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Amherst

After a lot of thought, Corrie Murray decided to take a chance. Her son Matt is 19 months away from graduating from Newfane High School. Like any student, he assumes that guarantees two more years of playing the varsity sports central to his teenage world. Yet if the rules stay as they are, his high school athletic career is over. Under state regulations, Matt, at 19, i…

Buffalo

A wintry mix of precipitation and a possible ice storm are in store for Western New York on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued a hazardous weather outlook early Friday morning for Western New York on Sunday that includes mixed wintry precipitation, including some freezing rain and possible minor ice accumulations. The forecast is for all c…

Local News

A cat rescuer claims four kittens she brought to the SPCA of Niagara to be spayed or neutered caught a highly contagious virus at the shelter and spread the disease to other cats before they died in September. But SPCA leaders deny the kittens caught the virus in the shelter, saying an infected area was quarantined and disinfected and that no other cat owners complained…

Crime

A man shot during an early-morning party in the Town of Niagara was driven in a high-speed chase to a Lewiston nursing home and dumped out of the Cadillac SUV that drove him there, Town of Niagara police reported Thursday. The man was later treated for injuries that were not life-threatening at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Erie County Medical Center, Police Lt. Kellie …

Local News

The annual holiday decorating contest for Town of Niagara residents starts this week and nominations can be made through Dec. 14. Nominations can be sent in by email to cguiliani@niagarapolice.com; via a telephone call to 716-297-2150, ext. 133; or by posting pictures and addresses on the Town of Niagara Holiday Decorating Contest page on Facebook. Entries can win $2…

Crime

An 18-year-old employee of a Lewiston convenience store was arrested Wednesday after she was accused of selling alcohol to a minor, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Twenty convenience stores were checked as part of an underage alcohol enforcement detail, conducted between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday throughout Niagara County by the Sheriff's Office, State Po…

Crime

Marsha A. Humphrey of Niagara Falls, who said in court she has been in treatment for mental health issues for most of her life, pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sex with two teenage boys. Humphrey, 42, of 18th Street, admitted to two counts of third-degree rape for sexual encounters during the summer of 2018 with boys under the state's age of consent, which is 17. …

Crime

A North Tonawanda teenager went to jail Tuesday for placing what a prosecutor called "spy cameras" in bathrooms in a school and a home. Derek S. Fitzgerald, 18, of Mead Street, was sentenced to six months in the Niagara County Jail to begin a five-year probation term for second-degree unlawful surveillance. He was denied youth offender status by County Judge Sara She…

Education

Changes to Lockport City School District's facial recognition program are almost good enough to allow the district to use it, the State Education Department said Wednesday. In a letter to district Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley, the department said that if the district makes a few more policy tweaks to  prevent students' photos from being programmed into the system,…

Crime

Two men were arrested on charges related to the robbery of a Niagara Falls Boulevard convenience store in Wheatfield, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday. Christopher B. Lindsey, 30, of North Tonawanda, and Patrick Kpaka, 25, of Tonawanda, were arrested Nov. 21 in connection with the Oct. 30 robbery of the Kwik Fill at 3945 Niagara Falls Blvd. …

Local News

Lockport Mayor Michelle M. Roman cast a tiebreaking vote Tuesday to pass the 2020 city budget, which includes a 3.2% increase in the property tax rate and a 3% increase in the amount to be collected in taxes. Despite a 1.55% spending increase, the $25.1 million budget does not include money to pay for the increased personnel costs connected with new contracts approved b…

Local News

The City of Niagara Falls has issued an open call for potential projects in the Bridge District, as the area on both sides of Main Street is now called. The projects could be included in a state-funded redevelopment plan for the 210-acre district that covers 26 city blocks. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant in a Niag…

Environment

WASHINGTON – Amid fears that Lake Ontario will overflow its banks and destroy millions of dollars of property again next year, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and the shipping industry are clashing over whether more water should be released from the lake. Schumer, a New York Democrat, thinks water flows through the St. Lawrence Seaway should be pushed higher t…

Local News

An unannounced visit by state inspectors Monday resulted in satisfactory grades for the SPCA of Niagara animal shelter, Executive Director Timothy G. Brennan said. But critics of Brennan's work at the Wheatfield shelter – including three board members who quit Nov. 13 – said they weren't impressed either with the reported inspection or Brennan's plans to set up a qualit…

Colleges

Niagara University has hired Eric Bugby as head coach for the men's and women's swimming and diving programs. His arrival follows the resignation last month of Ben Nigro after a Niagara women's swimmer and two of her former teammates sued the university, charging they and others were sexually harassed by members of the men's swimming team, with the knowledge of their co…