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City of Tonawanda Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 17-year-old girl who was last seen Friday. Elise Henry is described as 5-foot-1, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue tips. Police say she was last seen and spoken to on Nov. 22 and that she might possibly be hanging out in the Cheektowaga area. City of Tonawanda Police are asking anyone …

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man is facing felony charges after he allegedly "spiked" the food of family members, including putting laxatives in the family's coffee machine, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Andrew Ditch, 34, allegedly sprinkled laxatives and Epsom salt, which acts like a laxative when taken orally, on family members' food. He also allegedly placed laxative…

Crime

Police charged a North Tonawanda man following an alleged "road rage" incident Thursday morning in the City of Tonawanda. Tyler J. Lichtenberger, 21, was charged with reckless driving after City of Tonawanda police said he instigated a confrontation with another driver in a situation involving a female. Lichtenberger, of Fifth Avenue, was accused of crossing over the…

City of Tonawanda

A fight between the driver and passenger caused a head-on crash in the City of Tonawanda Friday night, resulting in both injuries and felony charges. City police said Adam Bugala was driving a 2005 Chevy Cruz northbound on Young Street around 11:55 p.m. when he and passenger Roderick J. Blanks began arguing and fighting. Blanks grabbed the steering wheel at one point – …

Courts

A bloodcurdling scream. A ball of fire. And moments later, after a co-worker scrambles to get a bucket of water to put out the flames, a woman begs for more water be poured onto her scorched flesh. That is what happened outside a City of Tonawanda coffee shop on Dec. 17, 2018, according to prosecutors, as the attempted murder trial of Jonathon E. White opened Tuesday. …

City of Tonawanda

Jurors this week will be shown surveillance video of a December 2018 attack outside a City of Tonawanda coffee shop that left a young mother "horrifically disfigured," according to prosecutors. Jurors also will be shown police body-camera video that prosecutors said shows smoke coming from Jessica Cameron's body after she had gasoline poured over her head and was se…

Food and Drink

“Cold Coffee Lousy Food.” No, that’s not a Yelp review. It’s the slogan at Fast Teddy’s Restaurant. It takes guts to put that on your window, and I had to investigate. Apparently I’m not the only one intrigued by the slogan. “It draws a lot of people in,” said Dave Dewols, who co-owns the establishment with his wife, Gina. “They want to see what’s going on.” We…

City of Tonawanda

After a car crash in the City of Tonawanda, witnesses suspected a drunken driver. So they made sure she didn't go anywhere. According to City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels, a driver who was rear-ended and another motorist "boxed in" the suspected drunken driver, who was arrested Monday evening for aggravated driving while intoxicated and other charges. Jenn…

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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…

Gusto

J.J. Richert and his brother Kevin have put their City of Tonawanda restaurant up for sale. Smoke on the Water, 77 Young St., has been serving up barbecue and kicked-up family food since the Richerts opened it in 2012. Now that their families have grown, the brothers said in a statement, it's time to reconsider how they spend their time. "Eight years, five children, …

City of Tonawanda

After the body of a missing swimmer was recovered from the waters off Tonawanda Island on Wednesday morning, part of North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joseph Sikora's statement to the public was simple and somber. “Please don’t swim here," Sikora said. Divers recovered the man's body during a two-day search that began after he went missing Tuesday afternoon. Authorities …

City of Tonawanda

A Niagara Falls woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after police say she was pulling down temporary parking signs in the City of Tonawanda related to this week's Canal Fest. After fleeing the police, she was pulled over by officers and confronted about the sign situation. "I am mad at the police for a previous arrest," she told officers, according to Capt. Fre…

Crime

A Grand Island man was ticketed Monday night after he hit a pedestrian with his pickup in the City of Tonawanda, police said. A 26-year-old City of Tonawanda woman was struck on Niagara Street at 6:47 p.m. while crossing from Niawanda Park. The woman – identified as Danielle M. McCarthy – was in the crosswalk and crossing with the green light in front of Mississippi Mud…

Crime

City of Tonawanda police officers got three teens off a railroad bridge within 20 feet of an approaching Amtrak train on Tuesday night. The teens – ages 13, 14 and 15 – were throwing rocks off a bridge over Young Street and Ellicott Creek shortly before 8 p.m., police said. They were apparently not aware of the approaching train. When the officers arrived, they found…

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a crash Monday night in Niagara Falls, according to a police report. The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Buffalo Avenue near 58th Street. A driver told police another car tried to pass her on the right as she headed east on Buffalo Avenue, sideswiped her vehicle and crashed into a …