On May 15, Hamburg resident Dale Neseman’s Highland Avenue house was raided by homeland security officers, in conjunction with New York state police.
The New York state police public information officer said that, although those forces were on the scene to support the operation, the event was undertaken solely by homeland security.
Officials took materials from the house, but did not take Neseman or his wife into custody.
Neighbor Tom Magee said he’s “shocked” by the news, that he’s known Neseman and his wife since 1978.
“If something were to happen to me and my kids needed a parent, I’d be delighted if Dale and Jackie could be their parents. The whole thing is just baffling to me,” Magee said.
He described his neighbor as a liberal democrat who “votes A all the way.
“I would vouch for them, any day of the week,” he said, of the couple.
Neseman is an editorial cartoonist whose work appears in between 30 and 40 newspapers across the country, including the Community Newspapers of WNY products. He is also the former owner of Artcraft Printing and Graphics, formerly located on Camp Road in Hamburg.
Locally, Neseman is involved in the Hamburg garden walk, the Village Historical Preservation Commission and plays with the Briar Hill Band, a local group that plays frequent gigs around town.
Dale Neseman's house was raided by legal officials, earlier today.
“So as not to be a distraction to the work Imagine:Hamburg does, I have resigned as chairman,” Neseman said, of one of his community involvements.
As to the raid itself and any charges that resulted, the resident declined to comment, calling the event “a personal matter.”
United States Homeland Security officials have been unable to confirm the purpose of the raid, saying that they are not authorized to officially disclose that information until charges are made and the case is no longer active. Although USHS has said that investigations of this sort tend to regard a set of potential charges, they cannot say which category Neseman's case falls under, until evidence is found and charges are made. Speculation as to the investigation's cause or what materials were removed from the property were not confirmed by the USHS and state police have confirmed that their organization maintains no involvement with the ongoing investigation. The Sun will update this story as more details become available.