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August 9, 2012 - 8:31am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

UPDATED 11:01 a.m. with information on origin of the spikes.

Parents who took their children yesterday to the Wildwood Park Playground in Le Roy discovered a potentially dangerous situation when they noticed four-inch metal spikes placed at the bottom of slides.

No children were reported injured by the spikes.

A total of three spikes, partially buried in the sand, were located, according to Le Roy PD.

The spikes appear to be the type used to anchor a rubber plate for a pitcher's mound and appear to have come from a nearby baseball field, Det. John Condidorio said.

"We do believe we know the origin of the spikes," Condidorio said. "We simply don't know who removed them and placed them in such a dangerous location."

The park is located on Munson Street Extension.

The mothers checked the rest of the playground and discovered no additional foreign objects.

Le Roy PD with the assistance of Village of Le Roy DPW used metal detectors to check all of the playgrounds in Le Roy and no other dangerous objects were found.

Investigators are looking for further information related to the incident and anyone with information is asked to call 345-6350.

August 9, 2012 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

Le Roy PD is investigating a daytime residential burglary at the corner of Exchange Street and South Street some time on Aug. 3.

The victim stated that between 5:40 a.m. and 3:50 p.m., a person entered an attached garage, broke a window to the entry door and attempted entry into the residence.

Anyone with information that may assist the Le Roy PD in the investigation is asked to call (585) 343-5000.

August 9, 2012 - 8:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy, Stafford.

Raymond L. Leach Jr., 55, of 24 Munson St., Le Roy, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation and endangering the welfare of a child. Leach is accused of using his hands to choke another person. An order of protection for the victim was in place at the time of the alleged incident. The alleged incident occurred in the presence of a child at a location on Thorpe Street, City of Batavia. Leach was jailed on $5,000 bail.

UPDATE: Leach entered a guilty plea in Genesee County Court this morning in satisfaction of all the charges against him to one count of criminal contempt, 1st. The plea deal allows for shock probation (six months in jail followed by probation). When Judge Robert Noonan asked Leach to admit to choking his victim, Leach held a private conversation with his attorney, who then spoke with District Attorney Lawrence Friedman and Friedman agreed to amend the language of the charge to pushing his victim on the bed and causing her to fear for her safety).

Jamie L. Broadbent, 29, of 62 Swan St., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Broadbent is accused of shoplifting $115 in merchandise from a West Main Street business.

Robert L. Van Buren, 51, of 3 Willow St., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Van Buren is accused of stealing a bicycle from outside a business in Court Street Plaza on July 23.

Karen L. Stone, 45, of Elm Street, Le Roy, is charged with burglary, 2nd, a Class C felony, and petit larceny. Stone is accused of forcing her way into a residence of an acquaintance and damaging numerous items inside. Stone also allegedly stole items from the home. Stone was released under supervision of Genesee Justice following arraignment.

David J. Reschke, 21, of Transit Road, Stafford, is charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd. Reschke allegedly possessed seven forged checks of a friend and cashed the checks at different locations in the Village of Le Roy. Following arraignment, Reschke was jailed on $5,000 bail.

August 8, 2012 - 1:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, accidents.

An injury accident is reported at 8411 Circular Hill Road near Gulf Road in Le Roy. A female is said to have a back injury. Le Roy Fire Department and Le Roy Ambulance Service are responding.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: Law enforcement is en route.

UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: The driver is being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. The vehicle is totaled and will need a flatbed tow truck to remove it.

August 8, 2012 - 10:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

Sheriff's Officer personnel responded to Route 19 and the I-490 in the Town of Le Roy this morning for a report of a body found under the bridge.

It turned out the subject, who has not been identified, was unconscious and highly intoxicated, according to Sheriff Gary Maha.

The subject was from Rochester.

"We believe he had a domestic with his sister, who was en route to Cleveland, and she made him get out of the car," Maha said. "He had superficial injuries, probably from falling."

Maha said there was a cup of alcohol on the guard rail.

The subject was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.

August 6, 2012 - 4:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

A suspect in a series of burglaries in Le Roy and Batavia who was taken into custody during an alleged break-in a week ago has been charged with one count of burglary.

Russell P. Cessna, 24, of 18 Pleasant St., Le Roy, was arrested after being allegedly caught in the act on Summit Street, Batavia.

Investigators say Cessna made forcible entry into the residence and stole jewelry, cash and coins.

Following a series of similar burglaries in Le Roy, Batavia and other parts of Genesee County, the Le Roy PD, Batavia PD and Sheriff's Office cooperated on an investigation and set up a surveillance detail, which led to Cessna's arrest.

Cessna was taken into custody and held in jail on a warrant for alleged violation of parole.

Additional burglary charges are pending. He will be arraigned in Batavia City Court at 1 p.m., Tuesday.

August 6, 2012 - 2:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

An 88-year-old Le Roy resident, Marie Costa, died this morning in a single-car  accident in the Village of Le Roy.

Costa's vehicle reportedly jumped the curb in front of McDonald's Restaurant and traveled along the south sidewalk of Main Street and collided with the former Pontillo's Restaurant building.

The accident was reported at 7:46 a.m.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the accident and Costa's death.

Le Roy fire, Le Roy ambulance, Le Roy DPW and the Sheriff's Office Crash Management Team assisted Le Roy PD at the scene.

Photo: Reader submitted photo.

August 6, 2012 - 9:25am
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Le Roy, corfu, darien center, Milestones.

The following students were named to the Spring 2012 Dean's List at Buffalo State University.

  • Valerie Klug, a business administration major, from Corfu


  • David Dupre, a business studies major, from Corfu


  • Kimberly Schildwaster, a career and technical education major, Oakfield


  • Brittany Moose, a fashion and textile technology major, from Le Roy


  • Rachel Pettys, a hospitality administration major, from Darien Center


  • Stephanie Esten, a hospitality administration major, from Oakfield

To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Founded in 1871, Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system offering more than 165 undergraduate and 62 graduate programs in the arts, sciences, professions, and education.

August 6, 2012 - 9:21am

Genesee Community College proudly announces that the following students are among 540 students who were named to the President's List for the Spring 2012 semester. Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better. (The college also maintains a Dean's List comprised of students who earn a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74. Genesee's Dean's List will be released in the next several weeks.)

This year's Genesee Community College Spring 2012 President's List honorees, with their hometowns, are listed below:


Danielle Hirtzel
Jessica Pfalzer
Theresa Rainey
Elias Seward
Leah Snyder


Russell Jackson


Elizabeth Jarnot
Charles Lee
Lindsay Stumpf


Tiffany Harrington
Richard Lucas
Stacy Maskell
Arlene Olmstead
Adrienne Payne
Danielle Thom


Angel Alexander
Stacy Brockway
Rachel Doktor
Tracy Kearney
Michael Kraus
Kyle Maurer
Kayla Meyer
Alyssa Reeb
Dawn Roberto
Dawn Smith
Trevor Spiotta
Dana Wolbert

Darien Center

Shannon Bates
Kylynn Bank
James Erb
Matthew Herod
Hannah Zimmermann

East Bethany

Autumn Atkinson
Julliane Ingalls
Alec Kirch
Bryce Kirch
Sarah Lawson
Janet Gohlke

East Pembroke

Anthony Nati


Michael Anauo
Nicole Beardsley
Richard Dorf
Chapin Guthrie
Chelsie Pangrazio
Samantha Walker

Le Roy

Kevin Callahan
Andi DeBellis
Eric Hayes
Stephanie Heisler
Jeanice Howard
Gregory Humphrey
Donald Kahm
Mark McAvoy
Cody Niccloy
Willard Prevost
Michele Rast
Bethany Roth
Heather Schroeder
Brenda Sheflin
Denise Simcick
Michael Sullivan
Conor Tomaszewski


Deena Hernandez


Della Balduf
Jonathon Cassiano
Lindsay Chatt
Benjamin Cherry
Angela Larmon
Laura Ostrowski
Sara Read
Joseph Sullivan

Meghan Vandersteur


Samantha Barclay
Patricia Brown
Wendy Edwards
Kaleigh Kingsley
Jonathan White

South Byron

Halle Davalos


Michelle Jackson


Genesee Community College offers over 60 academic programs and certificates, including the new Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) and Polysomnography (Sleep Tech) programs. Genesee is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through online classes in the Distance Learning program. College housing is available at College Village, just a three minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes yet state-of-the-art technology both inside and out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high-tech" and "high-touch."

August 6, 2012 - 8:27am
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Richard Purse, of Le Roy, serving with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry is promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

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August 6, 2012 - 7:49am
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, accidents.

A serious injury accident is reported at 67 49 Main St. in the Village of Le Roy. A car reportedly struck a pole and the front of the McDonald's restaurant a building. The vehicle is smoking. Le Roy fire and ambulance are responding.

UPDATE 7:51 a.m.: A Le Roy police officer on scene says the driver is an elderly female who is not trapped in the vehicle, but needs help to be extricated.

UPDATE 7:54 a.m.: There is structural damage to the building and a code enforcement officer is called to the scene. (The car struck the former Pontillo's building at 49 Main St.)

UPDATE 7:59 a.m.: An officer inquires about the availability of a member of law enforcement's Crash Management Team to respond.

UPDATE 8:04 a.m.: "We've exhausted all our resources in contacting code enforcement and the building owner," says a dispatcher, but they are continuing to try and make contact. A code officer from Stafford is en route instead.

UPDATE 8:10 a.m.: "We are forcing entry into the building and making sure everything is shut off. Le Roy PD has been advised," says the fire chief on scene. The driver is being transported to UMMC.

UPDATE 10:33 a.m.: We confirmed with dispatch the building struck was the former Pontillo's location.

August 4, 2012 - 5:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car and bicycle accident is reported at the intersection of Clay Street and West Main Street, Village of Le Roy.

There is an injury.

The bike rider is out of the roadway.

Le Roy fire and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m.: The car will need to be towed. "The window is just demolished and it's not driveable," an officer tells dispatch. 

UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Route 19 is reopened. Le Roy fire back in service.

August 2, 2012 - 10:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

An ambulance is requested to Route 19 and West Bergen Road where a member of local law enforcement has been bit by a raccoon.

The officer informed dispatch that if they receive calls of a gunshot in the area, it was him killing the raccoon.

A dispatcher asked, "you didn't shoot it in the head did you?" 

Officer: "I don't think so."

The raccoon will need to be checked for rabies.

UPDATE 10:53 p.m.: The animal is being transported to the shelter.

July 31, 2012 - 10:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Le Roy, weather.

Almost as soon as the first reports of flooding came in I started getting texts and emails from readers of pictures they were taking. Of course, by this time, I was out taking my own photos, which I'll post later.

We also requested photos in our breaking news post on the storm.

Here are the photos we received so far. If you have any, email them to howard at the batavian dot com (of course, turn that into a properly formatted email address). If you have video, upload it to YouTube and email me the URL of the published video and we can post that, too. Get your photos in soon because we won't keep adding them indefinitely.

Above, photo of the Lehigh Avenue underpass from Greg Emerson.

Route 5 underpass, Le Roy, from Mary Margaret Ripley.

From Matt Hendershott, vehicle stuck under the bridge on Cedar Street.

From Tina Heartgrove, Spencer Court.

From Frank Bellucci, vehicle stuck under train bridge on Ellicott Street.

From Kyle Couchman, Swan Street.

Video from Jamie.

More photos after the jump (click on the headline):

July 31, 2012 - 11:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

A suspect in a series of burglaries in Le Roy, Batavia and other parts of the county was taken into custody this morning after he allegedly broke into a home on Summit Street while being monitored by detectives.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said the suspect was identified thanks to alert citizens in the City of Batavia and detectives began to monitor the man's activities.

The name of the suspect, who is being questioned at Batavia PD headquarters, has not been released, but Brewster said he is on parole and had allegedly been out of contact with his parole officer.

After a couple of burglaries in Le Roy where a person entered homes during the day and stole jewelry and other small items such as coins, there were a couple of similar burglaries elsewhere in the county, and then similar burglaries in the City of Batavia.

"This is a suspect in those crimes and I’m fairly confident that we have him," Brewster said. "I think you’re going to see a sudden end to those (types of) crimes being reported."

Detectives from Le Roy, Batavia and the Sheriff's Office cooperated in the investigation.

"This would not have been possible without the cooperation of all agencies," Brewster said.

The suspect's truck was impounded and will be searched once a search warrant is secured.

His name and the charges against him will be released following his arraignment in the proper court or courts of jurisdiction.

July 30, 2012 - 8:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

Somewhere in the Lake Street Road and Parmalee Road area a caller indicates he had a rollover accident and was unconscious for some period of time, perhaps as long as an hour.

He isn't sure of his location and said his vehicle is some distance off the road.

Le Roy fire and ambulance and law enforcement are in route.

UPDATE: While there was some chatter about this following our initial report, I never heard an ambulance transport (not saying there wasn't one, I just didn't hear it) nor did I hear Le Roy clear the scene.

July 28, 2012 - 3:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Le Roy, Pavilion, Milestones.

Two local residents have reserved places as freshmen at SUNY Oswego. Fall classes will begin Aug. 27. They are:

Olivia Griep, of South Street Road in Le Roy (Pavilion Central School).
Connor Clark, of Junction Road in Pavilion (Pavilion Central School).

Also, Katherine Hilburger, of Elba, who last studied at Niagara University, will begin her studies at SUNY Oswego.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News named it among the "Top Public Regional Universities in the North" for 2012, the Princeton Review and USA Today named SUNY Oswego to their 2012 list of 150 "best value" colleges and universities in the nation, and the Princeton Review included Oswego in its 2012 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges."

A 151-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls more than 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

July 28, 2012 - 3:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, american legion post 576.

Press release:

Le Roy American Legion Post 576 is asking that each club, church, society organization or individual submit a nominee to be considered as the 2012 Le Royan of the Year Award. Deadline is Aug. 22.

In Le Roy we have many outstanding events. It takes volunteers, hardworking individuals, many of them working behind the scenes that make each and every event a success.

The award recognizes people who demonstrate the following qualities:

  • A man or woman who exemplifies the true spirit of Americanism, its ideals, love of flag and country, regardless of race, color or creed.
  • Good citizenship by carrying out these principles, often beyond what is expected.
  • Service to the community, signified by excellence in life of purpose and accomplishments.

Applications can be picked up at the Legion Home 53 W. Main St. Le Roy, and any Le Roy Bank.
Mail application to:

American Legion Post 576

Attn: Catherine Stone

53 W. Main St. Le Roy, NY 14482

July 26, 2012 - 5:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A hot circuit breaker has been reported inside an apartment at the Royal Apartments, 103 West Main St., Le Roy.

A Le Roy chief on scene reports, "we have a very hot circuit breaker."

He's requested a thermal camera into the building to see if it extends up the wall.

Bergen's ladder truck is requested to the scene mutual aid.

UPDATE 5:59 p.m.: A chief informs dispatch "we're all set here," just waiting on maintenance.

UPDATE 6:09 p.m.: Le Roy and Bergen back in service.

July 25, 2012 - 7:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.
Michelle Condidorio Joshua Denise

Two Genesee County residents and one person from Rochester were arrested on suspicion of possessing -- with intent to distribute, and distribution of -- a controlled substance analog, synthetic marijuana.

U.S. Attorney General William J. Hochul Jr. announced this afternoon that Joshua Denise, 37, of Batavia, and Michelle Condidorio, 30, of Le Roy, were arrested and charged along with 22-year-old Austin Szczur, of Rochester.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a one million dollar fine, or both. If the substances as described in the criminal complaint caused serious bodily injury, the punishment will be a mandatory 20-year incarceration and a maximum of life in prison, if convicted.

A full report from Howard with information from the DEA and State Police will be published tomorrow.




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