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January 19, 2012 - 5:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Alabama, accidents.

A three-car accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1633 Lewiston Road, near Church Street. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 5:13 p.m: A county highway truck on scene says there are no injuries. But dispatch reports that a caller involved in the accident says she's hurt. Medics are continuing to the scene. A county employee advises responders to use caution: "As you get out on Lewiston Road, it gets nasty and you can't see." Now a person asks if the DOT has been informed that "the roads are nothing but a sheet of ice." Dispatch replies that the DOT is aware of the situation and has in fact been calling about it.

UPDATE 5:21 p.m.: Traffic is backing up near the scene. Alabama Fire Police are instructed to shut down Knowlesville Road.

UPDATE 5:24 p.m.: Traffic police are told to shut down eastbound traffic at Lewiston and Alleghany roads. Response times are going to be delayed because of severe white-out conditions.

UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: Two flatbed tow trucks are called to the scene. The roads are going to be reopened now.

January 13, 2012 - 1:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, Alabama.

A big traffic jam is reported at Reuben and Bloomingdale roads in Alabama.

January 13, 2012 - 1:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, Alabama, accidents.

A disabled tractor-trailer is blocking the roadway on Meadville Road in Alabama. The driver is not inside. Alabama fire is responding.

January 12, 2012 - 10:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCEDC, Alabama, STAMP project.

Press release:

Information addressing the comments of the Western New York Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (WNY STAMP) Draft Generic Impact Statement (DGEIS) will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Town of Alabama Fire Hall. All property owners in the Town of Alabama will receive a postcard announcing the meeting and the public is welcomed to attend.

A general overview of the WNY STAMP project, the environmental review process and responses to common topics from the DGEIS will be presented. The major topics that were brought up in response to the DGEIS, and that will be covered at the informational meeting include: traffic, chemicals, water and wastewater.

The proposed action, examined by the DGEIS, is the construction and operation of approximately 6.1 million square feet of advanced technology manufacturing and ancillary facilities, along with on-site utility improvements, on 1,337.20 acres of land in the Town of Alabama.

The WNY STAMP site is located along New York State highways 77 and 63, approximately five miles north of the I-90 New York State Thruway. The proposed action will involve rezoning the property pursuant to the Town of Alabama Zoning Law.

According to the DGEIS, the buildable area of the WNY STAMP project is 46 percent of the entire site. The remainder of the land would remain as open space. The intent of the master plan design is to blend the manufacturing park into the existing fabric of the community. The Hamlet of Alabama is separated from the STAMP site by a subtle ridgeline and gracious landscape setbacks from existing uses.

As part of the open space system, only 9.5 acres of wetlands would be impacted by the current design, and the site will retain its rural nature. The park will be built to high-tech industry standards, in line with employee expectations, and will respect its surrounding context and environment.

The completed DGEIS, which was approved by the GCEDC board, can be found on the GCEDC’s website

January 10, 2012 - 8:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Alabama.

April Marie Ground, 22, of Meadville Road, Alabama, is charged with falsely reporting an incident, 3rd. Ground allegedly reported to Deputy Eric Seppala at 2 a.m. Nov. 30, that she was stabbed in the face about an hour earlier by a black female in the parking lot of a Batavia retailer. On Dec. 8, Ground allegedly admitted to Investigator William Ferrando that the stabbing did not occur.

Jason Andrew Barnhart, 24, of Pratt Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 4th (value more than $1,000), burglary, 3rd, grand larceny (more than $1,000) and falsifying business documents. Barnhart was arrested following an investigation into a burglary and grand larceny reported at 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at a location on Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia. Barnhart was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Kevin Bruce Martin, 28, of Route 98, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. Martin is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

January 9, 2012 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Oakfield, Alabama, Bullying.

Interested parties, mark your calender:

Oakfield-Alabama Central School District is hosting a “town hall style” meeting on bullying beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the middle/high school auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to educate and engage parents and community about the serious issue of bullying.

The community is invited to learn more about bullying, what our district is doing about it, and what they can do to help. The format of the meeting will consist of a presentation on bullying, current legislation, school programming, various local agencies that can assist, and a Q & A period.

This is an informational meeting and not a forum to address specific incidences of bullying. Those should be addressed through the administration.

Refreshments and child care will be provided.

For more information contact Sara Wilkosz ([email protected]) 948-5211, ext. 3304,
or Mark Alexander ([email protected]) 948-5211, ext. 3203.

January 3, 2012 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

The driver of a vehicle making a U-turn Monday afternoon at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Akerson roads, Alabama, was injured after being struck by an eastbound car.

Hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries was S.R. Weissenbuger, 55, of Citation Drive, Henrietta.

Weissenbuger was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way.

The other driver, Lola A. Sharlow, 63, of Hopkins Street, Mt. Morris, and her 17-year-old passenger were not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

(Initial report)

January 2, 2012 - 1:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A T-bone accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1069 Bloomingdale Road, Alabama.

Alabama Fire Department is dispatched.

Two cars are blocking traffic.

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January 2, 2012 - 9:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield, Alabama.

Kathryn Hughes Whipple, 34, of North Main Street, Lyndonville, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right and unlawful use of a mobile phone. Whipple was stopped at 1:50 a.m., Saturday, on Lewiston Road in Oakfield by Deputy Jason Saile.

William C. Leyden, 30, of 23 Parkhurst Drive, Hudson, N.H., is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Leyden was allegedly found in possession of cocaine while at 3 Ross St., Batavia. NYS Parole assisted in the investigation. Leyden was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Jeremiah Thomas Altrogge, 28, of Cedar Street, Akron, was arrested on a bench warrant. The warrant was issued out of Alabama Town Court. Altrogge allegedly failed to pay a fine on an incident in August 2011. Altrogge was jailed on $1,000 bail.

James John Bachorski, 43, of Webber Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Bachorski was allegedly found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe during an investigation into an alleged domestic dispute on Batavia Oakfield Townline Road. Bachorski's vehicle was stopped on South Pearl Street, Oakfield.

Daihnath Grady Geiogamah, 36, of Route 438, Irving, is charged with disorderly conduct. Geiogamah is accused of being involved in a domestic incident at 11:10 p.m., Saturday, at a location on Route 63, Town of Batavia, in which she allegedly threatened to fight family members and Sheriff's deputies. Geiogamah was jailed on $500 bail.

December 28, 2011 - 8:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, crime, Alabama.

Dora L. Poodry, 18, of Shanks Road, Basom, is charged grand larceny, 3rd. Poodry is accused of stealing cash from a residence on Shanks Road over a period of four months totally more than $3,000. Poodry was jailed on $10,000 bail. The case was investigated by Deputy Kevin McCarthy and Investigator Kris Kautz.

December 26, 2011 - 8:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy, Alabama.

Cynthia L. Clark, 41, of 115 Wolcott St., Le Roy, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 3rd. Clark is accused of taking a vehicle and driving it to Rochester without the owner's permission.

Corey James Hemmer, 25, of South Main Street, Elba, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Hemmer is accused of intentionally damaging a vehicle on Maple Avenue, Elba, on Dec. 12. Hemmer was jailed on $800 bail.

Kevin Michael Waleski, 23, of Church Street, Basom, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Waleski is accused of stealing a 2001 Dodge pickup truck valued at $10,000 from a location on Lewiston Road, Oakfield. The truck was located by a passerby in a ditch off Watson Road, Elba.

Ryan M. Palmer, 29, of 37 Tracy Ave., Batavia, is charged with driving while impaired by drugs and reckless driving. Palmer was stopped at 6:42 p.m., Saturday, in Batavia, by Sgt. John Peck.

December 16, 2011 - 12:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Alabama.

A large motorhome has broken down and is blocking both lanes of traffic on Bloomingdale Road. The location is between the reservation and the Hawk's Nest Cafe. Alabama traffic police are requested to the scene to handle traffic until the vehicle can be towed.

Reader submitted photo.

December 10, 2011 - 2:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries has been reported at Judge Road and Route 77, Alabama.

Two ambulances, one from Mercy EMS and one from Oakfield, are requested to the scene.

Alabama Fire Department on scene.

No serious injuries reported so far.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: Alabama fire back in service. Both patients transported to UMMC.

UPDATE 5:56 p.m.: According to a Sheriff's Office report, a 2003 Ford sedan driven by Joelle J. Reiner, 19, of Tooley Road, Cowlesville, was westbound on Judge Road. Reiner reportedly initiated a left turn onto Route 77. A 2010 Nissan SUV driven by Frederick C. Hart, 71, of Kennedy Circle, Medina, stuck Reiner's car.  Reiner was cited allegedly failing to yield right-of-way. Reiner was transported to UMMC with minor injuries. E.J. Hart, 74, a passenger in Frederick Hart's car, was transported to Medina Memorial Hospital. The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

December 9, 2011 - 7:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Basom, crime, Darien, Alabama.

Leiland B. Jonathan, 42, and Larue F. Jonathan, 36, both of Basom, are both charged with both charged with DWI and three counts of driving drunk with children under 15 in the car. Leiland's DWI charge is a felony because of a prior DWI conviction. The couple was involved in a motor-vehicle accident at 11:39 p.m., Thursday, in the Town of Clarance, according to the Buffalo News. Following the accidents, witnesses reportedly told police they saw the driver and passenger switch places. Larue was also charged with charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Joseph Leonard Elmert, 24, of Dugway Road, Conesus, and Joseph Bly Gohlman, 20, of Maple Beach Road, Geneseo, are charged with criminal trespass. Following an investigation into a report of a suspicious vehicle complaint in Darien at 7:39 p.m., Thursday, Elmert and Gohlman were allegedly found in a secured area of Darien Lake Theme Park without permission. The two men allegedly climbed a fence to gain entry.

Kevin Michael Bartz, 35, of Route 98, Varysburg, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and trespass. Bartz allegedly became involved in an altercation with another person while on private property. The incident was reported in Corfu at 10:50 p.m., Dec. 4.

Jared R. Burns, 25, of 309 Washington Ave., Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Burns is accused of pushing another person while that person was holding a child.

December 5, 2011 - 5:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien, Alabama.

A controlled burn in Darien that took place yesterday was thought to be rekindled after fire and smoke were reported there a few moments ago.

The property owner at 9668 9688 Allegany Road told authorities he is aware of the situation and is burning off the residual debris from Sunday.

Darien and Alabama fire departments were called but the response was cancelled.

December 4, 2011 - 4:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Alabama, accidents.

A law enforcement officer just witnessed a two-car accident with injuries at the junction of Judge and Allegany roads in Alabama. Their are two people injured, one is a pregnant woman nine months along.

Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: A second ambulance is requested. Two occupants in each vehicle are not injured and will be "sign-offs."

UPDATE 4:53 p.m.: Traffic is getting tied up because of the accident. Two flatbed tow trucks are called to the scene.

UPDATE: One patient was transferred to the hospital in Medina, the pregnant woman to Women's and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

November 20, 2011 - 11:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

One person was seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-car collision on Ledge Road, Alabama.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Alabama Fire Department and Mercy EMS were dispatched to the accident at 6:21 a.m.

Gordon L. Montgomery, 53, of Batavia, was trapped in his vehicle and needed to be extricated. Montgomery was transported by Mercy EMS to ECMC where he is being treated for internal injuries.

John D. Anderson, 58, of Basom, suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene and released.

The initial investigation indicates that Anderson was eastbound in a 2005 GMC Sierra when Montgomery's 1998 Pontiac Sunfire crossed into the eastbound lane for an undetermined reason. The two vehicles hit head on.

Also assisting at the scene were the Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments.

November 19, 2011 - 12:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alabama.

Emergency responders are heading toward a location either on or near the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge.

The location is described as off Feeder Road, which is on the refuge.

It's also described as off Route 77.

The victim is described as shot in the jaw. Emergency dispatchers have had difficulty maintaining a connection with the mobile phone of the caller.

The injury is described as serious but not fatal.

The actual location may be in Shelby.

Alabama fire, Mercy EMS, Mercy Flight and Sheriff's deputies all dispatched.

UPDATE 12:33 p.m.: A deputy has found the vehicles of the callers. He describes the location as near where an Eagle Scout completed a blind that was written about on The Batavian. That's right on Feeder Road.  

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: Orleans County notified the incident is in their jurisdiction. All Genesee County emergency response continuing. The caller is on the phone as is a deputy, and dispatch is working to coordinate the location of the victim.

UPDATE 12:42 p.m.: Caller located by a deputy, who will be with the victim momentarily.

UPDATE 12:49 p.m.: Patient located. He's in critical condition. Mercy Flight will land on Feeder Road.

UPDATE 12:54 p.m.: There will be no further updates to this post.

UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: Press release from the State Police:

On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at about 12:20 p.m. New York State Police, Batavia, investigated a fatal hunting accident occurring on U.S. government land off of Lewiston Road, Town of Shelby, Orleans County.

While transporting a harvested deer through a wooded area an 18-year-old Lockport male was fatally injured when his 12-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged.

New York State Police were assisted with this investigation on location by NYS DEC Officers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, along with members of the Orleans and Genesee County Sheriff ’s offices.

Emergency services on location were fire departments from Alabama, Shelby, Lyndonville and Ridgeway accompanied by emergency medical services from Medina Ambulance, Mercy Ambulance and Mercy Flight.

November 7, 2011 - 10:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, elba, Oakfield, Alabama, bergen.

An Oakfield resident accused of multiple burglaries and other crimes in several Genesee County jurisdictions was ordered held in jail without bail by Judge Robert C. Noonan on Monday morning.

Benjamin W. Muntz appeared in county court to be arraigned on charges of burglary, 3rd, possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini asked that Muntz, who was already in jail, continue to be held without bail because he faces possible felony and misdemeanor charges out of Oakfield, Elba, Alabama and Bergen.

Thomas Burns, the attorney assigned Muntz, asked for a bail review once all of the other cases are brought before Noonan.

Muntz pled not guilty this morning.

In the current indictment, Muntz is accused of breaking into a garage on Judge Road, Alabama on Aug. 26 and stealing a Honda dirt bike.

November 6, 2011 - 5:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alabama.

UPDATED 7:25 p.m.

A 42-year-old Niagara County resident died while hunting today in Alabama off Sour Springs Road.

Charles E. Sossong, of Lockport-Olcott Road, Newfane, was not wearing a safety restraint while in a tree stand that was 35 feet off the ground, according to Sheriff's Office investigators.

Sossong was pronounced dead at 3:11 p.m. by Genesee County Coroner Christine Flanagan.

His body was first found by a friend at the base of the tree.

An investigation revealed the tree stand was still affixed to the tree.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from Niagara County dispatchers at about 1 p.m. today reporting that a caller had parked a blue truck somewhere on Sour Springs Road and gone to a location in the woods where he had found his friend fallen to the ground from a tree stand.

The caller was performing CPR and could not immediately be reached by phone to better determine his location.

Volunteers from the Alabama Fire Department as well as Shelby and Akron were called to the scene.

Mercy Flight was dispatched immediately and assisted in the search for the victim.  

It took rescuers 30 minutes to locate the hunter and his friend who had made the call.

Once the victim was located, Mercy Flight was put back in service and Sheriff's investigators and the coroner were summoned to the scene.

Alabama fire personnel were on scene for about three hours.


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