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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.


Local News

The Democratic chairmen in the City of Lockport and Pendleton said Saturday they want the state Attorney's General's Office to investigate the use of Republican politicians' names in advertising for waste drop-off days in Niagara County. Their complaint specifies a Sept. 23 drop-off day at Lockport Town Hall. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, was listed …

Local News

Republican John A. DeFrancisco won support Monday from top Niagara County GOP leaders in his race for governor. County GOP Chairman Adam VanDeMark and State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, endorsed the Syracuse senator. "He’s a brilliant public servant with the utmost integrity," Ortt said. "John knows that cutting taxes, spending and burdensome regulation…

Health and Fitness

In the summer of 2016, Richard A. Jepson, who lived in the shadow of Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, contracted Legionnaires' disease and died. Now, his family is trying to hold the hospital accountable for his death. In a lawsuit filed last week in State Supreme Court, Jepson's survivors demanded an unspecified amount of damages from the hospital. Jepson, 6…

Obituaries

June 12, 1938 - Feb. 9, 2018 Al N. Mudd Jr. spent most of his life involved in Buffalo Public School sports, coaching teams for three decades. After playing quarterback for four years at Kensington High School, he became a football coach at Seneca Vocational High School in 1961. For 30 years, "Doc," as his players often called him because he doubled as the team's …

Buffalo

A man armed with a knife took a dim view of being offered $1 by a robbery victim early Saturday, Ferry-Fillmore District police said. A man was confronted about 2 a.m. on East North Street and was asked for money by another man whom he didn't know, according to a police report. When the victim offered a dollar, the assailant pulled out a knife and demanded, "Is that all…

Local News

The Lockport Common Council last week approved a program that will allow property owners to take out loans for energy efficiency projects and repay them through their property tax bills. State funds for the loans will be provided to a newly created city agency, the Energy Improvement Corp., which will decide which loan applications to approve and set the terms and  inte…

Education

Four Niagara University students will be in Albany on Tuesday to lobby state legislators on behalf of universal access to state financial aid. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's free college tuition program, the Excelsior Scholarships, applies only to public colleges, not private ones such as Niagara. Cuomo's proposed 2018-19 state budget would cut $30 million in so-called Bundy Ai…

Buffalo

A woman was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and child endangerment after allegedly running into Bailey Avenue traffic with her 10-month-old daughter in her arms. Lashay Shabazz, 27, of Bailey Avenue, was arrested just after midnight Saturday after Northeast District police were called to a reported fight between a man and a woman in her home, Buffalo pol…

Crime

The Rottweilers' attack started at 3:15 p.m. With every passing minute on the afternoon of June 7, the two dogs inflicted more wounds on 7-year-old Kaeden J. Mitchell – bites to his head, face and neck. A police lieutenant arrived at the scene at 3:42 p.m., and he eventually carried the bloodied boy to safety from the backyard of a Niagara Falls home, according to a …

Erie County

Several families were evacuated from rooms at the Budget Hotel of Grand Island, 3080 Grand Island Blvd., after fire erupted in the motel office about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Grand Island Fire Company Chief Christopher M. Soluri said the office was fully engulfed in flames when his crew arrived, and the fire spread to Room 1. It took firefighters 11 minutes to bring the blaz…

Buffalo

Five Amsterdam Avenue men were arrested by Northeast District police early Friday after officers chased down a stolen Mercedes. The car, with a hanging license plate, was seen changing lanes without signaling on East Ferry Street shortly after 2 a.m. Police tried to pull it over but the driver sped off with officers in pursuit. The car, which had been reported stolen in…

Crime

A Sanborn woman pleaded guilty Friday in State Supreme Court to stealing $28,500 while working as a cashier at a Lewiston gas station and convenience store. Brenda S. Scinta, 57, of Cambria-Lewiston Townline Road, admitted to fourth-degree grand larceny and could go to prison for as long as four years when she is sentenced April 12 by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Nia…

Business

State historic preservation and brownfield tax credits already approved should not be deferred, State Sens. Chris Jacobs and Robert G. Ortt said Friday. The two Republicans held a joint news conference at Remington Lofts on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda, a former industrial plant that was renovated into apartments and a restaurant, in part with financial aid from bo…

Crime

By the time then-Niagara Falls Police Officer Ryan G. Warme was accused of twice sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 2007, he already had allegedly assaulted two other women. Two more were attacked later in the year. Warme also was buying crack cocaine from local drug dealers and reselling it, according to court papers, and even tipped off a drug dealer to a sche…

Business

The City of Niagara Falls should move quickly to upgrade its existing Conference & Event Center while considering construction of a new multiuse venue in the future. That was the final verdict from a Minneapolis consulting firm hired by Niagara County to study the feasibility of constructing a moderately sized building in downtown Niagara Falls that could be used as…