LOCKPORT - Tony L. Moore hid 1.75 ounces of cocaine in a box of frozen pierogies. Now he is going to prison for  five years for that felony and two others. Moore, 35, was arrested July 28, 2015, when police executed a search warrant at his Niagara Avenue home in Niagara Falls and found the cocaine in the pierogies in the freezer. They also found an unlicensed, loaded …

LOCKPORT - When a Niagara County Court jury convicted Robert E. MacLeod Friday of robbing and sexually abusing a female Japanese tourist in Niagara Falls, the victim smiled and, shortly thereafter, shed tears of joy and relief. "I was looking at the jury," Koyuki Nakahara told reporters. "I traveled 24,000 miles to hear that." The jury deliberated 6 1/2 hours, mo…

LOCKPORT - The Town of Lockport has received a $213,000 state grant to pay for the repair of a bridge on Snyder Drive over Donner Creek, Town Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said Thursday. The grant from the Department of Transportation is for the only one of three town projects for which the DOT approved funding. Bids for the contract are to be sought this summer, and the w…

NIAGARA FALLS - Police charged a Falls Street man with driving while intoxicated Thursday after he crashed into two parked vehicles on Fifth Street. The crash happened at about 12:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Fifth, according to a city police report. Initially, a woman passenger in the car told police she was driving when the crash occurred. In addition to the DWI …

The owner of a former social club that sits just outside Niagara Falls State Park hopes to redevelop the space with a new family-friendly restaurant. Nirel Patel, owner of the former Niagara Club site on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, said he is pursuing an “active redevelopment plan” for the property. The former Niagara Club building houses an Indian restauran…

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls  man charged at city police officers with a box cutter last week, and police used a Taser to subdue him, according to a police report. Officers responded to the 400 block of 12th Street last Friday night for the report of a mental health situation and a person cutting himself with a box cutter. Police could hear a fight coming from an up…

LOCKPORT - A man who shot his mother's then-boyfriend last summer in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a promise of a 9-year state prison sentence. Jason A. Pryor Jr., 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, risked up to 25 years behind bars if he had been convicted of the attempted murder charge listed in the original indictment. He accepted a plea of…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man accepted a plea offer Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred during a robbery almost a year ago. Donald Dolson, 23, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he would sentence Dolson to no more than four years in prison when he returns t…

NIAGARA FALLS - A man involved in a hit-and-run crash with a parked car left his damaged vehicle on the sidewalk and took a taxi home before police arrived on scene, according to a city police report. Niagara Falls police responded to the 400 block of 27th Street at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a black Jeep Patriot on the sidewalk with heavy front-end damage…

LOCKPORT - A Lancaster man who stole more than $17,000 worth of property and fixtures from an abandoned house in the City of Lockport was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months to four years in state prison. Andres R. Moore, 32, of Brandel Avenue, last year pleaded guilty before to third-degree grand larceny and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program, but …

NORTH TONAWANDA - Phillip R. "Russ" Rizzo, a longtime elected official in North Tonawanda who underwent surgery for a large, malignant brain tumor last year, announced Wednesday he is resigning from the Common Council, effective Feb. 2. Rizzo, 83, is the 1st Ward alderman and former Council president. In a public statement, Rizzo said, "As many of you know, I ha…

LOCKPORT - Niagara County has ratified a contract with the union that represents the workers at the county sewer district, completing its sixth union contract in the past two years. The contract with the 14 members of Teamsters Union Local 264 at the Sewer District means every county union has an active contract in force for the first time since 2012. The Teamsters d…

By Thad Komorowski Niagara Correspondent TOWN OF NIAGARA – More senior citizens will be eligible for town property tax exemptions this year because of new income limits established by the Town Board. The board Tuesday unanimously passed guidelines that allow exemptions for senior citizens who own property and have an annual income of up to $28,499. Previously, e…

LOCKPORT - A  Lockport man who was drunk when his vehicle ran over a parking lot bumper and nearly struck a store was sentenced Wednesday   1-to-3-years in prison. Philip H. Nasca, 34, of Caledonia Street,  pleaded guilty in November to felony driving while intoxicated, acknowledging he that he had downed about 15 beers before getting behind the wheel in the early af…