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Cardinal O'Hara High School's "Dress in Blue" raised $1,000 to honor Buffalo Police Department K-9 Officer Craig Lehner. The fundraiser was the largest this private school of 280 students has ever had, said Jill Monaco, assistant principal. Lehner's K-9 partner, Shield, and ATF special agent Gerry O'Sullivan (a 1982 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara) went to the school to …

Columns

The hugs were explosive, spontaneous. Abigail Eckerson Estevez, Sadie Glenn and Whitney Eckerson hurried straight toward Joe Lucenti on Wednesday after they spotted him weaving through a sea of blue uniforms in the lobby of KeyBank Center. "Mr. Lucenti!" Estevez shouted, throwing out her arms. Lucenti, Akron's longtime high school principal, was in charge when Esteve…

Local News

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. It was also announced the Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls will be lit in blue Wednesday to commemorate Lehner, 34, who died this month while training with the Buffalo Police's Underwater Recovery Team. In a s…

Local News

Shield, the 4-year-old German shepherd who was Buffalo Police K-9 Officer Craig E. Lehner's inseparable partner, will remain in the care of the Buffalo Police. The power of that connection will be evident Wednesday, at Lehner's funeral procession, when the dog is expected to walk alone behind the casket. Department officials say many offers have come in from the pub…

Local News

John O'Rourk often apologizes for his memory. The retired Buffalo police officer suffered a massive heart attack 18 years ago. He'd been using the snowblower at his West Seneca home. He started to feel "a little wobbly." He suddenly endured crushing pressure — what he describes as "an elephant's foot" — upon his chest. At the hospital, the doctors decided the damag…

Sports

The Sabres held a moment of silence and bathed the ice and arena in blue light before Friday night's game in tribute to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. Lehner died during an underwater recovery training session on the Niagara River. Here is a view from above as captured by the Sabres' Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/BuffaloSabres/status/921513192551014…

Bills

Bills legend Thurman Thomas will be at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St. in Clarence, from noon to 1:30 Oct. 21 to meet and take photos with fans and help raise money for the family of Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. Lehner's body was found Tuesday in the Niagara River, five days after he went missing during a training exercise for the department's Unde…

Columns

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 …