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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 Lehner has been finally found. The police made the official announcement just after 3 p.m. A procession began shortly after 4 p.m. to bring his body to Erie County Medical Center. Already, police and firefighters…

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…

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  spent more money on lawyers in the past three months than he raised for his re-election campaign. But Collins not doubt got a substantial fundraising boost Tuesday when Vice President Pence traveled to Buffalo for a fundraiser for him at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. "Congressman Collins is raising more than $400,000 in one event with the vice pr…

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…