en Law and Order: Bergen resident accused of pointing shotgun at person who was looking through his window <p><strong>John Laverne Robinson</strong>, 51, of North Lake Road, Bergen, is charged with menacing, 2nd. Robinson is accused of pointing a shotgun at another person while the person was looking through Robinson&#39;s window.</p> <p><strong>Aaron M. Hatt</strong>, 22, of Alexander, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers responded to a complaint of a domestic dispute in the Town of Pembroke. In route, troopers came upon a young man walking down the center of Gabby Road. He reportedly said he had just argued with a female at the address of the initial complaint. Hatt was taken back to the house and upon investigation, troopers learned Hatt had allegedly been involved with a physical confrontation with the victim. He allegedly possessed marijuana at the time of his arrest.</p> <p><strong>Connor W. Kelly</strong>, 19, of Rushville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. A trooper stopped Kelly&#39;s vehicle on Clinton Street Road, Stafford, for allegedly lacking its plate lamp. the trooper noted evidence of alleged recent marijuana use.</p> <p><strong>Bernard Lee Evans</strong>, 43, of Cato Street, Pavilion, was arrested on bench warrants for alleged criminal contempt, 1st, and harassment, 2nd. Evans was held without bail.</p> <p><strong>Kelly Marie Faro</strong>, 37, of Church Road, of Hamlin, was arrested as a fugitive from justice. Faro was arrested on an unrelated matter by Deputy John Baiocco. During his investigation, he discovered an active warrant out of Cuyahoga County for alleged drug possession. Faro is being held without bail pending extradition.</p> batavia bergen crime Pavilion pembroke Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:17:07 +0000 Howard Owens 42322 at Byron-Bergen rallys support for bill to make Greek yogurt the state's official snack <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photos by Howard Owens / Story by Sloan Martin, WBTA.</em></p> <p>New York has several State symbols: the sugar maple is the state tree and the state gem is a garnet. What it doesn&rsquo;t have, though, is a state snack and the fourth-graders at Byron-Bergen Elementary School are doing something about it.</p> <p>In a fun school assembly Thursday, the students marked their accomplishment of getting a bill to Albany.</p> <p>With pop hits like ABBA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Dancing Queen&rdquo; and Lorde&rsquo;s &ldquo;Royals&rdquo; reimagined to proclaim the benefits of yogurt, along with funny skits, the auditorium was filled with B-B fourth-graders who&rsquo;re amped up and extremely knowledgeable about yogurt.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very healthy for you and it has lots of good vitamins and calcium,&rdquo; Sadie said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve learned that we&rsquo;ve been producing the most yogurt in New York State, especially in this area,&rdquo; Grace said.</p> <p>Learning about its impact on their bodies, the economy and the government, it&rsquo;s been an interactive and engaging learning experience.</p> <p>Superintendent Casey Kosiorek says he&rsquo;s proud of the kids and their teachers for taking what they learn and putting it into action.</p> <p>&ldquo;It really lines up with everything Genesee County&rsquo;s about with dairy farming and additions to our yogurt companies as well,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It really aligns well. It&rsquo;ll be memorable for the students, especially after it becomes a law.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Absolutely, this is interdisciplinary,&rdquo; Kosiorek said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve had to work on their writing, they&rsquo;ve had to utilize their math, they&rsquo;ve had to learn about social studies, they&rsquo;ve had to learn about government. As you can see, they were singing and writing songs, producing films &ndash; all the skills that we look for as our young people move up to the junior-senior high school and then college and careers.&quot;</p> <p>State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer says it&rsquo;s government in action.</p> <p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re living it by writing us letters, by doing these skits today,&rdquo; Ranzenhofer said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to make this become a law.&rdquo;</p> <p>The bill to make yogurt the official state snack has been introduced in the Senate and once it passes both houses, it will find itself on the governor&rsquo;s desk -- all because of the Byron-Bergen fourth-graders.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014.jpg" /></p> <p>Mike Davis, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Kevin Williams, Muller Quaker Dairy, and Roger Parkhurst, Alpina Foods.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-8.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-10.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bbyogurtrally2014-11.jpg" /></p> agriculture bergen business byron byron-bergen Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:11:35 +0000 Howard Owens 42209 at Byron-Bergen students selected for National Junior Honor Society <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/jr._honor_society_induction.jpg" /></p> <p>Press release:</p> <p class="rteindent1">On March 19, a distinguished group of 23 students from Byron-Bergen Jr. High School was welcomed into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) by its President, Lauren Burke. Ms. Burke addressed the audience with a challenge: Continue to excel in the five qualities that members of National Junior Honor Society must represent &ndash; Scholarship, Citizenship, Service, Leadership, and Character. &ldquo;While the recognition [of being a member of National Junior Honor Society] is great, the true reward is the satisfaction in knowing that you are working to be the best person you can be.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">The induction ceremony featured two guest speakers &ndash; English Teacher Diana Walther and Music Teacher Laurence Tallman.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Mrs. Walther focused on the skills needed to be a successful citizen. She shared stories of witnessing the newest members of NJHS exhibiting those skills. &ldquo;I see perseverance. Each of you has shown me, at one time or another this year that you finish what you start,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Your character is transparent through your choices. You do what&rsquo;s necessary to be successful, and are beginning to realize that there is a distinct difference between the &lsquo;easy path&rsquo; and the &lsquo;successful path&rsquo; in life. Walking down the more challenging path has led you here.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Mr. Tallman referenced the recent Byron-Bergen musical production &ldquo;All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,&rdquo; which is based on the writings of acclaimed author and philosopher, Robert Fulghum. He reminded the audience that some areas of wisdom, often learned at a young age, play a vital role throughout a lifetime. &ldquo;We must be reminded of them from time to time, because these are the things that remind us to live not just for the self, but for the better of the whole. They remind us to practice civility, good character, kindness, and love. And, like anything, they must be practiced daily in order to become a regular part of your life.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">The National Junior Honor Society Vice President, Margaret Graney, concluded the ceremony by reading descriptions of the five defining qualities of NJHS members and lighting a candle to signify the importance of each quality in our lives.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Congratulations to National Junior Honor Society 2014 Inductees.</p> <p class="rteindent1">7th Grade<br /> Sarah Bleiler<br /> Kolbi Brew<br /> Lydia Campbell<br /> Adam Drake<br /> Mariah Fee<br /> Jared Fregoe<br /> Leah Gale<br /> Emma Goodman<br /> Annaliese Hersom<br /> William Johnson<br /> Oliver Kelley<br /> Rayelle Merrell<br /> MacKenzie Rosse<br /> Brianna Shade<br /> Emma Smith<br /> Wade Thompson</p> <p class="rteindent1">8th Grade<br /> Cameron Brumsted<br /> Benjamin Chaback<br /> Brionna DeMichel<br /> Justin Hannan<br /> Brendon Kendall<br /> Adam Swapceinski<br /> Esther Wilkins</p> bergen byron byron-bergen education Milestones National Junior Honor Society schools Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:19:16 +0000 Howard Owens 42134 at Byron-Bergen sophomores selected for leadership program <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/hobybyronbergen.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Hugh O&rsquo;Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminars have been held yearly throughout the United States and Canada since 1958. The purpose of HOBY is to provide sophomores the opportunity to meet many distinguished leaders of the community from various sectors such as business, technology, education, government, arts, and science. Through intense but informal panel discussions, HOBY participants get a realistic look at their nation, its people, and their own role in the world community.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Every year, all sophomores are eligible and encouraged to apply for this exceptional leadership seminar. This year, Ashley Montgomery, daughter of Becky and Marc Montgomery, was selected as the Byron-Bergen High School &ldquo;HOBY Ambassador,&rdquo; with Colby Savage, son of Julie and Donald Savage, selected as alternate. Ashley, Colby, and sophomores around the country are selected based on a variety of criteria such as leadership ability, sensitivity to others, communication skills, community service, etc.&nbsp; Ashley will attend this seminar held at the University of Rochester from May 30 through June 1. Check <a href=""></a> for more information.</p> bergen byron byron-bergen Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:11:27 +0000 Howard Owens 42133 at Law and Order: Bethany man accused of taking part in crime spree in Wyoming County <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mug_jordan_bethany2014.jpg" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mug_amberrein_2014.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Bradley Jordan</em></td> <td> <em>Amber Reinisch</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Bradley R. Jordan</strong>, 21, of East Bethany, and <strong>Amber L. Reinisch</strong>, 18, of Castile, are charged with burglary, 3rd, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, 5th.</p> <p>The investigation that led to the charges against Jordan and Reinisch began with a resident in the Village of Silver Springs reporting that she observed a male and female break glass in an overhead door and enter the garage attached to her apartment. State Police responded, but the suspects fled before they arrived on scene. Suspect and vehicle descriptions were provided to law enforcement officers in Wyoming County.</p> <p>Police also received a complaint of a male and female fitting the description of the burglary suspects causing a disturbance at the McDonald&#39;s in Warsaw. The vehicle description for the two individuals also fit the burglary description. The vehicle was reportedly seen heading toward Save-A-Lot in Warsaw.</p> <p>A short time later, a customer at Save-A-Lot reported seeing a male customer in possession of a handgun. The person had not threatened anybody with the weapon, but had removed it from his waistband as he walked through the store and then put it back in his waistband.</p> <p>Village of Warsaw police officers, Wyoming County Sheriff&#39;s deputies and troopers all responded to the area. The suspect vehicle was located and Jordan and Reinisch were taken into custody.</p> <p>Both suspects are accused of stealing merchandise from Walmart and Olympia Sports in North Warsaw, along with the burglary in Silver Springs. The alleged theft from Walmart was of a compact C02 pistol, which State Police say was the weapon later observed by a customer at Save-A-Lot. State Police alleged that when Jordan observed troopers at the front of the store, he ducked into a bathroom and discarded the weapons in a wastebasket. The weapon was later recovered and secured as evidence.</p> <p>Jordan and Reinisch were arraigned and jailed on $5,000 bail each.</p> <p><strong>Tilar B. Clark</strong>, 22, of Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Clark&#39;s vehicle was stopped by State Police in the Town of Attica, Wyoming County, for an alleged equipment violation. He was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of marijuana.</p> <p><strong>Paul D. Barth Jr.</strong>, 23, of Cohocton Road, Pembroke, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Barth was allegedly sending text messages to a person he was ordered by a judge not to contact.</p> <p><strong>Desiree Michelle Hutchinson</strong>, 18, of Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Hutchinson allegedly admitted to Officer James DeFreze that she was hold her baby while in same room with a friend who was smoking marijuana.</p> <p><strong>Scott P. Rodon</strong>, 48, of Garfield Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Rodon was allegedly involved in a domestic incident at 1 a.m. Thursday.</p> <p><strong>Oliver Thomas</strong>, 22, of Chestnut Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Thomas allegedly hit a person in the face during an argument, which was reported at 3:45 a.m. Friday.</p> <p><strong>Taylor M. Andrews</strong>, 20, of McKenzie Road, Caledonia, is charged with menacing, 2nd. endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, 5th. Andrews is accused of encouraging a juvenile to use a crowbar against another person during an argument. The victim was not struck with the crowbar. The alleged incident was reported at 2 a.m. Friday at 21 Wood St., Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Robi Liam Terziani,</strong> 19, of Route 19A, Portageville, is charged with petit larceny. Terziani is accused of stealing hydrocodine pills from a residence in Byron where he was hired to do service work.</p> <p><strong>Billy Joe Budziszewski Jr.</strong>, 22, of Route 77, Corfu, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, and bail jumping, 2nd. Budziszewski was arrested on warrants out of Village of Corfu Court. He is also allegedly the subject of warrants out of Erie County on burglary, 2nd, and petit larceny charges and out of Wyoming County for failure to pay fine. Budziszewski was jailed on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Chance Robert Cooley</strong>, 19, of Route 5 &amp; 20, Canandaigua, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Cooley was allegedly found in possession of marijuana in a medicine container and a glass smoking pipe with marijuana in it. Cooley was the passenger in a vehicle stopped for an alleged traffic violation at 12 :15 a.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Chris Parker. Also charged was Anthony Lee Irish, 22, of Terri Drive, Farmington, who was also issued traffic summons for no front plate and no insurance.</p> <p><strong>Christopher C. Berg</strong>, 27, of Pavilion, is charged with a misdemeanor under the vehicle and traffic law. Berg was stopped by State Police at 8:36 p.m. Wednesday on Veterans Memorial Drive. No further details released.</p> <p><strong>Adam J. Bobzin</strong>, 43, of Byron, is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Bozin was stopped at 9:42 a.m. Thursday on West Sweden Road, Bergen, by State Police.</p> batavia bergen Bethany byron corfu crime pembroke Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:40:20 +0000 Howard Owens 42123 at Man indicted on 16 counts involving six children under 17 <p>These are the latest indictments issued by the Genesee County Grand Jury.</p> <p><strong>Marino M. Marasciulo III</strong> is indicted on 16 criminal counts, including third-degree rape, all alleged to have occurred in the Town of Bergen. In late January or early February, 2013, this adult over the age of 21, allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a person under 17, a Class E felony. In count two, the defendant is accused of allegedly engaging in oral sexual conduct with a person under 17, also a Class E felony. In count three of the indictment, the defendant is accused of forcible touching, a Class A misdemeanor. In or about July 2012, for intentionally and for no legitimate purpose, Marasciulo allegedly forcibly touched the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person or for the purpose of gratifying the actor&#39;s sexual desire. In count four, Marasciulo is accused of a Class A misdemeanor, in or about July 2012, for allegedly knowingly acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less that 17 or directed or authorized such child to engage in an occupation involving substantial risk of danger to her life or health. In count five, the defendant is accused of the same conduct as in count four but in April or May 2013 and with a second child under 17. In counts six and seven (Summer of 2012), eight (Summer of 2012 -- May 2013) and nine (late January or early February 2013) the defendant is accused of the same conduct but with a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth child, respectively. The remaining seven counts, all Class A misdemeanors, are for unlawfully dealing with a child for allegedly providing alcohol to a person or persons under 21.</p> <p><strong>Shadow S. Jonathan</strong> is indicted for the crime of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony, for allegedly intending to cause, and causing, physical injury to another person or a third person by means of a dangerous instrument, a wooden beam, on Sept. 13 in the Town of Alabama. On the same date, the defendant is also accused of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony, for allegedly intending to cause physical injury and attempting to cause such injury by means of a dangerous instrument, a metal stake.</p> <p><strong>Nicole M. Dellapenna</strong> is indicted for second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony, for allegedly intending to cause physical injury to another person, causing injury to the person or a third person by means of a dangerous instrument, a knife, in the Town of Le Roy of Aug. 24. She is accused of criminal possession of a weapon, 4th, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly knowingly possessing a dagger or dangerous knife or other dangerous instrument or weapon with intent to use the same unlawfully against another.</p> <p><strong>Matthew A. Beccue</strong> is indicted for allegedly driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. On Nov. 22 in the City of Batavia, he drove a 1994 Chevrolet in the parking lot of a gas station and on Route 63 and on Liberty Street all while allegedly intoxicated. In count two, he is accused of aggravated driving while intoxicated, also a Class E felony, for allegedly have a BAC of .18 or more.</p> batavia bergen crime Grand Jury Le Roy Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:20:57 +0000 Billie Owens 42077 at Byron-Bergen students back bill to make yogurt the official snack of NYS <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/byronbergn4thyogurt.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Fourth-graders at Byron-Bergen Elementary School are on track to making a substantial economic impact on their state and their community. The class has created a well-researched rationale for designating yogurt as the Official New York State Snack, based on job creation and promoting healthy eating.</p> <p class="rteindent1">They sent handwritten letters &ndash; over 200 of them &ndash; to state legislators, farm owners, and yogurt companies. Their idea is now a bill sponsored by New York State Senators Mike Ranzenhofer, Kathleen Marchione, and James Seward and by Assemblymen William Magee and Steve Hawley. The bill is currently in committee.</p> <p class="rteindent1">The 17 members of the &ldquo;Snack Pack,&rdquo; led by fourth-grade teacher Craig Schroth, say yogurt deserves the title of Official New York State Snack. Student Madelyn Pimm says, &ldquo;New York is now the biggest yogurt producing state in the U.S., with over 30 processing plants. Governor Cuomo refers to us as the &lsquo;Yogurt Capital of the Country.&rsquo; We are the fifth largest milk producing state. We have three yogurt companies right here in our own community &ndash; Alpina, M&uuml;ller-Quaker, and O-At-Ka. Many of us have family members who work there.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;We want to support the yogurt industry and help create more jobs,&rdquo; says student Alayna Streeter. &ldquo;If this becomes law, there will be more opportunities for farmers who milk the cows, for drivers who deliver the milk, for people who make it into yogurt and other products, for distributors, and stores &ndash; jobs all down the supply chain.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Making yogurt the official snack will help New York promote healthy eating,&rdquo; says student Caleb Calhoun. &ldquo;Yogurt tastes great and is really good for you.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">These students are all highly knowledgeable and engaged in the legislative process they started. Letters of support from their representatives line the classroom wall. &ldquo;Our whole class came up with the idea to promote yogurt,&rdquo; says student Carly Bergeron. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re learning about government in action.&rdquo; The class is hoping that they may be invited to Albany if their bill becomes law. Follow the progress of the bill at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;We want to get the word out and build backing for our bill. It&rsquo;s important for everyone to support the yogurt industry because they are also supporting our communities with jobs,&rdquo; says Alayna.</p> <p class="rteindent1">One yogurt company is already grateful for the assistance being drummed up by the Byron-Bergen students. Chobani plans to send a representative to the school to thank the students in person later this spring.</p> bergen business byron byron-bergen education schools Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:44:05 +0000 Howard Owens 42026 at Byron-Bergen beats Attica in Mock Trials final <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-8.jpg" /></p> <p>Byron-Bergen won the Mock Trial area final tonight in a match against Attica.</p> <p>Judge Tom Moran presided.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialfinalsmarch262014-9.jpg" /></p> bergen byron byron-bergen mock trials Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:30:09 +0000 Howard Owens 42004 at Attica and Byron-Bergen advance to finals in mock trial competition <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialsmarch252014.jpg" /></p> <p>Attica and Byron-Bergen won semifinal rounds of the mock trial competition held in Wyoming County Court, in Warsaw, on Monday night.</p> <p>All four teams were 1-1.&nbsp; Here&#39;s the point totals:</p> <p>Attica - 120 points<br /> Byron-Bergen &ndash; 119 points<br /> Batavia &ndash; 113 points<br /> Pembroke - 112 points</p> <p>The finals are tomorrow, 5 p.m., in the Genesee County Courthouse.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialsmarch252014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialsmarch252014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mocktrialsmarch252014-4.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> batavia bergen byron byron-bergen mock trials Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:58:07 +0000 Howard Owens 41954 at Dog in Bergen allegedly bites 11-month-old in the face <p>A German shephard allegedly bit an 11-month-old child in the face in the 6900 block of West Bergen Road. The dog is said to be on the porch and calm at this time and the resident has been told to secure the animal inside. Bergen fire and Mercy medics are responding along with Sheriff&#39;s deputies.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: The baby is being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:35 p.m. (by Howard): According to State Police, the dog belonged to a family member who was visiting from out of state. The family was gathered in a room with the baby crawling around. The baby &quot;made a beeline for the dog&quot; and the dog, described as &quot;elderly&quot; and &quot;14 years old,&quot; just reacted and nipped the child. The child was transported to Strong where the child received some stitches and was released. No charges are anticipated.</p> bergen Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:53:13 +0000 Billie Owens 41910 at Four teams advance to semi-finals of mock trial competition <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mockquartermarch20.jpg" /></p> <p>The quarter finals of the GLOW-region mock trials were held Wednesday night in the Genesee County Courthouse.</p> <p>The winners were:</p> <ul> <li> Batavia, 2-0 with 121 points</li> <li> Byron-Bergen, 2-0 with 108 points</li> <li> Attica, 1-1 with 112 points</li> <li> Pembroke, 1-1 with 104 points</li> </ul> <p>The semi-finals are Monday in the Wyoming County Courthouse. The cases start at 5 p.m.</p> <p>The case this year involves a lawsuit filed by a farmer over nearby hydrofracking.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mockquartermarch20-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mockquartermarch20-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mockquartermarch20-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/mockquartermarch20-5.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> batavia bergen byron mock trials pembroke Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:29:39 +0000 Howard Owens 41878 at Mobile food pantry at Byron Presbyterian Church - no income requirements <p>Byron Presbyterian Church will partner with FoodLink of Rochester to host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 to noon this Saturday, March 22, at Byron Presbyterian Church, 6293 W. Main St. (Route 262), Byron.</p> <p>The exact food items available are not known, but fresh produce will be available. <u>No financial documentation is required to receive food items, but those receiving food will be asked to sign in. </u>The food items must be for your household unless you have signed documentation from an individual to pick up items for them.</p> <p>The Mobile Food Pantry is available to residents of the Byron Bergen School District, but we will distribute to anyone who resides in Genesee County. <u>There is no income verification required, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry.</u> Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home.</p> <p>For more information, call Byron Presbyterian Church at (585) 548-2800.</p> announcements bergen byron food pantry Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:12:50 +0000 Billie Owens 41823 at Criminal justice major from Bergen named to newest edition of 'Who's Who' <p><strong>Mackenzie Heale</strong>, a criminal justice major from Bergen, was one of 60 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford juniors and seniors named to the 2013-2014 edition of &quot;Who&#39;s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.&quot;</p> <p>Students were selected for this honor based upon a combination of the following criteria: leadership and participation in co-curricular activities; service to the college community; and academic achievement.<br /> &nbsp;</p> bergen Milestones Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:13:11 +0000 Billie Owens 41810 at Former Bergen resident told second trial on fraud charges will be July 7 <p>Michele Ann Case, granted a second chance at a trial on fraud charges after her first conviction was overturned, is likely to get that trial starting July 7, Judge Robert C. Noonan said in County Court today.</p> <p>Case will have until April 18 to accept any plea offer, if one is forthcoming, Noonan said.</p> <p>It&#39;s Noonan&#39;s practice to set plea cut-off dates, after which point a defendant must either go to trial or plead guilty without any conditions.</p> <p>District Attorney Lawrence Friedman has not publicly stated whether there is any potential plea offer.</p> <p>Case, 47, a home health care nurse, formerly from Bergen, is accused of bilking her former employer out of $14,000 by filing fraudulent financial records about her hours and travel.</p> <p>For previous coverage, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> bergen crime Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:18:43 +0000 Howard Owens 41715 at GCEDC board approves incentives for Liberty Pumps and Bank of Castile expansion projects <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved applications for two projects at its March 6, 2014, board meeting.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rteindent1">The Bank of Castile/Tomkins Trust Company is purchasing a building located at 113-119 Main St. in the City of Batavia and plans to renovate the second floor (10,000 square feet) into a call center for its expanding operations because of limited space in its current location in the City of Batavia. The company also plans to maintain the first floor and continue renting space to current lessors.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rteindent1">The company was approved for a sales tax exemption of approximately $53,600 and a property tax exemption of approximately $27,800 to expand its existing facility. The planned capital investment will total an estimated $1.5 million dollars and is projected to create two new jobs.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Tompkins Trust Company built a new 18,000-square-foot headquarters in the City of Batavia in 2004, investing more than $2.9 million dollars. The company had pledged to create 63 new jobs; as of 2012, it had created 74 jobs.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Liberty Pumps is planning a 100,000-square-foot expansion of its existing facility at Apple Tree Acres in Bergen, NY. The renovation will include new spaces for production, warehouse, research and development, as well as an office, auditorium and training center. An initial resolution for Liberty Pumps was approved to set a public hearing as the total amount of incentives exceeds $100,000. The capital investment for the expansion project is $9.8 million and will create 27 new jobs while retaining 124 employees at the facility.</p> <p class="rteindent1">In 2000 Liberty Pumps invested $3.7 million for the acquisition of the land and construction of a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. It underwent another expansion project in 2008 which entailed the investment of an additional $4 million for the construction of a 64,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to see companies that our agency has assisted with in past, come back to us with plans to expand their operations and create even more jobs in our region,&rdquo; said Wally Hinchey, GCEDC board chairman.</p> bank of castile batavia bergen business GCEDC liberty pumps Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:55:52 +0000 Howard Owens 41683 at