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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

Batavia resident convicted of sex crimes by Ontario County jury

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Michael Lewis, 42, most recently a Batavia resident, was found guilty Tuesday of sexually assaulting two girls under age 14 in East Bloomfield over an 18-month period in 2010 and 2011.

Lewis was originally indicted on 335 counts by an Ontario County Grand Jury. It took a jury more than four hours to reach a guilty verdict on 38 counts.

According to an Ontario County District Attorney's press release, "Under the law, in indictments of this magnitude, a judge is authorized to submit representative counts of the indictment to the jury. In this case, Hon. Frederick G. Reed submitted 8 counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and 26 counts of Rape in the first, second and third degrees. The jury convicted Lewis of every single submitted count."

Lewis faces up to life in prison. Sentencing is set for June 26.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James Ritts.

The press release praises the work of Ritts and the four girls who testified:

ADA Ritts did a masterful job of preparing the case and presenting it to the jury, making the huge number of crimes manageable and understandable. And real credit goes to the four young girls who testified in this case — two victims and two other witnesses. Each of them was able to summon the courage to describe to the jury, while sitting mere feet from the defendant, the sordid acts they endured or witnessed.

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Deputies handle more felony cases in first quarter of 2013, Sheriff reports

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In the first quarter of 2013, felony investigations in Genesee County have increased 71 percent over the same period in 2012, according to Sheriff Gary Maha.

Maha delivered a report today to the Legislature's Public Service Committee.

The increase (52 cases up to 89) seems to be the result of more burglary and grand larceny reports.

There have also been more sex-related criminal reports.

For the office of investigations, there's also been a significant increase in pistol license background checks.

For the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force, the most prevalent drugs seen locally are cocaine and marijuana, but there has also been an ongoing increase in the possession and sale of prescription medications, particular hydrocodone and OxyContin.

For road patrol, deputies responded to 7,032 incidents during the quarter. That's a 10-percent hike over 2012.

However, 9-1-1 calls dropped 11 percent year-over-year to 6,033.

Non-9-1-1 calls are up 10 percent to 30,472.

At the same time, the jail population has dropped from an average of 76 inmates to 72, though the female population has increased from 12 to 15.

The Sheriff expects the Commission of Correction to recommend adding seven corrections officers (which includes two supervisor positions).

More female inmates, since they must be housed at facilities in neighboring counties, could add $150,000 in expenses.

Genesee Justice currently has a caseload of 594. There were 203 new case files opened in the first quarter, compared to 214 a year ago.

The Child Advocacy Center handled 65 new cases, compared to 57 a year ago.

For Sheriff's Office administration, the Sheriff continues to work on fundraising for a new K-9. The villages of Bergen and Oakfield renewed their patrol contracts.

Maha anticipates a need for more seasonal deptuties to handle the Darien Lake concert series.  Last year, there were 10 positions. He's requesting 15. Darien Lake reimburses the county for the cost of these positions.

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Task Force arrests alleged marijuana dealer

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An investigation by members of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force into alleged trafficking of marijuana in Batavia has led to the arrest of Vincent M. Eschenlauer, 22, of Lewiston Road, Batavia.

Agents allegedly found more than a pound of marijuana and $3,500 in cash at his residence.

Eschenlauer is charged with one count of criminal possession of marijuana, 2nd, a Class D felony.

Following arraignment, Eschenlauer was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

Law and Order: Driver accused of giving false name to deputy

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Joshua Tyler Gilbert, 20, of Lewiston Road, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct.  Gilbert was stopped at 8:20 p.m. Saturday on Route 77, Darien, by Deputy Joseph Corona for allegedly speeding. During the traffic stop, a warrant for Gilbert's arrest was discovered and he was taken into custody. Bail was set at $100.

Joseph Carl Jeffords, 22, of West Main Street, Le Roy, is charged with criminal impersonation, 2nd. Jeffords was reportedly the driver of a vehicle stopped at 11:24 p.m. Saturday on West Main Street Road, Batavia. Jeffords allegedly gave Deputy Patrick Reeves a false name during the traffic stop. Jeffords allegedly was driving without a valid NYS drivers license and has three suspensions. Jeffords was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Patrick Daniel Moore, 35, of Stouts Road, Elba, is charged with promoting prison contraband, 2nd. Moore allegedly possessed tobacco while confined at the Genesee County Jail.

Alexander Phillip Browne, 28, of Lake to Lake Road, Stanley, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, speeding and refused pre-screen device. Browne was stopped at 12:46 a.m. Sunday on Route 5, Batavia, by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.

Richard Thomas Cooke, 44, of Hedley Street, Medina, is charged with petit larceny. Cooke is accused of stealing scrap from a location on West Main Street Road, Batavia. The property owner reportedly confronted Cooke. The suspect allegedly fled the scene in his pickup truck. Cooke was located later at his residence in Medina and taken into custody.

Two 17-year-old Batavia residents are charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The two teens were located in a vehicle behind a shopping plaza on West Main Street, Batavia, by members of the Local Drug Task Force. A quantity of marijuana was allegedly spotted in the lap of one of the teens. Upon further investigation more marijuana was allegedly located in the vehicle.

Lisa Marie Harlach, 44, of Kelsey Road, lower, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Harlach was arrested on a warrant for allegedly making verbal threats to kill or harm another person by use of a firearm.

Michael J. Penvose, 33, of 27 E. Main St., Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny. Penvose is accused of shoplifting from a business on West Avenue, Le Roy.

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

Woman accused of threatening deputy with knife plans to proceed in case with new attorney

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A former Le Roy resident who is accused of holding a kitchen knife to the chest of a Sheriff's Deputy last summer is getting a new attorney to handle her criminal case.

Her case may also be consolidated with the case against her husband stemming from the same incident.

Elaina Mead is charged with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, a Class C felony, menacing a police officer, a Class D felony, and obstructing governmental administration.

Her husband, Donald Mead is charged with assault, 2nd, a Class D felony, criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration.

The charges stem from events June 17 at 21 Maple Ave., Le Roy, when Deputy Matthew Butler went to the Mead residence, along with Le Roy PD Officer Emily Clark, to question Michael Mead about an alleged violation of a court order. When Butler reportedly tried to place Michael Mead under arrest, his parents allegedly became involved in a scuffle with Butler and Clark.

Mead allegedly came out of the kitchen with a knife and according to the officers, held it against Butler's chest. Clark reportedly knocked it away and sustained a very minor cut on her hand in the process.

In January, the 43-year-old Elaina entered a guilty plea on an Alford basis, to attempted menacing of a police officer. She would not admit to the factual allegations, but an Alford plea affords a defendant a chance to avoid a jury trial when the evidence seems strong and possibly more time in prison if convicted.

Last month, Elaina Mead withdrew her guilty plea.

Both Elaina and Donald Mead return to court in 10 days for Elaina's new attorney to take over the case and for a possible consolidation of the two cases.

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

Maple Street resident confronts apparent burglars overnight

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A Maple Street resident heard noises, became suspicious and wound up in a scuffle with a pair of apparent burglars overnight and Batavia PD is looking for information that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.

The call of a disturbance on Maple came in about 3 a.m.

The neighbor knew an apartment should have been unoccupied at the time and upon investigating found two people trying to flee from the residence. He confronted them and became involved in a physical altercation with at least one of the suspects.

The suspect is likely to have a facial injury, according to BPD.

Both suspects are white males. One was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. The other was described as approximately 5’8” in height, with black hair and wearing a dark blue hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans.

Reportedly stolen was a gray personal safe containing a quantity of cash and medications.

BPD can be reached at (585) 345-6350 and the confidential tip line is (585) 345-6370.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

VP at GCC reportedly arrested in Rochester on public lewdness charge

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Genesee Community College's second-highest ranking administrator, the interim VP for Academic Affairs, Michael Stoll, was reportedly arrested on Good Friday in Rochester for alleged public lewdness.

The 66-year-old resident of Warboys Road, Bergen, allegedly exposed himself to an undercover police officer at 11 a.m. while in a Rochester municipal park.

Our news partner WBTA learned of the arrest from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The charge against Stoll is a Class B misdemeanor.

Stoll posted $250 bail the same day.

The senior administrator began his career at GCC 42 years ago when the college first opened.

GCC spokesman Richard Ensman told WBTA that the college was not aware of Stoll’s arrest. Ensman said GCC is investigating.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

Law and Order: Kendall woman accused of stealing fence posts in Oakfield

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Hannah Marie Traub, 30, of West Kendall Road, Kendall, is charged with petit larceny. Traub is accused of stealing metal snow fence posts that are owned by the Oakfield Highway Department from a location on Lewiston Road, Oakfield.

Justin Terrance Lee Abbott, 23, of Denrose Drive, Amherst, and Michael T. Robb, 21, of Condon Avenue, Buffalo, are charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Abbott and Robb were in a vehicle stopped for an alleged traffic violation on Quaker Hill Road, Elba, at 1:11 a.m. Wednesday by Deputy James Diehl. Abbott was issued an appearance ticket and Robb was turned over to North Tonawanda PD on an arrest warrant.

Tresia DonMarie Brace, 19, of Crimson Heights Street, Albion, is charged with petit larceny. Brace is accused of shoplifting at Kmart. Brace allegedly fled from store security after being confronted and was later located at Subway.

Terryl Kiev Coombs, 21, and Donte Angel Meredith, 22, both of Oak Street, Batavia, are charged with petit larceny. Coombs and Meredith are accused of stealing $180 in DVDs from Walmart.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

Man accused of burglaries in 2008 faces new charge

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Police believe they've solved a burglary from 2008, arresting a man yesterday who was initially indicted in December as 'John Doe' based on a DNA profile.

Samuel G. Malone, 27, of 36 Walnut St., Batavia, is facing a new charge of burglary, 3rd.

Malone was arraigned in City Court after appearing in County Court on three burglary charges that investigators believe he committed because his DNA allegedly matches the DNA found at burglary more than four years ago.

The latest charge stems from a break-in at Clor's Meat Market when the business was located at 29 Brooklyn Ave., Batavia.

The perpetrator had broken into the building Aug. 20, 2008, and taken a cash register. The register was later located by maintenance workers broken and empty in Williams Park.

Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

'John Doe' originally indicted in December on burglary counts allegedly identified and arrested

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Updated at 5:09 p.m. with additional information.

In December, as the statute of limitations ran out on a set of burglaries in the city, all investigators had was a DNA profile of a suspect, so the Distirct Attorney's Office sought an indictment against the DNA profile.

A man whose DNA matches that profile was recently arrested and he will be arraigned on the three-count indictment in the morning.

The suspect is no longer "John Doe." His name is Samuel G. Malone. He is 27 and most recently a resident of 36 Walnut St., Batavia.

Investigators believe they've found a match with Malone's DNA to the suspect's DNA following Malone's conviction on an unrelated matter.

Malone will be charged with burglaries at the former Ponderosa Steakhouse in August 2008, Mortellaro's Awards, August 2008, and Palace of Sweets, September 2008.

Det. Pat Corona said Malone allegedly made forced entry into the establishments and was looking for whatever cash he could find.

The indictment was for two counts of burglary, 3rd, and one count of attempted burglary, 2nd.

Malone is currently in custody on $25,000 bail pending a bail review in County Court.

Det. Charles Dudek, Det. Todd Crossett and Sgt. Patrick Corona all worked on the case.

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