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State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti is hosting an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Saint Andrew’s Country Day School, 1545 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Laptop and desktop computers, TVs, cellphones, printers, video games and other devices can be dropped off for recycling. A list can be found at www.sunnking.com.At an August event in Hamburg, close to 90,00…

Volunteers from at least two fire companies this morning battled a fire that fully engulfed a small building near the Paddock Golf Dome on Brompton Road in the Town of Tonawanda, police and fire officials reported.Brighton and Ellicott Creek firefighters responded to an 8:13 a.m. alarm at 147 Brompton Road, described as a small building across the street from the Brighton …

Buffalo

As the Tonawanda Coke court case moves to the sentencing phase, residents suffering illness in the affected areas had their say to the judge in personal stories of sickness and loss.A portrait of environmental disaster emerges from more than 100 impact statements sent to federal prosecutors and Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny as he weighs fines on the company …

Town of TonawandaChurch World Service, an international charitable service agency, is sponsoring the 30th annual Ken-Ton Crop Walk to raise funds for the hungry poor at 1:30 p.m. today with registration at 1 p.m., beginning at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. The route takes a short walk down Delaware Avenue with proceeds benefiting local church f…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Robson of the Town of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family party at home. Mr. Robson and Donna Baer were married Sept. 7, 1963, in All Saints Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired industrial engineer; she is currently working as a teacher’s aide for Ken-Ton Schools. They have four children and a grandson.

Crime

Bill Ivey and Wes Martin think enough of Steve Jabar to pony up $5,000 apiece for his legal defense.They also stand ready to tell a jury why.When they do, the two combat military officers will talk about the Steve Jabar who risked his life to save others in Iraq. They also will question – and criticize – their own government for prosecuting him.And they’re not alone.A hand…

American Douglas Metals is getting a $200,000 grant from Empire State Development to help pay for its $2.4 million project to move its aluminum and steel processing operations from the Town of Tonawanda to a much bigger site in Buffalo.The company, which makes and processes aluminum and steel products for the window and door industry, is expected to complete its move this …

A 21-year-old Kenmore man has pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced Thursday.Robert Mooney admitted that on June 21 he was driving about 80 miles an hour in the Village of Farnham with a blood-alcohol content of 1.4 percent, and that he lost control of his vehicle.Jo…

A 33-year-old Town of Tonawanda man has pleaded guilty to charges that he took pornographic photographs of two girls under the age of 11 and subjected both girls to sexual contact with a sexual device, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.Shawn McIntosh of Parkhurst Boulevard pleaded guilty to four counts of use of a child in a sexual performance, …

An 88-year-old man accused of using a 2½-pound magnet to pummel his roommate to death at an assisted living facility last year has been found by two experts to be mentally competent to stand trial.Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka on Wednesday provided lawyers in the case the reports from a forensic psychologist and a psychiatrist. Clad in orange jail garb, Chester R…

The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Used Skate and Equipment Sale at 9 a.m. Saturday in Lincoln Arena. For those who wish to sell equipment, tables will be provided starting at 8:45. All sellers will have to remain at the arena throughout the sale, as they will be responsible for their own equipment. The sale, which mainly deal…

Church World Service, an international charitable service agency, is sponsoring the 30th annual Ken-Ton Crop Walk to raise funds for the hungry poor at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with registration at 1 p.m., beginning at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore.The route takes a short walk down Delaware Avenue with proceeds benefiting local church food pantries and …

It’s not the first time that Tonawanda Coke owner J.D. Crane has made political contributions, and it’s not the first time they have proved controversial.Now, Kevin P. Gaughan, the Democratic candidate for Erie County comptroller, is making an issue of Crane’s $2,000 contribution to incumbent Stefan I. Mychajliw.Gaughan on Tuesday accused his Republican opponent of accepti…

An $11 million study of toxic emissions from Tonawanda Coke and their impact on people’s health is one of the initiatives federal prosecutors want funded with fines from the company.The study by the University at Buffalo would monitor residents in the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island for a period of time in an effort to document the public health impact of the company’s …

Candymaker Wythe Will Tzetzo is getting more than $5.1 million in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for its $18.7 million project to build a sprawling factory and warehouse in the Town of Tonawanda.The IDA approved the tax breaks Monday for a project that will allow the company to consolidate its three local facilities in Tonawanda, Cheektowa…