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A Niagara Falls woman told police she heard a commotion inside her apartment while she showered Saturday afternoon, emerging to find that someone had broken in and stolen $2,500 worth of property. The victim told police that she left her brother playing video games inside her Willow Avenue apartment at 4:45 p.m. Saturday while she took a shower. While she showered, s…

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A burglar had to move one all-terrain vehicle in order to get to the one he wanted to steal from inside a shed on Model City Road in the Town of Lewiston recently, police said. According to reports, the 2005 Yamaha Raptor was taken sometime after 3 p.m. on June 27. Police said the burglar had to move a different ATV in order to get the Raptor out, and in the process als…

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A 24-year-old hiker who "lost his bearings" during a hike on the Niagara Falls gorge trail and fell 50 feet was rescued early Sunday, reported Niagara Falls State Park Police. The unidentified hiker, who suffered several bone fractures, was spotted around 5 a.m. by a fisherman on the lower gorge trail, police said. The man fell approximately 50 feet onto the lower go…

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Niagara Falls Police said temperatures reached nearly 120 degrees inside a car in a store parking lot Friday, causing a young puppy locked inside to suffer. The driver was arrested when she returned to the vehicle. According to reports, officers went to the Walmart Supercenter lot on Military Road around 1 p.m. when the outside air temperature was 88 degrees, and saw th…

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Niagara Falls Police said they were performing routine checks following a traffic stop early Saturday when the driver suddenly declared, "Nah, I'm going," and drove off, nearly striking one officer. He was arrested at his residence two blocks away. Officers said they stopped Condolius C. Washington, 36, of Cleveland Avenue, shortly before 4 a.m., after he reportedly ran…

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After being stopped for erratic driving, a Lewiston man reportedly told police he had not been drinking before a preliminary breath test revealed his blood-alcohol content to be three times the legal limit. Police said that Timothy J. O'Keefe, 49, was pulled over on Ridge Road in Lewiston at 7:37 p.m. on July 3 after crossing the center line and forcing an oncoming vehi…

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A Niagara Falls man appeared to have gotten away with stealing boxes of sparkling water from an area supermarket, but was arrested the next day when he reportedly returned the empty bottles for the five-cent deposit on each, police said. According to reports, Michael A. Miranda, 24, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, stole 13 boxes of sparkling water — $47 worth in all — from …

Business

Site plans for a proposed sports complex and microbrewery at a nearly vacant Wheatfield shopping center could be reviewed by the town Planning Board in August or September, said Jonathan E. Bennett, a Lockport architect working on the Summit project. Plans for the Williams Road site, once called the Summit Park Mall, have lagged because of financial and other issues. …

Crime

Gregory A. Roy, the Porter man charged with shooting his stepfather to death April 29, was ordered Friday to give a DNA sample. After Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III made the ruling, Roy submitted to a "buccal swab" being scraped against the inside of his cheek. The swab was wielded by a sheriff's deputy right in the courtroom, as co-defense counsel Miche…

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A new sculpture, meant to depict the flowing waters of Niagara Falls, was installed Friday at Old Falls and First streets in the Cataract City's downtown core. The work by Buffalo artist Jesse Walp, an associate professor at Villa Maria College, cost $60,000 and was paid for by USA Niagara Development Corp. "Arch on Old Falls Street" consists of 1,300 pounds of a…

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Lafarge North America has agreed to include about 30 more homes in a protection zone around its new stone quarry on Hinman Road in Lockport, expected to open next year. Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said Friday that the town and Lafarge have agreed to expand the zone in which the company will compensate homeowners for losses caused by blasting or other quarry operations, o…

Business

The vacant former Lockport Walmart will become the first Buffalo Niagara location for a home, farm and outdoor retail chain. Runnings, based in Marshall, Minn., will buy the 129,000-square-foot store on South Transit Road and turn it into its 45th location. Company spokesman Dennis Jensen said Friday the new store will employ about 75 people and will open in early 2019.…

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Cambria Councilman Joseph Ohol said Thursday that his brother Thomas and son John have signed leases on farmland for the proposed Bear Ridge Solar project, so Ohol will continue to recuse himself from any Town Board deliberations on the 900-acre commercial power generation plan. "I personally don't have an acre involved," said Ohol, 72, who owns land on Saunders Settlem…

Education

The Lewiston-Porter School District will hold an open house and informational session Monday for students of the former Niagara Catholic High School and their parents. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 4061 Creek Road in Lewiston, and will include tours of the school's facilities. Niagara Catholic announced its closure June 27 after the C…