Acclaimed high school coach quits after he’s harassed
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York coach who led one of the top high school basketball teams in the state has resigned after being subjected to a bombardment of public...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 40-year-old Niagara Falls woman has pleaded guilty to fraud for her role in a debt collection scheme based in western New York that brought in more than $3 million through...
Prochet’s 19 points lead Niagara past rival Canisius, 78-70
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Marvin Prochet scored 19 points and Niagara built a 15-point lead through the first half and held on to post a 78-70 win over archrival Canisius in the oldest rivalry in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Wednesday night.
The Purple Eagles (11-11, 4-5) now have won four if the last five games in the series, which dates to the 1905-06 season. The loss snapped a three-game Canisius win streak.
Dixon hits late 3, Saint Peter’s edges Niagara 74-72
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Manny Dixon made a decisive 3-pointer with six seconds left and Saint Peter's held off Niagara's late rally for a 74-72 victory on Tuesday night.
Davauhnte Turner scored a season-high 31 points for Saint Peter's (6-12, 3-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Association), which collected its first road win. Samuel Idowu added 15 points and Dixon finished with six points on two 3-pointers.
Cause of officers’ illness after NY raid still unknown
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities still don't know what caused 21 law enforcement officers to become ill after participating in a raid on a Niagara Falls apartment.
The FBI and Niagara County sheriff said in a statement Thursday that tests came back negative on materials collected by hazardous materials teams 12 days after the raid.
Arbitrators: Seneca Nation wrong to stop sharing casino cash
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An arbitration panel has sided with New York state in its bid to continue collecting more than $100 million a year from the Seneca Indian Nation's three casinos.
The western New York tribe stopped sharing casino revenue with the state in 2017, leaving gaps in the budgets of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca, where the casinos are located. The Seneca Nation said its revenue-sharing obligation under a 2002 compact had expired with the original compact after 14 years.
Healy hits go-ahead 3, Albany holds off Niagara 79-74
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Cameron Healy scored 20 points, making six 3-pointers including a go-ahead trey, and Albany finished on a 7-1 run over the final minute to hold off Niagara 79-74 on Monday.
Ahmad Clark added 17 points with a career-high 10 assists, Adam Lulka scored 13 and Devonte Campbell 12 for Albany (5-10).
Niagara Falls using literacy, job training to combat poverty
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The city of Niagara Falls is using job training and literacy programs to fight poverty.
State and city officials recently announced more than $536,000 in state funds will support programs that aim to prepare unemployed residents and low-income workers for better opportunities.
Niagara Falls plant to suspend operations
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The owners of a Niagara Falls manufacturing plant say it will close by Dec. 30.
London-based Ferroglobe says in a statement Thursday that 100 employees will be affected when it suspends operations at the western New York Globe Mettalurgical plant, which produces silicon metal.
Ferroglobe Chief Executive Pedro Larrea says the shutdown follows an evaluation of the company's production.
Colleagues mourn crash death of veteran firefighter
NIAGARA, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters in western New York are mourning the death of a veteran professional firefighter who was killed in an off-duty traffic accident on Christmas Eve.
Fire department officials in the city of Niagara Falls say 51-year-old Carl "Keifer" Stahlman was on his way home from work when he died in Monday night's crash in the town of Niagara.
Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.
"The federal government has stepped in again and squashed it," said John Flickner, who uses a wheelchair and has a doctor's prescription for the drug.
Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 78-year-old man who relies on medical marijuana for back pain finds himself homeless after being evicted from federally subsidized housing in a case complicated by conflicting state and federal marijuana rules.
John Flickner was staying at a Niagara Falls shelter Thursday, after an hourslong eviction ordeal Tuesday that ended with him steering his electric wheelchair in freezing temperatures to a center about a half mile away.
Aging Niagara Falls sewage plant getting $27M in upgrades
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The wastewater treatment plant blamed for a high-profile sewage discharge that discolored the water of the Niagara River near the base of Niagara Falls is getting a $27 million upgrade.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant is getting $13.5 million in state funds, plus an equal amount from the Niagara Falls Water Board, to make improvements at the aging facility.
Remains of NY Marine killed in Korean War identified
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. military officials say the remains of a Marine from New York killed during the Korean War have been identified.
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Tuesday that Meredith Keirn's remains were identified earlier this year.
The Pentagon says Keirn, of Niagara Falls, was a 24-year-old sergeant serving in the 1st Marine Division as a light machinegun section leader when he was reported killed during fighting on Nov. 30, 1950 in North Korea.
Justice scores 23 as IUPUI beats Grambling 80-69
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Camron Justice hit a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to help IUPUI beat Grambling 80-69 on Saturday at the Niagara Regional of the Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Ahmed Ismail added a career-best 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for IUPUI.
Jackson, Johnson spark Grambling past Niagara, 74-68
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Devante Jackson and Lasani Johnson combined to score 31 points and Grambling knocked off Niagara, 74-68 in a Fort Myers Tip-off game Friday.
The Tigers, now winners of two straight, take on the winner of a game between St. Francis-Brooklyn and IUPUI Saturday at Niagara.
Johnson's jumper with 1:11 left in the first half gave Grambling a 44-32 advantage, but the Purple Eagles surged back and Marvin Prochet's 3 with :28 remaining cut the deficit to 44-37.
Hospital to invest $60,000 in security upgrades
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York hospital is investing $60,000 in security upgrades in response to a report that found major deficiencies.
WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is limiting its public entrances, requiring all visitors check in and moving the hospital waiting area.
Fatal crash shuts down Interstate 290 near Buffalo
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a fatal crash has shut down Interstate 290 in western New York.
The Tonawanda Police Department says the crash happened around 1 a.m. Monday in the westbound lanes of the highway between the Niagara Falls Boulevard and Colvin Avenue exits.
The highway was shut down, and traffic was diverted for more than four hours as police investigated the scene.
Game of Dungeons and Dragons interrupted by armed robbery
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A group of friends' game of Dungeons and Dragons in upstate New York was unexpectedly interrupted by an armed robbery.
Artist’s paintings on display at Underground Railroad museum
FOLSOM, N.J. (AP) — E.B. Lewis had already earned world-class artist status and illustrated more than 50 children's books when he came to the realization in the late 2000's that he didn't think of his work as important or valuable.
Lewis' feelings about his own work caused him to give up painting for more than two years, doing only illustrating work.
Cuomo: State to help city hurt by no Seneca casino payments
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York state will help the city of Niagara Falls plug a multi-million-dollar budget gap amid an ongoing casino revenue dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians.
The tribe stopped making revenue payments from its three casinos to New York last year after the state approved the expansion of non-Indian-owned, Las Vegas-style casinos in four upstate locations.
More radioactive slag found at state park construction site
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say work crews have discovered more radioactive soil in Niagara Falls State Park nearly three weeks after about 1,500 tons of the material was removed from the site.
Nonprofit gets $82K to for Niagara Falls bike project
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York bicycle advocacy organization has received over $80,000 in grant funding to help make Niagara Falls more bike-friendly.
Body recovered near where man was thrown from Jet Ski in NY
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A body has been recovered from the Niagara River near where a man was thrown from his Jet Ski almost a week ago.
TV station WKBW reports that a body was recovered Saturday by marine officers from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.
Officials say they cannot confirm that the body is the man who was thrown from his Jet Ski on Aug. 26.
NY says radioactive soil removed from Niagara Falls plaza
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — New York parks officials say crews have removed radioactive soil that was discovered near the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park.
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Friday the contaminated soil was never accessible to the public after being exposed during construction earlier this summer at the Prospect Point Welcome Plaza.
High school principal bans fast food deliveries for students
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The principal of a western New York high school has banned fast food deliveries to students during school hours.
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Buildings, landmarks to be illuminated for cancer efforts
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — More than 100 buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada will be awash in colors in support of cancer research.
Niagara Falls, the New York Stock Exchange and Calgary Tower in Canada are among the structures that will be illuminated in orange, red, yellow, gray or white in early September to commemorate 10 years of efforts by the Stand Up To Cancer organization.
76 soldiers return to New York from Ukraine training mission
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — New York Army National Guard soldiers are returning to the Air Reserve Station at Niagara Falls after participating in a NATO mission to train Ukrainian soldiers.
The soldiers were part of a group that left New York last October to join troops from Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom in the training mission to Ukraine.
New York buys 11 acres in Niagara Falls for $26M
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is spending $25.7 million to buy 11 acres of property in downtown Niagara Falls where it wants to see more development.
USA Niagara Development Corporation's board of directors on Wednesday approved the acquisition of 32 individual properties held primarily by local businessman Joseph Anderson. The purchase is part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative to spur development in western New York.
4 US military sites in state getting $200M for projects
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four U.S. military sites will be splitting nearly $200 million in federal defense funds for improvement projects.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday that $199.1 million will go toward five projects at four sites. The Democrats say the funding comes from the recently passed Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
Fire crews continue battling blaze at recycling business
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Fire crews remain at the scene of a blaze that broke out at a western New York recycling business.
Officials say crews were called out late Monday night for a fire at a cardboard storage yard at a paper recycling facility in the city of Niagara Falls. The cardboard is contained in an open lot in an industrial section, which is helping to keep the fire contained Monday morning.
Fire officials say the blaze could continue to burn for several days.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York business owner and a subcontractor are accused of abusing a New York law that protects women- and minority-owned businesses.
The owner and an office manager at Nichter Construction of Lancaster and the owner of McClendon Asphalt Paving of Niagara Falls now face felony fraud charges.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The Niagara Falls Water Board says it has made changes to its wastewater treatment plant that should prevent any more discharges like one that blackened the water of the Niagara River in front of tourists last summer.
Board members on Monday cited a "culture shift" at the plant that includes better training and equipment.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A new sculpture evoking Niagara Falls has been installed in the falls' namesake city.
NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of cutting off his pregnant wife's arm during a dispute in Brooklyn.
The New York Police Department says the 35-year-old man was arrested near Niagara Falls late Saturday night. He is facing a charge of first-degree assault.
Police say the man severed the 35-year-old woman's right arm just above the elbow in the attack in Sunset Park on Thursday afternoon. She also lost two fingers from her other hand.
Niagara Falls casino going for vow renewal record
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Niagara Falls casino is going for a world record with a massive marriage vow renewal ceremony.
The "I do's" are scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
The casino has enlisted National Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, who played for the Buffalo Bills, to help officiate. Smith will lead the couples in stating a single vow together.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara Falls and other landmarks across the country will have an orange glow in honor of Make Music Day .
The annual event celebrating musicians of every style and level is June 21, the summer solstice.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A fly-over involving four World War II-era airplanes is planned in western New York to kick off this weekend's airshow in Niagara Falls.
Officials with the 914th Air Reserve Wing based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station say the vintage warplanes will to fly in formation over portions of the Buffalo-Niagara region starting around noon Thursday.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The Niagara Falls Aquarium in New York has started construction of a jellyfish exhibit that will be called "Aliens of the Sea."
The $440,000 project will let the aquarium permanently house jellyfish for the first time in its history. Plans call for about 100 jellyfish representing four species. They will swim in tanks in a darkened exhibit space with dramatic lighting.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A new museum in Niagara Falls tells the story of the region's role in the Underground Railroad.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center opened Friday.
It includes a recreation of an 1848 suspension bridge used by Harriet Tubman to lead slaves across the Niagara River to freedom in Canada.
Niagara Falls to add more surveillance cameras in city
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in Niagara Falls say they are adding more surveillance cameras around the city in an effort to discourage crime.
WGRZ-TV reports Mayor Paul Dyster hopes to add up to seven cameras by summer. Police say the cameras will focus on Pine Avenue. The area has seen a recent uptick in crime.
Police: Woman struck, critically injured by truck
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a 65-year-old woman was critically injured when she was struck by a truck.
The crash happened Saturday night in Niagara Falls. Police say a 62-year-old man was traveling westbound when he struck the victim in the north driving lane.
The woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center where she's listed in critical condition.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara Falls is inviting married couples to re-tie the knot in a place already known as a honeymoon hotspot.
City promoters are putting together a Guinness World Records attempt at the largest marriage vow renewal ceremony.
Couples are asked to register on line for the June 23 ceremony. Organizers are hoping thousands of couples will take part.
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old girl accidentally ran over her mom and killed her as they attempted to dislodge their car from a snowbank in western New York.
The Buffalo News reports Saturday that Thursday's tragic accident occurred in the town of Tonawanda, near Niagara Falls.
Canisius pulls away midway through 2nd, beats Niagara 95-88
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Isaiah Reese scored 26 points and Canisius beat Niagara 95-88 on Wednesday night.
Canisius (20-10, 14-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) rebounded from a one-point loss to Rider on Sunday and has won seven of its last eight games. Niagara (18-12, 11-6) had its four-game win streak snapped.
Reese was 9 of 15 from the floor and made four 3-pointers. Jermaine Crumpton added 16 points for the Golden Griffins, who shot 30 of 59 (51 percent) overall.
Niagara pulls away in second half, beats Fairfield 95-83
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Kahlil Dukes scored 22 points, Marvin Prochet and Matt Scott each had double-doubles and Niagara pulled away in the second half to beat Fairfield 95-83 on Saturday.
Prochet and Scott had 19 points and 11 rebounds apiece, while Dukes added six boards and four assists. Keleaf Tate had 10 points for Niagara (17-10, 10-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
Towns’ 26 sparks Niagara late, downs Quinnipiac 95-76
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — James Towns came off the Niagara bench to score 26 points and spark the Purple Eagles to a 95-76 romp past Quinnipiac on Thursday night and into a tie with Iona for third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association.
Iona entered play Thursday with a one-game lead on Niagara for third, but the Gaels were swamped by Monmouth, 72-50.
Scott has 14th 20-plus game, Niagara tops Manhattan 72-63
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Scott scored 21 points with four 3-pointers for his 14th 20-plus game of the season and Niagara beat Manhattan 72-63 on Wednesday night.
It was also Scott's fifth 20-plus output against Manhattan.
James Towns made 9 of 12 free throws and scored 13 points for Niagara (13-9, 6-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Kahlil Dukes added 12 points and the Purple Eagles were 21 of 28 from the stripe.