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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."


Local News

Lissa Marie Redmond, a retired Buffalo Police detective who now writes mystery novels, will speak and sign copies of her new book at 7 p.m. March 6, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Redmond will discuss the years she spent investigating "cold case" murders, including the "Bikepath Killer" case,  and how her police experiences influenced h…

Obituaries

Nov. 30, 1955 – Feb. 27, 2018 Frederic W. Gioia grew up as a member of one of Buffalo's most prominent and well-connected families. While his brothers rubbed elbows with governors and presidents, the man known to friends as "Freddie" enjoyed simpler pursuits, outside the limelight. He delighted in coaching his children's sports teams, playing golf with old buddies an…

Business

Mark S. Klein, the new chairman of Buffalo-based Hodgson Russ, considers it to be "the pre-eminent law firm in Western New York" - and he hopes to "keep it that way." "There's a reason why this firm has been around for 201 years," Klein said on Friday. "We work hard for our clients and we are proud that many people choose us when they have a choice to make." Klein, 6…

Business

The Cellino vs. Barnes court battle moved one step forward this week as a state judge turned down a request to end the litigation in favor of attorney Stephen E. Barnes. State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes turned down Barnes' request to make a summary judgement in his favor, keep the high-profile Cellino & Barnes law firm together and hear no additional test…

Buffalo

The LPCiminelli construction firm won a big courtroom victory Thursday as a state judge dismissed two breach-of-contract claims from a lawsuit over the company's profits on the $1.3 billion Buffalo Schools renovation and construction project. Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes directed the city school district to pay LPCiminelli nearly $3.2 million – plus interest – …

Local News

The Willies, the Kensingtons and four other local bands will perform Sunday at a retirement concert honoring Kenny Peterson, a longtime standout on steel guitar. Peterson, who has played with Stone Country, the Twang Gang and other country bands, is retiring due to illness. The concert will be held from 3 until 9:30 p.m. at the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., where…

Books

If you searched Buffalo for someone highly qualified to write cold case murder mysteries, you would have a hard time finding an author who fills the bill better than Lissa Marie Redmond. Redmond is a former member of the Buffalo Police Cold Cases Squad who retired in 2015. Now, instead of investigating cold case murder mysteries, she writes about them. Her first myst…

Crime

Nearly five decades later, the murder of Carol Ann Fitzmaurice still haunts retired State Police Investigator J. Thomas Stofer. Every once in awhile, his mind races back to Oct. 20, 1970, and the unanswered questions that still puzzle and distress him. Why would anyone walk into a house in Cattaraugus County farm country and brutally stab a 23-year-old nurse who had …

Buffalo

Trustees at Nichols School have decided to change the name of the Dann Memorial Ice Rink, where the private school's team plays hockey. The decision stems from a report issued last month on allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by some of the school's past teachers and officials, including one of the school's former hockey coaches, the late E. Webster  Dann. Many N…

Amherst

In May 1995, a killer snuffed out the life of Louise Cicelsky, an 82-year-old businesswoman, in her apartment on Longmeadow Road in Amherst. Investigators believe a man robbed and stabbed Cicelsky, who stood just 4 feet and 7 inches tall, while an accomplice stood nearby and watched. The killer, who plunged a knife eight times into the neck of the widow, was never ca…

Obituaries

May 18, 1990-Jan. 15, 2018 Elizabeth "Lizzy" Lytle adored dogs and horses. The only things she loved more than animals were the members of her family, especially her 5-year-old daughter, Olivia Murphy. Her efforts to learn more about horses and earn more money to support her daughter both came into play on Monday, when she died in a head-on automobile crash on Dysing…

Amherst

Lawyers for the Innocence Project want a state judge to order new DNA tests of evidence taken from the murder of an 82-year-old woman who was slain in her home in Amherst in 1995. The New York City-based organization made the request on behalf of Renay Lynch, a former Buffalo prostitute and drug addict who has been imprisoned since 1998 when she was convicted for  the r…

Buffalo

A state judge late Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to oversee some of the disputed financial dealings between Buffalo attorneys Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes. John G. Schmidt Jr. was appointed to the temporary post and given limited powers to oversee the separation between the Buffalo-based Cellino & Barnes firm, which is owned by both men, and …

Local News

Three former administrators from Nichols School were criticized in an investigators' report for failing to take action against teachers involved in sexual misconduct or inappropriate relationships with their students. If the administrators worked in public school systems, New York state laws would have required them to report such allegations immediately to law enforcem…

Buffalo

An investigator's report that details allegations of improper conduct against 10 former teachers at Nichols School has landed on the desk of the Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn,  who says he was "disgusted" by what he read on the 85 pages. But Flynn said he does not think he can bring criminal charges because the alleged sexual misconduct occurred too long a…