Ex-Buffalo PD detective arrested in Lake View domestic violence incident

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HAMBURG, NY (WIVB) — A former Buffalo Police detective from Hamburg could spend a year locked up for an alleged incident of domestic violence.

James R. Kaska, 50, was charged with causing a woman to fear for her physical safety on September 21, 2022 at around 8:20 a.m. in Lake View, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said.

Kaska had been asked to leave the Lake View home where the accuser was staying due to a domestic incident. Instead of leaving, Kaska allegedly walked into the driveway and hid inside the woman’s vehicle, according to the prosecutor’s office.

When the woman got into her vehicle to leave, Kaska allegedly confronted the accuser. He pushed her back inside the vehicle when she tried to escape, hitting her in the arm and wrists, according to a news release.

The 50-year-old is also accused of snatching the accuser’s cell phone from her hands as she tried to call 911 for help.

Kaska was arraigned Wednesday on one count of second degree threatening, one count of fourth degree criminal mischief and one count of second degree harassment. He will be back in court for a pre-trial on October 6 at 9:30 a.m.

A protective order has been issued on behalf of the accuser.

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