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July 5, 2011 - 3:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A bicyclist from Erie County was injured late Monday morning when a car reportedly turned in front of him at the intersection of Alleghany and Sumner roads, Darien.

Mercy Flight was initially dispatched to the scene, but was canceled before arrival.

Transported by ground ambulance to ECMC was Albert W. Weber, 49, of Heise Road, Clarence Center. He was treated and released.

Cited for allegedly failing to use a turn signal was Lynn A. Pilc, 38, of Schoellkopf Road, Cowlesville.

Pilc was driving a 2008 Ford SUV northbound on Route 77 when she reportedly decided to make a right-hand turn onto Sumner Road.

Pilc allegedly turned in front of Weber's bike and he was apparently unable to avoid a collision.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Nathan Balduf.

July 5, 2011 - 2:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, Darien, Stafford.

Derek Todd Hanchett, 21, of Arnold Road, Elba, is charged with unlawful dealing with fireworks. Hanchett was charged following an investigation by Deputy Jason Saile about a complaint of loud fireworks at 1:33 a.m., Monday, in the area of 4238 West Ave., Elba. Hanchett was allegedly found setting off fireworks and in possession of fireworks.

Edward Woods, 18, of Vine Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Woods is accused of stealing money from Darien Lake Theme Park while employed at the park.

Nicole Lynn Poler, 26, of Zig Zag Road, Albion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or more and driving left of pavement markings. Poler was reportedly involved in a one-car accident in the area of 23 Allegany Road, Corfu, at 2:25 a.m. Saturday. The accident was investigated by Deputy Howard Carlson (initial report).

Benjamin Jeffery Kitanik, 26, of Maltby Road, Oakfield, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and driver's view obstructed. Kitanik was stopped at 2:25 a.m. Sunday on Route 77 in Darien, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Cody Lee Pahuta, 19, of Williams Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Pahuta is accused of shoplifting $22.88 in merchandise from Walmart.

Braydon Mitchell Edwards, 20, of Waterloo Street, Clyde, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under 21 years of age. Edwards was charged following an investigation into a disturbance at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Patrick Gregory Potwora, 26, of Horseshoe Lake Road, Stafford, is charged with a felony count of DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to keep right. Potwora was stopped at  1:52 a.m. Monday, in the area of 20 W. Main St., Batavia, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Chad Michael Henning, 18, of Main Street, Akron, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21. Henning was charged following a traffic stop at 12:38 a.m. Saturday by Deputy Jason Saile on Route 77, Darien. Henning was a passenger in the car and allegedly had a container of alcohol in his hands.

July 5, 2011 - 2:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car is on its roof in the area of 44 Lake St., Village of Le Roy.

All occupants are out of the vehicle.

No word on injuries.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance responding.

UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Traffic is being shut down on Route 19 in both directions at Mill and at Bacon streets.


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July 5, 2011 - 2:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

Two people were injured at 9:28 p.m. Monday, when the motorcycle they were riding on Creamery Road, Bergen, struck a deer.

Taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where they are listed in satisfactory condition, were Craig W. Stevens, 55, of West Sweden Road, Bergen, and Sharyn L. Stevens, 54.

Craig Stevens was driving his 2009 Honda westbound on Creamery Road when a deer attempted to cross the roadway. The bike collided with the deer, overturned onto its left side, ejecting both Craig and Sharyn. It then overturned onto its right side and slid further down the asphalt.

July 5, 2011 - 1:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Fraud.

The Sheriff's Office is warning area residents of a phone scam that has been hitting Genesee County and other parts of Western New York.

In this particular scam, a person receives a call on his or her mobile phone with a recorded message indicating that the person's HSBC account has been frozen. The message prompts the person to press a number to unlock the account.

"Residents are warned that is is a scam and they should hang up immediately and not respond to the recorded message," the Sheriff's Office release states.

The Sheriff's Office advises any HSBC customer concerned about their account to contact HSBC.

In general, readers should be wary of any unsolicited call prompting disclosure of personal or identifying information.

The FTC has a page on various types of phone fraud scams and how to guard against them.

July 5, 2011 - 1:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photo, Centennial Park, nature, trees.

Near the end of our visit to Picnic in the Park, I noticed a tree in the northeast corner of the park with this fungus of some sort growing on it. Rather interesting shape and texture.

July 5, 2011 - 1:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, picnic in the park.

Billie and I didn't get a chance to stop by Picnic in the Park at Centennial Park until later afternoon, but there was still plenty going on with live music, food and arts and crafts.

More pictures after the jump:

July 5, 2011 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

With more than 2,200 fans in Dwyer Stadium for baseball and fireworks, the Batavia Muckdogs mounted a three-run, eighth-inning rally to snatch a 3-2 victory over Mahoning Valley.

Starter Jonathan Cornelius went four innings without giving up a run, and only one hit, but did not figure in the decision. Relief pitcher Eric Binder picked up his second win of the year.

Danny Miranda completed his fourth save.

The Muckdogs are now 8-10 on the year and will taken on Mahoning Valley (10-7 and tied with Jamestown for first place in the Pinckney Division) again at 7 tonight at Dwyer Stadium.

Second-season Muckdog Mike O'Neill started the rally in the eighth frame with a walk, advancing to second on a fielder's choice when Joey Bergman, also a returning Muckdog, grounded out. 

O'Neill scored when Juan Castillo singled sharply to left field and Aaron Sillga misplayed the ball.

Two more errors added two more runs for Batavia when Jeremy Patton hit a grounder to right that right fielder Kevin Fontanez overran, allowing Castillo to score and Patton to take a charge at third base. He scored on a throwing error by second baseman Todd Hankins.

First baseman Romulo Ruiz had two hits, raising his season average to .308.

More pictures after the jump:

July 5, 2011 - 1:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, dwyer stadium, fireworks.

The Muckdogs put on a great fireworks display for July 4th. Here are a few pictures taken from inside Dwyer.

Later, I'll post pictures from the game and Picnic in the Park.

More pictures after the jump:

July 5, 2011 - 1:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A car has reportedly hit a cow on West Sweden Road, Bergen.

The cow has been hurt, but no occupants in the car believed injured.

Law enforcement in route.

UPDATE: A passerby was apparently able to identify the owner of the cow and has gone to notify the owner. There are apparently no human injuries.

July 4, 2011 - 1:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown.

July 3, 2011 - 6:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

City Fire Department is responding to a report of a house fire at 29 Burke Drive, Batavia.

Residents called dispatch and said they came home, opened the door and smoke was pouring out and the fire alarms were going off.

UPDATE 6:30: "Fire knocked down. Checking for extension."

UPDATE: At the time I left the scene, caused still not determined. Firefighters were ventilating the house before continuing investigation. The residents' pets were removed for their safety.


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July 3, 2011 - 12:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, music, entertainment, Ramble Music & Arts Fest.

Here's some pictures from the 2011 Batavia Ramble Music and Arts Fest held in downtown Batavia yesterday.

More pictures after the jump:

July 3, 2011 - 12:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A caller reports a column of black smoke in a field across the road from her house in the area of 9153 Warsaw Road.

The first chiefs on scene say there is a large amount of black smoke that seems to be coming from the area of East Bethany Road.

Trucks will be held in quarters until the location is determined.

Le Roy Ambulance also dispatched.

UPDATE: It's a controlled burn.


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July 3, 2011 - 2:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

A motor-vehicle accident has been reported in the area of 22 Alleghany Road, Village of Corfu.

Unknown injuries.

Corfu Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 2:36 a.m.: One lane of traffic shut down. No word on injuries, but it isn't sounding serious.


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July 3, 2011 - 12:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A caller reports heavy smoke coming from the grill area of 44 Main St., Batavia.

City Fire Department requested to the scene to investigation.

UPDATE 12:33 a.m.: Ladder 15 on scene. Nothing showing.

UPDATE 12:38 a.m.: Appears to be a grease fire under the grill. Firefighters will need to dismantle the grill to get to the fire.

July 3, 2011 - 12:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A car fire is reported at 157 Vine St., Batavia.

The caller reports wires in the engine compartment are burning.

City Fire Department is dispatched.

UPDATE 12:23 a.m.: Engine 12 and Ladder 15 were dispatched. Ladder 15 is returning to station.

UPDATE 12:32 a.m.: Engine 12 clears the scene, responds report of smoke at Wendy's.


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July 2, 2011 - 4:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A possible tractor-trailer fire is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 387.6. The vehicle is an orange truck with a box trailer. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

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