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January 25, 2018 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, notify, news.
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     Marlek Holmes

Unless sexual predator Marlek Holmes violates the deal he made today, we shouldn't see him in Genesee County for a long time.

Holmes, who missed the start of a trial date earlier this week after corrections officers wouldn't transport him from Auburn to Batavia, agreed today to drop all his appeals in exchange for consecutive five-year prison terms on his assault convictions and the potential dismissal of his indictments on charges of 2016 of failure to register a change of address as a sex offender.

We also learned today why prison officials wouldn't transport Holmes from Auburn to Batavia until Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. In preparation for his transport, he was placed in a chair that is also a metal detector. It's capable of detecting a metal object inside a human body up to six inches deep. If such an object is detected, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said, the inmate is placed in solitary confinement and monitored to see what, if anything, comes out.

"Today they would have run him through that process again, and obviously the fact that he was here meant that he cleared the test," Friedman said. "But that's why he wasn't here for the trial because they are they are not able to transport somebody until they resolve the situation because obviously, it could be could be drugs, could be a weapon, could be a key, and they can't, for safety, they just absolutely cannot transport the person."

With Holmes cleared for transport today, Judge Charles Zambito scheduled a hearing on whether Holmes qualifies as a persistent violent felony offender, which, if Zambito made that finding, Holmes could have faced longer consecutive prison sentences on his assault convictions.

Before the start of the hearing, Fred Rarick, attorney for Holmes, asked to approach the bench. He informed Zambito his client was ready to accept a deal previously offered by Friedman.

After the hearing, Friedman talked about the need to secure a long sentence for Holmes.

"He has an unbelievably extensive criminal history involving a lot of serious crimes and that's why we took this all very seriously," Friedman said. "That's why he's now serving 25 years."

Finalizing the details of the agreement was a long process for Zambito to wade through -- the legal language and process and paperwork -- but Holmes, who a week ago used foul language in court, was in seeming good spirits and smiled and nodded a few times as he spoke quietly with his attorney.

In the 20-year period from 1995 to 2015, Holmes, now 43, spent most of his adult life -- 15 years -- in state prison. His 1995 conviction was for criminal possession of stolen property, 4th. Then in 2001, he was convicted of sexual abuse. In 2011, he was accused of sending sexually explicit photos to a girl.

Back in Batavia in 2015, he was soon charged with failure to register a change of address as a sex offender. He was charged again in 2016.

In 2016, he was also charged with sexual abuse, a charge that eventually led to a guilty plea (he was facing a possible life sentence) and a 15-year prison term.

In 2017, he was tried on two counts of assault in the second degree for assaults of fellow inmates in the Genesee County Jail and on criminal mischief for damaging jail property. A jury convicted Holmes on all counts.

It was those convictions that prompted the need for a hearing on his persistent violent felony offender status.

Friedman agreed that Holmes is one of the most hardened criminals he's prosecuted during his career.

"I would say, yes," Friedman said. "Not only because of the number of crimes he has been convicted of and the number of state prison sentences he has served, but also because of the nature of some of these crimes, the sex offenses."

Today, Holmes stipulated that he would drop his pending appeal on his sexual abuse conviction and not appeal his assault conviction or sentence. Legally, he can still proceed with appeals, but if he does, Friedman will be able to bring him back to court and start again on a trial on the failure-to-register charges.

Holmes also stipulated that he is second violent felony offender.

The agreement could also mean the dismissal of a pending misdemeanor indictment on a count of criminal contempt.

Near the end of the proceedings, as Zambito proceeded with the standard language that Holmes has 30 days to file a notice of appeal, Rarick was clear with his client and the court that if he files a notice of appeal, or anybody does it on his behalf, the deal falls apart and Holmes will be back in court facing the pending indictments on failure to register and criminal contempt.

With a total of 25 years in prison terms, Holmes could be eligible for parole after 2038. When he is paroled, either in 2038 or later, he will be on parole for 10 years.

January 24, 2018 - 3:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, sking, Batavia HS, batavia.

From Coach Matt Holman:

Alpine Ski Results for Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at Swain Resort:

Deep ruts and warm temperatures dominated conversation of athletes and spectators as the Southern Tier Race League completed a two-run slalom race on Wheels Run. Despite the conditions, it was a much faster-paced race completed in just 1 hour and 40 minutes.
 
Top finishers for the Batavia Boys were Brandon Bradley (15th), Alec Wagner (18th) and Matt Grover (25th).
 
The girls also had top 20 finishers in Aubrey Towner (18th) and Lily Whiting (19th).
 
The next race is Thursday, January 25th at Swain.
January 24, 2018 - 12:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Ellicott Station, Della Penna Building, batavia, news, business.

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Financing for developer Savarino Companies on the Ellicott Station project should close by mid-to-late March, according to Economic Development Coordinator Julie Pacatte.

Pacatte reported progress on the project to the Batavia Development Corporation board of directors this morning. 

The complicated financing deal to pay for the $18 million development, which includes a restaurant/brewery, apartments, and office space, includes some of Savarino's own money (about $3.5 million), grants, tax credits, and private investment (about $10 million) through a program called a New Market Tax Credit.

Empire State Development has promised $1.9 million for the project and has agreed to release the funding in stages to help pay for the project as it proceeds. ESD will get back 1 percent of the grant money as a "commitment fee."

That grant is administered by the BDC.

There is also a $500,000 grant from the state administered by the City as part of the Restore NY program.

The project will also receive tax abatement through Genesee County Economic Development Center.

There is also one brownfield tax credit already granted through the state because of the environmental cleanup needed at the former Della Penna property.

There is an application pending for the former Santy Tires property.  

Pacatte said the DEC requested more information on the possible environmental contamination on the property, indicating not enough evidence has been presented yet that the property has enough contamination to warrant the tax credit.

None of the environmental tests on the property done so far were taken inside the old repair bays.

"It was a repair shop for 50 years, so there really is no worry that it's dirty," Pacatte said. "The DEC just asked for more documentation."

Last month, Savarino acquired Ellicott Station LLC, the corporation set up by the BDC to take title to the two parcels on Ellicott Street, and when the financing closes, will pay the remaining $55,000 of the $60,000 purchase price to the BDC.

January 24, 2018 - 12:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
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      Marlek Holmes

Whatever kept Marlek Holmes at the Auburn Correctional Facility on Monday, also kept him there on Tuesday and again today, so there will be no trial of Holmes this week on charges that he failed to register a change of address as a sex offender in 2016.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said he won't comment on whatever it is that is keeping Holmes on Auburn until after the issue of his pending jury trial is resolved one way or the other.

For the first three days of the week, the status of the trial was day-to-day, but once it was determined Holmes wouldn't be in Batavia today, the jury pool for this week was released from duty.

Holmes is serving a 15-year prison term on an attempted criminal sexual act in the first-degree conviction

He has yet to be sentenced on a jury trial conviction on charges of two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal mischief.

As a prelude to his sentencing on that conviction, there needs to be a hearing on whether Holmes qualifies as a persistent felony offender. If Judge Charles Zambito rules he meets the criteria, it could mean a longer prison term on the assault convictions. 

"Whenever we get him here, we will proceed with the persistent felony offender hearing and then determine what we are going to do regarding the case that was supposed to be tried this week," Friedman said. "We have no idea whether we will have him here this week, next week, or sometime later."

January 23, 2018 - 1:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in east pembroke, batavia, news, fire services.

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Monday night is training night for most volunteer fire departments but last night in East Pembroke it was gear inspection night.

For the first time, the annual inspection was conducted in the department's new $3.5 million fire hall.

East Pembroke isn't running calls out of the hall yet. They're not quite settled in. The Internet was just hooked up today. The emergency radio has yet to be installed. And there is a lot of equipment yet to move over from the old hall. Chief Don Newton expects the new hall to be in service in about three weeks.

The department will host an open house in the early spring.

Gear inspection is all about ensuring there are no holes, tears or worn spots in any of the three layers of a firefighter's suit that provides thermal protection.  

Newton explained that East Pembroke buys three sets of gear -- boots, hat, jacket, pants and gloves -- every year. That's an annual cost of up to $17,000.  

But it's got to be done. Worn and damaged gear is a danger to firefighters and state regulations require interior firefighters to use gear that is less than 10 years old.

East Pembroke is starting to rotate interior gear every eight years. That leaves two years of life left on the old gear. It can by used by new volunteers while they go through training and it provides back up gear for a firefighter who might wind up with damaged gear before new gear is purchased.

Monday, members also brought in their Class A uniforms for inspection and inventory.

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An example of a hole torn in a layer of thermal protection. This suit was being taken out of service.

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The new hall has six bays, with two additional backdoors. Those two longer bays can potentially hold two trucks, giving the hall the capability of parking eight trucks.

January 23, 2018 - 11:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, Oakfield, byron, news, notify.
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      Anthony Miraglia

Anthony L. Miraglia, 18, of Byron, is charged with sexual abuse, 3rd, unlawful imprisonment, 2nd, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child. State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations investigated multiple reported incidents in Genesee County from May 2016 to July 2017. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 17 at the time of the alleged incidents. Miraglia was released on his own recognizance. Investigators believe there may be other possible victims. Anybody with information is asked to contact the State Police at (585) 344-6200.

Winston Ashton Lockhart Sr., 22, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal mischief, burglary, and strangulation, 2nd. At 1:39 p.m., Jan. 16, officers were dispatched to a residence no Holland Avenue to investigating a complaint that Lockhart had violated an order of protection. Upon further investigation, officers determined Lockhart allegedly committed numerous crimes and had left the scene. Lockhart was located at the Genesee County Courthouse and placed under arrest. He was jailed without bail.

Matthew Wesolowski, 23, of Burrough Road, Cowlesville, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, unregistered motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Wesolowski was stopped at 9:17 a.m. Thursday on Liberty Street by Officer James Prusak.

Michael D. Smith, 18, of Pearl Street, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, and inadequate headlights. Smith was stopped at 9:01 p.m. Jan. 16 on West Main Street, Batavia, by Sgt. Chris Camp.

Jaequele M. Tomlin, 23, of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th, and assault, 3rd. Jaequele allegedly attacked another person and damaged property belonging to that person in an incident reported at 11:14 a.m. Saturday. Tomlin is being held in the Genesee County Jail.

Kurt M. Golata, 37, of Oakfield, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Golata was arrested by State Police in relation to an incident reported at 5:50 p.m. Monday in Oakfield. No further details released.

January 22, 2018 - 10:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
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Marlek Holmes

County Court should have been filled with prospective jurors this morning, ready to be considered for a seat in the jury box in the trial of the People vs. Marlek Holmes on a charge that he failed to register a change of change of address in 2016.

Instead, the courtroom was empty while County Court Judge Charles Zambito, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, and Fred Rarick, representing Holmes, met in chambers.

When they came out, all Friedman said he could say was that the jury selection would not start today because Holmes was not transported from Wende Auburn Correctional Facility where he is currently being held. Friedman said he could not discuss why Holmes was not transported.

The court will try to start the trial tomorrow, and if it doesn't, officials will try again on Wednesday.

Friedman said that if the trial doesn't start by Wednesday, it's too late for this week.

There is also a hearing scheduled for tomorrow on whether Holmes qualifies as a persistent violent felony offender for the purpose of sentencing on his jury trial conviction on two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal mischief. Holmes assaulted a fellow inmate at the Genesee County Jail.

For that hearing to proceed, Holmes will need to be present.

Holmes, 43, is already serving a 15-year prison term on an attempted criminal sexual act in the first-degree conviction

He was already a registered Level 3 sex offender.

Last week, Holmes was in court and reportedly used profanity during the proceedings

In his appearance before that, Holmes sought a delay in his trial, because, he said, being in transit between prisons meant he didn't have access to all of his paperwork and to a law library. Zambito denied the request.

CORRECTION: Holmes is currently being held at Auburn. He was scheduled to be transferred to Wende during the trial.

January 22, 2018 - 9:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Stafford, batavia, news, Bethany, Darien.

Shannon Marie Denison, 34, of Colony Run, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. Denison is accused of shoplifting from an undisclosed location on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Nicholas Christian Doell, 27, of Lippold Road, Darien, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Doell allegedly violated a stay away order of protection at 3:20 p.m. Sunday.

James Courtney Presley, 35, of Frances Street, Rochester, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, no tail lamps, and driver's view obstructed. Presley was stopped at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday. He was jailed on $250 bail or $2,500 bond.

Kenneth D. Barnhardt, 51, of Mt. Morris, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding. Barnhardt was stopped at 3:52 p.m. Saturday on Route 33 in Stafford by State Police.

Carl T. Amesbury, 25, of East Bethany, is charged with petit larceny. Amesbury is accused of shoplifting from a location in the Town of Batavia. He was arrested by State Police. No further details released.

January 20, 2018 - 9:00am
posted by Maria Pericozzi in Buffalo Beauts, batavia, news, sports, hockey.

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Kourtney Kunichika, a Batavia resident, is in her third season playing forward for the Buffalo Beauts in the National Women’s Hockey League.

Kunichika is the only player on this year’s roster that played with the team during its inaugural season.

“There’s no other team I’d rather be playing for,” Kunichika said. “We have awesome fans and a high-end facility at the Harbor Center.”

Kunichika is 26 years old, and is from Huntington Beach, Calif. She started roller skating when she was 2, and started playing roller hockey when she was 4. She then transitioned to ice skates when she was 9.

She played college hockey for Rochester Institute of Technology from 2010 until 2014, scoring 136 points in 129 career games.

“I love playing hockey and being a part of a team, being relied on, and cheered on,” Kunichika said.

While living in Batavia, she works at a local restaurant and bar at night. Being unable to make practices, she works out and gets on the ice on her own.

The season for the Buffalo Beauts started at the end of October, and runs through March.

The next game for the Buffalo Beauts is at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Harbor Center, against Connecticut Whale. The Buffalo Beauts defeated Connecticut Whale last game, on Jan. 14.

“We are halfway through the season and in second place,” Kunichika said. “We have a target on our back, so we plan to defend our title as the Isobel Cup Champs.”

Her biggest worry for the season is the length of each game.

“Right now, our biggest concern is playing a full 60 minutes as one solid team, outworking and outsmarting our opponents each shift,” Kunichika said.

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January 20, 2018 - 12:23am
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, Darien, news.

Charles Thigpen-Williams AKA "Gus" or "Gusto" is indicted for the crime of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. It is alleged that on July 19 in the City of Batavia that the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance -- cocaine -- and it weighed 500 milligrams or more. In count two, he is accused of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony. It is alleged in count two that on the same date in the city Thigpen-Williams possessed a firearm -- a Ruger model P89 9mm with a specified serial number -- and he had previously been convicted of a crime. In Special Information filed by the District Attorney's Office, the defendant is accused of having been convicted of the crime of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. That conviction was on July 20, 2010, in Genesee County Court, and it forms the basis for count two in the current indictment.

Gregory D. Metz is accused of the crime fo driving while intoxicated as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on Aug. 10 in the Town of Darien that Metz operated a 1999 Cadillac on Sumner Road while in an intoxicated condition. In count two, Metz is accused of having a BAC of .08 or more at the time. In Special Information filed by the District Attorney, Metz is accused of having been convicted of DWI as a misdemeanor on Feb. 19, 2009, in Batavia City Court and that conviction was within 10 years of the crimes alleged in the current indictment.

January 19, 2018 - 11:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in YWCA, batavia, news.

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Dealing with conflict in the era of hyper-disagreement was the subject of a symposium Thursday night at the YWCA.

Professor Barry Gan, director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure University, opened the discussion talking about some of his own experiences in working out conflicts in his life and then handed out a brochure listing steps to dealing with conflict.

The steps start with "Calm Down," which includes distracting yourself (count backward from 10, for example), relaxing, talking to yourself, and if all else fails, leave.

If you don't leave, try to reach an agreement to work it out. As the other person, "If I listen to you, will you listen to me?"

Gan promotes active listening, which includes paraphrasing the other person's concerns and asking if you are stating their position correctly.

If the disagreement is over something that needs a solution, agree to terms for a concrete solution.

Also participating in the panel were Rev. Roula Alkhouri, left in the photo, above, City Council President Eugene Jankowski and representing a gun-rights position in a later discussion, and Gary Pudup (not pictured), Upstate coordinator of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Event coordinators were Alkhouri, Rev. James Morasco, Morganville United Church of Christ, and Joanne Beck, Batavia YWCA.

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January 19, 2018 - 10:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
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  Quamane Santiago     Jaequele Tomlin

An ad posted to Craigslist of a car for sale in Batavia was really just a scam to rob potential buyers, police alleged, and two local men have been arrested and charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree.

In custody are Jaequele M. Tomlin, 23, of Central Avenue, Batavia, and Quamane J. Santiago, 19, of Main Road, Stafford. 

They were arrested on Sumner Street in Batavia following an investigation by Batavia PD and the Local Drug Task Force.

When they were taken into custody, both reportedly possessed replica firearms.

The alleged scam came to light after concerned citizens alerted police to the post and the suspicious behavior of the sellers.

Tomlin and Santiago were arraigned in City Court and jailed without bail.

Tomlin was also arrested on a warrant for criminal mischief and assault. 

Additional charges are pending for both suspects.

Police ask that anybody who responded to a suspicious vehicle for sale ad in the City of Batavia to contact Det. Sgt. Kevin Czora at (585) 345-6311.

"The public should be aware of these types of scams, and report any suspicious activity to their local authorities," Police said in a statement. "When making transactions of these types, it is encouraged that you meet in a very public location, including local police departments."

January 18, 2018 - 5:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, news, batavia, elba, immigration.

Of 46 suspected or convicted criminal foreign nationals arrested this past week by Immigration Customs Enforcement in Western New York, seven were arrested in Genesee County, according to an ICE spokesman.

No details were released on the seven arrested locally. They were apprehended in Batavia, Elba, Byron and Bergen.

ICE provided examples of some of the people arrested without providing names or details on the locations of the arrests, such as: 

  • A 39-year-old Mexican male with convictions for two counts of illegal entry, driving while intoxicated, and a protection order for domestic violence. He will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.
  • A 23-year-old Guyanese male with convictions for driving while ability impaired and harassment, following his arrest for menacing with a weapon. He will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.
  • A 53-year-old United Kingdom male with convictions for two separate convictions for felony grand larceny. He will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.
  • A 49-year-old Vietnamese male with convictions for theft, burglary, abuse, and menacing, following his arrest for menacing with a weapon, child endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon. He will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.

The arrests were made over a five-day period as part of an operation targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and other immigration violators.

ICE said half of those picked up had prior criminal convictions. Of the 23 who were counted among the non-criminal violators, four were fugitives and six illegally re-entered the country after being deported.

Criminal convictions of those arrested included: felony grand larceny, firearms possession, drug possession, child endangerment, abuse, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and forgery.

“Operations like this one demonstrate ICE’s continued focus on the arrest of dangerous criminal aliens as well as those who enter the United States illegally,” said Thomas Feeley, field office director for ERO Buffalo in a statement. “Illegal aliens will not find safe harbor in New York.”

In the press release, ICE states:

Some of the individuals arrested during this week’s enforcement action will be presented for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country. Individuals who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country.

ICE stated that during the operation, which ended Jan. 12, officers may have encountered additional suspects who may be in the United States without proper documentation. Those persons were evaluated on a case by case basis and, where appropriate, arrested by ICE.

January 18, 2018 - 5:02pm

Press release:

Today recipients of the 46th annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce awards for 2017 were announced.

The event to honor them will be held Saturday, March 3, at the Quality Inn & Suites on Park Road in Batavia.

This is the county's premier event honoring businesses and individuals for their achievement in business, community service and volunteerism.

Tickets are $50 per person or a table of 10 for $450. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, entree tables and a cash bar. (No formal sit-down dinner is served.)

The Award Program starts at 7 o'clock, at which time coffee and dessert will be served.

The 2017 honorees are:

  • Business of the Year -- Baltz Concrete Construction, Pavilion
  • Innovative Enterprise of the Year -- Firing Pin, Bergen
  • Agricultural Organization of the Year -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, Batavia
  • Special Service Recognition of the Year -- Batavia Cross Training, Batavia
  • Geneseeans of the Year -- The Family of William Kent Inc., Stafford

Call Kelly J. Bermingham at 343-7440, ext. 1026, to make your reservations.

January 18, 2018 - 4:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in east pembroke, batavia, news, land use.

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The developer of a proposed Dollar General Store in East Pembroke was willing to do a little trading with the Town of Batavia Planning Board on Tuesday night.

If the town will let him reduce the number of parking spaces from 47 to something closer to 30 he would ensure there is a sidewalk installed along Route 5 in front of the store.

"I would be more than willing to remove the parking spaces, whether it gets down to 30 or some number down there that makes sense based on the layout," said Todd Hamula of the Zaremba Group. "Then I'd stripe across here to a sidewalk that I would build either on the property or just in the DOT right of way."

Quickly, plans were made then for Hamula to rework is the site plan and get it before the County Planning Board again -- which last week recommended a sidewalk be included in the project -- and then in front of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals before coming back to the town planning board again in a month.

The ZBA would need to approve a variance for the reduced parking because the current zoning code requires a building of the type and size of the proposed Dollar General to have at least 47 parking spaces.

Hamula said that anybody who has frequently driven past a Dollar General knows there's usually only an average of five or six cars parked out front most of the time.

The Town of Batavia is in the process of reworking its comprehensive plan and adopting a planning philosophy known as form-based code. 

One of the goals of the process is to make East Pembroke a more walkable community, which means sidewalks are needed.

Paul McCullough, board member and East Pembroke resident, spoke up in favor of making the hamlet more walkable and argued in favor of a sidewalk installed with the construction of the Dollar General.

He expressed concern that the presence of the store would cause people to walk on Route 5, which is busy with fast moving traffic and isn't well lit at night.

"Let's at least get that section in and then figure out how to get that extra 100 feet in," McCullough said.

At that point, Hamula said he was amenable to working something out.

The store will be 7,100 square feet and will become the seventh Dollar General in Genesee County.

McCullough said in his informal survey of East Pembroke residents, people are excited about the potential of the store opening.

January 18, 2018 - 1:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
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      Jarvis Seymore

Jarvis D. "D" Seymore, 34, of Carthage Street, Rochester, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

On Wednesday evening, Seymore's vehicle was located in the parking lot of a business on Park Road, Batavia, by the Local Drug Task Force and Seymore was served with a search warrant that had already been obtained by agents of the task force.

During the search, agents allegedly found a quantity of cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana and cash.

Following arraignment in Town of Batavia Court, Seymore was jailed without bail.

The arrest was the result of an investigation into the sale of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in and around Batavia.

Assisting in the investigation, State Police, uniformed deputies and the District Attorney's Office.

January 18, 2018 - 11:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in dwyer stadium, sports, batavia.

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As part of ongoing maintenance at Dwyer Stadium, the roof is being replaced on the main structure.

Interim City Manager Matt Worth said the job was bid out some time ago but the contractor has only just now been able to complete the work.

There are also plans to replace the roofs on the clubhouses plus do some painting at the facility.

In October, the scoreboard was repaired.

The New York Penn-League has taken over management of the Batavia Muckdogs and while a lease agreement is not yet in place for the 2018 season, former manager Jason Molino indicated before he left that talks for a lease for the season had taken place.

Local high school teams also play at Dwyer.

January 18, 2018 - 11:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, crime, pembroke, batavia, Alabama, notify, bergen.

Thomas Allen Culver Jr., 39, of Wood Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Culver is accused of stealing and selling scrap metal from a location on Alexander Road, Batavia.

Anthony M. Quinn, 28, of 67th Street, Niagara Falls, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and muffler exhaust system violation. Quinn's vehicle was stopped for alleged traffic violations at 6:29 p.m. Wednesday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Andrew Mullen.

Alisa M. Schenk, 47, of Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. Schenk is accused of a theft at a location on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation at 10:42 a.m. Dec. 29. Schenk was arrested by State Police. No further details released.

Justin J. Bily, 21, of Cheektowaga, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Bily was stopped by State Police at 5:34 a.m. Tuesday on the I-490 in Bergen.

Keith M. Hennard, 34, of Fillmore, is charged with driving while impaired by drugs, unsafe tires, moving from lane unsafely, and speeding. Hennard was charged by State Police following a motor vehicle accident at 5:26 p.m. Tuesday on Route 77, Pembroke. There were no injuries reported in the accident.

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