Two of Batavia's young officers recently attended their formal graduation from the Monroe County Basic Police Academy, according to Chief Randy Baker.
Officers Eric Dibble and Jason Ivison graduated together on Friday.
In order to graduate, the recruits completed classroom instruction, firearms training, defensive tactics and on-the-road field training for 16 weeks.
The academy, founded in September, 2010, trains officers for Batavia, Rochester, Greece, Gates, Monroe County and East Rochester.
Both officers received awards for their performance in the academy, Baker said.
Officer Dibble received the class Marksmanship Award for maintaining the highest average score during handgun firearms qualification. Officer Ivison received a Leadership Award for serving as a platoon leader during the academy.
Both officers are currently assigned to different shifts and working on their own.
Jamie Scott Schlonski, 39, of Vine Street, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny 4th, criminal mischief, 3rd, possession of burglar tools and trespass. Also charged, Joseph Allen Hogan, 42, of Bank Street, Batavia. Schlonski and Hogan are accused of breaking into a location on Clinton Street Road, Bergen, at 2:05 a.m., and stealing the windows of the residence. The pair was arrested at 2:40 a.m. Schlonski and Hogan were issued appearance tickets. The case was investigated by Deputy John Weis and Deputy Jason Saile.
Grant A. Sundown, 47, of Skye Road, Basom, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, reckless endangerment, 2nd, and criminal mischief, 4th. On July 3 at approximately 3:18 p.m., Sundown allegedly drove a vehicle into a set of stairs at a residence on Skye Road, Basom, while a person was standing on the stairs. There was allegedly an order of protection in place barring Sundown from having contact with that person. Sundown was jailed without bail.
Lead investigator Sgt. Steve Mullen said at the time of the arrest that the trail that led to Zon and Tundo weaved its way back through a series of related meth lab busts starting with one -- the first one in Genesee County -- Nov. 12, 2009, in Alabama.
The South Byron raid uncovered a working meth lab and an amount of completed product.
Today, Zon satisfied multiple counts pending against him with his guilty plea. He is being held without bail and will remain in jail until his sentencing Aug. 24.
Tundo's guilty plea also satisfies a number of pending charges against her as well as charges that Asst. District Attorney David Gann said could have been filed against her. Gann indicated the Sheriff's Office has sufficient evidence to charge Tundo with all of the counts laid against Zon.
Tundo remains on release under supervision pending her sentencing Sept. 27.
Both Zon and Tundo face a possible $5,000 fine each as well as the suspension of their drivers' licenses.
A 52-year-old Batavia man barricaded himself in his residence, claimed to have a hostage and tried attacking deputies with knives and a sword during a standoff on Pine Hollow Drive on Monday.
The incident started at 8:30 p.m. when law enforcement was dispatched to 8 Pine Hollow Drive to deal with a subject who had allegedly threatened to stab two occupants of the residence.
When State Police and Sheriff's Office deputies arrived the suspect barricaded himself in the home and, according to a State Police press release, "threatened police with various cutleries, including a sword."
During the standoff, the suspect, Jody Blaine Gillett, claimed to have a hostage.
At one point, Gillett allegedly lunged at a deputy through a window attempting to stab the deputy.
After about two hours of negotiations, the State Police press release says, Gillett was "forcibly taken into custody."
Gillett was charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, and two count of menacing.
He was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and jailed on bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
There were no reported injuries related to the incident.
Out on Starr Road in Pavilion, on 125 acres of farmland with a view, Randy Starr farms his way.
He's not making a political statement, riding an organic trend -- Starr Farm is not organic -- or trying to reach for some idyllic, romanticized agrarian lifestyle. He just farms according to his own idea of how farming should be.
It's a little bit old school, a little bit high tech, and without the headaches that go with larger operations, but still all the frustrations of a two-person farm using older equipment.
“Once in a while I’ll have somebody say, ‘hey, if I was ever going to be a farmer, I’d be a farmer like you,’' Starr said. "And I think, 'Yeah, but you ain’t doing it, are you?'"
Starr was born to be a farmer. It's all he's even known and what he went to college to study. He's never given a second thought to doing something else.
As the fifth generation to plow and plant the hills along Starr Road, Randy is just pursuing the family tradition.
The farm was started by Noah Starr, Randy's great-great-great grandfather, a Dutch immigrant who bought 270 acres in what's now Pavilion from the Holland Land Office in 1818.
Noah built a log cabin high atop a ridge, married four women during the course of his life (three divorces, one death) and fathered 10 sons.
One of Noah's sons built the first version of the house (about 1890) that Randy and his wife Cindy live in, and it's been added on to and taken away from so many times over the years that now "it's just an old house," according to Randy.
Randy and Cindy both attended Pavilion High School (Cindy was four grades back from Randy) and met when Randy's older brother married Cindy's older sister.
Starr graduated from Alfred College with an agricultural degree in the late 1960s. He said of the couple hundred ag students in his class, only a handful became farmers.
"For some foolish reason I wanted to be a farmer all my life and now here I am. I’m 61 years old. Was that the right move or not? Who knows?"
The Starrs married in the early 1970s and moved into the farmhouse in 1974.
Son Chris, 37, and daughter Sarah, 33, are also farmers. Chris and his wife own a farm on West Middlebury Road, Wyoming County, and Sarah and her husband own a farm off Route 63 in Pavilion. Both Chris and Sarah also work other jobs, and both have children who might some day become farmers.
The Starr Farm sits on rolling hills above Pavilion with a clear view far into Wyoming County. The farm's white house, red barns, glistening silos and well used farm equipment could fit on a picture postcard depicting agricultural life in Upstate New York.
Starr said his son Chris has an even more picturesque farm, but like Chris told him one time, he said, "You can't pay your bills with a view."
No doubt about it, the Starr Farm is a working farm. Cindy helps out as do Chris and Sarah, but Randy does most the work.
On the 125 acres, Randy grows wheat, barley, hay, oats and black beans. They also run about 80 head of cattle -- mostly steers bought as calves from a neighboring dairy, and sold for meat after 18 to 22 months of raising.
Cindy takes care of the hogs, which also go to market.
“Divide that into 125 acres -- we don’t have a lot of anything."
Irrigation is rainwater, so when it was too wet in May, it was hard for Starr to plant, but for the past few weeks, he's been praying for rain.
Life on the Starr Farm certainly has its frustrations.
Just about all of the farm equipment Starr runs is decades old, some of it he bought decades ago (or his dad bought), some of it he finds at auction.
Starr's father, who died 22 years ago, taught him that equipment may become obsolete, but if well maintained, it will run forever.
What Starr needs to buy, he said, he can get at a pretty good price. The equipment he needs is too big for the hobbyist looking to tinker with old farm machinary and too small for the mega-operations.
“It’s an area where you can find things sometimes that nobody else wants. My combine is a good example. It's got a 12-foot grain head and 3-row corn head. It’s a good little combine. I picked it up for $1,400. Sometimes if you’re at the right place at the right time you can get the equipment I need at a reasonable price."
The big operations, of course, are spending $150,000 to $200,000 on a single piece of farm equipment. The plowers and planters are guided by GPS to make perfectly straight rows over dozens of rows.
Big or small equipment breaks down and it's just a different kind of headache.
"My tractor breaks down and their tractor breaks down, theirs is maybe a $50,000 fix and mine is a piece of baling wire and something I can keep it going with."
Why does he farm the way he does? Can't really say. His operation just kind of evolved that way.
When he was young, he said, it seemed like any time he bought a bigger truck or bigger piece of equipment, something would go wrong.
"I can’t be real specific, but it just seemed liked any time I’d jump ahead, I’d got slammed against a wall. It was like, ‘OK, slow down and do it my way.'"
He also watched some of his fellow farmers try to take on too much and it often didn't work out well for the farmer or their suppliers.
He's never going to get rich farming his way, Starr admits, but he'll also be able to keep farming.
"Nothing ventured nothing gained, perhaps, but that’s the way I’ve always been," Starr said. "I’ve seen people go too big too fast and the people they did business with got hurt financially. They file for bankruptcy and these people who put their trust in these farms, building, equipment, whatever it would be, and they lose it all."
Starr's way isn't a complete rejection of technology. He owns a new hay baler because they're now easier to get supplies and parts for, and he grows, for example, genetically modified corn to help control pests and disease (which keeps the farm from being certified as organic).
The reason Starr doesn't spray his crops with a lot of chemicals, has nothing to do with trying to be organic, he usually doesn't see much of a need.
If there was a need, he says he would spray.
He doesn't spray for weeds in his wheat, for example, because the wheat grows so fast, it smothers out the weeds.
As for insects, he tells a couple of stories about what he's learned about using pesticides.
First, there is the story of the army worm.
"A few years ago the alert went out, look out for army worms, and the guys, they had their sprayers and were just flying, but we didn’t spray," Starr said. "I went out looking to see if I could find army worms. I went through all my fields – I had a grand total of I think 40 acres of wheat that year – and I found one little army worm about a quarter of an inch long. It didn’t do any sort of damage at all. We didn’t need to spray."
The second story goes further back and is about a salesman visiting the Starr Farm.
"I had a guy come in years ago and say, ‘I went through your field’ – and I didn’t even know he’d done that -- and he said, ‘Oh, man, have you got insects. We’ve got to spray.’
"Now this was years ago," Starr said, "and I said, 'How much will that cost?' and he said, 'How many acres do you have?' I told him. He said that will probably cost you $3,000 to $4,000. I said, 'Oh my gosh, I haven’t got that kind of money.' I said, 'What would happen if I don’t spray?' He said, ‘Oh, by the time the frost comes, it will kill them all and it won’t be a problem.'”
Starr laughs and adds "He almost got me."
Typical of Starr's demeanor, he's quick to add that he's not criticizing the salesman for trying to make a living or the farmers who think spraying for insects is necessary. He just does it his way for his own reasons.
"I always thought the old-timers knew what they were doing. Work hard, keep your nose clean and you’ll be all right. This is just the way we go. It’s the way we do it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody else in the world, but it seems to work for us all right.”
Mark R. Wnuk, 49, of 127 Hewitt St., Rochester, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, following too closely, improper/no signal and moving from lane unsafely. Wnuk was stopped at 6:14 p.m., Friday, North Lyon Street in the City of Batavia. During the traffic stop, he was allegedly found in possession of a metal knuckles knife, which was attached to his motorcycle. Wnuk was originally observed driving on Ellicott Street. Wnuk was jailed on $20,000 bail.
Jamie Lee Broadbent, 28, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Broadbent was taken into custody on a bench warrant out of City Court.
Douglas Nathaniel Clark, 18, of Milburn Street, Rochester, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd. Clark is accused of throwing a rock at the Stafford Trading Post building on Main Road, Stafford, on June 18, causing damage to a window. The estimated damage exceeds $1,100. Clark was identified as a possible suspect when his mobile phone was found at the scene.
Michele L. DiFalco, 22, no permanent address, is charged with resisting arrest. DiFalco is accused of violating the conditions of her release under supervision (RUS) contract. The RUS was related to three previous felony charges. Batavia Police responded to a report that DiFalco was inside a business in Tops Plaza at 6:30 p.m., Friday. Officer Kevin DeFelice attempted to arrest DiFalco and DiFalco allegedly refused to comply with the officer's orders. She then allegedly struggled with DeFelice. She was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and jailed on $15,000 bail.
Gregory E. Armitage, 50, of Grand Island, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 3rd. Armitage is accused of taking a vehicle from the owner in early June to perform maintenance on it and then not returning the car to the owner.
Sean Michael Howell, 37, of Avenue D, Rochester, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Howell is accused of trying to evade the gate at Darien Lake Theme Park at 11:08 p.m., Saturday, and driving his vehicle into a ditch. During an investigation of the incident by Deputy Joseph Graff, Howell was allegedly found to be intoxicated.
Sammy Paul Davis, 44, of North Street, Batavia, is charged with aggravated harassment, 2nd. Davis is accused of sending threatening text messages to another person.
Jeffery S. Kunkel, 24, of Oehman Blvd., Cheektowaga, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and failure to keep right. Kunkel was reportedly observed driving a vehicle at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, in the left lane of Sumner Road while following his girlfriend. The couple was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute. Upon investigation by Sgt. Greg Walker, Kunkel was allegedly found to be driving while intoxicated.
Daniel Francis Maxwell, 58, of East Bethany Le Roy Townline Road, Le Roy, is charged with DWI. Maxwell was charged following a one-car accident on Sweetland Road, Stafford, at 5:50 p.m., Sunday.
Lance David Compton, 19, of Washington Street, Attica, is charged with assault, 3rd. Compton is accused of getting into a fight with another individual causing serious injuries on June 25 in the Cherry Hill Campgrounds during the Tim McGraw concert at Darien Lake. Compton was also charged with possession of alcohol by a person under age 21.
Nicholas Anthony Thomasulo, 40, of Warboys Road, Bergen, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Deputy Chad Minuto reportedly observed a vehicle operated by Thomasulo on Route 33, Batavia, stopped with its hazard lights on at 12:06 a.m., Sunday. Upon investigation, Minuto arrested Thomasulo for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Justin Larry Balso, 20, of Loneoak Court, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, is charged with possession/consumption of alcohol by person under age 21. Balso is accused of possessing Rolling Rock Beer at 1:10 a.m., Sunday, and consuming it to the point of intoxication. Balso was arrested in the area of 8484 Route 77 by Deputy Patrick Reeves.
Veniamin Boyko, 19, of Bennett Road, Hilton, is charged with possession/consumption of alcohol by person under age 21. Boyko was allegedly intoxicated while at Darien Lake Theme Park at 7:02 p.m., July 18.
Rubim Kozyluk, 18, of Sunset Circle, Brockport, is charged with possession/consumption of alcohol by person under age 21. Boyko was allegedly intoxicated while at Darien Lake Theme Park at 7:02 p.m., July 18.
Philip Jared Clark, 21, of 3763 Karl Road, Alleghany, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and unlicensed operation. Clark was allegedly found in a parked car blocking a residential driveway on Route 77, Darien, at 8:14 p.m., Saturday, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.
Nicholas Michael Hart, 18, of West Ridge Road, Brockport, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating on a suspended registration and no insurance. Hart was stopped at 1:20 p.m., Sunday, on Route 77, Pembroke by Deputy Dana Richardson.
Rachel An Fromwiller, 27, of Main Street, Akron, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right and driver's view obstructed. Fromwiller was stopped at 2:37 a.m., Sunday, on Park Road, Town of Batavia, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.
Austin Keven Dorr, 20, of Washington Street, Attica, is charged with possession/consumption of alcohol by a person under age 21. Dorr is accused of possessing and consuming alcohol while at Cherry Hill Campgrounds at 8:40 p.m., Saturday.
Joshua M. Aldridge, 24, of Jackson Avenue, Lackawanna, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to obey a police officer. Aldridge is accused of driving a 1993 Saturn westbound on Sumner Road, Darien, at 10:58 p.m., Sunday, when he allegedly failed to stop when ordered to stop by Sgt. Greg Walker.
Tyler C. Herold, 20, of Pavilion, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Herold was stopped on Broadway Road, Village of Alden, for allegedly not wearing a seat belt. State Police report that an investigation revealed that Herold was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a small baggie of white powder. The contents of the baggie are being tested.
Cuyler C. Gentile, 24, of Le Roy, is charged with DWI. Gentile was stopped by State Police for allegedly failing to keep right while traveling on Route 33 in the Town of Pembroke.
Gianfranco Giacchi, 24, of 825 Center Road, West Seneca, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Giacchi was stopped at 11:46 p.m., Saturday, on Pearl Street by Officer Thad Mart.
The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Lil’ Wayne concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday:
Carlos Warford, 46, Normal Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested on a warrant issued out of Kentucky, for alleged flagrant non-support. Warford was remanded to jail pending extradition to Kentucky.
Cody A. Tingue, 26, Pleasant Valley Road, Delevan, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance at the concert venue entrance. Tingue was released on $100 bail.
Timothy J. Weaver, 20, Middlebury Road, Webster, is charged with for trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Weaver was remanded to jail in lieu of $350 bail.
Candace M. Hurst, 26, Bush Street, Buffalo, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing a cup of beer on concert security staff.
Cory R. Vanmorrelgem, 21, Little John Way, Webster, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.
Oleg Korolchuk, 18, Sugarcreek Trail, Webster, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly entering the concert venue without a ticket.
A 17-year-old of John Glen Blvd., Webster, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly entering the concert venue without a ticket.
Anthony E. Schimek, 21, South Road, Cherry Creek, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly being found in possession of hydrocodone without a prescription.
Diana M. Ellis, 20, Hertle Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with disorderly conduct, being under age 21 in possession of alcohol with intent to consume, being intoxicated under age 21, and then causing a disturbance while being issued the ABC ticket.
Santino M. Mecca, 18, Marine Drive, Buffalo, is charged with trespass after allegedly being found in the campgrounds without permission.
A 17-year-old of Marine Drive, Buffalo, is charged with being under age 21 in possession of alcohol with intent to consume after allegedly being found at the campgrounds without permission, and being under age 21 possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages at a campsite.
Kayla B. Radigan, 24, Milford Street, Hamburg, is charged with trespass after allegedly being found in the campgrounds without permission.
Victoria O. Kallin, 19, Meadow Lawn Orchard Park, is charged with trespass and being under age 21 in of possession of alcohol with intent to consume after allegedly being found at the campgrounds without permission, and being under age 21 possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages at a campsite.
A 17-year-old of Ashwood Lane, Orchard Park, is charged with trespass and being under age 21 in possession of alcohol with intent to consume after allegedly being found at the campgrounds without permission, and being under age 21 possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages at a campsite.
After the jump: citations for alleged consumption of alcohol under age 21.
The following arrests and citations were reported by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office in connection with the Brad Paisley concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
Steven M. McNally, 22, of Human Road, Sanborn, is charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of controlled substance, 7th, harassment, 2nd, and disorderly conduct. McNally allegedly refused to be taken into custody after striking another person in the parking lot. He was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Earlier in the evening, McNally allegedly fought with security while being ejected from the venue. He was arraigned and jailed on $500 bail.
Laura R. Fetto, 21, of Kensington Avenue, Cheektowaga, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a verbal argument and blocking vehicular traffic on Sumner Road.
Ashley J. Lucas, 24, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance.
Donald W. Foit, 32, of Sterling Road, Hamburg, is charged DWI and driving with a .08-percent BAC or greater after allegedly being stopped for going around two gates, blocking driveways.
Jacob M. Maier, 26, of Harriet Street, Tonawanda, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another person during the concert.
Stephanie C. Rosten, 19, of Townline Road, Ransomville, is charged with harassment 2nd after allegedly punching another person in the face.
Jacob D. Atwood , 20, of Garlow Road, Niagara Falls, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance inside the venue.
Jaerd L. Atwood, 23, of Garlow Road, Niagara Falls, is charged with trespass after allegedly entering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.
Matthew H. Wrongski, 28, of Rumsey Street, Silver Creek, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly punching a security officer in the face.
Jason D. Kazmierczak, 27, of Meadow Drive, West Seneca, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly grabbing a chair from a Live Nation employee and attempting to punch him.
Paul R. Garland II, 33, of Brendel Avenue, Hamburg, is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after fighting with concert security and refusing to be taken into custody.
Scott G. Sosnowski, 20, of Piper Court, Alden, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.
Thomas W. Davis, 19, of Enwright Drive, Fairport, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.
Brett C. Goodrich, 19, of Acadian Rise, Fairport, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.
After the jump: The following people received citations for allegedly consuming alcohol under the age of 21.