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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.

Buffalo police have identified the city's latest homicide victim as Luis Flores, 24. Flores was shot Sunday afternoon in the 1100 block of East Ferry Street, near Bissell Avenue, police said. No one has been charged in the slaying. Flores becomes the 16th homicide victim of the year in Buffalo. Police ask anyone who may have information about the fatal shooting to…

A Buffalo man out on bail faces new drug charges following a drug overdose death on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Miguel Parrilla, 29, was arrested Wednesday on Grand Island, accused of possessing more than 5 ounces of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and about 100 Xanax pills, the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators also found a scale with …

Buffalo police and firefighters found no evidence of a methamphetamine lab in a home on the city's West Side on Friday morning. Officials were called to investigate a home on the 300 block of Potomac Avenue, at the corner of Hoyt Street. There had been a large presence of police and firefighters. "There were some indicators there," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Gar…

A 26-year-old Buffalo woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle on Genesee Street Thursday night, Cheektowaga police said. Police were called to the 3300 block of Genesee, near Beach Road, at 9:20 p.m., Cheektowaga Police Capt. Scott Pilat said. The woman, identified as Ajak Rieang of Massachusetts Avenue, was crossing Genesee when she was struck.…

The Seneca Nation of Indians is looking to make financial agreements directly with the three cities that host its casinos, President Todd Gates said Thursday. "Our obligation to the state ended," Gates said during a news conference on the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. "This will be something new." The Seneca leader contends that the Senecas' 2002 gamblin…

The wife of the Sinclairville man who escaped police custody in Chautauqua County earlier this month has been charged with helping him avoid capture. Kelsey A. Raynor, 30, cut off her husband's handcuffs, hid him and otherwise assisted him in avoiding law enforcement, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. She faces charges of third-degree hindering …

Fire damaged a home in the East Delavan-Bailey neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon. The blaze at 354 Roslyn St., which was reported at about 1 p.m., caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to assist the home's residents.

Careless smoking caused a fire Wednesday afternoon at a home on Baynes Street. The blaze at 306 Baynes, just south of Potomac Avenue, was reported at about 12:40 p.m. Damages to the home were estimated at $45,000. The Red Cross was called to assist an unspecified number of residents.

NORTH TONAWANDA - A South Buffalo man is dead after he jumped out a second-story window Monday morning, though police aren't sure exactly what happened or why. North Tonawanda police responded to 84 Sweeney St., at 7:19 a.m. Monday for the report of a disturbance and a man acting irrationally, Police Detective Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said. The man was running up and …

A Lockport man charged earlier this month in connection with a heroin and crack cocaine ring faces new sex trafficking charges. A federal grand jury indicted Oliver Kimmons, 49, who the U.S. Attorney's Office said "solicited young, opiate-addicted women to have sex with paying customers" and in exchange gave the victims drugs. Authorities alleged Kimmons drove the wo…

A fire that burned down a three-car garage and spread to a house in Allentown early Wednesday morning may have been the work of an arsonist who set a series of garbage tote fires in the area, Buffalo fire officials said. "Apparently someone's been going around burning garbage totes, so he's obviously a suspect in a three-car garage [fire] behind 18 St. Johns Place," sai…

A Grand Island man was involved in four hit-and-run crashes within 30 minutes on Sunday, injuring two people, Buffalo police reported. Officers spotted William Marshall, 51, driving recklessly in the area of Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street a little before 3 p.m., police said. While Marshall was driving south on Jefferson at a high rate of speed, he struck a vehic…

The New York Air National Guard unit at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station officially has a new name: the 107th Attack Wing. Formerly known as the 107th Airlift Wing, the unit shifted its mission from flying C-130 Hercules transport planes to remotely piloting MQ-9 Reaper drones. The drones are not housed at the base and a control center for the military drones is un…