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Dan Herbeck

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."


July 8, 1954 - Nov. 8, 2017 Mary Ann Drabczyk told people she never believed in standing on the sidelines. Whether she was volunteering at her church, the United Way, her daughter's school PTA, or investigating workplace discrimination complaints for the federal government, the Amherst woman  threw herself into every project. "She was always on a mission to help …

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Attorneys Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes have been pounding away at each other like two boxers for six months, hurling one nasty accusation after another at each other. But there is still a chance that their fight could come to a relatively peaceful conclusion. Sources on both sides say a mediation settlement remains possible in the fiercely contested lawsuit…

A blues concert will be held Nov. 13 to benefit ONE8FIFTY, a Buffalo-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the cause of increasing organ donations in New York State. The Hayden Fogle Band and Mr. Conrad & Friends will be featured performers at the "Celebration of Life" blues event, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St.. The g…

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Back in 1981, shortly after the breakup of the popular soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, an attractive woman walked up to Coley during a meet-and-greet event for music fans in Chico, California. Smiling and gripping Coley's hand, she told him how one of the duo's big hits, "Nights Are Forever," was a special song for her and her fiancee. "She told me, 'W…

Crime

Once or twice each month, the emotions that burn deep inside Brian Burke compel him to drive to Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, where he visits the grave of his younger sister, Sheila. He can't stop thinking about the shy, gentle woman who disappeared and died under mysterious circumstances during winter 1989. "Sometimes I think about the life she might have if sh…

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 Sept. 25, 1939 - Oct. 24, 2017 When Gerald "Jerry" Kalisz retired in 2004 as chief court security officer at Buffalo's federal courthouse, he said he was done wearing uniforms. "I've worn uniforms since I was a kid - altar boy, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Army, trooper, court security officer, and probably a hundred baseball and basketball uniforms," Mr. Kalisz told a …

Obituaries

July 3, 1929 – Sept. 22, 2017 Midway through a press conference announcing his appointment as interim executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Dominic J. Terranova broke into a huge grin after someone interrupted the event to whisper three words to him. "It's a boy!" were the words whispered by Mr. Terranova's secretary, Anne Marie Higgi…

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A Chicago-based security company recently fired from its job at Minnesota Vikings games has been fired again – this time by the Buffalo Bills. After questions from The Buffalo News about Monterrey Security, the Bills said that the security firm no longer will provide security services for the 71,000 people who attend Bills home games at New Era Field in Orchard Park. …

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Bolstered by a favorable court decision last week, supporters of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center are continuing their fight to prevent a shutdown of the West Seneca facility. Members of the Save Our Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center Coalition are "pleased and gratified" with the decision rendered Wednesday by State Supreme Court Judge Cat…

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Officially speaking, Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes continue to be partners in charge of their Buffalo-based Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm. But in State Supreme Court, the two men continue to clobber away at each other — in an ugly legal dispute, now in its sixth month. Late Friday afternoon, Cellino accused his estranged law partner of f…

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An Amherst couple arrived in Yountville, Calif., on Sunday afternoon for a three-day visit to the wine country of Napa Valley. Seven hours later, they were lucky to get out alive when a huge wildfire broke out not far from the Silverado Resort, where they were staying. "We had gone out for a nice dinner in Yountville, and had gone to bed around 9:30," Rose Ciotta sa…

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As the Civil War was coming to an end in 1865, a Buffalo lawyer named Lyman K. Bass reached a decision. He would run as a Republican for Erie County district attorney, seeking to become the county's chief criminal prosecutor. His opponent in the race was a man Bass knew well – his best friend and roommate, Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was then the county's one and o…

Politics

Many of the email conversations included in the new federal indictment against G. Steven Pigeon refer to his efforts to use his political ties to help a close relative of Judge John A. Michalek get jobs – initially with President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and later with the State Department. In March 2012, Pigeon wrote to Michalek: "Obama does pay. My c…

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The criminal case against G. Steven Pigeon took some surprising turns at federal court Friday, raising a question if federal and state efforts to prosecute the former Democratic Party leader are in trouble. Federal prosecutors filed a new indictment against Pigeon relating to his alleged bribery of a former state judge. The federal indictment included many of the same a…