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Retired Lockport Officer Involved in 1993 Suspicious Shooting, Dies in Florida

Just one month after the FBI announced it would reopen the case of a former Lockport police officer who was a suspect in his own shooting back in 1993, that officer has died.

Steven Biles died on Saturday at his home in Florida from natural causes.

The 59 year-old was considered a suspect in his own shooting back in 1993, which led to the death of a Niagara County sheriff's deputy.

Biles had sent out a call for help after he said he was shot by someone in a nearby car.

When deputy Jeffrey Incardona raced to assist him he lost control of his patrol car and died in a fiery crash.

Lockport's current police chief was then a leuitenant on patrol. He spoke with us last month and said he remembers it all very well.

Biles did give police sketch artists a description of the suspect, and a car which was found, but other parts of his story didn't square up.

Accident Sends Car Into House

CAMBRIA, N.Y.-A collision between two cars sent one of them flying into a nearby home, leaving three people injured.

The crash happened around eleven this morning at the intersection of Plank and Ridge roads in Cambria.

One of the victims was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC as a precaution but officials say everyone hurt is expected to be okay.

The home was tapped by the vehicle, but not seriously damaged.

Niagara County Receives Emergency Food & Shelter Funding; Applications Due Nov. 5

Niagara County has been chosen to receive $103,232 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. A local board has been charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Love Canal Residents Say Health Problems Still Exist

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - There was a huge health crisis 35 years ago in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls. A state of emergency was issued, evacuating people from their homes, because of contamination from a local landfill.

Keith Boos lives in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, near the Love Canal landfill site, that still remains there off Colvin Boulevard.

Boos moved to the area 15 years ago to raise a family and thought all the stories of the Love Canal contamination from the 1970s were over.

"We were told the area was safe, the contamination was contained," he said.

But since then, he says many members of his family have gotten sick, including himself and that he's been diagnosed with lung disease. Boos believes that Love Canal continues to cause health problems. He says air testing has been done in his home and that they show dangerous chemicals are in the air.

Maid of the Mist Offering Free Rides Friday and Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - In a gesture of gratitude to the Niagara Frontier community, operators of the Maid of the Mist tour boats are offering free rides to all passengers on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26.

In a statement released Sunday, James V. Glynn, Chairman and CEO of the Maid of the Mist Corporation, said:

This is an opportunity for us to thank everyone for the strong, local, grassroots effort that encouraged, supported and motivated us to keep the Maids running for years to come. We are also grateful for the tremendous assistance from Governor Cuomo, New York State Parks, New York Power Authority, elected officials and other entities, that has been vital to the construction of our new drydock and maintenance facility, which will soon be completed.

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Could the impact of childhood trauma contribute to emotional, behavioral and physical health problems in adults, creating a need for more detailed care? Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley, authors of the book Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, invite you to hear their research on the topic of early-life trauma on adult disease during a conference Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center Butler Wellness Clinic, 400 Forest Ave., Buffalo.  

Hosted by the Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of Western New York (TICIWNY), the conference is designed to explore how the community can work to become more informed about the effects of trauma, providing trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services.

Yahoo! Breaks Ground On 115-Job Expansion In Lockport

Lockport, N.Y. - "Western New York's been great for Yahoo!," said Rich Kropfl, the Vice President of Data Operations for Yahoo!.

And Yahoo! is turning out to be pretty darn good for Western New York.

The Internet giant is now investing $170 million to more than double the 100 jobs it already has in Lockport.

Most of the new 115 jobs will be customer care call center positions with an average salary of $50,000 a year.

What makes Western New York so attractive?

It's a combination of low cost hydropower, our climate which reduces the cost of cooling the data center's servers and a great workforce.