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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.

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Niagara County's Emergency Preparedness Program has received a perfect score in state performance reviews.

 The county's program has received exceptional scores for three consecutive years, including reviews by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York State Department of Health reviewed the program this year.

A second local judge has committed to handing down jail time for convicted copper thieves.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set the precedent, and now State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch, Sr. is following suit. Kloch announced his intentions during the arraignments of a pair of culprits in court on Thursday.

Farkas claims that the stiffer sentences led to a decrease in the crime in the past.
 

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