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The prison break in northern New York captured the nation’s attention for three weeks in 2015 and spawned two screen adaptations – one of questionable accuracy on Lifetime and another based on the actual events and filmed on location for Showtime.

But as one filmmaker watched what unfolded during and after the escape of Richard Matt of Tonawanda and David Sweat of Deposit, near Binghamton, from the maximum security prison at Dannemora, he felt corrections officers and other workers were negatively portrayed. The documentary “We Stand Corrected: Dannemora“ chronicles the events and aftermath of the escape from the point of view of law enforcement and corrections personnel.

Flyers for a Ku Klux Klan event in Indiana on August 31 were found in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Monday morning.  Police in both areas said five residents found the flyers in zipped plastic bags, weighed down by rice.

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The State Canal Corporation is looking for ideas to bring New York's canal system into the 21st century.

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It’s been three years since inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The prison break set off a three-week manhunt across new York State. Matt, of Tonawanda, was killed in a shootout, while Sweat was shot, arrested ad now serving time in Attica Correctional Facility.

In the months that followed there were crackdowns and investigations, some highly critical reports about corrections practices and personnel. Corrections officials say they have worked to improve security at prisons statewide.

But a new report from State Inspector General, Catherine Leahy Scott, found ongoing security lapses that continued at least through last year.

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A long-term agreement has been reached between the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad and the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, giving the green light to the conversion of a 27-mile former rail line into a multi-use recreational trail.

Historic Palace Theatre

New York State will provide low-cost electricity to 22 businesses, non-profits and other organizations around the state in exchange for promises to create or retain jobs. Unifrax's recently opened facility in Tonawanda and the Historic Palace Theater in Lockport are among the beneficiaries this year.

NOCO Energy Corp. is mourning the death of its former Chairman.

A Tonawanda man has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison after leaving the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident on Grand Island last June 13. His driver's license also was revoked.

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Young Street in the City of Tonawanda is going to be closed until June, as the Council experiments with other uses for the downtown space.

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What do Birmingham, AL and Buffalo have in common? They both are concerned about the health effect of coke emissions.

A Tonawanda woman has pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to grand larceny and attempted grand larceny charges in connection with the theft of money from a Ken-Ton school and the attempted theft of money from a gymnastic booster club.

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Is a painting once stored behind a sofa in Tonawanda a Michelangelo?


The world's largest sponge-making facility is located right here in Western New York - and now the 3M plant in Tonawanda is expanding.

Sumitomo Rubber USA

A local manufacturer is moving ahead with a multi-million dollar expansion. The project - which is being driven in part by state and local incentives - is expected to create dozens of new jobs

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Another forlorn Buffalo building - an unusual structure - will likely be bursting with residents early in 2018.

Two local men with previous child pornography convictions have pleaded guilty to more charges.

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Across Erie County, local governments and activists are convening town meetings to talk about drug problems. New figures project 570 fatal drug overdoses will occur this year in the county.

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A longtime coal-burning energy plant in the Town of Tonawanda faces closure under a plan submitted by its owner to the New York State Public Service Commission. Seventy-nine jobs are slated to be cut by next March.

The Town of Tonawanda sewer system overflowed into Ellicott Creek over the weekend.

Family and friends of Avery Gardner gathered Friday night at the spot where the teen lost her life last week.


Tonawanda Coke Corporation will pay $12 million in what state and federal regulators hail as a "historic" environmental settlement that targets problems at the company's River Road plant.

Suspicious device removed from Tonawanda bank holdup

Apr 30, 2015
Courtesy of Town of Tonawanda Police

Police in the Town of Tonawanda are seeking a suspect who held up the Bank of America branch on Delaware Avenue near Sheridan Drive Thursday afternoon and left behind a suspicious device.

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The man accused of setting several fires on the night of August 4 and 5 in the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda has agreed to a plea deal.

A City of Tonawanda man has been arraigned in connection with a string of arsons Monday night in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The 'all clear' has been given in the Town of Tonawanda where the actions of a suspicious man caused the evacuation of a section of Sheridan Drive this morning.

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A military member hailing from Tonawanda made a quiet return home on Saturday.

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A new report suggests the coal-fired Huntley power plant in the Town of Tonawanda is no longer appears to be financially viable and is likely "headed for retirement."

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An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home told State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak Wednesday that Amigone has no plans to reopen its crematory on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.

Tonawanda Police

The man who set fire to his Town of Tonawanda home Monday was apparently planning kill first responders.

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A festive mood is in the air at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant Friday as the company and its employees are celebrating the River Road facility's 75th Anniversary with an open house.