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The lifelong impacts of childhood sexual abuse will be the topic of a public forum from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Child Advocacy Center, 768 Delaware Ave. The event, "Enlighten & Empower: An Evening with Survivors," is sponsored by the Buffalo Survivors Group, formed by five men who have filed lawsuits under the Child Victims Act alleging sexual abuse by Buffalo D…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man who fled the scene of a high-speed, hit-and-run crash that injured another driver pleaded guilty to assault charges Monday afternoon, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Larry Jones, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Jones pleaded guilty to the highest c…

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Four people have been arrested in connection with a noontime robbery Monday at the downtown M&T Bank branch in the 1800 block of Main Street, Buffalo police said. Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said a suspect entered the bank, demanded cash and left with an undisclosed amount of money. A short time later, officers brought in four persons of interest for questi…

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A Silver Creek man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop by Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies Sunday. Deputies said 48-year-old Thomas Fleissner was additionally charged with DWI with a blood alcohol content of 0.8% or higher, failure to stop at a stop sign and speeding. Fleissner was taken into custody and transported to the Hanover subs…

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Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Forestville man in connection with a string of reported burglaries that occurred in November and December in Ripley, Pomfret and Gerry. After an extensive investigation of the burglaries, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said it determined that 51-year-old Gary Lang, of Forestville – which is a hamlet in Hanover…

Amherst

Three Chilean nationals were arrested Saturday in connection with a string of recent burglaries in East Amherst, according to the Amherst Police Department. Christian Antonio Rodriguez Gonzalez, 35; Hector Rene, 36; and Angelica Marie Rivera Perez, 27, were charged with "numerous felony charges" and were held pending arraignment, police said. According to officials, the…

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A 30-year-old Buffalo man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a woman whose body was found Saturday afternoon near the Central Terminal, Buffalo police announced Monday. At about 12:45 p.m., a passerby alerted police to a body on Paderewski Drive. The victim has been identified as Marguerite Reading, 53, of Buffalo. Police said she had been stabbed. The suspec…

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The Batavia Police Department is seeking a man who stole a cable company van late Saturday night, sped away from police and drove through a block of backyards before fleeing officers on foot. Batavia police said they are working with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office to confirm the identity of the suspect, who is responsible for property damage to several houses and v…

Buffalo

A gym teacher who left a Catholic school in South Buffalo in the 1960s after being accused of molesting a boy moved to another parochial school a mile away, according to the plaintiff in a recent lawsuit filed against the Buffalo Diocese. John Maloney of West Seneca said Robert F. “Ollie” Weber left St. Thomas Aquinas parochial school shortly after his parents complaine…

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Even before she took the witness stand, Bill Cosby's lawyers sought to silence Dr. Veronique N. Valliere. They tried to bar her from testifying at Cosby's sexual assault trial, but the Pennsylvania judge overseeing the case ruled against them. In the end, the psychologist took the stand to talk about the behavior of sexual assault victims and why Cosby's victim maint…

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NEW YORK – Chris Collins, who once bragged about how many millionaires he made in Buffalo, ended up making three felons on a summer night in 2017: two in New Jersey and one, himself, on the White House lawn. With cameras all around and a smoking gun called a cellphone in hand, Collins – then a candidate for a top job in the Trump White House – made a call that ensnared …

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A Buffalo man was shot just after 5 p.m. Saturday night on the Upper West Side. Buffalo police said the 23-year-old man was shot near Herkimer Street and West Delavan Avenue. Police did not release his name. The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The matter remains under investigation. Anyone with informati…

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A Jamestown man was found lying in the street next to his car after being repeatedly shot Saturday night. He is believed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting. According to Jamestown police, the victim was believed to be driving on Hazzard Street near Newland Avenue at 10:43 p.m. when another car, possibly a dark-colored sedan, pulled alongside. A person in the second…

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A former custodian at Lafayette High School is being accused of sexually assaulting a female student more than 100 times during the course of her high school career – all while on school grounds. In addition, shortly after the girl graduated, she saw the man one day while outside the school on the West Side, where he apologized to her for his past actions. Then, acco…