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B.O.L.O for Bandit

Another call to be on the lookout for Bandit.

Bandit is a small grey and white dog who has been missing since January 15th from the Stringham Drive area in Batavia.

His owners urge not to chase him and if someone does happen to find him, he can be taken to the Genesee County Animal Shelter on West Main Street Road in Batavia or they can call 716-560-2386.

Morning News Briefing

Loss of key contract leads Alpina Foods to close in Batavia.
The loss of Alpina Foods in Batavia marks the second yogurt manufacturing operation to close in Genesee County in the past eight years.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center released a statement Friday evening saying that due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has decided to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.
Approximately 35 workers were put out of a job.
The Economic Development Center is remaining hopeful, comparing the loss of Alpina to the 2015 departure of Muller Quaker Dairy.
Ultimately HP Hood took over the old Muller Quaker site with help from the GCEDC, resulting in hundreds of jobs for the community.  HP Hood has recently begun production at the plant and are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.
Alpina Foods has operated in Genesee County since 2011.

Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until this evening.
Following this weekend’s winter storm that coated the entire Western New York region in approximately a foot or more of snow, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for severely cold temperatures.
Forecasters are calling for extremely cold wind chills as low as 25 below zero.
The warning is in effect for the entire region including Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties and is expected to expire by 7 o’clock this evening.
For those who need to be outside for an extended period of time make sure to cover up well because the cold wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Bedroom fire reported in Basom.
Call came in around 10:30 last night for a bedroom fire at 402 Bloomingdale Road in Basom.
Pembroke, Indian Falls and Alabama Fire were initially dispatched for the call with an engine from Akron called in shortly after.
There was a single occupant who was instructed to evacuate and no injuries were reported.
The Alabama fire chief reported the fire was out around quarter to 11 and the power was out to the house.
Fire investigators have not yet said what sparked the blaze.

The City of Batavia Fire Department is calling on fire hydrant adopters to help clear their nearest hydrant.
With the recent heavy snowfall it is important to keep the fire hydrants in your area clear and accessible in case of emergencies.
For others clearing their own property of snow please keep in mind to keep access to a hydrant in your area clear.

Because of the holiday today our usual list of closures and cancellations has not been needed, however patients of Dr. Suwarna Niak are being advised that the doctor’s office is closed due to the weather conditions.
Dr. Niak’s Office on West Main Street Road in Batavia is closed today due to the weather.

The ARC of Genesee Orleans curbside collection services are running this morning.
Administrators from the ARC say they have employed additional trucks this morning in an attempt to pick up trash and recyclables earlier than usual so workers can finish work earlier and stay out of the cold.

Several luxury transportation companies in New York are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to ban stretch limos.
The governor shared his idea this past week, largely in response to the deadly limo crash in Scoharie that claimed 20 lives last October.
Now, several business owners are calling for better enforcement of existing laws, such as Fred Visconti who owns a limo company in Newburgh.
He says the industry would be devastated if all stretch limos were banned, despite the fact that some call the vehicles unsafe.

Weather UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning Cancelled

From the National Weather Service 1:15pm Sun, Jan 20

WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY…
WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED…

* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as
25 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Northern Erie and Genesee counties.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause
frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning and Wind Chill Advisory

From the National Weather Service

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…
WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow. Very cold wind chills
expected. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds
gusting as high as 35 mph. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero
expected.

* WHERE…Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Northern Cayuga, and Genesee
counties.

* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, until 6 PM EST this
evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening
to 7 PM EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The worst conditions will be through this
morning. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of
blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The cold
wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little
as 30 minutes.

Women March in Batavia

About 125 people braved single digit wind chills to locally mark the 2019 Women’s March for equality.
The rally started in Jackson Square and moved to the City Centre. The march route had been shortened due to the weather.

Participants included Diana Kastenbaum, a Congressional candidate in 2016 and owner of Pinacle Manufacting in Batavia; members of Woke GCC; and Debora McDell-Hernandez with Planned Parenthood of Batavia.

Erica O’Donnell, founding member of the Batavia chapter of Women’s March Global said over 200 went to Seneca Falls from the Batavia area.O’Donnell said some of the same women planning this march also helped to plan a trip to Seneca Falls last spring for the March for Our Lives.

NYSACOP Marijuana Statement

Press Release:

The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police representing over five hundred Police Chiefs, Commissioners, Superintendents and other command level police executives, stands in opposition of the State’s intention to propose legislation that would legalize regulated marijuana in New York State.

As Police Officers, we are sworn to enforce Federal, State and Municipal laws and to protect the public. Marijuana is illegal under Federal law and is classified as a “Schedule 1” drug which means that the federal government views cannabis as highly addictive with no medical value.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that “The epidemiological and preclinical data suggests that the use of marijuana in adolescence could influence multiple addictive behaviors in adulthood”. New York State is currently battling an Opioid epidemic with law enforcement and public health professionals on the frontline and it would be counterintuitive to condone the use of marijuana.

Aside from the numerous health related issues with the use of marijuana, we are concerned with how the legalization will impact public safety. Of great concern is traffic safety. New York has been making great strides in lowering traffic fatalities to the lowest numbers on record. In comparing data in Colorado (which legalized marijuana in 2013), the first year that marijuana was legalized traffic fatalities increased 62% in that one year.

The detection of impairment by drugs on the roadside must be performed by a certified Drug Recognition Expert, which is a law enforcement officer that has undergone at least two weeks of classroom training and an additional one week of practical field training. It is anticipated that law enforcement would have to add approximately 650 new Drug Recognition Experts to handle the necessity of the increase in suspected impaired drivers.

Most law enforcement agencies within New York State have twenty or less members. Without the appropriate funding from the State, the financial impact could be crippling to some municipalities.

In addition to the need for new DRE’s, legalizing regulated marijuana would necessitate retiring a large majority of Police K-9 dogs that are trained to detect marijuana, as their detection capabilities would no longer be admissible in court. The replacement of these K-9 officers could easily take 5-7 years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There has not been ample time or studies conducted in order to see what pitfalls may arise should marijuana be legalized in the state of New York. Only after bringing all stakeholders together for meetings, studies and dialog can an educated, informed decision be made.

Once again, I must emphasize that the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police is in opposition to the legalization of marijuana. I urge the State to proceed cautiously, learning from other states that have already suffered the deleterious effects of this decision, before moving forward with legalization in New York State.

Sincerely,
Chief John Aresta
President
New York State Association of Chiefs of Police

GCSO: Beware of Phone Scam Revolving Around Social Security Administration (SSA)

Press Release:

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. would like to advise the public that the Sheriff’s Office has become aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Callers are using threatening language to warn unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam and are not coming from official SSA representatives.

Do not engage with such callers, and please report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website (https://oig.ssa.gov/report). Additional information on the nature of these fraudulent calls, as well as instructions on how to report such activity, can be obtained by accessing the Social Security Matters blog (https://blog.ssa.gov/).

Weekend News Briefing

Alpina Foods closing operations in Batavia.
One of Batavia’s major yogurt production facilities has announced they will be shutting down.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center released a statement Friday evening saying that due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has made a decision to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.
The closure is putting approximately 35 workers out of a job.
Alpina Foods arrived in Genesee County in 2011 and the recent loss of the business in Batavia has been equated to the loss of Muller Quaker Dairy in 2015 which with the efforts of the GCEDC ultimately resulted in bringing HP Hood to the community and eventually the hiring of hundreds of employees.
HP Hood has recently begun production at the plant and are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.

A Rochester resident arrested for sexual abuse of a child in Batavia.
Deputies have arrested 21 year old Bradly Lund of Lake View Park Rochester following investigation into an incident at a pearl street road address in Batavia that allegedly occurred on December 1st of last year.
Lund is accused of having sexual contact with a male victim less than 11 years old.
He is charged with Criminal Sex Act and Sex Abuse both in the first degree along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Lund is expected back in Batavia Town Court at a later date.

Sheriff alerts residents to recent phone scams.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration.
The Sheriff’s Office says that the callers are using threats of arrested or other legal action if the victims fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue.
In some instances, the callers are said to switch tactics and act helpful in their attempt to activate a suspended Social Security number.
The Sheriff’s Office advises not engaging with such callers, and to report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271

This weekend has the potential to bring biggest snowfall we have seen this year.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Western New York from one o’clock this afternoon ending at 6pm on Sunday.
The warning includes Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.
Heavy and blowing snow is expected along with accumulation in some areas from a foot to 18 inches.
The weather service says travel could be difficult to impossible.
The worst of the snowfall is expected Saturday evening through late Sunday morning.

The Genesee County Parks has again installed their outdoor ice rink.
It’s located adjacent to the South entrance and this season they have partnered with the Batavia Kiwanis Club to extend hours for ice skating on Fridays at the DeWitt Recreation Area.
The hours will be extended till 7:30 p.m. from now until mid-March, weather permitting.
Tim Horton’s will provide hot chocolate during the Friday evening skating hours.
Use of the rink is free and available during the posted times.

Alpina Foods Shuts Down

The once promising yogurt making business in Genesee County has gone sour for the second time.
Alpina Foods has closed operations in the Genesee County Agri-business Park in the Town of Batavia. An estimated 35 workers are out of a job.

Alpina Foods in the Genesee County Agri-business Park on Route 5 in Batavia

In a statement released late Friday by the Genesee County Economic Development Center it was explained that, “due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has made a decision to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.”

“While this is extremely disappointing news, the GCEDC will be diligent in marketing and promoting the facility to other agricultural businesses. This was similar to our approach in marketing and promoting a former yogurt manufacturing site, which resulted in bringing HP Hood to our community,” the statement continued.

Alpina opened the new yogurt plant in 2012. It was highly touted by the GCEDC and various state agencies.
Mueller Quaker Dairy opened a $200-million yogurt making plant next door to Alpina. This operation shut down in December, 2015.

The Mueller Quaker facility was eventually sold to H P Hood which has recently begun production at the plant.
They are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.

Evening News Briefing

Waiting for the snow, perhaps the biggest snowfall of the season – so far.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Western New York from one o’clock tomorrow afternoon ending at 6pm on Sunday.
The warning includes Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.
Heavy and blowing snow is expected accumulation in some areas from a foot to 18 inches. The weather service says travel could be difficult to impossible. The worst of the snowfall is expected Saturday evening through late Sunday morning.

We have two early cancellations to report due to the impending storm:
All school activities in the Batavia City Schools tomorrow and Sunday have been cancelled.
Genesee Valley BOCES will close at 3pm on Saturday, January 19 and remain closed on Sunday, January 20.
The latest Closing and Cancellation announcements can be found HERE.

Elderly Albion couple listed in guarded condition following an Albion House Fire. 81 year old Vincenzo Spampanato, and his 72 year old wife Felicia suffered severe burns in an explosion and fire in Elmwood Ave home in Albion Wednesday evening.
Vincenzo was working on a gas heater when the gas ignited and started the fire. Both victims are in guarded condition at Strong Hospital.

Governor Cuomo is joining other leaders to demand the Trump administration make unemployment benefits available to unpaid federal workers who have remained on the job during the partial government shutdown.
Cuomo issued a joint statement with the Governors of Washington and Michigan noting they have provided unemployment benefits to furloughed federal workers and their families in their states, but current federal regulations are preventing states from providing the same assistance to federal workers on the job not being paid. Cuomo called the disparity patently unfair.

There seems to be no end in sight for the spread of the flu. According to the New York State Department of Health, there have been 16-thousand confirmed cases of the virus this season. In the past week, 60 counties have reported positive flu test results. Doctors say this should serve as another reminder that it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

Morning News Briefing

Early warning for this weekend’s winter storm.
The National Weather Service is issuing a Winter Storm Warning for the upcoming weekend that could bring the first significant snowfall of the New Year.
Forecasters are calling for heavy snow fall with total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches and winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
The warning covers the entire Western New York region including Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties.
The storm warning is expected to be in effect from 1 p.m. tomorrow until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The weather service says that travel will be very difficult to impossible in some areas.
Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and the cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Albion police identify elderly couple listed in guarded condition following an Albion House Fire.
According to Police 81 year old Vincenzo Spampanato, and 72 year old Felicia Spampanato, transported to Strong Memorial Hospital following an explosion and fire at their home on Elmwood Ave in Albion on Wednesday evening.
As of yesterday afternoon both victims were said to be in guarded condition at the Hospital’s Burn Unit.
The initial investigation has revealed that Vincenzo Spampanato was performing maintenance on a gas heating appliance in the basement of the residence when an explosion occurred, ultimately resulting in the house catching fire and becoming heavily involved in fire.
The Investigation into the cause of the explosion and resulting fire remains on-going.

Genesee County’s new top dog is getting ready for training.
Sheriff William Sheron provided an update on the newest recruit to the Sheriff’s Office, K9 Frankie and took the opportunity to thank all the donors for support.
Sheriff Sheron appearing on WBTA’s Main and Center program…

Sheron said that they are on track to purchase another K9 for the Sheriff’s Office, however they need other officers to be trained as well and he is hopeful to be ready for another dog at the department by this time next year.

Fresh off launching a presidential exploratory committee, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is heading to Iowa.
She’ll be in Sioux City today for a walking tour and house party with local activists.
Tomorrow, she’ll be in Boone, Ames and Des Moines to talk with potential supporters.
According to a recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 35-percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers had a favorable opinion of Gillibrand.
55-percent said they were undecided.

Officials in Elba are working to address traffic and crossing guard complaints

WBTA received complaint from a listener that the Village of Elba, who previously employed a crossing guard at the Elba School drop off point on Route 98, has left the position vacant ever since the return of students from Christmas break.

The Village’s long-time crossing guard retired in November and Elba’s lone public works employee was covering the position from November to December, however they are unable to continue covering the before and after school shifts.

Village Mayor Norman Itjen…

The Mayor said that the Elba School provides busing to every student in the village and much of the traffic issues that he has been made aware of seem to stem from a congestion of cars from parents dropping their children off at school.

Itjen also said that the previous crossing guard would additionally conduct traffic, which was not under their authority and was ultimately a liability for the Village if they happened to cause any accidents.

He continued to say officials may look into adding new signage indicating a crosswalk, however a similar idea was attempted several years ago and the expensive crosswalk signs were stolen.

Albion PD: Albion couple in guarded condition following explosion and house fire

Press Release:

On January 16th, 2019 at approximately 6:21pm the Albion Police Department and Albion Fire Department were dispatched to 5 Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Albion for the report of heavy smoke coming from the residence and possible explosions. At approximately 6:24pm, Albion Police Officers arrived on scene and did find one male and one female victim in the front yard suffering from burn injuries. The male and female are identified as Vincenzo Spampanato, 81 and Felicia Spampanato, 72, the residents of the home.

Vincenzo Spampanato was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight. Felicia Spampanato was transported by the Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance (COVA) to Strong Memorial Hospital.

At the time of this release, both victims remain in guarded condition at the Strong Memorial Hospital Burn Unit.

The initial investigation has revealed that Vincenzo Spampanato was performing maintenance on a gas heating appliance in the basement of the residence when an explosion occurred, ultimately resulting in the house catching fire and becoming heavily involved in fire.

The Investigation into the cause of the explosion and resulting fire is being conducted by the Albion Police Department, Orleans County Fire Investigation Unit, Orleans County Emergency Management Office, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG).

The investigation is on-going at this time.

Morning News Briefing

Albion House Fire leaves an elderly couple hospitalized.
Investigation into the cause of an Albion House Fire remains on-going.
According to Albion Police report came in just after 6 o’clock last night for a fire on Elmwood Avenue in Albion along with reports of explosions.
Upon arrival firefighters reported that the home was fully engulfed and that the victims, an elderly couple, were standing with burns in the front yard.
Mercy Flight was called into action and both were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of potentially serious burns.
Authorities have not released the names and conditions of the victims at this time.

Correction Officer in Pennsylvania arrested for larceny in Albion.
Following investigation into an incident at the Albion Walmart in November of last year, Troopers have arrested 47 year old Jeromy Farr of Olean for petit larceny.
State Police were notified by a Medina woman reporting that her purse containing personal items and $700 cash had been stolen from her shopping cart at the Albion Walmart.
Troopers obtained video surveillance from Walmart showing Farr taking the purse and putting it into his vehicle.
Farr was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Albion Court on January 23rd.
Farr is reported to be employed as a correction officer in Smethport, Pennsylvania.

LeRoy woman busted for possessing a stolen shotgun.
LeRoy Police arrested 46 year old Carla Catalano of Mill Street on Monday charging her with a Felony count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Conspiracy.
According to investigators Catalano allegedly conspired with others to steal property and was in possession of a stolen black pump shotgun that she refused to return to the owner.
Catalano was arraigned in LeRoy Town Court and released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice.

LeRoy resident arrested on a massive amount of suspensions.
26 year old Chazmar Walters of Myrtle Street LeRoy was taken into custody on Tuesday by Police in LeRoy.
He was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation for Driving While Suspended and Resisting Arrest.
Walters was allegedly driving on Myrtle Street in the Village while his license was suspended 20 times.
Walters then is accused of resisting arrest by refusing to exit the vehicle after being ordered multiple times to do so, and ultimately had to be physical removed from the vehicle.
According to police Walters continued to be Obstructive to Officers attempting to walk him into the court for arraignment and further charges are pending.
Walters was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Water Main Break reported in Batavia.
At approximately 3 a.m. there was a large water main break on North Street between Trumbull and North Spruce.
The main has been shut down, and crews are beginning repairs.
Residents in the area may experience low water pressure, or discoloration.
As per usual the city encourages residents in the area to wait until water clarity has returned before running laundry.
Motorists are also requested to avoid the area as the street may be closed while repairs are completed.

Evening News Briefing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is vowing to fight the institutions of power while announcing her run for president in 2020. Flanked by her husband, two sons, and mother, Gillibrand spoke of her belief that health care is a right, that special interests have corrupted Washington, and that institutional racism plagues the country. She accused President Trump of tearing the nation’s moral fabric apart along racial lines, and promised to build on past progressive achievements if she were to win the presidency:

Senator Gillibrand made the point of noting she won’t take any political action committee money or money from federal lobbyists, citing her belief that such contributions silence the voice of the people.

The state Legislature has passed a bill protecting transgender New Yorkers. The law means they cannot be discriminated against when it comes to things like employment, education or housing.
The Senate and Assembly also approved legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy.
Governor Cuomo has said he’ll sign both pieces of legislation.

A Genesee County Legislature committee is recommending a promotion for County Parks Supervisor Paul Osborn.
The Public Service Committee wants to name Osborn to the newly created post of deputy highway superintendent.
In this new role, Osborn will be responsible for the county parks and for maintenance of all county buildings.
For that, Osborn will be paid 72-thosuand dollars a year.

Republicans in Elba and Oakfield are looking for a few good people for run for office.
In Oakfield, the GOP is looking for candidates for Highway Superintendent, Town Clerk, town council and county legislator.
These seats will be decided in November.
In the Village of Elba the GOP is looking for candidates to run for village trustee.
The election for village government is March 19th.
Contact information for GOP committees in Oakfield and Elba are on our website.

The National Weather Service has issued an early Winter Storm Watch for this weekend.
The Watch takes effect on Saturday afternoon and remains in effect until Monday afternoon.
The Watch extends to all of Western New York, including Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Snow accumulations of 7-inches or more are possible along with gusty winds producing blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Storm Watch

Issued by the National Weather Service
For Genesee County, New York

WINTER STORM WATCH FROM 1PM EST SAT UNTIL 6PM EST MON

 

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE. LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY. SNOW WILL THEN TRANSITION TO LAKE EFFECT SUNDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. AT THIS TIME, GREATER THAN 7 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE.

GUSTY WINDS AND ARCTIC AIR WILL ALSO PRODUCE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND WIND CHILLS WELL BELOW ZERO.

WHERE: ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK. * WHEN…FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… BEGIN NEEDED PREPARATIONS AT HOME OR WITH YOUR VEHICLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT, SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

Republicans Seek candidates for Town of Oakfield and Village of Elba

The Oakfield Republican Committee is seeking candidates for the following offices in the November, 2019 election:

Superintendent of Highways (four-year term)
Town Clerk (four-year term)
Councilpersons (two positions, four-year terms)
County Legislator (two-year term)

Interested residents of the Town or Village of Oakfield can send a Letter of Intent no later than Feb. 4 to:

Contact:
Alan R. Dennis, Chairman of the Republican Committee
6916 Fox Road, Oakfield, NY 14125

The Republican Caucus will be held at the Village of Elba, on Monday, Jan. 28, for the following offices that are up for re-election on March 19.

Village Trustee — four-year term
Village Trustee — four-year term
Village Trustee — one-year term (finish out existing term)

Contact
Laurie Itjen Republican Chairperson at (585) 757-2257 with any questions.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Courtesy of Genesee Athletics – Jamir Cheek (1) driving towards the basket

Press Release:

Cougars Lose Tough Road Contest to Generals

The Genesee men’s basketball team came up short in a 70-65 loss to the Herkimer College Generals on Tuesday afternoon.

Reigning Genesee Male Athlete of the Week Jarett Haines led the Cougars offensively with 21 points by going 7-9 from behind the arch. Jamir Cheek scored 18 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Cougars (9-7) will start their 2018-19 Western New York Athletic Conference slate on Wednesday, January 23rd at #6 Erie Community College, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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

Morning News Briefing

Genesee Park Supervisor receives promotion to Deputy Highway Superintendent.
Paul Osborn, the county’s park supervisor will become deputy superintendent of the County Highway Department under a budget amendment resolution recommended for approval by the Public Service Committee on Monday.
Osborne will be responsible for both the county’s parks and for maintenance of all county buildings in his new role.
The county’s supervisor of buildings and grounds, Terry Ross, is retiring and that position is being eliminated from the budget, however a new senior building maintenance mechanic part-time position is being created which will be filled by Ross.
The annual salary for Osborn as new deputy highway superintendent will be $74,000 effective Jan. 28.

Alabama accident leads to DWI arrest for a Batavia man.
64 year old James Dagger of Batavia Elba Townline Road was arrested following a motor vehicle accident on Alleghany Road in Alabama yesterday afternoon.
He had allegedly failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign in the crash.
Daggar was reportedly the only one hurt and was taken to UMMC for minor injuries.
He was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation,
Driving without a license and refusing to take a breath test.
Daggar was released with appearance tickets for Alabama Town Court in February.

A Batavia high school student arrested for incident of harassment at school.
City Police report the arrest of a 17 year old male student in Batavia following investigation into an alleged incident at the high school Monday afternoon.
The unnamed student was accused of having unwanted physical contact against a staff member and was charged with Harassment.
They were given an appearance ticket for January 22nd in City Court.

Two jailed on bench warrants in Batavia.
59 year old Ronnie Flinchum of Mill Street LeRoy was arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear on an assault charge and was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of o$1,000 dollars bail.
43 year old Mehmaet Dilek of Rochester was also arrested on a bench warrant out of Batavia City Court for failing to appear.
He was jailed in lieu of bail and is expected to appear in court this afternoon.

Governor Cuomo has laid out his 2019 budget proposal.
During yesterday’s speech at the Empire State Plaza, he highlighted several key issues including marijuana legalization, banning single-use plastic bags, expanding the bottle bill, more money for schools and health care.
The address also served as Cuomo’s State of the State.
The governor likely won’t have much resistance to his agenda since Democrats have control of the state Legislature.

The state Legislature has passed a bill protecting transgender New Yorkers.
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act means they can’t be discriminated against when it comes to things like employment, education or housing.
The Senate and Assembly also approved legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy.
Governor Cuomo has said he’ll sign both pieces of legislation.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for Batavia and Genesee County until 10 tonight.
The National Weather Service is predicting Freezing Drizzle and a glaze of ice accumulation.
Plan on slippery road conditions especially during the evening commute.
The advisory extends to Orleans, Wyoming, Erie and Niagara counties as well.

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking candidates interested in running for offices this November.
The City GOP is looking for candidates for City Court Judge, City Council in Wards 1-6 and County Legislators in Districts 7-9.
Letters of interest can be mailed to City Republican Chairman David Saleh.
His contact information is on our website.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has announced their annual awards for 2018.
Business of the Year goes to Genesee Lumber, a company with 90 years of service to the area.
The Agricultural Organization of the Year is Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Geneseean of the Year is Bob Stocking of Corfu.
A special service recognition will be awarded to the Batavia Rotary Club, marking its 100th year.
The Chamber’s annual awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 2nd.

A sure sign the Christmas Holiday season is over.
The City of Batavia is picking up Christmas Trees until the end of the month.
Be sure to place trees in the parkway, the area between the sidewalk and street.
You are also reminded to remove all decorations, lights and stands.

Governor Cuomo is looking to ban stretch limousines in New York following last year’s horrific limo crash downstate
Cuomo also plans to announce a number of safety reforms for limos in his budget address today. They include requiring a commercial driver license for limo drivers, requiring seatbelts in all large passenger vehicles and stricter penalties for those who fail to get such vehicles re-inspected.
Last October, 20 people died when an SUV that had been converted into a limo and recently failed an inspection crashed in Schohaire County.

Chamber Names 2018 Honorees

News Release

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 47th Annual Awards Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Park Road, Batavia. This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. Tickets are $50.00 per person or a table of 10 for $450.00.

The evening begins at 5:30 with Hors D’oevures, Entrée Tables & Cash Bar (no formal sit-down dinner is to be served). The Award Program starts at 7:00pm where dessert and coffee will be served.

This year’s honorees are:
Business of the Year:  Genesee Lumber Company, Inc.
Agricultural Organization of the Year:  Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Special Service Recognition of the Year:  The Batavia Rotary Club
Geneseean of the Year:  Bob Stocking, Corfu

Call Kelly J. Bermingham, at 343-7440, ext. 1026 to make your reservations

Batavia GOP Seeks Candidates

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The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking City Republicans interested in running for the positions of City Court Judge, City Council in Wards 1-6 and County Legislators in Districts 7-9.
Letters of interest can be mailed to City Republican Chairman David Saleh at 116 Naramore Dr., Batavia, NY 14020. Chairman Saleh can also be reached at 585-599-3540.

If you are interested in getting involved in making Batavia a better place to live and work then we want to hear from you!

Winter Fun Programs At the Genesee County Park & Forest

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East Bethany, NY – Discover the wonders of winter with hikes at the Genesee County Park & Forest! Track the secret lives of wild animals and seek out the brave birds that spend winter in Western New York! Winter Wonderland Hikes are held on Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

List of topics:

Saturday, January 19th: Animal Tracks & Signs
*Bad weather date: Saturday January 26th
Saturday, February 16th: Winged Wildlife
*Bad weather date: Saturday February 23rd

Hikes will go, snow or no snow. Hikes begin at the Interpretive Nature Center and end with hot chocolate and snacks. Snowshoes may be used, weather permitting, and are available for rent or you may bring your own. Snowshoeing lesson provided, no previous experience needed! Rental is included in the price, $5/person, $15 max/family. Recommended for ages 3 and up! Pre-registration is required, call 585-344-1122! If cancelled due to weather, hikes will be rescheduled to bad weather dates as listed above.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the forest on a full moon night! Naturalists lead you on a peaceful Moonlight Snowshoe and Winter Fun Hike on Saturday, January 19th and Saturday, February 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Meet at Pavilion B on Raymond Road. Hikes will go, snow or no snow. Hikes begin and conclude with refreshments by a warm fire in Pavilion B! For ages 18 and over. Snowshoes may be used, weather permitting, and are available for rent or you may bring your own. Snowshoeing lesson provided, no previous experience needed! Rental is included in the price, $5/person, $15 max/family. Pre-registration is required, call 585-344-1122! If cancelled due to weather, hikes will be rescheduled to Saturday, January 26th and Saturday, February 23rd.

Make a memory this winter with your own Private Group Snowshoe Hike! A Naturalist guides your group through peaceful woodland trails and open meadows. Listen to winter’s quiet beauty and find signs of wildlife in this 431-acre park. Private hikes are available on Saturdays in January and February from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm by reservation only at the Interpretive Nature Center. No previous experience is needed; snowshoes provided or bring your own. Rental is included in the price, $5/person, minimum group fee is $75. Call 585-344-1122 to book your own adventure!

Snowshoe Rentals are available at the Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Center 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays December through March, weather permitting. Snowshoes must be used in the park. Fee is $5/pair and all proceeds go to ACORNS, the nonprofit organization that supports the parks!

Morning News Briefing

Accident in Oakfield leads to Felony DWI arrest for a Webber Ave woman.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 39 year old Jennifer Davis of Webber Ave in Oakfield following investigation into a two car motor vehicle accident.
Davis was accused of following too closely Friday evening on Route 63 in Oakfield before she rear ended another vehicle while driving on a conditional license.
Further investigation revealed she was allegedly intoxicated and Davis was ultimately charged with a felony DWI for having a previous offense, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Leaving the scene of a property damage accident and refusing to take a breath test.
She was arraigned in Oakfield Town Court and is expected to return at a later date.

Batavia man jailed following domestic dispute.
State Police out of Batavia have reported the arrest of 62 year old William Hughes following report of a domestic dispute at a Town of Batavia address Sunday night.
Hughes was charged with Criminal Mischief with intent to damage property and Harassment with physical contact.
He was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Thorp Street will be turning into a one way with parking next week.
Beginning next Tuesday morning the traffic pattern on Thorp Street between Maple and Watson Streets will change from Two-Way to One-Way southbound.
The change is in accordance with a recent City Council Resolution and Traffic Order number one of this year.
Motorist will need to enter the portion of Thorp Street from Watson and exit on to Maple.
The Westside of the roadway will be utilized for street parking

The Salvation Army is reporting that through the kindness and generosity of people and businesses in Genesee County they raised $88,600 in this year’s Red Kettle Campaign.
They organization also said they provided assistance to 234 families, over 400 hundred children and provided Christmas meal boxes that fed over 780 individuals on Christmas day.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to announce this week that she’ll form a presidential exploratory committee.
CBS is reporting that she’ll make the announcement during an appearance on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight.
Gillibrand would be the latest person to join an increasingly crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination.
She has been a senator since 2009, taking the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when Clinton became Secretary of State.

Governor Cuomo will lay out his fiscal blueprint in Albany today.
He’ll be presenting his budget address at the Empire State Plaza.
The governor is expected to discuss key issues in the speech, which will also serve as his State of the State address.
Those items include legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, healthcare, a ban on single-use plastic bags, and a ban on stretched or remanufactured limousines.
The budget has to be passed by March 31st, which is the end of the state’s fiscal year.

Salvation Army Posts Local “Red Kettle” Results

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The Salvation Army brought the joy of the holiday season to many individuals in Genesee County in 2018. We would like to thank those Genesee County citizens, schools, organizations, club and business owners for their generosity this Holiday Season. Here at The Salvation Army we are committed to “Doing the Most Good.” During our Red Kettle Campaign, we raised $88,600 through the kindness and generosity of people and businesses in Genesee County.

Not only has the community provided the necessary funds to keep our programs running by dropping money in our Red Kettle, they went above and beyond to ensure that families in need had a Merry Christmas by their participation in our other holiday programs. Through our Angel Tree and Adopt a family programs, we put new clothes and toys under the tree for children who otherwise would have to go without Christmas gifts this season. Anonymous donors from our very own community adopt these little “angels” in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the donor and the child in need. This year we provided assistance to 234 families, over 400 hundred children and provided Christmas meal boxes that fed over 780 individuals on Christmas day. The Salvation Army ensures that low-income families, struggling seniors, and those without a home for the holidays have a glimmer of hope and the experience of joy during this holiday season.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide gifts of healing and hope for those who need it most throughout the year. Because need knows no season, we are extending our invitation for our 90 for 90 challenge. We have already received donations from 17 businesses and residents of Genesee County, who took on the challenge to give $1,000 to The Salvation Army. In this new year we are still looking for individuals and businesses to take on the 90 for 90 challenge. Help us start 2019 by bringing hope and stability to those in need in Genesee County with your generous gift.

Evening News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is expected to call for a plastic bag ban when he releases his executive budget tomorrow.
A bill banning single-use plastic bags failed to get by state lawmakers last year, but Cuomo is now expected to include it in the budget plan, increasing the chances of it passing.
Cuomo says a ban would reduce litter and cut greenhouse gas emissions, but some critics prefer a five cent fee.
Cuomo also says he wants the bottle bill expanded so that most non-alcoholic beverage containers would be eligible for a five-cent redemption.

The Salvation Army reports today that the agency raised nearly $88,600 through its Red Kettle campaign in Genesee County.
The Army also reports that 234 families and over 400 children were helped out during the Christmas Holiday season.

Lawmakers in Albany are vowing to pass major changes in the way New Yorkers vote after chaos at polling places in the city last September. Natasha Fanfair, a city transit employee, said early voting would help all working New Yorkers.
One bill they’re voting on would allow same day registration on election day and another would establish nine days for early voting. They’re also expected to set just one primary day in June, instead of the current two.

The Pembroke Girls Basketball team has presented a check to Roswell Park for just over 30-thousand dollars.
The cash represents the proceeds from the “Shooting for a Cure” game held last Thursday.
Over the eight years of the event, 119-thosuand dollars has been raised by the Pembroke Girls for cancer research.

Gasoline prices in Genesee County continue their downward trend.
Over the past week, Triple A says the average price of a gallon of regular gas has dropped 10-cents locally.
The lowest price in the county, according to gas Buddy-dot-com, is $2.10 a gallon on the Indian Reservation and $2.53 a gallon at M and T Express at Main and Dellinger.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

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Men’s Basketball Drop Two on the Road

The Genesee men’s basketball team battled the Monroe College Mustangs and the ASA Institute Avengers on the road this past weekend but returned home without a victory.

Friday night against the Monroe College Mustangs, the Cougars had a hard-fought game but came up short in a 86-59 loss in New Rochelle. The Cougars were led by Jarett Haines with 15 points and eight rebounds. Souleymane Gueye scored 12 points and added eight rebounds. Jamir Cheek scored 11 points, collected seven rebounds and added six assists.

Saturday afternoon, the Cougars were led by Jarett Haines who scored a game-high 30 points, while shooting 11-17 from the field in a 78-66 loss to the ASA Avengers. Jamir Cheek recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and handed out five assists.

Genesee (9-6) is back in action on Tuesday, January 15 as the Cougars travel to Herkimer College, with tip-off scheduled for 3:00pm. The next home game is on Saturday, January 26 against Monroe CC.

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

Morning News Briefing

City man jailed on warrant out of Orleans after being picked up with paraphernalia.
City Police report the arrest of 34 year old Joseph Freeman of Summit Street Batavia for allegedly driving without a license in an uninspected vehicle and in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Freeman was subject to a traffic stop on Jackson Street after allegedly failing to use his designated lane and making an illegal right hand turn unto Jackson.
Freeman was found to have a suspended license in a vehicle without insurance.
After being released on police bail he was transported to the Orleans County Jail on an active warrant.
Freeman is expected back in City Court on January 22nd.

A Walnut Street resident arrested for harassing women.
20 year old Santiago Quamane of Batavia was arrested by City Police over the weekend for an alleged disturbance that occurred on December 1st at an address on Walnut Street.
Quamane is accused of harassing two separate female victims and having physical contact with them during the incident.
He was released with an appearance ticket for tomorrow in Batavia City Court.

State Police have arrested a Steuben County man on serious charges out of Geneseo.
Troopers have arrested 30 year old Austin Pratt for allegedly having a sexual encounter in Geneseo with a child under the age of 17.
Pratt, who used to work for UR Medicine Thompson Health, also served as an athletic trainer in the Geneseo Central School District.
The superintendent says the district is cooperating with the investigation.
Pratt was arraigned and sent to the Livingston County Jail.
State Police are anyone with information on the case to call them.

The Batavia center for Independent living is joining their partners from the Buffalo, and Niagara Falls centers in attendance of the WNY National Conference on Disability tomorrow afternoon.
The conference is hopeful to reintroduce the Disability Integration Act to Washington DC.
The Bill would make the right of people with disabilities who require long term care to live in the least restrictive and most integrated settings more enforceable.

The state Senate and Assembly will be back in session today.
Lawmakers are expected to consider legislation to change New York’s voting rules.
One bill would allow early voting in an effort to boost turnout.
People would be able to cast their ballots ten days before an election.
Other ideas include allowing for 16 and 17 year olds to be pre-registered, and further limiting the amount of money corporations can donate to campaigns.

Governor Cuomo says he will push hard to convince state lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.
He says New York has made great strides to keep tobacco out of the hands of kids, but he says new e-cigarettes have become way too popular with those under 21.
Many counties already have a higher age requirement, but the new rule would be in effect statewide.

Morning News Briefing

State Police arrest pediatric dentist in Lockport for child sex abuse.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrested 57 year old Dr. Louis Surace of Lockport for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.
Surace is accused of having unwanted sexual contact with a child under the age seventeen during incidents occurring between 2013 and December 2018.
Investigation began after police received a tip from Child Protective Services on January 2nd of this year.
Dr. Surace was charged with multiple counts of Sexual Abuse in the First, Second and Third Degrees along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was arraigned and ordered to be held on $20,000 bail.
According to authorities, there is no evidence of additional victims at this time.
Anyone with concerns should call the New York State Police at 344-6200.

Pembroke’s Shooting for a Cure hits’ milestone in fundraising.
The ‘Shooting for a Cure’ fundraiser hosted by the Girls Basketball team in Pembroke brought in $28,000 to battle cancer just this year alone.
The 8th annual fundraiser was held at the Pembroke High School Thursday night.
The continued contributions of students, coaches and community members has pushed the fundraising past the $100,000 donation milestone since starting the event in 2011.
Pembroke may have lost the match against the Lady Irish of Notre Dame with a final score of 50 to 31 however it’s clear there were only winners on the court that night.

Lakeville resident arrested for child porn by Livingston County lawmen.
Following a joint investigation with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force 20 year old Ryan Horan was arrested on felony charges by deputies.
Horan is accused of sharing images of child porn with an FBI agent during an undercover operation and numerous images of child porn were subsequently recovered from Horan’s electronic devices.
He is charged with felony counts of Possessing and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Horan was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $7,500 bail.

GCEDC approves incentives for new truck set-up facility.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center has approved just over $50,000 in incentives for Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. including sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions.
Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. is purchasing land on Perry Road in Pavillion to build a truck set-up facility.
The $900,000 investment by the company, which includes a $700,000 dollar land purchase will create 3 new jobs.
According to the Development Center for every one dollar in incentives, the company will be investing $78 into the local economy.

The Detail Shop Joins the U-Haul Dealer Network

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U-Haul Company of New York and Vermont, Inc. is pleased to announce that The Detail Shop has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Batavia community.

The Detail Shop at 3875 W. Main St. Road will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies.

The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck. U-Haul live verification technology allows rental transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. Simply visit uhaul.com to create an online account.

Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. every day. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (585) 343-9910 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Batavia-NY-14020/013530/ today.

The Detail Shop owner James Gayton is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Genesee County.

U-Haul and The Detail Shop are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.

Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.

The Detail Shop is a great place to become U-Haul Famous®. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more.

FREE College and Financial Aid Application Assistance

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The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) is visiting every Genesee Community College campus center in January to help any current or potential student through College Entry Point and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Workshops. The remaining events are listed below.

Any current or potential student can attend these workshops:

Batavia Campus – 1 College Road, Batavia

• Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Albion Campus Center – 456 West Ave, Albion

• Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.
• Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.
• Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.

Arcade Campus Center – 25 Edward Street, Arcade

• Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.
• Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m.

Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville

• Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.
• Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima

• Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Medina Campus Center – 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina

• Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.
• Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.

The complete calendar of AEOC support workshops, financial aid sessions, College Entry Point events and more is available at www.genesee.edu/aeoc/.

One of the most popular workshops the AEOC offers are the “FAFSA Fests” (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). During these sessions, anyone can receive help in completing the FAFSA and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) forms. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu to reserve a seat in any session and to learn about what information and materials are required for participation.

All of the AEOC services are free and available to anyone, not just students of Genesee Community College. With dozens of events taking place throughout the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, the AEOC is readily available. For a complete list of AEOC workshop and other events, visit the new calendar of events online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/adult-learners/adult-education-opportunity-center/aeoc-calendar-of-events/.

To learn more about any of these AEOC services, please visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/adult-learners/adult-education-opportunity-center/ or contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu.

Genesee Community College is Planning for Warmer Weather

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The Alumni Affairs Office at Genesee Community College is spending the snowy season thinking about warmer days and golf! Under the direction of Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble Honorary Chairperson Wesley Bedford, GCC class of 2006, plans for the event are well underway. Registration is now open for the third annual Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Stafford Country Club, 8873 Morganville Road (Rte. 237) in Stafford.

The Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble allows up to 36 foursomes for the 18-hole event at the esteemed Stafford Country Club. Sign-in starts 11:30 a.m. with lunch available, and golfers tee off in “shotgun” style at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $125 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, all beer and nonalcoholic beverages during play, lunch and dinner with a cash bar, and much more! To join the event for dinner only is $25. Most importantly, all proceeds go directly to the GCC student scholarship program, making higher education possible for deserving students in our community.

The registration deadline for golfers is June 28, 2019. Contact Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265 or via email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu. The golfer registration form is also available online at https://www.genesee.edu/assets/file/alumni/Cougar-Classic-Player-Registration.pdf.

Additional opportunities to sponsor GCC scholarships are available at a number of levels ranging from $100 to $3,000. Sponsorships for golf games, including a putting contest, longest drive, closest to the pin, and beat the pro and other in-kind support efforts are also being accepted. A sponsorship sign-up form with all donation details is available at https://www.genesee.edu/assets/file/alumni/Cougar-Classic-Sponsorship-Sign-Up.pdf and should be sent to Jennifer Wakefield at jgwakefield@genesee.edu to reserve a sponsorship level.

Additional information is available at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/cougar-classic/ or by contacting Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265 or via email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu.

GCEDC BOARD APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR CHURCHVILLE FIRE EQUIPMENT CORP.

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The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. at the agency’s January 10th board meeting.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. will purchase the land and build a truck set-up facility at 10246 Perry Road in the town of Pavillion. The $900,000 investment by the company, which includes $700,000 to purchase the land, will create 3 new jobs.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. was approved for just over $50,000 in incentives, including sales and mortgage and property tax exemptions. For every one dollar in incentives, the company will be investing $78 into the local economy.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. has decades of experience in the fire and emergency services industry, and supplies area fire companies with life-saving equipment.

Morning News Briefing

Resident on the Rez jailed for alleged assault.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 24 year old Shadow Star Jonathan of Sandhill Road Alabama on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation following investigation into an incident on the rez.
Jonathan was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting another person in October.
He was jailed on a count of second degree Assault and was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail.
Jonathan is expected to appear back in Alabama Town Court in February.

Livingston County lawmen arrest Lakeville resident on child porn charges.
20 year old Ryan Horan has been arrested by deputies on felony charges following a joint investigation with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.
Horan allegedly shared images of child pornography with an FBI agent during an undercover operation and numerous images of child pornography were later recovered after a search of Horan’s electronic devices.
He is charged with felony counts of Possessing and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Horan was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $7,500 bail.

Another successful night of fundraising in this year’s shooting for a cure.
The Girls Basketball team in Pembroke should be proud following last night’s Shooting For a Cure fundraiser which brought in $28,000.
Event organizer and girls basketball coach Mike Wilson…

Pembroke may have lost the match against the Lady Irish of Notre Dame with a final score of 50 to 31 however there were only winners on the court last night.
Now in its 8th year the event has raised over $100,000 to fight cancer.

A group representing local New York public health agencies is against the potential legalization of marijuana in the state.
The director for the New York Association of County Health Officials tells Syracuse.com that in other states where weed is legal, traffic deaths and emergency room visits have increased significantly.
Sarah Ravenhall also called marijuana a gateway drug and is concerned about protecting infants and children to unintentional exposure.
Governor Cuomo plans to introduce legislation to legalize recreational pot this year.

Governor Cuomo will be giving his budget address next week.
He’ll be laying out his fiscal plan at the Empire State Plaza in Albany Tuesday.
Cuomo said in a radio interview yesterday the speech will also serve as this year’s State of the State.
The budget has to be passed by March 31st, which is the end of the state’s fiscal year.

Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel is hoping to return to the lineup tonight.
His team will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.
Eichel has missed the last three games due to injury, but took part in practice yesterday for the first time since late December.
Face off for tonight’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

Guillermo Torres-Acevedo

New charges have been filed against Guillermo Torres-Acevedo, the 22 year old Batavia man suspected of taking a Bergen teenager from her home last November.
Acevedo is now charged with custodial interference, criminal contempt and child endangerment.
The incident prompted an Amber Alert for the girl who was found with Acevedo in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
Acevedo remains jailed without bail.

There are going to be two concerts this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. As part of Woodstock 50, one concert will be held at the Watkins Glen Speedway and another at The Bethel Woods Center for The Arts. The venues are about 150-miles apart and the concerts will happen the same weekend of August 16th. Performers have not been named, but Carlos Santana, who performed at the original Woodstock in 1969, said he’s in for the event.

The Buffalo Bills are asking fans for their input on a possible new stadium. A survey was sent out to season ticket holders asking them what they thought about the idea of New Era Field being renovated or a new stadium being developed.
Some of the questions included how much more money fans would be willing to pay to see their team and also what they’d like to see in a new facility.

Governor Cuomo is issuing a warning, should state lawmakers approve the use of recreational marijuana.
He says any legislation should factor in the cost of the drug in other states or the black market.
The governor says if the costs are too high, business will be driven back to states where recreational marijuana is illegal.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement this afternoon for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The weather service predicts bitterly cold wind chills for tonight into Friday morning.
The combination of cold temperatures and persistent winds will drop wind chills to well below zero in some areas.

Batavia man jailed for allegedly stealing a television from a motel room

Troopers out of Batavia report the arrest of 47 year old Joseph Marranco of Batavia for petit larceny.

Police were dispatched Sunday night to a local motel in the town of Batavia for a larceny complaint.

While en route to the complaint Troopers observed Marranco riding his bike down Main Street carrying a flat screen television tucked underneath his arm.

Further investigation revealed Marranco was recently at the same motel and claimed a motel guest stated he could borrow the motel’s television.

Marranco was arraigned in Batavia Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Byron-Bergen varsity athletes achieve 100% Scholar-Athlete Team awards

Cal-Mum/BB cheerleading team Photo credit: Cardinal Sports Imaging

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Bergen, NY – The Byron-Bergen Senior High School proudly announces that every fall varsity Byron-Bergen sport team achieved the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Scholar-Athlete Team award. The fall sports teams are cheerleading, boys cross-country, girls cross-country, football, gymnastics, boys soccer, girls soccer, and girls volleyball.

“Here at Byron-Bergen we are always proud of our student athletes and their accomplishments,” said Byron-Bergen Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “This fall we are especially proud that all of our fall teams made the NYS Scholar-Athlete Team award. As Athletic Director, I am extremely blessed to work with such great student athletes and coaches. This particular recognition is a great testament to the student athletes and what it takes to perform at a high level. In and out of the classroom, our kids are getting it done!”

The Scholar-Athlete program recognizes athletes for their academic success. NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team awards go to teams whose average GPA of 75% of the athletic team equals 90 or above.

Scholar-Athlete Team award recipients:

Cheerleading
Sarah Sue Streeter

Boys cross-country team Photo credit: MCA Studios

Cross Country – Boys
Joshua Fleming
Zachary Hannan
Travis Lambert
Colby Leggo
John Mercovich
Caleb Sharpe
Corden Zimmerman

Girls cross-country team Photo credit: MCA Studios

Cross Country – Girls
Rachel Best
Camryn Brookhart
Dayanara Caballero
Siomara Caballero
Emma Goodman
Sara Goodman
Annaliese Hersom
Cambria Kinkelaar
Alaura Rehwaldt
Grace Shepard
Emma Smith

Cal-Mum/BB football team Photo credit: Cardinal Sports Imaging

Football
Alexander Dean
Anthony DiQuattro
Andrew Parnapy

Genesee Varsity Gymnastics team Photo credit: Steve Ognibene

Gymnastics
Victoria Rogoyski
Emily Salmonds

Boys soccer team Photo credit: MCA Studios

Soccer – Boys
Nicholas Baubie
Ryan Cooper
Adam Drake
Kyle Foeller
Rick Hubbard
William Johnson
Hunter Leach
Sabastian Pawlukewicz
Wade Thompson
Nathan Zwerka

Girls soccer team Photo credit: MCA Studios

Soccer – Girls
Julianna Amesbury
Lydia Campbell
Zoey Chambry
Elizabeth Donnelly
Veronica Duell
Kelsey Fuller
Eden Goff
Hope Hersom
Melissa MacCowan
Jillian Menzie
Chloe Shuskey

Girls volleyball team Photo credit: MCA Studios

Volleyball – Girls
Justine Bloom
Hannah Catalino
Madison Farnsworth
Sara Fraser
Amaya Gunther
Janae Meister
Alexandra Vurraro
Annabella Vurraro

CHURCHVILLE FIRE EQUIPMENT CORP. SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR INCENTIVES TO GCEDC

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider accepting an application for incentives from Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. at the agency’s January 10th board meeting.

The company is seeking to purchase land and build a truck set-up facility in an existing facility on 10246 Perry Road in the town of Pavillion. The $900,000 investment by the company would create 3 new jobs.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. is seeking just over $50,000 in incentives, including sales and mortgage and property tax exemptions.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. has decades of experience in the fire and emergency services industry, and supplies area fire companies with life-saving equipment.

HAWLEY COMMENTS ON OPENING OF 2019 SESSION

Press Release:

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

“It is an honor and privilege to be back in Albany continuing the work we have done to reform our charitable gaming laws, meet upstate’s infrastructure needs, protect our vets, fully fund the Lake Ontario flood recovery efforts and empower small businesses.

“New York City politicians now control all three policy-making wings in Albany and I pledge to stand strong against any further tax increases, handouts to illegal aliens and big government expansion that has sent millions of our neighbors packing for greener pastures.

“New York is at a crossroads and it’s time that upstate flex its muscle at the table. Hardworking, middle-class families deserve a voice too and I will fight to make sure we are heard loud and clear.”

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Courtesy of Genesee Athletics – Basketball Team getting hyped up before contest

Press Release:

The Genesee women’s basketball team improved their record to 11-5 after a 45-point victory (88-43) over the Cayuga Community College Spartans on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cougars were led offensively by TaLia Burgess who scored 18 points and added 13 rebounds, recording a double-double. Erina Ishiguro scored 14 points including hitting both of her three-point attempts. LisBeth Pineda Polanco added 14 points and dished out 6 assists. As a team, the Cougars shot a perfect 7-7 from beyond the arch.
Genesee is back in action on Tuesday, January 15 as the Cougars travel to Herkimer College. The next home game is on Saturday, January 26 against Monroe CC.
For more information about Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com or follow along on social media by using #cougarPride.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee’s Athletic webpage, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee’s overall athletic program. http://www.geneseeathletics.com.

Morning News Briefing

Winter Weather Advisory in effect
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service covering Genesee and Orleans counties through this afternoon.
Forecasters are calling for total lake effect snow accumulation of up to 8 inches by 1 p.m. today.
Drivers are urged to use caution and to expect slippery driving conditions and areas of blowing snow.

The man arrested for triggering an AMBER Alert last November is in more legal trouble.
22 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia was arraigned in Byron last night on charges including child endangerment, criminal contempt and custodial interference.
The charges are for allegedly taking a teenager across state lines in November.
Both he and the girl were found in Pennsylvania and according to previous reports the girl went willingly and wasn’t hurt.
Torres-Acevedo was committed without bail back to the Genesee County Jail and slated to reappear in Bergen Town Court on February 13th.

LeRoy School Board member says too much time away from the district is his reason to resign.
Leroy School district board members received a formal resignation from member Lawrence Bonacquisti at their Tuesday night meeting.
Bonaqcuisti cited the months of time he has taken away from the position and extended plans for family vacations as his reason to resign and felt it was in the best interest of the community.
The board said it would wait for the election process in May to fill the vacancy which has a remaining 2 year term.

Congressman Chris Collins says he will stop his own paychecks during the partial government shutdown.
Collins, a multi-millionaire businessman under indictment for insider stock trading, says it’s unfair to accept his federal pay while essential federal workers have their pay delayed.
Collins accused congressional democrats of using federal employees as pawns in a political dispute over a southern border wall.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corporation will ask the Genesee County Economic Development Center for $50,000 in tax incentives.
The company has proposed buying land and establishing a truck set-up facility on Perry Road in the Town of Pavilion.
The total project price tag is $900,000. Churchville say the project will create three new jobs.
The GC-EDC will consider the project at its meeting on Thursday.

The Buffalo Bills are asking fans for their input on a possible new stadium.
A survey was sent out to season ticket holders asking them what they thought about the idea of New Era Field being renovated or a new stadium being developed.
Some of the questions included how much more money fans would be willing to pay to see their team and also what they’d like to see at a new facility.
New Era Field has been the home of the Bills for decades.

Evening News Briefing

Chris Collins (R-NY27th Dist)

Congressman Chris Collins says he will stop his own paychecks during the partial government shutdown.
Collins, a multi-millionaire businessman under indictment for insider stock trading, says it’s unfair to accept his federal pay while essential federal workers have their pay delayed.
Collins accused congressional democrats of using federal employees as pawns in a political dispute over a southern border wall.

36 year old Joshua Dibble, who claims to be homeless, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
Batavia Police say Dibble stole $6,000 worth of property from a Liberty Street business.
He is being held in County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques

Students at Pembroke Central School engaged in an out-of-this-world experience.
16 students were selected to talk with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station yesterday.
Astronaut David Saint-Jacques fielded questions from the students for almost 10 minutes:

The Pembroke students began preparations last April for yesterday’s space talk.

State lawmakers are back in Albany today for the start of 2019 legislative session.
There are a lot of issues for them to consider including ethics reform, universal healthcare, recreational marijuana and gun control.
Those bills were never voted on by the Republican-controlled Senate last year but Democrats now have control of both houses in Albany.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 1 PM Thursday

* WHAT…Lake effect snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4
to 8 inches expected in the most persistent lake snows. Winds
gusting as high as 45 mph also producing areas of blowing snow.

* WHERE…Niagara, Orleans, Northern Erie, and Genesee counties.
Greatest snow accumulation will be south of Route 104, across
northeastern Erie and Genesee County.

* WHEN…Until 1 PM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Expect slippery driving conditions. Areas
of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If
traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and
visibilities.

Churchville Fire Equip Asks for Tax Incentives

News Release

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider accepting an application for incentives from Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. at the agency’s January 10th board meeting.

The company is seeking to purchase land and build a truck set-up facility in an existing facility on 10246 Perry Road in the town of Pavillion. The $900,000 investment by the company would create 3 new jobs.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. is seeking just over $50,000 in incentives, including sales and mortgage and property tax exemptions.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. has decades of experience in the fire and emergency services industry, and supplies area fire companies with life-saving equipmen

Byron-Bergen HS Receives $25K Worth of Science Equipment

Byron-Bergen students assist in unpacking new science equipment

This fall, the High School science program garnered a $25,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant. On Friday, January 4, 2019, Agriculture Teacher Jeffrey Parnapy received a delivery. The five modest shipping boxes contained $25,000 worth of state of the art equipment to support the agriculture, biology, chemistry, and physics programs.

“My colleagues and I are ready to implement these new tools directly into our coursework,” said Parnapy. “We have been anticipating the arrival and it’s very exciting to be able to bring a new level of technology to our students.”

Parnapy wrote the grant proposal in collaboration with his science colleagues Michael Conine, Briana DelVecchio, Jenifer Faro, Peter Spence, and Terry Vick.

The complete list of new equipment includes:
13 Lab Quest interfaces,
1 anemometer,
1 barometer,
12 CO2 gas sensors,
9 conductivity sensors,
12 dual range force sensors, .
5 dissolved oxygen probes,
4 flow rate sensors,
10 energy sensors,
12 infrared thermometers,
12 motion detectors,
24 pH sensors,
1 sound level meter,
24 temperature probes,
4 drop counters,
12 photogates,
3 spectrophotometers
4 Lab Quest interface charging stations.

This project was made possible by local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

First Historical Horizon Lecture Announced at GCC

“Between Heaven and Earth, Birds in Ancient Egypt,” which was edited by Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College History Club is excited to invite the public to the first Spring 2019 Historical Horizons Lecture Series event on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. to hear Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer discuss the “Winged Jewels of the Nile.”

Birds and bird imagery filled the world of the ancient Egyptians. Every fall, the arrival of millions of waterfowl in the Delta marshes coincided with the Nile flood. The Egyptians saw in these natural and cyclical events a symbolic reenactment of the moment of creation when, according to some versions of the myth, a divine goose laid an egg on the first mound emerging from the water. From this egg hatched the sun god, who flew high in the sky and created the other gods and humanity.

In addition to presenting how birds, from cradle to coffin, permeated most aspects of Egyptian society, Bailleul-LeSuer will discuss the work she has conducted and is pursuing on a selection of bird mummies held in museum collections. Using medical imaging and scientific analyses to complement findings from ancient texts and artifacts, her research aims at shedding some additional light on the phenomenon of Sacred Bird Cults, in which these mummies played a significant role. With her expertise in this unique field of study, Bailleul-LeSuer has edited the book, “Between Heaven and Earth, Birds in Ancient Egypt” which was published by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 2012.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building, is free and open to the public. The other upcoming Historical Horizons Lectures scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month during the Spring 2019 Semester include:

Wednesday, March 6: ” ‘Race’ and the Dilemma of the New England Puritan: Intersections of Ideas and Identities” presented by Dr. Richard Bailey, associate professor of History at Canisius College and author of Race and Redemption in Puritan New England (Oxford 2014)
Wednesday, April 3: “The Shadow of Slavery: Black Women and Political Mobilization during Reconstruction” presented by Dr. Justin Behrend, associate professor of History, SUNY Geneseo and author of Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2015.)
Wednesday, May 1:Military Campaigns of 1755 – French and Indian War” presented by William Griffith, associate at the Gettysburg Foundation

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.

Water Main Break on Vine Street

Press Release:

The City Batavia Water Department is working to repair a water main break on Vine Street. Water has been shut off on Vine Street from Northern Blvd to Evergreen Drive. City crews will make every effort to restore water as soon as possible. Once water is restored please avoid doing laundry until clarity returns.

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Morning News Briefing

One alleged Batavia burglar is behind bars.
City Police have reported the arrest of 36 year old Joshua Dibble on charges of Burglary and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Diddle, who is listed as homeless by police, is accused of burglarizing Strong Forge & Fabrication located on Liberty Street in Batavia back in December.
He allegedly stole around $6,000 worth of property in the break-in.
Dibble was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 dollars bail in the Genesee County Jail with his next court appearance scheduled for the January 31st.

A Willow Street woman arrested for calling in false threat of explosion.
25 year old Ana Uribe has been arrested by Police in Batavia following investigation into an incident at Willow Group on Elizabeth Street in the city.
Lawman say that back on November 30th Uribe allegedly called 911 reporting the threat of an impending explosion at the location.
She was taken into custody on three separate counts of Falsely reporting an incident in the second degree and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

Vernon Ave resident arrested for assault.
Batavia Police took 54 year old Patrick Viscuso of Vernon Ave into custody following an alleged fight on Evans Street in the city.
Viscuso allegedly struck another person in the face, fracturing their jaw.
He was released with an appearance ticket for City Court at a later date.

Batavia High School student accused of slashing his former friend pleads not guilty.
18 year old Batavia High School student Antwan Odom pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted assault accusing him of cutting his classmate and neighbor Ray Leach in a fight over the summer.
During the arraignment yesterday, Defense Attorney Frank Housh argued that the continued use of the temporary order of protection barring Odom contact with Leach was being improperly utilized by Batavia High School to prevent Odom from attending…

Judge Zambito informed Housh that he would need to make written request for a hearing regarding the school’s decision to keep Odom off the high School campus.

State lawmakers are kicking off their 2019 legislative session today.
There are a lot of important issues for them to consider including ethics reform, universal healthcare, recreational marijuana and gun control.
Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo also urged the legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act and Contraceptive Care Act.
Those bills were never voted on by the Republican-controlled Senate last year but Democrats now have control of both houses in Albany.

The Sabres scored five goals in the second period to trample the Devils 5-1 in Buffalo.
Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut tallied within a 105-second span to end the scoring and ice the victory.
Jeff Skinner, C.J. Smith and Casey Mittelstadt scored the other Buffalo goals.
The Sabres are 3-3-and-1 in their last seven.

Defense for Antwan Odom claims his education is suffering due to practices of the BHS

Attorney Frank Housh

Defense for Antwan Odom claims his client’s education is suffering due to practices of the Batavia High School.

18 year old Batavia High School student Antwan Odom appeared for arraignment in Genesee County Court this morning.

Defense attorney Frank Housh waived a reading of the indictment and pleaded not guilty on behalf of Odom to a charge of attempted assault issued against his client for allegedly cutting his classmate and neighbor Ray Leach in a fight on August 4th in Batavia.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman indicated the prosecution was ready for trial and motion hearings were scheduled.

Judge Charles Zambito continued bail at $15,000 cash $30,000 bond without objection.

A temporary order of protection barring Odom contact with Leach was also continued however the defense contested that the order should be altered as he claimed it was being utilized by the Batavia High School to prevent Odom from attending.

Defense Attorney Frank Housh…

Friedman maintained that the schools position was appropriate due to the nature of the alleged crime and noted that the high school has provided Odom with a home tutor and allows him to attend BOCES for classes.

Housh said that what the school has provided is lacking and has led Odom to struggle with his education…

Following the arraignment, Housh made another statement outside the courthouse regarding who he believes is the real victim in this case…

Before the matter was adjourned Judge Zambito informed Housh that he would need to make written request for a hearing regarding the school’s decision to keep Odom out of the high School campus. Zambito also reminded him that the burden is on his client to ensure there is no violation of the protection order.

Artist Muhammad Zaman to Speak on Exhibit: “Finding Amal”

Press Release:

What: Artist Muhammad Zaman to Speak on Exhibit: “Finding Amal”

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019

• Artist talk at 12:30 p.m.
• Receptions follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
• Exhibit Open January 22 – February 22, 2019

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Roz Steiner Art Gallery – Batavia Campus ~ One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background:
The Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College will display “Finding Amal” by artist Muhammad Zaman from January 22 – February 22, 2019. The public is invited to a special artist talk on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. in GCC’s Roz Steiner Art Gallery. Receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. where guests can view the exhibit and meet Zaman.

“Finding Amal” features compositions of urban calligraphy that combine the three languages of the artist’s culture, Arabic, English and Bangla. Each canvas expresses a word, phrase or concept as if they were messages dedicated to the entire human race. The works contain words in these three languages, always with at least one recognizable word sparking a curiosity in the viewer. The desire to decode the work’s message leads to a deep connection with Zaman’s art.

Aiming always to unite people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions, Zaman has had exhibitions around the world as well as the United States. His pieces are in private collections in Paris, France; Lisbon, Portugal; New York City and Buffalo, New York.

The Roz Steiner Art Gallery is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open during special events as published at www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts. Admission is free. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Mary Jo Whitman at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6490, or via email: mjwhitman@genesee.edu.

 

Morning News Briefing

String of burglaries at Batavia businesses.
Batavia police are investigating several weekend burglaries.
They say the suspects targeted businesses in the area of Ellicott and Jackson Street, Harvester Ave, Swan and Center Street, Apollo Drive and Liberty Street.
The suspects would break windows or doors to get inside the businesses, but didn’t always take items.
The suspects stole a white 1998 Dodge RAM from one of the businesses and may still be operating the vehicle.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350 or the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370

A Stafford man is arrested for shining a laser on a military aircraft.
State Police have reported the arrest of 63 year old Kevin Pietrzykowski of Stafford on a Class A Misdemeanor count of Directing a laser at an aircraft in the 2nd degree.
Troopers responded to the town of Bergen last week after receiving a call from Rochester Airport Air Traffic Control Office on behalf of the National Guard Air Wing reporting that a military helicopter was being painted by a laser during night training.
Troopers patrolled the area ending in the arrest of Pietrzykowski on Clinton Street Road in Stafford.
Pietrykowski was released with an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court in February.

Bergen woman accused of bilking former employer is now wanted by lawmen.
Michele Case, the former Homecare and Hospice employee accused of stealing over $14,000 from the care provider, failed to appear for her scheduled hearing in Genesee County Court yesterday morning.
Judge Charles Zambito issued a warrant for Case after she was absent from another hearing regarding her restitution in the case.
Public Defender in the matter, Jerry Ader didn’t oppose the warrant but said he planned to file an appeal challenging the County Court’s jurisdiction in the restitution case.

Winter Storm Watch going into effect for Wyoming County this evening.
Forecasters from the National Weather Service are calling for heavy lake effect snow accumulations of up 12 inches in the most persistent lake snows to the south with winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
The Winter Storm Watch for Wyoming, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie Counties goes into effect tonight and is expected to last through Thursday afternoon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are pushing New York lawmakers to make Roe versus Wade part of state law.
Cuomo says he’s confident lawmakers will codify the federal abortion law soon and fears what Supreme Court judges might do.
He and Clinton spoke yesterday in Manhattan about urging the passage of the Reproductive Health Act and Contraceptive Care Act.
They were never voted on by the Republican-controlled Senate last year, but Democrats now have control of both houses in Albany.

The playing career of Kyle Williams isn’t over just yet.
Williams, who played 13 years with the Buffalo Bills, was chosen as a first alternate for the upcoming NFL Pro Bowl.
It’ll be his sixth appearance in the game.
Williams, who announced his retirement before the Bills’ final regular season game, had five sacks and 35 tackles this year.

Business Burglaries Over the Weekend

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating several burglaries which occurred at different local businesses over the weekend. The areas where the burglaries took place are Ellicott St and Jackson St, Harvester Ave, Swan St, Center St, Apollo Dr and Liberty St. The suspects broke windows or kicked in doors to gain entry. Items were taken at some of the businesses but not all. The suspects stole a white 1998 Dodge RAM 2500 diesel NYREG 65962JX from one of the businesses and may be operating the vehicle. Attached are photos of the suspects from one local business and the actual stolen vehicle. It is recommended that business owners remove all cash/valuables prior to closing. The Batavia Police Department is requesting business owners and citizens to look out for suspicious persons. Please notify the police department IMMEDIATELY if suspicious activities are observed so investigative actions can be taken.

Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Eric Hill at 585-345-6373 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity.

No other information will be released on the burglaries at this time due to the ongoing investigations.

Morning News Briefing

Bethany man behind bars for threatening with a weapon.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 57 year old Kevin Compton of Clipnock Road in Bethany after responding to a domestic incident.
Report of a man threatening two people with a pistol drew lawmen to respond to the Clipnock road residence Saturday afternoon where they located Compton and placed him into custody.
He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon along with two counts each of Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful imprisonment and Menacing.
Compton was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail and is expected to reappear in Bethany Town Court on January 15th.

Ellicott Street man arrested for fight on New Year’s Day.
60 year old Ernest Lane of Ellicott Street was apprehended by Police in Batavia after being accused of injuring another person during a physical altercation in the city on New Year’s Day.
Lane was charged with a count of third degree Assault.
He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court tomorrow.

Another New Year’s Day altercation ends with arrest for an Oak Street resident.
Following report of an altercation at a Walnut Street residence on New Year’s Day, 28 year old Cody Wenner of Batavia was arrested.
Wenner is accused of pushing a juvenile to the ground during the incident and was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment.
He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court.

Batavia man busted for burglary in LeRoy.
Police in LeRoy report the arrest of 42 year old Nicholas Williams of West Main Road in Batavia following investigation into an incident at a Lake Street Residence in LeRoy in November.
Williams allegedly entered a protected party’s residence illegally and then tried stealing a laptop computer before he was interrupted and fled from the home.
He has been charged with Felony counts of Burglary and Criminal Contempt along with a count of Attempted Petit Larceny.
Williams was already being held in the Genesee County Jail due to an alleged Parole Violation and was remanded back without bail.

Alleged Child sexual abuse lands an Elba man in lock up.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has reported the arrest of 35 year old Mark Tooley of Oak Orchard Road in Elba for allegedly having sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13.
The incident is said to have taken place at a Main Road address in Stafford last month.
Tooley was taken into custody on a Sealed Indictment Arrest Warrant that included charges of Sexual Abuse and Criminal Sexual Act both in the first degree along with Acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail.

The halls at the state capitol will be buzzing again this week.
Lawmakers return Wednesday to start their 2019 session.
There are a lot of important issues for them to consider including ethics reform, universal healthcare, recreational marijuana and gun control.
The governor has said he’d like to see progress within the first 100 days of this new legislative session.
For the first time in years, Democrats control both the Assembly and Senate.

Winter Weather Advisory going into effect later this morning.
The National Weather Service is calling for mixed precipitation and total ice accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch in the Weather Advisory for Genesee and Orleans Counties that goes into effect at 10 this morning and is expected to last until 10 tonight.
Forecasters say drivers should remain cautious for slippery roads and limited visibilities.

Morning News Briefing

R. PRAGLE

M. CONDIDORIO

T. POWERS

S. ANTHONY

 

 

 

 

 

LeRoy Police arrest four in connection with car break-ins.
On the second day of the New Year Le Roy Police began receiving complaints that vehicles and other outdoor storage units in the area of Robbins Road were being targeted by thieves.
Police provided surveillance footage of one of the suspects and sent it out to local media which in combination with a number of vigilant citizens resulted in the identification and arrest of four suspects connected to the string of larcenies.
20 year old Tyler Powers, 28 year old Shane Anthony, 38 year old Robert Pragle and 37 year old Michelle Condidorio, all of the same address on Robbins Road in Le Roy were taken into custody.
During the investigation it was discovered all four wanted to buy drugs by selling the stolen items.
A Search of the residence turned up several stolen items and officers also located a quantity of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a quantity of marihuana.
All four were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and individually hit with various counts of drug possession.
They were all jailed in lieu of bail between $10,000 and $25,000 dollars.
All four are scheduled to return to the Le Roy Town Court on January 22nd.
The Le Roy Police Department would like to thank the members of the community in assisting in identifying and locating four suspects.

An Elba man arrested for sexual abuse of a child.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has reported the arrest of 35 year old Mark Tooley of Oak Orchard Road in Elba for allegedly having sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13.
The incident is said to have taken place at a Main Road address in Stafford last month.
Tooley was taken into custody on a Sealed Indictment Arrest Warrant that included charges of Sexual Abuse and Criminal Sexual Act both in the first degree along with Acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail.

Local farmer identified as victim in fatal accident in Pembroke.
Dispatchers received the call reporting a personal injury accident on South Lake Road in Pembroke shortly before 6 o’clock Friday evening.
According to investigators Roger Sweet was driving northbound in an old farm tractor when he was struck from behind by a Chevy Equinox being operated by Janet Miller of Rochester.
Chief Deputy Joseph Graff was on the scene…

The Equinox continued northbound and came to rest along the east shoulder of the road while the impact caused the tractor to roll which trapped Sweet underneath.
Sweet had succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.
The cause of the crash is still under full investigation.

Evening News Briefing

Sheriff William Sheron

Undersheriff Bradley Mazur

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron today talked about his selection of Sgt. Bradley Mazur as his undersheriff.
Mazur is a 20 year veteran of the sheriff’s office.
Sheron says Mazur checks all the boxes:

 

Undersheriff Mazur lives in Batavia. He is married and the father of three boys aged 9 to 18.

Le Roy police are looking for a suspect following several car break-ins. Officials say a man was caught on surveillance cameras going through several vehicles on Robbins Road Wednesday morning.
Police say he targeted vehicles whose doors were unlocked, and he was able to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of items. If you have any information, police want to hear from you.

PHOTO Courtesy LeRoy Police

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says there is only one person to blame for the partial government shutdown and that is President Trump. The New York Democrat reiterated that a border wall would be ineffective, but his political party is for increased border security.
The Trump Administration says lawmakers from both parties are invited back to the White House today to continue negotiations.

Jeff Skinner is continuing to carry the Buffalo Sabres on his back. He scored twice last night as the Sabres beat the Florida Panthers 4 to 3 at KeyBank Center. Skinner now has 28 goals and the Sabres are just three victories away from matching their win total from last season. Sabres captain Jack Eichel missed the contest with an upper-body injury. He’s expected to be out at least one more game.

PEMBROKE STUDENTS PREPARE FOR AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD EXPERIENCE

Press Release:

In a rare and unique opportunity, several Pembroke students will make contact with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) via amateur radio. Pembroke was one of only seven schools world-wide selected for this round of contacts, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM in the auditorium of Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School in Corfu, NY.

This activity is part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Program (ARISS), which promotes learning opportunities as part of the Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) initiative. This unique experience will provide an educational opportunity for Pembroke students to learn about wireless technology and radio science through amateur radio.

The ARISS event will be managed by an international consortium of amateur radio organizations and space agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at SUNY Buffalo State, and members of the Genesee County Radio Amateurs (GRAM) Club.

“This is a challenging and exciting opportunity for students to learn about space travel and exploration, how the astronauts live and work in space, and how students can–even at a young age–become radio amateurs for the emerging field of interplanetary communications,” said Melissa Payne Smith, a science teacher at Pembroke’s Jr./Sr. High School.

Pamela Ware, Corfu resident and member of GRAM, holds an FCC amateur extra license and is the liaison for the team of radio operators who will provide hands-on training and experience for Pembroke students. She and Mrs. Payne Smith–with the support of additional faculty, staff, and students at Pembroke–have spent several months coordinating their efforts in order to be chosen to speak with an astronaut at the International Space Station. “From the minute Pam and I spoke, we believed that this would be an incredible opportunity for the students here at Pembroke. We spent hours planning, developing, and organizing our resources in the hopes of our school being selected. Multiple proposals were submitted, revised, and resubmitted during this process. It’s an honor for our school district to have been chosen for this,” shared Payne Smith.

Pembroke will continue to work with its partners to coordinate the exact date and time in January when students will be speaking with the International Space Station via amateur radio. In the weeks ahead, twenty Pembroke students will be chosen to participate in the transmission, and final technical preparations will take place. This learning experience, multi-faceted in academic and in real-world applications, has a much deeper meaning; students are learning that the sky, in fact, is not the limit.

For more information go to: ARISS [http://www.ariss.org/]
Pembroke Central Schools [http://www.pembrokecsd.org/]

ABOUT Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS): ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew. Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys. Students have the opportunity to learn about space technologies and the technologies involved with space communications through exploration of amateur radio.

Morning News Briefing

Le Roy police are looking for a suspect following several car break-ins.
Officials say a man was caught on surveillance cameras going through several vehicles on Robbins Road Wednesday morning.
Police say he targeted vehicles whose doors were unlocked, and he was able to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of items.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the LeRoy Police.

Bergen man busted in high speed chase through the city.
29 year old Robert Redinger of Dublin Road in Bergen is facing a litany of charges following a hot pursuit by City Police officers around Batavia.
Redinger was eventually taken into custody in the early morning Saturday after running out gas on Harvester Ave.
He was allegedly found to be intoxicated and in possession of drugs and was charged with DWI by combined drugs and alcohol, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer along with multiple counts of Speeding, and various other traffic infractions picked up in the car chase.
Redinger was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail pending his next court appearance.

Accident in Batavia leads to lock up for a Basom man.
36 year old Ranelle Reuben of Judge Road Basom is accused leaving the scene of an accident after striking another vehicle without having a license and while being intoxicated.
Reuben was accused of following too closely in the accident which occurred on West Main Street in Batavia last month.
He was arrested and committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail on charges of DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Disturbance on Oak Street ends with a city resident in lock up.
28 year old George Hodges of Batavia has been arrested and charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration and Harassment following police response to a disturbance call from an Oak Street address.
He allegedly physically interfered with police during their investigation and was ultimately jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.

A Hutchins Place Woman busted for drugs after falling asleep at the wheel.
Police in Batavia were called to a State Street address in the City for a complaint reporting a person who was slouched over the steering wheel.
Officers located 41 year old Billie Harper of Hutchins Place asleep in her vehicle at the intersection of Washington Ave and State Street.
Subsequent investigation determined she was allegedly impaired and in possession of a both a controlled substance and marijuana.
Harper was arrested and charged with DWAI by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Pot and a vehicle infraction for having a cracked windshield.
She was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on January 15th.

Sheriff Sergeant Bradley Mazur has been appointed the new undersheriff for Genesee County.
Mazur is a 20 year veteran of the sheriff’s office.
He takes over for former Undersheriff Greg Walker who retired at the end of the year.
Undersheriff Mazur is a Batavia native and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Evening News Briefing

Police in LeRoy are asking for help in locating a suspect they say is responsible for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of property.
Police say the suspect was caught on video entering several vehicles on Robbins Road in the village early yesterday morning.
If you can identify the suspect or have any information, you are asked to call LeRoy Police at 345-6350

 

 

Bradley D. Mazur

Sheriff Sergeant Bradley Mazur has been appointed the new undersheriff for Genesee County.
Mazur is a 20 year veteran of the sheriff’s office.
He takes over for former Undersheriff Greg Walker who retired at the end of the year.

Undersheriff Mazur is a Batavia native and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

 

 

 

Plans for replacing the over-crowded Genesee County Jail is beginning to show signs of progress.
Genesee County Manager Gsell talked about those plans on today’s Main & Center program

Gsell is hopeful that the 9 acre parcel of land with direct access to Route 5 will be approved as the designated site for a new jail facility that could house between 124 and 184 inmates.
He says having an approved location would put the County in a good position to begin the next phase of planning.

 

Genesee County Lawmen are thankful for their new K9 and the community that made the purchase of the dog possible.
The new K-9, that is still undergoing training, has been named “Frankie” in honor of late Deputy Frank Bordonaro.
Frankie is assigned to K-9 handler Deputy Chris Erion.

Photo: Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron, K-9 “Frankie,” and Deputy Chris Erion.

New Undersheriff Appointed

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. is pleased to announce the appointment of Sergeant Bradley D. Mazur to Undersheriff of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Mazur, a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, began his law enforcement career in January of 1999 as a Deputy Sheriff. In February of 2016, Brad was promoted to Investigator and then in January of 2017, he was promoted to Sergeant, overseeing the operation of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force. Brad also serves as a Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert and Hostage Negotiator. During his career, Undersheriff Mazur has been awarded three commendations, Officer of the Year in 2002, a M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Law Enforcement Award, and a Kiwanis Criminal Justice Award.

 

Undersheriff Bradley Mazur

Undersheriff Mazur is a Batavia native and a 1991 graduate of Batavia High School. In 1996, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and continued to pursue his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Keuka College in 2008. He currently is an adjunct professor at Genesee Community College and resides in Genesee County with his wife, Lisa, and their three sons.

“Brad is a true professional that is well respected within the criminal justice law enforcement community. I am honored to have him join the administrative team of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office,” stated Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is Thankful for K-9 Fund Donations

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr., K-9 Frankie, Deputy Chris Erion

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their sincere appreciation for the incredible support received from community K-9 donations. At this time, a new K-9 has been acquired and his name is “Frankie,” named in memory of deceased Officer Frank Bordonaro. Frankie is assigned to K-9 handler Deputy Chris Erion.

Thank you to the following donors:

Vic Marchese – Main Street Pizza Company
Genesee County Sheriffs Employees’ Association
NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
Wal-Mart
Elba School District/Applebee’s Restaurant
Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc.
Pumpkin Hill Veterinary Clinic
Caryville Inn
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Ferry
Pavilion Central School District
Ron Greer
Al Hansen
Mr. & Mrs. James Lamkin
Batavia Police Benevolent Association
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Erion
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brookhart
Bubba’s Landscaping
Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Whitney
Volunteers for Animals
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Stella
Thomas Frazier
Tom & Anne Frew
Pembroke Jr. Sr. High School
Orleans County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
Piatkowski Family
Hardcor Audio
Gates Keystone Club, Inc.

The Yngoddess Shop
Kathy Hartman
Rose Bartz
Ronald Cervone
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ames
Shannon Ferguson
Statewide Machinery
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Pray
Marktec Products, Inc.
Adams Welding & Fabrication
Matt Frew
Red Osier Landmark
Mr. & Mrs. John Durand
Genesee Community College Security
Bill Fox & Son
Shannon Lyaski
Gary Graber
Julia Garver
James Kettle
Eric Wies
Jacob Terranova
Hilton Veterinary Hospital
Lynn Roland
Jessica Brown
Kathy Grayson
Josh Carlson
Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Kozuch
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Werk
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Eddy
Mr. & Mrs. Wade Schwab
Robert Magoffin
Robert Gluckman
Toby Gluckman
Peggy Grayson
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Whitcombe
Mr. & Mrs. John Holder
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Elliott
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Richenberg
Thomas D’Agostino
Bergen Business & Civic Association
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hollwedel
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Welsh
Forbes Court Reporting Services, LLC

Marsha Martin
Mr. & Mrs. William Corcoran
Mary Silvernail
Genesee County Board of Elections
Mr. & Mrs. Kacy Sherwood
Jonell Chudyk
Chelsea Elliott
Kimberly Perl
Peter Cunningham
Aaron Weaver
Mark Siminski
Glenn Rigerman
Erin & Jeff Heintz
Carol Queal
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Loftus
Marcia Gates
Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Weibel
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Willis
Mr. & Mrs. Dick Frew
Byron Fire Department
Jeff Gillard
Pamela Sojda
Benay Chamberlain
Mr. & Mrs. Rick Branton
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Fricke
Shirley Bird
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Newton
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Randall
Carol Smith
Mr. & Mrs. David VanScoy
Mr. & Mrs. George Van Nest
Byron Exempt Firemens Assoc.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Satkowski
Genesee County Probation Department
Benjamin Paratore
Marian Partridge
Amanda (Roland) Gerwitz
Lisa Casey
Peter Lepiane
Shirley Lawson
Mary Beth McMartin
Julie Brinkman
Cindy McDonald

Janine Cain
Randy Lagree
Tracy Ranney
Alethea Kruger
Teri Toombs Dukes
Debbie Shea
Jack Kershner
Loretta Smith
Patty Famiglietti
Mr. & Mrs. James Sweeney
Starowitz Growers
Georginne Majerus
Batavia Business & Professional Women’s Club
Valerie Kankiewicz
Dianne Boeheim
Dorothy Doerrer
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Myers
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Freitag
Mr. & Mrs. William Hirsch
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Newman
Jim Carr
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Long
Nancy Arras
Karen Gayton
Lori Colombo
Kirk Pothos
Debbie Shields
Heather Luna
Dwayne Fonda
Jen Zastrocky
Mr. & Mrs. James Wright
Randy Smith
Jennifer Hayes
Katherine Owen
Kathi McLaughlin
Stephanie Underhill
Jill Hart
Brandon Thornton
Several anonymous donors

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr., Correction Officer Eric Wagner, Deputy Chris Erion, Chief Deputy Joseph Graff, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President Joe Miano

Sheriff’s Employee Association President/Sr. Correction Officer Kevin Wolff, Deputy Chris Erion, Sr. Correction Officer Pete Hoy

Students from Elba Central School which hosted an Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

 

Morning News Briefing

Short circuit blamed for fire at Perry Bowling Center.
A New Year’s Eve fire at the Perry Bowling Center has been traced to an electrical short circuit in a second floor apartment.
Fire investigators say the short sparked the blaze Monday afternoon with most of the fire damage confined to the upper apartments.
The bowling alley sustained heavy water damage which is now estimated at $200,000 but it is said to be repairable.
Five fire companies battled the blaze with no injuries were reported, however two upstairs residents were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
The bowling center remains closed.

Disturbance in Oakfield lands a Village resident behind bars.
23 year old Justin Tillinghast of Oakfield has been arrested by State Police based out of Batavia on both a felony and a class A misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief along with Harassment with Physical Contact.
Tillinghast was taken into custody following report of a disturbance at a Maple Ave address in the Village on New Year’s Day.
He was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of bail as the investigation continues.

County Lawmen express appreciation for a list supporters for their new K9.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement of gratitude thanking everyone for the support they received from community K-9 donations.
At this time, a new K-9 has been acquired and his name is “Frankie,” named in memory of deceased Officer Frank Bordonaro.
Frankie is assigned to K-9 handler Deputy Chris Erion.

Governor Cuomo has given an update on the future of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
In a radio interview yesterday, the governor said he’ll address the issue in the state budget, which is due in the spring.
A study requested by the governor last year showed experts believe the benefits of legalizing marijuana outweighed the negatives.
The governor is expected to reveal his executive budget at the end of the month.

Battle lines are being drawn on Capitol Hill over the partial government shutdown and border security.
Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy says the Democrats made it clear that they’ll push a funding bill that President Trump will never sign.
Presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats will advance a funding bill that has already received the support of Republicans in Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remarked that Democrats want strong border security, but the White House is essentially holding the government hostage to get its way.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel will be heading to California later this month.
He’s been chosen to take part in the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose.
Eichel is Buffalo’s only representative in the annual event.
The game will take place January 26th.

Evening News Briefing

Fire damage is now estimated at $200,000 from a New Year’s Eve fire at the Perry Bowling Center.
That blaze broke out Monday afternoon and traced to an electrical short circuit in a second floor apartment.
The bowling alley sustained heavy water damage but is said to be repairable.
Five fire companies battled the blaze. No injuries were reported. Two people who lived in the upstairs apartment are being helped by the Red Cross. The bowling center remains closed

An assault on police officers at a Darien Lake Concert leads to indictment against a Mississippi man.
23 year old Robert Maharrey of Okolona, Mississippi is facing a 6 count indictment after a violent assault at a Jason Aldean Concert in August.
He is accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies, spitting in the face of one deputy and head-butting another breaking his nose, and fighting with Live Nation Security.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is officially beginning his third term in office after being sworn in on Ellis Island. During his inaugural address, Governor Cuomo said the “American promise” is at risk.

He added that white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and the threat of mass shootings are on the rise, leading to a social depression among Americans. Cuomo says while he doesn’t fault the Federal Government for causing division among citizens, he does feel they took advantage of fear and frustration for political gain.

Someone in New York State is waking up a millionaire. According to the New York Lottery, the winning ticket for last night’s $425 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Glen Head, which is located on Long Island.
There hadn’t been a Mega Millions winner since October when someone in South Carolina bought a ticket worth more than one-and-a-half billion dollars. That person still hasn’t come forward.

Morning News Briefing

Apartment fire shuts down the Perry Bowling Center.
A four-alarm fire at the Perry Bowling Center in Perry has led to the temporary shutdown of the facility.
The fire is said to have started Monday afternoon in an upstairs apartment above the bowling center at 22 Covington Street in Perry.
There were no injuries reported however, two female residents have been displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
There was significant water and smoke damage to the snack bar area and the owner said it will take time to assess the total impact of the blaze.
In the meantime, plans to host The Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the bowling center have been moved to Livingston Lanes in Geneseo.

Assault against officers at Darien Lake Concert leads to indictment against a Mississippi man.
23 year old Robert Maharrey of Okolona, Mississippi is facing a 6 count indictment after a violent assault at a Jason Aldean Concert in August.
He is accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies including spitting in the face of a deputy, headbutting a deputy in the face and breaking his nose, striking a woman in the face and fighting with Live Nation Security.
Maharrey is facing two counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of harassment, assault and assault on a police officer which is a class C felony.

A Bergen resident is busted for violating an order of protection.
State Police based in Batavia have arrested 53 year old Octavio Tardy of Bergen following report from a West Main Street address in Batavia on New Year’s Eve.
Tardy was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor count of Criminal Contempt and was remanded to Jail in lieu of bail.

Deputies make New Year’s Eve DWI arrest in Bergen.
40 year old Tevin Dowdell of Rochester was stopped for allegedly speeding on Clinton Street in Bergen Monday night.
Upon further investigation officers determined Dowdell was driving without a license in a vehicle that did not have a valid inspection.
Dowdell was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Refusal to take a breath test and was remanded to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
He is expected to appear in County Court today.

Albion water main break has been fixed.
The break happened around 12:30 Tuesday morning and has led to the closure of State Route 98 from Bank Street to Caroline Street in the Village and is responsible for flooding a home on Main Street.
Department of Public Works employees have fixed the break however the boil water order will remain in effect for about three to four days.

President Trump is inviting leaders of Congress from both sides of the aisle to a briefing on border security.
Today’s meeting at the White House will be led by officials from the Department of Homeland Security.
Leaders from each party in both the House and the Senate, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer, are invited to attend.
The briefing comes just a day before Democrats take control of the House.
Democrats and the White House are at an impasse over ending a partial government shutdown with the sticking point being funding for a border wall.

New Years start off with fireworks and high winds follow

Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.

Evening News Briefing

A High Wind Warning has been issued on this New Year’s Eve.
The National Weather Service has posted the warning to take effect at 11 tonight and remain in effect until 7 New Year’s Day.
Winds are forecast out of the southwest at 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60. The Wind Warning applies to Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.
The High Wind Warning has prompted Batavia Downs to move up their fireworks for tonight.
The Downs says the fireworks tonight will go off at 9 p.m. – not midnight.

A sad ending to the search for a missing man in Orleans County.
The body of 71 year old Robert Arnett was discovered yesterday morning.
Authorities said it appeared Arnett fell into a shallow pond in Barre.
No foul play is suspected. Troopers said Mr. Arnett suffered from Alzheimer’s.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year. Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.
Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.
Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.
There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to $11.10.

Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Bills trampled the Dolphins 42-17 at home. It was the final game for defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who announced he is retiring after a 13-year career with Buffalo. The Bills finish the season with a 6-and-10 record.

Batavia Downs Moves Up Show Time for New Year’s Fireworks

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel is announcing that due to the severe wind weather warning currently forecast for this evening, they will be moving up the time for their New Year’s Eve fireworks show to 9pm from the previously scheduled 12 Midnight.

“In order to ensure the safety of our valued guests and at the advice of our Fireworks vendor we have decided to move up the show time,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President at Batavia Downs Gaming.

Those wishing to see the fireworks may do so by exiting the building by the Homestretch Grill, or by viewing them inside via the enclosed Grandstands on the 2nd floor.

Albion and Holley PD’s designated as Safe Havens

Safe Haven sign outside of the Albion Police Department

Press Release:

The Albion Police Department and Holley Police Departments in conjunction with Project Stork Inc. are proud to announce the recent designation and training for both agencies as a SAFE HAVEN location.

New York State Law provides that a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can give up custody of their baby that is 30 days old or less, no questions asked. They must simply bring the infant to a safe haven location and make sure they locate a person to give the child. As long as the child shows no signs of intentional abuse, no name or other information is required.

The Officers and Staff of both the Albion and Holley Police Departments were given training on the law and the procedure on how to handle an infant being turned over. Signs have also been placed outside of both Police Stations indicating that the Police Stations are Safe Haven locations. Each Station also has a complete Kit of supplies need to care for an infant until other trained personnel arrive. These Kits include items such as diapers, formula, clothing and other essential items.

I would like to thank the founder of Project Stork Inc., Jenny Staebell, for providing the Signs and Infant Kits to us for this potentially lifesaving option to a distressed parent.

Thanks to the Safe Haven Law no one ever has to abandon a child again.

For more information please visit http://safehaven.tv/states/newyork/#info

Morning News Briefing

Body of missing elderly man found near his home in Barre.
An alert for a missing vulnerable adult out of Orleans County has ended with the grim discovery.
State Police called off the alert yesterday morning at around 10:30 a.m. after report that the body of 71 year old Robert Arnett was found.
Arnett apparently fell into a nearby pond after walking out of his home in Barre Friday night.
The search for Arnett drew out around 150 people yesterday morning including multiple local and state law enforcement agencies.
Arnett suffered from Alzheimer’s and investigators are not suspecting any foul play.

Report of an erratic electric scooter driver in a department store leads to arrest for a Batavia man.
Deputies apprehended 29 year old Adam Thomas of South Main Street Batavia following a complaint from a department store in Batavia of an intoxicated male operating an electric scooter and causing a disturbance Friday morning.
Thomas was accused of being under the influence of a narcotic drug and was allegedly found in possession of a powdery substance later identified as fentanyl.
Thomas was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and making a Public Appearance Under the Influence of a Narcotic Drug.
He was released with appearance tickets for Batavia City Court at a later date.

An Oakfield man jailed following a domestic incident.
27 year old Matthew Pape of Lockport Road in Oakfield was arrested and charged with first degree Criminal Contempt following investigation into a domestic incident reported early Saturday morning.
Pape was accused of striking another individual in the head with a door causing injury while violating an order of protection.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and is due back in Oakfield Town Court on January 4th.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for much of the region including Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties.
The Wind Watch goes into effect this evening and is expected to last through Tuesday morning.
Forecasters are calling for southwest winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 60 to 65 mph.
They say residents should be aware of possible downed trees and power lines and to be alert for potential localized power outages.

Minimum wage rising today in New York State
Minimum wage workers in New York will see their paychecks increase beginning today.
The minimum wage upstate will now be eleven dollars and ten cents an hour.
Governor Cuomo says there will be a wage theft hotline for workers to call if they feel their employer is not complying.
Many restaurants and business owners say they’re against the increase because it hurts their bottom line.

Bills squish the fish in the season finale.
Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Bills trampled the Dolphins 42 -17 at home.
It was the final game for defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who announced he is retiring after a 13 year career with Buffalo.
The Bills wind up with a 6 and 10 record.

Morning News Briefing

Police bust a Batavia man for dangerous drunk driving in LeRoy.
LeRoy Police arrested 42 year old Shah Zajic of Batavia after an officer assigned to DWI Crackdown Patrol observed a vehicle allegedly speeding down Wolcott Street in the Village.
Zajic was stopped early Thursday morning after allegedly failing to use a turn signal and a subsequent investigation found him to be intoxicated.
He was charged with a Felony count of DWI a Felony Aggravated DWI for being over twice the legal limit, Unlawful possession of Marijuana, Speeding and Failure to Signal.
Zajic was remanded to the Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and is expected back in court on January 22nd.

Former President of Fireman’s Association in Alexander is laid to rest.
89 year old Gerard J. Buckenmeyer of Alexander was lain to rest Friday at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica escorted by members of the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, which he served for much of his life.
Buckenmeyer, a lifelong Alexander resident, was a past president of the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, Western New York Fire Association, and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, more commonly known as FASNY.
He was also past president and longtime member of Alexander Central School Board of Education.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is reporting a sharp rise in flu cases across the state.
The governor says the number of cases of reported influenza rose by 72-percent over the past week in 58 out of 62 counties.
Cuomo is urging everyone six months of age and older to consider getting a flu shot.
Officials say the prevalent strain of influenza this year is one of the strains in this year’s vaccination.

Star running back for the Blue Devils, Ray Leach has been named the region’s Football Player of the Year by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The Batavia High senior has set several records for Section Five including most yards rushing, most touchdowns and most points scored in the single season.
Teammates Josh Barber and Ethan Biscaro were also named to the paper’s first team.

Longtime Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams will play his final NFL game on Sunday.
The team says the 35-year-old will retire after the regular-season finale against Miami.
Williams has spent his entire 13-year career with the Bills and is a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
They’ll be taking on their longtime AFC East rival the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field Sunday afternoon with Kickoff set for one o’clock.

Evening News Briefing

Football Phenom Ray Leach has been named the region’s Football Player of the Year by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The Batavia High senior has set several records for Section Five including most yards rushing, most touchdowns and most points scored in the single season.
Teammates Josh Barber and Ethan Biscaro were also named to the first team.

Kyle Williams

 

 

Longtime Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams will play his final NFL game on Sunday.
The team says the 35-year-old will retire after the regular-season finale against Miami.
Williams has spent his entire 13-year career with the Bills and is a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo is reporting a sharp rise in flu cases across the state. The governor says the number of cases of reported influenza rose by 72-percent over the past week in 58 out of 62 counties. Cuomo is urging everyone six months of age and older to consider getting a flu shot. Officials say the prevalent strain of influenza this year is one of the strains in this year’s vaccination.

The Championships of the Batavia Lion’s Club Pete Arras Memorial Tournament are taking place tonight.
Tip off for the 37th Annual Tournament Championship is scheduled for 7 tonight at GCC.
The small school Championship match is between Elba and Oakfield-Alabama.
Then at 8:30, scheduled time, the Blue Devils of Batavia go head to head against the Blue Devils of Attica in the large school division.
Bob Brown calls both games tonight on WBTA FM and AM and WBTAi-dot-com.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s star athlete is named as region’s best.
Batavia’s star running back Ray Leach has been named the region’s top football player for 2018
Ray Leach’s impressive list of records for Section Five includes single season as well as career records for the most rushing yards, touchdowns and points scored.
Leach also rewrote the record book for yards rushing, touchdowns, and points scored in the State playoffs.
Congratulations goes out to Leach who has been named Football Player of the Year for All-Greater Rochester by the Democrat & Chronicle with Joshua Barber and Ethan Biscaro who were named for first team.

Batavia man jailed for driving over twice the legal limit in LeRoy.
42 year old Shah Zajic of Batavia was taken into custody by LeRoy Police early yesterday morning after being stopped for allegedly speeding down Wolcott Street in the Village.
The officer assigned to DWI Crackdown Patrol allegedly observed Zajic failing to use a turn signal and found him to be intoxicated following a subsequent investigation.
Zajic was charged with a Felony DWI, a Felony Aggravated DWI for being over twice the legal limit, Unlawful possession of Marijuana, and traffic violations.
He was remanded to the Jail in lieu of 25-hundred dollars bail and is expected back in court on January 22nd.

Report of a dog bite has Health Department officials on the lookout for a possible dog owner.
Following report that a free-roaming dog allegedly bit a pedestrian the County Health Department is looking for some information from the possible dog owner.
The dog which is described as possibly being an American Pit Bull Terrier with short black fur allegedly bit an individual on the west side of Summit Street between Washington Ave and East Main Street the night of Christmas Eve.
Environmental Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties Sarah Balduf said the individual will have to go through unnecessary treatment for rabies if they cannot determine whether the dog is up-to-date on its anti-rabies vaccine.
Anyone with information on the dog and/or dog owner is asked to contact the Genesee County Health Department at 585-344-2580 ext. 5555.

Unemployment rate for Genesee County is looking lower than it has in nearly 30 years.
The unemployment rate for November in Genesee County has dropped from 5 percent last year to 3.5 percent this past month.
The state reports that 29,000 people in Genesee County have jobs, compared to 27,000 a year ago.
According to the state’s online records for monthly unemployment rates, the November rate has never been lower, though it reached 3.8 percent in 2000 and the records only show from 1990 and onward.

Getting to your New Year’s Eve party could be a bit quicker than usual.
Governor Cuomo has announced the suspension of construction-related lane closures during peak New Year’s travel days.
The suspension will be in place from Saturday morning until six Wednesday morning.
Drivers are being urged to take breaks at rest areas along the Thruway.
You can also check traffic conditions in real time by downloading the Thruway Authority’s app.

The Buffalo Bills will end a disappointing season this weekend.
They’ll be taking on their longtime AFC East rival the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field.
The Bills have won just five games this year after making the playoffs last season.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Evening News Briefing

Jose Torres-Acevedo

A Batavia man accused of abducting a Bergen teenager, triggering an amber alert, may face federal charges.
22 year old Jose Torres-Acevedo has been charged locally with stealing a car and taking a 14 year old girl from her home late last month.
Torres Acevedo and the girl were located in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
Authorities said the girl went with Acevedo willingly.
Now, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is talking with the FBI to determine if Acevedo should face federal charges for taking the girl across state lines.

State Police nab the Grinch who stole a sign on Christmas Eve from a Town of Batavia Restaurant.
42 year old Daniel King of Pembroke is accused of boosting a sign from the Willow Bend Restaurant in Pembroke.
King was charged with Petit Larceny.

Minimum wage workers in New York State will soon see a boost in their pay.
Effective December 31st, the minimum wage upstate will rise to eleven dollars and ten cents an hour.
Governor Cuomo is also launching a wage theft hotline for workers to call if they feel their employer is not complying.

November unemployment rates are out.
Genesee County’s jobless rate last month was 3.5-percent, down from an even 5-percent a year ago.
Wyoming County is 2.2 percent lower than a year ago, Orleans County was 2 percent lower last month than November of last year.

Health Dept Looking for Dog Owner

On Monday, December 24, 2018 at approximately 11:00pm a pedestrian was bitten by a free-roaming dog. The incident occurred along the west sidewalk of Summit Street that is located between Washington Avenue and East Main Street in the City of Batavia. The dog is described as possibly being an American Pit Bull Terrier or a similar resembling breed or mix that has short black fur. The dog is of a medium build and stands approximately knee-high in height. The dog approached from an unknown direction and after the bite occurred it ran off in an unknown direction.

“The purpose in locating the owner of the dog is to make sure the dog is up-to-date on its anti-rabies vaccine,” stated Sarah Balduf, Environmental Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties. “If the owner cannot be located, the individual will have to go
through unnecessary treatment.”

Anyone with information on the dog and/or dog owner is asked to
contact the Genesee County Health Department at 585-344-2580 ext.5555.

Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments Collaboration

News Release: Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments

With the year closing out, both the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments would like
to wish you and yours a healthy and Happy New Year!

The collaboration between the two counties has provided several opportunities to meet our joint
mission to work collaboratively ensuring conditions that promote optimal health for individuals and
the communities we serve. In 2018, we have had a successful joint Point of Distribution (POD)
exercise to test our Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program. Staff have had the
opportunity to work across the county borders to assist in department functions during times of
limited staff. We have added the Weights & Measures program in both counties to provide a
consumer connection with vendors of food, fuel and other providers to test and verify the accuracy
of weighing and measuring devices.

Our children’s programs work diligently to provide education, case management, support and
referrals to help the children of our counties succeed and enjoy a good quality of life. The
Community Health Services of both departments work hard to limit the spread of communicable
diseases by providing immunizations, lead poisoning prevention direction, as well as provide
guidance for pregnant moms and families with new babies. The nursing staff has provided
migrant health outreach to assist the farm workers in both counties along with investigating
disease / foodborne illness outbreaks.

The Environmental Team provides quality inspections to assure we are safe from foodborne
illness, have working septic systems, and help keep our pets safe from rabies. The Public Health
Education Team has welcomed Marlowe Thompson to work in both counties assisting with the
upcoming Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP),
and the Public Health Accreditation Board process. The team along with one of our nurses is able
to provide Narcan training to local businesses and organizations to help battle the opioid crisis.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Workshops will be starting up in early 2019 in both counties in
partnership with our hospitals. Our support team is always working to make sure the department
is run within budget, keep our forms straight and provide guidance with insurance reimbursement.

In 2019, we are looking to shift from organizational thinking to community focused thinking by
taking the role of Community Chief Health Strategists. Our departments have always worked
collaboratively with other agencies within our borders and are looking to focus community
resources on improving specific health outcomes as we develop our tri-county CHA/CHIP and in
partnership with the local hospital systems, Community Services Plan. We will be looking to
community members to assist in this process by participating in community conversations and
taking a community health assessment survey. Both departments look forward to having a joint
web site where you can access forms and information from both county health departments. We
continue to provide timely posts on our GO Health NY Facebook and Twitter pages along with
increasing interviews on our GO Health NY YouTube site.

Morning News Briefing

A Batavia man could federal charges for taking a protected minor across state lines.
County lawmen are working with the FBI to determine whether 22 year old Jose Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia should face federal charges for an alleged case of child abduction last month that ended in another state.
Torres-Acevedo is accused of taking a 14 year old girl from her home in Bergen on the morning of November 29th leading to a manhunt and an Amber Alert.
The girl reportedly went willingly with Torres-Acevedo after he had already been barred from contact with her from a court order of protection.
He allegedly took the girl over state lines in a stolen vehicle before being caught later that night at a Walmart in Mansfield Pennsylvania.
Torres was initially charged with endangering the welfare of a child for having alleged contact with the underage girl and was most recently charged with Grand Larceny and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for stealing a Dodge Journey from an address on College View Drive in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron said he is working with the FBI to determine whether he should face federal charged for taking a minor across state lines.
Torres-Acevedo remains jailed without bail.
Information provided by our news partner The Batavian.

State Police grab a Christmas Eve Grinch accused of stealing business sign in Batavia.
It was the Night before Christmas and police were called for a larceny complaint to Ye Olde Willow Bend Inn in Batavia.
Troopers were told that a green pick-up truck pulled up next to the business, the front passenger jumped out and stole the business sign.
Police took 42 year old Daniel King of Pembroke into custody for the incident after tracing the registration and suspect description provided by the eye witness.
King was hit with a count of petit larceny and was given an appearance ticket for January in Batavia Town Court.

Drug arrest on Christmas Morning in Oakfield.
20 year old Dakota White of Batavia was taken into custody by State Police on counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
White was apprehended at a South Main Street address in Oakfield in the early morning hours of Christmas Day and was allegedly found in possession of pot and another drug.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Oakfield Town Court.

Minimum wage workers will soon be seeing their paychecks rise.
Effective December 31st, the minimum wage upstate will rise to eleven dollars and ten cents an hour.
Governor Cuomo is also launching a wage theft hotline for workers to call if they feel their employer is not complying.
Many restaurants and business owners say they’re against the increase because it hurts their bottom line.

Christmas may be over, but the holiday season crackdown on drunk drivers continues.
Governor Cuomo said yesterday that there will still be increased State Police patrols on New York roads through New Year’s Day.
Drivers can expect to see more troopers and sobriety checkpoints during their travels.
Last year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign led to 40,000 tickets being issued.

Evening News Briefing

BFD Capt Marty Hinz

One man had to be roused from his sleep in order to escape a fire in his apartment building on Maple Street.
The fire was reported just after 6 last night at 10 Maple Street.
The only occupant was in an apartment untouched by the fire.
City Fire Captain Marty Hinz described finding the source of the fire

A Pit Bull dog named Sadie was rescued from the fire and treated with oxygen at the scene.

The minimum wage in New York State is set to go up on New Year’s Eve. Large employers in New York City will be mandated to pay their workers 15 dollars an hour. The rest of the state sees the minimum wage increase to eleven dollars and ten cents.
The state is launching a wage theft hotline for workers to call if they feel their employer is not complying.

Still have travel plans for the Holidays?
Gas prices continue to drop.
According to Gas Buddy-dot-com, the price of a gallon of gas on the Indian Reservation in Basom is $2.15 a gallon.
The lowest price in Batavia was reported at the Citgo on Park Road at $2.77 a gallon.
On average, prices have dropped five-cents from last week and 21-cents in the last month.

State Police are going to increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving through the end of the year.
The enforcement detail is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs through New Year’s Day.
In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

New York has the highest number of pay phones in the United States. The FCC says as of 2016, there were fewer than 100,000 pay phones in the country.
Of that number, more than 20,000 of them were located in New York.
If you’re wondering, North Dakota was found to have the fewest number of pay phones.

GCC Computer Repair Club Prepares 86 Laptops for Caribbean Students

GCC’s Computer Repair Club members: (back row, left to right) David Basara, Carter Neuman, Jared Wise and Zachery Falta, (seated left to right) Albert Cohen, Charles Borngraber and Andrew Mignano.

Press Release:

Students in the Computer Repair Club at Genesee Community College embraced the dual meaning of the term “network” this past semester. Through an orchestrated network of several different professional organizations, the donation of 86 used, but then carefully refurbished laptop computers will soon be on route to students in Jamaica.

Buffalo Jamaica Innovation Enterprise (BJIE) is an arm of the Jamaican and American Association of Buffalo (JAAB). The main goal of BJIE is to foster socio-economic ties between Western New York and Jamaica. BJIE is collaborating with Western NY STEM Hub, SUNY (University of Buffalo, Downstate Medical and now, Genesee Community College), and University of the West Indies (Jamaica campus). Through the ongoing involvement of these committed partners, a shared advocacy for STEM education in economic development and an exchange of best practices and strategies is underway. Joining the regional efforts of WNY with the “in-country” effort in Jamaica and the Caribbean region is also promoting a cultural exchange that in turn creates new learning opportunities, including a workforce pipeline that integrates global health sciences programs to create jobs for the next generation, in both WNY and the Caribbean.

Oliver Miller, courtesy of GCC

Eighty six used laptops were donated to BJIE in support of the collaboration. They were all in need of refurbishing and readied for use by students at designated STEM education programs in Jamaica. While the donor did not have the resources to take on the refurbishing project, Oliver Miller, a JAAB member and instructor of Information Technology at GCC recognized an opportunity for his students. He knew GCC’s Computer Repair Club could refurbish the laptops, install the proper software and help prepare the systems for final distribution in Jamaica.

“GCC’s Computer Repair Club students were excited to put their skills to work, especially when they learned that these laptops would be delivered to students who need them to pursue education in the STEM field,” Miller said. “Beyond being impressed with the skills the students have demonstrated in doing the work, I am in awe of the comradery I’ve witnessed. Our more experienced technicians are teaching the newest club members enabling them to install an operating system they have not yet learned about. No doubt, this hands-on experience will serve these students well in the future.”

In all, members of GCC’s Computer Repair Club have logged over 80 hours in preparing these laptops that will be used in years of collaborative medical and pharmacology research and opportunities.

“I am proud to belong to a college where students and their instructors are engaged in the greater good, and passionate about putting their skills to the test in an effort to make a difference. This was no small task for our Computer Repair Program students to take on and they did so without hesitation,” GCC’s President James M. Sunser said. “Genesee Community College is proud and honored to do our part to help support these important SUNY initiatives and collaborations.”

GCC’s Computer Repair Club working on the laptops, courtesy of GCC

 

Morning News Briefing

Ellicott Street resident jailed for strangulation and child endangerment.
20 year old Manuel Mendoza-Stymus of Ellicott Street in Batavia was arrested following report of an altercation at an apartment on Ellicott Street in the city.
Mendoza-Stymus was accused of choking another individual, holding them down and taking their cellphone away as they attempted to call for police assistance in the altercation which allegedly occurred Friday night.
The scene allegedly played out in front of a 5 month old child.
He was charged with Strangulation, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Imprisonment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Mendoza-Stymus was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Fire crews rescue dog from a Christmas day fire on Maple Street.
Report of a structure fire at 10 Maple Street in the city came in shortly after 6 o’clock yesterday evening.
Batavia City Fire responded with 2 alarms and found one occupant in one of the three apartments sleeping.
The occupant informed the fire crews there was possibly a dog in the apartment in question…
City Fire Captain Marty Hinz…

The pit bull named Sadie is reportedly doing fine.
The fire appears to have started from a space heater, however no structural damage was sustained to the residence.
Occupants on the affected fire floor may need to find temporary housing while the damage is repaired.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Homeless woman in Rochester picked up on multiple warrants by Police in Batavia.
21 year old Kiha McNear who is listed as homeless in Batavia was located in Rochester and was taken into custody on three warrants stemming from three separate incidents.
She was charged with Harassment with physical contact, Criminal Contempt for disobeying a court ordered mandate and on a Bench Warrant for failing to appear in City Court.
McNear was released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court in January.

Man accused of abducting a 14 year old girl from Byron hit with additional charges of grand larceny.
22 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo was arrested Friday morning, by Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies on a warrant for Grand Larceny and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The charge stems from investigation into the incident last month where Torres-Acevedo allegedly abducted a 14 year old girl in Byron leading to an Amber alert.
Torres-Acevedo is accused of stealing a vehicle from a residence on College View Drive in the same incident.
He has been jailed without bail in the Genessee County Jail.

New York has the highest number of pay phones in the United States.
The FCC says as of 2016, there were fewer than 100-thousand pay phones in the country.
Of that number, more than 20-thousand of them were located in New York.
North Dakota was found to have the fewest number of pay phones.

The partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight.
Yesterday, President Trump said the shutdown will continue until an agreement is reached on money for a border wall.
The president is asking Congress for billions of dollars for the project.
But Democratic leaders, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer, say that’s not going to happen.

Morning News Briefing

City resident arrested for continual violation of court order.
18 year old Iszon Richardson of Lewis Place in Batavia has been jailed after being accused of violating a complete stay away order of protection twice in one day.
City Police were called to a Jackson Street address last Thursday for report of a domestic incident.
Investigators accused Richardson of holding the protected party at their residence, refusing to let them leave and a short time later, Police were called back to the address following a report that Richardson had returned.
Officers located Richardson hiding at the residence and he was taken into custody.
He was charged with four counts of Criminal Contempt, three counts Burglary and one count of Unlawful Imprisonment and was ordered to be held in lieu of $30,000 in the Genesee County Jail.
Richardson was arrested in October for a similar incident on Jackson Street where he was charged with criminal contempt with physical contact, criminal obstruction of breathing, burglary and resisting arrest after running from police.

Batavia man faces attempted murder charge for Ellicott Street assault.
40 year old Rashawn Gosier of Shady Lane Batavia has been charged with first degree Assault and Attempted Murder.
He was apprehended last Monday night after report of a stabbing in the Swan and Ellicott Street area.
The stabbing victim had initially left the scene which hampered the investigation however police eventually located the victim who had been hospitalized for an interview.
Police say Gosier and the victim knew each other through a mutual acquaintance.
Gosier was committed to the Genesee County Jail.

A Juvenile sex offense reported by State Police in Bergen.
State Police based in Batavia have reported the arrest of a 12 year old Bergen boy accused of a felony sex crime.
The Juvenile was arrested last Thursday and charged with a Class B felony count of Criminal Sexual Act against a victim under 11 years old and a Class A Misdemeanor count of Sexual Misconduct for an alleged incident in November in the Town of Bergen.
The boy was released to a third party.

The Buffalo Sabres are sharing some good news on the condition of broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.
The team says he’s resting comfortably after being hospitalized Saturday while calling the contest between the Sabres and Anaheim Ducks.
The Sabres say Jeanneret is looking forward to coming back once the holiday break is over.
He has called games for the franchise since 1971.

Getting to your holiday destination may be a bit quicker than usual.
Governor Cuomo has announced the suspension of construction-related lane closures across New York State.
They’ll remain suspended until six Wednesday morning.
Officials are also urging people to take constant breaks while behind the wheel.
For updated traffic information, you can download the Thruway Authority’s mobile app.

A Winter Weather Advisory going into effect in some southern counties.
The National Weather Service has issued the advisory for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties to be in effect until 6 o’clock this evening.
Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches expected in the most persistent lake snows with winds gusting as high as 30 mph.
For commuters heading south forecasters say to plan on slippery road conditions.

Weekend News Briefing

Suspect in Ellicott Street assault faces attempted murder charge.
Batavia Police have arrested 40 year old Rashawn Gosier of Shady Lane Batavia for first degree Assault and Attempted Murder.
He was apprehended Monday night after report of a stabbing in the Swan and Ellicott Street area.
The immediate investigation was hindered because the stabbing victim had left the scene before being identified, however police managed to located the victim for an interview after they were treated and released from an area hospital.
Police say the victim was stabbed by a stabbing instrument and the weapon in question has not been recovered.
Apparently Gosier and the victim knew each other through a mutual acquaintance.
Gosier was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail.
City Police are still actively investigating the assault and are not releasing the victim’s information.

Police bust a repeated offended of a court order in Batavia.
City Police were contacted by the alleged victim of a domestic incident at a Jackson Street address Thursday.
It was determined through investigation that 18 year old Iszon Richardson of Lewis Place had violated a complete stay away order of protection.
He was accused of holding the protected party at their residence and refused to allow them to leave.
A short time later, Police received information that Richardson had returned to the protected party’s residence.
Officers responded to the address and located Richardson hiding.
He was taken into custody on four counts of Criminal Contempt, three counts Burglary and one count of Unlawful Imprisonment.
Richardson was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $30,000.

Pavilion man arrested for Stalking in Elba.
27 year old Steven Barnhardt was arrested Friday afternoon for an incident in November at a Barrville Road address in Elba.
He was accused of sending repeated and unwanted calls, texts and facebook messages to a female he had met just a week prior and was charged with Aggravated Harassment and Stalking.
Barnhardt was issued an order of protection and released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Deputies bust Pembroke man for drugged driving.
36 year old Gary Doctor was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unregistered Motor Vehicle along with other vehicle and traffic infractions following a car crash last month.
Doctor was allegedly impaired when he crashed on Knapp Road in Pembroke early last month.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Pembroke Town Court on January 22nd.

Garage fire in Pavilion a total loss.
Report of a fully working garage fire was reported right around 11 o’clock Friday morning at a Pavilion Center Road address just south of Junction Road.
The two-story garage quickly went to a second alarm drawing multiple fire crews from the area.
The homeowner, Wayne Palmer, used the garage to restore old cars and a couple of cars were pulled out of the garage at some point.
No firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.
Pavilion Fire Chief Dewey Murdock said the cause of the fire is under investigation but it may have started with a fuel oil burner.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

First BCSD Foundation Apple awards announced

Press Release:

The BCSD Foundation, lnc.’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the first recipients of the BCSD Foundation Apple award.

Jessica Torrey, a 1st grade teacher at Jackson Primary, was described by the Chua family as “a phenomenal teacher who makes every child feel like a star. Academics are only one part of her expertise. She inspires the children to reach their goals and not to set them low. Whether the student is struggling or excelling, Jessica can meet them there and bring them to the next level. She is another mother to her little friends and when the school year ends each one knows he or she means the world to Mrs. Torrey and she will always mean the world to them. As a parent, I felt like I was giving my son to a person each day who loved him as much as I do and could see everything that he had that lit up the room…and she made him shine.”

Mrs. Sarah Gahagan and Mrs. Lindsey Leone are advisors for the B-Squad at Batavia Middle School. The boys’ parents nominated these coaches and described them as educators who “go above and beyond the classroom duties to lead this group of boys to a healthier way of living. The running schedule prepared for the boys allows them to meet with local business owners and learn about what it takes to be successful. We want to thank them for all they do for our sons and for their time and dedication to improving their futures.”

Mrs. Bobbi Norton, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Clerk to the Board of Education, was nominated by the members of the BCSD Board of Education as she retires at the end of the month (after 40 years of dedication to the Batavia City School District). Mrs. Norton was described as being “very helpful and has always been spoken of highly.” Mr. Burk thanked her “for being so supportive and wonderful to our students” adding that “she is extremely talented and is a dear friend.”

The BCSD Foundation Apple award is given by a member of the school and/or local community to a Batavia City School District employee or volunteer. In the opinion of those giving the honor of this distinction, the awardee has gone above and beyond in their role and is being recognized by one or more people for these accomplishments.

Local artist, Mark Jensen, will be making each individual resin apple — none will be exactly the same. If you are interested in giving a Foundation Apple award, please sbumit your nomination form and $75 (payable to the BCSD Foundation, Inc. 260 State Street, Batavia NY 14020 att: Allison Chua). Nomination forms may be found on our webpage (at www.bataviacsd.org under Quick Links).

Community members with questions are asked to email us at foundation@bataviacsd.org.

Mrs. Sarah Gahagan and Mrs. Lindsey Leone receive Foundation Apple award from the B-Squad and Jim Owen and Dave Chua (BCSD Foundation Inc. Board Members)

Mrs. Jessica Torrey receives her Foundation Apple award from Aden Chua (BMS student) and Dave Chua (BCSD Foundation Inc. Board Member).

 Mrs. Bobbi Norton is pictured with Mr. Pat Burk and Mr. Chris Dailey (BCSD Superintendent and BCSD Foundation, Inc. Ex-Officio Board Member).

Avon resident graduates basic training

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman Bailee Grace Murphy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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

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

Murphy is the daughter of Julie C. and Chad W. Murphy of Avon, N.Y.

She is a 2018 graduate of Avon High School, Avon, N.Y.

Morning News Briefing

Undersheriff Gregory Walker a 31-year veteran of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, is retiring effective December 29th.
Walker started his career in 1987, as a Deputy Sheriff, in 1993 was promoted to Investigator, and was promoted again in 1997 to Sergeant.
During his tenure, Walker earned several awards which include seven Meritorious Awards, three Commendations and Officer of the Year.
Additionally, he is a Drug Recognition Expert and Instructor, was Sergeant of the Drug Task Force and is highly involved with the Badge of Honor Association.
Sheriff William Sheron thanked Greg for his dedication and service to the Sheriff’s Office and the people of Genesee County.

Accused attacker of the Wyoming County Sheriff was reported to be uncooperative at his arraignment.
48 year old Lynn Hall of Castile was taken into custody last week after allegedly attacking the Sheriff and threatening to kill him while brandishing a knife.
Lynn appeared in Wyoming County Court yesterday on felony counts attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Hall was reportedly not cooperative with authorities in court and did not respond to the Judge or to the public defender assigned to his case.
His defense entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf and he was committed back to the Wyoming County Jail on half a million dollars bail.

Hawley named Deputy Minority Leader.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley announced he will be the new Deputy Minority Leader for the 2019 Legislative Session.
In addition to this position, Hawley will serve on the Agriculture, Insurance, Rules, Veterans’ Affairs and Ways & Means committees.
Hawley said he looks forward to continuing to make a difference and is anxious to get back to Albany and back to work.

State Association of County Health Departments issues statement of concern over legal pot.
The New York State Association of County Health Officials has expressed serious concerns about the legalization of an adult-use regulated marijuana program, and called on lawmakers to approach legalization thoughtfully and with extreme caution.
The association maintains marijuana is a gate way drug, has harmful cogni-tive and academic effects and can lead to unintentional exposures to children and motor vehicle accidents.
While they remain in opposition to the recreational use of the drug they called on lawmakers to enact restrictions and other measures like research funding for the effects of pot if it is legalized.

The unemployment rate has hit a record low in New York.
The State Labor Department says the seasonally adjusted jobless rate hit three-point-nine percent in November.
That’s the lowest percentage since records began being kept in 1976.
In a statement, Governor Cuomo says his administration will continue driving economic growth statewide.

The Buffalo Bills are hitting the road this weekend to take on a longtime rival.
They’ll be visiting the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
The Patriots are still looking to clinch the AFC East title.
When the teams played earlier this year, New England won 25 to 6.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Undersheriff Gregory Walker Retires

Gregory H. Walker

Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker, a 31-year veteran of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, is retiring effective December 29, 2018. Walker started his career on
October 22, 1987, as a Deputy Sheriff. On October 25, 1993, he was promoted to Investigator and then promoted to Sergeant on September 20, 1997.

During his tenure, Walker earned several awards which include seven Meritorious Awards, three Commendations and Officer of the Year. Additionally, he is a Drug Recognition Expert and Instructor, was Sergeant of the Drug Task Force and is highly involved with the Badge of Honor Association. Greg’s numerous years of employment are proof to the dedication and passion he has for the law enforcement profession.

“I would like to thank Greg for his dedication to serving the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Genesee County,” said Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. “Everyone at the Sheriff’s Office wishes him all the best for his future.”

Evening News Briefing

A new report shows people are leaving New York State in large numbers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between July of 2017, and July of this year more than 48,000  people left the Empire State.
That’s the highest number of any state. Despite the losses, there are still more than 19-million people living in New York.
Only California, Texas and Florida have more residents.

If you’re crossing the border Christmas Day, you won’t have to pay a toll on the Peace Bridge.
Officials announced drivers will be able to save the usual $3.75 on Tuesday only.
They say it’s a nice way to spread some holiday cheer to travelers.

Batavia Downs today reported on their 2018 racing season.
The Downs had fewer races this year: 672 compared to 806 last year.
As a result the total handle at the track was down 11-percent.
The Downs said fewer races are due to the lack of available horses to race.

Wegmans has issued a recall of several of its products.
The supermarket chain says its one pound bag and half-pound bags of Cauliflower Rice, Stir Fry Blend and Veggie Rice Blend may be contaminated with E. coli. So far, no illnesses have been reported.
If you have any of those items, return them for a full refund.

County Employees and Unions Contribute to Tote Project

Genesee County Employee Unions and individual County employees generously contributed to the Kiwanis Holiday Tote Project. The Kiwanis Holiday Tote Project provides local families with a tote full of ingredients to make a holiday meal and turkeys are donated by Batavia Downs Gaming Western Regional Off Track Betting. The Richmond Memorial Library provides a book to each child, gloves and hats are given away and the children get a visit from Santa.

This year Genesee County Employees and their Unions (AFSCME, CSEA, DSA, and SEA) provided large cash donations, over 400 additional food items and games for each of the families.

Thanks to the generosity of the Genesee County Employees this community project is sure to be a success!

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Batavia Downs 2018 meet is in the books

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The 67-night session of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2018 wrapped up on Saturday (Dec. 15) with both highs and lows being noted.

Whereas many competitive races were witnessed over the oldest lighted harness track in America, fewer races overall affected the Downs handle for the meet. The main reason for fewer races was a lack of available horses to race.

In 2018 only 672 races were filled compared to 806 in 2017 and due to 134 less races (a 16% reduction) the handle also finished down 11.2%.

“The reduction of races was due to the decreased amount of horses in the area. And we had a number of short fields trying to fill out race cards besides. Both of these factors played havoc with our numbers,” said Todd Haight, Director/Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs.

“However I also feel the numbers are a bit skewed since we were coming off a record season last year. That said, we are excited about the 2019 meet.”

There were three cards cancelled during the meet: two for lack of entries and one for weather related issues.

Although fewer races were held, the ones that went on provided excellent competition on the track and wagering opportunities for Downs customers.

Eight visits by the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) during the summer months and a visit by the great Foiled Again were highlights of the meet and drew large crowds trackside.

On the track Drew Monti took the driving title, garnering 122 wins for the meet and earning $724,847 in purses. This was Monti’s second driving title in the last three years at Batavia.

Kevin Cummings finished second with 102 wins and Billy Davis Jr. was third with 99.

JD Perrin grabbed his fourth training trophy as a result of sending out 61 winners who earned $333,348. Perrin finished ahead of James Clouser Jr. who had 43 wins and Shawn McDonough who registered 29.

Five track records were broken over the six-month run.

Standards for 2-year-old pacing colt (Melodies Major, 1:54.1), 3-year-old trotting gelding and all-aged trotting (Winning Shadow, 1:53.4), aged trotting mare (Chelsea’s Chance, 1:56.1) and trotting under saddle (No Recess, 2:02.1) were all re-written at the Genesee County oval.

And possibly the biggest news of the meet was the announcement that Batavia Downs was named the host track for the NYSS Night of Champions that will be held on Saturday (Sept. 14). That night also marks the return of the Downs signature race, the $50,000 Kane Memorial Pace, making it the richest night of harness racing ever offered in western New York.

The 65-card meet will kick off on Wednesday (July 24) pending state approval of the dates.

Collins Again Calls on Governor Cuomo To Stop Diverting 9-1-1 Fees

Press Release:

Today Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) again called on New York State’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo to stop diverting fees collected for 9-1-1 services. The Federal Communication Commission’s annual report shows that New York State continues to divert nearly 42% of fees collected from consumers on their phone bills – which are meant to be used to improve 9-1-1 emergency communications systems – to the Governor’s slush fund.

Earlier this year, Congressman Collins introduced the 911 Fee Integrity Act, that prevents states from diverting fees collected for 9-1-1 services. Collins’ bill directs the FCC, in consultation with public safety organizations, and state, local and tribal governments, to determine the appropriate use of funds collected from consumers. Currently, states are able to set their own definition of what is a covered cost for 9-1-1 fees, which has allowed States such as New York to divert fees into a general fund.

“It is completely unacceptable that New York State continues to divert funds meant to improve 9-1-1 emergency services, to Governor Cuomo’s corrupt and shady slush fund,” said Collins. “These fees should be used to make important and necessary improvements to emergency response systems – doing otherwise is inappropriate and puts New York residents at risk. We must prioritize the safety of our communities and improving these services is absolutely essential to keeping our residents safe. I remain committed to pushing the Governor to end this deceptive practice.”

The FCC’s annual report identifies six states and one territory as diverting 9-1-1 fees for other uses last year: Montana, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York also tops the list with one of the highest 9-1-1 fess at $1.20 per line.

“When Americans pay 911 fees on their phone bills, they rightfully expect that money to fund 911-related services,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in the FCC’s release. “Unfortunately, the FCC’s annual report shows that, once again, several states have siphoned 911 funding for unrelated purposes. This is outrageous and it undermines public safety. But there is also some good news: Thanks to Commissioner O’Rielly’s efforts to shine a light on the issue of 911 fee diversion, as well as the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s ongoing work, this is the first time that every jurisdiction has responded to the FCC’s annual 911 fee survey. Hopefully, drawing attention in this way to the unacceptable practice of 911 fee diversion will help end it.”

The FCC is required by law to submit an annual report to Congress on the states’ collection and distribution of 911 fees. The FCC’s latest state 911 fee report, as well as reports from prior years, are available at www.fcc.gov/general/911-fee-reports. The agency also issued a Public Notice seeking comment on the findings in the new report.

To learn more about Congressman Collins’ 911 Fee Integrity Act, visit https://chriscollins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/collins-introduces-legislation-to-address-9-1-1-fee-diversion.

Plan Your Winter Activities in Letchworth State Park

Press Release:

Winter is here so let your outdoor fun begin at Letchworth State Park. A variety of activities, programs and family oriented adventures have been planned to provide great options to stay busy and engaged this winter season.

First Day Hikes on January 1st every year has been a state-wide event that encourages starting the year off right with an active and informative day of hiking. Letchworth has four guided hikes planned including a hike designed especially for families with young children, a Winter Wander to Ponds hike, an exotic tree hike and a Great Bend Gorge hike. All hikes begin with a 12:30 pm registration at The Humphrey Nature Center and participants in the hikes will receive a state parks souvenir on a first-come, first-serve basis and refreshments are served after the hikes.

The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park also offers two different hikes along the Greenway including starting points on Bull St. in Cuba, and Canawaugus Park in Scottsville.

With the First Day hike under your belt you can move onto the multitude of other hikes, lectures and programs offerred throughout the winter season in Letchworth. The Genesee Naturalist is a quaterly publication of the park that details all hikes and programs offerred through the seasons. The winter edition provides information about “winter wonder” hikes with a park naturalist and cross country ski nature hikes and showshoe walks. There are family nature walks and as winter breaks, hikes for signs of spring are planned.

The parks’ Winter Lecture Series brings guest speakers to the park every Sunday at 1:00 pm through January and February. Eight topics ranging from Timber Rattlesnakes, Balloons Over Letchowrth, Changes to the Longhouse, Bear Management and what you need to know about the Ripple Effects of Invasive Species are both educational and enlightening. Lectures are held at the Humphrey Nature Center in the park.

All programming in the park is free and open to the public. The best entrance for all park activities is through the Castile entrance. The main park road from Perry to Castile is closed until spring.

For more information, details and to request a copy of The Genesee Naturalist call the park directly at 585 493-3600. All park events, hikes and lectures are listed at www.parks.ny.gov/parks/79

Morning News Briefing

Former employee at Homecare and Hospice Ann Case of Bergen appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday for a restitution hearing
Case was convicted in 2012 of bilking the company out of thousands of dollars and was ordered to pay $14,000 dollars in restitution
She claimed in court yesterday that she has made numerous payments reducing her restitution to $2,500 and in addition made several accusations against Homecare and Hospice, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, and The Batavian.
Case maintained she was the victim of defamatory statements by the DA and Batavian and had been duped by her employer.
Judge Charles Zambito warned her about her conduct after several outbursts and accusations.
It was suggested by Friedman that Case be placed under oath to testify about her ability to make restitution payments before the hearing was adjourned and another hearing regarding restitution was set for January 7th. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Holiday crackdown effort reported from LeRoy PD.
Several arrests involving impaired drivers were reported over the weekend by LeRoy Police assigned to the STOP DWI Holiday Crackdown including 57 year old, Linda Towner, of Batavia who was picked up on a count of DWI.
Police were called to a local grocery store after receiving a complaint that Towner had just driven to the store in an intoxicated state.
42 year old Jeremy Trzecieski of Pavilion, was charged with aggravated DWI for driving with a BAC of .18% or higher along with, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and several traffic violations after being stopped Sunday evening in the Village.
Police say Trzecieski was all over the roadway moving so far outside of the lane that his tires struck the curb and at one-point was occupying both lanes of the highway.
Towner and Trzecieski along with several others picked up in the crackdown were issued appearance tickets for LeRoy Town Court in January.

City Police charge suspect in this week’s suspected stabbing on Ellicott Street for a separate incident.
40 year old Rashawn Gosier of Shady lane was apprehended within minutes of the alleged stabbing however his victim has yet to be located.
Gosier has been charged with attempted assault for another fight that occurred earlier in the evening.
He was released with a court appearance ticket for January.

State Police arrest Clarence woman for violating Leandra’s Law.
Troopers stopped 26 year old Kayla Rinaldi of Clarence on Roll Road after she was observed failing to stay in her lane.
She was also allegedly driving with a child accompanying her.
After failing field sobriety tests, Rinaldi was arrested and taken in for evaluation by a drug recognition expert.
Rinaldi was charged with a felony count of aggravated DWI with a child, and driving with ability impaired by drugs.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Clarence Town Court.
The child was turned over to Rinaldi’s mother and was not harmed.

Wegmans has issued a recall of several of its products.
The supermarket chain says its one pound bag of Cauliflower Rice, half-pound bag of Cauliflower Rice, Stir Fry Blend and Veggie Rice Blend may be contaminated with E. coli.
So far, no illnesses have been reported.
If you have any of those items, return them for a full refund.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police bust a suspect in this week’s suspected stabbing on Ellicott Street.
40 year old Rashawn Gosier of Shady lane was collared within minutes of the incident but his victim has not been located.
Gosier has been charged with attempted assault. He was released with a court appearance ticket for January.

A Bronx resident faces felony charges for attempting to sell LSD in the Town of Darien.
A grand jury has indicted 33 year old Michael Kopyscianski on multiple counts of possession and sale of LSD.
Kopyscianski has a history of drug related arrests elsewhere in New York State.

Americans are getting an early Christmas gift in the form of lower gas prices.
Pump prices are falling thanks to plunging oil prices.
Gas Buddy.com reports the price of regular on the Indian reservation in Basom at $2.15 gal.
M & T express at West Main St. and Dellinger Ave. in Batavia has posted a price of $2.73 gal.
If you have the chance to head to your holiday destination today, you might want to take it.
That’s because Triple-A is projecting tomorrow will be the busiest travel day of the year.

Spectrum Cable 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.

Trees, Lights, Candles – FASNY Urges New Yorkers to Check Safety Lists Twice!

Press Release:

The holiday season is officially underway, and New Yorkers are decorating trees, lighting candles, stringing lights, and getting into the spirit of things. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) urges everyone to exercise caution and keep fire safety in mind when decorating for the holidays. When holiday lights and other decorations are not used properly, they can cause fires, injuries, and even death.

“As New Yorkers get their holiday seasons underway, FASNY wants to take the opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of fire safety,” said FASNY President Steven Klein. “Winter is traditionally the busiest time of the year for home fires, and the prevalence of Christmas lights, candles, and other flammable objects means the holidays involve a heightened risk of fire. New York’s brave volunteer firefighters will be standing ready throughout the holiday season to assist anyone in need, and FASNY encourages everybody to follow some simple safety tips and to not hesitate to call 911 in an emergency. We wish everybody a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.”

According to the US Fire Administration, New York State currently ranks third in the nation for home fire deaths, trailing only Texas and Pennsylvania, with the busy part of the year still to come. Data collected by the National Fire Protection Association shows that between 2012 and 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to a yearly average of 170 home fires that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of four deaths, 15 injuries, and $12 million in direct property damage annually. Christmas tree fires tend to be deadlier than other types of fires, as one of every 45 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 139 total reported home fires. The culprit is often festive lighting, as electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 43 percent of home Christmas tree fires.

To see how quickly a dry Christmas tree can burn, please view this video provided by the NFPA (and produced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)).

FASNY offers the following safety tips:

• When choosing a Christmas tree –

o Check a tree for dryness while at the seller’s lot – shake the trunk above a light-colored surface and watch for falling needles. If too dry, many needles will fall out. Choose a fresher tree.
o Avoid trees with an artificial-looking green tint on the branches or trunk – these trees may have been spray-painted to improve their appearance. The paint used may not only be combustible but could be hazardous as well. When in doubt, ask the seller if they sell painted trees.
o Have the merchant saw off an inch or two from the trunk of the tree to help keep the tree fresh longer at home. If your tree is left outside, placing the trunk in a bucket of water will help keep it fresh.
o When disposing of a tree, DO NOT leave it inside a home or building, and DO NOT place it against the exterior of a home or building. In both cases, the tree is likely dried out and thus poses a fire hazard.

• When choosing holiday decorations and lighting –

o When possible, choose decorations made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials. Look for these designations on the product’s packaging.
o Purchase lights and electrical decorations stamped with the name or symbol of an independent testing lab – for example, “UL”, or Underwriters’ Laboratories – and ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.
o Carefully inspect new and previously used light strands. Look for frayed cables and replace any damaged or missing bulbs before plugging lights in.
o Do not overload extension cords, “power strips” and electrical outlets.
o When using power cords to illuminate outdoor displays, ensure that they are designated for EXTERNAL or outdoor use only – NEVER use power cords that are meant for indoor use. Always check the product’s packaging, which usually indicates outdoor or indoor use.
o Turn lights off overnight. If possible, use a timer device to turn your lights off automatically. This not only lessens the risk of fire but saves on energy bills as well.

• If you light holiday candles or candelabras (menorahs, window candles, etc.) –

o Keep lighted candles and candelabras at least one foot away from any combustible materials. DO NOT place candles anywhere near window curtains, furniture, wrapped gifts or anything else that could easily ignite.
o Place candles and candelabras where they cannot be knocked down or tipped/blown over. If possible, keep the candle inside a weighted holder or one with a wide base.
o Extinguish a candle before it burns to within two inches of its holder.
o NEVER leave a lighted candle unattended – extinguish a candle before leaving the room.
o Discourage the use of candles in bedrooms and other areas where you may fall asleep.
o Store matches and lighters in high places, out of the reach of children, and ideally inside a locked cabinet.
o Consider using battery-powered candles instead. If using electrical “plug-in” candles, then follow manufacturers’ instructions.

• Holiday Cooking (home cooking equipment fires were 55% higher on Christmas Eve and 68% higher on Christmas Day) –

o Stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling or broiling food.
o Most cooking fires involve the stovetop. Keep anything that can catch fire away from it and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time.
o If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
o For homes with children, create a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

For more information, please visit the National Fire Protection Association website at www.nfpa.org.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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.

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Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.



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