Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors

crime

June 25, 2018 - 1:43pm

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Zac Brown Band Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday:

Anna L. Demeter, 20, of 35th Court SW, Vero Beach, Fla., arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Demeter was arraigned in Darien Town Court and jailed in lieu of $250 bail.

Catherine M. Mulligan, 20, of Everett Street, Kensington, Md., arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Mulligan was arraigned in Darien Town Court and jailed in lieu of $250 bail.

Christopher E. Berger, 20, of Farmington Road, Williamsville, arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly being found in possession of cocaine.

Noah M. Wheeler, 18, of Bean Hill Road, Honeoye Falls, arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, and trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return multiple times.

Ethan S. Kaiser, 20, of Portage Circle, Fairport, arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. 

Kelsey L. Fkermedal, 20, of Landmark Drive, Rochester, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Rachel E. Nanna, 19, of Burbank Drive, Orchard Park, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Julia N. Gaglio, 20, of Ashford Court, East Amherst, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Miranda R. Lawley, 20, of High Park Boulevard, Amherst, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Joel M. Rudnick, 26 of Mount Hope Boulevard, Rochester, arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. 

Lucas F. Zelasko, 20, of Beregford Court, Williamsville, arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Samuel C. Aebli, 22 of Oatsfield Circle, Penfield, arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, and trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return multiple times. 

Olivia I. Flink, 20, of Marlbank Drive, Rochester, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Edmund R. Zimmerman, 19 of Helmsford Way, Penfield, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Daniel J. Schultz, 20, of Rockledge Drive, Clarence, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

John B. Collins, 19, of Rollin Drive, Boston, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. 

Adam M. B. Sabadasz, 33, of Van Ressealaer Street, Buffalo, arrested for criminal mischief, 4th, after allegedly damaging a Darien Lake camp gate.

Alyssa R. Dibiase, 22, of Sharon Court, Webster, arrested for DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more after allegedly operating a motor vehicle in the parking lot while intoxicated. 

Camryn R. Vogt, 19, of Pine View, Walworth, arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, and criminal Impersonation, 2nd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return and then providing her sister’s name as identification. Additional charges are pending.

June 23, 2018 - 9:00am
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, Pavilion, Le Roy, notify, Grand Jury.

Jerod M. Baltz is indicated for the crime of criminal sexual act in the first degree, a Class B violent felony. It is alleged that on March 18 on Sparks Road in the Town of Pavilion that Baltz engaged in oral sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion. In count two, he is accused of criminal sexual act in the third degree, a Class E felony. It is alleged in count two that he engaged in oral sexual conduct with another person without the person's consent and this lack of consent was by reason of some other factor than incapacity to consent -- physically helpless (NYS Penal Law 130.05(2)(d). In count three, the defendant is accused of first-degree rape, a Class B violent felony, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion. In count four, Baltz is accused of third-degree rape, a Class E felony, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with another person without the person's concent and this lack of consent was by reason of some other factor than incapacity to consent -- physically helpless. In count five, Baltz is again accused of criminal sexual act in the first degree. It is alleged in count five that he engaged in a second act of oral sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion. In count six, the defendant is again accused of criminal sexual act in the third degree. In count six, he allegedly engaged in a second act of oral sexual contact with another person without the person's consent and this lack of consent was by reason of some other factor than incapacity to consent -- physically helpless. In count seven, Baltz is again accused of first-degree rape for allegedly engaging in a second act of sexual intecourse with another person who incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless. In count eight, Baltz is accused of criminal obstruction of breathing or circulation, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly intending to impede the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying pressure on the throat or neck of a person. The allegations in counts two through eight also allegedly took place on Sparks Road, Pavilion, on March 18.

Qumane J. Santiago and Jaequele M. Tomlin are indicted for the crime of fourth-degree conspiracy, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on Jan. 18 in the City of Batavia that the defendants' intentional conduct constituted a Class C felony to be performed: second-degree robbery. In count two, Tomlin is accused of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony. It is alleged in count two that Tomlin possessed a dangerous instrument -- a sock with a rock or piece of concrete in it, with the intent to use it unlawfully against another person.

Steven D. Fronczak is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated, as a Class E felony. It is alleged that one Feb. 24 in the Town of Le Roy that the defendant drove a 2012 Chevrolet on Route 19 while in an intoxicated condition. In count two, he is accused of aggravated DWI, per se, as a Class E felony, for allegedly have a BAC of .18 or more at the time. In count three, he is accused of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony, for driving while his driver's license was suspended, revoked or otherwise withdrawn by authorities, and he did so allegedly while under the influence of alcohol or a drug. In count four, Fronczak is accused of circumventing an interlock ignition device, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged in count four that the 2012 Chevrolet was not equipped with an interlock ignition device, which he is required to have by court order. In count five, he is accused of the offense of use of a mobile telephone while operating a vehicle, a violation. In Special Information filed by the District Attorney, Fronczak is accused of having been convicted of DWI, as a misdemeanor, on March 6, 2017, in Town of Le Roy Court and this conviction was within 10 years of the crimes alleged in the current indictment.

June 22, 2018 - 6:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, eddie miles, news, batavia, notify.

Eddie Lee "Pops" Miles Jr. will serve a minimum of five years in state prison, Judge Charles Zambito ruled this afternoon in Genesee County Court.

Last month, the native of Batavia with a long criminal history -- 20 arrest dates and 50 charges -- accepted a "global plea agreement" and made a factual admission of guilt to three felonies that were among multiple charges brought in three grand jury indictments.

There was a bizarre incident in August wherein he allegedly grabbed a 17-year-old girl from behind who has walking "Zeus," a dog he had owned then let a neighbor family adopt. He was charged with choking her; she dropped to the ground and he then allegedly injected the hapless dog with an unknown purple liquid. He ran off, saying he would be back, according to witnesses.

Chaos ensued. The dog became unresponsive and started twitching, the choking victim sobbed and was extremely distraught. An animal control officer and emergency first responders arrived.

"The dog is still skittish. It refused to go outside, would curl up," Assistant DA Kevin Finnell told the judge. "It's depressed. Afterward, some man called and said (to a victim) 'Pops is going to kill you, bitch.' "

Finnell added, "If that's not bad enough, that's the misdemeanors." The cases -- for obstructing a person's breathing or blood flow and animal torture were pending in city court but dismissed under the plea agreement carried out today.

Finnell continued: "This man is selling drugs in this community to make money, supplement his income...his lengthy criminal history has run the gamut from menacing and second-degree assault to criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree; DWI..one officer says he has had numerous contacts with him over the course of two decades. He's violent."

Last fall, he was arrested for selling crack cocaine to drug task force agents so he could make some extra spending money.

On Sunday, Jan. 7, he admitted he drank two bottles of booze. He got in a big fight with his girlfriend and set fire to a couch in his apartment in a multi-family dwelling on Washington Avenue. He threatened the life of his girlfriend, threatened to shoot police who responded, and caused other families to be displaced when he started a fire where they lived.

But in statements contained in the presentencing report, Miles, who's in his late 40s, had some alternative facts to share.

He claimed his girlfriend became angry that day because he was "blaring the radio"; he claimed that she was the aggressor -- "she caused all this" -- punching out a window and arguing and that when police arrived, he didn't want to go outside because he was still in his bathrobe.

A fire broke out. "Fire just started," was how Miles put it in the report, subsequently hypothesizing that under the attic door a gas can be found and his girlfriend smoking a cigarette somehow ignited the gas can and started the fire. Arson investigators said there was not sufficient heat in the cigarette to cause the damage.

The judge disputed Mile's version of events by noting that Miles put a couch in front of the door, creating a blockade against his girlfriend's attempt to leave. When he went to the back of the apartment, she seized her chance to escape by breaking out a window, climbing onto the second-story eave and jumping off; not the actions of an aggressor.

In the presentencing investigation (PSI) report, he was asked why the police responded to his residence on Jan. 7.

"I don't know why the police were there," Miles responded, according to Finnell, adding that the girlfriend told officers Miles blocked the door, punched her, held her hostage and had a gun.

The convicted felon denied having a gun that day. He was taken to UMMC for evaluation. But when Batavia Police Det. Richard Schauf went there to interview Miles afterward, Miles asked him "Did you find the gun?" 

Finnell argued that Miles deserved the maximum penalty for terrorizing his girlfriend, his landlord, and his neighbors.

"He needs to be segregated from the community as long as possible," Finnell said.

Public defense attorney Jamie Welch said the PSI indicates Miles did not take responsibility for his actions. Welch argued that while that point is debatable, his client's expression of regret is not.

Welch acknowledged the sparsity of leeway granted to the judge in sentencing for arson. But said his client deserved "to be commended" going forward if he continues to maintain the sobriety that incarceration has brought.

Finnell attempted to read a victim statement in open court and Miles' attorneys called for a sidebar. Afterward, the judge determined the letter could not be read aloud by Finnell in court. Only a letter from the victim of a violent felony can have a statement read, it clearly says so in the statute, Zambito said. This letter writer, although a victim, was not directly a victim of a violent felony in the Miles' case.

*Nonetheless the judge allowed the statement to be attached to the PSI for the court record and a copy was given to Miles' attorneys (the other one being Marty Anderson).

The woman who wrote the letter said Miles was polite when they first met, but his behavior changed; Welch said that was because Miles has had lifelong addiction problems and his behavior took a turn for the worse last year after he became "reinvolved" with his addictions.

Before sentencing, Miles spoke to the court.

"I'd like to ask the court to forgive me for all my actions," Miles said, standing in his orange outfit, hands shackled, wearing orange Crocs on his feet. "If I could take back January 7th, I would."

He said he felt ashamed of his behavior and the bad publicity it has generated for himself and his family. He said he drank two bottles of liquor and his world fell apart; he lost the woman he has loved for 15 years, displaced his neighbors, frightened the homeowner and now faces a long stint in prison.

Zambito told Miles not to ask his forgiveness, but that of those he has harmed. He said he is particularly concerned about domestic violence perpetrated by Miles going back many years and noted the arson itself was an act of domestic violence, one that threatened the girlfriend's life and affected many others -- the neighbors, the firefighters, law enforcement, first responders.

The Swat Team was called in.

"It goes to show the level of professionalism of the law enforcement community here," Zambito said, adding that he can't fathom how Miles didn't get shot by police. "You see it every day, somebody gets the wrong end of a gun every day.

"You are unwilling or incapable of obeying the law," Zambito said. "You have no respect for human life, for animal life, for property, for your neighbors, for the law."

Having read the presentencing report he ordered for this case and reviewing Miles' extensive criminal history, Genesee County Court Judge Charles Zambito said he was disinclined to cut him any slack for his terrifying behavior on Jan. 7.

Next Miles was sentenced on: one count of third-degree arson, a Class C felony, for which prison is mandated. He will serve the maximum -- five to 15 years, indeterminate; one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a Class B felony, and will serve the minimum -- five and a half years with two years of post-release supervision (the max was nine years with three years post-release supervision).

The two sentences will run concurrently.

Sentencing on the third count -- second-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle, a Class E felony, is delayed until Aug. 13, pending submission of blood-test results to the court. It could garner one and a third to four years of prison time, which would run concurrently.

Failure to submit to the test or provide the test results to the court would void the plea agreement and subject Miles to maximum sentencing guidelines.

Four orders of protection were put in place until June 22, 2041. Miles had a check for $425 ready pay for his fees and surcharges.

*Here is a victim statement that was provided to The Batavian by Rebecca Eldridge (née LaRock), who says her family is no longer remaining silent about what they have endured. She gave us permission to publish it and use her name. It is not the same statement put in the court record today.

"After 1 year my voice, my family's voice, my daughter's voice and my four-legged son Zeus's voice were finally heard today. Although our case was dismissed as part of Miles' plea deal, our voices were heard by judge Zambito today. 

"Through the past year since this attack on my family, our lives are still forever changed. The effects of this man Eddie Miles Jr. still remain. For 1 year my family has sat silent and in hesitation and fear. We have kept quiet and silent to be sure to not hinder in any way the prosecution of Mr. Miles.
 
"My family and I have been threatened and harassed; we have been blasted by comments on social media and Batavia news and crime sites. We have been called liars by people in the community because all aspects of the case were not reported by them.
 
"Eddie Miles Jr. is a despicable human being who continues to be a threat to our community. It is my daughter's hope, my four-legged son Zeus's hope and my family's hope, that this man's life be less than the sentence the court imposed on him today!
 
"It is our hope that this disgusting human never again be blessed to own an animal in his lifetime. It is our hope that every ounce of karma comes back 1,000-fold to this man. It is our hope that he spends every day of the remainder of his life thinking of all that he has done and all those he has hurt and the lives and the families that have been forever changed by his deplorable, shameful and continued criminal actions in this community!
 
"My family is not the only ones that were affected by this man's actions. I broke my silence in court today in support of them also and to hopefully give them some strength as well. Mr. Miles deserves nothing less than the maximum sentence on all charges that were before the court today and ones that are still pending in court.
 
"The maximum sentence that he receives today gives my family some peace and a feeling of calmness knowing that we will never again have to look at this man. If I could speak to Mr. Miles directly today I would say to him 'Mr Miles I hope you never have a day of freedom again. I hope every ounce of what you have done through your life to hurt and harm others comes back on you one thousand fold.'
 
"May God never forgive you for such acts, Just as my daughter will never forgive you, and just as Zeus will never forgive you, and just as my family and members of this community as a whole will never forgive you. I hope that my words and the truth of them today stabs and stings like a needle in your neck and poison in your soul just as you did to my son Zeus!
 
"I hope that my family is lack of silence today takes your breath away just says it did to my innocent daughter when you choked her! I am glad that the court showed no mercy today. I hope your last breath is taken in a cell because you deserve no less.
 
"God will judge you in the end Mr. Miles and God's judgment is clear; it is full, and it is unending and just. One day whether it's before a courtroom judge or in the future before God alone, you will be judged justly for the actions of your life."
June 22, 2018 - 1:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify, pembroke, corfu, Darien.
stahl-mugwalmart.jpg
      Donald Stahl

Donald W. Stahl Jr., 37, of North Street, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd, grand larceny, 4th, petit larceny and three counts of conspiracy. Stahl was arrested by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office and is being held in the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail. Stahl is accused of participating with others to steal electronic and computer items from the Walmart in Warsaw. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending. The investigation was conducted by Sgt. Colin Reagan, Deputy Aaron Chase and with the cooperation of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, including Investigator Chris Parker, Deputy Erik Andre, and Sgt. Jason Saile, along with Walmart Asset Protection employees.

William G. Schultz Sr., 44, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Schultz was spotted by members of the Local Drug Task Force on Jackson Street on Wednesday evening. He was wanted on a family court warrant. While being taken into custody, he was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. He was ordered held in jail on $1,000 bail.

Malik Austin Hambrick, 21, of Aswego Avenue, Fort Drum, is charged with criminal trespass. Hambrick allegedly entered the Darien Lake Theme Park at 12:20 a.m. Monday following previously being removed from the property by Darien Lake security.

Jeffrey P. Klyczek, 49, of Amherst, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Klyczek was stopped by State Police in the Village of Corfu at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday.

Joseph F. Chiodo, 35, of North Tonawanda, is charged with DWAI (combined drugs and alcohol), DWI with a child in the car, and endangering the welfare of a child. Chiodo was stopped by State Police on Route 33, Town of Pembroke, at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday.

June 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, notify, batavia, elba, Oakfield, Alabama.

Cynthia L. Gardner, 33, of 1/2 Swan St., Batavia, was arrested after she allegedly left her 3-year-old daughter in the care and custody of a defendant at 14 1/2 Swan St., Batavia, at 8 a.m. on June 18. The defendant is named in a court order with a directive to specifically stay away from Lardner's 3-year-old daughter. Lardner was issued an appearance ticket and released, and is due in City Court at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Batavia Police Officer Marc Lawrence handled the case.

Adam D. Smart, 35, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with first-degree aggravated criminal contempt, with a previous conviction. He was located at 8 a.m. on June 18 on Swan Street at the address of a protected party, whom he has an active court order to stay away from. He was jailed without bail and is due in City Court at a later date. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Marc Lawrence, assisted by Officer Christopher Camp.

Gerald A. Mattison, 25, of Cary Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with: DWI -- common law; speeding; aggravated unlicensed operation; unlicensed operation; and open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. He was arrested at 1:16 a.m. June 16 on North Street in Batavia following a traffic stop. He was allegedly speeding on Richmond Avenue and found to be intoxicated at the time of the stop. He was arraigned and jailed and was due in City Court on June 18. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Mitchell Cowen.

Jeremy C. Goodell, 44, of Washington Avenue, Batavia, is chraged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was arrested following an investigation into an allegation that he damaged the side of a vehicle that was driving past him in the Batavia Commons parking lot (444 W. Main St., Batavia) by striking it at 4:56 p.m. on June 3. Goodell was transported to GC Jail and processed and released with an appearance ticket for June 19 in City Court. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Kevin DeFelice, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Carlton L. Beardsley, 23, of Pearl Street, Batavia, is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was arrested after a domestic incident shortly after midnight on June 21, wherein he allegedly damaged a vehicle. Beardsley initially fled the scene prior to Batavia PD's arrival but was located at the residence a couple hours later and was arrested. He is jailed on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond and was due in City Court this morning (June 21). The incident was handles by Batavia Police Officer Felicia DeGroot, assisted by Officer Arick Perkins.

Donald Wills Stahl Jr., 37, of Knowlesville Road, Alabama, is charged with petit larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy. At 3:50 p.m. on June 1, Genesee County Sheriff's deputies responded to a larceny complaint at Walmart in Batavia. Following an investigation, the defendant was arrested on June 17. He allegedly stole a pair of headphones and assisted a female suspect with stealing additional property at the store. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Batavia Court on July 9, then he was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office for a pending larceny case in Warsaw. GC Sheriff's Deputy Erik Andre handed the case.

Leon W. Johnson, 34, of South Main Street, Albion, is charged with second-degree criminal trespass -- dwelling. He was arrested June 19. The domestic incident related to his arrest allegedly occurred at 6 a.m. on March 4 on Edward Street in Batavia. He is due in City Court at a later date. Batavia Police Officer Marc Lawrence handled the case.

Janet L. Grossman, 51, of Ellsworth Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny following a shoplifting investigation a local business. The incident occurred at 9:13 a.m. June 15 at Tops Market, 390 Main St., Batavia. She was processed at the Genesee County Jail, then released. She was issued a computer-generated appearance ticket and is due in court on June 26. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Kevin DeFelice.

Nancy L. Lawrence, 66, of Washington Avenue, Batavia, was arrested at 9:44 a.m. on June 14 and charged with trespass. Following an investigation, she was found on property she was previously banned from. She was released and due in City Court on June 19. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Frank Klimjack, assisted by Officer Kevin DeFelice.

Alexis R. Chavez, 19, of Transit Road, Elba, is charged with failure to appear. Chavez was arrested June 20 on a warrant out of Batavia City Court. He faile to appear in court after being issued an appearance ticker for driving while impaired by drugs. He was jailed in lieu of $2,500 cash or bond and was due back in court today (June 21). The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay, assisted by Officer James DeFreze.

Ian J. Blake, 31, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested at 4:15 p.m. on June 19 on Liberty Street after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana at a residence. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in City Court on June 26. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Stephen Cronmiller.

Timothy J. Corke II, 31, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested at 4:15 p.m. on June 19 on Liberty Street after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana at a residence. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in City Court on June 26. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Stephen Cronmiller.

Oscar Lee Brewer, 18, of St. Paul Street, Rochester, was arrested on a bench warrant June 18 for failure to appear in court as directed on April 19. He pled guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and was released on his own recognizance. He is due in court on Sept. 20. Batavia Police Officer Jason Ivison handled the case.

Brooke L. Brumber was arrested at 5:49 p.m. on June 14 on West Main Street, Batavia, on a bench warrant issued for failure to appear in court as ordered. The defendant was released and ordered to return to court on June 19. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jamie Givens.

June 20, 2018 - 11:57am

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Dead & Company Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Tuesday:

Mark L. Olson, 48, of Kansas Street, San Diego, was arrested for sale of hazardous inhalants after allegedly selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide. Olson was arraigned in Darien Court and jailed in lieu of $250 bail.

Joshua A. Thompson, 23, of Jackson Street, Woodbury, N.J., was arrested for sale of hazardous inhalants after allegedly selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide. Thompson was arraigned in Darien Court and jailed in lieu of $250 bail.

Michael D. Kopyscianski, 33, of Woodycrest Avenue, Bronx, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly found to be in possession of heroin. Kopyscianski was arraigned in Darien Court and jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Roger J. Furman, 54, of Shaker Hill Road, Enfield, was arrested for criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Roger was arraigned in Darien Town Court and jailed in lieu of $250 bail.

Alicia M Trace-Stephenson, 42, of Concession 5, West Tiny Township, Ontario, Canada, arrested for criminal trespass,3rd, after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Alicia was arraigned in Darien Town Court and jailed in lieu of $150 bail.

Charles A. Restivo, 46, of Otto Park Place, Lockport, arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Matthew T. Gillespy, 30, of Essex Street, New York City, arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a fight in the parking lot.

June 18, 2018 - 7:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, news.

A physical altercation is reported in the area of Central Avenue and Jackson Street in the city. A black male and four females were said to be outside fighting and arguing and the male allegedly struck a female with a chair. City PD is on scene.

June 18, 2018 - 1:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, news, Le Roy, batavia, Stafford, Oakfield, notify.

Jayson M. Connolly, 43, of Le Roy, has been charged with grand larceny, 4th, identity theft, 2nd, unlawful possession of personal identification, 3rd, and a parole violation. Connolly was arrested by State Police in Warsaw following an investigation into the theft and use of a stolen credit card. He allegedly completed three transactions at three different locations with a total value of $987. He was ordered held in the Wyoming County Jail and is scheduled for a felony hearing in Wyoming County tomorrow.

Jeffery Thomas Dutton, 27, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with trespass. Dutton is accused of trespassing on property on Macomber Road, Oakfield.

Mindy Lee Stanley, 39, of Lewiston Road, Batavia, is charged with: DWI; driving with a BAC of .08 or greater; aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd; DWAI combined influence of drugs and alcohol; and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Stanley was stopped at 7:23 p.m. Saturday on Lewiston Road, Batavia, by Deputy Mathew Clor.

Steven Michael Carpino, 56, of Thompson Trail Drive, Dexter, is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, 3rd, and criminal mischief, 3rd. Carpino is accused of smashing another person's phone with a hammer during an argument at 9 p.m. Saturday on Conlon Road, Le Roy, and then taking that person's vehicle without permission.

Brett J. Beverly, 35, of Bergen, is charged with petit larceny. Beverly was arrested by State Police in connection with an incident reported at 2:20 p.m. June 12 in the Town of Batavia. No further details released.

Tajman A. Ball, 19, of Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Ball was stopped at 8:29 p.m. Wednesday at Route 33 and Route 237 by State Police.

Darik R. Orbaker, 26, of Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Orbaker was arrested by State Police in connection with an incident reported at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Town of Batavia. He was ordered held in jail. No further details released.

June 18, 2018 - 12:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Attica, Darien, news.

A Darien Center woman has been accused of spearheading a fundraising effort in Attica with the goal of raising money for a toddler bitten by a dog and then keeping the money for herself.

Attica PD is asking the public's assistance in determining how much money was raised so that restitution to the boy can be ordered by a court.

Heather M. Rheinheimer, of Alleghany Road, Darien Center, is charged with scheme to defraud, 2nd, and petit larceny.

According to Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott, Rheinheimer was employed at Meisner's Deli in Attica when she learned that 8-month-old Maverick Brumsted-Shaw, of Varysburg, had been attacked by a dog, so she started at "Tough Like Mav" fundraiser at the deli. 

The fund drive, Hendershot said, was billed as an attempt to help with medical expenses from the April 1 incident. She was selling candy bars and other candy to customers under the pretense of raising money for Maverick.

Deli owner Nicholas Campanella supported the effort, including providing financial support.

Once the fund drive was over, Rheinheimer moved on to another job.

Then a member of Maverick's family came into the deli and Campanella expressed his support for Maverick, wished him well, and said he hoped the donated funds were helpful.

Campanella was told the family had not received the funds.

At that point, Campanella contacted Attica PD, which opened an investigation.

Hendershott said the police can still use the public's assistance. He's asking anybody who donated money or bought candy with the intention the money go to Maverick's medical expenses to contact him at (585) 591-0881.

The information will help a court, he said, determine how much restitution Rheinheimer must pay. All restitution funds will go to Maverick's family, he said.

June 15, 2018 - 12:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, notify, news, fire, Maple Street.

plushdozierdoubmug2018.jpg

Press release:

On Friday, June 15, at or about 12:42 a.m., the Batavia Police Department and City of Batavia Fire Department responded to the report of an active house fire at 35 Maple St.

A female located on scene believed her children were still in the residence. Officers from the Batavia Police Department and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make entry into the residence but were unsuccessful. City of Batavia Fire Fighters made entry and attempted to locate the children.

By approximately 12:56 a.m. all children from the residence were located safely and accounted for at a neighbor’s residence. The Genesee County Department of Social Services was contacted to aid with the children.

During the fire investigation it was learned that the fire stemmed from a domestic incident between the female that lived in the lower apartment and her boyfriend. The male, identified as Plush Dozier (DOB: 11/21/1995), had become upset with his girlfriend and an argument ensued.

Dozier set her and the apartment on fire. During the initial stages of the incident all of the children were able to leave the apartment. The female was transported to an area hospital, where she is listed in stable condition. We will not be releasing the female’s name or location for the safety of her and her family.

Dozier was located at the scene and taken into custody without incident. Dozier was arrested for two Class A felonies: arson in the first degree (PL 150.20-01), and attempted murder in the second degree (PL 125.25-01).

Dozier was arraigned in Batavia City Court and put in Genesee County Jail without bail. Dozier is scheduled to appear in Genesee County Court at a later date.

During the course of the active house fire, and subsequent investigation a City of Batavia police officer, and a City of Batavia firefighter were both injured. The officer and the firefighter were treated and released from UMMC with non-life-threatening injuries.

Previously:

June 15, 2018 - 10:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, crime, news, notify, batavia.

An arrest has been made in connection with a fire reported at about 12:30 a.m. at 35 Maple St. that endangered the life of a woman sleeping in an apartment on the first floor, The Batavian has learned.

Batavia PD will put out a press release with more details shortly.

In the initial call for the fire, it was reported that two children were inside the residence while the frantic mother was outside when police arrived. The children were later located at a neighbor's house.

In all, four children lived in the apartment and all four were accounted for by 1 a.m.

The woman was transported to UMMC for a medical evaluation. There's no further word at this time on her condition.

The suspect was reportedly arraigned in City Court this morning and ordered held without bail.

DEVELOPING ... 

June 14, 2018 - 9:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, news, notify, batavia, pembroke, corfu, Pavilion.

Dustin L. Landin, 39, of James Street, Batavia, is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 5th. Landin is accused of selling a quantity of a controlled substance to an agent of the Local Drug Task Force on two occasions. He was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Antwan Maurice Maye, 35, of 10th Street, Butner, N.C., is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, 2nd, and speeding. Maye was stopped for allegedly speeding on Ellicott Street Road in Pavilion at 2:51 a.m. Tuesday by Deputy James Stack.

Jeanna Marie Hattaway, 31, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hattaway allegedly stole $114.09 worth of merchandise from Walmart at 3:01 p.m. on Tuedsay. At the time of her arrest, she was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

William Richard Kapelke, 36, of Hutchins Place, Batavia, is charged with trespass and aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Kapelke was arrested following an investigation into a theft at Walmart reported at 3:01 p.m., Tuesday.

Edwin L. Stancliff, 39, of Corfu, is charged with menacing, 2nd, harassment, 2nd, and criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd. Stancliff is accused of menacing a person with a weapon at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Town of Pembroke. The case was investigated by State Police. Stancliff was jailed. No further details released.

June 13, 2018 - 5:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

Members of the City Council responded favorably Monday night to a proposal by Police Chief Shawn Heubusch to purchase four additional cameras to mount in local neighborhoods that are sometimes trouble spots.

Such a camera may have produced vital evidence in a murder and shooting case on Central Avenue last month and Huebusch said the one camera the department owns has proven popular with residents wherever it's mounted.

"We've received a lot of positive feedback around the camera," Heubusch said.

City Council had already approved $3,300 for a second camera but after the Central Avenue incident and a community meeting in Kathy Briggs' ward two weeks ago, support has grown for additional cameras.

"I support the chief on this because this is a quality-of-life issue," Briggs said. "People need to feel safe in their neighborhoods."

With five cameras, the cameras will be mounted in more neighborhoods but they're also easy to move; a process, he said, that requires a bucket truck and a couple of the city's DPW workers and a couple of hours time.

While the cameras are not monitored all day every day, they do record events if evidence is needed and they act as a deterrent, the chief said. They also provide some peace of mind to residents who want quieter neighborhoods.

Heubusch had already sought estimates from three different vendors to supply the cameras and is now asking the council to approve purchasing four at $5,000 to $8,000 each.

The total request is for $28,000 -- the $3,300 already in the budget, about $5,000 from drug asset forfeiture funds, and $20,000 from the dedicated reserve fund.

The council will be asked to vote on a resolution approving the expenditure at its next business meeting.

"I don't care where we have to get this money but we have to get it for these cameras," said Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian.

June 13, 2018 - 3:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

screenshot_20180611-144408.png

A reader reports this bicycle was stolen from his father about 1 p.m. yesterday. It was parked in front of the laundry on Ellicott Street in Batavia.

If found, spotted or you have information to help lead to its recovery, call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6350.

June 11, 2018 - 2:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, news, notify, batavia, Bethany, Le Roy, elba, alexander.

Joshua David Sumeriski, 33, of Buffalo Street, Alexander, is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, uninspected motor vehicle, driver's view obstructed, and disorderly conduct. Sumeriski was charged after Deputy Mathew Clor responded at 3:21 a.m. Thursday to Transit Road, Bethany, to investigate a complaint of a man lying in the roadway.

Carrie A. Poray, 40, of Oatka Trail, Le Roy, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. Poray was located by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and taken into custody for failure to appear on two traffic tickets in City Court. Poray was ordered to pay a fine before her next court appearance and released.

Jordan S. Thomas, 19, of East Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant. Thomas is accused of failing to comply with conditions of supervised release. Thomas was arraigned and jailed.

Joseph D. Berry, 32, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with menacing, 2nd, and harassment, 2nd. Berry allegedly held a large rock and threatened to inflict bodily harm to a store clerk at 7-Eleven in Batavia at 8:15 p.m. on June 6. He was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Maya Samanta Wright, 23, of East Ridge Road, Rochester, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Wright allegedly struck a patron of a business on Park Road, Batavia.

Chelsea Lorraine McEwen, 19, of Fleetwood Drive, Brockport, is charged with harassment, 2nd. McEwen is accused of punching another person in the face during an argument reported at 8:53 p.m. Sunday at a location on Bloomingdale Road, Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

Laura Jean Santiago, 55, of Hundredmark Road, Elba, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Santiago was stopped at 8:56 p.m. Friday on Main Street Road, Batavia, by Deputy Mathew Clor.

William George Horner, 67, of Bank Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, 2nd. Horner is accused of grabbing another person by the throat and applying pressure and pushing that person during an incident reported at 10 p.m. Friday on Bank Street Road, Batavia.

Todd A. Rich, 47, of Webster, and Justin T. Rich, 24, of Webster, are charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The two men were stopped by State Police at 1:15 a.m. this morning on Route 19 in Le Roy.

June 8, 2018 - 8:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, pembroke, news.

Last night, State troopers from Erie County pursued a motorcycle at high speeds on Route 5.

The driver -- described as a white male with a black shirt and dark helmet (though there was also a description of a white helmet) -- doubled back at least once on Route 5.

About the time the driver was westbound into Genesee County again, the Erie County Trooper broke off pursuit. Sheriff's units searched the area but did not locate the motorcycle.

A deputy just now asked dispatchers about the pursuit. He said he received a call of a resident on Route 5 in Pembroke who found an abandoned Suzuki motorcycle in his driveway.

June 7, 2018 - 2:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, Grand Jury, news, notify.

Pierre M. Humphrey and Asia N. Fedrick are indicted for the crime of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. It is alleged that on Jan. 16 in the area of Park Road, Batavia, that they knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug -- cocaine -- with the intent to sell it. In count two, they are accused of the same crime, except the drug was heroin. In count three, they are accused of the same crime as in count one, except the drug was tablets containing codeine and acetaminophen (such as hydrocodone). In count four, they are accused of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony, for allegedly possessing preparations, compounds, mixtures and substances containing cocaine and the aggregate weight of them was one-eighth ounce or more. In count five, the duo is accused of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. In count six, Humphrey alone is accused of criminal impersonation in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged in count six that Humphrey "did impersonate another and did an act in such assumed character with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another."

June 6, 2018 - 3:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, crime, Le Roy, batavia, notify, Darien.

Kelly Lyn Widzinski, 35, of Reddick Lane, Rochester, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, criminal using drug paraphernalia, 2nd, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and petit larceny. Widzinski is accused of trying to steal a vacuum cleaner from Target. During the investigation, she was allegedly found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Widzinksi was allegedly found in possession of stolen property unrelated to Target. She was jailed on $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond.

David W. Weadon, 31, of Telephone Road, Le Roy, is charged with: driving while ability impaired by drugs; driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs; reckless driving; criminal possession of a weapon, 4th; unlawful possession of marijuana; consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle; tailgating; failure to keep right; unsecured license plate; and unlawful stickers in windshield. Weadon was stopped by a Wyoming County deputy on Route 19, Covington, following a complaint about a vehicle being driven in an unsafe manner in the Town of Warsaw. Following the complaint and the deputy intercepted the vehicle and followed it. The deputy reported the driver was still operating in the same "aggressive" manner. During the traffic stop, Weadon was allegedly found to be drinking alcohol in the vehicle and in possession of an unlawful billy club. He reportedly failed a field sobriety test. He was evaluated for drug use and allegedly found to be impaired by multiple categories of drugs. 

Nicholas Peter Garbarini, 36, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with stalking, 4th. Garbarini was charged following a lengthy investigation into a series of incidents at Genesee County Mental Health. Garbarini was held without bail.

Jason Allen McFollins, of Union Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant. McFollins turned himself in. He is accused of failing to comply with a court-ordered program by missing a day of that program.

Ricky N. Porter Jr., 27, of Gilbert Street, Le Roy, is charged with aggravated harassment, 2nd. Porter was arrested on a warrant. He is accused of making alarming and threatening statements toward another person over the phone. He was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Raymond J. Radley, 52, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with nine counts of criminal contempt, 1st. Radley is accused of violating a full stay away order of protection between February and May by repeatedly communicating with the protected party. He was jailed without bail.

John M. Carr, 21, of Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Carr was stopped on the I-490 in Le Roy by State Police at 9:55 p.m. Monday.

Hannah S. Schreiber, 24, of Palmyra, is charged with obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. Schreiber was arrested in connection with an incident reported at 7:22 p.m. Sunday on Alleghany Road in the Town of Darien by State Police. No further details released.

June 6, 2018 - 12:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, thruway, news, notify.

A former resident of Puerto Rico, Kentucky, and Indiana, with a pending serious felony charge in Indiana, who was just passing through Genesee County when he was caught with a stolen, loaded handgun, got little sympathy from Judge Charles Zambito yesterday.

The attorney for Alberto Santos, Michael Locicero, suggested his client might be a good candidate for a probationary sentence, but Zambito was skeptical that Santos would fulfill the terms of such an agreement.

He noted that on every one of the prior criminal cases for Santos in Kentucky and Indiana, a warrant had to be issued for Santos at some point when he failed to turn up in court at appointed times.

Santos pled guilty May 7 to charges of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, 2nd, and criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, and yesterday Zambito sent Santos to state prison for two years followed by three years probation.

A trooper arrested Santos after stopping him Feb. 4 for speeding on the I-90. He found a Sig Sauer Model SP2022 in the vehicle.

"I don't believe you didn't know the gun was stolen," Zambito said. "The fact you were driving 91 miles per hour with a loaded handgun on the Thruway says something about your character and your danger to the community."

June 6, 2018 - 11:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
kendrickmug2018.jpg
    Keith Kendrick

One of two men suspected of setting up drug-dealing operations in a residence at 133 State St., Batavia, entered a guilty plea yesterday and faces a maximum possible prison term of more than five years.

Keith R. "Sosa" Kendrick, 26, of Viola Drive, North Chili, an Army reserve veteran, entered a guilty plea to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd.

This is his first criminal conviction and he was released under supervision (RUS) of Genesee Justice. If he does well on RUS, he may be eligible for a probationary sentence and avoid prison if he continues to avoid arrests.

Kendrick was arrested along with Denzel T. Hall, 25, of Stenwick Drive, Rochester, and Donna M. Fidanza, 48, of State Street, Batavia, following an investigation by the Local Drug Task Force.

Hall is charged with two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd. 

Fidanza, the resident on State Street accused of allowing drug sales in her home, is charged with criminal nuisance in the first degree.

Pages

Subscribe to

Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 
 
 

Copyright © 2008-2018 The Batavian. Some Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.
Contact: Howard Owens, publisher (howard (at) the batavian dot com); (585) 250-4118

blue button