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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


Mayor Byron W. Brown's son says he is "very sorry" for taking his parents' SUV on his now-infamous Feb. 24 joy ride and that he is owning up to his acts, the family's attorney said Thursday in a statement."I am very sorry," Byron W. Brown Jr., 16, said Thursday in a statement released by his family's lawyer. "I want to apologize to my mother and father, my teachers and my …

A fire broke out at about noon Wednesday at a West Seneca building that houses the town's satellite Auto Bureau and West Seneca's youth recreation program, county and fire officials said.The fire was reported at 12:05 p.m. at 50 Legion Parkway, behind West Seneca Town Hall, but was extinguished within an hour, said Vigilant Fire Chief John Gullo. No one was hurt, and there…

A Cheektowaga man has been charged with beating his girlfriend's 4-year-old son so badly the child ended up in the intensive care unit at Women and Children's Hospital, police said Friday.Jonas DelPrince, 33, who was convicted in 1997 on minor drug charges, was allegedly watching the little boy on the morning of March 27 when someone called 911 to report that the child was…

Amherst police Friday said they have arrested four people in the theft of copper wiring, tools and electronic components valued at $50,000.The case began early Wednesday, when Officer John Fiore stopped a van for following a car too closely and having a faulty muffler, in front of a Verizon office at 2775 Millersport Highway.Fiore questioned a man and woman inside the van,…

Sister Karen Klimczak was slain last Good Friday.After her funeral, hundreds raised signs toward the sky that read "I Leave Peaceprints" -- a campaign for peace that Sister Karen had envisioned just before her death.The Buffalo nun's death brought great sorrow and horror, but it also helped spread her message of nonviolence and inspired countless Western New Yorkers and pe…

The case against Anthony J. Capozzi seemed airtight two decades ago.Three women picked him out of separate police lineups as the man who raped them in Delaware Park.A city official, who also happened to be a former police officer, testified that he saw Capozzi acting suspiciously near the park the day before one of the rapes.Capozzi's blood type even matched that of the as…

An innocent man who has been in prison for almost 22 years after being wrongly convicted of two Delaware Park rapes was exonerated Wednesday by DNA evidence -- evidence that had been stored in a cabinet at Erie County Medical Center for as long as he has been behind bars."At last, he's been vindicated," said Thomas C. D'Agostino, the defense attorney who represented Anthon…

A federal judge who has been a frequent challenger to the expansion of war powers under the Bush administration lectured law students at the University at Buffalo on Wednesday about habeas corpus -- the right of a detainee to contest in court his or her imprisonment -- and its vulnerability as the country continues to try to combat terrorism.U.S. District Judge James Rober…

Patty Parete, Buffalo's about to show you just how much this city supports you.Three months after the Buffalo police officer was shot in the neck, leaving her with a traumatic spine injury, a gala benefit for her is scheduled for March 31 in the Convention Center.But that's hardly the only fundraiser in the works for the wounded cop.New Era Cap Co. has ordered 1,000 limite…

It was a grueling and tedious task: combing over every inch of murder victim Joan Diver's Ford Explorer in search of some clue, however small, as to who killed the mother of four.Erie County Sheriff's Deputy James A. Mirusso was among a team of law enforcement officers who pored over the sport utility vehicle that had been found a couple of miles from where police believe …

Regionalism is a concept that leaves many in Erie County wary and sends town and village politicians ducking for cover, particularly when it comes to their police departments.County Executive Joel Giambra often says he would love to see a regionwide police force that brings together the county's 23 departments as part of a streamlined, cost-effective regional government.Bu…

A sick feeling came over Michael Stefanik on Wednesday as he listened to a radio report while heading home to the love of his life. The report was about a terrible accident on the I-590, the inner loop of expressways serving the Rochester area."They talked about an accident with two fatalities," the former Cheektowaga resident recounted to The Buffalo News on Friday. "Some…

Fifteen years before Sister Karen Klimczak was strangled by an ex-convict on Good Friday, the Buffalo nun wrote a letter of forgiveness to her killer.She apparently had a premonition, perhaps during her prayers or a dream just before Holy Week in 1991, that her life would one day be taken violently.Wednesday, as Craig M. Lynch -- convicted in December of her murder -- was …

Karlene Hafemann had HPV. The scary kind -- one of the strains of the human papilloma virus that can cause cervical cancer.The University at Buffalo student underwent surgery in August to excise the potentially cancerous cells from her body."I guess when you're 21, you think that cancer is never a possibility," Hafemann said. "But there it was."Luckily, the abnormal cells …

Dr. David Wilborn ditched his hospital scrubs for a Jimmy Buffet-style Hawaiian shirt and a grass skirt Sunday -- and started pouring lots and lots of draft beer.It was for a good cause.The surgeon, along with other physicians and nurses from the Catholic Health System, were carrying on a 13-year tradition of taking over the Buffalo Brew Pub in Amherst to raise money for t…