http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/1054/ en Field fire moving toward house on Bloomingdale Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/field-fire-moving-toward-house-bloomingdale-road/42207 <p>A field fire is reported at 935 Bloomingdale Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. The caller to dispatch says it&#39;s moving toward her house. The location is between Parker and Martin roads. Alabama Fire Department is responding along a tanker from Akron, mutual aid.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:39 p.m.: Fire is out. Responders are back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/field-fire-moving-toward-house-bloomingdale-road/42207#comments Alabama fire Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:16:04 +0000 Billie Owens 42207 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Woman accused of trying to shoplift from Dollar General http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-woman-accused-trying-shoplift-dollar-general/42030 <p><strong>Zoe A. McClure</strong>, 44, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with attempted petit larceny. McClure was allegedly observed by management at the Dollar General Store trying to conceal several items in her purse, coat and pants.</p> <p><strong>Sharon E. Herdtner</strong>, 51, of Jackson Street, Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant for alleged failure to appear. She was jailed on $1,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Brian D. Fisher</strong>, 60, of Washington Avenue, Batavia, was arrested for allegedly failing to answer to a parking ticket (2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on a city street). Fisher was located during an investigation into an unrelated matter and was arrested. He posted $70 cash bail.</p> <p><strong>Kenneth H. Holley</strong>, 24, of River Road, Caledonia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Holley was arrested by Officer Stephen Cronmiller following a traffic stop by Deputy Joseph Corona on East Main Street, Batavia, at 12:13 a.m. March 23.</p> <p><strong>Dawn L. Sedita</strong>, 50, of Buffalo, is charged with petit larceny. Sedita was arrested by State Police for allegedly stealing cartons of cigarettes from Jan&#39;s Smoke Shop.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-woman-accused-trying-shoplift-dollar-general/42030#comments batavia Alabama crime Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:30:30 +0000 Howard Owens 42030 at http://thebatavian.com Nominations sought for O-A Alumni Hall of Fame, deadline is April 30 http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/nominations-sought-o-alumni-hall-fame-deadline-april-30/41971 <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Nominations are currently being accepted for this year&#39;s induction class of the Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Hall of Fame. It recognizes outstanding OACS alumni who have achieved distinction in their lives and chosen field after high school through significant contributions to their career, community or through personal achievements.</p> <p>If you know a person who meets the following criteria, please consider nominating him/her for this prestigious honor:</p> <ul> <li> Nominees must be graduates of OACS or one of its predecessors, or have been active in school classes and activities during their senior year; (Nominees who left school while in good standing to perform military service are also eligible. Deceased alumni are not eligible for induction until the 5th anniversary of the year of their death.)</li> <li> Nominees must have graduated prior to 1999;</li> <li> Selection is based on achievement after leaving OACS, which includes a worthy record in more than one, and exemplary achievement in at least one of the following: job-related achievements; professional honors and awards, professional affiliations, or publications; civic or community involvement; personal achievements/accomplishments; positive impact on the communities in the Oakfield-Alabama school district.</li> </ul> <p>Anyone may submit a nomination for any person meeting the criteria stated above. Nominations must be made during the <strong>nomination period only (March 1 - April 30)</strong> by using the Online Nomination Form or the PDF Nomination Form (see links below). <em>Electronically submitted nominations are strongly preferred</em> over mailed-in, hard-copy nominations.</p> <p>Online Nomination Form - <font color="#0000FF"><u><a href="http://www.oacsalumni.org/content/HallOfFame/NominationProcess/OnlineForm">http://www.oacsalumni.org/content/HallOfFame/NominationProcess/OnlineForm</a></u></font><br /> PDF Nomination Form - <font color="#0000FF"><u><a href="http://www.oacsalumni.org/content_files/HallOfFame/NominationProcess/form.pdf">http://www.oacsalumni.org/content_files/HallOfFame/NominationProcess/form.pdf</a></u></font></p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/nominations-sought-o-alumni-hall-fame-deadline-april-30/41971#comments Alabama hall of fame OACS Oakfield Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:26:41 +0000 Billie Owens 41971 at http://thebatavian.com Possible chimney fire on Alleghany Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/possible-chimney-fire-alleghany-road/41886 <p>A possible chimney fire is reported at 6581 Alleghany Road. That&#39;s just south of Church Street, one the east side of the roadway. Alabama Fire Department is responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:56 p.m.: Alabama is back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/possible-chimney-fire-alleghany-road/41886#comments Alabama fire Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:55:35 +0000 Billie Owens 41886 at http://thebatavian.com One-vehicle rollover accident reported on Crosby Road, Alabama http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/one-vehicle-rollover-accident-reported-crosby-road-alabama/41670 <p>A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported on Crosby Road, possibily near Lewiston Road.</p> <p>Unknown injuries. The caller left the scene. The caller guessed it was closer to Lewiston.</p> <p>Alabama fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:45 a.m.: A chief on scene wants to ensure law enforcement is in route. One of the Alabama engines responding can stand down and the Mercy ambulance responding can stand down.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d23311.19114239626!2d-78.40430400000005!3d43.08562094999998!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x89d38e61d1742191%3A0xcec1a615ae695964!2sCrosby+Rd!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1394192723639" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/one-vehicle-rollover-accident-reported-crosby-road-alabama/41670#comments accident Alabama Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:46:46 +0000 Howard Owens 41670 at http://thebatavian.com Garage fire quickly knocked down on Batavia Oakfield Town Line Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/garage-fire-quickly-knocked-down-batavia-oakfield-town-line-road/41664 <p>A garage fire was quickly knocked down within the last half hour at 2999 Batavia Oakfield Town Line Road. Oakfield fire responded, along with mutual aid from Town of Batavia and East Pembroke, and Alabama had a crew stand by in Oakfield&#39;s quarters. A portion of the roadway for eastbound traffic was also closed.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: All responders are back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/garage-fire-quickly-knocked-down-batavia-oakfield-town-line-road/41664#comments batavia Alabama east pembroke Oakfield Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:28:42 +0000 Billie Owens 41664 at http://thebatavian.com Driver issued citations following yesterday's two-car accident on Lewiston Road http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/driver-issued-citations-following-yesterdays-two-car-accident-lewiston-road/41577 <p>Two people suffered minor injuries Thursday following a two-car collision in the area of 1630 Lewiston Road, Alabama.</p> <p>The accident was reported at 12:40 p.m.</p> <p>Injured were A.M. Vanwyngaarden, 23, of Jackson Road, Holley, and Phillip C. Rhoades II, 46, of Main Street, Candor.</p> <p>According to the accident report written by Deputy Chris Parker, Vanwyngararden&#39;s 2004 Pontiac sedan was heading west on Lewiston Road when it traveled off the north shoulder. It then moved back across the eastbound lane and struck the 2011 Hyundai sedan driven by Rhoades.</p> <p>Vanwyngaarden was issued citations for alleged failure to stay on the right side of the road and uninspected motor vehicle.</p> <p>(<a href="http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/head-collision-lewiston-road-minor-injuries-reported/41554" target="_blank">Initial Report</a>)</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/driver-issued-citations-following-yesterdays-two-car-accident-lewiston-road/41577#comments accident Alabama Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:58:30 +0000 Howard Owens 41577 at http://thebatavian.com House filling with smoke on Macomber Road, Alabama http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/house-filling-smoke-macomber-road-alabama/41555 <p>A house is reportedly filling with smoke at 6912 Macomber Road, Alabama. The location is between Judge and Ham roads. Alabama Fire Department is responding. Dispatch says it is possibly a chimney or wood stove problem.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/house-filling-smoke-macomber-road-alabama/41555#comments Alabama fire Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:00:05 +0000 Billie Owens 41555 at http://thebatavian.com Head-on collision on Lewiston Road, minor injuries reported http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/head-collision-lewiston-road-minor-injuries-reported/41554 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-1/0227141243.jpg" /></p> <p>A two-car head-on collision with minor injuries is reported at 1630 Lewiston Road, east of Route 77. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.</p> <p>UPDATE: Photo submitted by Bruce Webber, who said he was in the area working on his truck and saw the crash. The silver car, he said, went off the north side of the road and the driver appeared to over correct and hit a Honda almost head on. &quot;I was a couple of feet away,&quot; Webber said. &quot;Parts and pieces everywhere.&quot;</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/head-collision-lewiston-road-minor-injuries-reported/41554#comments Alabama Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:46:13 +0000 Billie Owens 41554 at http://thebatavian.com DA granted motion to drop remaining charges against convicted child molester http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/da-granted-motion-drop-remaining-charges-against-convicted-child-molester/41537 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="http://thebatavian.com/sites/thebatavian.com/files/users/60/Howard%20Owens/mug_sprague_earl_francis.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Earl Sprague</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>There will not be a second trial for convicted child molester Earl Sprague, who has already been <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/noonan-gives-maximum-available-sentence-alabama-man-convicted-child-sexual-abuse/41118" target="_blank">sentenced following his first trial to 21 years in prison</a>.</p> <p>District Attorney Lawrence Friedman made a motion this morning, which was granted by County Court Judge Robert Noonan, to dismiss the remaining charges against Sprague.</p> <p>The 42-year-old Sprague was facing a possible trial on eight felony counts, including two counts of burglary, 1st, sexual abuse, 1st, criminal sexual act, 1st, aggravated sexual abuse, 1st, two counts predatory sexual assault, a Class II-A felony, and one count of assault, 1st.</p> <p>Friedman said he could not discuss the reason for the motion to drop the charges.</p> <p>&quot;We made a determination we couldn&#39;t really proceed with the remaining charges,&quot; Friedman said. &quot;That&#39;s all I can really say.&quot;</p> <p>The former Alabama resident was convicted by a jury on 28 counts of sexual abuse.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/da-granted-motion-drop-remaining-charges-against-convicted-child-molester/41537#comments Alabama crime Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:22:42 +0000 Howard Owens 41537 at http://thebatavian.com Car wreck on Sumner Road, Darien http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-wreck-sumner-road-darien/41464 <p>A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported at 192 Sumner Road in Darien. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: The accident is in Crittenden. Erie County and Alden are handling. The patient is a sign-off. Darien and Mercy medics are back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-wreck-sumner-road-darien/41464#comments accidents Alabama corfu Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:21:25 +0000 Billie Owens 41464 at http://thebatavian.com Guns stolen from a shop in Alabama, suspects in dark colored pickup http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/guns-stolen-shop-alabama-suspects-dark-colored-pickup/41404 <p>Within the past hour, a gun shop on Route 77 in Alabama was burglarized and guns were stolen.</p> <p>The suspect vehicle is a dark colored pickup truck, unknown direction of travel.</p> <p>State Police are on scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 10:43 p.m.: Orleans County dispatch has informed Genesee County dispatch of a possible related burglary in that jurisdiction. Communication equipment, such as that used by fire and police personnel, were taken. It occurred after the Alabama burglary. The Alabama suspect vehicle is described as an S-10 type of pickup truck, dark in color, with a loud exhaust.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:45 p.m.: Seven double-barrel shotguns are missing, too.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/guns-stolen-shop-alabama-suspects-dark-colored-pickup/41404#comments Alabama crime Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:42:40 +0000 Howard Owens 41404 at http://thebatavian.com T-bone accident reported at Tesnow and Wright roads, Alabama http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/t-bone-accident-reported-tesnow-and-wright-roads-alabama/41240 <p>A motor-vehicle accident, reportedly a T-bone with at least two injuries, is reported at Tesnow and Wright roads in the Town of Alabama. Alabama Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. This is east of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:16 p.m.: A rescue unit from Akron is requested to provide mutual aid to the scene. Indian Falls Fire Department is asked to shut down Tesnow at Akron Road and also Bloomingdale Road.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:21 p.m.: A Mercy medic confirms two injured parties in a pickup truck. No extrication needed. Akron can stand down.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:24 p.m.: A second Mercy ambulance is requested.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: The Highway Department will be notified that &quot;salt is needed on this hill.&quot;</p> <p>UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Two patients transported to St. Joe&#39;s in Buffalo.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/t-bone-accident-reported-tesnow-and-wright-roads-alabama/41240#comments accidents Alabama Sat, 01 Feb 2014 23:16:12 +0000 Billie Owens 41240 at http://thebatavian.com Still no decision on new attorney for man facing additional sexual abuse charges http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/still-no-decision-new-attorney-man-facing-additional-sexual-abuse-charges/41225 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="http://thebatavian.com/sites/thebatavian.com/files/users/60/Howard%20Owens/mug_sprague_earl_francis.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Earl Sprague</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>It&#39;s still not clear who will represent Earl Sprague in his second trial on child sexual abuse charges.</p> <p>Sprague, already serving a 21-year sentence on child sexual abuse charges, appeared in County Court today dressed in state prison green, to hear Judge Robert C. Noonan tell William Tedford from the Public Defender&#39;s Office that regardless of who represents Sprague, the trial is going forward March 24.</p> <p>The 42-year-old former Alabama resident faces an additional eight felony&nbsp; counts, including two counts of burglary, 1st, sexual abuse, 1st, criminal sexual act, 1st, aggravated sexual abuse, 1st, two counts predatory sexual assault, a Class II-A felony, and one count of assault, 1st.</p> <p>The Class II-A felony carries a possible life sentence.</p> <p>Last week, Sprague asked that Fred Rarick, who was court-appointed to represent him in his trial on 28 felony counts, be dismissed as his attorney for the second trial.</p> <p>Noonan granted his wish and assigned the case to the Public Defender&#39;s Office.</p> <p>Today, Tedford asked Noonan to delay the case because Tedford already has four possible trials between now and April, plus the office will be short-handed at the end of March because Public Defender Gary Horton is retiring.</p> <p>&quot;My personal trial schedule will give me a limited time to prepare,&quot; Teford said. &quot;While I consider myself a quality attorney, I submit that six weeks to properly preper for a trial on such serious charges would result in ineffective counsel for Mr. Sprague.</p> <p>Noonan said it&#39;s actually seven and a half weeks, which should be enough time to prepare; however, Noonan said taking everything into account, he has arranged for an attorney from the assigned council office to come to court tomorrow and go over the case with Sprague and Tedford and see if he will be able to take on the case and be ready for trial March 24.</p> <p>&quot;This case has lingered on far too long,&quot; Noonan said.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/still-no-decision-new-attorney-man-facing-additional-sexual-abuse-charges/41225#comments Alabama crime Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:13:20 +0000 Howard Owens 41225 at http://thebatavian.com Two school districts announce closures this morning http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-school-districts-announce-closures-morning/41197 <p>Oakfield-Alabama schools are closed this morning, due to weather.</p> <p>Pavilion school is closed, due to plumbing issues.</p> <p>Pavilion students scheduled to take a regents exam at Pavilion High School are to report to the elementary building at their scheduled test time.</p> <p>The National Weather Service has a wind chill advisory in effect until 10 a.m. with wind chills expected to be 15 to 25 degrees below zero.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-school-districts-announce-closures-morning/41197#comments Alabama Oakfield Pavilion schools weather Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:22:48 +0000 Howard Owens 41197 at http://thebatavian.com