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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.


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…

Local News

May 28, 2015 – State and federal law enforcement officials execute search warrants at the Admirals Walk condominium of former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Pigeon, along with homes of former Buffalo First Deputy Mayor Steve Casey and Christopher Grant, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Chris Collins. https://buffalonews.com/2015/05/28/law-enforcement-offi…

Crime

G. Steven Pigeon, one of upstate New York’s most powerful political operatives whose campaign activities spawned controversy for more than two decades, pleaded guilty Friday morning to bribing former State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek. He entered the plea to a felony charge of third-degree bribery before State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. who agre…

Crime

Several patients at Roswell Park Cancer Comprehensive Cancer Center developed infections after a staff member replaced a narcotic drug from the syringes with water and they were injected with the syringes, Dr. Boris Kuvshinoff, chief medical officer at Roswell said Thursday. "We believe that narcotic was removed from syringes and replaced with water by a single individu…

Local News

State police are asking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old boy who is missing from the Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, 6395 Niagara Road, Lockport. Treyvaughn Flynn, 16, may be headed to the Rochester area, troopers said. Treyvaughn was described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds. He is African-American and has black hair and brown eyes. H…

Crime

A Buffalo man who was arrested in the Towne Gardens apartments with more than 200 envelopes of heroin last year was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said. Julian Rivera, 28, pleaded guilty in August to a third-degree count of criminal possession of a controlled subst…

Local News

Buffalo police said the father of a young girl who was found wandering around William Street Tuesday "has been found safe and sound." Police said the girl appears to have "wandered away while an elderly relative was baby-sitting." Police found the girl Tuesday morning around the area of William Street, near Broadway, just east of downtown Buffalo. The girl told po…

Local News

Amherst police said Saturday morning that they had located the Rochester area teen who was reported missing Friday. John Walsh, 17, was being reunited with his family, police said. https://twitter.com/amherstpoliceny/status/1043502906425659393