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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 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…

Buffalo

A 25-year-old Buffalo man was charged with driving while intoxicated after the car he was driving rolled over and caught fire after fleeing from police early Tuesday morning, according to police. The vehicle crashed on Kensington Avenue, just west of Bailey, and caught on fire, according to a Buffalo police report. Officers on the scene flipped the burning vehicle and t…

Amherst

A 19-year-old from Amherst was arrested Tuesday night after police said he drove more than 100 mph on the Thruway with a blood-alcohol content more than double the legal limit. Macayl Kunkle was pulled over at about 9:15 p.m. on the Thruway in Hamburg and failed field sobriety tests, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies did not disclose his BAC reading, but s…

Crime

A robbery suspect threatened victims with a crossbow Tuesday in Chautauqua County, the Sheriff's Office there said. Jerome A. Rogerson, 25, was charged after deputies were called at about 6 p.m. to Beech Hill Road in the Town of Chautauqua. Rogerson, of Dewittville, also was accused of damaging a vehicle, grabbing a person by the neck and interfering with people trying …

Buffalo

A man was found dead inside a vehicle on the city's East Side early Tuesday morning, Buffalo police said. The body, described as a man in his early 20s, was found at about 4:15 a.m. in a vehicle on Grimes Street, south of Broadway and east of Memorial Drive, a police spokesman said. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of the man's death, the spokesman…

Buffalo

Drivers fleeing police sometimes toss items, like drugs or a gun, out of the windows of their vehicles. A Buffalo man speeding away from a state trooper on Monday threw something different, according to the State Police. Christopher J. Matyjakowski, 23, threw what looked like cash out his window creating a "cloud of money" behind him, the agency said. The inciden…

Local News

A 76-year-old man whose kayak capsized in the Lower Niagara River on Tuesday morning was rescued with the help of three fishermen, according to volunteer firefighters in Lewiston. Police and firefighters were called to an area of the lower river near the sand docks on the Lewiston waterfront just after 8:30 a.m. for a report of a man in the water, Lewiston Fire Co. No. …

Buffalo

The 28-year-old Lackawanna man who died after being shot Saturday morning outside a Buffalo bowling alley has been identified by police. David Lopez was shot at about 3:40 a.m. outside the Bowl-Inn, 727 Bailey Ave., after a dispute that started inside the bowling alley, Buffalo Police said. Lopez, who was shot several times while sitting inside a vehicle, according t…

Local News

A Buffalo man was charged with robbing the Delta Sonic on Main Street on Sunday morning, Buffalo police said. Douglas Anderson, 35, is accused of entering the store on Main, south of Bryant Street, at about 9:25 a.m., telling a clerk he had a gun and demanding money, according to police. Anderson ran from the scene with cash and fought with officers before being appr…

Local News

Four Buffalo men were charged early Monday after a robbery in the city's Kensington neighborhood in which two shots were fired at the victim, police said. Officers were called at about 1 a.m. to the area of Parkridge and Hutchinson avenues where a 45-year-old man told police he was robbed of $400, according to a Buffalo police report. Police stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe…

Buffalo

Three Buffalo teens were arrested Thursday night and accused of shooting a paintball gun at people on the city's West Side, according to Buffalo police reports. A 13-year-old girl was shot in the face with a paintball near Niagara and Connecticut streets, and a man was shot in the neck outside the Remedy House coffee shop on Rhode Island Street, according to the reports…

Amherst

Three schools in Amherst released students for the day Friday after having been placed in lockout mode after Amherst police reported a man with a handgun was seen on Commerce Drive, the Sweet Home Central School District said. The lockout measure, said to have been precautionary, was put in place at about 1 p.m. at Willow Ridge Elementary, Heritage Heights Elementary an…

Buffalo

The Buffalo man fatally shot Thursday on Fillmore Avenue – the city's fifth fatal shooting over a 12-day period – has been identified in court documents as 21-year-old Jomar Lopez. Lopez, who was killed at about 3 p.m. on Fillmore near Riley Street, became the city's 18th confirmed homicide victim of the year. Ziykeyun D. Prather, 22, of Buffalo, was arrested Thursda…

Local News

The woman found dead after an apartment fire Wednesday morning on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda has been identified as Colleen M. Curtis, 59. Authorities are still awaiting a ruling on the cause of death from the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office, North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joseph D. Sikora said. Curtis lived alone in a rear, first-floor apartment in the multi…