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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

As they stood in line at the Elmwood Regal concession stand on Tuesday morning, Heavenasia Singleton and Kenyetta Plummer seemed inspired. The 14-year-olds from Buffalo were among dozens of young people who came to see "Black Panther," the new Marvel superhero movie that opened Friday and has already been a box-office smash. The main character in the film, played by Cha…

Local News

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information on thefts from vehicles in Orchard Park. The thefts happened over the weekend in the area of Armor Duells and Chestnut Ridge roads, according to Orchard Park police. The reward, offered by Crime Stoppers Buffalo, is for information leading to an arrest or indictment. Tips can be shared with Crime Stoppers by c…

Buffalo

Most people can't give away their Buffalo Sabres tickets. That includes Buffalo craft brewer, Community Beer Works, which on Monday took an additional step to unload its tickets. It paid somebody. The brewer couldn't find anyone who wanted a free pair of 200-level tickets for the Monday afternoon game against the Washington Capitals. It tried everybody, but couldn't …

Buffalo

Kevin K. Sheridan of Buffalo was in his motorized wheelchair and headed to the store late Friday afternoon when a driver struck him and took off, according to a neighbor and police. Sheridan told a neighbor he doesn't remember what happened on Vulcan Street, which straddles the border between Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood and the Town of Tonawanda. Sheridan, 56, s…

Local News

A City of Tonawanda man charged with driving while intoxicated last month faces a new DWI charge after he was arrested over the weekend, according to police. King G. Bonner II, 29, of Young Street, was pulled over on State Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers found an open bottle of vodka in his vehicle's center console, City of Tonawanda police said. Bo…

Buffalo

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was listed in critical condition after he was shot several times early Monday morning on Shepard Street, according to Buffalo Police. The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. on Shepard, north of Pullman Place near Bailey Avenue and Broadway. The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was initially listed in serio…

Local News

Sunday night was a tough night for delivery drivers for Frenchy's Pizzeria in Niagara Falls. Two drivers for the Niagara Street pizzeria were robbed in separate incidents, with one driver grazed by a bullet near 17th Street and Pierce Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police reports. Just before midnight, police responded to the emergency room at Niagara Falls Memor…

Local News

A pizza deliveryman, a gas station clerk and a 7-Eleven employee fell victim on Sunday to customers with counterfeit cash, according to Buffalo police reports. Someone bought two candy bars at the 7-Eleven on Prospect Avenue Sunday afternoon, paying with a fake $50 bill, according to a report. In the second case, two women paid for gas at a gas station on Bailey Aven…

Local News

A former University at Buffalo soccer star from North Tonawanda pleaded guilty this week in federal court in New Jersey to submitting phony insurance claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, defrauding benefit programs to the tune of $45 million. Steven M. Butcher, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and violating an anti-kickback law, th…

Local News

Three students in the Southern Tier were in police custody Friday after making apparent "copycat" threats of violence. At least two of the students said they would bring guns to schools, according to the governor's office. Schools in the Randolph Academy Union Free School District in Cattaraugus County and the Chautauqua Lake School District and the Ashville BOCES progr…

Buffalo

A robber stole cash Thursday afternoon from a cell phone store at Walden and Bailey avenues, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber threatened to use a gun, which he told a Metro PCS store employee was in his coat, according to the report. The robbery was reported at 1:46 p.m., but the report did not indicate the precise time when the crime occurred.

Buffalo

A 38-year-old North Tonawanda man suffered a 3- to 4-inch gash on his arm after he was slashed with a butcher knife Thursday afternoon in a home in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood, according to a police report. The victim told Buffalo police he was hanging out with his girlfriend and another woman at about 12:15 p.m. on Newfield Street, near Esser Avenue, when his girl…

Buffalo

A father told police his son stabbed in the thigh and abdomen with a switchblade Wednesday night in Buffalo, according to a police report. The stabbing happened on Zelmer Street, east of Bailey Avenue between Genesee and Doat streets. The victim reported the stabbing to police at 11:30 p.m., according to the report. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center …

Crime

A Hamburg woman with 5- and 8-year-old children in her vehicle was charged with two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated Wednesday night after she crashed into two vehicles on Boston State Road in Boston, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Brittany Grabowski, 32, faces a slew of charges after the incident, which happened about 10:20 p.m. Grabowski is accus…

Erie County

A driver apparently suffered a medical emergency causing him to crash into a house on Broadway in Lancaster on Tuesday, according to police. The crash happened at about 12:45 p.m. near Grafton Court. The driver, identified only as a 40-year-old man, was transported to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance, Lancaster police said. No one was in the house at the time,…