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August 14, 2013 - 8:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien, darien lake performing arts center.

The following people were arrested by the Sheriff's Office during the John Mayer Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.

Robert M. Murphy, 34, Brixton Trail, Webster, is charged with two counts of assault, 3rd, after allegedly causing two Live Nation security guards injuries while he was being ejected from the venue. One security guard sustained a broken finger and the other Security Guard sustained a severe laceration to his head. Murphy was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

(name redacted upon request), 16, Huntington Court, Williamsville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Christian R. Amering, 18, Landing Road, North Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Casey A. Hanson, 19, Monroe Street, Brockport, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Abby E. Vitale, 16, Beanpole Circle, Farmington, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Zachary J. Manners, 19, Lori Lane, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Chase A. Squires, 18, Pinyon Court, Clarence Center, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana and alcohol being under age 21.

Lauren J. Baldwin, 21, Newhouse Road, East Amherst, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

James R. Roberts, 19, Campbell Boulevard, Getzville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Maxwell J. Gerling, 18, Ross Common Crescent, Fairport, is charged with trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Sarah M. LeGrett, 18, Lantern Lane, Honeoye Falls, is charged with false personation after allegedly providing a false name.

Kevin M. Burke, 17, Chase View Road, Fairport, is charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly causing a disturbance in the concert entrance. Burke was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and alcohol being under age 21.

Elizabeth E. Desino, 23, Crestview Drive, Pittsford, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

The following people were issued citations for alleged possession or consumption of alcohol under age 21:

Michael B. McLaughlin, 18, Hillcrest Drive, Penfield
Bryan M. Smith, 20, Charnick Drive, Adams
Jacob M. Witkin, 19, Old Farm Circle, Williamsville
Robert J. Rummings, 19, Campbell Boulevard, Getzville
Teresa M. Braun, 19, Chestnut Crescent, Rochester
Joshua C. Eidem, 18, Bromley Road, Pittsford
Jessica L. Shafer, 18, Blanchard Street, Jamestown
Brianna L. Harris, 18, Van Buren Street, Jamestown
Jacob D. Richter, 19, Beanpole Circle, Farmington
Magdalyn T. Meyers, 19, Niagara Parkway, Stevensville, Ontario, Canada
Allyson J. Fleck, 18, Heritage Drive, Lancaster
Tyler D. Guarasci, 20, Williamsburg Lane, Lancaster
Ryan A. Massino, 18, Division Street, Lancaster
Leanna A. Sherman, 20, Ellington Drive, Rochester
Amber R. Shechter, 19, Pebble Hill Road, Fairport
Emily B. Rosen, 19, Valley Brook Lane, East Amherst
Alyson A. Plucknette, 19, Elmford Road, Rochester
James D. Cairns, 20, Walworth Road, Ontario, Canada
John R. Wise, 18, Downsview Drive, Rochester
Abigail C. G. Caswell, 19, Washburn Street, Lockport
Eric J. Booth, 20, Elmwood Place, Sherrill
Kyle B. Pendell, 18, Wincanton Drive, Fairport
Gregory J. Deppas, 18, Park Street, Jamestown

June 24, 2013 - 8:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien, darien lake performing arts center.

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

Thomas R. Cartere, 22, Graver Road, Niagara Falls, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Patrick J. Conte, 22, Cayuga Road, Niagara Falls, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Michael J. Adornetto, 24, Foxhunt Lane, East Amherst, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance at the concert venue.

Michael P. Kedley, 35, Daytona Avenue, Webster, is charged with disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance as he was being ejected from the concert venue.

Samuel J. Carrigan, 50, Hayes Road, Montour Falls, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance as he left the concert venue.

Sandra C. Bauer, 53, Meadow Drive, Boston, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Nicholas H. Nadrowski, 20, Lakeview Road, Lakeville, is charged with trespass and resisting arrest after reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Nadrowski then allegedly fought with deputies while being arrested.

Brittany D. McGown , 23, Ash Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, was arrested for trespass after allegedly entering the concert venue without a ticket. McGown was released on $100 pre-arraignment bail.

The following people were issued citations for alleged possession/consumption of alcohol under age 21:

Alyssa T. Berkholder, 20, California Road, Orchard Park
Keegan M. Phalen, 20, South Willow Road, East Aurora
Jillian K. Voit, 18, South Woodland Ridge, Elma
Valerie A. Zgoda, 20, Preserve Road, West Seneca
Alexis M. Loffredo, 18, Palecrest Court, West Seneca
Jillian M. Polinski, 19, Valley View Drive, Elma
Nolan A. Ringo, 20, Valley View Drive, Hamburg
Cameron J. Coon, 16, Queens Lane, Hamburg
(Name redacted upon request), 19, Enchanted Forest, South Depew
Rebekah S. Czerniak, 20, Fairview Drive, Alden
Jonathan A. Voss, 17, Bekoda Road, Scottsville
Jonathan K. Cappotelli, 19, West Main Street, Caledonia
Daniel P. Biggins, 19, County Road #11, Rushville
Rachel A. McConnell, 18, South Wind Way, Rochester
Brianna J. Jager, 18, Evergreen Drive, Rochester
Amanda T. Winkler, 20, McKinley Parkway, Blasdell
Alyssa C. Winkler, 18, McKinley Parkway, Blasdell
Ryan A. McGillicuddy, 17, West Pleasant Drive, Eden
Sarah M. Deberardinis, 19, Prospect Street, Angola
(name redacted upon request), 19, Chase View Road, Fairport
(name redacted upon request), 20, Whitney Road, Fairport
Bradley E. Wellenzohn, 18, East Rolling Hills Drive, Orchard Park
Tyler J. Hayden, 18, Ridgewood Road, Buffalo
(Name redacted upon request), 18, Canterbury Trail, Fairport
Courtney J. Simon, 17, Atlantic Avenue, Fairport
Hannah C. Larson, 19, Cable Street, Buffalo
Danielle M. T. Pratts, 18, Fremont Avenue, West Seneca
Carly R. Hatten, 20, North Creek Road, Lakeview
Rebecca M. Bentley, 19, Cassandra Circle, Churchville
Kaila S. Fox, 20, South Prince Street, Depew

June 21, 2013 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in darien lake, Special Olympics.

Press release:

The nationally recognized tie-dye spectacle and 5K run “Color Me Rad” stops at Darien Lake on Saturday, June 22, and is expected to draw more than 7,000 people, with nearly 6,300 already pre-registered for the race. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Special Olympics of New York.

Racers will be dressed in all white and run through the scenic grounds at Darien Lake while a Color Bomb Squad, made up of volunteers spread along the 3.1-mile course, takes aim at runners’ shirts, faces, and hair with a rainbow array of colors. More than 5,000 pounds of FDA-approved, colored cornstarch will be used during the event!

In addition to the Color Bomb Squad, walkers and runners will also be able to toss their own bags of color into the air, creating an unforgettable Technicolor display across the park.

In addition to the Color Me Rad 5K, families and participants of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous race weekend activities, including a Friday evening all-you-can-eat pasta dinner with live entertainment and Saturday post-race festivities in the amusement park.

On race day:
8:30 a.m.- - Onsite registration for the race begins
9 a.m. -- The first color bombs fly and waves of runners hit the course. (*Waves of runners depart every 20 minutes.)
11 a.m. -- Race ends

The amusement park is located at 9993 Alleghany Road in Darien Center

About "Color Me Rad"

Inspired by the Holi Festival of India, "Color Me Rad" is in its second year of turning runners into color revelers. This is the first year Color Me Rad comes to Western New York, and Darien Lake marks the 27th stop on this year’s nationwide tour. Color Me Rad™ will hold races across the U.S. and Canada in more than 50 cities. For more information and to see additional race locations, visit www.colormerad.com or check out what fans have to share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/colormerad.

June 12, 2013 - 3:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, darien lake.
Event Date and Time: 
June 15, 2013 - 11:00am to June 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

Darien Lake will host its annual Father’s Day Car Show this weekend, June 15-16.

Hundreds of car enthusiasts are expected to gather to share in this family tradition, and compete for the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards.

Dad and the whole family will also have the opportunity to vote on the coolest cars from rods, sports, customs, convertibles, antiques, and tuners for the People’s Choice Awards, which will be given out during Saturday’s show. On Sunday, the Special Judge’s Choice awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

April 30, 2013 - 9:40am

Bob Dylan headlines a line up that includes Wilco and My Morning Jacket on July 18 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Show time is 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $30 to $79.50.

April 8, 2013 - 9:14am

The Jonas Brothers, who haven't toured in the U.S. in three years, will perform at Darien Lake on July 19, Live Nation announced.

So far, Live Nation has announced a dozen shows at the Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center for this summer. For a complete list of scheduled shows, click here.

September 27, 2012 - 2:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, darien lake, aaron radatz.

New for FrightFest 2012, magician Aaron Radatz will up the ante of this year’s fall festivities. On Friday evenings at 7:30, he will face three primal fears: the fear of drowning, the fear of small spaces, and the fear of death, as he is handcuffed and submerged into a steel drum of ice-cold water. He will only have a lock pick and the air in his lungs to try and free himself before time runs out.

On Saturday nights at 7:30, he will put his life on the line again by hanging 40 feet in the air upside-down in a straitjacket and attempt to beat legendary magician Harry Houdini's best time at the same escape.

Both of these shock-and-awe performances will take place on stage near The Emporium.

For the fearless few, be sure to check out Dr. D.C. East’s House of Horrors, the Final Field Trip, Road Rage Cage, and the Possessed Twister for a frightfully good time. Families will also find fun and entertaining activities such as pumpkin painting, the Monster Mash Dance Party, a trick or treat trail, and the LaserBlast Spooktacular show.

Also, comedy duo Jessie and James will bring their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to entertain the audience.

Rowdy’s Ridge and all six roller coasters will be open on Saturday during the day along with other rides. FrightFest hours of operation are Fridays 6 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 10 p.m., now through Oct. 13, plus one Sunday -- Oct. 7

For more information on FrightFest visit www.DarienLake.com or call 585-599-4641.

September 18, 2012 - 11:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

A Niagara Falls police officer accused of hitting a fellow concertgoer inside a women's room at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Aug. 25 could face a Class A misdemeanor charge of assault in the third degree, according to her attorney.

Attorney Norm Effman, out of Warsaw, said he was retained today to represent Kelly L. Alcorn (top photo), a 23-year veteran of the police force, who was initially arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge of harassment, 2nd.

A woman who claims she was the victim of Alcorn has reportedly contacted the District Attorney's Office requesting more serious charges be levied against Alcorn.

Elizabeth R. Dake, 45, of Farmington, reportedly told the Buffalo News that she suffered a concussion and bruises and that she missed nine days of work as a result of the confrontation.

The fight, according to court documents, appears to have involved at least four women and may have escalated after Dake intervened on behalf of a woman Alcorn was yelling at, according to her statement, for cutting in line.

Dake reportedly told Alcorn to relax and stop yelling.

Alcorn then allegedly turned on Dake and punched her and threw her into a bathroom wall. Dake fell to the ground and Alcorn allegedly began hitting Dake while she was down.

An uninvolved witness reportedly told Deputy Lonnie Nati that Alcorn was "flailing her arms like a windmill throwing wild punches."

Another witness reported seeing Alcorn use a closed fist to allegedly strike Dake.

Also arrested that night was Karen M. Walker, 35, of Niagara Falls, on a charge of harassment, 2nd. Walker allegedly hit another patron who tried to prevent Alcorn from allegedly hitting Dake.

Effman told Darien Town Justice Gary Graber that he was informed today that a new charge of third-degree assault could be filed against his client.

Outside of court, Effman said it's his understanding the investigation is still open, which means Alcorn may yet face a felony charge.

A felony charge, such as assault ,2nd, would likely jeopardize Alcorn's law enforcement career.

Effman said both the prosecution and defense are awaiting medical reports, which will provide details on the seriousness of the alleged injuries and determine the charge to file against Alcorn.

Assault, 3rd, requires only injury to the victim and assault, 2nd, requires serious physical injury.

Today, hours prior to Alcorn's appearance in Darien, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said no decision has been made yet on what charges Alcorn may face.

In court, while waiting for her case to be called, Alcorn sat with Walker. After her case was over, Alcorn waited for Walker's case to be heard -- Walker also pled not guilty -- and the two women left the courthouse together.

Alcorn is scheduled to reappear in Darien Town Court on Oct. 23 and Walker on Sept. 25.

Asked if there are two sides this story as there are to every story, Effman said, "There’s always three sides to every story. It depends on how many people and how they view events. We don’t really know what’s going to happen. We haven’t seen any medical evidence. We’re simply at the beginning of the process. We’ve entered a plea of not guilty and that’s our position."

September 17, 2012 - 11:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

UPDATED Tuesday, 8:36 a.m. with additional info from Sheriff's Office press release.

A Finger Lakes-area woman has reportedly written the District Attorney's Office and requested charges against a woman arrested at the Aug. 25 Jason Aldean concert be upgraded to a felony.

The suspect, 47-year-old Kelly Alcorn, is a 23-year veteran of the Niagara Falls Police Department, according to the Buffalo News.

Alcorn, of Town Hall Terrace West, Grand Island, was arrested at the concert for second-degree harassment, but Elizabeth Dake, 45, in a letter she sent to the News, describes a more serious attack.

Dake said she suffered a concussion and bruises and she missed nine days of work.

According to the News article, Dake accuses Alcorn of slamming her into a cement wall, punching her in the head, neck, arm and back.

A Sheriff's Office press release alleges that Alcorn punched a female in the face several times. Alcon was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Darien Town Court at 5 p.m. today.

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John R. Chella said the department is awaiting a determination on whether the charges will be upgraded. A felony charge could cost Alcorn her job.

Full Story from the Buffalo News.

September 16, 2012 - 11:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department during the KISS concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Traci L. Bartlett, 43, of Beach Road, Syracuse, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and resisting arrest. When deputies attempted to arrest Bartlet she allegedly physically resisted being taken into custody. After being transported back to the security trailer, Bartlett allegedly kicked an officer that was walking past her. Bartlett was jailed on $500 bail.

Pamela Loughridge, 44, of Buffalo Street, Churchville, is charged with of harassment, 2nd, after allegedly fighting with a security guard. Loughridge allegedly bit the security officer and hit him in the throat. Loughridge was jailed in $250 bail.

Wes R. Schraufstetter, 39, of Niagara Street, Buffalo, is charged with of disorderly conduct. Schraufstetter allegedly engaged in disruptive and threatening behavior which was directed toward security officers and deputies. Schraufstetter was jailed on $250 bail.

Kyle J. Burdick, 23, of North Lyon Street, Batavia, is charged with of disorderly conduct. Burdick allegedly engaged in disruptive and threatening behavior which was directed toward his girlfriend, security officers and deputies. Burdick was jailed on $250 bail.

Bryan J. Sheridan, 31, of Reddick Lane, Rochester, is charged with trespass for allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave on several different occasions.

John A. Williams, 45, of 32nd Drive, Queens, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence in order to gain access to the concert venue.

Tracy A. Piller, 35, of Euclid Avenue, Bradford, Pa., is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave on several different occasions.

Brett M. Ferrington, 26, of Route 39, of Chaffee, is charged with of disorderly conduct. Ferrington allegedly engaged in disruptive and threatening behavior which was directed toward both security officers and deputies.

Michelle L. Shimburski, 24, of Genesee Street, Chaffee, is charged with of disorderly conduct. Shimburski allegedly engaged in disruptive and threatening behavior which was directed toward both security officers and deputies.

Michael J. Discipio, 43, of Bernhardt Drive, Amherst, is charged with of disorderly conduct. Discipio allegedly engaged in disruptive and threatening behavior which was directed toward both security officers and deputies.

September 9, 2012 - 1:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, darien lake, Darien.

At 5:30 p.m., traffic entering Darien Lake for the Zac Brown Band concert Saturday night moved briskly and the lines on Route 77 from both the north and south were less than a half-mile long.

That wasn't the case two weeks ago for the Jason Aldean concert, when all of the roads around the concert venue were heavily congested and it took some patrons hours to get into the parking lot.

Traffic didn't clear until nearly 8 p.m. that night.

Last night, by 7 p.m., there were no cars waiting in line to enter the facility.

"We left our hotel at 7 and were in the park grounds by 7:15," said Syracuse resident Shannon Coholan.

Several other Zac Brown Band fans shared similar stories. None of the concertgoers interviewed Saturday said they experienced any kind of delay entering the venue.

"So far, this is a million times better," said Ashlee Miller, of West Seneca, who attended the Aldean concert. "There is probably triple the people directing traffic.  Everything was a million times easier. Walking in right now, a million times easier. It was horrible last time."

Officials were also pleased with the results, which they attributed to adjustments by the Sheriff's Office and Darien Lake in how traffic was directed and changes in access points.

A polite, mature and well-behaved group of concertgoers also helped make things go smoother, officials said.

Asked for his assessment on the inbound traffic situation, Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble said, "Outstanding."

"We were worried because once again, traffic didn't come in early," Dibble said. "You would think you would have a last-minute rush, but it cleared up fast. It cleared out by 7. That's just outstanding. There is no other way to put it."

Gerald Rakestraw, VP of development for Darien Lake's owner, Herschend Family Entertainment, said there were several adjustments made by park officials following the Aldean concert.

He described the changes as:

  • Active inbound traffic management from the toll booths to the checkpoint;
  • Allowing inbound traffic through the performing arts center exit to relieve congestion as needed;
  • A defined and communicated plan for taxis, limos and parental drop-offs;
  • More staff directing traffic;
  • Further reducing pedestrian traffic at the area known as "the crossover."

"The crossover" is a two-lane roadway that flows east and west and crosses the north and southbound Employee Road. It's a main connector between the front entrance on Route 77 and the grass lots on the east side of the property.

Keeping Employee Road clear of inbound concert traffic, including VIP parking and pedestrians, allows the crossover to flow more consistantly and evenly. 

In the past, when the private parking lots on Sumner Road were open, the crossover was usually heavily congested with both cars and pedestrians. 

At the end of concerts back then, the crossover couldn't even be used for outbound traffic until more than an hour after a concert ended because of heavy pedestrian traffic exiting to the private lots.

Yesterday, the only private lot operating was Cherry Hill Campground and there was a minimal amount of traffic coming from the lot to the concert.

Afternoon rain may have kept many Zac Brown fans from attending the show earlier, but the late arrivals helped Darien Lake officials test their new parking plan.

Rakestraw said the learning process is ongoing and officials will continue to evaluate the process and make adjustments as needed.

"Tonight was a good night," Rakestraw said. "I think we’ve been able to learn from our experiences thus far and we did some things to facilitate a quicker parking experience."

He said the plan used for Zac Brown was built around providing "relief valves" to move traffic to alternate routes when congestion started to build.

"If we have a 22,000-person show and people choose to all come at the same time, there is going to be some level of back-up," Rakestraw said. "We encourage people to come earlier in the day and enjoy the park or enjoy themselves with their friends. It worked out well today, even with the weather."

September 9, 2012 - 12:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The following people were arrested at the Zac Brown Band concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Anthony M. Cipoletti, 22 of Neal Road, Endicott, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue when told to leave on several occasions. Cipoletti was arraigned and jailed on $250 bail.

Chris R. Daily, 26 of Lyman Street, Brockport, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue when told to leave on several occasions. Daily was arraigned and jailed on $250 bail.

Michelle M. McCloskey, 28 of Common Road, Angellica, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave.

Daniel J. Broderickage 19 of Grandview Avenue, White Plains, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave.

Elise M. Stegalage 28 of Green Gate Circle, East Amherst, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave.

Beau J. Payneage 21 of Ditch Road, Gasport, is charged with harassment for allegedly striking a security guard as the guard was attempting to break up a fight inside the concert venue.

Francesco Gaetano, 20 of Shorecliff Drive, Rochester, is charged with possession of a fictitious drivers license.     

The following people received citations for allegedly possessing or consuming alcohol under age 21.

Alexandra J. West, 19, of Caywood Drive, Fairport
Jennifer R. Papich, 20, of Bruno Drive, Indianola, Pa.
Rachel C. Lemoine, 19, of Middlebury Road, Webster
Mark A. Cuitan, 19, of Hyacinth Street, Westbury
Daniel C. Grossi, 19, of Taft Avenue, Lynbrook
Jesse D. Rohing, 20, of Hess Road, Appleton
Marhall E. Rohing, 18, of Hess Road, Appleton
Brendan A. Provensano, 20, of Hinsdale Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Patrick A. Jones, 19, of Patricia Drive, Tonawanda
Ryan E. Kaufman, 19, of Park Haven Drive, Amherst
Zachary D. Halor, 20, of Dawn Avenue, Angola
Katie M. VanDusen, 20, of Berehaven Street, Amherst
Nicole M. Vendetti, 20, of Northwood Drive, Rochester
Daniel J. Broderick, 19, of Grandview Avenue, White Plains

August 30, 2012 - 9:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The following people were arrested Wednesday by the Sheriff's Office during the Uproar Rockstar Energy Drink Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

(Redacted upon request), 44, of Owens Street, Corning, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave several times. xxxx was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $100 bail.

Tyler W. Seneca, 27, of Route 438, Irving, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after allegedly throwing items at deputies and physically refusing to be taken into custody. Seneca was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Deanna L. Russo, 39, of Lake Road, Webster, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly striking a security guard while being ejected from the venue and was then found to have possessed a quantity of three different controlled prescription drugs. Russo was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail with no bail.

Gregory J. Brown, 35, of Louth Street, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, is charged with DWI and with a BAC of .08 or greater after allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated on a public walkway outside the concert venue. Brown was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Jeffrey J. Logal, 30 of Virgil Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly pushing and then grabbing a concert usher.

Stephanie N. Nonnemacher, 27, of Cedar Wood Terrace, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th.

Jeffrey R. Mason, 21, of Linden Street, Cheektowaga, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th.

Timothy J. Slotta, 35 of Long Hallow Road, Turtle Point, Pa., was arrested on a warrant out of Cattaragus County for an alleged violation of probation.

The following people were issued appearance tickets for alleged unlawful possession of marijuana:

Albert A. Garcia, 48, of Dudley Avenue, Niagara Falls
Jordan P.Powell, 24, of Eagle Street, Medina
Sherie R. Seefeldt, 31, of Eagle Street, Medina
Kayla R. Tubinis, 21, of 86th Street, Niagara Falls
Reuben P. Satarian, 24, of Joanne Circle, Niagara Falls
Kelly L. Dale, 43, of Dowland Crescent, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Daniel L. Aldrich, 39, of Hinman Road, Little Valley
Brandon J. Wyatt, 29, of Fawn Avenue, Salamanca
Kyle R. Gehrek, 24, of Westchester Boulevard, Kenmore
William R. Whaley II, 30, of Stone Road, Rochester
Broc W. Vanskiver, 25, of State Route 227, Burdett
Tyler P. Renaldo, 21, of Shirley Road, North Collins
Ian M. Brennan, 25, of Park Avenue, Lockport
Ryan S. Buczkowski, 19, of Castlewood Drive, Cheektowaga
Robert M. Souter, 39, of West Avenue, West Seneca
Steven R. Maskell, 19, of North Byron Road, Elba
Elliot P. Arnold, 25, of Terry Street, Byron
Gala K. Tubera, 19, of Oliver Street, Rochester
Harrison C. Delatante, 20, of Oliver Street, Rochester
Matthew R. Meiser, 23, of Newberry Lane, Lancaster
Justin J. Holler, 23, of Swamp Road, Cattaraugus

The following individuals were issued citations for alleged possession of alcohol under age 21.

Kerry R. Meissner, 19, of Bernadette Circle, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Richard I. Fancher Jr., 18, of Pine Street, Franklinville

August 26, 2012 - 1:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, business, darien lake, Darien, darien lake theme park.

Saturday was the first big test for a new pedestrian access policy at Darien Lake and while officials are satisfied with the results overall, they admit there are some kinks to work out.

On the positive side, officials said, traffic control after the concert was much better than used to be expected for a sold-out concert.

On the negative side, there was some confusion over what to do with taxis, how to handle passenger drop-offs and dealing effectively with people trying to circumvent the policy.

Cherry Hill Campground was open for concert parking and apparently tried to establish a private vehicle shuttle service for its patrons. 

Part of the terms of service now for ticket holders is there is only one vehicle entry and one vehicle exit per person and you must have a valid ticket to come onto the property.

Drivers of cars observed coming off The Hill were threatened with arrest for criminal trespass when they were observed coming in through Employee Road and then leaving immediately.

Many of the dozens of people who tried to walk in through Employee Road managed to bum rides from other concertgoers in cars. Of course, they became pedestrians after the concert trying to exit the venue on Employee Road.

Those people were told either to walk to the main gate to leave or to the exit point at the east side of the property.

Officials wanted to keep Employee Road open for vehicle traffic, so a strict no-pedestrian rule was enforced.

"The overall objective is just to make the traffic flow smoother and just create a safer environment for our guests," said Darien Lake General Manager Bob Montgomery. "To that extent, it’s working. If we’ve got a few little leaks here and there, we’ll correct them were we can. If people are really working hard to beat the system, I guess they can if they think it’s really worth all the effort."

Some issues will just work themselves out, Montgomery said, as guests become more familiar with the new system and fewer of them are willing to hassle with private lot parking.

From just before 5 p.m. until shortly after 8 p.m., vehicle traffic to Darien Lake was gridlocked from both the south and the north.

While some concertgoers blamed the new parking policy for the stop-and-go entry, Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble, of the Sheriff's Office, said he doesn't see the connection.

"We've had traffic being backed up in the past when the private lots were open, so I don't see that being the issue," Dibble said.

What surprised authorities, Dibble said, was how relatively few concertgoers started arriving at noon or one o'clock.

Typically, a Saturday concert attracts a lot of early arrivals, and this show didn't for some reason. Many people waited until later in the afternoon to arrive, which meant more people trying to drive in closer to showtime.

Dibble said he spoke to some patrons prior to the show who said they expected other concertgoers to come early, so they decided to come late.

There also seemed to be a higher number of concertgoers coming from the south of Darien.

"There’s something about this place," Dibble said, "that no matter how long you work out here, when you think you’ve got it figured out, there’s just something to do with who the band is, whether they're drawing from the Rochester market, the Syracuse market, the Canadian market, that makes a little different pattern. To a degree it’s unpredictable, it really is."

The worst traffic-related incident prior to the show occurred just before 8 p.m. when the passenger of a vehicle stuck in traffic jumped out of the car and ran into the path of a motorcycle heading south.

Jessica Freeman, 23, of Rochester, suffered head and facial injuries and is in critical condition at ECMC, where she was flown by Mercy Flight.

Prior to the show, concertgoers turned away at Employee Road were clearly frustrated, some of them, but didn't hassle police or security about the policy.

One group of three young men did manage to talk their way onto Employee Road and enter the venue.

Apparently, they had bought their tickets and made their reservations at Cherry Hill Campground in June. After the new policy was announced, one of them had an email exchange with officials at Darien Lake and was told, incorrectly by somebody, that they would be allowed to walk onto the property.

Gerald Rakestraw, VP of development for Darien Lake's owner, Herschend Family Entertainment, was at property Saturday both observing and supervising implementation of the new policy.

He snapped an iPhone picture of the young man's email and then allowed the trio to walk up Employee Road into the venue.

The biggest conflicts of the night came after the concert was over and some people tried to exit the venue on Employee Road.

Rakestraw had predicted some 500 people would try to leave via Employee Road -- far fewer than the thousands walking out in concerts past.

The actual number of pedestrians trying to leave on Employee Road was probably far fewer than 500.

Most were cooperative when told to head in another direction.

One gentleman who was highly intoxicated got lost in the employee parking lot (which was used for regular guest parking last night).

Two people were arrested after apparently wearing out their welcome, so to speak, arguing with deputies about the pedestrian policy.

Rebecca A. Pickem, 25, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, discussed the situation with a couple of different cops, went round and round with Sgt. Tom Sanfratello. After several minutes of discussion, Sanfratello told her to leave or she'd be arrested.

Her alleged reply: "I guess you'll have to arrest me," which at that point became a refusal to follow an officer's order, so she was arrested.

Her companion, Tyler A. Vincent, 24, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, wouldn't leave and was also arrested.

Reportedly, Pickem and Vincent had parked their vehicle more than two miles from the concert facility and were apparently concerned about how to get back to their car.

The thing is, if Pickem and Vincent had been a little more patient, they were two minutes away from a cab ride to their car.

Sgt. Steve Mullen had called a cab for them.

There was another group of young ladies, four of them, who were stranded at the park. They were reportedly staying at the Attican Motel. The Attican charged them $20 for a shuttle ride to and from the show, according to Mullen. When the driver dropped them off, he reportedly informed them the shuttle might not be available for a ride back to the hotel.

When the women called the motel, they were reportedly told the van had broken down (Note, I was on Employee Road when I saw the van, with Attican Motel written on it, pull into the parking area).

Mullen called a cab for the young ladies and escorted them out to Sumner Road and waited with them for the cab.

By the time Mullen returned to bring Pickem and Vincent to their cab, they were already in custody.

While all of this was going on, there was a young Canadian woman in full agitation mode, running around from one cop or security guard to another yelling at them, hurling insults and threatening to call the Canadian Embassy.

Deputies said she had been difficult to deal with prior to the concert when she tried to walk into the venue.

After the show, she claimed her "bestfriend" had gotten separated from her and her other friend during the concert, three hours prior to her first notifying law enforcement.

She gave three different ages for her missing friend and changed the clothing description.

Any time an official would try to ask her questions about her friend and their travel plans, she would just start yelling again.

She also claimed she wanted to walk out of the facility, but continued to yell at deputies for not doing more to find her friend.

At one point, she yelled at a deputy, "I hope your daughter gets raped some day."

There was another young woman from Canada who was also missing her travel companion, another young woman. She was calm, but clearly worried about her friend.

At 1:30 a.m., Darien Lake security officials were still involved in trying to help both young women locate their friends.

At 1:30 a.m., all Darien Lake parking lots were empty, which under normal sold-out concert nights was at least an hour earlier than might be expected.

Dibble said with Sumner Road free of traffic from private lots, it was much easier to get cars out of the parking lots. Both lanes of Sumner Road could be used for traffic leaving the facility. If not for a couple of minor accidents on Sumner Road, patrons would have gotten out even quicker.

While there were 15 arrests at the concert, the majority of them were related to the new policy, such as three people accused of climbing the new fence to try and gain access to the property.

I spent two hours at the entry gate known as "South PAC," where concert security will bring any unruly patrons for deputies to deal with and potentially arrest or release. South PAC is normally bustling with activity during a concert. During the two hours I was there, not one patron was escorted from the concert.

Batavia resident Carrie Hylkema, who's attended several country shows at Darien Lake, was at the show Saturday as a volunteer for a beer concession set up to raise money for Batavia Ramparts.

She said the atmosphere Saturday was very different from any country show she had ever attended at Darien Lake.

She said concertgoers were much less aggressive than she's seen in the past.

"A lot of times we come driving in, whether we’re working the concert or just going to the concert, you can see it’s out of control before you even come into the gates," she said. "It just seemed more managed tonight. My husband I both commented tonight that it just seemed more in control."

Some of the explanation for the mellower atmosphere, Dibble said, is the fact that so many people came later to the show, got caught in traffic, and had less time to get intoxicated in the parking lot before the concert.

"I’d like to think the underage drinking work that we’ve been doing is paying off, too," Dibble said.

There were 48 underage drinking citations issued Saturday, which is far fewer than have been issued at big country concerts over the past two seasons.

Among the kinks in the system Saturday was what to do with taxi cabs. The plan was, officials said, to only allow cabs into a designated area after 10 p.m. -- for pick up only, not for drop off. But cabs were entering the facility prior to the show.

There was also some confusion over how parents dropping off concertgoers were to enter and leave the facility.

Montgomery acknowledged he and his staff are going to need to figure out these issues for future concerts.

"What we'll do with the team here is, we'll meet again tomorrow and kind of put those issues on the table," Montgomery said. "There's nothing big, nothing that would be a big concern. You're right about the issue with taxis and where do we place them. We want to go back specifically and address that. That's one of the issues that stood out."

Traffic entering the venue, heading toward the main gate, backed up on Sumner Road, with a group of pedestrians in the distance getting into a passenger vehicle offering them a lift.

Pedestrians being told they would not be allowed to walk into the venue.

This vehicle came down off The Hill and is heading toward the main gate.

A trio of concertgoers (third person already in the back seat) get a lift into the venue.

A vehicle that had allegedly previously come off The Hill and delivered concertgoers into the venue gets a trespass warning, and would not be allowed in with another group.

Another driver allegedly issued a trespass warning.

This gentleman was eventually allowed to walk on Employee Road and into the venue after displaying an email from Darien Lake saying that he would be allowed in on foot.

Subject taken into custody after allegedly refusing a police officer order to leave the facility.

Concertgoers party in a 1968 stretch Checker Cab.

A reportedly highly intoxicated individual is taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct, after allegedly causing a disturbance in a parking lot at about 11 p.m.

This photo submitted by a reader. One concertgoer decided to drive his tractor to the show.

August 26, 2012 - 11:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

NOTE: This was the first sold out concert after the new no-pedestrian access rule to the Darien Lake property came into full force. I did a ride along with the Sheriff's Office for the night and will have a report, with photos, later.

The following people were arrested by the Sheriff's Office in connection with the Jason Aldean Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Matthew K. Skelton, 26, of Coe Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly yelling profanities and causing a disturbance in the parking lot. Skelton was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $200 bail.

Rebecca A. Pickem, 25, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the Darien Lake Employee Road area after attempting to exit the venue as a pedestrian. Pickem was arraigned in Darien Town Court and released on her own recognizance.

Tyler A. Vincent, 24, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the Darien Lake Employee Road, area after attempting to exit the venue as a pedestrian. Vincent was arraigned in Darien Town Court and releaed on his own recognizance.

Nicole L. Louiseize, 23, of Summerhill Drive, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly entering the concert venue after being denied entry and told not to reenter. Louiseize was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $400 bail.

David W. Pitts, 30, of Buford Deli Townline Road, Scotland, Ontario, Canada, is charged with DWI and aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more after allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the campgrounds.

Brian A. Rupe, 29, of Ransom Road, Lancaster, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping the fence to enter the Darien Lake property.

Nicholas J. Pagano, 19, of Savage Road, Holland, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Mark A. Silvestri, 26, of South Seine Drive, Cheektowaga, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Michael J. Riley, 47, of Beckett Drive, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th, after allegedly punching a car causing damage.

Adam R. Wattles, 19, of Old Lower East Hill, Colden, is charged with false personation after allegedly providing a false age. (Wattles was cited at the Toby Keith concert for alleged underage drinking.)

Colin J. Haines, 17, of Americo Court, Lancaster, is charged with trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue with a ticket to a show in West Virginia. When he was denied entry, Colin allegedly ran through the gate and entered the venue.

Kelly L. Alcorn, 47, of Tower Hall Terrace, Grand Island, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly hitting another patron in the concert venue.

Karen M. Walker, 35, of Niagara Falls, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another patron in the concert venue.

Stephanie A. Fenner, 36, of Lafayette Road, Cortland, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly punching and grabbing a Darien Lake security officer.

Daren J. Conklin, 20, of Lafayette Road, Cortland, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and resisting arrest after allegedly being involved in a fight and pushing a deputy while being detained. Conklin then allegedly physically resisted and kicked deputies during the course of the arrest.

The NYS DMV had an enforcement detail at the venue and the following individuals were accused of using a fictitious/fraudulent driver's license.

James A. Carbamone, 20, of Delta Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Rebecca E. Blondin, 20, of South Taylor Road, Charles, Fla.
Kyle R. Henecke, 21, of Loonis Road, Farmington
Morgan J. Engesser, 19, of Higby Road, New Harford

The following indivdiuals received citations for alleged possession or consumption of alcohol while under age 21.

Colin J. Haines, 17, of Americo Court, Lancaster
Adam R. Wattles, 19, of Old Lower East Hill, Colden
Guymichael A. Gornicki, 20, of Lockport Road, Niagara Falls
Anthony R. Dicosmo, 20, of Lockport Road, Sanborn
Megan P. Barney, 20, of Gerald Hunter Road, Madrid
Meghan R. McGee, 20, of Lagrass Street, Waddington
Katie C. Mach, 18, of Banko Drive, Depew
Maxwell I. Crabtree, 19, of South Seine Drive, Cheektowaga
Matthew R. Walsh, 19, of Gabriel Drive, Cheektowaga
Aleigh J. Andrews, 18, of Homestead Drive, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
Richard W. Ingoldsby, 20, of Rice Road, Boston
Nicole M. Vinci, 19, of Hogan Road, Webster
Eryn E. McBride, 18, of Houston Road, Webster
Alexandra N. Liberty, 18, of Chigwell Lane, Webster
Alyssa C. Proietti, 20, of Cottage Brook Lane, Webster
Tyler M. Smedley, 19, of Morning Glory Drive, Webster
Kaitlin M. Cunningham, 19, of Cottage Street, Fredonia
Heather N. Tomsick, 20, of Gardner Street, Fredonia
Thomas F. R. McRae, 20, of Parkside Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Jacob D. Cardwell, 20, of Woodinton Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
James A. Carbanone, 20, of Delta Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Taylor R. O’Leary, 20, of Chesterbrook Lane, Pittsford
(name removed upon request), 20, of Mendon Center Road, Pittsford
Kaitlyn M. Piccarrento, 17, of Temple Road, Henrietta
Samantha N. Jones, 19, of Cameron Hill Road, Rochester
Kathryn E. Pietropalo, 18, of Southery Place, Rochester
Nicole S. Mercendetti, 19, of Elwood Drive, Rochester
Rose R. Emilie, 20, of West Center Street, Medina
Patricia A. Glass, 19, of Chase Street, Medina
Kalie L. Curtain, 18, of South Gravel Road, Medina
(name redacted upon request), 18, of Owls Nest Road, Marion
Melissa A. Cook, 18, of Kemp Drive, Macedon
McKenzie T. Bigley, 20, of North Main Street, Marion
Jordan L. Phillips, 18, of Sunset Drive, Marion
Julia M. Smallman, 20, of Effingham Street, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Cassandra R. Robinson, 20, of Sunset Drive, Fenwick, Ontario, Canada
Britta M. Adamczyk, 18, of Route 39, Springville
Jochua I. Burau, 19, of Newman Street, Springville
Taylor M. Sikes, 17, of Oak Street, Geneseo
Delilah M. Cipriano, 16, of Upper Mt. Morris Road, Leicester
Bianca R. Weber, 19, of Markie Drive, West Rochester
Veronica L. Maznikovski, 19, of Abbottsford Drive, Gates
Melissa A. Cook, 18, of Kemp Road, Macedon
Darren W. Godfrey, 20, of Witmer Road, North Tonawanda
Ashley M. Drouin, 20, of Peek Road, Hilton
Amanda M. Marlow, 17, of State Street, Caledonia
Corey R. Sherman, 19, of Fraser Drive, Hilton
Austin G. Kelly, 16, of Sunderland Trail, Rochester

August 21, 2012 - 11:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in darien lake.

Though it was a smaller, older crowd for the Def Leppard/Poison show at Darien Lake on Friday, the first test of cutting of pedestrian access to the concert venue went well, according to Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble.

There was only one open private parking lot on Sumner Road on Friday, Dibble said, and there was only one issue with people trying to walk onto Darien Lake property for the concert.

"I think it went very well," Dibble said.

With the private lots mostly empty, Dibble said, and without much pedestrian traffic on both Employee Road and Sumner Road, it was much easier to get traffic out of Darien Lake's lots after the concert, Dibble said.

"We got traffic out of there in record time," Dibble said.

He hopes the experience bodes well for the Jason Aldean concert Saturday, which is sold out and will have close to three times the number of cars in the parking lot.

The only private lot open Friday, Dibble said, was Cherry Hill Campground.

One family tried to access the venue on foot at the Employee Road entry on Sumner Road, Dibble said, and one of the people in the group allegedly became disruptive when authorities would not let the group walk to the concert venue.

Sarah B. Blevins, 22, of East Bayard Street Extension, Seneca Falls, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

During her arrest, her parents allegedly interfered with the deputies taking her into custody.

Blanca Compton, 49, and Brian L. Compton, 46, both of Route 414, Lodi, were charged with obstruction of governmental administration, 2nd, and disorderly conduct.

Dibble wasn't present at the incident and isn't awre of whether the group had prior knowledge to pedestrian access being closed for the concert.

August 18, 2012 - 11:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The following arrests were made by the Sheriff's Office in connection with Def Leppard/Poison concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center:

Sarah B. Blevins, 22, of E. Bayard Street Extension, Seneca Falls, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after allegedly causing a disturbance at the Sumner Road employee entrance to Darien Lake and then refusing to be taken into custody. Blevins was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Blanca Compton, 49, and Brian L. Compton, 46, both of Route 414, Lodi, are charged with obstruction of governmental administration, 2nd, and disorderly conduct after allegedly interfering with deputies making another arrest and engaging in violent tumultuous behavior. Both suspects were arraigned in Darien Town Court and both were remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail each.

Lorraine A. Goodell, 38, of Railroad Avenue, Waterloo, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue. Goodell was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Benjamin Rosputin, 31, of Kaymar Drive, Amherst, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly shoving a CSC security guard inside the venue.

August 12, 2012 - 12:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The following people were arrested by members of the Sheriff's Office in connection with the Brad Paisley Virtual Reality Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The 10 arrests are down from the 14 at last year's show. After the 2011 concert, Paisley posted on Twitter: "Quite a performance in Darien Lakes Saturday. We also played music." (followed by a link to The Batavian's story on arrests at the show)

There were 56 underage drinking citations last year and 81 this year. The increase can be attributed, at least in part, to increased enforcement at the park in 2012.

All but one of the arrests last year might be attributed to drunken misbehavior. This year, only, maybe, five of the 10 arrests might fit that description.

Benjamin B. Cramer, 27 of Route 20, Varysburg, is charged with public lewdness and resisting arrest after allegedly urinating in the concert venue and then resisting arrest. Cramer was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Jessica L. Juda, 22, of Pleasant Valley Road, Delevan, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Juda was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $100 bail.

Daniel R. Blonski, 22, of Salem Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Blonski was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $100 bail.

Kelsey M. Shea, 19, of Towhee Court, East Amherst, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol under age 21.

Tanner C. Boesch, 19 of Turkill Road, Fairport, is charged with inlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Kathryn A. Tuscano, 20, of Main Avenue, Norwalk, Conn., is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Erik Schneckenberger, 29, of Roycroft Drive, West Seneca, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another concert patron.

Jedidiah B. Gabriel, 21 of William Street, Lancaster, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Jaclyn D. Marshfield, 18, of Pompey Center, Fabius, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Matthew M. Muldowney, 18, of Route 11, Tully, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

The following people received citations for alleged possession or consumption of alcohol under age 21.

William T. Bickelman, 18, of Contessa Court, Williamsville
Kate L. Blair, 17, of Highmanor Drive, Henrietta
Stephanie M. Sorber, 17, of Chelsa Meadows, West Henrietta
Patrick M. Byrne II, 18, of Butler Drive, Pittsford
Jordan D. Messimer, 18, of Rush-Scottsville Road, Rush
Justin T. Larusch, 18, Tamarack Street, Buffalo
Dylan J. Caldiero, 20, of Tuscarora Road, Buffalo
Robert W. Anderson, 20, of Nottingham Terrace, Hamburg
Rebecca E. Milbrand, 20, of Renwood Avenue, Kenmore
Hannah J. Verboon, 18, of Jerseyville Road, Brant County, Ontario, Canada
Steven A. Tripp, 19, of Sawmill Road, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Emily N. Kosakowski, 18, of Morwick Drive, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Tara A. Derosa, 18, of Gateway Road, Fairport
Dominic J. Zambelli, 19, of Dickinson Crossing, Fairport
Felicia M. Lattanzio, 20, of Wynmoor Drive, Cicero
Britta M. Schug, 20, of Lawdon Street, North Syracuse
Lilian R. Smith, 19, of Hamilton Road, North Syracuse
Carl J. Larson, 20, of Glen Oak Drive, East Amherst
Julia A. Lauria, 18, of Ashwood Lane, Orchard Park
Calle J. Demeter, 20, of Hillside Drive, Orchard Park
Sarah R. Jacobs-Ferderbar, 20, of Timberlake Drive, Orchard Park
Emily S. McCreary, 20, of Melinda Lane, Phoenix, Ariz.
Tamara L. Medgrossi,17, of Morgan Drive, Lewiston
Keith R. Burns, 19, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville
Meggan M. Imcorvia, 20, of Homestead Drive, North Tonawanda
Kayleigh R. Erickson, 19, of Harris Hill Road, Falconer
Michael J. Ovellette, 20, of Olympia Drive, Rochester
Taylor A. Schimenti, 17, of Almont Avenue, West Seneca
Reaghan T. Hayes, 20, of Doyle Road, Baldwinsville
Breanna M. Hyman, 20, of Hyman Road, Newark
Margaret C. Vankouwenberg, 20, of Bryant Avenue, Newark
Ryan J. Digati, 19, of Cardinal Lane, Grand Island
Michael R. T. Malaney, 17, of Settlers Road, Grand Island
Dakota C. Swain, 18, of Gordonville Road, Rushford
Taylor K. Bedford, 19, of Whitney Lane, Grand Island
Cassie K. Gilcart, 16, of Whitney Lane,  Grand Island
Julia L. Pratt, 19, of Dalton Road, Cato
Grace E. Rooney, 19, of Hilltop Road, Syracuse
Vincent R. S. Scienza, 19, of Straight Road, Forestville
Jennifer E. Hasting, 20, of Claudette Court, Depew
Mandy L. Odrobina, 20, of Madaline Lane, Depew
Jacob N. Resnick, 20, of Lakeshore Drive, Hilton
Jessica A. Woons, 20, of Tribbles Lane, Rochester
Jake W. Wark, 20, of Maplewood Avenue, Spencerport
Neil A. Dambra, 20, of Dortmund Circle, Rochester
Jennifer A. Lopez, 20, of Renaissance Drive, Rochester
Michael J. Brocklehurst, 19, of Linwood Avenue, North Tonawanda
Shane G. Sawicki, 20, of Clarice Drive, Hamburg
Amanda G. Rivera, 18, of Brown Street, Penn Yan
Nicholas R. Groff, 16, of Bullis Road, Elma
Morgan L. McMahon, 19, of Lisle Road, Owego
Darrcy E. Matthews, 20, of Green Street Extension, Dekalb Junction
Abigail M. Ohlmeyer, 20, of Mason Drive, Syracuse
Nathan J. Kloepfer, 19, of Leroy Street, Camillus
Erin M. Myers, 20, of Kent Place, Syracuse
Kala M. Wilkins, 18, of Simsbury Lane, Pittsford
Jennifer A. Riley, 18, of Mahoga Street, Pittsford
Conner C. Renaldo, 16, of Shirley Road, North Collins
Merit L. Jendrowski, 20, of Newton Avenue, Akron
Jenna T. Jendrowski, 17, of Newton Avenue, Akron
Anna L. Legrett, 20, of Lantern Lane, Honeoye Falls
Nicholas J. Fredette, 19, of County Route 24, Minetto
Rebecca A. Krass, 18, of West Myers Road, Oswego
Mary K. Finn, 19, of Swift Street, Oswego
Destini L. Carter, 17, of Bronson Street, Oswego
Morgan A. Allen, 19, of Kathleen Drive, Oswego
Haley N. Sierdsma, 17, of Dunkirk Drive, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Riley D. McCullough, 17, of Hill Garden Drive, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Matthew R. Kennedy, 17, of Trinity Church Road, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Jamie J. Vandehei, 17, of Bell Road, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Luke J. Nault, 18, of Binbrook Road, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Cody G. G. Badour, 18, of Braemar Avenue, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada
Brian J. Sheppard, 19, of White Stone Lane, Lancaster
Neena M. Carter, 17, of Electric Avenue, Cheektowaga
Rachel J. Bolton, 17, of Croydon Drive, Depew
Isiah L. Montpetit, 18, of Freeman Road, Middleport
Dominique Dipietro, 17, of Misty Lane, East Amherst
Benjamin A. Rein, 16, of Via Pinto Drive, Williamsville
Patrick J. Quinn, 18, of Gaylord Court, Elma
Andrew J. Partridge, 19, of Black Creek Road, Hamburg
Nathan C. Bracci-Kurtz, 18, of Queens Way, Depew

August 10, 2012 - 1:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

There were no arrests in the concert venue Thursday night in connection with the Big Time Rush / Cody Simpson concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

There were no citations for underage drinking, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

There was a DWI arrest in the parking lot.

Janet Mary Brady, 45, reportedly drove into the employee parking lot after being told not to enter the lot. Upon investigation, she was allegedly found to be operating in an intoxicated condition with her 5-year-old child in the car. The exact charges she faces were not listed in the Sheriff's Office press release. She was released on an appearance ticket.

If you're not familiar with Big Time Rush, below is a video.

August 4, 2012 - 11:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in darien lake.

On behalf of a local taxi cab owner, we asked Sheriff's Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble how changes in the parking and pedestrian rules at Darien Lake would effect taxi drivers.

Dibble's response seemed worth sharing with our entire audience:

Taxi cabs have the same "pick-up and drop-off" option that everyone else has. Reading the editorial in the Daily News this morning, left me with the feeling that there is still the impression that the "pick-up/drop-off" area will be outside the main gate. This will cause problems.

A taxi can pull though the main gate like everyone else, enter the pick-up/drop-off area then leave via the front gate. If this area gets established as planned and known, it has the potential of fixing the old problem of parents/friends trying to locate their kids/friends after a concert.

As it is now, we come upon many disconnected people and their rides after the concert is over; some looking on Sumner Road, some at the front entrance, some at the corner to Sumner and Route 77, some at the grass lot exit.

A well-advertised, consistant area just within the front gate would be a significant improvement and a safer situation. I expect a period of confusion and refinement during the first of these concerts but, in time, we hope the end result is a safer, more organized concert experience for all.

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