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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

An 11-year-old girl got her head smashed into a bathroom sink by another student during a fight at the Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies this week, causing a wound that required roughly 16 staples to close, according to Buffalo police. An 11-year-old girl was charged in the attack, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said. Officers were called to the schoo…

Buffalo

Officials at Western New York Maritime Charter in South Buffalo didn't call for an ambulance or police when a 13-year-old middle school student was stabbed in class by another student Tuesday afternoon, according to Buffalo police. The 13-year-old attacker used a pocket knife to stab the victim in his upper left leg, a wound that required a couple of stitches, police sa…

Buffalo

Buffalo Police have released the names of the city's four most recent homicide victims. Demonety Davis, 19, was fatally shot May 27 on Hirschbeck Street. Sergio Keyes, 26, was killed May 30 in a double shooting on Burgard Place. Ronald Willis, 20, was killed June 1 in a shooting on Stanley Street, near Bailey Avenue. Parris Warren, 36, was fatally shot Ju…

Crime

A missing Cheektowaga mother and son were located Thursday morning in Niagara Falls, according to Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour. Rose Mudd, 38, and her 10-year-old son, Thomas Mudd III, were pulled over at 10:40 a.m. near Niagara Falls International Airport. The sheriff said the child was "fine" and was put into the custody of his father, Thomas "TJ" Mudd J…

Local News

A 12-year-old girl has been charged with making threats against Lackawanna Middle School on social media last week, city police said Wednesday. The girl has been accused of posting threats of violence on Snapchat. Police became aware of the threats last Thursday night and the actions were threatened to occur on Friday, Lackawanna police said. "Immediate precautions w…

Buffalo

A 15-year-old female student at Lorraine Elementary School in South Buffalo was charged Tuesday with threatening to "blow up" her school, according to a Buffalo police report. The teen, whose name was not released by police, made the statement in front of a teacher while walking to her bus shortly before 3 p.m., according to the report. She was charged with making a …

Local News

A woman was found dead Wednesday morning after a fire in a five-unit apartment building on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. The blaze, which happened at 668 Oliver, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, was reported at 7:44 a.m., North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joseph D. Sikora said. The victim lived alone in a rear, first-floor apartment, according to neighbors. A passerby n…

Crime

A Wyoming County man was arrested early Tuesday morning after a violent domestic incident in which the man tried abducting his estranged wife at gunpoint, according to Attica police. Robert E. Balon Jr., 55, of Attica, faces four felony and two misdemeanor charges, Attica police said. Police were called to a home on West Main Street near Bunnell Street at about 3…

Crime

Authorities in Genesee County are warning the public of two recent residential burglaries where victims were "distracted" by one suspect while another one or two entered their homes. Both burglaries happened within minutes of each other at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday in Pembroke and Batavia, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. There were three suspects involved …

Crime

Two students at Newfane High School were charged Monday after a teacher overheard them talking about plans to shoot up the school, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. The teacher notified the school resource officer, who alerted school administrators and the Sheriff's Office's Criminal Investigation Bureau. The students, who were overheard making threats during se…

Crime

A man who walked out of a Niagara Falls 7-Eleven with beer and cigarettes early Tuesday morning came back about three hours later and robbed the store of cash, according to Niagara Falls police reports. The robber first entered the convenience store at Niagara and Fourth streets just after midnight. He asked for two packs of cigarettes and then took them off the counter…

Local News

A Hamburg woman connected to the criminal case surrounding a pedestrian death 4½ years ago and a contentious legal battle that followed has been charged with driving while intoxicated, according to an Evans police report. Lynne A. Laettner, 57, is due in Evans Town Court on Thursday to face the misdemeanor DWI charge following her arrest last month on Lake Shore Road in…

Cheektowaga

A mail carrier in Cheektowaga has been charged with stealing and cashing checks of postal customers, police said Tuesday. Jeffrey Watkins Jr, 29, faces several counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument, Cheektowaga police said. Watkins is accused of stealing mail from victims mostly in the areas of Walden Avenue, Pine Ri…

Buffalo

Charges have been dismissed against the 18-year-old Buffalo resident accused of damaging a statue outside an East Side church after he was found to be incompetent to stand trial, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. The charges against Kalil Colbert were reduced and then dismissed Monday in Buffalo City Court following a forensic examination by t…

Crime

Authorities on Sunday suspended the search for a missing toddler whose mother was found dead on a farm in Wayne County last month. More than 1,100 first responders searched more than 700 acres in the Town of Sodus over 12 days for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts told reporters. The investigation into the child's disappearance rema…