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By the time those battling drug addiction get to the Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Supportive Living Program, they have gone through inpatient rehab and multiresidential treatment settings as they try to rebuild their lives. It can take months – or maybe never – before they have the opportunity to live in one of 19 apartment houses in Erie and Niagara counties as Ti…

A Niagara Falls woman has been arrested after allegedly giving a city police officer the middle finger. The woman was standing outside Andy's Quick Stop at 18th and Niagara streets on Wednesday night when the officer, who recognized the woman, was driving by, according to a city police report. The pair made eye contact, according to the report, and the woman made the…

Three years after a plan to buy a Cisco Systems telecommunications package for Niagara County government fell apart when a local vendor complained of alleged bid-rigging, the County Legislature has purchased a Cisco phone and data system after all. This time, Information Technology Director William H. Flynn said, "We went through a very thorough vetting process with …

A Hamburg man was assigned Thursday to the state prison system's boot camp-like "shock incarceration" program for his role in a 2016 burglary on Brayley Road in Porter. Patrick M. Stevens, 24, of South Park Avenue, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in connection with the Feb. 15, 2016 break-in. He will serve one to three years in a regular cell if he doesn…

A North Tonawanda man who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm will spend the next two years in prison. Abimael Mercado, 36, was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, said Mercado was arrested on May 11, 2016, during a police raid on his home. Law enforcement o…

A body that was recovered June 2 by the U.S. Coast Guard from Lake Ontario in Youngstown has been identified, according to authorities. State Parks Police identified the man as Kirk R. Jones of Spring Hill, Fla., a daredevil who was in the Niagara Falls area on April 19. Det. Sgt. Brian Nisbet said an investigation revealed that Jones may have been attempting a stunt…

After Rebecca Florio lost a sister to breast cancer nearly two decades ago, she learned that she doesn’t appear to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. That didn’t mean she was invincible, however, so she continued to get an annual mammogram. When she was diagnosed last November, she was in the early stage. “It was surreal, really quite a shock – and…

Some of the small gathering of spectators who watched Erendira Wallenda's gymnastic show while dangling beneath a helicopter said they couldn't tell for sure when she was hanging by her teeth during her 12-minute performance above the Horseshoe Falls. "I couldn't tell. I was trying to wait for it," said Brian Chambers of Niagara Falls. Photo gallery: Erendira Wallend…

Erendira Wallenda just showed the world her iron jaw. Before a global audience on Thursday morning, Wallenda twice dangled by her teeth from a helicopter a few hundred feet above Niagara Falls. Wallenda bit onto a customized mouthpiece that was attached to the bottom of a black helicopter hovering over the Horseshoe Falls. A fall from that height would mean certai…

A Niagara Falls man was sentenced Wednesday to 7 1/2 years in state prison for setting a fire at the home of a woman who had an order of protection against him. Otis B. Tilford, 63, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree arson. The maximum penalty for that is 15 years in prison, but State Supreme Court Justice Richard…

Rafael Morales of Niagara Falls, a Level 3 sex offender, will be making his third trip to state prison, this time for brandishing a box cutter as he charged a police officer Jan. 13. The incident occurred at the 12th Street home of Morales, 58. Falls police reported that they were summoned to the home because a man was cutting himself with a box cutter, and when they …

Donald M. Sinclair, a plumber accused of inflicting a traumatic brain injury in beating up a Niagara Falls man last year, was jailed Wednesday after a revised indictment charged him with first-degree manslaughter. Sinclair, 38, of Ransomville, pleaded not guilty to the new charge. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. accepted a prosecution request to in…