http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/408/ en Two drivers in East Pembroke ATV crash facing DWI charges http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-drivers-east-pembroke-atv-crash-facing-dwi-charges/44313 <p>The two drivers reportedly involved in an ATV crash Sunday night have both been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.</p> <p>Charles R. Chatley, 26, of 2392 Kilian Road, Corfu, was also charged with unlawful operation of an ATV on a public highway.</p> <p>Stephen R. Smelski, 35, of West Main Street, Batavia, is also charged with unlawful operation of an ATV on a public highway and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.</p> <p>Witnesses say Smelski was the most seriously injured of the four people involved in the accident and he&#39;s the one victim still hospitalized, though he&#39;s listed in good condition at ECMC.</p> <p>An East Pembroke Fire Department 1st assistant chief and Genesee County emergency dispatcher, Smelski was reportedly taken by private vehicle to UMMC following the accident and later transported to ECMC.</p> <p>The accident was reported at 11:09 p.m. Sunday in the area of 2069 E. Main St., East Pembroke.</p> <p>Also injured were passengers&nbsp;Kristina Rumble, 26, and&nbsp;Brenda Smelski, 37.</p> <p>Brenda Smelski was treated and released at ECMC, as was Chatley. &nbsp;Rumble, who was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight, was released from the hospital two days ago.</p> <p>Chatley is a 2nd assistant chief with East Pembroke.</p> <p>The accident occurred the same date as the annual East Pembroke Mud Races, hosted by the fire department, but the accident was hours after the event ended and at least a mile from the mud pits.&nbsp;</p> <p>The accident was investigated by deputies Jason Saile and James Diehl and Sgt. Eric Seppala.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-drivers-east-pembroke-atv-crash-facing-dwi-charges/44313#comments corfu east pembroke East Pembroke Fire pembroke Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:46:55 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44313 at http://thebatavian.com Sheriff's Office releases names in Sunday night's ATV accident in Pembroke http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/sheriffs-office-releases-names-sunday-nights-atv-accident-pembroke/44242 <p>The Genesee County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office has released the names of those involved in an ATV crash that sent four to the hospital late Sunday night.</p> <p>Just after 11 p.m. Sunday, two ATVs &ndash; each carrying a passenger -- collided on Route 5 in the Town of Pembroke. Deputies say the two ATVs were riding eastbound, side-by-side, near Cleveland Road when the collision occurred, ejecting all four riders.</p> <p>The driver of the first ATV, 26-year-old Charles Chatley, of Kilian Road, Pembroke, allegedly crashed into the second ATV, causing his vehicle to flip. He is the second assistant chief of the East Pembroke Fire Department.</p> <p>His passenger, 26-year-old Kristina Rumble, was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight.&nbsp;</p> <p>The driver of the second ATV was 35-year-old Stephen Smelski, who is East Pembroke fire&#39;s first assistant chief and a dispatcher for Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center. Contrary to other reports, he was NOT transported by Mercy Flight.</p> <p>Stephen Smelski&#39;s passenger, 37-year-old Brenda Smelski, and Chatley were taken to ECMC by ambulance.</p> <p>The Sheriff&rsquo;s Office says charges are pending.</p> <p>CORRECTION: The story changed to correct passenger names.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/sheriffs-office-releases-names-sunday-nights-atv-accident-pembroke/44242#comments accidents pembroke Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:43:16 +0000 Billie Owens 44242 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Le Roy man accused of string of abuse against former live-in girlfriend http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-le-roy-man-accused-string-abuse-against-former-live-girlfriend/44240 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adams_phil_mug.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Philip Adams</em></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Philip L. Adams</strong>, 34, of&nbsp;6580 Randall Road, Le Roy, is charged with stalking, 1st, criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, assault, 2nd, aggravated family offense and assault, 3rd. Adams was arrested following an investigation into complaints by a former live-in girlfriend that between December 2013 and May 2014 that Adams abused her. Adams allegedly pushed her onto hard pavement causing an injury (bruising on her arm), struck her in the face with a detachable shower head causing injury (bruising around her eye), sprayed her with a flammable liquid and threatened to light her on fire, and threatened to stick a lit cigarette in her eye. Adams was jailed on $10,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Jennifer A. Wilsey</strong>, 34, of Canastota, is charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and uninspected motor vehicle. Wilsey is accused of providing troopers with a wrong name and date of birth during a traffic stop on Route 77, Pembroke. Wilsey reportedly believed there may have been a warrant for her arrest. She was jailed on $2,500 bail.</p> <p><strong>Daniel E. Gorrow</strong>, 19, of Gilbert Street, Le Roy, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Gorrow was charged following a traffic stop by Le Roy PD.</p> <p><strong>Taylor D. Saulsbury</strong>, 19, of Lake Street, Le Roy, and&nbsp;<strong>Henri E. Wilcox</strong>, 29, of&nbsp;North Main Street, Warsaw, are charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Saulsbury and Wilcox were charged following a traffic stop by Le Roy PD.</p> <p><strong>James Michael Gallo</strong>, 24, of Coshway Place, Tonawanda, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Gallo was arrested by Deputy Joseph Corona following an investigation into an altercation reported at 12:16 a.m. Sunday at 9993 Alleghany Road, Darien.</p> <p><strong>Steven Richard Lebo</strong>, 31, of Quincy Alley, Kearny, N.J., is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and moving from lane unsafely. Lebo was arrested by Deputy Joseph Corona&nbsp;following a report at 9:48 p.m. Saturday of a vehicle that left the roadway at 9993 Alleghany Road, Darien.</p> <p><strong>Nancy Alice Shruefer</strong>, 52, of Clover Place, Cheektowaga, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Shruefer was found in a disabled vehicle on Route 77 near Darien Lake at 1:10 a.m. Sunday by Deputy Andrew Hale.</p> <p><strong>Melissa Grace Betances</strong>, 33, of Clinton Street, Batavia, is charged with a violation of probation. Betances was jailed on $15,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Caitlin A. Hanley</strong>, 25, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Hanley is accused of being involved in a domestic incident on Aug. 9.</p> <p><strong>Ronald Baltasar Gonzalez</strong>, 29, of Spencer Court, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Following an investigation into firearms that were turned into Batavia PD, Gonzalez was charged with illegal possession of firearms.</p> <p><strong>Randy Gene Leach II</strong>, 28, of Torrey Road, Stafford, is charged with failure to pay fine. Leach was arrested on a warrant. He posted $250 bail and was released.</p> <p><strong>Laura C. Mazenga</strong>, 21, of Malling Drive, Rochester, is charged with trespass, petit larceny, resisting arrest and criminal possession of stolen property, 5th. Mazenga was allegedly seen rummaging through a vehicle on Woodrow Road at 2:26 a.m. Friday. When police approached, she allegedly fled and resisted arrest. She allegedly possessed property stolen from the vehicle.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-le-roy-man-accused-string-abuse-against-former-live-girlfriend/44240#comments batavia crime Darien Le Roy pembroke Stafford Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:48:46 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44240 at http://thebatavian.com Diner in Village of Corfu moving to new location near Pembroke High School http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/diner-village-corfu-moving-new-location-near-pembroke-high-school/44196 <p>Linda&#39;s Diner in the Village of Corfu is moving.</p> <p>The Genesee County Planning Board approved a proposal submitted by Pembroke resident Linda Richley to convert a single-family residence at 8783 Allegheny Road into a restaurant.</p> <p>The location is just south of Pembroke High School.</p> <p>The new Linda&#39;s Diner will be build inside a 1,176-square-foot, ranch-style home built in 1959.</p> <p>Richley said this morning that it was her son and daughter who encouraged her to move.</p> <p>The location is strategically located near the busy intersection of routes 5 and 77, close to Yancey&#39;s Fancy cheese shop and Pembroke HS, Richley said.</p> <p>Her daughter would like to eventually add ice cream to the menu and her son already operates a BBQ catering business, so the location would give him a place to set up and cook pulled pork and ribs when he isn&#39;t at a client&#39;s location.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s more their idea than mine,&quot; Richley said, but she is looking forward to the family owning its own location after renting for all these years.</p> <p>The plans approved by the planning board call for 25 parking spaces on the lot.</p> <p>Richley purchased the 1.1-acre parcel from the Town of Pembroke, which acquired it when they bought lland for the town park.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/diner-village-corfu-moving-new-location-near-pembroke-high-school/44196#comments business corfu pembroke Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:50:15 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44196 at http://thebatavian.com Five people hurt in westbound Thruway crash http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/five-people-hurt-westbound-thruway-crash/44077 <p>An accident with five injured people is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 399.9.</p> <p>Pembroke and Indian Fall fire departments and Mercy medics are responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Traffic is backed up as a result of the accident. At least four of the occupants are said to be probable sign-offs.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:22 p.m.: One child is being transported to Women and Children&#39;s Hospital in Buffalo. The other medics are back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/five-people-hurt-westbound-thruway-crash/44077#comments accidents indian falls pembroke Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:55:16 +0000 Billie Owens 44077 at http://thebatavian.com Two-car crash with one neck injury at Route 33 and Boyce Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-car-crash-one-neck-injury-route-33-and-boyce-road/44076 <p>A two-car accident with one person with a neck injury is reported at Genesee Street (Route 33) and Boyce Road. Corfu Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-car-crash-one-neck-injury-route-33-and-boyce-road/44076#comments accidents corfu pembroke Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:15:38 +0000 Billie Owens 44076 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Woman accused of possessing 8,000 untaxed cigarettes http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-woman-accused-possessing-8000-untaxed-cigarettes/44063 <p><strong>Joan Marie Paro</strong>, 48, of Humphrey Road, Fultonville, is charged with attempting to evade or defeat tax. Paro is accused of possessing more than 8,000 untaxed cigarettes (40 cartons), which is more than the 400 untaxed cigarettes adults are allowed to possess under NYS law. Paro was stopped at 12:39 p.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Chris Parker.</p> <p><strong>Shaneeka R. Wroten</strong>, 21, of Washington Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment ,2nd. Wroten turned herself in on an arrest warrant out of City Court.</p> <p><strong>James E. Wroten</strong>, 47, of Olyn Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Wroten was allegedly involved in a domestic incident at 11:25 p.m. Monday. Wroten was jailed on $10,000 bail.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-woman-accused-possessing-8000-untaxed-cigarettes/44063#comments batavia crime pembroke Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:56:42 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44063 at http://thebatavian.com Mercy Flight called for an accident on the Thruway involving a motorcycle http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mercy-flight-called-accident-thruway-involving-motorcycle/44034 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/pembroketwayaccaug62014.jpg" /></p> <p>Mercy Flight is being dispatched to a landing zone the Indian Falls Methodist Church on Route 77, Pembroke, for accident on the Thruway.</p> <p>The accident involves a motorcycle, though the driver was last reported as conscious.&nbsp;</p> <p>Indian Falls Fire and Pembroke Fire dispatched to the accident scene, along with Mercy EMS. Corfu Fire requested to the landing zone.</p> <p>UPDATE 12:03 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.</p> <p>UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne, &quot;possibly to ECMC.&quot; The assignment is back in service.</p> <p>UPDATE: Photo and update info by Alecia Kaus / Video News Service. Chief Ed Mileham said the rider was headed east on the Thruway with a group of other riders when the accident occurred. He landed in the median. Mileham said his helmet saved his life. There was a big softball-sized dent in it. He was transported to ECMC with apparent serious injuries.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mercy-flight-called-accident-thruway-involving-motorcycle/44034#comments accident pembroke thruway Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:01:01 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44034 at http://thebatavian.com Drug Task Force announces pair of arrests http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/drug-task-force-announces-pair-arrests/43820 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mug_jacobpatterson.jpg" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mug_davidtruesdale.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Jacob Patterson</em></td> <td> <em>David&nbsp;Truesdale</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Two alleged drug dealers who are suspected of selling heroin and crack cocaine in the City of Batavia have been arrested by the Local Drug Task Force.</p> <p>Jacob W. Patterson, 18, of Killian Road, Pembroke, and David C. Truesdale Jr. (aka &quot;True&quot;), 24, of Sylvester Street, Rochester, were arrested as the result of separate investigations.</p> <p>Both Patterson and Truesdale are charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, and&nbsp;criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd.</p> <p>Patterson allegedly sold quantities of heroin to an undercover agent while in Batavia and Truesdale is accused of selling crack cocaine to an agent.</p> <p>Patterson was arrested on a warrant July 16 at his residence. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.</p> <p>Truesdale was already in custody on unrelated charges. He was arraigned on the new charges and ordered held without bail.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/drug-task-force-announces-pair-arrests/43820#comments batavia crime pembroke Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:10:45 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43820 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Youth accused of threatening another person with a knife http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-youth-accused-threatening-another-person-knife/43806 <p><strong>Tyshon L. Taylor</strong><span>, 17, of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, menacing, 2nd, petit larceny and robbery, 3rd. Taylor was arrested following an investigation into an unrelated incident. Taylor allegedly possessed a large knife and threatened another person with physical harm. In an unrelated investigation, Taylor is accused of using force to steal a mobile phone and headphones from another person. Taylor was jailed on no bail.</span></p> <p><strong>Edward Ryan Loper</strong><span>, 26, of State Street, is charged with strangulation, 2nd, and robbery, 3rd. Loper was arrested on a warrant for an alleged incident May 23 at a location on West Main Road, Batavia. At the time of his arrest, Loper was allegedly found in possession of a needle and a controlled substance. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and possession of a hypodermic instrument. Loper was jailed on $5,000 bail.</span></p> <p><strong>Terrence Devon West</strong>, 36, of Lorimer Street, Rochester, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation. West was stopped at 1:40 a.m. Thursday on Townline Road, Bergen, by Deputy Joseph Corona. West allegedly has three prior DWI convictions in the previous 10 years.</p> <p><strong>Veronica Eckerson</strong>, 57, of Akron, is charged with petit larceny. Eckerson is accused of stealing $400 from the safe of her employer, a business in Alabama, after quitting her job.</p> <p><strong>Richard Fredrick Boswell</strong>, 33, of Sumner Road, Darien, is charged with petit larceny. Boswell is accused of stealing merchandise from Walmart valued at $874.84.</p> <p><strong>Peter Charles Himan</strong>, 29, of Berkley Street, Williamsville, is charged with driving while ability impaired and possession/consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Himan was located in a stopped vehicle on Route 63, Oakfield, at 12:34 a.m. Sunday by Deputy Patrick Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Justin Thomas Hemmer</strong>, 34, of South Main Street, Elba, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Hemmer is accused of violating a court order protecting another person by shoving that person during an argument.</p> <p><strong>Andrew Loren Mark Falker</strong>, 20, of Indian Falls Road, Pembroke, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and improper turn (no signal). Falker was stopped at 2:53 a.m. Saturday on Main Road, Pembroke, by Deputy Jason Saile.</p> <p><strong>Ann Marie Capuano</strong>, 29, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Capuano was charged after Officer Peter Flanagan allegedly observed a glass pipe with partially smoked marijuana in her car.</p> <p><strong>Grant W. Whitney</strong>, 34, of Route 20A, Perry, is charged with unregistered motor vehicle. Whitney was arrested on a warrant out of City Court. He posted bail and was released.</p> <p><strong>Stephen J. Holdaway</strong>, 62, of Corfu, is charged with felony DWI and felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Holdaway was stopped by State Police at 1:01 p.m. May 19 in the Town of Batavia.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-youth-accused-threatening-another-person-knife/43806#comments batavia corfu crime Darien elba pembroke Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:29:45 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43806 at http://thebatavian.com Mysterious gas smell reported in East Pembroke area http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mysterious-gas-smell-reported-east-pembroke-area/43739 <p>There have been reports of some mysterious cloud of gas -- or a gas smell -- in the East Pembroke area, according to the dispatch center, but no origin for the smell has been found.</p> <p>East Pembroke Fire Department was dispatched to locate the source and is back in service.</p> <p>&quot;They&#39;ve exhausted all leads,&quot; according to a dispather.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mysterious-gas-smell-reported-east-pembroke-area/43739#comments batavia pembroke Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:52:58 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43739 at http://thebatavian.com Law and order: Suspect arrested in alleged home invasion assault on Wood Street http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-suspect-arrested-alleged-home-invasion-assault-wood-street/43730 <p><strong>Nathan L. Royse</strong><span>, 22, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with burglary, 1st, criminal mischief, 4th, assault, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Royse allegedly entered a residence on Wood Street at 10:10 p.m. July 9 with two or three other assailants and assaulted the residents and damaged property. A snow shovel was allegedly used as a weapon. Two people were injured. A child was allegedly present during the assault. Royse turned himself in on the charges.</span></p> <p><strong>Samantha Laura Kopacz</strong>, 18, of Geise Road, Attica, and a 17-year-old resident of Bailey Street, Cowlesville, are charged with criminal tampering, 3rd. The duo are accused vandalizing Alexander School by writing on numerous windows and doors with window paint and spreading a substantial amount of paper throughout the grounds.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Christina A. Deluna</strong>, 34, of Batavia, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation. Deluna was was stopped at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday on West Middlebury Road, Town of Middlebury, by a Wyoming County deputy. Deluna was allegedly driving on a suspended license due to a lapse in insurance coverage.</p> <p><strong>Rachell O. Soggs</strong>, 26, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Soggs is accused of stealing a pair of socks from Dollar General.</p> <p><strong>Troy D. Schimley</strong>, 21, of Sandpit Road, Alexander, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a pair of 2 to 6 a.m. parking tickets. Schimley was released on cash bail.</p> <p><strong>Kelly J. Rhim</strong>, 35, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Rhim is accused of shoplifting from Tops Market.</p> <p><strong>Juan Antonio Roman Jr.</strong>, 36, of Portland Avenue, Rochester, is charged with three counts of criminal contempt, 2nd. Roman was allegedly found at the residence of a protected party.</p> <p><strong>Matthew P. Lenhard</strong>, 28, of Corfu, is charged with burglary, 3rd. Lenhard was arrested by State Police for an alleged burglary reported at 2:30 p.m. on March 24. No further details released.</p> <p><strong>Erica M. Raphael</strong>, 29, of Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Raphael is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.</p> <p><strong>Roger E. Godfrey</strong>, 66, of Le Roy, is charged with unlawful growing of cannabis. Godfrey was arrested on Harris Road on July 11 by State Police. No further details released.</p> <p><strong>Kavin M. Lampman</strong>, 41, of Batavia, is charged with DWI. Lampman was stopped 9:12 p.m. Saturday on Alleghany Road, Indian Falls, by State Police.</p> <p><strong>Jason M. Thomason</strong>, 32, of Wheatfield, is charged with DWI. Thomason was stopped at 11:50 p.m. Saturday on Route 77, Darien, by State Police.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-suspect-arrested-alleged-home-invasion-assault-wood-street/43730#comments batavia alexander crime Darien Le Roy pembroke Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:41:07 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43730 at http://thebatavian.com Local semi-pro football team may finish out season if new ownership is lined up http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/local-semi-pro-football-team-may-finish-out-season-if-new-ownership-lined/43703 <p>The season may not be over for the Lyndonville Tigers.</p> <p>Then again, it might be.</p> <p>One thing President of Football Operations Taylor McCabe is pretty confident about is the team is not done and there will be a team on the field next season.</p> <p>The semi-pro football team plays its home games in Pembroke and there&#39;s been reports recently that the team has folded.</p> <p>It&#39;s true, McCabe said, that owner&nbsp;Harold Suhr has pulled out, but there are other people ready to step into the ownership role. It&#39;s just a matter of whether the ownership situation can be straightened out before this Saturday&#39;s 5 p.m. game in Pembroke.</p> <p>&quot;Harold Suhr chose to close up shop and his involvement is coming to an end,&quot; McCabe said. &quot;There are other interested parties, current players, current management, people who are going to stay involved if the interested parties pick up the ball and run with it. We may be able to play our next game. Worst case, we forfeit the rest of the season and re-emerge next year.&quot;</p> <p>McCabe said contrary to some reports, the Tigers have not lost eight players to another team. They lost two. The team has enough players to finish the season if an owner or owners can be found.</p> <p>Semi-pro teams survive primarily on fundraisers and donations, and this season the fundraising hasn&#39;t gone so well, which has meant Harold Suhr had to dig into his own pocket, as owner, to ensure refs were paid, insurance was paid, and other minor miscellaneous expenses were covered.</p> <p>&quot;This year, we were last in fundraising,&quot; McCabe said. &quot;One of the big things with this league is everybody has family, kids, social lives, family and work obligations. It&#39;s not like anybody is doing this full time.&quot;</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/local-semi-pro-football-team-may-finish-out-season-if-new-ownership-lined/43703#comments football Lyndonville Tigers pembroke sports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:22 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43703 at http://thebatavian.com Sen. Schumer proposes name for new WNY Veterans Cemetery http://thebatavian.com/cantaur3/sen-schumer-proposes-name-new-wny-veterans-cemetery/43567 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/31865/2014/wny_veterans_cemetery.jpg" /></p> <p>With a vast meadow in the heart of Pembroke stretching before him, Sen. Charles Schumer envisioned its new purpose. &quot;We stand in front of hallowed ground,&quot; he said.</p> <p>The site has been selected for a new Western New York Veterans Cemetery. This was Schumer&#39;s first visit to the location since it was chosen.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;With so many thousands of local veterans,&rdquo; Schumer continued, &ldquo;it was an insult to Western New York not to have a National Veterans Cemetery close for loved ones to pay their respects.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">The 132-acre parcel located at Route 77 and Indian Falls Road, Pembroke, is about 100 miles closer to Western New Yorkers than its sister in Bath, Steuben County.</p> <p class="p1">At a gathering Monday, Schumer, alongside former military members and their families, proposed the new site to be named after local war hero William J. &ldquo;Wild Bill&rdquo; Donovan.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo; &lsquo;Wild Bill&rsquo; Donovan is a true Western New York Hero,&rdquo; Schumer said. &ldquo;I cannot think of any better way to commorate his life and honor our region&rsquo;s veterans than by naming the Western New York Veterans Cemetery the &lsquo;General William Donovan Western New York Veterans&rsquo; Cemetery.&#39; &rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">However, not all veterans received the proposed name with enthusiasm.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Placing a name on a building is nice,&rdquo; Joy Joyce, Oakfield-Alabama American Legion Post 626 vice commander, said. &ldquo;But what makes this general any more important than other veterans?&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;It doesn&#39;t matter who it&#39;s named for, it&rsquo;s what it stands for,&rdquo; said Vietnam Veterans of America New York State Council Western District Director Ted Wilkinson. &ldquo;General Donovan is a respected man and deserves to be recognized. He should be an inspiration for people to come here.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;I look at it as, by giving (the cemetery) an individual name, it gives it a tourist-attraction appeal,&rdquo; said veterans advocate Patrick Welch. &ldquo;By using a name, it will give people an opportunity to do the research; it&#39;s a way to honor an individual. From a historical standpoint, Donovan&rsquo;s career (and its impact) spans the 1800s to the 21st Century.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">Donovan was born to immigrant parents in Buffalo, and attended St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and Niagara University. He remains the only American to earn all four of the highest military awards in the United States: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal. Furthermore, he earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as honors from several other nations for his service during both World War I and II.</p> <p class="p1">Additionally, Donovan founded the Office of Strategic Services, currently known as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&ldquo;We are alive today because of Bill Donovan,&rdquo; Schumer said. &ldquo;People don&rsquo;t realize it, but praise God there hasn&rsquo;t been another terrorist incident that succeeded like the one on 9/11. That&rsquo;s because our CIA, as well as our NSA, our Navy SEALs, and all of our armed forces have done a great job.</p> <p class="p2">&ldquo;(The terrorists) have tried,&rdquo; he continued. &ldquo;Believe me, I read the intelligence documents. I know. But because these people (CIA) are so good and unknown ... people don&rsquo;t know one tenth of what they know, and it all started with Bill Donovan.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">In addition to the 132 acres currently procured, Robert and Frances Haegar have offered their 60-acre plot of land adjacent to the cemetery -- to enlarge the site to the 200 acres originally wanted. Robert Haegar is a 30-year veteran with the Navy Reserves.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;The land was my grandfathers farm,&rdquo; Frances Haegar said. &ldquo;It needs to have a purpose. We can&rsquo;t do anything with it and it hurts me to see it go wild. It feels great for the land to be used for a veterans&#39; cemetery.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;My father helped with this land. I spent my childhood here,&rdquo; she continued. &ldquo;It is a pretty site and it needs something to put it back to a nice site.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">The 60 acres will not only increase the size of the cemetery, but will also allow for better access.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Hopefully we will live long enough to see this completed,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p class="p1">According to Schumer, the hope is that groundbreaking will take place at some point next year and 2016 for the first veteran to be interned.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;There is an old saying,&rdquo; Wilkinson said. &ldquo;Never judge a vet by the medals on his chest.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" src="/files/users/31865/2014/wny_veterans_cemetery_1.jpg" /></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" src="/files/users/31865/2014/wny_veterans_cemetery_3.jpg" /></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" src="/files/users/31865/2014/wny_veterans_cemetery_2.jpg" /></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" src="/files/users/31865/2014/wny_veterans_cemetery_4.jpg" /></p> <p class="p1"></p> http://thebatavian.com/cantaur3/sen-schumer-proposes-name-new-wny-veterans-cemetery/43567#comments pembroke Sen. Schumer Veterans Cemetery Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:16:44 +0000 Julia Ferrini 43567 at http://thebatavian.com Pembroke youngsters selling 'Kool-Aid for Cancer' this summer http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pembroke-youngsters-selling-kool-aid-cancer-summer/43436 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/koolaidforcancer.jpg" /></p> <p>A group of young go-getters in Pembroke are doing what a lot of children do in the summer -- setting up a lemonade stand, but these kids aren&#39;t aiming to build a fortune. They&#39;re trying to raise funds to support cancer research.</p> <p>Making the pitch for your donations by selling Kool-Aid, iced tea, lemonade and bottled water are Abigail Wasielewski, Alyssa Klecker (bother of Austin Heinemean who has been in the news before because of his fight to beat cancer), Zachary Wasielewski (also Austin&#39;s brother) and Alexandria Wasielewski.</p> <p>The youths will be set up periodically throughout the summer at 2337 Main Road, Pembroke.</p> <p>All proceeds will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.</p> <p><em>Photo and information submitted by Steven Wasielewski.</em></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pembroke-youngsters-selling-kool-aid-cancer-summer/43436#comments pembroke Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:22:37 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43436 at http://thebatavian.com