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The event, sponsored by the Barge Canal Optimist Club, runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the YMCA, 19 East Ave. Other sessions are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and next Wednesday. Admission is $1.Across the street, the Historic Palace Theater is showing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ► Friday also is the night for trick-or-…

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The Lockport police officer wounded 20 years ago in a suspicious shooting that led to the death of a Niagara County deputy rushing to his aid died of natural causes Saturday at his retirement home in Florida.Steven L. Biles, 59, was considered a suspect in his own shooting that indirectly caused the death of Deputy Jeffrey A. Incardona. The 29-year-old father of three was …

A third party’s attempt to offer help with a contract dispute between Niagara County Community College and its faculty union has been accepted by the college’s board of trustees but rejected by the union.A state fact-finder’s report received last week recommended wage increases or salary bonuses for seven of the last eight years and suggested changes to health insurance te…

LOCKPORT – Results of DNA tests on bacteria in the water of off Olcott were supposed to solve the mystery of what’s causing Krull Park Beach to be closed frequently each summer.But the newest results from the state Health Department laboratory haven’t pinpointed the source of the E. coli bacteria.“It makes things a lot more complicated,” Niagara County Environmental Health…

LOCKPORT – A man who was tied to a burglary at a Niagara Falls business by DNA testing was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.Elbert J. Lewis Jr., 43, of Frontier Avenue in the Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary for a break-in at the Great Wall Restaurant in that…

NIAGARA FALLS – An apartment building and a business were targeted recently by metal thieves, Niagara Falls police said.Police said a maintenance employee or Signature Apartments, 3100 block of Ninth Street, noticed the front windows of a vacant apartment broken and discovered copper piping and a hot water tank stolen. The loss and damage totaled $1,100.Police also said …

NIAGARA FALLS – Two teenagers and juvenile were arrested in the break-in of a vacant house in the 1000 block of 19th Street at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.Police said they also seized marijuana and prescription narcotic pills. Both teens were charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and one, additionally, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. On…

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Some scarecrows greet shoppers at store entrances. Others smile from stakes on people’s lawns – or sit slightly slumped over on bales of straw or in wheelbarrows.Scarecrows can be scary, but more often than not they pack plenty of personality into their humanlike frames. While some are store-bought, others are stuffed, dressed and adorned by hand – their faces fashioned to…

NIAGARA FALLS – A 22-year-old woman was shot in the back of her left leg just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday outside the entrance of Club Joey’s in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue. Police said the shot appears to have come from a pellet gun. The victim said she was smoking a cigarette when she heard two shots, then felt pain in her lower left leg. The victim told police no vehicl…

NIAGARA FALLS – Two men wearing ski masks and armed with long guns who attempted to rob Frenchy’s Pizza at 2210 Niagara St. about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday apparently left empty-handed. The bandits demanded cash, pointing their weapons at three employees who fled out the back door of the business and called police. A customer also had left when the gunmen arrived. Both bandits …

TOWN OF NIAGARA - The ninth annual Niagara Electric Lights Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 on Military Road, from Fourth Street down to Kmart.This year’s event will include a food drive to benefit Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. Parade organizers are also encouraging donations be made to local church pantries on behalf of the Niagara Electric Lights Parade.…

NIAGARA FALLS - The Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope has scheduled a rally on Sunday about quality of life issues.The rally will focus on issues of public transportation, rodent control and the trend of reversing disinvestment in the Falls.The event will held at 3:30 p.m. at Heart, Love and Soul food pantry, 939 Ontario Ave.

NIAGARA FALLS – A public hearing on the proposed city budget for 2014 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.The City Council is reviewing Mayor Paul A. Dyster’s proposed spending plan, which calls for a .03 percent increase in the tax rate for residential property and a .01 percent cut in the tax rate on commercial property.In the end…

Crime

CAMBRIA – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a two-car crash at Plank and Ridge roads at about 10:15 a.m. today in which the vehicles sideswiped each other and one ended up hitting a house.A car traveling southbound on North Ridge Road and headed toward Plank Road, failed to stop as the driver turned left onto Ridge Road and was struck by the eastbound driver on R…

NIAGARA FALLS - A planned auction of a vacant downtown piece of land that was supposed to happen Thursday morning has been put on hold as the legal fight between the owners continues.A judge’s order prevented the auction of 0.8 acre of land near Ferry Avenue and Second Street from happening as scheduled, said Falls attorney Thomas J. Caserta Jr., who was appointed by the c…