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NIAGARA FALLS – The Maid of the Mist will launch on Saturday, the earliest opening date in the company's 132-year history. The opening, at 9 a.m. Saturday, will break – by one day – a record set just last year. Then, the Maid of the Mist opened on April 2. The Maid’s average opening date, dating back to 1948, has been May 8. But, that date is creeping…

NIAGARA FALLS - Glenn G. Bartlett of Niagara Falls will be paid $500,000 to settle his lawsuit against the City of Niagara Falls. He was hurt two years ago in a crash between a police car and a pickup truck. The City Council approved the payout last week, after State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour ruled the police officer was entirely at fault. A trial woul…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who fought his roommate over missing food faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Niagara County Court. The victim, Dennis McGuire, 52, was left with "significant brain trauma," Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Murphy scheduled sentencing May 16 f…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A B Street man was arrested last week after falsely reporting that his rental vehicle had been stolen, town police said. Police said on Tuesday they were called to the home of Michael J. Hanusin, who told officers someone stole a blue Chevrolet Malibu he recently rented. Police said they later stopped the car and learned from the driver that he had r…

A 35-year-old Niagara Falls man has been charged in the stabbing of four people in a Niagara Falls bar last night that sent two men and two women to the hospital. Niagara Falls police on Sunday identified the suspect in the fight at Third Street Tap Room as Eddie Alnardo Mayo of Willow Avenue. He was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assa…

NIAGARA FALLS - Police lodged several charges against a man driving slowly and who slammed on his brakes when a police officer signaled he wanted to pass. Niagara Falls Police Lt. Jay Fisher said the incident occurred on Hyde Park Boulevard just after 5 p.m. Friday. Malique L. Page-Rogers, 25, of Whitney Avenue was charged with unlicensed operation, failure to keep rig…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT - An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who posed as a police officer and broke into a Tonawanda Creek Road home Wednesday, terrorizing a resident, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies said. The victim told deputies he was in his bedroom with the door locked about 8 a.m. when he heard a loud pounding, followed by the sounds of two men entering the ho…

NIAGARA FALLS - Four men were arrested Friday in a gang assault that left a 32-year-old man with a fractured skull, Niagara Falls police said. Officers dispatched to a home in the 500 block of 81st Street about 9 a.m. said they discovered blood on the walls and floor of a room and noticed the man who had answered the door had bloodstains and mud on his clothing. The vic…

NIAGARA FALLS - A  Saskatchewan woman was arrested after causing a disturbance Friday night at the Rapids Theater on Main Street, Niagara Falls police said. Lara D. Bomberry, 36, of Regina,  was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident in the nightclub about 10:30 p.m. Police said Bomberry was intoxicated and twice punched a security guard, who was  tryi…

Fliers related to white supremacist topics were found earlier this week in the driveways of more than a dozen homes in Lewiston, according to town police. Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said the fliers were distributed sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. They were found at properties on Mohawk Street, Chicora Road and Lower River Ro…

The man who robbed and sexually abused a Japanese woman during her visit to Niagara Falls in 2015 was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday by a Niagara County judge. Robert E. MacLeod, 45, of 30th Street in the Falls, was sentenced to 15 years for his conviction on two counts of second-degree robbery and seven years in prison for first-degree sexual assault. "That …

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation’s decision this week to stop paying the state more than $100 million a year in casino revenue sharing caught leaders in Albany completely off guard. But on the Seneca territories, more than 300 miles away, tribal officials have known for months that this day was coming. Seneca officials did not raise a grievance with the state in 2013 w…

Erie County is losing population – but that’s happening across the state. More people are moving out than moving in here, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2016 estimate reverses a growth trend in Erie County and in New York State, where population dropped for the first time in a decade. “People are moving away from the state,” said Peter Borsella, …

The Seneca Nation of Indians is looking to make financial agreements directly with the three cities that host its casinos, President Todd Gates said Thursday. "Our obligation to the state ended," Gates said during a news conference on the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. "This will be something new." The Seneca leader contends that the Senecas' 2002 gamblin…