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Wilson residents debate whether to dissolve village

WILSON, NY - Residents of the Niagara County Village of Wilson are getting ready to decide whether or not to get rid of the village entirely.

They went to an informational meeting Thursday night ahead of next Tuesday's vote.

Supporters say it will save residents on taxes, though some are worried about a loss of services.

The mayor is asking citizens to keep in mind what they heard at the meeting, but also do their own independent research before voting.

"There are a lot of websites," said Mayor Bernie Leiker. "You can go on the department of state and look at other communities that have gone through the process and see what has happened with them … what kind of savings have they seen."

The state gave the village $50,000 to help develop a dissolution plan.

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Celebrate ‘An Evening with Jane Goodall’ in Nearby London

Celebrate ‘An Evening with Jane Goodall’ in Nearby London

Western University in nearby London, Ontario, will host An Evening with Jane Goodall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the university’s Alumni Hall, located at 1151 Richmond St.

Dr. Goodall will reflect on the extraordinary change the world has seen since she first began her research of chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in 1960. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book-signing event with Dr. Goodall.

Lockport Firefighters Concerned About Cuts

Lockport residents showed up at Wednesday night's Common Council meeting to voice concerns about the financial challenges the city faces.

Firefighters also attended the meeting and voiced concerns for privatizing ambulance services, which is scheduled to happen in September. Minimum manning changes from 9 to 7 firefighters per shift are expected to take place to help reduce the department's overtime cost.

Tom Lupo with Lockport Fire Department said, "we are spread thin and if we go down to seven, we're going to lose the two men that get the water from the hydrant to the engine -that's basically what we're losing."

At the meeting, firefighters advocated for the city to consider applying for a SAFER grant that can be used to retain a certain number of firefighters and pay their covered expenses for 2 years.

The union explains fewer firefighters during shifts is a safety issue in the field.

FBI Unable to Find Clues in Loretta Jo Gates Death

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - About two years ago, a Niagara Falls woman disappeared. A police search for Loretta Jo Gates, 30, led to the discovery of her dismembered body.

There was a point in time when people were searching for Gates - a mother of three from the Falls. Now, what people are desperately looking for are clues to her disappearance and her murder.

"I just hope they can catch the person who done it, or somebody heard of somebody on that night, somebody has to know something, because it's somebody who's close to her that did this," said Arthur Gates, Loretta's father.

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Niagara Falls Police looking for missing 14 year old

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- Niagara Falls Police say they have located a 14 year old missing teenage girl.

Detectives say they found the girl at a friend's house.

Village of Wilson gets state grant for dissolution plan

ALBANY – Three villages will receive state grants to assist in their dissolution plans.

Wilson in Niagara County and Bloomingburg in Sullivan County will receive $50,000 and $42,750, respectively, in advance of dissolution votes.

A public referendum to dissolve Wilson is set for Tuesday. Bloomingburg's referendum is Sept. 30.

The money will be used to provide information to residents about the votes and assist in the development of final dissolution plans, if the votes are approved.

Lyons in Wayne County received a $50,000 grant to assist with the implementation of its dissolution plan and the transition of village services to the Town of Lyons after voters approved it last March. The dissolution will become effective Dec. 31, 2015.

Deputies investigate fatal boating accident

OLCOTT, NY-- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal boat accident.

Rescue crews were called to Lake Ontario, just west of the Olcott Harbor, for a report of an overturned boat. When crews arrived, they found Christian D. Gothgen, 49, of Snyder, in the water unresponsive.

Gothgen was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies are still investigating the cause of the accident.