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A Buffalo man was arrested on multiple charges early Tuesday morning at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino after threatening to shoot a man during an incident on the gaming floor, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. Ken Wong, 52, was charged with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree menacing after police said …

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Just like "Old Town Road," a new Niagara Falls bar-restaurant will have horses in the back, at least in a manner of speaking. With 26 televisions and a shared door with Off-Track Betting, Mister M's House of Food & Drink hopes to make gambling on horses attractive to a broader demographic, namely young people and women, as opposed to starting a "traditional, stereot…

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A week before police bagged him, the man investigators suspect of covering parts of his body in paper or plastic bags during a trio of robberies in Niagara Falls got released from prison. Andrew J. Patterson, who was arrested Wednesday night, was paroled Oct. 2, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Patterson was sentenced in May 20…

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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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Two people were arrested Tuesday night after police were called for a large gathering outside a Niagara Falls funeral home, according to a police report. Police received a complaint at about 5:20 p.m. that several motorcyclists, ATV operators and dirt bike riders who assembled outside Zajac Funeral Home on 24th Street were "doing wheelies and burnouts," according to the…

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Niagara Falls Councilman William Kennedy II has been accused of identifying himself as a police officer after a crash earlier this month, according to police. The incident happened at about 12:20 a.m. Sept. 14 in the drive-thru of the McDonald's on Pine Avenue, according to Niagara Falls Police Capt. Kelly J. Rizzo, who said the department is investigating the allegatio…

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Niagara Falls police have said little about an investigation at a two-family home on Pierce Avenue. Detectives and members of the police department's crime scene unit have been seen working at 1526 Pierce since Friday. "This investigation involves the property at that location and is in no way related to the current occupant of this residence," the department said in…

Food and Drink

There's a special guest for This Week in Buffalo: Niagara Falls. Our northerly neighbor is not a daunting destination for many Buffalonians; it's no more than an hour away from the farthest reaches of Erie County (even from you, Sardinia!). With thriving alt band Judah & the Lion booked for Rapids, plus celebrities en route to the Niagara Falls International Film…

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A 21-year-old man is in critical condition with multiple injuries after he was hit by a car on Walnut Avenue in Niagara Falls early Sunday morning, Niagara Falls police said. Police reported that a 2006 Buick driven by a 30-year-old Niagara Falls man was driving west on Walnut at about 12:20 a.m. when he spotted the pedestrian in the road. The driver, who was not identi…

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A maintenance garage in DeVeaux Woods State Park in Niagara Falls was declared a total loss in a fire early Thursday morning, Falls Fire Chief Joe Pedulla said. The barn-style, wood-frame building – built in the 1800s and used to store maintenance equipment for the three state parks in the area – was completely engulfed when the first firefighters arrived shortly after …

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A Niagara Falls woman was charged Monday with trying to walk out of Target without paying for nine cases of beer. Danielle Rahmatulla faces a petit larceny charge after police were called to the Niagara Falls Boulevard store at about 1:30 p.m., according to a city police report. Rahmatulla, 52, of Welch Avenue, was accused of walking past the store's checkout area wi…

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Four people were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents following a traffic stop Sunday night in Niagara Falls, according to a city police report. Niagara Falls police pulled over the driver of an SUV with Illinois license plates at about 6 p.m. on Cayuga Drive after the driver ran a stop sign at the intersection of Cayuga and Tuscarora Road, according to the report…

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The 81st Street pedestrian bridge over the LaSalle Expressway in Niagara Falls will be closed for about three weeks beginning Tuesday to allow for maintenance work on the span, according to the state Department of Transportation. A detour for pedestrians will be posted directing them to 77th Street. Pedestrians taking that route are being advised to allow for additio…

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A Niagara Falls man has been accused of stabbing a dog outside a gas station Thursday night, according to a police report. A 16th Street man told police his dog, which he had on a leash, began jumping and barking at another man who was walking towards the door of the Coastal gas station at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. The man with the dog an…

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There are hard-to-miss openings of Buffalo-area restaurants, bars and cafes, such as Inizio – in the old Joe's Deli/Off the Wall on Elmwood Avenue – and Jazzboline, the Iskalo restaurant affiliated with the Reikart House in Snyder. But small businesses, such as Fig Tree Patisserie in Kenmore, may open to the public but fly under the radar for a time, in part because of …