Local News

Evening News Briefing

House Fire in Lyndonville led to the rescue of one person.
A working house fire was reported at around quarter to five this morning at on Roosevelt Highway in Lyndonville.
The fire was reportedly under control shortly after 6 this morning.
There was one occupant of the residence that was saved from the flames by firefighters as an ambulance was called to respond.
The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

A Batavia man collared for possession of stolen property
State Police tell WBTA that 24 year old Ronald Murray has been charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for an incident in the Town of Batavia earlier this summer.
Murrary is being held in the Genesee County Jail.

The state’s GOP chairman wants a special election in the 27th Congressional District to be held sooner rather than later.
Nick Langworthy says making sure Western New York is represented in Congress is important, considering all the debate around President Trump’s possible impeachment.
The seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Governor Cuomo’s office hasn’t said when a special election could take place.

A member of the Miami Dolphins says he regrets an incident with a Buffalo Bills fan. Bobby McCain got into an altercation with a fan who said McCain spit on him after the Dolphins lost to the Bills at New Era Field Sunday. McCain also allegedly threatened to spit on a 13-year-old boy before the game started. The Dolphins say McCain will be punished, and he apologized for what happened while talking with reporters yesterday. The Buffalo News reports the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and NFL are looking into the incident.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving during the Halloween weekend.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Thursday October 31st and will end on Sunday November 3rd.
State Police, County and municipal law enforcement will be out in force.

Byron-Bergen Volleyball teams get their hands dirty to help feed the community

Byron-Bergen Volleyball players show off the potatoes they cleaned and prepared at the annual “potato scrub”

Press Release:

Bergen, NY – One Saturday morning each September, the Byron-Bergen Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball teams meet in the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9 a.m. There, they join other members of the community to wash, scrub, dry, sort, pack and load approximately 2000 pounds of potatoes.

While many teams engage in community service fundraising, or awareness-raising, the “potato scrub” requires the team to get their hands dirty – literally. The annual community service project began three years ago when Hannah Catalino, a then sophomore, approached her volleyball coach with an idea for an unusual community service project.

“There are a lot of ways athletic teams can be charitable and this one is not glamourous,” said Byron-Bergen Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “Every year these players tackle this project with good will and good humor and no fanfare. I am extremely proud of them.”

The potato gleaning, as it is officially called, is orchestrated by Stewart Freeman. Freeman has worked with area farmers for the last decade to collect extra and post-harvest crops including potatoes, butternut squash, onions, and cabbage. He stores the produce and makes deliveries to shelters, food pantries, and local families.

“What we’re doing is helping people who can’t afford to buy food get the chance to eat,” said senior Varsity Volleyball player Cynthia Morse. “That makes me feel happy.”

The “scrub”, which the volleyball players take part in, is crucial to this process because as the soil is scrubbed from the potatoes, spoiled spuds are identified and sorted out. If bad potatoes are packed with good ones, they will contaminate the entire box making the food inedible.

“We all participate, both Varsity and JV players,” said Catalino. “It’s a team bonding activity. We work together and get to know each other better while helping the community.”

Eventually, Freeman will deliver the potatoes that the volleyball players helped prepare to local soup kitchens and food pantries including the Open Door Mission in Rochester, the Batavia Salvation Army, and local organizations that deliver food to veterans and community members in need.

 

Byron-Bergen Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Cindy D’Errico takes part in the annual “potato scrub”

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

Press Release:

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

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers 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 October 31st and will end on November 3rd. 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.

The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Thanksgiving and the national Holiday Season in December.

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.

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. Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES ORLEANS COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS OCTOBER 26

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced the locations and times of his upcoming Orleans County Town Hall Meetings on Saturday, October 26.

“After one of the most impactful legislative sessions in recent memory, I am looking forward to answering questions and helping residents understand what is going on in Albany,” Hawley said. “Being an elected official is about giving your neighbors a voice and these town halls are a great opportunity for me to listen to how our community feels on a host of issues. I encourage everyone who is interested to attend one of these events this Saturday. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Town Hall Schedule – Saturday October 26:

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Village of Holley/Town of Murray
Holley Village Hall
72 Public Square
Holley

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Town of Kendall
Kendall Town Hall
1873 Kendall Road
Kendall

Morning News Briefing

Fire crews from Orleans County were called to a working house fire in Lyndonville this morning.
The call for a working house fire at 11848 Roosevelt Highway in Lyndonville went out around quarter to five this morning.
According to scanner reports Lyndonville, Medina, Shelby, Ridgeway and Kendall Fire were called into action along with County Fire investigators.
Fire crews had most of the fire extinguished by approximately 6 this morning.
An ambulance was called to respond for a resident who was rescued from the fire.
No word yet on the extent of their injuries.

The state’s GOP chairman wants a special election in the 27th Congressional District to be held sooner rather than later.
Nick Langworthy says making sure Western New York is represented in Congress is important, considering all the debate around President Trump’s possible impeachment.
The seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Governor Cuomo’s office hasn’t said when a special election could take place.

A crash on Lewiston Road in Batavia is being blamed on a numb left arm.
Clayton Thomas Skye of Westfane told deputies he lost control of his red 2003 Chevrolet pickup on Lewiston Road after his arm went numb around noon Sunday before crashing into a Honda sedan driven by 58 year old Donna Woodworth of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road, Batavia.  Skye was driving his pickup south on Lewiston Road between the Thruway overpass and Veterans Memorial Drive when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck the driver-side fender of Woodworth’s sedan.
Woodworth along with Skye and Skye’s passenger were injured in the crash.
There were no citations issued.

State health officials want to make it a bit easier for e-cigarette users to kick the habit.
They’ve now expanded services through the New York State Smoker’s Quitline to offer folks who use e-cigarettes free coaching and nicotine replacement.
The move comes in response to a growing number of vaping-related illnesses nationwide.
Anyone interested in getting help can call 1-866-NY-Quits.

A member of the Miami Dolphins says he regrets an incident with a Buffalo Bills fan.
Bobby McCain got into an altercation with a fan who said McCain spit on him after the Dolphins lost to the Bills at New Era Field Sunday.
McCain also allegedly threatened to spit on a 13 year old boy before the game started.
The Dolphins say McCain will be punished, and he apologized for what happened while talking with reporters yesterday.
The Buffalo News reports the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and NFL are looking into the incident.

Evening News Briefing

Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia will not be a candidate for congress next year.
The Orleans County native confirmed over the weekend that he will continue to work for the Army.
Bellavia ran for congress in the 2012 primary against Chris Collins and lost.
Now, Collins has resigned in disgrace.
A number of regional politicians have announced their candidacy.
Batavia Assemblyman still Hawley says he’s continuing to watch developments in the race, and while he has expressed interest in running, he has stopped short of declaring his candidacy.

A Batavia man facing a charge of gang assault. 21 year old Riley Mayer is accused of causing serious injury to another person earlier this month on Highland Parkway. He is being held on$5,000 bail.

The temperatures are falling, and so are gas prices in Buffalo. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is two-66. That’s down a penny from last week and seven cents from this time a month ago. The average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia, according to GasBuddy.com, is $2.65

The Buffalo Bills are off to their best start in over a decade. Quarterback Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes yesterday as the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 31 to 21 at New Era Field. The Bills are now five-and-one for the first time since 2008 and sit just a game behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East. The Bills will be back at home this Sunday to host the Philadelphia Eagles.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto (L) from women’s volleyball and Hiago Barros de Souza (R) from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of October 21

Press Release:

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto and Hiago Barros de Souza Named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Outside Hitter Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto from women’s volleyball and Midfielder Hiago Barros de Souza from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of October 21.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto had a total of 36 kills, 11 aces, and 24 digs in four matches this past week against Niagara, Corning, SUNY Broome, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. In those four matchups, the Cougars came out victorious in three, only losing to SUNY Broome. The sophomore from Jundiai, Brazil leads the team in kills (196) and aces (42).

Hiago Barros de Souza scored eight goals in the Cougars last two contests, both victories. The sophomore midfielder from Cerquilho, Brazil is second in the entire country in goals with 26 and leads the country in points with 66. Hiago is also in the top ten in the country in assists with 14.

The volleyball team will be participating in the Western New York Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday, October 26, hosted by Mercyhurst Northeast.
The nationally-ranked men’s soccer team will be on the road this coming Saturday, October 26 at Hudson Valley Community College in the regular season finale.

“The Case for Christ” Film at GCC

Press Release:

What: “The Case for Christ” Film at GCC

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College Batavia Campus – Forum

Who: FREE and Open to the Public

Background:

The Christian Students Club at Genesee Community College (CSU) invites the college and the community to a Free Movie Night on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum of the Batavia Campus located at One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

CSU welcomes all to enjoy some inexpensive homemade baked goods as you enjoy the blockbuster movie, “The Case for Christ,” a 2007 Pureflix movie based on the award-winning best-selling book which portrays the real-life story of Lee Strobel’s journey from atheism to Christianity. The film stars Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster. For further information go to:

http://pureflixstudio.com/movies/the-case-for-christ/?cbg_tz=240.

CSU will be selling homemade baked goods, and the proceeds will go to the student club’s sponsored child from Haiti, 11-year old, Fedson Hyppolite.

CSU’s student mission is to edify and encourage one another to be the light of Christ at GCC. The club welcomes all students regardless of their religious affiliation, and the group meets on Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., in T122.

Any questions can be referred to the CSU president, student Anna Sprout asprout@my.genesee.edu, or to the CSU advisor, Jim Simon jsimon@genesee.edu, 585-798-1688, x4191.

Genesee County Democrats Meet the Candidates

Press Release:

The Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to celebrate early voting and meet their local candidates.

On October 26th the Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to celebrate early voting and meet their local candidates. The event will take place from 11 am to 1 pm at the War of 1812 Peace Garden on Main Street in Batavia.

“For the first time in history, voters in New York State have the opportunity to vote early, and it’s a really big deal.” Said City of Batavia Democratic Chair, Erica Donnell, “Voting rights activists have been fighting for this for a very long time and now that we have a Democratic majority in Albany, we finally got the job done. The first day of early voting is October 26th so we felt that would be a great day for our candidates to get together with voters and celebrate this accomplishment.”

For more information about early voting visit geneseedemocrats.net.

Voters will also have the opportunity to meet some of the endorsed Democratic Candidates running for office this year.

Chair of the Genesee County Democrats and Darien Town Board Member Michael Plitt says, “National politics seem to suck all of the oxygen out of the room these days, but if you really want to participate in democracy, the local level is the place to do it. When I knock on doors I like talking to voters about the things in their community that matters to them and where their vote can really make a difference.”

Participating candidates include City Court Judge candidate Benjamin Bonarigo, Ward 3 City Council Candidate Nick Russo, Ward 5 City Council Candidate Sammy DiSalvo, Darien Town Board Member Michael Plitt, and others. Light refreshments will be provided.

Morning News Briefing

A 21 year old Batavia resident is behind bars following investigation into a gang assault in the city.
Batavia Police report the arrest of Riley Mayer of South Main Street on a count of first degree Gang Assault causing serious physical injury after investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred on Highland Parkway back on October 4th.
Mayer was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Investigation into the incident remains on-going.

A Highland Park man arrested for menacing with a hammer.
23 year old Zachari Morgan was taken into custody by City Police last Thursday on a count of Menacing in the second degree.
Morgan was accused of threatening bodily harm to someone while wielding a hammer during an incident at a Highland Park address.
Morgan was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on October 29th.

Pratt Road resident in lock-up for bringing drugs into the County Jail.
46 year old Jay Blatchley is facing charges of Promoting Prison Contraband and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance after investigation into contraband that was found in the Genesee County Jail.
Blatchley was accused of bringing narcotics into the jail on Saturday and was committed back to the jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A Batavia mother arrested for child endangerment.
City Police arrested 27 year old Shequeita Irvin of Ellicott Ave following investigation into her alleged lack of supervisor of her 6 year old daughter.
The 6 year old was reportedly returned to school for supervision over 30 times after being dropped off by the school bus at her residence with no one home to receive her.
Irvin was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old and was issued an appearance ticket for City Court.

A Medal of Honor recipient says he won’t be representing Western New York in Congress.
Over the weekend, Orleans County native David Bellavia announced he’s not running for the vacant 27th Congressional District seat.
Bellavia says he’ll continue serving in the role the Army requested of him after he received the nation’s highest military honor earlier this year.
The 27th District seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
A date for the special election hasn’t been announced.

The Buffalo Bills are off to their best start in over a decade.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes yesterday as the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 31 to 21 at New Era Field.
The Bills are now five-and-one for the first time since 2008 and sit just a game behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East.
The Bills will be back at home this Sunday to host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region hosting “Meet the Candidates” Day

Press Release:

Citizens with disabilities in the Genesee Region can question candidates in the November election on their own turf

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is holding a FREE “Meet the Candidates” Day to enable local residents with disabilities — or anyone from the community — to hear and discuss issues with some on the ballot in the November General Election. Our Chief Policy Officer Todd Vaarwerk points out that those who achieve local positions now may be the State and National leaders of tomorrow! So, whatever your political views, this is your year to get involved!

The event is to take place on Tuesday October 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in ILGR’s Main Office in the Crickler Executive Business Center, 319 West Main Street, (the former Pepsi-Cola Batavia Bottling Company building) in Batavia, in the Douglas J. Usiak Multipurpose Room. To date, we have confirmations from Batavia City Court Judge candidates Durin B. Rogers (R C I) and Benjamin J. Bonarigo (D WOR GRE); and Batavia City Council Ward 3, Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck (LBT). We have also invited those who are not running unopposed in the following positions, although not all will attend: Genesee County Legislators District 8; Batavia City Council Wards 3 and 5; various local positions: Alexander Town Clerk; Bergen Town Clerk; Bethany Town Council; Byron Town Supervisor and Town Council; Darien Town Supervisor, Town Justice and Town Council; Pavilion Highway Superintendent; and Pembroke Town Justice. They will address their constituents and take questions.

The party abbreviations (in alphabetical order): C – Conservative, D – Democrat, GRE – Green, I – Independence, LIB – Libertarian, R – Republican, WOR – Working Families.

If an attendee wishes to be familiar with the “hot” disability issues, sheets of suggested questions will be provided; but participants are encouraged to ask about public concerns that are close to them. The building is fully disability accessible.

To RSVP or get additional information call Donna at (585) 815-8501, extension 411.

Joey Pro wins 12th of the season at Batavia Downs

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After stringing three straight wins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono prior to finishing sixth chasing a 1:52.3 mile last week, Joey Pro ventured north to Batavia Downs and ran away with the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot on Friday night (Oct. 18).

BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) rushed off the gate for the lead and looked like he would go unchallenged for a while. But Joey Pro (John Cummings Jr.) who was now third, was quickly pulled and brushed to the front in a :28 first quarter and then opened up a gapped 2-½ length lead rounding the second bend. The chasing field stayed in single file trying to keep up with Joey Pro who went to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3.

Joey Pro was 3-½ lengths on top heading into the last turn and the only horse with a shot was Wheels A Turning (Denny Bucceri) who had distinguished himself from the trailing pack and continued his chase down the lane. But the best he would do this night was second as Joey Pro was the best in here and won by 2-¼ lengths in 1:56.1.

It was the 12th win of the year for Joey Pro ($4.80) who has now banked $66,330 for owner Mark Wamp. John Hallett trains the winner.

In the $11,000 Open II trot, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) dropped down for the top class and toured the facility on the point from gate to wire and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Keystone Apache ($12.40) snared his ninth win of the season for owner Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner.

John Cumming Jr. and BIlly Davis Jr. both had driving triples on Friday. Trainer Dave Russo led all conditioners with two victories.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 19) at 6 p.m.

Former City Court Judge Endorses Bonarigo

Press Release:

The Honarable Michael DelPlato has endorsed Ben Bonarigo for the City of Batavia Judgeship.

“I ask that you support and vote for Ben Bonarigo.” states DelPlato. “I have been blessed to practice law here in Batavia for 47 years and privileged to serve as Batavia City Judge for 12 years. I have known Ben since he was a student at the Batavia Middle School. Ben is the most experienced trial attorney in this area and is offering those skills to the citizens of Batavia.”

DelPlato also mentions that Bonarigo “..has served as City attorney, has trial experience in civil, criminal, family and municipal law, which includes extensive experience in jury trials. What a rare and unique opportunity for our voters to elect such an outstanding candidate.”

“This endorsement, coming from a former Judge who spent 12 years in the position I am seeking, who knows what the qualifications and background requirements are for the position is truly humbling” Bonarigo responded. Added Bonarigo, “coming from such a highly regarded judge, attorney and gentleman as Mike DelPlato makes this endorsement that much more gratifying to me.”

Weekend News Briefing

31 year old Edward Bancroft appeared in Wyoming County Court on Thursday where he was charged with Grand Larceny both in the second and third degree for allegedly stealing a truck and trailer in Pike and a utility terrain vehicle in Eagle.
Bancroft is accused of stealing the vehicles during a four county manhunt that was sparked the morning of July 9th when he allegedly set fire to a building in Almond and began a spree stealing and ditching vehicles.
After two days on the run Bancroft was apprehended in Ossian and was committed to the Livingston County Jail.
Following his arraignment in Wyoming County Court he was remanded back to jail.
Bancroft is also facing charges in Allegany, Livingston and possibly Steuben County.

Former Corrections Officer pleads guilty to child porn charges.
26 year old Joseph Chojnacki of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.
After investigating a tip federal officers executed a federal search warrant at Chojnacki’s residence last May.
A total of approximately 3,814 images and 138 videos of child pornography were discovered on his electronic devices.
Some of the images depicted sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler.
Chojnacki faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in January.
There is no word what state prison facility he worked for and his current status with NYS Corrections.

The County Highway Department announces that the Pratt Road Bridge in Pembroke has been re-opened.
This section of Pratt Road runs between Killian and Indian Falls Road.
The bridge has been completely replaced.
The job has taken five months.

Flu season is underway, and cases are starting to be reported across New York.
The state health department says 100 cases of the virus were confirmed during the week ending October 12th.
That’s a 15-percent increase from the week before.
Doctors say this new data shows how important it is for you to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano and the City of Batavia Fire Department in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration would like to offer several safety tips for Halloween.
Some of the Chief’s suggestions are to stay in groups while trick–or-treating, that costumes should be well fitting, flame resistant, highly visible and free of long trailing fabric, to provide children with flashlights and glow sticks for visibility and to examine all treats before eating.
Lastly, Chief Napolitano highly recommends keeping Halloween decorations away from any open flames, light bulbs and heaters, keeping exits clear of any decorations and testing your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working.

After a week off, the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their winning ways going against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be hosting the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field this weekend.
Buffalo hasn’t played since October 6th, when they beat the Tennessee Titans on the road.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Highway Department announces that the Pratt Road Bridge in Pembroke will re-open later today.
This section of Pratt Road runs between Killian and Indian Falls Road.
The bridge has been completely replaced.
The job has taken five months.
Officials say the barricades will be taken down by early this evening.

Eighteen years later, another 9-11 victim is being identified.
Officials say the man, whose name is not being released, is the third victim of 9-11 to be identified this year.
The ID was confirmed through DNA testing.
Authorities still can’t account for over 1,100 victims, or 40-percent of those who died in the September 11th attacks in Lower Manhattan.
The unidentified victims range in age from two to 85.

 

Flu season is underway, and cases are starting to be reported across New York. The state health department says 100 cases of the virus were confirmed during the week ending October 12th. That’s a 15-percent increase from the week before. Doctors say this new data shows how important it is for you to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

The Buffalo Sabres have rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season in style.
Casey Mittelstadt had a pair of goals and Conor Sheary also scored as the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings three-to-nothing last night.
Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton had 47 saves in the winning effort.
Up next for the Sabres is a showdown with the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.

After a week off, the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their winning ways going against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be hosting the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field this weekend.
Buffalo hasn’t played since October 6th, when they beat the Tennessee Titans on the road. Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for one p-m.

City FD on Halloween Safety

News Release

It’s Fall and the Halloween celebration will soon be upon us. There will be children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween
that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.

Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.
Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano and the City of Batavia Fire Department in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration would like to offer several safety tips:

 

 Stay in groups while trick–or-treating
 Costumes should be well fitting, flame resistant, highly visible and free of long trailing fabric
 Always test makeup for potential skin allergy before applying
 Remember to look both ways when crossing streets
 Always stay on sidewalks
 Provide children with flashlights and glow sticks for visibility
 Avoid dark houses
 Examine all treats before eating
 Enjoy with caution

Chief Stefano Napolitano

Lastly, Chief Napolitano highly recommends keeping Halloween decorations away from any open flames,
light bulbs and heaters. It is very easy for decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper to catch
on fire.
Napolitano also recommends keeping exits clear of any decorations so as to not block your exits in the
event of a fire. Also, the Chief suggests testing your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working or
request fire department staff to inspect and test for you.
If a resident has any questions or concerns regarding any of these tips, they can contact the
City of Batavia Fire Headquarters at 585-345-6375.

 

Morning News Briefing

New allegations of sexual abuse against former Boy Scout leader Ronald Rowcliffe of Elba are reportedly now under State Police investigation.
New reports against him have come to light according to Troopers following Rowcliffe’s arrest in September.
Rowcliffe is currently facing two counts of Sexual Abuse in the first-degree, one count of forcible touching and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for his alleged sexual contact with multiple victims while he was a Boy Scout leader from 2017-2019.
13 WHAM reports that Rowcliffe had a history of inappropriate behavior with boys stretching back to 1988 when he resigned from the Holley Police Force over allegations involving a teenage boy and when he agreed to a plea deal in a case out of Orleans County where he was accused of inappropriate behavior with three teenage boys.
Anyone with information regarding accusations against Rowcliffe is encouraged to contact State Police at 518-873-2750.

A burglary in Alexander lands a Warsaw man in lock-up.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report that 44 year old Gary Hensley of Burke Hill Road in Warsaw is accused of illegally entering a residence on Gilhooly Road last month and stealing a hand gun and jewelry.
Hensley is being held without bail in Genesee County Jail.

Stop in Stafford leads to arrest for a Batavia man.
44 year old Casey Nutting of Union Street Batavia was arrested by Genesee County Sherriff’s Deputies after a stop on Main Road in Stafford yesterday evening.
Investigation was turned over to deputies after a LeRoy Police officer observed several vehicle and traffic violations and stopped the vehicle.
Nutting is facing counts of Aggravated DWI for having a BAC over twice the legal limit and refusal to take a breath test.
He was issued appearance tickets for Stafford Town Court on November 5th.

Flu season is underway, and cases are starting to be reported across New York.
The state health department says 100 cases of the virus were confirmed during the week ending October 12th.
That’s a 15-percent increase from the week before.
Doctors say this new data shows how important it is for folks to get their flu shot as soon as possible.

A court hearing is set for today that could determine if the sale of flavored e-cigarettes is banned.
The rule was supposed to go into effect earlier this month, but the Vapor Technology Association and affiliates were able to have it put on hold until today’s hearing.
Supporters of the ban say it’s needed to help curb the growing number of vaping-related illnesses and also to keep e-cigarettes away from kids.
Business owners say they feel like they’re being singled out and claim the ban would hurt sales since flavored e-cigarettes are a popular item among customers

After a week off, the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their winning ways going against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be hosting the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field this weekend.
Buffalo hasn’t played since October 6th, when they beat the Tennessee Titans on the road.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres have rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season in style.
Casey Mittelstadt had a pair of goals and Conor Sheary also scored as the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings three-to-nothing at STAPLES Center last night.
Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton had 47 saves in the winning effort.
Up next for the Sabres is a showdown with San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.

Evening News Briefing

Andrew Cuomo

 

Governors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut are taking part in a summit regarding marijuana and vaping.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo led the meeting in New York City

Ned Lamont

They are discussing market regulations, social justice and public health and safety issues.
Officials hope each state will learn from one another and can eventually come up with regional solutions regarding recreational pot and e-cigarettes.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont talks about how marijuana being legal in his neighboring state is a problem.

Officials says this is an effort to prevent residents from going to neighboring states for the products.

A Warsaw man arrested for a burglary in the Town of Alexander.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies tell WBTA News 44 year old Gary Hensley of Burke Hill Road in Warsaw is accused of illegally entering a on Gilhooly Road last month and stole a hand gun and jewelry.
Hensley is being held without bail in Genesee County Jail.

Over a year after a limo crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, new pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress. The measures call for improved limousine safety standards at the federal level. Laws have already been introduced at the state level in Albany.

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres have been beaten in regulation. Jack Eichel and Victor Oloffson had a goal each, but it wasn’t enough as the Sabres lost to the Anaheim Ducks on the road last night by a final score of five-to-two. The good news is the Sabres are still in first place in the Atlantic Division. They’ll look to get back on the winning track against the Los Angeles Kings tonight. Face-off is set for 10:30 p.m.

Office for the Aging: RSVP of Genesee County is seeking volunteer tax preparers

Press Release:

Are you good with numbers? Seeking Volunteer Tax Preparers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is gearing up to provide tax preparation services for the 2019 tax season. The program is seeking a few more volunteers to assist in the preparation of federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income individuals.

This is a wonderful growth opportunity for people interested in learning new skills, meeting new people and is a fulfilling way to help meet essential community needs.

A fantastic training program will be provided at the Genesee County Office for the Aging weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday, January 13th – Friday, January 17th, Wednesday January 22 – Friday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Volunteers must pass a proficiency exam before working in teams of two, with tax appointments running from February 3rd – April 15, 2020.

In 2019, a small group of dedicated RSVP volunteers served over 1200 households, providing peace of mind along with tax filings. Many people return year after year to get their taxes done. The volunteers are known for their helpful, professional and thorough manner. The program is provided at no cost, but donations are gratefully accepted.

You don’t have to be a tax expert. If you’ve been known to complete your own tax returns from time to time or maybe consider yourself a “numbers” person, please call Courtney Iburi, RSVP Coordinator, at (585) 343-1611 to learn more.

Morning News Briefing

According to a report from the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse the first year of their Opioid Treatment Program has been a great success.
The clinic which is open six days a week administers liquid Methadone to patients dealing with drug addiction.
Approximately 120 people are served by the clinic every week.
Patients would previously have to travel to Buffalo or Rochester to receive treatment prior to the establishment of the Batavia location.
According to the report many of the patients developed an opioid addiction from abusing doctor prescribed pain killers.
For more on the story check the article on our website at WBTAi.com.

Pratt Road resident hit with three counts of Criminal Contempt.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 39 year old Gregory Baker of Pratt Road Batavia into custody Tuesday morning on three counts of Criminal Contempt following investigation into a mental health call Pratt road address earlier this month.
After being arraigned in Batavia Town Court Baker was released under the supervision of Genesee justice.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is signing a law that allows New York State to prosecute individuals who receive a presidential pardon.
The governor says the move closes a loophole and gives prosecutors a way to stand up to abuse of power, adding the state won’t turn a blind eye to criminality.
It takes effect immediately, and applies to both future and past offenses.
Attorney General Letitia James applauded the move, calling it a commonsense check on presidential power.

Over a year after a limo crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, new pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress.
The measures call for improved limousine safety standards at the federal level.
If approved, there would be new guidelines for seat belts and other safety equipment and a grant program would be set up to get potentially dangerous limos off the road.

A final regulation has been issued by the Department of Financial Services that will protect student loan borrowers from unscrupulous practices in the student loan servicing industry.
The regulation, which went into effect yesterday, requires companies that service student loans held by New Yorkers to meet new standards addressing problems that have plagued the student loan servicing industry.
There are approximately 2.8 million student loan borrowers in New York.

The City of Batavia offices will be closed for safety training today from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to plan your business with the offices prior to one.

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres have been beaten in regulation.
Jack Eichel and Victor Oloffson had a goal each, but it wasn’t enough as the Sabres lost to the Anaheim Ducks on the road last night by a final score of five-to-two.
The good news is the Sabres are still in first place in the Atlantic Division.
They’ll look to get back on the winning track against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
Face-off is set for 10:30 p.m.

Ranzenhofer Backs Rogers for Batavia City Court

News Release

Durin Rogers (left) and State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer

BATAVIA, NY- Emphasizing his experience, integrity, temperament and commitment, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has given an enthusiastic boost to Judge Durin Rogers in his effort to succeed retiring Judge Robert Balbick as Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge. Senator Ranzenhofer has represented Batavia and Genesee County since 2008 and has been a practicing lawyer for over 35 years.

“This coming November 5 you have an opportunity to elect a Batavia City Court Judge with proven judicial experience, integrity, judicial temperament and commitment to the community. It is for these reasons that I proudly support Hon. Durin B. Rogers in his effort to become your next full-time Batavia City Court Judge. I have known Judge Rogers for many years now as an attorney and colleague practicing law throughout the GLOW region and most recently as Judge of the Batavia City Court…He is well respected on and off the bench and I have had the opportunity to appear in front of Judge Rogers on the bench and opposite him as Deputy County Attorney for Genesee County. I found Judge Rogers’ approach in both capacities to be professional, knowledgeable, reasonable and fair.”

Senator Ranzenhofer also stressed Judge Rogers’ community service in support of his endorsement stating: “In addition to his service as a public attorney, he has served the legal community and its members as a past President of the Genesee County Bar Association bringing the “People’s Law Series,” …to provide low cost legal education and seminars to the residents of Genesee County…Judge Rogers has and will continue to be a fair judge and listen to all sides before making well-reasoned decisions…Please join me in supporting Judge Durin B. Rogers as your next full-time Batavia City Court Judge,”

Senator Ranzenhofer joins a significant number of Batavia and area officials and organizations who have backed Judge Rogers in his quest to succeed Judge Balbick and become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge. Responding to the Ranzenhofer endorsement, Judge Rogers commented: “I truly appreciate Senator Ranzenhofer’scomments and his support. Over the past many years, the Batavia City Court has become a well-respected part of our system of Justice. I have worked with Judge Balbick over the past four years and we are always considering ways to improve the Court’s ability to meet Batavia’s evolving needs. I am committed to carrying on those efforts in the years to come if elected as Batavia’s next full-time Judge.”

GCASA rates first year of Opioid Treatment Program

News Release: GCASA

For the past 13 months, the clinicians at Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse have been treating area residents dealing with opioid use disorders at the Opioid Treatment Program facility at the agency’s main campus on East Main Street in Batavia.

Kathy Hodgins, left, and Jodi Calkins oversee operations at GCASA’s Opioid Treatment Program  (Submitted photo)

The dispensation of liquid methadone at the OTP clinic has had a profound effect on hundreds of men and women in recovery since its Sept. 4, 2018 opening – a positive impact that even GCASA’s senior services director wouldn’t have been able to predict. “The success of the program has exceeded my expectations,” said Kathy Hodgins, who oversees clinical services in Genesee and Orleans counties. “It has really served people in this area.”

Hodgins credited Assistant Director Jodi Calkins, who supervises a staff of nine (three clinicians, two RNs, three security and transportation personnel and a secretary) at the office for leading a team that strives to help clients reclaim active and meaningful lives. Calkins, who was hired by GCASA a year ago after 20 years in the field as a counselor and clinic director, said she and the staff are committed to those in recovery.
“I love my job and I love the patients,” she said. “We work with the whole spectrum – ones who are struggling, ones who are moving forward and those in between.”

She said methadone is given to the patients in liquid form, six days a week, with the dose taken in front of a GCASA professional. She said those who “are compliant in group and individual sessions and test negative for opioids can earn the privilege” of being able to take home their dosage.
“Patients must submit urine screens to ensure accountability,” she added, noting that the clinic serves about 120 each week but can handle up to 150 or more. “Patients attend group three times a week, meet with counselors one-on-one once a week and also are assigned to a case manager.”
Methadone has been found to be useful at reducing opioid craving and withdrawal and blunting or blocking the effects of illicit opioids. It is offered in liquid, powder and wafer forms and is taken once a day.

Methadone is effective in higher doses, particularly for heroin users, helping them stay in treatment programs longer.
Hodgins said methadone is a “process that sometimes takes them months to get on a stable dose, with careful monitoring throughout.”
She said GCASA has administered suboxone for opioid treatment for quite some time, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
“Methadone is an alternative for people who don’t do well (with suboxone),” she said.

For Steve (name changed), a Genesee County resident in his early thirties, methadone therapy has enabled him to keep a full-time job as an assistant manager and given him renewed hope.

“If it wasn’t for Dr. (Matthew) Fernaays and (counselors) Sarah (Johnson) and Mandy (Moore), I don’t know where I’d be,” he said. “I’d probably be dead.”
Steve said he began methadone treatment about nine months ago, at first coming to the OTP clinic every day but now arriving four days a week.
“I’ve earned take-homes for being clean,” he said, mentioning that he has been sober since Jan. 21, 2019.

He said his downward spiral with opioids started when he was 16 when a doctor prescribed pain pills for a knee injury.
“I got hooked on them and this was before regulation,” he said. “I got up to 380 pills a month and that kept going and going for years. Eventually, the pills weren’t enough anymore and I turned to other drugs.” Steve said he began suboxone treatment at GCASA about a year ago after he “lost his family.”
“My parents, my sister, my brother … no one would talk to me,” he said. “I had to find something to change my life.”
Unfortunately, he relapsed after being sober for six months, but chose to return to GCASA in a last-ditch effort to maintain his family ties.

He said he understands he may be on methadone for the rest of his life – although he hopes to wean off of it – but, either way, he’s proud of what he is accomplishing. “I have my family back, I’m working, I have a new car and I’m feeling like a human again,” he exclaimed. “They saved my life – 100 percent.”
GCASA Executive Director John Bennett said stories such as Steve’s make it all worthwhile, and validates the need for extended services in Genesee County.
“We are thankful to the governor and OASAS (NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services) for investing in our region to assist us in providing a continuum of care for persons living our rural communities,” Bennett said. “We have had great support from our community, from families and civic leaders in the region which is the key to a program like this being successful.”
Bennett noted that the OTP clinic is nearly at its capacity.

“The persons being served no longer have to travel to Erie or Monroe County to receive services,” he said. “Our staff is comprised of highly-trained individuals who focus on welcoming patients into a relaxed, compassionate atmosphere which supports recovery from addiction.”
Methadone is dispensed daily to patients Monday through Saturday from 7-10:30 a.m. GCASA accepts most insurance. For more information about services at GCASA, including the OTP clinic, go to the agency’s website – www.gcasa.net.

GCC Athletics Update: Volleyball

Genesee’s Sophomore Class of 2019-2020

Press Release:

Volleyball Sweeps Niagara on Sophomore Night

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s volleyball team continued their winning ways at home as they swept Western New York Athletic Conference foe Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves in three sets Tuesday night. Prior to the contest, Genesee honored their sophomore class for their hard work and dedication to the volleyball program.

The Cougars swept the Thunderwolves in three sets, 25-15, 25-15, and 25-14 for their tenth victory of the season, and move to 2-3 in Western New York Athletic Conference play. The victory also keeps Genesee perfect inside the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium.

Genesee (10-8) will host their NJCAA Region III Pod Saturday October 19 against SUNY Broome, Corning, and Tompkins Cortland CC.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Maggie Dabb (5) and Julia Ashworth (3) going for the ball against the Saints (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

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Genesee Shutouts Saints for 10th Victory of the Season

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team earned their tenth victory of the season as they defeated the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints 7-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Julia Ashworth got the scoring underway early in the opening half on the rebound of an Alexa Jordan shot. Diante Scheepers scored to make it 2-0 in the second half. Brenna Ilacqua made it 3-0 with the assist from Carleigh Folts. Michaela Curtletta scored on a rebound off a Brianna McMullen shot to make it 4-0 with 21 minutes remaining. Maggie Dabb scored to make it 5-0 with Folts getting her second assist of the game. Brianna Davis scored to make it 6-0 with less than five minutes remaining. Alexa Jordan would score to make it 7-0 to finish the scoring.

Genesee (10-4) is in action on Saturday, October 19 as they travel to SUNY Broome. Game
time from Binghamton is scheduled for 1pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

The sophomore class of 2019

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Sophomores Carry Cougars to Shutout on Sophomore Night

BATAVIA, NY…On a night that the sophomore class was honored for their dedication and hard work to the program, the no.7 ranked Genesee Community College men’s soccer team defeated the Mercyhurst North East Saints 6-0 Tuesday evening.

Hiago Barros de Souza would score four goals on the evening after Ryan Curtis scored the first two goals of the contest. Barros de Souza would add an assist as well. Curtis would also add an assist. Ed Port, Shahin Tahir Nasabi, and Ollie Ardle would also get assists on the night.

Adrian Bergman and Adam Willig preserved the shutout in net.

Genesee (13-3) is in action on Saturday, October 19 as they travel to Binghamton to take on SUNY Broome at 3pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Diante Scheepers (L) from women’s soccer and Ollie Ardle (R) from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of October 14, 2019

Press Release:

Scheepers and Ardle Named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Sophomores Diante Scheepers from women’s soccer and Ollie Ardle from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of October 14.

Diante Scheepers scored three goals against Finger Lakes to help the Cougars get the comeback victory over the Lakers. On the season, the sophomore from Willemstad, Curacao has nine goals and eleven assists in 12 games played.

Ollie Ardle is second on the team in goals with 10 and has started 15 games so far this season for Genesee. In the Cougars games against Finger Lakes and Fulton-Montgomery, Ardle has scored three goals and added three assists.

The Cougars are home on Tuesday against Mercyhurst Northeast starting at 4pm in the regular season home finale and then will play on the road at SUNY Broome Saturday.

Morning News Briefing

Investigation by police in Warsaw into an alleged incident in the village has led to the lock-up of a 14 year old male in Warsaw on a count of Rape in the first-degree.
The teen allegedly assaulted a young female in a unfrequented outdoor location according to investigators.
The teen boy was apprehended on Frday October 4th following the investigation.
After arraignment in Wyoming County Court he was remanded to in lieu of $10,000 bail to the Erie County’s Youth Detention Center.

Three busted for Criminal Contempt in Batavia.
23 year old Brian Miles of Rochester was arrested on a City Court arrest warrant after allegedly failing to appear for a subpoena back in September.
He was jailed in lieu of 1,000 dollars bail.
45 year old Shannon Draper of Oak Street Pavilion was arrested on a count of Criminal Contempt after he was allegedly observed to be in the presence of a protected party that had an active Stay Away order of protection against him.
He was released with an appearance ticket for City Court at a later date.
Genesee County Sheriff’s took 34 year old Jennifer Button of Oakfield into custody for Criminal Contempt last week after she allegedly had sent text messages to a protected party.
Button was given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on Nov 7th.

Several health groups are working together to try and show a court why a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes is needed.
They’ve filed an amicus brief ahead of a hearing on the ban that’s set for Friday.
Earlier this month, the Vapor Technology Association and affiliates were able to get the ban put on hold.
Supporters say the ban is needed to help curb youth vaping rates.
Vape shop owners believe it would hurt their sales since flavored products are popular among customers.

State Police alert residents of increased deer versus car accidents.
Every October and November, Troopers handle an increased number of vehicles collisions striking deer in Troop A- Western New York.
Total reported collisions increased from 1,412 in 2017 to 1,523 total collisions in 2018.
Police encourage operators to use caution around dusk and dawn and say that if you are operating a vehicle and a deer enters the roadway do NOT swerve.
When an operator swerves to avoid a deer, the vehicle is more likely to strike another vehicle or exit the roadway striking trees or utility poles.
Troopers say that if you strike a deer, remain at the scene and call 911.

The Buffalo Sabres are on the west coast in search of yet another win.
They’ll be in Anaheim tonight to take on the Ducks at the Honda Center.
The Sabres have won five of their first six games and are coming off a victory over the Dallas Stars Monday.
Face off for tonight’s contest is set for 10 p.m.

Gia’s Surreal goes coast to coast in Batavia distaff Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — 3-year-old Gia’s Surreal had been a solid campaigner all year on the New York Sire Stake circuit, culminating that series with a second place finish in the Excelsior “A” final in September. Since that start the filly has won three straight races in overnights against aged mares and on Monday (Oct. 14) knocked off the track’s top class, the $12,000 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left fast with Gia’s Surreal and led the ladies to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :57.2. As the race proceeded onto the second circuit, Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) and Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) moved up on the rim to apply some pressure and pushed a fast :28.2 split to the three-quarters. But Gia’s Surreal, who had maintained a 1-1/4 length lead the entire race, stayed stout and kept to her business which was turning back all challengers and pacing home strong to win in 1:55.

Gia’s Surreal ($3.10) scored her ninth win in 19 starts this year and pushed her stake-enhanced earnings to $83,869 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Jim Graham trains the filly.

Gia’s Surreal was one of three wins for Jim Morrill Jr. on Monday. Billy Davis Jr. also got the driving hat trick on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 18) at 6 p.m. There is no racing this Wednesday (Oct. 16) due to today’s special matinee card.

Morning News Briefing

A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Michele R. Williams of driving drunk in Darien with 5 children.
Williams is accused of driving a 2013 Chevrolet on Route 77 back on May 24th of this year while having a BAC of .08 percent or more and accompanied by 5 kids all reportedly 15 years of age or less.
Out of the eleven count indictment 10 are class E felony counts of Aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle.
Williams was also hit with a single traffic infraction for following too closely.

The Grand Jury also indicted Taraleen Tundo for Aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle.
She allegedly had a passenger that was 15 year of age or less when she was stopped in her 2004 Ford on Rt. 5 in Stafford on May 1st and arrested for driving while impaired by a combination of drugs.
Also included in the indictment against Tundo are counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing Suboxone illegally and of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia for allegedly possessing or selling packaging material for the individual packaging of quantities of narcotic drugs.

Brian Dyer faced an indictment by the Genesee County Grand Jury for counts of first-degree Assault, a Class B violent felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, a Class D felony.
Dyer allegedly caused serious physical injury to another person with the use of a concrete statue as a dangerous instrument on July 5 in Batavia.

State residents will soon be able to apply for their driver’s license online.
Governor Cuomo is giving the green light to the online option which allows prospective drivers to take a required five-hour training and instruction course without leaving home.
The online option is set to start in June and run until at least 2025, unless it’s extended by the governor or legislature.
Some driving schools have spoken out against the online course, claiming it’ll hurt their business.

Starting this week, members of the state Senate will begin holding roundtables to discuss New York’s school funding formula.
Those calculations haven’t been significantly changed since the current system was launched in 2007.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says real discussions are needed on how the state’s roughly 950 school districts are funded.
The Western New York forum is set for this Friday from ten a-m until two p-m at the Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Center on Elm Street in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Sabres are red-hot to start the new NHL season.
Victor Olofsson, Marcus Johannson, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart all scored in the Sabres’ four to nothing win over the Dallas Stars at KeyBank Center yesterday.
Buffalo has won five of its first six games for the franchise’s best start in several seasons.
They’ll now be heading west to take on the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night.

Mr. Euroman captures Batavia top pace

Mr. Euroman (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs meet and since returning to action in late August, has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County. The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs.

Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired off the gate and took command of the race heading around the first turn. With the field in single file, Sir Pugsley went down to the half in :57 before stepping up the pace to the three-quarters with a :27.3 split. Mr. Euroman was the beneficiary of cover to this point of the race and continued to trip-out to the top of the stretch. Davis pulled the pocket at the head of the lane with Mr. Euroman and out-dueled Sir Pugsley to the wire to win by one-half length in 1:53.2.

It was the seventh win of the year for Mr. Euroman ($16.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice.

There were a pair of $11,000 Open II races on the card that both provided some stellar performances.

Down On My Luck

The first split saw Down On My Luck (Drew Monti) get away third before pulling first-over at the three-eighths, clear the leading Barry Hanover (Dave McNeight III) by the three-quarters and then pull away to an easy 2-¼ length win in 1:53.3. Down On My Luck ($3.10) is having a career year for owner Robert Woodburn, now with eight wins and $47,867 in earnings. Patrick Shepherd trains the winner.

What’s Goin On

In the second division, What’s Goin On (John Cummings Jr.) sat second behind the pace-setting Rise Up Now (Shawn McDonough) from the start until the top of the stretch where he found room on the pylons and shot through like a rocket to out-pace four other fast finishers and win by one-half length in 1:54.4. What’s Going On ($8.70) now also has eight wins this year and $65,821 earned for owners Marissa and Joe Russo. David Russo does the conditioning.

Drew Monti scored a driving triple to lead all drivers on Saturday while John Cumming Jr. and Renaldo Morales III scored two wins apiece. Trainer Patrick Shepherd also sent three horses to the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle while James Clouser Jr. and Joe Skowyra each watched two of their stable win during the night

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with the final matinee card of the year on Monday (Oct. 14) with the annual Columbus Day special. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.

BATAVIA REPUBLICANS TO HOST MEET YOUR COUNCILPERSON AT RICHMOND MEMORIAL LIBRARY ON OCTOBER 24TH

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is sponsoring a Meet with your Republican Ward Councilpersons for our City residents. The meeting will take place at the Richmond Memorial Library in the downstairs Wilbur Room on Thursday October 24th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. All City residents are invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to and discuss your concerns and comments.

Attendees will include Councilperson Paul Viele (Ward 1), Councilperson Patti Pacino (Ward 2), Councilperson John Canale (Ward 3), Councilperson Al McGinnis (Ward 4) and Councilperson Kathy Briggs (Ward 5).

Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet and have a conversation with your local representatives.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Press Release:

JOHNSTOWN, NY… The no.7 Genesee Community College Cougars earned their 12th win of the season and their second consecutive road victory as they defeated the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Raiders 6-1 Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars had six different goal scorers in their NJCAA Region III contest against the host Raiders. Ryan Curtis, Robert Keogh, James Lighton, Hiago Barros de Souza, Ollie Ardle, and Futa Kubo all found the back of the net. Ed Port had a game-high three assists.

Marcus Kenline and Adam Willig split time in net for the Blue and Gold.

Genesee (12-3) returns home for their regular season home finale on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30pm against WNYAC foe Mercyhurst Northeast.

$6,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Saturday at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — On Saturday (Oct. 12) the Pick-5 pool at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel will be guaranteed at $6,000. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA’s website or by direct download by clicking here. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv1012x.pdf)

The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren’t selected, the carryover amount will move to the Monday program.

Post time for the first race Saturday is 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

35 year old Nathan Falsone of East Main Street in the City is behind bars after investigation into a violated protection order and a domestic incident.
Falsone was taken into custody on a count of Criminal Contempt late Wednesday morning after allegedly violating an order of protection at a Maple Street address in Batavia.
Falsone was additionally charged with Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Imprisonment stemming from an alleged domestic incident at an East Main Street apartment that occurred earlier that morning.
He was committed in lieu of bail to the Genesee County Jail and is scheduled to reappear on October 24th in Batavia City Court.

City Police net two drunk drivers over the Columbus Day weekend.
Following a personal injury motor vehicle accident just after midnight Friday on East Main Street Police apprehended 21 year old Tessa Engel of Wade Ave Batavia.
She is facing counts of DWI and Refusing to submit to a roadside breath test along with traffic violations for speeding and moving from a lane unsafely.
Before she was released to family members Engel was issued an appearance ticket for October 30th in City Court.
34 year old Lemar Leach of North Spruce Street in the City was also arrested on East Main Street following an incident at a local business early Sunday Morning.
He was charged with DWI for having a BAC over .08 percent and was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on October 30th.

Flu season is underway, and doctors are urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
Health experts say this season could be a tough one based on trends from around the world.
It takes about two weeks for flu shots to be effective, so the sooner you get one, the better.
The Centers for Disease Control says this year’s vaccine is set to protect against three or four influenza viruses that are most likely to spread.
The state will release its first weekly influenza surveillance report of the season Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a vote this week on President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
The New York Democrat said yesterday he believes Mister Trump’s decision could put the United States at risk of a terror attack.
Schumer says his proposed resolution would be bipartisan and have a plan to beat ISIS.
The president said he decided to withdraw the troops because it’s time to get the United States out of endless wars.

The first place Buffalo Sabres will look to keep their winning ways going today.
They’ll be hosting the Dallas Stars this afternoon at KeyBank Center.
The Sabres are coming off a shootout win over the Florida Panthers Friday and have won four of their first five games.
Face off for today’s game is set for 3 p.m.

Batavia City School Board President Endorses in City Court Election.

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Burke stated, “I do not take this endorsement lightly. There is something to be said about community, why we live where we live, and how as citizens we serve in that special place. That is why I’m endorsing Ben Bonarigo for City Court Judge. What is needed in our City Court is a judge that has decades of caring and public service. Additionally, Ben has the legal expertise and knowledge that is required to make sound and fair judgments from the bench. There is no one who has more experience, more public service or more compassion for his community than Ben. Our community deserves the best and Ben is truly exemplary of the qualities needed for this position.”
Burke is currently serving his 13th year as School Board President. He is also the Executive Director of 56 Harvester, the local non-profit theater organization.

“I truly appreciate Mr. Burke’s endorsement” stated Bonarigo. “He is well known and respected as a champion for the education of our children in this community, and deeply cares about their future. We all need to do the best we can to serve our children and families for the future of Batavia.”

Weekend News Briefing

The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has been outfitted with an armored vehicle by the US Government.
The vehicle was procured through the federal 1033 program which allows for departments across the nation to receive surplus military vehicles, for free, to use in special operations.
The MRAP vehicle which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected was designed to withstand improvised explosive devices and ambush attacks.
The vehicle will be utilized in responding to potentially dangerous situations that in the past required a swat or emergency response vehicle from another county to respond.
Chief Deputy Brian Frieday said it will also be useful in rescue scenarios…

The retrofitting process to make the vehicle suitable for law enforcement use has been estimated to cost approximately $15,000.

Three busted for drugs following a traffic stop in Byron.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took three Rochester residents into custody after they were subjected to a traffic stop on Route 33 in Byron Thursday morning.
Deputies allegedly found 47 bags of fentanyl inside the vehicle during the stop along with a large amount of drug packaging materials.
32 year old Marvelous Williams of Greece, 23 year old Chance Barnwell-McClary of Rochester and 30 year old Raquel Chin also of Rochester were all arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
After being arraigned in Byron Town Court all three were remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

An Oakfield woman arrested for fraudulently taking benefits.
28 year old Megan Ranlett of Gibson Street in Oakfield is facing counts of Forgery, Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Petit Larceny.
She is accused of filing false information on an application for Social Service Benefits which she received based on that information.
She is expected back in Batavia Town Court on November 7th.

City wide leaf collection will begin October 21st and will continue until November 22nd.
Residents on Clinton, Oak, Main, Pearl and Walnut Street along with Richmond Ave may rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place them in the street.
If your street has a route number, please keep leaves out of the roadway and all others are asked to rake leaves close to the curb line.
Any resident with leaves can also bring them to the yard waste station until it closes for the season on December 14th.

New York State Police are conducting special traffic enforcement efforts for this Columbus Day Weekend to crack down on speeding and impaired motorists.
The Columbus Day campaign began on Friday, October 11th and will run through Monday, the 14th.
Troopers expect increased traffic volume during this weekend due to the holiday weekend and fall tourism, which poses additional risks on roadways state wide.

The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Receive New Rescue Vehicle

 

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The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received an armored rescue vehicle from the US Government’s 1033 program. The program allows for departments across the nation to receive surplus military vehicles, for free, to use in special operations. The vehicle received is called an MRAP which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected. The vehicle was designed to withstand improvised explosive devices and ambush attacks. Due to its larger size, heavy weight, and big tires, it is also a perfect vehicle to use during flood situations and natural disasters. The departments will take possession of the vehicle today and will begin retrofitting it with the necessary equipment to include paint, decals, lights/sirens, seating and communications to make it suitable for law enforcement use. The departments plan to use the vehicle for a multitude of duties to include, rescue operations during floods or natural disasters and high-risk law enforcement activities such as active threats/warrant executions, throughout the county. This new addition will allow the departments to provide better protection to citizens in natural disaster situations and also protect officers who are involved in higher risk law enforcement activities. The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office are proud to have this vehicle which better prepares the City of Batavia and Genesee County for any threat, both natural and man-made.

Bureau of Maintenance: City wide leaf collection

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City wide leaf collection will begin October 21, 2019 and will continue until November 22, 2019.

Residents of the following streets can rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place in the street; these streets are Clinton Street, Oak Street, Main Street (including East and West Main Street), Pearl Street, South Main Street (between Oak St. and Walnut St.),Walnut Street, Richmond Ave (between Oak St and Prospect Ave). If your street has a route number (i.e. Route 5, Route 33, Route 63 and Route 98), then please keep leaves out of the roadway.

All other streets are asked to rake leaves close to the curb line, taking care not to block storm drainage structures/catch basins or not to block travel-way of streets.

Leaf operations typically have one crew on the Northside working from Grandview Terrace moving West, North of Main Street, and a second crew on the Southside beginning on River Street moving East in areas South of Main Street. A third crew will work using a vacuum along main roads and numbered routes. It takes about 2 weeks to go through the entire city.

Any resident with leaves can also bring them to the yard waste station until it closes for the season on December 14, 2019. Beginning November 4, the Yard Waste Station hours will be adjusted to 11AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday. The Yard Waste Station is closed on Thursday, November 28, for Thanksgiving.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAF COLLECTION:

  • Leaf piles must be clear of sticks and other debris.
  • Leaf piles must be clear of all animal waste – if animal waste is found in the piles, they will not be picked up
  • Grass clippings, Flower potting’s, Branches, Pumpkins cannot be picked up and residents may bring those items to the Yard Waste Station on Law Street (which will be open through December 14, 2019)
  • Leaves should not block traffic.
  • Leaves should not be piled near intersection corners. This causes sight issues for motorists/bicyclists/pedestrians.
  • Keep leaf piles clear of drainage ways and catch basins. Blocked drainage leads to localized flooding.
  • Leaves should not be piled around mailboxes, power poles, fences, fire hydrants or other obstacles.
  • Do not park on leaf piles. The heat from a vehicle exhaust system could start a fire.
  • Do not wait to get your leaves out. We will normally collect leaves twice within the month of leaf collection.
  • If it is snowing, we plow first. If it continues to snow, then leaf operations will be suspended.
  • There is no leaf pickup in the spring.

Morning News Briefing

Two Orleans County residents were killed in a crash on Route 104 in Gaines after hitting a deer and driving into a creek according to authorities.
Orleans County deputies received the report of a motor vehicle accident with injury at 6:49 yesterday evening.
According to investigators, 21 year old Brooke Allen of Lyndonville was driving a 2000 Nissan Sedan down Route 104 in Gaines when her vehicle struck the animal.
The impact sent the vehicle across both lanes of traffic, over a guardrail, down an embankment and into a creek.
First responders arrived to find the overturned vehicle submerged in 5 to 6 feet of water.
Both Allen and her passenger, 20 year old Richard Forder of Albion, were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigation into the crash continues.

Three busted for drugs following a traffic stop in Byron.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took three Rochester residents into custody after they were subjected to a traffic stop on Route 33 in Byron yesterday morning.
Deputies allegedly found 47 bags of Fentanyl inside the vehicle during the stop along with a large amount of drug packaging materials.
32 year old Marvelous Williams of Greece, 23 year old Chance Barnwell-McClary of Rochester and 30 year old Raquel Chin also of Rochester were all arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
After being arraigned in Byron Town Court all three were remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

Two Buell Street residents are behind bars after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on North Spruce Street in the city.
54 year old David Vega was found to have 33 suspensions and revocations after being stopped by City Police Tuesday night for having an unsecured front plate.
His passenger, 28 year old Jennifer Hogan also of Buell Street, was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, Marijuana and an open container of alcohol.
Vega is facing a count of first degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Hogan is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Having an Open Container and Unlawful Pot Possession.
Both were committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail a piece.

The Buffalo Sabres are off to their best start in years, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going tonight.
They’ll be hosting the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center.
The Sabres are coming off an overtime victory over the Montreal Canadians Wednesday and have won three of their first four games.
Face-off for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m.

Buell Street pair jailed after being stopped driving on 33 suspensions with drugs

Two Buell Street residents are behind bars after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on North Spruce Street in the city.
City Police stopped 54 year old David Vega Tuesday night for having an unsecured front plate and a brief roadside investigation Officer’s discovered that Vega was driving on a suspended and revoked license.
He reportedly had 33 suspensions and revocations of which 30 were on 20 separate dates.
28 year old Jennifer Hogan also of Buell Street was a passenger in the vehicle and was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, Marijuana and an open container of Corona beer.
Vega was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first degree while Hogan was hit with counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container and Unlawful Pot Possession.
Both were committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail a piece.

Morning News Briefing

Plans to build a new $65 million jail facility have been put on hold following the latest meeting of the Genesee County Legislature.
Local lawmakers agreed to hold off on plans until Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs sales tax agreement legislation that is necessary for the county to fund a new facility.
The county and city came to a 40-year sales tax agreement that will generate the revenue to pay back loans that are needed for construction.
Speaking with our news partner The Batavian, Chairman Robert Bausch said that piece of legislation is waiting for the Governor to request it…

The entire process of approving a sales tax agreement would need to start from the beginning next year if the bill isn’t approved before December 31st.
Bausch said most of the planning phase has been completed and they are ready to move if the legislation is passed.
He is drafting a letter to the corrections commissioners informing them of the bind the county is in and asking if they can intervene with the governor’s office.
For more on the story check the video and article by our news partner The Batavian.

City School’s go on a temporary lock-out as a Batavia man is apprehended for strong-arm robbery.
The Batavia Police Department was informed of a strong-arm robbery at the Days Inn hotel on Oak St. late Sunday night.
44 year old Thomas Moynihan of State Street in the city was the prime suspect according to Batavia Police and he allegedly entered the hotel, demanded money from the front desk clerk and as Moynihan fled, he fought with the clerk.
The clerk was uninjured and Moynihan made off with less than $500.
He was spotted on Monday near the Batavia High School campus and as a precaution, the school was placed in lock-out, not allowing anyone in or out of the building until Moynihan was safely in custody.
He is facing counts of Robbery, Burglary and Harassment.

The Health Departments of Genesee and Orleans County have been awarded a grant for lead-hazard abatement in older homes.
Now Health Department Director Paul Petit is waiting on guidelines from the federal government on the $1.3 million grant.

The grants will be available to both homeowners and landlords of residences built prior to 1978.

New York State is taking the International Joint Commission to court.
State officials claim the agency didn’t do enough to regulate water levels on Lake Ontario this year.
As a result, folks living along the shoreline had to deal with severe flooding that caused extensive damage.
The lawsuit is asking for compensation for cleanup after the waters receded.
As a reminder, those affected by flooding can still apply for financial assistance through the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery program until October 31st.

The hot start to the season by the Buffalo Sabres continues, thanks to some overtime heroics.
Marcus Johansson scored a minute and 30 seconds into OT as the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens five-to-four at KeyBank Center last night.
Jack Eichel also had a pair of goals for the Sabres, who have won three of their first four contests.
They’ll be back on home ice tomorrow night to take on the Florida Panthers.

Evening News Briefing

The arrest of 44 year old Thomas Moynihan on Monday created a lock-out at Batavia High School.
Moynihan was a suspect in the Sunday night strong arm robbery of the Batavia Days Inn.
Batavia Police tell WBTA that Moynihan entered the hotel and demanded money from the front desk clerk. As Moynihan fled, he fought with the clerk.
Police said Moynihan got away with less than 500-dollars.
Moynihan was spotted on Monday near BHS and as a precaution, the school was placed in lock-out, not allowing anyone in or out of the building until Moynihan was safely in custody.
He has been charged with robbery and burglary.

 

Governor Cuomo is calling for the federal government to step up and take action on the nationwide vaping crisis. The governor made the request after announcing a 17-year-old from New York City is the first Empire State resident to die of a vaping-related illness.

 

Paul Petit

 

The Health Departments of Genesee and Orleans County have been awarded a grant for lead-hazard abatement in older homes.
Now Health Department Director Paul Petit is waiting on guidelines from the federal government on the $1.3 million grant.

The grants will be available to both homeowners and landlords of residences built prior to 1978.

A suspected heroin overdose death in Perry has resulted in two arrests.
36 year old Kristofer Hubbard of Silver Springs, and 34 year old Dustin Hernandez of Castile have been arrested in the case.
Hubbard is accused of setting up a drug deal through another dealer and lying about it to police. Hernandez is facing charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Hindering Prosecution.
Both are being held in the Wyoming County Jail.

October is Women’s Small Business Month

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Join the Mancuso Business Development Group as we celebrate some of our Women in Small Business on Wednesday, October 30 at Moon Java Cafe.
The evening will feature Kathy Ferrara from Batavia’s Original, Alecia Kaus from Video News Service, and Rachel Warren from Woodrow Grooming.
Come learn about the experience of these women as they each took their small business from concept to reality, and maybe find out how you, too, might become a successful woman in small business.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:30 pm at Moon Java Café, 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia, NY
RSVP to Bev Mancuso or 585-343-2800 by Oct 29.

Make a Difference Day for BHS Seniors

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Batavia High School seniors will participate in the annual Make a Difference Day community service project in various non-profit agencies throughout the community. Participating agencies include: All Babies Cherished, Arc of Genesee Orleans Rainbow Preschool, Batavia Agri-Business Child Development, Batavia Housing Authority, Batavia Peace Garden, City of Batavia Youth Bureau, Crossroads House, Genesee County Parks, Genesee County Youth Bureau, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, Holland Land Office Museum, NYS Veterans’ Home, Premier Genesee, Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, United Memorial Medical Center, VA WNY Healthcare System of Batavia, YMCA, YWCA Children’s Center, YWCA of Genesee County.
Batavia City Schools is dedicated to helping their over 140 seniors learn and develop the importance of giving back to their own community while helping to foster civic responsibility. This is an integral part of their Batavia High School academic curriculum, and is a component of their graduation requirements.

“An Evening of Elegance” at Encore 2019

Encore co-chairs Mary Blevins (seated) and Jenna Holota

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BATAVIA, NY (10/08/2019) As the fall season gets underway with brisk temperatures, mark your calendars for Genesee Community College Foundation’s 2019 Encore celebration, “An Evening of Elegance” co-chaired this year by Mary Blevins and Jenna Holota.

Join the entire GCC community for dinner, drinks, dancing and a holiday concert by “Nik and the Nice Guys” on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Richard C. Call Arena at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Tickets are on sale now at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore/.

Since its inception, the Encore Gala has provided an opportunity for the local community to raise funds for student scholarships. In 2018, the Foundation awarded over $145,000 in scholarships. As the world and economic factors change, the need for scholarships grows – and so does Encore!

Blevins has lived and worked in Batavia for 28 years while she raised her sons John and Matthew. In addition to being the branch manager at ESL Federal Credit Union in Batavia, Blevins is the chairman of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

“I’ve always believed in the work GCC does,” Blevins said. “I was so honored when Rick Ensman contacted me to chair this event. I’m excited to bring together new elements and admired traditions to through music, dining, dancing, networking, and friendship all wrapped up in “An Evening of Elegance” at Encore 2019. I hope everyone will come out to enjoy it and to support the scholarships that change lives for so many students.”

Holota, grew up in Batavia and is now raising her three-year old daughter, Mckenzie, in her hometown. As the assistant branch manager at ESL, Holota enjoys helping the credit union members through every financial situation they encounter.

“When Mary asked me to co-chair this event with her, I was both proud and honored. I’ve enjoyed attending the event in the past,” Holota said. “Knowing that I will be contributing to a scholarship program for GCC students makes it extra rewarding.

Each year, GCC offers opportunities to sponsor the Encore event. These sponsorships are critically important to the scholarships GCC provides its students and are available at several levels this year: the Holiday Chord Circle – $1,000; the Golden Guitar Society – $600 and the Inner Circle – $300. Each of these levels includes tickets (six, four or two respectively) for the event.

To become “An Evening of Elegance” sponsor, please complete the online forms at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore/ or contact the Foundation Office at (585) 345-6809, or foundation@genesee.edu today.

HAWLEY LAUDS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, EARLY DETECTION TO SAVE LIVES

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In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is calling on individuals to embrace education and early detection as primary mechanisms to fight the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women in the U.S. and at the top of new cancer cases reported in New York in 2016.

“As we all come together to emphasize our constant fight against breast cancer this month, it is critical to impart on the public that early detection is the key to beating this disease,” Hawley said. “There are countless state and local programs, support groups and resources available to the public including through the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) as well as a free screening program that is part of state law to cover ineligible or uninsured women.”

For more information on the state program or to find a screening location, click here.

On October 23, BCCR will host its annual “Lives Touched, Lives Celebrated” event which pays tribute to all the women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and includes a candlelight walk, music and poetry. For more information, visit https://bccr.org/lives-touched-lives-celebrated/.

Independent Living and four partners bring Universal Design expert to Batavia

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) and governmental and community organizations are sponsoring a seminar on Universal Design and Aging in Place. The focus is designing communities which meet citizens’ needs and behaviors across the lifespan and the ability span. This is achieved by building places which are both functional and attractive for those with and without disabilities.

We are bringing a nationally recognized expert on the topic, Esther Greenhouse from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, to speak on “Creating Thriving Communities: from Vision to Reality”.

Her workshop for professionals and community members will be presented on Wednesday October 23, 2019 at Genesee Community College, Conable Building, Room T102, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Registration begins at 7:30 AM, with the lecture from 8:00 to 11:30 AM. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $25.00 per person. Pre-registration is appreciated, not required.

An environmental gerontologist, a designer, and a built environment strategist, Ms. Greenhouse will deliver an engaging and informative presentation on design, planning, aging services, government policy, housing & development. A breakout session follows, where attendees will explore applying the Enabling Design Approach to benefit the community. Afterwards, they will have a powerful perspective as well as resources to apply to development projects, to address policy barriers and levers, and to apply for funding. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available at this event for select associations.

The sponsors of the event include: Genesee County Office for the Aging; Wyoming County Office for the Aging; Independent Living of the Genesee Region, New York State’s long-term-care program NY Connects; and PathStone, a not-for-profit community development and human service organization.

To get more information or to register, please contact: Rae Frank at (585) 815-8501, ext. 406 or email rfrank@wnyil.org.

BACKGROUND

Did you know that the design of your community’s housing and infrastructure creates unnecessary challenges for you, your family, your fellow citizens and your community? ILGR celebrated the 29th Anniversary of the monumental Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in July, which barred discrimination against individuals with impairments in a variety of situations. However, the vast majority of the infrastructure in our nation, public and private, was constructed before 1990, when many stairs, fairly narrow doorways, round doorknobs, cramped bathrooms and poor public transportation were typical, and few other than healthcare facilities had made accessibility a serious consideration. With the “Baby Boom” generation – about 78.3 million of them — aging out at an accelerated rate, and the youngest of them now entering their late fifties, there is a need for much greater accommodations.

Offices for the Aging nationwide have strived for decades to provide services and supports which encourage community living, allowing older adults to remain in the homes of their choice for as long as possible, as independently as possible. Genesee County’s recent countywide comprehensive housing needs assessment clearly indicated a need for more accessible housing. Genesee and Wyoming County Offices for the Aging are proud to be a part of this collaborative effort.

Did you know that you have the power to change this for the better? Join us at this workshop to learn how to use design to decrease dependence on services and enable people of all ages to thrive.

Esther Greenhouse has contributed to the PBS series “Design for a Lifetime”, is a lecturer in Cornell University’s Department of Environmental Analysis and an industry fellow in the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. More is available at her website, www.esthergreenhouse.com.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Byron-Bergen senior commended in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Siomara Caballero Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

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Bergen, NY – Byron-Bergen High School Principal, Pat McGee, has officially announced that Siomara Caballero has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Caballero received a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, along with a personal congratulations from Principal McGee.

“Siomara is an exceptional student,” said McGee. “Placing in the top 3% out of 1.5 million students is an amazing accomplishment and a reflection of her hard work and dedication. We are all very proud of her.”

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

In addition to being named a Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, Caballero was recognized by the College Board as a National Hispanic Scholar, which means that she scored within the top 2% of all Hispanic students in the nation on the PSAT.

Outside of the classroom, Caballero is a member of the Math League, Cross-Country team, Track and Field team, Varsity Basketball team, PageTurners, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club.

“I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do after graduation, but I’m definitely going to college to study math or physics,” said Caballero. “Thanks to all my teachers and family for helping me in my academic pursuits.”

City of Batavia: Water Service Interruption

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The City of Batavia Water Dept. is on location of a water main break at the Intersection of Ellicott St. and Clifton Ave. Clifton Ave. will be closed to through traffic. Water may be interrupted on Clifton, James, Williams, Ellicott St between Otis and Clifton, Harvester Ave from Ellicott Pl. to Ellicott St. Please do not attempt to do laundry as water may be discolored due to work being done.

Bill Davis
Superintendent Water/Wastewater

BPD: Arrest Made in Hotel Robbery

BPD News Release

Thomas Moynihan

On 10/06/2019 at approximately 11:30 PM, the Batavia Police Department was informed of a strong-arm robbery which had just occurred at the Days Inn hotel on Oak St. Officers responded and were informed the suspect had fought with the clerk while trying to get away. The clerk was not injured. The suspect was able to flee after taking less than $500.00 from the business. A suspect was quickly developed through the investigation, but attempts to locate him at the time were unsuccessful.

Thomas P. Moynihan, age 44, of State Street, Batavia, NY was arrested, without incident, on 10/07/2019 after being spotted near the Batavia High School. The surrounding schools were placed in a temporary lockout status (no one in or out of the building) as a precaution until Moynihan was in custody. Moynihan was charged with PL 140.20 – Burglary 3rd, PL 160.05 – Robbery 3rd, PL 155.25 – Petit Larceny and PL 240.26-1 – Harassment 2nd. Moynihan was arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Balbick on 10/08/2019 at 9:30 AM.

Morning News Briefing

Albion resident, 33 year old Andrew Campbell is facing serious prison time after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
In federal court yesterday Campbell admitted to possessing images and videos of child porn after the disturbing material was found on several of his electronic devices by forensic investigators.
A former housemate of Campbell contacted the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office after discovering a disturbing video on a desktop computer that belonged to the defendant back in June of 2018.
Campbell left the computer and other devices at the residence that were later turn over to lawmen after he was made to vacate the residence by the witness.
Investigators searched a desktop computer, a laptop and hard drive discovering more than 65 image files and 20 videos containing child pornography.
Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced in January where he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison along with a $250,000 fine.

Two behind bars following investigation into an overdose death in Perry.
Investigation into a suspected heroin overdose death in the Town of Perry in September has landed both 36 year old Kristofer Hubbard of Silver Springs, and 34 year old Dustin Hernandez of Castile in the Wyoming County Jail.
Hubbard is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Hindering Prosecution for allegedly setting up a drug deal for another dealer and lying to investigators about it.
Hubbard is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Hernandez is facing charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Hindering Prosecution and was committed to jail in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

New York’s first vaping related death causes Cuomo to call for the federal government to step up and take action on the vaping crisis.
The governor made the request yesterday after announcing a 17 year old from New York City is the first Empire State resident to die of a vaping-related illness.
Last month, the governor called for a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, but that’s on hold pending an October 18th court hearing.
The vaping industry says the illnesses are connected to illegal products and they’re being unfairly punished.

There’s still an increased police presence around New York synagogues today.
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, began last night and continues until sundown.
Governor Cuomo requested tighter security around places of worship due to a growing number of anti-Semitic crimes.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call police immediately.

The Historic Batavia Cemetery Candlelight Ghost walk on October 26th is a sellout.
People may still call 943-5662 and leave their name and phone number if they wish to be placed on a cancellation list.

Evening News Briefing

Chris Collins

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins is looking for help in getting a lenient sentence. The Buffalo News reports he’s sent an e-mail to friends and associates, asking them to reach out to the judge handling his federal insider trading case. In the e-mail, Collins said it’s important for the judge to get letters highlighting his years of public service and accomplishments. Collins, who represented the 27th District, is facing up to 57 months in prison when he’s sentenced in January.

A suspected assault at a Darien Lake rap concert.
20 year old Lauren Smith of Lockport was arrested on Sunday for assault. Her alleged victim claimed she was punched by Smith at the September 15th concert breaking her law.
Smith was charged with second degree assault and released with a court appearance ticket.

An Elba man arrested for choking and assault.
State Police report the arrest of 37 year old Franklin Cook following a domestic dispute in Elba Sunday night.
Cook was accused of choking an individual and was charged with two counts of Assault and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
He was ultimately released on his own recognizance.

October 11th is the last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections for the General Election on November 5th.
Mail registration forms must be postmarked by October 11th and received at Board of Elections no later than October 16th.

A new poll shows a majority of Empire State residents support a push to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
Sixty-one-percent of people surveyed by Siena College are behind that idea, while 52-percent of folks support banning all e-cigarette products.
Officials were supposed to begin enforcing a ban on flavored e-cigarette sales last week, but that’s on hold pending a court hearing October 18th

The Historic Batavia Cemetery Candlelight Ghost walk on October 26th is a sellout. People may still call 943-5662 and leave their name and phone number if they wish to be placed on a cancellation list.

Genesee County Health Department offers FREE Anti-Rabies Vaccination Clinic at LeRoy Highway Garage

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The Genesee County Health Department is holding a free anti-rabies immunization clinic on Thursday, October 17th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the LeRoy Village Highway Garage, 58 North Street, LeRoy. Vaccinations are free for dogs, cats and ferrets. Each animal must be leashed or crated and accompanied by an adult who can control the animal. Voluntary donations are accepted.

You can save time by filling out your registration form before going to the clinic. To do so, click here. If you fill out your registration form in advance, please be sure to print out two copies for each pet to be vaccinated and bring them with you.

 

General Election Registration and Absentee Deadlines

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October 11, 2019 is the last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections, which is located on the 3rd floor of County Building #1, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY for the November 5, 2019 General Election.

If honorably discharged from the military or if you have become a naturalized citizen since October 12, 2019, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 26, 2019.

Mail registration forms must be postmarked by October 11, 2019 and received at Board of Elections no later than October 16, 2019.

Applications for absentee ballots must be postmarked by October 29, 2019. November 4, 2019 is the last day to apply in person at the Board of Elections for a General Election ballot. November 5, 2019 (Election Day) is the last day to deliver a local General Election ballot in person to the County Board of Elections, by close of polls (9:00 PM).

VETERAN SERVICES DIRECTOR ENDORSES JUDGE DURIN ROGERS FOR BATAVIA CITY COURT JUDGE

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY- William R. Joyce, Director of Genesee County’s Veterans Service Agency and a prominent advocate for Veterans throughout the GLOW Region has endorsed current part-time Judge Durin Rogers in his quest to become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge, offering his full support for Judge Rogers’ candidacy.

“As the Director of the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency, I participate in the Veterans Treatment Court and I have seen Judge Rogers approach on the bench. Judge Rogers always appears to be just, fair and balanced, unbiased and impartial. His demeanor is perfect for the position. Judge Rogers always thanks every veteran for their service…is always on time and this is extremely important to those appearing before the bench…I have experienced Judge Rogers handling cases in Veterans Court with knowledge, fairness, compassion and an open mind. Judge Rogers does not rush to judgement but instead listens to all sides before rendering a decision…The Veterans appear to respond to Judge Rogers’ approach and they walk out of the courtroom with a full understanding of their responsibilities going forward.”

Mr. Joyce also praised Judge Rogers’ dedication and commitment to his family and community in making his endorsement. “I know Judge Rogers’ wife [local attorney Paula Campbell] as well. They are great family people who are well known in the community. Judge Rogers is a family man, dedicated and devoted to his family as well as to community involvement. Judge Rogers has volunteered for many civic boards and has helped so many people in his community…I fully support, highly recommend and endorse Judge Rogers as the next full time Batavia City Court Judge as the most qualified candidate.”

Following the endorsement, Judge Rogers commented, “I am extremely honored to have the support and endorsement of this amazing man who not only fought for our country, but today fights for the rights of those who have and continue to serve our Nation. I look forward to continue to work with Bill and the Veterans Treatment Court…”

Judge Durin Rogers has been serving as the part-time City Court Judge for over 4 years, following his unanimous appointment by Batavia City Council. He is seeking election to the full-time City Court position to succeed the retiring Judge, Robert Balbick. Election Day is Tuesday November 5th. For further information, please contact the Committee to Elect Judge Rogers by visiting its Facebook page at @electjudgerogers (www.Facebook.com/electjudgerogers); by visiting www.electjudgerogers.com; or by email at electjudgerogers@gmail.com

Morning News Briefing

Investigation into an Assault complaint by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Lockport woman.
20 year old Lauren Smith of Strauss Road Lockport was arrested and charged with Assault in the 2nd degree after a complaint was filed Sunday from the victim.
While she was attending the Meek Mill and Future Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center last month she allegedly punched a female victim in the face and broke her jaw.
Smith was arraigned in Darien Town Court and was released with a ticket for Darien Town Court on October 17th.

An alleged domestic incident at a Batavia apartment lands Bergen man in lock-up.
22 year old Zackary Seeley of Lyman Road Bergen is accused of violating a stay away order of protection Sunday causing an incident in which he allegedly threw a 16 ounce bottle of Dr. Pepper at a Child.
Seeley is facing counts of Aggravated Criminal Contempt, Aggravated Family Offense and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was subsequently jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

An Elba man arrested for Assault.
State Police based out of Batavia report the arrest of 37 year old Franklin Cook following an investigation into a domestic dispute at a Town of Elba address Sunday night.
Cook was accused of choking and trying to cause injury to an individual and was charged with two Class A misdemeanor counts of Assault in the third degree and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
He was ultimately released on his own recognizance.

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins is looking for help in getting a lenient sentence.
The Buffalo News reports he’s sent an e-mail to friends and associates, asking them to reach out to the judge handling his federal insider trading case.
In the e-mail, Collins said it’s important for the judge to get letters highlighting his years of public service and accomplishments.
Collins, who represented the 27th District, is facing up to 57 months in prison when he’s sentenced in January.

Starting today, a new pay equity law will be in place across New York State.
It means employers can no longer pay workers differently based on several factors including sex, marital status or military service history.
People with a similar line of work also have to be paid the same, even if their responsibilities are different.
A spokesperson for Governor Cuomo says the measure will also prevent women from being paid less than men who have the same job.
Data shows New York already has one of the narrowest gender pay gaps in the country.
One goal of this new legislation is to close that interval even more.

Mike Caprio gets his 2,000th lifetime win at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Saturday night (Oct. 5) will be one that Oakfield, New York native Mike Caprio will never forget because he captured his career milestone 2,000th driving win with his own prized trotter BZ Glide in the featured $12,500 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot at Batavia Downs.

After a two month summer vacation and one qualifier back, BZ Glide left from the pylons and cut fractions of :28, :58.3 and 1:28.1 before turning for home and holding off all challengers under a line drive by Caprio to win in a season’s best 1:57.4.

The win was a true family affair as BZ Glide ($5.40) is owned by the Caprio Stable and is trained by Mike Caprio’s wife, Alana.

Caprio got his driver’s license in 1981 and has been competing full time ever since. His first driving successes came behind two main horses; his father Joe Caprio’s prized pacer Prosecutor and a horse he owned with his dad, Connecticut Glove.

Prosecutor (Flying Bret-Chuck’s Maid 1:59.3, $104,902) was a 58-time winner lifetime and a top class pacer in western New York for many years, winning 39 of those races on that circuit with the younger Caprio at the lines.

Connecticut Glove (Bullet Hanover-Congress Glove 2:00.3, $211,261) was a hard-knocking over-nighter who won 43 races lifetime, 20 of which had Caprio in tow.

Since the early years Caprio has owned 57 horses and had much success with many of them, but the one that stands out as the shining star of his career was his 2,000th winning drive, BZ Glide.

BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer 1:56.1, $339,847) was purchased as a 2-year-old by Caprio and his wife Alana and they developed him into one of the best Open class trotters to ever compete in western New York. Now 10-years-old, BZ Glide has won 45 races with Caprio at the helm and has been the cornerstone of their operation during that time.

Caprio has also been responsible for much of the driving success of another western New York 56-time winning star, Fireyourguns (American Ideal-Villa Hanover 1:47.3, $406,886) who is trained by Terence Mc CLory.

Besides driving his own horses, Caprio has always been a very popular catch driver throughout his career. As a result he has scored 2,000 wins out of 14,904 starts with 1,829 seconds and 1,839 thirds and has earnings of $4,942,824. His highest earnings year was 1989 ($251,170) and he scored his most wins in 1988 (129).

Batavia Downs draw schedule changes made

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — With the final matinee card of racing at Batavia Downs coming up on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) and no racing the following Wednesday, horsemen are advised of the following changes in the draw schedule for the upcoming week.

The draw for Friday (Oct. 11) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 8).
The draw for Saturday (Oct. 12) will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 9).
The draw for Columbus Day Monday (Oct. 14) will be held on Thursday (Oct. 10)
The draw for Friday (Oct. 18) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 15).
The draw for Saturday (Oct. 19) will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 16).

The box closes at 9 a.m. for all draws. Questions can be directed to Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6161.

Please see the new condition sheet for further information.

Morning News Briefing

A crash in Orleans County that left three people dead continues to be investigated by State Troopers.
According to State Police the accident occurred on Route 63 in Shelby Saturday morning when a southbound U-Haul van apparently crossed the northbound lane and struck a pickup truck.
Both the van and the truck reportedly left the roadway and caught fire.
Police have identified 80 year old Charles Stevens and 57 year old Jeffrey Johnson, who were occupants of the U-Haul truck as deceased.
The pickup truck driver’s identity has yet to be released.

A Batavia woman busted for illegally possessing a shotgun and endangerment.
City Police report the arrest of 52 year old Patsy Rapone of Meadowcrest Drive following investigation into a domestic incident.
Rapone, who is a convicted felon was allegedly found illegally possessing a shotgun and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and additionally was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child after an investigation into an incident late last month at a Meadowcrest Drive address.
She was released under supervision of Genesee Justice with appearance tickets for City Court on October 17th.

Two arrested for aggravated drinking and driving in Genesee County over the weekend.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 34 year old Stephen King of Rochester Saturday night following a traffic stop on Lake St in Bergen. King was charged with Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit and will appear in Bergen town court on October 30th.
48 year old Jeremy Carlson of Sumner Road in Darien Center was arrested after a stop on Pearl Street in the City after several allegedly speeding and failing to keep right.
He was charged with Aggravated DWI along with Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle on a Public Highway and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for City Court on October 23rd.

Counselors will be on hand in the Brockport Central School District today to help students and staff mourn the death of a teacher.
Monroe County deputies say 46 year old Carolyn Ray was struck by a pickup truck while riding her bike on Sweden Walker Road in Clarkson Saturday.
Ray was rushed to the hospital but died hours later of her injuries.
Police say the pickup truck driver wasn’t hurt and drugs and alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the tragedy.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.

It wasn’t easy, but the Buffalo Bills are back on the winning track.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen returned from injury to throw a pair of touchdowns in Buffalo’s 14 to seven road win against the Tennessee Titans.
Duke Williams ended up with the game-winning score with less than 10 minutes left in regulation.
The Bills are now four-and-one on the season.
Up next, they host the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field on October 20th.

Call My Broker, Alert Hanover victorious at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — A pair of $9,000 claiming/conditioned trots topped the card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 4) and the winner of each took a different route to victory.

Call My Broker (Jim Morrill Jr.) took full advantage of his pylon post position and seated the field off the gate. Then, after cutting moderate fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:29.1, Morrill kept Call My Broker rolling down the lane and held off the pocket-sitting Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by three quarters of a length in 1:58.3.

Call My Broker ($3.60) scored his fourth win of the year for owner Frank Meier and trainer Angelo Nappo.

Later in the other division, Alert Hanover (Shawn McDonough) started from post two and opted to stay there, taking the garden spot trip behind Golden Tate (Jim Morrill Jr.) from the start to the top of the lane where Golden Tate made a break he did not recover from. McDonough directed his horse around the off-stride trotter and cruised home on top by a length, also in 1:58.3.

Winning his fourth race of the year as well, Alert Hanover ($6.80) was owned by Carl Kuepfer and trained by Patrick Shepherd until the race ended when he was claimed.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 5) with post time at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

A Trio arrested in Batavia for driving with drugs and a firearm with an unseated 10 month old child.
34 year old Trevon Armstrong of Denio Street Batavia, 28 year old Gabrielle Chaplin of Porter Ave Batavia and 27 year old Darius Jones of Attica were all arrested following a traffic stop on East Ave at Ross Street in the City.
The trio was stopped by deputies Wednesday afternoon after allegedly failing to use a turn signal.
Investigation of the vehicle revealed they were allegedly in possession marijuana, oxycodone and a loaded handgun.
A 10 month old child was also reportedly in the vehicle, not properly secured in a car seat and in proximity of the firearm.
All three were charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and of a Controlled Substance along with counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawful Possession of Pot.
Armstrong and Jones were remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail while Chaplin was ordered to be held in lieu of 10-thousand dollars bail.

Antwan Odom has been found not guilty on all counts in the stabbing case against him.
The Genesee County jury deliberated for two days returning their verdict late Friday morning.
Defense Attorney Frank Housh said Odom was not the aggressor in the Ross Street incident last summer when his former friend and teammate Ray Leach demanded they fight…

Housh maintained that Ray Leach was not arrested because of his reputation as a star football player.
Had Odem been found guilty of First Degree Assault the minimum sentence would have been five years in prison.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman was surprised by the verdict that the jury returned…

As Odom was leaving the courthouse surrounded by his family he said he just wants to, “get out of Batavia and get out of state.”

City residents are being reminded to secure their vehicles following a number of larcenies reported to Batavia Police.
Over the past few weeks the Department has received multiple reports of larcenies from vehicles all throughout the City with culprits allegedly stealing cash, GPS units and other electronic items.
Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity to Police.

Evening News Briefing -Odom Not Guilty

Antwan Odom

Antwan Odom found not guilty of all charges against him in the stabbing last summer of his one-time friend and teammate Ray Leach.
A Genesee County court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for two days returning their verdict late this morning.
Attorney Frank Housh defended Odom..

Housch said police had to arrest someone in the case and since Ray Leach was a star football player, it was not going to be him.
Outside the courtroom, Antawn Odom reacted to the verdict…

D.A. Lawrence Friedman

Odom was originally offered a plea deal in the case if he would have pleaded guilty with a promise of no jail time.
Had he been found guilty of First Degree Assault the minimum sentence would have been five years in prison.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman felt Odom would have been found guilty to something…

Outside the courthouse surrounded by his family Odom said he just wants to, “get out of Batavia and get out of state.

 

Three arrested for illegally possessing drugs and a weapon in a traffic stop in Batavia with a 10 month old child.
34 year old Trevon Armstrong of Denio Street Batavia, 28 year old Gabrielle Chaplin of Porter Ave Batavia and 27 year old Darius Jones of Attica were all arrested following a traffic stop on East Ave at Ross Street in the City.
The trio was stopped by deputies Wednesday afternoon after allegedly failing to use a turn signal.
Investigation of the vehicle revealed they were allegedly in possession marijuana, oxycodone and a loaded handgun.
A 10 month old child was also reportedly in the vehicle, not properly secured in a car seat and in proximity of the firearm.
All three were charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and of a Controlled Substance along with counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawful Possession of Pot.
Armstrong and Jones were remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail while Chaplin was ordered to be held in lieu of 10-thousand dollars bail

 

City residents are being reminded to secure their vehicles following a number of larcenies reported to Batavia Police.
Over the past few weeks the Department has received multiple reports of larcenies from vehicles all throughout the City with culprits allegedly stealing cash, GPS units and other electronic items.
Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity to Police.

 

A ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes was set to be enforced across New York today, but retailers are getting a reprieve.
Yesterday, a court approved a request by the Vapor Technology Association and affiliates for the ban to be put on hold until another court hearing later this month.
Vape shop owners believe the ban would hurt their sales, since flavored products are popular among customers.
The state Health Commissioner said yesterday’s decision won’t stop New York from trying to put an end to teen vaping and vaping-related illnesses.

Not guilty verdict in Antwan Odom case

19 year old Antwan Odom of Batavia has been found not guilty on all counts after being accused of assaulting his former teammate.

A Genesee County jury of nine women and three men returned the not guilty verdict late this morning.

Odom was accused of assaulting his former teammate and friend Ray Leach on Aug. 4th of 2018, during an incident on Ross Street.

The verdict was unanimous on charges of first and second degree Assault, Attempted Assault as well as Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Press Release:

Batavia, NY, October 4, 2019: The Chamber’s Annual Awards Committee has announced the “2019” Annual Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 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.

Please note that a brief write up will qualify your nominee for consideration.  Nominations are now being accepted for Business of the Year, Entrepreneurial Business of the Year, Agricultural Business of the Year, Innovative Enterprise of the Year, Special Service Recognition & Geneseeans of the Year.  Business Nominees must be a Chamber Member (If unsure of your nominee, call the Chamber to verify).

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia and can also be down loaded from the Chamber Website at www.geneseeny.com.

Nominations MUST BE RECEIVED BY December 30, 2019 to be eligible for consideration.  

If you would like more information, feel free to call Kelly J. Bermingham, Director of Member Relations & Special Events at the Chamber office, 343-7440, ext. 1026.

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Jury hearing the case against former Batavia football star Antwan Odom will continue its deliberations today.
The jury consisting of nine women and three men recessed yesterday after spending four hours in the jury room.
The 19 year old Odom is accused of stabbing his neighbor and former teammate Ray Leach on Ross Street last year.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman says the stabbing happened following a dispute over money while Defense Attorney Frank Housh maintains Leach was actually the aggressor in the altercation.
Odom is facing a first degree assault charge which if found guilty of would end with a prison sentence of no less than five years behind bars.
Odom could still avoid jail time if he is granted Youthful Offender Status by Judge Charles Zambito.
The 12 jurors are expected to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. this morning.

City residents are being reminded to secure their vehicles following a number of larcenies from vehicles reported to Batavia Police.
Over the past few weeks the Department has received multiple reports of larcenies from vehicles all throughout the City with culprits allegedly stealing cash, GPS units and other electronic items.
According to investigators the string of larcenies are believed to have been committed by a group of bicycle riders walking and riding through local neighborhoods in the night.
Police encourage locking unattended vehicles and say residents should not leave items of value in vehicles overnight.
Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity to Police.

The son of former Representative Chris Collins pleads guilty to conspiracy.
Cameron Collins is looking at the possibility of a near four year prison sentence after he and his future father-in-law pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud in a federal court yesterday.
His father Chris Collins pleaded guilty in connection with an insider trading scheme on Tuesday and could face up to 57 months behind bars.
Collins resigned from his seat as the representative in the 27th Congressional District on Monday, leaving it vacant.
All three men will be sentenced in January.

New York’s statewide ban on flavored e-cigarettes is being put on hold.
The New York Appellate Court granted a temporary restraining order yesterday against the enforcement of the ban, which was slated to go into effect today.
The Vapor Technology Association filed suit to stop the policy, and the temporary hold will give the court more time to consider the lawsuit.
The ban is expected to be at a halt until the parties are due back in court on October 18th.

The Buffalo Sabres have kicked off their 50th Anniversary season in style.
They beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road last night by a final score of three-to-one.
Former Penguin Conor Sheary led the way for Buffalo, scoring a pair of goals.
Up next for the Sabres is their home opener tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils.
Face-off for that contest is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend.
They’ll be traveling to take on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
The Bills were unbeaten until falling to the New England Patriots last Sunday.
Quarterback Josh Allen was also hurt in that game and his status for this contest is in question.
If he can’t start, backup QB Matt Barkley will be under center. Kickoff for Sunday’s game is 1:00 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

Antwan Odom

The jury that heard the case against former Batavia High School star athlete Antwan Odom has recessed for the day.
The jury of nine women and three men will resume deliberations tomorrow morning.
The 19 year old Odom is accused of first degree assault in the knife attack last summer on former teammate Ray Leach.
A conviction on first degree assault carries a mandatory minimum of no less than five years in prison. The jury could, however, find Odom guilty of a lesser charge or find him not guilty of any wrongdoing.

The son of former Congressman Chris Collins pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s fiancé, were in federal court in Manhattan today. Both pleaded guilty to the same charge. Each faces up to five years in prison. Chris Collins faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier week.
Prosecutors say Chris used non-public information from an Australian biotech firm to tip off his son to sell stock in the firm in advance of a failed clinical trial and passed that information onto his son.

A Pavilion man arrested for allegedly stealing a generator from Home Depot.
Deputies say 41 year old Jason Mckenzie of Covell Road Pavilion took the generator from the Home Depot in Batavia while his daughter was with him. Authorities said McKenzie was later arrested trying to sell the generator at a pawn shop. He was charged with Petit Larceny along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Nearly a year after a limo crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, the NTSB has released a new report on the tragedy.
In it, officials said some of the passengers in the vehicle may have survived if they were wearing seat belts.
Most of the belts in the vehicle were under the seats and not visible to passengers.
The NTSB is now recommending the state make it mandatory that all motor vehicle passengers wear seat belts.

The Buffalo Sabres will be kicking off their 50th Anniversary season tonight. They’ll be on the road, visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams squared off this past weekend in preseason action, with the Sabres coming out on top. Face-off for tonight’s contest is set for seven p-m. Buffalo’s home opener will be Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

Drew Monti wins six at Batavia Downs

(Photo courtesy of Steve Roth)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Although the weather turned decidedly cooler after the rain on Wednesday (Oct. 2) in western New York, driver Drew Monti was red hot at Batavia Downs as he won six races on the card, including a natural Grand Slam in races three to six.

Monti visited the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle with A J Cash (2:01, $2.70), Rock N Roll Rosie (1:57.3, $8.40), Our Art And Heaven (1:59.2, $4.60), Cracked Glass (1:58.4, $9.10), Terlingua (1:56.3, $19.60) and Tymal Luckynpink (1:57.2, $3.90).

Monti hit the board with a second and a third as well giving him a .530 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the night.

Over the last six race nights at Batavia Downs, Monti has been the winningest driver on the grounds with 10 victories in 33 starts giving him a win percentage of 30%, and including his five seconds and four thirds, he has a UDR of .428 during that same time.

The feature race for the night was the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap that saw Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) leave from post seven to take the lead and keep it throughout the mile and win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1.

It was the seventh win of the year for Little Joke ($15.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Davis had two more winners on the card beside the feature giving him a driving hat trick as well.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 4) with post time at 6 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: WOMEN’S SOCCER

Women’s Soccer Sophomore Class

Press Release:

Ashworth’s Three Goals Power Cougars past Jayhawks on Sophomore Night

BATAVIA, NY… The no.10 nationally-ranked Genesee Community College women’s soccer team defeated the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks 9-0 Wednesday night as the Cougars honored their sophomore class prior to the Western New York Athletic Conference contest.

Three goals and an assist from Julia Ashworth powered the Cougars offense. Alexa Jordan would score two goals with Madison Papaj, Diante Scheepers, Sarah Gregori and Khiva Huxhold all scoring a goal for the Blue and Gold. Assisting on the goals were Diante Scheepers, Alana Wilson-Drewery, Ashley Hearn, and Autumn Ressue.
Alexa Salatel recorded the shutout in net for Genesee.

Genesee (8-3) returns to action on Saturday, October 5 at 12:30pm as they travel to Herkimer College to play the Generals.

GCC Athletics Update: MEN’S SOCCER

Hiago Barros de Souza heading towards the goal in the first half against Jamestown

Press Release:

Cougars Blank Jayhawks

BATAVIA, NY… The no.6 nationally-ranked Genesee Community College men’s soccer team defeated the Jamestown CC Jayhawks 5-0 in NJCAA Region III soccer action Wednesday afternoon.

Ollie Ardle scored on a PK to put the Blue and Gold on the board. Hiago Barros de Souza found the back of the net off his own corner kick to double the Cougars lead. National player of the Week Ed Port scored halfway through the second half to increase the Cougars lead to 3-0. Barros de Souza would score his second of the game with Port getting the assist to widen the lead to 4-0. Peter Rystad would score off a Futa Kubo assist to finish the scoring.
Marcus Kenline and Adam Willig split time in net to record the shutout.

Genesee (10-2) returns to action on Saturday, October 5 at Herkimer College at 3pm.

Morning News Briefing

Arguments abounded as the trial against former Batavia High School Football star Antwan Odom continued into day three.
The focus was on the lawyers in day three of the trial according to our news partner, The Batavian, with a clearly contentious relationship between defense Attorney Frank Housh and District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.
Housh presented a seemingly convincing closing statement with a reportedly sympathetic looking jury only to be torn apart point-by-point with Friedman’s closing statement.
Odom is accused of stabbing former Batavia football teammate Ray Leach in an altercation in the summer of 2018 to which defense attorney Housh maintains that Leach was not the victim but the aggressor.
Odom is facing a felony count of first-degree Assault and the jury is expected to start deliberations today.

Alleged shoplifting with a kid at Home Depot leads to charges for Pavilion man.
Following an investigation into a stolen generator from the Home Depot Store in Batavia, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 41 year old Jason Mckenzie of Covell Road Pavilion.
Mckenzie was with his daughter when he allegedly stole the generator from Home Depot earlier last month and was apprehended Monday while he was trying to sell the stolen merchandise at a pawn shop.
He was charged with Petit Larceny along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on October 17th.

A crash in Alabama ends in arrest for an Evans Street man.
Deputies arrested 20 year old Austin Kotarski of Batavia after investigation into a motor vehicle accident on Lewiston Road in Alabama.
Kotarski is facing counts of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs along with traffic and vehicle infractions for Moving from a Lane Unsafely and having an Uninspected Motor Vehicle.
After being processed at the Genesee County Jail Kotarski was released with appearance tickets for Alabama Town Court.

Nearly a year after a limo crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, the NTSB has released a new report on the tragedy.
In it, officials said some of the passengers in the vehicle may have survived if they were wearing seat belts.
Most of the belts in the vehicle were under the seats and not visible to passengers.
The NTSB is now recommending the state make it mandatory that all motor vehicle passengers wear seat belts.
Yesterday’s report does not reveal a final conclusion about what caused the crash.

Governor Cuomo says the end of the AIDS epidemic in New York is getting closer.
He made the announcement yesterday after data revealed a 28 percent drop in new HIV cases since 2014.
That’s the year the state launched an aggressive campaign to make sure people living with both HIV and AIDS get the support and treatment they need to live healthy lives.
It’s projected the AIDS epidemic in New York may be over by the end of 2020.

BATAVIA REPUBLICANS GEAR UP FOR ELECTION SEASON IN SUPPORT OF FIVE CITY COUNCIL WARD INCUMBENTS

Press Release:

With election season here, Batavia’s Republicans are gearing up for five City Council races this fall. Stressing their ability to work together in promoting the City’s interests while keeping local taxes in check, Batavia’s Republican City Council members are all seeking re-election to provide much needed continuity in City Government, especially as new City Manager Martin Moore, has settled into his position and is working with Council to set priorities and programs in place to continue to improve the City’s finances and development for the benefit of local residents.
Educator and 5th Ward Councilperson Kathy Briggs has had a valuable long term presence on City Council during her 5 terms as councilperson. Her knowledge about the City’s ongoing needs and her commitment to Fifth Ward residents have helped accomplish many positive developments throughout the 5th Ward and the City. “I’ve fought hard for the people living in the 5th Ward. My recent success in getting additional cameras placed in this Ward and my work along with Councilperson Al McGinnis to bring the residents of the 4th and 5th Wards together with our City leaders to listen to their concerns at our regular “town hall” meetings at the Holland Land Office are recent examples of my commitment to the residents…I also plan to continue my efforts to improve the sidewalks, water lines and sewer lines throughout the 5th Ward. I look forward to sharing concerns with the residents of my ward this election season and seek their support in my effort to continue to work for them as their elected representative.”

Businessman, local music instructor and 3rd Ward Councilperson John Canale is seeking a third term on Council. “Being on City Council for the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to be part of a group of city leaders that have accomplished monumental achievements. We have worked to increase our bond rating to A1, secured more than TWENTY million dollars in grants to improve existing industrial areas, upgrade infrastructure, improve our downtown area, including settling the Mall issue and moving forward with re-development, and studying ways to improve our longtime stagnant community. Most importantly, we’ve turned a multi-million dollar deficit into a balanced budget with capital reserves for future city improvements. All this and more has been accomplished, while keeping the city property tax rate level, over the past seven years. My plans are to continue moving the city forward in redevelopment and revitalization, in order to create a ‘Better Batavia’”.

First Ward Councilperson, local developer and businessman, Paul Viele said his focus in his upcoming term, if re-elected, will be to work with City Administration and his fellow Council members to continue their efforts to reduce crime in the City, revamp infrastructure throughout the City, focus on our local youth and continue to keep taxes down. “I encourage all the residents of the 1st Ward to continue to reach out to me with their concerns. I’m firmly committed to make the 1st Ward and the entire City of Batavia a better place for all of us to live, work and raise our families. Mr. Viele is seeking a second 4-year term this November.

2nd Ward Councilperson Patti Pacino, who is retired and an active volunteer with local organizations, including being a Past President and current Director of the local Zonta Club; stresses several ongoing issues that she will be focusing on if elected to a third full term on Council, having been a member since 2010. “Safety is my first concern for City residents. We have had some real trouble (stabbing, etc.) which needs to continue to be addressed. Happily, the Police Department and the City are working together to get a handle on how to best deal with this. I am aware of two neighborhoods that are in the process of organizing groups similar to the Summit Street Neighbors who work together to keep police and each other in the know about trouble on their streets and what they can do about it. I will continue to support these efforts. Second, we need to continue to work on the ‘Zombie House” problem in the City, (caused by absentee landlords), to ensure our neighborhoods are not on a downfall. We have proportionately too many rentals compared to homeowner held houses, often by landlords not willing to take responsibility for their properties. Third, I will continue to work with the BID organization to upgrade the business district, organizing community activities and work with business owners to upgrade our downtown area, hopefully bringing in more businesses to fill those empty buildings and make downtown a more welcoming and prosperous area. Fourth I will continue to promote fiscal responsibility throughout City government. All these ideas that we’ll continue working on require financial support; my hope is to improve our area without burdening the area taxpayers.”

Retired Military Veteran and 4th Ward Councilperson Al McGinnis is seeking a second four year term. If re-elected, Councilman McGinnis has expressed his commitment to continued efforts to enhance the quality of life for Batavia’s residents. “We need to continue our efforts to make Batavia’s streets safe for our residents, to do all we can to increase and encourage home ownership, to renew our efforts to enforce our local codes and to continue our sidewalk and street replacement programs. I will also continue to work with Councilperson Kathy Briggs to bring the residents of the 4th and 5th Wards together with City Administration on a regular basis at the Holland Land Office to give our local residents an enhanced opportunity to be heard and to air their concerns to local officials.”

Election Day is Tuesday November 5th. All eligible residents are encouraged to vote.

LEROY JR.-SR. High School teacher named Master Teacher

Press Release:

Le Roy Central School is proud to announce that Jr.-Sr. High Science teacher, Mr. Michael Chiulli was one of the 228 educators from across the state selected to join the New York State Master Teacher Program. Mr. Chiulli is in his 12th year teaching at Le Roy and has taught AP Biology, Living Environment, and Infectious Diseases over his years with the Oatkan Knights.

From Mr. Chiulli:
“When I learned about the NYS Master Teacher Program, I spoke with those who were involved and discovered it was the type of educational initiative that would not only enhance my pedagogy and content knowledge, but also allow me to collaborate and network with outstanding teachers. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from the master teachers in the program and share my own experiences and skills with them. The kinds of professional development offered in the program will expand upon and strengthen my teaching skills and increase my content knowledge and allow me to offer more opportunities for success for my students.”

“Congratulations to Mike Chiulli on being selected to join an elite group of educators in the New York State Master Teacher Program! Mike’s dedication to teaching, especially in the area of science, has been a great resource for our District as he continues to encourage more students to pursue STEM studies and careers. To join a list of 228 new members and over 1,200 total Master Teachers across New York State is a great individual honor for Mike and for our Le Roy Central School District students.”
Merritt Holly, Le Roy Central School District Superintendent

“This is such a deserving honor for Mike to be selected for the NYS Master Teacher Program. Mike is the ultimate dedicated professional who reaches all of his students and has created so many opportunities in and out of the classroom and, for some, has propelled them into a career in science! He is a very reflective teacher who has continued to evolve his practice to best prepare his students all while wearing his daily famous lab coat! Mike represents the teaching profession at its best and we congratulate him and his family for this prestigious honor!”
Tim McArdle, Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High School Principal

This is a four year program that Mr. Chiulli will be participating in. He is the second Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High School teacher selected, following Mrs. Taryn Nole’s acceptance last year. He will be engaging in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities. He will work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers, attend required regional cohort meetings, and participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.

Please read Governor Cuomo’s press release about the 228 Additional Master Teachers here.

Morning News Briefing

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins is waiting to find out how long he could be behind bars.
Collins, who represented the 27th District, pleaded guilty yesterday to two felony counts in connection with an insider trading scheme.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman, spoke with reporters outside of the federal court in New York…

Collins will be sentenced in January and is looking at a possible 4 and 3/4 years in federal prison per his plea agreement according to the Buffalo News.
Governor Cuomo says he’s considering calling for a special election following the resignation of the 27th Congressional District representative.
During a radio interview yesterday, the governor said he’d like the election to be sooner rather than later, but didn’t announce a specific date.
Democrat Nate McMurray, who lost to Collins last year, has already said he’ll run for the position.
Several Republicans have also expressed interest.

LeRoy student arrested for messaging a threat to the school.
The Junior-Senior High School student is allegedly sent a SnapChat message threatening harm to students last Friday leading to a district wide closure and lockout.
According to LeRoy Police a parent of one of the message recipients contacted the Safe School Helpline to advise them of the threat.
After consulting with the Assistant County Attorney the LeRoy Police Department, will be charging the juvenile with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the 3rd Degree.
The matter was turned over to the Genesee County Family Court for further action.

Former Batavia athlete Antwan Odom appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday for opening statements for the first day of the trial against him.
Odom faces charges of felony first degree assault after slashing his teammate, Ray Leach, during an altercation between former teammates on the Batavia football team last summer.
According to our news partner, The Batavian, Odom’s lawyer says that while both men admitted they fought, the police would not arrest Leach, Batavia’s star player.
The trial continues in Genesee County Court this morning beginning with Leach’s physician’s testimony.

Senator Schumer calls for guidelines to help finance hemp farms.
Sen. Chuck Schumer stopped at Mills Family Farm on Ham Road in Basom yesterday to announce a new push by his office to get bank regulators to hurry up and write guidelines for banks seeking to do business with hemp growers.
Schumer sees hemp as a potential cash crop for Western New York…

The Senator continued to say that currently bank regulators are standing in the way and have been unwilling to extend credit to farmers who want to start or expand hemp operations.
For more on the story check the video and article by our news partner The Batavian.

Evening News Briefing

Former Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his Republican-leaning district.
Collins had initially denied charges he leaked confidential information about a pharmaceutical company and was set to go to trial next year in federal court in Manhattan on conspiracy, securities fraud and other charges.
But on Monday, the court filed papers saying the Republican from western New York would be withdrawing his not guilty plea and he submitted a resignation letter to Congress.
After his plea, Collins expressed regret and said he had failed his constituents.

 

US Attorney Geoffrey Berman

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters outside a Manhattan courthouse that this case should serve as an important example…

With Collin’s departure, it will be up to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to replace him. The governor said earlier today that the timing remains uncertain for an election that’s expected to now draw even more candidates to an already crowded field.

An arrest has been made in the social media threat that closed LeRoy Central Schools.
LeRoy Police tell WBTA they have charged a juvenile with Falsely Reporting an incident last Friday.
School officials said the juvenile was a student at LeRoy Junior-Senior High School.
The case is now being turned over to family court.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center will consider a 126,000 in tax breaks for Six Flags Darien Lake.
The park is planning a new 60-ft tall water ride expected to open next year.
The EDC says the tax break will help retain 380 jobs at the park. The EDC also noted in a statement that Darien Lake is one of the county’s largest sales tax generators.

There’s still no word yet on if Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will be able to take the field this weekend. Allen left the team’s 16-10 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday after getting hit in the head. Since he’s still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, his status for this Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans is unclear.

From the campaign trail: Durin Rogers picks up two new endorsements in his bid for full time Batavia City Court Judge.
The coordinators of Genesee County’s Justice for Children’s Program and the county’s Student Transition and Recovery program have backed Rogers.

Batavia GOP Gears Up for City Council Election

News Release

With election season here, Batavia’s Republicans are gearing up for five City Council races this fall. Stressing their ability to work together in promoting the City’s interests while keeping local taxes in check, Batavia’s Republican City Council members are all seeking re-election to provide much needed continuity in City Government, especially as new City Manager Martin Moore, has settled into his position and is working with Council to set priorities and programs in place to continue to improve the City’s finances and development for the benefit of local residents.

Educator and 5th Ward Councilperson Kathy Briggs has had a valuable long term presence on City Council during her 5 terms as councilperson. Her knowledge about the City’s ongoing needs and her commitment to Fifth Ward residents have helped accomplish many positive developments throughout the 5th Ward and the City. “I’ve fought hard for the people living in the 5th Ward. My recent success in getting additional cameras placed in this Ward and my work along with Councilperson Al McGinnis to bring the residents of the 4th and 5th Wards together with our City leaders to listen to their concerns at our regular “town hall” meetings at the Holland Land Office are recent examples of my commitment to the residents…I also plan to continue my efforts to improve the sidewalks, water lines and sewer lines throughout the 5th Ward. I look forward to sharing concerns with the residents of my ward this election season and seek their support in my effort to continue to work for them as their elected representative.”

Businessman, local music instructor and 3rd Ward Councilperson John Canale is seeking a third term on Council. “Being on City Council for the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to be part of a group of city leaders that have accomplished monumental achievements. We have worked to increase our bond rating to A1, secured more than $20-million in grants to improve existing industrial areas, upgrade infrastructure, improve our downtown area, including settling the Mall issue and moving forward with re-development, and studying ways to improve our longtime stagnant community. Most importantly, we’ve turned a multi-million dollar deficit into a balanced budget with capital reserves for future city improvements. All this and more has been accomplished, while keeping the city property tax rate level, over the past seven years. My plans are to continue moving the city forward in redevelopment and revitalization, in order to create a ‘Better Batavia’”
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First Ward Councilperson, local developer and businessman, Paul Viele said his focus in his upcoming term, if re-elected, will be to work with City Administration and his fellow Council members to continue their efforts to reduce crime in the City, revamp infrastructure throughout the City, focus on our local youth and continue to keep taxes down. “I encourage all the residents of the 1st Ward to continue to reach out to me with their concerns. I’m firmly committed to make the 1st Ward and the entire City of Batavia a better place for all of us to live, work and raise our families. Mr. Viele is seeking a second 4-year term this November.

2nd Ward Councilperson Patti Pacino, who is retired and an active volunteer with local organizations, including being a Past President and current Director of the local Zonta Club; stresses several ongoing issues that she will be focusing on if elected to a third full term on Council, having been a member since 2010. “Safety is my first concern for City residents. We have had some real trouble (stabbing, etc.) which needs to continue to be addressed. Happily, the Police Department and the City are working together to get a handle on how to best deal with this. I am aware of two neighborhoods that are in the process of organizing groups similar to the Summit Street Neighbors who work together to keep police and each other in the know about trouble on their streets and what they can do about it. I will continue to support these efforts. Second, we need to continue to work on the ‘Zombie House” problem in the City, (caused by absentee landlords), to ensure our neighborhoods are not on a downfall. We have proportionately too many rentals compared to homeowner held houses, often by landlords not willing to take responsibility for their properties. Third, I will continue to work with the BID organization to upgrade the business district, organizing community activities and work with business owners to upgrade our downtown area, hopefully bringing in more businesses to fill those empty buildings and make downtown a more welcoming and prosperous area. Fourth I will continue to promote fiscal responsibility throughout City government. All these ideas that we’ll continue working on require financial support; my hope is to improve our area without burdening the area taxpayers.”

Retired Military Veteran and 4th Ward Councilperson Al McGinnis is seeking a second four year term. If re-elected, Councilman McGinnis has expressed his commitment to continued efforts to enhance the quality of life for Batavia’s residents. “We need to continue our efforts to make Batavia’s streets safe for our residents, to do all we can to increase and encourage home ownership, to renew our efforts to enforce our local codes and to continue our sidewalk and street replacement programs. I will also continue to work with Councilperson Kathy Briggs to bring the residents of the 4th and 5th Wards together with City Administration on a regular basis at the Holland Land Office to give our local residents an enhanced opportunity to be heard and to air their concerns to local officials.”

Election Day is Tuesday November 5th. All eligible residents are encouraged to vote.

Rogers Picks-up Endorsements from Youth Leaders

News Release

Theresa Asmus-Roth, Coordinator of Genesee County’s Justice for Children Program and Captain James C. Davis, Coordinator of the County’s S.T.A.R. Program have added their names to the list of prominent individuals who have endorsed part-time City Court Judge Durin Rogers for election to become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge.  The Justice for Children Program is the Genesee County Agency that advocates for and give services to local children who have been victims of abuse or witnesses to violent acts, while the S.T.A.R. (Student Transition and Recovery) Program addresses the needs of local students who are facing school discipline or removal from their homes.

Durin Rogers and Theresa Asmuth-Roth

“I have worked with Judge Rogers in his role with the Genesee County Attorney’s Office as a part of the Justice for Children CORE team since my career in victim advocacy began in 2001.  This has given me the opportunity to witness his dedication to child victims of abuse and view him as an experienced, thoughtful, and passionate legal professional.”  Asmus-Roth stated in highlighting her experience with Judge Rogers over the past 18 years. In explaining her reasons behind her endorsement, she continued: “The Batavia City Court Judge fills a crucial role in this community; a role that balances the constitutional and legal rights of a defendant against safety and justice for crime victims and the community as a whole… Judge Rogers’ decades of experience as a defense attorney, prosecutor, corporate counsel, and Judge have equipped him to excel in this position.  It is with that in mind that I endorse Judge Durin Rogers for full-time City Court Judge.”

Captain James Davis of the S.T.A.R program, Batavia City Court Judge Durin Rogers, and Sgt. Robert Ettinger, S.T.A.R Program

Davis, commended Judge Rogers’ efforts in working with Family Court Judge Eric Adams in bringing the S.T.A.R. Program to Genesee County and further praised Judge Rogers’ ongoing support of the program since its inception as reasons for his endorsement.  “In my dealings with Judge Rogers…his knowledge of family matters within the court system has proved beneficial and supportive to the Genesee County S.T.A.R Program’s success.” In commenting on his 20 years working with Judge Rogers, Davis continued: “I have personally learned and benefited from Judge Rogers’ knowledge of the law and his extraordinary ability to deal with and relate to ALL individuals…we fully endorse his candidacy…I have no doubt that [Judge Rogers] will be welcomed as your Batavia City Court Judge and will serve the legal system and the City of Batavia with integrity and honor.”

Judge Rogers noted that “I have truly enjoyed working with Theresa and Captain Davis over the years.  They are true professionals and have devoted their careers to protecting and assisting children in our community.  I am proud to work with them and have their support and endorsement.”

Judge Durin Rogers has been the sitting part time Batavia City Court Judge for over four years and is seeking election to the full time City Court post in this November’s election due to the retirement of Hon. Robert Balbick.

 

 

Juvenile Charged in LeRoy School Threat

News Release

The Le Roy Police Department, after consulting with the Assistant County Attorney is announcing today that they will be charging a juvenile with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the 3rd Degree in connection with a threat involving the Le Roy Central Schools last Friday.

It is alleged that the juvenile sent a SnapChat message threatening harm to students and a parent of one of the message recipients contacted the Safe School Helpline to advise them of the threat.

The matter will be referred to the Genesee County Family Court for further action.

GENESEE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: Early Voting

Press Release:

Contact: Richard Siebert and Lorie Longhany

GENESEE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Early Voting

• Beginning this year for the General Election on November 5, 2019 all registered voters can vote early, in person, before Election Day.

• Genesee County voters can vote early in the main meeting room right off the lobby at County Building 2, 3837 West Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020.

• The dates and times of early voting are;
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019 12:00PM – 5:00PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019 12:00PM – 5:00PM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019 9:00AM – 5:00 PM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019 9:00AM – 5:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019 12:00PM – 8:00PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019 12:00PM – 8:00PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 9:00AM – 5:00PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 12:00PM – 5:00PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2019 12:00PM – 5:00PM

• Voting during early voting will be the same as Election Day. When you arrive at the early voting center you will check in to vote, receive your ballot and vote like you do on Election Day. ONCE YOU VOTE EARLY — ON ELECTION DAY YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.

• Early voting votes will be reported as unofficial results after 9:00PM on Election Day. You will be able to check our website for unofficial results at www.genesee.ny.us Official results will be available after our recanvas which will be posted a week to 10 days after the General Election after absentee and military ballots are counted. VOTES WILL NOT BE TALLIED AT THE END OF EACH EARLY VOTING DAY NOR WILL THEY BE TALLIED ON THE LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING.

• Absentee ballots will continue to be available if you will be out of Genesee County, if you are permanently or temporarily disabled, ill, a care giver for one or more people who are ill or disabled or detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or incarcerated for an offense other than a felony.

• You can contact the Genesee County Board of Elections with any questions or to request an absentee ballot at 585 815-7804

• The Genesee County early voting site is accessible to voters with disabilities.

Morning News Briefing

Rep. Chris Collins

Republican Congressman Chris Collins is expected to appear in federal court today after announcing he will be stepping down from his congressional seat.
Collins announced yesterday that he was resigning from the position he’s held since 2013, and now the 27th District representative is said to have a date in a New York City courtroom where he is likely to plead guilty to at least one of the charges included his indictment for federal insider trading.
Collins was initially scheduled to go on trial in February.
It remains the decision of Governor Cuomo whether to hold a special election to fill Collins’ seat for his remaining term.
If a special election is held, party leaders would select their candidates and they would need to run another campaign to be re-elected in 2020.
On the Republican line Senators Robert Ortt and Chris Jacobs along with Attorney Beth Parlato have announced plans to seek the 27th District seat.
Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia is considering throwing his hat in the ring as well according to reports.

Summit Street man jailed without bail after allegedly threatening police.
44 year old Jon Roblee of Summit Street in the city was taken into custody by Batavia Police following a disturbance complaint at a Summit Street address Sunday night.
Officers reported he was allegedly in possession of a pipe and was quickly apprehended.
Roblee is charged with a Class E Felony count of first degree Menacing, and Obstructing Governmental Administration.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail.

GCEDC to consider incentives a new water ride at Darien Lake.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center board will consider approving incentives of approximately $126,000 for Six Flags Darien LLC at the board’s meeting Wednesday to hear plans of building a nearly $1.6 million 60-foot tall water ride called the Wahoo Wave, at the Hurricane Harbor water park which is set to open in 2020.
The project will help retain 380 jobs at one of the county’s largest sales tax revenue generators.
Thursday the board will also consider accepting an application for over 820-thousand in tax incentives from Wright Associates for an $8.9 million capital project that would include the purchase and renovation of an existing building on Wright Avenue in LeRoy.

There’s still no word yet on if Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will be able to take the field this weekend.
Allen left the team’s 16-10 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday after getting hit in the head.
Since he’s still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, his status for this Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans is unclear.
If he can’t play, it’ll be up to backup QB Matt Barkley to lead the team.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County Congressman Chris Collins has resigned from the House of Representatives.
Multiple sources say Collins, who represented the 27th District of New York, will enter a guilty plea tomorrow afternoon in U.DS. District Court admitting he engaged in insider stock trading.

In August of 2018, Collins was charged with insider trading and lying to the FBI, along with his son Cameron and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s girlfriend.
Collins was accused of using non-public information from an Australian biotech firm to tip off his son to sell stock in the firm ahead of a failed clinical trial for a drug that treated multiple sclerosis.
Collins was serving as a board member of the company at the time.

Collins narrowly won re-election in November of 2018 over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. McMurray has announced plans to seek the same office again next year. State Senators Robert Ortt and Chris Jacobs along with Darien Attorney Beth Parlato have also announced plans to seek the 27th District seat on the Republican line.
Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia is said to be mulling a run for the seat.

 

Well known Batavia Republican, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley said he was shocked by today’s news

Hawley has previously expressed interest in running for the congressional seat now vacated by Collins. He renewed his interest today but stopped short of actually saying he would be a candidate.
There are a couple of options available for filling Collins seat.
The seat could be left vacant until the end of the term or a special election could be called

Hawley has previously expressed interest in running for the congressional seat now vacated by Collins. He renewed his interest today but stopped short of actually saying he would be a candidate.
There are a couple of options available for filling Collins seat.
The seat could be left vacant until the end of the term or a special election could be called.

GCEDC to consider incentives a new water ride at Darien Lake.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center board will consider approving incentives of approximately $126,000 for Six Flags Darien LLC at the board’s meeting Wednesday to hear plans of building a nearly $1.6 million 60-foot tall water ride called the Wahoo Wave, at the Hurricane Harbor water park which is set to open in 2020.
The project will help retain 380 jobs at one of the county’s largest sales tax revenue generators.

Collins Quits Congress

Rep. Chris Collins

Rep. Chris Collins of New York is resigning from Congress ahead of expected guilty plea, Speaker Pelosi’s office says.
Collins is slated to plead guilty in connection to an insider trading case.
The Republican Congressman is scheduled to have a court hearing in Manhattan at 3 p.m. Tuesday. He originally pleaded not guilty and will plead guilty to at least one charge, according to the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of New York.

In August 2018, Collins was charged with insider trading and lying to the FBI, along with his son Cameron and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s girlfriend. Collins is accused of using non-public information from an Australian biotech firm to tip off his son to sell stock in the firm ahead of a failed clinical trial for a drug that treated multiple sclerosis. Collins was serving as a board member at the time.
Collins, who represents New York’s 27th District, narrowly won re-election in November over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. In August 2019, Collins was dropped from three counts in a rewritten indictment filed in Manhattan federal court.

A trial date had tentatively been scheduled for February 3, 2020.
Earlier this month, Collins did not say whether the prospects of the 2020 trial might affect whether he runs for reelection next year. He did express confidence he’ll be exonerated.

INCENTIVES FOR NEW WATER RIDE AT SIX FLAGS DARIEN LLC TO BE CONSIDERED BY GCEDC BOARD AT OCTOBER MEETING

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider approving incentives of approximately $126,000 for Six Flags Darien LLC at the board’s October 2 meeting.

The company is proposing to build Wahoo Wave, a new $1.575 million 60-foot tall water ride at the Hurricane Harbor water park which is set to open in 2020. The project will help retain 380 jobs at one of the county’s largest sales tax revenue generators.

Since the company is seeking tax incentives of over $100,000 a public hearing will be conducted. The hearing will take place at 4 pm. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in the town of Darien.

The GCEDC board also will consider accepting an application from Wright Associates for a $8.9 million capital project that would include the purchase of an existing 139,000 square foot building on Wright Avenue in Le Roy. In addition to the land acquisition purchase, Wright Associates will invest $2 million to rehabilitate the building and $2 million to purchase new equipment. Wright Associates is seeking approximately $823,000 in mortgage, sales and property taxes.

The GCEDC Board meeting will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at its offices on 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Tullow N splashes to Batavia feature pace win

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — A torrential rainstorm rolled into Genesee County just prior to post time and downgraded conditions to sloppy before the first race ever hit the track. But the inclement weather and less than desirable track conditions did not prevent Tullow N from imposing his will on his foes in winning the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 28).

Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) was the only leaver in the feature and Cummings took full advantage of his position. After settling onto the lead, he backed the quarter down to a pedestrian :29 flat and then further throttled-down to a :59.2 half as everyone refused to pull.

As soon as they entered the third turn, Cummings hit the gas and Tullow N looked more like himself. With a two-length gapped advantage he got to the three-quarters in 1:27.3, swung around the last turn and then just paced away in the lane to win by three in 1:56.

It was the seventh win of the year and fifth of the Batavia meet for Tullow N ($5.90) and owner Blindswitch Racing. Dave Russo trains the winner.

Russo had another training win earlier in the night with Reiki ($4.20) who he also drove in the Billings Amateur Pace.

In the $11,000 Open II pace, Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) went right to the front and never looked back. After cutting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.3, Davis rounded the last turn on cruise control and let Mr. Euroman N fly home in 1:55 on top by a 1-½ length margin. It was the second win in a row for Mr. Euroman N ($3.40) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Drew Monti, Shawn Gray, John Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving doubles on the card. Trainer Patrick Shepherd had two wins on the training side. Since last Saturday, Shepherd is the hottest trainer at the Downs, winning nine races in only 17 starts.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 2) with post time at 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police report the arrest of 27 year old city resident Morgan Cox following an incident at a Central Ave address over the weekend.
Cox was taken into custody in the early morning hours Saturday after he was accused of possessing drugs and Menacing a Police Officer with a Knife.
Cox is facing counts of Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Menacing a Police Officer, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
He was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail and is due back in City Court this afternoon.

Fatal ATV accident in Alexander.
33 year old Michelle Buckenmeyer was critically injured shortly before 12:30 Saturday morning and died later at ECMC.
Deputies tell WBTA News Michelle was driving on a private laneway off of Seward Road near her home in Alexander.
Deputies said it appeared her ATV collided with a chained barricade across the road.
Michelle was ejected from the machine.
She was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight and pronounced dead at 4 a.m. Saturday.

Wood Street resident busted for burglary in Batavia.
25 year old Ronald Murray was arrested on a Batavia City Court Arrest Warrant for his alleged involvement in a burglary at an East Main Street apartment early last month.
Murray was charged with Second Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny and upon his arrest was additionally hit with a count of Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument after being found in possession of the suspected drug paraphernalia.
Murray was ultimately remanded to the County Clink on $15,000 bail.

A Rochester woman arrested for a bomb threat at a Batavia business.
City Police took 43 year old Shuvon Williams of Leopard Street Rochester into custody following a lengthy investigation into a bomb threat made a to a Bank Street business back in April of this year.
Williams was charged with Aggravated Harassment and the charge was worked out as part of a plea arrangement.

Rochester resident jailed for drug dealing in Stafford.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 27 year old Falan Young following a traffic stop on Clinton Street Road in Stafford last Thursday.
Young was allegedly driving on a suspended license and was found in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.
She was charged with Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug with intent to sell, counts of Criminal Possession for pot and crack cocaine along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
Young was ordered to be held on $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail with her next court date scheduled for October 1st in Stafford Town Court.

The flawless start to the regular season by the Buffalo Bills has come to an end.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw three interceptions as Buffalo lost to the New England Patriots 16 to 10 at New Era Field.
Allen did have one rushing touchdown but later left the game after being hit in the head.
The Bills are now three-and-one, while the Patriots are four-and-oh.
Up next for the Bills is a road game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon.

ATV Accident Fatal to an Alexander Woman

An Alexander woman was killed while riding an ATV near her home.
33 year old Michelle Buckenmeyer was critically injured shortly before 12:30 Saturday and died later at ECMC.
Deputies tell WBTA News Michelle was driving on a private laneway off of Seward Road in Alexander. Deputies said it appeared her ATV collided with a chained barricade across the road.
Michelle was ejected from the machine.
She was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight and pronounced dead at 4 this morning.

BJ Lorado upsets in Batavia Open trot

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — A summer-long resident of the now closed for the season Tioga Downs, BJ Lorado shipped north to Genesee County on Friday night (Sept. 27) and made himself right at home, winning the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs.

Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) took command and led the field of seven to the half in a moderate :58 flat. Looking to take his shot, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) came first-up and was followed by BJ Lorado (Shawn McDonough) and the two forced the leader into a :28.4 third panel.

Heading into the far turn, Southern Palms was starting to tire and Keystone Apache’s assault had stalled. As a result, McDonough tipped BJ Lorado three-wide at the apex and cleared by the time they straightened away. Down the lane BJ Lorado was in full flight and trotted to the wire on top by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.1.

It was the seventh win of the year for BJ Lorado ($18.20) who is owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Donna Riedel.

In the $11,000 Open II trot, Put On The Day (Jim Morrill Jr.) tripped out third to the half where he pulled first-over, cleared at three-quarters and trotted away down the lane to win by two lengths in 1:58. It was the second straight win for Put On The Day ($3.90) who is owned by his driver Morrill and is trained by Steve Andzel.

Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers on Friday winning four races on the card. Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. were right behind, each got the hat trick and trainer Patrick Shepherd also scored three conditioning wins.

When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m. there will be a carryover of $3,202 in the Pick-5 wager with a guaranteed pool of $7,500. The guarantee is made in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages for races one through five will be available on the USTA’s website starting on Saturday.

Weekend News Briefing

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against 28 year old Anthony Allee, and 36 year old Tashira Allee, both of Medina, accusing them of drug trafficking with a cache of weapons and drugs in their possession.
According to the prosecutor in the case, a search warrant was executed at the defendants’ residence on Ridge Road in Medina in July where investigators seized 11 firearms including a stolen piston from Tonawanda, stolen property, marijuana, pills, ammunition, scales, bags, and other items of evidence.
Investigators also searched a barn located behind the main house where they found a safe containing, pills in prescription pill bottles, and a loaded Colt .45 pistol.
Also seized from the barn was more drug selling paraphernalia, ammunition, an SKS rifle and magazine, a Ruger model 10-22 carbine, and more marijuana.
The couple are facing counts including maintaining a drug-involved premises, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle while Anthony Allee is additionally charged with possession and distribution of, marijuana, hydrocodone, and cocaine, unlawful possession of a machinegun, and unlawful possession of a stolen firearm.
Tashira is looking at mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life if convicted on the charges while Anthony is facing a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life.

No arrests made in a threat that closed down LeRoy Schools.
A student posted threat on the social media site Snap-Chat closed LeRoy Schools on Friday.
LeRoy Police know the student who made the threat and say his family has been fully cooperative with their investigation.
LeRoy Superintendent Merritt Holly says the district takes any threat seriously…

The students family, the school and police have resolved the issue and will work together to determine the next course of action according to officials.
LeRoy Schools were cancelled and in a lockout situation on Friday as a precaution.
The LeRoy football game in Avon was re-scheduled for Saturday night at 7 in Avon.

New legislation gives New Yorkers until February 14th to register for the state’s presidential primaries. The deadline had been October 11th.
The presidential primary in New York is on April 28th.

The Buffalo Bills will look to remain unbeaten this weekend, but a familiar foe stands in their path.
The Bills are hosting the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at New Era Field.
Like the Bills, the Patriots are also three-and-oh start to the season.
Kickoff on Sunday is one p-m.

Evening News Briefing

Merritt Holly

A student posted threat on the social media site Snap-Chat closed LeRoy Schools today.
LeRoy Police know the student who made the threat, but no arrest has been made.
LeRoy Superintendent Merritt Holly says the district takes any threat seriously…

All classes and activities at LeRoy Schools were cancelled for today.
Tonight’s football game at Avon has also been cancelled and re-scheduled for tomorrow night at Avon.
That game can be heard on the WBTA Sports Stream on line or on mobile devices.

Jane Scott (L) Susie Ott

The United Way of Genesee County announced today the goal for its annual campaign.
The drive hopes to raise $350,000 to support 27 diffrent programs.
The campaign co-chairs are Jane Scott, retired branch manager for Five Star Bank and Susie Ott from Lawley Insurance.

“Campaign 2020: clear vision for a brighter future” is our tagline this year, says Executive Director Tammy Hathaway. “We want to know the personality of our donor and offer them nothing less from our stewardship of their funds than what they give to their customers and the community.”

 

New legislation gives New Yorkers until February 14th to register for the state’s presidential primaries. The deadline had been October 11th.
The presidential primary in New York is on April 28th.

The Buffalo Bills will look to remain unbeaten this weekend, but a familiar foe stands in their path.
The Bills are hosting the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at New Era Field.
Like the Bills, the Patriots are also three-and-oh start to the season.
Kickoff on Sunday is 1pm.

School officials comment on threat that closed LeRoy Schools

LeRoy Central School is closed today for a threat posted on social media.

The school district reported at 7 this morning that police were investigating a “credible threat” made to the school and that the schools would be closed.

An unnamed junior-senior high school student allegedly sent the threatening message on snap-chat sometime early this morning before school officials were made aware through an anonymous reporting system…

After reading a statement saying that the investigation and incident had been resolved, LeRoy School Superintendent Merritt Holly commented on what qualified the message as a credible threat in his opinion…

There were no arrests made and the district along with the family and police department are working together to decide the proper course of action.

The school is in lockout today and all afterschool activities have been cancelled for today to resume tomorrow.

The LeRoy versus Avon Football game originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for tomorrow night at 7 and can be heard on WBTA’s LeRoy Sports Stream via our website or our mobile app.

Updated: “Credible threat” has led to the closure of LeRoy Schools

 

Twitter Post

LeRoy Central School will be closed today due to a reported threat.

The school district has posted on their official twitter account that the schools in LeRoy will be closed as police are currently investigating a “credible threat” that was made to the school.

The post says to stay tuned for more information and dispatchers in LeRoy confirmed police are investigating and should issue a press release later.

Message from LeRoy Superintendent Merritt Holly to GCSO:

The School received a report of a possible threat and we are currently investigating.

The School received it early this morning and given the hour made the decision to close to allow us to try to determine if the threat was credible or not.

Given the ongoing investigation we will not be making anyone available for on-camera interviews.

Update from the Editor:

LEROY VS. AVON FOOTBALL CANCELLED

Due to the investigation currently underway at LeRoy Central School the football game scheduled for tonight 9/27 in Avon has been cancelled along with all other after school activities.

The LeRoy vs. Avon football game has been rescheduled to Saturday at 7 p.m. in Avon.

Morning News Briefing

49 year old Andrew Said, a Buffalo native who allegedly led police in pursuit from Rochester to Batavia last year appeared in Genesee County Court for a plea agreement on an Alford basis.
Said was apprehended in Batavia in August of last year after he was pursued by police as a suspected shoplifter and a high speed chase ensued.
He entered a guilty plea to attempted assault in the first degree in Genesee County Court on Wednesday afternoon in exchange for a guaranteed prison term of no more than 10 years.
Said entered his plea on an Alford basis which means he would not admit to the allegations against him in court but acknowledged he would likely be found guilty if his case went to trial.

Warsaw resident busted with drugs in a Bergen traffic stop.
Deputies took 36 year old Dain Kilian of Saltval Road Warsaw into custody after he was stopped on Clinton Street Road in Bergen just after midnight last night.
He was stopped for allegedly having an inadequate exhaust and was found in possession of two different controlled substances.
Kilian was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and a vehicle infraction.
He was released with an appearance ticket for October 9th in Bergen Town Court.

A Wyoming County man is behind bars on a count of rape.
23 year old Grayson Finnin of Perry is accused of raping and choking a woman at his Perry residence Wednesday.
He is facing a count of Rape in the first degree and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing following investigation by the Perry Police Department and was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Governor Cuomo wants to include menthol in the ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids.
The governor says he made the decision after looking at the recommendations made by State Health Commissioner Doctor Howard Zucker.
Cuomo is now calling on the Public Health and Health Planning Council to hold an emergency meeting to add menthol to the current ban.
The governor says New York can’t sit back and wait for the federal government to take action.

The Buffalo Bills will look to remain unbeaten this weekend, but a familiar foe stands in their path.
The Bills are hosting the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at New Era Field.
Like the Bills, the Patriots are also three-and-oh start to the season.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for one p-m.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on legislation that gives New Yorkers until February 14th to register for the state’s presidential primaries.
The deadline had been October 11th.
The presidential primary in New York is on April 28th.

Evening News Briefing

Grayson Finnin

A Wyoming County man is facing a charge of rape in the first degree.
23 year old Grayson Finnin of Perry is accused of raping and choking a woman at her home yesterday.
Finnin is in the Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Governor Cuomo is working on a proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
The governor said he’ll announce his plans after talking with leaders from nearby states to come up with what he calls a common framework.
There was an effort to legalize recreational marijuana earlier this year, but there wasn’t enough support in the Legislature.

The Batavia Fire Department has completed investigations into recent fires in the city.
Since August 26, fires on Bank Street, East Ave, Ellicott Street and Garfield have all been determined to be accidental.
The recent fire in the kitchen of the Hawaiian Grill on East Main was ruled accidental due to spontaneous combustion.
The cause of a July 4th fire at 13 Hutchins Street, which sent two people to the hospital, remains under investigation.

 

Plush Dozier

The man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire in her Maple Street apartment has been found competent to stand trial.
Plush Dozier of Rochester is charged with arson and attempted murder for the June 2018 fire.
Police said Dozier set the fire stemmed from a domestic incident.

This year’s Walk to end Alzheimer’s raised nearly $40,000dollars in Genesee County.
Over 400 took part in the walk in Batavia last Saturday.
Student athletes from the Byron-Bergen Cal-mum football team, and the girls’ varsity soccer team, contributed more than $900 to the total.

High School athletes raise over $900 for the Alzheimer’s Association

Members of the Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen Raiders varsity foot team with Byron-Bergen High School Principal Pat McGee (bottom left)

Press Release:

Bergen, NY – On Saturday, September 21, 2019, student athletes from Byron-Bergen and Caledonia-Mumford joined over 400 other participants on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Batavia. Byron-Bergen’s participation in this annual event began three years ago when the combined Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen varsity football team decided to take part.

“In the past, the team used to do a cancer walk, but our soccer teams do a cancer fundraiser, so we thought it would be good to give to a different organization,” said Byron-Bergen senior and varsity football co-captain Bryce Yockel.

The team raised money, but they also raised awareness. “We made posters in honor of different community members affected by the disease that we posted around the area. We made one for my grandfather who has Alzheimer’s,” said Byron-Bergen senior and varsity football player Alex Dean.

“I’m proud to walk with members of our football and soccer teams,” said Byron-Bergen High School Principal Pat McGee. “They’re great kids supporting a great cause.”

“It’s really about the feel good part,” said Yockel. “It’s helping people who are struggling and can’t do anything about it. A lot of the people who are in the walk are older, a lot of them are walking for themselves, so it feels good to support them.”

This year, the football team was joined by members of the Byron-Bergen girls varsity soccer team. The football and soccer players’ combined efforts raised more than $900. The day’s event raised a total of more than $40,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association and had 441 individual participants.

Drew Monti wins five and feature at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Frequent flyer miles between the Red Mile, Plainridge Park and Batavia Downs have certainly kept driver Drew Monti sharp as a tack. Currently sitting sixth, fourth and eighth in the driver standings at those respective tracks, Monti has been on a tear since returning to Batavia and over the last five days has posted a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .440.

On Wednesday (Sept. 25) Monti added to those numbers by winning five races on the card including the weekly distaff feature with the red hot HP Sissy.

HP Sissy’s initials may very well stand for “high powered” because she certainly has a huge engine and showed it off for the second week in a row by dominating the best mares on the grounds while winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap for distaff pacers at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening.

HP Sissy (Drew Monti) was deliberate off the gate, going three-deep to the quarter to out-leave Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) and Sarah Cola (Mike Caprio). After seating at the first split in :27.2, Monti reined-in the leader and backed off the half to :56.3.

The race proceeded on the second circuit and HP Sissy continued to pace under a strong hold with Little Joke tracking from second. After hitting three-quarters in 1:25 Monti let his mare out a notch and HP Sissy switched into glide and opened up a two length advantage while scooting home in :28.4 to win in 1:53.4.

Notching her 11th win of the year, HP Sissy ($3.70) has now earned $91,343 for owner Finocchario’s Dream Stable and trainer Mike Ohol.

Monti completed his piloting pentafecta by winning with Rock N Roll Rosie (1:56.3, $6.00), Media Queen N (1:54.2, $5.00), Cracked Glass (1:58.1, $7.70) and Snapshot Springs (1:58.2, $2.40). Adding in a second and two thirds, Monti’s UDR for the night was .479.

The $11,000 Open II pace for fillies and mares went to Badlands Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took the lead by the quarter, cut quick fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.1 before holding off a late closing Carly Girl (Drew Monti) to win by two-lengths in 1:54.4. Badlands Delight ($9.60) is owned by Sam Smith and is trained by Gerry Sarama.

Driver Dave McNeight III had a good night as well, winning three races on Wednesday.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 27) with post time set at 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Felony charges have been filed against a Batavia woman for allegedly striking her young son twice over the past two years.
According to investigation by the Genesee County Welfare and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, back in 2017, 28 year old Niasia Jiggetts of Thomas Avenue allegedly hit her then 3 year old son with an undisclosed object.
She is accused of hitting him with an object again this past June causing injury to the child in both incidents.
Jiggetts is facing two felony counts of Assault and after being arraigned in Batavia Town Court was released with an appearance ticket for October 21st.

A Rochester man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire in Batavia has been deemed mentally competent to stand trial according to the State Commissioner of Mental Health.
23 year old Plush Dozier allegedly set his girlfriend and her Maple Street apartment on fire in June 2018.
The next step in his case is a Huntley Hearing to determine evidence admissibility which has been scheduled for November 14th.

A Batavia man arrested for shoplifting and then fleeing law enforcement.
24 year old Michael Weichman of West Main Road was arrested following a shoplifting complaint from the Dollar General on East Main Street in the city.
Weichman allegedly attempted to flee from police and was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, Conspiracy and Petit Larceny.
He was released with an appearance ticket for October 1st in City Court.

Dellinger Ave resident jailed after being arrested at an unrelated court appearance.
21 year old Kaleb Bobzien of Batavia appeared in City Court Tuesday afternoon for sentencing on an unrelated matter before he was arrested by city police for violating a court mandated stay away order of protection.
Bobzien was charged with Criminal Contempt and after being arraigned he was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
He is expected back in court on October 4th.

The Batavia Fire Department has completed investigations into recent fires in the city.
Since August 26, fires on Bank Street, East Ave, Ellicott Street and Garfield have all been determined to be accidental.
The recent fire in the kitchen of the Hawaiian Grill on East Main was ruled accidental due to spontaneous combustion.
The cause of a July 4th fire at 13 Hutchins Street, which sent two people to the hospital, remains under investigation.

Governor Cuomo is working on a proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
In a radio interview yesterday, the governor said he’ll announce his plans after talking with leaders from nearby states to come up with what he calls a common framework.
Cuomo says he wants to lay out ideas during the State of the State address in January.
There was an effort to legalize recreational marijuana this year, but there wasn’t enough support in the Legislature

A legal battle over the state’s ban of flavored e-cigarettes is now underway.
New York is being sued by two vaping chain stores and a national trade group.
The civil action filed by Perfection Vapes, Benevolent E Liquids and Vapor Technology Association claims the ban is unlawful and they’re asking for a judge to put it on hold until legal proceedings are complete.
New York announced the ban last week due to concerns over vaping illnesses and growing use of the products among teens.

City FD Releases Causes of Several Recent Fires

The City of Batavia Fire Department’s origin and cause team under the command of Captain Martin Hinz has determined through a systematic process of comparison examination, reconstruction of the fire scene, witness statements and a detailed examination of fire debris the cause of the following incidents:

July 4, 2019 13 Hutchins Street Under investigation
August 26, 2019 337 Bank Street Accidental, cooking related
August 31, 2019 18 East Avenue Accidental, electrical
September 17, 2019 511 Ellicott Street Accidental, cooking related
September 18, 2019 11 Garfield Avenue Accidental, mechanical failure
September 23, 2019 1 City Center (Island Hawaiian Grill) Accidental, spontaneous combustion

Chief Stefano Napolitano commends Captain Hinz and the other members of the investigation team for their dedication and diligence in determining the origin and cause of these fires. The process of investigating is never easy, however it is imperative that a determination is made so as to bring closure as well as enhance the possibility of not repeating the cause if possible.
The City of Batavia Fire Department was assisted in part by City of Batavia Police and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia woman is facing felony charges of assault for allegedly striking her young son twice over the past two years.
Niasia Jiggetts of Thomas Avenue is accused of hitting her 3 year old son with an undisclosed object back in 2017. She was then accused of striking the boy again earlier this week.
The investigation was triggered by county welfare office.
The 28 year old Jiggetts was arraigned in Town of Batavia court and released to Genesee Justice.

 

Two people are dead following a house explosion in Ontario County. Officials say the blast happened yesterday on Quayle Road in Richmond. When crews arrived, they found pieces of roof and siding stuck in trees and clothing was discovered hundreds of yards away from the scene.
The home belonged to 80 year old Eric and 70 year old Gail Higham.
The Ontario County Sheriff reported that two bodies were found inside, a positive identification has not yet been made.

 

The State University of New York is offering in-state tuition for students form the Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian. The offer is for the 2019 through 2020 academic year. The hurricane devastated the Bahamas on September 1st and left thousands homeless and many dead or missing. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said this action helps ensure that students who have been displaced get continued support from SUNY schools and New York State. In-state tuition at SUNY schools is generally half of what out of state students are charged

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer team walking off the field after a 1-0 shutout over Tompkins Cortland CC

Press Release:

COUGARS SHUTOUT PANTHERS

DRYDEN, NY… On a windy day in Central New York Tuesday afternoon, the nationally ranked Genesee Community College women’s soccer team defeated the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers 1-0.

The lone goal in the contest came late in the opening half as Alexa Jordan found the back of the net after a pass from Macie Riggs. The Cougars offense put 20 shots towards the Panthers net.

Madison Papaj and Alexa Salatel split time between the nets for Genesee.

Genesee ‘s (6-2) next contest will be at home on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30pm against the Erie Community College Kats. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Hiago Barros de Souza (men’s soccer) with possession of the ball during gameplay

Press Release:

MEN’S SOCCER SHUTOUTS PANTHERS

DRYDEN, NY… The no.7 ranked Genesee Community College men’s soccer team earned their fifth shutout of the season by defeating the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers 7-0 Tuesday evening.

Hiago Barros De Souza scored four goals the Blue and Gold. Jack Crowley, Josh Jones, and Vitor Suzarte also found the back of the net. Ed Port had four assists on the day. Ollie Ardle and Shahin Tahir Nasabi also earned assists.

Marcus Kenline earned the shutout for Genesee, stopping all three Panthers shots.

The Cougars (7-2) return home on Thursday, September 26 as they host the Erie Community College Kats at 4pm in a Western New York Athletic Conference contest.

Morning News Briefing

A deadly house explosion in Ontario County has left two people dead.
A residence on Quayle Road in Richmond blew into pieces at around 4:30 early yesterday morning according to the Richmond Fire Chief.
Crews arrived to find pieces of roof and siding stuck in trees and clothing blown hundreds of yards away from the scene.
People as far as five miles away reported hearing and feeling the blast.
The home belonged to 80 year old Eric and 70 year old Gail Higham and the Ontario County Sheriff reported that two bodies of were found inside.
They have yet to confirm the identities of two victims killed in the explosion which remains under investigation.

Genesee County deputies are looking for more information on a disturbing discovery.
They say garbage bags filled with animal remains were found Friday in a Byron cornfield near the intersection of Merriman and Cook Roads.
Officials haven’t said how many bags were found however they were said to be filled with animal remains that included pigs and two small calves.
Deputies encourage contacting the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at 343-5000 if you have any information regarding the incident.

Kitchen fire closes Batavia’s newest restaurant downtown.
Fire crews were called just before midnight Monday night to the Island Grill on East Main Street in Batavia.
According to the City Fire Chief the sprinkler system was triggered before firefighters arrived containing the flames to the kitchen area.
The restaurant suffered some smoke and water damage and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The Hawaiian themed restaurant opened around a month ago.

The Buffalo Diocese has announced changes in the aftermath of sexual abuse allegations made against priests.
Bishop Richard Malone says there’s a new code of conduct for members of the clergy.
It includes procedures and policies for how to handle complaints of sexual misconduct.
Priests or deacons who break the rules could be suspended from ministry or dismissed.

Local members of Congress are reacting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement to begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Republican Congressman Chris Collins accused Democrats of rushing to judgment in order to satisfy their base.
Fellow GOP member, Congressman Tom Reed also questioned why Democrats are moving quickly without all of the necessary information.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins says an impeachment inquiry will get Americans the truth they deserve.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants now through Sept. 26th from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the general area of East Main Street, North Street and Naramore Drive.
Homes and businesses nearby will be affected.
These tests may result in temporary discoloration of water in that area.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in solving a grim case of discarded animal remains.
Deputies say that last Friday several garbage bags were found dumped in a corn field near the intersection of Merriman and Cook Roads in the Town of Byron
The bags were filled with animal remains that included pigs, two small calves and other animals.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at 343-5000.

 

The can that is a new police station for the city of Batavia, has been kicked down the road again.
Council is now recommending putting $175,000 dollars into a reserve fund in order wait at least another two years before seriously bringing up the issue again.
Council president Gene Jankowski says the city may be in a better position to borrow the money to replace the police station if it waits a little longer to pay off current debt

The city has been studying for years the need to replace the current police station. Just two years ago a citizen study group focused in on a location only to find the property was not available.
Jankowski would not disclose a new site now under consideration worrying that it would stir up unneeded criticism.

 

Batavia’s newest restaurant is closed following a fire in their kitchen.
Firefighters responded to the Island Grill on East Main Street just before midnight last night
Authorizes said the fire triggered the sprinkler system which contained the flames to the immediate area.
The Hawaiian themed restaurant opened about a month ago.

 

Genesee County’s unemployment rate creeps up just 2-tenths of a point from last year. The August jobless rate was 3.5 percent, compared to 3.3 a year ago. The rate is still at a near historic low.

 

Over a dozen companies that sell so-called ghost guns are being targeted by New York State.
Attorney General Letitia James has sent letters to 16 businesses, ordering them to stop selling the assault weapon kits.
Ghost guns arrive in kits that are 80-percent finished, which allows purchasers to avoid federal regulations.

City of Batavia Fire Department: Kitchen Fire at New Hawaiian Grill

Press Release:

At approximately 11:55pm on September 23, 2019 the City of Batavia Fire Department was dispatched a general fire alarm at 1 Batavia City Centre. First arriving fire units were on-scene at approximately 11:58 pm.

Upon arrival, firefighters began investigating and found a working kitchen fire inside of the Islands Hawaiian Grill Restaurant, located at 60 Main Street.

Responding crews found an actively operating sprinkler system which helped to contain the fire while responding crews attacked the fire using a stretch hose line. While the fire was contained to the kitchen area, the restaurant experienced smoke and water damage.

At this time the City of Batavia’s Fire Investigation team is investigating the fire to determine the origin and cause. Once a determination has been made, we will be providing an additional media release with further information.

City Fire was assisted at the scene by the City of Batavia Police, Water and Code Departments with additional support provided by Genesee County Emergency Dispatch.

City of Batavia Fire Department: Hydrant Flushing

Press Release:

City of Batavia Fire Department Hydrant Flushing

September 19, 2019: The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on September 23rd thru 26th from approximately 9 AM to 3 PM the general area of E. Main St., North Street and Naramore Dr. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in temporary discoloration of water in that area.

As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

This annual testing is essential to maintain the communities class III Insurance Service Office (ISO) public protection classification, and to assure that hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes. Along with maintaining the fire rating the test monitors the health of the city’s water system, identifies weak areas in the system, removes material that settle in the hydrant and cleans out the lines. Checking each
hydrant improves crew knowledge of hydrant locations.

If you have any questions, or should at anytime notice a hydrant in need of repair, please contact the fire department at 585-345-6375.

Top female driver Jennifer Lappe at Batavia Wednesday

(Photos courtesy of Lisa Photo and Frances Blazer)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Batavia Downs has a long history of lady drivers competing at the track going back to the 1950’s. Names like Edith Mouw, Mary Ann Sarama, Cindy Stark, Laurie Stark, Anne Wheeler, Jeanette Byer and Myrtle Patistas were regulars at the Downs for decades. But it has been a fairly male-dominated track when the gate has swung open in recent years.

That all changes on Wednesday (Sept. 25) when one of the top distaff sulky stars in North America ships into Batavia to take on the local driving colony.

Jennifer Lappe got into harness racing in 1993 when she bought a trotter off an Amish truck. That horse eventually won three races for her but defined what she has described herself as being in a 2018 interview; “a salvager”.

Lappe sees value and potential in horses many others may not and isn’t afraid to take on the challenge of an older horse or a horse with issues and has capitalized on that over time.

Lappe’s career training numbers are excellent. 4,990 starts with 858 wins, 771 seconds and 690 thirds which means she’s hit the board 46% of the time and has earnings of $5,678,220 to show for it.

She started her driving career in the mid-west on county fair circuits in Illinois and Iowa before moving on to pari-mutuel racing at Balmoral Park after that. In 2007 Lappe made the move to New York and is now based out of Campbell Hall which is not far from Goshen.

From 2008 until 2018 Lappe used primarily catch drivers to capitalize on the healthy purses in New York. But she returned to the bike full time last year and has really put up some impressive driving numbers in a very short amount of time.

Over the past two years Lappe’s driving has yielded 73 wins out of 653 starts with 111 seconds and 108 thirds. That’s 45% in the money with $429,693 in earnings.

Currently in 2019, Lappe has the best Universal Driver Rating (.267), second highest earnings ($194,562) and third highest amount of wins (34) among all female drivers in North America with 300 or more starts this year.

For the better part of this season Lappe has raced at Vernon Downs, but has also shipped horses to Monticello Raceway, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and now Batavia. Lappe also had a successful stint at The Meadowlands during the winter of 2018.

Lappe’s regular starts in Central New York have given her an outstanding meet at Vernon where she currently sits fourth in the overall trainer standings with 27 wins; only nine behind the leading Marissa Chadbourne (36). She is also eighth among all drivers for wins.

Earlier this year Lappe made history at Vernon when she drove her top class Open pacer Bettor’s Edge to a 1:50 win in June which was the fastest win time ever recorded by a female driver at that track. And that win time was only 2/5ths of a second off the world record of 1:49.3 set by Stacy Chiodo and Mighty Young Joe at the Meadowlands in 2014.

With her operation still spread over multiple tracks, Lappe will test the waters in Genesee County where she will ship four of her stablemates this week. Dreamlands Art (Artsplace-Dreamlands Delilah) 1:49.3 ($751,244), Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-I’m Betting On you) 1:51 ($278,850), Lucky Man (Camluck-Under Her Spell) 1;49.1 ($1,268,345) and Electrofire (Electric Stena-Temples May Day) 1:50 ($608,812) will all be competing at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening.

Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

City Council has begun discussion once again about construction of a new City Police Station.
The City’s intention to construct a new police station was put back on the table as Batavia City Manager Martin Moore recommended to City Council to allocate $175,000 into the Facility Reserve fund at the council’s business meeting last night.
Council President Eugene Jankowski provided an update on the progress towards the construction of a new facility…

Jankowski added that it will likely be another two years before the City has paid their debts and the approximate 18 month construction process can begin.

While Jankowski remained tight-lipped about revealing the sites possible location a reliable source indicated that the property is the city-owned parking lot bordering Alva Place and Bank Street, the current site of the Farmer’s Market.

City Manager Moore also presented his proposal to Council on where to distribute $1.3 million in unassigned fund balance, targeting eight different general reserve funds including equipment for Police & Fire, along with funds for Public Works, Administrative and Facility costs.

Part Time City Court Judge Durin Rogers secures another endorsement.
Rodgers has added the New York State Police Investigators Association to his list of endorsements.
Rogers who is a part-time city court judge and is seeking the full-time judge position this November referred to the recommendation as a “crucial” endorsement.
The investigators association represents about 2-thousand active and retired State Police investigators across the state.

Assault in Alabama lands a Batavia man behind bars.
48 year old Kevin Weber was arrested by Troopers based out of Batavia following investigation into a domestic dispute at a Town of Alabama address.
Weber was arrested Sunday night for allegedly assaulting an individual and choking them last Thursday.
He is facing a felony count of Assault, a count of Menacing along with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
Weber was ordered to be held without bail.

Senator Ortt organizes to oppose Gun Raffle Bill.
State Senator Rob Ortt has joined sportsmen and non-profits to oppose Democrat efforts to eliminate charitable organizations’ gun raffles.
Ortt is collecting signatures of those opposed to the ban to then present them to the Senate and Assembly sponsors of the bill.
Ortt said the sponsors of this bill don’t understand that no one walks into a raffle and leaves with a gun and that Western New York charities rely on these types of raffles to support critical operations from Boy Scouts to sportsmen clubs.

Evening News Briefing

Gasoline prices are rising in Western New York.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is two-74. That’s up 5-cents in the last week, but is a 3-cent drop in the last month. Gas Buddy.com reports the average prices of a gallon of regular in Batavia is $2.75.

From the campaign trail: Durin Rogers picks up what he termed a “crucial” endorsement today from New York State Police Investigators Association.
Rogers is a part-time city court judge, he is seeking the position of full-time judge this November.
The investigators association represents about 2,000 active and retired State Police investigators across the state.
Read full story HERE

A Batavia man arrested for assaulting a woman in the Town of Alabama.
48 year old Kevin Weber was collared by State Police last night for allegedly assaulting and choking a woman.
Weber is facing felony charges and was jailed without bail

Frank Gore ran in for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:50 to play as the Bills slipped past the Bengals 21-17 at New Era Field.
Josh Allen finished 23-of-36 for 243 yards, a TD and an interception for the Bills.
Bills head Coach Sean McDermott on his team’s ability to come from behind.

The Bills, who are 3-and-0 for the first time since 2011.
Up next, the 3 and 0 New England Patriots this Sunday in Orchard Park.

HAWLEY KICKS OFF 12TH ANNUAL PATRIOT TRIP

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) and Lee Sage, Patriot Guard, at Batavia Downs, before leaving for Patriot Trip XII.

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has departed to Washington D.C. for his 12th annual Patriot Trip last week. Hawley, local veterans and their family members will visit a host of famous military memorials in the Washington D.C. area. The group left from Batavia Downs at 7 a.m. last Thursday and will spend four days visiting historical sites such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Capitol and the Vietnam Memorial to name a few. The group made a stop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to visit the battlefield, and then headed to the Air Force Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia.

“I’m eager to embark on this journey with some of our finest veterans,” said Hawley. “This trip is consistently one of the highlights of my year. I’m grateful to spend time with our heroes and visit some of the most important sites in our nation’s history.”

Assemblyman Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) and local veterans at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia

Observing the Airmen Medal of Honor recipients at the Air Force Memorial

The cannons at the Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Monument honoring the 39th New York Infantry (Garibaldi Guards) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Grace Masse (Volleyball) and James Lighton (Men’s Soccer) were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of September 23, 2019

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BATAVIA, NY… Midfielder James Lighton from men’s soccer and setter Grace Masse from women’s volleyball were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of September 23.

James Lighton scored a goal and added an assist in Genesee’s victory over #10 Cayuga Community College last Wednesday. The sophomore Captain from Southend, England scored his first goal of the season in that contest against the Spartans.

Grace Masse from women’s volleyball was named Female Athlete of the Week. As a setter, the Medina, NY native played very well in pod play and in single match action against Monroe Community College. Grace currently sits second on the team in assists, averaging over six assists per set.

The nationally-ranked men’s soccer team is on the road on Tuesday at Tompkins Cortland Community College before hosting Erie Community College Thursday night, and CCBC Essex Sunday afternoon.

Volleyball is on the road on Thursday at Mercyhurst Northeast in a WNYAC contest before playing Erie, Niagara, and Jamestown CC at the Finger Lakes CC Pod on Saturday.

Monti, Shepard, Woodburn sweep Batavia features

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Oh Canada! The Ontario based owner-trainer combination of Robert Woodburn and trainer Patrick Shepherd shipped south on Saturday (Sept. 21), enlisted the services of resident reinsman Drew Monti and then watched as their stable stars Sir Pugsley and Down On My Luck took the top two paces of the week at Batavia Downs.

In the $12,000 Open I Handicap, Sir Pugsley took an early seat at the back of the pack in the abbreviated field of five while Some Attitude (Shawn Gray) went to the half at his own pace of :56.3. As the field was rounding turn three, Monti got Sir Pugsley underway at the five-eighths and the afterburners were on. Sir Pugsley took off like a jet and went from fifth to first during the third quarter timed in :28.1 and continued his assault in the turn where he cleared and opened up two-lengths by the time they hit the stretch.There, Sir Pugsley just strode away down the lane to win by 2-¾ lengths in 1:53.2.

It was the fifth win of the year for Sir Pugsley ($3.30) who now boasts $63,395 in purses this year.

Then in the $11,000 Open II Handicap, Down On My Luck left sharply along with Notabadgame (John Cummings Jr.) who took the lead and cut unchallenged fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 in the first three panels of the race. Monti pulled Down On My Luck from the pocket at that point, sat in the breeze around the far turn and ran down the leader in the stretch to win by 2-½ lengths in 1:53.3.

It was the third win in a row at Batavia Downs for Down On My Luck ($5.10) and seventh victory of the year overall. The 5-year-old son of Camluck-False Alert had now earned $41,487 this year.

Monti and Shepherd completed a driver-trainer hat trick in the final race of the night when Fool Me Once ($5.10) pulled second-over from fourth at the half and put the swoop to the group three-wide around the last turn to win by 2-½ lengths going away in 1:54.1. Carl Kuepfer owns the winner.

Billy Davis Jr. also had a driving hat trick on the evening.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 25) with post time set at 5 p.m.

JUDGE DURIN ROGERS RECEIVES NEW YORK STATE POLICE INVESTIGATORS ENDORSEMENT

Judge Durin Rogers with Michael J. Connors, Troop “A” Delegate for the New York State Police Investigators Association (NYSPIA)

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY-Part-time Batavia City Court Judge Durin Rogers has received yet another crucial endorsement supporting his effort to become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge. The New York State Police Investigators Association (NYSPIA) representing more than 2,000 active and retired State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation officers has given Judge Rogers its enthusiastic support citing his experience and years of public service.

In a letter to Judge Rogers, speaking on behalf of the Investigators Association, President Christopher Quick and Troop A Delegate Michael J. Connors stated: “It is with great pride that we support your candidacy for City of Batavia Court Judge. For almost four (4) years, you have served on the bench…following a unanimous appointment by the Batavia City Council…During that time you have had the opportunity to handle thousands of cases, including criminal, civil, housing, drug court and Veteran’s Court; gaining valuable experience throughout”.

President Quick and Delegate Connors also cited as a factor in support of his candidacy, Judge Rogers’ “successful, long-term career as a prosecutor with the Genesee County Attorney’s Office, handling family offense domestic violence petitions…juvenile delinquency petitions, pistol permit hearings and child abuse and neglect filings…The New York State Police Investigators Associations appreciates your years of service and our membership has great confidence in your ability and foresight…we offer our full support in your candidacy…”

In response to the NYSPIA endorsement Judge Rogers commented: “I am honored and grateful to the New York State Police Investigators Association for their endorsement. Their support, along with the many other public officials and community members who have supported me in my effort to become Batavia’s next City Court Judge, only serves to confirm my commitment to our great community. As I canvas this great City and visit with our local citizens, I continue to listen to the people and their concerns and issues with our system of Justice. If elected I look forward to serving this community faithfully, professionally and with the highest standard of excellence and ethics.”

Morning News Briefing

City Police report the arrest of 39 year old Joseph Barone of North Pearl Street in Oakfield following a disturbance at a business on East Main Street in Batavia.
Barone was arrested after he allegedly refused to leave the business, attempted to strike one of the employees and physically resisted Police.
He was charged with Trespassing, Harassment, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
Barone was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for October 1st in Batavia City Court.

An Elba man faces felony DWI for being over twice the legal limit in Batavia.
24 year old Zachary Gillard of West Ave Elba was taken into custody by Batavia Police on East Main Street in the city early morning Sunday, following a disturbance at a local business.
Gillard was charged with DWI and Aggravated DWI for having a Blood Alcohol Content of .18 percent which is over twice the legal limit.
Gillard was released to a third party with appearance tickets for October 2nd in City Court.

Troopers conduct a DWI Sobriety Checkpoint in Alexander.
State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on State Route 20 in the Village of Alexander Sunday to deter drunk driving.
During the detail 56 year old John Manser of Canandaigua and 50 year old Brian Swimline of Pembroke were both arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
Approximately 210 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.
In addition to the 2 DWI arrests, 8 traffic tickets were issued for various violations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Senator Chuck Schumer is slamming what he’s calling a loophole in the Trump administration’s plan to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes.
The New York lawmaker believes the regulations won’t do enough to keep kids from using them.
That’s because companies can put kid-friendly flavors back on the market if they get approval from the FDA.
Last week, an emergency ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes was approved in New York.

Bills slip past Bengals remaining unbeaten.
Frank Gore ran in for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:50 to play as the Bills slipped past the Bengals 21 to 17 at New Era Field.
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen finished 23 of 36 for 243 yards, a TD and an interception for the Bills, who are 3 and 0 for the first time since 2011.
Up next for the Bills is a home game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Weekend News Briefing

61 year old Peter Kiwitt of Rochester was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with multiple counts of sex trafficking of a minor using force, fraud, and coercion, and possession of child pornography.
According to the prosecutor in the case in June 2017, the defendant was convicted in Monroe County of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child, was sentenced to serve 10 years’ probation, and designated as a Level 1 Sex Offender.
He was allegedly known by lawmen to be involved with an Adult and a Minor female victim and was arrested after the minor female victim fatally overdosed while she was engaged in alleged prostitution at a Rochester residence.
Investigators traced phone conversations and exchange of child pornography back to Kiwitt.
After making an initial appearance Kiwitt is due back in court on September 25th
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

Batavia man takes plea deal on sex abuse charges.
Wesley Thigpen appeared in Genesee County Court where he accepted a plea deal for on an Alford basis, meaning that he pleads guilty without admitting the accusations against him are true.
Thigpen was accused by First Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini of showing sexually explicit pictures of himself to and committing other sexually related actions with a 13 year old girl.
The plea deal guarantees that Thigpen will spend no more than four years in prison, avoiding the more than a decade he could have faced were he convicted at trial of sexual abuse, two counts of burglary, and criminal contempt.
He was ultimately returned to jail to await sentencing while his bail was held at $10,000.

A Batavia resident living in a halfway house in Steuben County has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in Federal Court.
According to the prosecutor handling the case, fellow residents of a halfway house in Bath alerted authorities that they observed concerning images of possible child porn on 51 year old Daryl Sumeriski’s cell phone.
A search warrant was executed as a result of the complaint and investigators found more than 3,000 images of child pornography on Sumeriski’s phone.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible quarter million dollars fine when he is sentenced on January 10th of next year.

President Trump is being ordered to answer questions under oath for a civil suit in the Bronx.
New York Supreme Court Justice Doris Gonzalez issued the ruling Friday in a case involving a group of protesters who claim they were roughed up by security guards at Trump Towers in 2015.
The judge rejected the argument that the President should not have to testify because of his duties.
The order requires Trump to give a videotaped deposition before the trial.

Great Weekend Weather for the Friends & Family 5K

Press Release:

The Friends & Family 5K returns to Elba Saturday (September 21). The 15th annual event raises money for Arc of Genesee Orleans disability services and helps fund the Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship for students in Genesee and Orleans Counties. Mrs. Graney was a dedicated parent, a long-time supporter and an advocate for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to remembering Mary Anne Graney, the event is a tribute to former Arc Staff Member Terri Carr Krieger who passed away in 1997.

The Friends & Family 5K includes a certified 5k course and a fun walk, with the route beginning and ending at the Arc Day Habilitation Center, 4603 Barrville Road, Elba. Walk in registration is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the fun walk. Registration opens at 8:45 Saturday morning. The 5K and fun walk begin at 10 a.m.

The “out and back” 5K course takes runners down Barrville Road, then east on Bridge, north on Luddington to the turnaround on the far end of Barrville Road and back to the Arc Day Habilitation Center. Neighbors have been notified that the affected roads will be closed while runners and walkers are on the course, approximately one hour. Town of Elba Highway officials, route volunteers, the Elba Fire Police and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department will be assisting to ensure a safe, fun time for everyone.

Prizes will be presented to the overall male and female runners, with medals and Case Nic Cookies famous cookie awards for the overall male and female first and second place runners in the following age categories: 12 and under, 13–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69 and 70+.

Registration includes lunch, with a menu that includes pulled pork, salt potatoes and corn.
T-shirts will be available for walk-ins while supplies last. The Friends & Family 5K also features live music, Jason the Juggler and the opportunity to take home some locally grown produce donated by area growers.

Everyone at the 5K can also take a chance at winning the money mum or a pair of hockey tickets to an upcoming game in Buffalo.

Morning News Briefing

A Batavia man has admitted in Federal Court to possessing child pornography.
51 year old Daryl Sumeriski was residing in a halfway house in Bath when fellow residents expressed concern about certain images they observed on the defendant’s cell phone and alerted authorities.
As a result, a search warrant was executed and investigators found more than 3,000 images of child pornography on Sumeriski’s phone.
Some of the images depicted violent abuse of infants and toddlers.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible quarter million dollars fine when he is sentenced on January 10th of next year.

Batavia man accepts plea agreement to sex abuse charges on an Alford basis.
Wesley Thigpen accepted a plea deal in Genesee County Court yesterday on sex abuse charges on an Alford basis, meaning that he accepts the charges against him without admitting to committing the crimes.
First Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini accused Thigpen of showing sexually explicit pictures of himself to and committing other sexually related actions with a 13 year old girl which he denied doing yet pled guilty to.
The plea deal promises Thigpen no more than four years in prison, avoiding the more than a decade he could have faced were he convicted at trial of sexual abuse, two counts of burglary, and criminal contempt.
He was remanded back to jail to await sentencing in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A North Spruce Street man busted for drugs.
25 year old Geoffrey Jamele was apprehended by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took following a traffic stop for an alleged violation on College Road in Batavia yesterday afternoon.
During the investigation Jamele was allegedly found in possession of 2 THC oil cartridges and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and for having an obstructed view.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on October 10th.

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard Malone is telling area priests he won’t be stepping down from his position.
In a letter, Malone apologized for failing to act more decisively during the clergy sex abuse scandal and said this isn’t the time to defend errors of the past.
A recent poll by The Buffalo News showed nearly 86-percent of local Catholics believe he should resign.
From August 14th through September 16th, 138 lawsuits have been filed against the Buffalo Diocese claiming it allowed priests or other employees to sexually abuse children.

Tomorrow is National Seat Check Saturday and City Fire are hosting a free car seat safety event.
The Batavia city fire department is conducting a child safety seat inspection where you can have your child’s car seat checked for proper installation or get some training on how to install one properly.
The inspection will be held this Saturday, from 10 until 2, at the fire station on Evans Street.

Three Byron-Bergen singers selected for prestigious All-State choirs

Pictured: (l-r) Justine Bloom, Cameron Carlson, Fiona Burke Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

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Three Byron-Bergen singers selected for prestigious All-State choirs

Bergen, NY – Three Byron-Bergen High School student singers have been chosen by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to participate in prestigious All-State Choirs. Justine Bloom, a senior and member of Byron-Bergen select choir the Singing Silhouettes, earned a place in the All-State Choir and Area All-State Treble Choir. Ninth grade students Fiona Burke and Cameron Carlson were awarded places in the Area All-State Junior High Choir.

All-State and Area All-State feature students who score very high on individual vocal solos and sight readings. All-State participants are chosen from applicants across all of New York State including New York City. Area All-State participants are chosen within 15 zones across the state. Byron-Bergen students compete for a place against students in Zone 2 which encompasses Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne counties.

The students auditioned for All-State last spring. Preparing for their auditions required dedication and extra practice. “I had to sing that solo a lot of times to get it down,” said Cameron.

“Learning sight reading and getting tricky chord patterns, it’s a lot of practicing,” said Justine who performed a level six (college entrance level) vocal solo for a State Vocal Adjudicator. She also sight read a musical except, meaning she performed a piece of music which she had never seen before.

“Justine received a score of 100%, qualifying her for this opportunity,” said Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Music Teacher and Choirmaster Laurence Tallman. “She was selected out of thousands of students across the entire state for this honor. It is a tremendous opportunity to work with outstanding choral conductors from around the nation.”

The students share Tallman’s excitement for the upcoming performances. “I’m most excited to work with so many talented students,” said Fiona.

Justine will perform with the All-State Mixed Choir at the NYSSMA Conference in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Sunday, December 8 and at with the Area All-State Treble Choir at Letchworth Central Schools on Saturday, November 16. Fiona and Cameron will perform with the Area All-State Junior High Mixed Chorus at Greece Olympia High School on Saturday, November 2.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Autumn Ressue scoring a header in Genesee’s victory over Cayuga Wednesday (Photos Courtesy of Genesee Athletics (Xi Lin)

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WOMEN’S SOCCER SHUTOUTS CAYUGA

BATAVIA, NY… The nationally-ranked Genesee Community College women’s soccer team earned their fifth victory of the season Wednesday afternoon, by shutting out the Cayuga Community College Spartans 9-0.

Diante Scheepers scored two goals to propel the Cougars offense. Julia Ashworth had a goal and an assist with Alexa Jordan scoring a goal and adding two assists. Macie Riggs, Autumn Ressue, Sarah Gregori, Michaela Curletta, and Brianna Davis each scored for the Blue and Gold.
Madison Papaj and Alexa Salatel split time between the pipes for Genesee to record the shutout.

#9 Genesee (5-2) travels to Tompkins Cortland Community College on Tuesday, September 24 for an NJCAA Region III contest. Game time is at 4pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Shahin Tahir Nasabi (12) being defended by three Cayuga Spartans Wednesday night (Photos Courtesy of Genesee Athletics (Xi Lin)

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MEN’S SOCCER BLANKS CAYUGA

BATAVIA, NY… In a matchup against a pair of top ten teams in the country, the #5 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team earned a 5-0 victory over the #10 Cayuga Community College Spartans Wednesday evening.

Genesee would break the scoreless tie early in the second half with goals from Hiago Barros de Souza, Ed Port, and Shahin Tahir Nasabi less than 90 seconds apart. Robert Keogh would add a deflection goal and James Lighton would finish the scoring for the Cougars midway through the second half.
Adrian Bergman recorded the shutout for the Cougars.

Genesee (5-2) will be back in action on Tuesday, September 24 at Tompkins Cortland CC.

HP Sissy goes season’s best in Batavia Open

HP Sissy (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — HP Sissy has been racing in the shadows of the mares competing in the top distaff class at Batavia Downs of late, settling for minor spoils since her only win in Genesee County this year on August 7. But with a renewed sense of purpose and a driver change that reunited her with the reinsman she scored her first win of the year with in February, HP Sissy went a dominating mile in gate to wire fashion to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Sept. 18).

HP Sissy (Drew Monti) left fast and hard and towed the abbreviated field of six to the quarter in :27.2. Tailed closely by Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.), HP Sissy backed down the second panel to :29.3 which pushed the favored Blue Bell Bonnie (Jim Morrill Jr.) off the cones and into the breeze.

Although there were horses in pursuit, they really weren’t a challenge to HP Sissy who was loose on the front up the backstretch. After hitting three-quarters in 1:25.2 by an open two-lengths, she rounded the turn and extended her lead to three with Monti sitting statuesque and from there, HP Sissy scooted home an easy wrapped-up winner in 1:53.3, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner.

It was the 10th win of the year for HP Sissy ($5.70) who has now earned $85,093 in 2019 for owner Finocchario’s Dream Stable. Mike Ohol trains the winner.

Kaitlyn Rae

The co-featured $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace saw Kaitlyn Rae (Billy Davis Jr.) outmuscle several leavers for the top and finally settled there to cut speedy fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25.2 before turning for home and stretching out to a 1-½ length victory in 1:55.3.

It was the 65th lifetime win for Kaitlyn Rae ($4.00) who now has won $442,878 in her career. The 10-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-I C U Lookin is owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum.

The venerable Lightning Raider N (Jim Morrill Jr.) won his 62nd career race, timed in 1:56.3 on Wednesday and pushed his career earnings to over $650,000. The uber-game 14-year-old gelded son of Christian Cullen-Talent Hanover will retire on January 1, 2020 but continues to show that his heart and ability has not diminished with time.

Several horsemen had multiple wins on Wednesday led by Jim Morrill Jr., Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. with three wins each followed by Drew Monti with two. Trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum also had two wins on the conditioning side.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 20) with post time set at 6 p.m.

NYSP: Dirt bike strikes a van resulting in a fatality

Press Release:

On September 18, 2019, at 7:38 P.M., Troopers out of SP Batavia responded to Linwood Road in the town of LeRoy for a two vehicle collision. Further investigation revealed that a 2013 Kawasaki dirt bike operated by Michael T. Leubner, 21 of LeRoy, NY was traveling southbound on Linwood Road and struck a 2018 Toyota van traveling northbound as it was turning into a driveway.

Leubner was transported to Erie County Medical Center and were he was pronounced deceased. Leubner was traveling without a headlight.

New York State Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in this investigation.

Morning News Briefing

A 21 year old LeRoy resident died from injuries sustained an accident in LeRoy between a minivan and a dirt bike.
According to State Police based out of Batavia, who are investigating the crash, it occurred on Linwood Road in LeRoy at about 7:30 p.m. last night.
The young man was on a dirt bike southbound on Linwood Road when the northbound van turned into a driveway and was t-boned by the motorbike according to Troopers.
The man succumbed his injuries while in the ambulance in route to the hospital.
His name has yet to released and State Police are expected to provide more information when it becomes available while the investigation continues.

A garage fire on Garfield Ave in the City quickly snuffed out by Fire Crews.
City Firefighters were called to report of a car fire in a garage at 11 Garfield Ave shortly after 8:30 p.m. last night and after quickly going to a second alarm the fire was reportedly under control within less than 10 minutes.
City Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano says the fire may have been sparked in the midst of some auto repair work…

There were fortunately no injuries reported.
Fire Investigators say the fire does not appear to be incendiary in nature.

A LeRoy woman arrested for huffing in the City.
40 year old Jacqueline Garrett of Church Street LeRoy was arrested at an East Main Street residence in Batavia after she was allegedly observed inhaling a toxic substance in public.
She was charged with Illegal Use of Toxic Vapors and was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on September 24th.

Swearing in City Court lands a Batavia man in lock-up.
32 year old John Saddler of Orange Grove Drive appeared in Batavia City Court Monday afternoon and was allegedly warned not to use obscene language in the courtroom and continued causing a disruption.
He was arrested for Criminal Contempt and Disorderly Conduct and Judge Durin Rogers remanded Saddler to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

A Highland Park man arrested for Assault.
52 year old Darrell Smith of Batavia was arrested late Monday night after he was involved in an altercation with another person on Highland Park.
He was accused of punching that person in the face causing injury and was charged with Assault.
Smith was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on October 3.

Governor Cuomo has signed a bill extending the statute of limitations in certain rape cases.
Flanked by members of the “Time’s Up” movement, the governor explained that for charges of rape in the second-degree accusers now have 20-years to take action, while for charges in the third-degree the statute of limitations is extended to 10-years.
Actress Mira Sorvino, an advocate for victim’s rights and a member of the “Time’s Up” movement, says the changing law shows that sexual abusers can no longer operate without fear of consequence.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s Emergency Response Team has taken two Batavia residents and a Rochester man into custody after executing a search warrant on a West Main Street Road address.
55 year old Scott Hodgins and 25 year old Kara Sass both of West Main Street Road Batavia along with 23 year old Heywood Wellington of Rochester were all arrested yesterday following a joint narcotic investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Task force and the NY State police.
All three were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana while Hodgins was additionally charged with a count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
He is being held without bail, Sass was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail and Wellington was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

A Rochester resident busted for dealing drugs in Batavia by the Genesee County Local Drug Task force.
Monroe County Probation took 29 year old David McClary of Mt hope Ave in Rochester into custody on an active arrest warrant Monday afternoon then turned him over to Genesee County Deputies.
McClary was charged with two counts each of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance after he allegedly sold a quantity of crack cocaine to a task force agent on two separate occasions.
He and was remanded in lieu of $10,000 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Assault of a senior citizen and endangerment lands a Wallace Street man in lock-up.
47 year old Eric Olverd was apprehended by City Police after investigation into a domestic incident that occurred at a Wallace Street address on Sunday.
Olverd was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest, two counts of Reckless Endangerment, Assault for injuring someone over 65 years old, Criminal Mischief, Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of A Child.
He was committed in lieu of $5,000 bail to the County clink.

New York has officially become the first state in the country to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
The state’s Public Health and Health Planning Council approved the regulations yesterday.
Opponents say the decision could force vape shops to close and push people back towards using traditional cigarettes.
The health department says retailers will have until early October to get rid of their products before officials start visiting shops to make sure they’re following the ban.
Anyone caught breaking the rules faces a fine of up to $2,000 per violation.

After weeks of controversy, a plan that would’ve required New Yorkers to replace their license plates has been dropped.
The governor wanted drivers to hand over 25 bucks to get rid of license plates that are at least 10-years old and replace them with newly designed ones.
People also would’ve had to pay an additional 20 bucks to keep their current plate number.
Opponents called the idea a cash-grab, and a new Siena Research Institute poll showed the proposal wasn’t popular.

Owens produces NYSS Night of Champions video

(Photo of Howard Owens courtesy of Patch)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Down

Batavia, NY — Howard Owens, who is the Publisher and Editor of the online news source The Batavian, produced a compilation highlight video of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that was held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14). It features many great shots of the track, the fans, the horses and also includes several interviews from participants of the night’s activities.

Howard Owens is originally from San Diego, California where he started his journalism career over 20 years ago. He launched The Batavian on May 1, 2008 as the first local, independently operated online-only news source for Batavia, New York and Genesee County. Since its inception 11-years ago it has become Genesee County’s most popular online news site.

Guaranteed Pick-5 Pool Wednesday at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — On Wednesday (Sept. 18) the Pick-5 pool at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel will be guaranteed at $2,500.

The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren’t selected, the carryover amount moves to the Friday program.

Wednesday’s guaranteed pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA’s website (www.ustrotting.com).

City of Batavia Fire Department: Ellicott Street Fire

Press Release:

At approximately 1:57 am on September 17, 2019 the City of Batavia Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire at 511 Ellicott Street. First arriving fire units responded and were on-scene in approximately three (3) minutes from time of dispatch.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2-1/2 story home with heavy fire conditions on the first and second floors. Due to the conditions found, a second alarm was requested. Responding crews made an aggressive initial attack with multiple hose lines and were able to confine and contain to the area of origin. The situation was called under control by fire ground command within 40 minutes.

At the time of the fire, one (1) occupant was trapped inside of the involved apartment on the second floor. City fire crews employed a vent-enter-search tactic and rescued a female occupant from the bedroom via an exterior positioned ground ladder. The victim was transported by Mercy EMS to United Memorial Hospital in Batavia for treatment. At this time there is no further information as to the victim’s condition. All other occupants of the structure were able to self-extricate.

While the fire was contained to the apartment of origin, the residents of the adjoining unit were temporarily relocated due to residual smoke conditions within their residence and the disconnection of utilities. A total of six (6) persons were assisted by the Salvation Army of Batavia and the American Red Cross with food and sheltering.

At this time the City of Batavia’s Fire Investigation team is investigating the fire to determine the cause and origin. Presently, the fire does not appear to be incendiary in nature. Once a determination has been made, we will be providing an additional media release with further information.

City Fire was assisted at the scene by the City of Batavia Police and Water Departments with additional support provided by the Town of Batavia, Alexander, Le Roy Fire Departments along with Genesee County Emergency Management, Genesee County Emergency Dispatch, Mercy EMS, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Morning News Briefing

A Perry man is promised prison and probation after pleading guilty to child sex abuse charges in Wyoming County Court.
Robert Hopkins appeared in front of Judge Michael Mohun on Friday where he admitted to sexually abusing multiple young girls in a plea agreement that guarantees him 12 years in state prison and 15 years of post-release supervision with no right to appeal.
Hopkins is convicted of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of first-degree attempted criminal sexual act.
He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release and will have a complete stay away order of protection issued for the victims.
Hopkins is slated to be sentenced on October 24th.

An Alabama man busted for serving booze to a minor.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 25 year old Taylor Wyder of Allgehany Road in Alabama into custody early morning Monday after an investigation into an adult serving alcohol to a minor.
Wyder was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the first degree which is a Class A Misdemeanor and an Order of Protection was put in place for the victim.
Wyder was released with an appearance ticket for October 3rd in Alabama Town Court.

Rascal Flatts Concert ends in arrest for four Erie County concert goers.
Four Buffalo residents were apprehended on Friday for allegedly fighting with live nation security during the Rascal Flatts Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
39 year old Jason Cook, and 46 year old Patricia Cook both of Ritt Avenue, Buffalo, were arrested.
Jason was charged with obstructing governmental administration and Harassment, while both were hit with counts of disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with Live Nation security guards.
31 year old Joseph Gerace of Beatrice Avenue Buffalo, and 44 year old Matilda Martin of 15th Street, Buffalo were also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of fighting Live Nation security.
All four were issued appearance tickets for October 8th in Darien Town Court.

The City of Batavia Fire Department along with other local agencies, will be offering free car seat inspections and education to parents and caregivers this Saturday September 21st from 10 to 2 at the Fire Headquarters on 18 Evans St. in the City.
This event is part of National Car Seat Check Saturday, and will include instruction on how to choose the right car seats for children, with an emphasis on how to install them correctly.
National Seat Check Saturday is part of Child Passenger Safety week, which runs from September 15th through the 21st.

The state Legislature won’t be back in session until January, but already some lawmakers are looking into a new piece of gun legislation.
They’re planning to take a close look at the sale of ghost guns, which are available online.
Anyone looking to buy a weapon can do so, bypassing background checks that are supposed to keep guns away from potentially dangerous people.
The guns are sold as a kit that needs to be assembled.
A spokesman for the governor’s office says the administration is looking into the issue.

Evening News Briefing

A weekend hold-up at a West Main Street gas station results in an arrest.
Batavia Police tell WBTA 37 year old Dustin Bogue walked into the Speedway on West Main early Saturday morning demanding cash. Two clerks were in the store at the time. Police say Bogue pulled a knife. He fled with cash and cigarettes.
Deputies spotted him walking on Oak Street a short time later and put him in cuffs.
Bogue is being held without bail on felony charges.

Gasoline prices are continuing to slip slightly across Western New York. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.69. That’s down 2-cents in the last week and nine cents in the last month.
GasBuddy.-com reports the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is: $2.66.

Governor Cuomo has announced an emergency ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. He says he put the ban in place to protect the people of New York, noting that children are especially attracted to flavored vape products like bubble gun and cotton candy. The ban will take effect in about fourteen days since the governor says he doesn’t want to wait for the federal government to put in its own ban. Six people have died in relation to vaping according to the CDC.

New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are promising to increase pressure on Republicans. The pair says they’re planning to pressure the GOP-controlled Senate to pass gun safety measures following recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Yesterday, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced they called President Trump asking him to support a background check bill that’s already been passed by the House. The White House says the conversation between the two Democratic leaders and the president was cordial.

Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame 2019

Press Release: September 2019

The Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame committee has recently selected the Class of 2019. The 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees will be introduced at halftime of the Batavia vs Bishop Kearney homecoming football game on Friday, October 4th. Game time is 7:00pm.

On Saturday, October 5th, we will be hosting the Hall of Fame Dinner at Batavia Downs Banquet Facility. A social hour will begin at 5:00PM with dinner served at 6:00PM and the ceremony immediately following dinner.

The 2019 Inductees
Elizabeth Varland 2002 Soccer, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Ryan Gugel 2005 Football, Wrestling, Ice Hockey, Baseball

Stephanie Conway 2003 Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Amanda Page 2006 Soccer, Basketball, Softball

Sumiyya Hunter Roff 2004 Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Jennifer Gurrant 2005 Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Phillip Santiago 2003 Basketball

If you will be able to attend, you may purchase your Hall of Fame tickets in the Athletic Office at Batavia High School or send a check payable to The Batavia Coaches Association at the address above. The cost of the Hall of Fame tickets is $35.00, tickets must be purchased by Friday, September 27th. If you have any questions please feel free to contact my office, (585) 343-2480 x: 2003.

UPDATE Temporary Road Closures – Florence Avenue, Carolwood Drive, Belvedere Lane & Woodcrest Drive

Press Release:

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES – SEPTEMBER 17 and 18 – CITY OF BATAVIA

On Tuesday, September 17, temporary road closures will occur between the hours of 7 AM and 7PM. These road closures are for the roadway resurfacing of the following streets (The duration of each closure will be approximately 4 hours before traffic can ride on the treatment):

Florence Avenue – Between Cedar Street and Howard Street.
Carolwood Drive – Between Garden Drive and end of road.
Belvedere Lane – Naramore Drive to Naramore Drive.
Woodcrest Drive – Between house #2 and #15.

On Wednesday, September 18 a temporary road closure shall occur on Union Street – Between Richmond Avenue and Oak Street. This impacts residents that live on Union Square limiting access.

Any work not completed on listed streets from Monday will be completed also. Working hours will be between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Resident’s will be notified by Suit Kote of the actual work schedule via flyers delivered door to door on the impacted streets a day in advance.

Residents of impacted areas are asked not to park on these streets while the work is ongoing and to park on adjacent side streets if possible.

This work is weather dependent and if delayed due to wet conditions the work will resume the next business day.

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

Thank you for your cooperation in advance

Five records fall in NYSS finals at Batavia Downs

HypnoticAm (Photo courtesy of Melissa Simser)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The weather was perfect, the track was lightning fast and 3,500 excited fans filled the property to watch eight divisions of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stake finals during the Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14).

Two stake and three track records were rewritten during the night led by 2-year-old trotting filly Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S) who remained undefeated in 2019 and now sporting a seven-race winning streak.

Hypnotic Am (Brian Sears) tucked in second for just a moment before coming back out and taking the lead by the quarter in a soft :29. She was just cruising on the lead past the half and to three-quarters while Sevntimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) moved into position behind her and tried to keep up around the turn for a stretch run. In the lane Hypnotic Am was trotting up a storm and had no intentions of letting anyone get near her. Sears sat chilly with the whip on his shoulder while Hypnotic Am pulled away to an easy three-length victory in 1:57.1.

The time was a new stake record (formerly 1:57.2 set by Barn Bella in 2016) and a new track record (formerly 1:59 set by Plunge Blue Chip in 2017).

“She is a very nice filly and does anything that you want her to,” said Sears. “Marcus (Melander) does a wonderful job getting his horses ready to compete.”

Hypnotic Am ($2.10) was bred by her owner Courant Inc. and is trained by Marcus Melander.

The next history-making race was won by 2-year-old trotting colt Third Shift (Chapter Seven-Overnight Command) who upset after the favorite Barn Holden made an untimely break.

Third Shift

Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) was all business right from the start as he took the front in :28.2 and led by two-lengths. They trotted past the half and on to the second circuit when Third Shift opened up a three-length lead and looked very much like a winner. Heading into the last turn, Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who had been stalking from second, had a shot at the leader but made a break halfway through the bend. Chaptima (Trond Smedshammer) who was drafting third continued to gain ground and Svanstedt started to feel the pressure. But he got after Third Shift and worked him down the lane and outlasted Chaptiama to win by a length in 1:56.

The time was a new stake record (formerly 1:56.3 set by Gimpanzee) and a new track record (formerly 1:57.1 set by Barn Holden)

Third Shift ($10.00) is owned by Melby Gard Inc. and Ake Svanstedt, who also trains the winner. Third Shift was bred by Winbak Farm,

The third record beaker was 2-year-old pacing colt Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) who turned in a lifetime best effort for the win.

Cigars And Port

Cigars And Port (Jason Bartlett) and Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) both left and seated one-two in the turn. They remained that way past the quarter and to a half that Bartlett backed down with a :30.2 split. The race moved up the backstretch still in single file, but Groovy Joe was in the two-path waiting to make his move.

Kakaley pulled the trigger halfway into the turn, came aggressively and drew even with the leader. At the top of the stretch, Groovy Joe took a short lead from Cigars And Port and looked to have the advantage. But Cigars And Port swelled up and came back to open up a length lead at the wire where he won in 1:54.

“Training over the winter I knew this was the horse that would be real good in the sire stakes,” said Bartlett. “He was a little bit of a handful scoring down but he was perfect in the race.”

The time was a new track record (formerly 1:54.1 set by Melodies Major in 2018)

Cigars And Port ($4.80) is owned by Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz and Steve Arnold and trained by Ray Schnittker. Steve Jones bred the colt.

The night also produced a record handle as a result of the excellent card. Monies wagers beat the all-time handle by 93% since Western Regional Off Track Betting re-opened the track in 2002.

“These finals were all we had hoped for and more and we would like to thank the trustees for selecting Batavia Downs as the 2019 site,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing at Batavia Downs. “This event had a substantial impact on the local economy with all neighboring hotels sold out and other businesses in the area getting additional business over this past week. It was good for racing, but it was also good for the entire economy of the Genesee County region.”

Here is a recap of the rest of the stakes.

3-year-old pacing fillies

Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar)
Driver – Jim Morrill Jr.
Owner – Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz
Trainer – Joe Holloway
Breeder – Winbak Farms
Time – 1:54.4
Mutuel – $2.30

Zero Tolerance (Jim Morrill Jr.) got away third while So Awesome (Tyler Buter) cut pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :58.1 to the half. Morrill then pulled Zero Tolerance first-up past the half and drew even with So Awesome at the three-quarters. After pacing side by side for about an eighth of a mile, Zero Tolerance just pulled away with a two-length lead and hit the wire a wrapped-up winner over Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) by 1-¾ lengths in 1:54.4.

“She followed some good early fractions and came home real well,” said her trainer Joe Holloway. “She’ll be going to Lexington next and then to the Breeders Crown.”

3-year-old trotting fillies

Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse)
Driver – Jim Morrill Jr.
Owner – Barabara Boese, James Boese and Richard Banca
Trainer – Richard Banca
Breeder – Blue Chip Bloodstock
Time – 1:56.4
Mutuel – $4.50

Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took no prisoners and went right to the front. With Blue Ribbon Gal (Brian Sears) and Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) making breaks in the first turn, Sensibility (Scott Zeron) who also left, easily grabbed a two-hole trip behind the favorite. Morrill backed the half down to 1:00 and forced Stella Jane (Corey Callahan) and Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) to come in the outer flow to chase.

Quincy Blue Chip hit the gas on the second circuit, smoking a :28.1 third quarter that thwarted the outside attackers short-lived challenge. Morrill then let his filly have her head around the last turn and into the lane and she trotted home without issue ahead of a fast-closing Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) in 1:56.4.

“I got to the half in a real soft fraction and then let her trot home all by herself,” said Morrill. “She does it all by herself; she’s a real nice filly.”

2-year-old pacing fillies

The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover)
Driver – Scott Zeron
Owner – Richard Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward Mcenery and Michael Gluckman
Trainer – Richard Silverman
Breeder – Steve Jones
Time – 1:54.2
Mutuel – $7.50

The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron) was automatically in front off the pylons as no one else left in the race. She got to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :58.1. There, Cash Roll (Andy Miller) started to pursue from the outside with Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) on her back.

The group sped up the backside in :28 flat when Kakaley made a bold move and tipped Merga Hanover three-deep going into the last turn. With the pace still stiff around the final bend, Merga Hanover’s bid failed and The Fun Marshall began to extend her lead as they came to the wire where she won by five in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2.

“We took our time with her all year and she really developed, and the rail helped tonight,” said Zeron. “I’ve never had her on the front before and when that horse tipped three-deep she just opened up. She paced as fast as she could down the lane.”

3-year-old trotting colts and geldings

Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows)
Driver – Brian Sears
Owner – Courant Inc. and S R F Stable
Trainer – Marcus Melander
Breeder – Order By Stable
Time – 1:56.2
Mutuel – $2.10

Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) was all business and left nothing to chance from the start. He went right to the front and did things at his own discretion. With no one making any moves behind him, Sears cut very soft fractions of :29 and :59.1 before speeding it up a bit to 1:28.1 in the third panel.

Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer) who had moved from the back of the pack, made his way to second and got as close as Sears wheel. But the party was over from there as Gimpanzee stretched out and flew home in :28.1 to win by two-lengths in 1:56.2.

3-year-old pacing colts and geldings

Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star)
Driver – Matt Kakaley
Owner – Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico
Trainer – Ray Schnittker
Breeder – Steve Jones
Time – 1:54
Mutuel – $2.10

Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) had post one but let Artie’s Ideal (Marcus Miller) take the lead off the gate. That courtesy was short-lived as Kakaley pulled Hickfromfrenchlick back out and retook the front at the quarter in :28. They got to the half when Buddy Hill (Tyler Buter) came calling from fourth and challenged the leader.

Hickfromfrenchlick and Buddy Hill battled side by side up the backstretch to the three-quarters and around the last turn. But as game as Buddy Hill was, Hickfromfrenchlick was just better. He pulled away in the lane and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.

“He’s a real good colt. He was sore last year and came back good this year,” said trainer Ray Schnittker. “He was real good tonight.”

In Batavia Downs signature event, the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace, Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) got away fifth while Our Max Factor N (Jason Bartlett) took the field to the half in :57. Southwind Amazon (Jim Morrill Jr.) came first-up and drew even with Our Max Factor N and it became a match race for a while from there.

The pair paced furiously in a quick :27.3 third panel and continued the battle into the final turn. When it looked like one of them would win, Kakaley shook Dorsoduro Hanover loose at the head of the stretch, tipped three-deep entering the lane and made up three lengths in the final eighth to win by a head in 1:52.2.

“He went a real game mile and closed well off the slow fractions up front,” said Kakaley.

The millionaire son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss scored his 15th lifetime win and added to his earnings total that now sits at $1,449,151. Dorsoduro Hanover ($4.30) is owned by Burke Racing, J & T Silva,Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke trains the winner.

Morning News Briefing

Investigation into a robbery at the Speedway in the City over the weekend has led to the arrest of 37 year old Dustin Bogue of Batavia.
City Police were called early morning Saturday for report of a robbery at the gas station on West Main Street where Bogue was accused of stealing property while possessing a weapon.
Bogue was taken into custody shortly after the incident and is facing charges of first degree Robbery, Menacing, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
After being arraigned in Batavia City Court, Bogue was committed to the Genesee County Jail without bail.
He is slated to reappear on Thursday in City Court.

Drugged driving in Stafford ends in arrest for an Onondaga County woman.
30 year old Alexandria Ogletree of Camillus was stopped by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies on Clinton Street Road in Stafford Saturday morning for an alleged traffic violation.
Deputies observed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and determined that Ogletree was driving without a license.
She was allegedly found in possession of drugs and was determined to be impaired following a subsequent vehicle search and field sobriety tests.
She was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in both the first and second degree, DWAI, Criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
She was released with appearance tickets for October 1st in Stafford Town Court.

Batavia resident busted with drug possession.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 40 year old Matthew Olcott of North Spruce Street Batavia after he was stopped at an Osterhout Ave address.
Officers allegedly found Olcott in possession of narcotics and narcotic equipment and charged him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
Olcott was given an appearance ticket for tomorrow in City Court.

Governor Cuomo has announced an emergency ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
He says he put the ban in place to protect the people of New York, noting that children are especially attracted to flavored vape products like bubble gum and cotton candy.
The ban will take effect in about fourteen days since the governor says he doesn’t want to wait for the federal government to put in its own ban.
Six people have died in relation to vaping according to the CDC.

Bills win again in the Meadowlands against the Giants.
Josh Allen ran for a touchdown and passed for another as the Bills beat the Giants 28-14 to start the season with two wins at the Meadowlands.
Allen threw a 14-yard touchdown strike to Isaiah McKenzie and scampered six yards for a TD.
Frank Gore led Buffalo rushers with 68 yards on 19 totes, including a one-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter to seal it.
The Bills are 2-and-0 for the first time since 2014.
Eli Manning completed 26 of 45 passes for 250 yards and a TD, but also had two picks for the Giants who are 0-and-2.
Saquon Barkley ran for 107 yards and a 27-yard touchdown in defeat.

Keystone Apache cruises in Batavia feature trot

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Keystone Apache was a dominant force in the $10,500 Open II trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 13) and scored his eighth win of the year in the easiest of fashion.

Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) left slowly and made a gradual attack at the lead. He got there by the quarter in :28.4 and from that point on, the race was over. With a two-length gap for the next half mile, Keystone Apache stopped the timer in :57.3 and 1:27.3.

With the plugs having already been pulled before that the station, Keystone Apache extended his lead to four-lengths heading into the final turn and maintained it into the stretch. Davis had little left to do as his horse was off and gone; Keystone Apache jogged across the wire by three lengths in 1:58.2.

Keystone Apache ($6.40) upped his 2019 income to $62,092 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Several horsemen had multiple wins on Friday. Dave McNeight III and Shawn McDonough led the way with three driving wins apiece while Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each had two. Trainer Maria Rice also had two winners.

The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m.

Peter Kleinhans will be the track’s guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze winner’s circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stakes race.

There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA’s website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available.

Free full card programs are now available for download from the Daily Racing Form Harness.

There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player’s Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race.

Coffee and Conversation with the Candidate

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY- The Committee to Elect Judge Rogers invites the public to come meet with Batavia City Court Judge Durin Rogers for coffee and a conversation on September 25, 2019 at the Holland Land Office from 5:30pm-6:30pm and on October 5, 2019 at the Richmond Memorial Library from 9:30am-10:30am.

This is another great opportunity for the residents of Batavia to learn more about the job of the Batavia City Court Judge, answer questions about the election process; and get to know Judge Rogers. This will be Judge Rogers’ second round of meet and greets for this election following his successful Primary win.

“As I did at our last event, I hope to share more about what the Batavia City Court does on a day-to-day basis, what my job entails, who I am, and to connect with residents in our community,” stated Judge Rogers. “A casual conversation over a cup of coffee is one of the greatest ways to accomplish that. I truly hope to see everyone there!”

Weekend News Briefing

State Police report the arrest of 29 year old James Castonguay of Amherst, following a criminal complaint and a joint investigation with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations.
Castonguay, a correction officer, was accused of having unlawful sexual relations with a female inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility in May of this year.
The joint investigation further alleged that Castonguay had unlawful sexual relations with a second female inmate in the Albion facility,
He was arrested Friday on four counts each of 3rd degree Criminal Sex Act and Official Misconduct and two counts of 3rd degree Rape.
Castonguay was released with an appearance ticket for Albion Town Court later this month.

Batavia man accused of punching Mercy Medics while in route to the hospital.
39 year old Michael Colombo of Batavia, is charged with second-degree assault on an officer after an incident on September first in Wyoming County.
Mercy medics were transporting Colombo to Wyoming County Community Hospital when he allegedly became combative in the ambulance punching both EMTs in the face and causing injuries.
He was later taken into custody and allegedly found to have an active arrest warrant for two counts of second-degree assault by the Batavia Police Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.
Colombo is accused of head butting a Batavia Police officer during the exchange of custody, but did not injure the officer.
He was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail on $25,000 bail and is due back in Warsaw Town Court on September 16.

Ellsworth Ave man bused for selling suboxone in Batavia.
The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force took 33 year old Chad Bzduch of Ellsworth Ave into custody following an investigation into the sale of Adderall and Suboxone in and around Batavia.
Bzduch who is accused of selling drugs to an agent of the Drug Task Force on two separate occasions was apprehended on an active arrest warrant after he was seen walking down Bank Street in the city Thursday.
He was also allegedly found in possession of Fentanyl upon his arrest.
Bzduch is facing two counts of Criminal Sale and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was ultimately released on his own recognizance.

Local Drug Task Force takes down an alleged cocaine dealer in the city.
38 year old Sergio Santana of State Street Batavia was arrested and charged with two counts each of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Santana was accused of selling a quantity of cocaine to an undercover task force agent on two separate occasions and was taken into custody on an active indictment warrant on Ellicott Street Thursday afternoon.
He was arraigned in Genesee County Court Friday and released on his own recognizance.

ITHACA BEER COMPANY TO LAUCH THURMANATOR BEER AT 34 RUSH SPORTS BAR EVENT WITH THURMAN THOMAS

Press Release:

BATAVIA – Ithaca Beer Co. and Batavia Downs announced today that an event to celebrate the release of the new Thurmanator Beer would take place on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at the 34 Rush Sports Bar at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ve been looking forward to this special release for some time, “said James Sapienza, Head of Brand Development for Ithaca Beer Co. “The Thurmanator beer is an easy drinking lager we hope will score big with hard core Buffalo football fans as well as those seeking a refreshing and crisp light golden lager with a subtle sweetness and restrained hop character that lends a gentle floral quality and clean finish.”

The public event will include an appearance by the beer’s namesake, Buffalo Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, and sampling from many of Ithaca’s line of products while attendees enjoy the Thursday Night Football game on the big screens.

About Ithaca Beer Co.
Begun in 1998 in a small renovated retail store just outside of Ithaca, New York, the original space had a small 7 barrel brewhouse, a modest tasting bar and sold full growlers to go as well as homebrew supplies. Today, Ithaca Beer brews about 25,000 barrels of beer per year and features both 50 and 5 barrel pilot brew houses. In addition to a state of the art brewing facility, Ithaca Beer has fully automated packaging capabilities for bottling, canning and kegging. Ithaca Beer distributes beer to 54 wholesalers in 14 states in the Northeast from New England in the East to Ohio in the West and Virginia and North Carolina to the South.

About Batavia Downs/WROTB
Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Region Off-Track Betting Corporation is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 17 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western Region OTB has generated over $233 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.

Drivers will sign at NYSS Meet and Greet at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Drivers competing in the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) will be available trackside for a meet and greet autograph session before the races get underway from 5-5:30 p.m. They will be set up next to the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle for this event.

Drivers who will be signing include Hall of Famer Brian Sears, Jason Bartlett, Tyler Buter, Corey Callahan, Matt Kakaley, Jim Morrill Jr. and Scott Zeron.

“These guys have driven here multiple times this year and have developed quite a following from our fans,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing.
“We hope they take the opportunity to come down and talk face to face with some of the best drivers currently competing in North America before they hit the track for the biggest night of racing in the history of western New York.”

Local ties run deep in NYSS Night of Champions at Batavia

(Ray-Schnittker; Photos courtesy of Mark Hall)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — When 64 of the best New York-bred trotters and pacers enter the paddock at Batavia Downs for the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions on Saturday (Sept. 14), there will be three horsemen that will have a homecoming of sorts as their careers all got started in Batavia at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Ray Schnittker from Tonawanda, New York, Steve Pratt from Corfu, New York and Chris Oakes from Akron, New York all mastered the trade they have excelled in so well over the years at Batavia Downs.

Schnittker got his start in 1977 racing horses owned by his father. By the late 1980’s he moved his colors to New York City and found success driving on that major circuit. His rise to prominence in the sport eventually led to his greatest career success of a Hambletonian victory with his Hall of Fame trotter, Deweycheatumnhowe (Muscles Yankee-Trolley Square) 1:50.4 ($3,155,178).

With his base of operations in Goshen, New York now for many years now, Schnittker has been a regular on the NYSS circuit racing many great 2- and 3-year-olds over that time.

Schnittker’s lifetime stats as a driver show 2,795 wins and $42,809,617 earned and as a trainer 1,266 wins with $39,755,029 in purses.

This year Schnittker has three starters in the finals. 3-year-old pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star) 1:48.4 ($414,427) and 2-year-old pacing colts Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated) 1:54.2 ($48,961) and Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) 1:55.3 ($79,851).

Hickfromfrenchlick has developed into one of the best sophomore pacing colts around. He currently has the sixth fastest win time of the year (1:48.4) for a 3-year-old and is the ninth richest ($275,866) second-year pacing male in North America. He has four NYSS wins this year, but he also won the $238,200 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga in a lifetime best effort. He comes into the finals on a four-race winning streak and looks extremely tough to beat on Saturday.


Pratt started in the business in 1970 and had much success racing overnights, and mostly trotters, at Batavia Downs. Although he competed his own stable part-time, he eventually got into racing young horses at the fairs and made the move to the NYSS in the 1990’s.

Over the last eight years he has been a constant in this series with a string of highly competitive trotters that all had “Barn” in their names that also went on to be accomplished overnight performers as aged horses.

A very high percentage trainer, Pratt’s career numbers show 236 wins out of only 823 starts and $2,785,646 in earnings; the bulk of which came in the last eight years competing in the NYSS.

2-year-old trotting colt Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) 1:55.3 ($126,168) is Pratt’s starter in the finals this year and he’s as solid a performer as any he’s had to date. Barn Holden is the points (224) and earnings ($126,168) leader in his division and comes into the final with three wins, two seconds and two thirds out of eight starts. His only lifetime start at Batavia was on August 7 when went wire to wire by 8-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1 to set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts.

It’s a short ship from Corfu (where Pratt still lives) to Batavia and Barn Holden will return to the scene of that record Saturday to try and repeat his performance.

Oakes got his trainer’s license in 1984 and campaigned horses for his father in western New York for several years. He made the move to Pennsylvania and (then) Pocono Downs in 1992 and it was there his career took off. A very winning and high percentage trainer, Oakes has won multiple training titles at his home track the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and his horses have won a plethora of major stakes across North America.

In his career Oakes has sent 1,875 winners to post and has earned $28,853,311 in purses.

Oakes has two starters in the NYSS finals this year and both are in the same division. They are 3-year-old pacing colts Shake That House (American Ideal-Shake That Junk) 1:47.4 ($452,804) and Buddy Hill (Roll With Joe-Lessofit Hanover) 1:52 ($141,313).

Shake That House won two out of three NYSS starts this year but went on a real tear in between. He won his elimination and then the final of the Max C. Hempt Memorial at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in back to back miles of 1:49 and 1:49.2. Then two weeks after that he scored his lifetime mark of 1:47.4 in his second NYSS win taken at Vernon Downs. That time annihilated the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts and was just one-fifth of a second off the all-time pacing track record there.

After a two-week rest, Shake That House had a qualifying tightener that he won in 1:53.1 in preparation for this start and comes in fresh for the race.

The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m.

Peter Kleinhans will be the tracks guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stake race.

There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4’s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA’s website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available.

Free full card programs are now available for download from the Daily Racing Form Harness.

There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player’s Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race.

Morning News Briefing

As sexual abuse lawsuits are mounting against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, the religious organization announced it is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The diocese announced the decision yesterday following enactment of the Child Victims Act, which extends the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases for one year.
The Child Victims Act went into effect last month and a flood of lawsuits soon followed.
Church officials say that according to the state’s Religious Corporation Law the filing doesn’t affect local parishes and parishioners due to being legally independent of the diocese.

A Walnut Street man fails to show for sentencing on burglary charge.
27 year old Malik Ayala of Batavia failed to show for his scheduled sentencing yesterday in Genesee County Court.
According to Public Defender Jerry Ader, Ayala was admitted to an inpatient treatment program in Lockport preventing him appearing in court.
First Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini opposed the adjournment of his sentencing due to Ayala’s criminal history, however Judge Charles Zambito adjourned the sentencing for October 3rd to allow his short-term treatment.
Ayala previously accepted a plea deal on a class D felony count of third-degree burglary.

Gun buyers in New York will be waiting longer for certain gun purchases.
The measure, approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo, took effect yesterday.
It gives law enforcement 30 days to investigate buyers who don’t immediately pass a background check.
The old waiting period was three days.

The Bills will look for another win over a team from New York this weekend.
They’ll face the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.
Buffalo is one-and-oh after clipping the Jets, 17-16, in the same stadium in the team’s first game.

The new VanDetta Stadium at Batavia City School will be broken in tonight as the Blue Devils host Livonia for their home opener.
Mike Bromley, Batavia’s Athletic Director, highlighted a laundry list of new appointments that could attract regional and even state level events in more than just football to the new facility…

A ribbon cutting has been set for 6:30 this evening with game time set for 7p.m.
WBTA begins coverage of the Van Detta Stadium opening beginning at 3 p.m. with live play by play coverage of the first game starting at 6:45 with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.

Evening News Briefing

The Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for bankruptcy.
The action marks the first Catholic diocese in New York State diocese in history to do so..
In a statement on Thursday, the diocese blames the action on what it termed termed a wave of sex abuse lawsuits brought against the church. As a result of a change in state law allowing abuse victims to sue the church no matter when the suspected abuse occurred.
A judge will now oversee the division of the Diocese’s assets to those who win their cases against the church.

There’s a new development in the legal case against Congressman Chris Collins. A judge has rejected motions by his attorneys to force prosecutors to release more of the evidence they’ve gathered on the 27th District Republican.
Collins was arrested last year on federal insider trading charges. He’s pleaded not guilty and is set to go on trial next year.

A Wyoming County man is jailed for allegedly causing a fracas at UMMC.
29 year old Darel Tingue has told to the leave the hospital and not return.
A short time later, police say, he did – and was arrested.
He was also collared for possession of suspected cocaine.
Tingue was jailed on one-thousand dollars bail.

The Batavia City School District is showing off the brand new VanDetta Stadium today.
Athletic Director Mike Bromley escorted local media around to the new artificial turf field, complete with a video scoreboard, new lockers rooms and a 25-hundred seat capacity.
The first game to the played in the field stadium is tomorrow night.
The Blue Devils take on Livonia.
Game time is 7pm.
WBTA’s play-by-play coverage with Bob Brown and John Vazquez begins at 6:45pm.

$4,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Friday at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — As a result of no one selecting a winning combination in the Pick-5 wager at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 11), there will be a $1,302 carryover and a $4,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool when racing resumes at 6 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 13) at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Friday’s guaranteed pool is also part of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program which offers free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster for the Pick-5 races at Batavia Downs under the “Handicapping” tab at www.ustrotting.com.

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

Undefeated in NYSS, Zero Tolerance rolls into finals at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Fotowon)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Zero Tolerance comes into her $225,000 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) Night of Champions final at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14) with quite a body of work. She is the undefeated top point-getter (250) and highest earning 3-year-old pacing filly in her division ($177,500) and is currently the fourth richest filly in North America overall this year with $382,423 on her card.

She is a naturally talented filly that has been developed and managed masterfully by her Hall of Fame connections of driver David Miller and trainer Joe Holloway.

Zero Tolerance was a first crop daughter of Heston Blue Chip and was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale in 2017 and it’s no surprise why her trainer Joe Holloway decided to buy her based on a couple successful fillies he had previously raced.

“I selected her for her maternal side. I had Somwherovrarainbow and Rainbow Room and they were both out of Rainbow Blue and I had good success with both them. And this filly is out of a sister to Rainbow Blue named Feelinglikeastar,” said Holloway.

Zero Tolerance started her 2-year-old campaign strong with a win at the Meadowlands in 1:51.3. Her first NYSS race was the following week where she finished second by a neck after cutting the mile.

After being sick and having three weeks off, she returned to the track and rattled off five consecutive wins including the Geers and Reynolds stakes at Tioga Downs and NYSS legs at Vernon Downs and Monticello Raceway.

She did not race in the NYSS final, rather closed out the year with an aggressive Grand Circuit schedule where she won the Bluegrass at the Red Mile before finishing second in the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Three Diamonds at the Meadowlands.

This year, Zero Tolerance came out of the gate and won her first three NYSS races by a combined 16-3/4 lengths. She hit the Grand Circuit again for two starts finishing second in the James Lynch Memorial at Pocono in 1:49.3 and fourth in the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands. She returned to New York and won the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga in a lifetime best of 1:50.2 and two more NYSS races at Saratoga and Batavia to go five for five in the series.

“She’s been good in the NYSS this year so far. Each time she has raced she’s performed for us and that was the plan. When she looked like she was dominant, I was going to go to the Jugette. But where it’s New York, and it’s such good money, basically close to the same money as the Jugette after you’ve got to go heats, we decided to race here instead,” said Holloway.

In that last start at Batavia, Zero Tolerance got away third to the half before pulling with cover up the backstretch and simply paced away from the field with no urging down the lane to win easily in 1:54.2.

There has been almost three weeks between starts for Zero Tolerance but her routine didn’t change that much.

“As far as the time off, I usually don’t train her too much anyway. So I trained her real hard a week out and I trained her lightly on Wednesday (Sept. 11). The seven hole doesn’t help us in the final but she’ll be alright,” said Holloway.

“Overall she’s a nice filly although she gets a little bit high strung now and then. But a lot of my better fillies have been that way. Probably the biggest thing she does this year is she’s bad in the winner’s circle. She kicks and I don’t want her hurting herself so we haven’t been in the winner’s circle to long when she gets there.”

The NYSS final will not be the last race of the year for Zero Tolerance. Holloway indicated that she would be going to Lexington for two weeks before the Breeders Crown and the Matron.

Zero Tolerance comes into the NYSS finals as one of the richest participants this year with $868,236 made lifetime and she will be looking to substantially add to that total on Saturday night.

The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m.

Peter Kleinhans will be the tracks guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stake race.

There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4’s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA’s website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available.

Free full card programs will also be available for download from the Daily Racing Form starting Thursday.

There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player’s Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race.

Positions drawn for the NYSS Night of Champions

(Photo courtesy of Kimberly Tomasik)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Many dignitaries were on hand Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 11) at Batavia Downs to draw post positions for the eight divisions of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) that will be held during the Night of Champions on Saturday night (Sept. 14).

Kelly Young, who is the Executive Director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund, joined the Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs, Todd Haight in welcoming New York State Assemblyman Stephen Hawley to the Downs to serve his constituents in a little different fashion. Mr. Hawley was the Honorary Drawmaster for this event and pulled pills alongside the President of the Western New York Horseman’s Association, Bruce Tubin.

Eight full fields of eight will pit 64 of the best horses bred in New York that were decided as a result of their competition throughout the state all summer. Notable participants as expected are 3-year-old trotting colt Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) 1:52.4 ($1,145,996), 3-year-old pacing filly Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) 1:50.2 ($868,236), 3-year-old trotting filly Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) 1:53.2 ($562,930), 3-year-old trotting filly Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie) 1:54 ($467,932), 3-year-old pacing colt Shakethathouse (American Ideal-Shake That Junk) 1:47.4 ($452,804), 3-year-old pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star) 1:48.4 ($414,427), 2-year-old trotting filly Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S) 1:53 ($273,957) and 2-year-old pacing colt Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) 1:52 ($174,595).

Here are the fields:

3-year-old pacing fillies

1 Hurrikane Norakane
2 So Awesome
3 Sulky Queen
4 Brooklyn Lilacs
5 Crazy Cute
6 JK American Beauty
7 Zero Tolerance
8 Dd Delicious

3-year-old trotting fillies

1 Blue Ribbon Gal
2 Stella Jane
3 Quincy Blue Chip
4 With Out A Doubt
5 Sweet Chapter
6 Pilgrims Lass
7 Sensibility
8 Winndevie

2-year-old pacing fillies

1 The Fun Marshall
2 Movie Town
3 Cash Roll
4 So Rude
5 Racine Bell
6 Hidden Cove
7 Merga Hanover
8 Galleria Gal

2-year-old trotting fillies

1 Hushabye
2 Hypnotic Am
3 Seventimesalady
4 Without A Warning
5 Really Blue Chip
6 Soprese
7 Illdoitmyself
8 Love A Good Story

2-year-old pacing colts and geldings

1 Sandy’s Bolt
2 Freedom Warrior
3 Save Me A Dance
4 Splash Brother
5 Cigars And Port
6 Hurrikanekingjames
7 Level up
8 Groovy Joe

2-year-old trotting colts and geldings

1 Beerthirty K
2 Sky Castles
3 Hobbs
4 Third Shift
5 Barn Holden
6 Berkery J
7 Chaptima
8 Bourbon Express

3-year-old trotting colts and geldings

1 Cavill Hanover
2 Lucky Weekend
3 Powerscourt
4 Captain Krupnik
5 Livinonthedash
6 Travel Winner
7 Gimpanzee
8 Winnerup

3-year-old pacing colts and geldings

1 Hickfromfrenchlick
2 Major Blake
3 Artie’s Ideal
4 Shake That house
5 Buddy Hill
6 Major March
7 Reining Deo
8 Rollwithpapajoe

Blue Bell Bonnie strikes third time at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Blue Bell Bonnie has been one of the toughest mares competing at Batavia Downs this season. Coming off three wins in her last four starts and moving up in class, the mare went right to the front and never looked back in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for distaff participants at the Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 11).

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. sent Blue Bell Bonnie to the front and proceeded unchallenged to the half in relatively mild :57.4. With the field still in single file as they headed into the third turn, HP Sissy (John Cummings Jr.) finally pulled first-over past the five-eighths and made a bull rush towards the leader, drawing alongside her in the backstretch.

The two matched strides to the three-quarters and into the final bend before Blue Bell Bonnie found a new gear and started to pull away. With a clear one-length lead, Morrill urged Blue Bell Bonnie down the lane and she responded to win by a length in 1:54 over a fast closing Little Joke (BIlly Davis Jr.).

It was the eighth win of the year for Blue Bell Bonnie ($4.70) and it pushed her earnings to $52,798 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the 7-year-old daughter of Mister Big-The Girl Can Bet.

In the $11,000 Open II fillies and mares pace, Mean Pauline (Shawn McDonough) got a perfect pocket trip behind Machin Marley (Jim Morrill Jr.) before popping the deuce at the top of the stretch and wrestling away the lead at the wire to win by a head in 1:57.

Now with four wins on the year and earnings of $30,756, Mean Pauline ($21.20) has already surpassed her efforts of last year for owner Harry Wortzman. Her driver Shawn McDonough also trains the winner.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. had a driving triple on the card to lead all reinsmen.

When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 13) at 6:00 p.m. there will be a guaranteed carryover pool of $4,000 for the Pick-5 wager. This will be part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages will be available for races one through five on the USTA’s website.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Genesee on the offense as Hiago Barros de Souza (18) goes towards the net against the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves Wednesday

Press Release:

Cougars Shutout Thunderwolves

BATAVIA, NY… The nationally-ranked Genesee Community College men’s soccer team earned their fifth win of the season Wednesday, defeating Western New York Athletic Conference foe Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves 14-0.

Ed Port scored three goals on the day. Shahin Tahir Nasabi, Ryan Curtis, Hiago Barros de Souza scored two goals each. Robert Keogh, Ollie Ardle, Jose Manoel Cavalini, Vitor Suzarte, Jack Crawley each scored one goal. Cavalini had three assists on the day. Tahir Nasabi had two assists. Marcus Kenline recorded the shutout for the Blue and Gold.

Genesee ‘s (5-2) next contest will be at home on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00pm against the Cayuga County Community College Spartans. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com

Morning News Briefing

An Arcade man is behind bars for trespassing and drug possession after allegedly causing a disturbance at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.
Staff initially requested that 29 year old Darel Tingue leave the hospital and not return, however Tingue did return and was subsequently arrested for Trespassing.
Further investigation revealed he was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance and cocaine.
Tingue was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of one-thousand dollars bail.
He is slated to reappear in Batavia City Court this morning.

A Batavia man busted for criminal possession of a weapon.
38 year old Jason Anderson was taken into custody by Batavia Police following a probation house check at his South Main Street apartment last Saturday.
He was accused of criminally possessing a weapon after having a previous conviction of the same.
Anderson was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

There’s a new development in the legal case against Congressman Chris Collins.
The Buffalo News reports a judge has rejected motions by his attorneys to force prosecutors to release more of the evidence they’ve gathered on the 27th District Republican.
Collins was arrested last year on federal insider trading charges.
He’s pleaded not guilty and is set to go on trial next year.

The man who killed a Sodus mother and her 14-month-old son will be spending the next 20 years in prison.
Alberto Reyes has pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her son Owen.
The pair was reported missing last May, and after days of searching, Selena’s remains were found on a farm in Sodus.
Owen’s remains were found and identified last October.
Reyes will be sentenced in November.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today and tomorrow from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area North of Main Street and West of Bank Street.
Homes and businesses nearby will be affected and these tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area.
As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored but instead run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

It will be the first contest played on Batavia’s newest sports field tomorrow evening as the Blue Devils host Livonia for their home opener.
A ribbon cutting has been set for 6:30 tomorrow evening to unveil the new Van Detta Stadium.
Players are set to move into their new locker facility this afternoon.
WBTA begins coverage of the Van Detta Stadium opening beginning at 3 tomorrow afternoon with live play by play coverage of the first game starting at 6:45 with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.

Evening News Briefing

A mad dash is on to get the new Van Detta Stadium ready for its Friday night debut and Blue Devils home opener.
A ribbon cutting has been set for 6:30 Friday evening.
Players are set to move into their new locker facility tomorrow afternoon.
WBTA begins coverage of the Van Detta Stadium opening beginning at 3 Friday afternoon with live play by play coverage of the first game starting at 6:45 with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.

State Police have arrested two LeRoy children and accused them of sex offenses.
Following report of an incident at a Town of LeRoy home the night of September 2nd Troopers arrested an 11 year old girl and a 15 year old boy both for a single count of Sexual Misconduct.
Both kids were issued appearance tickets for the Class A misdemeanors returnable to LeRoy Town Court.

Two Holley residents pinched for stealing candy.
29 year old Kay Dilker and 37 year old Joseph Turner are both charged with petit larceny after they allegedly boosted $75 worth of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from Top’s Market in Batavia.
Police had to chase them down after fleeing the store.
Dilker was jailed on $2,500 bail while Turner was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Governor Cuomo will join more than 700 motorcycle riders this afternoon in a 9/11 memorial ride in the city. Cuomo says the ride pays tribute to the first responders who led the recovery efforts during and following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Groups of riders have come from across the state to take part in today’s event. They’ll all take a ceremonial ride down the West Side Highway to the World Trade Center site.

City of Batavia Democratic Committee Announce Their Endorsed 2019 City Council Candidates

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Democratic Committee Announce Their Endorsed 2019 City Council Candidates

Nick Russo is incredibly excited to be running for City Council in Ward 3 and represent the great city of Batavia that he calls home. Nick, a graduate of Albion High School went to college at GCC and spent a great deal of time in Batavia and fell in love with the city and knew it was where he wanted to settle down.

Nick has spent his entire career working in the entertainment industry, including being a DJ and working with theater companies all over western NY. For the last couple of years Nick has sat on the Youth Board and loved helping to create new opportunities to better serve the children who will be the future of our community.

Sammy DiSalvo, running in Ward 5, has been involved with local politics for the past 3 years and currently serves as the President of the Genesee County Young Democrats and as a voting member on the Genesee County Democratic Executive Committee.

After graduating from Batavia High School, he obtained a master’s degree in education from SUNY Oswego and currently works at GCC helping local area low-income, first generation college students discover their life’s passion and then apply for college. He also co-owns a pop-up business in Batavia called Decks, Dice, and Meeples where he brings family-friendly game nights to various coffee shops, libraries, and bars. He is intertwined with Batavia’s citizens and the larger city, and wants to see it be the best.

Both candidates look forward meeting voters from all over The City of Batavia on the campaign trail in the coming months.

Bureau of Maintenance: Temporary Road Closures

Press Release:

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES – SEPTEMBER 16 and 17 – CITY OF BATAVIA

On Monday, September 16, temporary road closures will occur between the hours of 7 AM and 7PM. These road closures are for the roadway resurfacing of the following streets (The duration of each closure will be approximately 4 hours before traffic can ride on the treatment):

Florence Avenue – Between Cedar Street and Howard Street.
Carolwood Drive – Between Garden Drive and end of road.
Belvedere Lane – Naramore Drive to Naramore Drive.
Woodcrest Drive – Between house #2 and #15.

On Tuesday, September 17, a temporary road closure shall occur on Union Street – Between Richmond Avenue and Oak Street. This impacts residents that live on Union Square limiting access. Any work not completed on listed streets from Monday will be completed also. Working hours will be between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Resident’s will be notified by Suit Kote of the actual work schedule via flyers delivered door to door on the impacted streets a day in advance.

Residents of impacted areas are asked not to park on these streets while the work is ongoing and to park on adjacent side streets if possible.

This work is weather dependent and if delayed due to wet conditions the work will resume the next business day.

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

Thank you for your cooperation in advance

Groovy Joe leads freshman colt pacers into NYSS final

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The top 2-year-old pacing colt heading into the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14) proves you don’t have to be rich to be successful in harness racing if you do your homework.

Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) p,2,1:52f ($174,595) was a $17,000 purchase at the 2018 Goshen Yearling Sale and has turned out to be quite a find. With the bulk of his 2-year-old campaign completed, he currently sits atop the NYSS standings for points (337) and earnings ($155,270) for his age, gender and gait, has seven wins in nine starts with two seconds overall and started it all off with a five-race winning streak.

His body of work ranks beyond the state border too. Groovy Joe is currently one of the sports best first-year performers sitting third in earnings among all 2-year-old male pacers in North America and has paced the tenth fastest mile of all freshman pacers after his recent career-best outing of 1:52 at Tioga Downs.

Blake Macintosh trains Groovy Joe and co-owns with the Hutt Racing Stable. Macintosh is the one who picked out the colt and knew all along that he’d be a good one.

“I liked him when I saw him. He was well built, well bred and was my pick of the sale,” said Macintosh. “And he turned out to be everything I thought he would. He broke easily and trained down well and he’s become very smart and professional with his work.”

The colt’s first five races, all of which were wins, came over half mile tracks. Macintosh stated he seemed to thrive there and progressed sharply through those starts.

“He’s not a big horse and he gets around a half-mile track perfectly. You could see him get stronger with each of those wins and he came home faster each week as he went along. The race at Buffalo was what really impressed me; when he flew home in a :57.2 back-half,” said Macintosh.

Groovy Joe has continued to improve and show his maturity after just winning back to back starts at Tioga in 1:52.4 and 1:52 flat.

Macintosh is no stranger to success on the NYSS circuit and used the series to educate and develop his millionaire star Courtly Choice (Art Major-Lady Ashlee Ann) p, 3, 1:47.1m ($1,285,054).

Courtly Choice won two races in the NYSS at two in 2017 but did not compete in the final. However he came back at three and won all his races in the state series, but he also won the Meadowlands Pace and the Empire Breeders Classic. He still did not race in the NYSS final in 2018 but that was because he was busy winning the Little Brown Jug that week instead.

Are major stakes in the future for Groovy Joe? His trainer thinks so.

“Besides racing in the NYSS, we are going to pay him into several Grand Circuit events next year and point him towards the North American Cup. I was very excited to win the Jug but I’d love to win the Cup. It’s at my home track and in my own backyard,” Said Macintosh.

The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m.

The draw for that card is on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at noon and will be live streamed on the NYSS website as well as both the NYSS and Batavia Downs Facebook pages. Batavia native and New York State Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley will serve as the honorary drawmaster.

Peter Kleinhans will be the track’s guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stake race.

There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4’s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA’s website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available.

Free full card programs will also be available for download from the Daily Racing Form starting Thursday.

There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player’s Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race.

GCC Athletics Update: Volleyball

2019 Genesee CC Volleyball Team

Press Release:

Cougars Fall in Straight Sets to Jayhawks

JAMESTOWN, NY…The Genesee Community College volleyball program dropped their first match of the season Tuesday in straight sets to Jamestown Community College. The Blue and Gold played tough in all three contests, dropping 25-17, 25-15, and 25-9 to their Western New York Athletic Conference opponent.

Neely Abrams and Grace Masse both had 36 assists to lead Genesee. Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Morgan Mathis, and Kaitlyn VanSkiver all had three kills. Cerezer and Aima Kamo had two digs each.

Genesee returns to action on Sunday, September 15 at the Hudson Valley Community College Pod against SUNY Adirondack, North Country CC, and Hudson Valley.

Morning News Briefing

Photo by The Batavian

Possible tragedy may have been averted thanks to a recent policy change at GCASA in Batavia.
Yesterday afternoon first responders were called for report of a pick-up truck that had lost control and crashed into the rock wall in front of GCASA on East Main Street.
John Bennett, Executive Director of GCASA, said before a recent change in policy it was not unusual to see a handful of smokers gathered right were the crash occurred…

 

According to investigators the driver of the pick-up may have suffered some type of medical event and was not seriously injured in the crash.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff today at state government buildings across New York to honor those killed on 9/11 upon order of the Governor.
Earlier this week, the governor signed legislation establishing a September 11th Remembrance Day which allows for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state, at the start of the school day, on every September 11th.

Basom man busted for drunk driving after crashing in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 52 year old David Bogue of Maple Street road Basom Tuesday afternoon following a one car motor vehicle accident on Lewiston Road in Batavia.
Deputies determined that Bogue was intoxicated during the roadside investigation and charged him with DWI and failure to keep right.
He was given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court for October 24.

Two Holley residents pinched for stealing candy.
29 year old Kay Dilker and 37 year old Joseph Turner are both charged with petit larceny after they allegedly stole approximately $75 worth of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from the Top’s Market in Batavia this morning.
City Police were dispatched yesterday morning for a report of a shoplifting in progress at Tops and found the pair attempting to evade police by jumping over a fence and into the yard of a residence on Redfield Parkway.
Once apprehended, the duo was allegedly found in possession of a large bag of peanut butter cups.
Dilker was jailed on $2,500 bail while Turner was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Governor Cuomo wants to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the opioid crisis in New York.
Cuomo said yesterday it’s an industry-wide conspiracy and the damage done has been immeasurable.
The governor said a lawsuit is pending against those responsible for defrauding nearly two-billion-dollars in insurance premium costs.
He added, in New York State last year there were three-thousand deaths from opioids, three-times more from 2010.

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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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