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A Rochester man admitted Friday to robbing six banks, including ones in Kenmore and Falconer.Robert Stevenson, 59, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara and as part of his plea deal admitted robbing the First Niagara Bank at 2853 Delaware Ave. in June of 2012 and November 5, 2012, Northwest Savings Bank, 210 W. Main St., Falconer, in November 2012.Ass…

When a chunk of concrete became dislodged Thursday from a Youngmann Highway bridge, the incident reinforced the need to replace the aged bridge and others nearby in a major, multimillion-dollar project set to begin this year, according to state transportation officials.“They need some work,” acting DOT Regional Director Darrell F. Kaminski said Friday. “There’s some advanc…

The tires of about 16 vehicles were punctured Thursday morning after a chunk of concrete became dislodged on the westbound Youngmann Highway where it goes over Delaware Avenue, created a hole and caused some traffic backup on the highway, Town of Tonawanda Police and state Department of Transportation officials said.“There was actually a piece of material that came out of…

The Erie County Democratic Committee is accepting résumés from applicants seeking to fill the vacancy in the 3rd District of the Erie County Legislature that was left open when longtime Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli resigned to take on new duties with Empire State Development Corp.The local Democratic Committee will be accepting résumés and cover letters until 5 p.m. Tuesda…

Kenmore police are searching for the man with a gun who tried to hold up a Military Road gas station Sunday night.The man entered the Gulf Mart at 877 Military Road and took two cans of Mountain Dew to the register, police said. As the cashier rang up the items, the man pulled out a black handgun and told the cashier to hand over money “nice and easy,” police said.When the…

John H. Bunz, the 94-year-old Amherst man who killed his wife with a hammer almost four years ago, has died, giving up the infamous distinction of being the oldest inmate in the New York State prison system.Now another local man is believed to be the oldest inmate in the state system, 90-year-old Niagara Falls resident Otes G. Rodriguez.Rodriguez was sent back to prison on…

Buffalo

Eighteen-year-old Robert N. “Lefty” Lowenstein had been working for a couple of years for the old New York Central Railroad in the Black Rock yards as a clerk.A pretty important job for a teenager, but his responsibilities would be raised to a much higher level with the Army in World War II.“I was part of an Underwater Demolition Team, and we had trained in Fort Pierce, Fl…

Town of TonawandaTown highway department officials say they’re aware of the rough condition Delaware Road is in after a water line replacement project was completed late in the fall. Highway Superintendent William E. Swanson said he has had crews out daily filling potholes but must wait until warmer weather to mill and resurface.“We are aware of the current condition of th…

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For the past 10 days, Colvin Boulevard through the Village of Kenmore has been a muddy work zone as Verizon crews rush to repair water damage to copper phone lines underground.A convoy of trucks, plastic sheet tents and mounds of dirt lined a 0.7-mile stretch of the northbound side of Colvin causing closures of lanes and side roads. Bright lights illuminated the night sky …

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According to those who have worked with her over the years, Lynn M. Marinelli’s extensive background in public service and her proficiency at delivering high-quality constituent service, make her ideally suited to take on her new duties at Empire State Development Corp.Until she resigned her elected seat Wednesday, Marinelli was the longest-tenured member of the current Er…

Mark P. Mondanaro, the superintendent of Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools who in his nearly seven years instituted strong academic and financial planning in the district, announced Tuesday that he is retiring this summer to raise his two grandchildren.“For a few years now, my wife and I have had the opportunity to raise our two wonderful grandchildren,” Mondanaro said in …

General Motors’ Town of Tonawanda engine plant can claim a piece of a pair of honors announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Chevrolet Silverado were named the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year. The Tonawanda plant produces engines for both vehicles.The winners were chosen by a jury of 49…

Homeowners in a Town of Tonawanda neighborhood experiencing flooded basements and streets told the Town Board on Monday they blame a nearby hospital that has undergone major expansions in recent years.A dozen residents of a low point on Hampton Parkway, between Elmwood Avenue and Military Road, said drainage from parking lots behind Kenmore Mercy Hospital is causing sewer …

State Police at Boston arrested a Town of Tonawanda man for felony driving while intoxicated over the weekend and accused him of driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.Troopers stopped a blue Mercedes-Benz on French Road in the Town of Cheektowaga at about 11:15 p.m. Friday after noticing that the vehicle had a brake light out.The driver, Tyrone…

Amherst

We know where the Amherst, Cheektowaga and West Seneca school districts are, but how about districts where the name doesn’t give you a clue, like Iroquois, or Starpoint?Most of the districts centralized in the last 60 years or so seem to have adopted their names in an attempt to unify the new district, which could have been made up of a half-dozen or more smaller districts…