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Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

Eight arrests, 23 people accused of possessing marijuana, at Uproar concert at Darien Lake

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien, darien lake

The following people were arrested Wednesday by the Sheriff's Office during the Uproar Rockstar Energy Drink Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Brian S. Parchesky, 44, of Owens Street, Corning, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave several times. Parchesky was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $100 bail.

Tyler W. Seneca, 27, of Route 438, Irving, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after allegedly throwing items at deputies and physically refusing to be taken into custody. Seneca was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Deanna L. Russo, 39, of Lake Road, Webster, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly striking a security guard while being ejected from the venue and was then found to have possessed a quantity of three different controlled prescription drugs. Russo was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail with no bail.

Gregory J. Brown, 35, of Louth Street, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, is charged with DWI and with a BAC of .08 or greater after allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated on a public walkway outside the concert venue. Brown was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Jeffrey J. Logal, 30 of Virgil Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly pushing and then grabbing a concert usher.

Stephanie N. Nonnemacher, 27, of Cedar Wood Terrace, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th.

Jeffrey R. Mason, 21, of Linden Street, Cheektowaga, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th.

Timothy J. Slotta, 35 of Long Hallow Road, Turtle Point, Pa., was arrested on a warrant out of Cattaragus County for an alleged violation of probation.

The following people were issued appearance tickets for alleged unlawful possession of marijuana:

Albert A. Garcia, 48, of Dudley Avenue, Niagara Falls
Jordan P.Powell, 24, of Eagle Street, Medina
Sherie R. Seefeldt, 31, of Eagle Street, Medina
Kayla R. Tubinis, 21, of 86th Street, Niagara Falls
Reuben P. Satarian, 24, of Joanne Circle, Niagara Falls
Kelly L. Dale, 43, of Dowland Crescent, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Daniel L. Aldrich, 39, of Hinman Road, Little Valley
Brandon J. Wyatt, 29, of Fawn Avenue, Salamanca
Kyle R. Gehrek, 24, of Westchester Boulevard, Kenmore
William R. Whaley II, 30, of Stone Road, Rochester
Broc W. Vanskiver, 25, of State Route 227, Burdett
Tyler P. Renaldo, 21, of Shirley Road, North Collins
Ian M. Brennan, 25, of Park Avenue, Lockport
Ryan S. Buczkowski, 19, of Castlewood Drive, Cheektowaga
Robert M. Souter, 39, of West Avenue, West Seneca
Steven R. Maskell, 19, of North Byron Road, Elba
Elliot P. Arnold, 25, of Terry Street, Byron
Gala K. Tubera, 19, of Oliver Street, Rochester
Harrison C. Delatante, 20, of Oliver Street, Rochester
Matthew R. Meiser, 23, of Newberry Lane, Lancaster
Justin J. Holler, 23, of Swamp Road, Cattaraugus

The following individuals were issued citations for alleged possession of alcohol under age 21.

Kerry R. Meissner, 19, of Bernadette Circle, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Richard I. Fancher Jr., 18, of Pine Street, Franklinville

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Law and Order: Employee accused of stealing more than $7K from scrap metal company

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

Richard Russell Vetter, 57, of Main Street, Varysburg, is charged with grand larceny and 10 counts of falsifying business records. Vetter is accused of making false metal purchase entries into business records while employed at Stanley Staba & Sons in Darien and writing himself checks in excess of $7,000.

Brian Mark Mahaney, 24, of Indian Falls Road, Pembroke, is charged with reckless endangerment. Mahaney is accused of being involved in a domestic dispute. He allegedly drove a motor vehicle eastbound on Indian Falls Road, crossed the center line into the path of a westbound vehicle. The westbound vehicle reportedly had to drive off the pavement to avoid a collision. Mahaney then allegedly followed the vehicle to a residence and threatened to fight the vehicle's occupants.

Thomas Jacob Wolcott, 26, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, and harassment, 2nd. Wolcott is accused of being involved in a physical altercation with a protected person whom he was ordered not to engage in any criminal act against. He allegedly grabbed the victim by her neck and threw her about a room. Wolcott was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Steven James Scott, 21, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .10 or greater, open container and unlawful possession of marijuana. Scott was taken into custody following a report at 8:36 p.m., Tuesday, of a motorist needing assistance on Route 33 in Bergen. The motorist reportedly attempted to flag down passing cars. Upon investigation, deputies Joseph Graff and Matthew Butler identified Scott as the operator of a motor vehicle who was allegedly driving while drunk.

Triton Adam Drock, 18, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse, 2nd. Drock allegedly had an ongoing relationship with a minor female. Drock is accused of acting in a manner injurious to the physical and moral welfare of a minor. Following arraignment in Darien Town Court, Drock was released on his own recognizance and issued a stay-away order for the minor female.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

Possible serious injury accident at Route 20 and Harlow Road, Darien

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien

A possible serious injury accident is reported in Darien at Route 20 and Harlow Road.

Darien Fire Department and Mercy EMS are being dispatched.

Mercy Flight is available if needed.

UPDATE 10:01 a.m.: Mercy Flight on in-air standby. There may be as many as four people injured. Unknown how many are trapped in vehicles.

UPDATE 10:06 a.m.: First chief on scene reports all occupants out of the vehicle. Only minor injuries. Mercy Flight is cancelled.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: At least one patient being transported to UMMC. Some fire units back in service. Some personnel on scene to help with traffic until vehicles moved.

UPDATE 11:03 a.m.: All units back in service.


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Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Kinks to work out, but officials pleased with results after first big test for new policy at Darien Lake

post by Howard B. Owens in business, crime, Darien, darien lake, darien lake theme park

Saturday was the first big test for a new pedestrian access policy at Darien Lake and while officials are satisfied with the results overall, they admit there are some kinks to work out.

On the positive side, officials said, traffic control after the concert was much better than used to be expected for a sold-out concert.

On the negative side, there was some confusion over what to do with taxis, how to handle passenger drop-offs and dealing effectively with people trying to circumvent the policy.

Cherry Hill Campground was open for concert parking and apparently tried to establish a private vehicle shuttle service for its patrons. 

Part of the terms of service now for ticket holders is there is only one vehicle entry and one vehicle exit per person and you must have a valid ticket to come onto the property.

Drivers of cars observed coming off The Hill were threatened with arrest for criminal trespass when they were observed coming in through Employee Road and then leaving immediately.

Many of the dozens of people who tried to walk in through Employee Road managed to bum rides from other concertgoers in cars. Of course, they became pedestrians after the concert trying to exit the venue on Employee Road.

Those people were told either to walk to the main gate to leave or to the exit point at the east side of the property.

Officials wanted to keep Employee Road open for vehicle traffic, so a strict no-pedestrian rule was enforced.

"The overall objective is just to make the traffic flow smoother and just create a safer environment for our guests," said Darien Lake General Manager Bob Montgomery. "To that extent, it’s working. If we’ve got a few little leaks here and there, we’ll correct them were we can. If people are really working hard to beat the system, I guess they can if they think it’s really worth all the effort."

Some issues will just work themselves out, Montgomery said, as guests become more familiar with the new system and fewer of them are willing to hassle with private lot parking.

From just before 5 p.m. until shortly after 8 p.m., vehicle traffic to Darien Lake was gridlocked from both the south and the north.

While some concertgoers blamed the new parking policy for the stop-and-go entry, Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble, of the Sheriff's Office, said he doesn't see the connection.

"We've had traffic being backed up in the past when the private lots were open, so I don't see that being the issue," Dibble said.

What surprised authorities, Dibble said, was how relatively few concertgoers started arriving at noon or one o'clock.

Typically, a Saturday concert attracts a lot of early arrivals, and this show didn't for some reason. Many people waited until later in the afternoon to arrive, which meant more people trying to drive in closer to showtime.

Dibble said he spoke to some patrons prior to the show who said they expected other concertgoers to come early, so they decided to come late.

There also seemed to be a higher number of concertgoers coming from the south of Darien.

"There’s something about this place," Dibble said, "that no matter how long you work out here, when you think you’ve got it figured out, there’s just something to do with who the band is, whether they're drawing from the Rochester market, the Syracuse market, the Canadian market, that makes a little different pattern. To a degree it’s unpredictable, it really is."

The worst traffic-related incident prior to the show occurred just before 8 p.m. when the passenger of a vehicle stuck in traffic jumped out of the car and ran into the path of a motorcycle heading south.

Jessica Freeman, 23, of Rochester, suffered head and facial injuries and is in critical condition at ECMC, where she was flown by Mercy Flight.

Prior to the show, concertgoers turned away at Employee Road were clearly frustrated, some of them, but didn't hassle police or security about the policy.

One group of three young men did manage to talk their way onto Employee Road and enter the venue.

Apparently, they had bought their tickets and made their reservations at Cherry Hill Campground in June. After the new policy was announced, one of them had an email exchange with officials at Darien Lake and was told, incorrectly by somebody, that they would be allowed to walk onto the property.

Gerald Rakestraw, VP of development for Darien Lake's owner, Herschend Family Entertainment, was at property Saturday both observing and supervising implementation of the new policy.

He snapped an iPhone picture of the young man's email and then allowed the trio to walk up Employee Road into the venue.

The biggest conflicts of the night came after the concert was over and some people tried to exit the venue on Employee Road.

Rakestraw had predicted some 500 people would try to leave via Employee Road -- far fewer than the thousands walking out in concerts past.

The actual number of pedestrians trying to leave on Employee Road was probably far fewer than 500.

Most were cooperative when told to head in another direction.

One gentleman who was highly intoxicated got lost in the employee parking lot (which was used for regular guest parking last night).

Two people were arrested after apparently wearing out their welcome, so to speak, arguing with deputies about the pedestrian policy.

Rebecca A. Pickem, 25, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, discussed the situation with a couple of different cops, went round and round with Sgt. Tom Sanfratello. After several minutes of discussion, Sanfratello told her to leave or she'd be arrested.

Her alleged reply: "I guess you'll have to arrest me," which at that point became a refusal to follow an officer's order, so she was arrested.

Her companion, Tyler A. Vincent, 24, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, wouldn't leave and was also arrested.

Reportedly, Pickem and Vincent had parked their vehicle more than two miles from the concert facility and were apparently concerned about how to get back to their car.

The thing is, if Pickem and Vincent had been a little more patient, they were two minutes away from a cab ride to their car.

Sgt. Steve Mullen had called a cab for them.

There was another group of young ladies, four of them, who were stranded at the park. They were reportedly staying at the Attican Motel. The Attican charged them $20 for a shuttle ride to and from the show, according to Mullen. When the driver dropped them off, he reportedly informed them the shuttle might not be available for a ride back to the hotel.

When the women called the motel, they were reportedly told the van had broken down (Note, I was on Employee Road when I saw the van, with Attican Motel written on it, pull into the parking area).

Mullen called a cab for the young ladies and escorted them out to Sumner Road and waited with them for the cab.

By the time Mullen returned to bring Pickem and Vincent to their cab, they were already in custody.

While all of this was going on, there was a young Canadian woman in full agitation mode, running around from one cop or security guard to another yelling at them, hurling insults and threatening to call the Canadian Embassy.

Deputies said she had been difficult to deal with prior to the concert when she tried to walk into the venue.

After the show, she claimed her "bestfriend" had gotten separated from her and her other friend during the concert, three hours prior to her first notifying law enforcement.

She gave three different ages for her missing friend and changed the clothing description.

Any time an official would try to ask her questions about her friend and their travel plans, she would just start yelling again.

She also claimed she wanted to walk out of the facility, but continued to yell at deputies for not doing more to find her friend.

At one point, she yelled at a deputy, "I hope your daughter gets raped some day."

There was another young woman from Canada who was also missing her travel companion, another young woman. She was calm, but clearly worried about her friend.

At 1:30 a.m., Darien Lake security officials were still involved in trying to help both young women locate their friends.

At 1:30 a.m., all Darien Lake parking lots were empty, which under normal sold-out concert nights was at least an hour earlier than might be expected.

Dibble said with Sumner Road free of traffic from private lots, it was much easier to get cars out of the parking lots. Both lanes of Sumner Road could be used for traffic leaving the facility. If not for a couple of minor accidents on Sumner Road, patrons would have gotten out even quicker.

While there were 15 arrests at the concert, the majority of them were related to the new policy, such as three people accused of climbing the new fence to try and gain access to the property.

I spent two hours at the entry gate known as "South PAC," where concert security will bring any unruly patrons for deputies to deal with and potentially arrest or release. South PAC is normally bustling with activity during a concert. During the two hours I was there, not one patron was escorted from the concert.

Batavia resident Carrie Hylkema, who's attended several country shows at Darien Lake, was at the show Saturday as a volunteer for a beer concession set up to raise money for Batavia Ramparts.

She said the atmosphere Saturday was very different from any country show she had ever attended at Darien Lake.

She said concertgoers were much less aggressive than she's seen in the past.

"A lot of times we come driving in, whether we’re working the concert or just going to the concert, you can see it’s out of control before you even come into the gates," she said. "It just seemed more managed tonight. My husband I both commented tonight that it just seemed more in control."

Some of the explanation for the mellower atmosphere, Dibble said, is the fact that so many people came later to the show, got caught in traffic, and had less time to get intoxicated in the parking lot before the concert.

"I’d like to think the underage drinking work that we’ve been doing is paying off, too," Dibble said.

There were 48 underage drinking citations issued Saturday, which is far fewer than have been issued at big country concerts over the past two seasons.

Among the kinks in the system Saturday was what to do with taxi cabs. The plan was, officials said, to only allow cabs into a designated area after 10 p.m. -- for pick up only, not for drop off. But cabs were entering the facility prior to the show.

There was also some confusion over how parents dropping off concertgoers were to enter and leave the facility.

Montgomery acknowledged he and his staff are going to need to figure out these issues for future concerts.

"What we'll do with the team here is, we'll meet again tomorrow and kind of put those issues on the table," Montgomery said. "There's nothing big, nothing that would be a big concern. You're right about the issue with taxis and where do we place them. We want to go back specifically and address that. That's one of the issues that stood out."

Traffic entering the venue, heading toward the main gate, backed up on Sumner Road, with a group of pedestrians in the distance getting into a passenger vehicle offering them a lift.

Pedestrians being told they would not be allowed to walk into the venue.

This vehicle came down off The Hill and is heading toward the main gate.

A trio of concertgoers (third person already in the back seat) get a lift into the venue.

A vehicle that had allegedly previously come off The Hill and delivered concertgoers into the venue gets a trespass warning, and would not be allowed in with another group.

Another driver allegedly issued a trespass warning.

This gentleman was eventually allowed to walk on Employee Road and into the venue after displaying an email from Darien Lake saying that he would be allowed in on foot.

Subject taken into custody after allegedly refusing a police officer order to leave the facility.

Concertgoers party in a 1968 stretch Checker Cab.

A reportedly highly intoxicated individual is taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct, after allegedly causing a disturbance in a parking lot at about 11 p.m.

This photo submitted by a reader. One concertgoer decided to drive his tractor to the show.

Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

Fifteen arrests, 48 citations at sold out Jason Aldean concert

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien, darien lake

NOTE: This was the first sold out concert after the new no-pedestrian access rule to the Darien Lake property came into full force. I did a ride along with the Sheriff's Office for the night and will have a report, with photos, later.

The following people were arrested by the Sheriff's Office in connection with the Jason Aldean Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Matthew K. Skelton, 26, of Coe Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly yelling profanities and causing a disturbance in the parking lot. Skelton was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $200 bail.

Rebecca A. Pickem, 25, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the Darien Lake Employee Road area after attempting to exit the venue as a pedestrian. Pickem was arraigned in Darien Town Court and released on her own recognizance.

Tyler A. Vincent, 24, of Olive Drive, Baldwinsville, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the Darien Lake Employee Road, area after attempting to exit the venue as a pedestrian. Vincent was arraigned in Darien Town Court and releaed on his own recognizance.

Nicole L. Louiseize, 23, of Summerhill Drive, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly entering the concert venue after being denied entry and told not to reenter. Louiseize was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $400 bail.

David W. Pitts, 30, of Buford Deli Townline Road, Scotland, Ontario, Canada, is charged with DWI and aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more after allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the campgrounds.

Brian A. Rupe, 29, of Ransom Road, Lancaster, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping the fence to enter the Darien Lake property.

Nicholas J. Pagano, 19, of Savage Road, Holland, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Mark A. Silvestri, 26, of South Seine Drive, Cheektowaga, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Michael J. Riley, 47, of Beckett Drive, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th, after allegedly punching a car causing damage.

Adam R. Wattles, 19, of Old Lower East Hill, Colden, is charged with false personation after allegedly providing a false age. (Wattles was cited at the Toby Keith concert for alleged underage drinking.)

Colin J. Haines, 17, of Americo Court, Lancaster, is charged with trespass after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue with a ticket to a show in West Virginia. When he was denied entry, Colin allegedly ran through the gate and entered the venue.

Kelly L. Alcorn, 47, of Tower Hall Terrace, Grand Island, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly hitting another patron in the concert venue.

Karen M. Walker, 35, of Niagara Falls, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another patron in the concert venue.

Stephanie A. Fenner, 36, of Lafayette Road, Cortland, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly punching and grabbing a Darien Lake security officer.

Daren J. Conklin, 20, of Lafayette Road, Cortland, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and resisting arrest after allegedly being involved in a fight and pushing a deputy while being detained. Conklin then allegedly physically resisted and kicked deputies during the course of the arrest.

The NYS DMV had an enforcement detail at the venue and the following individuals were accused of using a fictitious/fraudulent driver's license.

James A. Carbamone, 20, of Delta Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Rebecca E. Blondin, 20, of South Taylor Road, Charles, Fla.
Kyle R. Henecke, 21, of Loonis Road, Farmington
Morgan J. Engesser, 19, of Higby Road, New Harford

The following indivdiuals received citations for alleged possession or consumption of alcohol while under age 21.

Colin J. Haines, 17, of Americo Court, Lancaster
Adam R. Wattles, 19, of Old Lower East Hill, Colden
Guymichael A. Gornicki, 20, of Lockport Road, Niagara Falls
Anthony R. Dicosmo, 20, of Lockport Road, Sanborn
Megan P. Barney, 20, of Gerald Hunter Road, Madrid
Meghan R. McGee, 20, of Lagrass Street, Waddington
Katie C. Mach, 18, of Banko Drive, Depew
Maxwell I. Crabtree, 19, of South Seine Drive, Cheektowaga
Matthew R. Walsh, 19, of Gabriel Drive, Cheektowaga
Aleigh J. Andrews, 18, of Homestead Drive, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
Richard W. Ingoldsby, 20, of Rice Road, Boston
Nicole M. Vinci, 19, of Hogan Road, Webster
Eryn E. McBride, 18, of Houston Road, Webster
Alexandra N. Liberty, 18, of Chigwell Lane, Webster
Alyssa C. Proietti, 20, of Cottage Brook Lane, Webster
Tyler M. Smedley, 19, of Morning Glory Drive, Webster
Kaitlin M. Cunningham, 19, of Cottage Street, Fredonia
Heather N. Tomsick, 20, of Gardner Street, Fredonia
Thomas F. R. McRae, 20, of Parkside Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Jacob D. Cardwell, 20, of Woodinton Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
James A. Carbanone, 20, of Delta Drive, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Taylor R. O’Leary, 20, of Chesterbrook Lane, Pittsford
(name removed upon request), 20, of Mendon Center Road, Pittsford
Kaitlyn M. Piccarrento, 17, of Temple Road, Henrietta
Samantha N. Jones, 19, of Cameron Hill Road, Rochester
Kathryn E. Pietropalo, 18, of Southery Place, Rochester
Nicole S. Mercendetti, 19, of Elwood Drive, Rochester
Rose R. Emilie, 20, of West Center Street, Medina
Patricia A. Glass, 19, of Chase Street, Medina
Kalie L. Curtain, 18, of South Gravel Road, Medina
Calley A. Shurgot, 18, of Owls Nest Road, Marion
Melissa A. Cook, 18, of Kemp Drive, Macedon
McKenzie T. Bigley, 20, of North Main Street, Marion
Jordan L. Phillips, 18, of Sunset Drive, Marion
Julia M. Smallman, 20, of Effingham Street, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Cassandra R. Robinson, 20, of Sunset Drive, Fenwick, Ontario, Canada
Britta M. Adamczyk, 18, of Route 39, Springville
Jochua I. Burau, 19, of Newman Street, Springville
Taylor M. Sikes, 17, of Oak Street, Geneseo
Delilah M. Cipriano, 16, of Upper Mt. Morris Road, Leicester
Bianca R. Weber, 19, of Markie Drive, West Rochester
Veronica L. Maznikovski, 19, of Abbottsford Drive, Gates
Melissa A. Cook, 18, of Kemp Road, Macedon
Darren W. Godfrey, 20, of Witmer Road, North Tonawanda
Ashley M. Drouin, 20, of Peek Road, Hilton
Amanda M. Marlow, 17, of State Street, Caledonia
Corey R. Sherman, 19, of Fraser Drive, Hilton
Austin G. Kelly, 16, of Sunderland Trail, Rochester

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Injured female in Darien requires Mercy Flight aid

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Darien

Mercy Flight is called to the Darien Fire Hall to aid a female. Medics are on scene. Mercy Flight out of Batavia will respond; no ETA given.

UPDATE 9:07 p.m.: The only further information I have is that this is a motorcycle vs. pedestrian accident and the pedestrian was injured. It happened near tonight's sold-out country concert at Darien Lake.

UPDATE 2:40 a.m. (By Howard): Jessica Freeman, 23, of Rochester, was a passenger in a vehicle, according to a State Police release, in the northbound lane of Route 77. The vehicle was stopped in heavy traffic when Freeman got out of the vehicle and attempted to cross Route 77. Troopers say she "ran directly into the path of a motorcylcle operated by Frank Pfalzer, 35, of Akron." Freeman was flown to ECMC. She suffered head and facial injuries. Pfalzer was not injured and not charged.

Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

Law and Order: Man arrested after short foot chase with police

post by Howard B. Owens in Basom, batavia, Alabama, bergen, byron, crime, Darien, Le Roy, Oakfield

Brett R. Doward, 26, 411 W. Hickory St., East Rochester, is charged with obstructing governmental administration, 2nd, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and possession of a controlled substance not in it original container. Following a report at 12:06 a.m., Sunday, of a disturbance on Hall Street, Batavia, Batavia PD received the description of a person allegedly involved and the vehicle he allegedly used to leave the scene. Officer Jason Ivison spotted a vehicle matching the description on Ellicott Street. The vehicle fled and pulled into a driveway on Liberty Street. Doward allegedly jumped from the vehicle and ran. After a short foot pursuit, Doward was taken into custody. Doward was released on an appearance ticket. BPD was assisted by the Sheriff's Office and State Police.

A 17-year-old resident of North Main Street, Perry, is charged with petit larceny. The youth is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Jeremy Dean Lyons, 27, of Judge Road, Oakfield, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 3rd, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd and unlicensed operation. During a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, Lyons alleged damaged property and then allegedly took a vehicle without permission and drove the vehicle on a suspended license.

Jeremy Dean Lyons, 27, of Judge Road, Oakfield, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. While housed in the Genesee County Jail, Lyons allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting the protected party.

Terri Marisa Doctor, 33, of Council House Road, Basom, is charged with DWI. Doctor was taken into custody on a Town of Pembroke warrant issued in November 2012 for allegedly failing to pay a fine on a DWI convictions. Doctor was jailed on $1,500 bail.

Spencer Todd Grimes, 18, of Goodrich Street, Albion, is charged with trespass. Grimes is reportedly a former employee of Darien Lake who was accused of stealing and barred from the property. Grimes was allegedly on the property Saturday morning.

Nicholas Lamont Santos, 19, of Gillette Road, Albion, is charged with trespass. Santos is reportedly a former employee of Darien Lake who was accused of stealing and barred from the property. Santos was allegedly on the property Saturday morning.

Randy Lee Ridd, 55, of Swamp Road, Byron, is charged with grand larceny, 4th, and trespass. Ridd is accused of trespassing on the property of a business in Bergen and stealing metal plates. Also charged was Corretta Melissa Pitts, 44, of Swamp Road, Byron.

Brandon Monteleon, 20, of 57 Church St., Le Roy, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and harassment. Monteleone was arrested following an alleged disturbance on Church Street between the defendant and another individual.

Daniel S. Platt, 31, of 53 Lake St., Le Roy, is charged with criminal obstruction of breaking or blood circulation and one count of unlawful dealing with a child and harassment, 2nd. Platt is accused of placing his hands around the neck of a victim, causing difficulty breathing. He's also accused of serving alcohol to a person under age 21.

Andrea M. Gray, 34, of 14 Lake St., Apt. #2, Le Roy, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and reckless endangerment, 2nd. Gray reportedly had an argument with an acquaintance on Lake Street. Gray allegedly pushed the victim, causing the victim to fall backward. The victim's head struck a driveway. Gray is also accused of sitting on the victim and pulling the victim's hair. Gray was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Structure fire in Attica, three local departments responding

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

Firefighters and equipment from Alexander, Bethany and Darien are heading to Wyoming County to provide mutual aid at a structure fire at 1136 Creek Road in Attica, which is off Lindsey Road.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

Four arrested at Def Leppard/Poison concert at Darien Lake

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien, darien lake

The following arrests were made by the Sheriff's Office in connection with Def Leppard/Poison concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center:

Sarah B. Blevins, 22, of E. Bayard Street Extension, Seneca Falls, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after allegedly causing a disturbance at the Sumner Road employee entrance to Darien Lake and then refusing to be taken into custody. Blevins was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Blanca Compton, 49, and Brian L. Compton, 46, both of Route 414, Lodi, are charged with obstruction of governmental administration, 2nd, and disorderly conduct after allegedly interfering with deputies making another arrest and engaging in violent tumultuous behavior. Both suspects were arraigned in Darien Town Court and both were remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail each.

Lorraine A. Goodell, 38, of Railroad Avenue, Waterloo, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue. Goodell was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Benjamin Rosputin, 31, of Kaymar Drive, Amherst, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly shoving a CSC security guard inside the venue.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Darien Lake gets tax break to help refinance existing loans

post by Howard B. Owens in business, Darien, darien lake theme park, GCEDC

The Genesee County Economic Development Center is helping the owners of Darien Lake Theme Park refinance $57.5 million in loans by authorizing a mortgage tax exemption of $719,062.

According to a GCEDC release, the bank refinancing the loans is -- for an unexplained reason -- requiring a new mortgage on the property, which is triggering a mortgage tax.

The theme park is owned by Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment, which has invested approximately $15 million in upgrades to the facility.

There are 400 full-time equivalent jobs at Darien Lake with an annual payroll of $11 million and the park generates $2.5 million in revenue for local governments and school districts through property and sales taxes.

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