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What was termed as a "small kitchen fire" caused heavy smoke inside a home at 323 Ferry Ave. in Niagara Falls early Sunday, according to reports. Emergency crews arriving at the scene just after 12:30 a.m. found heavy smoke pouring out the open front door and a 46-year-old woman standing outside, coughing. She told police she had been awakened by a smoke alarm, and upon…

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A young Niagara Falls man was arrested along with a juvenile companion Saturday evening, accused of shoplifting $154 worth of clothing from the Super Walmart store on Military Road. Zauvon O. Chappell, 17, of Ashland Avenue, was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. after store security personnel said he tried to steal 12 articles of clothing from the store. Chappell…

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Police are probing a pair of recent break-ins at vacant properties, including a 12th Street property in Niagara Falls in which all of the first-floor windows were smashed. A Ransomville man who owns the 12th Street property told police that Thursday evening or Friday morning, someone broke all the first-floor windows, then left all the doors open. Damage was estimated a…

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Niagara Falls Police said that the front glass door of a Niagara Street store was shattered Friday afternoon when a man was pushed through it during a fistfight outside the business. Around 3:35 p.m., two men engaged in an altercation outside the Bridgeway Market. One man shoved the other into the glass, causing it to shatter. Both then quickly fled the scene. Police sa…

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An employee of the Kmart store on Military Road in the Town of Niagara, which is slated to close shortly, was arrested last week and accused of stealing money from the cash register in the jewelry department. Store officials told police that the woman had been under surveillance since mid-November after money was first discovered missing from the jewelry department, whe…

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The Middleport Area Community Food Pantry, 15 Vernon St., received more than 600 pounds of food recently, donated by workers and management at the FMC Corp. Agricultural Solutions plant in the village. The FMC employees are members of Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. "Throughout the year and especially during the holida…

Education

Girls from two Niagara County public schools will compete in a volleyball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Niagara County Community College, funded by a Ralph Wilson Legacy Grant for youth sports administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. The Girl Power Friendship Volleyball Tournament is for girls ages 12 and up from Hyde Park Elementary School in Ni…

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An official of Lockport CARES, a not-for-profit organization serving Lockport's homeless, said Friday the group will have to keep one of its two neighboring houses closed unless donations increase by 25 percent. Promotions director Toby Mansfield said the shelter at 192 Genesee St. was closed for repairs in May, and will stay closed unless a $50,000 funding gap can be f…

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Niagara County children and sheriff's deputies came to the Lockport Walmart Saturday for the Niagara County Sheriff's Office's seventh annual "Shop With a Cop" event. The deputies drove the participating children to the store in a patrol car to shop for gifts for themselves and or family members. The Sheriff’s Office received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to pay f…

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Town of Niagara Police reported that they finally got to give a Niagara Falls woman the speeding ticket she had coming almost two weeks after she was pulled over. Police said the arresting officer was called Nov. 23 by a woman who said that her mother had been driving her vehicle that day and had given police the daughter’s name in order to avoid additional problems bec…

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A federal prisoner being temporarily housed at the Niagara County Jail is accused of punching another inmate in the mouth, causing him to lose two teeth and loosening another, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported. Jail employees reported that the victim was playing cards with other inmates Wednesday afternoon when another inmate accused him of rattling the bars …

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A woman who Niagara Falls Police said tried to enlist the aid of a store greeter in a shoplifting attempt was arrested Friday and accused of trying to take $336 worth of groceries from the Tops Market at 1000 Portage Road. Police said that the woman approached the store greeter about 5:25 p.m. Friday and asked him to help her pack some unbagged groceries into her vehicl…

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An 85-year-old Willow Avenue man told Niagara Falls Police that he was robbed of $300 and a credit card Friday afternoon while sitting in his car on Main Street. The man told officers he parked outside the B & B Cigar Store, 2006 Main St., around noon and was about to exit his car when a man approached and began asking him for money. The panhandler then reached into…

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The New York Civil Liberties Union and the State Health Department on Friday blasted a landlord's eviction of a Niagara Falls man for using medical marijuana. LHP Capital of Knoxville, Tenn., owner of Niagara Towers in Niagara Falls, booted 78-year-old John Flickner from his apartment Tuesday for violating the company's zero-tolerance drug policy, which was written into…