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TOWN OF TONAWANDA (WGRZ) -- If you drive on the 290 or the 190 in the Town of Tonawanda you're going to start noticing some eye-catching advertising.

The Town Board passed a resolution to allow digital billboards along the Town sections of The Youngman Expressway and the Niagara section of the New York State Thruway.

According to State Thruway rules the billboard can change no less than once every six seconds.


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Community Mourns Loss of Teacher

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Ken-Ton residents woke Thursday to the terrible news that English teacher Brian Dugan had been killed in a tragic traffic accident the night before.

Dugan was struck and killed by a car driven by an elderly woman as he was jogging on Sheridan Drive near the intersection of Belmont at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the school district.

He taught at Kenmore West High School and was an assistant football coach at the middle school. He is the father of three children.

School officials say grief counselors will be at the school today meeting with students as the community struggles to cope with the loss.

If you would like to share your memories of Mr. Dugan or your thoughts for the community in this time of mourning, please leave a comment here. 

Man Wanted in Carjacking, Falls Robbery, Arrested in Vegas

TOWN of TONAWANDA, NY--  Town of Tonawanda Police announced Wednesday the man wanted as a "person of interest" in a September 1st carjacking at a town gas station is in custody in Las Vegas.

Gregory Allen Young, Jr. was arrested Tuesday in connection with an armed bank robbery there last week. At the time of his arrest, police say Young was driving the red Ford Focus taken in the carjacking.

FBI officials in Las Vegas tell 2 On Your Side Young was arrested without incident.

He is currently being arraigned in federal court in Las Vegas on bank robbery charges and for transporting a stolen vehicle.

Niagara Falls Police also want to talk to Young in connection with a bank robbery at Citizens Bank.  He's currently in federal custody in Nevada where charges are pending against him.

Sudan Lost Boys Aid Africa

BUFFALO - Helping children half a world away is the focus of an organization that is celebrating the generosity of Western New Yorkers.

A group called "Aid and Care for Africa" was founded by Dominic Diing, one of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan"-children who ran from their villages in Southern Sudan to escape military jihadists who were kidnapping young boys and training them for military duty.

Diing emigrated to the United States in 2001 and graduated from Niagara University.

For the past four years, he has raised money to build a school for orphans in his war-torn Sudanese village.

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Super Adoption Event to be Held at the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo

A Super Adoption Event will be taking place during the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo on Saturday, September 25th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg.  Twenty area rescue groups will be present with cats and dogs available for adoption.  Anyone who has been thinking of adopting a new member of the family is certain to find the perfect match from among over 100 animals of all ages and breeds.

In addition to the Super Adoption Event, the Pet Expo will provide pet owners with the opportunity to shop for toys, treats and professional dog trainers.  The whole family will be entertained by flyball and agility demontrations as well as the ASPCA Crime Scene Investigations van.  A special Preview Night will be held from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, September 24th with a dog fashion show and door prize of two complimentary tickets on JetBlue Airways.

Rescue Mission Needs Your Help

The above is a video of Gloria. Gloria was rescued by Farm Sanctuary, and was a victim of severe neglect. For the first 8 years of her life she lived at a racetrack to calm the horses. She was tied to a wall, with no room to walk, roam, or really move at all, and she had no contact with any animals, other than being able to see them move about, as she remained tied. Gloria didn't know how to be a goat, she had never been allowed to prior to coming home to Farm Sanctuary, and as you can see, she can certainly play now!

Kenmore West Student Earns Prestigious Academic Honor

Kenmore West Senior James Mazur is one of only 16,000 students across the country and one of 958 across New York State who has been named a “National Merit Scholarship” semifinalist based on the strength of PSAT test scores.  Mazur is now in the running to win one of the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, which total $36 million. 

“I am very happy and blessed.   To win this prestigious scholarship would bring me one step closer to my goal of securing the financial means to attend a great college.  I am happy and excited to hear this great news,” said Mazur, who is active in the “Challenge Club” and “Welcome Crew” at Kenmore West High School.