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Tragedy At The Falls: The Ice Bridge Disaster Of 1912

The ice bridge that forms at the base of Niagara Falls is a beautiful natural phenomena that helps make the falls such a popular attraction.

The bridge is formed as sheets of ice from the upper river go over the falls and thunder into the rocks below, freezing there and growing larger as more go over. Eventually it grows large enough to become anchored to land on both sides of the border.

No one would dare travel the bridge today, but the ice bridge was not always considered dangerous, and in fact was a very popular draw for tourists. Thousands of people would make the trek down to the base of the falls to enjoy an afternoon out.

"It was a festive thing," says Carol Rogers of New York State Parks Department. "They would put these makeshift shanties on the ice, and they would sell food, hot drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages."

Indoor Skydiving Kicks Off Week of Adventure

Want the sensation of skydiving, but aren't too keen on jumping out of a plane? Want to get more "air-time" to work on your form? Or are you just an adventurous person in general?

Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving, on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ontario, offers quite an experience for you. Anybody age 7 and up can try it (under 320 pounds).  Kevin O'Neill tried it live Monday morning on Daybreak. He will be showing off awesome indoor adventures for WNY families all week.




State Attorney General to Meet with SPCA Niagara Board

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- With news of an inquiry by the state Attorney General, you can add a state Senator to the list of those calling for the entire SPCA of Niagara Board of Directors to step down.

This comes after a formal complaint was filed with the state AG office by a group representing 100 volunteers and members of the SPCA of Niagara.

They're asking for the full board to be immediately replaced, in light of an independent report that said the board of directors is dysfunctional and that some board members acted on their own, to the detriment of the entire organization.

Two On Your Side's Maryalice Demler asked State Senator George Maziarz about that and what needs to happen to restore public confidence.

"Do you feel like a new broom needs to sweep clean to restore the public's confidence in that facility given what has occurred there?" Demler asked.

Niagara Wheatfield 2-St. Joe's 1

AMHERST, N.Y.-Saturday afternoon at the Northtown Center Niagara Wheatfield beat St. Joe's 2-1 in WNY Federation Hockey action.

Niagara Wheatfield opened the scoring on the power play in the first period. Keith Haseley set up Cory Becker for the goal and it was one nothing Falcons after one. Just 59 seconds into the second period the Falcons got what turned out to be the game winner. Dillon Hayes set up # 10 Mike Parisi who fired it in from the point. St. Joe's scored with 1:17 remaining in the third period after pulling their goaltender.

Falcons head coach Rick Wrazin told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "the biggest thing is the way they worked and moved their feet. We played with a lot of heart blocking a lot of shots. We did everything we needed to do to win a tight game."

Niagara Wheatfield goaltender Alex Kammerer finished with 26 saves. The Falcons improve to 12-5-1 over and 8-3-1 in league play this season.  

SPCA of Niagara Hires New Vet; Volunteers File Complaint

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Pending their selection of an interim Executive Director, the Niagara County SPCA has hired the services of Dr. Grant Hobika, DVM, to the staff of its facility on Lockport Road.

Hobika will serve as an "independent veterinarian," overseeing the care and evaluation of all animals at the shelter and assisting in the development of new protocols for their care.

 They say this position will satisfy the current vacancy while they continue to search for a replacement for John Faso. The Board of Directors anticipates they will choose an interim director by sometime next week.

"The number of people who have submitted resumes has been so great that it will take some time to evaluate all applicants."

Niagara County Corrections Officer Faces Sex Abuse Charges

LOCKPORT, NY--   A Niagara County corrections officer has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department says Correction Officer David Elliott has been arrested on charges of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree and Official Misconduct.

Elliott, 56, of Sanborn, joined the Sheriff's Office in 2006 as a Corrections Officer.

Investigators are not saying what exactly happened, or who else was involved, but say the incident happened while Elliott was on duty.

Elliott was arraigned before Town of Lockport Justice Raymond Schilling and was released upon posting bail. He is set to return to Town of Lockport court on February 9.

Elliott has been suspended with pay pending an investigation and hearing.

Officials are still investigating and say more charges could be pending.

Heroes Needed for Seizure Dog

LOCKPORT, NY - Daryl & Rebecca Wery are working hard with their 5 year old son Jonathan training with Sassy.

The Rough Collie is not only a companion for the young boy.  He can sense by smell if Jonathan is going to have a seizure.

Jonathan's Dad, Daryl Wery says the first day Jonathan met Sassy there was an immediate connection, "as if it were a match made in heaven!"

Jonathan has a rare form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. His mother says the worst seizures are when he suddenly drops to the ground, and that can happen several times a day. He wears a helmet to protect his head.

Sassy would be able to get his parents if something went wrong, but the cost is overwhelming.