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NT Councilmember Addresses Allegations of Wrongdoing

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The North Tonawanda council member who's daughter was given a rare DWI plea deal, spoke to the people she represents, Tuesday night at a regular council meeting.

Nancy Donovan, mother of 23-year-old Sara Donovan, spoke for just more than a minute about alleged involvement in a DWI plea deal.  The Donovan daughter was arrested July 9th for hitting two parked cars and driving while intoxicated.

Since then, Donovan retained Henry Wojtaszek, the former Niagara County Republican party chairman who asked the Republican Niagara County district attorney Michael Violante for Donovan's DWI charge to be lowered to two traffic violations.

Donovan's statement is as follows:

"I've prepared a statement in regards to recent events that I'm sure you've all read about.  Ummm, there's been much publicity lately in regards to the DWI arrest and subsequent plea of my daughter Sara in North Tonawanda.

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AARP/Walgreens Offers Health Screenings and Services

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is on the second leg of its two-year national health screening tour with the goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings in more than 3,000 communities across the nation.

Health workers perform a battery tests which check: total cholesterol level, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels waist circumference and body mass index. The value of the services is estimated at $140 but are presented free.

The Wellness Tour rolls in to Walgreens locations at 2601 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda on Thursday, July 29, noon-7 p.m.; 650 Delware Ave., Buffalo on Friday, July 30, noon-7 p.m.; and 5275 Transit Road, Clarence on Saturday, July 31, noon-7 p.m.

For a complete tour schedule, call 1-866-484-8687 or visit wwww.aarpwalgreens.com/tour.

Town of Tonawanda Night Out Activities Planned

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY-The Town of Tonawanda Police and Crime Resistance Executive Board are holding a National Night Out event from 6-9 PM on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Everything will take place at the Lincoln Park Arena located at Parker Boulevard and Decatur; and it's all free.

Activities include fingerprinting, DNA and videotaping for kids, police demonstrations and displays, a smokehouse trailer, petting zoo, face painting, balloon making, fire trucks, McGruff the Crime dog and the town's new K-9 dog Tank will give a demonstration. Weather permitting, a helicopter landing is also planned.

Police Chief Anthony Palombo and Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana will lead a "glow stick" walk against crime and drugs at dusk. Glow sticks will be provided.

Niagara County DA Responds; Legislator Calls for an Investigation

N. TONAWANDA, NY - Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante released a statement Wednesday about a plea deal given to a North Tonawanda woman charged with DWI.

23-year-old Sara Donovan had a DWI charge against her lowered to 2 traffic tickets after her attorney worked out a plea deal with Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante.

Channel 2's Marissa Bailey caught up with the Niagara County DA Michael Violante on his way out of the office and asked him why he signed off on the plea deal for the daughter of an NT councilmember.

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Feds Charge Tonawanda Coke with Environmental Crimes

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Tonawanda Coke Corporation and its Environmental Control Manager Mark Kamholz are charged with 20 federal crimes; most of them are violations of the federal Clean Air Act.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the violations happened during a five year period beginning in 2004.

Five of the charges are alleged to be related to the release of coke oven gas into the air that contained benzene, a human carcinogen known to cause leukemia, damage to bone marrow and excessive bleeding.

People who live by the plant have been complaining of air quality and high cancer rates for years.

"There are a lot of people I know up and down the street that have breathing problems or respitory problems", said Joseph Waschensky, who lives near the plant.

People like Tom Ryan.

"I've had skin cancer on my left hand," said Ryan, who also lives near the plant. "My wife has breast cancer."

Tonawanda Prepares for Dog Census; Other Towns Could Follow Suit

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y.- On Thursday another census begins.

But this one's for the dogs.

If you live in the Ken-Ton area, expect a visit from uniformed teenage volunteers with the Explorers program this month.

They're working for the police department, and they'll be knocking on doors making sure dogs are licensed.

"Those people that aren't home, they'll use basic methods, listen to how many dogs are barking to try and determine how many animals are there," said Lt. Nick Bado, with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

In the Town, residents are allowed two dogs per household.

Each pup over four months old must have a license that is renewed each year

Those who don't comply face tickets, fines and court.

In order to get a license, your dog must be up to date on its Rabies shots.

Not Guilty Plea Entered in Tonawanda Coke Case

TONAWANDA, NY--The Tonawanda Coke Corporation and Mark Kamholz, the Corporation's Environmental Control Manager, pled not guilty to 20 federal crimes in court on Tuesday.

Most of the charges are violations of the Clean Air Act, and according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, happened over a five-year period starting in 2004.

Five of the charges are alleged to be related to the release of coke oven gas into the air that contained benzene, a human carcinogen known to cause leukemia, damage to bone marrow and excessive bleeding.

2 On Your Side's Josh Boose spoke to a man who lives nearby the plant and has been effected by the benzene emissions.