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Keith McShea

Keith McShea is a current staff reporter for The Buffalo News and a former deputy sports editor. Before that, he covered high school sports for The News since his hiring in 1999.


Politics

Right now it's unclear which Republican will be on the ballot for New York's 27th congressional district in November. But whoever it is has a great chance to win, according to the website that has made its name predicting political races. FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's analytical forecasting site, puts the odds that a Republican will win New York's 27th district at 7…

Crime

Cornelius Jones of Buffalo pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter for shooting a man to death at a neighborhood party in 2015. Jones, 27, was arraigned in January on second-degree murder charges in the killing of  Dequawn Griggs, 21, of Buffalo on July 5, 2015, at a block party on Montana Street. Jones pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter before …

Crime

A Franklinville man was arrested Wednesday for producing methamphetamine, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reported. Michael John Nesbitt, 34, was arrested at his property on Sunset Boulevard in Franklinville for unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Deputies say Nesbitt gave verbal consent to search his camper; the search yielded a bag of methamphetamine m…

Local News

A woman died after a one-car crash in the Cattaraugus County Town of Lyndon Wednesday evening, according to the New York State police. Karen M. Putt, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 2006 Jeep Liberty was traveling eastbound on Abbott Road when the vehicle crossed over into the oncoming lane, left the roadway and struck a tree, troopers said. An autopsy has …

Crime

Buffalo police are investigating a shooting after a 19-year-old male walked into Buffalo General with a gunshot wound Wednesday night. Police say an individual with a gunshot wound arrived at Buffalo General Medical Center in a civilian vehicle just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The victim eventually was transported to ECMC to be treated, where he is listed in serious …

Crime

A 2-year-old girl who was in a vehicle when it was stolen in Buffalo was found safe overnight, asleep in the car where the thief left it in a parking lot near Main Street and East Utice. Buffalo police announced Wednesday on its Facebook page that the child was safe and that the stolen vehicle had been recovered. Police had asked for assistance in finding a 2006 Pont…

Buffalo

For the first time in more than a century, there will be no elephants at the Buffalo Zoo. In a move described by Buffalo Zoo leaders as "bittersweet," officials on Tuesday announced that its two Asian elephants will be relocated to New Orleans' Audubon Zoo this fall. The move will leave the zoo without elephants for the first time since 1900, and there are no plans to r…

Crime

Throwing the remote control at a television can be a crime. Jason E. Lack of Dunkirk was charged with criminal mischief (fourth degree) Monday after throwing a remote at a television, causing the TV to break, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Just before midnight Monday night, deputies responded to a report of a disorderly male at a residence in th…

Politics

One of President Trump's most well-known enemies is supporting Nate McMurray. Rosie O'Donnell, who has feuded with Trump for more than a decade, donated $1,000 to McMurray's congressional campaign for New York's 27th district in the days following the Aug. 8 indictment of Rep. Chris Collins for insider trading. Democrat McMurray told the Center for Public Integrity t…

Gusto

John Morris Russell's high-energy tenure as the principal pops conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is set to continue through 2022. The BPO and Russell agreed to extend their contract for three more years after the initial agreement expires in August 2019. "I'm thrilled to continue this beautiful relationship with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and al…

Crime

An East Concord man was charged with public lewdness and exposure following an incident in the parking lot of the Target store in Orchard Park Sunday evening. Orchard Park Police were called to the Target in the Quaker Crossing Retail Center off Milestrip Road (5622 Amanda Lane) shortly before 6:40 p.m. Sunday. A female reported that a male in a vehicle drove up …

Crime

A Falconer man was charged following the death of a motorcyclist in the Town of Cherry Creek, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Jassen E. Sherman, 47, of Falconer was charged with failure to yield the right of way when entering the roadway. Sherman backed out of a driveway of a residence, causing his vehicle to be struck by a motorcycle traveling nort…

Crime

A West Seneca woman found unconscious and not breathing in her vehicle Sunday night was revived by Orchard Park emergency responders, then charged with driving under the influence of drugs, according to police. Orchard Park police reported that Nina Depasquale of West Seneca was found unconscious and not breathing in her vehicle at the intersection of Orchard Park Road …

#viralWNY

Julia Buckley was hired as the assistant travel editor at the Sunday Times of London in May. In her first meeting with her editor, she literally could have proposed a trip to any place on the planet. Her pitch? "I want to do a story on Buffalo." The story that resulted was published in the Sunday Times this week, and it turned heads locally not in small part due t…