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A Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to first-degree manslaughter in the death of a 3 1/2-month-old girl she was babysitting in February, according to the Niagara County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 31-year-old Samantha J. Klein faces a maximum 25 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision when she is sente…

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A Brant woman was sentenced Tuesday in State Supreme Court to serve six months in jail followed by five years of probation, following her guilty plea to first-degree vehicular assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that 26-year-old Kalah Schultz was driving on Route 438 on the Seneca Nation of Indians territory on Dec. 10, whe…

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A city employee who works to steer young people away from crime now faces sex charges himself involving a 17-year-old boy. Antwan K. Diggs, 50, was arrested by Buffalo police Tuesday morning and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident at a downtown hotel, according to court documents. Diggs was charged with first-degree criminal sex…

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Yuriy Bruks called 911 the morning his wife was found dead inside their Cheektowaga home on Aug. 4, prosecutors said. And it was not until the next day when an autopsy was performed that authorities realized Tetiana Bruks died of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and torso. In the meantime, Bruks was able to get back into his house to get his passport and laptop a…

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WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Chris Collins' guilty plea to two felony insider trading charges left him with one last-ditch hope: His friend in the White House could pardon him. Will he? Only President Trump – if he is even thinking about it – knows for sure. There's no doubt, though, that people in metro Buffalo are thinking about it, and there is no doubt that it's a…

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An Olean man was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve 188 months in prison, after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 30-year-old Jacob Tunison, in November 2018, used Facebook to communicate with a girl under the age of 16, and sent her numerous lewd images of himself. …

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It was a Saturday that seemed like any other when 6-month-old James R. "Tre" Weigand III settled into his Rock 'n Play Sleeper for a nap. But he never woke up. Tre died nearly two years ago because the Fisher-Price sleeper he was in was not safe for babies to sleep in, his father, James R. Weigand Jr., alleges in a lawsuit filed this week against Fisher-Price and its…

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A Chicago-based insurance company has launched an opening salvo in what are expected to be bruising legal battles between the Buffalo Diocese and its insurers over payouts on clergy sex abuse claims under the Child Victims Act and the legal costs of defending the diocese against the claims. Continental Insurance Company is arguing in court papers that insurance policies…

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A jury Thursday found a Town of Tonawanda man guilty of second-degree murder in the April shooting death of his domestic partner in their residence in the town's Sheridan Parkside neighborhood, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Mario Turner, 51, was originally charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon in the fa…

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WASHINGTON – The Democrat who narrowly lost to then-Rep. Chris Collins last November on Wednesday asked the judge in the former lawmaker's insider trading case to give him a tough sentence – and take back his congressional salary and pension. In a letter to U.S. Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick, Nate McMurray – who plans on running for Collins' open seat in an upcoming s…

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For nearly 30 consecutive years, Most Precious Blood Parish in Angola had priests accused of molesting boys assigned to work at the church and its elementary school. But lawsuits filed Tuesday allege a former female teacher, Dianna Vacco, sexually abused two girls who were in her Most Precious Blood School class decades ago. An Angola woman’s lawsuit accuses Vacco of…

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A Lancaster man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 23-year-old Joshua Levine faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Between June 2013 and March 23, 2017, Levine conspired with Robert Moore and others to distribute heroin in Buffalo and the surroundi…

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An Albion man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Andrew Campbell faces a maximum 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 29 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, the Orleans Cou…

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A Buffalo man who was convicted on a drug possession charge was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, followed by three years of post-release supervision, by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said parole officers caught 31-year-old Rodney Nevins Jr. with half an ounce of fentanyl, packaging m…