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LOCKPORT – Richelle “Ricki” B. Clark pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor third-degree assault after admitting she had used her vehicle to injure a woman late last year.Clark, 41, of Washington Street, originally had been charged with first-degree and second-degree assault after she tried to run her boyfriend down, but instead hit…

OLCOTT – Witnesses alerted the Niagara County Sheriff Department after they saw a pickup stuck on the beach after almost driving into Lake Ontario just before 11 p.m. Thursday.Charles R. Hawk, 52, of West Main Street, was charged with driving while intoxicated, violating a license restriction and unlawful possession of marijuana.Deputies found Hawk’s white Ford Ranger stuc…

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LOCKPORT – Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven C. Richards treated the town “like a private hardware store” officials said Friday as a 28-count indictment was unsealed accusing him of using town employees and equipment for his own benefit for the past dozen years.State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli accused Richards of engaging in an…

A broken breaker at a National Grid station knocked out power to just under 800 in downtown Niagara Falls shortly for a couple of hours this morning.The power went out at about 9:30 a.m. at City Hall on Main Street as well as the Niagara County building on Third Street at Cedar Avenue but were back on line by about 11 a.m., according to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. He …

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TOWN OF NIAGARA – Supervisor Steven Richards responded to reports that he will be indicted on criminal charges today to say he is awaiting his moment in the sun.Richards, who has been reported to be the focus of an investigation by the FBI and State Attorney General’s Office, said he is relieved and comfortable that he will have the opportunity to respond to the rumors and…

LEWISTON – The New York Power Authority turns on the month of October with free family Saturdays to promote energy awareness at the Niagara Power Project’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road. The programs include:• 1 p.m. Saturday: Learn how to prepare your home for winter as representatives from the State Energy Research and Development Agency share energy-saving strategies.…

Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Jack Schifferli, Town of Tonawanda forester, will discuss trees that thrive in the area and the best locations to grow them. Town officials will present certificates of appreciation to the Adopt-a-Box participants. Guests welcome....Evans Garden Club will meet at …

CAMBRIA – The 55-year-old Town of Lockport motorcyclist seriously injured Wednesday in a Town of Cambria accident remained in critical condition Thursday night in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.Russell W. Clark was identified tonight by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office as the victim of the accident on Old Shawnee Road near Unicorn Drive about 7:22 p.m. Wednesda…

NORTH TONAWANDA – A 23-year-old CVS Pharmacy worker and her 24-year-old boyfriend from Niagara Falls were arrested on felony charges only hours after North Tonawanda police began investigating what turned out to be a fake robbery the two staged Thursday morning at the Payne Avenue business.Kayla Hotaling, of Doebler Drive, North Tonawanda, and Kevin Spellane-Newman, of 62…

NIAGARA FALLS – The best ideas for new downtown development projects will have a crack at $40 million in public incentives, state and city officials announced Thursday.The state and the City of Niagara Falls are offering access to public dollars over the next five years as part of a competition dubbed the “Downtown Niagara Falls Development Challenge.”Officials said they a…

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LEWISTON – A plan to establish a nature preserve along the Niagara River has received a $1.8 million grant, project representatives announced Thursday.The Western New York Land Conservancy has previously announced plans to create the 29-acre Stella Niagara Preserve, which they said would be the first preserve along the river owned and operated by a nonprofit.The land is lo…

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Community Faire and Business Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Boulevard at Bear Ridge Road. The family-friendly event is free to the public.In its third year, the Community Faire and Expo, sponsored by Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi and the Town of Pendleton Community…

CAMBRIA – A Niagara County motorcyclist is in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center with injuries suffered in a collision with another vehicle about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Old Shawnee Road and Unicorn Drive in the Niagara County Town of Cambria.The victim was flown to the medical center by a Mercy Flight helicopter.The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said th…

LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man who said he’d “been given every opportunity in the world but took the wrong path” was sentenced in Niagara County Court on Wednesday for robbing the M&T Bank branch on Walnut and Pine streets in the City of Lockport on March 8.Joseph J. Trusello, 24, of Ransomville Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery July 24 and was sentenced by Niagara C…

LOCKPORT – Statements made to police by Jennifer Marchant, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 6 stabbing death of her boyfriend in North Tonawanda, were ruled admissible Wednesday in Niagara County Court.Police said in pretrial hearings that Marchant, 24, claimed she acted in self-defense as the victim, Ralph D. Stone Jr., was still bleeding in the a…