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Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Overnight robbery of convenience store in Bergen prompts Sheriff's Office to seek public's help

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Press release:

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred early this morning at the Sugar Creek store on Route 33 in the Town of Bergen. At about 1:30 a.m. a white male entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk. He implied he had a weapon although none was displayed. The clerk complied with the demand and the suspect was able to flee with cash from the register. The suspect was last seen leaving the store on foot headed east. If anyone has any information regarding the incident please contact the Genesee County Sheriff's Office at (585) 343-5000.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Site of Easter service in Bergen now county owned property, and that could be a problem

post by Howard Owens in bergen

For 42 years members of two churches in Bergen have come together for Easter services on a hill in town.

When it was private property, there was never an issue with the annual service. Now, however, as of this year, the property is owned by the county.

Legislator Ray Cianfrini said today he is worried that somebody could sue the county over allowing a religious service on the property, or some "fringe group" (lack of a better term, he said) might demand equal access to a county park and say a precedent has been set.

"While I support the church and this service, I think there are some legal issues that will have ramifications," Cianfrini said.

County Attorney Chuck Zambito said, yes, it's possible allowing the service could lead to somebody filing a lawsuit.

"I don't think there is anything wrong by allowing them to hold the service," Zambito said. "You may get challenged and you may loose. You may have to abide by whatever happens."

The legal concern prompted Cianfrini to vote no on a resolution before the Ways and Means Committee to authorize the churches to hold the services.

The county acquired the property for one of its new emergency communication towers associated with the construction of the new 9-1-1 system.

Bob Bausch, who represents Bergen, sought approval of continuing access to the property for the Easter service.

The churches conducting the service are the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen and the United Methodist Church of Bergen.

"It's an hour service or less once a year and it's very, very meaningful to them," Bausch said.

The church leaders claim, Zambito said, that the person who owned the property 42 years ago placed a covenant on the parcel to ensure the churches would always be allowed to hold services there.

Zambito said he can find no such covenant filed with the deed and there's been no recording of any such contract.

On the other hand, the previous property owner -- Time Warner -- and the current surrounding property owner -- the Monroe County Water Authority -- have always allowed the services.

In fact, the water authority provides the churches with a key to its locked gate at the base of the hill and service-goers now have a paved road up the hill that's normally to service the Time Warner's communication tower.

Legislator Ed Dejanerio said he is concerned about any liability the county might have from the use, so legislators added a requirement to the resolution that the churches purchase appropriate insurance for the event.

The committee passed the resolution approving the services 3-1. 

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Grand Jury indicts man for first-degree rape of girl less than 11 in City of Batavia

post by Billie Owens in batavia, bergen, crime, Pavilion, pembroke

These are the latest indictments issued by the Genesee County Grand Jury:

Terrel A. Goodson, an adult male, is accused of predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A-II felony. It is alleged that on Sept. 2, Goodson committed first-degree rape in the City of Batavia by engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl less than 11 years old. In count two, he is accused of the same crime by engaging in oral sexual conduct with a girl less than 11 years old. In count three, he is accused of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class violent felony, for allegedly subjecting a minor under the age of 11 to sexual contact.

Timmy L. Taylor is indicted on five counts of first-degree criminal contempt, Class E felonies, for allegedly violating a court order of protection in October in the City of Batavia. It is alleged that Taylor intentionally placed, or attempted to place, a protected person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by repeatedly following the person or engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts over a period of time. He allegedly violated the court order of protection in the City of Batavia on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 with the intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm a protected person or otherwise subject that person to physical contact or threatened to do so. He's accused of striking, shoving, kicking or otherwise subjecting the protected party to physical contact or threatening to do so. He's is accused of intentionally placing, or attempting to place, the protected party in reasonable fear of death, imminent serious physical injury or physical injury. In counts six and seven, he is accused of third-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly intending to cause physical injury to another person, causing injury to such person or to a third person on Oct. 6 and 20th, respectively. In counts eight and nine, he is accused of second-degree strangulation, a Class D violent felony, for intending to impede normal breathing or circulation of blood to another person, applying pressure on the throat or neck of the person, thereby causing stupor, loss of consciousness for any period of time, or any other physical injury or impairment, on Oct. 6 and 20th, respectively. In count 10, he's accused of first-degree coercion, a Class D felony, for compelling or inducing a person to engage in conduct which the person had a legal right to abstain from engaging in or, conversely, the person had the right to engage in legally. This allegedly was done on Oct. 20 by instilling fear of physical injury. In count 11, Taylor is accused of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly restraining another person on Oct. 20.

Leon C. Bloom Jr. is accused of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony, for entering or remaining unlawfully inside a dwelling on Fordham Drive in the City of Batavia late on Sept. 22 or early on Sept. 23 with the intent of committing a crime. In so doing or in fleeing the scene, it is alleged he physically injured a person who was not a participant in the alleged crime. In count two, he's accused of strangulation in the second degree, in the same incident, for allegedly intending to impede normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person, applying pressure to the person's throat or neck thereby causing stupor or loss of consciousness for any period of time or any other physical injury or impairment. In count three, Bloom is accused of third-degree assualt, a Class A misdemeanor, for intending to cause physical injury to another person or causing such injury to the person or a third person.

Matthew J. Vandorn is accused of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, for allegedly knowingly entering and remaining unlawfully in a barn on Dillon Road in the Town of Pavilion on July 4th or 5th. In count two, he is accused of fourth-degree grand larceny, a Class E felony. He allegedly stole property valued at more than $1,000 in the Town of Stafford on July 1st or 2nd, specifically two Yamaha motorcycles, made in 1994 and 2005, respectively. In count three, he is accused of criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, a Class E felony. It is alleged that between July 1 and July 18 in the Town of Stafford he knowingly possessed stolen property with the intent to benefit himself or someone other than the owner, or to impede the recovery of the property by the owner. The property's value was more than $1,000 -- the two motorcycles noted in count two of the indictment. In count four of the indictment, Vandorn is accused of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, for allegedly entering or remaining unlawfully in a building on Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road in the Town of Oakfield on June 29 and June 30 with the intent to commit a crime. In count five, Vandorn is accused of criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd, a Class D felony, for allegedly knowingly possessing stolen property with the intent of benefitting himself or someone other than the owner, or to impede the recovery of the property by the owner and the value of it exceeded $3,000. The property was a Honda TRX four-wheeler and a Yamaha 350 Raptor four-wheeler. In count six, he is accused of grand larceny, 3rd, a Class D felony for allegedly stealing property on June 29 and June 30 valued at more than $3,000, the aforementioned four-wheelers.

Samantha A. Lora is accused of driving while intoxicated, a Class D felony, for driving a 2013 Chevrolet on Interstate 90 in the Town of Pembroke on May 1 while impaired by alcohol. In count two, she accused of the same crime while she had a passenger age 15 or less, which is a Class E felony. In count three, Lora is accused of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony, for operating a motor vehicle while knowing or having reason to know, that her license was suspended, revoked or otherwise withdrawn in the state of New York, and while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Jeremy M. Denton is accused of driving while intoxicated as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on May 10 in the Town of Bergen he drove a 2004 GMC pickup truck on Route 19 while intoxicated. In count two of the indictment, he is also accused of having a BAC of .08 at the time.

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:54 am

Law and Order: Two men accused of causing a late night disturbance at McDonald's

post by Howard Owens in batavia, bergen, byron, crime

Sean A. Kota, 20, of 7118 Byron Holley Road, Byron, is charged with DWI, refusal to take breath test, and criminal possession of marijuana, 5th. Kota was arrested following a police response to a report at McDonald's of two males in a vehicle in the drive-thru causing a disturbance at 2:30 a.m., Wednesday. Kota was allegedly found in possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana. Kota was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Michael Vincent Pontillo, 20, of 37 Bogue Ave., Batavia, is charged with assault, 2nd, with intent to cause physical injury to a police officer, obstructing governmental administration, 2nd, and resisting arrest. Pontillo was arrested as part of the same alleged incident involving Kota above.

Lance David Compton, 21, of East Main Street, Attica, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child, 1st. Compton is accused of providing alcohol to two people under age 21. Compton was arrested following a traffic stop at 9:09 p.m. Thursday on Lake Road, Bergen, by Deputy Joseph Corona. Cited for alleged possession/consumption of alcohol under age 21 were Christopher Stuart Nevinger, 20, of Eaton Road, Perry, and Cody Kleitz, 18, Espial Drive, Binghamtom.

Reinaldo Roman, 41, of 140 Jackson St., Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Roman is accused of violating a stay away order of protection by being at the residence of the protected party. Roman reportedly has a prior conviction on the same order for criminal contempt, 2nd.

Kasean L. Shannon, 21, of 115 State St., Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal contempt, 1st. Shannon is accused of violating a stay away order of protection and possessing marijuana at the time of his arrest by Batavia PD.

Banjamin G. Evans IV, 25, no current address, Rochester, was arrested on a bench warrant out of City Court. Evans is accused of failure to appear on a criminal possession of a controlled substance charge. Evans was located by Rochester PD and taken into custody. He was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Mom chases son who allegedly stole her car

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Law enforcement just intercepted a suspect driving a burgundy Ford Escape on southbound Route 19. The driver's mother had reported that her son stole her vehicle. She followed him in her blue Jeep Liberty. The chase went on for about 10 minutes.

"The mother's awfully excited. We're telling her to stay in the vehicle," says a dispatcher.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Smoke in the residence reported on North Lake Road, Bergen

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Residents of 6568 N. Lake Road have evacuated the structure after reporting smoke in the house from a possible electrical problem.

The call came in through Monroe County dispatch.

Bergen fire is being dispatched. Brockport ladder and a Churchville engine are in route.

A chief on scene reports nothing showing from the single-story ranch home.

UPDATE 6:04 p.m.: First Bergen crew arriving on scene, will be deployed to the basement with a thermal camera.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m.: A chief reports "a basement charged with smoke." Also, Mercy EMS responding from Batavia.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: Mercy's response cancelled. A firefighter reports, "basement's been checked. Everything's cool down there." Proceeding to check ground floor.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: Fans are being brought in to air out the structure. No cause found at this time.

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Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

Liberty Pumps names new CFO

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Message from Charlie Cook, CEO of Liberty Pumps:

I am very pleased to announce that Dennis Burke has been promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Liberty Pumps effective October 1.

Dennis has been with the company for 21 years serving in a wide variety of roles. He is currently our Manager of Finance and Human Resources, which includes the management of our Accounting department. His new position and title more accurately encompass and acknowledge those responsibilities among several others. He is an essential member of the Liberty management team. A 1985 graduate of Byron-Bergen, Dennis has a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. John Fisher College and an MBA from the University of Buffalo. He also has his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a member and past president of the GAPA Human Resources Association. Dennis is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Genesee and is very active and involved in the community.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Car accident at Route 33 and Lyman Road, Bergen

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A car accident with minor injuries is reported at Route 33 and Lyman Road in Bergen. Bergen fire and medics are responding. The vehicle is said to be about 20 feet off the roadway into some small trees.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: Bergen is back in service.

UPDATE 7:50 p.m.: An 18-year-old male is being taken to UMMC with complaints of left-side pain in his hip, back and ribs.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Turnovers Doom Elba/Byron-Bergen

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Elba/Byron-Bergen turned the ball over four times as they fell to Attica, 28 to 6.
The Blue Devils got off to a fast start as Jake Strzelec scored the first two touchdowns of the game on a pair of 6-yard runs to take a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Lancers appeared to have momentum as they drove deep into Attica territory before Jake Dollard picked off the first of his three interceptions in the game. 
After neither team could put points on the board, Elba/Byron-Bergen was driving again with less than two minutes to play in the half before Dollard intercepted Garrett Chapell again, this time taking it 80 yards for a touchdown to go up 21-0.
Disaster would strike again as Andy Underhill fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Blue Devils the ball deep in Lancer territory. However, Elba/Byron-Bergen appeared to turn the momentum their way after keeping Attica off the board before halftime.
“I thought we rallied pretty well at halftime,” said Elba/Byron-Bergen head coach Mike Cintorino. “We made some adjustments at halftime and our kids came out firing in the second half.”
The Lancers came up big on the first drive of the second half, recovering a fumble at the Attica 28-yard line. They wasted no time in turning the mistake into points as Steele Truax plunged in from a yard out to cut the lead to 21-6.
Chapell had his team driving again after a defensive stand, but the Blue Devils were able to get the ball back after the Lancers turned it over on downs.
The Blue Devils would get one more score as Damian Marchetti found Evan Krawczyk for a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the finishing touch on the game.
“Attica played a great game,” said Cintorino. “We knew it was going to be a dog fight, the last three years have been. It’s always a physical game with them. Turnovers, penalties and mistakes can come back to haunt you and that’s what happened today.”
Strzelec stepped up in place of injured star running back Matt Perry, who missed his second straight game. Strzelec finished with 128 yards on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns on the day for Attica.
Chapell finished the game going 13-of-29 passing for 101 yards and 3 interceptions for the Lancers.
Attica (5-1) will play host Notre Dame next Friday, and if they win, the Blue Devils will get a share of the Genesee Region League title.
Meanwhile, Elba/Byron-Bergen (2-4) travels to Finney, where a win could put them into sectional play.
“We are a young team, so all of these things we try to learn from,” said Cintorino. “We when make mistakes like we did today and in other games, we are going to break down the film, we are going to make those adjustments and hopefully they can learn from them.”
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