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LOCKPORT – The majority leader of the Niagara County Legislature called Tuesday for only a one-year renewal of the contract with the county’s tourism promotion agency, which has proposed a 15-year deal.State law gives the County Legislature the power to name Niagara’s tourism promotion agency. A 10-year contract with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. ran out J…

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Five-year-old Isabella Tennant loved swinging on the swings and sliding down the slides at Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga. Always smiling and laughing, she didn’t mind that her favorite playground was actually designed for children ages 6 to 12.Her father, Michael Tennant, took her there often – it was near their home on Como Park Boulevard. And though “Bella” will…

ALBANY – Talk about your mixed signals.As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been turning up the heat on the Seneca Nation of Indians by offering to place three new gambling hall competitors in Western New York, the Cuomo administration has been giving a marketing boost to the tribe’s Niagara Falls casino on the state’s I Love NY website.The plug had been on the “Things to D…

OLCOTT – Olcott Beach has been closed until further notice following testing by the Niagara County Department of Health that determined the water is “not suitable for swimming because of unsatisfactory bacteriological water quality.”Health department officials made the announcement on Tuesday and stated they will continue monitoring the situation and “will reopen t…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County will study the best way to inspect housing to be rented to welfare clients.A County Legislature committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of a resolution sponsored by the Legislature’s three Democrats, calling for a report by September on how to accomplish the goal.A special committee – comprising three senior legislators, the county manag…

NIAGARA FALLS – Family and Children’s Service of Niagara is planning to open a group home this fall for pregnant and parenting women in Niagara Falls, ages 16 to 21.The agency has announced a contest to choose a name for the new facility. Suggestions are being sought via email at namingcontest@niagarafamily.org. The email should include the name and phone number of the…

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LOCKPORT – The owner of a former Niagara Falls business, already charged with shooting his brother-in-law, was charged Monday with trying, while in jail, to hire a hit man to kill the shooting victim and a witness in the case.Timothy C. DePetris, 44, formerly of the Town of Niagara, was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on the new charges.He pleaded not guilty to …

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have found 400 long-missing pages from a diary kept by a key aide to Adolf Hitler at a small academic publishing house in Lewiston, and Holocaust experts say the find may shed new light on the extermination of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.The missing diary pages, written by Hitler confidant Alfred Rosenberg, turned up in the poss…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Construction on the Maid of the Mist’s new boat dock and storage facility in the Niagara Gorge went on in the rain Monday, while the fight to halt the work is continuing in court.The Niagara Preservation Coalition has asked the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court to issue an injunction to stop the work on the $32 million project because items it…

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PORTER – An elderly woman was killed this afternoon when her car left Porter-Center Road and struck a tree, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported. She was not immediately identified.Witnesses told deputies that a car drove off the road just before 1 p.m. and struck a tree at a high rate of speed in the 3200 block of Porter-Center Road, between Braley and Youngstow…

The Niagara Wine Trail is planning a Wine and Cheese Weekend for Friday through Sunday, pairing featured wines with Yancey’s Fancy Artisan Cheeses.The event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.The wine and artisan cheese pairings will include: Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s 2010 Red Oaks with Smoked Gouda with Ba…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police are trying to trace a purchase made at an area convenience store using a stolen New York State benefits card.A Michigan Avenue man reported that the card was stolen sometime Tuesday or Wednesday from his backpack, either while he was grocery shopping or during a stop at a local soup kitchen. The card was later used to make a $170 purchase at a stor…

WILSON – An elderly Lake Street woman has been victimized by credit card fraud twice within the past week, sheriff’s deputies said, but police may have a strong lead in the case.The woman learned Thursday that someone had used her information to make a fraudulent purchase online. Upon checking her credit card records, she also found an unauthorized purchase from oldnav…

PORTER – A Ransomville Road teenager told sheriff’s deputies on Saturday that two all-terrain vehicles have been stolen from his property in the past month.The 17-year-old victim reported that the first incident occurred May 8, when a four-wheel ATV was taken. Sometime Saturday, someone stole a Suzuki 125 dirt bike the teen had recently acquired.Neither vehicle was loc…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Shunpike Road man has applied for an arrest warrant for his son, after the latter reportedly stole six packs of unopened, 1990s-era sports cards to trade for heroin.Sheriff’s deputies said the victim had originally agreed to forgo criminal charges in the case, on the condition that the son enter a hospital drug rehabilitation program. However, when…