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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…

The encounter, brief and unforgettable, returned to Shannon Davis as soon as she read the news reports. She is an Atlanta photographer, born in Buffalo, who's been working for two years on a photo essay about her hometown. Her focus is capturing the lives of everyday people in the city's Old First Ward. Three months ago, in July, Buffalo Police Officer Sean Zoll agreed …

The search for missing Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner in the Niagara River ended its fourth day Monday without success. At a 4:30 p.m. briefing, Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo said boats and dive teams found no trace of Lehner or his equipment. Officers continued the search until sundown Monday, and plan to return Tuesday morning. "Everybody's tired. Everybody'…

How much does it cost to remove someone from a school board? In the case of Carl Paladino, quite a bit. The Buffalo Public Schools – where six of the other eight board members sought Paladino's removal – has paid $122,474 for legal services to a Syracuse law firm hired to represent the district in the case, according to district records. Those were the legal b…

After graduating from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Chanthini Taylor-Dixon wanted to escape the cold Buffalo winters. College in Florida sounded like a great idea. But by her junior year at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, the biology major realized she would need more cash if she was going to complete her education. "I enlis…

From the start, the quest to find Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner was full of obstacles and headaches. That continued into the evening Sunday, after stormy weather led searchers to call off the official recovery effort for the day. Then, a motorist on the Niagara Parkway reported seeing what appeared to be a wetsuit floating in the Niagara River about 30 yards from th…

They came from Alden, Rochester and Ontario. They came from as far away as New York City. It was an international all-hands-on-deck effort to find Police Officer Craig E. Lehner, missing since Friday in the swift, dark currents of the Niagara River. But despite the efforts of dozens of officers and underwater divers from at least 20 different departments, there was n…

Officer Craig Lehner brought his dog Shield with him Friday, when he drove to the Niagara River for training with other police divers. That was standard and vigilant behavior, said  Lt. Salvatore Losi, commanding officer of the department's K-9 unit. Dog and master were all but inseparable, and Lehner wanted Shield to be nearby if they were called to some emergency. …

Sister Kathleen Dougherty expected this phase in her career to involve peace and quiet. She had already retired three times from teaching jobs in South Carolina and Western New York. In 2015, she moved into the new St. Mary's Center on Buffalo's West Side, where her fellow Sisters of St. Mary of Namur needed someone who could play the organ. Dougherty planned on help…

The Buffalo lawmaker who represents the district where a Cheektowaga man wants to open up a halal slaughterhouse on Walden Avenue said Friday that he's firmly opposed to any such plan for that location, citing its proximity to a residential neighborhood. Lovejoy Common Councilmember Richard Fontana said the proposed use by Masaab Darwish would be "obtrusive" and harmful…

A Baker Victory Services employee faces a felony endangerment charge after police said he was found with marijuana and a teenage resident of the facility in his car, according to a police report. Edward Hill, 38, of Columbus Park, was arrested just before 7 p.m. Thursday after police stopped his car on Hopkins Street. A police lieutenant said he saw Hill's car pull out …

Buffalo police on Friday said the death of a man whose body was found Thursday morning in a railroad car has been ruled a suicide. The body was found in a boxcar in the vicinity of Tifft Street just before 9 a.m., Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email. Police released no other information. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/12/body-found-railr…

Opposition is mounting to a proposal to put a poultry slaughterhouse on the site of a former Dairy Queen on Walden Avenue in a residential Buffalo neighborhood. Masaab Darwish wants to open a street-front restaurant and a slaughterhouse, mainly for fresh chicken and turkeys, at 822 Walden Ave., near Academy  Road. He is asking the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals for a…

One person was shot Thursday afternoon in the 3300 block of Bailey Avenue, according to Buffalo police. Police were on scene of the shooting at about 2:30 p.m., the department tweeted. The 3300 block of Bailey runs roughly between LaSalle and Rounds avenues. No further information was immediately available. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/918544924462731265

A Buffalo woman and four inmates at the Erie County Holding Center have been charged with conspiring to smuggle marijuana into the jail, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Tianna Hunter, 24, was arrested Tuesday night while she was a visitor at the holding center. Deputies had a warrant to search Hunter and while the search was being conducted she removed a …