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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.


Crime

A Randolph man was charged with criminal mischief in connection with an incident Sunday in which a Cattaraugus County Sheriff's patrol vehicle was damaged, authorities said. Nicholas R. Becker, 18, was arrested after sheriff's deputies and Seneca Nation marshals broke up a party at the Low Banks Campground in Cold Spring that deputies said was attended by a large number…

Crime

A Williamsville woman and Florida man led troopers on a chase Friday from Monroe County to Batavia in Genesee County before both were captured and arrested, according to State Police. At about 12:34 p.m., troopers stationed in Canandaigua responded to a call to assist deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office following a 1997 Mercedes Benz with switched license p…

Crime

A Chautauqua County grand jury has handed up a second-degree murder indictment against a man who was recently apprehended by Jamestown Police. The man was indicted in alleged connection with the death of a man who was found last month lying in the middle of the street with a gunshot wound to his head, according to Jamestown Police. David F. Waggoner, 54, of Jamestown, w…

Crime

A Bradford, Pa., woman was arrested Friday by State Police and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, State Police said. Shannon M. Campbell, 42, was stopped by troopers on Route 16 in the Town of Olean, State Police said. Troopers said they determined that Campbell was intoxicated while operating her vehicle. After her arrest, Campbell was transported to…

Lancaster

A motorcyclist died Thursday after he crashed his vehicle on Transit Road while allegedly traveling over 100 mph, according to State Police. Nathan J. Knab, 29, of Lancaster, was northbound on Route 400 when he and another motorcyclist were observed by a marked State Police patrol unit stationed in a U-turn just before the Transit Road exit, State Police said. At abo…

Jamestown Police said a motorcyclist who attempted to evade them following an attempted traffic stop Tuesday was held on traffic charges. Police attempted to stop Joey A. Weise, 38, of Jamestown, at about 4 p.m. for an alleged traffic infraction on Washington and West 3rd streets, but he failed to comply, police said. Weise sped away on Steele Street before proceedin…

Crime

A body that was recovered Saturday from Lake Ontario in Niagara County has been identified, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Pulled from the lake was the body of Stacy Fishbein, 21, of Vaughan, Ont., in Canada, the Sheriff's Office said. The Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office is assisting the York, Ont., Regional Pol…

Crime

A 31-year-old woman was fatally struck by gunfire Thursday while inside a vehicle in the first block of Butler Avenue, according to Buffalo Police. Police said the incident occurred just before 1:45 p.m. The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where she died of her injuries, according to police. Police asked anyone with information about the shoo…

Business

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of a worker at a City of Tonawanda plant who the government charged was unfairly terminated from his job. Defendants in the case are Remedy Intelligent Staffing, a California-based staffing firm, and New York City-based Lornamead, a manufacturer that operates a facility on Cooper Avenue…

Local News

Republican New York State gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro appeared to strike the right tone with many of the roughly 150 people who came out to hear his platform Tuesday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Leonard Post No. 6251 on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Those in attendance came not only from Erie County and Niagara Falls – but as far away as Rochester – to question…

Crime

A Dunkirk man was arrested Sunday and charged by State Police with two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree burglary and second-degree obstructing governmental administration. Steven Rice, 30, was arrested after troopers responded to a report of criminal mischief at a residence in Kennedy. Troopers said the residen…

Crime

State Police in Amity have identified a suspect in robberies of a bank and a gas station in Allegany County in less than a week. Troopers said Chase H. Lotter, 27, of Genesee, walked into Steuben Trust Bank in Bolivar on July 24 and used a handwritten note to demand money. Lotter was given an undetermined amount of cash, police said. Troopers and Bolivar Police …

Local News

A West Seneca funeral director died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday night on Transit Road, according to Lancaster Police. Paul A. Kloc, 77, of Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels in West Seneca, was identified as the victim. Kloc was taken to Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, in Cheektowaga, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. A post on the Lan…

Local News

The smell of smoke forced the emergency landing Monday of an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga. A spokeswoman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said the emergency landing occurred about 3 p.m., and was precipitated after a number of people on board the plane, American Airlines Flight 98…

Crime

A Buffalo man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison and a maximum 40 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and skipping out on a court appearance, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lawrence Russell, 41, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of c…