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After City of Tonawanda Police responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a guardrail in a shopping plaza, they pulled over a car driven by a 72-year-old Tonawanda man. When an officer asked the driver if he had been drinking, police said that the man responded, "Yes, a lot!" Joel R. Palma was arrested at around 7 p.m. Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicate…

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The City of Tonawanda will begin to participate in a program that offers lucrative tax breaks for mixed-use projects but critics say is too easy for developers to manipulate. The Common Council recently adopted the state's 485-a property tax exemption. Supporters say the program encourages construction of residential and commercial space in vacant or little-used buil…

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A Buffalo man was indicted Wednesday in the August 2019 felony assault of a City of Tonawanda man in an incident that was described by police as "unprovoked and despicable." Avery D. Hunter, 24, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on second-degree assault charges, said the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say Hunter delivered an …

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The federal government has finished removing decades-old radioactive waste from the Town of Tonawanda's former landfill. The cleanup led by the Army Corps of Engineers started in June and was completed in December, according to the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Crews removed contaminated soil and other materials to a depth of 5 feet at the 55-acre site, just…

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A 28-year-old Buffalo man is facing his third DWI, after police said he was driving on the wrong side of Main Street in the City of Tonawanda early Thursday morning. Tuyisenge Amani, of 7th Street, was northbound on the south side of Main at 4 a.m. when he was pulled over. Amani allegedly showed signs of intoxication and when asked if he anything to drink he replied …

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The perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident that damaged a concrete barrier was caught Thursday, after a City of Tonawanda police officer trailed scrape marks on the street to locate the apparent culprit. City of Tonawanda Police said an eyewitness saw a tractor-trailer turn around in the parking lot of Henrietta Building Supply, on Fillmore Avenue, and strike the barrier…

Rick Falkowski, founder of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Music Award, will discuss his latest book in two appearances this week in the Tonawandas. Falkowski will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 712 Oliver St., and at 1 p.m. Friday in the City of Tonawanda Public Library, 333 Main St. The book is titled "Profiles Volume …

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City of Tonawanda Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 17-year-old girl who was last seen Friday. Elise Henry is described as 5-foot-1, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue tips. Police say she was last seen and spoken to on Nov. 22 and that she might possibly be hanging out in the Cheektowaga area. City of Tonawanda Police are asking anyone …

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The victim of an August attack, described by City of Tonawanda police as "unprovoked and despicable," has died. The Erie County District Attorney's Office said it learned Friday morning of the death of Michael Zuch, 59, who was assaulted before 2 a.m. Aug. 4 near Grove Place and Grove Street. Authorities say Avery D. Hunter, 24, of Buffalo, twice confronted Zuch befo…

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The arsenic, mercury and other toxins found in the ground on most properties surrounding the former Tonawanda Coke plant generally are at safe levels, according to the scientist leading a court-ordered soil study. But two rounds of collecting and testing soil samples in sections of the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and Grand Island have identified areas of elevat…

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A Lockport man was charged Monday with felony driving while intoxicated after City of Tonawanda police pulled him over for driving without brake lights. Police said 22-year-old Paul O. Hylkema, who was stopped at 1:45 a.m. at Main and Niagara streets, allegedly showed signs of intoxication and told officers that he had four beers. Hylkema failed field sobriety tests …

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It's getting closer to the end of the election for candidates whose races were close election night Nov. 5. There are five close races in Erie County, including the supervisor's race in Lancaster and council races in Amherst, Orchard Park, Aurora and the City of Tonawanda. The Erie County Board of Elections will rule on any challenges to absentee ballots Tuesday, and…

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The City of Tonawanda is poised to raise recreational fees, as well as fees for pavilion permits and park shelter rentals, for 2020. The fees for various programs and facility rentals would go up from several dollars to as much as $100 for both city residents and non-residents if approved by the Common Council on Tuesday. Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis said the increased…

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A couple has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice in the Dec. 28, 2018, fatal drug overdose of an employee in the City of Tonawanda, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said the charge against Kevin Toth, 29, of the City of Tonawanda, and Samantha Yeates, 27, of Depew, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Assistant U.S. A…