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A 50-year-old man accused of killing his wife strangled her to death, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday morning. Jose Ruiz Jr. was arraigned on a charge of first-degree manslaughter Tuesday in Tonawanda Town Court. Ruiz was taken into custody late Monday after the body of his wife, Mavilie Ruiz, 59, was found in their Town of Tonawanda home. …

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A major proposed expansion of the Town of Tonawanda's recreation program is on ice after cost estimates ballooned for the project. The plan to build a new ice arena and splash pad at Brighton Park and to convert an aging ice rink into a field house at Lincoln Park initially carried a price tag of just under $9 million, with officials anticipating the town could break ev…

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The Ken-Ton School Board is holding a roundtable discussion Tuesday on the district's search for a new superintendent. Representatives of stakeholder groups such as teachers, parents and district administrators will offer feedback on a recently completed search survey and discuss the search process generally. The public is invited to attend and observe this discussion, …

Obituaries

April 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2019 Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hodge, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired clothing store saleswoman, died Nov. 19 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 77. Born Elizabeth Seitz in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960 and got to know Herbert C. Hodge, a Niagara Frontier Transit bus driver, as she rode home fr…

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Leaders of a Town of Tonawanda fire district approved tens of thousands of dollars in inappropriate credit card and travel expenses over a period of several years, according to an audit performed by the State Comptroller's Office. State auditors criticized commissioners of Brighton Fire District No. 5 for approving more than $200,000 in questionable or inflated reimburs…

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The endless reconstruction of Wardman Road in Kenmore finally is coming to the end of the road. Residents along a two-block stretch of Wardman have complained for months about the disruption caused by the lengthy, $2.5 million project to install new sewer, water and gas lines underneath the village street. The work required ripping up the road itself as well as sidew…

Erie County

The Erie County Legislature Thursday – over the objections of three Republican lawmakers – approved the emergency sale of some airspace above a piece of property that the county owns. Lawmakers agreed to sell the property for $1 to Amherst-based Solar Liberty, as part of its development of a 10-acre solar panel farm on the site of a former landfill in the Town of Tonawa…

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The arsenic, mercury and other toxins found in the ground on most properties surrounding the former Tonawanda Coke plant generally are at safe levels, according to the scientist leading a court-ordered soil study. But two rounds of collecting and testing soil samples in sections of the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and Grand Island have identified areas of elevat…

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A former Kenmore East High School athlete who tore a ligament in her knee during a field hockey practice is suing the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district over her injury. Hannah Munley alleges that she was a member of the school's field hockey team and was running up the field during a summer tryout in August 2018 when she stepped in a rut or other hole in the fie…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district has informally agreed to pay $8,000 after a 10-year-old boy sliced his hand on a chair in a school auditorium. The boy's parents, Brian and Cammi North, brought a personal injury claim on behalf of their son, who was at Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd., in November 2017 for a school play. He cut his right hand …

Amherst

Over the past two months, men and women filed 294 Child Victims Acts lawsuits in Western New York, alleging that they were molested as children by priests, teachers, school administrators or others. In more than two-thirds of those cases – 199 of them – the plaintiffs want their names to be kept secret. Those requests for anonymity have ignited a legal battle in Buff…

Courts

A Town of Tonawanda woman who aided her husband in several gas station robberies in Erie County has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to five years' probation, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 46-year-old Heather Jenkins admitted that between Feb. 25 and March 11, she assisted her husband in forcibly…

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The owner of an Alden-based construction company has paid $674,000 for an industrial site in the Town of Tonawanda where the federal government recently conducted an extensive cleanup. John Zoladz of Zoladz Construction Co. bought four connected parcels, totaling 9 acres, on and around 380 Vulcan St. near Kenmore Avenue from Morgan Materials Inc., public records show. …

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John A. Catsimatidis is a billionaire investor and radio talk show host in New York City who owns supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, an oil refinery and valuable real estate. So why does he care so much about a quarter-acre piece of vacant land in Eggertsville? And why has he spent the last 18 months battling the Amherst town government over a parcel worth …

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Transitional Services Inc. – which helps people living with mental illness and related substance abuse issues transition to community housing – plans to move about 30 caseworkers and other staff into a recently purchased Town of Tonawanda office building. The nonprofit paid $850,000 for 1945 Sheridan Drive, near Colvin Boulevard, now owned by the internet marketing comp…