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A body that was recovered on Aug. 31 on the shoreline of Lake Ontario by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office has been positively identified. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office on Friday said the dead man was Daniel Saik, 66, of Niagara Falls, Ont. The Sheriff's Office was assisting the Niagara Regional Police in Ontario with a continuing investigation into Saik's de…

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A bat found in Niagara County has tested positive for rabies, the second time in three months that's happened, county health officials reported Friday. The most recent bat was found on Tonawanda Creek Road in Pendleton. The first was found on Old Niagara Road in the City of Lockport and its status was announced in June. It wasn't known whether any people or pets cont…

Health and Fitness

The Create A Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative will host its second annual Walk the Falls event Saturday in continuing efforts to connect city residents and visitors to each other, the community and the waterfront. Walk participants are welcome to walk, run or bike, starting with on-site registration at 9 a.m. at the Niagara Gorge Discover Center in Niagara Falls St…

Erie County

Town justice is one of those elective posts that candidates, no matter their political party, try to garner as many lines on the ballot as possible. If they can't get the party endorsement, candidates can run in the primary to get the edge over their opponents, or even capture the major party lines and have an easier general election in November. In Lancaster and Orc…

Buffalo

The history of Crystal Beach Amusement Park will take center stage at this month's meeting of the Historical Association of Lewiston. Rose Ann Hirsch's talk, "One Hundred and One Years of Crystal Beach,” will include a slideshow with photographs and post cards of the amusement park, which closed in 1989. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Luthera…

Buffalo

New York State Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood has launched a statewide investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, with a particular focus on the Buffalo Diocese. The Attorney General's Office on Thursday sent out subpoenas seeking information from the seven dioceses and one archdiocese across the state, a source familiar with the investig…

Crime

Someone broke into a shed outside a Niagara Falls church and stole several items, according to a police report. The burglary outside the House of God on Highland Avenue, near College Avenue, was reported Wednesday afternoon and happened sometime between 11 a.m. Tuesday and 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, a church official told police. The burglar or burglars took 12 tent poles …

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The Niagara County Sheriff's Office was seeking the public's help in locating a missing teenage girl last seen by her family Tuesday in the Town of Lockport. Deyanira Love was described by the Sheriff's Office as a 14-year-old girl, about 5 feet 3 inches tall and 148 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, jeans and black shoes,…

Nicholas J. Forster, the longtime chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee, announced Wednesday he will step down from the post and support Jason Zona as his successor. “I must admit I am tired of it,” Forster said. “I realize that I have served long enough, and I have decided to devote my attention to other matters that may include seeking local elective off…

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Organizers expect a crowd of 35,000 at the 61st annual Niagara County Peach Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Academy Park in Lewiston and runs through 11 p.m. Sunday. Buffalo’s three professional sports teams’ mascots, new-look Billy Buffalo, Sabretooth and Buster Bison will be at Academy Park when the festival opens. Fresh peaches from Bittner-Singer Far…

Buffalo

Paul Swisher never intended to teach high school science. The musician, songwriter and co-inventor of KanJam majored in psychology and had plans of working as a college professor. But after 30 years of teaching hundreds of students at North Tonawanda High School, Swisher wants to return to a classroom – of teachers. “There are teachers who definitely should not be…

Crime

Police have identified the woman whose body was discovered Sunday night in a Niagara Falls alley as Laura M. Burkett, 29, of Cheektowaga. Detectives are investigating the death as a homicide. Burkett's body was found in some high grass in the alley between the 2200 blocks of Grand and Independence avenues. According to police, the body had not been there long but att…

Weather

A  severe thunderstorm created some havoc with fallen trees and electrical wires in Niagara County on Sunday afternoon, resulting in about 850 customers losing power. The 45-minute storm brought 54 mph winds and heavy rain that began in the western part of the county at 2:30 p.m. and exited the eastern end around 3:15 p.m. The thunderstorm's effects most strongly aff…

Education

The New York Civil Liberties Union and a local security consultant are exchanging barbs regarding the Lockport City School District's new high-tech security system, which includes facial recognition software. In a report this week, the NYCLU said the system may not enhance security, but may endanger the privacy of staff and students. Orchard Park security consultant …

A Clarence Center woman was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation early Sunday after registering a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit, Niagara Falls Police said. Officers were called to the Seneca Niagara Casino parking rank on Fourth Street just before midnight following reports of a vehicle operating erratically and striki…