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Mike McAndrew

Mike McAndrew joined The Buffalo News in 2016 after working for three decades for newspapers in Syracuse and Pottsville, Pa.


Erie County

Erie County is one of four New York counties participating in a suicide prevention study that researchers hope will identify new strategies to stop individuals from killing themselves. A similar study in an Oregon county identified two patterns: Some people dropped off their pets at animal shelters just prior to killing themselves, others died by suicide shortly after r…

Business

A Conewango Valley man who helped defraud more than 100 small business owners out of $397,249 through a debt restructuring scheme was sentenced Thursday to time served in prison, which equaled 9 months. Prosecutors wanted U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to send Mark Farnham to prison for 27 months. Farnham, 26, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man admitted Thursday in court that he distributed a video containing child pornography from his cell phone in March 2018. Atif Ullah, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. said. On Aug. 16, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Ullah’s resi…

Education

The search for a new president of Niagara County Community College is being extended after the college's trustees were unable to decide on hiring two finalists for the post. The college said the trustees expect to hire a president in the spring of 2020. “After extensive and thoughtful discussions and deliberation, the board has decided to extend the search," said Wil…

Education

Caritas Academy of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, an independent K–12 school operated in the Catholic tradition, is expected to open in September on the Blessed Sacrament Church campus in the Town of Tonawanda, said Ann Suchyna, its co-founder. The private school hopes to have 72 students when it opens at 300 Wendel Ave. in two buildings that the parish school occupi…

Crime

A New York State corrections officer has been charged with sex crimes after authorities accused him of having sexual relations with two female inmates at Albion Correctional Facility, where he worked. David F. Stupnick, 26, of Medina, was charged Friday with two felony counts of third-degree criminal sex act and misdemeanor counts of second-degree sexual abuse and offic…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man has been arraigned on a second-degree murder charge that alleges he shot 44-year-old Carlos Perez-Torres to death May 15 on Grimes Street on the city's East Side. Ruben Marchese, 54, was ordered held in jail without bail by Buffalo City Court Judge Kevin J. Keane, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said. If convicted on the murder charge, March…

Crime

More than two dozen Boy Scout leaders from the Buffalo area have been charged by police with molesting children or morals crimes involving children or were barred by the Boy Scouts of America from registering as Scout leaders due to allegations against them involving children. The Boy Scouts put some of these Scout leaders in their "Perversion Files," also known as the …

Buffalo

A convicted felon pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Buffalo to possessing a firearm during a confrontation in a parking lot near Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street. Andre Baker, 28, of Buffalo, could be sentenced Aug. 7 to up to 10 years in prison, according to prosecutors. On March 25, 2018, Buffalo Police officers were flagged down by a civilian screaming …

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Police charged a Depew man on Saturday with robbing the Citizens Bank at the Tops Friendly Markets at Thruway Plaza last week. Thomas Blachowski, 49, of Penora Street, is accused of passing a teller a note stating that he had a gun and demanding money, police said. The robber did not show a weapon. Officers obtained information about the suspect's identity a…

Education

Niagara County Community College's trustees on Thursday identified four finalists to be the next president of the college. The finalists are: Thomas W. Meyer, vice president of academic services and student development at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Lehigh Valley, Pa.; Stephen W. Dunnivant, dean of business, industry and technology at Tallahassee Community Colleg…

Crime

A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a motorist driving on the I-190 North in Buffalo last summer. Juan Colon, 22, was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan for the slaying of 26-year-old Angel Marcial Jr. of Buffalo as Marcial was driving at about 6 p.m. July 9 near the Niagara Street exit of the highway. The vi…

Crime

The Diocese of Brooklyn on Friday identified 108 priests it said had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. That is the highest number of priests to be identified as credibly accused child molesters by any of the six Catholic dioceses in New York State who have released that information, surpassing the 80 priests named by the Buffalo Diocese. In all, 344 prie…

Business

Nursing homes in New York State charge residents, on average, $117,000 to $157,000 a year. Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital, a small 25-bed, five-star nursing home in West Haverstraw in Rockland County, charged the highest average daily fee in 2017 out of more than 600 nursing homes in the state, according to the state Health Department. That facility told the st…

Local News

While snow socked much of the Buffalo area overnight, the storm spared Lewiston. Wednesday morning brought sun in the Niagara County village, with at most an inch of new snow on the ground. Although a frigid 3 degrees at noon, driving through Lewiston lacked the white-knuckle excitement that whiteouts and heavy snow offered in many communities. "It is sunny in Lew…