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Several major Western New York roadways will be affected by roadwork this weekend, including the ramp to Route 198 from the northbound Interstate 190, the New York State Department of Transportation announced Thursday. Bridge maintenance work will lead to these closings on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 19 and 20). I-190/Route 198 interchange On Sunday between 9 a.m. a…

Crime

A Kenmore woman who was stopped while allegedly driving drunk with five children under the age of 16 in her vehicle was arrested Sunday on a Leandra's Law violation, according to State Police. Troopers said 29-year-old Jennifer Conway was stopped for speeding on I-290 in the Town of Tonawanda. Conway failed field sobriety tests that were administered at the scene, tr…

Buffalo

A Cheektowaga man was named as the driver accused of driving into the scene of a brawl on Franklin Street in downtown Buffalo over the weekend and then leading police on a pursuit to the Kensington Expressway near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo police announced Monday. Dmitri Ross, 29, has been charged with fleeing a police officer, felony reckless e…

Amherst

Leaves will be falling soon, and if you don't like raking them, it's not always fun picking them up at the curb, either. "We hate leaf season," said Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner, who added that it's a short season but the phone doesn't stop ringing with calls from residents. "It has to get done in like four weeks, because then the snow is coming." W…

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The Buffalo Niagara YMCA for years has done what it can to maintain the cramped brick buildings on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo and Belmont Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda that house two of its older locations. Both branches offer adequate children's play areas, swimming pools, gyms, workout rooms and locker rooms — but all fall short of modern standards. That's …

Business

It was a Saturday that seemed like any other when 6-month-old James R. "Tre" Weigand III settled into his Rock 'n Play Sleeper for a nap. But he never woke up. Tre died nearly two years ago because the Fisher-Price sleeper he was in was not safe for babies to sleep in, his father, James R. Weigand Jr., alleges in a lawsuit filed this week against Fisher-Price and its…

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Winter seems very far away on a picture-postcard day like Friday, and now that's even truer in the Town of Tonawanda. The town announced Friday that it is delaying the start of its winter parking ban, which normally takes effect Nov. 1, for two weeks. Thanks to a favorable forecast for early November, the ban now will start at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 15. The law bars parking…

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After decades of generating pollution, the former Tonawanda Coke property in the Town of Tonawanda may be one step closer to becoming a clean computer data campus. Developer Jon M. Williams, who has a history of cleaning up and repurposing dirty industrial sites, has completed his expected purchase of the 140-acre property out of bankruptcy. Acting through Riverview …

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Bridge maintenance will require lane restrictions Sunday along a section of the Interstate 290 in the Town of Tonawanda. The state Department of Transportation said the portion of the westbound 290 between Exit 3, Niagara Falls Boulevard, and Exit 2, Colvin Boulevard, will be reduced to one lane. The lane closures are expected to start at about 9 a.m. Sunday and last…

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The Town of Tonawanda supervisor and two other elected officials would receive higher pay under a proposed 2020 budget that raises taxes but stays within the state property tax cap. Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger's tentative budget raises the pay for his position by $9,500, the first increase in 20 years, he said. The highway superintendent and town clerk also would get …

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district is beginning a search for a new superintendent. The district on Wednesday announced Superintendent Stephen A. Bovino intends to retire at the end of the school year in June. The Ken-Ton School Board over the coming months said it will work with Erie 1 BOCES and district staff, teachers and parents on a thorough and transpare…

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Acting Police Chief James Stauffiger's performance during a period when Town of Tonawanda police have investigated two homicides convinced town officials he's the only person they needed to interview to fill the job going forward. The Town Board unanimously confirmed Stauffiger's appointment at its meeting Monday night. "There's no hesitation on anybody's part to nam…

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Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang and two Village Board members seeking new terms face no opponents in this fall's village elections. Mang, who has served as mayor since 2008, is running for his fourth term. The only time he has faced a challenger was 2011. He said he doesn't know why more people aren't interested in running for office, although this isn't unique to Kenmore…

Buffalo

The reward for information about the killing of a mother in the Town of Tonawanda has more than tripled to a total of $25,000. The FBI announced today it was contributing $17,500 to the existing $7,500 Buffalo Crime Stoppers reward offer in connection with the Danielle Cretacci murder investigation. The announcement was made Friday afternoon at a joint press conference …