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Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Fundraising Penn State students appreciate the generosity of Batavians

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Abby Arbutina, of State College, Pa., Angela Ru, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ken Marrocco, of Batavia.

Ben Gorgonzola, of Honeybrook, Pa.

Conor Sweeney, of Stamford, Conn.

Danielle Schrey, of Bethel Park, Pa.

Students from Penn State are once again soliciting donations with canisters (canning) on busy street corners of Batavia as part of their charity drive on behalf of pediatric cancer.

The students are part of a group called THON (The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon), which is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. It is an ongoing effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Two of the members, Ken Marrocco and James Leisenring, are from Batavia and their group raised more than $2,000 last fall during a canning weekend here.   

The students are impressed by the support they've received from the community. 

“Everyone has been so nice and generous,” Meghan Wade, of Berea, Ohio said. “A man stopped to tell me how he lost his wife to cancer and gave a $100 donation.”

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. This year alone, THON raised more than $12 million.  

Fundraising methods include canning weekends, THONvelopes, door-to-door canvassing and online donations. THON culminates its charity events when thousands of Penn State students, alumni and friends participate in the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon on campus in February.

“Hearing about everything these families who are battling cancer have to go through is difficult,” Leisenring said. “But seeing how much the money we raise helps them is incredible and that’s why we’re all involved.”

They will be collecting cash and change from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow before heading back to State College, Pa.

For more information, visit THON.org.

Disclaimer: Ken Marrocco is the son of The Batavian staff writer Bonnie Marrocco.

Cole Quattrone of Monongahela, Pa., Brandon Butwin of Hewlett, Ny., Addy Avdic of Carlisle, Pa., James Leisenring, of Batavia.

Meghan Wade, of Berea, Ohio.

Jessica Partridge, of Pittsburgh.

Jaanki Patel, of Mclean, Va.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Photo: Town of Batavia's Ladder 25 sees first action in Albion

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Town of Batavia's newest fire truck, Ladder 25, saw its first live firefighting Thursday at the large factory fire in Albion. Photo by John Spaulding, a Livingston County-based fire services photographer. For complete coverage of the fire and its aftermath, visit Orleans Hub and scroll down.


CORECTION: First structure fire. The truck was used in Ed Arnold Scrap fire. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

Tonight's Ghost Walk at Batavia Cemetery cancelled due to weather

post by Billie Owens in batavia

The Ghost Walk tonight at the historical Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue is cancelled due to the weather. There will be another walk next Saturday, Oct. 26, weather permitting. People can call 343-0248 for more information.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

Erratic driver allegedly displays weapon in dispute

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Law enforcement is on scene with an erratic driver who displayed a weapon in some sort of dispute in the area of 5248 East Main St. in the Town of Batavia. The suspect vehicle is an SUV. An officer is speaking with the complainant.

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Batavia PD seeks public's help in its investigation of Liberty Street store burglary

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Press release:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating a forcible entry burglary at the I.D. Booth, Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Supply at 60 Liberty St.

The crime took place between 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, and 3 a.m. this morning, Friday, Oct. 18.

Suspects made forcible entry into the business and committed the larceny of a large quantity of Milwaukee brand power and hand tools.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350. Persons may also provide information via the Batavia Police Department's Confidential Tip Line at 585-345-6370 or by accessing the Suspicious Activity link of the Web site of the Batavia Police Department.

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Felony arrest warrant issued for suspect in State Street shots-fired incident

post by Howard Owens in batavia, crime

A felony warrant has been issued for a suspect in the State Street shots-fired incident Sept. 27 as police continue their investigation of that matter as well as the report of shots fired on Jackson Street on Oct. 8.

Police are looking for information on the whereabouts of Batavia resident Dashawn Allen Butler, who is described as a black male, 34 years old, 6' 2" and 183 lbs.

Butler, who has prior arrests in the city, has resided at 101 Summit St.

According to a law enforcement source, Butler was questioned in connection with a shots-fired incident at Walmart on Jan. 22. The following month, the mechanic for a resident who had been at Walmart that evening discovered a bullet had hit the radiator of the car driven by the resident.

Batavia PD can be reached at (585) 345-6350, or the confidential tip line is (585) 345-6370.

Residents are cautioned not to try to apprehend or detain Butler. If seen, witnesses are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

According to a release from Batavia PD, investigators are continuing to follow and develop leads in the two recent incidents.

Physical evidence was recovered at the Jackson Street scene and was sent to the NYS Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany for DNA and fingerprint analysis.

Investigators believe three people were involved in the Jackson Street incident. Two people were identified and questioned and one has been detained on an alleged parole violation and is being questioned further by Batavia PD.

The department is working with members of the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force (the local major crimes unit) and NYS Parole.

“Batavia is not going to tolerant this type of violence,” said Chief Shawn Heubusch in a statement. “We are committed to providing safe neighborhoods for our residents and Police Department and citizen collaboration is vital to maintaining a safe City.”    

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

Three Rochester men accused of brazen attempt to steal $1,900 in merchandise from Walmart

post by Howard Owens in batavia, crime, walmart
Michael Dawson Keith Brantley Eric Strong

Shoplifting at Walmart usually results in a petit larceny charge, but three men from Rochester yesterday allegedly tried to make off with so much loot they were arrested on felony grand larceny charges.

All three were arraigned in Batavia Town Court and ordered held without bail.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said store security informed the Sheriff's Office some time before noon that the three men had entered the store and had been identified as possible thieves at other Walmart locations.

Patrol cars pulled into the Walmart parking lot and waited.

"We waited to see if they were going to pay, or walk out without paying," Brewster said. "They decided they were going to walk out without paying."

The men allegedly pushed out a single shopping cart filled with totes that were filled with merchandise. The men were also accused of having stolen merchandise on them.

The total value of the merchandise was placed at $1,900.

Charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, were Keith Lamar Brantley, 43, of Adams Street, Rochester; Michael Joseph Dawson, 49, of Forbes Street Rochester; and Eric Lee Strong, 53, of Wellington Avenue, Rochester.

As brazen as the alleged theft attempt seems to be, Brewster said he believes this sort of crime is common. We just never hear about it.

"I believe this type of retail theft activity is pretty much going on all the time," Brewster said. "The amount of inventory going out of these stores without being paid for is unbelievable."

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Batavia Downs shows off modern new casino room during grand reopening ceremony

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This afternoon, Batavia Downs hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening of its casino room expansion on the first floor of the historic facility.

The new gaming area has been open for a week and that first week of revenue exceeded by 20 percent the previous record week for Batavia Downs, said Ryan Hasenauer, marketing director for Batavia Downs.

The expanded casino area also includes a new sports bar called Rush 34, officially hosted by former Bills great Thurman Thomas.

Ribbon cutton: Assemblyman Steve Hawley, State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, State Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer and Maurice Gardner, representing the City of Buffalo.

Speaking is State Sen. Patrick Patrick Gallivan, who represents Erie and Wyoming counties, which are counties that also benefit from revenue generated by Batavia Downs.

Speaking, Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

Among the amenities in the expansion is a water fountain that drops water in sculpted form, be it letters spelling out Batavia Downs, symbols from slot machines or geometic patterns. Here's a video of the fountain:

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Alleged attempt to avoid traffic stop leads to minor accident in trailer park

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A driver's alleged attempt to avoid a traffic control device at Route 33 and Batavia Stafford Townline Road drew the attention of a trooper this morning and led to a short pursuit that ended when the car struck a mobile home.

The driver of the car and her passenger where both arrested.

Cailee A. Neiss, 19, of Byron, was charged with several traffic violations including reckless driving and avoiding a traffic control device.

Nickolas Sutherland, 23, of Byron, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Neiss allegedly drove through the Arrowmart parking lot in an effort to avoid the stoplight at the intersection.

According to State Police, "the operator, upon seeing the flashing lights of the patrol car, attempted to avoid being stopped, drove recklessly turned onto Gaslite Lane and subsequently struck a mobile home causing minor damage."

Nobody was home at the time and there were no injuries reported in the accident.

Neiss was issued a summons; Sutherland was issued an appearance ticket.

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