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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Law enforcement and medical calls for 'bath salts' seems to have decreased in Genesee County

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The bath salt epidemic in Batavia seems to have subsided over the past couple of weeks.

Law enforcement and health officials across the board report fewer emergency responses that appear related to the use of bath salts by local residents.

Whether the decline in known usage is related to the closure of the 420 store at 400 Ellicott St., Batavia or some other factor is unclear.

In a report prepared yesterday by the Genesee County Health Department, a UMMC nurse manager is quoted as saying there were six bath salt patients admitted to ER in the middle of July. In the two weeks prior to Tuesday, there was one bath salt case in ER.

Michael Merrill, chief medical officer for UMMC, who told The Batavian on July 16 that emergency room cases related to bath salts had become routine, confirmed today that the hospital has seen no new bath salt cases for close to two weeks.

"The easy supplier in town is gone and now the supply is gone," Merrill said.

The drop in synthetic drug-related calls could also be a result of increased awareness by potential users of how dangerous the drugs are, officials said, and the fact that some of the people who seemed to have been involved in bath salts during the height of the seeming barrage of bath salt-related emergencies are now in jail.

"I think the people who wanted to experiment have seen all the negative things that this does and might not want to experiment (now)," Det. Rich Schauf said. "Maybe they had the thought that this might be something to do because it’s legal and then they saw that it's something that’s very harmful, and it got a lot of publicity, it might cause somebody to say, 'I’m not going to harm myself with it.' "

Synthetic drugs have been a growing problem across the nation over the past couple of years and on July 9, the federal government enacted more stringent legal controls on the sale of the substances.

Following the new legislation, the federal Drug Enforcment Administration was lead agency in raids in about 100 cities across the U.S., including Batavia, on establishments suspected of selling synthetic drugs.

Just prior to the raids, The Batavian reported that regionally, communities with emergency responses for suspected synthetic drug incidents were those communities that seemed to have an alleged local supplier of the drugs. Law enforcement officials in areas without an alleged local supplier reported seeing far fewer synthetic drug-related problems.

Users of synthetic drugs tend to display paranoid and agitated behavior, sometimes hallucinating, or they suffer sever medical problems such as high body temperature and seizures, creating both public safety and public health concerns.

Steve Sharpe, director of emergency communications for the Sheriff's Office, said without more data -- and two weeks is too little data -- he thinks it's too soon to say for sure whether usage is down.

He did report, however, that no new calls have been documented in the county outside of the City of Batavia since Aug. 1.

Officer Eric Hill is quoted in the health department report as saying Batavia PD was receiving two or three synthetic drug-related calls per shift, which would mean six to nine calls per day. 

The call volume, Schauf said yesterday, has dropped significantly in recent weeks.

The county health department has received one complaint about the possible sale of bath salts since July 25, when The 420 Emporium was raided. A citizen turned in an empty "Eight Ballz" packet that was allegedly purchased locally on July 26 or 27.

The 420 store remains closed, though its shelves are still stocked with glassware inventory and on the chain's Facebook page for the Brockport location an Oakfield resident asked about the Batavia store and an admin for The 420 Emporium page replied, "No the Batavia store is not open yet."

Joshua Denise, who appears to be the owner (or at least co-owner) of the Batavia store, was arrested during the DEA raid. He is out of federal custody pending further legal proceedings.

Schauf said the Batavia PD continues to remain alert for possible reports of synthetic drug sales in the city and there's no assumption the problems associated with synthetic drugs have passed.

"Somebody who wants to find it will find it," Schauf said. "If there’s a demand, somebody will say, 'there’s a demand' and they’ll try to sell it."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Wanna buy a stroller? It's a real good deal...

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crome

A woman on Maple Street in the city is asking to speak with police officers about an alleged larceny. She claims a neighbor stole her baby stroller, then attempted to sell it back to her.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Car vs. bicycle accident on West Main Street

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

A car reportedly struck a bicyclist on West Main Street in front of the Dunn Tire store. The bicyclist says she's not injured and is declining medical treatment. City fire and Mercy medics are responding to evaluate her.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Car crash with injuries on Circular Hill Road, Le Roy

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy

An injury accident is reported at 8411 Circular Hill Road near Gulf Road in Le Roy. A female is said to have a back injury. Le Roy Fire Department and Le Roy Ambulance Service are responding.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: Law enforcement is en route.

UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: The driver is being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. The vehicle is totaled and will need a flatbed tow truck to remove it.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Five Muckdogs named to NY-Penn League All-Star Team

post by Howard Owens in baseball, batavia, muckdogs, sports

Press release:

The 2012 New York-Penn League All-Star roster will include five players from Batavia. They will send infielders Breyvic Valera and Patrick Wisdom, catcher Jesus Montero and pitchers Tyler Melling and Lee Stoppelman to the game to be held Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Eastwood Field, home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Valera, an undrafted free agent signing in 2010, has played in 45 games for the Muckdogs this year and has been among the league leaders in hitting all season. Valera currently ranks third in the league in hitting, with a .332 batting average, and his 62 hits currently leads the league.

Patrick Wisdom was drafted by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round of this year’s draft and is enjoying a stellar first professional season. He is currently batting .278 with 27 runs scored, 10 doubles and 16 RBI’s in 41 games. Wisdom has also played great defense at third base this season and ranks first in the league for defense at that position with a .963 fielding percentage with only four errors.

Montero was an undrafted free agent signing in 2007 and has started 33 games at catcher for the Muckdogs this season. He is currently batting .308 with six doubles, four home runs and 21 RBIs. Montero has also been solid behind the plate this year and has helped guide the pitching staff to a team ERA of 2.98, which ranks third in the league. Montero will be unable to attend the game due to injury. 

A 39th round pick out of Miami (OH) University in the 2011 draft, Melling is 2-1 with 31 strikeouts in eight games started for the Muckdogs. The left-hander’s ERA of 2.27 ranks him eighth in the league and his WHIP of 1.06 ranks 11th in the league.

St. Louis drafted Stoppelman out of Central Missouri State in the 24th round of the 2012 draft. He has appeared in 14 games and has a 2-1 record with a 1.16 ERA. In 23.1 innings of work, he has struck out 26 batters and only allowed 15 hits. Opposing batters are hitting just .174 against him on the year. 

Batavia holds the third-place spot in the Pinckney Division with a record of 24-24. This marks the fourth time in five years that the Muckdogs have sent at least five players to the All-Star game. The Muckdogs sent five players to the 2008 All-Star game, three in 2009, five in 2010, and six in 2011.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

National Night Out meant to promote one of law enforcements most effective crime-fighting tools: Communication

post by Howard Owens in batavia, National Night Out

Get people out of their houses, get neighbors talking with each other, improve the lines of communication between residents and police -- these are some of the goals of National Night Out.

"It’s priceless (when people talk) because without that information you turn into a reactive police department where you’re constantly reacting to crime," Det. Rich Schauf said.

"There are so many things that people don’t realize are thwarted before they become a real social problem in a neighborhood just because a neighbor feels comfortable talking with a police officer on the side. Maybe we might get some information so we can quell something before it grows into something (bigger)."

Each year, the Batavia PD, with the support of other city staff and community volunteers, organize National Night Out events in neighborhood parks that include demonstrations from firefighters and police along with information about crime and substance abuse from community groups.

Last night there were events in Farrall Park, Birchwood Village and Pringle Park.

The Pringle Park event was organized by the neighborhood itself, led by Lisa Barrett and her husband, Kyle.

That kind of sustaining community effort is something Schauff said the police department hopes will grow out of these events.

"We don’t necessarily want to go into a neighborhood and say ‘oh the police are going to come in an organize your neighborhood,' " Schauf said. "We want to show people the police want to assit you and have you come out and talk to your neighbors so that you feel safe and comfortable."

Lisa Barrett, who has been involved in the organizing committee for National Night Out and is a counselor at GCASA, said that's exactly why she and her husband (inset photo) wanted to put together a community event at Pringle Park.

"We just went through the whole bath salts horrific issue and somebody’s got to stand up," Barrett said. "Somebody’s got to bring people out of their houses to get to know each other. If we do that, we’re telling the youth, we care about our neighborhood. If they see we care, they’re going to care in the future."

Schauf said he thinks Batavia is already a pretty special place because with the lines of communications that do exist between police and community, there is a lot less in the way of serious, violent crime in Batavia.

"In Batavia, I can’t think of one area were a person would have to be in fear of (his or her) life to walk through," Schauf said. "We’re looking at cities just down the road on either side of us where you wouldn’t necessarily feel safe walking in a neighborhood. Do you still need to use precautions? Absolutely.

"I tell people, harden your targets, know your area, be aware of what’s going on around you. But I think we have a gem in Batavia where bad things can happen and do happen at times, but we do feel safe because people feel comfortable talking with police and telling us things that we can look into pretty quickly."

Photos: Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian tries on the turn-out gear of a city firefighter and Deputy Brian Thompson demonstrates some of the law enforcement tasks performed by his K-9 "Pharoah."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

Driver involved in Elba accident reportedly said she expected truck to stop

post by Howard Owens in accident, elba

The driver of a car that reportedly pulled in front of a truck on Route 98 in Elba on Tuesday told the deputy investigating the accident, "the truck just kept coming and didn't stop and he struck me," according to the accident report released by the Sheriff's Office.

The driver, 22-year-old Brandi-Lyn Heidenreich, of Garibaldi Avenue, Oakfield, was cited for alleged failure to yield the right of way at an intersection.

Neither Heidenreich nor the truck driver, Robert J. Hippert, 62, of East Stenzil Street, North Tonawanda, were injured.

Hippert, who was trapped in his vehicle by building debris, was transported to UMMC for observation.

After hitting Heidenreich's white 1996 Mazda sedan, Hippert's truck slammed into an antique store, The Mill, in a large, old red barn at the intersection of Route 98 and Route 262. A beam pierced the trailer of his truck just a foot or so above his head and several other beams crumbled against his windshield.

The truck wiped out six supporting beams in the barn and the barn structure had to be braced before the truck was moved late yesterday.

According to Deputy Brian Thompson's report, Heidenreich was eastbound on Route 262 and stopped at the intersection before pulling out onto Route 98 to make a left-hand turn.

Heidenreich apparently expected the southbound truck to stop for her, but there is no stop sign for either north nor southbound traffic on Route 98 at that intersection.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

Report of body under bridge in Le Roy turns out to be highly intoxicated male

post by Howard Owens in Le Roy

Sheriff's Officer personnel responded to Route 19 and the I-490 in the Town of Le Roy this morning for a report of a body found under the bridge.

It turned out the subject, who has not been identified, was unconscious and highly intoxicated, according to Sheriff Gary Maha.

The subject was from Rochester.

"We believe he had a domestic with his sister, who was en route to Cleveland, and she made him get out of the car," Maha said. "He had superficial injuries, probably from falling."

Maha said there was a cup of alcohol on the guard rail.

The subject was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

Serious injury accident in city at West Main and Redfield Parkway

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A serious injury accident is reported in the city at Redfield Parkway and West Main Street. One person is said to have a punctured lung. Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 10:04 a.m.: A 65-year-old male who was driving a green gray pickup truck is being transported to UMMC complaining of pain on his left side. Another patient is being taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

(Truck had been moved to this location by the time I arrived at the scene.)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

Law and Order: Two defendants picked up on arrest warrents in Batavia

post by Howard Owens in batavia, alexander, Bethany, crime

Jolene Janelle Goodell, 32, of Attica Road, Attica, is charged with assault, 3rd, criminal contempt, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Goodell was picked up in the City of Batavia on a warrant out of Town of Alexander Court on the listed charges. Goodell was jailed on $2,500 bail.

William Delose Hirsch, 25, of Buckman Road, Bethany, is charged with unlawful imprisonment, 2nd. Hirsch was taken into custody by County Probation on an arrest warrant out of city court.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 1:25 am

Rail still vital link in Batavia's economy and opportunity for growth

post by Howard Owens in batavia, business, Gensee Valley Transportation, rail

Batavia's rail system sits on beds that are more than 150 years old, but remain relevent and essential in 2012 to local business.

To help ensure the more than one dozen Batavia businesses that regularly use  the line -- now operated by Genesee Valley Transportation -- can continue to depend on the rail system to bring in materials for manufacturing, the state and feds have ponied up nearly $500,000 in grants to make critical repairs.

This week crews are replacing the ties under the steel rails on portions of the entire three miles of the track.

"There's a lot to be said for the work going on out here because if you take the weak spots and strengthen them, that strengthens the whole line," said Director of Operations Doug Eisele. "What’s that have to do with the customer? A whole lot because (if) you derail somewhere, the customer is not getting his product until you get it cleaned up."

Throughout New York, according to Syracuse.com, short line rail is experiencing a resurgance in business, but refurbishing antique tracks is an expensive process primarily because the heavy equipment for the jobs is too costly for small lines to even think about buying for infrequent work.

That means contractors -- driving up costs -- are necessary, and that means without the grants, lines so essential to local business would continue to decline to the point of being impossible to use.

Typically, the tracks have been deteriorating for years because owners who were responsible for the lines before they were acquired by short lines (and this was the case in Batavia, according to Eisele) neglected routine maintenance.

According to the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association, the number of short line companies in the U.S. has increased from 200 in 1980 to more than 500 today as national carriers have decided to sell of regional routes.

Eisele said rail makes a lot of sense for manufacturing businesses because it's so much more cost effective than trucking.

"Trucking is available to get there quick, but on top of that is the extra expense, whereas rail can undercut those rates and still provide reasonable service," Eisele said. "That’s really what the customers are looking for."

According to the Syracuse.com article, rail can ship "three to four trucks worth of goods 300 miles on a gallon of diesel."

The Short Line association reported in 2009 that "Short line railroads take the equivalent of nearly 33 million truck loads off the highways, saving the country over $1.4 billion annually in highway repair costs and improving highway safety and congestion."

GVT operates six lines with 300 miles of track in Orleans and Erie counties as well as Utica and the North counties along with one line in Pennsylvania.

The company is based in Batavia and employs locally -- including rail operations and company administration -- 22 people.

Steve Hyde, CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, said GVT is definitely an economic development asset for Batavia.

In discussion with companies looking at Batavia as a location for manufacturing, the availability of rail is a common topic of discussion.

"Having a short line rail system that is well established and well respected and does a really good job like Genesee Valley Transportation is another major asset that helps our strategic development efforts," Hyde said.

While none of the current tenants of the new Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park has yet requested rail, Muller/Pepsi and Alpina have expressed an interest in rail, Hyde said, and future tenants might have a strong need for rail.

The GVT line runs right up to the property line of the ag park and the state has earmarked $1 million in grants to extend the line if the need arises.

The local short line connects into CSX tracks and typically, rail cars are picked up and dropped off at operations connecting the two lines.

For businesses such as Chapin, Graham, Genesee Lumber and Eddy Arnold Recycling, the GVT line is pretty much a direct part of their businesses, but for many other local companies, GVT's recently constructed transfer center at Evans and Mill streets offers a cost-effective way to send and receive large shipments via rail.

The 22,000-square-foot warehouse can help any business throughout Western New York not directly connected with a rail line eliminate hundreds of miles of highway shipping for the more cost-effective alternative of rail.

The ease of access for local rail is also the best bet for turning old factory space in the heart of Batavia into thriving business ventures again, according to both Eisele and Hyde.

"We have buildings here that have been vacant for years," Eisele said. "If a new customer can come in and get a business in shape, if we have the track there that hasn't been used in years, we would come in and find ways to get that track back into shape so the could get their business going. The whole idea is to bring business back into the county and that's what we do."

Hyde said GCEDC is available to help revitalize that aging industrial infrastructure.

"Having an active rail line near some of those older industrial sites to help those things redevelop over time is good and we would certainly be happy to be part of the team," Hyde said.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Genesee County named one of top areas in nation for food processing growth

Press release:

For the third year in a row Genesee County has been recognized in the top five of the rankings in the Metro Food Processing Industry Growth category by "Business Facilities" a national site selection publication.

The agriculture industry in Genesee County employs more than 1,500 workers, a number that will dramatically increase with the opening of Alpina Foods, LLC, and PepsiCo/Muller yogurt manufacturing facilities.

“The construction of two major new food processing facilities by Alpina and the joint venture between PepsiCo and Theo Müller demonstrates a significant return on our investment in our Agri-Business Park which we believe is driving our high national ranking,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC). “We are honored to be once again recognized by 'Business Facilities' as it keeps us on the radar screen for site selectors throughout the United States and the world.”

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park encompasses 202 shovel-ready, pre-permitted acres strategically located between Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region. On site there is access to low-cost process water via a local aquifer that produces more than six million gallons per day and a pretreatment facility as well as rail access.

Through the support of National Grid and National Fuel, the site has an enhanced utility infrastructure. The agri-park was originally a public-private partnership between GCEDC and Farm Credit East.

“The Agri-Business Park in Genesee County is perfectly tailored to fill a niche in our region created by our productive agricultural sector,” said Mary Pat Hancock, chair, Genesee County Legislature. “It makes perfect sense to have those who process food to have their facilities as near as possible to where the food is produced.

"It makes for a better, safer, and tastier product and is also more efficient.  Our resources lend themselves to food processing and our location is ideal for quick market access. We look forward to continued success and expansion.”

Alpina Foods LLC, one of the most recognized dairy companies in the world and a leading dairy producing company in Colombia and South America, has decided to open its first specialty yogurt manufacturing plant in the United States at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

PepsiCo, in a joint venture with German dairy company Theo Müller, also broke ground earlier this year on a $206 million yogurt manufacturing facility at the park. Other food processing facilities in Genesee County include O-AT-KA Milk, Yancey’s Fancy and Allan’s Canning. 

“The significant dairy supply, abundance of fresh water, and talented workforce are just some of the assets that attract food manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Theo Müller and Alpina foods to Western New York,” said Mark S. Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise. “It’s no wonder that more than 100 food manufacturers have operations here.”

“Genesee County’s strategic location and agricultural assets make it a prime location destination for the food processing industry,” said Thomas A. Kucharski, president and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.

“The vision Genesee County officials have shown in developing shovel-ready sites like the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park has distinguished them among peer communities and allowed us to succeed in attracting global investment and job creation like Alpina, Mueller and more."

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Fundraiser set up for Harvester Avenue resident with house foundation problems

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For any residents looking to donate money to help Paul Konieczny save his multi-generational house on Harvester Avenue, which was badly damaged by recent storms, a donation page has been set up with a Web site that helps enable such efforts.

The page is located at "Paul's House" on Indiegogo.com.

The page was set up by Amy D'Amico.

To learn more about Indiegogo.com, click here.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Semi and car collide at routes 20 and 63, Pavilion

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An accident involving a tractor-trailer and a car, unknown injuries, is reported at routes 20 and 63. Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. It is blocking traffic. State Troopers are also responding. Mercy Flight's availability is being checked.

UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: The semi is jackknifed. Mercy Flight 6 out of Batavia is available if needed. Two more ambulances are requested.

UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: Mercy Flight will not be needed. "Be advised the tractor-trailer is carrying potted flowers," says a responder.

UPDATE 7:37 p.m.: The trucker is from Ontario, Canada. Thus far, one person is being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

UPDATE 7:40 p.m.: A second patient is transported to Strong.

UPDATE: Photos submitted by Doug Yeomans.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Cuomo's new criminal penalties for synthetic drug sales seen locally as a 'Band-Aid'

post by Howard Owens in Andrew Cuomo, bath salts, crime, synthetic drugs

Local officials welcome new NYS Health Department regulations cracking down on the sale and possession of synthetic drugs, but also say the new rules are no substitute for aggressive legislation from Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made three stops across the state today to announce new rules against drugs he deemed more dangerous than crack cocaine or methamphetamines or heroin.

“It is a new face on a very old enemy. It’s an enemy that we fought decade after decade. The enemy is drugs, and it’s an ongoing battle. When you beat one manifestation of the drugs, it comes back in another form, sometimes more virulent.

But whether it’s crack cocaine or methamphetamines or heroin back in the old days, this is just the newest explosion of that old enemy. And in some ways it’s more dangerous and it’s more insidious, because this wasn’t sold in a back alley. This wasn’t sold on a street corner. This isn’t sold in the shadows. This is sold in broad daylight, over the counter in stores all across this state and across this nation.”

Unlike a previous health department ban on synthetic cannabinoids, which allowed only for civil penalties, the new emergency regulations give local police officers the power to arrest people found in possession of banned substances.

If convicted, a person caught selling or possessing one of the banned substances could be fined $500 or serve 15 days in jail, and while the new regulation (PDF) allows for multiple penalties for a shop owner caught with several packages of drugs, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said he's concerned the new rules won't have the desired effect.

"When you consider the harm that we know is caused by these substances, I would like to see more teeth in the law," Friedman said.

When The 420 Emporium stores, along with the residence of the owner(s), were raided by the DEA on July 25, agents recovered more than $700,000 in cash.

Friedman said thinks the penalties need to be harsher than just a $500 fine, even if the fine and jail time can be strung together.

Sheriff Gary Maha expressed some of the same reservations.

Maha urged the Legislature to pass a bill that would make the sale or possession of synthetic compounds a violation of the law under the state's penal code, rather than just a violation of the public health law.

"This appears to be a 'Band-Aid' approach until the legislature enacts such legislation," Maha said. "It helps, but is not enough."

The new regulation bans a dozen specific compounds associated with the type of synthetic drug commonly known as "bath salts." 

While the state has already listed some "bath salt" compounds as controlled substances, the state doesn't have a comprehensive "analog" law (a law that bans substances that are the same or similar to already illegal controlled substances).

The new regulation does specifically cover analogs of banned substances. It also covers a wider variety of the more than 450 known synthetic cannabinoids.

While the regulation specifically states employees of stores selling such products can be prosecuted, the store owners (anybody with an ownership interest in the store) are also held to criminal liability even if not present at the time of sale.

Besides the fine and jail time, a store owner could lose his business.

Batavia PD Chief Shawn Heubusch wasn't available for comment today, but City Manager Jason Molino said the health department's new regulations were a topic on conversation today in a meeting between city staff and the county health department.

Molino said that while the new law seems to lack teeth, it is a step in the right direction.

He also pointed out that tonight is National Night Out and several neighborhoods in the city are actively participating, including the neighborhood around Pringle Park, which organized its own event this year.

"When neighborhoods get together, that is your more powerful enforcement tool," Molino said.

Inset photo: File photo.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Accident at routes 98 and 262, Elba

post by Billie Owens in accidents, elba

A two-vehicle accident is reported at routes 98 and 262. One vehicle is blocking the intersection. The other has struck The Mill Co-op Gifts & Antiques or a building by that location and there's "a lot of structural damage as a result." The vehicle that struck it is a 10-wheel box truck and the driver is not injured, but is trapped inside. Elba Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding along with law enforcement.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: A unit from Oakfield is asked to stand by in its quarters. A code enforcement officer is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: The truck has a possible fuel leak.

UPDATE 2 p.m.: National Grid is called to the scene.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m.: According to Deputy Jon Szumigala at the scene, the box truck swerved to avoid a sedan which had turned in front of him. As a result, the truck hit a storage building owned by The Mill. The trucker got lucky. His vehicle was struck by large pieces of wood and beams in the crash and although no beam pierced the cab, one went through his trailer like a spear, about a foot above his head. The 60-year-old had to be extricated by firefighters and was taken to UMMC with no complaints of pain. The sedan is totaled and the front end is completely mangled, the driver unhurt. "The building appears to be weakened tremendously," Szumigala said, adding that they can't remove the vehicle until code enforcement says it's OK to do so. The roadway is reopened.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Greetings from Knoxville!

August 5, 2012 Knoxville, TN Buffalo NY to Host 2014 Horseshoe World Tournament Lyle Dorler, President of the NYS Horseshoe Pitchers Association, announced that the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA)2014 World Horseshoe Tournament will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center. Buffalo, Wausau, Wisconsin and Charlotte, West Virginia presented bids to the NHPA delegates at the 2012 World Tournament in Knoxville, TN. Chuck Giglia, representing the Buffalo-Niagara Sports Commission and Frank Kwaitowski, Chairman of the Buffalo 2014 World Tournament Committee, made the presentation. They highlighted the onsite parking; onsite camping; the air conditioned event rooms. "I believe that we can offer the best tournament experience for both the pitchers and their families.", noted Giglia. The proximity of Niagara Falls; ample lodging; a wide variety of restaurant choices; the onsite casino; and other WNY attractions will offer much for the expected 1300 pitchers and their families.". Kwaitowski added, "There are many back yard pitchers and non sanctioned league pitchers in our area. We're hoping many of them consider joining the NYSHPA and playing in upcoming sanctioned tournaments to qualify for the Worlds. For more information on registering for the NYSHPA, please contact Bob Klock at 607 589 4122.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

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The first day of classes for the fall semester is August 27, 2012 — just three-weeks away — but there is still time to enroll at Genesee Community College to launch or boost a career in any one of 67 different degree and certificate programs. Scholarships and grants are still available for students who qualify, and the admissions staff can help with the application process.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

Guy trying to bust down front door on Hutchins Street

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime

A man is attempting to bust down the front door of a woman's house at 13 Hutchins St. in the City of Batavia. Police are responding.

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