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After decades of generating pollution, the former Tonawanda Coke property in the Town of Tonawanda may be one step closer to becoming a clean computer data campus. Developer Jon M. Williams, who has a history of cleaning up and repurposing dirty industrial sites, has completed his expected purchase of the 140-acre property out of bankruptcy. Acting through Riverview …

Courts

A jury Thursday found a Town of Tonawanda man guilty of second-degree murder in the April shooting death of his domestic partner in their residence in the town's Sheridan Parkside neighborhood, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Mario Turner, 51, was originally charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon in the fa…

Buffalo

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 …

Crime

A man was killed early Saturday morning outside a corner store on the Buffalo-Tonawanda border, Town of Tonawanda police said. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was stabbed at about 1 a.m. in front of 90 Vulcan St. He died at the scene, town police said. Police did not say whether they have anyone in custody and did not release any further information…

Crime

The reward for information about a Town of Tonawanda killing has doubled. Crime Stoppers Buffalo is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot and killed Danielle Cretacci, 31, in an Ebling Avenue home in the Town of Tonawanda early on the morning of Aug. 27. Crime Stoppers Buffalo said the reward was increased by an additional…

Business

Anyone who arrived at the Tonawanda Powertrain plant Monday morning found striking United Auto Workers picketing at the entrances as the work week began with the United States' first major labor strike in 12 years. More than 3,000 UAW workers in Western New York are on strike as their union contract with General Motors Co. expired Saturday night without any agreement or…

Courts

A Town of Tonawanda paramedic was arraigned Tuesday before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes on an indictment charging him with one felony count each of third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 52-year-old Jon Cinelli, of Grand Island, also was cha…

Erie County

Drivers on the I-290, you're not seeing things. One of your landmarks disappeared today. The Town of Tonawanda's Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome was deflated Wednesday morning in order for a new dome to be installed. The landmark visible to thousands of drivers each day is getting an upgrade, a central part of a major, $2 million reconstruction to the facility. The curre…

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

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…

Crime

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…

Crime

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…

Local News

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…

Crime

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…