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Driver rescued from Niagara Falls wreck


NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Police in the Cataract City are investigating a crash that also happened around 5 a.m. Saturday.

A pick-up truck hit a building near 27th Street and Walnut Avenue.

The driver had to be cut from the vehicle and is being treated for a fractured leg.

His name has not been released.

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Police investigating car accident in Niagara Falls


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Police are investigating a car accident in Niagara Falls that happened around 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

A car crashed into a building this morning near 27th Street and Walnut Avenue.

There is no word on the cause of the accident or the condition of the driver.

2 On Your Side will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

NYC Billionaire Sits On Prime, Vacant Properties In Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls, N.Y. - Drive around downtown Niagara Falls and you'll see signs on numerous vacant lots for a private company, Niagara Falls Redevelopment, stating "leasing and development opportunities."

But in the more than 15 years that the land has been owned by New York City billionaire developer Howard Milstein, not a single one of the vacant properties has been leased or developed.

All told, Milstein owns 140 acres of land, again all vacant, in downtown. Here's why that's so important: for years, city officials have admitted that one of the biggest problems facing the Falls is the lack of family-friendly attractions that would help keep tourists in the city for an extra day or two.

The fact that Milstein has neither developed the properties, or moved to sell them, is a problem we first highlighted seven years ago.

Wilson farmer pleads guilty to poisoning bald eagles


WILSON, NY - Kirk Canfield, 54, a produce farmer, has pleaded guilty to a violation of the federal Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act.

According to a statement released by U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul's office on Friday, Canfield left a pile of meat tainted with Methomyl at the edge of a cornfield on his farm intending to poison coyotes. Methomyl is an insecticide that is not supposed to be used "in a manner in which animals can eat it," the statement says. The meat was also mixed with Golden Malrin fly bait, presumably to attract the coyotes.

Instead, three juvenile bald eagles were killed after eating the contaminated meat. Last August, a person riding an ATV in the area found the dead birds and photographed them.

According to the statement, Canfield later removed the eagles and the meat pile.

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Shrapnel found in Wheatfield explosion suspect's home


BUFFALO, N.Y. - The man involved in a serious explosion in Wheatfield this week now stands accused of a federal crime and could face more charges as authorities continue to investigate his use of explosive devices, U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced on Thursday.

45-year-old Michael O'Neill, the stepson of Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross, faces up to a decade in prison for possessing and manufacturing these explosive devices. According to the criminal complaint, investigators found at least seven devices, all classified as "improvised explosive devices" (IED).

O'Neill admitted to investigators that he owned the devices.

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

 

On Tuesday, USCIS issued final guidance on a recent decision requiring new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites, stating the agency will generally not punish employers that don’t file new petitions based on location changes that occurred before April 9. According to the new guidance, if an H-1B employee was moved to a new location on or before April 9, which is the date the Administrative Appeals Office handed down its decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, the agency will generally not pursue adverse actions, even if the employer doesn’t file an amended petition. 

However, USCIS will not cancel any adverse actions that it has already started or completed before July 21. 

Niagara Falls Agrees to Get Help from State's Financial Restructuring Board


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Two years ago, lawmakers in Niagara Falls could have taken action to get their financial house in order with some help from the state. But they waited until Monday night to take action.

In October of 2013, the state's newly formed Financial Restructuring Board sent a letter to the Niagara Falls City Administrator notifying the city that it was eligible to receive assistance.

It offered a comprehensive review of the city's finances and up to $5 million in grants and/or loans.

Despite it going to the city council several times in the past, the agreement wasn't approved until Monday night.

"It doesn't hurt to have a separate set of eyes on the issue," said Council Chair Andrew Touma.