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SPCA of Niagara Overwhelmed by Generosity after Abuse Case

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- There's a hero for a puppy in need.  The SPCA of Niagara rescued Daisy last week. She needs an expensive surgery to try and save her front leg after a severe beating.

Now, a 2 On Your Side viewer is coming through with $5,000 to give Daisy a second chance.  The donor wants to remain anonymous.  Daisy will have the procedure on Thursday. 

John Faso Executive Director of the SPCA of Niagara says,   "We're really confident that this surgery is going to save her leg. without the surgery she definitely would have had to have it amputated. I do want to thank the overwhelming response from the public to help daisy."

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Stairwell Sex Case

Niagara Falls, NY - A teenager who pled guilty to sexual misconduct in January will be sentenced this morning in Niagara Falls City Court.

The 17-year old, a Junior at the High School had faced charges of first-degree rape in connection with what Falls Police reported as an assault that occurred in a high school stairwell, while classes were in session last fall. The teen could receive up to six months in jail, and a possible fine of up to $500.


The teen was allowed to go back to school under terms of a modified court order of protection. He was granted youthful offender status. The victim's family agreed to a plea deal to spare the victim from testifying.






















Niagara County Home Invasion: Couple Stabbed

YOUNGSTOWN, NY - A home invasion in Youngstown has left a Niagara County couple suffering from stab wounds.

State police say the husband and wife, along with their two teenage daughters, were in their Youngstown-Lockport Road home when an intruder broke in shortly after six o'clock Wednesday morning, taking them all hostage.

One of the residents managed to call state police; and a brief standoff ensued. At one point, the suspect, 30-year-old Shawn Zimmerman of Newfane, threatened to kill everyone in the house if the police did not leave.

Officers immediately stormed the residence and took Zimmerman into custody.

State Police Captain Craig Hanesworth says as of right now, it appears to be a random incident, because they have not been able to find any connection between the suspect and the family.

The man is currently in serious condition, in surgery at ECMC. The woman's wounds were not serious, and their teenage daughters were not hurt.

Woman Pulled from Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO -- A 22-year-old Niagara Falls woman was rescued late Tuesday night from water near the Canadian power station.

Police say the woman climbed a retaining wall on the Ontario side of the river, and fell 20 feet into the water below.

It happened right before midnight, in an area called the Hydro fore bay.

A couple walking across a nearby bridge noticed the woman in the water and called 911.

Upon arrival at the scene, Niagara Parks Police officers were able to throw the woman a life jacket to put on, and threw her a car seat to float on.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, treated, and released.  Police are not giving out her name.

Investigators do say alcohol played a role in the incident.

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Niagara Falls Tunnels

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT - 10 stories beneath the raging waters of the Niagara River sits a maze of massive tunnels, each of them 30 feet across. The remnants of the industrial break-through that introduced the world to the power in water.

These tunnels are called tailraces and they are just part of the system of the hydro power generating plants that sit on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls.

The Toronto Power Company building has been idle and vacant for more than 30 years. When it came on line in 1906 it represented the latest technology. It made it possible for someone to turn on (and off) electricity with the push of a button.

Just down river a bit is the Rankine Station of the Canadian Niagara Power Company. This facility is in much better condition and in fact was in use up until last year.

Today the Niagara Parks Commission oversees both facilities and right now is attempting to rehab them and find a suitable reuse.

Maryland Murder Suspect Arrested in Niagara Falls, Ont.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- U.S. authorities took custody of 46-year-old Benjamin Moore at a Niagara Falls border crossing Friday following a traffic stop Monday by police across the border.

Moore is wanted by the St. Mary's County sheriff's department in connection with the death of Devon Andrea Baker. The 37-year-old had been missing more than a week when a fisherman found her body Sunday in a brook near a Princeton, N.J., country club. Customs and Border Protection agents preserved Moore's vehicle as a possible crime scene.

Moore, of Lexington Park, Md., is awaiting extradition to his home state, where he's charged with second-degree murder. Federal authorities say they don't know if has a lawyer.









Niagara County Dog Needs a Hero

NIAGARA FALLS-A dog in Niagara Falls is in desperate need of surgery after being severely beaten, and the Niagara County SPCA needs help with the funding.

Authorities were called to the Townsend Place Apartments in Niagara Falls on Thursday night for a case of animal cruelty. A 3 month old pointer mix had been severely beaten with a wooden table leg.

The owner didn't have a name for the dog, but the SPCA has since named her Daisy.

According to the Niagara County SPCA, the dog needs extensive surgery or it will have to have its leg amputated.

The owner is set to appear in court on August 6, and they hope to have him charged under "Buster's Law," which makes intentional killing or maiming of a dog a felony, subject to jail time.

The SPCA is looking for any kind of financial assistance from the public.