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LOCKPORT – The state Department of Environmental Conservation will begin work this summer on cleanup of the former Peters Dry Cleaning site at 316 Willow St., spokeswoman Kristen Davidson said.“We’re anxious to get them in there,” Mayor Michael W. Tucker said. He said he expects an asbestos removal contractor will be hired first, followed by demolition and soil cleanup.Sta…

LOCKPORT – An attorney for David J. Mongielo, a Town of Lockport auto repair shop owner, said Monday that Mongielo is considering a police brutality lawsuit against the City of Lockport in the wake of his arrest Thursday.Mongielo, 46, who is awaiting trial on charges of violating the Town of Lockport sign ordinance, appeared Monday in City Court on charges of second-degree…

LOCKPORT – A Fallen Heroes Memorial for the City of Lockport will be built around a fountain near the Outwater Park overlook, a city committee decided Monday.But the exact design has yet to be determined for the effort to honor those from Lockport who gave their lives in the military, police or fire service.“We’re going to take that old, rickety fountain out there and make…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police are looking for an owner who abandoned two dogs and a puppy in a 12th Street apartment. They are also investigating whether three other puppies that were reported to have been in the apartment earlier were sold or may have died.On Sunday morning two of the three dogs were found emaciated. One of them, an eight-week Labrador retriever-Rottweiler mix, …

LOCKPORT – A State Police bomb squad was called to Lockport Police Headquarters Sunday after a man left a “bottle bomb” outside the complaint window, Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said.Two State Police bomb technicians came to the station, took the bottle a safe distance outside and detonated it. “It sounded like an artillery shell going off,” Eggert said.It was one of t…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Malcolm A. Needler, an area politician for over 20 years, is in stable, but guarded condition after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.Needler, age 62, was a longtime Niagara County Legislator, R-11th district, and retired from the Niagara County Legislature in 2007. He entered back into politics in the City of North Tonawanda and was sworn in to a…

LOCKPORT – One of two men arrested in a Jan. 11 raid on an alleged methamphetamine lab in Newfane was arraigned on a nine-count indictment Monday in Niagara County Court.James O. White, 21, of Olcott Street, pleaded not guilty to four counts each of fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, and one count of third-degree unlawful manufacture of me…

LOCKPORT – A Depew woman who was charged with stealing customers’ credit card numbers while she was working at a Niagara Falls mattress store pleaded guilty Monday.Donna L. Liberatore, 40, of Seabert Avenue, admitted to third-degree grand larceny and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. …

Construction of a new $7 million incline railway in Niagara Falls, Ont., is nearly done, according to the Niagara Parks Commission.Two cars have been lifted into place on the new Falls Incline Railway, which will link Falls-related attractions at Table Rock and the Fallsview tourism area.The new railway replaces a 47-year-old railway that was available only seasonally and …

LOCKPORT – Diversified Manufacturing, which has begun a nearly $5 million expansion of its metal fabricating plant, was approved for assistance from two Niagara County agencies last week.The Niagara County Development Corp., an arm of the county Industrial Development Agency, approved a $400,000, seven-year loan to the company, located on Ohio Street in Lockport.And Empowe…

An appeals court ruled unanimously Friday that a malicious prosecution lawsuit filed by a former Niagara Falls man can proceed.The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court agreed with a lower court ruling that Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell and former Erie County Medical Examiner Dr. James J. Woytash are not entitled to immunity from bein…

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Two men in a fast-moving truck on Ridge Road in Newfane were killed when the driver lost control and the truck struck two trees near Hess Road, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.Investigators identified the men as Wesley Kovach, 21, and Caldon McCollum, 20, both of Gasport, where they grew up together, friends said. Kovach graduated from Akron High School in …

LOCKPORT – It’s almost certain that the city, not the residents of Shaeffer Street, will foot the bill to repair a leak in a waterline on the dead-end street.The 2-inch water supply line, dating from a 1939 city project, sprang a leak in late May. But under terms of a 1973 Common Council resolution, it was thought that the repair cost would have to be paid by the residents…

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency may vote in August on changes in its policy on local hiring by recipients of tax breaks, and on rules barring undocumented immigrants from working on IDA-assisted projects.However, Stephen F. Brady, chairman of the governance committee of the IDA board, and the agency’s attorney, Mark J. Gabriele, raised concern…

State Police have arrested a former Lockport resident on rape charges.Andrew K. Peyatt, 55, of Bridgeport, W. Va., was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree aggravated sexual abuse.State Police received a complaint from a Niagara County resident that alleged sexual abuse by Peyatt that began over 10 years ago. An investigation sh…