From the Niagara Gazette:
The curious case of the death of Kirk Jones is not closed.
Despite the recovery and identification of Jones’ body, New York State Park Police are still trying to piece together the details of what happened to Jones on the morning of April 19.
At the moment, they have just as many questions as they have answers.
Why did Jones, who survived a suicide attempt over the Horseshoe Falls in 2003 make another attempt to survive the perilous 167-foot plunge?
Why wasn’t Jones inside the 8-foot plastic ball, that was going to be his vessel, when it was spotted in the Niagara River rapids and then, finally, went over the falls?
And where is the 7-foot long boa constrictor, named Misty, that he apparently had planned to have join him on his ride?
Speaking of daredevils and the risks they take…
From Niagara This Week:
A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball.
Police tell the Syracuse Post-Standard the body of 53-year-old Kirk R. Jones was found in the Niagara River by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 2.
Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State Park Police says it’s the same man who became the first person to survive an unprotected plunge over the falls in October 2003.
Nisbet says investigators believe Jones attempted to go over the falls inside a three-meter ball on April 19.
From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
New York State Park Police officers responded to a call at 11:10 a.m, of a body found floating in the lower Niagara River at the Cave of the Winds.
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From the Niagara Gazette:
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to meet with state officials today to discuss the progress of his plan to perform a high-wire walk over the Niagara Gorge.
Wallenda will discuss the logistical aspects of the proposed wire walk with representatives from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Park Police and the Niagara Falls police and fire departments.
After the private meeting, Wallenda is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Top of the Falls Restaurant to offer an update on his plans.
“This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the logistical aspects of how Wallenda’s high-wire walk could work,” said state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who organized the meeting. “This is a time to get questions answered and concerns addressed. I’m confident we can overcome any perceived difficulties with the walk by keeping an open dialogue and communicating our needs.”
WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also has an article/video about the meeting.
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From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:
New York State Park Police have charged six people in connection with a scam that involved the theft and re-sale of tickets from both the Cave of the Winds and the Maid of the Mist attractions.
Their arrests were announced on Friday after an investigation that included assistance from the New York State Police.
Park Police investigators said they discovered an organized ring of individuals that were stealing Discovery Pass tickets.