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Richard Watroba grew tired of waiting for leaders of the Buffalo Diocese to acknowledge they had protected the Rev. James E. McCarthy. He decided to force the issue earlier this month, filing a lawsuit that accuses McCarthy of sexually abusing him, beginning in 1973 when he was a 10-year-old altar boy. The suit claims the diocese hid McCarthy’s alleged abuses. “I wan…

Buffalo

Federal agents questioned people about political operative Maurice L. Garner, a longtime ally of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, in the days surrounding their raid of a City Hall office earlier this month. Two people who spoke to The Buffalo News on condition of anonymity said they were questioned by the FBI about Garner, the founder of the Grassroots political club. A…

Buffalo

The botched initial asbestos cleanup at the former AM&A's department store building downtown has drawn scrutiny from the FBI and other state and federal environmental regulators, according to documents and interviews with people familiar with the project. Six people familiar with a Chinese investment group's $70 million redevelopment of the 10-story complex say it has…

Crime

Douglas M. Milligan went into the Erie County Correctional Facility with two healthy feet. Eight days later, he had one good foot and one lopped in half. That's where Milligan begins his story about Sheriff Timothy B. Howard's medical team at the county-run lockup. In the 14 years Howard has run the Correctional Facility in Alden and the Holding Center in Buffalo,…

Amherst

Over the past two months, men and women filed 294 Child Victims Acts lawsuits in Western New York, alleging that they were molested as children by priests, teachers, school administrators or others. In more than two-thirds of those cases – 199 of them – the plaintiffs want their names to be kept secret. Those requests for anonymity have ignited a legal battle in Buff…

Local News

About two dozen Catholic Diocese of Buffalo priests removed from ministry due to child sex abuse complaints continue to collect a salary or pension from the diocese. Three of those suspended priests remain on the diocese’s payroll even though they haven’t functioned as clergy in more than 25 years, and six priests removed at least 15 years ago continue to get monetary s…

Buffalo

A Buffalo nursing home has been hit with a second fine for the same 2018 incident involving “actual harm” to a resident who was mistakenly given insulin. The state Health Department levied a $10,000 fine against Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disclosed it fined the facility $47,827…

Buffalo

Bishop Richard J. Malone faces a new normal when he heads out to functions for the Buffalo Diocese these days. Instead of the traditional deference given to bishops at such events, Malone gets a regular dose of defiance from a small, but persistent group of picketers critical of his handling of an unraveling clergy abuse scandal. Tensions between the protesters and t…

Local News

The Brooklyn bishop directed by the Vatican to investigate Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone’s handling of a sex abuse scandal has wrapped up interviews in the Buffalo area with nearly 80 people. The Brooklyn Diocese issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio concluded his Apostolic Visitation of the Buffalo Diocese. DiMarzio ma…

Courts

Michael Tatu felt some relief 51 years ago when the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits was transferred from St. John the Evangelist Church. Tatu said he grew fearful of Orsolits after the priest molested him at a drive-in theater when he was 14. But the priest who replaced Orsolits, the Rev. William F. J. White, turned out to be no better for Tatu. Tatu, 65, said White sexu…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese removed the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits from a South Buffalo Catholic parish in 1968, shortly after parents complained that Orsolits had molested a 14-year-old boy in the back seat of his car at a drive-in theater. But Orsolits quickly wound up in another Buffalo parish. And he went on to molest other boys across Western New York, according to severa…

Buffalo

A year after facing criticism over no-bid contracts and spending more than necessary on everything from floor tiles to rock salt, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is set to re-establish a centralized purchasing office. Employees have been selected and trained in federal procurement procedures in recent months for their new positions, which are aimed at reducing c…

Local News

Bob Dickie said he heard a "huge bang" as a portion of the ceiling in the state's new $25 million Western New York Welcome Center collapsed, nearly hitting him. He was heading home Monday morning to Plattsburgh from a weekend visit with his daughter in Youngstown when he stopped for a cup of coffee at the year-old center on Grand Island "because I thought it was beautif…

Buffalo

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…