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Family escapes fire in Akron

AKRON, N.Y.- A family was able to successfully escape from a fire that destroyed their home in the Village of Akron.

Investigators say the fire broke out at around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday on Mann Road.

No one was injured, but the fire completely destroyed the home. The red cross is helping the family.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Niagara County IDA oks $700K in taxbreaks for Summit Mall property

SANBORN, NY-- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency unanimously approved $700,000 in tax breaks for the Summit Mall property in Niagara Falls.

The move doesn't sit well with some.

"For malls to get tax breaks once is bad enough, but twice is really not good economic development practice," said Sam McGovern, the co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good.

The former owner of the mall got $2 million in tax breaks, part of a deal that ended in 2011. And the former owner went bankrupt. As for the mall -- it flopped. For years, the Summit Mall has remained mostly vacant, and has grown into an eyesore. Still, the Niagara County IDA believes the mall has potential.

"We think this is a good project for the community, good project for Niagara County," said Henry Sloma, the chairman of the IDA.

Should Summit Mall enjoy third round of taxpayer subsidies?

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency will consider a proposal Wednesday from a Toronto developer that calls for about $700,000 in property and sales tax breaks. The subsidies would go towards a $17 million renovation of the mall, which now stands largely vacant.

State law generally prohibits industrial development agencies from granting tax breaks to retail projects, but the developer is contending its proposed mix of tenants would attract visitors from outside the region.

Previous mall developers received about $2 million in tax breaks.

USCIS Celebrates Veterans Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

USCIS Celebrates Veterans Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

Each year on Nov. 11, we honor those who have risked their lives to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is a federal holiday and is often celebrated with nationwide parades and events. This year, USCIS will celebrate Veterans Day by hosting nearly 40 naturalization ceremonies throughout the week. 

USCIS will highlight service members, military spouses and veterans taking the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens. In all, USCIS will welcome more than 3,000 new citizens at these ceremonies. 


Pianist’s Concert Nov. 12 to Benefit Catholic Charities via Canned Goods Donations, CD Sales

Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston will perform (Wednesday) Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at Babeville’s Asbury Hall in Buffalo, and will donate all of the profits from his CD sales that evening to Catholic Charities, as well as encourage attendees to bring canned or non-perishable food items for Catholic Charities’ five food pantries.

Winston is best known for his melodic rural folk piano and seasonally themed recordings including DECEMBER, AUTUMN, WINTER INTO SPRING, and SUMMER. Since 1972, he has released 13 solo piano albums. This concert will feature selections from George’s latest album, GULF COAST BLUES AND IMPRESSIONS 2 – A LOUISIANA WETLANDS BENEFIT, melodic piano recordings, as well as New Orleans R&B piano, stride piano, Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” pieces, and more.

Police say attack on Niagara University campus unfounded

LEWISTON, NY - Lewiston Police say a report of a sexual assault in a campus parking lot Wednesday night is unfounded.

A female student had told police she was attacked in the O'Shea lot by a white man in a hooded sweatshirt. However, after further investigation, police say the complaint was unfounded.

There's no word on if the female student will be facing any charges.

Guardian pet for autistic, diabetic child

NIAGARA COUNTY - If you've ever had a pet, you know animals can be just like family. But for one Niagara County family, a new dog in the house is even more than that.

Watch the video above to see 2 On Your Side's Ron Plants explains how Lucy has become like a guardian angel for this boy.