3 pub­lic build­ings evac­u­ated be­cause of bomb threats

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Joseph Po­pi­olkowski – News Staff Re­ports

Two court build­ings and a county of­fice build­ing in Ni­a­gara County were evac­u­ated Thurs­day af­ter­noon be­cause of tele­phoned bomb threats.

The threats were re­ceived at the County Court­house in Lock­port, at Ni­a­gara Falls City Court and at Van­tage Cen­ter, the head­quar­ters of the county In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Agency in Wheat­field.

Lo­cal po­lice agencies dis­patched bomb­sniff­ing dogs to check the three build­ings; no ex­plo­sive de­vices were found.

Lock­port po­lice said the call to County Court came about 12:30 p.m., and the IDA of­fice re­ceived a call about 12:50, ac­cord­ing to Economic Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sioner Samuel M. Fer­raro. The time of the Ni­a­gara Falls call was un­avail­able. That build­ing is shared with the city Po­lice Depart­ment, where of­fi­cers re­mained at their posts.

Falls woman, Lock­port man plead guilty in gun case

A Ni­a­gara Falls woman onThurs­day en­tered the sec­ond guilty plea in a May 10 gun pos­ses­sion case.

Ni­a­gara County Judge Matthew J. Mur­phy III set sen­tenc­ing for Feb. 1 for Crys­tal G. Martin, 37, of Welch Av­enue, who ad­mit­ted to at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a weapon. Tues­day, Thomas M. Camp­bell, 31, of Elm­wood Av­enue, Lock­port, ad­mit­ted the same charge. A loaded .40-cal­iber hand­gun was found in Martin’s purse af­ter State Po­lice stopped Camp­bell’s ve­hi­cle.

Camp­bell also pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a firearm for hav­ing a loaded .22-cal­iber re­volver when Lock­port po­lice stopped his car in a park­ing lot at Ge­ne­see and Water­man streets Sept. 19.

At sen­tenc­ing Jan. 30, Mur­phy could give Camp­bell up to 11 years in prison, but the judge promised Martin a two-year max­i­mum.

State sus­pends liquor li­cense at strip club over fights, may­hem

The state Liquor Au­thor­ity on Wed­nes­day or­dered the emer­gency sus­pen­sion of a Cheek­towaga strip club’s liquor li­cense af­ter a se­ries of fights and other dis­tur­bances.

Town po­lice have been called to Tryst on Aero Drive 77 times over the eight months be­tween Fe­bru­ary and Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing calls for as­saults, fights and shots fired, the au­thor­ity said in a news re­lease.

The emer­gency sus­pen­sion was is­sued dur­ing the Liquor Au­thor­ity’s full board meet­ing Wed­nes­day in Al­bany. Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, no al­co­hol may be sold or con­sumed on the premises, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease. The board on Wed­nes­day also agreed to ter­mi­nate the li­cense for Aper­i­tivo Wine Bar in East Amherst, of­fi­cials said. It was charged with pur­chas­ing from an unau­tho­rized source and fail­ure to main­tain books and records.

Soul­ful Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion is Satur­day in her­itage cor­ri­dor

The Michi­gan Street African-Amer­i­can Her­itage Cor­ri­dor is spon­sor­ing it’s third an­nual Christ­mas Tree Light­ing and Soul­ful Christ­mas hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day, start­ing at noon. This year’s theme is the cel­e­bra­tion of African-Amer­i­can hol­i­day tra­di­tions. Events will be held inthe Michi­gan Street Bap­tist Church, 511 Michi­gan Ave., and Pil­grim Bap­tist Church, 665 Michi­gan Ave.

A Soul­ful Christ­mas re­flects the blend­ing of African and Amer­i­can cul­ture and her­itage. It in­cludes Kente Claus, an Afro-cen­tric Santa who wears Kente cloth from Ghana and por­trays a Caribbean, African-Amer­i­can and African in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Christ­mas. The cel­e­bra­tion also in­clues the Tra­di­tion Keep­ers sto­ry­tellers, Gospel choirs and carol­ing, a hol­i­day vil­lage and mar­ket­place, and a tree light­ing at the Michi­gan Street Bap­tist Church at 4 p.m.

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