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November 1, 2012 - 10:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

A 65-year-old Bethany resident was injured Thursday, Oct. 26, when his motorcycle was struck by a car driven by his wife on Bank Road in the Town of Middlebury.

Ronald H. Stanton was stopped on the highway facing north talking with a person in another vehicle that was parked on the shoulder.

Ellen J. Stanton, 59, failed to see her husband stopped on the road and her vehicle struck the rear of the motorcycle ejecting Stanton.

Ronald Stanton suffered head, shoulder and knee injuries. He was transported by Warsaw Ambulance to Wyoming County Hospital.

Ellen Stanton was transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS for hand and arm injuries.

None of the injuries are considered life threatening and no citations were issued.

The accident was investigated by State Police in Warsaw.

November 1, 2012 - 9:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

A Le Roy woman suffered minor injuries Saturday in an accident in Wyoming County.

Another driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way to Cynthia A. Hart, 51, when she was westbound on Liberty Street Road in Warsaw.

Kirk G. Alexander, 53, of Rochester, reportedly stopped at the northbound intersection of Buck Road and then pulled out into traffic before seeing Hart's car.

The two cars hit and went off the highway before coming to rest.

Hart suffered some chest pain and was transported to Wyoming County Hospital by Warsaw Ambulance.

Alexander was not injured.

State Police out of Warsaw investigated the accident.

November 1, 2012 - 7:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in polls.

If you're a city resident, vote for one or two; if you're not a city resident or otherwise not voting, please select"I'm not voting in this election."

October 31, 2012 - 6:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, Halloween.

For about a dozen years, the Millen family has been giving fellow Elba residents quite a fright.

Each year -- and each year they tend to outdo themselves -- the family decorates the entire front lawn, side lawn, back lawn and garage with ghost, zombies and space aliens so that visiting trick-or-treaters (kiddies and oldies) get a good scare.

I stopped by their house at 32 Church St. late this afternoon as they were putting the finishing touches on the decorations, but before they were in custom. Posing for a photo are Sarah, Sandy and Bill.

One of 32 hand-carved pumpkins in the yard.

October 31, 2012 - 5:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, City Fire.

Press release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department is reminding everyone to change the batteries in their detectors this weekend when they change their clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Savings Time. Batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be changed twice a year to ensure a quick alert to the presence of deadly carbon monoxide or a fire in the home, allowing occupants precious time for escape. 

Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors every 5-7 years or when defective. As in the past, the Energizer Battery Company has donated a supply of 9-volt batteries to the City of Batavia Fire Department for city residents who need help replacing the batteries in their detectors.

The fire department also has free smoke detectors available to make sure that every residence has at least one working smoke alarm. To ensure proper installation, firefighters will come to your home and install a smoke detector or replace the battery in existing detectors free of charge. 

The smoke alarm and battery replacements are offered year round. To schedule an appointment for an installation, call City Fire Headquarters at 345-6375.

October 31, 2012 - 5:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Valle Jewelers, Sponsored Post, contests, advertisment.

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October 31, 2012 - 10:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, byron.

Jason Robert Sando, 45, of Walkers Corners Road, Byron, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Sando is accused of violating an order of protection during a domestic incident at his home.

Jason Carl Nanni, 36, of Highland Park, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and aggravated harassment, 2nd. Upon release from the Willard Drug Treatment Campus, Nanni was taken into custody on three counts of criminal contempt, 2nd, and three counts of aggravated harassment, 2nd.

Joshua L. Baltz, 36, of 29 Tracy Ave., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Baltz is accused of shoplifting from the Kwik Fill on Jackson Street.

October 31, 2012 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, YMCA.

Photo and info submitted by Pam L. Reed, administrative assistant, YMCA.

Frankenstein (alias Bill Reed) with his daughter, Justine Reed, of Batavia, helped entertain members and guests at the YMCA's annual Halloween event. More than 350 children enjoyed crafts, games, face painting, a haunted house, and watching a movie with pizza.

A thank you to the BHS Zonta Club and ALL the many volunteers! Also a special thank you to area businesses who supported the event: Domino's Pizza, Mark's Pizzeria, Oliver's Candies, and Tompkins Insurance.

October 31, 2012 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Royal Rangers Outpost 42.

Submitted by Todd Crossett:

On Oct. 28, Alexander Crossett, 15, Timothy Martin, 16, Jacob Richardson, 18, Jaden Ohlson, 18, and Donald Ohlson, 16, completed the Marine Corps Marathon. The boys are part of a boys' mentoring group called the Royal Rangers. They were running the marathon to raise money to send underprivileged boys to camp.

The journey started two years ago when two leaders of the group ran the Buffalo Marathon to raise money for Royal Rangers. The boys said that some day they wanted complete the marathon for Rangers. Last year the boys completed the Rochester Half-marathon. In June, the boys began training for the marathon that they would run in October. Todd Crossett, one of the leaders who ran the marathon two years ago, ran with the boys during the training. They all ran over 400 miles and put in more than 60 hours of running.

If you would like to show your support for these boys and would like to give to the Royal Rangers, you can send a check to the Batavia Assembly of God and mark "Marathon" in the memo section. The address is 24 N. Spruce St., Batavia, NY, 14020.

You can also go to and go to "giving."

Pictured from left are Donald Ohlson, Alexander Crossett, Todd Crossett, Jaden Ohlson, Timothy Martin and Jacob Richardson.

October 30, 2012 - 8:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A Batavia man who yesterday received the lowest possible sentence from Judge Robert C. Noonan for burglarizing a friend's house earlier this year, is now a suspect in a burglary at the Sprint store on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Justin C. Smith, 36, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, already in custody awaiting transfer to state prison to begin serving a three-year term, was arrested by the Sheriff's Office today and charged with burglary, 3rd, and grand larceny, 4th.

According to investigators, Smith is suspected of stealing two Samsung touch screen cellular telephones from a display stand near the front door of the Sprint store at 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Deputies had responded to the location after a burglary alarm at 10 p.m., Oct. 18. Nobody was in the store when they arrived, but they did discover the alleged theft.

A store employee reported that during regular business hours the previous two days, three additional touch screen phones had been stolen.

Smith is suspected of stealing one phone Oct. 16, two Oct. 17 and two more during the Oct. 18 burglary.

Yesterday, Noonan, whose assessment of Smith was based on a pre-sentence probation report, said that Smith was an example of what happens when a good person gets mixed up with drugs.

Because Smith had a prior non-violent felony conviction in 2007, the minimum sentence available to Noonan for Smith was three years.

Noonan would not necessarily have known about the pending investigation at the time of sentencing.

October 30, 2012 - 6:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, environment, Tonawanda Creek, 7-Eleven.

Yesterday work crews started removing the fuel pumps and fuel tanks from the Wilson Farms location at 355 W. Main St., Batavia.

While people have told us the tanks needed to be removed because they were leaking fuel into the Tonawanda Creek, information obtained from the DEC indicates that's just not the case.

While there is some localized soil contamination, which the DEC is supervising for remedial clean up, the leak is contained to the property.

The property owner is listed as Sugar Creek Stores. Both Wilson Farms and Sugar Creek were sold to 7-Eleven early last year.

Earlier this year, 7-Eleven announced it was selling two Wilson Farms stores in Batavia. Industry reports at the time indicated 7-Eleven was not interested in locations that sell gas, but 7-Eleven recently rebranded the former Wilson Farms location in Oakfield.

While a source tells us the property owner plans to discontinue gas sales at the West Main Street location in the city, we've not yet been able to confirm that with a company representative.

The property is .35 acres and stretches from the shared property line with Settler's west toward Lambert's Design Jewelers, with a length of green space in between the buildings.

Fuel tank removal is expected to take another week or two.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for 7-Eleven said the property is on the company's "divestiture list." It will be sold.

October 30, 2012 - 5:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

City PD just announced, as far as they're concerned, Halloween is Oct. 31, and that's not changing.

Police officials are asking parents and trick-or-treaters to conduct Halloween activities Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Police officers will be on patrol to help ensure the safety of children. If a Halloween emergency should arise, call 9-1-1.

The forecast for Wednesday is temperatures in the 40s and scattered rain showers.

October 30, 2012 - 4:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee Justice.

Press release:

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the appointment of Shannon L. Ford to fill the position of Genesee Justice program coordinator; a position that was created after a vacancy was left by the resignation of the assistant director. 

Ford has more than 13 years of experience in the field of alcohol and substance abuse. While previously employed by Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, she has held the titles of assistant director of Prevention, Prevention supervisor, Prevention educator, and Chemical Dependency counselor.

She is a 1990 Regents High School graduate from Alexander Central School; a graduate from SUNY at Buffalo with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology/Sociology; a 2007 graduate of Leadership Genesee; has served on the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee for the past seven years and was its chair in 2006; and has been instrumental in the awarding of numerous grants to GCASA, which include Drug Free Communities Grant, Gambling Prevention Grant, Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Grant, and NYS Tobacco Control Community Partnership Grant.

Also to her credit, within the past five years, Shannon has developed a program called "Accountability Circle" to address underage drinking using restorative justice principles. This program currently serves more than 300 youths per year.

Sheriff Gary Maha stated, “Ms. Ford comes highly recommended for this position and will be a great asset to Genesee Justice. She has demonstrated that she is a dedicated individual who is eager to accept the position of Genesee Justice program coordinator.

"In addition to supervising the Genesee Justice staff, she will also oversee the Justice for Children Advocacy Center. Shannon was the unanimous selection of an interviewing committee and will start in this position November 5.”

October 30, 2012 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, weather.

Sandy Mullen sent in this picture of the large willow that fell in her back yard on Ross Street, Batavia.

October 30, 2012 - 1:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A tree has reportedly fallen into power lines on Clinton Street, Batavia.

City fire responding.

National Grid notified.

UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: The homeowner said he contacted National Grid some three hours before calling the fire department. He only called fire after one of the power lines started sparking. Fire officials assessed the situation and advised the homeowner to wait for National Grid. City fire is back in service.

October 30, 2012 - 1:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos.

Not all the trees lost their fall leaves over night. This is a tree on South Main Street. The picture was taken from behind Billy Goats on West Main Street, Batavia.

October 30, 2012 - 12:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A woman accused of breaking into the home of a person she knew in Le Roy and trashing the residence entered a guilty plea this morning to burglary in the third degree.

As part of her plea deal, Karen L. Stone, 45, of Elm Street, Le Roy, faces from four to six months of intermittent jail time and five years probation.

Stone reportedly caused significant damage inside the home while the resident was away.

She was originally charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m., Jan. 14.

October 30, 2012 - 11:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car hit a tree on Evans Street, Batavia, just before 10 a.m. No injuries were reported.

October 30, 2012 - 9:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Robert Scott DeSmit, 47, of 14280 Gillette Road, Barre, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. DeSmit is accused of violating a complete stay away order issued in Family Court by sending an e-mail message attempting to arrange a meeting to the protected party Oct. 23. DeSmit allegedly followed up with a text message sent from his e-mail address to the protected party's mobile phone that read, “I got the order. I’m sorry. I sent you an e-mail.” DeSmit was arrested Oct. 24 by Batavia PD.

Ranelle E. Reuben, 30, of Basom, is charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, refusal of breath test, stopping/standing on public highway, drinking alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and driving without a license. Reuben was arrested by State Police at 2:40 a.m., Sunday, on Route 77, Pembroke.

Brandon Charles Smart, 35, no permanent address, is charged with trespass. Smart turned himself in on a warrant pending in Le Roy Town Court. Smart is accused of trespassing at Buttermilk Falls on June 14.




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