Baptist congregation to construct church next to existing church
Damascus Baptist Church plans to erect a church next to its existing one at 24th Street and Mackenna Avenue in Niagara Falls.
“The one we have is old and falling apart,” said Joseph Jones, the pastor. The current church, originally a jewelry store, has been used since 1985.
The new 2,056-square-foot church will seat about 70 people and include a 36.5-foottall steeple, architect James D. Fittante said. The city Planning Board approved the $250,000 project Wednesday.
Work on the wood-frame building will begin in the next few weeks, Jones said. It should be complete before the end of the year. The existing church will not be demolished, but no decision has been made on how it will be used, Jones said.
Voters approve tax increase in public library’s budget
By a vote of 171-23, voters in Lockport on Thursday approved the Lockport Public Library’s 2019-20 budget, which includes a 2.42 percent increase in the property tax levy.
The library tax is collected on school tax bills mailed out in late August.
The tax levy covers 86.4 percent of the library’s total budget of $1.76 million. Spending is increasing by $18,000 above the current year’s budget, library Executive Director Beverly Federspiel said.
Burgard student charged with attempted assault of principal
A 16-year-old Burgard High School student was charged this week with attempting to assault the principal during a parent-teacher conference, according to a Buffalo police report.
The male student, who attended the session at the Kensington Avenue school with his mother, “became irate” during the meeting on Tuesday, according to the report.
That’s when he walked up to Principal Charlene Watson “in an aggressive manner” and looked like he was going to hit her, but was grabbed by an assistant principal, witnesses told police.
The teen also made a statement indicating an intent to slap Watson, according to the report.
Niagara Falls man admits driving drugged with daughter in car
A Niagara Falls man was ordered into a court-supervised drug treatment program Thursday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of Suboxone while his daughter was a passenger in his car.
Corey N. Lasher, 35, of 80th Street, was arrested Aug. 30 in the City of Lockport, where police also charged him with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell.
Lasher pleaded guilty to two felonies: driving while impaired by drugs with a child passenger and attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said Lasher risks up to four years in prison if he can’t break his drug addiction in the judicial diversion program.
Lasher forfeited $291 police seized from him when he was arrested.