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LOCKPORT – A proposal to name the library in North Park Middle School after the man given credit for forcing the desegregation of Lockport schools is not quite the honor his great-granddaughter wanted.Rae Alexander-Minter, a descendant of Aaron A. Mossell, called the suggestion “a first step,” but said she would prefer to see the entire school named after Mossell.Lockport …

LOCKPORT – Adults in Niagara and Orleans counties who are training for new jobs will benefit from some of the more than $480,000 in grants announced Tuesday at Yahoo’s Lockport site.The Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services will receive $160,982, which it will use to buy more equipment for its adult education programs in such fields as welding, nursing,…

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WHEATFIELD – Shawnee Road, where two pedestrians were killed early Saturday, “is not a safe road,” Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe says.But there doesn’t seem to be much the town can do about it, he adds.The deaths occurred about 1:20 a.m. when a southbound vehicle struck the northbound walkers on the two-lane road that was lined with parked cars on both sides.“To h…

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Kenneth D. Walker has never owned a home. That will change soon.The story of North Tonawanda’s only African-American firefighter, whose apartment was torched two days after he received a racist letter, touched people across the country who reached out to help him. Walker said he has received about $150,000 from an online fundraising effort started by a man he had never met…

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LOCKPORT – The Rapids Owl will be brought out of storage for the third annual Rapids Community Day, set for Saturday in the hamlet on the southern edge of the Town of Lockport.The 8-foot-tall steel and plywood owl will be on display inside the Rapids Fire Company hall on Plank Road, where locals hope to garner some donations for a planned new “habitat” for the Owl.Town Cle…

LOCKPORT – DePaul Properties contended Thursday that its apartment project at South Street and Elmwood Avenue in Lockport would not harm the value of homes in the neighborhood, as an alderman charged at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting.“We have never seen property values diminish. We have a history of property values going up,” said Gillian Conde, DePaul vice president.T…

PORTER – A decision on whether CWM Chemical Services will be allowed to dig a new 43.5-acre hazardous waste landfill still seems far away.This week, the state siting board issued an interim ruling, asking for more information about the possibility that radioactivity from the World War II atomic bomb waste buried near CWM could be released during excavation of a new 12-foot…

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LOCKPORT – Niagara County Coroner Kenneth V. Lederhouse said Friday that a DNA test has confirmed the identity of the body found in last week’s HTI Recycling fire as that of Joe Phillips.The 14-year-old Lockport boy was last seen about 90 minutes before the gigantic fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.Police announced on the night of Aug. 12 that they had found human…

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency approved illegal tax breaks for a warehouse project, a state assemblyman charged Tuesday, but the IDA denied any wrongdoing.The IDA contended that there was nothing illegal about the 15-year tax abatement for Reger Holdings, which bought the vacant former Sam’s Club and Walmart stores on the Niagara Falls-Town o…

LOCKPORT – The arrest of a juvenile in connection with the giant tire fire is to be announced at a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Lockport City Hall, a law enforcement source told The Buffalo News.The juvenile is believed to have started the fire along with Joe Phillips, the 14-year-old boy who hasn’t been seen since 90 minutes before the blaze was reported at 6:30 …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman tearfully admitted in State Supreme Court on Friday that she killed the father of two of her four children.Chamia N. Johnson dabbed at her eyes with a tissue as she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of Antoine Mallory, 39.Johnson, 35, of Seventh Street, accepted a plea offer that included …

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LOCKPORT – Joe Phillips’ parents will have to wait longer to learn if their 14-year-old son was killed in the Lockport tire recycling center fire.The human remains found Friday night in the ruins of the gigantic fire could not be identified using dental records, Niagara County Coroner Kenneth V. Lederhouse said Monday.Lederhouse said a DNA test will be needed to see if the…

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LOCKPORT – Niagara Falls police and Niagara County prosecutors are out to show burglary suspect Robert L. Shimmel that you can’t run away from your legal troubles, even in a hospital.Shimmel, 34, of Willow Avenue in the Falls, allegedly tried to make a break for freedom on two visits to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center earlier this year, leading to an indictment on tw…

LOCKPORT – Lockport voters, who have proven reluctant to approve sports-related construction projects, will be asked this fall to consider a nearly $28.7 million package that includes the construction of two artificial turf baseball diamonds and the installation of artificial turf on the district’s football field.The package of proposed work also includes the construction …

LOCKPORT – North Park Middle School Principal James A. Snyder was arrested Tuesday on two misdemeanor charges of child endangerment in the wake of alleged incidents during a pool party at his home last month to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.Lockport City School District officials would not say whether Snyder, 45, of Irving Street, Lockport, had been suspended or placed…