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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Former court clerk in Corfu can avoid prison if she stays out of trouble for 11 months

post by Howard B. Owens in Brandi Watts, corfu, crime

In accordance with her plea agreement, Brandi Watts, the former Village of Corfu court clerk who stole more than $10,000 in court funds, was given 11 months to show she can stay out of trouble.

If she does, she will be sentenced Dec. 15 on a lesser included offense and serve a year on probation with the chance to have all charges dismissed.

Watts, who entered a guilty plea in October to one count of tampering with government records, a Class D felony, also paid $10,128.

The only drama, if you want to call it that, in court today was special prosecutor Donald O'Geen addressing a request by the Village of Corfu for additional restitution.

"There is claim for thousand and thousands of dollars more the Village of Corfu seeks," O'Geen said. "In my opinion the correct legal amount that the village can recover if there were a restitution hearing has been recovered. There's a lot of emotion and a lot of built up frustration and there are expenses they feel they shouldn't have to pay. I'm confident in the number, but I completely understand the frustration in the Village of Coruf."

Watts said nothing prior to Judge Robert C. Noonan ordering her back Dec. 15.

"If she violates the terms of probation, the probation department will notify me immediately and we'll be right back in here," Noonan said.

The case against Watts became a public controversy after the state comptroller's office released a report showing numerous financial irregularities in the village court's bookkeeping. For more than a year the village tried to pursue a case against Watts and her father and former boss in the village court, former justice Robert Alexander. 

As the judicial review commissions proceedings dragged on and no, the village tried to recover funds and get a criminal case to move forward.

In the process, the village incurred thousands of dollars in legal expenses and that's the money the village would still like to have Watts pay in restitution.

O'Geen said he doesn't believe that money would be awarded to the village in a restitution hearing.

Alexander, who also served as the Town of Pembroke justice, has resigned from office and is barred from ever seeking a court position again. As part of the plea bargain, criminal charges against Alexander where dropped, which included coercion and official misconduct for allegedly harassing another court clerk.

Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of identity theft

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, byron, corfu, crime, elba, Le Roy, pembroke, Stafford

Bruce J. Brade, 33, of Galloway Road, Batavia, is charged with identify theft, 2nd, and grand larceny, 4th. Brade is accused of fraudulent use of a debit card. Brade allegedly used the card to purchase items over the Internet. Following arraignment in Batavia City Court, Brade was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Douglas Robert Brown, 45, of South Main Street, Elba, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Brown was arrested following an investigation into a complaint of an irate truck driver who made a delivery to Automotive Corp., Inc. Brown was allegedly found in possession of a billy club.

Thomas James Rose, 18, of Ford Road, Elba, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Rose was found to allegedly possess drugs and paraphernalia during an investigation by Deputy Joseph Corona and Deputy Howard Carlson of an incident at a residence in Byron at 2:30 a.m., Saturday.

Arthur Mack Osborne, 47, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Osborne is accused of violating a complete stay away order by going to the residence of the protected person and being in contact with that person.

Paul Joseph Kirch, 27, of Angling Road, Corfu, was arrested on a warrant out of the Town of Amherst related to a disorderly conduct charge. Kirch was located when a deputy checked on a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a roadway. Upon investigation, Kirch was identified as a suspect with an active arrest warrant.

Cynthia Louise Reschke, 50, of Transit Road, Stafford, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely. Reschke was stopped at 1:36 a.m. Sunday on Morganville Road, Stafford, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Stephen A. Getty, 43, of Gilbert Street, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway. Getty was stopped at 5:11 p.m. Friday on Main Road, Pembroke, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Louis Levon Wooden, 28, of Salina Street, Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. Wooden is accused of shoplifting at Walmart. Also charged with petit larceny is Tymekia T. Gaskin, 39, of Champlain Street, Rochester.

Ann Lee Cox, 42, of Main Street, Attica, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by combined drugs and moving from lane unsafely. Cox was arrested following an investigation by Deputy Kevin McCarthy into a single-car accident on Route 98, Alexander, at 4:22 a.m. on Oct. 20.

Emily Grace Lemen, 19, of Lake Street, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and moving from lane unsafely. Lemen was allegedly driving a vehicle at 4 p.m. on Jan. 6 that went down an embankment at the 490 off-ramp at Route 19. The accident was investigated by Deputy Matthew Butler.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Truck drivers assist deputy being dragged by suspect's car

post by Howard B. Owens in corfu, crime, pembroke
Scott Kopper

A truck driver and a tow truck operator came to the aid of a deputy today after a criminal suspect allegedly trapped the deputy's arm in a rolled up window and dragged the deputy with his car as the suspect tried to drive away.

The truck drivers used their vehicles to pin the suspect's car against a snow bank, giving Deputy Brian Thompson a chance to break the window and subdue the suspect.

Taken into custody was Scott A. Kopper, 36, of East Main Street, Corfu.

The incident began at 11:35 a.m. when Thompson was dispatched to Route 33 in Pembroke to check on a car reported off the road.

Thompson, who has had prior contact with Kopper, recognized the driver and after checking with dispatchers, learned Kopper was wanted by NYS Parole.

Kopper allegedly refused to exit his vehicle, despite numerous requests by Thompson.

When Thompson attempted to stop Kopper from leaving the scene -- his car had been extricated from the snow bank by the tow truck driver -- Kopper allegedly rolled up his window, trapping Thompson's arm.

A witness said Kopper then tried to drive away, dragging Thompson about 100 feet.

With the vehicle rendered immobile, the two truck drivers assisted Thompson in subduing Kopper.

Thompson suffered bruising and minor cuts and scrapes, but escaped serious injury.

Kopper was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree. Additional charges are pending. Kopper was jailed on $25,000 bail.

Kopper is the former owner of WNY Blacktop Sealers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Corfu / Pembroke Winter Fest set for Jan. 25

post by Billie Owens in corfu, pembroke

Press release:

CORFU / PEMBROKE WINTER FEST 2014 is Saturday, Jan. 25 from noon – 8 p.m.

This is Western Genesee County’s premier winter celebration. It's in the Village of Corfu, 116 E. Main St., Corfu. Sponsored by GO ART! and NYSA.

(See * for new this year)

Vendors / artists / crafts

  1. Keating Metal Spinning*
  2. Sweet Dream Maple Farm*
  3. The Artisans at North Street*
  4. Country Treasures*
  5. Garbecks Creek*
  6. Harper Hill Farm*
  7. Heaven’s Gate Floral & Gifts*
  8. Wishful Thinking*
  9. Kozy Kabin*
  10. Kitty Krazed Kat Treats*
  11. Pembroke Wood Turners*
  12. Terkel Photography*        

Youth Groups

  1. Boy Scout Troop 6066
  2. Boy Scout Pack 6066
  3. Dollars for Scholars
  4. PHS Class of 2015
  5. National Honor Society 
  6. PHS Class of 2014
  7. Girl Scouts 42110
  8. PYA Cheerleaders
  9. PHS Cheerleaders
  10. Pembroke Youth Association

Non-Profits / Government

  1. Corfu Free Library
  2. VFW 9000
  3. Community Information: Gen Co. Office for the Aging & Gen Co. Citizens Corps Council* / ARC* / Gen Co. DMV & Clerk * / Gen Co. Health Dept.* / SAGE* / NYS Public Service Commission* / Ready.Gov* Donations for PSD-area Food Pantries get door prize drawing tickets
  4. Volunteers for Animals* -- donors of dog & cat food get door prize drawing tickets for the Emergency First Aid Kit for Pets* and other goodies
  5. Indian Falls Methodist Church
  6. Cost of Freedom Tribute  VFW #626*
  7. Kiwanis of Corfu-Pembroke-Darien

Activities & Displays

  1. Skyhunters Birds of Prey*
  2. Ice Rink  -- outside
  3. Corfu Fire Department
  4. Historian Al Starkweather “Recreation in Pembroke Throughout the Years”*
  5. Community Band – Noon to 2 p.m. in the tent
  6. Larry Kohorst – Magic show 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the tent
  7. Dance Inferno – 5 to 8 p.m. in the tent
  8. Genesee Co. – our new Sheriff's K-9 "Destro" and Deputy Christopher Erion – outside 3:30 p.m.
  9. Genesee Co. Sheriff -- Safe Child ID – noon to 3 p.m.
  10. NYS Troopers
  11. DJs & sound systems: Biggs Sound & Entertainment and Dan Beal

And more to come!

Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

Law and Order: Report of erratic driving, minor accident lead to arrest

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

Terry Irene Luczak, 63, of North Spruce Street, Batavia, is charged with DWAI-Drugs and possession of a controlled substance outside of original container. Luczak's vehicle was observed allegedly driving erratically in the City of Batavia and was followed to Target, where the vehicle was reportedly seen striking a handicapped sign in the Target parking lot at 4:07 p.m., Monday. Luczak was arrested following an investigation by Deputy Andrew Hale.

Jenea Marie MacLeod, 29, of Sliker Road, Corfu, is charged with petit larceny. MacLeod is accused of shoplifting at Walmart.

Shannon Marie Denison, 30, of Main Street, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. Denison is accused of shoplifting at Kmart.

Kathleen E. Gonzalez, 51, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Gonzalez is accused of shoplifting $30.12 in merchandise from Kmart.

Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Law and Order: DWIs and petit larcenies

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

Amy Lynn Showler, 38, of South Manhattan Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and trespass. Showler is accused of stealing $7.76 in merchandise from Walmart.

A 17-year-old resident of Main Street, Corfu, is charged with trespass. The youth allegedly entered a residence on Lovers Lane Road without the owner's permission.

Dimetrious Trudell Williams, 24, of Pearl Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawfully dealing with a child. Williams allegedly supplied alcohol to a person under age 21.

Molly Ann Kirsch, 24, of Bonnie Brea Drive, Darien, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, driving left of pavement markings in a no passing zone and failure to keep right. Kirsh was stopped at 12:08 a.m. Saturday on Sumner Road, Darien, by Deputy Jason Saile.

Aaron Matthew Zastrocky, 29, of Mill Street, Le Roy, is charged with felony DWI, moving from lane unsafely, speed unreasonable for conditions and no seat belt. Zastrocky was allegedly the driver involved in a motor-vehicle accident reported at 11:18 p.m. Dec. 20 on Lake Road, Le Roy. The accident was investigated by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Joshua David Quaintance, 25, of Byron Road, Bryon, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Quaintance is accused of punching the window out of a vehicle on Townline Road, Byron.

Andrei Karpovich, 42, of Ibis Club Drive, Naples, Fla., is charged with harassment, 2nd. Karpovich allegedly slamming the hand of another person in a truck door during an argument at the Flying J at 5:54 p.m. Dec. 18.

Wendy J. Nelson, 44, of Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny. Nelson is accused of stealing from Walmart.

Scott F. McColl, 42, of Pavilion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and unlawful possession of marijuana. McColl was stopped at 10:05 p.m. Thursday by State Police on Black Road, Pavilion.

Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

Corfu's mayor turns in new doctor's note, excusing him from duties until April

post by Howard B. Owens in corfu, Raph Peterson

Ralph Peterson, Corfu's elected mayor, dropped off a doctor's note at the village office Thursday that said he shouldn't perform his duties until April.

While Peterson never formally requested a medical leave of absence, he dropped off a similar note at the village office in August and stopped showing up to the office or meetings.

Prior to providing the village with the note, Peterson was reportedly hospitalized with stress-related symptoms.

Peterson has been the focal point of controversy in the village since taking office at the beginning of the year. Trustees have accused Peterson of obstructing attempts to recover missing court funds, of with holding information pertinent to legal actions involving the village, of using his office to retaliate against political opponents, of abusing the powers of his office and of harassing village employees.

There was no other communication from Peterson with the new doctor's note, which is signed by a physician from Pembroke Family Medicine and dated Dec. 19.

The previous doctor's note gave him clearance to resume his elected duties at the beginning of January.

His term ends at the close of 2014.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

Gas meter at a residence in Corfu hit by a car

post by Alecia Kaus in corfu, gas meter struck

The Corfu Fire Department has been requested to 864 Genesee St. to assist National Fuel with a gas meter that was struck. 

The homeowner apparently hit the gas meter with his vehicle about 6:30 a.m. this morning.

Corfu fire is standing by at Etzold Road.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

Tractor-trailer takes down power lines to a house in Corfu

post by Alecia Kaus in corfu, wires down

A tractor-trailer has taken down a service line to a house on Lawrence Avenue in Corfu. The lines are reportedly across the road.

The Corfu Fire Department is on scene and requesting a Sheriff's deputy to respond.

National Grid has been dispatched, no ETA given.

UPDATE 8:50 a.m.: National Grid says they will be on scene in 30 minutes.

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Law and Order: Two apparently homeless men arrested in garage on South Main

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

Andrew Lucas Kosiorek, 41, no address provided, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespass, 3rd, and obstruction of governmental administration. Kosiorek was arrested after being allegedly located in a garage on South Main Street at 12:30 a.m., Nov. 28. Kosiorek allegedly tried to flee from police at the time of his arrest. Upon being taken into custody he was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed on $2,500 bail. Also charged with criminal trespass was Damien R. Graham, 41, no residence.

Norman S. Malkimos-Gonzalez Jr., is charged with menacing, 3rd. Malkimos-Gonzalez is accused of threatening to shoot another person while in the area of 85 Main St., Batavia, at 4:10 p.m. on Nov. 22. Malkimos-Gonzalez was later located in the area of Ellicott and Jackson and taken into custody. No weapon was found.

Morgan L. Cox Jr., 21, of 119 State St., #4m Batavia, is charged with criminal intent to damage property and harassment, 2nd. Cox was arrested following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident at 12:59 p.m., Nov. 28.

A 16-year-old resident of West Main Street Road, is charged with petit larceny. The youth is accused of stealing $85.07 in merchandise from Tops.

Thomas W. Morey Jr., 38, of 10631 Main St., Alexander, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Morey was allegedly found in possession of two firearms during a traffic stop at 6:26 p.m. Nov. 25 on West Main Street, Batavia, by Officer James DeFreze. Morey reportedly has a prior felony conviction.

Christina S. Baudanza, 37, of 154 Jackson St., Batavia, is charged with disobeying a mandate. Baudanza was arrested following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident.

Matthew A. Beccue, 44, of 4 Elm St., Batavia, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway. Beccue was stopped at 8:32 p.m. Nov. 22 on East Main Street, Batavia, by Officer Chad Richards.

Taraleen T. Tundo, 29, 10901 Marsh Road, Bethany, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Tundo was allegedly found in possession of suboxone without a prescription during a traffic stop at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 21 on Ellicott Street, Batavia, by Officer John Kirbis.

Antonio Lester James, 22, of Avenue A, Rochester, was arrested on a bench warrant. He is accused of failure to appear in County Court on a grand larceny, 4th, charge. James was being held in Monroe County Jail and turned over to the Sheriff's Office. James was arraigned in County Court and sentenced by Judge Robert Noonan to a state prison term.

George A. Booth, 50, of Rural Route 1, Hinton, W. Va., was arrested on a warrant stemming from a criminal possession of a forged instrument charge. Booth was arrested in West Virginia and extradited to New York. He was arraigned in Town of Alexander Court and jailed on $5,000 cash bail.

Timothy R. Benbynek, 48 of Corfu, is charged with trespass. Benbynek was arrested at 816 Gabbey Road, Pembroke. No further details released.

William H. Englert, 47, of Caledonia, is charged with DWI. Englert was stopped at 9:55 p.m. Dec. 1 on Bernd Road, Le Roy, by State Police.

Allissa A. Fodge, 23, of Bergen, and Megan C. Marchese, 26, of Bergen, are both charged with grand larceny, 3rd. The alleged incident was reported Oct. 18. Fodge and Marchese were arrested by State Police. No further details released.

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