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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

A Buffalo man has been accused of trying to compel another man to engage in prostitution by holding a knife to his face and throat on Thursday night, according to a Buffalo police report. Hussein I. Alradhi, 29, was arrested at 7:41 p.m. on the 500 block of Ontario St., according to the report. The victim told police Alradhi was trying to force him to prostitution wi…

Buffalo

A two-family home occupied by nine people was damaged in a fire Friday afternoon in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood. The blaze at 46 Rano St., just east of Tonawanda Street, was discovered shortly before 12:30 p.m. The fire began on the second floor and spread into the attic, according to the Buffalo Fire Department. Three people live in the downstairs unit, while s…

Buffalo

A North Buffalo man called a tow-truck driver to haul a damaged pickup away from his Hartwell Road home early Thursday morning. The tow-truck driver noticed the Chevrolet Silverado was damaged – it looked like it had side-swiped a vehicle, according to a Buffalo police report. The tow-truck driver ran into some trouble with his customer at about 5 a.m., so he called p…

Buffalo

Two drivers were killed and a motorcyclist was seriously injured in three separate crashes in less than 8 hours ending early Friday. A man in his 20s died in Buffalo late Thursday night on Delaware Avenue when his vehicle crashed into the center bridge abutment to the Route 198 bridge. A 26-year-old East Aurora woman was killed Friday morning in Aurora when the car s…

Crime

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Friday morning after he struck a deer on Route 5 and became pinned under another vehicle, Evans police said. The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was heading east near the New Era Cap plant, 8061 Erie Road, just before 7:30 a.m. when the operator collided with a deer, police said. He went down in the road and slid into the we…

Crime

A 26-year-old woman was killed Friday morning in a collision near the end of the Route 400 in the town of Aurora, according to East Aurora police. The collision at the intersection of Olean Road and the beginning of the 400 expressway happened at about 6:30 a.m., said East Aurora Police Lt. Patrick Welch. The woman, identified as Corrine M. Closson of East Aurora, wa…

Crime

The driver of a tanker who crashed into a light pole and triggered a hazardous materials emergency that shut down a busy retail strip in Niagara County for almost a full day Tuesday has been issued a traffic ticket, according to police. Carl D. Wolfe, 63, of Thamesville, Ont., was ticketed for not following lane markings in the Wegmans parking lot on Military Road in th…

Lancaster

A "blue Mass" to honor first responders will be held Wednesday at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. The 1 p.m. Mass is being hosted by St. Mary's High School. This is the second annual event organized by the school. The Mass will include a remembrance of four officers who died this year.

Crime

A mother told Buffalo police her minivan was struck by a bullet Wednesday night while she was driving her three children near Dingens and Weiss streets, according to a police report. No one was injured in the 7:40 p.m. incident, according to the report. The bullet hit the front, passenger-side door and caused a flat tire. The woman told police she did not see anothe…

Crime

A knife-wielding man robbed a 7-Eleven on Dingens Street early Thursday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The thief threatened the cashier and made off with cash from the convenience store near the corner of Dingens and South Ogden Street at about 2:15 a.m., according to the report. The thief was described as a skinny white male, 5-foot-9, wearing a mult…

Local News

Buffalo police expect 5,000 to 10,000 law enforcement officers from across the United States and Canada to attend Officer Craig E. Lehner's funeral on Wednesday at the KeyBank Center, a Buffalo police official said Monday. Lehner's K-9 dog, Shield, will follow the casket into the arena for what could be the largest police funeral ever held in Western New York.  Membe…

Buffalo

Two new bridges on Bailey Avenue over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek are slated to open at 6 p.m. Monday, according to Rep. Brian Higgins. A pair of 88-year-old bridges, located between Elk Street and McKinley Parkway, were replaced in the $22 million project, $15 million of it in federal funding Higgins, D-Buffalo, helped secure. Construction began in July 2016.…

Bills

How does a Buffalo Bills fan end up with a scorched Sammy Watkins jersey and rolling around in a pile of empty beer cups? Well, by jumping back-first onto a burning table while tailgating outside New Era Field in Orchard Park, of course. The antics of a few Bills fans drew national attention to Bills Mafia again Sunday when video of one fan setting himself on fire go…

Buffalo

A handwritten letter sat along the edge of the Niagara River in Broderick Park on Thursday morning. Below an American flag and beside a blue pumpkin and bouquets of flowers, the one-page note in blue cursive lettering was fastened to one of the bouquets. It was addressed to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. The author described herself as "a grateful Buffalo…

Local News

Due to the large number of people expected to pay their respects to Officer Craig Lehner at his calling hours next week, the City of Buffalo has arranged for a shuttle service to ferry the public from off-site parking to the Hamburg funeral home where the wake will be held. Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lakeside Memorial Funeral …