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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…

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 smart phones 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. Bu…

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 …

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 …

As cities across the country make their pitch to lure Amazon's coveted second headquarters, Western New York development officials are betting the region's lower costs and solid quality of life can outweigh the growth and glitz of bigger markets. With a joint proposal for the Buffalo and Rochester markets set to arrive at Amazon's Seattle headquarters today, local devel…

One by one, they came to City Hall to get a few minutes before the Buffalo Board of Education. And one by one on Wednesday, they asked for the same thing: Money. A couple of dozen people gave the School Board an earful during a board meeting, most of them representing three separate groups involved in the schools: substitute teachers, parents and Buffalo Peacemake…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British spy novelist John le Carré, born on this date in 1931, “A committee is an animal with four back legs.” . . . MOVE ‘EM OUT – Niagara County residents can recycle unwanted electronic items from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Modern Corp. headquarters at 4746 Model City Road, Lewiston, courtesy of the Niagara County Refuse District, S…

June 20, 1942 - Oct. 13, 2017 Judith K. Zimmett was one of those people who loved animals -- and animals loved her. "She could make a butterfly land on her finger," said her daughter, Jodi L. Victor. In 2006, Mrs. Zimmett's beloved German shepherd ran away a few days after the October Surprise storm on Oct. 12, an early lake-effect storm with heavy snow that broug…

Orchard Park's multi-generational community center got a major infusion of money with the announcement Wednesday that Sen. Chris Jacobs had secured a $500,000 state grant. The $16 million project also will be supported by a capital campaign goal of $2 million, as well as bonding by the town. Construction of the 69,000 square-foot facility is to start next year at Bru…

Buffalo Harbor State Park, located at the southern end of the Outer Harbor, seems inconspicuous despite its 190 acres of rolling waterfront land. But New York State spent $15 million on the park since it acquired the land in 2013, and now 240,000 people a year are visiting it, according to the state. The park is now home to a nautical-themed playground, 1,000-slip mari…

In a national business climate that clobbers mom and pop companies, Buffalo gives small businesses a fighting chance. That's according to data from Yelp's latest economic outlook report, which tracks economic opportunity across the country based on the company's information on businesses it reviews. It ranked in the top 10 for neighborhoods with the most improved econom…

As developer Nick Sinatra proceeds with plans to transform a historic former manufacturing warehouse on Great Arrow Avenue into 73 market-rate apartments, he wants Erie County to provide tax breaks to make the project more affordable. Sinatra & Company Real Estate is seeking $645,000 in mortgage recording and sales tax help next week from the Erie County Industrial …

Sean B. Bunny doesn’t seemed fazed by any of Chris Collins' advantages as an incumbent congressman. Not the appearance of Vice President Pence here this week to raise $400,000 for Collins and other Republicans in Buffalo. Not the flashing lights motorcade that whisked Collins and the vice president around Erie County. Not a healthy Collins campaign fund, nor eve…