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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.


Police said a man was mugged Monday evening by two men, one of whom had a semi-automatic handgun, near Stockbridge and Bailey avenues. The victim said he was approached by the duo at about 8 p.m. The men beat him in the face, then took from him cash, ID and a cell phone.

A man was followed home overnight Monday from a downtown fast food restaurant by two masked men who robbed him of $100 in marijuana and other items at gunpoint and then left him tied up with cable in his Main Street apartment, The victim said both gunmen wore ski masks and leather gloves. They followed him from Chippewa Street to his apartment in the 700 block of Main Str…

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The Virginia man suspected in the slaying of Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. tried to visit him at his school district office just hours before the shooting, law enforcement and school officials said Tuesday. A man fitting the description of Anthony Robert “Rob” Taglianetti II arrived at the school at about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21, according to Edward Bailey, ac…

The boyfriend of a Brockport State College student found dead in her dorm room early Saturday was arrested about an hour later at a Thruway rest stop, authorities said.The suspect was identified as Clayton Whittemore, 21, of New Hartford, which is near Utica. College officials said he was not a student at Brockport.University police found the victim, whose name has not bee…

The handgun that investigators found in Anthony Robert Taglianetti II's car may be the weapon used to kill Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. last week, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said Saturday.Forensics investigators have been combing through the vehicle Taglianetti was driving when he was pulled over by two members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive T…

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul's office announced Friday. John Crandall, 33, was accused of obtaining child pornography from the Internet and other sources and distributed the material to at least one other person between March 2010 and March 2011. In August 2011, authorities found over 600 i…

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The handgun that investigators found in Anthony Robert Taglianetti II's car may be the weapon used to kill Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. last week, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said Saturday. Forensics investigators have been combing through the vehicle Taglianetti was driving when he was pulled over by two members of the a U.S. Marshals Fugitiv…

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BROCKPORT - The boyfriend of a Brockport State College student found dead in her dorm room early Saturday was arrested about an hour later at a Thruway rest stop, authorities said. The suspect was identified as Clayton Whittemore, 21, of New Hartford, which is near Utica. College officials said he was not a student at Brockport. University police found the victim, whose na…

A CVS pharmacy on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn was held up Friday night by a man wearing a black ski mask who claimed he had a gun, state police said. The robbery took place at about 8 p.m. when the robber walked into the store wearing the mask and demanded prescription drugs, investigates said. He was given the drugs and he fled on foot. Police said the robber was…

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Anthony Robert "Rob" Taglianetti II, the 42-year-old Virginia man authorities believe shot and killed Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. as the result of an apparent love triangle, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service Friday near a national park and forest about 90 miles west of Washington, D.C. Taglianetti was taken into custody without incident after fed…

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Anthony Robert Taglianetti II, the 42-year-old former U.S. Marine suspected in the death of Clymer Central Schools Superintendent Keith Reed Jr., is in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace. Taglianetti was taken into custody without incident near the Shenandoah Valley National Park in Virginia, Gerace said in a …

AMITY - A 29-year-old man was found stabbed to death on a rural road early Friday, and a suspect in his slaying turned himself in to state troopers, state police said. Police were alerted to a man stabbed on Tuckers Corner Road in the Town of Amity at about 12:30 a.m. Friday. They found Jason S. Cipriano, 29, who lived nearby on Tuckers Road, lying "unresponsive" on the sh…

The Nichols School named a new head of school Friday, , following a nationwide search to replace the Buffalo college prep school's current head who announced his retirement in January.William "Bill" P. Clough IV, is currently the associate head of school at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. He will take on his new role at Nichols July 1, 2013, making him the 12th head o…

Chautauqua County law enforcement revealed Thursday there is a nationwide manhunt on for a Virginia man they believe fatally shot Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed. Law enforcement authorities identified the suspect as Anthony Robert Taglianetti II, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., at a packed news conference in the county's emergency services office in Mayville. He was d…

A suspected burglar stabbed to death by the owner of the home he allegedly broke into Wednesday was identified today by Jamestown police as Henry L. Smith, 26, of Warren, Pa. Around mid-day Wednesday, the Barker Street resident returned home to find two burglars inside his house, according to police. The homeowner got involved in an altercation with the men and stabbed the…