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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."


SOMEDAY in the next century when country music historians are reviewing the amazing body of work produced by one Emmylou Harris, they will probably find the album she released early in 1989 to be one of her best.Emmylou never has recorded a bad album. Her vocal abilities, musicianship and most of all, her integrity, wouldn't allow it. Great reviews for her work have b…

The government calls him a hero, but Peter J. Pielmeier says he's just a working guy, an average citizen with the courage to say "enough."Tired of paying thousands of dollars in kickbacks to keep his job as a painter at Veterans Hospital, he agreed to become an undercover agent for the FBI, wearing a hidden microphone to tape conversations with his supervisors.The men…

A Chautauqua County manufacturing company has agreed to buy newspaper advertisements identifying it as an environmental lawbreaker under an agreement reached Wednesday with the U.S. attorney's office.Managers and workers at Chase Interiors Inc. in Falconer this spring will be reading about their company in four quarter-page advertisements in the Jamestown Post-Journal…

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service was embarrassed by its handling of a nationwide toll-free tax information service, especially after one survey by congressional investigators showed that up to 39 percent of the agency's answers were wrong.This year, the IRS says it plans to do much better -- with workers in the Buffalo District playing the most important role.A…

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service was embarrassed by its handling of a nationwide toll-free tax information service, especially after one survey by congressional investigators showed that up to 39 percent of the agency's answers were wrong.This year, the IRS says it plans to do much better -- with workers in the Buffalo District playing the most important role.A…

A U.S. Court of Appeals decision reversing a federal judge's ruling here is a victory for a veteran NFTA secretary who is acting as her own lawyer in a $1.5 million lawsuit charging the authority with political discrimination.The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City has ordered Judge John T. Elfvin to reconsider the suit filed by Susan L. Grant, secretary in …

A U.S. Court of Appeals decision reversing a federal judge's ruling here is a victory for a veteran NFTA secretary who is acting as her own lawyer in a $1.5 million lawsuit charging the authority with political discrimination.The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City has ordered Judge John T. Elfvin to reconsider the suit filed by Susan L. Grant, secretary in …

A former narcotics kingpin who once had shadowy connections with the Buffalo Police Department today took a guilty plea that will put him behind bars for at least 10 years.James E. Fuller, who, according to law enforcement officials, may hold the key to unlocking a ring of corruption involving some city officers, pleaded guilty to narcotics, gun possession and tax eva…

Richard J. Arcara has been a U.S. District Court judge for less than eight months. Next week, he stands to get a pay raise of almost $45,000.Judge John T. Elfvin will get the same raise as Arcara, and Elfvin no longer works full time.Arcara and Elfvin are among eight local judges and a magistrate who are in line for big financial gains next week unless Congress denies…

U.S. Attorney Dennis C. Vacco has gone on the legal warpath over attempts by a drug suspect's attorney to obtain a $265,000 legal fee from $1 million seized from his client in a 1987 drug raid.Vacco has gone to federal court to block the attorney from receiving the payment for fees in a pending Monroe County drug case from 1987.The payment, Rochester attorney Anthony …

An optometrist is claiming in a federal court trial here that Bausch & Lomb Inc. illegally used his invention to make tens of millions of dollars in profits on sales of soft contact lenses.The case revolves around research done more than two decades ago -- much of it for a Buffalo laboratory.Dr. Henry J. Baron of Sharon, Pa., is suing the Rochester company for unspeci…

The U.S. Customs Service here is using money to lure informants to provide information about drug shipments, transport of undeclared money and other illegal activity at the U.S.-Canadian border.An informant's job can be dangerous and unpleasant, but according to the federal government, a few hours of work can bring a paycheck of tens of thousands of dollars.One Buffal…

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling could deal a crippling blow to minority-owned businesses that are already struggling in the Buffalo area, local government officials said today.The nation's highest court ruled that a program in Richmond, Va., that requires the hiring of minority-owned firms to do 30 percent of the work on any city building project is unconstitutional.Altho…

He lived a life of crime, police say, but in death, Joseph Walton may be providing local crime fighters with a $500,000 bonanza.Five weeks after the slayings of Walton, 54, a suspected Buffalo drug dealer, and his wife, Barbara, 46, police efforts to locate and take custody of the couple's property are proceeding at full throttle.On Friday, deputies of the U.S. Marsha…

Almost five years ago, the shot was heard throughout Western New York -- and the nation.National news reports focused on a garbage-strewn apartment house at 782-790 Seneca St. as a Buffalo police marksman shot to death Roy Banas, 58. Banas had barricaded himself in the building May 7, 1984, to protect it from city demolition crews and, a short time earlier, had fired …