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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.


Two top fundraisers will be honored at the 19th Annual Catholic Education Dinner to be held Jan. 31 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The Bishop’s Medal “Champions of Education” honorees to be recognized are Katherine "Katie" Juhasz, of Snyder and a member of the Christ the King Parish, who has served on the dinner committee since the inception of the dinner and…

Crime

A follow-up workshop to a forum held last month at Canisius College about the clergy sex abuse scandal is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the college's Science Hall. Attendees will be asked to participate in opening sessions involving specific concerns arising out of the sex abuse scandal and to form work groups to develop concrete proposals for reform, accordi…

Crime

Niagara Falls police have recovered a vehicle that was stolen Saturday afternoon in Buffalo with a 2-month-old baby girl inside. Buffalo police later arrested three people in connection with the incident. The girl turned up safe and unharmed at a Niagara Falls hospital. Buffalo police in a Saturday evening update on Facebook said that Niagara Falls police had recovered …

Crime

A Buffalo woman was charged with felony assault after she allegedly stabbed a 51-year-old man in the head early Saturday, leaving him with a serious injury, Buffalo police said. Police were called to a stabbing call just after 4 a.m. at an address on Sears Street. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center. The suspect, identified as Calvette Sheppard, 50,…

Crime

A Buffalo motorist was arrested at about 4 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic at Route 198 and Parkside Avenue and struck a vehicle with four people on board, Buffalo police said. The driver of the vehicle that was hit was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was treated and released. The driver who crossed into traffic, Xavier Hun…

Crime

A Jamestown man was arrested Friday on multiple charges including five counts of endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly unhooked the natural gas line to a stove inside a house where there were people including children still inside, Jamestown police said. Police were called to the residence on 10th Street shortly before 7 p.m. and located the suspect, Jus…

Courts

A Buffalo man with a 2011 conviction for felony weapons possession was charged with a new weapons charge in federal court, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Friday. Julius Hatten Jr., 28, was charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Assist. U.S. Attorney Charles J. Volkert Jr., Buffalo police stopped a black…

Local News

All lanes on the southbound North Grand Island Bridge  are closed to traffic through 5 a.m. Monday, the state Department of Transportation announced. There will be two-way traffic on the northbound, North Grand Island Bridge, with one lane open for northbound motorists and one for southbound traffic. "Motorists traveling in this area should be prepared for possible d…

History

A monthly story time program for families begins Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, 825 Depot Avenue West. Stories, crafts and snacks will be offered for the program geared toward children between 3 and 9 and their caregivers. Story time, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., doesn't include admission to the Heritage Center. The program k…

Crime

For 100 days this summer, a dozen Buffalo police officers took part in an experiment. In East Side neighborhoods, they organized soccer clinics on vacant lots. They held bike-safety rodeos on residential streets. They went door to door, introducing themselves to residents and business owners and tried to solve neighborhood issues. They helped out at community events and…

Crime

A Mayville man has been indicted in a decade-old unsolved homicide, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced Thursday. On Nov. 8, 2008, Jeffrey L. Johnson, 55, was found dead in his home on Main Street in Westfield. Investigators discovered he died of blunt force trauma to the head. Ten years and …

Crime

Lamarr Scott confessed at least 10 times to fatally shooting a Buffalo teenager on Aug. 10, 1991, near a Louie’s Hot Dog restaurant on the corner of Bailey and East Delavan Avenues, prosecutors said. But another man, Valentino Dixon, was convicted in the slaying and sent to prison where he remained until this September when his murder conviction was vacated. The same da…

A workshop on crime prevention through environmental design is being offered through the City of Buffalo Division of Citizens Services. The free, 40-hour training program, to be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 to Dec. 7 in the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St., is open to block club leaders, community leaders, faith-based leaders, city personnel, youth leaders, educat…

Local News

During a recent workshop, Erin L. Riker handed Mon Gotamy a manila envelope – an envelope filled with documents proving that the people taking care of Gotamy hold the legal authority and proof that goes along with it to make decisions, sign papers and handle her money on her behalf. "Thank you," Gotamy, 66, said, pressing her hands together in thanks. Gotamy just com…

Hamburg

The heartbroken parents of a 5-year-old Hamburg boy who died in a tragic Thanksgiving Day accident said they know their little boy — who was born on Christmas — is with Jesus. James R. Walsh, a kindergartner at Union Pleasant Elementary School, died after he was accidentally struck by his father who was backing a vehicle out of a driveway, Hamburg Village Police said. …