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Lockport residents to decide fate of former school


LOCKPORT, NY-- Lockport residents will be headed to the polls today to decide the future of the former Washington Hunt Elementary school.

It's been empty since June of last year.

The school district is looking to sell it to the owners of Ultimate Physique Gym.

But back in May, a majority voted against that sale. Today's vote goes from noon until 9pm tonight.


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Suspect Detained After Lewiston Incident


LEWISTON, NY- A man has been detained following a barricaded incident on James Drive in Lewiston.

The Niagara County Sheriff's office says they went to James Drive to check on the well being of a man in his 30's who was threatening to cut his wrists.

Once on the scene, authorities later learned that the man had a can of gasoline and a flare gun, and was threatening to blow up the house if he saw anyone trying to enter.

The sheriff's office says after approximately two hours of negotiations, the man came out of the house and was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation.

Nearby residents were told to shelter in place. That order has since been lifted.

New York State Police and Lewiston Police also responded to the incident.


Eastern Niagara Hospital Supporters Storm out of Meeting


NEWFANE, NY- Supporters of the Eastern Niagara Hospital walked out of a meeting with the hospital board of directors Saturday, as the fight over the future of the hospital continues to intensify.

While the hospital has no concrete plans to shut down, many of its services are being moved to nearby Lockport hospital.

Last month the hospital announced it would be laying off 60 employees.

Lockport Shootings Nearly Double This Year


LOCKPORT, NY - Police in the City of Lockport say they have a big problem.

There's a spike in the number of shootings.

Numbers from the police department show that shootings have nearly doubled this year, compared to last year. For the most part, Lockport is a quiet city. One that's filled with history. Lockport isn't known for widespread violence.

About a month ago, there was a shooting down the street from where Maria Updegraph lives. Updegraph is a Lockport native.

"Not as much shootings, when I was younger and a teen, yes there was stuff going on, but not as much and as frequent as what it is," she said.

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Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge Inspection Lane Construction to Result in Canada-Bound Traffic Closure

Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge Inspection Lane Construction to Result in Canada-Bound Traffic Closure

LEWISTON, NY – Today the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) announced the upcoming installation of a second primary inspection lane within the Canada plaza at the Whirlpool-Rapids International Bridge crossing. This construction project—scheduled to commence on September 2nd, 2014, and conclude on or before October 9th, 2014—is being undertaken to increase processing capacity at the crossing. The Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge has recently experienced rapid increases in usage and wait times, due to the growing popularity of the NEXUS trusted travel program.

 

Examining the Freedom of Information Act

Examining the Freedom of Information Act

 

The website www.FOIA.gov describes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as the “law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.”  

In today’s part one of a three-part series of posts, we’ll be discussing what types of information can be requested and disclosed and what information the government is prohibited from releasing. Parts two and three of this series will take a closer look at FOIA requests for Citizenship and Immigration Services and Customs and Border Protection. 

Comedian Lewis Black, Singer Sheena Easton Coming to Seneca Casinos This Fall

Comedian Lewis Black, Singer Sheena Easton Coming to Seneca Casinos This Fall

Two additional renowned entertainers will appear at the Seneca Resorts & Casinos this fall. Comedian and social critic Lewis Black will take the stage at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca on Saturday, Oct. 18, and singer/actress Sheena Easton will perform at the Bear’s Den Showroom in Niagara Falls on Saturday, Sept. 27.