http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/445/ en Law and Order: Woman accused of providing alcohol to four minors http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-woman-accused-providing-alcohol-four-minors/46391 <p><strong>Carolina M. Frias</strong>, 34, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal nuisance. Frias is accused of providing alcohol to four juveniles at her residence.</p> <p><strong>Kimberly A. Brodsky</strong>, 23, of Elm Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a traffic ticket. Brodsky turned herself in to Batavia PD. Brodsky&#39;s mother posted $250 bail.</p> <p><strong>Marene</strong><strong> A. Donnelly</strong>, 29, of Oak Orchard East, Albion, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly parking after hours on city streets. She turned herself in to Batavia PD.</p> <p><strong>Kelly A. Kasper</strong>, 44, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Kasper is accused of causing pain to a child during a domestic incident. She was jailed on $3,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Kurt Wayne Tripp</strong>, 58, of Bernd Road, Le Roy, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely and refusal to take breath test. Tripp was arrested following a report of a vehicle on fire in a field at 7:53 p.m. Monday on Buckley Road, Stafford. It&#39;s alleged that Tripp drove a 2006 Chevrolet pickup while intoxicated when it travelled off the west shoulder of the road and eventually caught fire.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-woman-accused-providing-alcohol-four-minors/46391#comments batavia crime Le Roy Stafford Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:58:08 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46391 at http://thebatavian.com Assistant city manager reports on issues with new emergency radio system, and fixes http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/assistant-city-manager-reports-issues-new-emergency-radio-system-and-fixes/46369 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/gretpresojan262014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>They call it &quot;the Lt. Whitcomb incident,&quot; Assistant City Manager Gretchen DiFante told the City Council Monday night.</p> <p>Jeff Whitcomb, a city fire officer, was leading a group of firefighters into a burning building at Ellicott and Swan streets Sept. 18 when he tried to radio critical information to his scene commander, Chief Jim Maxwell.</p> <p>Whitcomb couldn&#39;t get a &quot;grant tone.&quot;</p> <p>That radio message comes from the dispatch center and signals the radio channel is clear and the responder in the field can transmit. Without it, the radio in the responder&#39;s hand is not much more than a brick.</p> <p>After the meeting, Maxwell confirmed there was an issue with Whitcomb&#39;s attempt to transmit that day.</p> <p>&quot;What happened there was the lieutenant was inside and he was trying to radio out and he couldn&#39;t, so we thought it was a system failure because he couldn&#39;t get the grant tone,&quot; Maxwell said. &quot;After we submitted the problem report we got a response back from Harris that the system worked the way it was supposed (to). We were operating at the fire ground on the same channel they dispatch on and dispatch has priority.&quot;</p> <p>The inability for a firefighter in a burning building to transmit, even if only delayed by seconds, can mean the difference between life and death.</p> <p>&quot;This was a major turning point for us,&quot; DiFante said. &quot;That&#39;s when I went to my boss and said, &#39;oh, boy, Mr. Molino, we&#39;ve got to do something about this.&#39; &quot;</p> <p>DiFante recognized immediately that not only were lives at stake, but as a matter of her fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers, the city faced a potentially monstrous liability issue if police officers and firefighters were saddled with a communication system that made them vulnerable in moments of crisis.</p> <p>A year ago, the county switched communication systems for police and fire to a $10 million digital system designed and built by Rochester-based Harris RF.</p> <p>The need for the new system was largely driven by the FCC and Homeland Security, with a goal of freeing up the frequencies used by the old system and improving interoperability between local departments on a nationwide basis.</p> <p>The grant money available for the new system came with a hard deadline for launching the Harris system.</p> <p>Typically, a new communications system can be tested and refined over an 18-month period, which is what Ontario County did, DiFante said.</p> <p>Genesee County got no time to test its new system before the old system was shut down.</p> <p>When DiFante researched the issue, she found other jurisdictions facing similar issues with the Harris system. Miami-Dade County had to buy a new system. Las Vegas is tied up in a lawsuit with Harris. Oakland PD has had trouble, including 35 minutes of downtime when President Obama was in town.</p> <p>The issue, however, she said, isn&#39;t with Harris. It&#39;s the nature of digital technology. Anybody with cable TV, she said, understands that digital technology is subject to disruption.</p> <p>&quot;Digital technology is great when it works, but when it doesn&#39;t, it causes things to happen,&quot; DiFante said.</p> <p>So DiFante asked her contact at Harris which agency was doing the best with the new system, and she was told, without a doubt, Ontario County.</p> <p>In her first contact with a communications director in Ontario County, he had a reaction she found common during her research -- those poor people in Genesee County.</p> <p>&quot;You know what he said -- everybody says the same thing when you tell them you&#39;re from Genesee County, &#39;you know what Gretchen, those poor people over in Genesee County and what they had to do,&#39; &quot; DiFante said.</p> <p>From Ontario County, she was given the name of a consultant whom Harris is now paying to help the county resolve some of the issues facing the system.</p> <p>This research, she said, led to the City Fire Department changing its communication protocol.</p> <p>The volunteer departments in the county are going to the same procedure.</p> <p>It won&#39;t be until March, DiFante said, before all the radios are reprogrammed.</p> <p>The new system will require scene commanders to carry two radios. One will be used for communicating with dispatch. The other will be tuned to an analog tactical channel, which will be the channel used by firefighters use to communicate with each other while at a fire scene.</p> <p>There will no longer be an issue with dispatch communications taking priority on the same channel with firefighter-to-firefighter communication.</p> <p>There remain issues with the system DiFante said, though things have improved dramatically for both the police department and fire department over the past several months.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re very close to resolution,&quot; DiFante said. &quot;What&#39;s happened since October is exciting. I can sleep better at night. This is the only thing that has kept me awake at night since I started my job.&quot;</p> <p>Chief Shawn Heubusch agreed that when the new radio system was first introduced, he was troubled by the communications issues and concerned about the safety of his officers.</p> <p>&quot;There are some issues, as with any new product that is out there,&quot; Heubusch said. &quot;It&#39;s constantly being tweaked. As she mentioned, it takes 18 months to vet these things. We didn&#39;t have that kind of time, so to put one consultant&#39;s words out there, &#39;we watched sausage being made.&#39; Nobody wants to see sausage being made.&quot;</p> <p>While DiFante held up folders full of trouble reports filed by the city with the county about the radio system, Heubusch said most of those trouble reports were filed months ago.</p> <p>&quot;They&#39;ve made great strides in correcting the issues,&quot; Heubusch said.</p> <p>Sheriff Gary Maha confirmed this morning that the county has not received a trouble report from the city since November.</p> <p>Every radio system has its own issues, Heubusch said. The old system had dead spots in the city, and going back even further, when dispatch was handled by City PD, officers knew there were certain buildings -- such as the Harvester complex -- where they would be out of radio contact while inside.</p> <p>&quot;There are certain inherent dangers to public safety work that we&nbsp;kind of just take for granted, that we understand are out there,&quot; Heubusch said. &quot;Digital technology has come a long way since it was implemented and again we are working on the issues that are in play with this system now and they&#39;ve made great strides in making our officers and fire officers much safer.&quot;</p> <p>There are issues, DiFante said, with gain control and voice fluctuations.</p> <p>She also said there are still significant issues with coverage areas in Le Roy, but declined during her presentation to go into detail.</p> <p>We spoke with Chief Chris Hayward, Le Roy PD, this morning and he confirmed there are ongoing issues that the county and Harris are working diligently to try and resolve.</p> <p>There&#39;s one section of the village and some sections of the Town of Le Roy where the radios don&#39;t work well.</p> <p>With the old system, the county had three antenna towers. The new system has six. One is on Cedar Street in Batavia, three are on the west end of the county, and there is one in Bergen and another in Pavilion.</p> <p>There isn&#39;t a tower in the middle of the east side of the county.</p> <p>A solution to Le Roy&#39;s dead-spot issue might be constructing a tower on Asbury Road.</p> <p>Putting in a repeater at that location was the solution in the 1990s when Le Roy PD and Fire had reception issues with the old system.</p> <p>Harris is running tests this week to try and identify any technology in the area that might be creating interference. At one time, there was concern that the LED lights on police cars were causing interference, but that has been ruled out, Hayward said.</p> <p>As for using a tac channel for firefighters, he said the Le Roy Fire Department came upon that solution to its communication issues soon after the new radios were operational.</p> <p>Hayward said he understands the county was put in this situation through no fault of its own and believes all involved are working to make things right.</p> <p>&quot;Hindsight is 20/20 and you can always ask, &#39;Why didn&#39;t think of this or why didn&#39;t think of that?&#39; but I think they did a pretty good job of thinking ahead,&quot; Hayward said.</p> <p>Heubusch also expressed confidence that everything possible is being done to ensure the county has a safe and reliable communications system for its emergency responders.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s the number-one priority with the county,&quot; Heubusch said. &quot;It&#39;s the number-one priority with the city. It&#39;s the&nbsp;number-one&nbsp;priority&nbsp;with&nbsp;Harris -- keep everybody out there safe.&quot;</p> <p>DiFante&#39;s presentation was only a portion of her 40-minute talk in front of City Council, which was really about all of the work she&#39;s done since becoming assistant city manager.</p> <p>Her overall responsibilities include overseeing administrative services, including finance, the clerk-treasure, personnel, information technology, the youth bureau and assessment; as well as programs such as the community rating system and insurance, with additional projects such as how to handle a burgeoning population of feral cats, the Redfield gateway and strategic planning.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/gretpresojan262014.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/assistant-city-manager-reports-issues-new-emergency-radio-system-and-fixes/46369#comments batavia communications Emergency Dispatch Le Roy Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:19:43 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46369 at http://thebatavian.com Knights bid retiring coaches a farewell at annual dinner http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/knights-bid-retiring-coaches-farewell-annual-dinner/46363 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/knightsdinnerjan252015.jpg" /></p> <p>Jim Bonacquisti roasted retiring Le Roy football coaches Andrew Paladino and Brian Moran at the team&#39;s annual post-season dinner Sunday at the Stafford Fire Hall.</p> <p>Paladino spent 30 years as the Oatkan Knights&#39; defensive coordinator. Moran was the head coach for 26 seasons and retired with 203 wins, a state championship and 14 sectional titles.</p> <p>The other coaches presented Paladino and Moran with rocking chairs.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/knightsdinnerjan252015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/knightsdinnerjan252015-3.jpg" /></p> <p>JV Assistant Coach Jeff&nbsp;Condidorio&nbsp;was presented with a signed football by Moran. Condidorio is retiring after nearly 40 years with the football program.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/knightsdinnerjan252015-4.jpg" /></p> <p>Moran called each player to the podium and spoke briefly about their season and their career with the team. The seniors each received a miniature, mounted football helmet with their numbers on it. Here he&#39;s with QB Mike McMullen.</p> <p><em>A slide show of more pictures will be posted later.</em></p> <p> <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=2041c2b90ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/knights-bid-retiring-coaches-farewell-annual-dinner/46363#comments football high school sports Le Roy sports Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:30:54 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46363 at http://thebatavian.com Le Roy beats Warsaw in girls hoops, 47-32 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-beats-warsaw-girls-hoops-47-32/46348 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/leroywarsawghoopsjan232015.jpg" /></p> <p>A 15-point second quarter built on a foundation of pressure defense helped Le Roy pull away from Warsaw on Friday night in a girls hoops matchup.</p> <p>The first quarter ended in a 9-9 tie, but a series of steals and pressured double-dribbles and travels gave the Knights extra scoring chances.</p> <p>&quot;That was probably the best defense we played all year,&quot; said Head Coach&nbsp;Brian Herdlein.</p> <p>Herdlein added that his girls staying out of foul trouble also helped move the Knights to a 4-9 record.</p> <p>The result was a 47-32 victory.</p> <p>Erin Cappotelli and Kayla Heimlich scored 10 points each for Le Roy, Paige Biggins, nine, and Ava Vescovi, eight.</p> <p>For Warsaw, Abbey Monahan had 10 points, Ashton Babbit had nine and Tammi Rutherford, six.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/leroywarsawghoopsjan232015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/leroywarsawghoopsjan232015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/leroywarsawghoopsjan232015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/leroywarsawghoopsjan232015-5.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p73627568" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-beats-warsaw-girls-hoops-47-32/46348#comments basketball high school sports Le Roy sports Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:08:02 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46348 at http://thebatavian.com Le Roy couple charged in vehicle thefts http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-couple-charged-vehicle-thefts/46327 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/charache_lauren2015.jpg" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/charache_duane2015.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Lauren Charache</em></td> <td> <em>Duane Charache</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of vehicle thefts in Le Roy, but the arrests only potentially solve two of the crimes, according to Le Roy PD.</p> <p>Lauren E. Charache, 35, and Duane J. Charache, 31, both of 115 Myrtle St., Le Roy, are charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, and one count of criminal mischief, 4th.</p> <p>Batavia PD first arrested&nbsp;Lauren Charache on Jan. 8 after she was allegedly found in possession of a stolen vehicle. She was charged in Batavia of criminal possession of stolen property, 2nd.</p> <p>Le Roy investigators say Lauren possessed the same vehicle on that same day in the Village of Le Roy, leading to another criminal possession of stolen property charge.</p> <p>Both Duane and Lauren possessed one of the vehicles, police say, and it was allegedly damaged through reckless use. The value of the damage exceeds $250.</p> <p>A third vehicle theft remains under investigation.</p> <p>Lauren was jailed on $10,000 bail and Duane was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-couple-charged-vehicle-thefts/46327#comments crime Le Roy Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:56:09 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46327 at http://thebatavian.com Genesee County firefighters working a house fire in Middlebury http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/genesee-county-firefighters-working-house-fire-middlebury/46286 <p>Several Genesee County fire departments are helping fight a fully involved house fire on Kingsley Road in the Town of Middlebury, which is in Wyoming County. The house is at 566 Kingsley Road.</p> <p>Bethany, Pavilion and Le Roy are called to the scene, along with a tanker from Alexander. An engine from Alexander is requested to fill in at Bethany&#39;s hall. York is asked to fill in at Pavilion. Bergen is asked to stand by in its quarters. Bethany is requested to send an ambulance to the scene.</p> <p>UPDATE: For coverage from the <em>Wyoming County Free Press</em>, <a href="http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com/julia-ferrini/nine-fire-companies-responded-to-a-house-fire-in-middlebury/41714" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/genesee-county-firefighters-working-house-fire-middlebury/46286#comments alexander bergen Bethany fire Le Roy Pavilion Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:59:14 +0000 Billie Owens 46286 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Driver accused of fleeing accident on Sandpit Road, Alexander http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-driver-accused-fleeing-accident-sandpit-road-alexander/46263 <p><strong>Randall Steven Spring</strong>, 29, of Spring Road, Alexander, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speed not reasonable and prudent and moving from lane unsafely. Spring was reportedly involved in an accident on Sandpit Road, Alexander, at 12:36 a.m. on Saturday, which was investigated by Deputy Jason Saile.</p> <p><strong>Heather Daffney Stone</strong>, 19, of Ellwood Drive, Rochester, is charged with burglary, 3rd, and petit larceny. Stone was arrested on a warrant by RPD and turned over to the Sheriff&#39;s Office. She is being held until her next court appearance. No further details released.</p> <p><strong>Daniel D. </strong><strong>Stalica</strong>, 70, of Crittenden Road, Alden, is charged with petit larceny and conspiracy, 6th. Stalica was arrested on a warrant out of City Court after being located by State Police in Erie County when troopers made contact on an unrelated matter. He was turned over to BPD and jailed on $750 bail.</p> <p><strong>Alton G. Williams</strong>, 38, of East Avenue, Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Williams was allegedly involved in a physical domestic incident at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the presence of a 15-year-old child. Also arrested on the same charge, <strong>Tera M. Williams</strong>, 41, of East Avenue, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Kayla D. Joiner</strong>, 22, of West Main Street, Le Roy, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. Joiner was stopped by BPD for an alleged traffic violation, arrested, processed and released.</p> <p><strong>Crystal A. Mounts</strong>, 37, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Mounts is accused of shoplifting at Dollar General.</p> <p><strong>Edward W. Simcoe</strong>, 58, of Buffalo, is charged with petit larceny. Simcoe was arrested by State Police at 381 Bloomingdale Road, Basom, and held on an unspecified bail. No further details released.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-driver-accused-fleeing-accident-sandpit-road-alexander/46263#comments Basom batavia alexander crime Le Roy Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46263 at http://thebatavian.com Le Roy HS principal alerts parents to Yik Yak use by students http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-hs-principal-alerts-parents-yik-yak-use-students/46217 <p>Yik Yak, the controversial social media app that allows users to share messages in complete anonymity to be read by people near their locations, has prompted Le Roy HS administrators to seek parental help in controlling its spread.</p> <p>Principal Tim McArdle sent a message to all parents today informing them that Yik Yak use has been reported by students and there have been complaints about it already.</p> <p>&quot;Based on reports by students, individuals in our school community over the last few days have been using this app to bully others and post very degrading comments about students and staff,&quot; McArdle wrote in the message. &quot;We have been in contact with other local districts that are experiencing the same situation this week.&quot;</p> <p><em>The Batavian</em> reported earlier this week that <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/bhs-officials-monitoring-controversial-app-catching-students/46191" target="_blank">administrators at Batavia HS were aware of the app</a> and monitoring its impact on campus life.</p> <p>Yik Yak has garnered a good deal of national news coverage because of complaints of bullying and threats by users.</p> <p>McArdle said administrators addressed students about Yik Yak during lunches today.</p> <p>&quot;We let them know the negative impacts that social bullying and harassing have on their fellow students,&quot; McArdle wrote. &quot;We also encouraged students who may be negatively impacted to come forward and seek help. Students were invited to sign a pledge to delete the app from their phone. In just the first day alone we had a great turnout of students pledging to do this.&quot;</p> <p>The app has been blocked from the school network, but that won&#39;t prevent students with mobile devices and their own online access from using the app.</p> <p>&quot;We now need your help as parents!,&quot; the principal wrote. &quot;Please talk about this with your child and discourage their use of this app.&quot;</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-hs-principal-alerts-parents-yik-yak-use-students/46217#comments education Le Roy le roy hs schools social media yik yak Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:46:44 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46217 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Man accused of stealing and selling rifle http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-man-accused-stealing-and-selling-rifle/46200 <p><strong>Joel David Prouty</strong>, 28, of Fisher Road, Oakfield, is charged with grand larceny, 4th, and criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Prouty was arrested following an investigation by Deputy Chad Minuto into a report of a stolen rifle from a residence in Oakfield sometime between July and August. Prouty is accused of stealing a rifle and selling it to another person. Prouty has a prior felony conviction, leading the weapons charge. The rifle was recovered. Prouty is currently confined in the Genesee County Jail on unrelated charges.</p> <p><strong>Lauren E. Charache</strong>, 35, Myrtle Street, Le Roy, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, and criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd. Charache was allegedly caught operating a vehicle that had been stolen from a person in Le Roy. Charache was held on $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Steven Anthony Caldarelli</strong>, 52, of Portland Avenue, Rochester, was arrested on a warrant for criminal possession of stolen property. Caldarelli is accused of selling stolen property to a business in the Town of Batavia. He was jailed on $2,000 bail. He is also charged with petit larceny. He is accused of stealing power equipment from a vehicle that was parked in a parking lot in the Town of Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Michael Paul Dickens</strong>, 33, of Underwood Avenue, Hilton, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Dickens allegedly struck another person in the head while riding in the vehicle with that person on Route 19, Le Roy.</p> <p><strong>Jennifer Lynn Stack</strong>, 28, of South Main, Batavia, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and&nbsp;plate display violation (no front plate). She was also arrested on a warrant out of the Town of Gates. Stack was turned over to Gates PD following her arrest.</p> <p><strong>Chercal</strong><strong> A. Smith</strong>, 19, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Smith is accused of punching another person in the face with intent to cause injury.</p> <p><strong>Kristine S. Baker</strong>, 27, of Clinton Street, Batavia, is charged with dog running at large. Baker turned herself in on a warrant.</p> <p><strong>Jerry Tyrone Saddler Jr.</strong>, 28, of Steel Street, Auburn, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and two counts of criminal contempt, 1st. Saddler was allegedly involved in a fight at 8:13 p.m., Tuesday, at a location on West Main Street in alleged violation of a court order barring offensive conduct around the other person. He reportedly has a prior criminal contempt conviction within the past five years.</p> <p>An unidentified 18-year-old was arrested on a warrant for criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief, 4th. The suspect was located by Niagara Falls PD. The person allegedly did not abide by terms of a release under supervision order. The suspect was jailed on $1,000 bail or bond.</p> <p><strong>Eileen M. Wilcox</strong>, 46, of Brooklyn Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a driving while impaired by alcohol charge. Wilcox turned herself in to BPD and is ordered to court at a later date to pay off her fines.</p> <p><u><em>Grand Jury Report:</em></u></p> <p><strong>Jared E. Fleming</strong> is indicted on counts of felony DWI and felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Fleming is accused of driving drunk July 31 on Transit Road, Stafford. He allegedly has a prior DWI conviction from January 2011.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-man-accused-stealing-and-selling-rifle/46200#comments batavia crime Le Roy Oakfield Stafford Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:45:46 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46200 at http://thebatavian.com Le Roy PD warns residents about thefts of cars left unattended and running http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-pd-warns-residents-about-thefts-cars-left-unattended-and-running/46182 <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">The Le Roy Police Department is advising all residents of a sudden increase in vehicle thefts in the Village of Le Roy. Three vehicles have been stolen since Jan. 7th from different locations in the Village, and even though all have been recovered, two have sustained significant damage. It is suspected that all three stolen vehicles may be related to drug use. The method being used is the suspect will wait in an area for a person to drive up and park their vehicle but leaving it unlocked and running due to the cold weather. The suspect will wait until the driver enters a store out of eyesight and then enter the unlocked vehicle and drive away.<br /> <br /> The Le Roy Police Department is advising all citizens to please not leave their vehicles running while unoccupied and if they must leave it running, lock it and if there vehicle is stolen to please call 9-1-1 immediately.<br /> <br /> One person has been arrested so far in relation to these thefts and a future press release will be issued pertaining to such.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-pd-warns-residents-about-thefts-cars-left-unattended-and-running/46182#comments crime Le Roy Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:44:53 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46182 at http://thebatavian.com Five Genesee County fire departments called to house fire in Town of Covington http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/five-genesee-county-fire-departments-called-house-fire-town-covington/46180 <p>Five Genesee County fire departments are responding, mutual aid, to the Town of Covington in Wyoming County for a working structure fire with a person still inside the residence. The location is 864 Perry Road. In addition to Covington fire, responders requested include Le Roy, Pavilion, Bethany, Stafford and the City of Batavia Fast Team.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:28 a.m.: The person inside got out safely. The fire is out. The assignment is back in service. The resident told firefighters he normally throws debris from his heat stove outside his back door, and did so this time but forgot about a wooden pallet he put there. It caught fire and smoke came up through the back porch into the house, waking the resident. The fire burnt a portion of the back porch.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/five-genesee-county-fire-departments-called-house-fire-town-covington/46180#comments batavia Bethany fire Le Roy Pavilion Stafford Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:03:12 +0000 Billie Owens 46180 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: A pair of weekend DWIs http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-pair-weekend-dwis/46172 <p><strong>Jason Gerard Heineman</strong>, 42, of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, failure to keep right, driving left of pavement markings and refusal to take breath test. Heineman was stopped at 12:59 a.m. Saturday on Phelps Road, Pembroke, by Deputy Andrew Hale.</p> <p><strong>Edward William Zastrow</strong>, 33, of Town Line Road, Bergen, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, moving from lane unsafely. Zastrow was arrested by Sgt. Eric Seppala after his vehicle reportedly went off the roadway on Buffalo Street, Bergen, at 1:14 a.m. Sunday.</p> <p><strong>Devon James Schulman</strong>, 19, of Walnut Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Schulman is accused of stealing merchandise from Walmart.</p> <p><strong>Curtis L. Williams</strong>, 34, of Central Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on an aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Williams turned himself in on the warrant.</p> <p><strong>Gregory Marcus Munroe</strong> <strong>II</strong>, 26, of Harvester Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge. Munroe turned himself in on the warrant.</p> <p><strong>Kim M. Sobczak</strong>, 52, of Batavia, is charged with petit larceny, controlled substance not in original container and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sobczak was arrested at Kmart at 12:30 p.m. Friday by State Police. No further details released. <em>UPDATE</em>: NYSP has released additional information on this case. According to police, Sobczak was caught leaving Kmart with a shopping cart full of assorted items with a value of more than $300. She was allegedly found during her arrest with a pill bottle containing&nbsp;acetaminophen/oxycodone and acetaminophen/hydrocodone pill tablets.</p> <p><strong>Ethan T. Ellis</strong>, 30, of Brockport, <strong>Mark J. Friga</strong>, 29, <strong>David A. Morre</strong>, 26, <strong>Victor F. Martinez</strong>, 26, all of&nbsp; Rochester, were charged with trespass. The four men were allegedly found by State Police riding ATVs on private property off Circular Hill Road, Le Roy, last week. The property is owned by Hanson Aggregates.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-pair-weekend-dwis/46172#comments batavia bergen crime Le Roy Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:37:28 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46172 at http://thebatavian.com Accident with unknown injuries on westbound 490 http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/accident-unknown-injuries-westbound-490/46147 <p>A motor-vehicle accident is reported, with unknown injuries, on the westbound I-490 near mile marker 2. Bergen fire is responding along with Le Roy fire and ambulance.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/accident-unknown-injuries-westbound-490/46147#comments accidents bergen Le Roy Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:20:08 +0000 Billie Owens 46147 at http://thebatavian.com Car hits tree, injuries reported on Cole Road, Le Roy http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/car-hits-tree-injuries-reported-cole-road-le-roy/46135 <p>A car has reportedly hit a tree on Cole Road, Le Roy.</p> <p>Injuries are reported.</p> <p>Le Roy fire and Le Roy ambulance dispatched.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/car-hits-tree-injuries-reported-cole-road-le-roy/46135#comments accident Le Roy Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:50:57 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46135 at http://thebatavian.com Eastbound Route 5 in Le Roy reportedly blocked by truck accident http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/eastbound-route-5-le-roy-reportedly-blocked-truck-accident/46132 <p>A reader who witnessed the accident reports a westbound tractor-trailer has jackknifed on Route 5 near Bater Road, Le Roy.</p> <p>The truck hit a pole and the eastbound lane is blocked.</p> <p>A trooper just arrived on scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:58 a.m.: Le Roy fire requested to shut down traffic westbound on Route 5 at Keeney Road. Stafford fire requested to shut down traffic eastbound at Buckley Road.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:44 a.m.: Traffic is reopened. Stafford and Le Roy back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/eastbound-route-5-le-roy-reportedly-blocked-truck-accident/46132#comments accident Le Roy Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:56:58 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46132 at http://thebatavian.com