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August 4, 2009 - 6:55am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Care-A-Van would like to thank Cornell Cooperative Extension Office for partnering with us to make a difference. The gals came out his past Saturday for grocery distribution at Batavia Gardens. They did a few home visits with folks while we were there and were able to set up follow up services for those in need

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Elder Ron DeMena of the Prayer Room came out on Sunday to do the street church service at Sunset Motel. I just love Elder Ron! He is such a man of the Lord's wisdom. He sure does always look dapper too!

August 3, 2009 - 10:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements.

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James D. Reese sits on his brand new 2009 Harley Davidson Fatboy for the first time outside Stan's Harley as he congratulated by Lt. Nate Fix of the Batavia Volunteer Fire Dept. Reese won the Harley in the department annual raffle.
 

August 3, 2009 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, Pavilion, corfu.

Bryan McWain Hargrave, 22, of 10692 Pavilion Center Road, Pavilion, is charged with petty larceny. Hargrave allegedly stole two 18-packs of beer and a bottle of water from the Wilson's Farms Store in Pavilion on July 12, at 5:17 p.m.  The alleged left was taped on the store's security cameras. On July 31, Hargrave was located and reportedly admitted to the theft.

Aaron F. Branton, 33, of 4022 Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI. Officer Dan Coffey reportedly observed Branton drive his vehicle over the center line on Main Street Saturday at 2:12 a.m. Upon investigation, Coffey concluded Branton was driving while intoxicated.

Andrew J. Rock, 23, of 144 State St., Apt. #3, Batavia, is charged with harassment. Rock allegedly made threatening phone calls to a woman acquaintance. He was placed in jail on $1,000 bail.

Douglas G. Goodwin, Jr., 18, of 130 Bank St., Batavia, is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested Thursday at 1:54 p.m..

Eric C. Smith, 21, of 27 Dellinger Ave., Batavia, is charged with menacing and disorderly conduct. Smith is accused of making threats and acting in a threatening manner while at the M&T Express convenience store at 100 W. Main Road, Batavia, Sunday at 3:30 a.m.. Officer Bolles arrested Smith and took him back to police headquarters where he allegedly urinated on the floor, leading to the disorderly conduct charge. Further charges are pending regarding alleged property damage at the M&T Express.

Brad C. Doward, 19, of 16 Harvester Ave., Batavia, is charged with DWI and DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater. Doward was reportedly stopped on Oak Street by officer Camp for allegedly running a red light while turning right. During the traffic stop, officer Camp concluded Doward was allegedly intoxicated.

Larry S. Yoho, 37, of 134 W. Main St, third floor, Batavia, is charged with assault. Yoho allegedly assaulted another person Friday at 1 a.m..

Steven E. Ball, 35, of 11 1/2 Meadowcrest Drive, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt. Ball allegedly violated an order of protection that barred him from contact with a female acquaintance.

Warren T. Cotton, 32, no permanent address, is charged with petty larceny. Cotton allegedly stole jewelry from Lambert's Jewelers, 375 W. Main St., Batavia, on July 21 at 3 p.m.. Det. Pat Corona investigated the case.

Rob Ronald Rindell, 39, of 8897 Lovers Lane Road, Corfu, is charged with harassment. Rindell allegedly grabbed and pushed another person during a domestic dispute Saturday at 6:45 p.m..

Teresa Marie Ganzhorn, 19, of 4346 Batavia-Elba Townline Road, Batavia, is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle. Ganzhone was allegedly driving a car without the owner's consent.

Jered E. Menichol, 22, of 4560 Walden Ave., Lancaster, is charged with DWI. Deputy Frank G. Bordonaro allegedly came upon Menichol's vehicle parked on the highway, blocking Harlow Road in Darien. Upon further investigation, Bordonaro concluded Menichol had allegedly been driving drunk. He was also charged with driving an uninspected vehicle.

Brian Robert Mruczek, 29, of 9214 Dorman Road, Batavia, is charged with harassment. Mruczek allegedly grabbed and pulled his wife's hair during a domestic dispute. A stay-away order was issued.

UPDATE: We just received arrest reports from the State Police for the first time:

Chrystal S. McCook, 23, of Batavia, and Christine A. Forte, 31, of Le Roy, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Forte was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 63 in Oakfield on Sunday. Forte was issued traffic tickets for several alleged infractions, according to State Police.

Michelle L. Boccaccio, 38, of Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of prescription medication outside of its prescribed container. Boccaccio was allegedly found in possession of three Adderall pills without a prescription or a prescribed container after being stopped for alleged speeding on I-490.  Boccaccio was also allegedly driving on a suspended New York driver's license.

Jeremy H. Boyce, 26, of Lyndonville, is charged with DWI following a traffic stop for allegedly talking on his mobile phone while driving. Boyce is accused of having a BAC of .07 percent. Boyce was stopped at routes 5 and 77.

August 3, 2009 - 12:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports, Ryan Gugel.

Video from Sunday's nights game at Batavia's Dwyer Stadium where former BHS and GCC standout Ryan Gugel played for the first time as a pro in his hometown ballpark.  Gugel is a free agent-signee with the Philadelphia Phillie's franchise in Williamsport.

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Jim Owen was one of Ryan's teachers. He had this picture taken before last night's game.

August 1, 2009 - 10:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia FIre Department.

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This evening, City of Batavia firefighter Richard Stefaniak was riding high atop the city's ladder truck. He told me the view is great from up there.  He was testing the apparatus after some recent repairs.

If you would like to download a high-res version this photo, click here.

August 1, 2009 - 9:10pm

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This Tuesday, Augst 4th is National Night Out here in Batavia at Austin Park. The event is being  held from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Pictured above is Lisa Barrett. She was out videotaping at a recent Care-A-Van event. I got the opportunity to catch up with her to hear her story of the song she will be singing at National Night out this week.

" I was sitting in St. Mary's Church listenting to Deacon Tom Casey's homily. He said some words that had a great impact on me. He said "we've all been given special talents, so go and share  your light with the wolrd." It was his words, together with my personal feelings on violence and the poor in the world, that inspired me to write the song. "Share Your Light".

The song has made great strides. It has been the theme song for National Night Out in Cheetowaga, NY in 2007 and again this year in Batavia.

"Share Your Light" is also a theme song for an event in Virgina Beach, VA called Share Your Light Night. The neighbors line their streets with  luminary bags to symbolize neighborhood unity and safe neighborhoods for kids. I have been the "ok" to start our very own Share Your Light in Batavia. Stay tuned for more information on this.

The song seems to appeal to secular and non -Secular organizations. Lisa had a minister email her that she wanted to play the song during the sermon. Another church in the D.C. district is interested in the song for a fundraising campagn for their church. They said the song so closely resembles their theme.

Lisa and her husband  Kyle and son Tyler are working on a music video for the "Share Your Light". They use to be neighbors of Paul and Bridget Ohlson from Care-A-Van Ministries years ago. When they started thinking of the video and showing people sharing their light, they instantly thought of Care-A-Van ministries and how they go forth to share the light. The video will include photos from the Virgina event and film footage from Care-A-Van Ministries. Care-A-Van was so honored to be a part of song and vision that will reach thousands of people.

Lisa also feels very honored to be singing at Austin Park. As she was inspired to start her songwriting upon the death of her nephew, who's name was Austin. Now does that give you the chills or what!

Be sure to join us all at Austin Park to hear this wonderful song and to celebrate the safety of our community. There are alot of fun events planned at the park including a Free Outside Family Movie.- Mall Cop.

In closing Lisa stated " I guess Deacon Tom was right. I shared my light.. and now the song is starting to reach across the world!

You can visit Lisa's website at www.lisabarrettcd.com

 

Also www.shareyourlightnight.blogspot.com for more on the Virgina event.

 

Best of Luck Lisa. God Bless and go forth and Share that Light!

As we say- Keep the Light On! - Care-A-Van Ministries

I also enjoyed her latest hit "Punchin' In Punchin" Out

July 31, 2009 - 3:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weeds.

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The picture above is what the loading dock of the former Latina's Grocery Store was taken Monday. Below is a picture taken this afternoon.

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As you can see, there's still some work to be done (weeds growing from the roof, graffiti clean up), but it's a big improvement.

Work crews at the direction of the city clean up the Latina's lot (which had weeds encircling the building) on Wednesday. City officials told WBTA that the property owner was fined $250 under the new weed abatement ordinance, plus the cost of clean up. Also cited and cleaned up was Della Penna Paving (picture from Monday below).

No word on how much the property owners will be billed for the clean up work.

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July 31, 2009 - 8:31am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Carlos Manuel Cruz, 20, of 120 Crowley St. Upper, Buffalo, is charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Cruz allegedly bit his girlfriend's father in his left breast during a fight. Cruz was allegedly holding his 3-month-old son at the time.

Joshua P. Moore, 18, of Route 31 in Holley, is charged with petty larceny. Moore and two accomplices allegedly stole beer from Tops on Tuesday. Store cameras were used to help identify Moore. The two other suspects have not been apprehended yet. Moore was also allegedly caught Wednesday night trying to steal beer from the Southside Deli on Ellicott Street.

July 31, 2009 - 8:25am
posted by Melissa George in batavia, race, jaycees, Labor Day, walk.
Event Date and Time: 
September 7, 2009 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
 

The Batavia Area Jaycees are proud to announce the 23rd Annual Labor Day 5K Run & Walk on September 7, 2009 at MacArthurPark in Batavia, NY.  This is the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Regional Action Phone, Inc. (RAP). 

 

July 30, 2009 - 11:48pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries, Ronzoulla J.

Ok here is my first attempt at a You tube video.

Ron Jacobs known as Ronzoulla J to the music world came out with Care-A-Van tonight at our picnic at the Sunset Motel. He is a Christian songwriter/ singer. His family joined us tonight as well.

He was accompanied tonight by Rich Campbell, a member of our Care-A-Van Band.

Enjoy!

 

See Chris comment below for the video. until I can get Howard to help me put it here. . I tried to put it here and then it  would not allow me to edit it last nite? 

 

Hmmm

Thanks Chris

July 29, 2009 - 10:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, consolidation.

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Rather than put consolidation to a vote of the people in November, the Consolidation Study Committee is asking governing bodies for both town and city to establish a joint charter commission to draw up a document that would outline what a merged municipality would look like.

Under the new proposal, there wouldn't be a public vote on consolidation until November 2011. Committee members said this would allow both city and town residents to be fully informed about consolidation before voting.

When the committee made its initial report on consolidation two months ago, the plan was to have a yes-or-no vote in both the city and the town in November of this year. If consolidation was approved in both jurisdictions, then a charter commission would be formed.

Now Town Supervisor Greg Post said he prefers a clean-slate approach to create a whole new governing agency for the Batavia community.

"We have an opportunity to sit down with a clean piece of paper and say what works and doesn't work for Batavia," Post said. "We've been given an opportunity that is priceless. People talk about what doesn't work with government, but we have an opportunity to sit down and create one that does work."

But Batavia City Councilman Bill Cox sounded a more cautious, "not so fast" alert during Wednesday night's meeting at the Batavia Town Hall. He's concerned that the consolidation study so far hasn't produced enough actual numbers of hard-cost savings for taxpayers. Plus, he distrusts how much the study committee seems to be leaning on $820,000 a year in grants from Albany for a consolidated government. 

Cox is concerned that the biggest city expense -- police and fire personnel -- hasn't been addressed by the study committee.

"Those topic are taboo from being part of the discussion and when you eliminate those two cost centers from the discussion, then the opportunity for cost savings is greatly reduced," Cox said.

City Manager Jason Molino, who served on the study committee, took issue with what he saw as Cox's characterization that the committee had not done its work by omitting police and fire savings in its report. 

Molino said the committee made a decision not to delve into that topic because it's really a policy decision that a new governing body will need to address. It's a question that goes beyond mere cost savings: what level of service will residents in the new government want?

The study committee recommends that the consolidated Batavia (and we're assuming it will still be "Batavia") should be a city.  As a city, there are advantages both in cost savings, grants from the state and more sales tax authority.

As for how the new city would govern, the committee is recommending an at-large elected mayor and six council wards. There would be one ward for the current town, one for the current city with the remaining four wards split between the town and the city.

That is, if the proposed charter commission likes those recommendations. The eight-member commission (four town residents and four city residents) could decide to go in a completely different direction.

Here's the recommended timetable for consolidation:

August 2009: City and town governing bodies pass a local law to create a joint charter commission. This would require a public hearing. Together, the city and town would apply for a grant to pay for the commission's legal work.

September 2009: Town and city begin interviewing potential charter committee members.

October 2009: Commission members selected.

November 2009: Commission members appointed and begin work.

December 2010: Commission completes work on a new charter.

Spring 2011: City and town governing bodies accept charter and ask state Legislature to place charter on the ballot at the general election in 2011.

Late Summer / Fall 2011: City and town hold public hearings on proposed charter.

November 2011: City and town hold separate votes. The charter must pass in both jurisdictions.

2012: If passed, 2012 is a transition year, preparing for the merger.

November 2012: Election of a mayor and ward representatives (if this form of government is recommended by charter commission).

Jan. 1, 2013: New merged municipality is born.

UPDATE: Download PDF of Consolidation Press Release.

July 29, 2009 - 10:32pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van.

Ok, remember I wrote that we go forth rain and shine, so we headed out to the Towers for our picnic tonight. We started setting up outside, but sure enough we got chased inside. They have a wonderful community room. We were so busy, but I did get a chance to get some pictures. Bea, I felt bad that I did not get an opportunity to visit more with you! It was so great meeting you!  A special thanks from Care-A-Van to you, the council, and the residents for giving us the opportunity to share of God's love with all of you!

THE FOLKS CHECKING OUT THE GOODIES

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PAUL, FOUNDER OF CARE-A-VAN SERVING THE FOLKS

July 29, 2009 - 10:31pm
posted by Bea McManis in batavia, Announcements, local, Care-A-Van Ministries.

"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance" (Psalm 89:15).

Tonight, the residents of 400 Towers were treated to the joyful sound of music as they enjoyed a wonderful picnic provided by Care-A-Van Ministries.

The rain did not dampen the entusiasm of the fantastic group of people who made this picnic possible.  Nor did it keep the residents away. 

The residents would like to thank:

Paul Ohlson and his lovely wife Bridgette who organized the picnic.

Pastor Charlie Piscitello, keyboard, along with Judy, Roxie, and Shirley - vocalists.

Shawn and Clint the capable cooks

Rick from San Antonio, Texas and Martha from Clarendon - along with P.J., John, and David who never stopped serving and  interacting with the diners.

and, of course, Robin who spearheaded the idea of having Care-A-Van visit the Towers.

60 appreciative residents enjoyed the meal, consisting of hot dogs, burgers, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad, beverages; and ice cream cones.  Five meals were served to shut ins.

Once again, thanks to Care-A-Van for a lovely evening. 

 

 

 

July 29, 2009 - 10:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Stafford.

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A load of O'Lacy's bar towels were a total loss in a dryer fire this morning at the home of Kent Ewell, owner of the popular pub and restaurant on School Street in Batavia.

The quick response of Town of Batavia volunteer fire fighters is being credited with keeping the fire contained to the dryer with minimal smoke and water damage to the residence at 8215 Batavia-Stafford Townline Road.

The home is on the Stafford side of the border, but Batavia was actually dispatched first. Batavia also has a closer station, so Assistant Chief Dan Coffey (also a Batavia police officer) was first on scene.

He rapidly determined from Ewell the probable location of the fire. Crews swiftly connected to a nearby hydrant and ran a line through the front door, downstairs to the laundry room and extinguished the fire just as it began to lap the wall.

"It was a very quick knock down and a quick response that saved this house today," Coffey said.

Chuck Hammon, 3rd assistant chief for Stafford, said the cause of the fire was likely a worn belt on the dryer.

It's a common problem, he said.

"I don't know why they make some of these dryers with the belt next to the exhaust," Hammon said. The exhaust heat, he said, can cause the belts to wear faster and become a fire hazard.

Hammon also credited Batavia volunteer firefighters for its speedy response in preventing the fire from spreading.

Ewell said he usually starts his work day early and then comes home mid-morning, but the times vary day-to-day. He said he felt fortunate to come home when he did and make the 9-1-1 call. The house was full of smoke and the fire detectors were sounding when he opened his door, he said.

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Top Picture: Hammon points to belt area of dryer, explaining how he believed the fire started. Bottom: The scene at Ewell's home after the fire was extinguished.

Audio:

Initial Report:

A house at 8215 Batavia-Stafford Townline Road is reportedly full of smoke. Firefighters from Stafford and Town of Batavia are responding.

First responder has confirmed it is a house fire.

(not posting map because Google map is not marking the address accurately)

UPDATE: On scene, with no smoke or fire visible. Byron and Bergen fire crews have been asked to stand down, only Stafford and the Town of Batavia fire crews remaining now.

July 29, 2009 - 7:48am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van.

Ok folks, just to let you know and ease Bea's mind on this cloudy morning, we go forth for our picnics rain or shine.  Last week we were at the  Hilltop Boarding Home.

Tonight we will be at 400 Towers for a picnic, then tomorrow evening we are at the Sunset motel. Both events begin at 5:30. Come on out and join in the fun!

 

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July 28, 2009 - 12:42pm
posted by Michael Murray in batavia, Ramble Music & Arts Fest.

The Ramble Music and Arts Fest #4, a labor of love from area musicians and artists past and present to their families, friends and neighbors, has successfully come and gone. Many folks and organizations deserve much gratitude and recognition for their assistance and contributions, which make this annual Batavia Downtown Free Concert endeavor possible.

Groundwork was provided by City of Batavia Council and DPW, Don Burkel and the BID, GO! ART, GCMHA and the Downtown/Jackson Square area businesses.

This summer, because of the weather, a special thank you goes to Rick Mancuso and the staff at T.F. Brown’s for accommodating the Ramble and as many of its elements as possible.

Also, giving to and sharing in the Ramble Experience are the following:  hundreds of Ramblers from the Batavia area and beyond who attended; 75+ artists and musicians; BnB Sound; equipment donators Paul Almeter, Keith Worthington, Warren Skye, Jim Catino, Bob Norton, Charlie Del Plato, Jim Sweet and Jimmy “Steel” Duvall; media coverage and promotion Joanne Beck for The Daily News, WBTA, The Batavian, Hodgins Printing, The Genesee Valley Penny Saver and the WCJ W remote unit; speakers and emcees Bill Kauffman, Steve Huff, Wayne Fuller and “Uncle Rog” Pitcher; ground crew Jim Starkweather, Wally Kowalik, Tom Trescott and Bob Malczewski; and sponsors for in-kind services T.F. Brown’s, O’Lacy’s, Kevin  Moyles, Craig Gilliard, Terry Platt and Mike Mc Donald.

Additional information, photos, video, audio and links are available online at www.ramblemusic.com, thanks to contributions from area Ramblers and Ramble website guru, Mike Murray.

Kudos goes out to all others who have helped in some way, but whom we have unintentionally neglected to mention.  Please direct feedback to a Posse member.

Ever onward to Ramble 5, scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2010, from the Posse—Bill McDonald, Mike Murray, Bill Pitcher, and Kay McMahon.

July 28, 2009 - 11:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Justin Fay.

It turns out that one of the three young men arrested Saturday night for allegedly breaking into the Harvester Center has strong ties to Batavia.

He is Justin S. Fay, 24, a former Batavia High School honor student and Boy Scout Troop 6069's first Eagle Scout. He was also enrolled in the honors program at University of Buffalo.

Fay, along with two alleged accomplices with home addresses from outside Genesee County, was taken into custody Saturday night during a heavy rain storm at the Harvester Center. A lock had apparently been picked, which is how the trio allegedly gained entry to the building.

At the time of his arrest, Fay apparently listed his home address in Rochester, but previously he lived in Batavia, according to police.

An April 10, 2003 article in the Batavia Daily News says Fay lived on Naramore Drive with his mother Mary Ann Fay. According to police records, Fay was a witness in a 2002 incident and listed his address on Naramore Drive.

The Daily News story is about Fay, then 18, becoming an Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Scout project, Fay cleared hiking trails at Godfrey's Pond, cutting away overgrowth and putting down new path bumpers.

Scouting has been a life-changing experience, he said.

"I learned valuable leadership skills, how to gain and give respect, and how to be a good person and follow the Scout law in my everyday life," he said.

In 2001, in Grade 11 at BHS, Fay was listed in the paper as an honor student. He was again listed in 2002 as a senior.

As for his time at the University of Buffalo, the Daily News reported on June 20, 2005:

Justin Fay of Batavia has been inducted into the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society at the University at Buffalo. Students selected must be seniors in a liberal arts degree program and maintain a 3.75 or higher GPA. Justin is majoring in computer science and engineering.

July 27, 2009 - 11:58pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, Lions Club.

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The Batavia Lions Club gave away a pair of bicycles at Monday night's game between the Batavia Muckdogs and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Everybody was a winner at the game sponsored by the Lions Club as Batavia downed the Scrappers 2-0, with three pitchers combining for the shutout. But a pair of youngsters walked away with an extra prize.

Gunner Rapone of Batavia was the winner in the boy's bike raffle and Jessica Perry of Strykersville took home the girl's bike.

Lions Club president Steve Watson is also in the photo, presenting the prizes to the winners.

July 27, 2009 - 7:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield, pembroke, Darien.

Joshua D. Quaintance, 21, of 31 Buffalo Road, Bergen, is charged with assault in the third degree. Quaintance and a 17-year-old companion are accused of striking another person in the head causing an injury during a July 18 incident on Richmond Avenue in Bergen. The incident was investigated by investigators Timothy Weis and Kris Kautz. Both defendants were released without bail.

Tonya Marie Weber, 25, of 52 N. Pearl St., Oakfield, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Weber allegedly had a pit-bull puppy that belonged to another person. She then reportedly gave the puppy away, preventing the original owner from recovering the puppy.

Cheri A. Himmerlreich, 45, of 111 Paddock Drive, Dewitt, is charged with DWI and with driving with a BAC of . 08 or greater. Himmerlreich was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 98 in the Town of Batavia. Deputy Kevin R. McCarthy investigated and concluded that Himerlreich allegedly consumed alcohol prior to driving.

Bruce I. Fuller, 63, of 693 Sanford Road, Churchville, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Fuller was stopped by Batavia Police Officer T.S. Mart on Clinton Street after it was determined Fuller was driving a rental vehicle he allegedly failed to return when the rental term expired. He was remanded to Genesee County Jail on $3,000 bail.

Todd M. Kemp, 36, of 6 Lehigh Ave., Batavia, is charged with harassment. Kemp allegedly kicked and pushed a woman he knows yesterday evening. Kemp was remanded to Genesee County Jail on $750 bail. Batavia Police Officer W. C. Fenton investigated the incident.

Jacob S. Smart, 27, of 6437 Albion Road, Oakfield, is charged with DWI. Smart was spotted early Sunday morning by Sgt. Brian Frieday of the Sheriff's Office driving on Albion Road and allegedly crossing the double yellow line. Smart was also cited for failure to keep right.

Ronald Edward Johnson, 19, of 8081 Blackstreet Road, Le Roy, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Johnson was reportedly the passenger in a car that was stopped in the Village of Le Roy for tailgating. During the traffic stop Saturday at 12:16 p.m., Johnson was allegedly found in possession of cocaine. Deputy Brian Thompson was the arresting officer.

David John Reschke, 18, of 9741 Transit Road, Stafford, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Reschke was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation Saturday at 1:17 p.m.  Reschke was allegedly found in possession of marijuana by Deputy Brian Thompson.

Jacob William Paniski, 27, of 2306 Brewerton Road, Brewerton, is charged with petty larceny. Paniski is accused of shoplifting from the gift shop at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Sammantha Nicole Frear, 21, of 2306 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, is charged with harassment, Frear is accused of pushing a loss-prevention officer while at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Joshua J. Swimline, 26, of 1270 Main Road, Corfu, is charged with DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater, driving with a suspended registration and unlawful possession of marijuana. Swimline was stopped Thursday morning on Route 77 in Pembroke by Deputy Patrick Reeves and Deputy Bradley Mazur for allegedly driving a car with a suspended registration. Upon further investigation, Reeves and Mazur allegedly found Swimline intoxicated.

Jeanna Marie Hattaway, 22, is charged with harassment. Hattaway allegedly pushed another person during a domestic dispute. The alleged incident took place yesterday at 12:49 p.m..

July 26, 2009 - 9:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, volunteer firefighters.

After back-to-back years of Genesee County residents winning the Town of Batavia Fire Department's annual Harley raffle, a Pine City man was awarded the prize in last night's drawing.

The winning ticket was pulled late in evening at the department's annual raffle party at its recreation hall and James D. Reese came up the winner.

The department also drew winning tickets for four $500 prizes and the winners were Leonard Wipf of Rochester, Dan Ferrari, of Rochester, Donald Cube of  Ithaca and Laura Debicki of Dunkirk.

Lt. Nate Fix, who headed up organization of the event, reports that even with the heavy rain, 845 people braved potential soaking to listen to 7th Heaven, who performed on a stage provided by Parise's, and dined on Clor's BBQ.

"It wasn't too bad considering the unfortunate extreme weather conditions the county experienced," Fix said. "Last year's door count was 870 people. If the weather wouldn't have been a factor, I'm confident we would have broke over 1,000 guests."

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