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February 21, 2011 - 11:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Scott C. Brown, 22, of 11 Wood St., Batavia, John C. Schurr Jr., 26, of 382 Garden Drive, Batavia, and Ashley M. Younke, 31, of 212 Trumbull Parkway, Batavia, are all charged with petit larceny and theft of services. The trio allegedly left Sport of Kings restaurant at 3:30 a.m., Sunday, without paying for food they ordered. They also allegedly left with several pieces of flatware. Officer Frank Klimjack reportedly observed the suspects' vehicle shortly after they left the restaurant. The flatware was recovered.

Ronald J. Scroger, 30, 52 Columbia Ave., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. He is accused of stealing clothing from Olympia Sports on Wednesday.

Eugene C. Rose, 36, of 230 Keystone St., Buffalo, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Rose was taken into custody by Buffalo PD on a warrant issued by Batavia City Court for allegedly violating an order of protection. Buffalo PD turned Rose over to Batavia PD and Rose was jailed without bail. Rose reportedly has prior felony convictions.

Loralyn L. Bateman, 34, 5 Edwards St., Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Bateman was stopped on Union Street at 1:50 a.m., Friday, by Officer Kevin DeFelice.

Marsha Jones, 56, of Wade Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with disorderly conduct. Jones was allegedly involved in an altercation at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Genesee Community College cafeteria with the assistant manager an employee there. Jones is accused of swearing at the assistant manager employee and then pushing a cart, causing items to fall off the cart and break.

Anthony C. Timberlake, 22, of North Street, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct. Timberlake is accused of being involved in an argument with a customer at the college cafe at 7 p.m., Thursday. Timberlake allegedly was swearing at the customer in front of witnesses.

February 21, 2011 - 10:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car reportedly crashed into some trees on West Bergen Road just south of the Thruway.

There are unconfirmed injuries.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 11:01 a.m.: No injuries. A fire hydrant was struck. Monroe County water being notified.

UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: Le Roy units back in service.

February 21, 2011 - 10:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Calvin Pangrazio, an employee of Sloat Tires, changes a tire on a Rent-A-Center truck in the Valu Plaza.

At least two vehicles had their tires slashed in the parking lot overnight, and there are also reports of tires slashed in the parking lots of City Centre, Walmart and  Batavia Downs as well as one report on a residential street. In all, as many as 10 cars appear to have been vandalized overnight.

Officer Jay Andrews said the two Rent-a-Center trucks each had two tires slashed, making the value of the damage more than $250 on each truck. That makes the alleged crimes Class E felonies, criminal mischief, 3rd.

Anybody with information about these incidents should call either Deputy Kevin McCarthy at 345-3000, ext. 3237 or the Batavia PD at 345-6359.

UPDATE 12:38 p.m.: A Sheriff's deputy dispatched to the Target parking lot for the report of another tire slashing.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.: An officer is sent to Bank Street Road to interview another person whose tires were slashed.

February 21, 2011 - 1:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

City police were dispatched about five minutes ago to the rear parking area of Blockbuster on Lewiston Road for a report of an employee's tire slashed.

Now a Sheriff's deputy is being sent to the same area (city limit is at Park Road) for more reports of slashed tires. It isn't clear from what we picked up off the scanner which parking lot this additional vandalism took place in.

UPDATE 1:49 a.m.: Apparently, the Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction on the customer parking lot on Lewiston. That is where all of the tires were slashed, including the one initially reported behind the building in employee parking.

UPDATE 1:59 a.m.: If I heard this right, now there's a report of a Jeep outside Sunny's (in the City Centre) with its tires slashed.

UPDATE 7:52 a.m.: The Sheriff's Office put out a news release confirming that the tires were slashed on three cars in the Batavia Downs parking lot on Park Road some time between 9 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Anybody with information is asked to contact Deputy Kevin McCarthy at 345-3000, ext. 3237.

UPDATE 8:04 a.m.: An officer handling another similar incident inquired with dispatch about other reports overnight. There was another car vandalized in the city that was reported early this morning and a car break-in on Park Road.

UPDATE 9:25 a.m.: Batavia PD dispatched to Batavia Commons and Valu Plaza for more tires slashed.

February 20, 2011 - 11:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.
February 20, 2011 - 9:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown, margarita's.

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant on Jackson Street has closed.

Owner Carlos Hernandez was not available for comment today.

NOTE: If you bought a Margarita's gift certificate from The Batavian within the past 30 days, return it to us for a refund. No refunds will be issued without return of the physical gift certificate and the purchase must have been made in the past 30 days.

February 20, 2011 - 9:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron.

A car has hit a tree and injuries are reported in the area of 6481 Byron-Holley Road, Byron.

Byron and South Byron Fire and ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: Byron chief reports minor injuries.

UPDATE 9:44 p.m.: All units back in service.

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February 20, 2011 - 6:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, weather.

From 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected to hit Genesee County overnight.

A winter weather advisory has been issue for 7 p.m. through 11 a.m. The heaviest snow fall is expected from between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Winds are expected to come from the northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

Photo: A dormant cornfield off South Main Street Road, Batavia, just before noon today.

February 20, 2011 - 6:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, fire.

An old barn -- the owner believes it was the oldest on Swamp Road -- was destroyed in a fire of undetermined origin this afternoon.

The barn was owned by Howard and Sandra Lee Brew, of 7557 Swamp Road, Bergen. Brew said he has lived on the farm, once owned by his father, his entire life. He's 67.

Bergen Fire Department along with mutual aid from several other departments (we don't have the complete list yet, but we believe it included Byron, South Byron, City of Batavia (Fast Team), Town of Batavia, Le Roy, Brockport, Churchville, Holley, Pavilion and York, which had a crew on standby in its hall.  The Sheriff's Office and Emergency Services were also on scene.

The initial call came in at about 12:50 p.m.

(Initial Report)

More pictures after the jump:

February 20, 2011 - 5:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in roundabout, Oak Street.

A police officer has been dispatched to the Oak Street roundabout to check on a report of a tan sedan going in circles through the roundabout, repeatedly, at a high rate of speed.

February 19, 2011 - 4:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Oak Street, code enforcement.

An Oak Street man with a fondness for waterfowl will get to keep his ducks and continue some of his hobbies in his yard, but with new restrictions.

As part of a plea bargain, Ron Graziaplena, of 172 Oak St., admitted to keeping debris in his back yard, a violation of city code, and agreed to a number of conditions on his continued ability to keep 10 mallard ducks as pets and grow tomatoes and build waterfowl-related projects.

The deal was worked out Friday afternoon over three and a half hours, at a time when his trial on numerous alleged code violations was scheduled. Almost all the negotiations were held in open court with Batavia City Court Judge Robert Balbick presiding.

Balbick told Graziaplena that he would be fair with him if Graziaplena made substantial progress toward complying with the plea agreement between now and his sentencing on April 15.

The main agreement regarding the ducks is that Graziaplena can keep only 10, except when there are hatchlings, which must be released in an Elba swamp owned by Graziaplena's family before Oct. 1 of each year.

A neutral, non-governmental, qualified inspector will visit the property twice a year -- on or about July 1 and on or about Oct. -- to ensure Graziaplena is maintaining only a 10-duck population and they are kept in sanitary, humane conditions.

Graziaplena will be required to build a six-foot-high stockade-type fence along his south property line from the garage to the back corner of the lot and for some distance along the back property line. 

He must also install a stockade-style gate across his driveway from the southeast corner of his house to his property line on the south.

The gate is intended to create a visual barrier for anything on his driveway, from construction materials for his projects and his tomato boxes.

Graziaplena prefers to work on his projects in the front yard. He can continue to do so during the day, but come nightfall, he will be required to put all construction materials behind the gate.

He must also keep his BBQ grill behind the gate rather than in the yard.

In recent months, Graziaplena has mounted a number of duck decoys atop 10-foot-high poles along his south property line, and more recently added waterfowl-themed wind vanes that he said he made.

He acknowledged that some of his neighbors are aggravated by the poles, but said the decoys are left over from his hunting days and just a symbol of his hobby. He said he plans to start selling the wind vanes.

"I've gotten many compliments on them, your honor," Graziaplena said. "Several of my friends want them for themselves. Perhaps you would like one?"

Balbick said he couldn't accept the offer.

The judge ordered that all of the pole structures be taken down before sentencing and that they remain down for at least the duration of Graziaplena's conditional discharge (a six-month period after his sentence in which Graziaplena must remain violation free to avoid having the original charges reinstated).

Graziaplena also keeps a boat on the north side of his house. He must either put a driveway on the north side to set the boat on or start keeping the boat on his south side driveway.

About a half dozen of Graziaplena's supporters were at the courthouse Friday, many of them planning to testify in the trial. One neighbor who is unhappy with the situation on Graziaplena's property attended the hearing.

"I want to see that property code compliant," Balbick told Graziaplena after accepting his guilty plea. "I'm not going to punish you just for the purpose of punishing you, but I do have an obligation to the people of this city to see that the yard is safe and there isn't debris strewn about throughout the yard and that the yard is sanitary."

Photos: Take at Graziaplena's residence on Friday.

February 19, 2011 - 10:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien.

UPDATED 11:15 a.m.

The body of 73-year-old Kimberly Drew was found in Murder Creek this morning, about 400 yards from where his ATV overturned Friday afternoon.

Drew was reportedly out on his property gathering maple sap for his syrup business when he apparently tried to cross the swollen creek, according to Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble.

Dibble said it was a portion of the creek he frequently crosses, but this time the waters were much higher than usual. It's unclear what happened at that point.

Drew, who lived on Broadway Road, is a former town supervisor, serving from 2000 through 2003.

"He was a very nice man, a good guy," said current Supervisor David Hagelberger. "The town would like to express our condolences to his family and friends."

According to Dibble, Drew left his house about 1 p.m.  He was scene by somebody about 2 p.m.  Concerned family members reported him missing at 5:20 p.m.  His ATV was found on a portion of Murder Creek near on the south side of Route 20 in the Harper Road area of Darien. The creek passes under Route 20 just west of Harper Road.

More than 50 volunteer firefighters participated in the search, which began about 6:30 on Friday, was suspended overnight and resumed at 7:30 this morning.

Drew's body was found at 8:40 a.m. on the side of the creek. Dibble said the water receded overnight making the search easier.

In all, seven fire companies participated, including Darien, Corfu, East Pembroke, Alexander, Alden, Crittenden, Attica and Bennington. Genesee County Emergency Services and Sheriff's Office also participated in the search. During Friday's search, Mercy Flight was in the air for about 30 minutes before winds forced the helicopter back to base. Water rescue teams from East Pembroke and Alden helped in the search.

"It was a team effort," said Darien Chief Dale Breitwieser.

The cause of death has not yet been determined. Dibble said it's not known at this time if Drew sustained injuries in the accident or if there was another medical issue that precipitated the accident.

February 19, 2011 - 8:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather.

The roof on the Kwik Fill at Jackson and Ellicott streets, Batavia, was peeled right off by strong winds this morning.

The incident was reported at 6:23 a.m.

City fire responded.

An electrical line was arcing so National Grid was called in to shut off power.

There is a wind advisory in place until 6 p.m 

The wind may hamper search efforts for the missing man in Darien.  It's possible that any aircraft that could be used to assist in the search will be grounded due to high winds.

Scattered snow showers are expected throughout the day.

February 18, 2011 - 11:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien.

The search for a man reported missing in Darien has been scaled back for the night and will resume at 8:30 a.m.

The 73-year-old man was reported missing late Friday afternoon. His ATV was found in a creek behind My Saloon of Route 20 near Harper Road.

Water rescue teams from Alden and East Pembroke fire departments participated in the search and will return in the morning.

Darien fire along with Alexander and Corfu fire departments are participating in the search.

Overnight, a smaller search team will remain in the area, periodically checking the creek, according to Tim Yeager, emergency management coordinator.

The Office of Emergency Services along with State Police and the Sheriff's Office are also taking part in the operation.

(Initial Report)

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February 18, 2011 - 4:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Corrections.

Yesterday, in our story on the scuffle at the DSS office, we identified the suspect as Steven Joseph. His correct name is Steven Joseph Mancuso-Haitz.

We also said he was a resident of a complex called Mancuso Heights in Stafford.

It is unlikely there is a development in Stafford called Mancuso Heights, or even in the Town of Batavia, as one of our readers suggested this morning.

Mancuso-Haitz is apparently homeless and had only recently arrived in Batavia on a bus from Florida.

I'd feel a lot worse about this, but the Batavia Daily News reporter misunderstood the information in the same way I did.

I ran into one of the deputies from the scene at the courthouse this afternoon and as we discussed the confusion, it was clear how it came about. We all, I'm sure, regret the error.

February 18, 2011 - 12:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Grand Jury.

Adam R. Kopp is indicted on charges of burglary, 2nd, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 5th, and petit larceny. Kopp is accused of entering a residence on Bloomingdale Road, Alabama, on Jan. 12, with the intent of committing crimes once inside. On that date, he is accused of possessing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. He is accused of stealing on that date hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets.

Shawn R. Hugar is indicted on charges of DWI as a misdemeanor, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and aggravated DWI ("Leandra's Law"). Hugar is accused of driving drunk on Aug. 23 in the Town of Darien while a child less than 15 years old was in the vehicle.

Lynn A. Hertweck is indicted on charges of DWI as a felony and driving with a BAC of .18 or greater as a felony. Hertweck is accused of driving drunk on Oct. 3 on Route 19, Town of Bergen.

February 18, 2011 - 12:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, pembroke.

Dustin M. Locicero, 26, formerly of 16 Gibson St., Bergen, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, and four counts of identity theft. Locicero, currently an inmate at the Elmira Correctional Facility, is accused of possessing a stolen credit card at the Wilson Farms store, 8132 Buffalo Road, Bergen, on March 18, and allegedly using it to make three separate ATM withdrawls and one merchandise purchase. The investigation was conducted by Deputy Dana Richardson and Investigator Timothy Weis.

Stephen John Farrell, 44, of the Bare Hill Correctional Facility, Malone, is charged with burglary, 3rd, and criminal mischief, 4th. Farrell is accused of using force to enter a Bergen business during the early morning hours of Feb. 11. The entry door was damaged. Farrell was arraigned in Genesee County Court and bail was set at $10,000.

Cody James Sundown, 20, of Sailles Plank Road, Irving, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Sundown was arrested on a bench warrant out of Town of Pembroke Court. Sundown is accused of damaging another person's vehicle on Nov. 27.

Matthew Scott Williams, 23, of 21 Maple St., upper, Batavia, is charged with a violation of probation. Williams was taken into custody at 7:47 p.m., Thursday. Williams was wanted on a bench warrant out of Town of Elba Court. He was jailed on $5,000 bail. (For previous arrest reports on Williams, click here.)

February 18, 2011 - 12:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire, Tracy Avenue.

A futon caught on fire this morning at 29 Tracy Ave., but the apartment was not damaged.

The initial alarm came in around 10 a.m. and city firefighters responded.

Firefighters found the futon outside the apartment, where the resident had dragged it.

According to Lt. Jay Steinbrenner, the resident was apparently smoking on the futon when he fell asleep. When he woke up, he tried putting the fire out himself. He apparently tried a few times, according ot Steinbrenner.

"This apparently went on for an hour and a half," Steinbrenner said.

When the futon flamed up pretty good, the resident dragged it outside and called 9-1-1.

February 18, 2011 - 11:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, weather.

It's 50 degrees, the skies are clear, the sun is out -- yeah, sure, it's windy, but surely this is a sign of early spring, right?

Don't get your hopes up.

By 9 p.m., temperatures are expected to dip to 36 degrees, and it will be below freezing by 10 a.m.

There's a 50-percent chance of snow over night.

The the next 10-day forecast shows nothing much above 30 degrees.

BTW: There's also a wind advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Winds will be 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 55 mph.




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