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A 37-year-old man was charged with drunken driving Saturday after he hit another vehicle while driving the wrong way in Niagara Falls. A State Police patrol in Niagara Falls saw a vehicle driven by Courtney A. Sistrunk of Niagara Falls heading into oncoming traffic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to State Police Public Information Officer James O'Callahan. O'Ca…

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The 8th annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest in Niagara Falls will have fun for all ages, with music and food, beer and all things German from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Old Falls Street's middle block. The free event is open to the public and will kick off at 1 p.m., rain or shine, with the ceremonial "Tapping of the Kegs." Music and dancing will continue thro…

A car crashed into a house at 1717 Ferry Ave. in Niagara Falls on Sunday morning. The car left the street and drove over the sidewalk and lawn before hitting the brick porch at the front of the house. The male driver then fled the scene. The Niagara Falls Police Department would not release any information on the crash, other than to say that the crash is part of an …

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A pedestrian was seriously injured Thursday when two vehicles collided in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, authorities said. The drivers of both vehicles also were injured, Niagara Falls Police said. The crash happened at about 10 a.m. when a vehicle traveling west on Niagara Falls Boulevard moved into the left lane and struck a second vehicle before crossi…

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NIAGARA FALLS - William Bradberry, chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, is a scholar of local history and a deep thinker on how that history has affected African-Americans, especially in his hometown of Niagara Falls. He will be honored with the Civil Rights Achievement Award at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebrati…

NIAGARA FALLS – A group of Pine Avenue business owners have formed a new business group, the Pine Avenue Redevelopment Project. Many of its 12 board of directors members were part of the former Pine Avenue Business Association, which disbanded in 2009 as membership waned and funds for health insurance were mishandled, leading to the resignation of its paid director. …

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NIAGARA FALLS - After years of planning, construction and lease negotiations, the Amtrak station at 825 Depot Ave. will officially open for business on Tuesday. Through Monday, all trains will use the old station at 2701 Willard Ave., off  Lockport Road. On Tuesday -- after the departure of Amtrak trains at 4:21 a.m. and 6:50 a.m, the old train station will close per…

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NIAGARA FALLS – There has been some questions and concerns about when the City of Niagara Falls might open its doors to refugees. But Mayor Paul A. Dyster said recent immigrants are already here, working in hotels and at the Seneca Niagara Casino and living in the city. Dyster said city officials have been discussing the issue of refugees in Niagara Falls and various…

NIAGARA FALLS - Niagara Falls police will be bringing the dessert for a Thankgiving feast for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students at Harry F. Abate School at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Police Chief E. Bryan DalPorto will be bringing cupcakes for the kids as a way to celebrate with the school community. The event is designed to improve children's impression of polic…

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NIAGARA FALLS - The owners of Community Beer Works plan to open a craft brewing tavern next summer on Niagara Street where they'll brew at least 1,550 gallons a year. The Community Beer Works tavern at 324 Niagara will become the first brewery in Niagara Falls in the past 75 years, said Mayor Paul A. Dyster. The $1.5 million investment by Community Beer Works and par…

NIAGARA FALLS - City water users will not see an increase in their water rates in 2017. The Niagara Falls Water Board will present its 2017 budget plan at a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday at its offices at 5815 Buffalo Ave. The board expects to adopt the proposed budget on Nov. 23. Some residents and members of the City Council have lobbied for a decrease in water…

NIAGARA FALLS  -- Leaves will be collected on Monday and  through Friday in the following areas: • Military Road/Cayuga Drive to 104th Street from Niagara Falls Blvd. to Buffalo Avenue. • Buffalo Avenue to Seneca Avenue from Hyde Park Blvd. to 47th Street Residents are urged not rake leaves into the street until their area is announced for pick-up, because  wet leav…