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Thomas J. Prohaska

I graduated from Starpoint Central High School in 1979 and St. Bonaventure University in 1983. I worked at WLVL Radio in Lockport from 1985 to 1995, when I joined The News.


Business

A one-acre lot across the Niagara River from Goat Island has become the first acquisition under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to buy vacant properties in Niagara Falls and open them to redevelopment. USA Niagara Development Corp. intends to seek proposals from developers and does not plan to hold onto the lot at 305 Buffalo Ave. for more than two years. USA Niagara, th…

Local News

The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission in Niagara Falls will deliver about 1,800 Thanksgiving meals to needy Niagara Falls residents and migrant farm workers in Niagara County. Wednesday is the final day to sign up for a turkey dinner by calling 253-1463 until 5 p.m. This is the seventh year for the church's "Feed the Falls" effort, funded by partnering churches and priva…

Buffalo

Rayquelle W. Davis was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for robbing two tourists at gunpoint in Niagara Falls State Park last year. "You're awfully young," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Davis, 18, of Newburg Avenue, Buffalo. "I hope you use this time to redirect your life." Davis was armed with…

Crime

Michael J. Hill, who served 28 years in prison for manslaughter, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to charges of invading a Niagara Falls home and stabbing the resident. Hill, now held on $150,000 bail, was indicted for first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hill on Oct. 1 enter…

Crime

A former Town of Lockport resident faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to two felonies stemming from a confrontation with State Police. Corey Bilby, 29, now of Route 275, Friendship, was living on Dysinger Road in Lockport May 22, when he resisted arrest after troopers investigated an incident at an apartment house. Trooper Shaun Fallon f…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who bit off parts of another man's ear during a New Year's Eve domestic incident avoided jail time Tuesday. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered five years' probation for Craig M. Moss, 34, of Seventh Street, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. If Moss were to violate probation rules, he risks …

Local News

A Niagara Falls police officer under attack from a pit bull Tuesday accidentally wounded a fellow officer in the leg while shooting at the dog, police said. The two officers were dispatched at 11 a.m. to investigate a complaint about two loose dogs on the 1100 block of North Ave. The officers secured the dogs and were attempting to return them to their owner when a thir…

Local News

The current Niagara Scenic Parkway above Niagara Falls should be replaced with a new road that wouldn't cut off the City of Niagara Falls from its waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins said Tuesday. The New York Power Authority should foot the bill for the removal of what used to be called the Robert Moses Parkway from Interstate 190 to the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park…

Crime

A Niagara Falls woman admitted Monday that she was driving under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when she seriously injured two women in a pair of auto accidents in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard May 25. Karen T. Sebring, 42, of 26th Street, could go to prison for as long as four years for two counts of vehicular assault and one count of impaired dri…

Crime

A North Tonawanda woman will serve three years in state prison, to be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision, for having sex with a 14-year-old boy on April 14. Kayla M. Damon, 27, of Schenck Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Grundy said the incident was not forcible and the charge stemmed from …

Local News

Niagara County officials are optimistic about receiving state funding for construction of a breakwater in Lake Ontario that would protect the low-lying hamlet of Olcott from flooding. Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg and County Legislator John Syracuse, both of whom represent Olcott, said Monday they've been working with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office on a project…

Crime

Caleb E. Bell Jr. admitted Monday that he set fire to the Lockport house in which his mother had died less than three weeks before. Bell, 35, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to third-degree arson for the Nov. 8, 2016, blaze that heavily damaged the interior of the house at 605 E. High St. Bell's mother, Holly Seiler, was found dead in her second-floor bedroom…

Crime

Jamil T. Alhorebi, already under indictment in connection with a Town of Lockport gas station robbery, has been indicted for a similar stickup in the City of Lockport. Alhorebi, 31, of Lakeview Drive, Somerset, pleaded not guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to new charges of robbery and grand larceny stemming from a Sept. 25, 2016 holdup at the 7-Eleven store at Sout…

Crime

Two Niagara Falls men, both repeat felons, pleaded guilty Monday in connection to a Jan. 22 shooting incident in the city. Robert K. Cox, 27, of Walnut Avenue, and Jose C. Rivera, 26, of Michigan Avenue, admitted to felony weapons possession charges. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told both men that he will sentence them to no more than seven years …

Crime

A man who struck the mother of his children with two baseball bats May 26 accepted a plea offer Monday in State Supreme Court. Jason Evrard, 33, of Quain Place, Town of Niagara, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced Jan. 16 by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. The couple was living on Lockport…