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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.

FMC Corp. plans to begin cleanup work along a shallow tributary stream in Middleport next year as part of the removal of arsenic-laden soil in the village. The  26 properties will be affected along the stream west of Main Street and south of the Erie Canal, according to John-Paul Rossi, FMC remediation project manager. In the 20th century, FMC discharged industrial pr…

A 63-acre parcel on Lake Ontario that includes both wetlands and mature forest will be permanently protected from development under an arrangement between the owners and the Western New York Land Conservancy. Thomas and Susan Carestia, who have lived on the property on Lower Lake Road in Somerset since 2001, signed a perpetual conservation easement for the land. Th…

A City of Lockport man accepted a plea offer Wednesday in connection with a Feb. 4 home invasion in which a Town of Lockport man was robbed at gunpoint in his Lincoln Avenue apartment. Markevious K. Davis, 23, of South Street, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery and faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced Sept. 13 by Niagara Co…

Niagara County officials reported little flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline during a flood warning Tuesday, but they found evidence of significant erosion. John C. Lapham, the county's assistant emergency management director, said he visited Wilson and Olcott, the two most vulnerable locations, and saw waves striking the shoreline and splashing onto sidewalks, bu…

Jamil T. Alhorebi pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Monday to an indictment accusing him of robbing a Town of Lockport gas station at knifepoint Oct. 1. Alhorebi, 31, of Lakeview Drive, Somerset, is charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree weapons possession in the crime at the Sunoco station at South Transit and Robinson roads. Assistant District…

Evan Stafford, who assaulted a WIVB-TV reporter and cameraman in Niagara Falls Oct. 22, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have imposed for attempted second-degree robbery. Murphy added three years of post-release supervision. Stafford, 26, of Donna Drive, Town of Niagara, tried to steal …

As wet weather persists in the Great Lakes basin, the U.S.-Canadian agency that sets the rate of water flows out of Lake Ontario has decided to maintain the record flow levels it began in the second week of June. The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control continues to allow nearly 2.75 million gallons of water per second to flow into the St. Lawr…

Although James P. Klyczek resigned as president of Niagara County Community College almost three months ago, his legacy – in the form of unguarded comments surreptitiously recorded by colleagues – lives on. A 48-year-old Lewiston woman who told police she was sexually assaulted on the college's Sanborn campus, has sued Klyczek and the college, accusing them of defam…

The City of Niagara Falls' NFC Development Corp. has approved $100,000 grants to a national pharmaceutical sales company and a locally owned Dairy Queen. KeySource USA, a pharmaceutical distributor, will move its national headquarters from Cincinnati to Niagara Falls through a $426,000 renovation of space in the Power City Building on Old Falls Street, NFC Executive Di…

Vincent K. Smith Jr. of Niagara Falls has pleaded guilty to two felonies for a drive-by shooting and a gunfight in which a man was shot in the face. In return for the guilty pleas, Smith drew a promise of an eight-year prison term. Smith, 21, admitted to two counts of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Smith was involved in gunfire outside…

Christopher P. Gordon of Niagara Falls was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 20 years of post-release supervision, for sexually abusing an adolescent boy over a two-year period. Gordon, 46, of 60th Street, already was a registered Level 1 sex offender because of a 1999 sodomy conviction. He pleaded guilty on April 25 to a reduced charge of att…

Gia M. Arnold, the former State Senate candidate who ran on a pro-Second Amendment platform, was sentenced to five years' probation Friday for possession of an illegal assault rifle. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski could have imprisoned her for up to seven years. Arnold, 26, of Rochester, urged repeal of New York's SAFE Act gun control law. It became…

A Lockport man who tried to hire a fellow Niagara County Jail inmate to kill his wife and mother-in-law was convicted Friday of four counts of attempted murder. Benito Lendof-Gonzalez, 34, faces life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 15 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. Michael Shepherd, a former inmate, testified that Lendof-Gonzalez passed him n…

North Tonawanda police will have a separate radio channel on Niagara County's emergency dispatching system as of Jan. 1, officials announced Friday. The city's police union had complained that dispatching by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, using on a common channel with other police agencies, had sometimes produced slow response times. Sheriff James R. Voutour,…