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The vandals drove several construction vehicles around the landfill, leaving one piece of heavy machinery stuck in a ditch, but also drove off with one piece, a 45 ton excavator which was driven though a chain link fence at the Town of Tonawanda landfill and headed north onto Hackett Drive in the City of Tonawanda, which adjoins the landfill, according to police.Police wer…

Buffalo police are searching for a woman suspected in a Saturday night stabbing in the first block of Condon Avenue.Police said a man and a woman were arguing on a porch about 11:30 p.m. and the dispute escalated. At some point the female stabbed the 53-year-old man multiple times.The victim, who lived at the Condon Avenue address, was taken to Erie County Medical Center w…

A 21-year-old man stabbed to death Saturday night has been identified as Devonte Johnson of Euclid Avenue, Buffalo police said Sunday evening.A man who was taken into custody shortly after the incident has been identified by police as 25-year-old Jamie Galarza of Buffalo.Galarza has been charged with second-degree murder, police said.According to police, Johnson was stabbe…

LackawannaProperty owners in Lackawanna should be receiving new garbage totes with wheels and lids in mid-November.City Council members recently approved a low bid of $403,434 for the purchase of 8,000 totes and the retrofitting of three garbage trucks to accommodate the 95-gallon containers. The totes are expected to help curb a growing rodent problem.Rehrig Pacific Co. w…

BuffaloUniland Development will request a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals when it meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 901 of City Hall for its mixed-use project at 250 Delaware Ave.The company has already secured approvals for the 12-story office, hotel and retail complex, from the city’s preservation and planning boards. Also this week:• The Common Council will ho…

AldenThe town board will discuss the possibility of putting a memorial honoring Sgt. Brett E. Gornewicz in Robert O. Smith Park at a work session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Alden Town Hall.The concept for the memorial for Gornewicz, who was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 3, 2012, was developed by several friends of the slain 27-year-old Army Reservist, said Alden resident Paul…

ClarenceClarence United Methodist Church will hold its 29th annual Apple Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Family Life Center, 10205 Greiner Road.Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will be available from noon to 4 p.m.The event will also feature “Mission Market,” with nonprofit groups selling gift items to sup…

AmherstErin Suszynski was killed in June 2012 trying to cross Maple Road from the playground at Maple East Elementary School.But the 13-year-old’s memory lives on in “Erin’s Crossings,” an effort by family and friends to create legislation that would place a crosswalk system by every local playground.A benefit and dance-a-thon will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday,…

Aurora/East AuroraThe Aurora Historical Society has debuted a new logo – a digitally updated version of a 1970s-era drawing of a gazebo where judges once stood at the race track of the bygone Hamlin Farm, a local breeder of champion race horses. The design, approved by the Historical Society board last month, appealed to the board members because it is simple and stately l…

Grand IslandTrinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, will host free fall fun for families next weekend.Fall Festival will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a “Taste of Trinity” food sale and basket auction.For kids, there will be a “trunk-or-treat” event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Kids will trick-or-treat from one decorated car trunk to another in the church’s park…

West SenecaA Health Care Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the town’s Senior Center at 4620 Seneca St.Information on Medicare/Medicaid, health insurances, senior living and nursing services will be provided. Representatives of local pharmacies will be on hand to answer questions, as well as administer flu shots, perform blood pressure checks and provide inform…

Town of TonawandaThe Ken-Ton School District is holding a free Legislative Advocacy Workshop Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Kenmore West’s Goulding Theater. The workshop is geared towards educating supporters and community stakeholders on how to advocate effectively. It is geared towards first-time advocates and those who want to sharpen their advocacy skills. Board Vice President S…

CheektowagaMore than 70 tables of discounted items will be featured at the Western New York Toy, Comic Book & Collectible Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road.Guest artists are Kurt Lehner, Shane Kirshenblatt, Bob Krause, Frank Villa Sr. and Dennis John Glinski. Also appearing is wrestler “The Fabulous” Frankie Villa…

DepewThe Depew Volunteer Fire Co. Central Hose #4 will host a Polish dinner fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Northside Fire Station, 112 Brewster St., off Olmstead Ave.The dinner, with a $10 donation, offers Polish sausage, potato pancake, sweet and sour cabbage, pierogi, rye bread, salad and dessert. Polish beer will even be featured.Also this week:• The Village…

City of TonawandaA free evening of poetry readings presented by Buffalo-area writers will be held Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott Street.The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social, followed by the readings at 7. The theme of the occasion is autumn, but poems to be read are likely to be wide-ranging in subject matter, according to organizers. Poets scheduled to …