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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.


Local News

On the anniversary of one of the most profound days in American military history, two of Buffalo's major companies gave a serious boost to a major military monument that is on track to open downtown next year. M&T Bank and Delaware North announced Friday, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a $200,000 joint grant to the African American Veterans Monument, a first-of-its-k…

Crime

For the second straight year, the New York State Police ticketed thousands of drivers and arrested hundreds for driving while intoxicated as part of a "special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period," officials announced Friday. Troopers issued a total of 15,115 tickets and made 215 DWI arrests statewide from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. Last…

Crime

A man was killed Thursday night on the city's East Side, Buffalo police said. The male victim, whom police are still trying to identify, was shot just before 8:40 p.m. on Warring Avenue near Antwerp Street. He died at the scene, a police spokesman said in an email. Police initially indicated the man's injuries were "serious in nature." A separate police report descri…

Local News

More than 1,600 NYSEG customers in Cheektowaga were without power Thursday afternoon. Power service was expected to be returned by 3 p.m., according to NYSEG's web site. NYSEG is investigating the cause of the outage. https://buffalonews.com/2018/11/18/more-than-12500-without-power-in-erie-county/

Crime

A New Jersey man was arrested on multiple charges after an incident Friday in which he reached speeds of 95 mph on Route 20A, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office. Brian Gleeson-Rosson, 22, of Rutherford, N.J., faces two charges in the Town of Orangeville, two charges in the Town of Warsaw and two charges in the Village of Warsaw after allegedly driving erra…

Erie County

Eden Central Schools is the only Western New York district to close due to Thursday's snowstorm. In a message to residents, Eden Superintendent Sandy Anzalone said concerns about dismissal was the main reason for closing. Eden officials cited 34 mph wind gusts that are forecasted to occur at the district's regular dismissal times. "To avoid that, we would have been f…

Crime

A Tonawanda man was charged with forgery Tuesday morning after he submitted fraudulent doctor's notes to try and excuse himself from making appearances in Tonawanda City Court, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. James A. Grosskopf, 32, was charged with third-degree forgery and fraudulently obtaining a signature. According to police, an investigatio…

Crime

A 20-year-old Clifton Park woman has been arraigned on two charges related to a hit-and-run accident that left a 20-year-old University at Buffalo student with a traumatic brain injury, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Hannah Christensen, 20, of the Albany suburb of Clifton Park was arraigned before Amherst Town Court Judge Geoffrey Klein on …

Crime

A Buffalo man is facing eight charges after some fast driving, and some attempted fast-talking, led to his arrest early Sunday morning, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Robin L. Blassinggame, 29, was arrested after a traffic stop for speeding led to multiple other offenses, officials say. Officers said Blassingame was stopped on Delaware Street just before 2:30…

Crime

In 18 years of selling cars, Terry Eckman had never experienced anything like it. "It's the first time I've ever had someone take a car off the lot and just keep on going," said Eckman, the financial manager at Landmark Chevrolet in Randolph, a town located about 60 miles south of Buffalo. "It was unique. They liked it so much they didn't want to pay for it." A James…

Erie County

A pedestrian struck by a car on Niagara Falls Boulevard early Monday morning has been hospitalized, according to Amherst Police Department. The accident occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Irvington Drive, about a quarter-mile north of Ellicott Creek. Amherst Police said Karl Booker, 31, of Tonawanda was struck Monday morning as he attem…

Crime

A Buffalo man was arrested for criminal possession of an assault rifle, the New York State Police announced Thursday morning. Jeffrey R. Parker, 32, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony. The New York State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive…

Food and Drink

Chick-fil-A is here. More than 100 Western New Yorkers got their day started at the area's first Chick-fil-A Thursday morning, as the Walden Avenue fast-food restaurant was greeted with a line out the door as well as a lengthy stream of cars at the drive-thru. "The people who invented the chicken sandwich, finally came to the city that invented the chicken wing," sai…

Buffalo

A 24-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend late Tuesday night in South Buffalo, according to police. Rachael Wierzbicki, 22, was shot just after 10:30 p.m. outside a home in the first block of Edson Street in South Buffalo, according to prosecutors. Wierzbicki was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where she was pronounced de…

Local News

More snow is coming down in the Buffalo metro area. And it's sticking this time, thanks to some low temperatures, says to the National Weather Service. A snow advisory went into effect at 7 p.m. Tuesday, said Jim Mitchell, a meteorologist with the weather service. It will stay in effect until noon Wednesday, Mitchell said. About 3 to 5 inches of snow was forecast …