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January 3, 2012 - 11:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

Deputies and Le Roy Police are somewhere in the area of the cemetery looking for youths who were throwing snowballs at cars.

There are footprints in the snow to help in the search.

An officer just said, "Well, somebody lost a glove so somebody is going to have a cold hand."

January 3, 2012 - 9:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Le Roy.

Late this morning, I needed to drive out to Le Roy and since it was a beautiful day, I decided to take the long way. I found myself heading north on Perry Road.

Above is a barn owned by a gentleman named Mel who once had cows, sheep and horses. Now he just has a barn. Nice man. I was happy to meet him.

Below, an old house, and last, a barn on Route 19 at the end of Perry Road.

January 3, 2012 - 8:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Two men accused of burglarizing a Maple Street apartment while the resident sits in jail appeared in Batavia City Court on Tuesday and waived their right for a pre-trial hearing.

The waiver means the case will be sent to the grand jury for possible indictment, but also paves the way for a possible plea deal and one of the suspects indicated in court that he is expecting a possible plea bargain.

Both Eric P. Doleman, 41, no permanent address, and Frederick H. Robidoux Jr., 49, no permanent address. are charged with burglary, 2nd.

Doleman, top photo, was also charged Tuesday with criminal mischief, 3rd, and petit larceny.

Doleman is accused of breaking a window on a 2010 Kia on Dec. 13 parked at Tops Market and stealing a laptop computer.

Robidoux is also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The duo was stopped on Walnut Street early in the morning Dec. 29 after a Maple Street resident reported seeing the men carrying items from an apartment at 10 Maple St., Batavia.

The resident of the apartment, Edward R. Freida, is being held in Genesee County jail without bail on drug and weapon charges.

When Doleman's case was called, after he was charged with the Dec. 13 car break-in, Judge Robert Balbick asked Doleman if he agreed to waive a pre-trial hearing. Doleman appeared confused and said he thought the two cases would be combined as part of a plea deal. He kept turning his head toward the back of the room where District Attorney Lawrence Friedman was standing.

After the hearing, Friedman said he couldn't comment on whether or not a plea deal is in the works.

Both Doleman and Robidoux are being held in Genesee County Jail without bail.

January 3, 2012 - 7:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

If somebody contacts you claiming to be a relative in another country and in trouble with the law, local police are warning: use caution.

Today, according to police, a Batavia resident received just such a call and went to Tops Market with the intention to wire a significant amount of money to this "relative" in Lima, Peru (or claiming to be in Lima, Peru).

Alert employees at Tops were aware of the scam and suggested the resident contact Batavia PD.

A police investigation revealed the actual relative was safe and not in police custody.

The Batavia PD is encouraging residents to be wary of anyone requesting bail money via a Western Union wire transfer.

January 3, 2012 - 7:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

Police are looking for a 13-year-old who disappeared and may be traveling with his non-custodial mother after she passed through Batavia to visit with him.

Michael Smith was last seen with his mother at 8 a.m., Monday, boarding a bus in Buffalo.

His non-custodial mother is Anna M. Spencer, aka, Anna M. Smith, 49, who has no permanant address and is known to travel from place to place.

Michael Smith was reported missing after not returning from a visit with his mother at a hotel on Oak Street.

Anyone who has information or has seen either of these two individuals is asked to call Genesee County Dispatch at 585-345-6350 and ask for a City of Batavia Police Supervisor.

January 3, 2012 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

The driver of a vehicle making a U-turn Monday afternoon at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Akerson roads, Alabama, was injured after being struck by an eastbound car.

Hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries was S.R. Weissenbuger, 55, of Citation Drive, Henrietta.

Weissenbuger was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way.

The other driver, Lola A. Sharlow, 63, of Hopkins Street, Mt. Morris, and her 17-year-old passenger were not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

(Initial report)

January 3, 2012 - 7:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

City of Batavia responded to a small fire in an RV this morning at 86 S. Main St., Batavia.

The RV was parked near a structure, but was put out quickly.

Ladder 15 and Engine 12 were back in service by 7:45 a.m.

January 2, 2012 - 1:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A T-bone accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1069 Bloomingdale Road, Alabama.

Alabama Fire Department is dispatched.

Two cars are blocking traffic.

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January 2, 2012 - 10:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander.

A driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way at the intersection Brookville Road and Route 20, leading to an accident at 1:19 p.m., Saturday, that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Cited was Cortney A. Spiotta, 19, of Bartz Road, Alexander. Spiotta was injured in the accident.

The other driver, William A. Congdon, 47, of Meadowlark Drive, Avon, was also injured. His passenger, Edward J. Howard, 50, was not injured.

Spiotta was reportedly pulling her 2004 Ford SUV from Brookville Road onto Route 20 when Congdon's 2005 Ford sedan struck her vehicle.

Investigator Deputy Chris Parker wrote in his report that Spiotta said she was creeping into the intersection to see if the coast was clear. She said she did not see Congdon's vehicle.

Congdon told Parker that he saw Spiotta's vehicle slow at the intersection and then proceed onto Route 20.

January 2, 2012 - 9:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield, Alabama.

Kathryn Hughes Whipple, 34, of North Main Street, Lyndonville, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right and unlawful use of a mobile phone. Whipple was stopped at 1:50 a.m., Saturday, on Lewiston Road in Oakfield by Deputy Jason Saile.

William C. Leyden, 30, of 23 Parkhurst Drive, Hudson, N.H., is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Leyden was allegedly found in possession of cocaine while at 3 Ross St., Batavia. NYS Parole assisted in the investigation. Leyden was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Jeremiah Thomas Altrogge, 28, of Cedar Street, Akron, was arrested on a bench warrant. The warrant was issued out of Alabama Town Court. Altrogge allegedly failed to pay a fine on an incident in August 2011. Altrogge was jailed on $1,000 bail.

James John Bachorski, 43, of Webber Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Bachorski was allegedly found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe during an investigation into an alleged domestic dispute on Batavia Oakfield Townline Road. Bachorski's vehicle was stopped on South Pearl Street, Oakfield.

Daihnath Grady Geiogamah, 36, of Route 438, Irving, is charged with disorderly conduct. Geiogamah is accused of being involved in a domestic incident at 11:10 p.m., Saturday, at a location on Route 63, Town of Batavia, in which she allegedly threatened to fight family members and Sheriff's deputies. Geiogamah was jailed on $500 bail.

January 2, 2012 - 8:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car has rolled over on Route 98 just north of West Saile Drive.

The driver is believed to be out of the car.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Vehicle is on its side in the front yard of the residence. Driver out walking around, not injured. A responder warns caution for others approaching the scene, "98 is just a sheet of ice from Elba all the way to the city."

UPDATE 9:23 a.m.: Female driver being transported to UMMC for evaluation.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Deputies still on scene discussed the traffic situation. Cars and trucks were struggling to get up a hill on Route 98. State DOT salted the road about five minutes prior. The scene is now clear.

January 2, 2012 - 8:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

The storm that was predicted to drop from four to 10 inches of snow ended up bringing very little snow to the area and the storm warning, originally going to noon, was cancelled early this morning.

However, more snow may be on the way. forecasts from one to three inches falling this afternoon with 100-percent chance of precipitation between 2 and 3 p.m. There's at least an 80-percent chance of precipitation going late into the night.

January 1, 2012 - 10:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A car has reportedly run into a house at 60 Drake St., Oakfield.

The reported operator of the vehicle is a 6-year-old girl.

No injuries are reported. The girl is reported to be walking back to her father's house.

UPDATE 11:43 p.m.: No citations. No arrests. No injuries. Minimal damage. The 6-year-old apparently found her father's keys, sneaked out of the house, got in the car and left with the intention of going to her mother's house. She headed south down Irving Parkway and failed to negotiate a turn at Drake Street, heading straight into the yard of the house on the south side of the street. Her father's sedan knocked over a mailbox. A trooper on scene said, "Thank God there was no east or west traffic (on Drake Street) or we would have had a much worse situation." He said there wasn't any indication that the father was negligent in order to support a charge such as "endangering the welfare of a child."

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January 1, 2012 - 7:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

Genesee County Emergency Dispatchers are having a busy night dealing with multiple calls of trees down, hanging wires and sparking transformers, not to mention the usual domestics, medical and mental health issues.

A high wind warning is in effect until 4 a.m.  The lake effect snow warning remains in place until noon, Monday, with six to 10 inches of accumulated snow predicted.'s radar map shows snowstorms hitting Batavia about 10:15 p.m. and a second, larger front after midnight.

The weather-related reports we've been able to catch over the past hour or so include:

  • A transformer sparking near 1 Holland Ave., Batavia.
  • Cable wires down and a tree down on Slusser Road, Batavia.
  • Wires down and blocking somewhere in Le Roy.
  • Trees down on Tower Hill and Byron roads, Bergen.
  • Tree in the roadway blocking traffic on Scribner Road.
  • Tree down near 10604 Broadway.
  • Tree down on Fisher Road near Lockport Road.
  • Transformer arcing at Daws Corners.
  • Cable wire down on Broadlawn Road, Batavia.
  • Tree on fire and wires arcing near on Main Road between Cleveland and Boyce roads, Batavia. East Pembroke Fire Department responding (call at 7:45 p.m.)

There are about 10 power outages in the county effecting about 200 National Grid customers. The two largest are along Route 63 from East Road to near Cook Road, and from Pavilion well into Wyoming County's Town of Covington.

Assuming additional calls along these lines, we will continue to update this post as needed.

UPDATE 7:58 p.m.: Tree down blocking on Route 20 near Countyline Road, Darien.

UPDATE 8:06 p.m.: Tree down on Swamp Road, Bergen, blocking.

UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: Power restored to Route 63, including the intersection of routes 63 and 20.

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: Power is out at County Building #3 on West Main Street Road, Batavia. A transform in the area is arcing.

UPDATE  8:48 p.m.: Power is out again at Route 20 and Route 63. City fire is clearing Holland Avenue. Power is back on and National Grid has driven by a couple of times, but hasn't stopped.

UPDATE 8:52 p.m.: No arcing at Building #3. "For the power company, behind the building, it appears that the power has been tripped," reports a responder.

UPDATE 11:50 p.m.: The lake effect storm warning remains in effect until noon, Monday. There are currently six power outages reported in Genesee County.  The three biggest are: East Pembroke along Main Road, 51 customers, with an estimated power restoration of 1 a.m.; Galloway Road, Batavia, 34 customers with an estimated power restoration of 4 a.m.; Elba, Bridge Road area, 21 customers, with an estimated restoration time of 1 a.m.

January 1, 2012 - 5:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, accident.

A 21-year-old driver who reportedly slammed his van through a guard rail and into the Tonawanda Creek off Walnut Street early Sunday morning has been charged with DWI.

Zachary D. Leitten, of 9351 Shepard Road, Batavia, was transported to UMMC after the accident and treated for injuries.

Beside facing a DWI charge, Leitten was cited for alleged speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from lane unsafely and driving on a sidewalk.

Officer Jason Ivison investigated the accident.

January 1, 2012 - 1:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

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January 1, 2012 - 12:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

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January 1, 2012 - 9:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A 21-year-old man was able to get himself out of his van early this morning after he drove it through a barrier on Walnut Street and into the Tonawanda Creek.

A witness said the van appeared to have crashed through the barrier at a high rate of speed and a police source said he may have been drinking.

No official police report is available this morning.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the turn of Walnut Street into South Main.

Cassandra Costner, who lives with her husband and children right at the intersection, said her family was sleeping when they heard a large boom. She looked out the window and saw the barrier down and called 9-1-1.

When she came outside, she said she and her husband were surprised by what they found.

"We saw the car in the creek and were like, 'Oh, wow, crazy,'" she said.

Costner said the driver came up the bank of the creek saying, "I'm OK. I'm OK. It's not as bad as it looks."

The driver was reportedly transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS, but no information has been released on his injuries, if any.

While at least one witness said he saw somebody running from the scene, Costner said she didn't see anybody at the scene other than the driver.

The van went through a wooden, reinforced barrier, a chain-link fence, over a boulder and down about 10 feet of embankment before landing in the water.

"We've lived here six years and never seen a car go in the creek," Costner said. "It's just crazy that somebody was going that fast, but people go flying down this road. It's gotten better since they put in the roundabout, but people just haul ass down this road."

January 1, 2012 - 7:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

The first significant snowstorm of the season is on its way to Genesee County, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a severe storm warning for the area.

The lake effect snow warning takes effect from 7 p.m., Sunday, through noon, Monday.

Storm totals over night are expected to be from three to five inches, with another one to three inches Monday for a storm total of four to eight inches.

Winds will be 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

White-out conditions are expected and visibility will be reduced at times to less than a quarter of a mile.

Temperatures will be in the 30s.

UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: The storm total has been revised to 6-10 inches of snow.





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