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NIAGARA FALLS – After a glass entry door was broken early Friday, at least six different people took turns burglarizing the Mobil Mart at 1038 Pine Ave., police said, with over $4,300 worth of merchandise ultimately being stolen. The store's alarm system apparently failed during the initial break-in, allowing thieves to enter three times over a five-and-a-half hour pe…

Alicia M. Davidson, the drug-addicted pregnant woman whose parents wanted her to stay in jail to stay clean, has completed an inpatient rehabilitation program and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. Davidson, 36, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wo…

Eric L. Fehr of Royalton, who inflicted a brain injury on his infant son by shaking him last year and choked a woman into unconsciousness last month, pleaded guilty in both cases Friday. After prolonged negotiations with attorneys Friday, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he will likely sentence Fehr to six years in prison Jan. 12 for reckless assault on a…

A household hazardous waste drop-off will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Tonawanda Public Works Garage, 758 Erie Ave. Organized by the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District, it's a chance to safely dispose of paint, automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, driveway sealer, pool chemicals and household cleaners. Also Saturday, an electronics…

Four Niagara Falls elementary schools will get air conditioning if at least 60 percent of voters approve a $55 million package of school building projects in a Dec. 12 referendum. The Board of Education unanimously approved the plan Thursday. Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie said a supermajority is needed at the polls because bonding for the up-front cost of the project …

FAMILY Halloween showing. Of the classic silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27), with live organ music, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Organist and Choirmaster Garrett Martin will accompany the film with an improvised score. Guests are invited to wear Halloween costumes to this family-friendly event. Free. Healthy Minds E…

The City of Lockport is offering early bidding for a house scheduled to be sold at the city foreclosure auction — but only from buyers who pledge to fix up 11 South St. and live there for at least three years. Planning and Development Director Brian M. Smith said prospective bidders must call 439-6688, and the city will take the best offer that comes in by noon Nov. 3…

Ivan Perez, who held a machete to his daughters' throats Feb. 3 and then held Niagara Falls police at bay during a one-hour standoff, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison. "He knows what he did was awful," said defense attorney Christopher A. Privateer. Perez has a history of mental health problems and substance abuse, the attorney said. "He wasn't o…

Christopher M. Wright, who is awaiting sentencing for molesting a 13-year-old Williamsville girl and who was arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting another girl, now faces charges in connection with a third victim. Wright, 45, of Oakwood Drive, Pendleton, was charged Wednesday with six more counts — two felonies and four misdemeanors — in connection wi…

Cheyenne N. Buck, who rushed into a Niagara Falls street fight April 14 to punch and stab a woman, was sentenced Thursday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have given Buck, 22, of Seventh Street for her plea to attempted second-degree assault. Buck told a probation officer in a presentencing interview …

Niagara University has renamed its dining hall in honor of local restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore. The Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons recently underwent an $8 million renovation. Salvatore, who received an honorary doctorate from Niagara last year, made what the university called "a generous gift." The university did not disclose the amount. The dining facility…

One of four planes taking 125 members of the New York Army National Guard left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday morning for Puerto Rico. Two more flights were scheduled to leave in the 11 o'clock hour, though the departure times were weather dependent. The final flight is scheduled to leave around midnight. Soldiers with the 152nd Engineer Support Co…

A development company owned by True Bethel Baptist Church has a $5 million plan to convert a vacant Catholic school in Niagara Falls into apartments. The former Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its elementary school became True Bethel's Niagara Falls campus about six years ago, according to Janice McKinnie, executive director of the church-owned True Community Developme…

Two convenience stores in Niagara County have been fined for selling tobacco products to minors earlier this year. The county Health Department and the Sheriff's Office orchestrated the compliance checks. Kwik Stop Mart on Locust Street in Lockport was fined $1,100 for being a second-time violator. Oliver Express Mart on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda was fined $500 a…