Share this article

Niagara County

print logo

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who collected $2,080 in unemployment benefits while he was working was granted a conditional discharge Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.Christian M. Ham, 25, of Fairfield Avenue, had repaid the money to the state since his Aug. 27 guilty plea to petit larceny.Murphy ordered Ham to serve 20 days in the county work program …

LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man admitted in State Supreme Court Monday that he downloaded child pornography onto his computer in 2011 and 2012.Stephen Hassey, 41, of Perry Court, pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony.Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing Jan. 3 on the felonies, each of which carries a…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man could faces life in prison if convicted on charges of predatory sexual assault against a child.Clayton J. Kelkenberg, 33, of North Transit Street, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to that charge, first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and second-degree criminal sexual act. The indictment against him was unsealed Monday.Ass…

WILSON – A Barker driver whose license has been suspended five times was arrested on several charges just after 4 p.m. Monday in the 5100 block of Chestnut Road, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.Jason E. Jones, 39, of Lower Lake Road, Barker, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Deputies also char…

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS – A fire early this morning destroyed a two-story single family home at 1119 Pierce Ave. Monetary damages have not been determined but the home was called a complete loss by fire investigators. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Fire Investigations Capt. David Kudela said the house was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived at 5:14 a.m. I…

Featured

Lois Gibbs pointed to small signs on a fence surrounding the toxic dump in Love Canal.The woman who got help for families sickened by chemical waste buried in her Niagara Falls neighborhood could not believe the innocuous message appearing 35 years later.Instead of fiery warnings about the dangers of what lies beneath, the signs’ lettering read simply: “Private property – …

LAKEWOOD – “As We See It,” an exhibit of 16 works created by local artists with disabilities, is on display through Oct. 31 in Ryder’s Cup Coffee, 28 Chautauqua Ave.The artists are the Southern Tier members of Aspire of WNY’s iXpress Program, whose works recently were shown in the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery. They include painting…

LOCKPORT – The city’s official Halloween party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the City Hall parking lot on Main Street.The parking lot will be closed at noon Friday to set up for the event, open to all Lockport children and their families.The city has set official trick-or-treat hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Also that night, Livingston Place will be closed to tr…

GASPORT – Elvis Presley impersonator Elvis Wade and his wife, Grammy-nominated singer Sandy Posey, who have performed for the past four years at the Salt & Light Festival here, will return Nov. 2 and 3 for a series of appearances in the area.They will give a “taste” of the Salt & Light Festival from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Gasport Elementary School auditorium. At the 10:…

Send in the clownsThe best Halloween ideas are the simplest. A friend once shivered at a Fort Niagara event, seeing a dead War of 1812 soldier sidle up to her friend and croak, “You’re not going back to your car.” Brrrr! And Buzz recalls trembling on a rope bridge in a Clifton Hill funhouse, wreathed in darkness and wild lights. But Cheektowaga’s House of Horrors and Haunt…

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Planning Board on Monday voted 5 to 2, with one member abstaining, to approve a plan for a 6.5 million gallon fertilizer storage pond to be constructed on the east side of Porter Center Road in the Town of Lewiston, between Swann and Langdon roads.The lagoon will hold byproducts from Quasar Energy Group, a food waste digestion plant that has…

LOCKPORT – A call for a suspected electrical fire just after 8 p.m. Sunday turned out to be just the odor of an improperly installed light fixture. But a search of the house led the Town of Lockport building inspector to condemn the house due to deplorable conditions.The homeowner and her 9-year-old son were removed from the house on Raymond Road after Niagara County sheri…

NIAGARA FALLS – A woman prisoner was charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a sprinkler head and flooding her cell in the City Jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday. Damages are listed at $1,750.According to jailers, they heard the fire alarm and found water spraying into the cell of Christine G. Altman, 33, of 13th Street. The sprinkler was shut down and…

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies found a man hysterical at 7 a.m. Monday in a convenience store parking lot in the 6900 block of Ward Road claiming that a man had stolen his 1989 Ford Crown Victoria, but the victim became the suspect when a witness said there was no car.Brian E. Schmiege, 26, of Balmer Road, Youngstown was charged by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies with…

NIAGARA FALLS – A robber armed with a handgun held up the Dairy Queen in the 2500 block of Niagara Street at about 10:48 a.m. today, city police reported.The restaurant is near the Niagara Street Elementary School and the Niagara Falls School District was notified, but a district employee said they were informed by police that a lockdown was not necessary.The robber was de…