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Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead th…

A Buffalo woman who reportedly had been banned from Fashion Outlets Mall was arrested recently and accused of stealing two dozen items from the mall’s Gap outlet store, Town of Niagara Police reported. Brianna T. Whittaker, 23, who police said had been ordered not to enter the mall for five years after a 2017 shoplifting incident, was charged with third-degree burglary,…

A resident of the Heritage Manor assisted living facility in Ransomville was arrested recently after allegedly attacking and choking an administrator of the facility, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Christopher J. Golda, 59, was arrested at the Ransomville Road facility on May 7, according to reports, and was charged with harassment and criminal obstruction of b…

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Niagara County sheriff's investigators reported that they are working with Child Protective Services in trying to determine how a 10-month-old girl suffered fractures to both of her legs and two fingers recently. The baby's mother, a resident of New Road in Wilson, first took her to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo on May 5 after noticing that she was favoring her …

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office says a Buffalo police officer can't be trusted and prosecutors are now weighing what to do with up to 30 criminal cases in which Officer Joseph Hassett was a potential witness. District Attorney John J. Flynn last month informed Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood that the District Attorney's Office won't call Hassett as…

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A woman who accepted a ride from two strangers after having car trouble told Buffalo police she was sexually assaulted in their vehicle and later in a house by a larger group of men. The incident began Thursday or early Friday when the woman stopped at a gas station to check her malfunctioning vehicle, police reported. She left the vehicle there and started walking away…

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A 29-year-old University District man is accused of exposing himself to customers at a gas station, threatening an employee at another shop and spitting on and shouting vulgarities at the officers who arrested him Friday in the city's Kensington neighborhood. Buffalo police say Jemere Q. Minnifield, of Lasalle Avenue, was spotted by officers aggressively panhandling at …

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An active member of the Amherst Democratic Party and the local Indian American community reported receiving a vulgar note objecting to his ethnicity and political leanings. Sibu Nair, campaign manager for an Erie County Legislature candidate, told police he found the note in his Eggertsville mailbox April 22 and friends encouraged him to report it. "Take your brown a…

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Demian P. Hernandez of Niagara Falls on Friday agreed to serve four years in state prison for raping a woman in the Falls last year. Hernandez, 31, of Michigan Avenue, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act in connection with the March 22, 2018, attack. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. agreed to the sentence, and Niag…

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A 25-year-old Buffalo woman was found guilty Friday of first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 30 stabbing death of her 20-year-old boyfriend following a four-day trial, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. A jury in State Supreme Court determined that Taylor Partlow stabbed Miguel Wyatt of West Seneca multiple times in the chest during an early morni…

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When police officers approach a car they've just pulled over, the smell can be instantly recognizable – marijuana. It’s that particular odor that law enforcement here and across the country often cite as a reason to search the vehicle. Sometimes officers just find a small amount – a joint or a baggie – and sometimes they find other drugs and even guns that help them …

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A Wyoming County man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Kory Doyle, of Warsaw, faces a maximum 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 15 before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. State Police executed a search warrant in…

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A Buffalo man who was convicted of cyberstalking the mother of his children has been sentenced to a 41-month prison sentence by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that between Jan. 25, 2018, and Feb. 19, 2018, Mark Bieniek, 45, violated an order of protection by sending several hundred harassing and threateni…

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A Hamburg police captain has been suspended after he was arrested following a domestic disturbance at his home last weekend. Capt. Christopher P. Monaco, 42, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, according to court records. The incident occurred about 11:27 p.m. May 11, according to a court complaint filed by Capt. James J. Koch. …