The Rev. Eugene L. Pierce can tell you about his time in the Army with Elvis Presley. They were drafted and ended up in the same unit for basic training at Fort Hood, Texas.
Pierce can tell you how young women would drive to the fort in search of the pop star.
But Pierce says that in deference to February being Black History Month, he would rather talk about a famous…
Since Justin Roehner was a boy, he had wanted to serve in the military.
As a teenager watching the war on terror unfold on the family's television in their Town of Tonawanda home, Roehner's resolve increased.
"The events of Sept. 11, 2001, were obviously a major driving force. I would see the war correspondents in Iraq and the night-vision footage of tracers and the …
University at Buffalo Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr. retires Thursday from a 39-year career in law enforcement.
He has served as the chief of University Police for the last 12 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Buffalo Police Department for 20 years, retiring as a captain in 2000, and served for five years as director of public safety training with Erie C…
The new USS Little Rock's journey to its homeport in Florida remains on hold in Montreal, possibly until mid-March, because of "historical" wintry conditions.
Navy officials say its newest warship, which was commissioned at Canalside Dec. 16, will resume its voyage to Mayport, Fla., once it is safe to navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway.
"The St. Lawrence Seaway's ice h…
While other classmates at Frontier Central High School were considering applying to colleges, 17-year-old Karen A. Schultz Chapman was thinking about the military.
"I knew I wanted to get out of Buffalo and see the world," Schultz Chapman said of what motivated her to meet with military recruiters in her senior year back in 1985.
At home in Hamburg, her parents were …
Byron C. Lockwood was named Buffalo's interim police commissioner Wednesday by Mayor Byron W. Brown, putting him on a track to possibly become the city's permanent top police official.
For that to happen, the mayor would have to submit Lockwood's name to the Common Council for confirmation at some point within 180 days of Wednesday's interim appointment.
The City Cha…
Daniel Derenda, who earned a reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian when it came to police misconduct, retired Tuesday after seven years as Buffalo police commissioner.
Derenda rose from street cop to detective sergeant and then deputy commissioner to commissioner during his 32 years in the Buffalo Police Department. He heard criticism for not having a college degre…
Dennis Seekins lacked certainty on what he wanted to do in life, but knew he needed an education if he was going to have a chance at success.
So rather than wait to be drafted into the military like some of his friends who also had graduated from Medina High School, Seekins enlisted in the Air Force after the recruiter made a tempting offer.
He promised Seekins a ful…
Twenty-nine members of the Buffalo Police Department were promoted Tuesday at one of the biggest promotion ceremonies in department history.
Capts. Ronald E. Jentz and Robert V. Rosenswie were elevated to the top civil service supervisory rank of police inspector.
Rosenswie will take over as the inspector of Internal Affairs in an appointment made by Police Commissio…
Robert Dixie Sr. enlisted in the Army prepared to serve in the Cold War or the Vietnam War.
Instead, he unexpectedly ended up doing battle in Army boxing rings and achieving glory by winning championship bouts.
"I didn't even know the Army had boxing when I enlisted," the 74-year-old Dixie said. "I had enlisted because you could control when you would leave for the m…
The majority of Buffalo's homicides last year, as in previous years, remain unsolved.
Police solved nine of the year's 42 homicides, plus 10 others from previous years. Most of the unsolved homicides are classified as gang- and drug-related.
"Unfortunately, the gang subculture is against cooperation with the police," said Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards.
Internal Affairs Inspector Harold McLellan's most difficult moment as a Buffalo police officer did not involve his job of policing the police. It happened when he learned his brother had been killed in the line of duty.
"I experienced my brother's death both as a family member and as a police officer," McLellan said. "I think about him a lot. We used to sit and talk abo…
James V. Vaccarella had two main goals when he was drafted into the Army for World War II: He did not want to kill, and he did not want to be killed.
With that in mind, the thought of serving in the infantry was of little comfort to him.
"I had a high IQ and the Army offered to send me to officers training school, but I wasn't interested. I'd been told that the new o…
Growing up in North Buffalo, Michelle R. Kubala loved watching "Cagney and Lacey," the 1980s TV show featuring two women police officers.
It intrigued her to see the women locking up the bad guys.
"I never thought I could become a police officer being a petite female," said Kubala, who "on a good day" stands 5 feet 3 inches tall.
But she found a spot in the Buffal…