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The body of missing Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner was recovered from the Niagara River on Tuesday, ending five days of intensive searching by law enforcement authorities. "Initial indications are that we found him," Lt. Jeff Rinaldo said Tuesday shortly after 2 p.m. A source said police recovered a body in the river near the foot of Ontario Street. Lehner, 34,…

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…

M&T Bank has named Shelley Drake as its Western New York region president. Drake has 46 years of experience at M&T. In her new 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 distributes more than $20 million in grants annually t…

Five kittens died Monday from a contagious feline virus in the SPCA of Niagara shelter - even though they had been vaccinated four times against the disease, according to Executive Director Amy L. Lewis. The kittens had been in the shelter for about six weeks. They died of feline panleukopenia. "They were vaccinated and should have had immunity, but they didn't," Lew…

Rep. Chris Collins, the Clarence Republican facing an ethics investigation stemming from his involvement in a struggling Australian biotech firm, spent more money on lawyers in the past three months than he raised for his re-election campaign. But Collins is likely to get a substantial fundraising boost today, as Vice President Pence travels to Buffalo for a fundraiser…

Hamburg police and firefighters pulled an unresponsive 62-year-old man from his vehicle after it went off the road and deep into a pond late Monday. The victim was taken by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday morning in the intensive care unit. A police report and Hamburg police officials described a harrowi…

The Buffalo News will provide live coverage today of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Buffalo to talk about proposed tax cuts and to help Rep. Chris Collins raise campaign funds. Beginning around 11 a.m., Buffalo News reporters Maki Becker and Robert McCarthy, as well as photographer Derek Gee, will provide live coverage of Pence's stop at the Buffalo Niagara Intern…

Performance Advantage, located on Central Avenue in the Village of Lancaster, will play host to Vice President Pence on one of his stops in the Buffalo area on Tuesday. The company makes and markets tool mounting brackets, primarily for firefighting vehicles. Richard Young founded the business in 1992. The company's other customers include law enforcement, the mili…

Oct. 17, 1965 – The Bills entered the day with a 4-1 record, set to take on the Chiefs at Kansas City Municipal Stadium. This contest, unlike the other nostalgic game pieces I have written, such as their 38-31 victory over the Baltimore Colts on Oct. 12, 1975, did not feature a dominant, high-powered offense. Instead, it was emphasized by a strong, gritty defensive pe…

A family night out with a Halloween costume giveaway and cooking demonstrations will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Catholic Charities of Buffalo, 75 Caldwell Place in Lackawanna. More than 30 providers including BlueCross BlueShield, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Child Care Resource Network, Best Self, YourCare Health Plan, Erie County Department of…

A free electronics recycling event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the parking lot of Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. “Televisions, computers and other electronics contain materials that are not safe to put in a landfill and under state law it is illegal to put these items out to the curb with your regular trash,” said state…