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Two suspects wanted after illegal border crossing


PORTER, N.Y.- U.S. Border Patrol says the search for the two individuals suspected of entering the country illegally on Tuesday has now expanded to a nationwide, multi-agency effort.

Federal law enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Agents, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police along with Canadian Border Patrol Agents are all part of a joint effort with local law enforcement.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is also asking for help from the public in locating the two men after they allegedly held a boat captain at knife-point.

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AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.

Canadian Celtic Choir Plans Christmas Event in London

Canadian Celtic Choir Plans Christmas Event in London

 

Nearby London, Ontario, will host the Canadian Celtic Choir for “An English Christmas” for two shows on Saturday, Dec. 20! Performances are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. in London’s Aeolian Hall, located at 795 Dundas St. E.

The Canadian Celtic Choir will perform under the direction of William W. Zadorsky, accompanied by Jean Willadsen and special emcee Paul Grambo. The choir features more than 50 voices and was founded in 1996 to sing and promote Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario. The choir has performed at numerous summer festivals, black tie benefits, special celebrations and its own self-produced concerts. 

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Warning issued about daytime thefts in Niagara County


LOCKPORT, N.Y.- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is issuing a warning about a series of daytime burglaries occurring in the county.

Sheriff James Voutour says there have been 18 daytime burglaries since mid-September, specifically in the northeast and northwest parts of the county.

Voutour is asking people to be observant, and to report any suspicious vehicles or people. He also says the individuals may first go to a home and ask for arbitrary information, like if a person lives there or for directions.

Should anyone come to your door and ask for information, presenting themselves as an unsolicited business, or if you observe unfamiliar vehicles in the driveway or area, the sheriff's office asks you to contact them with any information about the person or persons you can provide.

You can contact the sheriff's office at 438-3393.


Two sent to hospital after car crashes into Wendy's


NIAGARA, N.Y.- Two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed through the wall of the Wendy's on Porter Road.

According to police, an elderly woman from Canada accidentally hit the gas and drove into the restaurant. She and a man were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and are expected to be OK.

The restaurant is being inspected for further damage and the dinning area is closed until further notice.


NF Water Board "Drip Plan" to Stop Frozen Pipes


Niagara Falls, NY - Last winter's brutal cold caused some major issue with frozen water pipes in the city of Niagara Falls. Now a suggestion to try to lessen the chance of a repeat of that problem is raising the temperature for some.

Mike Tulino was one of those 72nd Street residents in Niagara Falls who endured days without water service last February after the pipes leading to their homes froze up. The city worked to thaw them out back then but Tulino and some other residents felt reconstruction of the street in recent years and the depth of the water lines may have been a factor.

Now Tulino is doubly frustrated "We feel like we were just blown off. Like you had your day, we didn't answer none of your questions. Here's your letter, now go away."