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August 29, 2012 - 12:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, pembroke.

A prominent Rochester attorney and a former reality TV personality are in the national news today after they were arrested in Pembroke on Tuesday morning.

James Doyle, 54, of Rochester is accused of DWI, refusing a breath test, providing alcohol to a person under age 21 and patronizing a prostitute.

Alicia Guastaferro, 20, of Williamsville, is charged with criminal Impersonation, criminal possession of a controlled substance and prostitution.

At age 16, Guastaferro appeared in the reality TV series "Wife Swap," a series on the Lifetime Network that involves unhappy spouses switching families for a week.

In the episode Guastaferro appeared in, viewers learned the teenage beauty queen received a Christmas present from her parents every single day.

Doyle has made several statements to the media, including WHAM 13, denying all of the charges. He described Guastaferro as a family friend.

August 26, 2012 - 2:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, pembroke, corfu.

State Police conducted a DWI checkpoint Saturday evening on Route 5 in the Town of Pembroke.

Six people were arrested:

  • Mark A. Newton, 42, of Batavia, charged with DWI
  • Edith S. Williams, 48, of Buffalo, charged with possession of a controlled substance, 7th
  • Christopher W. Palmer, 40, of Akron, charged with DWAI
  • Armand Cummer, 54, of Amherst, charged with felony DWI
  • Frederick E. Perry, 31, of Corfu, charged with DWI
  • Nathan C. Swimline, 25, of Corfu, charged with DWI
August 25, 2012 - 3:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke.

A dirt-bike accident is reported 1858 Main Road in Pembroke. The location is between Boyce and Cleveland roads. A rider is down and has trouble breathing. Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is flying to the scene, described as way off the roadway, on or near the railroad bed.

UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The fire crews will use four-wheelers to access the site and set up the landing zone.

UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: There are two victims. One is a 15-year-old girl being taken to UMMC by Mercy medics. She has a right eye injury. The landing zone is set and the bird is three minutes out. The other patient is a male who is conscious but has a head injury.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: Mercy Flight will be transporting to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: Mercy Flight landed two minutes ago.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: Mercy Flight is headed to ECMC.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: East Pembroke is back in service.

August 17, 2012 - 11:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, pembroke.

A convicted criminal in Pembroke was allegedly found in possession of four handguns during the execution of a search warrant at his residence Wednesday.

Members of Local Drug Enforcement Task Force were assisting Batavia PD detectives with the search at a home on Allegheny Road when the guns were allegedly found.

The original reason for the search warrant or why it was a Batavia PD case was not released.

Charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, a Class D felony, is 59-year-old Frederick J. Hensel Jr.

Hensel has a prior criminal conviction, according to the Sheriff's Office, and did not have pistol permit.

Hensel was arraigned in Darien Town Court and jailed on $25,000 bail.

August 16, 2012 - 12:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pembroke, pets, corfu.

UPDATE Thursday 3:15 p.m. (by Billie): Good news -- "Pharoah," the orange tabby, has a new home with lots of love and attention and goods things just for him. He's a special boy who will surely bring special joy!

A week or so ago, Shawn Szczygiel, of Pembroke, went to a location -- we won't say where to protect the possibly innocent -- and spotted an orange tabby cat that needed a home.

A few days later, Szczygiel decided to see if the cat was still available, according to his girlfriend Sara Thayer, and discovered somehow, the cat's tail had been cut in half.

A person in a position to observe the cat told Szczygiel, "I think someone has been abusing him."

He took the cat home and he and Thayer took the cat to a vet. What the vet discovered horrified the couple.

The cat's tail was infected, but worse, the cat had been shot with BBs.

"She also mentioned that he would need X-rays -- she said it felt like he had been kicked and he might have kidney damage from it," Thayer said.

In the short time, Szczygiel and Thayer had the cat, Thayer said they fell in love with it. Like a typical orange tabby, it is friendly and loving and demands constant petting.

"She gave my boyfriend and I an estimate of the care the cat would need," Thayer said. "Unfortunately, due to financial difficulties, there was no way for us to afford it. It was heartbreaking for us to agree to this option, but the vet offered to keep it there and do the surgeries and try to find him a good home. So I signed him over, with tears in my eyes."

In signing the cat over, Thayer had to agree that the cat cold be euthanized if no home is found for it.

She's hoping somebody will see this article and agree to adopt "Pharoah."

"I would be heartbroken to find out if he did have to get put down," Thayer said.  "He was so, so, so sweet and just a beautiful cat. If I had any way at ALL to pay for the surgery, I would have kept him in a heartbeat."

Thayer is also concerned that a case of animal cruelty happened so close to home.

"I also want people to be aware of what happened here," Thayer said. "It's sickening. This cat was an angel, and according to the vet only 8 to 12 months old. I am praying that he is given to a good home and that this raises awareness of animal cruelty. He wasn't found in a city like Rochester or anything. This happened right here in Pembroke, where it's quiet and calm, seemingly."

August 16, 2012 - 11:56am
posted by Timothy Walton in pembroke, cancer, Austin's Army.

"You never really think that cancer could reach your child," Jamie Wasieleski said.

For her, it's become more than just a thought. It's become a reality. Her son, 18-year-old Austin Heinemen, was recently diagnosed with it.

A 2012 graduate of Pembroke, he has always been a healthy kid, into sports, dirt-biking and active all year round, and was unexpectedly diagnosed with a desmoplastic small round cell tumor also known as DSRCT.

It's a rare form of childhood cancer that predominantly strikes boys and young adults. DSRCT is a soft-tissue sarcoma that is aggressive and primarily develops in the abdomen.

Treatment for DSRCT is extensive.

"He has been through six intensive chemotherapy sessions that last four days every three weeks," Wasieleski told us. "The chemo kills everything, good and bad, so between chemo sessions he's at Roswell with anything from a cut on the finger, which leads to a pretty nasty infection, to pneumonia."

On the bright side, the chemo has made a difference and as a result of the PET and CAT scans, the tumors are shrinking.

Currently, Austin is waiting for his mother's health insurance to approve him to undergo surgery in New York City. He will have the tumors removed, and then will go through a 28 day stem cell trial. Following that, he will head to Washington, D.C., for another bone marrow trial.

"His father, myself and his three sisters have tested to see if we are a match and (we are) awaiting results," Wasieleski said. "If we are not, we will be looking for matches elsewhere."

The community support has been outpouring for Austin and he's got a whole army behind him fighting the battle.

" 'Austin's Army' was created to show Austin community support and how many people care about him," Wasieleski said. "At a time like this, community support is huge."

"All the help and support by the community is awesome and well deserving for him," says long-time friend Wyatt Chittenden. "With his recent diagnosis of cancer, it was heartfelt by everyone close to Austin because everyone knows how great of a person Heineman is. He always can put a smile on your face and give you a good laugh as well as always being there for people."

Austin's Army has done many fundraisers to help including a chicken barbecue, benefit gathering, piercing drive, and most recently a Facebook promotion at City Slickers.

Anyone interested, may join the army by making a donation to Austin and Austin's Army, through the Five Star Bank in Batavia.

Photo: Austin at one of his benefits with friend Kaela McMartin, who is one of the many members of Austin's Army.

August 12, 2012 - 7:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, accidents, indian falls.

An 11-year-old reportedly suffered a neck injury in a two-car collision at Alleghany and Main roads in Pembroke (routes 77 and 5). Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics. The accident is not blocking traffic and was initially reported as being without injuries.

UPDATE 7:41 p.m.: A second ambulance, from Darien, is requested to the scene in non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 8:06 p.m.: The 11-year-old girl's head slammed into the head rest and she has neck pain as a result. She's being taken to UMMC. She's in stable condition and there was no loss of consciousness. A second patient is also being taken to UMMC by the same Mercy rig. Traffic is reportedly at a standstill at the accident site.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Pembroke is back in service.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: The other patients are a 12-year-old with a headache, which has persisted all day, and a 17-year-old complaining of shoulder pain.

August 5, 2012 - 7:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, business, downtown, pembroke.

Press release:

City Slickers Bar & Grill is giving back. This time, it's all powered by Facebook. Starting today, anyone that likes their facebook page, , will have add another $.25 that will be donated to Austin Heineman. Austin, a recent 2012 Pembroke graduate, was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. The donations are being given to help pay for medical bills and treatments that his insurance would not cover. The donation count will continue to grow until $500.00 is raised for Austin's Army!

August 4, 2012 - 8:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, indian falls.

A 60-year-old female with diabetic problems is in need of rescue at the top of the falls behind the Log Cabin Restaurant -- on the opposite side.

"She is at the top of the falls ... she's approximately 30 feet down," says a responder.

The county Rope Rescue Team is on standby in case needed. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments responded and gave her some insulin and medical aid.

The woman came to the attention of others because she "was not responding appropriately."

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: A fireman on scene says her blood insulin level at this point is 43. "We will have to take her up manually unless we can get her blood sugar up higher." Medics are on their way.

UPDATE 8:37 p.m.: For those who don't know, the Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant is located at 1227 Gilmore Road in Corfu.

UPDATE 8:41 p.m.: The rescuers are going to employ a rope and a basket to bring up the woman. Her blood sugar is now reported to be 51. "We'll probably be taking her out of here -- unless it gets better real quick," says a responder. Other responders headed to the scene are requested to continue in full emergency mode.

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: Rescuers are directed to the north side of the creek to assist with efforts under way.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: More rope is demanded "for those coming up and down to hold onto something." Assurance is given that it is on the way.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: At this point, "Everybody's topside." In other words, the woman has been brought to the top of the falls, as well as her rescuers, and is ready to be transported to the hospital via ambulance.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m.: Mercy Flight, which was on standby, is back in service and responders from Pembroke and Indian Falls are breaking down their light towers and equipment and returning to service. The patient is being taken to UMMC.

August 3, 2012 - 6:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Attica, crime, pembroke.

Deputies investigating suspicious activity last night reportedly found a pair of Attica men in possession of a loaded, sawed-off shotgun at a residence in Pembroke.

Both men reportedly have prior felony convictions, banning them from possessing firearms.

Charged with criminal possession of a weapon were Benjamin Lambert, 36, and Kayla Tyoe, 23.

Lambert and Tyoe were jailed pending further proceedings.

August 3, 2012 - 2:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke.

A motorcyclist "dumped his bike and has a shoulder injury" and he's sitting roadside at Route 5 and Boyce Road in Pembroke. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The roadway is clear.

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: He has a lot of road rash on his shoulder. There were no other vehicles involved.

UPDATE 2:49 p.m.: This accident involved a bicycle, not a motorcycle.
August 2, 2012 - 11:51am
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, accidents, indian falls.

A motorcycle accident is reported at 644 Knapp Road. The motorcyclist is in a driveway and is reportedly conscious, argumentative and "possibly combative." Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics. A responder says the gas tank is leaking. The rider reportedly got up and tried to leave, but fell back down. Mercy Flight is on ground standby.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m.: Mercy Flight will not be needed. The male rider will be transported by ambulance.

UPDATE Noon: Mercy medics are back in service. "The patient left by private vehicle prior to our arrival," the medic said.

July 28, 2012 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, Milestones.


Mr. and Mrs. John and Genia M. Best of Pembroke, NY, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Maria Best to David Richard Urban Jr., son of David Sr. and Kathrine Urban of Pembroke, New York.
The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Pembroke High School and a 2012 graduate of Alfred University, with a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors. She is employed as an electrical engineer at General Electric Aviation Division in Norwich, New York.
The future groom is a 2007 graduate of Pembroke High School and 2011 alumni of Alfred University with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. He is employed as an armed bank protection officer for Bank of America in Buffalo, New York.
A September 2013 wedding is planned. The couple will reside in the central New York area.
July 20, 2012 - 8:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield, pembroke, indian falls.

Richard Lee Maston, 30, of Colorado Avenue, Batavia, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd. Maston is accused of possessing two forged business checks at two separate locations within the City of Batavia, one on July 9 and one on July 18. Deputies are  investigating whether Maston allegedly cashed more than 12 other checks at locations in the City of Batavia and one location in the Town of Batavia, all between July 8 and July 17. Maston was arraigned and released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Michael C. Buzzell, 34, of 6 Lewis Place, Batavia, is charged with menacing, 2nd, and criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Buzzell allegedly threatened to kill a person while holding a knife. Police were called the scene at 9:15 p.m., Thursday. Buzzell was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Tyrone N. Thigpen, 35, of 5 Pearl St., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Thigpen is accused of violating a "stay away" order of protection.

Ronald J. Murray, 17, of 7 Wood St., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Murray is accused of stealing a bicycle that was parked outside of a downtown restaurant. Police report later locating Murray with the bicycle a short time later.

Ian C. Blain, 23, of Ashland Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful dealing with a child. Blain is accused of taking a vehicle from the parking lot of the Log Cabin Restaurant in Pembroke and leaving it abandoned in a field off Indian Falls Road. He's also accused of providing alcohol to a person under age 21.

Stephen P. Pahuta, 50, of Oakfield, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, strangulation, coercion, three counts of criminal mischief, and harassment, 2nd. Pahuta was arrested following a report of an incident at 11:40 a.m., Thursday, in Oakfield. State Police responded. No further details were released.

July 20, 2012 - 7:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

A semi-truck and car have struck on Route 77 near the Thruway, but the accident is believed to be with minor injuries.

There was air bag deployment.

The driver is complaining of head and knee pain.

Indian Falls and Pembroke fire, along with Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 7:48 a.m.: A chief on scene reports extrication will be required. It doesn't look like Mercy Flight will be required.

UPDATE 7:59 a.m.: The truck is transporting some sort of hazardous material. There is no sign of damage to the trailer and no external evidence of any leak.

July 19, 2012 - 5:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in area 51, pembroke, accidents.

A 50-something male suffered an upper leg injury in a dirt bike accident at the Area 51 motocross track. Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The track is located at 3323 Harloff Road. The patient is in the very back of the riding area.

July 19, 2012 - 10:52am
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, accidents, indian falls.

A two-car accident, with two youths complaining of neck pain, is reported at the intersection of routes 5 and 77. Indian Falls rescue is on scene and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:09 a.m.: Both patients are being taken to UMMC.

UPDATE 11:11 a.m.: The Indian Falls assignment is back in service.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: The medic says the patients are female friends ages 13 and 16 who were traveling in a Ford pickup truck when it was rear-ended by another pickup truck, occupied by their parents, at 5 miles an hour. The trucks were barely damaged. They live in Ontario.

July 18, 2012 - 8:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

One person required transportation to a local hospital following a rear-end accident on Route 77 at Route 5, Pembroke, at 10:12 a.m., Tuesday.

The driver whose car rear-ended another said he looked down to check his GPS and didn't have time to stop after looking up and seeing a car stopped in front of him.

No citations were issued.

Michael J. Roeland, 19, of Newark, was southbound on Route 77 when he struck the southbound car driven by Tamibeth P. Campbell, 21, of Watertown.

Roeland had three passengers in his vehicle and Campbell had four passengers.

Harley M. English, 17, a passenger in Campbell's car was taken to UMMC with a complaint of neck pain.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Tim Wescott.

(Initial Report)

July 17, 2012 - 11:22am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 402.4. There are two patients. There is a lot of traffic backed up as a result. Indian Falls and Pembroke fire departments and two ambulances are requested out of Darien.

UPDATE 11:32 a.m.: The Darien ambulances are having difficulty getting to the scene because there is virtual gridlock throughout Darien due to concert-bound traffic at the theme park. Mercy rigs are busy elsewhere.

UPDATE 11:56 a.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls are back in service. Two patients were taken to ECMC.

July 17, 2012 - 10:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, accidents, Brick House Corners.

Three accidents, one with a minor injury, is tying up traffic at Brick House Corners (Route 77 and Route 5, Pembroke).

Indian Falls Fire Department is on scene.

One person is complaining of neck pain.

Mercy EMS is dispatched.

Five cars are involved.

UPDATE 10:34 a.m.: Traffic is backing up onto the Thruway. There is a concert at Darien Lake today -- the Vans Warped Tour, featuring 70 bands.

UPDATE 10:43 a.m.: One patient being transported to UMMC as a precaution. Patient complained of neck pain initially, but was up and walking around upon the arrival on scene of Mercy EMS.

UPDATE 10:48 a.m.: There may have been a vehicle involved that fled the scene. A deputy reports "there is evidence at the scene that the vehicle that was involved was a red Chrysler, unknown if it's a van or SUV." He requests other patrols and the State Police be alerted to the vehicle's description.


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