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FAQ and Help for The Batavian

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The following links are designed to help you better understand how things work on The Batavian.

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6:34 am

Jordan Fluker wins 2015 Mr. Batavia contest at BHS

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Jordan Fluker was named 2015 Mr. Batavia in the third annual competition at Batavia HS on Friday night.

Proceeds from the event -- $3,000 this year, a new record -- goes to the charity of Fluker's choice, which was Genesee Cancer Assistance.

The 11 contestants were Bryce Rogers, Andrew Maniace, Samir Jain, Dylan Beckman, Brandon Smart, Josh Franks, Adam Taylor, Eric DiLaura, Nick Bauer, Jordan Fluker and Ben Demare.

Tuxedos for the event were provided by Charles Men's Shop and Reed Eye Associations donated sunglasses to the 11  young men.

The competition included a talent show, swimsuits, and question and answer and the tuxedo walk. 

To purchase prints, click here.

(The server that hosts my photography site is down for maintenance -- the link above isn't working at the moment I'm posting this and I can't add the slideshow to this post. As soon as I can, I'll add in the slideshow and remove this note).

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:20 pm

There may have been no crime at all in what was reported as robbery at Dollar General

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

Police officers are sorting things out and trying to determine whether a crime was actually committed earlier today in what was initially reported as a robbery at the Dollar General store on East Main Street, Batavia.

A robbery was reported at 11:20 and police received a description of a suspect and a suspect vehicle. 

Within minutes, the vehicle was stopped and three people inside were detained and questioned and subsequently released.

"The investigation is ongoing," said Sgt. Dan Coffey. "There's no question that these individuals were the ones involved in the incident, if that's what you're asking. They were definitely at the store. They were definitely involved in the incident. We're working to determine whether a crime occured."

Coffey said there were things said in the store and police are trying to determine if anything happened that constitutes a crime.

No merchandise nor money were taken from the store.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Tompkins expanding fast in new downtown office space at Main and Center

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The call center -- or as the folks at Tompkins Insurance call it, the "care center" -- that the Batavia-based financial company opened on the second floor of Main and Center streets now has 27 staff members.

That means in less than six months, Tompkins has hit its three-year projected employment goal for the remodeled office space.

Tompkins purchased the building for $550,000 and has invested nearly $1 million in interior and exterior improvements, from gutting and refitting the entire second floor, putting in a new heating and air conditioning system, painting the outside and hanging new signs.

Investing in Downtown Batavia made good sense said David Boyce, president and CEO of the insurance unit.

"Batavia has been and continues to be a great draw for getting great employees," Boyce said. "Batavia is nicely centered within various counties. When we have an opening we get a lot of attention from people who want to work at a good company."

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Scott Doll granted motion to obtain untested DNA evidence

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Prosecutors have 30 days to produce and turn over evidence in the Scott F. Doll murder case that may yield DNA from the Feb. 19, 2009 crime scene, Judge Robert C. Noonan ruled in a decision released this afternoon.

Doll's attorney, Timothy P. Murphy, filed a pair of appeals related to Doll's 2010 murder conviction, which has him serving a 15-years-to-life prison sentence.

While Noonan granted the DNA appeal, he ruled against Doll on his motion that he received inadequate trial counsel.

At a hearing earlier this week, ADA William Zickl couldn't confirm for Noonan whether the evidence that might yield DNA still existed.

Noonan ruled the evidence be turned over, "subject to any disagreement as to protocol for the custody and preservation of such evidence, which will then be resolved on application to the Court."

On the representation issue, Murphy argued that attorneys Paul Cambria and Daniel Killelea failed to raise objections to Doll's transport from Pembroke to the Sheriff's Office the morning of the murder based on Fourth Amendment provisions.

Noonan ruled that the defense attorneys did adequately raise objections and that the appeals process had already upheld decisions to allow evidence gathered during that process -- statements by Doll and his clothing -- to be admitted at trial.

Doll was convicted by a jury of beating to death a former business partner and prison guard coworker, Joseph Benaquist.

The defense is seeking further DNA testing to establish whether a third person was at the murder scene, which the defense contends, if the DNA testing had been done prior to trial, could have changed the outcome of the case. The prosecution contends the evidence against Doll is so overwhelming that even if a third person's DNA is found at the scene, Doll would still be found guilty of murder by a jury.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: We asked Sheriff Gary Maha if the evidence still existed and was secured. His one-word answer: "yes."

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

Law and Order: Alexander man charged with attempted arson

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Jayson W. Dersham, 31, of Wortendyke Road, Alexander, is charged with attempted arson, 2nd. Dersham was arrested following an investigation into an incident on Maple Street in February. He was jailed on no bail.

Nickolas R. Miller, 23, of State Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant related to an unspecified charge. He turned himself in, was arraigned and jailed on $5,000 bail.

Glenn Homer Quintern, 56, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with exposure of a person. Quintern allegedly exposed his bare bottom at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday while on Central Avenue, in front of an adult and some children.

Kevin A. Cole, 36, of North Lyon Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Cole allegedly visited a person at that person's residence where the protected party resides in alleged violation of a stay away order.

Dan M. Carter, 53, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, and unregistered motor vehicle. Carter was stopped at 6:54 p.m. Wednesday on East Main Street for an alleged traffic infraction by Officer Nedim Catovic.

Vicky L. Devie, 57, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with uninspected motor vehicle and parking in city lot over the 15-minute limit. Devie turned herself in on a warrant and posted a $50 police bail.

Shane Zimblis, 44, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Zimblis is accused of stabbing another person in the arm with a kitchen fork during an argument.

Maurice A. Glasco, 36, of North Avenue, Medina, is charged with falsely reporting incident and unlawful possession of marijuana. Glasco is accused of falsely reporting an incident at 12:59 a.m. Saturday at 20 Main St., Batavia.

Colleen Frances Walker, 40, of Garfield Street, Rochester, is charged with possession of more than 400 untaxed cigarettes, speeding and unlicensed operator. Walker was stopped at 11:47 a.m., Thursday, on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves. She allegedly possessed 1,200 untaxed cigarettes.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

Conservatives looking for local candidates to back

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The Conservative Party is looking for candidates to run in the upcoming elections throughout Genesee County.

Local Chairman John Roach said there's no "check-off list" of correct issues for potential Conservative candidates, just a general philosophy for candidates to uphold.

"We are just looking for civic-minded people who have the time and desire to serve," Roach said. "Men or women who remember that the money being spent is not theirs; it is the people's and should be spent wisely. People who will do their best to keep the public informed about what is going on."

Those who are interested should send a letter and resume to: 

The Genesee County Conservative Party
P.O. Box 1686
Batavia, NY 14021-1686

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10:24 am

Batavia's Jeff Redband makes first team in regional hoops honors

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Batavia's Jeff Redband (file photo from the 2014-15 basketball season) tops the field of Genesee County student-athletes to receive All Genesee Region honors for winter sports, as published today by the Democrat and Chronicle.

Redband was Monroe County Division IV Player of the Year, a Section V Class A2 All-Tournament Team player. He averaged 27 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots per game this season and led Batavia (18-3) to division title. He surpassed 1,000 varsity points, including a  51-point game (a school record) vs. Irondequoit. He made 40 percent of 3-pointers and 88 percent of free throws. Academically, he carries 94 average.

Later today, Redband will sign a letter of intent to attend Daemen College on a basketball scholarship.

Also honored:

  • Nick Egeling, Le Roy, Livingston County Division II, basketball
  • Ryan Cansdale, Pembroke, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Ryan Emery, Oakfield-Alabama, Genesee Region, basketball
  • John Hochmuth, Elba, basketball
  • Josh Johnson, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Caleb Nellis, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Hayden Ewell, Pavilion, Livingston County Division III, basketball
  • Tiara Filbert, Batavia, second team, basketball
  • Abbie Kelly, Byron-Bergen, second team, basketball
  • Lindsay Lovett, Byron-Bergen, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Shea Norton, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Emma Francis, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Rebecca Krenzer, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Haley Brown, Elba, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Alex Reigle, Elba, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Kylie Schlagenhau, Oakfield-Alabama, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Sydney Breton, Alexander, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Aralyse Johnson, Pembroke, Genesee Region, basketball
  • Kayla Heimlich, Le Roy, Livingstone County Division II, basketball
  • Madison McCulley, Batavia, Monroe County, basketball
  • Kelsey Milligan, Pavilion, Livingston County Division III, basketball
  • Devon Koepp, Batavia, first team, indoor track
  • Ryan McQuillen, Le Roy, first team, indoor track
  • Nate Richardson, Alexander, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Tom Slenker, Alexander, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Kyle Zimmerman, Alexander, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Ben Vacanti, Alexander, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Brandon Brown, Alexander, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Jake Rada, Byron-Bergen/LeRoy, Genesee Region, swimming
  • John Lee, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, swimming 
  • Chris Lemley, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Dennis Bleier, Notre Dame, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Nate DiSalvo, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Ryan Dunlap, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Trent Stack, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Corde Smart, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, Genesee Region, swimming
  • Michaela Austin, Byron-Bergen, Rochester Winter Track League, indoor track
  • Marissa Dispenza, Batavia, Rochester Winter Track League, indoor track
  • Kaylee Cassidy, Batavia, Rochester Winter Track League, indoor track
  • Joe Allegue, Batavia, Monroe County Division III, wrestling
  • Noah Dobbertin, Batavia, Monroe County Division III, wrestling
  • Reese Morrow, Batavia, Monroe County Division III, wrestling
  • Trevor Rittersback, Batavia, Monroe County Division III, wrestling
  • Tristan Aldinger, Alexander, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Matthew Gaiser, Alexander, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Dan Khomitch, Byron-Bergen, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Hunter Taylor, Byron-Bergen, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Chad Toal, Byron-Bergen, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Adam Walter, Byron-Bergen, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Alan White, Byron-Bergen, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • Nick Young, Alexander, Genesee Region, wrestling
  • John Lauricella, Le Roy, Livingston County, wrestling
  • Thatcher Mowry, Le Roy, Livingston County, wrestling
  • Ben Piazza, Le Roy, Livingston County, wrestling
  • Dane Heberlein, Alexander, Division II, Wrestler of the Year*
  • Nick Gaiser, Alexander, first team, wrestling
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:27 am

Notre Dame beats Lyndonville 4-3

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Notre Dame came from behind to beat Lyndonville 4-3 at Dwyer Stadium on Thursday.

Top photo: CJ Souzzi is out at home trying to score the team's fifth run after Larry Infantino had crossed the plate a moment before on Peter Madafferi's double.

Here's Coach Mike Rapone's game summary:

Tyler Prospero pitched six strong, scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief of starter Casey Midwick who left with tightness in his pitching arm as ND rallied to win 4-3. Prospero's line was 6 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 6K and no walks. Lyndonville's had a 3-run first on a Brandon Schoolcraft RBI double and Eric Nease's 2-run triple. The Irish responded with two first inning runs on Mike Falitico's RBI groundout and Michael Muehlig's 2-out RBI single. They tied it in the fifth when Cal Tygart tripled to deep center and scored on another Mike Falitico RBI groundout. The winning run was scored by Larry Infantino, who walked, moved to second on CJ Suozzi's single and scored on Peter Madafferi's RBI double.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

Dispatchers recognized for dedication to service

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Press release:

April 13 – 19 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office recognizes and commends the County’s 9-1-1 dispatchers for their dedication, professionalism and commitment to public service.

9-1-1 dispatchers are there 24/7,365 days a year for first responders and the public in time of need. Many people don’t think about these seemingly nameless, faceless individuals until they experience actual emergencies themselves. In many instances, 9-1-1 dispatchers make the difference between life and death.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office recognizes these public safety professionals who have worked so hard during this past year. Every day, citizens depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the 9-1-1 dispatchers. They are the first to take that phone call, the first to provide basic life support in a medical emergency, and also dispatch needed fire, police or EMS responders for the call. They are to be recognized and commended.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Kiwanis members ready to cook up a heaping helping of spaghetti and meatballs

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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia are inviting you to the club's annual spaghetti and meatball dinner from noon to 3 p.m., April 26 at the YWCA, 301 North St., Batavia. Tickets are $7 per person and available at the door.

Pictured are club members, from left, Shannon Ford, Jeanne Walton, Anne Bezon, Patti Pacino and Theresa Asmus.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Grant moves forward to assist p.w. minor's plans to move jobs from China to Batavia

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The first of the necessary paper is being pushed to move jobs from China to the p.w. minor shoe factory in Batavia with the Ways and Means Committee approval yesterday of a resolution to accept a $750,000 grant from the state to assist the company's local expansion.

The county must accept the grant, which passes through the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corp. (a branch of Genesee County Economic Development Center), which will become part of a grant and deferred loan program for p.w. minor.

The grant was approved by Empire Development Corps after the agency encouraged p.w. minor to apply for the grant.

The application pledges 80 new local jobs added over a two-year period, but p.w. minor is planning to transfer a total of 100 jobs over time from China to Batavia.

The LDC will package the $750,000 with $125,000 loan from LDC funds to assist p.w. minor in buying shoe-making machinery.

Mark Masse, VP of business development for GCEDC, laid out the terms of the resolution for members of the Ways and Means Committee, who recommended approval of the resolution to the full County Legislature.

Andrew Young, one of the co-owners the New p.w. minor, is also a member of the Legislature, and while he attended Wednesday's meeting, he was not present during the discussion of the resolution.

Young and local entrepreneur Peter Zeliff, purchased p.w. minor after the previous owners announced plans to close the plant, thereby saving dozens of local jobs at Batavia's oldest, continuously running business.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

County legislator expresses opposition to proposal for hunting in county park

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A proposal to allow limited deer hunting this fall in the Genesee County Park won't get the unanimous support of county legislators.

Legislator Mike Davis said during the Ways and Means Committee meeting that he can't support the proposed local law change that will make the hunt possible.

He said he was concerned about the safety of other park users during hunting season.

"If the park were completely closed to all but hunting, then I'm in, but without that I just can't support it," Davis said.

The committee the voted with the one dissenting vote to recommend passage of the local law to the full Legislature.

Davis was recently appointed to the Legislature and represents the Darien and Pembroke areas of the county.

Under terms of the proposal, bow hunting will be confined to 12 zones along the southern border of the park. While the hiking trails will be open, hunters are being told to stay clear of trails and be courteous of others using the park.

Hunters will be selected through a lottery Sept. 15, following a Sept. 11 deadline for applications, which open Aug. 17.

Two zones will be set aside for youth and disabled veterans, and young hunters and disabled veterans will be given priority over hunters from outside Genesee County.

In all, 48 hunters will be selected to receive permits for the four-week season, which runs from Oct. 19 through Nov. 15.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

Motor vehicle accident at Center Street and School Street, Batavia

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A motor-vehicle accident is reported at Center Street and School Street, Batavia.

Unknown injuries.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: No injuries. Two vehicles, moved to parking lot.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

Law and Order: Two teens arrested after officers respond to report of marijuana ordor in apartment

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An 18-year-old Le Roy resident and a 17-year-old Le Roy resident are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Le Roy PD responded to a report of the smell of marijuana in an apartment. After a brief investigation, officers concluded the youths possessed and smoked marijuana in the apartment while two youths under age 17 were present. The 18-year-old was jailed on $500 bail. Le Roy PD did not release the names of either individual.

Christopher E. Merrell, 53, of Bergen, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, no seat belt, inadequate exhaust, illegal window tint and unlicensed operation. Merrell was stopped by State Police on Route 98, Alexander.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8:48 am

Drug Task Force announces three arrests

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Three people have been arrested as the result of two separate investigations into the illegal sale of narcotics in Genesee County.

In the first investigation, arrested were Sege D. Kalmbacher, 39, of Overlook Drive, Batavia, and Paula R. Kalmbacher, 43, of Overlook Drive, Batavia.

Sege is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 5th, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 5th. Paula faces one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, and one count of criminal possesison of a controlled substance, 3rd.

Both are accused of selling a controlled substance to agents of the Local Drug Task Force.

Sege was arrested Friday and jailed on $10,000 bail. Paula turned herself in Monday and was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

In the second investigation, arrested was Cynthia C. Richardson, 35, of Maple Street, Batavia. 

Richardson is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 5th, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 5th. 

She is accused of selling a controlled substance to an agent of the Local Drug Task Force.

She was arrested at the courts facility and jailed on $10,000 bail.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Law and Order: Pair of alleged shoplifters charged with multiple larcenies

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Thomas E. Hensel, 31, and Tonya D. Smith, 29, are charged with grand larceny, 4th, and conspiracy, 6th. Hensel and Smith were allegedly caught stealing items from the Target store. Upon further investigation, they were found to have allegedly committed additional larcenies during March at Target and Walmart. Hensel was charged with four counts of petit larceny and Smith was charged with one count of grand larceny, 4th, and two counts of petit larceny. Some of the stolen items were recovered.

Amir D. Gifford, 19, of Cherry Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged violation of probation. Gifford turned himself in. He was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Jessica M. Rivera-Mann, 31, of Liberty Street, was arrested on a pair of warrants related to alleged parking violations. Rivera-Mann turned herself in and entered a guilty plea in City Court. and was ordered to pay a $100 fine within 60 days.

Kerri L. Forsberg, 43, of East Main Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a harassment, 2nd, charge. Forsberg was arrested following a reported incident at UMMC on April 3.

Laura J. Reed, 23, of Walnut Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Reed was allegedly found in possession of marijuana at 6:18 p.m. April 10 by Officer Jamie Givens.

Kenardo R. Fields, 25, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Fields was allegedly involved in a domestic incident at 9:20 a.m., Sunday.

Zachary Michael Burk, 18, of Sparks Road, Pavilion, is charged with petit larceny. Burk allegedly stole a 30-pack of Busch beer from Pavilion Farm Market.

Charles H. Wroten, 54, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with aggravated DWI (Leandra's Law), DWI, improper right turn, improper signaling a turn. Wroten was stopped at 11:03 p.m. Tuesday on West Main Street, Batavia, by Sgt. Ron Meides. Wroten is accused of driving while intoxicated with a child less than 15 years old in the vehicle.

Michael Robert Sigl, 22, of Pratt Road, Batavia, is charged with possession of a forged instrument, 2nd. Sigl was arrested on a warrant. He was jailed without bail.

Taylor Nicole Tillotson, 19, of Perry Road, Le Roy, is charged with trespass. Tillotson allegedly returned to College Village after being banned from the property.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:19 am

Photo: Traffic cones on Main Street

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A portion of Main Street, Downtown Batavia, was blocked off by traffic cones this morning in advance of clean-up work by city crews along the street and sidewalk. The work is expected to take most of the morning.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:10 am

Photos: Oil painting demo by local artist Larry Buckley

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Local artist Larry Buckley gave an oil painting demo Tuesday evening at GO ART! for members of the Batavia of Society of Artists.

Other events coming up for the society:

  • Spring Show, opening reception 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 7, Richmond Memorial Library;
  • Steve BonDurant, plein air demo and picnic at Kiwanis Park, 6 p.m., July 14;
  • Joint event with Batavia Players at Jackson Square, free and open to the public, where the players will practice parts and also serve as models for artists, 6 p.m., Aug. 11;
  • Kevin Feary, oil-graisalle demo, Sept. 8;
  • Brian Kemp, acrylic abstract demo, Oct. 13;
  • Dennis Wood, perspective drawing, Nov. 10.

For more information on the Batavia Society of Artists, e-mail bsa.bataviasocietyof [email protected].

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