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YOUNGSTOWN – Old Fort Niagara will re-create the events of 1759 Friday through Sunday, during the fort’s 34th annual French and Indian War Encampment, its largest event of the year.The program features two battle re-enactments each day, 18th century artisans, music, living history programs and other activities. Hundreds of authentically equipped re-enactors will portray Fr…

More than 100 members of the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard have been deployed to Southwest Asia as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.The unit members, based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, will conduct personnel and cargo transports as well as medical evacuations.The deployment will be several months long, according to the unit’s command.…

Crime

LOCKPORT – John R. Freeman Jr. admitted Wednesday in Niagara County Court that he killed a 5-year-old girl he was baby-sitting last year in a Niagara Falls home.Freeman, 17, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence for killing Isabella M. Tennant, of Cheektowaga, and throwing her body into a garbage tote in…

NIAGARA FALLS – It looks like the school district’s “friends and family plan” is alive and well.The wives of two School Board members got new jobs as secretaries in the district’s central office.The hiring of Julia M. Destino, wife of board member Johnny G. Destino, and Diana M. Restaino, who’s married to board member Robert M. Restaino, got the board’s stamp of approval a…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Two men were charged Wednesday with operating a marijuana growing operation at their home on Divide Road, and they face further charges after a 3-year-old was found in the house with full access to all of the plants, growing supplies and equipment.The Niagara County Drug Task Force raided the home in the 4600 block of Divide Road following a one-month inv…

LOCKPORT – The damage to the city’s infrastructure caused in Friday’s flash flood qualified for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, inspectors told Mayor Michael W. Tucker on Wednesday.Tucker said the total value of reimbursable work was set at $800,000. The city will be able to obtain the money as long as the overall flood damage estimate for New Y…

NIAGARA FALLS – Following an investigation the Niagara Falls Narcotics Bureau charged a man who is suspected of dealing marijuana in the city.Shawn R. Finitz, 38, of 61st Street was charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia after narcotics detective served a search warrant at his home in the 200 block of 61st Street j…

More than 100 members of the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard have been deployed to southwest Asia as part of Operating Enduring Freedom.The unit members, based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, will be conducting personnel and cargo transports as well as medical evacuations.The deployment will be several months long, according to the unit’s co…

Crime

LOCKPORT – John R. Freeman Jr. admitted in Niagara County Court today that he killed a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting last year.Freeman, 17, of Sixth Street. Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence for throwing the corpse of Isabella M. Tennant of Cheektowaga into a stolen garbage tote in Niagara Falls Aug. 26.Niagara …

VWR International, a global provider of laboratory supplies equipment and services, has acquired United Biochemicals Inc., based in Sanborn.United Biochemicals, which has 47 employees, was founded in 1996 and is a supplier of high purity buffers used in biochemical research. VWR’s headquarters are in Radnor, Pa.“United Biochemicals’ manufacturing expertise, combined with V…

LOCKPORT – Mayor Michael W. Tucker called Tuesday for Lockport residents whose properties incurred damage in Friday’s flash flood to file notices of claim against the city.Tucker said the primary purpose of that procedure is to compile a list of damaged properties to give to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose damage-assessment team is expected in Lockport next …

YOUNGSTOWN – One of the largest events of the year at Old Fort Niagara, the French and Indian War Encampment, will welcome hundreds of re-enactors and thousands of visitors Friday through Sunday.Each day the dramatic events of the summer of 1759 will be re-enacted, with two battles daily, as well as living history demonstrations, 18th century artisans, music, Native Americ…

NIAGARA FALLS - The city School Board on Tuesday night elected board member Russell Petrozzi as president and board member Nicholas Vilardo as vice president.Petrozzi received seven votes because one member of the nine-member board was absent at the time the vote was taken. Vilardo received eight votes because the member was present for this vote.They were the only members…

LOCKPORT – The city’s annual Independence Day parade steps off at 6 p.m. today along Locust Street, Alderman Patrick W. Schrader announced.The parade is expected to be the largest ever, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said.The route runs from Lockport High School to Main Street.Lockport will hold its fireworks at dusk Thursday in Outwater Park.

OLCOTT – For the third time this season, Krull Park Beach on Lake Ontario has been ordered closed to swimming.The Niagara County Health Department announced Tuesday afternoon that high bacteria levels found in routine water testing resulted in its shutdown order. The beach will remain closed to swimming until new testing shows lower bacteria counts.