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Shooter in bloody home invasion sentenced to 12 years

A Tuscarora Nation man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison for shooting a Tuscarora Reservation man during a home invasion last year. Police said Galen Fischer of Mount Hope Road was shot and seriously wounded, but he managed to grab a .22-caliber rifle and shoot one of the intruders to death.
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Falls man indicted for murder

LOCKPORT — The second of two men indicted by a Niagara County grand jury in connection with a bold, midday murder in the city’s North End on May 30 was arraigned in court on Wednesday. Rodney Barnes-Staley, 21, pleaded not guilty, before Niagara County Court Judge Caroline Wojtaszek, to charges...
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Lockport police investigating fatal motorcycle crash

Lockport police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday night on Market Street. Motorcycle operator Jacob Blake was declared dead at the scene by Niagara County Coroner Laura Goodlander after Lockport police responded at approximately 8 p.m. to a collision involving a pickup truck. According to preliminary investigation...
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Niagara County Sheriff: Small aircraft crashed in Newfane cornfield

NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Authorities are investigating after a small aircraft went down in a cornfield on Wilson-Burt Road near Coomer Road Monday afternoon. Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti says the call came in around 2:04 p.m. Sheriff Filicetti says the pilot of the 1929 biplane, an Akron man, had...
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Two plead guilty to arson murder

LOCKPORT — Two Falls teenagers have pleaded guilty to charges connected to their roles in a fatal arson fire, ignited by the illegal use of fireworks. Zachary Preisch, 19, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the fatal arson case and two counts of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection to two unrelated shooting incidents.
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City eyes upgraded 911 dispatch

In Attorney General Letitia James’ March 2021 report regarding the death of Troy Hodge in the City of Lockport, she recommended that the Lockport Police Department discontinue its 911 call center and allow Niagara County to take over dispatching responsibilities. This suggestion was based on the determination that having two...
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Bi-plane makes rough landing in cornfield

The pilot of a small bi-plane had to make a choice between an orchard and a cornfield. Niagara County Sheriff Mike Filicetti said that his office received a call at 2:04 p.m. today of a plane crash. When his deputies and fire personnel arrived, the crash was confirmed to have occurred behind 2264 Coomer Road.
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FAA investigating small plane crash in Niagara County

The FAA is investigating a small plane crash in Niagara County. It happened near Croomer Road in Newfane. Deputies found a 1920’s-era aircraft turned over in a field. Investigators say it took off from Wilson Burt Road, just a few miles away, Monday afternoon. "On September 13, 2021, at approximately...
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Pilot survives single-engine plane crash in Newfane cornfield

The pilot of a single-engine, three-seat, open-cockpit biplane survived a crash Monday in a cornfield behind 2264 Coomer Road in Newfane, according to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies. Deputies said they arrived on the location after 2 p.m. to find a 1929 Waco Model GXE overturned in the cornfield. The pilot,...
NEWFANE, NY

Murder sentence is unclear after hearing

LOCKPORT — The sentencing of a Falls teen, accused of gunning down a man during a mid-summer rush hour on Ferry Avenue in 2020, ground to a halt Monday morning in a battle over the length of the prison term he’ll face. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr....
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Mom sentenced in child death in the Falls

LOCKPORT — A Syracuse woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing the death of her 3-year-old child. Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III handed down the sentence to Alechmarie Pizarro during a proceeding Friday afternoon. Pizarro had previously pleaded guilty to a count of first-degree manslaughter.
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Police: Motorcyclist dies after crash with pickup truck in Lockport

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Police say a man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a truck in Niagara County. The crash happened at Market and Union streets just after 8 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Lockport Police Department. Investigators say the rider, Jacob Blake, was going around a curve...
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Woman charged under Leandra's Law after traffic stop in Wheatfield

A woman with two children in her vehicle faces charges under Leandra’s Law after a traffic stop Friday on Lockport Road near Hoover Road in the Town of Wheatfield, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported. According to the report, a deputy pulled over Crystal M. Mnich, 36, of Wheatfield, for...
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