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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.

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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.

Spots Still Available at NCCC Fall Orientation

SANBORN, N.Y. – A limited number of seats are still available for Niagara County Community College’s New Student Orientation scheduled for August 5, 2010. First-year students, re-admitted students and transfer students who have already registered for 2010 fall semester classes are encouraged to attend.

Reservations for the August 5th orientation session are accepted on line at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/orientation.

If you have any questions about the NCCC Orientation, please call the NCCC Student Life Office at 716-614-6255.  

 

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M&T Bank Robbery, Searching for Suspect

Niagara Falls, NY - Late Monday morning police were called to the M&T Bank on Military Rd. in Niagara Falls.

There is a search for a suspect who jumped over the counter, grabbed money and ran off. No word yet on if he was armed.

Border Patrol was already in the air. Several police agencies and canines are currently searching the area for the suspect.

Trolley Catches Fire at the Niagara Falls Airport

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- Heavy, black smoke could be seen for a short time in the skies over the Cataract City after a replica trolley caught fire at the Niagara Falls airport.

It happened around noon in front of the Niagara Falls International Airport.

According to NFTA spokesperson Doug Hartmayer, no one was on board at the time and there were no injuries. The terminal was evacuated, however, as a precaution.

The fire was extinguished by the Crash Fire Rescue Unit from the militray base. 

$2.4 Million Visitor Center Now Open

Tourists to Niagara Falls, N.Y. now have a new place to welcome them.

The $2.4 Million Niagara U.S.A Visitor Center opened on Friday with a special ribbon cutting.

The Center on Rainbow Boulevard will be open from June until September. The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation will be in charge of day to day operations.