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LOCKPORT – Niagara County will study the best way to inspect housing to be rented to welfare clients.A County Legislature committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of a resolution sponsored by the Legislature’s three Democrats, calling for a report by September on how to accomplish the goal.A special committee – comprising three senior legislators, the county manag…

NIAGARA FALLS – Family and Children’s Service of Niagara is planning to open a group home this fall for pregnant and parenting women in Niagara Falls, ages 16 to 21.The agency has announced a contest to choose a name for the new facility. Suggestions are being sought via email at namingcontest@niagarafamily.org. The email should include the name and phone number of the…

LOCKPORT – The owner of a former Niagara Falls business, already charged with shooting his brother-in-law, was charged Monday with trying, while in jail, to hire a hit man to kill the shooting victim and a witness in the case.Timothy C. DePetris, 44, formerly of the Town of Niagara, was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on the new charges.He pleaded not guilty to …

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have found 400 long-missing pages from a diary kept by a key aide to Adolf Hitler at a small academic publishing house in Lewiston, and Holocaust experts say the find may shed new light on the extermination of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.The missing diary pages, written by Hitler confidant Alfred Rosenberg, turned up in the poss…

NIAGARA FALLS – Construction on the Maid of the Mist’s new boat dock and storage facility in the Niagara Gorge went on in the rain Monday, while the fight to halt the work is continuing in court.The Niagara Preservation Coalition has asked the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court to issue an injunction to stop the work on the $32 million project because items it…

PORTER – An elderly woman was killed this afternoon when her car left Porter-Center Road and struck a tree, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported. She was not immediately identified.Witnesses told deputies that a car drove off the road just before 1 p.m. and struck a tree at a high rate of speed in the 3200 block of Porter-Center Road, between Braley and Youngstow…

The Niagara Wine Trail is planning a Wine and Cheese Weekend for Friday through Sunday, pairing featured wines with Yancey’s Fancy Artisan Cheeses.The event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.The wine and artisan cheese pairings will include: Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s 2010 Red Oaks with Smoked Gouda with Ba…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police are trying to trace a purchase made at an area convenience store using a stolen New York State benefits card.A Michigan Avenue man reported that the card was stolen sometime Tuesday or Wednesday from his backpack, either while he was grocery shopping or during a stop at a local soup kitchen. The card was later used to make a $170 purchase at a stor…

WILSON – An elderly Lake Street woman has been victimized by credit card fraud twice within the past week, sheriff’s deputies said, but police may have a strong lead in the case.The woman learned Thursday that someone had used her information to make a fraudulent purchase online. Upon checking her credit card records, she also found an unauthorized purchase from oldnav…

PORTER – A Ransomville Road teenager told sheriff’s deputies on Saturday that two all-terrain vehicles have been stolen from his property in the past month.The 17-year-old victim reported that the first incident occurred May 8, when a four-wheel ATV was taken. Sometime Saturday, someone stole a Suzuki 125 dirt bike the teen had recently acquired.Neither vehicle was loc…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Shunpike Road man has applied for an arrest warrant for his son, after the latter reportedly stole six packs of unopened, 1990s-era sports cards to trade for heroin.Sheriff’s deputies said the victim had originally agreed to forgo criminal charges in the case, on the condition that the son enter a hospital drug rehabilitation program. However, when…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 31-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after he ran a stop sign on his motorcycle and struck a car, police said.The accident occurred just before 1:30 a.m. at 77th Street and Girard Avenue. Police said a car driven by Kimmie Darrah was turning left from Girard onto 77th when the cyclist, who was northbound on 77th, rode past the s…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police said a road rage incident Saturday night ended with one driver striking the other with his vehicle, sending the victim to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with various injuries.The episode began on the Robert Moses Parkway at 7:45 p.m. and ended in the 8000 block of Buffalo Avenue, where one driver exited his vehicle and was then struck by the…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town of Niagara Historical Society has announced that it will open the museum in its 1878 one-room schoolhouse at Lockport and Tuscarora roads on Father’s Day, this Sunday, with a special exhibit about men in the community.The exhibit includes a patriotic quilt top from the 1940s embroidered with the names and branches of service of more than 100 …