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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.


A rollover crash near the intersection of Hertel and Colvin avenues on Tuesday morning has caused traffic backups in the immediate area. One person had to be extricated from the car that rolled over. No details were immediately available from Buffalo police.

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A burglar stole cash and two bottles of liquor early Monday morning from a downtown restaurant, according to a Buffalo police report. The thief entered Deep South Taco, 291 Ellicott St., through an unlocked door at about 2:15 a.m., put some alcohol in a trash bin and damaged a cash register, according to the report. He left after about 20 minutes and then came back a…

Buffalo

Ten people were shot in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday, according to police. The spurt of gun violence included a quadruple-shooting, a double-shooting and a homicide. The violence began early Friday. Five of the shootings happened on the city's East Side, while the other happened in Allentown. Here's a rundown of the shootings: 1:16 a.m. Friday: Two men were…

Crime

An Allegany County man was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after a dog was shot with an arrow on Pangburn Road in the Town of Wirt on Saturday, state police said. Marvin C. Boncore, 63, of Wirt, has been accused of shooting and injuring a neighbor's dog that entered his property while he was fixing a fence, police said. The dog, a 1-year-old Beagle/Labrado…

Local News

A tall and twisting roller coaster aimed at attracting visitors from beyond the region and the state is on track to open next summer at Darien Lake theme park. Details are sketchy, but the theme park appears to be eyeing a roller coaster that travels 44 to 62 mph with a completely vertical incline and a drop that goes beyond vertical. "This is a biggie," said Tom Tur…

Buffalo

A Lyft driver told Buffalo police one of her passengers stole money from her wallet earlier this week. The driver for the ride-hailing service told police she picked up two men Wednesday morning at the Sumitomo Rubber tire plant in the Town of Tonawanda. When they got near the intersection of Elm and Goodell streets in Buffalo at about 8 a.m., one of the men reached …

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Buffalo police are trying to track down a suspect in three convenient store robberies in the city over eight days, the latest of which happened Thursday morning. The suspect sought by police robbed the 7-Eleven on Dingens Street on Oct. 26 and the 7-Eleven on Parkside Avenue on Tuesday, according to police. The Dingens Street store was robbed again at about 1:35 a.m.…

A missing Cattaraugus County man has been found, the State Police said Thursday morning. Christ J. Reynolds, 34, of Yorkshire, was reported missing Tuesday morning. Authorities did not release any further details. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/01/police-looking-for-missing-cattaraugus-county-man/

Local News

A faulty or overheated chimney flue sparked a fire in a two-family home on North Transit Street in Lockport on Wednesday afternoon, the city fire department said. Firefighters were called to 249 N. Transit just after 2:30 p.m. and found smoke and fire coming from the roof. Residents of the downstairs apartment told firefighters they had a fire burning in their fireplace…

Buffalo

A 30-year-old man was in fair condition at Erie County Medical Center on Thursday morning after he was beaten and stabbed Wednesday night near West Utica Street and Norwood Avenue, according to Buffalo police. The victim told police he was approached by four men as he waited at a bus stop at Elmwood Avenue and West Utica at about 10:30 p.m., according to a city police r…

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A suspicious package containing a non-hazardous substance described as a skin irritant was removed Wednesday afternoon from a car in a downtown Buffalo parking lot. Buffalo firefighters, police and the hazmat team responded to the scene at about 11:40 a.m., Buffalo Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Johnathan Eaton said. One block of Swan Street near Coca-Cola Field, b…

Crime

State police are asking for the public's help finding a missing Cattaraugus County man. Christ J. Reynolds, 34, of Yorkshire, was reported missing on Tuesday morning, police said. Reynolds did not show up for several appointments since Monday and may have traveled out of state, possibly as far as North Carolina, authorities said. Reynolds is 5-foot-10 and has haze…

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Tevin L. Sapp turned 23 in August. His birthday came about two months after the birth of his son, Tevin Jr. "My first child [SIC] my world my best friend," Sapp posted on Instagram with a picture of him holding his newborn son. "Words can't explain how I feel I'm happy to be a father Ima be the best I can be." His life, according to his aunt, had turned around. Bu…

Erie County

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office on Tuesday released details on the construction schedule for the move to cashless tolling over the Grand Island bridges. While the tollbooths in the Town of Tonawanda and on the northern end of Grand Island are being removed, the $1 toll motorists pay will remain. Here's the timetable for the project, which state officials say will be co…

Buffalo

A 61-year-old Buffalo man was charged with drug and gun possession after a raid at an East North Street home on Monday, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Charles Alexander was arrested after the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at about 1:15 p.m. Deputies said they recovered an ounce of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a loaded .38…