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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."


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…

A Buffalo defense attorney has gone to court to thwart federal prosecutors who want to take away $34,900 he earned as chief defense lawyer in the corruption case of former Syracuse Mayor Lee Alexander.Harold J. Boreanaz is the central figure in a U.S. Court of Appeals case that has him fighting to retain the legal fees his firm earned in the celebrated Alexander case,…

Imagine waking up two weeks before Christmas with a magical card that provides unlimited computer access to the vaults of a Buffalo bank. It's enough to start visions of sugar plums dancing.That's exactly what happened to a Buffalo woman, according to the FBI. But her version of a holiday dream come true landed her and a relative in jail."They apparently thought it wa…

Three of the 12 local defendants arrested in connection with the Busico drug probe have been indicted on felony charges by a federal grand jury, U.S. Attorney Dennis C. Vacco said today.The grand jury is continuing to hear evidence against suspects accused of dealing in drugs and counterfeit luxury watches with undercover FBI agents working out of a bogus import-expor…

In a sharply worded ruling, U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin today blasted the Board of Education and ordered it to provide more specific financial data in an ongoing budget dispute or face the possibility of an early end to the school year.Curtin criticized the School Board for what he termed its failure to provide clear information about its financial needs in its…

Look at Buffalo through the eyes of the U.S. Census Bureau.Then again, maybe we'd better not. It hurts.A low crime rate brightens the picture, but the overall profile of the city in the bureau's 1988 County and City Data Book is not a glowing one. Examining Buffalo's rankings among the 75 largest American cities, the bureau depicts a city still in the doldrums in term…

Gary Morris, Every Christmas (Warner Bros. 9-25760-1) and Anne Murray, Christmas (Capitol C1-90886). Nashville churns out Christmas albums faster than Santa and the elves can make toys, it seems. Most of them are pretty good. These two are special because of the artistry of the singers involved. Murray's album has a surprisingly strong gospel flavor, and she's also joined …

Buffalo school officials Wednesday threatened almost 200 teacher layoffs, virtual elimination of early childhood education and drastic transportation cuts if a U.S. district judge issues an injunction forcing them to limit spending.The disaster plan was filed Wednesday with Judge John T. Curtin, who is attempting to sort out a bitter budget dispute between the Board o…

After more than nine months of negotiation and litigation, the Buffalo Board of Education and city officials are even farther apart in a dispute over the school budget than they were when the board made its budget request in February.That became apparent today as the board presented U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin a report estimating that city schools now need $16.…

Five years ago, an upbeat John T. Lynett left his Toronto home and headed for Buffalo to celebrate his 22nd birthday with a free weekend vacation he had won in a contest.The free trip turned out to be a horribly costly one.After a night of celebrating with friends, Lynett apparently fell out of the window of his third-floor hotel room and landed in a courtyard below. …

As a roundup of international drug suspects continued Friday, federal prosecutors planned to seize two funeral homes worth a total of $339,800 operated by a Buffalo man arrested on cocaine charges during the "Operation BUSICO" drug crackdown.Although considered only a minor figure caught in Thursday's extensive FBI dragnet, Joseph P. Lombardo faces the possible loss o…