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


Local News

Ghosts and goblins in Buffalo and the Northtowns: Looks like you've lucked out. Kids in the Southtowns, make sure you bring an umbrella. The lake-effect rain that's deluging the Southtowns this morning is expected to make it way north in the Buffalo metro area before drifting back south. But according to the meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, …

Crime

A Wheatfield man pleaded guilty Monday in a September hit-and-run in Riverside that left a woman with a severe head injury, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said. Theodore Canaski, 29, entered his plea to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in serious physical injury  before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case. Prosecutors say Canaski was …

Buffalo

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the day Buffalo Police Officer James Shields died in a car crash while responding to a robbery call. Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, who died during a training exercise in the Niagara River and was laid to rest Wednesday, had named his K-9 partner, Shield, after Shields. On Oct. 30, 2002, Shields and his partner, Officer K…

Weather

Hold onto your witch's hat. It's going to be windy – and rainy today and on Halloween. And for higher elevations in the Southtowns, there may be some lake effect snow on the horizon. The National Weather Service of Buffalo has issued a wind advisory for Erie, Genesee, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties through 2 a.m. Tuesday. Westerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gus…

Crime

A suspect in the shooting death of a man in Niagara Falls was in custody Saturday, Falls police said. At about 3 a.m., police responding to a call about a shooting at 1118 19th Street found a dead man inside the residence. Police said it appeared he had been shot once in the head at close range. The suspect, whose name has not been released, fled but was spotted "a s…

Crime

University at Buffalo Police released photos Friday of a man suspected of committing a lewd act in front of a 14-year-old boy in a men's sauna on UB's North campus on Oct. 12. The boy told police the incident happened in the Alumni Arena. He made the report on Oct. 13. Police released multiple images of the man, described as a lanky white male, possibly in his 40s, w…

Buffalo

A man in his 20s died after his vehicle crashed into the center bridge abutment on the Route 198 bridge over Delaware Avenue just before midnight Thursday, Buffalo police said. The victim, whose name has not been released, was southbound on the Delaware Avenue S-curves when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the abutment, located just south of Nottingham Terrace …

Local News

A 14-year-old girl who was badly injured Saturday in an ATV crash in Clarence has died -- nearly three years after her 19-year-old sister was killed in a collision. Mikaela Gwitt, a Depew High School student who sustained a serious brain injury in Saturday's crash, was taken off life support Wednesday in Women & Children's Hospital and died a few hours later, accord…

Local News

The WNY Peace Center is celebrating 50 years of working for peace through justice on Nov. 3 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The keynote speaker of the event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m., is award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, who is the host and executive producer of "Democracy Now!" She will also be signing copies of book, "Democracy Now! 20 years Covering…

Local News

For nearly a decade, Officer Tommy Champion was Craig Lehner's patrol partner in the Buffalo Police Department. They were also the best of friends who shared the same passions – music, working out and muscle cars – and a devotion to their job. "Together Craig and I worked meticulously, with an emphasis on diplomacy and respect while also being extremely productiv…

A band of lake effect rain pouring down over western Niagara County and Grand Island is expected to shift south into the Buffalo metro area later this morning, a little later than expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. The heavier rains are expected closer to around midday now, meteorologists said. "The rain could be briefly heavy and wil…

Local News

Selfies. Goofing with friends. Jumping out of an airplane. Posing with fellow National Guard soldiers. This is how Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, who died Oct. 13 in a training accident in the Niagara River, is remembered by a friend. Heather Adamczak, who went to Akron High School with Lehner and stayed friends with him, edited together a video of photos of hi…

Crime

An Amherst man was facing multiple charges Monday night after he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a concrete bench at Clinton Park in the City of Tonawanda and then hid behind a dumpster several block away, City of Tonawanda police said. The driver was identified as Sergey Busko, 33, of E. RobinsonRoad. Police said he crashed his 2015 GMC pick up inside th…

Local News

Niagara County law enforcement and fire personnel Tuesday evening gave an all clear in connection with a hazardous materials situation in a Wegmans parking lot on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. Military Road and nearby roads had been reopened -- after crews contained the emergency situation created when a tractor-trailer carrying refrigerated hydrogen crashed int…

Local News

Well, isn't this nice. Travel + Leisure magazine has dubbed Buffalo the friendliest city in America. The magazine holds an annual "America's Favorite Places" survey of it readers, asking them about what they love about their hometowns. In the category of friendliness, cities in the South and and Midwest figured prominently with readers. "And yet it was an East …