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The toll booths that have greeted motorists at the north and south Grand Island bridges for decades will be coming down early next year. But tolls will still be collected through an electronic cashless system.

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When the last two tolls at Breckenridge and South Ogden were removed from the New York State Thruway in Buffalo, some wondered why tolls remain to cross the Grand Island bridges. Those opposing the tolls made their voices heard Wednesday night.

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A Mexican citizen is facing criminal charges after illegally re-entering the United States.

John Raymond was about to sell his home in Lewiston until Environmental Protection Agency officials showed up last spring armed with radiation detectors.


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Later this week, the Niagara River Greenway Commission is expected to approve a $900,000 grant for the conversion of Grand Island's West River Parkway into a bike path and pedestrian trail. 

Advocates insist the project will expand recreation opportunities, promote good health and improve quality of life.

As state officials move forward with plans to eventually shut down the island's highway-speed road, opponents continue to raise traffic and safety concerns for other roadways.


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Two Grand Island residents are charged in a violent attack on an Erie County Sheriff's Deputy, including an individual who was out on bail for an alleged death threat against a deputy last month.


The Erie County Sheriff's Office is warning Grand Island residents to secure their homes and vehicles after a string of break-ins over the past 24 hours.

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An Erie County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Grand Island for operating without tail lights and running a stop sign. What he discovered was that the driver's license had 46 active suspensions and his driving privileges had been revoked.

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The toll bridges connecting Grand Island with the rest of Western New York are as common to commuters as pot holes in April. However, Nathan McMurray is taking a fresh look in his first year as Grand Island Supervisor. "Does this make sense in this day and age to have people out there collecting dollar bills?"

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There's been a big expansion of the county's agricultural districts, including on Grand Island.


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A chain reaction accident on Grand Island last night has caused minor injuries to a New York State Police Officer.

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The Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament’s debut on Grand Island was a success.

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After a summer of uncertainty whether the tournament would be allowed to proceed, the local promoter for the Gas Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament says Grand Island is embracing the upcoming event. There is room, though, for more teams.


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The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament is on for August 29 and 30 on Grand Island, maybe.

Gus Macker hoops tournament moving to Grand Island

May 14, 2015
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A longtime 3-on-3 basketball tournament that ran for many years in downtown Buffalo is returning to Erie County for the first time in two years.

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State Tax Commissioner Kenneth Adams was in Beverly Kinney's Grand Island home Wednesday to pitch for Governor Cuomo's property tax relief program. The plan is part of the ongoing budget debate in Albany.

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The Grand Island Fire Company rescued a man after an ATV accident Saturday afternoon.

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The man widely considered to be the oldest living person in the world has died.

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The oldest man in the world is a 112-year-old former musician and coal miner from Grand Island.

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A Grand Island woman is facing multiple drug-related charges after a traffic stop by Erie County Sheriffs deputies.

Authorities investigate threat at Grand Island school

May 30, 2013

A Grand Island elementary school operated under a "shelter in place" mode for much of the day while authorities investigated a reported threat.

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An accident Saturday evening has left a Grand Island man with significant injuries.

Sixty-two year old Stephen Turner was crossing the southbound lane of Stony Point around eight o'clock when he was struck by 23-year-old Joshua Khreis. Turner is being treated at ECMC for unspecified injuries.

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olice are continuing to investigate the case and no charges have been filed as yet.

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An investment group featured two local developers submitted the winning bid for the Grand Island Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center Wednesday morning. 

Business First reports that in an auction that included ten registered bidders, a group led by developer Roger Trettel came out on top with a $4 million bid.  The winning group outbid a firm from Elmira in what the publication calls a "hectic" auction that featured 19 back-and-forth bids.

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Buffalo's Edward M. Cotter now has a baby brother, with the Grand Island Fire Company adding a fireboat to its land fleet.

Fire Chief Kevin Koch says his department covers all of Grand Island and out into the Niagara River.  He notes  his department gets different emergencies than most department like lock fires, boat fires and boat rescues.

There is no name yet for the new 24-foot fire boat but it's already been used on a rescue. That's smaller than the Cotter, but with many of the same purposes.

Water restrictions lifted in Grand Island

Aug 22, 2012

Leaders in the Town of Grand Island say residents no longer need to restrict their water usage. 

Back in July, Island residents were asked to voluntarily limit their usage at the peak of the hot, dry summer.  But now, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke says there are now adequate levels in the town's system for fire fighting and everyday domestic use. 

Cooke, in a written statement, is thanking residents for their "conservative and thoughtful" cooperation in one of the driest Julys in recorded history.   


 

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A wrong-way crash on the southbound I-190 on Grand Island killed three people overnight. 

State Police say an SUV driven by 87-year old Richard Hildebrandt of Kenmore was going the wrong way on the Niagara Thruway when it slammed head-on into another vehicle.  It happened near the Whitehaven Road exit just before 1 o'clock this morning. 

Three passengers in the other vehicle were killed: 20-year-old Shofiul Alom and a 21-year-olds Nazim Khan and Rezwan Chowdhury.

A trio of teens has been arrested in connection with a spree of larcenies on Grand Island.

Three males, one seventeen and two sixteen year olds, face multiple charges. The youths were witnessed rifling through a car when police were called. The group was caught in possession of a number of stolen GPS devices.

Anyone in the Cardinal Lane neighborhood who believes items are missing from their cars or garages should contact the Sheriff's office.