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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…

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A man was arrested on several charges, including attempted robbery, after alleged "confrontational" behavior at a convenience store, according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Mark B. Butyneski, 42, was charged with third-degree attempted robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance, controlled substances in non-original container and third-degree c…

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On Tuesday, the Town of Tonawanda Police Department issued a press bulletin, including video clips, regarding a suspected robber that may have been part of a recent string of 11 armed robberies that have occurred in Tonawanda and neighboring parts of Western New York. Early Wednesday morning, the list was extended to 12 after an incident that occurred less than a mile f…

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…

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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…

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…

Town of Tonawanda

When Town of Tonawanda police respond to a car accident, fire or crime that's left a child traumatized, they'll have a new method to comfort the youngsters. Officers will soon begin handing out cuddly teddy bears to children in need. On Tuesday, Buffalo Biodiesel donated 100 Gund bears valued at $20 each to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department for the new program.…

Erie County

Ron Zaprzal was a decorated Buffalo police officer before retiring earlier this year after 32 years on the force. But at his home on Wendover Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, the former cop said he feels like he is still fighting crime. "We have a lot of problems on our street," said Zaprzal. "We've had a couple burglaries, a sex offender and an increase in petty cri…

A missing North Tonawanda woman and her 7-year-old daughter have been located, North Tonawanda police said Tuesday afternoon. Police agencies in Erie and Niagara counties were searching for Cynthia Kawaya and her daughter after receiving reports from the woman's family that they were concerned for her welfare. North Tonawanda police said they were found at about 2:45…

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An 80-year-old man remained in critical condition after he and another family member were rescued Monday from a burning house by volunteer firefighters and Town of Tonawanda police, officials said late Wednesday. Police were dispatched about 4:45 p.m. to the scene of the fire on Glenside Avenue and discovered Shantel Martin, 25, screaming for help from a second-floor be…

Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in advance of a plan to lower the speed limit adjacent to Glendale Elementary School on Glendale Drive and Millwood Drive. If approved, the speed limit would be lowered to 20 miles per hour on school days, between 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. and speeding fines would be increased. New signs will be …

Erie County

The annual community building campaign between local police and their neighborhoods – National Night Out – will be celebrated from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, in Lincoln Park Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda. The Night Out event is hosted by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. National…

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The Tonawanda Town Board voted unanimously this week to remove outdated street signs that restricted parking on Wednesdays on the north side of Thorncliff Road, between Jewell Street and Colvin Boulevard. Chief of Police Jerome Ushold told the Town Board on Monday that residents had contacted the police department to request the signs be removed. "The (signs) are onl…

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Don Battista couldn't afford to buy a team jacket when he was a captain on Kenmore East High School's 2012 state championship hockey team. One day before practice, the team's volunteer assistant coach, Thomas J. Diehl Sr., presented him with a box with his name on it. Inside was a team jacket. "He would really do anything for anybody," Battista said. Those who kne…

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What caused a Town of Tonawanda police car to erupt in flames the afternoon of Jan. 12 is unknown and will remain unknown, according to Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold. Uschold was questioned by the Tonawanda Town Board Monday after he requested permission to dispose of the totaled car, a 2015 Ford Explorer. "Totaled is being kind," said Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger.…