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A former Transportation Security Administration officer accused of being a drug dealer on the side pleaded guilty, as charged, Thursday morning to multiple counts of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.Last month’s arrest of Todd Stoddard, 29, of Cheektowaga, was spurred by a tip that he was selling cocaine near a Town of Tonawanda bar, according to Er…

After eight months serving as Kenmore’s police chief, Peter J. Breitnauer can drop the word “acting” from his title.The Village Board on Tuesday night appointed Breitnauer to the post permanently in a 4-0 vote. Trustee Katherine J. Bestine was absent.Breitnauer had been serving as acting chief since the November retirement of Carl J. LaCorte, who died unexpectedly in…

Town of TonawandaA pair of summer concert series get in full swing Tuesday.Polka band The Knewz kicks off the free Children’s Concert Series sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society and Franco’s Pizza at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilbe…

From Newstead to Springville, Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people overnight on drunken driving charges, bringing the department’s total to 188 this year, authorities said.The most serious arrests involved:Mark T. Jones, of Buffalo, who was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. Friday, after deputies responded to a call reporting a vehicle traveling reckle…

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Not within recent memory have the east and westbound lanes of Kenmore Avenue been simultaneously in pristine shape. But now Erie County and the City of Buffalo are pursuing a smooth path to fixing the bumpy route, which is shared by the two municipalities.It is called taking a collaborative approach to repairing a shared asset. Officials from the city and county Wednesday …

A school consolidation study under way in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is now in the hands of its board, with the release Monday of a consultant’s final report.The report by SES Study Team of Canastota, the consulting firm hired by the School Board in August to explore the possibility of a districtwide consolidation, includes input by a focus group of 88…

Ducks can be adopted for race at Canal FestDucks are available for adoption for the Community Missions’ 2013 Duck Race, which will be held at 3 p.m. July 20 during the annual Canal Fest of the Tonawandas.Ducks can be “adopted” for a chance to win prizes while supporting Community Missions.Ducks can be purchased in advance by calling Community Missions at 285-3403, Ex…

Town of TonawandaMary Lou Frost’s diving hobby has taken her to such exotic places as the Red Sea in Egypt, Cayman Islands, Galapagos Islands and Fiji’s barrier reef.But it was on her most recent trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands in June that the 80-year-old Town of Tonawanda resident completed her 1,000th dive.A retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school music teache…

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On any given weekday, an army of volunteers delivers about 350 meals all over the Town of Tonawanda to residents who have difficulty grocery shopping or cooking for themselves – many of them senior citizens. New at the helm of this operation is Dan Wiles, who took over in May as executive director of Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels after retiring in January as director of the to…

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One by one, their names were read Friday in alphabetical order.Daniel R. Diecedo. Joseph Dispenza. William Dolce.The 168 World War II veterans stood to be recognized, or waved from their seats, or had a family member stand for them.A local or state elected official brought each one a “Certificate of Recognition” with the inscription, “In appreciation for your dedicat…

NIAGARA FALLS – At a time when the region pins much of its economic future on tourism, some Niagara Falls lawmakers appear ready to sever the official relationship between the city and its tourism promotion agency.City Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian on Friday said that the three-member majority on the Council may either table or vote down a proposed one-year contra…

Erie County deputies made DWI arrests on land and water Thursday.A 26-year-old driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit was arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Elma, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported this morning.Deputy Tim Christian pulled over a vehicle being driven erratically about 8:20 p.m. Thursday night on Bowen…

With Election Day traffic backups still fresh in mind, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education has banned campaigning on school grounds.“There will be no campaigning on district grounds with the exception of ‘Meet the Candidates Night,’ ” board President Bob Dana said.In the May election, many voters complained they were stuck in a backup caused by candi…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board retained its leadership Tuesday night when Bob Dana and Stephen G. Brooks were unanimously voted president and vice president, respectively, during the board’s annual re-organizational meeting.Dana, a retired Williamsville school teacher, and newcomer Todd Potter, a University at Buffalo Law School student, were sworn in Tuesday…

LOCKPORT – A Level 3 sex offender from Niagara Falls was sentenced Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to 16 weekends in jail for violating the terms of his probation on a 2009 third-degree rape conviction.Alphonzo M. Sims, 39, of Hyde Park Boulevard, was placed on 10 years’ probation after his conviction for violating the state’s “no means no” …