http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/278/ en Law and Order: Brother and sister charged in alleged choking incident http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-brother-and-sister-charged-alleged-choking-incident/46359 <p><strong>Julian Munoz</strong>, 63, of Transit Road, Elba, and&nbsp;<strong>Carmelina Chavez</strong>, 47, of Drake Street, Oakfield, are charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and harassment, 2nd. Munoz and Chavez, brother and sister, allegedly choked and pushed a victim down a flight of stairs.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heather Jaye Interlicchia</strong>, 55, of Ramona Street, Rochester, is charged with possession of more than 400 untaxed cigarettes. Interlicchia was stopped for an alleged traffic violation at 12:08 p.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Windfield L. Marshall</strong>, 44, of Lake Street, Le Roy, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to pay fine on a parking violation. Marshall turned himself in and posted $25 bail.</p> <p><strong>Khadijah </strong><strong>Azizza</strong><strong> Davis</strong>, 23, of Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, unlicensed driver and speeding in zone. Davis was stopped at 11:49 p.m. Wednesday on Clinton Street, Batavia, by Officer Jason Davis, for allegedly driving 47 in a 30 mph zone. Davis was jailed on $1,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Kasean</strong><strong> L. Shannon</strong>, 22, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Shannon was allegedly found in possession of marijuana during police contact with Officer Marc Lawrence while on Washington Avenue at 1:37 p.m. Wednesday.</p> <p><strong>Chana J. Mitchell</strong>, 22, of Prospect Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Mitchell turned himself in and jailed on $200 bail.</p> <p><strong>Joseph Michael Marceill</strong>, 47, of Pringle Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a driving while registration suspended or revoked charge. Marceill&nbsp;turned himself in, was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cynthia C. Richardson</strong>, 35, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with a curfew violation. Richardson was arrested after police responded to a report of a fight at 1:29 a.m. Saturday on Court Street. Richardson&#39;s 14-year-old son was allegedly located on Evans Street near Ellicott Street at 1:34 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Donna A. Cocoran</strong>, 41, of St. Mary&#39;s Street, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and suspended registration. Cocoran was stopped at 12:49 p.m. on Elm Street, Batavia, by Officer Eric Foels.</p> <p><strong>Samuel J. Barber</strong>, 20, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21. Barber was arrested following a complaint of a party at 12:32 a.m. Sunday on Bank Street, Batavia. Barber was allegedly hosting the party along with two other individuals. Also charged were <strong>Abdullah B. Diallo</strong>, 19, of Bank Street, Batavia, and <strong>Seanmichael G. Kidder</strong>, 19, of Bank Street, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Robert Jean Jackson</strong>, 38, of Albert Street, Oakfield, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, speeding in zone and failure to change address on license. Jackson was stopped at 1:17 a.m., Saturday, on Main Street, Oakfield, by Deputy Joseph Corona.</p> <p><strong>Justin L. Sanders</strong>, 23, of Byron, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Sanders was arrested by State Police and jailed on an unspecified bail. No further information released.</p> <p><strong>Allison A. Sobczak</strong>, 23, of Batavia, is charged with DWI and aggravated DWI. Sobczak was stopped at 11:02 a.m. Friday in the Town of Batavia by State Police.</p> <p>UPDATE: Later today, State Police put out a press release on Sobczak&#39;s arrest. &nbsp;Here&#39;s a portion of it:</p> <p class="rteindent1">Sobczak arrived to the Batavia barracks to file a complaint when Troopers smelled an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her. After her verbal admission that she drove to the barracks, she was detained for a DWI investigation. After Sobczak failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, she was placed under arrest for DWI.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Sobczak was arrested and escorted back to the patrol room where she registered a BAC of .24%. She was issued citations returnable to the Town of Batavia Court on January 29, 2015.</p> <p><strong>Katrina M. Jones</strong>, 46, of Buffalo, is charged with conspiracy, 5th, and grand larceny, 4th. Jones was arrested by State Police and held on an unspecified bail. No further information released.</p> <p><strong>Christopher F. Bragg</strong>, 29, of Corfu, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd, and scheme to defraud, 2nd. Bragg was arrested by State Police. No further information released.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-brother-and-sister-charged-alleged-choking-incident/46359#comments batavia byron corfu crime elba Oakfield Pavilion Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:06:02 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46359 at http://thebatavian.com Single mother thrilled with new Habitat home in Elba http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/single-mother-thrilled-new-habitat-home-elba/46354 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/habitathousejan242015.jpg" /></p> <p>As a 22-year-old single mother, Megan Curry never thought homeownership was a realistic goal, but then a coworker told her about Habitat for Humanity and how the organization helped her move into her own house.</p> <p>Soon, Curry and her son Kayden will be living in their own home on Old Oak Orchard Road, Elba.</p> <p>The property was donated by MY-T&nbsp;Acres Farm and the Call family. Habitat volunteers, along with Curry, built the three bedroom house from the basement up.</p> <p>&quot;I never thought something like this would be possible, so the fact that I can be a homeowner and the fact that I helped build my own house is a big deal,&quot; Curry said. &quot;It&#39;s really empowering.&quot;</p> <p>Pictured are Stephen Curry, Megan&#39;s father, Kayden and Megan, her grandmother Phyllis Darling, sister Kayla Curry and her mother, Laura Curry.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/habitathousejan242015-2.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/single-mother-thrilled-new-habitat-home-elba/46354#comments elba Habitat for Humanity Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:04:55 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46354 at http://thebatavian.com Two-vehicle accident reported on Route 98, Elba http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-vehicle-accident-reported-route-98-elba/46350 <p>A two-vehicle, injury accident is reported on Oak Orchard Road near Edgerton Road, Elba.</p> <p>Elba fire and Mercy EMS responding.</p> <p>A second ambulance is requested to the scene, non-emergency.</p> <p>First responders report a slick roadway.</p> <p>Route 98 is closed from Ford Road to Edgerton.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-vehicle-accident-reported-route-98-elba/46350#comments accident elba Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:48:34 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46350 at http://thebatavian.com Elba Central School Drama Club presents "CATS" http://thebatavian.com/events/elba-central-school-drama-club-presents-cats/46336 <p>Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber</p> <p>Based on &quot;Old Possum&#39;s Book of Practical Cats&quot; by T.S. Eliot</p> <p>February 20th &amp; 21st, 2015</p> <p>7:00pm</p> <p>Elba Central School Auditorium</p> <p>57 South Main St., Elba</p> <p>Tickets:</p> <p>$6 students/seniors</p> <p>$8 adults</p> <p>Available in the District Office during school hours or at the door on show nights</p> <p>Information: (585) 757-9967</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-start">February 20, 2015 - 7:00pm</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">February 21, 2015 - 10:00pm</span></div> </div> http://thebatavian.com/events/elba-central-school-drama-club-presents-cats/46336#comments cats club Drama elba musical Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:30:03 +0000 Michelle Case 46336 at http://thebatavian.com Post Dairy Farm named Genesee County Conservation Farm of the Year http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/post-dairy-farm-named-genesee-county-conservation-farm-year/46309 <p><img alt="" src="http://thebatavian.com/sites/thebatavian.com/files/users/60/2013-2/postfarms_family.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">The Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors have announced the selection of Post Dairy Farm, LLC, as the 2014 Genesee County Conservation Farm of the Year. The Post family will be the honored guests of the District at the Celebrate Agriculture Dinner on March 21st at the Alexander Firemen&rsquo;s Recreation Hall. They will be formally presented with their award at that time.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Post Dairy Farms LLC/ Dan and John Post &ndash; Town of Elba<br /> The Posts have been working with the district since 1965. Their dairy consists of about 400 cows and they work about 500 acres. They just recently built a new barn with four robotic milkers; the district was involved with installing drip trenches around the perimeter. Some other conservation practices they have implemented include drain tile, diversion ditches, grassed waterways, covered heavy use area protection, and a wastewater lagoon. (Ken Post &ndash; father of Dan and John -- was named Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1973).</p> <p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/five-generations-farming-has-been-all-family-posts-elba/37103">For five generations, farming has been all in the family for the Posts of Elba</a></p> <p><em>File photo: Front row, Dan, John and Ken; and, Laurie and Jeff.</em></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/post-dairy-farm-named-genesee-county-conservation-farm-year/46309#comments agriculture business elba Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:50:15 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46309 at http://thebatavian.com Barn fire reported on Watson Road, Elba http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/barn-fire-reported-watson-road-elba/46255 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/elbafirejan192014.jpg" /></p> <p>A barn fire at 5327 Watson Road, Elba, is under control.</p> <p>The fire was reported about 30 minutes ago.</p> <p>Elba fire was dispatched along with Barre, Stafford, Bergen, Byron, South Byron and Oakfield.</p> <p>The location is CY Heifer Farms.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:49 a.m.: The particular barn with the fire is leased to Provitello Farms. All 58 calves were safely moved from the barn to another one. The fire was electrical and contained to a small room behind the calves&#39; stalls. The preliminary cause is believed to be mice chewing on wires. An employee saw the smoke upon arriving for work and called 9-1-1. The fire was quickly knocked down. All units are packing up and returning to service.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/elbafirejan192014-2.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/barn-fire-reported-watson-road-elba/46255#comments elba fire Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:03:17 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46255 at http://thebatavian.com Driver charged in single-vehicle accident in Elba on Saturday night http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/driver-charged-single-vehicle-accident-elba-saturday-night/46171 <p>A driver involved in a single-vehicle accident at 11:28 p.m. Saturday on Route 262, Elba, has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.</p> <p>Joseph Paul Pratt, 20, of Church Street, Le Roy, was also charged with failure to keep right.&nbsp;</p> <p>Pratt was driving a 2010 Chevy pickup owned by another person eastbound on Route 262. The truck reportedly crossed into the westbound lane and went off the north shoulder of the road. It struck a guy wire for a utility pole and continued through a patch of trees and hedges, coming to rest in a farmfield. &nbsp;</p> <p>Deputy Chris Parker reports that Pratt said he hit a patch of black ice.</p> <p>The investigation showed, Parker wrote in the report, that Pratt&#39;s vehicle traveled in a straight line through a curve in the roadway.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/driver-charged-single-vehicle-accident-elba-saturday-night/46171#comments accident elba Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:24:00 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46171 at http://thebatavian.com Contrary to news reports, no attempt made to harm Elba teacher http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/contrary-news-reports-no-attempt-made-harm-elba-teacher/46123 <p>At least two young Elba students made threats against a teacher three weeks ago, resulting in a complaint to local law enforcement, but school officials are handling the matter internally.</p> <p>Contrary to media reports elsewhere, there was no attempt to either kill or sicken the teacher. It was all talk.</p> <p>Following a public records request, Sheriff Gary Maha released a police report on the closed investigation, which stemmed from a person who had heard about the incident calling police.</p> <p>The report indicates that school officials have been attempting to deal with a bullying problem in a fourth-grade class, and in the course of the turmoil at least two students, possibly more, discussed spreading hand sanitizer on personal items of the class&#39;s teacher.</p> <p>The teacher had made it known to her students that hand sanitizer could make her seriously ill. It&#39;s not clear that exposure could be fatal.</p> <p>The students seemed to believe that the hand sanitizer could be used to kill their teacher.</p> <p>The students never actually spread any hand sanitizer.</p> <p>Deputy Kevin McCarthy responded to the school Dec. 18 after a complaint was made about children threatening to kill their teacher.</p> <p>McCarthy interviewed officials and students at the school.</p> <p>The report states that students were contradictory in their statements about the threats and who made them. &nbsp;</p> <p>A parent was also interviewed and was concerned about the alleged threats.</p> <p>School officials believed two students implicated themselves in statements and those students were reportedly disciplined.</p> <p>UPDATE: Here&#39;s a statement from Jerry Piwko, superintendent of Elba Central School District:</p> <p class="rteindent1">It has been widely reported that certain fourth-grade students had been discussing a way to harm a teacher in the Elba Central School District. This event has been a shock to our community and school. The District cannot comment on the specifics of this event, including discipline, as the information is protected from disclosure under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The reports in the media and on social media do not accurately reflect the entire event.</p> <p class="rteindent1">As soon as the District was made aware of the students&#39; discussion it called in students that were thought to have knowledge of the discussions. After the students were interviewed, the District contacted the Sheriff&#39;s Department and cooperated with the Sheriff&#39;s deputies in their investigation of the matter. The Sheriff&#39;s Department concluded that no crime had been committed and the matter was turned back over to the District. The District in turn has worked with the parents and students involved to address this issue. It is important to note that no one was injured or actually placed in harm&#39;s way.</p> <p class="rteindent1">The District does not condone any of the behaviors that have been reported and is in the process of working alongside the Sheriff&#39;s Department to use this incident as a vehicle for educating the District&#39;s students regarding appropriate behaviors.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/contrary-news-reports-no-attempt-made-harm-elba-teacher/46123#comments elba Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:17:45 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46123 at http://thebatavian.com Chimney fire report on Ridge Road, Elba http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/chimney-fire-report-ridge-road-elba/46119 <p>A working chimney fire is reported 4136 Ridge Road.</p> <p>Elba fire and Oakfield fire were dispatched initially.</p> <p>A second tone out includes Bergen and Byron with Town of Batavia to fill in at Elba.</p> <p>A chief on scene reports heavy smoke.</p> <p>The residence has been evacuated.</p> <p>UPDATE 9:37 p.m.: A firefighter requests a chainsaw and a thermal camera.</p> <p>UPDATE 10:07 p.m.: Fire contained to chimney. Firefighters starting overhaul.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/chimney-fire-report-ridge-road-elba/46119#comments elba fire Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:23:56 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46119 at http://thebatavian.com Grand Jury indicts three men on first-degree rape charge http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/grand-jury-indicts-three-men-first-degree-rape-charge/46096 <p><strong>Darwin Zuniga-Rocha</strong>, <strong>Eliseo Mateo-Perez</strong> and <strong>Uriel Ramirez-Perez</strong> are accused of first-degree rape, a Class B felony. It is alleged that on Nov. 16, 2014, in the Town of Elba, they engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.</p> <p><strong>Nathan L. Royse</strong> is accused of first-degree burglary, a Class B violent felony. It is alleged that on July 9, 2014, he knowlingly entered or unlawfully remained in a dwelling on Wood Street in the City of Batavia with intent to committ a crime. In the course of the alleged crime, he or another participant is accused of causing physical injury to a person who was not a participant. In count two, Royse is accused of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony, for allegedly causing physical injury to a person not participating in the commission of a felony or attempted felony.</p> <p>The four men named in these Grand Jury indictments are to be arraigned in Genesee County Court on Thursday.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/grand-jury-indicts-three-men-first-degree-rape-charge/46096#comments batavia crime elba Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:48:04 +0000 Billie Owens 46096 at http://thebatavian.com Car strikes tow truck at scene of accident http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/car-strikes-tow-truck-scene-accident/46034 <p>A car has struck a tow truck that was on scene with law enforcement at a previous accident at Oak Orchard Road and Edgerton Road, Elba.</p> <p>A head injury is reported.</p> <p>Elba fire and Mercy EMS are dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 9:54 a.m.: Traffic is being shut down at Route 98 and the Elba Fire Rec Hall. It&#39;s also being shut down at Daws Corners.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/car-strikes-tow-truck-scene-accident/46034#comments accident elba Thu, 01 Jan 2015 14:48:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46034 at http://thebatavian.com Photo: Wind-damaged silo in Elba http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wind-damaged-silo-elba/45957 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/windsilodec262014.jpg" /></p> <p>A reader sent in this picture of a wind-toppled silo on his property on Transit Road, Elba. He said it came down overnight.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wind-damaged-silo-elba/45957#comments agriculture elba weather Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:06:16 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45957 at http://thebatavian.com Wednesday Night Basketball: Elba and Notre Dame renew rivalry in hardwood battle http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/wednesday-night-basketball-elba-and-notre-dame-renew-rivalry-hardwood-battle/45876 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/elbandboyshoopsdec172014.jpg" /></p> <p><em>NOTE: Apologies for not getting this story posted sooner. Since the end of the game last night until tonight, another news story has been our priority.</em></p> <p>In the midst of the ruckus in a near-capacity Stan Sherman Gymnasium at Elba Central School on Wednesday night, the Lancers and Fighting Irish put on quite a basketball show.</p> <p>Passes zipped around the keys, bodies slammed under the boards and fast breaks were launched in transition with the swiftness of an executioner&#39;s sword.</p> <p>In the end, Elba, having spent their all on the hardwood, left the court disappointed, as Notre Dame scored 61 points to their 53.</p> <p>&quot;It was an entertaining game,&quot; said Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Rapone. &quot;Both teams played hard. We both made some bad mistakes. We made some good plays. It was a typical Elba/Notre Dame basketball game. Both teams competed and both teams wanted to win. It had to be a good game for the fans to watch.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s easy to see the game as an uplifting moment when your team wins, but Elba Head Coach&nbsp;Mark Beehler hardly hid his disappointment at the outcome during a post-game interview.</p> <p>Elba hasn&#39;t beaten its arch-rival since a 2008 sectional playoff.</p> <p>&quot;That was everything we expect as far as energy and excitement of the game,&quot; said Beehler with hardly a trace of energy or excitement in his voice. &quot;Every time we play Notre Dame, it&#39;s always a big one.&quot;</p> <p>Elba took a 29-27 lead into the half and the start of the third continued the back-and-forth battle, but as players knocked about for position under Notre Dame&#39;s basket midway through the quarter, John Hockmuth was conked in the nose. The game was delayed while officials cleaned blood from the court. Hockmuth was taken to the locker room for treatment and missed the rest of the third and the start of the fourth quarter.</p> <p>While was out, Notre Dame went on a run. Tyler Prospero scored a pair of threes, Josh Johnson had one and James Farmer had one.</p> <p>The Irish outscored the Lancers in the third 21-8.</p> <p>Elba&#39;s defense tightened when Hockmuth was back on the court, but couldn&#39;t capitalize of a string of Irish possessions that yielded no points.</p> <p>As the second to last minute wound toward the final minute, the Lancers went on a mini-run, drawing within six points of the lead.</p> <p>With about a minute left, Notre Dame was called for a backcourt violation. Elba&#39;s Richard Flores celebrated a little too exuberantly and was called for a technical foul, his fifth foul of the game.</p> <p>Rapone said that foul did shift the momentum back to Notre Dame.</p> <p>&quot;The kids are excited, but they&#39;re (the officials) are really strict about taunting now, so you&#39;ve got to be careful,&quot; Rapone said.</p> <p>Flores (<em>top photo</em>) was a big reason Elba made a game of it. In his first start of the season, he scored eight points and had 10 rebounds.</p> <p>He plays bigger than his 5&#39; 10&quot; height.</p> <p>&quot;He hits boards really well,&quot;&nbsp;<span>Beehler said. &quot;H</span><span>e&#39;s got sticky hands. If he grabs it, he&#39;s going to keep it.&quot;</span></p> <p>In a box-and-one defense, Flores was charged with guarding Notre Dame&#39;s hot-shot shooter Josh Johnson. That is what really contributed to Flores fouling out.</p> <p>&quot;He had a tough task tonight,&quot; Beehler said. &quot;He played as hard as anybody out there.&quot;</p> <p>Rebounding was a big part of what kept Elba in the game, Beehler said, that and taking care of the ball, even against Notre Dame&#39;s pressure defense.</p> <p>&quot;Turnover-wise, we only had eight,&quot; Beehler said. &quot;That&#39;s pretty low for us compared to years past against their press.&quot;</p> <p>Rapone said after the game it&#39;s clear his team needs to work on its free throws. The Irish only sank&nbsp;<span>14 of 33 attempts (43 percent).</span></p> <p><span>For Elba, both Hochmuth and Shane O&#39;Halloran had 14 points. Hochmuth -- nine rebounds. Evan Cole had eight points and 11 rebounds.</span></p> <p>For Notre Dame, Johnson had 17 points, C.J. Souzi 10 points and nine rebounds, and Caleb Nellis recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/elbandboyshoopsdec172014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Josh Johnson drives for the basket.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/elbandboyshoopsdec172014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Hochmuth blocks a Casey Midwick shot attempt.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/elbandboyshoopsdec172014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Hochmuth and Nellis battle for position during a free-throw attempt.</em></p> <p><em>To purchase prints of photos, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p924474884" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=371a5e040ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/wednesday-night-basketball-elba-and-notre-dame-renew-rivalry-hardwood-battle/45876#comments basketball elba high school sports Notre Dame sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:43:02 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45876 at http://thebatavian.com Notre Dame beats Elba in girls basketball, 51-31 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/notre-dame-beats-elba-girls-basketball-51-31/45870 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ndelbagirlshoopsdec162014-4.jpg" /></p> <p>The score may not reflect it, but the Elba Lady Lancers played an intense, hard-fought game against archrival Notre Dame on Tuesday night.</p> <p>They came up short, 51-31.</p> <p>&quot;Elba&#39;s very well coached,&quot; said Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Pero. &quot;They&#39;re hard-nosed girls. They&#39;re going to be reckoned with all year. We&#39;re fortunate to do what we did.&quot;</p> <p>The Lancers&#39; game plan called for a pressure defense that would attempt to hold the Fighting Irish to 12 points or under per quarter.</p> <p>All went to plan in the first half. Notre Dame scored only eight in the first quarter (six on a pair of threes from Shea Norton) and 11 in the second quarter.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Elba, their shots weren&#39;t falling either and the Lancers trailed 19-10 at the half.</p> <p>&quot;I thought we both played good defense in the first half,&quot; said Tom Redband, head coach for Elba. &quot;They started to pick it up in the second half and our shots continued not to fall. We had some untimely turnovers and the rest is history.&quot;</p> <p>Pero said his team was pretty hyped up about playing Elba, but they relaxed in the second half and that, along with some adjustments to deal with Elba&#39;s press, made the difference.</p> <p>&quot;The listened to what we needed to do,&quot; Pero said. &quot;That&#39;s a sign of good quality girls. They&#39;ll listen to you when you need to make adjustments.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Notre Dame features three starters who are all six-feet tall and over. Elba&#39;s shooters repeatedly found their shots being knocked down, and rebounds were hard to come by.</p> <p>&quot;You practice the boxing out and you practice the crashing, but it&#39;s hard to simulate the 6-1, 6-2,&quot; Redband said. &quot;They get an extra hand on the ball. It&#39;s a tough match up for us.&quot;</p> <p>While both teams are in the Genesee Region League, Elba is Class D and Notre Dame is Class C.</p> <p>Elba, now 3-1, looks like a team that can make a run at sectional play, though Redband is taking a one-game-at-time approach.</p> <p>&quot;We have some work to do like we all do this time of year,&quot; Redband said. &quot;It&#39;s only our fourth game. It&#39;s a long season. Fifteen more games. We&#39;ve got two more games before the break, then we&#39;ve got 16 days off, so we&#39;ll be able to fine tune some things before the new year.&quot;</p> <p>Guard Alex Riegle scored 14 ponits (with four three-pointers) for the Lady Lancers and proved a deft ball handler and capable court leader, even against Notre Dame&#39;s pressure defense.</p> <p>For Notre Dame,&nbsp;Rebecca Krenzer had 15 points, Norton 13 and Emma Francis 11.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ndelbagirlshoopsdec162014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ndelbagirlshoopsdec162014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ndelbagirlshoopsdec162014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ndelbagirlshoopsdec162014-5.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints of photos, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p999003971" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/notre-dame-beats-elba-girls-basketball-51-31/45870#comments basketball elba high school sports Notre Dame sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:46:42 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45870 at http://thebatavian.com Unknown injuries, car into pole, Route 98, Elba http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/unknown-injuries-car-pole-route-98-elba/45866 <p>A car has hit a utility pole on Route 98 near Batavia-Elba Townline Road, Elba.</p> <p>It&#39;s unknown if there are injuries at this time.</p> <p>Elba fire responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: A caller on location reports no injuries and minimal damage.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/unknown-injuries-car-pole-route-98-elba/45866#comments accident elba Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:29:06 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45866 at http://thebatavian.com