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

Martial Manyere has an extraordinary tale to tell. He came to Buffalo last summer to seek the help of Vive, a shelter in Buffalo for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. But with no close relatives in Canada, he learned there was only a slim chance he’d be given asylum. Seeking asylum in the U.S. can take years. People who applied for asylum in January and Februa…

A 10-year-old Buffalo boy reported missing from an address on Norman Avenue early Saturday morning was "back home safe," police said shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. Police posted Fabian Zeigler's picture on Facebook at about 2 a.m. Saturday. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/865919801490853889    

The Orchard Park man accused of using a stun gun and chasing a driver was arrested a second time in connection with another incident, town police said. Police executed a warrant Thursday evening and arrested Michael Overton, 18, on charges of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. At about 4 p.m.…

Aliceritah Nabacwa and her 5-year-old son Elmer were among the first asylum seekers to stay at Vive’s converted rectory. The Uganda woman and her son had been temporarily staying in Vive's shelter on Wyoming Avenue in Buffalo while they waited for an appointment with Canadian immigration officials. But the dormitory-style accommodations weren’t ideal for children…

The Kircalis found their way, one by one, to Canada. They had initially fled Turkey for Ukraine but later decided to seek asylum in Canada. First, their son Fatih, 15, flew alone to Toronto. Arriving Aug. 31, he enrolled in the Nile Academy, a private school started by Turkish immigrants. Then in February, Hakan, the 44-year-old father followed. “We tried to …

Sandra, a Guatemalan woman in the U.S. without legal status who was seeking asylum in Canada, shared her recipe for tostadas de tinga, which she made at Mark and Joelle Herskinds' house in Buffalo while they were giving her sanctuary there. [Gallery: Asylum seekers want freedom in Canada] Tostadas de tinga For the chicken:  3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken br…

Jose arrived at Vive's shelter for asylum seekers in Buffalo at 6 a.m. March 28, after a 15-hour trip by two buses and a taxi from Maryland. “I was maybe a little scared,” the 25-year-old said. “I don’t know. I just put my faith in Jesus. I knew he was going to protect me.” He was scared because he did not have legal status in the U.S., having overstayed a …

Danish Yahyaie arrived at the Peace Bridge Newcomer Centre in Canada with a bouquet of flowers to meet his wife, Alina. Alina, who is from Afghanistan, had taken a taxi from the Buffalo airport across the Peace Bridge on March 24 to seek asylum in Canada. Danish escaped from Afghanistan three years ago. He flew into Toronto Pearson International Airport with $700, no…

In the basement of a stately Buffalo home, a family of eight found a safe place to hide while waiting to seek asylum on the other side of the Peace Bridge. Originally from Guatemala, Daniel and Sandra did not have legal status in the U.S. As teenagers, they both crossed the border from Mexico illegally in pursuit of a better life, free of the violence and poverty of the…

Buffalo police released images of two burglars who broke into the True Bethel Baptist Church on E. Ferry Street last weekend. Rev. Darius Pridgen, pastor of the church and president of the Buffalo Common Council, put out a plea on Facebook for the young men to turn themselves in to him. The church has surveillance video showing them breaking a window and then trying to …

Two Orleans County sheriff's deputies were arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking payments from a private company they were working security for while working simultaneously at the Sheriff's Office, according to a State Police statement Wednesday. Sergeant Dean Covis of Albion and Deputy Thomas Marano of Brockport were each charged with grand larceny in the third degre…

PUSH Buffalo broke ground Tuesday on a project at the former Buffalo Public School 77 to turn it into affordable senior housing and community space. The vacant school building at 429 Plymouth Ave. on the city's West side also will be the new homes of PUSH Buffalo and the Ujima Theatre Company. PUSH, which stands for People United for Sustainable Housing, worked with …

Two young men broke a window at True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street with a rock Saturday night and went through the building before running away when the police arrived, according to Rev. Darius Pridgen, the pastor of True Bethel who is also the president of the Buffalo Common Council. "All of it was caught on camera," Pridgen wrote on a Facebook post late …

The Buffalo Police Department hopes to have some officers wearing body cameras on the streets for the first time within three months, a move many say could bring more transparency to police activity and build trust between the community and police. Buffalo's plans for body cameras come as the state Attorney General's Office is investigating the deaths of two men in the …