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February 8, 2011 - 5:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, fire.

Investigators believe that a fire in Bergen on Monday night was deliberately set. Nobody was injured in the fire.

The fire, reported at 9:10 p.m., destroyed an old trailer and two cars used for parts at Bergen Auto Recycling, 7652 Clinton St. Road.

Deputy Chief Jerry Brewster said investigators don't have much to go on.

"The owner of the yard has no idea of why anyone would do this," Brewster said. "There was scant evidence...a set of snow-covered footprints approaching the RV and then leaving."

Brewster said Jim Bouton of Genesee County Emergency Services determined the fire was likely deliberately set.

Brewster said he was told the trailer was worthless.

"I presume that some type of accelerant was probably used," Brewster said.

Fire departments from Bergen, South Byron and Churchville responded to the scene.

February 8, 2011 - 5:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

 A two-car accident with a possible minor injury is blocking the eastbound lane of West Main Street, Le Roy.

One subject is complaining of a possible arm injury.

The accident occured in the area of 70 West Main St.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance responding. 

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February 8, 2011 - 1:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown.

City DPW workers were busy Monday night in Downtown Batavia. Crews hauled off a good deal of the snow that was blocking walkways between parking and the sidewalk along Main Street. Tim Walton supplied the picture below of the snow removal.

February 8, 2011 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Grand Jury.

Chelsie R. Dibble is indicted on a felony charge of DWI and a felony charge of driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Dibble is accused of driving drunk Sept. 19 on Hopkins Road.

No other grand jury indictments were released this week.

February 8, 2011 - 12:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield, Le Roy.

Scott Dennis Boyles, 31, of Warsaw Road, Le Roy, is charged with two counts of criminal mischief, 4th, and harassment, 2nd. Boyles is accused of preventing another person from making a call to the Sheriff's Office during an alleged domestic incident. He's also accused of damaging a chair in the residence and having physical contact with the other person.

Randy R. Skrypek, 35, of Cluber Road, Rochester, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. He was arrested following a report of a domestic incident on Fisher Road, Oakfield, at 4:45 p.m., Monday. Skrypek allegedly drove to the location in an intoxicated condition.

February 8, 2011 - 11:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: The Genesee County Sheriff's Department has released the victims' names in this morning's two-vehicle head-on collision in the vicinity of 3837 W. Main St. Road, Town of Batavia.

Killed at the scene was 19-year-old Delores Opuku-Boateng, who was a passenger in a 1999 Honda sedan driven by 21-year-old Levert R. Kimble. Both of them were ejected from the vehicle upon impact.

Kimble was taken to ECMC with serious injuries. Mercy Flight was not available for unknown reasons this morning.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 1995 Chevy SUV, was Justin J. Jaszko, 31. He suffered a leg injury and was taken to UMMC.

According to investigators, the accident occurred at 9:02 a.m. when Kimble apparently lost control of his eastbound Honda and crossed over the center of the road, striking Jaszko's westbound SUV.

Assisting at the scene were the volunteer fire departments of the Town of Batavia and East Pembroke and the Batavia City Police Department.

The investigation continues by the following individuals: Deputy John Duyssen, Deputy Lonnie Nati, Investigator Kristopher Kautz, Investigator Timothy Weis, Sgt. William Scott, Sgt. James Meier and Sgt. Steven Mullen.

At this point, no charges have been made.

Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble said it's too early in the investigation to say what factor weather or speed played in the accident.

"We just don't know about speed," Dibble said. "We have two or three eyewitnesses and they will help us. Obviously, the road conditions are what they are. We have winter road conditions."

(Initial Report)

February 8, 2011 - 9:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A person has been ejected from a vehicle in an accident in the area of 3842 W. Main St. Road, Town of Batavia.

There are at least two serious injuries and possibly more.

Mercy Flight is unavailable.

Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Batavia Police requested to shut down all westbound traffic.

UPDATE 9:14 a.m.: All eastbound traffic is shut down at Route 5 and Wortendyke Road. A third ambulance is called for. East Pembroke Fire Department is called to assist. A flatbed tow truck and another tow are called for.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: A man with minor injuries is being transported to UMMC. His grandfather had just arrived at the scene and was advised of this.

UPDATE 9:34 a.m.: The city's police chaplain is called to the scene. He is closer than the Sheriff's chaplain.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: There is one fatality. A victim is being transported to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE: As of 11 a.m., West Main Street Road reopened in both directions.

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February 7, 2011 - 10:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A one-car rollover accident with entrapment has been reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 400.7 in the eastbound lane.

Pembroke Fire and Indian Falls Fire responding.

UPDATE: When firefighters arrived, the driver was out of the vehicle and walking around.

UPDATE 11:12 p.m.: Another vehicle is apparently off the road about a mile west of the first accident.

February 7, 2011 - 9:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire.

A large fire has been reported in the yard of Bergen Auto Recycling, 7652 Clinton St. Road, Bergen.

A Bergen chief is at the gate and says he can see a fire among either a couple of cars or a box truck.

The owner is apparently not around and the gate is locked. Fire dispatch has contacted the owner.

An employee on scene says it's a trailer containing (empty) plastic gas tanks.

Bergen units are en route.

UPDATE 9:27 p.m.: A handful of trailers are on fire, but no extension beyond those vehicles, a chief reports. Churchville Fire Department requested to stand in at Bergen Fire Hall.

UPDATE 9:29 p.m.: A South Byron tanker requested to the scene.

UPDATE 9:31 p.m.: A Churchville tanker is also requested to the scene.

UPDATE 10:20 p.m.: Some time ago, law enforcement was requested to the scene. The deputy who responded has requested an investigator to the scene.

UPDATE 10:29 p.m.: South Byron being released from the scene. Chruchville remains standing by in Bergen quarters.\

UPDATE 11:46 p.m.: Bergen back in service.

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February 7, 2011 - 6:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

City of Batavia Fire is being dispatched to 225 Liberty St. for an unknown type alarm sounding and a strange odor.

UPDATE: Didn't hear much more on this ... I did hear City Fire go back in service.

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February 7, 2011 - 5:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

City Fire has been dispatched to 193 South Main St.,in front of apartment 25, for a report of a Pontiac minivan leaking gasoline.

February 7, 2011 - 4:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business.

John Baldwin is getting settled in as the new financial adviser for Edward Jones Investments in Batavia.

Working out of the EJI office on Jackson Street, Baldwin said he's already picking up new clients as well as helping out those clients who were already with Edward Jones.

Baldwin is from Carthage, near Fort Drum. He attended Roberts Wesleyan College and has a B.S. in business management.

He met his wife Jillian in college.

He joined Edward Jones after six years in the Army National Guard.

"Finance has been my life-long passion," Baldwin said. "I love helping people truly understand their money and how to make it work for them."

He said he's excited to be in Batavia.

"Batavia has been very welcoming and I look forward to many great years of involvement, service, and friendship here with the community," he said.

February 7, 2011 - 11:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, thruway, Le Roy.

A brake fire on an unknown type of vehicle has been reported by the Thruway Authority on the I-90 at mile marker 375.1.

That puts it just at the county line.

Le Roy Fire is responding.

February 7, 2011 - 10:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in chamber of commerce.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce this morning announced its 2010 award winners.

They are:

  • Business of the Year: Sterling Tents & Awnings, Inc.
  • Agricultural Business of the Year: Triple P Farms, LLC.
  • Geneseean of the Year: Joseph Teresi
  • The Genesee County Lifetime Achievement Award: Stuart Steiner, Ed.D
  • The Wolcott "Jay" Humphrey III Excellence in Community Leadership Award: Robert Bennett

The awards ceremony will be April 9 at the Batavia Clarion, Park Road, Batavia.

UPDATE: The chamber has released additional information about the awards dinner.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 39th Annual Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Clarion Hotel, Park Road, Batavia.

This is the county’s premier event honoring businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism.

Understanding the recent economic situation, the chamber has lowered ticket prices hoping that this will allow and encourage attendance. Tickets are $50 per person or a table of 10 for $450.

The evening begins at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres, entrée tables and cash bar (no formal sit-down dinner will be served). The Awards Program starts at 7 and dessert and coffee will be served at that time.

February 7, 2011 - 9:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, Catholic Charities.

Press Release:

Nearly 60 parish and leadership volunteers, clergy and staff of Catholic Charities gathered today for a volunteer training workshop and luncheon to start the 2011 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The event was held at Bohn’s Restaurant in Batavia in preparation for the Appeal, which carries a goal of $10.5 million this year.

The theme of the 87th annual campaign is again, “Whoever. Wherever. Whenever.” because Catholic Charities is always there, providing help for people of all faiths and walks of life when they need it most. Appeal Week 2011, celebrating those who already have donated and encouraging others to do so, will take place April 10-17, though the Appeal will continue through the end of the fiscal year (June 30).

At the luncheon, Bishop Kmiec remarked on the number of people assisted by Catholic Charities in the area and the importance of the Appeal to that assistance, especially in light of the continued challenges of the local economy.

“Last year, Catholic Charities helped just over 5,000 people in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties through its programs and services,” said Bishop Kmiec. “This far-reaching and vitally important support relies on the funds raised during the Appeal. We have already seen a loss of government funding for our programs and services at the federal, state and county levels, and expect more of the same in 2011.”

He added, “Despite the challenges we face, I am inspired by the incredible commitment of the Appeal leadership team, our volunteers in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties and our many supporters. I have found in our diocese a marvelous and extraordinary spirit of giving and service to others.”

The Bishop also talked about this year’s goal and Appeal patron.

“Our goal this year is $10.5 million, the same as last year,” he said. “Even though we fell a little short in 2010, I have confidence that we will meet or exceed this year’s goal and bring our Appeal to a successful conclusion.”

“The 2011 Appeal is under the patronage of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, a woman of our own era who gave herself to the needs of the poor, sick and disadvantaged because she so clearly saw in them the image of God. Like Blessed Teresa, we ask God for the strength and courage to reach out to the people of Western New York again this year, praying that they will continue to act as a community of hope to all in need in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties and throughout the diocese.”

Bishop Kmiec was joined by Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director; Greg Maher, chair of the 2011 Appeal; members of the Appeal leadership team; and community volunteers, clergy and lay leaders from 13 parishes in the three counties.

Sister Mary McCarrick thanked the volunteers for their dedicated efforts.

“I am so grateful for all of your hard work each year that enables Catholic Charities to carry out our mission of help and hope to people here in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties and across the Diocese. Your efforts make all the difference in keeping the Appeal and its importance at the forefront of the minds of your friends and fellow parishioners – thank you!”

Appeal Chair Greg Maher praised the immense generosity of Western New Yorkers through the last few years of tough economic conditions. He also stressed the importance of both individual and corporate donations to the Appeal, citing that one in 10 Western New Yorkers receives assistance from Catholic Charities.

“Last year charitable donations nationwide were down 10 percent. At Catholic Charities of Buffalo we missed the 2009 mark by only one-half of one percent,” said Maher. “As another show of support by the community of good neighbors, corporate donations last year actually increased by more than two percent.”

“This year we again appeal to both individuals and our strong corporate base to continue their support of Catholic Charities and help spread the word about what Catholic Charities offers nearly 160,000 Western New Yorkers each year,” he continued.

Other members of the leadership team include David Nasca, vice chair; Stephen Ulrich, parish and large gifts chair, and Anthony Delmonte, corporate gifts chair.

In Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, Catholic Charities provides these services through its Batavia, Albion, Warsaw and Arcade offices: Domestic Violence Offenders Program, Home Visitation Program, Interfaith Caregivers of Eastern Wyoming County, Our Kids: Parent Education Groups and Preventive Services.

The Batavia office is located at 25 Liberty St., Suite 7; the Albion office at 243 South Main St.; the Warsaw office at 4 West Buffalo St., and the Arcade office is at 417 West Main St.

The Home Visitation Program is a recent addition to the Department of Clinical and Aging Services, offering weekly visits to homebound Genesee County seniors 60 years of age and older to provide socialization, companionship and assistance. There is no fee for the service, which can include non-medical assistance, light housekeeping, errands and crafts. For more information about the Home Visitation Program, call the Batavia office at 585-343-0614.

Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive direct human service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities also provides, without regard to religious affiliation, comprehensive counseling services for children and families, anti-domestic violence programming and emergency services, among other social and mental health services.

The 2011 Appeal is under the patronage of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. For more information on the 2011 Appeal or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to

February 7, 2011 - 9:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, byron, pembroke.

A 17-year-old resident of Mechanic Street, Byron, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. She is accused of forcing a door open, punching a hole in a wall. The youth was jailed on $100 bail.

Amy Lou Platten, 41, of Main Road, Pembroke, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Platten allegedly violated an order of protection.

February 6, 2011 - 8:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

City Fire is being dispatched to investigate a possible electrical fire in the wall of a residence at 8 Trumbull Parkway.

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February 6, 2011 - 6:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Pavilion.

A car fire has been reported in the area of 6639 Telephone Road (Route 20), Pavilion.

Pavilion Fire has been dispatched.

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