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A pizza deliveryman needed 19 stitches to close a cut to his head early Sunday after a robber he attempted to disarm clubbed him with a handgun, Niagara Falls police reported. A 52-year-old employee of Mr. Ventry's Pizza was delivering an order to a home in the 400 block of 19th Street just before 1:30 a.m. when the incident occurred, police said. He was met by two wome…

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A man was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday after he allegedly broke a window after being ejected from a tavern, Niagara Falls police reported. Employees of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd., told police the man was drunk and was thrown out of the bar just after 1 a.m., but later returned and broke a window before fleeing in his ca…

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A pair of pit bull dogs, described as “emaciated,” were rescued from a condemned home Saturday, where they had apparently been left unattended for at least 12 days, according to Niagara Falls police. Neighbors alerted police, saying they had seen no one enter the residence to feed or care for the dogs since Oct. 7. When officers arrived at 2401 Whitney Ave., they said t…

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After arresting a Niagara Falls man for driving without a valid license last Thursday, Niagara Falls Police Officer Jordan Collins got to do it all again the next day when he spotted the same man driving again. Collins was issuing parking tickets in the 1000 block of 19th Street Thursday afternoon when he came across a vehicle with an expired inspection. Upon checking t…

A man dragged from a car by assailants Friday night was shot in the left shoulder with what appeared to be buckshot, Niagara Falls Police reported. Police were called to the 600 block of 20th Street around 7:30 p.m. to investigate a report of shots being fired, but found no evidence or witnesses. Minutes later they were called to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, w…

Calling Niagara Falls Police to report a stolen vehicle is a routine that a DeVeaux-area man knows only too well. When he called again on Friday, it was the sixth time in the past seven years. The 60-year-old victim, a resident of Van Rensselaer Avenue, told police that he let a woman borrow his 2005 Ford Thursday morning, but she never came back with it. He originally …

Crime

Eddie J. Briggs of Niagara Falls pleaded not guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of firing a shot through a woman's apartment window, Assistant District Attorney Maria H. Stoelting said. Briggs, 26, of Woodlawn Avenue, is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the May 7 incid…

Education

William J. Murabito, interim president of Niagara County Community College since October 2017, is one of the four finalists in NCCC's second search of the year for a new president. Murabito played no role in the first search, which flopped in May when no candidate could muster the necessary six votes on the Board of Trustees. This time, Murabito is on the list of fin…

Local News

The Lockport Police Board decided Friday to interview three more candidates for police chief: Lt. Salvatore Licata and retired officers Steven Abbott and Jeffrey Brodsky. Alderman Richard E. Abbott, a board member who is not related to Steven Abbott, said he expects the interviews to be held on or about Oct. 29. Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Todd A. Chenez withdrew his ca…

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S.E. Kenneth Cosentino said Friday he would push for direct deals between the City of Niagara Falls and the Seneca Nation of Indians if he is elected mayor in an 11th-hour write-in campaign. "I will expose the corruption that's been going on," vowed Cosentino, 29, owner of White Lion Studios, an independent film production company. He said he will push for the ci…

Courts

A retired Niagara Falls junior high school teacher who was prosecuted four decades ago for having sex with a student is being sued by two former students who say he molested them as children. Social studies teacher Frank Carter repeatedly sexually assaulted the two girls, aged 13 and 15, during the 1976-1977 school year, according to lawsuits filed Friday against Carter…

Business

Fearing the deposit of toxic waste from solar panels, the Niagara County Legislature this week unanimously declared that the county will offer no property tax breaks to solar power projects unless the developer posts a bond that would pay for the complete removal of the panels and associated equipment. State regulations require developers to submit a fully funded decomm…

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A Niagara County Social Services worker, who also is a Republican candidate for county legislator in Niagara Falls, is demanding an investigation by the county Board of Ethics of alleged improper access to his personnel file. Sixth District candidate David J. Zajac said he became a Social Services van driver in 2016, although he had an impaired driving conviction in 201…

Crime

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries Thursday due to a hit-and-run crash on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, according to the Lewiston Police Department. Police said a man was hit by a vehicle shortly after 11 p.m. on Green Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. He was transported by a private vehicle to the hospital. Police say the suspected vehicle is reporte…