Man convicted in 1979 murder of estranged wife

Oct 24, 2014

A South Buffalo man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife 35 years ago.

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More than 1,000 Democratic Committee members gathered in Lackawanna on Saturday to vote on candidates for Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Lackawanna roadways to see long overdue repairs

Aug 27, 2014
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A major roadway construction project was announced Wednesday for South Park Avenue and Ridge Road in Lackawanna.

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Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has announced her candidacy for a New York Senate seat.

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The police chief in Lackawanna is facing a potential lawsuit due to his involvement in an injury hit-and-run accident.

Man arrested, charged with 1979 murder of his wife

Nov 20, 2013

An arrest has been made in a 34-year-old cold case murder in Lackawanna.

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A locomotive smashed through a banner as part of the official opening of a new rail line on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna Wednesday.

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The mayor of Lackawanna says his city is experiencing a "significant" increase in absentee landlords.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Lackawanna has teamed up with the City of Buffalo to try to resolve the issue.

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Demolition crews were back to work at the Bethlehem Steel administration building in Lackawanna on Friday evening.

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A temporary restraining order has been issued halting any further demolition of the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna.

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Arguing there is new evidence, preservationists are going back into court today seeking to save the deteriorating old Bethlehem Steel management building which has already been partially demolished.

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Despite efforts by area preservationists over the last nine months, demolition of the former Bethlehem Steel Administration building in Lackawanna started Thursday. But members of Buffalo's Young Preservationists say they are not giving up on trying to save the structure. 

Judge says Bethlehem Steel demolition can proceed

Nov 27, 2012
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Despite the objections of preservationists, it appears a building that is part of the old Bethlehem Steel complex in Lackawanna will be demolished. 

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Lackawanna says high flood insurance rates are creating problems for homes and businesses.

It's fairly standard for mortgage companies to require homeowner insurance on a home. If it's in a FEMA designated flood plain, flood insurance is also required and that may not be cheap.

With the help of Rep. Brian Higgins, major changes were made in the flood plains in South Buffalo, taking many homes off the insurance bills.

Now, Lackawanna says new maps aren't fair since they left about the same number of homes and businesses required to get the insurance.

Worker killed in industrial accident

Sep 28, 2012

One man was killed  and another injured when a three-ton steel beam fell Thursday afternoon at a work site at the former location of the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lackawanna.

46-year-old Sabahudin Ramulic of Tonawanda was struck by the beam around 5 p.m. after it fell from an overhead crane. He was declared dead at Mercy Hospital.  26-year-old Patrick Barker suffered broken legs in the incident at the site of Linita Design and Manufacturing.

Overtime expense closes Lackawanna fire station

Sep 7, 2012

Lackawanna's Abbott Road fire station was shut down Thursday as the city attempts to douse a stunning rise in fire department  overtime costs.

The city fire department spent over $60,000 in overtime pay last month, following a trend that was brought to light by an audit from the State Comptroller's office.

From August 2011 through July 2012, fire department overtime expenditures totaled $511,000, $211,000 above the budgeted amount.

Some new department hires are expected to help alleviate staffing problems, which have been partly to blame for excessive overtime.

SPCA investigating cat shot with arrow

Jul 23, 2012

The SPCA Serving Erie County is seeking information on a violent incident that caused the death of a domestic cat. 

The shelter says a 5-year-old cat named Tommy was found shot in the forehead with an arrow last Thursday afternoon near his Elm Street home in Lackawanna.  He was taken to an animal hospital, where he had to be euthanized for humane reasons. 

Animal investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call an SPCA hotline at 629-3502.  Any tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a $500 reward.


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A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held beneath one of six new wind turbines along the Lake Erie shoreline.  Leaders from First Wind, the company operating the windmills, and elected officials joined in a ribbon-cutting at the base of one of these turbines.