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January 8, 2016 - 11:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sheriff, election.
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      William Sheron

Press release:

Undersheriff William A. Sheron Jr., will seek the Republican Party endorsement for the 2016 election for Genesee County Sheriff.

Undersheriff Sheron, 57, has over 38 years of experience with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office; serving as second in command for the past 20 years. He began his career in June 1977 as an emergency service dispatcher and was subsequently promoted through the ranks of Deputy Sheriff-Jail, Deputy Sheriff - Road Patrol, Sergeant, Investigator and Chief Deputy-Road Patrol. In January 1996 he was appointed Undersheriff.  

Undersheriff Sheron is a graduate of the New York State Commission of Corrections Training Academy, Erie County Central Police Services Basic Police Officer Training Academy, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Police Supervision Course, United States Drug Enforcement Agency Drug Interdiction Course, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Hostage Negotiations, the F.B. I. National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the F.B.I. National Academy Executive Development Program.

Undersheriff Sheron is credited with the formation of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force in 1989, which began as a one-man unit and developed into a county-wide collaborative Task Force with the City of Batavia and Le Roy Police Departments. He served as a Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and a member of the department’s Crash Management Team.

Over his career, Sheron has received departmental recognition awards including Officer of the Year in 1982, Meritorious Service in 2000 and 2009, and Commendation Awards in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994 and 1996.

As Undersheriff, his responsibilities include: the oversight of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, along with the administration of grants and governmental programs; oversight of the department’s training, development and adherence to departmental standards; investigation of allegations against departmental members; recruitment and selection of personnel; and responsibility of the operations of Genesee Justice and the Justice for Children Advocacy Center.

Undersheriff Sheron served as the 2006 president of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates New York State /Eastern Canada Chapter; has held several positions on its board of directors and currently serves as the Chapter’s secretary treasurer. Sheron is an active member of the Genesee County Traffic Safety Board, Genesee County Stop DWI Advisory Board, the Mental Health Association of Genesee/Orleans County Board of Directors, Genesee County Republican Committee, Genesee County Women’s Republican Committee, City of Batavia Republican Committee and Batavia Kiwanis Club. He previously served as the vice president of GCASA Board of Directors.

Undersheriff Sheron is a lifelong resident of Batavia. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Notre Dame High School and is a graduate of Genesee Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Shari, are parents to a blended family of five children and six grandchildren.

“If endorsed and elected Sheriff, I pledge to continue my life’s work of protecting the safety and security of the residents of Genesee County and the men and women of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office,” said William Sheron, Undersheriff.

February 27, 2009 - 7:32am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Derek G. Thomas, 32, of 400 E. Main St., Batavia, was charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Thomas is accused of striking a female acquaintance with his hands and hitting her in the head with a beer bottle. The victim had previously been granted an order of protection against Thomas. He was sent to Genesee County Jail without bail pending a court appearance later this morning.


Ronda M. Kern, 27, of Basom, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Thursday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Kern was located at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Sandhill Road in Alabama. She was also ticketed with consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and moving from the lane unsafely.

February 26, 2009 - 7:32am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Michael J. Lenhard, 23, of Corfu, was charged with driving while intoxicated Wednesday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Lenhard was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on West Main Street Road in the town of Batavia. He was also ticketed with driving left of the pavement markings.


Timothy Grice, 47, of Oakfield, was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operator, state police said. Grice was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on Route 33 in Bergen. He was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000.

February 24, 2009 - 1:36pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in sheriff, crash, emergency.

Minor injuries were reported at the scene of a two-car collision on Route 5 near Prole Road in Batavia. Both cars looked pretty well banged up, and extra crews had to come out from LeRoy to help at the scene, according to dispatch reports. We will pass on the details when they become available.

Update (3:15 p.m.): Two people were taken to the hospital following this crash earlier today. The details are as follows:

Julie L. Conover, 40, of Corfu, was driving along Route 5 heading out of Batavia in the passing lane. Robert L. Tullar, 61, of Batavia, was stopped waiting to make a turn onto a driveway. Conover told deputies that she never saw Tullar's vehicle and ended up colliding into it.

Conover and Tullar were both taken to United Memorial Medical Center. Conover was evaluated for a complaint of shoulder pain. Tullar was taken in with complaints of neck pain.

No tickets were issued.

February 24, 2009 - 8:34am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

An investigation into a home robbery on February 6 has resulted in the arrest of two Batavia residents. Nathan J. Knab, 20, of 16 Overlook Dr., and Travis J. Dunn, 19, of 1 Pine Hollow Dr., were charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, Monday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Knab and Dunn are accused of entering a residence at 8 Pine Hollow Dr. in Batavia and taking a PlayStation 2 system, along with the controllers and game accessories.

They were arraigned in town court Monday and released pending a court appearance scheduled for March 23.

Pictured is Dunn. A mug shot for Knab has not yet been released.

Update (11:13 a.m.): We learned from Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster this morning that Knab did not show up to jail to have his mug shot taken, which is why it was not available when this post was published earlier today.

Mug shot for Knab (right) posted Thursday at 8:08 a.m.

February 24, 2009 - 7:46am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff, GCC, schools.

An announcement from Genesee Community College that the criminal justice program at the Batavia campus will be launching a new "Student Safety Patrol" seems timely.  Just last week, a student was arrested on allegations of leaving a rifle and a shotgun laid across the front seat of his unlocked car in the campus parking lot.

Derek J. Wilson, 34, of Byron, was charged Friday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Deputies have already said that they did not believe Wilson to have any malicious intent. Neither weapon was loaded.

Nevertheless, the school feels it can benefit from some extra eyes on patrol on campus. In fact, it was a vigilant passer-by who spotted the guns in Wilson's car and reported the incident to campus security.

"With the increase in incidents on college campuses, we thought a Student Safety Patrol would be most beneficial," Barry Garigen, professor of Criminal Justice said. "The students gain valuable experience in working these details and enjoy providing volunteer service to the College."

Students in the criminal justice program will make up the staff of the patrol.

From the press release:

For a number of years, the Criminal Justice Club at Genesee has been providing security services at various events on campus, such as the annual Fashion Show, Rockfest, and Experience Genesee. As a result of student interest and funding from a Perkins Grant, the Criminal Justice Club was able to start the SSP. Currently, there are ten students trained and participating in the program. Students become eligible for the program when they complete the NYS Security Guard training course. The security guard training is offered several times a year through the College's BEST Center. Students who enroll in CRJ120: Intro to Security also receive the training. The next BEST Center course is being offered on March 28 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM at the Batavia Campus. To register for the NYS Security Guard training course, visit (the Web site).

The objectives of the new safety patrol are to enhance the level of security patrol presence, particularly in campus buildings, and ensure a high level of personal safety for those working, studying, or visiting the campus. In addition, the SSP provides an opportunity for volunteer duties for Criminal Justice students who have a career interest in law enforcement, public safety, or security. The Student Safety Patrol also assists the College's public safety staff to achieve their operational objectives and target special security and safety needs.

It is stressed that the students will be performing "non-police" functions.

Student Safety Patrollers augment Public Safety services by performing the following light security details in and around Genesee Community College:

• Patrol all campus buildings as a visible deterrent and community resource
• Assist as directed during critical incidents, at Public Safety's discretion
• Observe and report any suspicious/criminal activity observed on patrol
• Perform customer service duties when required
• Audits of campus lighting, emergency phones, access card systems
• Fire safety equipment checks
• Assist with control of vehicle/pedestrian traffic during events
• Safe-walk (escort) service provided as requested
• Perform the receptionist function in Public Safety as assigned
• Other duties as assigned

Student volunteers are still needed for the remainder of the spring 2009 semester and for the fall 2009 semester. For further information or to join the SSP program, contact Barry Garigen, Criminal Justice professor at Genesee, at 585-343-0055 x6307 or [email protected].

February 23, 2009 - 7:25am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

John M. McGowan, 32, of 5 Highland Park, Batavia, was charged with driving while intoxicated early this morning, city police said. McGowan was stopped on West Main Street in Batavia for an alleged traffic violation. He was also ticketed with operating with inadequate headlamps.


Jennifer A. Whitcroft, 22, of LeRoy, was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Whitcroft was stopped on West Main Street in Batavia for an alleged traffic violation. She was also ticketed with driving to the left of pavement markings in a no passing zone.


Mark A. Newton, 53, of East Pembroke, was charged with driving while intoxicated Saturday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Newton was apprehended after he allegedly tried to tow a vehicle from the scene of an accident on Albion Road in Oakfield.

February 20, 2009 - 7:23am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Dawn C. Rogers, 33, of Jamaica, N.Y., was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct Thursday afternoon, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Rogers is accused of "using obscene language" at the 48 Deli Express in Batavia. When deputies tried to place Rogers under arrest, she allegedly resisted, yanking her arms away and locking them under herself so that she could not be apprehended. She was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.


Patrick Wolff, 18, of 8170 Batavia Stafford Townline Road, Batavia, was charged with controlled substance in non-original container and unlawful possession of marijuana Wednesday evening, deputies said. Wolff was apprehended at the Genesee Community College Village, where village security investigated a "suspicious smell" coming from Wolff's room.

February 19, 2009 - 2:43pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff, pembroke, corfu, murder, courts.

Scott F. Doll has been indicted by a grand jury today on a count of murder in the second-degree, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said. Doll is accused of killing his business associate and acquaintance, Joseph A. Benaquist, who was found beaten to death in the driveway of his Pembroke home early Tuesday morning.

An arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, at 2:15 p.m. in county court.

Friedman explained by phone that second-degree murder is "what you usually hear about" in such homicide cases. "That is the intentional killing of another person," he said. That is to be distinguished from first-degree murder, which would involve an intentional killing of a police officer or a judge, for example.

No weapon has been found yet, said Friedman. "But that's not necessary, just like a body is not necessary for a murder conviction. It is certainly something that will be looked for, but we can proceed without it."

It's still too early to say whether or not the case will go to trial. "It's the very beginning of the proceeding," said Friedman.

Doll was found walking along North Lake Road in Pembroke late Monday night "stained with fresh blood." A subsequent investigation led officers to the home of Benaquist, where they discovered the body. Doll was charged with second-degree murder the following afternoon.

Please see our initial post for the full details.

February 18, 2009 - 5:19pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff, pembroke, corfu, murder, courts.

Officers were out at the scene today searching for the murder weapon in the death of Joseph Benaquist, Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha said. Scott Doll is currently in custody on the charge of second-degree murder for allegedly beating Benaquist to death two nights ago.

Maha informed us that investigators were "searching the area" around Benaquist's home at 683 Knapp Road in Pembroke to "see if (the weapon) had been discarded by Mr. Doll." No weapon has yet been found. Investigators also have yet to determine a motive for the alleged homicide. Benaquist and Doll both served as corrections officers, and they were in an auto sales business together. Maha stressed, however, that a motive "does not need to be established."

The case against Doll is being prepared for a grand jury hearing tomorrow. District Attorney Lawrence Friedman will present the case for indictment. If the jury decides to indict, Doll will then be arraigned in county court.

We haven't yet connected with Friedman for more details on the grand jury appointment tomorrow.

February 18, 2009 - 7:20am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff, pembroke, corfu, murder.

We received the following statement from Corfu Mayor Todd Skeet by e-mail late last night. In full:

I would like to extend the sympathy and prayers of the entire community to the families affected by the recent tragedy in the Town of Pembroke.  We are a tightly knit community.  Now is the time to put their needs foremost in our hearts, minds and prayers.  We ask that everyone show the greatest respect for their privacy in the difficult days ahead.



Any requests for further official statements should be directed to the Genesee County Sheriff's office.  We ask that everyone be considerate and allow us all time to heal.

February 17, 2009 - 3:01pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in politics, crime, police, sheriff, pembroke, corfu, murder.

Murder suspect Scott F. Doll was recently endorsed by Republicans to run on their ticket for mayor in the village of Corfu.

Doll was arraigned earlier today on a felony count of second-degree murder in the death of his business associate and former colleague, Joseph E. Benaquist, who was found bludgeoned to death in his driveway early this morning.

Please see our initial post for the full details.

Corfu Village Clerk Sandra Thomas informed us that Doll had only recently moved back to the village and had no prior experience in the government there. He was endorsed by the Corfu Republicans during a caucus that was held on January 26. Elections for the village are scheduled for March 17.

We left a message for Mayor Todd Skeet. We have not yet heard back. We also tried to contact Andrea Vogler, who was listed as the chair of the Corfu Republicans on the caucus information that was supplied to the county.

Doll's family has been prominent in the Corfu community, where they owned "Doll's Super Duper grocery store" for 40 years, as Scott DeSmit reports for the Daily News.

Officials have yet to release any more information on the business ties between the two men. They have only said that the two were "in business together," and that they picked up used cars at an auction at Clarence which they then sold to customers in the area.

A check at the Genesee County Clerk's Office yielded no significant results when we searched for business information related to Doll and Benaquist. Doll was, however, listed on a financing statement for a loan from Automotive Financing Corp., along with the business SF Enterprizes, which had a listed address of 3 Corfu Plaza.


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This is a look into that plaza from Route 33. We drove through and did not see any signs for a business by the name of SF Enterprizes.

Investigators were absent from the scene of the alleged murder this afternoon at the home of Joseph Benaquist in Pembroke. A lone dog was to be found at the house, chained up out front of the garage.

February 17, 2009 - 12:07pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff, video, pembroke, corfu, murder.

PEMBROKE, N.Y. — Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha held a press conference this morning on the murder of Joseph E. Benaquist in Pembroke last night. Maha announced the imminent arrest of Scott F. Doll, who is in the process of being charged with second-degree murder.

Please see our earlier post for the full details.

February 17, 2009 - 11:02am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff, pembroke, emergency, corfu, murder.

PEMBROKE, N.Y. — A Corfu man who was found walking along North Lake Road in Pembroke soaked in "fresh blood" will be charged with the murder of a Pembroke man who was found bludgeoned to death in the driveway of his home early this morning, Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha said.

Scott F. Doll, 46, of 31 E. Main St., Corfu, will be charged with a felony count of second-degree murder in the death of Joseph E. Benaquist, 66, of 683 Knapp Road, Pembroke.

Deputies received a call last night at approximately 8:41 p.m. with reports of a "suspicious person" walking down North Lake Road in Pembroke. The individual, later identified as Doll, was "dressed all in camouflage" and carrying a car jack, a screwdriver and a lug wrench. When deputies arrived, they noticed that Doll's "clothes and sneakers were pretty well stained in what looked like fresh blood," said Maha.

"They asked him what was going on ... and the person was really quite evasive" said Maha. "The officers knew something wasn't right."

Deputies then determined that Doll had parked a van at a gas station on the corner of North Lake Road and Route 5. They found more blood inside the van and a pair of bloody gloves.

"So we had this person who was acting suspicious who had blood on him, so of course, we didn't buy his story, what he was telling us," said Maha. "So we started an investigation."

A relative of Doll's made comments that led officers to the home of Benaquist who was found dead "lying in a pool of blood in his driveway." Benaquist appeared to have suffered blunt trauma to the face and head.

Doll and Benaquist were acquaintances and "in business together" in an auto dealership that Maha believed to be located in Pembroke. The two men would purchase vehicles from an auction in Clarence, fix them up and then sell them, said Maha.

Doll is currently employed as a corrections officer at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, Erie County. Benaquist had retired from the same facility, where he also worked as a corrections officer.

Maha said it is too early in the investigation to believe that the auto dealership was the cause of the homicide. No neighbors had reported a fight between the two men last night. But Benaquist's home is "out in the country," said Maha, at least a hundred yards from its nearest neigbor.

Doll has "at least" two children, plus a sister and a brother who live in the area, said Maha. Doll was sent to Genesee County Jail without bail.

The investigation is ongoing. We will get up video coverage of the press conference within the hour.


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February 17, 2009 - 8:36am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha will hold a press conference this morning at 10:00 a.m. at the sheriff's office to "release the details of a homicide that occurred in the town of Pembroke" last night.

We will get up any additional details as they become available.

Update (10:02 a.m.): The Daily News reports this hour that a Corfu man, Scott F. Doll, 46, will be charged later this morning with the murder of Joseph E. Benaquiste, 66. Benaquiste was found "bludgeoned to death" in the driveway of his Pemborke home early this morning.

February 17, 2009 - 7:42am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Lindsi Fauth, 19, of Corfu, was charged with eight counts of petit larceny Sunday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Fauth is accused of voiding purchases for her friends and herself on several occasions while she worked as a cashier at the Target store in Batavia. Voided merchandise totaled some $361.


Matthew S. Fenton, 22, of Elba, was charged with driving while intoxicated early this morning, city police said. Fenton was located on State Street, where he had allegedly crashed into a parked car. He was also ticketed with moving from the lane unsafely and open container of an alcoholic beverage.

February 16, 2009 - 8:37am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

A state trooper pulled a driver out of his overturned vehicle following a crash on Groth Road in the town of Murray, state police said. Zoltan M. Koleszar, 43, of Medina, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation once he had been freed from the vehicle. Koleszar was charged with driving while intoxicated. He had refused to submit to a breath test at the scene.

State police in Albion had responded to reports of an erratic driver traveling on Route 104. When they arrived on scene, they found that Koleszar had flipped after striking a guardrail. His vehicle was found overturned and partially submerged in a swampy area off the roadway. Trooper Matt Luft was the first on scene and spotted Koleszar still in the vehicle. With the help of fire personnel, Luft pulled the victim out the rear window of the vehicle.

Photo submitted by state police.


Sixteen-year-old Shaquille L. Davis, of Lockport, was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault and one felony count of first-degree attempted robbery Saturday, city police said. Davis is accused of demanding the coat and money of an individual who was out for a walk during the early morning hours Saturday in the area of Center and Court streets. The victim refused to give up his belongings and attempted to walk away when Davis allegedly punched the victim in the face several times, knocking him to ground and causing serious physical injury, including a broken jaw.

Davis then fled the scene, accordng to victim reports. Police canvassed the area and later located someone matching the description of the attacker amidst a group of others walking along Ellicott Street. Davis was sent to Genesee County Jail without bail. He is due to appear in court Tuesday.


Sara A. Weaver, 39, of Oakfield, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation Sunday, city police said. Weaver was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on West Main Street in Batavia. She was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $200 bail.


Thomas G. Rowland, 37, of LeRoy, was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday afternoon, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Rowland was stopped on Hopkins Road in the town of Batavia for an alleged traffic violation. He was also ticketed with driving to the left of the pavement markings.


Margaret A. Oliveri, 48, of Bergen, was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Oliveri was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on Townline Road in Byron. She was also ticketed with driving to the left of the pavement markings.


Stephanie DeGeest, 22, of West Seneca, was charged with second-degree harassment and resisting arrest Sunday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. DeGeest is accused of kicking a sheriff's deputy in the groin while she was being detained during a domestic dispute in Pembroke. Deputies also allege that DeGeest continued to fight and resist while she was being placed under arrest. She was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

February 13, 2009 - 7:41am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Raymond W. Schramm Jr., 22, of Oakfield, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child Thursday evening, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Schramm's son is alleged to have wandered out of their home some time around 6 o'clock yesterday evening and was outside for approximately 30 minutes before a passing motorist stopped to check on the child. The boy was taken to United Memorial Medical Center and treated for exposure. Schramm will answer the charge in court in March.


Frederick M. White, 71, of 10 Woodland Dr., Batavia, was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. White was located in his vehicle off the side of the road on Lewsiton Road in Alabama. His vehicle appeared to have gone off the roadway as the result of an alleged unsafe lane change. White was also ticketed with changing lanes unsafely and misuse of dealer plates.


Connie L. King, 37, of Oakfield, was charged with driving while intoxicated early this morning, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. King allegedly crashed her vehicle on Route 63 in the town of Batavia. She was also ticketed with failure to keep right.

February 12, 2009 - 1:55pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

Robert J. Rudnicki, 36, of 4016 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated early this morning, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Rudnicki was stopped for alleged traffic violations on Jackson Street in the city of Batavia. He was also ticketed with driving left of the pavement markings in a no passing zone, inadequate headlights and driving without a license.


Joseph J. Ferraro, 55, of Basom, was charged with driving while intoxicated Wednesday afternoon, deputies said. Ferraro was stopped for an alleged traffic violation after he was seen by an off-duty deputy driving erratically on Route 262 in the town of Oakfield. He was also ticketed with moving from the lane unsafely.

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