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


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A fire at a vacant house at 212 Watson Street early Friday spread to an adjacent house at 208 Watson, fire officials said. The blaze was reported just before 1 a.m. No one was injured and the fire caused $60,000 in damage to 212 Watson and $10,000 to 208 Watson, which was also believed to be vacant. The cause of the fire was under investigation.   &…

Crime

Erie County Sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in finding the driver of a small truck involved in a hit-and-run crash with a passenger vehicle at Salt and County roads in Clarence at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle rolled over and a mother and two children inside suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Off…

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An injury accident on the northbound I-190 on Grand Island was reported Thursday morning. The left lane of the northbound side was blocked due to the accident, reported between Exit 18B (Grand Island Blvd.) and 19 (Whitehaven Road) at 7:20 a.m. Just before 8 a.m., an accident was reported on the southbound side beyond Exit 19 that was blocking the left lane.  …

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A fire at a Breckenridge Street rooming house early Thursday left seven adults without a home, fire officials said. The fire at 420 Breckenridge, a two-and-a-half story building near Baynes Street, was reported at 2:43 a.m. Fire investigators said the fire started in the basement and extended into the first floor. The cause was under investigation.

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Officer Craig Lehner's K-9 dog, who had been waiting inside his air-conditioned patrol car when Lehner disappeared into the Niagara River Friday, gnawed on a chew toy inside Buffalo Police Headquarters Wednesday. Lt. Sal Losi, who heads the Buffalo Police K-9 unit, said the 85-pound German shepherd has a quirky sense of humor, just like his human partner. "He embodie…

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After a lawn sign that declares "Love is Love" was burned last month in front of a house in Allentown, 500 new "Love is Love" signs will be offered at a party from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the WNY Peace Center. "The Love is Love campaign works to ignite a movement that spreads the message – of kindness, peace, unity, acceptance and diversity – that the arso…

A planned health center on Buffalo's East Side has received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation. Jericho Road Community Health Center hopes to open the facility at 1021 Broadway in 2018. “This funding from the New York State Health Foundation will allow us to strengthen the primary care safety net that has been eroding on the city’s East Si…

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The Tragically Hip tweeted out the sad news this morning that their frontman Gord Downie, 53, died Tuesday night with his children and family by his side. The Canadian rocker was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. Here's a statement from The Tragically Hip's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/thehipdotcom/status/920628509369950208 In September,…

Politics

The Buffalo News will provide live coverage today of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Buffalo to talk about proposed tax cuts and to help Rep. Chris Collins raise campaign funds. Beginning around 11 a.m., Buffalo News reporters Maki Becker and Robert McCarthy, as well as photographer Derek Gee, will provide live coverage of Pence's stop at the Buffalo Niagara Intern…

Crime

Two Canadian men were charged with trafficking minors following an investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Service into two underage girls involved in the sex trade who were being housed at a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ont. Authorities received a tip about the girls on Saturday, the police service said Tuesday. Jerdaine Foster, 24, and Shamaree Salmon, 23, both of …

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The Buffalo Central Terminal has been named to the 2018 World Monuments Watch list, one of just 25 cultural heritage sites around the world that the private nonprofit group has chosen to highlight. "The brick and limestone building complex was designed by the firm of Fellheimer and Wagner, specialists in railroad architecture who were responsible for many successful de…

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Vice President Pence is scheduled to arrive in Buffalo a little before noon today for two events, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo also is planning a morning appearance here. Pence has scheduled a meeting with business executives and “New York families” for a discussion on tax reform and also for a fundraiser for Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence. He's also expected to visit Per…

A Lockport man was taken into custody Monday morning following an overnight standoff on Bowmiller Road, state police said. At about 8:41 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the address about a domestic dispute. By the time they arrived, Matthew C. Pierce, 30, had left. Troopers who responded had investigated Pierce for a prior incident. After they left the residence…

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Buffalo police are investigating a body found in the 1100 block of Bailey Avenue, the department tweeted at about 11:30 a.m. The location is an industrial area near where railroad tracks cross Bailey. No details were immediately available.