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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

One car rollover accident on Warboys Road

post by Billie Owens in accidents, byron, south byron

A one-vehicle rollover accident with injuries is reported on Warboys Road. The location is between Route 237 and Merrill Road.

Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding along with Mercy EMS. The victim is out of the vehicle and the car is on its roof.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 11:19 am

Photo: Make a Difference Day

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, photos


It's "Make a Difference Day," and as part of the effort, four Batavia High School students were in downtown this morning picking up trash on the sidewalks and flower beds. Above, Donald Fagan, a senior at BHS, patrols for litter in a flower bed on East Main Street.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

Batavia Girls Tennis Team Cruises into Sectional Semi-Finals

post by Annette Guilds in sports

The 3rd seeded Batavia Girls Tennis Team posted a 5-0 win over 6th seeded Penn Yan in team sectionals yesterday. The win puts Batavia into the semi-finals vs. the winner of #2 Palmyra-Macedon vs.Midlakes/Bath, which play at 4 pm today.

Scores of each match are as follows:

1st singles-Amy Schmidt over Hilary Baxter 6-0, 6-0

2nd singles-Michelle Richenberg over Kara Hollowell 6-0, 6-0

3rd singles-Lisa Ferkinghoff over Kristen Anderson 6-2, 6-0

1st doubles-Nicole Guilds and Maryssa Peirick over Maddie Hill and Arion Dame-Pehring 6-0, 6-2

2nd doubles-Laura Mullen and Alexis Jackson-Warner over Katie Carpenter and Emily Doi 6-0, 4-6, 10-3.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Three people injured in four-car accident at Daws Corners


Three people were injured in a four-car accident at Daws Corners -- Route 98 and Batavia-Elba Townline Road -- this afternoon.

A westbound car reportedly pulled out from Batavia-Elba Townline Road and was struck by a car traveling southbound on Route 98. Each of those cars then hit two others at the intersection.

Joseph N. Mattison, 20, of Merriman Road, Byron, was cited for alleged failure to yield. Mattison, who was driving a 1994 Chevy sedan, was among the three people injured and transported to UMMC by ambulance.

Also injured were Bob K. Rathman, 39, of Heritage Estates, Albion, and Chrystal Bush, 17, who was a passenger in a car driven by Suanne Quackenbush, 49, of Gillett Road, Byron.

Quackenbush was not injured.

The fourth vehicle was driven by Benny S. Giambrone, 84, of Farnsworth Road, Oakfield.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.

(Initial Report)


Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Drug Task Force raids, searches apartment on Jackson Street

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Jackson Street


The Local Drug Enforcement Task Force raided the upper apartment at 110 Jackson St., Batavia, at around 6:15 p.m.

All we know at this point is that the raid was not the only one conducted in Genesee County today.

Investigators were still on scene about two hours later conducting a search of the apartment.

Above, Lt. Chris Bourke of the Orleans County Sheriff's Office and his K-9 "Cliff."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Busy afternoon ties up nearly all ambulances in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in ambulance

It doesn't happen often, but late this afternoon there was a shortage of in-service ambulances serving Genesee County.

All Mercy EMS units were tied up on accidents and medical calls, Le Roy, Byron and Oakfield were tied up, too, and crews in Bethany, Darien and Alexander were requested to respond to their respective fire halls to stand by in case needed.

At the time, there were no in-service ambulances within Batavia city limits. There were also no pending calls in the city at the time.

Within 30 minutes of the Bethany, Darien and Alexander crews being put on standby, three Mercy EMS units came in service.

"It doesn't happen a lot, but there is a system in place to protect the public," said Tim Yaeger, director of emergency management for Genesee County.

Yaeger explained that there is a tiered-response system with Mercy EMS, the respective Volunteer Fire departments' units and the medics with volunteer departments. The county also has mutual aide agreements with neighboring counties.

The volunteer departments can respond to other jurisdictions when the primary ambulance services are tied up.

There's been some talk, Yaeger said, of volunteer departments getting out of ambulance service because of the expense and the difficulty in keeping the services staffed with qualified volunteers.

"This is why we've got to do everything we can to keep those units in business, because they fill in during busy times," Yaeger said.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Authorities search for missing foreign exchange student

post by Billie Owens in alexander, missing persons

A petite foreign exchange student is reported missing and authorities are searching in and around Bowen Road in the Town of Alexander.

Didn't catch the host's address.

The person is described as 4' 7", 85 pounds, small frame.

Authorities are told to look in a nearby meadow also.

UPDATE (6:58 p.m.): Four searchers on ATVs are scouring the meadow near the residence in search of the person.

UPDATE (7:19 p.m.): Searchers planned on focusing on a trail running north/northwest of the meadow. They are bringing in a dog. However, now there's a report of a young, small female, with her hair in a ponytail and wearing a gray sweatshirt, spotted running on Route 238 (Attica Road) toward Attica. A caller said it appeared she had been running for some time. Also, she's reportedly adept at climbing trees, a skill which might prove handy if she was running away from danger.

UPDATE (7:36 p.m.) The female foreign exchange student has been located and she is safe.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Dog stuck in well on Cookson Road, Alexander

post by Billie Owens in animal rescue, alexander

A dog is reportedly stuck in a shallow well on property at 4213 Cookson Road in the Town of Alexander.

A woman who resides there called dispatch about the matter, saying the well is about five-feet deep. Not sure if it's the family pet.

Alexander Fire Department, presumably, is responding.

UPDATE (6:37 p.m.): Alexander Engine 107 is on scene.

UPDATE (6:42 p.m.): Alexander reports the rescue was successfully completed and the unit is back in service.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Fire crews and medics are busy tonight

post by Billie Owens in Attica, alexander, Bethany, Darien

Fire crews and medics are busy this evening. So many calls, not always enough manpower.

Additional fire crews are asked to assemble in their quarters for Bethany, Alexander, the Village of Attica and Darien to be ready in case they are needed. Their other crews are all out on calls.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Two-car accident at Route 5 and West Avenue in East Pembroke

post by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke

A two-car accident unknown injuries is reported at Route 5 and West Avenue in East Pembroke. One car is blocking the roadway.

East Pembroke Fire Department is responding and medics from Oakfield are en route in non-emergency mode. There are reportedly two minor injuries.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Four cars in accident at Daws Corners

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents, elba

A four-vehicle accident, with one of them possibly on fire, is reported on Batavia-Elba Townline Road at the intersection of Route 98 (Daws Corners).

Two people are reportedly injured, one of them a woman who is seven-months pregnant.

Elba fire is responding along with Mercy EMS.

The accident is blocking the roadway.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Two women with minor injuries were taken to UMMC, including the pregnant female.

CLARIFICATION (6:10 p.m.): From reader Shannon Laurer: "Actually they took the pregnant female and two males to the hospital! She was a passenger in one vehicle, her mother the driver accompanied her and each of the two males was a driver in the other vehicles involved, the third male driver involved did not need medical assistance."

Thanks, Shannon. Most helpful!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Car accident in Alabama

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama

A car accident is reported in the Town of Alabama at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Shanks Road. A passerby reportedly pushed the OnStar communications button in the vehicle, which alerted dispatch of the incident.

Alabama Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding. Alabama responders say it involves one car and is not blocking the roadway.

Fire personnel calls for Mercy EMS to continue to scene in non-emergency mode.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union invites everyone to 'Pay It Forward'

post by Daniel Crofts in announcements, batavia, TVFCU

How would you like to get free money just for entering a contest for more free money?

That's exactly the invitation the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union, at 10 Jefferson Ave. in Batavia, is inviting you to do from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Here's the deal: Each participant is to go to the bank during the specified hours on Friday to get the word out about a charity or worthy cause that is important to him/her. All participants will win $10 just for doing that.

Bank staff members will videotape all contest entries, and judges will pick the 10 best videos and post them online. After that, the public will decide on the winner.

The winner will be awarded $1,000 to be spent on the charity or cause of his/her choice.

Members and non-members of the TVFCU are invited to take part in the contest. For more information, please contact the bank at 343-5627.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

Covington man faces new charge for allegedly impersonating federal agent

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

A 41-year-old Covington man already facing charges out of the Town of Batavia for allegedly trying to pass himself off as a federal law enforcement agent was arrested by Le Roy Police on Monday on a similar charge.

Nikko C. Gambino, of Morrow Road, Convington, was arraigned in Le Roy Town Court and jailed on $750 on a charge of criminal impersonation, 2nd.

Gambino is accused of entering a Le Roy business some time in September allegedly dressed as a federal agent and directing an employee of that business to make a phone call under his pretend authority.

Three weeks ago, Gambino was arrested by the Sheriff's Office for allegedly attempting the same ruse in Walmart. A search of his residence reportedly found articles of clothing with law enforcement markings and a metal badge.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said it isn't really clear why Gambino has allegedly attempted to enter retail outlets and pass himself off as a federal agent.

"He's refusing to talk, but we we think it is some sort of diversion," Brewster said. "He wants to draw attention to himself while his accomplice attempts to steal something. We haven't been able to confirm that with surveillance tapes and nothing has been reported stolen. At this point, it's just a guess."

On the arrest out of the Town of Batavia, Gambino was charged with two counts of criminal impersonation, 2nd, and one count of falsely reporting an incident.

He was initially jailed on $5,000 bail.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

Police Beat: Alleged attempt to heist of 50-inch plasma TV foiled

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, byron, crime

Brett Myers Blair, 26, of South Lyon Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal trespass and petit larceny. Blair is accused of attemping to steal a 50" plasma television from Kmart. Blair was allegedly observed by Kmart personnel wandering around the back stock room of the store without authorization. (Initial Report)

Matthew S. Flannery, 20, of Lymn Road, Byron, is charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident. James C. Wilcox, 41, of South Lake Street, Bergen, is charged with obstructing governmental administration, 2nd. Flannery and Wilcox were arrested following an investigation into a property damage accident at 6:04 p.m., Sept. 25 in the area of 10 Munger St., Bergen. Wilcox is accused of interfering with Bergen Fire Department personnel prior to the arrival of law enforcement and helping Flannery allegedly flee the scene of the accident. Flannery's 2005 Saturn reportedly struck a utility pole. (Initial Report)

Barry Lamont Posey, 18, of Holland Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny.  Posey is accused of removing items from packaging and hiding the items on his body with the intent of leaving Target without paying for the merchandise.

Gordy Abiola Akinpeia, 18, of Lincoln Avenue, Brooklyn, is charged with petit larceny. Akinpeia is accused of stealing merchandise from Target.

Cassandra Kay Dembik, 18, of Pratt Road, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Dembik is accused of getting into a fight with another person at 3221 Pratt Road, Batavia, at 6:15 p.m., Monday.

Douglas D. Sprague, 19, of Bergen, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Sprague was arrested at 11:57 p.m., Sunday, by State Police in Bergen Park. The State Police blotter item lists the type of weapon only as "gun." No further details were released.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

Newest Twig on the Tree

post by Bea McManis in family, Parker, Sean





Parker Patrick James and his Dad, Sean, share a special moment.

Parker arrived 10/9.  My fourth great grandchild.  The fifth arrives in Feburary.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

Investigators prepare to sift through rubble to determine cause of rooming house fire

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire


Today investigators are expected to return to the scene of last night's rooming house fire at 433 E. Main St., Batavia.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Eleven people lost their living space and all of their belongings in the fire.

The interior was completely gutted. On the west side, the second and third floors are completely gone.

Previous coverage:


Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

One-car rollover accident reported on Bank Street Road

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident


A one-car rollover accident with entrapment has been reported on Bank Street Road just south of the five corners.

Mercy Flight is on standby.

Town of Batavia and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:06 a.m.: The driver, a GCC student, suffered only minor injuries if she was injured at all. After being freed from the wreckage, the young lady walked away from the accident. She was transported to UMMC by ground ambulance as a precaution. The preliminary cause is believed to be speed too fast for conditions. The road was wet and the driver, driving south, apparently lost control.

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