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August 18, 2015 - 10:01am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A motor-vehilce accident with unknown injuries is reported at 427 E. Main St. in Batavia. City firefighters and Mercy medics are responding.

August 18, 2015 - 9:17am
Event Date and Time: 
September 15, 2015 -
4:00pm to 9:00pm

September 15, 2015 – Supper at Settler’s Family Restaurant, 4pm – 9pm 
353 West Main Street, Batavia, Settler’s will make a contribution of 20% of your evenings pre­tax receipt to Crossroads House. No Coupons necessary. 

August 17, 2015 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia.

A man who stole $6,000 from the bedroom of an acquaintance admitted in County Court today to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and faces a possible term of one to three years in state prison.

Benjamin J. Bullard, 28, of Maple Street, is out of jail under supervision of Genesee Justice until his sentencing Oct. 13.

Bullard has a prior conviction for grand larceny in City Court; he entered that plea in October.

He was arrested earlier this month on the grand larceny charge, accused of stealing the $6,000 from a residence on Swan Street while the occupant was on vacation.

August 17, 2015 - 4:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, Stafford.
      Joseph Wind

A Stafford resident accused of dealing drugs in a parking lot off Main Street, Batavia, in March, admitted in County Court today to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 5th.

The plea deal means a possible prison term for Joseph C. Wind, 45, of Horseshoe Lake Road, Stafford, of two to five years.

Wind was observed by members of the Local Drug Task Force participating in a drug deal and was arrested following a traffic stop. 

Investigators found Wind in possession of heroin.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Oct. 14, in County Court. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

August 17, 2015 - 2:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, Kibbe Park.

A 23-year-old Batavia resident will spend three-and-a-half years in prison as the result of his guilty plea last month to one count of criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell.

Dillion M. Brito, with an address on Highland Park at the time of his arrest in June, was sentenced in Genesee County Court today by Judge Robert C. Noonan.

Brito was arrested in the parking lot of Kibbe Park after being found with a quantity of crack cocaine.

Upon his release from state prison, Brito will be on two years post-release supervision.

August 17, 2015 - 12:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

Press release from City fire Lt. Martin Hinz:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area of West Main Street, Oak Street and Richmond Avenue. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected.

These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

August 16, 2015 - 2:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A car struck a gas pump at the Citgo Station at 16 Clinton St., Batavia. No injuries. The vehicle is leaking fluids, but it's not yet known if the gas pump is leaking. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

August 15, 2015 - 8:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, Summer in the City, BID.










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August 15, 2015 - 11:25am


Joey Belladonna, lead singer of the metal band Anthrax and native of Oswego, brought his cover band Chief Big Way to Center Street Smoke House on Friday night. The room was packed with fans as the trio, with Belladonna on drums, powered through big rock hit after hit. Tom Mazurkiewicz, who became friends with Belladonna after meeting him at Darien Lake, helped arrange the appearance.








August 14, 2015 - 9:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Dunkin' Donuts, batavia, corfu, Stafford, Pavilion.


For local Dunkin' Donut franchisee Mike Mikolajczyk, he thinks he's found the perfect location to open up a second shop, but the problem is, for the second time, land-use planners disagree.

In September of last year, the City Planning Board listened to objections raised by nearby residents and rejected a plan for a donut shop on West Main Street on a small lot between Five Star Bank and Barrett's Batavia Marine.

Mikolajczyk and his architect presented a new plan that they hope addresses traffic flow concerns to the Genesee County Planning Board, but the board voted to recommend disapproval of the site plan.

That doesn't kill the project. The City Planning Board can still approve the plan with a majority-plus-one vote.

The revised plan, said architect Kip Finley (photo), would allow for eight cars in queue before backing up into the parking lot, and the parking lot could accommodate an additional five cars before they would start backing up onto West Main. 

Mikolajczyk's existing Dunkin franchise location, on West Main and Ellicott Avenue, captures mostly westbound commuter traffic in the morning. The proposed new location, said Finley, would help the small business owner capture more business from eastbound commuters.

With the recommended disapproval, it's back to the drawing board, Mikolajczyk said, to try and come up with a project that planners will favor. It's important enough to him, he said, to keep trying.

"It's a good location for the type of business we are," Mikolajczyk said. "That's the best location. I don't want to do a location just for the sake of putting another one in, another Dunkin' in. I want to make sure I have the right location."

Other County Planning Board recommendations:

  • Approval of an area variance for a new barn in the front yard of 10528 Pavilion Center Road. The proposed barn meets setback requirements, but the Town of Pavilion's zoning code doesn't permit front yard accessory buildings. County planners said the proposed barn is not likely to have significant community-wide or local impacts and there are other properties in the area with front yard accessory buildings;
  • Approval with modifications for a special use permit for a restaurant as an accessory business to proposed hotel at 7758 E. Main Road, Le Roy. Planners want to see more parking for the business;
  • Approval for a solar array at 6332 Byron Holley Road, Byron;
  • Disapproval of a proposed subdivision for a 17-lot subdivision on Fieldcrest Drive, Corfu. Planners found the proposed subdivision plans do not comply with existing code because of a lack of detail in the plans. Planners also expressed concern about the lack of protection for federally identified wetlands on lots 9, 10, 16 and 17;
  • Tabled consideration of a variance for fence height at 8903 Route 237, Stafford. Planners were concerned about the lack of detail. The application lacked plans and pictures. Property owner James Pontillo said he turned in all of the required documents to the Town of Stafford. If he did, the documents were not forwarded to the County Planning Department. Pontillo said he would have his attorney provide the materials by the board's next meeting.
August 14, 2015 - 4:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, Darien, pembroke.

Jason L. Perry, 20, of Batavia, was arrested for criminal mischief, 4th, after he allegedly caused damage to the apartment door and frame after a verbal argument with his roommate, according to State Police. Perry was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Byron Court on Aug. 17.

Kristen M. Stedman, 43, of Blue Aspen Way, Greece, is charged with petit larceny and failure to notify the DMV of a change of address. She was arrested Aug. 12 after Batavia Downs employees allegedly witnessed Stedman stealing alcoholic beverages from the kitchen of one of the restaurants. She was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail. The case was handled by Batavia PD officers Peter Flanigan and Felicia DeGroot.

Meghan M. Ward, 20, of Auburn, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. Ward was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for an improper left turn at the main entrance to Darien Lake Amusement Park. Troopers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly revealed Ward had in her possession a plastic container containing a marijuana cigarette with less than one gram of marijuana, a multicolored smoking device containing marijuana residue and a metal grinder containing loose marijuana. Ward was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Darien Court on Aug. 18. The operator of the vehicle was issued a traffic ticket.

Peter T. Bannon, 55, of East Berne, was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana and commercial vehicle violations when he was stopped on State routes 77 and 5 in Pembroke on Aug. 11. An investigation allegedly revealed about two and a half ounces of marijuana is his possession, according to State Police. He was jailed on $1,000 bail is set to be in court Sept. 8.

Dekota S. Leiser, 23, of Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, is charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after being arrested Aug. 13 on a warrant from Batavia City Court. Leiser allegedly failed to appear on the July 11 AUO, 3rd, charge, so the warrant was issued. Leiser was jailed in lieu of $500 bail and is due back in City Court Aug. 20. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Christine M. Cordes, 30, of East Main Street, Batavia, was arrested Aug. 13 on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to appear on a traffic ticket issued Jan. 25 for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. She was jailed in lieu of $500 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jamie Givens.

August 14, 2015 - 2:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

The Batavia Area Jaycees 29th Annual Labor Day Run & Walk will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, starting at MacArthur Park in Batavia.

The route is USA Track & Field certified (#NY-06038-JG).

Participants should check in between 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Registration fee for runners is $12 if pre-registered and $15 afterward, including day of event. Walkers can register for $10.

The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt and awards will be presented to the top finishers.

Registration forms are available online at and this year you can register online at Score-This. A direct link is:

The race committee is actively seeking sponsors as well as promotional items for the participants' bags for this event. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorshio, please leave a message at 585-343-5775 or e-mail to [email protected]

August 14, 2015 - 1:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in billy goat's, music, events, batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
August 21, 2015 - 10:00pm to August 22, 2015 - 2:00am

Friday, Aug. 21, Esdee Entertainment presents "Get Down in B-Town" with music from the '80s, '90s and 2000 at Billy Goat's Bar & Grill, 345 W. Main St., in the City of Batavia.

Cover charge is $5. Time is 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Music by DJ ASID.

August 14, 2015 - 12:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A bicyclist was reportedly struck by a vehicle at West Main Street and Redfield Parkway. No word on injuries. Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: A responder reports no injuries. Nothing blocking traffic.

August 14, 2015 - 11:53am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.


A car is stuck in a creek and the driver is injured at 8900 Creek Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

The car reportedly struck a pole and went off the road into the creek. The pole and wires are down across the roadway. The location is between Lehigh Avenue and Dorman Road.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: Howard at the scene reports the driver is out and her only apparent injury is a rash from the shoulder harness of the safety belt. She was swatting at a bee and apparently lost control of the car. She was driving a black Chevy Malibu, which struck a pole, and there's a wire across the roadway, put no pole is down. This occurred at the curve on Creek Road between Lehigh Avenue and Lehigh Road. The vehicle landed, not in a creek, but in a ravine which is sometimes filled with water.

August 14, 2015 - 10:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in O-AT-KA Milk Products, business, GCEDC, batavia.


With 344 employees, O-AT-KA Milk Products is already Genesee County's largest private employer, and CFO Michael Patterson promised the Genesee County Economic Development Center Board a taxpayer-assisted expansion will result in a workforce expanded by 21 positions.

The expansion, at a cost to O-AT-KA of $20 million, will result in greater efficiency, a product and market expansion and greater employee safety, Patterson said.

"This is a real game changer for O-AT-KA," Patterson said. "It will allow us to grow while we focus on efficiency and employee safety."

Patterson described the region as "heavy with milk," and the expansion will help O-AT-KA improve its capacity to create new products and expand into additional markets.

O-AT-KA is seeking $2.26 million in sales tax and property tax exemptions.

In making a motion to set a public hearing on O-AT-KA's application, Board Member Craig Yunker said, "This is really important to our region and our dairy industry, which is the back bone of our local economy. I don't know of a more important project."

The date of the hearing, which the board approved unanimously, has not yet been determined, but will be within the next two or three weeks so the board can vote on whether to grant the tax exemptions at its next meeting.

“This is a tremendous investment being made by one of the largest private-sector employers in Genesee County,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Paul Battaglia. “It also demonstrates a long-term commitment to our community by the company in building a state-of-the-art facility to enhance its manufacturing operations now and in the future.”

August 13, 2015 - 3:00pm

CALLING ARTISTS OF ALL AGES: Enter for a chance to win one of several great prizes, including our top prize of $250 for 1st Place! Right now we have very few adult artists signed up to chalk so your chances of winning big are, well... BIG! We also have a People's Choice category for the public to vote on their favorite with the winner receiving a gift basket from Alex's Place Restaurant!

Teens can walk away with a $75 cash prize and our youth prize is a $75 gift basket from Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle! The contest takes place during Summer in the City this Saturday, Aug. 15th. Artists can start at 9 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. Judging and awards will be presented immediately after and announced on stage!  Artists can enjoy food, drinks and entertainment from the Summer in the City festival.  

With every artist's registration, you will receive a goody bag consisting of a box of 24 chalks to get started, an event T-shirt from T-Shirts Etc., and a Snapple beverage from CH Wright!  

If you are an area artist and are a member of GO ART! or Batavia Society of Artists, your registration is discounted by 50 percent!   

This contest is raising money for future art events through GO ART!, and will help fund the youth art program at GO ART!, which helps bring art programs to children all around our county.  

A huge shout out to our platinum city sponsors that have made this event possible: Main Street Pizza Co., Alex's Place, Batavia Business Improvement District, Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, CH Wright and T-Shirts Etc.! And many many more! Register today by click here.

August 13, 2015 - 8:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in va center, batavia, veterans, music.


It's a year today since local musician Frank Penepento started playing the National Anthem on his trumpet every morning at 7 a.m. at the VA Center in Batavia.

This morning, he was joined by several other players, including Mitch Cayea, now in the Navy and home on leave, who was in high school when he first filled in for Penepento on a morning Penepento couldn't play.

Penepento missed a period of playing while recovering from neck surgery, so other trumpeters filled in for him, and all but one of those stand-ins joined him this morning.

Besides Cayea, playing this morning were Harold McJury, Donny Allen, Ross Chua, Don Shirk and Tom Cecerce. Unable to play this morning was Richard Samsel.

Together, the group has performed the National Anthem at 7 a.m. at the VA Center through rain, sleet, snow, zero-degree mornings and golden ones like today.

Previously: Trumpeter plays National Anthem every morning at VA to honor veterans, and his father


August 12, 2015 - 11:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.


A car versus motorcycle accident with injuries is reported at 142 S. Main St. near Roosevelt Avenue.

City firefighters and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:03 a.m. (by Howard): The accident involved a scooter and a deer. The rider suffered only minor injuries and was transported to UMMC for evaluation. The deer ran off. There was blood from the deer on the front fender of the scooter.




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