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Driver in fatal crash on Kensington Expressway had refused to stop, NFTA says


The driver of the car that plunged onto the inbound Kensington Expressway early Saturday morning had refused to stop for an NFTA police vehicle, whose officer had noticed the car and another vehicle drag racing on Main Street moments before the deadly crash.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police officer who tried to conduct a traffic stop gave up the effort when the BMW driven by Kevin W. Brown started driving even faster on Woodlawn Avenue, heading toward the Humboldt Parkway guardrail beside the expressway, authorities said.

Steakhouse across from outlet mall OK’d as Niagara County planners weigh projects


SANBORN – Plans for 146,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space on Military Road across from the Fashion Outlets mall were among a number of upcoming projects discussed by the Niagara County Planning Board on Monday.

LongHorn Steakhouse is one of the businesses that plans to move into the property in the Town of Niagara, according to Benderson Development Director James A. Boglioli. The 21.2-acre site at 1755 and 1785 Military Road was previously occupied by the old John’s Flaming Hearth and Perkins restaurants.

Harris aspires to School Board from perspective of a parent seeking cooperation, accountability


Adrian F. Harris cried when he thought about all the work he put into helping his son succeed in high school.

But it was all worth it, he said, because, in the end, it is parents – not teachers or school districts – who need to be held accountable for the education of children.

That belief has shaped Harris, 50, and his agenda for improving the Buffalo Public Schools as he runs for the Board of Education, which has three at-large seats at stake for five-year terms in the May 6 elections.

Open-ended joblessness is crisis in search of solution


BOSTON – Abe Gorelick has decades of marketing experience, an extensive contact list, an Ivy League undergraduate degree, a master’s in business from the University of Chicago, ideas about how to reach consumers young and old, experience working with businesses from startups to huge financial firms and an upbeat, effervescent way about him. What he does not have – and has not had for the last year – is a full-time job.

Man arrested for striking neighbors in front of children


A 36-year-old Mesmer Street man was arrested for allegedly striking a neighbor man and woman repeatedly in front of children during an argument about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Mario Williams was charged with third-degree assault, criminal mischief, harassment and obstructing governmental administration for allegedly resisting police officers when they handcuffed him.

Woman and four teenagers arrested on drug charges in North Collins


A 39-year-old woman listed as the owner of a house at 2018 Brant Road in North Collins was arrested on drug charges along with four teenagers about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said the home of Laura A. Fiegel was raided because of “multiple citizen complaints of teenagers using illegal drugs” there.

Eden man arrested for DWI after Boston crash


A 20-year-old Eden man was arrested for drunken driving and other charges after Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported his car crashed into several mailboxes and then landed in a ditch on Mayer road in the Town of Boston about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Departing NTSB chief says rail oil shipments pose a danger


WASHINGTON – Outgoing National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman Monday defended the aviation safety regulations stemming from the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, but saved some of her toughest departing words for a rail industry that’s increasingly hauling outdated tanker cars filled with oil through cities like Buffalo.

A Mini Cooper, jewelry, electronics and silver service stolen in a Falls burglary


NIAGARA FALLS – A $15,000 car was among the items stolen from a garage on College Avenue while a family was on vacation.

A 56-year-old man told Niagara Falls police Sunday that when they returned home to the 400 block of College Avenue, the garage and the house had been burglarized.

He said the family’s 2011 Mini Cooper was gone and an electric meter box was removed.

Union official praises Albion corrections officer


ALBION – A corrections officer at the Orleans Correctional Facility has been praised by a union official for saving the life of a mentally troubled New York City convicted robber serving a 20 year prison term who tried to commit suicide.

Mike Dildine, Western Regional vice president of the New York State Corrections Officers Police Benevolent Association Inc., said the officer’s quick action on April 16 proved the value of the training that all such officers receive.

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