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June 21, 2010 - 12:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien, brad paisley.

The following are arrests from Friday's Brad Paisley Concert at Darien Lake:

James P. Balcom, 34, of Schutt Court, Grand Island, is charged with disorderly conduct. Balcom is accused of fighting with security. He was jailed on $250 bail.

Matthew G. Costanzo, 27, of Fletcher Street, Tonawanda, is charged with disorderly conduct. Costanzo is accused of fighting with security. He was jailed on $150 bail.

Samuel M. Muscarella, 23, of Exchange Street, Alden, is charged with assault, 3rd. Muscarella is accused of punching another person in the face, causing a cut above his eye requiring stitches. Muscarella was jailed on $250 bail.

Dayna L. Maimone, 22, of Viking Circle, Webster, is charged with trespass. Maimone allegedly re-entered the concert venue after being ejected.

Kevin G. Manners, 39, of Crandal Ave., Kendal, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Manners allegedly hit a security guard will being ejected from the concert venue.

(Name Redacted), 20, of Patricia Lane, Cheektowaga, allegedly hit another person in the throat (charge not listed in release).

Casie Jo Clearwater, 20, of Patricia lane, Cheektowaga, charged with two counts of harassment, 2nd. Clearwater is accused of hitting two people while inside the concert venue.

Stephen P. Wagner, 19, of East River Road, Rush, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Plus 32 people were issued citations for allegedly consuming alcohol under age 21. Names listed after the jump:

June 21, 2010 - 11:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

A 20-year-old driver heading north on Route 98 in Elba on Friday says he was "daydreaming" and didn't see a car stopped ahead of him. The lapse of attention led to a rear-end accident that sent one person to the hospital.

The accident at 4:49 p.m. injured 65-year-old Charlene Worthington, a passenger in the stopped vehicle.

Cited for allegedly following too closely was Daniel J. Quatro, of 3709 Riches Corners Road, Albion.

The driver of the other car was June D. Boldt, 55, of Elba.

June 21, 2010 - 11:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, byron, alexander, pembroke, Bethany, Stafford.

Lucinda Dawn Barber, 40, of 141 Tracy Ave., Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Barber is accused of stealing another person's wallet while in a check-out line at Walmart. Barber was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Robert J. Eppolito, 27, of 41 Maple St., Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harrassment, 2nd. Eppolito allegedly pushed a person while that person was holding an infant. He was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Gregory Robert Lyons, 21, of Dry Bridge Road, Alexander, is charged with trespass. Lyons was allegedly operating an all-terrain vehicle on the old railroad bridge over Creek Road.

Kevin J. Compton, 48, of 9791 Clipnock Road, East Bethany, is charged with DWI. Compton was stopped at 2:10 a.m., Sunday, on Lake Street for alleged failure to use a turn signal.

Adam M. Kreutz, 21, of Byron-Holley Road, Byron, is charged with a felony count of DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and felony unlicensed operation. Kreutz was stopped at 2:04 a.m., Saturday, by Sgt. Greg Walker on Route 237, Stafford.

Stacey Jean Donahue, 36, of Cook Road, Byron, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Donahue is accused of striking another person in the face.

Michael S. Miller, 24, of East Eden Road, Eden, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely. Miller was stopped at 1:05 a.m., Saturday, by Deputy Chris Parker on Route 5, Pembroke.

Thomas M. Cromey, Jr., 33, of Chili-Riga Center Road, Rochester, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to keep right. Cromey was stopped at 12:07 a.m., Saturday, by Deputy Chris Parker, on Route 237, Stafford.

Ashleigh Lynn Daniels, 22, of Kent Road, Kent, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and speeding. Daniels was stopped at 12:36 a.m., Saturday, by Deputy James Diehl on Route 33, Pembroke.

June 21, 2010 - 8:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Baseball Muckdogs, sports.

The Batavia Muckdogs (2-1) put 10 runs on the board in Auburn on Sunday to edge out the Doubledays (1-2), 10-8.

Victor Sanchez, Patrick Biserta, Matt Valaika each contributed a pair of RBIs while outfielder Jon Edwards smacked two doubles in a three-hit performance.

Anthony Ferrera (1-0) picked up the win in five innings of scoreless relief. Starter Matthew North lasted only one-and-a-third innings, yielding six runs.

June 21, 2010 - 8:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

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!

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Get started on your spring gardening projects. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

The Mane Attraction, 99 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: The Mane Attraction is a spa and salon offering pedicures, manicures, hair styling and massage. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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.

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 four weeks of yoga (four sessions), a $40 value, for $20.

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

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


June 20, 2010 - 9:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

A possible semi-truck vs. car accident has been reported in the area of 3336 Genesee St., Corfu.

There is possible entrapment.

Darien Fire is being dispatched.

UPDATE 10 p.m.: The only injury reported is a cut arm. There is a travel trailer involved. Route 33 is blocked.

UPDATE 10:04 p.m.: The entrapped driver may have numbness in the lower part of his body. Mercy Flight is being checked for availability.

UPDATE 10:09 p.m.: Mercy Flight is responding.

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June 20, 2010 - 9:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Gardening, roses.


This is a bloom from the John Kennedy Rose in my yard.

June 20, 2010 - 9:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos.


I've driven past the old Batavia Motel many, many times, and I never thought of it as a photo opportunity until today.

June 20, 2010 - 6:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, sports, carriage racing.


Competitors from throughout Western New York -- and even West Virginia -- were at Silver Shoe Farms on Pratt Road, Batavia, today for carriage driving races.

Nicole Cable said this is the third year Silver Shoe has hosted the event.

The races feature two- and four-wheel carriages, some of them antiques -- remnants of the pre-automobile era.

Cable, 29, started carriage racing when she was 9. She now teaches carriage driving at the farm.

Competitors were ages 9 and up and both men and woman. Horse sizes ranged from 32-inches tall to 16 hands.

More photos after the jump:

June 20, 2010 - 4:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

Pembroke Fire has been dispatched to an unknown type accident incident off the roadway in the area of 8755 South Lake Road, Corfu.

A chief is walking to the scene. He's requested a check on the availability of Mercy Flight and has requested a four-wheeler be dispatched to the scene.

UPDATE 4:49 p.m.: Emergency personnel are still trying to reach the victim. Mercy Flight is being dispatched to the Pembroke Fire Hall to stand by at that location.

UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: Four-wheelers are starting down the four-wheeler path, which is apparently the only route into the scene, which is well into the woods. The victim has been located.

UPDATE 4:56 p.m.: This is not a vehicle accident. A middle-aged man collapsed while climbing over a log. Mercy Flight will land at the Pembroke Hall. 

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June 20, 2010 - 2:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Rotary, photos, Fly-In Breakfast.


The Batavia Rotary Club honored its Father Day's tradition by sponsoring its annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Genesee County Airport.

Once again, hundreds of people turned out, including a number of pilots with their planes.

More photos after the jump:

June 20, 2010 - 1:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports, Nick Longmire.


The Cardinals 2010 5th-round draft pick, Nick Longmire, provided just about all the offense the Batavia Muckdogs (1-1) needed to win their home opener 7 to 5 over the Auburn Doubledays (1-1).

Longmire hit his first professional home run as well as two doubles and a sacrifice fly to produce 6 RBIs.

More than 1,400 of your friends and neighbors were on hand for the opener.

The winning pitcher was Andrew Moss, of Piedmont, Mo., who scattered five hits over five innings and gave up only one run. Moss (1-0), in his second tour with Batavia, walked one and struck out five.

Jose Gregorio Rada, of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, picked up his first save of the season.

Batavia travels to Auburn tonight for a 6:05 p.m. game. The next home game is Saturday, June 26, at 7:05 p.m. against Scranton.



More pictures (including fan pictures)  after the jump:

June 20, 2010 - 1:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, sports, soccer.


Local youth soccer players were at the new soccer fields on Bank Street Road today for a tournament.


More pictures after the jump:

June 20, 2010 - 12:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Stafford, Stafford Fire Department.


There was no shortage of fun at Saturday's carnival in Stafford. The Stafford Fire Department will open the fair again on Sunday, culminating with the drawing in its annual Corvette raffle.

More pictures after the jump:

June 19, 2010 - 1:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

Muckdog logo B.jpgAs the Batavian Muckdogs head into their 2010 home opener at Dwyer Stadium, the team will feature a roster stacked with experience.

The majority of players on the 30-man roster has prior minor league experience, with a few familiar names to Muckdog fans.

Topping the list of familiar names are Alan Ahmady and Jon Edwards.

Ahmady was a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star for the Muckdogs, hitting .292 with a .409 on-base percentage with 32 RBI and 42 runs scored.

Ahmady suffered an off-season set back when he tested positive for amphetamines. Ahmady told his hometown paper that when he was asked to start doing some catching, he felt he needed to get back on medication for attention-deficit disorder.

Right fielder Edwards was part of the 2008 championship team, hitting .304 with 6 HR and 16 RBI. In 2009, Edwards split time between Batavia and Quad Cities. While he smacked 13 HRs (11 in Quad Cities), he hit a disappointing .205. Edwards was a 14th-round pick in 2006. This is his third trip through Batavia.

Among the fresh new faces is Nick Longmire, a native of San Diego, who was selected in the 5th round this June by the Cardinals. As the highest draft pick on the squad, Longmire is expected to patrol center field.

Other players from last year's Muckdogs roster include pitcher LaCurtis Mayes and catcher, Luis De La Cruz, who was also part of the 2008 championship team.

Manager Dann Bilardello is in his first season with the Muckdogs. A first-round pick of the Dodgers in 1979, Biladello spent MLB time with the Reds, Expos, Pirates and Padres.

Game time tonight is 7:05. The first 1,000 fans will receive schedule magnets.

June 19, 2010 - 12:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, Jackson Square, music, entertainment, polka.


Polka is one of those musical styles that just unavoidably brings a smile to your face. It was an appropriate choice to kick off a fun concert season in Jackson Square on Friday evening. And the Bedrock Boys didn't disppoint.

For more on upcoming shows, check the Jackson Square ad on the right side of the page. The series includes blues, rock, country and jazz and continues through August.

More pictures after the jump:

June 19, 2010 - 11:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Stafford.


Every year, the Le Roy Fire Department walks with its antique, used-to-be-horse-drawn pumper and fire hose to Stafford for the Stafford Fire Department's annual parade. First Assistant Chief Tom "Woody" Woods said it's a tradition that has been ongoing for at least 25 years. Department members, along with Pavilion firefighters, walk the two buggies all the way from Le Roy to Stafford, starting at noon, stopping for a picnic along the way.



More parade pictures after the jump:

June 19, 2010 - 9:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, horses, photos, sports.


This weekend, horses and riders from throughout Western New York again converged on Batavia Downs for a horse show and riding competition.

The show continues today and tomorrow.

More photos after the jump:

June 18, 2010 - 11:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

City Fire is being asked to investigate the smell of smoke in the area of Jackson and Maple streets, Batavia.

UPDATE 11:33 p.m.: Appears to be unfounded.




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