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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to setting a fire in an East Delavan Avenue home in November that spread to two neighboring house and left five adults and two children without a home, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Friday. Joseph Aronica pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to one count of second-degree arson and two co…

Crime

Buffalo police arrested a man in Thursday's daytime fatal shooting at a house on Wright Avenue, they announced on Twitter Friday morning. Dominic Vereen, 23, who lived at the house was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old man. Police have not released the victim's name. Police said Friday that Vereen and the victim knew each other. Vereen w…

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Fire swept through at least three houses on Perry Street midday Thursday, leaving at least 21 people without a home, Buffalo fire and Red Cross officials said. The fire was reported in the 700 block of Perry, near Smith Street at about 12:35 p.m., fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries, but the Red Cross said 11 adults and 10 children who lived in the…

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Amherst Police Thursday evening made another sighting of a roaming black bear in the eastern area of town, near Millersport Highway and the I-990 off Crosspoint Parkway, the Amherst Police Department reported in a statement and stated on Twitter. The bear was sighted at about 8 p.m. "We are hoping he will be going into the woods for the night," the police department …

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Jet skiers found a decomposing body floating in Lake Erie about 1.5 miles off of Woodlawn Beach Wednesday evening, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced Thursday. The body was discovered at about 6:40 p.m., Howard said in a statement. The body was recovered and placed in a sheriff's vessel. It was then transported to the Coast Guard's Buffalo station. Inves…

Crime

Kyle Lovines, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder in the May 9 shooting death of Chaz Carter on Goodyear Avenue, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced. Lovines was arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig D. Hannah Wednesday. He was remanded without bail and is slated to return to court on Monday for a felony hearing. The arre…

Business

The Northland Workforce Training Center is holding a pre-enrollment session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Edwards Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave. The training center, which is set to open at the end of August, offers one- and two-year college education for people interested in advanced manufacturing and energy jobs. Career coaches at Northland will…

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A woman from China in the area visiting relatives was killed after being struck by a van at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Smith Road, just east of the Glen Oak Golf Course, Amherst police said. The woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was identified as Zhixia Wan, 53. Police identified the driver of the van as Piers Butry, 29, of Niagara Falls. The death i…

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More than 2,000 miles from the Mexican border where immigration authorities are facing international outrage for separating parents trying to enter to the U.S. from their children, a Congolese woman in Buffalo is waiting to be reunited with her 4-year-old daughter. The woman is currently at Vive, a shelter for asylum-seekers on Wyoming Avenue run by Jericho Road Communi…

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The man whose body was found inside a burning pickup truck Monday night was identified as Robert House, 64, a resident of the Town of Tonawanda, town police said Wednesday. House had been a Brighton volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years and was retired from the Thruway Authority, police said. A crew from the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company put out the fire, wh…

Crime

A motorcyclist was injured after deputies tried to pull him over on Route 430 in Ellery at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and he sped away, Chautauqua County Sheriff's officials said. Deputies lost visual contact with the motorcyclist but soon came upon a debris field in the roadway, officials said. The 30-year-old motorcyclist, whose name has not been released was treat…

Crime

In the summer of 1967, Byron Lockwood was a child living in the old Ellicott Mall housing projects east of downtown when a police car, sirens blaring, pulled up to the curb. Four African-American police officers jumped out of the car, he said. “They were like diesel. Big and stuff. I looked up and said: ‘Wow, I want to be just like that,’ ” Lockwood recounted. But…

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A man was found dead inside a pickup truck that exploded into flames Monday night, Town of Tonawanda police said Tuesday. Neighbors around Wynnwood Avenue and Yorkshire Road called 911 to report hearing a loud boom and then seeing a parked pickup on fire on Wynnwood at about 10:30 p.m., police said. A crew from the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company put out the fire. …

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Niagara Falls police have identified the woman whose body was found Saturday afternoon in a field north of the 2200 block of Buffalo Avenue near train tracks, they announced Monday. Police had asked for the public's help in determining her identity over the weekend. "She was identified due to a family member calling in response to our request," police said in a state…

Buffalo police are asking the public's help in locating a missing teenage girl. Joelle Rollerson, 14, was last seen on June 1. Police ask anyone with information about her whereabouts to call 911.