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January 5, 2018 - 11:00am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, accidents.

A two-car accident with possible injuries is reported at the Thruway overpass bridge on Lewiston Road; the address is 8169 Lewiston Road, Batavia. It is partially blocking the southbound lane. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: One patient has a minor laceration. A first responder says medics can "take it easy coming in."

January 5, 2018 - 9:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, batavia, news.

A dog has been reportedly left in the cold in a Nissan parked outside Kmart in Batavia.

The caller does not believe the car is running.

A deputy is responding.

UPDATE 9:41 a.m.: Caller reports the owner has come out, got into his vehicle and left the area. Deputy's response canceled.

January 4, 2018 - 4:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in county legislature, genesee county, news.


Gary Maha, Gordon Dibble, and John Hilchey, the three newest members of the Genesee County Legislature, along with the rest of the Legislature, took their oaths of office Wednesday night prior to the Legislature's organizational meeting at the Old Courthouse.


Robert Bausch, representing Elba, Byron, and Bergen, was chosen to chair the Legislature.


From left, Pam LaGrou, clerk to the legislators, Gary Maha, Gordon Dibble, Shelly Stein, Andrew Young, Bob Bausch, John Deleo, Marianne Clattenburg, Gregg Torrey, John Hilchey, and County Manager Jay Gsell.

January 4, 2018 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news.


Town of Batavia officials were sworn in by Town Justice Tom Williams prior to the Town's organizational meeting on Wednesday night. Pictured from left: Tom Williams, town justice; Daniel Underhill, councilperson; Greg Post, supervisor; Patti Michalak, councilperson; Thomas Lichtenthal, highway superintendent; Teressa Morasco, town clerk.  

Photo and info submitted by Chad Zambito.

January 4, 2018 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news.

We have been notified of the following closings for tomorrow due to anticipated extreme cold:

  • Batavia City Schools 
  • Le Roy Central School District
  • Oakfield-Alabama Central School District
  • Pavilion Central School District
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Mental Health Association
  • Extended, night-lighted skate, sponsored by the Batavia Kiwanis Club, at DeWitt Recreation Area
  • St. Joe’s bingo
  • Genesee Christian Academy
  • Haxton Memorial Library
  • Genesee County Office for the Aging cancels home-delivered meals and congregate meal sites, but the office will be open for business.

Please send announcements about closings to [email protected].

January 4, 2018 - 3:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Pavilion, covington.

A collision between a car and a small school bus are reported at Big Tree Road and South Street Road, Covington.

Unknown injuries.

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: One injury reported. A child with a head injury, conscious and alert. Traffic at Route 246 will be shut down by fire police.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: A fire chief reports multiple accidents at the location.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m.: A second ambulance requested to the scene.

January 4, 2018 - 3:26pm


It will be Notre Dame and Cal-Mum facing off tonight in the championship match of the Batavia Rotary Club Girls Basketball Tournament.

After Batavia delivered an uninspired performance leading to a loss to the Red Raiders 43-40, the Lady Blue Devils will face Attica in the consolation game at 6 p.m.

NOTE: the games have been moved from Friday night to tonight because of the anticipated cold snap tomorrow.

The Lady Raiders will face a motivated Lady Irish team that had two of the squad's top players both in sync Wednesday night, with Callie McCulley scoring 22 points and Margaret Sutherland scoring 16 to help lead a dominating 64-42 win over Attica. Natalie Thornton added 13 points.

Attica was led by Taylor Gadd with 13 points and Kacey Pearce with 10.

Top scorer Wednesday night was Cal-Mum's Elyse Van Auken, who scored 24 points. Makenzie Wilson scored eight points.

For Batavia, Ryann Stefaniak scored 13 points, Bryn Wormley, eight, and Kenzie Reigle, seven.

Two Batavia players missed the game due to illness.

A newcomer to watch with Batavia is 5' 11" sophomore Emma Krolczyk, who scored six points. 






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January 4, 2018 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

There is a wind chill warning in effect starting at 8 o'clock tonight until 7 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service issued this urgent warning at 2:52 p.m.

Dangerously cold wind chills are expected. They are anticipated to range from 20 to 30 degrees below zero at times.

This can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. It is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you must be outdoors be sure to cover all exposed skin.

There is also a hazardous weather outlook in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

January 4, 2018 - 11:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, news.

A semi-truck is reportedly stuck under the bridge on South Lake Road, Pembroke, under the Thruway overpass.

A deputy is dispatched.

UPDATE 11:23 a.m.: A deputy on scene says the roadway is completely clear and there's no sign of damage to the bridge. He's going to check Route 5.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: Route 5 is clear. "No semi's stuck anywhere," a deputy reports.

January 4, 2018 - 11:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

Police located and arrested a drug dealer yesterday who was accused of failure to appear in County Court for his sentencing and of violating an order of protection while awaiting sentencing.

Officers learned that Charles "Gusto" Williams, 38, was at a residence on Ross Street based on a citizen's tip.

Batavia PD sought the public's assistance in locating Williams after he refused to turn himself in on a warrant.

He was jailed pending his arraignment today.

He was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, and criminal contempt, 1st.​

January 4, 2018 - 11:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, news, notify, Le Roy, batavia.

Nicholas G. Williams, 41, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and burglary, 2nd. Williams is accused of unlawfully entering a dwelling in Le Roy with the intent to commit a crime, thereby violating a court order to stay away from the resident. He was also charged with resisting arrest. He allegedly resisted officers when they attempted to place handcuffs on his wrists. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Christina M. Sanchez-Anderson, 29, and Kodey R. Mills, 24, both of Church Street, Le Roy, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Sanchez-Anderson and Mills were arrested after Le Roy PD responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at 9:30 a.m., Sunday. During the investigation police allegedly observed a crack pipe in plain view in the living room. Mills was released on an appearance ticket. There was a warrant for the arrest of Sanchez-Anderson on an unrelated charge. She was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Lori A. Say, 50, of Roanoke Road, Stafford, is charged with petit larceny. Say is accused of shoplifting from a business on West Avenue in the Village of Le Roy.

James M. Tinker, 25, of Fowler Road, Linwood, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Tinker is accused of punching and breaking the window of another person in the Village of Le Roy during a dispute. Tinker was treated for cuts on his hand an issued an appearance ticket.

Chazmar T. Walters, 25, of Myrtle Street, Le Roy, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. 

Brian Gilbert Keller, 22, of Sumner Road, Darien, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, and harassment, 2nd. Keller allegedly spit in the face of another person, a violation of a refrain from offensive conduct order of protection. He was jailed on $10,000 bail, $15,000 bond.

January 4, 2018 - 10:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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January 4, 2018 - 8:32am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports.


Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte continues to reign on the PBA Tour, with his latest accomplishment being a record-setter.

Close to home, the Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial Tournament takes place this weekend at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.

For more details and to catch up on other area bowling news, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

January 4, 2018 - 6:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.

A chicken coop fire is reported at 3246 Galloway Road.

A first responder on scene reports two sheds, one completely on the ground, the other starting to get fully involved, about 50 feet from the residence.

Town of Batavia fire with mutual aid from Oakfield dispatched.

UPDATE 6:48 a.m.: East Pembroke requested to stand by in quarters. The flammables and snowblower removed from the second shed.

UPDATE 6:53 a.m.: Per town command, everything on the road can respond non-emergency. East Pembroke can go back in service.

January 3, 2018 - 11:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, accident, news.

From The Batavian's news partner, 13WHAM

January 3, 2018 - 11:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in UMMC, first baby, news.

Press release:

ummcfirstbaby2018b.jpgUnited Memorial Medical Center welcomed the hospital’s first baby delivered in the New Year. Madison Marie Fitzwater was born to first-time parents Amanda Inman and Gary Fitzwater at 8:28 am on Jan. 2, 2018.  Madison weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

The family was presented with a stroller and a gift basket that included baby essentials, safety items, blankets, crib soother and a $100 gift card.

United Memorial Medical Center’s Maternity Floor offers private post-partum rooms designed for maximum comfort with relaxing colors, soft lighting, private bathrooms, and reclining couches for guests. UMMC delivered 576 babies in 2017. To learn more about childbirth and maternity at United Memorial Medical Center, visit

January 3, 2018 - 11:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, steve hawley, michael ranzenhofer, chris collins, NY-27.

Press release from Assemblyman Steve Hawley:

“Although I am glad that the governor did not continue his game of political hide-and-seek with the legislature as we saw last year, wasting large sums of taxpayer money to present over 20 ideas with unsubstantiated legislative backing or confirmed funding sources amounts to little more than an expensive taxpayer-funded speech.

“I am glad to be back in Albany continuing to work hard for the residents of Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties with my focus on lowing our families’ tax burden, making New York more business-friendly, fully funding our infrastructure and continuing to reform our charitable gaming laws.”

Press release from State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer:

“This year, the state of New York is facing a deficit in the billions. The budget must be balanced by restraining spending and not by more taxes for a state that has one of the highest burdens in the nation. It’s time to remove the barriers that inhibit growth in our Upstate economy and enact policies that stem the consistent loss of population of past decades, such as enacting comprehensive regulatory reforms and cutting energy taxes. 

“We should also seriously consider eliminating expenditures for the state’s economic development programs that are not creating jobs, including Start-Up NY and the tens of millions of dollars being spent on television advertising by the Executive.

“By getting our fiscal house in order, we can continue investments in improvements to our community’s transportation infrastructure and water quality, combating the heroin and opioid crisis and ensuring Western New York gets its fair share of state funding for our schools.”

Press release from Congressman Chris Collins:

"The Governor's speech was a pathetic attempt to rile his base, although even they have realized that his political empire is crumbling judging from the fact that the loudest round of applause came when he mentioned the Buffalo Bills. Republicans under President Trump have lowered taxes, rolled back regulations, and are seeing explosive economic growth. In comparison, under Andrew Cuomo, New York is facing a $4 billion deficit, the New York City subway is crumbling, and the FBI has opened an investigation into his hiring practices. New Yorkers deserve better."

January 3, 2018 - 11:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Bethany.


One person suffered minor injuries and was transported to UMMC by Bethany's ambulance following an accident at 9:27 p.m. in the area of 11176 Bethany Center Road, Bethany. 

A truck went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Bethany fire and ambulance responded. State Police are handling the investigation.

Photos by Glenn Adams.







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