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Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 4:11 am

Person reportedly suffers ankle injury jumping from 2nd floor of building on Tracy Avenue

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A person contacted dispatch saying he jumped from the second floor of a residence on Tracy Avenue and suffered an ankle injury.

There was reportedly a party at the residence at the time.

Law enforcement on scene and the person has been located. Mercy EMS dispatched.

The ambulance dispatched to Summit Street for better access to the patient's location.

UPDATE 4:24 a.m.: Patient being transported to UMMC.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Five charged with grand larceny after allegedly shoplifting from Kmart

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Five people were jailed Friday, charged with grand larceny and accused of shoplifting from Kmart during a busy Black Friday morning.

The five suspects are all from Buffalo and were reportedly in a rented car when they went to the store at 8363 Lewiston Road.

The suspects were allegedly removing two HD TVs, two mobile phones, video games and numerous cosmetics when confronted by Kmart security.

The suspects fled, leaving behind much of their allegedly ill-gotten booty and headed toward Walmart.

One suspect was found in the Office Max parking lot.

The suspects reportedly tried discarding some of the allegedly stolen merchandise as they fled.

Arrested, charged with grand larceny, 4th, and jailed on $2,500 bail each were:

  • Amanda P. Stephens, 25, of Schreck Avenue
  • Brittanie S. Wofford, 24, of Hiddell Street
  • Crystal M. Snow, 45, of Wohlers Street
  • Jazzmen S. Welch, 21, of Goemble Avenue

Also charged, but released under supervision of Genesee Justice, was Emma M. Mills, 36, of Clay Street, Buffalo.

The case was investigated by Deputy Christopher A. Parker, with assistance from Deputy Daniel VanValkenburg, Investigator William Ferrando and State troopers J. Bryman and J. Jackson.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Photos: Kathy Hochul 'shops local' in Genesee County to support local business

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When Rep. Kathy Hochul stopped into Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles this afternoon, a constituent asked her what could be done to create more jobs. "Shop in local stores so they can expand and hire more people," Hochul said.

That was the theme of Hochul's visit to Batavia and Le Roy on Saturday.

While Saturday was dubbed as a "shop local" day by a group of national conglomerates, Hochul said it didn't really matter who was behind the push. The important thing was that this holiday season it's important for consumers to remember to spend at least some of their gift-giving dollars in locally owned stores, which provides more benefit to local communities than big box retailers.

Hochul stopped in at Adam Miller, Charles Men's Shop and the Enchanted Florist in Batavia, and then went out to Le Roy where she did some Christmas shopping at Vintage and Vogue and then visted the Jello Museum, where she also found a couple of gifts.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Photo: Tom Rivers at book signing for 'Farm Hands'

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Ace ag reporter Tom Rivers was at Coffee Culture this morning with his son Ruben signing copies of his book "Farm Hands." The book is based on a series of articles Rivers wrote for the Batavia Daily News about his efforts to get out and work the fields, experiencing firsthand what it's like to be a farm hand. Rivers said so far the book has sold 5,500 copies. If you don't have your copy yet, it's available at Present Tense books and the Holland Land Office Museum.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Photo: Minor accident at Main and Dellinger in the city

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There was a minor accident in the city -- reportedly no injuries -- at Main Street and Dellinger Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. One lane of traffic was blocked for about 20 minutes. No further information available.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Car-into-pole accident in the Village of Oakfield

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A car-into-pole, rollover accident is reported in the Village of Oakfield at Maple Avenue and Albert Street. "The subject is out of the vehicle." Oakfield Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Mercy medics are told to stand down respond nonemergency. Deputies are en route to the scene.

UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: Medics are transporting the 25-year-old male driver to UMMC. He is said to have some chest discomfort and left shoulder pain. His car landed on its roof and a flatbed tow-truck is coming to haul it away. The pole was not damaged but the guide wire is a little tweaked.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

Photo: Sunrise over Pavilion

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Photo taken this morning.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

Photo: New drive-thru coffee shop opens at East Main and Clinton streets

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Betty Sommer, a resident of Williamsville, worked in Batavia for five years, driving passed a former drive-thru bank location on East Main Street near Clinton Street thinking every day, "that would make a great coffee location."

"Finally," she said, "I decided to do it."

Sommer opened Kick-Ass Coffee nearly two weeks ago, on the same day sewer line construction began on East Main, cutting down on her visibility, but she said new customers have been finding her shop. It is a kiosk in East Town Plaza, standing alone, across the parking lot from Aldi's.

The coffee, she said, is fresh brewed from Latin American beans roasted in Buffalo and all of the ingredients in her breakfast sandwiches and subs are fresh. She bakes her own biscuits and muffins.

"Everything tastes just like you made it yourself at home," Sommer said.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

Passenger in golf cart on Route 237, Byron, at night seriously injured

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An 18-year-old Holley resident was seriously injured early Saturday morning when the unlit, slow-moving golf cart he was riding in on Route 237 in Byron was struck by a car.

The driver of the cart, Cortney L. Greene, 18, of North Byron Road, Byron, faces possible alcohol-related charges.

Taken by Mercy Flight to Strong, where he's listed in guarded condition, was Zachary J. Rusin, 18, of Route 237, Holley. 

Rusin suffered head trauma and internal injuries.

Greene also suffered a head injury and was taken by Mercy EMS to Strong, where she's listed in stable condition.

The driver of the automobile, Emmaleigh R. Odom, 19, of Starr Road, Pavilion, was not injured.

Odom was reportedly driving a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound on Route 237 at 12:07 a.m. Her car crested a hill and struck the rear of the unlit golf cart.

Both Greene and Rusin were ejected from the cart, which then crossed both lanes of Route 237 and struck a parked car.

The accident is being investigated by Deputy Howard Carlson, Deputy John Weis and Investigator Timothy Weis.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Mercy EMS, Mercy Flight and the Byron and South Byron volunteer fire departments.

(Initial report)

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 12:16 am

Serious injury accident is reported on Route 237, Byron

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A serious injury accident is reported on Route 237 in Byron at Warboys Road. Byron and South Byron fire departments are called along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight 5 out of Batavia is called and is to land behind the Byron Fire Hall.

One patient is critically injured, according to a responder on scene, and another requires a basic-life support Mercy response. Traffic is to be shut down near the accident scene.

UPDATE 12:21 a.m.: "Have everybody ready. We're gonna hot load 'em," says an emergency responder. The critically injured person has a serious head injury.

UPDATE 12:29 a.m.: "Wind is negligible on the ground," reports a responder at the scene. Mercy Flight then landed.

UPDATE 12:37 a.m.: Mercy medics are en route with one patient to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

UPDATE 12:41 a.m.: A responder asks for information about a vehicle on scene, saying "I might have a parent down here." The reply: "Go to our talk-around channel." (Readers FYI: We do not report license plate codes, nor drivers' license codes off the scanner in accident situations.)

UPDATE 12:53 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and also headed to Strong.

UPDATE 1:01 a.m.: South Byron Fire Department is back in service.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Law and Order: Accused rapist faces additional 'forcible touching' charge

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Oscar Donaldo Ramirez-Castanon, 33, of Lewiston Road, Batavia, is charged with forcible touching. Ramirez-Castanon is accused of grabbing the breasts of a woman and trying to kiss her against her will. Ramirez-Castanon is currently jailed on a rape, 1st, charge.

Lori E. Connolly, 54, of 8819 Batavia Stafford Townline Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI and unsafe lane change. Connolly was stopped at 7:42 p.m., Monday, on East Main Street, Batavia, by Officer Kevin DeFelice.

Rachel Emma Pitz, 19, of Market Street, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. Pitz is accused of stealing $67.49 worth of merchandise from Kmart. 

Ashley Marie Budziszewski, 25, of Broadway Street, Oakfield, is charged with petit larceny. Budziszewski is accused of stealing $40.45 worth of merchandise from Kmart. 

Stephen Theron Ferry, 20, of Knowlesville Road, Oakfield, is charged with trespass. Ferry is accused of trespassing on Allen Foods property.

Jason Lee Cramer, 27, of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Cramer is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Lamar Ateef Randall, 26, East Park Street, Albion, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Randall was taken into custody on a warrant issued by Batavia City Court. Upon a search during his arrest, Randall was allegedly found in possession of marijuana.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Photo: Black Friday? Bah-humbug. It was a perfect day for a round of golf

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Rather than mob a mall, golf enthusiasts mobbed local golf courses the day after Thanksgiving to take advantage of unseasonably warm weather.

Lisa Fickel, director of marketing for Terry Hills, said the course buzzed like a spring day this morning with golf carts zipping all over the place.

Above, Tim Braunscheidel watches his shot fly down the first fairway at Terry Hills. Braunscheidel was out for a round of golf with his father, Dave and their friends Scott Gibson and Dan Grefreth.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Photos: Local stores don't depend on just one big day in the holiday season

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Nobody mobbed local stores today. There were no big sales. It was pretty much business as usual, and the shop owners we spoke with said business was pretty good.

"Black Friday is really about the big box stores," said Erica Caldwell, owner of Present Tense Books. "Our big weekend was our holiday open house last weekend."

The Christmas shopping season is still important to Present Tense, Caldwell said. There will be a lot of presents bought in the store, but no one-day big event will drive sales.

It's the same at Valle Jewelers where Mary Valle said so far they've sold one Christmas present. The rest of the sales -- and sales have been good of late, she said -- have been for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

Neither Caldwell nor Valle have big expectations for the nationally promoted "shop local" effort scheduled for Saturday.

"I'm curious to see if it has an impact," Valle said.

When you are ready to shop local this holiday season, check out the list of sponsors of The Batavian in the left rail (or just look at the ads on the page). There's a ton of great gifts to be found at local shops and a gift certificate from a local restaurant makes a great stocking stuffer.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Photo: Horse wagon rides at shopping mall

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By the time I made it out the shopping center on Veterans Memorial Drive, the Black Friday crowds had subsided, but the mall's developer, Cor Development Group, had brought in a horse-drawn wagon for customers. Santa was supposed to show up later in the afternoon and the company is planning a fireworks show for this evening.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Today's Deals: South Main Country Gifts, Alabama Hotel, Bourbon & Burger Co., Bohn's, and more!

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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 a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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 certificate for $5.

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

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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

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 a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "south of the border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

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.

Salsa & Curry, 13 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: An authentic Mexican restaurant, offering all of your favorite dishes from enchiladas and burritos to tacos and fajitas, as well as daily Indian food specials. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

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

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. 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 a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 S. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, jams, soups, home furnishings & more -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for the upcoming holiday season. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. Gift certificate must be used by December 31, 2011.

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.

Grandstands Bar & Grille, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY: A full menu, salad bar and drinks in one of the region's most popular entertainment venues, Batavia Downs. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50. (Must be new or current Players Club member to redeem.)

SOLD OUT

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

Today's Poll: Is this a Christian nation?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge, Week 12

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Both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Hasselback rushed for 17 yards on Sunday, so the Week 11 contest winner was randomly drawn from among the 25 people who picked either QB as the quarterbacks with the most rushing yards for the week.

The winner for Week 11 is Bob Bartz, who picked Fitzpatrick. Bob wins one small cheese pizza, one topping, one order of wings and a two-liter bottle of soda pop.   He has one week to pick up his prize.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hochul stopping in local stores Saturday to spotlight shop local effort

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Congresswoman Kathy Hochul will be in Genesee County on Saturday as part of "Small Business Saturday," a national effort to encourage consumers to shop locally this holiday season.

Small businesses are the backbone of any community and Hochul made supporting locally owned businesses part of her campaign platform.

On Saturday, Hochul will be at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles on Center Street at 1:15 p.m. Hochul will also stop at Vintage and Vogue in Le Roy at 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

State Police on lookout for drivers talking on cell phones over holiday weekend

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Press release:

Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop “A” commander, today announced that during the Thanksgiving Holiday, the New York State Police will continue with a specialized traffic enforcement campaign called OPERATION HANG UP, targeting motorists who use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving in the Troop “A” area.

Cell phone use and texting while driving continue to proliferate despite widespread public concern and acknowledgement that the behaviors are dangerous. They support widespread increased enforcement.

Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that drivers who use hand-held devices (phones, Blackberries, etc.) are four times more likely to be involved in crashes that are serious enough to cause injuries. At average highway speeds, in three seconds you will travel the length of a football field. The State Police will be utilizing a new resource to enforce these types of violations.

A Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicle will be deployed throughout this holiday weekend and the near future. This unmarked police vehicle is fully equipped with emergency lighting and other traffic enforcement resources. The primary mission of this vehicle is to easily blend in with traffic and to cite dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving. Major Cummings encourages all motorists to “Keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”

Thanksgiving signifies the start of the holiday travel season and traffic volumes are expected to be heavy during this holiday weekend. This increases the risk of highway crashes for everyone. Major Cummings noted that State Troopers in Western New York will be stepping up traffic enforcement during this holiday period to prevent needless highway tragedies.

Troopers throughout the Western New York region will be deployed in various enforcement capacities such as DWI saturations, roving patrols and stationary checkpoints. Troopers will be cognizant for drivers using cell phones as well as other electronic devices. Of course, speeders, impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and other traffic violators will also be cited, where appropriate.

Violators who are ticketed for distracted driving violations face a maximum fine of $100, along with a mandatory $60 surcharge and possibly points on their driver's record depending on the violation.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

Happy Thanksgiving from The Batavian

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I've had a couple of conversations recently that reminded me how fortunate we are to live in Genesee County.

The first was with a gentlemen who came into Delavan's on Friday night. He's from Ohio but visits Batavia regularly for business. He's decided to buy a small home here rather than always packing for a hotel stay.

"I love Batavia," he said. "It's a great little city. The people are friendly, the crime rate is low, there's a lot beautiful old homes around and it's a nice area."

The other conversation was with Jeff Stephen, the dairy industry expert. Stephen had no idea I was from California when we started to talk, but he began to compare Batavia to the so-called Golden State. Batavia, he said, was a great place for a company to set up business compared to California. We have good schools, the cost of living is so much lower, it's less crowded and people in Western New York, unlike California, he said, really appreciate their jobs.

San Diego, my hometown, can call itself America's Finest City, but I think where I live right now has it beat hands down.

There's a lot of advantages to living in Genesee County that are easy to forget as we go about our day-to-day business. Every community has its problems, and it's easy as we struggle to solve them to let them become bigger in our minds than they actually are, or to forget about all of the good things around us.

All of us in Genesee County have a lot to be thankful for, from the place we live, to the neighbors who are always ready to help, to the friends we stand by and who stand by us, to the families we cherish.

On behalf of myself, Billie, Lisa Ace and our correspondents, we want to thank both our readers and our advertisers for making it possible for us to live and work in America's Finest Little City. We wish you and yours the very best. Happy Thanksgiving!

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