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Jeanne Leccese, who was named the executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission in September 2016, resigned from her post at a commission meeting on Tuesday. Leccese left to join the staff at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. The nonprofit is dedicated to protection of the Niagara watershed, which is one of Leccese's passions, said Lou Paonessa, a commission bo…

Obituaries

March 22, 1958 — Nov. 17, 2017 Michael T. Miskell was always proud and thankful about how far he had come, from BOCES student in high school through community college to a seat at business meetings alongside MBAs and Ph.Ds for a division of a Fortune 500 company. The Cheektowaga native, who started his career as an electrician at Dunlop Tire, rose to senior directo…

Dec. 8, 1945 – Nov. 19, 2017 Peter James Sharp, a Lockport businessman and former commodore of the Olcott Yacht Club, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 71. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Sharp came to the United States in 1952 with his family and was a 1963 graduate of Lockport High School. Skilled with tools, Mr. Sharp work…

Business

A one-acre lot across the Niagara River from Goat Island has become the first acquisition under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to buy vacant properties in Niagara Falls and open them to redevelopment. USA Niagara Development Corp. intends to seek proposals from developers and does not plan to hold onto the lot at 305 Buffalo Ave. for more than two years. USA Niagara, th…

Local News

The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission in Niagara Falls will deliver about 1,800 Thanksgiving meals to needy Niagara Falls residents and migrant farm workers in Niagara County. Wednesday is the final day to sign up for a turkey dinner by calling 253-1463 until 5 p.m. This is the seventh year for the church's "Feed the Falls" effort, funded by partnering churches and priva…

Buffalo

Rayquelle W. Davis was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for robbing two tourists at gunpoint in Niagara Falls State Park last year. "You're awfully young," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Davis, 18, of Newburg Avenue, Buffalo. "I hope you use this time to redirect your life." Davis was armed with…

Crime

Michael J. Hill, who served 28 years in prison for manslaughter, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to charges of invading a Niagara Falls home and stabbing the resident. Hill, now held on $150,000 bail, was indicted for first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hill on Oct. 1 enter…

Crime

A former Town of Lockport resident faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to two felonies stemming from a confrontation with State Police. Corey Bilby, 29, now of Route 275, Friendship, was living on Dysinger Road in Lockport May 22, when he resisted arrest after troopers investigated an incident at an apartment house. Trooper Shaun Fallon f…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who bit off parts of another man's ear during a New Year's Eve domestic incident avoided jail time Tuesday. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered five years' probation for Craig M. Moss, 34, of Seventh Street, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. If Moss were to violate probation rules, he risks …

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A Niagara Falls police officer under attack from a pit bull Tuesday accidentally wounded a fellow officer in the leg while shooting at the dog, police said. The two officers were dispatched at 11 a.m. to investigate a complaint about two loose dogs on the 1100 block of North Ave. The officers secured the dogs and were attempting to return them to their owner when a thir…

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The current Niagara Scenic Parkway above Niagara Falls should be replaced with a new road that wouldn't cut off the City of Niagara Falls from its waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins said Tuesday. The New York Power Authority should foot the bill for the removal of what used to be called the Robert Moses Parkway from Interstate 190 to the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park…

Crime

A Niagara Falls woman admitted Monday that she was driving under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when she seriously injured two women in a pair of auto accidents in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard May 25. Karen T. Sebring, 42, of 26th Street, could go to prison for as long as four years for two counts of vehicular assault and one count of impaired dri…

Crime

A North Tonawanda woman will serve three years in state prison, to be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, for having sex with a 14-year-old boy on April 14. Kayla M. Damon, 27, of Schenck Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Grundy said the incident was not forcible and the charge stemmed from …

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Niagara County officials are optimistic about receiving state funding for construction of a breakwater in Lake Ontario that would protect the low-lying hamlet of Olcott from flooding. Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg and County Legislator John Syracuse, both of whom represent Olcott, said Monday they've been working with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office on a project…

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Josie DiVincenzo talks the talk – in several different accents, as a matter of fact. And she walks the walk – as a successful stage, screen and film actor, adjunct professor at Niagara University, acting coach and scenic artist. A conversation with this North Buffalo native is engaging, far-ranging – and, upon request – peppered with stories of personal encou…