City’s latest homicide victim was wanted for parole violation
Police have identified the man fatally shot Sept. 27 on Buffalo’s West Side as 23-year-old Deion Brown of Buffalo. He was killed in a double shooting near Parkdale and Potomac avenues and died at the scene.
A 32-year-old Buffalo woman also was critically wounded in the shooting. Police have not released her name or an update on her condition. No arrests have been made.
Eight days before he was killed, authorities offered up to a $1,000 reward for information on Brown’s whereabouts. He had failed to report to his parole officer, according to Crime Stoppers Buffalo. Brown was on parole for robbery and attempted burglary convictions and had been released from Orleans Correctional Facility.
Brown’s death was the city’s first homicide since Aug. 6, the longest gap between killings in the city this year.
– News staff reports
Driver pleads guilty in fatal hit and run on Bailey Avenue
A man who struck and killed a 60-year-old Buffalo man on Bailey Avenue this spring – a crime captured on video – pleaded guilty on Thursday to hit-and-run charges in Erie County Court.
Wade J. Sanders, 54, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death. Sanders was driving a white Lincoln MKX on Bailey Avenue on May 26 when the vehicle hit Arthur Redrick, who was walking home from a store. Images from a security camera show Redrick leaving the store and, while crossing the street, apparently spotting the SUV speeding toward him. He tried to run but was struck.
Sanders finally turned himself into police in August.
Judge Kenneth F. Case agreed to cap sentencing at 2 to 6 years in prison.
Town’s bulk leaf pickup will begins Nov. 1
Bulk leaf pickup will begin Nov. 1 in Amherst, Highway Superintendent Patrick Lucey announced.
Until then, all leaves along with other growth material may be placed in open garbage cans or recyclable paper bags for pickup by the town’s refuse contractor Modern Disposal, Lucey said.
Private landscapers are required to dispose of leaves at their own expense, he noted.
Lucey also reminded residents that leaves may not be raked into the roadway where they can plug stormwater receivers, cause flooding problems and block driving lanes of traffic.
Leaf pickup will continue systematically throughout the town until all leaves are picked up or snow prohibits crews from doing so, Lucey said.
Convicted cop killer awarded $50,000 in parole settlement
Albert Victory, the man who went to prison for killing a New York City police officer and then sued over his botched parole, received a $50,000 cash settlement from the state.
The settlement, disclosed in court papers Wednesday, ends Victory’s 15-year legal battle over a state parole board that granted his request for freedom and then, under pressure from then-Gov. George E. Pataki, reversed itself.
In his suit, Victory, who was convicted in connection with the 1968 murder of New York City Police Officer John E. Varecha, argued that politics interfered with his right to an early release from prison.
When the board approved his parole in 1999 and then rescinded it, he sued and a Wyoming County judge gave him his freedom later that year.