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Wheels come off Fort Erie transit »

Nothing so accurately, simply and readily illustrates Fort Erie Transit as does the Town of Fort Erie’s own logo for the new “enhanced service.”

The blue and green wheels have flown off the bus which has skidded to a halt sideways on the street — by the looks of it, I’d say Dominion Road — and you can’t tell which way to go.

On behalf of the Town, I’m going to nominate this for the next marketing award in the “Accidental Truth in Graphic Communications” category.

The Town plunged riders into chaos when it rolled out the new routes and schedule on Oct. 2. The new service has resulted in longer trip times and higher fares. The eight-inch square map is incomprehensible, the schedule is irregular and counter-intuitive. The routes bypass some known popular locations, serves areas where there has been no demand for service, and forces riders to sit and wait on an idling bus or in the parking lot at the Leisureplex for up to 12 minutes of what used to be a 15 to 20-minute trip for some. continued . . .

Ridgeway woman charged in cruise fraud »

A Ridgeway woman has been charged with fraud after 140 people were bilked for up to $2,500 each for tropical cruises that were not booked or were not provided as promised.

Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson and Karen Hannis, has been charged with one count each of defraud the public over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000.

Niagara Regional Police arrested her Tuesday and she was released on bail yesterday.

More to come.

Fatal accident on Burger Road »

A 23-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his pick up truck hich came  to rest upside down in the ditch on Burger Road near Bowen Road.

The accident occurred around 10 p.m. He was the only occupant.

Police would like to talk to any witness.

Woodbine gobbling up Fort Erie horses »

Fort Erie Race Track (Herald photo)

According to the Daily Racing Form, Woodbine Racetrack will run cheap races and impose some limits on shipping horses back and forth to Fort Erie, which takes a big bite out of the supply of thoroughbreds for the local track.

Horsemen at the Toronto track were informed Sunday afternoon.

Claiming prices for some races would be $5,000, while outfits would be allowed to ship out for races worth less than $20,000 and be able to return only twice — any more will require special permission of Woodbine.

Source: More turf, cheaper races coming to Woodbine

$9M mortgage fraud in Crystal Beach »

Schooley Road homes left in partial state of construction in 2016. (Herald photo)

CBC News has put together the pieces on a mortgage fraud involving Gary Fraser and Black Bear Homes in Crystal Beach, whom many locals suspected was up to the old tricks that landed him in jail some years ago for a similar crime in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


More than 120 people from the Greater Toronto Area’s Chinese community have likely lost nearly $9 million in syndicated mortgage investments solicited by someone they trusted and who then loaned the money to a convicted fraudster, a CBC News investigation has found.

Source: 120 investors likely lost $9M in syndicated mortgages tied to convicted fraudster – Toronto – CBC News

Town forgets December contract deadline »

Transit agreement extended
without council’s knowledge

Nearly four months after the fact, Town council learned last Monday that the $400,000 per year agreement with the transit contractor had been automatically extended for three years without council’s knowledge.

This news, plus concerns about the soundness of a $2 million plan for transit service expansion, prompted Mayor Wayne Redekop to suggest a two or three month delay. continued . . .

Town bus crashes into streetlight pole »

A Town of Fort Erie transit bus slid and crashed into a light pole on the Queen Street circle at Goderich Street Tuesday morning, resulting in the cancellation of service for the day.

Pylons mark the location where a Fort Erie transit bus slid and crashed into a streetlight pole Tuesday morning at the circle intersection at the bottom of Queen Street.

Freelance reporter Harry Rosettani heard about the mishap while at McDonald’s and took a picture for the Fort Erie Times which was published Thursday.

Rosettani said no one appeared to be injured and that there might have been three or four people on the bus and the road was very slippery. He said it took a few hours, maybe more, to clear the scene because electricians from Toronto were required, but Rosettani didn’t stick around to know for sure.

The Town of Fort Erie said Tuesday that buses were cancelled because of the weather.

Drivers have complained that some of the roads on the bus route do not get plowed quickly. Queen Street features a steep incline with a “round-about” intersection at the bottom.

Garbage collection cancelled again »

Snowy weather has caused the cancellation of garbage and recycling collection for another day.

Today’s schedule has been bumped to tomorrow. Tomorrow’s regular schedule is bumped to Friday, while Friday’s collection is unaffected.

Crews will be working until 7 pm tomorrow and Friday.

Yesterday’s collection will be done on Saturday.

The Region reminds people not to set their garbage or recycling containers on snowbanks

Snow day for Region services, including garbage »

Today’s snowfall has caused the cancellation of garbage collection. Households affected will have their garbage collected Saturday.

Most Regional services and offices are closed, including child care centres, public health offices, Regional headquarters and long-term care homes.

Niagara transit services are operating but delays are expected.

Fort Erie Town buses are also cancelled, but there is no word about other services as of 9 a.m.


Heroin, coke, fentanyl, magic mushrooms seized in busts »

A Fort Erie man was arrested with more than five ounces of heroin at a St. Catharines convenience store early Tuesday leading to the seizure of cocaine, fentanyl patches and cash from a home and car.

Police valued the drugs at $72,000.

Lyle Gough, 28, is charged with various possession and trafficking offences as well as impaired driving.

Also on Tuesday, the NRP’s Emergency Tactical Unit swooped down on two rooms of a hotel in the Falls and arrested four people from Toronto with $30,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and magic mushrooms plus cash.

Charged are Joshua Isaac, Jamal Daye, Tanisha Nugent and Raheem Saunders, all in their early 20s.