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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 64-year-old pedestrian suffered serious head and leg injuries Tuesday when she was struck by a driver on Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, according to town police. The woman was attempting to cross Delaware near the intersection with Colonial Avenue, two blocks north of Sheridan Drive, shortly before 6 p.m. when she was hit by the driver of a pickup, police s…

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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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The minivan of a missing 68-year-old Town of Tonawanda man has been found, according to police, who are still searching for him. Jonathan E. Kolber hasn't been seen by his family since Thursday night, Town of Tonawanda police said. Kolber is 6 feet tall, weighs 230 pounds, has short gray hair and may have been wearing gray jogging pants and a dark shirt. Polic…

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A 94-year-old resident and the driver of sports utility vehicle were seriously injured when the SUV struck a senior apartment complex in the Town of Tonawanda Tuesday evening, according to authorities. Brighton Volunteer Fire Company firefighters said they extricated the trapped driver from the SUV, which was found just after 7 p.m. Tuesday on its side next to a cratere…

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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…

Erie County

Snow? What snow? With this week's forecast calling for possible days in the 60s and the calendar marching slowly but steadily toward spring, neighboring municipalities in the Northtowns have lifted their winter parking bans. The Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore announced Tuesday that they halted their overnight parking restrictions. Residents can now park…

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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A Town of Tonawanda man was arrested on several charges Sunday evening after he was found passed out at the wheel in a turning lane of Twin City Highway, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Jacob T. Pettit, 18, was charged with driving while ability impaired, driving while intoxicated and other drug and traffic charges at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. City of T…

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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…

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Two men robbed a property management office Friday in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda, police said Monday. The robbery happened at about 4:50 p.m. A handgun was displayed during the robbery and the suspects fled in a dark-colored Infiniti sedan after stealing cash and checks, Town of Tonawanda police said. Police ask anyone who may have in…

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Elmer Wienclawski’s parents died when he was 5. He spent 10 years in an orphanage. He worked on a farm as a teenager during the Great Depression. He tells people the secret to a long life is being positive and doing good deeds — whether it's helping strangers, serving as a volunteer firefighter or fighting for your country. Wienclawski should know. He's 99 years old.…

Food and Drink

Jacqueline Kobti, whom everyone calls Jackie, said that some recipes from her restaurant come from her grandma, but that’s not the reason she and her husband picked Granny’s Family Restaurant for the name of their eatery. “Everybody likes grandma’s food,” she said. The name seems to be working, as Jackie and her husband, Fadel, have been operating a successful restau…

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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. …

Business

Just four months after cutting its local workforce and two months after losing some of its previous tax breaks for not meeting its job targets, manufacturer Unifrax Corp. is coming back to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to ask for more incentives for a new expansion. Unifrax, the Tonawanda-based manufacturer of high-temperature insulation products, is pla…