Share this article

print logo
Courts

A 27-year-old Cheektowaga man was arraigned Tuesday on a vehicular manslaughter charge in connection with the May 4 death of a woman on Pine Ridge Road, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Blair Bell also faces two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated. Bell has been accused of striking Tonya Gravely, 46, at about 11:30 p.m. May 4 as Gravely was r…

Crime

The woman charged with killing her best friend in an April crash in Cheektowaga had just stolen from a nearby grocery store and significantly damaged her car in another crash just prior to the fatal collision, prosecutors allege in court documents. Aleia C. Easley was speeding away from the Save A Lot store on South Rossler Avenue when she ran a red light and struck ano…

Crime

Cheektowaga police want the public's help locating a man and a woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in headphones from the Apple Store in the Walden Galleria. Police posted photos of the two suspects on Facebook on Wednesday morning. The post did not include any further details about the theft. Police ask anyone with information to call the department's d…

Business

An Ohio real estate developer and investor has acquired a Peregrine Senior Living community in Western New York, marking the second such acquisition in the past 12 months. Larry Dillin's Dillin LLC of Miamisburg, Ohio, paid $15.99 million through Cheektowaga Senior Realty LLC to acquire Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga from an affiliate of New York City-based Colo…

Cheektowaga

A Lancaster man was killed in Cheektowaga earlier this month, Cheektowaga police said Thursday. Richard F. Valenti, 65, was found injured in the back of his vehicle at about 7:45 p.m. May 15, police said in a news release. Police were called to the scene near Harlem Road and Creekside Drive. A person called 911 and asked police to check on a man in a vehicle, police …

Gusto

Before it was wiped out for a highway ramp, there was a restaurant called Desiderio’s on William Street in Cheektowaga. From 1968 to 1989, Michael Desiderio helped supply the neighborhood with chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, and other Italian American standards. Another specialty, it would become clear, was Italian American restaurant owners. One of Michael’s…

Cheektowaga

A man approached the counter at the Tops pharmacy on Transit Road, wearing women’s clothes and holding a device which had wires leading to his purse. He passed a note to the pharmacist. He was demanding prescription drugs and threatening to detonate a bomb. A 911 call, a quick police response and a short foot chase ended with an apprehension at gunpoint in the parkin…

Cheektowaga

A 21-year-old Buffalo woman was killed Tuesday night after the car she was a passenger in ran a red light and collided with another vehicle in Cheektowaga, according to the Cheektowaga Police Department. Police said that the collision occurred at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Rossler Avenue and Dingens Street. Officers said a 2010 Honda Accord, driven by a…

Cheektowaga

A 23-year-old assistant coach and a player from the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under youth hockey team have been suspended for a year by USA Hockey in connection with an incident in which a 17-year-old black player was targeted with racist taunts. The player and assistant coach will also be placed on a year of probation after their suspensions expire, according to a pa…

Crime

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a Cheektowaga man accused of trying to rape a woman driving for a ride-hailing service, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. James Krawczyk, 49, was arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Court last week on charges of first-degree attempted rape and first-degree sexual abuse. The alleged attack happened at abou…

Local News

The New York State Amateur Hockey Association announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing in the next seven to 10 days about the Jan. 20 game in which a black player from an Amherst team was subjected to racist taunting by members of a team from Cheektowaga. The association "will address immediate discipline issues" and conduct a hearing, which will be in accordance with t…

Local News

A youth hockey league canceled its playoffs this weekend as it continues to investigate a video from a January game that showed players from Cheektowaga repeatedly calling a black player on an opposing team a "monkey" and taunting him with monkey sounds and gestures. In the incident captured on a video posted to YouTube, some players on the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-u…

Business

On the day after Christmas, multiple brawls and what sounded like a gunshot sent crowds at the region's largest shopping mall scrambling in a panic as some believed there may have been an "active shooter." The scene at the Walden Galleria was captured on video that went viral. The day after the incident, Cheektowaga Police Chief David J. Zack summarized, "We have a p…

Crime

A fight between two 15-year-old girls Saturday night in a parking lot at the Walden Galleria ended with one girl sent to the hospital and the other one arrested, Cheektowaga police said. The victim was slashed with a knife in the abdomen just before 8 p.m. at a bus stop on the southwest side of the property, police said. The victim was treated at the scene and taken …