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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 scene was like something out of an old silent movie. Three Buffalo police officers packed into a squad car racing through Delaware Park in the middle of the night chasing a vehicle without headlights. But the pursuit had a real-life, tragic ending. The police car flipped, and the officers were ejected. They slammed against a tree. Two were killed instantly from h…

Buffalo

New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes despite regulations prohibiting discrimination. That is especially true for one-third of the poor people who enter New York nursing homes – those whose bills are paid from Day One by Medicaid. Across the state, these nearly 22,000 people were twice as likely to be admi…

Crime

A Buffalo firefighter was taken away in a stretcher from a house fire at 50 Frankfort Ave. Thursday afternoon, marking at least the third time since Wednesday evening firefighters required medical treatment. Two firefighters battling a blaze at 42 Johnson St. were transported to Erie County Medical Center around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. One of the firefighters suffered a fa…

A city splash pad and pool on Kensington Avenue were temporarily closed Monday following a two-vehicle collision near the recreation site, police said. The 10:45 a.m. collision involved a tractor trailer and sport utility vehicle at Grider Street and Route 33, with the SUV going off the road and crashing through a protective fence close to the pad and pool, which had no…

Crime

Two men described as "unruly patrons" at a Burger King on Broadway have been charged with shooting a security guard at the fast-food eatery Sunday night, police said Monday. Dwayne A. Borden, 28, and Jakar A. Peterson, 26, both of Buffalo, were charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Buffalo Police Chief of …

Business

The state properly revoked the license of a Buffalo day care where a toddler was critically injured in 2018, a state administrative judge has ruled. Desiree “Debbie” Mozee, owner of Mozee’s Ultimate Family Daycare on Glenwood Avenue, tried to convince the judge that her license should be restored. But Judge Linda M. Jones concluded the state Office of Children and Fa…

History

They are heroes who seldom seek the limelight. Many of the hundreds of veterans I have interviewed wonder why I want to talk to them. Some start out by saying, "Do you really think I have a story worth telling?" It's mostly their friends and relatives who suggested I call. But after listening to hundreds of stories of military service – from storming the beaches of N…

Business

The federal government has fined a Buffalo nursing home $47,827 after it incorrectly administered insulin injections to a resident. State Health Department investigators determined the failure to properly care for the Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center resident resulted in "actual harm." The fine imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

Local News

April 23, 1925 — June 9, 2019 Harvey A. Burton Jr. held onto the photos a Jewish soldier from his platoon had taken of the horrors they witnessed when liberating World War II Nazi death camps. Years later, Mr. Burton would show those pictures to local high school students when discussing his military service. He did not want the world to forget the inhumanity inflict…

Buffalo

Father and son were on a fishing trip along the shores of Lake Ontario in 1957 when 17-year-old Gary A. Bauer caught his dad's attention. Bauer had left Hutchinson Central Technical High School without a diploma and was dismayed when he learned a local plant would not consider hiring him until he turned 18. The possibility of being drafted into the Army or Marines an…

Local News

The woman who leaked documents on clergy sex abuse in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese attended Bishop Richard J. Malone’s first listening session with the laity Saturday. One of about 200 Catholics in attendance at the two-hour session at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst, Siobhan O’Connor said the gathering left her with a sense of concern that Catholics ar…

Crime

State health department workers are investigating whether a resident at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was sexually assaulted, an official said Tuesday. Jeffrey Hammond, spokesman for the health department, said the nursing home reported the allegation May 29 and an investigation was immediately started. "These particular allegations are obviously extremely …

Business

The owner of a Town of Tonawanda adult care home is seeking a court injunction to block the state Department of Health's emergency order to shut down the facility. Kenwell Gardens LLC, which owns Oakwood Senior Living, claims the Health Department acted unfairly and overreached its authority in suspending the Delaware Avenue residence's operating license, the first step…

Health and Fitness

The State Department of Health has issued a rare emergency order to shut down a Town of Tonawanda adult care facility that has been repeatedly cited for failing to properly provide medications to residents and unsafe living conditions. “To ensure the safety and well-being of Oakwood Senior Living residents, the Department of Health, on May 20, executed a commissioner’s …

Crime

Retired Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec faced two votes of no confidence by his police officers and command staff in the months before he retired, according to a joint statement released by the unions representing those town employees. The chief created a hostile work environment, repeatedly obstructed efforts to settle a contract with supervisors and failed …