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A Town of Tonawanda man was sentenced Friday to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison for stealing nearly $20,000 from a volunteer fire company. Timothy D. Kler, 36, pleaded guilty in April to third-degree grand larceny after being charged with taking the money while serving as treasurer of the River Road Volunteer Fire Company. The thefts of cash collected during fundraisers and …

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Bryan Nielsen of Kenmore hasn't been able to drive since he was critically injured when he was struck by a car in 2004, and his custom three-wheeler allowed him to get around – until Thursday. That's when someone cut the lock off it outside Aldi's on Elmwood Avenue and stole the tricked-out trike, leaving Nielsen, 42, without wheels and his independence. "It means ev…

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Outer-ring suburbs in the northern and eastern sections of Erie County where new housing abounds grew faster than any other communities in Erie County over the last seven years. Clarence, Lancaster and Elma all grew more than 4 percent between 2010 and 2017, with Clarence's population rising by 6 percent, according to the latest Census population estimates. But 17 of…

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Drivers on the I-290 near Colvin Boulevard who had already been dealing with construction-related lane restrictions and slowdowns got an even bigger headache Thursday morning. That's because there were road signs warning motorists that two lanes in that stretch of highway were closed when, in fact, only one was actually closed. So reading the signs, drivers thought they…

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Foodies can get a taste from some of some of their favorite restaurants with Taste of Lewiston from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Village of Lewiston and at Taste of Tonawandas from 12:30 to 7 p.m. June 3 in Gateway Harbor Park in North Tonawanda. These are two of a number of area tasting events held in advance of the Taste of Buffalo on July 7 and 8. The festivals …

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The Town of Tonawanda has to pony up another $160,700 for work at its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The reason? Flushable wipes that really are not flushable. "A lot of people are flushing those disposable Lysol wipes and baby wipes down the toilet and they get caught up in our system and we have to redo these essential bar screens at a very significant cost," Councilm…

Education

The City of Tonawanda School District Board of Education is expected to appoint two new elementary school principals at its board meeting Tuesday night. Michelle Siebert is expected to receive a four-year probationary appointment as principal for Fletcher Elementary School through July 2, 2022, at an annual salary of $83,000. Seibert has been the principal at Seneca Ele…

Town of Tonawanda

For the past two years, the Sheridan Drive Pedestrian Bridge in the Town of Tonawanda has been labeled too unsafe for foot traffic. On Monday, the Town Board determined demolition would be the best option and will call for bids on the project next month. "It's a liability," said Town Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger of the bridge. The bridge was built more than 50 ye…

Business

General Motors announced Monday its Tonawanda engine plant will build a new line of fuel-efficient engines for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverados. The new engines, with Dynamic Fuel Management, will be the most advanced V-8 engines in the brand's history, the car maker said. "We are extremely proud to have been chosen to continue to build 5.3Ls and 6.2Ls for General Motor…

Crime

A Wheatfield woman who police said didn't like the route her Uber driver took has been accused of becoming violent, including throwing a pizza at the driver. Crystal J. Collins, 22, was taking an Uber from Buffalo to Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon, police said, when she didn't like her driver going through Tonawanda instead of Grand Island. The driver, a 41-year…

Crime

Town of Tonawanda police said Friday a middle school student on her way to school was approached by a man who asked her to get into his minivan. The incident happened at about 7:40 a.m. in the area of Lincoln Park Drive and Claremont Avenue. The man was described as white, in his 20s, and tall with a lean build and brown hair. He was wearing beige cargo shorts, a grayis…

Environment

A tunnel collapse at the site of Tonawanda Coke may result in increased risks for environmental toxins in the surrounding community, the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York said today. Brian Borncamp, a Clean Air spokesman, said the organization received a call earlier today from a former employee at Tonawanda Coke who said that a waste heat tunnel at the River Road…

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The towns of Amherst and Tonawanda now have a roadmap for addressing the future of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The towns are about five months into an 18-month project to scrutinize the busy retail and residential corridor that forms their shared border. "The two towns have felt that we need to lead the discussion," said Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa. "We have ultimate…

Erie County

When the nearly century-old Huntley Station power plant closed in 2016, nearby industries along the River Road corridor in the Town of Tonawanda were left scrambling to find other sources for the nearly 19 million gallons in untreated water they received from the plant every day to use as coolants in their manufacturing processes. The plant's closure also blew a hole in…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council voted in favor of keeping Young Street closed for another three months, between Delaware and Main Street, but will continue to study whether to keep the closure permanent. The street has been closed since December. At Tuesday's Council meeting, Brenda Doll, of the City of Tonawanda, presented 200 signatures from people against per…