Miskell: ‘We must never forget’

By 1 p.m. Monday, Bill Miskell had already attended two Memorial Day ceremonies, and he hadn’t even gotten to the big one yet. He had partaken in ceremonies at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo and at the Francis J. Donovan American Legion Post in Cheektowaga. But it was this third stop that thrust Miskell into the spotlight. The Erie County […]

Army veteran receives overdue medals

Walter Casheba trudged his way through the muddy fields of Vietnam, fighting a war he says could not have been won. And when he finally returned to the United States after serving his country proudly for three years, he was forced to conceal his identity as a soldier. But 44 years later, with some help from a local politician, he […]

Midway pulled from festival

One year ago this week, a Buffalo teenager was gunned down inside Cheektowaga Town Park. In the wake of that tragedy and other violent happenings in the park, the Town of Cheektowaga is looking to clamp down on the Independence Day celebrations. The charge is led by Police Chief David Zack, who has asked the Town Board to eliminate the […]

Menacing leads to 60-day sentence

A Cheektowaga man will spend 60 days in prison after pleading guilty to a menacing charge. Gregory Russell, 31, of Chapel Avenue, was sentenced on May 16, in Cheektowaga Town Park for an incident last November during which he reportedly threatened a woman with a crowbar. According to court records, the victim, a 51-year-old woman, was helping her daughter move […]

Jail time for convicted check forger

A Cheektowaga man convicted of stealing nearly $3,000 in a check-cashing scheme last year will spend 45 days in prison. Lavone D. Stokes, 24, of Victoria Boulevard, was sentenced Friday in Cheektowaga Town Court for allegedly cashing several stolen checks. According to police, the victim in this case was a 56-year-old Kemp Avenue woman who was unaware that her checks […]

Dog attack leads to citation

A dog attack last week on Ellwood Drive has led to a Cheektowaga man receiving an appearance ticket in Town Court for an unleashed dog. David Froebel, 68, will face a fine of $50 to $500, after video surfaced of his pit bull, Buddy, attacking another dog that was walking on the opposite side of the street, according to Cheektowaga […]

Dentists aiding young cancer patient

Gentle Dentistry of Lancaster and Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry of Amherst have teamed up to help a local child diagnosed with a rare form of lower jaw cancer. Ten-year-old Collen Mertz of Cheektowaga has already undergone surgery to remove the lower half of his right jaw as a result of this rare cancer diagnosis in November and is now in […]

Honoring heroes, appreciating freedom

War veterans share stories with students

Gene Kotowski sat at a table in the far right corner of the media center at West Seneca East Senior High School and shared a few stories about his life as a military policeman in Vietnam. “You don’t have the comforts of home over there,” he said. “While you’re there, it gives you time to think about what you want […]

Vatican names new bishop of Buffalo

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Most. Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Portland, Maine, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo. He succeeds Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, who is retiring. Bishop Malone will be installed at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo. Bishop Malone, who had been an auxiliary bishop in the […]

Town looks to heel unlicensed dog situation

Hundreds of unlicensed dogs call Cheektowaga home, according to estimates from town officials. And its getting to be a real problem. Scott Thrun, the dog control officer in the Cheektowaga Police Department, said that in May alone, he discovered more than 100 unlicensed dogs through routine calls. Town Clerk Alice Magierski said between 30 and 40 are identified each time […]