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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.


A free shuttle tour showcasing six high-end residences in downtown Buffalo, Grand Island, North Tonawanda and Wheatfield will kick off at 9:15 a.m. Saturday from the Buffalo Living Tour headquarters at 279 North St. Each location will feature a tour of the property's amenities and different food and beverages will be offered at each location, according to Buffalo Living…

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An Akron man has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said the FBI received a call from the mother of two prepubescent girls who had told them she recently discovered child pornography on a laptop belonging to Joshua A. Schohn, her ex-boyfriend. The woman told agents Schohn had taken nude photos of her 6…

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A computing programming error at Erie County Board Elections interfered with the timely release of primary election results Tuesday, according to Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Ralph M. Mohr. The glitch required the retrieval of backup data from roughly 500 balloting machines, but shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, 50 of them still had yet to be retrieved, Mohr…

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A change in state election law has forced the closure of North Tonawanda City Court on Tuesday. North Tonawanda City Court will be closed to the public, though staff has been advised that they should report to work as scheduled. The change in court operations on Primary Day in North Tonawanda is the result of a change in New York State Election Law that now requires …

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An independent organization of Buffalo Catholics is applauding the appointments of a new chairman and three lay people to the finance council of the Buffalo Diocese. Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, which seeks to restore trust in the church in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal, praised the appointments as a step toward increased "financial transparency.…

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An inmate at the Erie County Holding Center attacked a deputy who was escorting him within the jail Friday, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported Monday. Montek Maston, 28, is accused of punching a deputy in the head. Other deputies came to their colleague's defense and restrained Maston, the Sheriff's Office said. The deputy who was attacked and a second dep…

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A new family bike ride planned for September will raise money for the trauma and emergency department at Erie County Medical Center and educational programming at Unyts Buffalo. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will join others Wednesday in Delaware Park to announce the first annual Marcy Dandes Memorial Family Bike Ride this fall to benefit Erie County Medical Center and U…

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A Blasdell man has been sentenced to three years in prison for trying to make sexual contact with a female under the age of 18 by forcible compulsion. The incident happened on March 15 in the Town of Hamburg, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Howard Farrell, 68, on May 23 pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted sexual abuse, a felony. Erie …

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A Dunkirk man was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision Friday in the Town of Sheridan, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said 35-year-old Salvatore Delmonte was traveling south on Center Road when he lost control of the motorcycle he was operating and struck a guard rail before entering a ditch and getting ejected from the vehicle. …

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A 35-year-old man was found dead Thursday inside a house in Forestville, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Shortly after 4 a.m., deputies were called to Pearl Street in the village to respond to someone suffering from an unknown medical problem. Inside the residence, authorities found Tye A. Kenny, who was deceased, according to the Sheriff's Offic…

Buffalo

The University at Buffalo building that houses its School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, once named after billionaire alumnus John N. Kapoor, has been renamed the "Pharmacy Building," following Kapoor's racketeering conspiracy conviction. The SUNY Board of Trustees on Thursday took the final step in the process to rename the building, UB officials said in a st…

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A Buffalo man convicted on felony drug possession charges was sentenced Thursday in State Supreme Court to two-and-a-half years in prison, followed by two years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 38-year-old Timothy Dozier was sentenced as a second felony offender. In July 2018, the Buffalo Police Na…

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A Florida man who was convicted on a charge of transportation of obscene material in commerce has been sentenced in federal court to four years of probation, including one year of home detention, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Prosecutors said 35-year-old Joseph Pachetti of Eutis, Fla., was residing in Niagara Falls when he distributed obscene images to…

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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…