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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

The concept for Lewiston's first large subdivision in at least a decade, calling for 91 patio homes and four townhouses of four units each, was approved 4-1 by the Town Board Monday night. The prices for the homes likely will start in the high $200,000 range, said John Rubino of Rubino Brothers, the Williamsville developer handling the project. "I've spoken to ma…

Crime

Nikita T. Jones of Lockport, who already was awaiting sentencing for selling heroin, added two more guilty pleas to his criminal resume Monday. Jones, 29, of Chapel Street, is headed for state prison after admitting to third-degree identity theft for using a stolen credit card to make $190 in purchases at a Lockport convenience store Aug. 10. He also pleaded guilty to t…

Crime

Bail was set at $150,000 Monday for Michael J. Hill, charged with stabbing a man in a Niagara Falls home invasion Oct. 1, five weeks after he finished a 28-year prison sentence for manslaughter. Hill, 46, of 38th Street in the Falls, faces burglary and assault charges. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said in County Court that an indictm…

Niagara County

A mother has sued Niagara County over the death of her son, DeJuan L. Hunt II, last year in the Niagara County Jail. Jenine M. Townsend of Niagara Falls claims negligence in medical care for her son, whose death was ruled a homicide. The Niagara County District Attorney's Office announced in June that no criminal charges would be filed. Buffalo attorney Scott M.…

Environment

Two Niagara County men, whose father died of prostate cancer decades after working around radioactive materials in a Niagara Falls factory, filed suit Thursday to reverse the federal government's denial of a $150,000 compensation claim. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington by Buffalo attorney R. Hugh Stephens on behalf of Shannon and Kevin Young, the…

Environment

A $2.1 million plan to restore as much of the Niagara River Gorge's original plant habitat as possible will be unveiled at a public meeting Monday night in Niagara Falls. The aim is to root out non-native plants that have grown over the years and replace them with original plants, many of them endangered. Norway maple trees and the common buckthorn shrub are among …

Construction and Growth

Wheatfield Commons, a 55,000-square-foot senior facility offering assisted living and memory care, has opened at 3920 Forest Parkway, east of Shawnee Road in Wheatfield. The project, owned by DePaul, a Rochester-based non-profit human services agency, includes 80 one-story units of assisted living and 34 units of memory care for patients with Alzheimer's disease and o…

Local News

Two days after being elected a Lockport alderwoman for 2018-19, Amanda E. Farrell was appointed Thursday to serve as alderwoman at large for the rest of 2017. She replaces Democratic Alderman at Large R. Joseph O'Shaughnessy, whose resignation reached Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey Wednesday. By law, a registered Democrat had to be appointed to the vacancy. Farrell is a Dem…

Local News

Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski announced Thursday that he will hold two more public information sessions next week on state-mandated pistol permit recertification. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Calvin K. Richards Senior Center, 7000 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. The NY…

Bobcat of Buffalo, a heavy equipment dealer in the Town of Lockport, will move across the road to Pendleton with the help of a tax incentive package approved Wednesday by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. The dealership, now located at 6511 S. Transit Road, will move to the former Eagle Crest golf driving range at 6830 S. Transit Road. It will build an …

Crime

A Lewiston woman may be sent to prison for as long as 15 years after admitting in State Supreme Court Thursday that she violated the terms of her probation in connection with a fatal crash in 2013. Taylor J. Clause, 22, of Walmore Road, admitted that she missed four appointments with her probation officer this year. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled resentencing…

Crime

The attorney for Jamell Parker said Thursday that his client did not kill a man during a card game Oct. 28. "He indicates to me this is a mistake and he is not the person who committed this crime," Niagara County Assistant District Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said as Parker pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to murder and criminal possession of …

Education

A public hearing Thursday on an updated sex education policy in the Niagara Falls School District – which would include the availability of contraceptives outside school doors – largely turned into a debate on Planned Parenthood. Most of the voices in favor were those of students, some of them affiliated with Planned Parenthood as peer educators. Superintendent…

Local News

The proposed 2018 City of Lockport budget can be adopted as it currently stands, although the State Comptroller's Office raised questions Wednesday about some of the figures. "It's just a heads-up from us to make sure these are correct," spokesman Brian Butry said. "They're putting out things that we have to keep in mind more than things we have to change the budget …

Local News

The Frontier House, one of the oldest buildings in the region and for generations a focal point of the Village of Lewiston, is being sold. The Center Street landmark is being sold for $800,000, confirmed Stacey C. Sheehan, a consultant to Hastings Hospitality, the current owners. She would not identify the buyer. The onetime hotel, built in 1824 and listed on the N…