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April 19, 2011 - 12:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-26, Jane Corwin.

Press Release:

WILLIAMSVILLE – More than a week after Jane Corwin outlined her plan to cut spending and prevent the United States from having its AAA credit rating downgraded (as S&P threatened yesterday if Washington doesn’t cut spending), career politician Kathy Hochul still has offered no plan to address runaway government spending and the skyrocketing national debt. It has now been six days since President Obama said he is amending his own 2012 budget proposal to call for a massive $1.5 trillion tax hike.

S&P, one of the three main agencies that rate the ability of companies and countries to repay their debts, cut its outlook for America's long-term credit rating from "stable" to "negative" yesterday, a direct result of the failed leadership from Washington in addressing our fiscal crisis.

“Yesterday’s ominous news is the clearest sign yet that Washington needs to get serious about cutting spending, but despite the threat of America’s perfect credit rating being downgraded, trillion dollar debts and deficits, and a cry from Western New York taxpayers to get real about cutting spending, Kathy Hochul has refused to address the most pressing issue facing America’s future,” said Matthew Harakal, communications director for Corwin for Congress.

“Kathy Hochul has three options – she can continue to stand with Nancy Pelosi and refuse to do anything to cut spending, she can support the President’s plan for $1.5 trillion in crippling tax hikes on already struggling Western New York families and small businesses, or she can follow Jane Corwin’s lead and cut spending immediately to strengthen the economy and create jobs.”

Corwin’s detailed plan to cut spending has been posted on her Web site for more than a week ( <>.

During her 30-plus years in the private sector, Corwin gained a firm understanding of the importance to cut government spending to strengthen the economy and create jobs.

Corwin’s Common Sense Spending Solutions:

--Repeal last year’s disastrous Obama health care law and replace it with common sense reforms to reduce health care costs.
--Rewind spending on non-security government agencies to pre-2008 levels, and enact a five-year spending freeze.
-- Reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2014, implement a five-year pay freeze for government workers, and enact reforms to government workers’ generous benefit plans.
-- End corporate bailouts by removing government from the business of choosing which private companies win and which ones lose.
-- Impose a spending limit for fiscal year 2012 and establish a binding limit on total spending as a percentage of the economy.
-- End duplicate programs, streamline government and instill private sector management tools to make government more efficient.

Kathy Hochul has followed the lead of Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, who did not even pass a budget last year, leading to the near-shutdown of government. Corwin repeatedly said she would have voted to prevent a government shutdown.

“During her 36 years in the private sector, Jane Corwin learned that when you see a problem you confront it head on; you don’t run from it,” Harakal added. “Kathy Hochul represents the type of failed leadership that has continued the borrow-and-spend philosophy that has given us trillion dollar debts and deficits.

"Given Kathy Hochul’s record of raising taxes and raising spending, taxpayers should be very worried to see which option she’d chose if she gets to go back home to Washington.”

Career politician Hochul has a long tax-and-spend record during her many years on the public dime. While on the Hamburg Town Board, Hochul voted to increase the tax burden on Western New Yorkers in 11 budgets for a total of 45 percent, then as the Erie County Clerk voted to increase her own budget at the Auto Bureau by an incredible 51 percent, despite calls from taxpayers to shrink the size of government.

April 19, 2011 - 11:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in health, UMMC, C. diff.

A reporter from Rochester forwarded me this press release put out by Betsy McCaughey a couple of days ago. The message from the former Lt. Governor of New York and founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths seems particularly relevant and the information worth reading.

Hospital infections kill more Americans each year than AIDS, car accidents and breast cancer combined -- and researchers are searching for solutions. This week, a study of 153 Veterans Affairs hospitals shows that doing a simple swab test to identify and isolate the few patients carrying infection-causing bacteria can save lives. It's called screening, but even more important is cleaning. Studies are rolling in that hospitals need to be cleaner.

In fact, if you're visiting a friend or relative in the hospital, don't bring flowers or candy -- take gloves and a canister of bleach wipes.

Hospitals do an inadequate job of cleaning rooms -- so germs left behind by past patients are lying in wait. Patients are at far greater danger of infection when placed in a hospital room where a previous patient had an infection. Hospitals won't tell you who occupied the room before you.

Alarming research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (March 28) demonstrates that a patient's risk of picking up the drug-resistant bug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is much higher if the previous occupant of the hospital room had it.

Being placed in a room where the last patient had Clostridium difficile, or C. diff for short, more than doubles the risk of getting that dreaded infection, according to a new study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (March 2011). C. diff is the most common hospital infection in some parts of America.

Patients pick up invisible C. diff bacteria when they touch surfaces in their room, then eat a roll or cookie with their contaminated hands and swallow the bacteria along with the food.

C. diff causes life-threatening diarrhea -- wreaking havoc in your gastrointestinal system unless you have enough powerful "good" bacteria in your system to keep the C. diff under control. But patients on antibiotics often lack good bacteria. Some hospitals are treating desperately ill patients by giving them fecal enemas.

Pretty awful. Especially when it could be avoided by keeping the patient's room clean.

Dr. Robert Orenstein launched a cleanup campaign at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. -- wiping the frequently touched surfaces around each patient's bed once a day with bleach-soaked wipes. The results: a 75- percent drop in C. diff infections.

Lax room-cleaning raises the risk of contracting other kinds of hospital infections, too. The No. 1 predictor of which patient picks up a drug-resistant bug called VRE (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus) is who occupied the patient's room in the prior two weeks, according to Tufts University investigators. That two-week span could mean three or four patients ago.

A study of 36 hospitals from Boston to Washington, D.C., found that cleaners routinely overlook half the surfaces in patients' rooms. Toilet seats are cleaner than telephones and call buttons.

Doctors and nurses may clean their hands coming into the room -- but recontaminate them when they open the privacy curtain or rest their hands on the bedrail. Then they touch their patient, and germs enter the patient's body via an IV, urinary-tract catheter, wound or surgical incision.

For decades, hospital administrators and government agencies have shrugged off the notion that hospitals are dirty, saying, "germs are everywhere." They emphasize getting doctors and nurses to clean their hands -- which isn't enough.

The Joint Commission, which is responsible for accrediting most hospitals, just considers whether a hospital looks clean -- when infection-causing germs are invisible.

Food-processing plants routinely test surfaces for bacteria. Hospitals ought to meet at least the same standard.

April 18, 2011 - 9:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-26, Jane Corwin.

Press Release:

WILLIAMSVILLE – Jane Corwin, successful businesswoman and candidate for New York’s 26th Congressional District, announced the support of the National Rifle Association (NRA) today. The endorsement and "A" rating is representative of Corwin’s strong stance on protecting the Second Amendment. Corwin is a member of both the NRA and SCOPE, another advocacy organization committed to upholding the Second Amendment.

“I'm proud to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I am grateful for the support shown by the NRA,” Corwin said. “As a member of the Assembly I voted against 14 pieces of legislation designed to restrict Second Amendment rights, and have met with countless fellow members of the organization to discuss protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen. I have a firm understanding of the issues facing the Second Amendment community and will be a strong voice in Congress for one’s constitutional right to bear arms.”

Corwin was also endorsed by the national organization during her past Assembly campaigns and has been a proven leader on the issue during her time as an elected official.

April 18, 2011 - 5:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, weather, Tonawanda Creek.

A view of Tonawanda Creek at about 3 p.m., Today.

April 18, 2011 - 1:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-26, Jane Corwin.

From Democrat & Chronicle reporter Jill Terreri:

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin today defended the 2012 budget plan put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan, which has been criticized by Rep. Louise Slaughter and others for ending Medicare as it is known today, shifting costs to seniors.

“What the proposal for Medicare does is it protects the program, it guarantees benefits for people in the future,” Corwin said today during a stop in Rochester. “It also protects seniors 55 and over. … For people in my age group, the Ryan proposal will actually provide benefits for them. If we don’t do something now, they will get nothing. I take objection (to) ‘wrecking’ the Medicare program. This protects the Medicare program and ensures that there are benefits for future generations.”

April 18, 2011 - 1:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Basom, crime, Darien, Le Roy, Alabama.

Adam Tyler Bond, 19, of Lake Street, Le Roy, is charged with burglary, 2nd, criminal possession of stolen of stolen property, 5th, petit larceny, growing cannabis without a license and unlawful possession of marijuana. Bond was arrested following the execution of a search warrant on his residence, which was the result of an investigation that began April 15 after a village resident complained a home had been entered and various items stolen. The investigation pointed to Bond as the suspect and a search warrant was obtained. During execution of the search warrant, numerous allegedly stolen items were found as well as marijuana plants and marijuana paraphernalia. Bond was jailed on $15,000 bail.

Michael B. Pfaff, of Keeney Road, Le Roy, is charged with felony DWI, aggravated DWI and failing to stop at a stop sign. Pfaff was stopped Sunday by a Le Roy police officer. He was jailed on $1,500 bail.

Jonathan Cornell Robinson, 24, of Buffalo (no street address released), is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, operating on a suspended license and driver's view obstructed. Robinson was stopped at 12:39 a.m., Saturday, on Main Street, Batavia, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Keith Patrick Snyder, 30, of Lewiston Road, Alabama, is charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, speeding and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Snyder was stopped at 2:58 a.m, Saturday, on MvVean Road, Darien, by Deputy Jason Saile. Snyder was also charged with refusal to take breath test, failure to signal and failure to yield right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.

Charles Linwood Muntz, 22, of Crosby Road, Basom, is charged with a felony count of DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and parking on a public highway. Muntz was allegedly found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle while it was stopped at an intersection on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation at 3:11 a.m., Saturday, by Deputy Eric Seppala.

Jeremy John Patterson, 20, of Medina (no street address released), is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, tinted windows and plate obstructed. Patterson was stopped at 1:53 a.m., Sunday, on Alleghany Road, Basom, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Earl Elsworth Sands, 53, of Batavia (no street address released), is charged with harassment, 2nd. Sands was arrested following a disturbance at his residence at 10:30 p.m., Saturday. Sands is accused of striking a visitor to his residence.

Jennifer Rae Champlin, 31, of Bloomfield (no street address released), is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Champlin was stopped for an alleged traffic violation at 5:06 p.m., Sunday, on Ellicott Street, Batavia, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

April 18, 2011 - 10:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Jack Davis, NY-26.

Press Release:

Democrats and Republicans continue to push partisan agendas rather than honestly confronting the problems Americans face.

The Republican plan for cutting Medicare is unacceptable. The Democrats propose continuing tax, spend and borrow policies -- business as usual.  This is unacceptable.

There is a third way: Put American men and women back to work. The inflow of revenue to the U.S. Treasury and the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds from taxes paid by working Americans and profitable businesses will solve the deficit problems.

It is time to reinstitute trade-balancing tariffs on imported manufactured products. With a level playing field, U.S. businesses will hire Americans to produce the goods Americans consume. From 1789 to 1913, a major source of revenue for the U.S. government was tariffs on foreign goods, not taxes on working Americans.

The third way budget also shuts down offshore tax havens that companies use to hide their profits. It closes unneeded military bases around the world and eliminates foreign aid to countries that hate us. 

The Constitution gives the federal government the power to regulate commerce with foreign countries and the responsibility to promote the general welfare – jobs. Congress must return to first principles: put America first and put Americans back to work.

April 17, 2011 - 10:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, UMMC.

An elderly member of one of Batavia's most prominent local families lies in a United Memorial Medical Center bed tonight gravely ill, and family members are fairly confident UMMC is responsible for her serious condition.

The aunt of local business woman Lois Gerace, and the great-aunt of Town of Batavia Board Member John Gerace, Margaret Wagner, 86, contracted clostridium difficile, more commonly called "C diff," after being treated for a fractured hip at UMMC.

She's been in the hospital for two weeks and medical personnel, according to Lois and John, have told the family she will likely succumb to the bacteria.  

"They have her in what's called 'comfort care,'" Lois said.

UMMC CEO Mark Schoell acknowledges that there has been a slight spike in the incidents of C diff at the hospital, but said it's a common infectious bacteria at hospitals and UMMC takes every standard precaution to prevent its spread.

"I believe our infection controls procedures and policies are excellent," Schoell said. "They comply with all of the standards of the industry and all of the requirements of the health department of New York State. In fact, when we saw the spike in our absolute numbers of C diff, we immediately got the health department involved in the effort to manage those cases."

C diff most commonly strikes elderly people while hospitalized, especially when they're on antibiotics, but according to the Mayo Clinic (link above), C diff can make even healthy people not on antibiotics ill. While it is treatable, C diff is potentially fatal for anybody who contracts it.

Annually, more than 480,000 people are diagnosed with C diff. Of those, 28,000 die as a result. Not quite half of those deaths occur after people contract C diff in a hospital. The majority of deaths occur in nursing homes.

Schoell said typically, UMMC  has a count of 40 to 45 patients and with that number of patients, at least two or three contract C diff.

The Geraces believe Wagner contracted C diff when, after her surgery, she was placed in a third floor recovery room with a C diff patient. At least, they say, that's what a nurse told them, though Lois admits they don't have lab tests or hospital records to support the assertion.

Recently, the hospital had 65 patients and currently has six C diff patients, Schoell said.

Up until yesterday, John Gerace said, his aunt was in a room on the third floor, but after he let a head nurse know that he had notified the media of the situation, the hospital removed all patients from the third floor and sterilized it from top to bottom.  

"Now, if there wasn’t a problem, or if I didn’t say anything, there would still be people up on that third floor," John said.

Schoell said the decision to vacate the third floor and clean it was made well before the media was contacted by Gerace. He said the hospital could only make the move after the number of patients dropped, which typically happens on a weekend, so beds could more easily be relocated and all the C diff patients could be consolidated in the same wing.

"We would have done that, taken the same actions whether there was media involvement or not," Schoell said. "It was the right thing to do."

Schoell said by consolidating C diff patients in one wing, hospital staff can do a better job of controlling who enters and who leaves rooms, but on Sunday evening, two reporters were able to walk right up to the second floor, ask for a family member of a C diff patient, and be escorted down the hall to the area of the room (though the reporters made no attempt to enter the room). No staff members offered any objections or warnings.

John Gerace also disputes the assertion that there are only six C diff patients at UMMC. He said he's counted at least a dozen of the red "stop" signs similar to one placed outside his aunt's room on the second floor. 

The Geraces are especially concerned for the sake of the community that there is no security on the second floor warning visitors that a potential lethal bacteria is present, nor are there adequate warning signs and information posted when you arrive on the floor warning of the danger.

"If you come in and you’re having a bad stomach day and your antacids aren’t kicking in, you’re done," said Robert Gerace. "In three or four days, you’re going to be in the same bed."

The Gerace's first learned of Margaret Wagner's condition when they came to visit her a few days after her hip surgery. They started toward her room, John said, and a nurse stopped them and said, "You don't want to go down there."

The nurse said they didn't know what was wrong with Wagner, but it was potentially communicable. Family members were eventually allowed into the room, but only after donning gowns and masks. They told Wagner they were dressed up for Halloween.

After visiting with Wagner a couple of times while wearing masks, another nurse pulled John aside and said the masks weren't necessary because C diff is not airborne.

All along the line, John said, communication from the hospital about how to protect themselves from C diff has been spotty and inconsistent.

"I'm leaving one day and a staffer says, 'Oh, by the way, you want to wash the bottom of your shoes off with chlorine and water,'" John said. "Nobody told us this before. You could be tracking it into your house with small children. Nobody is telling us this stuff. Why wouldn’t somebody come in and say, ‘oh, by the way, these are all the things you guys need to do'?"

Family members have been concerned about some of the sanitary practices they've observed over the past two weeks. They said they've seen janitors cleaning out contaminated rooms, sweep everything into the hall and then use ungloved hands to pick up the waste and put it in a trash can.

Lois's husband, Joe Gerace, is partners with her in Bob Harris Realty and he operates Gerace Hair Care (he's also chairman of the City of Batavia Republican Committee). She said she doesn't understand why the state requires barber shops and beauty salons to keep all trash in covered receptacles but all around the hospital, she's seen open containers used to dispose of potentially contaminated materials.

The Gerace family has a history of supporting UMMC and said one of the things they've valued about living in Batavia is that the city has a local, nearby hospital. Now all they want, each of them said, was to ensure that local residents get safe, quality care at their local hospital.

"I really don’t want to get into lawsuits and stuff like that," Lois said. "What I want to see is protection for the patients here."

This story produced in cooperation with The Batavian's news partner, WBTA.

April 17, 2011 - 5:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

Lt. Tim Hogle, above right, received the Firefighter of the Year award from the Le Roy Fire Department during the its annual awards and installation dinner at Bohn's Restaurant in Batavia.

Safety Officer Joe "Uncle Joe" Orlando, below, received the Chief's Accommodation.

Chief Mike Sheflin presented both awards.

County Emergency Services Coordinator Tim Yaeger, right, presented the department with an award for Le Roy posting the most training hours -- 850 -- of any department in Genesee County. Chief Mike Sheflin accepted the award.

Tom Wood, 1st Assistant Chief, Chief Sheflin and 2nd Assistant Chief Dale Ehrhart.

More pictures after the jump:

April 17, 2011 - 12:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, weather.

A large tree is reportedly down and blocking the roadway on Dry Bridge Road near Sandpit Road, Alexander.

April 17, 2011 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected through 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning because of the anticipated high winds.

Sustained winds could exceed 40 mph for at least an hour.

High winds could bring down trees and cause power outages.

Drivers of high-profile vehicles should use caution.

April 16, 2011 - 2:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

National Crime Victims' Week was recognized in Batavia this week and events culminated Friday with a silent walk to remember victims of crime. The walk ended at City Hall where a reception was held.

April 16, 2011 - 2:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, GCC, stuart steiner, Roz Steiner Art Gallery.

The brand-new Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery opened Friday with great fanfare. Hundreds of people from throughout the county were on hand to see the gallery's first show and witness the opening ceremonies.

Above, the children and grandchildren of Roz and Stuart Steiner, from left: David Steiner, daughter Ava, Sarah Rogers, Robyn Steiner (holding Ava's hand), Lisa Rubin, Susan Steiner, Daniel Rubin and Dr. Steiner. A photo of Roz Steiner, background, was unveiled as part of the ceremony. 

Bottom photo, Eric Suritella and Carol Acquilano, the first artists featured in the gallery.

April 16, 2011 - 1:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Libary.

On Friday afternoon, Nancy Mortellaro was honored at the Richmond Memorial Library as the 2011 Friend of the Library.

Mortellaro praised her fellow friends and called them her "virtual Facebook," noting that unlike the real Facebook, she gets to see her friends face-to-face every day.

Mortellaro was honored for her diligent and long-standing support of the library.

April 16, 2011 - 1:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

A two-car accident has been reported in the area of Route 77 and Gabbey Road, Pembroke.

A child may have suffered minor injuries.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments responding.

UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: A second Mercy EMS ambulance requested to the scene to transport a person with apparent minor injuries to a hospital in Erie County.

April 16, 2011 - 10:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A Batavia teenager reported missing earlier in the week was located yesterday at an address in the city, the Sheriff's Office reports.

Sara Howard, 16, was found safe.

Her case was referred to Family Court.

April 15, 2011 - 10:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

Conflicting reports are coming in about a possible hit-and-run accident with injuries at routes 33 and 19, Bergen.

It may involve two vehicles, or one car and a pedestrian.

Bergen Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: A first responder on scene says he's with an injured victim who says he was in a vehicle that rolled over. Mercy Flight is not needed.

UPDATE 10:51 p.m.: A chief, "I've got no vehicle down here at this point."

UPDATE 10:53 p.m.: Route 33 being closed at Townline. "Nobody gets past Townline," says a chief.

UPDATE 10:58 p.m.: The actual location is Route 33 and Appletree Avenue.

April 15, 2011 - 8:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, byron, Alabama, methamphetamine.

The arrest today of two South Byron residents for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine has its roots in a Nov. 12, 2009 meth lab raid in Alabama, according to Sgt. Steve Mullen, head of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force.

"If we're doing our jobs, a search warrant doesn't just end with that search warrant," Mullen said. "It opens doors into other investigations."

In the Alabama case -- the first suspected meth lab found in Genesee County -- Kenneth W. Mosholder and associates, including a woman who lived on Jackson Street, Batavia, were accused of manufacturing meth. Mosholder died while awaiting prosecution, but Mullen said the one-time Texas resident's recipe for making meth apparently spread throughout the county.

A handful of meth lab raids -- though not all of them -- since 2009 were based on threads connected to Mosholder's arrest, Mullen said.

"Once something like that grows in a community, it can take deep roots and take years to get out," Mullen said.

Many task force cases are built on other cases, Mullen said.

"Any single arrest looks like a snippet, but they're really scenes from the same movie," Mullen said.

Arrested in connection with the alleged meth lab in South Byron were Matthew J. Zon, 29, of Byron, and Tricia M. Tundo, 24, of Byron.

Zon and Tundo were apprehended during a traffic stop on Thursday night, but the couple wasn't discovered by accident, Mullen said. They were identified after months of investigation and observation while detectives built a case that would ultimately justify their apprehension.

Following the traffic stop, Zon and Tundo were allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine, meth lab material and drug paraphernalia.

Mullen said it's too soon in the investigation to say for certain whether Zon and Tundo were allegedly producing meth for sale. They have not yet been charged with any drug sales counts.

This morning, a contingent of investigators and crime lab specialists were on scene at 6319 E. Main St., South Byron, to execute a search warrant in an effort to determine whether Zon and Tundo were producing meth at their residence.

During the search, investigators carried out several items that appeared to be chemicals and implements used in the manufacture of meth. Test results on the items have not yet been released.

The search started with State Troopers in chemical-protection suits entering the house and retrieving two pet dogs, one a reportedly aggressive pit bull.

A deputy involved who helped transfer the dogs to the Animal Control vehicle said the dogs had a heavy odor of meth on them.

If Tundo and Zon were manufacturing meth in the house, the smell would permeate the entire residence, "just like burnt popcorn," said an investigator.

The odor of meth manufacturing, depending on the process used, according to sources, smells something like a mixture of burnt plastic and ammonia. 

Investigators were at the South Byron scene for hours, from before 8 a.m. until after 3 p.m. and Mullen was still at the office working on the case after 7 p.m.

And the execution of a search warrant in a drug case, said Mullen, is only a small portion of what goes into an investigation. It can take months to build a case in order to get a warrant, and the investigation doesn't stop with an arrest.

"The research and investigation really takes months," the sargeant said. "Even though we're at the end of a 12- or 13-hour day, the research began months ago."

Zon and Tundo are both charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as criminally using drug paraphernalia.

The disposal charge is based on evidence gathered during the investigation that Zon and Tundo disposed of waste material along roadways in the area.

Mullen said the production of one ounce of meth produces a significant quanity of waste chemicals. 

One law enforcement official at the scene said that was one of the parts that bugged him the most about a case like this.

He said, potentially, some Boy Scout could be out on a clean-up day and come across some contaminated materials and become gravely ill.

The traffic stop Thursday night was initiated by Deputy Brian Thompson, whose K-9 "Pharaoh" assisted in the search of the vehicle.

Tundo was reportedly driving, though she allegedly did not have a valid NYS driver's license. 

Additional charges may be pending, Mullen said, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, which was involved in the 2009 raid in Alabama, will be consulted.

Besides the Genesee County Sheriff's Office and State Police, assisting at the scene were the South Byron Fire Department, Genesee County Emergency Services, the Health Department,  Animal Control and Mercy EMS.

More pictures after the jump:




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