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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


Local News

The driver of a mini bus that overturned and slid down an embankment Tuesday morning in the town of South Valley was charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. Shortly before 7 a.m., Louis J. Gagliardo, 55, of Olean was operating a 2009 Chevy Suburban minibus owned by Corvus Bus & Charter when he lost c…

Local News

Demolition was underway at a historic building on Sycamore Street in downtown Buffalo Wednesday morning after firefighters battled a blaze there for over three hours, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 68 Sycamore St., between Elm Street and Michigan Avenue. 68 Sycamore and the adjacent 72 Sycamore St., both among the city's oldest buildings, were rooming…

Local News

Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at 76 Schutrum St., Buffalo fire officials said. The blaze at the occupied house was reported just before 6 a.m. Tuesday. The fire started on the first floor of the building. The Red Cross was being contacted to assist the people who lived in the building.      

Crime

A Warsaw man was arrested over the weekend and accused of attacking a 19-year-old woman in her Silver Springs home, state police said. Cory M. Goodenow, 23, hit the woman with a baseball bat and tried to obstruct her breathing on Jan. 5, state police said. Goodenow was released from prison on Dec. 21 and was on parole for his Sept. 16, 2016, plea and conviction in Wy…

Buffalo

The WNY Peace Center is organizing a bus trip to Seneca Falls on Jan. 20 and a march in downtown Buffalo on Jan. 21 to mark the first anniversary of the historic Women's Marches held throughout the U.S. on the day after President Donald J. Trump took office. The #STILLRESISTING bus to Seneca Falls leaves at 7 a.m. Jan. 20 from the University at Buffalo South Campus Park…

A fundraiser is planned for Feb. 5 in Hamburg to support Save the Michaels of the World, an opioid abuse awareness organization. The event is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Hamburg Moose Lodge #992, 45 Church St. Tickets are $20 and include dinner, pop and coffee. There is also a cash bar. An auction, early bird raffles and a live band are planned for the fundraiser.…

Buffalo

Ticeia Lalo stood Friday in between racks of neatly sorted winter clothes inside True Bethel Baptist Church's mobile outreach bus looking for "a little bit of everything." Her grandchildren, visiting from Virginia, needed winter coats and snow pants and her neighbor's son, who she brought with her, wanted gloves. He hadn't had any for a while, the 12-year-old boy said. …

Local News

It's dangerously cold with the outside temperature hovering around zero and wind chills expected to plunge into the negative 20s today and Saturday. The dangers are frostbite and hypothermia. Here's some advice from the American Red Cross about how to recognize hypothermia and frostbite and what to do to treat it. Frostbite is the freezing of a specific body part …

Bills

Yes, the pep rallies are going to have to be indoors. But record cold temperatures aren't stopping Buffalo Bills fans across the region from showing their pride today at two pep rallies. Starting at 10:45 a.m. in City Hall, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen will cheer on the Bills who are headed to Florida for their playoff game agai…

Weather

Four layers on top. Two sets of socks. Thermal underwear under blue jeans. A waterproof face sleeve and an Elmer Fudd-style hat with fuzzy flaps. That's how Ray Kolb, who drives the Zamboni on the outdoor ice skating rink at Canalside, survives winter. "It's not too bad. I grew up here," he said Thursday while taking a quick break in a ringside warmup tent. It was a …

Weather

The nor'easter slamming the East Coast today won't impact the weather in Western New York, but it's causing some flights to and from the East Coast to be canceled or delayed. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, four arriving flights and four departing flights were canceled so far. They were all from or headed to Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. If you're planning on flying…

A Buffalo teenager who was reported missing Wednesday has been located, Buffalo police said. Anely Montes, 15, who lives on Seneca Street, had last been seen at Emerson High School, 70 W. Chippewa St., on Wednesday.  

Crime

Classic Fence and Lumber, Inc. and its owner Fred DeNormand have reached a settlement with state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's Office to pay $50,000 in restitution to customers and $5,000 more in penalties, the AG's Office announced Wednesday. The AG’s investigation identified 22 customers who paid Classic Fence deposits ranging from $425 to $8,359 but never g…

Crime

Canadian authorities announced Wednesday the arrest of a Toronto man who allegedly tried to smuggle nearly 50 kilos of cocaine in a tractor trailer across the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge last fall. The driver, identified as Omari Kutaladze, 54, was hauling a load of plastic resin pellets when he was stopped at the bridge by Canadian border services officer on Nov. 19. The…

Local News

State Police identified the driver who was killed in Tuesday afternoon's pileup on the Thruway as Edward Torres, 64, of Elba. Troopers said Torres was eastbound behind a tractor trailer and was unable to stop when he struck the back of the truck. He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. One other person was listed in s…