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Monday, January 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Two-car accident with injuries in Alexander

post by Billie Owens in accident, alexander

A two-car accident is reported in Alexander at 3678 Broadway Road (Route 20) at Brookville Road.

There are minor injuries.

Alexander Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding.

Monday, January 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

Police Beat: Man accused of shoplifting packages of meat

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy, pembroke

Steven Noel Paladino, 50, of Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny. Paladino is accused of shoplifting three packages of meat from Tops Market.

Mark Wilhelm Hanel, 39, of Swamp Road, Bergen, is charged with unlawful imprisonment, 2nd, criminal mischief, 4th, and harassment, 2nd. Hanel was charged following an alleged domestic incident at 8:10 p.m., Friday, in Bergen. Bail was set at $1,500.

Jamie Scott Wolbert, 22, of Lovers Lane, Pembroke, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, failure to keep right and improper turn at an intersection. Wolbert was charged after his car was reportedly found in a ditch off Lovers Lane at 1:29 a.m., Saturday, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Bruce Karl Knepper, 26, of Forestall Lane, Buffalo, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right and driving left of the pavement markings. Knepper was stopped at 6:08 a.m., Saturday, on Broadway Road, Alexander, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Kyle W. Nash, 23, of Myrtle Street, Le Roy, is charged with disorderly conduct. Nash is accused of failing to leave the property of another person. He was arrested Saturday.

Mickey H. DeJesus, 22, of Perry Road, Le Roy, is charged with harassment, 2nd. DeJesus is accused of threatening another person.

Amy R. Sellhorst, 25, of York Road, Le Roy, is charged with assault, 2nd. Sellhorst is accused of hitting another person in the face with a blunt object during an incident on Sunday. The other person was reportedly injured. Bail was set at $1,500.

Amber L. Pellett, 27, of 11642 Platten Road, Lyndonville, is charged with DWI and inadequate headlamps. Pellett was stopped at 2:26 a.m., Thursday, on West Main Street, Batavia, by Officer Kevin DeFelice.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Photos: A winter morning in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Bethany, Pavilion, photos


I left the house early this morning with the hope that despite the cloud cover, we would have some good light.  Last night, the forecast -- I didn't recheck this morning -- was a break in the clouds at 8 a.m. That never happened, and instead by 9, we had the first flurries of snow.

Still, I managed to find some interesting things to photograph.

Above, a dog (if I remember correctly, her name is Diana), an old truck and a barn on Starr Road in Pavilion.


My first stop was an old, apparently abandoned, graveyard on Covell Road, Pavilion.


Also from the graveyard on Covell Road.


Just as it started to snow pretty good, I arrived at a grave site off Route 63 in Bethany that somebody had recently told me about.


As long as I was on Route 63 in Bethany, I thought I'd get a picture of one of my favorite barns. I liked how the snow was just beginning to outline the shingles.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Car lands upside down in icy water

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Oakfield

A rollover car accident is reported at Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road and Macomber Road.

The vehicle landed upside down in icy water. The driver is out but cold and being cared for. Oakfield fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE (by Howard): The Sheriff's Office just released the accident report on this incident. John J. Smalley, 48, of South Main Street, Oakfield, was driving his 1997 Chevy SUV westbound on Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road. Deputy Chris Parker reports that Smalley was driving too fast for conditions and lost control of his vehicle. Smalley was cited. Smalley reportedly complained of back pain, possibly related to a previous injury, and was transported to UMMC.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Accident with injuries on Byron Road

post by Billie Owens in accident, byron

A motor-vehicle accident is reported on Byron Road, on the curve at Byron-Holley and Tower Hill roads. There are injuries and an ambulance is called.

Byron Fire Department is responding.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Motor-vehicle accident at Transit Road and Route 262

post by Billie Owens in accident, elba

A motor-vehicle accident is reported in the area of Transit Road and Route 262. A car that was headed toward Byron is in the ditch.

Elba fire personnel are on location.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Trailer fire in Elba

post by Billie Owens in elba, fire

A trailer fire is reported in the area of Oak Orchard and Hundredmark roads. Elba Fire Department is called -- all manpower and equipment to the scene. Medics are also responding

UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: Injuries are minor.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

Three-car crash with minor injuries reported on Lewiston Road

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, lewiston road

A three-car accident has been reported on Lewiston Road on the I-90 overpass.

Only minor injuries are reported.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding to the scene.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

Some lake effect snow hitting county, especially to the west

post by Howard B. Owens in weather

A lake effect snow statement was issued for Genesee County this morning and into the early afternoon.

From 1-3 inches of snow are expected, with the heaviest snow coming in the western parts of the county.

Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Accident occurs in front of Trooper on Indian Falls Road

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Indian Falls Road, pembroke

A Trooper reports that an accident occurred right in front of her on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke.

It doesn't sound like there are injuries, but she does report, "cars are sliding all over the place out here," and she requests assistance with traffic control.

DOT requested to the scene.

Friday, December 31, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Photo: Barn on Asbury Road, Le Roy

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Le Roy, photos


Coming back from Victor this afternoon, I took the 5&20 into Genesee County, and then, well after sunset, I hit some back roads in Le Roy. I came across this barn on Asbury Road.

Friday, December 31, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Do you ever wonder why little things drive you nuts?

post by Ricky G. Hale in Blogs

  1)  Did you ever wonder why they call the letter "w" a double "u", when its really a double "v" ?

  2)  Did you ever wonder why they call ground beef "hamburger", when there's no ham in it?

  3)  Did you know that the United States Mint has never minted or issued a coin called a "penny"? However, to this day, people still refer to the one cent piece as a penny. Do you know why?

  4)  If the term terrestrial refers to "of or relating to the earth or its living things" (as defined by Merriam Webster dictionary), then why is the possibility of allien life refered to as "extra" terrestrial? If they are allien and not of this earth, shouldn't the term be "non" terrestrial? 

  5)  Why do they call a grapefruit a grapefruit? It doesn't look like a grape to me, what about you?

  6)  Why do people say "God bless you" when you sneeze? Do they think you're possessed by the devil?

  7)  Why do they refer to distilled alcohol as "sprits"? Have you ever been haunted by it? (maybe the next morning, many of us can attest to !) 

  8)  Why is a quarter (25¢) still refered to as 2 bits?

  9)  Why do people refer to a "hot water heater" as such? If its allready hot, why would you be heating it?

  10)  Are you spending your precious time trying to find the answers to these silly questions? Are they driving you nuts? Good luck on your search.

  1. BONUS: What are the following ?     è     æ     þ     ð     How and what are they used for?
  2. We'll see if you're all as nuts as I am. I welcome your comments. 
Friday, December 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Two-vehicle accident on West Main Street Road

post by Billie Owens in accident, town of batavia

A two-vehicle accident occurred at 4155 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia.

Three people are complaining of neck injuries. The vehicles are now in the parking lot of Rite Aid.

An engine from the Town of Batavia Fire Department is at the scene and Mercy EMS. A Mercy BLS unit is also called to respond.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Hoy's hot hand in closing minutes gives Batavia a victory in Lions' Tournament

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports


With about two minutes left and the Batavia Blue Devils down by five points, the instructions from Coach Buddy Brasky were clear -- whatever you do, don't foul number three.

You don't want to put the ball in the hands of the other team's best player in the closing minutes of a tight came.

Then Batavia's senior guard Ryan Pyatt did exactly what would get him pulled from the game. He fouled Jamell Johnson, number three for Charles Finney.

Earlier in the game, Finney's senior forward scored the 1,000th point of his career. That's how good he is.

It was clear at this stage of Thursday's game, giving points to Finney could possibly sink the home team's hopes of winning the 29th Annual Batavia Lions Club Boys Basketball Tournament. Up to this moment, Batavia never had even had as much as a single-digit lead.

But then Johnson, who had 24 points on the night, gave Batavia a gift. He missed his free throw.

Andrew Hoy, Batavia's all-time leading scorer, on the other hand, would be fouled four times in the final two minutes.

He didn't miss his shots. Not one of them.

In all, during those closing minutes, Hoy sunk 10 straight free throws (two came on a technical foul by Finney's Justin Allison), plus put up two points on a critical jump shot, to lead Batavia to a 53-50 victory.

"I just kept telling myself, have confidence," Hoy said after the game. "I kept reminding myself, I’ve made a million free throws. This is nothing different.

"When you're at the free throw line, you’ve got to make those," the senior guard added. "They call them free for a reason."

Allison's technical foul -- he mouthed off to Batavia's sophomore forward Justin Washington and then to a ref -- is what changed the momentum in the game, both Brasky and Hoy said.

At that point, with 2:30 left, Finney had an eight-point lead and were hitting their shots.

After that, Finney would score two more points (despite having players go to the free throw line three times) and Batavia would score 13, with 12 coming from Hoy, who had 22 points on the night.

"I kept stressing to my kids, the game’s not over," Brasky said. "That’s why we play 32 minutes. You don’t get too high when you go on a run, you don’t get too low when they go on a run. You play 32 minutes and we did.

"We took advantage of the technical and I give our kids a lot of credit for that," Brasky added.

Batavia moves to 7-1 and Finney is 8-2.

Batavia's other top scorers: Justin Washington, 12 (and 13 rebounds), Ryan Funke, 6, and Ryan Pyatt with 6. Spencer Stressing had 3 and Dylan Hodownes and Tommy Prospero each added two.

For Finney, Dan Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

In the consolation game, Notre Dame beat Dansville 70-45. Vinnie Zambito scored 22 points with seven assists for Notre Dame, now 5-1. Zach Hotze scored 13, Doane McCulley, 11, Mike Pratt, 9, Tom Whelehan, 6. Pratt's 9 came on three, three-point goals.


The Batavia Blue Devils with their championship trophy. Photo courtesy Bev Hoy.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

R.I.P Common Sense

post by bud prevost in obituary

Today, on the eve on a brand new year, we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were ......long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain.
Why the early bird gets the worm.
Life isn't always fair.
Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial principles:
Don't spend more than you can earn.
And reliable strategies:
Adults, not children, are in charge.
His health began to deteriorate when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault.
He began to lose ground rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his Daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm

New law mandates safe passing of stopped emergency vehicles

post by Howard B. Owens in law enforcement, traffic

Starting New Year's Day, if you see an emergency vehicle with lights flashing, proceed with caution.

Of course, that's always been true -- if you have any thought of your own safety or the safety of emergency personnel -- but now, failure to do so could lead to a hefty fine.

Sheriff Gary Maha issued a press release today drawing attention to a new law that makes it mandatory for drivers to move over to the traffic lane furthermost from a stopped emergency vehicle that has flashing lights.

On single-lane roads, drivers are required to slow down and provide plenty of distance when passing stopped emergency vehicles.

While not specifying the amount of the fine, Maha said it is substantial and drivers will also get points on their record.

The law, called the "Move Over Act," was passed by the state Legislature in response to a pair of fatal accidents involving law enforcement officers. 

One accident took the life of Trooper Robert Ambrose and the other of Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Searles. 

Ambrose was killed when his patrol unit was rear-ended on the Thruway in Yonkers. Upon impact, his car burst into flames. The driver who struck his car was drunk and traveling at 80 mph. 

Searles was killed while assisting a stranded motorist. Another driver lost control of his car, pinning Searles against his patrol vehicle.

Maha: "Every driver has a vested interest in cooperatively keeping county roads safe. The men and women of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office remain determined to impartially and respectfully enforce the law to protect life and property of all citizens."

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Car into pole accident on Route 5

post by Billie Owens in accidents, indian falls, pembroke

A car has struck a pole and the driver is still inside on Route 5, east of Route 77.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy EMS.

UPDATE 6:38 p.m.: No injuries, according to a Sheriff's Deputy who is at the scene. All responding units told to go back in service.

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