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NANCY A. FISCHER


NIAGARA FALLS – As the owner of some of the most coveted – and potentially valuable – real estate in upstate New York, Niagara Falls Redevelopment has a vested interest in seeing to it that people believe the city is safe.Now the group is trying to make that happen.The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, which has a direct connection with NFR, will soon begin funding progr…

An Amherst man was arrested earlier this week on reckless and drugged driving charges after he sideswiped a truck on Niagara Falls Boulevard – but what was most disturbing to Niagara County sheriff's deputies was what they later discovered on his smashed cellphone.It was a text message that read: "I'm stressin' bad and I want a few to calm me down before I pull the AR out.…

NORTH TONAWANDA – A lot of people will be coming home for the holidays in the next week.Good luck finding a homecoming that can match the one that happened Tuesday on Sherwood Avenue.Hundreds of people stood in the cold rain to welcome Marine Cpl. Paul Schaus to his new, state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible house, built through the efforts of donations and volunteers. …

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John R. Chella is retiring at the end of the year.And this time, he means it.Chella, 63, who has been with the Niagara Falls Police Department for 42 years, thought he was leaving at the end of last year. But when he learned that his benefits – which accounted for almost 30 percent of his salary – would not be used to cal…

Sandy Pfohl, who owns Lakeview Animal Sanctuary on Fiegle Road, Pendleton, has been rescuing animals since she was a child.But after two fires in two months, one of which destroyed her barn and killed more than 80 animals, the licensed wildlife rehabilitator is looking for the community to come to her rescue.With a big assist from Parco Builders, Pfohl and her friends are …

Sandy Pfohl, who owns Lakeview Animal Sanctuary on Fiegle Road, Pendleton, has been rescuing animals since she was a child.But after two fires in two months, one of which destroyed her barn and killed more than 80 animals, the licensed wildlife rehabilitator is looking for the community to come to her rescue.With a big assist from Parco Builders, Pfohl and her friends are …

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John R. Chella is retiring at the end of the year.And this time, he means it.Chella, 63, who has been with the Niagara Falls Police Department for 42 years, thought he was leaving at the end of last year. But when he learned that his benefits – which accounted for almost 30 percent of his salary – would not be used to calculate his pensi…

NIAGARA FALLS – If they were Christmas gifts, a city man picked the wrong place to have two packages delivered last week.City narcotics detectives were waiting for Michael Crumpton when he went to the Main Street post office late last week to pick up the packages that police say contained more than five pounds of marijuana.Crumpton, 22, of 21st Street, was arraigned Friday…

NIAGARA FALLS – Veteran Police Officer and Niagara Falls native William J. Gee has been in a battle with stomach cancer for more than six months.He says he's prepared to "fight the cancer into submission" and get back to work. Tuesday, he got good news and bad news from doctors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.They have been successful in fighting the cancer, but they won'…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police have issued an arrest warrant for a convicted drug dealer in the shooting two weeks ago of a 2-year-old girl in front of Hometown Grocery.Willie R. Scott Jr., 32, of LaSalle Avenue, also known "Boo" and "Tony," is considered armed and dangerous, city police said. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 265 pounds, according to detectives.Investigators…

Candles twinkle in the windows of the 286-year-old French Castle. Outside the imposing stone structure, lanterns line Old Fort Niagara's walkways as soldiers in cocked hats and wool coats prepare their muskets to perform a grand feu de joie, a firing of joy, in honor of the holiday season. Fifes and drums play traditional music and artillerists prepare their cannons to joi…

NIAGARA FALLS – John R. Chella said Saturday he will retire at the end of the year as Niagara Falls police superintendent.Chella late last year had said he intended to retire but then put his plans on hold after a disagreement with the state over the retirement pay he would collect.This time, the retirement announcement appears to be solid after he said the disagreement ha…

Nick Casal has a lot more to smile about these days.The up and coming welterweight boxer was brutally beaten May 12, the night before the biggest fight of his career with Rusian Provodnikov. His injuries forced the cancellation of the fight with the Russian boxer and his contention for a world title in a nationally televised event.But Casal has recovered and said he starte…

A charge against a veteran Niagara Falls police officer accused of attacking a woman at a Darien Lake concert last summer has been upgraded from harassment to assault.Kelly Alcorn, 47, of Grand Island, was arraigned Wednesday in Darien Town Court on a misdemeanor third-degree assault count and has been suspended from her job because of the more serious charge, authorities …

When Superstorm Sandy sideswiped the region several weeks ago, people were looking for news and information in real time.Hundreds of them got it on the social media pages of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office."We started out with 174 followers that night, and by the end of the storm, we had 3,000 people," said Administrative Capt. Michael P. Dunn."We've had a page [on Fac…