en Chimney fire reported at Baskin Livestock <p>A chimney fire is reported at Baskin Livestock on Creek Road, Bethany.</p> <p>Bethany fire along with Alexander and Town of Batavia dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 10:56 a.m.: Alexander was going to respond from this fire to an alarm of fire in its own district, but the alarm company confirmed false alarm. Alexander is back in service. Town of Batavia also has an alarm at College Village. Batavia&#39;s Ladder 25 is on scene at the chimney fire.</p> Baskin Livestock Bethany fire Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:24:04 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44744 at Law and Order: Man accused of providing false name to police during traffic stop in May <p><strong>James Timon Saddler III</strong><span>, 33, no permanent address, is charged with criminal impersonation, 2nd, forgery, 2nd, offering false instrument, 1st, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Saddler was reportedly stopped at 10:30 p.m. May 31 on Ellicott Street, Batavia, by Officer Jason Ivison. Saddler allegedly provided a name and date of birth other than his own and signed a consent to search form under the false name. Upon further investigation of the stop and a review of camera footage of the stop, Ivison determined that Saddler was the person stopped who allegedly provided a false identity. Saddler is currently an inmate in the Genesee County Jail being held on unrelated charges.</span></p> <p><strong>Jerry Tyrone Saddler</strong>, 38, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment ,2nd. Saddler is accused of hitting a woman several times during an argument, causing minor injuries.</p> <p><strong>Samuel Forrest Brown</strong>, 26, of River Street, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and failure to dim headlamps. Brown was stopped at 11:51 p.m. Friday on Route 5, Stafford, by Deputy Chris Parker.</p> <p><strong>Douglas Scott Sprague</strong>, 47, of Hutchins Place, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt,1st.&nbsp;<span>Sprague</span>&nbsp;was arrested on a warrant for allegedly violating an order of protection on June 2.</p> <p><strong>Michael Lee Milroy</strong>, 48, of McLernon Road, Bethany, is charged with assault, 3rd. Milroy was allegedly the driver of a vehicle at 7:45 p.m. Thursday that drove away from a residence while another person was leaning in the open passenger side door of the vehicle. Milroy is accused of striking that person with the door frame and rear tire, causing an injury to that person.</p> batavia Bethany crime Stafford Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44693 at Law and Order: Batavia resident accused of falsifying weigh slips at Ed Arnold <p><strong>Joseph Allen Hogan</strong>, 46, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with four counts of petit larceny and five counts of falsifying business records. Hogan is accused of altering weight slips at Ed Arnold Scrap in order to receive overpayment on scrap. Hogan was jailed without bail.</p> <p><strong>Christopher M. Colantonio</strong>, 35, of South Swan Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and forgery, 2nd. Colantonio was arrested on a warrant for allegedly stealing checks from a woman he knew, forging them and cashing them at a local bank. Colantonio was jailed on $2,500 bail.</p> <p><strong>Thomas E. Hensel</strong>, 31, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with possession of burglar tools. Hensel was allegedly found in possession of a full set of lock picks at a location on Pearl Street at 10:25 p.m. Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Anya R. Rambuski</strong>, 44, of Birchwood Drive, Batavia, is charged with driving while ability impaired. Rambuski was stopped at 11:58 p.m. Saturday on West Main Street, Batavia, by Officer Marc Lawrence.</p> <p><strong>Linda L. Fagan</strong>, 65, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Fagan allegedly got rid of several instruments and other property owned by her brother.</p> <p><strong>Robert J. Propst</strong>, 34, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Propst was allegedly involved in a domestic incident in which he grabbed the shirt of the victim, threw her phone and was yelling at her in the presence of children. Propst was jailed on $2,000 bail.</p> <p>A 16-year-old resident of East Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and criminal contempt, 2nd. The youth allegedly threatened another person, violating an order of protection.</p> <p><strong>Paul M. Gelardo</strong>, 29, of Fargo Road, Stafford, is charged with petit larceny. Gelardo allegedly stole a bicycle from T.F. Brown&#39;s.</p> <p>A pair 17-year-olds from Buffalo are charged with petit larceny. The two youths are accused of stealing money from their employer at the time, Darien Lake Theme Park.</p> <p><strong>Jeffrey John Farrell</strong>, 27, of West Avenue, Medina, is charged with petit larceny. Farrell allegedly stole $433.74 in merchandise from Walmart.</p> <p><strong>Kimberly Ann Pietrzykowski</strong>, 26, of Old Telephone Road, Bethany, is charged with petit larceny. Pietrzykowski is accused of stealing $204.90 in groceries from Walmart. The shopping cart of groceries was recovered in the parking lot of Home Depot.</p> <p><strong>Bradley J. Barnard</strong>, 19, of Byron, is charged with petit larceny. Barnard is accused of taking a carbonated beverage and placing it in his backpack while in the cafeteria at GCC. Surveillance video was used to confirm the alleged theft.</p> <p><strong>Kyle B. Sovocool</strong>, 21, of Le Roy, is charged with promoting sexual performance of a child less than 17 years old, possession of sexual performance by a child and criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Sovocool was arrested as the result of a State Police investigation stemming from a Jan. 22 complaint. Sovocool was jailed on an unspecified bail. No further details released.</p> batavia Bethany byron corfu crime Le Roy Stafford Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:21:30 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44666 at Bethany resident given 20 years in prison on federal child pornography conviction <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <div class="rteindent1"> Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Jerald&nbsp;Kicinski, 50, of East Bethany, who was convicted of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervised release by Chief U.S. District judge William M. Skretny.</div> <div class="rteindent1"> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rteindent1"> Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that between December 2010 and December 14, 2011, the defendant received child pornography on his computer at his residence in East Bethany. These images had been transmitted to the defendant in interstate commerce via the Internet.&nbsp;Kicinski&nbsp;was previously convicted of sexual abuse in the second degree in 2002 and sexual abuse in the third degree in 1990. Both of the defendant&#39;s prior convictions involved minors.</div> <div class="rteindent1"> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rteindent1"> This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys General Offices and the Criminal Division&#39;s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div> <div class="rteindent1"> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rteindent1"> The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, special agent in charge.</div> Bethany crime Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:37:58 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44650 at Planning board loves mud event idea, but requests better written plan for property use <p>Frank and Jamie Stanton want to host truck mud bog races and truck mud tug-of-wars on their seven-acre property in Bethany.</p> <p>County Planning Board members said they think it&#39;s a great idea.</p> <p>&quot;It sounds like a lot of fun,&quot; one board member said.</p> <p>But the Stantons need to write up a more detailed plan to get a special use permit.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s not just to protect the town, but to protect you,&quot; said Board Member Lucine Kauffman.</p> <p>A site use plan should detail all of the activities and uses, so if some future neighbor complains, code enforcement can just pull the plan and tell whether the use was approved or not.</p> <p>That includes amplified, recorded music, which is part of Stanton&#39;s plan.</p> <p>While the board recommended disapproval of the special use permit, board members emphatically urged Frank Stanton to return with a detailed plan.</p> <p>For this application, Stanton&#39;s plan consisted of a single sheet of a handwritten description of what he plans to do.</p> <p>Stanton said no more than 300 people turn up to the events, in no more than 50 vehicles, and activities start around 11 a.m. and end at dark.</p> <p>&quot;They have to,&quot; Stanton said. &quot;Mud trucks don&#39;t have lights.&quot;</p> <p>There will be two events per month from April through October.</p> <p>Stanton will also need DEC permits for water drainage.</p> <p>The property is located at 9832 Bethany Center Road.</p> Bethany land use Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:32:52 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44637 at Car wreck with injuries on Bethany Center Road near Ellicott Street Road, Bethany <p>A car accident with injuries is reported at Bethany Center Road just south of Ellicott Street Road. Bethany fire is responding and medics just arrived.</p> <p>UPDATE 6:52 a.m.: The driver was transported to UMMC. The assignment is back in service.</p> accidents Bethany Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:43:13 +0000 Billie Owens 44607 at Unofficial Genesee County Primary election results <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Genesee County congressional representative Kathy Hochul have been declared the winners of the Democratic Primary race.</p> <p>They also were the top choice of local Democrats.</p> <p>According to Genesee County unofficial results, Cuomo beat&nbsp;Zephyr Teachout 427-187, with&nbsp;<span>Randy A. Credico receiving 45 votes.</span></p> <p><span>Hochul topped Tim Wu 505 to 156.</span></p> <p><span>In the Republican Primary for supervisor in Bethany,&nbsp;</span><span>Carl L. Hyde Jr. beat&nbsp;</span><span>Edward F. Pietrzykowski Jr. 74 to 26.</span></p> <p><span>In the primary for Independence Party delegates to the 8th Judicial District convention of the 139 Assembly District,&nbsp;</span><span>Debra M. Buck-Leaton beat&nbsp;</span><span>Carol A. Sheehan 14-7.</span></p> Bethany Elections kathy hochul Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:36:19 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44582 at Primary Day 2014 <p>It&#39;s Primary Day in New York.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what you can vote on at your local polling place.</p> <p>Countywide Democratic Primary,&nbsp;Governor (vote for one)</p> <ul> <li> Zephyr R. Teachout</li> <li> Andrew M. Cuomo</li> <li> Randy A. Credico</li> </ul> <p>Lt. Governor (vote for one)</p> <ul> <li> Kathy C. Hochul</li> <li> Timothy Wu</li> </ul> <p>Countywide Independence Party Primary<br /> <br /> 8th Judicial District Delegate (vote for one)</p> <ul> <li> Carol A. Sheehan</li> <li> Debra M. Buck-Leaton</li> </ul> <p>Town of Bethany (Republican),&nbsp;Supervisor (unexpired term) (vote for one)</p> <ul> <li> Carl L. Hyde Jr.</li> <li> Edward F. Pietrzykowski Jr.</li> </ul> Bethany Elections Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:55:27 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44568 at Car wreck on Broadway Road with minor injuries <p>A motor vehicle accident is reported at 5563 Broadway Road. Injuries are minor. Bethany Fire Department is responding.</p> accidents Bethany Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:52:23 +0000 Billie Owens 44435 at Car vs. semi crash on Ellicott Street Road, no injuries but traffic is blocked <p>A semi-truck and car collided at 6071 Ellicott Street Road. There are no injuries reported, but it is blocking traffic and fluids are leaking. Stafford and Bethany fire departments are responding.</p> accidents Bethany Stafford Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:26:28 +0000 Billie Owens 44393 at Injury accident, blocking traffic at Route 20 and Transit Road <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/rimg_6881.jpg" /></p> <p>A two-car accident is reported at Route 20 and Transit Road, Bethany. It is blocking traffic. There are injuries. Bethany Fire Department is responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: Mercy medics are en route from Byron.</p> <p>UPDATE: Photo submitted by&nbsp;Doug Yeomans.</p> accident Bethany Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:04:56 +0000 Billie Owens 44003 at Photos: Back roads in Le Roy and Bethany <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/weatherpicsjuly162014.jpg" /></p> <p>Driving back from Le Roy this afternoon I took the long way home.</p> <p>Above, field of white flowers off Transit Road, Le Roy.</p> <p>Below, a field of sweet peas and barn on Cackner Road, Bethany.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/weatherpicsjuly162014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/weatherpicsjuly162014-3.jpg" /></p> Bethany Le Roy Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:06:57 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43723 at Truck on its side on Route 63 at Little Canada Road <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014.jpg" /></p> <p>A 10-wheeler is on its side on Route 63 near Little Canada Road.</p> <p>No word on injuries.</p> <p>Bethany fire and Stafford fire dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: According to Deputy Cory Mower, it appears the weight of gravel in the bed of the truck shifted causing the driver to lose control rounding the curve just north of Fargo Road. The estimated speed of the truck was 40 to 45 mph. At 8:45 a.m., it was expected it would take at least another hour before Route 63 was reopened. At this time, it&#39;s still closed. There were no injuries.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014-4.jpg" /></p> accident Bethany Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:32:54 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43545 at Farm building in Bethany used for storage destroyed by fire <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014.jpg" /></p> <p>It was just a storage shed. Some straw. Some sawdust. Bedding for the animals on a farm started by Michael Adams and his family in 1979.</p> <p>The family built that shed. The first one of the Adams Farm property. Talking to Michael Adams after fire reduced the structure to rubble, you could see those remembrances pass before the long gaze of his eyes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everything here got built by my brother, my dad, myself, my kids, my wife, everybody that&rsquo;s come along through here,&quot; Adams said. &quot;We tried to do all the work ourselves.&quot; He paused. &quot;I look at it and start thinking about the days we were building it and, know you. &hellip;What can you do?&rdquo;</p> <p>The fire at&nbsp;5664 Little Canada Road, Bethany, was reported at just before 2:40 p.m., but by then it was already too late.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were fixing a hose in the shop and came out, just got done with it, sent the neighbor back home with it, our tenant actually, back home with the hose,&quot; Adams said. &quot;Came around the corner and looked and seen black smoke coming out the one corner of the barn there and that&rsquo;s when I called 9-1-1 and tried to get down there and see if there was anything I could do but I couldn&rsquo;t even get near it. It was already hotter than hot, you know.&quot;</p> <p>The Adams farm specializes in replacement heifers for dairy farms and has about 60 head of beef cattle. The farm also grows&nbsp;corn, soybeans and a little bit of hay, Adams said.</p> <p>Bethany Assistant Chief Jeff Pietrzykowski, today&#39;s scene commander, was in the city when he got the dispatch for the fire. Pietrzykowski could see the smoke column all the way down Ellicott Street. He immediately put out a second alarm for Stafford Fire to respond as well.</p> <p>The first firefighters on scene found flames leaping from the windows and the roof was already gone.</p> <p>&quot;Our top priority was keeping it from the other buildings,&quot; Pietrzykowski said. &quot;There was heavy fire. It was almost on the ground when we got here, but we were worried it was going to spread.&quot;</p> <p>With no public water in the area, tankers were needed to haul water from a nearby pond.</p> <p>Mutual aid departments included Alexander, City of Batavia, Town of Batavia, Le Roy and Pavilion.</p> <p>The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s just like everything else around here, probably way under-insured, you know,&quot; Adams said. &quot;Maybe we can put something smaller up if possible, but just to store our bedding and whatnot -- for the cattle mostly, that&rsquo;s what it&rsquo;s used for.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-9.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> Bethany fire Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:09:22 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43519 at Big barn fire on Little Canada Road, Bethany <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-3/littlecanada.jpg" /></p> <p>A barn fire is reported at 5664 Little Canada Road, Bethany. It was called in by the homeowner. It has already gone to the second alarm. Bethany Fire Department is responding. Howard, en route but still in the city, says &quot;I can see it from here.&quot; Alexander is called to the scene and to fill in at Bethany&#39;s Fire Hall. The city&#39;s Fast Team is called along with the Town of Batavia, Le Roy, Stafford and Pavilion.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Command reports the burning structure is a metal pole barn and the fire will likely be contained to that structure.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:47 p.m.: The first platoon is called to city fire headquarters.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:01 p.m.: The third platoon is called to stand by in city headquarters.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: The location is between Fargo and Torrey roads.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:32 p.m.: The fire still has small flames in a few areas and hot spots but appears to be under control, according to Howard at the scene. The area is still very smoky. The pole barn contained no equipment. It was used to store <strike>cattle feed and</strike> bedding. The operation there raises beef cattle and replacement heifers, plus corn, soybeans and some hay. A crew from Wyoming Correctional Facility will be arriving sometime in the next hour or so to help out.</p> <p>UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Howard interviewed the farmer, Michael Adams, who runs the operation along with his wife, Noreen, and their children. They&#39;ve owned the property since 1978. It&#39;s a little over 500 acres on what was once all corn fields. Of this afternoon&#39;s blaze, which totaled the barn built in 1979, Michael said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We were fixing a hose in the shop and came out, just got done with it, sent the neighbor back home with it, our tenant actually, back home with the hose. Came around the corner and looked and seen black smoke coming out the one corner of the barn there and that&rsquo;s when I called 9-1-1 and tried to get down there and see if there was anything I could do but I couldn&rsquo;t even get near it. It was already hotter than hot, you know.&quot;</em></p> <p><strong>More T/K</strong></p> <p>UPDATE 7:49 p.m.: The Bethany assignment is back in service.</p> Bethany fire Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:40:55 +0000 Billie Owens 43514 at