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New commander takes over at NF airbase


NIAGARA FALLS, NY - There's a new commander in charge of the Air National Guard unit at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station that is undergoing significant changes.

Colonel Robert Kilgore is now leading the 107th Airlift Wing, which has given up the mission of flying C-130 cargo planes for a new mission. Soon the unit will be operating unmanned aircraft, or drones, like the MQ-9 Reaper.

The unit was threatened with extinction by the Pentagon in past years but was able to find new life with the drone mission.

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Deadly accident in Niagara County


ROYALTON, NY - Weather may be to blame for a deadly accident in Niagara County Saturday.

It happened on Akron Road in the town of Royalton just before 5 p.m. Niagara County Sheriff's Office deputies say a car slid into the path of another vehicle going in the opposite direction. A man in one of the cars was pronounced dead on the scene.

The other driver was taken to ECMC to be treated.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.


Understanding the Implications of a Pardon as it Relates to Immigration

Understanding the Implications of a Pardon as it Relates to Immigration

 

Many people who have been convicted of crimes in the past are ultimately granted a “pardon,” “discharge” or other forms of record-expungement by their government. Accordingly, these individuals are often under the impression that these mechanisms “wipe their record clean.” For U.S. immigration purposes, however, this is not the case.

Ndaba Mandela Visits Niagara University to Reflect on Grandfather’s Legacy

Ndaba Mandela Visits Niagara University to Reflect on Grandfather’s Legacy

A standing-room-only crowd welcomed the grandson of Nelson Mandela to Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum on Jan. 20.

Ndaba Mandela, in an hour-long keynote address, spoke of the laughs, laments and lessons learned from living with an iconic grandfather who went from prisoner to president, and built a nation.

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Wilson Property Tax Bills Get Lost in the Mail


Wilson, NY - Did you know you still have to pay your property taxes in New York State or face a fine, whether you get your bill or not? Some property owners in the Niagara County town of Wilson are finding that out the hard way because their bills got lost in the mail.

Tax season at Wilson town hall has always been somewhat busy. But this year, it's also just plain "taxing on their time" because of a mistake in the mail. More than 2,000 property tax bills went out in the mail with first class postage on December 30. But now, nearly three weeks later on January 21. Town Supervisor Joseph Jastrzemski says a number of letters remain undelivered.

His statement is based on past practice, that of that batch of 2,000 bills, they usually get about 80 or so back for reasons like change of address, or the relocation or death of the property owner.

Body of missing Lockport man found


LOCKPORT, N.Y.- The body of a Lockport man who had been reported missing for nearly a month was found Tuesday afternoon.

The Niagara County Sheriff's office says the body of Paul Ford Sr., 42, was discovered near the Anderson's Restaurant on Robinson Road.

Ford was reported missing on December 30, 2014.

The sheriff's does not suspect any foul play was involved in Ford's death.


Department of Homeland Security Considers Implementing ‘Known Employer’ Pilot Program

Department of Homeland Security Considers Implementing ‘Known Employer’ Pilot Program

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program in order to aid in U.S.-Canada business travel. The program would streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. 

The program will be designed to:

• Make adjudications more efficient and less costly; and