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Maki Becker is the breaking news and criminal justice editor at The Buffalo News.

Flags will be flown at half-staff at all New York State buildings Tuesday in honor of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, who died in Southwest Asia Wednesday in a non-combat incident. Morrow was 25 and grew up in Dansville in Livingston County, near Rochester. She was the mother of two young children, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. …

Police are seeking the public's helping in locating a Buffalo woman last seen on the city's West Side on March 15. Alicia Rivas, 47, was last seen wearing a denim Nike jacket and blue skinny jeans. Police described her as having brown eyes and orange-reddish colored hair. A flier about her disappearance said she has a tattoo on her left shoulder blade that says "…

A 55-year-old man who was last seen March 11 has been located and is safe, Town of Tonawanda police reported. James L. Daniel had last been seen in Allegany, and before that in Batavia. Police reported late Sunday that Daniel was "unharmed and in good health." No other details were immediately reported. https://twitter.com/TTPD/status/846203758321242112

A fire broke out at a Symphony Circle house early Monday morning, causing $1 million in damage, Buffalo fire officials said. The fire was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. at 69 Symphony Circle, near Kleinhans Music Hall. Fire officials estimated that the blaze caused $750,000 in damage to the structure and $250,000 to the contents. The 4,200-square-foot house wa…

When Mustafa Abdo saw the lights of the fire trucks outside his apartment on Lafayette Avenue and then heard his neighbor banging on his door, screaming at him to get out, he scooped up his three young children and grabbed his car keys. That was all he and his family had left after the fire consumed the building early on the morning of March 11. "Everything is burnt,…

Spring is just two days away, but wintry weather will continue to prevail in the Buffalo area this weekend. A "very week band of mainly snow" was crossing all of Western New York, said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. https://twitter.com/NWSBUFFALO/status/843066108051689472 "It's not going to produce much," he said. We ca…

Dec. 6, 2006 - March 15, 2017 He loved helping his dad and uncle on the family farm. Fishing with his grandfather. Taking care of his little brother and sister. Four-wheeling with his cousins in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Playing outdoors and indoors - on his iPad. And anything related to Star Wars. Benjamin D. Wasik of Pendleton was a kind and helpfu…

The schools were closed. The entire length of the Thruway – including I-190 – was shut down to tractor-trailers. The National Guard was called in. Even Anderson's Frozen Custard closed all of its Erie County locations. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, only 6 1/2 inches of snow had fallen on Buffalo. What's happened to us? "Where's the storm? We ain't got none," barked T…

A 16-year-old Buffalo boy has been charged with attempted murder following the shootings of two other teenagers at Michigan Avenue and Best Street, near City Honors School and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Buffalo police announced Wednesday. James Russel, Jr., 16, was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. h…

A rally on the steps of Buffalo City Hall and a demonstration along Tupper Street are among the events planned today in conjunction with "A Day Without A Woman" and International Women's Day being held across the U.S. today. Organizers of the Women's March which took place around the world on the day following President Donald J. Trump's inauguration are promoting today…

A man wanted on an attempted murder warrant related to a Dec. 2 shooting in Batavia was arrested last week in Connecticut, City of Batavia police said Monday. Jeremy R. Armstrong, 26, of Batavia, was a suspect in a shooting on Jackson Street. Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was shot several times at a close distance. Armstrong was located out…

A 50-year-old Buffalo man was taken to Erie County Medical Center after he allegedly jumped on the hoods of a car and an NFTA van early Friday morning, NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said. The incidents took place at about 4:50 a.m. on Military Road and Race Street. The man first jumped on a car, slid off and then jumped on the NFTA PAL van, which is used to tra…

  Two men were arrested on drug charges early Thursday after an Erie County Sheriff's deputies stopped their car in Springville, officials said. Deputies stopped the car on West Main Street and Route 219 at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday for an unspecified vehicle and traffic violation and discovered that the driver, Logan Shearer, 21, of Olean did not have a driver…