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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.


Two members of the School Board and a former school superintendent are among the 11 candidates who have filed petitions to run for the two five-year School Board terms available in the May 4 election. The deadline for filing petitions was 5 p.m. Wednesday. The candidates are:Current Board President Don J. King. King of 672 Chilton Ave. owns and operates a women's clothin…

City Council members Monday rejected Mayor Jacob A. Palillo's request for an extension of up to six months to collect more information on his proposed alternative site for a new drinking-water plant adjacent to the city's sewage treatment plant.The Council's five Democrats voted "no" on a resolution endorsing the Republican mayor's effort to seek the extension, while its…

City Council members Monday rejected Mayor Jacob A. Palillo's request for an extension of up to six months to collect more information on his proposed alternate site for a new drinking water plant adjacent to the city's sewage treatment plant.The Council's five Democrats voted "no" on a resolution endorsing the Republican mayor's effort to seek the extension, while its …

The plane crash that Wayne A. Michalak reported over his new ham radio for nearly two hours in January was a hoax, but the price tag for the massive search it triggered is real.Best estimates place the cost of the search at about $31,000.That includes the expense of four Cessna airplanes from the Civil Air Patrol and three helicopters from different area agencies, as wel…

Christopher M. Glynn, director of marketing for Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. Ltd., said, "Everyone is hoping for better weather conditions this year because last summer was pretty horrible with all the rain."The company's four excursion boats, which operate on both sides of the international border in the lower Niagara River, are expected to begin ferrying passengers for…

The driver of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that struck and killed three family members told Orleans County investigators Thursday that the steering on his vehicle "kept pulling" just before the crash.The vehicle, a 1987 Dodge Raider, was taken to the State Police Crime Laboratory in Olean for tests to determine if there was a mechanical failure in the steering, Orleans Count…

An effort to change the voting process at Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency meetings was rejected by agency members Wednesday.Casting the deciding vote to reject the measure was Walter D. Garrow, who only a few moments earlier had been appointed as the agency's newest citizen member.Garrow, who lives at 905 92nd St. on the border of the Love Canal area, said he voted …

The business of battling child abuse within Niagara County families is booming.In the last seven years, reports of child abuse have more than doubled, from 1,083 in 1986 to 2,208 in 1992, and the number of reports this year is expected to surpass last year's figure."Not long ago, the county took custody of a 10-year-old boy who was serving as a translator for his parents,…

Three prime tourist hotels at the financially troubled Maple Leaf Village complex -- the Skyline Brock, Skyline Foxhead and Village Inn -- have been purchased for an undisclosed amount by hotelier Dino Di Cienzo Sr.Di Cienzo, who announced the purchase Friday, said the acquisition adds 850 rooms to the 550 rooms he owns at his four other hotels, on both sides of the bord…

School Board members stuck to their policy of giving district residents preference in hirings and promotions Thursday despite a plea from a Lewiston woman who was seeking permanent appointment to a position she has served in since last fall.The board passed over Sandra J. Carella of 685 Sara Court, Lewiston, and instead promoted a Niagara Falls resident from lunch monitor …

Comprehensive testing is expected to begin this summer to find out how much chemical contamination is in the soil at Forest Glen, now that all 53 families at the former mobile-home park have been permanently relocated, federal officials announced Tuesday.Michael J. Basile, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the government has held off on more th…

They were a Buffalo couple who had moved to the country with the dream of raising children there, but a 10-year-old girl they took into their home brought them "three years of hell."In just one of many terrifying outbursts of violence, the girl grabbed a steak knife from the dinner table and threatened to kill the family that had adopted her.Charles J. and Linda L. Gries…

A Town of Lewiston man accused of firing a shotgun at a Niagara County sheriff's deputy pleaded innocent Friday in Niagara County Court to charges stemming from the February incident.Mark S. Meloon, 35, of 1734 Upper Mountain Road, was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated. H…

The state attorney general's office will review the transcript of a sexual misconduct trial that ended in the acquittal of an Ontario man, despite the victim's testimony that she told the defendant to stop his advances and that he raped her.Attorney General Robert Abrams has agreed to review the verdict by Chief City Court Judge Anthony J. Certo "after the matter was bro…

A Niagara Falls man was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape and was found innocent of two other counts of the same charge Thursday by a Niagara County Court jury.Robert I. Reed, 29, of 2125 Seneca Ave., was found guilty of raping a Lockport woman Dec. 5 and a Niagara Falls woman Feb. 24, 1992. Both rapes occurred in Niagara Falls.He was found innocent of a first-d…