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January 10, 2016 - 10:48am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, byron, south byron.

An ATV struck a steel barrier on Chapel Road, just north of Route 262, in Byron. Unknown injuries. The caller reports not seeing an operator of the ATV in the vicinity. Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding. The location is just north of the old railroad bed. Command on scene tells responders to approach in non-emergency mode. "It appears this accident occurred some time ago. We're still looking in the brush here. ... I don't think there's anyone to be found here," command says. Law enforcement is responding, too. Mercy medics' response was cancelled.

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: The fire departments are returning to service. "Law enforcement will handle it from here," command says.

January 10, 2016 - 6:51am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

City fire crews are at a house on Clinton Street where they just extinguished a "a big porch fire." They are checking for extensions. A second platoon was asked to report to fire headquarters. Didn't hear the exact address. 

UPDATE 7:13 a.m.: Code enforcement requested to the scene. 

UPDATE 8:11 a.m.: Clinton Street assignment back in service. Estimated $2,500 damage. The cause was an overheated light fixture.

January 9, 2016 - 7:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, crime, batavia.


A pedestrian was reportedly struck by a black pickup truck at the intersection of Bank and Main streets in Downtown Batavia a few minutes ago. The truck then reportedly went into the JC Penney parking lot at the mall before leaving there and turning left onto Washington Avenue. City fire, police and medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: The pickup driver did not flee the scene, rather drove to a safe location nearby. A Mercy medic happened to get on scene soonest and said the patient was transported to a hospital before a determination was made as to medical condition.

UPDATE Sunday morning: The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries. The victim is identified as Joseph W. Ogozaly, 58, of Batavia. Following the accident, the patient was transported by Mercy EMS to a Mercy Flight landing zone and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The investigation is ongoing and no charges against the driver have been placed at this time.

January 7, 2016 - 8:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Stafford.

A working fire is reported at the Brigman Apartments at 6275 E. Main Road, Stafford. Several calls have been made to dispatch and flames are now through the roof. It is believed to have started in a rear apartment. It's gone to a second alarm. Stafford Fire Department is responding along with Le Roy, Town of Batavia, the City's FAST Team, Pavilion, and South Byron. South Byron is also requested to provide a crew to stand by in Stafford's fire hall.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m.: The third platoon is called to city fire headquarters.

UPDATE 8:52 p.m.: A witness at the scene reports seeing no flames or smoke at this time and believes the fire may be out.

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. (by Howard): The fire seems to have been caused by faulty insulation installation around a water heater. There were flames showing when firefighters arrived on scene. The attic had some damage. The structure was saved.

January 7, 2016 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Care & Crisis Helpline, batavia.

Press release:

BATAVIA – Mary’s drug addiction has cost her everything: her family, her friends, her job and, she fears, her life. She has been in and out of therapy, support groups and abstinence from cocaine. Feeling frustrated and very much alone with no options left, Mary called the Care & Crisis Helpline.

She talked about her dilemma of not being able to stay clean while her addiction was killing her. A trained Helpline listener quietly took it all in and offered the support and referrals that Mary needed.

This is no fictional tale. Mary’s call was one of more than 7,300 that the Helpline received since it began a year ago. As of midnight Jan. 1, the service has fielded calls from depressed, lonely, distressed, frustrated or otherwise unhappy people with a desperate need to talk about their troubles. And for the last year someone has been on the other end of the line 24 hours a day.

“We have continuously updated our knowledge about what’s going on in Genesee County to be able to help people no matter what their concern is,” Helpline Manager Holly Baxter said. “From autism and heroin use to cancer, family issues and broken relationships, Helpline staff really is here for anyone with any type of crisis.”

According to Baxter, there are many stories that are all too real for those struggling through the myriad of ills that plague society. Without the patient support of a trained listener, those people could have ended up in worse shape, or dead. There was the caller who was upset because he broke his sobriety on Christmas after a 14-month abstinence. After doing so well he decided to stop going to support group meetings and counseling. The listener talked about the importance of staying with treatment and encouraged him to call whenever he felt like drinking.

Another caller was still arguing with her husband while she was on the phone. She was upset that he stayed too long at a friend’s house while she was home sick with their kids. The listener calmed the caller down to the point where she felt she could resume her discussion with her husband. Another caller had completely different family issues. She has suffered from low self-esteem and depression ever since her father abused her as a child. Her parents are divorced and her dad, who lives out of state, has wanted her to visit. She talked over options with the listener to identify what is best for her life.

The stories are many and varied. The issues are real. And Helpline staff has been in place now every day, even on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. The Care & Crisis Helpline supplements coverage for other local agencies including Genesee County Mental Health after-hours calls, Stop DWI, Genesee County’s Medicaid Fraud Line and YWCA’s Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program.

The Helpline took 7,353 calls last year, including 3,929 for Genesee County Mental Health crisis, 382 that were suicide related, 466 domestic violence crisis calls and 1,555 for crisis information and referrals. Those numbers reflect the instances that someone in need received the support he or she was seeking.

Contracts are still available to agencies, organizations and businesses, Baxter said.

“To serve as a safety net for people in crisis in Genesee County and the surrounding area,” she said. “We have a fully trained staff, a toll-free number and access to more than 220 dialects and languages. The Helpline ensures that you have somebody available 24/7.”

For more information, call (585) 344-4400 or (844) 345-4400, or go to for a live Chat option.

January 7, 2016 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at Galloway Road and Lewiston Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. Law enforcement is on scene. Fire police are requested to shut down eastbound traffic at Galloway and Kelsey roads.

January 6, 2016 - 3:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in hazardous materials, mercury, batavia.

Mercury leaking from a wall-mounted blood-pressure monitor cuff at a doctor's office on Summit Street in the city has prompted a portion of the building to be evacuated, and the air and heating system has been shut off.

The equipment breakage occurred within the past 45 minutes and city firefighters responded to medical suites at 229 Summit St.

Interim Fire Chief Dan Herberger said even a pea-size amount of exposed mercury creates an airborne hazard, which is why the air and heating system was shut off.

County Emergency Services is on scene and working to determine how to proceed with the situation.

January 6, 2016 - 1:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A CO2 detector was activated at 22 Tracy Ave. in the city and ill affects are reported by occupants in the lower apartment. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

January 6, 2016 - 1:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, City Schools.

Press release:

The Batavia City School District will host a Technology Night beginning at 6:30 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Batavia High School (260 State St.). Parents and the community are invited to see highlights of what students and staff are doing in the District with technology and to hear more about our plans for technology upgrades as they are developing in our Smart School Investment Plan.

Passage of New York State’s Smart School Bond Act in November 2014 provided the District with an opportunity to receive $2.1 million to invest in our students’ future. To take advantage of this opportunity, the District must develop and submit a Smart School Investment Plan (SSIP) for State approval. This plan for District-wide technology upgrades is being developed with input from staff, students, and the community.

Community members are encouraged to attend this meeting to hear about and review the emerging plans for the near future.

January 6, 2016 - 12:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, baseball.

Press release:

Team New Era Baseball will hold tryouts for its 8- and 9-year-old rookie elite travel baseball program at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17th, and Sunday, Jan. 24th, at their Depew facility, 3950 Broadway.

For more information or to register for the tryout, visit or contact Rich Wozniak at 716-681-3001.

January 6, 2016 - 12:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

An apartment building at 17 Wood St. in the city was just evacuated due to the smell of natural gas. When city fire crews arrived they reportedly found a person on the front porch smoking a cigarette.

January 5, 2016 - 7:57am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Darien.

Two people are injured and trapped inside a vehicle that rolled over at Fargo and Sumner roads. Darien Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medic #3.

UPDATE 8:13 a.m.: Patients are out and not injured. Medics back in service. There was a family of four involved, mom and dad, and two toddlers. Two dogs were also in the vehicle and one of them took off following the accident. There was a second vehicle, too.

January 4, 2016 - 5:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Leadership Genesee.

Press release:

Leadership Genesee will launch a new program in April called “Passport to Retirement.” The program is focused on retired or soon-to-retire community members who live, work or previously worked in Genesee County before retirement.

“This program is designed to help transition and enrich the lives of community retirees through continued lifelong learning, social networking and meaningful involvement,” said Leadership Genesee Director Peggy Marone.

Topics will include: Economic Realities, Healthy Retirement, Leisure Options and Lifelong Learning. A series of 6 sessions beginning April 7 will be offered one day every other week from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Program participants will meet in various locations around Genesee County.

Cost is $300 per person, which includes all costs associated with the program.

“The Passport to Retirement Program offers an effective vehicle for building the resiliency of our retiree population," Marone said. "The wealth of experience and knowledge they possess is needed in our society, we need to learn from the best."

An informational meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Terry Hills. Register by Feb. 5  by contacting Samantha Stryker at 585-343-3040, ext. 123, or [email protected].

Additional information and an application form may be found on the Leadership Genesee Web site:

January 4, 2016 - 4:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, christmas trees.

Press release:

City Bureau of Maintenance crews have started picking up Christmas trees. They will continue to do so through Jan. 29.

City residents are asked to place their trees in the parkway without bags, stands, or decorations, as these can damage equipment. Please keep trees free of snow and ice so they are visible.

January 4, 2016 - 3:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bethany.

A possible rekindle of last night's house fire at 1137 Molasses Hill Road is reported. That's at the corner of Chaddock Road in Bethany. Bethany Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: A responder to the scene determined there was no rekindle. The assignment is back in service.

January 3, 2016 - 6:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bethany, alexander.

A fire is reported at an unoccupied house (People live there, but they aren't home.) at 1137 Molasses Hill Road at the corner of Chaddock Road. Flames are showing. It has gone to a second alarm. Alexander Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from the Town of Batavia, Town of Batavia's FAST Team, Bethany, Darien and Pavilion. Darien is also asked to fill in at Alexander's fire hall.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: A first responder on scene reports the location is probably in Bethany's fire district.

UPDATE 6:26 p.m.: Attica is also called to respond. A propane tank is exposed to the fire.

UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: Stafford is asked to fill in at Bethany's fire hall. Command says the flames have gone through the second floor of the structure.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: All tankers responding are told to come to the scene via Silver Road. That's Silver Road to Chaddock.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m.: Fire is out. Overhauling. Wyoming Correctional Facility requested to provide inmates for assistance. Mercy medics on scene in case needed.

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: The cause of the fire is under investigation.









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January 3, 2016 - 1:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Bethany.

A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported at 10764 East Road, Bethany. There are believed to be no injuries, but a person is trapped on the passenger side. Bethany fire and medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: The patient was a sign off. The assignment is back in service.

January 2, 2016 - 6:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, fire.

Darien Fire Department is called to respond to the possible rekindle of the trailer fire at 9590 Simonds Road, on the Miller dairy farm.

January 1, 2016 - 10:53am
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, accident.

A two-car, head-on collision, is reported at Lewiston and Galloway roads. Injuries are minor. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. (This was originally dispatched as being at Lewiston and Fisher roads, Oakfield.)

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: The accident report has been released. Vehicle 1 was driving by James Carl Malone, 18, of Varysburg. Vehicle 2 was driving by Andrew K. Hollfelder, 18, of Oakfield. Malone was southbound and lost control of vehicle 1, a 2005 Chevy sedan, and spun in his lane of traffic. Vehicle 2, a 2011 chevy sedan, hit vehicle 1 head on. Both vehicles are owned by Malone. Stacy Hollfelder, 18, was injured in the crash and transported to UMMC. Malone was cited for alleged speed not reasonable and prudent. Andrew Hollfelder was cited for allegedly following too closely.




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