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School resource officer was target of Lockport overtime probe
A Lockport police officer claimed city overtime pay for nine school events when he was the resource officer at Lockport High School in 2017-18, even though the school district also paid him for those events, according to an accounting firm's report on the Lockport Police Department's overtime.
Lockport offers $300,000 to entice bidders for former bowling alley and bar
Lockport Planning and Development Director Brian M. Smith says he's been "shocked" at the large number of people who have approached him to try to acquire the former Kendzie's Lanes next to City Hall.
At Hilltop in Lockport, smoked wings and next-generation diner food
The Buffalo-style chicken wing has conquered the world, having been served on all seven continents, even Antarctica. In its birthplace, many diners expect restaurants to offer their take on the classic, just as dinner at an Amalfi Coast trattoria should include a pitcher of the local rustic red wine
Lockport's Andrew Zysek continuing a family trapping tradition
For Andrew Zysek of Lockport, trapping has become a way of life. In his new book, “The Man Who Taught Me,” Zysek encapsulates his life growing up in the Wolcottsville area of Erie County, his time as a young boy living with his mother and grandparents. And it captures his passion and desire to becom
Arson, clay and a court battle: the intrigue behind a Niagara County meat market fire
Frank Dispenza was having trouble over his building even before fire ravaged it. For four months, the man who held the mortgage on Dispenza's meat market in Cambria had been threatening foreclosure, even though Dispenza said every mortgage payment had been made on time.
A twist-filled tale about a Niagara County fire
Prepare for a twist-filled tale about a couple’s dream of owning a business, a meat market, a fire, an arson allegation and a courtroom curve that’s tailor-made for a TV drama.
Tops to close store in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tops Friendly Markets will close one of its seven locations within the city of Buffalo when its lease expires this summer. The store, at 1770 Broadway near Bailey, will shut down in August. It is the oldest Tops store in Erie County.
Cameras could be installed on NY school buses to catch drivers illegally passing them
AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — State lawmakers are working on legislation that would allow districts to install a camera on a school bus's stop arm. These cameras would catch motorists who illegally pass school buses when students are getting on or off.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office K-9 gets bullet, stab-protective vest
LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Chief, a Niagara County Sheriff's Office K-9, will go to work wearing a new bullet and stab-protective vest. Chief's vest was sponsored by Pam, Corey and Todd Harmon of Lockport, and it comes with an embroidered message: "In memory of Chief Craig C. Harmon."
Niagara Falls driver charged with DWI after fleeing crash scene, hiding in shed
A minivan driver with prior alcohol-related driving convictions faces numerous charges after officers found the Niagara Falls man had run away from a crash scene Wednesday night and was found hiding in a shed, according to a city police report.
Lockport fifth-grader undefeated in state chess championship
A Lockport fifth-grader who started playing chess at age 4 received his first trophy during undefeated play in state competition earlier this month in Saratoga Springs. JonLuke Pencille, 11, the son of Jeff and Lucy Pencille, told his teachers and classmates at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School that
Special prosecutor named in Niagara County grant writing probe
BUFFALO -- The chief administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District has reached over to Rochester to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that a grant writing company hired by the Niagara County Legislature was a "sham company" set up to funnel taxpayer money to various poli
Niagara County announces new web portal for civil service exam applications
Niagara County announced it has implemented a new, web-based civil service examination application process. The new portal allows prospective employees to fill out civil service examination applications via the internet. The site replaces the hardcopy paper applications used in the past.
Esopus seeks longer comment period on NY state's cleanup plan for Dyno Nobel site
PORT EWEN, N.Y. — The town of Esopus is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to extend by 90 days the comment period regarding the planned cleanup of the Hercules Powder Co./Dyno Nobel property off Route 9W.
Man charged with DWI, drug possession in Erie County
BRANT — On March 15 at about 10:15 p.m., Erie County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop along Southwestern Boulevard for a speeding vehicle. Brent Monroe, 29, of Carthage, allegedly failed multiple standard field sobriety tests, Monroe was arrested and charged with felony counts of DWI — pr
Reputed mob associate who appeared on RHONJ charged in N.Y. with assaulting woman: police
A reputed mob associate from North Bergen who has dabbled in acting and directing has been charged in Manhattan with assaulting a woman, a New York Police Department spokeswoman confirmed.
Schumer passes on 2020 race endorsement
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — If Chuck Schumer has a favorite Democratic candidate to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, he's not saying. The Senator from New York State was in Cheektowaga Thursday to urge continued funding for the CUBRC, a scientific research facility, which does testing on cutting ed
Say it isn't snow: As much as 3 inches forecast in metro Buffalo late Friday
Spring has sprung in the Buffalo Niagara region. On the calendar. Skies will turn wintry again Friday with up to 3 inches of snow expected in metro Buffalo, National Weather Service forecasts show.
Buffalo man faces weapons charges after gunshot reported in downtown parking ramp
A man is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court today on weapons charges after a stolen gun was recovered in a downtown parking ramp following the report of a gunshot over the weekend, according to a Buffalo police report.
Niagara County Legislature orders background checks on candidates for vacancies
All applicants for a vacancy in the Niagara County Legislature now must go through a criminal and financial background check. The Legislature on Tuesday unanimously passed the Democratic minority's resolution requiring the background checks.