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University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia scientists will hold a community meeting Nov. 21 to update the public on their Tonawanda Coke soil study. The session will take place at 6 p.m. in Riverview Elementary School's auditorium, 55 Taylor Drive in the City of Tonawanda. A federal judge ordered Tonawanda Coke to pay $711,000 to fund the study after the company was con…

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Joseph Spino is an endangered political species in the Northtowns. Assuming his 48-vote lead over his Democratic opponent holds up after absentee ballots are counted, Spino would join the Amherst Town Board as its only Republican. Amherst would have the only town board with a dissenting voice in the most populated of Erie County's northern suburbs. In Tuesday's el…

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A City of Tonawanda man is facing felony charges after he allegedly "spiked" the food of family members, including putting laxatives in the family's coffee machine, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Andrew Ditch, 34, allegedly sprinkled laxatives and Epsom salt, which acts like a laxative when taken orally, on family members' food. He also allegedly placed laxative…

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A Grand Island man was charged Wednesday with felony DWI after a traffic stop on Delaware Street in the City of Tonawanda, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Police said 33-year-old Kenneth L. O'Brien was pulled over for speeding and allegedly showed signs of intoxication. O'Brien failed all roadside field sobriety tests and allegedly told officers that he had been …

City of Tonawanda Police are investigating an early-morning robbery of a Sunoco gas station and convenience store in the 400 block of Delaware Street. The robbery was reported to have occurred at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, when a man entered the store and demanded the clerk on duty give him money, police said. The individual did not display a weapon, but reached over th…

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Erie County Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick won another term in office Tuesday representing the 4th District. Hardwick, 62, a political science professor at Canisius College, defeated his Republican challenger Jacob J. McMahon, 23, a Grand Island firefighter and former Marine. The nine-year incumbent has been representing the city and town of Tonawanda and Grand Island …

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A Buffalo man was charged Thursday with second-degree criminal impersonation of a police officer, after becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident with another motorist, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Police said Ermal Hoxholli, 30, backed into a parked vehicle owned by a City of Tonawanda woman at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the parking lot of a Big Lots store on Y…

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A fight between the driver and passenger caused a head-on crash in the City of Tonawanda Friday night, resulting in both injuries and felony charges. City police said Adam Bugala was driving a 2005 Chevy Cruz northbound on Young Street around 11:55 p.m. when he and passenger Roderick J. Blanks began arguing and fighting. Blanks grabbed the steering wheel at one point – …

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Just two of seven races are competitive in this fall's election in the City of Tonawanda. All five Common Council seats are on the ballot, but three of the candidates are unopposed: Council President Jenna Koch, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Dawn Kammerdeiner and 4th Ward Councilman David Mileham, all Democrats. Republican 1st Ward Councilman Thomas A. Newman is endorsed for…

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Major capital improvement projects got the green light Tuesday from voters in two suburban school districts. A $39.9 million plan for the Sweet Home Central School District in Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda was approved, 277-110. In the City of Tonawanda, a $53.5 million proposal to consolidate the district’s elementary schools passed, 883-478. In Sweet Home, c…

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Jurors this week will be shown surveillance video of a December 2018 attack outside a City of Tonawanda coffee shop that left a young mother "horrifically disfigured," according to prosecutors. Jurors also will be shown police body-camera video that prosecutors said shows smoke coming from Jessica Cameron's body after she had gasoline poured over her head and was se…

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Voters in two suburban school districts on Tuesday will decide the fate of major capital projects. In Sweet Home, officials have proposed a $40 million construction project at all seven school buildings, including improvements to the district service center and safety glazing of the windows at main entrances to district buildings. State aid would pay for about 58% of…

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A heavy-equipment dealer plans to purchase nearly 15 acres of the former Spaulding Fibre manufacturing site in the City of Tonawanda. City officials have said little about the prospective buyer in recent months, citing confidentiality agreements. But representatives of Milton CAT, the official dealer of Caterpillar machinery in the Northeast, appeared before the city…

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The waterfalls are a given. But there's a lot more for the 8 million tourists at Niagara Falls State Park to appreciate along the Niagara River corridor. That's why government and tourism officials sounded so excited about an international designation bestowed upon the Niagara River corridor Thursday, when it became just the 40th Ramsar site in the United States. It'…