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December 23, 2010 - 8:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba.

Robert David Cassatt, 23, of South Main Street, Elba, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely, and driving at a speed that is not reasonable or prudent. Cassatt was charged following a vehicle accident at 1:20 a.m. in the area of 7733 Oak Orchard Road, Elba. The accident was investigated by Deputy Jason Saile.

Collin M. Camp, 19, of North Spruce Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unsafe speed for conditions and uninspected motor vehicle. Camp was charged following a traffic accident at 12:20 p.m., Dec. 5, on Byron Road, Stafford. Three people, including Camp, were injured in the accident.

Mandy Jean Fogarty, 21, of North State Road, Nunda, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Fogarty was charged following a vehicle accident at 11:30 p.m., Dec. 14, on Route 63 in Pavilion after Deputy Brian Thompson reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from her car. Also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana was Amie Lynn Fogarty, 23, of North State Road, Nunda.

Mark Laney, 30, of Clinton Street Road, Bergen, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding (49 mph in a 30 mph zone) and unlawful possession of marijuana. Laney was stopped at 11:50 p.m., Dec. 12, by Deputy Brian Thompson on Route 262 in Elba.

December 23, 2010 - 8:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Area Jaycees, Christmas lights.

The Batavia Area Jaycees have announced the winners of their annual Christmas Light Contest, with awards in six categories this year, plus some honorable mentions.

Judging took place the evening of Dec. 18.

The winners are:

  • Most Traditional: 12 Vernon Ave.
  • Simple & Elegant: 14 Union St.
  • Most Colorful: 8485 Stringham Drive
  • Most Commercial: 21 Union Ave.
  • Overall Winner: 2 Lincoln Ave.
  • Friends of the Lighting Company: 16 Vine St.

An unannounced category for the Most Patriotic Theme was given to 24 Roosevelt Ave.

Honorable Mentions: All of Redfield Parkway; 16 and 18 Tracy Ave. (The Jaycees liked the wreath connecting the houses, which fits with a part of the Jaycee's Creed,  "The Brotherhood of Man..."); and 120 Elm St., for its hand-painted sign.

December 23, 2010 - 7:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in polls.
December 23, 2010 - 7:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, North Street.

Le Roy Fire Police are requested to 9 North St. to shut down a lane of traffic due to a low-hanging wire.

Le Roy Police are on scene.

National Grid has been notified.


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December 23, 2010 - 7:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A driver apparently took his car into the car wash on Liberty Street, got his car washed, then tried to leave, but the door won't open.

There's an emergency button inside to open the door, but the door won't stay open long enough for the driver to get his car out.

Police are responding to check on the situation. Dispatchers are trying to locate a phone number for the owner.

UPDATE 7:26 a.m.: With police on scene, the emergency button finally worked, the door stayed open, and the driver left.

UPDATE 7:45 a.m.: Owner arrived and spoke with police. Apparently, if you're in the car wash too long -- say, for example, you sit in their talking on your mobile phone instead of leaving -- the car wash will need to go through another cycle before the door will open.

December 22, 2010 - 10:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, thruway.

A roll over accident with injury has been reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 395 in the eastbound lane.

East Pembroke Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:27 p.m.: In the same area of the roll over, several other vehicles off the roadway have been reported.

UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: It sounds like one person injured, minor injury.

December 22, 2010 - 9:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

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In my drive around this evening looking for Batavia's interesting Christmas lights, I found this handsomely decorated tractor on Roosevelt.

And below, a brightly lit house (the back yard is also decorated) on Ellicott Place.

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More pictures after the jump:

December 22, 2010 - 8:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory warning that freezing rain and iced-over roads can be expected in Genesee County until 5 a.m.

NWS warns that roadways that appear to be just wet can in fact be covered in slick ice.

Some light snow is also expected.

Accumulation will be trace to a few hundredths of an inch.

December 22, 2010 - 8:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

Speed is being considered a factor in an accident this morning on Creek Road that led to a resident of the area being taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.

creek_rollover02.jpgRobert G. Woodhouse, Jr., 51, of Creek Road, was partially pinned under his 2007 Jeep Wrangler after it rolled over, down an embankment at 8943 Creek Road.

The accident was reported at 10:07 a.m.

There is evidence at the scene that Woodhouse was involved in two property damage accidents just prior to his Jeep rolling down the embankment and ejecting him from the vehicle.

He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A utility pole was knocked down and a mailbox was damaged.

It's not clear why his vehicle left the roadway and the investigation is ongoing.

Charges are pending.

The investigation is being conducted by Deputy John Baiocco, Deputy Lonnie Nati and Sgt. William Scott of the Genesee County Crash Management Team.

Assisting at the scene were Mercy EMS, Town of Batavia Fire, City of Batavia Fire, Mercy Flight, Batavia Police and Bethany Fire Police.

(Initial Report)

December 22, 2010 - 7:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A deputy reports that Galloway and Kelsey roads are "just sheets of ice."

So, be careful out there.

December 22, 2010 - 1:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Holland Land Office Museum.

Security cameras have been installed at the Holland Land Office Museum.

The upgrade in security comes after a Dec. 10 alleged theft of a historic gun by an Alden man.

"In light of recent events, cameras are a welcome measure to provide security not only to the museum collection, but to the staff, volunteers and guests at the museum," said director Jeffrey Donahue in a statement.

In the statement, Donahue and Board President Bob Turk thanked Assemblyman Steve Hawley and County Legislator Hollis Upson for contributions to help get the cameras installed.

December 22, 2010 - 10:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

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A person may be pinned under a car following a rollover accident in the area of 8943 Creek Road, Town of Batavia, between Lehigh and Dorman roads.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 10:24 a.m. (Billie): Lehigh Avenue is being shut down completely, starting at Ellicott Street. Mercy Flight is called with a 10-minute ETA. A landing zone is being set up on Lehigh Avenue, in one of the few places not crisscrossed by wires. The victim is stilled pinned under the vehicle.

UPDATE 10:29 a.m. (Billie): The victim has been extricated. Mercy Flight is now four minutes away. Traffic police are shutting down Creek and Dorman roads.

UPDATE 10:43 a.m. (Billie): There's a utility pole down at 8937 Creek Road and National Grid will be on scene in roughly 10 minutes.

UPDATE 10:37 a.m. (Billie): Mercy Flight is on the ground. National Grid is there now, but they are blocking the space needed for Mercy Flight to handle the accident.

UPDATE 11 a.m. (Billie): Mercy Flight went to Erie County Medical Center. The Town of Batavia fire crews, as well as City units, which assisted, are back in service. Sheriff's deputies remain to handle traffic control.

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December 22, 2010 - 8:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield.

Martin Anthony Miller, 50, of Water Street, Oakfield, is charged with being a sex offender who failed to report his change of address within 10 days. He was arrested at an address on Route 33 in Bergen. Miller was jailed without bail.

December 22, 2010 - 8:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in charity, pembroke.

Children in the Pembroke Primary classes have been raising money for Wings Flights for Hope this month rather than exchanging Christmas gifts. So far, they've raised more than $200. The classes raising money are taught by Mrs. Altmann and Mrs. Parada. Mrs. Altmann, a volunteer firefighter in Williamsville, has promised to match what the amount the kids raise by Dec. 23.

Submitted by Kimberly Schiefer.

December 21, 2010 - 10:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, Stafford.

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Did you see the spectacular, low-hanging moon this evening? I did, and headed out to Griswold Road in Stafford to get a shot of it behind one of my favorite barns.

December 21, 2010 - 10:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

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For Christmas photos tonight, I managed to get around a bit on the north side of town.

Above, Joe Gerace has his place on Vine Street quite lit up.

More pictures after the jump:

December 21, 2010 - 3:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, Christmas lights.

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James Dwyer spends most of his year driving coast-to-coast as a long-haul trucker, but for two weeks around Christmas, he gets to stay home, so he parks his truck and drapes strands of more than 400 feet of Christmas lights over it.

The 48-foot-long flatbed trailer is decorated by his wife with various animated characters.

He's been decorating his truck every Christmas for about eight years and he says each year it seems to grow in popularity, with more and more people driving by his Knowlesville Road home to check it out. To get there, take Lewiston Road/Lockport Road in Alabama and head north on Knowlesville.

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December 21, 2010 - 2:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Notre Dame.

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This is the "Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes," or "The Grotto," on the campus of Notre Dame High School, just off Richmond Avenue.

The photos are from last night.

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December 21, 2010 - 12:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, politics, Le Roy, Chris Charvella, Jay Grasso.

Because of a conflict of interest with the judges in Le Roy, where the case originated, Judge Robert C. Noonan this morning assigned the case of Chris Charvella to Town of Batavia Court.

Charvella is charged with harassment, 2nd, for allegedly placing a phone call to the home of Legislator Jay Grasso.

It will be up to the court in Batavia to set a time for Charvella's next appearance, and whether that appearance will be in front of Justice Tom Williams or Justice Mike Cleveland.

After the hearing this morning, Charvella said he couldn't comment on the case, but added, "When all is said and done, I'm confident I'll be completely vindicated."

Assistant District Attorney Kevin Fennell said there's been no discussion in the DA's office about whether or not to proceed with the case, but indicated that Charvella was arrested so he would be prosecuted.

He said he doesn't see this as a First Amendment issue.

"It's not the political aspect of the case that's been at issue," Finnell said. "It's the phone call to his home for no apparent legitimate purpose."

New York's harassment law bars phone calls for "no purpose of legitimate communication."

At the time of the call, according to Charvella's blog entries, Charvella believed Grasso was responsible for placing a Mike Ranzenhofer campaign sign on Charvella's front lawn. Charvella said he called Grasso's house to thank him for reading his blog, where he had previously written about a Ranzenhofer signs showing up in front of the family business, where he works.

Charvella, a frequent contributor to The Batavian, is active in local Democratic politics and ran in 2009 for county legislator against Grasso's colleague Hollis Upson, losing to the GOP incumbent.

Besides sitting on the legislature, Grasso is a part-time aide to Ranzenhofer, now in his second term representing Genesee County in the state Senate.

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