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Dan Herbeck is an investigative reporter who has been at The Buffalo News for nearly 40 years. He is a graduate of Sweet Home High School, Erie County Community College and St. Bonaventure University. He and Lou Michel wrote a best-selling book in 2001 about Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, "American Terrorist."

NONFICTION Seven Million By Gary Craig Fore Edge 280 pages, $19.95 From the start, the $7.4 million holdup – one of the biggest crimes in the history of Western New York -- had the look of an inside job. Indeed, the security at the Brink's armored car depot in Rochester was surprisingly lax. But the crime was clearly pulled off by someone who knew exact…

If you talk to journalists who have worked in Rochester, many will tell you that Gary Craig is one of the finest news reporters ever to carry a notebook in that city. The longtime investigative reporter from the Democrat and Chronicle and before that the defunct Times-Union has won dozens of state and national journalism awards. He gained fame in 1998 when his reporting…

A Buffalo law firm has billed state taxpayers $2.67 million to defend the Canalside development corporation in a lawsuit filed by a Cheektowaga businessman who says his construction company was unfairly booted off the harborfront rink project in 2013. The lawsuit – delayed six times now – isn’t scheduled to go to trial for at least 18 months. Meanwhile, legal f…

Amanda Lynn Wienckowski’s mother has filed a lawsuit accusing the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office of mishandling the investigation into the young woman’s death eight years ago. Wienckowski’s frozen body was discovered in a garbage tote, and prosecutors, relying on the medical examiner’s report, said the death was not …

Some remembered him as a powerful federal judge for nearly a half-century, making decisions that affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Some recalled him as a loving family man, a caring friend or respected colleague. Others simply remembered John T. Curtin as a humble guy who took the bus to work, kept his number in the telephone book, knew people fr…

The third district attorney in eight years has told Leslie Brill Meserole that there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges in the death of her daughter, whose body was found stuffed into a garbage tote on Buffalo's East Side. But Meserole says she will not stop searching for answers and will not give up her quest to prove that a Buffalo man now serving a pri…

Aug. 24, 1921 - April 14, 2017 He was a short, slightly built man with twinkling blue eyes, a gentle wit and a humble demeanor. Judge John T. Curtin known for his decisions on racial discrimination, environmental issues and other controversies died Friday in Buffalo. He had experienced a series of health problems since October 2004, when he had a stroke and heart att…

At least once each day, Maurilio "Mauri" Giannada thinks about a young man from Wisconsin named Ryan. He has never met him. Never will. He doesn't even know his last name. But Ryan played a pivotal role in Giannada's life. Giannada, 65, a retired Buffalo schoolteacher, is a lung transplant recipient. The lung he carries in the right side of his chest – the lung tha…

When Father Joseph F. Moreno Jr., was found shot to death in October 2012, Buffalo police and other authorities declared his death a suicide. Investigators, after an autopsy, said they believed the 54-year-old priest killed himself with a handgun that was found by his side in the rectory of St. Lawrence Church. Members of the priest’s family never accepted that findin…

For well over 34 years, Lancaster Town Police have been trying to find out who killed 18-year-old James Adamski after a Halloween party. The vicious crime has been investigated repeatedly since 1982, without luck. Now, police are hoping a $10,000-plus reward will help them to find the answers that have eluded them for decades. Town police and officials of the Crime …

It was just an ordinary day – March 7, 1980 – on the construction site of the Buffalo’s Metro Rail project. Until William "Billy the Kid" Sciolino got a telephone call. When he stepped into a construction trailer and picked up the phone, a team of masked gunmen appeared in the doorway behind him. Some crouched, others stood. They all blasted away at the 40-year-…

Stefano Magaddino, “the old man” who lived in a nondescript ranch house in Lewiston, once ruled the mob in Buffalo and Niagara Falls with an iron fist. One signal to his underbosses – raising his hand above his head at the mention of a name – and Magaddino had men killed. As many as 26 during just one short period of time, according to one retired investigator w…

The pastors of two Buffalo churches said Friday their congregations will offer “sanctuary” for immigrants they say are victims of a new persecution by the federal government. But they acknowledge that what sanctuary means, what level of protection they can offer and how federal authorities will react remain unanswered questions. "We’ll cross that bridge when we…