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A Niagara Falls woman was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her part in a cocaine ring. Chief U. S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. sentenced Tammy Hoover, 41, after she was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. Hoover agreed t…

Local News

Niagara University canceled all classes Thursday, one day after officials discovered the school was the victim of a ransomware attack. Spokesman Thomas J. Burns said the university learned late Wednesday that some of the school's email servers were encrypted by ransomware. "University staff are currently working with a third party vendor to understand the nature and …

Local News

A couple of weeks back, we reported on several Lockport residents who received fraudulent phone calls from a person claiming to be a Niagara County official who informed them that they had been chosen to host voting machines in their driveways. The county Board of Elections turned the case over to the Sheriff's Office, which soon determined the numbers that came up on t…

Obituaries

Nov. 4, 1942 – Jan. 22, 2020 Calvin F. Deyermond, a retired assistant superintendent in the North Tonawanda School District, died Jan. 22 of complications from a stroke in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 77. Born in Oneida, he was a 1960 graduate of Oneida High School, where he was senior class vice president, played on the football, basketball and golf teams,…

Business

Aug. 25, 1926 – Jan. 23, 2020 Richard Morrell Zehr, retired chief engineer at Viatran Inc., died Jan. 23 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, where he had been a resident since 2016. He was 93. Born in Niagara Falls, the eldest of three boys, he was the son of George Zehr, chief engineer at the Schoellkopf Power Plant. He and his brothers all became engineers. Norman was…

Erie County

The snow – and slush – is here. Western New Yorkers woke up Thursday to snowy and slushy conditions via a storm that was forecast to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow overnight but fell well short of that range. The storm began at around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, spreading northeastward from Pennsylvania and Ohio and extending across all eight Western New York counties by 1…

Crime

No charges have been filed in the blockade of a Niagara Falls school bus by three carloads of adults Jan. 28, and the case is considered closed, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Thomas J. Licata said. "I don't think anybody came forward and wanted to press charges," Licata said. According to School Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie, who reviewed video from a bus secu…

Local News

Wilson and Olcott harbors will be dredged in June 2021 as part of the state's response to Lake Ontario's high water level. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced 20 sites along the lake and the St. Lawrence River to be deepened this year and next year. The two Niagara County projects are part of the state's $300 million program to deal with the threat of flooding a…

Business

A plan to convert a house at 644 Park Place in Niagara Falls into five market-rate apartments received an incentive package Wednesday from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. Dr. Kalaiselvi Rajendran, a psychiatrist who practices at 600 Pine Ave. in the Falls, said her contractor will start work in two or three weeks on the project, estimated to cost $516,…

Business

The new owner of the former Gaul Funeral Home in Lockport applied for a tax break Wednesday from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. Kevin Jordan, a Lockport resident, said he intends to convert the two-story structure at 263 East Ave., offering about 2,300 square feet of commercial space and three apartments. Jordan bought the building last July for $1…

Business

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board on Wednesday approved a $16,717 Cataract Tourism grant to the Aquarium of Niagara. The grant will be applied to an $83,586 plan to remodel the Aquarium's second-floor events room. The plan includes installing windows to give the room a view of the Niagara River Gorge, as well as technology and new furnishings to …

Business

The owners of One Niagara, a glass-walled building near the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, shelved plans to replace all the windows as part of a renovation project. The nine-story "flash cube" building houses several tourist-related shops. Last year, owners Gordon and Bernice Reger and Paul A. Grenga announced a $14.4 million renovation project that called for addi…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man faces multiple charges for thefts after he was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Wilson. He may face even more charges, pending further investigation, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported. Anthony S. Giannone, 23, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, fifth-degree possession of stolen prop…

Crime

A veteran Niagara County Jail corrections officer resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for reporting that she made rounds of jail cell checks when she really hadn't. Alexandra L. Matalavage, 52, of Burt, was suspended from her nearly $80,000-a-year job after being charged last August with five felony counts of tampering with public records. She was ch…

Local News

Brian D. Grear said Monday he's running for Niagara County sheriff, a post he's sought twice before. Grear was a Republican when he polled 38% of the vote in 2005 against incumbent Democrat Thomas A. Beilein. In 2008, he hoped to again run for sheriff, but the GOP endorsed Ernest C. Palmer instead. Democrats then recruited Grear to run for a State Senate seat, bu…