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Two Lockport police officers received commendations Thursday for rescuing a woman from a burning house July 7 on Church Street. Lt. Matthew Hurtgam and Officer Matthew Vosler received commendations from Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey and meritorious service pins from Police Chief Steven C. Preisch. "We are fortunate to have exemplary officers who put themselves in danger to…

Environment

Krull Park Beach in Olcott has been closed to swimming because of high bacteria readings in a water quality test Wednesday, the Niagara County Health Department announced Thursday. The closure, the first of the season, will remain in effect until further tests show the water is safe. Ronald Gwozdek, principal public health engineer, said Lake Ontario sediment probabl…

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Fitch Ratings, one of the three major Wall Street bond rating firms, reduced the City of Niagara Falls' credit rating Wednesday to BBB, a one-level reduction to a level just above junk bond status. Fitch also changed Niagara Falls' fiscal outlook from stable to negative because of last year's cutoff of Seneca Niagara Casino revenue. The casino had provided about $13 mil…

Crime

A Town of Lockport woman pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday in connection with a head-on crash that seriously injured Town of Lockport Clerk Judith A. Newbold. Andrea R. Lang, 34, of Heritage Court, admitted to second-degree vehicular assault and driving while impaired. She admitted to State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. that she was under the in…

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You can't beat the slot machines in Seneca Niagara Casino. Also, it's against the law to beat them up. Just ask Lavar R. Bracy of Niagara Falls, who appeared in State Supreme Court in Lockport Thursday to answer a felony charge of doing $1,850 worth of damage to a slot machine Dec. 30. Bracy put a quarter into the machine and things went wrong. Attorneys in the ca…

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The U.S. government in the 1950s ordered the burning of nuclear waste in the open air on a field in Porter. So how safe is that field today? The answer could come in a year or two now that the Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will begin a $600,000 project to investigate the small field. The probe will look for radioactivity. The 4-acre field is owned by CW…

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Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Byron DalPorto said "aggressive panhandling" has become a problem in the city, so the City Council unanimously passed a law against it Wednesday night. DalPorto said the local law copies one in Rochester, which makes the practice a violation. That doesn't produce a criminal record but still carries maximum penalties of 15 days in j…

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A 30-year-old Wheatfield man who was critically injured in a collision Wednesday morning has been upgraded to serious condition. Ray Lamb III remains in the trauma unit at Erie County Medical Center after he was ejected from his motorcycle when it collided with a pickup on Niagara Falls Boulevard, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Lamb was traveling north at …

Business

The Royalton Hartland Community Library wants you to come get your geek on. It will hold a mini comic book convention starting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the library, 9 S. Vernon St. in Middleport. Dress up as your favorite character, learn how to make your own comic book and then settle in for some pizza and watch "The Avengers." There will be $200 worth of prizes from P…

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The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help locating a missing 14-year-old Newfane girl. Jamie M. Woodruffe may be in the company of a man from the Lockport area, authorities said. She was described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and 110 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Woodruffe was last seen wearing black leggings and a Victoria’s Secret shirt of…

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Kenyatta E. Austin, who served six years in state prison on a reckless endangerment charge for firing a gun in Buffalo in 2010, has been indicted in Niagara County for illegally possessing a loaded handgun in Niagara Falls. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon set bail at $200,000 for Austin, 25, of 27th Street in the Falls. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree…

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A Medina man who committed two residential burglaries in Hartland last year was sentenced Wednesday to two to six years in state prison. State Supreme Court Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered the sentence to be served simultaneously with a two-year prison term Zachary S. Natale started last month for a burglary in Orleans County. Natale, 24, of North Street, Medina, pleade…

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To hear the State Comptroller's Office tell it, town justices come and go, but poor record-keeping at Lockport Town Court is perennial. In an audit released Tuesday, the Comptroller's Office said that it can't tell if 6,000 traffic tickets from 1985 to 2017 were paid or not. The fines on those tickets total more than $600,000. If they really weren't paid, those drive…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man faces three felony charges after a traffic stop early Tuesday morning in Royalton, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Germaine V. Brown, 38, was pulled over at about 4:30 a.m. near Rochester Road and Royalton Center Road. A sheriff's deputy determined Brown was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while his 4-year-…