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A Town of Tonawanda man singing loudly at a McDonald's drive-thru early Sunday morning was charged with driving while intoxicated, according to City of Tonawanda police. Police were called to the fast-food restaurant on Young Street near the Twin Cities Memorial Highway and found Andrew J. Caldarelli, 32, in a vehicle slurring his words, police said. Caldarelli, who …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department has changed its stance on carrying the lifesaving opiate rescue drug. Police officers will be carrying naloxone, Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger said. "It is my understanding the Tonawanda Police are going to be trained and will be carrying Narcan in the near future," Emminger said. Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, whi…

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The boards of education of two of Erie County's largest suburban school districts re-elected their top officers this week. The Williamsville and Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school boards granted new terms to their presidents and vice presidents at their annual reorganizational meetings Monday. In Williamsville, Shawn Lemay will serve again as president of the School Bo…

Buffalo

A man killed after being struck by an Amtrak train Tuesday night in the Town of Tonawanda was identified as Eric C. Damon, 43, a town resident, police said Thursday. Damon was hit by the train at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the northbound railroad tracks near Sheridan Drive and Military Road. Town of Tonawanda Police with support from a CSX investigator are in…

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Catalyst Fitness expects to spend up to $3.5 million to transform the former Dick's Sporting Goods store in Amherst into its newest gym. That's on top of the $3.4 million the company paid for the nearly 56,000-square-foot building at 281 Meyer Road, off Maple Road, on Thursday, public records show. Catalyst's purchase comes 3½ months after the lender took over the prope…

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United Refining Co. promises to fix up five former gas station properties it owns in Erie County that have drawn the ire of local and state officials. John Catsimatidis, the chairman of the board, said Wednesday that United Refining started by cleaning up its former gas station in Riverside, a property the company plans to lease to a nearby church. The company over the …

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Amherst Town Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa remembers a man in a motorized scooter recently driving straight across a deadly stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard, opting to not use a nearby crosswalk. The man on the scooter saw unsafe sidewalk, and decided it didn’t matter if he ignored the crosswalk and drove onto the arterial street, Kulpa said. Safety concerns haven’t be…

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A Town of Tonawanda man who flipped his car Sunday night in a collision with oncoming vehicle in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to a Buffalo police report. Michael J. Jackson, 37, was arrested at about 10:20 p.m. near Esser Avenue and Newfield Street after his Toyota rolled onto its roof. Jackson, w…

Saluting Our War Heroes

The news first came over the radio and it was a shock to the East High School senior and his family. The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor earlier that morning: Dec. 7, 1941. Robert F. Wiedemer, who was 17, said he immediately informed his father he was enlisting in the Navy. "But my father wouldn't sign the early enlistment papers. He wanted me to graduate high …

The Kenmore-Tonawanda Adult & Community Education program is offering a free class for adults who wish to improve their skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding English. The class is now offered from Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Room 226 of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Anyone who is at least 17 year…

Erie County

More than 21,000 first responders in Erie County, including officers in 11 police agencies, as well as civilians, know how to administer naloxone, the opiate rescue drug, to someone who has overdosed. But patrol officers in four communities do not carry the lifesaving drug, and mothers who have lost children to opioid overdoses are asking them to place the drug in their…

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New York State’s top-ranking transportation official on Friday announced immediate safety improvements will be made to a portion of Niagara Falls Boulevard that includes a deadly stretch of road where several pedestrians have been killed in recent years. Paul A. Karas, acting commissioner of the Department of Transportation, announced the project following the publicati…

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The portion of Niagara Falls Boulevard that separates Amherst and Tonawanda north of the I-290 has a well-earned reputation as both a congested thoroughfare for motor vehicles driving on it and a deadly gambit for pedestrians trying to get across it. According to a new national study, it also has a lot of company. Pedestrian deaths on arterials like Niagara Falls Bou…

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"Did you hear about the movie with the dachshund in it? It was an Oscar wiener." That won a comedy contest that was part of Dog Days of Kenmore, a canine festival that brought hundreds of dogs and their owners to Mang Park Sunday. The eighth annual event made parking virtually impossible for three or four blocks around the park, as the crowd visited dozens of vendors…