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Weekly Recap: Complicated Border Cases Resolved

Weekly Recap: Complicated Border Cases Resolved

Jennifer Behm, associate attorney with Berardi Immigration Law, had a busy week at the Peace Bridge. Following is an overview of some border cases she presented to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) these past few days.

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No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Three New Books

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Three New Books


No Frills Buffalo publishing company has announced the release of three new books. Joining the No Frills collection are “Walking Through The Mist” by Sinead Tyrone; “Slanted Windows” by Marjorie Norris; and “Sharks Don’t Eat Peanut Butter, written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Jennifer Dunlap.

Niagara Falls Sees Rise in Marriage Licenses

Niagara Falls, NY - The Honeymoon Capital of the World issued more than eleven-hundred marriage licenses in 2013, which is the most in forty years.

Kimberly and Kiera Smith are both from Niagara Falls, but they met in high school at the State Fairgrounds. They got married this year in Niagara Falls.

"She walked by my competition site. It was inevitable. I had to wave and say hi and everything," says Kimberly Ortiz-Smith.

"We were complete strangers at that time. I just saw her cooking and I was like, all right, hi," says Kiera Smith.

"We were hoping the actual Falls, but it's a little too cold for that," says Ortiz-Smith.

Niagara Falls issued more wedding licenses in 2013 than it has in any year since 1973. The mayor says revenue from marriage ceremonies performed by the two Marriage Officers in the Clerk's Office almost doubled from 2012 to 2013.

Lockport Looks Into Code Blue

Thursday was another cold night with another Code Blue in Buffalo with warming shelters open in the city.

Currently no communities within Niagara County have a Code Blue program. That's when emergency shelters open up for homeless people when temperatures drop below 15 degrees. But now, Lockport is looking into the need.

Lockport Cares is the only emergency homeless shelter people in need can go to in Lockport for a warm place to sleep.

"We see people who have been evicted from their apartments, a lot of times its drug use, alcohol use, sometimes its illness," Executive Director of Lockport Cares Marty Negy said.

Last year Lockport Cares took care of 274 homeless men, women and children. The need has increased about 63 percent over 4 years.

Are Canadians Required to Pay U.S. Income Taxes?

Are Canadians Required to Pay U.S. Income Taxes?


It seems hard to believe that tax season is already upon us! This year, U.S. income taxes must be filed by April 15. If you’re one of the 21 million Canadians who had an extended stay in the U.S. last year, you may be subject to U.S. taxes.

How do I know if I will have to file U.S. taxes?

Niagara County Marine Dies in San Diego Car Accident

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – A Niagara County volunteer firefighter and U.S. marine stationed in San Diego died on a California highway Saturday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Frontier Volunteer Fire Company in Niagara Falls.

Ricky Jones, 20, was involved in a multiple-vehicle chain reaction accident on Interstate 8 in the Mission Valley area of San Diego at about 5 a.m. Saturday, our NBC sister station in San Diego is reporting. He died at the scene.

His father, Danny Jones, is a lieutenant in the Niagara Falls Police Department and is also a member of the Frontier Volunteer Fire Company.

Two Armed Robberies in Niagara County Sunday

NIAGARA COUNTY - The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is looking for help solving two armed robberies that happened Sunday.

The Crosby's Store at 7953 Rochester Road in Royalton was held up at about 6:30 p.m. Deputies say a white male entered the store and displayed a knife, demanding money. The suspect then fled on foot. He's described as being between 5' 7" and 6' tall, with a thin build, in his twenties. He wore a black knit hat with lighter colored stripes and a tan hooded coat, which went down to about mid-thigh.

A surveillance photo of the suspect is shown here.