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The driver of an SUV who died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night on East River Road was identified as Joseph Berard, 48, of Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced in a statement. When volunteer firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene of the crash near the south Grand Island Bridge at about 8:14 p.m., they found the male driver unconscious…

High Schools

Kenmore/Grand Island junior forward Abby Blair has committed to play Division I hockey at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Blair, who attends Grand Island, had 10 goals and five assists in 19 games last season and has seven goals and four assists this season. "I had several other opportunities but chose St. Anselm because it was the best fit for me regarding hock…

High Schools

Grand Island welcomed another player into its 1,000 point club. Senior Cam Sionko broke the mark by putting up 17 points in a 51-50 win over Hutch-Tech. Sionko only needed one point to reach 1,000. He’s projected to reach 1,200 in his career as a Viking, which would put him at second all-time behind Carlin Hartman (1,513). “He’s our captain, our leader,” said Grand I…

Crime

A Tonawanda man has been charged with multiple incidents of thefts from cars on Grand Island, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Michael Rodriguez, 20, was arrested on several counts on Nov. 22 following a call for a car larceny on East River Road on Grand Island. He was also charged in connection with a Nov. 2 car larceny on Grand Island. Deputies said t…

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A Niagara Falls man driving what authorities said was a stolen vehicle and his passenger were arrested after the vehicle struck an Erie County Sheriff deputy's vehicle and then crashed into a ditch on Grand Island. The incident happened about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, when a sheriff's deputy saw the vehicle driving recklessly on the I-190 near the Grand Island Boulevard exit,…

Erie County

Only one Grand Island Bridge is open to I-190 traffic traveling between the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island this weekend. The southbound south Grand Island Bridge was closed to traffic as of 5 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday, the Thruway Authority announced. Both northbound and southbound I-190 traffic are reduced to a single lane over t…

Courts

A Grand Island woman has been indicted by an Erie County grand jury on second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges in the death of her boyfriend's 2-year-old daughter. Brianna Valenti, 26, pleaded not guilty Wednesday during her arraignment in county court. She remained in custody on $150,000 bail. Raelynn Rose Fuller died Sept. 22 in Oishei Children's…

Gusto

One of rap's hottest videos is steeped in Buffalo-area scenery. No. 5 on YouTube's Trending videos, "Pretty Little Fears," a joint effort by hip-hop moguls 6lack and J. Cole, features scenes from Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg, Fantasy Island in Grand Island, the old Niagara Falls High School (now the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center) and downtown by Shea's Performing Arts C…

Health and Fitness

Roughly 100,000 boxes of paper records once stood up to 20 feet high in a sprawling warehouse on Grand Island. Then Ken Knight found pickleball. He started playing the racket sport with friends in July 2017, after managers of the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island put pickleball courts atop the club's outdoor tennis courts. "We didn't have a clue about what pickl…

High Schools

Devils win battle of champs Taha Ahmed scored in the sixth minute and Ross Showalter in the 46th as the defending Class AA boys soccer champion Clarence defeated Monsignor Martin champion St. Joe’s, 2-1, in the final of the Clarence Tournament. The Marauders’ main rival, Canisius, kicked off its season and Monsignor Martin slate with a 3-0 home victory against Bishop…

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A motorcyclist was killed in a collision on Grand Island Thursday night, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death and help identify the victim. The crash occurred at the intersection of Love and Schwegler Roads, where deputies found the…

Business

For University at Buffalo's Nate Oats, 2018 has been a very good year. The head coach of the school's basketball team led his squad to win their conference title after amassing the best conference start in team history. Then he took them to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, even reaching the second round after upsetting the Arizona Wildcats. He was…

Gusto

The full name of the establishment located at 1771 Love Road in Grand Island is Say Cheese Pizza Co./The Comic Book Cafe, but it’s the latter moniker that’s remembered. Ask local superhero aficionados about Say Cheese Pizza Co., and you’ll get a shoulder shrug. Ask about the Comic Book Cafe, and you’ll get a high-five. That is not because of the food, although the food …

Business

The new Holiday Inn Express on Grand Island is now open for reservations, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray announced Tuesday. Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels has completed its five-year project to renovate and transform the long-vacant former Hooker/Dunlop office building into a new 105-room hotel, located at 2761 Long Road. Set in a 72,000-square-fo…

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A man robbed a Northwest Savings Bank on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the robbery occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road. The suspect approached a bank teller, displayed a handgun and then made off with an undetermined amount of cash, police s…