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Akron man accused of raping young girl

Nov 11, 2014
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State police have arrested a 27-year-old Akron man for rape involving a young girl in Niagara County. 

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The woman who just last week announced she was pulling out of a State Senate race after admitting to an extramarital affair says she is now back in.

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A series of investigations into welfare fraud in Niagara County have resulted in a number of arrests.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new grants equaling nearly $11 million in support of Advantage After School Programs across the state.

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Some Wheatfield residents are fighting against the use of a liquid fertilizer they say contains harmful waste. The battle involves a national company operates businesses in Erie and Niagara counties.

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The region's first case of rabies for the year has been reported.

Niagara County being considered for Bills stadium

Apr 10, 2014
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Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential home of the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo-Niagara population on the rise

Mar 31, 2014
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The population of Buffalo Niagara is on the rise. United States Census Bureau data shows that the region’s population saw a boost of 348 people since 2012.

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Financial troubles have Niagara County residents concerned that the Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane could be headed for closure.

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A lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court could foil the sale of the former Niagara County nursing home.

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Niagara County Authorities are turning to the public for assistance in stemming a rash of armed robberies.

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The Niagara County Jail is facing a pair of lawsuits connected with the deaths of two inmates last year.

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Police appear to have cracked the case of a series of summer burglaries in Niagara and Orleans Counties.

Niagara County residents have a chance tonight to sound off on the proposed county budget for next year.

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Energy from the sun is now being used to help operate a Niagara County convenience store.

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Niagara County is finding itself in a negotiating bind with three of its six labor unions.

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Niagara County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an overnight armed robbery in the Town of Wheatfield.

For Niagara County, there is a payoff for some of those traffic jams near Canadian border crossings: sales tax revenue.

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A limited state of emergency was declared in the City of Niagara Falls  on Saturday as clean-up from Friday night's damaging storms continued.

Convicted child abuser sentenced to 15 to 30 years

May 10, 2013
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A convicted child molester was sentenced to the maximum 15 to 30 years in prison Friday in Niagara County Court.

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An expert on corporate subsidies and economic policy says the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are not, a pattern decades old.

Two killed in Niagara County crash

Mar 28, 2013

Authorities say two people were killed and a third injured in a three-vehicle crash on a rural Niagara County road. 

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Gun buyback programs were offered in Niagara County for the first time on Saturday.

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The brunt of the recent winter storm has past, but some light snow showers will continue across Western New York Saturday.

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A lake effect snow warning will remain in effect for Western New York until 10 PM Saturday night.

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A very light earthquake was felt by some residents living in Niagara County during the midnight hour Friday.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says it received several calls during from people reporting a loud boom or feeling a shake. 

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Lake Ontario at 12:25 a.m., about four miles northeast of Olcott.  

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The Niagara County SPCA is finding itself troubled once again, this time financially.

Efforts to shift the facility to a "no kill" shelter have caused a crippling increase in the number of animals being cared for. Estimates are that more than 150 cats and 70 dogs are currently sheltered at the facility. Demands for staffing, supplies and improvements to the SPCA have created a huge financial deficit.

The organization is appealing to the public for help.

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Data from the US Drought Monitor indicates that portions of Western New York have officially reached drought status.

The News reports that Niagara and a majority of Erie County have registered for "moderate drought" status. The City of Buffalo is down 5 inches from normal precipitation levels at this point in the year. Grand Island officials are asking residents to voluntarily restrict their water usage, and New York State is suspending existing burning permits and placing a temporary ban on residential burning.

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It appears the the race for Niagara County Sheriff in the coming election could be a foregone conclusion.

Democratic incumbent James Voutour has garnered support from all five parties that are appearing on the ballot. The county's Democrats are joined by Republicans, Conservatives, Independents and the Working Families party in backing Voutour.

The deadline for candidates filing for inclusion on the ballot is next week.

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Nearly a dozen New York State counties, including Erie and Niagara, are being asked to return millions of dollars in Medicaid payments to Washington.

The monies in question were dispersed in 2009, and questions have arisen as to the guidelines provided for when these supplemental reimbursements are to be measured from and how much must be repaid. At issue are $5.3 million for Erie County and $1.3 million for Niagara County. Erie County used the money for ECMC hospital and nursing home expenses. Niagara County folded the money into its budget.