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June 4, 2012 - 10:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

Behind the four-hit performances of Laurie Call and Kendra Wall, the Notre Dame Girls Softball Team powered its way to an 11-1 win over DeSales in the quarter final game of the state Class D tournament.

The Fighting Irish, hungry for a state championship, will face Forestville at Monroe Community Colleg on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

The Notre Dame baseball team didn't fair as well, dropping a Class DD sectional title game to Arkport, 3-2, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Batavia Blue Devils took a swing at a third-straight attempt to win a Class A Section V title, but dropped the Saturday game (a make-up for a rainout on Friday) to Honeoye Falls-Lima, 7-1.

June 4, 2012 - 10:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, football, sports.

Batavia High School football players volunteered their time Saturday to help with the Batavia Youth Football spaghetti dinner. Varsity and JV players helped with set up at the YWCA, helped serve and helped clean up afterward. Photo provided by Head Coach Brennan Briggs, on the right.

June 2, 2012 - 1:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, CASA.

Volunteers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) walked down Main and Ellicott streets today as both a fundraiser and a chance to raise awareness about the agency's programs.

CASA provides services to children caught up in Family Court situations.

Director Ashley Hausfelder organized the event, which was sponsored by Brockport Wegmans, Target, Lucky Ducky Daycare, Floral Fantasies, Five Start Bank, Batavia Signs, Pembroke Family Medicine, T-Shirts Etc., Darien Lake Theme Park and Coffee Culture.

June 2, 2012 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Stafford.

Wires are reportedly down and arcing in the area of 6506 East Bethany Le Roy Road, Stafford.

Stafford Fire Department is responding.

National Grid has been notified.

UPDATE 1:24 p.m.: Stafford back in service. National Grid to handle.


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June 2, 2012 - 12:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown, City Slickers.

MTV reality show star Johnny Bananas dropped into City Slickers in Downtown Batavia tonight. Bananas made the appearance to help support the new restaurant's opening week. The star of shows such as "Real World" signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans.

Owner Ken Mistler said a big crowd showed up during the piano bar portion of the evening for the restaurant and bar's first Saturday night, even though there was a two-hour power outage downtown.

June 1, 2012 - 4:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

Three people were injured in a two-car accident on Route 77 at 10:20 a.m. after one driver allegedly made an illegal left turn.

Flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center was Henrietta E. Feldman, 85, of Lawrence Avenue, Corfu.

Feldman was also cited for the alleged illegal turn.

According to the investigation by Deputy Brian Thompson, Feldman was northbound on Route 77 near Cohocton Road, Pembroke, when she executed a left-hand turn at 9114 Alleghany Road.

The other driver, John E. Bailey, 48, of Farrell Extension, Henrietta, had no time to react, witnesses told Thompson.

The roadways were covered with heavy rain at the time of the accident, according to Thompson's report.

Also injured where two of Bailey's passengers. They are Meghan L. Morehouse, 24, and Alberta E. Male, 86, who was reportedly in shock when transported by Mercy EMS to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Linda M. Bailey, 47, also a passenger in John Bailey's vehicle, was not injured.

Feldman's 1999 Chevy sedan left the roadway and overturned after being struck by Bailey's 2011 Toyota sedan. Bailey's vehicle skidded and turned, coming to rest pointing north in the southbound lane.

June 1, 2012 - 4:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander.

It was the turn of Alexander High School students this morning to see firsthand what happens at a serious motor-vehicle accident as part of the annual effort by Genesee County's volunteer fire departments to education young people about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving.

Today's scenario involved a student who was pinned under a vehicle that had rolled over and suffered what's known as a compartmental injury. The fictional victim's injuries were such that once the weight of the car was removed from her body, she died. The pressure from the car prevented her from bleeding out and kept her internal organs in place. This scenario allowed time, fictionally, for the victim's parents to arrive at the scene for their final goodbyes.

Another fictional victim was seriously injured and airlifted by Mercy Flight. The fictional driver of one of the cars was given a field sobriety test and arrested.

Alexander fire staged the event with the help of Darien fire, Mercy EMS, Mercy Flight, the Sheriff's Office, State Police and the school's SADD group.

Some of these photographs are pretty emotional. It's worth emphasizing, this was a drill. Nobody was hurt and nobody died.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer firefighter or medic, visit Ready Genesee.

If you have trouble viewing the slide show below, click here.

June 1, 2012 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A local business owner has been charged with two Class A misdemeanors after allegedly making a phone call to a property owner on Ellicott Street and impersonating a law enforcement officer in an attempt to intimidate her from renting the property to a potential competitor.

Jason Lang, 28, is charged with criminal personation, 2nd, and aggravated harassment, 2nd.

Sgt. Ron Lobur said Lang turned himself in to State Police, was cooperative and was released on an appearance ticket.

According to Lobur, Lang allegedly called a property owner and left a phone message saying he was a State Police "detective" and warned her that a business she may be renting to has a reputation for selling synthetic marijuana and bath salts.  He allegedly warned her that she might not want to rent to this business.

Lobur noted that the State Police do not employ detectives. Rather, their detective work is done by investigators.

Lang, a Liberty Street resident, owns The Laughing Buddha on Ellicott Street and has admitted in the past to selling synthetic marijuana.

June 1, 2012 - 12:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien.

Deputies responded Thursday to a report in Darien of gunshots being fired in a residence and found that a man there had allegedly caused $1,500 in damage to the house.

David William Wiepert, 54, of Darien, is accused of threatening another person and damaging personal property.

He is charged with coercion, 1st, a felony, and a felony count of criminal mischief.

The case was investigated by Deputy Patrick Reeves and Sgt. Greg Walker.

Wiepert was arraigned in Darien Town Court and jailed on $20,000 bail.

June 1, 2012 - 7:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield.

The Oakfield Fire Department, along with Alabama fire, Mercy EMS and the Sheriff's Office staged a DWI fatal accident at Oakfield-Alabama Central School on Thursday night to demonstrate for students what happens at a serious motor-vehicle accident scene. The demonstration went along with a message about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting while driving. The State Police also provided a demonstration on what happens in a rollover accident to people who aren't wearing a seat belt.

Students participating in the drill as accident victims: Beth Johnson-Walsh, Arielle Thompson, Casey McVay and Jaden Ohlson.

If you are unable to view the slide show below, click here.

May 31, 2012 - 11:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

The Notre Dame Girls Softball Team won the Class D1 Section V championship tonight in Keshequa by beating Arkport 17-14. 

Photo submitted by Linda Bartlett.

May 31, 2012 - 10:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A 33-year-old resident of Flint, Mich., is being accused of dealing crack cocaine in Batavia.

John "Solo" Sumlin III, was stopped today by members of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force as he was riding a bike on Porter Avenue.

Sumlin's arrest is the result of a month-long investigation that included undercover agents allegedly purchasing crack on two occasions.

During the course of the investigation, task force members identified Sumlin as an individual wanted in Michigan on a possible parole violation.

When Sumlin was stopped today, he allegedly gave investigators a false name in an attempt to conceal his warrant from local law enforcement.

Following arraignment in Batavia City Court, Sumlin was jailed without bail.

May 31, 2012 - 9:54pm

Press release:

The Board of Education is proud to announce our unanimous selection of
Mr. Mark Alexander as the next superintendent of the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District. Mark began his career as a third-grade teacher at the Churchville-Chili Central School District before joining the faculty at Oakfield-Alabama in 2000. He was promoted to the position of elementary principal in 2008.

Mark has also served as an adjunct instructor at Genesee Community College where he was awarded the prestigious National Institute of Staff Development and Organizational Development Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership.

Mark earned degrees in mathematics education and curriculum specialization at the College at Brockport before pursuing his certification in school leadership through the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Mark has served in many leadership positions while a member of the Oakfield-Alabama team, including: chair of the Safety, Health and Wellness Committee; Anti-Bullying Committee member; past chair of the District Advancement Team; past chair of the Career Day Committee; and past president, treasurer, and Negotiations Team member of the Oakfield-Alabama Teachers’ Association.

Most importantly, Mark is an educational leader who has a demonstrated record of commitment to the children of this community, their families, support staff members, teachers, administrators and the broader school community. He is a leader of great character, passion and intelligence.

The board would also like to take this opportunity to express our community’s gratitude to Chris Todd for his outstanding leadership over the past five years. We wish Chris and his family well as he begins his new position as district superintendent of Oswego County BOCES on June 1. We also would like to welcome Mr. Ed Orman, our interim superintendent, who will stay on board with Oakfield-Alabama through our transition in leadership.

Mr. Alexander is a uniquely talented educational leader who will be leading a wonderful school system. He attended and graduated from Oakfield-Alabama and has deep roots in our community. The board looks forward to welcoming Mark and his family with great anticipation and enthusiasm.

Please join us in welcoming Mark on Tuesday, June 12 for a light refreshment reception, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Middle-High School Community Room.

May 31, 2012 - 11:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

The third member of a trio caught with drugs in a Batavia hotel room nearly a year ago entered a guilty plea to a drug possession charge in county court today, but has a chance to have his plea reduced if he successfully completes a drug program.

Benjamin Santiago was arrested with Justin Barker and Derick Barker on June 1 after the three men allegedly refused to leave the hotel after not paying the bill. When police arrived they found a quantity of drugs in the room.

The Barker brothers were later accused of plotting a conspiracy to kill Santiago.

Justin Barker later admitted to his role in the plot and was sentenced to two to six years in prison.

Santiago was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd. As part of a plea deal, Santiago entered a guilty plea today to criminal possession of a controlled substance, 5th.

His case is being sent to Batavia Drug Court, where he'll be given a chance to complete a drug treatment program. If he successfully completes the program, he can return to county court, withdraw his guilty plea and plead guilty to a Class A misdemeanor.

He could still be sentenced up to a year in jail under that plea, but if he doesn't complete drug treatment successfully and comply with all of the other terms of his release, Santiago could facing from two and a third to seven years in prison.

Derick Barker, who previously entered a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance and strangulation (stemming from an attack on an inmate in the Genesee County Jail), is currently serving a sentence that could stretch to eight years.

May 31, 2012 - 10:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, YWCA, Child Advocacy Center.

Samantha Luce is in front of the county courthouse today selling cookies on behalf of the YWCA as a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center. The cookies are the creation of Anita Stollo and her daughter Serena.

May 31, 2012 - 10:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, YMCA, City Fire.

Pre-schoolers from the Tuesday-Thursday class at the YMCA enjoyed a field trip to the Batavia Fire Station today, where they learned about what firefighters do, how they dress and what to do in case of a fire, and each child got a chance to spray water from a fire hose.

May 30, 2012 - 11:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, bataivia.

An 18-year-old West Main Street Road resident has been charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a rifle into a wooded area this afternoon and nearly striking two people in an adjacent field.

Charged was Michael David Senay.

Senay is accused of firing a small caliber rifle at 4:15 p.m into a wooded area several times without having a safe backstop, causing rounds to travel a long distance.

The location was just off Wortendyke Road.

The original report indicated a subject had fired a high-powered rifle striking an ATV.

The alleged victims were on their own property.

The charge is a misdemeanor and Senay was issued an appearance ticket and directed to appear in the Town of Batavia Court at 1 p.m., June 7, to answer the charge.

The case was investigated by Deputy Patrick Reeves and Sgt. Steve Mullen.

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