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A Buffalo man was acquitted Monday by an Erie County Court jury of second-degree murder in an early morning fatal stabbing that occurred Aug. 22, 2018, in the 400 block of Seventh Street on Buffalo's West Side, according to his attorney. Attorney Paul Dell said his client, 26-year-old Edwin Vazquez, of Buffalo, was cleared in the murder of 47-year-old Manuel Medina, who…

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A Cheektowaga man arrested for speeding through a crash scene and nearly injuring a police officer has pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to first-degree reckless endangerment, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 39-year-old Scott Nowak pleaded guilty Friday to the highest count in the indictment against him.…

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A Town of Tonawanda paramedic was arraigned Tuesday before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes on an indictment charging him with one felony count each of third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 52-year-old Jon Cinelli, of Grand Island, also was cha…

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A Buffalo man accused of sexually attacking a woman inside a Riverside apartment in the spring has been arraigned in Erie County Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said an indictment charged 28-year-old Bryam Bassett with two counts of predatory sexual assault and two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, according to the…

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A Buffalo man whose trial on murder, attempted murder and weapons charges ended with a mistrial in May due to juror misconduct is scheduled to be tried again in October. Jury selection will begin Oct. 16 in Lemuele T. Jackson's new murder trial, the judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys decided in Erie County Court on Monday. Jackson, 32, has been accused of a…

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The family of Rachael Wierzbicki was incensed when her alleged killer was freed on bail. If Shane Casado's new attorneys have their way, Casado will again be out of jail. Defense lawyers will make the application at the motion return date of July 29, defense attorney Teo X. Siguenza said during a pretrial hearing Tuesday morning before State Supreme Court Justice Joh…

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A Buffalo man has admitted guilt in connection to injuring his 2-month-old daughter in the fall of 2017, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 18-year-old Ziaire Davis pleaded guilty Monday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to first-degree assault, a violent felony and the highest charge in the indictment against him. Davi…

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An Amherst man pleaded guilty Thursday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of course of sexual conduct against a child, a violent felony, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 65-year-old Anthony Mendola admitted to engaging in a course of sexual conduct over a period of time between 2015 and 2017, which included c…

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A 30-year-old Buffalo man has admitted having sexual contact with a child younger than 11 years old, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Matthew Negroni Sr. pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class B felony. Negroni admitted to at least one act of oral sexual conduct over a period of time …

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An Erie County jury Friday found a Buffalo man guilty of first-degree manslaughter in a fatal shooting last summer on the Thruway, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that on July 9, 22-year-old Juan Colon fatally shot 26-year-old Angel Marcial Jr., of Buffalo, as he was driving on the I-190 North, near the Niagara Street exit, in B…

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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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A Buffalo man accused of killing his mother two days before Christmas was arraigned on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Gus D. Oldham, 39, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan. He was also indicted on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Oldham…

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A Lackawanna man pleaded guilty Monday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with a nonfatal shooting in 2018, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, on May 3, 23-year-old Decarrio Sanders shot another man with a shortened, double-barrel…

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A Buffalo man was found guilty by an Erie County jury Friday of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June 29 shooting on Burgard Place in Buffalo, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 22-year-old James Taylor, who remains held without bail, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when sentenced March 25 by…

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A Buffalo woman who admitted to coercing four teenage boys to commit five bank robberies on her behalf pleaded guilty in Erie County Court Friday to five counts of third-degree robbery, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 25-year-old Alexis Rose admitted that between Aug. 21 and Sept. 27, 2017, she supplied the boys — who ranged in …