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A man's body was recovered from the Niagara River off Isle View Park in the City of Tonawanda Saturday afternoon. Tonawanda City Police Capt. Fredric Foels said the body was that of a white man in his mid- to late-70s, fully clothed. There was no wallet or other identification with the man and officers did not know Saturday night how the man got into the water, Foels sa…

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A Lockport man who was arrested on several charges of driving while intoxicated after a crash Tuesday admitted to drinking in the car, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Stanley E. Aldrow, 48, was charged with felony aggravated DWI and other charges after officers said he registered a 0.29 blood alcohol level, more than 3½ times the legal limit. Ac…

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A machine shop will move from the City of Tonawanda to a larger building in North Tonawanda with help from a 15-year tax break approved Wednesday by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. ADJ Machining will save an estimated $240,957 over 15 years from reduced property taxes and from not having to pay sales tax on building materials and equipment. The comp…

City of Tonawanda

There were drugs in the glove compartment and on the floor, two rum and Cokes were in the center console, and the car was stolen, according to City of Tonawanda police, who reported the arrest of a male and female from Rochester on several charges early Tuesday morning. Phillip R. Holley, 35, and his passenger, Belkins N. Torres, 34, were both arrested at 2:35 a.m. Tues…

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A North Tonawanda motorist faces multiple charges after he was pulled over for drifting across the center lane on Grove Street in the City of Tonawanda about 3:45 a.m. Sunday, Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foals reported. Officers said that Dana M. Greer, 42, of 19th Street, told them he had five vodka cranberry drinks and eight shots of vodka, according to Foals. Afte…

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Out of the 100 or so complaints the City of Tonawanda's dog control officer received about canines at last year's Canal Fest, one stuck in his mind. "We had a dog take a snow cone out of a baby's hand in a stroller," said Jace Kowsky, who has held the job for 2½ years. Kowsky said the volume of complaints led him to recommend the Common Council bar dogs from public g…

City of Tonawanda

A 62-year-old Ellicottville man was arrested Friday on three different charges that occurred over a two-hour span in the City of Tonawanda, according to police officials. Wilbert J. Hockenbury was arrested on third-degree burglary, two counts of larceny and theft of service following three different incidents, according to City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels. …

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ADJ Machining, which has operated on Main Street in the City of Tonawanda for about seven years, plans to move to a vacant North Tonawanda building that's almost five times larger than its current 8,000-square-foot space. Owner Yaroslav Grinchishin said Monday his machine shop needs to expand. Without the 15-year property tax break he will seek Wednesday from the Niagar…

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The wife of the man who has pleaded guilty to 10 store robberies in Niagara and Erie counties admitted Thursday that she drove the getaway car for her husband's four Niagara County holdups between Feb. 26 and March 13. "I was never out of the car. I just drove the car," said Heather M. Jenkins, 45, of Ritchie Avenue, Town of Tonawanda. State Supreme Court Justice Ric…

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Felony charges were filed Wednesday against a City of Tonawanda man found with 500 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in the vehicle he was driving, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. State officials said 36-year-old Justin Beebe was pulled over Saturday by Erie County sheriff's deputies on Route 219 in the Town of Boston. During the stop, deputies no…

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Pete Niland's first true epiphany about the way D-Day transformed his life arrived long before the calls from historians or reporters that are now almost routine at his North Tonawanda home, and long before the movie that shifted a family’s grief into American legend. Almost 50 years ago, just out of college, Pete was roaming through Europe with a childhood buddy when h…

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Tonawanda City School District Superintendent Timothy A. Oldenburg has decided to live with the "new normal" that leaves school districts juggling rising costs with the desire to do what's best for kids – while not taxing residents out of their homes. It's what every school must grapple with this time of year, with annual suburban school budget votes taking place Tuesda…

City of Tonawanda

City of Tonawanda Police responded Tuesday morning to a call of "something in the water" at Niawanda Park. The something turned out to be a piece of the ice boom, according to Capt. Frederick Foels. The 8,800-foot boom, constructed of 22 spans of steel pontoons, is installed every December between Buffalo Harbor and Fort Erie, Ont., to minimize ice floes that contrib…

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a crash Monday night in Niagara Falls, according to a police report. The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Buffalo Avenue near 58th Street. A driver told police another car tried to pass her on the right as she headed east on Buffalo Avenue, sideswiped her vehicle and crashed into a …