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Maki Becker

Maki Becker has been a staff reporter at The Buffalo News since 2005. Before that, she worked at the New York Daily News and the Charlotte Observer.


Courts

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday to raping and beating a woman on Nov. 17, 2018, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Muhammad Alazim, 56, entered guilty pleas to one count of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree assault before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case. Alazim faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 23. …

Local News

A Buffalo emergency medical technician with AMR was among 100 recipients of the 2019 Star of Life award from the American Ambulance Association, AMR announced. Timothy Hoar received the award June 24 in Washington, D.C. Last August, Hoar and his partner were responding to a call to transport a patient from Mary Agnes Manor, an assisted living facility on Porter Avenu…

Crime

A woman delivering food for China King on Main Street reported to police that she was robbed and her car stolen overnight Thursday, Buffalo police said. The victim was on Ashley Street, near Brownell and Deshler streets, when two males hit in her face, causing lacerations, and took her vehicle, police said. The vehicle was later recovered on Koons Avenue.

Crime

A man wearing a black ski mask, blue shirt and a black pants ran into the A.D. Asian Variety Mart on Sycamore Avenue on Thursday afternoon and displayed what appeared to be a black pistol, police said. A store worker told police the gunman demanded money and the worker handed him cash. The armed man then fled on foot. Police are reviewing surveillance camera images o…

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Families are invited to celebrate the City of Buffalo on (716) Day at Canalside. It's on Tuesday – which is July 16, get it? – from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Canalside. The event is free. The Buffalo Police Department will have on display patrol cars, a SWAT truck, the Underwater Recovery Team and K-9 units. The Fire Department will have trucks on display. The Erie County Sh…

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The Rev. James and Zandra Lewis were in Niagara Falls on Friday morning celebrating her birthday and their anniversary when the phone call from the troopers came: Zandra’s brother, Robert G. Greene, had died in a terrible accident. Just after 3 a.m., Greene was pushing a shopping cart full of cans and bottles in the center lane of the westbound side of the Thruway, …

Crime

Nine people were arrested Thursday when a boisterous but peaceful protest against migrant detention centers at the southern border shut down the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street downtown for more than two hours. "Close the camps," protesters chanted as about 150 people marched in a circle around the intersection. The nine who were arrested were seated…

Gusto

Before they headed over to play at Artpark in Lewiston Tuesday night, members of the band Better Than Ezra paid a visit to the Niagara County Jail — to encourage inmates currently in the drug treatment pod. Sheriff James Voutour, who is friends with one of the band members, had asked them to come by. Kevin Griffin, Jim Payne, Michael Jerome and Tom Drummond spent abo…

Crime

Janice Alexander has lived in her house on Zelmer Street for 28 years. She said she has seen the neighborhood go from a "little quiet, semi-suburban neighborhood to a battle zone." "There was a shooting just the other day and there was one on Monday too," Alexander said Tuesday. But she's not about to give up on her community. "I'm not selling my house," she said.…

Health and Fitness

Screaming on a roller coaster, or splashing your feet on a splash pad A red, white and blue heart painted on your cheek. Flossing. Dabbing. Being a regular kid. Isabella "Bella" Phelan's 7-year-old body has gone through so much already, after beating back B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia three times. Last week, she was among 54 children ages 4 to 7 who ei…

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Seventy-four years ago, U.S. Army Captain Sydney Cole was shot down over Germany while saving his copilot's life and then taken prisoner by the Nazis. When he was liberated by the Russians four months later, he was down to little more than 80 pounds. Cole earned a WWII Victory Medal, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a POW Medal and on Saturday, his name was added to th…

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For at least the 58th time since 2000, a truck crashed in the Young Street CSX railroad bridge in the City of Tonawanda. The latest truck-versus-bridge incident took place at about 4:15 p.m. Friday. The driver, Awil Amed, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, was hauling an empty trailer and headed to a warehouse in North Tonawanda when he smashed up his trailer, said City of Tonaw…

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The line stretched around the corner from the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Saturday morning as more than 2,300 people prepared to take the Buffalo Police Officer exam. The doors opened at 8:30 a.m. for the three-and-a-half hour test. The last time the exam was administered was in 2016 when 2,289 people took the test.

Crime

A 16-year-old boy who was attending a graduation party in the Kenfield/Langfield Homes early Friday evening was fatally shot, Buffalo police said Saturday. "This is a senseless act of violence," said Capt. Jeff Rinaldo. The shooting took place just after 7:30 p.m. Friday in a quad on Oakmont Avenue, near Sun Street, inside the housing complex, Rinaldo said. Some s…

Crime

A 23-year-old Buffalo man suspected of being an accomplice in the 2017 shooting death of Mychal Brown has been charged with second-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. David Hunter was arraigned before Erie County Judge James Bargnesi and held without bail. Brown was fatally shot on Feb. 21, 2017, near Roma and East Delavan aven…