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Nancy A. Fischer

A lifelong resident of Western New York and reporter for the Buffalo News for over 20 years covering Erie County Northtowns


Erie County

Troy Caruana, a 2009 graduate of Kenmore West and alumnus of Buffalo State College, is finishing his second year in the Peace Corps, volunteering in the Republic of Benin in West Africa. He has spent two years in his adopted community, teaching English in an overcrowded classroom and helping build schools in the remote village of Ouèssè, where classroom space may be und…

Town of Tonawanda

The Village of Kenmore was awarded a $1.7 million water quality improvement grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to line sanitary sewer trunk lines and rehabilitate manhole covers. The goal is to decrease rainwater infiltration and avoid unnecessary wastewater treatment. Mayor Patrick Mang said the grant is not expected to end a surcharge tha…

Obituaries

Aug. 23, 1928 - Dec. 16, 2017 Dr. Joel D. Hittleman, a retired Williamsville dentist who practiced for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 89. He spent the majority of his career, from 1965 to 1990, working as the Director of Dentistry at the West Seneca Development Center, while also working as a professor of d…

Erie County

The West River Parkway trail along the Niagara River in Grand Island remains on schedule with plans to close the service road and begin construction in the spring. The 8-mile recreation trail along the Niagara River will connect Beaver Island and Buckhorn state parks. The project is funded by federal and Greenway grants. The LiRo Group of Buffalo is the project manag…

Crime

Two women told Buffalo Police that three armed men came into their house without permission and robbed them at gunpoint at 9 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Seventh Street. Police reported that one woman told them a gun was pointed at her head and the thieves took $500 in cash. Also reported stolen from both the upper and lower apartments were a Playstation, an iPhone, …

Local News

The City of Tonawanda Common Council approved closing part of Young Street for the next six months — and approved plans to put a temporary ice rink on the street for the winter. The Council approved the measure by a 4-1 vote. Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth rejected the closure. Toth said he felt there had not been a clear plan for developing the area and had also he…

Crime

A Plymouth Avenue woman called Buffalo police after her neighbor crashed into her unoccupied, parked vehicle in 700 block Tuesday night. She told police her neighbor appeared to be intoxicated. Police interviewed the driver, Loretta R. Collier of Plymouth Avenue, and charged her with driving while intoxicated. Collier refused a chemical test, police said. Accordin…

Crime

Buffalo police have taken a person into custody following a bank robbery on Tuesday afternoon. Police said one person has been charged in the robbery, which happened just after 2:30 p.m. at the M&T Bank on Tonawanda Street. No further details were immediately available from police.

Crime

A Niagara Falls man told police that someone attempted to rob him at gunpoint in the 500 block of 21st Street just after 1 a.m. Tuesday. The victim said he and another man were walking from a parked car to a house when an unknown man approached them with what they believed was a handgun. The victim grabbed the suspect's wrist and tried to wrestle the gun away while the …

Crime

Employees at a KeyBank at 800 Main St. in Niagara Falls reported an attempted break-in. A bank worker told Niagara Falls police on Monday morning that over the weekend an unknown suspect damaged the glass door to the walk-in ATM area. The safety glass was cracked, but remained intact and the suspect did not gain entry, police reported. Damage was estimated at $300. …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda adopted a Complete Streets policy on Monday, which attempts to make streets accessible to walkers, bikers, and those who are handicapped. The Complete Streets Committee has been working on the policy for the past two years, and their work including testing roundabouts on Parker Boulevard. James Hartz, director of planning and development said th…

Erie County

The Common Council is expected to vote in favor of closing a portion of Young Street for the next six months and putting a temporary ice rink on the street when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. A plan for a permanent closure of the street will be made by May 1. A large turnout of residents in City Hall late last summer overwhelming favored the plan, which wou…

Business

Acquest Development of Buffalo has sold a Grand Island property that houses the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters to a Chicago real estate management company for $11.4 million in one of the largest real estate deals on Grand Island. The Customs and Border Protection and Office of Homeland Security lease the building there. The sale of 201 Lang Blvd. to …

Musician and composer Randall Bayne reached out to the Kenmore East band program and its acclaimed Symphonic Winds and director Phil Aguglia to premier his new piece, "Follow the Star," at its winter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kenmore East High School. The Symphonic Winds was chosen for the honor after Bayne received a recommendation and heard a clip of the group perf…

Crime

A joint underage enforcement operation in Niagara County on Saturday led to three store clerks being charged with selling alcohol to minors. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office, State Police and State Liquor Authority had underage shoppers attempt to purchase alcohol on Saturday evening at 18 convenience stores. Fifteen stores refused to sell alcohol to the underage …