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December 14, 2016 - 5:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, ferrellgas, Announcements, business.

Press release:

For nearly 80 years, Ferrellgas has provided propane service to homes, farms, and businesses in our community and across the nation. With the help of local residents, Ferrellgas plans to deliver more than just propane this holiday season.

Ferrellgas is collecting new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves this year and putting them into the hands of less fortunate members of our community.

Donations can be given to Ferrellgas deliverymen or brought to the Ferrellgas office at 655 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020 through Dec. 30. At the end of the coat drive, Ferrellgas will donate items collected to one or more local charities.

“Ferrellgas is proud to provide a product that helps keep people in our community warm and provides some comfort in their lives,” says Doug Muha, Ferrellgas’ local director of Operations. “But we realize that too many local residents will struggle to stay warm this winter because they don’t have an adequate coat. Our goal is to help provide one to as many people here as possible. Thanks to the generous members of our community, we look forward to doing just that.”

Muha said local residents do not have to be customers of Ferrellgas to participate in the coat drive.

More information about Ferrellgas can be found at www.Ferrellgas.com.

December 14, 2016 - 4:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, elba.

Press release:

HUGE SHOUT OUT FROM ELBA SCOUTS…

On behalf of the Elba Scouts I would like to thank so many for making our fifth annual Holiday Craft Show a great success.

ELBA CENTRAL SCHOOL

A Gigantic Thank You to Elba Central School for letting us use the facilities. Karen Cusmano for use of the Gyms, Lisa Crnkovich  for use of the cafeteria, Mr. Palmer and the board for approving  it. The custodial staff, you are always willing to help us with table, chairs and whatever else we need (especially Melanie). Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Hocmuth for organizing the Junior National Honor Society and High School National Honor Society to help with the Kids' Craft Corner, face painting and helping the vendors load and unload their cars. A special Thank you to Donna Harris, she is the go-to person. Any question, problems , or needs she takes  care of it for me.  I can’t Thank You enough Donna.

GENESEE COUNTY BUSINESSES

I can’t Thank you enough for the generous donations our Grand Prize was worth more than $800.

B.J’s, Applebee’s, Walmart, Tops, Target, Sport of Kings, Marks Pizzeria, Five Guys, Denny’s,  Rancho Viejo, That Taco Place, Valle Jewelers, T.F. Browns, Alex’s, Pollyanna  & Dot, Deep Blue Pool and Spa, Tim Horton’s, Main Street Pizza, Falleti Motors, The Mane Attraction, Yellow Goose (Arrow Mart), Moon Java, Bourbon & Burger Co. and Chap’s Elba Diner.

CRAFTERS AND VENDORS

Without you the show could not have been possible. Thank you to all my vendors both new and old and hope to see you again next year Saturday, Dec. 9.

HARVESTER 56 THEATER

Thank you for the nice chairs for Mr. and Mrs. Claus to sit in.

MRS. CLAUS

 Thank you for sitting in for Mr. Claus because he was so busy trying to get ready for Christmas.

ELBA SCOUT FAMILIES

I would like to thank everyone who helped make this a success.

 All the parents who came and helped whether it was loading or unloading cars, setup, clean up it is greatly appreciated.

All the scouts you guys did an awesome job whether you were loading or unloading cars, taking orders and delivering food, pushing the coffee and donut cart, selling tickets or wearing the advertising board it is much appreciated. The vendors appreciated everything and said what a great job you did. 

Frank W., Herm S. and Brian B. for running the kitchen another great job.

My husband Shawn and son Aidan for putting up with me.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES OUT TO QUEEN KIM YOU ARE A GREAT FRIEND AND COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU.

Another shout out to Brian B. for helping clean the gym Friday night after the girl’s basketball game so we could get in sooner and start marking off vendor spots.

If I have forgotten anyone it was not intentional.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sincerely, Lori McClurg

Chairperson, Elba Craft Show

December 14, 2016 - 2:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, corfu, Le Roy.

Bradley J. Broadbent is indicted for the crime of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. It is alleged that on April 24 at the Genesee County Jail, Broadbent, while confined in the detention facility, knowingly or unlawfully made, obtained or possessed dangerous contraband -- heroin. In count two, Broadbent is accused of the crime of criminal possession of a controlled subtance, a Class B felony, for allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessing a narcotic drug -- heroin -- with intent to sell it while at the jail. In count three, he is accused of the crime of criminal sale of a controlleged substance in the third degree, a Class B felony, for allegedly knowingly and unlawfully selling a narcotic drug -- heroin.

Roberto F. Fuentes Jr. is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on July 14 on Alleghany Road in Corfu, Fuentes drove a Pontiac while intoxicated. In count two, he is accused of DWI, per se, also a Class E felony, for allegedly having a .08 BAC at the time. In Special Information filed by the district attorney, Fuentes is accused of having been convicted of DWI, as a misdemeanor, on May 28, 2014 in the Town of Amherst, Erie County, and that occurred within 10 years of the crimes alleged in this indictment.

Nicole A. Mickey is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on July 10 on Richmond Avenue in Batavia, Mickey drove a 2004 Toyota while intoxicated.

Sergio A. Forte is indicted for the crime of unauthorized use of a vehicle in the second degree, a Class E felony. It is alleed that on June 30 in the Town of Le Roy that Forte, while knowing he did not hoave the owner's consent, took, operated and exercised control over, rode in or otherwise used a 2003 Ford Focus. In Special Inofrmation filed by the district attorney, Forte is accused of having been convicted of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, on March 10, 2007, in the Town of Le Roy, and that occured within 10 years of the crime alleged in this indictment.

December 13, 2016 - 7:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, corfu.

A larceny from Kay Jewelers around 6 p.m. led local law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through the city and then down Route 33 into Corfu before a sergeant called off the pursuit.

The suspect vehicle, a black Chevy Impala, was last seen heading onto the Thruway, according to information obtained from the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office is planning a press release later tonight on the incident.

The suspect vehicle was pursued by deputies, troopers, City PD officers and a Corfu officer, before Sgt. Jason Saile said he canceled the pursuit out of concern for public and officer safety.

It was a newer Impala, said Sgt. Greg Walker. It had tinted windows, no rear plate and entered the Thruway in Pembroke, but unknown direction of travel at this time.

We'll update this post with more information when it becomes available.

UPDATE 10:30 p.m. (by Howard): A suspect described as a black male entered the store and stole something, according to the Sheriff's Office and then left the store and got into a black Impala. The vehicle was pursued down Route 33 into Corfu. The call came in at 5:55 p.m. Information was not released about what was stolen. No information was released about possible other occupant(s) of the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

NOTE: Story given a new headline and rewritten by Howard Owens at 9:15 p.m.

December 9, 2016 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, Grand Jury, Le Roy, batavia.

Daniel J. Gilbert is accused of the crime of first-degree burglary, a Class B violent felony. It is alleged that on Oct. 28, Gilbert knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling -- an upper apartment on Central Avenue in Batavia -- with the intent to commit a crime therein and when entering or immediately fleeing from the dwelling, he or another participants in the alleged crime caused physical injury to a person who was not a participant in the crime. In count two, Gilbert is accused of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony. It is alleged in count two that Gilbert or another participant, in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempted commission of a felony, caused physical injury to a person others than one of the alleged participants.

Marquis K. Saddler is accused of the crime of first-degree burglary, a Class B violent felony. It is alleged that on Oct. 28, Saddler knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling -- an upper apartment on Central Avenue in Batavia -- with the intent to commit a crime therein and when entering or immediately fleeing from the dwelling, he or another participants in the alleged crime caused physical injury to a person who was not a participant in the crime. In count two, Saddler is accused of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony. It is alleged in count two that Saddler or another participant, in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempted commission of a felony, caused physical injury to a person others than one of the alleged participants.

Marlek E. Holmes is accused of the crime of criminal contempt in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged that on June 23 at the Genesee County Courts Facility Holmes intentionally disobeyed or resisted the lawful process or other mandate of a court by violating an order of protection issued by Batavia City Court on Dec. 2, 2015. Holmes allegedly violated the portion of the order which directed him to refrain from communication or any other contact ny mail, telephone, email, voice-mail or other electronic, or any other, means with the protected person. In addition, he is alleged to have violated that portion of the order of protection which directed him to refrain from harassment or any other criminal offense against the protected party.

Tammy L. Strassner-Noble is accused of the crime of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on June 18 in the Town of Le Roy, that Strassner-Noble operated a 2012 Cadillac on Main Street while knowing, or having reason to know, that her driver's license in New York was suspended, revoked or otherwise withdrawn. It is further alleged that the defendant was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug. In count two, Strassner-Noble is accused of the crime of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on Main Street in the Town of Le Roy on April 6 and of operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug. In count three, she is accused of driving while intoxicated, as a misdemeanor, on June 18 on Main Street in Le Roy.

December 7, 2016 - 6:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, news, bergen.

A chicken coop is reportedly on fire at 5929 Cook Road, Byron. It's behind a house and near a large barn. The location is between Upper Holley and Merriman roads.

Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding along with the Town of Batavia's Fast Team, Bergen and Elba. A unit from Bergen is also called to fill in at Byron's fire hall.

December 7, 2016 - 11:04am
posted by Billie Owens in animal cruelty, Le Roy, news.

A caller to dispatch says a man "violently handled a dog" a short while ago before moving out of the Royal Apartments at 103 W. Main St. in Batavia Le Roy.

He and others left in a U-Haul truck, driving on Main toward Tops Market. No other details/description provided.

Law enforcement is responding.

November 30, 2016 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, news.

A car reportedly struck a car parked roadside at 8163 N. Pembroke Road. Unknown injuries. State police are responding.

November 24, 2016 - 7:33am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, news, elba.

A barn fire is reported at 5520 N. Byron Road. Elba and Byron fire departments are responding. "It is believed to be 'The Big O', which is the onion growing company's name. Smoke is seen coming from the structure.

UPDATE 7:35 a.m.: This is a confirmed, working barn fire. Town of Batavia Fire Department is called to stand by in Elba's fire hall. Bergen, Oakfield and Stafford are also called to the scene.

UPDATE 7:39 a.m.: This has gone to a third alarm. Alabama, Alexander, Bethany and East Pembroke fire departments are also called to the scene, along with the Town of Batavia's ladder truck.

UPDATE 8:05 a.m.: South Byron Fire Police are called to shut down traffic at North Byron and Transit roads. Churchville is asked to fill in at Bergen's fire hall.

UPDATE 8:17 a.m.: Alexander, Darien, Pembroke and Indian Falls are asked to have crews stand by in their respective fire halls in case needed. Two tankers out of Brockport are requested to the fire.

UPDATE 8:48 a.m.: National Grid is on scene. Barre is responding. Attica is asked to fill in at Alexander.

UPDATE 9:12 a.m.: "We have rolling flames," says a firefighter.

UPDATE(S) 10:49 a.m. (by Howard): When I left the scene 20 minutes ago, the fire was still burning. Fire crews are likely to be on scene all day.  I'm going to start working on my pictures and head out later for follow up.

UPDATE 11:14 a.m.: This story from 2013 contains some shots of onion processing in this building.

UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: Le Roy's rescue engine is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: Pavilion being requested to fill in at Le Roy's hall. (CORRECTION: Pavilion asked to stage in their own hall to cover Stafford and Le Roy)

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: A man just showed up with "a bunch of Thanksgiving dinners" for the firefighters.

UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: Le Roy returning.

UPDATE 2:23 p.m.: Alexander is returning.

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: Several other departments have been released, including all of the out-of-county departments

UPDATE: More coverage here.

UPDATE 4:59 p.m.: Town of Batavia's Ladder 25 is back in service.

November 21, 2016 - 4:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, alexander.

A car vs. tree accident is reported at 10505 Main St., Alexander. The driver is unconscious. Alexander Fire Department and medics are responding.

UPDATE 4:59 p.m.: The availability of Mercy Flight is being checked. The roadway is to be shut down.

UPDATE 5:01 p.m.: All available manpower is requested to the scene, which is in front of the Alexander Rec Hall.

UPDATE 5:06 p.m.: Mercy Flight #5 out of Batavia is en route. Firefighters are working now to set up a landing zone in the parking lot.

UPDATE 5:08 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on the ground.

UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: Mercy Flight is heading to Strong Memorial Hospital.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m.: The female driver struck an extremely slick icy patch in front of the rec hall, and her vehicle crashed into a tree, driver's side first. It took medics a long time to stabilize her and her injuries are very severe.

November 21, 2016 - 2:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

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A tractor-tractor is disabled in front of the Flying J Travel Plaza on Route 77. It is reportedly broken at the frame and may be leaking hazardous materials. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are called to respond.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls fire police are called to assist law enforcement in shutting down traffic at the Flying J due to this haz-mat incident.

UPDATE 10:22 p.m. (by Howard): A reader sent in this picture about an hour ago. The reader said the trailer apparently still hadn't been unloaded at that time. We've heard no further updates.

November 20, 2016 - 3:20am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama, news.

A car vs. pole accident with people trapped inside is reported at 1182 Ledge Road. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 3:24 a.m.: Injuries are said to be minor.

November 20, 2016 - 3:03am
posted by Billie Owens in news, crime, batavia.

A person has reportedly been stabbed at 4 Tracy Ave. City police and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 4:45 p.m., Sunday (by Howard): We requested an update from Batavia PD. No new information. Still under investigation.

November 17, 2016 - 7:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, news, batavia.

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A car vs. pedestrian accident with injuries is reported at 215 E. Main St., in front of the Continental School of Beauty. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:59 p.m.: The location is actually just east of Liberty Street in front of the First Presbyterian Church.

UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: The adult male victim is conscious and alert and being transported to UMMC for evaluation. He was struck by a vehicle that was making a left turn from Summit Street onto Main Street as he crossed south. The investigation is continuing.

November 15, 2016 - 11:56am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at Town Line Road and Macomber Road. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:59 a.m.: The accident is blocking the intersection.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: The assignment is back in service.

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 3, 2016 - 2:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, east pembroke.

The "Benefit for Bob" chicken BBQ to benefit Bob Yungfleisch, former chief of the all-volunteer East Pembroke Fire District, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6.

This is a take-out-only dinner and Chinese auction at the East Pembroke Fire Hall. Cost is $10 per person. Pick up is from noon till sold out.

Advance ticket sales are strongly desired.

It is important to contact the fire hall or organizer Don Newton IN ADVANCE about buying tickets and/or making a donation so people know how many chicken dinners to buy. They don't want to buy too many unnecessarily or not have enough for those who show up.

The East Pembroke Fire Hall is located at 2623 Main Road in East Pembroke. Phone is (585) 762-9044. Email:    [email protected]

Call Don Newton at (585) 813-4033.
 
 
November 1, 2016 - 1:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, crime, batavia, Oakfield.

Karl R. Samuelson, 62, of Albion Road, Oakfield, is charged with petit larceny. Samuelson was arrested at 5:27 p.m. on Oct. 27 on Lewiston Road in Batavia after he allegedly stole a bottle of liquour from Mr. Wine & Liquor in Tops Plaza. He was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on Nov. 22. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Mitchell Cowen.

A 16-year-old who lives on Liberty Street in Batavia is charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly engaging in a physical altercation with another student at Batavia High School at 3 p.m. on Oct. 28. The defendant was issued an appearance ticket for Nov. 8 in Batavia City Court. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Chad Richards, assisted by Officer Jamie Givens.

Miracle Angel Patterson, 25, no permanent address, of Rochester, was arrested on a warrant out of Batavia City Court on Oct. 30 after being located in Rochester on an unrelated incident. Patterson is charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property stemming from an incident on Jan. 26, 2015 on Park Road Road, Batavia. Patterson was arraigned and held in Genesee County Jail without bail. Patterson was due in City Court on Oct. 31. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Mitchell Cowen.

Joseph M. Marsceill, 31, of Central Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on Oct. 31 on a bench warrant out of Batavia Town Court. He was advised to appear in Batavia City Court at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 and was subsequently arraigned and put in Genesee County Jail on $350 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk, assisted by Officer Mitchell Cowen.

Richard E. Stafford, 76, of Orange Grove Drive, Batavia, is charged with failure to appear in court regarding an unspecified incident on May 9 on East Main Street, Batavia. Stafford was arrested Oct. 31 on a warrant out of Batavia Town Court after being released from UMMC. He was arraigned in City Court then put in Genesee County Jail on $500 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Felicia DeGroot.

Ryan R. Hernandez, 19, of Albion Road, Oakfield, is charged with failure to appear on a bench warrant. During an unrelated investigation, Hernandez was located inside a residence on Walnut Street in the City of Batavia. He was subsequently arrested, posted cash bail, and was released from custody. He is scheduled to be in City Court on Nov. 3. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Marc Lawrence, assisted by Officer Jason Davis.

October 31, 2016 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, alexander, news.

Photos submitted by Glenn Adams.

There was a two-vehicle accident at 10198 W. Bethany Road this afternoon. Alexander Fire Department was called to the scene, with the Bethany Fire Department assisting. The two drivers were transported by ambulance to an area hospital(s).

UPDATE 10:06 p.m. (by Howard): John Brown, owner of Select Collision, wrote to us this evening. It was his son Brandon in the vehicle in the top photo. Brandon is at Strong with no major injuries. John said Brandon crested the hill and there was a vehicle coming at him on the center line. He swerved to avoid the vehicle and lost control, crossing into the truck's lane. His car was split into two. In John's words, "He walked away."

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 1 (by Howard): The accident was reported at 2:34 p.m. in the area of 10198 W. Bethany Road, Alexander. Brandon J. Brown, 17, of Conway Road, East Bethany, was driving a 2008 Subaru Legacy northbound on West Bethany Road and traveled over the center of the roadway, according to the Sheriff's Office, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. That vehicle was driven by Joseph L. Graham, 49, of Werner Road, Attica, in a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Both drivers were able to exit their vehicles. Brown was transported by Alexander ambulance to ECMC with head and arm injuries. Graham was transported to Strong by Mercy EMS with neck and hip injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Assisting were the Town of Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, Town of Alexander fire and Mercy EMS.  The accident is being investigated by Deputy Chris Parker and Deputy Lonnie Nati and Investigator James Diehl.

October 31, 2016 - 4:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.

From our news partner WBTA:

At around 1:30 p.m. today, Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics were called to 4975 West Ag Park Drive for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment and the vehicle on fire.

The accident is said to have occurred at the bend behind the County Maintenance Building.  

The female victim reportedly made it out of the vehicle with the assistance of two passersby, however the truck was into the woods and on fire at last report.  

Mercy Flight was requested.

UPDATE 9:17 p.m.: Tim Hens shared this on social media:

Crazy afternoon. Sitting in my office when I hear a police call on the scanner for a single vehicle off the road with entrapment and on fire literally 1500 ft from my office.

Jumped in my car and responded with a few guys from the shop... Christopher J Klein, Rob Barone, Mike Nicolucci and Tyler Lang. Showed up to a fully engulfed vehicle. Tried to extinguish with a few small fire extinguishers with no luck. We were beside ourselves thinking there was someone inside, but two earlier passers-by luckily got there before us and managed to drag the woman to safety into the woods. They had to pry the passenger door open with the cab on fire and yank her out! Truly heroic whoever they were! Tyler Lang did an awesome job keeping the woman stabilized until police and Mercy Flight got there.

Life changes in a second. So glad she is alive.

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