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A young person fell or jumped from a second-story window at a Lockport school and was transported by Mercy Flight to a hospital in Buffalo, City of Lockport Police Chief Michael F. Niethe confirmed on Monday. Lockport City School District officials issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that Emmet Belknap Intermediate School had "activated a hold-in place as a resu…

Hate crime accusations against a Wilson man were dismissed Monday, and he was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an incident the judge blamed on "consuming copious amounts of malt beverages." State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. granted a one-year conditional discharge to Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, who was indicted on h…

It's "all hands on deck" at the Buffalo office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, processing emergency repair permits for those whose property along Lake Ontario has been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. "It was pretty straightforward, I'll give them that," Ben Faery of Wilson said. He said he filled out a one-page form and in two days ha…

Lawrence E. Smith of Niagara Falls racked up his third felony conviction in six years when he pleaded guilty to possessing an illegal handgun. Smith, 28, of Orleans Avenue had a loaded revolver when Falls police stopped him for a parole violation at the Coastal gas station on 19th Street on Nov. 28. He pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of attempted second-deg…

Mark J. Light was charged Thursday with illegally growing marijuana at his former home in Lewiston. Light, 29, who now lives on Bridgeman Road in Sanborn, pleaded not guilty to an indictment unsealed in Niagara County Court. He was accused of having 6.35 pounds of marijuana when police searched his former home on Model City Road July 24. Light also picked up a felony…

Michelle M. Roman, a teacher at Holley Central School, is running for 5th Ward alderman in this fall's City of Lockport election. Roman, a first-time candidate, apparently will face a Democratic primary against Alderman Richard E. Abbott, who drew the party's ire after voting against Common Council resolutions that sought to restore the Fire Department's ambulance …

City of Lockport firefighters will collect money Tuesday in their annual "Fill the Boot" campaign against muscular dystrophy. Firefighters hope to get donations from passing motorists from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at three major intersections in Lockport: Main and Cottage streets, Lincoln and Beattie avenues, and Lincoln Avenue and South Transit Street. The Lockport Pro…

Niagara County's emergency declaration for its four towns along Lake Ontario, which was to have expired Saturday, has been extended for another 30 days. County crews have piled sandbags and built berms in the areas most vulnerable to flooding, according to Jonathan F. Schultz, the county's emergency management director. The International Joint Commission has been in…

Shirley A. Nicholas, whose activism is credited with producing a cleanup of toxic sites in her Lockport neighborhood after decades of government inaction, has been honored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's highest award. Nicholas, 80, is one of this year's winners of the Environmental Champion Award. She was nominated by the EPA's Buffalo-area spokesman, M…

Donna L. Braun, North Tonawanda 2nd Ward alderwoman, announced Thursday she will run for re-election to her third term this fall. Braun, a Republican, said she also will seek the nominations of the Conservative and Independence parties. Braun said she intends to concentrate on economic development projects. She said, “We have made needed upgrades to our Oliver…

A Gasport man was arrested by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies Friday after allegedly attempting to break into a Town of Lockport house. Hugh R. Jackson, 61, was charged with second-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglar's tools, fourth-degree criminal mischief, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal possession of mar…

The U.S.-Canadian agency that controls the flow of water out of Lake Ontario is increasing the flow in the face of record high water levels. But the move comes too late for many property owners whose land has been damaged by erosion and flooding this spring. Juanita Haight Erwin of Tonawanda, co-owner of Haight's Park, a farm and campground on Lower Lake Road in So…

More than half of upstate New Yorkers believe that people show concern and caring for those with mental illness, although many with mental health issues don’t sense that this is the case, according to a new Univera Healthcare report. The Western New York insurer used self-reported survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and fou…