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Lou Michel

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

James V. Vaccarella had two main goals when he was drafted into the Army for World War II: He did not want to kill, and he did not want to be killed. With that in mind, the thought of serving in the infantry was of little comfort to him. "I had a high IQ and the Army offered to send me to officers training school, but I wasn't interested. I'd been told that the new o…

Crime

Growing up in North Buffalo, Michelle R. Kubala loved watching "Cagney and Lacey," the 1980s TV show featuring two women police officers. It intrigued her to see the women locking up the bad guys. "I never thought I could become a police officer being a petite female," said Kubala, who "on a good day" stands 5 feet 3 inches tall. But she found a spot in the Buffal…

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After figuring out college was not for him, Jose Olea started working as an apprentice boilermaker repairing blast furnaces at local plants. He was making good money and learning a lot, but it ended after six months when he received a draft notice in September 1967 summoning him to military service. Six months later, the 19-year-old from Buffalo was patrolling the ju…

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Shield still looks for Officer Craig E. Lehner. When the 4-year-old German shepherd spends a day with another K-9 unit officer, the dog looks around as if searching, but Lehner is nowhere to be found. "He still misses Craig. Whenever I take him out, he starts looking," K-9 Officer John Kujawa said. "We all miss Craig." Lehner, 34, died in a diving accident during …

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As the crew of the new USS Little Rock shoved off this morning to begin its voyage to Mayport Naval Station in Florida, it left with a boatload of good memories. The culmination happened Saturday when an estimated 8,500 spectators witnessed the ship's commissioning at Canalside, the first time in the Navy's 242 years that a new ship officially entered the fleet beside i…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Sherwood Sarles remembers walking out of a downtown Buffalo movie theater into the drama of World War II. The streets were filled with soldiers and citizens who appeared to be celebrating a battle that had been won by the Allies. "A special edition of The Buffalo News was being sold on a street corner and I still can hear the shouting, 'Extra! Extra! Extra! Read all …

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An hour before the sun rose Saturday, 18-year-old Gerald R. Burkett II arrived to be the very first person in line to see the commissioning of new USS Little Rock. Two hours later when the security checkpoints opened, a line of thousands snaked its way along Marine Drive and neighboring streets  to enter Canalside and be part of history. http://buffalonews.com/2017/1…

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The new USS Little Rock is decorated in patriotic red, white and blue bunting, its crew will wear freshly dry-cleaned uniforms, and thousands of spectators are expected to converge on Canalside for today's commissioning of the ship. History will be made. "I love the seagoing service and have a great respect for the Navy, even though I'm in the Coast Guard Academy," said…

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Starting at dusk today, the Peace Bridge will be bathed in blue, red and gold lighting in honor of Saturday's commissioning of the new USS Little Rock at Canalside. The lighting will continue until 1 a.m. Saturday, according to officials at the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, which operates the span linking Buffalo to Fort Erie, Ont. The $440 million w…

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A Buffalo police officer who was brought up on departmental charges after twice overdosing on opioids has been fired, three sources have confirmed to The Buffalo News. Michael R. Moffett, 28, was fired earlier this week. The city sought Moffett's firing, and arbitrator Jeffrey M. Selchick, who presided over the disciplinary hearing, backed the city. The Police Dep…

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An estimated 9,000 spectators are expected at the new USS Little Rock's commissioning Saturday at Canalside, with excitement building in Buffalo for the ceremony marking the $440 million warship's entry into the Navy's fleet. But people in Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, are also excited. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and former Little Rock Mayor Tom Prince ar…

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Most of the thousands of spectators expected Saturday at Canalside are coming for the novelty of witnessing a new warship become part of America's Navy. Others will carry out official duties. And still others will try and make a case for a future Navy ship to be named in honor of Buffalo. Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who started a tradition by keeping t…

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 net…

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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. …