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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.


Some of the allegations raised against city police officers by Democratic mayoral candidate Michael J. Pillot have been discarded after an investigation by the Niagara County district attorney's office.However, it appears that other accusations made by Pillot, a retired policeman, against some of his former colleagues are still being probed."This isn't over," Pillot said.B…

Shauna E. Mahoney, accused of smothering her 19-month-old son, suffers from "major depressive disorder," a psychiatrist testified Friday in Niagara County Court.Dr. Prabhakar R. Gumbula, clinical director of the Attica Mental Health Unit, testified that he interviewed Mahoney in the Niagara County Jail for 25 minutes on Sept. 17 and concluded she was competent to stand tri…

Three people were injured at 1 p.m. Friday when a police car collided with another auto and then ran off Oliver Street, striking the front porch of a home and shearing off its natural gas meter, police said.Officer Robert Cinquino, 30, was treated in DeGraff Memorial Hospital for a head laceration and an ankle injury after the collision with the car of George B. Ambrusko, …

Three people were injured at 1 p.m. Friday when a police car collided with another auto and then ran off Oliver Street, striking the front porch of a home and shearing off its natural gas meter, police said.Officer Robert Cinquino, 30, was treated in DeGraff Memorial Hospital for a head laceration and an ankle injury after the collision with the car of George B. Ambrusko, …

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza treated the women who stole almost $1.4 million from a 94-year-old Lewiston woman to a heavy dose of sarcasm as she sentenced them to full restitution and five years' probation Thursday.Candace R. Bradley, 47, of Lynch Road, Holley, and her mother, Charlotte S. Denny, 70, of Jefferson City, Tenn., had pleaded guilty July 11 to th…

Richard A. Marasco, whose campaign for Niagara County legislator was premised on his being the only Republican in the race, reaffiliated as a Democrat on Thursday.Marasco won the GOP primary in the 1st District over incumbent Jason J. Murgia, a registered Democrat who votes with the Republican-led Legislature majority. Murgia won the Democratic primary over Jerauld A. Geno…

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said Thursday he has set a goal of closing Mount View Health Facility by Dec. 28, as the state Health Department announced it has approved the county's closure plan for the nursing home.Lewis spent the rest of the day taking abuse from all sides, as Mount View workers protested that residents were told before they were, R…

Darren A. Bradberry, a killer who was implicated in a 1997 rape by a DNA sample he had to give when he arrived in prison eight years later, was sentenced Thursday to an additional 11 to 22 years for the new conviction.Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza ruled the rape sentence won't start until Bradberry completes the 18 years he is already serving for first-degree…

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency will consider a 15-year property tax break for a complex three-company venture that apparently would reduce the number of people working in cardboard factories in the county.At Wednesday's meeting, Lockport Mayor Michael W. Tucker, the agency's vice chairman, cast the only vote against accepting the application because of th…

The Common Council decided Wednesday to vote next week on authorizing the first construction work on the Flight of Five, the original Erie Canal locks the city wants to restore to working condition.The Council also learned that the city's Flight of Five Committee will hold a meeting to update the public on the plan.The session is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Niaga…

Oct. 25 is likely to be a day of decision on the Wal-Mart supercenter project here.During a work session Wednesday, the town Planning Board voted to call a special meeting for 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in Town Hall. It is likely to vote on the set of approvals needed by Wal-Mart for the 185,000-square-foot combination discount store and supermarket on the Lockport Mall site on South …

Ten years after its controversial approval, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday canceled a tax break for a North Tonawanda medical office building.The IDA board unanimously pulled the plug on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, deal for RER, a real estate holding company formed to construct Riverfront Medical Center, 624 River Road, because the …

A Niagara County Legislature committee was leery Tuesday of a request to cancel interest and penalties from back taxes on a Wilson feed store.Keith J. Kempainen, accompanied by Legislator Kyle R. Andrews, D-Wilson, sought to have the Legislature cancel $2,625 in interest and penalties on his store, Wilson Garden, Farm & Pet, 240 Young St. He still owes $5,544 in back taxes…

LOCKPORT -- Mary Rohe is going to die soon.Diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, the 83-year-old North Tonawanda woman has made the decision to refuse treatment and live out her days in Niagara Hospice House, the recently opened facility that offers rooms for the dying.Rohe can't really see her new home that well -- she's virtually blind as a result of macular degeneratio…

Carol Ann Moxham of Lockport says she always wanted to be a writer.But the real world has intervened. She has been a real estate broker for 18 1/2 years and a licensed practical nurse for 31 years, now working in the OB-GYN clinic at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo.But Moxham, who calls herself "a closet writer," is coming into the daylight.Her first book, a self-illustrate…