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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

Car vs. pole accident reported on Clinton Street Road, Bergen

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A car has struck a pole on Clinton Street Road in Bergen.

Injuries are reported.

Bergen fire and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 9:46 a.m.: The car is cold. This accident apparently happened some time ago and nobody is around. Bergen fire back in service.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Law and Order: Man accused of not putting children in child restraint system prior to accident

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Samuel R. Smith, 27, of Townline Road, Bergen, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Smith was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle accident at 9:22 a.m., Sunday, and his children, ages 7 months and 3, were not secured in any sort of child restraint in the back seat at the time of the collision. The arrest report did not indict whether the children were injured or not.

Amanda Ann Mull, 29, of Mill Street, Akron, was arrested on bench warrants related to charges for aggravated unlicensed operation and following too closely. Mull is accused of failure to appear on the charges. She was arrested following her release from the Erie County Jail where she was held on unrelated charges. She was arraigned in Town of Batavia court jailed on $300 cash bail or $500 bond.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Working house fire on Gully Road, Le Roy

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A working house fire is reported at 8261 Gully Road in Le Roy. Le Roy Fire Department and Ambulance Service are responding, along with mutual aid from Bergen, Stafford and Pavilion. The location is at the curve, between Oatka Trail and Hebbard Road. The house has been evacuated.

UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: The city's Fast Team is called to the scene. Command says the interior fire is pretty much knocked down except the second story.

UPDATE 6:44 p.m.: Oakfield is called to stand by in the city's fire hall. The Town of Batavia Fire Department is called to stand by in its own quarters. An extension ladder is needed at the scene to access the second story at the rear of the structure.

UPDATE 6:49 p.m.: Stafford "will be the standby crew for the district." National Grid is called in.

UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: They will be working to open up the roof line. South Byron is asked to stand by in its own quarters, at the request of Stafford.

UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Fire Police will be providing traffic control at Route 19 and North Road.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Howard is at the scene and says it's not a big blaze. A small portion of the roof caught fire due to overheated wood around the stovepipe at the roofline.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m. (by Howard): Firefighters with a thermal imaging camera have checked the roof line and report no more hot spots.

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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

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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.

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

Car and truck accident reported on Townline Road, Bergen

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A car has reportedly hit a truck in the area of 7887 Townline Road, Bergen.

Injuries are reported.

Bergen fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:36 a.m.: Another ambulance requested to the scene. Three people are injured.

UPDATE 9:41 a.m.: Additional ambulance cancelled. Current response on scene is sufficient.

UPDATE 10:47 a.m. (by Billie): One of victims suffered a head injury and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. The road is reopened and the assignment is back in service.


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Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Law an Order: Bergen resident accused of passing forged check

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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.

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Law and Order: Pair accused of assaulting person outside of Sav-A-Lot

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Derek G. Thomas, 37, of 110 Bank St., #B, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Thomas is accused of attempting to assault another person with intention to cause physical injury during an alleged disturbance outside 45 Ellicott St., Batavia, at 7:07 p.m. on Nov. 17. Also arrested and charged with assault, 3rd, was Marquele L. Tomlin, 22, of 130 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo. Thomas and Tomlin are accused of assaulting a person while the victim was leaving Sav-A-Lot.

Lasania S. Hyatt, 19, of 81 Ludlow St., basement, Yonkers, was arrested on a bench warrant. Hyatt is suspected of possession of alcohol under age 21 at 2 a.m., Sept. 27 on Trumbull Parkway, Batavia. Hyatt was located at Genesee Community College and arrested by Batavia PD. Also arrested on a warrant related to underage drinking was Shanique Y. Headley, 18, of 8170 Batavia-Stafford Townline Road, Batavia.

Jerry T. Saddler Jr., 37, of 112 State St., Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Saddler was arrested in connection with an alleged incident at 9:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at State and Hutchins. He was jailed on $2,500 bail. No further details were released.

Joseph M. Blatchley, 35, of 3233 Pratt Road, Batavia, is accused of failure to appear on a charge of illegal dumping. Blatchley turned himself in. The alleged illegal dumping reportedly occurred at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 7, at a dumpster at 679 E. Main St., Batavia.

Kaitlyn A. Showler, 20, of 101 Summit St., Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant. Showler was jailed on $5,000 bail. No further details released.

Sabrina C. Harris, 43, of 142 Charles St., Wayland, is charged with petit larceny and conspiracy, 6th. Harris is accused of assisting another person in a larceny at Olympia Sports at 2:42 p.m., Nov. 1. Harris turned herself in to BPD.

Mallory R. Pfaff, 25, of 4271 Broadway Road, Alexander, is charged with petit larceny and conspiracy, 4th. Mallory was allegedly involved in shoplifting at Tops at 11:35 a.m., Oct. 25. Also arrested was William C. Schlenker, 25, of 4271 Broadway, Alexander, and charged with petit larceny and conspiracy, 6th.

Anthony D. Alexander Sr., 39, 3687, W. Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and harassment, 2nd. Alexander was arrested on a warrant related to an alleged incident at 2:14 p.m., Sept. 10, at 430 Ellicott St., Batavia. Alexander was held on $1,000 bail.

Benjamin L. Brade, 31, of 3337 Stroh Road, Attica, is charged with disobeying a court mandate. Brade is accused of violation an order of protection.

Drew Daniel Linderman, 25,of Hermitage Road, Gainsville, is charged with petit larceny. Linderman is accused of shoplifting from Walmart.

Jason Eric Nelson, 31, of Rhode Island Avenue, Niagara, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Nelson was allegedly found in possession of marijuana while on Roberts Road, Alabama.

Jennifer L. Stack, 27, of South Main Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Stack is accused of stealing $310.92 in merchandise from Rite Aid on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

Christi A. Davis, 39, of Geneseo, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Davis was arrested by State Police in connection with an alleged incident reported in the Town of Bergen at 2:33 p.m., Monday. No further details released.

Antonio A. Ayala, 19, of Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with the intention to sell, in adequate muffler and back passenger age 4-6 restraint violation. Ayala was arrested by State Police in the Town of Bergen at 5:20 p.m., Tuesday. No further details released.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Chamber announces 2013 award winners

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The 42nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards are getting a bit of a makeover this year with no general Business of the Year honoree and a complete skip of Innovative Enterprise of the Year -- even with a qualified nominee in the mix.

Much like last year, there are two winners for Geneseean of the Year, with awards going to Laurie Mastin, of Pavilion, and Timothy Michael Adams, of Stafford.

Rather than Business of Year, the chamber is honoring a Service Business of the Year, Alex's Place, and Retail Business of the Year, Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles.

The Agricultural Business of the Year is Bonduelle USA, Inc., of Bergen and Oakfield.

The Bergen Business and Civic Association is receiving special recognition with a Special Service award.

Nominated by The Batavian for Innovative Enterprise of the Year was Insource Urgent Care, but no award was given in that category for 2013.

While Insource has transformed the urgent care business through innovative use of telemedicine and cooperative arrangements with doctors and specialists from throughout the region, greatly reducing the cost of care for patients, the Batavia-based company was bypassed by the awards committee. 

It's not unprecedented for the chamber to hand out awards with different titles than previous years or what was on nomination forms.

The awards dinner is Feb. 22 at the Clarion Hotel, Park Road, Batavia. Tickets are $50 or a table of 10 for $450. Hors d'oeuvres are at 5:30 p.m. followed by entree tables (no formal sit down dinner). There is a cash bar. The awards program starts at 7 p.m., which will include coffee and dessert.

Call Kelly Bermingham at 343-7440, ext. 26, to make reservations.

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Four men allegedly caught in the act of stealing scrap in Bergen

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Four men were allegedly caught in the act Sunday stealing scrap metal from a scrap yard on Route 33 in Bergen and after further investigation they may be facing upgraded charges, Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said.

The four men were allegedly found on the scrap yard property when the owner's son drove by and spotted a suspicious vehicle parked near the lot.

It's not unusual, Brewster acknowledged, for scrap metal thieves from Rochester to hit locations in Genesee County.

"You know how scrap is these days and when you can go right to a scrap yard, it's like one-stop shopping," Brewster said.

The yard was apparently so attractive to the thieves, they allegedly got away with more than originally thought yesterday.

When they were arrested yesterday, they were charged with petit larceny, but the owner of the scrap yard visited a location in Rochester and was apparently able to prove more of his scrap was stolen earlier in the day.

That aspect of the case is being turned over to Rochester PD and the four men could face grand larceny charges as a result, Brewster said.

Arrested where Sekou Singhor Howard, 40, of Parkway, Rochester, Ricky Todd Williams, 54, of Parkway, Rochester, Isaac Brandon McCrea, 30, of North Union Street, Rochester, and Kenneth Russell Hernandez, 47, of Chesnut Street, Rochester.

All four men were issued appearance tickets.

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

Law and Order: Motorcyclist charged with DWI following accident in Basom

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Thomas Monte Carlo, 57, of Lewiston Road, Basom, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, unlawful possession of marijuana and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Carlo was apprehended by Deputy Joseph Corona following a reported one-vehicle motorcycle accident at 7:23 p.m. Saturday on Lewiston Road, Basom.

Matthew James Florian, 25, of Slusser Road, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant related to an aggravated unlicensed operation charge. Florian was stopped by State Police on Route 5, Town of Batavia, and turned over to the Sheriff's Office on a warrant. Florian was jailed on $200 bail.

Michael Scott Vanburen, 46, of Alexander Road, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unsafe backing and consumption of alcohol in a vehicle. Vanburen was arrested after he reportedly backed his 2004 Pontiac GTO out of his driveway, across the road and into a ditch at 12:27 a.m. on Saturday.

Dana Lewis Toates, 19, of Roosevelt Highway, Hilton, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21. Toates was reportedly a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation and found to allegedly be in possession of alcohol.

Corey M. Vickers, 29, of Morrow Road, Pavilion, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation and stopped on pavement. Vickers was charged after being observed by a Wyoming County deputy allegedly stopped on the roadway in the Town of Perry, outside of his vehicle, vomiting. Vickers' driving privilege was suspended after he allegedly failed to appear for a summons in the Village of Portville.

Alissa A. Fodge, 23, of Bergen, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Fodge was arrested by State Police in the Town of Barton for an alleged act reported Oct. 18. No further details released.

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