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They vowed to bring their brother home. And, after five long days of searching the relentless Niagara River, the body of missing Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner was finally found. Police made an official announcement just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. A procession began an hour later to bring his body from the foot of Porter Avenue to Erie County Medical Center. Police,…

Steely Dan always used ringers, in the non-pejorative sense. For co-founders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, it was always about the song -- not the singer, the music, not the player, though they always hired the best of the best to interpret the songs they wrote. Every great band leader, from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis to Frank Zappa, found the wisdom in this app…

As Air Force Two departed Buffalo Niagara International Airport shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, those familiar with Vice President Pence’s daylong visit to Erie County seemed thrilled. More than 200 people waited to meet him upon his arrival, one of the largest airport crowds he has encountered, one source said. Pence called a Lancaster session one of the best event…

Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Thruway Authority will close one eastbound lanes on Interstate 290, in the vicinity of Exit 2, at Colvin Boulevard, as it continues roadwork on the I-290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The eastbound highway will be reduced to two lanes with the right lane closed for about two weeks. Work could be delay…

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs  plans to announce Wednesday a major infusion of state funds to support the construction of the new Orchard Park Community Activity Center. The new 69,000 square foot facility will be the home of the new Orchard Park Senior Citizens Center, as well as the town’s recreation offices and programs. Construction should be completed on t…

A proposal to construct a five-story apartment building with retail space and underground parking at the intersection of Hertel and Parkside avenues has stirred anger in the North Buffalo neighborhood because its height would exceed city limits. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

A controversial plan to open a bar on Main Street that appeals to people as young as 18 is on hold. University District Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt sent the plan back to the Council's Legislation Committee for further information. "We're going to talk to the law department to see if there's standing not to approve it," Wyatt said. "Residents don't want …

Choco-Logo is back. The 27-year-old chocolate maker, which closed in May, has a new owner. But chocolatier Dan Johnson has returned to the kitchen and has already begun spinning out his popular confectionery delights such as Salty Turtles, Peppermint Bark, and the company's signature Nutcorn. Bob Little, an Elma native and former corporate attorney in New York City, …

State energy officials are backing a $219 million plan to build a power transmission project that would run between Elma and Royalton. The agency that operates the state's power grid on Tuesday gave its backing to a proposed power transmission upgrade that would allow New York to fully capitalize on the power generating capacity of the Niagara Power Project, while also …

A perfect storm of high lake levels, ice formation and unprecedented spring rains flooded shoreline communities along Lake Ontario earlier this year, International Joint Commission officials said Tuesday at an environmental conference in Buffalo. The flooding would have happened with or without the new lake-level regulating Plan 2014, according to a panel of experts mee…

When the leadership of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club was indicted and eventually jailed, Brian Witkowski found himself leading the club's New York State chapter. The promotion, according to prosecutors, was a reward for Witkowski's loyalty to former Kingsmen President David Pirk and Witkowski's lies to federal agents about Pirk's role in the execution-style killings of f…

Montante Solar has finished work on one of the first community solar energy projects in Western New York. The 99-kilowatt solar array at the Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda is made up of 360 solar panels mounted on the roof of one of the park's buildings, at 600 Riverwalk Parkway. Community solar projects allow residents or businesses that can't install …

Over the course of a century and a half, 52 members of the Buffalo Police Department have died while on duty or because of an incident while on duty, including Police Officer Craig E. Lehner, whose body was recovered Tuesday afternoon from the Niagara River. The following are the 10 officers whose death preceded the disappearance Friday of Lehner, a member of the depart…

The John R. Oishei Children's Hospital reflects a new mentality in Buffalo, one focused on the future instead of the past, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday at a dedication marking the completion of the new facility. Citing other projects, including Canalside and the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences under construction downtown on M…

Shelley Drake has built a 46-year career at M&T Bank. Now she has a new responsibility, as Western New York region president. In that role, she will manage middle market banking in a region encompassing 77 offices in eight counties. Drake will also remain president of the M&T Charitable Foundation, which last year distributed $28 million in grants to non…