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November 13, 2012 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, accidents.

A car-pedestrian accident is reported in the parking lot of the Stafford Trading Post on Main Road. Stafford fire and Mercy medics are responding. A pedestrian is said to have an injured leg but is alert.

November 13, 2012 - 12:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Bethany.

A medical emergency requiring roadside attention is causing a hazardous traffic condition at the intersection of Bethany Center Road and Route 63. Law enforcement and fire police are responding to control traffic and Bethany rescue is on scene.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: The patient is being transported to UMMC.

November 12, 2012 - 1:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

A fight, now broken up, was reported on Maple Street near Jackson Street. Police are on scene.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: An ambulance is called to the scene for a person with a laceration.

November 11, 2012 - 11:16am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke, indian falls.

A fire in the woods is reported off Pratt Road. East Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding. A firefighter on scene says "It looks like it's going pretty good."

UPDATE 11:22 a.m.: From as best as I can glean, this is a four-wheeler or some other piece of equipment which caught fire at the rear of a property in some grass, near a tree line. Firefighters will use fire extinguishers to put it out.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: The crews are back in service.

November 10, 2012 - 12:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A few minutes ago, a law enforcement officer was asked to return to the jail to help a guy who'd locked himself out of his vehicle. The officer said brightly "Sure, I'd be glad to." It's the same person he'd just taken to jail for prints and photos, who was then subsequently released on his own recognizance.

November 9, 2012 - 4:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

An electrical fire is reported in a storage room in the back of the Salvation Army Thrift Store, located at 96 Jackson St. The fire is said to be inside an electrical panel box. City firefighters are on scene but report nothing showing.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: A fire chief says there is an odor of smoke coming from the panel box and he requests that National Grid be notified of the problem.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: The power company has been notified. No ETA given.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: National Grid says a rep will be there in about 10 minutes.

UPDATE 4:28 p.m.: An electrician will need to be called in. The circuit breakers are completely burned, according to the chief. The power is shut down.

November 9, 2012 - 3:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in bergen.

What appears to be a road-rage incident took place in the parking lot of the Bergen Town Hall. The driver of a vehicle told another "stop speeding on my road." It seems they both pulled into the parking lot and the angry driver knocked the other person to the ground, removed a wire of some sort from the engine compartment of the person's vehicle and then sped off in an unknown direction of travel.

Sheriff's deputies are responding. The vehicle that left the scene may have been a burgundy pickup truck. The Bergen Town Hall is located at 13 S. Lake Road 10 Hunter St.

UPDATE 4:14 p.m.: The stranded motorist declined EMS care.

November 9, 2012 - 1:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

An injury accident that is blocking traffic is reported at East Main and Liberty streets. One patient has a back injury. Mercy medics are on scene and city fire is responding.

November 9, 2012 - 11:23am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

Press release:

Batavia police are investigating a hit-and-run accident which occurred on Thursday, Oct. 25, between 2:15 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the YMCA at 209 E. Main St.

A white Chevrolet van, belonging to Next Generation Vending, was struck by another vehicle. The van had been parked along the sidewalk behind the building and was struck by a vehicle backing out of one of the 15-minute parking spaces.

The suspect vehicle is a newer black SUV which had a Web address written on the back hatch. The Web address was "(an unknown word)" and the driver of the suspect vehicle may have been an older male wearing a ball cap. It appears that he may not have been aware that he struck another vehicle.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Batavia PD at 345-6350.

November 8, 2012 - 3:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

A possible barn fire, now out, is reported at 3023 W. Main St. Road in East Pembroke. East Pembroke firefighters on scene say the blaze may have gotten partially into the structure and they are wetting it down thoroughly, along with the grounds.

November 8, 2012 - 3:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, corfu.

A large recycling bin that's 20 feet from a structure is on fire at Eddy Arnold's scrap yard. It's located at 1833 Genesee St. Black smoke can be seen from the village of Corfu. Corfu Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: The fire is contained to a roll-off container.

November 8, 2012 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, alexander.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported on Alexander Road, just south of Goodman Road. Alexander Fire Department and medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: One patient was transported to UMMC. Alexander is back in service.

November 7, 2012 - 12:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield.

A disabled woman in a wheelchair got stuck in the basement at the School House Manor Apartments in Oakfield after the elevator malfunctioned.

Oakfield fire and rescue is at the scene trying to get her to the main floor and a service company has been called. The address is 1 N. Pearl St.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: The woman has been removed from the basement and placed safely on the first floor. Oakfield is back in service.

November 6, 2012 - 10:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in politics.

The final, UNOFFICIAL voting tallies are in for Genesee County. So far, the votes are:


  • Chris Collins -- 11,508
  • Kathy Hochul -- 10,758

Batavia City Council

  • Brooks Hawley -- 3,559
  • Russell -- 2,328
  • Ricci -- 2,286

UPDATE 10:29 p.m.: There are 1,300 to 1,800 absentee ballots remaining to be counted in the City of Batavia, according to election officials.

UPDATE 11:44 p.m.:

Here's some additional results from Genesee County.


  • Barack Obama -- 8,886
  • Mitt Romney -- 13,701
  • Gary Johnson -- 348
  • Jill Stein -- 97


  • Kristen Gillibrand -- 11,027
  • Wendy Long -- 10,035

State Senate

  • Justin Rooney -- 6,185
  • Mike Ranzenhofer -- 14,983

State Assembly

  • Steve Hawley -- 18,583
  • Mark Glogowski -- 1,127
November 4, 2012 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A one-vehicle rollover accident with injuries is reported on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation at Meadville and Parker roads. The victim is out of the vehicle, but injured. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. A responder on scene says there was air-bag deployment and Mercy Flight is put on ground standby.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: Mercy Flight is asked to stand down. The driver has a leg injury. The car is on its side and the engine is still running.

November 4, 2012 - 11:48am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported at West Saile Drive and Call Parkway. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: The accident is not blocking traffic. One car is off the roadway.

UPDATE 11:53 a.m.: A second ambulance is called in for a child, about 4 years old, who is alert and oriented but covered with broken glass. The child was on the passenger side of a vehicle, which was heavily damaged. Extrication of one victim will be required.

UPDATE 12:11 p.m.: The patient has been extricated.

UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: All patients are going to UMMC. None of them had loss of consciousness. One is a 34-year-old female who has neck and back pain. Another is a 5-year-old, who was in a car seat and has no complaints of pain. The third patient is a 42-year-old male driver who was wearing a seat belt and also has no complaints of pain. Town of Batavia is back in service.

November 3, 2012 - 12:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander, Bethany, accidents.

A one-vehicle rollover accident with injury is reported at Creek and Putnam roads. A Sheriff's deputy on scene says the accident is completely blocking traffic. There is one victim with a leg injury and he will need to be extricated since the vehicle is on its side. Bethany Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. Alexander fire police are also requested to the scene.

Southbound traffic will be stopped at Dorman and Creek roads.

UPDATE 12:42 p.m.: Mercy Flight will be responding.

UPDATE 12:54 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed. The patient has been extricated. A flatbed tow truck is called to the scene.

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5 is en route to Strong. Verizon has been notified that a phone box near the accident site was destroyed.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Bethany fire and Mercy medics are back in service.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: All responders are back in service.

November 3, 2012 - 11:50am
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Hurricane Sandy.

Calling all Good Samaritans! A local emergency aid drive is under way for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and ground zero for donations is the Elba Firemen's Rec Hall at the corners of routes 98 and 262. (That's two miles or so north of the Batavia Thruway exit.)

Bring donations to the Elba fire rec hall from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. "Absolutely NO monetary donations!"

According to Michelle Ostroski and Erin Verratti, an Elba native is traveling from his Staten Island home and coming here this weekend to get badly needed donations for his neighbors.

Locally, "just a group of moms and friends" -- who say they felt helpless watching the TV news coverage and seeing the devastation -- are counting on the citizenry of Genesee County to send this guy packing -- right back to his ravaged neighborhood "loaded for bear."


  • batteries/flashlights
  • bleach
  • rubber gloves
  • any cleaning products
  • large, heavy-duty garbage bags
  • new and used clothing of all sizes
  • coats, gloves, hats, shoes, boots
  • diapers, including adult diapers
  • baby formula
  • blankets, pillows, towels
  • bottled water
  • hand sanitizer
  • non-perishable foods
  • feminine hygiene products
  • paper products -- toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins
  • cups, plastic eating utensils
  • toiletry items: soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
  • first-aid kits

If you can't come on Sunday and have items to donate, please contact Michelle or Erin and they will make arrangements to pick them up!

Michelle: phone -- 590-6033  or  e-mail: [email protected]

Erin: phone -- 356-0718  or  e-mail: [email protected]

"If you would like help out on Sunday at the rec hall, come on down! Please feel free to spread the word! Every little bit will help!" ... "There are so many people affected, let's pull together and show our kids that we can make a difference!"

November 2, 2012 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, accidents.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at 9114 Alleghany Road, in front of the hair salon and in a construction area. One driver is unresponsive. Corfu Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: A second ambulance is requested.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: The driver who was unresponsive is now alert and answering questions.

UPDATE 1:47 p.m.: The driver who is the more injured of the two victims, a woman who was initially unresponsive, is now said to be "sort of alert." "She rear-ended the other car and took a pretty good blow," says a responder. Sheriff's deputies are also on scene. The other driver is out and able to walk.

UPDATE 1:59 p.m. One patient is being transported to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 2:05 p.m.: A second victim is also being taken to ECMC being taken to UMMC. She is 64-year-old female whose vehicle was struck from behind. All units are clearing the scene.

November 1, 2012 - 1:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in Alabama, accidents.

A three-car accident with one minor facial injury is reported at Route 77 and Ledge Road. It is partially blocking traffic. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. Law enforcement is on scene.




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