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Harold McNeil

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


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Buffalo firefighters responded to a fire Thursday evening at the VA Western New York Healthcare Center off Bailey Avenue. Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Vincent Muscarella said the cause was some roofing materials that caught fire. "We got to it very quickly," Muscarella said. The estimated damage from the fire was $10,000 to the building and no damage to th…

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A Batavia man faces drug and drunk-driving charges following a one-car crash Wednesday on Indian Falls Road in the Town of Pembroke, authorities said. Genesee County Sheriff's deputies charged Paul D. Fields Jr., 48, with driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level at or above .08, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, crimina…

Crime

A California man accused of assisting the owners of four restaurants to hire undocumented workers faces a maximum five years in prison after his guilty plea Thursday in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Marguin Sanchez, 23, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to employ unlawful aliens before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., the U.S. Attorney's…

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A Buffalo man is headed to prison for more than five years because he refused to testify in a murder trial after initially providing key evidence to authorities. And the U.S. Attorney's Office hopes the sentence sends a message to other would-be witnesses. Jeffrey Mills, 47, had earlier been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he reneged on a pledge…

Officials at the Williamsville Central School District reported on Wednesday that a school bus from Dodge Elementary School, No. 143, was involved in a minor accident. No injuries were reported. Students aboard the bus were reported as safe. School officials had also said that the students would be late in getting home.

Crime

A Buffalo Police officer charged with driving while intoxicated after an alleged incident early Monday morning has been suspended without pay, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge would not confirm the identity of the officer late Wednesday. DeGeorge said the Buffalo Police Department's Internal Affairs Division was…

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A Buffalo man who was busted in a narcotics sting operation last May pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. Michael Jordan, 31, of Buffalo faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced April 17 by Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruzka. Jordan was arrested May 1, 2017, during a sting operation condu…

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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Tuesday to drugs and weapons possession charges stemming from a police raid on his home in 2016. Arthur “Cutty” Lewis, 37, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Lewis was arrested Feb. 25, 2016, duri…

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A 35-year-old man was fatally shot on Tuesday in the 100 block of Shepard Street, near Pullman Place, Buffalo police said. The killing is Buffalo's first confirmed homicide of the year. In 2017, three people were killed on New Year's Day. The Shepard Street victim had no permanent address, according to police. He was struck by gunfire just before 5:30 p.m. and declar…

The Niagara County Sheriff's office is seeking the public's help to locate a missing teenage girl. Christina Barger is a 15-year-old girl who was last seen the first week of January in the 5700 block of West Main Street in Olcott. According to the Sheriff's office, Christina does have ties to people in the City of Lockport. She was last seen wearing black stretch pants …

New York's long public love affair with -- well-- itself is coming to an end. After five years, new road signs will soon announce "NY has it all!" The new campaign will be launched this summer to promote tourism across the state, according to state Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul Karras. The campaign will replace the current "I Love NY" campaign -- …

A Buffalo man faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with distributing heroin and possession with intent to distribute a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jawayne Watkins, 29, allegedly sold $1,500 worth of heroin in July to an undercover officer, accor…

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A Buffalo drug dealer faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to distribution of more than 24 grams of fentanyl before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Jeremy Jorge, 21, admitted that on at least seven occasions between December 2016 and September 2017, he sold what he marketed as heroin in exchange for $300 to $1,300, according to the …

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A Buffalo man was arrested and charged in connection with a Wednesday break-in at the home of Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and the theft of his car, according to a tweet Thursday from the Buffalo Police Department. The man was identified as Joshua Hobes, 20, in the Buffalo Police tweet. Hobes was stopped by Rochester Police about two hours…