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Morning News Briefing

Bronx man faces felony indictment for attempting to sell LSD in Darien.
A Genesee County Grand Jury has filed an indictment against 33 year old Michael Kopyscianski, a resident of the Bronx, on multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
He is facing a felony count of the charge for allegedly possessing LSD Acid with intent to sell it while in the Town of Darien in June.
Kopyscianski was also indicted on misdemeanor counts of the charge for allegedly possessing Alprazolam and Suboxone in the same incident.
Kopyscianski has a history of drug related arrests as he was convicted of the same crime in 2013 in Saratoga Springs and in 2005 in Newburgh.

Legal proceedings involving Congressman Chris Collins are moving forward.
The 27th District Republican was excused from attending a status conference in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday.
During the proceeding, a judge laid out what both the prosecution and defense will be required to do before Collins and his co-defendants go on trial in 2020.
Collins was arrested in August on insider trading charges.
He has pleaded not guilty and was re-elected last month to a fourth term in office.

Batavia resident arrested following report of a fight on Ellicott Street.
40 year old Rashawn Gosier of Shady Lane Batavia was taken into custody following report of a fight at a lower apartment of an Ellicott Street residence late Monday night.
Gosier is facing a count of Attempted Assault and was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court on January first.
Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Alleged incident of child abuse leads to arrest for a Batavia woman.
State Police report the arrest of 38 year old Tiffany Fay of Batavia following investigation into an incident in the Town of Batavia on Sunday morning.
Fay was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Acting in a Manner Injurious to a Child under 17 years old.

Livingston County lawmen bust a Rochester resident on numerous suspensions.
29 year old Kelvin Delgado was stopped by deputies on Interstate 390 for an alleged traffic violation Sunday.
A driver’s license check revealed that Delgado was operating the vehicle with his license suspended 21 times on 13 different occasions.
Delgado was taken into custody on a felony count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and was jailed in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Charter-Spectrum has reached a deal with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood concerning last year’s lawsuit over misleading internet speeds.
Then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman argued that the internet service provider had advertised speeds that were in fact up to 80-percent slower in reality.
Spectrum’s parent company will refund over 62-million-dollars to 700-thousand active customers, and offer an additional 110-million-dollars in free streaming and premium cable channels.
AG Underwood calls the settlement the largest-ever payout by an internet service provider.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police have one man in custody but so far no victim of a suspected stabbing on Ellicott Street.
Just before midnight, police raced to a location on Ellicott near Swan Street for a report of a stabbing.
Shortly after arrival police started chasing a possible suspect described as a bald, black man, wearing a blue jacket.
He was eventually taken into custody but no charges have been filed because the suspected victim has not been found.

 

 

James Grazioplene

Retired Army General from Batavia has been indicted for rape and incest.
The estranged daughter of Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene, formerly of Batavia, says she was sexually abused for years by her father.
Jennifer Elmore, now 47 and living in Virginia, says the abuse started when she was 3 years old living in LeRoy. Virginia has no statute of limitations on rape. A grand jury in Virginia indicted Grazioplene earlier this month.

 

A Batavia woman arrested in an alleged case of child abuse.
38 year old Tiffany Fay of Batavia was arrested following investigation into an incident in the Town of Batavia on Sunday morning.
Fay was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Acting in a Manner Injurious to a Child under 17 years old.

Spectrum Cable is reaching a deal with New York State misleading internet speeds.
The state argued last year that Spectrum had advertised speeds that were in fact up to 80-percent slower in reality.
Spectrum’s parent company will refund over 62-million-dollars to 700-thousand active customers, and offer an additional 110-million-dollars in free streaming and premium cable channels

The Buffalo Sabres will look for a second straight win tonight. They’re hosting the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center. Buffalo is currently in second place in the Atlantic Division, seven points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. Face off tonight is set for 7 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Report of stabbing in the city ends with one person in custody.
City Police have brought one suspect in for questioning after chasing him around the Swan and Ellicott Street neighborhood following report of a possible stabbing in the area.
Police reported shortly before midnight last night that an officer was in pursuit of a bald, black male, in a blue jacket while an individual threatened to kill somebody.
A few minutes later an ambulance was requested to the area for a subject who sustained stab wounds however they were never treated as the apparent stabbing victim had left the scene with another individual while police were chasing the alleged perpetrator.
The suspect briefly evaded police but ended up returning to the basement of the residence where the alleged stabbing took place.
Shortly after midnight he was then taken into custody as he was spotted trying to escape out of a basement window.
He has yet to be charged because the alleged victim was not available to be interviewed and was instead taken back to the station for questioning.
Investigation into incident continues.
Information provided by our news partner The Batavian.

Daughter of Retired Army General from Batavia accuses him of rape and incest.
47 year old Jennifer Elmore of Virginia, estranged daughter of Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene told the Washington Post, she remembered being sexually abused when she was only 3 years old at her grandmother’s house in LeRoy.
The 69 year old retired Army general has been accused by his daughter of sexual abuse that started when she was a toddler and continued into her high school years.
Grazioplene was born in Batavia, attended Notre Dame High School, and was nominated to attend West Point,
Grazioplene may have avoided a court-martial due to a statute of limitations, but he was arrested on December 7th following an indictment by a grand jury in Prince William County, Virginia, on multiple counts of rape and incest.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Antwan Odom on a charge of first degree assault.
Odom is accused of using a knife to attack Batavia High School classmate and football star Ray Leach last August.
Leach went on to lead the Blue Devils to the state finals.

Governor Cuomo is vowing to overhaul the MTA and legalize recreational marijuana for adults while promising to keep opposing President Trump’s agenda in 2019.
The governor laid out his plans for the first 100 days of the coming year and touted past achievements of his administration.
A large portion of his comments directed criticism at President Trump, blasting him for not investing in New York infrastructure and accusing him of advancing hateful and racist rhetoric.

State Police arrest a Jamestown man for sex offense in Elba.
Troopers arrested 20 year old Garrett Scott on a Felony count of Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors.
He was released on his own recognizance while investigation into the incident continues.

The Buffalo Sabres will look for a second straight win tonight.
They’re hosting the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center.
Buffalo is currently in second place in the Atlantic Division, seven points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Face off tonight is set for seven o’clock.

Evening News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is vowing to legalize recreational marijuana for adults.
In New York City this morning, Cuomo said the current pot policy should change, calling for an end to what he called, ‘needless and unjust prosecution”

Recent polls show people are in favor of legalizing recreational pot and with Democratic majorities now in the legislature it’s expected to pass.

A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Antwan Odom on a charge of first degree assault.
The 18 year old Odom is accused of using a knife to attack Batavia High School classmate and football star Ray Leach last August.
Leach went on to lead the Blue Devils to the state finals.

 

State Police arrest a Jamestown man for sex offense in Elba.
Troopers arrested 20 year old Garrett Scott on a Felony count of Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors.
He was released on his own recognizance while investigation into the incident continues.

Josh Allen’s fourth quarter 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster lifted the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 home victory over the Lions.
Allen threw for 204 yards and ran three yards for a second quarter touchdown.
Buffalo ended a two-game skid and is 5-and-9.

Jeff Skinner scored twice, including the go-ahead goal to lift the Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Bruins in Boston.
Jack Eichel also scored twice and had a pair of assists for Buffalo.
The Sabres have won three of their last four.

GCC Signs MOU with Curacao’s Minister of Education

GCC’s Kamilla Kabel joining Dr. Marilyn Alcala-Walle as she signs the MOU

Press Release:

It started with a great coach searching for great players to round out his team. Ten years and more than 100 students later, Genesee Community College and the island nation of Curaçao have signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the ongoing relationship for international student enrollment. After showing Genesee Community College Trustees a fun video created last spring that featured 23 GCC-Curaçao students, Dr. Shelitha Williams, vice president for Student and Enrollment Services, explained this unique and wonderful segment of GCC’s student population.

The signing of the MOU by Dr. Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé, Curaçao’s Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, occurred on November 9, 2018. It was the highlight of a very successful week-long visit to the ABC Islands by GCC’s international admissions specialist, Kamilla Kabel and baseball coach Skip Sherman. During the trip, these GCC staff members visited Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, to attend various college fairs and recruitment events. Coach Sherman also held several baseball clinics, scouting for talent for his Cougar Baseball Team. On the last night of their recruitment trip, the GCC Alumni Office hosted a reception at Pincho Garden, a local restaurant owned by the family of one of GCC’s Curaçao students. More than 60 people attended, including Dr. Alcalá-Wallé and other members of her office.

“It was a great event and the perfect way to conclude our visit,” Dr. Williams told the Trustees. “We were happy to see so many potential new students, meet their families and also support the local economy.”

Additionally, the reception provided the opportunity for Coach Sherman to present Curaçao native John Polonius, who played baseball for the Cougars from 2009 – 2011, with his GCC Athletic Hall of Fame induction award. During his GCC career, Polonius was twice named NJCAA Region III All-Conference First Team, and was named 2011 GCC Male Athlete of the Year. He currently plays for the San Francisco Giants and could not attend the College’s official induction ceremony in September.

“The MOU illustrates the mutual benefit between Curaçao students and their families, the Curaçao government and Genesee,” Dr. Williams added. Since 2009, when Coach Sherman’s first Curaçao student-athlete joined the ranks of the GCC baseball team, more than 100 students have attended GCC, many earning associate degrees and then transferring for a bachelorette degree, or returning home to work in their communities. The students appreciate an affordable college education, GCC’s small class sizes and the close-knit campus community, and the access to vast transfer opportunities for upper level degrees. GCC is expecting three to five new Curaçao students to start this spring semester.

In other business last Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

Heard Valerie Bello, associate professor of Communication and Media Arts report on her one year sabbatical leave. As a GCC instructor of mass media, radio, broadcasting, media writing and public speaking, as well as a professional DJ with 20 years of experience, Bello is an early adopter of new technology. She focused her sabbatical on exploring the many technical advancements now impacting the radio industry. At WMSX-FM (Mix96.1) with Townsquare Media, where she works as an on-air personality, she helped roll-out and trouble shoot new music scheduling software, conduct music tests and helped conduct focus groups to determine the delivery of new digital content as a means of diversifying revenue streams. Through these experiences, Bello is consistently searching for fresh angles and opportunities that keep her classroom curriculum on the cutting-edge. She earned a MA from University of Buffalo and a BS from Medaille College, and she was a 2013 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor for Excellence in Teaching Award.

Reviewed the listing of potential degrees and certificate recipients for 228 students in January 2019 pending their successful completion of academic requirements. GCC anticipates awarding 99 Associate in Applied Science degrees (AAS), 113 Associate in Science degrees (AS), four Associate in Arts degrees (AA) and 12 certificates.

Reviewed the titles and job descriptions for two professional positions in accordance with the official listing of SUNY professional service classifications, specifically the Director of Interdisciplinary Academic Support and Assistant Dean for Student Services.

GCC Athletics Update: Three GCC Athletes Named Soccer All-Americans

Courtesy of Genesee Athletics – Rodrigo Alburquere (L), Sam Hall (C ), and Miko Yamashita ( R ), named NJCAA Soccer All-Americans

Press Release:

Albuquerque, Hall, and Yamashita named NJCAA All-Americans

Rodrigo Albuquerque, Sam Hall, and Miko Yamashita were recently named NJCAA All-Americans. Hall and Albuquerque from men’s soccer were named First Team All-Americans while Yamashita from women’s soccer was named Second Team All-American.

Albuquerque was also named NJCAA Region III Player of the Year and both he and Hall were placed on the NJCAA Region III All-Region First Team. Albuquerque had a team-high 32 goals and handed out 12 assists this season for Genesee. Hall finished the season with eight goals three of which were game winning goals, and four assists. The Cougars reached the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Championships Semi-Finals as they fell to the eventual National Champion Richland College.

Miko Yamashita scored 15 goals and handed out 20 assists this season for the reigning NJCAA Region III District B Champions. Yamashita was also named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region First Team. The Cougars reached the NJCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championships.

For up to date information about Genesee Athletics, follow online at www.geneseeathletics.com and on social media.

New Director of Organizational Advancement for HomeCare & Hospice

Press Release:

HomeCare & Hospice is pleased to welcome Ink Young as new Director of Organizational Advancement, effective as of October 24, 2018. Young, originally a native of Finland who has been living in the United States since 1999, joins HomeCare & Hospice after having served as Program Director at the YMCA of the Twin Tiers for more than 15 years.

“HomeCare & Hospice is extremely pleased and very fortunate to have such a passionate, natural leader like Ink join our team,” said Carol Mahoney, CEO. “We are very excited to begin this new journey, and we look forward to reaching new milestones with her support,” she continued.

As Director of Organizational Advancement, Young will oversee communications, public relations and advancement efforts throughout HomeCare & Hospice’s primary four-county service area of Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee and Wyoming counties. HomeCare & Hospice provides management services to Total Senior Care as its parent organization, where Young will also extend her expertise in media and marketing areas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Plattsburgh State University and is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration.

“I am blessed and honored to be a part of HomeCare & Hospice’s dedicated team. This is an incredible organization that is deeply committed to providing high-quality care and support that is vital in our communities,” said Young. “I look forward to working with the staff and volunteers to advance our mission”, Young continued, “and help grow the availability of compassionate services that enrich the quality of life for frail elders and those facing the challenges of life-limiting illness.”

Ink Young is a mother of two boys, Miska and Juuso, and wife of local chiropractor, Dr. Andrew Young.

HomeCare & Hospice, a non-profit United Way agency, provides specialized medical care and social/emotional support for patients and families coping with life-limiting illness in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Total Senior Care is a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) with services in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. Both entities are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Police in LeRoy “Stuff the Cruiser” for those in need

 

Press Release:

LeRoy Police Department’s first “Stuff the Cruiser” event this past weekend was a huge success.

On December 16th, 2018, LeRoy Police along with volunteers from LeRoy Rotary Early Act were stationed outside of Tops Markets in LeRoy for the event.
Community members and local business owners donated enough food to fill five Police Cruisers, totaling almost 3,000 non-perishable food items. In addition to food; gifts cards and cash donations were also received.

All donated items will be distributed to local families in need this holiday season.
LeRoy Police would like to thank Tops Markets, LeRoy Rotary, LeRoy Schools and all of the community and business owners who provided generous donations!

LeRoy Police also partnered with LeRoy Schools and Dunkin’ Donuts on Saturday December 15th, 2018 where 60 toys were donated which will be distributed within the community by LeRoy Schools.

Morning News Briefing

Scary scene, nearly overlooked by first responder in Pembroke.
Report of a motor vehicle accident in the area of 8144 Slusser Road in Pembroke ended without injury after a local lawmen happened to overlook the initial incident.
A caller reported shortly before 7 o’clock yesterday evening of seeing a vehicle then hearing two loud bangs, and then somebody yelling for help.
A Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy was the first to arrive on scene.
The deputy suggested the vehicle had left after initially overlooking the scene and not finding any apparent accident.
Further search of the nearby creek revealed that a car had indeed crashed and was found completely submerged underwater.
The driver, who was in the water for about two minutes, was fortunate enough to swim out without injuries and was transported to UMMC for evaluation.
The accident remains under investigation.

An Albion man jailed without bail following 911 hang up.
Batavia Police have arrested 30 year old John Snook of Oak Orchard Road in Albion on counts of Criminal Contempt and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Police discovered Snook was in violation of a stay away order of protection after responding to a Jackson Street residence following a 911 hang up call from the address.
He was also allegedly found in possession of pot.
Snook was committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail and is expected to appear in City Court this afternoon.

Bethany man with an extensive arrest record jailed for repeated violation.
38 year old Sath Dhanda of Clapsaddle Road was arrested last
Wednesday by City Police following investigation accusing him of violating an order of protection on two separate occasions.
Dhanda has an extensive criminal history and just last month appeared in Genesee County Court where he was sentenced to eight months in jail on a criminal trespass conviction.
Dhanda was arrested on two counts of Criminal Contempt and remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail to await his next appearance in City Court.

We’re closing in on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and State Police will be hard at work making sure you get to your holiday gathering safely.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be in effect until January 1st.
If you’re on the roads, expect to see more patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
During last year’s crackdown, more than 40-thousand tickets were handed out.

Josh Allen’s fourth quarter 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster lifted the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 home victory over the Lions.
Allen threw for 204 yards and ran three yards for a second quarter touchdown.
Foster caught four passes for 108 yards.
Buffalo ended a two-game skid and is 5-and-9.
The Lions fell to 5-and-9 and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Jeff Skinner scored twice, including the go-ahead goal to lift the Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Bruins in Boston.
Jack Eichel also scored twice and had a pair of assists for Buffalo.
Linus Ullmark stopped 35 of 37 shots for the Sabres, who have won three of their last four.
Steven Kampfer and Torey Krug each had goals in the loss for Boston.
Tuuka Rask allowed three goals on 26 shots for the Bruins, who have lost two straight.

Weekend News Briefing

Wyoming County man indicted for child sex crimes.
38 year old Shayne Hildreth of Bliss has been jailed for allegedly videotaping the sexual assault of a child.
He was indicted on a felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance along with Criminal Sexual Act, Unlawful Surveillance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following his arrest earlier this week.
State Police allegedly discovered pictures on Hildreth’s phone during investigation into a sexual assault complaint that was used as evidence him.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a female victim under 14 years old while secretly videotaping the incident on a camera hidden in her bedroom.
Hildreth is facing a possible fifteen year prison sentence on the felony count and after pleading not guilty was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

North Street man arrested on stolen weapon charge.
Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 27 year old Jacob Camerera of North Street in Batavia after he was allegedly found in possession of a firearm that was previously reported stolen.
Camerera was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property for the alleged November incident and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on January 8th.

The YWCA is planning to sell their building and rent back space.
As restructuring continues at the once financially fledgling YW in Batavia, administrators have now reached an agreement to sell their building on North Street in the city to pediatrician Dr. Emily Fraser-Branche, who will relocate her practice to the building and lease back space to the YW.
The doctor must obtain a use variance from the City of Batavia for a medical office at the location.
The planned sale was announced to a group of YWCA supporters and area residents at a meeting Wednesday night.

Buffalo Diocese clears two priests and continues to investigate two more for child sex abuse.
The Diocesan Review Board met this week and carefully considered reports of abuse against four Buffalo priests.
The review board said that child sexual abuse allegations against Rev. Fabian Maryanski and Rev. Mark Wolski have been substantiated, and they will remain on administrative leave while clergy at the Vatican make the final determination.
The board said child sexual abuse allegations against Rev. Roy Herberger and Msgr. Frederick Leising have not been substantiated, and they have returned to active ministry.

Batavia Downs cancels Friday’s card ahead of the final racing night of the season.
Friday night racing was canceled due to unseasonably warm temperatures which caused a swift thaw, leading to unsafe track conditions.
Saturday which is the final night of racing for the 2018 meet, is still scheduled to go with a very early post time of 4:45 p.m.

A pair of struggling teams will be in action this weekend.
The Buffalo Bills are hosting the Detroit Lions at New Era Field.
The Lions have only five wins on the season, while the Bills have just four.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
State Police and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which began Thursday, and runs through Tuesday, January 1st.
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during this campaign.

Morning News Briefing

Albion Police report missing children have been found safe.
Albion Police say 12 year old Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez and 14 year old Raul Cruz have been located.
The pair were reported missing yesterday by the Albion Police Department after apparently disappearing from a South Main Street Location Wednesday evening.
Lawmen say that they received tips that led them to the pair after the report was covered by local news media.
It’s believed that Jennifer and Raul went missing together and police have said the kids were attempting to remain missing for an extended period of time.
Both children have been returned to their parents and Police have not commented as to why the children went missing in the first place.

Following an attack on his life, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph has issued a statement praising the heroics of the men who came to his rescue.
The sheriff was blindsided by an attacker who stopped him while driving through Attica on his way to work and began fighting with him armed with a knife.
The alleged attacker 48 rear old Lynn Hall of Castile reportedly threatened to kill the sheriff during the assault.
Two civilians and an off duty state trooper arrived and stopped the fight and Hall has since been jailed without bail for attempted murder.
Rudolph thanked the community for the outpouring of love and support he received following the Tuesday morning attack specifically expressing his gratitude to the men who came to his aid during the violent assault.
The sheriff suffered cuts and bruises in the attack and returned to work yesterday.

The YWCA in Batavia is planning to sell their building and rent back space.
The YWCA which continues to restructure following recent financial troubles has reached an agreement to sell its building at 301 North Street in Batavia to pediatrician Dr. Emily Fraser-Branche.
The doctor is planning to relocate her practice to the building and lease back space to the YWCA, however the sale is contingent on the doctor obtaining a use variance for a medical office at the location from the City.
The planned sale was announced at a meeting Wednesday night to a group of YWCA supporters and area residents.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Casey Mittelstadt and Jeff Skinner scored first-period goals as the Sabres skated past the Coyotes 3-1 in Buffalo.
Mittelstadt lit the lamp just 48 seconds into the game and Evan Rodrigues added an insurance tally in the third for the Sabres, who have won two in-a-row on the heels of a five-game skid.
Carter Hutton made 25 saves in the victory.
Christian Fischer scored the lone goal in the first period for Arizona, which dropped its fourth straight.
Darcy Kuemper kicked aside 30-of-33 shots in the setback.

The 35th annual Christmas Toy Drive for the Salvation Army will be held all day today at the showroom of Ken Barrett Chevrolet.
The community is asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy, to be distributed among 375 children who have been registered through the Salvation Army.
The annual campaign is co-sponsored by WBTA and supported this year by a record number of local businesses.

A pair of struggling teams will be in action this weekend.
The Buffalo Bills are hosting the Detroit Lions at New Era Field.
The Lions have only five wins on the season, while the Bills have just four.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
State Police and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which began yesterday, and runs through Tuesday, January 1st.
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during this campaign.

Evening News Briefing

Two missing Albion children have been found safe.
Albion Police say 12 year old Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez and 14 year old Raul Cruz have been located. Police credited media reports issued earlier today for tips that led them to the pair. Jennifer and Raul were believed to be together.
Police have not commented as to why the children went missing. They said the kids were attempting to remain missing for an extended period of time.
Both have been returned to their parents.

Sheriff Gregory Rudolph

Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph expressing his gratitude to the community and the men who came to his aid during a violent attack earlier this week.
The sheriff was driving through Attica on his way to work Tuesday morning when a car pulled up behind him, flashing its lights. Police said the driver of that car, later identified as 48 rear old Lynn Hall of Castile, attacked Rudolph with a knife and threatened to kill him.
Two civilians and an off duty state trooper stepped into the melee. Rudolph characterized their actions as, “heroic.”
The sheriff returned to work today. He suffered cuts and bruises in the attack.
Hall has been charged with attempted murder.

The 35th annual Christmas Toy Drive for the Salvation Army will be held all day tomorrow at the showroom of Ken Barrett Chevrolet.
The community is asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy, to be distributed among 375 children who have been registered through the Salvation Army.
The annual campaign is co-sponsored by WBTA and supported this year by a record number of local businesses.

The Buffalo Sabres are looking for their second straight win. They’ll be hosting the Arizona Coyotes tonight at KeyBank Center. On Tuesday, the Sabres snapped a five game winless streak with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Face off tonight is set for 7 p.m.

WCSO: Statement from Sheriff Gregory Rudolph

Press Release:

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my loved ones, the members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, other County employees, fellow Sheriffs and an overwhelmingly compassionate community for the outpouring of support and kindness since Tuesday. I am particularly indebted to the two gentlemen, who likewise were working and unsuspecting of how life changes and unfolds in a matter of seconds. Their quick actions without regard to their safety undoubtedly altered the outcome and were nothing short of heroic. I am also grateful to the New York State Trooper who likewise entered this harrowing incident and assisted getting Lynn Hall into custody.

I am very fortunate to live and work in such a kind and caring community and to have such support from loved ones, family, friends and peers that have made this incident easier to endure. I am recovering well and have returned to work. As this is an active criminal investigation, I will not be discussing the specifics of this incident; please do not mistake this purposeful silence as a lack of appreciation. I will forever be grateful.

***Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph***

On Monday December 17, 2018 at 10:30 A.M., the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference on the incident involving Sheriff Gregory Rudolph. The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office and the NYSP will not be attending. This press conference is to go over some of the material in the original press release from the NYSP and a time for Sheriff Rudolph to reflect on the events of December 11, 2018 to media.

Albion PD: Two Missing Children reported in Albion

Press Release:

The Albion Police Department is currently investigating a missing person case involving Raul S. Cruz and Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez. Both were last scene at approximately 6pm on December 12, 2018 in the 100 block of South Main Street in the Village of Albion. It is believed the Cruz and Lauro-Ramierez are together.

Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez is described as follows:
Age: 12
Hispanic Female
Black Hair
Brown Eyes
5’01” Tall
123 lbs
Clothing: Black or Gray Hoodie
Vehicle: None

Raul S. Cruz is described as follows:
Age: 14
Hispanic Male
Black Hair
Brown Eyes
5’06” Tall
Slender Build
Clothing: Unknown
Vehicle: None

If anyone has information as to Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez or Raul S. Cruz location, please contact your local 911 center or the Albion Police at 585-589-5627

Authority: Roland D. Nenni III
Chief of Police

Morning News Briefing

Albion Police report missing 12 year old child.
A 12 year old girl who is only being identified by law enforcement as Jennifer has gone missing and her family is seeking the public’s help in locating her.
Jennifer was last seen at the Library in Albion yesterday afternoon at 2:30.
If anyone has seen her please contact the Orleans County Dispatch Center or call 911
She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie and a 14 year old male was also reported missing along with Jennifer.
There is a picture of Jennifer and contact information located in the article on our website at WBTAi.com.

Wyoming County Sheriff attacked by a Castile man accused of trying to take his life. A Town of Castile man is behind bars after attacking and threatening to kill Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph.
While driving through Attica on his way to work Tuesday morning the sheriff was blindsided by a random attacker.
According to State Police 48 year old Lynn Hall of Castile was tailgating the sheriff, flashing his lights before the Sheriff Pulled over to help.
Hall allegedly blocked him in got out and started fighting the sheriff attempting to take his weapon.
An off duty state trooper and two other passersby arrived to pull Hall from the Sheriff and put him in handcuffs.
Hall is facing a Class A felony count of Attempted Murder along with Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Hall was apparently asking about procuring a pistol permit from the Sheriff’s Office in the days prior to the attack.
Sheriff Rudolph was treated for non-life threatening injuries and Hall was jailed without bail.

Rochester woman busted for shoplifting in Bergen.
Troopers in Batavia report the arrest of 54 year old Gina Welsher of Rochester on counts of conspiracy and petit larceny after investigating a shoplifting complaint from a business located at the intersection of State Route 33 and 19 in Bergen.
Welsher was taken into custody on Monday for the incident which allegedly occurred in September.
She was remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

Pavilion woman arrested for disturbance.
State Police based out of Batavia have arrested 31 year old Nicole Bellinger following report of disturbance in the Town of Pavilion Tuesday night.
She was arrested at a Starr Road address and charged with Criminal Mischief with Reckless Property Damage along with 2nd degree Harassment with physical contact.
Bellinger was released with an appearance ticket.

Schumer says new Farm Bill will benefit Upstate New York.
Senator Charles Schumer revealed the details of the newly released 2018 Farm Bill, Conference Report, which passed the Senate by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 87-13 yesterday.
Schumer said the bill will benefit key Upstate New York agricultural communities.
The Senator detailed several major areas in which the Farm Bill will be a major boost to Upstate farmers, growers, food-needy families and producers, as well as other New York businesses.

The Buffalo Sabres are looking for their second straight win.
They’ll be hosting the Arizona Coyotes tonight at KeyBank Center.
On Tuesday, the Sabres snapped a five game winless streak with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Face off tonight is set for seven o’clock.

Albion Police report missing 12 year old child

A 12 year old girl who is only being identified by law enforcement as Jennifer has gone missing and her family is seeking the public’s help in locating her.

Jennifer was last seen at the Library in Albion yesterday afternoon at 2:30.

If anyone has seen her please contact the Orleans County Dispatch Center at 585-589-5527 or call 911

She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie and a 14 year old male was also reported missing along with Jennifer.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

(PHOTO ATTACHMENT: Courtesy of Lauren Hull/Genesee Athletics – Erina Ishiguro led Genesee in scoring in victory over Finger Lakes CC)

Press Release:

Genesee Earns 10th win of the Season vs Lakers

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team earned their 10th win of the season on Tuesday night after defeating the Finger Lakes Community College Lakers 72-45.

Erina Ishiguro led the way for the Cougars scoring 18 points. TaLia Burgess continued her double-double game streak with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Tylasia Weaver added 14 points. Two-sport athlete Michaela Curletta scored her first collegiate 3-pointer to stretch the Cougar lead.

Genesee is back in action this weekend as they participate in the Thunderwolves Classic at Niagara County Community College. Genesee will play Lakeland CC on Saturday and Henry Ford College on Sunday.

For more information about Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow along on social media and use #cougarPride.

 

Batavia Downs horses of the meet announced

Horse of the Meet-In Runaway Bay N (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, president, UNY USHWA

Akron, NY — With the Batavia Downs meet coming to a close this Saturday (Dec. 15) the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced their horses of the meet.

Horse of the Meet-In Runaway Bay N

In Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown) raced in the top pacing class at Batavia Downs 13 times in 2018, more than any other horse at the meet. From 17 total starts he won five, finished second twice and third five more times and earned $39,455. That total surpassed any other male pacer this season. He also defeated the legendary Foiled Again on Saturday (Sept. 21) in that great horse’s last career appearance at the Downs.

In Runaway Bay N is owned by Mark Jakubik, trained by Angelo Nappo and driven primarily by Kevin Cummings.

Mare of the Meet-Sportsmuffler

Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere’smore) competed in 14 Mares Open paces at Batavia Downs this year and won six of them. And when she won she did it with an exclamation point. In her 16 total starts this meet she also had three seconds and three thirds giving her an earnings total of $42,363 collected at the Downs.

Sportsmuffler is owned by Rose Campbell, trained by Steve Kiblin and driven primarily by Billy Davis Jr.

Trotter of the Meet-Lougazi

Lougazi (Lou’s Legacy-Winning Blade) had a rough start to the meet, making breaks with frequency. But in mid-September everything seemed to click and he turned into a monster. Making his way up through the classes, he hit the Open I and looked unbeatable there for a month. He won three in a row and four out of six and took a lifetime mark of 1:56.3 in the process. When the dust settled he had 14 starts with six wins, three seconds and one third and earned $38,231.

Lougazi is owned by Mary Warriner, trained by Ryan Swift and driven by Ray Fisher Jr.

Iron horse of the Meet-Empire Earl N

Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita) is a 10-year-old trotter who came to North America from the New Zealand in 2016. In the little over two years he’s been racing here he has more than doubled his previous lifetime bank and almost tripled his wins as well. His steady work continued at Batavia Downs this meet where he raced 19 times, won four times, finished second six times and third four more. These efforts earned him $43,736 in purses.

Empire Earl N is owned by Kim Asher, trained by the 2018 Rising Star Award winner Riley Asher-Stalbaum and driven primarily by Drew Monti.

The connections of all four horses will receive their trophies in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle during the Night of Distinction at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 14).

Morning News Briefing

Wyoming County man accused of attempting to kill his County Sheriff.
State Police have arrested 48 year old Lynn Hall of Castile for reportedly threatening to take the life of the Wyoming County Sheriff.
Yesterday morning as Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was on his way to work driving through Attica, an unknown vehicle began flashing its lights and tailgating the Sheriff.
After Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if the vehicle needed assistance the vehicle operated by Hall pulled in front blocking the Sheriff’s vehicle.
Hall got out and began fighting with Sheriff Rudolph at the door of his police vehicle.
The Sheriff then recognized Hall as someone who had applied for a pistol permit and had inquired on it at the Sheriff’s Office the day prior.
Hall tried to take the Sheriff’s weapon and a struggle continued to the ground with Hall ending up on top of the Sheriff with a knife threatening to take his life.
An off-duty New York State Trooper and two civilian newspaper deliverers stopped and assisted the Sheriff during the altercation at which time Hall was taken into custody and Sheriff Rudolph was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office turned the investigation over to the NYSP and Hall was charged with Attempted Murder in the 1st degree which is a Class A-1 Felony, Attempted Assault in the 1st degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
He was committed without bail to the Livingston County Correctional Facility.
State Police are continuing to investigate.

Attorney for LeRoy Town Justice claims Child Endangerment charges are baseless.
50 year old John Duyssen of Stafford has been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment for allegedly striking a nine year old child and causing an injury.
Duyssens attorney Thomas Burns said he believes the baseless allegations filed against him are the product of the ever growing expansion of government in the personal matters of families and governmental intrusion upon the child rearing rights and responsibilities of parents.
Duyssen is a Town of LeRoy justice, retired Genesee County Sheriff’s deputy and also a former Town of Le Roy board member.
Burns said his client has absolutely no plans to resign from his elected office as LeRoy Town Court Judge.
Duyssen who was issued an order of protection is scheduled to appear in LeRoy Town Court later this month.

Governor Cuomo may be making a major announcement in next year’s budget address.
The New York Post reports aides close to the governor say he could reveal a plan that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Listening sessions have been going on around the state to find out what New Yorkers think of the idea.
Studies show legalizing marijuana could create a market worth billions of dollars.
Right now, marijuana is only legal in New York for medicinal purposes.

The Buffalo Sabres are back on the winning track.
The team hadn’t been victorious in five straight games before last night’s victory over the Los Angeles Kings at KeyBank Center.
Jeff Skinner scored in overtime to give Buffalo the 4 to 3 win.
The Sabres have another home game Thursday night when they host the Arizona Coyotes.

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Holiday Season Crackdown Enforcement Effort
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Crackdown efforts start on December 13th and will end on January 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Genesee Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

PHOTO CREDITS: GENESEE ATHLETICS – Brianna McMullen joined by her parents and head coach Jeff Reyngoudt

Press Release:

GCC Women’s Soccer Signs McMullen and Hearn to LOI

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee women’s soccer program announced the recent signing of defenders Brianna McMullen and Ashley Hearn. McMullen is from Medina, NY and Senior at Medina High School. Hearn is a native of Waterloo, NY and Senior at Waterloo High School.

McMullen is a two-sport athlete at Medina where is also swims for the Mustangs. Brianna is a three-year varsity athlete and was a Genesee All-County honorable mention. She will be enrolling in the Health Studies program at Genesee in the fall.

PHOTO CREDITS: GENESEE ATHLETICS Ashley Hearn joined by parents, family and head coach Jeff Reyngoudt

Hearn is a three-sport athlete at Waterloo as she also plays basketball and lacrosse. A four-year varsity player, Hearn is a two-time Finger Lakes All-County honorable mention. Hearn will be enrolling in the Physical Education program.

For more information regarding Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow along on social media.

Byron-Bergen students use engineering principles to break rubber band car world record

(l-r) Logan Fregoe, Noah Clare, Adam Piper, Ian Pulcini, Kendall Pape, and Carter Kuipers Photo credit: Craig Schroth

Press Release:

Byron, NY – Many people dream of joining the ranks of record-holders in the Guinness Book of World Records. Though most of these dreams go unrealized, Craig Schroth’s students are using engineering skills to earn Guinness recognition.

Schroth, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) lab teacher at Byron-Bergen Elementary School, challenged his sixth grade students to use simple machines -a wheel and axle- to build vehicles powered only by a wound up rubber band. Students used three class periods to methodically make changes and improve their designs.

“We moved the rubber band further forward,” explained sixth grade student Adam Piper. “Then we added more rubber bands because the more we could wind it up, the further (the car) would go.”

In addition to the number of rubber bands, the design team added bigger wheels wrapped in rubber bands for increased road friction and elongated the distance between axles.

On November 9, the team of Noah Clare, Logan Fregoe, Ian Pulcini, and Adam Piper broke the standing World Record with a run of 1,071 cm. According to the Guinness website, the current record for distance traveled by a rubber band car is 895 cm and was set on July 13, 2015.

“This STEAM design challenge not only involved real-world problem solving within the physical sciences, but it also included improving their design by collecting data through trial and error,” explained Schroth. “Most groups were able to improve on their personal best of distance traveled by utilizing the engineering design process. All of the participating classes did a great job.”

Inspired by the sixth grade success, the fifth grade team of Carter Kuipers and Kendall Pape surpassed the previous winning distance by an additional 228 cm on November 15, 2018 making 1,299 cm the longest distance achieved.

Schroth has contacted the Guinness organization to have the distances submitted for official approval. All of the participating students eagerly await a response.

(l-r) Adam Piper, Ian Pulcini, and Noah Clare prepare their rubber band car for a test run Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

The 6th grade team tests their rubber band car in the hallway outside the STEAM lab Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

The 5th (left) and 6th (right) grade teams prepare to race head to head

NYSP: LeRoy Town Justice arrested for Child Endangerment

Press Release:

On December 10, 2018, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested John R. Duyssen, 50 of Stafford, NY for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment 2nd.

On December 4, 2018, SP Batavia BCI were advised of a possible child abuse case from Child Protective Services. Further investigation revealed that Duyssen struck a 9-year-old victim causing injuries.

Duyssen was arrested and processed at SP Batavia and arraigned at the town of Bergen Court. Duyssen was issued an order of protection and released on his on recognizance.

Duyssen next court date will be at the town of Leroy Court later in December 2018.

Duyssen is the Town Justice at the town of Leroy Court.

NYSP: LeRoy woman arrested for DWI after property damage accident

Press Release:

On December 9th, 2018, Troopers responded to a property damage accident on Bryon Road in the town of Stafford. While interviewing LaPaglia troopers detected obvious signs of intoxication. She failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene and was placed under arrest. Troopers also located marijuana in LaPaglia’s vehicle. She was then transported to SP Batavia for processing where she recorded a .13% BAC.

LaPaglia was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Stafford Town Court later this month.

UNY USHWA names Riley Asher-Stalbaum Rising Star

Photo from Riley Asher-Stalbaum social media

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, president, UNY USHWA

She was born to race and hit the ground running this, her first year of training. And hard work and perseverance has paid instant dividends for Riley Asher-Stalbaum and that is why she was named the 2018 Rising Star at Batavia Downs by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).

Asher-Stalbaum was brought up in the business, the daughter of accomplished trainer Kim Asher and longtime driver Larry Stalbaum. And having them first as parents and then as tutors have helped her to become very successful in life as a young lady and also in harness racing in her first venture as a full-time conditioner.

This year, Asher-Stalbaum has raced a small but powerful stable that featured win-machines Quicksilvercandy A, Kaitlyn Rae and Empire Earl N who combined have a total of 38 victories and $231,488 in purses earned in 2018.

At Batavia Downs her numbers showed 124 starts with 17 wins, 15 seconds and 17 thirds and $133,409 in earnings.

All those statistics are very impressive for a first year trainer only 11 days removed from her 19th birthday.

Asher-Stalbaum aspires to make a living doing what she loves and follow in the footsteps of her parents. And if the results of her first year are any indication, the business better take notice of the girl in the red and white silks in the coming years.

Riley Asher-Stalbaum will receive her trophy in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle during the Night of Distinction at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 14).

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Holiday Season Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Press Release:

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.

While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on December 13th and will end on January 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

The STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.

You can help to make a difference by ‘Having a Sober Plan’! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. We wish you and your family and friends a very safe and Happy Holiday season!

Morning News Briefing

Teen City on fast track to open in Batavia.
A New Teen center is a step closer to reality in Batavia now that the St. Anthony’s site on Liberty Street owned by the City Church has been officially rezoned for the opening of the new teen city project.
The rezoning will allow the Batavia Youth Bureau to move from their MacArthur drive location to the church owned property on Liberty Street so they along with the YMCA can operate the afterschool teen city program from the site.
According to Jocelyn Sikorski Batavia Youth Bureau executive director, plans are set to open the Teen City program by the first quarter of next year.

Erratic driver in LeRoy behind bars for felony DWAI.
Sheriff’s Deputies managed to locate an alleged erratic driver and initiate a traffic stop on Main Road in Stafford following multiple reports of the dangerous driver heading westbound through LeRoy.
Deputies arrested the driver, 51 year old Roberta Goodman of East Main Street LeRoy following a failed field sobriety test.
She was taken into custody on a felony count of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs for having a prior conviction and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in Lieu of $2,500 bail.
Additional Charges are pending.

Missing person reported in Medina.
The Village of Medina Police Department has issued a missing person report for 58 year old Heriberto Torres of Medina.
Medina Police Chief Chad Kenward…

There is contact information along with several photos of Roberto located in the article on our website at WBTAi.com.

Two city residents jailed on arrest warrants.
While responding to report of a possible domestic incident at a State Street address, Batavia Police discovered 34 year old Matthew Reed who was apprehended on an arrest warrant stemming from an incident on West Main Street last Thursday.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of bail pending his court appearance.
City Police also arrested 20 year old Jzon Richardson of Central Ave on a warrant for criminal contempt.
The charge stems from a November incident at an apartment on Ellicott Street in the city.
Richardson was also held in lieu of bail pending his court appearance.

The former leader of SUNY Polytechnic will be in a federal courtroom today.
Doctor Alain Kaloyeros will find out how long he could spend in prison after being convicted in a bid-rigging scheme related to the Buffalo Billion economic project.
His sentence will be handed down by the same judge who also sentenced his co-defendants.
In those cases, each man was sentenced to at least two years behind bars and a $500,000 fine.

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Holiday Season Crackdown Enforcement Effort
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Crackdown efforts start on December 13th and will end on January 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Medina PD: Missing Person Report

The family has filed a missing person’s report and is requesting help locating Heriberto Torres. Any information would be much appreciated.

The Village of Medina Police Department can be reached at (585) 798-5602.

 

Steve Pratt to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from UNY USHWA

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, president, Upstate New York USHWA

Akron, NY — The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that Steve Pratt will receive their Lifetime Achievement Award during the Night of Distinction at Batavia Downs on Friday (Dec. 14).

Pratt first got his grooms license in 1970 and from there has been involved in harness racing ever since. He has been training and racing horses in western New York since the late seventies when the star of his barn was an Open trotter named Willow Hill Boy who under the reinsmanship of the legendary Gaston Guindon, won 42 races in only five years against the best horses on the grounds at the time.

Pratt moved on from racing overnights to concentrate on breaking and developing young horses. He became a presence on the New York county fair circuit but made the move to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) in the mid-nineties. There he found early success with horses like Sal The Barber (1:58.2, $114,887) and Choyote’s Miss (1:59.1, $121,785). But he really got on a successful roll in the NYSS starting in 2012.

For the last seven years Pratt has been a trotting force in the state-bred series with a string of “Barn” named horses that have competed in the NYSS, the Excel series and also at the county fairs. The parade of his champions is led most prominently by Barn Doll (1:52.1, $874,083), Barn Bella (1:51.3, $742,350), Barn Girl (1:52.3, $734,668), Barn Babe (1:54.2, $350,463) and Barn Winner (1:56, $165,273).

During those seven years Pratt-trained horses have earned over $2 million in only 227 starts, winning 97 races which gave him a phenomenal 42% win percentage. Pratt’s Universal Trainer Rating (UTR) for that same period is a stellar .558 and all this was accomplished racing primarily in stake competition.

Steve Pratt will receive his trophy in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle between races during the live card.

Kevin Cummings sidelined until 2019

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After being involved in an accident at Batavia Downs late last week, perennial western New York driving leader Kevin Cummings will not return to action until next year.

While driving in the first race on Friday night (Dec. 7) Cummings horse made a break causing the horse directly behind to collide into him, hitting Cummings on the left-side back at full speed. The two horses became entangled but were brought to a stop in the clubhouse turn just past the half.

Cummings and the driver of the other horse, Mike Caprio (who also became unseated), were evaluated on site immediately after the track was cleared. Caprio returned to drive the remainder of the night however Cummings was sent for further medical evaluation.

After being examined in the hospital it was determined that Cummings had three broken ribs, torn cartilage and internal bleeding. He was sent home and is in the process of healing under the care of his personal physician.

Given the severity of his injuries, Cummings estimated his time away from the sulky to be two to three months.

“I always wear my safety vest under my colors. It’s paid off in the past and it certainly paid of Friday. If I didn’t have that thing on I would have crushed my entire rib cage and had extensive organ damage,” said Cummings. “I always tell the young guys to make sure they use theirs because you never know when you are going down.”

Cummings, who is a four-time dash champion at Batavia Downs, is currently second in the standings this year with 102 wins and had a legitimate shot at taking a fifth title. This season saw him earn over $1.2 million in purses which is the tenth straight year he has gone over the million-dollar mark.

For his career Cummings has won 3,820 races and over $17 million in earnings.

Lucky McTrucky overpowers Open field at Batavia

Lucky McTrucky (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Lucky McTrucky got back to his winning ways taking the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec.8).

The feature field got away in post position order leaving Cultural Paradise (Jim McNeight Jr.) on top calling the shots and with no pressure to the half, it was a soft fraction of :58 flat. However that would soon change when In Runaway Bay N (Truman Gale) came calling first-up on the outside where the race began to get interesting.

In Runaway Bay N paced along with Cultural Paradise up the backstretch in a quick :28.3 third panel and while that was going on, Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) joined the party late but came with lots of pace. Halfway through the turn Monti tipped Lucky McTrucky three-deep and caught the leaders by the top of the stretch and then went right by in the lane to win by two-lengths in 1:55.4.

It was the 55th lifetime win and 13th of the season for Lucky McTrucky ($10.60) who now has earned $93,405 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner.

The $9,900 Open II pace saw Western Rockstar A (Shawn McDonough) close sharply after chasing an early speed battle between Linkjack Hanover (Bob Verney) and Littlebitofabrat (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull the upset in 1:56.2. Western Rockstar A ($24.00) captured his fifth win of the year for owner Super Mile LLC. Angelo Nappo is the trainer.

Three drivers won 10 of the 12 races on Saturday evening. Drew Monti was the big dog copping a Grand Slam of wins. Then Shawn McDonough and Denny Bucceri were right behind, each having a triple on the card.

Next week is the final week of racing at Batavia Downs and it starts on Friday night (Dec. 14) with post time set at 6 p.m. There is no racing on Wednesday (Dec. 12) next week.

Morning News Briefing

Hutchins street man jailed without bail for felony DWI.
Police in Batavia have arrested 43 year old Jeremy Ives of Hutchins Street in the city on a felony count of DWI following a traffic stop on West Main Street.
Ives was allegedly found to be driving on a revoked license while intoxicated Saturday evening and faces felony drunk driving counts due to 2 previous convictions along with counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and following too closely.
He was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail and is expected to appear in Batavia City Court this afternoon.

Tanker Truck rollover reported in Pembroke.
Report came in at around 6:30 this morning for a tractor trailer rollover in Pembroke.
Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments were called to the scene.
According to first responders a tanker truck hauling motor oil was on its side, in a ditch, leaning against a utility pole in front of the Flying J on Route 77.
There were no leaks are reported and the driver is reportedly out and walking around without injuries.
Traffic is not blocked and National Grid was requested to the scene to deal with a damaged utility pole.

Batavia resident arrest for harassment at John Kennedy School.
37 year old Quella Polk of Birchwood Drive in Batavia was arrested following a domestic incident in the gym of the John Kennedy School where she was accused of having unwanted physical contact with another person.
Polk was charged with second degree Harassment and released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on December 18th.

Two charged for shoplifting at JC Penny in Batavia.
City Police report the arrest of 28 year old Elizabeth Grattan of Liberty Street in Batavia and 50 year old Darrell Holloway of Farnsworth Ave in Oakfield following shoplifting complaints from JC Penny.
Grattan and Holloway were taken into custody in two separate incidents last Tuesday afternoon.
Both were charged with a count of Petit Larceny each and were released with an appearance ticket returnable to City Court Tomorrow.

The mayor of Rochester is apparently the target of an investigation into how she spent money during her re-election campaign.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle says multiple vendors used by Mayor Lovely Warren’s campaign received subpoenas for their financial records from the Monroe County D.A. last week.
The mayor and her campaign have been working with the state Board of Elections to resolve campaign finance complaints tied to her 2017 re-election run.
The mayor issued a statement late last week denying any wrongdoing and saying that she has not received a subpoena from the D.A.’s office.

The Buffalo Bills came up short this football Sunday.
The Bills lost to the New York Jets at home at New Era Field yesterday, 27 to 23.
The Bills blew a 14-3 lead in the first half of the game to the Jets who were on a six-game losing streak.
Both teams have a 4-9 record now.
Several injuries were reported on both teams.

Two in a row for Empire Earl N at Batavia

Empire Earl N (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After going winless since September 7 when he trotted a season’s best 1:56.3, Empire Earl N has regained early season form winning two consecutive top-class races at Batavia Downs. The second score came on Friday night (Dec.7) when he captured the $11,000 Open Handicap trot.

Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) got away third as Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) made a beeline for the lead and when he got there, backed off the proceedings. After a leisurely stroll to the half in 1:01.2, Davis hit the gas, opened up a five-length advantage and tried to put the swoop to the group. Motoring along well on the point, Crystal Sphere looked very much the best, however there was a lot of race left.

As the group moved from the five-eighths to the three-quarters, Monti tipped Empire Earl N and started chipping away at Crystal Sphere’s lead. Around the last turn he was on his back and at the head of the stretch he drew even on the outside and from there, Empire Earl N got stout and trotted away under mild urging from Monti to win by a length in 1:59.3.

Empire Earl N ($4.70) reached double-digit wins for 2018, scoring his 10th of the year for owner Kim Asher. He has also earned $90,354 this year which has been his career best under the tutelage of trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum.

In the $8,800 Open II trot Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) made easy work of five foes, posting even fractions en route to a three-length victory in 1:59.3. Labatt Hanover ($8.70) scored his sixth victory of 2018 for owners Gary and Cynthia Saj. His driver McDonough also does the conditioning.

Aside from capturing the feature race, driver Drew Monti also had two other wins giving him a Hat Trick on the night. Billy Davis Jr. and Mike Caprio also had driving doubles during the nine-race card.

There was no winner of the early Pick-5 on Friday and as a result, there is a $534 carry-over and a guaranteed pool of $1,500 for the early Pick-5 when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday. Post time for the first race at 6 p.m.

NYSP: Results of Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period

Press Release:

The New York State Police today announced that it issued a total of 15,115 tickets statewide during this year’s special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period.

The Thanksgiving enforcement period began on Wednesday, November 21 and continued through Sunday, November 25, 2018.

During the campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices.

Troopers arrested 215 people for DWI and investigated 1,244 accidents, including one fatality.

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued.

NYSP                                                   Troop A
Speeding 5,834                                  458
Distracted Driving 774                      54
Seatbelt violations 485                      42
Move Over Law 218                            8

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign, the State Police issued 15,360 total tickets and arrested 242 people for DWI.

Weekend News Briefing

Batavia man behind bars for alleged burglary.
Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 30 year old Benjamin Evans of Evans Street in the city following investigation into a burglary at the Kohl’s department store in Batavia.
Evans is accused of illegally entering the store and taking items late Sunday night.
He was charged with Burglary and Petit Larceny and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in Lieu of $10,000 bail.
He is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on December 17th.

Clean up in Covington after a manure truck has an accident.
A tractor-trailer overturned yesterday morning near Silver Lake and Old State Roads in Covington dumping 4,000 gallons of manure onto the highway.
The vehicle was owned by Edmund Trucking of LeRoy and fortunately the truck driver escaped without injury.
The Pavilion Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene and oversaw the cleanup effort.

State Police announce results of this year’s special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period.
New York State Police handed out a total of 15,115 tickets statewide and arrested 215 people for impaired driving over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Troopers investigated 1,244 accidents, including one fatality.
The enforcement period began on Wednesday, November 21 and continued through Sunday, November 25, 2018.
The numbers show a slight decline over last year’s 15,360 tickets and 242 DWI arrests.

State lawmakers are going to see a boost in their pay.
A commission, appointed by the governor, has voted to increase the pay of state assemblymen and state senators from $79,500 a year to $130,000 a year beginning in 2021.
In exchange, they’ll have to limit what they can earn outside of their legislative positions.
They will also have to give up so-called “lulus” – the extra stipend paid to legislative leaders, ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 per year.

Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, is opposed to the pay raise and the limitation on outside income.

Hawley, often mentioned as one of the wealthiest members of the state assembly, tells WBTA he thinks the pay raise measure will be challenged in court.

The Buffalo Bills will be back in front of their home crowd this weekend.
They’re hosting longtime AFC East rival New York Jets at New Era Field.
When the teams met last month in New Jersey, the Bills won 41 to 10.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

Evening News Briefing

So where were you when the manure hit the road?
Hopefully, you were nowhere near Silver Lake and Old State Roads in Covington.
A tractor-trailer overturned there this morning dumping 4,000 gallons of manure onto the highway.
The Pavilion Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene.
The truck driver was not hurt.
The vehicle was owned by Edmund Trucking of LeRoy.

State lawmakers are going to see a boost in their pay.
A commission, appointed by the governor, has voted to increase the pay of state assemblymen and state senators from $79,500 a year to $130,000 a year beginning in 2021.
In exchange, they’ll have to limit what they can earn outside of their legislative positions.
They will also have to give up so-called “lulus” – the extra stipend paid to legislative leaders, ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 per year.

Steve Hawley (R-Batavia)

 

Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, said he is opposed to the pay raise and the limitation on outside income…

Hawley, often mention as one of the wealthiest members of the state assembly, tells WBTA he thinks the pay raise measure will be challenged in court.

Felony charges have been filed against a Batavia man for allegedly violating a court order of protection.
25 year old Maleak Green of West Main Street is facing a charge of aggravated criminal contempt and Family Offense.
The charges are felonies due to Green’s previous conviction on contempt charges within the past five years.

The Buffalo Bills will be back in front of their home crowd this weekend. They’re hosting longtime AFC East rival New York Jets at New Era Field. When the teams met last month in New Jersey, the Bills won 41 to 10. Kickoff is set for one o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

Batavia Downs final week draw schedule

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Horsemen racing at Batavia Downs should take note of the draw schedule for the final week of racing for 2018.

There will be a double draw held on Tuesday (Dec. 11) for Friday (Dec. 14) and Saturday (Dec. 15) with the box closing at 9 a.m. After the draw, the judges will also close both programs on Tuesday (Dec. 11).

Also please note that post time for Friday (Dec. 14) is 6 p.m. while post time for Saturday (Dec. 15) is early at 4:45 p.m.

For any inquiries about conditions or to call your entries in, please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6304.

The complete condition sheet for racing at Batavia Downs is 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.

Genesee Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Javin Williams on his way to the basket – Lauren Hull Photo (Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

Genesee Back on Winning Track After Victory

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team earned their seventh victory of the 2018-19 season on Wednesday night as they defeated the Bryant & Stratton College of Syracuse Bobcats 97-79.

The Cougars offense was propelled by a game-high 19 points from Javin Williams. Genesee Male Athlete of the Week Jarett Haines continued his strong start to the season by adding 18 points. Jamir Cheek scored 14 points and dished out eight assists. Shaquille Ricks produced a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. With the win, Genesee improves their record to 7-2 while the Bobcats drop to 1-10.

Genesee is back in action this weekend as they host the 2018 Cougar Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament. Genesee takes on NY International Academy on Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 pm and then play host to Bryant & Stratton College (Ohio) on Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 pm. Both games will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com

For more information about Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com or follow along on social media.

 

Genesee Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

TalLia Burgess with the ball during game action vs Villa Maria College – Lauren Hull Photo (Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

Genesee Falls to Villa Maria

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team was defeated on Wednesday night 103-70 to the Villa Maria College Vikings. With the loss, Genesee’s record now sits at 7-3.
TaLia Burgess led the Cougars in scoring with 17 points. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 16 points and Grace McComb added 13 points and dished out five assists. Molly Buck had 15 rebounds with 10 coming off the offensive glass.

Genesee is back in action this weekend as they host the 2018 Cougar Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament. Genesee plays the Community College of Rhode Island Knights on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 pm and then play host to Bryant & Stratton College (Ohio) on Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm. Both games will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com

For more information about Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com or follow along on social media.

Morning News Briefing

Stafford man jailed without bail on a charge of strangulation.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office report the arrest of 26 year old Jesus Macario-Ixcolin of Horseshoe Lake Road in Stafford following a domestic incident.
According to authorities Macario-Ixcolin allegedly choked a victim during an incident that occurred at an address on Horseshoe Lake Road in September.
He was charged with Strangulation in the second degree and remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.
He is expected to appear in Stafford Town Court on December 11th.

Hawley looking for investigation into inconsistent gas prices.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley has sent a letter to the current Attorney General and the Attorney General Elect describing the inconsistency of gas prices in the region.Hawley said gas prices in Genesee and Orleans County range much higher than the surrounding counties, sometimes priced $.15-$.25 cents more per gallon than in Erie and Monroe Counties
He is supporting several pieces of bi-partisan legislation to protect consumers against unfair gasoline pricing practices.
Hawley also requested investigation into the pricing practices by the AG.

Troopers bust a Pembroke man for weapons and drug charges.
20 year old Joseph Ciociola was stopped for speeding Wednesday morning on Akron Road in Pembroke by State Police out of Batavia.
Police allegedly found him in possession of pot and a loaded firearm and he was taken into custody for Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Pembroke Town Court.

State lawmakers are going to see a boost to their bottom lines in the coming years.
A commission voted yesterday to increase their pay from $79,500 a year to $130,000 annually in 2021.
In exchange, they’ll have to limit what they can earn outside of their legislative positions.
It’s the first pay raise for New York lawmakers in years.

City leaf collection has concluded for the year.
The city will be extending the yard waste station operation through December 12th for any resident that still has leaves they would like to dispose of.
The yard waste station will reopen next season on April 15th.

If you’re looking for some extra cash, the Buffalo Bills have a job for you.
They’re asking for people to come to New Era Field to clear snow from the stands.
Work will begin at nine this morning and will go for as long as needed.
Folks who roll up their sleeves will get 12 bucks an hour and anyone who works for more than four hours will get a free ticket to a Bills game.
Shovels will be provided if you don’t have one.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service is expecting snow squalls across our region for the afternoon commute.
The weather bureau says a cold front will cross our region late this afternoon and early evening resulting in lake effect snow that will quickly move inland.
The snow bands are expected to weaken tonight.

If you live in the City of Batavia and you still have leaves on your property, you will have to remove them yourself.
The city says it’s all done with leaf collection this year…but:
The Yard Waste Station on Law Street will be open until next Wednesday, December 12 and will not reopen until next April.

The 4th annual “Shop with a Cop” will be held this Saturday at Walmart.
Organizers say 53 children have been selected to participate this year.
Each child will be given $100 to buy gifts for themselves or family members.
The event was organized by Batavia City Police, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and State Police.
The three agencies received donations from law enforcement unions and a number of local businesses to fund the event.
More information HERE

The man arrested for allegedly kidnapping a teenager is back in Rochester. Police say 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez abducted 14-year-old Joanna Coates last Saturday. An AMBER Alert was issued for the girl, but it was canceled after Coates and Gonzalez were found in Brooklyn Tuesday. Gonzalez is now behind bars and awaiting arraignment.

The Diocese of Buffalo is reportedly willing to pay a woman $400,000 to settle a sexual abuse claim against a priest.
The Buffalo News reports the victim was abused back in the 1980s while she was a teenager.
The offer is the largest one made by church officials since they decided to start compensating victims of abuse. The woman has 60 days to decide if she’ll take the money. If she does, she won’t be allowed to sue the diocese.

Shop With A Cop this Saturday

2017 “Shop with a Cop” participants

News Release

On Saturday, December 8th, members of the Batavia Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Police will be volunteering their personal time to participate in the fourth annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Wal-mart on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Each department received grant money to fund the event. All three agencies received donations from The City of Batavia PBA, Genesee County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, New York State Troopers PBA, CSEA, the City’s “Jeans for Friday”, Bonarigo and McCutcheon Law Office, Bohm-Calarco Smith Funeral Home, Town of Batavia Fire Dept, and Statewide Machinery/House O’ Laundry. These donations allowed 25 extra children to be invited.

The schools within Genesee County all assisted in choosing the children. A total of 53 children were invited to participate in this year’s event. Once at Wal-mart the children will take photographs with Santa Claus and meet with their individual Police Officer/Deputy/Trooper. The children are allotted to spend $100 on presents for themselves or family members. Wal-mart graciously hosts the event. Wal-mart provides specific employees designated to this event, Santa Claus, pictures with Santa, gift bags, wrapping paper, and funding.

In addition to the students that the Genesee County school districts have chosen; the Batavia Police Benevolent Association specifically chose to donate to children of a local family who are dealing with a major medical concern.

NYSP: Do you know this man? We’d like to

Press Release:

On November 12, 2018 this unknown white male went into Pearle Vision on Main Street, Clarence, NY and stole over $1,000 in glasses. The suspect drives a blue Chevrolet Cobalt.

Troopers out of SP Clarence are asking for public assistance in this case.

If you have any information on this male, contact the NYSP at 585-344-6200 and refer to SJS 8583130

HAWLEY COMMEMORATES PEARL HARBOR DAY

Press Release:

“On December 7, we pause and reflect on the courageous lives that were lost seventy-seven years ago in the attack on the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; a day that changed American foreign policy forever.

“Although the U.S. had been actively supplying some allied combatants at the time, we sought to remain neutral and were successful until December 7, 1941, when Japanese aircraft launched a surprise attack against our naval base at Pearl Harbor just after dawn, claiming thousands of American lives and propelling the U.S. into another international conflict, World War II.

“We shall never forget the thousands of brave Americans who lost their lives defending our values, our freedom and our sovereignty on that fateful morning, and their memory stands as a testament and unfortunate reality that although we may seek peace and cooperation on the world stage, the forces of evil will stop at nothing to end the American dream.

“Pearl Harbor stands as a stark reminder that our nation’s freedom wasn’t given to us, it was earned through the bloodshed, courage and sacrifice of patriots and ordinary citizens willing to fight for an ideal bigger than themselves.

“We must remain vigilant and strong in the face of evil, and honoring Pearl Harbor Day each year reminds us why it is important to do so.”

City of Batavia Bureau of Maintenance: Yard Waste Closing

Press Release:

City leaf collection has concluded for the year. We are extending the yard waste station operation through December 12th for any resident that still has leaves they would like to dispose of. The hours of operation 11AM to 5PM on Monday to Saturday, with the last day for the season being Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The yard waste station will reopen next season on April 15th, 2019.

Morning News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Northern Erie and Genesee counties according to The National Weather Service.
The Advisory is expected to last until 7 o’clock tonight with forecasters calling for up to 7 inches of total snow accumulations in the most persistent snowfall.
Winds gusting as high as 35 mph may also produce areas of blowing snow.
A separate advisory issued for counties to the South including Wyoming County is predicting up to 9 inches and will be in effect until Friday morning.
Forecasters say drivers should plan on slippery road conditions for this morning’s commute.

Rochester resident accused of driving to Perry court date of drugs.
21 year old Nathan Arieno was scheduled to appear in Perry Village Court on Tuesday for pending drug charges stemming from an arrest in May of this year.
Arieno made it to his court appearance however Perry Police thought he also appeared to be under the influence of some sort of drug and he was subsequently arrested and sent for evaluation by a drug recognition expert.
Arieno was ultimately charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A chimney fire quickly quelled by fire crews in Batavia.
East Pembroke and Town of Batavia firefighters were called to 2913 Lear Road, Batavia shortly before 5 o’clock yesterday evening for report of flames shooting from the roof of a house.
Corfu Fire Department was called to provide mutual aid and East Pembroke fire was called for all available manpower to the scene.
After around 30 minutes on the scene fire crews reported that it was a chimney fire that did not involve the structure and was snuffed out.

Applicants for construction of a new jail facility being considered.
The eight member committee tasked with selecting an architectural firm to design and oversee construction of new Genesee County Jail has narrowed their search to two firms.
Assistant County Manager Matt Landers said the committee has sent the two remaining firms vying for the job additional questions and a request for reference checks because the firms are so competitive.
The firm selected will be responsible for designing the jail and helping with the site selection process along with hiring a construction manager.
The committee is expected to make a recommendation to the County Legislature by the end of July.
The estimated cost of a new facility is between $35 million and $52 million.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

The Diocese of Buffalo is reportedly willing to pay a woman 400-thousand dollars to settle a sexual abuse claim against a priest.
The Buffalo News reports the victim was abused back in the 1980s while she was a teenager.
The offer is the largest one made by church officials since they decided to start compensating victims of abuse.
The woman has 60 days to decide if she’ll take the money.
If she does, she won’t be allowed to sue the diocese.

Some of football’s biggest stars will be led by a Buffalo Bills legend next month.
Jim Kelly has been named one of four Pro Bowl Legends captains for the game in Orlando.
Kelly was selected to play in the NFL’s All-Star contest five times during his career.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at midnight tonight.
The National Weather Service is predicting occasional lake effect snow accumulating 4 to 7 inches in the most persistent snows.
Winds could gust up to 35 miles per hour.
Right now the advisory is for all of Genesee County and the northern portion of Erie County and remains in effect until 7 tomorrow night.

A shoplifting incident at J C Penney in the City Centre mall injures a woman as the suspect was trying to flee.
Batavia Police searched for the suspect they described as a black man, with a black backpack and camo pants.
Police said as the suspect was fleeing the store he knocked over an elderly woman who was there shopping.
She suffered a hip injury and was taken to the hospital.
The suspect is still at large.

A 14-year-old Rochester girl who went missing is safe after her disappearance triggered an AMBER Alert. Police say Joanna Coates was found in Brooklyn. The man accused of kidnapping her, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez, was arrested. Investigators say they’re looking into whether Coates and Gonzalez were involved in a relationship.

Independent Living Center is moving.
The agency is relocating from 113 Main St to a new office in the Crickler Business Center on West Main, the old Pepsi distribution facility.
The agency and its 18 employees will be begin operations in their new location on January 2nd.
The agency helps those with disabilities.

The winless streak for the Buffalo Sabres is now at four games. They were beaten by the Toronto Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center last night by a score of 4 to 3.
The Sabres take the ice next on Saturday when they play the Philadelphia Flyers.

Morning News Briefing

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Northern Erie and Genesee counties.
The Advisory is expected to last from midnight tonight to 7 o’clock Thursday night with forecasters calling for 4 to 7 inches of total snow accumulations in the most persistent lake snows.
Winds gusting as high as 35 mph may also produce areas of blowing snow.
A separate advisory issued for several counties to the South including Wyoming County is predicting up to 9 inches and will be in effect until Friday morning.
Forecasters say drivers should plan on slippery road conditions tomorrow morning.

Police apprehend suspected shoplifter from JC Penny.
The suspect described as a black male with a black backpack and camo pants was taken into custody in the area of State Street in Batavia following an apparent larceny from JC Penny.
The subject reportedly stole an item then knocked an elderly female over as he ran from the store.
An ambulance was requested to the store for the elderly woman who reportedly suffered a hip injury.
Police have yet to release an arrest report on the incident.

A Batavia teen is being held without bail for domestic dispute in the city.
An unnamed 17 year old male resident of Walnut Street in the city has been arrested on counts of Criminal Mischief, Coercion, Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was taken into custody following a domestic incident at a Lewis Place address late Friday night.
The teen was ordered to be held without bail pending his appearance in City Court.

Incident on Bank Street leads to arrest for a Batavia land lord.
67 year old Douglas Goodwin Sr. of Bank Street was arrested for Criminal Tampering after he allegedly caught by police throwing his tenants clothing and furniture outside.
The incident apparently caused a major inconvenience for his tenant who had to repair and clean up his property.
Goodwin was released with an appearance ticket.

Continued growth spurs move by Independent Living.
Independent Living of the Genesee Region is leaving their Batavia office at 113 Main St. for their new quarters in the Crickler Executive Business Center at on W. Main Street, in the old Pepsi distribution center.
The current 18 employees will be moving to their new digs on January 2nd of next year due to substantial expansion of their services and staff in the last few years.
The other good news is that their phone number will not change.

The winless streak for the Buffalo Sabres is now at four games.
They were beaten by the Toronto Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center last night by a score of 4 to 3.
Auston Matthews scored with seconds left in overtime to give the Maple Leafs their fifth straight victory.
The Sabres take the ice next on Saturday when they play the Philadelphia Flyers.

Don’t expect anything in your mailbox today.
The Postal Service is suspending mail delivery and retail service in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.
Today has been designated as a national day of mourning.
While there will be no regular service, postal officials say there will be limited package delivery service.

Alexander Central Capital Project Results

Press Release:

Date: December 3,2018
Contact: Catherine Huber Ed.D., Superintendent

PROPOSITION #1 _ CAPITAL PROJECT

Shall the proposition set forth in the legal notice of this special voter meeting, authorizing addition to, construction, reconstruction and equipping of school
buildings and facilities, including, without limitation, elementary school building reconstruction and bus garage demolition and the construction of a new bus garage, site, athletic field, and incidental improvements, all at an estimated maximum aggregate cost of $12,620,000; with the expenditure of $1,900,000 from existing capital reserve funds and $705,000 available current funds for such costs, the issuance of not to exceed $10,015,000 of debt obligations of the School District therefor, and the levy of a tax in annual installments therefor, with such tax to be partially offset by state aid available therefor, all as more fully described in said notice, be approved?

Yes 117
No 183

Morning News Briefing

Taxpayers in Alexander School District vote against capital improvement proposition.
The more than $12.6 million capital improvement project proposed by the Alexander Central School District was shot down by residents in a vote on the proposal.
The final tally from yesterday’s vote was 117 in favor and 183 against.
The district was planning on taking $1.9 million in existing capital reserve funds while borrowing around $10 million to pay for the project.
The proposition written by the school mentioned plans to implement a tax levy in annual installments to pay for the millions that they would need to borrow, however the amount was not clearly defined in the proposal.
The improvement project included the construction of a new bus garage, athletic field and classroom improvements.

Convict in Batavia accused of dealing drugs a year after completing parole.
40 year old Adam McGill has served three prior prison terms for various crimes including burglary and drug dealing.
He was released from parole in February 2017 after his latest 3 and half year stint in prison, however today he is back behind bars for allegedly selling narcotics in February.
McGill appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday morning on a sealed grand jury indictment for criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance.
While discussing bail for McGill, District Attorney Kevin Finnell said he has 19 total arrests, including 15 felony counts, and three failures to appear on prior court cases, including one that required an arrest on a warrant.
His bail was set at $25,000.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

The Diocese of Buffalo is reportedly offering victims of sexual abuse money to settle their claims.
Lawyers for some of those affected tell The Buffalo News their clients have received settlement offers ranging from $10,000 to $360,000.
Victims have 60 days to decide if they’ll accept an offer or reject it.
Anyone who takes the money will give up their right to sue the diocese.

Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli is heading to federal prison.
Yesterday, a judge sentenced him to over two years behind bars for steering state funds toward his company.
Ciminelli will also have to pay back the money he stole, but the exact amount hasn’t been decided yet.
He will remain free on a suspended sentence pending the outcome of his appeal.

After winning ten straight games, the Buffalo Sabres are now dealing with a losing streak.
They dropped their third consecutive contest last night, falling on the road to Nashville 2 to 1.
Sam Reinhart scored the lone goal for Buffalo.
The Sabres are back in action tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center.

Evening News Briefing

A LeRoy woman charged with a felony count of driving while on drugs with a child in her car.
26 year old Trisha Park of LeRoy was stopped for driving without a headlight on Wolcott St in the Village. Police say they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from her car.
Park is now facing a felony charge under Leandra’s for driving with a child under 15 years old. She is also facing a drug possession charge along with endangering the welfare of a child.

Senator Chuck Schumer is a grandfather.
Schumer tweeted the arrival of his first grandchild, Noah Melvin Schumer-Shaprio.
His daughter Jessica gave birth to his grandson on November 28th.

Local Drug Task Force take down accused fentanyl dealer in Genesee County.
Task Force members apprehended 60 year old Jack Benson of St. Mary’s Street, Pavilion on an arrest warrant following a traffic stop in Stafford Friday.
He is accused of selling fentanyl to a Drug Task Force agent on three different occasions and at the time of his arrest he was allegedly found in possession of 24 doses of heroin and 13-hundred dollars in cash.
Benson was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Pavilion man busted for drugs in Batavia after falling asleep in his vehicle.
Deputies took 24 year old Stephen Milroy of Perry Road Pavilion into custody after he was found unconscious sleeping in his vehicle in the Batavia Downs Parking Lot.

Flags on government buildings across New York state will fly at half-staff starting Tuesday to honor former President George H.W. Bush. Governor Cuomo issued the directive, calling the late President a statesman and patriot who dedicated his life to serving his country. Flags in New York will remain at half-staff through Thursday.

In Runaway Bay N coasts to Batavia feature win

In Runaway Bay N (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As the rain came down, In Runaway Bay N splashed through it in a convincing gate to wire triumph in the $11,500 Open Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at Batavia Downs.

In Runaway Bay N (Kevin Cummings) took early command from post two and set down even early fractions; reaching the half in :58.3. As they rounded the second turn and headed up the backstretch Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) came first-over with Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) on his back and both tried to push the issue from there.

Moving to the three-quarters Upfront Countryboy’s bid stalled, forcing Iyq Yqr to go three-wide. When In Runaway Bay N tripped the timer there in 1:27.1 he seemed to be pacing stronger as the outside bid from both horses failed. The only challenge left would be from Dark Horse (Shawn McDonough) who had been sitting the pocket trip and was game to take his best shot. But as the race headed down the stretch In Runaway Bay N opened up two-lengths on everyone and paced home sharply to win in 1:55.2.

In Runaway Bay N ($6.90) is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo. The 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three has had a stellar year scoring eight wins and earning $66,125 in purses to date,

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) came from well off the pace in the $9,900 Open II undercard and out-muscled Western Rockstar A (Shawn McDonough) and Sunset Sid (Denny Bucceri) at the wire to win in 1:57.2. Owned by the Whiz Kids Stable, the Jeff Sorenson trained Golden Gun ($4.80) scored his eighth win of the year and raised his earnings total to $38,550 for 2018.

Kevin Cummings scored a driving Hat Trick on Saturday leading all drivers on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday with post time for the first race at 5 p.m.

Genesee Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

(Photo Attachment courtesy of Genesee Athletics: 2018-19 men’s basketball team)

Press Release:

Genesee Loses First of the Season Midshipmen

The Genesee men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night, 58-50 to the NAVY Midshipmen JV inside Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy. The loss puts Genesee’s record at 6-1.

Sophomore Jarett Haines led Genesee in scoring with 20 points coming off the Cougars bench. Javin Williams added 14 points and dished out four assists.

The Cougars return to the floor on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm against Frederick Community College. For up to date information about Genesee Athletics, follow online at www.geneseeathletics.com and on social media.

Morning News Briefing

LeRoy Woman arrested under Leandra’s Law.
LeRoy Police report the arrest 26 year old Trisha Park of LeRoy for allegedly driving drunk with a child.
Park was stopped Friday night on Wolcott St in the Village for driving without a headlight.
Patrols allegedly noticed a strong Marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed she was allegedly in possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia while being impaired by drugs.
Park was charged with a class E felony count of Aggravated DWI for having a child passenger under 15 years of age inside the vehicle, along with endangering the welfare of a child and pot possession.
Park was taken into custody without incident and after being evaluated for drugs was released under supervision.
She is due back in LeRoy Village Court on December 20th.

Accused fentanyl dealer busted by Local Drug Task Force.
60 year old Jack Benson of St. Mary’s Street, Pavilion was apprehended on an arrest warrant following a traffic stop in Stafford Friday afternoon.
He is accused of selling fentanyl to a Drug Task Force agent on three different occasions and at the time of his arrest he was allegedly found in possession of 24 doses of heroin and 13-hundred dollars in cash.
38 year old Jolynn Gorski of Batavia who was a passenger in the vehicle was also taken into custody for allegedly being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was released with an appearance ticket after being charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Benson is facing six Class B level felonies for criminal dug sales and possession and now has additional charges pending following his arrest.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Pavilion man busted for drugs in Batavia after falling asleep in his vehicle.
Deputies took 24 year old Stephen Milroy of Perry Road Pavilion into custody after he was found unconscious sleeping in his vehicle in the Batavia Downs Parking Lot.
He was allegedly found in possession of pot and other drugs and was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Milroy was released with an appearance ticket for December 17th in Batavia Town Court.

Basom woman arrested for drunk driving through Batavia.
22 year old Christie Lynn of Council House Road was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies for speeding down Lewiston Road in Batavia in the early morning hours yesterday.
She was charged with DWI, speeding and Unlicensed Operation and released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on December 17th.

A Buffalo businessman is expected to be sentenced in federal court today.
The Buffalo News reports Louis Ciminelli will be in Manhattan to find out how long he’ll be behind bars for his role in a bid-rigging scheme.
Prosecutors say Ciminelli would steer state funds toward his business.
They’re asking that not only Ciminelli receive a stiff prison sentence, but that he also be required to pay back the money he took.

Governor Cuomo will be getting involved in national political issues.
He’s been elected as the top Democrat to serve on the National Governors Association.
Cuomo says he’s looking forward to working with Republicans to try to solve some of the country’s biggest issues.
Last week, Cuomo announced he would not be running for president in 2020.

Empire Earl N victorious in Batavia feature trot

Empire Earl N (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Another sloppy track greeted participants for Friday night’s (Nov. 30) card but it was no impediment for Empire Earl N who double-moved to victory in the $11,500 Open handicap trot at Batavia Downs.

Leaving from post four, Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) tucked second behind Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) who led the field to the half in :59.1. At that station the outside train came with Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) on the engine and post time favorite Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) third-over in the caboose,

As the group motored up the backside Fisher grew impatient and pulled Lougazi three-wide to try and sweep the field. But several steps into that move Lougazi made a break and the whole raced changed right there. Empire Earl N now had room to come off the pylons and Monti got him rolling around the last turn. After drawing next to Crystal Sphere, Empire Earl N continued right on by and under mild urging, opened up a length lead to win in 1:58.3.

Now boasting $84,854 in earnings on the strength of nine wins this year, the 10-year-old Empire Earl N ($12.40) is having a career year for wins, earnings and mark for owner Kim Asher and trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum.

In the $8,800 Open II trot, Are You In (Kevin Cummings) turned a second-over trip past the half into a winning three-wide move at the top of the stretch where he passed Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) down the lane to win his fourth race of the year, timed in 2:00. Are You In ($5.40) is owned by Anthony Alessi and is trained by his driver, Kevin Cummings.

Shawn McDonough had a huge driving triple on Friday, lighting up the board with two of the wins. He scored with Heza Swan ($60.00), Raylan Givens ($6.50) and Back To Motown ($26.80).

With no winning ticket on the early Pick-5 on Friday, there is a carry-over of $570 and a guaranteed pool of $1,500 for the early Pick-5 on Saturday evening (Dec.1) when racing resumes at Batavia Downs. Post time for the first race at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Local Drug Task Force members report the arrest of 60 year old Jack Benson of St. Mary’s Street, Pavilion.
He is facing six Class B level felonies for criminal dug sales and possession for allegedly selling fentanyl to an agent of the Local Drug Task Force on three different occasions.
Benson was apprehended on an arrest warrant following a traffic stop in Stafford Friday afternoon where he was allegedly found in possession of 24 doses of heroin and $1,300 in cash.
According to authorities, 38 year old Jolynn Gorski of Batavia was identified as a passenger in the vehicle and was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested on a count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and released with an appearance ticket.
Benson was ordered to be held without bail in the Genesee County Jail as additional charges are pending.

A Town of Batavia man, arrested earlier this month on five counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor, is now facing more serious charges.
36 year old David Somerton of Kelsey Road is now facing felony counts of possession of an obscene performance by a child and use of a child in a sexual performance.
Somerton is due back in Genesee County Court at a later date.

Oakfield-Alabama Schools have a new superintendent.
He is John Fisgus, formerly a middle school principal for Royalton-Hartland schools in Niagara County.
Fisgus begins his new job at Oakfield-Alabama in January.

Salvation Army is short on change and asking for some big buck donors to step up.
The Salvation Army’s famous Red Kettle Campaign which runs from November 16th to December 24th is suffering due to the increase in online ordering, as well as the use of credit/debit cards.
The changes is shopping trends have led to less change for the Red Kettle and it is increasingly difficult for the organization to reach their $90,000 goal.
The Salvation Army has now announced they are looking for 90 people who are willing to give $1,000 each to accomplish their 90 for 90 challenge!
Each week during the campaign, donors will be thanked and honored in a Facebook Live video on the Salvation Army Facebook page.
For more information or to donate contact the Salvation Army of Genesee County at 343-6284.

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to make it two wins in a row this weekend.
They’ll be in Miami to take on the Dolphins.
This is the first time the teams have met this season.
Buffalo is coming off a 24 to 21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Evening News Briefing

John Fisgus

Oakfield-Alabama Schools have a new superintendent.
He is John Fisgus, formerly a middle school principal for Royalton-Hartland schools in Niagara County.
Fisgus begins his new job at Oakfield-Alabama in January.

 

Alexander Central School District voters head to the polls on Monday to decide the fate of a $12.6-million capital improvement project.
The projects calls for the construction of a new bus garage, the upgrading of four elementary school classrooms and lighting for the football field.
School officials say there will be no impact on the tax rate.
Voting will be held on Monday from noon until 8 p.m. at Alexander High School

A Town of Batavia man, arrested earlier this month for allegedly disseminating indecent material to a minor, is now facing more serious charges.
36 year old David Somerton of Kelsey Road is now facing felony counts of possession of an obscene performance by a child and use of a child in a sexual performance.

The AMBER Alert for a 14-year-old Genesee County girl has ended. Kamerie Elliott was found safe yesterday in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
The girl was allegedly abducted by Guillermo Torres-Acevedo. He was taken into custody and is being held in Pennsylvania pending extradition proceedings.

The winning streak of the Buffalo Sabres has come to an end at ten games. The Tampa Bay Lightning beat them last night by a score of 5-4. Buffalo was looking to win eleven straight contests for the first time in franchise history. They’ll be back in action tonight as they visit the Florida Panthers.

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to make it two wins in a row this weekend. They’ll be in Miami to take on the Dolphins. This is the first time the teams have met this season. Buffalo is coming off a 24 to 21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

Oakfield-Alabama Picks New School Super

News Release

The Oakfield-Alabama Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE), has selected John Fisgus as the district’s next Superintendent.

John Fisgus

“I am deeply honored and extremely excited to join the Oakfield-Alabama school community and family. I am eager to begin my work as your next Superintendent and I am excited to work for such a great Board and staff at Oakfield-Alabama. It is my mission to make O-A a ‘District of Distinction’ and through collaboration and teamwork, the place to be!”

“The Board of Education truly values the input we received from the various stakeholder groups who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision,” said Matt Lamb, President of the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District’s Board of Education. “We are confident that John Fisgus will lead our district through the issues we face in our region. With his leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”

Fisgus is currently the Principal of Royalton-Hartland Middle School, in the Royalton-Hartland Central School District (RHCSD), where he has served since 2008. His responsibilities as principal include supervising and hiring all instructional and support staff, developing and managing a building budget as well as assisting with the district budget development process. Fisgus created honor courses in all four academic core subjects within the middle school and is the facilitator of the district’s Professional Learning Community Team. Prior to that, he served as the assistant principal at Lake Shore Middle School. Fisgus began his career in education in 1998 as an eighth-grade math teacher at Depew Middle School in the Depew Union Free School District. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Fisgus earned a Master of Science in School Administration from Canisius College and holds a New York State School Administrator/Supervisor and School Administrator Certificate.

The anticipated start date for the new superintendent is January 2019.

Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, acted as the search consultant and noted that the search process was a true collaboration between the Board of Education, district staff and community.

Genesee County Health Dept.: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release:

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year are related to radon. Many people are unaware that radon may be a problem in their homes because it is a radioactive gas that you cannot smell, taste, or see. The good news is that lung cancer related to radon exposure can be prevented by testing your home.

So where does radon come from? Radon gas forms naturally in the ground from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water that circulates into the air we breathe. When radon is formed under homes and buildings, it can easily enter through cracks in the foundation, walls, joints, dirt floors, opening of sump pump, in well-water supply, and from gaps around suspended floors and pipes. When radon enters a home, the toxic gas can get trapped inside. Breathing indoor air with high radon levels can be damaging to your health.

Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, explains the dangers relationship between smoking, radon, and lung cancer. “Radon and tobacco smoke from cigarettes (including but not limited to cigars and pipes) can damage your lungs. When they’re combined, smoking and radon are more dangerous than either one on its own. Smokers who live in a home with high radon levels have a risk of lung cancer that is 10 times higher than nonsmokers who live in homes with high radon levels.”

Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are exposed to radon. A short term test kit is the quickest and easiest way to test your home. The EPA recommends testing the lowest level of your home where people spend time. If you use part of your basement for living space, like a playroom, office, or den, test there. If you only use your basement for storage, test the first floor. Avoid testing in places that are damp like the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your home’s indoor radon levels if your radon test result is 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) or higher. In Genesee County, the average basement screening level is 7.46 pCi/L, and the average first-floor screening level is 4.32 pCi/L. Due to the high levels of radon, the Genesee County Health Department offers free short-term radon test kits to residents in Genesee County. The department also provides educational in-services and materials about radon, testing and mitigation at no charge.

If your home has an elevated level of radon, you should contact a certified radon mitigator to install a radon reduction system in your home. It is important to note that these systems should only be installed by a certified radon mitigator. A radon reduction system can be a low cost and effective way to reduce the level of radon in your home. If you are purchasing a new house, make sure the seller completes a radon test and has the results available. If you are building a new home, make sure to have radon-resistant construction features installed and tested prior to moving in.

For more information on Radon, please visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/radiological/radon/radon.htm

For more details about the program or to receive any of these services call the department at 585-344-2580, ext. 5555, or visit http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/health/radon2.html.

Batavia Downs announces Holiday late-closer series

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia Downs has announced today that a new late-closer series for horses that have raced at the track this year will be offered in December.

“The Dash for Holiday Cash” is for horses that are non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 as of Tuesday (Nov. 27) with at least 10 starts at Batavia Downs and five of those starts must have been for a purse of $5,200 or less since Wednesday (July 25). There is no entry fee for this series.

Eliminations will be held on Saturday (Dec. 8) for a purse of $6,000. The final will be on Saturday (Dec. 15) and will offer a purse of $20,000. There will also be a consolation on Saturday (Dec. 15) and they will vie for $8,000.

The eliminations will go with six or more horses with no more than two horses per owner or trainer. The finals will go with eight horses with no more than two horses per owner or trainer.

There will be one also-eligible drawn for the final.

Horses will advance from the eliminations to the finals based on the horses placement in the eliminations, fastest time in the eliminations and most money made in 2018.

The series will be on the regular condition sheet for the respective Saturdays and regular entry rules will apply.

For any inquiries about this series please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6304.

Morning News Briefing

Accused rapist from Batavia found in Pennsylvania with local teen.
The AMBER Alert for a 14 year old Genesee County girl has ended.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office cancelled the Amber Alert yesterday afternoon after Kamerie Elliott of Byron was found safe by State Police in Mansfield Pennsylvania.
Investigators say the girl was allegedly abducted by 22 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo.
Torres-Acevedo is facing counts of rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child in another incident out of Stafford two weeks ago.
He was taken into custody on warrants out of New York and is being held in Pennsylvania pending extradition proceedings.
The teen wasn’t hurt and is being returned to Genesee County.

Alexander Central School District is asking taxpayers to approve a $12.6 million capital improvement project.
The largest expensive included in the proposal involves construction of a new bus garage, estimated at $6.9-million.
School district residents will vote on the package this Monday.

A former Wayne County doctor will be spending more than two decades behind bars.
A federal judge sentenced David Blasczak yesterday after he admitted to sexually abusing patients for years.
Blasczak confessed to taking pictures of kids and having more than 25-hundred child pornography photos and dozens of videos.
He worked at the Clyde Family Health Center.

Time to break out the snow shovel for safety.
The Batavia Fire Department is asking residents to adopt a fire hydrant this winter season in their efforts to keep everyone safe and secure in case of a fire emergency.
Fire Chief Steve Napolitano encourages residents and business owners to help keep fire hydrants clear of snow and debris after each snow fall.
They would like hydrants to have a clear path of about 3-feet around the base.

The winning streak of the Buffalo Sabres has come to an end at ten games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat them last night by a score of 5-4.
Buffalo was looking to win eleven straight contests for the first time in franchise history.
They’ll be back in action tonight as they visit the Florida Panthers.

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to make it two wins in a row this weekend.
They’ll be in Miami to take on the Dolphins.
This is the first time the teams have met this season.
Buffalo is coming off a 24 to 21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Amber Alert Cancelled

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled the Amber Alert issued earlier this afternoon.

 

Kamerie Elizabeth Elliott and Guillermo Torres-Acevedo were together when located by the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield, PA.
Kamerie was unharmed and will be transported back to Genesee County.

 

Kamerie Elliott

Guillermo Torres-Acevedo

Torres-Acevedo was taken into custody on warrants from New York State and will be held in Pennsylvania pending extradition proceedings.

The investigation is continuing by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the US Secret Service. Additional charges are pending.

Evening News Briefing

Kamerie Elliott

 

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a teenage Byron girl believed to be with a 22 year old man who was ordered to stay away from her.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say they are looking for 14 year old Kamerie Elliott.

The girl is described as 4ft 11 inches tall, 140 pounds with Cotton Candy Blue hair. Her natural hair color is brown.

 

Guillermo Avecedo-Torres

The man she is with has been identified as Guillermo Torres Acevedo.
Acevedo was recently arrested by state police on charges involving Kamerie and was ordered to stay away from the child.
Deputies say Kamerie was seen early this morning getting into a car with Torres-Acevedo. The car was last seen traveling north on West Bergen Road.
The car is described as a blue Dodge Journey with NY License Plate: HHP5458.
If you have any information on the Kamerie Elliott or Guillermo Torres-Acevedo you are asked to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Taxpayers in the Alexander Central School District are being asked to approve a 12.6 million dollar capital improvement project.
The most expensive part of the proposal involves construction of a new bus garage, estimated at 7-million dollars. bus garage to the tune of nearly 7-million dollars.
School district residents will vote on the package this Monday.

How would you like to adopt a fire hydrant?
The Batavia Fire Department is asking you to do just that.
Fire Chief Steve Napolitano is asking residents and business owners for their help in keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and debris.
They say hydrants should be cleared of snow after each snowfall and a clear path around it of about 3-feet.

Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to make it easier for parents to find the season’s hottest holiday toys for their kids. He’s introduced the Stop Grinch Bots Act of 2018. The legislation calls on Congress to step in and crack down on companies who use cyber-scalpers to buy popular items then resell them for far above retail prices.

Amber Alert Issued for Byron Girl

Kamerie Elliott

Guillermo Acevedo-Torres

Lawmen have issued an Amber Alert for a teenage Byron girl believed to be with a 22 year old man who was ordered to stay away from her.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say they are looking for 14 year old Kamerie Elliott.

The girl is described as 4ft 11 inches tall, 140 pounds with Cotton Candy Blue hair. Her natural hair color is brown.
The man she is with has been identified as Guillermo Torres Acevedo. (Photo updated)
Acevedo was recently arrested by state police on charges involving Kamerie and was ordered to stay away from the child.
Deputies say Kamerie was seen early this morning getting into a car with Torres-Acevedo. The car was last seen traveling north on West Bergen Road.
The car is described as a blue Dodge Journey with NY License Plate: HHP5458.
If you have any information on the Kamerie Elliott or Guillermo Torres-Acevedo you are asked to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Batavia City Fire: Adopt A Fire Hydrant

Press Release:

As Winter Has Arrived, the City of Batavia Fire Department encourages residents to “Adopt A Fire Hydrant.”

November 29, 2018, Batavia: With winter now thrust upon us and in the event of an emergency, could firefighters find the closest fire hydrant near your home or business?

Fire Chief Stefano (Steve) Napolitano and the members of the City of Batavia Fire Department are encouraging residents to “adopt a fire hydrant” near their home or business this winter season. We are asking residents and business owners for their assistance in keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and debris. The Chief also noted that this is an informal program and therefore it is not necessary to advise the department about which fire hydrants you will be keeping clear.

If possible, we ask that the “adopted” hydrants be uncovered of snow after each snowfall and provide a clear path of approximately three feet around the hydrant. This path will allow fire department staff to quickly locate the hydrant and obtain a water supply used in firefighting activities. Delays in locating and connecting to a fire hydrant can hamper fire suppression activities, raising the risk of injury and furthering property damage.

Additionally, the department asks residents and business owners to contact fire headquarters at 585-345-6375 if they require assistance in keeping their hydrants clear or notice damage to the hydrant itself or the reflective marker attached to the hydrant.

Lastly, please consider helping a neighbor who may be elderly or has a medical condition by keeping the fire hydrant clear near their residence. “Together we can help keep our City safe this winter season” stated Napolitano.

On behalf of the Fire Officers and Firefighters of the City of Batavia Fire Department we thank the community for its continued support of the men and women of the department and the services that we provide.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 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 next Wednesday. 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
December Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 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, Dec. 14, 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, Dec. 28, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sportsmuffler silences rivals in Batavia distaff feature

Sportsmuffler (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Trounced would be kind; annihilated would be accurate. Sportsmuffler took the best local mares to task at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 28) and taught school after winning by open-lengths going away in the $10,400 Open Handicap fillies and mares pace.

Billy Davis Jr. wasted no time getting the lead off the gate and started a gapped journey immediately. After getting to the half in :58.1 over the sloppy track in a snow-globe, Sportsmuffler strode-away to a three-length lead when she hit three-quarters in 1:27. And then after rounding the far turn, she was gone.

As she spiraled out the final bend and hit the straight Sportsmuffler was in a race against time alone as no one was even near her. With Davis a mere passenger, Sportsmuffler continued to widen her advantage, eventually stretching it to eight at the wire where she was the easiest of winners in 1:56.1.

It was the 10th victory of the year for Sportsmuffler ($2.80) who has now earned $69,306 for owner Rose Campbell. Steve Kiblin does the training.

In the $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Susie’s Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) led from gate to wire, taking advantage of pedestrian fractions to the three-quarters to close out the contest with a one-length victory in 1:59.4. Ryan Swift trains the winner for the Swift Racing Stable.

Billy Davis Jr. also won two other races on the card Wednesday giving him the Hat Trick to lead all drivers.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 30) with post time set for 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Alexander School taxpayers hear capital improvement project proposal.
Taxpayers in the Alexander Central School District are being asked to approve spending $12.6 million on a new capital improvement project.
Residents were presented the project in a public forum last night in the school auditorium.
The largest and most expensive aspect included in the proposal would be construction of a new bus garage to the tune of nearly $6.9 million.
The proposal also calls for funds to light the football field and for classroom improvements.
The district proposed borrowing over $10 million and spending $1.9 million from the capital reserve fund for the project.
School district residents will be able to vote on the capital improvement package Monday.

The superintendent of Alexander Central, Dr. Catherine Huber, happens to be one of two finalists vying for the District Superintendent position at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.
Huber has been at Alexander Central for two years.

State Troopers take a Batavia man in for alleged rape in Stafford.
Following investigation into a suspected incident in Stafford earlier this month, 22 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia was apprehended by State Police.
Torres-Acevedo is facing felony counts of Rape and Criminal Sexual Act along with a Class A misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of bail as the investigation remains on-going.

Bergen student faces harassment charge following an incident with his teacher.
Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 16 year old Bergen high school student after being accused of grabbing and shaking his teachers head during class two weeks ago.
The teen was arraigned on the charge and issued an order of protection to stay away from the teacher.
WBTA is with-holding the students name because of his possible youthful offender status.

Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly is recovering from what doctors’ hope is his final surgery.
Kelly has been battling cancer in his jaw for the last few years.
In an Instagram message, Kelly’s wife said the procedure went as planned and thanked everyone for their prayers.
Kelly was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Buffalo Sabres are heading south in search of their 11th straight win. They’ll be in Tampa Bay tonight to take on the Lightning.
The teams are currently separated by one point in the Atlantic Division.
If Buffalo is successful, it’ll be the first eleven game win streak in franchise history.
Face off tonight is set for seven-30.

Evening News Briefing

Voters in the Alexander Central School district will asked on Monday to approve a capital improvement package of $12.6-million.
The package includes nearly $7-million for the construction of a new bus garage and $400,000 for lighting of the football field.
The district is holding a public forum on the proposal tonight at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Dr. Catherine Huber, the superintendent of Alexander Central, is one of two finalists for the job of District Superintendent for the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. Huber has been at Alexander Central for two years.

State Police have arrested a Batavia man on felony rape charges
22 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo is accused of rape and endangering the welfare of a child for a suspected incident in the Town of Stafford earlier this month. Torres-Acevedo is being held with bail.

A 16 year old Bergen boy has been arrested for allegedly grabbing a shaking his teachers head.
According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the 16 year old student was arraigned on a charge of harassment and issued an order of protection to stay away from the teacher.
The incident allegedly happened at Byron-Bergen Junior Senior High School two weeks ago.
WBTA is withholding the students name.

Governor Cuomo says he’s not going to run for president in 2020. The governor told a local radio station he’s ruling it out, that he has a full plate, many projects and has a lot to do as governor. Cuomo’s name has been circulated as a possible candidate for the White House. As for a Democratic presidential candidate, Cuomo added it’s not going to be enough to be anti-Trump.

Jeff Skinner scored in overtime to lift the streaking Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Buffalo.
Carter Hutton made 36 saves as Buffalo won its 10th straight game to take the NHL lead with 36 points.

Salvation Army: 90 for 90 Challenge

News Release

Did you know that the population of Genesee County, NY is 58,242. ?

If every person donated $1.52 each, we could reach our $90,000 Christmas Goal in just 1 day!

Christmas is right around the corner and for most of our community what should be a joyful season becomes a hardship for most. It could be they’ve lost a job, or have a sick child, or there is just not enough money after paying the bills to provide a Christmas for their children. Here at The Salvation Army, we can provide the avenue to help families in need a way to celebrate Christmas for their Children.

That is why we are launching our 90 for 90 Challenge to our partners in Genesee County. We are asking 90 individuals or business if they would take on the challenge of donating $1,000 to The Salvation Army. With your donation we will be able to instill pride in parents hearts knowing that there will be gifts and food for their family on Christmas morning, happiness in the eyes of their children as they wake up Christmas morning and see presents under the tree and food on the table. We can only accomplish this with your help.

Will you take up the 90 for 90 challenge and help us provide Christmas to a family in need this year.

NYSP: Do you know these two? State Police would like make their acquaintance

Press Release:

SP Clarence Troopers are investigating a larceny that occurred on Friday November 23, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Walmart, 5033 Transit Road, Clarence, NY. The female took an envelope with over $700 cash then left the store with the uninvolved black male.

If you have any information contact the NYSP at 716-759-6832
Refer to SJS 8604701

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

(Photo Credit: Lauren Hull – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

Cougars Lose Tough Contest on the Road

CANANDAIGUA, NY… The Genesee women’s basketball team suffered a tough loss on the road on Tuesday night, losing to the Finger Lakes Community College Lakers 55-47 at Putt Moore Court.

Sophomore guard Grace McComb scored 13 points coming off the Cougars bench and dished out five assists, while Freshman guard Erina Ishiguro added 13 points. Genesee female Athlete of the Week LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 12 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars were down by as many as 14-points in the final quarter of action, but Genesee was able to cut the lead to eight points by the end of the game.

Genesee returns to action on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:00pm as they take on Villa Maria College. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com and all updates will take place on Genesee’s social media pages.

Steven Petty
Sports Information Director
Genesee Community College

BATAVIA DRI- BUILDING IMPROVEMENT FUND AVAILABLE

Batavia DRI- Building Improvement Fund Boundaries

Press Release:

The Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) announced today that applications for a $600,000 Building Improvement Fund are available to all building owners within the Batavia Improvement District (BID) as part of Batavia’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

Batavia is “All In” to reshape its urban core by embracing and celebrating its rich entrepreneurial history, fostering cultural appreciation and creating vibrant places for all to enjoy. In alignment with the Batavia Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Investment Strategy the city will seek to foster more arts, culture & entertainment; healthy living & wellness; and prosperity for all.

“As Co-Chair of the DRI Local Planning Committee I am pleased that this building improvement fund is moving forward, and building owners interested in making investment can receive assistance through the $600,000 fund,” said Eugene Jankowski, City Council President.

The Building Improvement Fund was recommended as a priority by the DRI Local Planning Committee and included in the Batavia DRI Investment Strategy. Filling vacant and underutilized structures has been a common goal across many of Batavia’s planning documents including the Brownfield Opportunity Area (2015), the City’s Comprehensive Plan (2016) and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Investment Strategy (2018).

“The DRI is an amazing economic development tool to improve downtown Batavia, help new businesses start-up, and existing ones thrive,” said Marty Moore, City of Batavia Manager. “I will be working hard to ensure that we continue to support our local businesses and building owners.”

“The DRI Local Planning Committee is committed to seeing the recommended projects move forward in downtown Batavia,” said Steve Hyde, President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Co-Chair of the DRI Local Planning Committee. “These are exciting times for Batavia, and the County, with so many investments in transformational downtown projects.”

Building owners selected for grants will be awarded between $10,000 (minimum) up to $200,000 (maximum) in DRI grant funds, per building, not to exceed 60% of the total building renovation project cost. The funding is on a building-by-building basis and “in-kind” match is not eligible. Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the grant agreement are not eligible for reimbursement, and not eligible as a match.

“The fund has been established to provide grant funding for applicants to implement interior and exterior building improvements in Batavia’s BID. Buildings must be commercial and/or mixed-use structures, have a plan ready to implement and funding to cover the cost of the entire project up-front,” said Pier Cipollone, President of the Batavia Development Corporation.

Eligible activities including façade improvements, window/door repair and replacement, painting, masonry repair, awnings, building signs, exterior lighting, storefront upgrades, roofs, and interior upgrades (heating, plumbing, electrical, walls, floors). Applications are due by January 18th, 2019 at 4:30pm.

Rachael Tabelski, Director of Economic Development of the BDC said, “The BDC is looking forward to working with downtown building owners, understanding their plans, and finding ways to advance improvements and renovations. With each new building that we save and repair there is an enormous social and economic impact on our City.”

Leanna DiRisio, Interim Director of the Downtown Batavia Improvement District said, “I look forward to working with BDC and the downtown building owners as Interim Director. I am confident that the Building Improvement Fund is a great resource and will increase the momentum of downtown living, shopping and entertaining.”

The BDC will host an information session about the Batavia DRI- Building Improvement Fund on Tuesday December 18th at 9am in Council Chambers at City Hall. All building owners are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Guidelines and the application can be found on the BDC website: http://bataviadevelopmentcorp.org/main-street-building-improvements

Questions? Please contact Rachael Tabelski at 585-345-6380 or by email at rtabelski@bataviadevelopmentcorp.org

Morning News Brefing

Batavia’s old Office Max location is going Country.
Plans have been announced by Country Max to take over the former Office Max building in Batavia by next year.
The store which features a wide variety of animal feeds and garden supplies made a statement yesterday saying they will open a new location on Veterans Memorial Drive sometime next year.
Plans for the new store also include a “Scrub House” self-serve dog wash, special events room, and a custom-built wood lodge filled with homesteading products including beer, wine and cider.
Last year Country Max closed its doors at their East Main Street store after 16 years in Batavia.
There was no date announced for the new store opening.

Downtown property owners have a chance for funding to infuse improvement projects.
As part of Batavia’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) all building owners within the Batavia Improvement District (BID) are now eligible to apply for part of a $600,000 Building Improvement Fund according to the Batavia Development Corporation.
Grant recipients will be awarded between $10,000 and $200,000 in DRI grant funds, per building, not to exceed 60 percent of the total building renovation project cost.
The BDC will host an information session about the Batavia DRI-Building Improvement Fund on Tuesday Dec. 18th at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.
All building owners are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Governor Cuomo has ordered flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand.
VanNostrand was in his personal vehicle waiting to turn into the State Police barracks in Montgomery County yesterday morning when he was rear-ended by a box truck and killed.
In a statement, the governor said all New Yorkers are grieving VanNostrand’s death.
He also praised his service as a member of the State Police.
Flags will remain lowered until VanNostrand is buried.

A Livingston County man is facing charges after allegedly hitting an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy with his vehicle.
Officials say Hayden Newcomb of Conesus struck the officer Sunday following the Buffalo Bills game.
The deputy was directing traffic at the time but wasn’t hurt.
Newcomb was charged with DWI and other traffic offenses.

Jeff Skinner scored in overtime to lift the streaking Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Sharks in Buffalo.
Rasmus Ristolainen and Nathan Beaulieu also scored in the win.
Carter Hutton made 36 saves as Buffalo won its 10th straight game to take the NHL lead with 36 points.
The Sabres are the first team in history to lead the NHL in points after 25 games following a season with the worst record.
Joe Pavelski had both San Jose goals in the third to tie it.
Martin Jones allowed three goals on 31 shots for the Sharks, who have lost three-of-four.

The only local school closing to announce this morning is Attica Central School which has closed for the day following the first heavy snow accumulation of the season.

Evening News Briefing

Country Max says it will open a new store in Batavia next year.
The company says it will take over the former Office Max building on Veterans Memorial Drive.
No date for the store opening was announced.
Country Max closed its East Main Street store last year after 16 years in Batavia.
The stores features a wide variety of animal feeds as well as lawn and garden supplies. The new location will also feature a self-serve dog wash.

Fire damages the Kaiser Wilcox Company in Bergen
The call for a working structure fire came in around 11 last night.
Three alarms were sounded to bring the flames under control. No one was hurt.
The company sells and repairs heavy construction equipment.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for Genesee County from early this evening until early tomorrow night.
There is a Winter Storm Warning posted for areas to the south of us including Wyoming County.
Bad weather has caused Attica and Alexander Central schools to cancel afternoon and evening activities
The National Weather Service is forecasting snow and blowing snow for most of Genesee County beginning around 7 tonight.
Three to six inches of accumulation can be expected by tomorrow night.

KISS fans are going to get one more chance to see the band perform in Western New York.
The rock and roll group is coming to the Darien Lake on August 23rd.
It’s one of three upstate New York stops KISS is making as part of their End of the Road farewell tour. Tickets will go on sale December 3rd.

CountryMax returning to Batavia in 2019

 

Press release:

CountryMax announces it will open a new Batavia store in 2019, in the former OfficeMax building located at 4160 Veterans Memorial Drive. The new Batavia location will become the 17th store operated by the local, Western New York family-owned business.

The 23,000 square foot store will showcase multiple custom-built, wood-themed interior elements reflecting local history, as well as climate-controlled small pet rooms, a wild bird center, and over 2,000 square feet of premium, healthy foods for dogs, cats, and pets of all shapes and sizes. In addition to the massive selection of healthy pet options, the new location will feature a large selection of barn and stable feed and supplies, as well as an expansive lawn and garden offering for all seasons. Additional features will include a “Scrub House” self-serve dog wash, special events room, and a custom-built wood lodge filled with homesteading products; beer, wine, cider, and cheese making kits; housewares; gifts and novelty items.

CountryMax will be celebrating 35 years in 2019. It has grown by being known as the neighborhood store that can compete with competition both big and small, with prices and selection consumers have come to demand, as well as a customer service experience that goes above and beyond traditional expectations of today’s retail stores, such as their full carry-out service for purchases big and small.

“We were extremely disappointed when we shut our doors in our previous Batavia location because we knew that our customers in Batavia were so loyal in a location that did not fully showcase what we have developed our stores to be over the years,” said Brad Payne, Director of Sales. “Once we found the right opportunity, it was really just a decision on our part to give the Batavia community the “true” CountryMax experience that we have been working on in our new locations. I think anyone who shopped with us in the past knows we have a huge, unique selection of products that fits the Batavia area, and they are going to be thrilled to see the amount of time, effort, and work that goes into creating the new CountryMax store experience.”

CountryMax, a local, family-owned retailer, carries a large selection of healthy pet foods and pet supplies, small animals, home, lawn and garden, wild bird, and stable supplies. CountryMax, in business for over 34 years, now operates 17 locations across New York State.

GCC Professors to Perform as Civil War Union Generals

GCC professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

What: GCC Professors to Perform as Civil War Union Generals

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus – Room T102 Conable Technology Building

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: The History Club at Genesee Community College continues its Historical Horizons Series with a special home-grown performance! On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. in a unique presentation, GCC professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford will present “Now we stand by each other always” – an engaging conversation between Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. The two-man play is based on historic resources and references. Together, they recount the important meeting and conversation held at City Point, Virginia in March 1865 when the two Union generals discuss the campaigns in Georgia and the Carolinas and consider how to close out the Civil War.

All lectures in this series begin at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/ or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Morning News Briefing

A working structure fire was reported at Kaiser Wilcox Corp on South Lake Street Road in Bergen.
The call came in shortly before 11 o’clock last night reporting a structure fire at the heavy construction, power and farm equipment retailer and repair shop.
Within around 20 minutes the fire went to a second, then a third alarm.
Fire crews from Bergen, Le Roy and City of Batavia’s Fast Team were all dispatched to the scene with mutual aid requested from Churchville, Mumford, and Brockport.
National grid was called in to cut power to the facility after firefighters were ordered out of the interior due to safety concerns.
The fire appeared to be snuffed out by around one o’clock this morning and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Central Ave shooting suspect takes plea deal in fatal stabbing case.
17 year old Samuel Blackshear of Batavia pleaded guilty to a reduced weapons possession charge avoiding possible assault convictions he may have sustained at trial.
Blackshear appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday the same day jury selection was scheduled to begin in the case against him.
He was accused of shooting Nathaniel Wilson in May after Wilson stabbed 41 year old Terry Toote to death on Central Ave.
Wilson was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleading guilty to the murder.
Blackshear was allegedly provided the handgun by Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon who is also facing charges in the case.
Attorneys for both Blackshear and Urvizu-Hanlon say their actions last May were justified considering the deadly situation.
The case against Urvizu-Hanlon is still pending.
It is possible Blackshear could be given youthful offender status, if not he is looking at up to 3 and a half years in state prison on the weapons charge.

Nate McMurray has finally conceded in the 27th Congressional District race.
The Democrat made the announcement yesterday at his campaign headquarters in Hamburg weeks after the polls closed.
McMurray told supporters that he’ll run again for the seat currently held by Republican Congressman Chris Collins when the time is right.
He’s also planning to launch a new organization to get people more engaged in politics.

Winter Storm Warning to the South.
Several Counties to the south west of Genesee including Wyoming and Northern Erie Counties are currently under a Winter Weather Warning according to the National Weather Service.
The Warning is expected to remain in effect until 6 p.m. tomorrow evening and Forecasters are calling for between 10 to 20 inches of total snow accumulation with winds gusting as high as 35 miles per hour.

When the state Senate returns in January, there will be a new majority leader.
Democrats have approved Andrea Stewart-Cousins to lead the chamber.
She’ll be the first woman to serve in that position.
Also for the first time, both legislative chambers will be led by African-Americans since Carl Heastie will remain as Assembly Speaker.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to make it ten straight wins tonight.
They’ll be hosting the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center.
Their current nine game streak is the longest in the NHL since the Columbus Blue Jackets won ten in a row this past March.
Face off tonight is set for seven o’clock.

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia teenager has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of weapons possession for his role in a fatal stabbing last May on Central Avenue.
17 year old Samuel Blackshear was accused of shooting Nathaniel Wilson moments after Wilson fatally stabbed 41 year old Terry Toote.
Wilson pled guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life.
Blackshear was originally facing assault charges for using a handgun he was given by a third defendant in the case, Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon.
The case against her has yet to be settled.
Lawyers for Blackshear and Urvizu-Hanlon argued that the actions of their clients last May were justified.
Blackshear could be eligible for youthful offender status, otherwise he could get 2 and a half years in state prison on the weapons possession charge.

LeRoy Police announce today the arrest of two men on felony weapons charges.
The incident played out last Tuesday at the Tops Market in LeRoy.
A LeRoy police officer interviewed 46 year old Todd Englerth of Stafford and 42 year old Phillip Severino of Corfu.
Both were suspected of weapons charges.
At one point Englerth started struggling with the officer and had to be tasered.
Several citizens stepped in to help the officer.
Both were arraigned and later released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is set to be chosen as the senate majority leader today, marking a historic move. Senate Democrats are back in Albany for the first time since their clean sweep of state government earlier this month. That put Stewart-Cousins on track to become the first woman and African-American to lead a majority legislative conference in the New York State Legislature. The 68-year-old, who was born in New York City and represents Yonkers, will officially take over in January.

Brennan Briggs

The Salt City of Syracuse poured a dose of its namesake into the wound of Blue Devil Quarterback Nathan Biscaro on Saturday, an injury the team just couldn’t seem to soothe.
The Blue Devils suffered their first loss of the season to Glens Falls 55 to 32 and dropping the New York State Class B title game.
While the 1st quarter injury to Biscaro had its impact, there were other factors in the loss.
Batavia Coach Brennan Briggs talked about the injury to Biscaro

Batavia ended their stellar season 12 and 1, and look forward to next season in a brand new stadium.

LeRoy PD arrest two on felony charges following struggle with suspect

Englerth

Englerth

Press Release:

On November 20, 2018, at approximately 1:50 PM, during routine patrol, a LeRoy Police Officer observed a White Ford Pickup truck parked in the fire lane/no parking zone in front of the Tops Market, located at 128 West Main Street in the Village of LeRoy. The pickup truck was occupied by only a front passenger who was later identified as Todd M. Englerth of Stafford, NY.

The Officer spoke with Englerth who advised that his friend Phillip J. Severino of Corfu, NY was the driver of the pickup truck and that Severino was inside of Tops and that he should be back shortly.

While waiting for Severino to exit the store, the Officer allegedly observed a pair of metal knuckles located inside the pickup truck on the armrest in plain view.

Severino

Severino

The Officer conducted an interview with both Englerth and Severino to determine who possessed the metal knuckles within the pickup truck.
During the interview a loaded handgun was recovered from Severino’s person. Severino was detained and placed in the rear of the Officer’s patrol car.

The Officer then attempted to detain Englerth; however, Englerth allegedly refused to comply with the verbal commands of the Officer and physically resisted.

The Officer then advised Englerth that he was under arrest and Englerth continued to physically resist. A struggle ensued and multiple citizens attempted to assist the Officer with taking Englerth into custody. Englerth was able to break free and began to flee the scene on foot and a taser was deployed during the chase striking Englerth with negative effects.

The Officer continued to chase Englerth on foot into a wooded area behind Tops. Another physical struggle ensued in an attempt to place Englerth under arrest and yet another taser cartridge was deployed this time with effect and the Officer was able to gain control of Englerth and he was taken into custody. During the search incident to arrest an alleged quantity of cocaine was located on Englerth’s person.

A Police K9 was requested to the scene to assist with evidence collection and NYS DEC Police K9 responded.

Todd M. Englerth, age 46, of Stafford, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (Felony); Criminal Possession of a Control Substance 7th (Misdemeanor); Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd (Misdemeanor); Assault 3rd (Misdemeanor) and Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor).

Philip J. Severino, age 42, of Corfu, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (Felony).
Both Severino and Englerth were arraigned before the Hon. Daryl Sehm of the LeRoy Town Court and Released Under the Supervision of the Genesee Justice Program.

LeRoy Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the New York State DEC Police.

The LeRoy Police Department would also like to issue a special thank you to the citizens that assisted the Officer at the scene.

Iyq Yqr bounces back in Batavia Open pace

Iyq Yqr (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After finishing fourth last week while being parked out the whole mile, Iyq Yqr rebounded Saturday night (Nov. 24) with a come-from-behind effort to win the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs.

There were no leavers this week when the gate released the group, leaving In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) in charge of the fractions and as such, they went to the quarter in :29.2 and the half in :58.4. Cummings breather ended there though as Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) was out and rolling at that point and was looking for revenge.

Iyq Yqr moved forward methodically and drew near In Runaway Bay by the three-quarter pole. These two hooked up around the last turn, matching strides and pacing in unison. At the head of the stretch Iyq Yqr got the lead and drew clear to a length advantage that he held to the wire where he won in 1:56.2.

It was the eighth win of the year for Iyq Yqr ($8.30) who has now earned $34,451 this year for owners Blindswitch Racing Stable, Anthony Nicometo, Good Friends Racing Stable and Santo Farina. Jeff Amann trains the winner.

In the $9,900 Open II pace Dark Horse (Shawn McDonough) made a three-wide move from fourth at the three-quarters to draw alongside of the leading Sunset Sid (Denny Bucceri) around the last turn before going right on by in mid-stretch to win by a length in 1:57.1. Having a career year, Dark Horse ($9.40) now has six wins and $54,696 earned for owner VHF Racing and trainer Sabrina Clevenger.

Drew Monti and Denny Bucceri led all drivers on Saturday scoring three wins each on the 13-race card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 28) with post time at 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia was dealt their first defeat of the season, spoiling their shot to become New York State Class B Champions.
The Blue Devils lost 55 to 32 against Glens Falls during Saturday’s Championship game inside the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The team was down a key player following the first quarter injury of Nathan Biscaro, Quarterback for the Blue Devils.
Coach Brennan Briggs said Biscaro’s injury was unfortunate, however he considered it as just another hurdle to pass…

It was another impressive but exhausting game for star Running Back Ray Leach who ran for 410 yards in 30 carries.

Batavia closes out the year with a 12 and 1 record and will have a brand new stadium to await the team next year.

Thruway traffic suffers in Sunday night pile up.
A call came in at around 6 o’clock last night reporting a four-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Thruway in Batavia with unknown injuries.
East Pembroke Fire and Mercy EMS were called out and shortly after a second ambulance was requested for non-emergency response.
The Pembroke Fire Chief requested the eastbound lane of the Thruway be shut down at the Pembroke exit.
The traffic was reportedly backed up to Route 77.

Visitor from the State Capital busted in Batavia for allegedly driving with drugs and drinking.
21 year old Isaiah Petty of Albany was taken into custody early Saturday morning after being stopped on Main Street in the city.
Petty is charged with Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and was released with an appearance ticket for December 18th in Batavia City Court.

Nate McMurray will announce today the next step he’ll take in the 27th Congressional District race.
The Democrat said last week he wouldn’t concede due to what he called irregularities in the voting process.
Election officials said after absentee ballots were tallied that it was mathematically impossible for McMurray to beat Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
It’s not clear what action McMurray may be planning.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood is asking people to keep some things in mind while shopping on Cyber Monday.
She says if you’re buying things online, it’s a good idea to make sure your Internet connection is safe from potential hackers.
Also, beware of what you type into your browser, since scammers often use a known company’s Internet address to try to lure users into visiting fake websites.
Finally, use debit or credit cards when making your purchases to protect yourself from data breaches and identity theft.

Tempers were flaring in Buffalo but the Bills hung on to top the Jaguars 24-21 at New Era Field.
Josh Allen ran for the go-ahead touchdown to open the fourth quarter and put Buffalo up for good.
He also threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster in the first quarter.
Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette were each ejected after a scuffle ensued late in the third.
Fournette ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns before departing. Buffalo won its second straight to get to 4-and-7.
The Jags have lost seven-in-a-row.

Southern Palms scores in Batavia feature upset

Southern Palms (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Southern Palms has been knocking on the door the past two weeks in Batavia Downs top trot, but Friday night (Nov. 23) he kicked that door down and dethroned Lougazi in winning the $11,500 Open Handicap trot.

Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) both left from mid-pack and settled on the front in that same order. After doing one lap in :58.1 the outer flow came at them with last week’s winner Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) sitting third in the three-horse outside assault.

As the two-tiers past the five-eighths, Crystal Sphere and Southern Palms had separated from the field and Fisher tipped three-deep around the stalled outer advance, but he was still six-lengths from the front at the three-quarters in 1:27.4.

Heading into the lane Cummings pulled Southern Palms and took dead-aim at Crystal Sphere, passing that one halfway down the stretch. But he still had to deal with Lougazi who was flying down the middle of the track and looked like he might reach. But Southern Palms got to the wire first and won by a head in 1:57.

It was the eighth win of the year for Southern Palms ($15.60) who has now banked $66,441 in earnings this year for owner Mike Torcello. Western New York racing legend Gerry Sarama trains the winner.

The $8,800 Open II trot was won by Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) who tracked the front-running Lenny Mac (Billy Davis Jr.) from the garden spot the entire mile before pulling at the head of the lane and out-trotting her to the wire to win by a head in 1:58.1. It was the fourth win of the year for Barn Winner ($5.90) who is trained by Ryan Swift for owners Tanah Merah Farm and the Swift Racing Stable.

Drew Monti and Billy Davis Jr. led all drivers on Friday with two wins each on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Nov. 24) with post time at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

According to the NYS Department of Labor there are 200 new private sector jobs in Genesee County that didn’t exist this time last year.
There are a reported 16,700 jobs in the County compared to 16,500 a year ago and average quarterly wages for all sectors have gone up as well.
With government jobs included the total is 22,400 jobs in Genesee.
The government sector has been losing about 100 jobs year over year.
The County’s unemployment rate is 3.3 percent for October 2018, showing improvement over the 4.5 percent rate of 2017.
The nation’s unemployment rate is 4 percent.

Alexander resident accused of driving on drugs in Batavia.
37 year old Julie Neale of Alexander Road Alexander was stopped by deputies on Oak Street in Batavia for reportedly failing to keep right and other vehicle infractions.
Neale was allegedly impaired by drugs at the time of the stop and was taken into custody for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, along with driving with an obstructed view in an uninspected vehicle.
She was released with appearance tickets for City Court.

The Yngodess on Main Street in the city is hosting a benefit for the Sheriff’s Office K-9 fund and to honor the memory of “Destro,” as part of “Shop Small Saturday” in Downtown Batavia this weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently looking at a narcotics sniffing dog to take the position left by Destro, but also have plans to acquire a second dog to be trained in explosives and tracking.
The funds have been flowing in however the Sheriff’s Office will now need to fund training for two new dogs and a new handler.
Yngodness owner Chris Crocker said the event at her shop Saturday will include tastings and specials to share.
K9 Destro’s handler Deputy Chris Erion will be at the shop from 5 to 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet.

The Buffalo Bills are back in action this weekend.
They’ll be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field.
The Bills expect rookie quarterback Josh Allen to return after he missed the last few weeks with an elbow injury.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The Batavia Blue Devils are getting ready for their historic run at the New York State Class B Football Championship.
The 12 and 0 Blue Devils are going for their first state title in school history and will take on the Glens Falls Indians this Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
WBTA will cover all the action, live from Syracuse, with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.
Our pre-game show starts tomorrow at 11:45 with kick-off set for 12 Noon.
You can hear the game on WBTA AM and FM and now, with special permission from the state high school athletic association, we will also stream our coverage at WBTAi.com.

Morning News Briefing

Blue Devils prep for the State Championship.
The Batavia Blue Devils are getting ready for their historic run at the New York State Class B Football Championship.
The 12 and 0 Blue Devils are going for their first state title in school history and will take on the Glens Falls Indians this Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Our news partner The Batavian caught couch Brennan Briggs as the team practiced on Thanksgiving Day…

Briggs wished his players a Happy Thanksgiving as they left practice and told them to be thankful for what they got and the unique position they find themselves in.
Practice picks up today for the team and WBTA will cover all the action, live from Syracuse, with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.
Our pre-game show starts tomorrow at 11:45 with kick-off set for 12 Noon.
You can hear the game on WBTA AM and FM and now, with special permission from the state high school athletic association, we will also stream our coverage at WBTAi.com.

Carjacking suspect pleads not guilty.
35 year old Constantine Murrell, a parolee from Rochester, pleaded not-guilty at his arraignment this week on counts of robbery and assault.
Murrell is accused of forcibly taking a car from a woman at a gas station in Batavia in September then taking police on a speedy car chase through the city before crashing in front of the VA campus.
Murrell who was on parole at the time was released from prison in April after serving an eight-year sentence for a 2010 kidnapping conviction in Rochester.
He reportedly told police after his arrest that he was on drugs and somehow ended up in Batavia. He apparently said he just wanted to get home and thought it would be easy to scare an old lady to take her vehicle.
He is being held without the possibility of bail and is expected to reappear in County Court on Jan. 23rd.

McMurray claims possible irregularities with absentee ballots as he continues to trail Collins.
Democrat Nate McMurray has narrowed the lead held by Republican Chris Collins from around 3-thousand to within 13-hundred votes.
With most of the outstanding ballots in the 27th district counted, it appears there are not enough ballots left to be counted for McMurray to overtake the federally indicted congressman.
McMurray has not officially conceded the race and said in a statement Wednesday that he would continue the fight, claiming potential irregularities, especially pertaining to absentee ballots.
McMurray said he and his attorneys are discussing the situation.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood is urging customers to protect themselves from scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
She’s reminding shoppers that not all deals may be as good as they seem. People should also be aware of misleading bargains or added fees.
Also, make sure you check the return policy on the items you buy.
And finally, if you’re doing any online shopping, it’s a good idea to make sure your internet connection is secure.

The Buffalo Bills are back in action this weekend.
They’ll be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field.
The Bills expect rookie quarterback Josh Allen to return after he missed the last few weeks with an elbow injury.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Orleans County DWI Detail

Press Release:

RE: DWI ENFORCEMENT

Joint Release by Albion, Medina, Holley Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office & New York State Police

On November 21, 2018 from 9:00pm until 3:00am the Albion Police Department hosted and supervised a multi-agency Orleans County Wide DWI Saturation Patrol.

This detail combined the Law Enforcement efforts from every Law Enforcement agency in the County along with New York State Parole, the Orleans County Probation Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.

The agencies involved consisted of the Albion Police, Medina Police, Holley Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Orleans County Probation, New York State Parole and the U.S. Border Patrol.

The detail results are as follows:
DWI Arrests: 2 in the Village of Albion- (1 as Felony) (Albion PD), 1 in the T/Murray (State Police), 1 in the T/Yates (State Police)
Traffic Stops: 91
Tickets Issued: 18
Agency Break Down:
Albion PD – 30 stops
Medina PD – 23 stops
Holley PD – 11 stops
Orleans County Sheriff’s Office – 9 stops
NY State Police – 7 stops

The Albion Police Department and the other Law Enforcement agencies are committed to making the roadways safe for all those who travel upon them.

This is the fifth year a Saturation Patrol was conducted. Compared to previous years, this year’s detail had a comparable number of vehicle stops as previous years but the percentage of intoxicated drivers has decreased again from previous years. The data from this year’s detail indicates that less than 4% of the motorists stopped were intoxicated, whereas in previous years we have seen data as high as 20% of the motorists stopped were intoxicated.

This is positive news in our efforts to reduce accidents caused by Intoxicated Drivers. The reduction of DWI Arrests is a positive and motivating factor when these types of details are conducted. Many believe that Law Enforcement want to make more DWI Arrests during these details, however we like to see the opposite. Law Enforcement stopped many people and found the overwhelming majority to be responsible and not under the influence of alcohol. We also encountered several intoxicated passengers with sober designated drivers.

Intoxicated drivers do not follow jurisdictional lines, so we decided that we would not either. The Albion Police Department and its partners are planning similar details for the future. We will continue to use every resource and tool available to create a reduction in offenders and arrest those who continue to endanger others by driving while intoxicated.

The commitment and dedication by the officers, deputies and troopers who worked the detail undoubtedly saved lives in Orleans County by making arrests and sending a clear message to deter others from Drinking and Driving.

Authority: Roland D. Nenni III
Chief of Police

Kaitlyn Rae nabs 14th win of the year at Batavia

Kaitlyn Rae (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Who has 63 lifetime wins, 14 of which were taken this year and is currently the fourth winningest mare in North America? That would be Kaitlyn Rae, who bested the top female pacers in western New York once again on Wednesday evening (Nov. 21) after she won the $10,400 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs.

Out-stepping Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the front, Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) took a comfortable lead to the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29 through 20-degree temperatures and a biting wind. Coming off the far turn, she opened up a two-length advantage and looked to be home free. But Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) who was last at the half, made a second-over move off cover and was barreling down the lane full of pace. Kaitlyn Rae needed the wire with Sportsmuffler gaining quickly and it came just in time as Kaitlyn Rae hung on by a head in the photo and won in 1:58.2.

Kaitlyn Rae ($7.50) is flush this year, earning $75,421 for her owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. She is also currently tied with her well-known win machine stablemate Quicksilvercandy A for wins in 2018.

In the $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Mean Pauline (Shawn McDonough) followed A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) for seven-eighths of the mile before pulling and brushing past the pace-setter to win her fourth race of the year, timed in 1:57.3. Harry Wortzman owns Mean Pauline ($9.40) who is trained by her driver McDonough.

The two hottest drivers currently competing at Batavia Downs are Denny Bucceri and Billy Davis Jr.

Over the last five cards of racing Bucceri has won 13 races, including two Grand Slam performances, the second of which was on Wednesday. Bucceri rewarded his backers with scores by Donegal Jim (1:58.4, $3.70), Ciro (2:02, $36.20), Ugly Betty (1:59.4, $6.00) and Wallflower (2:00.1, $4.30).

Billy Davis Jr. also won 13 races during that span and not to be outdone by Bucceri, had a driving Hat Trick on the card Wednesday.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 23) with post time at a special early time of 4:45 p.m.

The management and staff of Batavia Downs would like to extend wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to all horsemen and women as well as our customers both live and simulcast.

Morning News Briefing

McMurray claims possible irregularities with absentee ballots as he continues to trail Collins.
Democrat Nate McMurray still has his eyes on the 27th Congressional District seat even though it seems impossible for him to gain enough votes now two weeks after Election Day.
McMurray has narrowed Collins lead from around 3-thousand to within 13-hundred votes with most of the outstanding ballots in the 27th district counted, however it appears there are not enough ballots left to be counted for McMurray to overtake the federally indicted congressman.
Collins has already declared victory and remains confident he will be returning to Washington while McMurray has not conceded the race and said in a statement yesterday afternoon that he would continue the fight, claiming potential irregularities, especially pertaining to absentee ballots.
McMurray said he and his attorneys are discussing the situation and will decide what to do after Thanksgiving.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Orleans County Law Enforcement report on Joint DWI saturation patrol.
Last night from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. the Albion Police Department hosted and supervised a multi-agency Orleans County Wide DWI Saturation Patrol.
This detail combined the Law Enforcement efforts from every Law Enforcement agency in the County along with State Parole, Orleans County Probation and the U.S. Border Patrol.
In total there were 91 traffic stops conducted, 18 tickets issued, and 2 DWI Arrests made over the course of the six hour saturation patrol.
This is the fifth year the patrol was conducted and the numbers indicate that less than 4% of the motorists stopped were intoxicated, whereas in previous years that number has been as high as 20%.

Local spirit shop is in the giving spirit for this Shop Small Saturday.
The Yngodess on Main Street in the city is hosting a benefit for the Sheriff’s Office K-9 fund and to honor the memory of “Destro,” as part of “Shop Small Saturday” in Downtown Batavia this weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently looking at a narcotics sniffing dog to take the position left by Destro, but also have plans to acquire a second dog to be trained in explosives and tracking.
The funds have been flowing in however the Sheriff’s Office will now need to fund training for two new dogs and a new handler.
Yngodness owner Chris Crocker said the event at her shop Saturday will include tastings and specials to share.
K9 Destro’s handler Deputy Chris Erion will be at the shop from 5 to 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet.

State Police cracking down on drunk and impaired drivers over the busiest travel time of the year.
State Troopers will be conducting a Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement running now through Sunday cracking down on impaired, distracted, aggressive or reckless driving.
Troopers will be highly visible during the enforcement effort, and drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols out and about.

The Batavia Blue Devils are getting ready this Thanksgiving for their historic run at the New York State Class B Football Championship.
The Blue Devils will take on the Glens Falls Indians this Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Kick-off is set for 12 Noon.
The 12 and 0 Blue Devils are going for their first state title in school history.
Batavia was ranked number one in the state back in 1991 when the state’s sports writers determined the top teams.
WBTA will cover all the action, live from Syracuse, with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.
Our pre-game show starts at 11:45.
You can hear the game on WBTA AM and FM and now, with special permission from the state high school athletic association, we will also stream our coverage at WBTAi-dot-com.

Native American Warren Skye Presents in Medina

Warren Skye assisting students, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

 

Genesee Community College Medina Campus Center will welcome Warren Skye, an outreach specialist for the Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the GCC’s Medina Campus Center located at 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina, NY 14103. This event is free and open to the public.

Skye, a member of the Deer Clan from the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, will present “Indigenous Peoples: Echoes of History and Culture.” He has extensive experience in higher education as a faculty member for three Western New York colleges. With his passion and expertise in the areas of social work practice, cultural competency and indigenous issues, Skye is continuously shining light on the experiences of indigenous peoples in the region.

His talk will focus on the historical and cultural experiences of indigenous peoples from the Colonial period to the present with an emphasis on the Iroquois Confederacy and how listeners might consider placing themselves in the footsteps of native tribal men and women.

Water Break on South Lyon Street

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Water Department is repairing a water main break on South Lyon Street. Water has been shut off for all of South Lyon Street. City crews will make every effort to restore water as soon as possible. Please avoid South Lyon Street until repairs are complete.

This could result in low water pressure condition for some residents. Other residents in the area may experience discolored water, which should return to normal once repairs are complete. Residents should check to make sure water clarity has returned before resuming activities such as laundry, which may be impacted.

Morning News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Genesee and Northern Erie Counties.
According to the National Weather Service the advisory will be in effect until 10 a.m. this morning.
A total of 3 to 5 inches of Lake Effect snow accumulation is predicated to fall in the most persistent lake snows and winds could gust up to 40 miles per hour.
The western part of Genesee County and southern and eastern suburbs of Buffalo are expected to receive the greatest accumulation.
Motorists this morning are encouraged to use extra caution and to be aware of poor visibility and slippery road conditions.

City man busted for allegedly bringing drugs into the County Jail.
44 year old Jason Jones of Tracy Avenue in Batavia is facing charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Introducing Dangerous Contraband into Prison following investigation into alleged contraband being smuggled into the Genesee County Jail.
Jones was accused of sneaking drugs into the facility which he intended to use while in lock up.
He was remanded back to jail and is expected in City Court at a later date.

Troopers to be out in force for the busy Holiday Week.
State Police will be conducting a Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement to keep the roads safe during the busiest travel time of the year.
Lawmen will be cracking down on impaired, distracted, aggressive or reckless driving during the effort which starts this morning and runs through Sunday.
Drivers can expect to see a number of troopers out on the roads along with increased sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols.

Voter tallies favor Congressman Chris Collins for another term.
The Buffalo News reports that after absentee ballots were counted in Erie County yesterday, the Republican still leads Democrat Nate McMurray.
Officials say there are some military ballots left to be tallied in other counties, but it’s unlikely they’ll provide McMurray with enough support to win.
McMurray doesn’t have any plans of conceding just yet and said in a statement that he’s not giving up until every vote is counted.

Governor Cuomo is doing his part to make sure people get to their holiday events a bit quicker.
He’s announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects are suspended until Monday morning.
Officials are urging people to take advantage of rest stops along the Thruway so they can take breaks from driving.
They can also get traffic updates on their phones by downloading the Thruway Authority’s mobile app.

The Buffalo Sabres return home tonight in search of their seventh straight victory.
They’re taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center.
The last time the Sabres had a seven game winning streak was back in 2006.
Tonight’s game starts at 7:30.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee and Northern Erie Counties.
The advisory takes affect at one a.m. tomorrow morning through 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Lake Effect Snow is expected. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches in the most persistent lake snows. Winds could gust up to 40 miles per hour.
Greatest accumulation is expected the southern and eastern suburbs of Buffalo and western Genesee County.

Chris Collins is inching closer to victory in the 27th Congressional District Election. Final votes are being counted today in Erie County and while Collins lead over Democrat Nate McMurray is shrinking it would be nearly impossible for McMurray to overtake the indicted incumbent.
Final numbers in the race are expected this evening.

Genesee Community College is expanded its internal safety force.
GCC employs both Campus Safety Officers and Peace Officers.
The difference is that Peace Officers are armed and can conduct investigations and make arrests.
The Board of Trustees has approved adding one more Peace Officer to the roster effective the first of the year which would bring the total number of armed peace officers to three.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will be reporting to prison in January rather than seek bail pending his appeal.
Skelos was convicted on federal corruption charges for shaking down businesses in an effort to get fees for his son, Adam.
The two were found guilty during a retrial in July.
They will both report to prison on January 8th.

Jack Eichel scored 45 seconds into overtime to complete the comeback and lift the Sabres past the Penguins 5-4 in Pittsburgh. Buffalo rallied from a 4-1 deficit midway through the second period and have now won six straight games.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee and Wyoming Counties have been included in a Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service.
The advisory is going into effect at around one o’clock early Wednesday morning and lasting until 10 a.m.
Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are being predicted in the most persistent lake effect snows according to forecasters.
Blowing and drifting snow could also be a factor with winds expected to be gusting as high as 40 mph.
Forecasters say to plan on taking extra time and caution for the Wednesday morning drive as they expect snow covered, slippery road conditions and very poor visibility.

Absentee ballots in the 27th Congressional District race will be tallied today to announce a clear winner.
The counting is going to take place in Erie County two weeks after the polls closed.
Republican Congressman Chris Collins was leading Democrat Nate McMurray according to the latest numbers.
Collins has already declared victory and said last week he’s confident he’ll be heading back to Washington for his fourth term.

Expanded peace officer presence at the Batavia Campus approved by GCC’s Board of Trustees.
A recent “changing of the guard” at Genesee Community College will result in expanding the armed peace officer force at the College’s Batavia Campus.
The Board of Trustees approved replacing a retiring veteran Campus Safety officer with another peace officer who will have an increased presence on campus.
The officer will have authority to conduct investigations, make arrests, and carry firearms on campus and the College will be following the Civil Service protocol and process to hire the officer early in the new year.

Tops Friendly Markets has emerged from bankruptcy protection.
The chain has spent months closing stores and restructuring its finances.
In a statement, the company’s CEO said there are plans to invest in remaining stores and establish new services.
That includes “Tops Grocery Pick Up,” which will allow customers to order their groceries online and choose a preferred time to come get them.

After spending weeks on the sidelines, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has returned to practice.
The rookie injured his elbow during a game against the Houston Texans last month.
The Bills have used three different quarterbacks since Allen got hurt.
He’s expected to be the starter when Buffalo hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field Sunday afternoon.

Evening News Briefing

For the first time in school history, the Batavia Blue Devils are seeking a Class B Championship in varsity football.
Batavia sealed its bid for the Carrier Dome with an impressive 54 to 49 win on Saturday over top ranked Skaneateles.
Batavia’s star running back Ray Leach:

The NYS Class B championship will be played this Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Batavia will meet the Glens Falls Indians. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 Noon.
Live coverage on WBTA begins at 11:45 with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.
Batavia was ranked number one in New York State back in 1991 when there was no state playoff. The top spot was determined by the New York State Sports Writers.

Tops Markets announces today that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring and has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The company claims to have what it calls a “substantially” stronger balance sheet.
Tops is headquartered in Williamsville and has one supermarket in Batavia.

The sixth annual Caryville Inn 5K & Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day in memory of K9 “Destro.”
Registration begins at 8 a.m., with race starting at 9 at The Caryville Inn, 25 Main St. in Oakfield.
Proceeds benefit the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Fund.
Preregistration is $20. Register via email: HERE  For questions, call: 948-9780

While it’s supposed to be the season of gift-giving, many people are buying presents for themselves.
According to CNBC, the average American spends $155 on self-gifting during the holiday season. In addition, the average person will spend $1,000 on holiday gifts this year, with men spending the most. .

Holiday draw schedule for Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Horsemen racing at Batavia Downs should take note of the revised draw schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving week.

There will be a double draw held on Tuesday (Nov. 20) for Friday (Nov. 23) and Saturday (Nov. 24). The box closes at 9 a.m. The main change to note is Saturday’s draw is moved up one day from Wednesday to Tuesday.

Driver changes for both days must be received by the judges by 3 pm on Tuesday.

Also please note that post time for Friday (Nov. 23) is early at 4:45 p.m. while post time for Saturday (Nov. 24) is the regular start time of 6 p.m.

For any inquiries about conditions or to call your entries in, please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6304.

The complete condition sheet for racing at Batavia Downs is 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.

Lucky McTrucky refused to lose Batavia feature

Lucky McTrucky (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Undoubtedly the most exciting race of the year occurred at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 17) when Lucky McTrucky parked out all comers before driving home a winner in the $11,000 Open Handicap pacing feature.

I’m So Handsome (Kevin Cummings), Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) and Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) left the gate together and paced three-deep around the clubhouse turn and up the backstretch until I’m So Handsome relented, letting Lucky McTrucky and IyqYqr continue to argue at the quarter in :26.4.

And argue they did.

Lucky McTrucky refused to let Iyq Yqr take the front and Iyq Yqr refused to take a seat behind Lucky McTrucky so the pair paced in unison to the half in :55.1. The fanatical feud continued around the third turn before Iyq Yqr said nighty-night, but there was still no rest for the weary. Go Collect N (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from fourth and drew alongside Lucky McTrucky past the five-eighths and a new battle ensued.

Monti and Davis rocked and knocked, high-lined and bounced from the three-quarters all the way to the wire with inches between them left to right and front to back and it took a photo to call the winner. The winner was Lucky McTrucky who closed the deal by a head in 1:54.3 while the sold out clubhouse roared in appreciation.

It was the 12th win of the year and 54th of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($4.90) who now boasts $85,815 in earnings this year. The uber-game 9-year-old gelded son of McArdle is owned by Tessa Roland and is trained by JD Perrin,

The $9,900 Open II pace was won by Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) who sat third to the quarter before pulling to take the lead by the half and then pulled away by four lengths in the lane to win in 1:54.3. It was the 13th win of the year for Upfront Countryboy ($6.30) who is trained by James Clouser Jr. for owner William Emmons.

Drew Monti the top teamster on Saturday scoring a Grand Slam on the card. Besides the big win with Lucky McTrucky, Monti also had pictures taken with Hardts Or Bettor (1:55.2, $10.80), Foreign Officer (1:56.2, $4.80) and Linkjack Hanover (1:56.4, $7.40).

All four of Monti’s wins were trainees of JD Perrin that are owned by Tessa Roland.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Blue Devil’s in shape to become the next State Champions.
The Batavia Blue Devil’s football team is continuing to dominate post season with an undefeated record.
Batavia came out on top over Skaneatles with a final score of 54 to 49 in the Class B Football State Championship Semi-final Saturday in Endicott.
Stand out Ray Leach had 474 yards and eight more touchdowns in the semi-final match.
Batavia’s head Coach Brennan Briggs says it’s hard to find the words to describe his star player…

Over the past three games, Leach has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns. He broke his state tournament record for rushing yards, total yards, and tied his record for touchdowns.
The Blue Devils head to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to take on Glens Falls for the Class B Championship at Noon, Saturday.
You can hear the game here on WBTA AM and FM.

Brothers on Walnut Street busted in connection with local burglaries.
Deputies took 27 year old Malik Ayala into custody on an arrest warrant issued by Batavia Town Court for Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree.
Ayala was taken into custody Friday for allegedly possessing more than 3-thousand dollars’ worth of stolen property stemming from an incident on Veterans Memorial Drive in October.
Malik Ayala was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of 20-thousand dollars bail with his next court appearance scheduled for December 17th in Town Court.
Malik’s younger brother 19 year old TeeSean Ayala was arrested after a traffic stop last week where he was allegedly in possession of a stolen handgun while being accompanied by his even younger 14 year old brother.
TeeSean was jailed in lieu of bail on felony charges.

Two Albion men arrested for a home invasion in the town of Yates.
22 year old Dominic DeCarlo is charged with Robbery and burglary while 20 year old Spencer Freeman is charged with possession of stolen property and conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
Lawmen say DeCarlo used a replica AK-47 to rob the homeowner of video games, cash and pot.

A Rochester man has been indicted for a violent carjacking in Batavia involving a 76 year old woman who had just stopped for gas..
35 year old Constantine Murrell is facing felony charges of robbery and assault for the September 25th carjacking at the Kwik Fill gas station on Ellicott Street.
Authorities say Murrell took off in the stolen car and led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree near VA campus.
No one was injured in the incident. Murrell was on parole at the time.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding possible patchy black ice for the morning drive.
Road surfaces are wet in some areas following rain and wet snow showers that fell overnight. Temperatures will drop to near or just below freezing by around daybreak, which may allow for patchy black ice to form on untreated roads, sidewalks, and parking lots.
Motorists should use caution and be alert for slick spots this morning. Black ice is very difficult to see, roads that appear just wet may in fact be icy.

The surging Buffalo Sabres will look to keep their winning streak alive tonight.
They’re visiting PPG Paints Arena to take on the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.
Buffalo has won five straight games, while Pittsburgh is among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
The game is set for seven o’clock tonight.

New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute Announces 2018 Scholarship Award Winner

Press Release:

Annually, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute awards a $250.00 scholarship to deserving students enrolled in criminal justice, police science or a similar program in each of the state’s community colleges and at SUNY Canton.

This year, Alexander Rigerman who is currently enrolled in Criminal Justice at Genesee Community College was a recipient of this scholarship. He was nominated by the college’s Criminal Justice faculty.

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker presented Alexander with a $250.00 check to be used to further his Criminal Justice education, along with a scholarship certificate from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, earlier today at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Lougazi was a monster mudder at Batavia

Lougazi (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

On the heels of a Nor’easter that dumped significant amounts of snow, sleet and rain in western New York, the track at Batavia Downs was swampy at best. But that didn’t deter Lougazi from flexing his muscle in winning the $11,000 Open Handicap trot on Friday night (Nov. 16).

Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) outdueled Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) for the lead and paid the price with a :28.4 quarter. Cummings then grabbed leather to give his horse a breather to the half in 1:00.1. But the party ended there as rolling up on the outside when they hit that second fraction was Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) and he wasn’t fooling around.

Lougazi hooked up with Southern Palms as they motored up the backside and the two trotted in tandem past the three-quarters and around the last turn. At the head of the stretch, Fisher gave Lougazi his head and then sat chilly in the bike as Lougazi simply walked away from the field to win by two in 2:00.1.

Definitely the hottest trotter in western New York, Lougazi ($3.90) scored his 10th win of 2018 for owner Mary Warriner who has now benefited the amount of $54,570 as a result of his performances.

The $8,800 Open II trot went to Crystal Sphere (BIlly Davis Jr.) who went gate to wire, pulling away in a romp and winning by six lengths in 2:00.1. It was the 12th win of the year for Crystal Sphere ($15.80) who is trained by James Clouser Jr. for owner William Emmons.

Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. were the top reinsmen on Friday, each winning three races on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Nov. 17) at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Two Albion men behind bars for a home invasion in Orleans County.
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Albion men following a home invasion and robbery in the Town of Yates.
Police say that early Tuesday morning a masked man allegedly entered a home on Lake Shore Road in Yates brandishing what appeared to be an AK-47 Rifle. The suspect, 22 year old Dominic DeCarlo of Albion allegedly demanded money, a cell phone and drugs from the victim.
Investigation revealed Decarlo was conspiring with 20 year old Spencer Freeman also of Albion as retaliation over a recent incident.
Officers later seized a quantity drugs, both real and counterfeit cash and firearms from Freemans residence.
Investigators subsequently recovered the stolen property along with the firearm in question which turned out to be an “Air-Soft” AK-47 replica that was modified to appear authentic.
DeCarlo was charged with Robbery, Grand larceny and Burglary and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $50,000 Bail.
Freeman was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Conspiracy, Tampering with Physical Evidence, along with drug charges and jailed in lieu of $25,000 Bail.
The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are likely.

 

A Rochester man has been indicted for a violent carjacking in Batavia involving a 76 year old woman who had just stopped for gas.
35 year old Constantine Murrell is facing felony charges of robbery and assault for the September 25th carjacking at the Kwik Fill gas station on Ellicott Street.
Authorities say Murrell took off in the stolen car and led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree near VA campus.
No one was injured in the incident. Murrell was on parole at the time.

A Batavia couple arrested on a charge of child endangerment.
Batavia Police say the couple encouraged their young daughter to beat up another child.
The parents are identified as 37 year old Michael Jackson and 33 year old Robin Williams.

A Montclair Avenue woman facing drug and child endangerment charges.
Batavia Police say 43 year old Heidi Harder forced a child under 17 to smoke pot.

A Perry teen is facing a disturbing charge. Police say 18-year-old Gavin Harkins set an acquaintance’s dog on fire with a lighter. The animal’s fur ended up getting burned. Harkins is due back in court next month.

NYS Sheriff’s Association Awards Local Scholarship

(L-R) Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr., Alexander Rigerman and Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker

News Release

Annually, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute awards a $250.00 scholarship to deserving students enrolled in criminal justice, police science or a similar program in each of the state’s community colleges and at SUNY Canton.

This year, Alexander Rigerman who is currently enrolled in Criminal Justice at Genesee Community College was a recipient of this scholarship. He was nominated by the college’s Criminal Justice faculty.

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker presented Alexander with a $250.00 check to be used to further his Criminal Justice education, along with a scholarship certificate from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, earlier today at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Evening News Briefing

A Rochester man has been indicted for a violent carjacking in Batavia involving a 76 year old woman who had just stopped for gas..
35 year old Constantine Murrell is facing felony charges of robbery and assault for the September 25th carjacking at the Kwik Fill gas station on Ellicott Street.
Authorities say Murrell took off in the stolen car and led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree near VA campus.
No one was injured in the incident. Murrell was on parole at the time.

Two Albion men arrested for a home invasion in the town of Yates.
22 year old Dominic DeCarlo is charged with Robbery and burglary while 20 year old Spencer Freeman is charged with possession of stolen property and conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
Lawmen say DeCarlo used a replica AK-47 to rob the homeowner of a video game, cash and pot.

A Batavia couple arrested on a charge of child endangerment.
Batavia Police say the couple encouraged their young daughter to beat up another child.
The parents are identified as 37 year old Michael Jackson and 33 year old Robin Williams.

A Montclair Avenue woman facing drug and child endangerment charges.
Batavia Police say 43 year old Heidi Harder forced a child under 17 to smoke pot.

A Perry teen is facing a disturbing charge. Police say 18-year-old Gavin Harkins set an acquaintance’s dog on fire with a lighter. The animal’s fur ended up getting burned. Harkins is due back in court next month.

A big game for the Batavia High School varsity football team.
The Blue Devils are taking on Skaneateles in the State Class B Semi-finals.
The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Union Endicott High School near Binghamton.
Live coverage with Bob Brown and John Vazquez on WBTA AM and FM begins at 2:45 p.m.

Two Albion Men Arrested for Home invasion

News Release

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Albion men following a home invasion- robbery that occurred in the Town of Yates during the early morning hours of November 13th, 2018.

 

Dominic DeCarlo

Spencer Freeman

Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher M. Bourke reports that at approximately 5:30 am, a masked man allegedly entered a home on Lake Shore Road in the Town of Yates brandishing what appeared to be an AK-47 Rifle. The suspect, Dominic R. DeCarlo, age 22, of Albion, N.Y., allegedly demanded money, cell phone and drugs from the victim. The Decarlo then reportedly left the residence with an X-Box, PlayStation4, an Alexa, a TV with cables along with some marihuana and cash
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Further investigation revealed that Decarlo was allegedly acting in consort with another suspect, Spencer T. Freeman, age 20, of Albion, N.Y., to perpetrate this crime in an attempt to retaliate an for incident that occurred recently. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Freeman’s home on Phipps Road in the Town of Albion. A quantity Marihuana, 38 dosage units of Xanax bars, U.S Currency, Counterfeit U.S. Currency and firearms were recovered. The investigation continued with the Sheriff’s Office obtaining several statements and confessions which resulted in locating and recovering the stolen property along with an “Air-Soft” AK-47 replica, (modified to appear authentic), that allegedly was used in the Robbery.

Property recovered from Town of Yates home invasion

DeCarlo was charged with Robbery in the second degree (displayed firearm), Grand larceny 4th degree, Burglary in the 2nd degree. DeCarlo was arraigned by Albion Town Justice Fuller and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $50,000 Bail.

Freeman was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree, Conspiracy 4th degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence with intent to conceal, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Unlawful possession of marijuana. Freeman was arraigned by Town of Albion Justice Fuller and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $25,000 Bail. O.C. Sheriff’s Office C.I.D. is continuing the investigation with additional arrests likely.

GCC’s BEST Center Director Celebrates Doctorate

John M. McGowan, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

Generally, the mission of Genesee Community College, “…we foster exceptional teaching and learning opportunities that result in intellectual and social growth, economic advancement and engaged citizenship,” is evidenced across campus where students and faculty interact. However, sometimes those students are also staff members seeking to further their knowledge base through classes or courses thousands of miles from any of GCC’s seven campus locations. Sometimes the student even has grandchildren, and is already actively engaged in the community.

The mission of fostering learning opportunities for intellectual and social growth was part of the inspiration for John M. McGowan, of Batavia, NY, to complete his Doctor of Psychology with specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of the Rockies in Denver Colorado. He began his studies in their online program in 2011 and successfully completed his dissertation and received his diploma just last month.

Dr. McGowan’s dissertation, “Experiential View of African-American Male Basketball Student-Athletes in Community College: A Phenomenological Study” explored a phenomenon of academic and career underachievement among this student population. McGowan studied the discrepancy in motivation between the athletic challenges on the court against cultural, social, academic, and career barriers experienced outside the classroom, seeking out why the African-American male population rarely sought out career advisement and assistance.

“Over the past 14 years as an employee of GCC, I have been fortunate to work alongside great people and provide learning opportunities for many students. Like any learning environment, we all learn from the students we guide. As a student and current professional staff member myself, I’ve always been curious as to why student athletes are so motivated during sports competitions and not as motivated in the classroom or in career planning efforts,” Dr. McGowan said. “I’ve followed my curiosity for the past seven years and am thrilled to have earned a doctorate degree. The field of Sport Psychology explores a multitude of topics which can be applied to many diverse with an endless potential for learning. I am excited to apply my new learning to the students, faculty and staff at GCC, the workforce development efforts of my team in The BEST Center as well as the rest of my life.”

Dr. McGowan also earned a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the SUNY College at Brockport in 2003 and 1994 respectively, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Genesee Community College in 1986. He is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Genesee.

Dr. McGowan first came to GCC as the Perkins career program coordinator in 2005 and quickly moved to Career Services coordinator. In 2006 Dr. McGowan took on the role of Career Services Coordinator as well as adjunct instructor of English as a Second Language for Brazilian students enrolled in SUNY’s Global Emersion Program. Then, in 2014 Dr. McGowan became director of the BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center.

Dr. McGowan’s hard work and dedication to his Doctorate have earned him 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 high quality of the recognized individuals who demonstrate GCC’s “beyond expectations” brand.

Theme of GCC’s 38th Annual Fashion Show Announced at Color Draping Event

Photograph, courtesy of GCC, of the 2018 Fashion Show “Ascendant”

Press Release:

The Fashion Program students at Genesee Community College announced the 38th Annual Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 with one show only at 7 p.m. and this year’s theme is truly “LIMITLESS!”

Earlier this week, the Fashion Program students hosted a Color Draping event at GCC’s Batavia Campus where they conducted consultations to help individuals determine the color palettes that most complement their unique hair color, skin tone and eye color. Opening the Color Draping event, Fashion Program students Kento Takayama of Japan and Hannah Donnelly of Livonia, NY unveiled the 38th annual Fashion Show theme as
“LIMITLESS!” To fully illustrate the unlimited capacity of “LIMITLESS,” Fashion Merchandising instructor Laura Taylor participated remotely through Zoom as she was attending the International Textile and Apparel Association conference in Cleveland, OH.
“LIMITLESS” was chosen completely by the students in the program to demonstrate the endlessness of fashion possibility. With no limits or boundaries, this year’s fashion show will draw from both classic and fiery palettes and promises to be innovative, inclusive and inspirational!

Over the next six months, GCC students will build and coordinate numerous scenes for the show. To appreciate the development of “LIMITLESS,” follow @gccfashionprogram on Instagram, @trendygcc on Twitter and the FBM (Fashion Business Merchandising) program blog at https://sunygcc.blog/category/academics/fashion/. Students will be sharing details about the show, their individual scenes and more!

Following the success of “Ascendant,” GCC’s 37th annual show in 2018, “LIMITLESS” will again take place on the 24,000 square foot indoor field house in the Richard C. Call Arena. With plenty of space to accommodate 2,000 guests, including ample parking, the students are planning one dynamic, fast-moving production, but there will be pre-show interviews and photo-ops featuring the coordinators of each scene, and another post-show party and vendor market. Currently, students are seeking vendors to participate in this portion of the program.

Tickets to the show are just $5 per person in advance, and $8 (cash only) per person at the door the night of the show. To purchase tickets in advance, please email fashionshow@genesee.edu.

Any business, organization, or individual interested in an opportunity to support this year’s Fashion Show should contact Debbie Mancuso at (585) 345-6830 or via email at fashionshow@genesee.edu. Business donations start at $10, but event sponsorships are welcome at all levels. Personal donations of $5 are available, and Fashion Program students will be delighted to schedule a donation pick up or make special arrangements for donations. Sponsors and in-kind donations are included in the Fashion Show Program as well as on the Fashion Show website. Checks should be made payable to GCCA and can be mailed to Genesee Community College, Fashion Show, One College Road, Batavia NY 14020-9704.

The Fashion Program at GCC has always been a flagship program for the college. The knowledge and experience of the program faculty and the dedication to their students has produced quality and professional workplace candidates and well-prepared transfer students since the program’s inception 40 years ago.

Recently, GCC renewed its articulation agreement with LIM for students in the Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. program. Students who complete the track and degree can seamlessly transfer to LIM to complete their B.B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing or Management. In addition, GCC is very excited to announce a new articulation agreement with Cazenovia College. This agreement provides a seamless transfer opportunity for GCC’s Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. students to Cazenovia’s Fashion Merchandising B.P.S. and for GCC’s Fashion Business: Fashion Design A.A.S. students to Cazenovia’s Fashion Design B.F.A. degree program. Anyone interested in taking advantage of these transfer opportunities through GCC is encouraged to contact GCC’s Student Success Center at (585) 345-6805 or via email at SSC@genesee.edu.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Photographs, courtesy of GCC, from this week’s Color Draping events are available at: https://www.facebook.com/sunygcc/posts/10156972890668103

$3,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Friday at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As a result of no one selecting a winning combination in the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 14), there will be a $1,036 carryover and a $3,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool when racing resumes at 6 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 16) at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Friday’s guaranteed pool is also part of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program which offers free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster for the Pick-5 races at Batavia Downs under the “Handicapping” tab at www.ustrotting.com . You can access the program pages directly by clicking here. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv1116x.pdf )

Friday’s Pick-5 is also featured as the USTA Play of the Day in the Harness Racing Fan Zone.

ThePick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five. There is no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) will be carried over once again.

Morning News Briefing

Walnut Street man jailed for possessing a stolen gun.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of a Walnut Street resident after he allegedly tossed a handgun out of a vehicle during a traffic stop.
19 year old TeeSean Ayala of Batavia was subject to a traffic stop Washington Avenue yesterday afternoon following a report of a suspected vehicle that was linked to prior criminal activity in the area.
The vehicle pulled into a driveway of a home and police witnessed the occupant drop a weapon out of the window.
Sgt. Andrew Hale describes the scene…

Ayala was reportedly in possession of the handgun which had a defaced serial number all while being accompanied by his 14 year old brother who was taken in for questioning.
Ayala was charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd and 3rd degree, along with Unlawful possession of Marijuana, and having an Obstructed License Plate.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Kindness to Sheriff’s K9 fund could bring in two top dogs to Genesee County.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says they have received a wealth of support for their K-9 fund following the recent death of beloved K-9 Destro.
According to Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster the financial support may be enough to purchase and train two dogs…

Brewster who appeared on WBTA’s “Main and Center” program yesterday added that the Sheriff’s Office is already looking at a dog to purchase and is hopeful to have the deputy dog trained and out on the beat by the end of June.

A Perry teen is facing a disturbing charge.
Police say 18 year old Gavin Harkins set an acquaintance’s dog on fire with a lighter.
The animal’s fur ended up getting burned.
Harkins was arraigned and released.
He’s due back in court next month.

Anyone traveling southeast of Genesee is encouraged to use extra caution this morning.
The Livingston County Sheriff has issued a Travel Advisory for all of Livingston County for the morning commute.
Due to the snow covered roads the Sheriff issued this advisory that will remain in effect until 8:30 this morning.
The Travel Advisory does not mean roads are closed, but drivers are encouraged to slow your vehicles down and travel cautiously and to yield to the plows while they clear roads.

A Buffalo Democrat says he’s not planning to support Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House.
Twenty-sixth District Congressman Brian Higgins tells The Buffalo News he believes House Democrats need new leadership and doesn’t think Pelosi can provide it.
Since the summer, Higgins has spoken out against Pelosi after she ignored an infrastructure improvement package he helped propose.
The new Congress is set to convene January 3rd.

Evening News Briefing

Wintry precipitation is hampering the evening commute across Genesee County. A Winter Weather advisory is in effect until tomorrow morning.
The combination of steady snow, mixed at times with sleet are coating roads and creating hazardous driving conditions.
Roads that are untreated will be particularly hazardous.
Visibility at times will be reduced to a mile.
The National Weather Service is advising motorists to allow extra time to reach your destination.

 

Following the recent death of K-9 Destro, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received what they call overwhelming support for their K-9 fund.
Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster says the financial support may be enough to purchase and train two dogs

Brewster appearing on WBTA’s “Main and Center” program today.

They’ve been off the campaign trails for days, but Congressman Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are still exchanging barbs. This time, it involves absentee ballot counting in the 27th Congressional District. McMurray is predicting a dead heat with Collins if the current counting trend continues.
Collins disagrees, saying McMurray struggles with basic math.

Actor and native New Yorker Ben Stiller is making his directorial debut with the prison drama, Escape at Dannemora.
The Showtime miniseries tells the story how two inmates, serving life sentences for murder, broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York three years ago. Escape at Dannemora premieres this Sunday night at 10.

City Needs Help Filling Committees

Press Release:

Have you ever wondered why one permit is approved and the other denied? Or how that business ended up right between two houses? If you volunteer for a committee then you can have those questions answered and have your ideas heard! For about an hour a month (or sometimes less!!) you can be on the inside and help make your community better. There are a variety of committees and boards so find one that meets your interests. Volunteer today to see the difference you can make! Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office or online at www.batavianewyork.com in the documents section. Get your application in as soon as possible! The following boards have vacancies we are looking to fill for 2019:

Board of Assessment Review
Community Garden
Historic Preservation Commission
Plumbing Board (Journeyman Plumber)
Youth Board
Zoning Board of Appeals

 

Kaitlyn Rae takes girl’s night feature at Batavia

Kaitlyn Rae (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After earning minor spoils in her three most recent outings, Kaitlyn Rae returned to her winning ways in the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 14).

Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) left with little opposition from Hey Kobe (Kevin Cummings) who was content to sit the pocket trip for the duration. Seeing no one coming, Monti tapped the brakes and strolled to the half in :59. That forced Susie’s Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull first over for a bid that would fall short by the three-quarters.

Heading into the final turn, Cummings tipped Hey Kobe to try and make a run. But after barely getting within a length, Kaitlyn Rae responded to a high-line and a couple taps of the shaft to pace away and win by a length in 1:56.1.

It was the 61st career win and 13th victory of 2018 for Kaitlyn Rae ($6.30) who has now earned $71,021 for owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum.

In the $8,800 distaff Open II, Tymal Luckynpink (Brad Jackson) doubled her pleasure by winning her second straight outing in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.3. The Ken and John Mc Keever-owned 7-year-old Camluck mare scored her seventh win of the year under the tutelage of trainer Brad Jackson.

Drew Monti had the driving hat trick on Wednesday to lead all other reinsmen on the card. Besides the already mentioned Kaitlyn Rae, Monti also won with Scarlet n silk (1:59.1, $8.80) and Honey Booboolina (1:57, $8.10).

With those three wins, Monti pulls into a first place tie with Kevin Cummings (who had two wins on Wednesday) for the dash driving title. Both drivers currently have 93 tallies this meet.

There was no winner in the early Pick-5 on Wednesday and as a result, there is a $1,036 carry over and a guaranteed $3,000 pool for the early Pick-5 on Friday. This will be a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be made available on the USTA site courtesy of Trackmaster starting on Thursday under the “Handicapping” tab.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 16) with post time for the first race set at 6 p.m.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES OVER $5.65 MILLION IN LOCAL BRIDGE & CULVERT REPAIRS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced nearly $6 million in funding will be injected into six, much-needed bridge and culvert repairs in Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties as part of the BRIDGE-NY program that was a component of last year’s state budget. A recent study by CNBC ranked New York’s infrastructure as some of the worst in the nation, with 10.5 percent of bridges ranked as deficient and 60 percent of roads classified as in poor or mediocre condition.

“I am very pleased to see our hard-fought victory for more upstate infrastructure funding is finally yielding tangible results,” Hawley said. “At a time when too many lawmakers set their sights on funneling more and more of our resources to fix downstate calamities like the MTA and LaGuardia Airport, it is more important than ever to focus on addressing upstate’s needs and that starts with our deficient roads, bridges and highways. Rest assured, maintaining the longevity of programs like BRIDGE-NY, PAVE-NY and increasing CHIPs funding will be among my top priorities come next year’s session.”

A list of BRIDGE-NY projects in the 139th Assembly District are as follows:

• $1.081 million to Genesee County for Sharrick Road over Murder Creek
• $907,000 to Genesee County for Tower Hill Road over Spring Creek
• $787,000 to the Town of Alabama (Genesee County) for Meadville Road over Canal Creek
• $686,000 to Monroe County for Lake Road W Fork over Sandy Creek
• $1.111 million to Orleans County for Transit Road over W Branch Sandy Creek
• $1.082 million to the Town of Batavia (Genesee County) for Upton Road over Bowen Creek

Morning News Briefing

The YWCA which reported less than a year ago it may be looking at closing has recently announced the organization is operating in the black.
In a statement released by the YWCA yesterday they say that hiring new Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper was the first step in the right direction and she has led the effort of continued restructuring success.
Following the announcement last March that the organization was on the rocks financially, the YWCA has established a new board of directors, trimmed expenses and refocused its programming.
They say the improvements are thanks to the very generous support of so many in the community and that they are looking forward to a variety of new fundraisers in the coming year that will maintain the current programs offered at the YW.

Alleged Rape in Perry lands a Monroe County man behind bars.
Perry Police arrested 20 year old Shawn Serra of Irondequoit yesterday following investigation into an alleged rape in the Village.
Serra is accused of raping a female victim while back in January of this year.
He was charged with a class E felony count of Rape along with sexual misconduct and forcible touching, which are both class A misdemeanors.
Serra was committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 bail and is expected back in Perry Village Court in December.

Former Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy sentenced to serious prison time.
Joseph Mlyniec was sentenced yesterday to 15 years to life behind bars after pleading guilty to killing Robert Irvine the Third.
Prosecutors say Irvine was a witness in an abuse case involving Mlyniec.
He was shot and killed in the former lawmen’s driveway in Perry in March.
Mlyniec apologized in court for his crime.

LeRoy resident busted for Burglary in the Village.
LeRoy Police were called to a reported disturbance in the Village Sunday where they took 31 year old Chiyannon Bundy of Lake Street, LeRoy into custody. .
Bundy was accused of knowingly and unlawfully entering a residence and of damaging the property of another.
She was charged with a class C-Felony count of Burglary and a class A-Misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief.
Bundy was arraigned in LeRoy Town Court and released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice Program.

They’ve been off the campaign trails for days, but Congressman Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are still exchanging barbs.
This time, it involves absentee ballot counting in the 27th Congressional District.
McMurray is predicting a dead heat with Congressman Collins if the current counting trend continues.
Collins disagrees, saying McMurray struggles with basic math and that he expects his lead to hold.
The official results are expected next week.

Grab your gloves and shovels, snow is on the way.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Monroe, Orleans, Erie and Genesee counties.
It will be in effect from four this afternoon until seven tomorrow morning. Forecasters say some areas could see about six inches of snow.
There are also concerns about icing, which may make driving difficult.

Evening News Briefing

A proposal by City Church to develop community activities on Liberty Street is getting a favorable response.
City Church is requesting a zoning change for the former St. Anthony’s site allowing for commercial development.
City Church wants to build a possible dance school, art school and community education classes along with a proposed teen center.
City Council President Gene Jankowski…

Without the zoning change any reuse of the property for commercial purposes would be prohibited.

The Genesee County YWCA is much healthier, financially.
The YW has announced it is operating in the black.
Earlier this year, the YW was in danger of closing its doors.
The organization is still trying to sell its building on North St.

Absentee ballot counting continues today in more counties that make up the 27th Congressional District.
Ballots will be counted in Niagara County today followed by Orleans County tomorrow.
Erie County and Livingston County officials will count their ballots starting Monday. At last report, Republican Congressman Chris Collins has a three-thousand vote lead over Democrat Nate McMurray.

State legislators are looking into giving themselves a pay raise.
A commission met for the first time in Albany yesterday to start debating the issue. Right now, the base pay for Senate and Assembly members is $79,500. That salary was set back in 1998.

The Buffalo Bills have made another change to their roster. The team announced yesterday it has released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. He joined the team just a couple of weeks ago. During his brief time with the Bills, Pryor caught two passes for a total of 17 yards. The team now has two roster spots open after releasing quarterback Nathan Peterman Monday.

Public Hearing for 5th Ward Announced

Press Release:

Attention 5th Ward Constituents! There will be a public hearing addressing concerns related to safety/traffic situations in the
Watson/Thorpe area. We encourage residents to attend the public hearing to voice their opinions when Council approves
moving this issue to the next step. The public hearing will be held on Monday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall,
Second Floor, Council Board Room. For detailed information please see below:

Following the Council Meeting on September 10, 2018 which once again raised concerns for safety at the intersection of
Watson and Thorpe Street Bureau of Maintenance Superintendent Ray Tourt, Director of Public Works Matt Worth and
Police Chief, Shawn Heubusch met to discuss possible solutions. The following items were discussed;

– Watson Street runs east and west between Evans Street and Jackson Street with no parking on the southside of the street
due to the narrow nature of the street.
– Watson Street has 32 ft ROW with 21ft of pavement and for the most part 4 ft sidewalks on both sides of the road. This
does cause a problem for sign posting where we are supposed to provide a 2 ft clear edge from the road. If a stop sign
is to be posted (30”) it would have to posted in the middle of the sidewalk without the ability to provide a minimum of
36” clear sidewalk. There is No Parking on Northside of street.
– Thorpe Street runs north and south between Maple Street and Watson Street with a short extension running north of
Watson Street which dead ends, there is no parking on either side of Thorpe Street due to inadequate space for parking
on either side.
– The specific request was to place a Stop Sign on Watson Street headed eastbound at the intersection of Thorpe Street.
– A traffic study was completed in the area, this study did not warrant a Stop Sign or other traffic control device.
– There is insufficient space on Watson Street at the intersection of Thorpe Street to erect a proper Stop Sign.
– The sightlines coming off Thorpe Street onto Watson Street to the north are severely limited due to land incursions,
structures and the curve of Watson Street.
– Thorpe Street has a 20ft ROW with a pavement from 20 ft to 21 ft and no sidewalks. Thorpe Street has No Parking on
either side.
The following is recommended to address community concerns and change the traffic pattern in the area;
– Turn Thorpe Street between Watson Street and Maple Street into a One-Way street with the direction of travel being
southbound only.
– Add permissive parking on the west side of Thorpe Street between Watson Street and Maple Street.
– Based on this information and the alignment needed for One-Way signage, they can be squeezed in on Thorpe Street at
Watson without encroaching the sidewalks.
– The portion of Thorpe Street North of Watson Street would have to remain two way with a STOP control SB and parking
ban on both sides.

This solution relieves the sightline issues at the Watson and Thorpe Streets intersection as there will be no northbound traffic
at that intersection. This solution also allows for residents to have some on-street parking on Thorpe Street that they currently
do not have. This parking is subject to the City of Batavia Parking Regulations regarding overnight parking restrictions.

Kathy Briggs
5th Ward Councilperson

Reservations for 36th Annual Health and Humanitarian Awards

Press Release:

Dr. Matthew Landfried will be presented by The Jerome Foundation with the 36th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award on November 30, at noon, at Terry Hills Restaurant. The Award is presented by the Foundation to recognize volunteer men and woman of Genesee County who have helped promote the emotional, physical and spiritual well being of the area’s residents.

The cost of the luncheon is $20 and is open to the public. Reservations are being accepted until November 21st by mailing a check to The Jerome Foundation, PO Box 249, Batavia, NY 14021 or emailing thejeromefoundation@gmail.com, by calling Chris Fix at 585-356-3419.

Morning News Briefing

Council hears rezoning proposal for City Church Property.
City Church property in Batavia is likely to be rezoned to expand its community outreach.
City Council members heard a proposal from John Roach at the city councils business meeting at city hall last night.
Roach fully endorsed rezoning the Liberty Street site from a Residential to a Commercial property and said church leaders are hoping to change in order to host a possible dance school, art school and community education classes on site.
The rezoning issue was well received according to Council President Eugene Jankowski…

Jankowski believes council will be able to come to a vote on the zoning change by their next business meeting.
The property is located at Liberty and Central Avenue.

Sheriff’s release additional details of accidental shooting death.
Investigators with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office have released a more detailed report of the fatal self-inflicted shooting that killed 23 year old John “Jack” Carney at his Byron Holley Road home in Byron.
There were six people gathered at the barn party last Friday night when Carney allegedly shot himself in the face with his own 9mm Ruger semi-automatic.
Investigators believe the leading cause of death was careless handling of the weapon.
The death is still being examined as accidental and the matter is still under investigation.

Another meeting announced for 5th Ward residents.
Kathy Briggs the Fifth Ward Councilperson has announced she will be holding another public hearing to address concerns related to safety and traffic situations in the Watson/Thorpe Street area.
Recent talks ended with a recommendation to turn Thorpe Street between Watson and Maple Streets into a southbound One-Way street and to add permissive parking on the west side of Thorpe between Watson and Maple.
Briggs encourages residents to attend the public hearing to voice their opinions on Monday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Board Room at City Hall.

Absentee ballot counting continues today in more counties that make up the 27th Congressional District.
Ballots will be counted in Niagara County today followed by Orleans County tomorrow.
Erie County and Livingston County officials will count their ballots starting Monday.
At last report, Republican Congressman Chris Collins has a three-thousand vote lead over Democrat Nate McMurray.
Collins has already declared victory.

State legislators are looking into giving themselves a pay raise.
A committee met for the first time in Albany yesterday to start debating the issue.
Right now, the base pay for Senate and Assembly members is $79,500 dollars a year.
That salary was set back in 1998.
Lawmakers also get stipend money for travel or if they lead a committee.
Any agreement on a pay bump has to be approved by the end of the year.
That’s because lawmakers can’t give themselves one during their next two-year term.

The Buffalo Bills have made another change to their roster.
The team announced yesterday it has released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. He joined the team just a couple of weeks ago.
During his brief time with the Bills, Pryor caught two passes for a total of 17 yards.
The team now has two roster spots open after releasing quarterback Nathan Peterman Monday.

NYSP: Vehicle struck the rear end of a farm truck

Press Release:

On November 12, 2018 at 5:39 p.m., Troopers responded to a collision on State Highway 31 in the town of Murray.
Further investigation reveals that Jared E. Thompson, 27 of Albion, NY a member of the Fancher Murray Hulberton Fire Company was traveling east bound on State Hwy 31. Thompson was operating a 2005 Chevy Silverado with his blue volunteer fire department lights activated responding to a call. Thompson failed to observe a 1995 International truck traveling east bound on State Hwy 31 and struck its rear end. Thompson was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for multiple injuries.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in this investigation.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Byron-Bergen Students Learn to Wobble

Students participate in the “opinion corners” activity

Press Release:

Byron, NY – How do kids learn to ride bikes? Maybe they start with training wheels. When the training wheels come off, an adult might hold onto the seat and run along next to them. Then, that adult lets go and, eventually, that kid wobbles and falls. And falls again. And again. Scraped knees and elbows are accepted as part of that rite of passage. If you want to learn to ride a bike, you must make it past the wobble.

So, how do kids learn to learn? By accepting the wobble. Learning to ride a bike is different than reading or arithmetic, but is an apt example of the learning philosophy that Byron-Bergen Instructional Coaches Debbie Slocum and Diana Walther are bringing to classrooms. It is called the Learning Challenge and it is just that, an acknowledgement that learning is challenging.

“The Learning Challenge recognizes that learning isn’t easy,” said Slocum. “Learning is difficult, frustrating, and takes a lot of effort, but it is interesting! When students make connections between their own personal experiences and what they encounter on a daily basis, they develop the skills needed to think deeply and communicate effectively. By using some of the strategies and suggestions found in The Learning Challenge, we will continue to build these habits in our students.”

The Learning Challenge is based on a book of the same title by James Nottingham. Slocum, Walther, and several other Byron-Bergen educators attended a three-day seminar last year given by Nottingham and his associates. They have since been sharing this teaching philosophy with their fellow district educators. Nottingham instructs teachers to engage the frustrated learner, allow them to struggle, to have the confidence to take risks, and possibly fail.

One suggestion from The Learning Challenge already implemented into classroom practice is the use of “opinion corners.” Students choose a corner of the room based on their opinion or response to a topic. At that corner, they discuss reasons with like-minded peers as to why they chose that corner then share the reasons with the class. This basic activity adapts to different grade levels and lesson plans and promotes listening, verbal communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and 100% participation.

With no desk to hide behind, this activity can be uncomfortable for some students. They might worry that their opinion is not the “right answer.” This lesson helps students move beyond correct or incorrect and discover how much more can be learned by working it out themselves.

“By using these strategies [from The Learning Challenge] in class, we are giving our students opportunities to be collaborative, articulate, resilient and open minded,” said Walther.

Slocum, Walther, and their colleagues are taking this learning philosophy a step further and asking caregivers to allow students to feel frustrated outside of school. This includes giving them time to think, to talk about their thinking, to experience failure, and to learn from their mistakes.

“Learning is all about wobbling,” said Slocum. “If you are doing something that you can already do, then you are practicing. Learning requires that you step out of your comfort zone.”

In short, Slocum and Walther are encouraging students to pick up their bikes and try again.

Debbie Slocum

Diana Walther

Morning News Briefing

Volunteer firefighter in Orleans County seriously injured responding to a call.
A volunteer member of the Fancher Hulberton Murray Fire Company was sent to the hospital with serious injuries after crashing while responding to a call.
According to State Police in Orleans County the firefighter was traveling eastbound on Route 31 in Murray when their vehicle crashed into the back of a truck between Hindsburg and Fancher Roads.
The collision reportedly occurred at around quarter to 6 last night when the truck was said to be turning next to a grain silo.
The volunteer firefighter apparently suffered serious injuries and was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Police have yet to release the volunteers’ identity and investigation into the exact cause of the crash remains on-going.

McMurray holds out hope for an absentee voter upset in the 27th Congressional District race.
Although Congressman Chris Collins has already declared victory the race for the district seat isn’t officially over just yet.
Absentee ballot counting begins today in the battle between Democrat Nate McMurray and Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
As of last week, Collins was ahead by about three-thousand votes.
So far, more than 11-thousand absentee ballots have been returned.

Positive report from Farmers Market Manager.
Mike Bakos the manager of the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market reports that over the 20-week market season an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 market customers stopped into the Downtown Batavia Business District with 1,500 to 2,000 people visiting the Market each week.
This year marked the third year of collaboration with the BID.
Bakos said the popular Friday “BIG” Market continues to grow and during the off-season, the Market will be pursuing new/prospective vendors to expand the Market in 2019.

Low-income New Yorkers who need help staying warm this winter can start applying for HEAP benefits today.
Eligible folks may receive hundreds of dollars if they qualify.
Anyone who heats their home with electricity, natural gas, oil, coal, propane, wood pellets or kerosene can get assistance.
For more information, head online to my benefits dot ny dot gov.

The Buffalo Bills have released Nathan Peterman.
The team announced last night it has cut ties with the quarterback they drafted in 2017.
In the games Peterman was on the field, he threw for 548 yards, three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Bills are expecting to have rookie quarterback Josh Allen back on the field for their next game.

The Batavia Blue Devils continue their record-breaking season.
Batavia is on their way to battle for a state championship after their win Saturday over Cheektowaga.
The Blue Devils now face Skaneateles next Saturday at Union-Endicott High School.
Our own Bob Brown and John Vazquez will be covering the game live beginning at 3 p.m. here on WBTA AM and FM.

Morning News Briefing

Possible prison time for former Batavia nursing home owner.
62 year old Marc Korn of East Amherst, the former owner of both the Batavia Nursing Home, and the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston, could be looking at prison time.
Korn appeared in federal court Friday where he pleaded guilty to bank theft and willful failure to pay tax.
The charges stem back to 2008 when he received a $3.9 million loan from Fifth Third Bank in to refinance the Batavia Nursing Home.
Korn intentionally overvalued his residence and inflated his net worth in his loan application then failed to make payments on the loan.
The default left the Fifth Third Bank in the lurch to the tune of $2.4 million.
Then Korn evaded paying taxes owed to the IRS, and instead spent the money on restaurants, hockey tickets, jewelry, and on his children’s college tuition.
Korn, who claims to be in ill-health himself, now faces a maximum of two years in prison, a $200,000 fine and also agreed to pay over $2.5 million in restitution.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 13th of next year.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports drunk driving arrests.
Deputies took 38 year old Craig Sleeman of Victor into custody on counts of DWI and Aggravated DWI, along with traffic infractions for failure to signal, failure to keep right and for moving from a lane unsafely.
Sleeman was subject to a traffic stop on Main Street Road in Batavia early yesterday morning where he recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit,
He is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on January 28th of next year.

Bergen woman busted for DWI after being found asleep at the wheel.
Deputies arrested 45 year old Susan Rea of Sheridan Road in Bergen early Saturday morning near Wortendyke road and Route 33 after being found asleep behind the steering wheel of her vehicle.
She is charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath test along with a traffic infraction for being stopped or parked on a highway.
Rea was released on her own recognizance and is due back in Batavia Town Court on December 17th.

Batavia woman arrested for grand larceny.
35 year old Angela Torcello of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Falsifying Business Records, Grand and Petit Larceny following investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred in May of this year.
Torcello is accused of stealing a credit card and using it to purchase products from a traveling vendor.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Town Court on November 26th.

The Batavia Blue Devils continue their record-breaking season.
Batavia is on their way to battle for a state championship after their win Saturday over Cheektowaga 28 to 56.
The Blue Devils now face Skaneateles next Saturday at Union-Endicott High School.
Our own Bob Brown and Juan Vazquez will be covering the game live beginning at 3 p.m. here on WBTA AM and FM.

This past Veterans Day took on an especially significant meaning for families in LeRoy.
Yesterday Twelve LeRoyans who gave their lives to serve in the Great War were honored on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.
The day is in remembrance of the armistice signed by the WWI Allies and Germany to end hostilities on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour of 1918.
Le Roy’s 12 were enshrined with a new memorial dedicated at Trigon Park in a ceremony complete with a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

Batavia Wins Class B Western Regional

The Batavia High School Blue Devils continue their quest for a New York State Class B Football Championship.

Batavia walloped the Warriors from Cheektowaga Central on Saturday night 56 to 28 to take the Western Regional Championship.
Batavia now advances to the state semi-final this Saturday against the Skaneateles Lakers.
The Lakers and Blue Devils have identical 11 – 0 records.

The semi-final in Class B will be played at Union Endicott High School near Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at 3.
WBTA will have live, play-by-play coverage with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.

$7,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Saturday at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As a result of no one selecting a winning combination in the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 9), there will be a $2,756 carryover and a $7,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool when racing resumes at 6 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 10) at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Saturday’s guaranteed pool is also part of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program which offers free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster for the Pick-5 races at Batavia Downs under the “Handicapping” tab at www.ustrotting.com . You can access the program pages directly by clicking here. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv1110x.pdf )

The race will also be featured as the Play of the Day on the USTA’s Harness Racing Fan Zone (www.harnessracingfanzone.com).

The Batavia Downs Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five. There is no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) will be carried over once again.

HAWLEY: VETERANS DAY A STARK REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICES OF SO MANY

Press Release:

As we approach our nation’s observance of Veterans Day this Monday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is urging his constituents and all New Yorkers to set time aside this weekend and thank a veteran or current service member for their dedication and sacrifice to preserving our way of life. Hawley, the son of a veteran, served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He has served on the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee for over a decade.

“Military service runs deep in my family and Veterans Day will always hold a special place in my heart,” Hawley said. “Whether it be my annual Patriot Trip to Washington D.C. to give back to local veterans or my efforts in Albany fighting for various tax credits, healthcare and education options available to our veterans, protecting those who have risked their lives to protect us will remain one of my top priorities. I encourage all my constituents and New Yorkers alike to take time this weekend to thank a veteran for their service and pray for those who are still fighting overseas.”

Hawley is a true champion in Albany for our current and retired military members, sponsoring several pieces of legislation to make the “Campaign Service Medal” more inclusive, help veterans start small businesses, and remove admission fees for veterans to state parks. Hawley also played a pivotal role in ushering in the Veterans Buy-back Bill that allows vets to purchase up to three years of military service back from the state in exchange for a credit toward their public pension.

Bioness stays perfect at Batavia Downs

Bioness (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

When French-bred trotter Bioness last competed at Batavia Downs he won the $15,000 Schroeder Invitational trot in October. On Friday (Nov. 9) he stayed undefeated at the Genesee County oval by taking the $11,500 Open Handicap trotting feature under a slick drive by his young reinsman Hunter Oakes, over a very sloppy track.

When the wings folded Bioness started the long trek from post seven to the front and gained that position by the quarter in :29.4. But the lead was short-lived as the local hot-trotter Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled at the three-eighths and rushed to the front by the half and grabbed the pylons into the second circuit.

Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) made the next move, pulling at the five-eighths and drawing near Lougazi as the race progressed through the third panel. The top two trotters battled around the last turn and into the stretch before a gap allowed Oakes to pull Bioness out of the pocket and jet between them. He was by Southern Palms and overtook Lougazi at the wire to win in 1:59.4 by one-half length.

It was the fifth win of 2018 for Bioness ($2.70) who now has $107,438 on his card for the year. The 7-year-old altered son of Sam Bourbon is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable and is trained by Chris Oakes.

For the 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, it was his fourth consecutive win in only five career drives and his first career victory at Batavia Downs in his Western New York homecoming.

In the $8,800 Open II trot, Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) sat third the whole mile before tipping three-wide off cover in the lane to catch Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the wire to win by a neck in 2:00.1. It was the second win in the last three starts for Labatt Hanover ($11.60) and owners Gary and Cynthia Saj. McDonough also does the training.

There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Friday so the $2,756 carry over will supplement a guaranteed $7,000 pool for the early Pick-5 wager when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 10). This bet will be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and as such, will offer free race pages for races one through five for Batavia Downs tomorrow courtesy of Trackmaster. These free pages can be downloaded at www.ustrotting.com under the “Handicapping” tab. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

LeRoy man killed in shooting in Byron reported as self-inflicted and accidental.
A young man from LeRoy is dead after attending a barn party at 6490 Byron Holley Road in Byron where he apparently accidentally shot himself in the face with his own gun.
23 year old John Carney of LeRoy was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Report of a man accidentally shot in the face came in at 11:45 Friday night with the coroner arriving on scene at about 2:15 Saturday morning.
Police say the initial investigation shows it was likely an accidental discharge of the firearm and it is possible the victim was playing with the weapon when it discharged.
Police described the gun as a semi-automatic pistol that Carney owned and possessed legally.
Five or six people were in the barn when the gun went off according to police and two were taken in for questioning.
Investigation into the incident remains on-going.

Former Batavia nursing home owner pleads guilty to bank theft and tax charges.
Former Nursing home owner in Batavia, 62 year old Marc Korn of East Amherst pleaded guilty to bank theft and willful failure to pay tax in federal court Friday.
In 2008 Korn received a $3.9 million loan from Fifth Third Bank to refinance the Batavia Nursing Home. In his loan application Korn intentionally inflated his net worth by overvaluing his residence and claiming ownership of a bank account which actually contained only $1.00 and belonged to someone else.
Loan payments went into default and Fifth Third Bank lost more than $2.4 million then instead of paying the taxes owed to the IRS, Korn spent the funds on personal expenses including restaurants, hockey tickets, jewelry, and to pay his children’s college tuition.
Korn, who claims to be in ill-health himself, was the former owner of both the Batavia Nursing Home, and the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston.
He now faces a maximum of two years in prison, a $200,000 fine and also agreed to pay over $2.5 million in restitution.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 13th of next year.

Lamb’s Pumpkin Stand proceeds going to a good cause.
The Lamb family has been selling pumpkins out in front of their home on Maltby Road in Oakfield and donating the funds for the past few years.
In previous years the family raised funds the fire department and for the library.
This year Kendra Lamb said she was inspired by Lynn Gehlert, vice principal at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary to give to the schools food pantry…

On Friday Kendra’s daughters Chloe and Claire presented a check for $1,803 to the school’s food pantry started by Gehlert called “Fuel Young Minds.”
Kendra said she wants her daughters to learn about supporting their local community but also wanted to bring more attention to the food program.

Evening News Briefing

Yes Virginia those were indeed snowflakes you saw this morning.
Those flakes actually stuck to the ground across Genesee County this morning
A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for the county going into effect very early tomorrow morning. Lake Effect snow is expected and winds gusting at times up to 45 miles per hour.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, possibly as soon as next year. Officials have expressed concern about the marketing behind e-cigs, and how they’ve become increasingly popular with younger adults. A Cuomo spokesman says the administration will soon release regulations banning the sale and possession of flavored vaping products. Minors are not permitted to buy e-cigarettes in most states, but many are apparently able to do so online.

Jaequele Tomlin

Quamane Santiago

A plea deal is expected in the case of two area men charged with engaging in a Craigslist scam.
23 year old Jaequel Tomlin of Batavia and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Stafford are accused of posting ads on Craigslist offering a car for sale.
Authorities say the two were just trying to rob anyone who showed up inquiring about the car.
Tomlin and Santiago appeared in county court this morning in what was to be the deadline for accepting a plea. With the permission of the court, the deadline was extended until November 19th.

 

The Buffalo Bills will look to snap their losing streak against a longtime rival.
They’ll be taking on the New York Jets tis Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Buffalo’s last win came against the Tennessee Titans back on October 7th. Since then, the offense has struggled in losses the Patriots, Bears and Colts.

The Batavia High School Blue Devils continue their quest for a state Class B crown.
The Blue Devils take on Cheektowaga Central in the Western Regional tomorrow night at Clarence High School.
Kick-off is 6:30. Bob Brown and Jay Moran call the game on WBTA AM and FM, and online at WBTAi.com.

 

“Let it GLOW” at GCC’s 2018 Encore Gala

Press Release:

What: “Let it GLOW” at GCC’s 2018 Encore Gala

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College Batavia Campus – Richard C. Call Arena

Get Tickets at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background:

Tickets are on sale now at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore for Genesee Community College Foundation’s 2018 Encore Gala! The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the Richard C. Call Arena at GCC in Batavia!

Encore co-chairs, Tom and Kim Cox promise an all new, festive party atmosphere filling the Richard C. Call Arena. With plenty of convenient parking and the entire event taking place in one facility everyone can enjoy the fun together.

The evening will include:

• 6 p.m. Cocktail hour with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, themed signature drinks and stylish jazz holiday music by The DSP Jazz Trio.
• 7 p.m. Gourmet sit-down dinner. Vegan option available.
• 8 p.m. Nik and the Nice Guys take the night away with live music on the house dance floor.

Encore guests looking for overnight accommodations will receive a special discounted rate at the following Batavia hotels: Clarion Hotel (585) 344-2100 or the Batavia Downs (585) 815-7000.

Encore sponsorship opportunities are still available at several levels: Holiday Chord Circle – $1,000; Golden Guitar Society – $600 and Inner Circle – $300. Each sponsor level includes tickets (six, four or two respectively) for the gala and recognition in the Encore program and the live digital Encore display. Individual tickets can also be purchased for $100 each.

Visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore/ or contact the Foundation Office at (585) 345-6809 or pahume@genesee.edu today for details.

For further information and photographs, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/08/29/all-new-gcc-encore-celebration-will-let-it-glow

JJ NEWBERRY PROJECT WINS ROCHESTER CDC RESHAPING ROCHESTER AWARD

Newberry Place-freshLAB, Batavia NY and Matthew Gray, Owner, Investor, Mentor took home honorable mention today at the awards ceremony in Rochester

Press Release:

Batavia, NY- Today Matt Gray accepted the Robert Macon Award from the Community Design Center of Rochester on behalf of the Newberry Project. The award was established to honor the late architect Robert Macon’s contributions in the Rochester area. A gifted designer and leader in the architectural community, Bob is remembered for his civic contributions and transformative projects that spanned a thirty-year career in the city that he loved.

Nominations for this award recognize projects that demonstrate Design Excellence and contribute to enriching the public realm. Nominations were judged according to the following criteria:
– Excellence in a building or structure that has solved a design problem in a distinctive way
– Extent to which the completed project demonstrates enduring and notable design
– Ability to integrate that undertaking into a community’s context and extent to which it contributes to or benefits the public realm

Project Award Nomination

Photo Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y43qf13r6v1ereq/AAAjS-TapcUqp_HJizt3vILza?dl=0

Newberry Place-freshLAB is a locally led $2.8 million three-story downtown mixed-use building renovation to deliver a 10,000 sqft ground floor restaurant incubator housing three start-up eateries and upper floor apartments. The Main Street foodhall project has overcome design and infrastructure challenges, warranted State and Federal historic designation along with significant investment and grant partners to underwrite success.

Guided by Preservation Studios and TRM Architecture, the project was thoughtfully approached to preserve the building’s historic character in which the first national retailer settled in Batavia. JJ Newberry wall medallions, art-deco aluminum counter trim, office doors, hallways, beadboard and chain link milk-glass dome fixtures have been incorporated into the new design. As expected, modifications also ensued when the century-old walls and floors revealed structural challenges. Relocation of bathrooms, kitchen ventilation hoods and floorplans were flipped to accommodate.

Meanwhile, the intended use as a foodhall with a micro-brewery anchor tenant took perseverance to advance. A simple farm brewery concept evolved into a restaurant incubator intended to keep millions of dining and entertainment dollars local to reduce spending leakage from Genesee County each year. Local leadership coalesced an infrastructure for restaurateurs to advance a concept, write a business plan and open a new restaurant in this shared space under supervision of industry experts.

However, New York State Liquor Authority does not allow multi-tenants to occupy one space. After months of inquiries and legal fees, learning of “concessionaire” was key to authorizing Batavia Brewing Company dba Eli Fish Brewing Co the primary license to brew and sell alcohol on premise. Two additional “concessionaires” are allowed to share seating, an indoor bocce court and tasting room whereby all alcohol must be purchased at the anchor tenant. The foodhall incubator is anticipated to launch five new businesses in five years, create 30 jobs and generate thousands of tax dollars.

While bumping into walls was expected, the floor integrity, lack of power in downtown and limited capacity gas lines had to be doggedly overcome.

The heavy weight brewing equipment was placed onto the basement floor, a hole was cut through the first floor to allow the tanks to peek through serving as a foodhall feature. A tasting room was fashioned above to overlook the tank farm.

Even though the City of Batavia underwent a substantial Main Street reconstruction less than a decade earlier, adequate electric power was not available and low pressure gas lines were underground. Fortunately, the property boundary extended eight feet to the rear of the building which enabled a new transformer pole installation. Yet, that triggered a NYS building code exception request since the outdoor space would no longer allow the fire stair descent; other fire safety measures were emphasized.

Commercial kitchens and upper floor apartments were re-equipped due to lack of available gas. The gas company is now considering infrastructure upgrades due to the existing demand and recognizing more than 40,000 sqft of vacant space remains on the City block.

Committed to transform downtown, Matthew Gray exudes patience as the concept leader, building investor and volunteer mentor drawing from his decades of restaurant ownership.

Morning News Briefing

Cuomo continues to take aim at gun control for his third term.
In the aftermath of a deadly shooting in California, Governor Cuomo has made a new pledge to continue pushing his strict gun control policies.
Cuomo said he will move quickly on gun control measures as the legislature returns in January.
The Assembly, which will then be controlled by Democrats will take aim at tightening the states gun laws, though they are already the toughest in the nation.
Some of the proposed measures include extending the waiting period for gun purchases and raising the firearm purchase age from 18 to 21.
Cuomo blamed Washington for doing nothing to address what he sees as a growing concern.

The first Winter Weather Advisory for the season starts tomorrow.
Genesee and Wyoming Counties are being included in Winter Weather Advisory according to The National Weather Service beginning at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasting through 1 p.m.
Lake effect snow is expected to accumulate a possible 3 to 5 inches in Genesee County and between 4 to 7 inches in the most persistent lake snows to the south.
Morning commuters are encouraged to use precaution as travel could be difficult tomorrow morning.

Suppression hearing held for Batavia woman accused of providing a handgun in a city shooting.
Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday for a Huntley Hearing in an attempt by her attorney to have statements she made while in police custody barred as reference in a trial.
Urvizu-Hanlon is accused of giving a handgun, which she was permitted to carry, to 17 year old Samuel Blackshear who then allegedly shot Nathaniel Wilson Jr., after he stabbed a man to death on Central Avenue in the city.
Judge Charles Zambito must review the interview video before making a final decision about suppressing statements with the next court date for the case scheduled for January 4th.

Congressman Chris Collins is opening up about his future in Washington DC.
In an interview with WIVB, the 27th District representative expressed confidence he can still serve his constituents while also preparing to defend himself from federal charges.
He’s currently scheduled to go on trial in 2020.
Collins says he believes he’ll be exonerated.

Batavia has a different kind of blue wave that everyone can root for.
The undefeated Batavia Blue Devils advance to the Western Regional tomorrow night where they take on Section 6 champions Cheektowaga Central.
Kick off at Clarence High School is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and you can hear the game right here on WBTA AM & FM.

The Buffalo Bills will look to snap their losing streak against a longtime rival.
They’ll be taking on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Buffalo’s last win came against the Tennessee Titans back on October 7th.
Since then, the offense has struggled in tough losses to teams like the Patriots, Bears and Colts.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Small dog found in Town of Batavia

 

A WBTA listener is looking to find the owner of a lost dog.

The caller said she found a very friendly small black and white dog near Ellicott Street Road and Shepard Road in Batavia.

She provided numbers for the owner to call at (585) 813-2336 and 356-3438.

GENESEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER BRINGS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MESSAGE TO ST. ANTHONY’S COMMUNITY CENTER

Press Release:

Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) Vice President of Business & Workforce Development Chris Suozzi joined officials from Remedy Intelligent Staffing of Batavia at St. Anthony’s Community Center last night for its monthly Activity Night to discuss job opportunities in Genesee County.

Suozzi and representatives from Remedy have attended several of these events in recent months and have spoken with community members about the wide range of job opportunities in Genesee County. In the weeks since their first visit, three of the Activity Night attendees followed through and started temp-to-hire placements through Remedy.

“There are so many career paths right here in Genesee County and Batavia, the first step is getting your foot in the door,” Suozzi said. “I grew up in Genesee County and love that I can utilize the resources within the GCEDC to give back to the community by contributing to the growth of Genesee County’s booming workforce.”

“A majority of the challenge has already been overcome because we’re meeting them face to face already in these type of casual settings,” said Remedy Intelligent Staffing Client Partnership Supervisor Katie Kempisty. “We then can meet with these individuals one on one and help them find opportunities in the workplace that fit their skill set.”

The weekly Activity Night, held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday’s at St. Anthony’s Community Center, gives attendees the chance to enjoy sports, art, dance, food, and games with fellow community members, all while receiving positive reinforcement and guidance. The event has grown from 12 people at the first event to 150 youth and adults the recent gatherings.

Remedy provides access points for attendees to learn more about their services and placement opportunities at the Activity Night.

Sportsmuffler strikes again in Batavia mares feature

Sportsmuffler (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Sportsmuffler remained the mare to beat in Western New York after scoring her second straight top class distaff pacing feature victory at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 7).

Getting away fourth, Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) flew to the front and guided the field’s fortunes to the half in a tepid :58.3. Shortly after that marker, Kruella pulled first-over and eventually took command of the pace by the three-quarter pole. With Machin Marley starting to lose touch, Davis, who was a boxed fourth, was able to sneak Sportsmuffler out and around the pack before going three-deep into the last turn. First drawing even with Kruella, Sportsmuffler then pulled away from everyone to win by three in 1:56.1.

It was the ninth win of the year and 35th career victory for Sportsmuffler ($7.90) who is owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin. Sportsmuffler has now earned $60,366 this year.

In the co-featured $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Hey Kobe (Billy Davis Jr.) led every step of the way going gate to wire and winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. The Mihajlo Zdjelar trained Hey Kobe ($12.00) scored her sixth win of the year for owner Keith Pinkowski.

Billy Davis Jr. won both top events on Wednesday but he ended up with a driving Grand Slam as well. Besides the already mentioned Sportsmuffler and Hey Kobe, Davis also won with Sweet Kimmy (2:03.1, $6.70) and Gussy’s Dragon (1:58.3, $43).

With no winning ticket in the early Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, there is a $709 carry-over and a $2,000 guaranteed pool for the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs when live racing resumes on Friday night (Nov. 9). The early Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that starts in race one and runs through race five. Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

McMurray claims Congressional race is still too close to call.
Democrat Nate McMurray has requested a recount for the 27th Congressional District race.
There are over 18,000 votes that have not yet been counted, between absentee, emergency, and affidavit ballots.
McMurray said in a statement “With only 2,800 votes separating us, this race is too close to call. There are too many voters who have not yet had their say. We are fighting to make sure every vote is counted because every vote counts.”
McMurray said Tuesday night it looked like his campaign was going to fall short, which Congressman Collins took as a concession.
One of his campaign advisers said yesterday that Collins won most of the counties in the district and it’s time for McMurray to give up.

Woman seriously injured in a one car crash in Elba.
Report of a pick-up truck into a tree was called in by a passer-by at 5103 Elba Townline Road in Elba at around 12:20 this morning.
The driver was initially reported to be semi-alert however once Elba Fire and EMS arrived on scene the patient was said to be unconscious.
The female driver was extricated from the vehicle and flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
She reportedly suffered a serious leg injury.
Investigation into the cause of the crash is on-going.

Batavia woman busted by LeRoy Police for Grand Larceny.
Police in LeRoy have arrested 21 year old Shante Johnson of Holland Ave in Batavia following complaint of a stolen wallet and credit card reported in September.
Johnson is accused of stealing the wallet from a fellow employee while working in LeRoy and then attempting to use it in Batavia.
Johnson was charged with a single count of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and issued an appearance ticket for LeRoy Town Court on December 3rd.

Orleans County man convicted of Defrauding New York State on Federally Funded Contracts.
47 year old Nathaniel Lorenz of Holley was found guilty of wire and mail fraud charges following a 7-day jury trial in federal court.
Lorenz’s company, ACME Powerwashing Inc. of Holley, was contracted by the New York State Department of Transportation in 2015 and 2016 to clean and seal the road portions of bridges, known as concrete bridge decks.
The State DOT paid ACME more than $1.1 million for the work which was never completed.
Lorenz faces up to 20 years in prison, up to a quarter million dollar fine and may also be ordered to pay restitution to one or more governmental agencies.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 14th of next year.

He may be starting a third term in January, but Governor Cuomo didn’t get a lot of support from Upstate New York Tuesday.
Data shows he won only 15 counties.
His biggest haul was in New York City and Long Island, where he received 62 percent of his votes.
Republican Marc Molinaro won the remaining 47 counties in the state.

Democrats are already laying out their agenda for when they take over the state Senate next year.
Leaders say they’ll focus on passing legislation protecting the rights of women, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will likely make history as New York State’s first-ever female legislative leader.
It’ll be the first time Democrats have controlled the Senate in years.

Evening News Briefing

It may take the official canvass of votes from the eight counties of western New York to determine the winner of the 27th Congressional District race.
Incumbent Chris Collins is the apparent winner, with 49.4 percent of the vote. His democrat opponent Nate McMurray tallied 48.4 percent.
In Erie County, the largest portion of the 27th District, election returns typically are not certified until the end of November.

New York voters are giving Andrew Cuomo four more years as governor. The two-term incumbent won by a landslide, scoring 57-percent of the vote to beat his GOP rival, Marc Molinaro. Cuomo promised to serve a full term if elected but there’s already speculation that he could change his mind. It’s fueled by the way he put President Trump front and center during his campaign
This will be Cuomo’s third term as governor. His father, Mario Cuomo, also served three terms as the leader of New York.

Genesee County voters narrowly approve changing the term length of county legislators.
The measure will increase the terms from two to four years.
When fully enacted the nine legislative seats will be staggered – four districts will be elected in one year, and two years later, the remaining five districts will be elected.

In the139th Assembly District Republican Stephen Hawley was voted back in with 92% percent over Libertarian Mark Glogowski’s 8%.
In the 61st State Senate District, a much closer race for incumbent Mike Ranzenhofer.
Ranzenhofer keeps his seat defeating Democrat Joan Seamans 54 to 46 percent.

LeRoy Police arrest a Batavia woman for allegedly stealing the wallet of a co-worker and using that person’s credit card.
Charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree is 21 year old Shante Johnson of Holland Avenue in Batavia.

Morning News Briefing

Congressman Collins wins fourth term by a thin margin.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins will remain on Capitol Hill following a closely contested race.
He’s declared victory over his toughest challenger to date Democrat Nate McMurray in the race for the 27th Congressional District.
McMurray conceded last night before all the votes were in then in a statement after conceding, he said he’s asking for a recount.
Collins was re-elected despite being arrested in August on federal charges.
In Genesee County Collins won with 10,986 votes over the 8,149 votes for McMurray.
Reform party candidate Larry Piegza garnered 598 votes locally.
Reports from the majority of 27th District precincts have a much closer race with Collins winning 49 to 48 percent over McMurray.

Governor Cuomo will lead the state for the next four years.
The Democratic Incumbent received 59 percent of the vote with Republican Challenger Marc Molinaro gaining 37 percent.
Both Green Party Candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Larry Sharpe garnered 2 percent each respectively.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his victory shows that New Yorkers disapprove of President Trump.

Cuomo spent much of the campaign trail criticizing President Trump in an effort to drive New Yorkers to the polls.
Governor Cuomo’s third term starts in January.
His father Mario also served three terms in Albany.

In 139th Assembly District Republican Stephen Hawley was voted back in with 92 percent over Democrat Mark Glogowski’s 8 percent.

Democrats have swept three races of importance to New Yorkers.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will spend the next six years in Washington after beating Republican Chele Farley.
Democratic Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will also be sticking around in Albany after defeating his Republican challenger.
And Democrat Letitia James will be the state’s next attorney general after knocking off Republican Keith Wofford.

Walnut Street resident busted for identity theft.
23 year old Tyanna Green of Walnut Street in Batavia was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and petit larceny after she allegedly used a stolen debit card to make multiple ATM withdrawals on September 11th of this year.
Green was jailed without bail pending her next appearance in City Court.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Jerry Warner.
Calling hours for Jerry will be held on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
Jerry’s Funeral will be held Friday Morning 10 a.m. at Burdette and Sanford.

Election Returns of Local Interest

27th District Congressional District: 100% Reporting

Chris Collins (R,C)  49%
Nathan McMurray  (Dem) 48%
Larry Piegza (Reform)  2%

NYS Senate 61st District:  100% Reporting

Michael Ranzenhofer  (R,C)  54%
Joan Seamans (D)  46%

NYS Assembly 139th District:  100% Reporting

Stephen Hawley (R,C) 92%
Mark Glogowski  (Libertarian)  8%

 

Town of Bethany Highway Superintendent

Barbara Czworka 440
Michae Adams 289

Proposition: Four year terms for Genesee County Legislature

Yes:   51%  9508 votes
No:   49%  8981 votes

Evening News Briefing

Governor Cuomo and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro are casting their votes this Election Day.
Cuomo who is seeking a third term as Governor has been ahead in the polls by double digits.
Molinaro is hoping for an upset win, like in 1994, when little-known George Pataki knocked off Cuomo’s father Mario to become governor.

Locally the eyes of most political observers will be on the race for the 27th Congressional District.
Incumbent Chris Collins, under federal indictment for insider trading, is seeking re-election. His democratic opponent is Nate McMurray, who was given little chance of unseating the incumbent until Collins’ arrest.
Most polls have that race to close to call.

There is a proposition on the ballot in Genesee County to increase the term of county legislators from 2 to 4 years.
The measure, if approved, would create staggered four year terms.
It would result in four legislative district being up for election in one year and two years later, the other five districts would be up for election.

In the Town of Bethany there is one contested race today and that is highway superintendent.
Incumbent Mike Adams is being challenged by Barb Czworka.
The job pays $52,000 a year.One issue raised in the campaign: Czworka does not have a CDL driver’s license.

Funeral arrangements were announced today for Jerry Warner.
Calling hours for Jerry will be held on Thursday from 3 to 7pm at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
Jerry’s Funeral will be held Friday Morning, 10am, at Burdett and Sanford. Read Jerry’s complete obituary HERE.

Some Buffalo Bills fans are growing tired of struggling quarterback Nathan Peterman. In fact, one of them has started a GoFundMe to raise money toward Peterman’s retirement. The webpage has a plea for Peterman to leave the league and never come back. So far, it’s raised roughly 50 dollars of its one million dollar goal. In his latest game against the Bears, Peterman threw three interceptions.

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Jerry Warner

Jerry L. Warner, 75, of Oakfield, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Crossroads House.
Jerry was born February 9, 1943 in Batavia, the son of the late Benjamin and Ruth (Peio) Warner.

Jerry’s career at WBTA began on September 13, 1971, the day State Police stormed Attica Prison to end the uprising. In a 2016 interview Jerry recalled, “It was my very first day on the air at WBTA. It was scary as hell. It was a situation you could not describe unless you the and even if you were, you couldn’t describe it. It was horrific.” “I was sent to hospital to interview the hostages who were saved. It was just an awful, awful day.”

Jerry Warner receives a flu shot while on the air to promote the health benefits of the vaccine

Jerry spent more than 30 years at WBTA. His tenure was split in 1989 when he accepted a job with WEZO in Rochester and became the host of the most popular morning in the city. While there, he did voice work for Kodak and a narration for an exhibit at the Grand Canyon.

He then returned to WBTA a few years later where he hosted the morning show until his retirement due to ill health in 2017.
Jerry also hosted WBTA’s morning talk show, “Main & Center,” where he interviewed hundreds of community leaders, political figures and citizens eager to spend a few minutes with Jerry and share their stories to a vast hometown audience.

When asked when he was going to retire, he often replied “I’ve got the greatest job in the world. I wish everybody could be as happy at what they’re doing as I am”.

He was a former member of the Oakfield Presbyterian Church, a member of the Oakfield Historical Society, served with the United States National Guard, enjoyed golfing and was a Buffalo Bills fan.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Darlene K. Warner, of Oakfield, who together celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in August; two sons, Michael L. (Laurie) Warner of Lancaster and Stephen D. Warner of Maryland; granddaughter, Kinsey L. Warner of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Diane DeMus of Charlotte, NC; nephew, Aaron (Allison) DeMus of Charlotte, NC; neighbor grandchildren, Susie and Jake Houseknecht of Oakfield and several cousins.

Calling hours are Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. Jerry will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield.

Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate, Oakfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 74, Oakfield, NY 14125 or the Oakfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, 20 Albert Street, Oakfield, NY 14125.
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Morning News Briefing

Albion man behind bars for secretly videotaping children.
An Albion man has been accused of unlawfully videotaping minors according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.
32 year old Andrew Campbell of Albion was arrested following a three month long investigation by Albion Police and the Sheriff’s Office.
Campbell allegedly videotaped children 13 and 14 years old secretly and investigators say he has been likely videotaping children secretly for years.
Warrants were secured and numerous electronic devices were seized.
Lawmen say additional charges are likely pending forensic analysis of the electronic devices.
Campbell is charged with two felony counts of Unlawful Surveillance in the Second degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of 10-thousand dollars and is expected back in Albion Town Court tomorrow.
Investigators are requesting anyone with information regarding this case, to call 590- 4125.

Rochester resident facing attempted murder in Batavia adds to criminal counts.
22 year old Plush Dozier was arrested over the summer on charges of attempted murder and arson in the first degree for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend at a Maple Street address, causing her serious injuries.
Dozier is now facing charges of Criminal Mischief and Attempted Menacing of a Police Officer after a rough ride to his court appearance on August 20th.
He was accused of damaging the back door of a Genesee County Sheriff’s vehicle while attempting to menace an officer.
Dozier is expected back in Batavia City Court on Friday.

County Legislature Chair pushes for extending term limits from 2 to 4 years.
Chairman of Genesee County Legislature Robert Bausch is alerting voters about a proposal to change the term of office for county legislators from two to four years included on the ballot today.
Bausch says this proposal is widely supported and if approved by the voters, would authorize staggered four year terms, allowing better continuity on the legislature.
The proposal will appear on the back of the paper ballot.

A new Executive Director announced for the United Way of Genesee County.
Tammy Hathaway has been named as head of the community organization taking over for former Executive Director Eric Fix who left in September.
Hathaway is a former Account Executive at Tompkins Insurance.

Some Buffalo Bills fans are growing tired of struggling quarterback Nathan Peterman.
In fact, one of them has started a GoFundMe to raise money toward Peterman’s retirement.
The webpage has a plea for Peterman to leave the league and never come back.
So far, it’s raised roughly 50 dollars of its one million dollar goal.
In his latest game against the Bears, Peterman threw three interceptions.

Wind Advisory in effect.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region which will be in effect from 7 am until 4pm today.
Southwest winds are expected with gusts reaching up to 55mph.
Forecasters encourage using precaution while driving and to be aware of downed tree limbs and isolated power outages.

Evening News Briefing

The community remembers long time WBTA morning personality Jerry Warner.
Jerry died last night at Crossroads House following a lengthy battle with cancer.

 

 

In a 2016 interview with Lucine Kaufmann for our Genesee Life program, Jerry talked about his first day on the air at WBTA…

Jerry spent 30 years at WBTA. He hosted our daily morning talk show, Main and Center.
Former Batavia City Manager Jason Molino was a frequent guest…

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Turnbull was also a frequent guest on Main & Center…

Arrangements for Jerry will be announced tomorrow by the Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
Jerry Warner was 75.

The United Way of Genesee County has selected a new Executive Director. She is Tammy Hathaway, a former Account Executive at Tompkins Insurance.
Hathaway takes over from former Exec Director Eric Fix who left in September.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, and his top challenger Republican Marc Molinaro, are making their final push to voters ahead of tomorrow’s election. Governor Cuomo spoke at a rally in Brooklyn where he focused on bashing President Donald Trump, calling his opponent and other Republicans on the ballot soldiers in Trump’s army. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro shook hands and greeted commuters at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, saying his candidacy offers New Yorkers a change from the status quo. A recent poll from Sienna College puts Governor Cuomo 13-points ahead, but Molinaro disputes that number, saying his polling has Cuomo’s lead at 5-points.

The Batavia Blue Devils are Section 5 Class B chapmions.
Batavia advances to the Western Regional this Saturday against Section 6 champs Cheektowaga Central.
Kick off at Clarence High School is scheduled for 6:30PM. The game will be broadcast on WBTA AM & FM.

United way of Genesee County Names new Executive Director

News Release

United Way of Genesee County’s Board of Directors announced the selection of Tammy Hathaway as Executive Director.  She will begin her duties November 19th.   Prior to joining United Way, she was employed as Account Executive at Tompkins Insurance Agencies and the Bank of Castile.

 

Erik Fix, former United Way of Genesee County Executive Director, announced his departure from the organization in September.  Jennifer Gray has served as Interim Executive Director as United Way and the Genesee County Board of Directors performed a thorough search for the position.

 

Tammy brings 17 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit and human service arena to the United Way of Genesee County. She previously conducted the PathStone Homebuyer Program as a part of Habitat for Humanity for Genesee County. Most recently, Tammy has been an active United Way of Genesee County Board Member and has been a champion of the Genesee and Orleans Regional Arts Council, Go-ART!

 

“The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Tammy in this capacity.  Her experience and passion for the community makes her an ideal fit,” said Theresa DeMars, United Way of Genesee County Board Chair.  “We are looking forward to have Tammy grow the United Way of Genesee County and lead us into the future.”

 

United Way of Genesee County’s 2019 Campaign is underway, led by the Women of the Board.

Remembering legendary radio personality Jerry Warner

Long-time morning host for WBTA, Jerry Warner has died.

WBTA was notified this morning that our beloved former morning show host had passed peacefully Sunday evening at Crossroads House in Batavia.
A well respected and renowned fixture on WBTA for over 30 years, Jerry brought his familiar voice and personality to morning show listeners and interviewees alike.

County Manager Jay Gsell remembers Jerry as the voice of the County…

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster says Jerry was a friend and a familiar voice for many years…

Chamber President Tom Turnbull remembers the calming presence Jerry had as a host…

Former City Manager Jason Molino credits Jerry with the funniest thing he’s ever heard over the airwaves…

Jerry turned 75 last February.

WBTA will have an update on funeral arrangements for Jerry once they are made available.

Lucky McTrucky trips out to Batavia feature win

Lucky McTrucky (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After some early maneuvering, Lucky McTrucky got a perfect trip en route to winning the $10,500 Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 3).

Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.) took the early lead but soon yielded it to Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) past the eighth pole. Then just before the quarter, Davis pulled Cool Like Fire and retook the lead once again. From there positions remained unchanged for the next half mile.

After passing the three-quarters in 1:27, Cool Like Fire was in a very good spot and looked fresh legged on the point. But Monti, who had gotten the perfect trip, pulled Lucky McTrucky coming out of the final turn and pushed him hard towards the stretch drive. As they headed down the lane the horses were stride for stride in a good match race with Lucky McTrucky getting the advantage before the wire and won by a neck in 1:56.1.

It was the 11th win of the year and 53rd victory of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($6.00) who has won $79,765 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner.

In the $9,900 Open II co-feature, Dark Horse (Ray FIsher Jr.) got away at the back of the pack and watched as Bahama Bay (Denny Bucceri) and Hardts Or Bettor (Drew Monti) battled hard on the front end past the half. Fisher tipped Dark Horse four-wide up the backstretch, took the lead in the final turn and pulled away to win by two in 1:56.

It was the fifth win of the year for Dark Horse ($4.70) who is owned by VHF Racing and trained by Sabrina Cleavenger.

Ray Fisher Jr. led all drivers on Saturday scoring three wins on the night.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 7) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s/Women’s Basketball

GCC Men’s Basketball Coach Terry George

Press Release:

GCC Men’s Basketball Team’s Strong Second Half Shoots Down Red Barons

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team opened its season with a 72-67 win over Corning Community College in Jamestown at the Crossover Tournament’s opening day of action.

Jarett Haines got 24 of his team-leading 30 points from threes as Genesee’s 39 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc was the difference in the game. Haines also led the team in assists with six.
Javin Williams and Souleymane Gueye combined for 27 points with the former netting 15. Jamir Cheek pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go with nine points to put the Cougars undefeated for the season at 1-0.
With the teams tied at 32 after the first half, Genesee turned it up a notch and outscored the Red Barons 40-35 in the second to secure the win.

Haines broke a 36-36 tie early in the second with one of his eight threes with 16 minutes remaining before draining another three minutes later to give the Cougars a double-digit lead at 48-38.

Williams drove to the net with a layup to give Genesee its greatest lead at 70-59 with about four minutes to go before the Cougars focused on defense for the final minutes.

Kevin Major and Jordan Matos each added a pair of points from the bench.

GCC Women’s Basketball Team Takes Opener in Crossover Tournament

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team built a nine-point lead at the half before winning by double-digits against Corning Community College, 66-56, in Jamestown at the Crossover Tournament’s first day of action.

Sophomore TaLia Burgess led the way with a double-double as the team’s top point-getter with 18 and top-boarder with 10 in helping Genesee to a 32-23 halftime lead and carrying the team to victory.
Burgess shot 50 percent from three-point land in sinking a dozen of her 18 from beyond the arc.

The Cougars produced three double-digit scorers and were on the brink of a fourth. In addition to Burgess, Tylasia Weaver added 17 points and 10 came from Molly Buck. LisBeth Pineda Polanco was just a bucket shy of joining the double-digit club with eight points on the day.

The Cougars were solid from the free-throw line in going 11-of-15 at 73 percent, and strong under the boards with 34 total. In addition to Burgess’ 10 rebounds, Polanco had nine and Weaver recorded seven.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Beloved WBTA personality Jerry Warner has passed

WBTA sadly announces this morning that long-time morning host for the station, Jerry Warner has died.

A family friend informed WBTA this morning that Jerry passed very peacefully Sunday evening after a short stay at the Crossroads House in Batavia.

Jerry was one of the most familiar voices in the region and hosted the morning program at WBTA, including the daily talk show, Main & Center, for over 30 years.

Jerry retired from the air nearly a year ago due to issues with his health.

He was born on February 9th 1943 and was 75 years old.

Funeral arrangements and a compete obituary for Jerry will be forthcoming.

Morning News Briefing

Retired pastor loses Rose Road residence in Batavia blaze.
The parsonage of Faith Community Chapel on Rose Road in the Town of Batavia has been destroyed by fire.
A passer-by called in the fire reporting flames shooting from the roof the home as parishioners gathered inside the nearby church for Sunday services.
The residence was home to retired Pastor Gene Demay and his wife who were among those attending Sunday services.
Fire crews had a difficult time cutting through the metal roof which was covering old asphalt shingles and trapping the flames inside.
Deputy Chief of the Town of Batavia Fire Department Robert Tripp was on the scene Sunday morning…

There were no injuries reported and a dog and cat managed to escaped the flames as well.
Investigation into what sparked the blaze continues.

Former Holley resident arrested for murder on Liberty Street.
Batavia Police have arrested 36 year old Richard D. Hanes most recently of Thorpe Street in Batavia for beating 47 year old Raymond Morgan to death this summer.
Hanes was charged with Second Degree Murder after a lengthy investigation by Batavia PD.
On July 24th of this year Morgan’s body was found severely beaten in a rooming house at 111 Liberty Street.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman…

Hanes was taken into custody two days after the killing on Parole Violations and remains behind bars.
He was arraigned in Genesee County Court Friday afternoon and will remain in custody pending his next court appearance in January.

Governor Cuomo’s lead over his Republican Challenger Marc Molinaro is shrinking ahead of Election Day tomorrow.
The Siena College poll out Sunday shows Cuomo with a 49 to 36 percent lead.
That’s smaller than the 22 percent cushion Cuomo had in the poll last month.
Cuomo has taken heat recently for avoiding a debate with Molinaro and then eventually only taking part in one debate.

The Blue Devil’s continue their winning streak post season.
Batavia proved victorious in the Section V Class B Playoffs over Wayne with a final score of 49 to 14.
Batavia now advances to the Western Regional on Saturday, Nov 10th and will take on Section 6 champions Cheektowaga Central.
Kick off at Clarence High School is scheduled for 6:30PM. The game will be broadcast on WBTA AM & FM
The boys from Alexander also had a strong performance in the Section V Class D Playoffs shutting out York/Pavilion 36 to zero.
They will advance to the Western Regional against Section 6 champs Clymer at Clarence High School next Saturday with kick off set for noon.

Southern Palms narrowly wins Batavia feature trot

Southern Palms (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After getting the perfect trip, Southern Palms had just enough at the wire to win the $8,800 Open II Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 2).

The race played out quite simply: Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) went to the top and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) got the perfect pocket trip. After fisher cut fractions of :28.1 :58.2 and 1:28.2, Barn Winner rounded the last turn looking like the probable victor. But Cummings brought Southern Palms out for the stretch drive and after steady urging, nipped Barn winner at the wire by a head in 1:58.3.

Southern Palms registered his seventh win of 2018 for owner Mike Torcello who has now been enriched the sum of $57,991 by his gelding’s performances this year. Western New York legend Gerry Sarama trains the winner.

Sarama and Torcello also sent forth the winner of the $8,500 co-featured trot.

Theresnoway (Jim McNeight Jr.) got away seven lengths behind the leading Striker Ace (Drew Monti) before pulling first-over past the half and rallying down the stretch to win by a length and upset the field at 14-1. Theresnoway ($31.80) also got his seventh win of the year, breaking a long drought since his last score on August 17.

Kevin Cummings led all drivers on Friday night winning three races on the card. Cummings is now in sole possession of the dash win lead for the current Batavia Downs meet, sporting 88 wins so far. Drew Monti is second with 85 wins and did not visit the Purple Haze winner’s circle at all on Friday.

Racing resumes on Saturday night (Nov. 3) with post time set at 6 p.m.

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Weekend News Briefing

Suspect in Liberty Street beating death charged with murder.
City Police have arrested a former Orleans County resident for beating 47 year old Raymond Morgan to death this summer.
36 year old Richard D. Hanes most recently of Thorpe Street in Batavia has been charged with Second Degree Murder after a lengthy investigation by Batavia PD.
On July 24th of this year Morgan’s body was found severely beaten in a rooming house at 111 Liberty Street.
According to investigators Hanes was quickly identified as a prime suspect through a tip and several corroborating witnesses.
Hanes was taken into custody two days after the killing on Parole Violations and remains behind bars.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman spoke about having Hanes detained during the investigation…

Freidman said the evidence against Hanes includes eye witnesses, physical evidence and security footage tracing his path.
Investigators were reportedly waiting for DNA results to return before making the arrest.
Hanes was arraigned in Genesee County Court Friday afternoon and will remain in custody pending his next court appearance in January.

The race for the 27th Congressional District is going to be a close one according to a recent poll.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins is ahead of Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by seven points according to the News10NBC survey.
However, about 17 percent of people surveyed said they’ll either vote for a third candidate or are still undecided.
Collins won his previous two races by an average of 40 percent.

The Batavia Blue Devils return to the Section Five Class B football championship Saturday night.
Their game against Wayne will be played at St. John Fisher with Kick-off at 8 o’clock Saturday night.
We will have live coverage on WBTA AM and FM with John Vazquez and Paul Spiotta.
Section Five rules prohibit WBTA from streaming the game on the World Wide Web.

The Buffalo Bills are hoping to get back on the winning track this weekend.
The team is taking on the Chicago Bears at New Era Field.
Buffalo will be led by quarterback Nathan Peterman.
He’s back on the field following injuries to Derek Anderson and Josh Allen.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

We have new information for many of our listeners who have inquired about popular WBTA morning personality Jerry Warner.
His family has informed us that Jerry is now at Crossroads House in Batavia.
He is being cared for there by many people that Jerry has interviewed over the years.
If you would like to send Jerry a card of support you may send them to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street in Batavia.

Jerry Warner in hospice care

The family of Jerry Warner said today that the popular long-time WBTA Radio personality has entered hospice care.
Jerry, who left the air almost a year ago due to ill health, is now at Crossroads House in Batavia.
He is being cared for by volunteers and staff of Crossroads House, many of whom had been interviewed by Jerry over the years.

Jerry hosted the morning program at WBTA, including the daily talk show, Main & Center, for more than 30 years.

Anyone who wishes to send Jerry a card of support mail them to:
Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police have arrested a former city man in the beating death this summer of Raymond Morgan.

Richard D. Hanes

Charged with Second Degree Murder is 36 year old Richard D. Hanes who lived on Thorpe Street in Batavia.
Morgan’s body was discovered in a rooming house at 111 Liberty Street back on July 24th. Police say Hanes quickly became a person of interest in the case through a tip. He has been in custody on Parole Violations since two days after the killing.
District Attorney Lawrence Freidman talks about how the case came together

Hanes was arraigned in Genesee County Court this afternoon and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance in January.

Another poll shows the race for the 27th Congressional District will go down to the wire.
According to the News10NBC survey, incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins leads Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by seven points. But, nearly 17 percent of people surveyed said they’ll either vote for a third candidate or are still undecided.
Collins won his previous two races by an average of 40 percent.

The Batavia High School Blue Devils return to the Section Five Class B football championship tomorrow night.
This is where their season ended last year but the Blue Devils had won their previous three tries at the Sectional Title.
Tomorrow night’s game is against Wayne will be played at St. John Fisher. Kick-off is 8pm.
Live coverage on WBTA AM and FM with John Vazquez and Paul Spiotta.
Section Five rules prohibit WBTA from streaming the game on the World Wide Web.

 

Jerry Warner

We have new information tonight for the very many of you who have inquired about popular WBTA morning personality Jerry Warner.
His family tells us today that Jerry is now at Crossroads House in Batavia.
He is being cared for there by many people that Jerry has interviewed over the years.
If you would like to send Jerry a card of support you may send them to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street in Batavia.

Arrest Made in Raymond Morgan Death

The Batavia Police Department today arrested Richard D. Hanes, 36, formerly of Thorpe Street, Batavia in connection with the Murder of Raymond Morgan, which occurred on 07/24/2018. Hanes was arraigned today in Genesee County Court before Judge Charles Zambito on a Grand Jury Indictment Warrant for Murder in the 2nd degree, pursuant to Penal Law section 125.25-1. Hanes quickly became a person of interest in the homicide through a tip, and has been in custody on Parole violations since 07/26/2018, two days after the homicide. Hanes is scheduled to re-appear in Genesee County Court on 01/09/2019 at 1:30 PM. Hanes is still in the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Additional arrests are not anticipated at this time but the investigation is still ongoing.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office, Genesee County Drug Task Force, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Parole, New York State Police Crime Lab and Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance with the investigation.

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