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Lucky Lady Wins $500,000 Jackpot at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

Lucky Lady Wins $500,000 Jackpot at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

A lucky lady from Rochester, N.Y. hit it big yesterday at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, N.Y. – to the tune of half a million dollars. At 1:50 p.m., she reached the bonus round on the Geisha Millioni$er™ slot machine by Aristocrat and correctly unveiled the three “Grand jackpot” coins, winning $500,004.

The player, identified as Monica, played the maximum bet of $2 on the progressive penny slot machine, which is one of 4,000 slots at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. This lucky lady hit the life-changing jackpot after playing 10 minutes on the game.

Monica felt a state of disbelief upon winning the jackpot, especially since she selected the three correct coins by looking away from the screen. “I have two favorite machines, and Geisha is one of them that I always play,” she said. “When I won, I phoned my children and told them Christmas came early.”

Forum Addresses Teen Pregnancy and STD rates

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The community of Niagara Falls is taking to the drawing board wondering what teens do know when it comes to sex and the consequences of having it.

Teenagers gave insight of what may be causing high statistics when it comes to teen pregnancy and STD's.

"We want to hear from the city, we want to hear from the people who live here - respect their values and respond to that," Chris Spicer with Planned Parenthood said.

Especially considering about 116 children are born to teen parents every year in Niagara Falls.

The teen pregnancy rate currently stands at about 11 percent in Niagara Falls compared to buffalo at 9.9 percent. The state average is 5.5 percent.

"It sets children up for lower performance in schools, to have a higher chance of being stuck in poverty, and it also can be cyclical and run in a family line, Spicer said."

Niagara County Search for Missing Teen

LOCKPORT, NY - The Niagara County Sheriff's office is asking for help locating a 16-year-old boy who's been missing since last week.

Investigators say Michael Codelia, Jr. walked away from the Wyndham Lawn Facility last Friday.

Codelia has family and friends in Amherst and was recently seen in Amherst.

Codelia is described as a white male, 5'7" tall, weighing about 139 lbs.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing pajama pants, dark winter coat and winter hat. He also has a scar on his left forearm.

If you have any information on Codelia's whereabouts, you're asked to contact the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at (716) 438-3393 (24 hours) or during normal business hours, Inv. Tracy Steen can be reached at (716) 438-3337.

Niagara Falls Hotel Deal Takes Steps Towards Completion

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK -- It's a hotel project that we spent months holding leaders in Niagara Falls accountable about before the Governor stepped in to get it moving.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is now saying a formal agreement could be signed later this week.

Since the council approved the project after a long delay representatives for the city, USA Niagara and developer Mark Hamister have been hard at work on the contract for the 25 million dollar hotel.

"There's going to be a whole lot of work that has to be done by Hamister Development Corporation and we look forward to a groundbreaking sometime we hope in the spring," said Dyster.

Dyster says if all goes well work on the hotel should be done sometime in 2015.

Niagara County Sheriffs Looking for Missing Teen

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Niagara County Sheriffs deputies are looking for help in locating a missing teen.

According to the Sheriffs department Corey Sullivan walked away from the Wyndham Lawn facility on Friday.

Police say he was last seen in Amherst and has friends and family in Tonawanda.

According to the sheriffs department he is a white male, 5-feet 3-inches, weighs 103 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Sullivan also has tattoo of a cross on his left thumb.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at (716) 438-3393.

Veterans Service Provider Says Demand Exceeds Availability

LOCKPORT, NY - On this Veterans Day to honor all who have served, veteran's service groups say there is a lack of veteran's resources in Western New York.

That is despite a growing number of groups like theirs.

Moreover, they predict the need for veteran's services will increase in the coming years.

"Veterans are being served to a point, but some do fall through the cracks," said Philip Arnold, founder and President of Vets H.E.R.D (Helping Empower Returning and Disabled veterans).

Arnold was on hand Monday at the Lockport home of retired Lt. Colonel Edward M. Kolek, as the group presented Kolek with a much-needed Rascal 6000 power chair.

Kolek, 91, spent almost four decades of his life in active military service, including 50 combat missions as a bomber pilot in World War II.

More Stores Will Open On Thanksgiving Day

BUFFALO, NY - If you are hungry for deals and want to walk off that Thanksgiving meal, you can go shopping. 

More and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day with the deal traditionally served on Black Friday.

The Factory Outlet in Niagara Falls will open Thanksgiving evening at 10 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

Here's a look at some stores open on Thanksgiving Day:

Kmart opens at 6 a.m. and will stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday 
Toys r Us opens at 5 p.m.
Target, Macy's and Kohl's open at 8 p.m.

Office Max 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. and reopens Friday at 8 a.m.