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Falls police patrols getting backup from sheriff's office

The increased law enforcement presence on the streets of the Falls was apparent as soon as the sun began to set on Friday. Falls patrol cars zipped through neighborhoods, but they weren't alone. Multiple marked Niagara County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles were also present throughout the city. "This is part...
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Public school directory: Niagara County

We don't have recent standardized test data to report on area schools, but that doesn't mean we don't have any recent information to share. The following data contains the latest available information for public school districts in Niagara County. Most of the information comes from state and U.S. Census Bureau...
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Falls man charged after cross-county chase

A 46-year-old Falls man was arrested Saturday night after leading several police agencies on a chase that began in the Falls and ended in Cambria. Shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday, Falls police tried to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The driver of...
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Solar panels eyed for closed Somerset Power Station

The former site of the Somerset Coal Power Station has found an interested party in Applied Energy Services (AES) which has proposed the Somerset Solar Project, a 140- to 200-megawatt solar energy farm of 1,000-acres on and around the former coal power plant. According to Mike Farrell, director of development...
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Buffalo Niagara employers encouraging – not requiring – worker vaccination

From on-site vaccination clinics to encouraging messages from company leaders and attempts to convince workers about vaccine safety, Buffalo Niagara businesses are pushing workers to get their shots. But one thing they aren't doing is mandating it. As employees flow back into workplaces, employers generally have the right to require...
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Veggie Van hitting the road Wednesdays in Lockport

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County's Veggie Van’s is making several stops in the Lockport area on Wednesdays this year through October. The Veggie Van aims to combat hunger and reduce food insecurity by traveling to designated areas where community members have limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods. In 2021, more than 10,000 pounds of produce was delivered to targeted communities via the Veggie Van. Now entering its sixth year of operation, CCE has partnered with local farms like McCollum Orchards in Lockport, Newroyal Orchards in Gasport, and Russell Farms in Appleton to provide fresh and local produce via the Veggie Van.
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First post-pandemic jury trial in Niagara County ends in conviction

A Lockport man was convicted of gun and drug charges Friday in the first felony jury trial completed in Niagara County since before the Covid-19 pandemic. Tyrone B. Bruce, 38, was found guilty on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one misdemeanor drug possession count, Assistant District Attorney Maria H. Stoelting said.
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Youngstown home damaged in Saturday afternoon fire

A home on Oak Street in Youngstown suffered extensive roof and interior damage following an attic fire Saturday afternoon. According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, calls came in about 3:50 p.m. reporting a fire in the attic of a home at 332 Oak St. Responding deputies confirmed the fire in the single-story home, which was subsequently extinguished by members of Youngstown, Ransomville and Lewiston volunteer fire companies.

Company proposes solar project for Niagara County power plant

SOMERSET, N.Y. — Converting a former coal fired power plant into a solar electric generating facility; that's the goal of AES Corporation. The company is proposing a plan that would convert approximately 1,100 acres of the plant in Somerset along Lake Ontario. This would include a field of solar panels...
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Lockport man arrested in fraud investigation

A 34-year-old Lockport man has been arrested in connection with a fraud investigation conducted by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau. Jose Estremera Casiano, 34, of Lockport, was charged with two counts of issuing a bad check, second-degree schemed to defraud and third-degree grand larceny on Friday, according to Sheriff Michael Filicetti.
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Falls man faces multiple charges after lengthy high-speed chase

A high-speed police chase Saturday evening that began in Niagara Falls and ended in the Town of Cambria resulted in multiple charges against a Niagara Falls man, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported. John R. Mailcoat, 46, was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, driving while...