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[UPDATE: Police sources say that Craig Lehner was alone in the water when his tender cable became hung up. Click here to read the latest news.] 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 E. Lehner was finally found. Police made an official announcement jus…

A development company owned by True Bethel Baptist Church has a $5 million plan to convert a vacant Catholic school in Niagara Falls into apartments. The former Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its elementary school became True Bethel's Niagara Falls campus about six years ago, according to Janice McKinnie, executive director of the church-owned True Community Developme…

Two convenience stores in Niagara County have been fined for selling tobacco products to minors earlier this year. The county Health Department and the Sheriff's Office orchestrated the compliance checks. Kwik Stop Mart on Locust Street in Lockport was fined $1,100 for being a second-time violator. Oliver Express Mart on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda was fined $500 a…

A slice of low-cost power will be allotted to the Niagara Daredevil Waterpark, planned by the owners of the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in downtown Niagara Falls. The County Legislature voted Tuesday to send 320 kilowatts to NFNY Hotel Management through 2020, under the Empower Niagara program, which was set up with the county's 9-megawatt share of the Niagara Power Pro…

Chicago remains ground zero for efforts to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. But federal and state agencies also are concentrating efforts to block potential connections between the Mississippi River watershed, where the carp are plentiful, and the Great Lakes. That includes at least two spots leading to Lake Erie, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

Sebastien Y. Lavertu wasn't drunk or high on drugs, nor was he speeding or weaving out of his lane on June 21. But he was a little drowsy and when he realized he had struck something on Broadway shortly before midnight,  he later said. He checked his truck, saw a cracked bumper and, afraid of what may have happened, drove away. Lavertu, 32, of Asbestos, Quebec, was…

A village public works garage in Arcade sustained about $3.25 million in damage in a fire Tuesday night, according to the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services. Firefighters were called to the Arcade Department of Public Works garage, 2 Sullivan Ave., at 9:17 p.m. Investigators determined the fire was caused by a malfunction in a village electric department ser…

A planned health center on Buffalo's East Side has received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation. Jericho Road Community Health Center hopes to open the facility at 1021 Broadway in 2018. “This funding from the New York State Health Foundation will allow us to strengthen the primary care safety net that has been eroding on the city’s East Si…

No dress rehearsal. You think you're prepared for an eventuality, and yet when it arrives, your world is thrown off its axis, and it's like they moved the moon while you were looking the other way, and nothing makes sense. When the texts started arriving Wednesday, I was wishing I had turned my phone off. "Gord died last night" was the first one I saw, from Bruce …

The Flint water crisis doesn't make the national news anymore, but it's far from over, a youth development director from the Michigan city said Wednesday at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo. Experts said other communities across the Great Lakes, including Buffalo, face lead crises of their own. "Up to 24 million children up to age 6 will lose IQ poin…

"Wearing the Letter P," a book about Polish women who were forced into labor in Germany from 1939 to 1945, will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Canisius College. Author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab wrote the book to keep a promise with her mother, who was a slave laborer during the war. German soldiers forced approximately 12 million people from al…

The Tragically Hip tweeted out the sad news this morning that their frontman Gord Downie, 53, died Tuesday night with his children and family by his side. The Canadian rocker was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. Here's a statement from The Tragically Hip's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/thehipdotcom/status/920628509369950208 In September,…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council is eyeing a $1 million plan to improve the city's public waterfront docking facilities. Four municipal dock locations would be upgraded if the city obtains the necessary funding. They are located on the Erie Canal, along Young Street, where local vendors provide kayaks and paddleboard rentals, and along the Niagara River in Niawanda …

A Republican candidate for Amherst Town Board is calling on the chair and vice chair of the town's Industrial Development Agency board of directors to resign because the board paid the agency's former executive director for an additional eight months of salary after he resigned. Joe Spino issued the statement after The Buffalo News reported on compensation paid to top I…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in recent weeks has talked up the possible need for a special session of the Legislature to deal with such issues as federal funding cuts and additional bailout funds for victims of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding. Assembly Democrats returned to Albany Tuesday to huddle in a private conference to discuss a range of issues com…