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Falls man evicted for medical marijuana welcomed back
Officials at the federally subsidized housing provider that evicted an elderly man who uses medical marijuana for pain management now say they will revisit the policy after his story gained national attention.
Niagara man killed in a single vehicle crash
A 51-year-old Niagara Falls man is dead after a single vehicle crash Tuesday morning. The grey Kia ended up with both of its passenger side wheels up on the side of a motel on Leader lane near Terrace avenue in Niagara Falls.
BLOTTER: Police reports for Dec. 11
• DWI: Adam Ward, 40, 424 Lake St., was charged with driving while intoxicated Dec. 9, after a 1:14 a.m. traffic stop by a Niagara County Sheriff's deputy on Wilson-Burt Road. In post-arrest testing, Ward's blood alcohol content measured 0.14 percent. Ward was detained for $250 police bail.
Niagara Falls man indicted in 7-Eleven holdups, pistol-whipping clerk
Brandon A. Ortiz, 20, of McKoon Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Tuesday to a 28-count indictment accusing him of robbing 7-Eleven stores in the Falls and North Tonawanda and participating in a home invasion where six people were robbed.
Falls man pleads guilty to weapon charge
Vintaun Weathers admitted Monday to taking part in a May 18 robbery in which a man was shot in the knee. Weathers, 33, of Niagara Falls, accepted a plea offer to a reduced count of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara County Judge Matthew Murphy III promised to sentence W
Niagara County receives $2M in federal funding to remove lead hazards from homes
LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Niagara County will receive $2 million from the federal government to remove lead hazards in homes. The announcement was made by U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand Wednesday.
Niagara County raises pay for county treasurer
Niagara County Treasurer Kyle R. Andrews, who was re-elected without opposition last month, will see a pay increase in each year of his new four-year term. The county Legislature unanimously granted Andrews, a former legislator, raises of 2.5 percent for 2019 and 2020, and 2 percent in 2021 and 2022
Time to 'Deck the Halls' at the Power Vista
The New York Power Authority is all set to "Deck the Halls" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday with its annual holiday event at the admission-free Niagara Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.
More trouble for Falls man evicted over medical marijuana
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A 78-year-old man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain says the conflicting state and federal marijuana rules that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.
Niagara County trims average tax rate, but most taxpayers won't see cut
The Niagara County Legislature this week approved a $359 million budget for 2019 that included minor changes in the tentative budget, producing a countywide average tax rate of $7.01 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the lowest since at least 1980.
Suspect in surgery after officer-involved shooting in Buffalo
A suspect is in surgery following an officer-involved shooting in Buffalo. Buffalo police said security from the Wegmans on Amherst Street reported a shoplifter at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. An on-duty lieutenant who happened to be in the store was informed the suspect had ran.
Two-time Hartland house burglar to serve four years in prison
Robert J. Chraston, who burglarized a house in Hartland while he was on probation for breaking into another house in that town, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in state prison.
Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A wheelchair-bound, 78-year-old man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana says the conflicting state and federal marijuana rules that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care, too.
Police probe two break-ins at vacant Niagara County homes
Police are probing a pair of recent break-ins at vacant properties, including a 12th Street property in Niagara Falls in which all of the first-floor windows were smashed. A Ransomville man who owns the 12th Street property told police that Thursday evening or Friday morning, someone broke all the f
BLOTTER: Police reports for Dec. 9
Man pleads guilty to violating order of protection. A Town of Niagara man faces up to four years in prison for striking his father while violating an order of protection. Michael Johnston, 44, admitted in Niagara County Court Wednesday to violating an order of protection when he contacted his father
Niagara Falls crack dealer to serve seven years behind bars
Ennis E. Ruffin Sr., whose criminal record includes multiple convictions for selling crack cocaine in Niagara Falls, will serve seven years in state prison for two felonies. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon gave Ennis a three-year sentence Monday, but ordered it to be served after he finishes a fou
Enhanced security coming to Niagara County schools
A $215,000 federal grant announced this week will mean enhanced security at several Niagara County schools. The grant, obtained through the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, will pay for new security equipment at schools in the Starpoint, Barker, Royalton-Hartland and Newfane districts, as well as at
Sex offender admits to failing to register new address
A Niagara Falls man convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in 1996 admitted Monday to failing to register a change of address. Robert E. Draper, 58, did not alert probation officers that he did not return to his Ashland Avenue apartment after a recent stint in Niagara County Jail, accordi
Falls woman facing animal charge
NIAGARA FALLS — A woman was charged with violating terms of the Niagara County Animal Abuse Registry last week after a dog and two cats were found at her home. Niagara Falls Police followed up on a tip indicating Alicia J. Bilby, 34, 1816 Willow Ave., had animals in her possession. Upon investigatio
Inmate charged with attacking another prisoner in Niagara County Jail
A federal prisoner being temporarily housed at the Niagara County Jail is accused of punching another inmate in the mouth, causing him to lose two teeth and loosening another, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.