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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.


Buffalo

Buffalo firefighters Monday extinguished a small outdoor fire near the former outdoor habitat for the elephants at the Buffalo Zoo, according to a statement released by the zoo. The fire, which was reported at 5:20 p.m. by the zoo's on-site security, appeared to have been caused by some minor demolition work that was taking place at the zoo earlier Monday, according to …

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A trailer fire Saturday in Wyoming County resulted in an estimated $10,000 in damages, according to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services. The fire, which was reported at about 8:45 a.m., occurred in the 7300 block of Route 98 in the Town of Arcade. No injuries were reported, but a tenant who rented the trailer required assistance from the Red Cross, accord…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man who won a $4.5 million settlement agreement over a 2012 police shooting was left with permanent pain, depression and paralysis, but he is grateful for the opportunity the settlement provides him to move on. Wilson Morales was 17 years old when two Buffalo police officers fired shots into his vehicle during a traffic stop, paralyzing Morales from the chest …

Amherst

Erie County's district attorney found a loophole in the state's new bail reform law that will help keep three burglary suspects in custody on attempted second-degree burglary charges. The state's new bail reform – which took effect Jan. 1 – is supposed to eliminate pretrial detention and the imposition of cash bail for many nonviolent crimes. A spokeswoman for the Di…

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Lawtons Volunteer Fire Company Tuesday was called to the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident at Milestrip Road and Route 62 in North Collins, according to a dispatcher for the Lawtons Volunteer Fire Company. Mercy Flight was called for backup, the dispatcher said. No additional information was available.

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July 15, 1946  -  Jan. 24, 2020 For more than three decades, Daryl E. "Rasuli" Floyd was one of the main voices of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the state public-benefit corporation responsible for overseeing public transportation in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Known professionally as Daryl Rasuli, he also promoted various civic and cultural service …

Erie County

New York State Fair officials and leaders from county fairs across the state met Friday in response to concerns over how boosting the current 13-day schedule of the Great New York State Fair to an 18-day run next summer would affect local county fairs. The meeting, held at the New York State Fair offices in Syracuse, lasted more than an hour, according to a release from…

Courts

A Buffalo man is going to prison for conspiring with others to sell cocaine in the Niagara Falls area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 30-year-old Devincio K.D. James, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 87 months in prison by U.S. District …

Courts

Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi has sentenced a Williamsville man to a year in jail, for striking and seriously injuring a pedestrian while driving drunk, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 51-year-old Michael Eddo was driving while under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 16, 2019, when he hit a pedestrian who was walking alo…

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Erie County Democrats Thursday backed former Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray to run for the 27th Congressional District seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Chris Collins. The county Democratic Committee also nominated U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) for an eighth term representing the 26th Congressional District and state Sen. Tim Kennedy for re…

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Crime Stoppers Buffalo is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of Antoine Wedlington. According to Crime Stoppers, Wedlington, 32, is wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Those with information leading to the arrest or indictment of Wedlington are encourage…

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July 15, 1920 – Jan. 24, 2020 Dr. Evan Calkins, a retired Hamburg gerontologist who built the University at Buffalo Department of Medicine into a position of national prominence and established the medical school's division of geriatrics and gerontology, died Jan. 24 in Erie County Medical Center. He was 99. Recruited in 1961 from Harvard Medical School to head the D…

Courts

A Buffalo man who was charged in connection with a double shooting pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to three felonies – second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of second-degree assault – according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. On March 30, 2019, Elon Fitzgerald, 25, fired several shots into an occupie…