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When Town of Tonawanda police respond to a car accident, fire or crime that's left a child traumatized, they'll have a new method to comfort the youngsters. Officers will soon begin handing out cuddly teddy bears to children in need. On Tuesday, Buffalo Biodiesel donated 100 Gund bears valued at $20 each to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department for the new program.…

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Ron Zaprzal was a decorated Buffalo police officer before retiring earlier this year after 32 years on the force. But at his home on Wendover Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, the former cop said he feels like he is still fighting crime. "We have a lot of problems on our street," said Zaprzal. "We've had a couple burglaries, a sex offender and an increase in petty cri…

A missing North Tonawanda woman and her 7-year-old daughter have been located, North Tonawanda police said Tuesday afternoon. Police agencies in Erie and Niagara counties were searching for Cynthia Kawaya and her daughter after receiving reports from the woman's family that they were concerned for her welfare. North Tonawanda police said they were found at about 2:45…

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An 80-year-old man remained in critical condition after he and another family member were rescued Monday from a burning house by volunteer firefighters and Town of Tonawanda police, officials said late Wednesday. Police were dispatched about 4:45 p.m. to the scene of the fire on Glenside Avenue and discovered Shantel Martin, 25, screaming for help from a second-floor be…

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The Town of Tonawanda Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in advance of a plan to lower the speed limit adjacent to Glendale Elementary School on Glendale Drive and Millwood Drive. If approved, the speed limit would be lowered to 20 miles per hour on school days, between 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. and speeding fines would be increased. New signs will be …

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The annual community building campaign between local police and their neighborhoods – National Night Out – will be celebrated from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, in Lincoln Park Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda. The Night Out event is hosted by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. National…

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The Tonawanda Town Board voted unanimously this week to remove outdated street signs that restricted parking on Wednesdays on the north side of Thorncliff Road, between Jewell Street and Colvin Boulevard. Chief of Police Jerome Ushold told the Town Board on Monday that residents had contacted the police department to request the signs be removed. "The (signs) are onl…

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Don Battista couldn't afford to buy a team jacket when he was a captain on Kenmore East High School's 2012 state championship hockey team. One day before practice, the team's volunteer assistant coach, Thomas J. Diehl Sr., presented him with a box with his name on it. Inside was a team jacket. "He would really do anything for anybody," Battista said. Those who kne…

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What caused a Town of Tonawanda police car to erupt in flames the afternoon of Jan. 12 is unknown and will remain unknown, according to Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold. Uschold was questioned by the Tonawanda Town Board Monday after he requested permission to dispose of the totaled car, a 2015 Ford Explorer. "Totaled is being kind," said Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger.…

Amy Nienhaus got a phone call Sunday from a stranger threatening to shoot her son in the head if she didn't pay him $10,000. At the same time, a stranger was on the phone with her 15-year-old son, claiming his mother and brothers had been injured in an automobile accident – a call that also turned into a similar ransom demand. "It was very disturbing. I'm just glad w…