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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 …

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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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A Niagara Falls man told police a man with a shotgun tried to carjack him early Wednesday morning on Falls Street, according to a police report. The victim told police he left an apartment on Falls Street between 24th and 25th streets just before 12:30 a.m. when a man followed him to his car and pointed a shotgun at his head, according to the report. The gunman told …

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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…

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A Lockport man faces multiple criminal charges after recklessly driving a stolen car — in the parking lot of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Sincere E. Wiley, 27, was observed driving a green 2002 GMC Envoy “in a reckless manner” shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, and failed to stop when a deputy signaled him to do so. Instead, deputies reported, Wiley led them on a…

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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…

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A teacher in Allegany County has been accused of exchanging inappropriate text messages with a 15-year-old student, according to the State Police. Christopher A. Enlow, a teacher in Belfast Central Schools, was charged Friday after troopers were called on Sunday to investigate a possible relationship between a teacher and a student, state police said in a news release. …

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A call to police about a man with a gun inside a Niagara Street bar ended with officers recovering a stolen handgun from inside a car on Ferry Avenue, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Police were called just after midnight Thursday morning to Players bar where a man was reported to be displaying a gun inside. On their way to the scene, police were told the…

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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 …

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A former University at Buffalo student has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash in November on the school's North Campus that critically injured a student, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Hannah Christensen, 20, of Clifton Park, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, a misdemeanor, the Distr…

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The driver who crashed through the front door of a house on Knox Road in East Aurora early Tuesday morning was being followed by a police officer who was trying to pull him over, according to East Aurora police. The crash, which involved a seminarian at Christ the King seminary, happened at a curve on Knox Road less than a quarter-mile from the seminary's driveway, East…