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August 7, 2009 - 1:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A fire alarm has sounded at 229 Summit St., Batavia. Batavia Fire trucks are responding.

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August 7, 2009 - 12:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.


Batavia Downs is celebrating a world record set in 1977 by a horse named Excalibur, with Fred Haslip at the controls. Excalibur set the world record for a double-gaited gelding when he trotted home in 2:03.3. That matched his lifetime best pace record. The combined time of 4:07.1 erased the previous record, set by Leon in 1939.

Full press release after the jump:

August 7, 2009 - 8:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, byron, Le Roy.

Craig L. Schrutt, 56, of 50-2 Spring Meadow Drive, Williamsville, is charged with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of issuing a bad check. Schrutt, the former operator of of CARP's Auto Sales in Clarence, is accused of writing checks that were later returned for insufficient funds to a local car dealership. The reported amount of the checks were for $11,300 and $2,500. Schrutt was sent to the Genesee County Jail on $10,000 bail. The investigation was conducted by Warrant Officer Eric Olson with assistance by Investigator Timothy Weis, and deputies James Diehl and Tim Wescott.

Jean Rebecca Fili, 31, of 8089 E. Main Road, Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance. Fili allegedly stole merchandise from Wal-Mart and was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance at the time of her arrest.

Molly A. Crowe, 45, of Bergen, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 or greater, and refusing an initial roadside breath screening. Crowe was reportedly stopped on Route 262 in Byron by state troopers after allegedly driving her car across the center line several times. Crowe was sent to Genesee County Jail on $250 bail.

August 7, 2009 - 7:38am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Asheesh Williams local songwriter and Rapper and 11 year old Douglas Shannon came out with Care-A-Van and shared their rapping talents Thursday night.

We are blessed to have more and more folks coming out to share their talents.

August 6, 2009 - 10:42pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Ok, it was an awesome summer night for Care-A-Van's picnic at the Villa on Main Street Tonight! The weather was perfect. The music was wonderful. But the most excting news is that God was busy constructiing a soul's heart! Meet Cliff, who prayed and asked Jesus into his heart.  Whoo hoo for Salvation!

As I was talking to him early on, and asked if he had any needs, he stated he was in need of a hard hat.  I strolled on over and asked PJ if he might have one. Well, if any of you know PJ Reiner he has such a giving heart. He immediately went in search of one. He came back and sure enough he had a hard hat for Cliff . PJ's buddy 'Rick who is here visiting fixed him up with a tool belt and some tools. So Cliff is all set! He has his hard hat, his tools, but most importantly he has Jesus in his heart!

The Lord fed about 30 folks! The Care-A-Van Band was busy entertaining folks.We had Asheesh Williams and Douglas Shannon join us to add some Rap music entertainment along with the rest of the band. Also Veronica Smith joined in with her beautiful voice.

Thank you so much  to all of you for  your continued support of the ministry. Thank you so much to the gentleman walking down the sidewalk and saw God at work and blessed the ministry with a wonderful donation!


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Asheesh and Douglas

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Sue Grasso, volunteer of Care-A-Van helps mom Jackie out

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Dave Scherf teaches the little one how to play the tambourine

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The little one asks Shawn..hmmm did I do that right? 

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August 6, 2009 - 10:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, sports.

batavia_downs0805.jpgPress Release:

BATAVIA, NY – It was a fine summer night in Western New York for harness racing, and an even better night for driver Tom Agosti as he drove home the first four contests on the Wednesday night program. 

This evening’s feature event was the tenth race on the card, an Open pace for fillies and mares with a purse of $9,000.

Hitting the wire first in the weekly distaff feature was the 8/5 favorite Jezzabell Hotspur with Chris Page at the lines, pacing to the mile in 1:57.1 for her 11th win of the season.  In for the place was Pauline Seelster with Tom Agosti in the sulky to complete the $19.20 exacta.  Spacie Jessie and James Dunn came in for the show for her 2009 Batavia Downs Debut .The fractions for Jezzabell Hotspur were 28.1, 58.4, and 1:28, respectively.  Jezzabell Hotspur led wire-to-wire, with driver Chris Page having to ask for more speed around the final turn as Pauline Seelster and Spacie Jessie closed in, but she had enough to stay on top for the win..  Jezzabell Hotspur is a 7-year-old mare by Anthony P.  Betty Tauber of East Brunswick, NJ owns her.  Sherri Holliday is the trainer.  The winning $2 mutuel price was $5.20.

Jeff Rizzo, Marketing Intern
[email protected]

Picture: Jezzabell Hotspur with Chris Page holding on in Downs feature.

August 6, 2009 - 5:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Iraq, terry hills.


When I ran into the Harley-riding Border Patrol agents today, they said they were in town for a golf tournament at Terry Hills co-sponsored by the Border Patrol and that I should show up at 4 p.m. because "one of the real hereos" was going to get an award from the Border Patrol.

Mark O'Brien, from Marilla (just outside of East Aurora), served in Iraq as Marine corporal, where in service to his country, he lost an arm and a leg. O'Brien is married with a child (in the stroller, far right of the picture).

The group presented O'Brien with a $1,000 check as a token of appreciation for his service.  He received at least five standing ovations during the presentation.

August 6, 2009 - 1:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, motorcycles, Border Patrol, Stan's Harley-Davidson.


This morning, driving down Main Street, Batavia, I spotted a group Border Patrol agents riding Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, and I immediately thought, "I've never seen the Border Patrol on motor bikes before."

I would soon learn, this is an unusual sight -- there is only one motor bike unit with the Border Patrol in the United States, and they're based in Grand Island.

I stopped at an intersection next to the agents and asked one what they were up to and he told me they were headed to Stan's Harley-Davidson -- a pilgrimage of sorts, I gather.

The agents were in town to display their bikes at a Border Patrol co-sponsored golf tournament at Batavia Country Club.

Assistant Chief Mike Hester told me the Border Patrol invested in the Harley unit a year ago, during the previous administration, when the President was looking to double the size of the Border Patrol. Area agents found out that the Buffalo region has the second highest rate of Harley ownership in the nation, so a Harley unit was seen as a way to get into the community and recruit potential agents. Mostly, the Harley unit has been used at bike events and other community events, but they also patrol the tourist areas of Niagara, where heavy pedestrian traffic can make a typical cruiser harder and more dangerous to use.

Pictured are Supervisor Adam Matuszeiuski, Chief Hester, Acting Assistant Chief Andrew Scharnweber and Field Operations Supervisor Jason Heckler.

Stan's Harley was the group's last stop for the day in Genesee County before heading home.

August 6, 2009 - 12:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, firefighters.

Bob Fix, a reader of this site as well as a firefighter and paramedic wrote the following for The Batavian about a summer program for children:

Batavia’s Youth Bureau got a first hand look recently at the tools the City of Batavia Firefighters, IAFF Local 896, use at emergencies. Approximately 20 children ranging in age from 6 to 14, that are participating in the City’s summer youth program, attended a tour given by Firefighter/EMT Anne Kleinbach  and Firefighter/Paramedic Robert Fix.

The kids were reminded that family fire drills are important to practice. Each family should have an exit plan with a safe meeting place. This allows the first arriving firefighters to quickly check with the family to make sure all occupants are accounted for.

Firefighter Kleinbach demonstrated what a fully turned out firefighter will look like when doing a search of a building and how a TIC or Thermal Imaging Camera is used. She told the kids not to be afraid of the fireman and to stay low to the ground while exiting the building.

The 45-minute tour also included a show-and-tell of the equipment on Engine 12 and Truck 15. It was concluded by firefighter Fix assisting each child in using a fire hose to spray water on the 80-degree day.

August 5, 2009 - 4:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports, little league.


Richard Stefaniak e-mail in this report and the championship picture:

The Batavia 9 & 10 year olds all-stars won two games this past weekend to become section 1 champs. In game one Batavia beat Orchard Park 9 - 6. Matt Roach pitched the first three innings for Batavia and did a great job giving up only three hits. Orchard Park had a 5 - 2 lead going into the 6th. Batavia finally got the offense going in the top of the 6th when Bryce Polito got things going with a lead off single Alex Canty singled, Ryan Antinore drew a walk  then the scoring started when Tyler Hale singled ,Steven Stefaniak doubled and Jacob Hale singled. T.Hale, Stefaniak and J. Hale would score after Jeremy Boyle and Reid Rademaker would draw walks  Boyle would also score  giving Batavia  a 7 run top of the 6th for a 9-5 lead.Polito would close out the game for Batavia  by pitching a strong 6th giving up  one run on one hit and getting the #5 batter to pop-up to the catcher (Rademaker).
In the Sectional Championship game Batavia faced Webster and won 12-10 Batavia scored first to start the game when T.Hale lead off with a single followed by singles from S.Stefaniak and J.Hale to give Batavia a two run lead.Webster also scored two in the bottom of the first to tie the game. In the  third Batavia would jump out to a 7-2 lead with hits from T.Hale (dbl) and singles from  Stefaniak, Rademaker, Jeremy Boyle and Alex Canty. Again Webster faught back scoring five runs to tie the game in ther half of the third.In the top of of the forth Polito,Canty and Micheal Marrocco would score for Batavia giving them a three-run lead Webster would score one in there half inning. In the top of the fifth Batavia's Andrew Mruczek would finally put Batavia on top for good with a shot to right field that scored two. Alex Canty then shut down the webster bats in the sixth and getting the final out by strike out. Batavia will now advance to the state finals in Penfield Saturday August 8 at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday August 9 at 12:00 p.m.

The picture is as follows Front row Ryan Antinore, Alex Canty, Jeremy Boyle, Steven Stefaniak, Micheal Marrocco. Middle row Jacob Hale, Reid Rademaker, Matt ROACH, Bryce Polito, Andrew Mruczek,Tyler Hale, Josh Boyle.Coach Tom Canty and Manager Larry Hale

August 5, 2009 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Attica, crime.

Jenna L. Josephite, 20, of 1605 Nesbitt Road, Attica, is charged with driving while on drugs, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a weapon. Josephite was allegedly stopped by Sheriff's deputies following a complaint in the City of Batavia of criminal mischief by a passenger in her vehicle (no details provided). Brass knuckles were allegedly found in the center compartment. Joseph E. Marr, 31, of the same Attica address, was reportedly the passenger in the vehicle and was also charged with possession of a weapon as well.

Coneie A. Munio, 22, 41 Clinton St., Brockport, is charged with DWI and DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater.  Munio was arrested following a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked illegally on Peachey Road. When Deputy H.J. Carlson arrived, he reportedly found Munio in the car. Munio also received a ticket for allegedly "standing on pavement/parked wrong direction."

Elliott M. Hickman, 18, of 26 Granson Ave., back-upper, Batavia, and at 17-year-old companion and another youth is charged with petty larceny. Hickman and his companions allegedly each tried to leave Kmart with one pair each of ear phones without paying for them.

August 5, 2009 - 1:06am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Lisa Barrett, Care- A- Van Ministries.



Ok, I need to learn to go a bit slower with the camera.. but hey this is my second try!


August 4, 2009 - 10:21pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries.

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Meet Pearl Louria and Julia Burns, better known as the Happy Clippers. These two young women live at Washington Towers.  They took a tour of the bus this evening at National Night out. We had a great conversation. They shared with me that they have a group that clips coupons and they send them to the service men and women in Iraq. It seems the service people can use the coupons at the PX. They are also involved in a group called ummm. umm. well the Happy Hookers! They knit and crochet hats for the newborns at the local hospital. They also make lap blankets and many other items.

Isn't it awesome how the talents they have help serve others!  They could not keep a straight face when they told me the name... these ladies sure blessed us this evening with their visit.!

August 4, 2009 - 11:30am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, National Night Out.

Tonight's the night. At 5 in Batavia's Austin Park, the local coalition of National Night Out hosts its annual free event to show unity against crime.

It promotes the ongoing efforts to foster a safe, drug-free environment for everyone. People are also encouraged to put their porch lights on tonight to show support for a safe community.

The activities at Austin Park will be a great opportunity to have a fun, inexpensive family night in Batavia, according to Det. Rich Schauff of the Batavia Police Department.

The usual spray park and concession stand will be open, plus there'll be a bounce house for kids, fire trucks to see, a dunk booth, child identification kits, free bicycle licensing (bring your bike or its serial number) and more.

Perrywinkle, the rep for Perry's Ice Cream will be there as well as Homer from the Batavia Muckdogs. Speaking of dogs, state troopers will put on a canine demonstration of their powerful and well-trained four-legged aides.

Plus, music, a family movie, caricature drawings, Care-a-Van Ministries and reasonably priced food.

Batavian Lisa Barrett, a songwriter and performer, will sing her song "Share Your Light."

Besides many citizens, members of the local National Night Out coalition are:

  • Genesee /Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.
  • Batavia Police
  • City of Batavia Youth Bureau
  • Genesee County Youth Bureau
  • Drug Free Coalition
  • Drug Free Marshalls
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.


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.


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

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