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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."

If writing and recording "I Want to Know What Love Is" was the only thing Mick Jones ever accomplished, the rock guitarist would still have a place in popular music history. The powerful, gospel flavored ballad by Jones' band, Foreigner, sold millions. In 1984, it hit No. 1 on the charts in seven countries – the United States, England, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, No…

Kannankote S. Govindaraj – known to his friends as Govinda – has spent most of his life in the Buffalo area, but he vividly recalls his childhood in India. One memory is that electrical power wasn’t nearly as plentiful or dependable as it is in Amherst, where he now lives. "In the city, where I lived, it was not so serious a problem. But for my friends in the s…

Stephen E. Barnes, the multimillionaire lawyer, hard-nosed businessman and risk-taking adventurer who co-founded the Cellino & Barnes law firm, has survived some harrowing challenges and scares in the past. When he was fighting in the Desert Storm war of 1991, a land mine blew up a military vehicle right next to Barnes' vehicle near the border of Kuwait and Saudi Ar…

Seven local country, rock and blues bands will perform Sunday at a music and art event at Silo City, to benefit the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation. The "bike and kayak friendly" event will be held at 100 Silo City Row along the Buffalo River from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Tickets will be $7 for adults, with no admission fee for children. Works of local artists will b…

"Internal dissension" between Ross M. Cellino Jr. and his longtime law partner Stephen E. Barnes prompted Cellino to ask for dissolution of their law firm, according to a document released Tuesday. According to Cellino, the two men have been battling for a long time about at least 16 different issues, including clients that the law firm takes from other attorneys, expan…

SHELBY – Shari Lynne Ball's naked, badly decomposed body was found by a hunter nearly 34 years ago along Route 63 in Orleans County, in a soggy wildlife refuge known to locals as the Alabama Swamps. But for more than three decades, no one knew who she was. She was listed in police reports as an unidentified "Jane Doe." Then, in 2014, State Police had her body exhum…

Court documents that have been kept secret in the legal fight between law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes will soon be unsealed, State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes stated Monday afternoon. Ruling on a request made by The Buffalo News, the New York Daily News and the New York Post, Chimes said she now agrees that the complaint filed last month…

The Erie County Sheriff's Marine Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will be targeting boaters, kayakers and other water vessel operators who are impaired by alcohol or drug use as part of a national water safety program called Operation Dry Water. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said the goal of the program, in effect June 30 through July 2, is to enhance enforcem…

Sitting in his favorite blue easy chair, Monsignor Thomas F. Maloney looked around the small rectory office where he counseled hundreds of people as they dealt with some of the worst troubles of their lives. "They come to you with serious problems, and you do your best to help," said the 74-year-old priest, looking back on his long tenure as pastor of St. Amelia Church …

After several sessions before a court-appointed mediator, battling law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes have made no progress toward patching up their differences, sources on both sides of the case told The Buffalo News. Attorneys for Cellino and Barnes were scheduled to appear in court Monday to give a progress report to State Supreme Court Justice D…

A blues concert featuring top local bands will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the grove outside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113 at 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Tickets at the door are $15 and proceeds will benefit Plymouth Crossroads, a not-for-profit organization that runs a Lancaster shelter for troubled teens and young men, ages 16 to 20. Dis…

December 1997—Career criminal Richard Matt and an accomplice kidnap, torture and murder William Rickerson, 76, a North Tonawanda businessman. Matt flees to Mexico. March 1998—After killing a man in a Mexico strip club, Matt is convicted and sent to a Mexican prison, where he serves nine years. May 2008—A judge in Niagara County sends Matt to state prison for 25…

SHELBY – It's just a short stretch of a two-lane country road – maybe 30 feet or so. In good weather, motorists who zip along Route 63 through the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Orleans County probably wouldn't give it a second thought. But this is where David M. Russo died on Dec. 26, 2013. His car slid on a patch of ice, flipped over and landed upside-dow…