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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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"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 exhumed…

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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 …

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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 De…

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 years…

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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-down in…

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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 her child…

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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 Buffalo …

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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 lawsuit …

Gusto

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 exactly…

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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 fees fr…