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.


Leaders celebrate six added wind turbines im WNY

Feb 21, 2012
photo by Michael Mroziak

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.