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The City of Lockport is seeking proposals from would-be buyers for two large vacant houses just south of the city's downtown business district: 271 and 281 Genesee St. The former was last used as a four-unit apartment house; the latter was a duplex. The deadline to make an offer is Oct. 24. The city will hold open houses at the sites Wednesday and Oct. 2. "This is th…

Art

Susan Geissler of Youngstown, a prominent local sculptor specializing in public art, has donated a small work for permanent display in the Child Development Center at the Niagara County Community College Learning Commons in Sanborn. The work, "Puddle Jumper," depicts a child in a yellow rain slicker and orange galoshes jumping into a puddle. Geissler, who graduated f…

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS – A 20-year-old city man was charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts Saturday morning after striking a guard rail and fence at Barton Street and Maple Avenue, police said. His passenger caused a disturbance at the scene and ran away from police, according to reports. Police were called to the area just before 8 a.m. and found a car that had…

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS – Police believe that two men on bicycles may have been responsible for firing three gunshots on Elmwood Avenue, near 13th Street, Friday night. One shot went through the second floor of an occupied home, but no one was injured. Just before 10 p.m., several neighbors reported hearing three gunshots in the area. At least two people reported seeing a pair of…

Crime

After three days of deliberations, a State Supreme Court jury in Lockport has reached a verdict on 11 of 21 counts against Jordan R. Patterson, 23, a Lockport man accused of raping four teenage girls in Lockport in 2015 and 2016. However, Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. decided against hearing the partial verdict Friday and instructed the jury to keep working. Two hours la…

Crime

A sex offender from Niagara Falls, charged in a Feb. 8 gunfire case in that city, accepted a plea deal Friday in Niagara County Court. Andre G. Williams, 28, of Ontario Avenue, admitted to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in exchange for Judge Sara Sheldon's pledge to limit Williams' sentence to nine years in prison. Williams returns to court Dec. 14. Wi…

Crime

A 30-year-old Niagara Falls motorcyclist was struck by a van driver and ejected off his motorcycle during a road-rage incident Thursday morning in Niagara Falls. The collision happened at about 2 a.m. on Buffalo Avenue near Hyde Park Boulevard. After striking the motorcyclist – identified in a police report as Robert C. Hartman – the van driver fled the scene, Hartman t…

Niagara County

New Directions Youth and Family Services cut the ribbon Thursday on its new children's mental health clinic in the Power City Building at Old Falls and Third streets in Niagara Falls. The Children’s Clinic of Western New York "will provide outpatient mental health counseling and psychiatry services for children and adolescents ages 5-21 and families living in Erie or Ni…

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Nominations are being accepted for the Starpoint Central School District's Sports Wall of Fame and Academic Wall of Fame and Achievement. Nominees should have graduated from Starpoint High School between 1958 and 2003. Information on previous Wall of Fame inductees, nominations and application forms can be found online at starpointcsd.org by clicking on Alumni under the…

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The Bewley Building, a five-story commercial structure at Main and Market streets in Lockport, was approved Thursday for listing on the State Register of Historic Places, and the state Board for Historic Preservation also recommended it for the National Register of Historic Places. The former building on the site, the Hodge Opera House, burned down Feb. 28, 1928, and pa…

Business

Water Haus Waterjet, a 10-year-old business that uses high-pressure water to cut steel for local machine shops, is planning to move from North Tonawanda to Lockport by the end of the year. Owner Andrew Beck said Thursday the company has outgrown its current 12th Avenue building. Town of Lockport Economic Development Coordinator Marc R. Smith said the town Industrial …

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Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt said Wednesday that even though a motion to eliminate the county public information officer post was defeated, 10-4, at Tuesday's meeting, there's no assurance the vacant job will be included in the 2019 budget. "We're going to take a long, hard look at it – the duties of the position, the pay," said Bradt, R-Nor…

Buffalo

A few days ago, Lance Cpl. Thomas Rosebraugh was studying his options at a kitchen table in Wilson. He pored over road maps with Steve LaRock, a retired school superintendent, whose family is providing Thomas and his wife Sheylee with temporary shelter. Thomas is stationed at Camp Lejeune, along a North Carolina coastline hammered by Hurricane Florence. Worried about wh…

Environment

More low-level radioactive slag has been found in Niagara Falls State Park. State Parks on Wednesday issued an announcement about the new discovery – in contrast to how it handled the disclosure of earlier findings of similar material. The announcement comes about three weeks after crews removed a large amount of low-level radioactive slag from the park, a cleanup pr…