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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."


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 …

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After several sessions before a court-appointed mediator, battling law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes have made no progress toward patching up their differences, sources on both sides of the case told The Buffalo News. Attorneys for Cellino and Barnes were scheduled to appear in court Monday to give a progress report to State Supreme Court Justice D…

A blues concert featuring top local bands will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the grove outside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113 at 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Tickets at the door are $15 and proceeds will benefit Plymouth Crossroads, a not-for-profit organization that runs a Lancaster shelter for troubled teens and young men, ages 16 to 20. Dis…

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December 1997—Career criminal Richard Matt and an accomplice kidnap, torture and murder William Rickerson, 76, a North Tonawanda businessman. Matt flees to Mexico. March 1998—After killing a man in a Mexico strip club, Matt is convicted and sent to a Mexican prison, where he serves nine years. May 2008—A judge in Niagara County sends Matt to state prison for 25…

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SHELBY – It's just a short stretch of a two-lane country road – maybe 30 feet or so. In good weather, motorists who zip along Route 63 through the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Orleans County probably wouldn't give it a second thought. But this is where David M. Russo died on Dec. 26, 2013. His car slid on a patch of ice, flipped over and landed upside-dow…

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Jamie Ciffa’s nightmares started after the 9-year-old girl learned that her father was a murderer. “It was always the same. He was coming into the house at night, and I was in bed. He was dressed in black but I could see his face. He’d put me in this big black plastic garbage bag and tie it up,” the now-adult Jamie said. The nightmare haunted her throughout h…

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Stephen E. Barnes' brother – attorney Richard J. Barnes – has worked for 16 years at the Cellino & Barnes law firm. Stephen Barnes' girlfriend, attorney Ellen Sturm, has worked there for eight years. But when Barnes' law partner – Ross M. Cellino Jr. – tried to get his daughter, Jeanna Cellino, a job in the law firm after she graduated from University at …

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A disagreement over the proposed hiring of Ross M. Cellino Jr.’s daughter was one of the factors that ignited a feud that could lead to the breakup of the Buffalo law firm, three legal sources with knowledge of the firm’s workings told The Buffalo News. Some disputes over finances in the law firm also are part of the disagreement that prompted Cellino to file a laws…

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NONFICTION Seven Million By Gary Craig Fore Edge 280 pages, $19.95 From the start, the $7.4 million holdup – one of the biggest crimes in the history of Western New York -- had the look of an inside job. Indeed, the security at the Brink's armored car depot in Rochester was surprisingly lax. But the crime was clearly pulled off by someone who knew exact…

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If you talk to journalists who have worked in Rochester, many will tell you that Gary Craig is one of the finest news reporters ever to carry a notebook in that city. The longtime investigative reporter from the Democrat and Chronicle and before that the defunct Times-Union has won dozens of state and national journalism awards. He gained fame in 1998 when his reporting…

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A Buffalo law firm has billed state taxpayers $2.67 million to defend the Canalside development corporation in a lawsuit filed by a Cheektowaga businessman who says his construction company was unfairly booted off the harborfront rink project in 2013. The lawsuit – delayed six times now – isn’t scheduled to go to trial for at least 18 months. Meanwhile, legal f…

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Amanda Lynn Wienckowski’s mother has filed a lawsuit accusing the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office of mishandling the investigation into the young woman’s death eight years ago. Wienckowski’s frozen body was discovered in a garbage tote, and prosecutors, relying on the medical examiner’s report, said the death was not …

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Some remembered him as a powerful federal judge for nearly a half-century, making decisions that affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Some recalled him as a loving family man, a caring friend or respected colleague. Others simply remembered John T. Curtin as a humble guy who took the bus to work, kept his number in the telephone book, knew people fr…

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The third district attorney in eight years has told Leslie Brill Meserole that there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges in the death of her daughter, whose body was found stuffed into a garbage tote on Buffalo's East Side. But Meserole says she will not stop searching for answers and will not give up her quest to prove that a Buffalo man now serving a pri…

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Aug. 24, 1921 - April 14, 2017 He was a short, slightly built man with twinkling blue eyes, a gentle wit and a humble demeanor. Judge John T. Curtin known for his decisions on racial discrimination, environmental issues and other controversies died Friday in Buffalo. He had experienced a series of health problems since October 2004, when he had a stroke and heart att…