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May 14, 2011 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, business.

State troopers are converging on the Pawn King shop at 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia following a report of a customer threatening the cashier. Allegedly, the cashier displayed a weapon to the person to abate the threat.

May 13, 2011 - 7:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Press release from Batavia Police Department:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating the larceny of several credit cards from the Dollar Tree located on West Main Street on April 20th. One of the cards was then used at another business in the area.

If anyone recognizes the subjects in the photos, or has any information related to this case, please contact Det. Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311.  Information may also be left on the police department’s Confidential Tip Line at 585-345-6370.

May 13, 2011 - 4:00pm

The second annual Refill-A-Thon is going to be held from 9 a.m. to noon, this Saturday, May 14, at Ferrellgas in Batavia. It's located at 655 Ellicott St.

Frank P. Nicolazzo, general manager of the location, says they'll be filling customers' 20-pound gas grill bottles for just a $5 donation to the Genesee County Cancer Assistance Fund.

Last year, more than $2,000 was raised for the American Red Cross and they hope to raise that much or more this year.

Ferrellgas is donating all of the propane, roughly 1,600 gallons, and its staff is volunteering to make this event a successful fund raiser for a terrific local charity.

May 13, 2011 - 3:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Le Roy, Milestones.

Two local Genesee Community College students were recently honored for their entries in the Annual Garfinkel Essay Contest. It's sponsored by the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York.

GCC student Kevin Volk, of Batavia, was awarded Second Place for his essay, "A Brief Examination of the Difficulties in Finding Justice for the Victims of the Triangle Factory Fire, 1911."

Volk's essay points out the importance the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire had in New York State, and how this tragedy began the wheels of change to protect factory employees and improve working conditions.

His award-winning essay can be found on the following Historical Society of the Courts Web site: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/essay/2011/essay11.htm

Phyllis Washburn, of Le Roy, received an honorable mention.

The Historical Society of the Courts was chartered to preserve the legal history of New York state and foster understanding and public appreciation of court history.

May 13, 2011 - 12:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

Shyqwan D. Foster, 20, of 188 Elmdorf Ave., Rochester, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to dim headlights and moving from lane unsafely. Foster was stopped at 3:21 a.m. on West Main Street by Officer Darryl Streeter.

Ryan Charles Bishop, 20, of 9 Lathrop Ave., Le Roy, is charged with DWI and aggravated driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Bishop was stopped Friday morning in the Village of Le Roy by Le Roy Police.

May 13, 2011 - 11:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Mike Ranzenhofer, Richmond Memorial Libary.

Press release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that Richmond Memorial Library will receive $3,500 in funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program for a replacement window in the Children’s Room. 

“This grant will serve as a reinvestment in Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia and will ultimately allow existing patrons and future generations to enjoy all the services the library has to offer,” Senator Ranzenhofer said.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. Grants can pay up to a maximum of 50 percent of total eligible project costs and libraries must provide funds to pay for the remaining costs of the project. 

New York’s public libraries are in need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $2.5 billion. More than 40 percent of the public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. Many of New York’s local public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring. 

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program include the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots.

May 13, 2011 - 7:33am
posted by Brittany Baker in batavia, business, sports.

Earlier this year, Corey Brown and a few of his college friends found themselves in a futile hunt for adult sports leagues to join in their spare time.

"We were searching around for leagues and eventually got sick of it," he said. "We wondered, 'Why can't you ever find sports leagues unless you hear about it from a friend of a friend of a friend?'"

Instead of giving up, Brown and his buddies got to work to solve the problem. They did more research and created the Web site, LeagueHound.com.

"Basically, we're doing the work for other adults like us who want to find sports leagues in their area," he explained.

Brown enlisted the help of his friends, Eric Bartz, Tyler Kossow and Candice Lymburner to get the project going. Now, LeagueHound is functioning quite well -- and is growing every day.

Although he isn't living in Batavia anymore, Brown (who is working on his master's degree at Niagara University) still has a soft spot for his hometown.

"Sports can mean a lot to someone from a small town and that's probably why this was so important to me," he said.

Brown admits that he knew nothing about creating Internet sites when he began, but by mid-February, he had learned the basics and began putting things together. When asked when the Web site would be finished, Brown laughed.

"It will never be finished. New sports leagues can always be added, and we're not trying to put something together for just Western New York or just New York state. Actually, at first we wanted to make a nationwide Web site, but we figured New York would be a good start."

After starting out in Buffalo and Rochester, Brown and his buddies have begun to branch out toward Syracuse scouting for sports leagues.

"We'll work towards the big cities and then try to fill in the gaps in between," he said.

Researching isn't easy, as the college students have found -- it takes weeks to get even a small city covered.

"You have to look in every community center and every bar...there are actually a lot of leagues out there, they are just hard to find. It's the most difficult thing to deal with but we want to be the ones to do it so our clientele doesn't have to."

LeagueHound.com is up and running -- ready for more sports leagues seeking players to send along their information and more potential players wanting some adult sports to enjoy.

May 12, 2011 - 8:39pm

Earlier this year, Corey Brown and a few of his college friends found themselves on a wild goose chase when looking for adult sports leagues to join in their spare time.


"We were searching around for leagues and eventually got sick of it," he said. "We wondered, 'Why can't you ever find sports leagues unless you hear about it from a friend of a friend of a friend?'"

Instead of throwing in the towel, Brown and his buddies got to work to solve the problem. They did some more digging and eventually created the Web site, LeagueHound.com.


"Basically, we're doing the work for other adults like us who want to find sports leagues in their area," he explained. Brown enlisted the help of his friends, Eric Bartz, Tyler Kossow and Candice Lymburner for the project.

Now, LeagueHound is growing every day. Although he isn't living in Batavia anymore, Brown (who is working on his Master's degree at Niagara University) still has a soft spot for his hometown.


"Sports can mean a lot to someone from a small town and that's probably why this was so important to me," he said.


He admits that he knew nothing about creating Internet sites when he began, but by mid-February, he had learned the basics and began putting things together. When asked when the Web site would be finished, Brown laughed.


"It will never be finished. New sports leagues can always be added, and we're not trying to put something together for just Western New York or just New York state. Actually, at first we wanted to make a nation-wide Web site, but we figured New York would be a good start."


Brown and his colleagues started with Buffalo and Rochester and have begun to branch out towards Syracuse in their search for sports leagues.


"We'll work towards the big cities and then try to fill in the gaps in between," he said.

Researching isn't easy, as the college students have found. Brown said it takes weeks to get even a small city covered.


"You have to look in every community center and every bar... there are actually a lot of leagues out there, they are just hard to find. It's the most difficult thing to deal with but we want to be the ones to do it so our clientele doesn't have to."


LeagueHound.com is up and running - ready for more sports leagues looking for players to send along their information and more potential players to look for some adult sports to enjoy.

May 12, 2011 - 5:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, music, entertainment, Washington Towers.

Residents at Washington Towers were treated to an afternoon of music sung by Danielle DiStrefano, a classically trained soprano who performs opera, sacred songs, Broadway hits, love songs and ballads. It was part of a "Our Tribute Tea to Women" at the complex.

May 12, 2011 - 4:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, West Main Street.

One of a series of loose manhole covers on Route 5 through the city damaged a truck driving on West Main Street early this morning.

The driver, Lawrence Tassone, 80, of Batavia was uninjured, but the axel on his truck was broken. 

After the manhole cover hit the truck, the truck drove up a curb near Union Street and the manhole cover flew some distance, according to WBTA's Dan Fischer, who happened upon the accident scene just before 5:30 a.m.

Route 5/Main Street, is the jurisdiction of the state Department of Transportation, but the manhole cover is owned by Verizon.

Lori Maher, spokeswoman for the DOT out of Rochester, said the DOT received a complaint from city officials about loose manhole covers in Batavia and determined these particular manhole covers were owned by Verizon, so Verizon was notifed.

This afternoon, after the manhole cover at Union Street came off again, the DOT sent a traffic safety truck to steer traffic around the loose cover and a crew was on its way to place a steel plate over the cover.

It will be up to Verizon to provide a long-term fix to the problem.

A spokesman for Verizon said a statement about the situation will be forthcoming, but The Batavian has not received it yet.

John Bonomo from Verizon released this statement: "We are aware of the situation and are working with a contractor to remedy the situation."

Maher said that as far as liability for damage to Tassone's truck, that matter has been turned over to an insurance company.

City officials say they contacted the DOT about the situation in January and that the problem isn't just with the manhole cover at Union Street, but that the problem extends with Verizon-owned manhole covers from Vine Street to Union.

The video above shows the wobbly manhole cover at Union.

 

May 12, 2011 - 11:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Lakeshia Marie Pratt, 20, of Hazlewood Terrace, Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. Pratt is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Nadine Marie McClurg, 24, of Dewey Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana. McClurg is accused of shoplifting from Kmart. During her arrest, she was allegedly found in possession of marijuana.

Brianna Marie Kruppenbacher, 19, of Hutton Road, Oakfield, is charged with petit larceny. Kruppenbacher is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Ronald M. Gervase, 66, of 242 N. Spruce St., Batavia, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and improper turn. Gervase was stopped on Swan Street at 5 p.m., Wednesday, by Officer Chris Camp.

Robert G. Whitehead, 20, of 143 Walnut St., Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Whitehead is accused of harassing an acquaintance. He posted $100 bail.

May 12, 2011 - 10:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A utility pole is reportedly on fire in the area of 9197 Alexander Road.

This is apparently the same pole that has caught on fire at least twice before in the past few weeks.

Town of Batavia fire is responding.

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: The pole is smoldering. National Grid requested to the scene. The pole has nothing on it, but is touching the primary pole. It needs to be insulated. Town of Batavia Fire back in service. It's not the same pole as prior calls.

May 11, 2011 - 7:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

The NYS Department of Health has issued a Certificate of Excellence to United Memorial for the Maternity Departments efforts to prevent the perinatal transmission of the Hepatitis B virus (Hep B).

A recent medical record review revealed 100-percent compliance with requirements under public health law mandating testing, reporting and recording of Hepatitis B status for all pregnant women and a minimum 90-percent birth dose rate of HBV vaccine was given to all newborns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can lead to chronic liver infections, liver failure and liver cancer. It may be transmitted through contact with body fluids from an infected person, sharing contaminated needles and from infected mother to newborn.

The Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all infants, older children and adolescents not previously vaccinated and adults at risk for Hepatitis B infection. The rate of infection in the United States has declined by 82 percent since 1990 when the vaccination of children for Hepatitis B was implemented.

Approximately 500 babies are delivered each year at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

May 11, 2011 - 7:33pm

Members of the Genesee County Harley Owners Group were out on Route 98 recently picking up trash as part of an ongoing effort to help keep local roadways clean.

The Harley club does clean-ups four times per year.  

The group is responsible for Route 98 from the Thruway to Elba.

Pictured are Paul Ballard, Bob Aiken and Fred Devore.

Photo submitted by Frank Capuano.

May 11, 2011 - 6:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A 30-year-old man is unconscious following a motocross accident at Area 51.

East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding. Mercy Flight in Batavia is on ground standby.

Area 51 is located at 3500 Harloff Road.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: Mercy Flight is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 6:06: Mercy Flight is canceled.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Howard was told by the manager of Area 51 that the man was knocked unconscious but provided no other details. This was not a fatality, but we have no further details about his condition, where he was transported or if he was transported.

May 11, 2011 - 5:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

James D. Qutermous, 52, of 9484 Putnam Road, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Qutermous is accused of accepting a $1,500 down payment to paint a house in Le Roy, and cashing the check, but never returning to start the work or return the money.

Troy Anthony Hokenson, 42, of Wood Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Hokenson is accused of stealing $49.11 worth of merchandise from Kmart.

May 11, 2011 - 1:03pm
posted by Brittany Baker in batavia, accident.

There's a one-car accident at the corner of Oak and Main streets with possible injuries. The vehicle struck a tree.

UPDATE (by Howard) 1:33 p.m.: The driver apparently lost brake power, according to police, and swerved to avoid hitting another car.  The driver was transported by Mercy EMS to UMMC for evaluation, but is not believed to be injured.  City Fire Department responded, as well.

May 10, 2011 - 6:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fishing, outdoors, Tonawanda Creek.

A few people seemed to find this afternoon a good time to fish the Tonawanda Creek.

Above is Kyle Kendall, 7, and a student at John Kennedy School, who had just caught a northern pike when I happened by, which his father, Dave, displays for him.

May 10, 2011 - 4:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

Amy Showler was doing a little spring cleaning in her apartment on Pearl Street this afternoon. She had just returned from taking a few things to storage and was cleaning her kitchen with bleach, so she decided she needed to open a window in her living room.

When she went into the room, she saw flames climbing up a wall.

She tried putting the fire out with water, but that didn't work, so she found her fire extinguisher, she said.

"By then the room was filling up with smoke, but I took my extinguisher and started putting out the fire," Showler said.

About that time, Cory Paris, who has a used car dealership across the street, arrived with his own fire extinguisher and started spraying the flames on the second floor exterior from the ground.

"A young man playing in the park ran over and asked to use the phone," Paris said. "When we looked, we could see the flames coming out, so we grabbed the fire extinguishers and ran over."

"The flames were pretty big," he added.

City Fire Department responded to the call and finished putting out the blaze.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Showler said shortly afterward that she didn't know yet how much of her property had been burned or damaged by smoke or water.

(Initial Report)

May 10, 2011 - 3:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, airport.

A single-engine airplane apparently reported electrical trouble and was planning on making an emergency landing at the Genesee County Airport.

The original call gave the plane a 10 minute ETA.

Within minutes of the Town of Batavia Fire Department being dispatched, an airport official called in and said the plane made a safe landing.

All Batavia units were put back in service.

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