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This week's Clarence Bee had a police blotter item about someone calling 911 to report a guy sitting in a car under a tree on a Northtowns side street. Where have we heard that one before? The Bee, known for its collection of often bizarre and amusing police calls, detailed a July 28 report about a suspicious vehicle. The caller told police a car had been parked a…

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A 45-year-old Town of Tonawanda woman on Wednesday admitted helping her husband rob three gas stations in the Northtowns this year. Heather Jenkins pleaded guilty to three counts of felony robbery and faces up to 21 years in prison when she is sentenced on Nov. 4 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski, the Erie County District Attorney's Office reported. Je…

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NRG Energy thinks the former Huntley generating station in the Town of Tonawanda is worth $4. The company argues the town should reduce the assessment on each of the four River Road properties that make up the generating station to $1. But the town is ignoring NRG's legal challenge, as it has the two previous years, and is sticking to a 2016 agreement that sets the m…

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Maria Tennant of Lancaster believes she has all the reason she needs to want a sign on her street advising motorists that a child with autism lives there. That reason is her 2-year-old son, who was diagnosed in January “Unfortunately children on the spectrum are fearless and will run into the street without cognizance of what or whom is around them," she said. "A few…

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The O'Connell & Company theater group is moving to a former elementary school in the Town of Tonawanda. The company is moving from the Park School in Amherst to the Philip Sheridan school, 3200 Elmwood Ave., which is being revived as a community hub and senior apartments under the KenTon Elmwood Commons name. O'Connell & Company said Thursday the move is effe…

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A State Supreme Court judge has ordered the Town of Tonawanda to reinstate, with back pay, a police officer who was suspended pending his termination over charges he falsely claimed he wasn't behind the wheel during a January car crash. Justice Mark Grisanti found the town has improperly handled the case against Officer Howard M. Scholl III. But the town will seek to ov…

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The Town of Tonawanda Police Department reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday that its administrative phone lines are down. Until the problem is fixed, anyone seeking to contact police is urged to dial 911 from either a cellphone or landline. For nonemergencies, callers are urged to dial 879-6613, police officials said.

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The state Department of Transportation will include many of the findings from its recently completed study of Niagara Falls Boulevard in a $2 million project to boost safety along the busy roadway that's set to start next year. But officials of the two towns that border the boulevard are concerned that the changes will not be enough. The DOT on Monday released the re…

Amherst

Nick Sinatra, one of the region's newest and fastest-growing developers, is slimming down around the edges of his portfolio as he seeks to refocus his energy on larger projects. The owner of Sinatra & Co. Real Estate has sold off about 10 properties in and around Buffalo in the past two months, including three in Tonawanda, Amherst and Elma. That's a significant num…

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People of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in a free guided walk along the Niagara River Greenway on Aug. 15. Participants will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the Blue and Greenways Intermodal Hub facility at 36 Young St., City of Tonawanda. The walk will take between 30 and 50 minutes and end in the same spot, where people taking part can stop by the Gateway Food …

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A longtime aide to federal and state Democratic officeholders and an experienced business executive will face off in November's special election for the Tonawanda Town Board. Endorsed Democrat Shannon Patch and Republican Gigi Grizanti seek to fill the last two years of the term of Lisa Chimera, who resigned from the board this month after joining the Erie County Legisl…

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Local real estate investor Barry O. Heneghan is adding to his holdings on the 800 block of Elmwood Avenue, highlighting a series of recent property deals across the Buffalo Niagara region. Funkhouse LLC bought a pair of storefront and apartment buildings at 818 and 820 Elmwood Ave. from Millaford Ventures for $1.7 million, while simultaneously paying $360,000 for a sing…

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Overcrowded, out-of-control gatherings at parks – including a birthday party where police used pepper spray on an unruly crowd and a complaint about topless women at another – spurred the Town of Tonawanda to stop accepting new reservations for its picnic shelters this month. Town officials say groups who rented shelters at town parks around Memorial Day and on the Four…

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The Town of Tonawanda moved one step closer Monday night toward a decision on new sports facilities at Brighton and Lincoln parks with the hiring of a construction manager – but debate continues on what amenities should be offered. Town Board members awarded the job to RP Oak Hill Building Co., a management company in Blasdell that filed a low bid of $407,700, said Town…

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Residents came out in force Monday night in the Town of Tonawanda to object to a proposed parking ban on Englewood Avenue that would pave the way for a bike path on the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Lawmakers rejected the proposal after a dozen residents complained about speeding vehicles and lack of parking on Englewood. “You take the parking away, and they’re only…