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Niagara Falls Man Facing Multiple Charges

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - A Niagara Falls man is facing multiple drug charges following an early morning drug raid in the Cataract City.

David Hoffman, 32, was arrested and charged with several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police say Hoffman was selling hashish, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, painkillers, and mushrooms out of his lower level unit at 419 12th Street in Niagara Falls.

Officers entered the residence on a warrant just after midnight Thursday morning.  A SWAT officer shot and killed a pit bull that tried to attack another officer while he was taking Hoffman into custody.

Police were tipped off by neighbors who noticed a high volume of traffic to and from the residence.

Niagara Falls a stop for Stanley Cup on Friday

BUFFALO, NY - Lord Stanley's Cup will be making a visit to Western New York Friday, August 13 accompanied by South Buffalo's own Pat Kane.

The Cup's visit is thanks to Kane's overtime goal in the 6th game to clinch the 2010 NHL Championship for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The schedule of events includes:

House Party Leads to Drug Raid and Dog Death

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- A routine house call to a home in Niagara Falls after reports of a noise complaint resulted in an arrest of a teen, and the death of a dog.

Police entered a home with a search warrant on 12th Street to investigate an early morning house party when they discovered marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal drugs and recreational narcotics.

When police entered the home they were attacked by a bulldog. Acting in self-defense, police fatally shot the dog. The dog was later removed from the home by the SPCA.

The 19-year-old will be arraigned in court Thursday.

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Human Remains Found By Construction Crew

FORT ERIE, ONT-- Construction crews across the border working on an excavation project dug up more than they were expecting Tuesday afternoon.

The crew was working along the southern portion of Albino Road in Fort Erie on a natural gas project when they came across a pile of bones.

After contacting Police and conducting an investigation with the Coroner, the bones were determined to be human remains.

Hydropower Rate Freeze to Continue

LEWISTON, NY-Good news for anyone that pays an electric bill. The New York State Power Authority announced Tuesday they are maintaining the hydropower rate freeze adopted by their Board of Trustees in March 2009.

Since that time, power customers, including businesses in western and northern New York, have saved about $20 million. With current rates staying put, those savings will continue to grow.

"New York State and the nation continue to face difficult economic conditions," said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Kessel. "The Power Authority sought to ease some of the impacts of the economic stress being felt by businesses and consumers by adopting a freeze on its hydro rates for low-cost power from the Niagara and St. Lawrence-FDR power projects. We suspended a scheduled rate increase last year in light of those conditions and will continue the freeze for now."

Over 180,000 residential and 130 businesses will benefit from the rate freeze.

Seneca Niagara Casino Revenues Up; Buffalo Project Update

BUFFALO, NY - The Seneca Niagara Casino Corporation reported a revenue of 2.8 percent over the last year, which has some wondering when work will resume on the Buffalo Creek Casino project.

Monday evening a casino spokesperson told Channel 2's Maryalice Demler that revenue is just one factor that effects the interest rate they would have to pay on the $200 million they need to borrow to finish the project.

In 2007 the rate was 7 3/4 percent, then last year it shot up 20 percent.

The corporation is regularly evaluating finances and they will re-start the project when credit markets improve.

ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.