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Yuriy Bruks fled to Mexico within days after his wife was found beaten to death in their Cheektowaga home two months ago, according to prosecutors. Then, over the weekend, federal authorities learned he had booked a flight from Mexico City to Turkey with a layover in Cancun. That's where U.S. Marshals took him into custody Saturday. Tuesday morning, Bruks, wearing an…

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A week before police bagged him, the man investigators suspect of covering parts of his body in paper or plastic bags during a trio of robberies in Niagara Falls got released from prison. Andrew J. Patterson, who was arrested Wednesday night, was paroled Oct. 2, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Patterson was sentenced in May 20…

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A 6-year-old boy was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed on Purdy Street, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said. The boy's 33-year-old mother was taken into police custody, Rinaldo said. The child suffered what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. He had stab wounds and slash wounds to his torso and arms. The…

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Crime Stoppers Buffalo has offered up to a $7,500 reward, for information about a fatal shooting in the summer of 2018. Kevon Walker, 28, of Buffalo, was killed July 31 on Wilkes Avenue, a street that runs off East Delavan Avenue five blocks west of the Cheektowaga border. The shooting happened at about 12:45 a.m. and Walker was pronounced dead at Erie County Med…

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A reward of up to $7,500 is offered for information about a summer homicide of a 16-year-old in Buffalo. Anthony L. Douglas III was shot shortly after 7:30 p.m. June 28 on Oakmont Avenue, near Sun Street, in the Kenfield-Langfield Homes, police have said. Douglas was attending a graduation party and was shot following what police said was some type of altercation…

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An Allegany County man was charged Saturday with six drug felonies after police executed a warrant, according to State Police. Troopers charged Jeffrey D. Hollister, 37, who was arrested at a residence on Higby Road in the Town of Cuba, the agency said in a news release. Hollister was charged with three counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance a…

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A coffee shop near D'Youville College was the target of a break-in early Friday, according to Buffalo police. Tipico Coffee, 128 Fargo Ave. at Jersey Street, reported someone broke a glass pane door between midnight and 5:30 a.m., causing $1,000 in damage. The coffee shop reported the burglar appeared to have rifled through the cash register and taken a small amount …

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Two suspects are being sought in connection with a shooting incident in which six people were wounded early Sunday in downtown St. Catharines, Ont., Niagara Regional Police reported Sunday night. Police described them as two black men, one in his 20s, the other of an unknown age, and said they should be considered armed and dangerous. Police released a surveillance phot…

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A 21-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man died after they were shot early Friday on Merrimac Street, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. The shooting happened at about 2:15 a.m. at 93 Merrimac St., between Cornell and Bruce streets, west of Main Street. The victims, who lived in the lower apartment of the two-unit residence, each were shot once, spokesman Michae…

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The fatal stabbing of a woman at the McKinley Mall Wednesday is not the first time the suspect, Keith R. Sparks, has been accused of acting violently toward a woman with whom he previously had a romantic relationship. In January 2010, a woman who already had an order of protection against Sparks, accused him of threatening to kill her, according to a Buffalo police repo…

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Human remains were found Wednesday at a home on Box Avenue where FBI personnel had been investigating, according to a source familiar with the matter. The remains of at least one person were found in a fire pit at the home, according to the source. Investigators discovered the human bones after federal authorities executed a warrant related to a narcotics investigati…

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A man was in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center Wednesday morning after he was beaten by a trio of attackers Tuesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The attack happened at about 6:20 p.m. in the Towne Gardens Housing Complex on Clinton Street near Jefferson Avenue. Three men assaulted the man, who suffered a broken jaw and bleeding on the br…

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Two people were arrested Tuesday night after police were called for a large gathering outside a Niagara Falls funeral home, according to a police report. Police received a complaint at about 5:20 p.m. that several motorcyclists, ATV operators and dirt bike riders who assembled outside Zajac Funeral Home on 24th Street were "doing wheelies and burnouts," according to the…

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Two women were struck by gunfire early Sunday in the 600 block of East Utica Street. The women – a 34-year-old from the city and a 21-year-old from the Town of Tonawanda – were shot about 2:40 a.m. during a large gathering, police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said in a news release. Both were taken to Erie County Medical Center, where the older woman was in stable cond…

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Buffalo police early Saturday charged a man in connection with a June shooting on the West Side, according to a police report. Hassan D. Lester, 29, was arrested at about 1:40 a.m. on Grant Street in connection with a June 10 incident near Grant and Auburn Avenue, according to the report. In that incident, the victim told police a man fired multiple gunshots at him. …