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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."


U.S. Customs Service inspectors seized $320,000 in cash and arrested a New York City man Wednesday night after they said they found a secret compartment in a car crossing the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.Authorities are investigating the possibility of a drug connection in the case, U.S. Attorney Dennis C. Vacco said today.Charged with failure to report more than $…

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara today refused to sign an order giving students temporary permission to hold after-school Bible club meetings at McKinley High School.Attorneys for the students were disappointed with the ruling from Arcara, who said he does not have jurisdiction in the matter. He remanded the case involving the controversial 11-month dispute to St…

The State University of Buffalo Law School has barred FBI and military recruiters because the agencies refuse to promise they will not discriminate against homosexuals.Law schools generally provide a fertile recruiting ground for young attorneys who join the FBI and the military.But military forces and the FBI are coming under fire from student groups nationally for t…

In Canada, their official status is now "no status."In the United States, authorities say they are not welcome because they have violated immigration laws and entered the country illegally in the past.Legal options and time are fading fast for Carlos Fajardo Hernandez and his family, who have been stranded in a Niagara Falls, Ont., motel for more than three weeks afte…

FORESTVILLE -- Haunted by nightmares from a dark past, William Nicholas Schank tries to lie low. But it is hard to elude the spotlight when two governors, two district attorneys, a congressman and the mother of a murdered baby say you are a killer who should be in jail.He lives and works in this tiny village 40 miles south of Buffalo -- six years after he was mistaken…

After months of wading through mountains of conflicting financial reports from both sides in the Buffalo schools funding case, U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin wants professional accounting help.Curtin plans to bring in a certified public accountant to examine the reports and serve as an expert witness in the case, court officials said Friday.The accountant would re…

AFTER A YEAR steeped in mediocrity for country music, it's a real pleasure to kick off 1989 with good news about two refreshing new albums.Coming 'round the bend of the new year riding definite winners are Ricky Van Shelton, whose Loving Proof (Columbia FC-44221) is every bit as good as his chart-topping debut of two years ago, and Nanci Griffith, whose One Fair Summe…

A federal judge is accusing Buffalo public school officials of ducking the issue in the controversial McKinley High School Bible-study case.U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara ordered Schools Superintendent Eugene T. Reville and School Board President Oscar Smukler into his courtroom this afternoon to explain fully whether they want to allow students in Bible-study …

Despite denials from Buffalo Bills General Manager Bill Polian, the Town of Hamburg's police chief said Tuesday the team did hire off-duty detectives from his department to tail defensive end Bruce Smith.Police Chief Mathew Czerwiec confirmed the Bills hired some of his department's top detectives to form the surveillance team.Meanwhile, the assistant executive direct…

The Buffalo Bills hired undercover detectives to tail star defensive end Bruce Smith for three weeks last November after becoming concerned about Smith's alleged associations with drug dealers, law enforcement officials said Monday.Off-duty detectives from the Town of Hamburg police force followed Smith and watched his home during the surveillance period. Hamburg poli…

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police joined an investigation Thursday into an apparent alien smuggling attempt that led to a woman's drowning while attempting to cross the Niagara River Tuesday night on a raft.There were reports that three other persons may have been on the rubber raft used by the woman who drowned near Fort Niagara State Park at the mouth of Lake Ontari…

Investigators on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border today were trying to learn the identities of smugglers who are believed to have arranged a dangerous Niagara River crossing that led to the death of a woman near Fort Niagara State Park Tuesday.There were reports that three other persons may have been on the rubber raft used by the unidentified woman, who drowned n…

The children of Barbara and Joseph Walton, found slain in their Fillmore Avenue residence last month, will challenge the government's attempt to seize an estimated $400,000 in property labeled by authorities as drug proceeds, the family's lawyer said Tuesday."Everything will be challenged," said Norman P. Effman, a Buffalo attorney representing four of the Waltons' ch…

Buffalo police said today they have discovered $217,000 cash hidden in a City workers used jackhammers Friday to dig out the safe, which was embedded in concrete and hidden by debris on the ground floor of the elaborate garage and apartment complex where Joseph and Barbara Walton lived at 1598 Fillmore Ave., Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart said."In my opinion, this co…

Anybody who expected an army of rugged Houston Oiler fans to come marching into Buffalo for today's playoff battle game at Rich Stadium was severely disappointed Saturday.The Houston rooters didn't march in. They trickled in.Only 300 bought tickets to this afternoon's game with the Bills. The Oilers had to turn about 700 tickets back to the Bills because Houston fans …