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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The funeral for Officer Craig Lehner will take place this Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The service will happen at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, and Terry and Kim Pegula are absorbing the cost of the ceremony. Buffalo police expect roughly 5,000 uniformed personnel to attend.
Several K-9 units from around the state will line the street outside of the arena.
Following the ceremony, a procession will go from KeyBank Center to Forest Lawn Cemetery. Lehner’s K-9 partner, Shield, will be part of the procession and will follow the casket into the ceremony.
Here are the streets that will be closed from 6 a.m. until the early afternoon:
Officers will be lining the streets and saluting the hearse as it drives by.
Those interested in watching the procession should line up on Delaware Ave. from Niagara Square to Delavan.
Members of the public who are not attending the funeral are encouraged to avoid the area from 6 a.m. until the early afternoon.
Visiting hours will take place on Monday and Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home at 4199 Lake Shore Rd. in Hamburg.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– Buffalo Police are expecting Wednesday will be a very emotional day as they will be laying fellow BPD member, Officer Craig Lehner, to rest.
Officer Lehner’s body was found in the Niagara River six days ago after he disappeared in the water while doing a routine training exercise with the department’s underwater rescue team. Agencies from across the state and in Canada spent five days looking for the 9 year veteran of the department, finding him near Strawberry Island. Police are investigating what exactly happened that afternoon. They tell us the investigation will really ramp up next week.
Officer Lehner, 34, will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. His funeral services are being held at Key Bank Center on Wednesday, October 25, at 10am. Police are expecting 5,000 to 10,000 uniformed members to attend the services and thousands of community members to line the streets to pay their respects.
Police are asking members of the public to line up on Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to Delavan to see the procession leading from the arena to the cemetery. Police expect that’ll begin around 11:30am Wednesday.
Those attending are asked to use public transportation as parking will be limited.
Officer Lehner’s main duty on BPD was with the K-9 unit. His partner, a German Shepherd named Shield, will be part of the procession into the arena, following the casket inside. Prior to becoming a police officer, Lehner served in the military. A 21-gun salute will be taking place at Forest Lawn on Wednesday afternoon.
Street Closures 6am wed until early afternoon
…WIND ADVISORY for areas in WNY south of the thruway through 2 AM Tuesday morning. Wind gusts will peak near 55 mph…
A front will make steady progress across the region overnight, triggering a period of heavier rain showers, and perhaps a rumble of thunder. Ahead of the front, strong southeast wind gusts from the Chautauqua Escarpment into Southern Erie county will develop. This may result in gusts to 50 mph along the lake Erie shore.
Most of the rain overnight will have cleared the region already by Tuesday morning. By afternoon clouds will start to break and we could see at least a little sunshine. It will be much cooler with highs staying only in the 60s. There will be a chance for some spotty showers to develop again Tuesday night and Wednesday accompanied by cooler temperatures. After a pretty quiet day Thursday, the chance for showers increases again toward the weekend as even colder air deepens across the region.
TONIGHT: Showers Develop this evening with brief heavy downpours likely, A few rumbles of thunder. Low: 52-58, Wind: S 15-25, gusts 45-55 in the hills and along the Erie shore this evening.
TUESDAY: Partial Sun, Breezy, Cooler, Chance of a Spotty Afternoon Shower, High: 60-65, Wind: S 10-20 G30, Low: 46
WEDNESDAY: Much Cooler, Mostly Cloudy with a chance of a few Scattered Showers, High: 52, Low: 42
THURSDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, High: 56, Low: 43
FRIDAY: Partial Sun, Chance of a few PM Showers, High: 60, Low: 48
SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy, a period of Showers, High: 61, Low: 43
SUNDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers, High: 56, Low: 44
MONDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. High: 52
HAMILTON, ONT. (WIVB) – Hamilton Police have made an arrest in the 12-year-old cold case murder of a Niagara Falls man.
Jermaine Dunkley, 32, was charged with first degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Michael Parmer.
“Justice is finally being served,” said Dorothy Harris, Parmer’s mother. “Not a day go by that I do not question why my son’s life was taken at the early age of 22.”
Parmer was killed 12 years ago in the parking lot near the former CD Sports Bar at 180 Ottawa St. in Hamilton.
According to Hamilton Police, on Sept. 8, 2005, Parmer traveled with four friends from Niagara Falls to attend CD Sports Bar, where they remained until closing time. When they left the venue, they continued to socialize with people outside. It’s estimated there were between 25 and 40 people in the parking lot at the time.
Parmer’s friends got into the car to leave shortly after 3 a.m.
“As the vehicle began to drive away, Michael’s friends realized he was not in the car,” said Detective Sergeant Steve Bereziuk, with the Hamilton Police Service Homicide Unit. “The group then heard a gunshot and saw Micheal laying down in the parking lot with several people rushing to his aid.”
He was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, according to police.
“Hamilton Police Service’s Homicide Unit conducted an exhaustive investigation in the years following but the case eventually went cold until recently,” Hamilton Police said in a statement.
In Aug. 2017, Hamilton Police issued a plea for fresh information in the case. Hamilton Police, “with the assistance of the community, the Kingston Police Service and the Toronto Police Service” arrested Dunkley for the murder on Monday.
“I think circumstances in witness lives can change over the years, time and distance can be an advantage for the investigation,” said Detective Sergeant Bereziuk. “I think that was the case in this instance.”
Dunkley was previously known to police. He appeared before court earlier this morning for a first appearance and has been remanded to custody until further notice.
Investigators are now looking for two more suspects, a man and a woman. Police believe all three suspects know each other.
If you have any information, contact Detective Jon Murphy at 905-546-2288. You can also leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers Hamilton at 1-800-222-8477 or online.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott spoke after Sunday’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On Monday, the coach started off his conference by giving an update on injured players on the team. Here’s a breakdown of what he said:
McDermott went on the praise the Bills, saying the greatest part about them is that they are unified by everything they do.
That being said, he also had some criticism for the team:
Near the end of his conference, McDermott embraced the underdog role.
“Before the season we were told we were tanking, but we were building a team, not tanking,” McDermott said.
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