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NIAGARA FALLS - A  Saskatchewan woman was arrested after causing a disturbance Friday night at the Rapids Theater on Main Street, Niagara Falls police said. Lara D. Bomberry, 36, of Regina,  was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident in the nightclub about 10:30 p.m. Police said Bomberry was intoxicated and twice punched a security guard, who was  tryi…

Fliers related to white supremacist topics were found earlier this week in the driveways of more than a dozen homes in Lewiston, according to town police. Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said the fliers were distributed sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. They were found at properties on Mohawk Street, Chicora Road and Lower River Ro…

The man who robbed and sexually abused a Japanese woman during her visit to Niagara Falls in 2015 was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday by a Niagara County judge. Robert E. MacLeod, 45, of 30th Street in the Falls, was sentenced to 15 years for his conviction on two counts of second-degree robbery and seven years in prison for first-degree sexual assault. "That …

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation’s decision this week to stop paying the state more than $100 million a year in casino revenue sharing caught leaders in Albany completely off guard. But on the Seneca territories, more than 300 miles away, tribal officials have known for months that this day was coming. Seneca officials did not raise a grievance with the state in 2013 w…

Erie County is losing population – but that’s happening across the state. More people are moving out than moving in here, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2016 estimate reverses a growth trend in Erie County and in New York State, where population dropped for the first time in a decade. “People are moving away from the state,” said Peter Borsella, …

The Seneca Nation of Indians is looking to make financial agreements directly with the three cities that host its casinos, President Todd Gates said Thursday. "Our obligation to the state ended," Gates said during a news conference on the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus territory. "This will be something new." The Seneca leader contends that the Senecas' 2002 gamblin…

The North Tonawanda School Board is considering cutting six teachers and an administrator and raising taxes by 1.48 percent after it rejected creating a 3 percent utility tax to balance its budget. The utility tax on cellphone bills and gas and electric bills for residents and businesses in the North Tonawanda zip code had been discussed by the board for the past few m…

A Niagara Falls man has become the first person charged with violating the city's new ordinance aimed at cracking down on dumping, authorities said. Dennis Gulley, 65, was arrested on March 8 after two television sets, a mattress and a box spring were found dumped at the corner of Grove Avenue and 13th Street, authorities said. According to police, Gulley was capture…

A newly formed group – WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal – has attracted 3,100 Facebook followers in less than a month and just reached its first goal: To garner 1,000 signatures on an online petition calling for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to "tear down the tolls." The next goal will be to raise that to 10,000 signatures, which co-chairman Brian R. Michel of…

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators Wednesday – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations, as part of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, both with deep roots as North Tonawanda Republicans, are scheduled to be a…

ALBANY – The Seneca Nation of Indians is ending all casino payments to the state government effective next week, setting up a confrontation with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The decision stops the flow of more than $110 million a year to Albany, a portion of which then goes to host casino communities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca. The Senecas say they are abidin…

SOMERSET -- On the far eastern edge of Golden Hill State Park, captivating and ornate features hint at the elaborate estate that once stood on the bank of Lake Ontario. From the curved-top terra cotta stucco-finished walls to the herringbone-design brick patio, from the rectangular fish pond with its frog fountain to the brick and stone wall whimsically inlaid with pa…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A South Buffalo man is dead after he jumped out a second-story window Monday morning, though police aren't sure exactly what happened or why. North Tonawanda police responded to 84 Sweeney St., at 7:19 a.m. Monday for the report of a disturbance and a man acting irrationally, Police Detective Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said. The man was running up and …