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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker is a breaking news and criminal justice reporter for The Buffalo News. He has been a News staff reporter since '07.


Local News

A 36-year-old Niagara Falls man who went to the hospital with a gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon has been there before. Four times before. The Woodlawn Avenue man told police he was walking down Niagara Avenue near 13th Street at about 2 p.m. when he heard a "pop" and realized he'd been shot in the leg, according to a city police report. After he was shot, the vi…

Local News

Drivers on the I-290 near Colvin Boulevard who had already been dealing with construction-related lane restrictions and slowdowns got an even bigger headache Thursday morning. That's because there were road signs warning motorists that two lanes in that stretch of highway were closed when, in fact, only one was actually closed. So reading the signs, drivers thought they…

Cheektowaga

Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire Thursday morning in Cheektowaga that may have been caused by careless smoking, according to police. The fire started in one unit in a duplex at 1 Matthew Lane, near Beach Road and Cleveland Drive. The two residents of the unit where the fire started, as well as a neighbor who lived in the other unit, were …

Crime

A 40-year-old man was arrested at Niagara Falls City Hall on Wednesday night after he caused a disturbance when he was not allowed to speak before city lawmakers, according to a police report. Christopher M. Smith, of Niagara Avenue, asked to address the City Council but was denied because he showed up late to the meeting and did not sign in to be a speaker, according t…

Buffalo

The pedestrian killed Saturday night in Elma has been identified by the Erie County Sheriff's Office as a Buffalo man. Christopher A. Young, 67, was struck by a vehicle on Transit Road just north of Clinton Street at about 10 p.m. Saturday. A sheriff's deputy on patrol in the area came across the scene and found Young lying in the roadway. Young was unresponsive at the …

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga police said Wednesday they are looking for information about an SUV investigators believe was used to transport the suspect in a May 13 shooting in a Walden Galleria parking lot. Police released a surveillance image of the vehicle, believed to be a light blue 2006 or 2007 Honda Pilot. A gunman fired eight or nine shots outside the Macy's store at the Chee…

Local News

North Tonawanda police have identified the bicyclist who died Tuesday morning after he was struck by two vehicles while crossing the Twin Cities Memorial Highway. Aaron T. Hoellig, 34, of North Tonawanda, was pronounced dead at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda Police Detective Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said. Hoellig was struck at about 8:40 a.m. while crossing…

Crime

A Buffalo woman has been accused of stealing more than $9,000 in merchandise while a seasonal employee of Fisher-Price in East Aurora, police said Wednesday. Heather Wilson, 21, faces a third-degree grand larceny charge, according to East Aurora police, who said Wilson falsified business records and had merchandise sent to her home. An East Aurora police detectiv…

Local News

A Buffalo mother is due in court next month after her 17-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine, according to a Buffalo police report. Ashlie M. Cunningham, 25, was arrested at Oishei Children's Hospital on Thursday and charged with child endangerment, according to the report. Police were called to the hospital by Child Protective Services and Cunningham was …

Local News

The 34-year-old North Tonawanda bicyclist killed Tuesday morning was crossing the Twin Cities Memorial Highway against a red light, according to police. The 8:40 a.m. crash happened at Twin Cities Memorial Highway and Schenck Street as the bicyclist was traveling west and was struck by southbound vehicles, police said. Video of the accident shows the bicyclist, who w…

Crime

A tractor-trailer driver was charged with aggravating driving while intoxicated Monday night after a crash on the Thruway in West Seneca, according to the New York State Police. Albert W. Wheeler Jr., 44, of Moundsville, W. Va., registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.23 percent after the crash, which happened at about 7:30 p.m., police said. Wheeler was also cha…

Erie County

A box truck driver failed to clear a railroad bridge in the City of Tonawanda on Monday morning, shearing the truck's roof, according to police. The crash happened at about 10:45 a.m. on East Niagara Street. The truck, which was empty, was registered to Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Falls. The driver, identified as Trevon L. Smith Jr., 21, of Niagara Falls, was …

Buffalo

Buffalo police on Monday identified the two men recently killed in the city. Chaz A. Carter, 23, of Buffalo, died in the early morning hours of May 10, just hours after he was shot on Goodyear Avenue, police said. Carter was shot at about 7:10 p.m. on Goodyear, just south of Genesee Street, according to police reports. He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Ce…

Crime

Authorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Monday morning in Cattaraugus Creek as a suicide, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The body was pulled from Cattaraugus Creek near the Scoby Hill Dam just south of Springville, the Sheriff's Office said. A sheriff's dispatcher received a call about the body at 10:22 a.m., agency spokesman …

Buffalo

An Amherst man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Allentown apartment building where he lived was sentenced Monday to five years' probation, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Brandon Adler, 30, pleaded guilty in March to fourth-degree arson in connection with the July 30, 2017, fire at 486 Franklin St. Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi also or…