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Aaron Besecker

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


Buffalo

Buffalo police on Monday released the name of the man who died after a shooting last week inside a restaurant near the SUNY Buffalo State campus. Emmanuel Correa-Villegas, 31, died early Wednesday after being shot Tuesday afternoon in an eatery near Letchworth and Dart streets, a police spokesman said. La Casa De Sabores, a Spanish restaurant, is located at 1 Letchworth…

Buffalo

Charges have been dismissed against a Buffalo man arrested this summer after a dispute in a downtown Tim Hortons that went viral in a Facebook video. Darryl Mingo, the only person arrested, plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against the city, according to his attorney. The encounter between Mingo, who is a black man, and a white security guard began as an argument …

Buffalo

A 22-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with spray painting a police car that was parked at the Ferry-Fillmore District station on Sunday night. Harrison Marshall was arrested at 10:25 p.m. in the parking lot of the East Ferry Street station, according to a Buffalo police report. The message marked on the patrol car included profanity. A police officer reported se…

Erie County

A funeral service for Seth M. Creenan, the 8-year-old who died last week in a house fire, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Creenan, a third-grader at Glendale Elementary School, died after his family's home on Sunset Terrace in the Town of Tonawanda caught fire Thursday night. Investigato…

Buffalo

It's a strange story of an alleged abduction that ended with an unconscious man tied up with a cellphone cord on the side of a Buffalo highway. The victim's family believes it may have been a hate crime against a gay man. Buffalo police say the motive appears to have been robbery. A Buffalo man told police he was kidnapped from a Black Rock barbershop and held captiv…

Crime

A man who had been asking bar patrons for money and kept getting turned down stole a purse Sunday night but dropped it after being chased by the victim's boyfriend, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The victim told police the man had come back into Partners, 2105 Main St., for the second time in an hour asking for money. At about 10:40 p.m., after his requests…

Buffalo

A 37-year-old Buffalo man told police he was robbed of his vehicle at gunpoint Sunday night on Person Street, according to a police report. The victim told Buffalo Police the robber came out of a yard on Person near Grimes Street and approached his vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. The robber pointed the handgun at the victim's face and demanded the man get out of the car,…

Buffalo

Buffalo police officers at the Northwest District station on Hertel Avenue heard five or six gunshots in the neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to a police report. Police found a group of people gathered a few blocks away on Holmes Street, near Tuxedo Place, at about 2:45 p.m. after hearing the gunfire. Witnesses told officers there had been a fight and some sh…

Erie County

A 40-year-old tourist from from Pakistan died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the I-290, Town of Tonawanda police said. Police identified the victim as Hamad Mir. Mir, who was pinned beneath the steering wheel of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The crash, which happened at about 12:30 a.m. on the I-290 westbound near Colvin Boul…

Featured

Tracy Reeves ran down Sunset Terrace in the Town of Tonawanda Thursday night and saw black smoke pouring out of her neighbor’s house. Firefighters were breaking windows. She saw two of the children who lived there. But she didn’t see 8-year-old Seth Creenan. As the fire spread and flames shot out of the house and smoke billowed out of both sides, Reeves asked …

Featured

An appearance by far-right figure Steve Bannon at a fundraiser planned for Assemblyman David J. DiPietro at East Aurora’s iconic Roycroft Inn has been canceled after an outpouring of opposition and —  according to the organizers — a barrage of threats. Michael R. Caputo, DiPietro’s campaign manager and organizer of a separate election rally in Elma also planned for Wedn…

Local News

A busy stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield has reopened traffic Friday morning. A crash that caused downed wires had closed various sections of the roadway. At one point, the road was closed between Walmore and Ward roads, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. The closure was expected to last until about noon, the Sheriff's Office said earlier Friday…

Buffalo

Two Buffalo men were arrested Tuesday night and charged with trying to steal wheels and rims from a vehicle at a Genesee Street used automobile dealer, according to a police report. Willie L. Holcombe Jr., 55, of Babcock Street, and Robert D. Montgomery, 44, of Moselle Street, were arrested at about 11:30 p.m. on Genesee near Guilford Street. Police recovered a tire …

Crime

A Niagara Falls man attacked a woman early Wednesday morning after she refused his requests for a cigarette and some cereal, according to a Niagara Falls police report. As the victim was being treated by an ambulance crew shortly after 3 a.m at an apartment building on Niagara Street near 22nd Street, police officers saw her alleged attacker calmly standing in a hallway…

Crime

Someone stole a wheelchair early Thursday morning from outside the Seneca One Stop gas station on Niagara Street in Niagara Falls, according to a police report. A Maryland man told police he left a wheelchair next to his van for about 10 minutes as he went inside the gas station, located next to Seneca Niagara Casino, around 12:30 a.m. The wheelchair, which was black…