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The winning bids at Saturday's annual Niagara County tax foreclosure auction totaled more than $1 million. County Treasurer Kyle R. Andrews said the county made a profit, because the unpaid taxes written off on the 58 properties sold totaled slightly under $500,000. More than 30 parcels were withdrawn from the auction because of legal objections from tax-delinquent …

The family home of Aaron Mossell in Lockport seems on its way to being saved. Mossell, the grandson of a slave, is credited with forcing the Lockport Board of Education to desegregate Lockport's public schools – about 80 years before the U.S. Supreme Court ordered nationwide desegregation in 1954. Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said the two-story brick house will be fixed…

An engineering company will investigate why smelly black water was released July 29 into the lower Niagara River. The smelly discharge near the Maid of the Mist dock was seen and smelled by thousands of tourists that Saturday afternoon, and a video of the spreading black stain went viral. The Niagara Falls Water Board, whose wastewater treatment plant was the source …

The lift bridge over the Erie Canal on Main Street in Gasport will be closed Aug. 21 for about four weeks of repairs on the lifting system, the state Canal Corp. announced last week. It's the only bridge over the canal in that hamlet. The pedestrian walkways will remain available, spokesman Steven Gosset said, except for a brief period while the bridge is placed in the …

Apartment investors Matthew Cherry and Robert Morgan have acquired a two-bedroom townhome community in Niagara Falls, adding to their growing joint portfolio in the Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan area. Cherry's Tonawanda-based Glendale Development and Morgan Communities paid $5.5 million to buy the Milpine Gardens Townhomes at 8509 Krull Pkwy. The companies, through MC…

A City of Lockport man was charged early Sunday with a felony count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person for allegedly punching a man with Down syndrome in the mouth. Donathan L. Alston, 45, of East Avenue was arrested about 1 a.m. Sunday on Locust Street. Lockport police said that at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Alston visited a South Street apartment wher…

Christopher Bohnenkamp, the co-founder of Niagara Jet Adventures, a Youngstown tour boat company, was sentenced last week to five years and three months in federal prison on charges of defrauding 13 people in eight states and Canada who tried to buy jet boats from his Idaho-based boat-building company. According to court papers, Bohnenkamp spent the money on gambling, …

The Starpoint Central School District will host a substitute teacher job recruiting fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 in the high school library, 4363 Mapleton Road, Pendleton. Personnel Director Patricia L. Brzezinski said that applicants must possess any bachelor's degree or be a current candidate in an education program at a university or college. Applicants mus…

Gary Hall has such fond childhood memories playing at the Boys & Girls Club on 17th Street in Niagara Falls. Hall has remained involved with the club as a board member for 25 to 30 years and currently as an emeritus member, but the local businessman and philanthropist is now looking to establish his own place to enhance the lives of city youth. After two years of…

VILLAGE OF LEWISTON – An Oriole Lane man told police that a woman stole several items from his home while he was on the telephone reporting her to police. The victim told police that Ashley R. Lelievre came to his apartment last Sunday morning, took his cellular telephone and locked herself in his bathroom. He went to a neighbor's apartment to call police, during whic…

A woman and four children were injured when a minivan went off the road into a ditch and flipped several times Saturday afternoon in Wilson. The driver and two of the most seriously injured children were later airlifted from the scene. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the South Wilson Fire Department responded to the one-vehicle crash at about 4:10 p.m. on Route …

Joshua I. Ramos' name stays on the ballot for Wheatfield town justice, after a judge rejected an effort by one of his opponents to kick him off the primary ballot. State Supreme Court Ralph A. Boniello III  upheld Ramos' nominating petitions for the Republican, Democratic and Independence parties, although he did throw Ramos out of the Working Families primary. Boni…

A judge appointed a referee Thursday to preside over a foreclosure auction for the North Tonawanda History Museum, but the actual order to foreclose has not yet been signed, court officials said. The museum, which owes nearly $300,000 on a mortgage held by Regent Properties, the former owner of the Webster Street building, has been struggling for months to try to avoid…

A garbage can tossed from an upper floor of a Niagara Falls parking garage struck and injured a 50-year-old tourist from Ohio as she was walking with her family Wednesday night, city police said. The woman was walking behind her husband and two children on Rainbow Boulevard past the downtown parking ramp at about 10:30 p.m. when the husband heard a loud "boom," accordin…