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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.


Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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…

Crime

Erie County Sheriff's investigators have charged two men with burglarizing a gas station in Elma, authorities said Tuesday. James Trala, 30, of Depew, and Philip Muzzy, 34, of Lackawanna, were pulled over by detectives on Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said. Inside the pair's vehicle, detectives found lottery tickets, cash and cash donations for a breast cancer chari…

Crime

Someone set a window sill on fire at a church in Chautauqua County on Sunday morning, authorities said. A small fire was discovered at Lakeside Bible Chapel Church, 98 Lakeside Drive, in Bemus Point between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. Investigators have characterized the case as arson and are asking anyone who may have information …

Buffalo

A man wearing a ski mask robbed the 7-Eleven store on Parkside Avenue early Tuesday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber approached the convenience store counter at 3:20 a.m. and asked an employee for money from the store's safe, cigarettes, lottery tickets and stamps, according to the report. In addition to the mask, the robber also wore a camou…

Buffalo

Buffalo Police said a 25-year-old man was struck and killed by gunfire shortly before 3 p.m. Monday in the first block of Thatcher Avenue near Kensington Avenue. Police were called to the 900 block of Kensington Avenue for the report of a shooting. A body that had been covered by police was visible in a driveway near the corner of Kensington and Thatcher avenues. Aut…

Crime

A driver was hospitalized Monday morning after his vehicle veered off Route 5 and sheared a utility pole in Dunkirk, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. Michael G. Korytko, 33, of Dunkirk, was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital following the crash, which happened at about 11:05 a.m. Korytko was driving east when he drove off the road, hit a curb and sheared the …

Crime

A woman nearly bit a man's lower lip off during a domestic incident on the city's West Side over the weekend, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim told police he and the 22-year-old woman argued about "mutual cheating" when she punched him in the face and pushed him to the ground, the report said. When the victim was on the ground, the woman "did bite his…