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It was tracking dogs, on the scent, that finally found Frank. The end to the search was heartbreaking – but at least it was an answer. David Scherff and a friend, Fernando Montalvo, had spent the better part of a week in Katy, Texas, looking for the dog. Scherff, 35, is a native of Buffalo's West Side, a graduate of Starpoint High School. In the first days after th…

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The hardest choice was what to bring upstairs. At first, Greg Kopacz and his family figured they had some time. They live in the Champions area, a community within the sprawling boundaries that come together to form Houston. They had witnessed two floods in their neighborhood before, when the water barely crept past the curb in front of their house. For a while they…

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David Scherff wants to make a couple of things clear. His overwhelming feeling Monday was relief that Tim Donovan, a former Marine, is safe. Amid the chaos of the flooding in Texas, Scherff feared for a while that Donovan was dead. Scherff, a native of Buffalo's west side and a graduate of Starpoint High School, is intensely conscious of the life or death nature of the …