CRIME & SAFETY
1 shot at Club Marcella in latest in string of incidents at club
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One person was shot inside of Club Marcella on Michigan Avenue early Sunday morning, according to Buffalo police. Police responded to the club just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, where a 30-year-old man was shot in a bathroom. He was brought to ECMC and is listed in stable condition. This shooting is […]
Erie County Sheriff's Office holds news conference following arrest
Bernard Brown was arrested without incident late Thursday afternoon on Bailey Avenue and arraigned Friday on several charges.
Erie County's Battle with Crime: A Look at Recent Incidents and Underlying Social Challenges
Erie County, New York, has become a focal point for public safety concerns, with a recent spate of incidents causing alarm among its residents. The county has seen a deadly road rage case where Ronald F. Olson, II faces murder charges after a gas station argument led to a high-speed chase and a tragic end on Buffalo's Main Street. Additionally, pedestrian fatalities in the Lake Avenue area persist despite lowered speed limits, and the community, including those at Our Mother of Good Counsel Apartments, is left in shock. The violence extends to a stabbing on West Utica Street, with Anthony Reynolds pleading guilty to manslaughter in Marquese Smith's death, and a birthday party shooting resulting in Ja'VAIR WALKER's sentencing. High-profile cases like the arrest warrant for Buffalo Bills player Von Miller over alleged domestic assault and a mysterious fire in Clarence further illustrate the county's safety woes.
City of Buffalo Employee Arrested in Major Drug Bust Following Joint Investigation
• A City of Buffalo employee, Bernard Brown, was arrested following an eight-month joint investigation by the Erie County Sheriff's Office, FBI, and Buffalo Police Department.
Erie County confirms its first drug overdose death linked to a powerful drug
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A deadly drug rips through communities. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is responsible for 371 overdose deaths in Erie County. The county's Department of Health says numbers hit record highs this year. "That's 20% higher than all the deaths in 2022, and we're not...
Buffalo woman arrested for stealing Barbie toys, fleeing state police at 100 mph in Lockport
Troopers called off a high-speed chase for safety reasons. On November 28, 2023, Troopers out of SP Lockport arrested Emoni J. Thompson, 26 of Buffalo, NY for Petit Larceny, Fleeing an Officer 3rd degree and several traffic tickets. On November 27, 2023, at 12:19 P.M., Troopers out of SP Lockport...
Huge Fight Leads To Massive Police Response In Buffalo, NY
Yesterday a fight broke out in Lafayette Square that led to multiple police officers being called to the scene. In March, the Buffalo and Erie County Library announced that they would be closing their downtown branch earlier in the day due to a surge in student fights that were happening.
Police Release Mug Shot Of Buffalo’s Von Miller After Arrest [PHOTO]
Buffalo Bills superstar defensive lineman Von Miller turned himself in to the Glenn Heights police in Texas after a warrant was issued for his arrest for domestic violence.
Massive $30,000 Drug Bust At New York Canadian Border
Officials at the New York/Canadian border recently announced that the border police made a huge drug bust. U.S Customs and Border Protection Police found 10 vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana inside toy puzzle boxes. Inside the boxes were 11 pounds of marijuana that had an estimated value of $30,000. “The officers...
'It's a slap in the face': Where are the ARP funds?
Several organizations, including Stop the Violence Coalition, are calling out officials after they were promised at least $4 million of American Rescue Plan funds.
BUFFALO MAN SENTENCED FOR POSTING SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT AGAINST LOCAL STORES DAYS AFTER TOPS SHOOTING
BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Rolik Walker, 25, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of transmitting an interstate threat, was sentenced to a term of 3 years’ probation, by United States District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. One of the conditions of probation is that Walker must abide by the terms of an electronically monitored curfew for a period of one year.
Buffalo Woman, 55, Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $54,715 in State Pension
(WNY News Now) – A 55-year-old Buffalo woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $54,715 in state pension payments meant for her deceased grandmother, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced today. The defendant, Bernadette Russell, was convicted of grand larceny. N.Y....
Woman indicted on attempted kidnapping charges in Steuben County
STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) – An Elma woman has been indicted in connection to an alleged attempted kidnapping by using fraudulent documents to take custody of two surrogate infants. According to the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, MaryBeth H. Lewis, 66, of Elma, appeared in front of the Honorable Chauncey J. Watches in the Steuben […]
GUNMAN SENTENCED FOR FATALLY SHOOTING TEEN
(WNY News Now) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 21-year-old Buffalo man was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to 25 years to life in prison. Buffalo – On August 16, 2021, at approximately 8:30 p.m., 21-year-old Javair D. Walker...
Man Sentenced for Birthday Party Killing
This man, 21-year-old Ja'VAIR WALKER, WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE MAN WHO CAME TO THE PARTY NEAR PAGE STREET AND LAWN AVENUE AND OPENED FIRE.
Tragic Fire Claims Life of Retired Maternity Nurse and Dog Breeder in Clarence
In a tragic fire incident in Clarence, a 62-year-old woman, Joan Wer, and four dogs lost their lives. Wer, a retired maternity nurse and a loving breeder of retrievers, was known for her kindness. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.
Local Amherst Resident Sentenced for Assault on CPS Worker and Kidnapping Own Child
Shaland S. Souverain, a 23-year-old from Amherst, has been sentenced to two years in prison. He will also have three years of post-release supervision. This sentence is for assaulting a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker. The incident happened on March 10, 2022. Souverain, who was under a protection order, took his 4-year-old child from a supervised visit. This visit was at the Erie County Department of Social Services office.
Resident Arrested for DWI in Salamanca
(WNY News Now) – A 24-year-old Akron, NY, man was apprehended for driving while intoxicated after reports of alleged erratic driving on Route 353. Salamanca – In the early hours of November 26, 2023, Grayson B. Ground, 24, was taken into custody in Salamanca on charges of driving while intoxicated. The arrest followed reports of an alleged erratic driver heading south on Route 353. Law enforcement located a vehicle matching the description in the City of Salamanca and initiated a traffic stop due to observed moving violations.
Common Council approves $43M settlement for woman paralyzed by crash
In April 2020, Chelsea Ellis and another person were struck as they were walking on the sidewalk at Main Street and Benwood Avenue.