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Harold McNeil

Harold McNeil has been a staff reporter for The Buffalo News since 1989. He currently covers Amherst.


Winter parking rules along city bus routes in Buffalo are being suspended until Dec. 1, in part because the weather is forecast to be unseasonably mild and also to boost patronage in neighborhood shopping districts. "This is good for business in the city, and it's good for residents," Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue. The …

A Buffalo woman faces the possibly of a maximum 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges, the U.S. Attorneys Office reported. Damar Currie, 42,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Currie sold cocainey on three separate occasions between Dec. 10, 2014, …

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A Williamsville husband and wife each face time in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the husband's medical practice. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and her husband, Riyaz, 57, pleaded guilty to receiving and delivering misbranded drugs. The charge against Shaheen Hassanali carries a maximum penalty of three years…

Buffalo Police said Tuesday charges are pending in a case involving the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine at a South Buffalo residence that brought police and the Buffalo Fire Department's hazardous materials team Monday to a Macamley Avenue home. During a news conference Tuesday, Lt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said the Buffalo Police's narcotics unit executed a search warr…

A Salamanca man was charged Tuesday with second-degree manslaughter following a fatal motor vehicle accident Saturday on Old Route 17, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Damion R. Taylor, 21, of Jimerson Road, was arraigned in Salamanca Town Court and held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, the Sheriff's Office said. The…

An Attica woman was arrested on drunk driving charges by Orchard Park police Monday after the car she was driving rear-ended another vehicle, police said. Police said they received a call about 5 p.m. from a motorist who warned of a possible drunk driver on Jewett Holmwood Road. Officers checked the immediate area but couldn’t locate the red Chrysler van. A short t…

A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute the synthetic drug methylenedioxy methamphetamine, also known as "Molly." Barrett Johnson, 34, could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 8 by District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said Johns…

The Buffalo Police and Buffalo Fire departments, along with other emergency agencies, were reported to be at the scene of a possible meth lab operation on Monday evening in the first block of Macamley Street, between South Park Avenue and McKinley Parkway, in South Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department wrote on Twitter late Monday. Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. …

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Wilmarie Rosado-Lozada had a decent-paying job as a dental hygienist and a good life back in her hometown of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. That is, until about two months ago when Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico and all but destroyed her city near the southeastern coast of the island.  Rosado-Lozada lost her home and her job. With no place to live or a livelihood …

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A thief targeted the home of Western District U.S. Court Judge William M. Skretny for a burglary Wednesday morning. Skretny reported that an unknown person entered the rear door of his residence near the Erie Basin Marina, according to Buffalo police report. Stolen were: a judicial bag, passport, credit cards, an iPad, a 1966 silver and aquamarine Canisius College class…

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A Buffalo police officer suffered minor injuries Thursday after the officer's patrol vehicle was struck by another vehicle operated by a motorist who ran a red light. Police said the accident occurred just before 7:50 a.m. near Oak and Goodell streets. The officer was transported to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The accident remain…

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A Buffalo man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to attempting to run over two Buffalo Police officers during an ice storm, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Kenneth Pringle, 24, of Dodge Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault before Supreme Court Judge Christopher J. Burns, the District Attorney's Offi…

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A Buffalo man was convicted on drug charges Wednesday in Erie County Court. Following a five-day trial, a jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Rasheed Clanton, 41, guilty of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree. When Buffalo police responded to a dog fi…

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James P. Kennedy Jr. no longer is acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. He has the job permanently. U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III announced that Kennedy will move into the post effective Friday. Kennedy has been serving as the acting U.S. Attorney since October 2016.

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A Buffalo man accused of selling drugs to an undercover officer was arrested Wednesday and charged by criminal complaint with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Jawayne Watkins, 29, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if he is convicted on the charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is h…