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Evening News Briefing

Ptlm Chris Lindsay with captured gator

Batavia Police are asking the public for any information about a four-foot long alligator holed up in a vacant building.
The gator was collared Monday as police were investigating a 9-1-1 hang-up call that came back to the area of 11 Lehigh Ave.
Police said the reptile was found in a makeshift aquarium inside the building. Other than the gator, there was nothing unusual and cops determined the gator was unrelated to the hang-up call.
State DEC officers took custody of the animal, which is now enjoying temporary housing in Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo.
It is illegal to possess an alligator in New York State.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man it says is armed and dangerous. Deputies say David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina is on the run in Geneseo. Morgan was pulled over yesterday when he allegedly threatened an officer with a gun and ran off.
A woman in the car with him is now in custody.
Morgan was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, grey baseball cap and blue jeans. If you see him, call 9-1-1 immediately.

An Oakfield woman jailed for menacing.
37 year old Jennifer Roskey is facing felony charges following a fracas last night on South Main Street in Oakfield.
State Police said Roskey was released after posting bail.

 

Sheriff William Sheron

Telephone scammers posing as IRS agents continue to target local residents.

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning:

The sheriff said another popular scam targeting seniors involves a caller claiming that a grandchild has been injured or in in legal trouble and needs money.

The Muckdogs cut down Crosscutters for second night in a row. Batavia beat Williamsport 2 to 1 last night. The Muckdogs look to sweep the series tonight before returning to Batavia on Friday to begin a three game series against Mahoning Valley.

Alligator Found in Batavia

BPD Officer Christopher Lindsay subdues suspect Al E. Gator, found Monday loitering in a building on Lehigh Ave.

BPD News Release

Officers from the City of Batavia Police Department responded on Monday to the area of 11 Lehigh Avenue for a 911 hang up call plotting to the general area.

Upon arrival Officers found no signs of distress and checked the building located at 11 Lehigh Avenue for any signs of a disturbance. Officers located an open door to the building and checked the interior to ensure that there were no problems inside the building itself or anyone in need of assistance. During the search of the interior of the building officers located a large make-shift aquarium that contained a 4-foot-long alligator. Officers immediately notified the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and EnCon Officer Wilson arrived on scene a short time later.

The alligator was captured and turned over to EnCon Officer Wilson. It was determined that the 911 hang up call was not related to the found alligator.
Residents are reminded that the possession or sale of alligators and other dangerous animals is a violation of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. Not only is it illegal to possess such an animal, but they are dangerous and should not be harbored by anyone without specific training and the appropriate licensing or permits.

If anyone has any information regarding this animal or knows of anyone harboring such a dangerous animal, they should contact the DEC Region 8 office at (585) 226-2466. The alligator was temporairly turned over to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.

“New and Improved” Batavia Downs Opens Monday

(Photo courtesy of Batavia Downs)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—As the doors swing open for the start of the 72nd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs on Monday (July 23), patrons, horsemen and horsewomen will see a multitude of changes made by the track to improve the racing product and enhance the wagering value.

The 2018 racing session features 70 dates, including seven matinees that all start at 1:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evening post times are 5:00 p.m. with Friday and Saturday night races beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are four twilight Saturday programs during the season on Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov.17 and Dec 15 with a 4:45 p.m. post.

Those racing at the Downs this year will be greeted by $600,000 worth of paddock improvements including a new barn that will house two additional races. It was constructed adjacent to the existing four-race paddock and across from the 16-stall wash barn and finished off with fresh blacktop. The new layout of the complex will allow for six races to be in the paddock at one time and provide uncluttered ease of bathing for horses that are done racing.

Fans viewing the races on the monitors in the stands or via simulcast will enjoy an enhanced video product thanks to a brand new audio/visual studio that will broadcast everything in full digital video. The state-of-the-art control room will make the Batavia Downs signal and programming the best the track has ever offered and make the races easier and more enjoyable to watch.

Another change that will be noticeable from both sides of the fence is the passing lane has been removed from the home stretch of the track. Batavia Downs has had a passing lane since 1989 and during that time the track has seen the bias towards inside posts go up dramatically. So in an attempt to create more early movement making outside posts more bettable and decrease the amount of winning favorites, this change was implemented.

“This year we’ve made some changes that we feel will help the horsemen and bettors alike” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. “The new paddock will make the transition from race to race much easier for our participants and removing the passing lane should add some value for our gamblers. We look forward to getting underway and expect and exciting season of racing.”

The schedule looks to provide some of the best competition the track has seen and the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) will be the centerpiece of it. Eight divisions of state-breds will visit the Downs and there will be $800,000 (est.) up for grabs for the participating horses.

Then on Friday (Sept. 21), all eight NYSS final consolation races will be held at the Downs with an additional $320,000 to be doled out.

That same night the Downs two signature races will be held. The $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial trot and $15,000 Duke Dranichek Memorial pace will feature some of the best Open talent around including the richest pacer of all time.

Trainer Ron Burke has marked his calendar and said the $7.5 million-dollar man/100-win wonder, Foiled Again is scheduled to compete in the Dranichek pace. Foiled Again has won three $50,000 Kane Memorials in Batavia along with two Saturday night Opens. He likes the track and he’s coming back for a farewell appearance before his mandatory retirement at the end of the year.

“September 9th is the 30th anniversary of Batavia Downs hosting the Breeders Crown and the card we have on tap for September 21 this year rivals that historic night for purses and competition. And to have Foiled Again here on top of it makes it a real draw for western New York” Haight said.

The very next night (Saturday Sept.22) the very popular racing under saddle or “RUS” will return for the third year with horses and riders from New York RUS. They will attempt to break the track record that was set in 2016 when they made their first appearance at the track.

The driving colony will be filled with familiar faces but with last year’s dash title winner Larry Stalbaum not returning, a new champion will be crowned in December.

Drew Monti, who is western New York’s leading dash driver this year, will be in the mix along with Shawn Gray, Kevin Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. and John Cummings Jr. to name a few.

On the conditioning side, last year’s leading trainer Kim Asher will be back but with a reduced stable. That will open the door for the red hot James Clouser Jr. and three-time best Batavia conditioner JD Perrin to vie for top honors.

Also competing at the Downs this meet will be 18-year-old Riley Asher-Stalbaum who began her training career earlier this year. She has made an instant impact among area trainers with a sparkling Universal Training Rating (UTR) of .428.

Once again the fans will enjoy a plethora of promotions this year and as always, there will be something for everyone on tap.

As has been the norm for many years, racing programs will be free on opening night and the first Saturday of the meet to welcome back our racing fans and each program contains a valuable free play coupon redeemable on the gaming floor.

Sunday (July 29) and every Sunday in August is Dollar Days at the Downs. Fans can enjoy dollar drafts, sodas and hot dogs on the apron.

On Saturday (Aug. 4) 10 lucky fans will win a stay at the beautiful new Batavia Downs Hotel which is connected to the race track and gaming floor.

One lucky fan will win a $3,000 diamond pendant on Saturday (Aug. 11) during a jewelry night giveaway sponsored by TAG Jewelers.

On Saturday (Aug.25) 10 lucky Patrons will win $100 gift certificates to the Spa at Artemis.

Family Fun Days and the Wiener Dog races will return on Sunday (Aug. 26). The day includes free activities of all kinds for the kids. Then after the live racing is finished, the Wiener Dogs will hit the track for the main event. Genesee Feeds of Batavia is the official sponsor of this event.

The traditional Driver’s Bike Race will return for the 40th year on Labor Day (Sept. 3). Eight of the Down’s favorite drivers will be pedaling bicycles from the top of the turn to the wire. Eight fans who select the winning driver will win the bikes used in the race. Labor Day also features the annual chicken barbecue.

For information on racing or promotions log onto www.bataviadownsgaming.com .

Morning News Briefing

A North Carolina man accused of threatening an officer in Geneseo remains at-large.
The suspect David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina is considered armed and dangerous according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.
Lawmen say he was subject to a traffic stop yesterday on Route 63 when he then threatened the officer pulling out a gun before running from the scene into a nearby cornfield.
Preliminary reports revealed the officer discharged his weapon in the incident.
Approximately 100 officers along with air support and K9 units were on the scene with the manhunt continuing this morning.
A woman who was in the vehicle during the stop was taken into custody.
Morgan is described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, grey baseball cap and blue jeans.
Officers say to immediately call 9-1-1 if you see him.

Vacant building in the City holds a scaly surprise for local law enforcement.
A vacant building on Lehigh Avenue in Batavia was temporarily home to a four foot alligator.
Police discovered the reptile on Monday before notifying the Department of Environmental Conservation to handle the animal.
After the DEC officer took custody of the gator it was then turned over to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.
It is illegal to possess an alligator in New York State without a permit.

A Downstate resident jailed for violating court order in Pembroke.
53 year old Shawn Springsteen of Poughkeepsie New York was taken into custody by deputies following a domestic incident at a truck stop on Route 77 in Pembroke.
He was accused of violating a court order of protection by being in the presence of a protected party and was charged with first degree Criminal Contempt.
Springsteen was jailed in lieu of bail and is due back in Pembroke Town Court on August 2nd.

Governor Cuomo is ready to make a criminal referral against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
The governor’s legal adviser said yesterday the state is prepared to provide New York’s attorney general with a criminal referral on the matter, if asked.
David Alphonso noted the move comes at Governor Cuomo’s direction.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a civil lawsuit against President Trump and the Trump Foundation in June.
It accused Trump of violating federal law by using the nonprofit as a personal checkbook for his 2016 presidential campaign and other expenses.

The Muckdogs cut down Crosscutters for second night in a row.
Batavia beat Williamsport 2 to 1 last night to take the three game set.
The Muckdogs look to sweep the series tonight before landing back in Batavia to take on Mahoning Valley for a three game stretch.

Paving Operations to close Margaret Place in Batavia.
Margaret Place in the City will be closed to all through traffic between 7 AM and 5 PM for paving purposes.
During the closure drivers will need to find alternative routes.
As per usual the work is weather dependent.

Evening News Briefing

Philip Pastore

The co-founder of Batavia’s legendary Pok-a-Dot restaurant has died.
Phillip Pastore passed away yesterday. He was 93.
Pastore opened the Pok-a-Dot in 1953 with his partner, the late Joseph “Trigger” Marone.
The restaurant will remain in the hands of the Pastore family but will close this coming Sunday and Monday.
Calling hours for Philip Pastore will be held Sunday from 2 until 6 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home where services will be held Monday morning at 10.

A surprise discovery in a vacant building on Lehigh Avenue in Batavia.
Police on Monday found a four foot alligator in the building.
An Environmental Conservation officer took custody of the gator, which has been turned over temporarily to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.
It is illegal to possess an alligator in New York State without a permit.

A Flag Football league is being established in Batavia for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13.
Kevin Rogers and Otis Thomas said they started looking into the idea when they realized many parents were turned off by tackling heavy equipment.
Rogers said flag football is a way for kids to learn the fundamentals of the game without the worry of injury:

Games will be played on Sunday mornings.
Registration will be held this Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Veterans Memorial Drive from 1o until 3.
A $65 registration fee includes a replica NFL jersey and a pair of flags with their team’s logo.

The Batavia Muckdogs win one on the road. The Dogs beat the Williamsport Crosscutters last night 7 to 5.
The same two teams meet again tonight in Williamsport.
The Dogs return home on Friday against Mahoning Valley.

MARGARET PLACE PAVING AND ROAD CLOSURE

Press Release:

On Thursday, July 19th, 2018, Margaret Place in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. This closure is expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to pave the street.

All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes while the closures are in place. Businesses and Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from your residence or place of business.

This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Streets Supervisor or Superintendent at 585-345-6400 opt. 1 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Morning News Briefing

Longtime Owner of the ever popular Pok-A-Dot passes.
Batavia has lost a local legend of the restaurant game.
Co-owner of the Pok-A-Dot Restaurant in Batavia, Philip Pastore Jr., the passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93.
Pastore died peacefully at the United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family.
He opened the restaurant with the late Joseph “Trigger” Marone in 1953 at its storied Ellicott Street location.
The Pok a dot was not only a hit with locals but continues to draw in visitors from near and far to try its famous Beef on Week which has steadily stayed the signature dish over the decades.
The Gilmartin Funeral home is currently handling arrangements for the family.

East Main Street man Jailed for on sex abuse charges.
City Police have arrested 50 year old Thomas Brenkaus of Batavia on charges of First degree Sex Abuse and Forcible Touching following investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred late last month at an East Main Street address.
According to authorities he allegedly forcibly touched a female acquaintance for sexual gratification.
Brenkaus was jailed in Genesee County without bail.

Disturbance on Dellinger Ave lands resident behind bars.
25 year old Darien Rhodes of Dellinger Ave in Batavia was arrested on a litany of charges following a reported domestic dispute last Thursday.
He is facing charges of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Unlawful Imprisonment, Menacing, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon along with drug possession.
Rhodes was ordered to be held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Scuffle on South Swan Street leads to lock up.
31 year old Thomas Griffin the second of Batavia is accused of attempting to take a child out of the arms of another individual before striking the same victim in the face.
He was jailed on $2,500 bail on charges of Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling for immediate hearings on President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On the Senate floor yesterday, Schumer called the meeting disastrous.

He argued that Putin could not have scripted it better.
Trump is facing broad, bipartisan criticism after the summit.
Schumer said Trump’s comments at a joint news conference were naive and weak.
He called on Republicans to step-up and start holding Trump accountable.

The Muckdogs win while away against the Crosscutters.
Batavia broke a four game losing streak while at Williamsport last night with a final score of 7 to 5.
The team continues tonight and tomorrow against the Crosscutters before returning home to Dwyer Stadium Friday to start another series against Mahoning Valley.

Fed Funds Cover Cost of All Batavia City Schools’ Breakfast and Lunch

The Batavia City School District (BCSD) applied for and was granted federal funding that will allow all students attending a District school to receive one nutritious breakfast and one nutritious lunch each day that school is in session. This four-year funding will begin in 2018-2019, with the District being eligible to re-apply for additional four-year terms as long as the federal program is funded. Batavia qualifies for this Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) funding – a provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – because of its classification as an economically disadvantaged community due to a significant number of students already qualifying for free or reduced meals.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for the District, and we are very excited to be able to take advantage of a federal program that allows us to offer every student one healthy breakfast and lunch every school day at no cost to our families,” says Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Dailey. “Research is conclusive that good nutrition is a critical factor in learning. This is a program that allows us to bring some of our federal tax dollars back to our community to provide nutritious meals for all of our students.”

The CEP funding is for the first full breakfast and first full lunch. If a student would like a second breakfast or second lunch, or would like one or more particular separate items (“ala carte” items), then those will need to be purchased. Purchases can be made with cash or through My School Bucks – the Nutrikids computerized payment system which has been used by families in the District for several years. Because all children will receive one breakfast and one lunch at no cost, the option of charging items to a tab to be paid at a later time will no longer be available.

To qualify for other income-based funding and grants – a process which was formerly measured by information recorded on the Free and Reduced Meal Applications -all students’ families will be asked to submit a short household form to establish the level of community need. The District currently receives a significant amount of money in grants and other funding based on economic need. Collecting data from all households will permit us to continue to apply for and receive funding for which we are eligible. The new form is currently being developed to ensure that the information required for applications to grant-funding agencies is gathered while not being unnecessarily burdensome or invasive to families.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Batavia City School District

Question: Who receives free meals?
Every student enrolled in the Batavia City School District will receive the first breakfast and the first lunch at no cost each school day regardless of the family’s household income. Students are not required to participate; students may still bring their lunch if that is their preference.

Question: Is my child able to make purchases, such as for milk (if bringing lunch from home), for other a la carte items, or for a second school meal?
Yes, students may make purchases instead of or in addition to the first free breakfast or first free lunch. The purchase of all a la carte items will remain the same, in that families are responsible for payment. Additional meals are not covered under the program and it is each family’s responsibility to pay for those meals. Payment is due at the time of purchase. Purchases may be made with cash or through My School Bucks, the Nutrikids computerized payment system which has been used by families in the District for several years.
Please note: there is NO charging allowed for additional meals or a la carte items.
Prices for second meals and additional milk (or milk purchased a la carte) for 2018-2019 are:
Jackson and John Kennedy Middle School and High School
Second Breakfast $1.35 $1.45
Second Lunch $2.10 $2.30
A la carte Milk* $0.60 $0.60
Milk is included with the first breakfast and the first lunch or any additional paid meals. However, milk purchased separately (for students who bring their lunch) will be charged at a la carte prices, which is $0.60.

Question: How does the program work?
The New York State Child Nutrition (CN) Department began this program several years ago with federal funding backing the program. School Districts must be eligible based on their specific poverty rates and have to apply to CN for approval. Batavia City School District is eligible because it has an Identified Student Percentage of 40 percent or higher according to building level data. An Identified Student refers to any student certified to receive free meals by any means other than the submission of individual paper applications, such as SNAP and Medicaid.

Question: What impact does this program have on school taxes?
There is no impact on school taxes. The General Fund budget (which the taxpayers vote on each year) is completely separate from the self-sustaining School Lunch Fund.

Question: Who needs to fill out the CEP Household Income Eligibility Form?
All District families are asked to fill out the CEP Household Income Eligibility Form. The completion of this form is essential for the District. Many state and federal programs use socioeconomic data (that is, household and income information) to determine eligibility for their programs. In addition primary state funding calculations use socioeconomic data. In order to continue to receive such funding and grants, the income information still needs to be gathered from our student population. The form is available in the school calendar, online at the Batavia City School District Nutritional Service web page at: https://www.bataviacsd.org/Page/5872 and will also be available at all school open house events.

Question: If I have questions about the Household Income Form or if I received a letter this school year indicating that my children are approved for free meals, who can I contact?
Please contact the Food Service Department at 585-343-2480 x1007. The office will be able to assist you with any questions or paperwork.

Question: Who do I include as members of my household and what if my monthly income is not always the same?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends) who share your income and expenses. You must include yourself and all children living with you. If you live with other people who are economically independent (people that you do not support, who do not share income with you and your children and who pay a pro-rated share of expenses), do NOT include them. List the income that you normally receive if your monthly income varies. If you have lost your job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

Question: Does this program change the quality of food that can be served?
There is no impact to the quality of food that is served. The District must still continue to follow all food and dietary guidelines that are set by New York State Child Nutrition Program.

Question: What constitutes a complete meal for breakfast and lunch?
The District complies with the Federal Program: Choosemyplate.gov. For breakfast, the District offers two grains, a fruit, and a milk. Students must choose at least three of the four offered items, and one of those chosen must be the fruit. For lunch, the District offers a protein, a grain, a fruit, a vegetable and a milk. Students must choose three of the five offered items, and one of those chosen must be the fruit or vegetable.

Question: May a student be charged for an incomplete meal if the student refuses to select the required components for a complete meal?
The District will offer a complete meal to each student in order to qualify for the CEP fully funded reimbursable meal. However, if a student refuses to take the complete meal then the student will be charged a la carte prices for the foods selected on their tray.

Question: My child has a positive balance on his/her “MySchoolBucks” account. What happens to the current balance?
The balance on the My School Bucks account can be used for a la carte purchases or for any additional/second meals. If you would like a refund of your account balance please send an email to Susan Presher at slpresher@bataviacsd.orgor a written letter to Susan Presher, Nutritionals Services Director, 260 State Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

Collins Announces USDA Funding to Improve Rural Water Delivery

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing millions in waste and water disposal loans and grants in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre. In each of these towns, water quality testing has indicated threats to public health and a lack of safe water. The funding will go toward various solutions to alleviate these concerns and provide reliable water service to residents.

“USDA’s investment in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre will improve the quality of life for residents of those communities,” said Collins. “Access to clean water is essential, which is why I voted in support of the 2018 Omnibus spending bill that included these funds to our nation’s rural communities. The Trump administration has prioritized investing in rural communities to build a foundation for rural prosperity, and I am pleased that these efforts are being seen in Western New York.”

Funding awarded is listed below:

• Town of Alexander will receive a $2.7 million loan and a $2.2 million grant
• Town of Oakfield will receive a $236,000 loan and a $691,000 grant
• Town of Canadice will receive a $1 million loan and a $200,000 grant
• Town of Barre will receive a $708,000 loan and a $493,000 grant

Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool. They can also apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices. For more information on USDA’s projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities, click here. Municipalities seeking assistance from the USDA are encouraged to call Collins’ Lancaster District Office at 716-634-2324.

Cops to Crackdown on Seat Belts in State Parks

Press Release:

The New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are partnering to ensure that visitors to state parks are buckling up for safety.

“BUNY in the Parks” is an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure that visiting motorists and their passengers properly buckle-up their seatbelts while travelling inside state parks, and to teach the importance of properly securing our youngest visitors in approved child safety seats. This year’s campaign will be held from Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, August 13, 2018.

Since New York State became the first state in the nation to enact a primary seatbelt law, effective January 1, 1985, countless lives have been saved. The seatbelt compliance rate has steadily increased, reaching 93% in New York State in 2017. However, motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Additionally, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2016, more than one-third (35%) of children under the age of 13 killed in car crashes were not restrained using seat belts, car seats or booster seats.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “As the summer travel season continues, the State Police, State Park Police, and our law enforcement partners strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles. By simply buckling-up, motor vehicle occupants dramatically reduce their risk of severe injury or death if involved in a crash. We will be working diligently to promote proper seatbelt use and compliance, and reduce the senseless tragedies caused by people who ignore the seat belt laws.”

State Park Police Chief David Page said, “The safety of our visitors is our greatest priority and through our partnership with other law enforcement agencies, we can continue to administer and educate the public on proper seat-belt usage to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all motorists that enter our state parks.”

Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “We are proud so many New Yorkers understand how important it is to wear a seat belt and to make sure children are properly secured. Still, we can do better. Every unsecured person risks their life so we continue to work along with our law enforcement partners to educate the public. When you enter a state park, you go there to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, but don’t relax when it comes to safety. Keep all belts and restraints buckled as long as the car is in motion.”

This initiative coincides with one of the peak times that visitors travel to state parks throughout New York State, and the goal is for motorists and their families to arrive and depart safely. Increasing seatbelt use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash related injuries and fatalities. Ensuring motorists adhere to proper child restraint laws will, no doubt, protect the lives of many that cannot speak for themselves.

During the 2017 BUNY in the Parks campaign, State Police and State Park Police issued more than 43,089 total tickets. That included 929 tickets for child restraint violations, and 1,921 tickets for adult seatbelt violations.
Highlights of New York State’s occupant restraint law:

  • In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt. The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up.
  • Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, must use a safety restrain when riding with driver who has a junior license or learner permit.
  • Each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt or use an appropriate child safety restraint system. The restraint system must comply with the child height and weight recommendations determined by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the restraint system may be a safety seat or a booster seat used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive up to three driver license penalty points for each violation.

Morning News Briefing

Alleged Arby’s Robber indicted.
A Batavia man with a lengthy criminal record has been indicted for a robbery at Arby’s in the city.
A Genesee County Grand Jury indictment filed against 37 year old Michael Piasta Jr. includes counts of second-degree robbery, a Class C violent felony along with Class D felonies of third-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
Piasta allegedly entered the Arby’s restaurant on West Main Street on March 25 and while displaying what appeared to be a pistol forcibly stealing over 6-thousand dollars in property.
The pistol was later found to be just an imitation, however it added to his charges due to his intent to use it unlawfully against another person.
Piasta has already served three state prison terms returning twice after violating parole.
He was just released in October after serving seven years on convictions of burglary and forgery.
Piasta now faces up to 15 years on the charges.

Wyoming County woman arrested under Leandra’s Law.
State Troopers stopped 39 year old Beth Fleischman of Arcade for speeding on State Route 16 in Cattaraugus County on Saturday.
Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Fleischman and observed a 13-year-old passenger accompanying her
After submitting to a field sobriety test she was taken into custody for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger Less Than 16.
Fleischman was issued appearance tickets and released.

Bank Street man busted for cocaine in LeRoy.
29 year old Roy Watson Jr. of Batavia was arrested by deputies on Main Street in LeRoy early Sunday morning.
Watson was allegedly found with a quantity of cocaine and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to LeRoy Town Court on August 6th.

Walnut Street resident busted for stealing from grocery store in Batavia.
26 year old Jacob Klotzbach was taken into custody by deputies following investigation into a shoplifting complaint at Tops in Batavia last night.
He allegedly stole merchandise and concealed it in his backpack before walking past all points of purchase.
Klotzbach was charged with Petit Larceny and released with an Appearance Ticket for August 7th in Batavia City Court.

The State Department of Transportation is working to replace flag poles pulled from areas along Interstate 490.
They were taken down last week after D-O-T officials said they were experiencing trouble, and couldn’t appropriately display the American flag.
But, some people were angry the state didn’t contact veterans groups to let them know what was happening.
Two of the three removed poles were being replaced yesterday, with plans in the works to find a permanent spot for all of them.

The Muckdogs fell to the Spinners in the final game of three.
Last night’s matchup between Batavia and the Lowell Spinners ended with defeat for the Muckdogs 4 to 3.
The series was a clean sweep for the Spinners.
Today Batavia heads to Williamsport for a three game stretch before landing back in Dwyer Stadium this Friday to face off against Mahoning Valley.

Trumbull Parkway to close as paving operations pick-up today.
The city has scheduled the closure of Trumbull Parkway in Batavia for all through traffic today from 7 AM and 5 PM for paving.
During the closure all motorists that regularly use this road will need to seek alternative routes.
Area residents and businesses and should anticipate delays.
As per usual this work is weather.

Man Biking Across Country with Brain Injury Stops in Batavia

Ohio native and former New Jersey resident William Galloway is a man on a mission, that mission is to travel across the country to raise awareness for those who live with a disability like himself.

After heading to Costa Mesa California for medical treatment William faced losing everything with homelessness and decided to take his chances heading back east…

William has relied on his own persistence and the kindness of strangers to keep his wheels turning.

He stopped at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle in Batavia this morning where he had his bike fixed before heading back out on the road toward Maine.

You can donate here to keep William rolling safely to his destination, or contact him via email at fundraiser3000@gmail.com.

Five arrested at Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert

Press Release:

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 13, 2018:

Stuart M. Thorp age 41 of Magnolia Cres. Grimsby, Ont. Canada arrested for Criminal Trespass 3rd after allegedly reentering the concert venue after having been ejected and told not to return. Stuart was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $1500 bail.

Andrew G. Lehmann age 30 of Prospect St. Attica, NY arrested for Disorderly Conduct after allegedly flipping over benched outside the concert venue. Andrew was arraigned in Darien Court and released on $150 bail.

Chad R. Carrington age 25 of Marcy Pl. Bronx, NY arrested for False Personation after allegedly providing a false name to Deputies.

The following were issued APPEARANCE TICKETS to appear in Darien Court on 7/24/18 at 3pm:

Pasquale A. Damato age 43 of Kinsley Rd. Elma, NY arrested for Harassment 2nd after allegedly punching a female in the face.

Christine M. Kroger age 52 of Barks Rd. Caledonia, NY arrested for Trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Batavia Downs NYSS draw and condition sheet info

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—The Batavia Downs 2018 live harness racing meet kicks off on Monday (July 23) and will host legs of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on the first two nights of the season.

Those entering the NYSS events should note the following draw schedule:

The draw for opening night (July 23) that includes the NYSS, Excel A and Excel B divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies will be held on Thursday (July 19).

The draw for Wednesday (July 25) that features the NYSS, Excel A and Excel B divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will be drawn on Friday (July 20).

The box for both draws will close at 9 a.m. on their respective draw days.

Also, please note that post time for Monday (July 23) is 6 p.m. while post time for Wednesday (July 25) is 5 p.m.

For inquiries about conditions or to call your entries in, please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-343-3750 ext. 6304.

The complete condition sheet for the first full week of racing at Batavia Downs (that includes all NYSS events) is now available on the Batavia Downs website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com) under Live Racing>Horsemen>Condition Sheet and also on the USTA website (www.ustrotting.com) by clicking Horsemen>Condition Sheets.

Morning News Briefing

Heat Advisory going into effect with Hazardous Weather on the horizon.
The National Weather Service is issuing another heat advisory for much of Western New York including Genesee County.
The advisory lasts from noon until eight tonight, with temperatures expected in the 90’s.
Officials encourage checking on children and the elderly during the heat wave because they are the most vulnerable to suffer from weather-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Forecasters are calling for potentially severe thunderstorms for counties to the north and have issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this afternoon into the evening.

Animal cruelty leads to arrest in Batavia.
Town of Batavia resident, 56 year old Becky Frens was arrested by State Police following report of a badly neglected dog by animal control officers at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.
Troopers were called to the shelter as Frens had arrived to pick up a dog in very poor health that was located the day before.
The dog was diagnosed with multiple skin infections, mange, double ear infections, and had uncut nails so long that the dog could not walk.
Frens was arrested and charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance.
The dog was left in the care of the Animal Shelter and Frens was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court.

Batavia students will be offered two square meals without spending a dime.
Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch will have to eat their words this year in Batavia.
The Batavia City School District was granted federal funding that will allow all attending students to receive one nutritious breakfast and one nutritious lunch each day that school is in session.
The Community Eligibility Provision funding will provide the free student meals over the next four years, at which time the school can reapply.
Batavia qualified for the funds as a provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act due to a significant number of students already qualifying for free or reduced meals.

With the summer heating up, Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to come up with a campaign to help prevent drowning deaths among children.
Schumer says the number of fatal drownings has increased, with boys drowning at twice the rate of girls.
The senator says three children die every day of drowning and it’s the leading cause of death for children under five.
He wants the C-D-C to come up with an outreach campaign that better reaches the parents of toddlers about the dangers of being near pools or other bodies of water.

Cuomo dolls out tax credits to entice TV stars from heading west.
Governor Cuomo wants to keep late night TV kings in New York City.
He reportedly gave CBS 16 million dollars in tax credits when Stephen Colbert took over the Late Show, including five million to renovate the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The Governor put a little known provision in his 2013-14 budget to allow the Tonight Show to qualify for the city’s Film Production Tax Credit program.
It covers 30 percent of production costs and enabled the show to move from California to New York in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon took over.

WEEKEND NEWS BRIEFING

Cleanup complete next to Superfund site in the city.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has completed cleanup of environmental contamination on city property next to the former Batavia Iron and Metal Co. property on Bank Street.
The state Superfund site has been a target of environmental remediation since 2013.
During remediation over this past year, 17,000 tons of soil and debris were removed from property along the northern end of the Dwyer Stadium parking lot and replaced with clean soil and grass seed.
The DEC estimates the remaining surface cleanup of the Iron and Metal property will be completed by the end of the year.

Lawmakers are being called back to the capital to renew the controversial speed camera bill at the request of Governor Cuomo…

Some lawmakers believe the speed cameras are nothing more than a big government revenue grab.
The Governor can force lawmakers to return to Albany, but he cannot force them to take a vote on a specific bill.

Local Drug Task force take down an alleged drug dealer from LeRoy.
Following a traffic stop in Batavia on Thursday afternoon Drug Task Force members executed an arrest warrant on 19 year old Conner Beaumont of East Main Street LeRoy.
Beaumont allegedly sold a controlled substance to a task force agent on two occasions.
He is facing four Class B-Felonies for Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance and was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Two sex offenders in Batavia jailed for failing to register digital accounts.
34 year old Michael Brade of Olyn Ave, a level three sex offender, and 34 year old Matthew Diers of West Main Street, a level two offender, were both arrested in separate incidents and charged with Failing to Report after creating online email and Facebook accounts without notifying the sex offender registry.
The pair were arrested and held on parole violations and they are both expected to appear on August second in Batavia City Court.

Two Saratoga County residents jailed for prompting prison contraband in Albion.
38 year old Joshua Johnson and 33 year old Rebecca Bradford both of Waterford New York were arrested for multiple felony counts of Promoting Prison Contraband in the first degree following investigation at the Albion Correctional Facility.
Both were ordered to be held behind bars.
Johnson was additionally charged with four felonies for criminal drug possession with his bail set at $100,000.

Muckdogs drop in first extra-inning contest of the season.
The rubber match against the Connecticut Tigers went the way of the Tigers, as they picked up the 2-1 victory in eleven innings.
The Muckdogs return back to Dwyer Stadium this weekend for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners starting Saturday night for a 7:05 first pitch.
All Little Leaguers get in free all weekend by wearing their jersey.

GCC Finishes Second Among Region-III Teams in NATYCAA Scholarship Standings

Press Release:

Genesee Community College was one of just two National Junior College Athletic Association Region-III schools to finish in the top-25 in the Scholarship Division standings kept by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).

The calculations are computed through championship appearances with GCC finishing 16th overall in its category. Nine of 22 Region III teams made one of the top-25 lists in the Scholarship and Non-Scholarship divisions with GCC finishing second in the former among all Region-III schools.

In addition to Monroe in the scholarship division, the other seven Region-III teams to appear in the non-scholarship division’s top-25 included: Herkimer, Onondaga, Mohawk Valley, Erie, Hudson Valley, Jamestown and Schenectady, respectively.

The results are a testament to quality and caliber of the region that Genesee competes in, with nine Region-III teams appearing in the top-50 when combining both division’s top-25.

Genesee also proved to be the most consistently-scoring college of all the nine aforementioned Region-III teams with only a single point differential from last season’s totals.

Iowa Central Community College captured the Scholarship Division, while Rowan College at Gloucester County won the Non-Scholarship Division and Mt. San Antonio College took home the State Association crown.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCEDC PROVIDES FUNDING SUPPORT FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – At its July 12th board meeting, the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors unanimously approved providing $10,000 for a feasibility study to determine uses for the Batavia City Centre site. The GCEDC is collaborating with the city of Batavia and the Batavia Development Corporation in conducting the study. The city and the GCEDC also are applying for funding from Empire State Development’s Strategic Planning Program for matching funds.

“We continue to strongly support economic development initiatives in the city of Batavia,” said GCEDC Board Chair Paul Battaglia. “The redevelopment of Batavia City Centre site is critically important to the efforts to bring more capital investment and jobs to the region’s urban center as it has such a prominent footprint in the city.”

The intent of the study is to evaluate various redevelopment scenarios for the site, including remaining as a retail center. Other components of the study may include site planning, engineering, architectural renderings, cost estimates, permitting and financial analyses. The study also is intended to build off of current plans that have been developed for the site through the DRI process.

“After a number of discussions with our partners on this effort, we came to the conclusion that a feasibility study would build upon and advance the goals of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde who also serves on the DRI advisory group. “In essence, a study will help create a vision for what the site could be and we believe that the information and analysis resulting from the study will generate interest among the development community.”

GCEDC Approves Tax Breaks for Two Local Projects

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for two projects at the agency’s July 12th board meeting. The combined projects are anticipated to create 20 new jobs and approximately $7.6 million in capital investment.

J. Rental is receiving sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions of approximately $723,000 to build a new 60,000 sq. ft. facility on 19.5 acres in the Apple Trees Acres business park in Bergen. The $6.3 million project will create 15 new jobs. For every $1 in public benefit, the company is investing $14 into the local economy.

Lancor Development Corp. is proposing to invest $1.3 million to build a 12,000 sq. ft. facility in the new LeRoy Food and Technology Park. The project would create 5 new jobs and retain 7 jobs. Lancor is receiving sales and property tax exemptions of approximately $122,000. For every $1 of public benefit, the company is investing $28.5 into the local economy.

The board also accepted an application from Pearl Solar, LLC for the construction of two 2MW community solar farms for a combined total of 4MW at 2901 Pearl Street Rd. Both projects have the same address but would have separate parcel tax map numbers. Pearl Solar, LLC would make an approximate $6 million investment and is seeking approximately $288,000 in sales and property tax exemptions.

Morning News Briefing

City applying for study to possibly expand Falleti Ice Arena.
The City is applying with New York State to fund a feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Falleti Ice Arena.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth explains what the planning grant would provide…

The two sheets of ice would mean another rink in a new building.
Beyond what Genesee County may be able to support the study will also answer whether adding to the facility could attract new tournaments and events and ultimately sports tourist dollars from Rochester and Buffalo.
Hockey parents at Falleti pushed the request for the grant and City Council approved an application for the grant at its Monday night meeting.
A feasibility study is estimated to cost between $30,000 to $50,000.

Tense moments for teens following report of a handgun in Austin park.
Report of a youth concealing a handgun in a backpack drew Police to Jefferson Avenue shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon.
The caller reported that the youth had “brandished” the gun in Austin Park.
Police stopped the male teenager with a group of teens ordering them to the ground with guns drawn in the parking lot behind Tim Hortons.
After retrieving the backpack the supposed weapon turned out to be a paintball gun.
The juvenile was taken into custody and turned over to a parent.

$4 million of DRI funds are flowing into a new YMCA campus in Batavia. downtown Batavia’s 10-million prize.
The Y’s joint effort with United Memorial Medical Center to build a $22-million Healthy Living Campus was injected with the downtown revitalization funds following a State announcement earlier this week.
Rachel Tabelski, Batavia’s new Director of Economic Development explains the next steps…

A total of eight projects were awarded DRI funding approved by the State.
The full list and funds can be found here.

The Muckdogs even up series in second game against the Tigers.
The Batavia Muckdogs proved victorious in last night’s away game match-up defeating the Connecticut Tigers 4 to 3.
This is the only meeting of the season between the Muckdogs and the Detroit Tigers affiliate.
The win leaves the series split with their final game scheduled for tonight at 7:05 which you can hear via the Muckdogs website.
The team returns to Dwyer Stadium tomorrow night to take on the Lowell Spinners for a three game series.

City Councilwoman being recognized by Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Congratulations to Second Ward Batavia City Council Member Patti Pacino on her nomination as one of the 2018 Women of Distinction being honored by the Girl Scouts in Buffalo.
Girl Scouts of Western New York will recognize eight honorees at this year’s Women of Distinction Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo.
The honorees were nominated for demonstrating leadership through public service and are considered role models for all girls.

“Go Fund Me” for Stumblin Inn Owners

For nearly 40 years Steve and Jim Goff, owned and managed the Stumblin’ Inn in Elba.

The pair were left homeless with nearly all of their belongings lost in the blaze this past weekend and they now face a massive excavation cost with no income to make it up.

Fire investigators have determined the fire was accidental however there was no fire insurance on the structure, so now they are straddled with the cost of tearing down what’s left of the 143 year old building which is estimated between $20,000 and $25,000.

The Stumblin’ Inn hosted many community fundraisers over the years and now Jim’s daughter, Jess Goff has set up a GoFundMe account asking for $40,000 to help her dad and uncle get back on their feet.

Click here to reach the donation page.

College Entry Help Sessions at GCC

Press Release:

What: College Entry Help Sessions at GCC in July, August and September!

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Room T122 – Conable Technology Building ~ One College Road, Batavia NY

Who: Anyone looking for some help enrolling in college!

Background: Are you looking to go to college? Change careers? Lost a job? The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) can help you figure out your next steps with its year-long schedule of open monthly sessions designed to get anyone started on their way to a college degree!

As with all AEOC services, these sessions are FREE and available both by appointment and walk-in! During these sessions, the AEOC’s outreach specialists will help potential college applicants with a variety of services, including:

Financial Aid Counseling: help completing the FAFSA, understanding various financial aid options including student loans and Pell grants, scholarship applications, retrieving transcripts and assistance with special circumstance applications

Enrollment Assistance: completing college applications or enrollment forms, ACT Test registration and completing Entrance Exam Prep through Accuplacer and transfer service

Veterans Services: AEOC outreach specialists are trained to assist any veteran in navigating services available for higher education

Career Services: the AEOC staff can assist with career exploration and navigation, financial literacy and more!

Both appointment and walk-in sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 and Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Appointments are also available on additional dates by request. To schedule any appointment, please email AEOC@genesee.edu or contact Adult Education Director Kate Trombley, M.S. at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6285.

It is important to note that these College Entry Point Sessions are not limited to students attending or planning to attend GCC. Anyone interested in attending any college or in need of assistance in getting started can participate. Information regarding GCC and all other area colleges will be available at these sessions.

Additional details and a list of the session dates for all of 2018 is available at: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/05/ready-enroll-college-looking-some-help

Correction Officer Norman T. Itjen Retires After 25 Years

left to right: Undersheriff Gregory Walker, Sheriff William Sheron, Jr., Correction Officer Norman Itjen, Jail Superintendent William Zipfel

Press Release:

Correction Officer Norman T. Itjen, a 25-year veteran of Genesee County and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, retired at the end of his shift Tuesday. Itjen started his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in the Jail on September 8, 1993.

During his tenure, Norm earned several awards which include a Meritorious Award and three Commendations. Norm’s commitment in serving as the Sheriff’s Employee Association President for numerous years shows the dedication and passion he has for his profession and fellow colleagues.

“I would like to thank Norm for his dedication to serving the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Genesee County,” said Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

Morning News Briefing

Downtown Projects approved to share $10 million handed out by the State.
The $10 million of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds awarded to Batavia through New York State has now been split up between numerous improvement projects in the city.
The collaborative effort between the YMCA and UMMC to build a new Health Living Campus received the most funding from the DRI designated funds with $4-million being awarded to the project.
Matt Worth, Batavia’s Interim City Manager is excited about the announcement…

Projects to improve the City Center Mall, the former Carr’s Department Store Building, and the Save a lot building on Ellicott Street are set to receive $1-million each and the State also announced that $500K will flow into the planned Ellicott Station craft brewery project, $700K is set aside for the Batavia Players Theatre in the Mall and $750K will go towards improvements of Jackson Square.
Check our news article for a complete list of projects and funds.

An Elba man facing list of felonies for raping a child repeatedly.
44 year old Jason Cole of Quaker Hill Road is accused of forcibly raping a child under 15 years old on numerous occasions.
He is facing one count of Rape in the first, three counts of Rape and Criminal Sexual Act in the second and a single count of Strangulation.
All the charges are considered felony level.
Cole was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
His next appearance is scheduled for July 25th in Elba Town Court.

Congratulations in order for a retiring Correction’s Officer.
25-year veteran of Genesee County and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Norman Itjen, retired at the end of his shift yesterday.
Itjen started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in September of 1993 in the County Jail.
During his tenure, Norm earned several awards which include a Meritorious Award and three Commendations.
He also served as the Sheriff’s Employee Association President for numerous years.
Sheriff William Sheron thanked Norm for his dedication and service.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is now being represented by a powerful defense attorney in Atlanta.
Don Samuel has worked for NFL players in the past, including Ray Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger.
McCoy is accused of being involved in the beating and robbery of his ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon.
She posted photos of her injuries online earlier this week and suggested McCoy had a role in what happened.
McCoy has denied the allegations.

The Muckdogs lose first of three against the Tigers with a final score of 3 to 1.
The Batavia Ball-team continues their away game series against Connecticut tonight which can be heard via the Muckdogs website starting at 7:05 pm.
Batavia returns home Saturday for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners.

Evening News Briefing

New York State has announced the final list of projects to receive $10-million in funding under the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The biggest project to get funded: $4-million for a new YMCA / Healthy Living Campus being developed by the YM and UMMC.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth said its the biggest project of the package:

Also getting final approval for funding: $1-million for the City Center Mall, $1-million for the former Carr’s Department Store Building, $1.1-million for the Save a lot building on Ellicott Street, $425,000 for Ellicott Station and its proposed craft brewery, $700,000 for the Batavia Players Theatre in the Mall and $750,000 to fix up Jackson Square.
The complete list of projects and the entire text of the Governor Cuomo’s statement can be read HERE

A Erie County based company plans to build a $6.3-million facility in the Apple Tree Acres business Park in Bergen.
J Rental of East Amherst is asking for $720,000 in tax breaks for the project which is expected to create 15 new jobs.
J Rental is in the party supplies and tent rental business.

A Batavia man listed in guarded condition this afternoon at Strong Hospital with injuries suffered when his pick-up truck rolled o ver on Hawley Drive near the GCC campus.
51 year old Gerald Nicholson was pinned beneath his truck yesterday afternoon after he lost control of the vehicle and was ejected.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean Mc-Coy is denying domestic violence allegations. The claims were made on Instagram by a woman who has been identified as Mc-Coy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon. In the post, Mc-Coy is also accused of injuring his son, a dog and also taking drugs. Mc-Coy says he hasn’t had any contact with Cordon in months. In a statement, the Bills say they’re gathering information about the case.

Gov Announces Downtown Projects to get $10-million

News Release

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight transformational projects for Batavia as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in downtown Batavia will help to drive new, mixed-use development, improve access to local healthcare, and transform public space for community use. The investments are part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Finger Lakes.

“Through smart investments and sustainable development, we are transforming Batavia’s downtown and generating prosperity throughout Western New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “These projects will help to not only preserve Batavia’s rich history and character, but they will enhance the city as a destination and act as an engine for future growth for the entire region.”

Batavia was named a DRI Round 2 winner in October. The downtown area is a mixed-use, affordable neighborhood with access to jobs, anchor businesses, and city and county services. The area has an excellent foundation upon which to continue its revitalization, including amenities such as recreational sites, healthcare facilities, food markets, a library, and various retail and restaurant venues in a walkable environment.

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI include:

Create a Thriving Residential and Commercial Hub on the site of the former Della Penna property by constructing a new mixed-use development on the vacant and abandoned industrial brownfield. The new Ellicott Station will contain mixed-income residential units, four commercial spaces, and a brewery/restaurant and will leverage more than $20 million dollars in grants and private investment, become a thriving residential/commercial anchor for downtown Batavia. ($425,000)

Rehabilitate the Former Genesee Bank and the Carr’s Department Store Buildings for Mixed-Used Redevelopment. The first floor of the buildings, which have been vacant for more than five years, will be renovated for commercial uses, including a new cidery/café and retail and office incubator space. New mixed-income upper-floor residential units on the upper floors will provide additional housing options for downtown residents. ($1,000,000)

Establish Ellicott Place as New Mixed-Use Gateway to Downtown by renovating a large, underused building at a prominent location on Ellicott Street to include three first-floor commercial spaces, first-floor covered parking, and ten upper-floor residential units. A new elevator and facade upgrades will improve access and instill community pride in a previously chronically vacant space. The redevelopment of this 48,121-square foot building will complement the nearby Ellicott Station project and establish a new gateway to the downtown. ($1,150,000)

Develop an Intergenerational Healthy Living Campus in the Heart of Downtown, including a new home for the Genesee Area YMCA. The centrally-located facility will include a 55-60,000 square foot building and parking for 300 cars. Together with a complementary medical building planned for the site of the former YMCA building, the project is expected to generate 3,000 visits downtown daily. ($4,075,000)

Establish a New Regional Performing Arts Center at Batavia City Centre by renovating the façade and interior of the city-owned building. The new visually prominent and centrally located downtown theater will feature space for offices, concessions, retail, and a dance academy, and will augment nightlife and weekend activity. ($700,000)

Support Downtown Building Improvements by creating a Building Improvement Fund that will provide grants to assist downtown property owners to undertake both interior and exterior renovations. Building improvements will enhance the aesthetics and livability of the downtown core and provide opportunities for new entrepreneurs to establish their businesses. ($600,000)

Transform City Centre into an Indoor Market and Performance Space by upgrading the concourse and entrances to accommodate an indoor marketplace with micro-retail kiosks and public performance space to hold community events. Improvements will include flooring, lighting, entrance structures, wall color, and roof upgrades. ($1,000,000)

Enhance Jackson Square, a public gathering space bordered by historic buildings in the heart of downtown, with decorative pavement upgrades, a multi-level deck/stage, seating, lighting, decorative signage, a networking nook, and landscaping. The upgraded public plaza will become a lively hub and common space for community interaction, and provide connections to multiple businesses through its unique alleyway node configuration. ($750,000)

Morning News Briefing

Driver hospitalized after being pinned under truck in rollover near GCC.
A rollover accident across from the College Campus in Batavia landed the driver in the hospital after their truck landed on them.
The crash occurred on Assemblyman R. Steven Hawley Drive near the Batavia-Stafford Townline Road shortly after one yesterday afternoon.
The pick-up truck was apparently traveling northbound on Hawley Drive before skidding off the roadway, flipping, and ejecting the driver.
The unidentified driver was then pinned under the wreckage after the truck landed on him coming to rest in a corn field.
The man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight with serious injuries.
The injuries were reportedly non-life threatening however his current condition is not known.
State Police have released few details in the case as the investigation remains on-going.

Tops shoplifters in Batavia identified by city police.
A pair of out-of-towners allegedly stole nearly one-thousand dollars’ worth of groceries from the Tops Supermarket in Batavia last Friday.
49 year old Jeffery Wozniak of Niagara Falls and his co-defendant 46 year old Keith White of North Tonawanda are facing charges of Conspiracy, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Petit Larceny.
They are accused of stealing steaks, lobsters, shrimp and other household items from Tops and allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart as well.
The pair were released on appearance tickets to Batavia City Court.

Alleged spitting and trespassing land a Bethany man in lock up.
After allegedly entering the Swan Street residence of someone he did not know last week Batavia Police arrested 38 year old Sath Dhanda of Clapsaddle Road in Bethany.
Dhanda was charged of Criminal Trespassing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child where he was committed Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail to the Genesee County.
Around an hour later Dhanda was arrested and charged with Harassment after being accused of spitting on another person.
He was issued an appearance ticket for city court.

The teenager who police say admitted to stabbing his grandmother is due in court today.
Deputies say the crime happened over the weekend at the woman’s home on Oak Orchard Road in Albion.
17 year old Brandon Foster is accused of attacking his 54 year old grandmother, Rachael Spearance while she slept before stealing 23 dollars, her cell phone and running from the scene.
Foster’s mother says he has stolen from his family in the past.
Police are still trying to figure out a motive for the stabbing.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean Mc-Coy is denying domestic violence allegations.
The claims were made on Instagram by a woman who has been identified as Mc-Coy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon.
In the message, Mc-Coy is also accused of injuring his son, a dog and also taking drugs.
Mc-Coy says he hasn’t had any contact with Cordon in months.
In a statement, the Bills say they’re gathering information about the case.

Evening News Briefing

The driver of a pick-up truck was seriously injured this afternoon when he became pinned under the wreckage of his vehicle.
The as yet unidentified man was flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. His condition is unknown.
The accident happened just after 1 this afternoon on R. Steven Hawley Drive near the Batavia-Stafford Townline Road.
It appeared the pick-up was northbound as it crested the top of a hill near the GCC campus. The vehicle flipped over, ejecting the driver and came to rest in a field with the pick-up landing on top of the driver.
State Police are investigating.

Governor Andrew Cuomo criticizes President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Brett Kavanaugh has not commented on Roe versus Wade but Cuomo thinks if confirmed, Kavanaugh will ltry and overturn it.
The Governor’s comments come one day after he signed an executive order that protects a woman’s right to choose and to get contraceptive care that he says no federal agency can deny.

A couple of bear sightings in Genesee County.
A black bear was seen near Putnam and Francis Roads in Bethany yesterday afternoon and on Saturday a black bear was spotted off of Day Road in Alexander.
Officials say never approach, surround, or corner a bear and do not run from one. It’s best to just make a loud noise and hope the animal runs away.

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos continues to defend himself at his corruption retrial. During his second day of testimony, Skelos denied accounts he pressured anyone to give his son a job. He admitted that he asked business people to help his son but claims he never used his power or influence to pressure them to give him high paying no-show jobs.

Photography Show Continues at Nature Center

Curtis Kreutter’s photograph, Until Next Time, is available at:

Caption: “We have our modes of transportation and our places where we need to be. Things we need to get done. We never really think about what we pass on our way to work or school. These small things have a lot more meaning than we think. As we go through life we think of the things we used to do and the things we have encountered in the past that remind us of where we came from and at the same time it reminds us of where we are going.”

Press Release:

The “#ArtToo: A Photo Show” at the Genesee County Park Interpretive Nature Center in East Bethany continues for three more weeks until August 4, 2018, and features photographic work by Genesee Community College students. Historically, the term ‘art’ has been used to describe paintings and sculptures, the #ArtToo show title reminds viewers that digital art and photography are critical and highly expressive forms of fine art as well. The artist statement, by GCC student Kasey Edgerton describes the exhibit and includes a quote by a noted nationally acclaimed gallery director.

“Art conveys the zeitgeist of a generation. It expresses our greatest hopes and aspirations, and reflects our deepest fears and uncertainties. It is impossible to disentangle art from its socio-political moment, or the psychological maelstrom surrounding it.”

A statement by former Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Broun helped inspire the theme of this show:

“Art is not always about pretty things. It’s about who we are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected.

“Art is a product of what shapes us; our highest highs and lowest lows, individually, and as a people. Perhaps most strongly in times of adversity, art lifts us up, gives voice to the disenfranchised, and galvanizes the oppressed. Now in this age of rampant mistrust and polarization the autonomy and power of art is of the utmost importance, particularly in holding to account those who would seek to quell it. Art too, can be fearless. Art too, can be a commanding force for political change and social justice. In a time when a band of courageous voices can sweep the nation with two simple, but potent words: #MeToo, and a group of young survivor’s poignant plea that #Enough is enough, art can do its part to take the world to task.
The work collected here spans mediums and genres but is united by bonds of scholarship, intention, and the insatiable need to process and contextualize the experiences we are subjected to. It is a way to work through and ultimately derive meaning from the seemingly random string of occurrences which weave together into individual lives. We have come together to support, strengthen, and experience each other, as each of us is art too.”

This exhibit is the culmination of the students’ hard work and creative talent, something Genesee Community College encourages and features in the College’s Recognition Matters series which shines the spotlight, sometimes literally, onto the high-quality inspirational contributions created by GCC’s students, faculty and staff.

Genesee County Park Interpretive Nature Center is located ¼ mile from the Bethany Center Road entrance of the Genesee County Park at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany, NY 14054. The Center’s summer hours are Thursday through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. For more information go to: http://co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/inc.php

 

David Fenn’s photograph, Timila, is available at:

Caption: “During my time as a photographer for the Seneca Park Zoo, I get to see many of the animals that come through the door. The day to day activities of these creatures varies with each visit and every time I learn something new. On this day I captured one of the newest residents of the zoo, Timila, the snow leopard. Seeing how she adapts to the new scenery and making her feelings known to those that come to see her. It was an honor to be one of the first ones to capture her.”

Miranda Schiller’s photograph, Trestle, is available at:

Caption: “I love photographing industrial structures, and the bridge on Oak Street in Batavia has always intrigued me. Especially in the winter, with the snow contrasting against the black wrought iron and the dark water, the bridge is a stark component of the landscape. While man made, it’s been there so long that it looks almost natural spanning the creek, its vertical struts reflected in the water beneath it and echoing the trees behind it. With my interest in black and white film photography, I’m drawn to extreme contrasts even when working with color images.”

Morning News Briefing

Albion teen is behind bars accused of attempting to murder his grandmother.
Orleans County Deputies have arrested 17 year old Brandon Foster of Albion on first degree felony counts of Attempted Murder, Burglary and Assault following an incident on Oak Orchard Road in Albion.
According to deputies, Foster broke into his grandmother’s house through a window Saturday night and tried to murder her.
Lawmen say he stabbed his grandmother while she slept then put her in a chokehold before stealing 23 dollars and her cell phone and fleeing the scene.
K-9 teams track the teen hiding behind the Albion Burger King where he was apprehended without incident.
The victim, Rachael Spearance was taken to Medina hospital then flown via Mercy Flight to ECMC where she is in stable condition.
Foster was jailed on $50,000 bail and is expected back in Albion Town court tomorrow morning.

Black Bear’s being spotted in Genesee County.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has reported a black bear sighting near Putnam and Francis Roads in Bethany just before 3 yesterday afternoon.
Over the weekend someone reported a young black bear wondering through a cornfield on Day Road in Alexander that was in close proximity the roadway.
Another bear was spotted in Attica last week.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation say to never approach, surround, or corner a bear.
To never run from a bear and to use loud noise to scare away bears.

Orleans Emergency Management phone line outage fixed after going dark.
All emergency telephone lines were out of order yesterday afternoon in Orleans County along with all of the 9-1-1 and seven-digit administrative lines.
Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies say the outage has since been resolved and that all lines are restored however they did not provide a reason why the phone system was down.
They provided an additional number for emergencies at (585) 590-4171.

No meeting for Batavia’s Board of Education tonight.
The Batavia City Schools Board of Education have postponed their regular meeting for this evening moving it to next Tuesday night.
The will now meet July 17th in the District Administrative Conference Room at 6:30.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is heading to Yonkers later this morning for a rally on reproductive rights.
It comes a day after the governor signed an executive order that he says will allow women to choose and to get contraceptive care.
Cuomo is calling on the New York State Senate to pass legislation which aims to protect reproductive rights.
Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has said the bills would allow a woman to get an abortion late in the pregnancy, which he doesn’t support.

Muckdogs defeated by Spikes after splitting three game series.
The State College Spikes proved victorious over the Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium last night with a win 3 to zip.
The Muckdogs take a night off then head east to face the Connecticut Tigers before returning home this Saturday for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners.

Evening News Briefing

Brandon Foster

An Albion teenager is accused of trying to murder his grandmother for $23 in cash.
Orleans County deputies have charged 17 year old Brandon Foster of Albion with breaking into the home of his grandmother late last night on Oak Orchard Road. Deputies say he attacked the woman with a knife as she slept.
The woman, Rachael Spearance, fought back and managed to get away.
While bleed profusely, police said Spearance drove herself to Medina Hospital where she was later flown to ECMC in serious but stable condition.
Foster fled the house and remained on the run until early this morning when police from several agencies, with the use of K-9 teams, tracked down the boy hiding in bushes behind the Burger King in Albion.
He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Bear sightings seem to be getting more common these days.
A black bear was sighted this afternoon near Putnam and Francis Roads in Bethany.
Last week a bear was spotted in Attica.

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The Batavia City Schools Board of Education has postponed their regular meeting.
The board of education was to have met tomorrow night.
That meeting has now been moved to next Tuesday night, July 17 at 6:30 in the District Administrative Conference Room.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants there to be more transparency when hurricane-damaged cars are sold. He says hundreds of cars damaged in last summer’s hurricanes are being cleaned up sold to customers who have no idea that they suffered flood damage. That’s because there’s no law requiring the disclosure be made to buyers.

The Muckdogs finish their series with the State College Spikes at Dwyer Stadium this evening.
Batavia has split the series with an 8 to 3 win over the Spikes last night and will try to take the series with the third home game tonight.
Listen to all the action live right here on WBTA beginning with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Albion Teen Charged with Attempted Murder of Grandmother

News Release: Orleans County Sheriff’s Office

On July 9th, 2018, The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Foster, 17, of Albion, N.Y. following a violent incident at his grandmother’s house on Oak Orchard Road in the Town of Albion.
Undersheriff Christopher M. Bourke reports that shortly before midnight on July 8th, Foster allegedly went to home of his grandmother, Rachael Spearance, located just outside the Village of Albion. Foster entered the residence by climbing on a chair and forcing a rear window open. Upon climbing through a window, Foster proceeded to the bedroom and began attacking his grandmother with a knife as she slept in bed. Spearance began fighting back. Foster then placed her in a choke hold. Spearance was able to get away from Foster’s grasp and confront him about what he was doing. Foster then stole $23.00 cash and the victims cell phone and climbed out a different window and fled the scene.
Spearance, while bleeding profusely, was able to leave the residence and drive to Medina Hospital. Spearance was then transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight where she remains in serious but stable condition.
Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Albion Police arrived at the scene. The man hunt for the suspect took place in the Village of Albion throughout the night involving several agencies including the Sheriff’s Office, Albion Police, N.Y.S Police, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Bloodhound and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. Several interviews were conducted and several houses and building were searched. K-9 units tracked the suspect for hours through the Village of Albion. Around 6:00AM, K9-Teams were able to locate the suspect hiding in the bushes behind Burger King. The suspect surrendered peacefully at that time.
Foster is charged with Attempted Murder in the 1st degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 1st Degree (all felonies), Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Petit larceny. Foster was arraigned before Albion Town Justice Hon. Joseph Fuller. Bail was set at $50,000 cash, $100,000 Surety Bond. Foster is scheduled to return to the Town of Albion Court on July 11th, 2018, at 9:00AM.

Troopers Bust Suspected Walmart Shoplifter

Press Release:

On July 6, 2018 at 7:23 PM, Troopers out of SP Albion arrested Jessica R. Schofield, 29 of Albion, NY for petit larceny.

Troopers were dispatched to the Walmart Store on State Route 31 in the town of Albion for report of a larceny. Walmart Loss Prevention employees alleged that Schofield was observed stealing $432.54 worth of grocery merchandise and attempted to exit the store without paying. Schofield was arrested at the scene and transported to SP Albion.

Schofield was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the town of Albion Court in July 2018.

Seven Day Faith Reunites at Downs

Press Release:

BATAVIA – After a 15 year hiatus Pop Rock Group Seven Day Faith, featuring their original lineup of Rob Ferenc, John Rosini, Kevin Ernst and Rob Bilson, will reunite for a One Night Only Concert experience. Taking place on Saturday, September 15th 2018, the four original members will perform such hits as “Everything” “Ready To Go” and “Forever and a Day” on stage together for the first time in over 15 years.

“We are looking forward to hosting Seven Day Faith’s reunion show,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President at Batavia Downs Gaming. “These talented musicians have entertained thousands of Western New Yorkers and we’re excited to welcome their fans to experience what’s sure to be a great night of music.”

“The four of us John, Kevin, Rob Ferenc and Myself, we have not been on stage together for over 15 years. I am looking forward to performing our songs and reliving those years of making great music and traveling together. This is sure to be a magic evening,’ said Rob Bilson, lead singer of Seven Day Faith. “The time is right, it has been this is the 15th Anniversary of our 2nd release Somebody Save Me. That record gave us arguably our biggest single in “Forever and A Day” which was a top 5 hit on the Kiss 98.5 charts. It will be an amazing night revisiting this record as well as the wonderful music from our debut release “Life Says We Think Too Much.”

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 10th at 10am on bataviaconcerts.com. Doors open at 7pm, with live music starting at 8pm. Tickets are just $7. Each concert ticket is also redeemable at Player’s Club that night for $7 in Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines.

About Batavia Downs/WROTB
Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Region Off-Track Betting Corporation is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 17 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western Region OTB has generated over $215 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.

About Seven Day Faith
Founded in 1996 by Western New York musicians Rob Ferenc, John Rosini, Kevin Ernst and Rob Bilson, Seven Day Faith’s musical and lyrical talents helped them earn the distinction of the Top Original Rock Group at the 2002 Buffalo Music Awards with Rob Bilson winning the Top Original Male Vocalist award at the 2003 Buffalo Music Awards. They claimed the number one spot in Billboard magazine’s Independent music Charts in 2004 and have gone on to open for national acts such as John Entwhistle, Pat Benetar, Michele Branch, Simple Plan, Switchfoot, Gavin Degraw, Avril Lavigne, Shaggy, LLCool J, , Vanessa Carlton, JC Chasez, Papa Roach, Fuel and Our Lady Peace.

Morning News Briefing

Photo credit The Batavian

Fire destroys century old Stumblin’ Inn in Elba.
The Local landmark that was the Stumblin’ Inn is now just a memory for most residents.
A fully involved structure fire was reported at the South Main Street address in Elba yesterday morning right around 9 a.m.
Owner of the nearby Elba Diner, Doug Chappius was among the first to spot the fire…

Elba fire was dispatched along with Batavia’s Fast Team, Oakfield and Alabama Fire along with Tankers from Bethany, Stafford, Alexander and East Pembroke and Fire Police from Barre.
Elba Fire Chief Mike Heale was one of the first responders on scene

The Fire Chief added that they are investigating whether the blaze began inside or outside.
Chief Heale said they were fortunate to have good weather to fight the fire.
The flames were reportedly to under control shortly before 1 p.m. and the building had to be excavated yesterday afternoon in order for fire crews to douse the remaining hot spots.
The two residents who lived in the upper floors managed to escape before firefighters arrived and there were no injuries reported.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Byron resident busted for DWI after accident on Lyman Road.
34 year old Kelly DiMatteo of Byron Holley Road was taken into custody following investigation into a one car crash on Lyman Road last Wednesday night.
DiMatteo was arrested and charged with a Class E felony Count od DWI for having a previous conviction within 10 years along with counts for Refusing a breath test, failing to keep right and moving from a lane unsafely.
DiMatteo was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Senator Chuck Schumer wants New Yorkers to be careful when buying a used car.
Thousands of vehicles from areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year are now flooding the market. Schumer says they can be cleaned up for a low cost and sold to unsuspecting buyers.
He believes it’s up to the Federal Trade Commission to do more to help protect consumers, and expand mandated checks for flood-damaged vehicles.

The Muckdogs have split the first two-games of a three-game series with State College at Dwyer Stadium.
Despite a strong start on Saturday night the home team lost 7-4, however yesterday afternoon, the Muckdogs scorched the Spikes 8-3.
Batavia will attempt to capture the three-game series tonight.
Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium and you can hear the game as it happens live here on WBTA.

Fire Rips Through Stumblin’ Inn in Elba

Fire is consuming the historic Stumblin’ Inn on Main Street in Elba.
The first of several fire companies responded shortly after 9:30 this morning.
Thick smoke is visible from several miles.
Witnesses say flames were visible from every part of the building.
Authorities have blocked traffic on Route 98 in both directions.
Motorists are asked to avoid the scene.
Shortly after 10 am, all interior firefighters were ordered out of the building – an indication that the fire was spreading to rapidly to contain.

Doug Chappius owns the nearby Elba Diner. He said the Stumblin’ was a local landmark. He was also among the first to spot the fire

No cause for the fire has been determined and no injuries have been reported.

GCC Athletics Update

Press Release:

GCC Athletic HOF Set to Induct Five this Fall

The Genesee Community College athletics and alumni departments are pleased to announce five new inductees into the Cougars’ Athletic Hall of Fame to be enshrined this fall.

The list includes four players and one coach. Almost every sport season is equally represented when each of the soon-to-be inductees was involved in Cougar sports during their time at GCC. That demographic includes: fall (one volleyball student-athlete), winter (one swimming and diving student-athlete, and one basketball coach), and spring (one baseball student-athlete, and one lacrosse student-athlete).

Congratulations to Tammy Conrad Wickens, Sara Barr, Scott Hemer, John Polonius, and Connor Latimer; on their outstanding Cougar careers that expanded from the water to the court, field and diamond.

The induction location has yet to be determined, but will take place Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. with the induction ceremony to begin at 5 p.m. Further details – including athletic biographies – will be forth coming as the induction date nears.

With the inclusion of this year’s class of inductees, the GCC Athletic Hall of Fame will expand to 21 with two teams and 19 individuals.

Three GCC Summer Athletic Camps Accepting Applicants

The Genesee Community College athletics department will be hosting three soccer camps this summer. In addition to the boys and girls soccer camps is a new camp designed to improve performance in any sport in speed, agility and conditioning.

The latter all-sports co-ed camp runs from July 9 – August 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. for ages 10 and above.

GCC head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt and GCC head athletic trainer Amber Nichols (MS, ATC, PES) are the featured instructors.

Both the boys soccer and girls soccer camps begin July 23 and run through July 27.

The girls soccer camp will be held in the morning from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the boys soccer camp starts in the afternoon at 1 p.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m. Both soccer camps are for ages 10 and above.

To register electronically and reserve a spot and get further information, simply click on this link: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/camps/camps-list

Genesee Community College soccer teams believe the “game” is the best teacher and that philosophy is evident at our camps. Daily activities include individual ball skills, small-sided games, group tactics and learning through playing. Also, we will have sessions strictly for goalies to work on their skills.

Baseball Cougars Land Pitching-Ace Cole

The Genesee Community College baseball team inked Parker Cole as its newest signee, as the Bolivar-Richburg High School Wolverine comes to the Cougars with impressive credentials.

Cole led Bolivar-Richburg to a Section V Class D title by throwing a no-hitter and earning his school its third sectional title in the last five years.

Although that may have been the senior’s most impressive game on the season, voters found Cole’s season as equally impressive as he was awarded the Allegany County Division-I Most Valuable Player Award.

Cole averaged two strikeouts per inning in amassing a 108 total – that was the most of any in the Allegany County division. For those that weren’t struck out, Cole gave up a hit about every four innings on the average with just 16 total on the season. His earned-run-average finished at 1.55.

Cole also helped his team offensively with a .495 on-base percentage that included 29 hits, 29 runs and 21 RBI with a batting average near .400.

Clingerman Solidifies Women’s Lacrosse Defense as Newest Signee

The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team added yet another vital piece to its team with the signing of Olivia Clingerman.

The three-year high school varsity defensive starter for the Waterloo Indians is set to trade-in her orange and black attire for Cougar blue and gold, after leading the former to consecutive semifinal appearances in each of her three years of varsity play.

For head women’s lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt, it was a signing that he had pursued beyond most of his already impressive list of incoming players for next season but one well worth the wait.

The former honor student at Waterloo will pursue a career in respiratory therapy with studies in that field while attending GCC.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Weekend News Briefing

Air conditioning issues disrupt residents during a heat wave at a nursing home in Batavia.
The Privately operated Premiere Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia was dealing with air conditioning failure on two of the hottest days of the year.
A brief outage on Monday was quickly amended and a much longer outage occurred Thursday.
Residents had to be moved from the upper floors where temperatures reached the mid 80’s.
Premier Administrator Christine Schaller says the AC is back up and running however portable units have been purchased to aid in the cooling effort…

Officials with the State Health Department came in to investigate the situation.

Shoplifters apparently planning a surf and turf busted by Batavia Police.
According to our news partner, The Batavian, the trio of shoplifting suspects allegedly filled their cart full of groceries from Tops including items such as steaks, lobster, shrimp and a large roast before taking off in a red van.
Police stopped the vehicle at Park Road and Oak Street and discovered even more merchandise that had been allegedly taken from Walmart.
They appeared not to be local residents.

46 year old Keith White of North Tonawanda was taken into custody shortly before noon yesterday for allegedly stealing from Walmart in Batavia.
White is currently being held without bail in Genesee County on charges of Burglary and Grand Larceny.

The Muckdogs lose game two but win the series with a third game victory over The Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
After finishing up the remaining innings for Thursday night’s match up in a loss of 6 to 7 Friday night finished strong for the Batavia ball-team with a 2 to 1 win over the Scrappers.
In the upset, Batavia dealt the division leaders their first series loss of the season.
Batavia returns home this weekend for a three game series against the State College Spikes you can hear all three games beginning at 7:05 p.m. Saturday through Monday night here on WBTA.

Raffle season returns for the Rotary Club of Batavia.
Rotary’s annual Corvette Fundraising Raffle was cancelled two years in a row over fear that the State would crackdown on raffles that sold tickets over the internet.
The club is now selling raffle tickets for a $20,000 grand prize to be awarded at the end of September.
Rotary is happy to report the raffle is completely compliant with New York State law.

Evening News Briefing

The former Genesee County Nursing Home, now privately operated as Premiere Genesee, lost air conditioning on two of the hottest days of the year.
There was a two hour outage on Monday and a much longer outage yesterday.
Residents had to be moved from the upper floors where temperatures reached the mid 80’s.
Nursing home administrator Christine Schaller says the old AC system has been repaired but new portable units are being brought in to supplement it

Officials with the State Health Department came in to investigate the situation.

Batavia Police nab a trio of shoplifting suspects with enough food for a feast.
The three allegedly grabbed the groceries from Tops and fled in a van which was stopped at Park Road and Oak Street.
The names of the three have not been released.
Our news partner, The Batavian, reports the three do not appear to be local residents.
The stolen food included steaks, lobster, shrimp and a large roast.

New York State’s maple industry hit a 74-year record this year with the production of more than 800-thousand gallons of maple syrup.
The maple industry in New York has grown by nearly 50 percent in the last five years and continues to maintain the state’s standing as the second leading producer in the nation.

The Rotary Club of Batavia has announced it is back in the raffle business.
The club curtailed its annual Corvette Fundraising Raffle two years ago when it was feared New York State would crackdown on raffles that sold tickets over the internet.
The club is now selling raffle tickets for a $20,000 grand prize to be awarded at the end of September.
The club promises that this raffle is 100 percent New York State law compliant.

Batavia Rotary Renews Raffle

The Batavia New York Rotary Club has a long history of making significant capital contributions to local projects which are typically multi-year commitments. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the most recent and major fund raiser –The Annual Corvette Raffle – was put on hold while the State of New York’s elected officials in Albany reformed outdated 1950’s laws with regards to non-profit/charitable gaming raffles. Specifically: to who, where and when tickets could be sold.

In the 21st Century of internet, credit card and remote sale transactions , the current NYS lim-ited raffle laws continue to be a major constraint on Batavia Rotary Club ticket sales necessary to cover the previous cost of the car, ten other $500 winners, the expenses to run such a raffle and net proceeds to satisfy our financial commitment to donations towards the UMMC operat-ing room renovations, YMCA/UMMC wellness center and our annual $18,000 college scholar-ship program for three deserving high school graduates from Batavia High, Notre Dame and Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.

All that said, the Batavia Rotary Club is pleased to announce they are reentering the game with a 100% NYS Raffle Laws-compliant Cash Raffle having a $20,000 top prize. Only 999 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the vast majority of the tickets will be sold here in WNY the counties of Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara and Erie (as is still required by an-tiquated NYS Lottery laws).

The Batavia New York Rotary Club – 85 members strong- will be soliciting and reaching out with tickets through a limited distribution and face to face contacts starting July 6, 2018.
The top prize winner will be selected as part of our Annual Brew Fest Event on September 29, 2018 at the Batavia Downs Gaming. Five other lucky ticket holders will receive $100 cash priz-es.
Contact any Batavia Rotarian for tickets. Tickets will also be available at:

Lawley Insurance at 20 Jefferson Avenue
Dr. Michael Kubiniec, DDS at 180 Washington Avenue
WBTA at 113 Main Street

Ranzenhofer Launches Summer Reading Program

Press Release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer is encouraging students to continue growing, learning and developing– even though school is out of session until September– by participating in his Summer Reading Program.

“As the school year comes to an end, students are turning their thoughts away from books to vacation. This program is a great way to promote literacy and keep children’s minds active when they are not in a classroom. I encourage students to read all summer long by participating in the Summer Reading Program,” said Ranzenhofer.

The theme of this year’s program is Libraries Rock! Students and parents can participate by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website, ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov.

Evidence shows that children who stop reading over the summer often fall behind when they return to class in September. Over 2.2 million students participated in summer reading at New York libraries last year.

GCC Graduate Gets Up from Wheelchair and Walks to Receive Diploma

Lauren Stumpf shaking hands with SUNY Chancellor Johnson at GCC’s 50th Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2018

Press Release:

As Genesee Community College’s 50th graduating class crammed for finals, one student worked harder, practiced longer, collaborated more and without realizing it-embodied the College’s “Beyond Expectations” brand with quiet dignity and integrity seldom seen.

Lifelong Bergen resident, Lauren E. Stumpf was born in 1994 with Cerebral Palsy, and has relied on a wheelchair for mobility for most of her life. But this challenge never much slowed Lauren down, nor dampened her spirited disposition. With hard work and dedication, she has enjoyed great success. She graduated from Byron-Bergen Schools in 2012 and months later enrolled at GCC with plans to earn a degree in Human Services.

Lauren’s determination has always been a mark of her character and integrity, first by proving her doctors wrong by far exceeding their projected life expectancy of just five-years. Then at GCC she excelled in her coursework and quickly made friends across campus.

Several months before graduation, Lauren decided she wanted to make the ceremony even more special by surprising her family and friends with another significant accomplishment-walking across the Commencement stage to accept her diploma. To that end, Lauren began doing exercises to strengthen her muscles, and she contacted her friends who were enrolled in GCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. Together, with guidance from their professors, they helped Lauren by monitoring her progress, educating her about proper posture and exertion levels to ensure she rested appropriately and did not injure herself.

As Lauren proudly walked across the stage, the crowd cheered, applauded and many people jumped to their feet with enthusiasm and support. She shook hands with keynote speaker Dr. Kristina Johnson, the new SUNY Chancellor, whose speech included a message about optimism and rising to her own challenge of being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Lauren’s determination inspired the GCC’s admissions office to capture her story in a short video that would illustrate her resolve. It also will inspire others to meet their challenges head-on and realize the many resources available to help make their dreams a reality.

Lauren’s story is proof that good news travels fast and far. After posting Lauren’s story on the College’s social media channels, there were more than 4,500 views in just one week. This included a message from Buffalo State College who is looking forward to having her on their campus this fall, as she begins her next challenge. Lauren will be enrolled in Buffalo State’s Special Education program, in part, as a tribute to her close friend who also enrolled in the program but sadly passed away before she graduated.

“After Buffalo State, I want to get a job as a special education teacher and possibly go back to GCC as a professor for the developmental disabilities class,” Lauren said.
And to that GCC remarks, “Bring it on! We can’t wait to see you.”

 

BPO to Perform at Letchworth State Park

Press Release:

The Genesee Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announces a day of musical and theatrical performances culminating with a grand outdoor concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks display over the Grand Gorge at LETCHWORTH STATE PARK.

The Saturday, July 14th events will be held at the Archery Field Overlook in the park, just inside the Castile entrance. All activities are outdoors and the public is encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets.

Schedule for the day:

2:00pm— Steve West, Local Musician –An afternoon of Acoustic Guitar

4:30pm— Shake on the Lake, the Perry, NY professional theater company performing – “Experts Guide to Shakespeare – All 36 plays in 36 minutes or less”

5:30pm— “Injest” Comedy and Juggling

6:30pm— Shake on the Lake – repeat of the 4:30 show

8:00pm— BPO Concert featuring an Americana Program lead by celebrated conductor JoAnn Falletta

9:30pm— Grand Fireworks over the Gorge

Parking for the day’s activities will be available at Trailside Lodge, Lower Falls, Octogan and overflow at Group camp area. Shuttle buses will be operating between these locations beginning at 3:15pm until 1am.

Admission to the show is included with the $10.00 per vehicle park entrance fee. Letchworth is a ‘carry-in / carry-out’ park.

For further information call 585-493-3600 or write to Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, and NY 14427. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.parks.ny.gov

Letchworth State Park is part of the statewide system of parks, recreation and historic sites of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation administered by the Genesee Region, Western District.

GCC’s Joseph Petrillo of Warsaw Honored with STAR-NY Mastery of Practice Award

Joe Petrillo with his awards

Press Release:

On May 21, 2018 Genesee Community College Adjunct Mathematics Instructor and Professional Tutor Joseph Petrillo of Warsaw was awarded a STAR-NY Mastery of Practice and the STAR-NY Team Spirit award for his academic efforts during the Spring 2018 semester.

STAR-NY, which is an acronym for Shared Technology And Resources, is a consortium of SUNY colleges and universities who employ instructors and tutors to provide free online one-on-one tutoring for students through the use of the WorldWideWhiteboard. The program’s goal is to teach the student how to learn, not what to learn. Students can upload documents into the whiteboard which allows both the student and the tutor to write on them and they both use a chat box in the virtual room for questions and responses. Quality control teams monitor and check sessions to improve the service and document various student needs. The program’s subjects and functions are governed by supervisors from each member college and university.

STAR-NY’s Mastery in Practice is awarded each semester by a five-person quality review panel to a tutor who consistently demonstrates both a deep understanding of the STAR-NY tutoring philosophy, and considerable skill in applying that philosophy in a variety of challenging situations.

The Team Spirit award recognizes a tutor who is alert and conscious of unusual occurrences during tutoring sessions for both colleagues and students and reports that information in a timely fashion. Examples of such occurrences could include opening a dialogue with other subject tutors about a shared tutee (even if not on the same night); notifying the quality control officer immediately upon noticing that no room was open for another subject at a scheduled time or following up with a tutee to provide further resources after a session was completed. These types of actions support an effective learning environment.

“Joe’s performance has been exemplary during his time as a STAR-NY tutor. The skills and techniques he uses have proven to further student learning through very difficult course content,” Dr. Craig Lamb, GCC’s dean of Distributed Learning said. “It is for these and many other reasons STAR-NY recognized Joe’s talents with these awards and will soon welcome him to their quality control team.”

These recognitions have earned Petrillo a place in GCC’s new Recognition Matters series which highlights the accomplishments of the College’s faculty, staff and students. Officials at GCC have embraced this series as a way to acknowledge not only the achievement, but the continued high quality of individuals who demonstrate GCC’s “beyond expectations” brand each day.

Petrillo, who has been a professional physics tutor through STAR-NY since February 2017, also has experience tutoring in basic college math and algebra, statistics, calculus, biology and chemistry. In addition to the hours he spends tutoring, Petrillo has served as an adjunct mathematics instructor at GCC’s Arcade, Warsaw and Batavia campus locations and a test proctor at GCC in Warsaw.

In the Spring of 2012, Petrillo was named GCC’s Warsaw Instructor of the Semester. He earned a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1994, his B.S. in Liberal Arts and Science from SUNY Empire State College in 1981 and his A.S. in Engineering Science from Monroe Community College in 1977. He currently resides in Warsaw.
Any student interested in using the STAR-NY tutoring services is encouraged to visit http://www.starny.org/ to see the “Available Subjects and Times” and from there, click on “Request a Tutor”.

Students can also contact onlinetutoring@cortland.edu for more information.

Morning News Briefing

Stolen items replaced and security being added following theft from the Peace Garden.
Community members have come out offering a helping hand after it was reported that two large black granite urns were stolen from tht Batavia Peace Garden off of West Main Street in the City.
Treasurer Carol Grasso credited funeral director Michael Tomaszewski as the kind hearted community member who stepped up to replace the missing urns.
Grasso said another donor who wished to remain anonymous contacted members of the Peace Garden about funding for a new security system…

Police have obtained surveillance footage from businesses across the street and are currently investigating the incident.

Erratic operation on Redfield leads to charges for a Lewis Ave resident.
Following a complaint of an erratic driver on West Main Street last Friday evening, Genesee County Deputies stopped 69 year old Ronald Metz of Lewis Ave in Batavia.
Metz was stopped on Redfield Parkway and was subsequently arrested for allegedly being intoxicated.
He is facing counts of DWI along with traffic infractions for failing to signal and keep right.
Metz was given appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court on July 18th.

Fallen State Trooper services this weekend.
While responding to a call near Corning Monday morning 29 year old state police officer Nicholas Clark lost his life.
43 year old Steven Kiley shot and killed Clark according to investigators.
Kiley’s estranged wife called police after she says he was showing suicidal behavior.
After shooting Trooper Clark, Kiley took his own life. Clark’s wake will be tomorrow on the campus of Alfred University.
His funeral is Sunday.

Senator Chuck Schumer is raising a red flag over the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on paper sent from Canada to New York.
Speaking at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs yesterday, Senator Schumer said those taxes could have a negative impact on businesses.
For example, Schumer says it could cost Quad Graphics alone 90 million dollars a year.
He believes the tariffs could also put printing companies out of business, leading to layoffs.

Last night’s ball game between The Batavia Muckdogs’ and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers had to be suspended due to rain.
The weather stopped play in the top of the 5th when Batavia was trailing 3 to zip.
The full nine innings will be finished in yesterday’s game beginning at 5:05 p.m. tonight then 30 minutes after that the teams will take to the field again to play a seven inning match to complete the originally scheduled game for tonight.
It will be the Muckdogs’ first seven inning game of the season.
After winning game one of the series, the Muckdogs look to give Mahoning Valley their first series loss of the season by winning either game tonight.

Donations Aid Peace Garden Following Theft

Local funeral director Michael Tomaszewski is replacing urns stolen from the Peace Garden.

Members of the Batavia Peace Garden reported two large black granite urns had disappeared from the site on the south side of West Main Street while tending to the garden on Monday.

Police are checking surveillance footage from businesses across the street to see if they can possibly identify any suspects.

Since the news spread, community members have stepped up to help out.

Peace Garden Treasurer Carol Grasso…

Grasso said that after approval to purchase a surveillance system for the garden was decided an anonymous donor offered to help pay for the security system.

She said the congregating Pokémon players are welcome in the garden but have likely led to some property damage and littering.

Grasso also encouraged volunteers to come out the morning of August 4th if they are interested in grooming the garden with the weekenders.

Office for the Aging: HEAT ALERT

Press Release:

With potential high temperatures, we want to be sure you understand summer heat dangers. Please be aware of the following:

Danger signs for Heat Exhaustioncall the doctor if any of these symptoms arise:

heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps
tiredness, weakness, dizziness
headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting
skin – cool & moist, pulse rate – fast & weak, breathing – fast & shallow

Danger signs for Heat Strokeneeding immediate medical attention:

• extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
• red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
• rapid strong pulse
• throbbing headache
• dizziness and nausea

To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the CDC recommends the following tips:

• Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
• Rest.
• Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
• If possible, seek an air- conditioned environment. (If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall, public library to cool off).
• Wear lightweight clothing.
• If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
• Do not engage in strenuous activities.

The Office for the Aging is air-conditioned and is open to any older adult, age 60 and over. Come and cool off in the Senior Center lobby, TV room, and/or activity rooms.

Morning News Briefing

Crash in Elba sends three to the hospital.
Three people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital after a two car crash was reported at Route 98 and Lockport Road in Elba.
The Batavian reports that a sedan and a pickup collided at the intersection at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
Both involved vehicles had two occupants inside.
One person was airlifted via Mercy Flight to the hospital, while two others were taken by ambulance.
The fourth occupant was a sign off on scene.
All injuries were apparently non-life-threatening.

Eight concert goers arrested at Darien Lakes latest rap performance.
The Logic concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 3rd ended in arrest for a number of individuals.
Four were arrested for unlawfully possessing pot, others were charged with Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing and one for Harassment for allegedly shoving a Live Nation employee inside the venue.
27 year old Michael Stutzman of Hamburg was arrested for DWI after allegedly getting an accident in the concert parking lot.
All eight were released with appearance tickets.

Buffalo boys arrested for various felonies after taking a joy ride into the sticks.
Buffalo residents Jason Mann and Travis Kent both 17 along with 19 year old David Edwards were apprehended in a corn field after attempting to take two ATV’s in Dairen.
They allegedly ditched a stolen vehicle from Lackawana in a farm field off Harper Road before attempting to steal two ATV’s from a Broadway Road residence.
Fortunately the resident scared them off and they fled into a field.
The trio is facing various felony charges for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief and all three are being held in lieu of $10,000.
Investigation remains on-going and further charges are pending.

State Police in Albion arrest a Rochester resident on a felony sex offense.
Troopers are investigating an alleged sex offense in the Town of Murray from March of this year.
20 year old Antonio Reyes of Rochester was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Reyes was released on his own recognizance.

Heat Advisory goes back into effect today.
According to the National Weather Service a heat advisory remains in effect from noon to 8 pm today for the entire region.
The heat index in some places is expected to stay in the upper 90s.
The hot temperatures and high humidity is a recipe for heat illness.
Officials encourage drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, out of the sun and to check in on relatives and neighbors.

Muckdogs take game one from division leaders Mahoning Valley.
In their Independence Day matchup, Batavia bested Pinckney Division-leaders Mahoning Valley 4-3 for their third win in four games.
The Scrappers haven’t lost a series all season, and Batavia has a chance to deal them their first tonight.
Game two of the series is this evening with a 7:05 first pitch from Eastwood Field.

Hawley on 4th of July

Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

“As we wade into the dog days of summer, Independence Day is a cherished reminder that the American Dream is alive and well and the right of any nation and its people to live free should not be infringed upon.

“Our founding fathers, the patriots who forged our nation through a crucible of revolution, knew that the will of men and women to live free, govern themselves and choose their own destiny was undeniable and worth any sacrifice they may endure.

“The strength and courage of our founders to break from the tyranny of Great Britain, their home country, ultimately gave rise to the greatest military, economic and social power in world history, the United States of America.

“It is a true gift to have a sense of patriotism and it will forever be our responsibility to remember the brave men and women who made our country what it is today. The fight for liberty and justice is never complete; and as Americans it is our duty to remember and cherish our independence. It is a day to celebrate our freedom, our country, our triumphs and to remember all those men and women who have served our nation and who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of those ideals.

“Although this holiday is a joyous occasion, I encourage everyone to stay safe and to celebrate responsibly with family and friends. Happy Independence Day!”

Morning News Briefing

Three Buffalo boys busted for attempting to take ATVs from a Darien address.
Three suspects were apprehended by deputies in a corn field about half a mile off of Broadway Road in Darien after allegedly stealing a vehicle and then trying to take two ATVs.
17 year olds Jason Mann and Travis Kent along with 19 year old David Edwards all of Buffalo were arrested on various felony charges for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief.
The trio allegedly stole a vehicle from Lackawana then after damaging the vehicle significantly ditched it in a farm field off Harper Road.
They attempted to take two ATVs from a Broadway Road address but were thwarted by the resident and the subjects fled into a field.
All three are being held on $10,000 apiece and further charges are pending.

Lyndonville man arrested for sexual abuse.
State Police out of Albion have arrested 43 year old Jason Dusett of Lyndonville for Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
On June 4th investigators received a report of a possible sex crime with a juvenile. Further investigation revealed that Dusett had sexual contact with a victim under the age of 11 years old.
Dusett was arraigned in Albion Town Court and remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $10,000.
Anyone with information is to contact the State Police at 585-344-6200 in reference to SJS 8301609.

Batavia Police are looking into the apparent theft of decorations from the Batavia Peace Garden.
Two large resin urns and a ceramic snail turned up missing on Monday from the Garden along the south side of West Main Street.
Police are checking security camera footage from businesses across the street.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Batavia Police.

Batavia Muckdogs win their second series of the season, as they bounced back off of Monday night’s loss to the Black Bears to take the final game defeating West Virginia 5 to 4.
Dwyer Stadium was packed to witness the home team win and the night was capped off with a fireworks display.
Batavia goes on the road today to Pinckney Division leader, Mahoning Valley.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police are looking into the apparent theft of decorations from the Batavia Peace Garden.
Missing are two large resin urns and a ceramic snail.
The Peace Garden is located along the south side of West Main Street.
It was built in 2012 to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
The urns turned up missing yesterday.
Police are checking security camera footage from businesses across the street.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Batavia Police.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley expects to split his vote in the next legislative session on two issues that would legalize previously illegal activity.
The assembly adjourned last month putting off a vote on two bills:
One would legalize sports better and the other would legalize recreational pot.
Speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning Hawley said he remains opposed to legal recreational weed

Hawley said he will likely support the sports betting bill.
He expects both bills will be taken up early in the next session.

Flags flying at half-staff for a fallen State Trooper.
29 year old Trooper Nicholas Clark was responding to a call of a suicidal person early yesterday near Corning.
Clark was allegedly shot and killed by 43 year old Steven Kiley a former principal in Bradford Central Schools.
After shooting Clark Kiley then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. Funeral arrangements for Trooper Clark have yet to be announced.

Another day of high temperatures and humidity across Western New York.
The Heat Advisory has been cancelled but forecasters still expect it to be in the mid-90s today with the heat index near or above 100 degrees.
Cooler temps aren’t expected to move in until later in the week.

The Muckdogs are one and one in their home series against the West Virginia Black B ears.
The Dog were defeated last night 3 to 1.
The rubber match is tonight at Dwyer Stadium.
The game to be followed by fireworks.
The Muckdogs are on the road tomorrow night.

Morning News Briefing

Road Rage with a weapon lands a Liberty Street man behind bars.
A Liberty Street man was committed to County jail for Road Rage.
Following the incident last Friday on Main Street in the city, 19 year old Jacob Sponaugle of Batavia was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Menacing.
Sponaugle apparently brandished a shotgun during the incident and pointed it at someone according to authorities.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500.

Stolen wallet sends a city man to County jail.
24 year old Joseph Burr of North Lyon Street in the city is accused of stealing someone’s wallet while they were involved in an argument on Lyon Street in Batavia last Friday.
Burr was arrested and charged with a number of counts including Grand Larceny, Robbery and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was ordered to be held on $2,000 bail in the County Jail.

Flags across New York are at half-staff in memory of a State Trooper.
Nicholas Clark lost his life early yesterday morning in Erwin, located near Corning.
The 29 year old Trooper was responding to a call of a suicidal person when he was shot and killed.
Police say 43 year old Steven Kiley, a school principal, murdered Clark before being found dead of a gunshot wound.
Clark is survived by his mother, father and brother.
Funeral arrangements haven’t been announced.

Another day of high temperatures and humidity across Western New York.
The Heat Advisory has been cancelled however forecasters still expect it to be in the mid-90s today with heat indices being near or above 100 degrees in some places.
Cooler temps aren’t expected to move in until later in the week.
Officials are still asking people to check on the elderly and children until the heat wave passes.

Added strain from air conditioning has National Grid asking people to cut their unnecessary electrical usage for the rest of the week.
Officials say their power grid is holding up adequately considering the extra demand.
One thing you can do to help out is using less of your hot water appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.
And if you have a pool, make sure your pump isn’t running all the time.

West Virginia evens the score with a win in the second of three game series against the Muckdogs.
The Black Bears beat Batavia 3 to 1 last night tying up the series.
The Muckdogs have another shot to take down West Virginia tonight at Dwyer Stadium beginning with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
Listen to all the Batavia baseball action right here on WBTA.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has posted a Heat Advisory until 10 o’clock tonight.
The advisory extends to Genesee and Orleans counties.
The heat index, a combination of temperature and humidity, could reach as high as 100 degrees.
In addition to the heat, the Weather Service is forecasting scattered thunderstorms for this afternoon and early evening. These thunderstorms could contain damaging winds.

Two Batavia men were scheduled to appear in City Court today facing felony charges in separate incidents.
19 year old Jacob Sponaugle of Liberty Street is charged with Menacing. Police say he brandished a shotgun at another person following a road rage incident on Main Street last Friday.

24 year old Joseph Burr of North Lyon Street is charged with Robbery and Grand Larceny for allegedly taking a wallet from another person during an argument.

State Police say a trooper was shot and killed early this morning near Albany when responding to a call of a suicidal suspect.
The suspect was also killed.
The shooting took place near a community college, which prompted a massive police response.
The trooper has been identified as Nicholas Clark.

The Batavia Muckdogs look to win their second straight game and clinch a series win tonight over the West Virginia Black Bears.
The Dogs beat the Black Bears 8 to 4 yesterday in spectacular fashion with a Brayan Hemandez walk-off grand slam home run.
First pitch tonight at Dwyer Stadium is 7:05, the game can be heard  on WBTA.

Last call for Batavia Downs stall applications

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

With the start of the live racing season just three weeks away, horseman should be advised this is the last call to turn in a stall application for the upcoming 2018 summer/fall meet.

Stall applications must be received by the track no later than Friday (July 6).

The backstretch opens for tack on Monday (July 16) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Wednesday (July 18) at 8 a.m.

Stall applications are available for download on the track’s website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com). Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application and Agreement and also Stall Reservations. Applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association (WNYHHA) office located onsite at Buffalo Raceway.

The first draw will be held on Thursday (July 19) for Monday (July 23) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs.

Starting this meet, Batavia Downs will now have a six-race paddock with the opening of the new two-race barn which was built adjacent to the existing pre-race staging area. The 16-horse wash stall barn is also incorporated on that campus.

Batavia Downs will also offer its new text messaging service for notices about draws, entries and changes to the racing schedule. Horsemen are encouraged to text the word “HORSEMAN” to 51660. You will then need to reply “YES” and you’ll be opted in for race office text message updates.

All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing at 585-343-3750, ext. 6322.

Kayaking at DeWitt Recreation Area

Press Release:

Seize the day with a guided kayak tour of DeWitt Lake on Saturday July 21st! Explore the lake by water and discover a new world. Session 1 takes place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Session 2 takes place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Meet at the boat launch at DeWitt Recreation Area. No experience needed, a beginner kayaking lesson is provided! Rent a kayak or bring your own. Kayak rentals with life vests are provided by Adventures in Fitness Inc. Solo kayak rentals are available for ages 12 and up, tandem kayak rentals are available for kids under 12 and must be piloted by an adult.
Guided tour fee is $20/person without rental or $25/person with kayak rental per session. Fee for children under 12 is $10 per session. Pre-registration is required by Saturday July 14th, call 585-344-1122!

For more information visit our website at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Shannon Lyaski at Shannon.Lyaski@co.genesee.ny.us or (585) 344-1122.

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Genesee County Fair Returns for 179th Year

Press Release:

The annual Genesee County Fair returns for its 179th year on July 16 – 21, 2018. This year’s fair will include a demolition derby, cowgirl couture barrel racing, an Empire State Pullers tractor pull, an expanded midway with nearly 20 rides and a host of other exciting changes and events to be enjoyed by the whole family.

New this year, the fair will be giving away tickets to the demolition derby and tractor pull on their Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the fair. Anyone wishing to win tickets can reply to a trivia question on the fair’s Facebook page for a chance. The fair is also hosting a Battle of the Bands on Thursday night, July 19. Several local bands will go head-to-head in the musical competition, with the winner playing the main stage on Friday night. The fair is pleased to announce the return of the talent show on July 21.

One of the longest consecutively running county fair in New York State is a short drive from both Rochester and Buffalo. Admission is $5 per carload, also making it one of the more affordable family activities of the summer. Since 1839, Upstate New York families have attended the annual fair at the Genesee County Fairgrounds to enjoy classic fair foods, meet and greet with animals (over 800 will be at the fair this year!), hop on the kids rides and more.

Attendees of the six-day fair will be treated to live music at Faith at the Fair on July 17, Under the Gun on July 21, as well as the winner of the battle of the bands competition on July 20, a creative container garden contest and chainsaw carvings. There will also be 4-H animal shows, tractor pulls, car shows, draft horse shows, stock car racing, a Fair Queen pageant and more.

Event Highlights:
7/16 Emergency Responder Night and Grande Parade through the Fairgrounds
7/17 Senior Citizen’s Day and Midway opens, Faith at the Fair
7/18 Children’s Day, 4H and Fair Queen Pageant
7/19 Veteran’s Day at the Fair, Battle of the bands and Special Stock Car races
7/20 Grand Demolition Derby and Cowgirl Couture Barrel Racing
7/21 Bring Your Tractor to the Fair Day with all day tractor pulls and the Empire State Pullers Show, Talent Show

For a complete list of events, visit gcfair.com/fair-schedule/. To keep up-to-date on the latest happenings of the fair, visit the Genesee County Fair’s Facebook page. The fair is also accepting applications for both sponsors and volunteers. For more information visit gcfair.com

Parking is available in the fairgrounds and admission is $5 per carload. The Genesee County Fairgrounds are located at 5056 E Main Street Rd, Batavia NY.

Hawley: July Office Hours

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is holding his next round of office hours for Genesee and Monroe county residents starting July 11. The office hours will be attended by Hawley’s staff. The 139th Assembly District, represented by Hawley, includes all of Genesee County and portions of western Monroe County.

“These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas regarding the issues facing state government,” said Hawley. “I strongly encourage those who are able to attend to come and make their voices heard.”

To schedule an individual appointment with Hawley, please contact his office at hawleys@nyassembly.gov or by calling 585-356-0686 for the Monroe County office hours, or 585-813-1608 for the Genesee County office hours.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
July Office Hours:

Monroe County:

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, July 13, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, July 27, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Rekindle reported at dump off of Transit Road.
A fire that was reported Friday evening at a dump off of 5955 Transit Road in Byron has apparently rekindled this morning.
The call came in shortly before 6 a.m.
All manpower from Byron Fire Department and South Byron is called to the scene along with mutual aid and tankers from Elba, Clarendon and Barre.
A dispatcher reported the location was a fill site at CY Farms.
According to reports the Department of Environmental Conservation was requested to be contacted and the farm has “an excavator on the way” to the blaze.

Excessive Heat Warning Cancelled as Heat Advisory remains in effect until this evening.
The heat index in some places is expected to reach 100 degrees or more today according to the National Weather Service.
A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 10 tonight for the region.
With air conditioners and fans working hard during the heat, utility companies are giving tips on how you can save a bit on your energy bills.
They suggest keeping your blinds or shades closed during the day, which helps prevent the sun from getting in, lowering cooling costs.
Also, use a programmable thermostat if possible.
Finally, unplug an unnecessary electronics you may not be using since some of them may still draw electricity even if they’re off.
For those without AC, officials from the state health department have provided a list of cooling centers on its website.

Stafford Scrap with deputies leads to arrest for a Rochester resident.
27 year old John Kelly of Rochester was arrested following investigation into a domestic incident on East Bethany-LeRoy Road in Stafford.
Kelly allegedly refused to leave the residence after being told he was not allowed to be on the property and then fought with deputies who were taking him into custody.
Kelly was charged with Criminal Trespassing, Obstruction of Government Administration, Resisting Arrest and Harassment.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court on July 5th.

Corfu man faces charges for a dangerous crash in Pembroke.
Deputies were called to the scene of a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 5 in Pembroke early yesterday morning.
Arriving officers reported a vehicle lying on its roof with a broken utility pole and wires down arcing in a tree.
20 year old Jacob Jasinski of Akron Road Corfu was identified as the driver and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
Investigation revealed that Jasinski was allegedly intoxicated and had moved for a lane unsafely with unsafe tires.
He was given appearance tickets for the DWI, traffic and vehicle infractions and is expected to appear in Pembroke Town Court on August 28th.

Muckdogs win while away against West Virginia.
Batavia came home with an 8 to 4 win over West Virginia in last night’s match up.
The Muckdogs return to Dwyer stadium to continue their three game series against the Black Bears tonight beginning with the first pitch at 7:05.
You can hear the entire game right here on WBTA.

State Police start Fourth of July holiday enforcement effort

Press Release:

The New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the Fourth of July holiday. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel. This special enforcement detail will begin on Saturday, June 30, 2018, and run through Thursday, July 5, 2018.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “State Troopers will be highly visible on the roadways during the holiday, targeting drivers who needlessly put others in danger. We know all too well the preventable tragedies caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving. Make the right choice – if your celebrations include drinking, plan ahead for a safe ride home.”

Last year, the State Police issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July holiday. Troopers arrested 240 people for DWI and investigated 152 crashes, which resulted in three fatalities and 248 injuries.

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2015, 146 people died nationwide in alcohol related crashes. Two thirds of those crashes involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher which is almost twice the legal limit.

If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, loss of your drivers license and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

The Fourth of July initiative is partially funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC). The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Droid and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties, and provides a way to report a suspected impaired driver

The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:
Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
Use your community’s sober ride program;
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Weekend News Briefing

An Intense Heat Advisory in effect over the Weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the entire GLOW region and several surrounding counties to be following by an Excessive Heat Warning.
The Advisory is in effect Saturday through Sunday at noon and the Excessive Heat Warning is in effect from noon on Sunday through late Monday evening.
The highest heat index values will be from about noon through 8 PM each day.
Temperatures are expected to reach 104 on Saturday and as high as 108 Sunday and Monday.
There will be an increased risk for heat related illness with the elderly, very young, pregnant, and those with heart and respiratory conditions at the highest risk.
Officials encourage staying well hydrated, staying in an air-conditioned room, out of the sun and to check up on relatives and neighbors.

Hilton woman facing felony for allegedly driving drunk in Darien with a one year old.
38 year old Stacy Lynn Parks of East Ave in Hilton was stopped late Wednesday night on Route 20 Broadway Road in Darien where Genesee County Deputies allegedly found her to be driving while intoxicated accompanied by a one year old child a s a passenger.
Parks was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in Darien Town Court on July 17th.

Three arrested at Chris Stapleton Concert at Darien Lake.
Genesee County Deputies arrested two people for alleged possession of pot and one for Criminal Trespassing and Harassment during the Chris Stapleton Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday.
40 year old Joseph Proia of West Creek Drive in Spencerport allegedly grabbed a Live Nation employee while being ejected for illegally reentering.
All three were issued appearance tickets for July 10th in Darien Town Court.

Bear spotted in Attica.
Someone driving on West Main Street near Bunnell Street in the village, reported seeing the Black Bear in the roadway at around 4 a.m. Friday.
The bear was described as a younger adult.
State Officials say you should Never approach a bear, Use loud noise to scare away Bears as soon as you see them and to Never Run from a Bear.

State Police start crack down on drunk and drugged driving beginning this weekend.
State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe over the Fourth of July holiday
This special enforcement detail starts this weekend and runs through Thursday, July 5th.
Lawmen in Genesee County begin their special STOP-DWI crackdown on Wednesday July 4th to conclude on Sunday July 8th.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Softball

Carli Marino (center seated) is surrounded by family and friends after committing to GCC’s softball program next season

Press Release:

Marino Commits to Cougar Softball Program

Genesee Community College head softball coach Taylor Maurer introduced her latest recruit from Alexander High School – Carli Marino.

The three-sport athlete has been recognized multiple times while at Alexander that includes accolades beyond the court or diamond, and into the academic realm.

In the latter category, she has received awards and honors in the following areas: academic leadership, presidential ward, academic progress and an award of distinction.

Athletically, the high school senior has received two or more distinctions as most valuable, most improved, while also garnering a pair of coaches’ awards. In addition, she has landed the all-star team for Greater Rochester on at least one occasion.

Whether it was with her school or travel team she has been a force on the diamond in whatever position she has played; having thrown her first high school no-hitter during her junior season against Holley.

She also threw a pair of no-hitters with her travel team in help leading them to a league crown and Coach Maurer is hopeful her success and experience will help pay dividends with the Cougars next season.

Marino looks to pursue a science degree or concentration while attending GCC next fall.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Office for the Aging: HEAT ALERT SUMMER 2018

Press Release:

With potential high temperatures, we want to be sure you understand summer heat dangers. Please be aware of the following:

Danger signs for Heat Exhaustion-call the doctor if any of these symptoms arise:

heavy sweating paleness muscle cramps
tiredness weakness dizziness
headache nausea or vomiting fainting
skin – cool & moist pulse rate – fast & weak breathing – fast & shallow

Danger signs for Heat Stroke – needing immediate medical attention:

• extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
• red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
• rapid strong pulse
• throbbing headache
• dizziness and nausea

To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the CDC recommends the following tips:

• Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
• Rest.
• Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
• If possible, seek an air- conditioned environment. (If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall, public library to cool off).
• Wear lightweight clothing.
• If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
• Do not engage in strenuous activities.

The Office for the Aging is air-conditioned and is open to any older adult, age 60 and over. Come and cool off in the Senior Center lobby, TV room, and/or activity rooms.

Attica PD: BEAR SITING VILLAGE OF ATTICA

Press Release:

Incident Description: The Attica Police Department has received a report of a Black Bear in the Village of Attica. At about 04:00 am Friday, June 29, 2018 a motorist on West Main Street, State Route 354 sited a Black Bear in the roadway. The motorist believed it to be a very large dog however as he slowed he realized it was a bear. The bear was reported in the area of Bunnell Street and West Main Street and described as a younger adult.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals if you encounter a bear do the following:

Never approach, surround or corner a bear – Bears aggressively defend themselves if threatened.
Use Noise to Scare away Bears – yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon siting the bear.
Never Run from a Bear – stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away.
Do Not Throw any objects at an approaching Bear. Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage and pet food.

Bears eat nearly anything – they are omnivorous.
Bears are curious – they spend a great deal of time exploring for food.
Bears are intelligent – they learn from experience. If an activity results in food, they will repeat that activity. It is illegal in New York State to feed bears.

Keep all small animals indoors or chaperoned if let outside for the time being. If you see or encounter a bear contact the Attica Police Department at 585-591-0881 or the Wyoming County Sheriff Office at 585-786-2255. DEC pamphlet’s concerning bear encounters can be obtained at the Village Office located at 9 Water Street or the Police Department located at 43 Exchange Street.

Dean R. Hendershott
Chief of Police

Morning News Briefing

Budget cuts being dealt with at Notre Dame High School in Batavia.
Notre Dame Principal Wade Bianco has said after the school lost their Catholic diocesan subsidy, 10 percent of its annual budget has essentially been eliminated.
Bianco said the news came in a latter earlier this year…

He sent the message out to parents with student report cards earlier this week and in the meantime has made necessary moves to restructure staffing and other spending decisions that have the least impact on student opportunities.
Bianco said school administrators were first looking for staff who would volunteer to retire or drop down to part time …

Bianco added that the school is close to addressing all of the $125,000 lost in the cuts with their current budget plan.
Student parents are starting a grassroots campaign to keep the Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School open.
After news of the lost funds earlier this week, officials said the doors would be closed.
Work is now underway to help the more than 120 students affected by the closure find a new place to learn.

County Development Center seeking a new communications director.
Following Rachel Tabelski’s recent appointment as Director of the Batavia Development Corporation the Genesee County Economic Development Center is conducting a search to hire a new director of marketing and communications.
Tabelski held the position for seven years.
Interested applicants must respond by July 12.
A job listing has been posted on www.gcedc.com.

If you’re one of the millions of people hitting the road this holiday weekend, get ready to pay more at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in the Rochester area is two-96 and in the Buffalo area it is three dollars.
That’s between 60 and 65 cents more than the same time last year.
The state average is sitting at three-01.
Gas prices have been rising recently due to increased oil prices.

GLOW region going under an intense Heat advisory for the weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued the advisory starting Saturday at noon until Monday at 10 p.m.
With temps expected to be as high as 102 on Saturday and 107 Sunday and Monday the heat and humidity may pose a greater risk for people with heart and respiratory conditions

GCEDC to Search for New Marketing Director

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) is conducting a search to hire a new director of marketing and communications. The position was recently vacated when it was announced that the current director, Rachel Tabelski will become the next Director of the Batavia Development Corporation.

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the development, implementation and management of marketing and communications plans and activities in support of the GCEDC’s mission. Among the responsibilities include, but are not limited to: development, implementation and management of the organization’s marketing collaterals; media and public relations; management of web site, social media and customer communications; sales support; and, public policy engagement.

“The position has really evolved over the last few years under Rachel as the person we are seeking to hire will have a number of responsibilities as the role touches all aspects of the operations of our agency,” said Steve Hyde, GCEDC President and CEO. “It is a dynamic and a critically important role as our region continues to attract interest among national and international site selectors, but also keeping in mind that we have many local and regional companies seeking to grow and expand here and we need to make sure our marketing and communications are aligned for both.”

Those interested in applying for the position must respond by July 12, 2018. A job listing has been posted on the GCEDC website at www.gcedc.com.

 

Notre Dame H.S. Seeks to Close Budget Gap

Notre Dame High School in Batavia has started to restructure staffing and services after losing around $125,000 or 10 percent of its annual budget following the elimination of their Catholic diocesan subsidy.

Notre Dame Principal Wade Bianco said the school received notice of the cuts in a letter from the financial director for the WNY diocese on April 30th.

The school informed parents of the cuts in a letter sent out with student report cards.

Bianco said he had tri-fold approach to addressing the cuts with the least impact on students…

He said subsequent to the news of the budget cuts, he and his administrators have approached the issue as an opportunity to reduce spending where it is felt the least and to grow the programming with a leaner approach…

Bianco cited a handful of savings to the school including merging two academic advisor positions, as one member was heading into retirement along with smarter staffing in the library and tweaking the maintenance staff hours.

The news was felt much harder at a Catholic High School in Niagara Falls as it has announced its immediate closure following the loss of its subsidy.

Collins Bill Would Deny SBA Services to Chinese Investors

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Chris Collins (NY-27) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the Denying Chinese Investors Access to U.S. Small Business Aid, a bill that would prevent businesses owned by citizens of the People’s Republic of China from accessing all assistance offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

“The SBA exists to help Main Street America grow and flourish, not to aid companies whose profits go to China,” said Collins. “This is a common-sense reform that provides a greater check on where taxpayer dollars are going, because they certainly should not be going to China. SBA programs should focus on helping small business owners in communities like Western New York, and I am proud to join with Senator Rubio to advance this important legislation.”

“Chinese companies are abusing our current system to exploit American small business programs, which are taxpayer subsidized and were created to help spur American ingenuity and boost small businesses,” said Rubio. “This bill will ensure that our tax dollars aren’t going overseas to China, our biggest economic competitor.”

Current law permits SBA to provide assistance to qualifying small businesses who legally operate in the United States, allowing Chinese-owned businesses to obtain a federally guaranteed loan, surety bond, research and development grant, or disaster loan, among other SBA programs.

The Denying Chinese Investors Access to U.S. Small Business Aid would prohibit SBA benefits from being awarded to businesses headquartered in China. Under this bill, those China based businesses with operations in the United States or those with at least 25 percent of their voting stock owned by Chinese investors will no longer be able to benefit.

Hawley Critical of Cuomo’s Aid to Illegals

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today condemned the Cuomo administration’s recent announcement that more taxpayer-funded resources across a wide array of departments will be available to illegal immigrants in New York state. The announcement is another staple in Gov. Cuomo’s recent history of sparring with the federal government on a host of policy issues.

“While I believe it is always the best policy to keep families together, I am concerned about continual use of taxpayer-funded resources being dolled out by the Cuomo administration to individuals here illegally,” Hawley said. “Instead of state leaders engaging in useless political quarreling and grandstanding we should be using those resources to better empower Child Protective Services and the Department of Social Services to protect the needy and less fortunate children that have already suffered in our state.”

Gov. Cuomo has recently called himself “undocumented” in recent weeks and boasted about the success of his signature Liberty Defense Project, a multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded program, signed into law last year, which offers legal defense and counsel for illegals facing deportation.

“Our state agencies and departments are already working at full capacity to help law-abiding citizens and to think Gov. Cuomo is pushing them to the wayside to help illegals is deeply regrettable,” Hawley continued. “We need to end the billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses forced upon local governments so agencies working at the local level can realize more resources to care for our children. The priorities of this administration are extremely out of control and continue to endanger middle-class New York by the day.”

Morning News Briefing

Redfield community practicing patience with Pillar repairs.
Pricey Repairs to the Redfield Pillars will be considered for next years’ budget.
A request to fund repair the Redfield pillars was again raised during Monday night’s Council meeting.
The project which is being considered as a capital expenditure for 2019 has a price tag of approximately $60,000.
Councilman Bob Bialkowski says the City should pony up on the repairs…

Council President Jankowski made sure that the topic would be a priority discussion when deciding the city budget for 2019.

Pennsylvania resident jailed after repeatedly lying to law enforcement about his identity.
36 year old Ernest Smith of Philadelphia was taken into custody last night at Darien Lake for Criminal Trespassing and False Personation.
Once Ernest arrived back at the Genesee County Jail he allegedly told officers his name was Calvin Smith the third and forged the same fake name on documentation.
Smith was jailed on charges of Forgery and Falsifying Business Records both in the second degree.
His bail was set at $25,000.

Crash in Pavilion leads to four felony counts under Leandra’s Law.
23 year old Rachael Lochner of Rochester is indicted on four counts of Aggravated DWI a Class E felony.
Lochner allegedly crashed into two fences, two vehicles and a building in the Town of Pavilion in April.
She was found to be intoxicated over twice the legal limit and was allegedly accompanied by four children under the age of 15.
A fifth count was included in the indictment for allegedly having a Blood Alcohol Content of .18 percent or more at the time.

Drunk driving on a Darien Lake sidewalk lands a Stafford man in lock up.
54 year old Carl Altman of Clipnock Road was arrested and charged with Felony DWI’s along with Driving a Motor Vehicle on a Sidewalk for allegedly driving in a densely populated pedestrian area of the Darien Lake Theme Park.
He was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail and is expected back in Darien Town Court on July 19th.

Collaboration coming together for a teen center in the city.
The United Way, City Youth Bureau, and the YMCA are coming together to create Teen City a designated teen center for Genesee County.
Erik Fix the Executive Director for United Way is looking to open the center this fall…

United Way of Genesee County supported 20 non-profit agencies this past year allocating $225,000.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, along with City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving for the upcoming Independence Day weekend.
The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Wednesday July 4th and will end on Sunday July 8th.

Trumbull Parkway may be subject to paving operations today.
Trumbull is scheduled to be closed to all traffic today from 7am to 5pm for cold milling the paving work between East Main and East Ave.
As usual as with paving operations the work is weather dependent.

Batavia’s Notre Dame High School Loses Diocesan Subsidy

Batavia’s Notre Dame High is losing 10 percent of its budget with the elimination of diocesan subsidy.

Notre Principal Wade Bianco told WKBW-TV that the annual Catholic Decease subsidy for Notre Dame is about $125,000.

 

Bianco said the school was informed of the cut in April.

He said the school will be forced to cut cafeteria and staff hours to make up the shortfall.
Notre Dame High School is an independent school and not owned by the Catholic Diocese of Western New York.
The school did however receive an annual subsidy which now, apparently, has been cut off.

One Catholic High School is Niagara Falls has announced that the loss of its subsidy will result in the immediate closure of the school.

Evening News Briefing

The Batavia City Council has delayed any action on the repair of the Redfield Parkway pillars until the 2019 budget.
The city has one estimate of $60,000 to repair the brick pillars that have marked the Main Street entrance to refiled Parkway for over a century.
Councilman at-large Bob Bialkowski thinks the work should be done now

Bob Bialkowski

The Interim City Manager has been directed to make the project a priority discussion for next year’s budget.

A Stafford man is suspected of driving drunk on a Darien Lake sidewalk.
54 year old Carl Altman of Clipnock Road is facing a felony DWI for allegedly driving in a densely populated pedestrian area of the theme park.
Altman was jailed in lieu of $2,500.

 

Erik Fix

Genesee County is moving closer to having a designated teen center.
Teen City is the chosen name. It is a collaboration among the United Way, City Youth Bureau, and the YMCA.
United way Executive Director Erik Fix hopes it will open this fall

This past year the united Way of Genesee County supported 20 non-profit agencies with allocations totaling $225,000.

This note for motorists who use Trumbull Parkway.
Trumbull will be closed to all traffic tomorrow between East Main and east Ave.
Crews will be cold milling the pavement from 7am to 5pm.
The work is dependent on good weather.

Rainy weather has moved the first concert of the season for the Batavia Concert Band.
Tonight’s performance has been moved from Centennial Park to the Steiner Theatre on the GCC Batavia campus.
Showtime is 7 p.m.

Judges Needed for Genesee Co. Fair

The Genesee County 4-H Program is seeking volunteer judges for the following events at this year’s Genesee County Fair:

Kennedy Building Exhibits, Sunday July 15 from Noon until 5:00pm. Help us judge youth exhibits in following categories: Horticulture, Creative Writing, Baked Goods, Sewing and more!

4-H Livestock Costume Contest – Friday, July 20 at 10AM. 4-H’ers will be dressing their project animals up in fun costumes & accessories; help us decide who is the most creative, most humorous, has the best craftsmanship, the best team, and overall champion!

Interested in helping? Contact Brandie or Jessica for more details. 585-343-3040 or email

Holiday DWI Crackdown

Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 4th and will end on July 8th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Wednesday, July 4th and festivities to begin on July 4th and run through Sunday, July 8th .

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads. The fact is this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.

Collins Statement on Janus vs. AFSCME

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court released its opinion on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a big win for government workers who, for far too long, have been forced to pay union fees in support of causes they are fundamentally against. Forcing an individual to join a political organization or government union goes against one of the greatest freedoms we are granted as Americans, the right to free speech. Any violation of the First Amendment is counter to the values our nation was founded upon and I applaud today’s monumental decision.”

Batavia Concert Band Moves to GCC Due to Rain

The first summer performance for the Batavia Concert Band is being moved from Centennial Park in Batavia due to the weather.

The band will perform indoors at the Stuart Steiner Theater on the GCC Batavia campus.  The first downbeat is slated for 7 p.m. this evening.

Ryan Signs Collins’ Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) today signed legislation authored by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) that will collect data regarding cancer incidence in firefighters to better inform the development of new protocols, safeguards, and equipment to protect these men and women. When signed into law, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of certain cancers in firefighters. The registry will improve collection capabilities and activities to address an enormous gap in research on the heath impacts of cancer incidence among all firefighters – career and volunteer.

The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act unanimously passed the House on September 12, 2017 and passed the Senate on May 10, 2018 with one amendment making technical corrections. On June 22, 2018 the amended version passed the House under unanimous consent and will head to President Trump for signature.

For more information on H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, click here.

Morning News Briefing

Pillars in 1912, when Redfield Parkway was first founded by Charles A. Williams and his then-partner, David Garrett. (Photo provided by Jim Owen and archived by The Batavian)

Local Law Enforcement’s request for an M-RAP moves along as Redfield Pillars repair remains on the table at council meeting.
City police made another pitch for applying for a decommissioned military-surplus armored personnel carrier, which was warmly received by members of City Council at their most recent conference meeting.
The city’s Emergency Response Team, formed in 1997, could use the vehicle in various emergencies around the county according to Police Chief Shawn Heubusch.
A 2010 Ford Cube van which is not four-wheel drive, is not a rescue vehicle, and offers no ballistic protection is the current transport vehicle for the ERT team.
a Lenco Bearcat, which is a purpose-made armored rescue vehicle for law enforcement could cost anywhere from $195,000 to $255,000 according to ERT commander Sargent Chris Camp.
Council is expected to approve an application from the city for the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle of M-RAP which would be acquired freely from the military and require upgrades costing between $7,000 and $12,000.
The Sheriff’s Office said they would split the costs of the vehicle however the Legislature would need to approve the expense.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Council was also asked to consider setting aside money to repair the Redfield pillars during Monday night’s Council meeting.
The project would likely be a capital expenditure if it is included as part of the 2019 budget.
It’s expected to cost around $60,000.
Councilman Bob Bialkowski was adamant about keeping the issue on the table…

Interim City Manager Matt Worth was told to keep the item on the table for discussion as a priority issue for the 2019 budget by Council President Jankowski.
More on the story with our news partner The Batavian.

Muckdogs complete their first sweep of the season over State College, beating the Spikes 4-3
Voice of the Muckdogs Andy Helwig…

The Muckdogs next home game is against Auburn this Thursday night at Dwyer Stadium beginning with the first pitch at 7:05. You can hear the game live here on WBTA.

The Genesee County RTS bus system has cashed in big from New York State.
The local bus system has been approved for a $3.5 million grant to build a new bus garage and maintenance facility for RTS Genesee.
The grant will also pay for three new buses.
RTS Genesee Officials have yet to provide further details on the project.

Assemblyman Joe Morelle is one step closer toward heading to Capitol Hill.
He beat three other Democrats yesterday in the race for that party’s 25th Congressional District nomination.
The victory means Morelle will take on Republican candidate Doctor James Maxwell in November.
The district’s seat is open following the death of longtime Congresswoman Louise Slaughter earlier this year.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County RTS bus system has cashed in big from New York State.
The local bus system has been approved for a 3 and a half million dollar grant to build a new bus garage and maintenance facility for RTS Genesee.
The grant will also pay for three new buses.
Officials with RTS Genesee have been unavailable to provide details

Voters are heading to the polls today to decide the Democratic Party’s nominee in the race for the 25th Congressional District.
There are four candidates battling it out for that spot. Whoever wins gets to take on Republican James Maxwell in November.
The district’s seat is open following the death of longtime Congresswoman Louise Slaughter earlier this year.

State Police in Warsaw are taking another look at the 38 year old missing person case of James Dean Knox.
Knox was on medical leave from Leroy Machine Company before his grandmother reported him missing in December 1979.
Anyone with may have information is encouraged to contact Investigators with the New York State Police in Warsaw.
We have pictures of Knox and a complete description HERE

The Batavia Concert Band ready to make music again in Centennial Park. The first concert of the 93rd season is scheduled for this Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The forecast is calling for some rain. Iif the concert has to move in doors it will be held at the GCC Steiner Theatre. An announcement will be made on WBTA.

The Batavia Muckdogs hope to make a sweep of their three game series against the State College Spikes.
The Dogs took the second game of the series last night 4 to 3.
The final game of the series is tonight in State College. The Muckdogs next home game is this Thursday night at Dwyer Stadium.

NYSP – Cold Case Tuesday

Press Release:

Cold Case Tuesday: New York State Police in Warsaw continue to investigate the 38-year-old missing person case of James Dean Knox.

On December 21, 1979, the grandmother of James Dean Knox reported him missing. She reported she last saw him at her home in South Warsaw on December 9, 1979.

Further investigation by the New York State Police revealed Knox had been seen by friends, associates and local business people in the village of Warsaw on December 10 and 11, before his sudden disappearance.

At the time of his disappearance, Knox was residing at 35 Wyoming Street, Warsaw, NY and on medical leave from Leroy Machine Co., in Leroy, NY. Knox was known to frequent a local pizzeria in the Village of Warsaw.

Knox is described as a white male, 5’11” tall, 150 pounds, dark blonde hair, blue eyes and wears eyeglasses. Knox was 24 years old at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Investigator John Neeley of the New York State Police – Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Warsaw by calling 585-786-7244. Please refer to case # 3029766.

 

 

Genesee Country Farmers’ Market Distributing Farmer’s Market Checks for Veterans

Press Release:

Mr. Victor Roberts, Veterans Benefits Advisor, NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs, will be at the Downtown Batavia Public Market (Bank Street & Alva Place) on Friday, July 6th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM, to distribute NYS FreshConnect Checks to local Veterans. FreshConnect Veterans Checks are a component of Governor Cuomo’s “New York Fresh Connect Farmers’ Markets” (FreshConnect) program. The program is designed to assist New York farmers by increasing the sale of locally-grown food in communities.

FreshConnect checks will be issued as a one-time annual benefit: 10 – $2.00 checks ($20.00) – one packet per household, per season. Checks will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 100 Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States, current members of the Armed Forces, members of their immediate families, or un-remarried surviving spouses.

“Recipients will not require ID”, says Mr. Roberts, “but they will need to sign a form accepting the program’s rules and regulations.”

“The checks can be used to purchase fresh produce from participating vendors at the Market”, says Market Manager Mike Bakos. “The Market is excited to, once again, be a distribution point for FreshConnect Veterans Checks and we thank all veterans for their service.”

Genesee Country Farmers’ Market
Located at the Downtown Batavia Public Market
Bank Street & Alva Place, Batavia, NY
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 9:00AM to 4:00PM, Mid-June thru October
P.O. Box 303, Gasport, NY 14067 (716) 560-0853

Collins Applauds Passage of More Than 50 Bills Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) applauded the House passage of a package of bills that take action to fight the opioid epidemic, including the passage of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The SUPPORT Act includes dozens of bills that passed the House over the past two weeks, in addition to the base text which includes provisions that previously passed the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees.

“Throughout the past two weeks, the House has been devoted to the thousands of Americans struggling with addiction, their families, and our communities in our work to end this deadly crisis,” said Collins. “Serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee, we have put an enormous amount of time and effort into studying addiction, listening to struggling families, reviewing the supply chain, and immersing ourselves into the communities that have been ravaged by this crisis. It was a heart-wrenching process, but we came up with common-sense, bipartisan solutions that will save lives.”

The opioid epidemic is claiming more than 115 lives each day, destroying families in communities across the nation. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Collins helped craft a legislative package that would address the many issues that have led to this crisis and would implement solutions to end this epidemic.

Starting in October 2017, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee pursued an aggressive timeline to produce this legislation prior to Memorial Day. In May, 57 bills were advanced to the House of Representatives which have passed the House throughout the past two weeks. Collins worked with colleagues across-the-aisle to co-author several pieces of legislation.

Collins joined fellow New Yorker, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries in introducing the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2017 that would require the Surgeon General to report to Congress the public health effects of the rise of synthetic drug use by 12 to 18-year-olds. Currently, Congress does not have sufficient information to craft the unique types of public health and law enforcement approaches that could save our nation’s children from these dangerous substances.

Collins also introduced the Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018 with Congressman Leonard Lance, Congressman Joseph Kennedy, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Joe Barton, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui that focuses specifically on how the opioid epidemic has contributed to an increase in infectious diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Increased monitoring and education will lead to a better understanding of the impacts that this crisis is having on public health.

Building on the efforts of the Medicaid DRUG Improvement Act, Collins introduced an amendment with Congressman Scott Peters and Congressman Peter Welch that would require states to identify and address inappropriate prescribing and billing practices under Medicaid. States are currently authorized to implement prescription drug monitoring activities through their prescription drug monitoring programs and claims data, but not all states have adopted such activities.

In addition to working with the Energy and Commerce Committee, Collins worked with the Committee on Ways and Means and Congressman Tom MacArthur on introducing the Stop Excessive Narcotics in Our Retirement (SENIOR) Communities Protection Act. The SENIOR Communities Protection Act allows Medicare Advantage Part D plans to suspend payments to a provider or supplier pending an investigation of a credible allegation of fraud or abuse, as determined by the Inspector General. This legislation will help in preventing future “pill mills” from occurring.

Finally, Collins introduced legislation with Congressman Eric Paulson, Congressman Ron Kind, and Congressman Connor Lamb that would require Medicare to send an annual notice to Part D patients about the adverse effects associated with prolonged opioid use. By improving awareness and education, the Medicare Clear Health Options in Care for Enrollees (CHOICE) Act will help patients be more inclined to watch for the warning signs of addiction and be more informed to talk with their doctors on their options for pain management.

Collins added: “In every community across our nation we have brokenhearted families, which is why we need immediate action. I’m thankful for President Trump’s dedication to this issue and urge the Senate to get these important bills on his desk.”

For more information on legislation to combat the opioid crisis, click here.

Morning News Briefing

Five women facing charges, accused of fighting on Watson Street in Batavia.
According to City Police five local women are facing various charges for rioting and attempted assault.
An alleged June 12th altercation on Watson Street in Batavia has led to the charges according to authorities.
They five women apprehended have been identified as 47 year old Angela Flowers, of Watson St.
33 year old Tanisha Gibson and 28 year old Katrina Drake, both of Wood St.
31 year old Lakeisha Gibson of West Main Street Rd and 28 year old Patricia Gibson of East Main.
All five females are expected to appear today in Batavia City Court.

Scammers pulling heart strings and purse strings in Attica.
Attica Police say elderly village residents were advised over the phone that a grandchild had been seriously injured in a car accident and the scammers reportedly impersonate the grandchild begging for money to be treated.
Scammers ask for thousands of dollars’ worth in various gift cards and for the victims to provide the serial numbers.
Lawmen say regardless of pay that hospitals cannot delay life threatening treatment and to never purchase gift cards, pre-paid credit cards or give any banking information over the phone to anyone.

19 arrested at Zac Brown Band concert.
Sunday night’s concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center ended with 2 in lock up and 17 with future appearance tickets.
Most of the arrests were for attempting to re-enter after being ejected.
One woman from Florida and another from Maryland were the only two to be jailed in lieu of bail.

Muckdogs win pitchers’ duel and look for series sweep tonight.
For their first back-to-back wins of the season against the State College Spikes, the Monday night match-up maintained a zero to zero score until the eighth inning. Voice of the Muckdogs Andy Helwig…

Batavia held the lead with a final score of 4 to 3 and the team looks to get their first sweep of the season with their final matchup of the series against State College tonight.
Batavia returns home Thursday for the start of a three game series against Auburn. You can hear Thursday night’s home game here on WBTA.

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is back out on the football field.
He joined kids at his annual football camp yesterday, days after surgery following his latest fight with oral cancer.
Kelly says while he’s sore, he never doubted he would be able to make an appearance at his camp.
He also says more surgeries are scheduled in the coming months.

Paving work on Trumbull Parkway picks up this week.
This Thursday Trumbull Parkway will be closed to all through traffic for milling the road surface.
The work is weather dependent.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia police announce today the arrest of five local women on charges of rioting and attempted assault.
The charges stem from a fracas on Watson Street in the city back on June 12.
They have been identified as: 47 year old Angela Flowers, of Watson St.;
33 year old Tanisha Gibson and 28 year old Katrina Drake, both of Wood St.; 31 year old Lakeisha Gibson of West Main Street Rd and 28 year old Patricia Gibson of East Main.
All five are due in Batavia City Court tomorrow.

Richard McKague of Main Street Rd. is behind county bars this afternoon charged with hurling a beer bottle at another person during a domestic incident. Deputies say the 28 year old McKague had violated a court order of protection and has a history Criminal Contempt. He’s been jailed on 25-thousand dollars bail.

19 people arrested at the Zac Brown Darien Lake Concert.
Most were charged with trying to re-enter the concert venue yesterday after being ejected.
Two women were jailed in lieu of bail, the rest were given court appearance tickets.

Motorists who use Trumbull Parkway this one is for you.
The city has announced that Trumbull Parkway will be closed to all through traffic this Thursday for milling the road surface.
The work is weather dependent.

The Muckdogs will try for two wins in a row tonight on the road.
The Dogs beat the State College Spikes yesterday 8 to 6.
The same two teams meet this evening, 7:05 p.m.
The game can be heard through the Muckdogs website.

Trumbull Parkway to Close for Milling

News Release: City of Batavia, Bureau of Maintenance

On Thursday, June 28th, 2018 Trumbull Parkway (between East Main Street and East Avenue) in
the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic.
This closure is expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to perform cold milling the roadway surface of Trumbull Parkway.

All motorist that regularly use Trumbull Parkway are asked to seek alternative routes while the closures
are in place. Businesses and Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we
will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from you residence or place of business.

This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Streets Supervisor or Superintendent at
585-345-6400 opt. 1 if you have any questions.

Attica Police Warn of Another Phone Scam

News Release: Attica Police Dept.

Recently Village Residents have been contacted by scammers seeking to defraud them of thousands of dollars.

Scammers contacted an elderly village resident and advised them a grandchild had been seriously injured in a car accident. Scammers then proceeded to place a younger adult on the phone impersonating the grandchild begging for money to be treated. Scammers then again came on the line and told the elderly resident to go and obtain amounts, ranging from several thousand dollars to hundreds of dollars, in gift cards and to call the scammers back with the serial numbers from the cards. When interviewing the victim, the victim reported the younger person sounded extremely similar to the victim’s grandchild. In the United States, hospitals cannot delay life threatening treatment, due to the patient can not immediately pay for treatment. The victim then asked to talk to their grandchild again and the scammer disconnected the line.

This is not the first occasion scammers have used this to steal money from elderly people. However, they utilize compassion and very convincing facts to scare the elderly family members into believe the grandchild is in direr straights. A very similar scam used is one in which the scammer’s call family members and lead them to believe the grandchild or younger adult has been arrested on false charges in a location far away and need either bail money or money for an attorney.

If this occurs contact your nearest law enforcement agency and report this. ALWAYS, if you receive a similar phone call, contact family members and VERIFY the incident and NEVER purchase gift cards, pre-paid credit cards or give any banking information over the phone to anyone. Once the scammers have your information or the codes from the cards there is very little chance of you recovering any of the money. If you have any questions on how to deal with any suspected scams, again, contact your local law enforcement and ASK QUESTIONS.

GCC Enrollment Initiatives Receive Awards

Sample of GCC’s award winning Open House postcard series and Cougar flyer

Press Release:

The work of a team of professionals from both Genesee Community College’s Admissions and Enrollment Services offices and Forest Productions and Photography, Inc. of Buffalo, was recently recognized by two well-known organizations for several recruitment initiatives. The College’s 360 Degree Virtual Tour Video received a bronze Telly Award in the Craft Virtual Reality/360 Online Category, and also a “gold” Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). Additionally, a series of GCC admissions materials won two “silver” placements from NCMPR’s Paragon Awards.

Developing the unique virtual tour of GCC involved a multi-talented team to create the nearly 10-minute video that allows viewers to actively engage and control their campus tour. Narrated by Val Bello, GCC’s associate professor of Communication and Media Arts (and also a DJ at MIX96 radio station in Buffalo), the tour covers all major facets of student life-from the many academic programs to student clubs, College Village to the Child Care Center, athletic teams to Campus Centers, and much more. The tour also works interactively on all types and sizes of digital platforms.

The GCC team that created the award-winning 360 virtual tour was led by Rebecca Green, recruitment communications specialist who served as GCC’s in-house producer by coordinating the many facets of the incredibly complex project which took about a year to complete. She worked closely with Michael and Christina Mandolfo of Forest Productions, who produced and directed all of the script writing, photography, video, editing and production. Overseeing the project were Tanya Lane-Martin, now GCC’s associate dean of Student Support Services but was the dean of Admissions during the project and Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Taylor, who was the vice president for Student and Enrollment Services during the project. The GCC admissions staff also provide essential support on the project, specifically Tom Kinsey, reporting analyst, Theresa Gorecki, Career Services specialist, and Kelly Stone, clerk-typist.

“We have worked with Forest Productions for many years and on many projects. It was exciting to collaborate with them again for our online virtual tour,” Tanya Lane-Martin said. “The 360 degree virtual view of our campus was innovative and masterfully executed. We appreciate their artistic and creative vision that now illustrates our campus so beautifully. Additionally, we are very grateful to a host of students and faculty members who rallied behind this massive project and helped make it happen.”

To view GCC’s award-winning 360 Virtual Tour video, go to: https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/admissions/virtual-tour/

Established in 1979, the Telly Awards are internationally known as the premier prize-honoring video and television platform across all screens. This past year more than 12,000 entries were received from all 50 states and five continents. Entrants are judged by the Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies and major television networks reflecting today’s multiscreen industry. The Telly’s recently restructured some categories to recognize the type of work being created today. Among them: branded content, social video, animation and technology that now plays a key role in the ways stories are being communicated, including categories in Virtual Reality, Interactive and 360 Video.

This is the second Telly Award that Forest Productions received on behalf of projects produced for GCC. The first award was for a Financial Aid video produced in 2014. The complete list of this year’s Telly Award winners is available at https://www.tellyawards.com/winners.

The NCMPR formed the Paragon Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two year colleges. This year, the Paragon Awards included 53 categories and the competition drew 1,943 entries from 243 colleges across the United States. The complete list of Paragon Award Winners is available at https://www.ncmpr.org/cp/uploads/17_Paragons-WinnersFlierFNL2.pdf.

The winning GCC projects promoted the Fall 2017 Open Houses. With Forest Productions directing the photography and art direction, a series of fun, colorful postcards featured specially created cookies decorated with headlines and graphics “A Taste of GCC,” “You’re one smart cookie,” and “We’re the sweetest campus around.” These were developed and designed by Rebecca Green. Green also created a flyer series that included a dynamic new illustration of the updated GCC cougar mascot

Morning News Briefing

Batavia man behind bars after violently hurling a beer bottle at victim.
Deputies were called for report of a domestic incident at a West Main Street Road residence where a victim was struck and injured by a beer bottle.
28 year old Richard McKague Jr. of Main Street Road Batavia was accused of chucking the glass beverage container at the victim after allegedly violating a court order of protection.
The incident was reported Saturday afternoon.
He is now facing a felony charge of Criminal Contempt along with an Aggravated Family Offense, Attempted Assault and Acting in a Manor injurious to a Child.
McKague was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail

Accident in Alexander leads to charges for a young woman.
Following investigation into a single motor vehicle crash on Route 20 in Alexander Sunday Genesee County Deputies arrested 19 year old Samantha Wade.
Wade was accused of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after she apparently crashed her four-door sedan into two street signs and a telephone pole.
She is facing additional vehicle and traffic law violations and other charges are currently pending.
Wade is expected to appear in Alexander Town Court at a later date.

The Monroe County Legislature will meet tonight to discuss raising the legal age for making tobacco purchases.
Right now, it’s 18-years-old, but some legislators want to increase it to 21.
Supporters say the hope is to make it harder for people to start using tobacco products, which would improve their long-term health.
Tonight’s meeting is at the county office building.

The Muckdogs win while away.
The Batavia Muckdogs emerged victorious over the State College Spikes yesterday evening with a final score of 8 to 6.
The Muckdogs improve to a 4 and 5 record, while the Spikes drop to 3 and 7.
The team looks to win back-to-back games for the first time this season with their 7:05 matchup tonight at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Muckdogs will be back in Dwyer Stadium in Batavia for the first game of three against Auburn this Thursday.

Congratulations to the graduates of 2018.
Class of 20-18 graduates at most of the major school districts in the area walked the stage at their respective commencement ceremonies over the weekend. At many schools the ceremonies also served as a remembrance to students lost this year due to illness, or accidents.

BB 4th Graders Show Talent

“Sneaky Weasel” featured players (l-r) Grace DiQuattro, Joel Lamb, Simone Scharvogel (as Sneaky), Megan Jarkeiwicz, and Katherine Rogoyski.

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ On June 19, the Byron-Bergen learning community and the community at-large were treated to a special stage adaptation of “Sneaky Weasel,” a children’s book by author Hannah Shaw, performed by fourth-graders. The show featured the talents of the entire class working together as actors, assistant directors, narrators, dancers, stage crew and scenery designers, sound effects artists, and costume designers. The story centered on an unhappy bully, Sneaky Weasel, who finally discovers how to be a friend.

“Our students have been working on the project for several weeks,” said fourth-grade teacher Alyson Tardy, who along with teachers Jenna Carney and Kelly Morriss, wrote the stage play and directed the performance. “They have each contributed their best efforts. It’s been really great seeing students find talents they didn’t know they had, kids stepping up to help each other, and quiet children coming out of their shells to get onstage in front of an audience. The arts are so important for development and this has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to really stretch themselves and shine.”


Mama Weasel (Gianna Graff) with all her weasel-y offspring (Madisyn Rodak, Logan Czachorowski, Madison Hutchings, Sidney Maher, and Connor Copani.)

The cast included narrators plus singing and dancing hedgehogs, rabbits, sheep, rats, mice, shrews, dogs, and even a chicken.

Weekend News Briefing

A Batavia drug dealer accused of arson, choking a teenage girl and injecting a dog with poison is facing a five year minimum sentence.
Judge Charles Zambito ruled yesterday afternoon in Genesee County Court that Eddie Lee “Pops” Miles Jr. will serve a minimum of five years in state prison after accepting a “global plea agreement” last month.
Miles admitted to just three felonies included in three recent grand jury indictments.
In August Miles allegedly choked a 17 year old girl while walking her dog then injected the dog with an unknown purple liquid causing the dog to become temporarily unresponsive.
Miles was arrested a few months later for selling crack cocaine to drug task force agents.
Then in January after admittedly becoming intoxicated and fighting with his girlfriend, Miles set fire to a couch in his Washington Ave apartment.
In the incident Miles threatened to shoot police, and displaced other families due to the fire.
Miles was sentenced to 5 to 15 years for Arson and dealing drugs, with two years post-release supervision.
He is expected back in court for sentencing on a count of unauthorized use of a vehicle on Aug. 13th however his sentence will likely run concurrently.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Fatal train versus pedestrian collision in Wyoming County claims the life of a Middlebury woman.
Crew members of a westbound train in Middleburry reported a possible deceased subject on the railroad tracks off of Pflaum Road shortly after 2 yesterday morning.
Troopers out of Warsaw responded to the scene around an hour later where they discovered a deceased woman who has been identified as 50 year old Janette Moore of Middlebury.
Further investigation revealed that an eastbound Norfolk Southern Train had reported Thursday night at around 11 o’clock that they had possibly struck a deer or a bear.
Moore was reportedly wearing dark colored clothing during the incident.
Investigation remains ongoing.

Batavia man being held for theft at Walmart in Warsaw.
37 year old Donald Stahl Jr. of North Street has been arrested and charged with counts of Grand larceny, Petit larceny and three counts of conspiracy.
Stahl was initially apprehended in Batavia where he was accused of conspiring with a female suspect to steal property from the Batavia Walmart.
He was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly conspiring with others to steal electronic and computer items from the Walmart in Warsaw previously.
Stahl is being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.

Williamsport evens up three game series with a win over the Muckdogs.
The Muckdogs were bested by the Williamsport Crosscutters last night in their second match of the season with a final score of 9 to 7.
The Muckdogs drop to 3 and 5 on the year.
The third game of the series against the Crosscutters begins tonight at 7:05 and you can hear the game live here on WBTA.

Open Exams for Police in Genesee County

Press Release:

GENESEE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES COUNTY BUILDING I, BATAVIA, NEW YORK ANNOUNCES AN OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR:

POLICE OFFICER, O.C. #65-746

SALARY: City of Batavia- $49,654 – $63,057 annually (2018)

Village of LeRoy – $22.80 per hour full-time, $21.00 per hour part-time (2018). Village of Corfu – $16.00 per hour (2018)

VACANCY: This examination is being held to establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies as they occur. An eligible may receive only one permanent appointment from this list. Once appointed, there will be a Probationary Period of 8-78 weeks based on performance of duties. During this probationary period the Department Head has the ability to terminate employment, without cause.

Residency Requirements to Participate in the Examination

Candidates must be legal residents of Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming County at the time of examination and for at least two months prior to the date of the examination.

Preference in Certification for Residents for Appointment – Section 23(4-a) of the Civil Service Law

When preference in certification is given to residents of a municipality pursuant to subdivision 4-a of Section 23 of the Civil Service Law, an eligible must have been at least two months prior to the date of the certification, a resident of the City of Batavia, the Village of LeRoy or the Village of Corfu in order to be included in a certification as a resident of such municipality. An eligible must also be a resident of such municipality at the time of appointment.

LAST FILING DATE———-JULY 18, 2018

EXAMINATION DATE———-SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before the last filing date:

EDUCATION: Graduation from high school, or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education.

AGE: Candidates must be at least 19 years of age on or before September 15, 2018 to be admitted to the written test. Eligibility for appointment as a police officer begins when the candidate reaches age 20. Candidates who reach their 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination are not qualified except as follows.* Candidates may have a period of military duty or terminal leave up to six years, as defined in Section 243 (10-a) of the Military Law, deducted from their age for purposes of determining whether they meet the age requirement.

*Section 58.1 (a) requires that applicants not be “more than thirty-five years of age as of the date when the applicant takes the written examination . . .” Candidates who may be impacted by the maximum age requirement and who are requesting an alternate test date (for active military duty, religious accommodations or for an alternate test date situation which meets the conditions of the agency’s alternate test date policy) are advised to contact Genesee County Human Resources to discuss their request.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL: Candidates should be aware that an offer of employment will be contingent upon the passing of an appropriate medical and physical fitness examination as set forth by the Municipal Police Training Council.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION: Prior to appointment, you will be required to participate in a psychological evaluation to determine your fitness to perform the essential duties of the position. Failure to meet the standards set forth in this evaluation will result in disqualification.

NOTIFICATION: Please be advised that in some municipalities, in order to be considered for a position as a Police Officer, all potential candidates will be required to submit to a polygraph examination as part of their background investigation.

 DRIVER’S LICENSE: To be eligible for appointment, candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver’s License. (PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH YOUR NYS DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER, EXPIRATION DATE AND CLASS OF LICENSE).

CITIZENSHIP IS A REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT RATHER THAN FOR ADMISSION TO THE WRITTEN TEST.

CONVICTION OF A FELONY WILL BAR APPOINTMENT. CONVICTION OF A MISDEMEANOR OR OTHER OFFENSE MAY BE SUBJECT TO EVALUATION AND MAY BAR APPOINTMENT.

If you are offered employment, you must be willing to submit to criminal history checks by both the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

NOTE: PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED ON THE DAY OF THE EXAMINATION

CANDIDATES, PLEASE NOTE: It is vital that you submit, with your application, all information necessary to show your qualification for examination. APPLICATIONS WHICH DO NOT SHOW TRAINING AND/OR EXPERIENCE TO MEET MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE DISAPPROVED, AND WE WILL NOT REFER TO OTHER APPLICATIONS ON FILE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

NOTE – FILING FEES: (The acceptance of your application is dependent upon your following these instructions accurately):

A fee of $25.00 is required for each separately-numbered examination for which you apply. The required fee must accompany your application. The fee may be submitted in the form of either CASH or CREDIT CARD (if delivered in person), PERSONAL CHECK or MONEY ORDER, (if by mail). Personal Checks and Money Orders must be payable to the GENESEE COUNTY TREASURER. Please write the examination number(s) on your personal check or money order. YOUR APPLICATION FEE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED if you do not meet the requirements for admission to the examination. Compare your qualifications carefully to the requirements stated on the announcement and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified. A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are receiving unemployment and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or are receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family assistance or Safety Net Assistance, or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency. All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. In order for us to verify your eligibility for an application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Fee Waiver” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Last Filing Date as indicated on the Examination Announcement. The “Request for Fee Waiver” form can be obtained at Genesee County Human Resources, 15 Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or from our website, www.co.genesee.ny.us.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

Patrols a specific district or beat on foot, on a motorcycle or in a radio cruising car; Checks doors and windows of unoccupied business and residential property;

Investigates suspicious activities and makes arrests for violations of Federal and State and Local ordinances;

Escorts prisoners to jail and to court and has them booked on charges;

Watches for and makes investigations of wanted and missing persons and stolen cars and property;

Directs traffic and maintains order in crowds, parades and other public gatherings; Directs the public and answers questions;

Reports serious defects in streets and in related matters requiring the attention of the public works department;

Sends and receives radio and teletype messages;

Assists in criminal investigations and apprehension of criminals;

Makes daily reports of activities;

May perform public speaking engagements to various groups on juvenile and/or adult crime prevention programs;

 

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Applying Written Information (Rules, Regulations, Policies, Procedures, Directives, etc.) in Police Situations;
  2. Memory for Facts and Information;
  3. Reading, Understanding and Interpreting Written Information;
  4. Preparing Written Material in a Police

USE OF CALCULATORS IS PROHIBITED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.

EXPANDED SUB-TEST DESCRIPTION:

Applying Written Information (Rules, Regulations, Policies, Procedures, Directives, etc.) in Police Situations-These questions test for the ability to apply written rules in given situations similar to those typically experienced by police officers.

Memory for Facts and Information-These questions test for the ability to remember facts and information presented in written form. You will be given 5 minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. After the 5-minute period, the Memory Booklet will be taken away. You will then be required to answer questions about the material that was presented in the Memory Booklet.

Reading, Understanding and Interpreting Written Information-These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and interpret the kinds of written information that police officers are required to read during their formal training period and on the job.

Preparing Written Material in a Police Setting-These questions test for the ability to prepare the types of reports that police officers write. You will be presented with a page of notes followed by several questions. Each question will consist of four restatements of the information given in the notes. From each set of four, you must choose the version that presents the information most clearly and accurately.

A Guide for the Written Test for Police Entrance is available at the New York State website: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm. Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

QUALIFYING PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST – The three elements measured in the qualifying physical fitness test are muscular endurance, absolute strength and cardiovascular capacity. The following is a brief description of the physical fitness test.

Muscular Endurance – The requirement is for a number of bent-leg sit-ups to be performed in one minute.

Push -Up – This test measures muscular endurance of the upper body (anterior deltoid, pectoralis major and triceps). The requirement is for a number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks.

Cardiovascular Activity – 1.5 mile run; the requirement is for the attainment of a score calculated in minutes and seconds.

The Municipal Police Training Council adopted the physical fitness-screening test based on the model formulated by the Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research. The minimum passing scores, depending on age and sex, represent the fortieth (40th) percentile of physical fitness as  established by the Cooper Institute. Failure on a part of qualifying test will remove your name from further consideration for appointment. Copies of the physical fitness and medical standards are available upon request from Genesee County Human Resources or from our website at www.co.genesee.ny.us.

CROSS-FILING: If you have applied for other local government or state examinations, call or write to each civil service agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of the examinations. You must notify all local government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examinations. The “Cross-filer

Form” for Genesee County can be obtained at Genesee County Human Resources, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or from our website, www.co.genesee.ny.us.

NOTE: Religious Accommodations, Persons with Disabilities or Active Military: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application. An explanation of your need for special testing accommodations must be attached to your application. If due to disability – medical documentation must be provided.

ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS: Any member of the armed forces of the United States who has duly filed an application to compete in a scheduled competitive examination but was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the examination due to active military duty could be provided with a special military make-up examination.

Current members of the Armed Forces may apply for Veteran’s credits by filing an “Application for Veteran’s Credits” (Form VC-1). The “Application for Veteran’s Credits” can be obtained at Genesee County Human Resources, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or from our website at, www.co.genesee.ny.us. Proof of military status must also be presented and verified in order for consideration of granting of “conditional” Veteran’s credit. Acceptable proof may include a military

I.D. card, military orders, or other official military document that substantiates active military service at time of exam. This documentation and VC-1 Form must be received prior to the establishment of the Eligible List for this examination. The “conditional” status of the additional credits will remain until proof is provided indicating that the service was in time of war and that the veteran received an honorable discharge, or was released under honorable circumstances.

VETERANS: Additional credits are available to veterans who meet certain established requirements. Veterans who have not exhausted their credits should make application for their use, if desired. A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR VETERANS CREDITS (FORM VC-1) AND a COPY OF SEPARATION PAPERS (FORM DD-214) MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE THE ELIGIBLE LIST FOR THIS EXAMINATION IS ESTABLISHED IN ORDER TO UTILIZE ADDITIONAL CREDITS.  DISABLED VETERANS MUST SUBMIT, IN ADDITION, A COPY OF

FORM VC-3 (AUTHORIZATION FOR DISABILITY RECORD). The “Application for Veteran’s Credits” can be obtained at Genesee County Human Resources, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or from our website at, www.co.genesee.ny.us.

ADDITIONAL CREDIT AUTHORIZED: Additional credits shall be allowed for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty, as “child” in this section in competitive examinations for original appointment. (a) On all eligible lists resulting from competitive examinations, the names of eligible persons shall be entered in the order of their respective final

earned ratings on examinations, with the name of the eligible person with the highest final earned ratings at the head of such list, provided, however, that for the purpose of determining final earned ratings, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten (10) points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. (b) Such additional credit shall be added to the final earned rating of such child, as the case may be, after he or she has qualified in the competitive examination and shall be granted only at the time of establishment of the resulting eligible list.

PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS: College graduates with student loans may be eligible to have part of their loan paid for after being employed in a full-time position at Genesee County. Additional information is available at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/public-service- loan-forgiveness.pdf.

PLACE TO FILE: To get an application, come in or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Genesee County Human Resources, County Building I, 15 Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or download from website: www.co.genesee.ny.us. Phone 344-2550, Ext. 2221.

Applications mailed to us must be postmarked with a date no later than the last filing date indicated on this announcement.

All correspondence will be sent only to the address provided on the application for examination. It is your responsibility to inform the Genesee County Human Resources office of any change of address. Correspondence returned for incorrect address will not be forwarded. All address changes must be submitted to the Genesee County Human Resources office in writing.

APPLICANTS: Please contact this office three days prior to examination if you have not been notified by us, as to your eligibility to participate in this examination.

The rating key for this examination will be established by the New York State Civil Service Commission prior to the date of the test, upon recommendation of a committee of police experts who will review all the questions for appropriateness and the key answers for correctness. There will be no review of the questions by candidates. This committee was selected with the assistance of and the endorsement of the Police Conference of New York, Inc., the New York State Association of PBS’s Inc., and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

GENESEE COUNTY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, CREED, RELIGION, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, CITIZENSHIP STATUS, MILITARY OR VETERAN STATUS, CRIMINAL CONVICTION STATUS, PREDISPOSING GENETIC CHARACTERISTICS OR GENETIC INFORMATION, PREGNANCY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM STATUS, OR STATUS AS A MEMBER OF ANY OTHER PROTECTED GROUP OR ACTIVITY IN ALL ASPECTS OF EMPLOYMENT.

 

NYS Police: Train- pedestrian fatal collision in Middlebury

Press Release:

On June 22, 2018 at 3:00 a.m., the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Troopers out of SP Warsaw responded to railroad tracks off of Pflaum Road in the town of Middleburry for a deceased body. Further investigation revealed that on June 21, 2018 around 11:00 p.m. a Norfolk Southern Train was eastbound and believed they struck a deer or bear and called it in.

On June 22, 2018 at 2:07 a.m. a train westbound on the same tracks reported a possible deceased subject later identified as Janette M. Moore, 50 of Middlebury, NY. Moore was wearing dark colored clothing during the incident. The involved train is in Binghamton, NY and Troop C BCI are assisting in this investigation.

SP Painted Post BCI and Northfolk Southern are assisting with this investigation.
This is still an ongoing investigation.

Collins Supports 2018 Farm Bill

Press Release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today voted for the 2018 Farm Bill that will strengthen and grow the Western New York dairy economy. In recent years, the dairy industry has faced significant challenges, including an overall decline in milk consumption due to unfair trade practices with nations like Canada. Provisions in the Farm Bill make commonsense reforms to safety net programs put in place to help farmers during a downturn.

Collins has been a staunch advocate for expanding the current H-2A visa program that has not met the need of dairy farmers to find a legal, experienced workforce. Provisions to address issues with visas were not included, although Collins was assured by House Leadership that a separate bill to solve these problems will be considered in July.

“Our nation’s dairy farmers are struggling and we have to do everything we can to keep this industry alive in Western New York,” said Collins. “I’ve met with local farmers who have told me on numerous occasions that the Margin Protection Program was simply not working and was based on flawed logic. The reforms passed in today’s bill are going to help these farmers better utilize this program as we continue to make reforms that will boost this industry.”

This legislation would provide greater coverage to dairy farmers through the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and will allow a farmer to participate in both the livestock and dairy protection programs. Additionally, the program will be relabeled the Dairy Risk Management Program (DRMP).

The newly created DRMP eliminates the current 25% minimum coverage level and allows producers to elect levels in 5% increments. It will also add higher coverage levels of $8.50 and $9.00 per CWT, a provision Collins advocated for in a 2017 letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (TX-11).

The legislation will also require the United States Department of Agriculture to study the accuracy of milk and feed costs used to determine the margin. This was implemented in response to the large amount of farmers that were unable to utilize the program because of ineffective calculations.

Collins added: “Since I have gotten elected to Congress, our region’s agriculture industry has been a main priority and I’m committed to continuing to do what is best for our farmers. While we still have work to do to turn this industry around, I’m pleased with the reforms we passed today.”

For more information on H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, click here.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Soccer

Press Release:

Cougar Soccer Program Leads Academic All-Region Student-Athletes from GCC

National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region III released its Academic All-Region honorees with 37 student-athletes coming from Genesee Community College.

Collectively, the soccer programs had almost one-third of that total with a dozen to lead all Cougar sport programs. From an individual team perspective, the men’s soccer team had the most with seven selections, followed by the women’s soccer and the swimming and diving teams with five each.

The list contains 470 total names that average to about 12.5 per-school in the region.

Genesee is nearly three-times higher than the average.

Molly Barden was the lone selectee to appear in two sports (women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse) although she is counted overall as one of the 37. The criteria included a combined 24 semester hours of coursework over the calendar year with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and includes the following student-athletes (by team):

Men’s Soccer (7): Kyle McMillen, Gaurav Cheema, Glenn Homles, Tate Dean, David Ormiston, Benjamin Wattis, Phillp Melo; Women’s Soccer (5): Jayna Wright, Molly Barden, Allison Becker, Kail Wright, Molly Reyngoudt; Swimming and Diving (5): Angel Priest, Alex Bookmiller, Ryan Mahaney, Nanako Shiozawa, Natalie Amico; Golf (4): Matthew McCoy, Evan Kerl, Brock Kerbs, Matthew Do Nascimento; Softball (3): Brittni Way, Shiori Ubukata, Maki Iwami; Volleyball (3): Lyndsey Rowland, Aleah Foos, Rebecca Dominesey; Women’s Basketball (3): Reika Murota, Sierra Chudy, Rosalyn Sealey; Women’s Lacrosse (3): Molly Barden, Nao Maeda, Sayaka Miura; Men’s Basketball (2): Savon Williams, Caylen Williams; Men’s Lacrosse (2): Collin Tolsma, Patrick Shea; and Baseball: Colin Noeth.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

DA says new laws and investigative evidence is overwhelming his current size staff.
Members of County Legislature have been informed by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman that his office staff is too small to handle the currently increasing workload being thrust upon them.
During Mondays Public Service Committee Meeting he cited new technologies and laws that were weighing down on his assistant DA’s and that some lawmakers seem oblivious to the added work being created…

Friedman also mentioned that it can be overwhelming to parse through the lengthy body camera footage obtained by police and used as evidence.
Friedman requested funding for adding a new Assistant DA position to his staff next year.

Local Drug Task Force busts a Ross street resident for drugs.
44 year old William Schultz of Batavia was being taken in on a family court warrant Wednesday evening when deputies allegedly found him possession of pot and drug paraphernalia.
Shultz was taken into custody and hit with additional misdemeanor drug charges including Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia.
He is currently being held in lieu of bail in the Genesee County Jail.

Governor Cuomo says it’s his legal obligation to ensure immigrant children house in the state are healthy and safe.
There are approximately 700 children being held in New York who have been separated from parents and Cuomo is demanding information on them.
The Governor has written a letter and called the Department of Health and Human Services saying legally the state has a duty to protect the kids and provide services.
Cuomo says a lot of kids are being sent to New York because it has one of the country’s largest foster care networks.

Eight inning run turns the tables in the Muckdogs favor.
The Muckdogs improved to 3 and 4 on the season after scoring their first walk-off win of the year over the Williamsport Crosscutters last night.
Batavia did not score a run until the eighth inning when they were trailing 5 to zero.
The Voice of the Muckdogs Andy Helwig…

The final score was Batavia 6 Williamsport 5.
The Muckdogs continue their second match in the series against the Crosscutters tonight beginning with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. You can hear all the action right here on WBTA.

Cynthia Nixon is calling for the abolishment of ICE, labeling the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency a “terrorist organization.”
The former “Sex and the City” star, who’s challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination, made the comments on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday and later spoke at a Manhattan Church where she called Donald Trump the egomaniacal leader of ICE.
The New York primary is September 13th.

Some good news on the streets of Batavia
Gambit the tabby cat has been found.
A neighbor reported this morning that the grey and white tabby had been found on Elm Street in the City after WBTA had report the cat missing yesterday.
She thanked the local news outlets for leading to Gambit’s safe return.

Evening News Briefing

Lawrence Friedman Genesee Co. District Attorney

The Genesee County District Attorney says he needs more help.
Lawrence Friedman says societal changes and changes in technology is taxing his office beyond its limit.
He told the County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee this week that reviewing police body-cam footage to make a case can be overwhelming

In his 21 years as D-A, Friedman has not asked for additional staff – until now. He is requesting money to hire an additional assistant D-A.

A Batavia man, while being served a family court warrant, gets hit with a drug charge.
Police say 44 year old William Schultz of Ross Street was found in possession of drug paraphernalia and pot.
He was jailed on $1,000.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is demanding information on the 700 separated immigrant children that he says are housed in the state. Calling President Trump’s executive order a sham, Cuomo says only by reversing immigration policy will children stop being taken away from their parents. The governor says the children are at foster care centers, which are regulated by the state, but contracted to the federal government. Cuomo says its his constitutional obligation to provide the children mental health services, and that barring him from gathering information is illegal.

The halls of the State Capitol are quiet again today after lawmakers finished this year’s legislative session. There was no action taken yesterday on major bills like legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes or sports betting. Those issues likely won’t be voted on until the next legislative session starts in January.

The Batavia Muckdogs are now 2 and 4 on the season.
The Dogs were beat by the Black Bears last night 4 to 3.
Batavia hosts the first of a three game series tonight against Williamsport. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. Andy Helwig calls all the on WBTA.

GCC Signs Dual Admissions Agreements

Press Release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce a new Dual Admission Agreement with Canisius College and also a renewed and expanded agreement Niagara University (NU). Each agreement provides students with guaranteed admissions to both GCC and the four-year transfer institution if all academic requirements are successfully met. Each program includes established articulation maps that detail the courses a student must complete at GCC to earn their associate degree, along with the courses the student must complete to earn a bachelor’s degree at the corresponding four-year institution.

“Dual admissions agreements maximize the college credits applicable for transfer for specific programs of study and gives students a predictable seamless transfer process with no surprises,” Kristen Hargrave, coordinator of GCC’s Transfer Services said. “We work tirelessly to initiate and establish, renew or expand articulation agreements to benefit our students.”

The new Canisius College dual agreement specifically maps nine associate degree programs at GCC to nearly 20 bachelor’s degree programs at Canisius. The agreement covers a wide variety of programs ranging from criminal justice and digital media, to English, chemistry, accounting, finance, marketing and many others.

The renewed Niagara University dual agreement was formally executed in February 2018, and establishes guaranteed acceptance at NU upon the successful completion of the corresponding associate degree requirements at GCC. There are 22 associate degree programs at GCC specifically mapped to 55 bachelor’s degree programs within NU’s College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education or the College of Hospitality & Tourism.

Enrollment into either of these dual admissions programs is open to new students for this fall 2018 semester, which starts at GCC on August 20, 2018.To take advantage of these and other similar programs, contact GCC’s Transfer Services Office transfer@genesee.edu or Kristen Hargrave at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6230, or klhargrave@genesee.edu.

GCC currently has more than 200 program-to-program articulation agreements in effect with approximately 11 SUNY four-year institutions and 15 private institutions. Details and frequently asked questions regarding GCC’s transfer services are available at https://www.genesee.edu/offices/transfer/ and the complete list of articulation and dual admissions agreements is available at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/transfer/transfer-information/.

Genesee Community College continues to accept students for the Fall 2018 semester, which begins Monday, August 20, 2018. The staff at GCC’s new Student Success Center encourage students of all ages to call 866-CALL-GCC to schedule a personal, one-to-one appointment with a designated student success coach who help students develop the best academic plan that addresses individual needs, interests and schedules.

Farm Bureau on 2018 Legislative Session

Press Release:

The following statement may be attributed to NYFB President David Fisher:

New York Farm Bureau capped off the end of the 2018 New York State Legislative Session with a number of victories on bills it advocated for this year. Many of the bills will have a direct benefit on the diverse range of farms in the state. The organization’s priorities are geared towards reducing regulatory burdens and finding solutions to the economic challenges farms increasingly face.

In recent weeks, the legislature passed a renewal of the 10-real property tax exemption on new farm construction, NYFB’s top priority for the session. This helps to incentivize investment while limiting rising property taxes based on updated agricultural assessments of the farm property. Also, lawmakers supported a bill to modernize the assessment process by allowing the renter of leased farmland to electronically submit the agricultural assessment renewal application. This will simplify the annual process, making it easier for farmers to comply.

A bill aimed at improving road safety passed in the session’s final days. The bill would increase the speed at which a slow-moving vehicle, with an attached slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem, may travel on roadways. This legislation would help protect farm equipment drivers and the public from accidents involving farm equipment. Modern machinery can travel faster than 25 miles-per-hour, the current limit allowed for the use of a SMV sign. By alerting drivers that machinery will be going faster, but perhaps still not the posted speed limit, it can help to prevent collisions.

The Senate also passed legislation in the final hours of session in support of the Working Farm Protection Act that previously passed in the Assembly. Farms in some of areas of the state, like the Hudson Valley and Long Island, are facing major development pressure which is driving up land prices. In turn, this makes it more difficult for new farmers to purchase affordable farmland. This bill will allow conservation easements to include preemptive purchase rights which would help to ensure that working farmland could be sold at a reasonable price to another farmer.

Two pieces of legislation that will help the craft beverage industry also passed both chambers. The first bill will provide a six-year real property tax exemption for newly planted hopyards. This will bring the law in line with the same benefit provided to new vineyards and orchards. The exemption will reduce business costs for start-up hopyards while also making it easier to increase the hops supply to help farm breweries meet the New York grown ingredient requirement. The other legislation will let craft beverage makers produce and sell beer and cider infused ice cream, much like wine ice cream that is currently allowed in New York.

The successful legislative season followed a positive budget process that saw support for dozens of agricultural programs. This includes an increased state reimbursement rate for school lunch programs that spend 30% of their lunch budgets on New York grown, produced or processed food. New York State is also committing $5 million to improve infrastructure at county fairs. This year’s budget saw a nine-percent increase in funding for NY FarmNet which is sorely needed as the service is seeing a 50% increase in calls from farmers to help them cope with the stresses of a down farm economy. Some other budget lines that saw additional funding include honeybee research, hops and barley programs and support for the growing craft beverage industry. In addition, the budget support for the Environmental Protection Fund has a real impact on advancing conservation efforts on farms across New York.

New York Farm Bureau would like to thank all the lawmakers who have supported legislation important to our members with special appreciation going out to the Agriculture Committee Chairs, Senator Patty Ritchie and Assembly member Bill Magee. They have long championed the needs of farmers. We look forward to Governor Cuomo signing the legislation.

This 4th of July, Let the Pros Handle the Fireworks

Press Release:

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and along with it comes the annual tradition of fireworks shows. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) urges New Yorkers let professionals handle the fireworks, and not to use these kind of devices themselves.

In 2014, New York State legalized the use of certain sparkling devices, defined as ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke. Counties have the option of banning the sale of these devices within their borders, but the vast majority of the State allows for them to be sold. Under the law, sparkling devices can be sold between June 1 and July 5 (as well as December 26 to January 1).

The legalization of sparkling devices does not change the fact that they are extremely dangerous if used by those without proper training. Despite their toy-like appearances, sparklers can seriously harm their users. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause severe 3rd degree burns. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sparklers cause roughly 25 percent of all fireworks-related emergency room visits, the most of any type of fireworks-like device.

“Fireworks and sparkling devices are extremely dangerous in the hands of a non-professional,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski. “ When misused, fireworks and sparkling devices can cause serious bodily harm, and even death, to their users and to those around them. Fireworks should only be used by professionals who have undergone the proper training and certification in their operation. Rather than take this sort of risk, FASNY urges New Yorkers to attend one of the many excellent fireworks displays available across New York State.”

In 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 68 percent of the total estimated fireworks-related injuries in 2016 occurred in the month surrounding July 4th, with almost one-third of those injured being children under the age of 15.

“FASNY wishes all a happy and safe Fourth of July. Should there be an emergency or unsafe situation, we urge everyone to call 911 for help. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said President Pienkowski.

Morning News Briefing

BDC board need not look far for their newly named director.
The Batavia Development Corporation Board has selected Rachael Tabelski to be their new director.
Tabelski is a Batavia resident and has served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Genesee County Economic Development Center for seven years.
Tableski was any easy pick according to the board who cited her work on many of the current BDC projects assisting former director Julie Pacatte.
She will receive an annual salary of $67,000, which is $2,000 more than the former director made.
Rachael’s husband Adam Tabelski will be expected to recuse himself from City Council votes pertaining to his wife’s compensation.

Phony Prize checks being reported by Batavia Police.

City Police are alerting residents of a current scam targeting Batavia residents.
They say scammers send a fake check and a phony letter from Publishers Clearing House in hopes that the victim will try to use it.
Lawmen say it will bounce and the victim will be stuck paying the check amount.
City Police encourage residents to remain cautious and to remember the old adage “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Alabama man busted for conspiracy and shoplifting in Batavia.
37 year old Donald Stahl of Knowlesville Road was accused of conspiring with another female suspect to steal property including headphones from the Batavia Walmart.
Stahl was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Conspiracy and was then turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office as he was a suspect in a previous larceny out of Warsaw.
He is expected back in Batavia Town Court on July 7th.

District Attorney Office looking for more assistance with added workload from new laws and technologies.
During the Public Service Committee meeting Monday night members of County Legislature heard from District Attorney Lawrence Friedman that the workload for individual assistant district attorneys in Genesee County continues to grow as technology changes along with society.
Friedman said some lawmakers apparently don’t see the correlation between new legislation creating additional work…

First Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini joined Friedman to make the case for adding a new Assistant DA position to their staff in 2019.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Muckdogs fall to the Black Bears for second night in a row.
The now 2 and 4 Muckdogs dropped the third game in the series against West Virginia losing 4 to 3 last night.
Williamsport comes to Batavia for a three game series beginning tonight at 7:05. You can hear the game here on WBTA!

Tabby cat missing from the corner of Vine Street and East Avenue in Batavia.
Gambit is a young male gray and white tabby, he is neutered and very friendly.
He wears both a pink and a silver collar with a bell, and has a name tag with phone number.
A neighbor requested community members to check their sheds or garages and to possibly leave them open to entice the feline friend.
If you see Gambit, please call Mike at 297-0241.

Evening News Briefing

Rachael Tabelski

The City of Batavia did not go far to find its new economic development director.
She is Rachel Tabelski. She is currently Director of Marketing and Communications for the Genesee County Economic Development Center.
Tabelski will make $67,000 a year in her new job.
She is the wife of City Councilman at-large Adam Tabelski who will recuse himself from any council votes related to his wife’s compensation.
Rachel Tabelski begins her new job on July 6th.

A Livonia woman was struck and killed by a van as she was retrieving her mail.
59 year old Judith Gillis of Livonia was killed Monday night after she was hit by a van operated by 32 year old Jaden Miller of Phelps.
Miller has not been charged but Livingston County Deputies are still investigating.

Five people arrested during the Dead and Company Concert at Darien Lake.
Two were arrested last night for selling balloons filled with Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas.

Governor Cuomo says more than 70 migrant children separated from their families at the border are being housed in New York State. There are about 10 facilities including ones in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Ulster counties. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to the state with a letter urging the Trump administration to stop separating families at the border.

State lawmakers are likely wrapping up their legislative session today.
No major bills are expected to be passed before they leave Albany. Among the unresolved issues, sports gambling, gun control and legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.

The West Virginia Black Bears won their first game of the young NYP league season last night defeating the Batavia Muckdogs 7 to 6.
The Dogs staged a rousing 9th inning rally that fell just shot.
The Muckdogs and Black Bears meet again tonight at Dwyer Stadium.
First pitch 7:05 p.m. Live coverage on WBTA

Churchville Chili Grad graduates basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Katai C. Kongmany

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Katai C. Kongmany graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Kongmany is the son of April L. and Thoue S. Kongmany of Churchville, N.Y.

He is a 2017 graduate of Churchville Chili High School, Churchville, N.Y.

GCSO: Seven Dead Heads arrested at Dead & Company

Press Release:

June 20, 2018

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Dead & Company Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on June 19, 2018:

Mark L. Olson age 48 of Kansas St. San Diego, CA arrested for Sale of Hazardous Inhalants after allegedly selling balloons filled with Nitrous Oxide. Mark was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 Bail.

Joshua A. Thompson age 23 of Jackson St. Woodbury, NJ arrested for Sale of Hazardous Inhalants after allegedly selling balloons filled with Nitrous Oxide. Joshua was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 Bail.

Michael D. Kopyscianski age 33 of Woodycrest Ave. Bronx, NY arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th after allegedly found to be in possession of Heroin. Michael was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $1000 bail.

Roger J. Furman age 54 of Shaker Hill Rd. Enfield, NY, arrested for Criminal Trespass 3rd after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Roger was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Alicia M Trace-Stephenson age 42 of Concession 5 West Tiny Township, Ontario Canada arrested for Criminal Trespass 3rd after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Alicia was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $150 bail.

The following were issued APPEARANCE TICKETS to appear in Darien Court on 7/3/18 at 3 PM:

Charles A. Restivo age 46 of Otto Pk Pl Lockport, NY arrested for Trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Matthew T. Gillespy age 30 of Essex St. New York, NY arrested for Disorderly Conduct after allegedly engaging in a fight in the parking lot.

Batavia Hires New Economic Development Director

Press Release:

The Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) Board voted to hire Rachael Tabelski as the organization’s new director today at their June meeting.

Tabelski is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC). Prior to working for the GCEDC she served as a Legislative Aide to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, and an elected official serving as Councilman for the Town of Bergen. She is a graduate of Byron-Bergen High School and of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Crime Scene Technology/Public Safety. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport in 2008.

“Rachael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in economic development that will help advance the BDC’s mission to improve the quality of life in the City of Batavia through a number or economic development collaborations, programs and initiatives,” said Pierluigi Cipollone, President of the BDC. “We are excited to welcome her and look forward to her leadership.”

Tabelski has core competencies in government relations, public relations, communications, economic development planning and project management, business and policy research, statistical analysis and business intelligence. Her roles with the GCEDC we numerous including marketing, public relations and stakeholder communications for seven greenfield corporate parks in various stages of development. She was responsible for disseminating information to engage constituents in complex multi-faceted projects and acted as liaison to utility, municipal, regional and state government officials to advance economic development projects throughout Genesee County.

“On behalf of the board of directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center and our staff, we wish Rachael the very best in her new endeavor,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde. “The good news is that we are going to be able to continue working with Rachael in her capacity at the BDC.”

In the city of Batavia, she played a key role in creating one of the first PILOT increment Financing (PIF) district in New York State with all taxing jurisdictions participating, that established an infrastructure investment fund to transform distressed neighborhoods. The Batavia Pathway to Prosperity (BP2) resulted in the attraction of Savarino Companies to a three-acre abandoned brownfield site in the heart of the city. Rachel also co-authored a winning Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) application resulting in $10 million Downtown Revitalization Award to the City of Batavia and was involved as a staff member to the Local Planning Committee for the DRI.

3rd Annual E-Waste Recycling Event Scheduled

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will host a free electronic waste recycling event for local residents on Saturday, June 23 in the parking lot of 5130 E. Main Street in Batavia.

The event offers constituents an opportunity to safely and responsibly recycle their old cell phones, computers, monitors, printers and other old electronic equipment. Limit of 4 tube televisions per car.

WHO: Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

WHAT: Free Electronic Recycling Event

WHEN: Saturday, June 23
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Parking Lot of 5130 E. Main Street
(Next to National Grid, residents can enter off of Ag Park Drive)

Time Capsule Encapsulated Inside GCC’s New Call Arena

GCC’s Time Capsule while it was on display in the trophy case of the Richard C. Call Arena

Press Release:

Last month, Genesee Community College officials marked the end of a multi-year 50th Anniversary celebration by sealing a special Time Capsule inside the stairwell at the south end of the new Richard C. Call Arena. The treasure trunk is filled to the brim with over 200 items of College memorabilia collected over the past 18 months to document, preserve and celebrate the College’s first 50 years. The Time Capsule is scheduled to be opened in May of 2068 as part of GCC’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Donald Conway ’79 and President Jim Sunser posing before the Time Capsule before it is stowed away inside the wall at the Call Arena

“Sealing up and stowing away our Time Capsule offers the perfect opportunity to draw our eighteen month 50th Anniversary celebration to a close,” Dr. James M. Sunser, president of GCC said. “It tied together our inspirational past and our dynamic present, and all within a new facility offering immense promise for GCC’s future. If there is a better conclusion to the whirlwind of anniversary celebrations and activities this past year, I can’t think of it.”

Within the collection are the following ten categories of items with several sample items highlighted:

Academics – A sample syllabus, math book, testing form, Career Services flyers and a New Courier student newspaper
Alumni – Six “Forum” newsletters, alumni buttons and the 1993 book, “Profiles in Success: Reflections of the Graduates of GCC”
Athletics – A photo album, baseball cap and several jerseys
Collectables – The musical score “Hymn to Genesee,” a mint proof set, and a set of 2017 coins
College Life – Several college catalogs, staff directories, FAFSA forms and a dining flyer
College Promotions – Folders, buttons, brochures, pamphlets, Report Cards to the Community and Fast Facts flyers
GCC Events Materials: From convocation to commencement, Fashion Shows to Homecoming-more than 50 sample items represent the many events that have happened over the past 50 years at GCC
GCC “Swag:” – Lapel pin, travel mug, USB jump drive, insulated lunch box, “Nail Your Future” emery boards, luggage tags, a whistle with “GCC has all the Bells and Whistles” and a stress cow that promoted the College’s new Food Processing Technology program
History and Memorabilia – The original Deed for the GCC site, and an array of intriguing items donated by alumna Mary Yunker including newspaper clippings from 1970, Student Handbooks, a woman’s athletic uniform and a 1968 edition of Time Magazine
Illustrations from the Era – Various newspapers, articles and the Batavia brochure from 2018
Miscellaneous – Banners, College map, bus schedule, cellular telephone, calculator, dry eraser marker, stationery samples, student activity card, a sample bottle of GCC’s Apple Cider Syrup, t-shirt and “Muses of the Hill” book of poetry

A few historical highlights: GCC is one of the few colleges nationwide that was established as a result of a successful grassroots campaign that culminated in a successful 1966 public referendum supporting the creation of a community college. Genesee Community College first opened its doors on September 28, 1967 with 21 faculty members and 378 full-time and 243 part-time students-which was five times more than anticipated. In addition, alumnus Donald Conway, GCC Class of 1979, who worked on a major NASA project during his employment at Kodak, shared some of the collateral materials from the CHANDRA X-Ray telescope. Conway attended the Time Capsule ceremony and helped President Sunser stow the large trunk-size capsule. \

GCC’s first campus was on West Main in Batavia in a converted Valu Hardware Store. The College enrollment quickly outgrew this space and its permanent home opened in 1972 on College Road. Other innovations and openings include: the introduction of online “telecourses” in 1987; the Albion Campus Center opened in 1990; the Stuart Steiner Theatre was added onto the main campus in 1991 and the Warsaw Campus Center also opened in 1991 (moving to its current YMCA building in 2002); the Lakeville Campus Center opened in 1992 which became the Lima Campus Center in 2009; the Arcade Campus Center opened in 1995 which expanded in 2001; the Conable Technology Building was built in 2000; the Dansville Campus Center opened in 2002, which relocated in 2012; the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union opened in 2006; the Dr. Bruce A. Holm Upstate MedTech Centre housing GCC’s Nursing Department opened in 2010; the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery was built in 2011; and finally the Student Success Center and Richard C. Call Arena in were built last year in 2017.

To view the Facebook album of Time Capsule event photos go to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156547012258103.1073741972.27494768102&type=1&l=6b6165c2b2

Morning News Briefing

Lawmen identify woman struck by van in fatal Livonia accident.
Lawmen in Livingston County have identified 59 year old Judith Gillis of Livonia as the victim in a deadly accident near Richmond Mills Road and Livonia Center Road.
Investigators report that Gillis was retrieving the mail when she was struck by a van Monday night.
Officers say 32 year old Jaden Miller of Phelps was operating the van at the time.
Currently Miller is not facing any charges however police are still investigating the fatal incident.

Pembroke incident with a weapon lands a Corfu man in lock up.
39 year old Edwin Stancliff of Corfu was arrested and charged with two counts of Menacing with a Weapon, along with individual counts of Harassment with physical contact and Criminal Possession of a Weapon with a previous conviction.
State Troopers were called last Tuesday night to a reported domestic dispute in Pembroke where Stancliff was subsequently taken into custody for allegedly wielding a weapon.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

Trespassing in Darien leads to charges for Fort Drum man.
21 year old Malik Hambrick of Fort Drum which is home to the 10th Mountain Division and a military reservation in Jefferson County was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespassing after allegedly re-entering the hotel at Darien Lake Theme Park.
Hambrick was apparently taken into custody shortly after midnight on into Monday morning after being previously trespassed by Darien Lake Security.
He is expected back in Darien Town Court on July 17th.

Black Bears beat Muckdogs after home team rally falls short.
Last night the Batavia ball-team lost the second of a three-game series against West Virginia with a final score of 7-6.
You can hear the Muckdogs take one more shot at the Black Bears with the third and final game of the set tonight starting at 7:05 right here on WBTA.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to sue the federal government over the “zero tolerance policy” being enforced at the border.
He says currently 70 children are being held at facilities in New York after being separated from their parents while trying to cross into the country.

In total, upwards of two-thousand children have been detained nationwide, causing a debate over border enforcement.
Cuomo says his lawsuit has three main arguments, and will be filed in the next two weeks.
The Trump administration has said that Congress needs to act towards significant immigration reform.

State lawmakers are likely wrapping up their legislative session today.
No major bills are expected to be passed before they leave Albany.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo said everything that could have been passed is already part of the state budget.
Among the unresolved issues, sports gambling, gun control and legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.

Hawley: NYC Politicians Block Bills to Help Vets and Homeowners

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today criticized New York City politicians on the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee for blocking a number of bills that would ease the tax burden on veterans and small businesses and increase the amount of funding that smaller municipalities receive.

“It is truly disappointing that some of our downstate colleagues do not share our priorities of making life easier for our nation’s heroes, our veterans, and starting to change the narrative of New York state as the tax capital of the country,” Hawley said. “These are common-sense bills, many of which have bipartisan support, which New York City politicians will not even allow to reach the floor for a debate and discussion. In the waning days of session, I will continue to fight for our veterans, homeowners, small-businesses and seniors against misguided priorities coming from Assembly leadership.”

A complete list of bills that were blocked is as follows:

A.6558: Extends the period during which the county of Genesee is authorized to impose a county recording tax on certain mortgage obligations until November 1, 2019.

A.8040: Relates to enhanced aid and incentives for municipalities.

A.1740: Relates to exempting cranes from the petroleum business tax.

A.1783: Provides a tax credit in the amount of certain fees charged in connection with loans under the federal home loan guarantee program to National Guard and reserve veterans.

A.1559: Creates a tax exemption for leasing of certain aircraft used for flight schools.

A.1682: Relates to creating a local food and products sourcing tax credit.

A.1693-a: Creates a wage tax credit for employers who employ New York National Guard men and women, reservists, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.

A.1561: Prohibits the transfer of unexpended moneys from funds receiving moneys from a dedicated fee into any other fund.

A.1565: Exempts veterans 85 years of age and older from the obligation to pay New York state income tax.

A.1616: Exempts compensation for active military service from inclusion in a resident’s adjusted gross income under certain circumstances.

A.1617: Prohibits the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance from charging a fee for applications for a certificate of registration pursuant to a re-registration program.

A.1645: Relates to compensation of certain district attorneys; requires the state to reimburse the counties for the entire cost of any increase in the annual salary of a district attorney due to an increase in the annual salary of a justice of the Supreme Court or a county judge; appropriates $1,600,000 therefor.

Chamber’s Tourism Program Wins 2018 PRism Award

Press Release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted History Trail of New York State program was recognized at the 2018 Rochester PRism Awards on Thursday, Jun. 14. The statewide tourism trail earned two recognitions for excellence in marketing and public relations – one first-place PRism Award and one Award of Excellence.

The PRism was awarded for the Trail’s “Spooky” Social Media campaign created and executed by Chamber member Break the Ice Media. Social channels saw growth across the board – nearly 40% page growth on Facebook, 22% on Twitter, and 90.4% engagement growth on Instagram – with events selling out and new visitors traveling the trail.

The program was also recognized with an award of excellence for the 2018 Haunted History Trail brochure, a beautiful 36-page travel magazine that was designed by Corfu designer Matt Steinberg of The Quackenstein Graphic Design Co., and featured stunning photography from the official trail photographer Steve Shoemaker of Amityphotos.com. Break the Ice Media led the team with copywriting and project management.

The PRism Awards are an annual award show put on by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Rochester Chapter, celebrating the best public relations work – both elements and campaigns – from the previous year.

 

About the Haunted History Trail of New York State

The Haunted History Trail of New York State is a tourism collaboration spearheaded by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with 32 county tourism offices that features haunted locations from almost every region of New York State. Haunted dining, tours, and overnights are available on the trail, with many of the locations tying back to New York’s history. For more information, visit: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.

To Combat Jet Lag Catch Some ZZZs While Soaking Up the Rays

Press Release:

It is finally here! Summer and vacation time is upon us and for roughly half of the households in America, visiting new places is the highlight of summertime! However, traveling to a different time zone can lead to the modern day phenomenon known as jet lag and taint the beginning and end of a long-awaited vacation.

Most people who travel to new time zones feel tired and may struggle to fall asleep, and few understand what is happening inside their bodies. Sleep professionals including polysomnographic technologists, commonly known as sleep technologists, work with physicians to study jet lag and help remediate the severity of the condition.

Most living things, including humans live in an established circadian rhythm. This rhythm refers to the physical, mental and behavioral changes living things experience throughout a 24-hour cycle. While the circadian rhythm is predominantly established by our bodies, it can be impacted by external forces such as sunlight and temperature, climate changes, sound and even diet. The first recorded account of a circadian rhythm occurred around the 4th century BC when a ship captain serving under Alexander the Great described the changes he witnessed in the leaves of a Tamarind tree, indigenous to Africa. It wasn’t until the 13th century that the process was noted in humans, and the term ‘jet lag’ was coined in 1966.

Jet lag occurs when the external conditions of our environment (primarily sunlight and temperature) vary from an established circadian rhythm. The human body can take several days or biological cycles to adjust its rhythm to the new time zone. While it is adjusting, a person may feel the need to sleep during the day and stay awake at night – following the familiar time zone. Physicians and sleep techs have made great progress in sleep studies and the National Sleep Foundation list the following recommendations to minimize the effects of jet lag.

• When planning a trip, consider flight times. By selecting a flight that arrives early in the evening, you may be able to maintain a normal bedtime in the local time zone. If you absolutely must sleep outside of normal sleep times, take a nap early in the afternoon and for no longer than two hours.
• When you board the plane for your flight, set your watch or other personal items to the destination time zone to start your mind and body thinking in terms of the new time zone.
• Avoid eating a heavy meal and chocolate when you arrive; a light snack is a better idea.
• Sleep techs recommend avoiding alcohol or caffeine for at least three to four hours prior to your local bedtime. These stimulants can add to the challenges of falling asleep.
• Soak up as much sunlight as possible! Sunlight is a powerful factor in the regulation of your biological clock.
• Make sure to stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated, you can be more irritable, prone to headaches, and can even cause you to over-eat.
• After a fun-filled vacation day, make sure your sleeping environment is cool, dark and quiet. The darkness combined with the cool air and white noise from an air conditioner may help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Consider earplugs and blindfolds to remedy sleep time disruptions.
• Don’t forget about your normal routines. If you normally go for walks or runs, try to do at least half of your normal routine while on vacation.
• If you are kept awake by worry or excitement over plans for the next day, schedule two wake-up calls to set your mind at ease.

Jet lag is just one of the 84 different classifications of sleep disorders affecting more than 70 million Americans – which explains why there is a projected 18% job growth expected through 2024 in the polysomnographic or sleep disorder industry! At Genesee Community College, Polysomnographic Technology students learn in state-of-the-art sleep tech labs with the latest equipment and one-on-one instruction. With a Polysomnographic Technology A.A.S degree from GCC, graduates work in one of the more than 2,500 accredited sleep centers in the U.S. monitoring patients, helping to conduct clinical research, counsel patients and much more.

The two year curriculum at GCC focuses on the Physiology of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Study Instrumentation, Sleep Disorders, and Polysomnography courses – including infant and pediatric modules. GCC’s Sleep Tech students also experience two clinical practice semesters where they apply new classroom skills and learning. Enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is now open and there are still seats available in the Polysomnographic Technology program. Visit https://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/Health/Sleep/ for more details.

“Combatting jet lag is just one minor aspect of what sleep technologists have contributed to general health and wellness,” Marshann Thomas, GCC’s Director of Polysomnographic Technology program said. “Quality and regular sleep is vital to every function of the human body and discoveries in this industry are dramatically improving our health. It is an extremely exciting field that offers flexible scheduling and attractive starting salaries.”

The field of sleep technology reports annual base salaries ranging from $62,000 in the New York City area to $50,000 in the Buffalo area. The list of available positions is substantial. To learn more go to: https://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/Health/Sleep/ or call 866-CALL-GCC.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm
https://sleepfoundation.org/

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DOWNTOWN BATAVIA BUSINESSES HOST THINK & DRINK EVENT

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – Start-Up Genesee announced that the group will hold the next “Think & Drink” event on Thursday, June 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants should plan to meet at Eli Fish Brewing Company, 109 Main St, Batavia, NY and be prepared for an entrepreneurial walking tour.

The theme of the event is “Downtown Business” that will provide attendees the opportunity to tour the successful businesses located in the Batavia Business Improvement District. Business owners will be sharing their stories of success, how important a “brick and mortar” location is to their business strategy, and how they are succeeding with integrating online sales and marketing.

The event will begin with remarks from the START-UP Genesee network including Beth Kemp, Director of the Batavia Business Improvement District, Tom Turnbull, Director of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Sam Campanella, New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Advisor and Chris Suozzi, VP of Business and Workforce Development for the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC).

Other START-UP Genesee Business Advisors will be on hand for the tour including: Reid Smalley, Director of The Best Center at Genesee Community College, Lina LaMattina, Director and Assistant Professor of Business at Genesee Community College, Rachael Tabelski, Director of Marketing and Communications for the GCEDC, Gregory Hallock, Director of Genesee Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!), Tom Mancuso of the Mancuso Business Development Group.

During the downtown business district tour, attendees will stop at various businesses including:

• Eli Fish Brewing Company
• Charles Men’s Shop
• Pollyanna & Dot/ The Hidden Door
• Batavia Bootery
• T-Shirts Etc.
• Art Ah La Carte
• Six Senses Escape Room
• Tompkins Bank of Castile
• GO ART!

The event will conclude at GO ART! Tavern 2.o.1 will be open, Aunt Angie’s Cakery will serve desserts and there will be an opportunity to see the exhibit “Peru Children by Daniel Cotrina Rowe” as well as a meet Ty Dickey, an African-American artist from Detroit who paints fabric poles with mostly African symbolism.

Sponsors for the event include Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Freed Maxick, Lawley, Tompkins Bank of Castile and Insurance Agencies, and Mancuso Commercial Realty. For more information or to RSVP please contact Rachel Tabelski at 585-343-4866 or rtabelski@gcedc.com.

Morning News Briefing

New York looks into legalizing pot as opponents blow smoke.
New York’s health department may soon recommend legalizing marijuana.
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo called weed a “gateway drug” as recently as last year, however he commissioned a study just six months ago through the State’s Health Department that has changed his tune…

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker is releasing a long-awaited report, commissioned by Governor Cuomo, that supports the idea…

Republican challenger to Cuomo, Marcus Molinaro says the move represents a sprint to the political left and remains skeptical of legalization.
Governor Cuomo’s primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, has indicated she supports legalizing marijuana as it pertains to criminal justice reform.

A Sex offender with a past in Pavilion is arrested for continued sex crimes in the southern tier.
70 year old Miguel De Jesus of Machias in Cattaraugus County was taken into custody by Troopers out of Batavia for allegedly forcibly touching a family member confined to a wheelchair.
De Jesus has a previous conviction out of Pavilion for Forcible Touching in June of 2015.
He was remanded to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

 

Pro Baseball is back in Batavia rain or shine.
A little rain can’t keep a good dog down and it couldn’t stop the Batavia Muckdogs from taking the field at Dwyer Stadium for their long awaited home opener last night.
After an hour rain delay The Muckodgs put on a show taking the team to 2 and 2 with a 9 to 6 win over West Virginia.
Ben Hayes President of the New York-Penn league dropped by the Dwyer stadium to see the work that has been done…

Hayes said the team is now focused on playing good ball on the field while speaking with our news partner The Batavian.
The Muckdogs continue their series against West Virginia tonight, with the first pitch is at 7:05 at Dwyer Stadium.

The age to buy tobacco products could be going up in Monroe County.
Democrats on the county legislature say you should have to be 21 to purchase them.
The current age limit is 18.
Supporters say they want to lower the number of smokers and tobacco-related health problems.
There’s no word when a vote on the proposal could happen.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is going back on trial in Manhattan.
He was convicted in 2015 of using his position to get his son Adam a series of do-nothing jobs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Both men were found guilty of corruption, but their convictions were overturned by a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Jury selection begins today and testimony could start tomorrow.

Paving operations to pick up this morning on Lehigh Avenue.
The second day of road work starts this morning at 7 shutting down Lehigh Ave between Ellicott Street and Creek Road to all through traffic.
Work is expected to be completed by 5 today.
The work is weather dependent.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch from now until 8 tonight for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.
A heat advisory posted earlier today was cancelled at 3 p.m.

State Police today have identified the victim of a fatal crash on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
37 year old Morey Ground Junior of Basom was killed Saturday afternoon on Skye Road in the Town of Alabama.
Troopers said Ground’s car ran off the road and struck a tree.

A Cattaraugus County man with record of sex offenses in Pavilion has been arrested again.
Batavia based State Police arrested 70 year old Miguel De Jesus of Machias on for allegedly forcibly touching a family member confined to a wheelchair.
De Jesus was previously convicted with Forcible Touching in June of 2015 in Pavilion.

Paving work continues on Lehigh Avenue today.
Lehigh Ave between Ellicott Street and Creek Road will be closed to all through traffic until 5 today and from 7 to 5 tomorrow.
The work is weather dependent.

We are keeping an eye on the weather for this evenings Batavia Muckdogs home-opener at Dwyer Stadium.
Rain is in the forecast but right now, the game is still on.
The Muckdogs meet West Virginia Black Bears.
Opening pitch is at 7:05 tonight.
The Dogs 1 and 2 on the young season.

Muckdogs Game Notes

Today’s Game- Batavia opens up their first homestand of the season tonight against West Virginia (Pirates). This is the first game of the three game series against the Black Bears, and then Williamsport (Phillies) comes to Dwyer Stadium for three games.

That was yesterday- A four run 5th and 8th innings gave Auburn the lead late in the game. Jerar Encarnacion continued his hot streak going 2-5 in the game with a double. He currently sits third in the NYPL with a .462 avergae.

This year’s team- The Muckdogs roster consists of 14 returning players from last year’s roster. Four players have made it up to full season-A (Boyd, Cespedes, Martin, and Torres). The roster currently consists of 14 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders, and six outfielders.

Same Skipper- Calling the shots this season will be second year manager Mike Jacobs. Jacobs spent seven years in the bigs with Mets, Marlins, Royals, and the Diamondbacks. He clubbed 100 HR’s in his MLB career, 32 of which came in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. He also tacked on 93 RBI’s that year. His first year as a manager in Batavia saw the team go 30-45.

Some Superlatives- This year’s players come in all shapes and sizes. The tallest being Sean Reynolds who towers at 6’7”. The shortest five check in at 5’11”. The youngest Muckdog is Dakota Bennett who is currently 18, and the oldest on the roster is Logan Boyd who is 24.

Familiar Foes- The Muckdogs and Black Bears will square off 1 more times this season, the second most among any other opponent this season. The next meeting starts on July 1st with a three game set in Morgantown

State Police Arrest Former Pavilion Sex Offender

Troopers based out of Batavia arrested 70 year old Miguel De Jesus of Machias, in Cattaraugus County on accusations that he was forcibly touching a family member confined to a wheelchair.

He was charged with felony counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Physically Disabled Person and Aggravated Family Offense for Forcible Touching.

De Jesus was previously convicted with Forcible Touching in June of 2015 in Pavilion.

He was remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and an order of Protection was issued for the victim.

Anyone with further information on De Jesus is encouraged to contact the State Police.

Troopers Identify Victim of Fatal Alabama Crash

Troopers responded to a vehicle collision on Skye Road in Alabama at approximately 4:08 p.m. Saturday.

Further investigation revealed that a 2013 Ford Fusion operated by 37 year old Morey Ground Jr. of Basom was traveling eastbound on Skye Road.

According to investigators the vehicle left the roadway on a curve and over-corrected causing the vehicle to cross both lanes, exiting the south shoulder of the roadway and striking a tree.

Ground was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in this investigation. This is still an ongoing investigation.

Morning News Briefing

Troopers identify driver in fatal one car crash in Alabama.
State Troopers based out of Batavia have identified 37 year old Morey Ground of Basom as the driver involved in a single motor vehicle accident on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation reported over the weekend.
According to police the accident occurred on Skye and Meadville Road in Alabama shortly after 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.
Troopers say investigation into the deadly crash remains on-going and have currently released little other details about the incident.

Domestic incident in LeRoy involving a hammer lands an upstate man behind bars.
Deputies arrested 56 year old Jefferson County resident Steven Carpino for allegedly smashing an individual’s phone with a hammer and then driving away from the scene in the same person’s vehicle without permission.
The arrest came Saturday night following report of the domestic incident on Conlon Road in LeRoy.
Carpino is facing charges of Criminal Mischief and Unauthorized use of a vehicle and was jailed without bail in Genesee County lock up.
He is scheduled to return Thursday to LeRoy Town Court.

Donation funds for a child allegedly taken by a Darien woman.
26 year old Heather Rheinheimer of Darien Center has been accused of keeping the donated funds from the ‘Tough like Mav’ charity for herself.
The charity was set up to help an 8-month old boy seriously injured in April after being attacked and bitten by a dog.
Rheinheimer was arrested and charged with Scheming to defraud and petit larceny and Police are still working to determine how much money may have been diverted.

The halls of the State Capitol will be buzzing this week.
Democrats and Republicans will try to strike last-minute deals on key issues like sports betting, recreational marijuana legalization, and school safety.
Any bill has to pass both legislative chambers and be signed by the governor to become law.
The legislative session ends Wednesday.

With the summer season upon us, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the FDA to pull sunscreen pills from the market, saying they are “basically useless” and are likely dangerous.
The new, edible form of sunscreen is becoming popular, but Schumer insists sunbathers have a false sense of security because they do nothing to shield people from the sun’s damaging rays.
The National Cancer Institute says melanoma cases among adults have tripled since the 1970s.

Paving operations pick up on Lehigh Avenue in the city today.
Lehigh Ave between Ellicott Street and Creek Road will be closed to all through traffic from 7 AM and 5 PM today and tomorrow.
During the closures, motorists will need to seek out alternative routes, and local residents should expect delays.
As per usual this type of work is weather dependent.

Sunday News Briefing

One person is dead following a rollover accident on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation in the Town of Alabama.
State Police have yet to release details of the accident.
The incident occurred around 4:30 yesterday afternoon on Skye Road in Basom.
Troopers did confirm there was one fatality.

A Darien Center woman is accused keeping money that was given to her to help a seriously injured 8-month old boy.
26 year old Heather Rheinheimer has been charged with scheming to defraud.
Attica Police say she kept money given to benefit little Maverick Brumsted-Shaw who suffered a serious facial wound in a dog attack back in April.
Police are working to determine how much money may have been diverted.

Police in Warsaw arrest a LeRoy man for identity theft.
43 year old Jayson Connolly is accused of stealing another person’s credit card and running up nearly $1,000 worth of charges.
Connolly is now in the Wyoming County jail.

Lehigh Avenue paving operations to resume on Monday.
Lehigh Ave between Ellicott Street and Creek Road will be closed to all through traffic from 7 AM and 5 PM Monday and Tuesday.
Motorists will need to find alternative routes while the closures are in place. The city says the work is weather dependent.

The Batavia Muckdogs are 500 for the young season.
The Dogs beat the Doubledays 11 to 6 yesterday.
The same two teams meet this afternoon in Auburn.
The Muckdogs home opener is tomorrow night at Dwyer Stadium.

Saturday News Briefing

Plush Dozier

The boyfriend of a Maple Street woman is charged with arson and attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to an apartment they shared.
27 year old Plush Dozier is accused is setting fire the lower apartment of 35 Maple Street early yesterday morning.
When firemen arrived on scene they believed the children were still inside.
The children were later found safe at a neighbor’s home.
The girlfriend, who has not been identified, was injured and hospitalized in stable condition.
Dozier is being held without bail.

 

Jayson Connolly

Police in Warsaw arrest a LeRoy man for identity theft.
43 year old Jayson Connolly is accused of stealing another person’s credit card and running up nearly $1,000 worth of charges.
Connolly is now in the Wyoming County jail.

 

A Darien Center woman has been arrested for allegedly keeping money given to her that was intended to help an 8-month old boy seriously injured by a dog bite.
26 year old Heather Rheinheimer has been charged with Scheming to defraud.
Attica Police say she kept money given to benefit little Maverick Brumsted-Shaw who suffered a serious facial wound in the dog attack back in April.
Police are working to determine how much money may have been diverted.

Lehigh Avenue paving operations to resume on Monday.
Lehigh Ave between Ellicott Street and Creek Road will be closed to all through traffic from 7 AM and 5 PM Monday and Tuesday.
Motorists will need to find alternative routes while the closures are in place. The city says the work is weather dependent.

The Batavia Muckdogs drop their season opener to the Auburn Doubledays last night 5 to 1. The teams meet again tonight in Auburn.
The Dogs home opener is this Monday night, 7:05 against West Virginia

Woman Charged with Fraud Collecting Money for Injured Child

News Release: Attica Police Dept.

The Attica Police Department has charged Heather M. Rheinheimer, 26, af Alleghany Rd, Darien Center with Scheme to Defraud second degree and Petit Larceny after receiving information she failed to donate funds received to the “Tough Like Mav” Benefit Charity.
Rheinheimer had worked at Meisner’s Deli located at 231 Main Street, Attica, NY. She began a fund drive to help with medical expenses from an incident on April 1, 2018 were 8-month-old Maverick Brumsted-Shaw was bitten by a dog in Varysburg, NY.
The incident was reported in an article published by the Batavia Daily News on April23, 2018. Rheinheimer begun selling candy bars and candy to customers of Meisner Deli with the support and financial backing of owner/operator Nicholas A. Campanella. Rheinheimer had since resigned her position at the local deli and moved on to another job. Coincidentally, a family member of the Shaw’s had stopped in the deli to order food and Mr. Campanella had asked how Maverick was doing and hoped the donation from his store had helped. It was learned that Rheinheimer had not donated the funds. Mr. Campanella immediately reported this to the police sparking the investigation.
Rheinheimer was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Village of Attica Justice Court on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:00 am. The investigation is continuing however the Attica Police Department needs the communities help. Chief Dean R. Hendershott is requesting anyone who donated or purchased candy for the benefit while at Meisner’s Deli to contact the police department at 585-591-0881. The department is attempting to determine the amount that was collected so that restitution can be determined.
Once the case is resolved all monies will be turned over to the family so it can be utilized for the sole purpose in which it was given for, “Tough Like Mav”.

Muckdogs Open Tonight on the Road

Today’s Game- The Muckdogs kick off the 2018 season in Auburn. Batavia squares off against the Doubledays for a three game set before kicking off the home portion of the season at Dwyer Stadium for a six game homestand against West Virginia and Williamsport.

This year’s team- The Muckdogs Opening Day rosterconsists of 14 returning players from last year’s roster. Four players have made it up to full season-A (Boyd, Cespedes, Martin, and Torres). The roster currently consists of 14 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders, and six outfielders.

Same Skipper- Calling the shots this season will be second year manager Mike Jacobs. Jacobs spent seven years in the bigs with Mets, Marlins, Royals, and the Diamondbacks. He clubbed 100 HR’s in his MLB career, 32 of which came in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. He also tacked on 93 RBI’s that yaer. His first year as a manager in Batavia saw the team go 30-45.

All time numbers- Batavia will play their 76th season in 2018 as the only surviving member of the original PONY league (now the NYPL) and will kick off this year with an all time record of 3,197 wins and 3,532 losses (.475).

Some Superlatives- This year’s players come in all shapes and sizes. The tallest being Sean Reynolds who towers at 6’7”. The shortest five check in at 5’11”. The youngest Muckdog is Dakota Bennett who is currently 18, and the oldest on the roster is Logan Boyd who is 24.

Familiar Foes- The Muckdogs and Doubledays will square off 14 more times this season, more than they will see any other opponent this season.

Marlins Update- In a marathon game last night, the Marlins dropped a 16-inning contest to the San Fransisco Giants. Lewis Brinson hit a sac fly to force extras, bit a two run single from Pablo Sabdoval in the top of the 16th would be enough for the win. Miami starter Dan Straily recorded a season-high seven strikeouts in the loss.

 

Evening News Briefing

Plush Dozier

The boyfriend of a Maple Street woman is charged with arson and attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to an apartment he shared with his girlfriend and her children.
27 year old Plush Dozier is accused is setting fire the lower apartment of 35 Maple Street around 12:30 this morning.
When firemen arrived on scene they believed the children were still inside.
The children were found safe at a neighbor’s home.
The girlfriend, who has not been identified, was injured and hospitalized in stable condition.
Dozier is being held without bail.

Familiar faces selected to be School Resource Officers.
Pembroke graduate veteran deputy sheriff’s Patrick Reeves was selected to Pembroke Schools to be their SRO
Deputy Eric Meyer was selected to be the SRO at Alexander.
He and Deputy Reeves begin their posts on September 1st.
Deputy Cory Mower will at Pavilion and will begin on July 1st.

Perry Police alert elderly residents of door to door scams.
Police say they have received reports of individuals going door to door claiming they are contractors and telling elderly homeowners that their homes need repairs.
The incidents are under investigation, however lawmen recommend using caution in dealing with such solicitors.

Paving operations picking up Monday.
Lehigh Ave in Batavia between Ellicott Street and Creek Road will be closed to all through traffic from 7 AM and 5 PM Monday and Tuesday next week. Motorist will need to find alternative routes while the closures are in place. As usual this work is weather dependent.

BPD: Arson /Attempted Murder

Press Release:

On Friday, June 15, 2018 at or about 12:42AM, the Batavia Police Department and City of Batavia Fire Department responded to the report of an active house fire at 35 Maple St. A female located on scene believed her children were still in the residence. Officers from the Batavia Police Department and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make entry into the residence but were unsuccessful. City of Batavia Fire Fighters made entry and attempted to locate the children. By approximately 12:56AM all children from the residence were located safely and accounted for at a neighbor’s residence. The Genesee County Department of Social Services was contacted to aid with the children.

During the fire investigation it was learned that the fire stemmed from a domestic incident between the female that lived in the lower apartment and her boyfriend. The male, identified as Plush DOZIER (DOB: 11/21/1995), had become upset with his girlfriend and an argument ensued. DOZIER set her and the apartment on fire. During the initial stages of the incident all of the children were able to leave the apartment. The female was transported to an area hospital, where she is listed in stable condition. We will not be releasing the female’s name or location for the safety of her and her family.

DOZIER was located at the scene and taken into custody without incident. DOZIER was arrested for two Class A Felonies; Arson in the First Degree (PL 150.20-01), and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (PL 125.25-01). DOZIER was arraigned in Batavia City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail. DOZIER is scheduled to appear in Genesee County Court at a later date.

During the course of the active house fire, and subsequent investigation a City of Batavia Police Officer, and a City of Batavia Firefighter were both injured. The Officer and the Firefighter were treated and released from UMMC with non-life threatening injuries.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, City of Batavia Fire Department, Genesee County DSS, Mercy EMS and the local volunteer fire companies for their assistance.

Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-orcriminal-activity.

BPD: Arson /Attempted Murder

Press Release:

On Friday, June 15, 2018 at or about 12:42AM, the Batavia Police Department and City of Batavia Fire Department responded to the report of an active house fire at 35 Maple St. A female located on scene believed her children were still in the residence. Officers from the Batavia Police Department and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make entry into the residence but were unsuccessful. City of Batavia Fire Fighters made entry and attempted to locate the children. By approximately 12:56AM all children from the residence were located safely and accounted for at a neighbor’s residence. The Genesee County Department of Social Services was contacted to aid with the children.

During the fire investigation it was learned that the fire stemmed from a domestic incident between the female that lived in the lower apartment and her boyfriend. The male, identified as Plush DOZIER (DOB: 11/21/1995), had become upset with his girlfriend and an argument ensued. DOZIER set her and the apartment on fire. During the initial stages of the incident all of the children were able to leave the apartment. The female was transported to an area hospital, where she is listed in stable condition. We will not be releasing the female’s name or location for the safety of her and her family.

DOZIER was located at the scene and taken into custody without incident. DOZIER was arrested for two Class A Felonies; Arson in the First Degree (PL 150.20-01), and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (PL 125.25-01). DOZIER was arraigned in Batavia City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail. DOZIER is scheduled to appear in Genesee County Court at a later date.

During the course of the active house fire, and subsequent investigation a City of Batavia Police Officer, and a City of Batavia Firefighter were both injured. The Officer and the Firefighter were treated and released from UMMC with non-life threatening injuries.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the New York
State Police, City of Batavia Fire Department, Genesee County DSS, Mercy EMS and the local volunteer fire companies for their assistance.
Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at

http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-orcriminal-activity.

Lehigh Ave Paving Updated

Press Release:

On Monday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 Lehigh Avenue in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. The closure will be between Ellicott Street (NYS Rt. 63) and the City line (Creek Road). These closures are expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to pave Lehigh Avenue.

All motorist that regularly use Lehigh Avenue are asked to seek alternative routes while the closures are in place. Businesses and Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from you residence or place of business.

This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Streets Supervisor or Superintendent at 585-345-6400 opt. 1 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sheriff Announces Newest School Resource Officers

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. announces the newest School Resource Officer assignments in three local school districts.

Pembroke Central School District has chosen Deputy Patrick J. Reeves as its School Resource Officer. He graduated from Pembroke in 1992 and is a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Reeves will start in this position on September 1, 2018.

Alexander Central School District has chosen Deputy Eric J. Meyer as its School Resource Officer. He graduated from Alexander in 2006 and is a 3-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Meyer will start in this position on September 1, 2018.

Pavilion Central School District has chosen Deputy Cory W. Mower as its School Resource Officer. He is a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Mower will start in this position on July 1, 2018.

Additionally, the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) and the Byron-Bergen Central School District also renewed their commitments for next year’s School Resource Officers on campus.

Sheriff Sheron stated that it his goal to establish a School Resource Officer in all county school districts to ensure the safety and protection of the students and faculty. “Although the cost associated with placing a School Resource Officer in the schools is significant, I believe the safety and security of our children should be of the utmost precedence. I applaud the tremendous support received from the school administrators, school boards and the Genesee County Legislature, which ultimately made this possible.”

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron, Deputy Patrick Reeves, Pembroke Superintendent Matthew Calderon, and in the back row, Legislator Gordon Dibble and Legislator Shelly Stein (credit The Batavian)

School Alumni added as Lawmen in local schools.
Three Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were selected by three local school districts for a special new assignment as a School Resource Officer.
1992 Pembroke graduate and 22-year Sheriff’s Office veteran Deputy Patrick Reeves was picked by the Pembroke Central School District…

Deputy Eric Meyer was chosen to be the SRO at Alexander.
Meyer a 3-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office has spent his entire life in the community and says he is already familiar with many of the kids and their families.

Reeves and Meyer start their new posts on September 1st.
Deputy Cory Mower a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office was selected to be the School Resource Officer by Pavilion.

Deputy Mower will begin as an SRO for Pavilion on July 1st.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Tense few minutes as city fire crews clear a Maple Street house Fire.
The initial call came shortly before one this morning for a working structure fire at a Maple Street residence with two children thought to be inside.
It was soon learned that the children were staying at neighbors home and were safe.
City fire crews were able to race to the scene due to the close proximity of the fire station.
Batavia City Fire Captain Robert Fix credited his firefighters for quickly quelling the blaze.

An adult resident was transported to UMMC for evaluation. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

13 years for former Brockport kindergarten teacher.
31 year old Roland Yockel of Hilton was convicted of receipt of child porn last year and yesterday was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison.
Yockel will also have to register as a sex offender and have 15 years of supervised release.
Homeland Security agents in Phoenix involved in an ongoing child porn probe along with New Zealand authorities were able to ID Yockel after utilizing the CHATSTEP.COM site.
His home computer and multiple devices were seized and after further investigation over 5,000 image and 247 videos were found depicting child pornography.

Batavia candy makers are expanding sweet operations.
Oliver’s Candies is moving all confectionary manufacturing to Elba.
The Elba location will also have 1000 square feet of retail space in addition to the candy making kitchens.
Retail space and food service will be expanded at the company’s Batavia location.
The move will triple Oliver’s candy making capacity

Evening News Briefing

The show has ended for a Batavia video rental store.
Family Video in the Tops plaza has announced it is closing.
No specific date for the closing was announced.
Its merchandise has been marked down.
The Family Video took over the space originally occupied by Blockbuster Video until they went out of business five years ago.

 

A local business is expanding.
Oliver’s Candies is moving all confectionary manufacturing to Elba.
The Elba location will also have 1000 square feet of retail space in addition to the candy making kitchens.
Retail space and food service will be expanded at the company’s Batavia location.
The move will triple Oliver’s candy making capacity.

 

Police blotter:

28 year old Katelyn Kubala of Meadow Lane, Attica:
She’s been arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, for the past three years.
Kubala pled guilty to having a sexual relationship with a minor.
Police said that due to Kubala’s multiple felony convictions and lengthy criminal record, she was jailed without bail.

 

 

An Attica man is jailed following what police termed a violent domestic incident.
27 year old Nathan Hopkins of Capwell Road is facing two assault charges for allegedly punching a woman in the face and striking her over the head with a piece of wood.

 

 

The City of Batavia has closed Vine Street from North to Evergreen for an emergency sewer main repair. Vine Street will be closed to all traffic until at least 8 o’clock tonight.

Violent Domestic in Attica

On June 9, 2018 at about 6:45 pm Officers of the Attica Police Department responded to a loud music complaint at 51 Washington Street. After resolving the loud music complaint Officers received a report from Wyoming County Community Hospital of a female victim of an assault was being treated in the Emergency Department.
The victim, initially falsely reported the location and suspects in the assault however through investigation it was determined the assault occurred at a party where the initial loud music complaint originated, 51 Washington Street.

Nathan Hopkins

With an uncooperative victim with significant injuries, Officers were able to determine that 27 year old Nathan Hopkins allegedly punched the female victim in the face then struck her in the head with a wooden object. Hopkins had fled the scene however was located at about 01:00 am in Silver Springs at the victim residence by the Wyoming County Sheriff Office and taken into custody without incident on an arrest warrant.
Hopkins was returned to the Village of Attica and arraigned in Attica Village Court on the above charges. Village of Attica Justice Perry issued a “Refrain From” Order of Protection on behalf of the victim. Bail was set at $2500.00 cash, $5,000.00 bond.
Hopkins was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail. His next court appearance is set for Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Attica Sex Offender Jailed for Failing to Register

Attica Police arrested 28 year old Katelyn Kubala of Meadow Lane Attica after it was alleged that she was in violation of requirements to register as a Sex Offender.

Kubala was designated as a Level One Sex Offender following a 2013 conviction of Attempted Rape after she engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor.

Investigation by Attica Police discovered that Kubala had never registered her address as required by law since 2015.

She was taken into custody without incident and arraigned in Attica Village Court.

Due to her multiple felony convictions and lengthily criminal history she was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Kubala is set to reappear in Attica Village Court on Monday, June 18th.

Hawley Questions Parolee Voting

Press Release:


A garbage outside a parole office where parolees have discarded their voter registration forms after given to them by Parole Officers.

Corrections Memo

According to information obtained by Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci of New York State Corrections and Community Supervision, a department under Gov. Cuomo, has issued a memo directing all department parole officers to begin presenting newly pardoned felons with voter registration forms, help them complete the process of registering to vote and help them locate the local Board of Elections during the course of their taxpayer-funded duties.

In a memo obtained by Hawley that was circulated to department heads, it states “…the Parole Officer must also provide the recipient (of the pardon certificate) with the NYS Voter Registration Form and the NYS Voting Rights form…The Parole Officer must be prepared to assist the parolee with filling out the registration form and the Parole Officer is responsible for providing information regarding the location of the local Board of Elections.”

“This is the most outlandish abuse of power and taxpayer-funded resources I’ve witnessed in my time as a legislator,” Hawley said. “Gov. Cuomo is using state employees as campaign workers to register recently paroled felons to vote. Absolutely outrageous.”

The memo dictates detailed instructions for corrections employees on how to execute pardons and help parolees register to vote and does not specify that this be done outside the purview of their official, taxpayer-funded duties.

“This governor continues to use our money as his money and there seems to be no bound to how autocratic his tenure has become,” Hawley continued. “It’s very possible that there is added pressure on Parole Officers to hit some sort of ‘quota’ on registrations ahead of the governor’s upcoming gubernatorial primary.”

Morning News Briefing

Drug Task Force takes down another suspected drug dealer in Batavia.
39 year old Dustin Landin of James Street was taken into custody on a Grand Jury Indictment Warrant Monday by members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Landin was charged with two Class D Felony Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling drugs to a task force agent on two separate occasions.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $2,500 in the County Jail.

Speed zone stop in Pavilion leads to various drug charges for a Southern man.
35 year old Antwan Maye of Butner North Carolina was subject to a traffic stop early Tuesday morning after Deputies recorded him traveling 51 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour speed zone on Ellicott Street Road in Pavilion.
During the investigation deputies allegedly found Maye in possession of two separate controlled substances, a criminal amount of Marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Pot and of Drug Paraphernalia.
Maye was released with an appearance ticket for July 3rd in Pavilion Town Court.

Grand Jury indictment handed down for a city man accused of violent burglary on Holland Ave.
22 year old Winston Lockhart Sr. of Hutchins Street has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the crime of second-degree burglary, a Class C violent felony.
In January Winston allegedly entered a Holland Avenue home illegally with intent to commit a crime.
Upon his initial arrest in January Winston was facing counts of assault, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal mischief, and strangulation.

Hawley claims Cuomo and other Government Elitists are living high on the hog, off the back of the tax payer.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley is making a late push for legislation that would provide greater accountability, transparency and safeguarding into the state’s economic development spending.
Hawley says the law comes as a result of years of inaction by the Cuomo administration to clean up Albany’s widespread bid-rigging and pay-to-play paradigm.
Hawley and a host of his Assembly Republican colleagues blasted the state’s programs like START-UP NY and the illegal I Love NY signs, calling for more oversight to what they claim is corrupt.

Ball Players returning to Batavia for another season with the Muckdogs.
As the team is prepping for the start of their season, Muckdogs Manager Mike Jacobs said the roster is more seasoned this year with some ball players returning…

They play their first game of the season this Friday in Auburn and begin with their home opener in Batavia on Monday the 18th.
You can hear the game live here on WBTA beginning with the first pitch Monday night at 7:05.

The last remaining video rental store in Batavia has announced it is closing its doors soon.
All the products have been marked down at the Family Video located in the Tops plaza.
There is no specific closing date but the store will cease operating as a rental location.
The video rental store took over in an old Blockbuster Video location.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has issued a severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 o’clock tonight.
The Watch extends to Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming counties and all of Western New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a dominant lead over “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon in New York’s Democratic primary race. A new Siena College survey shows the two-term incumbent outpolling Nixon 61-percent to 26-percent. Siena pollsters say the actress hasn’t gained any ground in the past two months.

The Batavia Muckdogs are gearing up for the start of their season with some of last season’s ball players returning.
The new Muckdogs Manager Mike Jacobs just arrived in town

They play their first game of the season this Friday in Auburn and begin with their home opener in Batavia on Monday the 18th.
You can hear the game live here on WBTA beginning with the first pitch Monday night at 7:05.

A bill is on Governor Cuomo’s desk banning the use of tanning devices for people under 18. Doctors say artificial tanning raises the risk of skin cancer. In New York alone, five-thousand cases of melanoma could be diagnosed this year. If the governor signs the bill, the state would be the 16th in the country to have legislation like this.

Paving on Lehigh Ave Postponed

News Release:

Roadwork originally planned for today has been rescheduled for Monday, June 18th, 2018 due to weather conditions.

Lehigh Avenue in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. The closure will be between Ellicott Street (NYS Rt. 63) and the City line (Creek Road). These closures are expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to pave Lehigh Avenue.

GCC Board of Trustees Approves 2018-2019 Budget

Press Release:

Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees, meeting at the Batavia Campus for its regular monthly meeting, approved a $40.15 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year beginning September 1. The budget is down $770,000, or a decrease of about 2% from the current $40.92 million budget.

President James M. Sunser thanked members of the staff for their thoughtful and cautious approach to spending, and for helping reach 2018-2019 budget targets. “It’s rare that the budget for a new fiscal year is lower than the prior fiscal year,” Dr. Sunser said. “This budget is a continuation of our tradition of careful stewardship of the resources entrusted to us,” Dr. Sunser said.

The budget includes:

Maintenance of existing programs, with no increases predicted in the number of faculty and staff members.

A modest tuition increase. Full-time students will pay an additional $50 per semester, or a total of $2,075 per semester in 2018-2019.

Anticipated support from Genesee County, the College’s sponsor, of $2.586 million.

Support from other counties across New York State totaling $9.392 million.

New York State aid of $10.237 million, reflecting an increase of $100 per full-time-equivalent student. The State aid figure is still substantially less than the one-third state funding anticipated when the State University of New York was created in the 1950s.

A cost per full-time-equivalent student that is almost 5% less than the New York State community college average.
The College’s 2018-2019 budget must be approved by the Genesee County Legislature. The budget will be forwarded to the State University of New York for approval this summer.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

Approved minor curriculum changes to the College’s Entrepreneurship A.A.S. degree program and Entrepreneurship Certificate program. The proposed changes will now be submitted to the State University of New York for review.
Heard President Sunser report that Emma L. Hawke is joining the College’s staff as a Wyoming County Campus Center associate. She holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from Buffalo State College. She has held positions at Buffalo State and Canisius College. Ms. Hawke is a resident of Clarence.
Heard Mary Jo Whitman, Art Gallery Coordinator, offer a preview of upcoming Roz Steiner Art Gallery exhibits to the Board. Running from August 23 to September 21 is Dion Hitchings’ Portraits on Trash. The artist uses children’s art supplies and consumer boxes to impart deep-seated messages. Ryan Gustman’s photography will be the focal point of an exhibit running from October 4 to November 2. Mr. Gustman is known for his compelling and stark portraits of abandoned buildings. Next, Emily Kenas will exhibit Assemblage from November 13 to December 14. Assemblage consists of pieces that are not quite paintings and not quite sculpture, but embody elements of each, using unusual combinations of materials. Finding Amal is next, from January 22 to February 22. This exhibit features universal messages created in urban calligraphy combining three languages: English, Arabic and Bangla.
Heard Finance Committee Chair Peter R. Call report that the Committee reviewed the College’s third quarter financial statements. Mr. Call said that income and expenses are running according to plan. The Board approved the third-quarter statements.
Heard Nominating Committee Chair Robert L. Boyce report that the Committee has endorsed the following candidates for Board of Trustees officer positions for the 2018-2019 year: Donna M. Ferry, Darien, Chair; Peter R. Call, Batavia, Vice Chair; Jacalyn F. Whiting, LeRoy, Secretary. The Board will accept nominations at its July 2018 annual meeting.
Heard Virginia M. Taylor, recently retired Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, reported that the College has received 349 applications for summer study. Dr. Taylor said that an increase in applications is likely over the next several weeks, as area high school students submit applications for the Genesee Promise Plus program. Genesee Promise Plus provides scholarship funding for one or two summer courses to area high school students.
Heard President Sunser report that new external mandates include a New York State reporting requirement for interim statistics on sexual harassment, domestic abuse and other forms of sexual violence. The report, due June 15, is an outgrowth of New York State’s “Enough is Enough” law. Dr. Sunser also said that SUNY is attempting to standardize sexual harassment policies across all 64 campuses.

Free Electronic Recycling June 23

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he will be hosting a free electronic recycling event for local residents on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of 5130 East Main St. in Batavia. The event gives residents an opportunity to recycle old electronic devices such as computers, cell phones and televisions in an environmentally conscious manner.

“This has been a tremendously successful event in the past and a useful way for local residents to get rid of unusable bulky electronic devices in a safe and environmentally-friendly way,” Hawley said. “It is important that we keep in mind how consumerism affects the environment and realize that we have an obligation to future generations to leave our planet a cleaner place than we found it. I encourage all interested residents to come out on the 23rd and I look forward to seeing you there!”

**Items Accepted: Computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, audio/video, small electronic devices

*Limit of 4 tube televisions per car

WHO: Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

WHAT: Free Electronics Recycling Event

WHEN: Saturday, June 23
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Parking Lot of 5130 E. Main St.
Batavia, NY
(Next to National Grid)

Morning News Briefing

Council hears request for military grade vehicle and approves additional cameras for Police.
City Police made their case for funding added surveillance cameras and applying for a military grade surplus vehicle.
Council approved $28,000 dollars in funding for the added cameras.
Council President Eugene Jankowski…

The other proposal put forth by police was a request to apply for a decommissioned Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle or M-RAP.
Council appeared to be open to the idea.
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch addressed concerns over the optics of the military grade vehicle…

Heubusch said another benefit of the M-RAP is that it doubles as a high water rescue vehicle when other more expensive options don’t.
The vehicle would need around $15,000 of upgrades half of which the Sheriff’s Office has offered to pay for.

The aging and ill-fitted City Police Station also come up in conversation at the latest city council meeting.
According to the city’s consultant on the issue there are options to fix the current facility or to build one brand new.
Former Police Lieutenant Eugene Jankowski…

Chief Heubusch said a new facility would meet all their requirements with less uncertainty over future maintenance.
The estimated cost for a new building is close to $10 million.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Batavia woman found with drugs after getting pinched for shoplifting.
31 year old Jeanna Hattaway of West Main Street Road was picked up by deputies following a shoplifting complaint at the Walmart in Batavia.
She was accused of stealing over 100 dollars’ worth of merchandise and officers allegedly found her in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
She was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was released with an appearance ticket for Town Court.

Gates police arrest the man they say murdered a woman.
Roger Wiggins was taken into custody at the Canadian border yesterday and officials believe he was trying to leave the country.
Wiggins is accused of stabbing Tracy Williams in a car before she ended up on Buffalo Road Monday.
Police aren’t saying whether she was pushed or fell from the vehicle. They’re calling the crime an act of domestic violence.

Paving work may pick up on Lehigh Ave today.
The city has scheduled paving operations on Lehigh Avenue in Batavia today and tomorrow and motorists will need to find an alternate route.
The work is weather dependent.

Love Your Own, Leave the Rest Alone Rabies Awareness

News Release: Genesee County Health Dept.

Springtime is a perfect time to remind everyone about how dangerous rabies can be and what you can do to prevent exposure to you, your family and your pets. Rabies is an infec- tious viral disease that can be fatal once symptoms (signs) show up. Rabies is a central nervous system disease, which attacks the brain and causes death. Rabies can be spread through bites, scratches, and saliva.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that each year, the majority of rabies cases occur in wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Though those are the most commonly reported animals with rabies, all mammals; including humans can be infect- ed. Therefore, it is recommended that pet owners and livestock owners get their animals vaccinated for rabies. In New York State, cats are the most often diagnosed domestic animals.

Sarah Balduf, Environmental Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, reported that so far in 2018 there have been a total of 19 animals submitted for rabies testing be- tween the two counties and 3 have tested positive for the fatal disease, complete details below. In addition to these animals, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has submitted 1 deer from Genesee County, which tested negative.

One of the first signs of rabies in animals includes a change in the animal’s behavior. Balduf stated, “Animals may become unusually ag- gressive, or may develop an unwarranted sense of fear or it may lose its fear of another animal. In wild animals, symptoms are as follows; affectionate or friendly, or it may attack anything in its path, due to excitable or irritable behavior. Other symptoms include staggering, convulsions, choking, foaming at the mouth and paralysis.”

Though rabies may take up to three months to fully develop, there are some early signs to look out for in humans. These signs include fever, headache, sore throat, and unexplained tiredness. If an animal bite or scratch is not reported right after it happens, the disease can develop. The signs after development include, pain and tingling at the bite site, hallucinations, hydrophobia (fear of water), strong tightening of the muscles in the throat and paralysis starting at the infection site.

To protect yourself from rabies, people are encouraged to avoid feeding touching or adopting wild animals and stray domestic animals such as dogs and cats. People are also encouraged to keep their pets (dogs, cats, and ferrets), and livestock animals up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. Keeping a close eye on children who are playing outdoors and telling them the dangers of playing with wild or stray animals (alive or dead) is also highly recommended. It is very important to make sure you are not attracting wildlife to your home. You can do this by making sure that your garbage cans are not accessible by wild life and you don’t leave pet food out unattended.

Anyone who has been bitten by any animal or who otherwise may have been exposed to rabies, needs to Capture and Call. If you can do so safely, being careful to not damage the head/brain, capture the animal and call your local health department or a doctor to report the incident. Capturing the animal is vital in order for it to be tested for rabies. Testing will confirm if the animal is infected with the virus or not, ensuring that only those who need treatment get it. In addition, make sure you clean any wounds immediately with soap and water.

(*If a bat is found in a room where there are unattended children, someone sleeping or someone who cannot speak for him/herself or your family pet, do not let the bat out of the house. To learn how to capture a bat safely, view a short video HERE

A doctor or health department will determine if they need to be vaccinated with rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (RPEP). A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should get 4 doses of rabies vaccine—one dose right away, and additional doses on the 3rd, 7th, and 14th days. People who have weakened immune systems may require a fifth dose of vaccine, as determined by their doctor.

The dosage and cost for an individual to be treated with RPEP depends on the individual’s weight. The cost to treat an individual for ra- bies is estimated to be about $3,750. Local health departments will work with the patient’s insurance company but what cannot be cov- ered by insurance is paid out by the county, and ultimately you, the taxpayer. Another reason it is important to love your own animals and leave the rest alone. So far in 2018, 20 individuals have been treated for RPEP in Genesee County and 4 people have been treated for RPEP in Orleans County. These numbers could be lower if animals were safely captured and submitted for testing.

To protect your pets from rabies, please visit one of our upcoming anti-rabies clinics:

• Genesee County: Thursday, August 16, 2018: Genesee County Fair Grounds, 5031 East Main Road, Batavia, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Orleans County: Saturday, August 25, 2018: Town of Shelby Highway Building, 4062 Salt Works Road, Medina, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Wyoming County: Thursday June, 14, 2018: Arcade Town Highway Department, 7340 NY-98, Arcade, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

Eugene Jankowski City Council president

Batavia City Council has approved the purchase of four more video surveillance cameras for the police department.
Budget amount: $28,000.
City Council President Eugene Jankowski, a former police lieutenant, says the cameras are worth it:

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch

Council also appears ready to support an application for a military surplus armored vehicle.
Police Chief Schawn Heubusch says he understands reservations about the look of a military vehicle in a civilian police force

The vehicle would need to be outfitted for police work at an estimated cost of $15,000. The Geensee County Sheriff’s Office has offered to pay half of the cost.

Fire attacks a duplex home in Bergen twice in the same night.
Volunteers were re-called to the same Lake Avenue address they responded to five hours earlier.
Deputy Bergen Chief Chuck Dodson:

The damage from the second call was far more extensive.
No injuries were reported.

New York lawmakers are pushing a bill for cameras to be installed on school buses to catch drivers who pass them illegally.
The bill that puts in place stop-arm cameras on buses would permit evidence taken to be used in issuing tickets to violators.
Studies estimate more than 50-thousand drivers throughout New York illegally pass school buses on a daily basis.

If you use Lehigh Avenue in Batavia be ready to find an alternate route tomorrow and Thursday. Lehigh will be closed to all traffic tomorrow and Thursday for paving work.

 

 

Hens installed as NACE President-elect

Press Release:

Washington, D.C. – Genesee County, New York Highway Superintendent Timothy Hens was installed as President-elect of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual meeting and technical conference. Hens’ term will run through April of 2019.

NACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association in its 62nd year, representing over 2,400 county road officials and related professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., local roads account for about 75% of highways and roads, or 2.93 million miles. Counties manage 1.74 million miles of those roads. Counties also own 231,000 bridges and operate one-third of the nation’s transit systems.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve the nation’s county road professionals,” said Hens. “County infrastructure is the basis for a successful American economy. From getting goods to market to ensuring a safe and efficient ride from work for our residents, county-owned transportation infrastructure will lead the way towards economic prosperity for decades to come.”

Hens has been the Superintendent of Highways for Genesee County since 1998. In this capacity he functions as the County Engineer and oversees a number of county departments including, highways, airport, water, environmental health, facility maintenance, and parks, recreation and forestry. Tim and his wife, Eve, have three college-aged children and reside in Le Roy.

BB School Marks 1st Year of FFA

Byron-Bergen’s FFA members at May’s NYS FFA Convention in Rochester. (l-r) Garrett Sando, Jacey Donahue, Isabelle Stevens, Rachel Best, Madelynn Pimm and Hallie Calhoun.

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ On May 29, 2018 Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School held their first FFA Awards ceremony since restarting an agriculture program after an absence of almost 50 years. The presentation honored student members and their supportive FFA parents. Certificates of Appreciation were given to many community advisors and volunteers, and district personnel. The FFA chapter’s student officers were recognized as a cohesive leadership team who have driven the growth of the new chapter: Garrett Sando (president), Cole Carlson (vice-president), Hallie Calhoun, Isabelle Stevens, Andrew Parnapy, and Seth Sharp.

Greenhand FFA degrees, for Sr. High School students, were given to Jacey Donahue and all six FFA officers. Garrett Sando was named the Star Greenhand for 2018. Discovery FFA degrees for Jr. High School students were given to Caleb Carlson, Madelynn Pimm, and Rachel Best. Four students received Proficiency Awards: Cole Carlson (Beef Showmanship), Sando (Employment Interview), Parnapy (Creed Speaking), and Sharp (Agricultural Sales).

The ceremony marked the end of the beginning for the Byron-Bergen agriculture program and FFA chapter. It has been an amazing year for both, with about 15 students getting involved in the hands-on approach to learning offered in the new Introduction to Agriculture Science class, along with the Living Environment class. Students marveled at the opportunity to learn about agriculture as a science course, and to be able to explore it even more deeply through FFA.

“Students are really excited and proud to participate in FFA,” said Byron-Bergen’s Cornell Ag-certified teacher Jeff Parnapy. “They love the teamwork and leadership activities involved. Our kids have stepped up and taken responsibility for making the decisions and doing the work necessary for the chapter to be successful, to raise funds, and to take part in the community. Our group attended the recent NYS FFA Convention in Rochester and got to meet students from around the state. We’re planning to participate at the State Fair and the Genesee County Fair later this summer.”

Parnapy says the chapter will begin active competition in statewide FFA contests this fall, and take part in more state and FFA District 9 events and trips next year. He says FFA is undergoing a renaissance, with several local school districts starting new chapters. He also credits the school’s Advisory Committee — local volunteer farmers and animal science experts — for their help and guidance. Parnapy will be attending professional development sessions in Animal Science this summer, with the hope of offering it as an additional class in the 2019-20 school year.

“We had a great first year bringing back Ag Education and FFA for the first time in so many years,” said Jr./Sr. High School Principal Patrick McGee. “Kudos to Mr. Parnapy and our kids for getting this back off the ground. We truly believe that this program is going to continue to grow and be a viable part of the Jr./Sr. High School.”

FFA is a national organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. www.ffa.org

FFA President Garrett Sando (r) with advisor and Ag teacher, Jeff Parnapy (l)

Water Interruption on North Spruce & Evergreen

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Water Dept. will be working on the water main starting at 8 am. The water will be turned off on North Spruce Street from Lown Street to the North end and all of Evergreen Drive. We appreciate your understanding while this repair is made. City crews will make every attempt to restore water as soon as possible.

This work may result in a period of discolored water in this general area after service is restored. Residents should check to make sure water clarity has returned before resuming activities such as laundry which may be impacted.

Morning News Briefing

Firefighters from Bergen, Le Roy, and Churchville were dispatched to a South Lake Ave residence in Bergen twice in one evening.
The first fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. after the owner of the duplex Michael Marvin was alerted by smoke detectors sounding off…

The first fire was believed to have been snuffed out within several minutes however at 10:55 p.m. a second call came from the same address.
Bergen Fire Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Dodson was the first back on the scene…

Dodson said when the fire department left the scene there was no indication that anything at all was still burning and that the second blaze went unattended longer due to the damaged smoke detectors from the previous fire.
Fortunately there were no serious injuries reported. Marvin was able to make it out safe in both instances and also managed to save his dog, he is being assisted by Red Cross.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a bus tour aimed at rallying lawmakers towards a so-called “red flag” gun bill.
Cuomo called the issue of school shootings an ongoing social crisis.
He previously announced his desire to see a law that would empower police, teachers, and family members towards petitioning a judge if they feel an individual in possession of a gun could be a danger.
The governor accused the federal government of being uninterested in solving the problem.

Cuomo specifically mentioned President Trump, and the Republican Party association with the NRA.

Classmates and staff at Hilton High School are mourning the loss of a student.
Yesterday, the passenger in a deadly Sunday night crash was identified as 18 year old Paige Smith.
Officials say the driver, 18 year old Brianna Scarpulla lost control of her vehicle on Lotta Road, hitting an SUV.
Police are still investigating what caused the tragedy. The school is offering grief counseling.

Threats to clock a 7-11 clerk with a rock land a Bank Street man in lock up.
32 year old Joseph Berry of Bank Street was charged with second degree Harassment and Menacing with a Weapon for allegedly threatening to use a large rock against a clerk at the East Main Street convenience store.
He was committed in lieu of $2,500 dollars bail to the Genesee County Jail.

The city is holding a public information meeting this Thursday on the construction of a Pedestrian Way improvement project.
The work involves replacing existing sidewalks along portions of State Street, Washington and Richmond Avenues and Bank Street.
The meeting will be held this Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the second floor board room at City Hall.

Evening News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a bus tour aimed at rallying lawmakers towards a so-called “red flag” gun bill. Speaking in the Bronx outside of Evander Childs High School this morning, Cuomo called the issue of school shootings an ongoing social crisis. He previously announced his desire to see a law that would empower police, teachers, and family members towards petitioning a judge if they feel an individual in possession of a gun could be a danger. The governor accused the federal government of being uninterested in solving the problem, specifically mentioning President Trump, and Republican association with the NRA.

 

Batavia Police are going before city council tonight with funding requests to help deal with increasing violence on the streets.
The police department is asking for $20,000 to purchase four additional portable surveillance cameras.
One was used recently on the south side that helped identify suspects in a fatal stabbing and shooting.
Police are also asking council to fund the transportation and outfitting of a military surplus armored vehicle. He cost is estimated at around $15,000. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has offered to pay half.

A Bank Street man jailed for allegedly to slug a 7-11 clerk with a rock.
32 year old Joseph Berry of Bank Street was charged with second degree Harassment and Menacing with a Weapon.
He was locked up in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The city is holding a public information meeting this Thursday on the construction of a Pedestrian Way improvement project. The work involves replacing existing sidewalks along portions of State Street, Washington and Richmond Avenues and Bank Street. The meeting will be held this Thursday from 5 until 7 at City Hall.

City Firefighters to”Fill the Boot” for MDA

Press Release:

Members of the Batavia City Firefighters from IAFF Local 896 will fan out across the streets of downtown Batavia with boots in hand for this years drive on Friday, June 15th.

Batavia’s Fill the Boot drive is organized by firefighter Chris Morasco.

“In 2017, we set out to break the $10,000 mark. Our members, with the help of our generous community were successful and able to raise $10,651 for the MDA! Look for us Friday!”

City of Batavia Firefighters
Fill the Boot
to benefit MDA
Friday, June 15th
8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street (Route 5) and Court Street
AND
Ellicott Street (Route 63) and Court Street

Meeting on City’s Pedestrian Way Improvement Project

News Release

The City of Batavia will have an Informational Meeting to discuss the proposed construction of the City’s Pedestrian Way Improvements Project. The project consist of the replacement of the existing sidewalk along portions of State Street (from Washington Avenue to Richmond Avenue and from Hart Street to MacArthur Drive), Washington Avenue (from State Street to Bank Street), Richmond Avenue (south side from Ellicott Avenue to State Street) and Bank Street (east side from Washington Avenue to North Street and west side from North Street to Denio Street). This project is a Locally Administered Federal-Aid project that is scheduled for construction in 2019.

The informational “open house” meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th 2018 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Batavia City Hall in the Council Board Room (2nd Floor).

City staff and the consultant engineering firm, Erdman Anthony, will be available to review plans, discuss the project, listen to concerns and answer any questions you may have.

Lehigh Avenue Paving work this week

Press Release:

On Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th, 2018 Lehigh Avenue in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. The closure will be between Ellicott Street (NYS Rt. 63) and the City line (Creek Road). These closures are expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to pave Lehigh Avenue. All motorist that regularly use Lehigh Avenue are asked to seek alternative routes while the closures are in place. Businesses and Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from you residence or place of business.

This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Streets Supervisor or Superintendent at 585-345-6400 opt. 1 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Morning News Briefing

Local lawmen renew request for an armored vehicle.
City Police have renewed their request to apply for an armored military surplus vehicle in their efforts to prepare for dealing with highly dangerous criminal scenarios.
City Council previously turned down the added armament of the Batavia Department after their initial request for the military grade Mine Resistant Ambush vehicle.
The vehicle would need to be re-purposed for police work with an estimated cost between 11 and 17-thousand dollars, half of which the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has offered to pay for.
Police will also ask City Council tonight to approve $20,000 to buy four more portable video surveillance cameras.
The city has one such camera that was the key component in capturing footage of a fatal stabbing and shooting on Central Avenue.

City man jailed for using a rock as a weapon to intimidate a 7-Eleven Clerk in Batavia.
32 year old Joseph Berry of Bank Street was accused of threatening to use a large rock to inflict bodily harm to a store clerk at the 7-Eleven on East Main Street.
Berry was arrested and charged with second degree Harassment and Menacing with a Weapon.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Batavia man arrested for choking incident in town.
67 year old William Horner of Batavia was taken into custody following report of a physically violent incident at a Bank Street Road address late Saturday night.
He was accused of choking and pushing an individual backwards in the incident and was arrested on charges of Harassment and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
Horner was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court on June 26th.

Brockport woman arrested after an altercation on the Rez.
Deputies arrested 19 year old Chelsea McEwen of Fleetwood Drive Brockport following report of a domestic incident on Bloomingdale Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
She was accused of punching her domestic partner in the face after a verbal altercation apparently became physical.
McEwen was charged with second degree Harassment and was released with an appearance ticket for July 18th in Alabama Town Court.

Police are investigating a crash that killed one teen and critically injured another.
It happened yesterday on Latta Road in Greece.
Officials say both teens are Hilton High School students.
Their names haven’t been released.
Police think the 18-year-old driver lost control, hitting an S-U-V head on. The woman in that vehicle wasn’t seriously hurt.

Senator Chuck Schumer wants more money for suicide-prevention.
The C-D-C says suicides in New York are up roughly 30 percent since 1999.
Schumer claims the federal government is turning its back on those in need by not funding programs that could help them.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Sunday News Briefing

Batavia Police are renewing their request to apply for a military surplus armored vehicle.
The PD asked council once before for approval to obtain the vehicle but were turned down.
The truck a Mine Resistant Ambush vehicle.
There is no cost for the truck but the city would have to pay to get it here, outfit for police work and maintain it.
That cost is estimated between upwards of $15,000.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has offered to pay half the cost.

The Police will also ask City Council tomorrow night to approve $20,000 to buy four more portable video surveillance cameras.
The city has one such camera that proved invaluable last night to capture a fatal stabbing and shooting on Central Avenue.
City Council is holding both a business meeting and a conference meeting tomorrow night at in City Hall.

Perry Police report one of their easiest drug arrests.
36 year old Jessica Eagan of South Main Street Perry apparently walked into the police station this week and admitted to selling prescription drugs to another man.
According to police she may have thought that the man she was selling to would be punished instead of her.
Jessica was locked up on the drug charge.

Some Bills fans will pay more to park near New Era Field this season.
The team is raising the cost of spots in the bus lot from $60 to $100. The Bills say the change is due to dangerous incidents there the last few seasons.
Drivers will be responsible for the actions of everyone on their bus.

Marc Molinaro says it’s time for term limits in New York State. The Republican candidate for governor says he’ll only serve two terms if elected in November.

Collins Supports Funding Initiatives Across WNY

Press Release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today voted for the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act that includes funding for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Veterans Crisis Line, a fitness Facility at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (ARS), and robust funding for various water infrastructure and energy independence projects.

Earlier this week, Collins announced that an amendment he authored increased funding for the Army Corps Investigations Account was passed and included in the bill, which would provide enough funding for the first phase of the Great Lakes Costal Resiliency Study (GLCRS).

This legislation also rolls back the Obama era “Waters of the United States” rule which has been damaging to the agriculture industry by placing burdensome regulations targeted towards small bodies of water. Since the rule was implemented, Collins has been a vocal advocate against this overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I was proud to support this important legislation that provides funding for many significant programs across my district,” said Collins. “From making sure our veterans and members of our military have the resources they need, to investing in our region’s water and energy infrastructure, many priorities of Western New Yorkers are taken care of in this bill.”

Collins’ priorities that are in the FY19 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act include:

• $190 million for phase II of the reconstruction at the Canandaigua VA;
• Full funding of $196 million for the Veterans Crisis Line, headquartered at the Canandaigua VA;
• $150 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) that includes the Niagara Falls Storage Site, and increase from $112 million in previous years;
• $75 million in funding for the West Valley Demonstration Project, an increase from $5 million in previous years;
• $1.6 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, an increase from $1.36 billion in previous years;
• An additional $1.2 million for the Army Corps Investigations Account, which is enough funding for the first phase of the GLCRS;
• $14 million for the physical fitness facility at the Niagara Falls ARS, expedited to FY19 from FY21; and,
• Increased funding for the Continuing Authorities Program under the Army Corps of Engineers to complete projects such as erosion protection along NYS Route 5 in Athol Springs

Additionally, this legislation also encourages the Army Corps of Engineers to support research that will identify and develop improved strategies for early detection, prevention, and management techniques and procedures to reduce the occurrence and impacts of harmful algal blooms in our nation’s water resources.

Collins added: “This important legislation is proof that Congress is working hard to deliver for the American people. We are prioritizing national security, investing in infrastructure, and targeting funds for economic growth. I’m proud of the work we are doing to support critical program in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.”

Saturday News Briefing

Push for more surveillance of Batavia streets.
Batavia Police are asking the city to fast track the purchase of four additional video surveillance cameras like the one that captured footage of a fatal stabbing and shooting on the city’s south side.
The Department is requesting approval of $20,000 dollars to purchase the cameras.
Council is expected to address the request on Monday night.
City Police have also renewed request to obtain a military surplus Mine Resistant vehicle for use by the Emergency Response Team.
The armored truck is provided by the military at no cost to local law enforcement except for transportation and up-fitting the vehicle.
The estimated cost is between $11,000 and $17,000, half of which the sheriff’s office says it will pay for.

Henrietta man arrested for allegedly producing a massive amount of child porn.
44 year old Mark Buechler was arrested and charged with production and possession of child pornography involving minors less than 12 years old.
Investigation began in May of this year after an 11 year old boy disclosed the alleged sexual abuse to his school counselor.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies seized multiple digital and electronic storage devices in a raid of Buechler’s Stone Road residence in Henrietta and several days later another 18 year old boy came forward claiming he was a past victim of Buechler.
Investigators found 8,700 images and two videos of child sex abuse some containing the defendant.
Buechler was detained and could face up to 30 years in prison on the charges.

An Alexander resident busted for drugged driving in Bethany.
Following complaint of a man lying in the roadway on Transit Road in Bethany Deputies arrested 33 year old Joshua Sumeriski of Buffalo Street Alexander.
He was charged with DWAI by Drugs, Disorderly Conduct along with several vehicle infractions.
Sumeriski was released with an appearance ticket for August 21st in Bethany Town Court.

Perry Police report one of their easiest drug arrests.
36 year old Jessica Eagan of South Main Street Perry apparently walked into the police station earlier this week and admitted to selling prescription drugs to another man.
Eagan is already on probation for attempted second degree rape for having a sexual relationship with an underage boy in 2015.
According to police she may have thought that the man she was selling to would be punished instead of her.
She was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail for the drug dealing charge and may face other charges for violation her probation.

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