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Two-and-a-half-year-old Xavion Hazzard woke up every day scared of being beaten by his mother and her boyfriend in their Buffalo apartment, according to prosecutors. After Xavion was killed last July, the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office found 81 bruises on his head and torso. That figure didn’t include injuries found on the toddler’s arms and legs. Up until la…

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The man suing the City of Buffalo and police after an altercation with a security guard and an arrest in a downtown coffee shop last summer alleges he was tied to a chair and deprived of food and water for 24 hours while held by authorities, according to new court documents. Darryl Mingo has alleged he was restrained and not allowed to use the restroom from the time whe…

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A black man arrested last summer after a physical altercation with a white security guard in a downtown coffee shop has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he was the victim of racial discrimination and other civil rights violations. The incident, which was captured on video viewed widely on Facebook, resulted in charges against Darryl Mingo of Buffalo. The charges…

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A man pleaded guilty Monday in Erie County Court to stealing $32,550 from the Boys and Girls Club of Western New York, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Vern Lockridge, 44, who was in business as Close2daedge Technology Inc., admitted he failed to supply the organization with 42 laptops as part of a state grant awarded to the club, prosecutors said in a n…

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An Erie County jury found a Lackawanna man guilty of attacking his pregnant wife, according to the county District Attorney's Office. Ghanem AbuGhanem, 33, was found guilty Monday of strangling and assaulting the victim after an argument in their home on July 18, 2017, prosecutors said. After a six-day trial and an hour of jury deliberations, AbuGhanem was found guil…

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A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in last year's fatal beating and stabbing of a 58-year-old man on West Ferry Street, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Romaine Jirdon, 20, admitted in Erie County Court to killing Thomas D. Heath in Heath's apartment on Nov. 17, 2017, prosecutors said. Heath was the stepgrandfather…

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Maybe a decade ago, John Hurley asked John Zeis for a favor. Zeis teaches philosophy at Canisius College. Hurley, now president of Canisius, was a high-ranking college administrator. Hurley told Zeis there was an alumnus, a guy in his 80s, who wanted to sit in on a philosophy class. Zeis suggested a 200 level course, one essentially built for sophomores, that met in …