order of protection in violation of the terms of his probation, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Joseph Conti,…

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A former Erie County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced late Thursday to 150 hours of community service for brutalizing a fan outside a Buffalo Bills game in December 2017. The sentence, a conditional discharge that includes no probation and no jail time, was announced by Judge Jorge S. de Rosas, who presided over a week-long trial that led to the conviction of Kenneth P. A…

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NEW YORK – U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick on Thursday faced the son of former Rep. Chris Collins in his Manhattan courtroom, and prepared to hand down a sentence in the insider trading scheme hatched by the former Congressman that ensnared the son. In making the decision to put Cameron Collins on probation and not behind bars, the judge found a precedent …

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Erie County prosecutors rested their case Thursday morning in the trial of Kenyatta E. Austin, the man accused of killing a grandmother and her 16-month-old grandson in a quadruple shooting on Grape Street in July 2018. The defense also rested its case without introducing any evidence or calling any witnesses. Closing arguments were scheduled for Friday morning in Austi…

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WASHINGTON – Not many 24-year-olds have big money invested in an obscure Australian biotech firm, but Cameron Collins – son of former Rep. Chris Collins – did. And on the afternoon before sentencing the younger Collins on a felony insider trading charge, the judge asked prosecutors and defense lawyers whether Cameron's shares of Innate Immunotherapeutics stock were real…

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and some of his deputies are asking a judge to go easy in sentencing Kenneth P. Achtyl, the former deputy who broke the nose of the Buffalo Bills fan who swore at him and then lied about the arrest in official documents. They have written to Jorge S. de Rosas, the Orchard Park town justice who will announce his punishment against Ac…

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A Buffalo priest who was accused in a Child Victims Act lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy in the 1980s is firing back with a lawsuit of his own that alleges his accuser lied about the abuse and slandered the priest. The Rev. Roy T. Herberger, former longtime pastor of SS. Columba & Brigid Church, filed the defamation suit Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Erie Count…

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WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors say Stephen Zarsky, the New Jersey man who took part in then-Rep. Chris Collins' insider trading scheme, deserves "a substantial term of incarceration," although not one as long as the 26 months a judge gave to the former congressman last week. "The need to provide a just punishment for the offense counsels in favor of a substantial term…

Cheektowaga

A West Falls man has pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to one count of forcible touching, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that 54-year-old Andrew Amato admitted that late in the evening on Nov. 14, 2014, and into the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2014, he intentionally and forcibly touched a woman in…