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Hyde Park Lake Rescue Attempt

Hyde Park Lake Rescue Attempt

NIAGARA FALLS, NY--  2 On Your Side has received photos taken from the dramatic rescue of a man who had fallen through the ice at Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls Wednesday.

The photos were taken by Niagara Gazette photographer James Neiss.

The man, identified as Pascal "Pat" Scrufari, 70, of Niagara Falls, later died at a local hospital.

Officials say the man was walking his dogs when he fell through.  You can see in one of the photos his two dogs standing by waiting for him while rescue crews scramble to pull the man out.

Officials say 911 opera

Niagara Falls Police Continue to Investigate Fight at Casino

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - Niagara Falls police tell 2 On Your Side that State Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife gave sworn statements Thursday about the altercation they were involved in at the Seneca Niagara casino last week.

It is expected that the other couple involved, Eric and Kristina White, will give their statements Friday.

A decision whether or not to file charges in the weekend fight at the Seneca Niagara Casino that involved State Senator Mark Grisanti could be made by early next week.

SPCA of Niagara Names Interim Director

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. -- The Niagara County SPCA, which has been searching for a new leader since allegations of mismanagement and abuse surfaced in January, has a new interim director.

2 On Your Side has learned Amy Lewis, a longtime employee of the SPCA of Erie County, has been chosen by the SPCA of Niagara's Board of Directors.

Lewis will lead the shelter while it goes through a period of change where a new board of directors is expected to be chosen by membership.  She'll also oversee the shelter when the new board searches for a permanent director.

Man Dies After Being Pulled From Icy Waters

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-   A man pulled from the icy waters of Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls Wednesday afternoon has died, according to Niagara Falls Police.  Officials say he was approximately 70 years old.

Officials say 911 operators received a call just after 3pm that someone had fallen into Hyde Park Lake.

Firefighters pulled the man from the water and he was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Officials say the man was walking his dogs when he fell through.  They say the dogs are safe.

"It looks like at least one of the dogs had somehow found himself on the ice, and fell through the ice and this man had traveled on the ice to rescue his dog and ended up falling in and ultimately under the ice itself," said Captain Dave LaGault, with the Niagara Falls Police Department.

Sources Say that Alleged Driver in Fatal Hit and Run Surrenders

Several sources from the Tuscarora Native American Nation in Niagara County are telling us that the alleged perpetrator in the fatal hit and run accident that occurred on Mt. Hope Road on the reservation last Wednesday evening around 10:00 PM and that killed 49-yo Loren Jacobs, may have surrendered to police within the last three days.

The alleged driver is said to have hidden the car involved in the fatality on the reservation and that it has been recovered by a local law enforcement agency. We are awaiting further information and news as soon as contact has been made with the appropriate officials later today.

Report Says One Ontario Casino Should Close

A new report from Canada says the province of Ontario could make more money by closing one of two casinos in Niagara Falls.

The Toronto Star cites a report from noted economist Don Drummond that says the Ontario Gaming and Lottery Corporation which operates the Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara, should close one facility to maximize profit.

Drummond's report notes Casino Niagara is much older and much smaller than Fallsview.

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