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Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Shed fire on Route 5 by South Lake Road, Pembroke

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A shed fire (which has also been referred to as a barn) is reported 653 Main Road in Pembroke near South Lake Road. Pembroke command on scene says "there are exposure issues," to a nearby structure. Route 5 and South Lake Road are being shut down. Called to provide mutual aid are: Darien, Corfu, East Pembroke, Indian Falls, Alabama, and Akron.

UPDATE 5:07 p.m.: The fire is knocked down. No exposures involved. They are doing rehab on the shed. Responders still headed to the scene are told to come in non-emergency.

UPDATE 6:13 p.m.: The road is reopened. All responders are back in service.

UPDATE (by Howard): Photos added. No official cause, but it's possibly an electrical fire according to preliminary indications. A van and an ATV were destroyed along with tools.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Darien Lake hosts festival celebrating cultures from around the world

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Information and photos provided by Tipping Point Media.

This weekend, Darien Lake Theme Park is hosting a Festival of Nations, celebrating cultures and heritages from around the world.

The festival features 19 various bands and dance teams from across Western New York from a variety of backgrounds – Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Irish, German, Polish, African American, Asian, and classic American Country.

The festival continues on Sunday with 11 different live performances from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Semi-trucks to be rerouted on Route 20 at 63 and 77

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Not clear as to why, but all semi-trucks are to be rerouted at Texaco Town. Pavilion fire is to shut down big rig traffic at routes 63 and westbound 20. Darien is to do the same at routes eastbound 20 and 77.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: The road is reopened. The big rigs were briedly rerouted because of the accident on Route 20 (Broadway Road) in Alexander.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Following Rascal Flatts concert, 38 people in trouble with the law

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The following people were arrested during the Rascal Flatts concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Kelly D. Roth, 23, Hamilton Road, Jamesville, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, and disorderly conduct after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return and then causing a disturbance in the parking lot. Roth was jailed on $500 bail.

Christopher A. Shoemaker, 21, Ogden Road, Syracuse, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance while being escorted off Darien Lake property. Shoemaker was jailed on $200 bail.

Brandon R. Innes, 18, Stoughon Lane, Orchard Park, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, disorderly conduct after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return and then causing a disturbance in the VIP parking lot. Innes was jailed on $1,200 bail.

Jessica A. Turner, 19, Taylor Road, Eden, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance while being escorted from Darien Lake property.

Trevor B. Berberian, 19, State Route 80, Tully, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance while being escorted from Darien Lake property.

Kassandra R. Kerves, 24, North Greece Road, Rochester, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance while leaving the concert venue.

Danielle A. Schulik, 22, Alfonso Drive, Rochester, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the parking lot.

BrittaA. Schulik, 25, Alfonso Drive, Rochester, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the parking lot.

Daniel R. Clever, 20, Bear Lake Road, Stockton, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with security while being escorted from the concert.

Adam E. Kress, 21, Haseley Road, Gasport, is charged with disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance in the parking lot.

Crystal J. Spurling, 20, Strouts Road, Elba, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol under 21 after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana and alcohol.

Timothy M. Lincourt, 65, Rush-Lima Road, Honeoye, is charged with DWI after allegedly being found operating a vehicle in the parking lot while impaired by alcohol.

Anna M. Jones, 19, Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore, issued a citation for allegedly possessing another’s license after being found in possession of another person's NYS driver's license.

Emily H. Thomson, 17, Kent Street, Queenston, Ontario, Canada, issued a citation for allegedly possessing a fraudulent driver’s license after allegedly being found in possession of a fake British Columbia driver's license.

Eric S. Bagne, 20, Main Street, Walworth, issued a citation for possession of another’s license and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly being found in possession of another person's NYS driver's license and alcohol.

Jenna A. Reeser, 16, Rockdale Drive, Amherst, issued a citation for possession of an altered license after allegedly being found in possession of an altered NYS driver's license.

The following people were issued citations for alleged possesion/consumption of alcohol under age 21.

Rachel E. Derosia, 19, Hawley Drive, Webster
Casey I. Balsom, 19, Emerson Drive, Amherst
Michael R. Wneck, 20, Whitney Road, Holland
Jacob G. Savage, 20, Parker Road, Holland
(name redacted upon request), 19, Lapp Road, Clarence Center
Zachary A. Savage, 20, Lewis Road, Holland
Alexis M. Reile, 19, Hunters Creek Road, South Wales
Francesca M. Clemente, 19, Bowen Road, Churchville
Nicholas R. Graham, 19, Elwood Drive, Rochester
Kathryn E. Pietropaolo, 19, Sothery Place, Rochester
Thomas M. Clark, 20, German Road, Ransomville
Ryan D. Brosi, 19, Tyler Terrace, Hilton
Jonathan R. Mcdonough, 17, Sherwood Avenue, North Tonawanda
Kiersten A. Kline, 19, Green Street, Seneca Falls
Courtney L. Fox, 18, Hertle Avenue, Buffalo
James D. Palma, 20, Twin Hills Drive, Syracuse
Margaret K. Bailey, 18, Vernon Place, Buffalo
Olivia M. Sunzeri, 18, Apple Street, Bath
Nicole M. Aldrich, 20, Shoshone Street, Buffalo
Devon M. Reynolds, 18, Knox Avenue, West Seneca
Brianna M. Cordova, 19, Concord Road, Springville
Kirstie M. Dlugosz, 18, South Prince Depew

Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

Six Maroon 5 fans accused of fighting with guards or deputies

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The following people were arrested during the  Maroon 5 Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.

Emily L Simmons, 21, North Central Avenue, Springville, is charged with two counts of second-degree harassment after allegedly grabbing a security guard by the head and then kicking several deputies and security guards. Simmons was jailed on $250 bail.

Patrick P. Sheridan, 45, Via Cimato Drive, Clarence Center, is charged with second-degree harassment and resisting arrest after allegedly pushing a security guard and then resisting arrest by refusing to be taken into custody.

David J. Irwin, 49, Pinyon Court, Clarence Center, is charged with two counts of second-degree harassment after allegedly pushing a security guard and then pushing and hitting another security guard in the face.

Joseph M. Ciliberto, 42, Pine Terrace, Orchard Park, is charged with second-degree harassment after allegedly striking a deputy during an investigation. Ciliberto was jailed on $250 bail.

Kara M. Balog, 22, Cochran Avenue, Springville, is charged with second-degree harassment after allegedly pushing a deputy after repeatedly being told to leave the venue. Balog was jailed on $200 bail.

Amanda N. Hayden, 21, Hefner Drive, Webster, is charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment after allegedly causing a disturbance in the venue and then punching a deputy in the chest after being instructed to leave the concert venue. Hayden was jailed on $300 bail.

Amanda C. Snyder, 20, Woodhaven Circle, Hamburg, issued a citation for using another’s license.

The following people were cited for alleged consumption or posession of alcohol under age 21:

Brandi L. Hartman, 19, Railroad Avenue, Arcade
Emily M. Nichol, 20, Celtic Lane, Rochester
Marissa J. Lake, 19, Chesterton Road Rochester
Amber M. Adolf, 19, French Lea Road, West Seneca

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Man accused of hitting fellow concertgoer at Darien Lake pleads not guilty in first court appearance

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The most significant news out of County Court today is that Craig Lawson showed up.

Lawson is accused of hitting Jason McNeil, a former WNY resident living in Alabama, following the Kid Rock Concert at Darien Lake in July.

Following the punch, according to court documents, McNeil's head hit the ground. He was in a coma for more than a week and has been hospitalized since.

Initially, Lawson, who lives in Canada, was charged with a misdemeanor, assault 3rd, and bail was set at a mere $1,000.

Once it became apparent that McNeil's injuries were serious and McNeil might face an upgraded charge, there was concern in the community that Lawson would just skip his next scheduled court appearance.

Last month, a grand jury indicted Lawson on a single felony count of second-degree assault.

Today, Lawson appeared before Judge Robert C. Noonan and pled not guilty.

To win a conviction on an assault, 2nd, charge in New York, a prosecutor must prove that the defendant intended to cause serious physical injury.

Noonan dismissed a similar charge against Jacquetta Simmons in the Walmart case, ruling that the grand jury had not received enough evidence to sustain the assault, 2nd, count (Simmons was convicted by a jury on a subsection of assault in the second degree dealing with hitting and injuring an elderly person).

Mike Ranzenhofer, co-counsel with Buffalo attorney Joel Daniels, for Lawson, said it's hard to compare different cases and until the defense has received all of the supporting documents from the DA's office, it's hard to say if the charge can be supported.

But he expressed skepticism that his client is guilty as charged.

"This is a one-punch situation," Ranzenhofer said. "I don't think anything was intended here. That's pretty clear. But we'll have look at the documents once we get them."

The DA's office is dealing with another reportedly one-punch assault case right now, as well.  Last month, Batavia resident Scott Baker suffered a fractured skull when he was punched on Harvester Avenue. In that case, Shane Bell is accused of delivering a single punch that was the direct cause of Baker's injury.

Baker remains in critical condition and in a coma at ECMC.

Lawson is accused of delivering a hit that caused the victim to fall to the ground and hit his head.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Zickl said that of course the DA's office believes it can get a conviction on the crime as charged.

"We're very confident presenting that to the court and ultimately to a jury," Zickl said.

Last week, a page that had been set up by Pam McNeil to supply followers with status updates about her husband's medical condition, reported that McNeil was improving and that she was hopeful he would soon return home to Alabama.

Two nights ago, McNeil complained in a status update that the media was using the page to "harass" her and announced she would be removing the page from Facebook. As of today, the page no longer exists. She offered no details on what she considered harassment.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Darien man accused of making sexual advance to teenage boy in Le Roy

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A 53-year-old Darien resident is accused of making a sexual advance two weeks ago toward a 14-year-old boy while at the Le Roy Community Pool.

Robert F. Williams, of 10933 Townline Road, Lot 18, Darien, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Williams is accused of offering the boy oral sex while at the pool on Aug. 21.

Following arraignment, Williams was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

What is a Christian? An example to follow!

I am a Christian was the title of a recent sermon I heard that got my attention. What exactly is a Christian? A Christian is a person who believes with their heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins. It is a person who confesses their sin to God in prayer and asks for His forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10). It is a person who desires to live a life pleasing to God. It is a person who denies himself to become a follower of Christ (Luke 9:23). What does it mean to become a follower of Christ? It is a choice to commit yourself to God moment by moment, making your relationship with Him important, putting Him first. It’s about making choices that will please our Lord, striving to become more and more like Him. The bible says, “This is how we know we are in Him: whoever claims to be in Him must walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). Let’s look at Jesus, who He is and what He has done. The bible tells us that God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life (John 3:16). He came to serve, and to become a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). It doesn’t take long after watching or reading the news to see that we live in a world that is far from perfect. It is a world full of sin and evil. Jesus came and laid down His life for us, He was nailed to the cross to take our sin for us. Those who call to Him for forgiveness will be saved from the consequence of their sin, eternal separation from Him (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 6:23). Jesus Christ carried the burden of all our sins out of His love for us. He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, and whipped to the point of near death. He had a crown of thorns placed upon His head, stripped of His clothes, and then nailed to a cross (Mark 15:16-32; Matthew 27:26-31). He did this for you and for me. He endured the suffering for us and took our place. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). While Jesus was on earth, He humbly served others, putting them before himself. He was a teacher of God’s Word and told others how to receive eternal life through Him (John 3:1-21; John 4:1-26). He would withdraw to desolate places often to seek His Father in heaven (Luke 5:16). He was a man of prayer! The bible tells us that Jesus was raised from the dead after three days and now sits on the right hand of God the Father where He intercedes for us. Jesus Christ is still praying, praying for you and for me (Romans 8:34). Do you say, “I am a Christian?” Are there some things we as Christians need to change? Look again at our example in Jesus Christ. He was forgiving…are we? He was willing to be mocked for the sake of doing His Fathers will…are we? He served others and put them before himself…do we? He told others about the way to eternal life…do we? He was a praying man…are we? May we as Christians do what we need to do to become followers of Jesus Christ. He is our example! One way to become more like Him is to learn how to pray. The bible teaches us about prayer. Batavia Assembly of God, located at 24 North Spruce Street, is hosting its 3rd annual prayer conference September 13th from 6pm to 9pm (registration from 6pm-7pm), and September 14th from 8am to 4pm. Dick LaFountain will be the keynote speaker. Dick's passion is to motivate a renewed love for prayer and the presence of God in our churches. The title for the conference is “Presence, Prayer and the Power of God”. Elmwood Drive will lead worship. The registration fee is $15 per person, $20 per couple. Breakfast and lunch are included. You may register by calling the church at 585-343-8521. Please register by Sept 6th. Payment is at the door. Hope to see you there.

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September 2, 2013 - 8:25pm
Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

Law and Order: Batavia man charged with grand larceny for alleged thefts from Walmart

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Jason Daniel Lang, 29, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Lang is accused of stealing merchandise from Walmart during two separate visits. Lang was jailed on $2,500 bail. (For previous coverage of Jason Lang, click here).

Donald William Schulz, 34, of Garden Springs Drive, Mount Sterling, Ky., was arrested on a bench warrant for alleged failure to pay fine. Schulz is accused of failing to pay a fine or restitution on a manslaughter charge. Schulz was extradited and returned to Genesee County and is being held in Genesee County Jail pending arraignment in County Court.

Daniel Johnston Duryea, 32, of Grant Avenue, Humbolt, Neb., is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or higher, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right and driving left of pavement markings in no passing zone. Duryea was stopped at 12:33 a.m., Sunday, on Route 238 in Alexander by Deputy Jason Saile.

Marc Harry Rice, 35, of Judith Drive, Cheektowaga, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or higher and failure to keep right. Rice was stopped at 8:13 p.m. Saturday on South Alleghany Road, Corfu, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

MacKenzie Douglas Barrett, 17, of Eagle St., Medina, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Barrett is accused of stealing about $2,000 in cash since June while employed at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Wesley C. Burgess, 29, of Jefferson Street, Attica, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Burgess allegedly possessed a bag of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue while passing through a checkpoint at 12:08 a.m. Saturday on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Updates on four critically injured people

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In the past few weeks, we've had four people hospitalized with serious injuries. Here's what we know about them today.

  • Jason McNeil: McNeil's health is improving according to a Facebook post by his wife. He may be able to return home soon. McNeil was hit following the Kid Rock concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 6. Craig Lawson was recently indicted on a charge of assault, 2nd, and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge next week.
  • Benjamin L. Falker, 16, was critically injured in an ATV accident Aug. 3. He remains listed in serious condition at ECMC.
  • Ashley M. Stillwell, 19, was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her boyfriend Derek Sheldon when the bike struck a car at the intersection of Selden and West Bergen roads. Sheldon was killed in the accident. Stillwell was transported with serious injuries by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital. As of today, Strong does not have Stillwell listed as a patient and we have no further information.
  • Scott Baker, 51, was critically injured during an apparent fight Sunday night on Harvester Avenue. He remains in a coma, listed in critical condition, at ECMC. Shane M. Bell is accused of hitting Baker and is charged with felony assault.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: We were contacted by State Police and told Stillwell remains a patient at Strong, regardless of Strong's patient record which does not list her.

UPDATE: Since the last update, I had another conversation with Trooper Victor Morales, Troop A's PIO. He said Stillwell is doing well. She's listed in good condition at Strong and could be released from the hospital soon. She suffered a broken pelvis, broken back and fractured knee cap. The accident reconstruction is not complete, but investigators believe that speed was not a factor. Stillwell does not remember them speeding prior to the accident, but even if they were, the other driver had clear visability for at least a mile down the road. At this point in time, no citations have been issued.

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