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Accused Of DWI With A 5 Year Old In Car

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. - 42 year old Tammie Renner is facing a number of charges after being arrested under Leandra's Law Tuesday at her Tonawanda home.

Leandra's Law is named after Leandra Rosado, an 11 year old killed last October. She was in an SUV driven by a friend's mother, the mother was under the influence when she crashed on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan. The law took effect in December and makes it a felony in New York to be DWI with a child under 16 in the vehicle.

Tonawanda Police say that Renner would have faced felony charges even without Leandra's Law. Renner had two DWI-related convictions in the past four years and was driving with a revoked license.

Town Accepting Applications for Kenmore Youth Ctr.

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY-The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department announced that they are now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year at the Kenmore Youth Center, located at 135 Wilbur Avenue in the village.

The Youth Center will open from Tuesday, September 7th through Wednesday, June 22, 2011, Monday through Friday between the hours of 3 PM to 6 PM for children ages 7-12 (through Grade 6). There will be new activities, field trips and events, which include a Homework Helper program. (Transportation is not provided.) The Youth Center will be open on school holidays, including half days and snow days.

The cost is $75 per month with a Town Access Card; $80 per month without one.

"Our main goal is to provide and maintain a safe place for all kids to have fun," said Councilman Dan Crangle, Chairman of the town's Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee.

Town Officials Blame Former Supervisor For Massive Deficit

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. - Town voters may have voted out Tim Demler a year ago, but the long-time Wheatfield Supervisor is at the center of another firestorm there.

After an audit from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli indicated the town had a massive deficit, about four times what local officials had predicted, nearly all town leaders pointed the finger at Demler.

"He started spending money like a drunken sailor," said current Supervisor Robert Cliffe, who defeated Demler in the Republican Primary last year.

DiNapoli's audit covers 2008 and 2009, when Demler was in office. The audit revealed, during that period, the town mismanaged finances and ran up deficits. The town had thought the deficit was less than $700,000. DiNapoli put it closer to $2.7 million.

Buffalo Area S.P.C.A. Has Too Many Cats

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - With so many unwanted cats and kittens being turned in all summer, S.P.C.A Of Erie County Executive Director Barbara Carr says hundreds of cute and cuddly felines are in competition with each other for good adoptive homes. 

"Our waiting list has almost gotten out of control, at this point," said Carr.  

There are almost 600 cats and kittens on the waiting list, just to get into the shelter before they could even be adopted. The shelter, according to Carr has even come up with a plan to keep some of them in their current owner's home.

"Yesterday we started calling the list, and about 35-percent of the people on the list were able with our help to keep the cats in their homes, so we're very excited to see this number go down."

American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Gets Top Honors

BUFFALO, NY--  The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2010 National Concert Band Contest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas performed at the Milwaukee Symphony Hall on August 28th.   The main song of the 30 minute performance, "Wild Blue Yonder" by James Barnes, gave them a standing ovation and first place in the contest.

The Band performed under Music Director, Michael Shaw.

This is the 17th national championship for the band, which is in its 81st year. 

Lane Restrictions on Niagara Section of I-190

The I-190 in both directions will have lane restrictions starting Monday, August 30.

The I-190 between Exit 17 (River Road) and Exit 18B (Grand Island Boulevard) will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The overnight work is scheduled to conclude Thursday, September 2.  

Tonawanda Triathlon For Kids

TONAWANDA, NY - Kids 'n Balance and the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department held the second annual Triathlon for Kids on Sunday.

The event started at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center and finished at the Hoover School outdoor track.

Over 50 participants were registered for the event, ranging in ages from 4-18. Participants competed in certain age groups in the swim, bike, and run events.

Kids 'n Balance is a wellness center that provides fitness classes, nutrition education and counseling services for families, children and teens. They use interactive communication and trust building skills while maintaining a fun physical challenging atmosphere.