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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County’s shared-use commercial kitchen is now open for business. The Western New York Food Incubator will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday inside the 4-H Training Center, at 4487 Lake Ave. in the town of Lockport. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the commercial kitchen space, watch live food demonstration…

Crime

A Lockport man and a Friendship woman were arrested on drug charges after a brief pursuit, according to New York State police. Michael R. Daskavitz, 21, and Coreen R. Stewart, 19, were arrested in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, 378 W. Main St. in the Village of Arcade. Daskavitz was charged with third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and…

Gusto

The Buffalo-style chicken wing has conquered the world, having been served on all seven continents, even Antarctica. In its birthplace, many diners expect restaurants to offer their take on the classic, just as dinner at an Amalfi Coast trattoria should include a pitcher of the local rustic red wine. Wings are a piquantly sauced canary in the coal mine, because a kitche…

Crime

A 15-year-old student has been charged with making a false report following a threat Monday at Lockport High School, police said Wednesday. Police were called to the school at about 8:55 a.m. Monday after the school district received a bomb threat. The high school, North Park Middle School and Lockport High School West were searched by police due to the context of the m…

Local News

Three Lockport schools had a shelter-in-place issued Monday morning for approximately two hours before the all-clear was given, according to Lockport police. Lockport police said that the shelter-in-place was called at Lockport High, Lockport High West and North Park Junior High. Lockport Police dispatch confirmed that the shelter-in-place was prompted by a threat of so…

After 27 years in business, Creekside Sales and Service in the Town of Lockport said it will close its doors on March 31. The business, which sells lawnmowers, tractors and other types of power equipment at 6989 S. Transit Road, will conduct an auction to liquidate its assets on June 1.

Bills

A North Tonawanda man was found tied up in his truck in a parking lot. He told state troopers he had been abducted and robbed of $16,000 cash from a Super Bowl squares pool he ran. The state police say he made it all up. Robert A. Brandel, 60, fabricated a story of being abducted and robbed because he had also concocted part of his $50,000 Super Bowl squares pool, ac…

Local News

A Lockport house was destroyed, a dog was found dead and two other dogs were presumed dead in a two-alarm fire Thursday night, according to the City of Lockport Fire Department. The blaze at 294 Plank Road, south of Old Niagara Road, was reported at 8:52 p.m. The homeowner had "a large amount of ammunition" stored in the home, which began to detonate as the home burn…

Crime

In 2011, Matthew E. Bartz of Lockport, who police believed had been involved in more than 70 burglaries, was arrested following a three-day manhunt. In 2013, he was discharged after successfully completing a drug treatment program. Last Monday, he was arrested by Amherst Police for several burglaries across Western New York. Amherst Police announced Thursday that …

Gusto

The aroma of warm fried dough melty with powdered sugar was so intoxicating that Jennifer Kurzdorfer started eating it on the drive home. Since Kurzdorfer was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010, fried dough was a rare treat, since gluten – found in wheat flour and other ingredients – could send her digestive tract into riot mode. But it said gluten-free on the men…

Crime

A pediatric dentist in Lockport has been arrested on sex abuse charges that involve alleged conduct against a minor, State Police said. Dr. Louis A. Surace, 57, of Lockport, was charged Friday with first-, second- and third-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child for conduct involving a minor that he is alleged to have committed between 2013 and December…

Crime

The dogs found dead on the side of a Town of Lockport road last week may have been poisoned, according to an autopsy of one of the animals. Although initial reports from the town animal control officer and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said the dogs appeared to have been beaten and burned, the animal autopsy did not confirm that was the cause of death. Timothy …

Crime

A Lockport man is due in court this week on an animal abuse charge, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Henry Michael Burg, 69, has been accused of beating a dog with a metal socket extension after finding out that dog attacked his dog, the Sheriff's Office said. The dog was euthanized because of the injuries it sustained in the Jan. 2 beating on Colonial Drive…

Crime

A man was charged Monday night with breaking into Rent-A-Center, 73 Walnut St., in Lockport, police said. Officers on patrol on Main Street responded to the scene at about 11:25 p.m. when they heard an alarm in the area. They went inside and saw a man gathering electronic items and trying to pick up a large, flat-screen television, Lockport Police said in a Facebook pos…

Colleges

Malik Brooks is not expected to sign a national letter of intent to play football at the University at Buffalo when the early signing period opens Wednesday. Brooks, a senior at Lockport who was an All-Western New York selection at wide receiver, told The News on Monday that he plans to sign his national letter of intent in February. “My family and I don’t think it’s…