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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.


Crime

A 24-year-old Niagara Falls man being sought by police in connection with a Dec. 5 fatal shooting on Highland Avenue is in custody on charges related to another homicide, according to authorities. Charles Lee Walker Jr. was identified by police as a person of interest last week following the shooting death of Ladrae Walker, 26, of the Falls. But authorities charged W…

Buffalo

A suspicious man approached a female student at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Utica Metro Rail station, according to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police. The man did not make a threat but the victim described their conversation as "uncomfortable," NFTA spokeswoman Helen Tederous said in an email. Investigators ask anyone who may have informati…

Buffalo

A North Buffalo man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on Parkside Avenue Wednesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. Joseph P. McLaughlin, 61, of Admiral Road, made a U-turn in front of officers near 281 Parkside and struck a curb, according to the report. McLaughlin failed field sobriety tests and registered a bloo…

Crime

A 24-year-old Lewiston man faces a driving while intoxicated charge following a one-vehicle crash early Thursday morning, according to Lewiston police. The crash happened just after 1 a.m. on the 2300 block of Upper Mountain Road, police said. Troy J. Poitras failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol content of .10 percent, according to police, who s…

Buffalo

Two men with handguns and wearing ski masks robbed a bar on Amherst Street on Wednesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The robbers entered Casey's Tavern, 484 Amherst St., at about 9:45 p.m. and demanded money from the bartender, according to the report. At least three patrons were inside the bar at the time of the robbery, the report said. After taking…

Buffalo

Someone stole about $3,500 in sound equipment from a church on Broadway in Buffalo, according to a police report. The theft from Mt. Hope Community Church, 1326 Broadway, happened between 6 p.m. Monday and 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the report. The burglar or burglars removed plywood from a back door and then damaged an interior door and frame to gain access t…

Buffalo

A Buffalo police officer was injured late Tuesday while arresting an alleged drunk driver in the motorist's driveway, according to a police report. Officer Patrick Morrow injured his left hamstring when Scott J. Surma, 42, pushed backwards into him around midnight in the driveway of Surma's Hallam Road home, according to the report. A short time earlier, Morrow saw S…

Buffalo

Three people face weapon possession charges after police found a loaded handgun during a traffic stop on Genesee Street on Tuesday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. Keoyna Scott-Harris, 22, of Buffalo, was pulled over at about 2:30 a.m. on the 1100 block of Genesee, just east of Martin Luther King Jr. Park, for having an inadequate license plate lamp, accor…

Local News

A person was found dead after a fire in Cattaraugus County on Tuesday afternoon, according to New York State Police. The fire happened at 2:45 p.m. in a home on Cooper Hill Road in Humphrey. The body will be examined by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office to determine cause of death and identity, police said. The cause of the fire was determined not to be suspi…

Buffalo

A man who escaped from Buffalo police at Erie County Medical Center for about 10 hours by climbing up into the ceiling was caught Wednesday morning trying to walk out of the hospital, police said. Randy C. Schindler, 28, was caught at about 7 a.m. by ECMC police, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said. On Tuesday night, officers at the hospital had taken handcuffs…

Buffalo

A Wheatfield man was sentenced Tuesday to 1 to 3 years in prison for a September hit-and-run in Riverside that left a 55-year-old pedestrian with a severe head injury, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Theodore J. Canaski, 29, pleaded guilty in October to leaving the scene of an incident that resulted in serious injury, according to the DA's office. C…

Crime

A Buffalo man faces felony cocaine possession charges after he was arrested following a traffic stop Monday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. Woodie Johnson, 47, of Hillside Avenue, was pulled over at about 1 a.m. near East Delavan Avenue and Roslyn Street when officers noticed his car had no front license plate and illegally tinted windows, according to th…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man found sleeping behind the wheel of a "small bus" in Buffalo on Sunday night was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to a Buffalo police report. Kevin L. Garrett, 42, of Tioga Street, was found by officers outside 249 Newburgh Ave., near East Delavan Avenue, at 10:10 p.m. The engine was running and the vehicle was in gear, according…

Crime

A man was shot early Monday morning in an alley behind an apartment building on Willow Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. The shooting happened at 12:15 a.m. behind 1542 Willow Ave., Niagara Falls Police Detective Capt. Kelly J. Rizzo said. The 37-year-old victim, whose name was not released by police, was shot twice and is expected to survive. He is being tr…

Local News

A 20-year-old Wyoming County man was killed in a collision Sunday morning on Perry Road in the Town of Sheldon, New York State Police said. Alex M. Dedoszak, of Java, was driving east at about 11:45 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve between Humphrey and Humbert roads and crossed into an oncoming lane, colliding with another vehicle, police said. Dedoszak was pron…