en Back porch reported to be on fire on Ross Street in the city <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/porchfiresept22014.jpg" /></p> <p>The back porch of the residence at 249 Ross St. is reportedly on fire. The blaze was called in to dispatch by a neighbor who is unsure if the house is occupied. City fire just arrived and there&#39;s no smoke showing.</p> <p>UPDATE 1:49 p.m.: Command reports smoke is showing from the rear of the wood frame structure.</p> <p>UPDATE 1:51 p.m.: Command says the fire is in a wall and is &quot;out of control.&quot;</p> <p>UPDATE 1:52 p.m.: Dispatch has made contact with the homeowner who returning home now.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Fire is out. Firefighters are picking up and preparing to leave the scene.</p> <p>UPDATE (by Howard): An alert neighbor and quick response by City Fire is probably what saved this house. Damage to the back porch, railing, eaves and smoke damage along the back of the house, showing it was minutes, if not seconds, from spreading extensively before it was put out.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/porchfiresept22014-2.jpg" /></p> batavia fire Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:47:53 +0000 Billie Owens 44447 at Car vs. bicycle accident with injuries at Bank and Washington in the city <p>A car vs. bicycle accident with injuries is reported at Bank Street and Washington Avenue. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:42 p.m.: The assignment is back in service.</p> batavia accidents Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:34:50 +0000 Billie Owens 44441 at Grand Jury indictments: Man accused of second-degree assault for allegedly injuring victim with scalding water <p>These are the latest indictments issued by the Genesee County Grand Jury.</p> <p><strong>James T. Saddler III</strong> is indicted on a charge of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony. It is alleged that on Nov. 21 in the City of Batavia, with intent to cause physical injury to another person, he caused such injury by means of a dangerous instrument -- scalding water.</p> <p><strong>Ronnie R. Simpson</strong> is indicted on a charge of aggravated driving while ability impaired by drugs, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on March 29 in the Town of Byron Simpson drove a 2001 Chevrolet on Route 262 while his ability to do so was impaired by drugs and while a child age 15 or less was a passenger.</p> <p><strong>Kassandra R. Funk</strong> is indicted on a change of drving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on May 6 in the Town of Bergen Funk drove a 2006 Pontiac on North Bergen Road while in an intoxicated condition. In count two, she is accused of aggravated drving while intoxicated, per se, as a Class E felony, for allegedly having a BAC of .18 or more at the time.</p> batavia bergen byron crime Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Billie Owens 44426 at City announces results of Thursday's NET detail <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">August 29, 2014, Batavia, NY.&nbsp; On August 28th the City of Batavia Police Department joined by the Genesee County Drug Task Force (The Genesee Drug Task Force is comprised of personnel from Batavia PD, Le Roy PD and the Genesee County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office), Genesee County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office and Genesee County Probation participated in the fourth neighborhood enforcement detail this summer. The purpose of these details is to systematically approach known problem areas within the City and target criminal activity.</p> <p class="rteindent1">In total 10 law enforcement personnel from four different agencies were partnered in a focused enforcement details in seven separate locations. NET patrols included State Street, Washington Avenue, Jackson Street, Liberty Street, Swan Street and Sumner Avenue, Central Avenue, Pringle Avenue, Harvester Avenue and Clifton Avenue. The following are results of this year&rsquo;s fourth detail:</p> <p class="rteindent1">&bull; 52 data runs<br /> &bull; 12 vehicle/traffic stops<br /> &bull; 2 Traffic tickets issued<br /> &bull; 4 Penal Law Arrests<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; -- <strong>Brasky, Alex P.</strong>, age 23, unlawful possession of marijuana<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; -- <strong>Blake, Ian J.</strong>, age 27, unlawful possession of marijuana<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; -- <strong>Scheuerlein, Jacob M.</strong>, age 18, unlawful possession of marijuana<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; -- <strong>McWethy, Randy S.</strong>, age 44, criminal possession of hypodermic instrument<br /> &bull; 16 probation checks<br /> &bull; 1 probation violation</p> <p class="rteindent1">Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) details were outlined in the City&rsquo;s Strategic Plan as part of the City&rsquo;s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts. They include dedicated patrols for targeted enforcement with the goal of intercepting and interrupting the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband as well as locating and arresting wanted persons. All agencies involved expect to continue joint law enforcement efforts in the future. These details are not advertised prior to taking place and locations are selected based on criminal data, the presence of nuisance and illegal behavior and ongoing investigations.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rteindent1">If you see criminal activity or know about a crime that has occurred please contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.</p> batavia Batavia PD crime Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:22:15 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44413 at BPD looking for motorcyclist involved in hit-and-run accident <p>Police are asking the public to help identify a motorcyclist involved in a hit-and-run accident at about 5 p.m. Aug. 19 on East Main Street in front of Key Bank in Batavia.</p> <p>The motorcycle hit a bicyclist.</p> <p>The bicyclist was not seriously injured in the accident.</p> <p>The motorcycle operator did stop and check on the bicyclist&#39;s condition, but then left the scene without providing name, address, license information and plate number.</p> <p>The operator is described as a white male in his early 40s with a &quot;salt and pepper&quot; beard.</p> <p>The motorcycle is described as a &quot;cruiser (meaning not a street bike).&quot; It was red and may have sustained damage on the right side of the handlebar and possibly to the front master cylinder.</p> <p>Anyone with information is asked to call Officer James DeFreze at (585) 345-6350.</p> batavia crime Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:59 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44408 at Law and Order: Arrests announced in apparent scrapping thefts <p><strong>Jeremy Dean Lyons</strong>, 29, of South Pearl Street, Oakfield, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd. Lyons was allegedly found in possession of more than $3,000 worth of copper wiring that was stolen from several buses parked at a business in Oakfield. Lyons was jailed on $50,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>William H. Kelly III</strong>, 44,&nbsp;<strong>Robert Kelly</strong>, 43, and&nbsp;<strong>Michael Correia</strong>, 58, all of Syracuse, are charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd. The three men were arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff&#39;s Office for allegedly stealing more than $3,000 worth of brass fittings, electrical wire, tools, and plumbing and construction materials from a location in Batavia. They were arrested following a traffic stop in Huron and held without bail. (Source:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">13WHAM</a>).</p> <p><strong>Roger James Farney III</strong>, 31, of Clayton Street, Buffalo, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Farney was located by law enforcement at this former residence on Pearl Street Road, Batavia, allegedly in violation of an order of protection out of Family Court.&nbsp;</p> <p>Four Canadians --<strong> Sarah C. Glassford</strong>, 22, of Acton, Ontario, <strong>David L. Jones</strong>, 22, of Walkerton, Ontario, <strong>Hayley M. Halls</strong>, 23, of Acton, Ontario, and <strong>Nicole P. Spurrell</strong>, 22, of Acton, Ontario -- are all charged with trespass. They were arrested by State Police in connection with a reported trespass at a location in Darien at 11:45 p.m. Aug. 16. No further details released.</p> <p>A 16-year-old Batavia resident is charged with criminal mischief. She was arrested by State Police in the Town of Barre in connection with an incident reported at 6:55 p.m. on Monday. No further details released.</p> batavia crime Darien Oakfield Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:21:14 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44407 at BBQ grill next to garage said to be out of control on North Street in the city <p>A BBQ grill out of control is reported at 106 North St. in the city. It&#39;s close to a garage. City fire is responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 9:40 p.m.: Command reports the fire is within city code. The city assignment is back in service.</p> batavia fire Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:37:16 +0000 Billie Owens 44404 at Photos: Taste of Independence in Jackson Square <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_01.jpg" /></p> <p>The Independent Living Center hosted its first Taste of Independence festival in Jackson Square last night.</p> <p>Several local restaurants and bakeries served food at the fundraiser, which included a basket raffle.</p> <p>Participating were:&nbsp;D&amp;R Depot, Rack Shack, Terry Hills, T.F. Browns, Swy&#39;s Catering, Big Pauly&#39;s, Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, Bistro &amp; Banquets, Coffee Culture Cafe &amp; Eatery, and Tops Friendly Markets. Mueller Quaker also provided yogurt, Subway provided cookies and Wendy&#39;s provided beverages.</p> <p>Above, Rae Frank and Greg Bruggman drew tickets for the raffle.</p> <p><em>Photos by Amanda Earl.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_02.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_03.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_04.jpg" /></em></p> <p>Jeremy Franklin and Gillian Cleveland.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_05.jpg" /></p> <p>Yvette Lucas, Community Events Outreach coordinator. &nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_06.jpg" /></p> <p>Donna Becker of Independent Living enters tickets for the basket raffle.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_07.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/tasteofindy2014_08.jpg" /></p> <p>Don Bouchard.</p> batavia Gensee Region Independent Living Center Jackson Square Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:43:21 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44399 at Free school supplies being given out this afternoon at La Mexicana on West Main Street, Batavia <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-3/schoolsuppliesaug282014.jpg" /></p> <p>Free basic school supplies are being distributed this afternoon only, until 6 p.m., at La Mexicana in the Valu Plaza. Owners of the little Mexican market helped organize the giveaway along with The KinderArt Klub of Batavia and Batavia resident Jill Hart, an agent of RealtyUSA.</p> <p>The store is located at 4125 W. Main St. in the City of Batavia.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-3/schoolsuppliesaug282014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-3/schoolsuppliesaug282014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photos by Howard Owens.</em></p> batavia le mexicana Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:16:41 +0000 Billie Owens 44397 at LA taco wagon transformed into BBQmobile <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/centerstreetcatertruck2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p>A former taco wagon from Los Angeles is now a Southern BBQ truck in WNY.</p> <p>The transformation was made by Cregg Paul, owner of Center Street Smoke House, who bought the truck from a seller in Fayetteville, NC, and drove the truck to Batavia.</p> <p>It was exciting to see an authentic taco wagon on Center Street for a couple of weeks, but <em>carne asada</em> wasn&#39;t in Paul&#39;s plans. He&#39;s sticking to what he does best: brisket, ribs and pulled pork.</p> <p>The truck is available for catered happenings and Paul plans on using it at festivals and other public events.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/centerstreetcatertruck2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/centerstreetcatertruck2014.jpg" /></p> batavia business Center Street Smokehouse Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:35:46 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44395 at Collins tours Graham Corp. in Batavia <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY-27) visited Graham Corporation in Batavia to see firsthand the skilled jobs and business that the production of Navy aircraft carriers brings to the region. Graham Corporation builds and supplies main condensers and air ejectors for Navy aircraft carriers.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Graham Corporation is part of a vital defense industrial base consisting of more than 2,000 small, mid-sized, and large businesses from 43 states that provides parts and services for Navy aircraft carriers.</p> <p class="rteindent1">During his tour, Congressman Collins met with the employees at Graham Corporation to discuss the unique skills they contribute to the industrial base that supplies parts to the Navy aircraft carrier program.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;It was an honor meeting the employees at Graham and learning about their vital work constructing components for our Navy&rsquo;s aircraft carriers,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;Local businesses like Graham are essential to maintaining economic growth and good-paying job opportunities here in Western New York, while ensuring our nation&rsquo;s national security. It was great to see firsthand how the skilled work happening here in Batavia contributes to our Navy&rsquo;s strength around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Building new carriers every five years and undertaking maintenance on a regular schedule preserves the fleet at its required operational level of 11 carriers and keeps the industrial base sustainable and strong. Today we got the opportunity to talk with Congressman Collins about why it is so critical to our local jobs and businesses and our national security,&rdquo; said Ken Salphine, manager of Marine &amp; Nuclear Products at Graham Corporation.</p> batavia business chris collins graham corp. NY-27 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:26:51 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44394 at Law and Order: Young man accused of punching older family member, leading to felony charge <p><strong>Forrest Ansel III</strong>, 24, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 2nd. Ansel is accused of punching a relative several times, causing physical injury. The alleged victim is over 65 and more than 10 years older than Ansel. Ansel was arraigned and released under supervision of Genesee Justice.</p> <p><strong>Paul C. Ferraro</strong><span>, 19, of South Pearl Street, Oakfield, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Ferraro is accused of stealing more than $3,000 over a two-month period while employed at Save-A-Lot. Ferraro was jailed without bail.</span></p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mug_thomasweb2014.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Thomas Webb</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Thomas A. Webb</strong>, 54, of Syracuse, is charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, 2nd. Webb was arrested after a bank employee called about two people in the bank trying to cash forged checks. Webb was apprehended at the scene, but the other person fled before police arrived. Police recovered the checks and the IDs of both suspects. The investigation indicates at least one other person may be involved. That person appears to have supplied the forged checks to the suspects and similar checks that were cashed at another bank branch in the City of Batavia. Le Roy PD and Batavia PD are working together in an ongoing investigation.</p> <p><strong>Timothy J. Lewis</strong>, 20, of Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Lewis is accused of hitting a family member and a friend while in the parking lot of Oliver&#39;s Candies at 3:30 a.m., Wednesday.</p> <p><strong>Katherine S. Thomas</strong>, 41, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct. Thomas is accused of intentionally breaking a glass mug on the sidewalk in front of her residence, causing a physically offensive and hazardous condition.</p> batavia crime Le Roy Oakfield Pavilion Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:14:40 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44391 at Pedestrian reportedly hit by car in parking lot of Coffee Culture <p>A pedestrian has reportedly been hit by a car in the parking lot of Coffee Culture, off Court Street.</p> <p>City fire and Mercy EMS responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 8:19 a.m.: The patient is being transported to UMMC. Bumps and bruises and right shoulder pain. The car was traveling at low speed.</p> batavia accident Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:09:08 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44389 at Photos: Bulldawgs and Blue Devils scrimmage at Van Detta <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-6.jpg" /></p> <p>The Batavia Bulldawgs and the Batavia Blue Devils met in a scrimmage this evening at Van Detta Stadium.</p> <p>Who won?</p> <p>Who cares. The Mini-Division (8-9 years old) Bulldawgs were clearly thrilled to be on Woodward Field and get a pre-game pep talk in the Blue Devils&#39; locker room from Batavia Head Coach&nbsp;Brennan Briggs.</p> <p>Briggs told his team that he heard the Bulldawgs defense hadn&#39;t given up a score yet this season, so the Blue Devils offense might have a tough time of it.</p> <p>In the first series, the Bulldawgs stopped running back Dominick Mogavero behind the line of scrimmage and sacked QB Greg Mruczek.</p> <p>On the first play, the Blue Devils linemen didn&#39;t block. Rather they grabbed each of the Bulldawgs in front of them and lifted them in the air over their heads. Above, offensive lineman Gunner Rapone lifts an obviously thrilled Nathaniel Heusinger.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgsbluedevils2014-9.jpg" /></p> batavia Bulldawgs football sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:57:44 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44386 at Photo: Fishing the Tonawanda behind the courthouse <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/fishingtonawandaaug272014.jpg" /></p> <p>When I left the County Courthouse this afternoon, I spotted a family fishing below the falls of the Tonawanda Creek. Above, Zachary Albright, 11, of Albion, gets ready to recast his lure into the creek.</p> batavia outdoors Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:30:05 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44385 at