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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."


The Minority Bar Association of Western New York has given rankings of "qualified" and higher to six judicial candidates. The candidates and rankings are: Appellate Division Judge Erin Peradotto, State Supreme Court: superior Judge Susan Eagan, Erie County Court: well qualified Acea Mosey, candidate for Erie County Surrogate Court: well qualified Judge Bet…

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In the impending business divorce of Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen Barnes, who gets custody of the 888-8888 telephone hotline number? That is one of the many issues to be decided in the bitter break-up of the two longtime law partners, and a legal action involving the phone number has been filed by Cellino – against Barnes – in the state of Delaware. In the rec…

A walk in Delaware Park to honor the late Father Joseph F. Moreno Jr. will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Father Joe Foundation. Walkers are asked to donate $30 to the foundation, which benefits people in need in the Buffalo area. Registration can be done at frjoefoundation.com or at 8 a.m. on the day of the walk near Zoo Gate 8 in the park. K…

Obituaries

Feb. 19, 1942 – July 29, 2017 A stocky, bow-legged guy in rumpled clothes, often seen chomping on a smelly cigar, Joseph T. Ransford didn't look the part of a crime-fighting superhero. But many of the officers who worked with him at the Buffalo Police Department considered him the best street cop they ever saw. "I never saw anyone like him. He was a 100 mile-an-…

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There were angry allegations from Ross M. Cellino Jr. about Stephen E. Barnes' "lies," "bullying" tactics and "secret meetings. " He accused his estranged law partner of improperly funneling $1.3 million in law firm funds to a California operation that financially benefits only Barnes. There were angry claims from Barnes that Cellino engaged in selfish, appalling and "r…

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The legal battle between millionaire law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes took a nasty turn on Monday as Barnes accused his estranged partner of "reprehensible conduct," including efforts to steal lawyers from the Cellino & Barnes firm to begin a new law firm. Barnes accused Cellino of causing "significant harm" to Cellino & Barnes by publicly …

Music

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…

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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…

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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…

Attractions

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…

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"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…

Crime

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…

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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…

Crime

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…

Town of Tonawanda

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 …