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January 18, 2011 - 6:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Emergency Services.

Genesee County will receive a $29,195 state grant to help authorities deal with pets during major emergencies.

Acceptance of the grant was approved by the County Legislature's Public Service Committee today.

In 2010, the Office of Emergency Services drafted an emergency response plan for the county that would cover a range of contingencies for natural and man-made disasters. Part of the plan involves dealing with pets' safety because people often won't evacuate a dangerous location if it means leaving pets behind.

While voting in favor of the grant acceptance, committee Chairman Jay Grasso expressed concern that the government was spending money on pets in current economic conditions.

"Don't get me wrong," Grasso said. "I love my dogs. They won the dog lottery with me. But in these tough economic times, I just don't understand spending money on pets."

The grant is funded by the NYS Division of Homeland Security.

It will be spent on the purchase of mobile pet-sheltering equipment and training.

The emergency pet plan is being developed in conjunction with regional emergency partners Wyoming and Orleans counties.

January 18, 2011 - 4:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, missing children.

missing_davis.jpgAuthorities are asking for help in locating a missing youth who may be in Batavia.

Nathaniel Davis, 15, may be in the company of a 17-year-old girl.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Davis reportedly is a runaway.

He is described as black with brown eyes, 5' 3", 175lbs.

Anybody with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-346-3543.

January 18, 2011 - 4:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

mug_doris_castle.jpgA 48-year-old woman is facing two felony charges, accused of stealing $6,172 from her employer, a child-care facility.

Doris M. Castle, of 8325 Vallance Road, Le Roy, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd, and falsifying business records, 1st.

Castle is accused of pocketing funds from clients who paid in cash for child-care services.

Det. John Condidorio said Castle also allegedly altered a cash receipt journal in order to try and cover up her alleged thefts.

Castle was releasedon her own recognizance.

January 18, 2011 - 4:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

mug_patrick_donahue.jpgA 21-year-old Batavia man has been accused of forcibly raping a 30-year-old woman.

Charged with rape in the first degree is Patrick J. Donahue, of 44 Williams St.

He was jailed without bail following arraignment today in City Court.

He is accused of raping a woman at a residence on Walnut Street the evening of Jan. 10.

January 18, 2011 - 12:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Suzanne Corona.

UPDATED 1:31 p.m.

Suzanne Corona, 42, was back in police custody today after allegedly trying to steal a flower arrangement from Batavia Stage Coach Florist & Gifts in the Genesee Country Mall.

stagecoach01.jpgCorona is charged with petit larceny.

During her arraignment in Batavia City Court this afternoon, Judge Robert Balbick said Corona is accused of stealing a table-top floral arrangement with a light in it valued at $20.

Corona has been given time to meet with a public defender before entering a plea. She is scheduled to reappear in city court on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Corona was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Outside of the courthouse, Corona said, "What can I say? My life is a mess and I overreact in the wrong direction."

The Batavia resident made international news last summer when she was charged with public lewdness and and adultery for engaging in sexual activity with 29-year-old former Oakfield resident Justin Amend in Farrall Park. 

Corona eventually entered a guilty plea to public lewdness and was placed on probation.

Today, Corona entered the florist shop, according to owner Loretta Delpriore, and had a couple of items in her hand when Delpriore went into a back room for a phone call. When she came out, Corona was gone and so were the flower arrangements, the owner said.

Delpriore called police, identifying Corona by name as the suspect.

"I know who she is," Delpriore said. "I think everybody knows who she is."

Meanwhile, Amend, who admitted to public lewdness, is currently wanted on a bench warrant after reportedly moving to Florida before his sentencing.

January 18, 2011 - 11:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime.

Three people who may be suspects in some recent church burglaries here were chased into a swamp by Monroe County deputies yesterday.

The three suspects were allegedly in a stolen Jeep being chased by a deputy on Route 441 when it crashed near Dublin Road in Penfield. The suspects then tried to escape through a swamp.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster confirmed this morning that the suspects may be connected to some church burglaries in Genesee County.

The investigation is ongoing and Brewster said more information would be released as the case develops.

Arrested in Monroe County were Juan Morales, 21, Abner Santiago, 28, and Jose Morales, 16, all of Monroe County.

The trio was arraigned on burglary, 3rd, charges for allegedly breaking into the Church of the Resurrection on Mason Road in Perinton earlier Monday morning. The allegedly stolen Jeep was reportedly seen fleeing from the scene after deputies responded to a burglary alarm.

More from the Democrat and Chronicle.

January 18, 2011 - 10:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: What better way to brighten your home or office for the holidays than with flowers? We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Exercise your soul as well as your body in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We have a gift certificate for three weeks of yoga, 3 classes, a $30 value, for $15.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; new all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

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.

Scratch Bakery, 24 Main St. Le Roy, NY: A real bakery right in Genesee County. Scones, cookies, cakes, breads, rolls and more. Call ahead, 297-2441, for availability or special orders. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

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.

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January 17, 2011 - 7:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield, Darien, Le Roy, Pavilion.

Rebecca A. Chatley, 19, of 61 Mill St., Le Roy, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Chatley is accused of going through the purses of fellow employees at a business in the Village of Le Roy. When confronted, Chatley was allegedly found in possession of another employee's debit card. Chatley was released on an unspecified amount of bail.

Melissa Ann Peterson, 25, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. A complainant reported on Dec. 22 that Peterson failed to return a set of keys. Peterson reportedly denied repeatedly having the keys, stating adamantly, according to a Sheriff's Office release, that she returned the keys.  Peterson then later turned the keys over to the Sheriff's Office.

Summer Ogden, 34, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, who has a previous conviction for criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, is charged with resisting arrest, attempted criminal mischief, 4th, and criminal tampering, 3rd. Ogden was reportedly being held in Wyoming County Jail for an unrelated incident. A warrant was issued for her out of Town of Batavia Court on the listed charges. (Previous Reports)

Assante Darrell Huggins, 18, of Brunswick Boulevard, Buffalo, is charged with petit larceny. Huggins was arrested on a Darien Town Court warrant following his release from the Erie County Holding Center on an unrelated charge. Huggins was jailed on $500 bail.

Kipa Luii Limonti, 39, of Roebling Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and no vehicle inspection. Limonti's vehicle was stopped by a State Trooper for alleged traffic violations at 12:40 p.m., Jan. 3, on Park Road, Batavia. The vehicle allegedly had a 2009 inspection sticker and a bald front right tire. Deputy Brian Thompson provided backup for the trooper and his K-9 "Pharaoh" allegedly alerted on the vehicle and Limonti was allegedly found in possession a small amount of marijuana.

Phylicia L. M. Carey, 18, of North Street, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, and driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Carey was reportedly involved in a two-car accident on Church Street. Carey's car reportedly hit a parked car and then a utility pole. Carey was arrested by Le Roy Police.

Dennis Kaijage Stambuli, 18, of Sutton Park Road, Poughkeepsie, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Stambuli was allegedly found in possession of marijuana by Deputy Kevin McCarthy, who responded to a complaint of a loud party in the Village of Oakfield at 9 p.m., Jan. 14. A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana at the same time.

Angela Maria Draper, 34, of Transit Road, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, and moving from lane unsafely. Draper was allegedly involved in a one-car accident at 2:47 a.m., Saturday, on Route 63. Her car reportedly went into a ditch and struck a mailbox. The accident was investigated by Deputy Howard Carlson.

Scott E. Clark, 49, of 172 1/2 South Main St., Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and speed not reasonable. Clark was reportedly involved in an accident at 10:30 p.m., Friday, on Ellicott Avenue near Washington Avenue, Batavia. Clark's car reportedly slid into a curb and rode up the guide wire of a utility pole, coming to rest on its side. Clark was not injured in the accident. (Initial Report)

January 17, 2011 - 3:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, volunteers.


Volunteers from RSVP and Americorps were at the Batavia Senior Center today to make blankets to donate to the Agri-Business Child Development Center. Volunteers were also asked to make greeting cards for military personnel.

Above from left, Darian Ely, of RSVP, Loren Penman and Kellie Fairchild work together to make a blanket.

January 17, 2011 - 3:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, YWCA.


About 70 people were on hand at the YWCA on North Street today to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and give tribute to his legacy.

Alex Nesbeth, below, read King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Above, Grace Marthrel sings a gospel song with Raymond Doward on piano. After the jump, another picture of Marthrel and Doward as well as one of Marthrel singing with her daughter, Lashonna Mims.

Marthrel gave an outstanding gospel performance. She said she sings regularly at the Prayer Room Church of Christ on North Lyon.


January 17, 2011 - 3:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, weather.


It's been a beautiful day, even if a bit cold -- my truck's thermostat read 8 degrees this morning. Too much work to do today to get out and shoot a lot of pictures, but still taking advantage of the nice sky.

Above the white barn of Partridge Farm on Ellicott Street Road and below, the cement plant of Bonsal American on Cedar Street.

Weather through tonight, cloudy, with a chance of snow overnight. Tomorrow, warming considerably (into the 30s) with an 80-percent chance of rain, and then back to snow on Thursday.


January 17, 2011 - 2:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A two-car accident is tying up traffic a bit in the area of 375 W. Main St., Batavia.

It is believed there are no injuries, though there are unknown type fluids leaking from at least one car.

City Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

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January 17, 2011 - 12:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

South Beach, 59 Main St., Batavia, NY: Try the new lunch buffet. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50 (must be used by Feb. 28, 2011).

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

The Daily Grind, 85 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: For Batavia's finest coffee, smoothies, as well as fast and convenient breakfasts and lunches, stop into The Daily Grind. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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January 16, 2011 - 4:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, youth, sports, hockey, Harvester Avenue.


Area youngsters were able to get in a little hockey practice today on Harvester Avenue, where resident Kevin Hamilton built a small hockey rink. Hamilton, who coaches two youth hockey teams, said he constructed the rink out of a wood frame, a plastic sheet base and slowly builds up the ice over time, adding a little water over several days.

January 16, 2011 - 3:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, terry hills, Bridal Show.


Organizers were pleased with the early turn out at the debut Bridal Show at Terry Hills today. Vendors from Genesee County were on hand to display for prospective brides, grooms and their parents what they offer to ensure the special day remains special.

The show continues until 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

Above, Steve Valle talks with customers about what Valle Jewelers has to offer.


More pictures after the jump:

January 16, 2011 - 10:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, arts, theater, entertainment, WNY Arts Society.

An original Broadway cast member of "RENT," Gwen Stewart, was back in Batavia this weekend, making a side trip while visiting friends in Buffalo, to catch the local performance of the hit musical. Stewart joined the WNY Arts Society cast on stage for one of the production numbers.

WNYAS's final performance of "RENT" is today at 2 at the Ross Street Performing Arts Center, Batavia Middle School, 96 Ross St., Batavia.

The Batavian still has a few specially discounted tickets available. Click here for more information.

January 15, 2011 - 6:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, thruway.

A car is reportedly on fire on the Thruway near mile marker 397.4.

It appears the car is in an eastbound lane, though at least a couple of callers have said westbound.

East Pembroke Fire is responding.

UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: A chief on scene reports a fully involved car fire.

January 15, 2011 - 4:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, weather.


We've had pretty steady snowfall today, but nothing to the level that would warrant the National Weather Service to put out an alert or an advisory. Intermittent snow showers are expected to continue into the evening.

The weather seems to have contributed to a number of fender-benders this afternoon.

I went out to Le Roy today and on the route back, I came down Randall Road.





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