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Harold McNeil

Harold McNeil is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. 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.


Crime

City of Tonawanda Police Monday charged a Buffalo man with fourth-degree grand larceny for fraudulently using an ATM card. Robert C. Sweeney, 55, of Prospect Avenue, was arrested at about 2:30 p.m., according to City of Tonawanda Police. Police said the ATM card allegedly belonged to a relative of Sweeney’s. City of Tonawanda Police said the relative gave the card to…

Local News

The body of a Falconer man reported missing since Saturday afternoon was recovered by divers around 3 p.m. Monday in Chautauqua Lake, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported. Timothy D. Yocum, 47, was on the lake Saturday when he apparently jumped off a boat to go swimming, the Sheriff's Office said. Yocum's body was recovered by divers from the Chautauqua Co…

Obituaries

March 4, 1928 - July 12, 2018 Carolyn G. Gallivan was a Buffalo booster and eager volunteer, briefly turning the latter into a profession when she was hired in the early 1980s to be director of volunteers for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Mrs. Gallivan, who had previously done volunteer work as a member of the Junior League of Buffalo and the Zonta Clu…

Amherst

A house fire Friday in Amherst caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. The fire at White Pine Court was reported at 12:14 p.m. by a resident to Amherst Fire Control. By the time crews from the Swormville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the roof of the house, according to Amherst Fire Control. …

Crime

A serial bank robber was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for robbing a Key Bank in Amherst, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Thomas Cascio, 52, of Cheektowaga, was convicted of robbing the branch at 5200 Main St. On March 6, 2017, Cascio entered the bank wearing a hard hat, safety vest and eye protection goggles, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Pau…

Crime

A federal jury has convicted a Jamestown drug dealer of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Andrew Garner, 37, faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel L. Violanti and Emmanuel O. Ulubiyo, who handled th…

Crime

A Buffalo man faces rape charges in a July 2017 assault on a woman, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Carl Thomas, 24, was arraigned Thursday in Erie County Court on one count of first-degree rape, two first-degree counts of criminal sex act, one count of second-degree strangulation and one count of sex abuse in the first degree. According to t…

Crime

A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to drug and weapons possession has been sentenced to eight years in prison by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Calvin Young, 42, has criminal convictions including a felony narcotics conviction from 2012 and an illegal firearm possession conviction from 1999, the District At…

Local News

State Police in Jamestown were assisting police in Conewango Township, Pa., to locate a missing Warren, Pa., man last seen at a weekend festival in Chautauqua County, State Police said. Sven D. Blumquist was last seen at the Great Blue Heron Music Festival in the Town of Sherman, according to State Police, who did not provide an age for Blumquist. He was described as be…

Local News

An electric lineman for a telecommunications company was electrocuted Wednesday in Cattaraugus County, according to State Police. James R. Fogg, 39, of Fairfield, Maine, was working for S.G. Communications, running cable television lines on Block Road in Yorkshire, when the incident was reported, State Police said. An investigation revealed Fogg was in the basket of …

Crime

A 25-year-old man was the victim of a fatal shooting Thursday in the 200 block of Lisbon Avenue, according to Buffalo Police. Police said the shooting occurred just before 4:30 p.m. The name of victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not released, according to Buffalo Police. Buffalo Police are asking anyone with information to call or text the Buffalo P…

Obituaries

Feb. 11, 1937 – July 1, 2018 Retired City of Tonawanda Police Chief Edward J. Ringler Jr. believed that policing was enhanced if you got the community behind the force, which prompted him to embrace innovations such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE program in public school and Neighborhood Watch. Ringler, who served as the city's police chief for 14 yea…

Crime

A Franklinville man driving a golf cart has been charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police. Troopers at the State Police station in Machias arrested Jonathon D. Loomis, 22, after he was stopped about 10:11 p.m. Monday on Cadiz Road in Franklinville while operating a green golf cart without any lights. Loomis was arrested after failing field sobriety test…

Crime

Three Buffalo teenagers were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing a vehicle from Lackawanna and abandoning it a farm field in Darien, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said the teens then attempted to steal two all-terrain vehicles on Broadway Road, but were thwarted by residents. They then fled west on Broadway Road and wound up in a cornf…

Crime

State Police are seeking the public's help in a case against an Orleans County man who was arrested last month on child sex abuse charges. Jason A. Dusett, 43, of Lyndonville, was arrested June 15 by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Albion on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. On June 4, the Bureau of Crim…