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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” …

A 25-year-old Town of Tonawanda woman who thought she was in North Buffalo while driving south in a damaged vehicle on Route 219 in Orchard Park, a 29-year-old Buffalo man who told officers he was “buzzed” after driving repeatedly in circles in a parking lot on Abbott Road, and a 20-year-old Depew man who drove onto the exit ramp of Route 219 were all charged with driv…

Volatile scrap metal prices caused a contractor to back out of its low bid of $62,204 to dismantle the Green Acres water storage tank in the Town of Tonawanda.Apollo Dismantling Services of Niagara Falls was awarded the job at the Town Board’s June 17 meeting but told town officials in a letter dated June 19 that its scrap metal buyer could not honor the price provided i…

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Motorists on two busy stretches of Delaware Avenue – one in downtown Buffalo, the other in the Village of Kenmore – have in recent weeks encountered changes designed to “calm” traffic.In both cases, the double-yellow center line was eliminated and the roadway was reconfigured into two travel lanes, one in each direction; a center, two-way turn lane; and two parking…

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When Alfred T. “Oppy” Leous received a tip from his brother-in-law to avoid serving in the Army in World War II, he took it to heart.Dick Willett, married to Leous’ twin sister, Olive Jean, had told him how unhappy he was in the Army and that Leous should do whatever he could to avoid that branch of the service.“I went to the Coast Guard, and they said I was too sh…

Town of TonawandaJim Simmons is stepping down today from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board as his term expires. Simmons, 45, an optometrist who works at Olmsted Center for Sight, recounted a list of accomplishments at his final board meeting earlier this month, including an increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams taken, improved graduation rates and kee…

The “scrapper,” who won his legal battle against the Town of Tonawanda in February, was again issued a citation for unauthorized removal of trash – this time in the Village of Kenmore. Don DalFonso, who appeared Tuesday in Village Court to dispute the claim, denies the charge and said police are again singling him out.Judge Scott F. Riordan issued a not-guilty plea o…

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Sid Cranston of Wilson and his 2-year-old mixed breed, Benson, won the owner look-alike contest for their matching grey beards.Becket Panfil, 13, of Angola and his Yorkiepoo, Horton, won best trick when the dog rolled to his side and played dead.And Christine Feliciano of Buffalo took home the best costume award for dressing up her beagle, Lola, in a pink dress and baby’…

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Ask Angela Stockman to tell you about her WNY Young Writers’ Studio and she’ll identify some of the key components to any good story – a beginning, main character and problem.In her work as an literacy consultant for area school districts, she heard from parents and teachers who wished for a place where creative writing could be nurtured year-round in elementary, mid…

Town of TonawandaDogs and their humans are welcome today from noon to 4 p.m. at Mang Park for the third annual Dog Days of Kenmore.New this year is a dog parade at 3 p.m. led by “Phoenix,” the Jack Russell terrier puppy who survived being doused with lighter fluid and set on fire in October.Contests for best trick, best costume, and owner look-alike will be held at 2:1…

The Village of Kenmore was faulted for its wastewater treatment practices in an audit released Thursday by the State Comptroller’s Office.“Village officials have not made a substantive effort to use available resources to gain a better understanding of wastewater treatment processes and costs and do not adequately review invoices, analyze lab reports, repair identified…

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The rescuers tried their best Monday night to save a teen they found floating on the Erie Canal at Ellicott Creek Island.But the young man they pulled from the water died Tuesday night at Erie County Medical Center.Brian P. Murphy was out on a leisurely kayaking trip Monday evening with his two sons and two of friends, looking for turtles among the logs near shore at Elli…