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July 13, 2016 - 11:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in indian falls, pembroke, accident, news.


UPDATED 9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 14.

An adult male visiting Genesee County from Buffalo died this evening in a drowning accident at Indian Falls.

The victim has been identified as Bradley Augustin, 22.

State Police are handling the investigation and no foul play is suspected.

Witnesses and first-responding firefighters said there were about 30 people at the falls tonight swimming and jumping into the water, even though Genesee County's moderate drought conditions have left the Tonawanda Creek with low water levels.

Triniti Morris, from Hamburg, was among the swimmers. She said people were having a good time and then somebody mentioned somebody was missing, and other people were saying, "no, no, nobody's missing."

One of her friends then spoke to a young man who seemed to be having trouble swimming and he said he was OK.

About five minutes later, somebody noticed he was missing.

Another male dove into the water and located him and several people helped pull him onto the rocks, at which point another young woman began giving him CPR.

Morris said the woman performing CPR got the victim to throw up and she thought the victim had started breathing when paramedics, she said, instructed the woman providing CPR to turn the victim on his left side. At this point, Morris said, two State Troopers arrived and ordered everybody to leave the scene, including the woman performing CPR.

Morris was concerned that nobody continued CPR, but Pembroke Fire Chief Jamie Waff said typically, when certified CPR personnel arrive on scene, they take over from witnesses who first started CPR.

"It’s great to see bystanders starting CPR, but it’s very confusing when they're wrapped up in the situation and we don’t know if they’re actually certified," Waff said. "When we get on location, we’re actually certified in CPR with the defibrillator. If anyone told her to leave, that is probably the reason because there were certified personnel on location to take over at that point."

Adding to the difficulty of the situation at Indian Falls, Waff said, is the congregation of drunken patrons at the bar, who sometimes cause issues when firefighters are attempting to perform a rescue.  

"There’s always an issue when we come here because you’re usually dealing with intoxicated people who think you aren’t doing it fast enough," Waff said. "Our number one concern is firefighter safety. We have to make sure all of our guys are safe as they go down. It’s a law enforcement issue because you are dealing with a bar-type situation."

It was a tense situation at the scene and one neighbor of Indian Falls was upset enough to provide reporters with a profanity-laced commentary on what he perceives as inattention by the owner of the Log Cabin Restaurant, the Town of Pembroke and local law enforcement to the dangerous situation at Indian Falls.

Barry Guthrie doesn't think anybody is doing enough to keep swimmers and divers off the falls.

"We've been fighting this for 10 years," said Guthrie, who moved in 2002 into a house near the falls once owned by his grandparents. 

He said he's been to the town, but the town, he said, can't determine who holds title to what, and he said that even though the Log Cabin has posted signs all along its property that say "No Trespassing," he doesn't think the owner takes the situation seriously because he believes the falls are public property (Genesee County owns the Tonawanda Creek from the City of Batavia to the Tonawanda Indian Reservation).

Responding to the scene were Town of Pembroke fire, Indian Falls fire, Genesee County Emergency Services, the Rope Rescue Team, Mercy EMS, Mercy Flight, the Sheriff's Office and State Police.




July 13, 2016 - 7:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, indian falls, drowning, pembroke, Alabama, news.

Possible drownings are reported in the falls by the Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are called to respond along with Mercy medics. The caller reports two possible victims are in the water at the falls and not coming up. The Alabama Volunteer Fire Department Chief is asked to contact the GC Emergency Dispatch Center.

UPDATE 7:13 p.m.: The command post is set up in the Log Cabin restaurant parking lot.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: The restaurant is located at 1227 Gilmore Road in Corfu. A trooper says one male subject who was found is not breathing. A Mercy Flight landing zone is being set up. "Looks like they're doing CPR." Onlookers at the scene are said to be a problem for first responders.

UPDATE 7:24 p.m.: Mercy Flight has a five-minute ETA. A responder with a backboard "for CPR purposes" is requested at the edge of the falls.

UPDATE 7:26 p.m.: Mercy Flight #5 out of Batavia has a three-minute ETA.

UPDATE 7:40 p.m.: Medics on scene, including Mercy medics and Mercy Flight personnel "are aware that it's a recovery mode at this point."

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: Mercy Medic #3 is called to the scene for "firefighters with some abrasions."

UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: The chief in command at the scene reports there is one fatality and that it will take about 30 minutes to bring the male victim up and out of the area. It's unknown how long the victim may have been under water. There are no other victims. About 30 people were in the water at the time of the incident, according to the scene commander and other witnesses.

July 12, 2016 - 7:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A two-car accident with unknown injuries is reported at South Main and River streets in the city.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 7:31 p.m.: There are no injuries.

July 11, 2016 - 9:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A motor-vehicle accident is reported on East Main Street, Batavia, near the McDonald's.

Unknown injuries.

City fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

A first responder says City Fire can respond non-emergency.

UPDATE 9:38 p.m.: Engine 11 clearing the scene. 

UPDATE 9:44 p.m.: Patient being transported to UMMC for evaluation.

July 10, 2016 - 3:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron, news.

A car has reportedly hit a utility pole at Warboys Road and South Byron Road, Byron.

Unknown injuries.

Byron and South Byron fire departments along with Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: Southbound traffic being shut down.

July 8, 2016 - 10:16am
posted by Billie Owens in news, accident, batavia.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at East Main and Liberty streets. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 10:18 a.m.: A first responder says two cars were involved and two patients may have minor injuries and are being evaluated.

UPDATE 10:24 a.m.: The two drivers are signs-offs. Accident site cleanup underway.

July 7, 2016 - 8:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, bergen, news.

A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported on South Lake Road, Bergen, just north of Creamery Road.

Unknown injuries.

Bergen fire and ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 9:19 p.m.: Bergen back in service. No word on injuries, if any.

July 6, 2016 - 10:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander, news.

A motorcycle and deer accident with possible injuries is reported in the area of 2705 Buffalo Road, Alexander.

Alexander fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

July 6, 2016 - 12:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, news, Texaco Town, Pavilion.



An accident with possibly serious injuries is reported at routes 20 and 63, Texaco Town. A semi-truck is on its side. The driver is out. Pavilion fire and Mercy medics responding.

UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: Power lines were damaged. National Grid is on scene. The state Department of Transportation was duly notified of the accident; no ETA provided.

UPDATE 1:39 p.m.: According to Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Seppala, preliminary indications are that a semi-truck hauling grain was southbound on Route 63 when it failed to stop at the light at the junction of Route 20 and struck a maroon Toyota mini-van that was westbound. Both the mini-van driver and a female front-seat passenger were conscious and alert when first responders arrived. The passenger was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight. The driver was taken to Strong via ambulance. The big rig driver is now being evaluated at the scene. Two small dogs in the mini-van were uninjured and will be taken to the Genesee County Animal Shelter and cared for until the owner can pick them up. Sgt. Seppala said it appears the semi-truck struck the mini-van and the momentum of the impact pushed the mini-van some distance from the point of impact. The truck continued southbound, then went off the west shoulder, struck a ditch and rolled over, coming to rest on its side. The State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit is en route to inspect the semi-truck to determine its mechanical soundness and whether it had mechanical problems.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Pavilion assignment back in service. Roadways open.

UPDATE The driver and passenger in the van are identified as James R. Appenheimer, 70, and Arlene L. Appenheimer, 70, both from Easley, S.C. Both were transported to University of Rochester Medical Center, Arlene by Mercy Flight and James by Mercy EMS. The truck driver, Dale E. Hoover, 62, of Lititz, Pa., was city for allegedly failing to stop for a stop light.




July 6, 2016 - 10:06am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, Le Roy.

A four-car accident is reported in the eastbound lane of the Thruway near mile marker 279.

Unknown injuries.

Le Roy fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:16 a.m.: One patient with a possible leg and head injury and another with "overall soreness."

UPDATE 10:17 a.m.: A chief on scene reports only two vehicles involved. One is blocking a driving lane.

July 5, 2016 - 11:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu, news.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries, and it's blocking, is reported in the area of 112 Alleghany Road, Corfu.  

That's next to the Evergreen Cemetery.

Corfu fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: One passenger with a complaint of knee pain.

July 4, 2016 - 11:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama, news.

A one-vehicle rollover accident with unknown injuries is reported in the area of 1013 Ledge Road, Alabama.

The call came to dispatch through Niagara County, so no further information available now.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 11:16 p.m.: A trooper on scene reports there are no injuries.

July 3, 2016 - 11:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A possible five-car accident is reported in the area of 1495 Sumner Road, Darien.

Unknown Injuries.

Darien fire dispatched.

July 3, 2016 - 7:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A two-car, head-on accident is reported on Bloomingdale Road at Sandhill Road, Alabama.

Unknown injuries.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 7:04 a.m.: Multiple injuries reported. An additional ambulance out of Medina requested to the scene. 

UPDATE 7:11 a.m.: It's not Mercy originally dispatched, but Akron. No additional Mercy ambulances available. Another agency's ambulance, as the third ambulance, is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 7:33 a.m.: A passerby informs a deputy of a car fire somewhere on Feeder Road. Alabama fire dispatched while a deputy responds to be identify the location. At the accident, all patients transported. Fire crew remains on scene awaiting tows.  

UPDATE 7:36 a.m.: Apparently, vehicle located, no need for fire.  

July 2, 2016 - 3:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander.

A motor-vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported at Darien Alexander Townline Road and Buffalo Road, Alexander.

Alexander fire and ambulance, along with Darien ambulance dispatched.

July 1, 2016 - 10:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A car has reportedly hit a tree in the area of 7292 Byron Road, between School Road and Fotch Road, Stafford.

Unknown injuries.

Stafford fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:37 p.m.: Occupant is out of the vehicle and being evaluated by EMS. Damage to front end of the vehicle.

June 30, 2016 - 9:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany, news.


A two-car accident is reported at Ellicott Street Road and East Road, Bethany, with injuries.

The accident is not blocking.

Bethany and Stafford fire departments and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 9:24 a.m.: A first responder reports traffic is backing up.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Photo submitted by Jordan Fleming showing the wheel from the passenger vehicle jammed under the tires of the tractor trailer.

June 29, 2016 - 10:39am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia, news.


A child is reportedly injured after a car accident at 300 Ellicott St. City fire, police and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 10:52 a.m.: This was a mini-van vs. semi-truck accident. The passenger vehicle was northbound on Liberty Street and the semi-truck was westbound on Ellicott. Three witnesses told responders the passenger vehicle failed to stop at the red light. The vehicles clipped one another as a result. The child inside the mini-van was not injured and "was ambulatory" when medics arrived, but a front-seat passenger was taken to UMMC for evaluation. 

UPDATE 11:29 a.m.: At the same location, there is now a report of a truck that hit a power line "and something else" and now the caller can smell natural gas. City fire dispatched.




June 28, 2016 - 1:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A man fell and struck his head on a trailer hitch and is now unresponsive at a trailer park on Main Street Road in Batavia. East Pembroke fire and Mercy EMS are responding.

June 27, 2016 - 1:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A vehicle has reportedly struck a house 5049 Main Street Road, Batavia. Town of Batavia fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:31 p.m.: A man who was in the parking lot of the Town & Country restaurant told responders he put the car in gear to leave the parking lot and the accelerator stuck, sending the vehicle careening into the corner of the house on the adjacent lot. He was not seriously injured and medics transported him to UMMC for evaluation.


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