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Monday, July 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

Batavia resident unhurt after boat catches fire on Lake Conesus

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A Batavia resident, along with his passengers, was rescued Sunday afternoon on Lake Conesus in Livingston County after his boat caught fire.

Paul J. Battaglia, 60, and his passengers all got off the boat safely, assisted by emergency personnel and other boaters.

Livingston County Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the north end of Conesus Lake around 2:15 p.m., according to WHAM 13.

Lakeville and Livonia fire departments responded to the blaze.

Police have yet to determine how the fire started, but the boat is considered a total loss.

Monday, July 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

Police investigating alleged drunken driver who smacked light pole in parking lot

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Police responded at 6:45 a.m. to a report of an erratic driver in the Valu Plaza parking lot after a car slammed into a light pole, according to witnesses, and then the driver tried to continue operating the vehicle.

Witnesses told police once the car wouldn't go any further, the occupants jumped out and ran. One of them threw items onto the roof above Great Kutz, according to police.

A work crew was on scene and provided a ladder for a Sheriff's deputy to get on the roof and reportedly recover beer bottles.

According to a police, the car had pulled into McDonald's and an employee allegedly observed open beer bottles in the car. The driver, according to police, then pulled into the parking lot, the occupants ate their meals and disposed of trash in the parking lot. The car then allegedly sped toward the light pole at about 90 mph.

The occupants were quickly taken into custody and the driver is reportedly facing a DWI charge.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Police investigating three church burglaries in the city

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Three Batavia churches were broken into overnight and items were stolen from at least one of the buildings, according to Officer Eric Hill, Batavia PD.

Det. Pat Corona said there was evidence recovered that should help police identify the suspect or suspects.

The first burglary was reported early this morning at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., and Hill and Corona responded to the scene.

Hill didn't release what was stolen from St. James, citing an ongoing investigation.

Corona said the burglar at St. James kicked in a door to gain entry.

While Hill and Corona were tied up at St. James, officials at the First Baptist Church, 306 E. Main St., reported somebody had forced his way into the church building.

Det. Rich Scauff reported for duty to investigate that break-in. Hill said no items have yet been reported stolen at the Baptist church.

As Corona was leaving St. James, officials from St. Mary’s Church, 16 Ellicott St., reported signs of forced entry at their church.

Corona said the suspect or suspects forced their way in through a basement window (photo above) and forced their way into several storage areas but so far nothing is confirmed missing.

No arrests have been made yet. The investigation is continuing.

Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Suspect in stabbing on Lewis Place jailed without bail

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The suspect in a stabbing that occurred shortly before 1 a.m. today on Lewis Place in Batavia was arrested and jailed without bail. Adante L. Davis, of 218 State St., Apt. 4, Batavia, is charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd.

The victim was treated at UMMC for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Davis was also treated at UMMC for injuries allegedly sustained in the physical altercation. Davis is scheduled to appear in court tommorow at 11:30 a.m.

The case was investigated by Officer Frank Klimjack and Officer Eric Bolles.

(Initial Report)

Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

Muckdog's new shortstop collects first hit in Batavia's 3-0 win

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Two games into his professional career, Alex Mejia came through for the Muckdogs in a big way Saturday night, giving local fans an idea why the Cardinals selected the Pac-12 Player of the Year in the fourth round of June's amateur draft.

Mejia put the Muckdogs on the board in the third inning against the Lowell Spinners with an RBI double. It was Mejia first professional hit (top photo).

The former El Camino Real High School (Sylmar, Calif.) All-City shortstop also flashed some leather that proved solid defensively.

Mejia helped lead the Arizona Wildcats to a College World Series championship and signed with the Cardinals just a week ago at the end of his junior year in college to help his family out financially. He received a $250,000 bonus.

The newest Muckdog comes from a strong baseball family (his father was an All-American at Pepperdine, his sisters play college softball and his cousin is with the Washington National's AAA farm team). 

The 21-year-old Californian put up impressive numbers at Arizona, hitting .357 in 2012 and .335 in 2011.

ESPN featured Mejia in a recent article, and the shortstop received some high praise.

"His passion to succeed, his intangibles, his knowledge of the game ... Alex has it all," Lopez said. "I wouldn't trade him for anyone."

There are some analysts who believe Mejia is the best shortstop in all of college baseball. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year -- and Defensive Player of the Year -- is hitting .361 and boasts a fielding percentage of .959.

But Mejia wasn't the only player to contribute to the Muckdog's 3-0 win over Lowell in front of 667 loyal Muckdog fans.

David Washington, a fourth-year pro from San Diego, who is showing signs of putting it all together this year and is hitting .322, drove in two key runs in the fourth inning with a two-out double.

Tyler Melling picked up his first in four starts this season, tossing six shutout frames, scatting seven hits and striking out five Lowell batters. Mellin's ERA dropped to 2.05.

Last season's starting shortstop is now the Muckdog's closer, and Yunier Castillo picked up his third save on the year. After eight appearances, Castillo's ERA is 0.80 and he's fanned 12 in 10 innings.

First-round pick Patrick Wisdom continued his solid rookie season with two hits and some impressive defense at third base.

Also collecting a hit was catcher Jesus Montero, who is the top offensive player for the Muckdogs so far this season.

Montero is hitting .407 with three home runs and 12 RBI. His OPS is 1.072.

The fifth-year pro is the brother of Seattle Mariner's catcher Jesus R. Montero (the Seattle catcher is known as Jesus Rafael Montero as opposed to the Muckdog's Jesus Montero). The elder Montero was traded to Seattle by the Yankees, where he was considered one of the top catching prospects in the major leagues.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

Reported fight and stabbing on Lewis Place, Batavia

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A fight involving several subjects was reported on Lewis Place and Batavia PD responded.

Officers are on scene and report there is a stabbing victim at a residence on Lewis Place and possibly one other injured person.

No indication on how serious the injuries are.

Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 12:52 a.m.: Police were told that the victim was at a residence on Lewis, but when officers arrived, they were told the victim had left, so officers are trying to locate the victim. The knife was recovered in front of a neighboring residence. Mercy EMS is on scene.

UPDATE 1:01 a.m.: A second ambulance is requested to Batavia PD headquarters for a report of a male having trouble breathing.

UPDATE 1:04 a.m.: The victim and his brother are going to UMMC ER. Police are interviewing a suspect at HQ. Batavia PD has cleared the scene on Lewis Place.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Photos: Ramble Arts & Music Fest 2012

More than 40 bands and solo performers congregated downtown Saturday, the rain stayed away, and a good time was had by all at the annual Ramble & Arts Fest in Jackson Square.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Female hit by baseball bat at Dwyer Stadium

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Mercy medics are responding to Dwyer Stadium in the City of Batavia where a female behind the third-base line was reportedly struck in the head by a baseball bat. There's a Muckdogs game in progress.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: The woman is 50 and was struck by a flying bat from 30 feet away. She is said to have head and hand injuries and is arriving at UMMC.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Little girl is unconscious after falling off her bike on Lewis Place in the city

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A young child fell off her bike and struck her head on the pavement at 4 Lewis Place in the City of Batavia. She is unconscious. Mercy medics and city fire are en route.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: The girl is 12 years old and lost consciousness for about 30 seconds. She is now conscious, alert and in stable condition. She has elbow and knee pain and pain on her right side. She was not wearing a helmet. Mercy Medic #1 is taking her to UMMC.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Repairs on River Street Bridge set to begin Tuesday

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Message from County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens:

The County Highway Department will begin a series of repairs to the River Street Bridge next week. The repairs include joint replacements and a full deck mill and fill. The repairs will have a major impact on travel across the bridge as traffic will be reduced to one lane. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes. The repairs are scheduled to start on Tuesday and last for at least two weeks with another closure later this summer to complete the repairs.

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