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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


Three Buffalo men were being held without bail Thursday in the Genesee County Jail after they allegedly robbed a bank at gunpoint, prompting a massive five-hour manhunt, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.The incident began at 9:49 a.m. after the M&T Bank at 7133 Orchard Road reported that it had just been robbed. Witnesses said two handguns were displayed during the …

Frankie and Anna Marie Loftus ran for their sister, Madeline.Gale Saltzgiver flew in from California to walk for his daughter, Kristin Safran.Shelly Wald came to support her neighbor who lost her husband, Kevin Johnston.And Ken Seebach did it for his best friend, Don McDonald.Hundreds and hundreds of family members and friends of the victims of Continental Connection Fligh…

Bye-bye, bunny ears. Hello DTV.Friday marked the beginning of a new era in broadcast television as local stations here in Western New York and across the nation shut off their analog signals and began exclusively broadcasting digitally.It meant that anyone who was still watching their TV using antenna reception without a digital converter box couldn't watch their local new…

Gov. David A. Paterson brought his plan to bolster the economy and create jobs in New York State to Western New York on Wednesday with the region's top business, education and civic leaders."We are going to make sure we are moving with the new economy and new entrepreneurship," Paterson told the panel gathered in the headquarters of Greatbatch Inc., a medical technology co…

It's becoming something of a tradition for the lacrosse players of Frontier High School.For the second time in three years, the Frontier Falcons boys team had to play its division championship game on prom night.With the prom kicking off at 7 p.m. Friday and the big game starting at 8 p.m., it meant the team members -- most of whom are seniors -- and their dates had to mis…

Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis charmed and inspired the crowd who gathered Wednesday night in Kleinhans Music Hall for the inaugural "Signature Event" of the Western New York Women's Fund.Dukakis shared stories of pivotal and meaningful moments in her life that helped define her identity -- her Greek-American roots, the many years she spent trying to make it…

Authorities received a 911 call early Saturday from a woman who reported she had just been shot.The victim also named the man she said shot her: Timothy Richard Hance, 48, of North Tonawanda, city Police Chief Randy Szukala said.When officers arrived at the apartment on Falconer Street shortly before 5 a.m., they found Renee Hickey, 37, alive despite being shot at least ei…

A 20-year-old man was killed and a 17-year-old girl was hospitalized and facing drunken-driving charges following a one-car crash early Saturday near the Deerwood Golf Course, city Police Chief Randy Szukala said.Police responded to a crash on Sweeney Street at the entrance of the golf course at about 2 a.m.A single car had left the road and struck a large brick pillar -- …

The trustee of the beleaguered Statler Towers is taking steps to put it up for auction.Attorneys representing Morris L. Horwitz -- who was appointed trustee after the company that operates the historic former downtown hotel was forced into bankruptcy -- has filed a motion seeking permission from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Carl L. Bucki to move forward with the auction pro…

For five decades, almost to the day, the children of the Town of Tonawanda have delighted in climbing all over the Navy reconnaissance plane on display at Kenney Field.But in these litigious times, it seems such carefree fun can't be allowed without at least some scrutiny.While there doesn't appear to be any danger of the F9F-6P Cougar being removed from the park, town off…

Students, staff and supporters made impassioned pleas during the meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education on Wednesday to keep Lafayette and Grover Cleveland high schools open and Leonardo da Vinci High School in its current location."Please, board members, do not be the Board of Education who closes the oak doors on 106 years of outstanding education at Lafayette," said …

Developer and former Common Council President James W. Pitts presented the latest redesign of his proposed $10 million to $15 million hotel in the Erie Basin Marina to about 70 waterfront homeowners Tuesday evening, months after the original design was summarily lambasted as generic and suburban.By the end of the heated two-hour meeting end it was clear: Just about all the…

Four-year-old Deaglan Carney positioned his favorite hockey player figurine on top of the coffee table of his family's East Aurora home on a recent afternoon. He maneuvered the doll so that it shoots a tiny button-sized puck into a goal."He scores! Bobby Orr!" Deaglan shouted with delight as his little brother, Finnin, 2, giggled nearby.Just by looking at him, you'd never …

Two-and-a-half months after being struck in a hit-and-run accident near Daemen College, Amy E. Stewart was released from Erie County Medical Center, her parents announced Wednesday."She's out of the hospital," her father, Robert Stewart, told The Buffalo News. "We brought her home today."Stewart, 22, a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, and her friend Rachel A.…

The State Department intends to open a passport office in Western New York, Reps. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, and Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced during a news conference Saturday.A passport issuance agency, as they are officially called, would make obtaining a passport much quicker for area residents.The decision was announced just two weeks before new federal regulations …