Bap­tist con­gre­ga­tion to con­struct church next to ex­ist­ing church

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

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.

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