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In Raul Parker's career as a Niagara Falls police officer, a sense of duty is critical. That personal responsibility carries over to his role as owner of the Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles Food Truck, which just announced its first brick-and-mortar location at 6004 Buffalo Ave. in Niagara Falls. It's expected to open in the beginning of February. "Even though we do 90…

High Schools

Brent Gadacz has been an assistant and junior varsity head coach in Niagara Falls for 24 years. He understands that being head coach of the boys basketball team at the varsity level is different. Perhaps different than being varsity coach at any other school in the area – given the expectations folks in the Cataract City have for the program year in and year out. He …

Crime

Niagara Falls citizens helped chase down suspects in two separate burglaries overnight Sunday, leading to arrests in both incidents, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. In the first incident, William McMillen of Niagara Falls and Michael Nolfi of Youngstown were arrested and charged with second-degree burglary. Police said McMillen, 38, was chased down …

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Celebrate the end of the decade with a bang. New Year's Eve events are as wide-ranging as they are abundant, from free to flashy, outdoor to indoor. Here are some of the marquee events for Dec. 31. First Night Buffalo, 5 to 10 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.); firstnightbuffalo.org. Tickets are $15 in advance; kids ages 2 and younger get …

Crime

A well-known Niagara Falls restaurateur was found dead on his bedroom floor Tuesday morning, and city police are investigating the death as a homicide. Jessie Richardson, 69, who operated the Richardson Fast Food Deli on Highland Avenue, was discovered in his home on Calumet Avenue by Niagara Falls Police at about 9:40 a.m., after officers arrived on the scene for a "su…

Local News

Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls will open its sports betting lounge at 11 a.m. Friday. The sports lounge at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino is a temporary one, with plans for a more permanent spot at the property in 2020. Rickey Armstrong Sr., president of the Seneca Nation, will place the first bet in the Friday ceremony. Seneca Gaming Corp. intro…

Festivals

Neighborhoods, especially in developing cities, have life cycles. Difficult periods are often punctuated by moments of rebirth, with enduring progress followed by healthy stability before the cycle repeats. These phases are inexact, at times idealistic and narrative-driven, but the seasons are evident in Buffalo neighborhoods. Broadway-Fillmore, part of history-rich Pol…

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Niagara Falls stuffed-burger heavyweight Rock Burger may have only one location open, but considerable growth is in the works – including its first ventures into Erie County. Owner Jason Lizardo confirmed a licensing agreement for 2810 Union Road in Cheektowaga, near the William Street intersection. Brandon Markant, a Sanborn native, and Derrick Ferraro, Markant's ch…

Food and Drink

A fine-dining restaurant run by students at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute reopened last week, providing elaborate meals at inexpensive prices to help students train for restaurant careers. Savor, 28 Old Falls St., is open for lunch and dinner, with set-menu meals that allow customers to choose courses for a set price. Other local budget-friendly dining opportuniti…

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A 62-year-old woman is in stable condition after being hit by a car in Niagara Falls Saturday, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. The woman was walking south on 10th street through the intersection with Walnut Avenue, using her wheelchair as a walker, police said, when she was struck by a 2009 Dodge Caravan. The Dodge was being driven by an 81-year-old ma…

Columns

Debbi Hogan, still contemplating the fury of a storm from the night before, had just gotten to work early Friday in Niagara Falls, Ont., when a co-worker came through the door of their Niagara Parks Commission building. “I think the scow moved,” she said, words to trigger instant wonder in that city. By 8 a.m., Hogan and a friend and colleague, Carol McVey, had made …

Crime

A Niagara Falls councilman will not be charged after a September incident in which he was accused of falsely identifying himself as a police officer after a crash. The accounts given to police by Councilman William Kennedy II and the driver and passenger of the other vehicle about what happened in a McDonald's drive-thru aligned on nearly every detail, Niagara Falls Pol…

Crime

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…

Crime

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…