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That lake-effect snow predicted for the last several days has arrived — just in time for a tricky Wednesday afternoon commute. The National Weather Service says the band of snow that formed earlier over the relatively warm waters of Lake Erie will stay in place for much of Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, causing low visibility and slick conditions. Meteorolo…

Crime

A City of Lockport man, originally charged with first-degree rape, was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail on a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching. Thomas J. Peckham Jr., 22, will not have to register as a sex offender. He was living on Ridge Road in Newfane when he was arrested May 15 in connection with allegations from an adult woman. He's been in jail ever sin…

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A car and a sport utility vehicle collided at Lockport and Hoover roads in Wheatfield about noon Wednesday, sending two people to local hospitals. A report from the scene said one of the drivers was seriously hurt and was transported to Erie County Medical Center, while the other, less badly injured, was taken to Mount St. Mary's Hospital. The Niagara County Sheriff'…

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Of all the vessels in the Buffalo River on Monday morning, Marcus Gillebaard probably had the tiniest. As the Navy's new hulking USS Little Rock warship sailed past to dock at Canalside, Gillebaard paddled nearby in a wooden kayak he and a friend fashioned to look like the original World War II-era USS Little Rock. Gillebaard, of North Tonawanda, built this craft tw…

Crime

Bail was set at $200,000 Wednesday for a man who was extradited from Alabama in connection with a fire at his boyfriend's Lockport apartment. Alex D. Brown, 37, of Rochester, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to second-degree arson and obstructing governmental administration. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Grundy said Brown was in an argument at the…

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has graduated its first class of care coordinators under a state Department of Health grant to prepare workforce candidates for the future of health care. Class members are the first of 120 people who will get education in partnership with Niagara County Community College by way of this two-year project. Care Coordination is an e…

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The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to identify a body found floating five months ago in Lake Ontario. On June 13, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a call to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at 1 Scott Ave., Youngstown, where the body of an unknown man was found. Authorities are still unsure how long the body had been in the water. The She…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man died Tuesday from a fatal gunshot wound, according to Niagara Falls Police. Police were called to the emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital at around 3 p.m., for a reported victim of a shooting, Niagara Falls Police said. When officers arrived, they found the victim, identified as Ladrae Walker, 26, who had sustained a single gunshot …

LOCKPORT -- S.E.R.V. Niagara is looking for active duty military, veterans and their families in Niagara County this holiday season to bring a little cheer into their lives with meals, toys and even Christmas trees for those who need assistance. The deadline for requests is Friday, Dec. 15. Volunteers will deliver a ham or turkey dinner with all of the trimmings for the…

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Three famous military stunt flying teams will headline the 2018 Thunder of Niagara Air Show at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The 914th Air Refueling Wing, the Air Force Reserve unit at the base, announced Tuesday that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team and the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbird Demonstration Team will perform at…

Crime

Friday, Cory Epps left prison after serving almost 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Now his son, Javonte L. Epps-Fisher, is headed to prison for shooting a man on Orchard Street in Lockport Oct. 13. After huddling with his father and defense attorney Ann Nichols, Epps-Fisher, 24, of Elmwood Avenue, Lockport, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduce…

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Almost 70,000 riders have used the free Discover Niagara Shuttle during its first two years of operation, connecting to more than a dozen stops between downtown Niagara Falls and Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, officials said Monday. Old Fort Niagara benefits the most from the shuttle service, with 60 percent of the riders stopping at the historical site. Half of the ri…

A Niagara Towers man told police he was "a little out of it'' when a friend came to his apartment late Saturday night and asked him to make change for what turned out to be a phony $100 bill. The victim, 37, said that he was awakened around 11:30 p.m. by the man, who came to his Cedar Avenue residence carrying a tattoo gun, a Bank of America card and a $100 bill. He ask…

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A Pendleton woman was charged with aggravated drunken driving Saturday after state troopers pulled her car out of a ditch on Campbell Boulevard. Troopers arrested Dawn M. Rubeck, 45, of Pendleton, after a finding her vehicle in a ditch while on routine patrol, according to Troop A Commander Edward J. Kennedy. Rubeck told State Police she drove into the ditch to avoid a …

The annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest is looking for bright, creative and all-round impressive decorating displays that Light Up Niagara! this season in the Town of Niagara. Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 15 at the Town Clerk's Office; enter by emailing svirtuoso@townofniagara.com or by calling (716) 297-2150, ext. 133. The Light Up Niagara! contest…