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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.


Ahoy, Tin Can Sailors Association volunteers, who just completed an annual pilgrimage to polish the USS The Sullivans at Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, are seeking help to locate the family of World War II sailor Jerry Reilly. Reilly, of Buffalo, died aboard the USS Juneau when it was sunk. The five Sullivan brothers were also on that doomed ship at …

Quate J. McKinzie, the University at Buffalo basketball player accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend and intimidate her, pleaded guilty Thursday in City of Tonawanda Court to a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt. Tonawanda Judge Mark Saltarelli sentenced McKinzie, 20, to a conditional discharge that requires him to refrain from offensive contact with the…

Retired Army Col. Patrick J. Cunningham, who served for nearly 25 years as the executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, was laid to rest Monday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. About a dozen representatives from the park attended the burial along with Cunningham's family members. Cunningham is credit…

Tom McCarthy Jr. stood before the gathering of mothers and fathers who had lost sons and daughters to the opioid epidemic and tried to console them. “I want you to forgive yourself and please take this to heart: You did nothing wrong and absolutely unequivocally own no fault,” he told them. “I happen to know the disease of addiction and exactly how powerful it …

George E. Lang always has been of an independent mind. At 15, he moved out of his parents' Fruit Belt home and in with an older sister because he and his father could not get along. By 16, Lang quit school and worked at the Bell Aircraft plant on Elmwood Avenue. He says he wanted money. He also wanted wheels and bought "a 1928 Oldsmobile convertible." But he s…

Craig D. Hannah presides over Buffalo's opioid  court, which has gained national attention for helping people arrested on opioid drug charges go straight. He knows what's going on inside the people who appear before him. Judge Hannah is a recovering drug addict himself. He says his life is living proof they, too, can live drug-free. "The only difference betwee…

Vito V. Alongi had a ringside seat to witness the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. "I was on top of a gun turret looking down at the ceremony as it progressed with all the generals and admirals. It only lasted about a half hour. The Japanese were very courteous and respectful. Some of them had on top hats and some had on uniforms…

More than two dozen people watched as two men stopped their fistfight and picked up shotguns just over a week ago. When the dispute  on Carl Street ended, one of them was dead and four others were wounded. But even with all those witnesses to the shooting,  police have had a hard time getting people to cooperate and provide information. Such silence is nothing n…

A young boy wearing only underwear and carrying a bottle was found wandering in a West Side neighborhood Friday morning by Buffalo police. Officers conducted a door-to-door canvass of the neighborhood and at 9:50 a.m. located the child's mother. The child's ability to speak English was described as limited, according to Northwest District police, who discovered the b…

Maj. Edward J. Kennedy, a Buffalo native with 28 years as a state trooper, has been appointed commander of Troop A, headquartered in Batavia. Kennedy replaces Maj. Steven Nigrelli, who has been promoted to staff inspector of professional standards for the western region, covering 18 counties at this end of the state. Kennedy said his priority is to "provide the utmos…

An aide accused of physically attacking an 85-year-old resident at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is not working at the facility during an investigation into what happened. "The staff member associated with this incident is currently not on service while the investigation is still ongoing," according to the statement released by the Newfane nursing home. …

A 20-year-old University at Buffalo basketball player tried to strangle a female acquaintance earlier this week in the City of Tonawanda and later was charged with witness intimidation, authorities said. Quate J. McKinzie has been indefinitely suspended from the UB Bulls men's basketball team. He appeared in Tonawanda City Court on Friday for further proceedings after a…

Charles J. Palmeri was deeply angered by what he saw at Dachau – newly liberated prisoners who looked no more than skeletons. And then there were the dead prisoners. Corpses were stacked in piles. How could people be so vicious? When the war in Europe ended in May 1945, Palmeri visited the infamous World War II concentration camp to see firsthand the horror. "It wa…

The 85-year-old retired school teacher had one last lesson to learn before she died of cancer on Monday. It was a painful lesson and one her family members say she never should have experienced. When the assisted living facility where Marion Halstead resided no longer could care for her because of her deteriorating condition, she was placed in a Hospice-designated be…

Kurt Mylers, the Buffalo man accused of firing a gun into a crowd of people early last Sunday morning, remains incarcerated at the Erie County Correctional Facility, unable to post $100,000 in bail. Charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, Mylers, 22, of Kail Street was supposed to appear in Buffalo City Court Frida…