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Investigations are underway into the death of Buffalo Police officer Craig Lehner, who lost his life during a training exercise with the Underwater Recovery Team. Using Freedom of Information requests to gain access to department records, Daniela Porat of Investigative Post has raised concerns about the officer's death in the Niagara River. Porat discussed the story during her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.

A former Buffalo Parks seasonal worker has pleaded guilty to stabbing a dog.

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Buffalo has a new police commissioner, with the Common Council unanimously approving and then swearing in Byron Lockwood for the department's top job. Lockwood replaces Daniel Derenda, who retired to take a private-sector post.

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Mayor Byron Brown is scheduled to deliver his 12th State of the City address Thursday afternoon, in what he says will be another rallying call for "revitalization and opportunity" in Buffalo.

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Officer Craig Lehner’s death in October during a training dive for the police Underwater Recovery Team in the Niagara River brought about an outpouring grief. Investigative Post’s reporting suggests inadequate training and equipment contributed to Lehner’s drowning.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to five years in prison, plus five years of post-release supervision, for attempting to run down two police officers with his car.

Buffalo Police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident Monday morning that sent two female police officers to the hospital.

Two Buffalo police officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of an unarmed man who was trying to flee the scene following a traffic stop in May of 2017.

Troubled East Lovejoy bar closed following shooting

Jan 28, 2018

Buffalo Police have temporarily shut down an East Lovejoy Street bar following an early morning shooting Saturday.

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Former Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has taken a job with a Florida-based private security company.

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A big change is coming to the Buffalo Police Department. In an overnight press release to media, Mayor Byron Brown announced the abrupt retirement of BPD Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

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A day after the Buffalo Police Department ordered an end to overtime for special details patrolling Chippewa Street and elsewhere, a fight broke out early Sunday involving a man who fired a gun into the air over the entertainment district. He was arrested late Monday, but the president of the police union says ending the details was a major mistake.

Following an early morning house fire on Manhattan Avenue in the City of Buffalo, one woman is dead, her daughter burned, and the man she lived with – a "person of interest” – is in critical condition.

Buffalo Police warn of possible impersonator

Jan 3, 2018

Buffalo Police are warning of a suspected police impersonator making the rounds.


An investigation is underway after a woman was shot in the city of Buffalo at Sunday morning.

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9,000 tickets have been distributed for the new USS Little Rock’s commissioning ceremony on Saturday. That will mean long lines, wait times, and tight security in cold temperatures. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to attend.


An investigation into the death of a Buffalo man who died while in police custody has resulted in no criminal charges against the two city police officers involved. The decision brought out protesters to Buffalo Police headquarters, who said they were marching for justice.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to one-and-two-thirds to five years in prison for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead.

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Buffalo residents are anxiously awaiting word from the state Attorney General's Office. The AG is expected to release its findings into the death of Wardel "Meech" Davis Wednesday.

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A Buffalo man wanted in connection with a domestic-related shooting has been apprehended by Buffalo Police.

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What began as a fight over the Buffalo Police Department traffic checkpoints is turning into a major probe of the police department by the state attorney general's office.

Buffalo Police are investigating a kidnapping that occurred Wednesday night on the city's East Side. 

A drunk driver has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for crashing into a group of pedestrians, seriously injuring four of them.


Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with a recent fatal shooting on Allen Street.

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Authorities say they have solved the gruesome fatal stabbing of a woman 12 years ago with the arrest of the victim's daughter.

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It was a day of mourning, and camaraderie among police and other first responders, a day of support from the Patriot Guard lining the approach road, and a day of outpouring of support from the public and even squads of therapy dogs. It was all that and more to help people get through the first day of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner's wake at a Hamburg funeral home.

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Calling hours begin Monday for Officer Craig Lehner at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg.


Buffalo Police are continuing to investigate an overnight shooting on Buffalo's West Side.

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LaSalle Park on Buffalo's waterfront was lit in blue Thursday night as citizens held a vigil for Police Officer Craig Lehner.