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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.

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.