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Lou Michel

Lou Michel is the main crime reporter for The Buffalo News and co-author of the best-seller, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing." He has received numerous state and national journalism awards.


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The “Pack the Plaza” rally outside KeyBank Center on Saturday to protest management of the poorly performing Buffalo Sabres was anything but packed, but many who attended considered it a win — some after warming up with hot chocolate and coffee offered by the Sabres' organization. About 25 disillusioned hockey fans marched around the “French Connection” statue in Alumni…

Crime

A man driving the wrong way on North Oak Street in downtown Buffalo Thursday night crashed into another vehicle, injuring himself and the other driver, police reported Saturday. Jay Sikora, 49, whose address was not released by police, was charged with driving while intoxicated after he failed a field sobriety test, according to Central District police. Sikora was al…

Local News

Coming in second place in Friday's Mega Millions lottery drawing will pay handsomely to the individual who purchased a winning ticket from the Corner Market at 2323 Broadway in Sloan. The owner of that second-prize ticket is guaranteed $3 million, according to state lottery officials. Workers at the Corner Market say they are eager to find out who purchased the winni…

Crime

A self-proclaimed Lockport white supremacist said he defied Cheektowaga police after they charged him with littering for tossing Racial Nationalist Party of America literature onto lawns and driveways. Karl Hand said he was so upset over the ticket that he returned to Cheektowaga, before his trial last November, and distributed more of the literature. "I called it my…

Courts

The federal government says Jeffrey Richards is a self-proclaimed white supremacist who makes bombs, sell drugs, owns a small arsenal of guns and holds membership in an outlaw biker gang. In a photo posted on Facebook, Richards holds his right arm up in a Nazi-style salute between two friends, one wearing a T-shirt with a Confederate flag image and the other holding a V…

Courts

Two Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing a child have been returned to their ministries after an investigation by the Buffalo Diocese was unable to substantiate the allegations against them, the diocese announced Friday. Monsignor Peter J. Popadick and the Rev. Paul M. Nogaro were taken off administrative leave after the person who complained about them refused …

Watchdog

When Krysten Schmidt visited her 89-year-old grandmother at a Batavia nursing home, an aide pulled her aside to say there were maggots on her grandmother’s foot. Schmidt started to cry and wondered if maybe she misheard the aide. She hadn’t. Staff at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation later described the Sept. 25 incident to a state Health Depar…

Local News

National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Saturday moved the wreckage from the helicopter crash that killed Buffalo developer Mark Croce and his friend Michael Capriotto to a secure location for further examination. Preliminary results from the investigation into the crash in a residential neighborhood in Central Pennsylvania Thursday night are expected to b…

Obituaries

Jan. 24, 1961 – Jan. 9, 2020 Mark Croce was a pioneer in the rebirth of downtown Buffalo, but stories from the personal side of the hospitality and development entrepreneur also have emerged following the helicopter crash that killed him and a passenger Thursday. Those who worked with him over the years as he started to make a name for himself say he was a mentor wil…

Business

The images are all too familiar: police and federal agents swarming the scene of an active shooter. It could be a teenager shooting up a school or, more recently, a suspected member of a hate group and his companion targeting a Jewish business in New Jersey. What must be racing through the minds of those first responders as they run into harm’s way? Williamsville …

Obituaries

Sept. 24, 1939 – Dec. 24, 2019 Ronald Johnston shined when he found ways to serve others. Whether it was as the town supervisor of Porter, mowing grass at his church or plowing snow to clear a neighbor’s driveway, Mr. Johnston was content. The lessons in service for him started at an early age. He was raised in the family business, a Ransomville restaurant, known …

Obituaries

Aug. 28, 1930 – Dec. 14, 2019 James F. Faery rose from humble roots on a Town of Cambria farm to become Niagara County’s undersheriff, serve as a Niagara County legislator in retirement and launch a second career at the Somerset coal-fired power plant. Yet he always found time for farming and his family members, who helped him grow grapes, pumpkins and sell Christmas…

Business

A child who suffered a brain injury at an understaffed Buffalo day care last year will receive $200,000 to settle a lawsuit. Malania Chevere was 1 year old when she underwent emergency surgery on July 23, 2018, to remove a section of her skull to relieve pressure from a brain bleed after she was unable to awake from a nap at Mozee’s Ultimate Family Daycare. It had be…

Crime

Josue Mejias-Padilla fired a shot from a handgun in front of an Ontario Street house in Riverside on Friday afternoon, then stashed the weapon inside a backpack and fled on foot down nearby Fuller Street where Northwest District police spotted him, authorities said. Officers said they began chasing Mejias-Padilla, and when he turned onto Briggs Street, he tossed aside t…