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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.


Crime

A retired Buffalo detective has started a podcast called “Search Warrant” that vows to “investigate crime, corruption and media bias.” Anna Mydlarz, who recently retired after 30 years with the city police force, has recruited two other law enforcement retirees who, she says, will “suffer no fools and take no prisoners.” Joining her are Tom Purcell, a former Buffalo …

Local News

An effort to raise the profile of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park with the creation of a national advisory board has started with some national prominence. Kelly Sullivan, the granddaughter of one of the five Sullivan brothers killed in World War II, has agreed to serve as its chairwoman. "It is a true honor, a huge honor. I view Buffalo as a se…

Local News

Relatives of a deceased World War II veteran who was a prisoner of war were presented with his Purple Heart Medal and Purple Heart Certificate Saturday, ending a months-long effort to put those honors in the hands of the man's family. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, had been notified earlier this year by the U.S. Postal Service that the 1944 document belonging to Henry M…

Crime

A Black Rock man punched a woman in the face and then grabbed her by the head and slammed her face against the windshield of a vehicle early Friday, according to Northwest District police. Daniel Delgado, 26, attacked the woman outside his Howell Street home, near the intersection of Amherst Street, at 1:16 a.m., police said. Delgado was also accused of attempting to ch…

Crime

A "shots fired" call and quick response by police late Friday night resulted in the arrest of a Buffalo man spotted by police as he was walking away from a vehicle on East Delavan Avenue near Jefferson Avenue. Northeast District police spotted Winston Reese stepping from his vehicle, which contained two loaded handguns, officers said. Police also found 17 spent shell ca…

Two televisions took the brunt in an argument between two women in a West Side residence on Friday, according to Central District police. A verbal dispute escalated when Jasmine Smith punched one television and then kicked another before damaging a mirror and injuring the right forearm of Athena Scott-Wisdom, police said. "Complainant did restrain defendant. After le…

Crime

A Buffalo man put a loaded handgun to the head of a woman in front of her three children after threatening to kill them early Saturday, Ferry-Fillmore District police said. Tremayne Brooks, 28, allegedly made the threat in an attempt to halt the mother from calling the police, but officers were called and Brooks, who fled the Lombard Street home where the incident occur…

Crime

A man driving a car with an Indiana registration that listed "GODSENT" as the apparent owner of the vehicle was arrested Friday evening after police found a handgun and ammunition in the car, Ferry-Fillmore District police said. Officers said they stopped the car, which had two different license plates, at Paderewski Drive and Fillmore Avenue. The driver, they said, ref…

Buffalo

A Buffalo nursing home has been hit with a second fine for the same 2018 incident involving “actual harm” to a resident who was mistakenly given insulin. The state Health Department levied a $10,000 fine against Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disclosed it fined the facility $47,827…

Buffalo

A former Buffalo nursing home with a troubled history that includes the tragic and violent deaths of two residents has been donated to a religious organization. Chabad of Buffalo, a Hasidic group, has accepted ownership of the tax delinquent structure at 1175 Delaware Ave. from a company associated with Long Island resident Benjamin Landa. Emerald South Nursing and Reha…

Business

All 185 residents of the closed Absolut nursing home in Orchard Park have been relocated, with dozens transferred to another poorly rated Absolut facility in East Aurora. An estimated 55 residents were transferred from Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Orchard Park to the Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park, according to a sou…

Buffalo

Nov. 18, 1952 – Oct. 20, 2019 Patrick G. Stafford worked his way up the ranks in the Buffalo Police Department, but never forgot the challenges patrol officers face on the streets protecting the public. So when he accepted what some might view as the most unpopular job in the department – inspector of internal affairs investigating complaints against the police – he …

Local News

Bob Dickie said he heard a "huge bang" as a portion of the ceiling in the state's new $25 million Western New York Welcome Center collapsed, nearly hitting him. He was heading home Monday morning to Plattsburgh from a weekend visit with his daughter in Youngstown when he stopped for a cup of coffee at the year-old center on Grand Island "because I thought it was beautif…

Erie County

When Chuck Eckert exited the Thruway’s I-190 on Grand Island to check out the Western New York Welcome Center on a Friday afternoon this summer, he was taken aback at how empty it was. “It’s Aug. 9 and 3 o’clock in the afternoon on one of the busiest days of tourism season. Thousands of cars are driving by and I’m looking around and I see less than 20 people at the cent…

Crime

Buffalo police and Canisius College public safety officers are investigating a report of a shot fired at a man shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Main Street and Humboldt Parkway, authorities said. The man informed Canisius officers that while he was walking in that area five men exited a dark colored Nissan SUV and began chasing him. One of the men reporte…