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A few days ago, Lance Cpl. Thomas Rosebraugh was studying his options at a kitchen table in Wilson. He pored over road maps with Steve LaRock, a retired school superintendent, whose family is providing Thomas and his wife Sheylee with temporary shelter. Thomas is stationed at Camp Lejeune, along a North Carolina coastline hammered by Hurricane Florence. Worried about wh…

Environment

More low-level radioactive slag has been found in Niagara Falls State Park. State Parks on Wednesday issued an announcement about the new discovery – in contrast to how it handled the disclosure of earlier findings of similar material. The announcement comes about three weeks after crews removed a large amount of low-level radioactive slag from the park, a cleanup pr…

Local News

Lockport Mayor David R. Wohleben will return to his former post as 4th Ward alderman on Jan. 1. He is not on the ballot for mayor in November. Wohleben was Common Council president when he became mayor Aug. 8 after Anne E. McCaffrey resigned. The Niagara County Republican Party nominated County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall instead of Wohleben to run for the …

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Former Niagara County manager Jeffrey M. Glatz was appointed director of the county Veterans Service Agency Tuesday. The county Legislature confirmed the nomination of Glatz by his successor as manager, Richard E. Updegrove. The veterans post pays $47,039 a year, which will rise to $49,982 on Jan. 1. Glatz served as county manager from September 2010 to March 201…

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County Legislator Jason A. Zona of Niagara Falls was elected chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee at its meeting Monday. Zona, who succeeds Nicholas J. Forster as chairman, said his vice chairs will be former Lockport Alderwoman Anita Mullane and former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte. "I was looking for a mix of longer-tenured Democrats to mix with th…

Health and Fitness

GObike Buffalo has received grant to develop and implement a more bicycle-friendly Niagara Falls. The $82,615 grant – from the Oath's Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County–Empire State Development — will help carry out a comprehensive Complete Streets policy the Falls City Council approved earlier this year. Buffalo boasts a similar policy, which outlines a commitm…

Buffalo

The promise of a trail network from downtown Buffalo to Youngstown will be fulfilled in the next two years, thanks to a grant announced Tuesday by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. A $6.5 million foundation grant, along with $23 million in state funding, will fill the gaps in the Niagara River Greenway, envisioned more than a decade ago as an unbroken trail along the …

Crime

Andrea R. Lang, who was under the influence of alcohol and an anti-anxiety drug when her vehicle collided head-on with one driven by Lockport Town Clerk Judith A. Newbold, was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation and a $500 fine. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could have sent Lang to prison for as long as four years. Lang, 34, of Heritage Cou…

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Niagara County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall is the Republican nominee for Lockport mayor, county GOP Chairman Richard L. Andres Jr. announced Monday night. Andres said McNall was chosen at a Saturday meeting of the county GOP executive committee, which also elected Andres to a full term as chairman. The committee rejected Mayor David R. Wohleben, who took…

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A Town of Tonawanda day care center could lose its license after state inspectors found five violations late last month. The state Office of Children and Family Services may revoke Blue Giraffe Daycare's license to operate for violations that include the use of corporal punishment on children, the failure to properly report serious incidents and the failure of staff to …

Bills

In the parking lots where tailgaters gathered Sunday for the Buffalo Bills' home opener, it could just as well have been the return of Kelly Holcomb or Thad Lewis at quarterback as starter Josh Allen. That's because tailgating is about more than just the game. It's about Bills Nation. "We're here all home games – rain, sleet, sun, snow, it doesn't matter," DJ Swag…

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS – City Police said that a man took off his belt and "whipped" a 12-year-old boy repeatedly with it Saturday night after the child not only refused to stop cussing in public, but also redirected his vents at the suspect. The boy's father, a 19th Street resident, contacted police at 8:15 p.m. to report the incident. He said the boy had been outside his resid…

NIAGARA FALLS – Police charged a woman with shoplifting from the Military Road Super Walmart store Saturday evening. Store personnel stopped Rashi K. Perry, 33, as she left the store without paying for $340 worth of goods just before 7 p.m. Saturday. The Jordan Gardens resident was charged with petit larceny.

Niagara County

NIAGARA FALLS – A city man told police he had just picked up money from a Western Union outlet Saturday evening when he left a Pine Avenue store, losing his wallet in the process. By the time he realized it was missing, someone already had taken it. The victim, a Fifth Street resident, told police he went into the Rite Aid store at 17th Street and Pine Avenue at 6:20 p.…

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS – A 48-year-old city man told police he was attacked and robbed Saturday afternoon while walking the troubled 19th Street corridor scouting potential locations for a new barber shop. Police said  the victim was walking in the 600 block of 19th Street at about 2 p.m. when he was confronted by a man who argued with him about "being on the block." The man the…