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The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and three residents who live near the Peace Bridge announced today that they are filing a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Justice Department claiming that the state Department of Transportation and others have failed to include residents in the planning process for a new traffic pattern around the bridge.Natasha D. Soto, a c…

The only person arrested during a night of fights and traffic disruption at the July 4th Friendship Festival in Riverside Park has pleaded guilty to weapon charges.Marlek Williams, 21, of Littlefield Avenue, admitted he had a loaded Colt .380 semi-automatic pistol that he discarded as police chased him near the park that night.Police arrested Williams on Gorton Street afte…

An adult and two children are receiving temporary shelter from the Red Cross following a $75,000 blaze that started in “multiple” locations in their Briscoe Avenue home late Tuesday night, fire officials said.How the fires started at approximately 10 p.m. remains under investigation, the officials said. The 1½-story, wood-framed structure, at 83 Briscoe, is on the block b…

A 53-year-old Eden man who attempted to flee the scene of an accident was suspected of driving while under the influence of prescription drugs – for the fourth time this year, town police reported today.Police were called at about 11 a.m. Tuesday about an accident on Eckhardt Road. A pickup had hit a culvert, bushes and a tree and the driver was attempting to flee, police …

The City of Tonawanda moved a step closer Tuesday to installing red light cameras at three intersections, which would make it the first municipality in the area to have the devices.The Common Council unanimously approved a resolution allowing City Attorney Ronald C. Trabucco and Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi to sign an agreement with Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, which …

A man pulling a home furnace on a wagon Tuesday afternoon was arrested on burglary charges after police said he stole the heating unit from the basement of a Loring Avenue home.Shawn Collins, 29, of Humboldt Parkway was stopped on Humboldt and Oakgrove by Officers Jim Hosking and Derrick Banaszak shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to police reports.Colliins was charged wi…

Firefighters braving icy conditions responded to a house fire on Briscoe Avenue between Walden Avenue and Doat Street shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Buffalo Fire Department dispatch office.One firefighter from Rescue 1 suffered a back injury fighting the blaze at 83 Briscoe, which was reported at 10:03 p.m. by a woman living two blocks away from the ranch-…

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A retired tool-and-die maker accused of driving while intoxicated in connection with the Nov. 27 crash that killed West Seneca Democratic Chairman Daniel S. McParlane pleaded not guilty Tuesday in West Seneca Town Court and was released without bail.Robert J. Styn Jr., 62, of West Seneca, entered the plea before Town Justice Jeffrey M. Harrington. Styn was dressed in a sui…

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Ohio Street, an industrial road once built for truck traffic, will be converted next year into an attractive parkway, with trees and flowers, decorative light standards, informational signs, a pocket park and biking and running lanes.But even with the planned improvements, neglected remnants of the area’s past – from weeds poking out of cracked asphalt and crumbling founda…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown in May showed off the new $4.5 million basin at Martin Luther King Park, two weeks before the splash pad opened to the public. Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak described to reporters how the concrete was the most expensive part of the four-season water feature, consuming 60 percent of the budget. The concrete, which hadn’t been used in West…

Sept. 30, 1929 – Dec. 14, 2013John Markarian, of the Town of Tonawanda, a lawyer specializing in real estate and estates and trusts, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 84.Born in Buffalo, the son of rug merchant Charles M. Markarian, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School, Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo Law School. He served as a law…

A miscommunication left the Salvation Army’s Tonawanda Corps empty-handed Tuesday when it went to pick up toys for needy families from one of its suppliers, said Maj. Celestin NkouNkou, commanding officer of the corps, which serves the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, Grand Island and Amherst.All the toys had been given out to other agencies, he said.“We ended up w…

A 54-year-old man conducting routine maintenance on a propane delivery truck in North Collins Tuesday afternoon sustained burns to his face, hands and arms after the tank exploded, reported Collins State Police.Lawrence P. Szal of Eden, an employee of Renaldo Sales and Service, was transported to Lake Shore Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to…

A firefighter suffered a back injury late today after he fell inside a vacant house on Fillmore Avenue that was engulfed in flames, reported the fire alarm office.The fire broke out around 4:51 p.m. in a vacant house at 2015 Fillmore near Kensington Avenue. It was not immediately clear whether the floor of the structure gave way causing the firefighter to fall through it.T…

There was a time when Filippo Inglima was known for his rice balls, lobster ravioli and the iconic Italian chef statue that stood outside his North Buffalo restaurant.Tuesday, Inglima became a convicted drug dealer and sex offender destined for 10 years in federal prison – and eventually deportation back to Italy.“I’m ashamed of myself,” he told U.S. District Judge Richard…