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Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

Law and Order: Woman accused of carrying expandable baton in purse

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Stephanie Ann Bonin, 19, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Bonin was arrested following an incident reported at 1:24 p.m., Dec. 6, at 4330 Commerce Drive, Batavia. She was allegedly found in possession of an expandable metal baton in her purse.

Joshua John Lein, 34, of Kibbe Avenue, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Lein was stopped at 1:12 a.m., Saturday, on West Main Street, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Raymond W. Schramm, 27, of East Pembroke, and Marla A. Mugler, 24, of Batavia, are each charged with harassment, 2nd. Schramm and Mugler were arrested by State Police in connection with an alleged incident reported at 3:45 p.m., Dec. 9. No further details released.

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Local woman accused of falsely reporting robbery at gentlemen's club in Florida

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An Alexander woman has been taken into custody on a warrant out of Florida where she's accused of falsely reporting that $800 was stolen from her as she left work at a gentlemen's club.

Stacey Michelle Raines, 24, of Gilhooly Road, Alexander, was arrested by deputies Wednesday.

According to an arrest affidavit issued in Duval County Court, Fla., Raines reported earlier this month that she was a victim of a strong-arm robbery at her place of employment, Wacko's Gentlemen's Club.

Raines allegedly claimed that she was leaving work early in the morning Dec. 1 when an unknown black female coworker pulled her by her hair out of her 2004 gold-colored Chevy Malibu and punched her in the back of the head.

She allegedly told a police officer that the woman said "thank you" after taking her $800.

The officer spoke with Raines after he had responded to her residence at the Pinebrook Apartments to take a missing person report after somebody apparently reported Raines missing.

In order to confirm her alleged contention that Raines was robbed, the officer went to Wacko's Gentlemen's Club and reviewed surveillance video and interviewed the manager.

According to the investigation, Raines had not clocked into work since Nov. 29. The video showed no such incident in the parking lot, and a fellow police officer who happened to respond to the same location at the same time as the alleged robbery on an unrelated call had seen nothing.

The officer then returned to the Raines residence to interview her again. The officer reported that Raines would not open the door and "spontaneously insinuated that she was under arrest, that she had 'the right to remain silent' and refused to open the door to speak with the officer."

According to the officer, the husband stood on a second-floor balcony and spoke with the officer, refusing to come outside.

During the conversation, Raines reportedly yelled at her husband, "Get back inside and ---- them" and demanded that the police leave the property.

Raines is charged in Florida with falsely reporting a crime. She is being held locally while awaiting extradition to Florida.

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Alabama man, accused of molesting two children, convicted on 28 counts of sexual abuse

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An Alabama man was convicted of child sexual abuse by a Genesee County jury this morning following a nearly two week trial.

Earl Francis Sprague, 42, of 1366 Church St., Alabama, was indicted by a grand jury on 28 criminal counts of sexual abuse as well as three counts of criminal contempt.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on those 31 counts. He was found not guilty of criminal solicitation, which stemmed from an allegation that he tried to hire a hit man to take out a witness against him.

Sprague still faces a possible trial on additional felonies contained in another grand jury indictment, including predatory sexual assault, two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree sexual abuse, assault, 1st, and four counts of criminal contempt, 2nd.

Sprague was tried on charges that he repeatedly molested two children in 1997, 1999 and in 2001.

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Man wanted in connection with shots fired incidents arrested at home on Walnut Street

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Dashawn Butler

The man who might be described as Batavia's most wanted fugitive has been taken into custody this morning.

Dashawn Butler, 34, was arrested at 8:45 a.m. when police located him at 38 Walnut St., Batavia, while assisting NYS Parole with another person sought by parole officers.

His is charged with a felony stemming from an alleged shots-fired incident Sept. 27 on State Street. He's also a person of interest in a report of shots fired Oct. 8 on Jackson Street.

Butler was taken into custody without incident, Officer Eric Hill said, arraigned in City Court and jailed on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing.

UPDATE: According to a press release from Batavia PD, investigators received information that Butler might be at 38 Walnut with Harvey Lockhart, 31, who was wanted by NYS Parole. Butler is accused of firing a handgun at another person at 117 State St. Police received several tips after police released information that there was a warrant out for Butler's arrest. Butler is charged with reckless endangerment, 1st, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a weapon, a Class C felony, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor. "This arrest is the result of good police work, cooperation amongst police agencies and citizen input," said Chief Shawn Heubusch. "This type of criminal activity will not be tolerated in the City. Every resident deserves to live in a safe neighborhood and be able to walk the streets without fear. The witnesses and residents who assisted the officers with piecing this case together should be commended for their actions. Every bit of information was valuable during this investigation." Additional tips can be called into Batavia PD through 9-1-1 or the department's confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:28 am

'Pharoah' ready to work when needed for the next year

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Sheriff's Office K-9 "Pharoah" is nearing the end of this career, and while he no longer works every day, he is available when needed and handler Brian Thompson hopes that's the case until October of 2014.

Pharoah's successor, Destro, and new handler Deputy Chris Erion, graduate from the K-9 Academy on Dec. 17.

The former Niagara County police dog was recently recertified, Thompson said, and that certification expires in October.

Thompson said it will be good for Destro to work with the older, more experienced dog once in awhile, and besides, Pharoah does like to work. It will drive him a little crazy just to sit at home.

"I'll have to work with him more in my off time," Thompson said. "Not letting him work would be like putting an ADD child in a room with one block and telling him to have fun."

Pharoah was put to work today when K-9s from the State Police and Livingston County were not available to help search for a burglary suspect on Batavia Bethany Townline Road.

A house was broken into and the homeowner returned to the burglary in progress and only heard the back door close as he entered the house.

Deputies were on scene quickly, but no suspect was spotted.

Thompson said he found only one possible suspect footprint and Pharoah didn't pick up a scent trail to follow. Thompson said it's probable that the burglary had a car nearby and was able to make a quick exit from the area.

"He's a good dog," Thompson said. "He's ready to work if he's needed. He would have found this guy if he was out there to find."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:26 am

Baby Jesus stolen from steps of All Babies Cherished

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What's missing from this picture? Try, Baby Jesus.

Believe it or not, somebody actually stole Baby Jesus from the nativity on the steps of All Babies Cherished at 445 Ellicott St., Batavia.

Director Tammy Arneth's one wish for Christmas is just to get the Baby Jesus back.

"We survive just on donations," Arneth said. "I need to spend our money on diapers and baby formula. I can't justify buying another Baby Jesus."

All Babies Cherish is a faith-based organization that is supported by local churches. The goal is to assist women who have chosen to give birth to a child rather than get an abortion.

Arneth has been with the agency for 15 years.

She's shocked that somebody would steal their Baby Jesus. While she filed a police report, she said she isn't looking to get anybody in trouble. She would just like to see Baby Jesus returned.

(NOTE: This is among the stories lost to a server glitch. I was able to recover a copy of the story from Google's cache, but the original group of comments are lost.)

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

Law and Order: Alleged drunken driver accused of hitting two parked cars at Batavia Downs

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Pamela Morrow, 53, of Linwood Road, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. At 8:35 p.m., Sunday, Sheriff's Dispatch received reports of an erratic driver heading west on Route 5 through the City of Batavia. The car reportedly moved right several times and struck curbing. A witness reported the car turning left on Park Road about the time Sgt. Ron Meides was leaving the Sheriff's Office complex, though Meides did not see the vehicle. The car proceeded to the Batavia Downs parking lot where Meides located the car a short time later. Two witnesses told Meides that they had seen the car strike two parked vehicles before parking. Meides located Morrow inside Batavia Downs and brought her back to the car.

Frank Lynn Morrison, 32, of Bridge Road, Elba, is charged with sexual abuse, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Morrison is accused of subjecting a female child under age 14 to sexual contact. Morrison was jailed on $15,000 bail.

Lorraine Ellen Pillo, 48, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Pillo is accused of shoplifting from Walmart.

Marion Jermaine Spivey, 31, of Elmhurst Place, Buffalo, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Spivey is accused of punching another person in the face while at the Clarion Hotel in Batavia at 6 p.m., Nov. 30.

Kevin J. Compton, 52, of Clipnock Road, East Bethany, is charged with resisting arrest and harassment, 2nd. Compton was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident reported at 4:56 p.m., Nov. 24. No further details released.

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Burglary suspects in Orleans County may also have hit Oakfield homes

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Four men accused of burglaries in Albion, Medina and Lockport are also potential suspects in a series of burglaries in Oakfield in September and October.

The Orleans County District Attorney's Office announced the arrests today, according to Orleans Hub.

None of the suspects have been charged yet in Genesee County.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster congratulated the job done by law enforcement in Orleans County, but said the local cases are under review by Genesee County District Attorney's Office. Local charges may yet be filed.

From Orleans Hub:

Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said the four were persons of interest in the crimes before their arrests. Police from Albion, Medina Lockport and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department were in daily communication, sharing information and gathering evidence.

“Criminals don’t follow jurisdictional lines and neither do we,” Nenni said at a news conference at the Village Hall. “We became one big sheriff’s department or police department.”

The arrestees are:

  • Jonathan Banks, 21, of 4886 S. Townline Road, Medina, faces 10 counts of second-degree burglary, one count of attempted burglary and attempted robbery in the second degree, six counts of grand larceny, seven counts of petit larceny, three counts of attempted petit larceny, and four counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He is held in Niagara County Jail on $160,000 bail.
  • Isaiah Bonk, of 531 E. Center St., Medina, faces nine counts of second-degree burglary, one count of attempted burglary in the second-degree, six counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, seven counts of petit larceny, three counts of attempted petit larceny, and four counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. He is held in Orleans County Jail on $50,000 bail.
  • Jasper Lloyd, 20, of 107 E. Bank St., Albion, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of grand larceny and one count of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. He is in Orleans County Jail on $50,000 bail.
  • Thomas Shingleton, 36, of 177 Bates Road, Medina, has been charged with one count of attempted burglary in the second degree and one count of attempted petit larceny. He is in Orleans County Jail on $20,000 bail.
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.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Early morning foot patrol downtown yields underage drinking arrest

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While on routine foot patrol in the early morning hours Batavia PD Officer Todd Crossett came across four people who appeared to be hiding at a location on Center Street and fled on foot when Crossett approached.

Back-up patrols arrived on scene and the youths were quickly located.

One 18-year-old, Steven Gilliatt, was charged with consumption/possession of alcohol under age 21. According to Chief Shawn Heubusch, Gilliatt admitted consuming the beverage throughout the night.

None of other youths reportedly with Gilliatt were charged.

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