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January 3, 2011 - 11:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, crime, Darien.


Kris Clark and his father-in-law Andy Job have a simple request of people coming past their home in Darien: "Please don't shoot our deer."

Job has been raising deer on his Richley Road property for 15 years, and on at least two occasions, his deer have been shot and killed by passersby.

On Saturday, somebody in a sedan with a loud muffler pulled up to the fence line and fired a shot.

No deer were hit, but Clark, who lives at the house with his wife and two young children, was sitting with his family in the Florida room, which offers little protection from a ricocheting bullet.

deerstory05.jpg"I don't want our deer shot, but that's not my biggest concern," Clark said. "The deer fenced area is close to the road and my house is also within close range. With that in mind, my children were home and I am lucky that no one was hurt or killed."

Job started keeping deer 15 years ago, buying two pregnant does. He now has 10, but he's kept as many as 18.

Several years ago, somebody shot eight deer on his property and just left them dead behind the fence. Then two years ago, somebody fired a .22 caliber bullet at his 10-point buck.

The buck was wounded, but wouldn't let Job get near it so he could care for its wound. The buck died two weeks later of an infection.

Big bucks, Job said, are worthy anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000. At the time, he had recently turned down an offer of $12,000 for the buck.

He didn't sell only because of DEC regulations that would have made a sale difficult and expensive.

But the deer are more than livestock to Job. They're also his pets. Clark said his father-in-law was upset when his buck died for reasons that had nothing to do with money.

When something like Saturday's gun shot happen, Clark said, the deer are spooked for days afterwards, making them less social and a little harder to get out of the back wooded area of the wooded area at feeding time.

The Sheriff's Office took a report on the shooting incident Saturday, but there isn't much to go on. It was dark and neither Clark nor a neighbor who also heard the shot got a good look at the car.

Still, Clark said, he's hoping somebody might know something and the Sheriff's Office can make an arrest in the case. Tips can be called into 345-3000.

Job said he welcomes people driving down Richley Road and stopping to look at his deer when they're near the front fence line. As long as they're just looking, Job said, that's fine.

Along with the deer, Job keeps geese, turkeys, an emu and chickens. More pictures from his place after the jump.

January 3, 2011 - 8:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown.

JNicholsShopInZoneResized1311.jpgChristmas came twice for Jan Nichols of Batavia.

Nichols picked up a big present at the Batavia Improvement District Office today -- a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree at participating downtown businesses.

The prize was the award of a contest sponsored by the BID called "Shop in the Zone."

Thirty-five downtown businesses took part, with entrants being required to stop at at least 12 businesses and fill out a participation card.

The winner was drawn from all qualifying entrants.

The contest ran from Dec. 1-24.

January 3, 2011 - 8:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron.

justice_osborne.jpgA 15-year-old South Byron girl is missing for the second time within about two months.

Justice Osborne hasn't been seen since Dec. 20, said the John Dehm, youth detective for the Sheriff's Office.

"I'm really worried about her," Dehm said.

While Dehm said she is most likely still in the local area, some of his contacts have suggested she could be as far away as Florida.

Dehm is asking that anybody with any information about Osborne to call him directly at (585) 345-5000, ext. 3575.

Osborne, who is biracial and also known as Jessi, is described as 5'3" and 130lbs.

January 3, 2011 - 7:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Sheriff Gary Maha helped corral an alleged ice cream thief this afternoon.

Following a report of a theft of $7.27 in ice cream from the Arrow Mart on Clinton Street in the Town of Batavia, Maha spotted the suspect vehicle, a Chevy Venture, heading east on I-490.

Maha, driving an unmarked car, confirmed the description with dispatch and then stayed behind the suspect vehicle until it was intercepted by a State Trooper in North Chili.

Charged with petit larceny was Louis Edward Gary, 19, of Hopkins Street, Mount Morris.

Following the traffic stop in North Chili, Gary was brought back to Batavia where he was issued an appearance ticket.

January 3, 2011 - 8:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, pembroke, Le Roy.

Steven Noel Paladino, 50, of Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny. Paladino is accused of shoplifting three packages of meat from Tops Market.

Mark Wilhelm Hanel, 39, of Swamp Road, Bergen, is charged with unlawful imprisonment, 2nd, criminal mischief, 4th, and harassment, 2nd. Hanel was charged following an alleged domestic incident at 8:10 p.m., Friday, in Bergen. Bail was set at $1,500.

Jamie Scott Wolbert, 22, of Lovers Lane, Pembroke, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, failure to keep right and improper turn at an intersection. Wolbert was charged after his car was reportedly found in a ditch off Lovers Lane at 1:29 a.m., Saturday, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Bruce Karl Knepper, 26, of Forestall Lane, Buffalo, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right and driving left of the pavement markings. Knepper was stopped at 6:08 a.m., Saturday, on Broadway Road, Alexander, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Kyle W. Nash, 23, of Myrtle Street, Le Roy, is charged with disorderly conduct. Nash is accused of failing to leave the property of another person. He was arrested Saturday.

Mickey H. DeJesus, 22, of Perry Road, Le Roy, is charged with harassment, 2nd. DeJesus is accused of threatening another person.

Amy R. Sellhorst, 25, of York Road, Le Roy, is charged with assault, 2nd. Sellhorst is accused of hitting another person in the face with a blunt object during an incident on Sunday. The other person was reportedly injured. Bail was set at $1,500.

Amber L. Pellett, 27, of 11642 Platten Road, Lyndonville, is charged with DWI and inadequate headlamps. Pellett was stopped at 2:26 a.m., Thursday, on West Main Street, Batavia, by Officer Kevin DeFelice.

January 2, 2011 - 4:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, Pavilion, Bethany.


I left the house early this morning with the hope that despite the cloud cover, we would have some good light.  Last night, the forecast -- I didn't recheck this morning -- was a break in the clouds at 8 a.m. That never happened, and instead by 9, we had the first flurries of snow.

Still, I managed to find some interesting things to photograph.

Above, a dog (if I remember correctly, her name is Diana), an old truck and a barn on Starr Road in Pavilion.


My first stop was an old, apparently abandoned, graveyard on Covell Road, Pavilion.


Also from the graveyard on Covell Road.


Just as it started to snow pretty good, I arrived at a grave site off Route 63 in Bethany that somebody had recently told me about.


As long as I was on Route 63 in Bethany, I thought I'd get a picture of one of my favorite barns. I liked how the snow was just beginning to outline the shingles.

January 2, 2011 - 11:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, lewiston road.

A three-car accident has been reported on Lewiston Road on the I-90 overpass.

Only minor injuries are reported.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding to the scene.

January 2, 2011 - 10:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A lake effect snow statement was issued for Genesee County this morning and into the early afternoon.

From 1-3 inches of snow are expected, with the heaviest snow coming in the western parts of the county.

January 2, 2011 - 10:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, Indian Falls Road.

A Trooper reports that an accident occurred right in front of her on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke.

It doesn't sound like there are injuries, but she does report, "cars are sliding all over the place out here," and she requests assistance with traffic control.

DOT requested to the scene.

December 31, 2010 - 11:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, Le Roy.


Coming back from Victor this afternoon, I took the 5&20 into Genesee County, and then, well after sunset, I hit some back roads in Le Roy. I came across this barn on Asbury Road.

December 30, 2010 - 11:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports.


With about two minutes left and the Batavia Blue Devils down by five points, the instructions from Coach Buddy Brasky were clear -- whatever you do, don't foul number three.

You don't want to put the ball in the hands of the other team's best player in the closing minutes of a tight came.

Then Batavia's senior guard Ryan Pyatt did exactly what would get him pulled from the game. He fouled Jamell Johnson, number three for Charles Finney.

Earlier in the game, Finney's senior forward scored the 1,000th point of his career. That's how good he is.

It was clear at this stage of Thursday's game, giving points to Finney could possibly sink the home team's hopes of winning the 29th Annual Batavia Lions Club Boys Basketball Tournament. Up to this moment, Batavia never had even had as much as a single-digit lead.

But then Johnson, who had 24 points on the night, gave Batavia a gift. He missed his free throw.

Andrew Hoy, Batavia's all-time leading scorer, on the other hand, would be fouled four times in the final two minutes.

He didn't miss his shots. Not one of them.

In all, during those closing minutes, Hoy sunk 10 straight free throws (two came on a technical foul by Finney's Justin Allison), plus put up two points on a critical jump shot, to lead Batavia to a 53-50 victory.

"I just kept telling myself, have confidence," Hoy said after the game. "I kept reminding myself, I’ve made a million free throws. This is nothing different.

"When you're at the free throw line, you’ve got to make those," the senior guard added. "They call them free for a reason."

Allison's technical foul -- he mouthed off to Batavia's sophomore forward Justin Washington and then to a ref -- is what changed the momentum in the game, both Brasky and Hoy said.

At that point, with 2:30 left, Finney had an eight-point lead and were hitting their shots.

After that, Finney would score two more points (despite having players go to the free throw line three times) and Batavia would score 13, with 12 coming from Hoy, who had 22 points on the night.

"I kept stressing to my kids, the game’s not over," Brasky said. "That’s why we play 32 minutes. You don’t get too high when you go on a run, you don’t get too low when they go on a run. You play 32 minutes and we did.

"We took advantage of the technical and I give our kids a lot of credit for that," Brasky added.

Batavia moves to 7-1 and Finney is 8-2.

Batavia's other top scorers: Justin Washington, 12 (and 13 rebounds), Ryan Funke, 6, and Ryan Pyatt with 6. Spencer Stressing had 3 and Dylan Hodownes and Tommy Prospero each added two.

For Finney, Dan Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

In the consolation game, Notre Dame beat Dansville 70-45. Vinnie Zambito scored 22 points with seven assists for Notre Dame, now 5-1. Zach Hotze scored 13, Doane McCulley, 11, Mike Pratt, 9, Tom Whelehan, 6. Pratt's 9 came on three, three-point goals.


The Batavia Blue Devils with their championship trophy. Photo courtesy Bev Hoy.

More pictures after the jump (to purchase pictures, click here):

December 30, 2010 - 7:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in law enforcement, traffic.

Starting New Year's Day, if you see an emergency vehicle with lights flashing, proceed with caution.

Of course, that's always been true -- if you have any thought of your own safety or the safety of emergency personnel -- but now, failure to do so could lead to a hefty fine.

Sheriff Gary Maha issued a press release today drawing attention to a new law that makes it mandatory for drivers to move over to the traffic lane furthermost from a stopped emergency vehicle that has flashing lights.

On single-lane roads, drivers are required to slow down and provide plenty of distance when passing stopped emergency vehicles.

While not specifying the amount of the fine, Maha said it is substantial and drivers will also get points on their record.

The law, called the "Move Over Act," was passed by the state Legislature in response to a pair of fatal accidents involving law enforcement officers. 

One accident took the life of Trooper Robert Ambrose and the other of Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Searles. 

Ambrose was killed when his patrol unit was rear-ended on the Thruway in Yonkers. Upon impact, his car burst into flames. The driver who struck his car was drunk and traveling at 80 mph. 

Searles was killed while assisting a stranded motorist. Another driver lost control of his car, pinning Searles against his patrol vehicle.

Maha: "Every driver has a vested interest in cooperatively keeping county roads safe. The men and women of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office remain determined to impartially and respectfully enforce the law to protect life and property of all citizens."

December 30, 2010 - 6:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Blogs.

December 30, 2010 - 6:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business.

This CBS video says there's a renaissance overtaking Detroit, driven by a combination of big businesses relocating to the city and local entrepreneurs taking advantage of lower costs in the city.

While I know there will be those who will say New York is not Michigan, and rail against the high taxes and overregulation, but every place has its negatives. 

So my question is, if Detroit can have a renaissance, why can't Batavia?

December 30, 2010 - 4:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, entertainment, Le Roy.

When it comes to ringing in the new year, there will be no shortage of good food and fun times in Batavia.

From special menus to live music, Batavia's restaurants and taverns are inviting residents to join friends, family and neighbors in saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011.

The festivities start early at O'Lacy's on School Street, where everybody's favorite Irish pub will celebrate the flip of the calendar on Dublin time.

O'Lacy's will have an Irish band playing from 5 to 8 p.m., with a break at 7 p.m. -- that's midnight in Dublin -- to toast in the New Year. The pub closes promptly at 9 p.m.

But no worries, the party can continue all night in Batavia. Just around the corner and within a block are Center Street Smoke House and T.F. Brown's.

At Center Street, you can put your glad rags on and bop in your suede shoes to the rockabilly twang of Kickstart Rumble from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There will be free pizza at 1 a.m.

At T.F. Brown's, the rock band In Plain View plays from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. On the special dinner menu are twin center-cut pork chops in a honey glaze and a surf-and-turf for two that features two 16-oz. sirloin steaks, shrimp, mashed potatoes and a side salad.

There will also be live music at South Beach from 6 to 9 p.m. with John Canale and a three-piece jazz band. For dinner, there will be a buffet, with the kitchen open until 11 p.m., and the bar will be open as late as there are customers to serve.

Delavan's will also keep the bar open as late as there are people buying drinks. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. and on the special New Year's Eve menu are chicken Oscar, seafood-stuffed haddock and lobster ravioli.

Larry's Steakhouse will feature oysters Rockefeller and the featured steak is a 22-oz. cowboy-cut, bone-in ribeye served with a garlic peppercorn crust. The surf-and-turf is prime rib and lobster tail.

Alex's Place will serve dinner until 11 p.m. and stay open until at least midnight. The featured items are braised lamb shanks and crusted sea bass. Of course, ribs, steaks and prime rib as well as a selection of seafood are always on the menu.

Outside of Batavia, if you were thinking Red Osier, well, let's hope you already have your reservations. The legendary restaurant is booked through 9:30 p.m.

In Le Roy, D&R Depot's kitchen is open until 9 p.m. and will feature a Chateaubriand for two, carved table side.

Of course, if you're out drinking, you shouldn't drive. 

Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble offered good advice: "Plan ahead."  If you don't have a designated driver, at least have the number of a friend who can pick you up if you drink more than planned. 

There are three local cab services: Batavia Cab Co. 343-5130; Mike's Taxi Service 343-3309; and Checker Cab of Batavia 300-9376.

If you really want to plan ahead, Mancuso Limousine can still accommodate three more reservations (at the time of writing). If somebody finds themselves stuck at a bar or restaurant after midnight, there is a chance Mancuso could provide a ride (for a fee, of course). Mancuso can be reached at 343-1947.

December 30, 2010 - 12:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Grand Jury.

Jennifer M. Riggi is indicted on a charge of Grand Larceny, 3rd. Riggi is accused of stealing $6,227.74 between April 15 and Aug. 10 from a location in the Town of Le Roy. (Initial Report)

Kevin A. Hutzler is indicted on charges of DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Hutzler is accused of driving drunk Sept. 3 on Colby Road, Darien.

Bernard A. Buckenmeyer Jr., is indicted on charges of DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Buckenmeyer is accused of driving drunk Sept. 5 on Hunn Road, Alexander.

December 30, 2010 - 9:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, byron, Bethany.

Ricky Allen Marsceill, 46, of 174 Ross St., Batavia, is accused of being a fugitive from justice. Marsceill was arrested by Batavia Police Det. Pat Corona on a warrant out of Florida. The underlying charge of the Florida warrant was not released. At 1:10 p.m., Wednesday, Corona approached Marsceill's residence on Ross Street and spotted Marsceill on a bicycle. Marsceill allegedly tried to flee on foot. Corona pursued Marsceill and Officer Jay Andrews responded to the scene. Marsceill was apprehended by Corona and Andrews on Manhatten Avenue. Marsceill was jailed without bail pending extradition to Florida. (Initial Report)

Randy K. Braun, 48, of Maier Lane, Caledonia, is charged with DWI, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely and uninspected vehicle. At 9:04 p.m., Wednesday, Deputy Matthew Butler responded to Route 63 in Bethany to investigate a report of a car off the road in a ditch. Braun was allegedly found to be the driver of the vehicle. He was arrested on suspicion of DWI and jailed on $1,000 bail.

Vesna Brongo, 41, of Cadillac Avenue, Rochester, was arrested on a warrant for alleged aggravated unlicensed operation. Brongo was taken into custody by Rochester Police and turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Brongo was arraigned in Town of Elba Court and jailed on $250 bail.

A 14-year-old boy from Byron is charged with criminal sexual act with a child 11 years old or younger and endangering the welfare of a child. The name of the suspect was not released by State Police. The crime was reported Dec. 21. No further details were released.





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