en Corfu votes for mayor and two trustees <p>A total of 118 people cast ballots in yesterday&#39;s Village of Corfu election for mayor and two trustees.</p> <p>The lone mayoral candidate, Dave Bielec received 93 votes.</p> <p>The trustee winners were Jenny McMartin-Eck, with 101 votes, and Al Graham, with 62 votes. Joseph Biggs Johnson was third with 58 votes.</p> corfu Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:36:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47094 at Law and Order: Driver allegedly found with narcotics with intent to sell <p><strong>Marquis K. Saddler</strong>, 24, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, driving without an interlock device, criminal possession of a narcotic drug, criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell and unlawful possession of marijuana. Saddler was arrested in the driveway of a residence on State Street following a complaint of alleged traffic offenses. Saddler was jailed without bail.</p> <p><strong>Harry R. Silliman</strong>, 51, of Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Silliman allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting a family member he was ordered not to contact. Silliman allegedly made contact at the Corfu PD office. He was jailed on $250 bail or $1,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Patti Ann Strange</strong>, 44, of Sumner Road, Darien, is charged with disorderly conduct. Strange allegedly became verbally and physically offensive while with Pembroke Intermediate School administrators. Strange was reportedly asked to leave the property and allegedly became verbally offensive and was physically removed from the property by a Corfu PD officer and a Sheriff&#39;s deputy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>John James Hassler Jr.</strong>, 34, of Ontario Center Road, Ontario, Canada, is charged with possession/transport of more than 400 untaxed cigarettes, aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, driving without an interlock device, unlicensed operator. Hassler was stopped at 10:50 a.m., Monday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Woodrow C. Horseman</strong>, 39, no permanent address, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. He was jailed on $100,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Minerva Garcia</strong>, 35, of Walnut Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a parking ticket. Garcia posted cash bail and was released.</p> batavia corfu crime pembroke Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:42:32 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47068 at Town of Pembroke officials look at options in the event the Village of Corfu dissolves <p>Town of Pembroke officials ran through a series of issues Monday evening&nbsp;they might face if Village of Corfu residents go through with a referendum to dissolve their government.</p> <p>There are legal questions to be answered and issues about how to resolve certain expenses related to the village, but in the end, Supervisor Annie Lawrence acknowledged, the question of dissolution isn&#39;t really the town board&#39;s call.</p> <p>&quot;We don&#39;t run the show,&quot; Lawrence said. &quot;This is their decision. There isn&#39;t really anything the town can do other than be as prepared as we can be for the town to absorb the village.&quot;</p> <p>The town will have to deal with issues related to village street lighting, brush pick up, sidewalks and police coverage, all under the legal obligation to ensure whatever is done for the village must a service provided to the entire town. Either that&nbsp;or set up special districts.</p> <p>Town Attorney Mark Boylan said that in his opinion, there need not be a special district set up for street lights because the town currently has street lights at some intersections. &nbsp;</p> <p>Since National Grid owns and maintains the village street lights, there is no anticipated future capital expense for the lights, just the $10,000 or so annually to keep them lit.</p> <p>Street lights, then, can be a general fund expense shared by the entire town if there&#39;s no longer a village government.</p> <p>Sidewalks are a stickier issue. There are some sidewalks in East Pembroke. But for the most part, the town doesn&#39;t need to repair or replace sidewalks, therefore it&#39;s harder to legally justify making sidewalks a town-wide expense, Boylan explained.</p> <p>It&#39;s more likely, a sidewalk district would need to be defined for the area of the village and a special assessment levied on residents within that district.</p> <p>Parts of the village that don&#39;t currently have sidewalks could, theoretically at least, be carved out of the district, but then a whole new district would need to be created if those neighborhoods ever wanted sidewalks.</p> <p>On brush pick up, the town would either need to increase the frequency of pick up for the entire town, decrease the frequency for the village, or ask everybody to self-service brush drop-off at a composting station. The service would need to be equal across all areas of the town.</p> <p>On the issue of police, in order for the village police department to survive the dissolution, the town would have to take on the expense of a police department that patrols the entire town. That would mean expanding the department, hiring more officers, buying patrol vehicles, thereby making the whole operation expensive.</p> <p>Or the town could contract, perhaps for about $60,000 a year, with the Sheriff&#39;s Office to provide extra coverage in the town. While that would likely mean increased patrols in the village, the town cannot contract just for village coverage. The patrols would be responsible, during their shifts, for the entire town.</p> <p>The village currently has about $250,000 in capital reserves. Boylan said he&#39;s waiting for clarification from the state on how that money could be used after the dissolution.</p> <p>Could it be dedicated to the needs of the present village residents -- such as sidewalks -- or must it just get mixed in with the town&#39;s general fund?</p> <p>&quot;Unfortunately, the state is not every clear,&quot; Boylan said. &quot;They are not very clear in the least on how this is supposed to play out.&quot;</p> <p>One solution is for the village government to spend the reserves down if the dissolution resolution is passed by village residents, thereby ensuring the funds collected from village residents provides services for village residents.</p> <p>No date has been set for a vote on dissolution. But when it does take place, dissolution cannot occur in the same year the vote is taken, so there will be some delay between the vote and the date the village government ceases to exist.</p> corfu pembroke Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:07:51 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47058 at Corfu Troop 42025 celebrated 103rd birthday of Girl Scouts with baby basket donation <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2015-2/20150312_1832502.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em>Photo and information from Julie Beach:</em></p> <p>On Thursday, March 12th, Girl Scouts across the nation celebrated the &quot;birth&quot; of Girl Scouts 103 years ago. <u>Troop 42025 from Corfu</u> decided they wanted to do something to recognize the event, too.</p> <p>The troop of 27 girls created a gift basket to be given to the first baby born on Girl Scout &quot;birthday.&quot; Troop members pictured brought the basket to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.</p> <p>From left are: <strong>Autumn Kortykowski</strong>,<strong> Sienna Kortykowski</strong>,<strong> Hannah Beach</strong>,<strong> Lilly Sanko</strong>,<strong> Makenzie Rich </strong>and <strong>Paige Bryant</strong>.</p> corfu girl scouts Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:39:52 +0000 Billie Owens 47037 at Town of Pembroke to meet Monday to discuss Village of Corfu dissolution <p><em>Public Notice:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">TAKE NOTICE&nbsp;that there will be a Special Meeting of the&nbsp;Pembroke Town Board, to be held at 6:45 p.m. on Monday,&nbsp;March 16,&nbsp;2015 at Pembroke Town Hall, 1145 Main Road, Corfu, NY for the purpose of discussion of Village of Corfu Dissolution.</p> corfu pembroke Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:17:04 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47012 at Pickup truck vs. school bus accident reported, no injuries, in Corfu <p>A pickup truck vs. school bus accident is reported in the area of Alleghany Road and Water Street, &quot;under the bridge.&quot; Corfu fire command confirms no injuries. Engine #42 is responding, along with Mercy medics, non-emergency mode.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:47 a.m.: Medics are back in service. As required, a rep from the state Department of Transportation is en route to the scene.</p> accident corfu Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:18:31 +0000 Billie Owens 46974 at Corfu students earns degree 'with great distinction' from Clarkson University <p><strong>Katelynn M. Hackett</strong>, of Corfu, received a bachelor of science degree with great distinction in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University on Dec. 31, 2014.</p> <p>Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world&#39;s pressing issues.</p> corfu Milestones Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:19:08 +0000 Billie Owens 46890 at Two people seriously injured in Bethany accident remain in ICU <p>Two of the people seriously injured in a weekend accident that took the life of a young Pembroke woman remain in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.</p> <p>Details of the injuries to Brandon Danser, 21, of Batavia, and Jamie Scherer, 21, of Pembroke, are not available.</p> <p>Strong lists all patients in the Intensive Care Unit as &quot;guarded.&quot;</p> <p>Both were passengers in a vehicle early Saturday morning that was northbound off of Molasses Hill Road, Bethany, when it was struck by an eastbound semi-truck on Route 20.</p> <p>Alyson D. Krzanak, 18, of Pembroke, later succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.</p> <p>The vehicle was reportedly driven by Hannah Dibble, 21, of Pembroke, who was transported by Mercy EMS to ECMC and treated and released.</p> <p>Felicia Fazzio, 20, of Darien, was transported by Mercy EMS to ECMC. She was listed in stable condition, but today a patient information operator at ECMC refused to release information on her condition, other than to confirm she hasn&#39;t been released.</p> <p>Gabrielle Uzarowski, 21, of Pembroke, was treated at the scene and released.</p> <p>The driver of the truck, Leonard Odums, of Cutburt, Ga., was not injured.</p> <p>The accident remains under investigation.</p> batavia accident Bethany corfu pembroke Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:12:27 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46762 at Law and Order: Driver charged with DWI following alleged hit-and-run in Batavia <p><strong>Brian Michael Glor</strong>, 43, of Church Street, Oakfield, is charged with DWI and refusal to take&nbsp;breath&nbsp;test. Glor was arrested following an investigation into a hit-and-run accident at 7:34 p.m., Monday, in the City of Batavia, by Deputy Michael Lute.</p> <p><strong>Steven R. Colombo</strong>, 28, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Colombo allegedly violated a complete stay away order of protection. He was allegedly found hiding in the pantry of the protected party&#39;s residence.</p> <p><strong>Jimpce</strong><strong> J. Etienne</strong>, 38, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with unnecessary&nbsp;noise. Etienne is accused of playing extremely loud and disturbing music at 11:30 a.m., Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Kayla D. Joiner</strong>, 22, of Schreck Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Joiner turned herself in and was jailed on $100 bail.</p> <p><strong>Thomas J. Mitchell</strong>, 25, of Batavia, was arrested on two warrants for alleged failure to appear. Mitchell was located and arrested and jailed on $1,500 bail.</p> <p><strong>Robin A. Pickering</strong>, 31, of Croop Road, Clarence Center, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely, operation by an unlicensed driver and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle. Pickering reportedly drove her car into a snowbank on Burke Drive, Batavia, at 4:36 a.m., Friday. The accident was investigated by Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk.</p> <p><strong>James Rocco Soccio</strong>, 33, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with coercion, 2nd. Soccio reportedly went to the residence of a person scheduled to speak against Soccio in a Family Court proceeding. Soccio allegedly threatened to harm the person.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jacob J. </strong><strong>Camerera</strong>, 23, of South Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, reckless endangerment, 2nd, and two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd. Camerera allegedly drove a vehicle toward four other people in a reckless manner on Watson Street, Batavia, at 4:59 p..m., Feb. 15. One of the four people was covered by an order of protection.</p> <p>A 17-year-old resident of Walnut Street, Batavia is charged with two counts of harassment, 2nd, and criminal mischief, 4th. The youth was arrested following an alleged incident at his residence at 11:30 a.m., Friday.</p> <p><strong>Kenneth L. Perkins</strong>, 51, of West Main Street, Corfu, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Perkins allegedly damaged the property of another person.</p> <p><strong>Heyward Clark Jr.</strong>, 50, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while ability impaired by alcohol, following too closely, driving without a license, and child passenger in back seat not properly restrained. Heyward was stopped at 12:02 a.m. Saturday on Lewiston Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona.</p> <p><strong>Jennifer P. Hepp</strong>, 32, of Varysburg, is charged with petit larceny. Hepp was arrested by State Police on Friday at a location on Veterans Memorial Drive. No further information released.</p> <p><strong>Philip D. </strong><strong>Stahli</strong><strong>,</strong> 34, of Lockport, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Stahli was arrested by State Police in Pavilion on Saturday. No further details released.</p> <p><strong>Harry R. Silliman</strong>, 50, of Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd, and harassment, 2nd. Silliman was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident at 9:45 p.m., Feb. 17. No further details released.</p> batavia corfu crime Oakfield Pavilion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:56:17 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46761 at Victim of accident in Bethany succumbs to injuries <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/10734041_967337309962572_1128153530113247470_n_0.jpg" style="margin: 7px; float: right;" />An 18-year-old Pembroke resident and student at GCC, has died as a result of injuries she sustained in an <a href="" target="_blank">overnight accident in Bethany</a>, the Sheriff&#39;s Office announced.</p> <p>Alyson D. Krzanak, who listed her employment on her Facebook page as GCCA Child Care Center and JCPenney, was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC following the early morning accident at Route 20 and Molasses Hill Road, and was initially listed in critical condition.</p> <p>The Sheriff&#39;s Office release does not list a time of death.</p> <p>Krzanak was one of six people in a 1997 Geo Prism that was northbound on Molasses Hill Road when it crossed Route 20 and was struck by an eastbound tractor-trailer.</p> <p>The vehicle was reportedly driven by Hannah Dibble, 21, of Pembroke, who was transported by Mercy EMS to ECMC and treated and released.</p> <p>Also injured were Brandon Danser, 21, of Batavia, who was taken by Mercy Flight to U of R Medical Center and is listed in guarded condition.</p> <p>Jamie Scherer, 21, of Pembroke, was transported by Attica Ambulance to WCCH and then transferred to U of R by Mercy Flight, and he is in guarded condition.</p> <p>Gabrielle Uzarowski, 21, of Pembroke, was treated at the scene and released. Felicia Fazzio, 20, of Darien, was transported by Mercy EMS to ECMC and is in stable condition.</p> <p>The driver of the truck, Leonard Odums, of Cutburt, Ga., was not injured.</p> <p>The accident remains under investigation. The Crash Management Team responded to the scene.</p> <p>Assisting the Sheriff&#39;s Officer were State Police, Bethany, Alexander, Attica, and Pavilion volunteer fire departments along with the Genesee County Emergency Management Office.</p> Bethany corfu pembroke Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:32:49 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46755 at Ithaca College congratulates two local students named to dean's list for Fall 2014 <p><strong>Kaitlin Logsdon</strong>, of Batavia, a communication, management and design major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College was named to dean&#39;slist for the Fall 2014 semseter.<br /> <br /> <strong>Maureen Edwards</strong>, of Corfu, a musical theatre major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College was named to dean&#39;s list for the Fall 2014 semseter.</p> <p>From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York&rsquo;s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students.</p> batavia corfu Milestones Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:44:19 +0000 Billie Owens 46720 at Corfu student completes internship at SUNY Potsdam <p>Nearly 200 SUNY Potsdam students completed internship placements at companies, nonprofits or campus departments in Fall 2014.</p> <p>The successful SUNY Potsdam interns included <strong>Sarah Hill</strong> from Corfu, who interned with the SUNY Potsdam First Year Success Seminar (FYSS) in Potsdam.</p> <p>SUNY Potsdam&#39;s internship program places students with employers whose interests align with their studies. Each student intern has a faculty sponsor, and earns between 1 and 12 credits toward degree requirements for successfully completing the internship.</p> <p>The SUNY Potsdam Experiential Education Office is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. For more information, visit <a href="" title=""></a></p> corfu Milestones Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:55:14 +0000 Billie Owens 46713 at Corfu student chosen again to represent county at 80th annual 4-H Capital Days <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2015-1/melissa_keller_4-h_capital_days_0.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 7px; float: left;" /><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>A delegation representing thousands of 4-H members in New York State will expand their knowledge of state government when they travel to Albany March 1 for the 80th annual 4-H Capital Days event.</p> <p>Nearly 130 teen delegates and their chaperons will attend, representing 4-H members from counties across the state, as well as the boroughs of New York City.</p> <p>Proudly representing the Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program again this year will be <strong>Melissa Keller</strong>, of Corfu.</p> <p>During the event, 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and staff will meet with leaders in state government, members of the court system and officials from a variety of state agencies. In addition, they plan to observe a working session of the State Legislature. Member of the Assembly Bob Oaks will discuss the legislative process with the 4-Hers.</p> <p>Participants will learn about career opportunities in government as they tour state agencies, participate in discussion sessions, and visit with their legislators. &nbsp;They will also have an opportunity to tour the Capital and visit the Corning Tower, New York State Museum and other significant features of the area.</p> <p>The New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators sponsor the 4-H Capital Days program. For more information regarding local opportunities in 4-H Youth Development, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail</p> 4-H corfu Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:20:06 +0000 Billie Owens 46685 at Attorney files motion arguing Scott Doll didn't get a fair trial for 2009 murder <p>An attorney representing Scott F. Doll has filed a motion to vacate the former Corfu resident&#39;s 2010 murder conviction on the grounds that Doll&#39;s rights were violated the night of his arrest and his trial counsel&#39;s failure to raise the issue of specific rights being violated constituted inadequate representation.</p> <p>Timothy Murphy is also asking for DNA testing on fingernail scrapings from the victim, Joseph Benaquist, a former coworker of Doll&#39;s and occasional partner in a used car business.</p> <p>Murphy argues in a 22-page motion that there was no probable cause to detain Doll for more than three hours the night of the murder and then later transport him to the Sheriff&#39;s Office for further questioning.</p> <p>Doll previously lost an appeal over the police interrogation, despite the fact he was never read his Miranda warnings, under a legal theory known as the &quot;emergency doctrine,&quot; which allows police questioning if they believe a person&#39;s life may be in danger.</p> <p>The night of Feb. 19, 2009, emergency dispatchers received a call about a suspicious condition on North Lake Road, Pembroke.&nbsp;</p> <p>Deputy James Diehl responded to the scene and located Doll walking on North Lake Road in overalls and carrying a tire jack in one hand. &nbsp;</p> <p>When Diehl approached, he noticed that Doll&#39;s overalls were covered in blood.</p> <p>At one point, Doll claimed it was blood from a deer he had recently butchered.</p> <p>At the time, there was no missing person report on Benaquist and his body wouldn&#39;t be found for another four and a half hours.</p> <p>In arguing for the emergency doctrine exception for questioning Doll on North Lake Road and later at the Sheriff&#39;s Office, the prosecution contended that deputies and investigators found the blood suspicious and Doll&#39;s inconsistent statements troubling.</p> <p>They suspected a crime had been committed and that perhaps a victim was still alive and in need of assistance, thereby justifying trying to get information out of Doll that might lead them to a victim.</p> <p>Murphy argues that in rejecting Doll&#39;s appeal on those grounds, the Appeals Court found that there was no probable cause for taking Doll into custody and then transporting Doll to the Sheriff&#39;s Office.</p> <p>There is prior case law that prohibits both actions without probable cause, according to Murphy&#39;s motion.</p> <p>Detaining Doll for three hours at the scene exceeds the police&#39;s authority to &quot;stop and frisk&quot; a person under suspicious circumstances, Murphy argues.</p> <p>The failure of Doll&#39;s defense counsel, led by nationally renowned&nbsp;defense attorney Paul Cambria, and assisted by Daniel Killelea, to object during the trial stage to the custody and transport of Doll constitutes a procedural error that compromised Doll&#39;s right to a fair trial.</p> <p>Assistant District Attorney Will Zickl&nbsp;has written a response, but it has not yet been filed with the court, so it&#39;s not yet a public document.&nbsp;</p> <p>A hearing on the motion was scheduled for this morning, but was postponed to March 10 to give Murphy more time to read and respond to Zickl&#39;s answer.</p> <p>For previous coverage of Scott Doll, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> corfu crime pembroke scott doll Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:44:46 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46591 at Two local students named to dean's list at Ithaca College <p>Ithaca College congratulates students named to dean&#39;s list.</p> <p><strong>Kaitlin Logsdon</strong>, of Batavia, a communication, management and design major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College was named to dean&#39;s list for the Fall 2014 semseter.</p> <p><strong>Maureen Edwards</strong>, of Corfu, a musical theater major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College was named to Dean&#39;s List for the Fall 2014 semseter.</p> batavia corfu Milestones Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:40:46 +0000 Billie Owens 46534 at