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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Dollar General store on East Main Street in Batavia just robbed

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime

A robbery just occurred at the Dollar General store on East Main Street in Batavia. The suspect fled on foot, heading east of the store toward Harvester Avenue. The suspect is described as a black male, 6-feet tall, about 240 pounds, wearing a camel-colored jacket. Multiple police units are responding to the store and the area. The suspect "pointed a pocket at (the clerk), indicating he had a gun."

UPDATE 6:53 p.m.: The suspect is further described as having a mustache, a small Afro hairstyle, and also wearing jeans.

UPDATE 7:55 p.m. (by Howard): On the scene, Sgt. John Peck said the suspect is described as a possible Hispanic male, medium skin tone, probably in his 20s, wearing a hooded Carhartt-type jacket.

The suspect handed the clerk a note "threatening harm" and pointed to his hip indicating a gun possibly in his jacket pocket or under his coat.

The clerk complied with the demands of the note and opened the drawer. The man reached in and grabbed all of the cash out of the drawer.

Peck said detectives are reviewing video footage from the store's surveillance cameras.

It's possible the suspect has been in the store before.

The suspect was last seen running toward Pizza Hut.

"As far as we know it was just him," Peck said.

Local law enforcement responded quickly after the robbery was reported, Peck said. Besides three Batavia PD patrols, the State Police and the Sheriff's Office had cars in the area.

"By sheer luck, we were very, very near," Peck said. "We don't think any vehicle was involved. We saturated the area and turned up nothing so far."

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

Law and Order: Alleged loud parties, underage drinking land Batavia man in jail on $10K bail

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, bergen, crime

Dashawn A. Butler, 33, of 101 Summit St., right, Batavia, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child, 1st, criminal nuisance, 2nd, and unreasonable noise. Batavia PD responded to 101 Summit at 11:43 p.m., Saturday, on a complaint of a loud party. The police department reports having received numerous prior complaints for noise and underage parties. Butler was previously charged on similar allegations Oct. 20. On Saturday, officers report finding several underage people in the residence and the odor of marijuana. Butler was charged with unreasonable noise and maintaining a premise where unlawful conduct occurs for allegedly allowing persons under age 21 to consume alcohol. Following arraignment in city court, Butler was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Kasean L. Shannon, 20, of 119 State St., #4, Batavia, is charged with menacing, 2nd, criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, 2nd. Shannon is accused of choking and menacing a woman with a knife during an argument at 9:30 a.m., Sunday.

Willie Miles Jr., 48, of 45 Washington Ave., Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th, disorderly conduct and harassment, 2nd. Miles is accused of damaging two windows at a residence.

Curtis J. Doward, 18, of 26 Ganson Ave., Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Doward is accused of pushing another person and grabbing that person by the neck during a domestic incident. The alleged incident occurred in the presence of a young child. At the time of his arrest, Doward was allegedly found in possession of marijuana.

Joseph M. Dispenza Jr., 18, of 38 Church St., Le Roy, is charged with felony DWI, driving in violation of a conditional use permit, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, inadequate headlights and refusal to take breath test. Dispenza was stopped at 2:40 a.m. Thursday on Pearl Street, Batavia, by Officer Darryle Streeter. Dispenza was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Bradley M. Crandall, 45, of 66 Lake St., Le Roy, is was arrested on a warrant out of drug court related to a DWI charge. Crandall was jailed on $100,000 bail.

Jason E. Carpenter, 34, of 33 S. Pearl St., Oakfield, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Carpenter was located on State Street and arrested on a warrant out of city court.

Kayla L. Rapone, no age or residence provided, was arrested on two bench warrants for alleged failure to appear in court.

Melissa L. Coufal, 42, of Bergen, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Coufal was arrested by State Police in connection with an alleged incident from Nov. 19. Coufal was released on an appearance ticket. No further details were provided.

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

Two people arrested in dispute that involved a gunshot at home in Le Roy

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy

The Sheriff's Office has announced two arrests in connection with an incident Nov. 10 that led deputies and troopers responding to a house on Asbury Road, Le Roy, with lights and sirens after dispatchers were told a shot had been fired.

Steven A. Myers, 46, of Asbury Road, Le Roy, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd, for allegedly shooting the phone of 17-year-old Brandon N. Benz, of Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Myers reportedly came home and discovered Benz at the Asbury Road residence. He is accused of shooting a phone belonging to Benz.

Benz has been charged with sexual abuse, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

The case was investigated by Deputy Bradley Mazur, Deputy Brian Thompson, Trooper Paula Caton and Investigator Roger Stone.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

Law and Order: Darien woman accused of using stolen, forged check

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, bergen, crime, Darien

Leaha Rae Anne Wimmer, 20, of an undisclosed address in Darien, is charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd. Wimmer is accused of using a forged/stolen check. She was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Brandon Nicholas Benz, 17, of Clinton Street Road, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Benz is accused of pushing and shoving another person.

Joseph Anthony Mogavero, 19, of State Street Road, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession/consumption of alcohol under age 21. Mogavero was arrested Saturday after Deputy Patrick Reeves was dispatched to Route 238 in Alexander for investigation of a suspicious vehicle off the roadway. Also charged with possession/consumption of alcohol under age 21 were Sean Patrick Francis Bodkin, 20, of Affinity Lane, Cheektowaga, Matthew Robert Blevins, 20, of Vernon Avenue, Batavia, and Nathan Alexander Demare, 19, of Brigham Road, Ferdonia.

Lucas George Yauchzee, 23, of West Bergen Road, Bergen, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and criminal possession of marijuana. Yauchzee's arrest comes after an investigation that began Dec. 26 when law enforcement responded to a report of a domestic incident at his apartment. Yauchzee is accused of possessing marijuana and hydrocodone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Grand Jury Report: Release of sealed indictments on drug charges

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alexander, crime

Note: When the grand jury indicts individuals who have not been arrested, the indictments are sealed until the suspects are arrested and arraigned in county court. There have been a spate of recent arrests on sealed indictments. At the request of The Batavian, the District Attorney's Office today released all of the recent sealed indictments that have led to arrests. Some of these arrests have already been reported, but the indictments may contain additional relevant information.

Shawn Lardner is indicted on two counts of of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd. Lardner is accused of selling oxycodone on Dec. 14 at the intersection of Peviner Road and Route 98, Alexander. On Dec. 15, Lardner allegedly sold oxycodone at the same location.

Robert Andreasen is indicted on counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd. Andreasen is accused of possessing and selling cocaine in the parking lot of Pizza Hut/Dollar General in Batavia on Feb. 4.

Randy Wilmet is indicted on a count of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 4th. Wilmet is accused of selling hydrocodone at a location on Ross Street on May 23.

Tracey Cook is indicted on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd. Cook is accused of selling hydrocodone at 52 Columbia Ave., Batavia, on April 4 and April 18.

Cody Bush is indicted on a count of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 4th. Bush is accused of selling oxycontin at a location on North Street, Batavia, on April 19. He is accused of selling hydrocodone at 162 Bank St., Batavia, on May 4, and of selling suboxone at 412 E. Main St., Batavia, on May 17.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Noonan delays sentencing for man who says he's turned a new leaf

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy

The sentencing has been delayed for a Le Roy man who fled to South Carolina after being charged with assault in the second degree for punching and kicking another person in the head in October, 2010.

James Russell Kosiorek, 20, formerly of Myrtle Street, was scheduled to be sentenced today, but Noonan postponed his decision until a more current mental health report could be produced.

A fugitive for a year, Kosiorek was returned to Genesee County in August after a potential employer's background check turned up a warrant.

Last month, Kosiorek entered a guilty plea to the assault charge with an agreement that his bail jumping charge was also satisfied by the plea. The sentence cap is one to three years, but Noonan could impose a lesser sentence, including probation or local jail time for less than a year.

After a lengthy statement by Kosiorek, which he tried to read, but Public Defender Gary Horton had to complete after he broke down crying a couple of times, Noonan asked to speak to Horton and ADA Kevin Finnell in a sidebar.

After the private discussions, Noonan said the issue was about the apparent incomplete mental health report in the presentence report. There was no information about mental health treatment -- or not -- after 2008. Noonan said he couldn't determine an appropriate sentence without that information.

Kosiorek's statement, he said, was the product of much reflection and a sincere desire to do the right thing for his fiance and baby daughter.

"I've promised her a better life than I've had for myself," Kosiorek said. "I will make it happen for her no matter what it takes and in the proper manner."

Prior to the assault, Kosiorek had never been in trouble with the law. He said the assault was a mistake that he regrets.

According to Kosiorek, his older brother died in his arms when he was 13 and as a result he developed a negative viewpoint.

Running away after he was arrested, he said, was an immature reaction, which he regrets.

While in South Carolina, Kosiorek became a father, got a job, rented an apartment and stayed out of trouble.

"I love them both so much," he said.

He also started attending church regularly, he said, and became very devout.

While it was his ambition once to enter the military and make it a career, if a felony conviction means that's no longer possible, he said he intends to go to college and become a better person.

"I want to be somebody who does something that matters," Kosiorek said. "I know I was wrong."

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Man with prior arrests, already serving time, accused of selling drugs to undercover agents

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

A 26-year-old Batavia man with prior arrests and already serving time in state prison was arraigned today on a sealed grand jury indictment charging him with drug dealing.

Cody Alan Bush Jr., formerly of 7614 Oak Orchard Road, Batavia, is accused of selling quantities of hydrocodone, oxycodone and suboxone to an agent of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force.

A press release from the Sheriff's Office doesn't state the time period in which Bush allegedly made the sale to an undercover agent.

Bush is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, and criminal sale of a controlled substance, 4th.

Following arraignment in county court, bail on this arrest was set at $20,00 and Bush was returned to Lakeview Correctional Facility.

He is serving from one-and-a-third to four years for driving while impaired by drugs with a prior offense, arriving in prison Sept. 13, 2012. The conviction may stem from a May 2011 arrest of Bush for felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, felony aggravated DWI with a child in the car (Leandra's Law), felony aggravated unlicensed operation, four counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

In the past couple of years, Bush has also been charged with petit larceny, criminal contempt and harassment.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Trespassers with flashlights reported inside Rolling Hills Asylum, East Bethany

post by Billie Owens in crime, east bethany, Rolling Hills Asylum

The owners of Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany called dispatch to report that an unauthorized person or persons are inside the building and a flashlight can be seen probing the darkness. Sheriff's deputies are responding. The location is 11001 E. Bethany Road in East Bethany.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Young man blows second chance, sent to prison for two and a half years

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

A young man once granted a second chance following his arrest in Batavia on drug charges was sentenced to state prison today.

Rochester native Benjamin Santiago, 23, will spend the next two and a half years in prison for drug possession and parole violation.

Santiago was originally arrested at a Batavia motel back in June of 2011.
At the time, he was one of three men arrested in possession of 74 bags of heroin and cocaine.

Shortly after his arrest, Genesee County Court agreed to allow Santiago to plead guilty to a reduced charge that would carry no jail time if he completed a substance-abuse program.

Santiago never completed the program and never appeared back in court.

He was re-arrested in October for bail jumping. His sentence on that charge will be handed down next month will run consecutively with the term he was given today.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

Law and Order: Alexander man with pending felony charges arrested again

post by Howard B. Owens in Basom, batavia, Alabama, alexander, crime

Nicholas A. Antonucci, 25, of Broadway Road, Alexander, is charged with burglary, 2nd, and criminal contempt, 2nd. Antonucci allegedly entered a residence at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, of a person with an active stay-away order against Antonucci. Deputies allegedly located Antonucci inside the residence. Antonucci was jailed without bail. (Prior reports on Antonucci)

Cody A. Patrizi, 22, of 16 Walnut St., upper, Batavia, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child. Patrizi is accused of hosting an underage drinking party, which was reported at 1:15 a.m., Sunday.

Jake P. O'Leary, 19, Sam M. Cassidy, 21, and Declan L. Brennan, 21, all of 8 Montclair Ave., Batavia, are charged with unlawful dealing with a child. The three men are accused of hosting an underage drinking party, which was reported at 12:04 a.m., Sunday. Numerous underage people were allegedly at the party drinking.

Richard L. Maston, 30, of 40 S. Main St., upper, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge. Matson was jailed on $500 bail.

Jennifer L. Stack, 26, of 48 S. Main St., Batavia, and Woodrow C. Horseman, 36, of 5049 E. Main St. Road, Batavia, are charged with petit larceny. Stack and Horseman are accused of stealing a shopping cart full of groceries from Tops Market at 3:17 p.m., Saturday.

Charles A. Larsen, 37, of Fisher Road, Oakfield, is charged with criminal trespass, 2nd. Larsen is accused of entering a residence on Swamp Road, Byron, and removing items that he owned. Larsen was jailed on $300 bail.

Alec Michael Frick, 23, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, speeding and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. Frick was stopped at 10:44 p.m., Saturday, on West Main Street Road, Batavia, by Deputy Matthew Fleming.

Michelle Ann Bruner, 19, of Townsend Street, Akron, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Bruner is accused of harassing a victim in Basom in violation of a Family Court order during a property retrieval.

Joseph Lee Piedmont, 47, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Piedmont is accused of pushing another person.

Leon C. Bloom Jr., 30, of Batavia, is charged with felony criminal contempt, 1st. While incarcerated at the Genesee County Jail, Bloom is accused of sending a letter to a person protected by court order from contact by Bloom.

Melissa Marie Morton, 27, of Maple Road, Basom, is charged with petit larceny and criminal contempt, 2nd. Morton is accused of stealing four PlayStation3 games from Kmart. When confronted by store security, Morton was reportedly cooperative and returned the items. At the time of the incident, Morton was allegedly with another woman she is barred by court order from contacting.

Patrick O'Neal Spikes, 31, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with bail jumping, 2nd. Spikes was located by Batavia PD at an address on West Main Street Road while officers were assisting NYS Parole on a matter involving another individual. There was reportedly an outstanding warrant for Spikes out of city court for alleged bail jumping. The person parole officers were attempting to locate was not in the residence.

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