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LOCKPORT – A Cambria man pleaded not guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of growing marijuana in his garage.Eric V. Wisor, 51, of Ridge Road, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing cannabis.The county Drug Task Force arrested him April 8 after a raid allegedly uncovered 48 pot plants in his una…

LOCKPORT – Lavon D. Parks of Niagara Falls, who was already awaiting sentencing for violating probation on a drug felony, pleaded guilty to another Friday in Niagara County Court.County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set sentencing Jan. 10 for Parks, 23, of 18th Street, who admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He originally was charged with se…

Two men have been taken into custody for the shootings of three people last Saturday night near St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church at Townsend and Peckham streets.Ferry-Fillmore District officers arrested Dennis A. Triplett, 38, of Buffalo about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Then, just before 10 p.m. Friday, they arrested Ricky M. Grace, 40, of Niagara Falls. Chief of Detectives…

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are too small …

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are too small …

LOCKPORT – A Herkimer man, who already had pleaded guilty to credit card fraud charges in Erie and Montgomery counties, admitted to another in Niagara County Court Friday.Byron S. Hickman, 24, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 31. However, County Judge Sara Sheldon …

LOCKPORT – An Amherst man was sentenced Friday to a year behind bars for violating the terms of his probation on a guilty plea for selling cocaine in the City of Lockport twice in May 2011.Rodriguez A. Bembo, 41, of North French Road, was sent to the Niagara County Jail by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.“It’s just not working on probation,” Kloch said, alt…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas kicked a Lockport man out of a court-supervised drug treatment program Friday, setting him up for a prison sentence of as long as 15 years.Adam E. Lemay, 32, had pleaded guilty in July 2011 to second-degree burglary for breaking into an apartment on Genesee Street in Lockport on Oct. 26, 2010, and stealing beer and food. …

LOCKPORT – A Town of Niagara sex offender was sentenced to two years in Niagara County Jail Friday for stealing large amounts of metal from inside a former Carborundum Co. plant in Niagara Falls.County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered that after his sentence, Gerald D. Zimmerman, 54, of Lockport Street, must repay $20,000 to John Simon, owner of the former Carborundum ele…

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man who caused bleeding in the brain of his seven-week-old daughter by shaking her was given a chance Friday to convince a judge not to send him to prison.Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas gave Jeremy R. Hayes six months of probation, pending a final sentencing decision.Hayes, 25, of Humber Avenue, had pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge …

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies and other police agencies are looking for 47-year-old Kristi A. Hurtada, a Niagara Falls woman last seen in the Niagara Street area of the city on Thursday. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 438-3393 at any time. . During regular business hours Investigator Tracy Steen…

LEWISTON – The Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University will offer a “theme-based art journey” each Saturday at 2 p.m. beginning this Saturday and continuing through Dec. 14. Classes are family-based and open to the public at a cost of $2 per person for museum members and $3 for nonmembers.Participants in the art-themed workshops will examine artwork, listen to art-them…

SANBORN – Niagara County Community College will host a free flu shot clinic today as part of a county Health Department emergency exercise.It’s a test of the county’s ability to administer large amounts of medications from the Strategic National Stockpile quickly in case of a disaster. For two hours, county crews will pretend to distribute antibiotics on campus as part of …

NIAGARA FALLS – Residents in DeVeaux may put leaves out today, as city crews will be around to collect them. Crews will shift to Cayuga Island on Monday and Tuesday, Public Works Director David L. Kinney said.Kinney asked residents not to put leaves into the street until they are told that crews will be making pickups in their neighborhood. Residents also should not put br…

As of today the Niagara County Sheriff’s 911 center, following other counties statewide in a cost-saving and efficiency effort, will be dispatching calls for the State Police stations in both Lockport and the Town of Niagara, and state troopers assigned to those stations will be switched to the Sheriff’s Office police radio frequency as their primarily channel, Niagara Cou…