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The attorney handling a series of Child Victims Act lawsuits against the Kenmore Tonawanda School District said he received “numerous new complaints” over the weekend from people alleging they were molested by former social studies teacher Arthur F. Werner. After filing four initial lawsuits against the school district on Friday, attorney Christopher J. O’Brien said he …

Crime

Justin R. Jenkins of the Town of Tonawanda, who along with wife Heather M. Jenkins admitted to robbing six gas station convenience stores in Erie County and four in Niagara County, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for the Niagara County holdups. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. imposed the sentence in Lockport. Kloch said when Jenkins pleaded…

Crime

Four lawsuits were filed Friday under the Child Victims Act, alleging that a retired Kenmore Tonawanda teacher repeatedly molested young boys, often in front of an entire room of classmates. The lawsuits filed by four Buffalo-area men all name the Kenmore Tonawanda School District as the defendant, saying district officials either knew or should have known that social s…

Local News

People who knew Danielle Cretacci say she was a devoted mother to her two young daughters and a good friend, a tutor at the girls' school who also worked for a cleaning company. Cretacci's friends struggled to reconcile the compassionate person they adored with the horrific way her life ended: as the victim of a triple shooting Tuesday that left the 31-year-old dead and…

Crime

A woman is dead. Her two children were wounded. That's what police are saying about the triple shooting that took place early Tuesday on a quiet street in the Town of Tonawanda. But in the early hours of the investigation, investigators are sharing few details about the incident – leaving more questions than answers about what happened inside the Ebling Avenue home w…

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The Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome should reopen in November but its reconstruction will cost more than anticipated. The Tonawanda Town Board on Monday voted to borrow an extra $500,000 beyond the $2.5 million approved in January. Officials previously said the work — including replacing the inflatable fabric dome and the driving range's artificial turf — would cost arou…

Business

The effects of Wednesday morning's heavy rain disrupted some operations inside General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant. First-shift employees of the Plant 1 section of the complex were told not to report to work, due to standing water inside parts of that facility on Wednesday morning, said Cheryl Messore, a GM spokeswoman. Operations in Plant 5, which is else…

City of Tonawanda

Wednesday's heavy rains caused countless headaches for Western New Yorkers, but this one might be the biggest: A waterfall out of the toilet. That was Christine Cook's description of what she woke up to Wednesday morning in her home on Nicholas Drive North in the Town of Tonawanda. Torrential overnight downpours of 2 to 3 inches flooded roads, snarled the morning com…

Local News

A Delaware North executive and longtime legislative aide was appointed to a vacancy on the Tonawanda Town Board Monday. The other members of the all-Democratic Town Board named Shannon Patch to replace Lisa Chimera, who resigned her seat to join the Erie County Legislature. Patch is the endorsed Democratic candidate for November's special election to serve the final …

Local News

Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold III has informed the town that he intends to retire from his post. Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger confirmed the development at Monday evening's Town Board meeting. Earlier Monday, Uschold called an unscheduled meeting with his top administrators and announced his decision then, a source familiar with the meeting …

Erie County

Christopher Tracey doesn't know how long his neighbors' 2-year-old daughter had been in the pool when her father spotted her floating face down. The toddler was unresponsive and turning blue when her father handed her to Tracey. He is a veteran volunteer firefighter, but he had never performed CPR on someone so young. Carefully, Tracey pressed on her chest and breath…

Health and Fitness

Tonawanda Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. eats the same thing for lunch every day: a salad with peppers, mushrooms, onions and olive oil. He hasn't eaten a piece of pizza or a string of spaghetti in more than a year. Both are choices he was willing to make to lose 170 pounds. “It’s my little achievement,” said Bargnesi, 51. “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. …

Obituaries

Feb. 10, 1933 – Aug. 9, 2019 Virginia A. Fishlock, of the Town of Tonawanda, active for many years in Kenmore United Methodist Church, died Aug. 9. She was 86. The former Virginia Ann Wright was a 1950 graduate of Kenmore High School. After earning an associate’s degree in business at Buffalo State College, she worked in the Law Department at the University of Buffal…

City of Tonawanda

Five elected officials from the Tonawandas issued a statement Tuesday condemning recent recruiting efforts by hate groups in their communities. A Ku Klux Klan chapter recently passed flyers in the area, but City of Tonawanda Council President Jenna Koch said those weren't unique. "In the past two years, there have been at least five known door-to-door canvasses by wh…

Amherst

Work is scheduled to start Tuesday to light up a busy – and too often dangerous – stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard with the aim of improving safety for pedestrians and drivers alike. The Town of Amherst is embarking on a $2.2 million project on the east side of Niagara Falls Boulevard that includes installing 104 streetlights between the I-290 ramps and Creekside Driv…