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The water level in Lake Ontario has fallen 10 inches in the past month, and the agency that controls the spigot said Friday it is continuing larger-than-normal flows into the St. Lawrence River in an effort to protect lakeshore property. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said it has been allowing almost 2.62 million gallons of water to leave the…

A 64-unit condominium project on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda, opposed by many nearby residents, has been approved by the city Planning Commission, City Engineer Dale W. Marshall said. Developer Michael C. Wachowitz plans four 16-unit condo buildings, each one story high, targeted for a senior-citizen market, on a nine-acre parcel at 1100 Sweeney St. Marshall s…

A Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty Thursday to assault in connection with the stabbing of a woman during an April 14 street fight in the Falls. Angel M. Meyers, 22, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to the misdemeanor charge. Meyers told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that she happened on the fight in the 700 block of Niagara Street and tried to break it up…

A 22-year-old man was shot in the buttocks early Thursday morning on 19th Street, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The victim told police he heard a vehicle pull up behind him at about 12:30 a.m. on 19th Street, between Ferry and Walnut avenues, while he was walking home, according to the report. He told officers he heard two shots and started running unti…

An 8-year-old Niagara Falls girl was injured Thursday when a minivan struck her in the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue. The incident occurred about 1 p.m., according to Niagara Falls p0lice. The girl was crossing Pierce Avenue mid-block when she was hit by westbound 2007 Chrysler minivan that was driven by a 36-year-old Niagara Falls woman. Police said the girl was treat…

Justin M. Clark of Youngstown is headed for state prison after pleading guilty Thursday to raping a 15-year-old girl and acting as a lookout in two burglaries in that village. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Clark, 20, of Applewood Drive, that he will be sentenced concurrently, meaning he will serve a total of no more than seven years for the three felon…

The latest release of nearly 3 million gallons of sewage into the Niagara River happened just days after the state directed the municipal authority to hire an outside consultant to investigate the board's discharge of smelly black water into the river below the American Falls. The Water Board recently hired engineering firm  AECOM, based in Los Angeles, to probe what c…

A tractor-trailer driver from Nova Scotia wrecked his rig full of produce at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday while trying to squeeze beneath the Grand Island bridges in Niagara Falls. The route onto the Niagara Scenic Parkway, where commercial traffic is prohibited, passes underneath the north bridges connecting the Falls and Grand Island. The roadway is accessible via an exi…

The state canal schooner Lois McClure has added a Pendleton stop to the local schedule for its Erie Canal bicentennial tour. The state Canal Corp. announced Wednesday that the 88-foot replica of an 1862 vintage canal sailing ship will dock from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at West Canal Marina and Park on Tonawanda Creek Road. Pendleton Supervisor Joel Maerten and Amherst Su…

Ramon Armand, one of the two men caught April 21 when Niagara Falls police stopped a rented truck and found metal objects allegedly stolen from a house under renovation, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Armand, 24, of 17th Street in the Falls, was indicted on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of stolen property and grand larceny. …

Nearly 3 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater were discharged near the base of the American Falls on Tuesday, according to estimates published by the NY-Alert system. The release came from the same outfall that emitted a stinky, black discharge late last month, but this time it's believed to have been caused by heavy rainfall. That's just this week's po…

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck early Wednesday in Niagara Falls, according to police. Police went to the 400 block of Ninth Street at about 1:45 a.m. to investigate a report of multiple shots fired. Officers found no victim in the area. Police learned a person, who was bleeding profusely, drove himself to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical…

Derek M. Stewart, a Niagara Falls man who was on parole when 2.66 ounces of cocaine was seized from his home in a police raid last year, accepted a plea offer Tuesday. Stewart, 33, of Sixth Street, will be sentenced Oct. 10 to no more than four years in prison, state Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. promised. It's Stewart's third felony conviction in the past …

A Canadian woman has been charged with leaving her dog inside a hot vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Niagara Falls, according to a police report. An employee of the Military Road store called police Sunday afternoon after seeing the dog inside an SUV for more than a half hour with the vehicle's windows rolled all the way up, according to the report. The dog's owne…