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The reward for information about the killing of a mother in the Town of Tonawanda has more than tripled to a total of $25,000. The FBI announced today it was contributing $17,500 to the existing $7,500 Buffalo Crime Stoppers reward offer in connection with the Danielle Cretacci murder investigation. The announcement was made Friday afternoon at a joint press conference …

Local News

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday that its administrative phone lines are down. Until the problem is fixed, anyone seeking to contact police is urged to dial 911 from either a cellphone or landline. For nonemergencies, callers are urged to dial 879-6613, police officials said.

Crime

Town of Tonawanda Police used pepper spray to disperse "unruly" members of a crowd gathered at Sheridan Park over Memorial Day Weekend in an incident that resulted in no arrests, according to Lt. Thomas Haynes. Police said they responded to a report of a fight between two people at Sheridan Park around 10:30 p.m. Sunday and observed a crowd of 300 to 400 people assemble…

Crime

Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions in Western New York are investigating a recent string of 11 armed robberies that are "possibly linked to a similar suspect," according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Authorities say the robberies have occurred over the last three weeks at gas stations and convenience stores throughout Erie and Niagara Counties, wi…

Crime

An person armed with a handgun robbed a gas station convenience store in the Town of Tonawanda Monday morning, according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. A white male suspect wearing a hoodie and a black ski mask entered the Sunoco APlus at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and South Ellicott Creek Road and displayed a black handgun during the robbe…

Crime

DNA evidence helped lead law enforcement to an indictment of a Buffalo man in a home invasion of an elderly Tonawanda couple, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Todd Laraba, 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced. …

Education

A lockout was put in place Friday at the Benjamin Franklin elementary and middle school complex on Parkhurst Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda while Town of Tonawanda Police investigated an alleged neighborhood incident. According to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, the lockout was requested so police could investigate a report of an alleged suicidal individual…

Erie County

A 40-year-old tourist from from Pakistan died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the I-290, Town of Tonawanda police said. Police identified the victim as Hamad Mir. Mir, who was pinned beneath the steering wheel of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The crash, which happened at about 12:30 a.m. on the I-290 westbound near Colvin Boul…

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A youth riding a bicycle was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a car, according to Town of Tonawanda Police. The accident occurred at about 3:50 p.m. at Delaware Road and Highland Avenue in the town. The bicyclist suffered possible leg and chest injuries. Police said the driver of the vehicle showed no sign of intoxication or…

Erie County

Town of Tonawanda police officers will wear mourning bands  Sunday to honor Officer Frank Pfanner, the only officer on its force reported killed in the line of duty. Pfanner was struck April 8, 1923, as he was patrolling Delaware Avenue on his motorcycle. Witnesses said a motorist in a southbound vehicle struck Pfanner at an estimated 60 mph and never slowed down. The m…

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A child suffered a possible head injury Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda, according to Town of Tonawanda Police. Town of Tonawanda Police reported the accident at 5:54 p.m. The child was taken by ambulance to Oishei Children's Hospital, where the child's condition was not immedi…