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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."


Buffalo

Fifty years ago, Catholic priests who sexually abused children in the Buffalo Diocese would have no worries about getting arrested. But they had to worry about something else: Monsignor Franklin M. Kelliher, a stocky, tough-as-nails former boxing champion who also fought as a professional wrestler known as “The Masked Marvel.” Kelliher served an unofficial role as a …

Watchdog

Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead th…

Buffalo

South Park High School will honor the school’s fallen war heroes on May 23. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with the dedication of a bronze plaque at the school honoring 15 former South Park students who served in the military during the Vietnam War era. The plaque is sponsored by American Legion Posts 64 and 721. Then the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross meda…

Education

Students at a Town of Tonawanda elementary school are trying to raise $10,000 to help kids in an African nation 5,000 miles away get better access to drinking water. Students at the Thomas Edison School have already raised $5,700 over several months. The students hope to donate $10,000 to help people in a small village in the nation of Burkina Faso dig a well. Studen…

Bills

Buffalo News sports reporter Jay Skurski will discuss the Buffalo Bills and the National Football League draft at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The event is free, but seating is limited, so participants are asked to call 332-4375 to reserve a seat. There will also be a 2019 Bills draft predictions contest w…

Courts

A West Seneca homicide case will not go to trial for the third time. Andre Lewis, a Rochester resident who shot and killed his ex-stepfather during an argument over a girls’ basketball game in West Seneca, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Monday morning. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said that jury selection was to begin Monday morning when t…

Courts

Two huge unanswered questions continue to shroud the case against Joseph H. Belstadt 11 months after North Tonawanda Police charged him with a murder that had been unsolved for 24 years. • After all those years, what physical evidence led Niagara County authorities to finally arrest the man who from Day 1 was the prime suspect in the slaying of North Tonawanda High Scho…

Amherst

Sharon Simon doubts she will ever forget Oct. 24, 1998, the day she stood in the kitchen where a sniper’s bullet killed Dr. Barnett Slepian, an Amherst doctor who performed abortions. Simon remembers staring at a bullet hole in the window and looking at the spot where Slepian stood the night before when the sniper in the woods behind his home killed him. “All I could…

Erie County

Leaders of American Legion Post 567 are hoping to sell their historic building in Orchard Park because of the dwindling number of veterans active in the post. Dropping participation in post meetings and events is one of the main reasons why the property at 3740 North Buffalo St. is being put on the market, the commander of American Legion Post 567 told The Buffalo News …

Erie County

The South Buffalo American Legion post where an 87-year-old Korean War veteran was fatally injured in a fall last year is not the only veterans’ post in the region that has problems with handicapped accessibility. At least 13 other posts in Erie County – and quite possibly many others in Western New York – are not in compliance with federal laws that guarantee access fo…

Buffalo

Attorneys on both sides of an emotion-packed homicide case involving a West Seneca shooting are preparing to go to trial for the third time in State Supreme Court in Buffalo. The attorneys agree that it is rare for any criminal case to go to trial a third time after two mistrials. The murder case of Andre Lewis – who shot and killed his ex-stepfather during an argume…

Buffalo

Buffalo city officials hope to install an elevator at American Legion Post 721, but it'll be months too late to save Korean War veteran Norman Racki. For years, older members of the post have complained about the 10 fairly steep stairs leading from an outside entrance to the downstairs bar area of the post, where veterans who survived World War II, Korea, Vietnam or oth…

Gusto

Two rock acts who sold records by the millions in the 1960s will perform at the  Tralf Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 6. Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies will perform at the WECK Radio’s '60s Celebration. Lewis’s first hit song, "This Diamond Ring," was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard record sales charts in 1965, knocking the Beatles of…

Books

In courtrooms, he is known as William Lorenz Jr., attorney. When he appears at local charity events, people call him “Batman.” Lorenz, 32, an attorney with the Amherst law firm HoganWillig, has written a book about his experiences appearing at charity events all over Western New York, dressed as the famous superhero. A portion of the proceeds from every copy of “The …

Local News

Jan. 5, 1950 – March 4, 2019 Edward J.P. Drabczyk, a longtime supervisor of security at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, was diligent about protecting the gallery's many priceless and irreplaceable paintings and sculptures. "He took a lot of pride in training his security guards properly. It was important to him to provide visitors with an experience that was pleasurab…