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July 1, 2010 - 9:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire, Genesee County Airport.

An airplane engine is reportedly on fire at the Genesee County Airport.

The plane is on the ground.

Town of Batavia Fire is responding.

It's on the east runway.

UPDATE 9:47 p.m.: Engine 24 to proceed emergency, all other Town of Batavia units, non-emergency. Mercy EMS requested to the scene for victim with burn to his hands.

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July 1, 2010 - 6:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A Town of Batavia resident is accused of sexually abusing children in the City of Batavia.

Gary E. Draper, 57, of 9175 Batavia-Stafford Townline Road, Batavia, is facing three counts of sexual abuse, 1st, five counts of criminal sexual act, 1st, and two counts of sexual abuse, 2nd.

Draper was arrested on a warrant following an investigation by Batavia detectives.

He is accused of sexually abusing children from August 2008 and May 2009.

Draper was placed in Genesee County Jail without bail, awaiting arraignment in County Court on Friday.

July 1, 2010 - 3:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Oliver's Candies, military.


Bonnie Battaglia and John Quincey of Oliver's Candie's on West Main Street stand in the store with a certificate and flag that flew over Afghanistan.

The flag was presented to Oliver's by Bonnie's nephew, Matthew Graber, who was an Army Ranger in Afghanistan. It was a "thank you" for all the candy Oliver's sent to Graber and his comrades while serving in Afghanistan.

Graber is the son of Gary and Linda Graber of Darien and Shirley and Fred Ingles of Warsaw. He's currently stationed in South Africa.

The flag will fly over Oliver's on Fourth of July weekend.

"We're proud of the troops," Quincey said. "We're proud of what they do, so we're happy to support them."

July 1, 2010 - 3:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, walmart.

An unknown odor has been reported in the area of the loading dock of Walmart, 4133 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia.

The odor has apparently caused some nausea.

Town of Batavia Fire has been dispatched.

Personnel at Walmart declined an ambulance response, but a Town of Batavia chief requested Mercy EMS respond non-emergency.

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July 1, 2010 - 2:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county.

County government's aging phone system is on the fritz today.

The trouble started yesterday afternoon and may last through the weekend.

Calls to the main county building may not get through while the county's IT personnel and consultants try to figure out exactly what is causing the infrastructure to fail.

The phone problems have caused a few difficulties for emergency dispatchers, but the 9-1-1 system still works.

"We want our citizens to know our 9-1-1 system is still functioning," said County Manager Jay Gsell. "The Sheriff's Office is still out there and still able to take calls."

Getting calls through to other county departments, however, may be more difficult.

Gsell has no idea when the problem will be identified and fixed.

The phone system failure highlights the need for the county to upgrade its system.

On June 23, the County Legislature approved a $241,000 expenditure to replace lines and phone equipment at County Building #2 and other county buildings.

The current system is seven to 10 years old.

"That doesn't seem like a lot of time, but in today's communications environment, that's ancient," Gsell said.

July 1, 2010 - 1:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's is another Batavia favorite for pizza and wings. 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.

Sallome's Italian Deli, 40 Oak St., Batavia, NY: Wraps, subs, paninis and pasta as well as pizzas -- Sallome's offers a tasty variety of Italian deli items for eat-in or take-out. We have $10 gift certificates for $5 each.

Herbly Wonderful, 3701 Pearl St., Batavia, NY: Unique specialties for your home and garden, from floral arrangements, to heirloom vegetables, herbs, teas and spices. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. A great Valentine's gift!

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.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Give yourself the gift of flowers, or give to a friend. We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

NOTE: If you've never bought Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.

July 1, 2010 - 10:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, accident, byron.

A 26-year-old woman from Le Roy was charged with felony DWI last night after her car was destroyed by a train at the crossing on Caswell Road, Byron.

Jennifer Coombs was reportedly driving her 2002 Mercedes when it got hung up on the tracks.

A train struck and destroyed the car about 10:02 p.m. and Coombs and two passengers allegedly fled the scene.

Coombs was located by Sgt. Greg Walker a short distance from the scene.

She was also charged with unsafe lane change, unsafe tires and felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater.

(initial report)

June 30, 2010 - 10:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

Andrew Moss, a 24-year-old, second-year pro from Piedmont, Mo., dazzled at Dwyer Stadium tonight.

Moss went seven innings -- the typical NY-Penn League starter is pulled after five innings -- and surrendered not a single hit, and of course, no runs.

The Muckdogs notched a 3-0 victory, with Jose Rada tossing two scoreless innings, giving up one hit, and picking up his second save of the season.

Moss (2-1) lowered his ERA to 1.69.

Joe Bergman, 22 and in his first pro season, picked up two hits. The second baseman is now hitting .394.

Catcher Luis Miguel De La Cruz, a fourth-year pro from the Dominican Republic, and in his second tour with Batavia, homered and picked up two RBIs on two hits.

The Muckdogs are now 6-7 and open a three-game series against Auburn, also 6-7, on Thursday.

There is no home game on July 4, but there will be fireworks following the games on Friday and Saturday nights.

June 30, 2010 - 10:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron.

A train has reportedly hit a car at the railroad crossing on Caswell Road in Byron.

Byron and South Byron and Mercy EMS have been dispatched.

UPDATE 10:10 p.m.: CSX officials believe the car was unoccupied; however, the South Byron chief has asked an assistant chief to check the other side of tracks (than what he's on) for two young girls.

UPDATE 10:12 p.m.: An engineer reports seeing the two people running south on Caswell.

UPDATE 10:17 p.m.: A deputy has detained one female.

UPDATE 10:19 p.m.: The engineer saw two young women standing near the tracks. One had long blond hair and the other didn't. The deputy has detained the one who doesn't. The car is registered to an address in Monroe County.

UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: Byron back in service.

UPDATE 10:37 p.m.: The second occupent has been located, and a third occupent has been identified and found.

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June 30, 2010 - 3:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, Latina's.


If you noticed the bright red trucks of Scalia's Landscaping around Latina's today, don't get your hopes up that purported property owner Tom Lewin of Buffalo has suddenly taken responsibility for the rotting hulk of a former supermarket.

latinas_notice.jpgScalia's was hired by the city after LKLWL Properties allegedly failed to comply with a code violation posted on the building on June 24.

LKLWL Properties will be billed for the clean up -- which included weed abatement and hosing down the sidewalks, which were covered with gull poop, along with a $250 fine.

The city took the same enforcement action against LKLWL Properties last year. The city is also working on a court case alledging that the hundreds of gulls nesting on the roof of the former Latina's Food Store are creating an "unsanitary condition."

Neither court nor city officials were able to say today when that case might be heard in Batavia City Court.

For previous coverage, click here.

June 30, 2010 - 3:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Suzanne Corona.


Whether the Suzanne Corona case will lead to a constitutional challenge to New York's adultery law is not a given, according to her new attorney Brian P. Degnan.

After Corona appeared in Judge Michael Delplato's courtroom for the first time today after selecting Degnan to represent her (Degnan is the son-in-law of the original judge on the case, Robert Balbick), Degnan told reporters that he wants to examine a plea offer from the District Attorney's office and decide how to proceed from there.

coronacourt02.jpg"We have not reached a deposition in this case and I'm interested in whatever would enable my client to get the best disposition in her best interest at this time," Degnan said when asked whether he would persue a constitutional challenge to the adultery law.

He called the law bizarre and unusual, noting that it has been prosecuted only 13 times in New York since 1970.

Degnan would not discuss the specifics of the plea offer.

Even if the adultery charge were dropped, attorneys have told The Batavian on background that Corona, merely because she has been charged with the crime, could seek judicial review of the statute.

Today, in her second court appearance on the case, Cornona did not enter a plea to the adultery or public lewdness charges.

A hearing was set for Aug. 18, where Corona could either agree to any plea deal still on the table, or Degnan could begin filing pre-trial motions.

In court, Degnan said he may file a motion for the prosecution to produce any additional evidence it may not yet have turned over in the case. Degnan said the main issue is, he doesn't know whether there are recordings available of any 9-1-1 calls.

"I need to have all of the evidence before me so I can advise my client of the best avenue to take," Degnan later told reporters.

Corona, 41, is accused of engaging in a public sex act in Farrall Park in early June with Justin Amend, 29, of Oakfield.

Amend did not appear in court this morning, but his attorney did and said he's seeking a plea offer from the District Attorney's office.

June 30, 2010 - 2:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Police have been dispatched to a "public lewdness" complaint on West Main Street.

A man is reportedly mowing his lawn in the buff.

June 30, 2010 - 12:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Accused of arson and attempted murder, Rochester resident Andre L. Scott, 30, will take his case to trial Aug. 23.

Today was the plea-cutoff date. Scott's attorney, Thomas Burns, said his client is well aware of Judge Robert C. Noonan's strict deadlines for plea deals but still rejected a plea offer by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.

Friedman offered to reduce the charge to attempted arson, 2nd, a Class C felony with no sentence conditions.

Noonan also confirmed today that he denied defense motions to suppress some evidence gathered by Batavia Police detectives.

In his written ruling, Noonan wrote, "The Court therefore finds that, although the parole officers were cooperating with police investigating an arson, they were not acting solely on behalf of the police when seizing the defendant's cell phones and saliva samples."

Burns had argued that a search of Scott, his car and apartment were conducted at behest of the police and some of the parole officers' actions -- such as how the saliva samples were gathered -- were done entirely in the furtherance of the police investigation and not part of the functions of parole officers.

Scott is accused of starting a fire at 12 Elm St., Batavia, on Jan. 12, 2009, in an alleged attempt to kill the father of his recently estranged girlfriend.

For previous coverage, click here.

June 30, 2010 - 11:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield.

justin_amend.jpgThe attorney for Justin Amend, charged with public lewdness for his alleged part in a public sex act, plans to ask the District Attorney for a plea deal.

The 29-year-old Amend, of Oakfield, wasn't in court today, and his case was continued to July 27, giving attorney Tom Williams time to discuss the case with the DA's office.

Public lewdness is a Class B misdemeanor. It is the only charge Amend is facing from the alleged early June encounter in Farrall Park, Batavia, with alleged partner Suzanne Corona, so it wouldn't seem there is much room to bargain.

Williams said he didn't want to speak for the DA, but he mentioned as an example, the charge could be reduced to disorderly conduct.

"It's a B misdemeanor," Williams added. "It's less serious than stealing a candy bar. You can get a year in jail for stealing a candy bar. You only can only get 90 days for this."

If a deal isn't struck, Williams said, then the July 27 court date will be used for filing motions in preparation for a possible trial.

Corona, who is also charged with adultery, is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. today.

The case has brought an international spotlight to Batavia because the adultery charge is so unusual.

Television camera crews from Rochester were on hand for Amend's hearing this morning.

June 30, 2010 - 11:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.

Somebody reportedly forgot to put down the bed of a dump truck after it dumped its load at a construction site on the Thruway in Pembroke last night, according to State Police.

The driver of the truck, Sandra Palmer, 43, of Tonawanda, then proceeded West on the Thruway. Two miles later, the open bed of the truck struck the overpass of Route 77, causing the truck to rollover.

An emergency responder described the truck shortly after the 10:30 p.m. accident as "pretty well demolished."

The eastbound lane was shut down to set up a landing zone for Mercy Flight and Palmer was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center, where she is listed in fair condition this morning.

The truck was owned by Mallarie Entprises, Inc., out of Amherst.

An I-beam of the bridge was damaged, but a damage estimate was not available this morning.

June 30, 2010 - 7:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Woodrow C. Horseman, 34, no permanent address, is charged with three counts of harassment, 2nd. Horseman was first arrested by Batavia Police following a complaint of a man yelling at two women on Thorpe Street at 4:30 p.m, Tuesday. Horseman allegedly verbally threatened the two women. Horseman was issued an appearance ticket and released. At 8:40 p.m., Horseman allegedly threatened another woman at a residence on Lewis Place. Horseman was then arrested and jailed on $750 bail.

Kelly A. Donoghue, 26, of 6 School St., Le Roy, is charged with one forgery, 2nd, and attempted identify theft, 3rd. Donoghue is accused of entering the Le Roy Library on May 27 and assume the identity of another person by obtaining a fraudulent library card. Donoghue allegedly signed the name of the victim after showing the clerks a vehicle title and other personal papers in the name of the victim. Le Roy Police say that if Donoghue had received the card, Donoghue could have removed videos and other property from the library, and the card could have been used elsewhere as a form of I.D. Donoghue was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

June 29, 2010 - 10:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway, pembroke.

A tractor-trailer rollover accident has been reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 400 in the westbound lane.

Pembroke and Indian Falls Fire and Mercy EMS are being dispatched.

UPDATE 10:33 p.m.: The tractor-trailer is upside down, "pretty well demolished," under the Route 77 overpass. No other vehicles apparently involved. There is road construction in the area and construction workers were attempting to make contact with the driver.

UPDATE 10:36 p.m.: It's not a tractor-trailer. It's a dump truck. Mercy Flight requested to the scene. Dispatch reports Mercy Flight was started as soon as the call came in. A fire chief reports smoke coming from the engine.

UPDATE 10:39 p.m.: The westbound lane is being shut down to create a landing zone for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: Mercy Flight landed.

UPDATE 11:06 p.m.: Mercy Flight is in the air.

June 29, 2010 - 9:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, byron.


After completing some business in Byron, I wanted to take advantage of the great clouds in the sky and see what I could find to photograph. The barn and silo above was at the intersection of Bridge and Transit roads. Below, a barn in the village getting a new roof.





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