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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.

When thousands of other young people were making their way to Woodstock, the music festival that would come to represent the peace and free love themes of the 1960s, 19-year-old Jerry Burger was on his way to Army basic training. The Buffalo teenager was drafted and had no choice – unless, of course, he fled to Canada. "That would have been a pretty extreme choice that…

In his first deployment to Iraq in 2008 as a military policeman, Charles A. Ogin IV was awarded the Combat Action Badge. He says it was "for being in the wrong place at the wrong time." The 29-year-old Army staff sergeant had just stepped from a portable restroom when an enemy rocket slammed into it. Unscathed, the self-deprecating 2005 Orchard Park High School gradu…

A man who is apparently vision-impaired sustained head and back injuries when he fell into a sinkhole along a street on Buffalo’s lower West Side late Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo police reported. The man, who remained conscious, was rescued by police and firefighters who arrived at the scene on Georgia Street near Prospect Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Identified by …

The Student Veterans Association at D'Youville College and Hogs and Heroes are organizing a motorcycle escort for the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, which lists the names of service members killed in that war. The escort will accompany the exhibit from Darien Lake State Park in Darien Center to Buffalo's Front Park on April 26, said Justin P. Roehner, alumni adviser t…

The Erie County District Attorney's Office is honoring Buffalo Police Officer Charles E. "Skip" McDougald, killed in the line of duty 20 years ago this month, by attaching his name to its program that seeks to assist students at a city high school. Called the "Officer Skip McDougald Adopt-a-School Project," volunteers from the DA's staff, including attorneys, investigat…

When  Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, starting World War II, the Polish people's troubles were just beginning. About two weeks later, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east. The Polish army fought hard but was no match, and was soon defeated by the two invading forces. But Poland's resistance did not end there. The remnants of the Polish milit…

Kenneth T. Pepper achieved the rank of sergeant after he was drafted into the Army in 1967, and months after he entered the service, the Beatles released the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." So it was natural that Sgt. Kenneth Pepper's name was a topic among fellow soldiers in Vietnam. "They'd walk by me and start singing the words to 'Sgt. Pepper's.' T…

The Buffalo man injured in a high-speed chase with police Wednesday was involved in a high-speed chase last year. Antonio A. Gutierrez, 20, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the February 2016 chase and was sentenced in September to 60 days in jail. Wednesday afternoon's chase ended with Gutierrez's car going airborne, flipping over and striking a school bus in th…

Spiritual leaders can use their pulpits to educate their congregations on the disease of addiction and embrace those who are suffering. That message is part of Tuesday's daylong seminar in the Catholic Newman Center serving the University at Buffalo's North Campus where some 30 members of the clergy and counselors have come for guidance on how to help those in the mids…

A conference to discuss a "spiritual solution" to the deadly opioid epidemic gripping the region and country is set for Tuesday at the Newman Center on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. Organizers are urging local clergy to attend so that they can gain insights into how to help their congregations, including how to set up support groups. The Rev. Jan Hubbard of…

Norman R. Hameister took his uncle's advice and enlisted in the Navy, rather than face the likelihood of the Army drafting him into World War II. His Uncle Charlie knew all about the Army and marching into harm's way. He had served in the  killing fields of World War I. "I had about two years of high school at Hutch-Tech and quit to join the Navy at 17. My uncle sig…

An aerial drone crashed through a window on the 23rd floor of Buffalo City Hall. No one was in the office when the craft landed in an office late Wednesday afternoon after workers had gone home for the day, police said. Its operator didn't even know what happened to the drone and later called police asking if anyone had found it. "I'm actually surprised it broke t…

I spent Sunday heartbroken after hearing Jimmy Breslin, the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning New York City newspaper columnist and author, had died. He was 88 and had been my friend for all of my adult life. Many others will also make this claim, and it will all be true. Jimmy was loved by many. The first time I found out about him was when I was watching the TV news in…

When Angelo C. Ianni arrived at Fort Niagara for processing into World War II, the draftee took notice of other 18-year-olds who were crying. They were homesick, he realized. “You have to understand that back in those days people never left their own communities. Many of these young men had never been away from home,” said Ianni. He did not cry then, but he di…