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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Darien man killed in early morning crash on Route 238

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien

A 25-year-old man from Darien was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car accident on Route 238, Town of Darien, this morning.

Timothy R. Bezczynski was pronounced dead by Coroner Kristine Flanagan.

The driver of the other car, Mary P. Dufour, 59, of Dale, was transported to ECMC by an ambulance with a fractured leg and other injuries.

A Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Bezczynski and a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Dufour hit head on on snow-covered Attica Road about a mile southeast of Griswold Road shortly after 6 a.m.

A deputy who arrived on scene first notified dispatchers of a possible fatality.

Darien Fire Department and Ambulance Service and Mercy EMS were dispatched. Mercy Flight was grounded due to weather.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble said that investigators have yet to determine which vehicle crossed the center line.

Bezczynski was headed eastbound and Dufour was westbound.

Both victims required extrication from their vehicles by Darien fire volunteers.

Route 238 was closed in both directions for about three hours following the accident.

Assisting in the investigation are Deputy John Weis, Deputy Lonnie Nati, Deputy Jason Saile, Deputy Eric Seppala and Sgt. Brian Frieday.

Alexander fire and Attica fire assisted with traffic control. Mercy EMS also assisted at the scene.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:27 am

Serious injury accident on Attica Road, Darien

post by Billie Owens in alexander, Darien

A serious injury two-car accident is reported on Attica Road (Route 238) near Griswold. A Sheriff's deputy is on scene and Darien fire and ambulance are responding along with Mercy medics from the city.

Traffic at routes 20 and southbound 238 is being shut down. Fire police from Alexander and Wyoming County are called to assist with traffic. Mercy Flight is unavailable due to weather.

UPDATE 6:32 a.m.: Traffic police are called to Darien-Alexander Townline Road for traffic control.

UPDATE 6:34 a.m.: It's a head-on collision and members of the Crash Management Team are responding to the scene.

UPDATE 6:40 a.m.: A patient has been extricated from one of the vehicles.

UPDATE 6:44 a.m.: Darien ambulance is transporting a patient to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 7:17 a.m.: All Alexander units are clearing the scene.

UPDATE 7:42 a.m.: One person was killed in this accident, according to a fire official at the scene.

UPDATE 9:03 a.m.: The road should reopen in 10 to 15 minutes. Town of Alexander Highway requested to plow and salt Route 238.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Route 238 is open.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Grand Jury Report: Niagara Falls police officer accused of felony assault in Darien

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alexander, crime, Darien, Grand Jury

Kelly L. Alcorn is indicted on a count of assault, 2nd. Alcorn is accused of slamming a victim against a cinder-block wall at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Aug. 25. (Prior Coverage: Alcorn is a Niagara Falls police officer who was initially charged with a misdemeanor; her alleged victim pressed for upgraded charges).

Nicholas A. Antonucci is indicted on two counts of attempted grand larceny, 3rd, petit larceny and two counts of criminal mischief, 4th. Antonucci is accused of attempting to steal a 2007 Yamaha snowmobile with a value of $5,000 from a location in Alexander, and of attempting to steal a 2006 Yamaha snowmobile with a value of $4,000 from a location in Alexander, on or about Jan. 6, 2010. He is accused of stealing on the same date a backpack containing a Leatherman tool, flashlight and beer. He is accused of damaging the ignitions on the snowmobiles. (Prior Coverage)

John R. Chrisley is indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Chrisley is accused of sexual contact with a child less than age 11 during the summer of 2011.

Armand P. Cummer is indicted on counts of felony DWi and felony driving with a BAC of .08. Cummer is accused of driving drunk Aug. 26 on Route 5, Town of Pembroke. Cummer is alleged to have a prior DWI conviction in 2008.

Francis S. Smith is indicted on a count of burglary, 2nd, and criminal mischief, 4th. Smith is accused of breaking into a residence on Washington Avenue, Batavia, on Jan. 1.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

Law and Order: Batavia woman accused of making purchases at GCC with stolen credit card

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

Franchesca Anais Barrome, 20, of Harvester Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Barrome allegedly had possession of a credit card and student ID of another person that she used to make purchases at GCC. Barrome was jailed on $2,000 bail. The investigation is pending and additional charges are possible.

Cory M. Dahl, 20, of Pavilion, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Dahl was arrested following a report of a domestic disturbance on Dutton Road, Warsaw, on Feb. 13. Dahl is accused of damaging a rear door and a window. Dahl's 19-year-old girlfriend and infant child were reportedly at the residence at the time.

Tate N. Westermeier, 20, of Darien Center, is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and driving without headlights. Westermeier was stopped by State Police Feb. 14 by State Police in the Village of Attica. Genesee County Deputy Howard Carlson, a trained drug recognition expert, assisted in the investigation.

Micahel J. Lathan, 27, of Batavia, was arrested by State Police on a Wyoming County Family Court warrant. Lathan allegedly failed to meet obligations set forth in a prior family court appearance. He was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Cameron John Corner, 18, of Vine Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Corner was arrested along with a 16-year-old West Main Street resident for allegedly shoplifting from Kmart.

Carlos Enrique Reyes, 38, of Lyell Avenue, Rochester, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Reyes is accused of violating a stay away order of protection by placing a phone call to the protected person.

A 17-year-old resident of East Main Street, Batavia, and a 16-year-old resident of Otis Street are charged with petit larceny. The two female youths were allegedly observed stealing wooden pallets from Empire Tractor.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

GCEDC approves tax assistance for three projects, including Darien Lake expansion

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

The Genesee County Economic Development Center Board of Directors has approved assistance with the following projects:

Darien Lake Theme Park. Darien Lake is planning new cabins and new rides for 2013. The total investment by Darien Lake is $5.2 million and theme park management sought assistance with $1.9 million of the investment. The board approved a PILOT (reduced property tax on the increase in assessed value due to the improvements) worth $147,339 over 10 years. The project will also save $132,000 on sales tax for construction materials. The project is expected to generate six additional full-time equivalent jobs. Darien Lake employees more than 400 FTEs.

Reed Batavia Properties, LLC. Reed is in the process of purchasing the former Batavia City Schools administration building at 39 Washington Ave., Batavia. The company is planning $1.525 million in improvements to the building, converting it to medical offices. The GCEDC board approved a $76,361 PILOT, $52,000 in sales tax exemption, and a $12,500 mortgage tax exemption. The project is expected to generate six new jobs.

Batavia Hospitality, Inc. (Days Inn / Super 8). The company is planning on investing $530,000 in building improvements, including a new pitched roof, exterior facelift and interior upgrades. GCEDC's board approved a PILOT worth $54,198 over 10 years and sales tax exemption of $28,000. The project is expected to create five new jobs and help retain 16 jobs.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Route 238 closed

post by Billie Owens in alexander, Darien, Road Closure

North and southbound Route 238 is closed. That's in Darien.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Two local students named to dean's list at Clarkson University

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Darien, Milestones

The following students were named to the dean's list for the Fall 2012 semester at Clarkson University.

Andrew T. Lichtenthal, of Batavia, a freshman majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Jacob D. Muench, of Darien, a sophomore majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Dean's list students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. ABC News and PayScale list Clarkson as one of 12 schools whose new graduates earn more than Harvard's. It's located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

Attica man charged with DWI in Pembroke crashes vehicle in Darien a few hours later

post by Alecia Kaus in accident, Darien

Jeffrey Russell Hamill, 34, of Attica, was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, and speeding after a traffic stop on Route 77 in Pembroke about 1:43 this morning.

A few hours later, Hamill crashed his vehicle on Route 238 in the Town of Darien and had to be transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with a possible head injury.

According to Corfu Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schollard, Hamill called his girlfriend to give him a ride after being charged with DWI in Pembroke. After being processed on the charges by the the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, his girlfriend drove him to his vehicle. He proceeded to drive toward Attica and she followed him in her vehicle. 

About 4:40 a.m. Hamill's vehicle went off the road on Route 238 near Griswold Road in Darien. It went down a ravine, striking a tree before coming to rest. Side and front air bags were deployed.

Hamill was not seriously injured, but had an altered level of consciousness and a possible head injury.

Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating and charges are pending.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

Law and Order: Arrest made in alleged burglary in Darien

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

Steven Edward Rheinheimer, 18, of Beachwood Place, Cheektowaga, is charged with burglary, 3rd, and petit larceny. Rheinheimer is accused of entering a building in Darien and stealing property some time during the month of December. Rheinheimer allegedly returned to that location at a later date in December and stole property from outside of that building. He was arraigned and released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Elijah J. Dawson, 18, of 20 North Spruce St., Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Dawson is accused of punching and knocking down another person while in the presence of a child. Dawson was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Troy D. Hubler, 42, of 7634 Byron Holley Road, Byron, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, failure to appear and unlicensed operation, 2nd. Hubler turned himself in on two warrants. He allegedly violated an order of protection and failed to appear on the unlicensed operation count. Hubler was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Alex S. Dumbleton, 19, of 121 Liberty St., Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment, 2nd. Dumbleton is accused of punching a person under age 17 several times.

Derek F. McQueen, 25, of Akron, is charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child. McQueen was arrested by State Police in relation to an alleged incident reported at 1:04 p.m., Jan. 12. No further details were released. McQueen was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Bernard L. Evans, 42, Pavilion, is charged with criminal contempt and harassment, 2nd. Evans was arrested by State Police in connection with an alleged incident reported at 1:17 p.m., Sunday. No further details released. Evans was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Law and Order: Two new burglary counts added to charges against Alexander man

post by Howard B. Owens in alexander, crime, Darien, Oakfield

Nicolas Adam Antonucci, 25, of 4192 Broadway Road, Alexander, is indicted on two counts of burglary in the 2nd degree. Antonucci is accused of breaking into a residence on Broadway Road, Darien, on Nov. 12 and on Nov. 18. (For prior charges against Antonucci, click here).

Daniel H. Bettilyon is indicated on felony counts of DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Bettilyon is accused of driving a 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle while drunk on Maltby Road, Oakfield, on Aug. 10. Bettilyon allegedly has a prior DWI conviction from July 2004.

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