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September 30, 2010 - 2:15pm

Notorious woman allegedly trashes buffet at South Beach

posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, Suzanne Corona.

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UPDATED: 2:43 p.m.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Batavia police descended upon South Beach restaurant downtown after receiving a call that a patron suspected of attempting to steal food had trashed the lunch buffet.

Suzanne Corona, 41, the woman who made headlines a few months ago for having sexual conduct with a man at a local park, leading to a rare charge of adultery, was allegedly observed filling baggies in her purse with food items from the lunch buffet.

Louie Kingsbury, an employee of South Beach owner Ken Mistler, was summoned to the restaurant and he confronted Corona.

He said at first Corona denied taking anything and started showing him empty pockets in her purse, but then food allegedly fell out of the main compartment.

"At that point, I gave her two choices," Kingsbury said. "Either you can pay extra for the food, or I'm calling the cops. She got unruly, so I said I was calling the cops."

Then, Kingsbury said, Corona allegedly started to dump the baggies full of food back into the buffet, so he had to try to restrain her.

In the tussle, according to Kingsbury, Corona fell over a chair.

Mistler had to have all of the food in the buffet dumped out. Police asked for a retail estimate of the food's value.

Corona reportedly came into the restaurant with another woman and they sat at a booth, but did not order any food before Corona approach the buffet. The other woman is not believed to have been involved.

Officer Ed Mileham said Corona has not yet been arrested, but charges are pending.

Mercy EMS was called to the scene. Corona reportedly complained of back pain. She was seen holding the back of her head and neck. She was transported to UMMC.

Howard Owens contributed to this story.

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A very classy lady.
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HUH?
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When I read this I could not believe it! South Beach has a buffet!!!!!
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Well I guess when you have spent as much time on your back as it has been alledged she has ,then I guess back injuries are common.Picnic tables are cold ,hard surfaces after all!
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I'm wondering if the other woman in her booth was maybe....her husband in drag!?!?
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It's all about the attention. I bet she'll get out of the charges and then turn around and sue for her injuries. In retrospect, they never should've backed down on the first charge. If they wouldn't have, she'd be locked up and this never would've happened. But, now she's a celebrity. Bah!
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I think it’s safe to say when you are caught stealing food; you are going through a pretty rough patch in your life. I would ease up on this woman and her husband.
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First off Happy birthday George. Secondly, like Elizabeth said how much do you want to bet that this piece of work brings a lawsuit against the restaurant for her "injuries" :(
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Love the "full self-serve salad bar" sign in the picture!
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OMG Gary! Too funny! I am surprised she was clothed while she stole the food! In all seriousness this woman must be really close to rock bottom now. I hope for her sake she can be helped and put on the road to recovery.
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This whole story has me dying laughing! What a joke. If she had been any other women, I would almost feel badly, thinking she has starving children, but it looks to me after the first incident, then needing an ambulance...THAT THIS LADY IS CRAVING ATTENTION...and I hope she gets the medical treatment she needs!
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Rumor has it she was stealing the fil-lays of fish...
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There is also high probability that she was hiding sausage.
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Wow, this story was picked up by 13WHAM News in Rochester. They used (with credit) the picture from here on the Batavian.
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no paul the other woman was her husband hiding sausage
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"Louie Kingsbury, an employee of South Beach owner Ken Mistler, was summoned to the restaurant and he confronted Corona." Huh? So, Mr. Mistler has his own private security patrolling his establishments?
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She better not mess with my "Mac N Cheese!" Best in Batavia! Keep it coming, Kenny! Don't let a whack-job change your business model. The Food Bar is AWESOME!
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Kevin, So what if he does have private security patrolling his establishments?
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So nothing, I asked a simple question. I merely wanted clarification about what I was reading.
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I'm sure this will be on the Buzz tomorrow.I hope they disinfected the buffet well.......
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Sûreté de cusine
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Charlie, I disagree. Stealing food from a buffet in a restaurant is not a sign, whatsoever, of hunger, starvation, or just the urge to snack. It's a sign of disregard. It's a sign of no moral compass, and of questionable disposition. Why excuse such poor behavior with hard times when so many are getting by without such hijinks? Criminal behavior is what took place here. Nothing more.
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it sure will, Bob, I sent it to Kimberly.
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This girl needs to be locked up. She's a joke, and a disgrace to this area. I would laugh at her to her face.
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Isn't she a little old to be called a "girl"? I can think of a few other terms...
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"another news source" reports that the alleged incident was caught on surveillance video....is should be on you tube by the morning!! How pathetic is this woman?? She already had her 15 minutes of fame and now she wants more....and here I am feeding right into it!!
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I could just imagine how the conversation went when she was confronted.... Owner: Mam, I need you to pay for these items you are taking from our buffet or I'll call the police. Suzanne:"No sir, I don't have any thing in my purse; Look, see!"... *food falls on floor Owner: "What is that piece of food then?" Suzanne: "Piece of food?", "What piece off food?" Owner: "That piece of food!" (pointing to a small sausage on the floor) Suzanne: "Oh!, that food?".. "Well ya see I was gonna meet my husband at the park to have lunch with him today and I already have a nice picnic table all set out for it, now just getting the food!" Do I really have to pay for it, dont you remember me? Owner: Your CrAzY, I'm calling the cops! Who know's maybe she was getting some food to have lunch with her husband in the park at a special picnic table!
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She is just craving another 15 minutes of fame. I believe a law suite is in the works; she is probably talking to a lawyer as we speak. I wonder if her role models are Lohan and Paris Hilton.
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Like I said, I read "somewhere else" that the event was caught on a surveillance camera, hopefully enough was caught that she won't be able to sue.
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I mentioned this story to a friend this afternoon. Before I finished the story, she asked me if they called an ambulance. I said that she required medical care, but I was curious how my friend could finish a story she hadn't heard. It seems that falling and claiming injury is a diversion tactic she has used before when confronted about shop lifting. My friend said that whenever she walked into the store, where my friend worked, they had to follow her around and watch her. If caught, she would 'slip' on something on the floor and demand medical attention. Sorry, Charlie, this isn't a heart tugging story.
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Rochester channel 10-WHEC picked up the story and mentioned the batavian: http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1770645.shtml?cat=566
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She should be treated like the farm animal she most frequently portrays.
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I disagree with Paul. Her past proves she prefers the sausage to be out in the open for all to see.
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Now that I KNOW South Beach has a BUFFET I am SOOOOO THERE !!!!!!
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This story disgusts me. To be put on the news again because of her disgusting actions. Why cant we ever be put on the news for something good? And obviously her actions of pretending to fall and hurt her back really worked.No charges yet. This woman obviously needs help! Stop giving her the attention she obviously wants.
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Does anyone else think that her recent behavior could be the result of a substance abuse problem?? I tossed her out of Backhoes YEARS ago for being drunk and beligerent (?)...then she gets caught intoxicated with picnic table-gate, NOW she's trashing the lunch buffet... Was she intoxicated???not to make excuses for her, bit maybe she need either mental help and/or substance abuse treatment. And regarding Joe, he was always a really nice guy. Just sayin'
What has happened to this place? Meth labs, people biting cops, knife fights, kids dying in cars because we're too stupid to not dink and drive, public lewdness and now...buffet brawling. "Looking real good, Clark, real good."
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Andre, We seem to be in short supply of anything good to write about, always negative events making the news. It does make one wonder what has happened to morals, and for that matter,Batavia and Genesee County. Scams, gypsies,credit card ripoffs, Is this a result of a poor ecomomy, are people just giving up on the American dream? are we becoming Rochester, or Buffalo junior? What has changed so drastically, that could warrant such a decline in values? Maybe people just like reading about dirty laundry, so those are the types of stories the media feeds on. Look at the posts this story generated. Gives everyone a little something to kick around, and maybe feel better about themselves, or their lot in life, and who cares about some "crazy" or her possible problems, not us, it's just so much easier to kick them when they're down. Everyone gets a chuckle, and life goes on. A small percentage of readers were empathetic, but the majority seemed to enjoy other peoples problems.
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Phil, in the not-too-distant past editors balanced news value against prurient interest. We used to joke about small-town papers that published lists of out-of-town guests invited to Christmas dinner. Back then, drunken, salacious tidbits were family matters. Trashiness has become the grist of modern news mills. The press has adopted an editorial bias once reserved for barber shops and barrooms. Populations residing under rocks have not increased. Reporting from under rocks has become profitable. The drawback, under-rock residents now crawl out in daylight. Give credit for America's cultural remake: Jerry Springer!
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Wow julie I cant believe she was drunk and beligerent in a bar.......Apparently alot of people were drunk and beligerent at your bar and were all kicked out yea its well known you asked all your customers to leave after you got them intoxicated..And as far as substance abuse people in glass houses shouldnt throw stones,...
Oh I know C.M. I'm not alseep to those facts. I know what sells, but I just meant as a whole...this town has lost so much for me the past year. Crime has started to really grow and more people who will do things like this feel...empowered? Is that a good way to discribe it? Every place has problems, but Batavia has definitely been on a down trend for a time now. I'm just saddened really more than anything else.
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People enjoy negative news stories because it makes them feel good about themselves. There are people like this woman who are troubled in every town, Batavia isn’t any different. Almost everyone wants to believe the worst about this woman but, she could have a substance problem or she could be down on her luck and need to feed her kids. Bad karma has a way to finding its way back to you so; you don’t kick someone when they are down. She will have her day in court, until then no one knows what issues she is dealing with so, I’ll say again, I would give her some space.
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C.M., let me please correct a little history. In 1835, James Gordon Bennett printed the transcript of a murder trial in his penny paper, the New York Herald. The more established publishers were shocked at this sensationalism. Those six-penny publishers stock-in-trade was editorials about political matters, not crime coverage. Ever since then, crime coverage has been part of every newspaper's repertoire. William Allen White, the dean of local newspaper publishers, did it -- covering Maybelle's tea party right along with brother Alfred getting busted for public drunkenness. To try and dismiss such coverage as merely salacious or sensational is to volunteer to bury ones head in the sand about what is happening in one's local community. It's what's happening in the community and simply that. Does it help, in this case, to bring people to the site? Of course. But to ignore these sorts of stories would also be irresponsible. Phil, I don't think you'll find any statistics -- or next year when the new crime stats come out -- to back up the notion that crime is getting worse here. We'll see. Just because you read about it more doesn't mean it's increasing.
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C.M., Have you ever read old (1800's) issues of The Batavia Daily News? While they did include "social" news, it certainly wasn't on the front page. Front page news was even more salacious than it is now because they didn't concern themselves with political correctness or bother to use words such as alledgedly. People were often referred to as "town drunks" or "insane". It even reported who was sent to the County Poor House. Suicides were reported in detail. I know this because one of my earliest Batavia ancestors was reportedly an insane town drunk that spent time in the Poor House before finally committing suicide.
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well said charlie,everyone should know misery loves company....And i would bet there are plenty of people reading this that knows someone who in there college years may have survived on lightening up a buffet or a bowl of pretzels and peanuts at there local pub ,im willing to bet she was harmless and hungry,HEY PEOPLE WISH HER THE BEST NOT THE WORST!!!!!!!!!!
Well there's an old business saying, Howard: Perception is King. You may be right that the statistics are the same, but the feeling is different, at least for me, and that is what I go by. The amount of crime might not have gone up, but its severity and the consistency has. It feels less safe here now then it use to; and as a father, that's all I really need. You can call that whatever you will...
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Oh yea one more thing besides the occasional shooting (in my front yard)batavia is a very safe community come on i mean we have 3 police agencys right here in town and i might add they do a hell of a job I sometimes walk late at night and im usually passed by at least 1 cop good job batavia p.d.
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"Buffet Brawling", that is just a t-shirt waiting to be made. Frank, you mentioned that we seem to be in short supply of anything good to write about. I disagree. The Batavian publishes news everyday about all that is good in Batavia. Just no one comments.
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Phil, this community could be spotless, and right now you wouldn't be satisfied. You made up your mind a long time ago that Batavia wasn't up to your standards. You've mentioned it enough times. It was a long hot summer, we've had worse with an equally bad string of unfortunate events. Yet, in the long run, this city is still much safer than the major cities.
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The buzz was hillarious this morning :)

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