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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."


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When local attorneys, business people and others donated a record amount of money to Acea M. Mosey’s campaign fund, they knew they were giving money to an experienced lawyer and Democratic Party stalwart running for Erie County Surrogate Court judge. What they may not have known is that some of their donations – at least $33,393 – would go to political parties, politica…

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"Are You Sincere?" No doubt, those three words have run through the brain of Judge Thomas P. "Tim" Franczyk more than a few times as he listened to witnesses testify before him in Erie County Court over the past nine years. But these days, the words have a different meaning for Franczyk. "Are You Sincere" is the first song on the new country music compact disc recent…

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Sometime in late 2014, Acea M. Mosey, a wealthy Buffalo attorney with strong political connections, decided she wanted to become Erie County’s Surrogate Court judge, one of the most powerful seats in the county’s court system. One thing all judicial candidates – including Mosey – know is that the surest way to win an election is to run unopposed. So she obtained cros…

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For decades, he has been known as the attorney for some of Buffalo’s most notorious defendants, including accused mobsters, killers and those suspected of political corruption. Now, some people also know him as “Reverend Paul Cambria.” The feisty and outspoken Buffalo defense lawyer is now certified as a minister in the Universal Life Church. He got the certification…

A South Buffalo native whose father was a decorated Buffalo Police lieutenant has been named the new special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in Western New York. Kevin Kelly, a 29-year veteran of federal law enforcement, supervises a group of agents responsible for investigative work across 48 counties in central, western and northern New York State.…

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 recentl…

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-ho…

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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, Norw…

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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 small t…

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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…