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Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire Thursday morning in Cheektowaga that may have been caused by careless smoking, according to police. The fire started in one unit in a duplex at 1 Matthew Lane, near Beach Road and Cleveland Drive. The two residents of the unit where the fire started, as well as a neighbor who lived in the other unit, were …

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Cheektowaga police said Wednesday they are looking for information about an SUV investigators believe was used to transport the suspect in a May 13 shooting in a Walden Galleria parking lot. Police released a surveillance image of the vehicle, believed to be a light blue 2006 or 2007 Honda Pilot. A gunman fired eight or nine shots outside the Macy's store at the Chee…

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For almost a year now, Connie and Tony Paoletti have been waiting. Waiting for word – a phone call, a text, an anonymous tip, anything – to help them find their son, Stephen, a private investigator who disappeared without a trace in Edgewater, Fla. “It’s surreal,” Connie Paoletti said, sitting next to her husband in their home in Cheektowaga where their son grew up. …

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The owner of a Cheektowaga staffing company that was sued Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly discriminatory hiring practices fired back against the agency's claims, which it called "meritless and disturbing" but "no surprise." “It was clear in our dealings with the EEOC over the last year that their ultimate intent was litigation,” sai…

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has accused a Cheektowaga staffing company of not hiring qualified black, elderly or disabled applicants for jobs throughout Western New York. The lawsuit against Staffing Solutions of WNY Inc. charged the firm and its owner, Kathleen Faulhaber, with violating federal laws against discrimination in hiring, including the C…

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Inmates from the Erie County Correctional Facility will spruce up Dick Road Friday morning, clearing trash and trimming brush, according to Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The inmate work crew will be cleaning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. along Dick Road between Broadway and the railroad overpass. Two deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Office will supervi…

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A Walden Galleria parking lot became a shooting scene Sunday afternoon, but so far, police have not located any victims and did not see any damaged vehicles, according to Cheektowaga police. And while the Walden Galleria and its corporate owner aren't talking, stores inside the mall are trying to reassure consumers that Walden Galleria is still a safe place to shop. …

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Cheektowaga police are investigating a report of shots being fired outside the Walden Galleria at around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. "We had an incident involving at least two different groups," said Cheektowaga Police Sgt. Shawn McAdams. "We can confirm that shots were fired. We believe no one was struck today." Police cordoned off the parking lot outside of the Macy's store …

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Despite a gray May morning too chilly for his liking, Arthur C. Herdzik treated a walk Friday through St. Stanislaus cemetery as a kind of stroll through a well-loved neighborhood. Every year, just before Mother's Day, Herdzik and his two grown "boys" – Arthur A., 67, and Alan, 59 – get to work at that Cheektowaga graveyard, mulching, trimming and digging. At 93, mov…

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You thought the winter was long. It was. But before we could catch our breath, we charged right into construction season, where getting from here to there like usual may take a little longer. Southtowns residents learned that the hard way Tuesday morning, when their trip into Buffalo slowed to a crawl on Route 5 in Buffalo because of rehabilitation of the Skyway. …

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Head to Cheektowaga Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for a four-hour opportunity to obtain a passport book or card. Passport photographs will be taken at a cost of two for $10. Visit www.travel.state.gov for information on required documentation, what forms to print out and complete and fees. The service will be available in the clerk's office (Room 101) a…

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It was only a dollar. Dylan Belscher noticed it on the floor a few weeks ago as he sat at the back of English class in room 141 of John F. Kennedy High School, in Cheektowaga. Someone had dropped it, an old wrinkled bill, near the hanging caddie where students place their mobile phones during class. When the school day ended, Belscher watched his classmates descend upon…

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People who have lost loved ones to opioid abuse have found countless ways to honor their lives and preserve their memories. As a town lawmaker and a grieving mother, Cheektowaga Councilwoman Christine Adamczyk was in a position to do more. She vowed to have an addiction awareness ribbon inked on her wrist to honor the memory of her son Daniel J. Adamczyk after he die…

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Cheektowaga lawmakers Tuesday night approved the sale of an underused $70,000 hovercraft to the company that manufactured it. Universal Hovercraft, headquartered in Rockford, Ill., agreed to purchase the 19XR-IC for $20,000, said Councilman Gerald P. Kaminski. "I think it was a bad investment," said Kaminski, during a break between the Town Board work session and reg…