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City of Tonawanda

A couple has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice in the Dec. 28, 2018, fatal drug overdose of an employee in the City of Tonawanda, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said the charge against Kevin Toth, 29, of the City of Tonawanda, and Samantha Yeates, 27, of Depew, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Assistant U.S. A…

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda couple was arrested on several charges Monday for an incident in which a man trashed a convenience store after a woman was not permitted to buy alcohol, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Duran A. Lynch, 39, and Jenifer L. Sparcino, 39, turned themselves in Monday afternoon, one day after they allegedly damaged displays and merchandise at the Gul…

City of Tonawanda

City of Tonawanda police announced Tuesday the arrest of a suspect in the theft of a city firefighter's vehicle. Ryan C. Richeal, 32, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Tuesday in the July 29 theft of a 2017 Chevrolet SUV belonging to a City of Tonawanda firefighter. Richeal was pulled over, and a Department of Motor Vehicles check also showed he had a suspended license as …

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man who was taken into custody Sunday for stealing $1,800 worth of power tools from a church admitted to the crime, according to City of Tonawanda police. Paul D. Biniaszewski, 49, told police he "felt guilty" about taking assorted power tools March 13 from the garage of St. Francis Church, 144 Broad St., officials said. Biniaszewski was charged S…

Crime

A Town of Tonawanda man was arrested on several charges Sunday evening after he was found passed out at the wheel in a turning lane of Twin City Highway, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Jacob T. Pettit, 18, was charged with driving while ability impaired, driving while intoxicated and other drug and traffic charges at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. City of T…

Crime

A Tonawanda man was charged with forgery Tuesday morning after he submitted fraudulent doctor's notes to try and excuse himself from making appearances in Tonawanda City Court, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. James A. Grosskopf, 32, was charged with third-degree forgery and fraudulently obtaining a signature. According to police, an investigatio…

Crime

A Buffalo man is facing eight charges after some fast driving, and some attempted fast-talking, led to his arrest early Sunday morning, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Robin L. Blassinggame, 29, was arrested after a traffic stop for speeding led to multiple other offenses, officials say. Officers said Blassingame was stopped on Delaware Street just before 2:30…

Crime

A Lackawanna man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop early Monday morning, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Ryan J. Conners, 37, was charged with DWI and other charges after a traffic stop on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda just before 3 a.m. Monday. Police said Conners was driving 50 mph in a 30 mph…

Crime

A Niagara Falls woman pulled over for not having her headlights on was arrested early Wednesday on several charges including felony driving while intoxicated, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Gabrielle C. Hickey, 19, was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. on Delaware Street for operating a vehicle with no headlights. Officers said Hickey showed signs of i…

City of Tonawanda

Overnight parking restrictions begin Oct. 1 in the City of Tonawanda. There is no overnight parking on city streets or city lots between the hours of 2 to 6 a.m. Overnight parking restrictions will remain in effect until March 31, 2019.

City of Tonawanda

A Buffalo man was pulled over in the City of Tonawanda for driving with a cracked windshield. His bad driving record led to his arrest. The traffic stop of Gregory L. Black, 55, led to several charges as well as his arrest Sunday afternoon due to his having 20 suspensions on his driver's license over the last 20 years, police said. After being stopped on Delton St…

Local News

Two men lost their lives Sunday on local waterways in incidents that involved personal watercraft, according to local police. A 51-year-old Lackawanna man was presumed drowned after he was knocked off the craft – colloquially known as Jet Skis – and into the path of a 45-foot cabin cruiser off Niawanda Park, while a 50-year-old German national, who apparently was out on…

Town of Tonawanda

Officer Thomas Kitson will receive his gold detective shield from City of Tonawanda Police Chief William Strassburg and Detective Capt. Michael Rogers at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday in the courtroom of Tonawanda City Hall. Kitson is a 15-year veteran of the department and has been a midnight shift officer for the past nine years.    

Erie County

A City of Tonawanda parks vehicle crashed through the ice last week while clearing snow from the Ives Park skating pond off of Delaware Street. The driver, Fred Sparks, was uninjured, according to police, but the 2016 Jeep appears to be a total loss, according to Mayor Rick Davis. It was not the first time this has happened. "It seems like every so often we have a…

Erie County

Usually cleanshaven City of Tonawanda police officers grew goatees this past month for a good cause. Their efforts raised a total of $725, which was donated by the police officers' union to the Vietnam Veteran Chapter 77 food pantry. This year's folic fundraiser follows the union's "beards for bucks" fundraiser from last year, which raised over $8,000 to help pay for…