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

While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

City of Tonawanda police charged an East Aurora man with trying to break into a woman's home Thursday night and later struggling with officers who tried to arrest him. When police arrived at a Steiner Avenue home at about 8:45 p.m., they found a woman screaming and Kevin Wolf, 42, of Chestnut Hill Road, bleeding from his forearm. Wolf broke a window and tried to enter t…

Three assailants tried to rob two people Thursday night at the University metro station on the University at Buffalo's South Campus, according to the university. One of the three would-be robbers displayed a knife during the attempt, which happened at about 9:30 p.m., the university said Friday morning. Two of the assailants were male and one was female. They shoved …

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has reached separate deals with Uber and Lyft, which will allow both ride-hailing services to pick up and drop off passengers traveling to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. NFTA officials Friday said an agreement in principle was reached with Uber. Under the agree…

Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Buffalo home Friday morning, according to the city fire department. It happened at about 6 a.m. on Edna Place, between Michigan and Masten avenues, just north of Best Street. The incendiary device started a couch on fire. Damage to the home was estimated at about $2,500.

Thunderstorms expected to hit Western New York this afternoon and tonight carry a marginal risk of becoming severe with gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service. The region will face a chance of rain most of Friday, with the likeliest period from about 7 to 9 p.m., the weather service said. The rain will come through ahead of a cold front, though today's h…

Grabbing an Uber or a Lyft to or from Buffalo Niagara International Airport will cost riders a little more than just the regular cost of the trip. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will charge $3.50 for each pickup or drop-off, a cost that will be passed on to riders. The fees, which go into effect when ride-hailing becomes legal in upstate New York on Ju…

Authorities have charged a 17-year-old with attempted murder after two people were shot in Cheektowaga early Thursday. Roquan Williams was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office and a Cheektowaga court official. Williams is scheduled to appear in town court on Tuesday. The shooti…

A Buffalo woman is accused of starting an apartment fire earlier this week by lighting a comforter and a couch on fire, according to police. Shantel Evans, 35, faces charges of second-degree arson and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with Monday morning's fire at 35 Emerson Place. She was arrested Monday, police said. According to inves…

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot earlier this month in South Buffalo as Calvin Williams, 25, of Buffalo. Williams, the city's 26th homicide victim of the year, was shot at about 11:45 p.m. June 12 on the 100 block of Pries Avenue. Pries runs between South Park Avenue and Hopkins Street, several blocks north of Tifft Street. No one has been charged …

A 28-year-old pedestrian died late Wednesday night after he was struck by a vehicle while walking on Broadway, according to Lancaster police. The man was hit just before midnight on Broadway near the intersection of Pavement Road, police said in a news release. The man apparently was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling west on Broadway, according to police. …

An Irving man who drove into a fence Tuesday morning in Cattaraugus County had a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit, according to state police. Trevor John, 23, crashed on Burning Spring Road in Perrysburg just after 6 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests at the scene and registered a BAC of 0.21 percent at the Collins barracks, police said. He was char…

A man who drove a rented box truck across four lawns and hit several trees on Transit Road in Clarence on Tuesday night was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. In addition to that felony charge, Sean Murphy, 25, of Cheektowaga, also faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge after deputies found a bag of 23 Xanax …

Crime Stoppers and Buffalo Police are offering up to a $2,500 reward for information about the August 2016 shooting death of a 24-year-old man on the city's West Side. Robert Green died Aug. 22, the day he was shot near 389 Plymouth Ave. Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information to call 867-6161. The information provided must lead to an arrest or indictment in …

A one-vehicle rollover crash in Colden on Sunday morning led to impaired driving charges against a Cheektowaga man, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Michael Gawinski, 60, was driving north on Center Street just after 9 a.m. when he left the road, hit two utility poles and flipped over, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies determined Gawinski was impaired…