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News scrutiny of Lackawanna Housing Authority started in December

Some might have you believe the problems with possible wrongdoing at the tenant council for the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority first came to light in the past couple weeks.

But the same story appeared first in The Buffalo News in December, when Jay Tokasz reported an ATM card in 2012 and '13 was used to make dozens of "suspicious" cash withdrawals and purchases with federal tax dollars. Tokasz was quoting from an internal audit of the group, and among the purchases was a $100 ticket to an NBA playoff game May 21, 2013, between the Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies in San Antonio.

That report occurred Dec. 8 in The News, well ahead of more recent television "watchdog" reports.

Later in December, Tokasz reported that HUD was keeping a much closer eye on the tenants group.

Tokasz was the also the first to report this week the tenant council president who had used the card was removed from office.

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Complete coverage of slaying of Keith Reed, arrest, trial of Anthony Taglianetti

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Anthony Taglianetti is escorted out of the Chautauqua County Court courtroom after he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 2012 murder of Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

 Anthony Taglianetti today was given the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in the slaying of Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed.

Here is a video of DA David Foley speaking about the Taglianetti sentencing:


Here is a video of the victim's brother speaking after the sentencing.


Here is a photo gallery from today's sentencing.

Here are stories from The Buffalo News about the slaying of Keith Reed outside his home, the arrest and trial of Anthony Taglianetti in the case.  

  Sept. 24, 2012:  Death of Clymer schools chief probed as homicide

 Sept. 25, 2012: Multiple gunshots killed Clymer schools chief 

Sept. 26, 2012: Sheriff's investigators seek clues in superintendent's homicide 

Sept. 27, 2012: Manhunt seeks Virginia suspect in Keith Reed slaying

Sept. 28, 2012: Taglianetti captured in Reed slaying

Sept. 29, 2012:  Handgun, printout of wife's emails found in Taglianetti's car

 Oct. 1, 2012: Taglianetti refuses to waive extradition in Clymer slaying

 Oct. 3, 2012: Taglianetti tried to visit Reed at school on day of slaying

 Dec. 10, 2012: Accused killer of Clymer superintendent will be extradited from Virginia

 Dec. 19, 2012: Virginia man indicted in Reed slaying

 Sept. 16, 2013: Jury selection to begin in Clymer superintendent murder trial

 Oct. 11, 2013: Taglianetti defense seeks change of venue

 Oct. 22, 2013: Lone email is called trigger to fatal rage in murder of Clymer school supt.

 Oct. 23, 2013: Pathologist describes fatal shot during testimony at Taglianetti trial 

 Oct. 24, 2013: Secretary testifies Taglianetti looked a little 'rough' during visit to school

 Oct. 24, 2013: Victim was warned by Taglianetti's wife

 Oct. 25, 2013: Mrs. Taglianetti, Reed met once 

Oct. 25, 2013: Mary Taglianetti recounts her desire to see Clymer school chief 

Oct. 29, 2013: Alleged gun used to kill school superintendent presented at trial

Oct. 30, 2013: Texts between Taglianettis described at murder trial

 Oct. 31, 2013: Prosecutors rest case in Taglianetti trial

Nov. 6, 2013: Deputy the lone defense witness to testify in Taglianetti trial

Nov. 8, 2013: Taglianetti found guilty in murder of school superintendent

Nov. 9, 2013: Taglianetti's Marine background helped jury to convict

Nov. 10, 2013: Verdict ends trial, but not Reed family's pain

Feb. 24, 2014: Taglianetti gets maximum sentence in slaying

Feb. 25, 2014: Keith Reed's family reacts emotionally to sentencing







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Live blog: Border Battle -- updates on scene at bars around WNY

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Want to join the conversation? Tweet your commentary using hashtag #BNborderbattle.

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Video: West Seneca works to avert flooding

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