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The Town of Tonawanda has hired paramedics to replace the two former employees accused of taking medication from the drug deposit container at police headquarters. The Town Board last week promoted Jacob Latter and Ruddy Rodriguez Barone from part-time to full-time status as paramedics with the town at a base salary of $45,380. The appointments are pending medical exams…

Crime

A man was arrested on several charges, including attempted robbery, after alleged "confrontational" behavior at a convenience store, according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Mark B. Butyneski, 42, was charged with third-degree attempted robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance, controlled substances in non-original container and third-degree c…

Education

Students at a Town of Tonawanda elementary school are trying to raise $10,000 to help kids in an African nation 5,000 miles away get better access to drinking water. Students at the Thomas Edison School have already raised $5,700 over several months. The students hope to donate $10,000 to help people in a small village in the nation of Burkina Faso dig a well. Studen…

Local News

Town of Tonawanda police responded numerous times to domestic incidents at a Sheridan-Parkside apartment in the years before a man was accused this week of fatally shooting his wife there, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Thursday. Flynn identified the 49-year-old victim as Renee Taschetta, who lived on Dumas Place with Mario Turner Sr., 51, who is charg…

Amherst

Nearly $30 million worth of commercial real estate transactions closed within the last two months in Erie County, ranging from restaurants and oil-change shops, to medical office and manufacturing buildings, to apartments, nursing homes and even vacant land for future housing. The $28.5 million in deals stretched from Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda and Amherst in the north…

Crime

A 51-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday night in a home on Dumas Place in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda. Mario Turner was arraigned in Town of Tonawanda Court before Justice Daniel T. Cavarello on charges of criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon…

Crime

The minivan of a missing 68-year-old Town of Tonawanda man has been found, according to police, who are still searching for him. Jonathan E. Kolber hasn't been seen by his family since Thursday night, Town of Tonawanda police said. Kolber is 6 feet tall, weighs 230 pounds, has short gray hair and may have been wearing gray jogging pants and a dark shirt. Polic…

Crime

A Town of Tonawanda man faces numerous charges after leading police on a pursuit Sunday morning, ending in a crash near the Erie Canal, City of Tonawanda police reported. Police said Ejay Corp, 44, of Roswell Avenue, refused to stop for officers who tried pulling over his 2008 Toyota SUV for a traffic violation just before 9 a.m. Sunday. He then led police through the c…

Crime

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department asked for the public's help Saturday in trying to locate a 68-year-old man whose family hasn't seen him since Thursday evening. Jonathan E. Kolber was last seen at his home in the Green Acres neighborhood. He's six feet tall, weighs 230 pounds, has short gray hair and may have been wearing gray jogging pants and a dark shirt. P…

Local News

Next school year, for the first time, a private company will provide all bus service in the Williamsville Central School District. A sharply divided Williamsville School Board earlier this month agreed to lay off the 25 bus drivers, head bus drivers and mechanics who remained in the district's transportation department. Student Transportation of America, which alread…

Local News

The Town of Tonawanda police will participate in next week's "2019 No Empty Chair" campaign to encourage teen driving safety. The initiative is meant to bring attention to highway dangers during high school prom and graduation season and to make sure there aren't any empty chairs – representing teens who died in automobile crashes – at those celebrations. The educati…

Local News

The Brighton Fire District in the Town of Tonawanda is preparing to construct a new, $1.75 million fire substation on McConkey Drive. The district has a main station at 50 Jamaica Road and substations at 26 McConkey Drive and 978 Ellicott Creek Road. The 2,900-square-foot No. 2 station on McConkey was built in 1954 and renovated 40 years later to raise its roof, remodel…

Local News

A contractor for the Town of Tonawanda will take apart the pedestrian bridge crossing Sheridan Drive near Hoover Elementary and Middle schools starting Wednesday evening. Work will begin at 10 p.m. and is expected to take about two days, weather permitting. Bridge removal will take place overnight, with this week selected because Ken-Ton schools are on break. After r…

Local News

Employees at two Tonawanda vape shops have been caught selling liquid nicotine products to underage youth. Town of Tonawanda Police said its Special Investigation Unit conducted an underage vaping sales sting operation Wednesday for the second time this year. A decoy under 18 years old was sent to the four vaping locations in the town, and was able to buy merchandise…