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November 24, 2015 - 8:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Police Facility.


A month ago, council members, while discussing the proposed new police station, said the last thing they wanted to do was "kick the can down the road."

Monday, after hearing from a half-dozen public speakers who had nothing good to say about the proposal, the sound of tin rattling on pavement could be heard quite distinctly in City Hall.

"I'm suggesting that we put a task force together to see if it is possible for a merger or consolidation between the police department and the sheriff's," said Council President Brooks Hawley. "Before we can move forward with spending any money at all, we need to do our due diligence before we spend taxpayers money."

We've been down this road before, and it got the city nowhere, said Councilman Eugene Jankowski, a former Batavia police officer.

"I've been involved in several projects where the Police Department and Sheriff's Office were going to merge and unfortunately for the Sheriff, the city caused so many delays that the Sheriff was delayed in building (a new building) at least five years, maybe longer," Jankowski said. "Every time the project came up, someone suggested merger and that would scare everyone off, things would go away. To get things done, the Sheriff, who was waiting and waiting, finally out of frustration, he couldn't wait any longer, he had his new building built. 

"There were many opportunities for this to happen and it was passed by or whatever reason," Jankowski added.

Then Jankowski endorsed the idea of a feasibility study being completed on a possible merger of departments.

Most of the anti-police station speakers called for a merger or elimination of the city police force.  

"Spending $10 to $14 million on a new police station is an awful waste of money," said Peter Garlock, who served on the police facilities task force that met more than a dozen times over a seven-month period and came up with the recommendation for a new police station on Swan Street.

Dave Olsen, president of the Genesee County Libertarian Party (top photo), suggested the city's law enforcement needs could be met through private security, volunteers in homeowners and business associations and citizens with the legal right to carry firearms.

"More government means more taxation and it makes citizens less free by taking a portion of their income and choice away," Olsen said.

While under current circumstances (which delays could change), it's likely the new police station could be built without the city increasing its current debt load or raising taxes (see the financing memo in the council's Oct. 26 agenda (pdf)), several speakers objected to the proposal based on assumptions of increased debt and higher taxes.

  • Bob Bialkowski: "Batavia is a community of low, low middle-income families. We do not want to be saddled with any more debt."
  • Jim Rosenbeck: "We should also ask how building a new police station impacts the taxes on our aging and declining population? What are the tax implications for our local downtown businesses, some of which are struggling?"
  • Rosenbeck: "I sympathize with the police who find their current home is aging and deteriorating. We would all probably like a new home, but often we can't afford it. We have to live within our means. We can't get everything on our wish list. I ask that you be responsible with our tax dollars."
  • Daniel DelPlato: "Taxes, you've got to keep them down. There are people on fixed incomes. We all know the prices of everything is going up. You've got to think about the senior citizens, even though there are not a lot of them here, you've got to represent them, too."

In contrast, David Lone (bottom photo), who served on the police facilities task force, said the council should consider the cost of kicking the can down the road.

"Interest on borrowing rates are right now at historic lows," Lone said. "That's one factor the council should take into consideration. If the decision is postponed for five or 10 years, interest rates may go up  two, three, four times what they are now.  On a 20 year bond, you're talking of adding hundreds of thousand if not millions to the whole project by not taking full advantage of these historic low rates that are available."

While the council waits on a study -- which it didn't even explicitly authorize Monday night -- city staff is unable to move forward on the project. Purchase of the land can't be negotiated, which leaves it vulnerable to purchase by a commercial interest, nor can environmental studies be conducted to ensure it should be purchased or what it might cost to remediate, design work can't begin and financing can't get locked in.  Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is looking at the first interest rate hike in nearly a decade when it meets in December.

Not all the speakers were against building a new police station on Swan Street. Local businesswoman Diane Kastenbaum endorsed the idea.

"We do need a new station and the time to move on  it is now," said Kastenbaum, who said she's recently added 10 employees to her company's workforce and plans to hire more. "Our population is not in decline. I see signs of hope, signs of growth, and I think there will be more of a demand for a state-of-the-art police station in our community."

There was some talk of exploring shared services with the Sheriff's Office to eliminate duplicate work and reduce costs and perhaps eliminate the need for a new police station.

Rosenbeck noted that city property owners pay for both the Batavia PD, through city taxes, and the Sheriff's Office, through county taxes.

"One good question we should be asking -- what are we currently getting from the county in return for our funding the city police and the county sheriff's services," Rosenbeck said. "Are there ways we can get greater value from a city-county partnership, with smart sharing of costs, services and possible facilities?"

Jankowski had the answer.

  • The city's inmates are housed in the county's jail for free
  • Arrestees are photographed and booked by jail staff, so city patrols get back on the road quicker
  • Deputies transport the city's inmates to and from the courthouse for free
  • The Sheriff's Office handles all dispatch for police, fire and DPW, saving the city $100,000 a year, as well as providing the radio system and patrol computer suspect along with technical support
  • Deputies provide security for City Court
  • The county pays for all medical treatment for the city's inmates

In addition, Jankowski said, the Sheriff is very generous with Homeland Security grants. The Sheriff's Office purchased the city's ERT vehicle, trains the ERT team, provides it with body armor and provides a third of the personnel in the ERT team. The Sheriff's Office also manages the drug task force.

"How much more can we dump on the Sheriff?" Jankowski said. "He's pretty much already doing everything for us except patrol. At some point, the city has to take responsibility and patrol it's own backyard."

John Roach noted that any discussion of shared services really just means elimination of the police department, and that's the central question the council needs to answer. Is it willing to eliminate Batavia PD.  If not, then move on and select Swan Street for the new police station.

It's a better option, he said, then trying to once again renovate the Brisbane Mansion.

"Building new is cheaper," he said.

Councilwoman Patti Pacino is in favor of Swan Street, but said she is willing to go along with a feasibility study if it doesn't cost a lot of money.

"I don't want a study that's just another study that gives us an answer," Pacino said. "If we do a study, fine, but I don't want to pay $30,000 for it. I don't want someone else to come in and look at it. People of Batavia know more about what we want in Batavia than anybody we could get to come in and do a study."

Several council members suggested that the county should pay half the cost of a feasability study.

Reached today, County Manager Jay Gsell said the county would be happy to the help the city in a grant application to the state to fund a study, but the county's budget for 2016 is set.

"I haven't had a discussion with Jason yet about how far they would want to go in terms of further discussion before they start looking at just building a separate and discreet police facility," Gsell said. "The county is open and amenable to having further dialogue and getting real serious about what the future holds for law enforcement in Genesee County. Certainly, we can go to the state to get the funding for further analysis."

Gsell noted, the city and county have been down this road before. There was talk of moving both departments into what is now the court facility, with a third and fourth floor atop the structure we know now, and when the Sheriff's Office built its new facility on Park Road.  He understands, he said, the council's desire to do the same due diligence now.

"Whenever you get ready to spend between $10 to $17 million, you don't do that based on thinking not everything has been examined fully, and I think that's all they're looking at doing right now," Gsell said.

Merging departments is a complex consideration said Sheriff Gary Maha.  A fully funded study would be necessary to determine potential cost savings, if any, and its impact on both departments.

There's certainly high near-term expense for new uniforms, car decals, equipment and training, Maha said.

Such a feasibility study was undertaken for Jamestown PD and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office in 2009, and that potential merger is still pending, Maha noted (The state issued a $400,000 grant for the study.)

"It's not a simple issue, but worth looking at if that's want they want to do," Maha said.


November 24, 2015 - 3:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Larry's Steakhouse, batavia, business, downtown.


There's been too much bad in the world recently, so Brenden Mullen, co-owner of Larry's Steakhouse, on Main Street, Batavia, decided he wanted to do something good.

Larry's will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, serving free meals to "anybody and everybody" who wants to stop in.

The meals will include turkey, mash potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash and cranberry sauce along with a slice of pumpkin pie.

All for free.

"Somebody very dear to me, touched my life, had a positive impact and made me want to better myself in any way I can," Mullen said. "I thought it might be a step in the right direction."

Word has spread quickly on social media, Mullen said, and just today he got a touching call from an administrator at Batavia HS who said a student who had been wondering what he would do on Thanksgiving, with no place else to go, heard about the community meal and now he plans on being at Larry's.

That really touched Mullen, he said.  It's hard to believe in this day and age a high school student would need some place to go on Thanksgiving Day, but there are people in our community with all kinds of needs, he said, and perhaps his gesture will help a few people out.

He just came up with the idea Saturday, enlisted the chef to help, and started getting things organized. He doesn't know what to expect and said additional volunteers to help are welcome.

"I thought it would be a good way to do something good for the community," Mullen said. "Like I said, I just get sick of reading the news, turning on the TV, and it's nothing but bad news anymore, so I wanted to give people a reason to smile and feel good about something."

November 24, 2015 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee Chorale, batavia, music, arts, entertainment.


The Genesee Chorale held a rehearsal Monday night in preparation for its show at 7 p.m., Dec. 4, at St. James Episcopal Church.

Directed by Ric Jones, the show is Christmas-themed and the performance is titled "Our Hope is a Child." Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door, and can be purchased online at

The show will include what is billed as an "energetic" version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" with four-handed piano accompaniment, with Doug Hansen and guest pianist Henry Emmans. The Genesee Children's Chorus will also be featured on a number of pieces. Fran Thomas also performs a solo.






November 24, 2015 - 11:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in rocket car, charles thomas, batavia.


Restoration work on the "Rocket Car," originally built in Batavia in 1938 by Charles D. Thomas and Norman Richardson, is under way at Dick McClurg's garage.

Top photo shows, the motor and a damaged fender have been removed.


McClurg found a 1938 or '39 flathead, so it's period-correct, in Lockport. The original engine (which wasn't in the car when it was purchased, having probably been replaced in the 1950s) was a 1934 or '35 flathead. The "new" engine is "turnkey ready," McClurg said. It just needs to be dropped into place.


McClurg has started removing the interior. The seats and windows are out. Next, and it will be tough, possibly, the dashboard.


The hood is off.


The seats are out. They will be sent to another shop to be reupholstered.


This picture may not show it well, but McClurg found an interesting innovation in the front "bench seat." Typically, a bench seat is one piece across the width of the car, that's why it's called a bench seat. The Thomas car is a two-door but had a rear passenger seat. McClurg figured Thomas designed the car with a rear seat, but not much thought that anybody would actually ride in it because it would be too hard to get to the back with the bench seat in place. What Thomas designed, however, was a partially hinged bench seat. On each end of the seat is a side wing that can be folded down or locked in place.


November 23, 2015 - 5:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, byron, corfu.

Brad L. Ohlson, 38, of Walnut Street, Batavia, is charged with third-degree assault. He was arrested on Nov. 20 after an incident occurred at 3:51 p.m. on Central Avenue. It is alleged that Ohlson struck another person, causing the person to fall and strike a door, causing physical injury to that person. Ohlson was issued an appearance ticket and is to be in City Court on Dec. 8. The case was handled by Batavia PD Officer Chad Minuto, assisted by Officer Mitchell Cowen.

Christopher J. Simmons, 42, of Wayneport Road, Macedon, Leanna J. Williams, 25, of St. Paul Street, Rochester, and Anthony J. Stagnitto, 26, of West Ridge Road, Rochester, were arrested Nov. 21 after the trio was allegedly involved in shoplifting at Kohl's department store in Batavia. The vehicle used in the crime was stopped on Noonan Drive near the intersection of Oak Street by city Police officers. It is alleged that Simmons entered the store and removed items while Williams drove the getaway car, picking Simmons up by the front doors and speeding away. Stagnitto was a passenger and identified himself falsely as another person because he had a felony arrest warrant out of Monroe County for him. Stagnitto was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and is charged with criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. Simmons was jailed without bail and is to reappear in Town of Batavia Court on Nov. 30. He is charged with a felony -- fourth-degree grand larceny, and he was also issued an appearance ticket for criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, which is a misdemeanor, and is due in City Court on Dec. 14. Williams was issued an appearance ticket for fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and is due in Town of Batavia Court on Dec. 17. The case was investigated by Sheriff's Deputy Rachel Diehl and Deputy John Baiocco, assisted by Deputy Christopher Parker, and Batavia PD officers Marc Lawrence and Frank Klimjack.

James A. McCormick, 23, of Kendall Road, Churchville, is charged with moving from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated for allegedly having a BAC of .18 percent of higher at the time. He was arrested after a motor-vehicle accident at 12:43 a.m. on Nov. 22 on North Lake Road, Bergen. His vehicle went off the roadway and struck a utility pole. He was issued an appearance ticker for Town of Bergen Court at a later date and time. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Hale, assisted by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Armand M. Gioia, 28, of Hall Street, Batavia, is charged with driving without a license, driving while intoxicated -- first offense, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more -- first offense, and unsafe backing of a vehicle. Gioia was stopped at 1:20 p.m. on Nov. 15 on East Main Street, Batavia, after he allegedly struck another vehicle in the parking lot of a local restaurant. He is to be in City Court on Dec. 2. The case was handled by Batavia PD Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk, assisted by Officer Felicia DeGroot.

Marissa Anne Brennan, 22, of North Byron Road, Byron, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. She was arrested at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 for allegedly stealing property in excess of $1,000 in value. She was put in jail on $2,500 bail. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Ryan DeLong, assisted by Deputy James Diehl.

Randy Dumbleton Jr., 32, of 3322 W. Main St., Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, a Class B felony, unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, 2nd. During a residence check by NYS Parole, the subject was allagedly found to possess a quantity what is suspected to be crack cocaine and marijuana. He was taken into custody. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Lonnie Nati, assisted by Deputy Chad Minuto.

A 16-year-old who lives on Central Avenue in Batavia is charged with disorderly conduct for fighting. The teen was arrested on Nov. 19 at Batavia High School for fighting with another student in the hallway. The teen was issued an appearance ticket and released. The case was handled by Batavia PD Officer Marc Lawrence.

Frank Lynn Morrison, 34, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Arfter being arraigned in City Court, he was released and went to the City Clerk's Office and posted a fine of $135. He is scheduled to pay the remainder of his fines in increments. A return court date was not set. The case was handled by Batavia PD Officer James DeFreze.

Joshua M. Pierce, 20, of Meadowbrook Terrance, Corfu, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding. On. Nov. 22, at 9:39 a.m. Pierce was stopped on Denio Street by Batavia PD for a speed violation. At that time, Pierce was allegedly found to possess marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket and in due in City Court on Dec. 8. The case was handled by Batavia PD Officer Arick Perkins.

Jeremy David Holmwood, 24, of Corinthia Street, Lockport, is charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument. He was arrested on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to appear on previous charges on Nov. 4. He was jailed on $1,000 bail. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Ryan DeLong.

Chong Christian Nimora, 35, of Metropolitan Drive, Rochester, was arrested on a bench warrant out of Town of Batavia Court for a charged on Nov. 7 of petit larceny. She was released on her own recognizance. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Ryan DeLong.

Bleyke Z. Culver, 19, of Ellsworth Avenue, Batavia, was arrested after a bench warrant was issued through City Court for Culver's alleged failure to pay a fine in regards to owning/harboring an unlicensed dog. He posted bail and was released and is to return to court on Dec. 8. The case was handled by Batavia PD Officer Jamie Givens.

November 23, 2015 - 4:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, UMMC, batavia, Attica.

An Attica woman who was arrested for attempting to bite an emergency room nurse and punching her several times in the stomach will spend at least a year-and-a-half in State Prison after pleading guilty this morning to attempted assault in the second degree.

In an unusual twist, she was also sentenced today.

Kerri L. Forsberg, 43, of Alexander Road, Attica, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, has medical issues that meant she couldn't be housed in any of the county jails Genesee County uses to hold female inmates. In those circumstances, the state will hold an unsentenced inmate, and at no cost to the county, said District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.

The difficulty, however, is that Forsberg was held in Bedford, and Genesee County deputies were required to take her back and forth between the prison and her court appearances.

So some of her appearances were actually waived, including her plea-cutoff. She was planning to take her case to trial, Friedman explained, but when she changed her mind and decided to take the plea offer, arrangements were made for Forsberg to enter her plea and be sentenced on the same day.

Friedman said the Probation Department was "great" for their handling of the expedited pre-sentence investigation. Investigators obtained the case file this morning, combined it with Forsberg's PSI from a previous case in Wyoming County, and were able to meet the deadline of 4 p.m. for the completed report.

Forsberg is eligible for release in one-and-a-half years, but could serve up to three years. She was sentenced as a second felony offender.

She was arrested in early July for attempting to bite a UMMC nurse and punching her in the stomach.

November 23, 2015 - 10:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia.

Three men accused of assaulting another person April 29 on Holland Avenue entered guilty pleas in County Court this morning, though they did not admit to the actual crime.

Under an Alford plea, the defendants pled guilty because they believe a jury would likely convict them based on available evidence, but did not admit to the facts leading to the charge. 

The young men, Terrance M. SchrammTerrence D. Johnson, and Leonard A. Johnson III entered guilty pleas to second-degree assault under terms that would cap their sentences of six months in jail and five years probation, a term known as "shock probation," which is intended to give defendants a taste of confinement and monitored terms of behavior following release.

The victim in the case suffered an orbital fracture and lost of range of motion in one shoulder, said District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.

Witnesses said they saw four or five young men beating and kicking the victim.

The victim identified the defendants as three of the people who attacked him, but the other possible attackers have not been identified.

Previously: Grand Jury: Three men indicted for first-degree gang assault

November 22, 2015 - 9:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia PD, batavia.


Stacy Bolles, wife of Officer Eric Bolles, shared this picture of a group of wives of Batavia police officers showing their support of their husbands' work.

"We want everyone to know that we stand behind our husbands and support them in their duty to protect and serve, even though sometimes it means sacrificing our time with them," Stacy said. "Families of police miss having them at the holidays so they can protect other families. We share a sisterhood being police wives and we all care for and support each other."

November 22, 2015 - 9:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Foxprowl-Con, Foxprowl, batavia.


The first Foxprowl-Con at the Clarion Hotel was packed with energy and some interesting characters Saturday.

The event continues today. For more information, visit














November 22, 2015 - 8:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in hlom, Wonderland of Trees, batavia.


Photos from Friday's opening of the Wonderland of Trees for 2015 at the Holland Land Office Museum.










November 21, 2015 - 8:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia.

A two-car accident is reported at West Main and Thomas Avenue, Batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

There are believed to be minor injuries.

UPDATE 9:01 p.m.: City PD on scene, reporting no injuries.

November 21, 2015 - 8:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia.


A driver was trapped in his car after it went off the road in the area of 9186 Alexander Road, Batavia, just before 3 p.m.

Town of Batavia firefighters worked for an hour to extricate the driver, who was both trapped in the vehicle and trapped by limbs from a tree. He suffered only bumps and bruises and was transported to UMMC. 

The vehicle struck a mailbox and a blue spruce tree.

Info and photo provided by Mike Pullinzi.

November 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, elba, Le Roy, Alabama, West Bergen.

Sarah Wilson, 31, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor following a joint investigation by the Genesee County Department of Social Services and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department. Wilson is charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd, one count of offering a false instrument for filing, 1st, both of which are felonies, one count of petit larceny. The investigation started after a Social Welfare Examiner at Genesee County Social Services noticed several inconsistencies in a medical statement Wilson had submitted to the department, which Wilson claimed had been completed by a local doctor. The investigation that followed revealed the medical statement allegedly had not been completed or signed by the doctor. Wilson was arrested by Sheriff's Investigator Joseph Graff and jailed on $1,000 bail. She is scheduled to reappear in Batavia Town Court at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Lee A. Baxter, 31, of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with obstructing governmental administration, 2nd, third-degree assault, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Baxter was arrested at 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 19 following a reported on a domestic incident which had allegedly become physical. Batavia police patrols arrived and allegedly observed a physical altercation between "Baxter and another female." Baxter was put in Genesee County Jail on $2,000 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Arick Perkins, assisted by Officer Chad Richards.

Cody A. Bush, 29, of Walnut Street, Batavia, is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. It is alleged that he sold a quantity of suboxone, which is a controlled substance, in and around the City of Batavia and the Town of Elba  to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force. The DA's Office assisted in the investigation. The defendant was already in GC Jail on related charges when he was arrested Monday by Sheriff's deputies and arraigned in City Court on one count and then transferred to Elba Town Court where he was arraigned on the other count. He was taken back to jail.

Patrick Antonio Griffin, 46, of Saint Petersburg, Fla., is charged with: first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation; operation of a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more, first offense; driving while intoxicated, first offense; unlawful possession of marijuana; operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver; and having non-transparent window tint. Griffin was arrested at 1:09 p.m. on Nov. 14 on Ledge Road in Alabama. He was put in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Corona.

William David Conner, 64, of Harris Road, Le Roy, was arrested at 6:31 p.m. on Nov. 14 on Linwood Road in Le Roy and charged with: driving while ability impaired by alcohol, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle while on a public highway, failure to dim headlights, and having inadequate tail lamps. He is to reappear in Le Roy Town Court on Dec. 21. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Corona.

Michael William Godden, 38, of Edgemere Drive, Rochester, was arrested Nov. 18 at 11 p.m. after being stopped on Route 490 in West Bergen. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, first offense, refusal to take a breath test, and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate. He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Corona.

A 17-year-old male who resides in Batavia is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was arrested Nov. 18 after allegedly breaking a window at his mother's residence and then proceeding to yell at her and call her names, in violation of an order of protection which had been issued on Oct. 29 and was valid until 10/29/16. He was jailed in lieu of $500 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jamie Givens, assisted by Sgt. Dan Coffey.

Frank F. Sposato III, 21, of Irwin Place, Huntington, was arrested today at 1:49 p.m. and charged with speeding and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was arrested following a traffic stop at 20 W. Main St. in Batavia and put in jail in lieu of $250 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Eric Foels.

Kevin R. Larsen, 38, of Hall Street, Batavia, was arrested on Nov. 16 on a bench warrant, which was issued following an incident that occurred on Nov. 5 on Swan Street. He was put in jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer James DeFreze, assisted by Officer Eric Hill.

November 20, 2015 - 4:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Operation Warm, IAFF Local 896, City Fire, batavia, Jackson School.


City of Batavia firefighters, members of IAFF Local 896, made their annual trip to Jackson School this afternoon to hand out winter coats to students who needed them.

The children received brand new, 100-percent American-made winter coats. The donations are part of a national effort sponsored by the not-for-profit Operation Warm.



November 20, 2015 - 4:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Elmwood Cemetery, fire, batavia.

A possible tree fire is reported in Elmwood Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. City firefighters are responding.

November 20, 2015 - 4:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Foxprowl, Foxprowl-Con, conventions, Clarion, batavia, business.


The Clarion Hotel in Batavia will be filled this weekend with superheroes, space aliens, monsters and robots, all gathering to partake in Foxprowl-Con, the first local comic and collectables convention.

Bill Hume, owner of Foxprowl Collectables on Ellicott Street, is the lead organizer of the event, which he said could draw from 2,000 to 4,000 guests from all over the region.

The convention will feature more than 100 vendors and several celebrities from the world of comics and sci-fi/horror entertainment, including Mark Dodson, from Star Wars and Gremlins, Kevin Duhaney and Jeff Parazzo, from Power Rangers, Adam Minarovich from the Walking Dead, Steve Cardenas, from Power Rangers, and Tyler Green and Rashaad Santiago, from FaceOff, among others.

These photos are from this afternoon while vendors were setting up. The convention opens this evening and continues Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit








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