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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…

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 and another unidentified passerby got out of their cars and he…

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. Nov. 11, Veterans Day. "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, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., will be by appointment only at the shop at 2852…

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. …

Lawyers on both sides of a lawsuit focused on the death of Holding Center inmate Richard A. Metcalf Jr. have agreed to keep the depositions of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and two of his top aides sealed, one of the attorneys said Wednesday. Jim Brown, whose Brown Chiari law firm represents Metcalf's father, said his team and lawyers defending the county have agreed not to…

One of the many debates before the Buffalo Board of Education in recent weeks was this: Should board members be prohibited from texting or using their smartphones to scan the Internet during their meetings? At least a few of the board members – concerned not everyone was always focused on the business at hand – thought so. A resolution was drafted to that effect. …

A car crashed into a building in the 500 block of Skillen Street near Ontario Street in the city's Riverside neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. Buffalo police said no injuries were reported as a result of the crash, which happened before 4:30 p.m. as the driver of the vehicle attempted to exit a parking lot. Investigators said the cause of the accident appeared to be dr…

Buffalo police are are advising students and parents to be aware following a report of a stranger-danger incident that occurred early Wednesday morning. Police said a 15-year-old female student was walking to a bus stop near East Delavan and Freund Street at about 6:45am when a man approached her and asked her to perform a sexual act. The incident is being investigated …

Less than two weeks after Vice President Pence appeared in Buffalo, second lady Karen Pence will arrive in town to  address veterans at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the University at Buffalo North Campus on Oct. 28. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs Western New York Healthcare System will sponsor the 1 p.m. event, which will feature addresses by …