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Harold McNeil

Harold McNeil is a native of Brooklyn. He previously worked as a reporter for the former WEBR 970 AM public radio station and later for the Niagara Gazette, a Gannett-owned newspaper. He has been a staff reporter for The Buffalo News since 1989.


Courts

A Town of Tonawanda man accused of fatally shooting his longtime girlfriend in their Dumas Place apartment has been arraigned in Erie County Court on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 51-year-old Mario Turner Sr. faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the charge. T…

Amherst

A 66-year-old Amherst man who admitted to sexually abusing a prepubescent child has been sentenced in Erie County Court to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Anthony Mendola will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. In A…

Local News

An accident Tuesday involving an all-terrain vehicle on Killbuck Road in Great Valley has been confirmed by a Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office dispatcher. He said he could not provide any additional information about possible injuries resulting from the accident.

Crime

Three Buffalo residents accused of attacking a couple early Sunday outside an Allentown eatery have all been arraigned in Buffalo City Court on felony charges of second-degree gang assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Stephon McCann and Deante Peoples, both 26, and 27-year-old Tarrice Greer were each also charged Monday with…

Courts

A Grand Island woman who attempted to have sex with a child who was less than 11 years old on multiple occasions was sentenced Monday to 11 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case also sentenced 29-year-old Courtney McDonell to 12 years of post-release supervision and required her to register as a se…

Courts

A Cheektowaga woman who pleaded guilty in a plot to kill her boyfriend has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to nine years in state prison and five years post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that early on Sept. 6, 47-year-old Vivian Rodriguez attempted to cause the death of her boyfriend…

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman whose pit bull attacked and seriously injured a 13-month-old girl has been sentenced by Buffalo City Court Judge Kevin J. Keane to three years probation, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. On Jan. 13, 30-year-old Amber R. Lewis was babysitting the girl at a home in the 300 block of Watson Street when the attack occurred. The toddler…

Crime

A Chautauqua County woman was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment, after she allegedly attempted to strike another person with an empty liquor bottle, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Clair S. Soliman, 66, of Mayville, was held at the Chautauqua County Jail to await arraignment on the charges, the Sheriff…

Courts

A Mexican national pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 27-year-old Giovani Ramirez-Soto also pleaded guilty to being a removed alien unlawfully in the U.S. Ramirez-Soto faces a mandatory minimum of 10 year…

Courts

A Niagara Falls man who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, between May 2016 and June 2017, 35-year-old Rico …

Local News

The Gamma Phi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will hold a Pink Diamond Gala from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. The event celebrates the 75th anniversary of the sorority, according to its organizers, and will recognize its decades of community service to Western New York — which includes its biennia…

Amherst

A San Diego man has been convicted by a federal jury on charges related to cocaine trafficking and maintaining a drug-involved premises in Amherst, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Raul Everado Ledesma Abarca, 36, and others conspired to possess and distribute cocaine kept in a rented storage unit in Amherst. The unit was rented on the same day …

Courts

After bilking as many as 10 people – including one Western New York resident – a New York City man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 56-year-old Michael Wright, of Manhattan, conspired with two siblings, who stole the identities of unsuspect…

Courts

A Buffalo man who was convicted of possessing and selling fentanyl has been sentenced to serve 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that on Feb. 11, 2018, an individual working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arranged to purchase five grams of fentanyl from 33-year-old Anton…

Education

John Yurtchuk, owner and chairman of Calspan, has been elected chairman of the Daemen College Board of Trustees, and Stephen Zenger, chairman and CEO of Zenger Group, was appointed as a new trustee of the Daemen board. "We are pleased to have two such distinguished leaders in our community serve in these roles and are confident they will contribute great insight and…