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October 28, 2011 - 1:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, County Building #1.

Workers continue to make progress on the roof replacement of County Building #1 at Court and Ellicott streets.  The $214,000 project was awarded to Elmer W. Davis, Inc., of Rochester.

October 28, 2011 - 1:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Centennial Park.

Everything was nice and frosty this morning. It could have made some good photos if I'd gotten out of the house sooner.  

I did head up to Centennial Park just before 9 a.m. hoping for some frost still on the ground and leaves. There wasn't but I took a few pictures anyway. It was still a beautiful morning, and just enough fall left to provide some color.  

The bottom photo, however, is some of the frost I found outside in our own front yard.

October 28, 2011 - 1:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, crime, Oakfield, Le Roy.

Catherine R. Bater, 20, of 112 Lake St., Le Roy is charged with grand larceny and endangering the welfare of a child 1st. Bater was arrested by Le Roy Police on two separate cases. In the first case, Bater is accused of stealing a laptop computer, digital camera and multiple DVDs from a residence on Lathrop Avenue on or about Sept. 25. The camera and computer were recovered. In the second incident, Bater is accused of switching out a prescription of generic Ritalin belonging to a juvenile with high blood pressure medication (Clonidine). The switched medication was subsequently administered to the juvenile causing the youth to lose consciousness. Batar was arraigned and jailed on an unspecified amount of bail.

Eric Bratcher, 22, of 7 1/2 North St., Le Roy, was arrested on a bench warrant. Batcher is accused of violating the terms of his release under supervision contract. Bratcher was originally charged Oct. 16 with burglary, accused of breaking into a Gilbert Street residence and stealing a video game system and games. Bratcher was jailed on an unspecified amount of bail.

Uriah Ian Charles Smoke, 26, of Bloomingdale Road, Basom, is charged with reckless endangerment, 2nd, and criminal mischief. Smoke is accused of throwing a glass coffee mug at a minivan while his girlfriend and their child were in the van. The impact caused the glass of the sliding door window to shatter, spraying the infant with glass. The infant was not injured.

Andrew Joseph Lennox, 23, of Webber Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with trespass. Lennox is accused of being on College Village property after being banned from the property.

October 28, 2011 - 8:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A cement truck reportedly dumped two or three yards of concrete on West Main Street Road in the area of West Main Mini Mart.

A witness reports that the driver got out of the truck, fixed the truck's shoot, and then continued westbound.

The truck turned left on Wortendyke and has now reportedly stopped at Cargil on Wortendyke.

Law enforcement is responding.

UPDATE 8:26 a.m.: Truck driver says that his company was notified and is responding to clean it up. A deputy reports that it's just a small portion actually in the roadway and a quick response from either the company or DOT can get it cleaned up. Shortly after that message, the deputy reports that a Town of Batavia highway employee is on scene and is going to sweep it up before it adheres.

October 28, 2011 - 7:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

The NYS DOT has been dispatched to the Route 98 bridge over the Thruway after an apparently minor injury accident.

A deputy on scene reported black ice conditions after responding to the accident.

A flatbed tow truck has been requested to the scene to deal with the disabled vehicle.

Mercy EMS is on scene tending to at least one injured person.

Town of Batavia Fire Department also responded.

UPDATE 7:21 a.m.: A trooper informs dispatch that DOT should also be notified that the Route 63 over the Thruway is also "pretty slick."

UPDATE 7:35 a.m.: A patient was transported to UMMC with only minor complaints of pain. Town of Batavia fire is back in service.

October 27, 2011 - 9:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, 400 Towers.

Residents of 400 Towers enjoyed a Halloween party on Thursday night that included a costume contest, karaoke and sweets.

October 27, 2011 - 8:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield, byron, Alabama.

An Oakfield man already accused of other thefts is facing new burglary and larceny charges following an investigation by Sheriff's investigators into a recent series of crimes in the Oakfield and Elba area.

Benjamin W. Muntz, 22, of 6966 Knowlesville Road, Basom, is being charged with burglary, 3rd, grand larceny, 3rd, and petit larceny.

Muntz is already being held in the Genesee County Jail on a third-degree burglary charge.

Investigators suspect Muntz of stealing an ATV, a dune buggy and a dirt bike from a residence in the Town of Oakfield between June 20 and June 26. The value of the three vehicles is reportedly more than $2,500.

He's also suspected of stealing a large quantity of tractor weights from a location in Elba between Aug. 1 and Sept. 7 with a total value of more than $8,000.

Muntz is also suspected of stealing tractor weights from outside a building in Alabama around Sept. 1 with a value of about $500.

The ATV, dune buggy and dirt bike have been recovered, officials report, but they believe the tractor weights were sold for scrap metal.

In early September, Muntz was arrested and accused of entering a barn in Alabama and stealing a small child's dirt bike. He's also been accused of trespassing and attempting to steal items from a property in Byron.

On the two new felony charges, Muntz was ordered held without bail.

October 27, 2011 - 5:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, pembroke, Le Roy.

Local law enforcement agencies will again participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Drop Program on Saturday.

The program allows local residents to drop off any sort of prescription drug for proper, safe and legal disposal -- no questions asked. 

The locations: 

  • Batavia PD, 10 W. Main St., Batavia
  • Pembroke Highway Garage, routes 5 and 77, Pembroke
  • Le Roy PD, 3 W. Main St., Le Roy

Pictured are Deputy Chris Parker, Genesee County Sheriff's Office; Det. John Condidorio, Le Roy PD; Det. Charles Dudek, Batavia PD.

October 27, 2011 - 4:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, downtown, Glass Roots.

A young woman worked an agreement with Jeremy Almeter, owner of Glass Roots on Center Street, to avoid criminal charges after she was caught on video making an art heist from the shop. The woman walked out the front door with two paintings on the very first day Almeter was using a video surveilance system installed by Rich Clark of Computer and Phone Repair (CPR). Almeter and the woman made an agreement not to release her name. She walked in front of the store for two hours today carrying the sign reading "I stole art from Glass Roots."

October 27, 2011 - 4:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, UMMC.

UMMC invited community members into the hospital today to see two new hyperbaric chambers installed as a key part of a new wound center.

There's an increase nationwide in patients developing non-healing wounds, particularly foot wounds, and hyperbaric chambers have proven effective in treating such them.

The wound center is an outpatient clinic. 

For more details, click on the headline above to read the full press release from UMMC.

Photos: Brooke Eck, RT, assists Christopher White, UMMC foundation board president, with a demonstration of the chamber.

October 27, 2011 - 3:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests.

Congratulations to Robert Tretter, winner of the Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge Week 7 contest. Tretter wins one large cheese pizza with one topping. Tretter correctly picked Arian Foster of Houston as the back to gain the most rushing and receiving yards in Week 7. Tretter was selected in a random drawing from among the 12 people who picked Foster.

Winners of the NFL Challenge have one week to claim their prizes.

October 27, 2011 - 9:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien.

Jeremiah T. Jones, 38, of 535 McGinnis Road, Scottsville, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and harassment, 2nd. Jones was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute at a residence on Central Avenue at 8:10 a.m., Tuesday.

Kara Jo Oliveri, 27, of Moller Street, Binghampton, was arrested on a bench warrant related to a petit larceny charge. Oliveri was arrested in Binghampton and arraigned in Darien Town Court. Oliveri posted $305 bail.

October 26, 2011 - 11:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, elba.

Apparently, an aurora borealis was visible in Genesee County, at least in Elba, on Monday night. Fran Woodworth submitted this photo.

October 26, 2011 - 10:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Rotary Club, theater, entertainment.

The cast of "The Producers," this year's choice for the annual theater production of the Batavia Rotary Club (this year, in conjunction with Encore! Theatre Arts, is starting to nail their performances in rehearsals.

Director Lynda Hodgins invited me into the Batavia HS auditorium tonight to take some pictures during the non-dress rehearsal. She allowed me right on the stage during the performance. Thank you to the indulgence of the cast for carrying on as I moved around trying to get some interesting shots.

The show is high-energy and fun. It's not easy to take pictures when you're laughing out loud.

Starring are Steve Valvano and Cal Young as Max Bialystock and Leopold Bloom (pictured above).

The Mel Brooks-written musical is about a broadway producer whose career is in a downward trend when an accountant, Leopold Bloom, suggests that there's more money to be made in producing a real stinker of a show than in producing a hit.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to 5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at Batavia High School.

Tickets are $12 for the Nov. 3 show, and $15 for all other shows. Tickets may be purchased online at and, and in person at Lawley Insurance or The Insurance Center.

October 26, 2011 - 5:36pm

Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to spur economic growth is the creation of regional economic development agenies.

Each region will receive some portion of a $1 billion pie of grants, with most of them being divvied up equally, but the four regions that submit the "best" strategic plan will receive an extra $40 million each.

The money is earmarked for projects that promise job growth.

On Tuesday, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Develpment Council presented its draft strategic plan at a public meeting, attended by 20 or 30 people, at Genesee Community College.

The purpose of the meeting was to gather feedback on the plan, with a series of booths set up around the forum for people to leave their thoughts on different aspects of the plan.

You can read the draft plan by clicking here (pdf).

October 26, 2011 - 4:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield.

Jason Michael Norton, 39, of Pekin Road, Oakfield, is charged with grand larceny and petit larceny. Norton is accused of stealing money and giving discounts on store merchandise under retail value while employed at Lowe's. The total value of the alleged thefts exceeds $1,800.

Joseph Charles Wind, 41, of Horseshoe Lake Road, Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant. Wind was arrested by Rochester Police on a warrant out of Batavia City Court and turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Wind was jailed on $100,000 bail. The nature of the underlying alleged crime was not released.

October 26, 2011 - 4:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

We're not quite out of October, there's still leaves on some trees, but snow is in the forecast a little more than 24 hours from now.

There's a 70-percent chance of precipitation, according to the forecast, for Thursday night, with temperatures dipping to 30 degrees.

At this point, there's no prediction of a strong storm -- just cold and wet.

October 26, 2011 - 3:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, football, sports, Le Roy.

Press Release:

This Friday October 28th, 2011 Le Roy will Host Batavia at Hartwood Park for a Youth Football Game.  All proceeds will be split in half and will go to each commmunities Back Pack program.  The Back Pack Program provides food for families in need in our communities.  Everday, children in our communities do not have enough to eat.  Kids in this program are given canned goods at school to take home in their backpacks to help feed their families.  Please come to the game and show your support.  We will be accepting canned goods and cash donations.


The game schedule is as follows:
Flag football "moving up game" Le Roy players only 5:00pm
Juniors Le Roy v Batavia 6:00pm
Seniors Le Roy v Batavia 8:00pm

Please come out and show your support to our local athletes and our local families in need.




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