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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 55-year-old Lancaster woman was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday night on Broadway in Lancaster, police said. The woman was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west crossed over into oncoming traffic, Lancaster police said. The woman, whose name was withheld by police, was pronounced dead at the scene. …

Crime

When gunfire erupted Tuesday afternoon outside a Dollar General store, two men at a neighboring business jumped into action. And now they're being called heroes by police. As a man started firing a pump action firearm into the discount store at Union Road and Gardenville Parkway West, Christopher Kaufmann, a manager at Daryll's Car Audio across the street, called 911…

Crime

The mother of the man charged with shooting a person and firing 20 shots outside a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga said her son has been going through a lot of stress lately, but she didn't know why he would go on a shooting spree with two AR-15 rifles and more than 850 rounds of ammo. After Travis J. Green, 29, of Cheektowaga was arraigned Wednesday morning, Viola …

Crime

Two AR-15 rifles. A ballistic vest. Camouflage. Travis Green, 29,  is accused of being the gunman who opened fire on a Dollar General store in Cheektowa Tuesday afternoon. But what might have he been planning? Green of Cheektowaga was identified this morning as the shooter before his arraignment in Cheektowag Town Court. "These are the times we live in," Cheektow…

Buffalo

Up to a $1,000 reward is being offered for information on the whereabouts of a man wanted on a weapons possession charge. Denzel S. Robinson, 24, is 6-foot-1, weighs about 240 pounds and may be in the Buffalo area, according to Crime Stoppers Buffalo. Robinson, wanted on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, is being sought by the U.S. Marshals S…

Amherst

Winter parking rules on bus routes in Buffalo won't go into effect at least until Nov. 22, the city announced Tuesday. The regulations were slated to go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but are being delayed based on weather forecasts, a city spokesman said. Winter parking restrictions on bus routes are in effect from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. until April 1. Buffalo …

Buffalo

A 21-year-old Buffalo woman was accused of stabbing a woman a half-dozen times with a 12-inch kitchen knife on Monday night, according to a Buffalo police report. Javonda A. Seals, of 15th Street, was arrested just after 10 p.m. on the first block of 15th, near Connecticut Street, according to the report. Seals is also accused of trying to hit the victim in the head wit…

Buffalo

Three people stole a stop sign from the University at Buffalo's South Campus on Sunday, according to university police. The stop sign located at the intersection of Hayes and Rotary roads was taken by three individuals who carried it away, according to photos released by police. Authorities did not say what time the theft occurred. Police ask anyone who may have info…

Buffalo

Two men stole another man's pickup at gunpoint on Sunday night in Buffalo, according to a city police report. The 27-year-old victim told police one of the men pointed a revolver at him and ordered him out of his truck at the corner of Holden Street and Wakefield Avenue at about 10:10 p.m., according to the report. The pair then got in the vehicle and drove away. Pol…

Buffalo

Practice made perfect. Due to extensive preparation, the smooth transfer of 125 patients from Women & Children's Hospital in Elmwood Village to the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Friday was completed in under 11 hours  -- and without a hitch. Four babies were born in the new hospital, and doctors performed their f…

Crime

A suspect is in custody following a domestic incident involving a weapon on Mount Hope Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, according to authorities. The situation ended peacefully, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour tweeted at 2:24 p.m. Mount Hope was closed between Walmore and Green roads, Lewiston police posted on Facebook. No further information was imm…

Crime

A situation involving police on Grauer Road in the Town of Niagara has ended peacefully, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said. A suspect in the incident is in custody, Voutour tweeted. Authorities have not released any further detail about the situation, which was believed to involve some type of domestic incident. Residents on Grauer between Military and Her…

Crime

An assistant public defender and former candidate for Niagara Falls judge was arrested last weekend after an alleged domestic violence incident in North Tonawanda, according to police. Alan J. Roscetti, 38, of Niagara Falls, has been charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and child endangerment, both misdemeanors, and second-degree harassment, a violation, said …

Amherst

Multiple larcenies from vehicles were reported Tuesday outside an Amherst gym. The thefts happened at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA on Tech Drive, off Main Street, Amherst police said. Police reported "numerous" incidents, including some in which vehicle windows were broken in order to gain access. The thefts occurred between 5  and 6:30 p.m. Purses, wal…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man is accused of threatening customers with a loaded revolver inside a Seneca Street convenience store on Tuesday night, according to a police report. Dolphus Cole Jr., 69, of Kamper Avenue, displayed a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson and threatened shoppers in the Buz-N-Bee grocery, 2097 Seneca, around 6:40 p.m., according to the report. Cole was found to be…