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The emergency underneath the Niagara River went from bad to worse in no more than 30 minutes. Officer Craig E. Lehner was alone in the river during an underwater recovery training session when the tender cable that connected him to colleagues on land became snagged on an unknown object, three police sources said Wednesday. Team members on the Bird Island pier knew th…

A 14-year-old student faces criminal charges after being accused of setting a paper towel on fire in a bathroom at Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington on Wednesday afternoon. A teacher noticed the smell of smoke before the fire alarm went off, school officials said in an email to parents. Students were evacuated from the school on Suffolk Street when the alarm we…

Colvin Cleaners' 22nd annual "Coats 4 Kids" program is collecting gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for children. The donation drive continues through Dec. 1. Donations may be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or at Allstate Insurance agencies and Fidelis Care. A complete list of drop-off sites is available at www.coat…

The race for the Erie County comptroller's seat continues to rack up endorsements on both sides. Stefan Mychaliw has, for the first time, snagged a coveted endorsement from the Good Government Club of Western New York. The incumbent Republican comptroller said he was delighted to receive the endorsement since many of its members are Democrats who recognize his hard work…

Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner's body was found Tuesday afternoon in the Niagara River, five days after he went missing during a training exercise for the department's Underwater Recovery Team. At 4:48 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo Police broadcast an "end of watch" call, a tradition for a fallen police officer. "Radio to K-9 43," a Buffalo police dispatcher said, re…

Parts of a large academic building on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo continue to be closed as a result of flooding from earlier this week. University officials relocated several classes in Clemens Halls for Thursday and Friday to other buildings or to other classrooms inside Clemens that were not affected by the flooding. Floors one through four were m…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute will start a new five-week tobacco cessation course on Oct. 30. The free classes start at noon and will run for five Mondays in a row. Those who attend the classes will receive a nicotine assessment, professional cessation guidance, group support, relaxation strategies, relapse prevention, medication referrals and free nicotine replaceme…

Annie Draves was on her way to work when she spotted smoke, so she took a detour to see if anyone needed help. She arrived at 210 Fletcher St. at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday before any fire trucks had arrived, and she saw 102-year-old Grace Sairo standing in a smoke-filled doorway screaming for help. Draves and another unidentified passer-by got out of their cars and helpe…

A historic three-story Brooklyn-style brownstone building that is part of the Midway series of rowhouses on Delaware Avenue is being eyed for a renovation that will create a new mixed-use project at the southern end of the prominent block. Scott A. Croce, brother of hospitality developer Mark Croce, wants to spend $250,000 through Leo Strong LLC to restore the 5,396-squ…

Armstrong's Barber Shop in West Seneca is offering free haircuts for veterans from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. "My grandfather was a World War II veteran," shop owner Zachary Armstrong said. "We offer daily discounts for veterans. I believe they deserve to get more." The haircuts will be by appointment only at the shop at 2852 Seneca St. at Thorndale …

Donations are being accepted for West Seneca Cares for Kids, a program supporting less fortunate families in the West Seneca Central School District. Families are identified by school social workers from the five elementary, two middle and two high schools to receive money and spend it at KMart on winter clothes, boots and coats. The parents and children are given a spe…

Erie County Sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in finding the driver of a small truck involved in a hit-and-run crash with a passenger vehicle at Salt and County roads in Clarence at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle rolled over and a mother and two children inside suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Off…

An injury accident on the northbound I-190 on Grand Island was reported Thursday morning. The left lane of the northbound side was blocked due to the accident, reported between Exit 18B (Grand Island Blvd.) and 19 (Whitehaven Road) at 7:20 a.m. Just before 8 a.m., an accident was reported on the southbound side beyond Exit 19 that was blocking the left lane.  …

A fire at a Breckenridge Street rooming house early Thursday left seven adults without a home, fire officials said. The fire at 420 Breckenridge, a two-and-a-half story building near Baynes Street, was reported at 2:43 a.m. Fire investigators said the fire started in the basement and extended into the first floor. The cause was under investigation.

Audubon Women's Medical Associates, the largest OB/GYN practice in the Northtowns, has moved into its new offices in Amherst. The practice had been located since 1995 in an 8,600-square-foot office at 1360 North Forest Road, near Maple Road, but sought more room to accommodate growth and new services provided by its employees. Audubon Women's Medical Associates has 33…

A Chicago-based security company recently fired from its job at Minnesota Vikings games has been fired again – this time by the Buffalo Bills. After questions from The Buffalo News about Monterrey Security, the Bills said that the security firm no longer will provide security services for the 71,000 people who attend Bills home games at New Era Field in Orchard Park. …