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Thomas J. Prohaska

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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.

LOCKPORT - Joseph J. Lloyd, a Southtowns contractor with a long history of defrauding clients, will serve 3 1/3 to 10 years in state prison for failing to repay his victims. "In the words of Nobel Prize-winning poet Bob Dylan, 'Some men rob you with a fountain pen,' and you fall into that category," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Lloyd. Lloyd had ple…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls burglar who quickly flunked out of a drug treatment program by committing another break-in was sentenced Monday to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison. "This is how I was raised: stealing, robbing and selling drugs," Atrel M. Hudson told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Hudson, 23, of 24th Street, added that he was "addicte…

LEWISTON - A 185-year-old house was torn down Tuesday morning in a village- and state-approved demolition. Harry W. Wright, chairman of the Village of Lewiston Historic Preservation Board, said 470 Ridge St. was too deteriorated to be saved. "Another little piece of Lewiston's history is gone," mourned Eva Nicklas, artistic director of the Lewiston Council on the A…

NIAGARA FALLS - Glenn G. Bartlett of Niagara Falls will be paid $500,000 to settle his lawsuit against the City of Niagara Falls. He was hurt two years ago in a crash between a police car and a pickup truck. The City Council approved the payout last week, after State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour ruled the police officer was entirely at fault. A trial woul…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who fought his roommate over missing food faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Niagara County Court. The victim, Dennis McGuire, 52, was left with "significant brain trauma," Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Murphy scheduled sentencing May 16 f…

WHEATFIELD – The next challenge to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station can be seen along the flight path. The prospect of new subdivisions or other developments sprouting up on farmland around the air base worries local officials who fear such development could make it harder to safeguard the station in any future round of base closings. They weathered different miss…

LOCKPORT - A funding offer for energy-related building improvements for properties in the City of Lockport - except single-family homes - has been approved by the Common Council. The state-funded Property Assessed Clean Energy program will allow property owners to apply for low-interest state loans for energy-efficiency upgrades to their properties. The loan repaym…

LOCKPORT - The former North Tonawanda firefighter charged with setting a fire in the home of the city's only African-American firefighter rejected on Friday his last chance at a plea offer. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann offered Matthew W. Jurado a chance to plead to a reduced felony with a 10-year limit on his prison sentence. There would…

LOCKPORT - A $50,000 grant from a Milwaukee foundation could help as many as 25 schools in Western New York start robotics teams. The grant from the Argosy Foundation, announced Monday at Lockport High School, will be made available to schools in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Lockport's robotics team will take part in the regional cham…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man who failed a court-supervised drug treatment program will now try rehabilitation in a boot-camp style drug treatment center. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Thursday sent DeJuan R. Savage, 27, of North Avenue, to a 90-day program at Willard Correctional Facility in Seneca County. If DeJuan R. Savage washes out of tha…

LOCKPORT - The teenager who was in the Lockport building that was set on fire last summer told a friend that day, "Joe is gone," when he stepped outside the friend's house after escaping the flames. He had left another boy, Joseph Phillips, inside, where he was trying to put the fire out. The 14-year-old friend testified Friday in Niagara Family Court that the defe…

LOCKPORT - A Town of Lockport man who shot his mother's boyfriend in the stomach July 10 was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III also tacked on five years of post-release supervision for Jason A. Pryor Jr., 23, of Sweetwood Drive. After being indicted on an attempted murder charge, Pryor pleaded guilty to a redu…

LOCKPORT - A 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree burglary and fourth-degree arson for his role in a massive Lockport fire last August that killed his friend. The defendant showed no emotion as he entered the plea in Niagara County Family Court, answering a few yes-or-no questions. He then left the courtroom before the sentencing portion of the trial,…