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Environment

Two Niagara County men, whose father died of prostate cancer decades after working around radioactive materials in a Niagara Falls factory, filed suit Thursday to reverse the federal government's denial of a $150,000 compensation claim. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington by Buffalo attorney R. Hugh Stephens on behalf of Shannon and Kevin Young, the…

Niagara County

SANBORN – A free workshop to help special education students, their parents and/or caregivers plan for the transition from middle school to high school will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Conference Center, 4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. The program is hosted by the Orleans, Niagara and Erie Counties Special Education P…

Crime

A 45-year-old Niagara Falls man was involved in three different police calls Friday following a night of drinking. Officers first encountered him at 8 p.m. at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he claimed he was the victim of an assault in a bar. However, at the bar, a couple told officers that the "victim" had made advances toward the wife and, when he was re…

Environment

A $2.1 million plan to restore as much of the Niagara River Gorge's original plant habitat as possible will be unveiled at a public meeting Monday night in Niagara Falls. The aim is to root out non-native plants that have grown over the years and replace them with original plants, many of them endangered. Norway maple trees and the common buckthorn shrub are among …

Environment

An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year. It's enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes. The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffa…

Construction and Growth

Wheatfield Commons, a 55,000-square-foot senior facility offering assisted living and memory care, has opened at 3920 Forest Parkway, east of Shawnee Road in Wheatfield. The project, owned by DePaul, a Rochester-based non-profit human services agency, includes 80 one-story units of assisted living and 34 units of memory care for patients with Alzheimer's disease and o…

Buffalo

Among the many remarkable births and babies over the last century at Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo was Bridgett Maskell's. On Oct. 1, 2009, the Lockport mom gave birth to quintuplets, believed to be the only quints born in modern Western New York history. Maskell was sent to the high-risk clinic at Children's as soon as her doctor saw in the sonogram tha…

  YOUNGSTOWN - Soon thousands of tiny lights will illuminate the dark rural skies at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, paying homage to the spiritual aspect of the upcoming Christmas holy days and drawing hundreds of spectators.    The Barnabite Fathers are readying for their annual Festival of Lights, which begins Nov. 18 and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. eac…

Local News

Two days after being elected a Lockport alderwoman for 2018-19, Amanda E. Farrell was appointed Thursday to serve as alderwoman at large for the rest of 2017. She replaces Democratic Alderman at Large R. Joseph O'Shaughnessy, whose resignation reached Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey Wednesday. By law, a registered Democrat had to be appointed to the vacancy. Farrell is a Dem…

Local News

Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski announced Thursday that he will hold two more public information sessions next week on state-mandated pistol permit recertification. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Calvin K. Richards Senior Center, 7000 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. The NY…

Bobcat of Buffalo, a heavy equipment dealer in the Town of Lockport, will move across the road to Pendleton with the help of a tax incentive package approved Wednesday by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. The dealership, now located at 6511 S. Transit Road, will move to the former Eagle Crest golf driving range at 6830 S. Transit Road. It will build an …

Crime

A Lewiston woman may be sent to prison for as long as 15 years after admitting in State Supreme Court Thursday that she violated the terms of her probation in connection with a fatal crash in 2013. Taylor J. Clause, 22, of Walmore Road, admitted that she missed four appointments with her probation officer this year. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled resentencing…

Crime

The attorney for Jamell Parker said Thursday that his client did not kill a man during a card game Oct. 28. "He indicates to me this is a mistake and he is not the person who committed this crime," Niagara County Assistant District Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said as Parker pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to murder and criminal possession of …

Crime

A Niagara Falls woman was arrested early Thursday on felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after a traffic stop on Weston Avenue, state police said. State troopers reported stopping Kathleen Murphy, 51, just before 2 a.m. after they observed her failure to stay in the driving lane. A strong odor of alcohol was detected on her breath breath, t…

Education

A public hearing Thursday on an updated sex education policy in the Niagara Falls School District – which would include the availability of contraceptives outside school doors – largely turned into a debate on Planned Parenthood. Most of the voices in favor were those of students, some of them affiliated with Planned Parenthood as peer educators. Superintendent…