Firefighter reports gun stolen from vehicle parked at fire station
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.