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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 and a Colorado man were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in a marijuana distribution case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Damarcus Hennings, 26, of Buffalo, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who also sentenced Dashawn Abrams, 27, of Denver, to 51 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office…

A City of Tonawanda man faces five felony and three misdemeanor charges in connection with an alleged incident that happened in August, authorities said. City of Tonawanda Police said Joseph D. Schmitt, 27, is accused of assaulting another man on Aug. 22 who was allegedly pulled into a vehicle, beaten up, thrown out of the vehicle and run over by Schmitt. The dispute ce…

A City of Lockport man who was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred on Oct. 13 on Orchard Street was taken into custody Tuesday by Lockport police. Javonte Epps-Fisher, 24, was located with the assistance of  State Police and U.S. Marshals, police said. Epps-Fisher has been charged with second degree attempted murder and criminal possession of a weap…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. It was also announced the Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls will be lit in blue Wednesday to commemorate Lehner, 34, who died this month while training with the Buffalo Police's Underwater Recovery Team. In a s…

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A pedestrian suffered serious injuries when struck by a vehicle about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of Delaware Avenue near Delaware Park, Buffalo police said. The victim is a man between 60 and 70 years old, accident investigators said. Police said the man darted across the street and was struck by the vehicle, though police were still investigating the accident M…

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A child custody dispute resulted in the arrest of a Buffalo man for driving while intoxicated Thursday, police said. Buffalo police were called to a Hertel Avenue address where they encountered a woman who told them that she did not want to release a child in her custody for visitation purposes. She said she feared the individual to whom she was supposed to turn the chi…

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A Buffalo man faces up to seven years in prison following his guilty plea on a bank robbery charge Thursday in Erie County Court. Harry Charnock, 60, pleaded guilty to robbery in the Third Degree before before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi. According to prosecutors, about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23,  Charnock robbed the Bank of America at 495 Elmwood Ave. P…

City of Tonawanda Police on Thursday were seeking a man in connection with an attempted robbery in the city. The incident took place at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Tops Market at 150 Niagara St. in the City of Tonawanda, according to police. According to police, the man demanded that a supermarket employee open a cash register, but fled when the employee refused. …

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A car crashed into a building in the 500 block of Skillen Street near Ontario Street in the city's Riverside neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. Buffalo police said no injuries were reported as a result of the crash, which happened before 4:30 p.m. as the driver of the vehicle attempted to exit a parking lot. Investigators said the cause of the accident appeared to be dr…

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Buffalo police are are advising students and parents to be aware following a report of a stranger-danger incident that occurred early Wednesday morning. Police said a 15-year-old female student was walking to a bus stop near East Delavan and Freund Street at about 6:45am when a man approached her and asked her to perform a sexual act. The incident is being investigated …

Obituaries

Dec. 27, 1916 - Oct. 10, 2017 Dr. Thomas A. Lombardo Sr. was entrepreneurial as a young boy, presiding over one of the region's largest paper routes during the Great Depression. During World War II, the Buffalo native was a resourceful young military doctor practicing medicine under rudimentary conditions in the Pacific. After completing his military service, Dr.  L…

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July 28, 1944 - Oct. 14, 2017 Mary Ann E. Rooth,  a teacher and artist, died Saturday at her home in Hamburg after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73. Born Mary Ann Yunkes in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bishop MacMahon Catholic High School. In 1966, she married Walter L. Rooth, a lawyer, who went on to serve as Hamburg town justice for 34 years. After …

A Dunkirk man faces drug charges following a raid Wednesday of a Town of Pomfret residence where police confiscated 138 ounces of marijuana. Hammad R. Zaidi, 46, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and faces additional charges, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's office. Dunkirk police and the Sheriff's office were assisted by the Southern Tier…

Theodore Calhoun, 54, of Buffalo was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Acara  to 22 months in prison for selling cocaine. Calhoun was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine after he distributed one-ounce quantities of cocaine in exchange for $1,400 on three separate occasions between January and February of 2015, accordi…