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Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Photos: Christmas lights in Le Roy and Pavilion

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Every year I promise myself (and there's always a couple of requests) that this year I'm going outside of Batavia to shoot Christmas light pictures.  Tonight, I made it to Le Roy and then swung down to Pavilion.

If your house is in the gallery and you would like to purchase a print, click the "visit gallery" link in the slide show (I hear the metallic prints look really great).
Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

State Police looking for driver who struck pedestrian outside Batavia Downs

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State Police are asking the public assistance to help locate the driver and car involved in a hit-and-run car vs. pedestrian accident Friday night in front of Batavia Downs Casino.

The car is described as a red four-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu.

The car may have front grill, hood and windshield damage.

The victim was hit by the car, according to Sgt. Ron Lobur, rolled up onto the hood, hit the windshield and then rolled off the front the car and was nearly struck a second time.

"The victim is very, very fortunate to come away with only minor injuries," Lobur said.

Information about the victim is not being released yet, Lobur said, pending following up on leads that have come in, or may come in, as a result of the request for more information.

Anybody with information that may assist in the investigation are asked to call the State Police at 343-2200.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Person struck by vehicle in front of Batavia Downs, minor injuries

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A pedestrian has minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Park Road in front of the Batavia Downs Casino. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 6:41 p.m.: The suspect vehicle left the scene. It's a red Malibu, last seen heading south on Park Road. It's possibly in the Tops Market parking lot or an adjacent parking lot. The kind of damage it may have sustained is not known, nor is the gender of the driver. Deputies are scouring the area.

UPDATE 6:44 p.m.: The town fire assignment is back in service.

UPDATE 6:49 p.m.: A 42-year-old female is being transported to UMMC with unspecified injuries. She is back-boarded and collared. Meanwhile, the driver of a red Chevy Impala parked in the Auto Zone store's parking lot is being questioned by deputies, although it's unknown if this car is the one involved in the Batavia Downs incident.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Batavia PD investigating burglaries on Pearl, Madison and South Main

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Press release:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating three reported residential burglaries which occurred during the day to early evening hours on Thursday, Dec. 20.

The burglaries occurred on Pearl Street, Madison Avenue and on South Main Street.

Entry to the residences was gained through unsecured doors.

Taken from the residences was a laptop computer, a Kindle tablet, a telephone, an XBOX game system, jewelry, cash and medication.

Anyone having observed or observing any suspicious activity or having information is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at 345-6350, or to access the Batavia Police Confidential Tip Line at 345-6370.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

Winter weather driving reminder from the State Police

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Press release:

In preparation for the first real snowfall for this season, the State Police encourage motorists to exercise due care over the next few days. There is expected to be significant snowfall through Saturday that will impact parts of Western New York.

The State Police will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. The State Police need your assistance to make this possible. Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to consider traveling only if necessary. Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent.

Keep the following tips in mind:
- Get the latest weather forecast before leaving – www.weather.gov , monitor radio or TV stations or contact your nearest State Police station.
- Keep a full tank of gas.
- Make sure your fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid, anti-freeze).
Spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench.
Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather then your headlights must be on.
Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly.
Brake early and correctly.
- Be careful, snow and cold temperatures can create icy conditions. Pay particular attention on bridges and overpasses.
- Do NOT use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply braking.
Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference.
Be aware of snow plows, maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work.
If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, then don’t.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

Memorial set up for Newtown victims at Peace Garden

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Press release:

As a nation, grieves the Batavia Peace Garden provides a place of solace where Batavia citizens can visit to lament their feelings of sadness for the fallen angels of Newtown, Conn., a community very similar in size to that of Batavia.

Barb Toal, project manager for the Batavia Peace Garden, commented that “with so many people in our community touched by this terrible sadness it just seemed like the right thing for us to do. When events like this happen you just feel so helpless and you need a place to go to express those feelings”.

Over the next few days, Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden will be hanging pink ribbons through the trees at the Peace Garden in honor of the 20 slain children and six teachers who perished last Friday.

Residents and visitors are invited to drop by the Peace Garden. The temporary memorial will be on display in the glass covered kiosk at the Peace Garden in Paolo Busti Park adjacent to the Holland Land Office for the next several weeks.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

Law and Order: Man accused of pushing family member during argument

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Mikel Anthony Anderson, 21, of Eagle Street, Medina, is charged with harassment 2nd. Anderson is accused of pushing a family member several times during a dispute. Anderson was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Alicia Maria Stankwick, 21, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement. The alleged false report was filed at 5:18 a.m., Oct. 21. Stankwick was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Tanya Lee Thyret, 34, of Clinton Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly issuing bad checks in June. She faces two counts.


Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

Driver injured in accident on Perry Road overnight

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion

Charges are pending against a 24-year-old driver involved in an overnight accident on Perry Road, Pavilion, who was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The medical condition of Ronald J. Tombari III, of Court Road, Pavilion, wasn't immediately available this morning during his transfer from the emergency room to another floor.

The accident report indicates he suffered a broken or dislocated hip or upper leg and was in shock and the time of the flight to Strong.

His passenger, Richard M. Sepor, 21, of Transit Road, Stafford, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to Strong.

Sepor is the registered owner of the 2002 GMC pickup Tombari was reportedly driving.

The truck was reportedly southbound on Perry Road near York Road at 12:12 a.m. when it traveled off the east shoulder and hit a tree. The truck spun off the tree and came to a stop.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Frank Bordonaro and Deputy John Weis. Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS assisted at the scene.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:58 am

Today's Poll: Will the world end today?

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Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

Gas and propane truck hit at Route 237 and 33, minor injuris, propane believed secure

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A car and propane truck have collided at Route 33 and Route 237, Stafford.

Minor injuries are reported and the propane is believed secure.

Stafford fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: Stafford fire back in service.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:51 am

Mercy Flight responds to two calls in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, Pavilion

Mercy Flight was called on two separate incidents in Genesee County after midnight, Friday.

At about 12:15 a.m., a pickup truck reportedly hit a tree on Perry Road just north of York Road. There were two male occupants. One victim was able to get out of the vehicle, but the second victim required a Mercy Flight transport with a possible head injury.

Pavilion fire responded to the Perry Road accident.

At about 12:30 a.m., dispatchers received a report of a woman fallen on Pearl Street. Oakfield fire was dispatched and a short time later, requested Mercy Flight to the scene. A landing zone was set up at the school.

Mercy Flight 5 out of Batavia responded to the Pavilion accident. Mercy Flight 7 out of Buffalo responded to Oakfield.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

Photos: Christmas lights in Batavia, Dec. 20

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas lights

Tonight, I took another drive around Batavia taking pictures of homes with Christmas light displays. Again, I tried to concentrate on homes that possibly I hadn't photographed before, though I believe their are a few duplicates. While I haven't been down every street in the city this year, I have, at this point, been through all the neighborhoods. Sorry if you have a great light display this year and I didn't get to it. To purchase prints of these photos click the "visit gallery" link in the slide show.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Sponsored Post: Congratulations IR Systems!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

GCEDC approves financing for land purchases to create STAMP in Alabama

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With zoning changes approved in the Town of Alabama, the Genesee County Economic Development Center will now move forward with real estate purchases in order to create the footprint for the STAMP project.

The board today authorized the agency to move forward with a $2.1 million expenditure to acquire the land necessary for the 1,340-acre technology zone.

GCEDC CEO Steve Hyde said today, after the board's approval of the transactions, that he anticipates bringing in three chip fabrication companies of the size now in Saratoga, which will mean a $15 billion to $25 billion investment by those companies in Genesee County and some 9,000 jobs.

The board authorized a loan from the LDC (a non-profit agency operated by the GCEDC) to GCEDC for $500,000. GCEDC will then receive either a gap loan from a bank to repay the LDC, or pay it off when it receives grant money from the state for the STAMP project.

The project is receiving more than $2 million from Empire State Development.

The first purchases -- many of which have already been negotiated -- could happen in a matter of weeks.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Soldier surprises son at Jackson school holiday concert

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Hasan Armstrong got the best Christmas gift a young boy could ever wish for. His Dad. Live and in person.

Hasan's number one wrestling partner, Corp. Haven Armstrong, showed up during the Holiday Happening concert at Jackson Elementary School this morning after being deployed with the Army/National Guard in Kuwait for a year.

Kindergarten teacher Debra Wolff found out about the surprise visit late last night after getting an e-mail from Stephanie Armstrong, Hasan's mother. Wolff says Hasan was a little shy about singing in the concert today since his Mom had to work and his Dad was in the Army in Kuwait. 

Wolff told Hasan not to worry and that she would be there for him. An aunt would also be in the audience. 

After the three Kindergarten classes had finished their perfomance, Mrs. Wolff told Hasan to come off the stage and to the front. "I have a surprise for you." she said. "Your Mom is here!" 

After a big hug from her son, Stephanie Armstrong then gave Hasan the best news of the day. "Guess what, your Dad is here too!" 

When Corp. Haven Armstrong entered the room Hasan took off running, jumping into his Dad's arms. The reunion brought tears to many in the audience. 

Corp. Armstrong says using Skype to keep in touch with his son has been great, but not the same as being there. He says "It's been a long year, and he's so tall and big now. Being here today means everything."

Armstrong will now train in the States and is looking forward to catching up with his family and friends. He still had to make a surprise visit to a daycare center with his 2-year-old son Haven Jr.

"Little boys like mine wait a long time for their dads to come home," Stephanie said. "Regardless of how you feel about what we are doing, the fact remains there are still families out there sacrificing."

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