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Maki Becker

Maki Becker is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News.


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Red Cross volunteers were helping three adults find shelter after a fire caused extensive damage to a three-story house on Norwood Avenue Tuesday, Buffalo fire officials said. The fire at 76 Norwood, located between Summer and Bryant streets, was reported just after 5 p.m. The fire started on the first floor and extended up to the attic, causing $350,000 in damage to…

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A 17-year-old boy was being held Tuesday on $100,000 bail after he allegedly created a fake Facebook account and posted a threat on Friday directed at Hutchinson Central Technical High School on South Elmwood Avenue, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced. The boy, whose name has not been released, was charged with one count of making a terroristic threat…

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A Hamburg woman remained hospitalized a week after she she was struck while in the middle of Boston State Road late on the night of May 28, which was Memorial Day, Hamburg Police Capt. Kevin Trask said Monday. The woman, identified as Crystal Carroll, 35, was walking alone on the roadway just before midnight when a driver struck her with her vehicle. The driver pulled o…

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Firefighters extricated two people from a vehicle following a crash on the Elmwood Avenue North exit ramp of the westbound side of Route 198 Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. Multiple fire and police vehicles responded to the incident, which shut down the exit. No further details were immediately available. https://twitter.com/NITTEC/status/1002989907747442…

Health and Fitness

Urban Family Practice's new East Side clinic is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, to introduce itself to the East Side community. The clinic is located at 1315 Jefferson Ave., near Utica Street, the former location of a UB Family Medicine clinic that closed a year ago. Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO of the West Side-based Urban Family Practice clinic…

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Two overnight shootings left one man dead and a second at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo police said Saturday. The first shooting took place at about 9:45 p.m. Friday in the first block of Stanley Street, near Bailey Avenue. Police said a 20-year-old Buffalo man was struck by gunfire. He was declared dead at the scene. Then just before 2 a.m. Saturday, a 32-year…

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Three Mayville men were charged with drug possession Friday after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies attempted to pull them over on Route 430 in the Town of Chautauqua for operating a vehicle without an inspection sticker, officials said. The driver, identified as Joshua Heilman, 19, is accused of attempting to evade authorities by "taking a seasonal dirt road and hid…

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A sports-themed "One Buffalo" waiting room will be part of Erie County Medical Center's future emergency room, officials at the Buffalo hospital announced Friday. A rendering of the new waiting room unveiled Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new $55 million trauma center and emergency department showed Buffalo Bills, Sabres, Bandits and "One Buffalo" logos o…

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A paralyzed Cheektowaga man accused of fatally shooting his father last year was determined to be "dangerously mentally ill," Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Friday. As such, Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case signed SirWilliam Hardy to a six-month commitment order at the Rochester Psychiatric Center on Thursday in court. Hardy is scheduled to return …

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City of Tonawanda police are asking the public's help in identifying and locating a suspected shoplifter believed to have committed larcenies at multiple 7-Eleven convenience stores, Captain Fredric Foels said Friday. Police released a surveillance image taken from one of the incidents, on May 27 at the 7-Eleven on Broad Street in the City of Tonawanda. Foels said th…

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A 17-year-old Hutch-Tech student was arrested Friday after allegedly posting threats on social media against Hutchinson Central Technical High School while using the identity of another student, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said at a news conference. The youth, whose name was not released by police, was charged with three felony counts of making a terroristic threa…

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A 24-year-old Buffalo man was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after he was stabbed at about 3 a.m. Friday while in the 100 block of Brinkman Ave., near Walden and Bailey avenues, police said. The victim's name was not released. Police said he was taken to the hospital in a civilian vehicle. Police asked anyone with information about the incident t…

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A Buffalo man was killed and another man was wounded in a double shooting in the 200 block of Burgard Place, between Genesee and Doat streets, at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Detectives said a 26-year-old Buffalo man was declared dead at the scene. A 31-year-old Buffalo man was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition. …

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A priest who served for 50 years in the Diocese of Buffalo has been put on administrative leave after an abuse complaint was lodged against him, the diocese announced Thursday. The diocese is investigating the complaint against the Rev. Mark J. Wolski, who served at SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Hamburg before he retired in 2012 at the age of 70, according to an articl…

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A bicyclist suffered "serious" injuries when she was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning at Main Street and Leroy Avenue, Buffalo police said. The incident took place at about 9:20 a.m. The woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police said her injuries appear "serious in nature."