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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…

Crime

A Lockport man was charged Tuesday morning with trying to break into Stevie V's pizzeria on Robinson Road, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. A neighbor called the Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. after seeing someone trying to get into the restaurant. David C. Heimerl, 53, was charged with attempted third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mi…

Business

A partnership that includes the principals of brokerage MJ Peterson Corp. has acquired a senior housing complex in Lockport, adding to the real estate firm's holdings and presenting new opportunities for future development. MJ Peterson and Partners – through 5726 Bowmiller LLC and Windsor Ridge Partners LLC – paid $3.8 million to buy Pinegrove Estates, an independent li…

Colleges

Record-setting Lockport wide receiver Malik Brooks has committed to the University at Buffalo, he announced Sunday on Twitter. Brooks wrote that the coaches made UB "feel like the perfect school for me." Brooks said that he has not taken an official visit yet to UB and does not plan to sign during the early period. Brooks sets the Section VI single-season record …

High Schools

Malik Brooks of Lockport has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week Eight. The senior broke the Western New York record for receiving yards in a season during the Lions’ loss to Clarence last Saturday. He caught 12 passes for 233 yards and now has 1,244 receiving yards. Alex Neutz of Grand Island set the old mark of 1,182 in 2008. The …

Gusto

Learning that all three of their children had celiac disease was bad enough. Then came the frustration of paying top dollar for gluten-free baked goods that weren’t very good. Six years later, Lisa Jermyn and her husband, Tim, have turned that frustration into a business – the first completely gluten-free restaurant in the area. From breakfast sandwiches and panca…

Business

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the national fried chicken chain, is coming to Lockport. Town Economic Development Coordinator Marc R. Smith said Monday that Popeyes will be renovating a vacant former KeyBank branch at 5740 S. Transit Road, on the corner of Shimer Drive. Smith said he expects the restaurant to open next spring. The plans recently were approved by the town…

Local News

A Lockport house was deemed a total loss following a two-alarm fire late Sunday night, according to the City of Lockport Fire Department. The fire at 376 Michigan St., began shortly before 8:15 p.m., was under control at 8:55 p.m. and was delcared out at 9:43 p.m. The roof and north wall of the single-story building collapsed during the fire, which was battled by eight …