The area theater community is mourning the death of Brother Augustine Towey, who founded the Niagara University Theatre shortly after arriving at the University in 1963 as a English professor.
Brother Towey, known to friends, colleagues and students simply as "Bro," built the theater group into a nationally renowned undergraduate theater program. He retired from Niagara in 2005, and died in Philadelphia yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.
A Niagara Falls man was sentenced Wednesday for the shooting death of a Niagara University student last December.
Eighteen-year-old Gordon Jackson faces 21 years-to-life in state prison. The victim, Brandon Johnson of Rochester, was shot in the head with a shotgun during a robbery attempt at his apartment close to the Niagara campus on December 8, 2011.
Through a plea deal, a trial was avoided and Jackson's sentence was reduced from a possible 40 years-to-life.