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Friday, January 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

UMMC announces first newborn of 2015

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Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to welcome the Genesee County New Year’s Baby for 2015. Kynlee Lynne Holland, a baby girl, was born to Jonathon and Danielle Holland of Pavilion, NY on Thursday, January 1st at 1:25 a.m. at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was delivered by certified midwife, Kim Danser, CNM. Baby Kynlee weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19-inches long. She is the second daughter for the new parents. She has a sister, Makenna, age 6, waiting anxiously for her at home.

Both parents work in shipping and receiving. Mrs. Holland is employed at Walmart in Batavia, NY and Mr. Holland works for Quaker Muller Dairy in Batavia, NY.

As the New Year’s baby, Kynlee and her parents received a $200 gift card to Target, an engraved feeding spoon, books and a touchless thermometer from United Memorial Medical Center.

In 2014, there were 646 babies delivered at United Memorial.

Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:40 am

Law and Order: Arrest made in concession stand burglary in Oakfield

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Brandon P. Matteson, 18, of Dutton Road, Silver Springs, is charged with burglary, 3rd. Matteson is accused of stealing from a locked concessions stand in an Oakfield Park.

Gary D. Piazza, 59, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Piazza is accused of shoplifting from the gas station at 99 Jackson St., Batavia.

Michael B. Neth, 37, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Neth allegedly pushed another person to the ground. The alleged incident was reported at 11:15 p.m., Saturday. 

Steven R. Columbo, 28, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Columbo allegedly grabbed the arm of another person hard enough to cause dark bruising and substantial pain. The alleged incident was reported at 9:51 p.m., Wednesday.

A 16-year-old resident of Dellinger Avenue was charged with trespass. The youth was allegedly on property on Liberty Street without permission. Also charged with trespass at the same location was Destiny N. Green, 18, of Walnut Street, Batavia.

David Mobley Schmieder, 20, of Silver Road, Bethany, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and moving from the lane unsafely. Schmieder was stopped at 2:37 a.m. Thursday on Erie Street, Darien, by Deputy Andrew Hale.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Vehicle reportedly hits Marshall's building and is attempting to flee

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A vehicle that was apparently doing donuts in the parking lot has struck the Marshall's building on Veterans Memorial Drive and is attempting to leave.

The vehicle was last seen, possibly, attempting to leave the Clarion Hotel parking lot on Park Road.

It's described as a small, white SUV.

UPDATE 10:21 p.m.: A suspect vehicle has been stopped.

UPDATE 10:23 p.m.: A deputy reports a very small amount of damage to a pillar in front of the store, with skid marks leading up to it.

UPDATE 10:24 p.m.: Registration comes back to a residence in Holley.

UPDATE 10:25 p.m.: State Police confirms it believes it has the driver.

UPDATE 10:27 p.m.: A trooper is asking the deputy on scene to look for a license plate that may be missing off the vehicle. A female is in custody.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Accident reported at Clinton and East Avenue

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An accident with a minor injury is reported at Clinton Street and East Avenue, Batavia.

A person has a cut.

City fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 10:27 am

For the hardy, wintry weather doesn't stop city's Centennial Celebration

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Cold, wind, snow, seems to have kept a lot of people away from the City of Batavia Centennial Celebration on Wednesday night, but those who braved the elements, there seemed to be plenty of fun to go around.

There was a bonfire and entertainment in what organizers dubbed Centennial Plaza in the parking lot of St. Mary's off Evans Street, and a swank party for those who bought tickets inside City  Hall.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Photos: Workers setting up for tonight's fireworks display off Evans Street, Batavia

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Kind of like old vaudvillians, fireworks operators say "the show must go on."

Yes, it's cold, it's snowing, and we may get a bit of wind, but there will be a fireworks display in the City of Batavia tonight at 10 p.m. (Batavia Downs is also planning a display at midnight).

There will be three and four inch canisters used in the downtown display, and those lager ones could get obscured by the clouds, but otherwise, we should expect a good 18 minute show, a technician told me.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Three vehicles crash at Wortyndyke and West Main Street Road

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A three-vehicle accident, unknown inuries, is reported at the corner of West Main Street Road and Wortendyke Road. Mercy medics and East Pembroke Fire Department are responding.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: A responder reports heavy traffic there and says the accident is blocking the roadway.

UPDATE 3:11 p.m.: Fire Police are called to handle traffic.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m.: The East Pembroke assignment is back in service.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

For first time, local person who OD'd on heroin revived by city firefighter with Narcan

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In August, City Fire Chief Jim Maxwell announced plans to equip medics in his fire department with Narcan, a drug that can potentially save the life of a person who has overdosed on heroin or other opiate-based drugs.

Saturday, for the first time, a life was saved in the city when a firefighter administered Narcan to a middle-aged female resident.

The woman apparently overdosed on heroin.

The firefighter, Ryan Whitcombe, said the call came in shortly after noon Saturday for an unresponsive female.

When firefighters arrived, they found the woman unconscious on the floor of her residence. She wasn't breathing.

Whitcombe was informed by others at the residence that the woman may have suffered a narcotics overdose.

After consulting with other first responders, he agreed the best course of action was to administer Narcan, generically known as naloxone hyrdochloride, which he sprayed into the woman's nostrils.

The fast-acting drug did its job.

"Over the period of a minute or two, her breathing started to come back," Whitcombe said. "Little by little her breathing came back to the point where she became conscious and was breathing on her own without assistance."

When a person ODs on heroin or an opiate-based prescription medication, the drug shuts down brain function that controls breathing. The person literally forgets to breath. Narcan stimulates that portion of the brain and the person will start breathing again.

As Maxwell explained to council members in August, there's no known downside to administering the life-saving drug.

"If it's not an opiate overdose, you can't hurt the patient," Maxwell said. "You can't overdose on it or anything along those lines, so if it's a false recognition and they administer it, it doesn't do anything to the patient."

Narcan, clinically considered "an opioid antagonist," can also be used to revive people who have overdosed on prescription medications that are opiates.

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