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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.


Obituaries

Samuel F. ''Salvatore'' Giansante of Clarence, a retired superintendent of the Elba Central School District in Genesee County, died Thursday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 93. Born in Waterloo, Mr. Giansante was a graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School in his hometown. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army from 1943…

Crime

Buffalo police on Friday were seeking a female bank robber who authorities said appeared at the M&T Bank branch in the 1800 block of Main Street. Police said the robbery occurred at about 11:15 a.m. when a female demanded money from a teller and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Police released a still photo of the woman from the bank's surveilla…

Business

The Mayer Brothers Cider Mill and Bakery in West Seneca is open from late summer to the mid-fall season, for those seeking locally made cider, baked goods and maple syrup. The 166-year-old family-owned business opened for the season on Aug. 8 and will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 30, according to the cider mill's website, mayersbrother.com. Lo…

Crime

A Clarence man was arrested Thursday after State Police said he allegedly left two infants unattended in his running vehicle in the parking lot of a Home Depot store on Transit Road in Clarence. The ages of the infants were not disclosed by State Police. Stephen G. Dewes, 25, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was issued a ticket to…

Crime

A Buffalo investment banker who embezzled nearly $29,000 from his aunt and her husband was sentenced to nine months in jail by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. James Jones III, 31, who was working as an investment broker, was given $28,966 to invest on behalf of his aunt and her husband in June 2015, the Dist…

A 50-year-old woman who had been missing since Wednesday from a residential facility in Batavia was found Thursday, according to the City of Batavia Police Department. The woman, who was listed as a vulnerable missing adult, had last been seen at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the City of Batavia, and was believed to have used a transportation service to travel to Rochest…

Crime

An Albion man was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff's Office deputies and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Thursday, following a hit-and-run crash in LeRoy, according to authorities. The Sheriff's Office said Candido Candelaria, 26, had two previous driving while intoxicated convictions in the past 10 years. He also was charged with first-degree agg…

Crime

A Grand Island man was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff's Office deputies on felony driving while intoxicated charges, the Sheriff's Office said. According to the Sheriff's Office, Andrew M. Cerrillo, 27, was stopped at about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday on Main Road in Stafford. Cerrillo was charged with felony driving while intoxicated because of a previous conviction withi…

Crime

Three City of Dunkirk residents and a Fredonia man were arrested on multiple drug charges Wednesday following a police raid on a Dunkirk residence, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Dunkirk City Police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at about 8:37 a.m. at a Roberts Road residence in the city, where t…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man has been arraigned in State Supreme Court in Buffalo on charges he scammed three businesses out of more than $10,000 in inventory,  the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Randall K. McGovern, 48, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, third-degree attempted grand larceny, first-degree scheme to de…

Featured

Town of Hamburg Police said Wednesday that a man's body was recovered from Lake Erie after he apparently ran into trouble while kiteboarding. The name of the victim had not been released. Hamburg Town Police and the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office were still investigating. The man's situation was noticed at around 2:36 p.m. by a Hamburg police officer. Police s…

Local News

At 97, Mike Mombrea of the Town of Tonawanda remains trim and energetic. He is a charming raconteur, with a gift for putting strangers at ease. Storytelling is second-nature to Mombrea. He is able to recall, in vivid detail, his exploits of more than 70 years ago, when he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot instructor for scores of enlisted airmen sent on heroi…

Crime

A Buffalo man who was convicted on drug possession charges was sentenced Friday to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's office Charles Newkirk, 34, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 10 grams or more of butyryl fentanyl. The U.S. Attorney's office said that between June …

A Chautauqua County woman was arrested on drunk-driving and other vehicle and traffic charges after she refused to stop for Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies who attempted to pull her over shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff's Office said. Toni L. Kelley, 51, of Silver Creek, continued to drive home before stopping, said deputies, who determined she was intox…

Crime

A traffic stop late Thursday in Jamestown led to the recovery of a loaded, defaced pistol, methamphetamine and fake $100 bills, according to Jamestown Police. Jamestown police officers patrolling the city initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a loud muffler and identified the driver, Daniel R. McKay, 24, of Jamestown, as a state parolee, Jamestown Police said. …