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Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

Two wrecks on the Thruway, one minor injury

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There are two motor-vehicle accidents on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 401. There are no injuries reported for the one in the eastbound lane, which involves a red Jaguar. The one in the westbound lane resulted in a minor injury. Mercy medics are responding along with Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: A second ambulance is requested and assistance for traffic control. The Jag has major front-end damage and is on the bridge over Route 77, which is said to be extremely slick and cars are traveling on it too fast. A third car has slid on the bridge.

UPDATE 10:57 a.m.: The state DOT has salt and maintenance trucks headed to the bridge.

UPDATE 11:14 a.m.: Two patients are being taken to UMMC.

UPDATE 11:22 a.m.: The patients headed to UMMC have minor injuries. One is a 49-year-old female, the other is an 18-year-old male.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: Indian Falls is leaving the scene and so is the State Trooper.

UPDATE 11:27 a.m.: Pembroke command calls for an ambulance at the top of the ramp of the Pembroke exit off the Thruway for an accident in which a person has neck and back pain.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: The person with neck and back pain is a 42-year-old male who is being taken to UMMC.

UPDATE 11:56 a.m.: The Pembroke assignment is back in service.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Grand Jury Report: Convicted sex offender accused of not registering change of Internet access

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The Grand Jury of Genesee County has issued the following indictments:

Kevin C. Johnson is indicted on a count of failure to register change of Internet access. Johnson, a convicted sex offender, is accused of not notifying authorities within 10 calendar days of a change in Internet access accounts.

James D. Ferguson is indicated on counts of DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation. Ferguson is accused of driving drunk May 28 in Pembroke while having a revoked license due to a prior conviction in Buffalo in 2011 of driving while ability impaired.

Xzavier A. Davis is indicted on felony counts of DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation. Davis is accused of driving drunk May 13 in the Town of Darien. Davis has a prior DWI conviction in the Town of Cambria in 2012.

Shawn A. Johnson Jr., is indicted on four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, 1st. Johnson is accused of possessing forged $20 bills in the Town of Darien.

Robert L. Hizer is indicted on counts of felony DWI, aggravated felony DWI and robbery, 3rd. Hizer is accused of driving drunk June 23 in the Town of Le Roy while children under age 15 were in the vehicle. He is accused of, on that same date, stealing $138 and a pack of cigarettes from the Wilson Farms store at 13 Lake St., Le Roy.

Laszlo Szabo is indicted on counts of felony DWI and driving with a BAC of .18 or greater. Szabo is accused of driving drunk Sept. 23 in the Town of Le Roy. Szabo has a prior DWI conviction from 2005 in the Town of Greece.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

Two local efforts under way today to collect donations for Superstorm Sandy relief

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, pembroke

Press release:

As we all know, the East Coast was recently struck by Hurricane Sandy and has much devastation. Members of our community have decided to start a donation drive at the Pembroke High School (routes 5 and 77 in Corfu) on Friday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. with the help of students of the high school.

The students are really coming together to all participate in making this happen. We have been in direct contact with the location where we are making our drop and the following are their specific needs.

We will be accepting: bottled water, toiletries, non-perishable food items and bulk food items for the location because they are making daily hot meals for those who continue to have no electricity. Also needed are: blankets, gently used coats, hats and gloves, and new or gently used toys and Home Depot gift cards, but please no money.

But money can be given to the American Red Cross <www.redcross.org> and checks made out to the American Red Cross can be accepted during the charity drive at the high school.

After, we will be joining with Alden Presbyterian Church to move the goods to another church in New Jersey. Thank you for your time and generosity!

Also, an update on the Rotary drive, from Samantha Vagg, who said specific items are needed:

  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • New blankets, pillows, bedding, towels and cots
  • Cleaning supplies of all types -- mops, brooms, pails, disinfectant, bleach, detergent
  • Flash lights and batteries, especially D batteries
  • Work gloves
  • Disposable diapers for babies of all sizes and Depends for senior citizens
  • Non-perishable food items, especially chunky soups, protein items; canned tuna fish or salmon, sardines, peanut butter, bread, stews, canned ravioli, and juices. We need foods that don’t have to be heated. There is a tremendous need for food right now.
  • Baby food of all types
  • Pet food of all types
  • Paper plates and cups

The drop-off location for the Rotary drive is the American Legion post in Le Roy, 53 W. Main St. Donated goods will be accepted until 6 p.m. today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Man serving time for molesting toddler admits to second sex abuse act

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

A man already serving a 15-year prison term for molesting a toddler admitted in county court today that he also molested another child under age 11 in March.

James L. Little Jr., 41, formerly of Batavia, could get three-and-a-half years tacked onto his current sentence after accepting a plea deal from the District Attorney's Office.

Little was escorted to court by state prison guards and appeared in court shackled and in a kelly green jumpsuit.

He entered a guilty plea to sexual abuse in the first degree.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Batavia PD first arrested Little earlier this year for molesting a 2-year-old. Only after he was sentenced on that first charge did the second molestation, which occurred prior to Little's first arrest, come to light. 

Fifty-three-year-old Beverly Hensel was accused in court documents of supplying Little which child porn starting in 2008. She's entered a guilty plea to possession of child sexual performance and is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 9.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

Driver injured in rollover accident on Indian Falls Road

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A driver was injured in a single-car accident on Indian Falls Road, Pembroke, shortly after midnight when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned near Airville Road.

Scott Moore, 31, of Trumbull Parkway, Batavia, was transported to ECMC.

Charges are pending against Moore, according to the Sheriff's Office report prepared by Deputy Howard Carlson.

Moore was eastbound on Indian Falls at 12:49 a.m. when he reportedly failed to maintain his lane and exited the roadway off the left shoulder. The 2000 GMC pickup struck a ditch, overturned, struck a telephone box and came to rest on its roof.

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:56 am

Law and Order: Batavia teen accused of threatening police with a knife

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Tyler J. Pratt, 16, of 41 Vine St, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, menacing, 1st, and criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Pratt allegedly called police at 11:35 p.m., Saturday, reporting a subject with a knife at a residence on Roosevelt Avenue. When officers arrived, they allegedly found Pratt in possession of the knife. Pratt reportedly ignored several orders to drop the knife and allegedly brandished it in a threatening manner toward officers. Pratt then reportedly attempted to flee and was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. Pratt is under court order to stay away from the residence of the alleged incident. Pratt was remanded to the Genesee County Jail on no bail. Officers who responded to the call were Frank Klimjack, Daryle Streeter, Eric Bolles and Jamie Givens.

Shari A. Yark, 50, of 4 Roosevelt Ave., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Yark is accused of allowing a person at her residence at 11:35 p.m., Saturday, who was barred from the residence and of contacting her daughter while allegedly knowing a stay away order of protection is in place.

Antonio Michael Giglia, 22, of Amherst Street, Buffalo, is charged with grand larceny, 4th, conspiracy, 5th, petit larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and possession of burglary tools. Giglia was apprehended following a complaint of larceny at Target. The suspects allegedly left stolen merchandise behind and fled the store. Deputies later located the suspects' vehicle. Also arrested was Amanda Rose Renza. Renza is charged with grand larceny, 4th, conspiracy, 5th and petit larceny. The case was investigated by deputies Joseph Graff and Patrick Reeves.

Leon C. Bloom Jr., 30, of 5 Thorpe St., Batavia, is charged with burglary, 2nd, criminal mischief, 4th, and petit larceny. Bloom was taken into custody following a report of a burglary in progress Saturday at a location on Fordham Drive. Bloom was also charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, 4th, petit larceny and harassment, 2nd. Those charges stem from an unrelated incident earlier in the day.

Kevin Edward Moscicki, 25, of Jakaub Road, Elba, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, refusal to submit to breath test, failure to yield right of way for emergency vehicle and driving left of pavement markings. Moscicki was arrested following a report at 8:16 p.m., Thursday, of a hit-and-run accident on Route 33, Town of Batavia. The suspect vehicle rear-ended a car parked on the shoulder of the roadway and fled the scene. At 9:05 p.m., dispatchers received a report of a Chevy pickup with front-end damage that was stopped at the intersection of Route 77 and Gabby Road, Town of Pembroke. The pickup was located by Deputy Patrick Reeves. Moscicki is also accused of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and moving from lane unsafely.

Melissa A. Williams, of Lake Street, Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny. Williams is accused of stealing two cans of Four Loko from a convience store in the village. Williams allegedly still possessed one can when she was located by Le Roy PD.

John W. Williams III, of 8170 Batavia Stafford Townline Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI. Williams was arrested by Batavia PD on a warrant. Williams was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Danny D. Williams, 24, of 18 East Ave., upper, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Williams is accused of punching another person in the face and grabbing that person by the hair during a domestic incident at 10:40 p.m., Saturday. Williams was jailed on $250 bail.

Steven J. Mancuso-Haitz Jr., 28, of 110 Bank St., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Mancuso-Haitz turned himself in on a warrant for allegedly sending a letter to a protected party.

Dashawn Butler, 33, of 101 Summit St., right side, Batavia, is charged with unnecessary noise. Butler is accused of hosting an excessively loud party at his residence.

Scott C. Brown II, 24, of 3490 S. Main St. Road, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Brown was reportedly asked to leave a local business for allegedly being unruly. When police arrived they found him allegedly in possession of marijuana.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Motorcyclist down, possibly unconscious, at on-ramp of westbound Thruway

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A motorcyclist is down, and possibly unconscious on the roadway, at westbound on-ramp 48A of the Thruway. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight, en route to base after the accident in Darien, is in air, on standby.

UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: Mercy Flight is cancelled.

UPDATE 5:08 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls are back in service. Didn't hear the status of the cyclist.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Pembroke woman, 53, admits to possessing child porn

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

A Pembroke woman who allegedly supplied child pornography to a man later convicted of molesting toddlers entered a guilty plea in Genesee County Court today to one count of possession of sexual performance of a child.

As a term of the plea deal, Beverly Hensel, 53, of 8921 Alleghany Road, Pembroke, could receive up to 10 years probation and an intermittent jail term.

She also will not face federal prosecution.

Hansel admitted to possessing child pornography between January 2008 and December 2009.

According to court documents, Hansel met James L. Little Jr., 41, formerly of Batavia, at a bar in Corfu. During the meeting, Little said Hansel offered to acquire child pornography for him.

"Bev knew I was having certain feelings," Little wrote in his deposition as part of the court documents filed with Hansel's arrest. "Bev gave me my first child porn DVD around January of 2008."

Little is currently serving a 15-year sentence for molesting a toddler in Batavia last year and has been charged with molesting a second child.

Hansel will be sentenced Jan. 9.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

Driver cited for alleged failure to yield right of way following accident in Pembroke

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A driver allegedly turned her car in front of another vehicle causing a minor-injury accident on Route 77 in Pembroke at 5:28 p.m., Sunday.

Cited for alleged failure to yield the right of way was Bernadine Lindquist, 77, of Judge Road, Basom.

Lindquist was the only person treated at a hospital after the accident. She was transported by Mercy EMS to UMMC.

Her passenger, Ray Lindquist-Saile, 10, was not injured.

The other driver, Gregory M. Deiuba, 20, of Margaret Drive, Clarence, complained of pain, but was not taken to a hospital.

According to Deputy Tim Westcott's report, Lindquist was northbound on Route 77 when she attempted to make a left-hand turn into the Flying J parking lot. Her 2006 Dodge sedan was struck by Deiuba's 1999 Nissan SUV.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Car crash in front of the Flying J in Pembroke

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A two-car accident is blocking traffic at 8484 Alleghany Road, in front of the Flying J Travel Center. Pembroke and Indian Fall fire departments are responding along with Mercy EMS. Unknown injuries.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: The accident is partially blocking the entrance to the travel center. There are two injuries reported, unknown severity.

UPDATE 5:59 p.m.: One person is being transported to UMMC for evaluation. No word on the status of others.

UPDATE 6:09 p.m.: A 76-year-old female is being taken to UMMC complaining of right leg pain after the vehicle she was driving was allegedly T-boned on the passenger's side as she attempted to turn north on Route 77. She was wearing a seat belt. Also, an 11-year-old boy is being taken to UMMC, accompanied by his grandmother, for evaluation.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: The responders are back in service.

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