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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.


Crime

A federal jury found a Buffalo man guilty Friday of multiple drug charges for selling cocaine and crack cocaine out of an Eggert Road house in 2015, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said. Collins Pettway, 32, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, possession and distribution of cocaine and crack…

Local News

Westminster Presbyterian Church is inviting the public to a free showing of the classic, silent horror film "The Phantom of the Opera," accompanied by live, improvised organ music at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Guests are invited to wear costumes to the event at the church, 724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Organist and choirmaster Garrett Martin will play along on the church's his…

Crime

Orchard Park police arrested three people overnight Friday on drunk driving charges. The first arrest came at 9 p.m. after a Chestnut Ridge Road resident called police to report a suspicious vehicle had pulled into his driveway and that the driver got out, stumbled and fell to the ground, police said. When officers arrived, they found Antonio F. Rivera, 70, of Blasdell,…

Crime

The owner of four popular Mexican restaurants raided two years by immigration authorities pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to tax evasion and conspiracy to unlawfully employ more than 10 undocumented workers. As part of the plea, Sergio Ramses Mucino, 44, of Buffalo also agreed to forfeit nearly $40,000 in cash seized from his restaurants, a 2009 Porsche Boxster a…

Featured

As a 3-year-old boy is being treated for a suspected case of a polio-like condition at Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo, doctors at the medical facility answered questions Friday about the rare case and the condition that has parents across the nation worried. Called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, the condition causes paralysis and severe muscle weakness, mostly i…

Local News

A patient at Oishei Children's Hospital is being tested for a suspected, but not confirmed, case of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like virus, hospital officials said Thursday. The patient is "currently undergoing diagnostic procedures," officials said. The hospital is working closely with the state Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevent…

Buffalo

In a basement courtroom in the Erie County Courthouse, Buffalo residents are fighting for their homes. More than 3,000 properties in the city could end up on the auction block next week. The city is giving property owners a last chance to pay, or least start making payments, on taxes, sewer fees and water bills in arrears. Tuesday morning, between 20 to 30 people sat…

Buffalo

Just over 3,000 properties in Buffalo are in danger of being auctioned off next week because their owners owe city taxes or other fees. This week, the city is offering a last chance for property owners to make arrangements to pay up. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Erie County Courthouse, 25 Delaware Ave., city attorneys will be available from 9 a…

Crime

Jamie Billquist thinks his wife would have forgiven the hunter who fatally shot her last year when he mistook her for a deer as she was walking her dogs in a field behind her home in Sherman. “That’s the type of person she was,” he said of his wife, Rosemary “Rosie” Billquist. Jamie Billquist isn’t quite ready to do that. But on Thursday, he found a measure of relief…

Local News

On March 23, in an open field near Inter Park and Fillmore avenues, Buffalo police officers investigating a report about a man holding a woman at gunpoint recovered a pistol. They submitted the gun – a Glock, Model 33, .357 caliber handgun – for analysis. According to federal court records, the gun had been purchased in November at a pawn shop in Ashtabula, Ohio, a lake…

Local News

The man who died in a three-vehicle crash Friday morning in Marilla was identified as Bruce Capell of Wales, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Two other people were seriously injured in the crash that took place at the intersection of Clinton Street and Four Rod Road. The injured victims were taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.

Local News

A motorcyclist was killed Friday in a collision with an SUV Friday afternoon on Route 16 in the Town of Olean, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officials said. The victim, whose name has not been released, was southbound on Route 16, and the SUV was entering Route 16 from Fairview Lane when the vehicles collided at about 2:40 p.m. Both the motorcyclist and the SUV driver…

Crime

A 20-year-old man who was shot shortly after midnight Saturday on Lisbon Avenue has died, Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge reported Saturday afternoon,  Buffalo police said. The incident near Main Street in the University District took place just after 12:20 a.m. The victim, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center…

Politics

G. Steven Pigeon, a once-powerful upstate New York political operative and former Erie County Democratic chairman, has a reputation as a fighter – for candidates he wanted to see get elected and against those who would stand in his way. But trying to fight three prosecutions was apparently too much for him, according to his defense attorney. Pigeon put an end to two …

Courts

Two separate negligence suits against the VA Medical Center in Buffalo have been dismissed, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Friday. In January 2013, the VA admitted that 716 of its patients could have been exposed to Hepatitis B or C or HIV because of the misuse of insulin pens on diabetic patients between Oct. 19, 2010, and Nov. 1, 2012. The insulin-delive…