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July 5, 2011 - 6:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

Someone has suffered a lacerated finger following a reported car versus motorcycle accident in front of 14 East Ave.

City of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy BLS (non-emergency mode) are responding. The location is between Columbia Avenue and Ross Street.

July 5, 2011 - 4:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A 20-year-old man sustained only minor injuries after his car careened off the Thruway, onto the south shoulder of the roadway, flipped and landed on its roof in a ditch.

The driver managed to pull himself out of the wreckage and is being transported by Mercy medics to UMMC.

The accident happened at 4:03 p.m. He was heading eastbound when, for reasons unknown, his Honda sedan veered off the Thruway.

The accident scene was about 20 feet from curve where Park Road becomes Veterans Memorial Drive.

July 5, 2011 - 3:41pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, books, local history, picnic in the park.

Abigail, age 7, showed us her cat-face Monday at GoArt!'s annual "Picnic in the Park." She had just been to the face-painting booth.

While I was there taking pictures, I ran into some, shall we say, figures of historical interest.

Jacob Richardson came dressed in the get up of a Revolutionary War soldier, complete with weapons and an old-fashioned belt (which soldiers needed to keep all their materials together, since their uniforms had no pockets).

Richardson was there to represent "Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship," a program of Batavia Assembly of God Church.

Also, a horse and carriage ride, just like the old days.

Also, Genesee County native Lynda Breckenridge Gaetano, author of the "Up South" series, was there to promote her books.

Gaetano now resides in Austin, Texas, but was raised on a dairy farm in Bethany. Her books are set in Genesee County and, all total, span a time frame ranging from the early 1800s, when pioneers first came to the "woody wilds" (as worded in a promotional pamphlet produced by the publisher, Blue Stocking Press) of Genesee County, up until the time of the World War II years.

They include a mixture of folk tales, real life stories and local history, all told from the perspective of a wizened sugar maple tree.

Gaetano has published her work in three volumes: "Spring," "Summer" and "Autumn." She hopes to publish the "Winter" volume soon.

July 5, 2011 - 3:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A bicyclist from Erie County was injured late Monday morning when a car reportedly turned in front of him at the intersection of Alleghany and Sumner roads, Darien.

Mercy Flight was initially dispatched to the scene, but was canceled before arrival.

Transported by ground ambulance to ECMC was Albert W. Weber, 49, of Heise Road, Clarence Center. He was treated and released.

Cited for allegedly failing to use a turn signal was Lynn A. Pilc, 38, of Schoellkopf Road, Cowlesville.

Pilc was driving a 2008 Ford SUV northbound on Route 77 when she reportedly decided to make a right-hand turn onto Sumner Road.

Pilc allegedly turned in front of Weber's bike and he was apparently unable to avoid a collision.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Nathan Balduf.

July 5, 2011 - 2:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, Darien, Stafford.

Derek Todd Hanchett, 21, of Arnold Road, Elba, is charged with unlawful dealing with fireworks. Hanchett was charged following an investigation by Deputy Jason Saile about a complaint of loud fireworks at 1:33 a.m., Monday, in the area of 4238 West Ave., Elba. Hanchett was allegedly found setting off fireworks and in possession of fireworks.

Edward Woods, 18, of Vine Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Woods is accused of stealing money from Darien Lake Theme Park while employed at the park.

Nicole Lynn Poler, 26, of Zig Zag Road, Albion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or more and driving left of pavement markings. Poler was reportedly involved in a one-car accident in the area of 23 Allegany Road, Corfu, at 2:25 a.m. Saturday. The accident was investigated by Deputy Howard Carlson (initial report).

Benjamin Jeffery Kitanik, 26, of Maltby Road, Oakfield, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and driver's view obstructed. Kitanik was stopped at 2:25 a.m. Sunday on Route 77 in Darien, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Cody Lee Pahuta, 19, of Williams Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Pahuta is accused of shoplifting $22.88 in merchandise from Walmart.

Braydon Mitchell Edwards, 20, of Waterloo Street, Clyde, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under 21 years of age. Edwards was charged following an investigation into a disturbance at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Patrick Gregory Potwora, 26, of Horseshoe Lake Road, Stafford, is charged with a felony count of DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to keep right. Potwora was stopped at  1:52 a.m. Monday, in the area of 20 W. Main St., Batavia, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Chad Michael Henning, 18, of Main Street, Akron, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21. Henning was charged following a traffic stop at 12:38 a.m. Saturday by Deputy Jason Saile on Route 77, Darien. Henning was a passenger in the car and allegedly had a container of alcohol in his hands.

July 5, 2011 - 2:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car is on its roof in the area of 44 Lake St., Village of Le Roy.

All occupants are out of the vehicle.

No word on injuries.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance responding.

UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Traffic is being shut down on Route 19 in both directions at Mill and at Bacon streets.

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July 5, 2011 - 2:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

Two people were injured at 9:28 p.m. Monday, when the motorcycle they were riding on Creamery Road, Bergen, struck a deer.

Taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where they are listed in satisfactory condition, were Craig W. Stevens, 55, of West Sweden Road, Bergen, and Sharyn L. Stevens, 54.

Craig Stevens was driving his 2009 Honda westbound on Creamery Road when a deer attempted to cross the roadway. The bike collided with the deer, overturned onto its left side, ejecting both Craig and Sharyn. It then overturned onto its right side and slid further down the asphalt.

July 5, 2011 - 1:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Fraud.

The Sheriff's Office is warning area residents of a phone scam that has been hitting Genesee County and other parts of Western New York.

In this particular scam, a person receives a call on his or her mobile phone with a recorded message indicating that the person's HSBC account has been frozen. The message prompts the person to press a number to unlock the account.

"Residents are warned that is is a scam and they should hang up immediately and not respond to the recorded message," the Sheriff's Office release states.

The Sheriff's Office advises any HSBC customer concerned about their account to contact HSBC.

In general, readers should be wary of any unsolicited call prompting disclosure of personal or identifying information.

The FTC has a page on various types of phone fraud scams and how to guard against them.

July 5, 2011 - 1:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photo, Centennial Park, nature, trees.

Near the end of our visit to Picnic in the Park, I noticed a tree in the northeast corner of the park with this fungus of some sort growing on it. Rather interesting shape and texture.

July 5, 2011 - 1:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, picnic in the park.

Billie and I didn't get a chance to stop by Picnic in the Park at Centennial Park until later afternoon, but there was still plenty going on with live music, food and arts and crafts.

More pictures after the jump:

July 5, 2011 - 12:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, accidents.

A two-car "T-bone" accident is reported at Sumner and Colby roads in Darien. There are injuries but everyone was conscious at the time of the call to dispatch.

Darien Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 1:02 p.m.: A firefighter says a utility pole was damaged. It doesn't appear to be in danger of toppling over but it was "struck pretty good." One of the cars involved has Indiana plates. Two tows are called, including one flatbed.

UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: Darien fire is back in service.

UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: Mercy medics are taking three people to UMMC and another person is being taken there in a private vehicle. National Grid has been notified abou the damaged pole.

July 5, 2011 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

With more than 2,200 fans in Dwyer Stadium for baseball and fireworks, the Batavia Muckdogs mounted a three-run, eighth-inning rally to snatch a 3-2 victory over Mahoning Valley.

Starter Jonathan Cornelius went four innings without giving up a run, and only one hit, but did not figure in the decision. Relief pitcher Eric Binder picked up his second win of the year.

Danny Miranda completed his fourth save.

The Muckdogs are now 8-10 on the year and will taken on Mahoning Valley (10-7 and tied with Jamestown for first place in the Pinckney Division) again at 7 tonight at Dwyer Stadium.

Second-season Muckdog Mike O'Neill started the rally in the eighth frame with a walk, advancing to second on a fielder's choice when Joey Bergman, also a returning Muckdog, grounded out. 

O'Neill scored when Juan Castillo singled sharply to left field and Aaron Sillga misplayed the ball.

Two more errors added two more runs for Batavia when Jeremy Patton hit a grounder to right that right fielder Kevin Fontanez overran, allowing Castillo to score and Patton to take a charge at third base. He scored on a throwing error by second baseman Todd Hankins.

First baseman Romulo Ruiz had two hits, raising his season average to .308.

More pictures after the jump:

July 5, 2011 - 8:53am
posted by Lisa Ace in Deal of the Day.

Red Osier, Route 5, Stafford, NY: Truly, one of the landmark restaurants of the area. Red Osier features prime rib carved table side. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have $20 gift certificates for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.


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

July 5, 2011 - 1:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, dwyer stadium, fireworks.

The Muckdogs put on a great fireworks display for July 4th. Here are a few pictures taken from inside Dwyer.

Later, I'll post pictures from the game and Picnic in the Park.

More pictures after the jump:

July 5, 2011 - 1:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A car has reportedly hit a cow on West Sweden Road, Bergen.

The cow has been hurt, but no occupants in the car believed injured.

Law enforcement in route.

UPDATE: A passerby was apparently able to identify the owner of the cow and has gone to notify the owner. There are apparently no human injuries.

July 4, 2011 - 1:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown.

July 3, 2011 - 6:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

City Fire Department is responding to a report of a house fire at 29 Burke Drive, Batavia.

Residents called dispatch and said they came home, opened the door and smoke was pouring out and the fire alarms were going off.

UPDATE 6:30: "Fire knocked down. Checking for extension."

UPDATE: At the time I left the scene, caused still not determined. Firefighters were ventilating the house before continuing investigation. The residents' pets were removed for their safety.

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July 3, 2011 - 12:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, music, entertainment, Ramble Music & Arts Fest.

Here's some pictures from the 2011 Batavia Ramble Music and Arts Fest held in downtown Batavia yesterday.

More pictures after the jump:




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