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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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A Wyoming County man who was hurt when he drove off State Route 20A  on April 15 and struck a tree died of his injuries Wednesday, Wyoming County sheriff's officials said Thursday. Alvin Petry, 86, of the Town of Arcade was westbound on 20A in the Town of Sheldon when the crash occurred at about 1 a.m. April 15, officials said. He was taken to Wyoming County Communit…

More than 8,000 National Grid customers have lost power in Evans and surrounding areas. The power failure is related to a problem with a transmission line, according to a tweet by Erie County Emergency Services. Earlier in the morning more than 5,400 NYSEG customers in and around Cheektowaga had no power, according to NYSEG's website. As of 11 a.m., power had bee…

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A 31-year-old Buffalo man was in stable condition Thursday afternoon after he was struck by a car in Amherst Wednesday night, police said. Sammy L. Barnes suffered serious injuries when he was struck near the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Oxford Avenue at about 11 p.m., Amherst police said. The driver, Justyn S. Caver, 20, of Buffalo, has been charged w…

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A 19-year-old man remained in critical condition Thursday, a day after he was struck by an off-duty Buffalo police detective on her way to work, Buffalo police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said. Police sources identified the driver as Mary Pat Kaempf, 62, a detective who oversees warrants and works out of the Buffalo Police Department's headquarters at 74 Franklin St. She has wor…

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A Jamestown man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police were called to an address on Linwood Avenue to check on a woman who was reportedly being held against her will, Jamestown police said. Investigators said that Christopher M. Belin, 27, had thrown the woman's cellphone out of a second-story window, breaking it. Officers found Belin hiding in the attic, pol…

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Southwest winds clocking in at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are expected. That could bring down tree limbs and make travel in high-profile vehicles difficult at times, meteorologists said. http://buffalonews.com/2018/0…

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Olean police issued a warning to the public Tuesday about a man who tried to gain entry into a woman's house on the west end of the city Monday by pretending to be a city water department worker who needed to check the woman's water meter. The man was described as a white male who was 5-foot-7 and operating a white pickup truck. Police advised Olean residents that if…

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Buffalo fire investigators are looking into the possibility that a suspected arson that destroyed a house on Marshall Street Saturday was a hate crime. The fire was reported at 71 Marshall St., a block east of Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Someone also tried to start a fire at a neighboring house at 75 Marshall, said James Otwell, commander of the Buffalo Fire Investigat…

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An East Amherst man was killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday morning in Geneseo, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office said. The victim was identified as Nicholas M. Iannarelli, 24. Investigators said that 911 dispatchers in Livingston County received a call shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday from a truck driver who said there was a person in dark clothing walking in …

Former Assistant U.S. attorney George C. Burgasser spent Sunday evening on his son's boat docked at Smith Boys marina in North Tonawanda. Then he disappeared. Police said his son, who was below deck, heard a sound. He came up to the deck, saw his dad was missing and went into a panic, police said. Another son, who came to help in the search, later found Burgasser'…

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Commuters heading south on the Niagara Thruway into Grand Island enjoyed a first this morning: They didn't have to slow down for toll booths. Phase two of construction to switch to cashless toll booths is underway, which means that half the old toll booths near the North Bridge have been removed and traffic is being routed through those lanes. In the meantime, the other…

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Post offices across the Buffalo Niagara region will host passport events throughout May for people who want to apply for or renew U.S. passports. Travelers should bring: Completed, but unsigned, DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport form, which can be found at the Department of State website. Proof of U.S. citizenship Proof of identity (valid driver’s licens…

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Men, you're invited to strap on a pair of high heels and "walk a mile in her shoes" as part of Crisis Services' annual men's march against rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The march is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the University at Buffalo South Campus at Harriman Hall. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. "We all have a role to play in preventing sexual v…

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On the evening of March 8, Michelle Breisch was driving home with her 10-year-old daughter, Starleana, when the car got stuck in a snowbank in the driveway of their North Tonawanda home. The mother got out of the car and asked her daughter to take the wheel as she tried to push the car free. What happened next can only be described as a terrible accident: Michelle Br…

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An Amity man was charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals for shooting a dog "for no legitimate purpose with a firearm," State Police said in a statement. Marvin L. Wells, 64, was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The dog was shot on Saturday on Stryker Road. Authorities have not be…