Lackawanna

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Construction will begin at the end of this month on the $29 million rehabilitation of Buffalo's Route 5 Skyway, leaving the question of how much impact there will be to commuters and those who rely on them.

Heritage Moments: Father Baker’s miracle at Our Lady of Victory

Apr 9, 2018
Photo courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

Father Nelson Baker — the “padre of the poor,” the man who built the Our Lady of Victory complex in Lackawanna into an astonishing city of charity that featured an orphanage, a boys’ protectory, a home for unwed mothers and their infants, a hospital, a grade school and high school, a nurses’ home, a farm to help feed the hungry, a soup kitchen that served more 450,000 meals during the first three years of the Great Depression, and finally the great basilica that has become a national shrine and pilgrimage site.


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Buffalo Sabres fans know him most for his hockey broadcasts, but play-by-play icon Rick Jeanneret will be honored by another sport this summer.

Nagi pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS

Jan 22, 2018
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Two and a half years after he was arrested by federal authorities, a Lackawanna man has admitted he attempted to travel abroad and join the efforts of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. On Monday, Arafat Nagi entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in downtown Buffalo.


Erie County Sheriff's Department

A Buffalo man has been charged in the Lackawanna fire that seriously injured a family and endangered three other families.

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Even with the passage of 35 years, Noel Varela has all-too-vivid memories of December 27, 1982. On this day, Bethlehem Steel announced plans to shut down nearly all steelmaking operations at its Lackawanna Plant within six months.

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Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

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The second phase of investment from the state's Buffalo Billion initiative will be directed downtown. However, Buffalo won't be the beneficiary; instead, the money will provide a boost to the downtowns of Gowanda, North Tonawanda, Lackawanna and Dunkirk. 


WBFO's Avery Schneider

Ten months worth of investigation into the massive Bethlehem Steel site fire in Lackawanna last November has resulted in an undetermined cause.

Erie County District Attorney

A substantial cash reward is now available for information that leads law enforcers to an arrest and conviction in relation to an April arson that drove four families from their home in Lackawanna.


Lackawanna Fire Department

Erie County Sheriff's Department fire investigators have been brought in to probe two Lackawanna fires in a building owned by a local mosque.

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A student was arrested for allegedly carrying a gun into school Monday morning. It happened at the Baker Hall School in Lackawanna. Baker Victory Services spokesman John Pitts tells WBFO News the gun was discovered as the student entered the school building.  


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A stretch of Route 5 in Lackawanna is closed after a tanker truck hauling propane crashed into a pickup truck and overturned early this morning.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The company that owns the former Bethlehem Steel buildings destroyed in a massive fire last month will help cover the cost of home cleanup for nearby residents.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Lackawanna residents met Monday night with state officials about the environmental aftermath of the massive fire on the old Bethlehem Steel grounds. Citizens said they were not getting the whole story and state officials said they did not know everything.

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All lanes of Route 5 from Ridge Road to Route 179 in Lackawanna continue to be closed to traffic due to the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski declared a state of emergency in his city during the noon hour, calling for the evacuation of residents living near the site of a former Bethlehem Steel building where a fire continues to burn since Wednesday.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The massive smoke plume rising above the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna is a blow to city plans to use buildings on the site.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Giant plumes of smoke can be seen for miles as crews battle a massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site. A cold storage building containing cars, boats and an assortment of recycling materials is engulfed in flames.

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All drinking fountains in Lackawanna City Schools have been turned off and sinks have warning signs on them, after elevated levels of lead were found from a variety of sources.

An emergency water main break in Cheektowaga had crews working to repair it through Sunday's early morning hours.

A new set of water main problems have occurred in Erie County.

A Lackawanna man, who stabbed his wife 30 times at their Madison Avenue home, has been found guilty of murder in the 2nd degree.

Lackawanna man asks for terrorist charges to be dropped

Jun 9, 2016
U.S. Attorney's Office

A Lackawanna man, accused of making plans to join the Islamic State group in Syria, wants the charges against him dropped.

BakerVictoryServices.org

A Niagara County-based foundation is giving $1 million to Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity of Lackawanna, which funds Baker Victory Services, for the construction of a new house where families of troubled youths can visit their loved ones. The house being funded by the Moore For Kids Foundation will also provide emergency shelter to children removed from homes.

State urged to take over two major Lackawanna roads

May 31, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Legislation is introduced in both houses of the State Legislature that propose an Albany takeover of two major roadways in the City of Lackawanna.


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Bethlehem Steel may have closed its Lackawanna plant 33-years ago, but the city and Albany are still groping for a way to clean and develop the site.


Lackawanna man accused of attempting to join ISIL

Jul 29, 2015
Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

A Lackawanna man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to join and recruit for a notorious terrorist organization.

Major road repair set for two Lackawanna streets

Jul 7, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two of the City of Lackawanna's busiest roads will be getting repaved this summer, paid for by a grant arranged by New York State Senator Tim Kennedy.

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Two people, a husband and wife were found stabbed, one fatally, overnight in Lackawanna.

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