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The number of dead people connected to Charles L. Jones keeps growing. The death last year of Jones' 10-month-old daughter is receiving renewed scrutiny from Buffalo police and Erie County prosecutors after Jones was charged with killing the girl's mother and police found the body of Jones' mother inside a Jefferson Avenue apartment last week. So far, Jones faces cri…

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The body of a woman who died from "sharp object wounds" has been identified as Alethia Atwood Williams, the 52-year-old mother of Charles Jones, who has been charged in the July 18 fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend, Buffalo police officials said Monday. Williams' remains were found inside a closet in her Jefferson Avenue apartment Friday, following a three-hour stando…

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Tetiana and Yuriy Bruks got married in their native Ukraine, came to the United States and made their home in Western New York. Yuriy Bruks bought a house in Buffalo in 2012 and the couple bought a home in Cheektowaga last October. "They always seemed to be like normal couple," said Andrii Prybilskyi, a close friend who met the couple in 2012. "I know 100% Yuriy love…

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A 15-year-old boy from Niagara Falls was identified as the victim of a fatal shooting Tuesday near Jewett Avenue and Holden Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. Police have not released his name. The shooting happened just east of Fillmore Avenue shortly before 9:45 p.m. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the spokesma…

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The discovery of a deceased man's body early Tuesday in the first block of Oberlin Avenue has been ruled a homicide, according to Buffalo police. Medical examiners have determined that the 29-year-old Buffalo man died from a gunshot wound, police added. Police did not release any additional identifying information about the man Wednesday. The body was found at abo…

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A new effort to get a man facing a murder charge released on bail failed Monday. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski rejected a bid from new lawyers for Shane X. Casado, who has been charged with killing his girlfriend, Rachael Wierzbicki, in South Buffalo in November. In March, Casado was released on bail by Michalski – a move the judge rescinded nine days…

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A Buffalo man was indicted on murder and weapons charges Wednesday in a December 2018 homicide on the East Side, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced. Frank Nelson III, 36, also known as “Nitty,” was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on an indictment charging him with one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree cr…

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The repeated beatings came during the last 10 to 12 hours of Xavion Hazzard’s life, according to prosecutors. The 2½-year-old boy, who weighed only 21 pounds, was beaten once for bothering his little sister. Another time, he was beaten because he wasn’t eating properly, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said. The 81 bruises to his head and torso – some o…

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The 31-year-old woman killed in a shooting near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border over the weekend has been identified as Jasmine Harrison of Buffalo, police said Monday. Harrison was shot just before 11 p.m. Saturday on Eller Avenue. She died early Sunday, a police spokesman previously said. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call or text the depa…

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Buffalo Police are investigating the city's first homicide of 2019. Buffalo Police say Buffalo's Frank Navaroli, 27, died as a result of gunshot wounds prior to a car accident in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. Police say that emergency responders were called to a motor vehicle accident on Franklin Street, near Allen Street, at around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Nav…

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A 28-year-old man has died after being shot Tuesday on Wyoming Avenue, Buffalo police said. The man, whose name has not been released, was shot shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Wyoming, between East Delavan and Northland avenues. He was driven in a private vehicle several blocks to Erie County Medical Center with what police initially described as serious injuries. Police…

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Brendan Biggane remembers the day Rachael Wierzbicki and her family were having a meal at the Byrd House he co-owns in Orchard Park. "She came bombing up to me and said 'My name is Rachael and I want to work here,' " he said. "She had experience and I hired her. She became a part of our family here in a very short period of time." Wierzbicki , 22, had worked for the …

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A 24-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend late Tuesday night in South Buffalo, according to police. Rachael Wierzbicki, 22, was shot just after 10:30 p.m. outside a home in the first block of Edson Street in South Buffalo, according to prosecutors. Wierzbicki was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where she was pronounced de…

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The owner of a Niagara Falls convenience store was killed Wednesday night after he was shot during an apparent robbery, city police said. Ahmad "Poppy" Alsaid, owner of the Bridgeway Market, 1102 Niagara St., died in Erie County Medical Center hours after he was shot in his store around 7:30 p.m., according to Niagara Falls police. In an apparently related incident, …

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The body of a dead man discovered Tuesday afternoon in his apartment in the 900 block of Main Street has been ruled a homicide, according to Buffalo Police. The identity of the 66-year-old man has not been released. His body was found just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Police asked anyone who may have information about the case to call or text the Buffalo Pol…