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Dan Herbeck

Dan Herbeck is an investigative reporter who has been at The Buffalo News for nearly 40 years. He is a graduate of Sweet Home High School, Erie County Community College and St. Bonaventure University. He and Lou Michel wrote a best-selling book in 2001 about Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, "American Terrorist."


Environment

The first signal of Tonawanda Coke’s impending demise came earlier this year when unusually acrid smoke huffed from its River Road smokestack. As its coke oven puffs for the final time — possibly within the next few days — residents’ concerns about the plant will shift from what’s in the air to what’s left behind at the site after 101 years of coke production. Residents…

Gusto

A thunderbolt of emotion struck John Connelly one night in late August as he sang “Twist and Shout” on the stage of the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. There he was – a 62-year-old guy from Buffalo who has idolized the Beatles since he was a kid – performing his favorite band’s hits at the same Liverpool night club where John, Paul, George and Ringo took some …

Local News

Mention the name of Andrew J. “Andy” Shaevel and some prominent Buffalo business leaders will tell you stories of a devoted family man, a supporter of charities and an entrepreneur who does all he can to boost Buffalo. “Andy is a stand-up guy” who “not only takes the high road, but advises and inspires other people to do the same thing,” according to his longtime friend…

What should you do if a bill collector calls about a debt that you don't even owe? Consumers have rights in such cases. Here are some tips from the National Consumers League: If a caller asks you to wire money or provide information such as a bank routing number, credit or debit card number over the phone, hang up. It’s probably a scam. If you are unsure if you …

Amherst

Three Buffalo area debt collectors broke federal and state laws by lying to consumers, threatening to have them arrested and adding unauthorized amounts to the debts that consumers owed. That conduct has resulted in a court order that permanently bars three local business people and their companies from the debt collection industry and requires them to pay a total of $2…

Erie County

More than 70 classic and antique boats will be displayed Saturday as the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society holds its annual boat show at the Buffalo Launch Club. The show will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the launch club facilities at 503 E. River Road on Grand Island. Admission is free but there is a $10 parking fee. In addit…

Buffalo

Christopher Szuflita says he still has painful memories of the day in 1970 when he tried to tell his pastor that he had been repeatedly molested by a priest at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca. He said Monsignor Martin Ebner immediately told him and his father that day that his accusation against the Rev. Joseph Friel was a lie. “The pastor became very ira…

The Labor Day weekend marks a homecoming for jazz musician Tim Donahue, a native of Niagara Falls. Donahue, who now lives and performs in Japan, will make two local appearances within the next few days. Donahue, who plays an electric harp guitar, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. He will also perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sports…

Local News

Canisius College President John J. Hurley called Thursday for a greater leadership role for women in the Catholic Church in the wake of the clergy abuse scandal in Buffalo and other communities. Hurley expressed his outrage over the scandal in a letter sent to students, employees, donors and alumni of the Buffalo college. He said it was precipitated by revelations that …

Buffalo

Public pressure mounted on Bishop Richard J. Malone on Friday as a congressman, two other public officials and a prominent Buffalo businessman who serves as a church deacon called upon him to resign because of his handling of clergy abuse cases. A Catholic radio station in Buffalo – WLOF-FM, Station of the Cross – posted a statement on its website, saying Malone "covere…

Crime

Paul Ceglia, an Allegany County man who claimed he owned half of the social networking giant Facebook and disappeared in 2015 just before his fraud trial in Manhattan federal court began, is being held in Ecuador and in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, a Marshals Service spokesman confirmed to The Buffalo News Thursday. The arrest was also confirmed by Robert R…

Buffalo

New York’s next attorney general could determine whether six Catholic dioceses and one archdiocese in this state face a sweeping investigation into clergy sexual abuse similar to one that exposed a massive cover-up of abuses in Pennsylvania. Five candidates are vying to be elected in November to the state’s highest-ranking law enforcement post. The Buffalo News this …

Gusto

“WIDE RIGHT!” If you’re a long time Buffalo Bills fan, you probably will never forget – no matter how hard you try – hearing those words from a TV or radio announcer on the night of Jan. 27, 1991. More than 27 years later, the words still carry a sting. “Wide right” were the soul-crushing words that announcers used to tell you that kicker Scott Norwood had narrowly m…

Local News

Thursday is BBC Band Day in the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed the day during a noon concert at Niagara Square, featuring the popular classic rock band that will soon travel to Liverpool, England, to perform in the hometown of the Beatles. Band members leave for Liverpool next week to perform at International Beatleweek, an event honoring the Beatles’ …

Buffalo

A Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse involving more than 300 priests in that state criticized Buffalo’s Catholic Diocese for its handling of allegations against the Rev. Michael R. Freeman, a former Buffalo priest. Freeman was moved from Buffalo churches to parishes in Pennsylvania even after the Buffalo Diocese learned in 1981 that he had been involved in “…