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A hazardous waste transportation and recycling company has acquired a Town of Niagara warehouse from the family of a construction company magnate who died a few years ago. Buffalo Fuel Corp., based in Niagara Falls, paid $350,000 to purchase 3501 Hyde Park Blvd. from Seven Grand Properties, according to Anthony D'Auria, principal of Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors, who…

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A judge Monday refused to dismiss a bail-jumping charge against a man who alleged that his right to a speedy trial was denied after he left a note during his 1996 trial, saying he planned to kill himself by going over Niagara Falls, but really fled to Canada. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. allowed the case against William C. Shrubsall to continue, ruli…

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Mac's Antique Auto Parts was decimated in 2016, four years after the source of antique Ford Motor Co. parts was acquired by a Florida company. The new owner moved much of the operation to the Sunshine State, leaving only 30 employees behind, in a four-year lease. Now its longtime warehouse and distribution facility in the Town of Pendleton – much of which is empty – …

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An affiliate of Jayesh Patel's Rudra Management has acquired a 68-room Lewiston hotel from a New York City investment bank. Kasturi Hotel paid $2 million to acquire the Niagara Crossing Hotel & Spa from SF III Niagara LLC, which is owned by Stabilis Capital Management LLP, according to Patel and broker Larry Best of Buffalo Hotel Realty. Located at 100 Center St.…

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A motorcyclist who struck a deer early Wednesday morning in Cambria is in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called at about 12:30 a.m. for the report of a crash on Plank Road, between Ridge and Van Dusen roads. The motorcyclist, whose name was not released by the Sheriff's Office pending n…

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A raccoon who bit two sheep is Niagara County's first confirmed rabid animal of 2019, the Niagara County Department of Health announced. The raccoon was reported to have bitten two sheep on Ditch Road in Wolcottsville within the Town of Royalton. The owner then intervened and killed the raccoon, the health department said. The animal was then submitted for rabies tes…

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A Lockport man faces multiple criminal charges after recklessly driving a stolen car — in the parking lot of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Sincere E. Wiley, 27, was observed driving a green 2002 GMC Envoy “in a reckless manner” shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, and failed to stop when a deputy signaled him to do so. Instead, deputies reported, Wiley led them on a…

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The Village of Kenmore, just under 1.5 square miles, has long had an outsized reputation for traffic enforcement. When it comes to the state’s ban on texting while driving, Kenmore’s standing holds up. The Kenmore Police Department issued the most texting while driving tickets from 2014 through 2017 among municipal departments in Erie and Niagara counties, according …

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New York City developer Howard Milstein, who owns vast swaths of land in Niagara Falls, won a major legal victory last month after a state judge slashed the assessment on two former Nabisco Co. properties in the Cataract City – even reducing one of them to zero. Milstein's NFR Gateway, which holds title to the properties at 126 Memorial Parkway and 816 Rainbow Blvd., su…

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A Canadian distributor of laboratory and life sciences products will invest $1 million and create 15 new jobs over five years as it sets up its first U.S. site in Wheatfield. FroggaBio will lease 5,000 square feet of space  at the Woodlands Corporate Center at 3790 Commerce Court, after working with Invest Buffalo Niagara to finalize its plans. The facility is managed b…

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On a morning of bitter cold throughout Western New York, about 13,000 households in Niagara County were without power. According to National Grid's website, 13,095 customers in Niagara County were without power Monday morning. The company listed noon as the estimated time that service would be restored. The towns most affected included Newfane, Royalton, Hartland,…

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We've seen a wave of all things "craft," specifically pertaining to beverages. The word latches onto all types of beverages: craft beer, craft cocktails, craft soda. It's an ambiguous meaning that's largely up for debate, but meant to imply that the beverage was created with better ingredients and more innovation than say, normal beer, cocktails and soda. In  Niagara Co…

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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 …

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Niagara County investigators have not found anything in a Packard Court apartment to explain why several FBI agents got sick after conducting a raid there, but are still waiting for lab results that could give them some answers, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Thursday. Voutour said the hazmat team that went into the apartment on Pine Avenue on Wednesday fo…

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A 20-year-old Town of Tonawanda man was in serious condition Monday morning at Erie County Medical Center, three days after a one-car crash in Cambria. Mitchell R. Rude crashed a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro into a guardrail and then went several hundred feet off the road into a wooded area near the intersection of Ridge Road and Lewiston-Cambria Townline Road at about 8:45 a.…