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Man Charged in Deadly Hit and Run in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS , N.Y. - A Town of Niagara man is being held on $100,000 bail following his arrest in connection with a deadly hit and run.

Francis A. Maikranz, 55, was arraigned Thursday morning in Niagara Falls City Court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.  Judge Anthony Morinello set the bail so high because Maikranz is considered a flight risk.

He waved his right to a felony hearing, and the case will now go to a grand jury.

Police said they got new leads after they released surveillance photos of the car they had been looking for since the crash last Wednesday. 

"We receicved over 60 plus on this. Had enough information to obtain a search warrant, " said Officer James VanEgmond. 

Upcoming Entertainment at Seneca Casinos: June 2012 Update

Upcoming Entertainment at Seneca Casinos: June 2012 Update

Seneca Casinos announces a slew of new shows lined up for September at its properties.  Coming to the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls on Sept. 22 is legendary classic rock band Cheap Trick.  Another celebrated classic rock group, Bachman & Turner, will be “takin’ care of business” on Sept. 15 at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, followed by a five-day Country Music All-Star Tribute later in the month.  Rounding out September are four accomplished acts in the intimate Bear’s Den Showroom in Niagara Falls: Great Big Sea, Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, and The Rippingtons.

Krull Park in Running for Coca-Cola's "Favorite Park"

Krull Park in Running for Coca-Cola's "Favorite Park"

Once again, Olcott Beach, N.Y. is trying to show America that it is a great destination vacationer. Krull Park is in the running for Coca-Cola's "America's Favorite Park." The contest is part of the third annual "America Is Your Park" campaign by the beverage maker.

Between now and July 15, 2012, online voting can help Krull Park win a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. By logging on to https://apps.facebook.com/coca-colaparks/, you can vote online or on Foursquare. For online voting, you can use the map to search for Krull Park. By clicking the "vote" button, one vote is earned for your park. You can vote as many times as you like.

If you have a Foursquare account, you can earn 100 votes when you "check in" from Krull Park. 

NF Police Release Photos of Car Involved in Fatal Hit & Run

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Niagara Falls Police have released surveillance pictures of a car they say was involved in a fatal hit and run that killed a young mother.

The accident happened at the intersection of Hyde Park Boulevard and Jerauld Avenue around 10:10 p.m. June 18th.

Nicole Rodriguez was with her 6-year-old at the time of the accident.

Rodriguez and her son were initially taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center from the scene.

The boy was then taken to Women and Children's Hospital where he was released to his father.

The pictures show the vehicle leaving the scene. They were taken from a nearby store's surveillance system.

25 Year Old Killed in Motorcycle Accident

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Police say one person has died and another was hurt following a car accident involving a motorcycle.

The accident happened Tuesday evening around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of 68th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Investigators say Michael Paul, 25, was traveling east on Niagara Falls Boulevard when a vehicle traveling west turned in front of him.

Paul was taken to ECMC, where he died Wednesday morning.

The driver of the car was treated and released.  Police are still investigating.

Nik Wallenda Conquers Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - A lifelong dream come true: Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed his Walk in 2 History, successfully crossing the mighty Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a wire.

Western New Yorkers were joined by thousands of visitors from all over the world in Niagara Falls, New York and in Canada to see history be made.

Nik told 2 On Your Side he has always dreamt of crossing Niagara Falls on a wire in honor of his great-grandfather who died attempting a similar stunt.

Canadian officials were standing by to check his passport as he stepped off the wire and officially entered the country.

Wallenda acted like he forgot his passport but had actually been carrying it with him in a waterproof bag.

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Wallenda Talks About the Walk, And What's Next!

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT - Nik Wallenda gave the crowd a fist pump and sprinted the last few steps to the platform on the Canadian side ending his trip across the falls.

After reaching solid ground, the daredevil said that the 1,800 foot walk across Niagara falls was a fairly easy trek. His biggest worry was the tether and how it would cross the pendulums hanging from the wire to balance it.

Wallenda also said that the worst part of the walk was the ten minute delay imposed by the network carrying the walk live. That wait on the podium caused his legs to cramp up a bit.

So what's next? Wallenda says that will be the Grand Canyon. He says he has the permits to make that trek, but did not say when that would happen.

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