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One day after the campaign of Republican Rep. Chris Collins blasted his endorsed Democratic opponent for living outside the 27th congressional district, supporters of Nathan McMurray accused Collins of hypocrisy for making a similar run for Congress 20 years ago. Collins, a Clarence resident, lived outside the 29th congressional district when he made his unsuccessful ra…

Environment

Joe Williams Sr. counts himself among the Tuscarora Indian Reservation residents with "a good well." "No sulfur, smelled good," Williams said of the water at his home. "Most people around here aren't as lucky." Still, he won't drink the water. A federal report four years ago revealed many wells on the reservation are polluted – contaminated with E. coli bacteria, …

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Free opioid overdose rescue training will be offered throughout Niagara County next week. Participants will receive a free naloxone rescue kit after completing the training. The presenter is the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The training will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Lumber City Church, 383 Vandervoort, North Tonawanda. Reg…

Environment

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has a track record of restoring shorelines and watersheds. Now, in Niagara County, it has gone one step further: helping to put land under the control of a town. The Town of Niagara last week acquired the title to 30 acres of forested land near Niagara Falls International Airport. “It’s a really critical component,” said Joseph Gould, Wate…

“At the Table” will be the theme of a Black History Month program hosted by Niagara County Legislator Owen T. Steed (D-Niagara Falls) from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Doris Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. The free event will include a meal, discussion and remarks by Rev. Dion Greer of St. John’s A.M.E. Church. Steed called the annual obse…

Health and Fitness

Attorneys for Kaleida Health and a former emergency room doctor scored a partial victory Friday in the case of an Amherst man who was declared dead when he was still alive. Dr. Gregory C. Perry declared Michael Cleveland of Amherst dead in the DeGraff Memorial Hospital emergency room in North Tonawanda in 2014, but his wife, Tammy A. Cleveland, and Niagara County Corone…

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A former University at Buffalo soccer star from North Tonawanda pleaded guilty this week in federal court in New Jersey to submitting phony insurance claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, defrauding benefit programs to the tune of $45 million. Steven M. Butcher, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and violating an anti-kickback law, th…

Crime

Adrian R. Taylor of Rochester, charged with multiple thefts from Walmarts in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties, entered his third guilty plea Friday. Taylor, 40, asked for drug treatment as he admitted to a March 12 theft of more than $3,000 worth of goods from the Lockport Walmart. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. made no promises. Taylor, who has serv…

Buffalo

The public is invited at 4 p.m. on Feb. 28 to listen to 11 grant proposals being considered by the Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee. The presentations will be made at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Ste. 25. Awards will be announced March 23. The committee receives $2 million annually from the New York Powe…

Crime

Four people on probation suspected Niagara County Probation Officer Matthew V. Fender was stealing their medications when he counted their prescription pills in their homes or at a probation office. But they were reluctant to report Fender to authorities. "I did not report the issue of Probation Officer Fender taking my pills, as I did not believe that anyone would b…

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The Lockport Police Department has decided to allow its state accreditation to lapse when the five-year designation expires next month. A spokeswoman for the state Division of Criminal Justice Services said this week that Lockport withdrew in the wake of a January inspection. She said Lockport was not maintaining its program files in accordance with the 110 standards th…

Buffalo

A 38-year-old North Tonawanda man suffered a 3- to 4-inch gash on his arm after he was slashed with a butcher knife Thursday afternoon in a home in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood, according to a police report. The victim told Buffalo police he was hanging out with his girlfriend and another woman at about 12:15 p.m. on Newfield Street, near Esser Avenue, when his girl…

Crime

Christopher M. Wright, the Pendleton child molester whose 2016 flight from police led to a lockdown at Starpoint Central School, will serve 15 years in prison for sexual abuse of two boys and a girl, ages 12 to 14. "You left a toll of human wreckage that's going to reverberate for decades," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Wright Thursday. "I scarr…

Crime

Darnell Humphrey of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday to three crimes involving his ex-girlfriend and the couple's 5-year-old daughter. Humphrey, 33, of 22nd Street, admitted entering the woman's home on Cleveland Avenue in the Falls on Aug. 29 and Sept. 14 and striking her. On the first occasion, the daughter was present. On the second occasion, the woman had obtai…

Crime

Attorneys defending former state Sen. George D. Maziarz on felony election law charges have withdrawn requests for subpoenas directed to Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation, but succeeded in issuing a similar request for information from Niagara County. E. Stewart Jones of Troy, part of the Newfane Republican’s defense team, said late Thursday that he will no…