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No Frills Buffalo Releases New Book, Announces Upcoming Book Signings

No Frills Buffalo Releases New Book, Announces Upcoming Book Signings

Buffalo-based publishing company No Frills Buffalo is please to announce the release of its seventh book, “Legend of the Phoenix: Rise of Crescent,” by local author Gabriel Gonzalez.

A native of Niagara Fall, N.Y., Gonzalez’s “Legend of the Phoenix” trilogy will introduce readers to deep plot lines with twists and turns in every chapter. You will come to love certain characters and despise others. Humorous characters will make you laugh, powerful characters will make you tremble a bit, and the main villain in the story shows a compelling, sympathetic side that you may even come to love. The conclusion of each book prepares you for a overall ending that will never be forgotten!

Niagara Falls Council Chair Questions Overtime

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- Last February, after just four months on the job, Niagara Falls Fire Chief Roger Melchoir was fired. One year later, the Falls still has no fire chief.

"Definitely the mayor has delayed way too long in hiring a fire chief, by hiring a fire chief it helps control the overtime costs," said Niagara Falls Council Chairman Sam Fruscione. "We had no choice but to employ the battalion chiefs to fill in the shifts."

Fruscione says he believes the move has cost the city in the long run. But just how much is unclear. Base pay for the battalion chiefs in the rotation is about $71,000 to about $72,000 a year, but the final 2011 wages for the chiefs ranged from $107,000 to about $144,000 a year.

Deputies of the Year Named by New York State Sheriffs’ Association

Deputies of the Year Named by New York State Sheriffs’ Association

A Statement from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office

ALBANY, NY - Sheriff James R. Voutour is proud to announce that Deputies Jonathan E. Andres and Shawn P. Grapes have been named Deputies of the Year by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. They were recognized at an award ceremony on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in Albany for their lifesaving efforts when Deputy Allen Gerhardt was injured on July 18, 2011.

While responding to assist a fellow officer, Deputy Gerhardt lost control of his vehicle striking a guard rail. The guard rail penetrated the passenger side door and continued through the vehicle’s front passenger compartment, striking Deputy Gerhardt and amputating both legs.

Lewiston Police Officer Involved in Car Accident

LEWISTON, NY-- A police officer in Lewiston was slightly hurt Tuesday after his patrol car was involved in a collision.

The accident happened around 10:15am on Swan Road.

Booth cars left the roadway and clipped a utility pole.

The officer and the driver of the other car were both taken to the hospital to be checked out.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Another Call to Re-Evaluate SPCA Investigation

NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- Another call for another set of eyes in that ongoing investigation into mismanagement at the Niagara County SPCA.

The Niagara Falls City Council, supporting calls to bring in another outside animal shelter expert to assist in the probe.
Right now, Barbara Carr, the executive director of the Erie County SPCA is looking into the day-to-day operations of the Niagara County Shelter.  But some are concerned because both shelters transfer animals between each other.

"We're looking now at the possibility of trying to identify other people or organizations that could participate in that investigation, that could give it greater credibility with the advocacy community," said Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

The city of Niagara Falls contracts with the SPCA for animal control services. 

Lew-Port School Raises Thousands, 4th Grader Shines

She's been in the pool since she can remember, so a fundraiser centered on swimming was perfect for young Emily Lauzonis. The 4th grade student in Lewiston Porter Intermediate School was the leading fundraiser for "Swim-a-Cross", which raises money for the American Red Cross in our area.

Click on the video to see Emily, and the other great kids at Lew-Port, helping the American Red Cross assist families in need.



Eight NFL Greats Scheduled to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo 23

Eight NFL Greats Scheduled to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo 23

Sports Collectors Expo 23, featuring eight former NFL greats and sponsored by Five Star Promotions and The Sports Corner, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 11, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at Batavia Downs Casino, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Scheduled to appear and sign autographs for fans on Saturday are Denver Broncos Hall of Famer Floyd Little from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Buffalo Bills greats Andre Reed and Steve Tasker from noon to 1:30 p.m., and former New York Giants superstar Rodney Hampton from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.