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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.


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This story is about John N. Rosati and his World War II service in the Pacific Ocean on bombing runs aimed at destroying Japanese ships loaded with military personnel and equipment. But it is also a story about Rosati's family members and the patriotism they exemplified. There were seven Rosati brothers, all of whom served in WWII. Two gave their lives. Navy seam…

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In the days since Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner's body was recovered from the Niagara River and the city mourned his death at a funeral attended by thousands, the mystery of what happened to him remains. Two investigations are underway, one by Buffalo homicide detectives and one by the state Labor Department. Some details are coming to light. A preliminary…

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For the members of the 105th Military Police Unit, there's a reason Buffalo police Office Craig Lehner's body was found on Oct. 17. It was also the 14th anniversary of the death of Michael L. "Mikey" Willliams, a military police officer killed by a roadside bomb on Oct. 17, 2003, near Baghdad. They say Mikey brought Lehner home. Lehner, one of Williams' close friends…

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Before falling asleep at night in their Army barracks in Iraq, Craig E. Lehner and his roommate would review the day’s activities. What went right? What went wrong? How could they improve? That dedication to his military job matched his dedication as a Buffalo police officer, and both lives will be celebrated Wednesday at his funeral  in the KeyBank Center. …

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A chopped-up carcass of a bear was found Tuesday afternoon in a dumpster behind a stately building on Delaware Avenue, according to a Buffalo police source. Police and ambulance crews were standing on top of a dumpster behind 1140 Delaware Ave., peering into it, at 3:30 p.m. The property, at the corner of West Ferry Street, across the street from Canisius High School, w…

Saluting Our War Heroes

When Edward J. Lattuca Sr. was born in Italy in 1920, he was named in honor of his uncle Edward who had died fighting the Germans in World War I Ten years after Lattuca's parents moved the family to America, young Edward found himself in his own little war of sorts on the streets of Buffalo's West Side. The youngster quickly learned how to fight off neighborhood bull…

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A new USS Little Rock will be commissioned in Buffalo in December, next to the decommissioned World War II-era USS Little Rock that's now a museum ship at Canalside. Here's a look at the two vessels. USS Little Rock (1945) Background: The Cleveland class light cruiser was built for World War II. But by the time it began service, the war was ending, and it never saw com…

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MARINETTE, Wis. – The new USS Little Rock stretches the length of a football field. It weighs 15 times more than the Statue of Liberty. And it can still float or maneuver in water just shy of 14 feet deep. But to fully grasp the appeal of the Navy's newest combat ship, think of it like a pickup truck – albeit a $440 million model with 8,000 computer sensors…

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Officer Craig E. Lehner's death was unlike any other the Buffalo Police Department has endured. His funeral will not be like any other, either. The 34-year-old officer's funeral Wednesday in KeyBank Center may be the largest police funeral in Western New York history. The arena, home of the Buffalo Sabres, seats more than 19,000, so it should be able to accommodat…

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Hours after police recovered Officer Craig Lehner's body from the Niagara River on Tuesday, Buffalo police dispatchers were given the order to call for him one last time. It's known as the end of watch call. Three dispatchers were on duty, all of them distraught. Susan Forero composed herself to make the call, knowing she would get no response. "Radio to K-9 43…

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Attorneys for the Buffalo police officer accused of tripping and injuring a prisoner at Central Booking want a non-jury trial in late November. City Court Judge Joseph A. Fiorella held off on the request, saying it could be discussed when Officer Joseph R. Hassett and his lawyers return Nov. 2 to discuss pending motions. A new charge of making a punishable false writ…

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The emergency underneath the Niagara River went from bad to worse in no more than 30 minutes. Officer Craig E. Lehner was alone in the river during an underwater recovery training session when the tender cable that connected him to colleagues on land became snagged on an unknown object, three police sources said Wednesday. Team members on the Bird Island pier knew th…

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It's official. The Navy's newest warship, the USS Little Rock LCS9, will be commissioned Dec. 16 at Canalside. The commissioning will be the first time in the Navy's 242-year history that one of its ships is commissioned in view of the decommissioned ship for which it is named, according to Maurice L. "Moe" Naylon III, chairman of the local commissioning committee. T…

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Officer Craig E. Lehner was alone in the Niagara River during an underwater recovery team training session Friday when he went missing, according to police sources. He was attached to a tender cable as another team member on the Bird Island pier at the foot of West Ferry Street held the line and walked along the pier as Lehner moved in water about 25 feet deep. Sudde…

Saluting Our War Heroes

After graduating from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Chanthini Taylor-Dixon wanted to escape the cold Buffalo winters. College in Florida sounded like a great idea. But by her junior year at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, the biology major realized she would need more cash if she was going to complete her education. "I enlis…