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December 13, 2010 - 5:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, alexander, pembroke, Le Roy, pavilon.

Gregory A. Jones is indicted on a charge of predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A-11 felony. Jones is accused of raping a child of less than 13 years of age while in an apartment at 34 Main St. in the Village of Le Roy.

Craig A. Tiberio-Shepherd is indicted on a charge of DWI as a felony. Tiberio-Shepherd is accused of driving drunk Aug. 14 in the Town of Pembroke.

Dominic J. Cordello Jr. is indicted on charges of DWI as a felony and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater as a felony. Cordello is accused of driving drunk on Aug. 11 in the Town of Alexander.

Matthew A. Beccue is charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of stolen property, 5th, and criminal possession of stolen property, 5th. Beccue is accused of possessing two stolen Dell desktop computers. The Grand Jury did not find sufficient evidence to indict Beccue on felony charges, but did find sufficient evidence to sustain the misdemeanor charges, so the case is returned to the Pavilion Town Court.

Jason L. Pask is indicted on a charge of criminal mischief, 2nd. Pask is accused of damaging another person's car, a 2010 Camaro SS, causing damage in excess of $1,000 in value, on July 24.

Tacoya S. Johnson is indicted on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd, and grand larceny, 3rd. Johnson is accused using a forged instrument to steal more than $3,000 while at a local bank branch on Oct. 31, 2007.

Dannielle D. Sturgis-Ruise is indicted on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd, and grand larceny, 4th. Sturgis-Ruise is accused of using a forged instrument to steal more than $1,000 from a local bank branch on Oct. 27, 2007.

William A. Muoio III is indicted on charges of DWI as a felony and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater as a felony. Muoio is accused of driving drunk Aug. 22 in the Town of Le Roy.

Jennifer L. Coombs is indicted on charges of DWI as a felony and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater as a felony. Coombs is accused of driving drunk June 30 in the Town of Byron.

Cheryl A. Vagg is indicted on a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs as a felony. Vagg is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs July 3 in the Town of Alabama.

The Grand Jury returned a "no bill" (finding insufficient evidence to support the charges) on Shawn C. Wetmore. Wetmore was charged in the City of Batavia of burglary, 3rd, criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

December 13, 2010 - 5:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, Le Roy.

Joanna M. Morgan, 37, of Wyoming, is charged with felony DWI, DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and driving with view obstructed. Morgan was stopped by Le Roy Police Officer Emily Clark on Sunday following a report of two people out of a vehicle and fighting along the roadside of I-490. Morgan, driving a vehicle that matched the description of the one spotted on I-490, was found in the Village of Le Roy. Following a traffic stop, Morgan was allegedly found to be intoxicated. A child under 16 years of age was reportedly in the car, leading to the felony DWI charge.

Darrel R. Scroger, 33, of Swan Street, Batavia, is charged with three counts of petit larceny and possession of burglar tools. Scroger was taken into custody at 2:56 p.m., Thursday, in the Target parking lot as a result of an investigation into stolen mobile phones. The phones were reported stolen over the previous week. Scroger was allegedly caught stealing from Target. He is also accused of shoplifting from Target on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. Scroger was jailed on $500 bail. The investigation was conducted by Deputy Joseph Graff, Deputy Patrick Reeves, Deputy Brad Mazur and Sergeant Thomas Sanfratello.

Jerome Sanders Dennis, 24, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal trespass, 2nd. Dennis allegedly entered a residence on Drake Street, Oakfield, at 3:50 p.m., Dec. 8, without permission of the owner.

Aaron D. Bradley, 29, of 679 E. Main St., Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Bradley is accused of placing his hands around the throat of a victim during a domestic incident at an unknown time Sunday. He was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Elizabeth A. Wesley, 38, of 31 Trumbull Parkway, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and inadequate headlamps. Wesley was stopped on a street in Batavia at 12:31 a.m., Sunday, by Officer Matt Fleming. Wesley was jailed without bail.

Joshua A. Canfield, 21, of 190 Greeley Ave., Hornell, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, and running a red light. Canfield was stopped at 3:28 a.m., Sunday, by Officer Eric Bolles, after allegedly running a red light at West Main and Ellicott streets.

Amber N. Wallace, 21, of 4 Highland Park, Batavia, and Nicole L. Cramer, 21, of 2 Highland Park, Batavia, are charged with disorderly conduct. Wallace and Cramer were allegedly observed by police officers fighting on Pringle Avenue at 2:38 a.m., Sunday. They were taken into custody by officers Eric Bolles and Frank Klimjack.

Justin M. Hoover, 30, of 22 Tracy Ave., Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 5th. Hoover is accused of possessing items stolen from vehicles on the south side of the city the night of Nov. 24. He was taken into custody on Friday by Det. Pat Corona.

Amy A. Wagner, 41, of Angola, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Wagner was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident on Aug. 21. No further details released.

Aaron J. Huck, 27, of Brockport, is charged with DWI and aggravated DWI. Huck was stopped at 4:11 p.m., Friday, by State Police on Townline Road in Bergen. Huck was held without bail.

December 13, 2010 - 4:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, pembroke, east pembroke, Angling Road.

A pair of smoldering ovens mitts are the likely cause of a late morning fire in East Pembroke that has put an Angling Road couple out of their home.

anglingfire_01.jpgThe fire destroyed the back portion of the home at 2583 Angling Road, and it sustained heavy smoke and water damage throughout.

Daniel and Sarah Norway escaped the home safely with assistance from Deputy Brian Thompson. A dog was taken out of the house with Sarah and a cat was rescued by firefighters. Two other family cats perished in the fire.

The fire was reported at 12:10 p.m. Sarah reported smelling smoke, looked out the back door and saw flames. She woke up Daniel. He immediately went outside and found the back stairs gone and flames climbing up the walls.

Thompson arrived on scene to find Daniel trying to put out the fire and Sarah was still inside with the dog. Thompson got them out of the house. The deputy's report says "snow was thrown on the fire" while awaiting the arrival of firefighters, without saying who threw the snow on the fire.

According to Thompson's report, Sarah said she had thrown a pair of smoldering oven mitts out the back door around 11 a.m.

East Pembroke Fire responded to the scene and assisting at the scene or in fill-in roles were Town of Batavia, Pembroke, Corfu, Darien, Indian Falls and Oakfield along with Genesee County Emergency Services. An Animal Control officer also responded and took an orange tabby to the Batavia Animal Hospital.

The fire was first called in by neighbor Raymond Russell of Read Road.

The house is assessed at $71,300 and was insured.

(Initial Report)

December 13, 2010 - 3:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, 15 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: When you're looking for an authentic Mexican meal, Margarita's is the place to go. The food and atmosphere are perfect and the service is always outstanding. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Batavia Downs Grandstand Bar & Grille, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY: A full menu, salad bar and drinks in one of the region's most popular entertainment venues. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50. (Must be new or current Players Club member to redeem.)

Red Osier, Route 5, Stafford, NY: Truly, one of the landmark restaurants of the area. Red Osier features prime rib carved table side. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

T.F. Brown's, at 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's, a great place for pizza, wings, subs -- eat in, take out or delivery. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Settler's Restaurant, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kraving's offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

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December 13, 2010 - 12:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

mug_john_parrinello.jpgA former Rochester City Council member and current appointee to the Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees was arrested at a GCC woman's basketball game yesterday.

John Parrinello, a defense attorney who served on the Rochester council in the 1970s and lost a bid for mayor in 2006 against Robert Duffy, was charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after being arrested by State Police Trooper Daniel Hollands.

Hollands was dispatched to the GCC gym at 4:35 p.m. for a report of a fan causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.

According to the State Police, campus security reported the suspect was using vulgar language.

When Hollands arrived, he contacted Parrinello and advised him to leave. Parrinello refused. Then Hollands reached for his handcuffs, according to reports, at which point Parrinello agreed to leave, but then reportedly would not exit the building by the route ordered by Hollands. At that point, Parrinello was arrested.

Parrinello is scheduled to appear in Town of Batavia Court at 1 p.m., Dec. 20.

Sources: WHAM 13, Democrat and Chronicle, MCCC web page.

December 12, 2010 - 5:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, accident, Alabama, Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

A 46-year-old woman was taken by Mercy Flight this morning to ECMC after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Council House Road, Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

Sherri L. Abrams, a Skye Road resident, was walking eastbound when she was struck by an eastbound car driven by a person who fled the scene at 5:26 a.m.

No vehicle description was released.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

December 12, 2010 - 11:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in safety.

Deputy Brian Thompson e-mailed this reminder for drivers to slow down and be mindful of road conditions:

Please remember to drive with headlights on in inclement weather. Especially fog and rain. Conditions for black ice and hydroplaning are peaked right now. Please slow down and don't use cell phones or text message. Keep eyes on the road, reduce speeds and increase following distances. The life you save may be your own. Thanks! NY State VTL 375 2a1 is applicable.

The vehicle and traffic law mentioned by Deputy Thompson refers to having two working headlights.

Headlights are required a half-hour before sunset (today, at about 4 p.m.) through a half-hour after sunrise (tomorrow, that will be about 8 a.m.), and any time conditions require windshield wipers.

December 12, 2010 - 6:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, accident, Alabama, Roberts Road.

A driver said the headlights from a DEC truck parked on Roberts Road, Basom, prevented him from clearly seeing a group of people standing along the roadside about an hour after sunset yesterday leading to an accident that injured six men.

All six men were standing along the road. One of them was a Department of Environmental Conservation officer who was checking on hunting licenses.

Injured where:

  • Gary D. Olson, 52, of Avon. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight.
  • David Swooper, 39, of Youngstown. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.
  • Shawn C. Bailey, 22, of Lockport. He was transported to ECMC.
  • Charles R. Smith, 72, of Gasport. He was transported to ECMC.
  • Stephan C. Olay, 39, of Ransomville. He was transported to ECMC.
  • Patrick N. Green, 21, of Youngstown. He was transported to ECMC.

The driver, Erik Olsen, 55, of Roberts Road, Basom, was not injured.

Olsen was westbound on Roberts Road at 5:49 p.m. The DEC truck was parked facing east, in the westbound lane.

No citations were issued, according to the Sheriff's Office accident report, prepared by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Alabama Fire, Oakfield Ambulance, Mercy EMS and the Genesee County Office of Emergency Management assisted at the scene.

(Initial Report)

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December 11, 2010 - 8:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, darien lake, Darien.

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This evening, at Darien Lake State Park.

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December 11, 2010 - 8:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Darien, Bethany.

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Barn on Jericho Road, Bethany.

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Barn on Harlow Road, Darien.

December 11, 2010 - 6:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A Sheriff's patrol has been dispatched to the intersection of Killian Road and Pratt Road for a dangerous condition report.

There is apparently a jaywalking snowman stuck in the middle of the road.

December 11, 2010 - 6:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, accident, Alabama.

Three ambulances have been requested to the scene of a motor-vehicle accident in the area of 1910 Roberts Road, Basom.

Mercy EMS and Oakfield's ambulance have been requested to the scene.

Mercy Flight is responding from Buffalo and Batavia.

Alabama Fire responding.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m.: First Mercy Flight ETA is four minutes. All victims are out of the vehicles. No extrication is required.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: One Mercy Flight is on the ground. The pilot of that of the first Mercy Flight has said a second landing zone needs to be established because Mercy Flight 7 sits closer to the ground and cannot land in the cornfield used for the first landing zone.

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: Mercy Flight 7 on the ground.

UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: Mercy Flight 7 in the air. If the first Mercy Flight has left the scene, we missed the call.

UPDATE 6:46 p.m.: One flight headed to ECMC, the other to Strong.


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December 11, 2010 - 9:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Holland Land Office Museum.

An Alden man is being held in jail without bail after being accused of trying to steal a historic long gun yesterday from the Holland Land Office Museum, 131 West Main St., Batavia.

An observant witness spotted a person leaving the museum with the long gun hidden under a trench coat and followed the suspect's car, phoning the dispatch center with a license plate number, description and direction of travel.

Taken into custody at the intersection of West Main and Oak streets shortly after 1:30 p.m. was Frank J. Bieniek, 55, of 962 Virginia Drive, Alden.

The gun is valued at more than $3,000.

Bieniek is charged with grand larceny 3rd and criminal possession of stolen property 3rd.

The case was investigated by Officer Matt Flemming and detectives Kevin Czora and Todd Crossett.

Bieniek will be arraigned and receive a bail review in City Court at 11 a.m., Monday.

(initial report)

December 10, 2010 - 3:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

Freezing rain and icy roads are being predicted for Genesee County by the National Weather Service.

The winter weather advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m.

While the weather service describes the amount of freezing rain as "spotty" and accumulation as only "trace," it does warn of slick roads and walkways.

December 10, 2010 - 3:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights.

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Last evening, I took pictures of Christmas lights of several homes on the south side of Batavia. Above a home on Ganson Avenue.

More pictures after the jump:

December 10, 2010 - 1:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, corfu, pemborke.

John Micheal Parker, 58, of Phelps Road, Corfu, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI (driving with a BAC of .18 or greater), speed not reasonable for conditions. At 12:41 a.m., Dec. 4, the Sheriff's Office received a call of a car in a ditch on Route 77 in Pembroke. Deputy Kevin McCarthy responded and found a car in a ditch, partially blocking the roadway. Parker was allegedly found to be intoxicated.

Charles M. Blatt, 48, of 319 E. Main St., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Police responded to a reported domestic incident at 6:25 p.m., Thursday. Blatt was allegedly found in violation of an order of protection that barred him from being intoxicated in the presence of the protected party. Blatt was jailed on $1,000 bail.

William A. Andrews, 31, of 54 Hutchins St., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, and harassment, 2nd. Andrews allegedly violated an order of protection by making repeated threats of violence against the protected person. Andrews was jailed without bail.

Gordy Abiola Akinpelu, 18, of Lincoln Street, Brooklyn, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd. Akinpelu is accused of entering a room at Oak Hall in College Village without permission.

December 10, 2010 - 1:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Police are in pursuit of a black Intrepid that is reportedly heading southbound on Oak Street from Richmond.

The suspect reportedly stole a historical gun from the Holland Land Office Museum.

It may have just been stopped on Oak Street and Main.

UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: The vehicle was stopped. The property has been identified.

December 10, 2010 - 1:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car attempting to cross from the Rite Aid parking lot across Lewiston Road to the Tops parking lot was stuck by an other car in a minor-injury accident at 1:42 p.m., Thursday.

Cited for alleged failure to yield was Nancy L. Alfes, 64, of Darien-Alexander Townline Road, Darien Center.

Alfes was also reportedly injured, but not transported to a hospital.

The other driver, Helen W. Laird, 88, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, was not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Lonnie Nati.

(initial report)

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