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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.


Crime

Six businesses in Hamburg, Angola, Evans and Irving have been cited for selling alcohol to minors, the State Liquor Authority announced Monday. The businesses cited were Angola Lake Side Market, Turtle Joe's Sand Bar and Chick's Restaurant and Lanes in Angola; Castaways in Evans; The Public House on the Lake in Hamburg; and Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill in Irving, the a…

Crime

A Buffalo judge on Monday allowed the Ottawa Senators assistant general manager arrested here last week to return to Ottawa. City Court Judge Amy C. Martoche returned Randy Lee's passport and scheduled him to return to court on a harassment charge on June 22. Lee was arrested Thursday, charged with harassing a 19-year-old man driving Lee's hotel shuttle by rubbing hi…

Local News

Doctors are still trying to save a 10-year-old boy's leg after he was severely injured in a lawn mower accident in Lewiston, police said Monday. A family member was backing up a riding lawn mower at about 7:10 p.m. Friday when the child was injured, Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said. The adult relative, whom Previte declined to identify, was paying attention to a…

Buffalo

A 36-year-old Buffalo man shot early Sunday morning on the city's East Side has died, a Buffalo police spokesman said Monday. The shooting happened shortly after 3 a.m. near Genesee and Herman streets, police said. Police have not released the victim's name. Investigators ask anyone with information to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 716-847…

Crime

A Town of Tonawanda man was sentenced Friday to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison for stealing nearly $20,000 from a volunteer fire company. Timothy D. Kler, 36, pleaded guilty in April to third-degree grand larceny after being charged with taking the money while serving as treasurer of the River Road Volunteer Fire Company. The thefts of cash collected during fundraisers and …

Local News

Patricia McCullough says her son, Kalil Colbert, isn't a bad kid, but he hasn't gotten the appropriate mental health care he needs. "He needs some help – not just locking him up and throwing away the key," McCullough said. Colbert has been charged with three felonies – including a hate crime – after a statue of Mary was smashed with a baseball bat May 15 outside …

Crime

An Amber Alert was issued Friday morning for a child abducted in Wayne County. Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, who is about 14 months old, was taken from an address on Joy Road in the Town of Sodus on Wednesday morning, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is about 2 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds. He is k…

Local News

A 17-year-old told Buffalo police he was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday by three males in Davey Park in the city's Lovejoy neighborhood. The teen said one of the robbers pulled out a pistol and the trio stole his iPhone and e-cigarette, according to a police report. A summary of the police report did not include the time the robbery happened.

Local News

A 36-year-old Niagara Falls man who went to the hospital with a gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon has been there before. Four times before. The Woodlawn Avenue man told police he was walking down Niagara Avenue near 13th Street at about 2 p.m. when he heard a "pop" and realized he'd been shot in the leg, according to a city police report. After he was shot, the vi…

Local News

Drivers on the I-290 near Colvin Boulevard who had already been dealing with construction-related lane restrictions and slowdowns got an even bigger headache Thursday morning. That's because there were road signs warning motorists that two lanes in that stretch of highway were closed when, in fact, only one was actually closed. So reading the signs, drivers thought they…

Cheektowaga

Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire Thursday morning in Cheektowaga that may have been caused by careless smoking, according to police. The fire started in one unit in a duplex at 1 Matthew Lane, near Beach Road and Cleveland Drive. The two residents of the unit where the fire started, as well as a neighbor who lived in the other unit, were …

Crime

A 40-year-old man was arrested at Niagara Falls City Hall on Wednesday night after he caused a disturbance when he was not allowed to speak before city lawmakers, according to a police report. Christopher M. Smith, of Niagara Avenue, asked to address the City Council but was denied because he showed up late to the meeting and did not sign in to be a speaker, according t…

Buffalo

The pedestrian killed Saturday night in Elma has been identified by the Erie County Sheriff's Office as a Buffalo man. Christopher A. Young, 67, was struck by a vehicle on Transit Road just north of Clinton Street at about 10 p.m. Saturday. A sheriff's deputy on patrol in the area came across the scene and found Young lying in the roadway. Young was unresponsive at the …

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga police said Wednesday they are looking for information about an SUV investigators believe was used to transport the suspect in a May 13 shooting in a Walden Galleria parking lot. Police released a surveillance image of the vehicle, believed to be a light blue 2006 or 2007 Honda Pilot. A gunman fired eight or nine shots outside the Macy's store at the Chee…

Local News

North Tonawanda police have identified the bicyclist who died Tuesday morning after he was struck by two vehicles while crossing the Twin Cities Memorial Highway. Aaron T. Hoellig, 34, of North Tonawanda, was pronounced dead at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda Police Detective Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said. Hoellig was struck at about 8:40 a.m. while crossing…