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May 17, 1928 – Feb. 14, 2018 Dr. Clayburn Carter Booth of Wilson, a family physician in Niagara County for more than 50 years, died Wednesday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. He was 89. He was born in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queen and earned a degree from City College of New York. He served in the Army at the end of World War II a…

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“Niagara’s Shared Vision for Better Population Health” will be the topic at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s first floor auditorium, 621 10th St. The free forum will serve two purposes. “We have made significant progress in meeting some of the health care challenges we’ve discussed in previous forums and we want to report on that, however,…

The Niagara Falls Power Cats Wrestling program’s sixth annual spaghetti dinner and basket auction is planned for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Niagara Active Hose Fire Hall, 6010 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls. A $10 donation includes dinner and one sheet of basket auction tickets. Additional sheets are $5 each or 5 sheets for $20. Ticket drawings begin at 6 p.m. …

The community is invited to a session of the Niagara Falls Housing Court from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday to learn how the Niagara Falls Community Development and Code Enforcement Departments work to ensure responsible maintenance of housing stock, which affects a neighborhood’s quality of life. Housing Court is held in Courtroom 22 of Niagara Falls City Court, 1925 Main St. …

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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…