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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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  With snowflakes in their hair and orange ribbons on their overcoats, the students at Leonardo da Vinci High School marched around their campus chanting “No more!” In the auditorium of Cheektowaga Central High School, students sat in silence. Just two students walked out of Lewiston-Porter High School, while many others gathered inside the school for a remem…

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You might want to give yourself a little extra time to get to work and school this morning, or maybe take a different route. The snow hitting Western New York is causing some slow traffic on area roads. Here's where congestion was reported at about 9 a.m.: I-190 Southbound beyond I-290 to beyond Exit 14 (Ontario Street). Route 33 Westbound - Congestion beyond…

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A Buffalo man was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle after he was arrested for allegedly driving a rental car that was reported stolen from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority official said. NFTA police pulled over the suspect, Dwayne Wiggins, 33, at Jefferson Avenue and High…

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Buffalo police said  asking a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing has been found. Sydney Pettengill, who lives on Abbott Road, was described as 5 feet tall. She had last seen leaving the Tops supermarket at Bailey Avenue and Abbott just before 5 p.m. Monday.

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Buffalo police are asking the public's help in locating a 14-year-old girl who was last seen Monday morning. Alonda Star-Hunt, who lives on Dearborn Avenue in the Black Rock section of Buffalo, was described as 5 feet tall weighing about 120 pounds. She was last seen at about 7:30 a.m. Monday near 14th and Connecticut streets wearing a black bubble coat, white T-shirt, …

An Albion man and his girlfriend have been charged with multiple sex crimes against children ranging in age from 4 to 15 over the past eight years, village police said Monday. Richard L. Hering Jr. and Renee D. Koch, who live together on Hamilton Street, were arrested on Feb. 27. Hering's bail was set at $20,000 and Koch's was set at $10,000. They were both released…

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Would you know what to do to help someone who is bleeding uncontrollably? Free "Stop the Bleed" workshops offered on April 7 at four locations in Western New York aim to teach the public how to pack wounds, apply pressure and use tourniquets to control life-threatening bleeding. The classes will be offered from 11 a.m to noon, 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on April; 7 …

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Evans police chased down a Buffalo man wearing a ski mask who is suspected of attacking a man in his Lake Shore Road home and robbing him Sunday night, Evans police said. Just before 8 p.m., a woman called Evans police to report that a man wearing a ski mask had broken into her home near Evans Town Park and was attacking her husband with a gun. "Police Officers J…

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office is opening a substation inside the Eastern Hills Mall, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced Monday. The Clarence mall's management is providing free space to the sheriff's office for the substation where deputies can "conduct initial investigations into mall incidents as well as serve as a base for community policing activities," a statem…

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A 48-year-old North Tonawanda woman died Thursday evening when she was accidentally run over by her car with her 10-year-old daughter at the wheel, North Tonawanda Police Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said. The mother was driving home with her daughter at about 6:30 p.m. when the vehicle got stuck in a snowbank in an alley, between 14th and 15th avenues, that leads to their ga…

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A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday on charges of making terroristic threats after he allegedly made threats on social media involving  Lewis J. Bennett High School, 2885 Main St., Buffalo police said. The threats were posted March 1. Police said that tips from the public led them and school resource officers to the teenager who was being charged as a minor. &n…

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Twenty-four hours after Erie County law enforcement and lawmakers announced $2,500 rewards for turning in opioid dealers, Crime Stoppers Buffalo has received close to 70 tips. "We really didn't know what to expect," said Chief Daniel Granville, who heads the Erie County Sheriff's narcotics unit on Tuesday. "I can tell you there has been great response." On Monday, Er…

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Crime Stoppers Buffalo is now offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of opioid dealers. At a news conference Monday morning, Crime Stoppers Buffalo Chairman Kevin Hoffman and Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the new arrangement. People can now call the Crime Stoppers Buffalo confidential tip line at 716-867-…

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West Seneca police are asking the public's help in identifying a woman who is a "person of interest" in a burglary investigation. Police said the woman, pictured on the left, is traveling with the man shown on the right in a 2003 gray Honda Civic four-door vehicle. Police asked anyone with information about the woman to call the West Seneca police confidential tip li…

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More than 1,100 Western New York households and businesses still have no power following last week's snowstorm that brought down trees and power lines. According to the National Grid website, 788 customers in Cattaraugus County, 231 in Allegany and 43 in Erie do not have their electricity back yet. Power is expected to be restored by 6 p.m., National Grid officials said…