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Crime

Two Niagara County Community College students have been charged with breaking into another student's dormitory room and ransacking it, sheriff's deputies said. The incident occurred following a large fight at the Saunders Settlement Road housing in Cambria on May 9, according to police reports. A female student's room was entered via a window, and her belongings were sc…

Education

Next school year, Lockport schools will have in place the kind of security software used at airports, casinos and sensitive government installations. Facial recognition and tracking software will add an unprecedented level of security at the schools. District officials have decided locked entrance doors, bullet-proof glass and sign-in registers at the front desk are not…

Crime

A woman contacted Niagara Falls police recently after discovering that someone had drained more than $1,500 from her bank account since April 9. The 71-year-old victim, a Pierce Avenue resident, told police that she did not know how anyone accessed her account, since her bank card was still in her possession. She learned that three withdrawals were made from her account…

Crime

A 43-year-old man told Niagara Falls police he was shot in the leg late Friday while walking to a nearby store to purchase beer. The victim, a Town of Niagara resident, told police he was walking in the vicinity of 18th Street and Pierce Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. when two men started following him. He said they approached him as he neared the store, and one of the me…

Movies

"Last Trip," a short film made in Western New York by local college students, will receive a public screening next month. The movie is about an awkward teenager who is trying to impress a girl with a camping trip and then things start to go wrong. "Last Trip" was written by Brennan Derrico, directed by Jeff Toldi and produced by Aaron Webb. It won the People's Choice…

Columns

The Sunday afternoon book club has been meeting in Lockport for about 20 years. Longtime member Jane Wendel will host a gathering Sunday, a moment of gentle pride for a mother whose son Tim is a distinguished author. The members will crowd into her living room and talk about Tim's new book, a tale of both a Western New York medical triumph and a journey back to a hard plac…

Crime

Denzel K. Lewis of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Friday in a shooting death Oct. 14 at a gas station at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue in the Falls. Lewis, 22, of Cleveland Avenue, admitted to first-degree manslaughter for the killing of Lerowne Harris, 35. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could imprison Lewis for up to 25 years at sentencing Aug. 2…

Local News

Niagara Falls Councilman William Kennedy II wants suggestions from his constituents on what to do with the bricks and other debris left over from the state's demolition last week of the 155-year-old carriage house in DeVeaux Woods State Park. The building was part of the former DeVeaux School, later a Niagara University auxiliary campus. It was torn down after the long-…

Environment

The destructive European cherry fruit fly was found for the first time in the United States last year on wild honeysuckle plants and cherry trees along the Niagara River. So the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is back in Niagara County this spring surveying for the pest. The service said it will place traps designed to capture…

Local News

A charitable organization operated by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lockport is seeking funding and instructors for a planned program of financial skills classes, targeted at the 17 percent of Lockport residents who live below the poverty line. Michael Boron, director of Community Outreach at St. John's, said Friday that he has applied to foundations for about…

Local News

A judge has allowed the City of Lockport to seize title to two large, blighted and vacant apartment houses, even though property taxes had been paid by the out-of-town owner since he acquired the buildings in 2005. State Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Furlong declared Wednesday that 271 and 281 Genesee St. were abandoned because owner Raja Adimoolam of Staten Island ne…

The former Honeymoon Mansion in Niagara Falls – longtime home of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Niagara – is being auctioned Saturday, more than 116 years after it was built. Cash Realty & Auctions will conduct the public sale of the 9,986-square-foot mansion at 357 Portage Road, a structure with a century of history. It's located at the intersection of Portage…

Local News

A vehicle contracted by the City of Niagara Falls to fill potholes Thursday got stuck in a large sinkhole at 18th Street and South Avenue, according to a police dispatcher. A dispatcher for Niagara Falls Police said the sinkhole may have resulted from a nearby water main break. Police closed 18th Street between West Street and Cleveland Avenue, as well as the 1800 bl…

Buffalo

There were as many boating-related deaths from Saturday to Wednesday in the local waters of Lake Erie as there were in 2015 and 2016 combined. Lancaster teacher Eric D. Przykuta and Robert Maccubbin of Hamburg, both of whom were described as avid fishermen, died in separate incidents in the lake near Buffalo and Hamburg. Police are continuing to investigate both of thei…