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August 21, 2015 - 11:24am
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.

(Photo of Barn Doll courtesy of Steve Roth.)

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

Two of the five richest 3-year-old trotting fillies in North America, that also just happen to be the top point-getters and money earners in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for their sex and gait this year, will be in town on Saturday (Aug. 22) to compete for the $120,400 up for grabs at Batavia Downs.

Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) currently ranks third for money earned in 2015 behind only Mission Brief (who finished second in the Hambletonian) and Wild Honey. She also ranks third for most wins by her sex and gait.

Barn Doll has four wins and two seconds in the state series along with wins in both the elimination and final of the $248,275 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs in June where she trotted back to back 1:52.1 miles. Jeff Gregory, who grew up just a short drive from Batavia, comes home to steer the classy filly that will start from post five as the morning line 4-5 favorite for trainer Stave Pratt.

In the other division, Jewels In Hock (Credit Winner-Jewels Galore) is fifth in North America in earnings for her sex and gait and second behind Barn Doll in the state for points and banked winnings.

Jewels In Hock comes in on a roll, winning four out of her last five starts, including three NYSS events. She has a seasonal mark of 1:53.3 earlier this year at the Meadowlands and has earned $190,350 on the strength of her seven victories. Chris Lems is in the bike this week for trainer Linda Toscano and will team the filly from post two as the handicapper’s choice at 7-5.

The two divisions are programmed as races three and four. There are also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior series carded as race one and two. These events go for $15,000 each.

Batavia Downs overnight featured Open pace has three of the top side-wheelers in Upstate New York going head to head for the $9,500 purse.

JK Panache ships in from Tioga Downs where he just scored a three-length, 1:50.3 win. He has also been victorious in five of his last six outings. His seasonal and lifetime mark of 1:47.3 was taken at Vernon Downs just last month.

Fireyourguns has eight wins this year at Tioga, Vernon and Buffalo, but has yet to hit the line first at Batavia. Like JK Panache, he too set a lifetime best of 1:47.3 at Vernon Downs in June and figures to be a major player in this race.

Cobble Beach won this race last week in a sparkling 1:52.1 and is a winner of three out of his last four races. His gate speed gives him a definite advantage here as he is in top form right now and working on a career best year.

Post time for the first race is 6:35 p.m.

August 21, 2015 - 11:19am
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia.

Kim M. Mobley is indicted for the crime of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony. On July 10 on Hutchins Street in the City of Batavia, Mobley allegedly possessed a dangerous knife or other dangerous or deadly instrument or weapon with intent to use it unlawfully against another person. In count two, Mobley is accused of fourth-degree grand larceny, a Class E felony, for allegedly stealing U.S. currency having a value in excess of $1,000. In count three, Mobley is accused of fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing the property of another person. In count four, Mobley is accused of second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly intentionally obstructing, impairing or preventing a public servent from performing an official function, by means of intimidation, physical force or interference, or by means of any independently unlawful act.

August 21, 2015 - 10:31am
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Mercy Flight.

An adult male fell 12 feet and is unresponsive at 8343 Gully Road, Stein Farms, in Le Roy. Mercy Flight is called to the scene. Le Roy fire will set up the landing zone and Caledonia ambulance is dispatched for mutual aid to handle the medical call.

UPDATE 10:34 a.m.: Mercy Flight #5 has a five-minute ETA. The landing zone is north of the farm in a cornfield with cornstalk stubble.

August 20, 2015 - 2:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in scanner.

A caller to dispatch wants law enforcement to pay a visit to her neighbor's, where she says they are allowing their children to jump in and out of the pool during a thunderstorm.

"She does not want a confrontation with the parents, but she wants us to check because she's concerned about the welfare of the children."

August 20, 2015 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

The Spirit Halloween store's back room in the Batavia Commons on West Main Street is filling with smoke. The building is being evacuated. City fire is responding.

UPDATE 2 p.m.: Chief Jim Maxwell at the scene said that an employee started smelling something suspicious around 11 a.m., then later went into the back room and found it hazy. That's when the fire department was called. A thermal imaging camera reveals no heat source. They are continuing to investigate but think it may be that a ballast burned out.


August 20, 2015 - 1:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

Tioga Downs invader, Mach It A Par, tried to extend her winning streak at Batavia Downs last week but fell under the weather and was scratched. That only delayed the inevitable as she bounced back with a vengeance this week in the $9,500 mares Open feature pace on Wednesday night (Aug. 19).

Three horses left as the seventh race began. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) and Ugly Betty (Drew Monti) both went for the front but not without an argument from Badlands Love (Jim McNeight). When the dust settled, Ugly Betty took her regular spot on top in :28 flat putting Eyemajet in the pocket. The field then stayed in single file to the half in :58.4 before the outer flow began.

Past five-eights, Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) pulled first-over and enticed Mach it A Par (John Cummings Jr.) to leave last place and follow. At that point, Ugly Betty picked up the pace and widened her leader's gap to two-lengths at the 1:28.1 three-quarter pole. When Country Delight stalled, Cummings Jr. swung Mach It A Par three-wide and paced by everyone to win by a length in 1:56.2. The mare hoofed her last quarter in :27.2 over a track rated as “good."

It was the ninth win in 16 starts this year for Mach It A Par ($3.60) including five in a row and seven out of her last eight. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three has now amassed $60,090 in 2015 earnings for owner Dan Clements. The winner is trained by Renaldo Morales III.

Drivers John Cummings Jr. and Drew Monti both scored driving triples on the night with Ray Fisher Jr. nabbing a double.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with post time at 6:35.

August 20, 2015 - 12:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Middle School.

Press release:

Batavia Middle School will have a brief orientation program beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Auditorium for fifth-grade students and parents.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase their locks. This will give fifth-graders an opportunity to practice, at home, before school starts. Please bring $4.50 for your child's lock. Exact change is always appreciated. If you choose to write a check, please make it payable to: Batavia City School District.

We will review the schedule for Connect Day (on Sept. 3rd) and parents and students will receive some helpful materials.

It is not necessary to bring any school supplies with you at this time. Do, however, complete and bring with you the Emergency Go Home Plan which will be mailed home with your child's teacher/homeroom assignment.

Come and get acquainted ~ We look forward to working with you as your child transitions to Middle School. If you have any questions, please call Julia Rogers, house administrator at (585) 343-2480, ext. 3001, or at (585) 201-3389.


All students in grades 6-8, who are new to Batavia Middle School, or transferring from a private or parochial school, are invited to attend an Orientation program at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Auditorium.

The program will include an overview of our Middle School and will be followed by a building tour. School counselors will be available for students and parents. If you have any questions, please call the Counseling Center at (585) 343-2480, ext. 3002.

August 20, 2015 - 12:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Road Closure, Genesee Valley Transportation.

Press release from the City of Batavia:

Genesee Valley Transportation (GVT) Rail Systems is replacing the at-grade railroad crossing on Liberty Street. In order to complete this work it will be necessary for GVT to close Liberty Street between School Street and Ellicott Street. The road closure is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 24, and run through Friday, Sept. 4.

This closure impacts all traffic including emergency equipment.

August 19, 2015 - 8:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Bethany, byron, bergen, Darien.

Bethany and Byron (fire, rescue, medical) personnel are asked to stand by in the Mercy Emergency Medical base facilities at 16 Bank St. in the City of Batavia in case they are needed. Bergen is asked to provide a crew to stage in its own quarters.

Medical responders are apparently stretched thin tonight with the Chris Brown concert in Darien, accidents and medical calls.

UPDATE: Orleans County has also been asked to send three ambulances to Darien Lake in case needed. The concert tonight is sold out. The most serious dispatch we've heard is for an unresponsive female, who was breathing, located at the Employee Entrance off Sumner Road.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m.: The majority of medical calls, according to dispatch, are for underage, highly intoxicated people. Medics tell UMMC that there are two more such individuals en route, and that thereafter such cases will be transported elsewhere. The implication is UMMC is overcrowded, though that wasn't stated.

UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: An ambulance from Lancaster is requested to Darien Lake. An ambulance from Alden was dispatched earlier.  

August 19, 2015 - 7:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, accident, corfu.

A motor-vehicle accident with minor injuries is reported at 8834 Alleghany Road. Corfu fire and Mercy medic #4 are responding. The traffic is heavy in the area due to the Chris Brown concert at Darien Lake Performing Art Center. There are "multiple more vehicle accidents" in the queue, says a dispatcher.

August 19, 2015 - 6:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, pembroke, indian falls, Darien.

A motor-vehicle accident is reported in front of Pembroke High School at 8750 Alleghany Road. Law enforcement on scene says one person may have a concussion. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding, along with Darien ambulance.

August 19, 2015 - 5:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, Darien, pembroke.

Terrance M. Schramm, Terrence D. Johnson, and Leonard A. Johnson III are indicted for the crime of first-degree gang assault, a Class B violent felony. On April 29 in the area of 27 Holland Ave., it is alleged that these three men, with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, and when aided by two or more other persons actually present, caused serious physical injury to a third person. In count two, the defendants are accused of the same crime, by means of a dangerous instrument -- footwear and/or brass knuckles or some other handheld hard object.

Kerri Lynn Forsberg is indicted for the crime of second-degree attempted assault, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on July 6 at United Memorial Medical Center in the City of Batavia, Forsberg, with intent to cause physical injury to a registered nurse, attempted to cause such injury while the nurse was performing an assigned duty.

Eric R. Westermeier is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated as a Class D felony. He is accused of operating a 2004 Dodge on March 8 on Erie Street in the Town of Darien while intoxicated. In count two, he is accused of having a BAC of .08 or more at the time as shown by a breath analysis. In count three, he is accused of driving while his ability to do so was impaired by the combined influence of any drug or drugs and alcohol, as a Class D felony. In counts four and five, he is accused of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation for knowing or having reason to know that his driver's license was suspended, revoked or otherwise withdrawn by authorities, and yet he was driving a motor vehicle and doing so under the influence of alcohol or a drug.

Brock T. Barry is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated, as a misdemeanor. He is accused of operating a 2013 Jeep on March 22 on Route 77 in the Town of Pembroke while intoxicated. In count two, he is accused of driving while intoxicated, per se, as a misdemeanor, for having a BAC of .08 or more at the time. In count three, Barry is accused of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony, for knowing or having reason to know that at the time his driver's license was suspended, revoked or otherwise withdrawn by authorities, and yet he was driving a motor vehicle and doing so under the influence of alcohol.

August 19, 2015 - 4:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, Wiener Dog Races.

Press release:

Representatives from Batavia Downs announced today that there's a dearth of dachshunds to race in Sunday’s Family Fun Day Wiener Dog Race.

Each year 80 wiener dogs vie for glory after live racing is completed on Family Fun Day. Pony rides, face painting, sand art and other family activities take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23rd with Wiener Dog Races beginning a little after 4 o'clock.

“With Family Fun Day being a little earlier than last year we’re hoping that last year’s racers and anyone new hoping to get in this year didn’t forget about it,“ said Ryan Hasenauer, director of Marketing at Batavia Downs.

“All entered dogs receive a Doggie Gift Bag courtesy of Genesee Feeds and the owners of all race winners, and the top three in the final race, receive free play for the gaming floor.

Dachshund owners wishing to participate should call Batavia Downs’ Wiener Dog Headquarters at 585-343-3750, ext. 437, and leave a message. Staff will call back to confirm.

Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Regional OTB is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 28 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility.

August 19, 2015 - 2:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

Press release from City fire Lt. Jeff Whitcombe:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Thursday, Aug. 20, and Friday, Aug. 21, from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area South of West Main Street and West Jackson Street, including Walnut Street, Pearl Street and South Main Street. 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 19, 2015 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, Announcements.

“The Whole Shebang!” is the title of a multi-vendor craft event to be held at the Byron Fire Department Hall on Route 262 to benefit Byron Ladies Auxiliary. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12th.

Many different crafts and new items for sale, a 50/50 raffle, & delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and other food items for purchase all day.

To reserve a table, call Brenda at 585-356-3720 or e-mail her at [email protected].

August 18, 2015 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A motor-vehicle accident with possible minor injuries is reported in the Village of Oakfield at North Main Street and Cary Avenue. An elderly male is said to be shaken up by the incident. Oakfield fire and Mercy medics are responding.

August 18, 2015 - 1:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, yard sale.

Press release:

New event in Corfu: the debut of Yard Sale Daze and Vendor Fair!

Planned in the Village of Corfu Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The flier says they are "calling all musicians, animals, yard sales, crafters, clowns, artists, retailers, fundraisers, service providers, cooks, car washes and bakers" to participant.

The community event is free to join. Set-up for nonresidents or outside the village is in the parking lots, such as the American Market parking lot (the old IGA). You are welcome -- "Just find a spot."

"The Village Board and I are hosting the event," said organizer "Debbie," "to draw people into the community."

Check out Facebook or call (716) 262-7869 for more information.

August 18, 2015 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in batabia, Lost Dog.

This female chihuahua was found this morning at the corner of Summit Street and North Street in the City of Batavia. She is extremely friendly, has a pink Aztec-design collar, but no dog tags. She is currently at the old Robert Morris School in the Building and Grounds Office, phone number (585) 343-3480, ext. 1013; or you can contact Jim Jacobs at (716)474-0491.

August 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

A hazardous weather outlook for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County, has been issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

An "upper-level disturbance" is moving across the region today and will generate some showers and thunderstorms, some of which will include slow-moving downpours.

Since there will be the risk for multiple slow-moving downpours over the same area ("training storms"), there will be an increased risk for localized flash flooding.

By Thursday, a slow-moving cold front will cross Western New York and numerous showers and thunderstorms will occur along and ahead of this cold front, which will likely produce significant rain.

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.




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