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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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Splash pads in Buffalo will open Saturday morning, in time for Memorial Day Weekend, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Friday morning. It'll be a perfect activity for this mostly sunny holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high around 73. Sunday, there's a slight chance of showers and thunderst…

Crime

Evans police were searching for a man who held up a Derby liquor store at gunpoint Thursday night. Top Shelf Liquor on Erie Road was robbed at about 9:40 p.m. Police said the robber displayed a black, semi-automatic handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of a cash. He was described as about 5 foot 10 and between 180 and 200 pounds. He appeared to be in his late 40s…

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A Buffalo woman was shot early Thursday while she was standing outside on East Street, near Hertel Avenue, in the Black Rock section of Buffalo, police said. The shooting took place just after 3 a.m. The victim was identified as a 22-year-old Buffalo woman. Police did not release her name. She was transported to Erie County Medical Center with what police said wer…

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What if police officers didn't just solve crimes and arrest bad guys and instead tried to address the underlying problems that made the crime possible? It's an approach called "problem-oriented policing" that about two dozen local police officers, half from Buffalo, learned about this week. How does it work? Say there's been a number of complaints from residents o…

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A JetBlue flight headed to Boston from Buffalo had to turn back to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday morning after a "bird strike," NFTA spokeswoman Helen Tederous said. The incident happened at about 6:15 a.m., about 10 minutes after JetBlue flight 2216 left Buffalo on its way to Boston. The plane returned safely to the Buffalo airport. It was liste…

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A Cattaraugus County man was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail after leading sheriff's deputies on a chase Tuesday night, the sheriff's office said. Russton S. Williams, 45, of Napoli  is accused of fleeing from authorities in a pursuit that started on Manley Hill Road in Napoli and ended on Lebanon Road in the Town of Coldspring, sheriff's officials said. Williams …

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A motorcyclist was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after he was involved in a collision with another vehicle at South Park Avenue and McKinley Parkway just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. The motorcyclist is a 30-year-old Buffalo man. His name has not been released. No information was released on the other …

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For almost a year now, Connie and Tony Paoletti have been waiting. Waiting for word – a phone call, a text, an anonymous tip, anything – to help them find their son, Stephen, a private investigator who disappeared without a trace in Edgewater, Fla. “It’s surreal,” Connie Paoletti said, sitting next to her husband in their home in Cheektowaga where their son grew up. …

Crime

With two school shootings still fresh in their minds, one where 10 were killed in Santa Fe, Texas, and another in which two were killed in Atlanta after a high school graduation, and gun violence continuing to claim lives in their city, a group of Buffalo students led a forum Tuesday. They asked city leaders: How do we stop the killing? Students at Buffalo Academy of…

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Anti-violence activists joined Buffalo teachers and school district leaders in announcing the launch of a fundraising effort Monday to help Donny Bibbes, who was 8 when he survived being shot in the head. Donny is now 10 and recently went back to school at the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia. The gunshot wound left him partially blind. He also lost his ol…

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Shortly after a Batavia man stabbed in the chest was pronounced dead at United Memorial Medical Center hospital, a second man showed up at the emergency room with a gunshot wound, Batavia police said. Gunshot victim Nathaniel D. Wilson, 30, was charged with second-degree murder in the Thursday night stabbing death of Terry J. Toote, 41, police said Friday. The violen…

Crime

Police are investigating a report of a person who was shot with a pellet gun on Elmwood Avenue, near Auburn Avenue, at about 2:20 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. No other details were immediately available.

Buffalo

A 4-year-old girl is in serious condition in Oishei Children's Hospital after she was grazed in the head by gunfire Thursday night in the 300 block of Lasalle Avenue, near Comstock Avenue, Buffalo police said. Detectives say the girl, identified by neighbors as Lelana McLemore, was not the intended target of the 10:20 p.m. shooting. She was in a vehicle when she was sho…

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Amherst police said Michael O. Ohare Jr., 22, of Rochester, was the driver who fatally struck an Amherst woman as she crossed Niagara Falls Boulevard Saturday. Jennifer L. Duffin, 41, was crossing in the 2000 block of the boulevard, between Inn Keepers Lane and Willow Ridge Drive, at 12:42 a.m. Saturday when she was struck by a 2007 Pontiac driven by Ohare. Police sa…

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A Hamburg man died after he was pulled from the waters of Lake Erie near Hoaks Restaurant, 4100 Lakeshore Road Wednesday night, Hamburg police said. The man was identified as Robert Maccubbin, 50, of Hamburg. Maccubbin was an avid fisherman, said his wife JoAnne McNamara, a professional photographer who shared a photo she took of her husband on a fishing trip off Ton…