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A Wheatfield woman was arrested Monday morning after she allegedly sprayed a woman with pepper spray in the parking lot at Trott Access Center in Niagara Falls, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Deeann R. Schumacher, 30, of Lockport Road, got out of her car next to the victim shortly after 8 a.m., pulled the victim's car door open and sprayed her in the face, …

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City of Lockport unions and retirees are planning a protest over health insurance benefits at Wednesday's Common Council meeting. The unions plan follow up with formal grievances. Paul M. Beakman, president of the police and fire retirees, last week accused the city of violating a court order by switching to a self-insured health insurance format this year without clear…

One of the region's major behaviorial health groups is rolling out two mobile units today to bring addiction treatment to where it's needed. The idea is simple: Drive a team that includes physicians, nurses, counselors and peer support services to rural parts of Erie and Niagara counties, to jails and other locations, helping fill gaps in access to substance abuse couns…

Community Missions Inc. is planning its annual Sweetheart Dinner fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at Sheraton at the Falls, 300 Third St., Niagara Falls. Cocktails and basket viewing will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Katie Alexander of News Channel 4 and Dylan Olmsted of M&T Bank are chairing the fundraiser, which will feature more than 100 basket …

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Caleb E. Bell Jr., who started a fire in his mother's home less than three weeks after she was found dead following another blaze there, was sentenced Monday to five to 10 years in state prison. Bell, 35, said he was planning suicide when he poured gasoline in the house at 605 E. High St., Lockport, on Nov. 8, 2016, and lit it. His mother, Holly A. Seiler, 54, wa…

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Michael Emendorfer was loading groceries into his trunk for his daughter's basketball team when he took my phone call last week in a Walmart parking lot in Wisconsin. Nothing in the conversation changed his life, even if – in a way – it changed how he sees everything. I called because I wondered if he knew the story. In 1912, if his great-grandfather had taken another f…

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Niagara Falls police have identified the man fatally shot Sunday afternoon on Niagara Street as Kevin O. Turner Jr., 21. Turner was found on the porch of a home on the 1800 block of Niagara Street. Police responded to the report of gunfire in the area of 19th and Niagara streets shortly after 4:30 p.m. Turner, a Niagara Falls resident, was pronounced dead at the scen…

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Contamination from a Wheatfield landfill that housed waste from Love Canal isn't affecting neighboring properties, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday. The DEC announced its study into surface, subsurface and groundwater samples it took around the Niagara Sanitation Landfill on Nash Road over the last year show contaminants have not escaped to…

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The Red Cross is helping three adults after a house fire Monday morning in the Town of Niagara. The blaze at 6515 Grauer Road was reported to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at 8:22 a.m., authorities said. No further details were immediately available.

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Oliver’s Restaurant is offering an exclusively vegan Valentine dinner menu from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12, with all proceeds benefiting Asha Sanctuary in Newfane. The four-course dinner will be served butler-style in the restaurant at 2095 Delaware Ave. It will include hors d’oeuvres, choice of soup or salad, eggplant braciole or roasted cauliflower steak and dessert. The Buf…

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A man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds Sunday afternoon died of his injuries, Niagara Falls Police said. The victim was discovered on the porch of a residence in the 1800 block of Niagara Street. Police and rescue personnel responded to the scene shortly after 4:30 p.m. after receiving a report of shots fired in the area of 19th and Niagara streets. Police identi…

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It happened again on Niagara Avenue, where a man told Niagara Falls Police that he drunkenly slept through another burglary Saturday, after having done so twice the previous weekend. The man told police that his security cameras captured what appeared to be a pair of women breaking into his home around 4:38 a.m. Saturday. The glass was removed from a freshly installed f…

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Niagara Falls Police arrested a city woman for shoplifting Saturday evening, saying she walked through the Tops market on Portage Road while eating a seafood salad that she never purchased. Lisa A. Toarmino, 49, of Niagara Street was charged with petit larceny. Police said that she also tried to conceal packets of Kool-Aid and Crystal Light drink mixes inside her purse. Th…

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A Newfane teenager was charged with felony criminal mischief after he drove into a wet, muddy field at Krull Park in Olcott, where his Jeep became stuck, police said. More damage was done to the park's turf when the teen and two friends tried to pull the vehicle from the muck. Sheriff's deputies spotted the abandoned Jeep a few hundred yards off the roadway on Jan. 13, …