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A resident of the Heritage Manor assisted living facility in Ransomville was arrested recently after allegedly attacking and choking an administrator of the facility, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Christopher J. Golda, 59, was arrested at the Ransomville Road facility on May 7, according to reports, and was charged with harassment and criminal obstruction of b…

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Niagara County sheriff's investigators reported that they are working with Child Protective Services in trying to determine how a 10-month-old girl suffered fractures to both of her legs and two fingers recently. The baby's mother, a resident of New Road in Wilson, first took her to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo on May 5 after noticing that she was favoring her …

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Demian P. Hernandez of Niagara Falls on Friday agreed to serve four years in state prison for raping a woman in the Falls last year. Hernandez, 31, of Michigan Avenue, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act in connection with the March 22, 2018, attack. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. agreed to the sentence, and Niag…

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Craig Scott remembers the day he played dead to survive as a dozen schoolmates, including his sister, were murdered in their school. For 20 years, he has remembered the Columbine High School massacre over and over, hundreds of times. He did so on Friday, too. "I was having so much fear I thought my heart was going to stop beating," he told the students at Niagara Fal…

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Supporters of the Lighthouse Wind project proposed for Somerset and Yates have sent a message of support for the project to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The Lakeshore Mothers and Others Out Front Team responded to a previous letter sent to Cuomo by Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group opposing the project. SOS asked Cuomo to get the developer, Apex Clean Energy, to say that th…

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Thirteen businesses in Erie and Niagara counties were cited last month during compliance checks by authorities for underage alcohol sales, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Office. Five bars in Buffalo were cited: the Pink (formally known as Allen Street Bar & Grill), Allen Street; Mulligan's Brick Bar, Allen Street; the Public House of Buffalo…

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The waters of Lake Ontario are splashing over a wall of steel pilings at a private marina in western Olcott, and volunteer firefighters are manning pumps in the vicinity 24 hours a day, Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg said Friday. The wall at Back Bay Marina, owned by Hedley Boat Co., is about 3 feet high. It's also about 50 feet from the nearest home. Asked …

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Niagara University's IMPACT program and the South End Housing Initiative deployed about 230 volunteers on the streets of Niagara Falls Wednesday for the second annual "Rock the Block" program, aimed at sprucing up the neighborhoods near downtown with minor home repairs, painting and landscaping. The program began at the corner of Third and Niagara streets about 8:30 a.m…

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No candidate for college president could win enough support to be appointed by the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees during a four-hour, 40-minute meeting Thursday night. "We had two very good candidates, but we couldn't make a final decision on either of them," Chairman William L. Ross said Friday. The board reinterviewed two of its three finalists …

Barge Brewing Co., which formerly operated a microbrewery and restaurant in Medina, has signed a contract to buy a longtime diner in Wheatfield as a new location for its business. Barge Brewing presented a sketch plan Wednesday for acquiring the Meeting Place, 2469 Niagara Road in the hamlet of Bergholz, and the adjacent former Bergholz Fire Co. hall, said Walter D. Gar…

City of Tonawanda

Tonawanda City School District Superintendent Timothy A. Oldenburg has decided to live with the "new normal" that leaves school districts juggling rising costs with the desire to do what's best for kids – while not taxing residents out of their homes. It's what every school must grapple with this time of year, with annual suburban school budget votes taking place Tuesda…

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The operators of a public sunflower field in Cambria will seek a permit from the town Planning Board Monday night to continue their business. Chad and Louise Brachmann, who started Sunflowers of Sanborn at Saunders Settlement and Baer roads in 2017, were slapped with a cease-and-desist order last September because they added food and other vendors, thus making them an i…

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The New York Post can thank a Town of Tonawanda woman for this screaming, all-caps headline on the front page of Wednesday's tabloid: "I WAS SHMEARED." The temperature only rose higher inside the paper: "Bagel Mom's Nightmare." What's going on? Tonawandan Elizabeth Dominguez was at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to give birth earlier this month when a stand…

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Ten years after hiring Man O' Trees to reconstruct Lewiston Road and seven years after suing the West Seneca construction company for breach of contract, the City of Niagara Falls has settled the case for $150,000. The City Council voted Wednesday to accept that payment from Hanover Insurance Co., the insurer for the now-defunct Man O' Trees, which never finished the Le…