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A man accused of pistol-whipping a clerk and displaying two handguns as he attempted to rob a 7-Eleven was arrested Sunday evening, thanks in large part to some quick actions by store employees and the North Tonawanda Police Department. Brandon A. Ortiz, 20, of Niagara Falls, was charged with 12 counts of robbery, assault and weapons charges after trying to rob the stor…

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William R. Hall will retire as chief of the North Tonawanda Police Department in July. Hall has been a member of the department for over 30 years. He previously served as chief of detectives for 11 years and stepped into the role of chief in 2013, succeeding Police Chief Randy Szukala. No interim chief has been announced. The selection of a new chief will be made aft…

Niagara County

NORTH TONAWANDA - The backlash against police across the nation following controversial shootings of suspects this year has prompted some communities to show support officers. In North Tonawanda, the city painted a blue line between the yellow no passing lines on Payne Avenue  in front of the North Tonawanda Police Department on Wednesday to show its support for the "th…