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On more occasions than he could possibly count, Dan Hill used to shake his head as he walked past a memorial to one of the most dramatic rescues in the history of Niagara Falls. The big plaque, on a boulder near the Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side, explained how two workers – one named Gustave Lofberg, the other who identified himself as James Harris – were rescued…

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For the 52nd year, the Lewiston Art Festival will take over the center of the village this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, more than 175 professional and student artists, some from as far as Florida and Texas, will show their wares in booths along Center Street and side streets in the village. The artists are competing for more tha…

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A Youngstown man who put a shotgun to his 17-year-old girlfriend's head and struck her with it on Easter Sunday was sentenced Tuesday to five weekends in jail, five years on probation, and fines and fees totaling $910. Shawn A. Commisso, 24, of Elliott Street, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicat…

Crime

Steven T. Carlisle of B Street, Niagara Falls, on Monday received his fourth state prison sentence, this time for stealing a woman's purse Sept. 16 on Pine Avenue in the Falls. Carlisle, 49, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to two to four years in prison for fourth-degree grand larceny. Previously, Carlisle had pleaded guilty to third-degree bur…

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A North Tonawanda woman is due in court later this month to face charges she was driving under the influence of drugs with two small children in her vehicle, state police said. Troopers received a 911 call at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday from a 7-Eleven on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston. There, a woman who pulled into the gas station was reported to be unable to stan…

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Firefighters poured water on smoldering bales of cardboard at a recycling facility in Niagara Falls late Tuesday afternoon, following a stubborn blaze that had burned for more than 18 hours. Fire crews were called shortly after 10 p.m. Monday to property owned by Santarosa Holdings Inc. at 1501 College Ave., a remediated brownfield site between Highland Avenue and Hyde …

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The Love Canal disaster set a precedent for all the Superfund cleanups that have happened in the past 40 years, the regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. Peter D. Lopez, who joined the EPA in October after six terms as a Republican New York State assemblyman from a district west of Albany, said the Niagara Falls disaster inspired the…

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FMC Corp. announced Monday it intends to take soil and sediment samples in and along three creeks north and northeast of Middleport, as part of the continuing investigation of arsenic pollution from the company's agricultural chemical production. State and federal environmental agencies approved FMC's sampling plans in the towns of Hartland, Ridgeway and Yates. FMC w…

Crime

An indictment was unsealed Monday against a second man accused of taking part in the May 18 shooting of a man who had just withdrawn money from an automatic teller machine in Niagara Falls. Vintaun D. Weathers, 33, of South Avenue in the Falls, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, attempted first-degree robbery…

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A North Tonawanda man pleaded not guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of raping a 10-year-old girl he was babysitting in his home. Anthony L. Fusarelli, 25, of North Avenue, is accused of having sex with the girl once between April 2012 and April 2013. The girl is now 16, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Grundy said. Fusarelli is …

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A 34-year-old North Tonawanda man has been charged in a February hit-and-run in the Town of Tonawanda involving a man in a motorized wheelchair, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Mark Hicks faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a serious physical injury incident without reporting and was being held Monday afternoon in the Erie County Holdi…

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Aug. 21, 1942 – Aug. 4, 2018 Niagara Falls has many supporters, but no one combined passion and knowledge like Paul Gromosiak. Mr. Gromosiak, who wrote 12 books about the city and the waterfall and never seemed to run out of ideas or enthusiasm, died Saturday in Schoellkopf Health Center after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 75. "There was nobody wh…

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Excessive heat will persist Monday afternoon, forecasters said. The National Weather Service posted a heat advisory for Niagara and Orleans counties from noon to 6 p.m. With temperatures expected in the low 90s with humidity, forecaster said heat indices are expected in the mid-90s. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a si…

Crime

A Whitney Avenue woman told Niagara Falls Police that a friend may have stolen $9,000 in cash from her home Friday. The victim told police that she recently received money from a car accident claim and stashed it in a safe inside her bedroom closet, which she was unable to lock. On Friday morning, a female friend who was visiting the victim asked to use the restroom …

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A Niagara Falls man didn't have far to go to receive medical treatment Friday afternoon after he crashed into an exterior wall of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The man told police he was driving down 10th Street just before 2 p.m. when he suddenly felt extremely hot, and then didn't remember anything else. When police arrived at the hospital, Johnny L. Lowe…