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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker is a criminal justice reporter for The Buffalo News. He has been a News staff reporter since 2007.


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The number of dead people connected to Charles L. Jones keeps growing. The death last year of Jones' 10-month-old daughter is receiving renewed scrutiny from Buffalo police and Erie County prosecutors after Jones was charged with killing the girl's mother and police found the body of Jones' mother inside a Jefferson Avenue apartment last week. So far, Jones faces cri…

Crime

A 72-year-old Niagara Falls man was charged with felony animal cruelty Monday after a woman told police she saw him toss three kittens from a moving car, according to a police report. The woman told police she was driving north on Lewiston Road at 2:20 p.m. when she saw three kittens separately thrown from a moving car ahead of her. The woman followed the other drive…

Gusto

Filming for "A Quiet Place 2" will close one of the Grand Island bridges to traffic on Sunday, according to the state Thruway Authority. The northbound South Grand Island Bridge, which carries motorists from the Town of Tonawanda onto Grand Island, will be closed from midnight until 1 p.m. Sunday. Traffic on the I-190 North and South will be limited to one lane in ea…

Crime

Homicide detectives arrived at the first-floor apartment unit at 1490 Jefferson Avenue about 7:30 a.m. Friday with a warrant for the arrest of Charles L. Jones. The 24-year-old Buffalo man was wanted for the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend who was found dead in her Main Street apartment last month, a police source told The Buffalo News. Detectives had gathered infor…

Crime

A 24-year-old man involved in a three-hour standoff Friday morning with Buffalo police has been charged with killing a 25-year-old woman who was found dead in her Main Street apartment last month. Buffalo police also made a gruesome discovery after the standoff — a dead body was found in the home. The body was female, but police have not confirmed the identity, Buffa…

Crime

State police announced Saturday morning that they found a 2017 Chevrolet Trax believed to have struck two girls and a dog Thursday night in Wyoming County. Investigators with the State Police said in a statement they "are determining who was operating the vehicle at the time of the collision." A 12- and a 14-year-old girl were walking their dog along the grass next t…

Local News

There was an unusual collision this week on the Thruway. One party was an SUV driver traveling at least 65 mph down the highway. The other was a red-tailed hawk. The hawk survived the collision, but ended up stuck in the SUV's front grill, which the driver discovered after pulling over in the Pembroke service area, according to the SPCA Serving Erie County. The…

Crime

Two swastikas were spray-painted on the side of a Cleveland Avenue home this week, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The symbols along with "RIP" were discovered at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on the side of a residence on Cleveland, between 10th and 11th streets. The graffiti had been scrawled at some point since about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, a resident of the ho…

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Two pastors in active ministry who were accused in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed Wednesday have been placed on administrative leave, the Diocese of Buffalo announced Thursday. Monsignor Peter Popadick, pastor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Cheektowaga, and the Rev. Paul Nogaro, pastor of St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island, have been placed "on administrative leave f…

Buffalo

Below are summaries of the 115 Child Victims Act lawsuits filed this week in five Western New York counties over old allegations of sexual abuse. Nearly all of the people accused of molesting children were Catholic priests, and the Buffalo Diocese is a defendant in at least 104 lawsuits. But the Boy Scouts of America, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the East Aurora …

Crime

A 23-year-old man was charged early Wednesday morning with trespassing at the Buffalo Zoo, according to a police report. Zoo security told police the man jumped over a fence along Amherst Street into the zoo at about 3:20 a.m., according to the report. When a security guard confronted the fence-jumper, he hopped back over the fence. Police located the man on Amherst …

Crime

An 86-year-old Niagara Falls woman was in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle Monday morning while riding her bicycle, police said. The woman was struck about 11:35 a.m. near Hyde Park Boulevard and Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls police said in a news release. She was thrown from her bicycle and suffered head injuries, according to police. The driver of t…

Crime

A South Buffalo mother and her two sons were charged after an altercation with security during a concert at Darien Lake on Friday night, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Julie M. Adam, 48, of Abbott Road, was charged with trespassing and second-degree harassment during the Bryan Adams and Billy Idol concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the She…

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New York State has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by a female aide against former Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak for $125,000, according to the state Attorney General's Office. The state, represented by the Attorney General's Office, has agreed to pay $100,000 in damages and $25,000 for lost wages to settle the suit filed against it in the state Court of Claims. …

Crime

A cow was shot and killed in Darien over the weekend and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, the Sheriff's Office said Monday. The shooting happened sometime between sunset Saturday and sunrise on Sunday in the area of Bennett and Simonds roads, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Authorities described the shooting as intention…