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The botched initial asbestos cleanup at the former AM&A's department store building downtown has drawn scrutiny from the FBI and other state and federal environmental regulators, according to documents and interviews with people familiar with the project. Six people familiar with a Chinese investment group's $70 million redevelopment of the 10-story complex say it has…

Buffalo

The reward for information about the killing of a mother in the Town of Tonawanda has more than tripled to a total of $25,000. The FBI announced today it was contributing $17,500 to the existing $7,500 Buffalo Crime Stoppers reward offer in connection with the Danielle Cretacci murder investigation. The announcement was made Friday afternoon at a joint press conference …

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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…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man admitted to ramming his car into the gates of Buffalo's FBI office in a 2017 incident that cost over $100,000 in damage, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York announced Wednesday. Robert Lowe, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to depredation of government property. The charge carries a maximum of one year in p…

Buffalo

Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan has sold the Cheektowaga property containing the area's first Chick-fil-A restaurant, reaping $2.825 million in cash from the deal. Morgan — through Morgan Cheektowaga LLC — sold the restaurant at 1753 Walden Ave. to Bruce 5 LLC, which is controlled by Bernadette O'Connor of Long Island City in Queens. Located just west of the Wal…

Watchdog

Mike Donoghue has known Rochester developer Robert Morgan for more than a decade, as a personal friend and a partner in a relocation business. So it was only natural five years ago for the owner and president of Rochester-based Premium Mortgage to put $500,000 of his own money into investment funds that Morgan had just started. "I knew he had funds, and I asked if I co…

Business

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to seize two Buffalo apartment complexes as part of its criminal case against Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan and three other defendants. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to freeze Morgan's assets — including an investment fund that holds a loan for Morgan's interest in a redevelopment project at Gates Circle. One com…

Crime

DNA evidence helped lead law enforcement to an indictment of a Buffalo man in a home invasion of an elderly Tonawanda couple, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Todd Laraba, 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced. …

Crime

Federal marshals Sunday afternoon recaptured the man accused last year of placing three fake pipe bombs outside a police station and a post office in South Buffalo, after he escaped this weekend from the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James J. Timpanaro was caught by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Dodge Street in Buffalo at about 3 p.m., o…

Crime

Niagara County investigators have not found anything in a Packard Court apartment to explain why several FBI agents got sick after conducting a raid there, but are still waiting for lab results that could give them some answers, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Thursday. Voutour said the hazmat team that went into the apartment on Pine Avenue on Wednesday fo…

Crime

A Niagara County hazmat team and police from at least two agencies swarmed a unit at the Packard Court Apartments in Niagara Falls Wednesday after several members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force got sick in the wake of a Dec. 14 raid that resulted in the arrest of the occupant for possessing drugs, firearms and improvised explosives. Niagara County sheriff's dep…

Courts

The man charged with planting three fake pipe bombs outside two buildings in South Buffalo in October has been accepted into a long-term treatment program. After initially having turned him down, the Department of Veterans Affairs has accepted James J. Timpanaro, 54, into a program that involves inpatient and assisted-living components, said Fonda Dawn Kubiak, his feder…