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Thomas J. Prohaska

Thomas Prohaska has been a reporter for The Buffalo News since 1995. A graduate of Starpoint Central High School and St. Bonaventure University, he previously worked at WLVL Radio in Lockport.


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The cities of North Tonawanda and Lockport will receive free use of reserved Niagara County radio channels for their police dispatching, which will be handled by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, under terms approved unanimously by the County Legislature Tuesday night. The county had offered Lockport free use of the county's common channel this summer as the city's 9…

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Bond Lake County Park in Lewiston will now be known as Clyde L. Burmaster Park in honor of a longtime legislator who died Aug. 26, the Niagara County Legislature decided Tuesday. The vote came after a tribute to Burmaster at the legislature session. Burmaster, a Ransomville Republican, was in his 26th year in the Legislature when he passed away at the age of 78 on Au…

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The Republican majority in the Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday sidetracked Democrats' demands for an investigation into how and why Niagara County Public Information Officer Douglas Hoover issued an official news release promoting the re-election campaign of Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall. On a party-line vote, the Legislature defeated a Democratic measure t…

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The California company planning a 900-acre solar power project in Niagara County will open a local office next week. Cypress Creek Renewables, the developer of the proposed Bear Ridge Solar project in Cambria and Pendleton, has hired former newspaper reporter Rikki Cason to oversee its community engagement. The office at 6421 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton, will open Oct.…

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Members of the Assembly Republican conference will hold a public forum Tuesday evening in Sanborn to gather suggestions on the party's "Learning for Work" proposal, which aims to address what some educators call the middle skills gap: the difficulties some young workers find in transitioning from high school to skilled trades. The forum is set for 6 p.m. in the Orleans-…

Crime

A Porter man charged with murdering his stepfather and a Niagara Falls man accused of stabbing four people in a bar brawl both have been deemed mentally competent to stand trial after treatment in a state psychiatric center. Gregory A. Roy, charged with murder, and Eddie A. Mayo Jr., accused of the stabbings, both returned to Lockport courtrooms last week to be sche…

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There are about 65,000 collisions between vehicles and deer in New York State each year. Few are as bad as the one in the Orleans County Town of Gaines on Thursday, which killed two people. But the period from October to December is the peak season for car-deer collisions, the Department of Motor Vehicles says. It's a period that corresponds in part with deer hunting…

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For years, Niagara Falls residents and officials have complained about the lack of direct impact the city gets from the millions of tourists who visit each year. Four members of the City Council will co-sponsor a resolution at Wednesday's meeting that they think will do something about it. The resolution calls for adding surcharges to parking and attraction tickets a…

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After refusing for months, Western Regional Off-Track Betting released hundreds of pages of records Thursday listing the names of those who received free Buffalo Bills and Sabres tickets through the corporation. The disclosure, dating back to 2014, shows that employees, executives and board members of WROTB and its Batavia Downs Casino were allowed to serve as hosts for…

Crime

A lack of video evidence has impeded the investigation of two major cases in Lockport, but acting Police Chief Douglas E. Haak Jr. hopes new body cameras will prevent the problems from happening in the future. The Common Council voted unanimously last week to spend $53,320 to buy 40 new cameras for its patrol officers. Haak said the new cameras are expected to arrive…

Business

Santarosa Holdings of Niagara Falls asked the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency Wednesday for a 10-year incentive package to acquire a vacant warehouse at 3501 Hyde Park Blvd., Town of Niagara, and convert it into a truck and maintenance shop for Buffalo Fuel Corp. Grant Wooley, controller of Santarosa and Buffalo Fuel, said the company needs to move from its…

Education

Niagara University plans $5 million worth of improvements to its infrastructure in coming years, especially its residence halls, after it received approval Wednesday to refinance its existing portfolio of bonds. The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency allowed the university to refinance more than $35 million worth of bonds issued with county approval in 2012, a…

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A Youngstown man has a plan to convert a long-dormant theater at Fort Niagara into a multimedia performing arts center. But it seems that the opening of what David Graf calls the Niagara Post Theater is years away. Tuesday, Graf estimated it would cost $2.4 million to carry out his plan of making the 88-year-old military movie theater into a new venue. His plan inclu…

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New York State will sue the International Joint Commission over Lake Ontario flood damage that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other critics blame on the binational agency's water level management policy. "They have failed to manage the lake level — period. End of story. It was their job. They failed," Cuomo said as he made the announcement Wednesday during an appearance at a …

Business

Two nearly vacant buildings in downtown Niagara Falls, totaling 27,000 square feet, are to be revived by a Buffalo company that specializes in managing apartments. SJI Main LLC, which bought the three-story buildings at Third and Main streets earlier this year, was approved Wednesday for a Niagara County Industrial Development Agency incentive package that would save th…