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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Report of gunshots fired from truck in Basom remains under investigation

post by Howard B. Owens in Basom, Alabama, crime

A report Tuesday night of a drive-by trucker firing shots out his window in Basom is still under investigation, but a possible suspect has been identified, Sheriff Gary Maha said today.

The subject deputies believe may have been involved may also have been arrested for DWI in Erie County.

Maha said it will take a little time to put the whole case together because law enforcement agencies in Genesee, Erie and Niagara counties are all involved.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Person in Alabama reports being shot at by driver of truck registered in Basom

post by Billie Owens in Basom, Alabama, crime

A person in the area of Crosby and Judge roads in Alabama reports being shot at with a .22-caliber rifle by someone driving a pickup truck registered to a driver on Ham Road in Basom. Law enforcement is investigating.

UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.: A deputy reports recovering a bullet. No further details available at this time.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Cornfield on fire off Lewiston Road in Alabama

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire

A cornfield is reportedly on fire at 1534 Lewiston Road, near Church Street, in Alabama. Alabama Fire Department is en route.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: Fire police and an engine from Oakfield are requested. Smoke is blowing across the roadway.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: A tanker from Oakfield is called to the scene. Some firefighters are working at the back of the property to protect a barn. There's a brush fire nearby. Although the fire is not approaching the structure, there are strong winds blowing.

UPDATE 12:47 p.m.: Alabama command reports the fire is under control.

UPDATE 12:59 p.m.: The fire is out. The Alabama assignment is back in service.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Photo: Tree in farm fields, Townline Road, Alabama

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, photos

On my way back from Indian Falls, I stopped on Townline Road near Maple Avenue, Alabama, to snap this picture.

Monday, June 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of stalking

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alabama, byron, crime, Pavilion

Timothy P. Brown, 37, of 10 Hutchins Place, rear, is charged with stalking, 4th. Brown is accused of repeatedly contacting a former friend after being told to stop contacting that person. Brown was allegedly texting the former friend after the former friend asked him to stop and after he was warned by police to have no further contact.

Maxwell Raymond Pfendler, 20, of South Lake Road, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and unlawful possession of marijuana. Pfendler was stopped at 7:55 p.m. Saturday on Route 63, Batavia, for allegedly speeding by Deputy Matthew Butler.

Wayne H. Austin, 37, of Ivison Road, Byron, is charged with reckless endangerment, 2nd. Austin is accused of purposefully swerving his vehicle in the roadway at another vehicle.

Linda K. Garrettson, 55, of Wynanskill, is charged with possession or sale of unstamped cigarettes and possession and transport of 10,000 or more unstamped cigarettes; James A. Lapi, 60, of Palatine Bridge, is charged with possession and transport of 10,000 or more unstamped cigarettes. Garrettson and Lapi were arrested by State Police. Garrettson was taken into custody at the State Police Barracks in Batavia at 1:21 p.m. Friday, and Lapi was arrested on Bloomingdale Road at 10:15 a.m., Friday. Lapi was jailed on $700 bail.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Driver says he fell asleep prior to car overturning on Route 77, Alabama

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama

A driver involved in a rollover accident on Route 77, Alabama, on Friday said he fell asleep at the wheel.

Matthew R. Killburn, 22, of 1379 Bray Road, Arcade, was not seriously injured in the crash and did not require ambulance transport.

According to Deputy Tim Wescott's report, Killburn was northbound on Route 77 near Ledge Road at 6:15 p.m. when he fell asleep and his car traveled off the east shoulder and overturned.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Killburn was driving a 2005 Chevy sedan.

No citations were issued.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

Alabama farmhouse getting second chance after nearly becoming fire-training structure

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama

When the owner of an old farmhouse at 1493 Judge Road, Alabama, offered the building up to the Alabama Fire Department to use in training, Rob Crossen's thought, "I hate to see another old house go to heck."

Instead of letting the house get destroyed in training -- which would eventually include burning it down -- Crossen stepped in and bought the property.

Since last October, Rob and his son Dan, along with some local carpenters, have been working on restoring the home with the goal of eventually selling it to a family that will appreciate the old house.

It's an all-out restoration project, too. 

One hundred years ago, at least, horse-drawn tools dug a hole for a foundation and workers manually placed heavy stones around the perimeter. Crossen and his crew refurbished the masonry and dug the basement two feet deeper.

The house never had a proper sump pump, which led to a lot of water damage, so Crossen fixed installed a new one.

The back of the house -- the kitchen, primarily, was so badly damaged that Crossen just tore it away. The house will have entirely new kitchen.

Crossen's workers have completely gutted the interior of the house and each room, upstairs and down, will have new electrical works, new walls and new floors.

"It will be all new on the inside but look like an old house on the outside," Crossen said.

Below is a picture I took of the house this past October (taken with black and white film). I've photographed the old farmhouse a few times before this shot, but this is the only one I saved. It's a classic, turn-of-the-century (the last century) farmhouse and it's great to see it getting a second life.

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

One-car rollover on Alleghany Road, minor injury

post by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama

A one-car rollover accident is reported at 7691 Alleghany Road. There is "one very minor injury." Alabama Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding.

Friday, June 15, 2012 at 7:07 am

Oakfield Betterment Committee Movie in the Park

The Oakfield Betterment Committee will show "ET The Extraterrestrial" on Saturday July 21, 2012 in the Elroy D. Parkins Park, Drake Street in Oakfield.  The evening begins at 8:00 pm with the movie starting at dusk.

The movie is FREE for all ages.  We will sell hot dogs, drinks, candy and popcorn.  The Oakfield Girl Scouts will be selling "Glow in Dark Necklaces".

The Betterment Committee will also be drawing the EARLY BIRD winner for presale tickets for Labor Day Weekend. 

If anyone would like more information or tickets for the Labor Day ticket drawing, quilt and tree skirt, please contract Melissa Haacke @ 585-314-4501. 

Event Date and Time

July 21, 2012 - 8:00pm - July 22, 2012 - 12:00am
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

Law and Order: Car passenger found to allegedly have 2-foot tall marijuana plant in bag

post by Howard B. Owens in Basom, batavia, Alabama, crime, Darien, Oakfield, pembroke

Clifford Leo Regimbal, 33, of Oakfield, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of marijuana. Regimbal was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at 6:57 p.m. Monday on Route 77, Basom, and allegedly found in possession of a bag containing more than 25 grams of marijuana and a 2-foot tall marijuana plant. Also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana was Ashley Nicole Janikowski, 28, of Oakfield. The traffic stop was initiated by Depty Patrick Reeves.

Jamie R. Bachorski, 18, of Webber Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Bachorski is accused of smoking marijuana with a child May 29.

Amber Michelle Hufsizer, 21, of Newark, is charged with petit larceny. Hufsizer is accused of stealing merchandise valued at $90.89 at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Brad C. Doward, 22, of 10 Hall St., Batavia, is charged with criminal trespass, 2nd, criminal mischief, 4th, harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Doward allegedly unlawfully entered the residence of a friend, damaged property, had physical contact with the resident, all while in close proximity to a child. The incident was reported at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and Doward appeared at police HQ at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Mark W. Nassivera, 21, of Rochester, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd. Nassivera was taken into custody by State Police in connection with an incident reported at 10:03 p.m. Sunday in Alabama. Nassivera was jailed on an unspecified amount of bail. No further details available.

David L. O'Neil, 22, of 101 Elmwood Parkway, Tonawanda, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. O'Neil was stopped by State Police at 12:29 a.m. Saturday in the Town of Pembroke.

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