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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."


After months of wading through mountains of conflicting financial reports from both sides in the Buffalo schools funding case, U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin wants professional accounting help.Curtin plans to bring in a certified public accountant to examine the reports and serve as an expert witness in the case, court officials said Friday.The accountant would re…

AFTER A YEAR steeped in mediocrity for country music, it's a real pleasure to kick off 1989 with good news about two refreshing new albums.Coming 'round the bend of the new year riding definite winners are Ricky Van Shelton, whose Loving Proof (Columbia FC-44221) is every bit as good as his chart-topping debut of two years ago, and Nanci Griffith, whose One Fair Summe…

A federal judge is accusing Buffalo public school officials of ducking the issue in the controversial McKinley High School Bible-study case.U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara ordered Schools Superintendent Eugene T. Reville and School Board President Oscar Smukler into his courtroom this afternoon to explain fully whether they want to allow students in Bible-study …

Despite denials from Buffalo Bills General Manager Bill Polian, the Town of Hamburg's police chief said Tuesday the team did hire off-duty detectives from his department to tail defensive end Bruce Smith.Police Chief Mathew Czerwiec confirmed the Bills hired some of his department's top detectives to form the surveillance team.Meanwhile, the assistant executive direct…

The Buffalo Bills hired undercover detectives to tail star defensive end Bruce Smith for three weeks last November after becoming concerned about Smith's alleged associations with drug dealers, law enforcement officials said Monday.Off-duty detectives from the Town of Hamburg police force followed Smith and watched his home during the surveillance period. Hamburg poli…

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police joined an investigation Thursday into an apparent alien smuggling attempt that led to a woman's drowning while attempting to cross the Niagara River Tuesday night on a raft.There were reports that three other persons may have been on the rubber raft used by the woman who drowned near Fort Niagara State Park at the mouth of Lake Ontari…

Investigators on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border today were trying to learn the identities of smugglers who are believed to have arranged a dangerous Niagara River crossing that led to the death of a woman near Fort Niagara State Park Tuesday.There were reports that three other persons may have been on the rubber raft used by the unidentified woman, who drowned n…

The children of Barbara and Joseph Walton, found slain in their Fillmore Avenue residence last month, will challenge the government's attempt to seize an estimated $400,000 in property labeled by authorities as drug proceeds, the family's lawyer said Tuesday."Everything will be challenged," said Norman P. Effman, a Buffalo attorney representing four of the Waltons' ch…

Buffalo police said today they have discovered $217,000 cash hidden in a City workers used jackhammers Friday to dig out the safe, which was embedded in concrete and hidden by debris on the ground floor of the elaborate garage and apartment complex where Joseph and Barbara Walton lived at 1598 Fillmore Ave., Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart said."In my opinion, this co…

Anybody who expected an army of rugged Houston Oiler fans to come marching into Buffalo for today's playoff battle game at Rich Stadium was severely disappointed Saturday.The Houston rooters didn't march in. They trickled in.Only 300 bought tickets to this afternoon's game with the Bills. The Oilers had to turn about 700 tickets back to the Bills because Houston fans …

A MYSTERY MAN who has spent decades on the fringes of rock superstardom, a 48-year-old woman who once appeared in hemorrhoid ointment commercials and a lean Texan with lyrics that read like a William Faulkner novel turned out the three most interesting country music albums in an otherwise drab 1988.The mystery man was the reclusive Bob Neuwirth, a painter and old frie…

U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin surprised his staff and the legal community late Tuesday with word that he is stepping aside after more than 14 years as chief judge for the Western District of New York.Curtin will remain a federal judge and continue to handle a full caseload, but he will no longer supervise the federal court operations in the 17-county district.In …

An unlicensed teen-age motorist was described by police today as a "one-woman wrecking crew" after her vehicle rammed into a restaurant, two homes and two cars during a wild ride through the sleeping village of Depew.Genine A. Tenbrocke, 17, of 6339 Transit Road was arrested on several charges after the pre-dawn excursion that ended with her car perched on the trunk o…

A one-time FBI informant can remain free on bond while appealing his August conviction on five counts of perjury, U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin said Tuesday.Robert Kiszewski, 34, a former compulsive gambler from Cheektowaga, faces a five-year prison term in a controversial case that pitted his word against FBI agents who once worked by his side.Curtin denied a re…

Forty percent of Western New York applications for a national alien amnesty program are believed fraudulent because farmers signed fake work papers for "vendors" who charged illegal immigrants up to $1,500 for the bogus documentation, a federal official said Tuesday.As a result of the suspicions, government agents are investigating allegations of widespread fraud in t…