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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.


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A Riverside High School student was arrested this week after a teacher and a security officer were injured breaking up a fight between students, according to a Buffalo police report. The 16-year-old student was involved in a fight with another student in the school cafeteria on Monday morning when she allegedly elbowed a teacher in the arm and elbowed a security officer…

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A student at Buffalo United Charter School was arrested Wednesday morning after the school's principal was injured during a fight between students, according to a Buffalo police report. The 14-year-old student was accused of pushing Principal Tammy Messmer during a fight with another student in a hallway at the school on Manhattan Avenue, according to the report. The st…

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Someone stole 140 state inspection stickers from an auto repair shop in North Buffalo, according to a Buffalo police report. The theft was reported Tuesday from Monro Muffler Brake & Service, 2227 Delaware Ave., according to the report. Staff at the shop reported that the theft occurred between Saturday night and Monday morning.

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A month and a half into 2018, Buffalo's up to three confirmed homicides. Buffalo police said Thursday that two recent deaths have been ruled homicides. The city's first confirmed homicide of the year came 37 days into the year, when a 35-year-old transgender woman was fatally shot on Shepard Street on Feb. 6. The fatal shooting on Shepard may not have actually bee…

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Miami Beach Police announced Thursday they have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Williamsville East High School graduate. Jeremiah G. Dorvilus, 31, is accused of being the driver of a vehicle used in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Kamil Patel, Miami Beach Police said. Dorvilus, who has no permanent address, has been charged with first-degree murder, poli…

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A 22-year-old East Amherst woman riding in an Uber suffered a serious head injury in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Niagara Falls after which the driver of the other vehicle was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, was a backseat passenger in a car that struck a van that turned in its path at the intersecti…

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Police and prosecutors are looking into whether Tuesday's fatal shooting of a transgender woman in Buffalo was a hate crime. A spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney's Office said the office is "extremely concerned about a spike in homicides of transgender people across the country and will be, as part of this investigation, looking into whether or not this i…

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A driver who struck a City of Tonawanda plow on Wednesday night was ticketed for imprudent speed, according to police. Talis C. Connor, 25, of Wheeler Street in the City of Tonawanda, was identified as the driver who hit the snow plow about 10:45 p.m. at the intersection of Niagara Street and Two Mile Creek Road, police said. Connor was trying to brake for a red ligh…

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Luz Torres of Dunkirk has been named deputy Democratic election commissioner in Chautauqua County, the first Latina to hold the position, officials said Wednesday. Torres has been the board's Spanish-language interpreter, has processed voter registrations and directed poll site operations since 2011. She replaces Doris Parment, who left the board due to illness, county …

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A body was found late Tuesday afternoon on the 100 block of Wick Street, according to Buffalo police. Investigators are trying to determine the identity of the deceased male and an autopsy will be conducted by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death, police said. Police responded to the scene shortly before 5:15 p.m. Police did no…

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There was some bad news this week from a local car dealer. Somebody keeps stealing cars from Basil Ford in Niagara Falls. But here's the good news: The thief brings the car back. Sometimes. Staff at the car dealership Monday afternoon reported a 2013 black Ford Taurus was missing from the lot where used cars are kept, according to a police report. Employees not…

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A Niagara Falls man was charged Monday morning with robbing a man at gunpoint on the 600 block of Pine Avenue, according to a city police report. The victim told police he was followed by a man from an ATM shortly after 9 a.m. The robber then held a gun to his head and took cash, according to the report. The suspect, identified as Rashaan T. Houston, 27, fled the are…

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A Buffalo man was accused Monday of stealing the tip jar from Spot Coffee on Hertel Avenue, according to a Buffalo police report. A Spot Coffee employee flagged down an officer at about 8:20 p.m. outside the restaurant at Hertel and North Park Avenue and said a man stole the jar and fled the area on a bicycle. After the alleged thief damaged a fence in a yard several bl…

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The Buffalo father who told investigators he accidentally started a blaze that killed his 7-year-old son last week must still keep away from his wife, a judge said Tuesday. Joseph Conti appeared in domestic violence court Tuesday in Buffalo on a harassment charge he faced for a New Year's Eve incident at his Benzinger Street home. Buffalo City Court Judge JaHarr Prid…

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A man has been accused of intentionally starting two fires in Jamestown, both his residences at the time, according to police. David M. Wright, 31, has been charged with starting a fire Jan. 19 at 24 Phillips St. and on Nov. 16 at 12 Mount Vernon Place. Both locations were places Wright lived at the time, Jamestown police said. Wright was charged with two counts of s…