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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.


Bills

A hardcore Buffalo Bills fan started the avalanche of charitable donations sparked by the team's long-awaited return to the NFL playoffs. He lives in Grand Island — Nebraska, not New York. Kevin Forrest made a $30 online donation to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's foundation shortly after the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens, a win that helped propel th…

Buffalo

The 33-year-old Buffalo man killed in a crash last month in Niagara Falls while fleeing police has been identified as Yan N. Soe, Niagara Falls police said. Soe was driving a 2001 Honda Accord east on Buffalo Avenue near 56th Street when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole at about 4:20 p.m. Dec. 20. A border patrol agent and a State Parks Police …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man accused of stealing $60 from his mother bit a police officer's hand early Thursday morning while he was in custody, according to a Buffalo police report. Dualberto M. Rivera, 27, was arrested at about 2 a.m. at his home on School Street on the city's West Side, according to the report. Rivera was charged with second-degree assault, petit larceny and unl…

Buffalo

Three houses on Winspear Avenue were burglarized, the owner told Buffalo police Wednesday morning. The break-ins happened on Winspear between Parkridge and Comstock avenues. It was not immediately known what, if anything, was taken from the tenants, the owner told police. In two cases, rear windows were pried off in order to gain entry; in the other case, a side door…

Buffalo

For at least the fourth time in about two months, a food deliveryman for Skip the Dishes was the victim of a robbery or attempted robbery while making a delivery in Buffalo, according to city police reports. The latest robbery happened at about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of Crescent Avenue. The victim told police he handed food to the thief who then punched hi…

Crime

Two Buffalo men interested in buying a gold chain told police they were robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday by the seller after he tried to sell them a fake piece of jewelry, according to a Buffalo police report. The two 19-year-old victims said they contacted the seller through a Facebook group Buffalo Barter Kings. They told police late Wednesday afternoon they met with a…

Buffalo

Two Buffalo men have been charged in separate incidents with threatening others with a sword and a machete, according to Buffalo police reports. In one incident, a man told police a man swung a machete at him during an argument at around 8 p.m. Monday in a Good Avenue apartment, according to a Buffalo police report. Gary D. Byrd, 51, was charged with second-degree me…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man with two driving while intoxicated convictions in the last decade faces another DWI charge after a one-vehicle crash Monday night, according to Buffalo City Court documents. Buffalo police responded to the crash on the Elmwood Avenue offramp from the westbound Scajaquada Expressway at about 7:40 p.m. Officers found the driver, David R. Petrea, 45, of Virgi…

Buffalo

A multivehicle crash late Wednesday morning on the northbound I-190 near the Scajaquada Expressway exit caused heavy delays for motorists. Police were on the scene of the crash near exit 11 which involves at least three or four vehicles, including a Metro bus, according to Buffalo Fire Department radio communications. Multiple people have to be extricated from vehicles,…

Buffalo

A Hertel Avenue man was stabbed in the thigh with a box cutter on Buffalo's West Side Tuesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The 24-year-old victim told police he and another man were sitting in a parked vehicle near Niagara Street and Massachusetts Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. when two men approached them. The conversation turned into an argument and then o…

Crime

A Lewiston man barged into a Niagara Falls restaurant Monday and tossed items around the kitchen. He later told police he took a "bad dose of crack," according to a police report. Vincent C. Davolio, 55, of Ridge Road, is accused of entering the kitchen at Chu's Restaurant on Main Street at about 4:30 p.m., throwing things around and then going to an upstairs storage ar…

Buffalo

A Niagara Falls man told police he was cut in the face and scalp during an attack Monday morning near Niagara Avenue and 13th Street, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The victim told police he was robbed sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. after leaving a friend's apartment. He described the attackers as four males who were about 17 years old, according …

Crime

A grand jury has indicted a man in connection with a Lackawanna arson last spring that sent seven people to the hospital. Corey Green, 20, was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of first-degree arson in Erie County Court and he pleaded not guilty to intentionally setting fire to 97 Ingham Ave., with nearly 20 people inside. The April 22 fire displaced four families of imm…

Buffalo

Money raised for the Buffalo Police Department K-9 Unit at a fundraiser Nov. 16 at Club Marcella was presented to the unit on Friday at Buffalo Police Headquarters. The event at the downtown Buffalo club raised $16,460. Club owner Joe Marcella joined police officials and relatives of Craig Lehner, a member of the Police Department's K-9 unit and dive team member who die…