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September 28, 2009 - 7:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, elba, byron, pembroke, Darien, Pavilion.

Joseph Kyle Loveland, 26, of 665 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, is charged with harassment. Loveland allegedly punched another person in the face while at Chestnut Ridge Country Club in Darien at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The victim was reportedly treated at the scene and declined transportation to a hospital. Loveland was issued an appearance ticket. The incident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

Pamela A. Loughridge, 41, of 5630 Buffalo Road, Apt. 5, Churchville, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and moving from the lane unsafely. Loughridge was stopped at 6:04 p.m. yesterday by Deputy Chad Minuto on Route 237 in Byron.

Justin J. Jaszko, 30, of 8087 Kelsey Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal trespass. Jaszko allegedly entered the residence of his child's mother in Oakfield and refused to leave. The alleged incident occurred Friday morning at 8:45. Deputy Christopher Parker handled the call.

Ann M. Burgler, 49, of 6592 Royal Parkway, Lockport, is charged with DWI, DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to keep right. Burgler was stopped by Deputy Kevin McCarthy on Route 5 in Pembroke at 2:54 p.m. on Saturday.

Adam M. Gaylord, 29, of Byron, is charged with DWI, operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08 or greater and criminal possession of a weapon. Gaylord was stopped by State Police on Chapel Road in Elba at 10:50 p.m. on Friday.

Stephen L. Nichols, 33, of New York City, is charged with DWI and DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater. Nichols was stopped by State Police in Pavilion at Route 63 and Route 20 at 2:50 a.m. on Saturday.

September 27, 2009 - 12:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Attica, football, sports, elba, byron.



Elba/Byron-Bergen 28, Pembroke 6
Elba/BB was lead by Tess Schramm, who had 20 carries for 93 yards and two TDs, and Pete Pryzbl, who carried the ball nine times for 50 yards, scoring one TD. For Pembroke, Josh Phillips had 28 carries for 119 yards and one TD.  Elba/BB is now 2-2 and and Pembroke is 0-4.

Attica 30, Barker 12
Brandon Rolling passed for 127 yards, including a 77-yard TD pass to Matt Perry in the third quarter. Brad Clark rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries.  Zack Fleiss connected for a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter. Fleiss also scored on a 27-yard TD run in the second quarter. Overall, Fleiss accounted for 12 points.

East Irondequoit Eastridge 66, Batavia 7
Batavia scored first when Joe Canzoneri connected with Mitch Francis on a 10-yard TD pass. The rest of the game was all EIE. Akil Sanders rushed for 183 yards on 15 carries.

Previous Coverage

Week 5 Games:

Friday -  Batavia (0-4)  vs. Bishop Kearney (4-0)
Friday - Attica (3-1) vs. Oakfield-Alabama (1-3)
Saturday - Holley (4-0) vs. Notre Dame (4-0)
Saturday - Elba/BB (2-2) vs. Alexander (2-2)
Saturday - Pembroke (0-4) vs. Barker (0-4)

The Batavian will cover Attica vs. Oakfield-Alabama and Holley vs. Notre Dame.

Genesee Division Football Standings
Team W-L Pct. PF PA Streak
Holley 4-0-0 1.000 114 23 4 W
Notre Dame 4-0-0 1.000 101 35 4 W
Attica 3-1-0 0.750 104 53 2 W
Elba/Byron-Bergen 2-2-0 0.500 50 74 1 W
Alexander 2-2-0 0.500 100 88 1 L
Oakfield-Alabama 1-3-0 0.250 54 81 3 L
Pembroke 0-4-0 0.000 6 106 4 L
Barker 0-4-0 0.000 56 125 4 L


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September 21, 2009 - 4:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba, byron.

A motorcyclist who apparently lost control of his bike on Swamp Road in Byron last Wednesday has died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Thomas Legler, 49, of North Byron Road, Elba, died at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Legler was reportedly wearing a helmet, but it was not a Department of Transportation-approved safety helmet.

Deputies investigating the accident concluded that speed was a factor, but there is no evidence Legler was drinking prior to the accident.

September 16, 2009 - 9:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, byron, Swamp Road.

An Elba man is in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital following a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Swamp Road in Byron this afternoon.

Thomas M. Legler, 49, was reportedly not wearing a DOT-approved helmet when he apparently lost control of his bike around 3:34 p.m..

The initial investigation indicates that Legler was westbound on Swamp Road when he failed to navigate a sharp turn in the roadway. His 2003 Harley Davidson crossed the double-yellow line and then skidded on its side, exiting the roadway on the south shoulder. Legler was ejected from the motorcycle.

There were no passengers.

Speed is believed to be the primary factor in the accident. Alcohol is not considered a factor.

Legler was transported to Strong via Mercy Flight.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by Deputy Butler, Sgt. Walker and Sgt. Scott of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office Crash Management Team.

September 16, 2009 - 8:32pm
posted by Valerie Patrick in football, sports, elba, byron, Lancers, modified.

September 15, 2009:  Today at 4:15 P.M., the Elba-Byron Bergen Lancers
Modified Football Team began their season with an exciting scrimmage against Barker.

The team is made up of seventh and eighth graders from Elba and Byron-Bergen schools.  These kids have been working hard every day,  except
Sundays, practicing for hours and it looks like they are banding together as "A Force To Be Reckoned With."

The first touchdown of the year was made by #5, Chad Bobzin, a seventh grader from Byron-Bergen.  He plowed his way through a wall of gray jerseys to bring in the first score of the season.

Good Luck to our local boys and make sure you catch a game this year.

September 16, 2009 - 3:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron, Swamp Road.

A motorcyclist has crashed on Swamp Road in Byron. He has reportedly suffered a head injury. First responder report is that he is semi-conscious.

Mercy EMS and Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding.

Mercy Flight has been dispatched.

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September 15, 2009 - 9:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron, Elections, pembroke, Darien, Stafford.

There are four primary elections in Genesee County today.

There are Republican primaries in Byron and Pembroke for town board seats.

In Darien, there's a three-way Democratic primary for two town board seats.

In Stafford, the Conservative Party will pick a candidate for Highway Superintendent.

Polls are open until 9 p.m.

September 10, 2009 - 12:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron, south byron, volunteer firefighters.

Volunteer firefighters in Byron and South Byron say they need more money to support their operations.

The Town of Byron board hasn't given either department a budget increase in three years.

Apparently, the two sides have been growing increasingly frustrated with each other.

Attorney Brad Pinsky, from Syracuse, who started representing the departments about a year ago, thinks there may be a way to resolve the disagreement.

Pinsky spoke to the town board at its meeting Wednesday night and walked away with an agreement for the board to appoint two members to study the issue. In addition, the fire departments promised to present a plan and spending priorities so the board better understands how its money is being allocated.

"I promise you, we'll come to you with our needs and not our wants," Pinsky said.

Each department receives about $68,000 annually from the town, yet each year the departments have an excess of $100,000 in operational expenses.

This budget deficit has forced the departments to turn increasingly to their own fundraising, which the firefighters say isn't how they should be spending their time.

"You've got to be concerned if your firefighters are out fundraising and not training and not fighting fires," Pinsky said.

Fundraising should be for extras, for wants, such as items for the fire hall that make it a more inviting place for recruits to hang out, said Chris Hilbert, president of the Byron Fire Department.

"Fundraising shouldn't be needed to put gas in a fire truck," he said.

Dave Garwood, another attorney with the same firm as Pinsky (all the firm does is represent fire departments), said firefighting is an essential local government service, but it's the only one in some communities that is expected to raise its own funds.

"When was the last time you saw a DPW worker on the side of the road with some chicken barbecue so they could afford to put gas in a DPW truck?" Garwood asked.

Town Supervisor Tom Felton said it's important for the board to better understand the needs of the firefighters, but he doesn't see how the town can take on another $60,000 in expenses without raising taxes.

"We share these very same concerns," Felton said, "but there are only 2,400 people in the town."

Funds for the fire departments are raised through a special tax levy and don't come out of the general fund.

One suggestion thrown out by Pinsky was for the town board to create a fire district, which the board can do on its own authority (no referendum vote is required).

The district would be run by a board of elected commissioners and would have the power to increase the fire tax if needed, and it would also oversee the budget for the two fire units (which would be consolidated into a single department, but remain separate fire companies).

Felton likes the idea of the fire district. It would put authority for fire services under the supervision of a commission that would likely understand fire operations.

"We're challenged to understand the needs of the fire department," Fenton said. "None of us are firefighters."

In order for the fire district idea to move forward, the fire departments will need to agree that is the best way to proceed and then present a plan to the town board.

September 1, 2009 - 11:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron, Warboys Road.

A driver suffered a facial injury and was apparently in shock following a one-car accident on Warboys Road in Byron Monday at 6:32 p.m.

The accident was apparently caused by mechanical failure.

The driver, operating a 1995 Chevy truck, reported hearing a clunk and then his tires locked up. The car then traveled off the road striking a utility pole, which was sheared from its base.

Joseph T. Oliveri, 18, of 7944 Sacett Road, Bergen, was transported to Lakeside Memorial Hospital.

Deputy Tim Wescott investigated the accident.


August 28, 2009 - 2:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, agriculture, dairy, byron, Gillibrand.

Here's the verbatim testimony of Byron dairy farmer Robin Denniston-Keller given at the Senate hearing on the dairy industry held at GCC on Thursday.

It's titled "Legislative Responses to the Dairy Crisis: Reforming the Pricing Structure."

"...I am a proud American dairy farmer. My husband and I milk 100 Jersey cows and take care of another 100 young stock on our farm 10 minutes northeast of here in Byron, New York. It’s a privilege and honor to be asked to speak today.

"I’m not an economist or an expert on milk pricing, but I do feel I have common sense and a strong work ethic, which have served me well so far in life. I milk my own cows every day, and being up to my elbows in the results of lactation and excretion (generally not at the same time!) gives me a certain sense of reality!

August 24, 2009 - 7:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron.

A newly delivered load of ground up paper and saw dust used for cattle bedding at Zuber Farms was on fire when it came off the delivery truck this evening, according to John Durand, chief of the Byron Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire was reported at the station, where the department had assembled for Monday night training, about 7 o'clock.

Durand said the fire was out in about 10 minutes, but then there was an ongoing task of spreading out the sawdust, wetting it down, spreading it out more and then doing it again. Plus, they had to check it periodically with a thermal camera to ensure the fire was doused.

The process served as good training for his crew, Durand said, and the method his firefighters used helped save most of the $1,500 worth of bedding.

South Byron assisted, in a large part, Durand said, to ensure manpower relief because of the heat of the day.

"Byron and South Byron always work together," Durand said. "Because it's so hot, I wanted the ambulance here in case the heat got to anybody in full turn-out gear and air packs (which they wore) because I didn't want them to breath the paper dust into their lungs."

Audio: MP3 of Interview with Chief Durand.

Initial Reports Below:

Fire units are responding to a reported "small sawdust fire" at Zuber Farms in Byron.

UPDATE: I missed the first alarm on this fire.  It sounds like mutual aid from Wyoming County was called in.  There are tankers being refilled, so I'm not sure how "small" the fire is.

UPDATE: Mixed calls on the Wyoming dispatch. That was for training in Pavilion.  I'll have more on this fire a little later.

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August 22, 2009 - 11:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, byron, darien lake, Darien.

Sixteen people were arrested Friday night at the Blink 182 concert at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Charles J. Cook, 18, of 5 Cherry Lane, Orchard Park, charged with trespassing for allegedly jumping a fence to enter the concert venue.

Brett A. Causyn, 18, of 6596 Warboys Road, Byron, charged with trespassing for allegedly jumping a fence to enter the concert venue.

James W. Causyn, 19, of 6596 Warboys Road, Byron, charged with trespassing for allegedly jumping a fence to enter the concert venue.

A 17-year-old from Byron charged with trespassing for allegedly jumping a fence to enter the concert venue.

A 17-year-old charged with harassment for allegedly striking a security guard on the head.

Joel P. Proulx, 20, of 2730 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

A 17-year-old was charged with unlawful dealing with a minor and unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly providing marijuana to a 14-year-old.

Thomas Gardner, 20, of 52 Woodshire North Road, Getzville, charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Daniel Myers, 21, of 88 Candlewood Lane, Williamsville, charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

John J. Coppa, 18, of 9 Haverhill Road, Churchville, for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Nicolas Lacolla, 20, of 112 Heather Lane, Scottsville, charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Seth M. Evans, 19, of 2 Durham Circle, Fairport, charged with possession of alcohol by a person under age 21.

A 17-year-old from Fairport charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

Justin M. Hamm, 21, of 90 S. S. Ellington Ave., Depew, charged with trespass for allegedly re-entering the concert venue after being kicked out. He was jailed on $200 bail.

Erin L. Falzarano, 31, of 1033 Keyes Ave., Schenectady, charged with petit larceny for allegedly stealing items from the concert venue. Falzarano was jailed on $250 bail.

John T. Plakas, 19, of 2045 Arcona Court, Niskayuana, charged with petit larceny for allegedly stealing items from the concert venue. Falzarano was jailed on $250 bail.

August 19, 2009 - 8:06am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, byron.

Neil R. Ramsey, 43, of 342 South Ave., Medina, is charged with felony DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Ramsey was stopped yesterday at 4:57 p.m. by Deputy Bradley D. Mazur on Route 237 in Byron following a citizen complaint of a possibility intoxicated driver. Upon investigation, Mazur arrested Ramsey for allegedly driving drunk. Ramsey was also issued a ticket for an uninspected vehicle. Following his arrest, Ramsey was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff on an outstanding arrest warrant.

August 17, 2009 - 7:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron.

(UPDATED 9:41 a.m. with information on passenger)

A 49-year-old Hamlin man is charged with drunken driving following a one-car accident on North Byron Road yesterday at 2:23 p.m..

Thomas G. Lentz, of 4 Locust Drive, was reportedly driving on North Byron Road when his car went off the road and struck a tree.

His passenger, Daniel F.  Morabito, Jr., 59, of 25 Locust Drive, Hamlin, suffered a minor head wound and was transported to Strong.

He is charged with misdemeanor charges of DWI and aggravated DWI, as well as violations for allegedly driving too fast, having an open container and making an unsafe lane change.

His passenger is not identified in the report released by the Sheriff's Office.

Investigating the accident were Deputy Joseph Graff, Deputy C.W. Mower and Sgt. T.A. Sanfratello.

This is an upate to an accident we reported yesterday.

August 16, 2009 - 1:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, accidents.

Emergency crews are enroute to a serious one-car accident at 6137 North Byron Road. A car apparently struck a tree. Two persons are trapped inside, one of whom was briefly unconscious.

Mercy Flight in on air standby.

UPDATE 1:56 p.m. (by Howard): Mercy Flight canceled. Both patients out of the vehicle alert and conscious.

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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 5, 2009 - 3:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, byron.

The State Police have arrested five young men from Genesee County on a felony charge of criminal mischief.

The five people are accused of doing $3,500 in damage to a rental property on Cockran Road in Byron.

A sixth person from Monroe County was also charged, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a seventh.

Charged were

  • Nicholas J. Adkins, 18, of Byron
  • Timohty A. Andrews, 19, of Bergen
  • Nathaniel L. Beglinger, 18, of Byron
  • Adam J Drexler, 19, of Webster
  • Elan B Pire, 20, of Byron

And the sixth suspect is 17-years-old.

July 24, 2009 - 5:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, byron, dot, Route 262.

The DOT today announced a $585,737 project to pave a portion of Route 262 in Elba and Bryon.

The contract is expected to be awarded to Hanson Aggregates New York of Jamesville.

The section will stretch from Route 98 to Route 237.

The announcement was contained in a press release that announced several projects across WNY. All of the projects will take about two weeks each, with most of the work being done before the end of the summer, but all projects completed before 2010.

Also from the press release:

The economic-recovery funds coming to New York State for transportation projects must follow the same process required for distributing all federal transportation funds. The funds are allocated to projects that are selected by the 13 regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) across the state, which are comprised of local elected officials, local transit operators and NYSDOT representatives. MPOs vote unanimously on projects for their Transportation Improvement Program, and the projects are candidates for economic-recovery funds.  These paving projects were approved by the Genesee Transportation Council to be eligible to receive ARRA funding.

July 20, 2009 - 11:15am
posted by James Renfrew in Announcements, byron.

The Byron Heritage Festival is happening on Saturday, July 25th, with an incredible array of events for the public to enjoy from morning until midnight.  The Festival takes place in the park that is located behind the Byron Fire Hall on Rt. 262 near the center of town.  So please mark July 25th on your calendars, and come to Byron's Fireman's Park for a day full of fun, and dance the night away with live entertainment and beautiful fireworks. 

heritage festival 2009


8:00 - 10:00 AM - Kiwanis Fishing Derby (sign-in begins at 7:30 AM)

9:00 AM - 5K Kid's Race and 10:00 AM 5K Adult Race (sponsored by Boy Scout Troop #13, registration begins at 8:30 AM)

9:00 AM -5:00 PM - Craft and Food Vendors

9:00AM - Garage Sales throughout the town

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Cruise In

12 Noon - Chicken BBQ (sponsored by the Byron Fire Dept, til sold out)

11:00 AM - Geoffrey Clough

12:00 PM - Renaissance Man

1:00 PM - Magician James Swatt

2:00 PM - Belly Dancers

2:00 PM - Horseshoe Tournament (sponsored by Sue Fuller)

2:30 PM - Sack Race/Balloon Toss/3 Legged Race

3:00 PM - Ghostriders

4:00 PM - Hot Dog Eating Contest

5:00 PM - Pig Roast (sponsored by the Byron Presbyterian Church, til sold out, tickets $8, take-outs only, served at the Town Park),

5:30 PM - Beautiful Gardens of Byron winners announced

6:00 PM - Savage Cabbage (sponsored by the Byron Hotel)

9:00 PM - Midnight -Bandera

9:30 PM Fireworks

Portions of the day are made possible with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council of the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Arts Council through the Byron Bergen Public Library.  For more information about the Byron Heritage Festival, please call Debra at 548-7123x10, or look at the town web site:  http://www.byronny.com/

To complete the weekend, the Byron Presbyterian Church is having Sunday morning worship outdoors in the park next to the church bulding at 9:45 AM.  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Refreshments on the front steps of the church will follow the service.  For more information about the church please call 548-2800.
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