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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

A 30-year-old man is in fair condition after he was shot in the leg Monday afternoon on Guilford Street, Buffalo police said. The man was walking down Guilford between Genesee and Sycamore streets at about 5 p.m. when he was shot. The victim, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. Police ask anyone with information to call …

Buffalo

Buffalo police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in a Sobieski Street apartment. The woman in her 40s was found dead at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in an apartment on Sobieski near Walden Avenue, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. Homicide detectives are investigating. Police did not release any further information.

Crime

Niagara Falls police on Monday charged a driver with resisting arrest during a traffic stop in the Abate Elementary School parking lot, according to a police report. An officer reported seeing a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker shortly before 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of 11th Street and Pierce Avenue. The driver pulled into the school parking lot throug…

Buffalo

A crash is causing heavy traffic delays on the I-190 South heading towards downtown Buffalo, according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. Motorists are backed up from the area near the Peace Bridge all the way back to the I-290 in the Town of Tonawanda. A crash with injuries was reported between the Scajaquada Expressway and Peace Bridge e…

Local News

Miami Beach Police have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a 2006 Williamsville East High School graduate last month. Tyrone Jackson, 32, was arrested Friday in Miami, two days after police charged another man who they believe was an accomplice in the killing. Jackson was charged with first-degree murder and weapons possession, according to a Miami Beach p…

Crime

Employees at two vape shops in the Town of Tonawanda have been cited for selling nicotine products to minors, police said Monday. Town of Tonawanda police conducted an underage sting on Thursday of the four shops that sell e-cigarettes in the town, according to the department. Cody Botelho, 20, of Chain Vapors, 894 Brighton Road, and Timothy Reynolds, 27, of Yeti Vap…

Local News

A 19-year-old was charged Monday morning with robbing a food deliveryman on Best Street, Buffalo police said. Robert Austin of Buffalo faces charges of first-degree robbery and first- and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The deliveryman for Skip the Dishes was robbed at gunpoint at about 1:50 a.m. on the 400 block of Best, police said. Food and cash wer…

Local News

A Buffalo man who went to prison for fatally shooting his best friend in 2006 was arrested Sunday night after Buffalo police found a loaded gun in his car, according to a police report. Daniel Hunley, 33, was pulled over on East Ferry Street just before 10 p.m. after a police officer reported seeing him driving at a high rate of speed on icy pavement without his headlig…

Local News

A 12-year-old boy was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon after police said he cut a fellow sixth-grader in the hand with a pocket knife Monday morning aboard a Buffalo school bus. The boy's name is not being released because he is being charged as a minor, police said. A school district spokesman said the incident happened just bef…

Buffalo

A 25-year-old man was taken to the hospital after he told police he was beaten by five or six people outside a South Buffalo bar on Sunday, according to a police report. The man told police he got into an argument with another man and was pulled out of the bathroom of Avenue Pub on South Park Avenue by a bouncer, who then kicked him out of the bar. Once outside, abou…

Local News

A Buffalo man without a driver's license who has a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated was charged Sunday morning with felony DWI after a crash on the I-190 on Grand Island, according to the State Police. Troopers responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash at 2:17 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found Alexander F. Snow, 35, had left the scen…

Local News

Kevin O. Turner Jr., a talented, up-and-coming rapper from Buffalo, took to Facebook last July on his 21st birthday. "I'm in this Cadillac doing the dash!!!" Turner wrote, noting that many African-Americans don't make it to that age. Turner never made it to 22. Known to friends as "KT," Turner was fatally shot Jan. 21 in Niagara Falls. Police are still searching f…

Buffalo

Somebody stole a 5-month-old puppy from a yard in Buffalo. The dog was taken around 1 p.m. Thursday from a home on the 300 block of Dewey Avenue, between Fillmore and Kensington avenues, according to a Buffalo police report. The puppy, named "Stone," is an American Bully with a three-colored coat, also known as "tri-color bully." The owner posted on Facebook that …

Local News

An Amherst youth hockey coach, who is better known around the National Hockey League as a player agent, has been accused of grabbing the throat of a parent of another team's player last month during a tournament in Niagara Falls, according to authorities. Michael Wulkan, coach of an Amherst 8 and Under team, was charged in connection with an alleged locker room altercat…

Erie County

A stalled CSX train in the area of Woodward Avenue and Military Road has caused police to divert traffic in the area. Town of Tonawanda police received the report of a stalled train at 8:37 a.m. CSX officials have told police the delay will last two more hours "due to personnel shortages," police said. Police ask motorists and pedestrians to use alternate routes, inc…