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The City of Tonawanda Police Department's non-emergency phone line will experience intermittent interruptions and silence from midnight to 6 a.m. on Dec. 14 and 15. The interruptions are part of regular maintenance and will not affect the 911  line, according to a police notice. Capt. Frederic Foels said anyone who has an issue with the phone lines during the outage …

A City of Tonawanda woman faces felony drunk driving charges, after she crashed her vehicle into a pole at Delaware and Delton streets. Following the early morning accident Wednesday, Karli M. Holler, 30 of Gibson Street was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in the first and second degrees, and six other t…

A City of Tonawanda man faces five felony and three misdemeanor charges in connection with an alleged incident that happened in August, authorities said. City of Tonawanda Police said Joseph D. Schmitt, 27, is accused of assaulting another man on Aug. 22 who was allegedly pulled into a vehicle, beaten up, thrown out of the vehicle and run over by Schmitt. The dispute ce…

With City of Tonawanda property owners facing a nearly 5 percent tax hike, the Common Council is mulling a variety of options to cut about $200,000 in costs from the mayor's $22.3 million budget proposal. Despite suggestions, no spending cuts were made during council's budget workshop on Monday. Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth proposed eliminating both police captain…

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A City of Tonawanda driver and his passenger who were stopped in a traffic stop by police Tuesday ended up being arrested on charges of drug possession, authorities said. Lance Crowe, 34, of Morgan Street, was stopped for speeding and running a red light about 7:30 p.m. at Main and Wheeler streets, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Officers found Crowe had a sus…

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The City of Tonawanda's seasonal ban on overnight parking begins on Sunday to aid city crews in both street cleaning and future snow removal. Effective Oct. 1 and continuing through March 31 there is no overnight parking allowed on streets or city lots between 2 to 6 a.m., according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Prior to 2014, the city had a year-round …

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A house on Tussing Lane in the City of Tonawanda was struck by gunfire, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Police showed up at the residence at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, looking for shell casings that were found in the street, according to authorities. During the investigation, police determined that the house, as well as a parked vehicle in the driveway, was stru…

A North Tonawanda man stole meat from a Tops Market on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda but was caught after fleeing on a bicycle, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Chad Bower, 44, of Sweeney Street, was apprehended about 8 p.m. Monday after police found him underneath a crawl space below a restaurant on Webster Street in North Tonawanda, according to po…

A Town of Tonawanda man who police found passed out in his parked car about 8 p.m. Friday on William Street faces a felony drunken driving charge, City of Tonawanda Police report. Officers said that Everett Daniel Jr. 53, of Cranbrook Road, told them he had been drinking since he finished work at 3:30 p.m. and didn’t know where he was. Police said he registered a .25 bl…

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A motorcyclist from out of state suffered a serious leg injury after he was struck by another vehicle Thursday at Niagara and Seymour streets in the City of Tonawanda, police said. Troy Gene Walker, 50, of Plano, Iowa, was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable. Walker was one of four motorcyclists from Iowa who were traveling to …

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Before gangs of kids start causing trouble in the City of Tonawanda, police there often offer them coupons for free Slurpees. Capt. Frederic Foels said the 7-Eleven promotion is something officers there have been using each summer for more than 20 years to improve police relations with youth. "It's a way to interact with the kids," said Foels. He said they hand out t…

A Depew man suffered minor injuries Friday after passing out behind the wheel of his vehicle and crashing into a parked vehicle on Wheeler Street in the City of Tonawanda. David W. Lytle, 67, suffered cuts on his hands, according to City of Tonawanda police. The force of the crash, which occurred about 2:15 p.m., caused Lytle's vehicle to rollover, police added. Lytl…

Four local police departments, in the town and village of Hamburg, the city of Tonawanda and the town of Evans, will receive state grants totaling more than $60,000 to enhance their law enforcement efforts. The town of Hamburg will use its funding to purchase a new patrol vehicle, said Chief Gregory Wickett. The City of Tonawanda intends to use its funding for new radio…

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The grandson of City of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena has been selected by local agencies to be the recipient of the offering at the 20th Annual Interfaith Police Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., Lewiston. The annual service honors law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty. Scarpena's g…

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Two drug overdose deaths in two months in the City of Tonawanda and an additional seven calls to administer the antidote Narcan have caused concern for city officials. Police Chief William L. Strassburg said opioids are “a growing problem” in the city as heroin, laced with dangerous fentanyl derivatives, compounds the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. On Tues…