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November 16, 2016 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Massey-Harris, Harvester Center, batavia, business, news.

The farm equipment of Massey-Harris, which ran a factory in Batavia for five decades, will be honored at the 51st Annual WNY Steam Show in Alexander next September and organizers are looking for information, photos and artifacts that help shed light on the work done at the Massey-Harris factory locally.

At the Harvester Center, the factory produced farm equipment for the Canada-based company, but there isn't easy-to-find information on what exactly was produced there.

Organizers are hoping there are local residents with direct knowledge or documentation about the work done at the factory.

The factory closed in 1958.

If you are able to help, email Kelly Rapone at the Genesee County Tourism Office, [email protected].

November 16, 2016 - 11:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

A Batavia man accused of threatening a police officer was supposed to be sentenced yesterday following his guilty plea last month, but when he appeared to before Interim Judge Micheal Pietruszka he confessed he really wasn't happy with his attorney or his plea deal.

He accused his attorney of withholding evidence from him prior to his plea, but as the discussion with Pietruszka went further, the main complaint of Bill Thomas was that Thomas heard his brother had told his attorney that he should take his case to trial.

There wasn't really new evidence, but Pietruszka went ahead and granted the 56-year-old Thomas a 10-day adjournment to find a new attorney.

Thomas was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute in March that resulted in several police officers and the emergency response team coming to his house on State Street where Thomas allegedly threatened a police officer with a knife. He was taken into custody without violence. 

Our news partner WBTA contributed to this report.

November 14, 2016 - 12:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, pembroke, bergen.

Daniel James Skivington, 39, of Reed Road, Bergen, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Skivington was contacted during an investigation into an alleged conservation violation. While at his residence, Skivington was found in possession of two rifles. Skivington has a prior felony conviction. He was jailed on $1,000 bail. The Department of Environmental Conservation violation was investigated by DEC Officer Gary Wilson. Skivington was arrested by Deputy Ryan DeLong.

Edwin L. Stancliff, 37, of Indian Falls Road, Pembroke, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, 2nd. Stancliff was arrested following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident reported at 2:30 a.m., Sunday. He was jailed on $250 bail.

Andrew Enrique Montanez-Moran, 28, of High Street, Lockport, is charged with stalking, 4th. Montanez-Moran is accused of stalking a former girlfriend.

Devon Paul Leach, 22, of Main Street, Batavia, of unlawful possession of marijuana and passing a red light. Leach was stopped at 12:01 a.m. Sunday on South Lyon Street by Deputy Chris Parker. He was allegedly found in possession of a bag of marijuana in his pants' pocket.

David Allen Kemp, 38, of Creek Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, no stopping/standing on a highway. Kemp was arrested following an investigation into a menacing complaint in the Village of Oakfield at 7:49 p.m., Sept. 24, by Deputy Robert Henning.

Richard Dean McKague Jr., 28, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. McKague allegedly threw a coffee cup at another person during an argument.

November 13, 2016 - 2:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Fire, batavia, news.


Winners of City fire's annual fire safety poster contest were at the Fire Hall yesterday for their pizza party and tour and demonstrations of firefighting equipment.

The winners:

  • Grade K-1: First Place, Lillian Clarke, Jackson Primary School, Mrs. Torrey/Mrs. Aquilio, 1st Grade; Second Place, Addison Horton, Jackson Primary School, Mrs. Nelson/Mrs. Aquilio, 1st Grade; Third Place, Natalie Battaglia, Jackson Primary School, Mrs. Amerine, Kindergarten;
  • Grade 2-3: First Place, Xavian Cramer, John Kennedy, Mrs. Searls, 3rd Grade; Second Place, Gretchen Redder, John Kennedy, Mrs. Dobbertin, 3rd Grade; Third Place, Caitlyn Brinkman, John Kennedy, Ms. Gonyeau, 2nd Grade;
  • Grade 4-5: First Place, Hailey Kirkpatrick, Batavia Middle School, Mrs. Schwenk, 5th Grade; Second Place, Hannah Fry, Batavia Middle School, Mrs. Schwenk, 5th Grade, Third Place, Ava Anderson, John Kennedy, Mrs. Restiva, 4th Grade.

Photo and info submitted by Batavia Fire Department.

November 13, 2016 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Batavia HS, batavia, news.


Batavia got into a shootout Saturday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Dunkirk Marauders and came up a bullet short, losing a fight to the finish 50-48.

Both teams scored seven touchdowns apiece, but Dunkirk made one more two-point conversion than the Blue Devils, and that made all the difference.

A win would have propelled Batavia into a chance at a state title, instead, their season is over.

"This is a great group of kids and I couldn't be more proud of them," said Head Coach Brennan Briggs after the overtime loss. "It didn't turn out the way we wanted, but once again, I'm proud of these guys. Ten and one is a great football season."

The game, in many ways, was a battle of two big-play backs, Batavia's Ray Leach and Dunkirk's Alton Ingram. Leach, a sophomore, came into the game just shy of a 1,000-yard season and Ingram had more than 1,100 yards rushing.

Saturday, Leach carried the ball 20 times for 224 yards and Ingram ran 33 times for 240 yards. Both backs scored four touchdowns each.

Coming into the game, Batavia knew Ingram would be a challenge.

"You’ve got to gang-tackle him," Briggs said. "You can’t arm tackle him. He’s a big kid. He runs hard. He makes you pay if you try to arm tackle him. He’s a good football player. I tip my cap off to him. I wish we could have done a little bit more to stop him but that’s football."

The sophomore Leach finished the season strong.

"He did a great job," Briggs said. "He busted the big plays. He made the runs. He made the plays he could have made. I look forward to having him for two more years. He did a great job. He’s hard to stop."

The game opened fast and never let up. A minute into the first quarter, Leach scored on a 59-yard run.

On Dunkirk's first play from scrimmage on its first possession, Dunkirk's QB Evon Hernandez connected on a 61-yard pass to Elwin Gomez.

In the battle of two-point conversions on these first two touchdowns, the Marauders came out on top, and led 8-6.

Before the end of the quarter, the two teams would combine for another four touchdowns and Dunkirk entered the second quarter with a 22-20 lead.

Jerry Reinhart and Chandler Baker also had big games for Batavia. 

Reinhart scored twice on the ground, part of his total of 131 yards on 14 carries, and tossed TD passes to Leach and Baker. He was 3-9 passing for 48 yards.

Baker gained 54 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 37 yards.

Dunkirk came into the game as a big-score team, strong run game and some athletes who could move the ball. Briggs said he and his coaches knew they would be tough to stop.

"We knew we would probably have to outscore them," Briggs said. "It was a great game. We just didn’t come out on top."






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November 12, 2016 - 3:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Try Hockey for Free, hockey, sports, batavia.


Members of the Batavia Ramparts and Notre Dame Ice Hockey were on hand today at Falleti Ice Arena so young children could give hockey a try.

The Try Hockey for Free event is held annually.



November 12, 2016 - 2:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in first presbyterian church, batavia, news.


The  First Presbyterian Church hosted its 14th Annual Worldwide Christmas Fair today, featuring artisans and vendors selling locally made items.



November 12, 2016 - 2:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Zonta, batavia, news.


The Zonta clubs of Batavia and Genesee County sponsored Holiday Festival today featuring artisans and vendors at Batavia Downs.






November 12, 2016 - 2:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

An accident with entrapment is reported at Downey Road and Galloway Road, Batavia.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Two people transported to the hospital.

November 12, 2016 - 8:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fashion design, GCC, batavia, news.


Helene Biandudi, a host on WXXI's "Need to Know" program and producer of an upcoming documentary on clothing, "The Empty Hanger," visited Genesee Community College's fashion program yesterday.

Her visit including filming for her documentary.

From the film's description: 

The Empty Hanger is a human interest news project revealing the stories, the people, and the history behind the clothes we wear. The series explores how dress not only impacts culture and everyday life, but can also be used as a tool for social change.

November 12, 2016 - 12:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in animal, pets, news, batavia.

We didn't catch the location, but this is interesting: A Batavia police officer was dispatched to deal with a loose dog and he now reports that the dog is not letting him out of his patrol vehicle.

A backup unit is dispatched to help deal with the shepherd-white pit bull mix, which is deaf.

November 11, 2016 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Veterans Day, batavia, news.


Today, we stopped by the Batavia VA Center and the Jerome Center for Veterans Day observances.









November 11, 2016 - 3:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia PD, batavia, news.


Officers Marc Lawrence and James Defreze prepare coffee during a Coffee with Cops event hosted by Batavia PD this morning at Tim Hortons.

November 11, 2016 - 8:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, corfu, Pavilion, Le Roy, news.

Micheal S. Lytle, 27, and Sarah P. Lytle, 33, both of Tracy Avenue, Batavia, are charged with charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 4th. The couple is accused of using a stolen debit card to make several purchases totaling $790 on Oct. 11 and then making another $74 in purchases on Oct. 12.

Jordan Deskins, 19, of County House Road, Albion, is charged with petit larceny. Deskins is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Ajia Rae Hasenauer, 23, of Main Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and falsifying business records, 1st. Hasenauer is accused of taking cash from a friend to register that friend at a hotel, then not registering that friend's name and placing the cash in the till.

Alexander Edwin Dills, 26, of Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana, no front plate and uninspected motor vehicle. Dills was stopped at 11:41 a.m. Wednesday on Route 77, Corfu, by Deputy Chris Parker. During the traffic stop, Dills was allegedly found to possess two smoking pipes with marijuana, a marijuana grinder, a marijuana cigar and paper containing approximately four ounces of marijuana.

Kari W. Adams II, 32, of Covington Road, Leicester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding. Adams was stopped at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday on Route 63, Pavilion, by Deputy Jeremy McClellan.

Leonard E. Aguayo, 29, of Affinity Lane, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, and speeding. Aguayo was stopped at 3 p.m. Tuesday on Route 33, Byron, by Deputy Kevin Forsyth. Upon investigation, Aguayo was allegedly found to have 12 failures to appear on traffic citations from seven different dates. Based on the alleged detection of the odor of marijuana, Aguayo consented to a search of his vehicle and was allegedly found in possession of marijuana. Aguayo was jailed on $500 bail.

Craig L. Fien Jr., 44, of Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny and resisting arrest. Fien is accused of stealing a microwave oven and vacuum cleaner from Target. When confronted by Target security, Fien allegedly push passed security personnel and attempted to flee the premises. Fien was apprehended by an off-duty police officer who detained him until troopers arrived. He was jailed on $300 bail.

November 11, 2016 - 12:04am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia, news.

A structure fire is reported in the second-story apartment at 226 Ellicott St. Fire could be seen from the window. City fire command reports bulk of fire is knocked down, checking for extensions. Elba's rescue unit was called to respond as was Alexander's Fast Team but both services were canceled. Town of Batavia is asked to stand by in quarters.

UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: Fire is out. Town of Batavia released from standby.

UPDATE 6:28 a.m.: Press release:

On Friday, Nov. 10, at 11:49 p.m., the City of Batavia Fire Department was called for a report of smoke and fire coming from a second-story window at 226 Ellicott St., City of Batavia. Upon arrival at 11:52 p.m., firefighters found fire coming from a second-story window of a two-story, wood frame structure. The first story houses a hair salon and the second story is a single-family apartment. Firefighters forced the second-story door and made a quick interior attack of the fire with a handline. The fire was contained to the room of origin and called under control a 12:15 a.m. There was no one home at the time of the fire. The two residents that reside there are being assisted by the Red Cross. The City of Batavia Fire Department was assisted by the Alexander Fire Department, Elba Fire Department, Town of Batavia Fire Department, Genesee County Emergency Management Office, and the City of Batavia Police Department. The fire remains under investigation by the City of Batavia Fire Department. 

November 10, 2016 - 12:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in STOP-DWI, batavia, news.

Press release:

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Genesee County STOP-DWI Advisory Board will sponsor its inaugural STOP-DWI Awards Luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant & Banquet Facility. Seven young people from districts in the county will be honored for their commitment to the community for entering the Board’s STOP-DWI Poster Contest. There are First-, Second- and Third-place winners in two grade categories, six through eighth and nine through 12, as well as a Grand Prize Winner. Additionally, the luncheon will recognize two Top Cop Awards and a Coordinator’s Award.

The Following Young people will be recognized for their STOP DWI poster submissions: sixth- through eighth-grade winners; Jessica Andrade, Isabella Biviano, Taylor Hutton and Grace Shepard. The ninth- through 12th-grade winners are Isabella Riner and Morgan Harrington. The Grand Prize Winner whose artwork will appear on two billboards in Genesee County in November is Kallie Totten, an eighth-grader from Elba Central School.

Batavia Police Officer Matthew J. Wojtaszczyk and Genesee County Sheriff Deputy Rich Schildwaster are receiving the Top Cop Award for going above and beyond with DWI arrests during a 12-month time period. They are also being honored for their dedication to keeping our community safe. Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha is receiving the Coordinator’s Award for his outstanding commitment to our community for the last 49 years.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 11:30 a.m. The program and luncheon will begin at noon. Seating is limited. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau at (585) 344-3960 no later than Nov. 15th.


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