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Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

Former tenant of condemned apartment building charged; meanwhile, restoration work continues

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A former tennant of 113 Jackson St., Batavia, has been charged with theft of services for allegedly using an extension cord to provide power to his apartment.

The use of the cord was one of the alleged code violations the city cited to condemn the four-unit complex.

Property owner Guy Pellegrino told The Batavian on April 5 that things sounded a lot worse than they were with the building and he already had restoration projects under way. This morning, Pellegrino confirmed work is continuing on the building.

Arrested was Lonnie Ford Jr., 68, now a resident of Tracy Avenue, Batavia. Ford was issued an appearance ticket.

The electricity issue, like other issues, were easy to address, Pellegrino said, but the biggest area of concern for the 180-year-old one-time mansion was bowing of the south wall.

A structural engineer has determined that the building can be made structurally sound again through the use of a turn-buckle system. That would involve running cables through the building and installing buckles on the outside of the brick facade to secure the cables.

The process was frequently used with old masonary buildings in California after earthquake standards were introduced in the 1930s.

The buckles will be on the outside of the building, which means the city's Historic Preservation Commission must approve the design change.

Pellegrino said the commission will review his application May 28. Assuming it's approved, the buckling work will begin the next day.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Brother accused of stabbing brother while camping in Middlebury

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A Le Roy man is in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital after undergoing surgery for stab wounds allegedly inflicted by his brother while they were camping in the Town of Middlebury.

David R. Gross, 23, was stabbed several times, according to State Police on May 11 and flown to Strong by Mercy Flight after first being transported in a private vehicle to Wyoming County Hospital.

His brother, 26-year-old Richard J. Gross, of Byron, allegedly stabbed him following an argument.

They were camping in a wooded area off of Bank Road, State Police said.

David Gross suffered a punctured and deflated lung along with multiple other injuries.

Richard Gross, pictured, was charged with first-degree assault, a Class B felony. He was arraigned in Town of Warsaw Court and jailed on $50,000 bail.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

Law and Order: Woman accused of stabbing another person in the leg

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Jennifer L. Sprague-Clark, 31, of Vine Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 2nd, menacing, 2nd and criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd. Sprague-Clark allegedly stabbed another person in the leg during a dispute at 9:20 p.m., Tuesday. The investigation was conducted by Officer James DeFreze. Sprague-Clark was jailed without bail

Zachari R. Morgan, 18, of Pearl Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief, 4th. Morgan was allegedly involved in a domestic incident at 11:38 a.m., Tuesday.

Mark S. Allison, 52, of Medina, is charged with assault/recklessly causing serious injury with a weapon. The alleged incident was reported at 11:44 a.m., Jan. 17 in the Town of Alabama. Allison was arrested by State Police. No further details released.

Peter J. Gravante, 25, of Churchville, is charged with petit larceny. Gravante was arrested by State Police for an alleged theft at a location on Veterans Memorial Drive that was reported at 9:04 a.m., Sunday.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Guy and gal walking along Main Street, Batavia, allegedly behaving unlawfully

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A black male is reportedly walking along Main Street in Batavia and exposing himself, according to a caller to dispatch. He is allegedly accompanied by a female who was allegedly seen urinating in public.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

Law and Order: Man sought on Harvester Avenue yesterday charged with four crimes

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Tishaun H. Conde, 19, of 16 Harvester Ave., Batavia, is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, petit larceny and trespassing. Conde was arrested following a report at 10:06 a.m., Monday, of a car being broken into on Harvester Avenue. Conde was jailed on $2,500 bail. (Previously: Man suspected of rifling through cars on Harvester Avenue is subject of manhunt)

Sharon E. Herdtner, 51, of North Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief. Herdtner allegedly punctured a tire of a vehicle on Tracy Avenue.

Tracy A. Hilton, 33, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with menacing, 2nd, unlawful imprisonment, 1st, criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal contempt, 1st. Hilton was allegedly involved in a domestic incident with his girlfriend at 5:50 p.m., Sunday, at their residence on Jackson Street. Hilton allegedly restrained his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife while in the presence of their two children. In the process, Hilton allegedly violated an order of protect. Hilton was held without bail.

Kimberly M. Douglas, 32, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal tampering, 3rd. Douglas was arrested after police were dispatched at 7:40 a.m., Saturday, to a residence on Buell Street for a report of a disturbance. Douglas is accused of spitting on the screen door of a house on Buell, "causing a substantial inconvenience for the owner to clean."

Justin J. Caryl, 26, of Batavia, was arrested on a warrant. Caryl was arrested by a Wyoming County Sheriff's deputy at 5:30 a.m., Sunday, on Bank Road, Town of Middlebury, after he was located during an unrelated investgation. Caryl was turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Jeffrey Lewis Smith, 44, of Vinton Road, Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. Smith was arrested on a Town of Batavia warrant after being released from the Monroe County Jail. Smith was jailed in Genesee County on $2,500 bail.

Felicia Mae Downs, 20, of Broadway Road, Darien, is charged with identity theft, 3rd, and petit larceny. Downs allegedly used another person's credit card to make purchases without permission.

Randall W. McKeown, 52, of South Brooklyn Avenue, Wellsville, is charged with three counts of criminal contempt, 1st. In a violation of a stay away order of protection, McKeown allegedly sent text messages to the protected person on three separate dates. McKeown was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

Man suspected of rifling through cars on Harvester Avenue is subject of manhunt

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A man who was allegedly rifling through vehicles near 16 Harvester Ave. is said to be hiding after running from officers. An area spanning three houses has been cordoned off.

Batavia police, Sheriff's deputies and a canine unit believe the suspect is contained within that area.

UPDATE 11:38 a.m.: Law enforcement is opening the area that had been cordoned off.

UPDATE 11:58 a.m.: The subject is in custody.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey recapped the incident for local media: "We received a 9-1-1 call of a larceny in progress from an unlocked motor vehicle. The witness was giving us detailed accounts of what was going on while our patrols were responding. Patrols arrived on scene, established a perimeter; the subject fled on foot. There was a brief foot chase. We believe the subject ran into a house here at 16 Harvester Avenue. We set up a perimeter there. We were eventually able to gain access to the residence and we located the subject hiding in a room who later was positively identified by our witness as the subject they saw breaking into the car. ... There was no physical confrontation or anything like that. He did become cooperative." Asked if there was any indication of illegal activity in the house, Coffey said drug paraphernalia was found inside the residence as a result of their investigation. ... "This is a rooming house, and through the process of elimination, (the suspect) was the only person that we couldn't account for. We started tracking him ... and from there we were able to positively identify him." Coffey could not confirm that anything was missing from the vehicle at this point. Possible charges could include attempted petit larceny, petit larceny and the drug parphernalia allegedly found in his room. The investigation is ongoing. Asked about the house being a problem in the neighborhood, Coffey conceded there have been "some issues there -- noise complaints and quality-of-life issues within the City of Batavia. So it's certainly been a house on our radar. ... It's a residence where some of our local college kids have been staying, so, again, it's a house that's been on our radar."

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

Law and Order: Woman accused of trespass and harassment

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Sherri C. Butler, 54, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and trespass. Butler allegedly remained on a property at 5:18 p.m., Thursday, after the owner asked her to leave. She allegedly threatened the owner. Butler was jailed on $500 bail.

Andrew R. London, 22, of Goodrich Street, Albion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation, 1st, driving in violation of a conditional license, and refusal to take breath test. London was stopped at 2:11 a.m. Monday on Pearl Street, Batavia, by Officer Eric Foels, for an alleged equipment violation. London was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Michael Patrick Murphy, 29, of Walnut Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd. Murphy was arrested after Officer James DeFreze observed a switchblade knife in his residence. Murphy was jailed without bail.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

Law and Order: Batavia teenager accused of rape in the first degree

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Joseph A. Saraceni, 17, of Linwood Avenue, Batavia, is charged with first-degree rape, a Class B felony. Saraceni was arrested by Batavia PD following an investigation by Det. Charles Dudek and Det. Thad Mart in an alleged incident reported Nov. 11 on School Street, Batavia. No further details released.

Lance Mercado, 23, of Holland Avenue, Batavia, is charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs. Mercardo was arrested after Batavia PD received a reported of a possible intoxicated driver in the parking lot of McDonald's at 1:18 a.m., Tuesday. Mercardo was arrested by Officer Matthew Lutey.

Eric J. Davis, 36, of Corfu, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Davis was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident reported at 6:52 p.m. Tuesday on Drake Street, Oakfield. No further details released.

Timothy M. Gardiner, 38, and Maria A. Gardiner, 48, both of Scottsville, are charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd. Timothy and Maria were arrested by State Police in connection with an alleged incident reported at 9:39 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Town of Bergen. No further details released.

Heidi H. Stumbo, 48, of Lima, is charged with petit larceny. Stumbo was arrested by the State Police on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. The alleged theft was reported at 1:04 p.m., Monday. No further details released.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

Law and Order: Ellicott Street resident accused of assault

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Maleak H. Green, 21, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, assault, 3rd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Green was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with a woman while in the presence of a child. Green was allegedly ordered to stay away from the residence. He was jailed on $5,000 cash bail, $10,000 bond.

Marcus Allen Ciociola, 18, of West Main Street, Corfu, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Ciociola is accused of violating an order of protection.

Lisa M. Vega, 45, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Vega allegedly stole items from Dollar General.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Man accused of dragging deputy with car pleads not guilty during first appearance in County Court

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Scott Kopper

Scott A. Kopper, 36, of Batavia, entered a not guilty plea today on a four-count indictment that includes an accusation that he assaulted a Sheriff's deputy.

Kopper remains in custody and his next scheduled court appearance is July 8.

Judge Robert C. Noonan also signed three orders of protection, including one for Deputy Brian Thompson, the deputy Kopper is accused of dragging with his car Jan. 7.

Thompson is currently assigned to courthouse duty and Noonan noted that one of the orders involved Thompson and said the only way the order could be fair is if it allowed incidental contact between Thompson and Kopper while Thompson is on duty, barring any offensive conduct by Kopper.

Kopper is facing counts of assault, 1st, reckless endangerment, and two counts of assault, 2nd.

Previously: Truck drivers assist deputy being dragged by suspect's car

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