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Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Car and school bus accident reported on West Main Street, no injuries

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A car vs. school bus accident is reported in front of Dunn Tire store at 140 W. Main St. in the city. The bus has no passengers. There are no injuries. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

Inmate at federal detention center on apparent 'hunger strike'

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An inmate at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center has not eaten for 55 days, according to a caller to dispatch, and an ambulance is called to the facility at 4250 Federal Drive in the Town of Batavia.

The man is said to have "a severe sickness" due to "an apparent hunger strike." Because a Mercy rig is not available, an ambulance from Byron is responding.

UPDATE 11:51 a.m.: Byron is standing down and Mercy is now responding.

UPDATE 12:28 p.m.: The 28-year-old is being taken to UMMC.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. (by Howard): We're trying to get more information on this situation and have been in touch with a spokesman for ICE. We can say at this point, it's 55 (or 50) meals, NOT days. More information to come, assuming it becomes available.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Photo: Repaving School Street parking lot

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Workers have begun resurfacing the city-owned School Street parking lot. The area has been milled and cleaned and new asphalt will be laid soon, weather permitting.

The council approved the $30,000 project Monday.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Batavia Blue Devils tuning up for run at sectionals in volleyball

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With all six of his starters returning from last year, Jeremy Mettler thinks the Batavia volleyball team can make a good run at a sectional title this season.

In his 14th year as head coach of the varsity squad, Mettler described his team as scrappy, one  that makes opponents work for their points.

That attitude was certainly on display Wednesday night when the Blue Devils fought back from seven-point deficit to force the rubber match into an extra-point ending.

Even in the loss there was a measure of victory because Mettler said he purposefully set up his girls with a tough early season schedule to better prepare them for sectional play.

Hilton, last night's opponent, is a bigger school with some taller players and heavy hitters.

"The best moment of the game was, when we switched sides in the volleyball game we were down 13-6 and at one point we were down 21-14 and we fought back and took them to 26-24," Mettler said. "It just shows this team is not going to give up. They're going to scrap and make you earn every point you get."

Last night's scores (Batavia in bold): 11-25, 25-18, 25-20, 14-25, 26-24.

Batavia's record so far on the season 2-2 overall, but 2-0 in their division.

Mettler said he teaches his players to be aggressive servers and that was on display in the final match when Ashlee Yasses and Tessa Engel each went on five-point runs.

"That's the kind of thing I look for my team to do," Mettler said. "I expect them to get at least three points every serve."

Mettler said Tessa Engel and Haley Case were hitting the ball from the outside well and Madison McCulley made some key kills.

"Bri Mazurkiewicz came off the bench to start a nice run in game four," Mettler said. "It's nice to get kids coming off the bench that contribute right away and help quite a bit."

Batavia has three tough games coming up: at Spencerport on Friday, Brockport at home on Monday and then a rematch with Honeoye Falls-Lima -- the team that knocked Batavia out of sectionals last year -- at home one week from today. Game time for home matches is 6 p.m.

Batavia plays in the Monroe County League in Division 4.

Here are the standings in the Genesee County League -- Division 1: Pembroke (3-0), Notre Dame (2-0), Byron-Bergen (2-0), Alexander (2-1) and Attica (1-1). Oakfield-Alabama leads Division 2 with a record of 1-1. Le Roy, in the Livingston County League, has no league record and is 2-1 overall to lead its division and Pavilion, also in Livingston County's league, leads its division with a 3-0 record.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

Law and Order: DNA allegedly links two people to 2012 burglary in Le Roy

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Kristen Brightenfield James Kavanagh

Kristen L. Brightenfield, of South Byron, and James M. Kavanagh, 23, of Chili, are charged with one count each of burglary, 3rd and grand larceny, 4th. Brightenfield and Kavanagh were arrested following a lengthy investigation by Le Roy PD into a burglary in April 2012 at the old Jell-O Factory, 57 North St., Le Roy.

John O'Shea was arrested for the burglary shortly after it occurred and is currently serving a sentence in State Prison. Brightenfield and Kavanagh are accused of being accomplices. Investigators executed a search warrant at a location in Monroe County and allegedly recovered stolen property. DNA evidence linking Brightenfield and Kavanagh to the crime was also reportedly found at the scene. Both suspects were arraigned and released on their own recognizance.

Rachel Lynne Chatley, 18, of Angling Road, Corfu, is charged with petit larceny. Chatley and a 17-year-old friend (name withheld by the Sheriff's Office) are accused of shoplifting $115.55 worth of merchandise from Walmart.

Christopher John Naugle, 44, of Appletree Avenue, Bergen, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Naugle is accused of throwing a lit cigarette at another person and hitting that person in the face with it. During the investigation, Naugle was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana inside of it. Naugle was jailed on $300 bail.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Photo: 9/11 tribute on Morton Avenue

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Pam Kilgore hung this 9/11 tribute in front of her house on Morton Avenue today. She said her husband painted the tribute sign four years ago.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Mercy Flight and Terry Hills pay tribute to first responders on 9/11

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Terry Hills hosted the 5th Annual Hackers for Helicopter golf tournament today to benefit Mercy Flight.

The event served as a tribute to first responders. Mercy Flight pilot Brian Smith spoke of the dedication and sacrifice of first responders on behalf of their communities and said that all first responders consider it an honor to serve. Joining him were crew members William Hockenberry and Susan Thompson.

Skydivers also parachuted onto the ninth fairway to help kick off the event.

The skydiving team of Mike Maly, Bob McEvoy, Tim Allen, Bill Zipfel, with Nichols and Anthony Maly holding the flag. Mike Maly is a Buffalo firefighter and Zipfel is a member of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Both wore their uniforms for their dive.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

Harvester Artisan Market & Artisan Center bring Art & Activities to Batavia

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The Harvester Artisan Center and the newly opened Harvester Artisan Market have been working on revitalizing the Harvester Center with activities and events. Next Thursday September 19th will be the first scheduled event with more to come! There will be a Ladie's Night Out and Wine Tasting at the Harvester Artisan Market from 5-9. YN Goddess will be doing a wine tasting at the event from 5:30-7:30. The tasting will be $5 a person with 3-4 wines tasted out. Wine tasting tickets are available presale or at the event. Call 768-8147 for more info or tickets. Mac Acoustic Trio ( Carla & Mac Ewell and Lee Moore) will be playing. There will be artisans/ crafters offering their handmade goods along with a few home based commercial vendors to shop. *Shiny Bits Jewelry *Adora Design Jewelry * Arbonne* Tracy's Tea's & Hollistics Wellness * WildTree ( Gluten Free) food * and more! The Harvester Artisan Center will be open and have specials. Art Ah La Carte will be offering create your own FREE wine charm from 7:30-8:30.. MoonJava Cafe will be holding a book signing and release for new Sci-Fi writer, Kelda Wells and her first book the whole story from 2:00-7:00. What could be better than friends, fun, shopping, music, and wine? Events are free and open to all. The wine tasting presale tickets are available by calling 768-8147 or the night of the event. Come out and check out what the Harvester Center has to offer.
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