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August 13, 2012 - 9:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime.

A Sheriff's deputy is in contact with a 57-year-old man who has an 18-year-old warrant for his arrest out of Florida.

Florida officials confirmed with the Sheriff's Office that the warrant is still valid.

The warrant is for an alleged failure to appear on a DWI charge.

While the warrant, issued in August 1994, is valid, Florida will not extradite on the charge.

The gentleman is aware of the situation, the deputy told dispatch.

"I guess he'll get a vacation when they come get him," the deputy said.

August 12, 2012 - 12:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The following people were arrested by members of the Sheriff's Office in connection with the Brad Paisley Virtual Reality Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The 10 arrests are down from the 14 at last year's show. After the 2011 concert, Paisley posted on Twitter: "Quite a performance in Darien Lakes Saturday. We also played music." (followed by a link to The Batavian's story on arrests at the show)

There were 56 underage drinking citations last year and 81 this year. The increase can be attributed, at least in part, to increased enforcement at the park in 2012.

All but one of the arrests last year might be attributed to drunken misbehavior. This year, only, maybe, five of the 10 arrests might fit that description.

Benjamin B. Cramer, 27 of Route 20, Varysburg, is charged with public lewdness and resisting arrest after allegedly urinating in the concert venue and then resisting arrest. Cramer was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Jessica L. Juda, 22, of Pleasant Valley Road, Delevan, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Juda was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $100 bail.

Daniel R. Blonski, 22, of Salem Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Blonski was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $100 bail.

Kelsey M. Shea, 19, of Towhee Court, East Amherst, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol under age 21.

Tanner C. Boesch, 19 of Turkill Road, Fairport, is charged with inlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Kathryn A. Tuscano, 20, of Main Avenue, Norwalk, Conn., is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Erik Schneckenberger, 29, of Roycroft Drive, West Seneca, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another concert patron.

Jedidiah B. Gabriel, 21 of William Street, Lancaster, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Jaclyn D. Marshfield, 18, of Pompey Center, Fabius, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Matthew M. Muldowney, 18, of Route 11, Tully, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

The following people received citations for alleged possession or consumption of alcohol under age 21.

William T. Bickelman, 18, of Contessa Court, Williamsville
Kate L. Blair, 17, of Highmanor Drive, Henrietta
Stephanie M. Sorber, 17, of Chelsa Meadows, West Henrietta
Patrick M. Byrne II, 18, of Butler Drive, Pittsford
Jordan D. Messimer, 18, of Rush-Scottsville Road, Rush
Justin T. Larusch, 18, Tamarack Street, Buffalo
Dylan J. Caldiero, 20, of Tuscarora Road, Buffalo
Robert W. Anderson, 20, of Nottingham Terrace, Hamburg
Rebecca E. Milbrand, 20, of Renwood Avenue, Kenmore
Hannah J. Verboon, 18, of Jerseyville Road, Brant County, Ontario, Canada
Steven A. Tripp, 19, of Sawmill Road, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Emily N. Kosakowski, 18, of Morwick Drive, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Tara A. Derosa, 18, of Gateway Road, Fairport
Dominic J. Zambelli, 19, of Dickinson Crossing, Fairport
Felicia M. Lattanzio, 20, of Wynmoor Drive, Cicero
Britta M. Schug, 20, of Lawdon Street, North Syracuse
Lilian R. Smith, 19, of Hamilton Road, North Syracuse
Carl J. Larson, 20, of Glen Oak Drive, East Amherst
Julia A. Lauria, 18, of Ashwood Lane, Orchard Park
Calle J. Demeter, 20, of Hillside Drive, Orchard Park
Sarah R. Jacobs-Ferderbar, 20, of Timberlake Drive, Orchard Park
Emily S. McCreary, 20, of Melinda Lane, Phoenix, Ariz.
Tamara L. Medgrossi,17, of Morgan Drive, Lewiston
Keith R. Burns, 19, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville
Meggan M. Imcorvia, 20, of Homestead Drive, North Tonawanda
Kayleigh R. Erickson, 19, of Harris Hill Road, Falconer
Michael J. Ovellette, 20, of Olympia Drive, Rochester
Taylor A. Schimenti, 17, of Almont Avenue, West Seneca
Reaghan T. Hayes, 20, of Doyle Road, Baldwinsville
Breanna M. Hyman, 20, of Hyman Road, Newark
Margaret C. Vankouwenberg, 20, of Bryant Avenue, Newark
Ryan J. Digati, 19, of Cardinal Lane, Grand Island
Michael R. T. Malaney, 17, of Settlers Road, Grand Island
Dakota C. Swain, 18, of Gordonville Road, Rushford
Taylor K. Bedford, 19, of Whitney Lane, Grand Island
Cassie K. Gilcart, 16, of Whitney Lane,  Grand Island
Julia L. Pratt, 19, of Dalton Road, Cato
Grace E. Rooney, 19, of Hilltop Road, Syracuse
Vincent R. S. Scienza, 19, of Straight Road, Forestville
Jennifer E. Hasting, 20, of Claudette Court, Depew
Mandy L. Odrobina, 20, of Madaline Lane, Depew
Jacob N. Resnick, 20, of Lakeshore Drive, Hilton
Jessica A. Woons, 20, of Tribbles Lane, Rochester
Jake W. Wark, 20, of Maplewood Avenue, Spencerport
Neil A. Dambra, 20, of Dortmund Circle, Rochester
Jennifer A. Lopez, 20, of Renaissance Drive, Rochester
Michael J. Brocklehurst, 19, of Linwood Avenue, North Tonawanda
Shane G. Sawicki, 20, of Clarice Drive, Hamburg
Amanda G. Rivera, 18, of Brown Street, Penn Yan
Nicholas R. Groff, 16, of Bullis Road, Elma
Morgan L. McMahon, 19, of Lisle Road, Owego
Darrcy E. Matthews, 20, of Green Street Extension, Dekalb Junction
Abigail M. Ohlmeyer, 20, of Mason Drive, Syracuse
Nathan J. Kloepfer, 19, of Leroy Street, Camillus
Erin M. Myers, 20, of Kent Place, Syracuse
Kala M. Wilkins, 18, of Simsbury Lane, Pittsford
Jennifer A. Riley, 18, of Mahoga Street, Pittsford
Conner C. Renaldo, 16, of Shirley Road, North Collins
Merit L. Jendrowski, 20, of Newton Avenue, Akron
Jenna T. Jendrowski, 17, of Newton Avenue, Akron
Anna L. Legrett, 20, of Lantern Lane, Honeoye Falls
Nicholas J. Fredette, 19, of County Route 24, Minetto
Rebecca A. Krass, 18, of West Myers Road, Oswego
Mary K. Finn, 19, of Swift Street, Oswego
Destini L. Carter, 17, of Bronson Street, Oswego
Morgan A. Allen, 19, of Kathleen Drive, Oswego
Haley N. Sierdsma, 17, of Dunkirk Drive, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Riley D. McCullough, 17, of Hill Garden Drive, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Matthew R. Kennedy, 17, of Trinity Church Road, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Jamie J. Vandehei, 17, of Bell Road, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Luke J. Nault, 18, of Binbrook Road, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Cody G. G. Badour, 18, of Braemar Avenue, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada
Brian J. Sheppard, 19, of White Stone Lane, Lancaster
Neena M. Carter, 17, of Electric Avenue, Cheektowaga
Rachel J. Bolton, 17, of Croydon Drive, Depew
Isiah L. Montpetit, 18, of Freeman Road, Middleport
Dominique Dipietro, 17, of Misty Lane, East Amherst
Benjamin A. Rein, 16, of Via Pinto Drive, Williamsville
Patrick J. Quinn, 18, of Gaylord Court, Elma
Andrew J. Partridge, 19, of Black Creek Road, Hamburg
Nathan C. Bracci-Kurtz, 18, of Queens Way, Depew

August 11, 2012 - 11:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, elba.

A subject may have a broken nose following a fight on North Main Street, near Chapel Street, in the Village of Elba.

An ambulance is being requested to the scene.

A witness notified dispatchers of a fight less than five minutes ago and a deputy responded.

The suspect, described as a 25-year-old Mexican, is wearing black shorts and shirt and flip-flops, and is believed to be on foot in the area.

UPDATE 11:39 p.m.: The suspect lost a flip-flop. A deputy found it. The suspect may be heading south on Route 98 on foot.

UPDATE 11:40 p.m.: Suspect may actually have left in a red Mazda.

UPDATE 11:42 p.m.: The ambulance is responding to the area of 42 Chapel St., the apparent location of the victim.

UPDATE 11:45 p.m.: There are apparently multiple suspects.  A couple are with deputies now.

UPDATE 12:21 a.m.: The flip-flop wearing suspect, who is now completely flip-flopless, seems to be in custody. Also, I heard something earlier about a knife being recovered, and it sounded like a deputy involved in this call, but not certain.

August 11, 2012 - 7:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

A person is reportedly pestering people in Austin Park, Batavia. The subject is wearing all-white clothing and has a teardrop tattoo under an eye. Police are responding.

August 11, 2012 - 4:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, bergen.

A Genesee County Sheriff's deputy is out by the Bergen exit on westbound 490 with a school bus from Monroe County. The bus was pulled over because its occupants were reportedly throwing beer cans out the windows.

"Occupied by a lot. Checking IDs," says the deputy, who asks for a State Trooper to assist at the scene, which is the parking lot of the Sugar Creek store.

August 11, 2012 - 12:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A mother called dispatch to complain that her pregnant daughter's boyfriend allegedly took her daughter's pack of cigarettes, which she had purchased for her, and has since left the Le Roy residence. She'd like some justice.

August 10, 2012 - 1:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

There were no arrests in the concert venue Thursday night in connection with the Big Time Rush / Cody Simpson concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

There were no citations for underage drinking, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

There was a DWI arrest in the parking lot.

Janet Mary Brady, 45, reportedly drove into the employee parking lot after being told not to enter the lot. Upon investigation, she was allegedly found to be operating in an intoxicated condition with her 5-year-old child in the car. The exact charges she faces were not listed in the Sheriff's Office press release. She was released on an appearance ticket.

If you're not familiar with Big Time Rush, below is a video.

August 9, 2012 - 6:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

A fight is reported inside Wendy's restaurant on Main Street. The parties have dispersed, but are still on scene. City police are responding.

August 9, 2012 - 8:31am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

UPDATED 11:01 a.m. with information on origin of the spikes.

Parents who took their children yesterday to the Wildwood Park Playground in Le Roy discovered a potentially dangerous situation when they noticed four-inch metal spikes placed at the bottom of slides.

No children were reported injured by the spikes.

A total of three spikes, partially buried in the sand, were located, according to Le Roy PD.

The spikes appear to be the type used to anchor a rubber plate for a pitcher's mound and appear to have come from a nearby baseball field, Det. John Condidorio said.

"We do believe we know the origin of the spikes," Condidorio said. "We simply don't know who removed them and placed them in such a dangerous location."

The park is located on Munson Street Extension.

The mothers checked the rest of the playground and discovered no additional foreign objects.

Le Roy PD with the assistance of Village of Le Roy DPW used metal detectors to check all of the playgrounds in Le Roy and no other dangerous objects were found.

Investigators are looking for further information related to the incident and anyone with information is asked to call 345-6350.

August 9, 2012 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

Le Roy PD is investigating a daytime residential burglary at the corner of Exchange Street and South Street some time on Aug. 3.

The victim stated that between 5:40 a.m. and 3:50 p.m., a person entered an attached garage, broke a window to the entry door and attempted entry into the residence.

Anyone with information that may assist the Le Roy PD in the investigation is asked to call (585) 343-5000.

August 9, 2012 - 8:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy, Stafford.

Raymond L. Leach Jr., 55, of 24 Munson St., Le Roy, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation and endangering the welfare of a child. Leach is accused of using his hands to choke another person. An order of protection for the victim was in place at the time of the alleged incident. The alleged incident occurred in the presence of a child at a location on Thorpe Street, City of Batavia. Leach was jailed on $5,000 bail.

UPDATE: Leach entered a guilty plea in Genesee County Court this morning in satisfaction of all the charges against him to one count of criminal contempt, 1st. The plea deal allows for shock probation (six months in jail followed by probation). When Judge Robert Noonan asked Leach to admit to choking his victim, Leach held a private conversation with his attorney, who then spoke with District Attorney Lawrence Friedman and Friedman agreed to amend the language of the charge to pushing his victim on the bed and causing her to fear for her safety).

Jamie L. Broadbent, 29, of 62 Swan St., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Broadbent is accused of shoplifting $115 in merchandise from a West Main Street business.

Robert L. Van Buren, 51, of 3 Willow St., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Van Buren is accused of stealing a bicycle from outside a business in Court Street Plaza on July 23.

Karen L. Stone, 45, of Elm Street, Le Roy, is charged with burglary, 2nd, a Class C felony, and petit larceny. Stone is accused of forcing her way into a residence of an acquaintance and damaging numerous items inside. Stone also allegedly stole items from the home. Stone was released under supervision of Genesee Justice following arraignment.

David J. Reschke, 21, of Transit Road, Stafford, is charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd. Reschke allegedly possessed seven forged checks of a friend and cashed the checks at different locations in the Village of Le Roy. Following arraignment, Reschke was jailed on $5,000 bail.

August 8, 2012 - 5:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Grand Jury.

A Batavia man allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a local church and later accused of trying to escape from jail was indicted by a Genesee County Grand Jury today on seven felony counts and four misdemeanors.

John Anthony Cabrera, 22, is charged with two counts of burglary, 3rd, one count of grand larceny, 3rd, and two counts of grand larceny, 4th, and escape, 1st.

The highest felony charge is a Class D felony.

The misdemeanor charges include three counts of criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Cabrera is accused of breaking into St. Paul's Church at 31 Washington Ave., Batavia, on July 21 and stealing three credit cards and $6,095 in personal checks, $354.36 in cash, $1,160 in gift cards, various keys, checkbooks and documents from the church.

The escape charge comes from alleged escape attempt -- Cabrera was reportedly found outside of the confined jail area, but still in the same building, technically constituting the alleged escape -- on July 24.

The city suffered a series of church burglaries in the weeks prior to Cabrera's arrest, but Cabrera has not been charged in any other break-ins.

Detectives reportedly gathered some DNA evidence at some crime scenes, but no word yet on whether Cabrera can be linked to the other burglaries.

August 8, 2012 - 8:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, alexander, Bethany.

Jolene Janelle Goodell, 32, of Attica Road, Attica, is charged with assault, 3rd, criminal contempt, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Goodell was picked up in the City of Batavia on a warrant out of Town of Alexander Court on the listed charges. Goodell was jailed on $2,500 bail.

William Delose Hirsch, 25, of Buckman Road, Bethany, is charged with unlawful imprisonment, 2nd. Hirsch was taken into custody by County Probation on an arrest warrant out of city court.

August 7, 2012 - 6:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Andrew Cuomo, synthetic drugs, bath salts.

Local officials welcome new NYS Health Department regulations cracking down on the sale and possession of synthetic drugs, but also say the new rules are no substitute for aggressive legislation from Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made three stops across the state today to announce new rules against drugs he deemed more dangerous than crack cocaine or methamphetamines or heroin.

“It is a new face on a very old enemy. It’s an enemy that we fought decade after decade. The enemy is drugs, and it’s an ongoing battle. When you beat one manifestation of the drugs, it comes back in another form, sometimes more virulent.

But whether it’s crack cocaine or methamphetamines or heroin back in the old days, this is just the newest explosion of that old enemy. And in some ways it’s more dangerous and it’s more insidious, because this wasn’t sold in a back alley. This wasn’t sold on a street corner. This isn’t sold in the shadows. This is sold in broad daylight, over the counter in stores all across this state and across this nation.”

Unlike a previous health department ban on synthetic cannabinoids, which allowed only for civil penalties, the new emergency regulations give local police officers the power to arrest people found in possession of banned substances.

If convicted, a person caught selling or possessing one of the banned substances could be fined $500 or serve 15 days in jail, and while the new regulation (PDF) allows for multiple penalties for a shop owner caught with several packages of drugs, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said he's concerned the new rules won't have the desired effect.

"When you consider the harm that we know is caused by these substances, I would like to see more teeth in the law," Friedman said.

When The 420 Emporium stores, along with the residence of the owner(s), were raided by the DEA on July 25, agents recovered more than $700,000 in cash.

Friedman said thinks the penalties need to be harsher than just a $500 fine, even if the fine and jail time can be strung together.

Sheriff Gary Maha expressed some of the same reservations.

Maha urged the Legislature to pass a bill that would make the sale or possession of synthetic compounds a violation of the law under the state's penal code, rather than just a violation of the public health law.

"This appears to be a 'Band-Aid' approach until the legislature enacts such legislation," Maha said. "It helps, but is not enough."

The new regulation bans a dozen specific compounds associated with the type of synthetic drug commonly known as "bath salts." 

While the state has already listed some "bath salt" compounds as controlled substances, the state doesn't have a comprehensive "analog" law (a law that bans substances that are the same or similar to already illegal controlled substances).

The new regulation does specifically cover analogs of banned substances. It also covers a wider variety of the more than 450 known synthetic cannabinoids.

While the regulation specifically states employees of stores selling such products can be prosecuted, the store owners (anybody with an ownership interest in the store) are also held to criminal liability even if not present at the time of sale.

Besides the fine and jail time, a store owner could lose his business.

Batavia PD Chief Shawn Heubusch wasn't available for comment today, but City Manager Jason Molino said the health department's new regulations were a topic on conversation today in a meeting between city staff and the county health department.

Molino said that while the new law seems to lack teeth, it is a step in the right direction.

He also pointed out that tonight is National Night Out and several neighborhoods in the city are actively participating, including the neighborhood around Pringle Park, which organized its own event this year.

"When neighborhoods get together, that is your more powerful enforcement tool," Molino said.

Inset photo: File photo.

August 7, 2012 - 11:41am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

A man is attempting to bust down the front door of a woman's house at 13 Hutchins St. in the City of Batavia. Police are responding.

August 7, 2012 - 8:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, crime, elba, Darien, Alabama.

Todd Allan Betts, 35, of Transit Road, Elba, is charged with reckless endangerment, 1st, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing, 2nd, criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, 2nd. Betts was charged following the report of a domestic incident. Betts allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her to the ground. He allegedly pointed a shotgun in the direction of the woman and a child. Betts was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Tametha A. Wentland, 40, of Harlow Road, Darien, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Wentland is accused of physically contacting a victim. The incident was reported at 11:59 p.m., Saturday. Wentland was arrested by State Police.

Levi Winnie, 26, of 590 Council House Road, Basom, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. The alleged incident was reported at 4:15 a.m., Saturday. Winnie was arrested by State Police on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. No further details were released.

August 6, 2012 - 4:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

A suspect in a series of burglaries in Le Roy and Batavia who was taken into custody during an alleged break-in a week ago has been charged with one count of burglary.

Russell P. Cessna, 24, of 18 Pleasant St., Le Roy, was arrested after being allegedly caught in the act on Summit Street, Batavia.

Investigators say Cessna made forcible entry into the residence and stole jewelry, cash and coins.

Following a series of similar burglaries in Le Roy, Batavia and other parts of Genesee County, the Le Roy PD, Batavia PD and Sheriff's Office cooperated on an investigation and set up a surveillance detail, which led to Cessna's arrest.

Cessna was taken into custody and held in jail on a warrant for alleged violation of parole.

Additional burglary charges are pending. He will be arraigned in Batavia City Court at 1 p.m., Tuesday.

August 6, 2012 - 7:38am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

Brad C. Doward, of 10 Hall St., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, endangering the welfare of a child, and harassment, 2nd. The 22-year-old was involved in a domestic incident Aug. 3 on Prune Street wherein he allegedly pushed a female acquaintance in the presence of a 10-year-old child. There's an order of protection in place directing the defendant to refrain himself from harassment against this female. He turned himself into the Batavia PD on Aug. 5, was arraigned and put in jail without bail pending his court appearance today at 1:30 p.m. The investigating officers were Frank Klimjack and Jason Ivison.

August 4, 2012 - 9:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield.

If you see anybody with a scooter that looks like this, Oakfield resident Lois Sutton is hoping you will contact the Sheriff's Office.

Sutton said this morning somebody stole her from Motofino scooter from her back yard. She thinks the look of the scooter is unique enough, and there are no local dealers, that it will stand out.

The Sheriff's Office can be contacted at 585-345-3000.

August 4, 2012 - 11:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A Maple Street resident who admitted to welfare fraud will serve five years probation and must repay $11,341.18 after being sentenced in Genesee County Court.

Kerry Ackley, 39, admitted in May to a felony count of attempted grand larceny, 3rd.

She received benefits after failing to report her receipt of worker's compensation. She was originally charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing and the grand larceny charge.

Ackley is also barred from receiving food stamps.


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