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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

Longtime Western New York residents and meteorologists agree that the winter of 2019-2020 has been noteworthy for its lack of wintry weather. But February is poised to go out like a lake-effect lion, especially for the Southern Tier. The National Weather Service has issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for later this week, with lake-effect snow, cold temperatures and gu…

Amherst

As far as the golfers of the Audubon Men’s Club are concerned, it’s as if the Town of Amherst fired a tee shot right into their group, without even the courtesy of yelling, “Fore!” The club, which includes about 100 members, was surprised at the town's recent announcement to convert more than half of the Audubon Golf Course into a cemetery, partly because town officials…

Buffalo

A 20-year-old woman is in serious condition following an early Sunday morning shooting in University Heights, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Police said the woman was struck by gunfire just before 3 a.m. Sunday near Bailey and Berkshire avenues. She was transported to Erie County Medical Center, police said. Buffalo police ask that anyone with informa…

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man accused of stealing packages was also in possession of counterfeit $100 bills and illegal drugs, according to the City of Tonawanda Police. Timothy J. Wisniewski Jr., 23, was arrested on several charges Wednesday morning. Officers were called to Steiner St. after reports of what officials described as a "porch pirate" taking items from residences…

Buffalo

The South Buffalo house where a 19-year-old Buffalo man was shot and killed early Thursday has been for rent on Airbnb.com for the last year, where it has often been the site of parties attended by young adults. That was the case Wednesday night, according to neighbors on Kamper Avenue. More than 20 people attended a party in the lower apartment of the residence, where …

Crime

Cody Gernatt has lived on Route 39 in the hamlet of Collins Center for most of his 32 years, and said he's never experienced anything like what happened early Tuesday morning. That's when the Erie County Sheriff's Office says gunshots were fired through the front of a house, striking a 7-year-old boy in the leg while he was lying in his bed. "It's very shocking to ev…

Cheektowaga

A Buffalo woman who was critically injured last week in a motor vehicle crash on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga has died from her injuries, the Cheektowaga Police Department announced Tuesday. Sarah K. Cole, 34, died on Sunday, police said. Cole was driving eastbound on Genesee, just east of Holtz Drive near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, at approximately …

Amherst

A 54-year-old Buffalo woman died Tuesday morning after being struck by a car on Main Street in Amherst, according to the Amherst Police Department. Theresa Garcia was crossing in the area of 6100 Main St. near Youngs Road just before 6:30 a.m. when she was struck, police said. She sustained multiple injuries and was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where she d…

Crime

Erie County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking the help of residents in a small, rural community to determine who shot a 7-year-old in the leg early Tuesday while the child was in his bed. In a news conference Tuesday afternoon that was livestreamed online by local media, Police Services Division Chief Scott Joslyn of the Sheriff's Office, said a resident of a home…

Courts

The Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government intends to file its first lawsuit in the name of public information. The coalition announced Monday that the University at Buffalo Law School Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic will file a lawsuit Tuesday in Niagara County Supreme Court against Niagara County, the Niagara County Board of Ethics and the Niagara Count…

Buffalo

There will be a change of leadership at Elmwood Franklin School, a private elementary and middle school in Buffalo. Andrew Deyell, the head of school since 2014, announced he will step down in June to become vice president for institutional advancement at Canisius High School, according to an Elmwood Franklin School release Monday. The school announced that Keith W. …

City of Tonawanda

No one was injured when a Tonawanda driver's car left the roadway and crashed into an apartment building Monday morning, according to City of Tonawanda police. Carroll F. Blackburn, 64, crashed into the Delaware School Apartments at 245 Delaware St. at approximately 7:51 a.m. Blackburn told police he had "steering problems" with his 2007 Chevrolet Impala. Poli…

Buffalo

A car on fire closed a lane of the I-190 northbound Monday morning. The fire closed the right lane just after 10:10 a.m. near Exit 2 (Clinton Street). The fire was cleared and the lane reopened just under an hour later (11:08 a.m.). https://twitter.com/news4buffalo/status/1229430602891436032 https://twitter.com/NITTEC/status/1229424011463053312

Buffalo

The Niagara Falls Police Department is trying to locate a Buffalo woman who allegedly abandoned her infant next to an ice machine in the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel last month. Police said that Sherone Littleton, 28, left her infant at the hotel on Jan. 31. She is facing felony charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and abandonment of a child, in addition to a mi…

Local News

Frigid temperatures with wind chills dropping below zero made for the year's coldest weather on Friday morning. The cold, combined with overnight snowfall, made for a tough commute for those heading to Buffalo from the south. The National Weather Service said Friday morning temperatures at Buffalo Niagara International airport dropped into the single digits for the f…