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Keith McShea

Keith McShea is a staff reporter for The Buffalo News. He is a former deputy sports editor; prior to that, he covered high school sports for The News since his hiring in 1999.


Buffalo

The 38th News Neediest Fund is off to a quick start. The fund, which raised $150,000 last year, has already raised $43,000 even before the drive officially began, according to Buffalo News Publisher Warren T. Colville, who was part of a festive kickoff celebration Thursday morning in the lobby of The Buffalo News' downtown office. "The generosity of people in this co…

Crime

A state trooper repeatedly warned a fleeing suspect that he was going to release his K9. The suspect kept running. The K9 caught him, bit him and took him down. Nicholas C. Doell, 28, of Darien Center was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges after K9 Rison helped bring Doell into custody in the town of Darien Center. Troopers in the town of Darien had been noti…

Buffalo

There was record-shattering snowfall as a storm dropped more than 11 inches in about 24 hours. And Western New York just went about its day. "This (snowstorm) is pretty well business as usual," said Michael J. Finn, Public Works Commissioner for the City of Buffalo. Roads were passable while closings were minimal despite the Buffalo snow record for Nov. 11 being b…

Crime

An Allegany County man was arrested last week on multiple charges after he allegedly tattooed a minor, the New York State Police announced Monday. Jeremy M. Luther, 22, of Wellsville, was arrested by troopers out of the State Police Amity office on charges of tattooing a child under 18 years old and endangering the welfare of a child. Troopers investigated a complain…

Local News

Heavy overnight snowfall that left 10.2 inches on the ground at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is expected to taper off this morning. Early morning commuters saw some slick and snow-covered surfaces as crews continued to clear roads. Next up: The cold. While the bulk of the snow showers should be over by noon, the snow won't be melting any time soon as …

Local News

A 62-year-old woman is in stable condition after being hit by a car in Niagara Falls Saturday, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. The woman was walking south on 10th street through the intersection with Walnut Avenue, using her wheelchair as a walker, police said, when she was struck by a 2009 Dodge Caravan. The Dodge was being driven by an 81-year-old ma…

Buffalo

The National Weather Service has issued its first winter storm warning of this year's snow season. "Widespread accumulating snow" is forecast for Monday, with the largest snowfall expected into the evening hours. The winter storm warning is in place from 8 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes most of Western New York.  A winter storm watch was issued just befor…

Clarence

All six schools in the Clarence Central School District were in a lockout for about 45 minutes late Thursday morning following a robbery at a business on Sheridan Drive. Clarence superintendent Geoffrey M. Hicks said the lockout went in place at approximately 11:45 a.m., ended around 12:35 p.m. and referred any further questions to law enforcement officials. Parents …

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man is facing felony charges after he allegedly "spiked" the food of family members, including putting laxatives in the family's coffee machine, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Andrew Ditch, 34, allegedly sprinkled laxatives and Epsom salt, which acts like a laxative when taken orally, on family members' food. He also allegedly placed laxative…

Buffalo

Organizers of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot say that spots are filling up fast and registration is expected to close out next week. Around 1,250 spots are available for the 124th annual race, the YMCA announced Wednesday morning. The 8K run/walk will close out registration once it reaches its capacity of 14,000 participants; the race is capped for safety reaso…

Crime

Students were detained by Jamestown police Wednesday morning following a fight inside Jamestown High School, police said. The school was placed in a lockdown at about 11:20 a.m. "as a precautionary measure for a student fight," the school said in a statement via Twitter. The lockdown was lifted about an hour later. Police said they were called to the school at 10:36 …

Buffalo

A 23-year-old Buffalo man who worked as a dog day care attendant admitted to beating a dog to death in State Supreme Court Wednesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Jarrod Dillman pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. Prosecutors allege that on Aug. 3 D…

Crime

The Niagara Falls man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend at the McKinley Mall was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Keith Sparks, 44, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan. Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 25 at approximately 2 p.m., Sparks fatally stabbed his ex…

Erie County

At Connect Church in Hamburg, democracy was served – with a slice of pie. By 7:35 a.m., voter turnout had set a brisk pace, with 92 voters from three precincts choosing among their favorites. “It’s a fabulous place to vote,” said voter Ann Fox, with a cherry pie in hand. “It was a tough choice,” she said of the pies – not candidates. “I come early so that there’s a g…

Buffalo

Thursday night's rainstorm was so severe that Buffalo firefighters had to save some stranded motorists – with their rescue boat. The area's record rainfall Thursday led to flooding in the viaduct at Tonawanda and Niagara streets, where two cars became submerged. Firefighters helped rescue the occupants of one vehicle with some creative use of their truck's ladder, wh…