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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Cars sliding off the road all over the county

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, genesee county

There are reportedly "several" cars off the road along Route 98 in the area of Alexander.

One of the vehicles reportedly struck the gas line of a house at 10738 Alexander Road, and Alexander Fire is responding.

There are also reports of vehicles off the road and other property-damage accidents around the county.

UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: A law enforcement officer on scene just requested that County Highway snow crews get out to Route 98 quickly. He said the road is very slippery.

UPDATE 6:04 p.m.: A car struck a pole at Edwards and Buell streets and left the scene. City Fire is being dispatched because the pole is broken.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m.: Police officer responding to accident above: "He's going to have substantial front-end damage. He struck the pole right between the headlights." The officer is proceeding to a parking lot to check out a specific vehicle.

UPDATE 6:14 p.m.: Police are still searching for the car that struck the pole.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Snow in Oakfield

post by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, weather

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Bill Hume sends along a picture of the snow starting in Oakfield. Any snow during the day isn't expected to accumulate, but we may get 1 or 2 inches tonight.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Pembroke has a new fire truck

post by Howard B. Owens in fire department, pembroke

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It's red, shiny and has all the bells and whistles. No, it's not Santa's sled -- it's the new fire truck in the Pembroke Fire District.

The truck arrived at the fire station Dec. 8 and Bruce Ross sent over the picture above along with some information about the tanker.

The total cost: $285,000. But, as Ross said, "The payoff for having access to this life saving truck: absolutely priceless to both the firefighters and community."

The 2009 Peterbuilt has a 3,100 gallon tank capacity along with 60 gallons of on-board in-tank foam.

"The truck has all of the latest state-of-the-art LED emergency lighting, including a large directional arrow on the rear of the truck for use on the roadway, especially helpful on Thruway accident scenes, and a Federal Q2B siren to ensure a clear path for minimum response times to an emergency," Ross said.

The truck's equipment includes six SCBA air packs  for use on interior firefighting efforts, eight extra air bottles, 48 feet in ground ladders, various hand tools used both in interior and exterior firefighting work, hard-suction hose in order to gain access to water out of a standing water source such as a pond, and a 4,000-gallon portable pond used in remote areas.

It replaces a 1978 International Tanker that held a mere 1,800 gallons of water. Ross said the old tanker carried less equipment and was plagued by an increasing number of mechanical issues.

Crews will undergo pump and driver training and the truck is expected to be put in service in January.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

Police Beat: Obscene language and name calling leads to disorderly conduct charge

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

Michael Joseph Raphael, 20, of 4 Noonan Ave., Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct. Raphael was arrested yesterday at 5:17 p.m. for allegedly using obscene language and calling another person a name.

A 17-year-old from Darien Center was arrested by State Police arrested and charged with assault and menacing in the third degree. The alleged incident was reported Dec. 4 at 11:27 a.m. No further details were released.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

Today's Deals: Present Tense, Jackson Street, Matty's, Great Kutz and South Main

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

Jackson St. Grill/Belladessa's, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: When it's time for a great hamburger, Jackson St. Grill will serve you among the best around. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Present Tense Books and Gifts, 101 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY: Whether your taste runs to local authors, the finest in fiction or nonfiction or you're looking for a unique and special gift, this charming store in a cozy Victorian house on the edge of downtown is a great place to stop and shop. 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.

Kravings Kafe, 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.

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.

Great Kutz, in the Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Men, enjoy a $5 haircut again with this offer exclusive to The Batavian. (gift card can be applied toward other services, but not products).

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

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Tonight's Deal: Main St. Pizza, Pudgie's, Blue Pearl, Enchanted Florist and more

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

Buyers: Please remember the six-month rule -- please don't buy a gift certificate you bought within the past six months.

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.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Time to visit Pudgie's and buy your Christmas tree. We have a $25 gift certificate 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.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Exercise your soul as well as your body in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We have a gift certificate for a seven-week  session (one class per week), which is a $56 value, for $28.

Kravings Kafe, 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.

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.

Great Kutz, in the Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Men, enjoy a $5 haircut again with this offer exclusive to The Batavian. (gift card can be applied toward other services, but not products).

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Now in stock: A big selection of poinsettias and stunning wreaths. We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Police Beat: Argument over dogs leads to alleged assault with cane and shovel

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, Oakfield, Pavilion

John A. Bilodeau-Redeye, 57, of 493 Bloomingdale Road, Akron, is charged with assault, 2nd degree and menacing in the second. Bilodeau-Redeye reportedly became involved in an argument with his wife over their dogs. Bilodeau-Redeye allegedly struck his wife with a cane and then grabbed a pistol and a shovel. Bilodeau-Redeye then allegedly struck his wife with the shovel while holding the pistol. The incident was investigated by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Michael J. Lopez, 26, of 7 Chestnut St., Apt. 3, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation and unsafe lane change. Jose Juan Santiago-Burgos, 21, of 8029 Telephone Road, Le Roy, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th; and, Derrick J. Krager, 19, of 32 N. Lyon St., lower, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct. Lopez was stopped by Officer Dan Coffey on Sunday at 9:37 p.m. for an alleged unsafe lane change. Officer Matthew Baldwin assisted. During the stop, the officers reportedly found Santiago-Burgos in possession of brass knuckles. As for Krager, he allegedly became upset with the police during the traffic stop and punched the car.

mug_sean_allen.jpgSean J. Allen, 21, of Buffalo, is charged with DWI, refusal and assault, 3rd degree. Allen was arrested after Trooper Tim Ferris observed an apparently disabled blue sedan on Route 33 on Thursday. When he approached the vehicle, he reportedly found a man sleeping in the driver's seat. The woman in the passenger seat claimed the driver, Allen, had punched her in the face. Allen was jailed on $1,500 bail.

Jesse Alvin Russell, 20, of 33 Williams St., upper, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession/consumption of alcohol, under 21. Russell was stopped on Route 98 in the Town of Alexander by Deputy Patrick Reeves. He reported finding marijuana in Russell's vehicle.

Curtis M. James, 29, of 107 Watson St., Batavia, is charged with DWI, consuming alcohol in a vehicle and failure to dim headlines. James was stopped on Ellicott Street by Officer Thad Mart on Sunday at 2:35 a.m.

Frank R. Oneil, 61, of 3591 Maltby Road, Oakfield, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and improper tail lights. Oneil was stopped by Officer E.E. Bolles on Sunday at 3 a.m. on W. Main Street.

Jeffrey Allen Hoag, 40, of 2058 Black Street Road, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and moving from lane unsafely. Hoag was charged after his car reportedly struck a tree at 7550 Route 20 in Pavilion.

David M. Bohn, 34, of 8069 Kelsey Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI, failure to keep right, operating with a suspended registration and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. On Thursday, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a two-vehicle accident at 3298 Pratt Road. One pickup truck reportedly sideswiped another and knocked off its side mirror. The suspect vehicle reportedly failed to stop. Shortly after the report of the accident, Deputy Patrick Reeves located the suspect vehicle and arrested Bohn on suspected DWI.

Alexis Anne Czaja, 27, of 60 Drake St., Oakfield, is charged with disorderly conduct. Czaja was taken into custody in Batavia on a bench warrant for failure to appear on the disorderly conduct charge.

Rolando Garcia-Perez, 38, of 15 West Ave., Elba, is charged with illegal entry into the United States. Garcia-Perez was arrested and turned over to the Border Patrol following a one-car accident on Monday at 6:54 a.m.

Derrick W. Jackson, 22, of Oakfield, is charged with menacing in the 3rd degree, criminal mischief, harassment, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Jackson was arrested by State Police on Sunday at 1:51 a.m. No further details provided.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Trailer reported filling with smoke, possible electric fire in Oakfield

post by Howard B. Owens in fire, Oakfield

Oakfield and Town of Batavia fire departments are being dispatched to 33 Sunset Parkway for the report of a trailer filling with smoke and a possible electrical fire in a wall.

East Pembroke and Alabama fire are on standby.


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Monday, December 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Crime Wave! Kids and Snow Balls!

post by Howard B. Owens in crime

There have been at least three complaints around the city today, and one elsewhere in the county, of kids throwing snowballs -- at cars, at businesses, at people and at a house.

A window was broken.

Just saying ...

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Trooper involved in accident on Thruway released from hospital that night

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, thruway

The State Trooper injured in an auto accident on the Thurway in Pembroke on Saturday has been identified as Nina Johnson.

Johnson, who was taken via Mercy Flight to ECMC, was released from the hospital Saturday evening.

The Trooper was involved in traffic control following a fatal accident on the Thurway just hours prior.

Her patrol vehicle was reportedly struck by an SUV driven by Catherine A. Manahan, 27, of Williamsville.

That accident took the life of Julie I. Stratton, 33, of Synder, whose car became disabled in the fast lane after striking a deer. A tractor-trailer then ran into her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Buffalo News, state police have yet to decide whether to file charges against the truck driver, Thomas M. Wallace, 45, of Brook Park, Ohio.

“We’re still investigating it to see if there was some distracted driving involved,” Harris said. “We’re looking at why [Wallace] didn’t perceive the vehicle in front of him.”

State police noted that other drivers were able to avoid hitting Stratton’s disabled car in the minutes before the crash.

Stratton was married and had two sons, ages 1 and 3.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Woman admits to false claims on food stamp forms

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, social services

A Batavia woman who admitted this morning to defrauding the Department of Social Services out of $9,278 has until Feb. 12 to pay it all back or face up to two years in prison.

Tami Mileham made a $2,000 payment this morning.

If she makes the remainder of her scheduled payments, she's looking at much less time in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of offering a false instrument in the second degree.

Mileham admitted to making false statements on food stamp applications about a person living in her residence at the time.

Her reduced sentence could either be 60 days in jail, or 60 days of jail time staggered over four months. Otherwise, each count carries a one-year prison term and those terms could be imposed consecutively rather than concurrently.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Valle Jewelers wins Christmas window display contest

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BID, downtown

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I was really pleased with how this picture turned out and I'm glad Don Burkel has given me an excuse to re-run it.  This morning he announced the winners of the BID's Holiday Window Contest, and Valle Jewelers won.

Second prize went to Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles and third prize to Spa at Artemis.

Honorable mentions: C.L. Carr/Mistler Building, Continental School of Beauty, Floral Fantasies and WBTA.

Previously: Downtown Christmas Lights

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

AT&T upgrades wireless network in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in AT&T, broadband, business, wireless

iphone.jpgiPhone owners in Genesee County: Rejoice. We now have the 3G network available to us.

I was pleased to notice "3G" next to the reception bars on my iPhone this morning. And then a little while ago, I got a press release from AT&T announcing the network upgrade.

The PR says enhanced cell sites are located in Alexander, Batavia, Bethany, Brick House, Corfu, Darien, Elba, Leroy, Oakfield, Pavilion and Pembroke. (Brick House?)

3G is mobile broadband, meaning AT&T customers in Genesee County can now surf the Web and download e-mail a bit faster.

Now, if AT&T would just do something about the fact there is no place to buy iPhones or accessories in Genesee County.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Child in 'shaken baby' case doing much better, says mother

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy

A baby who was shaken and once described by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman as in grave condition is doing much better according to her mother.

This morning we received this e-mail from the mother (who asked that we not use her name):

I want to let everyone know the baby is doing excellent so far. She has made lots of progress. She is taking steps on her own and with help sometimes on her own holding onto to something. She is starting to use her right hand with lots of exercises. She knows the people who have been around her. She dances in her chair when she hears music. She is pretty much almost herself. With lots of prayer from people who know her and people who don't know her, she has come a long way.

Dietrich Williams is accused of shaking the baby girl and slamming the baby's head against a hard surface. He is awaiting trial on charges of assault in the first degree and reckless assault on a child. He pled not guilty to the charges in July. Williams reportedly worked with the mother in Le Roy and was acting as a sitter at the time of the alleged assault.

The mother said she's struggling because she's not working, but "all that counts is that she is getting better."

She said the baby, who will be two in March, is speaking single words and is getting therapy every day.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Man who assaulted deputy facing up to seven years in prison

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

A Batavia man admitted today that he assaulted a Sheriff's deputy when the deputy arrested him on a failure-to-appear warrant.

The deputy was not seriously injured, by Ryan Lee Krupp, 24, who fled his Pringle Avenue residence and wasn't captured until the following day.

As part of his plea bargain, Krupp also admitted to escape in the second degree.

The two felonies make Krupp a second-time felony offender in New York. In 2005, he was convicted of burglary in the third degree.

He's facing three to seven years in state prison. Judge Robert Noonan will impose sentence after a pre-sentence review is completed by Genesee Justice.

In exchange for his plea on the two felonies, other charges against Krupp were satisfied, according to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman. Those charges include promotion of prison contraband, grand larceny (Friedman said a stolen credit card was found in Krupp's residence) and the charge behind the original failure to appear, possession of a forged instrument.

Previously:

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

Driver accused of DWI and following too close in rear-end accident

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy

One driver apparently rear-ended another in a non-injury accident Sunday just after midnight.

Robert T. Long, 36, of 10 South St., Le Roy, was headed south on Route 19 when he slowed at West Bergen Road. Steven C. Kazmierczak, 25, of 61 Myrtle St., Apt. D2, Le Roy, was also southbound. Kazmierczak's car allegedly struck Long's from behind.

Kazmierczak was issued tickets for allegedly following too close, DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Kazmierczak was also cited for allegedly leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

Sponsors: The businesses that make The Batavian possible

post by Howard B. Owens in business, sponsors, thebatavian

More and more I'm working with The Batavian's sponsors in coming up with ad campaigns that feature special information or special deals, and it's been working. The ads on the right that change with unique information on a regular basis get the most reader response. 

Those ads all represent local advertisers. They are businesses that support your community as well as support The Batavian.  It's important to me that I'm giving them the best value for the money, so I work hard to come up with good ideas at attractive ads for them.  I encourage you to be sure to take some time when you visit The Batavian to see if there are any new offers or information that might be useful to you.

This is my regular reminder that without our sponsors, there is no The Batavian.  When you support The Batavian sponsors, you are helping to support an online news site you enjoy, and supporting your local community.

Below is our list of sponsors. Please patronize these businesses and when you do, let them know you saw them on The Batavian.

3 D Wine & Liquor
Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle
Affordable Floor Covering
Alex's Place
Anglican Community Church
Barrett's Batavia Marine and Sporting Supplies
Batavia Downs Casino
Blue Pearl Yoga
Bonarigo & McCutcheon
Bontrager's Auction
Carlson's Studio
Cedar St. Sales and Rentals
Center Street Smokehouse
Charles Men's Shop
Classic Home Improvements
Clor's Meat Market
The Color Salon
Country Cottage
Crazy Cheap Cars
D&R Depot Restaurant
Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern
The Enchanted Florist
Fastec Automotive
Genesee Dental Group
Genesee Feeds
Great Kutz
Herbly Wonderful
Holland Land Office Museum
House of K
The Insurance Center
Jackson St. Grill/Belladessa's
Kravings Kafe
Lamb Family Medicine
Lewis and Lewis
Main St. Pizza Company
The Mane Attraction
The Manor House
Mark Lewis Agency
Matteo & Mullen, CPA
Matty's Pizzeria
Max Pies
Movies in Motion
O'Lacy's Irish Pub
Oliver's Candies
Optique
Pauly's Pizza
Pellegrino Auto Sales
Present Tense Books
Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center
Reeb Family Moving
Roxy's Music Store
Sallome's Italian Deli
Select Collision
Sloat Tire
Small World Realty
South Main Country Store
Southside Deli
Suzanne Interiors
T.F. Brown's
Total Image Hair Salon
T-Shirts Etc.
Valle Jewelers
Vintage & Vogue Inspirations
WNY Fireplace Outlet
Wortzman Furniture

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