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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.

LEWISTON - No one was hurt Thursday afternoon when a driver crashed into the patio of a Center Street restaurant. The driver of an SUV crashed into the patio of 700 Bistro & Cafe, 700 Center St., at about 2:07 p.m., according to Lewiston police. No charges were filed, police said in a Facebook post.

A Georgia man wanted on an attempted murder charge was arrested this week in Niagara Falls, according to city police. Emanuel D. Williams Sr., 38, of Macon, Ga., was arrested by city police with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop on Robbins Drive, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Williams was charged in Ma…

The family of a missing local man is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities find him. Kurt Beehler, 24, was last seen April 8 in Niagara Falls. He "is vulnerable and currently under a doctor's care," according to Niagara Falls police. Beehler is 6-foot, 180 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing white jeans, …

An apartment fire early Thursday caused an estimated $40,000 in damage, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The blaze at 296 Oakmont Ave., a 2 1/2-story building in the Kenfield-Langfield housing projects, was reported at 3:36 a.m., according to the department's Alarm Office. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the Alarm …

When you organize a cherry blossom festival, timing is everything. This year, organizers of the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival believe they will get the timing right. [PHOTO GALLERY: Cherry Blossoms are ready for their close-up] When the festival opens this weekend, most cherry blossom trees in the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park likely will be in peak bloom, …

A Buffalo man suffered an apparent seizure while driving in the City of Tonawanda Wednesday afternoon, and crashed into a utility pole, police said. Gregory J. Treadwell, 24, was driving north on Delaware Street near Grove Street at about 12:09 p.m. when he veered over the center lines, crossed the southbound lane and crashed into a pole, City of Tonawanda police said. …

Two pedestrians were injured Tuesday night when a driver crashed into another vehicle, a utility pole and then four parked vehicles, Buffalo police said. One of the pedestrians, who was identified by police only as a female, suffered serious injuries. Both pedestrians were taken to Erie County Medical Center, police said. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. ne…

A South Buffalo man was arrested Tuesday on gun and drug possession charges, police said. Buffalo police responded to a call of a man with a gun in a home on the first block of Turner Avenue. They found a loaded handgun, a shotgun and cocaine, according to police. Seth DeAnthony, 44, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fo…

A 43-year-old Buffalo man died after an ATV accident at a Wyoming County campground, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said. Jason Krull was pinned under an ATV for an unknown amount of time Sunday at Mockingbird Campgrounds on Genesee Road, the Sheriff's Office said. A friend found him and called for help. Ambulance personnel who were first to arrive on the scene …

A downtown building that houses a popular sandwich shop sustained about $300,000 in damage from a fire Wednesday morning, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The fire at 395 Delaware Ave., between Edward and West Tupper streets, is home to Chris' NY Sandwich Co. on the first floor and is attached to a five-story apartment building that contains about 30 units. …

Buffalo police want the public's help locating a missing 17-year-old girl. Mikesea Smith was last seen on Dempster Street, police said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Police did not say when she was last seen. Smith is 5-foot-5, about 107 pounds and wears glasses, police said. Police ask anyone who may have information about her whereabouts to call 911.

Town of Tonawanda police on Sunday charged a Williamsville man with driving while impaired by drugs with a 2-year-old in the vehicle. Police pulled over Michael J. Batt, 36, at about 12:30 p.m. on Kenmore Avenue near Starin Avenue, the department said Tuesday. Batt failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, police s…

A skydiving instructor's parachute may have improperly deployed during his descent, according to investigators looking into the fatal accident Saturday night in Orleans County. Authorities found Erick J. Miller's main parachute on the ground nearby but unattached to his body, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office said, citing the findings of an investigation being conduct…

A bathroom exhaust fan sparked a Clarence Center blaze on Monday that caused about $325,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Clarence area firefighters were called to the blaze at 6674 Heise Road at 5 p.m. Residents of the home were able to escape the fire, which spread to the attic, authorities said. Firefighters declared the blaze "under control" at 5:…

Fires that destroyed a seasonal camp and two trailers last week in Cattaraugus County were intentionally set, State Police said Tuesday. The arson occurred Friday on Huyck Road in Farmersville. Fire investigators with Cattaraugus County determined the cause of the blazes to be arson. About $50,000 in damage occurred, state police said. State police ask anyone wh…