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Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Car crash, minor injuries, at Jackson and Ellicott streets in the city

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A minor-injury accident is reported at Ellicott and Jackson streets. City fire and Mercy medics are on scene.

UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: One patient was taken to UMMC.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Pumpkins with anti-smoking messages included in Downtown fall displays

Photos and information submitted by Chelsea Dillon.

With the permission of the Business Improvement District, Reality Check Students (a Genesee-Orleans County Youth Bureau program) decorated pumpkins to include in Halloween displays Downtown with facts about smoking. The program leads up to the 38th Annual Great American Smokeout. The smokeout is Nov. 21, when smokers are encouraged to give up cigarettes for 24 hours.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Local law enforcement collects 527 lbs of pharmaceuticals on drug take back day

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Press release:

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Batavia Police Department, Le Roy Police Department, and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office participated in the D.E.A. Sponsored, National Drug Take Back Day. In Genesee County Take Back sites were operated at the Batavia Police Department, 10 W. Main St., the LeRoy Police Department, 3 W. Main St. and the Pembroke Town Highway Barns, at routes 5 and 77.

Collected at the three sites in Genesee County was a total of 527 pounds of medications and hypodermic instruments.

The collected items have been delivered to Buffalo D. E. A. for proper disposal.

Police wish to thank the public for their enthusiastic response to this great program.  Working together we have kept these drugs from potentially being abused and from contaminating our environment.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Sponsored Post: 1st Annual Reis Family Memorial Casino Night on Saturday, November 9th!

Dear Friends; 
On May 19th, 2008 tragedy struck close to home for most of us when the Reis family lost their lives too soon. A memorial scholarship fund was set up in the family’s name for remembrance that is awarded to a graduating Byron-Bergen Student each year. Unfortunately funds have diminished and with this night we plan to contribute to the scholarship so their memory can live on and continue to impact future generations in the Byron-Bergen School District. 

Our 1st Annual Reis Memorial event will have guests enjoying each others company in remembrance and a unique and exciting casino experience. At the end of the evening each individual’s chips can be “cashed” in for tickets to our Chinese auction and a chance to win an assortment of valuable prizes. Space is limited and tickets will sell out quickly! 

You can make a difference. 
Your sponsorship of, or prize donation to this event, will help bring us one step closer to achieving our goal of ensuring that college scholarships will continue in remembrance of the Reis Family. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Brendan Lougheed, Event Coordinator at (585) 721-8955 or by e-mail at loughebf@gmail.com. 

Thank you for your support in keeping their memory alive by impacting the future Byron-Bergen scholarship recipient(s).

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Car vs. pedestrian accident in front of Batavia High School

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A pedestrian was struck by a car and is down in the roadway in front of Batavia High School, 260 State St. City fire and Mercy medics are responding and police are on scene.

UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: "We're being told now there was no vehicle involved and the child fell off a bike," says the dispatcher.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: The patient is being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy medics.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

An appreciation of John Gardner and the annual reading of his work at the Pok-A-Dot

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Byron Hoot, a Pittsburgh-area resident, is a longtime John Gardner fan and scholar. He's a poet and author who has worked for years on a series of poems based on Gardner's novel "Grendel." For the first time last year, Hoot came to Batavia for the annual Gardner night at the Pok-A-Dot. He then came back in the summer for the Gardner symposium at Genesee Community College and returned this year for the Gardner Society's annual gathering at the Dot.  (To file under "It's a Small World," Hoot studied at a college in Ohio where his literature professor was Art Seamans. I also took literature classes with Seamans in San Diego. The two men join a group of writers annually for a workshop in the Adirondacks. I've not made that trip yet. Maybe this summer ... ). Here's an appreciation by Hoot of the annual local reading and Batavia's literary giant.

I do not know how many cities, towns, or villages across America that have a famous son or daughter of literature do what Batavia, New York does.

Once a year (and it almost feels like “Once upon a time. . ..”), a group gathers who are John Gardner fans. Fans is the wrong word. Friends, students are better words though it’s difficult to explain a relationship with someone dead who still so influences the living, a group of people from all walks of life not strictly academic. . . .

To say nothing of having John’s brother, Jim, and family members there to listen and recite John Gardner’s words which are still very much alive.

We came, the last Saturday of October because he speaks to us still. We come to the Pok-A Dot diner because that’s where he went. We read to honor someone whose writing is honest enough to have opened something in each of us that would have never been opened before.

Terry Abrams, one of the readers, called it — most recently, last Saturday -– a community.  It is. He said in a world where entertainment is everywhere this form where reading and listening and then later talking at O’Lacy’s is an anomaly. He’s right, of course. And I think of that old adage of writing – “to delight and to instruct.” We have forgotten that delight and instruction is of the soul. But not all.

And I suspect John Gardner would growl and say, “Of course! Of course! Write on! Write on!” and give a Grendel smile.

Batavia . . . well done.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Landscaping project said to be creating a dangerous condition at Hutchins and Ellicott

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Several school bus drivers have reported a dangerous condition at Hutchins and Ellicott streets, apparently due to a landscaping operation blocking, or partially blocking, the roadway thereby obstructing traffic.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Person with amputated finger at County Highway Department

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Mercy medics are on scene to aid a person with an amputated finger behind the barn on the grounds of the County Highway Department. The location is off the "new road area off Cedar and Ellicott." The original location was reported to be Ag Park Drive East.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

Law and Order: Batavia man jailed in Wyoming County after alleged domestic incident, short chase with police

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Daniel C. Dilaura, 39, of Brooklyn Avenue, Batavia, is charged with felony criminal contempt, unlawful imprisonment, 2nd, criminal mischief, 4th, felony DWI, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, refusal to submit to breath test, obstructing government administration, 2nd, and resisting arrest. Dilaura was reportedly in a vehicle on State Route 39 at Chapman Avenue, Town of Castile, when he was observed in an alleged domestic dispute. Dilaura allegedly held a female in his car against her will. Once Dilaura pulled the vehicle to the side of the roadway, she reportedly attempted to call for help, at which time Dilaura allegedly took her phone away. She was able to get the phone back a short time later and phone 9-1-1. The first officer on scene was Aaron Chase, Perry PD. He reported observing Dilaura exit the driver's seat of his car and begin running away on foot. Chase pursued Dilaura into a nearby field and was able to apprehend Dilaura after an alleged brief struggle. Dilaura was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office when deputies arrived. Dilaura allegedly violated an order of protection barring offensive conduct toward the female. He was allegedly found to be driving drunk and has a prior DWI conviction from 2007. Dilaura's vehicle was towed from the scene. He was jailed without bail.

Jerald E. Bliemeister, 43, of Gibson Street, Oakfield, is charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol and failure to keep right. Bliemeister was stopped at 3:37 a.m. Sunday on Route 354 at Schad Road, Town of Bennington, by Deputy Colin Reagan, Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, for an alleged traffic violation.

Three 17-year-old Batavia residents are charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The youths were allegedly found in possession of marijuana by Batavia PD at 2:15 a.m. Saturday on Walker Place, Batavia (behind Batavia Middle School).

Richard A. Brink, 32, of 1625 Culver Road, Rochester, is charged with disobeying mandate. Brink allegedly violated a court order by contacting a protected person.

Anthony Daniel Micucci, 19, of Bonnie Brea Drive, Darien, is charged with petit larceny. Micucci allegedly entered the vehicle of another person without permission and stole personal property. Micucci was jailed on $2,500 bail. Micucci was also charged with criminal trespass, 2nd, and possession or consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Amara Michele Dahn, 23, of Royce Road, Varysburg, is charged with petit larceny. Dahn is accused of stealing merchandise from Kmart.

Jorden Mackenzie Charcholla, 23, of Fairgrounds Road, Byron, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to keep right, speeding and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway. Charcholla was stopped at 11:12 p.m. Friday on Townline Road, Byron, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Amy S. Hofert, 40, of 67 Mechanic St., Elba, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Hofert allegedly punched another person in the nose.

Mark Anthony Antinore, 35, of Clinton Street Road, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Antinore allegedly threatened another person with physical injury during an argument.

Shadow S. Jonathan, 18, of Basom, is charged with assault, 2nd, and criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Jonathan was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident Sept. 13. No further details released.

Kyle A. Arne, 19, of North Tonawanda, is charged with petit larceny. Arne is accused of stealing from a location on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 9:23 am

LPN Wanted

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Company Name

The Manor House

Job Type

Part-Time

LPN wanted for 7-3 shift every other weekend at The Manor House in Batavia, N.Y. Position is for an Enriched Housing Program in a senior living community. Candidate should have 5+ years of long term experience. Interested persons should contact: Becky Myers @ (585) 344-2345 or apply @ 427 East Main St. Batavia, N.Y. 14020

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