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Health officials look for kitten that may have caught rabies

LEWISTON -- The Niagara County Health Department is looking for a runaway kitten that may have rabies.

The gray tiger kitten is about 6 months old, and two weeks ago it was exposed to a presumed rabid bat in the Town of Lockport. It recently ran away from its home in the Woods at Blairville apartment complex just off Creek Road.

"The capture of this kitten is imperative due to the possibility of exposure to the rabies virus to anyone or any animal that would come in contact with it," the Health Department said in a statement.

Anyone who sees the kitten is asked to call the Health Department at 439-7430.

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Tax foreclosure auction brought county $278,366

LOCKPORT -- Last Saturday's Niagara County tax foreclosure auction was a profitable one, County Treasurer Kyle R. Andrews said.

After a flurry of redemptions of properties by their owners in the final week, 68 properties were put up for bids, and 66 were sold for a total of $686,675. The back taxes owed on those parcels totaled $408,309, so the county made a profit of $278,366.

"That's higher than last year for an auction that was smaller," Andrews said. In 2010, the county auctioned 113 parcels and made a profit of $257,450.

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City seeks applicants for police officer exam

The City of Niagara Falls is seeking applicants for a police officer exam being held Nov. 19.

Applications can be submitted starting Monday though Sept. 14 with the city's Human Resources Department, located on the ground floor of City Hall, 745 Main St.

The police department will hold several exam preparatory sessions. Dates and times of those sessions will be announced at a community meeting, being held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 18th Street Community Resource Center, Linwood Avenue at 18th Street. City representatives and community organizations will be at the meeting to discuss administration of the exam and to initiate a coordinated search for exam candidates.

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Lockport to allow switch to smaller cans in future

LOCKPORT -- The city will allow owners of three-family dwellings to switch to smaller garbage cans after the new privatized garbage system has been in operation for a while, Mayor Michael W. Tucker promised this week.

The city has almost 200 three-unit homes, and the new garbage ordinance requires them to take a 96-gallon garbage tote, the largest and most expensive available, for each apartment. Owners of one- and two-family homes were allowed to choose among three sizes.

The program, which is to begin in late September or early October, will be rolled out with the 96-gallon rule for each unit of a triple.

"One of the things we've heard is, 'I've only got one person in there; why do I need a 96-gallon [tote]?' " Tucker said. "After a couple of months, if it's not working, we'll make a change."