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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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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…

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A correction officer was arrested Wednesday after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate under her charge, according to New York State Police. Anita Demarais, 58, of Cheektowaga was arrested by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and charged with two counts of official misconduct. The investigation centered on an allegati…

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A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Rashawn Dewer, 37, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Dewer participated in a conspiracy that transported…

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A Buffalo man faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to a maximum life sentence following his guilty plea to drug and weapons possession charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Wednesday. Antwone K. Dean, 37,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking…

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Four people were arrested Saturday and one Monday on charges related to driving while intoxicated, according to State Police. Michael P. Gagliardi, 48, of Lockport, was charged Saturday with driving while intoxicated and making an unsafe lane change on Route 31 in the Town of Lockport, State Police said. Richard E. Ponter, 51, of Gasport, was charged Saturday with DW…

A Lake View man who was involved in a two-car crash in Evans Friday was later accused of drunk driving. Matthew Thomas, 32, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property and other traffic violations, Evans police reported. Thomas was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. after po…

A man was critically wounded late Friday night on the first block of Wood Street, off Walden Avenue, Buffalo Police reported. The 28-year-old mane was taken to Erie  County Medial Center, where he is listed in critical condition, police said. The man was not identified. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255. …

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An early morning shooting death outside an Allen Street bar Friday shocked Allentown resident Joseph Pennimpede, but it didn't rattle his sense of the neighborhood being safe. Pennimpede lives over the Allentown Pizza shop on Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street, just half a block from where a man was shot to death early Friday just steps away from Frizzy's Bar & Grill. …

A Steuben County man convicted of making false statements to a federal agent after claiming he was the only person aboard a single-engine plane that crashed two years ago at the Perry-Warsaw Airport was sentenced to time served and a year of supervised release. Brian Woodhams, 40, of Wayland, held only a student pilot license when the crash occurred Oct. 31,  2015.  …

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is appealing to area residents to join its campaign urging the state to restore Delaware Park to its pre-1950s glory. The conservancy has launched a campaign to stop the state Department of Transportation from moving forward with a plan that would eliminate 14 acres of parkland and also keep Delaware Park divided. Construction of…

A Buffalo home healthcare aide who fraudulently obtained nearly $11,000 in food stamps along with $40,500 in Medicaid benefits pleaded guilty Thursday to welfare fraud, officials said. Suzanne Smith, 50, of Athol Street, was one of three women charged with fraudulently receiving more than $107,000 in welfare benefits while together earning more than $500,000 in income a…

A Buffalo woman who obtained fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment when she is sentenced Feb. 21 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. Jennifer Courton, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl. According to…