Fire­fighter re­ports gun stolen from ve­hi­cle parked at fire sta­tion

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Aaron Besecker – Aaron Besecker – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Thomas J. Pro­haska

A Buf­falo fire­fighter parked be­hind a Main Street fire sta­tion dis­cov­ered a 9 mm hand­gun was stolen from his car when he left work Thurs­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

The fire­fighter, who works at the sta­tion hous­ing En­gine 34 and Lad­der 7 at Main and Mercer Av­enue, told po­lice his car had been locked and he didn’t know how the thief or thieves gained ac­cess to the ve­hi­cle.

All of the car’s in­te­rior com­part­ments, in­clud­ing the cen­ter con­sole where the gun was kept, had been searched. The gun had an ex­tended mag­a­zine that was loaded with seven rounds, the fire­fighter told po­lice.

Woman charged with DWI af­ter strik­ing parked cars

A 24-year-old Blas­dell woman was charged with driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated early Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter she crashed into mul­ti­ple parked ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to a Buf­falo po­lice re­port.

Alexan­dra Con­cialdi, of Haw­ley Road, was ar­rested at 3:07 a.m. on Ashland Av­enue be­tween Bryant Street and Hodge Av­enue. She reg­is­tered a blood al­co­hol con­tent of 0.13 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

The parked ve­hi­cles were lo­cated in the vicin­ity of Ashland and Bryant, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

First con­tract awarded for park­way re­moval project

New York State has awarded the first con­tract as­so­ci­ated with the re­moval of the Ni­a­gara Scenic Park­way along the Ni­a­gara River Gorge in Ni­a­gara Falls.

Mark Cer­rone Inc. of Ni­a­gara Falls bid $17.98 mil­lion to re­con­struct Whirlpool and Third streets, the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion an­nounced Thurs­day.

That will be the re­place­ment north-south cor­ri­dor af­ter crews re­move the park­way. The two-mile project is to be­gin next spring, with com­ple­tion tar­geted for June 2020, a DOT spokes­woman said.

This win­ter, a con­tract will be awarded for the re­moval by next fall of the park­way viaduct over the Whirlpool Bridge, as well as a pedes­trian bridge and an aban­doned rail­road tres­tle.

The park­way’s re­main­ing pave­ment is to be re­moved by late 2020, the DOT said.

Firm wants to de­mol­ish build­ing to make way for stu­dent hous­ing

Penn Terra Group of St. Catharines, Ont., plans to de­mol­ish a down­town Ni­a­gara Falls build­ing to erect a four-story struc­ture con­tain­ing 36 stu­dent hous­ing units.

The site is the Can­non Block at Main and Third streets, ac­cord­ing to Thomas DeSan­tis, the city’s se­nior plan­ner.

The site in­cludes the for­mer of­fice of Dr. Pravin V. Me­hta, whose fraud­u­lent opi­ate pre­scrip­tions re­sulted in a two-year fed­eral prison sen­tence in Jan­uary 2016.

City Busi­ness Devel­op­ment di­rec­tor An­thony Vi­lardo said if the State His­toric Preser­va­tion Of­fice won’t al­low the de­mo­li­tion, Me­hta’s for­mer three-story of­fice can be in­cor­po­rated into the new devel­op­ment.

The City Coun­cil will vote Wed­nes­day on a pre­ferred de­vel­oper agree­ment with Penn Terra. The Plan­ning Board will hold a pub­lic hear­ing Dec. 19 on re­zon­ing the block.

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