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January 8, 2012 - 8:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, alexander, wrestling.

Submitted by Andrea Aldinger.

The 12th Annual Alexander Green and Gold Wrestling Tournament proved to be an exciting day. Sponsored by Breton Construction, Hillside Electric and County Line Stone, the tournament had a round-robin format, and 12 area schools participated with more than 150 wrestlers. 

West Seneca East took away the Team Championship with Letchworth in 2nd, Alexander in 3rd and Attica in 4th place. Individual champions are:

  • 99 lbs. – Andrew Hollister, Perry
  • 106 lbs. – Bryan Ruggeri, Fairport
  • 113 lbs. – James Arao, Fairport
  • 120 lbs. – Carl Fantuzzo
  • 126 lbs. – Jon Bauer, West Seneca East
  • 132 lbs. – Tyler Aldinger, Alexander
  • 138 lbs. – Anthony Bell, Fairport
  • 145 lbs. – Austin Hedges, Letchworth
  • 152 lbs. – Ben Wilamowski, West Seneca East
  • 160 lbs. – Chris Nevinger, Letchworth
  • 170 lbs. – Austin Heberlein, Alexander
  • 182 lbs. – Jeff Day, Letchworth
  • 195 lbs. – Bryce Mazurowski, Avon
  • 220 lbs. – Corey Lapp, Attica
  • 285 lbs. – Dan Ognibene, Alexander

In the finals, to determine individual champions, were these matches of note:

  • 106 lbs. final between Bryan Ruggeri (Fairport) and Corey Hollister (Perry): Ruggeri pulled out an overtime win.
  • 126 lbs. consulation final between Jake Sepor (Pavilion) and Christian Hollister (Perry): Hollister was winning with 4 seconds left,; Sepor threw Hollister in a head lock to win the match and take 3rd.
  • 132 lbs. final: Tyler Aldinger (Alexander)  took a major decision 8 – 0 against West Seneca East’s Jason Draves.
  • 170 lbs. final was a fight to the bitter end as Austin Heberlein (Alexander) won in overtime against Jordan Lechner (West Seneca East) with a double leg take down.
  • 285 lbs. final was taken into double overtime as Dan Ognibene (Alexander) beat Shane Nelson with an Escape.

Other local wrestlers that placed were Nick Gaiser, of Attica, and Leah Taylor, of Alexander, Steve Strauchen, of Attica, and Spencer Kramell from Perry, Will Burke and Kelsey Patten, both from Alexander.

Most Outstanding Wrestler awards went to:

  • Light Weight – 106 lbs. Bryan Ruggeri, Fairport
  • Mid weight – 160 lbs. Chris Nevinger, Letchworth
  • Heavy Weight – 195 lbs. Bryce Mazurowski, Avon
January 8, 2012 - 3:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron.

A dog, described as a retriever, is in the water at Trestle Park, off Terry Street, Byron.

Byron fire is being dispatched to rescue the dog.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: The dog is out of the water. Fire response canceled.

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January 7, 2012 - 10:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, byron.

I went for a drive late this afternoon and came home with really only one decent picture. This is Moon over Walkers Corner Road.

January 7, 2012 - 7:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, sports, schools, pembroke, corfu.

Press Release:

Corfu, NY -- On Thursday, January 5, the Pembroke High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team took to the court for a, “Shooting for A Cure,” benefit basketball game against Attica High School.  Their goal was to raise money for breast cancer research.  On Friday, January 6 at 3 pm, the Pembroke High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team will appear at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to present hospital officials with the $4000 they  raised at their Shooting For A Cure Event.  The team will be make the presentation wearing their custom designed Shooting For A Cure pink uniforms, created exclusively by Impressive Marks.

The Pembroke Team partnered with a number of area businesses in their successful fund raiser including Impressive Marks, D & D Printing, Next Generation Vending, Pizza Pantry, Great Erie Federal Credit Union and SUBWAY®.  They were also supported by the internationally renowned, Walt Disney Company, who donated Disney Theme Park passes to be raffled at the game.  According to team’s coach, Mike Wilson, the event far surpassed the team’s initial goals.

“We are a small school in a rural district and our team has to consistently work to raise money for most everything we need, including our warm-ups and team sneakers,” Wilson said.  “But this time, the girls wanted to do something different, something they felt was truly helpful for our school and those affiliated with our Pembroke community who have been so widely impacted by breast cancer diagnoses. To their credit they put together an amazingly successful fundraiser in partnership with some very generous businesses and organizations.”

RPCI officially sanctioned “Shooting For A Cure,” and Cindy Eller, Executive Director of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, acknowledged the significance of the grass roots fundraiser.  “It’s wonderful when                young people, such as these Pembroke students, come together to make a difference in the lives of those facing cancer,” said Eller. “And for the girls to go out and enlist the support of businesses for donations to help raise such a significant amount of money, truly speaks to the character of the team, their families, the school and the Pembroke community at large. We are honored by their efforts in the name of critically needed breast cancer research.”

Local companies involved in Shooting For A Cure include Impressive Marks (creating custom designed apparel for Pembroke teams and fans,) D&D Printing, (providing game flyers, posters and programs,) Next Generation Vending (donating food to sell during the game,) Pizza Pantry (donating discounted pizzas for sale during game,) Great Erie Credit Union (donating popcorn for sale during the game) and Subway (donating drinks for sale during the game.)

January 7, 2012 - 6:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in contest, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

The winner of our Shop Batavia review contest is Toby Cook, of Byron.

Toby wins a $100 gift certificate to Valle Jewelers.

We conducted a random drawing of the more than 220 reviews left during the contest period, and Toby's review was the one selected.

Thank you to all who participated.

January 7, 2012 - 3:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime.

Opiates, whether in the form of prescription drugs or heroin, are an increasing problem in Genesee County, according to local law enforcement officials, and the desire of addicts to score is behind a lot of the property crime in the community, they say.

Sgt. Steve Mullen, of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force, confirmed in a conversation this morning that while the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has been a growing problem for a couple of years now, the use of heroin locally is something that is relatively new.

"In the last year, we've seen more heroin than ever," Mullen said. "We didn't see much heroin for years, but in the past year or 18 months we've seen a dramatic increase in heroin in the community."

Several property crime arrests recently seem tied to addicts trying to come up with the money to buy heroin, Mullen said.

"Whether it be an increase in burglaries out east, or all the car larcenies around Christmas, or petit larcenies, the majority of that is related to the abuse of drugs," Mullen said. "It allows them to continue to purchase their drug of choice."

And sometimes, the drug of choice is a substance that is legal with a prescription and potentially safe if taken as prescribed.

This includes hydrocodone and oxycontin, but Mullen said there has been an increase recently in abuse of Opana (oxymorphone).

While some addicts get hooked on these drugs because they're seeking a new high, prescription drugs have proven addictive for educated professionals who might first use them as they're legally intended (for reducing pain from a physical injury, for example).

People obtain the the drugs in a variety of ways, from stealing them (or trying to) from pharmacies, to taking them from a relative (either alive or recently diseased), or buying them from dealers.

There have also been medical professionals who write fraudulent prescriptions.

Some people figure out the system and go from doctor-to-doctor, county-by-county, getting multiple prescriptions written for bogus pain complaints.

"It's important for people to understand that just because pain pills are prescriptions, they're still opiate-based," Mullen said. "Just because it comes from a doctor doesn’t mean it doesn't carry the same addictive characteristics that heroin does and that it can't be abused or misused."

January 7, 2012 - 3:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, Oakfield.

Diana Beechler, the 24-year-old woman who lost part of her leg in a farm accident in Elba on Dec. 7, is back home and doing well, according to her sister, Elizabeth Austin.

"She's doing great," Austin said.

Beechler still has medical and rehabilitation expenses to cover, however, so friends and family have organized a fundraiser for 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Oakfield Fire Hall.

A Clor's chicken BBQ is being offered for $8.50 with tickets on sale now until Jan. 13 (no tickets will be sold at the door). There is also a 50/50 raffle planned along with raffle baskets.

The event will include a live DJ.

People who aren't interested in the BBQ are still welcome to attend the event, Austin said.

"A great big heartfelt 'thank you' to everyone for all there support, donations and well wishes," Austin said.

Arrangement for ticket purchases can be made by calling Diana at 297-5995 or Beth at 813-5531.

January 7, 2012 - 2:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Bethany.

In the early morning Friday, a 2005 CASE excavator was stolen from Holland High Lift on East Road, Bethany, and the Sheriff's Office is looking for information to help recover the excavator and identify the suspects.

A person or persons were seen loading the excavator onto a dual axle trailer being pulled by an extended cab pickup truck at 1 a.m., Friday.

The CASE is described as yellow and black with an extendable digging arm/backhoe with an 18-inch bucket. It has a small dozer-style blade and rubber dozer-style treads. The model number is CSX36B.

Holland High Lift is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) who stole the excavator.

People with information that may assist in the investigation can contact the Sheriff's Office at (585) 343-5000.

January 7, 2012 - 2:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.
Marsceill Kubis Wims
Hill Mayl Alllen

An investigation into dealing crack cocaine in Batavia has led to the arrest of six people, including two people who were arrested on similar charges in October.

Sgt. Steve Mullen, head of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force, said it didn't take long for Thomas L. "Blaze" Hill, 22, of Exchange Street, Rochester, and Jade Cierra Wims, 19, of Menlo Place, Rochester, to allegedly start dealing again once they were out of police custody (October's story).

"It's the pros and cons of living in a small community," Mullen said. "This is one of the pros, if you get busted once and start doing it again, it doesn't take long for the word to get out."

The six people -- four are accused of dealing crack -- were taken into custody Friday night and early Saturday morning after a search warrant was executed on a vehicle stopped on Manhattan Avenue and at an apartment at 174 Ross St., Upper.

The Ross Street residence appeared to be the base of operation for the alleged crack cocaine sales, Mullen said.

Task Force members stopped a car reportedly driven by Doris L. Mayls, 59, of Ross Street, and Mayls was allegedly found operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs and driving on a suspended license.

A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a quantity of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the vehicle, Ricky A. Marsceill, 47, of Ross Street, was allegedly found in possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

There was also a warrant for Marsceill's arrest out of the State of Florida for alleged violation of probation.

Task Force members with the assistance of Sheriff's deputies and Batavia PD entered the Ross Street residence and allegedly found Hill and Wims along with Marcus M. "Bling" Allen, 21, of Ferndale Crescent, Rochester, and Richard J. Kubis, 31, of Ross Street, Batavia, in possession of nearly an ounce of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,500.

Investigators also allegedly found a quantity of marijuana.


  • Hill is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Allen is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Wims is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Kubis is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Mayls is charged with criminal nuisance, 1st, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, aggravated unlicensed operation and criminally using drug paraphernalia, 2nd.
  • Marsceill was arrested as an alleged fugitive from justice based on the Florida warrant.

All six were arraigned in Batavia City Court and jailed without bail.

Marsceill was arrested in Batavia twice in 2010, once for alleged DWI, and in December 2010, Marsceill allegedly tried to flee when Det. Pat Corona attempted to arrested him on a warrant out of Florida.

In September 2010, Kubis was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly giving cigarettes to minors.

The status of the previous cases, including those against Thomas and Wims, are not available at this time.

January 7, 2012 - 12:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests.

I got a little held up in picking a winner for Week 17 of the Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge -- had a little technical challenge and needed to get some help from the company that runs the contest for us.

Plus, it's just been a heck of a busy week.

So, here's the winner: Joseph Duganier.

Joseph wins: One large cheese pizza with one topping. He has one week to claim his prize.

Oakland, in a losing effort to the San Diego Chargers (yay!), had the most offensive yards of the 10 teams contestants had to choose from and Joseph, who picked Oakland, was the random pick to win the contest.

January 6, 2012 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A motor vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1987 Chick Road in Darien.

A caller to dispatch reports "it's bad."

Vehicle is reportedly smoking and the caller is concerned about getting near it. There are people in the vehicle.

Darien fire and ambulance and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Deputy arriving on scene says "it looked like it rolled."

It may have hit a building.

Mercy Flight on ground standby. One person out of vehicle and walking but not responding appropriately.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m.: Only one occupant, and the person is out of the vehicle. The vehicle is not on fire.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Mercy Flight still on ground standby. One Mercy response cancelled, another continuing.

UPDATE 7:02 p.m.: Mercy Flight dispatched to a landing zone on Griswold Road, Darien.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Ten minute ETA for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Updated ETA of five or six minutes for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Darien fire is clearing the scene.

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January 6, 2012 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

An electrical wire is reportedly down across the roadway in the area of 26 Church St., Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 12:22 p.m.: It's not electric. It's cable. A firefighter is clearing the road.

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January 6, 2012 - 12:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, City Fire.

Engine 14 is out of service.

The 1989 Pierce Pumper was decommissioned last month and needs to be replaced, according to City of Batavia Fire Chief Jim Maxwell.

Maxwell prepared a memo for the city council to consider with options for replacing the pumper and explaining that the 23-year-old engine has proven increasingly unreliable.

"The unit since my arrival has been undependable when placed into service and has broken down during operations at two significant incidents," Maxwell wrote. "As we neared the end of 2011, it became evident that Engine 14 was not going to last until we took delivery of a new engine."

The city has been preparing for the retirement of Engine 14 and over the past four years has been able to set aside fire equipment reserves of $360,000.

The council will be asked Monday to decide whether to buy a new engine, buy a demonstration unit or buy a used piece of equipment.

City staff is recommending the city try to buy a demonstration unit.

Maxwell, in his memo, presented the pros and cons of each option.

For example, a new unit would be much more expensive, but could be outfitted exactly to city specifications and would come with a warranty.

With a used unit, you never know if you're buying somebody else's problems. There's no warranty. It would have a short life expectancy and would be outfitted to another department's specifications, but would be the least expensive option.

The demo unit is the middle ground -- less expensive than new, might need some equipment changes, but would still be under warranty and would likely be in service longer than used equipment.

When Engine 14 was inspected by Churchville Fire Equipment, inspectors found 51 deficiencies with the truck. Most of them could be fixed at a cost of $15,000 but the engine would still not meet National Fire Protection Association standards.

Until a replacement engine is purchase, the city is using a loaner from the City of Rochester Fire Department.

The department has two other trucks -- Ladder 15 and Engine 12, which go out on almost all city calls. Engine 14 was used for multiple-alarm fires, or when one of the other engines was being repaired or going through preventive maintenance, or when the city's Fast Team was called to the scene of a fire elsewhere in Genesee County.

January 6, 2012 - 9:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A man accused of violating probation in Taxes and captured in Batavia On Tuesday appeared in Genesee County Court Friday morning and waived his right to extradition proceedings.

Terry W. Strickland, 30, of 110 Lake Park, Waxahachie, Texas, is allegedly wanted in Dallas County for a probation violation stemming from a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Strickland could have insisted the governor of Texas produce a warrant for his arrest and challenge any evidence of the charges' validity.

Tuesday, Batavia police officers responded to a report of a domestic incident at a residence on Dewey Avenue and, after identifying Strickland, discovered the warrant.

January 6, 2012 - 8:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests, Shop Batavia.

There is just one day left in our contest:

You know there are local businesses that you just love -- tell us about them on Shop Batavia and you could win a $100 gift certificate from one of your favorite businesses.

Here's how it works: Register as a user on Shop Batavia then find the listing for your favorite business(es) and leave a five-star review.

On Jan. 7, we'll randomly select one of the reviews left on The Batavian and if you're the person who left the review, we'll buy you a $100 gift certificate to that business. (If that business doesn't offer gift certificates, we'll buy a gift certificate to another favorite business you reviewed).

So, head over to Shop Batavia, now and start leaving reviews.

January 6, 2012 - 12:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, pembroke.

The girls of the Pembroke High School basketball team were dressed in all pink uniforms Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd in their home gym.

The big turn out and the pink uniforms were part of a fundraiser called "Shooting for a Cure" to support breast cancer research

Proceeds are being donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Walt Disney Company donated a family 4-pack of 3-day tickets to their Disney Orlando Parks (value of $1,000) as the grand prize drawing. The winner was selected at half-time of Thursday's game, but we don't yet have the name of the winner.

Bottom picture, Bryan Wittman, global VP of Special Events for Disney, team captain Randi Dellapenta, April McMillion and Buster Bison, mascot of the Buffalo Bisons.

If you're unable to view the slide show, click here.

To purchase printed copies of the photos from this event, click here.

January 6, 2012 - 12:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A 46-year-old man released from the Ontario County jail on bail was arrested by Le Roy Police on Thursday and accused of stealing a purse Dec. 20 and using the credit cards at locations in Le Roy, Batavia and Rochester.

Charged with criminal possession, 4th, a Class E felony, is Richard A. Cooke, of 327 E. Main St., Waterloo.

Cooke has two prior felony convictions, according to Le Roy Police, and had recently posted bail in Ontario County following indictments on multiple charges unrelated to the Le Roy case.

Cooke allegedly stole a purse Dec. 20 from a business on Lake Street.

With the help of surveillance video and the assistance of the Monroe County Crime Analysis Center, Avon Police and the Ontario County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police and the Waterlook PD, Cook was identified as the suspect.

Further charges in Genesee County may be pending.

Following arraignment in Le Roy, Cooke was jailed without bail.

January 5, 2012 - 11:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, Bullying.

This video was produced by Ted Johnson, of Pavilion.

January 5, 2012 - 5:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that plans are under way to provide Urgent Care Services at the Jerome Center in Batavia.

“This continues United Memorial’s efforts to increase access to necessary health care services to residents of Genesee County,” said Mark Schoell, president and CEO.

United Memorial currently operates an Urgent Care Center on Tountas Avenue in Le Roy which opened in July 2010. Visits to United Memorial’s Urgent Care Center in Le Roy have grown from an estimated 3,500 to more than 6,000 annually. Analyzing patient demographics based on zip codes indicate that a great deal of that growth is from the Batavia area.

Urgent Care services are a cost effective and convenient way for patients to receive quality medical care when their primary care physician is unavailable and they do not want to spend time waiting in an emergency room to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury or illness. Co-payments for urgent care are typically less than emergency room co-pays.

UMMC’s Urgent Care Center in Batavia, like the center in Le Roy, will be well equipped to treat a variety of ailments, including: sprains and fractures; cuts and lacerations; animal and insect bites and stings; cold and influenza symptoms; ear infections; pneumonia; bronchitis; urinary tract infections; asthma; sore throats/strep and mono; and influenza vaccines.

Urgent Care at the Jerome Center will be supported by United Memorial’s state-of-the-art medical imaging services, the most advanced in Genesee County. The Jerome Center is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Batavia at 16 Bank St. It offers handicap accessibility, convenient parking, a gift shop and refreshment kiosk.

An opening date will be announced soon and is expected to occur in early spring.




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