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A murder trial in Buffalo ended in a mistrial this week after a judge determined there was juror misconduct. Prosecutors will retry the case against Lemuele Jackson, accused in a double-shooting in August that killed a 26-year-old mother of two. The juror went online to obtain information from the Erie County District Attorney's website along with media reports with …

Crime

A 24-year-old Black Rock man was arrested Wednesday morning after a bullet was fired into a town house on South Division Street with six people inside, including three children and a teenager, according to a Buffalo police report. Officers determined the gun was fired from inside an adjoining residence on South Division, between Hickory and Pine streets, at about 11:50 …

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Luis E. Lopez-Rivera refused to walk into court Monday morning for his scheduled sentencing. The man convicted earlier this year of killing his aunt said he wanted a new lawyer, his case to be heard in a new court and a new investigation to find the real killer. So as he stood a couple of steps outside a side door to the downtown courtroom, State Supreme Court Justic…

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Melissa Bridges says she can’t forgive her daughter’s killer. At least not yet. In a downtown courtroom Monday morning, Bridges stood several feet from Areyona Favors, the 19-year-old who previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of Bridges’ daughter, Na’Kara Morgan. Bridges, reading from a letter she wrote to State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michal…

Buffalo

Buffalo drivers have gotten a lot of tickets for tinted windows. From 2014 through 2017, officers in the Buffalo Police Department issued tinted-window tickets more often than any other traffic citation, according to a Buffalo News analysis of data from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. In fact, city officers in recent years wrote citations for illegally darken…

Crime

The State Health Department is investigating an incident of alleged sexual abuse at Erie County Medical Center for which a patient was arrested this week. A 26-year-old Buffalo man, who was a patient in the hospital's emergency psychiatric unit, has been charged with sexually abusing a female patient in a wheelchair who suffers from dementia, according to a Buffalo poli…

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A Buffalo man was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with falsely reporting seven shootings over a five-and-a-half hour period, according to a police report. Cornell Smith, 53, faces seven misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident. Smith is accused of calling police on "disposable" cellphones to report shootings at three addresses on Northland Avenue a…

Crime

The city's latest homicide victim died after being shot several times on the porch of his Cornwall Avenue home, according to Buffalo police. Percy L. Scott, 49, was found dead Wednesday night after police received a 911 call about a shooting at about 8:20 p.m. on Cornwall, near Scajaquada Street, police said Thursday. Police have not disclosed any potential motive or…

Buffalo

The death of a man found April 30 in a home on Minnesota Avenue has been ruled a homicide, Buffalo police said Thursday. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, died of blunt force trauma, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said. A police spokesman previously said officers responded to a rescue call in the first block of Minnesota at about 6:30 p.m. where a …

Crime

A male patient in Erie County Medical Center's emergency psychiatric unit has been charged with sexually abusing a female patient in a wheelchair who suffers from dementia, according to a Buffalo police report. The male patient, identified in a police report and court records as Dorian Harold, has been accused of fondling the victim and forcing her to touch his genitals…

Crime

A 49-year-old man was killed in a shooting Wednesday night in the first block of Cornwall Avenue, near Scajaquada Street, according to a Buffalo Police Department spokesman. The man was declared dead at the scene, police department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Thursday morning. Police said the incident occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Buffalo Police…

Crime

Buffalo Police are looking for a man who escaped from custody at about 3 p.m. Wednesday near the E District station on Bailey Avenue. Police said 21-year-old Joshua Wilson is black, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 180 pounds. Wilson was last seen wearing a black Champion sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers, according to police. He was being taken into custod…

Local News

A Buffalo man faces two first-degree rape charges after he was accused of attacking a woman in an apartment in the city's Riverside neighborhood. Bryam Bassett, 28, was accused of raping a woman twice Monday in a Shaffer Village apartment on Isabelle Street, according to a Buffalo police report. Bassett was accused of beating the woman and then raping her twice withi…

Crime

Two women are due in Buffalo City Court May 13 after being charged with attempting to injure police officers by allegedly letting a pit bull loose. Officers shot and killed the pit bull, which they said was acting aggressively, after it was let out of a home on Lasalle Avenue on the evening of April 27, according to a Buffalo police report. The officers were there in…

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A woman hid in a clothing rack inside the Target store in North Buffalo until after it closed Wednesday night and tried to steal merchandise, according to a Buffalo police report. The woman emerged from the rack after the Delaware Avenue store closed but exited the store when confronted by an employee, according to the report. Security personnel told police officers …