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SANBORN – Niagara County Community College will host a free flu shot clinic today as part of a county Health Department emergency exercise.It’s a test of the county’s ability to administer large amounts of medications from the Strategic National Stockpile quickly in case of a disaster. For two hours, county crews will pretend to distribute antibiotics on campus as part of …

NIAGARA FALLS – Residents in DeVeaux may put leaves out today, as city crews will be around to collect them. Crews will shift to Cayuga Island on Monday and Tuesday, Public Works Director David L. Kinney said.Kinney asked residents not to put leaves into the street until they are told that crews will be making pickups in their neighborhood. Residents also should not put br…

As of today the Niagara County Sheriff’s 911 center, following other counties statewide in a cost-saving and efficiency effort, will be dispatching calls for the State Police stations in both Lockport and the Town of Niagara, and state troopers assigned to those stations will be switched to the Sheriff’s Office police radio frequency as their primarily channel, Niagara Cou…

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NIAGARA FALLS – The Maid of the Mist has found a new winter home, just a little bit south of its old digs and on the other side of the river.But to get there, some serious heavy lifting took place Thursday in the Lower Niagara.The workhorse tasked with hoisting the two tour boats, each tipping the scales at 125 tons, never even broke a sweat. Built in Germany and England o…

Eileen Colvin, 63, of Niagara County says she likes children, but she really is questioning the behavior and anger of some of them after she said she was “knocked out cold” when she stepped in to try to help two girls who were being bullied by a 17-year-old student as the bus drove the students home after school on Wednesday.The at-risk and troubled students on the bus fro…

NIAGARA FALLS – Several teenagers were seen breaking into an apartment just after midnight Wednesday in the 1500 block of LaSalle Avenue while the owner was at work. The intruders made off with several jars of coins valued at a total of $1,250.A witness told police he was asleep and heard pounding and then saw three to five males fleeing from a first floor apartment.The vi…

LOCKPORT – Three defendants, two of them parole violators, pleaded guilty this week in Niagara County Court in connection with the Aug. 26 gunpoint robbery of three men on High Street in Lockport.Thursday, Dominique Q. Houser, 23, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted second-degree robbery. The same plea was entered Wednesday by Rakeem J. Hamilton, 17, of Li…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 17-year-old who allegedly pointed a gun at a clerk in the robbery of a 19th Street store, was found by police and charged on Wednesday. A second male still was being sought.Sharod L. Gulley of Cudaback Avenue was arraigned in City Court on Thursday on charges of first and second-degree robbery and was remanded to Niagara County Jail on $100,000 bail. He w…

LOCKPORT – A Level 1 sex offender from Royalton admitted Thursday in Niagara County Court that he violated the Sex Offender Registration Act in February by failing to inform state officials of an Internet account he opened.Michael W. Lanham, 24, of Akron Road, faces up to four years in state prison for that, along with another four years for violating the terms of probatio…

LOCKPORT – William P. Matthews, a married father of five children, all of them under age nine, pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to possession of 0.19 ounces of cocaine on Nov. 1, 2012.Matthews, 39, of Whitney Avenue, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas after his guilty plea to …

LOCKPORT – Two Town of Lockport residents and a Niagara Falls woman pleaded not guilty to felony drug indictments Thursday.In State Supreme Court, Carmelo J. Fiorello, 35, of Maplewood Drive, Lockport, denied two counts each of fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen to a police …

North Tonawanda police have located a missing man who suffers from dementia and a heart condition.Ronald Masters, 79, had last been seen on Oct. 17 in North Tonawanda and police sought help from the public on Tuesday. He was found uninjured this morning, according to police.

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – State Police identified the victim of a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon as James J. Silva, 60, of North Tonawanda.Trooper William Higgins said Silva was driving on a straight stretch of road, just north of Robinson Road on the Lockport Bypass/Route 93 when a witness driving behind Silva saw him veer into the path of an oncoming dump truck.The Kenworth d…

NIAGARA FALLS – Residents in DeVeaux may put leaves out today and Friday, as city crews will be around to collect them.Crews will shift to Cayuga Island on Monday and Tuesday, Public Works Director David L. Kinney said.Kinney asked residents not to put leaves into the street until they are told that crews will be making pickups in their neighborhood.Residents also should n…

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LEWISTON – Approachable is the best word to describe the Rev. James J. Maher, the new president of Niagara University.Maher, a member of the Vincentian community, became the university’s 26th president when he assumed the office in August, succeeding Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, who served as Niagara’s president for the past 13 years. Maher will be officially installed on Apri…