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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.


Buffalo

The Rev. Vincent Mooney has been credibly accused of sexually assaulting two children – and impregnating one of them – while serving as a counselor and president of Buffalo's Canisius High School from the late 1950s through mid-1970s, according to the Jesuit's Northeast Province. One of the children told Jesuit officials that Mooney raped her in his school office, got h…

Business

Frank L. Williams didn't have bedsores when he left Kenmore Mercy Hospital and entered a nursing home for rehabilitation after a stroke. That fact is established in a document detailing his condition when he entered Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns in the Town of Tonawanda. Four months later, when he returned to Kenmore Mercy, the 82-year-old retired ironworker ha…

Business

The pitter patter of little feet is coming to a Lancaster nursing home and senior living community. Construction of a $1.8 million day care is set to begin in March at the GreenFields Continuing Care Community, where workers will be able to enroll their children at lower rates than they would have to pay elsewhere, according to GreenFields officials. The day care cen…

Crime

A 32-year-old Medina woman was charged Friday night with attempted robbery at the Tops supermarket on Rochester Road in the Town of Lockport, according to Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour. Investigator Stephen Gaydos arrested Felicia G. Horton at 6:30 p.m. following his investigation into the  attempted robbery, the sheriff said. Horton was arraigned in front of …

Crime

A Ferry-Fillmore District police officer suffered minor injuries when his patrol vehicle collided with an automobile while he was responding to a burglary-in-progress call early Saturday morning. Officer AB Patterson was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of bruises and other injuries believed to have been caused by his vehicle's airbag when it inflated, …

Local News

The most seriously injured of the four Buffalo firefighters from Thursday night's Butler Street house fire was in stable condition Saturday at Erie County Medical Center with third-degree burns to his hands and wrists, fire officials said. A member of Engine 21, the firefighter is in ECMC's burn treatment unit, the officials said, adding that he will face an extensive p…

Crime

An 18-year-old Waverly Street resident who ran from police was apprehended and charged with criminal possession of a weapon early Saturday morning, authorities said. When Northeast District police approached Jalon Caddelel, who was walking on Waverly near East Ferry Street, he fled but was caught after a short foot chase, according to police. Officers said they took a l…

Crime

An automobile crash in Black Rock ended in the drunken driving arrest of a Buffalo man Friday night, according to Northwest District police. The crash occurred at Kofler Avenue and Military Road around 9 p.m., police said. After detecting the odor of alcohol on Jerome Foster's breath, officers said he was given a field sobriety test and failed. Foster was taken to th…

Buffalo

A troubled Delaware Avenue nursing home has boarded up its doors after transferring the last of its residents to other facilities in the city, according to the facility’s state-appointed receiver. The closing of Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday came four weeks earlier than the projected Jan. 31 closing, according to an official with Grand Hea…

Crime

NFTA Transit Police have filed charges against the driver of an SUV who allegedly caused a Metro bus to crash into a Bailey Avenue house Friday morning, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Transit Police have charged 30-year-old Oscar Baez of Buffalo with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …

Buffalo

How can you find out if a nursing home in New York State is good or bad? There are a number of ways. There is a lot of information about New York's 619 nursing homes on the state Department of Health website and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare website at medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare. Each website provides details on how…

Buffalo

The call from the hospital jolted Henry Kostrzewa's sister. Erie County Medical Center was going to discharge the 52-year-old disabled welder and she needed to help him pick a nursing home. The clock was ticking. Kostrzewa had been informed he could end up personally responsible for his hospital bills because he had been "medically cleared" to move into a nursing hom…

Watchdog

It’s what you don’t see, smell or hear that separates Elderwood at Lancaster from poorly run nursing homes. There are no pungent odors from incontinence that often are a telltale sign in low-rated nursing homes. The air smells clean. The floors shine. There is no undercurrent of tension. At short-staffed nursing homes, conversations between staff and residents someti…

Local News

Unionized nursing home workers at Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Williamsville conducted an informational picket line outside the facility Wednesday afternoon to protest lack of a contract since August. They held signs stating, "Don't Be A Grinch" and "Stand Up For Quality Care." They also chanted demands like, "Hey hey, ho ho, greedy bosses got to g…

History

For 52 years, Paul Schultz never revealed details about his Vietnam War service. The closest he got was telling his sons that they owed their lives to his best friend in Vietnam. “I had told my boys if it hadn’t been for James Prommersberger going out on a mission for me while I was so very, very sick, they wouldn’t be here,” said Schultz. Schultz’s sons, Andrew a…