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


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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.  

A Washington D.C. man who was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over Saturday on Route 219 in the Town of Carrollton was arrested after troopers found a loaded semi-automatic pistol and a small bag of marijuana in the vehicle. Dante R. Hicks, 20, was in a car pulled over just after 1 a.m. Saturday. State police said the vehicle was stopped for failure to dim head ligh…

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To help Buffalo's resettled refugees stay warm in the winter, Jericho Road Community Health Center is holding its annual winter outerwear drive. The agency will be collecting new or gently used winter coats, gloves, scarves, hats, boots and blankets through Friday at Loretto Ministry Center, 301 14th St. Clothes are also being accepted through Wednesday at both location…

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The search for missing Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner in the Niagara River ended its fourth day Monday without success. At a 4:30 p.m. briefing, Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo said boats and dive teams found no trace of Lehner or his equipment. Officers continued the search until sundown Monday, and plan to return Tuesday morning. "Everybody's tired. Everybody'…

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Long before Harvey Weinstein became one of the most powerful people in Hollywood – and now one of the most reviled, following reports that he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted several actresses – a Buffalo woman says she was the target of his unwanted advances. Paula Wachowiak, now 62, is a grandmother of three and an employment specialist who works with peop…

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UDPATE: As of Saturday, the search is still on for missing Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner. Click here for the latest news on the efforts to locate him. ••• Authorities suspended until morning the multi-agency search for the Buffalo Police Department dive team member missing since early afternoon Friday in the Niagara River. He was identified late Friday as Cr…

Niagara County firefighters battled a garage fire early Friday morning in Wheatfield, Niagara County sheriff's officials said. The fire was reported at about 12:41 a.m. at a detached garage at 7182 Witmer Road. St. Johnsburg and Frontier volunter fire companies responded and found the garage engulfed in flames. The garage was destroyed and the fire caused heat damage…

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Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 14-year-old boy who was last seen leaving South Park High School on Wednesday. Hayden Kirlew is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and burgundy-colored sneakers. Police ask anyone with information about Hayden's whereabouts to call 911.  

Weather

A lakeshore flooding warning issued for areas along Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties has been extended until 8 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo says that strong winds and "building wave action" are expected to increase shoreline erosion. There also may be some flooding in low-lying areas near bays and inlets, forecasters warned.…

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For Deputy Mike Sluberski of the Erie County Sheriff's Office, wearing a body camera on his Kevlar vest is a sign of the times. "Everyone's got a camera on their phone," he said Tuesday outside the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo where he patrols. "You're being recorded regardless." Sluberski is one of the 12 Erie County deputies who have volunteered to test body-w…

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This is how Dana Papaj's summer was supposed to be: Cuddling her newborn grandson, Mikey, and helping her daughter, Brittany, with the baby. Putting the finishing touches on the new house her other daughter, Courtney Sullivan, had purchased. Spending quality time with her husband Donald, now that after years of hard work, his printing business was successful. "…

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As hit-and-run investigations go, the case against Reginald Alls was not among the hardest to crack. He drove past a stop sign, struck another car seriously injuring the driver and then crashed into a concrete wall. But when he ran away from the crash scene, he left behind his learner's permit and cellphone. He also left a hat and an empty liquor bottle, and the DNA ana…

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla which owns SolarCity, is offering to help Puerto Rico restore its power grid with his solar-powered batteries and panels. That could mean solar roof panels that are planned to be manufactured at the sprawling RiverBend factory in South Buffalo could play a critical role in helping the U.S. territory that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. …

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A vehicle struck a building on Allen Street, near Delaware Avenue at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Buffalo police said. The driver, whose name was not released was transported to a local hospital. No charges have been filed. Police are looking into the possibility that the driver suffered a medical emergency.

Crime

A man and a woman were shot in their legs Thursday night near the intersection of Best Street and Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo police said. The victims, described as being in their 20s, were struck by gunfire shortly after 10:15 p.m. They were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police said their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.