http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/1103/ en Law and Order: Attica man accused of altering prescription http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-attica-man-accused-altering-prescription/45844 <p><strong>David R. Cook</strong>, 20, of Lindsey Road, Attica, is charged with forgery, 2nd. Cook allegedly altered a prescription in an attempt to deceive a pharmacy into giving him more medication than original prescribed. Cook was jailed on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Daniel W. Hennebohl</strong>, 59, of Bethany Center Road, East Bethany, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Hennebohl is accused of scratching a car with a key while in the Walmart parking lot at 11:48 a.m., Sunday.</p> <p><strong>Nancy Ann Bennet,</strong> 44, of Center Street, Medina, is charged with petit larceny. Bennet is accused of shoplifting at Kmart.</p> <p><strong>Christina M. Sanchez-Anderson</strong>, 26, of Bank Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. Sanchez-Anderson is accused of failing to appear in court on a grand larceny charge in October.</p> <p><strong>Daniel J. Saeva</strong>, 35, of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with strangulation, 2nd, criminal mischief, 3rd, endangering the welfare of a child, harassment, 2nd and assault, 3rd. Saeva is accused of putting his hands around the next of another person and shoving another while in the presence of three children during an alleged incident reported at 9:01 p.m., Friday.</p> <p><strong>Donya M. Vaughn</strong>, 48, of Richley Road, Corfu, is charged with issuing a bad check. Vaughn was arrested on a warrant issued by City Court.</p> <p><strong>Carter L. Hall,</strong><span> 37, of Oakfield, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Hall was stopped at 9:10 p.m. Friday at Route 63 and Veterans Memorial Drive by State Police.</span></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-attica-man-accused-altering-prescription/45844#comments Attica batavia Bethany corfu crime Oakfield Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:48:50 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45844 at http://thebatavian.com Friends and neighbors rally around Corfu business owner who lost everything, but gave so much to her community http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/friends-and-neighbors-rally-around-corfu-business-owner-who-lost-everything-gave-so-muc <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/franclemontbarn2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p>The tears were gone. She had no more, said Renee Franclemont in the midst of a conversation yesterday about the fire that destroyed her business in a barn on Alleghany Road, Corfu, an hour before sunrise Thursday morning.</p> <p>The fire consumed more than $20,000 in inventory, killed 17 chickens, devoured a season&#39;s worth of hay and straw, and turned a grand and well-aged barn into ash and rubble.</p> <p>Franclemont grew up in Corfu. She is the daughter of a former Corfu fire chief and a mother who was a volunteer EMT.</p> <p>She knew all the firefighters Thursday morning, and they knew her.</p> <p>&quot;It was sad,&quot; she said. &quot;They felt helpless.&quot;</p> <p>The old farmhouse 100 paces to the north of the barn, was built in 1890 and added onto over the years, has, of course, been the home to families, as it is now to Franclemont, her two boys, two girls and partner Clinton Konfederath. It has housed the Rarick law firm and accommodated countless guests as a bed and breakfast.</p> <p>Four years ago Franclemont bought her house and the 14 acres of land that go with it because she loved the barn.</p> <p>&quot;I moved to this house because I wanted my barn,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;I wanted that barn. My kids all know. We moved in and I didn&#39;t even unpack boxes. I went into that barn and I set to cleaning the barn. I wasn&#39;t even thinking about a business. I wanted the barn.&quot;</p> <p>The structure was even older than the house and functioned as a co-op antique store formerly owned by&nbsp;Gemma&nbsp;Rarick in the 1980s and&nbsp;1990s. Back then, in red letters made of wood slats affixed below its peaked roof was the official business name: &quot;The Barn.&quot; The words, bold and artful, were eight feet tall and could be seen hundreds of yards away by travelers heading north on Route 77.</p> <p>To avoid any sign ordinance issues, Franclemont called her business &quot;The Farm&quot; and kept the same lettering nailed to the gray, asphalt shingles that at some point were installed as siding on the oldest end of the building.</p> <p>Nobody insures businesses housed in 150-year-old barns. Franclement tried to have it insured, and for a time it was, for just $29<span>,000, which Franclement felt was well below its real value.</span></p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s all they would insure it for because it was that old,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;They didn&#39;t look at it like you and I look at a barn. They looked at it as rough and horrible. We look at it and think, &#39;that&#39;s perfect.&#39; &quot;</p> <p>When the insurance company realized there was a licensed business in the barn, the policy was yanked and all of her pleas for coverage went unheeded.</p> <p>The Farm is truly a family business. Franclemont and&nbsp;<span>Konfederath run it, of course, but all four children help out.</span></p> <p><span>Austin, 19, </span>and 15-year-old Dakota, both work there. Austin was<span> last year&#39;s leading scorer and an all-league player on Pembroke&#39;s soccer team, and is now a student at GCC. His brother was a slender-framed punter on the football team, who walked into the kitchen Saturday dressed in camoflauge with a rifle slung over his shoulder (he bagged two rabbits that afternoon)</span>.</p> <p><span>They can be left alone at times, Franclemont said, to run things if she needs to tend to errands.</span></p> <p><span>Never left alone, but adept at sales and operating the cash register are Montana, 11, and Sawyer Mae, 6.</span></p> <p><span>Montana is the real chicken farmer in the family. A chicken whisperer, her mother called her. Blonde, popular at school, into gymnastics and cheerleading, Montana keeps herself and her mom busy.</span></p> <p><span>Only a week ago, Montana seemingly saved a chicken that appeared ill and unlikely to survive. The girl took the bird in her arms, wrapped it in warm cloth and held it while sitting in the store.</span></p> <p>&quot;We didn&#39;t think the chicken was going to make it and the next day it was running around, so she must have saved it,&quot; Franclemont said.</p> <p><span>Sawyer Mae has no less energy than her older sister, but it&#39;s not always directed at school. She&#39;s a bit of a tomboy who favors plaid shirts, purple pants and cowboy boots.</span></p> <p><span>&quot;She could probably run the business by herself,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;She&#39;s the one who wants to miss school so she can pick pumpkins or just work around the farm or in the store.&quot;</span></p> <p>As we spoke, visitors dropped by and popped in here and there. Some brought hugs, others clutched cards stuffed in bulging white envelopes. They entered the family room and adjoining kitchen and dining area through the back door off the gravelled driveway.</p> <p>The visitors were tenderly welcomed into her home, which is decorated much like you might expect from a woman whose business is also her life.&nbsp;</p> <p>The flat-screen TV sits atop a black wood and cast iron 19th Century sewing machine table, so big it must have come from a Gilded Age factory. On the opposite wall is a wooden, weathered round-rung ladder that was carried from the old barn to adorn the family room wall.&nbsp;At one point, Franclemont took a plank from the barn and painted in white the words &nbsp;&quot;Bed and Breakfast&quot; on it, to honor one of the prior businesses in her old house. That hangs above the couch.</p> <p>The white-curtained dining room window faces south. The driveway and a small, bridge-covered creek separate the house from the cement foundation of the barn. Tom&nbsp;Konfederath and Rick Claire spent most of the previous 48 hours using backhoes and loaders to knock down and haul away the burnt, charred and twisted ruins of the barn. Clinton was out there breaking up cement so it, too, could be taken to a dump or recycling center.</p> <p>Everybody thought it a good idea to get rid of the debris as quickly as possible so the Corfu Fire Department wouldn&#39;t be burdened with an endless string of rekindle calls.</p> <p>All that remained of the store&#39;s inventory after the fire -- save produce kept in a cooler that just by coincidence and for no reason at all had a fireproof door -- was black ash or melted and mangled beyond recognition.</p> <p>The inventory came from seven consignees, all but one a Genesee County resident. Almost everything they sold was repurposed from something old: Milk canisters with handpainted farm scenes; <span>spiffed up 19th Century hand tools to hang on walls; lanterns that once lit the way but are best used these days as a &quot;needful thing&quot;; antique bed headboards converted into benches; and wood from other long lost barns cut sign-size and handpainted with clever and wise aphorisms.</span></p> <p><span>In the home-decorating industry, the stock is called &quot;</span>primitive<span>.&quot; It&#39;s the kind of&nbsp;</span><span>baubles and curiosities that appeal to Western New Yorkers whose magazine subscriptions include &quot;Yankee&quot; and &quot;Traditional Home&quot; more so than &quot;Dwell&quot; and &quot;Atomic Ranch.&quot;</span></p> <p>The fire started in the chicken coop. We know that because that was the only thing with flames showing after Franclemont and&nbsp;<span>Konfederath were awoken around 5 a.m. Thursday by a man pounding on their back door.</span></p> <p><span>The chicken coop was newly constructed and purposefully placed next to the barn.</span></p> <p>The kind of customers drawn to The Farm love farm animals. After acquiring some more chickens from another farmer who wanted to get rid of them, it seemed like a good idea to build the chicken coop closer to the customers.</p> <p>&quot;We made this big beautiful coop,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;I wanted it closer to the barn because my customers love to see the chickens walk around. That&#39;s part of it. They love my pig and they love the chickens and I wanted the chicken coop close to the barn so the customers see all that. A lot of kids would go over and open the thing and check for eggs.&quot;</p> <p>Somehow, while 17 adult chickens perished in the fire, 11 young ones (bigger than chicks), survived.</p> <p>When they were hauled from the fire, the 11 babies were unconscious and laying on their sides. Franclemont thought they were dead, but when she shook them, the soot-covered fowl sprang to life.</p> <p>When you&#39;re under stress and you see your life going up in flames, time passes slowly. Seconds seem like minutes, minutes like hours.</p> <p>It seemed, Franclemont said, like it took forever for the first fire trucks to arrive at her barn on the Route 33 side of Cohocton Road.</p> <p>Corfu Chief Dean Eck arrived on scene, as chiefs do, before the fire trucks.</p> <p>&quot;He felt helpless,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;We&#39;re both standing there just waiting for the trucks to come.&quot;</p> <p><span>Konfederath</span><span>&nbsp;does all the farming for the family business. He grows produce sold in the store, the corn with stalks that make for handsome decorations in the fall, the thousands of pumpkins sold in October, the hay and straw that was stored in the barn&#39;s loft, awaiting shipment to horse farm customers.</span></p> <p>&quot;Some firemen were showing up and I was saying, &#39;it can&#39;t get to that hay,&#39; &quot; Franclemont said. &quot;If it goes up the wall and gets to where we store hay and straw, we&#39;re done. It hit the hay and it was like lightning -- woosh -- and it lit up the whole barn. It was gone.&quot;</p> <p><span>As flames licked the side of the barn, Franclemont was frantic to save what she could from the business. She grabbed the cash box and then went back for some of her books. When she wanted to go in again, this time for the records of her consignees sales, a deputy stopped her. After some arguing with the deputy and the chief, they agreed to let&nbsp;</span><span>Konfederath</span><span>&nbsp;go in and see if he could grab the records quickly.</span></p> <p><span>When he opened the door, the heat rushed out. There were already flames in the store and a black velvet curtain of smoke billowed in his face. It was too late to save anything more.</span></p> <p>The tragedy of fire trails a painful, draining and difficult summer for Franclemont.</p> <p>In June, she was in an ATV accident and tore up her knee pretty bad. Following surgery, she was driving something a little less adventurous than a four-wheeler. She needed a Hoveround to move through the house and in the shop. Even so, her work time was limited.</p> <p>Then she developed spinal meningitis. That meant more hospitalization. &nbsp;</p> <p>In September, she needed knee surgery again, so more time on crutches and less time working in her shop.</p> <p>&quot;I finally got back to work and I was enjoying stuff and painting again and opening the store up because that&#39;s me,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;That&#39;s what I want to do. I didn&#39;t want somebody else to do it.&quot;</p> <p>During her convalescence, Franclemont received plenty of help. Most of her consignees pitched in and kept the store open, including&nbsp;<span>Franclemont&#39;s friend, consignee and employee&nbsp;</span><span>Lauryn Brick, who put in a lot of hours helping Franclemont with her business and her life, including raising funds from the community to help with Franclemont&#39;s uninsured medical expenses.</span></p> <p>Of course she helped, Brick said. Her friend does so much for the community without ever asking anything in return. &nbsp;</p> <p>She helped organize fundraisers for Austin Heinemen, the Pembroke teen and cancer patient who inspired Austin&#39;s Army, even going &quot;Bald for Bucks.&quot; When another friend was in her own ATV accident a year ago, Franclemont helped raise funds to assist.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;This girl will help anyone,&quot; Brick said. &quot;You can ask anyone in our community.&quot;</p> <p>Getting back to work was so very important to Franclemont. She immediately started building furniture again, and her father, Richard Franclemont, who also builds primitive-style furniture, added more inventory to her store.</p> <p>Last week, Franclemont drove down to Pennsylvania and brought back a trailer full of unfinished Amish furniture.</p> <p>Three days before the fire, she and <span>Konfederath</span><span>&nbsp;completed adding two more rooms to the shop for all the new inventory.</span></p> <p><span>It&#39;s only a matter of happenstance that saved the recently purchased Amish furniture. A relative needed to use her large trailer, so all of the furniture was unpacked and hauled down to the house basement for storage.</span></p> <p><span>The saved furniture gives Franclemont a step forward toward opening a new store in the same location in the spring.</span></p> <p>She and her partner have already started planning the new building. It will be a pole barn with hemlock siding and a metal roof.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m never going to get that look again of the inside of my barn,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;I&#39;ve been to a lot of stores. I&#39;m going to try and make it look as antique and old inside as possible, though I don&#39;t know how we&#39;re going to do it. I don&#39;t like this new building look in a new store. I don&#39;t want that. I think once we put our furniture in there and our consigner stuff, it will create that feel.&quot;</p> <p>The new barn will sit further back from the road because Franclemont, for the sake of children&#39;s safety, was always uncomfortable with how close the rows and rows of pumpkins would sit to Route 77. There will also be a lean-to for better display of produce. The big amenity the old barn lacked was a bathroom for customers. The new barn will have a bathroom.</p> <p>If that sounds promising, like an upgrade, Franclemont isn&#39;t fooling herself into thinking it will be better than her old barn, with its notched, hand-hewn beams and aged wooden walls and sense of time and place that can only be created over the space of decades.</p> <p>&quot;This is an opportunity to do something new, but I was happy with just the way it was,&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;I would rather have that barn than a new building any day. I&#39;m sure we&#39;ll be better and everything will be fine, and we&#39;ll have some things we didn&#39;t have before, but I can&#39;t replace the barn.&quot;</p> <p>News of the fire spread fast in the era of digital media. There were so many people offering help, or just a kind word.</p> <p>The morning of the fire, Linda Richley, from Linda&#39;s Family Diner, already had 40 breakfast sandwiches made for firefighters when Al Graham showed up to see what he could get for the crews. She also delivered boxes of coffee.</p> <p><span>In the fire&#39;s aftermath, the&nbsp;</span><span>Reynolds family from Reyncrest Farms pitched in to clean.</span></p> <p>The folks at Alleghany Farm Services provided transportation for the heavy equipment used in the cleanup.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Primitives-Produce-at-The-Farm/114249748680158?pnref=lhc" target="_blank">The Farm&#39;s Facebook page</a> was flooded with messages from well-wishers. Her phone was buzzing with phone calls and text messages. At one point, her friend Tricia Heinemen took the phone away from her and told her to go sleep.</p> <p><span>There&#39;s so many people Franclement wants to thank. All of the letters for her marquee sign she kept along the edge of the roadway were destroyed by the fire, so with black spray paint she wrote, &quot;Thank you / Everyone / XO.&quot;</span></p> <p>&quot;How do you thank everybody?&quot; Franclemont said. &quot;I tried to keep up and I can&#39;t. I know I&#39;ve missed somebody. I don&#39;t even know what to say.&quot;</p> <p>Lauryn Brick said she&#39;s overwhelmed by the thought of all that her friend lost, and how she poured her heart and soul into her business, only to see it destroyed in a matter of minutes by a chicken coup fire.</p> <p>&quot;She needs to rebuild everything that was so tragically taken from her,&quot; Brick said. &quot;She has four children that she also provides for and to think, this happened during the holidays.&quot;</p> <p>Brick, along with Renee Everett, have set up <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/primitives-thefarm" target="_blank">a GoFundMe account</a> seeking community donations to help Franclemont rebuild and take care of her family.</p> <p>Franclemont is unaccustomed to being the person on the receiving end of other people&#39;s charity.&nbsp;</p> <p>With her eyes still puffy from days of crying, and despite her thought that she had no more tears to shed, when she sat at her kitchen counter and recalled the outpouring of support from her friends and neighbors, the skin around Franclemont&#39;s eyes reddened and glistened again with tears.</p> <p>She didn&#39;t want her picture taken once she started crying again.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m not good at taking stuff from people,&quot; Franclemont said in her normally clear, alto tone, but then her voice went up an octave. &quot;I&#39;m the person,&quot; she said, voice breaking. &quot;I like to give. I don&#39;t want people giving me stuff. I want to give to people.</p> <p>&quot;In my family, we do stuff for people,&quot; she added with the tears continuing to stream down her face. &quot;I don&#39;t want people doing stuff for me. There&#39;s much worse off people than me. My friends have cancer. My friend was just in an accident. They&#39;re bad. I&#39;m not bad. I have a house to live in. I&#39;m not sick. I&#39;m not fighting for my life. Those people need my help, not me. I know my community knows that, that I don&#39;t want any help. I know they&#39;re going to do it anyways because that&#39;s the way they are. Anybody that knows me knows that it&#39;s hard for me to take anything from anyone.&quot;</p> <p>The way Brick sees it, her friend may not be asking for help, but she needs it.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/franclemontbarn2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/franclemontbarn2014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://thebatavian.com/sites/thebatavian.com/files/users/60/Howard%20Owens/renee_thefarm.jpg" /></p> <p><em>File photo of Renee Franclemont in her store from 2012.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://thebatavian.com/sites/thebatavian.com/files/images/thebarn_route77.jpg" /></p> <p><em>File photo of &quot;The Barn&quot; from September, 2010.</em></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/friends-and-neighbors-rally-around-corfu-business-owner-who-lost-everything-gave-so-muc#comments corfu fire pembroke Sun, 07 Dec 2014 22:26:07 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45752 at http://thebatavian.com Local business in Corfu barn destroyed in early morning fire http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/local-business-corfu-barn-destroyed-early-morning-fire/45723 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014.jpg" /></p> <p>A business simply called The Farm, that featured antiques and locally handcrafted items, was destroyed this morning when a fire broke out inside.</p> <p>The cause hasn&#39;t been determined but an early guess, officials said, is that the fire started in a chicken coop area were heat lamps were used.</p> <p>Owner Renee&nbsp;Franclemont lives in the house next door and a deputy had to stop her from going inside once the fire was already well involved because she wanted to save the business&#39;s financial records.</p> <p>The alarm for Corfu fire was sounded about 5:45 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chief Dean Eck said when he arrived on scene there was still only light flame from one end and one window, but the black smoke was heavy. The fire spread fast inside the old 19th Century-era barn.</p> <p>Mutual aid departments included East Pembroke, Pembroke, Indian Falls, City of Batavia, Alabama, Darien and Alden.&nbsp;</p> <p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/locally-grown-and-locally-made-items-featured-new-store-corfu/33858">Locally grown and locally made items featured at new store in Corfu</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/thefarmbarnfiredec42014-9.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/local-business-corfu-barn-destroyed-early-morning-fire/45723#comments corfu fire Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:01:32 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45723 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Man arrested in lockdown incident Thursday also accused of selling drugs http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-man-arrested-lockdown-incident-thursday-also-accused-selling-drugs/45687 <p><strong>Jonathan Cornelius Hoges</strong><span>, 32, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged wit criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th,, and endangering the welfare of a child. Hoges allegedly used what appeared to be a handgun and threatened to kill himself in front of his two young children in an incident reported at 2:47 p.m. Thursday at his residence on Ross Street. He was later taken into custody on Miller Avenue. At the time of his arrest, he was allegedly found in possession of crack cocaine and packaging. He was jailed on $20,000 bail, or $40,000 bond. (<a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/report-man-gun-near-middle-school-prompts-brief-lockdown/45646" target="_blank">Previous report</a>)</span></p> <p><strong>Joseph A. Cafarelli</strong><span>, 48, of Hunters Gate Drive, Rochester, is charged with falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement. Cafarelli allegedly reported that his debit card had been stolen while at Batavia Downs Casino. An investigation revealed the incident allegedly did not occur. Cafarelli was jailed on $500 bail.</span></p> <p><strong>Melanie Rose Cantabrana</strong>, 22, of Maple Ridge Road, Medina, is charged with petit larceny. Cantabrana is accused of stealing $680.51 in merchandise from Walmart.</p> <p><strong>Nancy June Brandon</strong>, 36, of Holland Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to pay fine. She was also charged with facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd. Brandon was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at 10:40 p.m. Sunday by Deputy Joseph Corona. The driver allegedly was unlicensed. Brandon was jailed on $400 bail, or $800 bond.</p> <p><strong>Latoya Yalanda Stanley</strong>, 26, of Holland Avenue, Batavia, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, and unlicensed driver. Stanley was stopped for alleged traffic violations at 10:40 p.m. Sunday on Lewiston Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona. Stanley also reportedly was wanted in the Town of Gates on a warrant on an unrelated matter.</p> <p><strong>Michael Andrew Balla</strong>, 39, of Hazlemere Avenue, Machias, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd. Balla allegedly damaged a garage door, valued at more than $250, at a location on Main Road, Stafford. Balla was jailed without bail.</p> <p><strong>Christopher Ryan Waite</strong>, 25, of Skye Road, Basom, is charged with DWI, driving while ability impaired by drugs and reckless driving. Following numerous calls of an erratic driver, Waite was stopped at 11:46 p.m. Friday on Route 262, Byron, by Deputy Matthew Butler. Additional charges are pending.</p> <p><strong>Julie L. Dutton</strong>, 19, of Manhattan Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Dutton was arrested after police were asked to check on the welfare of a person on Thomas Avenue. Dutton was allegedly found hiding in a shower by police officers inside the residence of a person allegedly protected from contact by Dutton through a court order. Dutton was jailed on $500 bail.</p> <p><strong>Samantha J. Armstrong</strong>, 21, of Hart Street, Batavia, turned herself in on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a parking citation for improper street parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Armstrong was released on $100 cash bail.</p> <p><strong>Deborah R. Blatt</strong>, 53, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Blatt is accused of verbally harassing and annoying a neighbor.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Terrence D. Johnson</strong>, 19, of Holland Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a traffic citation. Johnson posted bail and was released.</p> <p><strong>Nicholas J. Mungillo</strong>, 20, of Union Square, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession alcohol under age 21. Mungillo was allegedly found intoxicated following the report of a fight in the area of Jackson Street and Watson Street at 3:46 a.m. on Sunday. Also charged was <strong>Michael A. Canzoneri</strong>, 19, of Edgewood Drive, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Anya R. Rambuski</strong>, 44, of Birchwood Drive, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a DWAI charge.</p> <p><strong>Ronald M. Markek</strong>, 34, of Corfu, is charged with felony DWI. Markek was stopped at 10:13 p.m. Friday on Route 63 Batavia, by State Police. Markek was jailed on bail.</p> <p><strong>Lori J. Marchese</strong>, 55, of Corfu, is charged felony DWAI. Marchese was stopped at 5:22 p.m. Saturday on Main Road, Pembroke, by State Police.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-man-arrested-lockdown-incident-thursday-also-accused-selling-drugs/45687#comments batavia corfu crime pembroke Stafford Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:45:17 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45687 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Fourth suspect charged with first-degree rape of woman in Elba http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/law-and-order-fourth-suspect-charged-first-degree-rape-woman-elba/45630 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/ramirez_perez_-_uriel_mug.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Uriel Ramirez-Perez</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Uriel Ramirez-Perez</strong>, 26, of Oak Orchard Road, Elba, is charged with first-degree rape, a Class B felony. The defendant was arrested after allegedly raping a female victim at an Elba residence. The charge is related to the previously reported charges of rape against three other Elba men. This defendant was allegedly present during the Nov. 16 incident. He is in county jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 property bond. The incident was investigated by investigator Kristopher A. Kautz, deputy Dana Richardson and Angel Santos, investigator with the State Police.</p> <p><strong>Shannon Ann Caton</strong>, 39, of Fisher Road, Oakfield, is charged with: driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction within the last 10 years; resisting arrest; attempted escape, 3rd; speed not reasonable and prudent; and following too close. She was arrested Nov. 19 on the charges after she allegedly rear-ended another vehcile twice on East Main Street near Harvester Avenue in the City of Batavia. While at police headquarters, she slipped out of handcuffs and attempted to escape. She allegedly physically resisted her re-apprehension and was then jailed without bail. She is also charged with refusing to take a breath test. The incident was investigated by police officers Jason Ivison and James DeFreze.</p> <p><strong>Thomas K. Lee</strong>, 51, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. He was arrested Nov. 18 after allegedly interfering with a Batavia police officer&#39;s investigation into a domestic incident involving Lee. He allegedly resisted arrest and &quot;attempted to kick patrols.&quot; He is in jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. The incident was investigated by police officers Jason Ivison and Chad Richards.</p> <p><strong>Shane Zimblis</strong>, 43, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with: operating a snowmobile with a BAC of .08 or higher, first offense; operating a snowmobile without liability insurance; no/inadequate headlight; operating an unregistered snowmobile; and following too close. The charges stem from an accident Nov. 18 on Pearl Street in the city wherein Zimblis was allegedly operating his snowmobile and struck an SUV. He is to appear in city court on Dec. 3. The incident was investigated by police officers Chad Richards and James DeFreze.</p> <p><strong>April L. Walradt</strong>, 37, of Bank Street, Batavia, was arrested Nov. 11 and charged with second-degree harassment. She allegedly made comments to another person and a youth that caused them alarm. She was issued an appearance ticket for city court. The incident was investigated by police offier Matthew Wojtaszczyk.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Michael Biggins</strong>, 25, of Rail Road Avenue, Alexander, is charged with third-degree forgery and petit larceny. He was arrested Nov. 14 after allegedly stealing three checks, making the checks out in his own name and then cashing them. He was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in Alexander Town Court on Dec. 2. The incident was investigated by Sheriff&#39;s deputy Cory Mower.</p> <p><strong>Terrance Trae Allen Harley</strong>, 18, of Frandee Lane, Rochester, was arrested Nov. 22 on Clinton Street Road in Stafford and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, speed violation (67 in a 55 mph zone), and having no or inadequate taillights. The charges were issued following a traffic stop for alleged vehicle and traffic law violations. Harley is to appear in Stafford Town Court on Dec. 11. The incident was investigated by sheriff&#39;s deputy Joseph Corona, assisted by deputy Andrew Hale.</p> <p><strong>Jennifer Lynn Stack</strong>, 28, of South Main Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. She was arrested Nov. 23 after she entered the Batavia Walmart and remained in the store. These alleged actions violated an active order of protection issued by Batavia Town Court, prohibiting her from being on the premises. She was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in court on Dec. 18. The incident was investigated by Sheriff&#39;s deputy Chad Minuto.</p> <p><strong>Adam Paul Hoopengardner</strong>, 34, of Bank Street Road, Elba, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or more and speeding (52 in a 40 mph zone). He was stopped on Lewiston Road Nov. 23 for allegedly speeding and an investigation revealed he was allegedly intoxicated while driving the vehicle. The incident was investigated by Sheriff&#39;s deputy Thomas Sanfratello.</p> <p><strong>James Russell Kosiorek</strong>, 22, of East Main Street, Batavia, was arrested Nov. 20 on a state parole warrant. He responded to the Sheriff&#39;s Office to turn himself in and was placed in county jail.</p> <p><strong>Gloria Susan Moretti</strong>, 37, of Main Road, Corfu, was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle. She was a co-renter of a vehicle from Sikes Enterprises, which allegedly has not been returned and has not been paid for. She was issued a computer-generated appearance ticket and is due in city court Dec. 2. The incident was investigated by Batavia police officer James DeFreze.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/law-and-order-fourth-suspect-charged-first-degree-rape-woman-elba/45630#comments batavia alexander corfu crime elba Oakfield Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:26:24 +0000 Billie Owens 45630 at http://thebatavian.com Possible roof collapse reported at home on Herkimer Road, Darien http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/possible-roof-collapse-reported-home-herkimer-road-darien/45569 <p>A resident on Herkimer Road is reporting a crack in the ceiling of the house and is concerned about the roof collapsing.</p> <p>Darien fire dispatched. One engine from Corfu is requested to the scene.</p> <p>The Darien code enforcement officer is also in route, via tractor.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:55 a.m.: There is no collapse. Darien fire going back in service. Code enforcement to continue to the scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 8 a.m.: A resident Reynolds Road, Darien, is reporting a possible collapse of the roof over the porch.</p> <p>UPDATE 8:09 a.m.: There is a report of a possible partial barn collapse in the area of Walkers Road and Simonds Road. There may be cattle inside. This is coming to dispatchers third hand and hasn&#39;t been confirmed.</p> <p>UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: All available manpower to Corfu fire hall. One engine to fill in at Darien Fire Hall.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:57 p.m.: The resident of a home at 10218 Colby Road in Darien Center reports the roof is possibly collapsing or in danger of doing so because of heavy snow piled on it. Darien fire is responding.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/possible-roof-collapse-reported-home-herkimer-road-darien/45569#comments corfu Darien Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:43:06 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45569 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Bergen resident accused of making moonshine http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-bergen-resident-accused-making-moonshine/45441 <p><strong>Shane Irwin Crosby</strong>, 38, of North Bergen Road, Bergen, is charged with manufacturing an illicit alcoholic beverage, a Class E felony. Crosby was found to have an illegal moonshine still during a visit by probation officers at 8:40 a.m., Oct. 26. Deputy John Weis was dispatched to investigate. Crosby is accused of operating a still without being a properly licensed distiller. He was issued an appearance ticket.</p> <p><strong>Dale S. Berglund</strong>, 39, of West Allis, Wisc., is charged with felony DWI. Berglund was stopped at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the Village of Corfu for allegedly driving 51 in a 35 mph zone.</p> <p><strong>Willie Marshall</strong>, 61, of Batavia, is charged with forcible touching. Marshall was arrested following an investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into a complaint that he inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl while staying with her mother at a local motel.</p> <p><strong>Brett Nelson Magoffin</strong>, 39, Genesee Street, Pembroke, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and failure to keep right. Magoffin was stopped at 5:27 p.m. Sunday on Read Road, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Macayla T. Brown</strong>, 18, <strong>Ja&#39;Nelle A. Smith</strong>, 18, and&nbsp;a 17-year-old,&nbsp;all of 8170 Batavia Stafford Townline Road, are charged with petit larceny. The trio are accused of stealing $366 in merchandise from Walmart.</p> <p><strong>Kaylee Louise Middaugh</strong>, 19, of Little John Road, Belfast, is charged with petit larceny. Middaugh is accused of pushing a cart full of merchandise out of Walmart without paying for the items.</p> <p><strong>Eric Vernon Biscaro</strong>, 57, of Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, is charged with assault ,3rd. Biscaro is accused of hurting another person during a domestic incident.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-bergen-resident-accused-making-moonshine/45441#comments batavia bergen corfu crime pembroke Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:24:30 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45441 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Guardian of minor who ran from police charged with curfew violation http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-guardian-minor-who-ran-police-charged-curfew-violation/45424 <p><strong>Juanita Jackson, </strong>58, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with juvenile curfew violation. Jackson is the legal guardian of a youth who was allegedly found in a public place within the city past juvenile curfew time. The youth was allegedly involved in criminal mischief, larceny from a vehicle and possession of stolen property at&nbsp;<a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/officers-respond-report-youths-breaking-cars-kibbe-avenue/45313" target="_blank">10:50 p.m., Oct. 29</a>. The youth fled from police and was later located hiding in St. Joseph Cemetery by K-9 Destro.</p> <p><strong>Reginald C. Sampson</strong><span>, </span>48, of Holland Avenue, is charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, 2nd, and disorderly conduct. Sampson is accused of refusing to comply with officers requests during an investigation being conducted at his residence. Sampson reportedly became irate and allegedly began yelling obscenities, disrupting the peace of the neighborhood and interfering with the investigation. When told he was under arrest, Sampson allegedly became combative with officers. Williams was jailed following arraignment. (<a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/person-arrested-following-pair-disturbances-city/45378" target="_blank">Previous report</a>).</p> <p><strong>Deavin L.A. Herman</strong>, 20, of Caroline Street, Albion, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a petit larceny charge. Herman was jailed on $500 bail.</p> <p><strong>Olivia M. Lyons</strong>, 21, of Judge Road, Basom, is charged with petit larceny. Lyons was arrested by Batavia PD following an investigation into complaints of numerous thefts from UMMC staff. Lyons is accused of stealing mobile phones Wednesday evening.</p> <p><strong>Kenneth M. Gray</strong>, 22, of Myrtle Street, Le Roy, is charged with acting in a manner likely to be injurious to a child less than 17 and harassment, 2nd. Gray was arrested on a warrant out of City Court related to an alleged incident Oct. 20.</p> <p><strong>Nathan J. Pascuzzo</strong>, 23, of Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion, is charged with DWI. Pascuzzo was stopped at 5:10 a.m., Nov. 2, after officer Peter Flanagan observed a vehicle on Ellicott Street driving on two flat tires.</p> <p><strong>Heather L. Draper</strong>, 25, of East Avenue, Batavia, is charged trespass. Draper is accused of entering a store she had been banned from entering.</p> <p><strong>Kelsey Anne Sanders</strong>, 27, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to pay a fine on a disorderly conduct charge. Sanders was released on $125 bail.</p> <p><strong>Joseph W. Freeman</strong>, 30, of East Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Freeman allegedly punched another person in the face during a domestic argument at 4:45 a.m., Monday.</p> <p><strong>Crystal L. Lawrence</strong>, 30, of Main Street, of Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear.</p> <p><strong>Didier Asne Antoine</strong>, 20, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd. Antoine was allegedly on College Village property after being banned.</p> <p><strong>Robert Ray Davis</strong>, 53, of Main Road, Pembroke, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child. Davis allegedly hosted an underage drinking party at his residence.</p> <p><strong>Elizabeth Michelle Grattan</strong>, 24, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with burglary, 3rd, and petit larceny. Grattan is accused of entering Walmart after being banned for life from the store. She allegedly stole $110 worth of merchandise.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-guardian-minor-who-ran-police-charged-curfew-violation/45424#comments Basom batavia Alabama corfu crime Le Roy Pavilion pembroke Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:10:23 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45424 at http://thebatavian.com UPDATED: Man identified in Corfu manhunt http://thebatavian.com/wbta-news/updated-man-identified-corfu-manhunt/45420 <div> A Honeoye man, stopped for a traffic violation in Corfu, is behind bars this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.</div> <div> Robert Mann, 48, was stopped yesterday afternoon near the intersection of routes 77 and 33.</div> <div> Authorities said as the officer was checking Mann&rsquo;s license, Mann took off on foot and ran into a vacant building on East Main Street.</div> <div> Other officers joined in the pursuit along with Deputy Chris Erion and K-9 Destro.</div> <div> Erion said Destro found the suspect on the second floor of the building holding a stick with nails in it.</div> <div> Eroin ordered Mann to drop the weapon and he was taken into custody without further incident.</div> <div> <strike>Nearby Pembroke Elementary School was placed in lock-down as a precaution.</strike></div> <div> Mann has been charged with DWI and driving without a license. Police said additional charges are pending.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>UPDATE / CORRECTION:</strong> We received an e-mail from Pembroke School District Superintendent Matthew Calderon stating that the school principal reported that &quot;...we did not go into any lockdown and children went home at the normal time, 3 p.m. According to the principal, no one contacted the school to make us aware of any incident in Corfu.&quot; He added that if a lockdown were ever to occur, he would contact the media.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>CLARIFICATION:</strong> We just received another e-mail from the superintendent further clarifying the matter. It states:</div> <div> &quot;I was able to confirm the following: The Sheriffs called and spoke to our Transportation Director at 3:21 p.m. to hold the students. Our students had already dismissed at 3:00, but the Transportation director had the bus driver that transports Village students cease from dropping students off until she received the &#39;all clear&#39; around 3:50 p.m.&quot;</div> http://thebatavian.com/wbta-news/updated-man-identified-corfu-manhunt/45420#comments corfu Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:40:15 +0000 WBTA News 45420 at http://thebatavian.com Driver in custody after reportedly running away from police during a traffic stop in Corfu http://thebatavian.com/akaus/driver-custody-after-reportedly-running-away-police-during-traffic-stop-corfu/45416 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/7570/2014-4/corfu_suspect.jpg" /></p> <p>A man who allegedly fled during a traffic stop in the Village of Corfu this afternoon is in police custody.</p> <p>Corfu Police Officer Michael Petritz pulled over a Chevy Suburban with Washington plates about 3 this afternoon at the gas station parking lot at routes 77 and 33.</p> <p>While Petritz wrote a ticket, the operator of the vehicle allegedly fled the scene and ran east, leading police on a short foot chase behind a row of buildings next to the gas station.</p> <p>The State Police and the Genesee County Sheriff&#39;s Department also responded.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/7570/2014-4/corfu_k-9.jpg" /></p> <p>Deputy Chris Erion and K-9 Destro were disptached to the scene and the suspect was discovered about 3:40 p.m. hiding in a stairwell of a vacant commercial building just to the east of the intersection.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/7570/2014-4/corfu_building.jpg" /></p> <p>Erion says he was found holding a a wooden stick with nails. The suspect was told to drop his weapon and he complied. He was taken into custody without further incident.</p> <p>According to Deputy Erion,&nbsp; the Pembroke Intermediate School was told to shelter in place at 3 o&#39;clock. The children were allowed to leave the school at 3:50 p.m. when the suspect was taken into custody.</p> <p>The driver is facing charges for allegedly entering the vacant building, and vehicle and traffic violations.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/7570/2014-4/corfu_wide_scene.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://thebatavian.com/akaus/driver-custody-after-reportedly-running-away-police-during-traffic-stop-corfu/45416#comments corfu Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:19:49 +0000 Alecia Kaus 45416 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Police break up alleged Halloween underage drinking party on Jackson Street http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-police-break-alleged-halloween-underage-drinking-party-jackson-street/453 <p><strong>Jerry J. Jordan Jr.</strong>, 19, of Batavia Stafford Townline Road, Batavia, is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, harassment, 2nd, and unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21. Patrols responded to 156 Jackson St., Batavia, at 1 a.m., Saturday, on a complaint of an underage drinking party in progress. When police arrived, occupants of the house locked the door. Officers determined that the occupants were gathering behind the front door with a plan to rush the officers. Jordan was allegedly the first person through the door when it opened. He was carrying a large speaker that he allegedly used to pushed into the first officer he encountered. Several other individuals were arrested. Deputies and troopers assisted at the scene. <em>Supplemental Information Not in the Press Release</em>: The property is owned by James Pontillo. The property has been condemned. Pontillo said as many as 80 people were gathered in the living room at one time, causing a floor joist to break.</p> <p>Also arrested:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Philbert Prince Williams</strong>, 20, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with providing alcohol to a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. &nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Demetri C. Stewart</strong>, 21, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with giving/selling alcohol to a person under age 21 and acting in a manner injurious to a child.</li> <li> <strong>Didier A. Antoine</strong>, 20, of Jackson Street, Batavia,&nbsp;is charged with giving/selling alcohol to a person under age 21 and acting in a manner injurious to a child.</li> <li> <strong>Terrence Brown</strong>, 20, of Jackson Street, Batavia,&nbsp;is charged with giving/selling alcohol to a person under age 21, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21.</li> <li> <strong>Jason A. Perry-Murray</strong>, 20, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with providing alcohol to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.</li> <li> <strong>Tavid C. McIntosh</strong>, 19, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with&nbsp;giving/selling alcohol to a person under age 21, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21.</li> <li> <strong>Naquil T. Jones</strong>, 22, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with giving/selling alcohol to a person under age 21 and acting in a manner injurious to a child.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Maleak H. Green</strong>, 21, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with rape, 3rd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Green was arrested following an investigation into an alleged incident at 2:15 p.m., Aug. 7. No further details released. Green is being held in the Genesee County Jail on an unrelated charge.</p> <p><strong>Kimberly M. Douglas</strong>, 32, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Douglas is accused of violating an order of protection at 2:52 p.m., Friday, on Ross Street.</p> <p><strong>Jeffrey E. Williams</strong>, 30, of Westhigh Terrace, Rochester, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on an aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Williams was jailed, no bail specified.</p> <p><strong>Marlon M. Chess Jr.</strong>, 33, of Bergen Street, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Chess was arrested following an investigation by Batavia PD at 1:08 p.m., Thursday, into a suspicious vehicle parked near the Verizon Store on Lewiston Road, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Mark T. Zdrojewski</strong>, 61, of Meyer Road, Pendleton, is charged with three counts of issuing a bad check.&nbsp;Zdrojewski was arrested on a warrant for allegedly issuing bad checks in August in Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Terrance H. Riley</strong>, 26, of South Main Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and resisting arrest. Riley was arrested after allegedly trying to fight another person while officers were present. He then allegedly resisted arrest. The incident was reported at 2:20 p.m., Wednesday, on South Main Street, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Jeremy Allen Weatherbee</strong>, 45, of Roosevelt Avenue, Batavia, is charged with felony DWI (alcohol or drugs), aggravated unlicensed operation, 1st, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving on sidewalk, refusing to take breath test and failure to stop at stop sign. Weatherbee is accused of failing to stop for a stop sign at Pearl Street and Roosevelt Avenue at 1:14 a.m., Saturday. His car reportedly struck the south curb of Pearl Street, resulting in heavy damage to the front tires and rims of his vehicle. He then allegedly drove the vehicle with the damaged rims back to his residence on Roosevelt Avenue. Weatherbee was ordered held without bail.</p> <p><strong>Dustin J. Wilmet,</strong> 25, of Franklin Street, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or higher, driving with an open container and aggravated unlicensed operation. Wilmet was arrested following an investigation at 2:12 a.m., Friday, by Sgt. Eric Bolles into a reported fight at a location on West Main Street, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Nicholas Joseph Breau</strong>, 22, of Glenwood Drive, Clarence, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation. Breau was stopped at 10:31 p.m., Friday, on Galloway Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona for alleged traffic violations. Breau was also arrested on a warrant out of Amherst.</p> <p><strong>Chantalle Josephine Bessil</strong>, 19, of High Manor Drive, Henrietta, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a location on Main Road, Corfu, at 12:59 p.m., Thursday, and during the investigation found that Bessil, a passenger in a vehicle at the scene, was in possession of a small amount of marijuana in a grinder and a baggie. She also allegedly had a stun gun in her purse.</p> <p><strong>Thomas E. Hensel</strong>, 31, and Tonya D. Smith, 29, both of Overlook Drive, Batavia, are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and possession of a hypodermic instrument. Officer Micheal Lute, Corfu PD, responded to a complaint of a disturbance at 2 p.m., Wednesday, and upon arrival found a vehicle with a suspended registration. Upon further investigation, he found Hensel and Smith allegedly in possession of heroin and a needle. Hensel also charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, for allegedly breaking into a building in Corfu at 11 a.m., Oct. 5.</p> <p><strong>Barbara E. Ferrando</strong>, 43, of West Main Road, Corfu, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Ferrando was stopped for driving with an alleged suspended license at 9 p.m., Oct. 23, by Officer Michael Lute, Corfu PD. During an inventory of the vehicle&#39;s contents, a large bag of marijuana was allegedly found in the trunk.</p> <p><strong>William Gordon Schultz Sr.</strong>, 40, of Evans Street, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to pay a fine. Schultz was arrested at his place of employment and arraigned in front of Judge Eric Adams. Schultz was released on his promise to pay the majority of the fine today and the balance on Nov. 12.</p> <p><strong>Lauren K. Pellegrino</strong>, 32, of Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th.&nbsp;Pellegrino was arrested by State Police for allegedly stealing a credit&nbsp;card. The blotter entry is labeled &quot;purse snatching.&quot; She was jailed on a&nbsp;bail amount that is not listed. The alleged incident is reported at 1:36&nbsp;a.m., Sunday, in Oakfield. No further details released.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-police-break-alleged-halloween-underage-drinking-party-jackson-street/453#comments batavia corfu crime Oakfield Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:01:29 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45370 at http://thebatavian.com Efforts to dissolve village government in Corfu moving forward http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/efforts-dissolve-village-government-corfu-moving-forward/45332 <p>The winds of dissolution are blowing strong in the Village of Corfu.</p> <p>There&#39;s been a committee formed, consultants are advising, documents are being prepared and trustees are talking the talk.</p> <p>If the wind doesn&#39;t change direction, inside of two years, there will be no Village of Corfu, just a Town of Pembroke with a quaint little hamlet centered around the intersection of routes 33 and 77.</p> <p>We&#39;ll still call it Corfu, but life will be different, but how different are among the details to be worked out.</p> <p>Right now, it looks like the property taxes paid by village residents to maintain their current small government will vanish. Whether special districts need to be formed for sidewalks and lighting is an open question. Some village employees would be out of work, others positions would be shifted to the Town of Pembroke.</p> <p>What Corfu would do for part-time police service is still under study, but committee members and the few residents who attended the committee&#39;s meeting last night seem to favor a contract with the Sheriff&#39;s Office for extra patrols.</p> <p>The four trustees in Corfu (there is currently no mayor) are unanimously behind the dissolution effort, said Trustee and Deputy Mayor Dave&nbsp;Bielec.</p> <p>&quot;The population of the village is reducing tremendously,&quot;&nbsp;<span>Bielec said. &quot;</span><span>We lost 100 people roughly since the last census. We&#39;ve lost some businesses. We don&#39;t have much in the village anymore at all. Plus, the state is kind of pushing this a little bit, so there&#39;s some benefits for us there.&quot;</span></p> <p><span>The committee was formed in April and has been meeting monthly. The Department of State has been providing a staff member as a free-to-the-village consultant. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The list of considerations is long. It&#39;s no simple matter dissolving a village. There are laws that need to be changed or taken off the books, planning and zoning boards to wind down, decisions to be made about dealing with village records and documents, issues to be resolved around any existing village debt, plans to be made for maintenance issues and property to transfer.</span></p> <p><span>The committee is in the midst of drafting a dissolution plan to present to village residents.</span></p> <p><span>The residents would need to vote at some point on whether to eliminate their local government.</span></p> <p><span>The plan probably will not be ready for a vote prior to the regular village election in March, so the vote would come at a later date.</span></p> <p>The earliest the village could be dissolved would be Dec. 31, 2016.</p> <p>Pembroke Town Councilman Ed Arnold, who is a member of the dissolution committee, said so far his fellow board members have been supportive of dissolution, but it&#39;s not like the town has a lot of choice in the matter.</p> <p>The decision to dissolve or not is entirely a village decision, and if voters choose that route, the jurisdiction becomes part of the town regardless.</p> <p>The town&#39;s participation at this point is about ensuring an orderly transition.</p> <p>&quot;If the village says this is what it wants to do, really from our end, that&#39;s what we need to follow through with,&quot; Arnold said. &quot;What we&#39;re trying to do is be involved with it, seeing what are the concerns of the residents of the village and then seeing how we an incorporate that into the town side of it. But really, if the village says yes, we want to dissolve, we have to pick it up one way or the other.&quot;</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/efforts-dissolve-village-government-corfu-moving-forward/45332#comments corfu Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:24 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45332 at http://thebatavian.com Roast Pork lunch at the Corfu Grange
 http://thebatavian.com/events/roast-pork-lunch-corfu-grange/45256 <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font><b>Roast Pork lunch at the Corfu Grange
</b></font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font><i><b>ALL&nbsp;YOU&nbsp;CAN&nbsp;EAT</b></i></font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Sunday November 2nd</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Starting at 12</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Eat in or take out</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Suggested donation:</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Adults = $9</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Children 5-12 = $6</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>Menu:</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>roast pork
 / mashed potatoes
/ squash /
 dressing / stuffing
 rolls / did someone say dessert?</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>The Corfu Grange is located across the street from the&nbsp;Pembroke Intermediate School on Rt-77 and next to the former Corfu IGA</font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000">&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="HelveticaNeue"><font>thanks and see you there!!</font></font></font></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="field datetime field-event-date-time"> <h3 class="label">Event Date and Time</h3> <div class="item odd"><span class="date-display-single">November 2, 2014 - <span class="date-display-start">11:55am</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">2:00pm</span></span></div> </div> http://thebatavian.com/events/roast-pork-lunch-corfu-grange/45256#comments corfu grange lunch Roast Pork Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:50:54 +0000 Michael Plitt 45256 at http://thebatavian.com Former Corfu clerk who stole $10K in court funds close to dismissal of conviction http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/former-corfu-clerk-who-stole-10k-court-funds-close-dismissal-conviction/45187 <p>After a year on probation that a prosecutor described as &quot;stellar,&quot; a former Corfu court clerk who admitted to stealing more than $10,000 in court funds has another year of good behavior and substance abuse rehab to complete before her criminal record is wiped clean.</p> <p>A year ago, Brandi Watts entered a guilty plea to one of the 64 counts on a grand jury indictment -- first-degree tampering with public records -- and was placed on interim probation with the understanding that if she made restitution, got help with substance abuse, and stayed out of trouble, she could have the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor.</p> <p>Then, if she did well for another year -- the year coming up -- she could have that charge dismissed under what&#39;s known as a conditional discharge.</p> <p>&quot;Everything we&#39;ve heard from the probation department indicates a stellar probation report, so we came back today and she was given the benefit of the bargain that she negotiated back last October,&quot;&nbsp;said Eric Schiener, an assistant district attorney in Wyoming County, who was filling in for Donald O&#39;Geen, the special prosecutor in the case.</p> <p>Schiener spoke with reporters following a short hearing in County Court, where neither Watts nor her attorneys made a statement. One of her three attorneys told reporters the legal team had no comment on the case.</p> <p>Watts should have completed a rehab program through Horizon, Noonan said, but through no fault of Watts, she never got into the program and is now slated to complete a program with GCASA. As a requirement of her conditional discharge, Watts must successfully complete the GCASA program. She must also refrain from using illegal or unauthorized drugs and not break the law.</p> <p>She&#39;s already made restitution.&nbsp;</p> <p>The theft of court funds came to light in a state comptroller&#39;s audit and was a significant event in more than 24 months of turmoil in Village of Corfu government, which eventually led to the resignation of Mayor Ralph Peterson.</p> <p>Watts is the daughter of Robert Alexander, who was a village judge while Watts was court clerk. Alexander was charged with&nbsp;official misconduct and coercion. Those charged were dropped as part of the plea agreement with Watts, and Alexander had to resign as Town of Pembroke justice (he was already out of office in Corfu).</p> <p>Noonan said Watts appeared to be on the right course, but told her, &quot;I certainly hope you have learned your lesson from this event. You took a responsible job and totally abrogated your responsibility in that job, lost that job and created a lot of havoc in a lot of people&#39;s lives.&quot;</p> <p>From the special prosecutor&#39;s point of view,&nbsp;Schiener said the disposition of the case is an appropriate outcome:</p> <p>&quot;It was a negotiated plea bargain agreement. Given the facts of the case, the facts and circumstances of the crime, the goals of the criminal justice system were all met here. Someone who obviously had a substance problem that may have been the primary factor in her commission of crime, she&#39;s addressed it. She did well on probation for a year, so she&#39;s receiving the benefit of that bargain.&quot;</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/former-corfu-clerk-who-stole-10k-court-funds-close-dismissal-conviction/45187#comments corfu crime Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:17:36 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45187 at http://thebatavian.com BABYSITTER NEEDED in Corfu http://thebatavian.com/babysitter-needed-corfu/45126 <div class="field text field-companyname"> <h3 class="label">Company Name</h3> <div class="item odd">workers</div> </div> <div class="field text field-job-type"> <h3 class="label">Job Type</h3> <div class="item odd">Part-Time</div> </div> <p>1-3 DAYS DURING MONDAY-FRIDAY 6a-1p</p> <p>at my home!</p> <p>To help get 3 kids off to school &nbsp;and watch 1 child til 11:45 where you will &nbsp;then have 2 kids to watch til 1p.&nbsp;</p> <p>If interested contact Mary at (585)410-5829 for more details.</p> corfu Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:13:39 +0000 mary woods 45126 at http://thebatavian.com