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An hour before the sun rose Saturday, 18-year-old Gerald R. Burkett II arrived to be the very first person in line to see the commissioning of new USS Little Rock. Two hours later when the security checkpoints opened, a line of thousands snaked its way along Marine Drive and neighboring streets  to enter Canalside and be part of history. "When we got to our front row…

TOWN OF LEWISTON – After being banned from her Sweet Home Road home due to "unfit living conditions," a 65-year-old woman told police that someone entered the residence in her absence and stole her vintage Gibson guitar. The victim reported that she was banned from the home in October due to what were found to be unsafe living conditions, but had been allowed by buildin…

NIAGARA FALLS – A man who was working the midnight shift by himself after a co-worker called in sick, fell asleep briefly, only to awaken and find a fire at the Pemco Inc. facility, 150 Portage Road. The 43-year-old man told police that he dozed off briefly at the chemical manufacturing facility and awoke around 5 a.m. to the sound of tires popping from intense heat. He…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police confiscated a knife and a loaded gun from a man after placing him under arrest for drunken driving early Saturday. Paul R. Everett Jr., 38, of Lockport Street, told police he was driving home from a local tavern around 4 a.m. when he slid through an intersection at Lockport Street and Ontario Avenue, struck a stop sign and ended up in a snowpile o…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 59-year-old Ontario resident was knocked unconscious late Friday at the Stir nightclub inside the Seneca Niagara Casino hotel when he was cold-cocked by a city man, police said. The victim, of Ajax, Ont., appeared to be highly intoxicated when he was approached by the assailant shortly before midnight, police said. The two appeared to speak briefly bef…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks robbed a 34-year-old Niagara Avenue man early Friday as he walked in the 600 block of Seventh Street, police said. The victim told police he was walking from a friend's house and was headed to his girlfriend's apartment when he was accosted from behind around 5:45 a.m. He said that two men told him to "give …

Buffalo

More "boxes of love" were distributed Saturday to refugee and immigrant families in Buffalo by the Buffalo Dream Center. The event was led by Rev. Eric Johns, pastor of the center, and a host of volunteers at the Dream Center's Lafayette Avenue location. “It has been a great year,” says Pastor Eric Johns.  “Hundreds of volunteers wrapped toys, packed food in bags, an…

Bills

When the Buffalo Bills are in town, data shows that guests are too – in Western New York's Airbnbs. With one exception: Last Sunday's "Snowvertime" game versus Indianapolis. New data provided by Airbnb shows there's been a surge in visitors to Buffalo on Saturday nights before a Bills home game with occupancy up by more than 60 percent on those weekends not impacted …

Crime

A 21-year-old man faces first-degree robbery and petit larceny charges after he allegedly held up a Town of Niagara gas station just after midnight today, the Niagara County sheriff's office reported. Brandan J. Kruszka is accused of brandishing a loaded rifle and holding up the A-Plus Sunoco at 6730 Packard Road. An employee of the gas station called 911. Sheriff's …

Local News

The lake-effect snow refused to go quietly Saturday. But, there will be no replay of last Sunday's snowy scene for the Buffalo Bills home finale at New Era Field. http://buffalonews.com/2017/12/16/don-pauls-updated-bills-dolphins-forecast-cloudy-and-cold-but-snow-free/ A shift in the wind direction throttled down and choked off the lake-effect machine late Saturda…

Niagara County

Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline property owners are being urged to complete an online survey detailing the flood and erosion damage their properties sustained this year because of an extremely wet spring and record high water levels. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee is working with Conservation Ontario to conduct the …

Crime

A woman who struck another woman with her car in Niagara Falls after a Jan. 12 confrontation was sentenced Friday to one to three years in state prison. Victoria R. Mozell must pay $2,000 of the victim's medical bills after her release from prison, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III also ruled. Mozell, 32, of Hope Boulevard, also was ordered to stay away from…

A second-time felon from Lewiston will serve a year in Niagara County Jail for growing marijuana in his home. Mark J. Light, 28, of Model City Road, was sentenced Thursday for a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of pot. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said police seized 6.53 pounds of marijuana when they raided Light's home Jul…

Robert E. Draper, a Level 3 sex offender from Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to a year in the Niagara County Jail for failing to visit Police Headquarters every 90 days to re-register, as required by the state Sex Offender Registration Act. Level 3 is the considered the most serious of the three categories of sex offenders. Draper, 57, of Ashland Avenue, was placed…

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A Buffalo man faces numerous weapons charges after Buffalo police stopped him in his vehicle Thursday, armed with a rifle and ammunition in the 400 block of Fox Street. Marven D. Lee, 27, a previously convicted felon, is accused of waving a loaded shotgun outside a bar in the 600 block of Fox Street. Police, who were responding to a 911 call about the incident, said Lee…