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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 '07.


Buffalo

A 17-year-old is in serious condition after he was shot Sunday night in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, a police spokesman said. The teen was shot at about 8:45 p.m. on Lombard Street. The victim, who was taken to Erie County Medical Center, was initially listed in critical condition, the spokesman said. Police did not release any further information about …

Crime

An Erie County man with a revoked driver's license and two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI early Saturday morning in Elma, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Joseph Amadori, 25, of the Town of Boston, was pulled over shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Rice Road. He failed field sobriety tests and registered an initial blood-alcoh…

Erie County

Today's going to be a scorcher with heavy rain later in the day. Thanks to high temperatures and high humidity, weather forecasters say it's going to feel like the upper 90s across much of the region, including Buffalo and northern Erie County, as well as Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for those areas fr…

Erie County

The driver killed Saturday after he was ejected from his custom 1920s open car along Route 400 in Elma has been identified as Jeffrey Mogg, 52, of Franklinville, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Mogg was alone in the car driving southbound on Route 400 when he lost control of the vehicle at about 3:20 p.m. and hit a safety rail near Maple Road, the Sheriff'…

Local News

A Genesee County man was killed Saturday afternoon in a one-car crash on Skye Road in the Town of Alabama, the State Police said. Morey Ground Jr., 37, of Basom, died at the scene of the crash. He was driving eastbound on Skye when his car left the roadway on a curve, he over-corrected and then his car crossed both lanes of traffic and left the south shoulder of the roa…

Local News

John Schaefer thinks about that day seven months ago every time he gets in his car. The bullet hole in his dashboard won't let him forget. On Nov. 14, 2017, he stood face to face with a man who had just sprayed a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga with 20 shots from an AR-15. The event had all the makings of another mass shooting, but Schaefer was the only person in…

Buffalo

A Buffalo mother was charged Thursday night after police said she left her 1- and 2-year-old children unattended in her vehicle while she went grocery shopping. Lucretia Jackson, 35, of Niagara Street, is accused of leaving the children in the car outside the Tops supermarket at South Park and Bailey avenues for about 40 minutes, according to a Buffalo police report. …

Buffalo

A 49-year-old man was in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center after he was stabbed Thursday night near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. The victim, whose name was not released, was transported by ambulance from an address on Humason Avenue after suffering multiple stab wounds to the chest and stomach, according to a pol…

Buffalo

The 22-year-old man found fatally shot earlier this week on the Buffalo's East Side – the seventh person killed in 17 days in the city – has been identified as Ronald L. Miles, according to a Buffalo police report. Miles was found dead inside a vehicle at about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday on Grimes Street, south of Broadway and east of Memorial Drive, police have said. He had …

Crime

A 22-year-old man has been accused of punching a Jamestown police officer and head-butting two other officers who responded to the report of a fight that began with a minor crash at a gas station. Christian J. Encarnacion faces numerous charges, including assault and resisting arrest, following the incident, which happened at about 5 p.m. Thursday at 817 N. Main St., Ja…

Crime

An 18-year-old driver faces a drunken driving charge after an early morning crash in the City of Tonawanda that injured a passenger, police said. The crash happened at 1:13 a.m. Friday on Niagara Street. Rostyslav Latyshev, of Robert Drive, was driving west on Niagara when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle heading eastbound, City of Tonawanda police sa…

Buffalo

For the second time in two weeks, five people have been shot in one incident. The most recent one happened late Thursday in a drive-by shooting in the city's Kensington neighborhood, Buffalo police said. Thursday's shooting happened just after 11 p.m. on Marigold Avenue, which runs between Leroy and Central Park avenues, police said. A 38-year-old Buffalo man, whose …

Buffalo

Police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 24-year-old Buffalo man in a fatal shooting that happened on Grimes Street on the city's East Side earlier this week. A 22-year-old man was found dead at about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in a vehicle on Grimes Street, south of Broadway and east of Memorial Drive. The victim died of a gunshot wound, police said, citing the findings of …

Buffalo

A person was shot early Wednesday afternoon on Buffalo's West Side, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. The victim, identified only as male, was shot in the leg shortly before 1 p.m. on Herkimer Street between Auburn Avenue and West Ferry Street. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center in a private vehicle, the spokesman said. His condition was not immediatel…

Local News

Seven ATVs were reported stolen earlier this week from a warehouse in Black Rock, according to a Buffalo police report. The burglary at 133 Tonawanda St., was reported Monday night, and the items were stolen sometime between 4 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to the report. Two generators also were reported stolen, bringing the total value of the stolen it…