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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

Oct. 14, 1965 - Dec. 7, 2018 From her days as a little girl growing up in North Tonawanda, Kathryn “Kathy” Cammarano had a special affinity for people who were deaf. Two of her beloved grandparents were deaf, and so was a special uncle who lived with her family. As a young girl, she learned “finger spelling” – a simple form of sign language, so she could communicate …

Amherst

When an alumnus complained to the Park School that her teacher Thomas J. Bailey had repeatedly groped and sexually harassed her when she was a student, her complaint went to the school’s former headmaster, Donald J. Graff. Bailey denied the allegations, and Graff took no action against Bailey, who remained at the prestigious private Amherst school until 2006, according …

Obituaries

Jan. 29, 1931 - Nov. 30, 2018 Whenever something went wrong for Robert T. Russell Sr. or one of his family members, the devout Christian kept a favorite phrase handy to reassure his loved ones. “He’d always say the same thing – ‘We’ll be all right, because God is in full control,’ ” recalled his wife, Evelyn Russell. “He was a man of unshakable faith, and when he sai…

Religion

Mark Lynch says he was molested by a priest when he was 13. The abuse happened 50 years ago, well beyond when a sex crime could be prosecuted. But the FBI wanted to know more, anyway. Lynch said two federal agents visited him at his Youngstown home about a month ago, armed with questions about the abuse and the Buffalo Diocese's response to his allegations against th…

Erie County

To some folks who live, work or run businesses in the Town of Hamburg, this is a whopper of a story. Others might find the whole thing kind of cheesy. The Hamburg Water Tower committee announced Saturday that graphic designer Dylan Cownie has won a competition to design artwork for the town’s water tower — a rusty, old structure that will someday wear the look of a l…

Local News

As he walked into the offices of Kenmore-Tonawanda Meals on Wheels Thursday morning, Dan Wiles quickly realized this was going to be no ordinary Thanksgiving. “We have a huge problem,” Stephanie Hurley, the organization’s kitchen manager told him. When he heard about the problem, “I said a very bad word,” Wiles recalled. Fifty-two turkeys, which had been roasted t…

Buffalo

The Cellino & Barnes law firm is racking up record profits this year, even as one of its two owners continues legal efforts to break up the firm. Despite the highly publicized dispute between the two men who run the personal injury business, the Buffalo-based firm is on pace to set multiple “financial records” this year, its chief operations officer, Daryl Ciambella…

Lifestyles

Buffalo is my home, and my hometown. I've spent almost my entire 64 years in and around our fine city. Everywhere I go, I tell people what a wonderful, underrated place it is. But as long as I can remember, there has been another city with a special meaning for me. A place that I knew very little about, because it sits 1,253 miles southwest of Buffalo. A place called Mi…

Books

Author Jamie Scalise will speak about her late father, Richard Matt, and his breakout from a high-security New York state prison at a book-signing at 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Book Outlet & More store in the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. Scalise and her co-author, Bob DiCesare, will discuss "He's Out!," the new book about Scalise's fractured relationship with her father, …

Buffalo

They made their chilling discovery 52 years ago, but Matthew Nasca and Patrick Borrusso remember it like it was yesterday. Finding the body of a murdered priest is not the kind of incident that anyone forgets. On March 13, 1966, Nasca, Borrusso and their buddy, James Brady, were all 12 years old, altar boys from a West Side church. They were out for a carefree Su…

Health and Fitness

Blues and rock musicians will appear Dec. 10 at the Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St., in a benefit for a local organization that encourages organ donations. Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid will be the featured performers at the 5:30 p.m. concert to benefit the ONE8FIFTY organization, based in Kenmore. The organization seeks to increase the number of registered organ dono…

Crime

Two juries could not decide whether Andre Lewis was a murderer, or just a frightened man who was trying to protect himself and his baby daughter when he shot and killed his ex-stepfather in West Seneca last year. In February, a third jury will take a crack at the murder case when it again goes to trial at State Supreme Court in Buffalo. Lewis, 41, is charged with…

Local News

May 18, 1946 – Nov. 5, 2018 John Francis Humann, of Buffalo, one of the region’s toughest and most respected criminal defense attorneys, died Nov. 5 in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was 72 and practiced locally for more than 40 years. Friendly, fun and jovial outside the courtroom, Mr. Humann earned a reputation among fellow attorneys who admired his f…

Crime

Four men were arrested in downtown Buffalo early Saturday after police said they found them in a parked car with an automatic weapon, an extended ammunition magazine and 31 rounds of ammunition. Buffalo police officers from the B District arrested the four suspects, all in their 20s, after checking a suspicious car parked in a lot in the 400 block of Pearl Street, offic…

Crime

A West Side man told police that he became a crime victim of two men he hired to paint some apartments in a building in the 100 block of Rhode Island Street. The man told police on Saturday that the two painters were doing work inside the building when a credit card was stolen. Buffalo police said the credit card was then used to buy items in two stores. Police said …