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Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


Local News

Firefighters were on the scene of an occupied house fire at 45 Shepard St., north of Broadway midday Friday. The blaze was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Firefighters encountered heavy flames on the second floor. The cause was under investigation, fire officials said. The Red Cross was assisting four people who lived at the house.

Crime

A City of Tonawanda man who ran from police after he was pulled over for allegedly speeding early Thursday was found half an hour later hiding behind a garbage tote, City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels said. When police tracked him down, the driver, identified as Michael C. Rauch, 27, said "I ran because I have warrants." It turned out there were two warran…

Local News

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a crash between a school bus and a pickup truck on Saunders Settlement Road and Campbell Boulevard in Lockport Thursday morning. Photos from the scene show the pickup truck was badly damaged in the collision. The front of the school bus also was damaged. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. There were n…

Obituaries

May 16, 2001 – Jan. 14, 2018 This Christmas, Rachel E. LoFaso bought presents for her entire family from the money she earned at her new job as a clerk at the Jim's Steakout in East Aurora. "She was so proud to be able to do that," her father, Frederic LoFaso said. That was the kind of young woman she was, said her family and friends who are mourning her death. …

Erie County

It is the one gesture that has brought some solace to Fred LoFaso since his 16-year-old daughter, Rachel, was killed in a two-car crash: A stranger driving past the accident scene pulled over, got out and held the dying girl until paramedics arrived. "The only thing that comforts me is knowing somebody was holding her," LoFaso said. LoFaso first learned about the act…

Local News

Byron C. Lockwood, the first deputy police commissioner, was appointed interim police commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department, following the overnight retirement of Daniel Derenda, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced overnight. Derenda served as police commissioner since July 2010. Lockwood was a detective for many years and he is a former president of the Afro-Amer…

Erie County

Tony Morganti had just picked up his girlfriend, Rachel LoFaso, 16, at her house in Elma. It was Sunday – right in the middle of a three-day weekend – and they were on their way for a late breakfast. "It was a sunny, beautiful day," said Rachel's father, Fred LoFaso. State police don't yet know exactly what happened, but at about 11:15 a.m. Morganti's 1996 Audi cr…

Local News

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a favorability rate among likely voters of 62 percent to 30 percent, the highest in his eight years as governor, according to a poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute released today. The news comes as Cuomo is preparing to unveil his eighth state budget plan as governor today. The poll also found that Cuomo's job performance rating is…

Local News

Gysma Kueny is upset. Those words that President Trump is accused of using to describe immigrants like herself and the countries they came from and are not what she believes America is about. "That's not the United States," she said. She proudly showed off her stall at the West Side Bazaar on Grant Street, a business incubator started by the Westminster Economic D…

Two Buffalo public schools will be closed today due to concerns about flooding. They are School 27, Hillery Park Academy located at 73 Pawnee Parkway and School 93, Southside Elementary School at 430 Southside Parkway. https://twitter.com/Buffalo_Schools/status/951777073441460225 Creeks throughout the Buffalo area are cresting and minor flooding is being reported …

Buffalo

A man who ran down the street on fire was called a "person of interest" in the investigation of a suspicious early morning Buffalo house fire where a 28-year-old woman was found dead and her 7-year-old daughter suffered burns to her feet. The man, identified by police sources as Frank Bredt, 29, was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after the fire at 5…

Crime

A bill that would require private schools in New York State to report allegations of sexual contact by teachers with students and a second one that would expand legal options for victims of child sex abuse would help bring justice to those victims, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and State Sen. Tim Kennedy said Wednesday. Their announcement of support for the l…

Local News

The driver of a mini bus that overturned and slid down an embankment Tuesday morning in the town of South Valley was charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. Shortly before 7 a.m., Louis J. Gagliardo, 55, of Olean was operating a 2009 Chevy Suburban minibus owned by Corvus Bus & Charter when he lost c…

Local News

Demolition was underway at a historic building on Sycamore Street in downtown Buffalo Wednesday morning after firefighters battled a blaze there for over three hours, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 68 Sycamore St., between Elm Street and Michigan Avenue. 68 Sycamore and the adjacent 72 Sycamore St., both among the city's oldest buildings, were rooming…

Local News

Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at 76 Schutrum St., Buffalo fire officials said. The blaze at the occupied house was reported just before 6 a.m. Tuesday. The fire started on the first floor of the building. The Red Cross was being contacted to assist the people who lived in the building.