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Harold McNeil

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


Crime

A Buffalo man who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and fatally stabbed her boyfriend was sentenced Friday to an indeterminate sentence of 27 2/3 to 33 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. In January, a jury convicted Hillard Smith, 47, on several counts in connection with that crime, including one count of first-degree manslaughte…

Crime

Cheektowaga Councilman James Rogowski was arrested Friday by West Seneca Police following an alleged domestic incident on Orchard Park Road, West Seneca Police said. According to West Seneca Police Lt. John R. Urbanski, Rogowski was in his vehicle when he allegedly began chasing his wife as she drove her vehicle about 6 p.m. Friday on Orchard Park Road in West Seneca. …

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who went through a stop sign and a red light Friday was arrested by State Police, State Police said. Troopers stopped Demian P. Hernandez, 30, shortly before 11 a.m. on LaSalle Avenue after they observed him failing to stop for a stop sign and running a red light, State Police said. Troopers determined that Hernandez was intoxicated and in possess…

Amherst

A man allegedly brandished a large knife at a clerk Thursday during the robbery of an electronics store in Eggertsville, Amherst police said. Justin Arnold, 29, of Buffalo was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and first-degree possession of a forged instrument, Amherst Police said. Amherst Police at about 1 p.m. responded to a call of an armed…

Local News

A Pennsylvania woman who was convicted of stealing funds from an Olean-based credit union and making false entries in the company's ledger, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Norma Gold, 57, of Eldred, Pa., also was ordered to pay $179,939 in restitution to her now defunct employer, the Olean Tile Employees Federal Cr…

Local News

A Mexican national who was deported then convicted of illegally re-entering the United States after a conviction for an aggravated felony, was sentenced to one-year time served by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Armando Navarrete-Dominguez, 29, was taken into police custody Feb. 15, 2017, following a traffic stop on Grand Island, according to the U.S. Attorney's o…

A Buffalo drug dealer pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to distribution of butyryl fentanyl. Steven Paschell, 48, faces a maximum 30 years in prison when Judge Richard J. Arcara sentences him June 4. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins said that on three occasions in late 2016 Paschell sold quantities of butyryl fentanyl to a confidential source wor…

Erie County

The Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday unanimously accepted applications to designate two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residences in the city as local landmarks, over objections from the owners of the property. The board scheduled a public hearing for March 8 to allow the public to weigh in on the designation – before the board makes a recommendation to the Common Counc…

Cheektowaga

A 23-year-old Cheektowaga man was sentenced to eight years in prison for having a loaded and operable firearm in his basement, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Raekwon Barnes, who was sentenced Tuesday by New York State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns, was arrested April 3, 2017, after Barnes' parole officer found the weapon during a r…

Crime

A man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to selling fentanyl to a confidential source working for federal agents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Miguel Figueroa, 32, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 10 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl…

Crime

A woman who used a counterfeit $100 bill to make a purchase at a gas station in Newstead is being sought by State Police, State Police said. The transaction occurred on Feb. 9, according to the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is seeking the public's help in identifying the woman, State Police said. The woman was a passenger in a dark-colored, 200…

Local News

A rabbit, some chickens, a snowmobile and tools were lost in a Town of Sheldon barn fire late Tuesday, according to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services. The cause of the fire, which was reported at 10:32 p.m. in the 2700 block of North Sheldon Road, was an overheated heat lamp, according to county officials. Also lost in the fire was a utility task vehicl…

Local News

The driver of a pickup that crashed and overturned in a drainage ditch Tuesday in Orchard Park was later pronounced dead, according to the Orchard Park Police Department. Police were called to the scene shortly before 5 p.m. after receiving calls about a vehicle that had crashed on Taylor Road near the Route 219 overpass, Orchard Park Police said. Officers found the …

West Seneca volunteer firefighters are on the scene of a working fire on Miller Avenue in the town, West Seneca Police confirmed Tuesday night. The fire started in the basement of a 1 1/2 story house, according to police. There were residents living in the home, police said. Additional details were unavailable.