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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."

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…

The pastors of two Buffalo churches said Friday their churches will  offer "sanctuary" for immigrants they say are victims of a new persecution by the federal government. Gathering at Pilgrim-St. Luke’s United Church of Christ on Richmond Avenue, about 30 people ‑ mostly ministers and a rabbi ‑  condemned President Trump’s executive order to deport “all remo…

Advocates for those living in the country illegally say this week’s two local raids netting 32 people demonstrate a significant uptick in law enforcement activity stemming from President Trump’s executive order to depart “all removable aliens.” Meghan Maloney, a senior outreach official with the New York Immigration Project, said Thursday that the arrest of cons…

Linda Muscato grieves every day for her husband, Joe, the love of her life. He was killed in an arson at the old Rosa’s furniture store in the Town of Tonawanda on April 3, 2001. But if police ever arrest the person who started the fire, Muscato has no interest in seeing that person go to prison. Muscato said she doesn’t want revenge. She wants answers. …

Michael R. Forness and Stephen C. Bender walked into exactly the wrong situation at exactly the wrong time on the icy cold morning of Feb. 6, 1978. They paid for it with their lives. The two young men – ski trail groomers working an overnight shift at the Ski Wing resort a few miles outside Olean – took a break and went into the chalet sometime between midnight and …

About 50 people from Lackawanna will take a road trip to New York City this weekend to watch a hometown hero in action on Broadway. Most of those making the trip will be students, teachers and administrators from the Lackawanna school that bears the hometown hero’s name – the Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center. Global Concepts Charter School runs the…