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Thomas J. Prohaska

I graduated from Starpoint Central High School in 1979 and St. Bonaventure University in 1983. I worked at WLVL Radio in Lockport from 1985 to 1995, when I joined The News.


Politics

NIAGARA FALLS - When Assemblyman John D. Ceretto of Lewiston switched parties last year from Republican to Democrat, he said one of the reasons for the switch was that he would be able to obtain more state funds for his district. But as it turns out, not everyone in the district is to be treated equally. Emails provided to The Buffalo News showed that Robert E. Nicho…

Niagara County

LOCKPORT - At least one boy will be charged in connection with the arson fire that did $5.25 million damage to a Lockport tire recycling plant in August. Attorney A. Angelo DiMillo said Wednesday that he represents a 13-year-old boy who has been a subject of the investigation. "I fully expect charges to be filed," DiMillo said. Lockport Detective Lt. Todd A. Chenez s…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man who was shot twice in a six-month period was arraigned Tuesday in State Supreme Court on an indictment accusing him of selling drugs to a police informant in the Falls. DeMario A. Chandler, 29, of 18th Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. Assistant District Attorney Laura …

Crime

LOCKPORT - Robert L. Shimmel of Niagara Falls, who was charged with escaping from police custody twice this year at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony to settle the indictment. Shimmel, 34, of Willow Avenue, could be sentenced to as long as four years in prison when he returns before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon on Dec. 13. …

WHEATFIELD – The Wheatfield Town Board committed Monday to supplying $189,000 in matching funds if a state grant is obtained to build a sidewalk on Krueger Road, where a teenaged pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident. However, residents on Krueger Road and surrounding streets may ultimately have to cough up the money because the town may create a special tax dis…

Local News

LOCKPORT – Authorities said Tuesday that no one is in custody for starting the massive Lockport tire recycling plant fire and refused to confirm the fire was an arson. But although they wouldn’t use the word “arson,” officials mentioned several times that the fire was not caused by anything that HTI Recycling did. [RELATED: Fire was intentionally set, owner of Lockport t…

Local News

UPDATE: The Lockport fire is finally extinguished. After 66.5 hours the Lockport fire is officially out and all units are clear from the scene — Niagara Co.Fire Wire (@NCfirewire) August 13, 2016 LOCKPORT – Remains of a body – badly charred – found in the smoldering wreckage of a landmark Lockport fire may be those of a 14-year-old boy who, according to sources, left a …

Local News

LOCKPORT – Lockport Fire Chief Patrick K. Brady compares firefighters’ protective gear to wearing “70 pounds of snowmobile suit.” Do that in 90-degree temperatures, in the face of perhaps the biggest inferno in Lockport history, for 19 hours straight, and it will test the endurance of even the toughest smoke-eater. [Gallery: Fire at Lockport tire recycling factory] City…

Local News

The cause of the massive fire at a tire recycling business in Lockport remains under investigation, but the company’s owner said Thursday children intentionally set the fire in a vacant building there. The fire at HTI Recycling in an industrial neighborhood in the west end of Lockport was still burning Thursday evening although it has been contained. [Gallery: Fire at Lo…

Local News

LOCKPORT -- Intruders intentionally set the fire that damaged a Lockport tire recycling company and caused the evacuation of a neighborhood here, said the owner of the tire company. “It was maliciously set by kids," said Derek Martin, owner of HTI Recycling. [Gallery: Fire at Lockport tire recycling factory] Martin said one of his employees has watched a video of intrud…

Local News

LOCKPORT-- Theo Jenkins, a machine operator from Lockport, was preparing to go to work Wednesday evening when authorities evacuated the homes in his neighborhood because of the fire three blocks away at High Tread International tire recycling. He sent his daughter to spend the night at her mother’s house and went to work an overnight shift on Grand Island. [Gallery: Fire…

Local News

LOCKPORT – When Michael and Megan Foster of Lockport flew to China last week to adopt an 11-year-old girl, the whole world was able to tag along, via Facebook. Monday, the Fosters posted a Facebook video of the moment their new daughter, Fen, first met them and three of her new siblings. The video had been viewed more than 105,000 times as of Monday night. The girl, in a…

LOCKPORT – A feral cat that attacked a Wheatfield woman as she was walking her dog last week has been confirmed to have rabies, the Niagara County Health Department said Tuesday. The woman was bitten on the left hand and scratched on both thighs, said Elaine C. Roman, public information officer for the health department. The woman has begun a series of rabies shots, Roma…

Art

LOCKPORT – Although many of the artisans at this weekend’s 100 American Craftsmen show come from great distances, there is an effort afoot to bring in more locals, as well as younger artists.The Kenan Center’s 46th annual high-end craft show is set for Friday through Sunday, and again will feature a special opportunity for newcomers – especially college students studying a…