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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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Photos: Set-up nearly complete for city's birthday celebration tonight

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"Centennial Plaza," in the St. Mary's parking lot on Evans Street is just about all ready for tonight's revelers as Batavia celebrates the 100th anniversary of its incorporation. 

Fireworks are planned for 10 p.m. and will be launched from behind the fire hall.

There's plenty of wood ready for the bonfire.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Jeffrey Deats, charged in Baby Chandler's death, died Monday

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Jeffrey Deats and Chandler Zuchs

Jeffrey Deats, the Batavia resident arrested Dec. 18 following the investigation into the death of a 6-month-old boy, died Monday, Batavia PD announced this afternoon.

Deats was found hanging from a bed sheet in his Genesee County Jail cell the night of Dec. 21. CPR was performed by jail staff and Deats was transported to UMMC and later ECMC.

As a result of his death, the criminal case against Deats is closed, Chief Shawn Heubusch said.

Chandler Zuchs died Dec. 14 while in the care of Deats.

At the time, Deats believed he was the father of Chandler, though after his arrest, DNA test results surfaced that showed an Albion resident was the infant's father.

In his statement to police during the investigation, Deats said the boy's mother, Michelle Zuchs, of Tonawanda, alternately told Deats he was the father and wasn't the father, and finally told him she had DNA test results back, apparently leading Deats to believe he was the father.

One account Deats gave of how Chandler may have suffered brain damage, which was the cause of the baby's death, was that he fell down the stairs of his Olyn Avenue home while carrying Chandler.

Deats was 28 years old.

For previous coverage, click here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Here's the schedule for the New Year's Eve Centennial Celebration

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City of Batavia New Year’s Eve Centennial Celebration schedule of events for children/family activities Dec. 31, 2014:

Faletti Ice Arena

6 to 6:30 p.m.    --    Free Open Skate

6:30 to 6:45 p.m.    --   Warm Up (Buffalo Skating Club/Falleti Ice Arena Learn to Skate Program)

7 to 7:45 p.m.    --    Buffalo Skating Club Demonstrations

7:45 to 9 p.m.    --    Photos with Queen Elsa (Warming Room)

                                 Free Open Skate

St. Mary’s Church, basement

7 to 9 p.m.    --    Children's Carnival, with games and prizes

                            Balloon Animals

                            Face Painting / Caricatures (FREE)

"Centennial Plaza" at the corner of Ellicott and Evans streets

6 to 9 p.m.    --    Outdoor Winter Carnival


Other activities will include: Snowshoe Races; Bean Bag Toss Competitions; Hula Hoop Contests; Balloon Blizzard Races; Life-size Jenga; Snowman Snowball Toss; Trivia by the Holland Land Office; and tours of the Batavia Fire Department.

In addition, there will be FREE pony rides, FREE limo rides, and a photo booth. Michelle’s Bakery and Batavia’s Original will have food and hot drinks available for purchase. A large bonfire and live music/performances will go on throughout the evening.

Century Club Celebration (inside City Centre) -- tickets are still available for purchase at $50 per person at City Hall in the City Manager’s Office until noon Wednesday, Dec. 31 (while supplies last). Tickets will not be sold at the door. Price includes live music, DJ, dancing, champagne toast and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Pick a decade during the past 100 years and dress accordingly!

For more information, contact Leanna Di Risio at 585-738-7388.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Photo: Memorial to former owner of Caito's Liquors

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The family of Samuel J. Caito placed a memorial today to the former liquor store owner in front of the YNGodess Shop on Main Street, Downtown Batavia, the location of his former shop.

His father, Augustino, opened the store right after the end of Prohibition in 1933. It was the first post-prohibition liquor store in Batavia.

Samuel owned the store until 1985.

He was also a teacher at Notre Dame and Batavia Middle School.

Click here for his full obituary.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

U-prep rolls over Notre Dame in 4th quarter to take Lions Club crown

For the first time since 2003, the Lions Tournament championship trophy will not be on display in the hallway of a Genesee County school.

After dispatching Batavia in the first round, University Prep ran away from Notre Dame in the 4th quarter of last night's final to clinch the crown in a champion's fashion, 63-49.

In a match-up of a Class A charter school from a populous county against a Class D private school from a rural county, the local team looked for most of the game like they might actually win the game.

But four minutes into the third quarter, a double-digit lead started to slip away after U-prep's guards hit back-to-back threes and the Irish found themselves launching bricks instead of buckets.

"It all started with the missed shots," Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Rapone said. "Once the shots start getting missed, the game gets played at their tempo."

U-prep is a talented and athletic team. After the first round games, Rapone said his team would need to slow the pace of the game down in order to compete, and for 20 minutes, that's what they did.

Notre Dame carried a 29-17 lead into the half.

The Griffins were without three starters, all benched because they missed a practice, said Head Coach Raheem Miller.

"It's all about discipline," Miller said. "To me, you've got to be responsible. I understand things happen and whatever, but you've got to at least call. You don't just not show up."

It was OK, though. Miller still had Isaiah Brinkley at guard, another guard, Quillan Leach-Alexander, and Jeenathan Williams at forward.

Held scoreless in the first half, Brinkley let it up in the second, hitting four threes and scoring 24 points.

Leach-Alexander also hit a quad of treys and finished with a total of 19 points.

Williams, a freshman with some fine athletic moves in the lane and a deft touch from mid-distance, scored 13.

Brinkley was the tournament's most valuable player.

For Notre Dame, Josh Johnson scored 14 points and Caleb Nellis had 10.

Batavia beat Albion 68-31 in the consolution game to finish third in the tournament. Jeff Redband scored 29 points in that game.

Bishop-Timon won the tournament in 2003, and in 2004, Batavia started a tournament win streak that wasn't broken until this year.

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