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Friday, November 6, 2009 at 12:54 am

Smell of smoke in apartment on North Lake Avenue, Bergen

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Bergen Fire, with Le Roy in mutual aide, is being dispatched to 17 North Lake Ave., Apt. 4, Bergen, for the smell of smoke and a circuit breaker that keeps tripping.

UPDATE 12:01 a.m.: Le Roy is being put back in service and being dispatched to a minor, non-injury, vehicle accident on Old State Road near Route 19.

UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: Bergen Fire is back in service.


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Friday, November 6, 2009 at 12:29 am

Driver trying to hide following accident in Alexander

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Alexander Fire and Darien Ambulance as well as law enforcement are being dispatched to a motor-vehicle accident at 2198 Walker Road.

The driver is reportedly trying to avoid detection. His air bags deployed and there is reportedly blood on the air bags.

The driver is trying to hide in some weeds.

UPDATE 11:31 p.m.: The car has Ohio plates. The driver is not currently in sight. Fire personnel are heading to the area with flares and night-vision goggles.

UPDATE 11:55 p.m.: Because of the size of the area, law enforcement has been unable to seal off the area. The search continues.

UPDATE 11:58 p.m.: A K-9 is not available. The State Police helicopter is being called in.


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Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Person found unconscious on Judge Road

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A passerby reportedly found an unconscious person on Judge Road in Alabama who may have been struck by a motor vehicle.

The first firefighter on scene reported the individual was conscious by the time he arrived and was highly intoxicated, though may have been struck by a car.

Mercy Flight is on standby and Mercy EMS is in route.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Hundreds spend hours in line for flu vaccine

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Rain, sleet and snow didn't keep several hundred people from trying to get flu vaccinations today at County Building Number 2 in the Town of Batavia.

At one point, the line snaked outside and around the side of the building. Seniors, parents and children were waiting two or more hours for either a shot of the seasonal flu vaccine or the H1N1 nasal mist.

A winter storm of sorts started not long after the clinic doors opened, and by then the line  already stretched well outside the building.

"I was standing in the rain and snow out there a little while before and I was thinking, I'm going to get a flu shot to prevent getting sick and I'm going to get sick standing in line in the rain and the snow, so I wonder if it's really worth it," Walter Kershenski said. He also happens to be Stafford Town Clerk, and said he stood in line for more than two hours.

There were reports of people driving from Orleans, Monroe and even Chautauqua counties for the vaccinations, and apparently, nobody was being turned away for the free vaccines.

Interim Health Director Randy Garney said the Health Department was expecting to provide at least 500 doses of vaccine in two hours, but had received an extra shipment of seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine just days ago.

"I figure, two hours, that's going to be about all we're going to be able to process, but we're going to keep the clinic open as long as there is a line," Garney said.

"With recent events that have taken place, we were expecting a large crowd," Garney said.

Rosemary Sero, of Oakfield, said all the reports of people getting sick with H1N1 and especially the death of a Pembroke student, has her feeling very cautious about taking care of her two young daughters.

"They're using a lot of hand sanitizer," she said. "They wash their hands a lot. I tell them not to touch their face."

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

Le Roy youth arrested for allegedly attempting to buy an unlicensed gun

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A youth in Le Roy has been arrested by undercover agents for allegedly trying to buy an unlicensed handgun.

The youth is not being identified by the Sheriff's Office and the case is being turned over to family court.

Members of the Local Law Enforcement Drug Task Force were called into the investigation to help with the arrest after the Sheriff's Office learned that the youth was making inquiries in the Le Roy area about buying a gun.

The youth is being charged with attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

Muckdogs to be led by new manager in 2010

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The Batavia Muckdogs will have a new coaching staff for 2010.

Mark DeJohn, who led the Muckdogs to a NY-Penn League championship in 2008, will not be back. He's being replaced by Dann Bilardello.

Bilardello has served in the St. Louis Cardinals organization for the past three years as catching coordinator. Prior to that, he was a manager in the Red Sox and Dodger minor league systems.

The new pitching coach is Ace Adams, who filled that role in Quad Cities in 2009.

DeJohn remains in the Cardinals organization as a roving instructor.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

Party News is the best in Batavia Mares Open

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Press Release:

Batavia, NY --- Ultra Racing Stable's talented distaffer Party News went from last to first to win the Wednesday night featured $8,500 Filly and Mares Open at Batavia Downs Casino.
 
Party News, a 5-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace, recorded her ninth win of the 2009 campaign in 1:56.4, a new seasonal mark. Troy Boring was in the sulky for trainer Cliff Keene. The $4,250 share of the purse put Party News at just under $50,000 in earnings this season.
 
Natural Spring and Tom Agosti, the leader into the home stretch, finished second while last week's Mares Open winner Pembroke Primo (Kevin Cummings) wound up third.
 

Batavia Downs Casino is currently racing Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Post time is 7:05 p.m. The 2009 Summer–Fall meet concludes on December 5.
 
Todd Haight
Promotional Marketing Specialist
Batavia Downs Casino
 

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:36 am

Health department offering walk-in flu vaccines today

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If you haven't received a flu shot yet, you can do so today at County Building Number 2 on W. Main St. Road, Town of Batavia.

The walk-in clinic will be open from 2 to 4 p.m..

Seasonal flu vaccine is available for people 19 and older, and H1N1 vaccine is available for people 2 to 24 years of age, and for people 25 to 59 who care for or live with infants.

Vaccine supplies are limited.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:21 am

Police Beat: Pavilion woman accused of fleeing scene of accident

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Mary A. Brairton, 20, of 6790 Junction Road, Pavilion, is charged with aggravated DWI, aggravated driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to reduce speed on a curve, leaving the scene, unlicensed operation and aggravated unlicensed operation. Brairton was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle accident on Bernd Road, Monday at 12:42 a.m.  and allegedly fled the scene. Brairton was reportedly found later by Deputy Frank Bordonaro at her residence and taken into custody.

David S. Taylor, 49, of 2384 Titus Ave., Rochester, is charged with DWI, speeding and moving from lane unsafely. Taylor was allegedly driving on Route 33 in the Village of Corfu on Sunday at 12:04 a.m. when he was allegedly seen by Village police traveling at a high rate of speed and swerve into the oncoming traffic lane.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

Today's Deals: Jackson St., Mane Attraction, Kravings, South Main, Adam Miller, Matty's

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Jackson St. Grill, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Try the fresh, skinless haddock fish fry on Fridays. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

The Mane Attraction, 99 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: The Mane Attraction is a spa and salon offering pedicures, manicures, hair styling and massage. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Kravings, Valu Plaza, W. Main Street, Batavia, NY: Recently opened, it offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5. (NOTE: Because of people recently doubling up on their Kravings purchases -- transactions we had to cancel and refund money on -- we have FOUR Kravings gift certificates available this morning.)

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 $9.

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.

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.

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

PLEASE READ: Reminder, please do not purchase the same gift certificate you've purchased within the past six months.  We have to refund your money and put the GC up for sale again on another day.

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Byron Fire responds to scene of natural gas smell

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Byron Fire is responding to the smell of natural gas at 7232 Byron-Holley Road.

A first responder reports the strong smell of natural gas in the area and another fire official asked for dispatch to contact RG&E. "We've been here numerous times," he said.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Steve Boldt thanks Stafford voters

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E-mail from Steve Boldt:

I would like to wholeheartedly thank the residents of Stafford for their vote  of confidence.  I’m proud to be a resident of Stafford and even prouder  that I’ve been given the opportunity to serve another term as Highway Superintendent.  You have my word that I will continue to work hard  and do what is best for the Town and its residents.  Family and work  obligations prevented me from visiting with each and every resident before  the election, but I encourage residents with concerns or suggestions to  contact me at 343-2907.  (I’m often out on the roads but I will return your call.)

Thank you!
Steve

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Today's Deals: T.F. Brown's, Alex's Place, Center Street, Jackson St., Main St. and more

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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.

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.

Jackson St. Grill, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Try the fresh, skinless haddock fish fry on Fridays. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Herbly Wonderful, 3701 Pearl St., Batavia, NY: Winter teas, spices and fall colors for your home in stunning floral arrangements and seasonal wreaths are now available at Herbly Wonderful. We have a $25 gift certificate for $11.

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.

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.

Kravings, Valu Plaza, W. Main Street, Batavia, NY: Recently opened, it offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

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

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Chris Lee talks with WBTA about trip to Afghanistan

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Congressman Chris Lee has returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. WBTA interviewed him this morning and Dan Fischer has posted an extended audio file on WBTA1490.com (mp3).

Tune into WBTA's Main and Center tomorrow to hear Lee talk about the health care being considered in the House of  Representatives.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:15 am

Batavia charter revisions passes

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Computer problems kept the votes from being tallied last night, but this morning the Board of Elections released unofficial numbers for the referendum on revising the City of Batavia Charter.

It passed, 748 to 503.

When I visited a couple of polling places last night, poll workers told me they heard from several people who had no idea what the revisions were. They hadn't seen the coverage, and more importantly, hadn't read the actual document.

It is kind of hard to find on the City's Web site, so here's a link to what you just approved (PDF).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am

Random thoughts on the election

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What's more surprising than the Republicans winning all of the key contested races is the margins. That may merely reflect the GOP registration advantages and the fact there were no real wedge issues to define the campaign. Voters basically said they're happy with the GOP incumbents on the City Council and satisfied with the GOP majority in the County Legislature.

Go back and look at the video of the interviews we did with the candidates in conjunction with WBTA:  There were few disagreements.  There was no big issue to sway voters toward a particular candidate or a particular party.  The Democrats just didn't have a big enough flag to wave to say "this is what voting for us means."  I've not been around Batavia politics long enough to say this with certainity, but it seems if Democrats want to win multiple-ward seats, they need to articulate issues that set them apart. And they need to unite around the candidate(s) with the best chance to win.

What may have hurt the Democrats the most was infighting. The "Coffeecake Caper" brought a lot of that to the surface, with Tim Paine explicitly accusing a faction of Democrats with bringing forth Julie Wallace to block him from a clear path to the nomination.

Speaking of Julie Wallace, she seems like a really goodhearted person and a sweet lady. I bet she's fabulous with kids. Good luck to her on her quest to be a CASA volunteer.  She will undoubtedly do a great job. That doesn't mean she was qualified to run for City Council.

Did the Coffeecake Caper sink Rose Mary? I don't think so. In the end, I think it was a wash. Rose Mary came out looking like an honest, tell-it-like-it-is, stand-up person, which is why she's represented her ward for 18 years. But the Republicans, particularly Joe Gerace, played their cards just right by disavowing Tim Paine's actions without hesitation, which probably neutralized any benefit Rose Mary might have gained from the attack on her.

Word has it it (though numbers aren't available yet) that the City Charter revision passed. That's good and bad. John Roach is right -- the city engineer position should be done away with. But opening the door to the elimination of the Police Department without fully vetting the options could be a mistake.

Following this campaign helped me get greater insight into local politics, and I came away with the impression that the local political parties, especially the city parties, are less about partisan ideology and more like civic social clubs.  Both the Republicans and Democrats work very hard to try to help their candidates win, but not in the name of pushing a partisan agenda, but rather because they want to see their own club do well in the big game. At least that's my impression this time around.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 12:09 am

Genesee County election results 2009

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Final Unofficial Numbers, posted 11:09 p.m.

Note: City Charter question not yet tallied and those numbers are not expected to be announced until tomorrow between 11 a.m. and noon.

WBTA Live Stream

Office   Votes Percent
County      
County Clerk Don M. Read 4610  
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman 5077  
       
City - Vote for 1      
Genesee County Legislator District 7
(Wards 1 & 6)
Rose Mary Christian  361  
  Robert H. Radley  510  
       
Genesee County Legislator District 8 (Wards 2 & 3) Christopher M. Charvella  235  
  Hollis D. Upson  424  
       
Genesee County Legislator District 9 (Wards 4 & 5) Edward DeJaneiro, Jr  303  
       
City – Vote for 3      
Council at Large - City of Batavia Sara J. Balbi  637  
Council at Large - City of Batavia Phillip J. Ricci  730  
Council at Large - City of Batavia Julie Ann Wallace  547  
Council at Large - City of Batavia Timothy E. Buckley  1263  
Council at Large - City of Batavia Marianne Clattenburg  1275  
Council at Large - City of Batavia Frank C. Ferrando, Jr  1284  
Alabama - Vote for 1   Votes Percent
Legislator - District 1 Raymond F. Cianfrini    
Town Justice Patricia A. Buczek  229  
Town Council Janet I. Sage  188  
Town Council Terry Thompson  99  
Town Council William J. Cleveland  176  
Town Council Samuel G. Scarborough  172  
Alexander - Vote for 1   Votes Percent
Legislator – District 6 Esther G. Leadley  258  
Town Council William G. Hirsch  136  
Town Council William R. Franz  119  
Town of Batavia - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator – District 4 Mary Pat Hancock    
Supervisor  Gregory H. Post  447  
Town Clerk/Tax Collector  Teressa M. Morasco  476  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Daniel G. Underhill  437  
Town Council Patti A. Michalak  439  
Supt. Of Highways  Rodney W. Cook  415  
Bergen - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 2 Charles N. Zambito    
Supervisor     Donald S. Cunningham 191  
Town Justice Donald R. Kunego 180  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Rachael J. Millspaugh 188  
Town Council Joseph A. Nenni 175  
Bethany - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 6 Esther G. Leadley   258  
Town Justice Thomas McBride  151  
Town Council (Vote for 2) William Gick  113  
Town Council Susan Neer  132  
Byron - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 2 Charles N. Zambito    
Supervisor Robert A. Crnkovich  213  
Supervisor Thomas Felton  107  
Town Clerk Debra Buck-Leaton  310  
Town Justice Daniel DiMatteo  189  
Town Council (Vote for 2)  Jeffrey J. Thompson  248  
Town Council John Redick  178  
Supt. Of Highways  George Heins  264  
Darien - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 3 Annie M. Lawrence  514  
Town Clerk  Linda P. Graber  261  
Town Clerk  Alice E. Calmes  462  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Stephen J. Ferry  361  
Town Council Charles J. Flagg  291  
Town Council Jimmie E. Flaming  69  
Town Council Michael A. Plitt 307  
Town Council Christopher M. Nicastro  369  
Town Council-Unexpired Term Samuel E. Williams  229  
Town Council-Unexpired Term David D. Riker  380  
Elba -Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 2 Charles N. Zambito  245  
Town Supervisor Lucine Kauffman  155  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Andrew Wormuth  151  
Town Council Deborah Bell  142  
LeRoy -Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator – District 5 Jerome J. Grasso  945  
Town Justice Kermit Arrington  703  
Town Justice Darryl D. Sehm  662  
Town Council Thomas Stella   713  
Town Council Christine M. Smith  870  
Town Council Jay E. Whipple  592  
Town Council-Unexpired term  Jennifer AO Keys  422  
Town Council-Unexpired term  Kelly J. Lathan  860  
Oakfield - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 10 Raymond F. Cianfrini  163  
Supervisor     Kenneth Dodd    
Town Justice (Vote for 2) Thomas Graham  197  
Town Justice Dennis R. Beedham  338  
Town Counci l(Vote for 2) Carol L. Glor  166  
Town Council Michael Cianfrini  166  
Town Council-Unexpired term Tim Kabel  164  
Pavilion - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 6 Esther G. Leadley    
Town Justice John Welsh  132  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Linda Thompson  145  
Town Council Ronald O. Zarbo  128  
Pembroke - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 3 Annie M. Lawrence    
Town Justice Robert Alexander  544  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Thomas C. Schneider, Jr.  179  
Town Council Edward G. Arnold. Jr.  406  
Town Council Paul R. DiFiglia  187  
Town Council John J. Worth  416  
Stafford - Vote for 1   Votes Percentage
Legislator District 4 Mary Pat Hancock  691  
Town Clerk Walter Kershenski  571  
Town Council (Vote for 2) Ronald Panek  322  
Town Council Donald L. Mullen  292  
Town Council Michelle Mouery  272  
Supt. Of Highways  Steven Boldt  443  
Supt. Of Highways  James D. Pontillo  151  

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Ballots arriving at Board of Elections

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About 9:45 p.m. as I arrived at the Board of Elections, voting machine tallies were being checked in as well.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

GOP calling it a 'clean sweep'

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There were some dour faces when I left the Democratic HQ at the Elks Club, with one candidate whispering to me as I left, "It's not looking good for Democrats tonight."

Republicans were smiling broadly by the time I reached the Polish Falcon Club. Joe Gerace told me, "It looks like a clean sweep."

I'm now at the Board of Elections awaiting first unofficial tally.

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