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Evening News Briefing

Genesee County’s unemployment rate went up almost a half point from last year. The December jobless rate for 2017 was 5.3 percent, up from 4.9 percent a year earlier.
Wyoming County’s unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent.
Orleans County’s rate rose three-tenths of a point.

A Byron teenager has been arrested for allegedly abusing two younger teens.
18 year old Anthony Miarglia (mir-ag-lee-ah is charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Forcible Touching, Sexual Abuse and Endangering the welfare of a child.
State Police said the investigation involved multiple suspected incidents from May of 2016 through July 2017.
Troopers said the victims knew Miraglia. They ranged in age from 15 to 17 at the time of the alleged abuse.
State Police said there is a possibility of other victims. If you have any further information related to the case you are asked to call State Police Batavia.

Attica Police report a computer scam by someone purporting to be from the Geek Squad.
According to Attica P-D, a resident received a call from a person claiming to represent the Geek Squad, a computer repair service that operates legitimately through Best Buy, a well-known electronics retailer.
The caller went into a lengthy spiel claiming an error had been made in the resident’s account.
Before the resident sensed something was wrong, he had allowed the caller access to his computer and his bank account.
The resident eventually called Key Bank, got police involved, and the accounts were closed before any money was stolen.
Police said just because someone claims to be from a company you have done business with that does not mean the caller is legit.

Professional baseball will be played at Dwyer Stadium this summer.
The Batavia City Council voiced no objection to leasing Dwyer Stadium directly to the New York Penn League which has taken over the Batavia Muckdogs management from the Rochester Red Wings.
The league is trying to sell the franchise as soon as possible.

Attica Police report Geek Squad Scam

Press Release:

Date of Incident: 01-20-2018  Time of Incident: 8:30 am
Today’s Date: 01-23-2018
Location: Attica NY

Occasion: COMPUTER SCAM Involving GEEK SQUAD.

Incident Description: Over the weekend an attempted scam of an elderly resident was avoided due to the quick actions of the resident and the Attica Branch of Key Bank.

The resident received a call from a reported representative of the well-known and respected internet based computer service company of GEEK SQUAD. The resident had utilized and signed up for services from GEEK SQUAD and had an account. The caller, identified himself as “Mark” with an Indian/Hindu accent advised that the resident could get a $300.00 refund due to an error on his last contact with GEEK SQUAD. The caller requested access to the victims computer and to update his account information. This was allowed due to the victim had an active account. At this time the caller requested the victim to check his bank account to see if the $300.00 had been deposited, upon checking the victim found a $3000.00 deposit. When the victim advised of the error the caller told the victim that a terrible mistake had occurred which needs to be corrected immediately or else the caller could lose his job. The caller wanted the victim to take $2700.00 out of his checking account and purchase the identical amount of gift cards from a retail store.

The Victim being alert to possible scams advised the caller he would have to check with his bank before doing anything. The caller attempted to convince the victim that would not be necessary and needed to immediately purchase the gift cards. The victim, not being persuaded contacted his bank on Monday to find that once the caller obtained access to is computer, obtained his banking information and account numbers, then transferred $2000.00 from the victims savings account to the checking account. This was an attempt to lead the victim to believe he had excess funds in his checking account. The victim with the assistance of the employees at the Attica Branch of Key Bank has since closed all his accounts and avoided a financial disaster. The victim who lives on his monthly social security would have been financially wiped out.

If contacted by any company who you have had previous contact with does not mean that the caller is legit representative. Be always suspicious and alert if they ask for financial information, request information to “update” account information they should already have and NEVER allow anyone remote access to your personal computer without a high degree of confirmation and trust. If any doubt/suspicion is perceived terminate the request and make contact with that entity from the contact information you have when you set up an account to confirm the call.

ALWAYS be alert and question everything. Even when you think you have the right information check again. Protect yourself, your family and your hard earned financial future.

Register now for Universal Pre-K and Kindergarten at Byron-Bergen Elementary School

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ The 2018-19 school year is fast approaching. Byron-Bergen families with children who have turned 4 or 5 years of age by Dec. 1, 2018 should register them for Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) or Kindergarten as soon as possible.

1. Universal PreK Registration

The Byron-Bergen School District hopes to once again offer a half-day Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program for the 2018-19 school year. The class will be held at the Byron-Bergen Elementary School which is located at 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416.

Students eligible for the program must have turned 4 years of age by Dec. 1, 2018. If you have a child eligible and are interested in having him/her attend our UPK program, please send a letter of interest with your child’s name, parents’ names, address, phone number, and date of birth to: Brian Meister, Elementary School Principal, 6971 West Bergen Rd., Bergen, NY 14416, by Friday, April 6, 2018. Parents who have already contacted the Elementary School by phone will still need to send in a letter to be eligible for UPK. Please note that if we receive more than our allowed capacity, we will select students using a lottery system.

What are the program goals of UPK at Byron-Bergen?
• To meet the NYS learning standards by using a curriculum that is thematically-based and supported using literature, songs, and exploration.
• To foster an environment that promotes happy, confident children who are willing to take risks, make independent choices, and ask questions.
• To create an inclusive community that builds upon the student’s strengths and accommodates his/her needs.

Philosophy of UPK
The UPK program at Byron-Bergen is focused on socialization, learning through play, and self-exploration. Children learn through a hands-on learning environment that includes activities, learning centers, concrete materials, and manipulatives. Students learn through a nurturing environment that is enriching, challenging, and developmentally appropriate.

2. Kindergarten Registration

Children who are 5 years of age, on or before Dec. 1, 2018, are eligible for entrance to Kindergarten in September of 2018. New families in the school district should notify the school if they have a child that will enter Kindergarten in September of 2018. Parents may contact the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Office by calling 494-1220, ext. 1301. Information may also be sent to the Byron-Bergen Elementary School, 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, New York 14416.

All children registering for Kindergarten will be scheduled for a screening appointment this summer. The results of this screening will be used to plan for the 2018-19 Kindergarten Program.

The following items are necessary to complete the registration process:

1. Your child’s Birth Certificate
2. Certificate of Immunization—New York State law requires that every child entering school must have received a minimum of five doses of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine (DPT) and four doses of polio (IPV) vaccine, two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), three doses of Hepatitis B, and two doses of varicella (chickenpox). Those children born on or after 1/1/2008 must have four doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV). Their immunizations must be completed prior to entering school.
3. Proof of Residency—If this is the first time you have a child entering Byron-Bergen Central School District, please bring proof of residency to your screening appointment. This can be a copy of your mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement or a copy of your tax bill.

Byron Teen arrested for unwanted sexual contact

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations out of the State Police Troop in Batavia have arrested 18 year old Anthony Miraglia of Byron following investigation into multiple alleged incidents around Genesee County.

He was arrested yesterday on charges of Unlawful Imprisonment, Forcible Touching, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Sexual Abuse.

According to investigators Miraglia abused at least two victims between the ages of 15 and 17 during multiple incidents from May 2016 through July of last year.

Miraglia was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Bergen then released on his own recognizance.

He is ordered to return to Bergen Town Court in February.

Investigators believe there may be other victims of Miraglia and encourage anyone with information to contact the New York State Police at 585-344-6200.

Elba man faces prison time in plea deal for Grand Larceny

30 year old Matt Williams originally of Batavia, now an Elba resident, appeared in Genesee County Court this morning where he accepted a plea agreement in regards to incidents that occurred in September of last year.

Williams was facing charges of Falsifying Business Records and Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing from a business in Bergen.

He admitted to stealing a vehicle in the incident and pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Fourth degree.

Under terms of the deal Williams will face 1 and 1/3 – 3 years in prison as a Second Felony Offender when he is sentenced on March 26th.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia City Council unanimously passed a resolution that authorizes handing the Dwyer Stadium lease over to the New York-Penn League and its subsidiary the Batavia Muckdogs.
The League has already taken over the Short Season Class A team, which for the past decade was operated by the Rochester Red Wings.
In November the league ended the agreement between the Red Wings and the Genesee County Baseball Club.
City Attorney George Van Nest said that Penn League officials expressed a desire to stay in Batavia for 2018 during several conversations last fall.
Van Nest said extending the lease and sublease is time a sensitive issue since the New York Penn League hopes to begin assessing Dwyer Stadium later this month.

City Council members also agreed to consider a proposal to back a building project by Habitat for Humanity planned in the flood zone on the City’s south side.
The organization is looking for $17,395 grant from the City to cover the design costs included in building a flood-compliant home at 116 Swan Street.
Mike Fahey, Habitat for Humanity board president,

Fahey said because the property is in the 100-year flood zone, a complete demolition of the existing home is the only way the project will work for the organization.

Court Violation lands a Hutchins Street man in lock up.
22 year old Winston Lockhart Sr. of Batavia allegedly violated an order of protection and assaulted the protected person during a reported incident on Holland Ave in the city before leaving the address.
Lockhart was located and taken into custody on charges of Assault with intent to cause physical injury, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, Burglary and Strangulation.
He was jailed without bail.

Accused Craigslist scammer jailed for Assault.
23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Ave in Batavia was arrested last week along with a Stafford man for allegedly setting up a craigslist scam to lure in potential robbery victims.
The pair was jailed without bail for Conspiracy.
Tomlin was recently arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Assault for a domestic incident that occurred last November.
He was accused of fighting someone and damaging their property.
Tomlin was remanded back to jail to await arraignment.

The three-day government shutdown is over.
President Trump signed a bill extending government funding to February 8th after passage by the Senate and House.
The latest temporary funding measure is the fourth continuing resolution, or CR, since September.
The impasse broke when Senate Democrats ended a filibuster over immigration.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took a shot at President Trump saying while he was negotiating all weekend to end the shutdown, the great deal making president sat on the sidelines.

Most of Western New York is under a flood watch.
According to The National Weather Service folks living near creeks and rivers prone to flooding should have an emergency plan ready just in case.
The flood watch ends at seven o’clock tonight.

Hawley Announces $5.5 Million Available In New Grants For Farmers

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced $5.5 million is now available to farmers and agricultural producers as part of two new grant programs. The awards are aimed toward farmland conservation, assisting farmers in identifying available land and ensuring that arable land is permanently protected from development and non-farm uses.

“Farming is one of the cornerstones of our community and extremely important to our local economy, traditions and way of life,” Hawley said. “Too often, farmers lose the ability to work the land due to environmental concerns or development, and these new grants will help protect our producers and ensure that family farms remain family businesses. I remain committed to giving our farmers a voice in Albany, and I look forward to advocating their concerns as we progress through this year’s session.”

More information can be found on the state’s Agriculture and Markets site and interested applicants can access grant information here. Applications will be processed until all funding for the program has been exhausted.

Hawley is the former owner/operator of Hawley Farms in Batavia and sits on the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee.

Sex Offender trial is delayed over transportation issue

The latest trial against convicted level three Sex Offender Marlek Holmes was stalled due to the criminal’s absence.

There was an apparent issue with his transportation from Wende Correctional Facility where he is currently being held and his jury selection process which was staled to begin this morning had to be delayed.

According to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman they will attempt to begin the trial tomorrow and again on Wednesday however Holmes must be present to proceed.

Friedman said he could not comment on why Holmes was not transported.

Holmes is already serving a 15 year prison sentence for attempted criminal sexual act and is also facing a hearing that could label him a persistent violent felony offender.

He could be looking a life in prison if the prosecution is successful with their declaration.

For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Funds needed for Motorcycle crash victims in Wyoming County

Dave and Minerva Stefanski were permanently crippled by a motorcycle crash in Orangeville last July and have been dealing with surmounting medical costs ever since.

The crash occurred on Route 20 while the couple was riding a pair of motorcycles with family members George McGann and Tomasa Martinez

29 year old Joshua Huntress of Chautauqua County was impaired by a combination of drugs when he drove his vehicle into the two motorcycles killing Tomasa and seriously injuring the others.

Months later and the couple are now dealing with disabilities and are unable to work.

There is a GoFundMe account that has been set up for the family with a goal of raising $200,000 for medical expenses.

A link to the donation page can be found here.

GCC Athletics: Cougar Soccer Quartet Recognized by USC

 

Press Release:

USC Concludes Philadelphia Convention with Recognition of Cougar Quartet

Four members of the Genesee Community College men’s soccer team family were recognized this past weekend at the 71st United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. as the USC concludes its festivities today.

Cougar head coach Ken Gavin accepted an award on behalf of his award-winning staff, while Cougar captain Glenn Holmes led a host of player recognitions with teammates Charlie Livesey and Ben Wattis.

The near week-long gathering brought together leaders, teachers and facilitators of the game that concluded with an awards banquet honoring the Cougar quartet.

Of the trio of Cougar sophomore players recognized, Holmes was honored twice – once as an all-American player and once as an all-American scholar.

The 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association National Champion Cougars were co-captained by Holmes, who hails from Kildare, Ireland. The sports management major was just one of four overall junior college players who were recognized as first-team selections both on the field and in the classroom by the USC. At the junior college division-three level, he was just one of two to achieve the feat and the lone defensive player in the country.

Although known more for his stealth defensive play, Holmes’ offensive numbers were quite astonishing. He led all NJCAA defenders in points with 32 and goals with 13. In addition, the Genesee sophomore was the catalyst behind the team’s amazing run that ended with a 10-game winning streak and a 20-game unbeaten streak in bringing the Cougars its first national championship in soccer.

Joining Holmes as a USC First Team All-American was GCC forward Livesey (Sandbach, UK), who set a single-season school record for assists with 26. That total was seven more than anyone else in the nation at D-III and the most in the country among all NJCAA players (D-I and D-III) for 2017. Livesey led the Cougars in goals, assists and points and his totals ranked him nationally No. 4 in points with 60 and tied for No. 16 in goals with 17 in addition to his No. 1 ranking in helpers.

Wattis (Langley, UK), who scored the team’s first goal in the Cougars’ national championship semifinal game to help them advance to the championship game, was named as a USC Second Team All-American as a defender.

Genesee Community College was also recognized as the Junior College D-III Staff of the Year for the men’s division and was led by Gavin and assistant coach Josh Carpenter, with the pair leading the 2017 GCC men’s soccer team to its first national title in Herkimer, N.Y. in November. An often overlooked but vital part of Genesee’s staff is its athletic trainers, who assisted the coaches and players throughout their championship run and include Amber Nichols and Jeff Engels.

The United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America / NSCAA) is an organization of American soccer coaches founded in 1941. It is the largest soccer coach’s organization in the world, with more than 30,000 members and recognizes youth, high school and college men’s and women’s players, coaches and teams. The NSCAA was rebranded as United Soccer Coaches about four months ago in early August and is based out of Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics: Cougar Swim Team

Press Release:

Cougar Swimmers are Officially Back

It’s been six weeks since the last time the Genesee Community College swimmers have officially competed and if there was an event that signaled that their swimming strokes had returned back to form, it was the backstroke.

Genesee captured every backstroke event in the Pioneer Invitational hosted by Alfred State College Jan. 20 on their way to a second-place finish for the men and a third-place finish for the women.

Aside from relay and diving events, the Cougars registered first-place finishes in more than half of the remaining 24 individual events. The men’s team finished first 10 times, while the women’s team captured a trio of firsts for 13 total.

Four of those 13 wins came in the backstroke. Nathan Richardson and Angel Priest captured a pair of backstroke wins apiece at 100- and 200-yards.

Ferran Martinez captured the most first places with three that included: the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yrad individual medley.

Matthew Langerman and Joan Ferrer each recorded a pair of wins with the former taking two freestyle events (500-yard and 1650-yard) and the latter taking one freestyle (50-yard) and one butterfly (100-yard).

Rounding out the winners were Nanako Shiozawa (100-yard butterfly) and Benjamin Vacanti (100-yard breaststroke).

Alfred State finished atop both the men’s and women’s scores with a combined 1057 points for the four-year school. The GCC men’s team was 100 points behind the Pioneers with 381, but had more points than the third, fourth and fifth teams combined that included SUNY Delhi, Roberts Wesleyan College and Herkimer County Community College, respectively.

The GCC women’s team finished behind ASC and Roberts Wesleyan, but ahead of Herkimer and SUNY Delhi. The Lady Cougars amassed 123 points and were 127 points behind the runner-up Redhawks.

Complete ASC Pioneer Invitational results can be found at: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/sports/swimdive/2017-18/files/Pioneer_Invitational_results.pdf

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Batavia Morning News

Police interrupted a potentially dangerous online deal resulting in the arrest of two local men

They allegedly posted a phony Craigslist ad to lure potential victims to be robbed.

23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Main Road in Stafford were both charged with Conspiracy.

The pair posted an ad on Craigslist to sell a truck, however, there was no truck.

According to Batavia Police two men answered the ad and once they arrived one of the men noticed the butt of a gun in the suspects pocket, so he made an excuse that he would have to leave to go pick up the cash.

They then notified police and officers set up a meeting with pair and took them into custody.

Both men were found with realistic looking BB guns and were committed to jail without bail.

 

Students facing charges for fake bomb threat at Livonia.

The school received a voice message last week warning of a bomb hidden in the school that would go off the following day.

A sweep of the school with bomb sniffing dog cleared the facility and investigators tracked down three teenagers allegedly responsible.

Investigators charged two 15 year olds and a 16 year old student with felony counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident.

The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages.

 

The blame game continues for state and federal legislators.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is blaming Republicans for the government shutdown.

On Friday Senate Democrats blocked a short term spending plan to keep the government open because it didn’t include legal protections for Dreamers.

Schumer said the White House and Congress are responsible for finding a compromise and only President Trump can end this shutdown.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is blaming the Democrats for the government shutdown.

This weekend she told “The Post Star” she was disappointed in Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for not supporting the bill that would have staved off a government shutdown.

Stefanik accused the Senators from New York of playing political games with peoples’ lives and called for an end to this.

 

Western New York could be in for more flooding.

A warm front moving in today will cause unseasonably warm weather for several days this week leading the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Watch for the GLOW region and several surrounding counties.

The Watch will be in effect from early this afternoon until Tomorrow evening.

It’s expected to be warm and rainy today and tomorrow which could spell ice jam flooding for areas along creeks and rivers.

The National Weather Service has issued also a Dense Fog Advisory for the entire GLOW region, which is in effect until 10 this morning.

Dense fog will create poor visibilities of quarter mile or less, resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Flood Watch Monday Afternoon into Tuesday Evening

A warm front will lift across the region on Monday, boosting
temperatures into the 40s. Temperatures will then remain in the
40s Monday night into Tuesday.

Area creeks and rivers still have ice in place. Rises in water
level can break up this ice, which can then become jammed where
there are constrictions in the river or creek channel, such as
curves or other restrictions. Localized flooding will be possible
in the vicinity of any ice jams. People living in areas that are
prone to ice jam flooding should take the time in advance to
prepare for the potential for flooding.

WBTA Sunday News

Jaequele Tomlin

Quamane Santiago

Two local men are arrested for allegedly using a phony Craigslist ad to lure in robbery victims
23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Main Road in Stafford were both arrested for Conspiracy.
According to police the pair posted an ad on Craigslist to sell a truck.
Turns out, there was no truck and police said the two were just trying a lure in people with cash.
Batavia Police Assistant Chief Todd Crossett said two people answered the ad:

Police then set up a meeting with Santiago and Tomlin and made the arrest. Two realistic looking BB guns were confiscated.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says only President Trump can end this government shutdown.

Sen Charles Schumer

 

Schumer is urging the President to “pull up a chair” and begin negotiations with Senate Democrats so the government can re-open.

Rep. Chris Collins

 

Meanwhile Western New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins wants his congressional pay withheld during the shutdown.
Collins, naturally, blames Schumer and the Democrats for the budget impasse.

 

Three teenagers charged with making a bomb threat to the Livonia Central School.
Investigators charged two 15 year olds and a 16 year old student with felony counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident.
The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages.

GCC Offers SAT Prep Course

Press Release:

The BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center at Genesee Community College has released its SAT Prep course schedule. The SAT Prep course is designed to prepare students for the English and Math components of the SAT exam. The course familiarizes students with the format of the exam and provides practice using questions similar to those that will appear on the SAT. In preparation for the English component, course participants will practice critical reading, sentence completion, grammar usage and writing. The Math component practice will focus on pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.

The SAT Prep course costs $149.00 per participant which includes the course prep textbook. Participants are required to bring their own calculators.

The BEST Center will offer the SAT Prep course at three locations this year. Each course will consist of 6 sessions totaling 18 hours. Participants are encouraged to sign up now for one of the following courses:

GCC’s Warsaw Campus Center – 115 Linwood Ave, Warsaw, NY
Thursday evenings beginning March 1, 2018 through April 5, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Register for this session by February 22, 2018.

GCC’s Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY
Tuesday evenings beginning March 20, 2018 through May 1, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Register for this session by March 13, 2018.

GCC’s Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY
Thursday evenings beginning April 26, 2018 through May 31, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Register for this session by April 19, 2018.

To register for any of the SAT Prep courses, please visit www.bestcenter.org or call (585) 345-6868.

Saturday News Briefing

Craigslist scammers in Batavia behind bars.
A Phony Craigslist ad and a pair of BB guns has led to the lock up of two local men.
23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Main Road in Stafford were both arrested for Conspiracy.
According to police the pair posted an ad on Craigslist to sell a truck.
However no truck was for sale and the two were accused of attempting to lure in potential buyers with cash.
Batavia Police Assistant Chief Todd Crossett said two people answered the ad…

Police said Santiago and Tomlin were found to be possession of realistic looking B-B guns. The two were jailed without bail with additional charges pending.

Three teens charged for bomb threat to the Livonia School District.
At around quarter to 5 Wednesday evening the Livonia School District received a message on their school tip line warning of bomb being hidden in the school and alerting that it would go off the following day.
Sheriff’s Office nitrate K-9 “Kane” performed a physical search of the school along with Livonia School personnel while other Sheriff’s Officers were tracing the source of the online threat.
Investigators charged two 15 year olds and a 16 year old student with felony counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident.
The 15 year olds were referred to Family Court and the 16 year old was charged as an adult and will appear in criminal court on the matter.
The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages.

Silver Springs man pleads guilty to child porn charge.
25 year old Ronald Caryl of Silver Springs pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography in a federal court yesterday.
Investigators found that Caryl had solicited a 23-year-old woman in Nashville, Tennesee on MeetMe.com for sex and as the conversation progressed Caryl continued to press the woman to send naked pictures of her one year old daughter.
He is looking at 15 to 30 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 1st.

Federal agents sweep Genesee County rounding up seven suspected or convicted foreign nationals.
They were taken into custody in Batavia, Elba, Byron and Bergen.
No names were given and no other details were provided.
The arrests came over a five-day period and were carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents throughout Western New York.
A total of 46 suspected illegals were arrested in the regional sweep.

Evening News Briefing

Quamane Santiago

Jaequele Tomlin

Batavia police nab two local men for allegedly conducting a scam on Craigslist.
They are identified as 23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue, Batavia and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Main Rd., Stafford.
Batavia Police Assistant Chief Todd Crossett tells WBTA the pair posted a ad on Craigslist to sell a truck.
Trouble is, they there was no truck. It was a scam to lure in potential buyers with cash.
Crossett tells WBTA that two people answered the ad

Police said Santiago and Tomlin were found to be possession with realistic looking B-B guns. The two were jailed without bail.

Seven people were rounded up in Genesee County by federal agents looking for suspected or convicted foreign nationals.
The seven were taken into custody in Batavia, Elba, Byron and Bergen.
No names were given and no other details were provided.
The arrests came over a five-day period and was carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents throughout Western New York.
A total of 46 suspected illegals were arrested in thr regional sweep.

State Police have arrested a civilian employee at Attica Correctional for allegedly having an affair with an inmate.
53 year old Joann Thompson of Wyoming is charged with Official Misconduct and Sexual Abuse.

Governor Cuomo says there’s been a drastic rise in flu cases in New York over the past week with more than 16-hundred people hospitalized because of it. That’s the highest number since the State Health Department began tracking influenza in 2004. Flu cases were up 54-percent last week with new cases diagnosed in all 62 counties. Cuomo is urging New Yorkers ages six months and up to get vaccinated, if they haven’t done so already.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she’ll remain Governor Cuomo’s running mate. There had been talk about her challenging Congressman Chris Collins this November.
There had also been talk about Hochul being replaced on the ticket by Rochester’s Mayor Lovely Warren.

Two Arrested in Craigslist Scam

News Release: Batavia Police Dept.

Quamane J. Santiago

Jaequele M. Tomlin

Jaequele M. Tomlin, 23 years of age, of Central Ave in Batavia, NY and Quamane J. Santiago, 19 years of age, of Main Rd in Stafford, NY were arrested on Sumner St in Batavia for PL 105.10-1 – Conspiracy 4th. It is alleged that Tomlin and Santiago posted a false “Vehicle for Sale” ad on Craigslist with the intent to rob any would be buyers. Concerned citizens alerted police to the post and the suspect’s suspicious behavior. Santiago and Tomlin were taken into custody by members of the Batavia Police Department and the Genesee County Drug Task Force. During their apprehension, both suspects were found to be in possession of replica firearms.

Tomlin and Santiago were arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Balbick and remanded to the Genesee County Jail with no bail. Tomlin and Santiago are scheduled to re-appear in BCC on 01/19/2018 at 1:30 PM. Tomlin was also arrested on a City of Batavia warrant for Criminal Mischief and Assault. Additional charges are pending on both suspects. If anyone has responded to a suspicious “Vehicle for Sale” ad in the City of Batavia please contact Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311.

The public should be aware of these types of scams, and report any suspicious activity to their local authorities. When making transactions of these types, it is encouraged that you meet in a very public location, including local police departments.

Morning News Briefing

A total of seven people were rounded up in Genesee County by federal officials looking for suspected or convicted foreign nationals in this country illegally.
The seven were taken into custody in Batavia, Elba, Byron and Bergen.
No names were given and no other details were provided.
The arrests came over a five-day period and was carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents throughout Western New York.
A total of 23 suspected illegals were arrested.

An Attica woman is accused of making a porno movie with a four year old child she is related to.
23 year old Victoria Young of East Avenue, Attica, is charged with allegedly using the child in a sexual act with an adult.
Police did not say how Young and the child were related.
Young is being held in the Wyoming County jail in lieu of 100-thousand dollars bail.
The child has been placed in the custody of other relatives and an order of protection has been issued barring Young from any contact with the child.

State Police have arrested a civilian employee at Attica Correctional for having an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate.
53 year old Joann Thompson of Wyoming is charged with Official Misconduct and Sexual Abuse.

A Rochester man busted by the Genesee County Local Dtug Task Force.
34 year old Jarvis Seymore (say-more) known on the street as “D,” was arrested in a Park Road parking lot.. Police say “D” was in possession of
Cocaine, Fentanyl, and pot and a large quantity of cash..
Seymore is locked up without bail.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she’ll remain Governor Cuomo’s running mate. There had been talk about her challenging Congressman Chris Collins in Western New York this upcoming election. There had even been talk about her being replaced on the ticket by Rochester’s Mayor Lovely Warren.

Evening News Briefing

An Attica woman is facing felony charges for allegedly using a child she was related to in a pornographic video.
23 year old Victoria Young of East Avenue, Attica, is accused of using a four year old child in a sexual act with an adult.
Police say Young and the child were related, they did not say how.
Young is being held in the Wyoming County jail in lieu of 100-thousand dollars bail.
The child has been placed in the custody of other relatives and an order of protection has been issued barring Young from any contact with the child.

The Genesee county Chamber of Commerce has announced that Baltz Concreate Construction of Pavilion is the 2017 Business of the Year.
The William Kent family of Stafford have been recognized as Geneseeans of the Year. The Annual Chamber Awards will be presented on March 3rd.

 

Jarvis “D” Seymore

 

A Rochester man is the latest collar for the Genesee County Local Dtug Task Force.
34 year old Jarvis Seymore of Rochester, known on the street as “D,” was arrested in a Park Road parking lot.
Police say “D” Seymore was in in possession of Cocaine, Fentanyl, pot and a stash of cash.
“D” has been locked up without bail.

 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo is keeping a promise to donate campaign contributions from Harvey Weinstein.
Cuomo donated just over one-hundred-eleven-thousand dollars he received from Weinstein to Women’s Justice Now, a New York City based charity.
Cuomo says he is seeking a third term this November.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she’ll remain Governor Cuomo’s running mate. There had been talk about her challenging Congressman Chris Collins in Western New York this upcoming election. There had even been talk about her being replaced on the ticket by Rochester’s Mayor Lovely Warren.

Chamber Announces Award Winners

News Release: Genesee County Chamber of Commerce

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 46th Annual Awards Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Park Road, Batavia. This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. Tickets are $50.00 per person or a table of 10 for $450.00.

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

This year’s honorees are:

  • Business of the Year: Baltz Concrete Construction, Pavilion
  • Innovative Enterprise of the Year The Firing Pin, Bergen
  • Agricultural Organization of the Year: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, Batavia
  • Special Service Recognition of the Year: Batavia Cross Training, Batavia
  • Geneseeans of the Year: The Family of William Kent, Inc., Stafford

Winter Weather Advisory now in effect

The National Weather Service issued the advisory for Northern Erie and Genesee Counties to be in effect until 7 o’clock this evening.

Forecasters are calling for total Lake effect snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in the most persistent areas.

They say to plan for slippery road conditions and reduced visibilities.

Special Weather Statement: Band of Lake Effect Snow affecting Genesee County

Special Weather Statement:

A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL AFFECT NORTHERN ERIE AND WESTERN GENESEE COUNTIES…

Lake effect snow will continue to increase across much of northern Erie and western Genesee counties through mid to late morning.
Snowfall will become moderate, with snowfall rates of a half inch to one inch per hour.

Southwest winds gusting to 35 mph will also produce blowing and drifting snow in open areas. Travel conditions will steadily deteriorate this morning across the Buffalo Metro Area and western Genesee County.

This includes Interstate 90 between exits 55 and 48.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in lake effect snow situations.
Be prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.

GCC Athletics: Women’s Soccer/Men’s Basketball

Press Release:

O’Brien Becomes Latest Women’s Soccer Recruit

Mackenzie O’Brien became the latest recruit and signee of Genesee Community College’s women’s soccer team from Akron High School.

The Lady Tigers defender comes with quite a pedigree of awards and accomplishments during her high school athletics career.

From a team perspective, O’Brien helped her squad to Section VI championship and along the way received honors that include: All-Western New York and Niagara-Orleans All-League, with multiple recognitions in both.

O’Brien plans to study criminal justice and pursue a career in forensics at GCC and is the third major recruitment of Cougar head women’s soccer coach Jeff Reyngoudt for the 2018 fall season.

Reyngoudt looks to improve upon last season with returning National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Miko Yamashita. The 2017 GCC women’s soccer team went unbeaten in its first 10 games against D-III opponents and climbed to a national ranking of No. 1 along the way.

Story Link: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2017-18/releases/20180117pt9gjg

Men’s Basketball Team Named in Latest NJCAA D-II Poll

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team entered the national polls as an honorable mention in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s D-II poll released today.

The Cougars are currently second in the Western New York Athletic Conference with a 4-1 record and only behind nationally-ranked No. 9 Monroe Community College with both teams leading the conference in overall play with a dozen wins.

In national statistics that included games as of Jan. 16, the Cougars were No. 8 in free-throw percentage, No. 10 in total points, and No. 13 in points-per-game with 91.3.

The Cougars have been led by the performance of Brian Fobbs, who already has hit double-double performances in double-digit games.

Fobbs leads the country in rebounds-per-game with 13.5 and is third in the nation in points-per-game with 25.9. In WNYAC play, Fobbs also leads the conference in both aforementioned categories and is also second in three-point percentage at 44.1 and third in field-goal shooting at 57.5.

Ten of the Cougars’ last dozen games are against conference opponents beginning with a matchup at Niagara County Community College Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. A win at MCC Jan. 31 has potential to vault Genesee into the national top-20.

NJCAA D-II Poll Jan. 17: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2017-18/div2/polls

Story Link: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/20180117nqnm7j

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

State Police Officer arrested for allegedly lying about a domestic incident in Batavia.
State Troopers in Batavia arrested one of their own accused of lying about a weapon reported in domestic incident.
Yesterday State Police announced the arrest of 25 year old Brianna Smith for offering a false instrument for filing and falsely reporting an incident.
Smith claimed to have been menaced by someone wielding a weapon while she was off duty in the December incident.
Investigators determined no weapon was displayed or used.
Smith is a State Police Officer out of Troop T in Syracuse and her current status within the agency isn’t known.
She was issued an appearance ticket for a later date.

An Attica woman is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a four year old child.
23 year old Victoria Young was arrested yesterday and charged with Sexual Abuse, Use of a Child less than 17 for sexual performance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She is accused of sending a video to someone showing a sexual act by the child to an adult.
Young has been barred contact with the child through a protective order and she is being held on $100,000 bail.
Police said she and the victim are related.
Young could be facing even more charges pending examination results and she is due back in court next month.

Corfu Police take on a few good dogs.
Officer Anthony Bartucca was recently hired by the small village police force bringing his previous K-9 experience and his two skilled dogs as well.
One of the dogs specializes in tracking and drugs, the other is trained in explosives.
Bartucca joined the Corfu Police after his prior department in Lyons was disbanded.

New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing President Trump’s Administration for air pollution.
Yesterday Schneiderman and Connecticut’s attorney general filed a joint lawsuit claiming the EPA isn’t doing enough to keep smog from drifting over state lines.
According to the press release about one in three New Yorkers breathe an unhealthy level of smog and Schneiderman blamed other states for much of this.
He says this is a violation of the Clean Air Act.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she’ll remain Governor Cuomo’s running mate.
There had been talk about her challenging Congressman Chris Collins in Western New York this upcoming election.
There had even been talk about her being replaced on the ticket by Rochester’s Mayor.
Hochul told “The Buffalo News” yesterday that Cuomo has asked her to run with him for re-election again and she’s embracing her job.

Evening News Briefing

Tpr. Brianna Smith

 

State Police have arrested one of their own for falsely reporting an incident.
25 year old Brianna J. Smith of Batavia, a New York State Trooper, is accused of claiming she was menaced with a weapon during a domestic incident. After an investigation, troopers determined a weapon was never used or displayed

 

Governor Cuomo is trying to keep spending down in the next state budget. He is dealing with a four-billion-dollar budget gap.
Cuomo said they’re looking at ways to cut that number down but still increase school funding.
Batavia Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley agrees the state needs to find cuts and he suggests starting with Medicaid:

He proposed funding a study to see if it’s possible that recreational marijuana could impact the state’s economy.

The Corfu Police Department has added a K-9 unit.
The small village police force has recently hired an officer with previous K-9 experience and comes with two dogs of his own.
One of the dogs specializes in tracking and drugs, the other is trained in explosives.
The Sheriff’s office has K-9. The state police and the DEC also have K-9’s available for local deployment.

 

Corfu PD Officer Anthony Bartucco and K9 “Rocco”

 

 

A Social Media posting lands a Batavia man in lock up.
23 year old Ryan Bartholomew of Adams Street was arrested on charges of Aggravated Harassment and Making a terroristic threat.
Bartholomew was accused of threatening serious physical harm toward law enforcement officials.
He was arraigned in City Court and jailed without bail.

A Batavia man pretends to be another person to avoid paying a bill.
30 year old David Andrews of Lewis Place was arrested on charges of Criminal Impersonation and Conspiracy following investigation into a complaint from a business on West Main Street in the city.
Andrews was accused of conspiring with another individual to impersonate someone with the hopes of escaping payment of a bill.

Trooper Arrested for Falsely Reporting Incident

Tpr. Brianna Smith

On January 17, 2018, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Batavia arrested Brianna J. Smith, 25 of Batavia, NY for Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Falsely Reporting an Incident.

On December 20, 2017, Smith reported a domestic incident to the State Police in the town of Batavia.
Smith stated during the incident she was menaced with a weapon.  After further investigation, BCI determined a weapon was never displayed or used in the incident.  Smith was arrested and processed at SP Batavia.

Smith, a New York State Trooper who was off-duty at the time of the incident, was issued an appearance ticket for the town of Batavia Court in January 2018.

Corfu K-9 Available for County Deployment

The Corfu Police Department has added a K-9 unit.
The 14-member, all part-time, village police force has recently hired an officer with previous K-9 experience and comes with two dogs of his own.
One of the dogs specializes in tracking and drugs, the other is trained in explosives.
Officer Anthony Bartucca, with 27 years experience in law enforcement and K9s “Rocco” and “King” by his side, became available to Corfu after the Village of Lyons dissolved and shut down its police department.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron welcomes the additional K-9’s to the inter-municipal agreement

 

PHOTO: Corfu PD Ofificer Anthony Bartucca, with K-9 Rocco

The Sheriff’s office has K-9. The state police and the DEC also have K-9’s available for local deployment.

Ranzenhofer: Statement on Dismissal of New York Civil Liberties Union Lawsuit

Press Release:

Albany, NY– State Supreme Court Judge Richard J. McNally, Jr. has dismissed a New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) lawsuit, filed in May 2016, regarding rights for farm workers. Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) was the first outspoken State Legislator to criticize the NYCLU’s actions.

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The NYCLU’s attempt to bypass the State Legislature and push increased regulations on our agriculture industry has failed. These burdensome regulations would have had a devastating impact on our family farms. I applaud the judge’s decision, and I commend the New York Farm Bureau for defending our 35,000 farms all across our state. As New York State’s number one industry, agriculture is the backbone of our rural communities, and this is a major victory for our family farms.”

Batavia man pretends to be another person to avoid paying a bill

30 year old David Andrews of Lewis Place in Batavia was arrested on charges of Criminal Impersonation and Conspiracy following investigation into a complaint from a business on West Main Street in the city.

Andrews was accused of conspiring with another individual to impersonate someone with the hopes of escaping payment of a bill.

He was issued an appearance ticket for January 23rd in City Court.

Canandaigua man facing DWI after driving off the roadway in Pavilion

21 year old Preston Herbst of Hamlin Drive in Canandaigua was arrested following investigation of a vehicle that was reported to be off the roadway on Route 20 Telephone Road in Pavilion.

Herbst was allegedly driving while intoxicated and was charged with DWI along with moving from a lane unsafely.

He was issued an appearance ticket for Pavilion Town Court on March 13th.

NYS Police: Alden Father arrested after four-month old has shaken baby syndrome injuries

Press Release:

On January 16, 2018, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) stationed out of SP Clarence arrested Joseph T. Jurek, 28 of Alden, NY for Assault 1st degree (B Felony), Reckless Assault of a Child (D Felony), Criminal Possession of Marijuana 3rd degree (E Felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On January 7, 2018, Troopers stationed out of SP Clarence responded to Exchange Street in the town of Alden for a medical call of a four-month old child that had fallen. Troopers were assisted with Alden EMS at the residence. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital by the parents. Further investigation by the BCI determined that the child suffered from bilateral subdural hemorrhages which was a result of shaken baby syndrome.

Jurek was arrested and processed at SP Clarence and arraigned at the Village of Alden Court. Jurek was remanded to the Erie County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Morning News Briefing

Unpacking Cuomo’s $168-billion budget plan.
Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled out his $168 billion dollar state budget proposal with a vow to fight back against Washington Republicans and their recent tax reform.
In order to ease the transition of the new federal tax overhaul enacted by Republicans, Cuomo said he’ll urge lawmakers to consider restructuring the state tax system.
Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia said he likes the reforms out of Washington

Hawley singled out Medicaid for the lion’s share of cuts.
Overall, Cuomo’s budget caps state spending increases at under 2 percent over last year’s budget.

Sex offender Marlek Holmes looking at life in prison after rejecting a sentencing deal.
Holmes was offered 25 years in prison to satisfy his remaining charges in the County as he appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday.
Holmes said he would “absolutely not” accept the deal offered by D A Lawrence Friedman…

Holmes used profane language against Friedman on at least two occasions in the proceedings, which went unaddressed by the court.
Holmes will now go to trial on the latest charges and also face a hearing to determine if he should be declared a “persistent violent felony offender.” Which could leave him locked up for life.

Facebook postings put an Adams Street man behind bars.
23 year old Ryan Bartholomew of Batavia was arrested and charged with Aggravated Harassment and Making a Terroristic Threat for something he shared on social media.
Bartholomew was accused of threatening serious physical harm toward law enforcement officials on Facebook.
He was arraigned in City Court and remanded to Jail without bail.

Another Batavia resident arrested for allegedly making a terrorist threat.
62 year old Joseph Misiak Jr. of Pratt Road allegedly called the sheriff’s office and left a voicemail threatening to harm a member of the sheriff’s office.
He reportedly threatened to damage property as well.
Misiak was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and an order of protection was put in place.

Michigan Street man jailed for a cache various controlled substances.
27 year old Pierre Humphrey of Batavia was subject to a traffic stop on Park Road in Batavia.
Deputies allegedly found Humphrey in possession of three various controlled substances along with a quantity of marijuana.
He was charged with multiple counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance including a count with Intent to Sell.
Humphrey was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and is due back in Town Court on February 13th.

Evening News Briefing

Marlek Holmes

Serial sex offender Marlek Holmes refuses a sentencing deal and takes his chances on life in prison.
The 44 year old Holmes appeared in Genesee county Court today and was offered 25 years in prison to satisfy a number of charges.
Holmes, in an expletive laced response, said ‘no’ to the deal outlined here by D A Lawrence Friedman:

Now, Holmes will go to trial on the latest charges and also face a hearing to determine if he should be declared a “persistent violent felony offender.”
Such a declaration could leave him locked up for life.

A Batavia man has been arrested for allegedly making a terrorist threat.
Deputies say 62 year old Joseph Misiak  of Pratt Road called the sheriff’s office and left a voicemail threatening to harm a member of the sheriff’s office. Misiak was taken into custody and an order of protection was issued.

Byron Woman accused of driving while on drugs in a convenience store parking lot.
32 year old Anna Howard of Ivison Road in Byron was arrested in the parking lot of the 7 – 11 in Bergen. She was also charged with driving without a license.

If your business has a surveillance camera system Batavia Police want to hear from you.
BPD is asking business owners with surveillance systems to voluntarily register with the police department.
The police emphasize they will not dictate how the cameras are used. It is, they say, a database to help them determine who might have captured footage related to a particular crime.
You can register your system HERE.

BPD Asks Businesses to Register Surveillance Cameras

New Release: Batavia Police Dept.

The Batavia Police Department is asking citizens and business owners with surveillance cameras to partner with us in the fight against crime! The Batavia SafeCam Registration Program allows citizens / businesses to register their camera systems with the police department to aid in crime prevention strategies and investigations which may occur in the proximity of their camera systems. The registration process is very easy and free. Simply go to THIS SITE and fill out the form. Registration forms can also be picked up at Batavia Police Headquarters located at 10 W. Main St., Batavia, NY.

Surveillance cameras have been an integral part of fighting crime in Batavia. Privately owned camera footage has helped solve a variety of serious offenses in Batavia over the years, including various burglaries, a fatal hit-and-run accident, and even a homicide. Working together, we can keep Batavia a safe place to live and work.

Please note that the police department will not have the ability to freely or remotely access your cameras, claim ownership, or dictate the camera systems functions. This is simply a database that will allow the Batavia Police Department to see who might have captured footage related to a particular crime.

Notorious Sex Offender Refuses Deal

Marlek Holmes

Sex Offender Marlek Holmes was given every opportunity to accept a deal that would cap his sentence to 25 years in prison, satisfying the remaining indictments against him in Genesee County.

He appeared in Genesee County Court this morning for possible sentencing on five separate indictments.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman tells WBTA today:

Holmes would have to withdraw his current appeal concerning his Attempted Criminal Sexual Act conviction and 15 year prison sentence and wave his right to appeal the remaining indictments.

Holmes was clearly heard swearing at District Attorney Lawrence Friedman before and during court proceedings, however he was allowed to continue answering the Judge’s questions without anyone addressing the expletives.

After the District Attorney, Judge Charles Zambito and Defense Attorney Fredrick Rarick reiterated the deal to Holmes and he admitted to understanding it he said he would “absolutely not” accept it.

Holmes is expected back in court next Tuesday for trial regarding his Sex Offender Registration violations and for a hearing to determine whether he should be declared a persistent violent felony offender which could leave him locked up for life.

Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Announces Release of The Official 2018 Wyoming County Visitor Guide

Press Release:

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is pleased to announce the release of the official 2018 Wyoming County Visitor Guide. This year’s guide features a cover photo by well-known Letchworth State Park enthusiast John Kucko, showing hot air balloons soaring through the Genesee River Gorge at Letchworth State Park. The cover shot once again beckons readers to visit the “Grand Canyon of the East” and all that Wyoming County has to offer.

The 2018 visitor guide has an exciting new layout that offers readers a fresh and engaging visual experience, while providing valuable information for people, especially the over 700,000 visitors to Letchworth State Park each year. The visitor guide is also linked to the Wyoming County Tourism website www.gowyomingcountyny.com which features an interactive and fully mobile platform, travel itineraries, events calendar, maps and business listings.

“We are thrilled with the 2018 visitor guide,” said Director of Tourism & Marketing Eric Szucs. “This comprehensive piece is engaging, informative, and does a phenomenal job of depicting everything that makes Wyoming County a premiere tourism destination for visitors worldwide. It showcases Wyoming County’s many diverse tourism businesses, attractions and events. It tells our story – a great story – about how visitors will have adventures here that are unsurpassed by anything else in New York State.”

“On behalf of the membership and Board of Directors, I would like to extend a special thanks to Eric Szucs for his hard work to deliver a great looking product for 2018,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “I would also like to thank all the businesses and advertisers in the guide, and the following who assisted their time and talent with the 2018 visitor guide: The Warsaw Penny Saver, for the design of the guide; John Kucko Photography, for the cover photo, and to community members for sending us beautiful pictures of the County as part of the ‘I Love Wyoming County Photography Contest.’”

A record 110,000 copies have been printed for distribution this year, and will be handed out at nationwide trade and travel shows, and sent to information centers and rest stops across New York, the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Visitor guides will also be available at the gates to Letchworth State Park and at local attractions, government offices, restaurants and retail locations throughout Wyoming County.

Guides can be picked up at the Chamber office located at the Wyoming County Ag and Business Center, 36 Center Street in Warsaw. Area residents are encouraged to call, stop by the Chamber office, or arrange to have a visitor guide mailed to friends or family who may be interested in Wyoming County.
Area businesses who would like to have a supply of visitor guides at their location are also encouraged to contact the Chamber at (585) 786-0307 or info@gowyomingcountyny.com.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the County’s economic and tourism assets as the official Tourism Promotion Agency; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County.

For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org.

Byron Woman accused of driving on drugs in 7-Eleven parking lot

Dispatchers received a complaint Sunday afternoon of an erratic driver in the parking lot of 7 – Eleven in Bergen.

Deputies located the vehicle and identified the driver as 32 year old Anna Howard of Ivison Road in Byron.

She was arrested for allegedly Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and a vehicle infraction.

Howard was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Bergen Town Court in March.

Morning News Briefing

Flood Warning remains in effect for Parts of the region.
The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for Erie, Niagara and Genesee Counties through noon today.
The Tonawanda Creek and its tributaries are included in the warning.
Drivers who find flooded roadways are warned not to attempt driving through them but encouraged to turn around and find an alternate route.
Continued warm rainy weather may lead to even more flooding later this week.

Time for pistol permit renewal for some New Yorkers is running out.
As the deadline for some residents renewal is quickly coming up New York pistol permit holders are encouraged to check and renew their registration.
Permits have to be recertified every five years under the SAFE Act and any Upstate resident who had their pistols licensed on or before January 15th 2013 has until the end of the month to renew it.
Permits will be revoked if they are not renewed and recertification can be done online.

An Oakfield man arrested for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated.
43 year old Raymond Smith Junior of Oakfield was arrested by Deputies after he reportedly crashed his snowmobile not far from his home on Lockport Road over the weekend.
Smith was accused of drinking and driving, driving a snowmobile on a highway, driving it without insurance, driving too fast and refusing a breath test.
He was released and is due back in court this spring.

Dishes fly at Denny’s leading to one man’s arrest.
Batavia Police were called to the Denny’s Restaurant on West Main Street early Sunday morning for a report of a disturbance.
They arrested 37 year old Jeffrey Freeman of South Spruce Street for allegedly throwing a plate at a woman.
Freeman was given a court appearance ticket for January 23rd in City Court.

Former Erie County Executive and possible GOP candidate for Governor Joel Giambra says he wants legal pot and its revenue for the state.
Yesterday he said that taxes from marijuana could help New York in the face of financial difficulty.
Giambra said he feels this is a more appropriate action than raising taxes.
WIVB reported that they reached out to Governor Cuomo’s office about this and didn’t get a response.

Evening News Briefing

The deadline for some New Yorkers to renew their pistol permits is coming up.
Under the SAFE Act anyone Upstate who had their pistols licensed on or before January 15th 2013 has until the end of the month to renew it. Permits have to be recertified every five years and will be revoked if they are not. Recertification can be done online.

An Oakfield man is accused of drinking and driving, on a snowmobile. Deputies arrested 43 year old Raymond Smith Junior of Lockport Road over the weekend.
Lawmen say Smith was drunk when he crashed his sled not far from his home.
He was also ticketed for driving a snowmobile on a highway, doing so without insurance, driving too fast and refusing a breath test.
Smith was released and is due back in court this spring.

Where were you when dishes flew at Denny’s?
Early yesterday morning, Batavia Police responded to the Denny’s Restaurant on West Main Street for a report of a disturbance.
They arrested 37 year old Jeffrey Freeman of South Spruce Street for allegedly hurling a plate at a woman.
Freeman was given a court appearance ticket.

Rev Al Sharpton

There’s lots of criticism of President Trump in New York on this Martin Luther King Junior Day. National Action Network President, Reverend Al Sharpton calls Trump an embarrassment for his alleged vulgar comment about African nations.

Governor Cuomo says the situation in Washington is about division and discrimination.

Batavia woman accused of possessing over 1.8 pounds of Marihuana after traffic stop

State Police stopped a vehicle on I-87, in Bethlehem for allegedly speeding.

According to police the driver 26 year old Johnoy Muschette of Hartford Connecticut gave probable cause to search the vehicle and its occupants.

Muschette was allegedly found in possession of several forged personal checks.  The passenger 22 year old Cassandra Newell of Batavia was allegedly found in possession of approximately 833.3 grams of marihuana which is approximately 1.8 pounds of pot.

Both Muschette and Newell were taken into custody.

Muschette was charged with felony counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument and Newell was hit with a felony count of Criminal Possession of Marihuana.

Both were remanded to the Albany County Jail with Newell held in lieu of $4,500 and Muschette in lieu $5,000.

They are expected in Bethlehem Town Court tomorrow afternoon.

Dishes fly at Denny’s leading to the arrest of a Batavia man

37 year old Jeffrey Freeman of South Spruce Street Batavia was arrested following a reported disturbance at the Denny’s restaurant on West Main Street in Batavia.

Freeman was charged with second degree Harassment for allegedly throwing a plate at another female.

He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on January 23rd.

Holland Ave man arrested for domestic incident

22 year old Winston Lockhart was arrested and charged with second degree Harassment with physical contact and Acting in a Manner Injurious to a Child less than 17.

Batavia Police were called to a Holland Ave address to investigate a domestic incident in which Lockhart had left the scene of prior to the officers’ arrival.

Lockhart was released on his own recognizance.

Pavilion man arrested for DWI following crash in Batavia

38 year old Matthew Vickers of Court Road in Pavilion was arrested following investigation into a traffic accident on West Main Street in Batavia.

Vickers was accused of speeding while attempting to pass a vehicle on West Main Street.

He reportedly drove into the median and struck a tree.

Vickers was charged with Aggravated DWI, for recording a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit along with traffic infractions for speeding and failing to keep right.

He was released with an appearance ticket for January 24th in Batavia City Court.

GCC Athletics: Men’s / Women’s Basketball

Press Release:

Men’s Basketball Team Sweeps CCRI Tourney Opponents

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team was just one of two teams to record wins in each of its tournament games hosted this past weekend at the Community College of Rhode Island Jan. 13-14. For Genesee both wins came against Region XXI opponents.

The Cougars put up almost identical first half scores in both victories over Bristol Community College and host CCRI. Genesee led 47-35 against Bristol and 46-35 against CCRI at the breaks before coasting through the second halves of each game.

The Cougars started the tournament with a 92-65 win over Bristol Jan. 13, mostly from the offensive production of Brian Fobbs (31 points) and Rahmel Thompson (24 points). In addition to being the team’s top point getter, Fobbs went 9-for-9 from the free throw line and also led the team in rebounds with 18 in registering a double-double performance.

Both Thompson and Tyrese Cherry recorded eight rebounds apiece and Brandon Peters had a team-high eight assists in support of Fobbs’ performance.

Genesee then beat host CCRI 94-78 Jan. 14. Five different Cougars scored double-digit points with Fobbs again leading the way with 28. Thompson added 21, while Caylen Williams netted 13, Jarett Haines scored 11 and Cherry 10.

Fobbs added 17 boards for another double-double and led the team in threes with six. Genesee went 15-for-30 from three- point land with Thompson adding five of those from beyond the arc to go with seven boards. Cherry also registered a double-double with 11 rebounds, while Williams added three steals.

Women’s Basketball Team Prepares for Conference Opponents with Rhode Island Tournament

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team dropped a pair of tournament games hosted this past weekend by the Community College of Rhode Island Jan. 13-14.

The Cougars began the tournament with a 70-45 loss to host CCRI Jan. 13 and then dropped a game to the University of Connecticut Avery Point Jan. 14, 98-66. In the latter game, the 66 points were the second-highest point total by Genesee in a loss.

Against CCRI, Genesee put together a pair of quarters that kept them in the game. The combined scores of quarters two and four produced a collective score of 26-22.

Leading the way against CCRI was Rosalyn Sealey and Kierra Perl. Both scored a dozen points and added three steals, while Sealey also had a team-high five assists.

Jasmine Holmes led the team in rebounds with 13 and added five points. TaLia Burgess scored eight, while Rachel Meyer added five and Sierra Chudy three to round out the scoring.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Accused Batavia drug dealer behind bars on terrorist charges.
Washington Ave resident 46 year old Eddie Miles Jr. was arrested following a domestic incident in Batavia in which he was accused of threatening to shoot police and setting his apartment on fire.
The incident occurred on December 6th and a week later Miles was arraigned on charges of Arson, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and two counts Making a terroristic threat.
In the meantime officers were holding Miles on drug sale charges for allegedly selling crack to a Task Force Agent.
He is currently being held without bail in the Genesee County Jail and is due back in court on Thursday.

Buffalo man jailed without bail for robbery in Batavia.
44 year old Francisco Martinez of Buffalo was arrested following a reported domestic incident and robbery at a Bank Street Apartment in Batavia.
He was accused of fighting with another person and stealing property from them in the presence of a child.
Martinez was charged with Harassment, pot possession, Robbery and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Woman arrested for bringing drugs into Attica Prison with a nine month old child.
State Police in Warsaw arrested 25 year old Danielle Greene of Rochester for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Attica Correctional Facility on an attempted inmate visit while accompanied by her nine month old daughter.
While attempting to enter the facility she was allegedly found with Oxycodone and Percocet hidden in her clothing and eleven latex glove finger-tips containing marihuana secreted within her person.
Greene who is currently on probation was charged with a felony count of Promoting Prison Contraband, along with Misdemeanor counts of drug possession and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The nine month old child was turned over to responsible family members.
Greene was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Batavia City Council to vote on a tax rate decrease included in the upcoming budget.
Jason Molino submitted a financial plan to council that recommends a property tax rate decrease of 3-percent in his final act as City Manager.
Molino said the tax rate decrease was due to growth in the city’s tax base.
He said the private take-over of the old county nursing home which did not pay property taxes, was a large part of the growth.
City Council must adopt a final budget by March 31st.

The Bills are wasting no time trying ratchet up their offense.
Yesterday the team announced Brian Daboll had been hired as their new offensive coordinator.
The 42-year-old will replace Rick Dennison who was fired on Friday.
Daboll went to high school in Western New York and has a solid track record coaching for the Patriots, Dolphins, Chiefs and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

WBTA Sunday News

Eddie Miles Junior is behind bars today, held without bail, accused of a domestic incident last week.
The 46 year old Miles has now been charged with arson and making terrorist threats.
It all began last Sunday when police said Miles barricaded himself in his apartment with his girlfriend, threatened to shoot police and then set his place on fire.
Miles was originally arrested last week on outstanding drug warrants.
Police say Miles has a lengthy criminal history.

An Alexander woman has been charged with falsely reporting an incident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say 21 year old Katherine Wilkinson
Claimed she was struck across the face during a domestic dispute.
When deputies arrived she said the incident never happened. She’ll have to explain court later this month.

The Batavia City Council is left with a proposed budget for the coming financial year that calls for a tax rate decrease.
In his final act as City Manager, Jason Molino submitted a financial plan to council that recommends a property tax rate decrease of 3-percent.
In his budget message issued late Friday afternoon, Molino said the tax rate decrease was due to growth in the city’s tax base.
That growth made possible in large part, he said, to the private take-over of the old county nursing home which did not pay property taxes.
City Council must adopt a final budget by March 31st.

You’ve seen those tiny houses on cable TV?
The show claims they are sweeping the country.
Well now you can see one in our backyard and maybe even rent it for a day or two.
Heather Adams of Pembroke has one:

Courtesy WBTA News Partner: The Batavian

The tiny house is on South Lake Road in Pembroke. The town has approved a temporary permit allowing Adams to rent the place as a B & B.

Weather Alerts Update

Statement from City of Batavia issued at 9:30AM

“The offical flood warning for the Tonawanda Creek remains in effect however within the City of Batavia the water levels have fallen below flood stage. A contiuned decline of the water level is expected throughout the day.”

The Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service has been cancelled early.

It was to have been in effect until 4PM this afternoon.

Flood Warning for Oatka Creek At Garbutt

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
642 AM EST Sat Jan 13 2018

…The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Flood Warning
for The following rivers in New York…

Oatka Creek At Garbutt

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a

* Flood warning for
the Oatka Creek At Garbutt
* until late tonight.
* At 6 AM Saturday the stage was 6.0 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 6.0 feet.
* Minor Flooding is ongoing.
* Forecast…the river is expected to rise above flood stage this
morning and crest near 6.1 feet this morning.
* IMPACT…At 6.0 feet…Flood stage, general flooding of agricultural
land begins, some basement flooding in Scottsville and Garbutt.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SAFETY MESSAGE…Never drive your car through flooded roadways. The
water may be deeper than it appears. Turn around…don`t drown!

Saturday News Briefing

Accused drug dealer charged with arson and making terrorist threats for fiery domestic incident in Batavia.
46 year old Eddie Miles Jr. was most recently arrested for a domestic incident at 207 Washington Ave in Batavia that escalated quickly into a standoff with police and a house fire.
Miles was arrested last Sunday after he allegedly barricaded himself and girlfriend in their apartment while threatening to shoot police and setting the apartment on fire.
He was arraigned in City Court yesterday on charges of Arson, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and two counts Making a terroristic threat.
Miles was initially arrested for active warrants stemming from drug sale charges, and has a lengthy criminal history with several recent arrests.
He is currently being housed in the Genesee County Jail without bail and is due back in court on Thursday the 18th.

Out-going city manager proposes a tax decrease as a parting gift.
Batavia City Manager Jason Molino is leaving with a gift to taxpayers in the form of a tax decrease.
Yesterday afternoon in Molino’s last few hours as city manager he proposed a budget for the city’s fiscal year 2018-19 that calls for a property tax decrease of 3-percent.
The proposed tax rate is 8-dollars-99 cents per thousand of assessed valuation.
City Council must take final action on the budget by March 31st.

Police searching for hit and run driver who struck a pedestrian in Batavia.
The accident occurred on West Main Street near Settlers Restaurant yesterday afternoon when a black Honda sedan struck an unidentified pedestrian while they were crossing the street.
The driver who then fled the scene was described as a white female with curly hair.
The pedestrian is currently being treated at UMMC.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Batavia Police.

Tonawanda Creek reaches moderate flood stage.
There is a Flood warning in effect for the Tonawanda Creek in Batavia.
The water level crested at just over 10 feet early this morning reaching into moderate flood level stages but appears to be on the decline.
Low lying areas behind homes on Walnut Street, Law Street and Kibbe Park are expected to Flood.
Residents of the affected area are asked to keep vigilant and take precautions to minimize property loss in these areas.
A Winter Storm Warning also remains in effect until this afternoon.
The foul weather prompted some schools to cancel activities for today.
All of the closings and cancellations are on the Closing and Cancellation page of our website, WBTAi.com.

Flood Warning Issued for Tonawanda Creek

Alert Issued at 8:15PM Jan 12, 2018 by City of Batavia

Flood warning is in effect for the Tonawanda Creek in the City of Batavia. At this time water levels are above flood stage and crest at less than 10 feet. Low lying areas behind homes on Walnut Street, Law Street and Kibbe Park are expected to Flood. Residents of the affected area are asked to keep vigilant and take precautions to minimize property loss in these areas. More information will be available at www.BataviaNewYork.com as conditions change

Evening News Briefing

Jason Molino

City Manager Jason Molino

Today marked the last day on the job for Batavia City Manager Jason Molino and he is leaving with a gift to taxpayers in the form of a tax decrease.
Molino announced late this afternoon that his proposed budget for the city’s fiscal year 2018-2019 calls for a property tax decrease of 3-percent.
The proposed tax rate is $8.99 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
City Council must take final action on the budget by March 31st.
Molino cited a growth in the tax base primarily due to the private take-over of the former Genesee County Nursing Home.
The prosed budget does call for a 3 and a half percent increase in water rates.
Read the entire budget message released by City Hall HERE

 

Rapidly changing weather has caused cancellation of school activities for both tonight and tomorrow.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until tomorrow afternoon.
The anticipated foul weather prompted schools to cancel evening activities and also some cancelled for tomorrow:
Here is the complete list can be viewed HERE

 

Batavia Police investigating a car/pedestrian accident which occurred on West Main Street near Settlers Restaurant earlier this afternoon.
While the unidentified pedestrian was crossing the street, a black Honda sedan struck the individual and fled the scene
The driver was described as a white female with curly hair.
The pedestrian is currently being treated at UMMC.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Batavia Police.

 

A public meeting with the consultants studying the future of the Genesee county jail will be held next month.
The meeting between legislators and SMRT Architects was originally scheduled for tomorrow morning but has not been changed to Saturday, February 24th, 8am, in the Old County Courthouse.

Proposed City Budget Calls for a Tax Decrease

News Release: City of Batavia

Upon his last day as Batavia City Manager, Jason Molino delivered to the City Council a 2018/2019 Recommended City Budget. The budget supports quality City services; sustained investment in infrastructure; reasonable and reliable employee wages and benefits; and a budget that proposes a 3% tax rate decrease to $8.99 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Jason Molino

City Manager Jason Molino

 

The Proposed Budget supports total expenditures of $ 24.3 million (an increase of 1.9%). It meets the City Council’s budget goal of staying below the City’s tax cap. Due to a substantial 4.1% increase in the City’s tax base, half of which is due to the Genesee County nursing home becoming privately owned and taxable, the budget contains a property tax rate that will go down, to $8.99 per $1,000 – a reduction of 3%. This is the lowest City tax rate since 2006. Under the Proposed Budget, the City property tax bill for the owner of a home valued at $90,000 would decrease by $25.20.

“The Proposed Budget is a result of growth in our tax base,” said City Manager Molino. In his budget message to City Council he said, “We are committed to our focus to an unabashed “all in” approach to growth.” Last year the City set a path to achieve $100 million of new investment through the efforts of four distinct priorities: FOCUS on growth, operational excellence, neighborhood investment and BIG Collaborative projects. While the City has made significant gains with all priorities, none are more noticeable than the City winning the Governor’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

“Through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the City of Batavia will accelerate the redevelopment of existing buildings, and create additional business and residential opportunities downtown” the Manager states. “By investing in the entrepreneurial climate and downtown environmental qualities, and by encouraging ethnic diversity and active lifestyles, Batavia hopes to foster a creative class of workers who will spur continued job growth.”

Currently, the City has made significant movement towards our goal of $100 million. As of December 31, 2017, the City’s “I’m All In!” Scoreboard revealed over $8.8 million in completed investments,
$15.8 million in-progress for completion in the next two years and another $58.8 million planned by 2022. In total, after just one year of commitment, we have over $83.5 million on our horizon for completion by 2022, and more still to come.

The Recommended Budget includes:

• Completion of Healthy Schools Corridor sidewalk project, a $1 million federal grant for the construction of over 12,000 linear feet of new sidewalk
• Completion of Highway PM grant, $2.55 million federal grant for the resurfacing of 6 streets
• $256,000 of additional annual street resurfacing
• $285,720 of additional annual sidewalk replacement
• Resurfacing of the East Parking Lot at the City Centre
• Supporting the Town of Batavia in the construction of the Ellicott Trail

Sales Tax: The budget projects that sales tax collections will increase slightly, .4% for next year, a somewhat improvement from the past two years of decline.

Water & Sewer Rates: The proposed rate adjustment for FY18/19 includes a water rate increase of $.18 or 3.5%. In addition, the plan includes a capital improvement fee increase for all meter sizes. The impact to a typical residential customer with a 5/8-inch meter will be $.54 per quarter. The proposed water rate for a typical residential user is $5.30 per 1,000 gallons and the capital fee per typical residential user is $5.99 per quarter. The total impact to a typical residential customer (approximately 95% of customers) from the proposed rate and fee adjustments is approximately $4.49/quarter. There is no rate increase proposed for the sewer rate this year.

“I wish to thank City Department Heads and Bureau Chiefs, and their staff, for their professional approach to the challenges that mark every budget,” Molino states. “They continue to serve the community with highest standards, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with them.”

The 2018/19 proposed Budget is posted on the City website HERE

Public copies of the Proposed Budget are available for review at the City Clerk’s office, One Batavia City Centre (1st Floor).

Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Holds 11th Leadership Wyoming Graduation

Lynnell Schreiber, Wyoming County Mental Health Department; Bridget Givens, Wyoming County Community Health Systems; Barbara Ferris, Tompkins Bank of Castile; Aimee Rader, RTS Wyoming; Hillary Crane, Five Star Bank; Erin Pataye, Partners for Prevention; Pilar McKay, Arts Council for Wyoming County; Jen Monteleone, Pioneer Credit Recovery; Ashley Schumaker, Pioneer Credit Recovery; Megan Burley, Burley Berries and Blooms; Daryl DeGroff, Morton Salt; Ella Boxler, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure.

Press Release:

On January 10, 2018 the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce hosted the graduation ceremony for the 11th class of the Leadership Wyoming program at the Byrncliff Golf Resort and Banquets in Varysburg. Following remarks and a presentation by the graduates based of all the positive experiences and leadership qualities learned during the year, graduation certificates were presented in a brief ceremony. Since its inception in 2006, 180 individuals have graduated from the Leadership Wyoming Program.

“Everyone has the potential for leadership development and this program continues to provide a great opportunity for individuals to learn through a variety of experiences,” said Scott Gardner, President of the Chamber. “For eleven years, the Chamber has promoted the importance of growing citizens who are community minded and has equipped them to take on new leadership challenges in their personal and professional lives. The benefit to the county is tremendous, as these individuals set out to take on fulfilling projects and beneficial new ways to serve our community.”

The participants’ journey began in March with a two-day retreat where each person was put through a Meyers-Brigg profile; talked about the strengths and challenges of Wyoming County; and began to learn about themselves and their personality styles. This leadership component continues throughout the year as the class participates in discussions and group activities. The program also included exploring small businesses; touring local manufacturers; learning from the County’s economic development team; an up close and personal tour of one of Wyoming County’s most famous locations, Attica Correctional Facility; checking out the unique technologies found on local farms; and taking time to be tourists by exploring all of Wyoming County’s tourism destinations. The class also attended a monthly committee meeting of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. Classes were given the opportunity to speak to various town supervisors during county government and criminal justice day, and witnessed the county’s legislative body in action.

“We are very proud of the very diverse individuals that have taken part in the Leadership program over the years and this class is no exception. It is always exciting to listen in on their conversations and participate with them throughout the process. They have gone on a yearlong journey of personal and professional discovery, and we look forward to seeing how they use their new skills,” said Kelly Ashcraft, Program Coordinator and Chamber Director of Member Services.

This year’s class included: Lynnell Schreiber, Wyoming County Mental Health Department; Bridget Givens, Wyoming County Community Health Systems; Barbara Ferris, Tompkins Bank of Castile; Aimee Rader, RTS Wyoming; Hillary Crane, Five Star Bank; Erin Pataye, Partners for Prevention; Pilar McKay, Arts Council for Wyoming County; Jen Monteleone, Pioneer Credit Recovery; Ashley Schumaker, Pioneer Credit Recovery; Megan Burley, Burley Berries and Blooms; Daryl DeGroff, Morton Salt; Ella Boxler, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure.

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Leadership Wyoming Class now through February 16, 2018. Interested businesses or individuals should call the Chamber office at (585) 786-0307 or email kelly@wycochamber.org to request more information. Applications are also available on-line at www.WyCoChamber.org

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. The key programs and services of the organization are educational seminars; leadership development; business assistance and guidance; cost-saving opportunities; advocacy; recognition, networking, exposure and promotional opportunities.

For more information or to become a member please call (585) 786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org.

Hawley: Individuals Flourish When Gov’t Takes a Back Seat

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) outlines his budget priorities

Government is about the people. Making a difference in the everyday lives of individuals should be the central role to which we aspire as legislators. Society flourishes when personal freedom and liberty rule the day, not directives and penalties handed down in the form of taxes and mandates.

Unfortunately for New Yorkers, Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address last week was filled with the latter. Lofty expansion of programs and more state spending is what many witnessed but few desire.

According to the Tax Foundation, New York ranks 49th in the country in tax climate for businesses for the fourth year in a row. In addition, our state ranks 49th in terms of tax levies on personal income, 47th in property-taxes and 43rd in sales taxes – all of which have contributed to more than one millions residents who have left the state since 2010.

We have the power to change these embarrassing statistics and rewrite New York’s mantra of tax, fine and harass.

The solutions start with reducing fraud and waste in our Medicaid system, which spends more than Florida and Texas combined, and mitigating the over 140,000 pages of regulations Albany elites impose on our job creators – not bloating government as Gov. Cuomo proclaims.

Mandates like these, which counties and local governments cannot afford, are eventually paid by individuals in the form of higher property and state taxes.

We need to build on the success of the Charitable Gaming Act that was signed into law last year and further empower the thousands of fire departments, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, non-profits, churches and charitable organizations that provide tremendous community services through their raffles.

Lake Ontario flood victims are still hurting and this year’s budget should include more funding to help these struggling individuals and business owners return to normalcy.

State government should hinge on allowing people to flourish and that cannot happen if disconnected elites like Gov. Cuomo continue to use their tax dollars to tax, penalize and restrict them.

GCC athletics: Men’s Basketball Team Begins New Year with Season-high Point Total

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team registered a season-high 119 points against Isiah Christopher Academy (NJ) while recording its 10th win of the season in a home contest 119-105.

The 225 points by both teams was also the most scored in any game this season. The Cougars led out of the gate and at times had 20-plus point leads in the run-and-gun affair.

Rahmel Thompson had the most productive point-day of any Cougar with a season-high 39 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds and three steals. Thompson was also a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line on the day.

Just as impressive was Brian Fobbs with 21 total rebounds with 16 coming from the defensive zone. Fobbs recorded the team’s only double-double with 23 points, while also adding eight assists.

Brandon Peters had a team-high nine assists to go with 19 points and went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe, while Caylen Williams also scored 19 to be the fourth Cougar in double-digit points.

Williams (three) and Fobbs (four) combined for seven of the teams 13 threes with both shooting 50 percent beyond the arc.

The Cougars travel to Rhode Island this weekend to participate in a tournament hosted by the Community College of Rhode Island. Genesee begins with a 3 p.m. contest against Bristol Community College Jan. 13 before facing host CCRI Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Winter weather comes storming back to the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Genesee County going into effect later this afternoon lasting until tomorrow.
Forecasters predict that precipitation will transform from rain to freezing rain and eventually into heavy snow by this evening through Saturday.
The Warning covers the entire GLOW region and several surrounding Counties.
Total snow accumulations of 9 to 17 inches are expected in the persistent snow areas.

The winter weather would have been welcome for ice-skaters planning to attend the evening skate at DeWitt Park.
However, due to yesterday’s warm-up the county has announced that, tonight’s Kiwanis skate at DeWitt Park, has been cancelled.

City Centre Mall Settlement is settled for good by an Erie County Judge.
The lone holdout in the City Center mall dispute with the city has had the settlement forced upon him.
Dr. Marlin Salmon had refused to sign off on the deal to end the long legal battle with the city.
On Wednesday, an Erie County Supreme Court Judge ordered the settlement over the objection of Dr. Salmon.
The city will take over management of the City Centre concourse on April 1st

Bergen man busted for allegedly bringing drugs into jail.
30 year old Brian Resch of Buffalo Road in Bergen was arrested and charged with Promoting Prison Contraband following a complaint of contraband in the Genesee County Jail.
While confined in the facility Resch was allegedly found in possession of Suboxone.
He was issued and appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on January 17th.

Tax Exemptions for Veterans approved by City School Board.
The Board of Education for Batavia City Schools approved two additional tax exemptions for veterans owning homes in the school district.
The Cold War and Eligible Funds exemptions were passed potentially benefitting 80 eligible veterans who live in the district.
The veterans’ exemptions will be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.

According to an independent investigation, the University of Rochester didn’t mishandle allegations of sexual misconduct.
The report released yesterday condemned Professor Florian Jaeger’s behavior but said in the eyes of the law, he did not commit sexual harassment.
The report’s findings suggest Jaeger didn’t violate university policy, the university isn’t liable for his behavior and some of the allegations against him were untrue.
Jaeger’s accusers say they plan to go forward with a federal lawsuit.

Bad Weather Cancels Schools, Community Activities and Closes Highways

Impending bad weather is prompting schools and community activities to alter plans for today and even tomorrow.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties until late tonight.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports these area roads are closed due to high water:
Old Creek road, Dorman and Cookson Roads in Alexander;
Stegman Rd in the Town of Batavia closed between Route 5 and Miller Rd.
After closing due to flooding this morning Route 20 in Alexander between Route 98 and Brookville Road is now open per the States Department of Transportation.

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for Genesee County beginning later this afternoon and running through tomorrow.
The National Weather Service says that rain will change to freezing rain and sleet by this evening and then heavy snow is expected through Saturday.

The forecast has prompted a pre-emptive action by several area schools.
A complete list of closings and cancellations can be viewed HERE

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for Genesee County beginning tomorrow afternoon and running until Saturday.
The National Weather Service says that rain will change to freezing rain and sleet by Friday evening and then heavy snow is expected through Saturday.
The Warning extends to all of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Total snow accumulations of 9 to 17 inches are expected. Ice accumulations of a 10th of an inch are also forecast.

While there is a Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow, it apparently comes too late for the Friday Night skate at DeWitt Park.
The county announced today that due to today’s warm-up, the Friday Kiwanis skate at DeWitt Park, has been cancelled.

The lone holdout in the City Center mall dispute with the city has had the proposed settlement forced upon him.
Dr. Marlin Salmon had refused to sign off on the deal to end the long legal battle with the city.
Now, an Erie County Supreme Court Judge has ordered the settlement over the objections of Salmon. The city will take over management of the City Centre concourse on April 1st

 

Batavia’s Fire Chief says city fire hydrants are up for adoption.
City Fire Chief Steve Napolitano on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, encourages city residents to adopt one of Batavia’s 512 fire hydrants for the winter season.

He said volunteers who shovel out a path of approximately 3 to 4 feet around hydrants and report missing hydrant markers greatly assist the Fire Department.

Buffalo is one of “The New York Times” 52 places to visit this year. Yesterday, the paper put out its yearly list with New Orleans ranking first. Buffalo ranked 37th due in part to the city renewing and re-purposing older and more historic buildings and the charm that goes along with that. Buffalo beat out Seattle and several famous locations around the world

Fire Chief says city fire hydrants are up for adoption

Batavia City Fire Chief Steve Napolitano appeared on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning encouraging city residents to adopt one of Batavia’s 512 fire hydrants for the winter season.

He said volunteers who shovel out a path of approximately 3 to 4 feet around hydrants and report missing hydrant markers greatly assist the Fire Department.

Livingston County Deputy attacked by inmate attempting escape

53 year old Sharry Habberfield is facing felony charges of Assault on a Peace Officer and Attempted Escape following an incident at the Livingston County Jail.

On Tuesday morning Habberfield allegedly asked a female deputy to assist her in the common area of her housing unit.

She then attacked the deputy, choking her and threatening to kill her and escape.

The deputy was able to defend herself until other officers intervened.

There was no report of serious injury.

Habberfield who was being held on charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Grand Larceny was remanded back to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Morning News Briefing

Three Alabama men in custody accused of murdering an Alexander Native in Florida.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has reported the apprehension of three men accused of shooting and killing former Attica Prison guard and Alexander native William Reiss.
Last Wednesday Reiss was shot to death in his Polk City home in Florida.
All three men were from Mobile, Alabama according to authorities and they are all currently behind bars facing First Degree Murder charges.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said 18 year old Gerjuan Jackson, had met Bill Reiss previously and had actually purchase two handguns legally from him,

Judd said Jackson pulled a gun and shot Bill Reiss in the head four times after entering the home.
Sheriff Judd said Jackson and his two accomplices all confessed.
They are being held in Mobile awaiting extradition to Florida.

Rick Mancuso retiring as coach of Notre Dame Football.
After a 37 year long coaching career with Notre Dame High School football Rick Mancuso has announced his coaching retirement.
Mancuso coached 22 seasons and spent the other 15 as a key support staff member of the football program.
During his tenure as head coach, Mancuso led his teams to qualify for sectionals in 9 of his 13 seasons, winning Sectional Championships in 2006 and 2012.
His teams advanced to the title game on three other occasions winning three GR League championships.
Mancuso said he wants to spend more time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Troopers in Batavia are getting a new toy.
State Police headquartered out of Batavia are getting a drone this month, following Governor Cuomo’s announcement of the State Police Unmanned Aerial System program.
The drones can be used to better photograph crash sites and crime scenes and keep troopers out of dangerous situations.
14 more drones will be distributed throughout the state soon according to the Governor.

Winter Storm Watch following a Flood Watch in the area.
A Flood Watch is in effect for the area until late tomorrow night.
Possible flooding could occur with the rapid warming and rainfall, however the rain is expected to turn into snow going into the weekend.
A Winter Storm Watch issued for the entire GLOW region and several surrounding counties will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.
Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches and ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch are possible.
Forecasters say to begin needed preparations at home or with your vehicle.

Evening News Briefing

William Reiss

Three men have been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of former Attica Prison guard William Reiss.

Reiss, originally from Alexander, was shot to death in his Polk City Florida home last week.
Authorities in Polk City said all three men were from Mobile, Alabama
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said one of the three, 18 year old Gerjuan Jackson, had met Bill Reiss previously

Once inside, Judd said Jackson pulled a gun and shot Bill Reiss in the head four times.
Sheriff Judd said Jackson and his two accomplices all confessed.
They are being held in Mobile awaiting extradition to Florida.

Long-time Notre Dame High School football coach Rick Mancuso has announced his retirement from coaching.
Coach Mancuso’s retirement ends a 37- year relationship with ND football during which he coached for 22 seasons and spent the other 15 as a key member of the football program’s support staff.
During his Notre Dame career as head coach, Mancuso’s teams qualified for sectional competition in 9 of his 13 seasons as Varsity Football Coach, winning Sectional Championships in 2006 and 2012, advancing to the title game on three other occasions and winning 3 GR League championships.

A Flood Watch has been posted for this afternoon through late Friday night.
The National Weather Service is issuing the Flood Watch for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.
Forecasters say a warming airmass combined with rain and snowmelt will present a risk of ice jam flooding.
Rainfall during the watch period will average a quarter to half an inch.

Rick Mancuso Retires from Coaching

News Release: Notre Dame High School

Long-time Notre Dame football coach Rick Mancuso (ND Class of 1976) has announced his retirement from coaching with the goal of spending more time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Coach Rick Mancuso

In announcing his decision, Rick said: “All of us reach a time of reflection on where we’ve been and where we are going. Over the course of the last 35 plus years, my family, as all coaches’ families, sacrificed to allow me to be a part of something special. At this moment of my life I would like to spend more time being a part of our children and grandchildren’s lives and create memories that we will forever cherish.”

Coach Mancuso’s retirement ends a 37- year relationship with ND football during which he coached for 22 seasons and spent the other 15 as a key member of the football program’s support staff. Rick began his football coaching career at Notre Dame as the Head JV coach in the fall of 1981. In 2005, he took on the daunting task of replacing retiring HOF coach Bill Sutherland as Varsity Head Football Coach. This was the beginning of a very successful coaching career the highlights of which include qualifying for sectional competition in 9 of his 13 seasons as Varsity Football Coach, winning Sectional Championships in 2006 and 2012, advancing to the title game on three other occasions and winning 3 GR League championships.

Although most recognizable for his football coaching role, Coach Mancuso has also been a successful coach at his Alma Mater in other sports as well. He coached Varsity softball for 5 seasons from 2011-2015 winning a State Championship in 2012 after advancing to the State finals in 2011. His softball squads brought home “the Block” in 2011 and 2012 as well as earning 3 GR championships. He also was a successful JV and Varsity baseball coach and even coached Modified basketball where his squads only lost 1 game in two seasons
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Rick has had a positive impact on the lives of numerous Notre Dame athletes and has always been there for them both on and off the field. He has built relationships that have stood the test of time and has always been a resource for young coaches seeking mentorship as they begin their careers. He has always taken pride in the numerous alumni on his coaching staff.

A prominent local businessman who is a life-long resident of Batavia, Rick and his wife Julie are parents of 5 Notre Dame graduates Morgan (’01), Alexandra (‘03), Rick (‘05), Pat (’08) and Maddie (’14). They have both donated countless hours to the betterment of the Notre Dame experience for all our students as well as helping to keep the school vibrant and an affordable option to any who would like to attend.

Three Arrested for Florida Murder of Former Attica Guard

News Release: Polk County FL Sheriff’s Office

EDITORS NOTE: View entire News Conference HERE

Polk County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have arrested three men from Mobile, Alabama for the murder of Alexander, NY native William “Bill” Reiss, a former corrections officer at Attica State Prison.

William Reiss

The three suspects have been identified as: 22-year-old Kenley Campbell and 22-year-old Darril Lamar Rankin Jr. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, and 18-year-old Gerjuan Demarcus Jackson all of Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. They have all been charged with:

First degree murder (FC)
Attempted first degree murder (F1)
Armed burglary with assault/battery (F1)
13 counts of grand theft of a firearm (F3)
Robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon (FL)
Conveyance burglary (F3)
Grand theft of a motor vehicle (F3)
On January 3, 2018, Campbell, Rankin, and Jackson drove from Mobile, Alabama to William Reiss’ residence in Polk City. Jackson fired shots at William Reiss multiple times (who was found deceased in the home) and his roommate, Kenneth Maier who is fighting for his life. Maier is still in critical/stable condition at a local hospital.

According to the investigation and admissions made by the suspects:

Jackson met William Reiss while conducting a hurricane damage estimate in 2017, and he purchased two handguns from Reiss. Detectives located an official FEMA contractor identification for Jackson during the investigation. Upon returning to Alabama, Jackson was arrested for possession of cannabis and carrying a firearm without a permit.

Campbell drove his vehicle, a Chevrolet Sonic, with Gerjuan Jackson and Darril Rankin to Florida and arrived at 7462 Berkley Road in Polk City at between 1:30 – 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3rd. Jackson went inside the home while they (Campbell and Rankin) stayed inside the Chevrolet Sonic.

Jackson admitted he fired several gun shots at Reiss and at Maier.

From WBTA News:
Sheriff Judd described in graphic detail the last moments of Bill Reiss’ life:

 

Jackson exited the residence at which point Campbell and Rankin assisted with loading the victim’s firearm collection and flat screen television into Campbell’s trunk and the victim’s Dodge pick-up truck.

When they arrived in Alabama Jackson took the victim’s truck to a wooded area and set the pick-up truck on fire.

During the investigation detectives found six firearms, an extensive amount of ammunition, electronic devices, and clothing believed to be worn by the suspects during the incident in Campbell and Rankin’s home. Three of these firearms are from the victim’s stolen collection. Detectives also found a box of latex gloves and apparent trace amounts of blood in the Chevrolet Sonic.

Jackson said the stolen property firearms and television, had been sold on “the streets” except for the 3 firearms that were recovered from Campbell and Rankin’s home. Jackson estimated that a total of twenty to twenty-five firearms were stolen from the victim’s residence.

“Three killers travelled to Polk City all the way from Mobile, Alabama to steal firearms. William Reiss was shot and murdered, and Kenneth Maier was shot and left for death. Maier is currently in the hospital fighting for his life. I can’t begin to say how disgusted we are at the depravity displayed by these men.” Grady Judd, Sheriff

All suspects were booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail without incident and will be extradited to Polk County at a later date. The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed.

All suspects have previous criminal histories:

Gerjuan Jackson

Kenley Campbell

Darril-Rankin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YWCA: Can We Talk?

Press Release:

It’s a classic situation: you’re gathered around the family table and the relatives start talking politics. As insults are hurled about, the talk gets louder and more heated until someone shouts for everyone to just stop.

Whether the point of contention was about right versus left, red versus blue or a particular stance on gun control, immigration or transgender rights, it doesn’t really matter. Each side could not find neutral ground or mutual respect for the other.

And that in a nutshell describes what has become a major issue in today’s society, says Barry Gan.

“The biggest problem in this country is: can we speak to one another about anything?” said Gan, professor and director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure University. “I think it’s OK for folks to disagree. But there’s a sense to want to overcome the other side.”

In an effort to continue on with their mission to bridge the divide of social and racial justice issues, YWCA of Genesee County and event organizers have just one question: Can We Talk? This free event is open to the public and will focus on how to have passionate yet respectful discussions with people who may disagree with you.  The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at YWCA, 301 North St.

It may seem impossible at times to get along, as people stand firm on their opinions and shun all other thought. However, deliberate, purposeful and yes, even peaceful discussions can be had, organizer Rev. Roula Alkhouri says.

“My hope is to reframe the conversations and really understand (one another’s) story better,” Alkhouri said. “We want to get into the why someone feels the way they do. If we can at least agree on the problem, we can reach common ground.”

Say there’s a family gathering and someone tells an off-color joke, how do you handle it? In fact, how does one find ways to talk to people about any unhealthy or controversial issues, Alkhouri wondered.

“This could be a conduit to have that healthy conversation … having a different conversation, one that’s honest but kind,” she said. “If we can practice it more and more, maybe it would lessen those uncomfortable discussions. This event is about racial issues, gun control, anything that’s difficult to agree on. Maybe we can start a movement.”

The evening will include some examples of how Alkhouri and fellow organizers Jim Morasco, of Morganville United Church of Christ , and Gan have experienced their own conversation challenges.

Gan’s scenario involved an age-old debate about whether we live in a Christian or a secular society. This has come up across the country and even locally: is it OK to display religious symbols, such as a nativity scene, on public property?

For Morasco, his discussion with a family member quickly turned ugly when it came to politics.

“It was building up to ‘I’m right and you’re wrong,’” he said. “That’s not what it’s about.”

Alkhouri will share about her recent conversation with someone about homosexuality and the church. The evening will also feature a demonstration of how to have a respectful discussion by Gary Pudup, upstate coordinator of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and City Council President and gun rights advocate Eugene Jankowski.

Organizers believe that everyone has at least one of those stories about uncomfortable conversations and they hope that attendees are willing to share them during the event. No matter what it’s about, no topic is off limits, they said. That is, as long as folks are willing to talk about it.

“Can we agree to sit down and talk, and is there a willingness to come together to talk about our problems?” Gan said.

Organizers sure hope so. “Can We Talk” is free and open to the public. For more information, call (585) 343-5808.

YWCA of Genesee County is the sole provider of domestic violence services in Genesee County and also offers a Care+Crisis Helpline and before and after school child care at eight sites in Genesee and one in Livingston County. No matter what the reason, you can call or text the Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (585) 344-4400, Live Chat at www.ywcagenesee.org or call toll-free at (844) 345-4400.

Judge dismisses Indictments against Two Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies over technicalities

Orleans County Deputy Thomas Marano and Sgt. Dean Covis were facing over 100 counts each related to falsifying business records for allegedly working security jobs while on the clock for the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Special Prosecutor in the case Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, the Judge found two issues with the lengthy indictments.

Friedman went on to say the second issue was that he presented the grand jury with a proposed indictment which is used to represent what the official indictment would look like before it is filed

Judge Sara Sheldon who is presiding over the matter decided it impaired the integrity of the case.

Friedman said he plans to address the issues and re-present the indictments in full.

Hawley joins host of NY Lawmakers in calling for additional funding for Lake Ontario Flood Victims

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today personally hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Cuomo, signed by nine other state legislators who represent districts along Lake Ontario’s Southern Shore, requesting an increase in funding for each not-for-profit housing organization to be able to meet the needs of all pending homeowner applications.

“Although this program (The Lake Ontario Relief and Recovery Program) provided vital assistance to individual homeowners, businesses and municipalities, the $15 million that was intended to reimburse homeowners has already been depleted,” Hawley wrote.

Hawley, who was one of the first elected officials to tour flooding along the shoreline firsthand, was instrumental in securing funding for this program during last year’s session and has written to Gov. Cuomo urging him to petition President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014.

“It is clear to us that although $15 million was a good start to help reimburse homeowners, unfortunately, it did not even scratch the surface,” Hawley continued in the letter. “We respectfully request full disclosure from NYS Homes and Community Renewal detailing the number of outstanding applications and the exact amount of funding needed for reimbursement. This funding should be part of this year’s budget.”

Link to Letter to Gov. Cuomo – Lake Ontario Letter

GCC’s Spring Semester is Stacked to Meet the Region’s Projected Job Opportunity Growth

Press Release:

Enrollment is open at Genesee Community College for the Spring semester and it is focused on preparing students for the region’s specific job opportunities. The entire course schedule is available at https://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/ and with classes starting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the time to enroll is now!

A study by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) predicts an 18% increase in the number of medical assistant jobs in our region from 2016 to 2023. This semester, there are seven medical-related courses available to kick off a high-demand career by earning for Medical Office Assistant Certificate usually in one year, or a Medical Administrative Assistant, AAS degree in approximately two years.

GCC’s other healthcare related degrees are also on the list of EMSI’s high-demand careers. Physical therapist assistants, nurses, respiratory care therapists, sleep technologists and veterinary technologists are all great options for long-term career success.

“Healthcare education remains a priority here at GCC. We have excellent professors and instructors, and with state-of-the-art labs and our small class sizes, students’ hands-on learning is second to none!” Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Taylor, vice president for Student & Enrollment Services said. “Sometimes people forget that the spring semester is a great time to launch new career aspirations and academic goals.”

For those interested in website development career, basic HTML coding and web page design is covered in Web Publishing (CIS113). Microcomputers (CIS116) and Programming and Problem Solving (CIS125) are also offered this spring semester. ESMI projects more than 125 new job opportunities in this sector in the GLOW region in the next six years making a Web Design certificate or associate degree a perfect resume builder.

Supply chain management is a key element to every major industry today. To get started on this career, consider a Business Administration: Supply Chain Management, AAS degree which can be earned entirely online. Begin with Principles of Business Logistics (BLM101), which reviews the efficient and cost effective flow of everything from initial raw materials to finished products. Specifically, students cover accurate and timely information sharing, purchasing, transportation and distribution management, warehousing and inventory controls and so much more. Register today as classes are filling up!

GCC’s spring semester starts Tuesday, January 16, 2018. To review the class schedule which features more than 500 hundred courses, go to: http://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/ and search by subject, location, term or time of day. In addition to courses at all seven campus locations in Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw, GCC offers more than 150 online courses.

With so many concentrations to choose from and so many online opportunities, making a personal appointment with GCC student success coach is a perfect way to start the conversation about what is best for you. Call 585-345-6805 to set up an appointment or email SSC@geneseee.edu.

County Airport granted funds for ground service equipment

Governor Cuomo announced this week that $20.5 million in funding was granted to 29 airport projects under the Aviation Capital Grant Program.

The state-funded program supports strategic investments at public-use airports across New York.

The Finger Lakes region received $5 million in funding with $356,250 dollars going to the Genesee County Airport to purchase Ground Service Equipment.

GCC Solicits Nominations for Fifth Annual Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards

The 2017 Orleans County residents honored for their efforts to preserve Orleans County history includes, left to right: Jim Hancock, Alice Zacher, Gretchen Sepik, Ken McPherson, and Shirley and Richard Nellist.

News Release: GCC

Now in its fifth year, Genesee Community College and the Orleans Hub are proud to continue the Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards which recognize the dedication and hard work of dedicated citizens who strive to protect and preserve local history. They are now seeking nominations for the awards. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, February 19, 2018.

“One of the most remarkable aspects of living in Orleans County is the many people who share a vested interest in our local heritage,” said Jim Simon, associate dean of GCC’s Orleans County Campus Centers in Medina and Albion. “Now in our fifth consecutive year, we recognize the time and investment of individuals who work tirelessly to preserve and protect our local history-be it oral or written histories, as well as the people, places, artifacts, buildings or landmarks in our homeland.”

Nominees for Heritage Heroes Awards can be any age but posthumous nominations will not be accepted. History professionals and GCC employees are also not eligible for the award, nor are those who serve on the awards selection committees. Nominees must be Orleans County residents.

The six winners honored last year included: Jim Hancock, Ken McPherson, Richard and Shirley Nellist, Gretchen Sepik, and Alice Zacher received the special C.W. “Bill” Lattin Award for Excellence in Municipal History. Because nominations are not retained for future consideration, residents who made previous nominations are encouraged to re-submit a nominee again for this coming year.

“The Heritage Heroes Awards program recognizes the members of our community who are dedicated to preserving the local treasures that add to the quality of life and character of our community,” Tom Rivers, Orleans Hub editor said. “These residents are from all over the county and they work hard on restoring historic houses and protecting numerous community assets such as museums, churches, monuments and numerous buildings that make up our unique landscape.”

To nominate someone for the Heritage Heroes Awards, write up a brief statement outlining the person’s contributions, projects and community affiliations. Anyone sending in a nomination should provide their name (anonymous nomination packages will not be accepted), address, phone number and email address. The more in-depth the detail provided in the nomination, the stronger the submission. Submit the nomination to:

ATTENTION: Heritage Heroes Committee

Genesee Community College / Medina Campus Center

11470 Maple Ridge Rd.Medina, NY 14103-9675

Nominations may also be emailed to Jim Simon at jsimon@genesee.edu. Please write Heritage Heroes Nomination in the subject line.

A screening committee made up of community members, history professionals and GCC students will review the nominations and select finalists. From those finalists, a committee including GCC Associate Dean Jim Simon, Associate Professor Derek Maxfield and Orleans Hub Editor Tom Rivers will choose the Heritage Heroes.

“The Heritage Heroes Awards is a point of pride in our community, and the ceremony is always a highlight of my year,” Prof. Maxfield said. “Recognizing the unsung heroes who work hard to ensure local history survives into the next generations is vitally important to the cultural life of ourcommunity.”

The Heritage Heroes will be recognized during a ceremony at Genesee Community College in Medina in April 2018.

UPDATE: Otis Street Water Repairs

News Release: City of Batavia

The City of Batavia Water Department is on location of a water break in front of 53 Otis Street. The water service will be interrupted on Otis Street from Ellicott Street to South Jackson Street. We appreciate your understanding while this repair is made. Please avoid the area if possible. Every effort will be made to keep water service interruption to a minimum. This work may result in a period of discolored water in this general area after service is restored. Residents should check to make sure water clarity has returned before resuming activities such as laundry which may be impacted.

UPDATE:

The water main break in front of 53 Otis Street has been repaired. The crew didn’t have to turn the water off to make the repair. The street should be reopened by noon today.

Morning News Briefing

Florida Law Enforcement searching for suspected killers of an Alexander native with an arsenal of stolen guns.
There are at least two murder suspects at-large who need to be caught quickly according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
The suspected killers made off with at as many as 31 guns from the Polk City residence of 68 year old William Reiss who was shot to death last Wednesday during the home invasion and robbery.
Investigators say the suspects also made their getaway in Reiss’ 2008 Dodge Ram 1500.
Sheriff Judd believes Reiss may have been targeted for his large collection of pistols and hunting rifles which he sold from his home
Reiss was a former Attica Prison Corrections Officer in the 1970’s and an Alexander native with a number of family members still in the area.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman informed WBTA that investigators are following up on several promising leads.

The only remaining hold-out in the City Centre Mall dispute will have a chance to plead his case to an Erie County Supreme Court judge today.
Every member of the Mall Merchants Association with the exception of Dr. Marlin Salmon has signed off on the deal agreed to by the merchants association’s executive committee and the city of Batavia.
According to the terms of the deal the city will retain ownership of the mall concourse and be responsible for its maintenance and capital improvements.

The sudden temperature shift spurs a Flood Watch for the region.
The National Weather Service is issuing a Flood Watch for Counties including Orleans, Wyoming and Genesee to be in effect from Tomorrow morning to Late Friday night.
Forecasters say the warming airmass combined with rain and snowmelt will present the risk of ice jam flooding.
Rainfall during the watch will average a quarter to half an inch.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Erie County is looking at outlawing smoking while kids are in the car.
Yesterday a local lawmaker proposed banning smoking if there are children under the age of 16 in the car.
Many people agree with this, but some say this raises questions about personal liberties.
A first offense could cost 150-dollars.
It could be voted on before March.

A Jaguars player is accusing Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito of throwing racial slurs at him during the playoff game.
Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue tweeted after this past weekend’s game that number 64 would have to come harder than some weak racist slurs.
“The Buffalo News” reported that Bills GM Brandon Beane said there was a misunderstanding about what Incognito said.
Ngakoue said he’s proud of his African heritage but didn’t say exactly what he believes he heard the Bills lineman say.

BB Students Buzz Over Geography Bee

News Release: Byron-Bergen Central Schools

Students from both Byron-Bergen schools proved their mastery of geography on Jan. 4, 2018 as the school hosted its annual National Geographic Bee competitions, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

At the Jr./Sr. High School, after an exciting battle of wits and global knowledge, Matthew Tanner was declared the Byron-Bergen Geographic Bee champion. He was given a medal and awarded a $30 Amazon gift card. Runner-up Nicholas Zwerka received a $20 Amazon gift card.

At the Elementary School, the title of Geographic Bee champion was awarded to fifth-grader Jack Farner who edged out fellow fifth-grader Jackson Lundfelt for the honor.

Participants from both schools qualified for the Bee by achieving high scores on a test taken in December. Both winners will now take another written test, which will be submitted to the National Geographic Society. If their scores are among the highest in New York State, they may be invited to participate in the state competition. State winners go on to the televised national bee held in May in Washington, DC.

The school is very proud of all the contestants. Jr./Sr. High School participants included—Seventh-grade: Molly Belknap, Jack Benstead, Cameron Carlson, Caris Carlson, Evan Cuba, Kendan Dressler, Gianni Ferrara, Alec Kulikowski, Kendall Phillips, Elizabeth Piper, Andrew Rimmerman, Alexandria Schuck, Matthew Tanner, Lillian Walker, and Nicholas Zwerka; Eighth-grade: Ashton Gavenda, Grace Huhn, Madelyn Pimm, Elli Schelemanow, Ella VanValkenburg, Claire Williams, Corden Zimmerman, and Josh Zittel.

Elementary School Geo Bees were—Fourth-grade: Liam Boyle, Colin Rea, and Simone Scharvogel. Fifth-grade: Ryan Benstead, Jake Carlson, Deborah Catalino, Noah Clare, Ada Clookey, Owen Cuba, Craig Diquattro, Lea Donofrio, Jack Farner, Rachel Hanel, Landon Kent, Eli Kupfer, Jackson Lundfelt, Martin Mac Connell, and Anna McLaughlin. Sixth-grade: Brody Baubie, Braedyn Chambry, Grayson Erion, Aurora Hiscutt, Stephanie Onderdonk, Brendan Pimm, Carter Prinzi, and Quintin Rich.

The National Geographic Bees are coordinated by the schools’ social studies teachers Aaron Clark, Ken Gropp, and Nick Muhlenkamp. For more information on the National Geographic Bee, visit HERE

Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School National Geographic Bee champion Matthew Tanner (l) and runner-up Nicholas Zwerka celebrate their achievements.

Student Jack Farner is the top winner of the Byron-Bergen Elementary School’s National Geographic Bee.

WBTA Evening Briefing

Polk County Florida sheriff’s investigators are following several leads this afternoon into the killing of a former Attica Prison corrections officer.
68 year old William Reiss was shot to death in his Polk City Florida home last Wednesday.
Investigators say Reiss was shot to death during an apparent home invasion. His killer made off with at least 30 guns from the home.
Reiss was from Alexander and has several relatives in the area.
A spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office tells WBTA that investigators are following up on several leads in the case.

As expected Batavia DPW Director Matt Worth has taken on the additional job of interim city manager. City Council confirmed Worth’s appointment last night and a stipend of $1,000 a month for the extra work.
Worth did say a planned water line replacement project on Union Street will just have to wait another year:

Three other city hall administrators will receive a 750-dollar a month stipend for taking on additional responsibilities until a permanent city manager is hired.
Finding a new manager to replace Jason Molino could take up to six months.

An Erie County Supreme Court judge is expected to hear the case of the lone hold-out in the City Centre Mall dispute.
Dr. Marlin Salmon is the only member of the Mall Merchants Association not to sign off on the deal worked out between the city and the executive committee of the merchants association.
That deal calls for the city to retain ownership of the mall concourse and pay for its capital improvements and maintenance.

An Albion man gets 11 years for child porn.
46 year old Christopher Ridder has bene sentenced in federal court for possession of over 600 images of child pornography.
Ridder was collared after exchanging messages with an undercover agent.

Rumors of Oprah Winfrey running for president in 2020 are taking hold after her speech at the Golden Globes. If the rumors are true, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Cuomo could be her political opponents in the next Democratic Presidential Primary. Yesterday in Buffalo Senator Gillibrand didn’t seem bothered by the idea. The senator from New York complimented Winfrey and said she supported whatever decision she made.

Former Attica Guard Killed in Florida

Polk County Florida sheriff’s investigators are following several leads into the killing of a former Attica Prison corrections officer.
68 year old William Reiss was shot to death in his Polk City Florida home last Wednesday.
Investigators say Reiss was shot to death during an apparent home invasion. His killer made off with at least 30 guns from the home.
Another man, described as a house mate of Reiss, was shot and seriously wounded.
Reiss was from Alexander and has several relatives still in the area.
A spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office tells WBTA that investigators are following up on several leads in the case.

GCC Women’s Basketball Rally Falls Short Against FLCC

News Release: GCC Sports

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to pull ahead in the third quarter, but could not hold on as Finger Lakes Community College beat the Cougars 62-58 Jan. 8.

Genesee’s 21-point second quarter was enough to go into the break only down one point after Genesee went on a 14-3 run to tie the game at 20 apiece. Both teams then traded scores as the Lakers held a 28-27 lead at the intermission.

Jasmine Holmes converted the first points of the second half with a layup to complete the rally and go ahead at 29-28. Early into the third the Cougars would hold several leads as the game went back and forth with a final tie at 36 before Finger Lakes regained the momentum.

TaLia Burgess led all Cougar scorers with 19 points with Rosalyn Sealey not far behind with 16. Holmes finished with 10 points and Genesee nearly ended up with four double-digit scorers as Kierra Perl added nine points to go with 11 boards.

Holmes led the team with 13 rebounds, while Burgess and Sealey combined for another 10 rebounds with five apiece. Sealey also led the team with a pair of block and three assists.

Join the Get Fit Program at YWCA


(Nutrition Lesson from the Alexander Session, Fall 2017)

Press Release:

What is your new year’s resolution? The idea to eat healthier and become more physically active sounds appealing, but in reality, it’s much easier said than done.

Between work time and family commitments, there doesn’t seem to be much time left at the end of the day to think about preparing a healthy meal or visit-ing the local fitness facility. Life seems to get in the way of achieving that new year’s resolution.

“Life” (and other factors) has played a huge role in the obesity epidemic in our County. According to Department of Health’s Obesity Statistics for Gen-esee County, the percentage of adults who are overweight or obese is 63.5 % and that for children is 15.2 %. These rates are slightly higher compared to the New York State rates, which are 59.3 % and 14.5 %, respectively.

Being obese and overweight doesn’t just end there. It increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and other medical issues. Along with the risks for life-shortening chronic dis-eases, being overweight contributes to poor mental health associated with shame, self-blame, low self-esteem and depression.

To battle this problem locally, the Healthy Children and Families Coalition in Genesee County offers an eight-week family based program called Get Fit!

This program makes exercising and eating right fun and realistic. Throughout the program, families will bond together through exercising, making healthy food choices, discovering simple and time saving recipes that taste great, as well as learning how to eat right on a budget.

Begin the New Year on a positive note by enrolling your family today. A new 8-week session begins on Wednesday, January 17th through March 7th. Classes are held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA in Batavia.

If your family attends six of the eight classes your family will be enter to win a family pass to the YMCA.

It is a great time to start taking the steps to live a healthier life and doing so will make a positive difference in your life. The Genesee County YMCA, Rochester Regional Health United Memorial Medical Center, Rotary Club of Ba-tavia, Batavia City School District, Genesee County Health Department, City of Batavia Youth Bureau, Oakfield Family Medical Care, Insight Grants Development, and Fidelis Care are challenging all families to show commit-ment in becoming healthy in 2018!

For details, and to enroll, contact The Healthy Children and Families Coalition at 585-344-5420 or register online: http://getfitwny.org/. Make sure to check us out on Facebook @GetFitWNY

Former Correction Officer and Alexander native shot to death in Florida home invasion

68 year old William Reiss was shot to death at his home in Polk City Florida last Wednesday during a robbery.

The Polk County Sheriff said he believed Reiss could have been targeted for his large gun collection.

The culprits apparently made off with over 30 guns stolen from the crime scene along with Reiss’s pickup truck and are currently still at large .

Reiss was an Alexander native with many family members still in the area and a former Correction Officer at Attica Correctional Facility.

Albion Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

Press Release:

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Ridder, 46, of Albion, NY, who was convicted of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 132 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that in January 2017, after exchanging messages with an undercover law enforcement agent, the defendant was found in possession of over 600 images of child pornography, some depicting prepubescent minors and some depicting violent conduct.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen and the Medina Police Department, under the direction of Chief Chad Kenward.

Morning News Briefing

City Council appoints Worth as Interim City Manager and present Molino with a proclamation.
Council members took the advice of out-going City Manager Jason Molino in their search for an interim city manager, voting unanimously to appoint Department of Public Works Director Matt Worth and agreeing to contract a recruiting firm to find Molino’s long-term replacement.
Worth accepted the title with added responsibilities and an additional $1,000 stipend.
Newly appointed Interim City Manager Matt Worth,

Council is estimating the hiring process could take around six months and along with Worth, maintenance superintendent Ray Tourt, water and wastewater superintendent James Ficarella, , and deputy director of finance Lisa Neary, will also be taking on additional responsibilities and an extra $750 a month.
It was also Jason Molino’s last Council meeting after nearly 12 years on the job and Council presented him with a proclamation listing his accomplishments in Batavia.

Council members also voted in favor of two resolutions dealing with JC Penney in the Batavia City Centre.
Jason Molino says the new agreements are in-line with a final resolution on the mall.

Molino said just one property owner, Dr. Marlin Salmon, has refused to sign the settlement agreement.
Dr. Salmon’s case will be reviewed by a judge in court tomorrow.

Less than a month after being released from prison a Warsaw Man is arrested for assault.
23 year old Cory Goodenow of the East Hill Motel in Warsaw is accused of repeatedly assaulting a 19 year old female with a wooden bat at her Silver Springs residence last Friday.
State Police arrested Goodenow on felony counts of Assault, Aggravated Family Offense along with Class A Misdemeanors of Menacing with a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
He was released on December 21st after serving a prison sentence for an Attempted Rape conviction and is also facing a violation of his parole.
Goodenow was remanded without bail to the Wyoming County Jail.
He is to re-appear in the Silver Springs Village Court on a later date and will also face a parole revocation hearing.

Washington Ave man jailed on felony drug charges following domestic incident.
46 year old Eddie Miles Junior, also known as “Pops,” was taken into custody in connection with a suspected domestic incident and arson at his residence Sunday morning.
He was arrested on a felony drug warrant accusing him of selling crack cocaine to drug task force agents after being apprehended and may still face charges for the domestic incident.

Evening News Briefing

Felony drug charges have put a Washington Avenue man behind bars.
46 year old Eddie Miles Junior, also known as “Pops” was arrested yesterday on a felony drug warrant accusing him of selling crack cocaine to drug task force agents.
The charges were filed just after Miles was taken into custody in connection with a suspected domestic incident and arson yesterday morning at his home.
Miles may still face charges in that incident.

PHOTO: Eddie “Pops” Miles

The flu season is getting worse in Western New York.
The latest numbers from the state health department show the flu rate spiking in the region.
The flu has been widespread in the state for a month but Western New York is getting it particularly bad.

A consultant is getting involved in a review of the Genesee county jail.
The state Commissions on Corrections wants the study.
County Manager Jay Gsell says SMRT Architects has been hired to review the needs of the male and female inmate population in the county

The meeting with the consultants will be this Saturday morning at 8 in the Old County Courthouse.
The meeting is open to the public.
The Genesee County Jail does not currently house female inmates.

A Fredonia man is accused of falling asleep behind the wheel of his car in the drive-thru lane of McDonald’s.
Deputies in Chautauqua County say they witnessed William Tryczenski asleep in the driver’s seat with the car running.
They determined he was intoxicated and charged him with DWI.

Drug Charges Filed After Washington Ave Domestic Incident

Eddie “Pops” Miles

Felony drug charges have put a Washington Avenue man behind bars.
46 year old Eddie Miles Junior, also known as “Pops” was arrested yesterday on a felony drug warrant accusing him of selling crack cocaine to drug task force agents.
The charges were filed just after Miles was taken into custody in connection with a suspected domestic incident and arson yesterday morning at his home.

According to a Genesee County Local Drug Task Force statement:  Miles is charged with:

Criminal Sale Of A Controlled Substance 3″1 a class B-Felony of the New York State Penal Law.
(2 counts)

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3””, a class B-Felony of the New York State Penal Law.
(2 counts)

Miles was arrested on Sunday Afternoon, January 7, 2018 on a Grand Jury Indictment Warrant. T
he defendant allegedly sold a quantity of crack cocaine on two occasions to an agent of the Genesee County Drug Task Force.
The defendant was arrested following an unrelated investigation by the Batavia Police Department into a domestic incident and structure fire on Washington Avenue. The defendant was arraigned in Genesee County Court on Monday morning, January 8, 2018 and committed to the Genesee County Jail.

Legislators to Hear Report from Jail Consultants

The State Commission of Corrections has requested that the County provide a comprehensive review of the current inmate housing facility and a thorough list of needs for both male and female inmate populations in Genesee County.

Consultants from SMRT Architects, Engineers and Planners will present a status report to Legislature at 8 a.m. this Saturday.

County Manager Jay Gsell,

According to Gsell he believes the County committed $40,000 to the consultant project and the Legislature selected SMRT out of the five consultant groups that submitted.

Erratic Driving Complaint Leads to DWI Arrest

26 year old Frankie McQueen of Snipery Road in Corfu was located and stopped by Batavia Police on Thomas Ave following complaint from another motorist that a red Chevy Cobalt was driving erratically all over the roadway at a high rate of speed.

McQueen was stopped for failing to signal a left turn and was found to be allegedly driving on a suspended license while under the influence.

McQueen was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation along with a traffic violation and is scheduled to appear in City Court on Wednesday.

City Man Charged in New Year’s Accident

44 year old Levi Spikes Jr. of Lewis Place was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, unlicensed operation and operating without insurance along with speeding following an accident in the city.

Spikes was accused of leaving the scene of an accident on Harvester Ave in Batavia on New Years’ morning.

He was issued an appearance ticket for tomorrow afternoon in City Court.

Liberty Street Teen Charged After Traffic Stop

18 year old Jacob Sponaugle of Liberty Street in the City was stopped on East Main Street in the city for allegedly failing to keep right.

Officers determined he was on drugs and allegedly found him in possession of marijuana.

Sponaugle was arrested and charged with DWAI by a combination of drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, uninspected motor vehicle and pot possession.

He is expected to appear for arraignment in Batavia City Court on January 17th.

Holland Ave man arrested on warrants for harassment

Batavia Police were dispatched to a Holland Ave for an unrelated disturbance when they located and arrested 22 year old Winston Lockhart of Batavia on a warrant out of Batavia City Court.

Lockhart was wanted on two counts of second degree harassment with physical contact.

He had an additional active arrest warrant out of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and after being issued an appearance ticket Lockhart was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.

Morning News Briefing

Man accused of threatening to shoot officers in a fiery domestic incident in Batavia.
Batavia Police were dispatched to a Domestic Incident at an upper apartment at 207 Washington Ave.
The call came in just before 9 yesterday morning and upon arrival Officers were met by, Eddie Miles Jr.
He barricaded himself and his girlfriend inside their apartment and threatened to shoot officers if they came any closer.
Neighbors were evacuated and a perimeter was established.
Officers observed smoke coming from the apartment and The Fire Department were requested to the scene.
Police helped the female victim safely exit the apartment and she was transported to UMMC to be treated for non- life threatening injuries.
Officer Marc Lawrence was on scene to see the tense situation unfold.

After approximately 10 minutes Miles Jr. walked down a ladder and was taken into custody without further incident.
He was taken to UMMC to be evaluated for injuries.
The investigation is still active and charges are pending.

Incident with Police officer on Chase Park lands a Batavia resident in lock up.
20 year old Dalton Kelley of Batavia was arrested last week on charges of Attempted Assault and Harassment following an incident on Chase Park.
Kelley was accused of striking an individual in the forehead and a police officer.
He was also charged in a separate incident with two counts of Criminal Mischief for allegedly keying two vehicles not belonging to him.
Kelley was remanded in lieu of $2,500 to the Genesee County Jail and is due back in Batavia City Court on January 11th.

Pratt road man arrested for cashing another person’s checks.
23 year old Austin Wester of Pratt Road in Batavia is facing four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree.
Wester allegedly was in possession and cashed four separate checks belonging to another person.
He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court on February 22nd.

The flu season is getting worse in Western New York.
The latest numbers from the state health department show the flu rate spiking in the region.
The flu has been widespread in the state for a month but Western New York is getting it particularly bad.
Doctors worry it could be gearing up to be a particularly nasty flu season and ask folks to take extra care to keep it from getting worse.

A short lived postseason for the Buffalo Bills after ending their 17-year drought.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated Buffalo three to ten while they were in Florida yesterday.
Bills fans cheered for their home team, despite the loss, as they returned home after waiting in the cold outside the Buffalo airport.
The Bills did better than expected according to sports analysts and if they focus on their offense they will show even promise next season.

WBTA Sunday News

Who would think a high temperature in the mid-teens would be a welcomed warm-up?
That’s what we are expecting today.
A 7:00 this morning, it was 7 degrees below zero in Batavia but temperatures are expected to quickly recover to the teens above zero at mid-day and near 20 by late afternoon.
The Wind Chill Warning for Genesee and Wyoming Counties has been cancelled.

Not too cold for suspected crime.
45 year old Jonathan Hyman of Oakfield was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 5 in the Town of Batavia.
Hyman is charged with pot possession and criminal possession of a weapon.
He was given a court appearance ticket.

The Batavia Police Department says it has received multiple complaints of a robo-call scam from Apple saying your iCloud account has been corrupted.
Apple has been contacted and confirmed they do not make robo-calls to notify customers of corrupted accounts.
BPD says they just want to remind citizens not to provide any personal or bank information over the phone.

The Batavia City Council is meeting tomorrow night.
Council is expected to name DPW director Matt Worth as interim city manager.
Council will also be asked to pay Worth a stipend of $1,000 per month for the additional work.

The Buffalo Bills are offering their thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals for getting them to the playoffs.
The Bills organization ordered more than 14-hundred wings from a restaurant in Buffalo and had them driven to Ohio, which Bengals Safety George Iloka said was very classy thing to do:

Instead of feeding hungry Bengals players, the wings were brought to the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, where kids with special-needs got to enjoy them.

The Buffalo Bills play their first playoff game in 17 years as they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. If the Bills win, they visit New England next weekend.

Downs Publicist Receives National Media Award

News Release: Batavia Downs

Tim Bojarski, who has served as the harness racing publicist for Batavia Downs since 2014, was named the recipient of the 2018 Clyde Hirt Media Award that is presented by Harness Horsemen International (HHI).

Bojarski has over three decades of harness racing involvement, actively participating in all aspects of the sport during that time. His most vital role has come as the current National President of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Besides his position as publicist and track handicapper at Batavia Downs, he also serves as the publicist for Plainridge Park (Boston, MA) and the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts.

Bojarski also authors a monthly column and writes periodic feature articles for Hoof Beats magazine as well as being a content contributor for the United States Trotting Association’s website. He has also reported as a live blogger covering every major stake including the Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug and the Breeders Crown.

Also being recognized by HHI are Tom Charters, the recently retired head of the Hambletonian Society, who will receive the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year Award and Hall of Fame driver John Campbell, who is harness racing’s leading money-winning driver of all time, who will be honored with the HHI Appreciation Award.

These three gentlemen will be feted with their HHI Awards during the annual HHI meetings luncheon on February 28, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Resort and Spa in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

HHI is an organization consisting of 15 horsemen’s associations throughout North America that provide knowledgeable and professional representation for harness horsemen and women to government bodies and industry gatherings on an international scale and strive to promote and uphold the highest standards of integrity in the harness racing industry.

From Batavia Downs Media Relations

Morning News Briefing

Hochul in Batavia with a State of the State review.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was at GCC in Batavia yesterday to review Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech.
After speaking about the progress in Batavia and Genesee County and giving the Buffalo Bills a cheer, Hochul touched on key elements of the speech, which outlines some of the issues the governor’s office will take on in 2018.

Cuomo announced this week that New York could be suing the federal government over the new tax law on claims that it is unconstitutional.
Some newer issues now at the forefront of his agenda include improving access to nutritious meals for kids, ending the state’s practice of suspending professional licenses for people who default on student loans, addressing workplace sexual harassment, and ethics reform for the Legislature.  For more on he story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Candidate for interim City Manager to be considered by Council.
Batavia’s Director of Public Works Matt Worth is being considered for the interim city manager post.
Current manager Jason Molino has only one week left on the job so City council will vote on Worth’s appointment at their Monday night business meeting.
The appointment of Worth will push back some public works projects until a new permanent city manager is hired. Worth has said he is not interested in the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Henrietta man busted for drunk driving following crash in Pembroke.
23 year old Christopher Patino of Henrietta was arrested after investigation into a motor vehicle accident on Alleghany Road in Pembroke where he was allegedly following too closely and struck a vehicle from behind.
Patino was also found to be nearly three times the legal limit and in possession of pot according to authorities.
He was charged with Aggravated DWI, pot possession and released with an appearance ticket.

A misdemeanor charge has been filed against the father of a three year Wyoming County boy who accidentally shot himself last week.
42 year old Mathew Howell of Tooley Road, Bennington, was the registered owner of a 45-cal handgun left loaded in the living room of his home.
He has been charged with Endangering the welfare of a child.
Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph said “Although this was a terrible accident it was completely preventable.”
Howell’s three year old son has easy access to the weapon and shot himself in the chest.
The boy is still in Oishei Children’s Hospital Buffalo and reported to be doing well.

Accidents reported on Thruway and at Thruway overpass in Batavia

A two-car accident with possible injuries was reported at the Thruway overpass bridge on Lewiston Road at around 11 this morning.

It was partially blocking the southbound lane.

One person reportedly had a minor laceration and first responder on scene radioed to medics that they could take it easy coming in.

A one-vehicle rollover accident with minor injuries was reported on the Thruway near mile marker 389 around 11:30 a.m.

First responders reported the vehicle was on its wheels in the median.

At last report the patient was walking around without complaint of pain.

City Council is set to select an Interim City Manager

Batavia City Council will consider a proposal to appoint Public Works Director Matt Worth to the Interim City Manager position at their next meeting.

The proposal would have Worth take over Managerial duties effective on Saturday January 13th the day outgoing Manager Jason Molino departs for Tompkins County to be their new administrator.

The Council will be considering the resolution to appoint Worth at their meeting on Monday evening along with entering into an executive session to discuss the process of searching for a permanent replacement for Molino.

GCC Nursing Program Faculty Career Opportunities

Press Release:

Genesee Community College will host a Recruitment Open House for the Nursing Program on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at GCC’s Medical Technology Building in Batavia.

GCC invites anyone interested in joining the GCC Nursing Program faculty to come to the open house and meet Director of Nursing, Laurel Sanger, Human Resources Recruiters and members of the Nursing Program Faculty team.

At this time, GCC is recruiting for full-time positions in the fields of obstetrics, pediatrics, mental-health and medical-surgical. In addition to these, GCC is continuously recruiting for adjunct clinical instructors. Details on these career opportunities are available at https://genesee.interviewexchange.com/static/clients/374GCM1/index.jsp.

GCC’s Nursing Program Faculty members work in an innovative and supportive environment using state-of-the-art nursing laboratories and are able to participate in clinical placements in Buffalo, Batavia and Rochester. Our faculty members enjoy a superior benefits package and a culture that encourages personal and professional growth and development.

If this sounds like the environment for you, RSVP via email to hr@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 345-6808 today and come check out the facility on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Walk-ins are also welcome. Qualified applicants must have or obtain a Master’s degree in Nursing by August 31, 2019. Concentrations in Nursing Education are preferred but not required.

GCC to Host Monthly Public College Entry Point Sessions

Press Release:

The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) has announced a year-long schedule of open monthly sessions designed to get anyone started on their way to a college degree! These sessions will be held at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus at One College Road, Batavia, New York, 14020.

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

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

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

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

Appointments and walk-in sessions will be held in the Conable Technology Building at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Both appointment and walk-in sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the following days:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in T121
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in T121
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in T122
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in T121

Appointments are available on additional dates by request. To schedule any appointment, please email AEOC@genesee.edu or contact Adult Education Director Kate Trombley, M.S. at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6285.

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

Upcoming Presentation on status of County Jail

Notice of Presentation:

Saturday, January 13, 2018
8:00 AM
Legislature Conference Room
Old Court House
7 Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020

SMRT Architects, Engineers and Planners will present an analysis of conditions to date/interim status report on the Genesee County Jail to the Genesee County Legislature at the above time, date and location.

State Street man busted for shoplifting

41 year old Joseph Smith of State Street in Batavia was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny following a shoplifting compliant at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Smith was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court on January 25th.

Alabama resident arrested for hypodermic instrument

28 year old Kenneth Rumble of Maple Road in Alabama was arrested following a search and investigation by the Genesee County Probation Department.

Probation Officers allegedly found Rumble with a Hypodermic Instrument and he was arrested and charged for possession.

He was issued an appearance ticket for the Alabama Town Court on January 24th.

Morning News Briefing

Deep freeze hits the area causing a number of closures.

According to the National Weather Service a Wind Chill Warning will be in effect for the entire GLOW region until early Sunday morning.

Forecasters say dangerously cold wind chills will range from 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Frost bite can set-in in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin in Wind chills this cold.

All public Schools in Genesee and Orleans Counties along with a number of organizations preemptively decided to close due to the dangerous wind chills that were predicted.

A full list of closures can be found here.

 

County Legislature welcomes three new members to their seats.

The three newest members of the Genesee County Legislature Gary Maha, Gordon Dibble, and John Hilchey, took their oaths of office Wednesday night at the Old Courthouse building in Batavia along with the rest of the Legislature, prior to the their first organization meeting for the year.

Robert Bausch was selected to lead as Chairman of the County Legislature.

Bausch represents Elba, Byron, and Bergen.

 

Batavia Police locate a wanted drug dealer off of a citizen tip.

38 year old Charles “Gusto” Williams was apprehended by Batavia Police with help from the community assisting in his location.

Williams was wanted on two warrants for failing to appear for sentencing and for criminal contempt.

A citizen tipped off police to Williams whereabouts at a Ross Street address in the city.

Police came out in full force Wednesday afternoon and took Williams into custody without incident.

 

The suspects in the recent horrific quadruple killing in Troy are still behind bars, but prosecutors may be dealing with some issues with that.

The preliminary hearing was delayed as the grand jury hasn’t handed up an indictment yet.

“The Times Union” reports that Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove hit James White with another murder charge to keep him behind bars yesterday and is holding Justin Mann on a parole violation.

The paper says sources tell it that the grand jury may have issues with the police interrogation.

 

Bills star running back LeSean McCoy is doing everything he can to be able to play in Sunday’s playoff game.

McCoy sprained his ankle this past weekend against the Dolphins and head coach Sean McDermott said it will be a game-time decision whether he’s in the game.

“The D and C” says that if he can’t play, the pressure would likely be on Marcus Murphy to carry the load.

Kickoff is at one o’clock Sunday in Jacksonville and the game airs on CBS.

Dangerous Wind Chills Close Schools on Friday

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for Genesee and Wyoming Counties from 8 o’clock tonight until early Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerously cold wind chills ranging from 20 to 30 degrees below zero.
According to the weather service, wind chills this cold can cause frost bite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.
The prospect of dangerous wind chills has prompted these schools to close for tomorrow, Friday.
Several School Districts announced closings for tomorrow:

The latest list can be viewed HERE

Town of Batavia Officials Sworn In

News Release: Town of Batavia

Town of Batavia Officials were sworn in by Town Justice Tom Williams prior to the Town’s Organizaitonal meeting on Wednesday night (1/3). Pictured from left to right: Tom Williams, Town Justice, Daniel Underhill, Councilperson, Greg Post, Supervisor, Patti Michalak, Councilperson, Thomas Lichtenthal, Highway Superintendent, Teresa Morasco, Town Clerk.

CCE Genesee: Overfed and Undernourished Program

Press Release:

Cornell Cooperative Extension Genesee County will host a program titled “Overfed and Undernourished” on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Center at 420 East Main Street. This workshop for adults is free to attend, but space is limited.

This program will be presented by Ian Cramer. Ian Cramer, MS, ATC has been living a plant-based lifestyle for 8 years and earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell in 2016.

He is an educator, podcaster and endurance cyclist living in Rochester. Come and discover information on weight loss, cravings, common nutrition myths, and ways to live a healthy, disease-free lifestyle. For more information about Ian, visit https://www.plant-basedcyclist.com/

We will also discuss chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and how they start, progress, and can be prevented or even reversed using diet and lifestyle changes.

Free to attend, but space is limited. Please register by contacting Samantha at 585-343-3040 x123.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police pick up convicted drug dealer with the help of a vigilant citizen.
38 year old Charles “Gusto” Williams was wanted on warrants for failing to appear for sentencing on a drug sale conviction and criminal contempt.
Batavia Police received a tip that Williams was at a Ross Street residence, where they arrived in full force and took him into custody without incident yesterday afternoon.
A woman and child were taken from the residence as well just as a precaution according to Assistant Chief Todd Crossett.
Williams is being held until his arraignment today.

 

Orleans Task Force take down an accused drug dealer on parole.
30 year old Rodney Scales of Rochester was stopped on West Ave in Albion by members of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.
They reportedly discovered a quantity of crack cocaine packaged for sale in his vehicle and Scales was charged with nine Class B felony counts for selling and possessing drugs.
He was committed to the Orleans County Jail without bail.
Further arrests and charges are pending according to investigators.

 

Burglary in LeRoy lands a Batavia man in lock up.
Law Enforcement were called to a domestic incident at a Lake Street address in LeRoy where they took 41 year old Nicholas Williams of West Main Street Road in Batavia into custody.
Williams was accused of illegally entering the home of someone with a stay away order of protection in place intending to commit a crime.
He was charged with Criminal Contempt, Burglary and Resisting Arrest and was ordered to be held on $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail.

 

An act of total disrespect leads to lock up for a Darian man.
22 year old Brian Keller of Sumner Road in Darien was accused of spitting in the face of an individual who had a refrain from order of protection in place.
Keller was arrested and charged with Criminal Contempt in the first degree and Harassment following the alleged domestic incident at his address.
He was jailed in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail for violating the court order.

 

A limited number of tickets for the Bills-Jaguars playoff game are going on sale today.
The Jaguars say they will be selling unused tickets today at three o’clock.
The tickets are only going to be sold online and purchases are limited to two tickets for the game in Jacksonville.
They didn’t say how much the tickets would cost.

 

A Wind Chill Warning will now be in effect for the entire GLOW region from 8 PM this evening to 7 AM Sunday.
Dangerously cold wind chills are expected to reach 30 below zero at times.
To the north in Orleans, Monroe and Niagara Counties there is a Winter Weather Advisory that will be in effect from 10 this morning to 7 Saturday morning.
Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected in spots.

Evening News Briefing

A Wind Chill Watch has been issued for Genesee County and most of Western New York from late tomorrow night until early Saturday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting wind chills as low as 25-degrees below zero.
In these wind chills exposed skin can suffer frostbite is an little as 30 minutes.

The Genesee County District Attorney seeking persistent violent felony offender status for a Batavia man.
Such as designation could send 44 year old Marlek Holmes to prison for the rest of his life.
Holmes is believed to have more felony indictments filed against him than any other criminal defendant in county history.
Holmes has spent most of his adult life in prison.

The Buffalo Bills’ first playoff appearance in almost two decades has fans thanking the quarterback of another NFL team in a heartwarming way.
Bills fans have donated thousands of dollars to a charity set up by Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton
Estimates made on Wednesday night have the total constributions in excess of $250,000.
That foundation offers financial help to seriously ill and physically challenged kids and their families.

Batavia’s first baby of 2018 – it’s a girl and she is Madison Marie Fitzwater, the daughter of Amanda Inman and Gary Fitzwater.
Madison arrived at 8:28 a.m. yesterday morning weighing in at 6-pounds, 12 ounces.

Madison is Batavia’s First Baby of 2018

News Release: United Memorial Medical Center

United Memorial Medical Center welcomed the hospital’s first baby delivered in the New Year. Madison Marie Fitzwater was born to first time parents Amanda Inman and Gary Fitzwater at 8:28 am on January 2, 2018. Madison weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches long. The family was presented with a stroller and a gift basket that included baby essentials, safety items, blankets, crib soother and a $100 gift card.

United Memorial Medical Center’s Maternity Floor offers private post-partum rooms designed for maximum comfort with relaxing colors, soft lighting, private bathrooms, and reclining couches for guests. UMMC delivered 576 babies in 2017. To learn more about childbirth and maternity at United Memorial Medical Center.

Bill’s Fans Pay it Forward

The Buffalo Bills’ first playoff appearance in almost two decades has fans thanking the quarterback of another NFL team in a heartwarming way.
Bills fans have donated thousands of dollars to a charity set up by Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton

That foundation offers financial help to seriously ill and physically challenged kids and their families.
it was Dalton’s fourth quarter pass that helped eliminate the Baltimore Ravens and end Buffalo’s 17-year playoff drought.
Bills fans have been thanking Dalton with $17 a piece donations ever since.

Prosecution Seeks Violent Offender Status for Marlek Holmes

44 year old Marlek Holmes appeared in County Court this week for sentencing on assault charges for attacking two fellow inmates in the Genesee County Jail.

Instead of being sentenced to an additional lengthy prison term District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said he would pursue a status of “persistent violent felony offender” for Holmes potentially locking him up for life.

Holmes requested his current trial regarding charges of failing to register as a Sex Offender be postponed.

Holmes claimed he was not able to access his case documents and Law Library due to his transfer from Auburn to Wende Correctional Facility.

Judge Charles Zambito denied the request and set Jury Selection for his trail to begin January 22nd.

Holmes has possibly had the most indictments filed against him in County History and has spent most of his adult life in prison.

Fort more on the story check the article by our news partner at The Batavian.

NYS Awards $4.5 Million Grant for Dementia Caregivers

News Release: Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter will oversee a three-year, $4.5 million dollar grant from the New York State Department of Health to expand dementia caregiving initiatives across seven counties. The Chapter will collaborate with Office for the Aging (OFA) partners in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming counties on the Alzheimer’s disease Caregiver Support Initiative (CSI), which will provide funds for support services for dementia caregivers.

It is estimated that 55,000 WNY residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, with approximately 165,000 people filling the role of caregiver, at least part-time. Those numbers are expected to escalate substantially over the next three decades, potentially crippling the healthcare system.

At this time, Alzheimer’s disease cannot be prevented, slowed or cured, and current treatments for symptoms do not delay the inevitable progression of the disease and its relentless, often overwhelming challenges. Research has proven that providing care partners with an array of support services can ease the challenges of providing care and enhance the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. These services may potentially delay the need for placement in a long-term care facility and lower the steep costs associated with dementia care.

“We are proud to be recognized as dementia care experts in WNY and pleased to be able to provide expanded services for families facing the challenge of dementia,” said Chapter Executive Director Jill Horner. “Our outstanding partners in this effort are crucial to the Association’s mission and will allow for expanded services across areas that are in most need”.

Caregivers will have greater access to no-cost support services across the region, including care consultations, support groups, respite services, safety strategies and educational programs.

About the CSI partners

The CSI regional partnership will provide caregivers with comprehensive, wrap-around support from local professionals from these agencies:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization for care, support and research of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The elimination of the disease through advancements in research, providing and enhancing care and support for all impacted, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health define the organization’s mission. The WNY Chapter is located at 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6 in Williamsville and offers a 24/7 Helpline for services and support at 1.800.272.3900. The Association also offers online resources, including secure sites for caregivers, training for professional care partners and information about local support services at alz.org/WNY.

The Genesee County Office for the Aging, located at 2 Bank Street in Batavia, provides information, support and advocacy to residents 60 years of age and older, their caregivers and disabled persons of all ages. The aim is to promote their independence and improve their quality of life. The office can be reached at (585) 343-1611.

Additionally, the Western New York OFAs administer home and community-based programs to provide access to a well-planned, coordinated package of in-home and other supportive services. Additionally, each of the offices administers NY Connects, a trusted resource for free, unbiased information and assistance available to older adults, individuals with disabilities of any age, and their caregivers to help make informed decisions about long term care options.

Elba Man Dies in Thruway Crash

News Release: NY State Police

On January 2, 2018, at approximately 1:54 p.m., State Police Buffalo responded to the area of I-90, eastbound (mpm 417.2) for reports of a multiple vehicle personal injury motor vehicle accident.

Investigation at the scene revealed a tractor trailer that was traveling eastbound in the right lane of I-90, Town of Cheektowaga reacting to an accident ahead came to an abrupt stop. Edward Torres, age 64 of Elba, NY, was also traveling eastbound behind the trailer and was unable to stop. Torres subsequently struck the rear of the tractor trailer and was seriously injured. Torres was transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Multiple people were treated for minor injuries; one person remains in serious condition. State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) and Thruway Maintenance assisted at the scene.

Conesus Man Charged with Molesting Child on Christmas

Following investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office into an alleged sex offense against a child, they arrested 27 year old Derek Getman of Conesus.

Getman was accused of having sexual contact with a seven year old child at a West Sparta address on Christmas.

He was subsequently jailed without bail in the Livingston County Jail on charges of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Morning News Briefing

Massive pile up on the Thruway in Erie County leaves one person dead and seven others injured.
As many as 25 cars were involved in the Thruway crash near Depew yesterday.
The pile up occurred in the eastbound lane between Exit 49 for Depew and Exit 48A for Pembroke.
Eastbound lanes of the I-90 were shut down while first responders worked to remove several people from their cars.
Seven people in total were taken to the hospital and one person died as a result of the massive accident.
The crash remains under investigation.

Fire in a Barn in Elba leads to caravan of cattle.
A Skidster was the reported source of a fire in a Barn on Norton Road in Elba that was reported shortly after 5 o’clock yesterday evening.
Fire Police shut down Route 262 and Edgerton Road due to rough road conditions and poor visibilities.
120 cows that were housed in the barn needed to be transported in around 10 trips by truck to a nearby farm until crews cleared the scene.
There were no injuries reported and no significant structural damage to the barn.

Flu spike causes visitor restrictions at local hospitals.
Rochester Regional Health is instituting restrictions for hospital visitors to help reduce further transmission of influenza.
As of today hospitals including the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, Unity Hospital in Greece, and Rochester General Hospital all have visitor restrictions in place.
Visitors will be limited to no more than two people per patient at a time and all visitors must be at least 14 years old.
Hospital staff say even if you have been vaccinated against the flu Please do not visit a patient if you feel you are ill, or have any flu-like symptoms.

An extensive Wind Chill Watch going into effect tomorrow evening.
The National Weather Service has issued the Wind Chill Watch for the entire GLOW region and some surrounding counties.
It will be in effect from 10 PM Thursday to 6 PM Saturday.
Forecasters say wind chills could range from 10 below zero to 25 below zero.
Frostbite can occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of 25 below zero or colder.
If you must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin.

Governor Cuomo is taking on sexual harassment in the workplace this year.
Yesterday he announced that he has plans to set a uniform code of sexual harassment for all state and local governments.
Cuomo’s also moving forward with legislation to put an end to confidentiality agreements related to sexual harassment claims in government.
Cuomo said we need to end practices that have enabled harassment for this long.

Evening News Briefing

A multiple vehicle accident on the New York State Thruway Tuesday afternoon killed one person, injured several others and stranded motorists for hours.
The accident happened in the eastbound lane between Exit 49 (Depew) and Exit 48A (Pembroke).
Initial reports stated 75 vehicles were involved. The figured was later reduced by State Police to about 25.
The accident blocked all eastbound lanes and backed up traffic in each direction for several mils.
Authorities later closed the Thruway to westbound traffic at the Pembroke interchange.

An Oakfield man indicted on a dozen counts of domestic abuse.
27 year old Michael Shelter of Judge Road is accused of beating and strangling a woman on several occasions over a one week period in November.
Authorities some of the incidents of abuse occurred in front of a child.

A 3-year old Wyoming County boy is continues to recover at Oshei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo after he accidentally shot himself over the weekend.
The incident happened Monday in the boy’s home on Tooley Road in Bennington.
A 45-caliber handgun was left loaded in the living room when the toddler, apparently playing with the gun, shot himself in the shoulder.
The gun was registered to the boy’s father.

UMMC is imposing visitor restrictions due to an increase in the flu.
Effective tomorrow visitors will be restricted to no more than two people per patient at a time; all visitors must be 14 years old and you are asked not to visit a patient if you feel ill or have flu like symptoms.

CBS will air the Bills-Jaguars playoff game.
The Bills’ first playoff game in nearly two decades kicks off Sunday afternoon at one o’clock in Jacksonville.
The Bills are seven point underdogs but … at least they are in the game.

Multi-vehicle Accident Blocks Thruway

A multiple vehicle accident on the New York State Thruway has blocked all eastbound lanes between Transit Road in Depew to exit 48A in Pembroke.
An estimated 20 to 25 cars are involved.
Authorities report that they have been injuries.
Eastbound traffic on the Thruway must get off at Exit 50, the Williamsville Toll.
The 1-90 westbound is now closed at Exit 48-A.

Visitor Restrictions at UMMC

News Release: Rochester Regional Health System

To help reduce further transmission of influenza and/or other infectious diseases, Rochester Regional Health is instituting the following restrictions for visitors to UMMC as of January 3:
• Visitors will be limited to no more than two people per patient at a time
• All visitors must be at least 14 years old
• Please do not visit a patient if you feel you are ill, including sore throat, fever, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, or other flu-like symptoms – even if you have been vaccinated against the flu.

The restrictions also extend to these other Rochester regional Heath System Hospitals:

Rochester General Hospital – Rochester
Unity Hospital – Greece
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital – Newark
Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic – Clifton Springs

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until early tomorrow afternoon.

Genesee County is experiencing some snow and blowing snow.

The severity depends on where you are.

Alexander and Attica Central Schools have cancelled all afterschool and evening activities due to the weather.

The advisory is calling for snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour.

See the latest weather related closings here:

BPD: Mo-Vember / Don’t Shave December Campaigns

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department has closed out the Mo-Vember / Don’t Shave December campaigns for 2017. The department was able to raise $1,320.00 for Genesee Cancer Assistance during Mo-Vember. Don’t Shave December raised over $600.00 for Genesee County Sheriff’s Jail Deputy Nicholas Bender and his family. Members of the department would like to thank the community for their support and donations.

The Mo-Vember Worldwide Campaign started in 2003 in Australia and has since grown. Mo-vember was started to bring awareness to Men’s Health; specifically, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Grand Jury Indicts an Oakfield man on a dozen counts related to domestic violence

27 year old Michael Shetler of Judge Road in Oakfield has been indicted on 12 various counts related to repeated alleged domestic abuse against a woman in November.

Shetler is facing a dozen counts including Strangulation, Assault, Unlawful Imprisonment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

He was accused of beating and strangling her on numerous occasions from November 4th until November 11th, sometimes in the presence of a child.

Shetler is due in Genesee County Court at a later date.

Batavia Woman busted for drunk driving

30 year old Allea Devos of Prospect Street in Batavia was stopped on Ellicott Street in the city on New Year’s Eve night.

She was stopped for allegedly failing to dim her headlights and was charged with Driving While Intoxicated along with Refusing to take a Breath Test.

Devos was arraigned in City Court and released on her own recognizance with appearance tickets.

Water Service Interruption on Redfield Parkway

Press Release:

Water Service Interruption

The City of Batavia Water Dept. is on location of a water main break in front of 67 Redfield Parkway. The water will be turned off on Redfield Park from Main Street to Richmond Ave. We appreciate your understanding while this repair is made. City crews will make every attempt to restore water as soon as possible.

Jim Ficarella
Superintendent Water/Wastewater

Morning News Briefing

Investigation continues into accidental shooting involving a three year old in Wyoming County.
A three year old boy from Wyoming County is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
The call came in to Wyoming County Dispatchers Saturday night just before 8 p.m. reporting that a 3 year old boy that had been shot through the chest/shoulder area with a .45 caliber handgun in a home on Tooley Road in the Town of Bennington.
Over the phone the dispatcher provided the mother with emergency medical instructions to treat the injury before EMS arrived.
The child was soon transported via Ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo arriving around 9 p.m. where the child then underwent a successful surgery.
According to investigators the shooting was deemed accidental and the child came in contact with the loaded handgun in the living room.
The handgun is registered to the father.
The investigation remains on-going and it’s unclear whether criminal charges will be pursued.

Vine Street man jailed for alleged drug dealing.
Following investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force into the sale of cocaine in and around Batavia officers arrested 29 year old Benito Gay of Vine Street in the city.
Gay who is also known as “Red” was charged with four class B felony counts for Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was taken into custody after being stopped in Town last week on separate charges of DUI by Drugs, Pot Possession and Unlicensed Operation.
Gay was ordered to be held without bail in the Genesee County Jail.

The surviving convict who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora may have been transferred to Attica for revealing another escape plan.
“The New York Times” reports that David Sweat told it that he revealed a plan to escape from a prison near Syracuse for special treatment.
The notorious convict said hours after he laid out his elaborate plan, he was shipped to Attica with no extra privileges.
The “Times” said a corrections official told it that Sweat’s claims were without merit, but it still moved him out of an abundance of caution.

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect for the region today.
The National Weather Service has issued the advisory including Orleans, Wyoming and Genesee Counties to be in effect from 8 this morning until 7 tonight.
Winds are expected to be gusting as high as 45 mph and will cause areas of significant blowing and drifting snow.
Forecasters say to plan on possible of poor visibility and slick roadways to create difficult travel conditions at times.

CBS will air the Bills-Jaguars playoff game.
The Bills’ first playoff game in nearly two decades kicks off Sunday afternoon at one o’clock in Jacksonville.
Yesterday CBS announced that Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson are scheduled to announce the game.
The Bills may be more than seven-point underdogs, but they’re in the game.

Francis R. Bond, 86, dies

(Photo from the archives of the New York Daily News)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Francis R. Bond, 86, a longtime owner, driver and trainer at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, died peacefully Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY.

“Franny” Bond was born in Buffalo, NY on July 27, 1931. He became a Marine after leaving school and began boxing while in the service in the Armed Forces Title Fights.

He fought in the lightweight class and eventually worked into the featherweight division. The then 126-pound “fighting Marine” was described as “a game and lively scrapper who could take a hit and come back with a better one.”

Corporal Bond became one of the Marine’s top boxers, winning a featherweight title in 1953 while often times fighting men from the professional ranks between service bouts and sometimes competing in higher weight classes.

Bond continued to fight professionally in the Golden Gloves after he left the service under the name Bobby Bond and was trained by Angelo Dundee who also conditioned the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Foremen, Sugar Ray Leonard and Carmen Basilio. He competed in 15 professional fights all over the eastern seaboard including New York City at Madison Square Garden.

Bond first got involved in harness racing in 1966 and eventually got his trainer and driver’s licenses. He ran a small stable for the next 39 years, seeing most of his driving success in the 1970’s (where he scored 135 of his 189 careers victories) and most of his training accomplishments (total of 108) between 1990 and 2000. Bond also occasionally catch-drove horses when the opportunity arose.

Bond’s last winning effort came on May 16, 1996 behind H F Harriet at Buffalo Raceway.

Bond was an entrepreneur and made a buck anyway he could. He owned a soft drink distributorship, ran the track kitchen at Batavia Downs and sold hay, straw and feed for many years while, and after, he was competing himself. He was known by everyone on the backstretch and was an affable individual his entire life.

No memorial information has been relayed.

Morning News Briefing

The Bills are going to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.
The Bills’ 17-year playoff drought is over as they beat the Dolphins, 22-16, in Miami.
Tyrod Taylor threw for 204 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo, which earned a playoff spot following a Ravens loss to the Bengals.
Miami scored 13 points in the final 6:16 just to make things interesting and even more interesting, Defensive tackle Kyle Williams rushed for one-yard to score in the win with his first career touchdown for Buffalo.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor says they’re ready to prove the doubters wrong.

With the temperature at 2 degrees in the first hours of 2018, fans gathered to sing the Bills’ ”Shout!” song and chant ”Let’s Go Buffalo!” as they greeted the postseason-bound Bills at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Some 400 die-hards gathered to cheer the team that on Sunday ended the longest active postseason drought in North America’s four major professional sports.

Two convicted felons are facing charges for a horrifying Upstate quadruple homicide.
On Friday Troy police arrested 24 year old Justin Mann and 38 year old James White for the murder of two women and two children in a basement in Troy.
Troy police Chief John Tedesco.

The bodies were found the day after Christmas but police say they had been dead for days.
The pair pleaded not guilty on Saturday to four counts of second degree murder each and one count of first degree murder.
The pair is due back in court later this week.

Western New York is in for dangerously cold weather this morning.
Forecasters say it could hit two-degrees this morning and with wind chill it could feel between negative five and 24 degrees.
Those kind of temperatures can cause frostbite in as little as 30-minutes.
The wind chill advisory for the region including Genesee and Wyoming counties will be in effect until 10 o’clock this morning.

Minimum wage in Western New York is up.
Under state law, yesterday most of the state’s low wage workers’ pay was bumped up 70-cents to ten-dollars and forty-cents an hour.
Fast food workers across the state are getting a bigger raise.
Pay for tipped food service workers remains stagnant at seven-fifty an hour.

WBTA Sunday News

A Wind Chill advisory remains in effect until 10 tomorrow morning.
Today’s high is expected to only reach five degrees but with a northwest wind of 10 to 15 miles per hour, wind chills could dip to between 15 and 20 degrees below zero.
These wind chills can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
The wind chill advisory extends to nearly all of Western New York including Genesee and Wyoming counties.

Felony drunk driving charges lodged against a Batavia woman.
35 year old Rebecca Sue Hensel of Pratt Road was stopped late Friday night along Route 5 in the Town of Batavia.

Police in Troy, New York say they have two men in custody in connection to a quadruple homicide. Troy police Chief John Tedesco says they have their suspects:

Police yesterday identified the suspects as 38-year-old James White and 24-year-old Justin Man.
Troy police found the bodies of two women and two children Tuesday in an apartment.
One of the suspects is said to have known at least one of the victims, but police have yet to find a motive

 

The huge celebration in Times Square, New York for New Year’s Eve dates back more than a century. Jeff Strauss with Countdown Entertainment says the first gathering was in 1903:

They switched to a ball drop in 1907.
The idea was inspired by a maritime tradition where a ball is dropped at ports around at world so navigators at sea can adjust their time.

Saturday News Briefing

The winter chills persist with weather advisories taking effect in the region.
The National Weather Service is issuing another Winter Weather Advisory for Niagara and Orleans Counties from 2 PM today until 7 AM Sunday.
Plan on slippery road conditions with total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches.
A Winter Weather Advisory was also issued for Wyoming from 10 AM today to 4 AM Sunday.
A Wind Chill Advisory will be going into effect for counties including Genesee, Orleans and Livingston.
The advisory will be in place from 1 AM to 6 PM Sunday with very cold wind chills expected.
Forecasters expect wind chills to range from 10 below zero to 20 below zero.
The cold wind can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

A Batavia resident arrested for an altercation inside the Genesee County Jail.
32 year old Michael Carey of Main Street in Batavia is accused of choking another inmate.
He was given an appearance ticket for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing returnable to Batavia City Court on January 3rd.

Cuomo looking to curb crushing student load debt.
Governor Cuomo is calling for several new reforms to help protect people dealing with student loan debt.
The Governor says he’ll call for the creation of a state Student Loan Ombudsman to help students navigate and negotiate with the student loan industry.
He also wants to require colleges to reveal the estimated amounts students can expect to pay for student loans, and increase consumer protections in the student loan industry.
Cuomo say he’ll also propose banning the suspension of Professional Licenses for anyone who’s behind or in default on their student loans.

A fond farewell to one of the top cops of Genesee County.
Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble is retiring after 43 years with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
For the last several years, Dibble has headed up with Sheriff’s Office road patrol.
Yesterday he looked back on a rewarding career,

Dibble may have had his last day with the sheriff’s office, but he will continue to serve the community in his new job as a Genesee County Legislator from Darien.

Evening News Briefing

New York’s Governor is calling for several new reforms to help protect people dealing with student loan debt.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll call for the creation of a state Student Loan Ombudsman to help students navigate and negotiate with the student loan industry.

He also wants to require colleges to reveal the estimated amounts students can expect to pay for student loans, and increase consumer protections in the student loan industry.

Cuomo say he’ll also propose banning the suspension of Professional Licenses for anyone who’s behind or in default on their student loans.

 

 

Western New York is bracing for already arctic weather to get worse.  Looking ahead, on New Year’s Eve, the thermometer could dip as low as two degrees.

Folks heading out to celebrate should bundle up because it’s going to feel even colder with wind chill.

 

A fracas inside the Genesee County Jail leads to charges against a Batavia man.

32 year old Michael Carey of Main Street in Batavia is accused of choking another inmate.

He was given an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court on January 3rd.

 

Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble

A friendly good-bye to one of Genesee County’s top cops this afternoon.

Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble is retiring after 43 years with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

For the last several years, Dibble has headed up with Sheriff’s Office road patrol.

 

Although today is Dibble’s last day with the sheriff’s office, he will soon have a new job as a Genesee County Legislator from Darien.

Dibble Retires from GCSO

A friendly good-bye to one of Genesee County’s top cops this afternoon.
Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble is retiring after 43 years with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
For the last several years, Dibble has headed up with Sheriff’s Office road patrol.
Today, he looked back on a rewarding career:

Although today is Dibble’s last day with the sheriff’s office, he will soon have a new job as a Genesee County Legislator from Darien.

Inmate altercation in County lockup leads to charge for Batavia man

Following investigation into a physical altercation at the Genesee County Jail, officers arrested 32 year old Michael Carey of Main Street in Batavia.

Carey was accused of choking another inmate and was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Circulation.

He was given an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court on January 3rd.

Lockport man arrested for having alcohol in the Genesee County Jail

22 year old Edward White of Lockport was arrested and charged with Possessing Dangerous Contraband while being confined following a complaint in the County Jail.

White was accused of possessing an alcoholic beverage while being incarcerated.

He was issued an appearance ticket for city court and was returned to jail to be held on unrelated charges.

Inmates involved in assault on Corrections Officers moved to Attica

Two Groveland Correctional inmates reportedly attacked a Corrections Officer at the facility during a routine cell search on Saturday.

The officer ordered one of the inmates to leave the living area while conducting a search and after refusing several times the inmate allegedly attacked the officer unprovoked.

Another inmate jumped in and both were accused of striking the officer several times in the face and head.

In total three officers were treated for injuries sustained in the melee with the initial officer being treated for lacerations to his left eye and chest along with a bloody lip and nose.

Following the incident both inmates were transferred from Groveland in Livingston County to the Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County and face criminal charges for the attack.

Hawley Announces January Office Hours

Press Release:

Invites members of the public to share concerns and ideas

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
January Office Hours:

Monroe County:

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, January 5, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, January 19, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Oakfield man killed in Stafford crash.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal head-on collision between a car and a tractor trailer that occurred on Route 33 in Stafford.
54 year old Tracy Carpenter of Oakfield was killed in the crash that was reported just before 12:30 yesterday afternoon.
Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene after he apparently drove his 2004 Acura into the oncoming traffic lane colliding head-on with a semi tractor-trailer.
Genesee County Undersheriff Greg Walker was on scene.

Route 33 was closed for several hours after the crash.
Road conditions were dry in the area at the time and weather was not considered a factor in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation.

As Jason Molino ends his tenure as Batavia City Manager he leaves behind a list of accomplishments and work for his successor.
Molino spoke on WBTA’s Main and Center program yesterday saying he sees himself as a better manager than he was when started the job 12 years ago.
At the time he was hired he was the youngest city manager in New York.
Molino spoke about litigation regarding the Batavia City Centre saying three Merchants Association members are still holding out from signing the deal.
He is hopeful that they will accept the deal following an upcoming court date next month.
He said once the legal and safety issues are addressed the increase in property value and investment in the mall will follow.
So what does he consider to be Batavia’s ‘finest hour’ during his tenure?
The budget of 2009/2010

Molino begins his new job as administrator of Tompkins County on January 29th.

A Corfu man is behind bars in Orleans County for allegedly possessing cocaine packaged and ready for sale.
47 year old Steven Kimmel of Allegany Road is facing two felony counts following a traffic stop yesterday in Albion.
Kimmel is locked up in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Thruway travelers this weekend will see roadwork suspended and a continued tradition on New Year’s Eve.
To ease traffic over the holiday weekend, Governor Cuomo announced all road construction will be suspended beginning this morning through 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.
The New York State Thruway Authority will offer free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 7 a.m. New Year’s morning.

Victim of Fatal Crash in Stafford Identified

News Release: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office

The Genesee County Sheriffs Office is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles, which occurred near 5882 Route 33 in the Town of Stafford. The Genesee County Dispatch Center received a call at 12:25 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 reporting the crash. A 2004 Acura TSX, operated by Tracy B. Carpenter, age 54, of Oakfield, NY was eastbound on Route 33, when the vehicle traveled across the center line and into the westbound lane colliding with a 2007 Western Star tractor trailer which was westbound, operated by Fay B. Warner, age 67, of Geneseo, NY. Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene. Warner was uninjured. Weather was not a factor in the cause of the accident. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

 

The crash is being investigated by Deputies Jenna Ferrando, Joseph Loftus, and Christopher Erion, as well as the Genesee County Crash Reconstruction Unit. The Genesee County Sheriffs Office was assisted at the scene of the crash by the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, Byron Volunteer Fire Department, South Byron Volunteer Fire Department, Bergen Volunteer Fire Department, Mercy EMS, Genesee County Coroner Donald Coleman, and the New York State Troopers.

Evening News Briefing

A head-on crash between a car and a tractor trailer has claimed a life in the Town of Stafford.
The accident happened just before 12:30 this afternoon on Route 33, Clinton Street Road.
The driver of the car was killed.
Genesee County Undersheriff Greg Walker was on scene

“A tractor-trailer was westbound on Route 33 and a passenger car was eastbound. The passenger car crossed over the center of the roadway and struck the tractor tratiler which was trying to ‘take the ditch’ to avoid the collision.”

Walker said the road condition was dry at the time of the accident and not a factor in the crash.
A utility pole was broken in the accident and is being repaired by National Grid. Route 33 is closed between Prole Road and Route 237.
Authorities are still notifying next of kin and have not released the victim’s name.

Batavia City Manager Jason Molino has less than three weeks left on the job.
In a wide ranging interview this morning on WBTA’s Main and Center, Molino characterized himself as a better City Manager now than when he started the job 12 years ago. At the time, he was the youngest city manager in New York State.
Turning to the City Centre mall, Molino said tree members of the merchants Association have yet to sign off on the deal to end the long legal dispute with city hall.
Molino said there is a court date next month that may compel the hold-outs to accept the deal.
Once that is done, Molino says there is hope for the city’s huge white elephant:

Molino said he considered the budget of 2009 / 2010 to be the “finest hour” of his adminiastration.when the city was “completely out of the red” in its financial statements. The city had been in a multi-million dollar deficit.
Molino begins his new job as administrator of Tompkins County on January 29th.

A Corfu man is behind bars in Orleans County for allegedly possessing cocaine packaged and ready for sale.
47 year old Steven Kimmel of Allegany Road is facing two felony counts following a traffic stop yesterday in Albion.
Kimmel is locked up in lieu of $25,000 bail.-

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pardoning 61 people, including 18 immigrants who faced deportation. One of the pardons goes to convicted killer Dominic Dupont whose uncle, Michael K. Williams, is a TV star best-known for roles on “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Cuomo reportedly pardoned Dupont, after he served 20 years of a 25 year sentence, because he was impressed with his work as a prison youth counselor.

Fatal Accident on Route 33 in Stafford

A head-on crash between a car and a tractor trailer has claimed a life in the Town of Stafford.
The accident happened just before 12:30 this afternoon on Route 33, Clinton Street Road.
The driver of the car was killed.
Genesee County Undersheriff Greg Walker was on scene: (Ed. note: Windy Conditions)

Walker said the road condition was dry at the time of the accident and not a factor in the crash.
A utility pole was broken in the accident and is being repaired by National Grid. Route 33 is closed between Prole Road and Route 237.
Authorities are still notifying next of kin and have not released the victim’s name.

Molino’s Exit Interview on “Main & Center”

Jason Molino

City Manager Jason Molino is leaving Batavia in about two weeks.
The discussion with City Council on how to select his replacement began last night, behind closed doors.
Molino made his last appearance on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning. We asked him why the secrecy?

The City Centre Mall. Three members of the merchants Association have yet to sign off on the deal to end the long legal dispute with the city.
Molino said there is another court date next month that may compel the hold-outs to accept the deal.
Once that is done, Molino says there is hope for the city’s huge white elephant:

Molino has been city manager for 12 years.
What does he consider to be Batavia’s ‘finest hour’ during his tenure?
The budget of 2009 / 2010

The first four years of Molino’s dozen years in office he was the youngest City Manager in New York State.
He readily admits he is a better manager now than when he started.
He attributes that to maturing in the job.
But regrets, he had a few.
We reminded him of the difficulty ending the long standing trash collection contract with the Genesee ARC:

Molino begins his new job as administrator of Tompkins County on January 29th.

Morning News Briefing

Two women jailed following an Alexander home break-in.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two women after an alleged forced entry and robbery in the Town of Alexander.
Deputies say 42 year old Jennifer Martino of Pearl Street in Batavia and 35 year old Amber Holland of Buffalo forced their way into the home of an acquaintance then threatened and physically engaged with the resident.
They also were accused of damaging and stealing property.
According to authorities the women knew their victim and although there were no serious injuries, the incident played out in front of a 12 year old child.
Both were arrested and charged with Robbery, Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
After being stopped in Batavia during the investigation Holland was hit with charges of DWI, Failure to Submit to a Breath Test and Pot Possession.
Both were committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Holland’s bail was bumped up by $2,500 for charges obtained in the Batavia traffic stop.

Batavia Police attempt to identify the vehicle and driver in pedestrian hit and run.
The unknown driver struck a pedestrian on Richmond Ave. near the State School for the Blind on Friday around 10 after 5 in the morning.
Rosemary Demske suffered a broken leg, massive bruising and two black eyes after being struck by an unidentified vehicle.
A passing motorist did stop to assist Demske, and called for help.
They reported that the possible culprit was still on scene before fleeing at the sound of sirens.
Police are asking anyone with information about recently damaged cars or individuals that have talked about this incident to come forward and contact the Batavia Police Dept. at 585- 345-6350.
Police also remind residents to keep sidewalks shoveled for Pedestrians.
And for Pedestrians to use sidewalks or walk facing traffic with reflective outerwear.

Some tense moments in the Town of Alabama.
Deputies said a car drove into a pond yesterday morning along Feeder Road near the Tonawanda Wildlife Management area.
There were two occupants in the car, one was said to be disabled.
The two were unable to exit the car while water was entering the vehicle.
Police later said no one was injured and the car was never in danger of sinking.

Much of Western New York is under a wind-chill advisory.
Forecasters say this morning in Monroe, Wayne and Ontario counties, it could feel as cold as negative-15 degrees.
In weather like this, it might only take half an hour to catch frostbite.
The advisory should be lifted at noon.

The Batavia City Council is believed to have begun the process of selecting a new city manager.
The key word there is: “believed” because the process, so far, is behind closed doors.
Council met last night in a special session with one item on the agenda: a motion to enter into Executive Session.
The motion was approved and whatever discussion there was, was kept from the public.
Council president Eugene Jankowski has been quoted as saying: hopefully we can discuss the situation publically at the January 8th meeting.
Molino’s last day in Batavia is Jan 12th.
He is taking a job in Ithaca as administrator of Tompkins County.

Evening News Briefing

Two women are behind bars for allegedly breaking into the home of an acquaintance in the Town of Alexander.
Once inside, the two got physical with the resident, damaged some property and stole some other items.
Arrested were: 42 year old Jennifer Martino of Pearl Street, Batavia and 35 year old Amber Holland of Buffalo
Police said the fracas occurred in front of a 12 year old child.
Authorities said Martino and Holland knew their victim.
There were no serious injuries.
The two women were charged with burglary and robbery.

Some tense moments late this morning in the Town of Alabama.
Deputies said a car drove into a pond on Feeder Road near the Tonawanda Wildlife Management area.
There were two occupants in the car, one was said to be disabled.
They two were unable to exit the car while water was entering the vehicle.
Police later said no one was injured and the car was never in damager of sinking.

Batavia Police turn to the public for help in their investigation of a hit and run.
A Batavia jogger was struck by a hit and run driver last Friday on Richmond Avenue.
Rosemary Demske, a special education aide for the city school district, was hit just after 5 in the morning near the State School for the Blind.
Demske was thrown to the opposite side of the street by the force of the impact. She suffered a broken leg.
The driver of the car stopped momentarily but then fled the scene when he heard sirens approaching.
Batavia Police are asking the public for any information that help their investigation.

The Batavia City Council is holding a special business meeting tonight into how the city will deal with the departure of City Manager Jason Molino.
Molino is leaving Batavia to become the County Administrator of Tompkins County.
The public will never hear the discussion at tonight city council meeting since lawmakers are meeting in a closed door session.
Council President Gene Jankowski said some information may be divulged to the public at council’s next regular meeting on January 8th.

New York is easing up on its medical marijuana rules starting today. Dispensaries are now permitted to sell patches, lotions, ointments, lozenges and certain chewables to certified patients.
Only liquids, oils and vapors were allowed under the state’s tough restrictions that ban smokable marijuana.
The new rules also permit a doctor to take a two-hour course to become a registered provider, down from four hours.
It’s seen as a way to encourage more doctors to participate in New York’s medical marijuana program.

Lake Effect Snow to Hit Orleans County

A Band of Lake Effect snow will affect Orleans and Niagara Counties.

This afternoon a band of lake effect snow producing snow fall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour was located along the south shore of Lake Ontario north of Route 104. This band of snow will drift slowly south through late afternoon.

Locations impacted include:
Medina, Albion, Newfane, Lewiston, Youngstown, Middleport, Holley, Waterport and Lakeside Beach State Park.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations. Be prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.

Hit and Run on Richmond Ave. Update

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department would like to recognize and thank the good Samaritan that came to the aid of Rosemary Demske after she was struck while jogging on Richmond Avenue early Friday morning (12/22). That individual has been identified as Glen Enouen. Enouen happened to be in the area shortly after the incident and aided Mrs. Demske until Emergency Services arrived.

Anyone with any info regarding this hit and run is asked to call police at 345-6350, information may also be submitted via the confidential tip line at 345-6370 or via the City of Batavia Police Department website at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity.

NYS Police: Correction Officer arrested for Rape

Press Release:

On December 26, 2017 the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) arrested James W. Beam Jr., 41 of Silver Creek, NY for Rape 3rd degree and several counts of Official Misconduct.

Beam was charged following an investigation into an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate while employed as a Correction Officer at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility.

Beam was issued an appearance ticket at the direction of the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office and is to appear at the town of Portland court in January 2018.

This case was a joint investigation by the New York State Police and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations.

BPD Pedestrian Collision Investigation

Press Release:

The Batavia Police continue to attempt to identify the vehicle and driver that struck a pedestrian on Richmond Ave. near the Blind School on Friday 12/22/2017 at 5:09am. Rosemary Demske was injured after being struck by a vehicle that continued on without stopping. A passing motorist did stop to assist Demske, and called for help from the Police and Medical Personnel.

We are asking anyone with information about recently damaged cars or person(s) that have talked about this incident to come forward and contact the Batavia Police Dept. at 585- 345-6350 and ask to speak with a Supervisor at any time of the day or night.

As a reminder to residents please keep sidewalks shoveled for Pedestrians. Pedestrians please use sidewalks and if you have to be in the roadway walk facing traffic with reflective outerwear.

Car into pond in Alabama

First responders were called to Feeder Road near Klossen Road in Alabama for a Subaru Outlander that reportedly entered a pond around the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area.

Dispatchers called State Police, Mercy EMS along with Alabama and Wolcottsville Fire to respond.

There were two occupants who were unable to exit the vehicle one of which was disabled.

No injuries were reported and although the water permeated the vehicle it was not reported to be sinking.

Winter Weather Advisory in place for Orleans County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Orleans and Niagara Counties to be in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are predicted in the most persistent areas.

Forecasters are saying to plan on slippery road conditions and reduced visibilities.

Morning News Briefing

District Attorney swearing in to final four year term this week.
Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman will be sworn in for his 6th four-year term This Thursday.
Friedman made the announcement yesterday that this next term will be his last.
County Clerk Michael Cianfrini will be administering the oath for Friedman on Thursday and for his wife Melissa Cianfrini who will also be taking the oath to serve as First Assistant District Attorney for Genesee County.
Friedman’s support helped establish the First Assistant District Attorney position that previously didn’t exist.

Lake Effect Snow and Winter Chills in Wyoming.
The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Wyoming and Cattaraugus Counties until 6 pm this evening.
4 to 8 inches of additional accumulation is predicted in the most persistent areas of steady lake effect snowfall.
Also beginning at 9 this evening there will be a Wind Chill Advisory going into effect lasting until tomorrow at noon.
Wind chills ranging from 0 to 10 below zero are predicted today with temperatures whipping at around 15 below tonight.
Morning and evening commutes may be hampered in the impacted areas.

The search for a new city manager is at the center of a secret session for Batavia City Council tonight.
There will be no public discussion when Council gathers for a special business meeting at 7 this evening.
Council has only one item on the agenda – a move to go into executive session.
The Council is responsible for selecting an interim city manager to fill in for the departing Jason Molino until his permanent replacement is found.

Arguably the most beloved Buffalo Television News Anchor has passed.
Irv Weinstein died yesterday afternoon in California following a battle with ALS.
The 87 year old former anchor of Channel 7’s “Eyewitness News” was iconic in Buffalo as part of the longest running, and most popular television news anchor team in broadcast history.
Funeral services for Irv Weinstein are expected to be held on Thursday.
In honor of Irv’s passing, WBBZ-TV will re-broadcast two half hour “Giants of Buffalo Broadcasting” specials Wednesday and Thursday evening at 8p.m.

The Batavia DPW says it will pick-up Christmas Trees during the month of January as weather permits.
Only real trees will be picked up.
Trees should be placed in the parkway near the cub and be clear of sidewalks.

Irv Weinstein Dead at 87

Irv Weinstein

 

Irv Weinstein, the patriarch of Buffalo Television News, has died.
Weinstein lost his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, this afternoon in California.
He was 87 years-old.
Known for his rapid-fire delivery and famous alliteration Irv helped transform the Buffalo television market, taking Channel 7 -the number 3 station – all the way to number one, forever cementing his status as a Buffalo broadcasting legend in the process.
Funeral services for Irv Weinstein are expected to be held on Thursday.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman announces today that his upcoming 6th term in office will be his last.
Friedman will be sworn in for his 6th four-year term this Thursday.
Friedman used the announcement of his swearing in to say it will be his last term as Genesee County’s top law enforcement officer.

Gas in Western New York is up this holiday season. Even though fuel prices are down from last month, a website that tracks gas prices reports that travel this holiday season will be more expensive than it has been in three years. The average cost of a gallon of gas in the Rochester metro area is about two-dollars and 50-cents compared to two-35 last year and around two-20 the year before that.

An Attica woman gets six years in state prison for selling drugs out of her home.
44 year old Kara Baker of Lincoln Avenue in Attica could have received nine years behind bars.
She was arrested last September after police conducted a raid at her home.

Governor Cuomo is giving New Yorkers some shelter from the new tax plan. Under the newly passed plan, the amount of state and local taxes New Yorkers can deduct from federal returns will be limited to $10,000. On Friday Cuomo signed an executive order allowing property owners to pay some or all of their 2018 property taxes early. The governor urges folks to pay their local taxes while the current tax plan is still in place. Payments have to be postmarked or submitted online by December 31st.
Genesee County Treasurer Scott German issued a statement on Monday afternoon regarding the pre-pqayment issue. German wrote:

“The new Federal Income Tax Law will only affect an estimated 10-15% of the population in Genesee County as far as the SALT deduction. The law allows taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 a year in a combined New York State income tax and property taxes. So if your deduction of those taxes are less than the $10,000.00, it probably doesn’t make sense to pay your 2018 taxes early. For example, if your 2018 town/county, school and village taxes are $2,500.00 and your total New York State taxes paid will be $3,500.00 = $6,000.00. Total taxes paid are $6,000.00 which is less than the maximum $10,000.00 allowed; therefore your taxes would still be deductible on your 2018 tax return.”

 

The Batavia DPW says it will pick-up Christmas Trees during the month of January as weather permits.
Only real trees will be picked up.
Trees should be placed in the parkway near the cub and be clear of sidewalks.

County Treasurer on Pre-payment of Property Taxes

News Release: Genesee County Treasurer Scott German

There have been several phone calls to my office regarding the pre-payment of 2018 Town/County property taxes to be paid to the Town Tax Collector before December 31, 2017.

1. The new Federal Income Tax Law will only affect an estimated 10-15% of the population in Genesee County as far as the SALT deduction. The law allows taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 a year in a combined New York State income tax and property taxes. So if your deduction of those taxes are less than the $10,000.00, it probably doesn’t make sense to pay your 2018 taxes early. For example, if your 2018 town/county, school and village taxes are $2,500.00 and your total New York State taxes paid will be $3,500.00 = $6,000.00. Total taxes paid are $6,000.00 which is less than the maximum $10,000.00 allowed; therefore your taxes would still be deductible on your 2018 tax return.

2. It is unclear whether or not the IRS will allow a deduction of pre-payment of 2018 taxes on your 2017 tax return; please consult your tax accountant for clarification.

3. The tax bills are effective for the county fiscal year of January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. Payment for these taxes should be made January 1 or after.

4. This law has no effect on residents of the City of Batavia since city/county tax warrant isn’t until May.

City to Pick Up Christmas Trees

News Release: City of Batavia, Bureau of Maintenance

The City of Batavia will be picking up Christmas trees during the month of January as weather and operations permit.
Important information regarding Christmas tree removal:

  • We can only pick up real trees. No artificial trees.
  • Residents are to place trees in the parkway near the curb. Keep trees out of the roadway and clear of sidewalks.
  • Residents placing trees out will strip the trees of all decorations, lights, stands and bags. These items damage chipping equipment. Contact your waste disposal company for information on the proper disposal of these items.
  • If high winds are forecast, delay putting trees out until after winds have subsided. Trees in the road and across sidewalks are a hazards to motorists and pedestrians.
  • Keep trees free of snow and ice so they are visible and do not become frozen to the ground.
  • Please, have trees out for pick up before January 31 (Last day of pick-up).

Friedman: This Term is my Last

Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman announces today that his upcoming 6th term in office will be his last.

Friedman will be sworn in for his 6th four-year term this Thursday.

Friedman used the announcement of his swearing in to say it will be his last term as Genesee County’s top law enforcement officer.

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