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Lou Michel is the main crime reporter for The Buffalo News, coauthor of the bestseller, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing." He has received numerous state and national journalism awards.


Saluting Our War Heroes

Marine Capt. Maurice L. "Chipp" Naylon IV is in town until Thursday to support his father, who has worked for months pulling together Saturday's commissioning ceremony for the new USS Little Rock at Canalside. But it's not only because of the work of his father, Maurice L. "Moe" Naylon III, and other commissioning committee members that the 30-year-old Afghanistan comba…

Collection barrels for toys have been placed inside Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg and Curtin Funeral Home in West Seneca. The toys will be given to families of active duty military members and veterans. Toys can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, said Charles A. Castiglia, president of the funeral homes. "We're part of a national ne…

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A rock song blared from the new USS Little Rock's public address system as it made its way to Canalside. The rancorous lyric's of AC/DC's "Back in Black" filled the cold early December air on Monday as the ship the length of a football field approached Buffalo. "We chose it because the motto of our ship is 'Back With A Vengeance,' said Little Rock Cmdr. Todd Peters. …

Saluting Our War Heroes

When Brian S. Joseph was growing up in North Buffalo, his ambition was to help people. He wanted to exert a positive influence in the lives of others. An affinity for conversation led him to psychiatry. He had just completed medical school at the University at Buffalo and was completing his first year of psychiatric residency at the old E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in …

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The war was just beginning for Donald Peterson when he returned home from Iraq in 2005. A traumatic brain injury, herniated discs and post-traumatic stress he suffered in battlegrounds overseas were his new enemies. Opioids became his crutch. As Peterson slipped into addiction and other medical problems arose, his wife and two daughters became fearful of the Army…

Four lieutenants in the Buffalo Police Department were promoted to captain this week while six detectives got promotions and eight others became detectives. Promoted to captain Jeffrey Rinaldo, Amber M. Beyer, Craig J. Leone and Steven J. Nichols. Detectives who advanced to detective sergeant were Amy J. Frankel, Joseph W. Glendinning, Brian F. Mahoney, Michael A. Maiol…

A toy gun exchange is set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan Ave., and will continue until Dec. 22. In exchange for bringing in a toy gun, participants will receive a non-violent toy or other item, according Leonard Lane, president of the Buffalo FATHERS Group. "In light of so many young adults getting shot in our natio…

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MARINETTE, Wis. – Sailor Marcus Blye says he will be standing on the deck of the new USS Little Rock when it arrives Monday at Canalside. He'll look for his family in the crowd expected to welcome the new Navy warship. Ensign Bailey Elizabeth Rhodes says she will be looking at the sky hoping to see snowflakes. It will be the Texan's first time "up north" and she has h…

Crime

The case against a Buffalo police officer accused of intentionally injuring a man in custody earlier this year is shifting to State Supreme Court. Officer Joseph Hassett was indicted Wednesday on the same five misdemeanor charges he had pleaded innocent to in Buffalo City Court in September. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn decided to seek the indictment a…

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The new USS Little Rock is scheduled to arrive at Canalside at 9 a.m. Monday instead of Friday of next week. "The Navy is eager to get the ship underway, and we in the commissioning committee are delighted that the ship will be with us for a longer time than originally anticipated," said Maurice L. "Moe" Naylon III, chairman of the USS Little Rock Commissioning Committe…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Duke L. Williams can tell you all about honey bees and the bitter reality of war. He maintained 200 hives in the 1980s and 1990s and that translates to, well, millions of bees working to produce honey. He is so comfortable with the hives he still maintains, about 30 in Lewiston and Youngstown, that he doesn't even wear protective gear. He loves his bees. But the 9…

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The chances of getting a tour of the new USS Little Rock when it arrives here early next month for its commissioning are not good. But if a close look at the ship at Canalside will satisfy your curiosity, that's doable. In order to get near the ship, you'll first have to pass through an airport-style security checkpoint at Canalside. Security is a high priority for t…

Saluting Our War Heroes

As a youngster, Ronald Peoples stocked shelves at his family's East Side grocery store at Peckham and Monroe streets, but he also found time for sports. Raised across the street from Willert Park playground, he often joined in games of football on a gravel coated field – talk about a gridiron – and played basketball on the courts. He learned the games from "the o…

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The Anchor Bar is on board with the official chicken wing recipe for the new USS Little Rock, which makes its grand appearance here next month. Earlier this fall, the ship's crew had a competition to see who could make the best chicken wings and Mineman 1st Class Tyson Wilborn won with his "Pineapple Teriyaki Wings." In honor of the Navy's newest warship being commis…

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Former St. Gregory the Great science teacher Scott Schaefer was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Friday morning for sending indecent text messages to a 12-year-old girl. The girl told State Supreme Court Justice John L.  Michalski that after Schaefer's arrest she felt she had betrayed him and considered taking her own life. She started harming herself by cutting her…