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A 23-year-old Kenmore man was arrested early this morning after getting rowdy on the Chippewa strip, police said.Nicholas Brent of Hampton Parkway broke a planter at Spot Coffee at about 2:10 a.m. after being told numerous times to leave the Noir Lounge by bar staff and officers, police said.Brent ran from police, blocked pedestrian traffic, and was using abusive language,…

Town of TonawandaTo hold a garden tour, you need a garden tour program. And a good garden tour program needs a good cover design.An illustration of vibrant orange flowers, submitted by Richard Nangano, a seventh grader at the Charter School for Applied Technologies, was selected at last week’s Town Board meeting as the winner of the annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour program cover…

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Police Athletic League will honor 42 Students of Excellence at its 30th annual Scholarship Dinner at 4 p.m. today in the Como Restaurant, 2223 Pine Ave.There are three honorees from each of 14 high schools, in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service. PAL determines the amount of scholarship money for each, based on interviews with the rec…

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Jonathan Dimmig left Buffalo in 2012 for Las Vegas – and a chance to play poker.Now he’s won a little more than $1.3 million in a tournament there.Dimmig, a 2001 Kenmore East graduate, won the World Series of Poker tournament that began Saturday in Las Vegas and ran through Tuesday.The tournament drew 7,977 competitors from around the world, according to Seth Palansky, vic…

A Western New York native won more than $1.3 million in the latest installment of the World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker event in Las Vegas.Jonathan Dimmig, a 2001 graduate of Kenmore East High School, beat 7,977 players on his way to victory.The three-day event stretched into four before Dimmig was victorious. His winnings totaled $1,319,587.

The Wedding Agent, a bridal shop at 2890 Delaware Ave., closed for the rest of the day Monday after a car crashed into the store front about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday.Kenmore police said the crash resulted in minor injuries to several persons but none of them required hospital treatment. The driver said he lost control of his vehicle while making a turn in front of the store.

Three homes in the Town of Tonawanda were declared unsafe and uninhabitable Monday night by the Town Board, but not before its members got an earful from neighbors frustrated by what they said was a lack of action on the eyesore properties.The neighbors described vacant homes slowly decaying for years with holes in their roofs, rats, tall grass and frequent police calls fo…

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WASHINGTON – In its strongest measure yet to combat climate change, the Obama administration Monday proposed new rules that would dramatically cut carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants. It’s a move that could make for a costly transition for the coal-dependent Midwest while leaving New York with an advantage from its early shift away from the dirtiest fossil fuel…

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department has located missing teen Erin Daigler in Lackawanna.The 16-year-old Kenmore West High School had been last seen leaving school at dismissal time on Friday.The police department said the girl was found based on tips received from the public.

Town of TonawandaHighway crews will continue work this week on Delaware Road, which was ravaged by the unusually harsh winter, according to Highway Superintendent William Swanson.To minimize the inconvenience for drivers, crews will begin paving Delaware, from Sheridan Drive north to Thorncliff Road, overnight from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Swanson said. Paving …

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James DiFrancesco put his new pair of swimming trunks to good use Tuesday evening. The vacationing Kenmore man said he purchased the swimsuit only minutes before jumping in the water off St. Pete Beach on the west coast of Florida south of St. Petersburg to rescue a distressed swimmer.“I changed into them right after I bought them in the store,” he said. “I guess I was abl…

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David Venable, host of cable television’s “In the Kitchen with David” on QVC, will host a live show today from the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.It’s part of a monthlong road trip for Venable that the shopping channel has described as a salute to the armed forces.The broadcast is scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m. today. The warships of the Naval Park will serve a…

Crime

The Erie County Bomb Squad said a man was “trying to scare somebody” when he walked into an Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Tuesday morning. He succeeded.A section of Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda was closed for 4½ hours after the man made threats, threw a suitcase at an employee and fled on foot.The suitcase contained wires and other materials that would resem…

Town of TonawandaKenmore is a finalist for a major national award recognizing community-improvement initiatives.The village is competing with 24 other municipalities for designation as an All-America City, which is presented annually by the National Civic League. It is considered the nation’s oldest and most prestigious community award, dating from the late 1940s.A local d…

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Since 2009, Martin Kober has been on a mission to convince the art world that he owns an original painting by Michelangelo.At almost every turn, the American art establishment has ignored or dismissed Kober’s claims. Some say the painting, which depicts an anguished Madonna and dead Christ flanked by a pair of muscle-bound cherubs, is too ugly. Others claim the wooden pane…