3 public buildings evacuated because of bomb threats
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.