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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.

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Bike Run to Benefit Scholarship Fund

The 8th Annual Jalana Palma Scholarship Bike Run takes to the road on Sunday, August 8. Motorcycles leave the Panera parking lot at Sheridan and Delaware in Tonawanda at 10 a.m. and arrive at the American Legion Niagara Frontier Post at 533 Amherst Street in Buffalo. A reception there begins at 3 p.m.

Jalana Palma, a student at Kenmore East High School, was a 16-year-old girl who lost her life on October 21, 2000 to meningitis. A scholarship established in her honor is awarded to students at Kenmore East High School who are planning to go to college to become teachers, because that was one of Jalana'a ambitions.

For more details, contact Sandy at (716) 471-4797.

NT Man Among Passengers in Plane Crash

WILSON, NY - Christian Herboth, age 38 of North Tonawanda, NY, was among those injured when a small plane carrying five people, plus the pilot, crashed at the Hollands International Airport in the Town of Wilson on Sunday. He was treated and released from ECMC following the accident.

Officials say the plane crashed about 50 ft. from the Frontier Skydiving Club runway. The plane took off around 2:20 p.m., developed trouble, and came down upside down, breaking into several pieces.

A spokesperson from Frontier Skydiving says that the plane that crashed was a Cessna 185 6-seater aircraft. It was being piloted by 68-year-old Paul Gath, company founder.  Gath has more than 30 years of experience as a pilot and has completed 5000 jumps, according to spokesman John Huber.

Counting All Dogs

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department is conducting a dog census throughout the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore. All dogs identified during the census will be checked for a valid New York State dog license.

If a resident is found harboring an unlicensed dog, he or she will be given five days to acquire a license.

The New York State Agricultural and Markets Law requires that all dogs four months of age or older must have a current New York State dog license. A current rabies certificate is required to purchase a dog license.

Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore residents can acquire a dog license at:

Town Clerk's Office

2919 Delaware Avenue, Room 14

Kenmore, NY 14217

For more information, call 877-8800.

 

Town of Tonawanda Police