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LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Friday to assault in State Supreme Court in connection with the shooting of another man last summer. Courtney A. Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault, in exchange for a promise from Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to impose a prison term of no more than 10 years when Wi…

NIAGARA FALLS -- A dog and its owner were rescued from the Niagara River Thursday afternoon after another man walking a dog saw them in the water, Niagara Falls fire officials said. The incident took place at about 4 p.m. at the Hooker Docks by 53rd Street. A passer-by was walking his dog by the area when the dog began reacting strangely, said Fire Chief Michael Wink…

When minutes counted, help has been many miles away for people who suffered heart attacks in Niagara County. That will change on April 5, when the county's first cardiac catheterization lab is scheduled to open in the Heart Center of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The cardiac cath lab is a collaborative effort among Memorial, Erie County Medical Center, Kal…

A woman whose sport utility vehicle was struck by a snowplow four years ago will receive a $125,000 settlement from the City of Niagara Falls. The City Council agreed to pay the money to Tessia C. Harris, 38, who was in an accident with a snowplow at Niagara Avenue and 11th Street on Jan. 18, 2013. In a two-day State Supreme Court trial last July, the jury ruled tha…

LOCKPORT – Sounding out of breath, 14-year-old Joe Phillips shouted into his cellphone, "I'm gonna die!" Seconds later, trapped in a burning building, he signed off, saying, "I love you, man." But that may not have been the last anyone heard of Phillips before his death Aug. 10 in the massive HTI Recycling fire in Lockport. Testimony from Lockport Police Detecti…

The Niagara Falls Water Board fired its top four administrators Thursday and replaced them with new hires during a tense -- and at times testy -- business meeting. Fired from their jobs were: Executive Director Paul J. Drof; Norman Allen, director of infrastructure; Anthony M. Hahns, director of administration and contracts; And John Ottaviano, general…

SANBORN – Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating contracts that Niagara County Community College awarded for construction of the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls. The U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday subpoenaed information from the college about the awarding of construction, design and legal services contracts for the $17 million project,…

A Niagara Falls Police Department vehicle and a private passenger vehicle collided Wednesday at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Portage Road, police said. There were no serious injuries reported in the accident. According to the police department crash management team, which was called to the crash scene at 9:20 a.m., the driver of the police vehicle was headed s…

Feisty until he was set free, the snowy owl found near death two months ago had no problem catching the wind -- and soaring above the Lake Erie plain -- when he was released into the wild late Wednesday afternoon. He had been discovered sick and emaciated, with a broken wing, in rural Cattaraugus County on Dec. 20. [Gallery: The snowy owl gets released] A farmer h…

SANBORN – The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees has hired an outside law firm to help investigate allegations that the bidding was tainted on construction of the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls. The construction management firm on the 2011-12 project, which cost about $17 million, was LPCiminelli, the same firm whose former top executiv…

NIAGARA FALLS - City police charged a 79th Street man with driving while intoxicated after a two-car rollover crash Tuesday afternoon that sent a woman to the hospital. At about 3:45 p.m., an Oldsmobile Bravado driven by John T. Wheeler, 48, ran a stop sign on Edison Avenue and struck a Dodge Neon heading north on 72nd, according to a police report. A police officer…

NIAGARA FALLS - A 16-year-old girl was attacked Tuesday night in Gill Creek Park by a man who tried pulling down her pants, according to police. The teen said the attack happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. She told police she was approached by a man who started with small talk but then asked questions "of a sexual nature," Niagara Falls Police Chief of Detecives Kelly Rizz…

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island. But Sam Hoyt said local officials who believe, based on conversations with him, that the Goat Island lodge proposal is dead haven't got the stor…

LOCKPORT - Those who abuse animals in Niagara County will find it harder to avoid being listed on the county's animal abuser registry, if a proposed new law passes the County Legislature. Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso said the amended law, which he and three colleagues introduced Tuesday, is aimed at preventing those charged with animal cruelty or neglect from e…

LOCKPORT – A 14-year-old boy on trial for the death of his best friend in a giant fire in Lockport left the courtroom Wednesday when a photo showing the remains of Joseph Phillips was introduced as evidence and tacked to a bulletin board. The boy sat alone, looking agitated, outside the Niagara County courtroom. His parents, who had been sitting with him at a separate…