Steve Barnes, founder of the famed law firm Cellino and Barnes, dies in plane crash

Attorney Steve Barnes, who founded the nationally-known Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm, died in a small plane crash along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes.



a group of clouds in the sky over a green field: Helicopter hovers over the scene of a deadly small plane crash near Pembroke, New York.


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Helicopter hovers over the scene of a deadly small plane crash near Pembroke, New York.

Police responded to a 911 call about a possible crash at 11:46 a.m. Friday near Pembroke, east of Buffalo, New York, according to the Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr.

“Neighbors described seeing and hearing a plane heading from east to west,” Sheron said.

“It sounded like a loud winding noise as the plane was then observed going over a wooded area, [and] dropped from the sky. There was a loud crash and a fireball.”

“All of a sudden, we just heard this big boom, felt it,” Olivia Metz, who lives nearby, told CNN affiliate News Spectrum.

“Then my mom yelled and I

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