DWI charge won't halt LaBarbera campaign
WHEATFIELD -- Niagara County Legislature candidate Robert S. LaBarbera said Monday he intends to remain in the 6th District race despite his arrest Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
LaBarbera, 58, of Tuscarora Road, Town of Niagara, is running as a Democrat in the district that covers the Town of Niagara and part of Wheatfield. He was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Thursday on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield by Trooper Robert Marren, who charged him with DWI, refusing a breath test and failure to keep right.
LaBarbera, who state troopers said is a first-time offender, is due to appear in Wheatfield Town Court tonight.
Although he wouldn't discuss the circumstances on the advice of his attorney, LaBarbera said, "It's been an embarrassing situation for myself and my family, but it doesn't change my principles and my integrity and the injustices I believe are being inflicted on the county by the current [Legislature] majority."
LaBarbera is the endorsed Democratic candidate against incumbent Legislator Danny W. Sklarski, a Town of Niagara Democrat who caucuses with the Republican-led majority.
Culvert collapse closes part of East High Street
LOCKPORT -- East High Street was closed Monday between Day and Keck roads because of a collapsing culvert.
Deputy Supervisor Deborah Gaskill said the town had hoped to be able to wait until next year to repair the large culvert, but now a replacement is being ordered and a crane is being hired to put it in place.
She said it's unknown how long the road will be closed.
School district accepting nominees for Walls of Fame
PENDLETON -- The Starpoint Central School District is accepting nominations for the Alumni Walls of Fame for 2007-08 school year.
Nominees for the Academic Wall of Fame and Achievement should have graduated between 1958 and 1990, and nominees for the Sports Wall of Fame should have graduated between 1958 and 1985.
Residents can obtain nomination applications by downloading them from the school's Web site at www.starpointcsd.org, or by contacting Jane Wilson at 210-2307.