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Friday, October 24, 2014
Goose Gray holds up a sign protesting the fence blocking off the parking lot at the corner of Locust and Walnut streets. (HEATHER N. GRIMMER / ENP PHOTOGRAPHER)

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Goose Gray sits at the corner of Locust Street and Frontier Place this afternoon protesting the current condition of the former city parking lot between Frontier Place and Walnut Street.

The lot, owned by Lockport developer David Ulrich, is closed for repairs, he told East Niagara Post in August. Pocked with holes, it had become a liability, he said, adding that until he can get it repaired, he will keep it fenced off to ensure no one gets injured. He wasn't sure when that might be.

But Sub Delicious' Kim Milani said the lot being closed is hurting her business. Although there is some other parking nearby, it fills up quickly — especially with the corner lot being closed off.

Gray said he's protesting on Milani's — and Sub Delicious' — behalf. He said it will not be a one-day protest. He'll be back again, although he isn't sure when.

Asked for comment this afternoon, Ulrich said no one from Sub Delicious has called him about the lot. And as for Goose Gray's protest, Ulrich said, "I wish him well."

NOTE: Story edited at 3:38 p.m. to add comments from David Ulrich.



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Lockport will be ghoulishly spooky starting this evening.

The Historic Palace Theatre presents 10 rooms of horror, creepy characters, dark rooms, chilling sounds, tons of screams and surprises everywhere in their annual haunted house.

All the scary fun takes place from 6-10 p.m. tonight and Saturday, as well as 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 29 and 30.

Tickets are $10 at the door. There's a special coupon on the Palace's Facebook page with a buy-one get-one-free offer.

Tonight is also the night for the annual downtown Lockport trick-or-treating, and the kickoff for Celtic Halloween at 57 Canal St.


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Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters will present "Landscape: Plein Air Perceptions" at the Lockside Art Center from Oct. 31 - Nov. 22.

The show will have an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the center, 21-41 Main St., Suite 208. The gallery hours will be noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

The Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters is group of high-spirited Western New York artists who take to city streets and back roads in search of both the beautiful and forgotten. Learn what inspires them to realize their artistic visions! The group is about 40 strong, and offers encouragement, camaraderie, and just plain fun to anyone seeking new outdoor painting adventures.



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The Lockport Express' new coach bus is designed to keep players comfortable on road trips. It has an upgraded audio/video system, GPS and more. (PHOTOS BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER / ENP PHOTOGRAPHER)

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The Lockport Express' new bus is currently parked at the DMV, but it won't
be staying there.
Maybe you've seen the new coach bus for the Lockport Express sitting in the Department of Motor Vehicles' parking lot this week and wondered, "what's up with that?"

The bus was "purchased from a dealer in Philadelphia so that our players would have a comfort level for road trips rather than renting one for each trip," according to Express Head Coach Frank Vecchio.

"We have made several upgrades to the audio/video system as well as GPS and added some logos and thanked our sponsors, as well," Vecchio said.

While the bus is currently in the DMV parking lot, it won't remain there, city officials say, but they wanted to show it off.

The Express plays a pair of games this weekend at Niagara University's Dwyer Arena. Both games — scheduled for 12:50 p.m. Saturday and 5:20 p.m. Sunday — will be against the Syracuse Stampede.

"They started off the year a bit slow, as they had a bit of a short bench, but they are a well-run, well-coached team," Vecchio said. "They have come on lately and already have one player — Xavier Perron — committed to Utica College for next season."

"We need to be focused and ready to go this weekend if we want to get four points," Vecchio said.



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Matthew J. Cornelius, 24, 115 South St., Lower Apt., was charged around 11:05 a.m. Wednesday with disorderly conduct. According to the arrest report, Cornelius was removing items from a Main Street apartment when he began throwing items. While doing so, he struck a police officer with a bag and the handlebars from his bicycle. He was slated for City Court Wednesday.

Omar T. Webster, 36, no permanent address, was charged around 12:55 p.m. Wednesday with second-degree criminal contempt. According to his arrest report, Webster was at a Chestnut Street address which has an order of protection against him. He was slated for City Court on Wednesday.

Brandon L. Oliver, 21, 181 Church St., was charged around 9:42 a.m. Thursday with second-degree aggravated harassment. According to his arrest report, Oliver threatened a woman by phone on Tuesday. He was slated for City Court on Thursday.

Corey A. Soock, 24, 81 Hillcrest Dr., was charged around 12:15 p.m. Thursday with trespassing and unlawful possession of marijuana. According to Soock's arrest report, he was in a Main Street apartment which had banned him from the building. While being booked, he was found to have marijuana on him. He was slated for City Court on Thursday.

Jonathan M. Turnquist, 35, 236 Chestnut St., Lower Apt., was charged around 6:05 p.m. Thursday with third-degree possession of a weapon and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines. According to his arrest report, police found Turnquist on John Street after a complaint of an unwanted person. He was found to be in possession of metal knuckles and a suitcase containing several items which "indicated the unlawful manufacture of methamhetamine." He is slated for City Court on Monday.



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TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A McIntosh Drive man pulled over just before 4 a.m. was charged with DWI and marijuana possession by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies.

According to the arrest report, John L. Hunt, 39, 93 McIntosh Dr., went over the curb when pulling over to the side of the road with the vehicle's passenger side tires on the lawn. He admitted to drinking alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. Police determined him to be intoxicated.

Prior to above vehicle being towed, patrol searched the vehicle and recovered a clear plastic bag which contained a green leafy substance along with a glass pipe, leading to the additional charge of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hunt was transported to the Niagara County Jail with a police bail of $250. He is due in the Town of Lockport Court on Thursday.



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OSWEGO — Nicholas G. Palermo of Lockport completed his baccalaureate studies in marketing in August at SUNY Oswego and was recognized with a Bachelor of Science degree.

A student who graduates with honors is indicated by the traditional Latin phrases summa cum laude, with highest honor (grade averages of 3.8 to 4.0); magna cum laude, with great honor (grade averages of 3.6 to 3.79); and cum laude, with honor (grade averages of 3.30 to 3.59).

A 153-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.



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