City’s lat­est homi­cide vic­tim was wanted for pa­role vi­o­la­tion

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – News staff re­port – Joseph Po­pi­olkowski – Phil Fair­banks

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.

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