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LOCKPORT – A Lancaster man pleaded guilty in a child pornography case Thursday in Niagara County Court.Jonathan Libraire, 32, of Central Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted promoting a sexual performance by a child. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said she will recommend probation when Libraire returns for sentencing Feb. 25, but Niagara Co…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Beginning today, the TD Rink at the Brink, the outdoor ice-skating rink next to Table Rock House overlooking the Horseshoe Falls, will extend its operating hours for the holiday season.The rink will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, except on Christmas Eve, when hours are noon to 6 p.m., and Christmas Day, when the rink will be closed…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who fled in handcuffs from the courtroom of State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on June 27 pleaded guilty Thursday to injuring an officer who took part in the ensuing one-block chase.Tarale T. Haugabook, 21, of Welch Avenue, accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for four to eight years. He admitted to a reduced charge…

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May 20, 1935 – Dec. 17, 2013Richard C. Mathewson, who was instrumental in the development of a Little League football field in Riverside Park that bears his name, died Tuesday in his Buffalo home. He was 78.Known as “Coach Dick,” Mr. Mathewson was born in Buffalo. He played semi-professional football in Buffalo in the early 1960s and later worked approximately 10 years as …

LOCKPORT – Donald M. Walls, who already was serving a sentence of 2 1/2 to five years in prison for a Genesee County burglary, was given the identical sentence Thursday for break-ins in Wilson and Cambria that occurred Feb. 19, 2012.Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered her sentence to be served after the one from Genesee County, thus doubling Walls’ prison time…

LOCKPORT – A woman and a man from Niagara Falls accepted plea offers in separate felony drug cases Thursday in Niagara County Court.Rashi K. Perry, 28, of South Avenue, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in exchange for a promise that she will be sent to the state prison system’s secure drug treatment facility when she returns before Cou…

Empire State Development’s board of directors Thursday approved grants that will support the economy on the Southern Tier – one that will enhance future development in Olean and another that will keep a company from leaving Silver Creek.A grant of up to $500,000 will help the City of Olean with the costs of the East State Street reconstruction project. The project, complet…

LOCKPORT – Two Niagara Falls men gambled Thursday that they can beat their drug addictions in a court-supervised treatment program, risking prison sentences of up to 12 years if they fail.George M. Stephens, 33, of Fourth Street, and Roland T. White, 40, of McKoon Avenue, both repeat felons who have failed three times each in drug rehab programs, pleaded guilty before Niag…

LOCKPORT – Two Niagara Falls men pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing them of taking part in the shooting of a 19-year-old Falls man Sept. 2.Ronald A. McClellan Jr., 26, of Cedar Avenue, and Darrell L. Stewart, 31, of 19th Street, are charged with first-degree assault in the shooting of Leonard L. Sistrunk Jr. near Sixth Street and…

Red Cross volunteers and staff serving Erie and Niagara Counties assisted 22 men, women and children left homeless Wednesday evening by fires on Summer and Orleans streets and East Morris and Evelyn avenues. Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team began on Summer Street providing help to three people. Then they helped nine people from four families affected by a multi-uni…

I know it’s the season for giving, but this is ridiculous.As expected, Erie County IDA officials this week rubber-stamped the Uniland deal, a classic subtraction-by-addition for downtown.Taxpayers will fork over $10 million in handouts for a building we don’t need in a downtown already chock-full of empty space. Concessions giant Delaware North gets a new home, all of two …

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, in partnership with National Grid, was awarded $1 million from a state agency to develop Green Commons, which features the adaptive reuse of three historic buildings.The buildings – next to Allen/Medical Campus NFTA Metro Station and the soon-to-be constructed University at Buffalo School of Medicne and Biomedical Sciences – will use s…

Buffalo’s 26th annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks – the second largest ball drop in New York State outside of New York City – will be held downtown outside the Electric Tower, 535 Washington St.Singer Caitlin Koch will headline the show, beginning at 10:30 p.m., with the Channel 7 Eyewitness News Team joining DJ Jickster from 97 Rock to usher in 2014. The annual…

Canalside’s third annual holiday celebration this weekend gets underway at 4:30 p.m. today at East Canal, Main and Scott streets.Featured are holiday singing and children’s s activities, in a heated tent. During the program, Santa Claus will arrive via Metro Rail, and assist with the tree lighting. City Honors High School Chorus and Band will perform at 5 p.m. Kenmore Eas…