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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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Spaulding Lake is one of the most well-known addresses in Western New York, a neighborhood where homes have sold for more than $1 million. And one of its most well-known residents is Republican Rep. Chris Collins. On Saturday, karma, comeuppance and sympathy were among the reactions expressed by his Clarence neighbors after he announced he would not seek re-election …

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If you’re between the ages of 10 and 13 and looking for adventure on the high seas, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps may be just for you. Boys and girls ages 10 to 13 serve with the Navy League Corps of Cadets and then graduate to the Sea Cadet Corps. Training in the warmer months is conducted on the decommissioned ships at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military…

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A 29-year-old 43North winner is on an entrepreneurial roll. Last October Davielle Jackson placed third in the competition and was awarded $500,000 and free rent for a year to expand her feminine care company, Femi Secrets. Now Jackson has published a book, “Ready Set Go: The Green Print,” sharing her philosophies and business success story. Jackson, who relocated …

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Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican from Clarence facing insider trading charges, said Saturday he would not run for re-election. Collins said that he would serve out his term, however, which lasts until Jan. 3, 2019. Outside his home in the wealthy Spaulding Lake community in Clarence on Saturday, Collins declined to discuss any potential successors and asked for priva…

Crime

A 94-year-old resident of Mary Agnes Manor on Porter Avenue who allegedly fired at a janitor in the assisted living complex has been charged with attempted murder, according to Buffalo Police. The resident was identified Wednesday as John Tenant by Buffalo Police in a tweet. Tenant was supposed to be taken to Erie County Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation We…

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A 34-year-old man was shot Friday during an encounter with Buffalo Police following a standoff outside a home in South Buffalo at McKinley Parkway and Como Avenue. Capt. Jeffrey D. Rinaldo of the Buffalo Police said an officer was forced to shoot the man after he didn’t respond to multiple requests from police to drop his 12 gauge shotgun. The man was rushed to Erie …

Saluting Our War Heroes

The day Clayton J. Burden turned 18 – Oct. 23, 1943 – he hopped on a street car and headed from his East Side home to the old downtown Post Office and enlisted in the Navy. At 17, he'd had no choice but to accept his mother's decision when she refused to sign the early enlistment papers. But at 18, it was his choice, and he was eager to join the fight in World War II. …

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About 50 union workers raised safety and understaffing concerns Thursday afternoon outside a Buffalo nursing home where a resident fell to his death earlier this month while apparently trying to escape. Virginia Holt, who just retired from the Emerald South Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said staffing shortages there have resulted in a lack of care for the home's …

Crime

A 64-year-old nursing home patient is in critical condition after a cigarette he was smoking set his garments ablaze, Buffalo Police said. Homicide detectives were investigating the incident, which occurred at HighPointe on Michigan at 10:36 a.m. Thursday. The man was smoking the cigarette in the facility's courtyard when he caught on fire, according to police. Micha…

Saluting Our War Heroes

The news first came over the radio and it was a shock to the East High School senior and his family. The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor earlier that morning: Dec. 7, 1941. Robert F. Wiedemer, who was 17, said he immediately informed his father he was enlisting in the Navy. "But my father wouldn't sign the early enlistment papers. He wanted me to graduate high …

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When Karl B. Schultz graduated from McKinley High School in June 2004, he kept up the family tradition and joined the Air Force. And he knew without a doubt that by enlisting he would end up on the front lines in the War on Terror. That did not deter him. Schultz had been around the military his whole life and wanted to be part of the action. When he was a boy, his f…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Brian Mennes has been a competitor his whole life, whether it was on the athletic fields at Sweet Home High School or on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently promoted to major general and working at the Pentagon, Mennes recalls his father asking him about his college plans in 1983 when he was a junior at Sweet Home. "I went to my guidance counselor, Mr.…

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An 87-year-old nursing home resident who fell to his death while trying to climb down a makeshift rope from his third-floor window was remembered Monday as a man who used to give neighbors gardening tips and play guitar. William Strasner, whose death Monday morning appears to be accidental, had used a rope of bedsheets and clothing in an attempt to lower himself when he…

Saluting Our War Heroes

At 17 years old, Ralph A. Woodard requested permission to join the Navy early and fight in World War II. His parents promptly denied his request. "They thought I was too young and didn't want me to go in if I didn't have to," said Woodard, who was a senior at Kensington High School. So he found another way to help in the war effort with fellow students: selling wa…

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State troopers in Batavia arrested a Rochester woman on a felony driving while intoxicated charge at 8:45 p.m. Sunday on Route 33 in Bergen. Trametrias L. Scott, 40, was stopped for allegedly passing a stop sign. After alcohol was detected on her breath, she was transported to the Batavia state police zone headquarters. A breathalyzer test determined her blood alcoho…