New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Here’s a compilation of recent reports:

Swimming pool owners are encouraged to participate in DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey. During late summer, Asian longhorned beetles emerge as adults and are active outside of their host tree. The goal of the survey is to locate infestations of these invasive pests b…

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LOCKPORT — Jury selection in the trial of Nicholas D'Angelo, a Falls attorney facing a dozen criminal sex crime charges, will not begin on Monday.

The Niagara County Fair is set to make a triumphant return Wednesday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 8 on Lake Avenue in Lockport.

ALBANY — New Yorkers are being encouraged to speak out on the factors they think should be considered when new boundaries are drawn for both congressional and state legislative districts.

A 41-year-old Falls man who took a civilian nurse hostage in a failed bid to escape from the Niagara County Jail is facing charges.

ALBANY — After her work as a substitute teacher in New York City dried up, Ameena Ahmed got a welcome $4,200 boost last summer in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

LOCKPORT — What had been expected to be a three- to four-week murder trial could be ready for jury deliberations after just six days of testimony.

ALBANY — Low wages for home care workers are fueling a growing shortage of staffers for the agencies that coordinate services for frail persons who are well enough to stay in their own residences, according to industry advocates.

The Village of Youngstown and the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Departments have reached budget impasses.

Falls Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force, have arrested two men in connection with a brutal assault outside a mini-mart in the 900 block of Pine Avenue on Tuesday night.

LOCKPORT — The state health department's Public Health and Health Planning Council unanimously approved Catholic Health’s Certificate of Need for the new Lockport Memorial Campus of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital on Thursday.

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A Falls couple, with a criminal history of fighting with and fleeing from police, have been charged in connection with a high-speed chase that led officers from multiple law enforcement agencies from North Tonawanda to the Falls Tuesday afternoon.

First responders were called to the scene of a one-car accident at the corner of Saunders Settlement and Comstock roads in the Town of Cambria at 6 p.m. on Wednesday where a utility pole was knocked over and arcing electrical wires started a fire in a farmer's field.

Cypress Creek Renewables LLC, the company behind the Bear Ridge Solar Project in the Towns of Cambria and Pendleton, was recently acquired by EQT, a Swedish-based investment company. 

LOCKPORT — If there’s one thing Niagara County Public Health Director Dan Stapleton would like to make clear to residents, it’s that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Wednesday night to start work on a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package after President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement on the key part of the White House agenda.

The Niagara County Workforce Development Board has been awarded a $250,000 grant through Governor Cuomo’s Gun Violence Prevention Initiative to focus on providing permanent jobs to Niagara Falls youth ages 18-24. Niagara Falls is one of 20 cities receiving these funds in partnership with the…

The Niagara County Department of Health Environmental Division is taking part in a collaborative effort to prevent the spread of rabies in the Western New York region through dissemination of oral rabies vaccine (ORV).

Catholic Charities of Buffalo says its Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program was awarded a $55,000 Advancing Health Equity to Achieve Diversity (AHEAD) Grant from the National WIC Association. The grant was one of only seven awarded in the country.

ALBANY — New York will require all state employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Labor Day or undergo weekly tests for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

Falls police are investigating a death at a home on 28th Street and Linwood Avenue.

Two people are in custody after a high-speed chase that led from North Tonawanda to the Falls Tuesday afternoon.

ALBANY — New York's state Republican Committee, which had less than $50,000 on hand in its most recent financial filing, is banking on former President Donald Trump to put the party back in the clover as the 2022 statewide elections near.

A new source of prenatal care is coming to Niagara Falls.

The City of Niagara Falls announced Tuesday that National Grid will begin performing work on the Stephenson Avenue substation, between 74th and 75th streets at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The street will remain closed to traffic until 5 p.m.

SANBORN — American Red Cross and state Assembly Member Angelo Morinello, 145th district, are co-hosting a community blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pekin Volunteer Fire Company hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road.

LOCKPORT — Mike Molinaro and his family will be hosting their first-ever golf tournament to benefit Team Cure at Roswell Park on Saturday, Aug. 7, but golf foursomes need to register by Saturday.

ALBAN — Some legislators want to change New York's campaign finance rules after Gov. Andrew Cuomo used $285,000 in political donations to pay lawyers representing him in sexual harassment and misconduct investigations.

As the shootings built earlier this year, the Niagara Falls School of Entrepreneur Thoughts responded with a Black on Black Crime initiative.

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicted Monday that New Yorkers will be "shocked" once they learn more about what he contended is a politically-motivated investigation being led by state Attorney General Letitia James.

LOCKPORT — Team Rubicon is an international non-government organization headquartered in Los Angeles with more than 120,000 volunteers – who work for free and are funded through donations worldwide – to respond to disasters such as the recent flooding in Lockport, 

At its reorganization meeting on July 1, the Niagara Falls City School District Board of Education held a swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected board officers and newly-elected board members.

RANSOMVILLE — Members of the Niagara County Legislature, local dignitaries and family and friends of the late Clyde Burmaster held a ceremony July 23 to officially dedicate Clyde L. Burmaster Park on Lower Mountain Road. The park was formerly known Bond Lake Park.

LOCKPORT — For a tenth of a second, it looked like it wasn’t going to happen.

The Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative will serve up another Charlie’s Community Kitchen event today.

Following recent gun violence prevention community meetings in the Western New York, Syracuse and Rochester areas, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced 1,813 jobs will be available for at-risk youth across these three areas in the ZIP codes that make up each zone. 

ALBANY — Insurance coverage for cells phones can be expensive, but large numbers of consumers buy the plans because the cost of replacing or repairing a device can be a budget buster.

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says he has joined a bipartisan push to help restore the previously terminated pensions for the Delphi salaried retirees. Former Delphi employees, including those employed at the company’s former location in Lockport, have been fighting for over a decade for…

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt has recognized Brickyard Pub & BBQ as the “Small Business of the Month” for July. In 2005, owners Ken Bryan and Eric Matthews opened Brickyard Pub & BBQ, and after much success, established the Brickyard Brewing Company in June of 2017.

The public is getting a second chance to bid on a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette during a surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auction that will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to the New York State Office of General Services. The Corvette was included in a previous a…

Water Quality is once again suitable for recreational swimming.

ALBANY — The Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, according to a letter sent Friday to several Republican members of Congress.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, the Red Cross will close its emergency congregate shelter at the Rapids Volunteer Fire Department on Plank Road in Lockport. The shelter opened in response to flooding earlier this week along Robinson Road.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police 0fficers (ECOs) and investigators enforce state Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.

From a pew in True Bethel Baptist Church on a recent Sunday, it was easy to see that Rev. Craig Pridgeon has found his calling.  

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