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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Smell of smoke reported at Darien Lakes Campsite

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The smell of smoke is reported at campsite #971 at Darien Lake Theme Park. No flames are showing, but they'd still like an officer to check it out. They have shut off electricity to the site.

Darien Fire Department is responding.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Today's Deals: Ficarella's Pizzeria, Alabama Hotel, Settler's, Oliver's, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

Cookies & Milk, 28 City Center, Batavia, NY. Cookies & Milk offers a wide selection of delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Now offering a full lunch menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches. Stop by for something sweet! We have $10 gift certificates available for $5.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

Delavan's, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985. Pizza, wings, pasta and more. We have $20 gift certificates for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for spring or summer. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Summer is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need, from bird baths and flowers of every variety, to mulch and fertilizer. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

SOLD OUT

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Peacock said to be strutting his stuff in the roadway

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A resplendent peacock is reportedly in the roadway at Tower Hill and Cole Roads in Bergen. Law enforcement is investigating.

The officer was unable to locate the bird and is moving on to his next assignment.

UPDATE (by Howard): The peacock above may or may not be the same one reportedly seen in the Tower Hill area. This picture was taken by Laura Scarborough on on Cole Road near Route 19, Le Roy, not Bergen. A friend of Laura's describes the bird as very tame and has been knocking at her door for days. Laura said she's afraid the bird will get hit by a car. It stands right next to the roadway. Laura said the friend has called every agency she can think of and each says a tame, loose peacock isn't their issue.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

One-car rollover on westbound Thruway

post by Billie Owens in accident, Le Roy

A one-car rollover accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 382.2, near Buckley Road. Le Roy Fire and Ambulance are responding.

UPDATE 5:29 p.m.: There is one victim with cuts and abrasions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Tire blows up as man tries to pump it up in Bergen

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A tire blew up when a 60-year-old man was pumping it up at Memorial Park on Route 19 in Bergen. He has a hand laceration. The location is a bench by the railroad tracks.

Bergen Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Rollover accident on Sweetland Road, Stafford

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A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported on Sweetland Road in Stafford, near Bater Road. No one is around the accident scene. The car is on its roof in a field.

Stafford Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 6 p.m.: The driver has been located and is not injured. He's at the location with an off-duty deputy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Bear spotted near the fairgrounds

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A reader has alerted us that a bear has been spotted mosying along Route 5 near the Genesee County Fairgrounds. Perhaps remnants of cotton candy, caramel apples and fried dough proves irresistable to the omnivore.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Motor-vehicle accident near employee entrance of Darien Lake

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A motor-vehicle accident in which a woman is complaining of neck pain is reported at Sumner Road near Route 77, close to the employee entrance of Darien Lake.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Electrical outlet sparking and smoking on Maple Street in the city

post by Billie Owens in batavia, fire

An electrical outlet is reportedly sparking and smoking at 10 Maple St., upper apartment (C), in the City of Batavia. The building has been evacuated. City firefighters are on scene.

UPDATE 9:33 p.m.: All units are clear. The problem, apparently, was overheated circuits. They were shut off. The landlord is aware of the situation.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Male suffers head injury in bike accident in Le Roy

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A mini-bike accident is reported in the driveway of 8330 Circular Hill Road in Le Roy. The male victim has a head injury. Le Roy Fire and Ambulance responding.

UPDATE 8:44 p.m.: Before help could arrive, a family member picked up the victim and is driving him to a hearby hospital.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: Le Roy, now at the scene, is put back in service.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Graveyard fight in Darien

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A fight is reported in the graveyard by Darien Lake. A Sheriff's Deputy and a State Trooper are responding.

If it's the Darien Cemetery, that's located at 10512 Colby Road.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Cars goes into pond on Perry Road, Pavilion

post by Billie Owens in accident, Pavilion

A car reportedly drove into a pond at 12035 Perry Road in Pavilion. Unknown if occupants are inside. Pavilion Fire Department is responding. It's north of Route 20 and on the east side. East Pembroke and Wyoming water rescue teams called to the scene.

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: Responders are having some difficulty finding the scene. A State Trooper is there. The pond is on the left side of the property, which is located down a winding driveway. No one is inside the vehicle, which is now partially out of the pond. Wyoming is cancelled. East Pembroke is continuing as a precaution.

UPDATE 7:48 p.m.: Pavilion fire is told to stand by in its hall. The site is "...the new house that's up on the hill."

UPDATE 7:51 p.m.: Mercy medics are en route. Pavilion is told to stand down.

UPDATE 7:53 p.m.: East Pembroke's water rescue team is cancelled.

UPDATE 7:58 p.m.: Medics will be put back in service after getting a sign off.

UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: A tow truck is called. The vehicle is out of the pond.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Car accident with injuries at Top's gas station in Le Roy

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A two-car accident with injuries is reported in front of Top's Market Gas Station, 128 W. Main St. in Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance are responding.

UPDATE 7:56 p.m.: Tow trucks were called. The fire department is back in service. No word on injuries.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Today's Deals: Oliver's Candies, Larry's Steakhouse, Alabama Hotel, Red Osier, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

Kraving's, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985. Pizza, wings, pasta and more. We have $20 gift certificates for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: It's finally time for spring gardening. Pudgie’s has everything you need, from bird baths and flowers of every variety to mulch and fertilizer. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY. Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

Cookies & Milk, 28 City Center, Batavia, NY. Cookies & Milk offers a wide selection of delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Now offering a full lunch menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches. Stop by for something sweet! We have $10 gift certificates available for $5.

Delavan's, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Red Osier, Route 5, Stafford, NY: Truly, one of the landmark restaurants of the area. Red Osier features prime rib carved table side. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

SOLD OUT

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Deputy stranded on Sumner Road in Darien

post by Billie Owens in Darien, fire

A Sheriff's Deputy is stuck on Sumner Road in Darien after his patrol car had mechanical problems and caught fire. He's fine. A tow truck is responding and another deputy is sent to pick up the stranded motorist.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

Golf cart rollover with injuries at Terry Hills

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accident

A golf cart rollover with injuries is reported at Terry Hills Golf Course, located at 5122 Clinton St. Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding and Mercy EMS. It is believed the golf cart motor is still running.

UPDATE 12:06 p.m.: Mercy medics are on scene. The fire department's response is cancelled.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: The golf cart driver was transported to UMMC.

UPDATE 12:46 p.m.: The victim is a 48-year-old man from out of the area who suffered a possible broken arm and dislocated hip.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hay fire rekindles at site of yesterday's barn blaze in Elba

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A hay fire has rekindled at the site of yesterday's barn fire. That was at 4103 Batavia-Elba Town Line Road in Elba at the Post dairy farm.

Elba Fire Department is responding.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Garbage fire reported in Darien

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A garbage fire is reported on Broadway near Tinkham Road in Darien. Darien Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: The fire is said to be very small and not likely to "go anywhere." But Darien is responding to investigate.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Motorcycle accident with minor injuries on Oatka Trail

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A motorcycle accident with minor injuries is reported somewhere along the Oatka Trail. Le Roy Fire and Ambulance is responding and dispatch is working to track the location.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: A deputy headed eastbound on the trail, and a now a mile and a half into Monroe County, has not found the accident. Le Roy responders are continuing but Monroe County authorities are being notified since it's probably in Mumford's fire district.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Le Roy is returning to service. The accident involves one victim with minor injuries and it is confirmed to be in Mumford's district.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Power line down and burning on Alleghany Road, Alabama

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire

A high-tension power line has fallen down and is burning at 6888 Alleghany Road in Alabama. The location is north of the Judge Road intersection. Town of Alabama Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: The high-tension wires are the responsibility of the New York Power Authority, which is being notified. About 300 yards of grass around the wires is on fire.

UPDATE 7:39 p.m.: The power authority has been informed and there's a representative en route. But he's coming from Lewiston so it will take time to get there. The Department of Environmental Conservation is being notified.

UPDATE 7:47 p.m.: Little can be done until the power is shut down. Firefighters on scene are ensuring the blaze does not spread to structures. No structures are threatened at this time. State forestry workers are available if needed since land under the power lines belongs to New York.

UPDATE 8 p.m.: A grass truck out of Akron and tankers from Pembroke and Indian Falls are requested as mutual aid to Alabama. The grass fire is described as large. It's behind the White Memorial State Game Farm.

UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: After researching the location, the state power authority says the power lines belong to National Grid. The state has contacted National Grid and a rep is being sent, but no ETA given.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: Oakfield is to fill in at Alabama's hall. Another unit out of Niagara County is called in.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: The high-tension lines are fully powered. A National Grid rep is in the area and still needs to figure out how to shut down power there. A supervisor is en route. Once they figure it out, one of them will coordinate duties with the fire officials. The shifting wind is proving to be somewhat problematic.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: A fire truck out of Shelby is requested.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: A grass truck out of East Pembroke is called.

UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: A tanker from Oakfield is called and so are fire police from East Pembroke to help with traffic control.

UPDATE 9:03 p.m.: National Grid has a 30-minute ETA. Tankers are filling up at Parkers Pond at Gordon and Judge roads.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: The chief says the fire has been extinguished on the northwest side of the site. They are heading up on the hill to concentrate their efforts on the other side. Grass under the power lines continues to burn because the electrictity has yet to be shut down by National Grid.

UPDATE 9:31 p.m.: The chief reports the fire is contained and the remainder consists of a 50-foot swath of land underneath the power lines. National Grid has not yet arrived.

UPDATE 9:47 p.m.: National Grid is on scene. The fire is under control and the scene is being turned over to them to handle.

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