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Friday, August 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Attica duo accused of possessing loaded, sawed-off shotgun in Pembroke

post by Howard B. Owens in Attica, crime, pembroke

Deputies investigating suspicious activity last night reportedly found a pair of Attica men in possession of a loaded, sawed-off shotgun at a residence in Pembroke.

Both men reportedly have prior felony convictions, banning them from possessing firearms.

Charged with criminal possession of a weapon were Benjamin Lambert, 36, and Kayla Tyoe, 23.

Lambert and Tyoe were jailed pending further proceedings.

Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

Law and Order: Man in Le Roy accused of drinking and texting while driving

post by Howard B. Owens in Attica, batavia, crime, elba, Le Roy, pembroke

Andrew J. Ashley, 25, of 91 W. Main St., Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and using a mobile phone while driving. According to Le Roy PD, Ashley was driving on Route 19 and allegedly texting while driving when he failed to negotiate a curve at Route 19 and Wolcott Street. Ashley's vehicle struck a curb and the vehicle's axle broke.

Danielle Marie Stevens, 35, of Ford Road, Elba, is charged with criminal trespass, 2nd. Stevens was arrested on a warrant by State Police following a traffic stop. Stevens was turned over to the Sheriff's Office, arraigned and jailed on $1,250 bail.

Rebecca Louise Batt, 31, of East Bethany Le Roy Road, Bethany, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Batt was arrested following a trespassing complaint at 1:48 a.m., Thursday, when Batt allegedly drove her vehicle into the back yard of a residence on East Bethany Le Roy Road and parked without permission of the homeowner.

Wendy L. Mucher, 42, of Lewiston Road, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief. Mucher is accused of stealing $29.34 worth of merchandise that she removed from its packaging from a business on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Joseph Daniel Barone, 30, of Woodbriar Drive, Rochester, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Barone was stopped at 8:38 p.m. Thursday on Route 77 in Pembroke by Deputy Patrick Reeves. A search of the vehicle allegedly found alcohol, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Melissa Ann Neely, 42, of Lincoln Mills Road, East Rochester, is charged with controlled substance not its original container. Neely was charged following a traffic stop at 9:09 p.m. Thursday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

Jacob D. Waite, 20, of 3661 Pike Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and driving left of pavement markings. Waite was arrested by Attica PD following a traffic stop at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday on Market Street, Attica.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

GCEDC approves tax exemptions for companies in Le Roy and Attica

post by Howard B. Owens in Attica, business, GCEDC, Le Roy

Projects approved by Genesee County Economic Development Center:

Triple F Services (Falcone Family Funeral): Sales tax exemption on materials, $27,200; mortgage tax exemption, $6,250; property tax exemption, $0. Falcone is planning on investing $602,000 to build a 4,500-square-foot funeral home in the Town of Le Roy. The company is planning to apply for property tax assistance through the Town of Le Roy. Projected new jobs: three.

Upstate Dodge Chrysler and Jeep, Inc.: Sales tax exemption, $24,800; mortgage tax exemption, $0; property tax exemption, $0. Upstate is planning on making a $655,000 investment to renovate an existing building at 125 Prospect St., Attica (Genesee County) and relocate its existing dealership from 15 West Ave., Attica (Wyoming County). Projected new jobs: 17.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Batavia man reportedly assaulted in Attica while trying to break up fight between girls

post by Howard B. Owens in Attica, batavia, crime

A Batavia man tried to break up a fight between two girls in Attica on Tuesday night and wound up in the hospital with a head injury after the boyfriend of one of the girls allegedly hit him.

Grayson Stock, 20, was found semiconscious by EMS personnel and transported to an area hospital where he received stitches to his mouth and back of his head.

Taken into custody and charged with assault, 3rd, was Brandon B. Harrington, 17, of 2719 Humphrey Road, Varysburg.

The incident was reported at 10:30 p.m. at Main and Prospect streets, Village of Attica.

According to the Attica PD, Harrington hit Stock once and Stock fell backward hitting his head on the sidewalk.

Stock was initially transported to Wyoming County Hospital and later transferred to ECMC for observation.

Harrington was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Child who inhaled cinnamon being taken to UMMC

post by Billie Owens in Attica, batavia

A 10-year-old child is being taken to UMMC after reportedly inhaling cinnamon. The child lives in Attica and an ambulance from there is meeting up with Mercy medics, who will make the drive to the hospital on North Street in the City of Batavia.

UPDATE 6:58 p.m.: The child inhaled a small amount of cinnamon (either a teaspoon or a tablespoon) on a dare. Inhalers were then used but there was still difficulty breathing. The child is resting comfortably and will arrive at UMMC shortly.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Ten students honored at NYS health occupations leadership conference

Ten local students representing Genesee Valley Educational Partnership were honored at the New York State Health Occupations Students of America Leadership Conference held last month in East Syracuse.

These exceptional students earned six medals, three achievement awards, two service project awards, one Barbara James Gold Community Service Award, one Presidential Gold Community Service Award, one “Outstanding New York State HOSA Officer Award" and one HOSA Chapter Poster Award.

Ten members of the HOSA chapters from the Batavia campus participated in competitive events and leadership activities.

Members from Charter #17115: Heather Hicks (Batavia High School); Feyza Osmancikli (Oakfield-Alabama Central School); and Courtney Zufall (Attica).

Charter # 17125: Mechelle Bradley (Caledonia- Mumford); Kelly Cook (Elba); Jeffery Elleman (Alexander Central School); Jessica Fuller (Byron-Bergen High School); Brianna Hofert (Elba); Jenna Pangrazio (Elba); and Keri Ramsey (Alexander Central School).

Charter #17115 earned the HOSA Chapter Poster Award, and Feyza Osmancikli earned First Place in Job Seeking Skills.

Charter # 17125: Mechelle Bradley earned Third Place in Medical Photography; Kelly Cook earned First Place in Interviewing Skills and Third Place in Personal Care; Jeffery Elleman earned First Place in Medical Photography; Jessica Fuller earned Second Place in Interviewing Skills.

Brianna Hofert earned a Barbara James Gold Community Service Award; a Presidential Gold Community Service Award -- and the most prestigious award -- New York State Outstanding HOSA Officer for 2012. Brianna is required to attend the National HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., where she will be honored for all three of these awards. (Brianna participated in the National HOSA Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., September 2011.)

Kelly Cook was elected to serve as a New York State HOSA State Officer for the 2012-2013 School year. Kelly will serve in the role of NYS secretary and Region E vice-president. Kelly is required to attend Officer Training Camp June 25-28 in Albany.

Heather Hicks, Feyza Osmancikli; Courtney Zufall; Jenna Pangrazio, Mechelle Bradley, Kelly Cook, Jeffery Elleman, Jessica Fuller and Keri Ramsey participated as volunteers in the New York State HOSA Courtesy Corp. Keri Ramsey also volunteered her time as a patient in two competitive events, “EMT” and “First Aid and Rescue Breathing."

Susan Mills (NY State HOSA chaperone, and Attendance Officer for GVEP), Jenna Pangrazio, Kelly Cook and Jessica Fuller earned the NY State HOSA Achievement Award.

All students who have received a first-, second- or third-place honor, per the HOSA National Charter, have earned the right to attend the National HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando.

Karen Emerson attended the event as a chaperone. Richard Queal provided transportation for the group. Don Shucknect was the male chaperone, Mary Beswick was a bus chaperone, and Sue Mills was the extraordinary overnight chaperone and HOSA supporter. Bonny Shelby is the HOSA advisor and Health Dimensions instructor for the students named above. Shelby is also a registered nurse at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership -- Batavia campus.

Help us reach our fund-raising goal to send these students to Nationals by joining us for a pancake breakfast at Applebee's Restaurant in Batavia from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. Tickets are $5.

Monday, March 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Possible chimney fire on Erie Street, Darien

post by Billie Owens in Attica, alexander, Darien, fire

A house is filling with smoke and a possible chimney fire is reported at 1500 Erie St. in Darien. Darien Fire Department is responding along with mutual aid from Alexander. The occupants of the home have evacuated. Attica has also been dispatched.

UPDATE 1:09 p.m.: Darien command has put the two units responding from Attica back in service.

UPDATE 1:18 p.m.: The fire is out.


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Friday, February 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

March 3 benefit for 9-year-old with rare brain tumor

post by Billie Owens in Attica, batavia, noah ludwig

Noah Ludwig is a bright, energetic, smart, 9-year-old boy who loves sports and just having a good time. Recently he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that will put him in the hospital for three weeks, and then recovery after that.

Friends and family of Noah have joined together to help him and his family with this hard road that they will face. A benefit has been put together to raise money for Noah's medical expenses. We are asking for your support in helping this little guy and his family get through this very trying time in their lives.

Whether it be a basket, a gift card, or your attendance at this benefit we hope that you will find it in your heart to reach out to this family. With your help we hope to be able to lessen the emotional, as well as financial stress, that goes along with a health condition such as Noah's.

All of the money that is donated or raised will go into an account for Noah’s medical expenses and anything directly related to Noah’s care. The benefit will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the QWL building on Exchange Street in Attica (on the Attica State Prison grounds -- first driveway before the jail).

It will include a chicken BBQ dinner, Chinese auction, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and entertainment!  Live performances by Red Creek, Ohms Band, Jake George and DJ Duffy. Special appearance from the Buffalo Bandit Cheerleaders.

Presale tickets for the Chicken BBQ only are available. Refreshment tickets will be sold at the event.

Noah is the son of Kristi Newell Meyer, graduate of Attica High School and former owner of Dreams of Dance in Attica. Baskets, gift cards and other auction items can be dropped off at:

  • Dreams of Dance, 21 Main St. in Attica (2nd floor)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roberts, 15 Buffalo St. in Attica. Phone: 591-0910
  • Salon VIP, 108 W. Main St. in Batavia. Phone: 219-4917 (Tuesday through Saturday)

Monetary donations: Checks payable to "Prayers for Noah" can be mailed to: Salon VIP, 108 W. Main St. in Batavia. For more information please feel free to contact:

Jennifer [email protected]

Jody Lutey: 356-3682

For more announcements and information about this benefit go to:

"Prayers for Noah Ludwig" on Facebook, Jennifer Ford Berry Life's Expert Organizer/ Speaker Best-selling author of the "Organize Now!" series, co-owner of Mothertime Marketplace.

www.jenniferfordberry.com Facebook Twitter

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Corfu resident among four corrections officers accused of assaulting Attica inmate

post by Howard B. Owens in Attica, corfu, crime

A Corfu resident is among four correctional officers from Attica who are accused of assaulting an inmate and then conspiring to cover up the alleged crime.

Keith Swack, 27, of Corfu, was indicted by a Wyoming County Grand Jury on charges of gang asault, 1st, conspiracy, 4th, tampering with physical evidence and official miscounduct.

The inmate allegedly assaulted suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, including broken bones.

Also charged with Sean Warner, 27, of Belfast, Matthew Rademacher, 29, of Wyoming and Erik Hibsch, 28, of Gainsville.

All four men were arraigned in a Wyoming County Court and jailed on $25,000 bail each.

The four officers are accused of concocting a plan to assault an inmate and carrying out the assault on Aug. 9. The men are accused of then preparing false physical evidence to help conceal the crime. 

Warner is also accused of submitting false statements concerning the events to his superiors. Warner is also charged with offering a false instrument for filing.

The indictments followed a four-month investigation by State Police, the Inspector General's Office, and Department of Corrections.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Attica woman accused of selling drugs to agent turns herself in

post by Howard B. Owens in Attica, crime

An Attica resident accused of selling drugs to an undercover agent of the Local Drug Task Force turned herself in Tuesday evening.

Charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, was Virginia R. Jozwiak, 44, of Graff Road, Attica.

Jozwiak was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation.

Jozwiak allegedly sold pills containing a controlled substance to an agent in February.

Following arraignment in Alexander Town Court, Jozwiak was released on her own recognizance.

The unlicensed operation ticket was issued after it was discovered that she had allegedly driven herself to the Sheriff's Office while on a suspended license.

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