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Copper Stolen From Niagara Falls Dupont Plant

Niagara Falls, NY - Niagara Falls Police are spending a lot of time dealing with copper thieves who are stealing this valuable metal from vacant homes and businesses.

Police tell 2 On Your Side someone stole four, large copper plates from the Dupont Plant on Buffalo Avenue.

The latest incident happened at the Dupont Plant on Buffalo Avenue.

Police say they were called to the plant on Wednesday after four, large copper plates worth about $1,100 were stolen from one of the buildings there.

Police believe this was an inside job because the facility is gated and the plates were only accessible to employees and contractors. Captain William Thomson says they also have some a very important piece of evidence.

"We have photographs of the plates that were stolen and they're very distinctive and they've been distributed to the people that buy scraps so we're hoping to come up with something," said Thomson.

Penney Estate Sale: Collector's Treasures

LOCKPORT, NY-- The three day estate sale for over 3,000 items from the vast collections of Buffalo attorney Charles Rand Penney opened Friday at the Kenan Center in Lockport. 

   Organizers say Penney, who inherited his wealth, traveled to 75 countries and collected items ranging from costumes to furniture to paintings, posters, and even coat hangers. It was all stored in rented office space in Lockport.

  Some items like paintings have been donated through the years to local art museums. But there is much more to be found at the estate sale according to Attorney Gerard Hogan who served as executor for the estate. Penney passed away last year at the age of 87.  He requested the proceeds benefit his nieces and nephews as well as some local institutions.

  The sale runs again Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and then on Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.  


Upcoming Entertainment at Seneca Casinos: September 2011 Update

Upcoming Entertainment at Seneca Casinos: September 2011 Update

1980s hit rocker Rick Springfield is the highlight of upcoming entertainment at Seneca Casinos.  Also just announced are four shows at the Bear’s Den: Clint Holmes, The Diamonds, Elvis impersonator Rick Alviti, and Barbra & Frank: The Concert that Never Was.

Rick Springfield comes to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca on October 15 at 7 p.m. for an evening of rock.  The singer of the GRAMMY® award-winning song “Jessie’s Girl” charted 17 Top 40 hits with other memorable tunes such as “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “I Get Excited” and “Affair of the Heart.”  Tickets start at an affordably-priced $25 and are on sale now.

EPA Wants Eighteen Mile Creek Added to Superfund List

NEW YORK, NY - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday proposed adding a Niagara County creek to the list of the country's most hazardous waste sites.

The agency says sediment in some areas of Eighteen Mile Creek is contaminated with harmful chemicals including PCBs, heavy metals and dioxin, which can have serious effects on people's health and the environment.

"The cleanup of the Eighteen Mile Creek site will protect the health of people who live in the area and eat fish from the creek," said Judith Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. "Adding the site to the Superfund list will enable EPA to fully investigate the contamination and over time clean it up."

The site known as Eighteen Mile Creek covers the Flintkote Plant site, United Paperboard Company, Upson Park and the White Transportation property. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation also identified six areas within the creek where cleanup activities should take place.

Copper Worth About 50k Stolen From Vacant Building

Niagara Falls, NY - The new owner of the former Heritage Manor on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls would like to know who broke into his vacant building and stole almost all of the copper piping and wiring.

Niagara Falls Police Captain William Thomson says they deal with copper thefts out of vacant buildings all of the time, but this one stands out above the rest.

"This is just a bigger case because of the volume of copper that was in that building that got stolen," said the Captain.

Police say the estimated value of the copper is $50,000. The owner told Police he first noticed the theft on Monday and believes this happened between August 1st, and as early as this week.

Thomson says since copper is valuable it can be sold relatively easy.

Niagara University Again Recognized for Academics, Service by U.S. News & World Report

Niagara University Again Recognized for Academics, Service by U.S. News & World Report

Niagara University is again listed among the best colleges and universities in the North, according to annual rankings released Sept. 6, 2011, by U.S. News and World Report. NU is also recognized as one of the top 24 institutions in the United States when it comes to offering its students service-learning opportunities.

Ranked 68 in the top tier of colleges and universities in the northeastern United States that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs, Niagara is one of only two schools in New York state (Wagner College in Staten Island is the other) to be distinguished for its outstanding programs aimed at enriching the students’ experience.

The Catholic and Vincentian university is a mainstay on U.S. News and World Report’s list of elite service-learning universities and, in May, NU was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year.

Dyster Wins Big in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Incumbent Mayor Paul Dyster had no problem holding off three challengers in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary in Niagara Falls.

2 On Your Side has declared Dyster the winner over challengers John Accardo, Norton Douglas and Carnell Burch by a large margin.