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Harold McNeil

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


Local News

An extensive search was begun Monday for a possibly emotionally distraught Town of Hamburg man who has been missing since about noon Sunday, according to town police. Law enforcement officers and firefighters searched for Benjamin Grunditsch, 25, in wilderness parcels along Route 20, between Pleasant Avenue and Camp Road, police said, with U.S. Customs and Border Pr…

Crime

A Jamestown man was arrested Monday and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief after police responded to a domestic report, Jamestown Police said. Juan Danh, 28, was additionally charged with a felony aggravated family offense because of a prior conviction in the last five years, Jamestown police said. Police were called at about 7:20 p.m. to a Langford Street …

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A 2-year-old child was injured early Monday evening after falling from a second-story window of a house in the 7200 block of Ridgeview Drive West in North Tonawanda, a dispatcher for the Niagara County Sheriff's Office confirmed. The child was transported by Twin City ambulance to Oishei Children's Hospital. Additional information was unavailable.

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FREDONIA – Firefighters from multiple companies responded Friday evening to a two-alarm blaze that left a historic church on the village's Barker Common water-soaked and with its signature clock tower a ruin. The Fredonia Fire Department was on scene at 19 Church St. shortly after 6:30 p.m., said Kurt Maytum, assistant fire chief. The blaze quickly took over the cloc…

Crime

A second man has been arrested in connection with a violent home invasion that occurred early Monday on Newland Avenue, according to the Jamestown Police Department on Friday. Michael A. Culbertson, 31, was charged with first-degree assault for his alleged role in beating the victim, who remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit at UPMC Hamot, where the …

Crime

The New York State Police are investigating as a suspicious death the body of a man found April 21 in a wooded area in the Chautauqua County town of Portland. State Police said Brian Heyden, 47, likely received a ride from a passing motorist in the afternoon of April 20. Police believe Heyden was picked up on Route 20 in the Village of Fredonia and driven west on Route …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison followed by 2 1/2 years post-release supervision following his conviction for attempted criminal possession of a weapon, prosecutors said. Arthur Jordan, 24, was found in possession of an illegal gun on July 14, 2016, after Jordan was approached by Buffalo police who asked him about an alleged threat he made …

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The board of directors of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park on Thursday voted to oust its former chairman, Don Alessi, from the board over allegations of workplace misconduct. The actions were detailed in a statement issued by the board, which, just prior, had met for nearly 3 1/2 hours Thursday aboard the USS the Sullivans docked in the inner harbor…

Crime

Amherst police have made an arrest in connection with a brawl that broke out last month at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant on Harlem Road in Amherst. Amherst Police Detective Sean Charleson said 20-year-old Tamika Clemons of Buffalo was arrested for her actions in the melee. The incident involved about a half-dozen young adults, most of whom are seen repeatedly pummeling…

Buffalo

A 3-year-old boy suffered apparent leg injuries Wednesday after he was apparently struck by a vehicle, according to a Buffalo Police Department spokesman. Michael J. DeGeorge said the incident happened just before 3:50 p.m. in the first block of Leonard Street in the city's Kensington-Bailey neighborhood. The vehicle was traveling north on Leonard, when the child cam…

Crime

A Lackawanna drug dealer Monday pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons possession charges in Erie County Court. Jose Bonilla, 48, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka to three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree criminal po…

A Jamestown man was charged Monday with felony assault after a violent early morning home invasion, Jamestown Police said. Dacien C. Devault, 33, was arrested and held in the Jamestown City Jail awaiting arraignment, Jamestown Police said. Police said an investigation was continuing. Others are believed to have been involved in what police described as a targeted att…

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Improperly disposed of smoking materials caused a house fire on Grand Island on Monday that caused $25,000 damage, according to the Grand Island Fire Company. Firefighters responded to the fire just after 3:30 p.m. at 10 Ward Park, the fire company said. A passerby called the fire department when he noticed smoke and flames coming from the rear of the residence, the fir…

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With two months remaining, the 94th annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal has reached nearly $8.9 million in cash and pledges, but needs to pick up steam, according to diocese officials. That's just shy of 81 percent of its 2018 goal. An additional $2.1 million has to be raised between now and June 30 in order to reach this year’s $11 million goal. Sister Mary McC…