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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."


Amherst

A second allegation of sexual abuse of a child has been filed against a Catholic priest who was recently returned to ministry by the Buffalo Diocese after it ruled a prior complaint was unsubstantiated. The diocese allowed the Rev. Paul M. Nogaro to resume practicing as a priest on Jan. 17, after saying it was unable to substantiate the allegations made against him in a…

Buffalo

On a frosty winter night 35 years ago, an off-duty New York State trooper struck up a conversation with 21-year-old Leichia Reilly in a popular West Seneca nightclub. Witnesses saw them walk out of the old Pierce Arrow nightclub together around 3 a.m., according to West Seneca police. The trooper, identified by police as Daniel D. Rose, walked back inside almost an h…

Business

Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen Barnes moved a big step closer on Wednesday to breaking up their very profitable law firm. Barnes will call his firm the Barnes Firm, while Cellino is expected to start his own firm, called Cellino Law. But many issues about the breakup are yet to be worked out, including who gets to use the 888-8888 phone number, how the two men will …

Courts

A Wyoming County judge who runs a court program that helps individuals with drug problems and other issues will receive an award from the State Bar Association on Jan. 29. Wyoming County Judge Michael M. Mohun of Bennington has been selected to receive the Vincent E. Doyle Jr. Award for outstanding contributions to the criminal justice system. The award will be given at…

Courts

Yvonne Rodriguez-MacDonald said that when she got hit in the head in a bizarre accident at a Buffalo Bills game, she lost 53 years of memories – including her wedding and the births of her two daughters. The Buffalo schoolteacher said she no longer remembers events from her childhood, her education or anything else that happened in her life before the Bills-New England …

Courts

Five months ago, Niagara Falls attorney Paul K. Barr had a tough decision to make as he prepared to record a radio advertisement inviting clients to file lawsuits against molesters under the state’s Child Victims Act. Barr kept asking himself if the commercial should mention that he, too, was allegedly molested by a priest in 1980. He decided that it should. “I wa…

Amherst

Colleen Drake invested $200,000 with Amherst financial adviser James D. Tetrault after she received an injury settlement from a horrific car crash that killed her fiancé and her niece. According to the Cheektowaga woman, Tetrault stole almost every penny. Eleven years ago, a federal judge ordered Tetrault to pay $5.35 million in restitution to 56 victims – including …

Buffalo

Diners seeking the "best steak anywhere" will no longer be able to look for it at the Morton’s the Steakhouse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The fine dining establishment in downtown Buffalo "abruptly" closed after serving its last meals on New Year’s Eve, John O'Connell, general manager of the hotel, told The Buffalo News Thursday afternoon. "They had a very busy night…

Buffalo

Individuals who want to remain anonymous as they pursue lawsuits under the Child Victims Act won a victory in a Buffalo courtroom on Monday. A woman who has accused a former Amherst Central School administrator of repeated sexual assaults when she was a teenager may continue to litigate her lawsuit without having her name made public, State Supreme Court Justice Deborah…

Courts

A painful legal ordeal that began almost six years ago may be over for the family of Barry Moss, an Evans handyman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver a few days before Christmas in 2013. A panel of state judges on Friday rejected an appeal from Gabriele P. Ballowe, the former Angola bar owner who at first refused to talk to police but ultimately admitted that she wa…

Obituaries

May 10, 1926 – Dec. 14, 2019 After witnessing the final days of a horrific world war, Michael A. Altieri dedicated the rest of his life to helping others. Mr. Altieri died in the hospice unit of the Harris Nursing Facility in Clarence, following a short illness. The Amherst man, who was 93, died four months after his wife, the former Nancy DiCerbo. A native of Sch…

Local News

Oct. 16, 1948 – Nov. 29, 2019 Buffalo attorney Thomas E. Schofield had a love affair with the country of Canada that lasted most of his life. He grew up in the Town of Massena, in St. Lawrence County, close to the Canadian border. Before going to law school, he graduated from the University of Toronto. He loved visiting Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara-on-the-Lake, which …

Erie County

High winds and high water levels in Lake Erie caused some recent damage that will have to be repaired before the Erie Basin Marina reopens in May. Damage was caused by three windstorms that struck Buffalo on Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Nov. 27, said Jim Marinello, general manager of Smith Boys Marina, which is hired by the City of Buffalo to operate the downtown tourist attrac…

Amherst

Over the past two months, men and women filed 294 Child Victims Acts lawsuits in Western New York, alleging that they were molested as children by priests, teachers, school administrators or others. In more than two-thirds of those cases – 199 of them – the plaintiffs want their names to be kept secret. Those requests for anonymity have ignited a legal battle in Buff…

Gusto

“Cellino v. Barnes,” the very wacky two-man play based on efforts to break up the Cellino & Barnes law firm, finished a short but successful run last weekend in Buffalo’s Alleyway Cabaret theater. One of the interested viewers of a Sunday night performance was attorney Ross M. Cellino Jr., who took his 84-year-old mother, Jean Cellino, to see what it was all about. …