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>Donation to aid purchase of sheriff's police dog

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office will accept a $5,000 donation from Tops Markets and Milk-Bone today to be used toward the purchase of a new police dog.

A ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. to meet the K-9 unit and view a demonstration of K-9 unit skills in Tops Market, 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Also present will be representatives from the Niagara County Task Force, the Town of Niagara Police Department, Milk-Bone and Tops, Sheriff James Voutour, other deputies, County Legislature Chairman William Ross and the newest member of the K-9 Unit, Sarge, a 16-month-old German shepherd from Slovakia.

The donation is part of the Milk-Bone Canine Heroes Program, which has donated toward the purchase of more than 900 police and service dogs.


>Democrats sponsoring cell-phone collection

The Niagara County Democratic Committee is sponsoring a used cell-phone collection drive Saturday in four county municipalities.

The phones will be refurbished and distributed to victims of domestic violence so they can dial 911 during an emergency. All cell phones and any accessories will be accepted, regardless of condition, organizers said.

In Lockport, the drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Auto Workers hall, 524 Walnut St.

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tops Market, 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. It will also be held at 1246 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A fourth location for the drive will be in Post 1451, American Legion, 2565 Ward Road, Wheatfield, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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