LONG ISLAND CITY – Robert Kinkel had a hefty problem. It was the mid-to-late 1980s, and he was a successful studio musician and jingle writer in New York City. Years earlier, he had dropped plans of becoming a doctor, and later, quit out of a full ride to Columbia University’s graduate school. Kinkel wanted to pursue the one passion that, from the time he was a litt…

A Mexican citizen who was deported from the United States in 2011, then  arrested on the Lewiston-Queenston  Bridge while trying to enter Canada, has been charged in federal court with illegal re-entry. Jose Guerreo Garcia, 28,  will remain in custody pending a  trial on the charge. If convicted he faces a federal prison term and  deportation proceedings. Garci…

LOCKPORT - Michelle Ann Kratts, author of a new book called "Niagara Falls in World War II," will discuss the city's role in the war effort in a free talk at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Kratts, a local historian and librarian at the Lewiston Public Library, will talk about how the Bell Aircraft plant turned out 30,000 planes …

LOCKPORT - A program on holiday traditions, including making a Christmas ornament, will be featured at this month's Family Night program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. The program is called "Ghosts of Christmas Past: Victorian Holiday Traditions Still Practiced Today." Reservations are required by calling 434-743…

LOCKPORT - A Lockport man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after a chase about noon Saturday ended in a three-vehicle crash at Akron and Davison roads. Alexis W. Cruz, 20, is expected to face other charges in the case as the investigation continues, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. His vehicle was the subject of a cellphone call by another m…

LOCKPORT - Residents of the Lockport City School District will pass judgment Tuesday on a $28.66 million package of construction and maintenance projects, which district officials say will not affect property taxes. The package is to be paid for by money the district has saved up in reserve funds and by state aid. The plan includes $14.2 million worth of improved spo…

LOCKPORT - A man who entered a North Tonawanda woman's apartment, and ran away after awakening her, pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III assigned Zion I. Brunson, 22, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. He pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for the Sept. 22 …

Oct. 19, 1934 - Nov. 25, 2016 John F. Fix, who started with The Buffalo News as a paperboy and retired as a district circulation manager, died Nov. 25 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a four-month illness. He was 82. Mr. Fix, a Town of Tonawanda resident, was born in Buffalo, joined what was then The Buffalo Evening News as a paperboy at age 13, the year af…

WHEATFIELD - Connie S. Brown, who has served as interim president of the United Way of Greater Niagara for the past six months, has been named the permanent president, the organization announced Saturday. Brown, a Niagara Falls native, takes over for Carol G. Houwaart-Diez,  who resigned this summer to join the United Way in Martin County, Fla. Brown worked 25 yea…

LOCKPORT - A Lockport woman was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with assaulting her boyfriend outside her Clinton Street home. Daisy Woods, 35, was charged shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly striking the man in the ear with a set of car keys, city police said. The man reportedly was cu…

MIDDLEPORT - State Police arrested a Middleport man Friday night and charged him with a series of acts of sexual abuse against a child under the age of 13. Erik T. Chraston, 39, was sent to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after his arrest on a charge of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a Class B felony carrying a maximum prison ter…

A child riding a bicycle was injured about 5:50 p.m. Saturday when the bike was struck by a vehicle at Fillmore Avenue and Sycamore Street, the Buffalo Fire Department said. There were two children on the bike, but only one appeared to be injured. That child was taken by ambulance to Women and Children's Hospital. Further details were unavailable.  …

  Students living near the University at Buffalo’s South Campus are on edge following a series of knifepoint robberies on campus and in the neighborhood, including an attack late Thursday afternoon that sent a female student to Erie County Medical Center with stab wounds. “I’m very concerned. When that stabbing happened, it was at 5:30 and I walked home at…

Two men were arrested Friday for trying to grab a package delivered to a Riverside home that turned out to contain four pounds of marijuana, Northwest District police said. Charged with fifth-degree marijuana possession and first-degree criminal nuisance were Leonard Shannon, 27, of Newburgh Avenue, and Mark Nash, 28, of Hertel Avenue. A Lamont Place man said the sus…

Gunfire was exchanged about 9:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Citywide Food and Beauty Supplies, 137 Maple St., Central District police said. Multiple shots were fired from a passing vehicle that was northbound on Maple Street, and a man in the parking lot wearing a red hoodie returned fire before running away, heading east on Virginia Street. No one was struck by …