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The former North Tonawanda firefighter who set fire to the apartment of the city's only black fireman said Friday he might have been drinking before he did it. Matthew W. Jurado, who told police he set fire to the home of Kenneth D. Walker because he was angry over having been ousted from one of the city's volunteer fire companies, pleaded guilty as charged to second-de…

Dillon Hossbach admitted Friday that he killed his infant son last year by striking him in the head repeatedly. "I struck him," Hossbach told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. "I hadn't had a lot of sleep the night before. I lost my temper." Defense attorney Dominic Saraceno said Hossbach, 25, erupted because nearly 6-month-old William Hossbach, also call…

A birdwatching hike in the Niagara River Gorge is set from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Western New York Land Conservancy, which is working on a multiyear gorge restoration project. Tom Kerr, a naturalist from the Buffalo Audubon Society, will lead the hike, which the Conservancy said will be strenuous, involving hiking up and down steep and rough terrain. Pa…

A City of Lockport man, convicted in 2013 of raping his best friend's girlfriend, had his sentence reduced Thursday after a partially successful appeal. A jury convicted Dalvan H. Robinson, 55, of first- and third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse in connection with an attack on a 37-year-old woman on July 30, 2011, in a South Street home in Lockport. Niagar…

Ashley Fabio of Grand Island knows all too well what it's like to live with cystic fibrosis, a progressive genetic disease with no cure that causes persistent lung infections. Some have compared cystic fibrosis to breathing through a straw. Since 2007, when Fabio graduated high school, she has been hospitalized every three months for two weeks at a time. She receives…

A Niagara Falls convenience store owner got a little more than she bargained for after chasing after a customer who walked out without paying. A man walked into a Pine Avenue convenience store at about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, grabbed a bag of chips and a pop and walked to the counter for a pack of cigarettes and a cigar. He tried paying with a credit card, but got denied sev…

A 33-year-old Buffalo man was rescued after falling about 70 feet in the Niagara Gorge on Thursday night, according to the Niagara Falls Fire Department. The man, identified by State Parks Police as Christopher Travis, was walking with his girlfriend when he slipped off the edge of a path in gorge, in the area of the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, just before 9 p.m. Tr…

A 2-year-old boy who fell from a second-story window in Niagara Falls avoided serious injury, according to police and the boy's grandmother. Niagara Falls police responded to the Monteagle Ridge Estates on Hyde Park Boulevard at about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 call from a neighbor, according to a police report. The boy fell after pressing up against a window scr…

Alexis W. Cruz, who fled the area after being arrested for a Dec. 3 hit-and-run crash that seriously injured four people in Lockport, was ordered held without bail Thursday after pleading not guilty to a 25-count indictment. Cruz, 20, of Keck Road, Town of Lockport, was arrested in his native Delaware and extradited to Niagara County after failing to appear for a March …

A member of a Niagara County grand jury was prosecuted for texting information about cases to a friend during testimony, District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Thursday. A fellow juror saw the texts on the phone of Joseph M. Caccese, 62, of Elliott Drive, Lewiston, during sessions on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and reported them to a prosecutor, according to court papers.…

It appears the City of Lockport will keep the services of Twin City Ambulance Co., after an effort to seek new bids failed at Wednesday's Common Council meeting. Alderman Mark S. Devine's motion to issue a new request for proposals failed to draw the necessary four votes. Only two other aldermen, R. Joseph O'Shaughnessy and Anita Mullane, voted with him. Council Presi…

A North Tonawanda woman who police said has had her driver's license revoked four times was charged with driving while intoxicated in the City of Tonawanda Thursday morning after she nearly struck a police vehicle. Heather R. Kelly, 38, of Oliver Street, also was charged with resisting arrest for allegedly kicking police officers while being taken into custody, City o…

One of the two women "endorsed" in a racist flyer mailed to residents won election Tuesday to the Lewiston-Porter School Board. Both candidates for School Board vehemently disavowed the flyer, and the school district also condemned the campaign mailer urging voters to "Keep Lew-Port white." All the candidates in the race are white. The winners in that race are incumb…

Jim Pritchard and Gary Rouleau, co-directors of North Tonawanda's Riviera Theatre, were relieved of their duties Tuesday night by the theater's board of directors. Pritchard and Rouleau both confirmed the firings, which happened during the monthly board meeting at the theater. "All I can say is we were informed last night that we were apparently not generating enough…