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Niagara Falls Tunnels

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT - 10 stories beneath the raging waters of the Niagara River sits a maze of massive tunnels, each of them 30 feet across. The remnants of the industrial break-through that introduced the world to the power in water.

These tunnels are called tailraces and they are just part of the system of the hydro power generating plants that sit on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls.

The Toronto Power Company building has been idle and vacant for more than 30 years. When it came on line in 1906 it represented the latest technology. It made it possible for someone to turn on (and off) electricity with the push of a button.

Just down river a bit is the Rankine Station of the Canadian Niagara Power Company. This facility is in much better condition and in fact was in use up until last year.

Today the Niagara Parks Commission oversees both facilities and right now is attempting to rehab them and find a suitable reuse.

Woman Pulled from Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO -- A 22-year-old Niagara Falls woman was rescued late Tuesday night from water near the Canadian power station.

Police say the woman climbed a retaining wall on the Ontario side of the river, and fell 20 feet into the water below.

It happened right before midnight, in an area called the Hydro fore bay.

A couple walking across a nearby bridge noticed the woman in the water and called 911.

Upon arrival at the scene, Niagara Parks Police officers were able to throw the woman a life jacket to put on, and threw her a car seat to float on.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, treated, and released.  Police are not giving out her name.

Investigators do say alcohol played a role in the incident.

Maryland Murder Suspect Arrested in Niagara Falls, Ont.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- U.S. authorities took custody of 46-year-old Benjamin Moore at a Niagara Falls border crossing Friday following a traffic stop Monday by police across the border.

Moore is wanted by the St. Mary's County sheriff's department in connection with the death of Devon Andrea Baker. The 37-year-old had been missing more than a week when a fisherman found her body Sunday in a brook near a Princeton, N.J., country club. Customs and Border Protection agents preserved Moore's vehicle as a possible crime scene.

Moore, of Lexington Park, Md., is awaiting extradition to his home state, where he's charged with second-degree murder. Federal authorities say they don't know if has a lawyer.









Niagara County Dog Needs a Hero

NIAGARA FALLS-A dog in Niagara Falls is in desperate need of surgery after being severely beaten, and the Niagara County SPCA needs help with the funding.

Authorities were called to the Townsend Place Apartments in Niagara Falls on Thursday night for a case of animal cruelty. A 3 month old pointer mix had been severely beaten with a wooden table leg.

The owner didn't have a name for the dog, but the SPCA has since named her Daisy.

According to the Niagara County SPCA, the dog needs extensive surgery or it will have to have its leg amputated.

The owner is set to appear in court on August 6, and they hope to have him charged under "Buster's Law," which makes intentional killing or maiming of a dog a felony, subject to jail time.

The SPCA is looking for any kind of financial assistance from the public.

M&T Bank Robbery, Searching for Suspect

Niagara Falls, NY - Late Monday morning police were called to the M&T Bank on Military Rd. in Niagara Falls.

There is a search for a suspect who jumped over the counter, grabbed money and ran off. No word yet on if he was armed.

Border Patrol was already in the air. Several police agencies and canines are currently searching the area for the suspect.

Trolley Catches Fire at the Niagara Falls Airport

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- Heavy, black smoke could be seen for a short time in the skies over the Cataract City after a replica trolley caught fire at the Niagara Falls airport.

It happened around noon in front of the Niagara Falls International Airport.

According to NFTA spokesperson Doug Hartmayer, no one was on board at the time and there were no injuries. The terminal was evacuated, however, as a precaution.

The fire was extinguished by the Crash Fire Rescue Unit from the militray base. 

$2.4 Million Visitor Center Now Open

Tourists to Niagara Falls, N.Y. now have a new place to welcome them.

The $2.4 Million Niagara U.S.A Visitor Center opened on Friday with a special ribbon cutting.

The Center on Rainbow Boulevard will be open from June until September. The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation will be in charge of day to day operations.