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Congressman Chris Collins reportedly just lent $500,000 out of pocket to finance his own potential 2020 re-election run.
According to a Twitter post, Collins said the financing was to make sure his campaign has enough resources to get his message out although he has not yet made a decision about his future in politics.
The incumbent Republican for New York’s 27th District will also stand trial for federal insider trading charges in February.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Orleans, Monroe and Livingston counties.
The Excessive Heat Watch will be in effect from noon Friday until early Saturday evening. The watch estimates that heat index values will be as high as 110 degrees.
Young children and elderly adults are the most vulnerable in these high temperatures. Car temperatures can also reach dangerous levels in minutes.

The ICE raids anticipated across the nation are now underway in Western New York.
ICE raids are taking place in Orleans County.
Immigration officials picked up an alleged undocumented immigrant referred to by family as “Antonio” while he was on his way to work Tuesday morning in Albion.
According to his wife, the man has lived in the United States for over 15 years in hopes of starting a better life.
ICE also came to the wife’s Albion home to detain her as well on Tuesday.

Governor Cuomo signed a bill that raises the age to purchase tobacco products in New York State.
People now must be at least 21 years old to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The previous minimum age to purchase these products was 18.
Governor Cuomo said the new legislation is aimed at counteracting irresponsible marketing campaigns that target young people.
The law is expected go into effect in a few months.

A scratch-off winner from Brockport will be presented with a one million dollar award.
The new Monroe County millionaire recently hit the jackpot on a Ruby Red scratch-off ticket.
Yolanda Vega from the New York Lottery will deliver a one million dollar prize to the Brockport man.
The award ceremony will occur at Barber’s Grill and Tap Room on Main Street in Brockport, which is where the man bought the winning ticket.

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Campaign fund infusion hints at another run for Congressman Collins.
Congressman Chris Collins has given a small hint that he’s considering running for re-election in 2020.
The 27th District Republican recently lent his campaign $500,000 of his own cash.
Collins said on Twitter that while he’s yet to make a decision about his political future, the money transfer was to make sure his campaign would have the necessary resources to get his message out.
Collins is set to go on trial in February to face federal insider trading charges.

Authorities have identified a Rochester man whose body was found near Point Breeze on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies report that the body of 32 year old Serhiy Smyk of Rochester was discovered in the waters of Lake Ontario over the weekend.
Smyk reportedly went fishing with friends on June 21st at the Niagara Gorge.
The spending the night his friends reported him missing the next morning.
Officers are awaiting the results of Toxicology reports to reveal Smyk’s cause of death.

ICE raids make their way across Orleans County.
The anticipated raids by ICE occurring across the nation are continuing in Western New York.
Immigration officials picked up an alleged illegal immigrant while he was on his way to work Tuesday morning in Albion.
The man, only identified by his family as Antonio, has been living in the United States for more than 15 years according to his wife who said they came here to start a better life.
ICE came to her home in Albion to detain her Tuesday morning.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a bill raising the age to buy tobacco products in New York State.
Folks will now have to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
The previous minimum age was 18.
The governor says the new law is aimed at counteracting what he calls irresponsible corporate marketing campaigns that target young people.
The legislation is set to take effect in a few months.

Today is EMERGENCY RESPONDER’S NIGHT at the Genesee County Fair.
KID’S DAY has been rescheduled for tomorrow due to the anticipation of rain.
At 6:30 there will be a Fair Parade and The Band Red Creek will be playing tonight starting at 7 p.m.

43rd Annual Arc Golf, Bocce & Tennis Tourney

It was a first for golfers in Arc of Genesee Orleans Tournament Monday – a scramble format! After 42 years of stroke play, the planning committee switched things up this year, to rave reviews. “We wanted to appeal to golfers of every skill level,” Arc’s Sandy Konfederath said, “and also speed up play.”

The tournament is the longest running charity event at the local private course and also features tennis and bocce divisions. “Something for everyone,” Konfederath said. This year the tournament attracted 98 golfers, 37 bocce players and 14 playing tennis.

Women’s team: Heather Burbules, Maria Woodward, Francesca Fuller and Tina Lambert.

The mixed team of Katie Berger, John Houseknecht, Katie Houseknecht and Buddy Houseknecht recorded a tally of 62

The team of Steve Harrison, Steve Pies Bruce Briggs and Mat Redmond captured the men’s title with a 61.

In bocce, the top team from ESL Credit Union was Tim Miller, Jenna Holota, Mary Blevins and Collin Hawes who also won the golden pallina contest.

On the tennis courts, first place team honors went to James Bellamy and Diane Bonarigo; Gary May earned top score and second place team went to Augusts Rolfe and Calvin Klemmer.

This year’s hole-in-one prize on 8 was a 2019 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4, courtesy of Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Unfortunately, no one shot an ace to drive away with the vehicle.

In other on the course contests, Scott Fauth and Francesca Fuller won longest drive on 7 and 15. In the closest to the pin contests, Tina Lambert won a golf bag, courtesy of C.H. Wright on 8 (4’8”); John Houseknecht earned first prize on 12 (1’11”) with Paul Saskowski second (10’6”) and Karen Percassi third (11’). Kevin Wehner won a Schwinn bicycle, donated by Adam Miller Toy & Bike in the top prize on 14 (6’2”).

In bocce, the top team from ESL Credit Union was Tim Miller, Jenna Holota, Mary Blevins and Collin Hawes who also won the golden pallino contest.

On the tennis courts, first place team honors went to James Bellamy and Diane Bonarigo; Gary May earned top score and second place team went to Augusts Rolfe and Calvin Klemmer.

Funds raised benefit programs and services for people with disabilities served by Arc of Genesee Orleans. The tournament is named in memory of Danny Lullo, a local businessman who came up with the idea to hold a tournament to benefit Arc programs and services for people with disabilities in our community.

 

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The man whose body was found in Lake Ontario over the weekend has been identified.
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office reports the body is that of 32 year old Serhiy F. Smyk of Rochester.
Deputies say Smyk went fishing with friends in the Niagara Gorge back on June 21st. The group stayed in the gorge overnight. His friends reported him missing in the morning.
The cause of death is pending toxicology reports.

Congressman Chris Collins has introduced The Red Light Act. The proposed law would withhold federal highway funds from any state that grants driver licenses to illegal aliens. Collins’ legislation comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s recent signing of the Green Light Bill.
This new state law grants driver license privileges to illegal immigrants.

Daryl Leach has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison for holding up the Speedway in Batavia.
The 38 year old Leach has prior convictions for grand larceny, robbery and attempted assault. He has previously served 12 years in prison.

A three-year-old boy is dead after a tragic accident at a Rochester Tim Hortons.
Police say the child lost his life after falling into a grease trap at the restaurant on University Avenue.
It’s believed he climbed on top of the trap, but the plastic lid on top gave way and he fell in.
He was taken to the hospital but later pronounced dead. Police are still investigating.

Its day four of the Genesee County Fair.
The midway opens at 4 this afternoon.
The 4H Auction Hog Show begins at 5. A barn dance is scheduled for 7.

Fire leaves eight temporarily homeless

Fire caused by an electrical malfunction has left eight people temporarily homeless today.
Batavia City Firefighters raced to 319 East Main just after 7:30 this morning.
Fire was detected in the attic of the two story building.
Captain Greg Ireland said it was a fast response that saved the structure:

There were four apartments in the building. All were occupied.
There were no injuries.
The building cannot be lived in until the power is restored but fire and smoke damage was held to a minimum.
One block of East Main around the fire scene was closed for over an hour.
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are helping the tenants.

Muckdogs Pitching Leads First-place Batavia to 3-1 Win Over Vermont

 

BURLINGTON, VT. – There have been Batavia Muckdog games this season when you could almost feel the stare of Evan Brabrand from the bull pen as the closer wants the ball every night.
Because of two straight losses, he had to wait.
Sunday night, Brabrand’s wait was over and he rewarded manager Tom Lawless with his sixth save of the young season in a 3-0 Batavia win over the Vermont Lake Monsters on the road.
Brabrand, a 9th round draft pick this year by the Miami Marlins out of Liberty University, is now 6-for-6 in save opportunities, as he threw a scoreless seventh.
Batavia (18-11) maintains a first-place lead over West Virginia in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division and has a chance to win the series Monday.
The entire Batavia pitching staff has a 3.02 ERA and has struck out 260 batters in 247 innings. Josh Simpson picked up his fourth hold of the season, throwing two perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts before giving way to Brabrand. Simpson is a 2019 32nd round draft pick out of Columbia.
Starting pitcher Julio Frias improved to 2-1 as he threw six innings of 2-hit ball with five strikeouts and just one run allowed. The Marlins signed the 21-year-old lefty out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 and he has developed into a strong starter with 36 strikeouts in 30 innings.Batavia has given up just five hits the last two games.
Batavia picked up two runs in the fourth when Albert Guaimaro singled in Sean Reynolds, then Brayan Hernandez drove in Nic Ready for a 2-0 lead.
Holding on to a 2-1 lead in the ninth, Hernandez led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Ronal Reynoso.J.D. Orr was intentionally walked so with two outs, Lawless put the double steal on and it worked as they stole to second and third. The move paid off as Hernandez scored on a wild pitch before a groundout ended the inning.
The Muckdogs, who have increased attendance by 29 percent over last year, will return home on Wednesday and Thursday to take on the Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals). Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket officeetween 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.
The team is also home on July 20, 21 and 22 against Mahoning Valley (Cleveland Indians).

Morning News Briefing

Investigators trying to identify the remains of a body discovered in Lake Ontario.
Authorities said a fisherman made the grim find yesterday morning about three miles off the shore of Point Breeze.
The body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to try and determine the identity of the person and cause of death.
Investigators said it appeared the body had been in the water for a few weeks.
Area missing person reports are being checked.

Gas prices are holding steady as the summer travel season ramps up.
According to Triple A, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas is now two-84.
That’s the same as last week and is only a two cent increase in the last month.
In Batavia: the average price is 2.86

It is day three of the Genesee County Fair.
It is Veteran’s Day at the fairgrounds.
Activities for today are highlighted by the 4H Market Auction Goat Show at 9 this morning. The Classic Rock band BB Dang from Rochester performs tonight at 7. The fair continues through Saturday.

Monday, July 15th – VETERAN’S DAY AT THE FAIR
9 AM – 4-H Market Auction Goat Show (Main Show Ring)
10 AM – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
10 AM – 4-H Cloverbud Poultry Show (Merton Building)
10 AM – 4-H Dairy Fitting Clinic & Master Fitter Competition
10 AM – 4-H Goat Agility Contest (Goat Barn Show Ring)
10 AM – 4-H Market Auction Lamb Show (Main Show Ring)
4 PM – Midway Opens
4 PM – 4-H Market Auction Dairy Steer Show (Main Show Ring)
5 PM – 4-H Market Auction Beef Steer Show (Main Show Ring)
5 PM – North American Classic Six-Horse Hitch (Horse Arena)
7 to 9:30 PM – Band – BB Dang (Entertainment Tent)
10 PM – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Crossroads House says, please, no more Garage Sale donations.
The not for profit home for the terminally ill says they are completely out of storage space..
The annual Garage Sale for Crossroads house – the agency’s biggest fundraiser – will be held July 24th through the 27th.

The Batavia Muckdogs remain on top of the NYP Pinckney Division League.
They are a game behind Lowell for the overall league lead.
The Dogs beat Vermont Lake Monsters 3 to 1 yesterday.
The same two teams meet tonight in Vermont.

Muckdogs fall to Lowell, but remain in first place

Two Miami Marlins draft picks who are making an impact with the Batavia Muckdogs high-five after a diving catch by Milton Smith II, left, in centerfield head-first toward the fence to end the inning, and Troy Johnston, who belted a home run and doubled Friday before 1,301 fans in Batavia.

BATAVIA – After taking the first two games of the series against the Boston Red Sox from club Lowell Spinners, the Batavia Muckdogs were in position to take over the best overall record int he New York-Penn League.

However, the Spinners showed why they are in the top spot by scoring two big runs in the ninth inning to hold off the Muckdogs, 5-2 Friday night before 1,301 fans at Dwyer Stadium

Batavia (17-10) is still in first place in the NYPL Pinckney Division and goes on the road for three games against the Vermont Lake Monster, the Oakland A’s farm club.

Troy Johnston, a 17th round draft pick of the parent club Miami Marlins in 2019 out of Gonzaga went 2-for-3 with a 394-foot solo home run to right field that went 102 MPH off the bat. Johnston also hit a RBI double down the left field line in the first and is now hitting .357 on the season.

Sean Reynolds continued his three-game tear in his return to Batavia by going 2-for-4 with a double to increase his average to .545, as he hit two home runs then followed it up with four hits including the double.

Milton Smith II made one of the best catches of the season in centerfield, going on a dead sprint to center and diving head-first toward the fence making a catch to end the fourth inning. Smith II then led off the bottom half of the inning with a single and scored.

Albert Guairamo, Nic Ready and Dalvy Rosario had hits for Batavia.

The pitching staff game up 13 hits but only five runs, as Andrew Miller took the loss, throwing 3.2 innings with three strikeouts. Edison Suriel (two strikeouts) threw 1.1 scoreless innings and Bryan Hoeing in his first appearance in Batavia threw a scoreless inning.

The Muckdogs return home on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 against the Auburn Doubledays then back home July 20, 21 and 22 against Mahoning Valley.

Tickets for these games and others are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or be calling 585-483-3647.

Weekend News Briefing

Michael Piasta, the Batavia man convicted of robbing Arby’s on West Main last year, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Piasta was convicted by a Genesee County Court jury last April of armed robbery. Prosecutors say he held up the fast food restaurant with a fake handgun. He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision.
At his sentencing Friday Piasta’s lawyer asked Judge Charles Zambito for leniency. The defense lawyer said his client had a tough upbringing and was – quote, “dealt a bad hand.”
Zambito reminded Piasta that at a felony sentencing nine years ago he told then County Judge Robert Noonan, “You were going to straighten out your life and never get into trouble again.”

48 year old Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon has been sentenced to two years in state prison. Jennifer accepted a plea deal but continued to ask the court yesterday for leniency in case. She was accused of providing a loaded gun to 17 year old Samuel Blackshear. Blackshear then shot and wounded Nathaniel Wilson. Wilson had just stabbed and killed Terry Toote.
This all took place kin May of 2018 on Central Avenue in Batavia.
Judge Charles Zambito recognized Jennifer’s lack of a criminal record and community support but said the plea deal was fair.
She could have received three and a half years in prison.

Crossroads House says, please, no more Garage Sale donations.
The not for profit home for the terminally ill says they are completely out of space. Donations have filled three tractor-trailers, two shipping containers, a barn and a garage.
The annual Garage Sale for Crossroads house will be held July 24th through the 27th.

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Michael Piasta

Michael Piasta, the Batavia man convicted of robbing Arby’s on West Main last year, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
The 37 year old Piasta was convicted by a Genesee County Court jury last April of armed robbery. Prosecutors say he held up the fast food restaurant with a fake handgun.
He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision.
At his sentencing earlier today Piasta’s lawyer asked Judge Charles Zambito for leniency. The defense lawyer said his client had a tough upbringing and was – quote, “dealt a bad hand.”
Zambito reminded Piasta that at a felony sentencing nine years ago he told then County Judge Robert Noonan you were going to straighten out your life and never get into trouble again.

Crossroads House say, please, no more Garage Sale donations.
The not for profit home for the terminally ill says they are completely out of space. Donations have filled three tractor-trailers, two shipping containers, a barn and a garage.
The annual Garage for Crossroads house will be held July 24th through the 27th.

New York State lawmakers are calling on Governor Cuomo to sign legislation involving camps.
The bill would require summer camps to disclose if they are not regulated by the state.
One State Senator says unregulated camps do not have to meet the same health standards as other facilities. They also do not have to keep up-to-date vaccination records. The legislation passed the Senate and Assembly. It’s unclear if or when the governor will sign the bill into law.

Those who travel outside of Genesee County to shop at the popular Wegman’s supermarkets – this one is for you.
Wegman’s is warning customers of a fake $80 coupon that recently began circulating on Facebook.
Those who click on the ad will be taken to a seemingly-minor three-question survey and asked to click the “like” button at the end.
However, once the “like” button is clicked, it will then make changes to your web browser without permission.

The Batavia Muckdogs take the first two games of a three game series from the Lowell Spinners.
The Dogs now have an NYP League high 17-wins as they beat the Spinners 5 to 2 last night.
Tonight’s final game of the series will determine first-place in the New York Penn league.
Game time at Dwyer Stadium 7:05pm. You can hear the game on WBTA.

Arby’s Robber Gets 10 years

Michael Piasta

Michael Piasta, the Batavia man convicted of robbing Arby’s on West Main last year, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Piasta was convicted by a Genesee County Court jury last April of armed robbery. Prosecutors say he held up the fast food restaurant with a fake handgun.

He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision.

At his sentencing earlier today Piasta’s lawyer asked Judge Charles Zambito for leniency. The defense lawyer said his client had a tough upbringing and was – quote, “dealt a bad hand.”

Zambito reminded Piasta that at a felony sentencing nine years ago he told then County Judge Robert Noonan you were going to straighten out your life and never get into trouble again.

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A reward of $2,000 is available for information in the case of the 8-week old kitten thrown from a car last weekend.
Volunteers for Animals along with other supporters have put up the reward that lead to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
The kitten was thrown from a red passenger car last Saturday on Route 98 near Saile Drive. It suffered severe injuries and had to be euthanized.
Call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office with your information.

Expect to see construction begun on replacing the roof over the Batavia City Centre Mall by September.
City Manager Dr. Martin Moore says the city has awarded a $665,000 contract to Grove Roofing of Buffalo to replace the roof over the mall concourse and remove the skylights. Moore also said that National Grid is giving the city 165-thousand dollars for new LED lighting in the mall concourse.

The ink on that contract wasn’t even dry when Batavia Police say the mall concourse roof was vandalized.
BPD has released pictures of three of three individuals who may have information about the case. Those photos are on our website.
Police say vandals did not actually get into the mall but did cause damage the skylights.
This would have happened sometime last weekend. If you have any information, call Batavia Police.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center has taken the initial step toward approving 156-thosuand dollars in tax breaks for a warehouse project on Saile Drive.
The million dollar project would add 13,000 sq. ft. warehouse space to SCP Distributors. The company is a wholesaler of swimming pool supplies.
The warehouse is owned by a Saratoga based company. It says the project will retain 15-jobs at the warehouse.

Not so fast, Wegmans shoppers! The grocery store chain is warning customers of a fake $80 coupon that recently began circulating on Facebook.
Those who click on the ad will be taken to a seemingly-minor three-question survey and asked to click the “like” button at the end.
However, once the “like” button is clicked, it will then make changes to your web browser without permission.

Muckdogs Take Another from Lowell

Dakota Bennett and catcher Andres Sthormes talk before the seventh inning. Bennett threw five innings striking out three for the win for the first-place Muckdogs 

You never know who will step up for the Batavia Muckdogs night to night. It’s the main reason the team is 17-9, sitting in first place in the Pinckney Division.
Thursday night, it was Jack Strunc’s turn, as the shortstop went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead Batavia to a 5-2 win over the Lowell Spinners.
Lowell is now 17-8 and Friday night’s game in Batavia will determine who has the best overall record in the New York-Penn League.
“They have the best record coming in here but I think we show we can play with anyone,” said Strunc. “It doesn’t matter, we are confident no matter what division or who is at the top, these guys show up every single day, pitching and hitting.”
Strunc, who was drafted this year in the 25th round of the draft by the Miami Marlins, scored twice and drove in two runs to increase his average to .333 with the three-hit game.
“I’m trying to see the ball as long as possible, I’m not trying to do too much,” said Strunc. “I’m seeing a few more pitches than normal and I think that’s helping.”
Albert Guaimaro made three outstanding catches in right field including two running grabs near the fence to go with his RBI single at the plate. His defense kept runners from scoring in three innings.
Sean Reynolds, who is hitting .571 in his return to Batavia this week had a double and scored, Brayan Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI and Andrew Turner had a RBI single.
Pitching was strong again as Dakota Bennett picks up the win throwing five innings of shut out ball with three strikeouts and Geremy Galindez notched his second save, throwing a scoreless ninth with a strikeout. Easton Lucas started, striking out two in two innings and one of the new Muckdogs, Brock Love threw one scoreless inning with a strikeout. Love is a 34th round pick the Marlins from the 2019 draft and played at University of Alabama.
Coming up: Friday is Crafty Hour where the large selection of craft beers are just $3. There will be other specials and events during the 7:05 p.m. p.m. game.
Tickets for these games and others are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or be calling 585-483-3647.

Evening News Briefing

Expect to see construction begun on replacing the roof over the Batavia City Centre Mall by September.
City Manager Dr. Martin Moore says the city has awarded a 665-thosuand dollar contract to Grove Roofing of Buffalo to replace the roof and remove the mall skylights.
Moore also announced today on WBTA’s Main & Center that National Grid is giving the city 165-thousand dollars for new LED lighting in the mall concourse.

The ink on that contract wasn’t even dry when Batavia Police say the mall concourse roof was vandalized. BPD has released pictures of three of three individuals who may have information about the case.
Police say vandals did not actually get into the mall but did cause damage the skylights. This would have happened sometime last weekend. If you have any information, call Batavia Police. View surveilance photos HERE

One woman remains hospitalized from last week’s fire 13 Hutchins Street.
The unidentified woman had to jump from a second floor window to escape the flames. She suffered head and leg injuries and is still in Strong Memorial recovering.
Batavia Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano tells WBTA today the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Tests are being conducted by a state laboratory. Some results of the probe may be available next week.

A law ending religious exemptions to school vaccination rules is being challenged in court.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of families who held legal religious exemptions.
The law would require all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against common diseases. A judge will make a ruling on the case Friday.

The Batavia Muckdogs meet the Lowell Spinners again tonight at Dwyer Stadium.
The Dogs came out on top last night with the help of two home runs by Sean Reynolds – final score 8 to 6.
The second of the three game series is tonight at 7:05.

Vandalism to Mall Roof

The Batavia Police Department is investigating damage to the City Center which occurred between 06/29/2019 and 07/01/2019. The suspects did not gain entry to the building but did damage the skylights in the mall concourse, after getting onto the roof. These photos are individuals which may have information in regards to the investigation.

Anyone with information in reference to the case or who can identify the persons in the photos may contact Detective Eric Hill at 585-345-6373 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online HERE

 

     

 

 

 

NYSP UPDATE: Suspect sought by Troopers now in custody

Press Release:

UPDATE: Suspect has been located and is in police custody.
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Since the original press release was issued, State Police are investigating a stolen ATV and a truck stolen in the town of Almond.

The truck was pursued to the town of Ossian where the suspect, Edward Bancroft, fled on foot.

Bancroft is believed to be in the area of the Livingston/Allegany County line.

It is unknown if he is on foot or has another vehicle.

All residents are requested to call State Police Batavia, 585-344-6200, or 911 if they see Bancroft or observe any suspicious activity.

Residents are also requested to remove keys from all vehicles and keep their property locked.

Two photos are attached of Bancroft, with and without facial hair.

Reynolds blasts two home runs in Muckdogs win

Sean Reynolds connects on a 3-run home run in the first inning against Lowell on Wednesday. Reynolds, a 2016 draft pick, has hit 33 minor league home runs.

Press Release:

Reynolds returns to Batavia with two home runs in Muckdogs win over Lowell, 8-6

BATAVIA – When the rest of the Miami Marlins prospects were being moved up and down a few weeks ago, Sean Reynolds stayed in Florida to refine his sweet swing and work on little things in his hitting approach.

Boy are the Batavia Muckdogs glad.

In his first game with the team this season, Reynolds blasted two home runs, going 3-for-4 with five RBI’s and two runs scored. The Muckdogs (16-9) downed the Lowell Spinners (17-7), 8-6.

Reynolds, a crowd favorite, is a 6-foot-7, 237-pound first baseman who hits from the left side and throws right handed. The fourth round pick of the Marlins in 2016 has crushed 33 home runs in his short minor league career. The 21-year-old hit 17 home runs in Batavia last season.

“I want to be a consistent hitter who can have power,” said Reynolds. “It felt good, obviously, two big ones tonight. When it happens, it’s always good.”

However, Reynolds was pleased with his RBI single in the seventh inning.
“My favorite hit of the three was the two-out, two-strike RBI single,” said Reynolds. “It is huge whenever you get a chance to add on late in a game against a good pen like that.”

As for being back in Batavia, Reynolds said, “The crowd was excited and I was excited to be back. You never want to get sent down per se, but wherever I am I am going to try to help teams win games … That was fun.”

Reynolds then signed autographs for young fans and handed his over-sized batting gloves to one lucky Little League player. The boy looked at the gloves with wide-eyes and Reynolds joked, “don’t worry, you’ll grow into them.”

Lowell has the best overall record in the New York-Penn League and Batavia has the second best record, which is good enough for first place in the Pinckney Division.

With the Muckdogs trailing 6-5 following an extended fifth inning rally from their NYPL opponent, the Lowell Spinners, Reynolds came through with a blast for the ages, a two-run home run which regained the lead for Batavia and proved to be the difference in what eventually turned into an 8-6 win for the home team. The three-run, go-ahead moon shot, Reynolds’ second four-bagger of the game, followed his go-ahead three-run tater in the bottom of the first inning which came after a two-run first from Lowell. Both of Reynolds’ big flies came with two outs. His second home run came off the bat at 115 MPH.

Left fielder J.D. Orr, a 10th round Marlins draft pick this year, continued his torrid start to the season, finishing 3-for-4 with four runs scored and a stolen base while shortstop Dalvy Rosario (two runs), second baseman Jack Strung (25th round pick this year) and center fielder Milton Smith II (22nd round pick in 2018) also chipped in multi-hit games. Smith, the leading hitter in the NYPL is hitting .416 with Orr at .404 and chasing him at the second spot.
Picking up the win on the mound for Batavia was right-hander Joey Steele (1-0), who pitched one and two thirds clean innings, allowing two hits and striking out one. Steele, a 30th round pick this year, got out of a jam in the fifth and then went on to hurl a perfect sixth inning. Starter Edgar Martinez went 4.1 innings and struck out four. Muckdogs’ closer Evan Braband recorded the save, striking out the side in the ninth. Braband, the Marlins’ 2019 9th round draft pick, has allowed just one hit this season while striking out 11 over six and one third innings pitched. He now has five saves on the season. Josh Simpson, a 32nd round draft pick this year had his third hold as he threw two scoreless innings and struck out four.

Spinners’ right-handed reliever Miguel Suero (0-1) was hit with the loss, pitching two and one third inning, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one.
Batavia began the game trailing 2-0 after Lowell put up two-runs in the top of the first, but Reynolds’ blast in the bottom half of the frame gave the Muckdogs the lead until the fifth inning. The Spinners struck for two runs during both their half of the fourth and their half of the fifth, giving them a 6-5 lead heading to the bottom half of the inning. Then, Reynolds’ two-run blast during the Muckogs half of the fifth proved to be the difference, while Reynolds’ single in the seventh simply served as insurance.

Coming up: Tonight is Thirsty Thursday as all Labatt’s products are $2. On Friday is Crafty Hour where the large selection of craft beers are just $3. There will be other specials and events during the week. All games are at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets for these games and others are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or be calling 585-483-3647.

Morning News Briefing

Threats with a phony pistol land a Ross Street resident behind bars without bail.
26 year old Salvatore Tornabene of Ross Street in the City was apprehended by Batavia Police after investigating a reported domestic incident in a lower apartment at a Ross Street address.
Police say after investigating a domestic incident on July first they returned to the residence for a report of potentially armed subjects fighting on July 6th.
Investigation revealed that Tornabene had allegedly threatened a woman with a fake pistol during an altercation.
Tornabene was charged with counts of third degree Assault, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Menacing and was committed to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

A larceny complaint in Batavia lands a Bergen man in lock-up for drugs.
29 year old Kyle Hawley of South Lake Ave in Bergen was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following a report of a larceny from a Business on West Main Street in the city.
Deputies reportedly found Hawley as a passenger in a vehicle as the vehicle was entering the State Thruway at exit 48 in Batavia.
Lawmen say there were stolen objects plainly in view and further search uncovered two different types of a controlled substance a hypodermic instrument and other drug paraphernalia.
Hawley was hit with counts of Criminal Possession of a Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia and a Hypodermic Instrument and was released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on July 25th.

Peaceful rally planned for tomorrow night in Batavia.
A group of citizens from across Western New York are planning to hold a peaceful rally and candlelight vigil near the ICE Offices of the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility as part of a nationwide Lights for Liberty movement to protest the reportedly dire conditions for refugee children in migrant detention centers.
The rally is planned for tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m., at the corner of Federal Drive & Oak Orchard Road in Batavia.
Along with speakers and a candle light vigil the Rochester Raging Grannies are expected to be singing during the demonstration.

Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that would mandate equal pay for men and women soccer players in New York.
The 28 members of the U.S. women’s team filed a class action lawsuit in March against their employer — the United States Soccer Federation.
They claim the USSF pays female players less than members of the U.S. men’s team in violation of the U.S. Equal Pay Act.
Cuomo’s bill would force the federation to pay women the same salary that men make when doing business or playing games in New York.

A law ending religious exemptions to school vaccination rules is being challenged in court.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of families who held legal religious exemptions.
The law would require all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against common diseases.
A judge will make a ruling on the case Friday.

Evening News Briefing

Governor Andrew Cuomo, standing along the parade route for today’s ticker tape celebration for the U.S. Women’s soccer team, has signed a bill that would mandate equal pay for men and women soccer players in New York. The 28 members of the U.S. women’s team filed a class action lawsuit in March against their employer — the United States Soccer Federation. They claim the USSF pays female players less than members of the U.S. men’s team in violation of the U.S. Equal Pay Act. Cuomo’s bill would force the federation to pay women the same salary that men make when doing business or playing games in New York.

A man lives after going over Niagara Falls. It happened yesterday on the Canadian side of the falls. He climbed over a retaining wall and plunging nearly 200 feet. Officers found the man sitting on a rock at the bottom.
He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A campaign to draft Batavia’s David Bellavia to make another run for congress is gaining some momentum.
Bellavia’s former political consultant, Michael Caputo, says the recent Medal of Honor recipient could best serve the country in New York’s 27th Congressional District.
That seat is now occupied by fellow Republican Chris Collins.
Caputo says several GOP leaders in all seven counties of the 27th district, including Genesee County, have launched a “Draft Bellavia Campaign.”

The Batavia Muckdogs were ready to return home tonight with a clean sweep of their series against the State College Spikes …then – along came Machado.
Jonatan Machado crushed a two out, three-run home run and erased a Batavia lead and gave the Spikes a 6 to 5 that held up to win the game.
The Dogs remain in first place in their division and take on the Lowell Spinners tonight at Dwyer Stadium.

“SHARROWS”, OR SHARED LANE MARKINGS NEW HIGHWAY SYMBOL IN BATAVIA

Press Release:

National and Local efforts to incorporate bicyclists in any new road project are finding their way into the City of Batavia. “Complete Streets” is the term that is used for any street or highway, or any reconstruction of an existing highway, to consider the effect on bicyclists and pedestrians. Where possible, accommodation of these two groups should be incorporated into the project. This has happened in the City of Batavia, where the most recent update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan encourages a “Complete Streets” approach. East Avenue and Liberty Street now have “sharrows”, or shared lane markings (SLM), meaning that the streets, which have only one travel lane in each direction, are shared with bicycles in a wide (14 feet or more) lane (see picture).

Shared lane markings are high-visibility pavement markings that help position bicyclists within the travel lane. These markings are often used on streets where dedicated bike lanes are desirable but are not possible due to physical or other constraints. Shared lane markings are placed in the travel lane to alert motorists of bicycle traffic, while also encouraging cyclists to ride at an appropriate distance from the “door zone” of adjacent parked cars.

If there is enough room, a separate bike lane should be marked. Dedicated bike lanes do impact the ability to accommodate on street parking and often there just isn’t enough room to accommodate them. Further complicating the issue for bicyclists are streets where parking is allowed, as drivers often open their doors without looking for bicycles approaching from the rear. Bicyclists have been seriously injured by riding into a car door opened by a driver or rear-seat passenger without regard for bicycles.

The “sharrow” pavement markings should be supplemented with a Bicycle Warning Sign (see picture). Federal and state criteria designate where the sharrows and the warning signs should and should not be used. For bicyclists, where the sharrows are painted on the pavement, it only means that both bicycles and vehicles must use the same lane, and caution should be used by both. Vehicles should give bicyclists plenty of room when overtaking bicycles and bicyclists should realize that vehicles will be passing them. Providing marked facilities such as shared lane markings is one way of helping to persuade residents to give bicycling a try and remind motorists that the roadway is to be shared with bicycles.

First place Muckdogs return home, late inning home run wins it for State College

Batavia Muckdog Brayan Hernandez (23) during his first home run of the season. He his his second Tuesday night in a loss to State College.

Press Release:

Batavia returns home from road trip in first place; late HR lifts State College to win

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Just when the Batavia Muckdogs were ready to come home with a sweep of State College, Jonatan Machado provided eighth inning heroics.

Machado crushed a two-out, three-run home run that finished erasing a 5-2 Batavia lead and gave the Spikes a 6-5 lead they would hold for the win.

Leonardo Taveras, who has been nearly perfect for the Spikes, came on in the top of the ninth, striking out two batters while picking up the save with his fastball clocked at 98.

Picking up the win on the mound for the Spikes was Cardinals’ 2019 seventh round draft pick right-hander Jack Ralston (1-0).Batavia won the series, 2-1.

Batavia rapped 18 hits but no home runs on Monday in a victory, and started Tuesday with two home runs.

Jack Strunc blasted his first of the season, a 2-RBI shot in the fourth inning. Strunc was a 25th round pick in June of the Miami Marlins out of Creighton.

Brayan Hernandez hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning, a solo shot.

Nic Ready had a strong 2-for-4 game with two doubles, a RBi and a run as he now has a .310 average.

Dalvy Rosario (run) doubled for the Muckdogs and Troy Johnston singled.

Batavia southpaw Edison Suriel took the loss in relief.

Batavia starter Julio Frias went five strong innings with five strikeouts and gave up one earned run.

Another bright spot for Batavia was a strong outing by M.D. Johnson, who came on with one out and struck out two batters for his third hold.

Batavia (15-9), remains in first place and plays at home at Dwyer Stadium against the Lowell Spinners, a farm club of the Boston Rex Sox.

The game has many specials, including game-day food discounts that will be announced at the game, and Sahlen’s will provide hot dogs for just $1 all game. It is also Turnbull Little League night as children wearing youth baseball shirts receive a free general admission ticket.

On Thursday it’s Thirsty Thursday as all Labatt’s products are $2. On Friday is Crafty Hour where the large selection of craft beers are just $3. There will be other specials and events during the week. All games are at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets for these games and others are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or be calling 585-483-3647.

Morning News Briefing

A larceny and arson suspect possibly in Wyoming County is being sought by State Police.
State Police have requested assistance in locating a suspect after investigating a collision following a pursuit in the town of Eagle in which the operator fled into a wooded area.
Troopers along with State DEC Police, and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s are searching for 31 year old Edward R. Bancroft, of County Road Angelica.
Bancroft is also the suspect in multiple vehicle larcenies under investigation occurring across Wyoming, Livingston, Steuben, and Allegany Counties, as well as an arson in Allegany County.
State Police are advising the public to keep their homes and vehicles locked, and to report any possible sightings of Bancroft to State Police in Batavia at 344-6200.

A campaign to convince David Bellavia to make another congressional run is cropping up.
Although the Medal of Honor recipient Bellavia has showed some hesitation in stepping back into the political ring, his former political consultant, Michael Caputo, thinks Bellavia could continue to best serve his country in the NY-27th Congressional District seat.
Caputo, along with the help of political leaders in all seven counties of the district, launched a “Draft Bellavia Campaign,” in order to encourage and convince Bellavia to run.
Caputo is hopeful Bellavia will make his decision by the end of October, or at least after the holidays.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Upgrades continue at the county owned airport after landing another federal grant.
Congressman Chris Collins has announced that the Genesee County Airport is receiving a near $150K grant to help fund the design of two new airport projects.
One would reconstruct the pavement of the west apron while the other would remove an old T-hangar that violates FAA design standards.

A Travel Advisory for road work in Town today.
State Route 5 between 665 E. Main St. and 5009 E. Main St. Rd will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the westbound direction to allow for the construction of a center pedestrian refuge island as part of the Ellicott Trial Project today thru August 7th.
After the construction of the island, a permanent two way left turn lane will be provided from 5022 E. Main Street up to the new island reducing westbound traffic to one lane.

A man is alive and recovering after going over Niagara Falls Tuesday morning.
It happened on the Canadian side as police were responding to a report of a man in crisis.
He climbed over a retaining wall and was swept over the falls, plunging nearly 200 feet.
Officers found the man sitting on a rock at the bottom.
He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Evening News Briefing

The 8 week old kitten that was thrown from a car over the weekend has died from its injuries.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed this afternoon that the young female tiger cat had to be euthanized. Its injuries were just too severe. Deputies say they have little in the way of new information in the case.
They believe the kitten was tossed out the window of a red passenger car on Saturday night in the area of Route 98 and West Salie Drive.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. At 345-5000.

A young Oakfield woman is accused of lying to police about a motor vehicle accident. 19 year old Kayla Yglesias is charged with falsely reporting an incident and leaving the scene of an accident.
Deputies say Yglesias was involved in an accident back on June 22nd and left the scene.
She then allegedly reported the vehicle she was driving was stolen.
The vehicle was later found submerged in water in the town of Byron.

The Genesee County Airport cashing in for more federal money.
Congressman Chris Collins announcing today that the county owned airport will receive a grant of nearly 150-thosuand dollars toward the design of two projects at the airport:
One would reconstruct the pavement of the west apron while the other would remove an old T-hangar that violates FAA design standards.

The Batavia Muckdogs continue their winning ways.
The Dogs slammed the State College spikes last night 14 to 2 to remain on top of the NYP League Pickney Division.
The same two teams meet again tonight in State College.

Kitten Thrown from Car, Dies

The 8 week old kitten that was thrown from a car over the weekend has died from its injuries.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed this afternoon that the young female tiger cat had to be euthanized.
Its injuries were just too severe.
Deputies say they little in the way of new information in the case.
They believe the kitten was tossed out the window of a red passenger car on Saturday night in the area of Route 98 and West Salie Drive.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. At 345-5000.

Smith’s five hits, steal of home ignite Muckdogs to 14-2 win

Milton Smith II is waved home by Batavia Muckdogs manager Tom Lawless.

Press Release:

The first place Batavia Muckdogs improved to 15-8 on the season with a 14-2 win over State College Monday night.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – All season long, Milton Smith II has battled with teammate J.D. Orr for the top spot on the New York-Penn League average leader board.
Monday night, Smith raced out to the lead with a 5-for-6 performance to not only increase his average to .423 but lead the first place Muckdogs to a 14-2 win over the State College Spikes.

Batavia (15-8) pounded out 18 hits led by Smith II, who also had three runs, stole a base and had a RBI. The lefty centerfielder is a 2-18 22nd round draft pick by the parent club Miami Marlins. He is a Starkvile, Mississippi naïve and was drafted out of Meridian CC.

In the fifth, State College was keeping the game close at 5-2 when Batavia manager Tom Lawless started giving runners the green light. Dalvy Rosario and Troy Johnston had RBI singles, then Johnston stole second as Rosario stole home, starting a streak of nine unanswered runs.

Johnston, who is also a lefty outfielder, went 4-for-5, tripped two doubles with 3 RBI’s and three runs. He was taken by the Marlins in the 17th round of the 2019 draft out of Gonzaga and now has a .356 average.

Albert Guaimaro has continued his hot streak, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI’s and a run for the Muckdogs while catcher Dustin Skelton had three hits including a double and 2 RBI’s. Skelton was drafted this year by Miami a round after Johnston.

Jack Strunc had two hits and a RBI while Rosario had a hit, scored four runs and drove in a run.

Jackson Rose picked up his third win on the season, this time coming out of the pen to throw four scoreless innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts and just one walk. Rose, 3-1 on the season with a 2.70 ERA, is a 2018 Marlins draft pick out of Minnesota.

Eli Villalobos started and went four innings with four strikeouts and Tyler Kolek threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

The Muckdogs have now on 7-of-11 games and play one more game Tuesday night in State College at 7:05 p.m.

Coming Home: The Muckdogs return home to play Lowell on Wednesday as part of a three-game home stand (July 10, 11 and 12).

Hot dogs are just $1 on Wednesday and all Labatt’s products are $2. Friday is Crafty Hour, all craft beers are $3. There are other ticket specials for Little League players in uniform as well.

All three games start at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or call 585-483-3647.

Morning News Briefing

GCEDC to consider incentives for million dollar expansion in Batavia.
A real estate investment company based in Saratoga is seeking $156,000 in tax incentives from Genesee County.
Provident Batavia LLC plans to build a 13,000 sq. ft. addition to a it’s 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse on West Saile Drive that is leased to swimming pool supply company SCP Pools.
The project totals nearly $1.2-million.
According to the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) the project will retain 15 jobs at SCP Pools.
Because Provident is asking for over $100,000 in tax breaks, the project requires a public hearing if the GCEDC accepts the application at its board meeting this Thursday.
The project that will retain 15 jobs.

An East Main Street man is busted for drug dealing after a lengthy investigation.
45 year old William Schultz Sr. of Batavia was taken into custody following a 6 month long investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County.
Schultz was arrested on a sealed indictment while at the Batavia Police Department for and unrelated matter and is accused of selling a quantity of crack to a Drug Task Force agent on two separate occasions.
He is being held without bail on two Class B felony counts each of Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Genesee County deputies are looking into a disturbing case of animal abuse.
Officials say someone threw a kitten from a car in the area of Route 98 and West Saile Drive in Batavia Saturday night.
The animal suffered serious injuries and is currently recovering.
Police believe the animal was thrown from a red car and are asking anyone who may have seen what happened to contact them. If you have any information regarding the incident or the car in question, please contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at 343-5000.

An Oakfield woman arrested for lying to lawmen after allegedly fleeing a motorcycle accident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies in report the arrest of 19 year old Kayla Yglesias following investigation into a motor cycle accident on Fisher Road in Oakfield last month.
Yglesias was accused of leaving the scene of the accident and then reporting that the motorbike was stolen to law enforcement.
The bike was recovered from a body of water in Byron and Ygelsias was charged with multiple counts including Falsely Reporting an Incident to Law Enforcement, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Unlicensed Operator.
She is expected to appear in Oakfield Town Court on July 29th.

Town issues a Travel Advisory for road work starting tomorrow.
From July 10th thru August 7th State Route 5 between 665 E. Main St. and 5009 E. Main St. Rd will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the westbound direction to allow for the construction of a center pedestrian refuge island as part of the Ellicott Trial Project.
After the construction of the island, a permanent two way left turn lane will be provided from 5022 E. Main Street up to the new island reducing westbound traffic to one lane.

The International Joint Commission says Lake Ontario’s outflow levels won’t be changing.
Last month, officials increased the outflow limit to 10,400 cubic meters per second.
The IJC says if outflows were increased again, it would lead to shipping operations being shutdown along a stretch of the Saint Lawrence River, which would hurt the region’s economy.
The board says the current outflow will remain steady until the lake’s water levels drop.
That’s projected to happen next month.

Evening News Briefing

A Saratoga, NY based real estate investment company is seeking $156,000 in tax incentives from Genesee County.
Provident Batavia LLC plans to build a 13,000 sq. ft. addition to a warehouse it leases to SCP Pools, a swimming pool supply company.
The project totals $1.2-million. According to the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) the project will retain 15 jobs at SCP Pools.
Because Provident is asking for over $100,000 in tax breaks, the project requires a public hearing if the GCEDC accepts the application at its board meeting this Thursday.

It appears that distracted driving took the life of an 81 year old man at the intersection of Routes 63 and 19 in Pavilion.
The crash occurred Saturday afternoon when a Mercury Grand Marquis sedan, drtiven by Robert Daniels of Warsaw, slammed into the side of a tractor trailer.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Saile was one of the investigators:
Mr. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not hurt.

On Saturday, July 6 at about 8:45pm this kitten was thrown from the window of a red car on Route 98 near West Saile Dr.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office describes the kitten as an 8-week old female domestic shorthair brown tiger.
The kitten suffered severe injuries, according to deputies.
If you have any information regarding the incident or the car in question, please contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at 343-5000.

The Batavia Muckdogs remain on top of the NYP League Pinckney Division.
The Dogs beat the State College Spikes 3 to 2 yesterday.
The Muckdogs continue the series against State College tonight and tomorrow.
They return home on Wednesday to play the Lowell Spinners.

A BOLO has been issued for Ari in Alexander.
Ari is a parrot.
Ari reportedly took flight from his home on Dodgeson Road near Route 98 late this morning.
Ari is a Grey parrot with a red tail.
If you see Ari, call us here at WBTA and we’ll get you in touch with Ari’s keeper.

Deputies Want Info About Kitten Thrown from Car

On Saturday, July 6 at about 8:45pm this kitten was thrown from the window of a red car on Route 98 near West Saile Dr.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office describes the kitten as an 8-week old female domestic shorthair brown tiger.
The kitten suffered severe injuries, according to deputies.
If you have any information regarding the incident or the car in question, please contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at 343-5000.

Parrot Missing from Alexander Home

A BOLO has been issued for Ari in Alexander.
Ari is a parrot.
Ari reportedly took flight from his home on Dodgeson Road near Route 98 late this morning.
Ari is a Grey parrot with a red tail.
If you see Ari, call his keeper: Courtney Turcer at 813-2108.

Saratoga, NY Company seeks $156,000 in Tax Breaks from Genesee County

A Saratoga, NY based real estate investment company is seeking $156,000 in tax incentives from Genesee County.

Provident Batavia LLC plans to build a 13,000 sq. ft. addition to a warehouse it leases to SCP Pools, a swimming pool supply company.
The project totals $1.2-million. According to the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) the project will retain 15 jobs at SCP Pools.

Because Provident is asking for over $100,000 in tax breaks, the project requires a public hearing if the GCEDC accepts the application at its board meeting this Thursday at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the GCEDC offices at 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia.

GCC ATHLETICS UPDATE: Lauren Diegert signs for Women’s Lacrosse

PHOTO: Lauren Diegert (3rd on Left) joined (L-R) by returning Women’s Lacrosse players Olivia Clingerman, Hannah Kirisits, and Jenny Yuhnke

Press Release:

Genesee Women’s Lacrosse Signs Lauren Diegert to Letter Of Intent

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse program added incoming freshman Lauren Diegert as Diegert signed her Letter of Intent. The Churchville-Chili graduate was greeted on her signing day by three of Genesee’s current lacrosse players, Olivia Clingerman, Hannah Kirisits, and Jenny Yuhnke.

“We’re excited to welcome Lauren to the team. Not only is she a good player, but she also fits right in with the girls”, stated Genesee Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt. Lauren played lacrosse all throughout high school but, she also ran track in 2017. Her main events were the 300M and the 55M. Lauren played many different positions at Churchville-Chili, but for her senior season she mostly played attack. Lauren will be pursuing a Fashion Design major here at Genesee.

Olivia Clingerman, Hannah Kirisits, and Jenny Yuhnke will all be returning for the next season in 2020. All three had a great year with the cougars and are looking forward to an even better one this coming year. Olivia was one of the strongest defenders for GCC this past season and was also a freshman captain. She started every game and had one goal, one assist, and 26 ground balls. Clingerman was awarded All-Conference and All-Tournament team during Regionals. Hannah, another captain, had an exceptional season as a midfielder for Genesee. She started every game and finished the season with 33 goals, 12 assists, 27 ground balls, and 28 draw controls. Kirisits was named All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American. Hannah is the first ever All-American in the history of Genesee Women’s Lacrosse. Although Jenny was new to the sport this season, she showed potential right away and started every game. Yuhnke played attack and midfield, and ended the season with 2 goals, 4 assists, and 14 ground balls.

“We finally have a competitive lacrosse program at Genesee and we’re really looking forward to the 2020 season. We have a strong sophomore class coming back and some really enthusiastic freshman” says Assistant Coach Macy Reyngoudt.

Other returning sophomores are recently named All-Conference Riley Marconi, Mackenzie O’Brien, Diante Scheepers, Madison Hammond, and Autumn Ressue. The cougars did not graduate any of their defenders and still have a strong attacking player with Riley Marconi, who started every game, had 11 goals, 4 assists, 20 ground balls, and 8 draw controls.

The Genesee Cougars finished their season 6-5 and were ranked third in the region. If you are interested in trying out for the upcoming season, please email Jeff Reyngoudt at jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu.

First place Muckdogs win on a balk

Press Release:

Batavia Muckdogs use a balk and solid pitching to stay in first place with 3-2 win

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – To remain in first place in the New York-Penn League, the Batavia Muckdogs pitching needed a little help.

The offense provided it with a two-out rally and a balk call in the fourth inning as the Muckdogs downed the State College Spikes, 3-2 on Sunday.

The Muckdogs trailed, 2-1 when Jack Strunc walked with two outs, then Andrew Turner blasted a double to the gap and Strung scored all the way from first.
That’s when the luck came through as well. Dustin Skelton struck out, but when the ball got away from the catcher, he made it to first and Turner went to third. Still with two outs, a balk was called and Turner scored the eventual winning run.

From there, the pitching continued to be tremendous for Batavia.

Jeremy Galindez improved to 2-0 with the win, as he threw two perfect innings in relief of Remey Reed. Reed, who is 3-0 on the season, struck out five in four innings and lowered his ERA to 1.73.

Josh Simpson, a 2019 draft pick of the Miami Marlins, got his second hold of the season, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout.

Evan Brabrand, who has developed into a closer for Batavia manager Tom Lawless, picked up his fourth save of the season. Brabrand, a ninth-round draft pick this year, finished the eighth and ninth without allowing a hit or run.

Batavia improved to 14-8 with the win, 1.5 games ahead of State College (13-10) and two games ahead of Mahoning Valley and West Virginia.

The other Batavia run came in the first when Milton Smith II singled and scored on a hit by Troy Johnston, who had two hits on the day, that scored Milton Smith II.
State College answered in the bottom of the inning when Andrew Warner hit a two-run single.

Albert Guaimaro and Sklton had hits while Turner had two hits.

The Muckdogs are at State College tonight and Tuesday, both games at 7:05 p.m.

The Muckdogs return home to play Lowell on Wednesday, July 10 as part of a three-game home stand (July 10, 11 and 12).

Hot dogs are just $1 on Wednesday and all Labatt’s products are $2. Friday is Crafty Hour, all craft beers are $3.

All three games start at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or call 585-483-3647.

Morning News Briefing

Warsaw man killed in a two vehicle crash in Pavilion.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Investigators say that distracted driving is likely the cause of a two vehicle accident that claimed the life of an elderly Warsaw man over the weekend.
The crash occurred at Route 63 and Route 19 in Pavilion at approximately a quarter after 12 Saturday afternoon after a tan 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis sedan slammed into the side of a trailer being hauled by a semi-truck.
Our news partner The Batavian was on scene with Sgt. Jason Saile…

The driver of the sedan 81 year old Robert Daniels, of Warsaw is believed to have ran a red light and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Genesee County Coroner.
The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.

A North Street resident behind bars without bail for an alleged assault.
52 year old Brian Dyer was arrested following a disturbance on North Street in the City Friday evening.
He is accused of hitting another person in the head with a blunt object during a fight, causing an injury and was charged with Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Dyer was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail and is expected to reappear in Batavia City Court today.

Batavia man jailed without bail after leaving the scene of a drunk driving accident.
City Police report the arrest 38 year old Scott Higgins of Ganson Ave Batavia on counts of felony DWI for having a previous conviction, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
Higgins allegedly left the scene after crashing his truck into a utility pole on Maple Street in the City.
He was jailed without bail and is expected in City Court this afternoon.

Rochester resident busted with burglar tools and drugs in LeRoy.
LeRoy Police report the arrest of 47 year old Samuel Sciascia of Dewey Ave Rochester on four counts of Criminal Possession Controlled Substance, a single count of Criminal Possession of Burglar Tools and one count of Criminal possession of a Hypodermic instrument.
Police received a complaint of suspicious activity at the Tops parking lot on West Main Street in LeRoy.
Upon arrival, Officers allegedly found Sciascia in possession of multiple different types of controlled substances along with a crack pipe and hypodermic needles and a vehicle access tool used to enter locked vehicles.
Sciascia was committed to the Genesee County jail in lieu of bail.

No injuries are being reported after an Amtrak train hit a vehicle in Wayne County.
State police say the collision happened yesterday afternoon in the area of Brown Road and Locco Road in Savannah.
There were 249 people on board the locomotive at the time.
The four people in the vehicle that was struck have all been accounted for.
There’s no word yet if any charges will be filed.

First place Batavia Muckdogs win again, four-out-of-five

Hitting, pitching lead first-place Batavia Muckdogs to 4-1 win

Press Release:

AUBURN – The Batavia Muckdogs showed some power to go along with the season-long outstanding pitching to remain in first place with a 4-1 win over the Auburn Doubledays Friday night.

Batavia (13-7) is in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Edison Suriel picked up in the win in relief of Edgar Martinez (four innings, three strikeouts, two hits one run) by throwing a scoreless fifth with a strikeout. Dakota Bennett had an unconventional save, throwing the final four innings of shut out ball, striking out two and giving up just two hits and no walks.

At the plate, Troy Johnston (double, RBI, run) and Harrison Dinicola (double, RBI) each had two hits while Milton Smith II (run), Nic Ready (RBI double), Andrew Turner and Jack Strunc (RBI double) all had hits. Albert Guaimaro blasted a triple for the Muckdogs and scored.

Batavia trailed 1-0 in the third when Johnston doubled with two outs and scored on Ready’s double.
In the fourth, Strunc scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. The Muckdogs tacked on insurance with single runs in the seventh and eighth.

The Muckdogs continue to get support from the draft and Miami Marlins signings, as Bennett was an 11th round pick of Miami in 2017, Johnston a 17th round this year, Dinicola went in the 27th round in 2018, Ready was picked in the 23rd round this year, Strunc 25th round this year, Smith II was a 22nd round pick in 2018 and Andrew Turner went in the 39th round in 2018.

The Muckdogs have won four-of-five and the last two on the road.

The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 4 p.m. as the Muckdogs have five more road games over the next four days before returning home to play Lowell on Wednesday, July 10 as part of a three-game home stand (July 10, 11 and 12).

Hot dogs are just $1 on Wednesday and all Labatt’s products are $2. Friday is Crafty Hour, all craft beers are $3.

All three games start at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available at the Dwyer Stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, online at muckdogs.com or call 585-483-3647.

Weekend News Briefing

Batavia man busted for burglary after being banned from Walmart.
Following investigation into an incident at Walmart last month Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 24 year old Carlton Beardsley of West Main Street Road on counts of third degree Burglary and Petit Larceny.
Beardsley is accused of stealing and inhaling aerosol compressed air for cleaning electronics after trespassing onto Walmart property.
He was reportedly barred from the department store from a previous incident.
Beardsley was committed in lieu of $2,000 bail to the County clink and is expected back in Batavia Town Court on July 27th

LeRoy Police have arrested a 47 year old parolee for his alleged connection to the string of larcenies from vehicles over the past few months. Andrew Kosiorek of Myrtle Street LeRoy was arrested Wednesday night after he was caught stealing items from vehicles on Church and North Street along with being found in possession of a crack cocaine pipe.
Investigators believe that Kosiorek is the person responsible for the rash of Larcenies which has been steadily increasing since the beginning of May.
He was charged with counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $3,500 cash bail.

A Bank street woman busted for shooting up in the city.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 44 year old Colleen Hutchinson after officers were dispatched to a Hutchins Street address Tuesday morning on a call reporting that a female who was allegedly “shooting up”.
Hutchinson was allegedly found in possession of a hypodermic instrument and two glass “crack” pipes and was charged with criminally using drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic instrument.
She was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on July 16th.

The Genesee County STOP-DWI and Youth Bureau are having their Annual Night at the Ballpark on Wednesday, July 17th at Dwyer Stadium.
The first 200 youth under 16 can get in free to the event and there will also be free Muckbucks or t-shirts to the first 200 youth.
STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers…

The Annual Stop DWI Night at the Ballpark is made possible from generous sponsors and contributors such as the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, The Original Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, Gerace Realty, and Adam Miller Toy and Bike along with many others.

Hitting and pitching lead Batavia Muckdogs to a 4 to1 win over the Auburn Doubledays Friday night.
Batavia now 13 and 7 on the season, sits in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
The Muckdogs have won four-of-five and the last two on the road.
The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

Night at the Ball Park

Press Release:

The Genesee County STOP-DWI and Youth Bureau are having their Annual Night at the Ballpark on Wednesday, July 17th at Dwyer Stadium. The first 200 youth under 16 can get in free to the event. You can redeem your free ticket at the box office that night!

There will also be free Muckbucks or t-shirts to the first 200 youth, and more than 500 prizes and giveaways on hand. A chance to win a bike from Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle will be given away this night. A variety of educational booths will be on hand, including one with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office with child ID kits. Our entertainment in addition to the ballgame is a magician will be on hand from 6-8pm.

Sarah Palermo from GCASA’s Victim Impact Panel will be throwing out the first pitch!

All of this is made possible from our wonderful sponsors and contributors: GCASA, Genesee County Interagency, Genesee County Sheriff’s Association, Kiwanis Club of Batavia, United Memorial Medical Center, United States Gypsum Co, The Original Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, Western New York Association of Chiefs of Police, Salmon Orthodontics, Gerace Realty, Polish Falcons, Loyal Order of the Moose, Tops Friendly Markets, and Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05.

Last call for Batavia Downs stall applications

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — With the start of the live racing season just three weeks away, horseman should be advised this is the last call to turn in a stall application for the upcoming 2019 Championship summer/fall meet.

Stall applications must be received by the track no later than Monday (July 8).

The backstretch opens for tack on Thursday (July 18) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Saturday (July 20) at 8 a.m.

Stall applications, agreements and reservation forms are available for download on the track’s website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com). Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen to find all three forms.

Applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association office located on-site at Buffalo Raceway.

The first draw will be held on Friday (July 19) for Wednesday (July 24) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs.

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

All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing, at 585.343.3750, ext. 6322.

Morning News Briefing

LeRoy Police have arrested a 47 year old parolee for his alleged connection to the string of larcenies from vehicles over the past few months.
Andrew Kosiorek of Myrtle Street LeRoy was arrested Wednesday night after he was seen by a vigilant citizen allegedly prowling North Street, trying to enter numerous vehicles and stealing items from at least two vehicles.
Upon his arrest, Kosiorek was allegedly found in possession of recently stolen property from vehicles on Church Street and North Street along with a crack cocaine pipe.
Investigators believe that Kosiorek is the person responsible for the rash of Larcenies which has been steadily increasing since the beginning of May.
He was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, three counts of Attempted Petit Larceny and one count of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $3,500 cash bail.

House fire on Hutchins Street lands two in the hospital.
The City of Batavia Fire Department responded to a reported house fire with occupants trapped at 13 Hutchins Street early yesterday morning.
Initial fire units arrived to find a man hanging from a second story window and a woman who had jumped from a second story window to escape.
Both victims were transported to area hospitals with their condition unknown at this time.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

A Batavia man lands in lock-up for burglary in Batavia.
24 year old Carlton Beardsley of West Main Street Road is charged with third degree Burglary and Petit Larceny following investigation into an incident at Walmart in Batavia last month.
Beardsley trespassed onto Walmart property after being barred from a previous incident then allegedly stole and inhaled aerosol compressed air for cleaning electronics.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail and is expected back in Batavia Town Court on July 27th.

A Bank street woman busted for shooting up in the city.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 44 year old Colleen Hutchinson after officers were dispatched to a Hutchins Street address Tuesday morning on a call reporting that a female was allegedly “shooting up”.
Hutchinson was allegedly found in possession of a hypodermic instrument and two glass “crack” pipes and was charged with criminally using drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic instrument.
She was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on July 16th.

The National Weather Service out of Buffalo has issued a Heat Advisory that includes Orleans, Genesee, and Livingston counties.
The advisory is in effect from 11 AM this morning to 6 PM this evening with temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 90s.
The heat and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Officials encourage staying hydrated, in an air-conditioned room if possible, to avoid extended time in the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors.

Morning News Briefing

 

2 People were trapped on the 2nd floor of a house at 13 Hutchins st early this morning as fire crews responded to the scene. One person was able to safely jump from the home, however was seriously injured in the fall. The other person was safely rescued by firefighters using a ladder. Both were sent to UMMC for evaluation as both suffered smoke inhalation. The 2nd floor of the home was gutted and one side of the home was heavily damaged by the smoke and flames. The Salvation Army assisted with the 2 households that now will be seeking new living arrangements.

Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced yesterday that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start yesterday, July 3rd and will end on Sunday, July 7th.
The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Thursday so expect heavy traveling and festivities to begin today and run through Sunday, July 7th.

The Batavia Muckdogs drew the largest home crowd in over two years and remain in 1st place even after losing last night 6-4. Paid attendance was 2,314. The Muckdogs now play 7 games in 6 days at Auburn and State college before returning home to play Lowell on Wednesday July 10th.

Drivers are getting a break when hitting the roads this July 4th in New York. Governor Cuomo said lane closures for state road and bridge construction projects on state highways will be suspended from six this morning until Monday morning. The governor said with a record number of travelers expected to hit the road this holiday weekend, officials are doing what they can to help ease traffic. He’s also urging motorists to follow the state’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to slow down and safely move over for emergency vehicles stopped along the road.

If you are looking for a local fireworks show on the 4th of July you may be out of luck. And fireworks are scheduled Friday at Batavia Downs to follow the Kim Mitchel concert.

A new poll shows New Yorkers feel pretty patriotic on this Independence Day. According to the Siena College Research Institute, 77-percent of those surveyed say they celebrate July 4th. Fifty-five-percent also admit they wear red, white and blue for the holiday. Data also shows 71-percent of New Yorkers describe themselves as patriotic, while 80-percent claimed they’re at least somewhat if not very proud to be an American.

Evening News Briefing

A Town of Irving woman has been convicted of killing a college student near Darien Lake last August.
A Genesee County Court jury found 48-year-old Jennifer Serrano was drunk when she struck 18-year-old Connor Lynskey on Sumner Road following the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.
Lynskey, an 18 year old Siena College student, was heading back to his campsite when he was hit.
Serrano’s trial lasted six days. It took the just only three hours to find Serrano guilty of manslaughter, leaving the scene, and drunk driving.
She faces up to 14 years in prison when she’s sentenced in August.

Genesee County Court Judge Charles Zambito has rejected a defense attempt to remove D-A Lawrence Friedman from an assault case.
Attorney Frank Housh represents Antwan Odom who is charged with stabbing Ray Leach last summer.
Housh was at odds with Friedman over whether Odom should be granted youthful offender status.
The defense claims that Leach was the first aggressor in the fracas and that Odom was just defending himself.
The trial is scheduled to begin early next month.

Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia again in the national spotlight.
The Batavia resident will throw out the ceremonial first pitch in tonight’s Mets – Yankees game at Ctiti Field in Queens.
Just last week Bellavia was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Trump for meritorious service during the Iraq war.

The Batavia Muckdogs are in sole possession of first place in the NYP League’s Pinckney Division.
The Dogs beat the State College Spikes last night one to nothing.
The Muckdogs have taken the two games of the three game series.
First pitch tonight is 7:05. Hear the call on WBTA.

If you are looking for a local fireworks show on the 4th of July you may be out of luck.
Fireworks are scheduled for tonight at Dwyer Stadium following the Muckdogs game.
And fireworks are scheduled Friday at Batavia Downs to follow the Kim Mitchel concert.

United Way Announces Campaign Total

News Release

The United Way of Genesee County announces its 2019 campaign total as $351,676. Through these donations, subsidies have been granted to 27 programs within Genesee County; to include numerous additional agencies who will receive funding via donor designations.
During the 2019 campaign celebration breakfast on June 28th, the following were honored for their dedication to the United Way:

• Top Hat Award (for the highest workplace campaign)- O-AT-KA Milk Products
• Agency of the Year (for being the phoenix of agencies) – YWCA
• Barber Conable Award (for exemplary commitment to the community)- Genesee County Employees and Government
• Volunteer of the Year (for her 13 years of unfaltering loyalty)- Theresa DeMars

Acts of Valor awards were given to these Knights in Shining Armor, as they came to the aid of the United Way to find a solution for an immediate need that had been brought to the United Way’s attention:

• Julie Gill from Home Depot
• Gregory and Joan Post from Greg Post General Services
• Jaylene Smith-Kilner from Habitat for Humanity
• Tim Adams and Steven Foster from the Red Osier Landmark Restaurant

Liberty Pumps and the employees of Genesee County were the second and third highest workplace campaigns this year. Whereas, the late Rick Ensman and Bill & Barb Schreiber were the highest individual contributors.

The United Way of Genesee County is extremely grateful to all who participated in this year’s campaign. The lengthy list of workplace and individual donors is heartwarming and proves that so many are invested in the wellness of our community.

Morning News Briefing

Jennifer Serrano

A Western New York woman has been convicted for killing a college student near Darien Lake.
Prosecutors say 48-year-old Jennifer Serrano of Irving was drunk when she struck 18-year-old Connor Lynskey on Sumner Road after a Jason Aldean concert last August.
Lynskey, a Siena College student, was heading towards the campground he was staying at when he died. It took a Genesee County jury about three hours to reach its verdict yesterday. Serrano is facing up to 14 years in prison when she’s sentenced in August.

A motion by a defense lawyer to have Genesee County D-A Lawrence Friedman disqualified from the Antwan Odom assault case has been denied.
Frank Housh represents Odom who is accused of knifing Ray Leach during a fracas in the city last year. Housh wanted Friedman pulled off the case in a dispute over whether or not Odom was eligible for youthful offender status.
Judge Charles Zambito did not buy Housh’s argument.
Trial is now set for the first week in August.

Batavia’s David Bellavia still in the lime light.
Bellavia will be in Queens tonight to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Mets take on the Yankees at Citi Field. Just last week Bellavia was awarded the Medal of Honor by the President for his valor during operation Iraqi Freedom in Falluja.

It’s an annual tradition: State Police are staging a statewide crack-down during the July 4th holiday. Drivers can expect to see increased patrols to check on drunk, drugged and distracted driving. Last year, police issued more than ten-thousand 500 tickets to impaired, distracted and reckless motorists during the July 4th holiday weekend.

President Trump is again taking aim at New York State.
In a pair of Tweets, the President claimed that people are fleeing New York like never before.
He says New York taxes are too high.
Governor Cuomo responded saying that the President is in “la la” land.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES JULY 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 Wednesday. The office hours will be attended by Hawley’s staff. The 139th Assembly District, represented by Hawley, includes all of Genesee County and portions of western Monroe County.

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
July Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Genesee County:
Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, July 12, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, July 26, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Vehicle thefts continue in LeRoy according to police.
Village residents are being reminded by LeRoy Police to keep their vehicles locked especially when parked overnight.
According to police report of thefts from unlocked cars have continued to roll in over the past two weeks and now the thefts have escalated into at least two reportedly stolen vehicles.
Both vehicles have since been recovered.
The most recent thefts have occurred over the weekend from the Madison and Hilltop Avenue area.

Funds flow in for renovations at the ARC’s former production facility.
Yesterday the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group of Genesee County Inc. presented a check for $10,000 to help fund the estimated $150,000 cost of remodeling a portion of the ARC of Genesee Orleans former production facility.
Shelley Falitco works as the Public Relations for the ARC…

The remodeled facility will become the “GO TO Hub,” a place for community prevocational and day habilitation services.
Falitico said they have raised around $60,000 towards the project.

A Western New York native is officially the head of the state Republican Party.
Nick Langworthy was elected yesterday to replace Ed Cox. Cox announced earlier this year he’s leaving the position to work on President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Langworthy says he’s focused on improving enrollment numbers for the party and winning back the state Senate in 2020.
Right now, there are no Republicans in control of any statewide office.

Troopers to take part in a statewide crack down during the July 4th holiday.
Drivers can expect to see increased patrols to crack down on drunk, drugged and distracted driving.
State troopers say motorists can expect to see sobriety checkpoints set up until Friday July 5th.
Last year, police issued more than 10,500 tickets to impaired, distracted and reckless motorists during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Tracy Avenue in Batavia will be closed to all through traffic for storm sewer repair from 7AM to 3PM today.
The work will be performed between North and Hart Street.
All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes during the operation.
Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays.
This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Evening News Briefing

As travelers get ready to head to their holiday destinations, they’ll be paying more at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Western New York is now $2.80.
That’s five cents more than last week, but is still two cents lower than a month ago.
In Batavia, GasBuddy.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular at $2.85, five cents more than the regional average.

LeRoy Police warning residents of the village to lock their vehicles when parked – especially overnight.
Police say there have been several reported thefts from unlocked cars over the past two weeks.
The most recent thefts have occurred over the weekend from the Madison and Hilltop Avenue area.

This note for motorists who use Tracy Avenue in Batavia.
Tracy Ave will be closed to all traffic tomorrow from 7am to 3pm between North and Hart Streets.
The city will be doing storm sewer repairs.
Again, that Tracy Ave between North and Hart Streets closed tomorrow.
The work is weather dependent and subject to re-scheduling if it rains

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is recapping last week’s trip to Israel, which he calls a success on multiple fronts. The governor spent 36-hours in the country, speaking to local business leaders while also standing in solidarity with the Jewish people and in opposition to anti-Semitism. Cuomo reiterated one of the trip’s goals was to push back against a recent rise in anti-Semitism, both in New York and around the country.

Tracy Ave to Close for Storm Sewer Repair

On Tuesday, July 2nd, from 7AM to 3PM, Tracy Avenue in the City of Batavia will be closed to all
through traffic for storm sewer repair.

The work will be performed between North Street and Hart Street.
All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes during the operation. Residents
within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to
and from your residence.

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

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

LeRoy PD: Reported Vehicle Thefts

Press Release:

The LeRoy Police Department has been receiving continuing complaints relating to thefts from unlocked vehicles in different locations throughout the Village of LeRoy. These thefts have now apparently evolved into actual thefts of the vehicle when the keys are left in the vehicle.

Multiple thefts from unlocked vehicles have been reported over the past couple of weeks in different locations throughout the village and two vehicles have actually been stolen but later recovered, both located in the Myrtle Street area.

The most recent thefts were reported on 6/29/2019 from the Hilltop and Madison Avenue area, further a girls bike was located on Wilson Street which may or may not be involved. If you are missing such a bike please contact the LeRoy Police Department at 345-6350.

The LeRoy Police are reminding all citizens to please lock your vehicles when not in use, especially overnight and further if you do see something or someone suspicious please call 9-1-1 right away.

Rochester resident jailed without bail after being busted with drugs on Bank Street

Joseph Ruise

Batavia Police made a drug bust on Bank Street that ended with a Rochester man behind bars.

35 year old Joseph Ruise of North Clinton Street Rochester was arrested on multiple counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing a quantity of three separate controlled substances’.

Ruise was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Morning News Briefing

Shonje Jefferson

Christopher Ridgeway

City Police conducted a traffic stop on Hyde Park in Batavia that ended with two alleged drug dealers in lock-up.
During the traffic stop Thursday afternoon officers found a quantity of narcotics and marijuana in a vehicle driven by 27 year old Christopher Ridgeway of Midlothian Virginia with 20 year old Shonje Jefferson of Rochester as a passenger.
Both men were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug with intent to sell along with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Ridgeway was also charged with counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and having an Obstructed View.
Ridgeway and Jefferson were committed without bail to the County Jail.

The cause of a fatal two car crash that killed an Alabama man remains under investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
According to deputies 17 year old Matthew Murzynowski of Akron crossed his 2003 Dodge Ram into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Bloomingdale Road and Tesnow Road in Alabama Friday afternoon colliding head on with a 2019 Chevy Equinox operated by 78 year old Leroy George Alabama.
Murzynowski was transported to a local Hospital for minor injuries while George was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigation into the cause of the crash remains on-going.

An Orleans County woman arrested in Batavia after repeatedly providing a false ID to officials.
28 year old Kay Dilker of Sunset Drive in Holley was arrested on multiple counts of False Personation after she allegedly claimed to be another person while in Batavia for methadone treatment.
When she was later identified police discovered that she had several active warrants in two other counties and was turned over to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.
Dilker allegedly continued to lie about her identity to City Police after being detained for a separate incident two days later and was ultimately released with appearance tickets for City Court on July 9th.

A Rochester resident arrested for roughing up a middle schooler in Batavia.
58 year old George Sakis of Chili Ave in Rochester was arrested and charged with Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following an incident at the Batavia Middle School on Ross Street in the City.
Sakis is accused of grabbing a juvenile by the neck and pushing him while threatening physical harm to another juvenile at the school.He was issued an appearance ticket for tomorrow in Batavia City Court.

State police are keeping an extra eye out for dangerous drivers during this July 4th holiday week.
They’ll be taking part in increased patrols through Friday where they’ll be looking for people under the influence of drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel.
Last year, police issued over 10,000 vehicle and traffic tickets during the holiday weekend.
216 people were arrested for DWI and there were 165 crashes that resulted in four deaths.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a bill banning the gay and trans panic legal defense.
The legal strategy has been used in some cases where the defendant has tried to justify attacking someone by saying they acted only after learning about their victim’s sexual orientation.
The governor says the new law will end the justification of homophobia.
Similar legislation is also in effect in several other states.

Weekend News Briefing

Fatal two car accident in Alabama.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal two car motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of an Alabama man on Friday afternoon.
Emergency Dispatchers received the call at around quarter after three Friday afternoon for a personal injury accident at the intersection of Bloomingdale Road and Tesnow Road in Alabama.
According to investigators a black 2003 Dodge Ram operated by 17 year old Matthew Murzynowski of Akron crossed the centerline into the opposite lane while heading westbound on Bloomingdale striking an eastbound 2019 Chevy Equinox operated by 78 year old Leroy George of Alabama.
Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage in the head on collision coming to rest at the intersection.
Murzynowski was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for minor injuries while George was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

An assault in Pembroke leads to arrest for an Alabama resident.
38 year old Clint Towne of Alleghany Road in Alabama was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following a reported domestic incident at a Phelps Road address in Pembroke Friday night.
Towne was accused of breaking a glass door, which caused glass to shatter and physically injure the victim and was also accused of choking the victim.
He was charged with Assault, Harassment and Criminal Mischief and after being arraigned in Pembroke Town Court was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.
Towne’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 9th.

Family of five displaced after a house fire in Perry.
Report of a house fire at a Bradford Street residence in the Village of Perry came in at around quarter after seven Thursday night.
Fire crews from Perry, Perry Center, Warsaw, Castile and Silver Springs were called into action fighting the blaze for approximately four and a half hours.
According to fire investigators an overheated fan in a second story bedroom window sparked the blaze.
The fire along with smoke and water damage caused an estimated $30,000 in damages and displaced three adults and two children who are now being assisted by the Red Cross.
Fortunately there were no injuries reported.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is weighing in on the use of the term “socialism” to describe the Democratic Party.
During a Democratic presidential debate in Miami Thursday night, Gillibrand said there is a difference between capitalism and greed.
She cited that gun violence still exists because of the greed of gun manufacturers.
Gillibrand says Democrats want healthy capitalism, not corrupted capitalism.

Fire destroys a home in Pavilion

Photo by contributor Alecia Kaus

Fire of an unknown cause has destroyed a Pavilion home.

Multiple volunteer fire departments answered the alarm at 6616 Junction Rd just before 1 a.m. this morning.

Pavilion Chief Dewey Murrock directed the fire fighting effort…

Two occupants were inside at the time, both escaped safely.

Fire investigators are continuing to look into what sparked the blaze.

NYSSA: Genesee County Re-Accreditation Awarded

911 Emergency Services Dispatch Center (from left to right): Executive Director Peter Kehoe, New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Director of Emergency Communications Steven C. Sharpe, Senior Emergency Services Dispatcher Robert H. Tripp, Assistant Director of Emergency Communications Frank A. Riccobono, Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and his staff were honored Wednesday at a meeting of the Genesee County Legislature for having achieved reaccreditation of the Sheriff’s Civil Office and the County 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dispatch Center from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.

Peter Kehoe, Executive Director of the Association, pointed out that only 25 of the State’s 62 counties have been able to achieve accreditation of their civil office and only 15 counties maintain an accredited communications center. “To earn accreditation”, Kehoe said, “the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office had to demonstrate that it adheres to a strict set of standards and best practices established by experts in the fields of both civil process and emergency communications.” The Sheriff’s Office has also received accreditation of the Sheriff’s Road Patrol from the New York State Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council. “Each of these accreditations, standing alone, is a significant achievement, and taken together, they clearly demonstrate the commitment of the Sheriff and his staff to excellence in their profession,” Kehoe said. “You have an outstanding Sheriff and Sheriff’s Office, which are very well respected locally, but also throughout the State. The citizens of Genesee County, and this Genesee County Legislature, should be very proud of their Sheriff’s Office.”

Sheriff Sheron thanked his Deputies and staff for all their hard work for the citizens of the County, and for their efforts in achieving accreditation. Special recognition was given to Deborah Shea, Principal Financial Clerk in the Sheriff’s Civil Office, and to Robert Tripp, Senior Emergency Services Dispatcher, for their work in guiding the re-accreditation effort in their respective divisions. Sheriff Sheron also acknowledged County Legislator Gary Maha, former Genesee County Sheriff, for his efforts in starting the original accreditation programs during his tenure as Sheriff. Sheriff Sheron and his staff have worked diligently to continue meeting the accreditation standards, as they are periodically updated, in order to earn the reaccreditation which was awarded at the meeting Wednesday. Accreditation is for a five-year period and may be renewed indefinitely, as long as the agency continues to meet the established standards.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, headquartered in Albany, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, which assists the Sheriffs of New York to effectively and efficiently deliver services to the public. Sheriff Sheron serves as a Trustee and member of the Association’s Executive Committee.

Civil Division (from left to right): Executive Director Peter Kehoe, New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Sergeant Thomas A. Sanfratello, Principal Financial Clerk Deborah A. Shea, Financial/Records Clerk Tracy L. Ranney, Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

GCSO: Sheriff’s Office K-9 graduates

Frankie & Erion in front of Niagara Falls

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. announces the graduation of its new K-9, Frankie, and his handler Deputy Christopher Erion, from the Niagara Regional Police Service Canine Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

The three-month course covered training in the areas of building and open area searches, obedience, tracking, drug detection, and handler protection.
In addition to Deputy Erion and K-9 Frankie, K-9 units from the Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Parks Police, and Buffalo Police Department also graduated and were certified.

Frankie is a 2 ½-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland and was named in honor of deceased Deputy Frank Bordonaro.

“I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the overwhelming support from the public and would like to thank all those that generously contributed to the K-9 fund,” said Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

Morning News Briefing

New top dog in Genesee County Law Enforcement.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Frankie, and his handler Deputy Christopher Erion have just graduated from the Niagara Regional Police Service K-9 Academy.
The three-month course that takes place at the Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, covered training in the areas of building and open area searches, obedience, tracking, drug detection, and handler protection.
Frankie is a 2 ½-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland and was named in honor of deceased Deputy Frank Bordonaro.
Sheriff William Sheron said his office sincerely appreciates the overwhelming support from the public and thanks all those that generously contributed to the K-9 fund.

Water interruption on Vine Street in Batavia.
City Hall announced that water will be turned off on Vine Street from North Street to Evergreen Drive starting at 9 this morning.
The project involves work at John Kennedy School. No word on how long the water will be off.
Residents are advised that when service is restored, water could be temporarily discolored.

A Medina man facing charges for allegedly striking a woman in the face in front of a group of children at a trailer park along East Main Street Road.
34 year old Johnathan Taylor of Medina was charged with Harassment and Child Endangerment.
Police say the woman was struck so hard, she fell to the ground.
Taylor was released on his own recognizance pending a court date next month.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff today, in honor of a Trumansburg, New York Soldier who died as a result of injuries sustained in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on June 25th.
He was 24 years old.
Sgt. James G. Johnston was assigned to the 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), a part of the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Hood, Texas.
Sgt. Johnston was one of two Soldiers who died of wounds sustained from small arms fire during combat operations.

Travel Advisory for the Town of Batavia.
According to the Assistant Town Engineer for the Town of Batavia Tom Lichtenthal, Route 5 between 665 E. Main St. and 5022 E. Main St. Rd will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the westbound direction from July 10th thru August 7th.
The reduction will be to allow for the construction of a center pedestrian refuge island as part of the Ellicott Trial Project.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s David Bellavia inducted into the hall of heroes.
Ceremonies to honor Iraq War Veteran David Bellavia of Batavia concluded at the Pentagon yesterday afternoon.
After receiving the Medal of Honor Bellavia was inducted into the Hall of Heroes…

Bellavia who lives in Batavia and works in Buffalo is the only living Iraq War Veteran to be awarded the highest military honor.
Howard Owens from our news partner The Batavian has been covering the ceremonies upon special invitation and was one of the only Genesee County journalist to attend the proceedings.

Disturbance on the Rez leads to arrest for one.
23 year old Brandi Reuben of Sandhill Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following an alleged domestic incident on Ledge Road on the Rez yesterday afternoon.
Reuben was charged with Harassment for allegedly punching another person in the face multiple times and ultimately issued an appearance ticket for July 10th in Alabama Town Court.

Investigators are attempting to determine the possible cause of a LeRoy women’s death after she was involved in a one car crash in Pavilion.
49 year old Holly Neuffer of LeRoy was taken via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital for serious injuries and died Tuesday morning after striking a tree head-on on Monday on Route 20 in Pavilion.
Investigators are working to determine whether she died from injuries sustained in the crash or from other medical conditions while the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation as well.

An Illegal Immigrant picked up in Orleans County pleads guilty in federal court to providing false ID.
58 year old Eusebio Chavez-Islas, of Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents.
Chavez-Islas was apprehended in March by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers assisting the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office for illegally being present in the United States and subsequent investigation determined that he had provided a fraudulent social security card to his employers at Nesbitt Brothers Fruit Farms.
Chavez-Islas was sentenced to time served and turned over to the custody of ICE.

Business owners along Lake Ontario are expressing concern about the impact near-record water levels could have on the upcoming holiday weekend. Some say they’re worried that folks will visit other locations due to concerns over flooding. Many merchants are already reporting slow sales as the summer tourism season gets ready to heat up. As of Monday, Lake Ontario was nearly 34 inches above the June average. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water levels are likely to remain high through the summer and the rest of 2019.

Evening News Briefing

Recognition in the nation’s capital of Batavia’s David Bellavia wraped up this afternoon.
The Western New York native and Genesee County resident was awarded the Medal of Honor yesterday by President Donald Trump.
What’s on tap today? Here’s WBTA news partner Howard Owens:

Police continue to probe the cause of a deadly one car crash in Pavilion.
49 year old Holly Neuffer of LeRoy died Monday afternoon when her car had apparently run into a tree on State Route 20.
Holly died Tuesday at Strong Memorial. Investigators are trying to determine if her injuries in the crash caused her death or was it a pre-existing medical condition.

It was a clean sweep in the three party primaries for City Court Judge in the City of Batavia.
Ballot positions on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines were secured by Incumbent part-time judge Durin Rogers over local attorney Ben Bonarigo.
In other local primaries Lisa Lyons won the Town of Alexander Town Clerk primary and Michele Smith won The Town of Bergen Town Clerk primary.
The Republican ticket for Town of Pembroke Justice will bear David O’Connor’s name while William Shea has won the Republican primary for Bethany Town Justice.

In the heated Republican primary race for the Orleans County Sheriff position Undersheriff Christopher Bourke has won the party nomination.
Bourke defeated challenger Brett Sobieraski in a narrow 51%-49% margin.

Morning News Briefing

Investigation into the cause of a LeRoy woman’s death following a one car crash in Pavilion.
Investigators are attempting to determine the possible cause of a LeRoy women’s death after she was involved in a one car crash in Pavilion.
The single vehicle accident on State Route 20 in Pavilion Monday afternoon drew response from Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies who came upon a 2010 Nissan Murano with heavy frontend damage that was into a tree.
49 year old Holly Neuffer of LeRoy reportedly failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway as she was travelling westbound on Route 20 striking a tree head-on.
Neuffer was taken via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital for serious injuries and died yesterday morning.
Investigators are working to determine whether she died from injuries sustained in the crash or from other medical conditions while the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation as well.

It was a clean sweep in the three party primary for City Court Judge Yesterday in the City of Batavia.
Ballot positions on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines were secured by Incumbent part-time judge Durin Rogers over local attorney Ben Bonarigo.
In other local primaries Lisa Lyons won the Town of Alexander Town Clerk primary and Michele Smith won The Town of Bergen Town Clerk primary.
The Republican ticket for Town of Pembroke Justice will bear David O’Connor’s name while William Shea has won the Republican primary for Bethany Town Justice.

In the heated Republican primary race for the Orleans County Sheriff position Undersheriff Christopher Bourke has won the party nomination.
Incumbent sheriff Randy Bower had previously announced he is not seeking reelection.
Bourke defeated challenger Brett Sobieraski in a narrow 51%-49% margin.

Batavia resident David Bellavia was adorned with the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor at a ceremony in Washington yesterday.
At the Honorary ceremony President Donald Trump re-counted how Bellavia took to action in the face of danger as his squad had cleared nine buildings during the November 2004 operation….

The President continued to describe the incident and Bellavia’s heroics…

Bellavia is a Lyndonville native out of Orleans County, while he lives in Batavia and works in Buffalo.
He is the only living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq war.

Buffalo Sabres release next season’s schedule.
The team has officially released its schedule for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.
They’ll start their 50th anniversary season on the road when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 3rd, with the first regular season home game set for October 5th against the New Jersey Devils.
The Sabres will also be heading overseas when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Stockholm, Sweden on November 8th and 9th.
Buffalo hasn’t played outside of North America since the start of the 2011-2012 campaign.

Primary Election Results

Part-time Judge Durin Rogers won all three primaries on Tuesday to earn ballot positions on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines in the November general election for Batavia City Court Judge.

As the endorsed Democratic Party candidate Benjamin Bonarigo’s name will be listed on he Democratic Party line. There was no primary for the Democratic Party.

These are unofficial vote totals compiled by the Genesee County Board of Elections late Tuesday night:

City of Batavia City Court Judge – Republican:
Durin Rogers 644
Benjamin Bonarigo 396

City of Batavia City Court Judge – Conservative:
Durin Rogers 43
Benjamin Bonarigo 16

City of Batavia City Court Judge – Independence
Durin Rogers 48
Benjamin Bonarigo 34

Other primaries decided on Tuesday:

Town of Alexander Town Clerk – Republican:
Lisa Lyons 81
Shannon Tiede 58

Town of Bergen Town Clerk – Republican
Michele Smith 164
Connie VanHoute 59

Town of Bethany Justice – Republican:
William Shea 53
Joseph Nowakowski 39

Town of Pembroke Justice Republican:
David O’Connor 106
Joseph Ianelleo 20

Bellavia Awarded Medal of Honor in D.C.

Batavia resident David Bellavia now wears the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.
Earlier this afternoon, President Trump described Bellavia’s bravery in November 2004….as he cleared an insurgent strong point and allowed platoon members to get to safety.

The White House says after he helped his platoon escape fire, he entered a house and killed at least four insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades.

Bellavia was born in Lyndonville, Orleans County.
He resides in Batavia and works in Buffalo.
He is the only living Iraq war veteran to receive the Medal of Honor.

WBTA News partner Howard Owens, publisher of The Batavian was in Washington for today’s ceremony at the White House and talked with several Iraq War vets who had gathered to honor Bellavia.

Howard offered these observations:

 

 

Morning News Briefing

Primary Elections today with a heated race for Batavia City Court Judge.
Voters across the region will be heading to the polls today, and the choices they make will impact Election Day in November.
Locally the most contested race for candidacy is that of Part Time City Court Judge Durin Rogers and Attorney Ben Bonarigo who are both vying for the full time City Court Justice seat in Batavia.
The Judges seat is open this election season as the honorable Robert Balbick heads into retirement.
There are three primaries for the Batavia City Court judge candidates who are running in the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.
Polls will be open from noon until 9 tonight.

Western New York native David Bellavia is being honored in Washington, DC today.
He’ll be receiving the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House.
Bellavia is being rewarded for his heroism during the Iraq War.
The military says Bellavia helped save his platoon by providing cover for his fellow soldiers to escape.
The men had become trapped while clearing buildings in Fallujah back in 2004.
Bellavia is also credited with killing insurgents.
WBTA News partner Howard Owens is the only Genesee County reporter in Washington for the ceremony.
You can read Howards’ up-close dispatches from Washington, only, on TheBatavian.com.

Proposal for Batavia City School Resource Officer to be considered by City Council.
The Batavia City Council agreed to consider a proposed five-year agreement to provide School Resource Officer services to the Batavia City School District at their Monday night meeting.
Establishing the post is something that Police Chief Shawn Heubusch believes is long overdue saying that he was a bit puzzled as to why the largest district in Genesee County was the only school not to have a designated officer.
In order to move the proposal forward the School board will have to give approval at their next business meeting on July 8th.

The Batavia City Council presented proclamations to the family of Michael Paladino Jr. and to Ralph Bush for their heroic acts earlier this month.
Mr. Paladino, was killed when he went to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted by a man in the City on June 1st.
Mr. Bush, a former Military Police, was cited for his “quick action that saved the life” of Officer Darryle Streeter when he managed to free a gun from a would-be assailant during a traffic stop early in the morning on June 5th.

Outflows from Lake Ontario will be remaining at record-tying levels.
Yesterday, officials announced the amount of water allowed to flow past the Massena power dam into the Saint Lawrence River will stay at more than two-point-seven-million gallons a second.
That level was put in place back on June 13th due to concerns over increasing water levels.
Outflows haven’t been this high since 2017 when devastating flooding happened along the lake shore.

Evening News Briefing

David Bellavia

Batavia’s David Bellavia will be awarded the nation’s highest military decoration tomorrow: the Medal of Honor.
Preparations are already underway.
WBTA News partner Howard Owens is the only Genesee County reporter in Washington for the ceremony and reports from the Pentagon:

You can read Howards’ up-close dispatches from Washington, only, on The Batavian.com.

A Village of Wyoming woman charged with Reckless Endangerment following a near drowning incident at a campground in Bethany.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies provided few details of the incident other than to note a child had to be resuscitated following a near drowning.
37 year old Crystal Kiebzak of Main Street, Wyoming, was taken into custody and then issued a court appearance ticket.
The incident happened at a campground on Frances Road in Bethany.

 

Senator Chuck Schumer is issuing a warning about electronic cigarettes. Schumer says e-cigs with potentially dangerous chemicals inside are showing up in the United States.
He’s now calling on the government to take action and prevent an emergency health crisis.
Schumer is suggesting the feds crackdown on illegal online sales and work harder to detect illegal shipments.

 

Some good news this afternoon about a missing dog.
‘Giovanni’ the Bull-Mastiff who went missing from his Liberty Street home yesterday has been found safe and sound.
Seems “Giovanni” was found wondering the halls of Jackson Elementary School this morning.
Giovani went missing from his Liberty Street home yesterday.

Congressman Chris Collins Announces $225,000 in Federal Funding for Cytocybernetics

Press Release:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced $225,000 in federal funding for Cytocybernetics in Tonawanda. This grant was awarded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 project which improves the safety testing of new drugs for approval by the FDA.

Cytocybernetics, founded by University of Buffalo medical researchers, developed the Cybercyte device that combines electronics with individual cells to test how new medicines affect the cell’s electrical activity. Currently Cytocbernetics focuses on the heart muscle to study how the electric current affects the heart cells. They have tested a variety of pharmaceuticals, from allergy medications to antidepressants to find fatal side effects such as heart attacks. Over time, Cytocybernetics plans on developing the Cybercyte for use with neurons, cells located in the brain. This will allow researchers to use the Cybercyte to study how drugs being developed for neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, affect the electrical activity within the individual brain cells.

“Cytocybernetics is paving the way for researchers to study the reaction our major organs have with pharmaceutical drugs,” said Congressman Collins. “This grant funding will allow researchers to expand their studies and ensure the medications we are taking will not put our health at risk.”

This grant funding will be used for developing a platform for superior predicative analysis of HERG Ion Channel-Drug Interactions for the Comprehensive Invitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA).

Giovanni the missing Bull-Mastiff has been found

Good news from a missing dog story reported this morning.

‘Giovanni’ the Bull-Mastiff who went missing from his Liberty Street home yesterday has been found safe and sound.

Owner Bernie Thompson called into the station at around 10:30 this morning to thank us for spreading the word and to report that his dog had been found wondering around inside the Jackson Elementary School.

Thompson said ‘Giovanni’ must have been having too much fun playing with all the kids.

Morning News Briefing

Child saved from drowning in Bethany as a Woman faces endangerment charge.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the campground on Francis Road in Bethany Saturday afternoon for investigation into a child that was resuscitated after an apparent drowning incident.
Deputies took 37 year old Crystal Kiebzak of Main Street Wyoming into custody and charged her with a count of Reckless Endangerment in 2nd degree after investigating at the scene.
Kiebzak is expected to appear in Bethany Town Court on July 16th to answer the charge.

Firefighters rescued two people yesterday stuck in the Tonawanda Creek after having some serious trouble with their canoe.
East Pembroke Fire Chief Don Newton was on scene with our news partner The Batavian

Along with East Pembroke, Town of Batavia Fire, and Gary Patnode, head of the county’s rope rescue team, responded.
24 year old John Young of Basom and 20 year old Kaleigh Kasteli of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania were secured by ropes and life vests provided by volunteer fire crews who pulled them safely to shore.
There were no injuries reported the incident.

Charges pending in a one car rollover.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a reported accident on Klossen road in Alabama Yesterday afternoon.
According to the initial investigation the one car accident was the result of the driver traveling at a high rate of speed and losing control at which time he hit the shoulder and ditch where his vehicle overturned landing right side up.
Lawmen say Austin Knott of Middleport has charged pending.

Senator Chuck Schumer is issuing a warning about electronic cigarettes.
The New York Democrat says e-cigs with potentially dangerous chemicals inside are showing up in the United States.
He’s now calling on the government to take action and prevent an emergency health crisis.
Schumer is suggesting the feds crackdown on illegal online sales and work harder to detect illegal shipments.
He also said hundreds of fake e-cigarettes on their way to New York were recently seized.

A Bull-Mastiff named ‘Giovanni’ has gone missing from his Liberty Street home.
Bernie Thompson is looking for his big Bull-Mastiff who went missing yesterday and is asking for our listeners to be on the lookout…

Thompson’s number is (585)813-3087.

Weekend News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Lawmakers Strike Deal On Marijuana Decriminalization Bill.
Though lawmakers failed to pass the legalization of recreational marijuana, New York is decriminalizing the drug.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the issue is long overdue.

Cuomo remarked that it’s obvious that marijuana policy has led to people of color becoming targets of law enforcement.
The governor had also hoped that lawmakers would legalize pot for recreational use, first through the state budget, and then during the recently closed legislative session.
Under the new regulations, having an ounce or less would result in a fine of up to 50-dollars, while having between one and two ounces could lead to a penalty up to 200-dollars.

Guilty plea from Batavia man accused menacing police with a BB gun.
32 year old Brandon Fogg appeared in Genesee County Court Friday afternoon where he pleaded guilty to first-degree menacing for pulling a BB gun out on City Police during his apprehension and struggle with an officer on June 5th.
He was initially charged with placing an individual at risk of serious injury or death in the incident before accepting the plea agreement.
Fogg now faces one-and-a-third to four years in prison when he is sentenced on August 1st.

A Warsaw man is busted for huffing in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 54 year old Duane Miller of Linwood Ave in Warsaw on a count of Illegal Use of Toxic Vapors.
Miller was taken into custody following investigation that alleged he was huffing toxic vapors in the Walmart Parking lot Friday afternoon.
He was ultimately given an appearance ticket for July 8th in Batavia Town Court.

A 65 year old Stafford man arrested for allegedly threatening another person with a screwdriver.
David Morgan of Roanoke Road was charged with Menacing and then released under supervision.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday for Albion High School Senior Brennan Moody.
Brennan was killed and three other boys were injured this week when the car in which they were riding crashed into a tree along Eagle Harbor Road.
Calling hours for Brennan will held from 1 until 4 and 6 until 9 on Tuesday at the Christopher Mitchel Funeral Home in Albion.
Services will be Wednesday morning at 11 at First Presbyterian Church in Albion.

Statement on the end of the 2019 Legislative Session

Press Release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“This session was full of missed opportunities and misplaced priorities. From the convening of session in January, through yesterday, we saw bill after bill filled with items that voters did not want and that hurt Western New York.

“The budget, filled with billions of dollars in new taxes for this year alone, is set to increase taxes by $4.5 billion next year. To make matters worse, Democrats gave less funding to our Western New York roads and bridges. Our schools also saw less aid proportionally.

“We saw, just this week alone, numerous times when Downstate members negatively spoke about Upstate residents. Despite the calls to be one unified state and the promise that Upstate would not be overlooked, this session had a disproportionately negative affect on Upstate’s economy and way of life. Late term abortion, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, billions in new taxes and mandates on farmers are just some of the examples. Instead of passing the “Victims’ Justice Agenda,” the Majority was focused on delivering for criminals, with the “Criminals’ Bill of Rights.” All of this while our taxpayers were left behind.”

Congressman Chris Collins Announces Rural Technical Assistance Provided by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced that the Letchworth Gateway Villages and the Rural Outreach Center will receive technical assistance provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) initiative called Rural Economic Development Innovation. Each organization will receive assistance for up to two years to help create and implement economic development plans.

“This assistance is crucial to improve the local economy of our rural communities throughout Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “I applaud the USDA for taking the initiative in ensuring rural communities are not forgotten and a part of making America great again.”

The Letchworth Gateway Villages is a collaboration of towns designed to accelerate economic growth and new tourism-related market for the communities surrounding the Letchworth State Park. This assistance will help identify solutions to depopulation, outmigration of young people, unemployment, a growing opioid epidemic, increased suicide rates, and persistent poverty.

The Rural Outreach Center provides a holistic approach to providing education, job creation, and child programs to help grow self-sufficiency. This center will use the assistance to support workforce development and public-private transportation for the community.

In April 2017, President Donald Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes that could promote agriculture prosperity in rural communities.

Morning News Briefing

Dansville man sentenced for involvement in Meth dealing ring.
57 year old Kenneth Hoag of Dansville appeared in federal court for sentencing yesterday on a conviction of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine.
According to prosecutors Hoag sold meth to an individual at his property, The Bone Yard, which is located on State Highway 36 in Dansville in April of 2017 and was also found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine located in his tool chest.
Hoag was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison and was also ordered to sell the Bone Yard property in Dansville, which Hoag used and maintained for the purpose of distributing meth.
Proceeds of the sale totaling $108,438.78 was forfeited to the Government.
Hoag is just one of seven defendants charged and convicted in the case.

Darien Center man pleads guilty to child porn charge.
29 year old Alexander Seegar of Darien Center pleaded guilty in federal court to Receiving Child Pornography yesterday morning.
Seegar was sexting 10-12 year old female students at a school in Niagara County, posing as a 16 or 17-year-old boy.
He reportedly used an Instagram profile to communicate with the girls and asked them for sexually explicit photos and was found in possession of numerous photos containing child pornography.
Seegar faces a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20, and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on September 19th.

An incident with a screwdriver in Stafford ends in arrest for one.
65 year old David Morgan of Roanoke Road in Stafford was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following investigation into an incident yesterday evening in Stafford.
Morgan was accused of intentionally scaring an individual with the threat of serious physical injury by displaying a screwdriver.
Morgan was charged with Menacing in the second degree and was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

A trainer for the Empire United Soccer Academy club is in serious trouble with the law.
Prosecutors say they’ve arrested 41 year old Shelby Garigen, of Clarence Center, on child pornography charges.
Garigen is accused of having sexual conversations and sharing explicit photos with two teens.
Officials believe there may be more victims out there and are asking anyone with information to call them.

State lawmakers have reportedly struck a deal that will lower the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
The legislation calls for public possession of less than two ounces of marijuana to no longer be a misdemeanor.
Having an ounce or less would result in a fine of up to 50 dollars, and having between one and two ounces could lead to an up to 200 dollar penalty.
During a radio interview yesterday, Governor Cuomo said decriminalizing marijuana is a victory he’s been trying to achieve since 2013.

Notre Dame High School Announces New Hires

News Release

Notre Dame High School of Batavia announces that they have several new hires that will be joining the Fightin’ Irish family over the summer. These individuals have been added in the following departments:

Art Department: Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith has a passion for motivating students to explore their creative talent, while guiding them with lessons that allow them to express their thoughts and ideas in a safe, instructive environment. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College and comes to Notre Dame after teaching in several local school districts, including Oakfield, Elba, Akron, and Alden. She has served as a long-term substitute for Art this year and we are so excited to have her here permanently – Welcome Kristin!

English Department: Sarah Wessel
Sarah Wessel brings vast experience in many aspects of education and communication to the English Department of Notre Dame High School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and English Language Arts from the University of Phoenix and has worked as an Adjunct Professor for Onondaga Community College and Monroe Community College. We are so excited for her addition to our English Department – Welcome Sarah!

Advancement: Kathy Antinore
Kathy Antinore brings a unique passion to her work at Notre Dame, as her sons are graduates of the school. She will be stepping into the role of Event Coordinator and comes to Notre Dame with extensive experience in marketing, customer service, and management. Kathy previously served as the Advancement Coordinator at Notre Dame and we are excited to have her back – Welcome Kathy!

Advancement: Kate Edwards
Kate Edwards has a true passion for the students and alumni of Notre Dame. She counts her son and daughter as graduates of the school, holds a Master’s Degree in Reading/Language Arts and has worked extensively with Notre Dame as a substitute teacher and DECA advisor. Kate will be stepping into the role of part time Director of Advancement and we are so excited to have her in this unique role – Welcome Kate!

Evening News Briefing

The recently passed Green Light Bill, which will allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, will force those same people to commit fraud.
Genesee County Clerk Michael Cianfrini, who’s in charge of the local DMV office, says his office will not be issuing licenses to illegals for a variety of reasons

Cianfrini says the law does not go into effect for another six months.
He’s waiting for clarification from the state as to how to implement the law.

29 year old Alexander Seegar of Darien Center pleads guilty in federal court today on a child porn charge.
Authorities said Seegar was sexting 10 to 12 year old girls in Niagara County while posing as a teenage boy.
Seegar faces a minimum five years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.

Jay Schafer

A city man is behind bars on a weapons charge following an incident at his Walnut Street home.
26 year old Jay Schafer was arrested on a charge of criminal possession of a firearm.
Schafer was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

 

A push to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes has come up short at the Capitol. Democrats scrambled to gather enough support for the legislation, but weren’t able to secure the necessary votes. Members of the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo had been trying to hammer out an agreement for months. But, issues like allowing communities to opt out of the potential law and debate over how to use the tax money generated from pot sales were too much to overcome.

The Batavia Muckdogs are in the middle of the NYP League Pinckney division with 3 wins and 3 losses on the young season.
The dogs split a twin bill with Auburn yesterday.
The Muckdogs next home game is Tuesday, June 25th.

Genesee County Clerk Office will not issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants

Genesee County Clerk Michael Cianfrini has serious concerns in regards to the recent passage of the “Green Light Bill” in New York which allows illegal immigrants to be issued New York State Driver’s Licenses.

Cianfrini said his office would not be issuing the licenses out for several reasons including that his staff is not trained to authenticate documentation for those applicants, adding that the process would likely prompt illegal immigrants to commit fraud in order to obtain a license locally…

Cianfrini said the law doesn’t go into effect for another 6 months and if their office receives any applicants he will refer them to the nearest state DMV office which is located in Syracuse.

Cianfrini said he along with the State Association of County Clerks are awaiting clarification from the state on how they plan to implement the law locally.

Orleans County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

Press Release:

The Orleans County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (OCSDA) feels that it is unfortunately compelled to clear up some of the disheartening false accusations that are being spread about its members. The OCDSA is comprised of 24 hardworking individuals, whose ultimate goals are to serve and protect the citizens of Orleans County. It has been implied that the OCDSA members are untrained, do not make vehicle and traffic stops, do not work with other agencies, and most recently do not handle drug overdoses properly.

The OCDSA members receive required refresher trainings annually, along with opportunities to receive more specialized training. Despite having a small number of members and a tight training budget, the current administration strives to find creative ways to get our members into trainings that are free of charge. Many essential training seminars are hosted by the Department of Homeland Security at no cost to the department (including lodging for multi-day programs). Other examples also include a week long training that was put on by the New York State Office of Mental Health in which they traveled to our county to instruct our members on how to help people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and facilitate in getting them support. Additionally, our members have received training in basic first aid, CPR, and Stopping the Bleed (tourniquets). We’ve had specialized training in the civil process and the proper way to serve civil papers.

Due to the opioid epidemic members have also received more specialized training in handling drug overdoses and overdose deaths to include the proper way to administer Narcan and issued a Narcan kit. A critical tool in solving overdose deaths is the ability to access data in the deceased person’s cell phone. Undersheriff Christopher Bourke was able to work with the DEA and have Cellebrite, a $10,000 instrument, donated to the department. This piece of equipment is used in overdoses and numerous other types of investigations.

With a significant amount of waterways in our county, the current administration recognized a need to send our member that is in charge of the Marine Patrol to the NYS Marine Law Enforcement School and also send him and an investigator to the week-long NASBLA Comprehensive Boating Accident Investigation Course.

Since January 1, 2016 our members have increased traffic stops, civil paper service attempts, civil papers served, and assists to other agencies. During this time, Undersheriff Bourke and the rest of the current administration have worked diligently to provide the members of the OCDSA with the necessary tools to successfully complete their duties and keep us all safe. Items such as new body armor, new rifles for patrol vehicles, and new computers for patrol vehicles are just a few things they have been able to acquire.

Our members take pride in our jobs and the community we serve and protect. We would ask that the residents of Orleans County continue to support the OCDSA and to please support Christopher Bourke for Sheriff on June 25.

Orleans County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

Morning News Briefing

Interim superintendent announced for Batavia City Schools
Chris Dailey, the current Superintendent for Batavia City School, will be making his exit next Friday to lead administrators in a larger district.
As Dailey leaves to become superintendent of the Gates-Chili Central Schools district, his temporary replacement has been announced.
Former Deputy Superintendent of Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Scott Bischoping will be filling in as interim superintendent with a $600 a day compensation.
In the interim, Board of Education members and consultants will conduct a six-month search to determine the best candidate for the permanent appointment.
Dailey has been with Batavia City Schools for 11 years, the past six and a half as superintendent.

Burglary in Stafford leads to arrest for a Rochester resident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 43 year old Angel Carrasquillo of Lake Ave Rochester into custody after investigating a burglary on Clinton Street Road in Stafford that occurred early last month.
He is charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Attempted Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny and is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on a separate matter.
Carrasquillo is scheduled to appear on June 29th in Batavia Town Court.

Discovery of illegal firearm lands a Walnut Street man in lock up.
26 year old Jay Schafer of Batavia was apprehended by City Police after responding to a Walnut Street residence early yesterday morning.
He was hit with a count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm and after being arraigned in City Court he was committed to jail in lieu of 15-thousand dollars bail.
Schafer is expected back in Batavia City Court at a later date.

Local Lawmakers push-back on passage of Farm Workers Bill.
As Governor Cuomo praises his administration for passing the new law that he says will “help ensure every farmworker receives the overtime pay and fair working conditions they deserve.” Local Assemblyman Steve Hawley is calling the legislation devastating to New York’s farm industry.
Hawley who voted against the measure said “As the former owner and operator of our family farm for decades, I know these new mandates will devastate New York’s family farms and disrupt the industry beyond repair – an industry that generates $4.8 billion in annual revenue.”
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer who also voted against the bill echoed Hawley by calling the legislation devastating to our local farms.
Ranzenhofer said “This will impose hundreds of millions of dollars in mandates onto farms who are already struggling. Simply put, it is going to eliminate jobs and put farms out of business.”

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement calling for Significant Rainfall Today.
The statement is applicable to most of Western New York including the entire GLOW county region.
Forecasters say that while most tributaries will be able to handle the amount of rain expected there will be a higher risk for flash flooding in urban centers and in areas with terrain.

A push to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes has come up short at the Capitol.
Democrats scrambled to gather enough support for the legislation, but weren’t able to secure the necessary votes.
Members of the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo had been trying to hammer out an agreement for months.
But, issues like allowing communities to opt out of the potential law and debate over how to use the tax money generated from pot sales were too much to overcome.

GCC Athletics Update: Recognizing Athletes

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Genesee Athletes Collect Spring Recognition

BATAVIA, NY… As spring turns to summer, Genesee Athletics had a very successful spring semester both on the field and in the classroom as student-athletes from all 13 intercollegiate athletic programs were named to the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) Academic All-Conference team.
All honorees earned at least a 3.30 GPA and a minimum of 24 credit hours during the 2018-19 academic school year and participated in one season of a sport. This academic year saw 15 student-athletes earn a 3.75 GPA or better, 18 athletes earned at least a 3.50 GPA and 14 earned at least a 3.30 GPA. 47 student-athletes in total earned Academic All-Conference honors.

The Genesee men’s soccer team had 11 student-athletes made the Academic All-Conference team including Jose Manoel Cavalini, Rodrigo Albuquerque, Hiago Barros De Souza, Ross White, Jack Sharman-Dodd, Kyle McMillen, Philip Mello, Oliver Ardle, James Lighton, Hijiri Sano, and Leo Anthony. The women’s soccer team was represented by Autumn Jeffery, Madison Cummings, Miko Yamashita, Katline Cartwright, and Julie Kommer.

Six members of the women’s lacrosse team earned Academic All-Conference honors including Lauren Hull, Allison Becker, Mackenzie O’Brien, Diante Scheepers, Ashley Barclay, and Hannah Kirisits. The men’s lacrosse team representative was Collin Tolsma. The Cougars volleyball team members that earned Academic All-Conference were Alexis Eighmey, Lyndsey Rowland, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Grace Zandrowicz, and Kaitlyn VanSkiver.

The Genesee basketball programs was represented by Michaela Curletta, Rachel Meyer, Samuel Kesinro, and Brian Russell. The swimming and diving team had four members named Academic All-Conference including Elizabeth Richardson, Natalie Amico, Ethan Heim, and Ryan Mahaney. The golf team was represented by Matthew McCoy and Brandon Kowalski.

The softball team members that made the Academic All-Conference team were Erin Cappotelli, Carli Marino, Gillian Flint, Brittni Way, Maki Iwami, Emily Kams, and Taylor Stefaniak. John Faynor, Jayson Faynor, and Colin Noeth represented the Genesee baseball team.

Monti makes move to Massachusetts

(Photo courtesy of Steve Roth)

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By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA — Leading western New York harness racing driver Drew Monti is heading east to Massachusetts to become a regular in the driving colony at Plainridge Park.

Monti, who started driving at the age of 18, has put up some impressive numbers in his seven years campaigning at just about every track in New York State. From 8,427 lifetime starts he has 1,334 wins, 1,211 seconds and 1,179 thirds, has earned $7.7 million in purses and with a career Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .300.

During his short career in Western New York, Monti has already won two dash driving titles at Batavia Downs in 2016 and 2018 and one at Buffalo Raceway, also in 2018.

However this is not Monti’s first foray outside of his home state to compete.

In the winter of 2017 the now 24-year-old headed to the Meadowlands and drove 163 starts that yielded 18 wins, 22 seconds and 18 thirds that earned his horse’s connections $193,675 in purses over the seven weeks he spent there.

In January of 2019, Monti went to Miami Valley to compete against 30 of the sport’s top reinsmen in the North American Drivers Championship and finished a close third behind winner Dan Noble and Brett Miller.

Monti has gotten support from several stables upon hearing of his move to the Ridge and one of them is Lindy Farms.

The President of Lindy Farms, Frank M. Antonacci has said that Lindy will support Drew’s move to Plainridge with drives from their stable. That in part is why Monti decided to come to Massachusetts.

“I had been watching Drew drive for the past couple years and know the ability he has. I think coming to Plainridge is going to help move his career forward and provide him the opportunity to drive stakes horses both here and beyond,” said Antonacci.

“Talent got him to where he is today and he seems like a good young man with a bright future. I look forward to having him drive for us.”

A 2016 graduate of Canisius College with a degree in finance, Monti recognized the opportunites ahead of him at Plainridge Park and felt it was a good time to make the move.

“I had heard a lot of good things about Plainridge, the people racing there and their great purse structure in place as a result of the state’s Horse Racing Development Fund and really look forward to racing there full time. It seems like a great place to compete,” said Monti.

“Massachusetts has a fast growing Sire Stake program, one that a lot of people outside the Commonwealth are talking about. I look forward to getting starts there as well and with Lindy Farms support, I am really excited about this opportunity.”

Monti has made a few trips to The Ridge this past week and already likes the track, and his four wins in 12 starts are evidence of that.

Morning News Briefing

Threats at an Orleans County School land a Batavia man in lock-up.
36 year old Eric Mcgill of Batavia has been arrested by Medina Police for allegedly threatening individuals at the Medina Central School District.
McGill allegedly called school officials last Thursday morning and threatened to cause a disturbance at the school and to cause physical harm to staff and school associates.
Multiple Law Enforcement arrived on scene and the School went into lockdown for approximately an hour.
McGill arrived in the school parking lot and initially complied with requests to leave the school grounds and with no further incident.
Mcgill was taken into custody Monday on a felony count of making a terroristic threat and disorderly conduct and was remanded to jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Mcgill is also prohibited from contacting school officials or returning to the school campus.

Grief counseling is being offered for Albion High School students following the death of a classmate.
State Police say 17-year-old Brennan Moody died yesterday after a car crash on Eagle Harbor Road in Albion.
Troopers say the vehicle Moody was in left the shoulder of the road and went into a ditch before going airborne and hitting a utility pole.
Other people in the car were also hurt but are expected to survive.
Police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Batavia Police seek assistance in identifying suspected burglars.
The Batavia Police Department is investigating a burglary at a local business and is seeking assistance from the public in identifying several individuals caught on surveillance footage.
Please contact Detective Matthew Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 with any additional information.

Lawmakers will be back at work in Albany today for the final scheduled day of this year’s legislative session.
One major issue that’s still unresolved is recreational marijuana legalization.
Democrats, who have the majority in the Senate and Assembly, are working hard to strike a last-minute deal.
Negotiations between lawmakers and the governor in recent days have focused on allowing communities to opt out of the potential law and debate over how to use the tax money generated from pot sales.
Governor Cuomo has said he’ll sign a bill if it gets to his desk.

It looks like a bill allowing casinos to accept sports wagers over the internet likely won’t pass before the end of the legislative session.
The measure cleared the Senate earlier this week, but isn’t scheduled to come up for a vote in the Assembly.
Opponents of the bill say the main issue is the constitutionality of internet sports wagering.
Gamblers will still be able to place their bets in person at casinos.

BPD Asks for Help Identifying Persons

The Batavia Police Department is investigating a burglary at a local business and is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the following individuals. Please contact Detective Matthew Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 with any additional information.

 

Batavia Downs to Expand Ticket Giveaway Programs

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – Today, members of Batavia Downs management announced their commitment to expand their ticket giveaway programs, collectively known as “Suitestakes”, at their gaming facility.

Batavia Downs plans to enter into a three-year agreement with Pegula Sports Entertainment for a suite at the Buffalo Football Stadium for events as part of Batavia Downs’ Ticket Promotion Program. Batavia Downs just finished the first year of a three-year agreement with Pegula Sports and Entertainment for a Suite at the Key Bank Center.

The “Suitestakes” promotion has been in place at Batavia Downs since 2014 and has expanded over the years. As part of Batavia Downs’ Marketing Plan, the purchase and use of all tickets is approved by the New York State Gaming Commission on an annual basis. The program did receive Gaming Commission approval for the 2019 year. The promotion was honored with the prestigious Diamond Romero Award by Raving Consulting for its success in generating revenue and enhancing patrons’ relationship with Batavia Downs. The award is judged by an independent group of Casino Marketing Professionals.

“Our Suitestakes program has and continues to help us achieve record results,” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing of WROTB/Batavia Downs. “We will be expanding the number of times and methods with which we distribute the tickets to ensure future success. Revenues from the facility are distributed to the shareholders of Western OTB including the 15 Western and Central New York counties and 2 cities of Buffalo and Rochester. Our success means more money is given to those municipalities.”

As a public benefit corporation Batavia Downs competes daily with privately run casinos to attract customers. The environment is competitive and Batavia Downs is committed to continuing programs so residents of member municipalities don’t miss out on critical community development revenue.

“Recently, there has been speculation about the propriety of our promotional activities that benefit our customers and whether tickets for sporting events and concerts have been used properly,” said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of WROTB/Batavia Downs. “After those reports, we invited the Gaming Commission to examine our records and interview WROTB officials regarding these allegations. Two Gaming inspectors accepted our invitation and we complied expeditiously. Following this review, the inspectors advised WROTB that they were pleased with our cooperation and fully satisfied that the records they reviewed and the interviews they conducted did not raise any issues of concern for the Gaming Commission.“

The board will consider the resolution pertaining to the Buffalo Stadium tickets at their June Meeting.

NYSP: Albion Senior killed in one car roll-over accident

Press Release:

SP Albion- On June 18, 2019, at 12:13 A.M., Orleans County 911 dispatched Troopers to a rollover collision on Eagle Harbor Road in the town of Albion. Further investigation revealed that the 2008 Chevrolet Impala occupied by four males left the east shoulder going into the ditch becoming airborne, striking a utility pole with the roof. One of the passengers was pronounced at the scene, Brennan M. Moody, 17 of Kent, NY. The 18-year-old operator and front passenger were treated for injuries at Strong Memorial Hospital. Mercy Flight took the other 17-year-old rear passenger to Erie County Medical Center for serious injuries. Excessive speed believed to be a factor in this collision.

Moody is a senior at Albion High School. The School will contact families and provide grief sharing for students and families.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this investigation.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

HAWLEY WELCOMES VETERANS FROM ‘THE GREATEST GENERATION’ TO ALBANY

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [center] introduces several veterans of World War II on the Assembly Floor late last week.

Press Release:

Coinciding with the legislature’s celebration of Flag Day and the founding of the U.S. Army, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) had the honor of introducing many veterans of World War Two on the Assembly Floor on Friday.

“World War II veterans, ‘The Greatest Generation’ are an elite and special group and it is important to frequently recognize and cherish their role in defending America’s freedom,” Hawley said. “Many of these brave young men and women volunteered, sometimes lying about their age in order to answer the call of duty. Their courage and bravery helped shape and preserve American exceptionalism, and it was truly an honor to introduce and meet with them in Albany.”

Hawley, a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, is the son of a World War II veteran himself, R. Stephen Hawley who fought in Burma as part of Merrill’s Marauders. Hawley also hosts an annual trip to Washington D.C. each September, the Patriot Trip, joining local veterans and their families on a tour of our nation’s military and political monuments.


Assemblyman Hawley presents an official Assembly Citation to Josephine Smith in Albany Friday as the legislature celebrated visiting World War II veterans.

LeRoy PD: Reminder to Lock Vehicles

Press Release :

The LeRoy Police Department wishes to remind all citizens to lock their vehicles when not in use, especially during the overnight hours. This reminder comes as the LeRoy Police Department has seen an increase in Larcenies from unlocked cars in the overnight hours over these past two weekends. Larcenies have occurred on Wolcott Street, North Street and an Attempted Larceny occurred on Gilbert Street.

Anyone having information as to these larcenies or who has had a larceny but did not report it is asked to call the LeRoy Police Dispatch at 585-345-6350.

Senator Ranzenhofer: Statement on Senate Passage of Green Light Bill

Press Release:

Albany, NY– The New York State Senate passed the “Green Light Bill.” State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) voted against it.

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today’s passage of the Green Light Bill is very troubling to me. I do not agree with granting driver’s licenses to those who enter the country illegally. This bill goes too far. It provides none of the protections or restrictions found in the twelve other states that issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. This is just another example of the misguided priorities of the Senate Majority.

“In my recent questionnaire, nearly 80% of residents opposed this radical bill. It is equally disturbing that Senate Democrats ignored concerns of the law enforcement community and local clerks.”

BPD: New Police Officers

Officer Peter Post

Officer Miah Stevens

Press Release:

The Police Department wishes to welcome Officer Miah Stevens and Officer Peter Post, Jr. to the Department. Both Officers recently completed their field training and have been assigned to the road patrol.

Officer Stevens is a 2013 graduate of Pembroke High School and then attended GCC and SUNY Brockport where she majored in Criminal Justice. She completed her Basic Police Academy at Niagara University having graduated this past February. Officer Stevens’ step-father works for the City of Batavia in the Water Department, she has three brothers and sisters.

Officer Post attended GCC after earning his High School Diploma in 2015. He is a 2018 graduate of the Rural Police Training Academy at GCC. Officer Post then began his career with the Villages of Perry and Warsaw Police Department’s as a part-time police officer. His father is a retired Police Detective and his mother a retired New York State Trooper. Officer Post has three brothers and sisters.

“We wish to welcome Officer Stevens and Officer Post to the City of Batavia and the Police Department.”, stated Chief Shawn Heubusch, “They are both wonderful additions to the Police force and extremely community oriented.”

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended a Buffalo woman and her alleged co-conspirator after responding to Veteran’s Memorial Drive in Batavia for a shoplifting complaint in progress at Kohl’s.
37 year old Nicole Andrews of Boone Street Buffalo was taken into custody along with a one Jacquiline Ross who was accused of conspiring with Andrews to steal merchandise from the Department Store.
Ross was charged with Attempted Petit Larceny and Conspiracy and was released with appearance tickets while Andrews was charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools, Criminal Tampering, Attempted Petit Larceny and Conspiracy and then committed to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Local Drug Task Force takes down an accused drug dealer.
54 year old Carlos Samol also known as “Sinbad” of Elm Street in the City was arrested and charged with 2 felony counts each of Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance following a 6 month long investigation into crack cocaine sales around Batavia.
Samol was taken into custody Saturday on a warrant after he allegedly sold a quantity of the drug to a task force agent on two separate occasions.
He was committed to the County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Medina man arrested for threats to a Batavia resident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 27 year old Morgan Cox Jr. of Bates Road Medina following investigation into alleged threats he made to a Pearl Street Road resident in Batavia in the early morning hours last Friday.
Cox is accused of threatening to burn the person’s house down over the phone and was subsequently charged with Aggravated Harassment.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on June 24th.

Alleged Harassment on Holland Ave ends in arrest for a Raymond Ave resident.
25 year old Herbert Gennis of Batavia was arrested following an alleged disturbance on Holland Ave Saturday afternoon.
Gennis was charged with Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was then released with appearance tickets for City Court on June 25th.

A bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive New York driver’s licenses has been signed by Governor Cuomo.
The measure cleared its final hurdle in the Legislature last night when the state Senate approved it by a final vote of 33 to 29.
Supporters say the measure, known as the “Green Light Bill”, will increase driving safety, allow illegal immigrants to get to work and medical appointments and also create revenue for the state.
Illegal immigrants will now be able to apply for licenses in 180 days.

Cashless tolls on the New York State Thruway are a step closer to becoming a reality.
The Thruway Authority has approved a 355-million dollar contract to move the project forward.
The cashless system will charge a driver’s EZ Pass account or mail a bill to the address associated with their vehicle’s license plate.
The system must be online statewide by the end of 2020.
The move is designed to help improve traffic for the roughly 267-million drivers who use the highway every year.

Evening News Briefing

Gasoline prices have taken a slight fall in Batavia and Western New York.
The Triple A reports that the price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is now at an average of $2.80/gal, down 3-cents a gallon from last week.
The lowest price for a gallon of regular we found today is $2.69 for cash at the Valero station at the corner of West Main and Dellinger.
On the reservation we found a price of $2.40 a gallon.

A bill that would give illegal immigrants the right to apply for driver’s licenses may clear another legislative hurdle this week.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Senate will vote on the measure this week. The bill already cleared the Assembly last week.
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the bill if it gets to his desk.
A recent poll showed 53 percent of New Yorkers are against illegal immigrants applying for licenses.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports nine arrests at the Zac Brown concert at Darien Lake on Saturday. A Rochester man was charged with harassment and resisting arrest after pushing and shoving a deputy. The 18 year old was jailed in lieu of 500-dollars bail.
The other eight arrests were for re-entering the concert after being ejected and told not to return.

On the Bad Boys report this afternoon:
54 year old Carlos Samol of Elm St., Batavia, has been charged with two felony drug counts. The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force said Samol, aka as “Sinbad” allegedly sold crack cocaine to a task force agent on two separate occasions. Samol was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

This afternoon’s notes from the campaign trail:
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Employees Association has endorsed part-time City Court Judge Durin Rogers in next week’s primary.
The union cited what they termed Rogers “extensive experience” on the bench.
Meanwhile, the Batavia City Democratic Committee chair chided Rogers for alleged statements on gun laws. Erica O’Donnell says such statements are inappropriate and possibly unethical.

Muckdogs to Complete Suspended Game on Wednesday

The Batavia Muckdogs will complete Saturday’s suspended game vs. Auburn as part of a doubleheader this Wednesday, June 19th. First pitch of the suspended game is set for 4:05pm. The regularly scheduled 7:05 game will commence 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game and will be a seven inning contest.

Wednesday will be a single admission ticket. Fans holding tickets from Saturday’s game may exchange them in person for Wednesday or any 2019 regular season home game at the Dwyer Stadium ticket office. The ticket office is open from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday and until the 7th inning on game nights.

In addition, Wednesday will be a Sahlen’s Dollar Dog Night and Turnbull Heating and Cooling Little League night. Fans can enjoy $1.00 Sahlen’s hot dogs for both games and all area youth baseball players 12 and under will receive free admission to the game when they wear their team jersey.

The doubleheader will be broadcast over WBTA FM & AM and streamed online at WBTAi.com. Tyler Helvin and Pete Zahler call the game.

City of Batavia Democratic Committee Chair Statement on City Judge Campaign

Press Release:

Statements from Judicial Campaign Regarding Political Issues are Inappropriate

Unlike that of other elected officials, the campaigns and elections of judges are required to be non-political. Judges can not and do not run on issues, but instead run on their resumes and records.

Recent statements by the Rogers campaign and his supporters regarding Mr. Rogers stance on gun laws are inappropriate at best and unethical at worst.

The judicial system only works when our judges are unbiased and held to the highest ethical standards and that is exactly what The City of Batavia deserves in it’s judges.

Erica O’Donnell
Chair, City of Batavia Democratic Committee

JUDGE DURIN ROGERS’ DEDICATION AND JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT CITED IN CRUCIAL ENDORSEMENT BY THE GENESEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

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Sheriff’s Employees urge support for Rogers’ effort to be elected Batavia’s next Full-Time City Court Judge

BATAVIA, NY-The Association representing Genesee County’s Corrections officers and other Sheriff’s employees has enthusiastically endorsed Republican Judge Durin Rogers to become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Employees Association (GCSEA) President Kevin Wolff, cited several reasons supporting the decision to endorse Judge Rogers. “Judge Rogers’ enthusiasm and dedication to the bench, his family and our community is evident” Wolff said, “[he] has extensive experience on the bench handling thousands of cases as a Batavia City Court Judge and has a proven track record. Judge Rogers’ multi-faceted experience and steadfast integrity make him the obvious choice to be the next full-time City Court Judge…Our endorsement also acknowledges Judge Rogers’ …ready availability to law enforcement day and night, seven days a week for after-hours arraignments and warrants…Judge Rogers is a shining example of what all citizens of Batavia should strive to be.”

The endorsements Judge Rogers’ has received have caught the attention of many local Republicans according to local attorney and City Republican Chair David Saleh. “I’ve been contacted by many Republicans from Batavia and around the county who have been very impressed by the support Judge Rogers’ is receiving” Saleh said.

“He’s been endorsed by an impressive group of people including our County Sheriff, our Commissioner of Social Services, the head of Genesee Justice, the Genesee County Attorney, the President of our City Council and now the Association representing so many of the employees of our Sheriff’s Department. This all shows that Judge Rogers has proven himself as a fantastic lawyer and Judge and he is the ONLY candidate who can complete the full ten-year term. He has definitely earned the support of Batavia’s Republicans as our endorsed Republican Candidate for the upcoming June 25th primary.”

City of Batavia Bureau of Maintenance: Naramore Drive – Travel Advisory

Press Release:

Subject: Naramore Drive – Travel Advisory

After weather delays last week, the paving work along Naramore Drive will continue on Monday, June 17, 2019 from 7 AM until 5 PM. Motorist can expect temporary lane restrictions and stoppages as the paving operation moves along Naramore Drive. If at all possible any through traffic should seek alternate routes.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sincerely,
Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of Maintenance

Morning News Briefing

A Genesee County Grand Jury has issued an Indictment including 10 felony count against 23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia for his relationship and alleged abduction of an underage girl from her home in Bergen last fall.
The local Grand Jury Indictment against is includes four violent felony counts of second-degree rape, for engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 15 in multiple places around the county from October through November of last year.
He is also facing three violent felony counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree, along with a Class B violent felony for second-degree kidnapping.
He is additionally accused of criminal contempt, acting in a manner likely to be injurious to a child less than 17, custodial interference and lastly unauthorized use of a vehicle for allegedly taking a 2012 Dodge Journey without the owner’s consent.
In April Torres Acevedo was brought up on a federal charge of transporting a minor across state lines for sexual activity.
The federal charge alone carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and $250,000 fine.

Cheektowaga man arrested for hitting a women in Darien.
23 year old Edward Leddick was taken into custody by Genesee County Deputies following report of an argument late last night at an address on Fargo Road in Darien.
Leddick was accused of striking a women in the nose and pushing her to the ground in the incident and was charged with second degree harassment.
He was given an appearance ticket for Darien Town Court on July 7th.

An Albion woman busted for driving on drugs in Elba.
Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 36 year old Krystle Hughson of Heritage Estates Albion on counts of DWAI by Drugs, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using a Cell Phone and a traffic violation for Driving to the Left of Pavement Markings.
Hughson was stopped on Main Street in Elba Friday afternoon and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for August 7th in Elba Town Court.

Water levels are still high on Lake Ontario and that’s presenting challenges to boaters.
State Park Police say there are potential hazards below surface, including debris, logs and tree branches.
They’re urging folks who may not be familiar with the area to keep a close eye on what’s happening near their vessels.
Police are also cracking down on boaters who speed near the shore.

A bill that would give illegal immigrants the right to apply for driver’s licenses may clear another legislative hurdle this week.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Senate will vote on the measure this week.
The bill already cleared the Assembly last week.
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the bill if it gets to his desk.
A recent poll showed 53 percent of New Yorkers are against illegal immigrants applying for licenses.

Weekend News Briefing

Illegal immigrant in Warsaw takes plea deal on drug and immigration charges.
27 year old Giovani Ramirez-Soto, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to possession and distribution of one kilogram or more of heroin.
Soto also pled guilty to being a removed alien unlawfully found in United States.
State Police stopped a vehicle with Alabama plates driving on Route 20A in the Town of Warsaw in July of last year.
The trooper approached the vehicle, which was being driven by co-defendant Humberto Martinez-Vega with Ramirez-Soto as a passenger.
Martinez-Vega gave the trooper an expired Georgia identification card, and told the trooper he was looking for work.
A subsequent search of the vehicle recovered 1,200 grams of suspected heroin, and approximately 421 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind the front dashboard of the vehicle.
Further investigation determined that the defendants were illegally present in the United States.
Charges remain pending against Martinez-Vega.
Soto is looking at a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine when he is sentenced on September 25th.

Police identify suspicious man who approached young girls in LeRoy.
According to LeRoy PD, no charges will be filed against 31 year old Kenneth Stasiw of Gates in a case where he allegedly asked a couple of school aged girls to take photos of their piercings in LeRoy.
Stasiw is said to have approached two girls near Wolcott School last Saturday and the incident appears to be an error in judgment on his part however nothing that warrants criminal charges according to investigators.
He was apparently developing a portfolio of piercing photos and was in LeRoy to photograph the replica of the Statue of Liberty and the Oatka Creek.
He was fully cooperative with police and allowed investigators to examine all of the electronic devices along with his websites and other electronic data and no concerning photos or other data were found.
The LeRoy Central School District has been thoroughly briefed on the investigation according to LeRoy PD.

Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Batavia Man as His ‘Veteran of the Month’.
Congressman Chris Collins recognized U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Sergeant Ronald R. “Cappy” Cappiello of Batavia, as his office’s ‘Veteran of the Month’ at the Muckdogs home opener Friday night.
Mr. Cappiello threw out the first pitch at Dwyer Stadium to kick off the Muckdogs 80th season with their game against the Auburn Doubledays.
Collins presented Mr. Cappiello with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.
Batavia came out with a two-to-nothing win over the Doubledays and host the team again Saturday night.
You can hear the action right here on WBTA beginning with a first pitch at 7:05 pm.

A new home for the local Boy Scouts Council has apparently been found.
They are about to purchase a building on S. Main Street in Oakfield most recently occupied by a consignment shop, All About You’sd.
The site will become home to the Iroquois Trail Council which has been located in the Go-Art building downtown.

Evening News BriefingIt’s opening night for professional baseball in Batavia.
The Muckdogs open their 2019 season tonight against the Auburn Double Days.
A big crowd is expected tonight for the 80th year of professional baseball in Batavia.
First pitch is 7:05 pm.
All Muckdogs home games can be heard right here all season long on WBTA.

A new home for the local Boy Scouts Council has apparently been found.
They are about to purchase a building on S. Main Street in Oakfield most recently occupied by a consignment shop, All About You’sd.
The site will become home to the Iroquois Trail Council which has been located in the Go-Art building downtown.

New York State is doing away with the religious exemption for vaccines. The legislature has voted to remove all non-medical exemptions for immunizations. The measure was passed by both the Assembly and Senate yesterday and was quickly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The move comes as New York continues to grapple with one of the biggest measles outbreaks in decades.

Genesee County Judge provides little leniency for a convicted burglar.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of Batavia appeared before Judge Charles Zambito yesterday for sentencing after admitting to burglarizing several businesses in Batavia in December.
Sprague will serve at least three and a half years in state prison and could serve as much as seven, under the terms of his sentence.
Sprague did avoid a possible 15 years in prison if the judge had decided to make his sentences consecutive.

NYS Association of County Health Officials on passage of Immunization law

Press Release:

(Albany, New York. June 13, 2019) The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) representing the 58 Local Health Departments in New York State applauds and congratulates Governor Cuomo, the New York State Assembly and Senate for voting in favor of Assembly bill A2371 and Senate bill 2994-A, repealing certain provisions relating to non-medical exemptions from vaccination. We are grateful for the leadership of Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz and Senator Brad Hoylman who sponsored this legislation in their respective houses, and were champions behind its passage. Governor Cuomo took swift action to sign this bill into law immediately following its passage in both houses, demonstrating a monumental commitment to public health policy and eliminating vaccine preventable disease in New York State.

A number of communities in New York State are now facing the health consequences of non-medical exemptions from vaccinations. These exemptions, while well-intended, brought about a resurgence of preventable communicable diseases, resulting in numerous and ongoing transmission of diseases in our communities. Decades of scientific research underpin the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. The passage of this bill will strengthen herd immunity thereby protecting those individuals, who for medical reasons, are unable to receive vaccinations.

“As public health professionals, and as policymakers, we routinely weigh the ethical balance of protecting individual rights against protecting our communities at large.” said Daniel J. Stapleton, NYSACHO President and Public Health Director in Niagara County “Both statute and case law have continually upheld that the weight of this choice must lean towards protecting the community at large when personal choice puts the lives of others at risk.”

NYSACHO applauds New York State, for enacting this important public health policy into law, and in so doing will return us to a time where measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, are a footnote from the past and not a risk to our children’s and our futures.

Morning News Briefing

Religious exemption for vaccines is being done away with in New York State as legislators voted to remove all non-medical exemptions for immunizations.
The measure was passed by both the Assembly and Senate and was quickly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The move comes as New York continues to grapple with the one of the biggest measles outbreaks in decades.
According to the CDC there were just over one-thousand cases of measles reported across the country since January of this year with the most recent measles death occurring in 2015.
Most of the confirmed cases have been found in Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County and Brooklyn.
Opponents of the measure protested in Albany ahead of the vote and are vowing to challenge the new law in court.

Genesee County Judge provides little leniency for a convicted burglar.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of Batavia appeared before Judge Charles Zambito yesterday for sentencing after admitting to burglarizing several businesses in Batavia in December.
Sprague who has prior burglary convictions didn’t get much of a break on his sentence and will serve at least three and a half years in state prison and could serve as much as seven, under the terms of his sentence.
Sprague did avoid a possible 15 years in prison if Zambito had decided to make his sentences consecutive. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Fight at Thruway toll in Batavia ends in arrest for two.
State Police report the arrest of 43 year old Ann Claybourn, of West Seneca, on counts of Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. and 47 year old Scott Claybourn, of Rochester who was also arrested on charges of Assault, Criminal Mischief, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a domestic dispute at the Batavia Thruway tolls.
Investigation into the incident revealed that Ann Claybourn was at the Tolls for a child exchange with her ex-husband, and during the exchange, a fight broke out.
Ann allegedly punched her ex-husband multiple times and he is accused of kicking her vehicle and striking her as well, causing a laceration to her face all in front of their 15 year old daughter.
Both were released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on separate dates later this month.

The International Joint Commission is expected to hold a conference call today on water levels in Lake Ontario.
According to WHAM, members will be discussing Plan 2014, which manages water levels but allows greater fluctuations within them.
If the plan is suspended or changed, any action would need the consensus of both American and Canadian officials.
Some have said Plan 2014 is responsible for devastating flooding along the shoreline.

The National Weather Service says a Lakeshore Flood Warning will be in effect for two Western New York counties today.
The advisory in Monroe and Wayne counties goes from ten this morning until ten this evening.
Forecasters say strong winds combined with high water levels in Lake
Ontario could increase the risk of lakeshore flooding on the shoreline.
Folks living in the affected areas are being urged to keep an eye on the conditions.

Evening News Briefing

The New York State Senate is considering a bill that would end the state’s religious exemption for vaccines. It’s a measure some lawmakers have come to support in response to the ongoing measles outbreak that’s greatly affected parts of Rockland County and Brooklyn, especially in Orthodox Jewish communities. Experts say in order for a population to maintain “herd immunity” and protect the most vulnerable, healthy people must be properly vaccinated. Opponents of the bill say it should be their decision whether or not to vaccinate their kids, with some comparing it to the abortion debate, using the “my body my choice” terminology.

R. Stephen Hawley (R-Batavia)

Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley critical of his colleagues for voting in favor of the so-called Green Light Bill.
That’s the measure allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses in New York.
Hawley said, quote: “Felons get pay raises, illegals get driver’s licenses and sex offenders get voting rights.”
Hawley concluded that “this is a step toward allowing illegals to vote in our elections.”
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the legislation if it gets to his desk.

New York State lawmakers are one step closer to ending the so-called “Pink Tax.” The Assembly has passed a bill that would prevent businesses for charging different prices for similar products that are branded separately for men and women.
This would include products like razors and shampoo.
The legislation now heads to the Senate with the legislative session ending next week. Supporters of the bill call the “pink tax” discriminatory.

The International Joint Commission has delayed a meeting on the future of water levels in Lake Ontario. The Buffalo News reports officials considered holding the meeting yesterday, but are now looking to discuss the issue in the coming days. Members are expected to talk about the future of Plan 2014, which manages water levels but allows greater fluctuations within them. Some have said the plan is responsible for devastating flooding along the shoreline.

Morning News Briefing

New jobs in Batavia with a company’s Million Dollar investment.
A new million dollar investment into the Tompkins Metal Finishing facility on Apollo Drive in Batavia has been announced, with news of new employment opportunities.
According to the Empire State Development, which announced the investment yesterday, a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system has been installed by the industrial plating company into their facility.
The new equipment will allow the company to add another shift, create up to 10 new jobs while retaining the 100 employee it currently has on the job in Batavia.

A traffic stop in Livingston County ends in drug and sex abuse charges for an Orleans County man.
Deputies report that 21 year old Adam Stetzel of Holley was initially found in possession of pot after being stopped on Maple Beach Road in Groveland.
According to investigators he gave some of the marijuana to a 16 year old passenger and further investigation revealed he allegedly had sexual contact with the minor in Livonia in January of this year.
Stetzel is facing counts of Criminal Sale of Marijuana, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Sexual Abuse.
He was committed to jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Voters for the so-called Green Light Bill are being blasted by Hawley.
The State Legislature has passed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to have New York State driver’s licenses by a final vote of 86 to 47 yesterday.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley who is opposed to the legislation is speaking out against fellow Assembly members who approved the legislation after being blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority.
Hawley said “Downstate politicians continue to peddle handouts and shortcuts for everyone but the middle class.” Hawley continued saying “Felons get pay raises, illegals get driver’s licenses and sex offenders get voting rights.”
Hawley concluded that “this is a step toward allowing illegals to vote in our elections.”
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the legislation if it gets to his desk.

Two Genesee County Jail inmates arrested for assault.
40 year old Kelly Rhim and 23 year old Daniel Lewis were both arrested and charged with second degree assault for allegedly assaulting another inmate while they were incarcerated in the county jail.
Both Rhim and Lewis were remanded back to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail a piece.

The International Joint Commission has delayed a meeting on the future of water levels in Lake Ontario.
The Buffalo News reports officials considered holding the meeting yesterday, but are now looking to discuss the issue in the coming days.
Members are expected to talk about the future of Plan 2014, which manages water levels but allows greater fluctuations within them.
Some have said the plan is responsible for devastating flooding along the shoreline.

New York State lawmakers are one step closer to ending the so-called “Pink Tax.”
The Assembly has passed a bill that would prevent businesses for charging different prices for similar products that are branded separately for men and women.
This would include products like razors and shampoo.
The legislation now heads to the Senate with the session ending next week.
Supporters of the bill call the “pink tax” discriminatory.

Evening News Briefing

Tompkins Metal Finishing, an industrial plating Company on Apollo Drive in Batavia, is investing $1-million in their facility.
The investment, announced today by the Empire State Development, says the company has installed a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system. The new equipment will allow the company to add another shift and create up to 10 new jobs and keep the 100 employee it has on the job in Batavia.

A nursing home resident has been arrested for allegedly ramming his wheelchair into another resident.
Batavia Police say the fracas on wheels happened last Friday night at the Premiere Genesee Nursing Home on Bank Street, former the county home.
Police said 39 year old Jose Fuentes rammed his wheelchair into another person. He has been charged with Harassment and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

A Pavilion woman has been arrested for allegedly skipping out on a motel bill.
Police said 28 year old Jessica Horton of Telephone Road checked in at the Days Inn Motel on Oak Street last month and left without paying.
Horton was jailed in lieu of 500-dollars bail. The charge: theft of services.

A pair of Genesee County Jail inmates are in trouble with the law again.
23 year old Daniel Lewis and 40 year old Kelly Rhim got into a fracas last night.
Both Lewis and Rhim are charged with assault and staying right where they were, apparently in separate cells.

New Investment in Tompkins Metal Finishing

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced its investment in the continued growth of Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. located in Batavia, Genesee County. As part of the industrial plating company’s modernization project, it has installed a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system at its Apollo Drive Location. The updated system will reduce water usage by as much at 80 percent. The facility upgrade will allow the company to add another shift, resulting in the creation of up to 10 new jobs; 100 jobs will be retained, 30 of which had been at risk.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Tompkins Metal Finishing’s decision to continue its expansion in Genesee County reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy, especially by adding jobs and opportunity.”

To help ensure Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. continued success, ESD is providing the company with up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. is investing $900,000 in the facility upgrade which they expect to be completed by the end of 2019.

Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. President Allen Tompkins said, “Without this tax credit it would have been much more difficult to invest the $ 900,000 in our state- of-the-art wastewater treatment and water recycling system. This new system and the investment from ESD will allow us to continue our growth in Genesee County and will allow us to recycle our water for years to come.”

Established in 1955, Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. is operating in a new state-of- the-art 65,000 square foot facility. In addition to offering its customers high-quality products, Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. owns a fleet of trucks, allowing them to deliver those products efficiently to customers throughout Western New York. They service clients in the aerospace, communications, transportation, electronics, optical, medical, machine, defense and protype fields.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s highly decorated vet shares is war story.
David Bellavia, a highly decorated Veteran in Batavia, spoke about his experience for the first time since the White House announced he will receive the Medal of Honor.
Bellavia was awarded the Silver Star for action during Operation Iraqi Freedom which has recently been elevated to the military’s highest honor.
While speaking with our news partner The Batavian yesterday morning, Bellavia indicated he doesn’t wish to glorify war for the next generation…

Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor during a white House ceremony on June 25th.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Holland Ave woman busted for trying to withdraw from another person’s bank account.
21 year old Cassidy Hackett of Batavia was arrested and charged with Attempted Grand Larceny for allegedly attempting to withdraw $1,500 from an individual’s account.
Hacket was released with an appearance ticket for June 24th in Batavia Town Court.

Bank Street resident charged with harassment for a wheelchair incident.
City Police took 39 year old Jose Fuentes into custody on Friday following investigation into a harassment complaint at Genesee Senior Living on Bank Street.
Fuentes was accused of ramming his wheelchair into another resident and was ultimately issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

A Pavilion woman jailed for staying in a hotel without paying.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 29 year old Jessica Horton of Telephone Road on a count of Theft of Services.
Horton is accused of staying at hotel on Oak Street in Batavia last month and leaving without paying.
She was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Governor Cuomo is hinting that the state Assembly could be a roadblock towards changing the state’s surrogacy law.
The governor has pushed for the state’s law banning surrogacy agreements between women and couples to be overturned.
He says with just days left in this year’s legislative session, now is the time to prove that New York is the progressive capital of the world.
The state Senate has already approved the legislation.

The summer concert season is about to kick into high gear, and state officials say they’ll be cracking down on underage drinking.
Officials say investigators will be heading out to venues like Canalside in Buffalo in the coming weeks as part of Operation Prevent.
The focus will be on trying to find fake ID’s that people could use to buy alcohol at concerts or bars.
Anyone caught breaking the law risks having their license revoked for at least 90 days.

Evening News Briefing

Western New York and the nation heard today from Batavian David Bellavia for the first time since the White House announced he will receive the Medal of Honor.
Bellavia was awarded the Silver Star for action during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His Silver Star has now been elevated to the military’s highest honor.
This morning, Bellavia said he was humbled by the support he has received from residents of Western New York

Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor during a white House ceremony on June 25th.
The Department of Defense has released a video today of Bellavia describing the action in Fallujah that led to his nomination.
Watch the video HERE.

The Batavia City Council has given its approval to a local Pride Month parade and picnic in support of the LBGTQ community.
The local group holding the event is called, Go Out and is led by Go Art Executive Director Gregory Hallock.
The parade is scheduled for June 28th from 6:30 until 10 starting at Austin Park and ending near the Go Art Building on Bank Street.
The permit for the parade was approved unanimously by council.

Governor Cuomo says he would like to run for a fourth term, but a new poll finds New Yorkers don’t want him staying around that long. The Siena College survey found 58 percent of New Yorkers don’t want Cuomo back in the governor’s mansion. Thirty-seven percent polled would be okay with a Cuomo fourth term.
The next governor’s race is still three years away.

David Bellavia Grateful for Support from Western New York

Batavia’s David Bellavia, recently announced recipient of the Medal of Honor, tells Western New York he is grateful for the love and support  shown to him over the past 72 hours.  “It has touched my heart. I never expected this much love, support and kindness.”

Bellavia, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on June 25th spoke for 25 minutes at a news conference in Cheektowaga earlier today.

Listen to Bellavia’s comments and answers to reporters questions in their entirety:

Bellavia shares his war story

Local Veteran David Bellavia shares his war story that earned him a Medal of Honor.

The Department of Defense released a video today of Batavia resident David Bellavia discussion the fight with insurgents in Fallujah that led to his nomination for a Medal of Honor.

Bellivia will be honored in a White House ceremony on June 25th.

Click here for a link to the army’s feature on Bellavia and his battle with the enemy.

Beiber and Cruise invited to Throwdown at the Downs 2.0

 

Press Release: June 11th, 2019

Ground Force Fights & Batavia Downs Gaming Formally Invite Justin Beiber and Tom Cruise to Settle Their Differences at Throwdown at the Downs 2.0

BATAVIA, NY – Representatives from Batavia Downs and Ground Force Fights today announced they will be holding a spot in Saturday’s MMA card at Batavia Downs for the Canadian Pop Star and American Movie Star to settle their differences in the cage.

On June 9th, Beiber Tweeted; “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you don’t take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?”

“We would welcome both Justin and Tom to compete at Throwdown at the Downs 2.0,” said Richard Mitchell, Owner of Ground Force Fights. “Fights begin at 6pm and we’d be happy to fit them onto the card whenever it’s convenient for them, given their busy schedules.”

It is unknown at this time why the 25 year old Beiber decided to challenge the 56 year old Cruise to the bout.

“Mr. Beiber hails from London, Ontario while Mr. Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York,” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing for Batavia Downs. “Batavia is a perfect place for them to meet in the middle to settle whatever this beef is about. Batavia has an airport where both celebrities and any entourages can fly in. If they call ahead we can even send our Batavia Downs Shuttle Bus to pick them up.”

Regardless of whether Beiber and Cruise make an appearance, tickets are on sale now for Throwdown at the Downs 2.0 at bataviaconcerts.com. Doors open at 4:30pm, Event starts at 6pm. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $55 for VIP seats closer to the cage. Lawn chairs (which are normally permitted for other Batavia Downs events) are NOT permitted for this event. There will be limited chairs and bleacher seating available. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the event for $15 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines.

Morning News Briefing

City Council supports Pride Parade with little objection.
In conjunction with Pride Month, Batavia will be hosting an LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and picnic following the approval of City Council.
The GO OUT! parade was presented to council by GO ART! Executive director and leader of the GO OUT! group Gregory Hallock, who filed the application for the event, which will run June 28th from 6:30 to 10 p.m. to promote LGBTQ+ causes.
Batavia resident and local church leader Rev. Henry Pokrywa challenged the validity of the event before council members approved the item.
Pokryawa, who is the pastor of Faith Community Chapel on Rose Road, addressed the board during last night’s Council meeting requesting that they deny the license for the permit.
The Reverend said that he doesn’t feel that public streets should be used to display anyone’s sexuality, whatever that may be.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Drug Task Force busts a Rochester resident for crack cocaine sales.
51 year old Lorenzo Terry of Rochester was apprehended by members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force following investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County.
He allegedly sold a quantity of the drug to a task force agent on three separate occasions and was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Terry was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Batavia woman charged with endangerment for shoplifting with kids.
28 year old Jessica Weiss of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly stealing merchandise from Walmart while she was accompanied by her 8 month old son and 3 year old daughter.
She was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on June 27th.

Governor Cuomo has laid out a plan he hopes prevents future flooding issues involving Lake Ontario.
In Rochester yesterday, the governor unveiled the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, which calls for up to 300-million dollars in spending.
The governor says the idea is to develop plans to reduce risk to infrastructure along the lake’s waterfront while strengthening the region’s local economies.
New York State has committed more than 100-million dollars to rebuild communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline that were devastated by flooding in 2017.

The push to legalize recreational marijuana is picking up more support.
The New York Farm Bureau said yesterday it is getting behind the legislation.
Officials say they recognize the potential boost to the agriculture industry if cannabis is allowed to be cultivated.
Lawmakers are still trying to work out an agreement on a final bill before the legislative session ends June 19th.

A new poll shows New Yorkers are against a fourth term for Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According to a Siena College survey, 58-percent of New Yorkers oppose another term for the governor.
Just 37-percent say they want another four years of Cuomo.
He’s already told voters that he plans to run again in 2022.
The poll shows 52-percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Cuomo, while 42-percent have an unfavorable view of him.

President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor to local Vet

Press Release:

Issued on: June 10, 2019

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to David G. Bellavia for conspicuous gallantry while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.

Then-Staff Sergeant David G. Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 10, 2004, while serving as a squad leader in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia was clearing a block of houses when his platoon became pinned down. He quickly exchanged an M16 rifle for an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, entered the house where his squad was trapped, and engaged insurgents, providing cover fire so that he and his fellow soldiers could exit safely. A Bradley Fighting Vehicle arrived to help suppress the enemy, but it could not fire directly into the house. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia re-entered the house, armed with an M16, and assaulted insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades. He proceeded to kill one insurgent and wound another, who then ran to another part of the house. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia was soon engaged by another insurgent rushing down the stairs when the previously wounded insurgent reemerged to engage him as well. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia returned fire, killing both attackers. He then took enemy fire from an insurgent who had appeared from a closet across the room. He pursued him up the stairs and killed him. Soon thereafter, he moved to the roof where he engaged and wounded a fifth insurgent, who fell from the roof of the building. That remarkable day, then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia rescued an entire squad, cleared an insurgent strongpoint, and saved many members of his platoon from imminent threat.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:
David Bellavia enlisted in the United States Army in 1999. After previously serving in Kosovo, he deployed to Iraq in 2004 with Company A, Task Force 2-2, 1st Infantry Division. He was released from duty on August 16, 2005. David now has his own daily radio talk show for WBEN in Buffalo, New York. He continues to serve the military and veteran communities through a number of philanthropic organizations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
THE MEDAL OF HONOR:
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while:

engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

City Bureau of Maintenance: Resurfacing Postponed/Rain Delay

Press Release:

Date: 6/10/19

Subject: Resurfacing Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue – Postponed due to rain on June 10th. This has pushed the contractor back a day on other scheduled work. The work on these streets will begin on Wednesday June 12th.

Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will experience a road closures to all through traffic on Wednesday, June 12 from 7 AM to 5 PM for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.

On Friday, June 14 between 7 AM and 5 PM these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

Please, plan accordingly and contact the Bureau of Maintenance with any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sincerely,
Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of Maintenance

 

Press Release:

Date: 6/10/19

Subject: Naramore Drive – Resurfacing – Rain Delay

The work originally scheduled to start June 10th will be postponed due to the forecasted weather and will begin tomorrow.

Naramore Drive will experience a road closure to all through traffic on TUESDAY, JUNE 11 from 7 AM to 5 PM for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.

On THURSDAY, JUNE 13 between 7 AM and 5 PM Naramore Drive will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Naramore Drive will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the street.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

Please, plan accordingly and contact the Bureau of Maintenance with any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sincerely,
Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of Maintenance

LOCAL LEADER JANKOWSKI BACKS DURIN ROGERS FOR CITY COURT

Screenshot of Judge Durin Rogers and Eugene Jankowski Jr. from endorsement video 

Press Release:

Batavia, NY—Batavia City Council President, retired Batavia Police Lieutenant, and competitive shooter Eugene Jankowski Jr. recently announced his strong endorsement of Judge Durin Rogers for City Court Judge.

In an endorsement video filmed at a local shooting range that was released today, Jankowski stated, “I’m a retired police officer as well as a sponsored competitive shooter. Public safety as well as the US Constitution are very important to me. I’ve known Judge Durin Rogers for many years and he’s always been very thorough and very judicious when it comes to the rule of law. I fully endorse him for City of Batavia Court Judge.”

Eugene Jankowski has been a life-long local public servant, retiring as a Lieutenant from the Batavia City Police Department after 34 years of service to the community. Jankowski continues his dedication to Batavia currently serving as the City Council President.
Judge Rogers has already earned the endorsements of the current and former County Social Services Commissioners, the current and former County Sheriff, the current program coordinator and former Director of Genesee Justice, the City of Batavia Republican Committee, the Genesee County Conservative Committee, and many other citizens and businesses.

Click here to view endorsement video

Morning News Briefing

Suspicious man on LeRoy school grounds under investigation.
Police are investigating an individual who was involved in suspicious activity around the elementary school in the Village of LeRoy.
An unknown white male holding a camera approached young girls in the area of the Wolcott Street School on Saturday Afternoon asking if they had any piercings and then requesting permission to photograph the piercings claiming he was going to post the pictures on a website.
After the interaction the man was reportedly picked up by another unknown subject in a burgundy colored sedan.
According to Police, as of yesterday the person was identified and has been in contact with law enforcement.
Currently no charges have been filed and the investigation is on-going.

Batavia man accused of providing alcohol and forcibly touching a co-worker.
33 year old Sean Madigan of Collegeview Drive was taken into custody by City Police following investigation into alleged misconduct at a local restaurant.
Madigan was accused of providing alcohol and subjecting an employee under 21 years old to unwanted physical contact while working at a restaurant on West Main Street Road in Batavia.
He was charged with counts of Forcible Touching and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and was issued an appearance ticket for next Tuesday in City Court.

Screams of sexual obscenities and threats to law enforcement ends in arrest for a Batavia resident.
31 year old John Saddler, who is listed with an unknown address in Batavia, was allegedly seen screaming sexual obscenities and making sexual gestures toward the public on Jerome Place Friday.
He was initially arrested for a count of Disorderly Conduct w obscene sexual language and gestures however as officers came to speak with him he began to threaten officers saying he was going to shoot them.
Saddler was then charged with Harassment and was subsequently issued appearance tickets for tomorrow in City Court.

Town of Batavia resident arrested for fighting with police.
24 year old Carlton Beardsley of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration for allegedly fighting with police who were investigating a reported assault on West Main Street.
Beardsley was issued an appearance ticket for next Tuesday in Batavia City Court.

The New York State Assembly Majority Leader is continuing to push for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who represents parts of Erie County, spoke on the topic at the annual NAACP dinner in Buffalo.
She was the keynote speaker.
Peoples-Stokes argues that legalizing pot use would generate money for the state.
She also believes it would lower the number of people arrested for minor drug offenses.
The legislation is struggling to get enough votes in the state Senate.

Weekend News Briefing

Batavia resident and radio personality to receive nation’s highest honor
David Bellavia of Batavia will become the only living veteran of the Iraq War to receive our nation’s highest honor when President Donald Trump drapes the Medal of Honor around him on June 25th.
Bellavia, who co-hosts a news talk show on WBEN, is already a Silver Star recipient for his single-handed battle against a group of insurgents during the Second Battle of Fallujah.
He’s also received the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.
The award ceremony is being held at the White House on June 25.

Inmate held without bail for clogging a toilet.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 31 year old Kevin Waleski of Batavia, currently an inmate of the county jail, plugged the toilet in his holding cell, causing a flood that shorted out the electronics of the inmate phone system.
Waleski has been charged with Criminal Mischief and was already being held on unrelated charges however now he’s being held without bail.

 

Fill The Boot campaign stomps past their fundraising goal.
According to Batavia City Firefighter and local event organizer Chris Morasco the grand total for Friday’s boot drive was $11,646.84.
Last year over $9,100 was raised with this year’s goal set to raise $10,000 for muscular dystrophy.
Nationally Fill the Boot has been a strong fire fighter tradition for more than 65 years, and raised $20 million in last years’ campaign.

Upcoming road closures to report.
Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will have road closures to all through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.
On Thursday, June 13 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.
Residents will be able to access their properties but may experience delays and all residents in the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

As this year’s legislative session winds down, Governor Cuomo is continuing to criticize members of the State Senate.
The governor says Democrats, who have the majority in the chamber, aren’t doing enough to pass progressive policy items like extending drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants and recreational marijuana legalization.
A spokesman for the governor’s office says negotiations are ongoing.

County Health Dept. Warns of Rabies

News Release

Summertime is right around the corner. The anticipation of vacations, warm long days, and relaxation are just ahead. As we prepare to spend more time outside, Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, would like to share a message with the community. “This is a good time to remind folks about the dangers of rabies and how to pre-vent humans and domestic pets from contracting this deadly disease. When spending time outdoors this summer, it is important not to feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. Rabies is almost always fatal but the good news is that it’s 100% preventable.”

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The virus is usually transmitted through a bite or scratch of an infected animal. Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal (human/ warm-blooded animal) can be infected with rabies. Pets and livestock can also get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against the infection.

In Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, there have been 37 animal specimens tested for rabies thus far in 2019. Of the 37 animals, 3 raccoons and 1 horse tested positive for rabies in Orleans County and 3 raccoons tested positive for rabies in Wyoming County. No animals have tested positive for the virus in Genesee County.

Although you cannot tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it, you may notice the animal acting strange. Sarah Balduf, Environmental Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, shares what the common signs of rabies appear to be in animals. “Animals with rabies may show a variety of signs, including fearful-ness, aggression, affection, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, staggering, paralysis and seizures. Animals with rabies may lose their natural fear of humans, and display unusual behavior – for example, an animal that is usually only seen at night may be seen wandering in the daytime.” There is no treatment once the clinical signs of rabies appear. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies. Rabies infection of an animal can only be confirmed after death, through microscopic examination of the animal’s brain.

In humans, rabies may take up to three months to fully develop. The virus presents itself as flulike symptoms such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea, and tiredness. Tingling, prickling, or itching around the bite area is also common. After a few days, neurological (brain/ nerve) symptoms develop including agitation, anxiety, confusion, hyperactivity, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, hydrophobia (fear of water), hallucinations, insomnia, and partial paralysis.

If you are bitten, scratched or have contact with an animal you believe to be rabid, immediately wash the wound, seek medical attention and report the incident to your local county health department. A doctor or health department officials will determine if vaccination with rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (RPEP) is necessary. A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should get 4 doses of rabies vaccine; one dose right away, and additional doses on the 3rd, 7th, and 14th days. People who have weakened immune systems may require a fifth dose of vaccine, as determined by their doctor.

Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal. There is no cure, only prevention. Review these tips on how to keep you, your family, and your pets safe from rabies:
• Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. This includes baby animals.
• Be sure your pet dogs, cats and ferrets as well as horses and valuable livestock animals are up-to- date on their rabies vaccinations. Vaccination protects pets if they are exposed to rabid animals. Pets too young (less than 3 months) to be vaccinated should be kept indoors and allowed outside only under direct observation. • Keep family pets indoors at night. Don’t leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.
• Don’t attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods that may attract wild animals and tightly cap or put away garbage cans.
• Board up any openings to your attic, basement, porch or garage. Cap your chimney with screens.
• Be aware that bats have small, sharp teeth and in certain situations people can be bitten and not know it. Do not release a bat when found in a room with a person or pet sleeping or unable to speak. If you are able to safely capture the bat, bring it to your county health department where it will be transferred to the state for rabies testing.

Click here to watch a video on how to safely capture a bat.

• Teach children not to touch any animal they do not know and to tell an adult immediately if they are scratched or bitten by any animal.
• If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside. If possible, try to contain the wild animal.
• Anyone who has been bitten by any animal or who otherwise may have been exposed to rabies, needs to Capture and Call. If you can do so safely, being careful to not damage the head/brain, cap ture the animal and call your local health department or a doctor to report the incident. Capturing the animal is vital in order for it to be tested for rabies.

To protect your pets from rabies, please visit one of our upcoming anti-rabies clinics: • Genesee County: Thursday, August 15, 2019: Genesee County Fair Grounds, 5031 East Main Road, Batavia, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Orleans County: Saturday, August 24, 2019: Town of Shelby Highway Building, 4062 Salt Works Road, Medina, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • Wyoming County: Thursday June, 13, 2019: Arcade Town Highway Department, 7340 NY-98, Arcade, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For information about this article or health department services contact: • Genesee County Health Department: 344-2580 ext. 5555 or visit their website.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Farmers Market opened today.
The market is located in the parking lot off of Bank Street and Alva Place.
The market through the end of October on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am – 4pm and Fridays 9am to 5pm.
Read more on this story HERE.

There’s some good news for folks who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
The International Joint Commission says it believes record-high water levels may have peaked.
They also expect those levels to decrease soon due to near-record outflows from the lake and the dry weather that’s in the forecast.

The State Senate has given the green light to several new limousine safety laws.
The measures are aimed at preventing a tragedy similar to the one in Schoharie last October that left 20 people dead.
If approved, drivers would have to undergo drug and alcohol testing, seatbelts would be required in all stretch limos with nine or more passengers.
A state hotline, website and app would also have to be set up so people can file complaints against potentially dangerous limousines.
The legislation must still be approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor to take effect.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports today that a county jail inmate has been charged with Criminal Mischief.
The sheriff says that 31 year old Kevin Waleski of Batavia plugged the toilet in his holding cell, causing a flood that shorted out the electronics of the inmate phone system. Waleski continues to be held in jail, this time, without bail.

The Genesee Country Farmer’s Market kicks off today

The Market has sprouted up in the parking lot off of Bank Street and Alva Place with many excited venders ready to share their products and stories.

Nando of Nando’s Italian Pizzelle, who is returning to his second year at the market, was eager to share the history of his unique treats…

Market Manager Mike Bakos said they are still receiving applications from vendors wishing to get in on the action…

The Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm and Bakos says that on Fridays some venders will be sticking around until 5 pm to serve customers who are just getting out of work.

The Market runs through the summer season up until the end of October.

Responding to Crime – City Commits to Action

Press Release:

In response to the senseless criminal actions over the past weekend, the City offers its condolences to victims, thanks those who responded, and commits to decisive action.

“The City shares in the grief felt by the families and friends of the victims, acknowledge selfless acts by our citizens, appreciate the tireless work of Batavia’s finest, and thank those who aided in the quick identity and arrest of criminal suspects this past weekend. Out of respect for those who gave their lives, and work so tirelessly, we commit to decisive action that will aid community crime prevention,” said Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager.

“The City will implement effective ideas, expand on successful neighborhood actions, and continue ongoing efforts to promote and ensure the safety of our community. We will continue to work cooperatively with community leaders, law enforcement, criminal justice officials, media representatives, neighborhood groups and business leaders to target criminals,” said Moore.

“Criminal violence and the loss of life is never acceptable and my sincere condolences go out to all those in the community that were impacted. It was encouraging to see people come forward and help the police quickly apprehend those believed to be responsible. To prevent violent acts in the future we must stay involved. If you see suspicious activity please report it to the police so that they can intervene and possibly prevent a serious crime from occurring. Over the next few weeks City Council will be reviewing ways to assist our first responders and strengthen our public safety. Together we can make a difference,” said Eugene Jankowski Jr. City of Batavia of Council President.

“The City of Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Dispatch Center, New York State Police, Genesee County Local Drug Task Force, City of Rochester Police Department, City of Batavia Fire Department, Mercy EMS, the Staff in the ER at UMMC and Police Chaplain Don Shirk for the assistance over this past weekend with the major crimes that took place in the City of Batavia. Because of the support received the Police Department as able to quickly identify and arrest both parties responsible for these senseless crimes,” said Shawn Heubusch, City of Batavia Police Chief.

“The City extends its gratitude to witnesses that helped us to locate, identify and subsequently arrest both individuals involved in last weekend crime. With witness accounts our job is much easier and we are heartened to see the public’s cooperation and willingness to get involved when crime like this occurs in their neighborhood,” said Chief Heubusch.

“The Fire Department appreciates the opportunity to partner with City Police and assist in a support capacity. We were pleased to share specialized equipment and department personnel to aid in the investigative process, and acknowledge the outstanding work of the City of Batavia Police Department during these (last weekend’s) unfortunate events,” said Stefano Napolitano, City of Batavia Fire Chief.

Ongoing community safety is the first priority of the City of Batavia. All of the City’s departments are committed to keeping our City a healthy, violence free place where our families can live, work and enjoy our City.

Morning News Briefing

City responds to recent rash of criminal activity.
The City of Batavia issued a statement of condolences and appreciation in response to the senseless criminal actions over the past weekend, offering sympathy to the victims and thankfulness for those who responded.
City Manager Martin Moore said the City will implement effective ideas, expand on successful neighborhood actions, and continue ongoing efforts to promote and ensure the safety of our community.
Moore continued in the statement to say it was encouraging to see people come forward and help the police quickly apprehend suspects.
Moore stressed that to prevent violent acts in the future we must stay involved reminding residents that if they see suspicious activity please report it to the police.
City of Batavia of Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. said that over the next few weeks City Council will be reviewing ways to assist first responders and strengthen our public safety.

A home in Stafford is left uninhabitable after extensive fire damage.
A fire broke out at a home on Horseshoe Lake Road in Stafford yesterday morning with investigators initially looking at a faulty space heater, as the source of the blaze.
Stafford’s Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dougherty spoke with our news partner The Batavian on scene reporting that one woman was home at the time…

The occupant was treated at the scene for a minor injury.
One cat perished in the fire and another managed to evacuate.
The home was declared uninhabitable and the resident is staying with family.

There’s some good news for folks who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
The International Joint Commission said yesterday that it believes record-high water levels may have peaked.
They also expect those levels to decrease soon due to near-record outflows from the lake and the dry weather that’s in the forecast.
People living in communities near the lake are still being urged to keep an eye on the conditions.

As this year’s legislative session winds down, Governor Cuomo is continuing to criticize members of the State Senate.
The governor says Democrats, who have the majority in the chamber, aren’t doing enough to pass progressive policy items like extending drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants and recreational marijuana legalization.
A spokesman for the governor’s office says negotiations are ongoing.
This year’s legislative session is set to end June 19th.

Upcoming road closures to report.
Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will have road closures to all through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.
On Thursday, June 13 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.
Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.
All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

Evening News Briefing

Fire, believed caused by a faulty space heater, damages a home this morning on Horseshoe Lake Road in Stafford.

Assistant Stafford Fire Chief Mark Dougherty said one woman was home at the time:

The occupant was treated at the scene for a minor injury.
A cat perished in the fire, another is unaccounted for.
The home was declared uninhabitable. The resident is staying with family.

Governor Cuomo says his heart is broken by the tragic deadly training crash at West Point this morning. Cuomo put out a statement saying we pray for a speedy recovery for those involved. A West Point Cadet was killed, 20 other cadets and two active members of the military were injured when an armored military truck flipped over. This happened around 6:45 this morning during a summer training exercise on Route 293 and the Camp Natural Bridge, the training site for cadets.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is fighting driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Hawley of Batavia calls the bill granting driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals dangerous and unpopular with state residents.
Hawley said when polled, the issue is opposed by 61 percent of the public statewide.

The Buffalo Sabres have formally introduced the 19th coach in franchise history.
59 year old Ralph Krueger said he’s already exchanged messages with several players and is in the process of putting his staff together.
Krueger hasn’t coached in the NHL since leading the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-2013 season.
The Sabres are in the midst of a long playoff drought.

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING WORKSHOP ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Press Release:

“Disaster Preparedness” will be the subject of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Workshop on June 13.

“Disasters happen. How can business owners plan appropriately,” asks Tom Turnbull, president of the Chamber. “It doesn’t have to be a tornado or earthquake, it can be as simple as losing power for an extended period. How can a business owner handle that?

That question and more will be answered at this workshop. Greg Lindberg of the Small Business Administration and Paul Gister of National Grid will conduct the workshop.

This is the one of a series of business workshops held in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. The workshops are open to all Chamber and non-Chamber businesses and their employees and will offer expert advice from experienced professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. The session will run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and includes a question and answer period. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space.

To reserve a seat in any workshop or for more information, contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 or by email at kbermingham@geneseeny.com.

HAWLEY CELEBRATES DAIRY DAY IN ALBANY

Assemblyman Steve Hawley [right] poses with Assemblyman Will Barclay [left] showing an Assembly Proclamation honoring June 5 as Dairy Day in New York.

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) proudly celebrated Dairy Day today in Albany, along with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, activists, advocates and farmers from around the state. Hawley, a longtime member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, is the former owner and operator of Hawley Farms located in Batavia.

“This marks one of my favorite days of the year in Albany as we come together, putting party and differences aside, to celebrate New York’s spectacular dairy industry,” Hawley said. “I believe we have one of the premier dairy operations in the entire country as our milk is used in yogurt, cheese and ice cream and eventually shipped and sold across the United States. I take pride in being a strong advocate for dairy farmers and will continue to support their efforts in our state.”

Hawley addresses activists, supporters and legislators at Dairy Day in Albany on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

HAWLEY FIGHTS DOWNSTATE PUSH TO ALLOW DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGALS

Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the Assembly Transportation Committee’s passage of a bill granting driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals

“This is a dangerous proposal that diminishes the responsibility and efforts of those here legally to play by the rules, obey our laws and obtain a driver’s license.

“This creates myriad issues for law enforcement and illegal drivers obtaining insurance, not to mention the safety issue posed on our roads that will be faced by other drivers unsure if the person next to them is familiar with traffic procedures and laws that keep us all safe.

“For the Majority to waste time on legislation that, when polled, is opposed by 61 percent of the public statewide, is a total waste of time and insulting to the struggling middle class who need our help in these waning days of session.

“Whether this is a political stand against President Trump, or an effort to score points with their radical base. We should never reward those with handouts who have already proved to break the law.”

Morning News Briefing

Suspect pulls an apparent handgun on City Police as a heroic citizen steps-in to help.
City Police are thanking the efforts of an unnamed citizen who literally stepped-in to stop the escalation of an altercation between a suspect and an officer that could have ended badly.
Officer Darryle Streeter conducted a traffic stop early yesterday morning on Cedar Street near Ellicott in which he spotted passenger, a trespassing suspect, 32 year old Brandon Fogg of Liberty Street.
Fogg attempted to flee and the officer took him to the ground at which point Fogg began to fight then pulled a black handgun from his pocket, pointing it toward the officer.
When the altercation broke out an employee of a local business came to help, stepping on Fogg’s wrist, making him loose his grip on the gun which was later identified as a BB pistol.
There were no injured reported and Fogg is jailed without bail charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Trespassing.

Holley man accused of dealing fatal drug doses to a Clarendon man.
28 year old Logan DiPilato of Holley has been arrested by Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide, Criminal Possession and Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in connection with an overdose death in Clarendon.
Deputies responded to a Town of Clarendon residence Saturday to investigate the apparent unattended death of Mark Kinsey.
DiPilato is accused of selling four bags of Fentanyl to Kinsey which led to his overdose death.
DiPilato was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and is expected to reappear on the count of Criminally Negligent Homicide in Clarendon Town Court on June 10th. Lawmen say additional charges are forthcoming.

Batavia woman charged with endangerment for leaving children alone.
28 year old Jessica Weiss of Main Street Road was arrested by Batavia Police yesterday afternoon following complaint from a local motel that Weiss had allegedly left her young children alone in their residence for a long period of time.
She was charged with two counts of Endangering The Welfare of Child and was given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on July 1st.

Illegal immigrants are one step closer to being able to get a New York State driver’s license.
The proposal cleared the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday, and a vote in the full chamber could happen in the coming days.
The matter was blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority, but even though Democrats are in control now, there’s no guarantee a bill will pass.
Governor Cuomo has made passing the legislation one of his top priorities before lawmakers leave Albany June 19th.

The Buffalo Sabres have formally introduced the 19th coach in franchise history.
Ralph Krueger took questions from the media yesterday at KeyBank Center.
The 59 year old said he’s already exchanged messages with several players and is in the process of putting his staff together.
Krueger hasn’t coached in the NHL since leading the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-2013 season.
The Sabres are in the midst of a long playoff drought.

Evening News Briefing

Brandon Fogg

A Batavia Police Officer was facing a dangerous situation but thanks to a citizen, willing to help, no one was injured.
Police say that Officer Darryle Streeter stopped a trespassing suspect early this morning on Cedar Street near Ellicott.
The suspect, later identified as 32 year old Brandon Fogg of Liberty Street, tried to flee. Officer Streeter took him to the ground and Fogg began to fight. The suspect then pulled a black handgun from his pocket, pointing it toward the officer.
An employee of a local business saw the fracas and came to the aid of the officer, stepping on the wrist of the suspect, making him loose his grip on the gun. It later turned out to be a BB pistol.
Fogg is jailed without bail, facing a number of charges.
BPD issued a statement of gratitude to the civilian for getting involved.

A bill banning cat declawing is on its way to Governor Cuomo’s desk. State lawmakers passed it on Tuesday, putting New York on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to outlaw the practice which involves amputating a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle. Supporters say it’s barbaric but the state Veterinarian Medical Society lobbied against the ban, saying declawing should remain legal if the pet owner has a weakened immune system and is at greater risk of infection from a cat scratch. If Cuomo signs the bill, vets face a $1,000r fine for performing declawing.

The Assembly transportation committee is expected to vote today on a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to get a state driver’s license. If it clears that hurdle, a vote in the full Assembly could happen soon.
The matter was blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority, but even though Democrats are in control now, there’s no guarantee a bill will pass.
Governor Cuomo has made passing the legislation one of his top priorities before lawmakers leave Albany June 19th.

Genesee Cancer Assistance, headquartered in Batavia, is holding its 25th Annual Golf and Bocce Tournament on June 28.
The tournament will be held at Batavia Country Club. We have full details on the local news page of our website.
Genesee Cancer Assistance provides direct financial help to cancer patients in Genesee County.

25th Annual Golf & Bocce Tournament to Benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance

News Release

On June 28 Genesee Cancer Assistance will be hosting its 25th Annual Golf & Bocce Tournament at Batavia
Country Club (7909 Batavia Byron Road). Golf registration ($100.00/player) begins at 10:30 am. Bocce registration
($60.00/player) at 12 pm.

You can also register in advance; online HERE or call the office at
(585) 345-0417.

Golf and Bocce teams will compete for a variety of prizes and awards. A steak dinner and raffles, including a “Dine & Sail”
silent auction, will follow the games.
Sponsors are welcome. Seven sponsorship levels with various perks are available. Contact GCA for information. All
proceeds will benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance.

Bobby Aquino

This year’s honorary chair person is Bobby Aquino. Bobby has been a dedicated volunteer for GCA since its founding. He
has been—and continues to be—an invaluable asset to the GCA team and the patients they serve. Bobby is an integral
contributor to events preparation and setup—always ready to roll up his sleeves and do whatever is needed. Genesee Cancer
Assistance is also exceedingly grateful for Mr. Aquino’s generous financial support.

Genesee Cancer Assistance, co-founded in 1993 by Mrs. Dorothy Schlaggel & Mr. Russ Romano, is a community-based,
volunteer organization through which cancer patients and their families living in Genesee County have access to financial
aid and a variety of support services. Since its founding, Genesee Cancer Assistance has been fortunate to aid thousands of
individuals; hundreds of patients each year.

Citizen Aids Police in Armed Take-down of Suspect

Brandon Fogg

News Release

The Batavia Police Department was requested to an address on Ellicott St at approximately 11:22 PM on 06/04/2019 for a trespass. Brandon Fogg, 32, of Liberty St, Batavia, NY, allegedly was on the complainant’s property and banging on the door, against the complainant’s wishes. Fogg left the scene prior to patrols arrival.

At approximately 12:29 AM, Officer Darryle Streeter observed Fogg in the passenger seat of a vehicle being operated with an illegal tire. Officer Streeter conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle on Cedar St near Ellicott St and attempted to speak with Fogg. Fogg allegedly opened the door to the vehicle and attempted to flee. Officer Streeter was able to take Fogg to the ground, where Fogg allegedly began to fight with Officer Streeter.

Fogg allegedly removed a black handgun from his pocket and tried to turn it toward Officer Streeter. An employee of a local business observed the struggle and was able to step on the wrist of Fogg which made him lose his grip on the gun. Officer Streeter was then able to take Fogg into custody. The gun was later found to be a BB pistol.

Fogg was arrested for Menacing 1st, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th, and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd and Trespass. Fogg was arraigned in Batavia City Court and held with no bail. Fogg is to re-appear in Batavia City Court on tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

The City of Batavia Police Department would like to thank the citizen for their assistance. The citizen’s name is not being released at this time as we have not received permission from the individual to provide it.

Morning News Briefing

Potential child abduction from a Batavia Church ends in arrest for one.
Investigation into the potential abduction of a child during church services has led to the arrest of 71 year old Bruce Sattleberg.
According to City Police Sattelberg was attending church services at Everpresent Church on Sunday when he left his seat, plucked a one year old child from the nursery and returned, sitting only a few aisles away from the child’s parents.
The father approached Sattelberg, took back the infant and then Sattelberg left the service.
Sattelberg was located and taken into custody without incident then issued an appearance ticket for Unlawful Imprisonment on June 18th in Batavia City Court.
He has also been barred from Everpresnt Church and all its functions.

An Ellicott Street man jailed without bail for repeated family offences.
61 year old Ernest Lane of Batavia was apprehended by City Police for allegedly violating a complete stay away order of protection twice since April.
Lane is charged with two counts each of Criminal Contempt and Aggravated Family Offense.
After arraignment he was committed to the county click without bail and is slated to reappear in Batavia City Court this morning.

Pringle Ave residents arrested for fighting and an act of public lewdness.
According to Police 47 year old Edward Freida and 30 year old Rebecca Mann were taken into custody after they were seen engaging in fight on Pringle Ave.
Reportedly Frieda exposed himself to several individuals during the altercation and was subsequently charged with Disorderly Conduct and Public Lewdness while Mann was hit with a count of Disorderly Conduct.
Mann was released with an appearance ticket while Frieda was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

An Oakfield man jailed after harassment and resisting responding officers.
31 year old Kevin Waleski of Orchard Street in Oakfield was taken into custody following report of a physical altercation at a West Main Street address in Batavia.
Waleski was accused of trying to illegally enter the residence and was charged with Attempted Criminal Trespassing and Harassment.
As he was being transported to the United Memorial Medical Center he allegedly began resisting officers and was additionally charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
Waleski was ultimately jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The Assembly transportation committee is expected to vote today on a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to get a state driver’s license.
If it clears that hurdle, a vote in the full Assembly could happen soon.
The matter was blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority, but even though Democrats are in control now, there’s no guarantee a bill will pass.
Governor Cuomo has made passing the legislation one of his top priorities before lawmakers leave Albany June 19th.

New York is one step closer to becoming the first state to ban cat declawing.
A bill banning the practice has passed the state legislature and now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.
The state Veterinary Medical Society says declawing should remain legal if the pet owner has a weakened immune system and is at greater risk of infection.
If the bill passes, people could be fined $1,000 for having a cat declawed.

Evening News Briefing

Bruce Sattleberg

A 71 year old man has been arrested for the suspected abduction of a baby from a Batavia church.
Bruce Sattelberg has been charged with Unlawful Imprisonment and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court later this month.
Sattelberg was attending the Everpresent Church service on Sunday sitting only a few aisles away from the child’s parent. Sattelberg left his seat, and picked up the in the church nursery, and returned to his seat holding the baby.
The child’s father noticed this, took his child back, and Settelberg then left.
He was later located by police and taken into custody without incident

The International Joint Commission says water levels in Lake Ontario have exceeded what they were two years ago.
And, officials say they’re concerned those levels will continue to rise and trigger flooding along the shoreline in Ontario and Niagara counties.
A spokesperson for the agency says outflows from the lake are being increased, but water is coming in faster than it can be let out.

New York could become the first state to ban cat declawing. Albany lawmakers are considering a bill today that would outlaw the surgery. Supporters say it’s barbaric because it involves amputating a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle. But the state’s Veterinary Medical Society opposes the bill, saying it should be allowed as a last resort if the pet owner has a weakened immune system or the cat won’t stop scratching people or furniture. If the bill passes, you could be fined one-thousand-dollars for having a cat declawed.

Governor Cuomo is casting doubt on whether a recreational marijuana bill will pass before the end of this year’s legislative session.
The governor said he doesn’t believe there are enough votes for a bill to pass the Senate.
Cuomo also believes New Jersey’s failure to pass legislation made the issue more complicated in New York.

Road Work in Batavia Closes Some Roads

News Release

Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will experience a road closures to all
through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 AM to 5 PM for the installation of an intermediate
reinforced pavement layer.

On Thursday, June 13 between 7 AM and 5 PM these streets will be closed to all through traffic for
the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access
their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.
All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.
This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

Naramore Drive will experience a road closure to all through traffic on Monday, June 10 from 7 AM to
5 PM for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.

On Wednesday, June 12 between 7 AM and 5 PM Naramore Drive will be closed to all through traffic
for the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Naramore Drive will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving
operations progress up and down the street.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.
This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

BPD: Potential Child Abduction at Everpresent Church in Batavia

Press Release:

Everpresent Church – Batavia

The Batavia Police Department investigated the potential abduction of a child during church services.

On Sunday, June 2, 2019 at or about 12:31PM, it was reported that a white male, later identified as Bruce Sattelberg (DOB:07/03/1947) was attending church services at Everpresent Church. During the service, Sattelberg got up from where he was sitting and left the sanctuary. Approximately 5 minutes later Sattelberg returned to the sanctuary with an approximately 1-year old child. The parents of the child were sitting in the sanctuary attending the service a few aisles away. Upon noticing Sattelberg holding the child, the father approached Sattelberg and took custody of his child. Sattelberg then vacated the service.

The Batavia Police Department worked diligently, investigating every lead to locate Sattelberg. Sattelberg was taken in to custody without incident and was issued an appearance ticket for Unlawful Imprisonment in the 2nd Degree. Sattelberg is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court on June 18, 2019 at 1:30PM. Sattelberg has been barred from Everpresnt Church and its functions.

We would like to thank the community and its citizens for all the assistance with locating Sattelberg.

The Batavia Police Department would like to remind everyone to be observant of your surroundings and contact the Batavia Police Department if you see or notice something suspicious.

The Batavia Police Department can be reached at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity

GCC Athletics Update: Lacrosse Prospect Heads to Rutgers

Mat Anderson (35) has committed to NCAA Division I Rutgers University

Press Release:

Genesee’s Anderson Heading to Rutgers

BATAVIA, NY… (June 4, 2019) Genesee men’s lacrosse player Mat Anderson has committed to continue his academic and lacrosse career at NCAA Division I Rutgers University. Anderson will make an impact for the Scarlet Knights when he arrives to Piscataway, NJ this upcoming fall semester.

The defensemen/long stick midfielder from Gorham, Maine was fourth on the team in ground balls with 40 and help led the Cougars to the program’s eighth Region III championship in 2019. Anderson started in all 25 games he appeared in wearing the blue and gold. Anderson has scored three career goals.
Anderson was named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region 1st team in 2019 and was named to the All-Region 2nd team in 2018.

The 2019 Genesee men’s lacrosse program finished the season with a record of 8-5, losing in overtime in the opening round of the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

HAWLEY MEETS WITH GOV. CUOMO, ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON LAKE ONTARIO FLOODING

A photo taken by Assemblyman Hawley during a meeting with Gov. Cuomo and administration officials regarding Lake Ontario water levels

Press Release:

Click Here for an .mp4 video following Hawley’s meeting

In light of record-high water levels reported today on Lake Ontario, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) met with Gov. Cuomo, head of Economic Development, Howard Zemsky, members of the administration and state senators and assemblymembers who represent districts along the shoreline to discuss a solution.

Hawley wrote to President Trump last week asking him to renegotiate Plan 2014.

“We had a productive meeting today in Albany in order find a solution to the uncontrollable flooding of Lake Ontario,” Hawley said. “Gov. Cuomo reiterated his new task force to study the situation and come up with solutions, including long-term economic development strategies that include local government support. Permits for residents and businesses are being expedited and I will continue to update residents as we quickly work toward a relief package in Albany.”

JUDGE DURIN ROGERS’ KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY LAUDED IN LATEST ENDORSEMENTS SUPPORTING HIS CITY COURT CANDIDACY

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY-Current County Department of Social Services Commissioner David Rumsey and his predecessor Eileen Kirkpatrick have joined the group of local dignitaries supporting Judge Durin Rogers’ bid to become Batavia’s next full time City Court Judge. Both have worked directly with Rogers who is also Deputy Genesee County Attorney, representing the Department in countless court proceedings, many involving the protection of the youth and families of Genesee County. Both Rumsey and Kirkpatrick praised Judge Rogers’ diligence and legal knowledge in giving their endorsement.

“Judge Rogers is an intelligent and motivated individual. The work he does representing the County and the Department of Social Services is meticulous. He demonstrates a firmness, but fairness in his work ethic…His knowledge of the law is superior.” Rumsey said. Rumsey summed up his respect for Judge Rogers as a Judge, an attorney and an individual when he said: “One page cannot adequately sum up everything that Judge Rogers means to Genesee County and this community. Elect him and you will see. I highly recommend Judge Durin B. Rogers be elected as the next full time Batavia City Court Judge.”

Commenting on her many years working closely with Judge Rogers prior to her retirement in 2017, Kirkpatrick said “Judge Rogers’ attention to detail and his consideration of all aspects of each case were impartial and comprehensive. While he established a clear record of holding offenders accountable, he never wavered in considering how the resolution of each case would impact the victim, offender, families and our community.” Ms. Kirkpatrick also emphasized Judge Rogers’ judicial experience as a key factor supporting her endorsement. “The deciding factor…is that Judge Rogers has already spent the last four years as your part time judge. He has already overcome and surpassed the learning curve necessary to perform the job and to conduct court on time as a fair and balanced judge.”

Morning News Briefing

Two car crash in Batavia lands two in the hospital “under evaluation”.
A distracted driver has been deemed the cause of a two car crash in Batavia that landed both drivers in the hospital according to report from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Dispatchers were notified of the accident on West Main Street Road in Batavia at around 10 after 11 yesterday morning.
According to the accident report 63 year old William Gibbs of West Main Street Road, Corfu reportedly “became distracted by moving his phone” while eastbound in his 2011 Ford sedan on Route 5 causing him to cross into the westbound lane.
He collided with a westbound 2012 Chevy SUV operated by 35 year old Patricia Bunk, of Graham Road, Elba.
Both were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, Bunk by Mercy EMS and Gibbs via Mercy Flight, with both patients were listed as “under evaluation” at last report.

An Ellicott Street man is hospitalized after being beaten at his home.
According to City Police 34 year old Mark Collier of Ellicott Street was beaten Sunday night with a blunt object for refusing to make a so-called charitable donation to his attacker.
30 year old Benjamin Santiago of Jackson Street is accused of beating Collier and has since been arrested and charged with felony counts of assault and robbery.
According to authorities, Collier had given money to Santiago before but refused before being assaulted.
Santiago fled to Rochester in a stolen vehicle from Batavia and was collard by Rochester Police then brought back to Genesee County and Jailed.

Pair found sleeping with stolen items, drugs and a weapon in Pavilion.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to report of a disabled or abandoned vehicle on Peoria Road in Pavilion on Memorial Day.
Lawmen discovered 21 year old Stormy Watts of Stafford and 22 year old Daniel Lewis of North Chili sleeping in the back seat and upon further investigation officers located a firearm, drugs and numerous stolen items in their possession.
Watts and Lewis were remanded to the Genesee County Jail on charges including Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlawful Possession of Pot with Lewis facing counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Destroying Evidence.
Deputies say they are still looking for victims to claim all their items after seizing numerous vehicle electronics, hand bags and wallets.

The arraignment of 31 year old Quinton Edmonds of Rochester was cancelled yesterday.
Edmonds is charged with 2nd degree murder for stabbing 43 year old Michael Paladino of Ross Street to death over the weekend. Court officials say Edmonds arrangement was postponed because he does not yet have a lawyer.

Lawmakers could take a big step today towards making New York the first state to make declawing cats illegal.
The legislature is expected to vote on the issue as part of Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol.
Supporters of the ban say declawing is a cruel and unnecessary surgical procedure that causes severe pain.
A veterinarian caught breaking the law could face a one-thousand dollar penalty.

And this from the Genesee County Highway Department. Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement for approximately two months.
The department said they will notify residents once the road is reopened.

Evening News Briefing

Benjamin Santiago

An Ellicott Street man is hospitalized at Strong Memorial today after a beating at his home.
Batavia Police say 34 year old Mark Collier of Ellicott Street was beaten last night with a blunt object for refusing to make a so-called charitable donation to his attacker. Police identified his assailant as 30 year old Benjamin Santiago of Jackson St.
Authorities said Collier had made donations to Santiago before but last night he refused.
Santiago fled to Rochester in a vehicle stolen from a home in the Town of Batavia. Rochester Police arrested him and was brought back to Genesee County and charged with felony counts of assault and robbery.

 

Quinton Edwards

The arraignment of 31 year old Quinton Edwards of Rochester was cancelled this afternoon. Edwards is charged with 2nd degree murder in the knife slaying of 43 year old Michael Paladino of Ross Street over the weekend. Court officials say Edmonds arrangement was postponed because he does not yet have a lawyer.

Governor Cuomo is pushing state lawmakers to pass a package of bills that would strengthen women’s rights across the state. Cuomo say his four point plan would make gender a protected right in the state constitution. It would toughen sexual harassment laws, ensure pay equity and extend the statute of limitation on certain rape cases. Some lawmakers wonder if all this can be done with just a little over two weeks to go until lawmakers go on their summer break.

State lawmakers who support legalizing marijuana in New York have just a few more weeks to get detractors onboard. The legislative session ends on June 19th, and right now it looks like a marijuana legalization bill would fail in the State Senate. One of the big stumbling blocks is how New York would spend the money generated from marijuana sales.

This note for Town of Alabama motorists:
Effective today, Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement.
The county highway department reports Ham Road will be closed for approximately two months.

Space Still Available in Batavia Universal Pre-K Program

News Release

The Batavia City School District (BCSD) is continuing to offer the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program for young students in the 2019-2020 school year. UPK provides an opportunity for four-year-old children, at no cost to their families, to be involved in developmentally appropriate educational classes that, following the regular school calendar, meet Monday through Friday during the school year. Since its implementation, the District has provided a half-day program, with a choice of either morning or afternoon sessions.

Children who are residents of the District and who are four (4) years of age on or before December 1, 2018, are eligible to apply. Applications are available at the District Business Office in the administrative wing of Batavia High School (260 State Street). They also can be downloaded from the District’s website, www.bataviacsd.org, where, under the “Parents” tab, there is a link labeled “Registering Your Child For School.” That page contains general information as well as a link, in the left column, specifically for UPK registration.  The application should be returned as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot!

If you have questions about the UPK program please call the Curriculum and Instruction Office at 585-343-2480 x 1003.

Genesee County Highway Department: Ham Road Closure for Bridge Replacement

Road Closure reported by the Genesee County Highway Department.

Effective today, Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement and will remain closed for approximately 2 months.

Residents will be notified when the road is reopened.

GCC Athletics Update: Hinkson Signs Letter of Intent

Alecia Hinkson (C) signs her Letter of Intent with Genesee volleyball and softball. Joining her are her parents along with volleyball head coach Emilee Piechocki (Back L) and softball head coach Taylor Maurer (Back R)

Press Release:

Alecia Hinkson Signs LOI with Genesee Volleyball and Softball

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee Community College volleyball coach Emilee Piechocki and softball coach Taylor Maurer have signed two-sport athlete Alecia Hinkson to the Cougar Pride.

Alecia Hinkson is coming to Genesee from LA Webber High School in Lyndonville. Hinkson is a two-sport athlete as she will also be on the Cougars’ softball team. At LA Webber, Hinkson also played basketball as well as softball and volleyball. She was MVP for volleyball, a three year varsity starter and was an All-Star her senior year for softball as well as two years for volleyball. Her favorite moments include team bonding and winning Sectionals her sophomore year in softball. Her role model is volleyball coach Katlyn Draper as Draper made Alecia the athlete that she is today. Her favorite pregame meal is spaghetti. She will be a Physical Education major at Genesee in pursuits of becoming a Physical Education teacher.

The 2018 Cougars volleyball team finished the season with a record of 15-11 and competed at both the Western New York Athletic Conference Tournament and the NJCAA Region III Tournament. For more information regarding the volleyball program at Genesee, contact head coach Emilee Piechocki at erpiechocki@genesee.edu or call (585) 343-0055 ext. 6242.

The 2019 softball program competed in the NJCAA Region III Championships and had an overall record of 15-20. For more information regarding the softball program at Genesee, contact head coach Taylor Maurer at tnmaurer@genesee.edu or call (585) 343-0055 ext. 6524.

GCSO: Memorial Day Arrest in Pavilion

Deputies bust a young pair of alleged thieves found sleeping with stolen items in Pavilion.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to report of a disabled or abandoned vehicle on Peoria Road in Pavilion on Memorial Day.

Lawmen discovered 21 year old Stormy Watts of Stafford and 22 year old Daniel Lewis of North Chili sleeping in the back seat and upon further investigation officers located a firearm, drugs and numerous stolen items in their possession.

Both were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlawful Possession of Pot while Lewis was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and a felony count of Destroying Evidence.

Deputies say they are still looking for victims to claim all their items after seizing numerous vehicle electronics, hand bags and wallets. Please Contact Deputy Young at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office if you have yet to report a theft from your vehicle that potentially occurred between March and Memorial Day in either Monroe, Livingston or Genesee County.

Watts and Lewis were remanded to jail in lieu of bail and are to appear tomorrow in Pavilion Town Court.

BPD: Assault on Ellicott

Press Release:

Assault – Ellicott St.

The Batavia Police Department is investigating the assault of Mark E. Collier (02/11/1984).

On Sunday, June 2, 2019 at or about 9:15 PM, it was reported that a Hispanic male, later identified as Benjamin J. Santiago Jr. (DOB:02/28/1989), responded to 216 Ellicott St. to demand money from the resident, Mark Collier. Collier has given charitable donations to Santiago in the past. Last night, Collier denied Santiago’s request. Santiago became upset and struck Collier several times with a blunt instrument, causing significant injuries. Santiago stole additional items of value from the residence then immediately fled the scene.

Collier was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy EMS. Collier suffered serious injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Santiago fled through the City of Batavia, stealing a bicycle and then stealing a vehicle from a residence in the Town of Batavia. A short while later the stolen vehicle was recovered and Santiago was apprehended by the Rochester Police Department in the City of Rochester.

Santiago was turned over to Batavia Police and arraigned in Batavia City Court. Santiago was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail. Santiago is scheduled to re-appear in Batavia City Court at 1:30 PM. Santiago is being charged with Assault in the 1st Degree (Class B Felony) and Robbery in the 1st Degree (Class B Felony).

This is an on-going investigation. Members of the Batavia Police Department will be in the area between State St. and Ross St. attempting to locate additional evidence. If anyone observes any items that appear suspicious or may be of evidentiary value, please do not touch or move them. Contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 to inform them of the item. A member of our Department will respond to investigate the item.

We would like to thank the City of Batavia Fire Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Police Department, New York State Troopers – Troop A, and Mercy EMS for their assistance with this investigation.

The Batavia Police Department can be reached at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity

Morning News Briefing

Ross Street murder suspect slated for court today.
The Rochester man accused of a deadly stabbing on Ross Street in the City is scheduled to appear in court today.
Police report that 31 year old Quinton Edmonds of Rochester has been charged with the murder of 43 year old Michael Paladino.
Edmonds was taken into custody after fleeing the scene on foot and remains in the Genesee County Jail charged with murder.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch indicated that Edmonds, a former parolee from Rochester, is well known to police.
Heubusch said it appears that Paladino, came out of his apartment to assist a woman after hearing Edmonds fighting with and striking her.
Edmonds and Paladino began fighting when Edmonds allegedly fatally stabbed or cut Paladino several times with a sharp instrument.
The weapon has not yet been recovered and the case remains under investigation.

Choking and child endangerment ends in arrest for a Batavia man.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 38 year old Wesley Thigpen of West Main Street Road Saturday following a complaint from an Oakfield resident.
Thigpen was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Harassment for allegedly having a physical altercation with a female in front of her child less than 17 years of age.
Thigpen was released with an appearance ticket for June 10th in Oakfield Town Court.

Burglary in Batavia leads to lock up for an Oak Street man.
32 year old Daniel Mooney was taken into custody by City Police after investigating a burglary complaint from a Jackson Street address.
Mooney was accused of forcing his way into the dwelling and damaging property and was charged with counts of Criminal Mischief and Burglary.
He was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A Hart Street resident busted for exposing himself in Kibbe Park.
35 year old Michael Jamil of Batavia was apprehend by Police on a count of Public Lewdness following investigation into a harassment complaint at Kibbe Park.
Jamil allegedly removed his pants while at the park several times exposing both his buttocks and genitals to another person in the area.
He was later released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

We’re heading into the last few weeks of this year’s legislative session, and it’s still unclear if lawmakers will be voting on a recreational marijuana bill.
There’s still debate over things like taxes and the possible public health risks if legislation is passed.
Counting today, there are just 11 days where members of the Senate and Assembly will be in session before they leave Albany June 19th.
A bill would likely have enough support to pass the Assembly, but its fate in the Senate is still unclear.

Murder on Ross Street

News Release

The Batavia Police Department is investigating the murder of Michael R. Paladino Jr., 43, of Batavia.

On Saturday, June 1, 2019 at or about 12:45a.m., it was reported that a black male, Quinton J. Edmonds, 31, of Rochester, was involved in a physical altercation with a female on the sidewalk near 5 & 7 Ross St. An un-involved party, Michael Paladino, heard the argument and attempted to intervene. A physical altercation ensued between Paladino and Edmonds. During the altercation Paladino sustained life-threatening injuries. Edmonds was then observed leaving the scene.

Responding Officers located Paladino bleeding on the floor of the entry way in the apartment building. Responding Officers attempted to render first aid to Paladino until Mercy EMS arrived. Paladino was transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS, and later succumbed to his injuries. Genesee County Coroner, Donald Coleman was notified and responded to UMMC
.
Prior to the initial dispatch, a Batavia Police Officer was conducting a traffic stop on an erratic vehicle in the area of Ross St. at E. Main St. The occupants of the vehicle informed the Officer of the altercation which had just occurred on Ross St. During the traffic stop, Edmonds was approaching the Officer on foot. The occupants identified Edmonds as the suspect. Edmonds was detained.

Edmonds is being charged with Murder in the Second Degree and will be arraigned later this morning.
Quinton Edmonds’last known address is 106 Elba St. Rochester NY, 14106, but has been known to frequent the City of Batavia.
Mr. Paladino’s body was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The autopsy will be performed later today.

We would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Fire Department, and Mercy EMS for their assistance at the scene. We would also like to thank Police Chaplain Shirk for offering his assistance, and tending to the needs of the family.

This is an on-going investigation, anyone with information is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online HERE

Weekend News Briefing

Report of stabbing on Ross Street with suspect in custody
Batavia police say they have one suspect in custody after responding to a reported disturbance involving a person with a knife on Ross Street.
The call came in around quarter to one Saturday morning with reports of a large black male subject who was said to be armed with a knife and a victim with significant stab wound in his side.
Our News Partner The Batavian spoke with Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey on the scene

Currently police have not identified the suspect that was apprehended and there has not yet been an update on the condition of the victim.

Batavia man busted for fentanyl sale in the City.
Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force took 29 year old Jarett Locicero of West Main Street into custody following investigation into the sale of fentanyl in and around the City of Batavia.
Locicero was accused of selling a quantity of the dangerous drug to a task force agent and was also found in possession of an illegal knife, a crack cocaine pipe and suboxone at the time of his arrest.
He was charged with felony counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and is being held in the Genesee County Jail on a warrant.

Hawley requests shoreline funding from Governor Cuomo and asks for President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014.
Following another tour of the flooding along much of Lake Ontario’s shoreline, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia has joined a delegation of assembly members in writing to Gov. Cuomo asking for a relief package to be implemented before the end of session.
Hawley noted that the lake levels are a foot and a half higher than they were this time last year and urged the governor to act now to secure a relief package for homeowners and businesses.
Hawley also asked President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014 that many believe is the root cause of much of the lake’s flooding.
The treaty was originally signed into law by President Obama only a short time before he left office.

Wyoming County Sheriff Updates Sheldon Crash that Killed Three

Sheriff Gregory Rudolph reports: On May 26, 2019 at 6:32 a.m., the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received calls of a crash with multiple ejections and injuries on Route 20A at Maxon Road in the Town of Sheldon. The initial investigation by Deputies has revealed a seven passenger Kia Sedona with a family of nine from New Jersey were westbound on Route 20A when a southbound Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck on Maxon Road went through the intersection without stopping at the stop sign and struck the Kia Sedona in a “T-Bone” type collision. The Kia Sedona had one adult male, three adult females and five children (ages: 14, 10, 4, 4, 4). Two adult women were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by Wyoming County Coroner Jennifer Prutsman-Pfeiffer. They have been identified as Ondina Castro De La Cruz- age 47 and Mayelin Brito-Castro- age 32. Kyara Hernandez-Brito, age 4, was taken by Bennington Ambulance to the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) for head injuries and died at 8: 29 a.m.

Additionally from the Sedona:
1. The adult male, Reyes Rodriguez- age 55, was taken by Warsaw Ambulance to WCCH and was later released.
2. An adult female, Maria Brito-Castro- age 26, was taken by Monroe Ambulance to ECMC for a lacerated liver, broken ribs and broken arm and has been discharged.
3. Mayelin’s son, age 14, was taken by Attica Ambulance to WCCH for lacerations and bruising and later transferred to Oishie Children’s Hospital and has been discharged.
4. Maria’s daughter, age 10, was taken by Varysburg Ambulance to Oishie Children’s Hospital for a facial fractures, lacerations and a broken leg and has been discharged.
5. Maria’s daughter, age 4, was taken by North Java Ambulance to Oishie Children’s Hospital for a head injury and is still in critical condition and in intensive care.
6. Maria’s daughter, age 4, was taken by Mercy EMS to Oishie Children’s Hospital for a broken arm, broken clavicle and lacerations and has been discharged.

Kia Sedona in which three people died and six others injured

We are releasing the injury and conditions with permission of the family, but they have requested us to not release the names of the other children. The family is still in the Buffalo area due to the child in critical condition. They all reside together in the Perth Amboy, NJ area. It is our understanding; they were on their way to Niagara Falls, Canada. They were going to spend the night and then drive back to New Jersey. The family dynamic is as follows: Reyes Rodriguez and Ondina Castro De La Cruz were married and parents to Mayelin Brito-Castro and Maria Brito-Castro. Mayelin Brito-Castro had two children: the involved 14 year old son and Kyara Hernandez-Brito. Maria Brito-Castro is mother to the other three children in the crash, two of which are twins. Not to minimize anyone’s tragic loss in this family, but to put it into perspective, the 14 year old boy lost his little sister, mother and grandmother in this crash and Reyes lost his wife, daughter and granddaughter.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is still obtaining statements, crash data and details to determine seating positions, but it is clear not everyone was wearing a seat belt and car seats were not found. We believe six, possibly seven were ejected from the car in the crash.

Dodge Ram driven by Richard Sawicki

The driver of the Dodge truck was identified as Richard SAWICKI- age 20 of Lackawanna, NY. He was transported by the Strykersville Ambulance to ECMC and discharged. He was arrested by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.

Richard Sawicki

SAWICKI was arraigned in front of Justice Fusani of the Town of Warsaw Court with District Attorney Donald O’Geen present and Michael Stivers of the Public Defender’s Office representing SAWICKI. SAWICKI was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond and his driver’s license was suspended. He is to return to Court on June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Mr. SAWICKI has not posted bail or bond and is in Jail. Our investigation has lead us to believe SAWICKI was coming from a local bon fire type party from the night before and was on his way to a local convenient store in Sheldon and then home. The homeowners and persons at the party have greatly cooperated and contributed to this investigation. We have obtained evidence SAWICKI purchased his alcohol with an out of state fake ID at a convenient store in Attica the night before the accident. There is no indication of anyone other than SAWICKI committing crimes that lead to this tragedy whether the day of the crash or before. Additionally, most of you have reported SAWICKI’s dad is a police officer with the Lackawanna Police Department. Our investigators had contact with him at ECMC as he was there, off duty, as a Dad with his son and he was present at the public arraignment. He was cooperative and professional with our personnel and at no time interfered with any aspect of this investigation. Our investigation is continuing and will likely take days or weeks. Blood evidence from SAWICKI was obtained and we are awaiting toxicology results. Additional charges against SAWICKI are expected and will likely come after District Attorney Donald O’Geen’s Grand Jury proceedings.

I can tell you this incident has struck a chord in our entire Office and particularly to those who took the call, responded to the scene and have subsequently investigated these horrible events. I would like to offer our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to Reyes, Maria and the children as we all wish you recovery in every way to the unimaginable anguish you have suffered.

Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph

Collins Addresses Visa Program and Impact on Farmers

Press Release:

Clarence – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced his new legislation to address the crisis local farmers are facing due to the current H-2A visa program at a press conference at the Boxler Dairy Farm in Varysburg. The Helping Labor Personnel (HELP) Farms Act requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Labor, grant temporary work authorization forms for nonseasonal agriculture workers. This legislation will provide a short-term, one time fix, to help the non-seasonal agriculture workforce.

“Under current law, the H-2A visa program does not help our struggling dairy farms,” said Congressman Collins. “This legislation provides a temporary solution while Congress and the Department of Labor work together to find a bipartisan solution.”

The Collins bill calls for a non-seasonal agriculture worker to be sponsored by a United States farm where they have worked in the past for at least two years. Once the application gets approved, the alien worker will be granted work authorization for two years with his/her spouse and children. Additionally, protections are included for the sponsoring employer to ensure there will be no consequences for employing an alien workforce due to the outdated and flawed H-2A visa program.

“Our dairy farmers should not be punished because the current H-2A visa program has become outdated and flawed. Each day that passes is another opportunity for a dairy farmer to lose all of his or her workforce making this a true crisis,” added Collins.

An alien worker who currently works in a non-seasonal agriculture occupation may be permitted to apply to this temporary work authorization program as long as he/she has not been convicted on felony charges of rape, kidnapping, violent assault, sexual assault, or suspected terrorism. Alien workers who are currently being detained may also be given the opportunity to apply for this program.

HAWLEY REQUESTS SHORELINE FUNDING FROM GOV. CUOMO, ASKS PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RENEGOTIATE PLAN 2014


Increasing waves crash over a flood barrier during Hawley’s Tuesday tour of the Lake Ontario Shore

Press Release:

Following another tour of the flooding along much of Lake Ontario’s southern shore Tuesday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has joined a delegation of assemblymembers who represent communities impacted by flooding in writing to Gov. Cuomo asking for a relief package to be implemented before the end of session.

“The lake levels are a foot and a half higher than they were last year at this time…Like Hurricane Sandy destroyed downstate property, the continuous Lake Ontario devastation deserves the same response of funding and assistance,” Hawley wrote to Gov. Cuomo.

“As we witnessed firsthand on Tuesday, flooding along the shoreline is reaching disastrous proportions and we need to act now to secure a relief package for our homeowners and businesses,” Hawley said. “I applaud state leaders for taking prelimary steps to mitigate flood damage, but the reality is that the lake will likely exceed 2017 water levels in the near future and sandbags and barricades are becoming useless. Securing a flood relief package is my top priority in these last few weeks of session.”

In addition to efforts at the state level, Hawley has asked President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014 that many believe is the root cause of much of the lake’s flooding. The treaty was signed into law by President Obama only a short time before he left office.

“I am writing, once again, imploring you to renegotiate Plan 2014 and also make available mitigation assistance funding for residents, businesses and municipalities…I repeatedly fought the IJC’s Plan 2014 believing that it would threaten property…I am deeply disheartened, seeing first-hand, another year of destruction of homes, businesses and property, due in no small part to the IJC’s Plan 2014,” Hawley wrote in the letter to President Trump.

“Plan 2014 is a debacle that has perpetuated much of Lake Ontario’s disastrous flooding, and I have written to President Trump asking him to renegotiate this plan immediately. This was signed into law by President Obama during the waning days of his presidency and we need to address the root cause of flooding to prevent these conditions from occurring in future years,” Hawley concluded.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia man pleads guilty to gun charge in federal court.
40 year old Charles Williams of Batavia faces a possible 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in federal court yesterday.
In July of 2017, after being stopped by Genesee County Sheriffs Drug Task Force Officers, Williams was apprehended on an active arrest warrant.
As officers searched his vehicle, they discovered on the front passenger seat a black nylon bag, which contained a loaded handgun along with a cigarette box concealing two small plastic bags containing cocaine.
Williams was prohibited from possessing the weapon as he had already spent two and half years behind bars on a drug possession conviction.
Williams is scheduled for sentencing on August 29th.

Hawley requests shoreline funding from Governor Cuomo and asks for President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014.
Following another tour of the flooding along much of Lake Ontario’s shoreline Tuesday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia has joined a delegation of assembly members in writing to Gov. Cuomo asking for a relief package to be implemented before the end of session.
Hawley noted that the lake levels are a foot and a half higher than they were this time last year and urged the governor to act now to secure a relief package for homeowners and businesses.
Hawley also asked President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014 that many believe is the root cause of much of the lake’s flooding.
The treaty was originally signed into law by President Obama only a short time before he left office.

New dean appointment announced at GCC.
The Genesee Community College has announced that Elba resident Timothy Tomczak has officially been appointed as the College’s Dean of Human Communications and Behavior effective July 1.
Tomczak’s history with GCC began in 1987 and is full of honors.
He is a three-time SUNY Chancellor Award honoree and as recent as last year, Tomczak received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

The Niagara County man accused of running over his ex-wife with a truck has been caught.
Niagara County deputies and the U.S. Marshal Service brought 40 year old Shane Hescox into custody yesterday in Rochester.
Before his capture, law enforcement officials alerted local residents that he may have been hiding in either Batavia or Albion as he had known ties to the area.
Police say Hescox ran his ex-wife over several times back on May 17th in Wheatfield.
The victim is still recovering from serious injuries.

A new bill has been introduced at the state Capitol that would protect pets from extreme weather conditions.
The legislation would require them to be brought indoors if the state issues warnings involving hot or cold temperatures.
Anyone caught breaking the law would face a $500 fine for the first offense. Repeat violations could lead to the animal being seized.
The proposal would also create an alert system letting pet owners know when it’s not safe to have their animals outside.

TOWN of Batavia: TRAVEL ADVISORY

News Release:

June 3, 2019 thru JUNE 28, 2019

ROAD WORK

NYS Route 98 (Walnut Street) in the City of Batavia between 65 Walnut Street and 25 Walnut Street will be reduced to alternating one way traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm to allow for the construction of the Ellicott Trail Project.

For further information contact:
Tom Lichtenthal
Town of Batavia
Asst. Town Engineer

U.S. Airman from Churchville graduates basic training

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class James Cullen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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

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

Cullen is the son of Scott and Theresa Cullen of Churchville, New York.

He is a 2016 graduate of Churchville-Chili Senior High School, Churchville.

Morning News Briefing

Plea deal for a former star athlete in Batavia turned burglar.
20 year old TeeSean Ayala, once a promising basketball player for Batavia High School now faces serous prison time after accepting a plea deal regarding a number of burglaries in Genesee County.
Ayala pleaded guilty to a count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree in County Court yesterday morning, admitting to possessing and then ditching a handgun in an incident from last November on Washington Ave.
In the incident Ayala reportedly pulled into the driveway of County Manager Jay Gsell’s home to drop a weapon while being chased by law enforcement.
His plea satisfied numerous other charges and pending burglary cases while Ayala now looks at a possible 3 and a half to 15 years in state prison.
He is scheduled for sentencing on August 1st.

A Liberty Street man arrested for destroying property.
City Police took 53 year old Vincent Sanfratello into custody last Friday night after he allegedly destroyed someone else’s property at a Liberty Street address.
Sanfratello was charged with a count of Criminal Mischief with intent to damage property and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

County Jail Research Committee recommends 200-bed facility.
Committee members tasked with researching and developing plans for new county jail echoed the findings of a joint architect/consultant study yesterday afternoon asking Genesee County legislators to consider a 200-bed incarceration facility to replace the current County Jail on West Main St.
Sheriff William Sheron who is heading the 12-member steering committee along with County Assistant Manager Matthew Landers said the suggestion is coming from the experts at SMRT architect and CRS Inc.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley announces his annual electronics recycling event.
The E-Waste Recycling Event is occurring this Saturday, June 1st from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot on 5130 East Main Street in Batavia.
They will accept items like Cell Phones, Computers, Monitors, and Televisions however there is a limit of 2 Tube Televisions per car.

The Business Council of New York State is throwing its support behind a bill to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
The council’s president said yesterday the organization is supporting the initiative because it sends a message to Washington that immigration reform is a necessary business issue and the right thing to do.
Governor Cuomo says he’d like to see lawmakers take action on the legislation before leaving Albany next month.
If approved, an estimated 265-thousand people would be able to get their licenses.

Evening News Briefing

TeeSean Ayala

TeeSean Ayala is looking at spending the next 3 and a half to 15 years in state prison.
The 20 year old Ayala, once a standout on the BHS basketball court, pled guilty today to an incident last November on Washington Ave.
Prosecutors said Ayala pulled into the driveway of Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell’s home to ditch a handgun while being pursued by police.
Ayala’s plea settled several other charges including several pending burglary cases. Ayala will be sentenced August 1st.

State Police say they are still conducting an active investigation into a school bus fire in Wyoming County.
Early yesterday morning 17 students were evacuated from their school bus on Maxon Road when the driver noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. No one was hurt. The bus later became engulfed in flames and as destroyed.

City officials are focusing attention today on crosswalk awareness.
Heavy foot traffic and some close calls at the Bank Street Crosswalk has prompted city hall to promote safety procedures for both pedestrians and motorists.

City Manager Dr. Martin Moore:

At two different times today city police, fire and other employees were out on Bank Street safety vests to draw attention to the crosswalk opposite the senior center.

The Batavia Concert Band returns this summer with their 94 season of concerts in Centennial Park.
The concerts begin Wednesday evening, June 26th at 7 and continue every Wednesday until August 7th.
The concerts are free. In case of rain, the concert is moved to the GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.
WBTA is proud to be back this year as the Concert Band’s official media sponsor.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo announces run for a fourth term as Governor.
Governor Cuomo will be the incumbent candidate to beat for New York State in 2022 as he announces his plans to run for a fourth term.
Cuomo, who is now 61 year old, easily won reelection last year and said yesterday he’d like to continue to serve the Empire State.
As Governor, he’s had an aggressive and sometimes controversial agenda, signing a same-sex marriage bill, pushing through a fifteen-dollar an hour minimum wage, and passing some of the strictest gun-laws in the country.

Troopers investigate a bus fire in Wyoming County.
Troopers out of Warsaw responded to a bus fire on Maxon Road off of County Route 20A yesterday morning where they located a thirty foot-long bus transporting seventeen students.
The bus operator reportedly saw smoke coming from the engine compartment and noticed a burning smell.
Students were evacuated off the bus at a residence on Maxon Road before the bus became fully engulfed with flames.
There were no injuries reported in the incident and lawmen say it is still an active investigation.

State Police net three arrests in shoplifting complaint.
Troopers out of Batavia were called to a reported larceny at the Walmart in Batavia on Sunday afternoon.
Officers apprehended 27 year old Christopher Usselman of Albion along with 27 year old Shaqueita Irvin and 19 year old Emerald Hatcher both of Batavia.
All three were charged with Class A Misdemeanor counts of Petit Larceny and were given appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court.

The Batavia Concert Band will be returning for their 94th season of public concerts in Batavia’s Centennial Park.
Concerts will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7, as well as the ever-popular July 4th Picnic in the Park sponsored by GO ART!.
In case of rain the venue will move to the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College.

Concerns over flooding have led to a State of Emergency being declared in Monroe County.
The order by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is in effect for the entire Lake Ontario shoreline inland to Lake Road, Lakeshore Boulevard and the Lake Ontario State Parkway.
Several roads have already been closed and a no wake zone order remains in place for boaters.
Folks who live along the shoreline are being urged to keep an eye out for flooding.

The halls of the state Capitol will be busy again today as the Legislature gets back to work.
Governor Cuomo says the legalization of recreational marijuana should be a major focus of state lawmakers.
Supporters amended their proposal last week to lower the amount of pot a person could legally have and raise taxes on marijuana.
The governor made marijuana legalization part of his state budget, but it wasn’t included in the final agreement.
This year’s legislative session ends June 19th.

Evening News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo says he plans on running for a fourth term in 2022. The 61-year-old, who easily won reelection to a third term in 2018 told a New York City radio station that he would like to continue to serve. Cuomo’s had an aggressive agenda as Governor, signing a same-sex marriage bill, getting through a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage, and passing some of the strictest gun-laws in the country.

State lawmakers return to work in Albany tomorrow and they have a lot on their plate before the end of the legislative session.
A bill legalizing marijuana has been tweaked but it’s unclear if it will have enough support by the end of the session June 19th.
There’s a bill that would allow sports betting on phones and electronic devices but there’s questions as to whether it violates the state constitution.
A bill allowing illegal immigrants to get driver licenses appears to have enough support in the Assembly but it’s not clear if the senate will pass it.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning in effect today for the Lake Ontario shore in Orleans County.
The National Weather Service says the advisory will last until early this evening.
Forecasters say the wind combined with higher than usual water levels could lead to some flooding.
People living in the affected areas are asked to keep a close eye on conditions.

For the first time in over 25 years Genesee County’s unemployment rate has fallen below 4-percent.
The jobless rate for April was 3.6 percent.
In Orleans County, the unemployment rate was an even 4-percent.
Wyoming County’s jobless rate for April also came in at 4-percent.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer team in a huddle before a game vs Herkimer last season

Press Release:

Genesee Women’s Soccer to Host Three Camps

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team and head coach Jeff Reyngoudt will be hosting their player and team development camps throughout the summer.

Goal Keeper camp will be held on Sundays starting June 16 and going through July 14 from 3:00-4:30pm at the Turf Field. The camp is an individualized camp for keepers specifically. Each camp participant will have one-on-one time with the Genesee coaching staff as they go over the basics of goal keeping and higher level skills as well, such as, catching, throwing, punting/goal kicks, diving, agility and speed training, and more. Registration costs $75.

The 6th grade and under camp will focus on all fundamental skills. The staff will go over dribbling, passing, general ball skills, and communication, all while playing games. Although this is a learning experience, the kids will have a tremendous amount of fun with the fundamental skills and mini games combination. Dates for the 6th grade and under camp run every Monday-Wednesday-Friday from July 8-19 and then July 29, August 1 and 2. Times for this camp will be from 1pm-3pm and registration costs $100.

The team camp involves going over game-like situations any one team may experience throughout a game or a season. The team camp dates and times are flexible to fit your team’s schedule. The team camp registration costs $2,000 per team or $100 per player. The team camp will last five sessions at two hours per session.

Registration forms and checks should be sent to Genesee Community College attn. Athletics, 1 College Road Batavia, NY 14020 and made payable to Genesee Women’s Soccer. Registration forms are available online by going to www.geneseeathletics.com/recreation/sportscamps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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