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WHEATFIELD – The new owner of the Niagara Generation power plant in Niagara Falls will assume the remaining time on a tax break on that facility, and have applied for a similar abatement for a new warehouse that would be used to store the plant’s wood fuel.Sterling Energy Group of Gary, Ind., plans to invest $2 million in the biomass plant at 5300 Frontier Ave. Plant manag…

LOCKPORT – A Medina man faces life in prison if convicted on child sexual abuse charges unsealed Wednesday in State Supreme Court.Gerald L. Wolter Jr., 37, of Freeman Road, also has been charged in Orleans County with similar crimes, said Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello.Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone said Wolter has not…

LOCKPORT – The city issued a request for proposals for its Fallen Heroes Memorial on Wednesday, Mayor Michael W. Tucker told the Common Council.The memorial, to be erected on the site of a former fountain in Outwater Park, is meant to honor all Lockportians who gave their lives in the military, police or fire service.Norman D. Allen, city director of engineering and public…

CAMBRIA – The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint by a Junction Road scrap dealer that two employees were stealing high-value scrap metal over the past six months and reselling it to at least two other scrap yards. The owner estimated the loss at about $60,000. Deputies said the two employees were hired to clean up the scrap yard. The Sheriff’s C…

NORTH TONAWANDA – City detectives said today that they are still searching for a man who attempted to rob a Citizens Bank located in a Tops Supermarket at 301 Meadow Drive just after 3 p.m. Saturday The suspect did not threaten or show a weapon and was unable to get any money. The man left on mountain bicycle going towards Payne Avenue, according to police.The suspect is d…

OLCOTT – The Niagara County Health Department issued a beach closure notice this morning for Krull Park Beach on the Lake Ontario shore.Swimming has been banned until further notice because of elevated bacteria levels in the water as shown in recent tests.The Health Department tests the water at the beach regularly. Today’s was the fourth closure of the season at Olcott, b…

Hamburg

One might wonder how Nik Wallenda can top walking along a wire over Niagara Falls and then the Grand Canyon.But the only human known to accomplish both feats has a few more ideas before he hangs up his tightrope for good – walking between two New York City skyscrapers and then over a live volcano. And don’t forget the Erie County Fair.That’s right, even as Wallenda makes p…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Painters Plus’ owner Jesse Gooch has selected a family in the third annual Project HOPE (Helping Others Paint Exteriors) contest.Winner Megan Sholtz, 35, a mother of three, will have her home on Linwood Avenue pressure washed, primed and painted by Painter’s Plus crews, who will be assisted by city officials and volunteers at the event planned for Aug. 24…

LOCKPORT – David J. Mongielo, the Lockport “sign guy” who tangled with police at a roadblock on Lincoln Avenue on June 27, filed a $575,000 police brutality suit in State Supreme Court last week.Mongielo claims he was beaten by Officer William E. Jones after Mongielo, the owner of a Robinson Road auto repair shop, protested being stopped at a roadblock set up by city polic…

LOCKPORT – If there was a general theme to Tuesday night’s public meeting on the Eighteen Mile Creek cleanup and the buyout of five homes on Water Street in Lockport, that theme was: What about us?Variations on that theme were voiced by residents from throughout Lockport’s Lowertown district at the meeting called by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which drew clos…

NORTH TONAWANDA – The city’s law barring sex offenders from living within a quarter-mile of a school, park or playground no longer applies to one man – the one trying to have the law invalidated in court.State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto issued late last month a temporary restraining order barring the city from enforcing the buffer zone law against the…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Painters Plus’ owner Jesse Gooch has selected a family in the 3rd Annual Project H.O.P.E., Helping Others Paint Exteriors, contest.Winner Megan Sholtz, 35, a mother of three, will have her home on Linwood Avenue pressure washed, primed and painted by Painter’s Plus crews, who will be assisted by city officials and volunteers at the event planned for Aug. …

Education

The new superintendent of the Niagara Wheatfield School District said the district’s recent financial woes were a “big shock” to the community.But Lynn M. Fusco, in a letter introducing herself to the district, said that the community also knows “what our reality is.”Fusco, the former Alden District superintendent, stepped into the top spot in Niagara Wheatfield in April a…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who stole a gun in an apartment burglary and fired it outside a nearby gas station was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.Jose A. Colon Sr., 49, of Zito Drive, had pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Colon to…

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. has his doubts that Anthony J. Bennett can succeed on probation, but Tuesday the judge gave Bennett six months on probation as a test.“Prove me wrong,” Kloch told Bennett, 27, of Ashley Place, Lockport. “Let’s see if he’s grown up. Let’s see if he’s genuine.”Bennett pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of …