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Crime

A Niagara Falls man told police a man with a shotgun tried to carjack him early Wednesday morning on Falls Street, according to a police report. The victim told police he left an apartment on Falls Street between 24th and 25th streets just before 12:30 a.m. when a man followed him to his car and pointed a shotgun at his head, according to the report. The gunman told …

Crime

A call to police about a man with a gun inside a Niagara Street bar ended with officers recovering a stolen handgun from inside a car on Ferry Avenue, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Police were called just after midnight Thursday morning to Players bar where a man was reported to be displaying a gun inside. On their way to the scene, police were told the…

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a crash Monday night in Niagara Falls, according to a police report. The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Buffalo Avenue near 58th Street. A driver told police another car tried to pass her on the right as she headed east on Buffalo Avenue, sideswiped her vehicle and crashed into a …

Business

Empire Emergency Apparatus operates out of a former fire hall in the Town of Niagara. It's a suitable spot for a business that focuses on installing aftermarket equipment on vehicles, including for fire and police departments and public works departments. Empire's employees add components such as lights, computer mounting systems and partitions. For some specialty ve…

Business

The Buffalo Niagara region has a quite a few former bank branches on the market, not to mention offices suitable for the present-day version of a branch. So why is Bank on Buffalo building a $2 million brand-new branch in Niagara Falls? To president Martin Griffith, it's about creating exactly the kind of branch the bank wants, in a smaller package. "We really wan…

Crime

A man wearing a clown mask robbed a gas station at gunpoint on Sunday night, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The robber struck the Mobil gas station at 4708 Hyde Park Blvd., near the northern edge of the city, at 10:38 p.m. The thief, who was wearing white gloves, pointed a handgun at a 36-year-old employee and demanded the employee put cash into what app…

Local News

A city parking meter mechanic and a substitute teacher were scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court Wednesday after they were arrested on felony drug charges late last week. Darrien T. Payne and Temeaka N. Cunningham have been charged with possessing a half-kilo of cocaine and 15 grams of fentanyl, most of which was found in their home in North Buffalo, according to p…

Crime

There might be better ways to get rid of an unwanted boat than by abandoning it on a dead-end street. A Niagara Falls man who faces two felony charges probably agrees. A 25-foot vessel named "Road Rage," left with its hull against the pavement of 15th Street, was found late last month with ID and registration numbers defaced. After some local media coverage genera…

Crime

A 10th Street man was charged Tuesday with stealing a city-owned vehicle from the Niagara Falls City Hall parking lot, according to a police report. Shawn A. Awtry, 42, was arrested on Whitney Avenue a short time after a parks department pickup was reported stolen. The city employee told police he left the keys in the ignition but the vehicle was not running when he wen…

Crime

A man and a woman told police they were carjacked at about 10:10 p.m. Sunday behind a home on Willow Avenue, according to a Niagara Falls police report. The male victim told officers he had just gotten out of his vehicle in order to open his garage door when two men approached and demanded his car. One of the would-be carjackers pistol whipped the man while the other pu…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who yelled at another man for urinating in public wound up getting a gun flashed in his face, according to a police report. The incident happened at about 6:20 p.m. Monday on Ashland Avenue near 13th Street. The victim told police he was leaving a home on Ashland when he saw the other man urinating on an adjacent building. He told officers he yell…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man is facing several charges after he allegedly fled from police, struck an officer with his vehicle and later caused a car accident Monday night, according to the Niagara Falls Police Department. John Davis, 36, is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal contempt, reckless driving and several other vehicle and traffic v…

Food and Drink

"Food Truck Thursdays" will return to Niagara Falls in about a month. The weekly events, which feature food trucks and occasional musical performances at the Niagara Falls Train Station, will return May 9, it was announced Monday by Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the city's Office of Planning and Economic Development. Events run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and take place …

Business

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…

Food and Drink

This Friday, skip meat in style and treat yourself to a little old-school Italian in Niagara Falls. At Fortuna’s, 827 19th St., shrimp scampi ($23) is one of the venerable family restaurant’s pitch-perfect sautéed pastas, with layers of flavor built in the pan. Fat shrimp are cooked long enough to contribute flavor but not to the point of vulcanization. Then there’s …