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The scene on Oak Street on Monday night where investigators marked possible evidence locations on the roadway.
Photo by Howard Owens.

An incident involving apparent gunshots on Oak Street in the City of Batavia on Monday night is still under investigation, said Chief Shawn Heubusch, Batavia PD.

Heubusch did not release any information on possible suspects or whether suspects have been identified. He did not release any information related specifically to the incident.

In response to an inquiry from The Batavian, Heubusch said, "We are still investigating the incident of shots fired on Oak Street and are asking the public, if they have any information, to contact the detective bureau at 585-345-6350."

The confidential tip line number is 585-345-6370. Confidential tips can also be submitted using this online form. The form offers an option for remaining anonymous.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/no-new-information-on-shots-fired-incident-on-oak-street-on-monday-public-assistance#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/no-new-information-on-shots-fired-incident-on-oak-street-on-monday-public-assistance Sep 1, 2023, 1:20pm Oak Street No new information on shots fired incident on Oak Street on Monday, public assistance sought Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="shots fired" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-08/oak-street-gun-shots-2.jpg?itok=qY6mGBAc" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>The scene on Oak Street on Monday night where investigators marked possible evidence locations on the roadway.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>An incident involving apparent gunshots on Oak Street in the City of Batavia on Monday night is still under investigation, said Chief Shawn Heubusch, Batavia PD.</p><p>Heubusch did not release any information on possible suspects or whether suspects have been identified. He did not release any information related specifically</p>
'Mad love' for Habitat, says new Oak Street homeowner https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mad-love-for-habitat-says-new-oak-street-homeowner/634613
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It was no accident that brought together a group of caring people at 50 Oak St., Batavia, on Saturday, said Pastor Vern Saile before blessing the new home of Terry Smith and his family.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mad-love-for-habitat-says-new-oak-street-homeowner/634613#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mad-love-for-habitat-says-new-oak-street-homeowner/634613 Apr 30, 2023, 2:21pm Oak Street 'Mad love' for Habitat, says new Oak Street homeowner Howard Owens <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-04/50-oak-terry-smith-habitat.jpg?itok=5QnVLwIG" width="800" height="532" alt="Terry Smith" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>It was no accident that brought together a group of caring people at 50 Oak St., Batavia, on Saturday, said&nbsp;Pastor Vern Saile before blessing the new home of Terry Smith and his family.</p>
Due to Richmond Avenue project, water mains in area to be shut down tomorrow https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/due-to-richmond-avenue-project-water-mains-in-area-to-be-shut-down-tomorrow/614026 Press release:

The City of Batavia Water Department will be shutting down water mains in the area of Oak Street and Richmond Ave, on August 11, 2022, due to the Richmond Ave Water Line Project.  The streets with possible water interruptions will be from, North of Richmond Ave on Oak Street, Richmond Ave from Oak Street to State Street, Verona Ave from Richmond Ave to Hillcrest Street, all of Buxton Ave, Genesee Street, and New York Place.  Additionally, new water main valves will be installed on Prospect Ave and State St.  During valve installations; water will be shut down on Prospect Ave from Richmond Ave to Oak Street and on the West side of Oak Street from Prospect Ave to Ellicott Ave and Main Street intersection, along with an area on State Street from the Richmond Ave intersection to just South of Park Ave.

The length of time the water will be off is unknown.

As always, when the water is restored, it may be discolored.  Please refrain from doing any laundry until the water runs clear.

We apologize for any inconvenience and the public’s patience is greatly appreciated.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/due-to-richmond-avenue-project-water-mains-in-area-to-be-shut-down-tomorrow/614026#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/due-to-richmond-avenue-project-water-mains-in-area-to-be-shut-down-tomorrow/614026 Aug 10, 2022, 3:45pm Oak Street Due to Richmond Avenue project, water mains in area to be shut down tomorrow Press Release <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>The City of Batavia Water Department will be shutting down water mains in the area of Oak Street and Richmond Ave, on August 11, 2022, due to the Richmond Ave Water Line Project.&nbsp; The streets with possible water interruptions will be from, North of Richmond Ave on Oak</p></blockquote>
No way out? Turnaround https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/no-way-out-turnaround/609097
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Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

Byron resident Terry Speed learned that about his impromptu turnaround at a home on Oak Street, Batavia. He and his wife Dawn purchased the one-family building in 2016, complete with a small turnaround in the front yard. The soil settled and it became a small pond, he said.

Speed then dug a channel through the sunken area so that water could escape. He has applied for a variance to add 12 feet of loose stone to his existing 23-foot-wide driveway. That would make a 48 percent lot frontage at the Oak Street property. According to city code, “the width of driveways and parking spaces may not exceed 25 percent of lot frontage,” prompting the need for a variance.

“We needed to come and speak with you people.  I was told to apply for a variance,” Speed said during Tuesday’s City Planning & Development Committee meeting. “I would like to have a proper turnaround. I jumped the gun, it’s my fault.”

He has a business variance for his wife’s beauty salon to operate in the back of the home, he said. Customers usually arrive one at a time, but there are occasions when there are three vehicles (including his wife’s) in the driveway at one time. Given the amount of traffic on Oak Street, which is state Route 98, it’s difficult for customers to back out of the drive, he said. He added that he also thought it was illegal to back out onto a state roadway.

“People in and out of there are having a hard time,” Speed said. “Something’s going to happen. She’s hearing horns blow.”

In his application, Speed said that this issue is “due to bumper-to-bumper traffic on Oak Street weekdays,” and is therefore not a self-created problem.

As for the legal aspects of backing out onto Route 98, according to New York State’s vehicle and traffic law, there are limitations on backing up a vehicle. Section 1211 states that “the driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic. The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same upon any shoulder or roadway of any controlled-access highway.”

Still, allowing for the turnaround proposed by Speed “seems like an excessive amount, and sets a precedent for neighbors,” committee member Ed Flynn said.

He and fellow members discussed the options and issues with such a set-up, and eventually recommended a compromise: a 10-foot by 18-foot turnaround that is at least 18 feet from the road and 10 feet from the sidewalk.

Speed will continue the process with the Zoning Board of Appeals later this week.

For anyone who lives on Oak Street or other similar streets that coincide with busy state highways, how do you get out of your driveways? The Batavian would like to know your solutions for a follow-up article. Email them to: joanne@thebatavian.com

Illustration: Satellite view of Oak Street property requiring a variance for a larger turnaround area. Heavy traffic on Oak Street (Route 98), Batavia, prompted the variance request to create more space for visitors to turn around versus backing out onto the street. Illustration provided by City of Batavia Planning & Development Committee.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/no-way-out-turnaround/609097#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/no-way-out-turnaround/609097 Jun 21, 2022, 10:14pm Oak Street No way out? Turnaround jfbeck_99_272012 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/272012/2022-06/oakstreetillustration.jpg?itok=7h0axv3T" width="460" height="342" alt="oakstreetillustration.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Sometimes you <em>can</em> have too much of a good thing.</p> <p>Byron resident Terry Speed learned that about his impromptu turnaround at a home on Oak Street, Batavia. He and his wife Dawn purchased the one-family building in 2016, complete with a small turnaround in the front yard. The soil settled</p>
Water main repair on Oak Street delayed by leak on Elm Street, Batavia https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/water-main-repair-on-oak-street-delayed-by-leak-on-elm-street-batavia/591518 Press release:

Due to an additional situation on Elm Street, the City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing the water main break on Oak Street at a later date.  The Water Department will now be focusing its attention on a water leak on Elm Street, between East Main Street and Fisher Park.  There is the potential that the water may need to be shut off on Elm Street from East Main Street to Fisher Park.  The water would also have to be shut off on Fisher Park from Elm Street to Vine Street.

The length of time the water will be off is unknown.

Traffic will be closed down on Elm Street between East Main Street and Fisher Park.

As always, when the water is restored it may be discolored.  Please refrain from doing any laundry until the water runs clear.

We apologize for any inconvenience and the public’s patience is greatly appreciated.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/water-main-repair-on-oak-street-delayed-by-leak-on-elm-street-batavia/591518#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/water-main-repair-on-oak-street-delayed-by-leak-on-elm-street-batavia/591518 Feb 2, 2022, 10:40am Oak Street Water main repair on Oak Street delayed by leak on Elm Street, Batavia Press Release <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>Due to an additional situation on Elm Street, the City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing the water main break on Oak Street at a later date.&nbsp; The Water Department will now be focusing its attention on a water leak on Elm Street, between East Main Street</p></blockquote>
Crews scheduled to repair water main break tomorrow on Oak Street https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/crews-scheduled-to-repair-water-main-break-tomorrow-on-oak-street/591420 Press release:

The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing a water main break on Oak Street, in the southbound lane in the area of Noonan Drive on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.  There is the potential that the water may need to be shut off on Oak Street, from Union Street heading north to the City line.  In addition, the water shut-off would also impact all of Noonan Drive.

The length of time the water will be off is unknown.

Traffic will also be impacted in the area of Oak Street and Noonan Drive in the form of lane closures or lane shifts while the repairs are being made.

As always, when the water is restored it may be discolored.  Please refrain from doing any laundry until the water runs clear.

We apologize for any inconvenience and the public’s patience is greatly appreciated.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/crews-scheduled-to-repair-water-main-break-tomorrow-on-oak-street/591420#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/crews-scheduled-to-repair-water-main-break-tomorrow-on-oak-street/591420 Feb 1, 2022, 4:42pm Oak Street Crews scheduled to repair water main break tomorrow on Oak Street Press Release <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing a water main break on Oak Street, in the southbound lane in the area of Noonan Drive on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.&nbsp; There is the potential that the water may need to be shut off on Oak Street, from</p></blockquote>
City Water Department to repair water main on Oak Street tomorrow https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/city-water-department-to-repair-water-main-on-oak-street-tomorrow/558468 Press release:

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the City of Batavia Water Department will be making repairs to a water main in front of number 23 Oak St.

The street will be open for traffic on Oak Street but lane restrictions and different traffic patterns will be in effect.

For safety, Prospect Avenue and Mix Place will be closed at Oak. There will be no parking permitted in this area on Oak Street while work in taking place.

Water may be turned off in the area; this may produce discolored water. Please refrain from doing laundry if water is discolored.

Work will begin about 8 a.m. and should be completed by 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/city-water-department-to-repair-water-main-on-oak-street-tomorrow/558468#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/city-water-department-to-repair-water-main-on-oak-street-tomorrow/558468 Sep 1, 2020, 12:43pm Oak Street City Water Department to repair water main on Oak Street tomorrow Press Release <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the City of Batavia Water Department will be making repairs to a water main in front of number 23 Oak St.</p> <p>The street will be open for traffic on Oak Street but lane restrictions and different traffic patterns will be in effect.</p> <p>For safety</p>
Mother and daughter feel blessed to move into new Habitat home https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/mother-and-daughter-feel-blessed-to-move-into-new-habitat-home/147299
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Today, Habitat for Humanity dedicated the new home on Oak Street of Sheila and Jada Rolle.

Sheila expressed her gratitude for the staff and volunteers who helped them with a beautiful home.

"There’s so much love and peace and the angels all around because everyone who took part in this project blessed us so much, and I thank all of you for the love that you’ve shown us and you have given us," Sheila said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/mother-and-daughter-feel-blessed-to-move-into-new-habitat-home/147299#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/mother-and-daughter-feel-blessed-to-move-into-new-habitat-home/147299 Jun 25, 2016, 3:59pm Oak Street Mother and daughter feel blessed to move into new Habitat home Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2016-06/27oakjune252016.jpg?itok=ktObPZPu" width="460" height="307" alt="27oakjune252016.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Today, Habitat for Humanity dedicated the new home on Oak Street of&nbsp;Sheila and Jada Rolle.</p> <p>Sheila expressed her gratitude for the staff and volunteers who helped them with a beautiful home.</p> <p>"There’s so much love and peace and the angels all around because everyone who took part in this project</p>
City, National Grid to remove 18 trees on Oak Street starting Monday https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/city-national-grid-to-remove-18-trees-on-oak-street-starting-monday/119749 Press release:

The City in conjunction with National Grid will be removing trees between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Mondays thru Fridays for the time period of February 29 through March 31.

This work involves the removal of 18 trees that have become unbalanced due to years of required trimming for utilities, thus becoming a liability and unsightly.

The area of work is Oak Street between the NYS Thruway Exit 48/ Park Road to NYS Rt 5/ West Main Street. Work shall begin north of Richmond Avenue and proceed south.

This work will require lane shifts, lane reductions and temporary stoppages. All efforts will be made to minimize impacts to traffic but there will be delays so please plan accordingly and avoid the area if possible. Work will occur as weather and other work assignments permit.

Future work plans will be the replanting of more appropriate underwire street trees and replacement rate of 2:1. This work is anticipated in the Fall of this year.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/city-national-grid-to-remove-18-trees-on-oak-street-starting-monday/119749#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/city-national-grid-to-remove-18-trees-on-oak-street-starting-monday/119749 Feb 25, 2016, 9:05am Oak Street City, National Grid to remove 18 trees on Oak Street starting Monday Howard Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <blockquote> <p>The City in conjunction with National Grid will be removing trees between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Mondays thru Fridays for the time period of February 29 through March 31.</p> <p>This work involves the removal of 18 trees that have become unbalanced due to</p></blockquote>
Water main break reported on Oak Street https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/water-main-break-reported-oak-street/45677 There is a water main break on Oak Street near Park Road, according to Matt Worth, superintendent of Water and Wastewater. Residents on Oak Street and Union Street north to the city line are effected. Crews are on site beginning repairs.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/water-main-break-reported-oak-street/45677#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/water-main-break-reported-oak-street/45677 Nov 29, 2014, 12:41pm Oak Street Water main break reported on Oak Street Howard Owens <p>There is a water main break on Oak Street near Park Road, according to Matt Worth, superintendent of Water and Wastewater. Residents on Oak Street and Union Street north to the city line are effected. Crews are on site beginning repairs.</p>