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LOCKPORT – The judge made a mistake, the defense attorney called him on it, and the result was an instant mistrial Monday in the case of a Town of Lockport business owner charged with violating the town’s law against flashing signs.Now the trial of David J. Mongielo will be delayed well into autumn, as Town Justice Raymond E. Schilling gave attorney Frank T. Housh unti…

We were once a must-play tour stop for jazz, a city known among artists as one comprising an open-minded and “into it” group of listeners who not only would fill the club, but give back to the musicians as much as they were receiving. At a recent tour stop in the area, renowned jazz and funk bassist Marcus Miller said as much.“This is Buffalo, man, and we up here on …

Same bat channelTwo images to take with us from Artpark’s big birthday bash last week: One was a bat, orbiting the stage in the program’s first half. That is so Artpark! The second was Broadway singer Michele Ragusa, singing in the second half. She wore the best-looking dress we’ve ever seen, long, black and glittering insanely in the lights. It was reflected in the …

ALBANY – A year ago, relatives of Jay J. Bolvin, a young North Tonawanda boy severely injured at the hands of his father, were huddled in a third-floor office at the state Capitol trying to convince Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver why the state’s child abuse laws needed strengthening.It was not to be in 2012.“We thanked him, and I told him we would not give up and we…

LOCKPORT – Route 93, between Upper Mountain Road and Route 31, which was closed for more than a week, reopened today.The entire road, both eastbound and westbound, was closed after power lines were brought down due to heavy thunderstorms on July 20.The road, also known as Townline Road, is a connecting line for Campbell Boulevard/Route 270 to Route 104 and other points n…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Sheriff’s investigators were looking into reports Sunday that a witness in a recent robbery case was offered a bribe to not show up to testify.The robbery occurred July 20, and deputies said a local man was arrested in connection with the case. He has an upcoming hearing in Lockport Town Court.Recently, one of the witnesses in the case told investiga…

SANBORN – The state Public Service Commission has scheduled public hearings for Wednesday on a request by Cambria Asphalt Products to construct a natural gas supply line to its Junction Road plant in Lockport.The hearings are set for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in West Street Elementary School, 5700 West St., Sanborn.The company, a subsidiary of Medina-based Shelby Ston…

Douglas Farley, director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center in Lockport since its opening nearly a decade ago, has joined the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, as its new director.“I loved my job, but I realized I needed one more move to finish up my career on the highest possible plateau,” Farley said. “Part of what convinced me to take the job at the [Discov…

LOCKPORT – A report on whether it would be economically feasible to convert some of Niagara County’s vehicle fleet to alternative fuels was issued last week, and the answer is no.Larry Simpson of Blue Springs Energy, a Monroe County company that did the analysis, said that although the fuels cost less than gasoline and diesel, the vehicles that would use them are more …

LOCKPORT – The placement of a 12-inch-deep soil cover over the recently closed Niagara County landfill is expected to be completed this week, according to Dawn M. Timm, interim refuse disposal district director.The construction and demolition landfill off the Lockport Bypass, which was the last operating landfill of the four the district owns, took its last load of waste…

On a warm Friday night, Tonya Moore sat in a hot gym at the Delavan-Grider Community Center, watching as dozens of boys and girls learned the do's and don'ts of basketball.Down the hall, her 8-year-old son Ervin listened as Brian Dux, the former Canisius College point guard still recovering from a near-fatal car accident, talked about the ups and downs he's faced in life.F…

A Buffalo man remained missing Sunday night after he fell into the Niagara Gorge whirlpool area around 6 a.m. Sunday. The man was fishing with two friends when he approached the water and was swept away, said Lt. Patrick Moriarty of the State Parks Police.“His friends saw him yell for help and then he disappeared,” Moriarty said. Officials withheld his identity, pendin…

CAMBRIA• Upper Mountain Road, Elaine D. Clark; Olga J. Magrun to Regina Burt; David Burt, $105,000.HARTLAND• Ridge Road, A Craig Isaacson; Deborah S. Isaacson to Courtney M. Edmister, $75,000.LEWISTON• 5th St., E&R Horizons to Desiree Spears; Brian Spears, $265,000.• Saddlewood Townhouse, Unit 5221, Deborah D. Sirianni; Anthony M. Sirianni to Carl J. Schrott; Barba…

LEWISTON – The Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University recently opened two new folk art exhibits focusing on the cultural lives of Western New York’s ethnic communities.A free opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today for both exhibitions – “(Almost) Too Good to Eat: Marking Life Transition with Food” and “Newcomers: Transitions to New Lives.”…

If any musician in the world has the right to perform in a “Led Zeppelin tribute band,” it has to be Jason Bonham.After all, he is the son of the late, great John “Bonzo” Bonham, the Zeppelin drummer whose sound was so powerful that some fans referred to it as “thunder of the gods.” A great student of his dad’s work, Jason is a superb drummer in his own right…