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TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town of Niagara Board Tuesday unanimously approved a noise ordinance that gives law enforcement more power to clamp down on overnight disturbances. The new ordinance prohibits “unreasonable noise or disturbances” from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Supervisor Lee Wallace said “the old law was pretty lame. We’re hoping this helps the matter.” W…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Saturday night after her car rear-ended a stopped tour bus with 49 people aboard, police said. No one aboard the Covered Wagon Tours bus was injured in the crash, which occurred about 9:42 p.m. in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police said the bus was stopped for a …

  SANBORN  - A special executive meeting of the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees  will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Notar Administration Building at NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road. The board is expected to discuss litigation issues, according to board Chairman Vincent Ginestre.

NIAGARA FALLS – A Cleveland Avenue man faces several charges after fleeing from police who were trying to stop his car because of excessively tinted windows, authorities said. Octavius L. Miller, 36, was charged with unlicensed operation, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, obstructing governmental administration and the window tint violation. Police said…

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will observe the  Blessing of Waters,  a celebration of the  Epiphany, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Broderick Park, 1170 Niagara St.  at the foot of Ferry Street. The blessing  commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. “We welcome people of all faiths to join us for this tradition of our faith,” said Father Chr…

For the third straight year, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has won a national award from the Government Finance Officers Association for producing a public report that compiles the county’s finances in an easy-to-read format. The award is for Mychajliw’s commitment to increasing citizen access to information and accountability in government, according to …

March 24, 1923 – Nov. 25, 2016 NIAGARA FALLS – Albert S. Punturo of Niagara Falls, a World War II veteran, Bell Aerospace retiree and business owner, died Friday in Schoellkopf Health Care Facility, Niagara Falls,  after a brief illness. He was 93. A Buffalo native, Mr. Punturo attended schools in Buffalo, and during World War II, served in the Army Air Forces. …

NIAGARA FALLS – A 37-year-old man stumbled into a Pierce Avenue store and collapsed early Saturday after being shot in the face outside the store, city police said. Officers responding to the Hometown Market, 1563 Pierce Ave., just after 1 a.m. said they found Dedrick G. Williams lying face-down in a pool of blood. the 20th Street resident provided few details about t…

SANBORN – An $18 million capital project that would fund repair and renovation work at every building in the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District is on the ballot Tuesday. The  project covers an array of items for every school and the bus garage, ranging from roof replacement to new science labs. New roofs for the high school and Edward Town Middle School, whi…

NIAGARA FALLS -- New York State Parks police arrested an alleged purse snatcher early Friday as he fled a crime scene outside the Seneca Niagara Casino on Fourth Street. Anthony R. Hands, 39, was stopped at Seventh and Niagara streets around 12:40 a.m. as he drove off in his pickup, police said.  Officers said they recovered the stolen purse and other property belongin…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 45-year-old man told police he was robbed of his wallet early Saturday by two men who threatened to beat him if he did not hand it over. The victim, a 15th Street resident, told police he was walking east in the 1600 block of Walnut Avenue about 7 a.m. when two men emerged from an alley and came up behind him. He said he turned over his wallet, conta…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The 2017 town budget approved by the Niagara Town Board recently  imposes a small  property tax hike but stays below the state tax cap. The unanimous approval of  the $8,785,574 fiscal package followed a brief public hearing. Supervisor Lee Wallace’s proposed budget was modified during three work sessions in October. Wallace said the total am…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two juveniles arrested Saturday night are accused of breaking into the LaSalle home of an elderly couple, police said. Police said a woman was watching television about 8:30 p.m. when she discovered one teen wearing a hoodie standing in her dining room. The teen fled out a rear door. Police summoned to the scene found one suspect hiding beneath a po…

PREVIEWWHAT: Benefit for the Western New York Land Conservancy with Artie Traum and Dexter PayneWHEN: 8 p.m. SaturdayWHERE: Olmsted Camp, 12820 Benton Road, SardiniaTICKETS: 10 for conservancy members, $15 for nonmembersINFO: 496-7561 Artie Traum's acoustic guitar is amazingly versatile. Hints of folk roots and jazz awakenings resonate in myriad forms from his seasoned …