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Magazine editor Swearingen runs for Niagara County Legislature

Wendy Guild Swearingen, an editor and former Lewiston-Porter Board of Education member, said Tuesday that she is running for Niagara County legislator in the 1st District, now represented by Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville.


Case of 'zombie deer disease' confirmed in New York state

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk, and moose. As of January, 24 states have reported cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the CDC, including a reported case in Oneida Co


Niagara University student efforts lead to successful Point-In-Time count for Niagara County

On Jan. 23, 13 Niagara University social work students participated in the national Point-In-Time count of people experiencing homelessness. Due in large part to their efforts, this year’s local PIT was one of the most successful in identifying unsheltered individuals in recent years.


Is your New York state tax preparer legit? Search 33,000 names

If your tax preparer is not an attorney, CPA or IRS enrolled agent, you can use our lookup to be sure he or she is registered to do your taxes in New York state. Look up registrations for more than 33,000 tax preparers in the search below. Enter a name or look for registrations by city. The list inc


Lancaster school principal charged with DWI

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The principal of Hillview Elementary School in Lancaster has been charged with DWI. Amy Moeller, 40, of Amherst was stopped on Transit Rd. in Clarence this past Thursday. New York State police say her tail lights and headlights were not on.


Niagara County offers free, evidence-based health workshops

The Niagara County Department of Health nursing division, in collaboration with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering free workshops throughout Niagara County for individuals with any ongoing health condition (for example: arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, pain or high blood pressur


Man admits to stealing donations meant to help veterans

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Lockport man is facing 11 years in prison for stealing money that was meant to be donated to a veterans organization in Western New York. According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 48-year-old Scott Hemperly pleaded guilty to two separate counts of grand larcen


How the Second Amendment is Literally Going Up in Smoke The taking away of one’s constitutional rights through ‘Normalization’

What’s behind the big push to legalize marijuana aside from the fact that the people who deal in it and the governments who regulate it stand to make billions?. Is legalization REALLY being pushed because ‘so many people are doing it anyway’, or because ‘so many people are in prison for smoking pot’


Lockport woman under U.S. indictment admits to drunk driving

A Lockport woman, who already is facing jail time for her alleged role in a debt collection scheme, has admitted to driving drunk last summer. Shauniqua Rodriguez, 40, a city resident, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle Aug


New hotel planned in the Town of Pendleton

A slate of projects in the City of Niagara Falls were approved for tax breaks and one new hotel in the Town of Pendleton moved closer to obtaining one after a meeting of the Niagara County industrial Development Agency on Wednesday.


Man sleeping in car in parking lot wakes up to DWI, drug arrest

Reports of a suspicious car in a Grand Island apartment complex parking lot resulted in a Youngstown man being arrested on driving while intoxicated and drug charges early Friday morning, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.


JCC Men Cut Deficit, But Can’t Catch Niagara County CC

Jamestown Community College was able to cut what was at one point a 17-point margin for visiting Niagara County CC to a single-possession game with one minute remaining in NJCAA Region 3 Division II men’s basketball on Saturday afternoon.


What to know before legal weed comes to New York

Although months away, full legalization for recreational marijuana is likely in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to make it a priority in this year's budget. Now companies are eyeing Buffalo as a future powerhouse for the cannabis industry.


Niagara Writers: New book is father’s effort to carry on after daughter’s death

Joel Spring had written four books about fishing before his daughter died. But, the book that the Ransomville man is most proud of is his fifth book, the one he wrote after her death, about how fishing and nature helped him survive his grief.


Last case from Niagara Falls judge's cellphone incident may go to trial

Fourteen years ago, then-Niagara Falls City Judge Robert M. Restaino had 46 people arrested after he said he heard a cellphone ring in his courtroom. One piece of litigation from that incident is still working its way through the courts.


Falls police searching for answers in missing person's case

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The family of a New Jersey man, last seen in Niagara Falls about two months ago is not losing hope in the search for their son. And they hope others don't lose hope, as well, as police continue to investigate his disappearance.


Lewis County young woman named New York State Dairy Princess

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A young woman from Lewis County was crowned this year's New York State Dairy Princess. Reegan Domagala received the honor Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. She has served as the Lewis County Dairy Princess since the spring of 2018. She will now spend the next year promo


Tonawanda SWAT team shut down after arrest, criminal probe

The Town of Tonawanda police chief has temporarily shut down the department's SWAT team after two recent episodes that left one member charged with driving while intoxicated and another under investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's Office.


Drug dealer turned entrepreneur is sentenced to prison

When Fawzi Al-Arashi was accused of selling synthetic marijuana out of his North Tonawanda storefront, he set out to make things right with his family. Six years later, the e-cigarette company he formed after his arrest is doing $150 million in sales and employs 140 people, many of them Burmese immi


Niagara Falls blocks demo – for now – of old Johnnie Ryan plant

The code enforcement director in Niagara Falls said this week that he will not grant a demolition permit allowing owners of the former Johnnie Ryan plant to tear down the building as long as city officials are considering declaring it a local landmark.