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February 22, 2012 - 11:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A tractor-trailer has reportedly rolled over on Route 20 in Darien, but the driver has spoken to dispatch and claims to be uninjured, though he is trapped in the cab of the vehicle.

His load is considered non-hazardous.

The location is 2041 Broadway Road.

Darien Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched. Alexander requested for traffic control on Route 20. Westbound traffic will be shut down.

A chief reports the roadway is heavily snow covered.

UPDATE 11:26 p.m.: Mercy EMS can take its time driving to the scene, according to a chief. Darien's ambulance is also in route.

UPDATE 11:30 p.m.: Traffic not being shut down. Alexander being asked to slow traffic at Smithley Road.

UPDATE 11:44 p.m.: Driver is out of the truck.

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February 21, 2012 - 9:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien, corfu.

A woman told a deputy she was fiddling with her GPS (global positioning system) prior to rear-ending a car which was stopped on Route 5 at Lovers Lane Road, Corfu.

The accident occurred at 10:50 a.m., Monday, and caused injuries to both drivers but neither was seriously hurt.

Jessica M. Reynolds, 24, of McVean Road, Corfu, was cited for allegedly following too closely. Also injured was Joan Marie Dugan, 75, of Erie Street, Darien Center.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

(Initial report)

February 18, 2012 - 10:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien.

A 24-year-old Darien resident has been charged with raping a woman in Caledonia, reports the Democrat & Chronicle.

Timothy R. Beszczynski was arrested by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office today and charged with first-degree rape.

Authorities were called to an apartment complex in Caledonia at 4:30 a.m. by a woman who said her neighbor had been raped.

Deputies interviewed an 18-year-old woman who said she was raped in her apartment.

Beszczynski was jailed on $7,500 bail or $15,000 bond.

February 16, 2012 - 1:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, Darien, accidents, indian falls.

A two-car collision with injuries is reported at South Lake Road and Cohocton Road. There is possible entrapment in one vehicle. Mercy Flight #5 is put on standby. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments along with Mercy EMS are dispatched. Akron fire is responding to the scene since their extrication tools may be needed.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: A responder at the scene says everyone is out of the vehicles. Akron's response and Mercy Flight are cancelled.

UPDATE 1:34 p.m.: Pembroke command requests a second ambulance (which will be provided by Darien). One car rolled over into a ditch. There are two people injured.

UPDATE 1:59 p.m.: One patient is being transported to UMMC and another is being taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: The Pembroke and Indian Falls assignment is back in service.

February 11, 2012 - 12:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A car has reportedly hit a tree in the area of 10903 Alleghany Road, near Herkimer Road.

A deputy on scene reports minor injuries.

Darien Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

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February 6, 2012 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports, alexander, Darien, Bethany.

Tri-Town Youth Athletics is planning to start a youth football program and has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, Feb. 16 to provide more information to interested parents. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Elementary School Gym, located at 3314 Buffalo St. between routes 20 and 98.

Tri-Town Youth Athletics primarily serves the Alexander Central School District -- covering Alexander, Darien and Bethany -- but kids from all over the area are welcome to take part. It also offers baseball, softball, basketball and soccer programs.

The new football and cheerleading programs, which the organization last sponsored more than 20 years ago, are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 13.

Tri-Town Youth Football will be led by several experienced football coaches and youth sports administrators. Additional football and cheerleading coaches, as well as a cheerleading commissioner, are wanted.

Anyone interested should call 356-7571 or email [email protected]. Other opportunities for parents to take part in planning, fundraising and game-day operations are also available.

February 6, 2012 - 8:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, byron, Darien, Le Roy.

Angelo A. Cassidy, 35, of Lewis Place, Batavia, and 59-year-old Charles R. Gay, of Hemlock Ridge Road, Medina, are charged with petit larceny and conspiracy, 6th. Cassidy was reportedly employed by a business on Angling Road, Corfu, and allegedly falsified a weight ticket, allowing Gay to collect  money for scrap that was not actually part of his load. Cassidy and Gay are accused of making an arrangement regarding the money. The case was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

Carolyn M. Hooten, 29, of 12 Myrtle St., Le Roy, is charged with DWI and several traffic violations. Hooton was stopped late Friday evening on Myrtle Street by Le Roy Police.

Mathew Duncan Brew, 33, of Freeman Road, Byron, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to yield right of way. Brew was arrested by Deputy Brad Mazur following a traffic accident at 9:24 p.m. Saturday at Route 262 and Bank Street Road.

Donovan Michael Zandi, 22, of Campbell Boulevard, Getzville, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Zandi's vehicle was reportedly found by Deputy Kevin McCarthy at 2:59 a.m., Jan. 26, on Countyline Road, Darien, with four-way flashers on.

Kara Ellen Wojkowski, 28, Hall Road, Holley, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Wojkowski is accused of stealing a motor vehicle on Oct. 25. She turned herself in at the Sheriff's Office on a warrant for her arrest. Following arraignment in Byron, she was jailed on $2,000 bail.

Kathryn L. Johnson, 24, of 20 Hutchins St., lower, Batavia, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, criminally using drug paraphernalia, 2nd, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Johnson was arrested following a visit by County Probation to her home and jailed on $1,000 bail.

February 1, 2012 - 11:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, corfu.

Melissa C. Verton, 32, of South Main Street, Batavia, is charged with two counts of petit larceny and resisting arrest. Verton is accused of stealing $35 in cash and merchandise while employed at Walmart as a cashier. Verton is accused of verbally and physically resisting arrest.

Brandon Marshall Weig, 33, of Shady Lane, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Weig was arrested on a warrant for an alleged violation of an order of protection Nov. 13. Weig is accused of having contact with a protected person. Weig is accused of doing the same thing on Dec. 18.

Kahlil Nathaniel Johnson,19, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal trespass. Johnson is accused of being at College Village after being banned from the property.

Dustin Stephen Williams, 24, of Simonds Road, Corfu, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to signal and speeding. Williams was stopped at 2:12 a.m. on Route 238, Darien, by Deputy Jason Saile.

January 28, 2012 - 11:53am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, alexander, Darien.

A structure fire at 2460 Orangeville Center Road in Wyoming County is prompting a mutual aid response from Genesee County volunteer firefighters. Darien is sending a tanker and an engine to fill in at Attica's fire hall, which is going to the scene. Alexander is sending a unit to fill in at Darien's fire hall.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Alexander is back in quarters.

UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: Darien is in quarters, in service.

January 26, 2012 - 5:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, darien center, Milestones, bergen.

Three Genesee County students were named to the Deans' List for the fall 2011 semester at Clarkson University.

  • Jacob D. Muench, of Darien, who is a freshman majoring in Aeronautical Engineering


  • Cameron P. Sitarek, of Darien Center, who is a senior majoring in Civil Engineering


  • Kaley M. Johnson, of Bergen, who is a senior majoring in Engineering and Management

To earn this recognition, these students needed to achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University is located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam. It's a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates.

It offers 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences. The entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

January 23, 2012 - 1:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, Le Roy, Alabama, corfu.

Gary A. Goodwin, 51, of Hamlin, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08. Goodwin was reportedly involved in a motor vehicle accident at 11:12 p.m., Jan. 21, on Cockram Road, Town of Byron. The accident was investigated by Deputy Brad Mazur.

Rene Peres Roblero, 46, of McGregor Road, Corfu, is charged with DWI, moving from lane unsafely, operation by an unlicensed driver, operating without insurance. Roblero was arrested following the report of a one-vehicle accident at 11:24 p.m., Jan. 17, on Richley Road, Darien. He was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Debra G. Fields, 43, of 18 South St., Le Roy, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child, 1st. Field is accused of hosting an underage drinking party at her residence.

Uriah Ian-Charles Smoke, 27, of Bloomingdale Road, Tonawanda Indian Reservation, is charged with reckless endangerment, 2nd, and criminal mischief, 4th. Smoke was arrested on a warrant and jailed on $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond.

January 17, 2012 - 9:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Darien, darien lake theme park.

After a summer filled with bad publicity, Darien Lake Theme Park's owners, Herschend Family Entertainment, has announced changes in its top management at the park.

A veteran of the company, Bob Montgomery, has been named vice present and general manager of the park.

Chris Thorpe, who led the park staff through the accidental death of a patron and the closure for unrelated mechanical reasons of the park's signature ride, is now the assistant general manager and will report to Montgomery.

Rochester resident Steve Hallowell, a former director of marketing for Kodak, has been named director of marketing for Darien Lake.

For previous coverage of events at Darien Lake, click here.

Press release:

Darien Lake Theme & Water Park Resort (Darien Lake) has named Bob Montgomery as the park's new vice president and general manager. Montgomery has been employed by Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), the management company of Darien Lake, for over a decade. Prior to HFE, Montgomery worked as vice president of operations and development at LEGOLAND, director of operations at Toronto's C.N. Tower and director of attractions at Canada's Wonderland, the top two attractions in Canada.

Darien Lake also appoints marketing veteran and Rochester, New York, native Steve Hallowell as director of marketing. He has 25 years of marketing experience and a long tenure at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, most recently serving as director of consumer experience marketing.

"The combination of entertainment and accommodations offered at Darien Lake are unique in the industry, and I am excited about this opportunity," said Montgomery. Prior to moving to Darien Lake, Montgomery worked at Wild Adventures, also an HFE property, as vice president and general manager. "The community has a lot of enthusiasm for Darien Lake, and I look forward to leading this great vacation destination, especially as we introduce three new family rides this year."

In his new role, Montgomery oversees all aspects of the park. Chris Thorpe now serves as assistant general manager at the park, reporting directly to Montgomery. Thorpe is responsible for employee development and relations.

Steve Hallowell leads the marketing department with a unique local perspective. "I look forward to working with the marketing team and the Buffalo and Rochester communities to attract even more guests to our park and accommodations," said Hallowell. "As a father of two teenage boys who love to visit the park with their friends, this job definitely promotes me to cool dad."

January 16, 2012 - 10:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, pembroke, Darien, Le Roy.

Thomas J. Smith, 23, of 8048 E. Main Road, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Smith was stopped at 2:12 a.m. Saturday on Lake Street, Le Roy, by Le Roy Police.

A 17-year-old of South Lake Road, Pembroke, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession/consumption of alcohol under age 21. The youth was allegedly found by Deputy Patrick Reeves to have concealed a quanity of marijuana and alcohol in a duffle bag during a traffic stop on Main Road, Pembroke.

Brandi Elizabeth Schmiedicker, 18, of Genesee Street, Darien, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child. Schmiedicker is accused of hosting an underage drinking party, which was reported through Tipline.

Paul M. Flis, 19, of Salisbury Lane, Blasdell, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Flis was allegedly found behind the wheel in a stopped vehicle on Genesee Street, Darien, at 4:19 a.m. Sunday, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

January 14, 2012 - 10:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Darien, weather.

Here's five photos from my drive around the county Friday afternoon. It turns out four of them were taken along Simmonds Road in the Town of Darien. The fifth, bottom, on Ellinwood Road.

January 9, 2012 - 5:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A Williamsville man who survived what was initially reported as a "bad" crash in Darien on Friday was released from the hospital today.

Matthew D. Holt, 34, of Ellicott Street, Williamsville, managed to crawl from the wreckage of his mangled car after going off the road in the area of 1987 Chick Road at 6:44 p.m., Friday. Responders at the scene described his condition as not entirely coherent when they arrived, though he was walking.

Holt was taken to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, Holt was westbound on Chick Road when his car drifted into the eastbound lane and then swerved back into the westbound lane. The 2001 Volvo sedan left the roadway on the north shoulder and sideswiped three trees, a rock pile, a shed and a fourth tree.

No cause of the accident is discussed in the report. The report lists no citations issued.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Cory Mower.

(Initial report)

January 9, 2012 - 2:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien.
Kaufman Hughes

Two men from Lockport have been arrested and charged with 11 counts of burglary in the third degree.

The men are accused of entering eleven cabins at Darien Lake Theme Park sometime during the fall and stealing 11 HDTVs.

The park was closed for the season at the time.

Arrested and released on their own recognizance were Robert Wakefield Hughes, 26, of Cottage Road, Lockport, and Ryan James Kaufman, 23, of East High Street, Lockport.

Hughes and Kaufman were taken into custody by Investigator William Ferrando.

January 6, 2012 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A motor vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1987 Chick Road in Darien.

A caller to dispatch reports "it's bad."

Vehicle is reportedly smoking and the caller is concerned about getting near it. There are people in the vehicle.

Darien fire and ambulance and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Deputy arriving on scene says "it looked like it rolled."

It may have hit a building.

Mercy Flight on ground standby. One person out of vehicle and walking but not responding appropriately.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m.: Only one occupant, and the person is out of the vehicle. The vehicle is not on fire.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Mercy Flight still on ground standby. One Mercy response cancelled, another continuing.

UPDATE 7:02 p.m.: Mercy Flight dispatched to a landing zone on Griswold Road, Darien.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Ten minute ETA for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Updated ETA of five or six minutes for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Darien fire is clearing the scene.

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December 29, 2011 - 12:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, alexander, Darien, Bethany.

Firefighters from Alexander, Bethany and Darien are requested to stand by in their halls in case they are needed to provide mutual aid to the Attica Fire Department.

UPDATE 12:13 p.m.: Per Attica, all three fire departments are put back in service.

December 19, 2011 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, Oakfield, Darien, Le Roy, corfu.

Craig Daniel Martin, 27, of Morton Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance not in its original container, aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, and unlicensed operation. Martin was stopped on Jackson Street, Batavia, at 1:09 a.m. Saturday by Deputy Patrick Reeves for alleged traffic violations. Martin was allegedly found in possession of two types of controlled substances and a quantity of marijuana concealed in his vehicle.

Brittany Megan Hart, 24, of Warsaw Road, Le Roy, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. Hart was charged following a traffic stop for alleged violations at 11 p.m. Sunday on Jackson Street, Batavia, by Deputy Brad Mazur.

Daniel John Hickey, 33, of Sherwood Drive, Brockport, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and speeding. Hickey was stopped at 1:22 a.m., Saturday on Route 262 in Elba by Deputy James Diehl.

Nicholas Keith Thorne, 23, of Osborne Road, Mt. Sterling, is charged with criminal mischief, 2nd. Thorne allegedly smashed a glass door and window at the Econo Lodge on Route 77, Corfu. Thorne was jailed on an unspecified amount of bail.

Dennis P. Schroeder, 54, of Cotton Hill Road, Attica, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and inadequate exhaust. Schroeder was stopped at 7:40 p.m. Dec. 15 on Tinkhem Road, Darien, by Deputy Jason Saile.

Nicholas M. Worrells, 24, of 10253 Roosevelt Highway, Lyndonville, is charged with criminal contempt. Worrells was allegedly found hiding under the rear deck of a residence on East Main Street, Le Roy, after police responded to a report of a disturbance. Worrells was allegedly with a person at the residence in violation of a complete stay-away order. Worrells was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Dayton G. Schultz, 52, Maltby Road, Oakfield, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of. 08 or greater and driving left of pavement markings. Schultz was stopped at 10:35 p.m. Friday on Route 262, Elba, by Sgt. Greg Walker.

Eric Matthew Kingsley, 24, of Perry Road, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and illegal parking on a highway. Kingsley was arrested by Deputy Jason Saile following a report of a vehicle fire at 4:48 a.m., Saturday, on Ellicott Street Road, Bethany.

Jeremy John Haynes, 35, of Church Street, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and speeding. Haynes was stopped at 11:27 p.m. Friday on East Main Street, Le Roy, by Deputy Eric Seppala.

Brent Michael Semmier, 36, of Cypress Street, Rochester, is charged with felony DWI, speeding (90 in 55 mph zone), alcohol consumption in a motor vehicle and improper right turn. Semmier was stopped at 4:29 p.m. Sunday on Route 19, Le Roy, by Deputy Brad Mazur.

December 14, 2011 - 11:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, pembroke, Darien, corfu.

Nedal Abdul Mansour, 48, of Jay Street, Rochester, is charged with possession and transport of more than 10,000 untaxed cigarettes, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, unlicensed operator, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely. Mansour was stopped for alleged traffic infractions at 10:51 p.m. Tuesday on Route 77 in Pembroke by Deputy Patrick Reeves. Mansour was allegedly found in possession of 15,650 untaxed cigarettes.

Ajayc Kweese George, 18, of St. Marks Avenue, New York City, is charged with trespass. George was reportedly told on Dec. 10 not to return to College Village property and allegedly did return at 10:03 p.m., Tuesday.

Marion G. DeFelice, 55, of Bernd Road, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, refusal to take breath test, unlicensed operation and failure to keep right. DeFelice was stopped at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Route 33, Town of Batavia, by Deputy Tim Wescott.

Earl Shateek-Anthony Lockhart, 19, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and harassment, 2nd. Lockhart is accused of shoplifting $85.86 from Walmart. Lockhart allegedly pushed a loss prevention officer who attempted to apprehend him and then ran out of the store. Lockhart was located a short time later by a Sheriff's deputy.

Jessica Lynn Barber, 26, of 647 Lapp Road, Alden, is charged with DWI, driving left of pavement markings in a no-passing zone and unlawful possession of marijuana. Barber was stopped at 12:36 a.m. Tuesday on County Line Road, Darien, by Deputy Patrick Reeve.

Jonathan Robert Hyman, 39, of Rose Road, Batavia, is charged with trespass. Hyman was allegedly found on a property on Rose Road without permission at 11:04 p.m., Dec. 9, looking in a window to a residence.

Brandon Cody McCoy, 20, of Angling Road, Corfu, is charged with harassment, 2nd. McCoy is accused of pushing another male during a domestic incident at 8:28 p.m., Monday.


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