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NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls School District reaped another windfall this week from the sales of a software program developed using the district as a prototype.

A royalty check for $103,090 was presented to the district Thursday by Shawn Bay, president of Vision Associates, during a School Board meeting. Four years ago, the White Plains company developed a database warehousing program called e-Scholar that generates information about student attendance and grades, staff attendance and development, and other data.

The e-Scholar software program was piloted using data collected from the Niagara Falls School District. Under a contract the School Board signed with Vision Associates in 1998, the district stands to earn up to $1.1 million in royalties from sales of the program to school districts around the country. About a year ago, Vision officials presented the district with its first royalty check of $67,000.

"If we keep going, there's just short of $1 million more coming," Bay told school officials.

If the district earns the maximum royalty under its contract with Vision, the district will reap a profit of $825,000 after recouping its original $275,000 investment in developing e-Scholar.

Niagara Democratic officials meet today

WHEATFIELD -- All of Niagara County's Democratic elected officials -- state, county, city and town -- have been invited to an unprecedented countywide gathering at 1 p.m. today in Town Hall, 2800 Church Road.

County Legislature Minority Leader Robert L. Seger of North Tonawanda said this is not a strategy session for this fall's local elections.

"It's mostly brainstorming, how we can help each other," he said. "Things like shared services, and I know we have a problem with workers' compensation. It's something that needs to be done."

Seger said the event will foster communication among the various levels of government. "We're trying to get things in order. We've got to start somewhere," he said.

Cayuga Drive to become one-way street

NIAGARA FALLS -- Cayuga Drive will be a one-way eastbound road between Tuscarora and Williams roads as of Monday, when the westbound lane is closed in preparation for a reconstruction project.

Edmund A. Juncewicz, engineer in charge of the project for the state Department of Transportation, said the actual paving work on the 1 1/4 -mile, $4.3 million project won't begin until April or May. But the contractor, CATCO of Alden, will be able to begin drainage and patch work sooner.

The westbound lane is being closed "because of the condition of the roadway," Juncewicz said. "We thought it would be prudent to close the westbound lane so we don't have people swerving to avoid potholes."

During the project, only eastbound traffic will be allowed, as the road is rebuilt one lane at a time. The job is expected to be done in the fall, Juncewicz said.

3 men charged in sexual abuse of girls

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Three men accused of having sexual contact with young girls in Niagara County were arrested Friday.

Robert E. Dimsey, 51, of Main Street, Lockport, was charged with first-degree sodomy and sexual abuse. He is accused of having sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl here in July, sheriff's investigators said.

Kelly Wellsby, 30, of Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged with first- and third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl this month in Niagara Falls.

William R. Waldeck, 29, of Liberty Avenue, Town of Niagara, was charged with second-degree sexual abuse by state police. Waldeck is accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl in September in the Town of Niagara.

Computer items stolen from Falls firm

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than $2,600 in computer equipment was stolen late Thursday or early Friday during a break-in at Standard Ceramics, 3625 Highland Ave., police said.

Officer Marc Martinez said the thieves broke a chain and an interior steel door lock. Two color monitors, two computers, two printers, a keyboard and a fax machine were stolen. The thieves did more than $700 damage.

$1,500 in CDs stolen in 2 car break-ins

NIAGARA FALLS -- About $1,500 in compact discs were stolen Friday from two cars parked in the city's Deveaux section, police said.

A Lafayette Avenue resident told police the passenger window was smashed out on his sport utility vehicle while it was parked outside his home, and 80 compact discs worth $1,200 were taken, along with some clothing, police said.

Police said 20 compact discs worth $300, a $500 amplifier and a $210 silver pendant were stolen from a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus at a home on Lewiston Road after the driver's door window and windshield were broken.

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