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Traffic restrictions in force for Youngmann bridge work

Traffic will be restricted today on the Youngmann Memorial Highway -- I-290 -- in the Town of Tonawanda while bridge maintenance is performed, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

Eastbound travel will be reduced to one lane near Military Road from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The work is weather-sensitive and may be delayed if the weather is inclement, a DOT spokeswoman said.

Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Under the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, two or more convictions for speeding in a work zone could result in the suspension of a driver's license.

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Local fundraiser for Romney changed from June 15 to 29

A major fundraiser for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been changed from June 15 to June 29, according to invitations now arriving in upstate mail boxes.

No reason has been given for the date change.

The venue for the event has also been switched from the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery to the Buffalo &Erie County Historical Society.

Businessmen Anthony H. Gioia and Mark Hamister are leading the fundraising event, which charges $2,500 for the 5 p.m. reception.


North Collins police officer to be honored by his peers

The public is invited to join area law enforcement today at a celebration of North Collins Police Officer Reid Smith's golden anniversary on the job.

Smith, 73, of Angola, who has been employed by various police agencies during his 50 years as an officer, has served mostly in North Collins.

He remains on duty today in the village of North Collins.

The celebration, which will coincide with National Police Week, will start at 3 p.m. at the North Collins Fire Department's Main Street training center.


'Click It or Ticket on tap from Monday through June 3

Fasten your seat belts. Police agencies across the nation will be cracking down on drivers who don't buckle up when the 2012 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday. It continues through June 3, especially at night.

The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that 61 percent of the 10,647 people who died in nighttime passenger vehicle crashes in 2010 were not wearing their seat belts. During the daylight hours, only 42 percent were not belted.

Seat belts are credited with saving 12,256 lives nationwide in 2010.

"Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night," says Detective Tim Toth of the City of Tonawanda Police Department. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up no warnings and no excuses."