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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."


Local News

March 16, 1957 - Oct. 17, 2019 Whether representing a notorious killer or a desperate refugee trying to start a new life in America, attorney David R. Addelman approached his work with one thought in mind – he wanted to help people. According to his fellow lawyers, he didn’t look for the easiest or most profitable cases. He took on the cases of people who were in tro…

Courts

A retired Niagara Falls junior high school teacher who was prosecuted four decades ago for having sex with a student is being sued by two former students who say he molested them as children. Social studies teacher Frank Carter repeatedly sexually assaulted the two girls, aged 13 and 15, during the 1976-1977 school year, according to lawsuits filed Friday against Carter…

Supporters of the North Tonawanda High School football team will gather at the Lumberfest pep rally from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the school’s Lumberjack Stadium. The family-friendly event will feature food trucks, games, prizes, a meet-and-greet with football players and performances by the school’s cheerleaders and pep band. All North Tonawanda students, families …

Local News

Barry E. Snyder Sr. grew up in poverty, struggled with adversity and wound up as one of the most powerful business and government leaders in the history of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Snyder, an entrepreneur who influenced Seneca Nation politics for 50 years and won election as president five times, died on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 79. According to Sen…

Courts

A former Parent Teacher Association leader said she told a Hoover Elementary School principal more than four decades ago that teacher Arthur F. Werner had molested a child — her own 11-year-old son. The principal assured her that he would speak to Werner and make sure it never happened again, the woman said. But in the past month, Werner has been accused of molesting…

Obituaries

May 28, 1944-Sept. 24, 2019 James R. DeSantis had all the right stuff to become a top professional in the world of public relations. He was a jokester, a prankster and a former Buffalo radio disc jockey. He also was a first-rate storyteller who worked hard to earn the trust of journalists and help them make their deadlines. In the late 1960s, he took an entry leve…

Construction and Growth

Discussions are underway between New York State officials and the Seneca Indian Nation that could lead to badly needed repairs on a teeth-rattling section of the Thruway that runs through Seneca land in the Southern Tier. Sources on both sides of the situation expressed hopes Friday afternoon that an agreement could be reached within the next few days, allowing Thruway …

Buffalo

Now 30 years old, Mike Breen grew up in West Seneca. He can hardly remember a day in his life when he didn’t see the faces of Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Steve Barnes on some kind of commercial or advertisement for their personal injury law firm. “For as long as I can remember, the two of them have been a part of the landscape of my life,” Breen told The Buffalo News. So…

Buffalo

A former Buffalo Public Schools student accused a teacher of sexually molesting her “at least 120 times” over a period of 2½ years, beginning when she was 11. And she has some evidence to back up the claims in a Child Victims Act lawsuit she filed Friday. In a notarized statement, retired teacher Mary Boblak said the girl slept in her bed, there was "inappropriate ph…

Buffalo

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Thursday against the Buffalo Police Department, charging that an officer “maliciously” shot and killed Rafael “Pito” Rivera last year while Rivera was running from him in a West Side neighborhood. The State Supreme Court lawsuit filed on behalf of Rivera’s family accused police of wrongdoing in the shooting, which occurred on Plymouth …

Health and Fitness

Buffalo blues prodigy Hayden Fogle will headline a Sept. 23 benefit concert for ONE8FIFTY, a local organization dedicated to increasing organ donations in New York. The 19-year-old guitarist will join special guests Sue Kincaid and Doug Yeomans at the 5:30 p.m. show at the Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or at sportsme…

Amherst

The pressure is building on Bishop Richard J. Malone, leader of Buffalo’s Catholic Diocese. Over the past 13 months, two of his most trusted confidants — people who worked side-by-side with him for years — have turned against Malone, publicly demanding that he resign from the job he has held since 2012 over his handling of sexual abuse allegations involving priests. …

Local News

When he served at St. Amelia Church in the Town of Tonawanda, the Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat would sometimes stun parish members with his deeply emotional sermons. The earnest young priest used to talk about growing up in Poland, where he said he hung around with the wrong people and got into serious trouble as a teenager. He talked about his battles with depression and se…

Courts

The total number of Child Victims Act lawsuits alleging child molestation in the classroom by a now retired Kenmore-Tonawanda school teacher rose to 20 Thursday morning. Sixteen more lawsuits were filed, all claiming that social studies teacher Arthur F. Werner molested young male pupils in his classroom at Herbert Hoover Elementary School. Four more lawsuits, alleging …

Buffalo

Lissa Marie Redmond will speak about her latest mystery novel, "A Means To An End," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The event is free. The retired cold case homicide detective also will speak at the following locations: 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Library, 160 Delaware Road; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Lakewood Libra…