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Teenager in critical condition after hit-and-run accident


WHEATFIELD, N.Y.- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is looking for the driver of a white sedan that hit a 16-year-old boy on Krueger Road in Wheatfield.

According to the sheriff's office, the vehicle left the scene of the accident after hitting the teen. The vehicle suffered front end passenger side damage during the accident.

The teen is currently in critical condition at ECMC, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at 716-438-3393


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Mayor Dyster Proposes $3.2 Million for Possible Animal Shelter


NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Niagara County SPCA is in the process of addressing an overcrowding issue the agency has at its Niagara Falls location. The SPCA says it has too many dogs and cats there.

In the next couple of years, the agency is preparing to no longer accept domestic animals from Niagara Falls.

"It's not just an SPCA issue, it's a community issue," said Amy Lewis, the executive director of the Niagara County SPCA.

Too many dogs and cats are coming into the facility and not enough are being adopted. It's severely overcrowded in this no-kill shelter. There are more pets than there are kennels and cages.

"The staff is so overwhelmed our technicians are caring for way too many animals," Lewis said, "I think it's not fair to the animals to be housed in this kind of manner."

REPORTER: Some may wonder whether dogs and cats, animals are safe here?

Elderly man crashes car into tractor-trailer


WHEATFIELD, NY - An elderly man from Niagara Falls was taken to Erie County Medical Center after a scary crash just after midnight on Thursday.

The 84-year old was left trapped in his car after he slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer. The accident happened on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office deputies say the semi was backing into a driveway at the time and was in the middle of the roadway.

The victim suffered head and facial injuries. No one else was hurt.


Family escapes fire in Akron


AKRON, N.Y.- A family was able to successfully escape from a fire that destroyed their home in the Village of Akron.

Investigators say the fire broke out at around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday on Mann Road.

No one was injured, but the fire completely destroyed the home. The red cross is helping the family.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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Niagara County IDA oks $700K in taxbreaks for Summit Mall property


SANBORN, NY-- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency unanimously approved $700,000 in tax breaks for the Summit Mall property in Niagara Falls.

The move doesn't sit well with some.

"For malls to get tax breaks once is bad enough, but twice is really not good economic development practice," said Sam McGovern, the co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good.

The former owner of the mall got $2 million in tax breaks, part of a deal that ended in 2011. And the former owner went bankrupt. As for the mall -- it flopped. For years, the Summit Mall has remained mostly vacant, and has grown into an eyesore. Still, the Niagara County IDA believes the mall has potential.

"We think this is a good project for the community, good project for Niagara County," said Henry Sloma, the chairman of the IDA.

Should Summit Mall enjoy third round of taxpayer subsidies?


The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency will consider a proposal Wednesday from a Toronto developer that calls for about $700,000 in property and sales tax breaks. The subsidies would go towards a $17 million renovation of the mall, which now stands largely vacant.

State law generally prohibits industrial development agencies from granting tax breaks to retail projects, but the developer is contending its proposed mix of tenants would attract visitors from outside the region.

Previous mall developers received about $2 million in tax breaks.

Niagara County Sheriff's Department Unvails New Military Service Pin

Niagara County Sheriff's Department Unvails New Military Service Pin

Lockport, NY: Niagara county Sheriff's Department unvailed a new military service pin recently and announced to the public what it all means.