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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek in a ceremony scheduled for Jan. 13, prior to the team’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center.

Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

Hasek will join six other Sabres legends who have had their jerseys officially retired from use by the team. Other retired jerseys include: Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990); Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995); Rene Robert (No. 14, retired in 1995); Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996); Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005); and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16, retired in 2006).

Originally acquired by the Sabres from the Chicago Blackhawks on Aug. 7, 1992, Hasek remains as one of the most decorated goaltenders in league history, appearing in a total of 491 games for the Blue and Gold during a span of nine seasons from 1992-2001. While backstopping the Sabres, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice (1997 and 1998), while also capturing six Vezina Trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001) as well as the William M. Jennings Trophy (1994 and 2001) and the Lester B. Pearson Award twice (1997 and 1998).

During his time in Buffalo, Hasek held numerous franchise records and, upon his departure from the Sabres, owned the records for most all-time games played (491), wins (234), shutouts (55) and lowest career goals-against average (2.22). Hasek appeared in a career-high 72 games for the club in the 1997-98 season, setting a team record with 13 shutouts, only to follow that up with a career-best 1.87 GAA, .937 save percentage and a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1998-99.

After his time with the Sabres, he spent a total of four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he earned a pair of Stanley Cup championships (2002 & 2008) and also suited up for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.

When he retired from the NHL in 2008, Hasek finished with 389 career wins, and also ranked inside the top 10 in several statistical categories, including highest career save percentage (.922), most games played by a European born goaltender (735), most career shutouts (81) and lowest career goals-against average (2.13). In international competition, the Pardubice, Czech Republic native won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and a bronze medal in the 2006 Games.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli made a campaign stop in Lockport this evening, making at appearance at Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises on Market Street.

Niagara County GOP Chairman Scott P. Kiedrowski, however, said DiNapoli missed the mark.

“Tom DiNapoli is holding rallies in the wrong city. The fact is Lockport leadership has made tough decisions to get itself back on track. DiNapoli should have travelled another 30 minutes on Route 31 to Niagara Falls. Mayor Dyster has wasted all the casino money, has refused to produce a budget in violation of the city charter and has run up a $9 million deficit. DiNapoli’s silence on Niagara Falls’ epic failure is deafening.”

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An East High Street woman told Lockport police that someone stole her 1995 Oldsmobile from the parking lot of her apartment sometime between midnight Saturday and 6:29 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle was valued at $1,200.

Deon M. Gill, 18, 289 North Transit St., was charged around 10:16 p.m. Sunday with second-degree menacing and third-degree criminal mischief. According to the arrest report, Gill shot at the rear window of a car with a BB gun on Oct. 7. After an investigation, he was found and charged on Sunday. He is scheduled to be in City Court on Wednesday.

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Downtown will be overrun with monsters, princess, and maybe a Pokemon or two Friday during the annual downtown Trick-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m. (ENP FILE PHOTOS BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER)


Business district businesses will be handing out treats Friday.
The annual downtown Lockport Trick-or-Treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Area residents can collect treats from downtown businesses. Maps showing each location will be available at the Lockport Main Street booth in front of the Historic Post Office at 1 East Avenue. You can also look for businesses that have the pumpkin decal displayed in their window — or follow the crowd of kids.

Businesses participating this year (and their locations) are:

• Barker Chocolate Box/Emma Rose’s Tea Parlor: Historic Post Office, 1 East Ave. 1st floor
• Canalfront Sandwich Shop: 21-41 Main St.
• Deanna’s Styles: 32 Heritage Court
• East Niagara Post: In front of the Historic Post Office, 1 East Ave.
• Evan’s Agency: 135 Main St.
• Fitzgerald’s Pub: Historic Post Office, 1 East Ave. 1st floor
• Good Neighbor Redemption Center: 227 Walnut Street (check out their walk-through haunted house!)
• Jackson Hewitt Tax Services: 21 Main Street, Ste. 38
• Kitchen Concepts: Ulrich City Centre, 80 Main Str.
• LaPort’s Pine Restaurant: 48 Pine St.
• Lockport Main Street, Inc.: In front of the Historic Post Office, 1 East Ave.
• Lockport Modern Boutique & Antiques: 78 Grand St.
• Majestic Vapors: 21 Main St.
• Mills Jewelers: 51 Main St.
• Niagara Produce of Lockport: 112 Chestnut St.
• Niagara’s First Impressions: Bewley Building, 16 Market St.
• Pallister House Florist: 41 East Ave.
• Papa Leo’s: 36 Main St.
• Rotten Ink: 17 W. Main St.
• Scirto’s Jewelers: 1 Main St.
• Scripts CafĂ©: 12 East Ave.
• Sub Delicious: 15 Locust St.
• Ticklebridge: Bewley Building, 12-14 Market St.
• Tom’s Diner: 11 Main St.
• YMCA of Lockport: 21 East Ave.

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TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Sometime between Sunday morning and this morning, a thief stole numerous products from storage trailers behind Rite Aid, 6616 Lincoln Ave.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office report,  an unknown person forcibly made entry into two of the storage trailers located on the south/rear side of the building.

Employees of the store had been inside of the trailers on at 9 a.m. Sunday to get merchandise to stock the shelves inside of the store, securing the trailers when they were finished. When store employees opened the store at 7:45 a.m., the padlocks and metal bars were cut from two storage trailers, and when opened, it was found that several items were missing.

A store employee conducted an inventory of one trailer and found that approximately $6,789.33 of merchandise was taken. The merchandise was kept in blue plastic storage bins, and those were taken as well. The amount taken from the second trailer has not yet been determined.

Rite Aid's asset protection district manager told patrol a similar incident happened at the Rite Aid located on High and South Transit streets in December.

Rite Aid will check security cameras to see if the suspect or suspects can be seen. Patrol is also checking with Lincoln Laserwash Car Wash to see if their security cameras caught anything.

The investigation was forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Bureau and is continuing, as the complete inventory is still being calculated.

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Two Niagara County service agencies received a combined $115,690 to combat domestic violence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced today.

The YWCA of Niagara, Inc. will receive $58,879, while Family & Children’s Service of Niagara, Inc. will take in $56,811 as part of the $4.3 million the state received through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which supports the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs to prevent domestic violence.

The federal program also provides immediate shelter and support services for all victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as specialized services for underserved populations throughout the state.

"Too many families experience violence at home, and my administration has made it a priority to help New Yorkers break this cycle of abuse," Gov. Cuomo said. "This funding will support proven programs that are designed to help victims and combat the problem of domestic violence all across this state."

Awardees had to demonstrate in their proposals that the funds will support preventing incidents of family violence, as well as provide immediate shelter, support services, and access to community-based programs for victims of domestic violence and their children. They also had to offer specialized services for children, underserved populations, and minorities that are exposed to domestic violence.

Acting Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services Sheila J. Poole said, “Last year, more than 15,000 New Yorkers received emergency domestic violence shelter services at programs licensed by Office of Children and Family Services. This funding is critical to help come to the aid of adults and children who are desperately seeking help from dangerous situations at home. The organizations benefitting from this funding provide important care to families of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds affected by domestic violence every day of the year. It is important to recognize that there are victims across the state who need services not only to keep them safe, but to help them overcome the trauma of abuse.”

According to a press release from the state, one in four women will experience domestic violence, more than three million children each year will witness domestic violence at home, and without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse, and boys are more likely to become abusers of their partners and children as adults, continuing a cycle of violence we see in families all too often.

Providers statewide received nearly 195,000 domestic violence crisis or hotline calls in 2013 alone. Local domestic violence hotlines provide community-specific information and resources. A list of local hotline numbers can be found on the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.

Additionally, the Office of Children and Family Services website contains information about domestic violence service providers. The information listed contains business addresses, and does not represent actual DV shelter locations.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Three thieves made off with three computers and clothes from Walmart on Saturday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The incident report filed with NCSO states that Walmart's security officer observed on video two African American males and an African American female enter the store at 10:07 a.m. The three suspects went back to the electronics department and remove the security wrap off of two computers. They also took clothing from the men's department. They then walked up to a closed register and took several Walmart bags and brought them back to the men's department and placed all the clothing in those bags. The three suspects then walked out of the store passing all points of purchase with the merchandise in a cart. The female and one of the males re-entered the store and went back to the electronics department. The male again removed the security wrap from a third computer and placed it into a cart. The two suspects then pushed the cart out of the front exit passing all points of purchase.

The security officer said she believes they got into a blue Ford Explorer and left the parking lot.

In all, the loss was listed as $1,914.20.

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