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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."


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Over the past four decades, I've reviewed concerts of almost every kind for The Buffalo News – from rockers like Van Halen to country legends like Johnny Cash. I reviewed blues master BB King, night club crooner Tony Bennett, soul shouter James Brown and many, many others. But I never thought I'd find myself reviewing a Yanni show. An editor asked me to do it, and I …

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You could feel the unanswered questions hanging in the air as thousands of Eagles fans filed into KeyBank Center for the legendary band's Saturday night concert. What would they sound like without founder Glenn Frey, who died in 2016 after leading the band for 45 years? Can they still sing the trademark soaring harmonies with three senior members – Don Henley, Joe Walsh…

Local News

The attorney who represents an assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators hockey team said that a harassment charge filed against the man in May is "baseless" and insisted that his client engaged in no lewd or unlawful behavior. Senators' executive Randy Lee pleaded not guilty to the violation charge in Buffalo's City Court on Friday, and defense attorney Paul J.…

Buffalo

They still appear together on dozens of TV advertisements every day, urging people who have been injured in car accidents or other calamities to hire their law firm to sue the responsible parties, hopefully for millions of dollars. Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes still work together, running a Buffalo-based personal injury law firm that has 250 employees, more…

The Kenmore-Tonawanda Adult & Community Education program is offering a free class for adults who wish to improve their skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding English. The class is now offered from Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Room 226 of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Anyone who is at least 17 year…

Religion

A Buffalo priest removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a child was the target of similar complaints decades ago at two other parishes. A 37-year-old woman who is married to a Major League Baseball manager and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., said the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak repeatedly fondled her when she was 9 to 12 yea…

Erie County

Nearly three years ago, the Buffalo Diocese abruptly removed the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak as pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster. Nobody at the parish was told why. A diocese representative announced Fronczak's departure at Masses at the church in October 2015, recalled Dick Wagner, 80, a long-time parishioner. "He told us Father Dennis was going on a…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Searingly painful migraine headaches. Noxious chemical smells so strong they keep her awake at night. A lung problem that has been diagnosed as pulmonary fibrosis. According to Dolly Salerno, 75, and her attorney, those ailments are the price she pays for living close to Love Canal, one of the world's most infamous hazardous waste sites. "The smells g…

Obituaries

Jan 13, 1922 - May 29, 2018 Henry W. Moskal was profoundly affected by the horrors and atrocities he witnessed while serving in the Army during World War II. During the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944 and early 1945, he saw many friends in his company killed. At prisoner of war and concentration camps that he helped to liberate at the war's end, he was shocked by th…

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A woman in prison for more than 20 years is hoping a judge's ruling will uncover new DNA evidence about the 1995 murder of an 82-year-old Amherst widow and lead to her being freed. In a ruling obtained Friday by The Buffalo News, a judge directed law enforcement authorities to inspect evidence from a Longmeadow Road apartment where Louise Cicelsky was robbed, stabbed an…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Police Department's longest-serving police officer is about to retire and will be honored with a testimonial party on May 25. Capt. Mark S. Antonio, 64, joined the city police force in January 1973, when Richard M. Nixon was president and Bills' running back O.J. Simpson was Buffalo's biggest sports star. Antonio said he joined the department "because the…

Buffalo

This promises to be a very memorable year for friends and family members of the late James E. "Chick" Hewson, a champion rower and former Olympic race walker. After years of lobbying, nominating and circulating his name, Hewson's supporters recently learned that the native of Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood has been selected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.…

Former Assistant U.S. attorney George C. Burgasser spent Sunday evening on his son's boat docked at Smith Boys marina in North Tonawanda. Then he disappeared. Police said his son, who was below deck, heard a sound. He came up to the deck, saw his dad was missing and went into a panic, police said. Another son, who came to help in the search, later found Burgasser'…

Crime

North Tonawanda police questioned the brother of suspect Joseph H. Belstadt about the 1993 death of Mandy Steingasser about two weeks before officers arrested Belstadt on murder charges. "I don’t know anything. I've told them that for the past 20 years," Jamie Belstadt said Friday. Authorities offered Jamie Belstadt an advantageous plea agreement on some outstanding …

Crime

Joseph H. Belstadt, the accused killer of North Tonawanda High School student Mandy Steingasser, was back at his Town of Tonawanda home Friday after he was released on a bail bond from the Niagara County Jail. "His family posted bond. He was released and he is home. He is resting and collecting himself after a couple of very stressful days," said Dominic Saraceno, defen…