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U.S. Military Announces Certain DACA Recipients May Now Serve Under MAVNI

U.S. Military Announces Certain DACA Recipients May Now Serve Under MAVNI


The U.S. Department of Defense unveiled a new policy on Sept. 25, 2014, that will give a small number of undocumented immigrants an opportunity to join the military. The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high demand skills such as foreign language expertise or specialized health care training. The program is known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI. 

Military Movie Shoot Set for Lockport Quarry

Lockport, NY - Late Monday night, Western New York Film Commissioner Tim Clark revealed that the movie, "Where Heaven & Hell Collide" is filming here. It is being directed by Greg Robbins and producer/actress Kristy Swanson is also part of the project. It is a military movie based on a true story about a man who helps injured combat troops. The movie is set to open in May of 2016.

Some of the scenes will be shot at a Lockport quarry. If you hear explosions in the Lockport area Wednesday, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department says do not be alarmed.

"Because of its location in a pretty remote area, it should be pretty low-key," says WNY Film Commissioner Tim Clark.

Lafarge Quarry will be where the sounds of gunfire and small explosions will be coming from, but they are only special effects, not the real thing.

Two killed in Newfane accident

NIAGARA COUNTY, NY-- Niagara County Sheriff deputies are investigating a double fatal accident.

Two vehicles collided on Lake Road in Newfane just after 7a.m. Monday.

Investigators say a car driven by Georgia Vaughn, 50 of Olcott, crossed over the double yellow line and hit a car driven by Barbara Barnes, 51, of Newfane.

Vaughn and a dog in her vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Barnes was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital where she later died.

Barnes was a teacher in the Medina School District. They issued this statement Monday afternoon:

Residents Warned About Movie shoot near LaFarge Stone Quarry

LOCKPORT, N.Y. - The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is alerting Lockport Residents about a movie shoot that will take place near the LaFarge Stone Quarry Wednesday.

Residents will likely see military vehicles and hear simulated gunfire and small explosions. The sheriff's office did not say what specific movie is being shot, but did say it is a military film.

The film shoot will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and run until 3:00 a.m. Thursday.

All of the special effects will be conducted with props and by trained professionals, and the sheriff's office says there will be no danger to the public.

NCSO investigating shooting incident

LOCKPORT, NY-- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is looking into an incident after bullets went through a Lockport home.

It happened on Chestnut Drive just after midnight on Sunday.

Three bullets were shot into the home. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Deputies say the suspects got away. Police are still investigating.

Rep. Higgins: Use N.F. airbase for solar pilot program

BUFFALO, NY - Congressman Brian Higgins is pitching the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base as the site for a new pilot program to train veterans seeking work in the solar energy field.

The Federal government seeks three locations for the pilot program, and has indicated a preference for military bases.

With Solar City having broken ground earlier this week on what it bills as the Western Hemisphere's largest solar panel manufacturing plant at the River Bend site in South Buffalo, Higgins says placing one of the training centers at the base, a 30-minute drive away, is a no brainer.

"Solar city has already agreed to interview the graduates of this program for positions at their company, so I think there are some links that are already being forged there," said Higgins on Thursday.

107th Air Lift Wing Marks Transition With Final C-130 Flight

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Thursday marked a monumental day in the history of the New York Air National Guard 107th Airlift wing, which is transitioning to a new mission involving drone aircraft.

To commemorate the transition, the unit made a final flight in one of the C-130 Hercules cargo planes it has been operating at the base, followed by a traditional "wetting down" ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base.

Emblematic of the end of a mission for an air group, the C-130, after touchdown, was sprayed with water (from base fire trucks) as it rolled to a stop on the tarmac. After deplaning, the crew was also wetted down, by champagne from their base comrades.