BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo teenager accused of setting a puppy on fire will not face a trial by jury.
Nineteen-year-old Adell Ziegler waived his right to a trial by jury and will now face a bench trial in June. He's charged with felony animal cruelty. Prosecutors say he lit a Jack Russell Terrier on fire last year.
Co-defendant Diondre Brown pleaded guilty to being the lookout and will be sentenced next week.
The dog survived and was later named "Phoenix" and has been receiving around the clock care at an animal hospital ever since.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
It was so treacherous in North Collins, the mayor had to issue a travel ban, and village snow plows were pulled off the roadways to keep drivers from trying to plow in zero visibility.
The Buffalo School Board unanimously approved plans to transform Burgard High School into a Manufacturing Magnet School on Wednesday,
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.