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A bounce house at a Niagara County corn maze became airborne Sunday when strong winds swept through the area, carrying several children with it as it went off the ground and bumping a woman standing nearby. The bounce house was part of the children's play area at The Maize, 3901 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield. A wind gust picked the bounce house up shortly before 2 p…

LEWISTON – A Page Avenue man is out $4,000 after falling for a telephone scam by someone posing as an IRS agent. The victim told police that he received a call earlier this week from a man claiming to be an IRS agent, saying that his tax returns had been audited for the past seven years and that several fraudulent claims had been identified. The caller told the victim…

A 21-year-old Niagara Falls man has been arrested in a fatal shooting in a gas station’s parking lot Saturday morning. The incident occurred at around 10:20 a.m., when the Niagara Falls Police Department received a call that a man was shot at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue. Witnesses told police that after the victim was shot, he was put into a car and driven off. P…

Genesee County's industrial development authority paid tens of thousands of dollars in annual performance bonuses to CEO Steven G. Hyde until a watchdog agency criticized the practice. The authority ended the incentive payments in 2012, but not before paying Hyde a final bonus, his largest yet, of $142,000. Hyde's pay hasn't suffered without the bonuses, however. At …

The former hallways of a Niagara Falls middle school are about to welcome new footsteps. But this time, they're residents, not students. Developer CB Emmanuel Realty celebrated the grand opening of its new Niagara City Lofts project Friday, marking the culmination of a $24.4 million redevelopment of the former South Junior High School into workforce housing. Opened i…

Downtown merchants and hoteliers in Niagara Falls will make a new effort to attract people during the holiday shopping season. The "Jingle Falls USA" activities are scheduled on three Saturdays: Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Highlights include a giant gingerbread house at the Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute. The two-story house, which will be open Friday…

A missing 90-year-old Wheatfield man has been found safe, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. The man had last been seen at about 4 a.m. Friday walking on Crestwood Court, off Witmer Road near Niagara Falls Boulevard, the Sheriff's Office said. The man was found safe shortly after 8 a.m., deputies said.  

Ryan Petersen of North Tonawanda became the first of three suspects to plead guilty in connection with a burglary in Porter last year. Petersen, 26, of Oakdale Drive, accepted a plea offer to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary. He could be imprisoned for as long as seven years when he is sentenced Dec. 14 by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III…

The proposed 2018 City of Lockport budget, released Thursday, carries a tax levy increase exactly equal to the tax cap for the city: 1.84 percent. Director of Finance Scott A. Schrader said the tax rate would rise 28 cents, to $17.70 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That's equal to a $28 increase on the tax bill for a house assessed at $100,000. However, Schrader sai…

A rebound in its Asian construction markets helped Taylor Devices boost its first-quarter profits by 44 percent, the North Tonawanda shock absorber manufacturer said Thursday. The company's sales grew by 14 percent to $6.6 million during the quarter that ended in August, compared with $5.8 million a year earlier, as its revenue from Asian projects rose by 30 percent. Sa…

The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into the organization inspired a mixed response in Scouting ranks in the Buffalo Niagara region. The head of the region's largest group for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts said he thought the change would be well-received by parents of a daughter who wants to follow their brother into Cub Scouts. A veteran Northtowns…

Bobcat of Buffalo, a heavy equipment dealer, asked the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency for a tax break allowing it to move from the Town of Lockport to Pendleton. The move is across South Transit Road from the current Bobcat location at 6511 S. Transit Road to a new site the company has purchased on the Pendleton side of Route 78, at 6830 S. Transit Road,…

Local governments would receive more money from Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. if its Batavia Downs Gaming site was taxed at the same rate as other sites in the state. Western OTB President and CEO Henry F. Wojtaszek called for tax parity legislation Wednesday. He said the state taxes the gaming center in Batavia at 65 percent, the highest rate in the state,…

The owners of the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls have been shut out of state incentives for their $20 million water park project, but local agencies are not holding back. The Niagara Daredevil Waterpark was awarded a $1 million grant Wednesday from the newly created Tourism Target Zone Fund, overseen by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. …