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The Town of Tonawanda is getting ready to take over a portion of the former Huntley Power Plant to make sure local industries can continue to access the plant's untreated water. The Town Board on Monday voted to hire a law firm to begin eminent domain proceedings against NRG Energy, the owner of the coal-fired plant. The town would take control of the water intakes, wat…

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A Town of Tonawanda day care center could lose its license after state inspectors found five violations late last month. The state Office of Children and Family Services may revoke Blue Giraffe Daycare's license to operate for violations that include the use of corporal punishment on children, the failure to properly report serious incidents and the failure of staff to …

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Between now and Friday, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny will decide the fate of Tonawanda Coke. Will he order the company shut down? Or will he find an option short of closing its doors? Skretny, who found Tonawanda Coke in violation of its probation Monday, did not reveal his hand but at one point asked both sides for alternatives to shutting down the River R…

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A 40-year-old Town of Tonawanda woman was struck and killed Saturday by an Amtrak train as she walked across a set of railroad tracks in the town, police reported Monday afternoon. Town police said Amy Gutierrez was walking westbound across tracks that run west of and parallel to Military Road just before 7 p.m. when a northbound train fatally injured her. Gutierrez …

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Kenmore police typically respond to reports of trespassing, burglary, neighbor disputes and other routine crimes. Then came Aug. 31, when officers fielded a call about someone driving a World War II-era Jeep with a machine gun on its roof, according to the Ken-Ton Bee police blotter. The Jeep belongs to Felix Coniglio Jr. It was made by Willys in 1953, and used by th…

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A federal judge rejected Tonawanda Coke's efforts to limit evidence of its emissions when it appears in court Friday, its second legal defeat in less than a week. In ruling against the company, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny gave federal prosecutors the go-ahead to present proof of what they claim is an environmental threat to the community around the River Road…

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The Town of Tonawanda Youth Bureau is seeking student representatives to fill vacancies on its board. The board is made up of students from each of the high schools located in the town and adults from various schools, businesses and groups. The board meets monthly during the school year, takes part in community events and hosts an annual awards dinner. The Youth Bure…

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If you've got a good idea, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District wants to hear it. The district is holding its first Innovation Contest to collect proposals for new programs that benefit Ken-Ton students and align with the goals of its "Ken-Ton Forward" strategic plan. Officials encourage students, parents, teachers, alumni and other stakeholders to participa…

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A $2 million project to extend the Rails to Trails pathway from the Buffalo-Town of Tonawanda border out to the Erie Canal should begin construction in the spring. Tonawanda city officials recently approved a 0.85-mile extension of the 4-mile pathway that starts at Kenmore Avenue and runs north before ending near Young and State streets. The extended path will cross …

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If federal prosecutors convince a judge to temporarily shut down Tonawanda Coke in advance of a formal hearing scheduled for next month, the plant would not be able to reopen, attorneys for the company said in court documents filed this week. Shutting down the plant would cause oven walls at the coke producer to "deteriorate rapidly" and make it "economically infeasible…

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A federal judge wants Tonawanda Coke officials to detail how the company could alter its operations and protect surrounding communities in the wake of a state environmental agency finding repeated violations of the plant's permit. U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on Tuesday gave the company several days to explain what it could do to reduce pollutants from its sta…

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United Refining Co. has cleaned up the third of its five vacant former gas station sites in Erie County that critics had blasted as "zombie" properties. The company, which operates the Red Apple and Kwik Fill chains and is owned by billionaire John Catsimatidis Sr., most recently remade a vacant lot at 1135 Ridge Road in Lackawanna. United Refining said it spent $14,…

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A North Tonawanda man has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in which he struck a man in a motorized wheelchair, prosecutors said Thursday. Mark Hicks, 34, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident without reporting, a class E felony, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Hicks was charged earlier this month …

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Unlike its Buffalo location, the Donut Kraze in the Town of Tonawanda doesn't have a drive-thru. But one customer tried to make his own. On Friday, for the second time in six years, someone smashed through the storefront of one of the chain's two locations. "You don't think this would ever happen to you twice in your life," owner John Gruber said Wednesday morning as…