Law

Tom Puckett
March 24, 2017 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Both State Sen. Rob Ortt and former State Sen. George Maziarz pleaded not guilty to filing a false instrument, the impacts could affect not only Niagara County, but Albany. If Ortt is convicted, he forfeits his seat, and Kevin Hardwick of Canisius College says that could shake up...
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Tom Puckett
March 22, 2017 - 11:37 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Gabrielle Ballowe, who admitted to fatally hitting a man and driving off in 2013, has been denied early release. Erie County DA John Flynn says the Erie County Department of Probation’s Conditional Release Commission has denied the 51 year old's request. Ballowe is currently...
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Tom Puckett
March 20, 2017 - 1:14 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Town of Tonawanda man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend. A jury found 50 year old John Avent guilty of fatally stabbing 51-year-old Roberta Rybinski in their Newell Avenue apartment in the Town of Tonawanda last year. Avent faces 25 years to life in prison when he...
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WASHINGTON (AP/WBEN) -- Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia's death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings are getting underway on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace him. Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th...
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Tom Puckett
March 16, 2017 - 3:42 pm
Lockport, NY (WBEN) The 14 year old boy charged with ten counts in last year's deadly HTI plant fire admits to burglary and arson. All other charges, including criminally negligent homicide, are dropped. The family of Joe Phillips, who died in the fire, agreed to the deal so long as video from...
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March 13, 2017 - 6:47 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Police have announced that fire investigators made an arrest in connection with this past weekend's apartment fire on Lafayette Avenue that displaced about 90 residents. Police made the announcement on Twitter Monday morning. A 29 year old man has been charged with...
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March 04, 2017 - 8:29 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – For the second night in a row the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and SWAT Team executed a warrant on a Buffalo residence for suspected drug dealing activities. The Sheriff’s SWAT Team, members of the FBI’s Safe Street Task Force and the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit entered...
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