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A 28-year-old Buffalo man was charged with one count of second-degree murder on Friday before Erie County Court Judge Christopher J. Burns. Quinton Turner allegedly stabbed Ronald Green six times on the morning of Jan. 5, at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street. The defendant then fled to North Carolina where he was located by the U.S. Marshals Servic…

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The jury in Joseph H. Belstadt's murder trial next month will be allowed to hear evidence that Belstadt crashed his car head-on into a van without braking the day Mandy Steingasser's body was found in 1993. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said Friday that she won't allow prosecutors to talk about Belstadt driving into a ditch the week after the 17-year-old North Tonaw…

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Late on the night of Oct. 8, 2019, Zakiyyah M. Wolfford was acting erratically outside her home on Purdy Street. She went to Erie County Medical Center but was released. The following morning, police and prosecutors say, Wolfford stabbed her 6-year-old son six times with a steak knife in their upstairs apartment. Neighbors intervened, called 911 and when police arrived,…

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A Brooklyn man who was apprehended at the Peace Bridge and held at the Erie County Holding Center for criminal charges in Pennsylvania before the charges were dropped is under voluntary quarantine at the Erie County Health Department as a "medium risk" for exposure to the coronavirus. A health department spokesman said the department was not commenting on the dispositio…

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The late R&B singer Rick James was accused in a Child Victims Act lawsuit of raping a 15-year-old girl at a group home for troubled youths in Buffalo in 1979, shortly after he became a star. The unidentified plaintiff's lawsuit, seeking $50 million in damages, was filed Thursday against Rick James through the James Ambrose Johnson Jr. 1999 Trust, a trust in Valencia…

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Robert Canelario, who stabbed his neighbor multiple times in the torso following a Sept. 4 argument, pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court. Canelario, 49, of Fifth Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault in exchange for a promise from Judge Sara Sheldon to sentence him to no more than 10 years in prison when he is …

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The Niagara Falls Police Department is trying to locate a Buffalo woman who allegedly abandoned her infant next to an ice machine in the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel last month. Police said that Sherone Littleton, 28, left her infant at the hotel on Jan. 31. She is facing felony charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and abandonment of a child, in addition to a mi…

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A Niagara Falls woman was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her part in a cocaine ring. Chief U. S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. sentenced Tammy Hoover, 41, after she was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. Hoover agreed t…

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Niagara University canceled all classes Thursday, one day after officials discovered the school was the victim of a ransomware attack. Spokesman Thomas J. Burns said the university learned late Wednesday that some of the school's email servers were encrypted by ransomware. "University staff are currently working with a third party vendor to understand the nature and …

City of Tonawanda

After City of Tonawanda Police responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a guardrail in a shopping plaza, they pulled over a car driven by a 72-year-old Tonawanda man. When an officer asked the driver if he had been drinking, police said that the man responded, "Yes, a lot!" Joel R. Palma was arrested at around 7 p.m. Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicate…

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A Brooklyn man deemed at "medium risk" for the coronavirus after he was taken into custody at the Peace Bridge Wednesday on a warrant out of Pennsylvania was expected to be driven to Chester County, Pa., as soon as possible. The man, identified as Kevin Qiu, 42, of Brooklyn, was attempting to enter after returning from a trip to China, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howar…

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The threats against investigative reporter Charlie Specht were both un-Christian and un-American, according to Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. Scharfenberger, in a statement today, stopped short of mentioning Specht by name but said the Catholic Church needs to withstand the media attention that has grown out of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. The statement came ju…

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No charges have been filed in the blockade of a Niagara Falls school bus by three carloads of adults Jan. 28, and the case is considered closed, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Thomas J. Licata said. "I don't think anybody came forward and wanted to press charges," Licata said. According to School Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie, who reviewed video from a bus secu…

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A former professor at Christ the King Seminary is facing charges that he stalked a television reporter investigating the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. Federal prosecutors claim Paul E. Lubienecki engaged in a campaign of intimidation that included death threats against the journalist, who was unnamed in court documents. WKBW-TV identified its reporter Charlie Specht as t…

Clarence

A Buffalo man was arrested Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Clarence after investigators traced smashed pieces of the suspect's car back to the alleged driver. Dionte Heath, 23, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury for the December 2019 incident at Main Street and Shimerville Road, the Erie County Sheriff's Of…