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NIAGARA FALLS – After assurances from an attendant at Niagara Majestic Tours that its lot in the 6500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard was “the safest parking lot to park in,” the driver of a rented van from Delaware told police Tuesday that it was hit by thieves while he and his passengers were taking a four-hour bus tour.The driver said the van’s lock was heavily damaged…

NIAGARA FALLS – A second arrest was made Tuesday in connection with a home invasion on Linwood Avenue in January.Lester M. Streeter, 18, of 22nd Street, was arraigned in City Court on felony charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. Released Wednesday after posting $3,000 bond, he will return to court Friday.Three masked men entered …

NIAGARA FALLS – An unnamed female employee is suspected of taking $2,500 in cash while working a shift as a finance cage cashier, the Seneca Niagara Casino’s head of security reports.He said that after the 43-year-old woman completed her shift from 10:15 p.m. on July 25 to 6:15 a.m. on July 26, the finance cage manager did a count of the drawer and found it $2,500 short. T…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara County Legislator Jason A. Zona and former Legislator Vincent M. Sandonato volleyed attacks back and forth Wednesday over whether the other had violated the law by not filing campaign finance reports.Both men asserted they didn’t have to file this month, although both ended up doing so late Tuesday.That didn’t come in time to stop a barrage of roboc…

LOCKPORT – Forfeiture of property by a Buffalo drug dealer has put Lockport Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette, at least part of the time, the chief explained at Wednesday’s meeting of the Common Council.Lockport is one of several local police agencies that assigned an officer to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Buffalo task …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – About 60 residents from the Belden Center area told the Town Board on Tuesday that it was high time something was done about the flooding, bad roads and unkempt properties in their “Shanty Town” neighborhood.The main issue they brought forward to the meeting was the flooding of their basements last month during a record heavy rainfall and why a state of e…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda woman who is charged with stabbing her live-in boyfriend to death rejected a plea offer Wednesday, and her attorney said she is likely to pursue her self-defense claim in a trial.Jennifer Marchant is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 6 death of Ralph D. Stone Jr., 24, in the couple’s Oliver Street apartment.Marchant…

LOCKPORT – Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Wednesday at a Town Board work session that construction bids are due for the planned new Walmart supercenter and that work could begin in October, more than nine years after the project was first proposed in early 2004.He said he was informed by a contractor performing site preparation work that the retail giant’s request for …

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For at least 18 months, FBI agents and the New York State Attorney General’s Office have been investigating Steven C. Richards, a feisty businessman who is now in his fifth term as supervisor of the Town of Niagara.Richards knows that authorities are investigating allegations that he has misused his public office, his attorney said Wednesday, and Richards vehemently denies…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was to have gone to trial Wednesday on a felony assault charge accepted a plea offer, and Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she is likely to give him a conditional discharge when he returns to court Nov. 8.Robert V. Abrams Jr., 48, of Ontario Avenue, admitted to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He had been charged with a f…

LOCKPORT – Joseph M. Gaines, 44, of Chestnut Road, Wilson, pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated in Niagara County Court Wednesday.County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing Nov. 7 for Gaines, who was arrested in Wilson Feb. 2. He has a previous DWI conviction from 2005.

LOCKPORT – A Level 2 sex offender pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Wednesday to a charge stemming from an accident in which his vehicle struck a pedestrian, and also to failing to register a change of address with the police.Mark J. Brown, 44, of 87th Street, Niagara Falls, is to be sentenced by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Nov. 8 for tampering with physical evid…

LOCKPORT – A man who was arrested when Niagara Falls narcotics offers raided his apartment June 19 pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court Wednesday.Jose D. Garcia, 54, of Niagara Street in the Falls, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.Police seized alleged heroin in the raid and accused Garcia of planning to sell it.

LOCKPORT – A man denied the charges at his arraignment Tuesday on an indictment charging him with an April 18 break-in at a home on Lake Road in Wilson.Kristopher L. Buehler, 28, of 18th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny in Niagara County Court.Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported at the time that they…

NIAGARA FALLS – A second arrest was made Tuesday in connection with a home invasion on Linwood Avenue in January.Lester M. Streeter, 18, of 22nd Street was arraigned in City Court following his arrest Tuesday on felony charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. He was released Wednesday after posting a $3,000 bond. A return court date…