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Saturday, September 5, 2015
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The National Weather Service calls for mostly sunny skies today with a high near 88 and a low around 67.

Sunday will also be mostly sunny with a high near 86 and a low around 69. Labor Day: Mostly sunny with a high near 88 and a low around 70. Tuesday, there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 87 and a low around 68.

Wednesday brings a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 81 and a low around 61. Thursday, there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 77 and a low around 60. Friday offers a chance of showers and thunderstorm with a high near 76.



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Friday, September 4, 2015
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Ruben Ruiz
TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A New York State Police Trooper was injured on Aug. 28 while responding to a complaint on Robinson Road.

According to NYSP, Troopers from the Lockport barracks responded to assist the Niagara County Sheriff's Office on the call, which involved 26-year-old Ruben A. Ruiz, who was spotted by patrol fleeing the scene on foot.

Ruiz was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit but he then broke free of the arresting Trooper, causing injury to the Trooper's wrist. Ruiz was then taken into custody by NCSO.

Thursday, Ruiz was charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony, as a result of the Trooper's injury. He was arraigned in Town of Lockport Court and remanded to Niagara County Jail on $25,000 bail.



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Damien Haseley
A 25-year-old Lockport man was charged with felony DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Pomfret on Sunday.

According to New York State Police, Damien Haseley was stopped on State Route 60 for speeding, moving from lane unsafely and driving left of the pavement markings. While interviewing Haseley, Troopers noticed the smell of marijuana was emanating from inside the vehicle and the odor of an alcoholic beverage was also detected.

Haseley was determined to be intoxicated and an alcotest found him to have a .15 percent blood alcohol content. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana, resulting in the possession charge.

Haseley was issued traffic tickets and an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Pomfret Court on Sept. 22 and then released to a family member.



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TOWN OF LOCKPORT — The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says a 26-year-old Lincoln Ave. man was charged with DWI following a crash at the intersection of South Transit and Robinson roads.

According to the NCSO report, Jerry Lee Young, 7138 Lincoln Ave., had backed into a vehicle behind him at the intersection on Aug. 25, causing that vehicle to strike a third. The three cars then all sped off and pulled into a South Transit Road gas station where patrol caught up with them.

"The three males all starting arguing with each other," the report said. "Patrol pulled into the parking lot and separated the males," asking each what had happened. One said he had been following Young who was driving erratically. When he came to the intersection at South Transit and Robinson, Young backed into him, pushing him into the vehicle behind him.

When patrol interviewed Young, he said he didn't know what had happened, according to the arrest report. He told patrol that he was "just trying to get around traffic."

Patrol concluded that Young was intoxicated, however, he was found with a .00 blood alcohol content, so he was taken to ENH-Lockport where he agreed to have his blood drawn and urine collected.

He was then taken to Niagara County Jail and held on $250 bail. He was due in Town of Lockport Court on Aug. 27.



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Howard Balaban
East Niagara Post is proud to announce the addition of Howard Balaban to its ever-expanding list of contributors.

Balaban, a former reporter with the Medina Journal-Register and Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, is joining ENP as a broadcaster for the upcoming Lockport Express hockey season. Balaban will serve as play-by-play caller for the broadcasts.

RELATED: East Niagara Post to broadcast Lockport Express games

As a reporter, Balaban started out at the Olean Times Herald on the Southern Tier. After that, he followed his fiance to Iowa where he worked in communications at the Iowa League of Cities before joining the staff at the Perry Chief. At the Chief, he was promoted from sports editor to managing editor after three months.

When he and his wife moved to Ohio for her medical residency, Balaban served as a copy editor for the Willougby News-Herald in suburban Cleveland. After a brief time at that paper, he elected for the full-time job of stay-at-home dad, which he kept until moving back to Western New York, where he served as a reporter for the US&J and J-R until the paper permanently stopped the presses last year. Since that time, he has done freelance work for the Orleans Hub.

Balaban will be joined on-air by one of three color analysts for each game: Craig Bacon, George N. Root III, and Scott Leffler. The trio extensively covered the Express last season, resulting in the Junior A team naming East Niagara Post as its "official media partner."

Balaban, who is an avid New York Ranger fan, worked closely with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League while he was a student at S.U. He said it is likely that some stories from his time with that club will work their way into game broadcasts. Riffing with Root, Bacon, and Leffler is also something Balaban is anticipating.

"I think we all bring something different to the table, and as the season progresses I think we'll figure out how to best play to each other's strengths," he said.

Balaban also noted that working closely with a team comprised of players at the NA3EHL level will be a new and exciting experience because there is a purer sense of competition without professional-level money involved.

As for his fandom, he made sure to point out, "I've been living in Western New York on and off since 1993. I married into a Sabres family and will root for them whenever they aren't playing the Rangers."

Balaban and his wife, Celeste, live in Medina with their three children, Alex, Teagan, and Rayna.

Balaban is the sixth ENP contributor who formerly worked for the US&J. Two other ENP contributors pull double duty, contributing to the Post while still working for the Lockport paper.



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