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Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

No injuries reported after car hits school bus full of children in Pembroke

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke

A school bus and a car have been involved in an accident in Pembroke, but no injuries are reported.

The bus is full of children.

UPDATE 8:52 a.m.: The children are being transferred to another school bus.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Truck drivers assist deputy being dragged by suspect's car

post by Howard B. Owens in corfu, crime, pembroke
Scott Kopper

A truck driver and a tow truck operator came to the aid of a deputy today after a criminal suspect allegedly trapped the deputy's arm in a rolled up window and dragged the deputy with his car as the suspect tried to drive away.

The truck drivers used their vehicles to pin the suspect's car against a snow bank, giving Deputy Brian Thompson a chance to break the window and subdue the suspect.

Taken into custody was Scott A. Kopper, 36, of East Main Street, Corfu.

The incident began at 11:35 a.m. when Thompson was dispatched to Route 33 in Pembroke to check on a car reported off the road.

Thompson, who has had prior contact with Kopper, recognized the driver and after checking with dispatchers, learned Kopper was wanted by NYS Parole.

Kopper allegedly refused to exit his vehicle, despite numerous requests by Thompson.

When Thompson attempted to stop Kopper from leaving the scene -- his car had been extricated from the snow bank by the tow truck driver -- Kopper allegedly rolled up his window, trapping Thompson's arm.

A witness said Kopper then tried to drive away, dragging Thompson about 100 feet.

With the vehicle rendered immobile, the two truck drivers assisted Thompson in subduing Kopper.

Thompson suffered bruising and minor cuts and scrapes, but escaped serious injury.

Kopper was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree. Additional charges are pending. Kopper was jailed on $25,000 bail.

Kopper is the former owner of WNY Blacktop Sealers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Corfu / Pembroke Winter Fest set for Jan. 25

post by Billie Owens in corfu, pembroke

Press release:

CORFU / PEMBROKE WINTER FEST 2014 is Saturday, Jan. 25 from noon – 8 p.m.

This is Western Genesee County’s premier winter celebration. It's in the Village of Corfu, 116 E. Main St., Corfu. Sponsored by GO ART! and NYSA.

(See * for new this year)

Vendors / artists / crafts

  1. Keating Metal Spinning*
  2. Sweet Dream Maple Farm*
  3. The Artisans at North Street*
  4. Country Treasures*
  5. Garbecks Creek*
  6. Harper Hill Farm*
  7. Heaven’s Gate Floral & Gifts*
  8. Wishful Thinking*
  9. Kozy Kabin*
  10. Kitty Krazed Kat Treats*
  11. Pembroke Wood Turners*
  12. Terkel Photography*        

Youth Groups

  1. Boy Scout Troop 6066
  2. Boy Scout Pack 6066
  3. Dollars for Scholars
  4. PHS Class of 2015
  5. National Honor Society 
  6. PHS Class of 2014
  7. Girl Scouts 42110
  8. PYA Cheerleaders
  9. PHS Cheerleaders
  10. Pembroke Youth Association

Non-Profits / Government

  1. Corfu Free Library
  2. VFW 9000
  3. Community Information: Gen Co. Office for the Aging & Gen Co. Citizens Corps Council* / ARC* / Gen Co. DMV & Clerk * / Gen Co. Health Dept.* / SAGE* / NYS Public Service Commission* / Ready.Gov* Donations for PSD-area Food Pantries get door prize drawing tickets
  4. Volunteers for Animals* -- donors of dog & cat food get door prize drawing tickets for the Emergency First Aid Kit for Pets* and other goodies
  5. Indian Falls Methodist Church
  6. Cost of Freedom Tribute  VFW #626*
  7. Kiwanis of Corfu-Pembroke-Darien

Activities & Displays

  1. Skyhunters Birds of Prey*
  2. Ice Rink  -- outside
  3. Corfu Fire Department
  4. Historian Al Starkweather “Recreation in Pembroke Throughout the Years”*
  5. Community Band – Noon to 2 p.m. in the tent
  6. Larry Kohorst – Magic show 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the tent
  7. Dance Inferno – 5 to 8 p.m. in the tent
  8. Genesee Co. – our new Sheriff's K-9 "Destro" and Deputy Christopher Erion – outside 3:30 p.m.
  9. Genesee Co. Sheriff -- Safe Child ID – noon to 3 p.m.
  10. NYS Troopers
  11. DJs & sound systems: Biggs Sound & Entertainment and Dan Beal

And more to come!

Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Truck hauling helicopter on Thruway crashes in Pembroke

post by Howard B. Owens in Mercy Flight, pembroke, thruway

The driver of a truck hauling an out-of-service Mercy Flight helicopter apparently hit a slick spot on the road and lost control of the truck, causing the trailer to roll over.

The helicopter was heavily damaged when it rolled off the trailer.

"It's just property damage," said Mercy Flight's CFO Margaret Ferentino. "That's the good news. Thank goodness, no one was hurt."

The helicopter was taken out of service in 2011 and had been sold to a company in Australia. It was being hauled to Canandaigua for repainting.

Most of the components had been removed to prepare it for repainting, Ferentino said.

Based on pictures from the scene, Ferentino said it appears the helicopter was totaled in the accident, but it will be assessed when it's returned to Mercy Flight's base in Buffalo.

The accident was reported at 10:38 a.m. in the area of mile marker 402, which is just west of the Pembroke toll plaza.

Photo: Courtesy NYSP Public Information Officer, Troop A, Trooper Victor Morales.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Grand Jury indicts alleged burglars and order-of-protection violators

post by Billie Owens in batavia, alexander, crime, Grand Jury, pembroke

The following indictments have been issued by the Genesee County Grand Jury:

James P. Garcia, Anthony F. Bovenzi-Ortiz, Michael A. Olivio and Larry E. Fitoria are accused of third-degree burglary for allegedly knowingly entering, or remaining unlawfully, in a store on Veterans Memorial Drive in the Town of Batavia with the intent of committing a crime on June 17. In count two, they are accused of third-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing property worth more than $3,000. In this case, cell phones and electronic merchandise valued at $9,824.09.

Danny J. Torok Jr. is accused of second-degree burglary, a Class C violent felony, for allegedly knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in a dwelling on Maple Street in the City of Batavia on May 16. In count two, he is accused of first-degree criminal contempt, a Class E felony, for allegedly violating an order of protection by physical menace which intentionally placed, or attempted to place, the protected party in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death. In count three, he is accused of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly intentionally impeding normal breathing or circulation of blood by applying pressure on a person's throat or neck.

Anthony L. Holohan is accused of criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class D felony, for allegedly intending to damage property on Gilmore Road in the Town of Pembroke on July 11. Two windows were damaged, which had a value of $2,260.

Sharnice S. Gibson is accused of criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony, for allegedly intentionally violating an order of protection in the City of Batavia, which required her to stay away from the protected party.

Daniel J. Duryea is accused of allegedly driving while intoxicated on Sept. 1 in the Town of Alexander. He was allegedly driving a 2012 Dodge pickup truck on Route 238 at the time of the incident. In count two of the indictment, he was accused of DWI, per se, also a Class E felony, for allegedly having a BAC of .08.

Robert G. Woodhouse Jr. is accused of allegedly driving while ability impaired by drugs, a Class E felony, on Aug. 16 in the Town of Batavia. He was allegedly driving a 2007 Hummer on Route 5 at the time of the incident.

Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Kitchen fire at the Flying J in Pembroke

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire, indian falls, pembroke

A kitchen fire is reported at the Flying J Travel Center on Route 77 in Pembroke. Nothing is showing, according to a responder, but the restaurant is being evacuated. He also says there are no flames and that the fire is probably electrical in nature and is in the ceiling.

Pembroke, Indian Falls and Alabama fire departments responding, along with a ladder truck from Akron.

UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: They are going to open up the ceiling tiles. The gas and electricity are shut off. A light tower will be put up so firefighters can see the roof. A rep from National Grid is requested. A thermal imaging camera is requested.

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Fire is out. Checking for extensions.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: "The roof is cleared." The public health department will be notified of the incident as required. A crew from Newstead is asked to stand by in Pembroke Fire Hall.

UPDATE 5:46 p.m.: Town of Pembroke Code Enforcement will be notified of the incident as required.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. (by Howard): The Alabama assignment is back in service, but the restaurant remains close pending code enforcement clearance.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Up to 10 inches of beautiful tiny snowflakes expected by tomorrow morning

post by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, weather

Jamie Waff wanted us to see, for a change, some snowflakes instead of just big piles of snow. He took a picture of these flakes on the scope of his muzzleloader. Waff is chief of the Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department.

We can expect a lot more of these beautiful flakes to fall on Genesee County. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow. It's in effect through 9 a.m., Sunday.

Up to 10 inches of snow could fall on Batavia by tomorrow morning.

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Law and Order: Two apparently homeless men arrested in garage on South Main

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alexander, bergen, corfu, crime, pembroke

Andrew Lucas Kosiorek, 41, no address provided, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespass, 3rd, and obstruction of governmental administration. Kosiorek was arrested after being allegedly located in a garage on South Main Street at 12:30 a.m., Nov. 28. Kosiorek allegedly tried to flee from police at the time of his arrest. Upon being taken into custody he was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed on $2,500 bail. Also charged with criminal trespass was Damien R. Graham, 41, no residence.

Norman S. Malkimos-Gonzalez Jr., is charged with menacing, 3rd. Malkimos-Gonzalez is accused of threatening to shoot another person while in the area of 85 Main St., Batavia, at 4:10 p.m. on Nov. 22. Malkimos-Gonzalez was later located in the area of Ellicott and Jackson and taken into custody. No weapon was found.

Morgan L. Cox Jr., 21, of 119 State St., #4m Batavia, is charged with criminal intent to damage property and harassment, 2nd. Cox was arrested following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident at 12:59 p.m., Nov. 28.

A 16-year-old resident of West Main Street Road, is charged with petit larceny. The youth is accused of stealing $85.07 in merchandise from Tops.

Thomas W. Morey Jr., 38, of 10631 Main St., Alexander, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Morey was allegedly found in possession of two firearms during a traffic stop at 6:26 p.m. Nov. 25 on West Main Street, Batavia, by Officer James DeFreze. Morey reportedly has a prior felony conviction.

Christina S. Baudanza, 37, of 154 Jackson St., Batavia, is charged with disobeying a mandate. Baudanza was arrested following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident.

Matthew A. Beccue, 44, of 4 Elm St., Batavia, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway. Beccue was stopped at 8:32 p.m. Nov. 22 on East Main Street, Batavia, by Officer Chad Richards.

Taraleen T. Tundo, 29, 10901 Marsh Road, Bethany, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Tundo was allegedly found in possession of suboxone without a prescription during a traffic stop at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 21 on Ellicott Street, Batavia, by Officer John Kirbis.

Antonio Lester James, 22, of Avenue A, Rochester, was arrested on a bench warrant. He is accused of failure to appear in County Court on a grand larceny, 4th, charge. James was being held in Monroe County Jail and turned over to the Sheriff's Office. James was arraigned in County Court and sentenced by Judge Robert Noonan to a state prison term.

George A. Booth, 50, of Rural Route 1, Hinton, W. Va., was arrested on a warrant stemming from a criminal possession of a forged instrument charge. Booth was arrested in West Virginia and extradited to New York. He was arraigned in Town of Alexander Court and jailed on $5,000 cash bail.

Timothy R. Benbynek, 48 of Corfu, is charged with trespass. Benbynek was arrested at 816 Gabbey Road, Pembroke. No further details released.

William H. Englert, 47, of Caledonia, is charged with DWI. Englert was stopped at 9:55 p.m. Dec. 1 on Bernd Road, Le Roy, by State Police.

Allissa A. Fodge, 23, of Bergen, and Megan C. Marchese, 26, of Bergen, are both charged with grand larceny, 3rd. The alleged incident was reported Oct. 18. Fodge and Marchese were arrested by State Police. No further details released.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Law an Order: Bergen resident accused of passing forged check

post by Howard B. Owens in Basom, batavia, Alabama, bergen, corfu, crime, pembroke

Dustin Michael Locicero, 29, of Gibson Street, Bergen, is charged with forgery 2nd. Locicero was arrested following an investigation into a complaint of a stolen check and its forged use at a location in the City of Batavia. Locicero was jailed without bail.

Thomas E. Newcomb, 42, of 27 E. Main St., Le Roy, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Newcomb is accused of striking a woman in the face with his hand during an argument.

Brandon David Gendron, 25, of Judge Road, Basom, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, uninspected motor vehicle and failure to keep right. Gendron was stopped at 11:25 p.m. Fridayon Fotch Road, Stafford, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Stephen Joseph Peters, 18, of Wyoming Road, Warsaw, is charged with petit larceny. Peters accused of shoplifting from Walmart.

David William Buchholtz, 54, of North Spruce Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Buchholtz is accused of shoplifting from Walmart.

Harry Lee Flatt, 68, of Fruit Avenue, Medina, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.

Donald Anthony Irwin, 43, of Main Road, Stafford, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Irwin was allegedly found in possession of a metal knuckle knife following a property damage accident at 9:12 p.m. Thursday in the Walmart parking lot.

Michael J. Wall, 39, of Oak Orchard Road, Elba, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. Wall was arrested following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident reported at 6:40 a.m., Nov. 23.

Christopher Brian King, 22, of Pearl Street Road, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. King is accused of ordering food at the Denny's in Pembroke and leaving without paying for the food.

Dana Robert Devin Cipra, 21, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Cipra was arrested following a traffic stop at 12:47 a.m. Thursday on Route 77, Corfu, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Danielle M. Stevens, 37, of Ford Road, Elba, is charged with petit larceny. Stevens was arrested after a check of video surveillance footage indicated she allegedly stole two vacuums from Walmart.

Robert Allen Norway, 40, of Lake Avenue, Rochester, is charged with violation of a Family Court order. Norway was arrested on a warrant out of Family Court.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Big rig reportedly sideswipes a car on Main Road in Pembroke

post by Billie Owens in accidents, indian falls, pembroke

An accident with minor injuries is reported at 352 Main Road in Pembroke. A tractor-trailer that was "bobtailing" allegedly sideswiped a car and the driver has facial lacerations from broken glass. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics. Also, Akron is called to provide a pumper, mutual aid.

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