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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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Laurie Brown was watching the news in the living room of her home on Covington Place Thursday evening when she heard an explosion. She opened her door and saw an inferno across the street. “Debris was flying through the air. The smoke was billowing. The flames were shooting up,” Brown said. She ran outside. The sides of the burning house had been ripped off and…

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A 24-year-old Buffalo man has been indicted in the Sept. 27 shootings near Potomac and Parkdale avenues that left a man dead and a woman critically injured, Erie County District John J. Flynn announced Thursday. Tong Rieang was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapo…

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Firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant house on Breckenridge Street Wednesday morning, fire officials said. The 2-and-a-half story house was located at 314 Breckenridge, between Grant Street and Parkdale Avenue. The fire, reported just after 6 a.m., caused $100,000 in damage to the building. The cause of the fire was under investigation. A fire truck on its way to …

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It's going to snow. Again. "What's new?" said Tony Ansuini, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Buffalo Wednesday morning. The good news: Ansuini said it won't be a lot of snow. It'll be cool and calm during the day Wednesday with a high of 40. Then the temperature dips to the freezing point as a weather system moves into the region overnight Wedn…

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A Warsaw man was arrested Monday on felony child pornography charges for allegedly possessing and uploading "numerous images of sexual performances of a child," state police said. The suspect, Kory A. Doyle, 31, is accused of uploading numerous images of child pornography to the internet between Jan. 16, 2017, and March 21, 2017. On March 22, an internet service com…

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A Buffalo man reported to police that he was the victim of a carjacking Saturday near Sumner Place and West Shore Avenue, Buffalo police said. The victim told police he was driving home from a friend's house when he was flagged down by two men he did not know just before 5:30 a.m. Police said the victim reported that one of the men reached into his vehicle and grabbe…

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Buffalo police announced Monday the arrest of two teenagers in the March 26 robbery of a Skip the Dishes driver on the 200 block of Hempstead Avenue, near Tower Street. A third suspect remains at large. The victim was assaulted at gunpoint and robbed of his cellphone and cash, police said. Patrick Maxwell and Jordan Lackey, both 18, of Buffalo, were each charged with…

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A Town of Tonawanda man was arrested in connection with the April 4 robbery of the Rite Aid store at 654 Colvin Ave. in Kenmore, Kenmore police announced Monday. Glenn L. Bender, 45, was charged with first-degree robbery and petit larceny. Police said that on April 4 a white male in his 40s handed a Rite Aid cashier a note that read “don’t tell anyone and don’t try a…

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A State University at Binghamton student died after he was stabbed on campus, university officials said on the university's Facebook page. "We are sad to report that a student has died due to a stabbing on campus that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15," the Monday morning post read. The victim was identified Joao Souza, a 19-year-old freshman engineering …

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Dr. Ethan Gable studied the printout of jagged lines from the fetal non-stress test in progress on Kathreen Salih's belly. The steady whoosh-whoosh-whoosh of her baby's heartbeat filled the exam room. "Let her know the baby's heartbeat is increasing," Gable told Salih's sister who came with her for her appointment last week at Jericho Road Community Health Center's Bart…

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A problem with a transmission line caused a large power outage in Amherst early Wednesday morning, leaving just under 20,000 National Grid customers with no power, Steve Brady, a spokesman for National Grid said. The power went out for National Grid customers in Amherst at about 3 a.m. and was restored just before 5 a.m., Brady said. The high-voltage transmission lin…

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A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men suspecting of breaking into a store an Allegany County store last month and stealing 13 long guns and five handguns, authorities said Tuesday. The burglary of the Shongo General Store at 2953 Hawks Road in Wellsville took place sometime between 2 and 5 a.m. March 21, state p…

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The Buffalo Niagara region is not unusually poor. But the region's poverty is "unusually unequal" and disproportionately affects people of color, especially those living in Buffalo, according to a report released Tuesday by the Partnership for the Public Good. The poverty rate for African-Americans is three times that of white people in the region, the report found b…

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The never-ending winter continued overnight Monday as light snow blanketed lawns and windshields, much to winter-weary Buffalonians' dismay. It was enough snow to prompt a 24-hour weather total report from the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. Here are a few highlights, according to weather spotters for the NWS: Warsaw in Wyoming County was the regional …

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She allegedly claimed it was "crushed ibuprofen." But according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the white powder in a plastic bag that Christine Soler, 40, of Utica, removed from her pockets after she failed to clear the metal detectors at the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo Monday, tested positive for cocaine. The substance, which deputies field tested, weigh…