Buffalo, NY Crime & Safety

Fredonia Man Facing Felony Weapon and Drug Charges in North Collins

A convicted felon from Fredonia is facing felony weapon and drug charges stemming from a recent incident in the Town of North Collins. The Erie County Sheriff's Office reports that Charles Cuccia III was charged with felony possession of a weapon and felony possession of heroin after a verbal exchange between two people on Langford Road. Deputies say Cuccia requested to sit in a patrol vehicle and okayed a patdown, and they allegedly found a dagger and heroin. Cuccia was arraigned on the charges and released on his own recognizance.
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DOJ: Crackdown on dark web drug trafficking results in 150 arrests, 1 in Buffalo

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team and Europol said Tuesday its crackdown on dark web drug trafficking resulted in 150 arrests. The 10-month program called Operation Dark HunTor targeted trafficking across the United States, Australia, and Europe. The dark...
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$5 Million in Marijuana Seized at the Port of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Buffalo seized 2,554 lbs. of marijuana in a commercial shipment. On October 20, CBP officers assigned to the Peace Bridge selected a commercial shipment that was manifested as “bathroom vanities” for additional examination. The truck and trailer were sent for a non-intrusive examination that revealed anomalies in the trailer and was subsequently sent to the commercial vehicle inspection area. CBP officers then performed a physical inspection of the shipment and discovered vacuum-sealed marijuana packages secreted within the pallet-shipment-boxes. A thorough inventory of the shipment resulted in the seizure of 2,302 packages of marijuana that field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana. CBP officers determined the seizure of marijuana has an estimated street value of $5 million dollars.

Second man involved in Orchard Park home invasion sentenced

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Wayne County man has admitted to attempted burglary following a home invasion in Orchard Park. In August 2019, Albert Webber, 40, and 41-year-old Town of Tonawanda resident Anthony Busch unlawfully went into the home of an elderly couple. Previously, Busch was employed by the couple as a home improvement contractor.
Niagara Gazette

Picture comes into focus at Belsatdt trial

Lorraine Steingasser sobbed when she saw her daughter Mandy's picture flash up on two large projection screens in a Falls courtroom Tuesday. "That's my daughter," she said, over the objection of Joseph Belstadt's defense attorney. The emotional moment followed a lengthy argument between Niagara County prosecutors and the lawyers for...
Buffalo News

98 years later, Tonawanda honors police officer killed on duty

Frank Pfonner was one of three officers hired when the Town of Tonawanda Police Department was established 101 years ago. He patrolled the town's roads by motorcycle – chasing down speeders, bootleggers and burglars – and once survived being shot in the face. But on April 8, 1923, as Pfonner...

11-year-old girl grazed by bullet on Massachusetts Avenue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An 11-year-old girl was shot on Massachusetts Avenue this past Saturday. Buffalo police say the girl, who was identified as a city resident, was grazed on the leg after someone fired a shot into the air. It happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. The girl was taken...

UPDATE: Missing NOTL man located and safe

UPDATE: Police have located Wilbert Colvin. He is safe. ORIGINAL: Niagara Regional Police are searching for a 79-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake man who went missing Monday. Police say Wilbert Colvin, who resides in the area of Dominion Crescent and Cannery Drive, left his home on Monday, Oct. 25, at about 3 a.m. He was driving his white 2016 Lincoln MKZ with Ontario licence BTYM817. He then traveled to Niagara Falls and then to Jordan Station at 10:45 a.m.

TOT Police: Screenshot of “threatening message” circulating on social media didn’t come from Ken-Ton District or WNY

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officials with the Ken-Ton School District say they immediately began working with Town of Tonawanda Police Monday night after learning that a screenshot with a threatening message was circulating around social media. According to the the Ken-Ton School District website, police have confirmed that the message didn’t originate in the district […]