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Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Rollover accident reported on the Thruway

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A car has rolled over on the Thruway in the Pembroke area, but a second called to dispatch reports the driver is getting out of the car.

Pembroke Fire and Mercy EMS are being dispatched.

UPDATE 4:16 p.m.: First responder reports that the westbound lane is heavily covered in snow. The dispatcher responded that several calls have come in to report that situation and the Thruway Authority has been notified.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m.: If I'm hearing this right, an ambulance is stuck in the snow and a tow has been requested to pull it out. It's unclear if it's at this location or another.

Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

Chimney fire reported in Bergen

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Bergen Fire has responded to a report of a chimney fire at 5999 W. Sweden Road.

A responder reports that there were flames visible between the stove pipe and wall.

UPDATE: No visible flames from the roof. Interior firefighters are taking the pipe apart. Brockport's ladder truck has been released.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Report of vehicle into a barn on Sandpit Road, Alexander

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Alexander Fire is being dispatched to a report of a vehicle crashing into a barn, with a possible roll over, on Sandpit Road.

The exact address is unknown at this time.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: No address yet, but the vehicle is upside down in the basement in the barn.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Reports of a shooting in Brockport

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We've received a few e-mails about "shots fired in Brockport." 

The D&C reports the campus is in lockdown. WGRZ reports:

WHAM Radio in Rochester reports the gunman shot two people inside a home and then shot a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy in the ankle. They are now reporting that the gunman is in custody.

I realize there are a number of young people from Genesee County who attend college in Brockport, but because Brockport is outside of our coverage area, we have no sources for additional information.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Today's Deals: New today, Oliver's Candies

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New Today: Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY. Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Main St. Pizza Company, 206 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Pizza, wings, subs and even hamburgers and hot dogs, Main St. Pizza makes everything deliciously. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, 15 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: When you're looking for an authentic Mexican meal, Margarita's is the place to go. The food and atmosphere are perfect and the service is always outstanding. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, at 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Belladessa's Pizzeria/Jackson St. Grill, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Here's a deal -- half off on a Family Meal Deal from Belladessa's, which is a large 1 topping pizza, 24 wings and 2-liter bottle of soda. It's a $25 value for $12.50.

Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's is another Batavia favorite for pizza and wings. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

NOTE: If you've never bought Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.


Friday, January 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Notre Dame takes Batavia Rotary championship

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Last night, the Lady Irish took the Batavia Rotary Club Basketball Tournament Championship over Pavilion, 48-29.

Notre Dame is now 7-1.

MVP Nichole Hart scored 19 points. Liz Geandreau scored 8 and Hannah Scott-McGrail netted 11.

For Pavilion, Amie Brooks, 8 and Erin Cleveland scored 6.

The All Tournament team: Geandreau, Scott-McGrail, Brooks, Chelsea Turcer from Alexander and Hart.


More pictures after the jump:


Friday, January 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

6th grade girls face off during Batavia Rotary tournament

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During the half time of last nights finals in the Batavia Rotary Girls Basketball Tournament, 6th graders from St. Joseph School and Pavilion matched up in a game of their own.

More pictures after the jump:

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Buffalo man accused of selling crack cocaine in Batavia

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

An Erie County man has been accused of selling narcotics to a Genesee County undercover agent.

John L. Tillman, 34, of 87 Phyllis Ave., Buffalo, was picked up by the Erie County Warrants Office and turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office today.

Tillman is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd and criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd.

The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force received a sealed indictment against Tillman after he allegedly sold crack cocaine in the City of Batavia to an undercover agent.

Tillman was arraigned in Genesee County Court and jailed without bail.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

Graham Corp. showing signs of recovery, CEO says

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Batavia-based Graham Corporation is bouncing back from the economic downturn, CEO James R. Lines told the Buffalo News.

The company has recently booked $37 million in orders and that revenue should start hitting the books by the fall.

“We believe that sales over the next few quarters will continue to reflect the sporadic nature of order receipt that began over a year ago,” Lines said. “We also believe this should be the bottom of the cycle for us.”

Graham still expects its sales during the fiscal year that ends in March to be between $60 million and $65 million, down from its record sales of $101 million the year before.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

Weather Watch: More cold and snow

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We might see a little sun on what Weather Underground calls a "partly cloudy" day, but we're more likely to see a little more snow.

Temperatures will hover in the mid 20s.

And looking forward over the next few days, the cold and dabs of snow is likely to continue.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Wanted by Sheriff's Office: Gene S. Schmidt

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Wanted by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office: Gene S. Schmidt. The Sheriff's Office has two warrants for Schmidt: Alleged violation of probation and alleged harassment 2nd. Any information on his whereabouts can be provided to the Sheriff's Office at (585) 343-5000.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Teller accused of stealing $45,000 from Bank of Castile in Le Roy

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mug_tracy_smith.jpgA 43-year-old teller for Bank of Castile is accused of stealing $45,000 from the Le Roy branch where she worked.

Tracy L. Smith, of 77 Rochester St., Bergen, was arrested by Le Roy Police Detective John Condidorio after a lengthy investigation.

Condidorio says that Smith's alleged thefts began in 2007 when she stole $20,000 from her cash drawer over a period of time. Smith allegedly manipulated the accounting system to cover up the theft.

Then, starting in June 2008 and continuing until December, Smith allegedly forged checks and deposit slips to steal another $25,000.

An alleged attempt by Smith to cover her tracks by removing a $20,000 lump sum from a cash delivery is what caused an investigation into her conduct to begin.

Smith is charged with two counts of grand larceny 3rd and four counts of forgery 2nd.

The Bank of Castile, through the Le Roy Police Department, is asking customers to review bank statements and notify the bank immediately if any unusual activity is found.

Assisting in the investigation was the Buffalo office of the FBI and the Bank of Castile.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

Tire comes off truck, strikes car and two people are injured

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion, Stafford

Two people were injured Tuesday when a tired came off a truck and struck their car.

The truck driver was not cited following the accident that sent Marcia Gere, 63, and Colleen Gere to UMMC by ambulance for treatment.

Marcia reportedly suffered whiplash and Colleen was reportedly in shock and complaining of chest pain.

The truck is owned by Hanson Aggregates of Pavilion. It was driven by Michael J. Walker, 56, of Pavilion.

The accident occurred at 11:41 a.m. on Route 5 in Stafford.

Walker had a proper overweight permit, according to Deputy Brian Thompson, who investigated the accident.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

Police Beat: Man accused of stalking ex-wife via text messages

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

Jeffery Owen Coats, 45, of 10553 Bethany Center Road, Bethany, is charged with stalking 4th. Coats is accused to sending text messages to his ex-wife after State Police ordered him to stop texting her.

A 16-year-old from Batavia has been charged with menacing 2nd. The boy is accused of brandishing a large kitchen knife during a domestic dispute.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

Weather Watch: Only a chance of snow today.

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There could be some snow today, or even a freezing drizzle, but mostly it's going to be cloudy and cold.

The expected high is 22 degrees.

The wind could blow from 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

Icy conditions make for slick driving

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We're hearing reports this morning of several non-injury accidents throughout Genesee County.

I-490 seems to be a particularly slick area with at least three accidents, including a rollover, and several cars off the road.

One patrol officer noted that even after DOT salted, drivers were not slowing down and cars were sliding off the highway at the rate one every five or 10 minutes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Pavilion dominates in second game of Batavia Rotary tournament

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Pavilion beat Batavia 52-25 in game two of the Batavia Rotary Girls Basketball Tournament last night at GCC.  Pavilion moves to 6-0.

For Pavilion, Amie Brooks scored 21 points. Danielle Tallo added 9.

For Batavia, Michelle Jordan scored 6 points and Lashonna Mims added 5.

More pictures after the jump:

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