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Friday, August 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Two-car accident at Route 19 and Parmelee in Le Roy

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy

A two-car accident is reported at Route 19 and Parmelee Road in Le Roy. The caller says one vehicle is smoking, both are leaking fluids. All occupants are out of the vehicles.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance Service responding.

UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: Fire police will be needed to direct traffic. The accident is at the top of the hill at the intersection. The roadway is blocked. Traffic will be shut down at Selden Road. There are two patient sign-offs and no one will be transported. A standard and a flatbed tow are requested.

UPDATE 5:21 p.m.: The roadway was reopened a few moments ago.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Fight on Main Street in Le Roy

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A fight is reportedly in progress at 40 Main St. in Le Roy. At least two police cars are en route.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Three people were involved. Police have the situation under control.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Grand Jury Report: Man stopped in Stafford allegedly a scofflaw with 10 or more fails

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The Genesee County Grand Jury issued these indictments today:

Shonnon J. Jefferson is indicted on one count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony. Jefferson was stopped on Feb. 3 on I-90 in the Town of Stafford while driving a 1995 Dodge and allegedly had a revoked or suspended driver's license. Further, Jefferson had in effect 10 or more suspensions imposed on at least 10 separate dates for failure to answer, appear or pay a fine. To wit, in the Town of Irondequoit, on July 29, 2009. And the City of Rochester on: March 16, March 20 in 2006; Jan. 24, Sept. 7 and Oct. 31 in 2007; March 13, May 19 and June 2 in 2008; Feb. 12, April 8 in 2009; and Jan. 19 this year.

Andrew L. Dailey is indicted on one count of DWI and one count of aggravated DWI for allegedly driving with BAC of .18. Both are Class E felonies. Dailey is accused of driving a 2010 Hyundai on Roanoke Road in the Town of Stafford on April 3 while intoxicated.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Five local students earn academic honors at SUNY Canton

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SUNY Canton recently recognized students who excelled academically during the Spring 2011 semester.

To receive President's List honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Deans' List, full-time students must receive a GPA of 3.25. Part-Time Honors are awarded to students earning at least a 3.25 GPA on six to 11 credit hours.

Among the students who earned honors for academics were:

  • Tarry M. Fluker, of Oakfield, a Legal Studies major, made Part-Time Honors. Fluker is a 1988 graduate of Le Roy Central School.
  • Stacy E. Holley, of Bergen, a Criminal Investigation major, made President's List. Holley is a 2008 graduate of Byron Bergen Junior-Senior High School. This student also graduated from SUNY Canton in May.
  • Nathan J. Herman, of Pavilion, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major, made Deans' List. Herman is a 2009 graduate of Pavilion Central School.
  • Quinton J. Jensen, of Pavilion, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major, made Deans' List. Jensen is a 2009 graduate of Pavilion Central School.
  • Justin A. Richardson, of Pavilion, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major, made President's List. Richardson is a 2009 graduate of Pavilion Central School.
Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

American Legion Auxiliary #332, Batavia, donates $1,000 for annual Patriot Trip

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Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) recently announced that the American Legion Auxiliary #332 Batavia has contributed $1,000 to his annual Patriot Trip, a program that brings area veterans to Washington, D.C., for a tour of military monuments and memorials.

The crucial funding will be used to help provide a profound experience available to as many local veterans as possible.

“The contribution made by American Legion Auxiliary #332 will directly serve the veterans participating in this year’s Patriot Trip, and I cannot thank the people of this organization enough for their generosity and commitment to supporting Western New York’s veterans,” Hawley said.

“The Patriot Trip is an inspiring, moving experience for everyone involved, and donations such as the one presented by Auxiliary President Brenda Burg are vital in the effort to provide a trip that will have a lifelong impact on our proud veterans.

"Contributions go directly to enhancing this experience for our local veterans, and it is groups like Auxiliary #332 that make the Patriot Trip affordable for our patriots.”

Patriot Trip IV will include roundtrip private coach transportation from Western New York to Washington, D.C., and accommodations at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. The trip also includes tours of the World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War and FDR memorials, as well as Arlington Cemetery, the Marine Museum, the Udvar Hazy Aerospace Museum and the U.S. Capitol.

Most meals are included with the trip cost of approximately $300.

Individuals and organizations interested in making a contribution, as well as those looking for more information about trip details, pricing, or to sign up, please call Assemblyman Hawley’s district office at (585) 589-5780. Approximately 20 openings remain!

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Independent Living of Genesee Region to provide key support for new health project

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Press release:

Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR) is pleased to announce that Director James C. Moody has been selected to serve as the program coordinator / facilitator for “Step Up to Stop Falls in Genesee County.

Moody will coordinate activities of four workgroups (Exercise, Community Education, Home Assessments and Health Fairs) and manage partner accountability to carry out the project plan.

Local partners include the Genesee County Office for the Aging, University of Buffalo, Genesee Community College Nursing Program, Summit Physical Therapy – UMMC and Catholic Charities of Western New York. These partners are working with several other Genesee County agencies.

Moody will also work with the project's executive leader, Office for the Aging Director Pamela Whitmore, to develop long-term plans that involve all community residents.

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits among adults 65 and older. Falls can result in lasting, serious issues, affecting mobility, independence and mental health.

Genesee County residents age 65 and older average more than 425 visits per year to the emergency department because of falls. Typically, 177 of those incidents result in a hospital stay. The annual cost for these services is more than 3 million dollars!

Step Up to Stop Falls in Genesee County is a prevention project funded by the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York to provide Genesee County elderly residents with information needed to help reduce the risk of falling and thus, reduce costs to the community.

Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR), part of the WNY Independent Living Inc., Family of Agencies, has primary offices at 113 Main St., Suite 5, Batavia. The agency provides individuals of the Genesee Region (Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties) with four core services: information and referral; peer counseling; independent living skills training and individual and community advocacy.

For more information about ILGR, to become involved in the Falls Prevention Project or to begin receiving services, please call 815-8501, ext. 400, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

GCEDC approves tax incentives for three local businesses

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, GCEDC

O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc., is receiving $204,000 in tax abatements through the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GDEDC) for an expansion at its facility at 700 Ellicott St., Batavia.

O-AT-KA intends to build a two-story dairy processing facility for producing dairy-based beverages and "ultra-filtered" milk ingredients. The project summary reads, "The additional dairy batch blend capacity allows more dairy-based products to be manufactured at O-AT-KA for shipment both nationally as well as exports."

Both projects would use milk produced exclusively in New York. O-AT-KA is receiving sales-tax exemption on construction material of $204,000. The estimated 10-year return on investment into the local economy is $21.2 million.

Graham Corp., of 20 Florence Ave., Batavia, is receiving a tax abatement of $125,906, through the GCEDC for the addition of a 10,000-square-foot sandblasting and painting building. Graham is receiving an $89,088 property-tax exemption (PILOT) and a sales-tax exemption on building materials of $36,818. The estimated 10-year economic impact is $89.8 million

Marktec Products, Inc., has been approved by the GCEDC for $57,109 in tax abatements for relocation to the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. Marktec, owned by Bill Cox, will build a 5,002-square-foot building on two acres of land in the park. The company will receive a property-tax exemption (a 60 percent PILOT) of $32,739, a sales-tax exemption on building material of $18,800 and a mortgage-tax exemption of $5,570. The project is expected to retain four jobs and create two new jobs. The estimated return on investment over 10 years for the local economy is $2.45 million.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

Police Beat: Batavia man accused of choking another person

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, corfu, crime, pembroke

Thomas Michael Pillo, 40, of Alexander Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, 2nd. Pillo is accused of choking and shoving a victim multiple times during a domestic dispute. The incident, at an address on Alexander Road, Batavia, was reported at 9 p.m., Wednesday.

Joseph Michael D'Amato, 19, of Sumner Road, Corfu, is charged with unlawful dealing with fireworks. D'Amato was arrested following a complaint at 12:05 a.m., Thursday, about fireworks in the Town of Pembroke. D'Amato allegedly set off fireworks "causing annoyance and alarm to several homeowners in the area."

Kateyln Christen Kubala, 22, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Kubala is accused of shoplifting at Walmart.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

Photo: Patching Jackson Street

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Jackson Street

City crews were busy on Jackson Street this morning doing some road repair work.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:53 am

Photo: A tree in a cornfield on Phelps Road, Indian Falls

post by Howard B. Owens in indian falls, pembroke, photos

Like the headline reads, a tree in a cornfield on Phelps Road, Indian Falls.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:50 am

Photo: First Universalist Cemetery

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, photos

Every once in a while I'll drive down a road I've been down many times and spot something I've never seen before. Today, it as the First Universalist Cemetery on Maple Street Road in Alabama. The cemetery features a large, jagged stone with a wood sign in front of it listing all of the people believed to be buried in the cemetery. All of them appear to have died before the middle part of the 19th Century. Most of the grave markers are moved or broken.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:43 am

Photo: Produce baskets

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photo

Thursday afternoon I stopped at a produce stand on Francis Road to buy some sweet corn (I never get enough sweet corn in the summer) and found these baskets piled up in the corner of the shed.

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:35 am

Video: Going strong at 91

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While Care-A-Van Ministries was out for their weekly cookout, some dancing talent was found! Mary Embroli, age 91, a resident of the MRSG Kirby Apartments enjoyed dancing to the music of the Care-A-Van band with volunteer Michelle Lawson.

Upon the evening ending, Mary was offered a prayer. Her response "I just need more energy! Please pray for that." Truly she has a lot more energy than some of us! God bless you Mary!

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:15 am

Dr. Jim Sunser embracing Genesee County as he takes over leadership of GCC

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Dr. Jim Sunser is settling in quickly as the new president of Genesee Community College.

Even though the president's office, vacated by Dr. Stuart Steiner upon his retirement, has no furniture yet (to paraphrase a line from M.A.S.H. -- it's a big giant empty), Sunser has found a place to live, at least one good local restaurant (he mentioned O'Lacy's) and is getting to know the staff and the campus.

"This is a beautiful part of the state," Sunser said. "We're really enjoying it and everybody’s been as nice as they can be. Even though I’m familiar with Western New York, at least I thought I was, I’m learning more about it every day."

Sunser and his wife, Roseann, who have relocated from the Syracuse area, bought a house in Indian Falls.

Though Sunser enjoyed doing his own home repairs and remodeling in the past, he said, he figured the new job would keep him too busy for much house maintenance, so they sought out a newer home in an attractive location.

The search gave him and Roseann a chance to explore Genesee County and they were impressed by the variety of vistas and the beauty of the environment.

"The topography really changes as you cross the county from Pembroke to Pavilion," Sunser said. "Of course, the view of the hills from the campus is just gorgeous."

Four days into his new job, he's not formed many opinions about what, if anything, he might do differently, or what big plans he might like to launch, but he said it's natural to look for possible improvements.

"I'm starting to get to know people better and starting to come up with ideas as far as continuous improvement," Sunser said.

"But, I’m fortunate," he added. "It’s a great school with excellent people and I’m sure we’re all going to work well together to continue the tradition of excellence that we have here."

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Meet the Muckdogs: Danny Stienstra

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Motorcyclist now on foot, being pursued by the law

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, Pavilion

A man on a motorcycle is now the subject of a foot pursuit in a cornfield near routes 63 and 20 in Pavilion. The incident began in the City of Batavia. We didn't hear how things started, only that he's being hunted by Sheriff's deputies.

While he was gunning his motorcycle with the law in hot pursuit, the chain on his bike broke. He ditched it, along with his helmet, and ran into a nearby cornfield. They spotted him by a hedgerow and then he disappeared into the field again.

State Troopers are on scene, too, and they are asked to provide a helicopter to locate the suspect. Pharoah, the Sheriff's Office dog, is working the scene as well. The dog hasn't located the guy yet, but did return to his handler, Deputy Brian Thompson, from the west.

The man being sought is wearing jeans and has on a black leather jacket. The motorcycle doesn't have plates.

UPDATE 7:42 p.m.: A "whole family of deer" is hanging out in one area of the search, so they are thinking he hasn't gone in that direction. The helicopter is flying above.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: The helicopter is continuing a sweep of the farm fields west-to-northwest.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: The "family of deer has been spooked from its location" and so officers on the ground are asked to scour that area. The motorcycle is being towed "to a secure location."

UPDATE 8:27: The motorcycle is a 1990 GST Suzuki with an expired registered out of Belmont. The manhunt has yielded no results. The helicopter is returning to base.

UPDATE 10:14 p.m. (by Howard): Photo, Deputy Thompson and Pharoah. Deputies and troopers cleared the scene about about 9:30 p.m. with the suspect still at large. The chase started when Deputy Joseph Graff performed a traffic stop on a motorcyle that didn't have plates. After Deputy Graff exited his vehicle to approach the motorcyclist, the rider took off at high speed.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Suicide standoff on Pratt Road ends peacefully

post by Billie Owens in crime, east pembroke

The skills of a seasoned negotiator and the quick, efficient response of several different agencies is credited with helping diffuse a volitile suicidal standoff on Pratt Road that began about an hour ago.

The white male who had a gun pointed under his chin and threatened to kill himself was just taken safely from the scene outside of the Apple Grove Mobile Home Park to the State Police barracks, where he will be properly evaluated. Charges against him are pending, but no details have been provided.

"The situation was resolved peacefully," said State Police Sgt. Ron Lobur. "...(The responders) are all heroes. They all did a good job. We had a positive outcome. Nobody was hurt."

In addition to state troopers, responders included Sheriff's deputies, Mercy medics and the East Pembroke Fire Department.

Lobur said it was fortunate that State Police Investigator Leo Hunter happened to be on duty and got to the scene swiftly.

A witness said officers kept the man talking and kept giving him cigarettes to enjoy. Then Hunter arrived.

"Within three minutes, he had him put the gun down," the witness said.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Armed suicidal man on Pratt Road, Batavia

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A suicidal man in the roadway with a gun pointed under his chin is prompting law enforcement to shut down Pratt Road by the Apple Grove Mobile Home Park.

Sheriff's deputies are on scene. Mercy medics en route. A negotiator is staging at Kelsey Road and Route 5, along with a unit from the East Pembroke Fire Department. The scene is not yet secure.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Residents who live on Kelsey Road are lining up and want to get to their homes. Officers will let residents access homes on Kelsey, but no one is going to get through to Pratt at this time.

UPDATE 6:29 p.m.: Mercy units are told to stand down. They will not be needed.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: The fire police are told they can stand down. The roadways are reopened. "Transporting one white male from Pratt Road to the barracks."

UPDATE 6:53 p.m.: All units are clearing the scene.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Bluegrass concert to be held at Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church

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Like to hear a good banjo and fiddle? Well, you're in for a treat. The Wissmann Family will perform live bluegrass music starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church.

The church is located at 2210 Judge Road. A free-will offering is appreciated.

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