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March 28, 2011 - 1:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county.

Genesee County lost 291 residents according to 2010 Census data released in the past week, but the losses were not evenly distributed throughout the county.

Over the last decade, some areas gained residents, such as the Town of Batavia, most notably, and the Village of Le Roy.

The City of Batavia was the big loser, shedding 791 residents, with the southeast section of the city getting hammered with a 15.7-percent drop in population.

The Town of Batavia gained 894 residents, with 6,809 people in its jurisdiction, up from 5,915 in 2000.

The Village of Le Roy grew from 4,716 to 4,739 residents. The Town of Le Roy dropped 2.2 percent, to 5,361.

The Basom area, which includes the Tonawanda Indian Reservation now has 483 residents, a 9.9-percent drop from 2000.

Other counts: Alabama, 6,161 -- down 3.8 percent; Oakfield and Elba, 5,620 --  down .4 percent; Byron-Bergen, 5,489 -- down 3.3 percent; Pavilion and Bethany, 4,260 -- up .8 percent; Alexander and Darien, 5,692 -- up 3.2 percent.

The county's African-American population has increased from 1,284 in 2000 to 1,612, now comprising 2.7 percent of the county's population.

The Hispanic population here has increased from 904 in 2000 to 1,616. It's now 2.7 percent of the population.

The numbers of Asian-Americans grew from 292 to 355.

Total housing units have expanded over the past 10 years from 24,190 to 25,589. Occupied housing units stands at 23,728 compared to 22,770. There are a little more than 400 additional vacant housing units than 10 years ago.

March 28, 2011 - 12:20pm


Frank James Davis, 31, of East Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. Davis is accused of entering the Totem Pole Smoke Shop at 10:50 a.m., March 3, loading 15 cartons of cigarettes into a basket, then walking past cashiers and then running out of the store without paying for the cigarettes. The cigarettes are valued at $502 and the basket is valued at $10.

Davis is also accused of stealing $204 worth of Winston Lights on the same date from Arrow Hawk Smoke Shop. Davis was charged with petit larceny for that alleged crime.

Jennifer L. Coombs, 27, of 103 West Main St., Le Roy, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Coombs is accused of slashing three tires on a car in November.

Andrew Paul Dentinger, 20, of Broadway Road, Alexander, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child. Dentinger is accused of hosting an underage drinking party. Deputies responded to an address on Broadway Road, Alexander, at 12:58 a.m., Saturday to investigate the party.

David A. Burr, 23, of Elba, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd. Burr is accused of intentionally damaging the front door of T.F. Brown's restaurant at 1:40 a.m., Sunday. Burr was jailed without bail.

Janie B. Burgess, 57, of 7 Maureen Drive, Rochester, is charged with DWI, unsafe turn. Burgess was stopped at 10:13 p.m., Saturday, on Oak Street by Officer Chris Camp. Burgess was jailed on $500 bail.

Daniel G. Crane, 34, of 9395 Upton Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and inadequate lights. Crane was stopped at 12:52 a.m., Sunday, on Main Street by Officer Dan Coffey.

Mark D. Hoerbelt , 42, of 152 State St., Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and inadequate headlights. Hoerbelt was stopped at 12:43 a.m., Friday, on West Main Street by Officer Matthew Fleming.

A 16-year-old resident of Wood Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. The youth is accused of stealing an iPod in January while at Batavia High School. The youth was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Jennifer L. Stack, 25, of 12 Oak St., is accused of failing to pay a fine. Stack was convicted in May on an unnecessary noise charge. She was released on $100 bail but allegedly failed to appear at her next court appointment.

Scott C. Brown, 22, and Ashley M. Yunke, 31, of 11 1/2 Wood St., are charged with criminal nuisance. Brown and Yunke are accused of hosting a party where people under 21 were allowed to drink. They were arrested at 12:20 a.m., Sunday. They were jailed on $500 each bail.

Amanda A. Barclay, 23, of Oakfield, is charged with false report of an incident, 3rd. The alleged incident occurred at 4:27 a.m., March 18, in the City of Batavia. Barclay was arrested by State Police on Thursday. No further details were released.

Jared C. Reese, 31, of Stafford, is charged with controlled substance not in original container and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Reese was stopped by State Police at 6:09 p.m., Thursday, on Route 33, Stafford. No further details were released.

March 28, 2011 - 7:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

A two-car accident with a minor injury has been reported at the intersection of Walker Road and South Street Road, Pavilion.

A responder requested that Monroe County Water Authority be notified that a fire hydrant was struck.

Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched.

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March 26, 2011 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business.

Earlier this week, people told me Matty's Pizzeria was closed. I tried contacting owner Brad Fairbanks for confirmation, but could not reach him.

There is now an ad in this week's PennySaver for an auction of all Matty's equipment and fixtures at 2 p.m., March 31.

If you purchased a Matty's gift card in The Batavian's Deal of the Day on Feb. 18 or later, we will refund your money. You must return the unused gift card to us. Our address is 200 E. Main St., #5, Batavia, NY 14020. Refunds will be issued through PayPal.

March 25, 2011 - 11:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in David Bellavia, Jack Davis, NY-26.

The Buffalo News is reporting that Batavia resident David Bellavia failed to turn in the proper paperwork to qualify for a line on the May 24 special election ballot for the NY-26.

While Bellavia's campaign turned in 3,600 signatures and the other campaigns apparently indicated they were not going to challenge the petitions, Bellavia was required by law to turn in an "acceptance letter," which he did not do by today's deadline.

The letter is required for a candidate running on a line that is not his party.

Meanwhile, Roll Call is reporting that Jack Davis should qualify for the ballot and is expecting to spend $3 million on the campaign. He reportedly plans to use most of the money targeting Republican candidate Jane Corwin, especially on jobs and free trade issues.

Davis is running on the "Tea Party" line, which has upset Buffalo's Rus Thompson, according to Roll Call.

Thompson said the "Tea Party" is a movement, not a political party.

March 25, 2011 - 7:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

We had a little snow -- about an hour, dropping maybe a half inch -- but it was pretty while it lasted. It was one of those snowfalls where big fluffy flakes fall slowly and stick to whatever they hit. I kind of liked this hedgerow on South Swan Street flocked with a bit of snow. The storm has passed.

March 25, 2011 - 7:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A two-car accident has been reported on Route 77 near McGregor Road, Darien.

Darien Fire Department and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 7:34 p.m.: Chief on scene reports one car blocking, another in a ditch. Corfu fire police being dispatched to block southbound traffic. A Sheriff's deputy will close the northbound lane. An ALS ambulance from Mercy EMS requested. There are three people injured.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: The victims have all been transported via ambulance to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: Corfu is told it can open Route 77 to traffic. Darien fire and Mercy medics are now responding to another accident on Route 20, just east of the county line.

UPDATE 8:42 p.m.: Mercy medics are cancelled. The Route 20 incident involves two cars.

UPDATE 8:51 p.m.: Darien fire is back in service following the accident on Route 20.

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March 25, 2011 - 7:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Pauly's Pizza, brooklyn sputore.

The staff of Pauly's Pizza are wearing "Brooklyn" shirts tonight as part of an effort to raise awareness of the plight of little Brooklyn Grace Sputore, who suffers from Vein of Galen Brain Malformation, which is a form of an aneurysm. This is a life-threatening condition that requires special care.

Pauly's is accepting donations on behalf of baby Brooklyn.

There is a fundraiser planned from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at St. Joseph's School at 2 Summit St., Batavia. This will include a spaghetti dinner, a Chinese auction and other raffles.

The tickets can be purchased pre-sale from Paul Sputore 781-8138 and other committee members. Tickets will also be available at the door. Brooklyn's Journey T-shirts are $15 and can be purchased from Bruce Dedman 716-560-0031 or T.F. Brown’s/Mancuso Bowling Center. All proceeds will assist the Sputore family in this difficult time.

The Sputore famly were at Pauly's this evening. Below is a picture of Brooklyn and her mom, Julie.

March 25, 2011 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

It's illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its stop signs flipped out and lights flashing, but apparently, some people still do it.

On Wednesday, the Batavia Police Department will engage in dedicated patrols aimed at enforcing the no-passing law.

It's part of a statewide effort called "Operation Safe Stop" funded by a grant.

"The objective of the traffic detail is to make drivers aware of the dangers of passing stopped school buses, to keep students safe while entering or exiting school buses," reads a department press release.

Police officers will be out in marked and unmarked cars on selected city school bus routes looking for violators where there have been complaints of vehicles passing stopped school buses. 

Police officers will also be conducting speed enforcement details in school zones.

The press release concludes, "Operation Safe-Stop is a statewide cooperative effort supported by the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, NYS Association of Public Transportation, NYS School Bus Contractors Association, First Student Bus Company and all law enforcement agencies."

March 25, 2011 - 2:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Police.

Officer Ed Mileham, who joined the Batavia Police Department in 1979, cruised his last patrol today.

Mileham, an Air Force veteran, retires after 32 years of wearing a badge, a career that goes back to 1976 when he joined the Choteau Police Department in Montana. He later returned to New York and joined the Warsaw department before transferring to Batavia.

In his career, Mileham has won several awards, including Office of the Year in 2001 and 2008 from Kiwanis and GCASA's Law Enforcement Award in 2010.

Mileham served as the police department's Drug Court representative and was certified recently to serve in Veterans Court. He's also been a K-9 officer and a member of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team.

Mileham is currently chief of the Indian Falls Fire Department and plans to continue in that role.

Chief Randy Baker said, "His dedication and service to the City of Batavia will certainly be missed."

At the end of his shift today, a Genesee County Dispatcher went on air and said, "Batavia to 126, on behalf of the Genesee County dispatchers, congratulations on your retirement. It's been a pleasure working with you. Good luck in all your future endeavors."

Mileham responded, "Thank you for your 32 years of support."

"Thanks, Fast Eddy," said the dispatcher.

Another added, "Thanks 126, we'll miss you."

March 25, 2011 - 2:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Batavia Police responded to an incident at Batavia High School on Thursday involving a student allegedly hitting a teacher.

The student -- who, because of his age, the police cannot release his name -- got into a confrontation with a teacher and hit her in her body. Other adults on staff got involved in restraining the student, according to Det. Todd Crossett.

The case will likely be referred to the County Attorney's office and will wind up in Family Court.

In connection with the incident a drawing by the student was found that depicted something that Crossett characterized as "an unrealistic scenario."

"It wasn't a picture that showed him using guns, or something that could be possible," Crossett said. "It showed unrealistic things. I'm not necessarily going to take it as, 'I'm going to do these things.' It wasn't a threat to anybody in the school or the school (facility)."

Because of the age of the youth, Crossett said there will be no releases from the police department on the disposition of the case. Family Court cases are closed to the public.

March 25, 2011 - 12:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCEDC.

The public is invited to an annual information meeting at the Genesee Economic Development Center at 7 p.m., April 11.

"GCEDC officials encourage residents to attend the meeting to learn more about economic development within the community," officials say in a press release.

Mark Masse, senior VP of operations, will provide an overview of GCEDC. He will provide information on the current and future development plans. He will also discuss the current business climate in New York and regulatory issues.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The session will be held at 99 MedTech Drive, second floor lecture room, Room 214.

Seating capacity is limited to 100 people. Contact Rachael Millspaugh at GCEDC, (585) 343-4866, ext. 12, or [email protected] if you would like to attend.

March 25, 2011 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, schools, education, pembroke, mock trials.

Pembroke and Batavia came out of the quarter finals of the regional mock trial competition and are among five teams moving on to semi-finals.

Both Pembroke and Batavia's teams finished the quarter finals with a record of 2-0. Pembroke had 110 points and Batavia, 107.

The semi-finals will be held March 28 in Geneseo.

Because Avon and Byron-Bergen tied for fourth, right down to the tiebreakers, both teams will move on to the semi-finals. Typically, only four teams compete in the semi finals.

Both teams were 1-1 with 106 points.

Warsaw came in third with a record of 1-1 and 107 points.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, who organizes and champions the mock trials locally, said schedules have been arranged so all five teams can compete.

In round one, it will be Pembroke vs. Avon, Batavia vs. Warsaw and Byron-Bergen vs. Batavia. Round two will pit Byron-Bergen against Avon, and Warsaw against Pembroke.

The final rounds will be in Warsaw on March 30.

Photo: Maura Chmielowiec, Evan Sutherland and Patrick Flynn of the Batavia team.


March 25, 2011 - 12:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, elba, Oakfield, Le Roy, Grand Jury.

Joanna M. Morgan is indicted on charges of DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, endangering the welfare of a child and a felony count of DWI (DWI with a child in the car, or "Leandra's Law"). Morgan is accused of driving drunk with a child under 15 in the car on Dec. 12 in the Town of Le Roy.

Ricky D. Newbould is indicted on charges of felony DWI and felony driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Newbould is accused of driving drunk on Dec. 18 while in the Town of Elba.

Tamara L. Butler is indicted on charges of  DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation, 1st. Butler is accused of driving drunk on Aug. 7 in the Town of Oakfield.

Charles W. Wilder is indicted on charges of felony DWI and felony driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Wilder is accused of driving drunk on Oct. 24 in the Town of Oakfield.

March 25, 2011 - 11:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Timothy J. Wood, 22, of 4 N. Spruce St., Batavia, is charged with two counts harassment, 2nd. Wood is accused of grabbing one person and attempting to strike another following a verbal argument at 12:30 a.m.

Wendy L. Mucher, 41, of 27 Valle Drive, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Mucher is accused of stealing merchandise valued at $86.03 from an unspecified location.

March 25, 2011 - 11:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-26, Jane Corwin.


March 24, 2011 - 10:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, elba, Oakfield, Alabama.

Along Maltby Road, Elba.

Bliss Road, Oakfield.

Gorton Road, Alabama.

March 24, 2011 - 8:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, fire.

A chimney fire has been reported at 3591 Maltby Road, Oakfield.

Oakfield Fire along with Alabama, Elba and East Pembroke were initially dispatched, but Oakfield's chief asked that all units but Oakfield be held in their halls.

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