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ALLIE JOHNSON AND PAM MILLEVILLE


A fire broke out early Monday morning on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that sailed from Baltimore on Friday. All 2,224 passengers and 796 crew have been accounted for, and no injuries have been reported, the company said in a statement.The fire started at 2:50 a.m. and was extinguished at 4:58 a.m. in the mooring area of deck 3 of Grandeur of the Seas, according to accordi…

Constant headaches and migraines had Diana Schulin considering acupuncture, but she found herself tensing at the thought of sitting alone in a room while being poked by a dozen needles.She finally took the plunge, and she's glad she did. The needles remain. But at least now she has company.The health care information worker is among a small but growing number of pe…

Lionel Tate, who was the youngest person ever sentenced in the United States to life in prison without parole but who later was freed, was behind bars Tuesday after allegedly holding up a pizza deliveryman at gunpoint, officials said.It was the second time that Tate, 18, had been arrested since his release from prison last year.He had been convicted in 2001 of beating a 6-…

About 130 residents who turned out Wednesday night to tell the state Department of Transportation their views on widening and repaving Lower River Road from the village line to Youngstown were told they only have a month to tell the county DOT their feelings on a proposed pedestrian path.A 14-member committee formed to come up with a solution to the problem has until Nov. …

Annette Montstream, the 39-year-old Monroe County woman who allegedly arranged with a friend to kill her husband, pleaded innocent Friday to a charge of second-degree murder.After entering her plea, she was returned to the Niagara County Jail, where she is being held without bail.Niagara County Judge Charles J. Hannigan asked lawyers who appeared with Mrs. Montstream to fi…

The Town Board went on record Tuesday strongly opposed to the proposed consolidation of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Mount St. Mary's Hospital of Lewiston.Board members voted 4-0 to send letters to Gov. Pataki and to the state Board of Health opposing the proposed merger.Councilman Wallace W. Blake Jr., who sponsored the resolution said, "They're talking about…

Mayor Richard F. Soluri said Monday that an official of Tops Markets will meet with the Village Board at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 on expanding the Tops store at 906 Center St.Soluri said he thought Tops does not intend to alter dramatically the original plan, which was approved in July 1995.Soluri said that if Anthony P. DiMino, district supervisor for Tops, proposes alterations to t…

Niagara County Community College trustees will no longer need to fill out an annual, 10-page financial disclosure form under the county's code of ethics.Teresa L. McEvoy, chairwoman of the college's board of trustees, Wednesday said that she has been informed by John P. Teixeira, chairman of the county Board of Ethics, that he had received a legal opinion that the trustees…

The Town Board has been saving up money for the last 17 years to acquire property for a community center, and that goal almost is in sight.Councilman Leonard G. Westerman, who won his seat on the Town Board 18 years ago, announced Thursday that residents will not have to wait much longer to be able to play ball on town-owned fields."After many years of trying and not quite…

Monsignor John P. Duggan, a "soldier-priest" and retired pastor of St. Mary's of the Cataract Catholic Church, died Sunday (Dec. 29, 1996) in Ireland. He was 89.Born in County Leitrim, Ireland, Father Duggan attended college in Ireland, then studied at Niagara University, where he was ordained in 1934.His first assignment was as a pastoral assistant at Nativity of the Bles…

The director of Niagara County Community College's Small Business Development Center has told college trustees that the center has retained jobs in the county and has brought in new jobs."In 1995-96, the Small Business Development Center serviced a total of 704 new clients, a 19 percent increase over the previous year. This total represents the highest level of activity fo…

Town Board members said the town was paying too much for services from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Thursday evening. Albert J. Chille, a representative of the group, said he was going to work on cutting the cost down before making another presentation to board members.Chille cautioned the board members present to be careful not to compare costs wit…

Differences of opinion over a pay raise of more than 15 percent for Niagara County Community College President Gerald L. Miller may be resolved by a group of college trustees who have been meeting with some members of the County Legislature, according to Teresa L. McEvoy, chairwoman of the NCCC Board of Trustees.The college trustees voted for the pay raise in September, bu…

Santa Claus will arrive by helicopter at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Academy Park to launch the annual Christmas Walk. He will lead a candlelight stroll along Center Street for the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 in Hennepin Park.New this year will be a fashion show by Joette's Boutique in village restaurants as well as men and women in full costume of the state's 149th B…

Village trustees voted 5-0 late Friday afternoon to approve a lease agreement between the village and Niagara Gorge Jetboating Ltd. of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. The approval came even though three community members questioned the integrity of the firm and two of them said they had experienced problems with the company's boats.Daniel Venuto of the Parks, Recreation and Cons…