http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/438/ en Darien Lake rolls out two new rides for 2015 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/darien-lake-rolls-out-two-new-rides-2015/46621 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darienlakefeb122015.jpg" /></p> <p>Darien Lake Theme Park draws thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over Western New York each summer, but General Manager Chris Thorpe says Genesee County residents are going to be especially pleased with what they find at the park this season.</p> <p>Two new massive rides are going to add a lot more value for season-pass holders, he said, and local season-pass holders are an important customer base.</p> <p>&quot;We are excited to present these two new attractions this year,&quot; Thorpe said. &quot;We think it cements us as the best entertainment value in Western New York, particularly from a local perspective. For Batavia residents, local Genesee County residents, our season pass will offer so much more this year. We&#39;re excited to give them the opportunity to come out and visit the park frequently, over and over, to see what a great value we are.&quot;</p> <p>The new rides are called Brain Drain and Rolling Thunder.</p> <p>Brain Drain is a massive, seven-story waterslide that offers twin free-fall drops through tubes that loop and cross, with riders zooming through at 38 feet per second until they&#39;re blasted into a pool of water at the base.</p> <p>Riders start in an enclosed launch capsule, with both riders dropping into the tube simultaneously when the floor beneath them gives way.</p> <p>Roling Thunder is a compact steel loop that stands 73 feet at its apex and propels&nbsp;24 riders at time through a closed loop on a high-speed train. The ride hangs&nbsp;passengers upside down and rockets back and forth through the loop.</p> <p>Construction will begin soon and the rides are expected to be ready for opening day, May 9.</p> <p>The expansion gives the park 47 rides for visitors to choose from, with enough variety to please all guests, Thorpe said.</p> <p>&quot;There&#39;s so much to do, but what&#39;s even better, is there&#39;s something for everybody in the family here,&quot; said Thorpe, who is originally from Buffalo and first started working at Darien Lake in 1995, rising to the level of general manager, transferring to other theme parks for the past couple of years and now returns home.</p> <p>Noting how important Darien Lake is to the local economy in the jobs it creates and the tourism dollars it attracts, Chamber President Tom Turnbull said it was great to see the theme park adding rides.</p> <p>&quot;One of the things I&#39;ve learned from our friends at Darien Lake -- they&#39;ve kind of schooled me on the amusement park business -- is how important attractions are in driving attendance,&quot; Turnbull said. &quot;To have not just one new attraction, but two new attractions means, I think, we can expect a banner year at Darien Lake.&quot;</p> <p>Adding rides is a departure from last year&#39;s strategy to draw visitors to the park, using entertainment, such as the Harlem Globetrotters, a Latin music festival, and, of course, Nik Wallenda to draw in crowds.</p> <p>To be sure, Wallenda brought guests to the park, but he&#39;s moving on to other venues this season and Thrope said the new rides are a good fit for what the park already offers.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ll still have our traditional entertainment in place, the magic shows and things like that, but last year&#39;s focus was Nik Wallenda, which was a very strong attraction,&quot; Thorpe said. &quot;This year, we&#39;re going more with a hardware focus and looking at attractions that will peak people&#39;s interest.&quot;</p> <p>The park will still work to maintain its identity as a destination with strong Western New York roots, Thorpe said, a branding effort begun by park management two seasons ago.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s important for us to be woven into the cultural fabric of Western New York and those things like the Anchor Bar and Tim Horton&#39;s and all the local vendors we work with are critically important to our success,&quot; Thorpe said.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darienlakefeb122015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Chris Thorpe </em><em>explaining</em><em>&nbsp;Rolling Thunder.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darienlakefeb122015c.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Tom Turnbull</em></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/darien-lake-rolls-out-two-new-rides-2015/46621#comments business Darien darien lake theme park tourism Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:37:18 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46621 at http://thebatavian.com Photos: Annual installation dinner for Darien Volunteer Fire Department http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-annual-installation-dinner-darien-volunteer-fire-department/46553 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darieninstallfeb72015.jpg" /></p> <p>Among the highlights of Friday&#39;s installation dinner for the Darien Volunteer Fire Department was the recognition of William Brunea for his 60 years of dedicated service to the department. Joining Brunea was his wife of 65 years, Irene.</p> <p>Jeffrey Luker was named Firefighter of the Year.</p> <p>Becca Neeland received the department&#39;s annual scholarship, which was presented by Cheryl Furlong.</p> <p>The line officers sworn in Friday were Joseph &quot;China&quot; Marino Jr., chief; Jeffrey Luker, 1st assistant chief, David McGreevy, 2nd assistant chief, Mark Starczewski, 3rd assistant chief, Kenneth Fisher, fire captain, Paul Redden, fire lieutenant, William Brunea, fire police captain, and McGreevy, mechanic.</p> <p>The department responded to 308 calls in 2014.</p> <p>It currently has 39 active members, three probationary active members, 14 associate members, two active life members and 19 retired life members, for 77 total membership.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darieninstallfeb72015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darieninstallfeb72015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darieninstallfeb72015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darieninstallfeb72015-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/darieninstallfeb72015-6.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-annual-installation-dinner-darien-volunteer-fire-department/46553#comments Darien Darien Volunteer Fire Department fire services Sun, 08 Feb 2015 04:45:29 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46553 at http://thebatavian.com Crash at routes 20 and 238, unknown injuries http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/crash-routes-20-and-238-unknown-injuries/46339 <p>A motor-vehicle accident, unknown injuries, is reported at routes 20 and 238. Darien fire and ambulance and Mercy medics are responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: This is a pickup truck vs. car accident. Both drivers are reportedly out of the vehicles, talking. The vehicles are off the road; traffic is not blocked.</p> <p>UPDATE 12:11 p.m.: A second Mercy rig is called in lieu of Darien&#39;s ambulance.</p> <p>UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: The Darien assignment is back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/crash-routes-20-and-238-unknown-injuries/46339#comments accidents Darien Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:51:50 +0000 Billie Owens 46339 at http://thebatavian.com Two-car accident reported on Genesee Street, Darien http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-car-accident-reported-genesee-street-darien/46166 <p>A two-car accident occurred at 418 Genesee St., Darien.</p> <p>The initial report had a subject complaining of a head injury. A minor head injury and a minor leg injury are reported.</p> <p>The cars are no longer blocking.</p> <p>The location is just before County Line Road.</p> <p>Darien fire and ambulance dispatched. Corfu dispatched mutual aid.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:56 a.m.: A second ambulance is requested to the scene. Mercy EMS dispatched.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-car-accident-reported-genesee-street-darien/46166#comments accident Darien Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:46:05 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46166 at http://thebatavian.com Car crash on Broadway Road, Darien http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-crash-broadway-road-darien/46158 <p>A motor-vehicle accident is reported at 234 Broadway Road, Darien. An adult and a young child may be injured. They are out of the vehicle. Darien fire is responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:58 p.m.: Command requests Mercy medics to respond. The location is between Harlow and County Line roads.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-crash-broadway-road-darien/46158#comments accident Darien Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:56:20 +0000 Billie Owens 46158 at http://thebatavian.com Darien town justice tapped as new member of County Legislature http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/darien-town-justice-tapped-new-member-county-legislature/46122 <p>A Town of Darien justice has been tapped to become the newest member of the Genesee County Legislature.</p> <p>Michael Davis, a town justice for about five years and employee of the Upstate Niagara Milk Cooperative, will replace Annie Lawrence, who resigned to become Town of Pembroke supervisor.</p> <p>County Republicans selected Davis to fill the vacant seat -- which must be filled under county law by a person from the same party as the person who left the seat -- and Wednesday, the Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously to recommend the appointment to the full legislature.</p> <p>The legislative vote is expected at the start of its meeting next week and Davis would be sworn into office immediately.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before then, Davis is expected to resign as town justice.</p> <p>The committee also reappointed&nbsp;Lori Longhany as the Democratic Party&#39;s commissioner on the Board of Elections.</p> <p>Also on Wednesday, the committee approved the hiring of&nbsp;Ruth Spink as director of the Office for the Aging, who will replace Pamela Whitmore. Whitmore is retiring at the end of the month.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/darien-town-justice-tapped-new-member-county-legislature/46122#comments county legislature Darien pembroke Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:03:47 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46122 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Arrest made in concession stand burglary in Oakfield http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-arrest-made-concession-stand-burglary-oakfield/46048 <p><strong>Brandon P. Matteson</strong>, 18, of Dutton Road, Silver Springs, is charged with burglary, 3rd. Matteson is accused of stealing from a locked concessions stand in an Oakfield Park.</p> <p><strong>Gary D. Piazza</strong>, 59, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Piazza is accused of shoplifting from the gas station at 99 Jackson St., Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Michael B. Neth</strong>, 37, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Neth allegedly pushed another person to the ground. The alleged incident was reported at 11:15 p.m., Saturday.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Steven R. Columbo</strong>, 28, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Columbo allegedly grabbed the arm of another person hard enough to cause dark bruising and substantial pain. The alleged incident was reported at 9:51 p.m., Wednesday.</p> <p>A 16-year-old resident of Dellinger Avenue was charged with trespass. The youth was allegedly on property on Liberty Street without permission. Also charged with trespass at the same location was <strong>Destiny N. Green</strong>, 18, of Walnut Street, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>David Mobley Schmieder</strong>, 20, of Silver Road, Bethany, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and moving from the lane unsafely. Schmieder was stopped at 2:37 a.m. Thursday on Erie Street, Darien, by Deputy Andrew Hale.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-arrest-made-concession-stand-burglary-oakfield/46048#comments batavia Bethany crime Darien Oakfield Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:40:33 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46048 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Missing youth located, arrested on warrant after fleeing from house http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-missing-youth-located-arrested-warrant-after-fleeing-house/45761 <p><strong>Preston S. Daigler</strong><span>, 16, of Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road, Oakfield, is charged with resisting arrest. Daigler was wanted on a </span><span>warrant out of City Court on an endangering the welfare of a child charge. He was also a reported missing person out of Orleans County. Daigler was located at his residence when the Sheriff&#39;s Office attempted to place him under arrest. Daigler jumped from a second-story window and fled into a wooded area behind his residence. Daigler was located about two hours later hiding in a dumpster at a nearby local business. He was treated at UMMC for exposure and then arraigned in Oakfield Town Court. He was jailed on $5,000 bail.</span></p> <p><strong>Kevin Michael Lampman</strong>, 41, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, harassment, 2nd, and aggravated family offense. Lampman is accused of trying to bite a woman in the face during an argument. There was allegedly an order of protection in place at the time of the incident. Lampman was jailed on $10,000 cash bail.</p> <p><strong>Christina AnnMarie Deluna</strong>, 34, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Deluna is accused of stealing $576.72 in merchandise from Walmart. She was located five days later at her residence and issued an appearance ticket.</p> <p><strong>John Frederick Lightfoot II</strong>, 21, of Roslyn Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant out of Lancaster for an unlawful possession of marijuana charge.</p> <p><strong>Anthony Michael Vanille</strong>, 55, of Broadway Road, Attica, is charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol and speed in excess of 55 mph. Vanille was stopped at 8:14 p.m., Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Michael John Valentino</strong>, 48, of Hilltop Court, West Seneca, is charged with DWAI (combined influence of drugs), criminal possession of a stimulant, 4th, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, 2nd, criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Valentino was stopped at 2:37 a.m. Sunday on Oak Orchard Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona. He was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana and related paraphernalia. He also allegedly possessed a weapon at the time of his arrest.</p> <p>A 17-year-old resident of Spring Road, Alexander, is charged with harassment, 2nd. The youth is accused of striking another person at Alexander High School.</p> <p><strong>Raymond Lundy Kelley</strong>, 24, of Ellsworth Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Kelley is accused of shoplifting at Walmart.</p> <p><strong>Grayson Carl Stock</strong>, 22, of Sunset Parkway, Oakfield, is charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument. Stock was allegedly found in possession of a hypodermic instrument while at a location on West Main Street, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Jamie Lee Steinhardt</strong>, 22, of Sumner Road, Darien, is charged with petit larceny. Steinhardt is accused of shoplifting at Walmart.</p> <p><strong>Brandon Aaron Barclay</strong>, 27, of Big Tree Road, Pavilion, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Barclay allegedly violated an order of protection by having contact with a protected party.</p> <p><strong>Cassandra Ann Jimenez</strong>, 26, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, is charged with petit larceny. Jimenez is accused of going through the self-checkout line at Walmart, scanning several but not all of the items in her cart. She then allegedly passed the checkout area with $128.63 in unpaid items in her cart.</p> <p><strong>Morgan L. Cox Jr.</strong>, 22, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and harassment, 2nd. Cox was allegedly involved in a domestic incident in violation of an order of protection.</p> <p>A 16-year-old resident of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal diversion of prescription medication, 4th.The youth was allegedly involved in a trade of prescription medication for cigarettes at Batavia High School. Batavia PD withheld the name of the suspect. An unnamed 17-year-old resident of Highland Park, Batavia, was also arrested.</p> <p>A 17-year-old resident of Williams Street, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct. The youth was allegedly involved in a fight at Batavia High School.<span> Batavia PD withheld the name of the suspect.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Amber L. Ostrander</strong>, 24, of Morrow Road, Pavilion, was arrested on warrant for alleged failure to appear. Ostrander allegedly failed to appear on a charge stemming from her arrest in August for driving on a suspended license.</span></p> <p><strong>Danielle M. Cravatta</strong>, 30, of Walden Creek Drive, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly issuing a bad check in November, 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Gregory A. Emerson</strong>, 32, of Park Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Emerson was stopped at 1:04 a.m. Friday on Richmond Avenue, Batavia, by Officer Peter Flanagan.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-missing-youth-located-arrested-warrant-after-fleeing-house/45761#comments batavia alexander crime Darien Oakfield Pavilion Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:33:58 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45761 at http://thebatavian.com Car vs. tractor-trailer crash at Route 20 and Alleghany Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-vs-tractor-trailer-crash-route-20-and-alleghany-road/45682 <p>A car vs. tractor-trailer accident is reported at the intersection of Route 20 and Alleghany Road. Unknown injuries, but it is believed the car is pinned underneath the tractor-trailer. Darien Fire Department and medics are responding. Mercy Flight in Buffalo is on a ground standby.</p> <p>UPDATE 4:43 p.m.: Injuries are reported to be minor.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-vs-tractor-trailer-crash-route-20-and-alleghany-road/45682#comments accidents Darien Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:41:50 +0000 Billie Owens 45682 at http://thebatavian.com Weather notes for Friday evening http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/weather-notes-friday-evening/45609 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/10752688_10152534871992613_597520851_o.jpg" /></p> <p>Top photo, members of the Oakfield Fire Department assist the Alexander Fire Department in clearing snow from the rec hall in Alexander (photo submitted by&nbsp;Jeff Christensen).</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/nyfdwaterescue12014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/img959206.jpg" /></p> <p>Six special rescue trucks from the New York City Fire Department, part of a special task force, were at the Home Depot in Batavia today on their way to Buffalo. The trucks were specifically designed and built for high-water rescues following Hurricane Sandy. The trucks were sent to WNY in anticipation of flooding Monday with warmer weather, rain and snow melt. The vehicles can carry up to 16 people each through high water. (Photos submitted by Steve Hynes Fisher)</p> <p>Some coverage from <em>The Batavian</em>&#39;s news partner, 13WHAM:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/cleaning-up-snow-genesee-county-17889.shtml" target="_blank">Cleaning up snow in Genesee County</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/roof-collapses-becoming-concern-17897.shtml" target="_blank">Roof collapses becoming a concern</a></li> </ul> <p>The Thruway Authority announced the I-90 has reopened.</p> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p><span>Motorists should be aware of the following restrictions:</span></p> <ul> <li> Thruway (I-90) between Exit 50A (Cleveland Drive) and Exit 61 (Ripley &ndash; Pennsylvania state line)&nbsp;will be limited to essential travel only, including travel needed to exit the region, deliver necessary supplies, and remove snow. In this section, all exits are open wherever localities have lifted travel bans.</li> </ul> <p>The following exits remain closed to traffic&nbsp;exiting from the Thruway, although traffic is permitted to enter at these locations:</p> <ul> <li> Exit 56 (Blasdell -- Orchard Park -- Mile Strip Road -- NY Route 179)</li> <li> Exit 57 (Hamburg -- East Aurora -- NY Route 75)</li> <li> Exit 57A (Eden --&nbsp; Angola)</li> <li> Exit 58 (Silver Creek -- Irving -- NY Routes 5, 20 &amp; 438)</li> <li> I-190 (Niagara Thruway)&nbsp;is open, but there is no access to Exit 1 (South Ogden) through Exit 5 (Hamburg &ndash; Louisiana).</li> </ul> <p>The Town of Darien office is closed until 9 a.m., Monday.</p> <p>Photo -- Steve Ferry digging out the Bartlett residence in Darien:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/ferrydarien.jpg" /></p> <p>John Brown&#39;s car in Alexander this morning:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/johnbrowncar2014.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/weather-notes-friday-evening/45609#comments batavia alexander Darien Oakfield weather Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:06:29 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45609 at http://thebatavian.com Possible roof collapse reported at home on Herkimer Road, Darien http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/possible-roof-collapse-reported-home-herkimer-road-darien/45569 <p>A resident on Herkimer Road is reporting a crack in the ceiling of the house and is concerned about the roof collapsing.</p> <p>Darien fire dispatched. One engine from Corfu is requested to the scene.</p> <p>The Darien code enforcement officer is also in route, via tractor.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:55 a.m.: There is no collapse. Darien fire going back in service. Code enforcement to continue to the scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 8 a.m.: A resident Reynolds Road, Darien, is reporting a possible collapse of the roof over the porch.</p> <p>UPDATE 8:09 a.m.: There is a report of a possible partial barn collapse in the area of Walkers Road and Simonds Road. There may be cattle inside. This is coming to dispatchers third hand and hasn&#39;t been confirmed.</p> <p>UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: All available manpower to Corfu fire hall. One engine to fill in at Darien Fire Hall.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:57 p.m.: The resident of a home at 10218 Colby Road in Darien Center reports the roof is possibly collapsing or in danger of doing so because of heavy snow piled on it. Darien fire is responding.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/possible-roof-collapse-reported-home-herkimer-road-darien/45569#comments corfu Darien Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:43:06 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45569 at http://thebatavian.com Photos: Dealing with heavy snow in Darien http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-dealing-heavy-snow-darien/45563 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014.jpg" /></p> <p>Here are some shots of how things looked in Darien this morning after the town received several feet of snow over the previous 24 hours.</p> <p>Crews and trucks were brought in from Wyoming and Livingston counties to assist the town, county and state drivers and equipment.</p> <p>And residents were finding any way they could just to clear a path from their front door to the street, such as the Klug family on Sumner Road (top photo). They are, from back, Frank, Jessica, Dawn and Val.</p> <p>Frank said he just wanted to clear a walking path in case of an emergency. He wasn&#39;t even worrying about getting the driveway clear for the four cars buried in the snow.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>On Route 20, Austin Heberlein, standing, was lending a hand to his father Mark and brother Zach (neither are pictured) as they tried to extricate his mother&#39;s car out of a snow bank.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-3.jpg" /></p> <p>A state DOT snow blower on Route 20 in Alexander. There were even bigger snow blower trucks brought in, but we didn&#39;t get to see one of those in action (in the slide show is a picture of one, however).</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-4.jpg" /></p> <p>The view northbound on Harlow Road.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-5.jpg" /></p> <p>Close to two hours after the top photo was taken, this plow was finally reaching the south end of Harlow Road.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-6.jpg" /></p> <p>Digging out on Fargo Road.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-7.jpg" /></p> <p>It wasn&#39;t all work in Darien this morning. Micheal and Tucker Pfenninger had great fun playing on the giant mound of snow Dad made in the process of clearing the driveway of their Fargo Road home.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-8.jpg" /></p> <p>A Livingston County snow blower on Bell Road.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-9.jpg" /></p> <p>Residents blowing snow at a home at Sumner Road and Route 77.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-10.jpg" /></p> <p>A resident tries to build a path from his home to the street on Sumner Road. When I came back nearly an hour later, he hadn&#39;t made much more progress.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/dariensnownov192014-11.jpg" /></p> <p>Taken on Route 98, Alexander. There additional scenic shots in the slide show.</p> <p><em>To purchase prints, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p69651702" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=0426ccf60ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe> <p>Here&#39;s some video from today from <em>The Batavian</em>&#39;s news partner, 13WHAM</p> <p>Oops, I can&#39;t embed video and embed a slide show in the same post. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA2DgN4emvE" target="_blank">Click here to view the 13WHAM video</a>.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-dealing-heavy-snow-darien/45563#comments Darien weather Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:48:27 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45563 at http://thebatavian.com Snow plow needed to reach CO poisoning victim on Route 20, Darien http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/snow-plow-needed-reach-co-poisoning-victim-route-20-darien/45537 <p>A person in a vehicle has reportedly suffered CO poisoning on Route 20 in Darien. The ambulance is unable to reach the location and a snow plow is requested to respond.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:19 p.m.: We&#39;ve heard no further updates on this situation.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/snow-plow-needed-reach-co-poisoning-victim-route-20-darien/45537#comments Darien Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:51:50 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45537 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Alleged driving while license revoked lands Wyoming couple in trouble http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-alleged-driving-while-license-revoked-lands-wyoming-couple-trouble/45523 <p><strong>Christian J. Finkney</strong><span>, 26, of South Academy Street, Wyoming, is charged with 18 counts of criminal contempt, 2nd, aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation.&nbsp;</span><strong>Ashly N. Boatwright</strong><span>, 27, of South Academy Street, Wyoming, is charged with 18 counts of facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and one count of circumventing an interlock device. Finkney allegedly drove a vehicle 18 times in Genesee County while his license was revoked for an alcohol-related offense. Darien Town Court reportedly directed Finkney not to drive until his privileges were reinstated by the DMV. Finkney was arraigned in Batavia, Darien, Alexander, Pembroke and Bethany and jailed on $10,000 bail. Boatwright is accused of allowing Finkney to drive a vehicle registered to her on 18 occasions. She is also accused of blowing into an interlock device to circumvent the device.</span></p> <p><strong>Nathan Robert Arnold</strong>, 22, of Terry Street, Byron, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Arnold was allegedly involved in a fight with a person protected from him by court order. He was jailed on $5,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Jamie Michelle Lauck</strong><span>, 27, of Spencer Court, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 and parking in the highway. The Sheriff&#39;s Office received a report at 12:51 a.m. Sunday on Colby Road, Darien. Lauck was allegedly located in a vehicle stopped in the roadway by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.</span></p> <p><strong>Louis James Stoller Jr.</strong>, 22, of Erie Street, Le Roy, is charged with burglary, 2nd, and petit larceny. Stoller is accused of entering a residence on South Street Road, Le Roy, with the intent of taking the dog from the residence. He was jailed on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Damian Christopher Woodruff</strong>, 32, of Walmore Road, Niagara Falls, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Woodruff was stopped by Deputy Patrick Reeves on federal game lands on Sour Springs Road, Alabama. He was allegedly hunting without a permit. He allegedly was found in possession of a shotgun, in violation of the law barring convicted felons of possessing firearms.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Nathaniel Michael Dickes</strong>, 21, of Broadway Street, Oakfield, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Dickes was allegedly involved in a fight at 9:57 pm., Saturday, at a location on Webber Avenue, Oakfield, in which Dickes allegedly pushed and grabbed another person and threw an object at that person.</p> <p><strong>Donald Ivan Manes</strong>, 58, of Lewiston Road, Basom, is charged with DWI, refusal to take breath test, misuse of dealer plate, speeding (74 in a 55 mph zone) and failure to keep right. Manes was stopped at 2:06 a.m. Sunday on Kelsey Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona.</p> <p><strong>Kristen Irene Merriam</strong>, 33, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Merriam was charged following a traffic stop at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Clinton Street Road, Stafford, by Deputy Joseph Corona.</p> <p><strong>Bryan D. Bates</strong>, 35, of Mill Street, Batavia, is charged with conspiracy, falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement and offering a false instrument, 1st. Bates allegedly reported an incident that did not occur and providing a false written statement. Bates is being held on a parole violation.</p> <p><strong>Tyler J. Warfle</strong>, 19, of Chapel Street, Elba, is charged with five counts of identify theft, 3rd. Warfle is accused of using the debit card of another person without permission.</p> <p><strong>Mark T. Zdrojewski</strong>, 61, of Meyer Road, Pendleton, is charged with issuing a bad check. Zdrojewski was arrested on a warrant.&nbsp;</p> <p>A 17-year-old resident of Liberty Street in Batavia was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. He was taken into custody during an investigation of an unrelated complaint.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-alleged-driving-while-license-revoked-lands-wyoming-couple-trouble/45523#comments batavia alexander Bethany byron crime Darien Oakfield pembroke Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:38:27 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45523 at http://thebatavian.com Car crash with injuries on Colby Road in Darien http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-crash-injuries-colby-road-darien/45275 <p>A two-car accident with injuries is reported at 10153 Colby Road in Darien. Darien fire is responding along with Mercy medics. The location is between Sumner and Sharrick roads. It is blocking traffic. Law enforcement is also en route.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:39 p.m.: One person is complaining of head pain.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-crash-injuries-colby-road-darien/45275#comments accidents Darien Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:37:03 +0000 Billie Owens 45275 at http://thebatavian.com