Local News

Evening News Briefing

A suspected tire slasher is behind bars in Batavia.
City Police have arrested 37 year old Jason Freeman of Hutchins St. and charged him with criminal mischief for puncturing two tires on a car parked on Osterhout Ave.
Freeman was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Union Street in Batavia is now closed to all through traffic.
The closure is due to construction of water main replacement, paving and sidewalk installation.
Beginning today, Union Street between West Main and Richmond, and Richmond and Oak will be closed. The street will remain closed until Sept 13th.
Arrangements have been made for property owners to access their homes but other motorists are asked to find an alternate route.

There are only two days left to let the City Republican committee know if you are interested in being a Batavia City Council person at-large.
One of three at-large seats is being vacated by Adam Tabelski since his wife Rachel has been named assistant city manager.
Letters of interest in the at-large post must be emailed to GOP City Chairman David Saleh by this Saturday.

The first place Batavia Muckdogs return home tonight following the All-star break.
The Dogs take on the State College Spikes in a six game home series that could decide the playoffs.
Play-by-play coverage on WBTA tonight with Pete Zehler begins at 6:55 p.m..

Union St. Closed for Construction

On Thursday, August 22nd through Friday, September 13th, Union Street in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. The closures will be between West Main Street & Richmond Avenue and Richmond Avenue & Oak Street. The closure is for construction activities associated with water main replacement, sidewalk installation and paving.

All motorist that regularly use Union Street are asked to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place. Emergency response and residents of Union Street and Union Square will be permitted within the closure for ingress and egress to properties. Caution is advised.

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

Batavia Council President to Speak at GCC

Batavia Council President Eugene Jankowski

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (08/22/2019) Students, faculty and staff at Genesee Community College are excited to be welcoming the Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski, Jr. to campus on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6 p.m. to speak to the campus community as well as the general public on various topics related to the local issues and concerns. Mr. Jankowski was invited to speak by GCC’s student Political Club, which is not affiliated with any specific political party.

“It is an honor to have Batavia Council President Eugene Jankowski coming to campus to share his perspective, knowledge and insights to our club as well as to the College and community in general,” said Dennis Austin, a GCC student who is the president of the Political Club and a native of Chicago. “We hope he will inform the next generation of civic leaders and change makers about the issues facing Batavia today, and also any longer term plans for legislation or policies that will impact this community.”

The student Political Club strives to create a safe environment for all students of every background to be able to openly share and discuss social, political and civic issues without negative recourse or divisiveness. Austin hopes the club will continue long after he has graduated, helping GCC become a premier location in upstate New York for open political discussion and thoughtful exchanges to help inspire new developments and also the social adjustments that promote forward movement.

Mr. Jankowski is a GCC alumnus, having received his associate degree in Police Science in 1977. After a short stint with the Genesee County Sheriff Department, he was hired by the City of Batavia Police graduating from the Niagara Falls Police Academy in 1979. During his 35-year tenure with the Batavia Police, he attended the FBI National Academy, an intensive and highly selective 11-week program held in Quantico, Virginia, to advance his knowledge in forensics, management, leadership and all facets of law enforcement. He is a professional firearms expert and continues to shoot competitively on a national level. In addition, Jankowksi has been the host of the Shot to the Heart reality television show that features couples involved in a variety of outdoor activities involving marksmanship, endurance and partnership.

He began his tenure on the Batavia Common Council in 2014 as an at-large member, and was elected by the Council to the role of president in 2018. He is very excited about the developments within the City of Batavia including the revitalization of downtown with new city apartments to attract millennials who seek state-of-the-art urban housing.

“I look forward to speaking with the College community and discussing some of the issues we are trying to address such as how to get GCC student-residents, who do not own cars, into the city so they can enjoy some of the benefits, such as the shops and restaurants,” Jankowski said. “I want to leave plenty of time for a question-answer period. I like to hear what is on people’s minds, listen to their concerns and interests and make as much of a connection as possible.”

His talk on September 16 will occur in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building, and is free and open to the general public.

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

$35,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool Friday at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23) at 6:00 p.m., the track will feature a $35,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com/) or by clicking here for a direct download. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv0823x.pdf).

The actual carry-over is $14,913 and the $35,000 guaranteed pool is the largest in the history of Batavia Downs.

And to make it even more interesting, the fifth race of the Pick-5 is a $118,800 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies that has Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie facing off against each other once again.

Eight vie for $118,800 in NYSS at Batavia Friday

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — A short but select group of entrants will compete in one race for the winner’s share of the $118,800 up for grabs when the 3-year-old trotting fillies march into Batavia Downs for their 2019 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) local appearance.

Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie have been the two best horses in the state series for the past two years and will once again line up and face off at Batavia in the fifth race with six other competitors trying to derail them both.

Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) is having a career year with six wins, a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 and $284,025 in earnings to date. She won the $209,500 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs in May and three NYSS events since then. She was on a two-race win streak going into her last start at Vernon Downs where she made an untimely break going to the quarter, trying to get the lead.

Quincy Blue Chip currently sits in second place in points (191) and earnings ($160,715) in this series behind Winndevie, who also beat her in the NYSS 2-year-old final last year.

Quincy Blue Chip will try to get the best of her competition here and draws post five and trainer Richard Banca has regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. back up for this race. She has been made the track handicapper’s morning line choice at 2-1.

Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie) is the top point-getter (212) and money earner ($166,385) in her class this year, that includes three wins and without missing the board in any of her NYSS events. She comes into this race off a lifetime best performance at Vernon Downs where she won in 1:54 flat and appears to be as sharp as she’s been at any point in her career.

Winndevie drew post eight and trainer Trond Smedshammer once again assigned Jason Bartlett to drive and that bodes well for her chances despite the post. She is listed at 7-2 morning line.

This is the last leg of the NYSS 3-year-old trotting fillies and as the points go, six of the eight horses racing here Friday have already made the final. The two horses who are outside looking in are Blue Ribbon Gal (Credit Winner-Carolla) who could move into the final group of eight by merely finishing fifth and gaining a minimum of five points and Avalonia (Muscles Yankee-Ava Marion) who is already mathematically eliminated.

Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m.

“Complete Streets” Workshop Coming to GCC

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (08/22/2019) As progress on the Ellicott Trail hiking and biking path continues, the opportunity to discuss the next phase of pedestrian and bicycle -friendly walkways is already scheduled. A “Complete Streets Workshop” is being held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m. at Genesee Community College in the Conable Technology Building in room T121.

The workshop opportunity presented itself to GCC through GobikeBuffalo and a grant this group received to encourage communities to assess the walkability and bikeability of their region, as well as to inspire leaders to explore possibilities, and discuss practical planning and/or policy making. The workshop will include a short presentation, a “walkability audit” and a follow-up discussion that may help us envision how the Ellicott Trail could one day connect to a wider network.

City, town and county planners, elected officials, decision-makers, business leaders, as well as students, faculty and staff, hiking and biking enthusiasts, and those interested transportation options and safety should attend.

Interested participants should email their plan to attend to Donna Rae Sutherland, director of GCC’s Marketing Communications Office at dsutherland@genesee.edu. The event is currently scheduled in a room designed to accommodate 35 people, but can be readily relocated to a larger space as needed with advance notice.

“As a person who regularly rides a bicycle to work and travels down Hawley Drive, it is often unnerving to have trucks and cars pass you at 55 miles per hour,” Sutherland said. “This workshop will help us envision many different opportunities to better connect or create safer pathways from the College to the City of Batavia, potentially with the new Ellicott Trail.”

First-place Muckdogs open six-game home stand tonight after all-star game

Batavia’s all-stars, from left, J.D. Orr, Milton Smith II, Nic Ready, Josh Simpson, Troy Johnston, Brock Love and Julio Frias. Batavia’s team won, 7-3.

Press Release:

First-place Muckdogs open six-game home stand tonight after all-star game

BATAVIA – Thanks to a rain delay, seven members of the Batavia Muckdogs may be a little tired tonight as the Muckdogs host State College in a six-game series that could decide the playoffs.

The players were in the New York-Penn League All-Star game Wednesday night and tonight Batavia plays at Dwyer Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Batavia (35-29) and West Virginia (34-28) are tied at the top of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division with tonight’s opponent, West Virginia, in third two games back at 33-31.

The games Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 7:05 p.m. On Sunday at 5:05 p.m. starts the series with Williamsport. The two teams play at 7:05 p.m. on Monday and 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday.

There are ticket and food and drink specials along with other promotions each game. There is an updated promotion schedule at the top of the Batavia Muckdogs Facebook page.

J.D. Orr and Troy Johnston share a laugh in the dugout as Milton Smith II looks at the rain clouds coming in before the all-star game. There was a thunderstorm and delay but the game was played and the Batavia all-stars won, 7-3.

Wednesday night at the NYPL All-Star Game in Staten Island, Batavia’s J.D. Orr and Milton Smith II put the game away early with their hitting, defense and speed.

Orr started the game with a sharp single, then went to second when a pitch just got past a catcher. He scored on a basest for a 1-0 lead for the Blue team.

Milton Smith II doubled in the second then with two outs had a head-first slide to score on a single. He also made a catch by the wall in left field to preserve the shutout.

Julio Frias threw a scoreless inning, Josh Simpson was perfect with a strikeout in his outing, earning a hold, as did Brock Love as the Blue team won, 7-3.

Batavia all-star Troy Johnston is joined by his father, David and fiancee Haleigh at the game in Staten Island Wednesday.

Nic Ready and Troy Johnston also played in the game and Ready hit two home runs in the first round of the home run derby pre-game tying him for first place. The rain stopped the derby and delayed the start of the Hall of Fame ceremony.

During the Hall of Fame Ceremony, the late Gene Baker, a former Batavia manager went in the hall. New York-Penn League President Ben Hayes talked about Baker and a video tribute was played in his honor.

Former Oneonta and New York Yankee Bernie Williams also went in the Hall with Staten Island’s Jane Rogers and the late Josiah Viera.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

History Club at GCC Brings History to Life

GCC professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (08/21/2019) The History Club at Genesee Community College has released an exciting line-up for the Fall 2019 Historical Horizons Lecture Series. This series is designed to educate, entertain and help stimulate the sharing of knowledge, discussion and learning all centered around the importance of history. As it has for years, GCC’s History Club invites the public to attend these events completely free!

The season kicks off on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. as Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of Journalism and Communications at St. Bonaventure University, discusses his book, “Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.” Facing financial ruin and struggling against terminal throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant fought his last battle to preserve the meaning of the American Civil War. His war of words, “The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” would cement his place as not only one of America’s greatest heroes, but also as one of its most sublime literary voices. All are invited to attend in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia Campus.

On Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1 p.m. grab a lawn chair or take a seat in the grass behind GCC’s Medina Campus Center located at 11470 Maple Ridge Road in Medina to watch General Ulysses S. Grant, played by GCC professor Derek Maxfield, and General William T. Sherman, played by GCC professor Tracy Ford, perform “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” live! The three-act play is based on a series of conversations between the famous Union generals during the Civil War. The friendship that developed between Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman is a touching story on a personal level, but it also was a recipe for the success of Union military. Beginning at Vicksburg in 1863, the play has a nice arch that allows audiences to see the evolution of the partnership between the generals.

Did you get to see HAMILTON the musical? Then you won’t want to miss this event – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia Campus, Danny Hamner, adjunct instructor of history at GCC, presents “A Historian Reflects on HAMILTON the Musical.” In this talk, Hamner explores what the musical HAMILTON gets right and wrong about love, marriage, power and ambition in the early American republic, and what theatre can express that traditional historical narratives struggle to capture.

Then, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. Dr. Terrianne Schulte, of D’Youville College will present “We Have to Create a National Debate, Community by Community…” which celebrates women trailblazers in environmental reform. Throughout the twentieth century, women have played important leadership roles in environmental preservation and restoration, often by educating the public regarding complex environmental issues to encourage grassroots activism. These unsung heroes deserve our attention and respect.

Closing the Fall 2019 season, the History club is proud to present its own adjunct instructor of history, Dr. Melinda Grube on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. who will portray Abigail Adams – LIVE! One of the Founding Mothers of America, Abigail Adams is one of the most remarkable people of the founding generation. Left to care for her children, the farm and the family business interests when her husband, John Adams was off chasing political fame, Abigail carried on to the best of her ability. She accepted the long absences from her husband as a necessary sacrifice for the good of the country. Come hear her story live, as presented in period costume and tone by Dr. Grube.

All Wednesday lectures in this series begin at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. Other series events are scheduled as noted above.

All events in the Historical Horizons Series are free and open to the public.

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

Little Joke has last laugh in Batavia distaff Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — With the prohibitive favorite coming up short, Little Joke took it upon herself to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) and blow up the tote board at 21-1.

Lady London (Shawn McDonough) went right to the front while the rest of the field opted to stay in post position order behind her, except for HP Sissy (Ray Fisher Jr.) who broke behind the gate. Lady London went to the quarter in :28 and an even slower half of :57 and still no opposition from anyone in the race.

As they moved into the third turn, 3-5 favorite Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) pulled from fifth and tried to advance in the breeze. But progression was negligible as she hung a parked third to the three-quarters in 1:24.4, still 2-3/4 lengths behind the leader. At this point Billy Davis Jr., who had been enjoying a perfect trip in the two-hole with Little Joke, tugged the right line and asked the mare to drive on. And respond she did; pacing past Lady London at the top of the lane and then under an animated drive by Davis, held off a fast closing Miss Mary Mach (Dave McNeight III) in deep stretch to win in 1:53.1.

The time was a new seasonal mark for Little Joke and was only 1/5th of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares.

It was the sixth win of the year for Little Joke ($44.20) who has now earned $50,928 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Davis and Rice had so much fun in the feature, they teamed up again for an instant replay in the $11,000 Open II Handicap with Hey Sweetie ($7.00), who like her stablemate earlier, tripped out behind the front-running Mach’s Echo (Drew Monti) until the top of the stretch where she pulled, took the lead and won in 1:55.1.

Hey Sweetie is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock.

Billy Davis Jr. went on to win two more races, giving him the Grand Slam on the evening.

Long prices seemed to be the theme of the day and in the third race, Missevil (John Cummings Jr.) was happy to oblige. She scored from post eight at 25-1 paying $52.50, beating 19-1 Keystone Zeta (James McNeight Jr.) who finished second. These top two finishers sparked an 8-3 exacta that returned $1,504, an 8-3-2 trifecta that paid $3,524 and an 8-3-2-ALL superfecta that produced an instant jackpot payout of $11,316.

There was a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool at The Downs on Wednesday that was not hit and as a result another guarantee has been made. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23), the Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $35,000 as part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA website as a result. This is the highest guaranteed pool ever offered in the history of Batavia Downs.

Morning News Briefing

TeeSean Ayala, 20, of Batavia appeared for sentencing in Genesee County Court yesterday morning after accepting a plea deal on a weapons charge back in May.
Ayala was arrested last November for ditching a handgun in the County Manager’s Driveway and after making a tearful apology to Judge Charles Zambito he was sentenced to 5 years in prison to be followed by 5 years post release supervision.
According to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman Ayala avoided a possible 15 year sentence even with the benefit of a plea deal…

There were as many as seven other burglary charges pending against Ayala that will be satisfied with the sentence.
Ayala will also be required to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution.

Batavia man arrested for possessing razor blade behind bars.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged 50 year old Andrew Said of West Main Street on a count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the first degree.
Said was allegedly found in possession of a razor blade while confined in the Genesee County Jail and was arraigned in City Court on the count.

Hutchins Street man jailed for slashing tires in the City.
37 year old Jason Freeman of Batavia was picked up on a count of Criminal Mischief after he allegedly punctured two tires on a vehicle on Osterhout Ave in the City.
Freeman was jailed in in lieu of $2,500 bail and is expected back in Batavia City Court this morning.

Two busted for Trespassing in Darien.
23 year old Ryan Barnhardt of Warsaw and 19 year old Austin Nowakowski of Darien were both taken into custody on counts of Trespassing after an incident last night on Bonnie Brea Drive in Darien.
Both Barnhardt and Nowakowski were accused of trespassing while riding dirt bikes and remaining unlawfully on private property.
Both were released with appearance tickets for Darien Town Court on September 3rd.

Livingston County deputies arrest a Buffalo woman following a police pursuit that ends with a convenience store crash.
Deputies say the chase started yesterday on Main Street and ended when 23 year old Christina Ford crashed her vehicle in the parking lot of a Leicester 7-11.
She was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Ford is facing several charges.

LeRoy Police are requesting the public’s assistance on a hit and run case.
Police are investigating a property damage auto accident that occurred on Lake Street in LeRoy sometime between 10:30 Tuesday night and 9 yesterday morning.
The suspect vehicle appears to be a 2015-2018 white or egg shell color Mitsubishi Lancer according to evidence left at the scene.
The vehicle possibly has passenger side damage with the passenger mirror torn off and there may also be black paint transfer on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle.
If you have any information as to the suspect vehicle, you are encouraged to please contact the LeRoy Police Department.

Starting at 8 a.m. today water will be turned off on Walnut Street from number 101 to the City Line along with all of Law Street for a water repair.
The work may result in a period of discolored water in this general area after service is restored.
Residents are encouraged to run water until it is clear before resuming activities such as laundry.

Former Batavia High Basketball star is sentenced to prison

20 year old TeeSean Ayala of Batavia appeared for sentencing in Genesee County Court this morning after accepting a plea deal on a weapons charge back in May.

Ayala was arrested last November after ditching a handgun in the County Manager’s Driveway and since that time he has reportedly cooperated with authorities to provide information on investigations into a number of other burglaries.

Judge Charles Zambito provided lenience to Ayala before his sentencing which was rescheduled so he could remain with his family at home for the birth of his first child.
After Ayala made a tearful apology and plea to the judge he was sentenced to 5 years in prison to be followed by 5 years post release supervision.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, who respected Zambito’s decision, spoke about the plea and the pending counts it satisfied…

There were as many as 7 burglary charges pending against Ayala stretching back to 2015 that will be satisfied as long as there is no appeal to his sentence or conviction.

Ayala will also be required to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution.

City of Batavia Fire Department Beginning Hydrant Flushing

Press Release:

City of Batavia Fire Department Beginning Hydrant Flushing

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on August 22nd from approximately 9 AM to 3 PM the general area of E. Main St., State Street, Oak St., Washington Avenue and Richmond Avenue. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in temporary discoloration of water in that area.

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

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

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

Last Chance to Register for GLOW Household Hazardous Waste/Pharmaceutical Collection

Press Release:

(Batavia, NY) – Don’t miss out! Spots for the GLOW’s 2019 Household Hazardous/Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event are going fast. Residents who want to dispose of materials at the Saturday, September 14 collection in Batavia must have an appointment in order to attend. GLOW accepts a wide range of household chemicals, oil base paint, propane tanks and canisters, vehicle batteries and other materials. For the ninth year, thanks to the assistance of the Genesee County Sheriff’s office, pharmaceuticals (unwanted, outdated, unusable and over-the-counter medicines) will be accepted. These materials are accepted FREE OF CHARGE. There is a $5.00 charge for tires. Funding is provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), GLOW’s County contributions and Covanta Energy.

Instead of accepting electronics at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, as GLOW did for many years, for the second year in a row GLOW will hold a separate Electronics Collection one week later on September 21, also in Batavia, also by appointment. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Due to the cost of disposal there will be a limit of 4 CRT (tube type) TVs and/or monitors. As long as it is from a household there is no limit on other electronic equipment. Contact the GLOW office for a complete list of acceptable items.

This is a great opportunity for residents to dispose of household chemicals and medicines they no longer want or need. Past collections have resulted in the safe and legal disposal of thousands of tires, thousands of gallons of solvents, cleaning products and paint, not to mention vehicle batteries, propane tanks and computers. Whenever possible materials collected are recycled.

The collections are open to residents in Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming Counties. To make an appointment residents are asked to call the GLOW office at 585/815-7906 or 800/836-1154. Or email glow@co.genesee.ny.us

Morning News Briefing

A former Rochester parolee has been handed an indictment for murdering a man trying to a stop him from assaulting a woman in Batavia.
Quinton Edmond was indicted yesterday by a Genesee County Grand Jury on a count of second-degree murder for the June first death of Good Samaritan 43 year old Michael Paladino.
Quinton is facing the Class A-1 felony for fatally stabbing Paladino outside of his apartment on Ross Street after he had come to the aid of a woman being beaten by Edmond.
According to the indictment Edmonds is accused of intentionally causing Paladino’s death.

A former business owner in Warsaw has been charged with manslaughter for accidentally causing the death of an employee.
84 year old Ken Murtha has been charged by the Livingston County Sheriff’s with second-degree manslaughter for his alleged recklessness in an incident in May that claimed the life of 21 year old Cecil Beardslee-West.
Murtha owned Ken’s Tree Service for more than 50 years and has recently retired according to family members.
He was arraigned in Livingston County Jail on Tuesday where his attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Beardslee-West was shocked to death while moving logs for Murtha’s tree Service Company in May of this year.
Investigators say that he died as he was holding onto a metal chain attached to a crane that made contact with an overhead power line.

Troopers report the arrest of a woman accused of hitting two girls and killing a dog last week in Wyoming County.
Yesterday 27 year old Lauren Hall of Strykersville, turned herself in and was arrested for the crash that occurred last Thursday night on Dutch Hollow Road near State Route 78 in Sheldon.
Hall allegedly swerved off the road hitting two young girls who were walking a dog on the grass next to the roadway.
The 12 year old sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries, the 14 year old suffered minor injuries and the dog was killed in the crash.
Hall has been charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief along with other charges.
She was arraigned in Sheldon Town Court and released with her next court date scheduled for September 13.

Governor Cuomo says the decision to change the state’s license plate is rooted in cashless tolling.
People can vote on what the next plate’s design will be, with four choices including the Statue of Liberty, and one featuring the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River.
Governor Cuomo denied that switching plates is a cash grab, insisting that the state will face a tolling-deficit if they can’t bill license plates with the new technology.
Voting on the next plate’s design runs through September 2nd, and the new plates will debut in April.

According to the Assistant County Engineer the Caswell Road Bridge between Walkers Corners Rd and Cockram Rd will be closed effective tomorrow through October 4th.

Evening News Briefing

A Williamsville man is dead after his motorcycle runs off of Sliker Road in Pembroke.
The crash happened just after 7 last night.
60 year old Michael Block, from the Erie County Village of Williamsville, was heading west on his 19-year old Yamaha Motorcycle.
Deputies said Block apparently failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road and struck several trees.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Michael Beach

A Livingston County man is facing felony charges for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s she-shed.
61 year old Michael Beach of Leicester lived with his girlfriend on New Road. Deputies say Beach got upset with her last night and allegedly damaged his girlfriend’s vehicle, used his own truck to damage her house and threw cigarettes butts into her she-shed nearly destroying it.
Beach is charged with arson and criminal mischief.

The Caswell Road Bridge between Walkers Corners Rd and Cockram Rd will be closed effective August 22nd through October 4th, the Genesee County Highway Dept reported Tuesday.
The office also reported on Tuesday that the Sumner Rd Bridge over Elevenmile Creek will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic with a temporary signal effective today. This bridge is between Route 77 and Harlow Road.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking for New Yorkers to choose the next state license plate.
A petition has been launched on the governor’s website where people can vote for one of five plate designs.
Four of the designs include the Statue of Liberty while another features the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River.
Voting runs through Sept. 2nd, and the design with the most votes will become available in April.

Activists are calling on Juul [[ jewel ]] to halt the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, arguing it encourages young people and children to vape. Outside Juul’s headquarters in New York City, Councilman Mark Levine led a rally, saying something needs to be done about the issue to keep kids safe.
The Centers for Disease Control investigating 94-cases of children and adults who suffered lung disease, possibly linked to vaping.

Livingston Co. Man Charged with Burning Down Girlfriend’s She-Shed

Michael Beach

News Release

LEICESTER: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Leicester NY man on felony charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On August 19, 2019 at approximately 12:30 am, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on New Road in the Town of Leicester for a reported shed fire. Leicester and Cuylerville Fire Departments also responded to the scene and extinguished the fire but not before major damage to the shed and contents occurred.

The ensuing investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies revealed that the incident started when 61 year old Michael A. Beach, who resides at the residence, became upset with his girlfriend who also lives at the residence. It is further alleged that Beach damaged his girlfriend’s vehicle and then used his truck to ram the steps of the residence. Beach then threw several cigarette butts into the shed which caused the fire.

Beach was arrested and charged with felony Arson in the 4th Degree and felony Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree.
Beach was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Village of Dansville Justice Scott Kenney. The Judge did remand Beach to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff’s Investigator Gene Chichester, Deputy William Clarke, and Deputy Caleb Cutting from the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU).

$10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool Wednesday at Batavia

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) at 5:00 p.m., the track will feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com/) or by clicking here for a direct download. (bit.ly/Bat82119)

The first race of the night, and of the Pick-5, is the $12,500 fillies and mare Open I Handicap pace and this week it’s loaded with talent.

Paul Zabielski’s Spreester (Drew Monti) is two for two at Batavia since shipping in from Saratoga Raceway, winning the Open II and Open I in successive outings. In her win last week, Spreester drew off by 11-3/4 lengths in the stretch and made a shambles of the competition in a season’s best 1:53.2 effort.

However this week Chris Oakes’ Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) ships in from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono fresh off of her top performance of the year; a 1:51, 3-1/4 length win in an upper-level conditioned event over the storied 5/8th’s oval in Wilkes-Barre.

The 8-year-old Spreester has 51 lifetime wins whereas the 4-year-old Sidewalk Dancer is seasoned for her age, having faced the toughest 3-year-old fillies on the Grand Circuit all last year. These two will square-off in a heavyweight battle making the first leg of the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 a wide open affair.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES MULTI-COUNTY FARM TOUR AUGUST 22

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will tour several farms across the counties of Genesee, Orleans & Monroe in the towns of Elba, Churchville, Kendall and Kent this Thursday, August 22nd.

Hawley is the former owner and operator of his family’s farm in Batavia, a past President of the Genesee County Farm Bureau and a long-standing member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

Hawley voted against the ‘Farm Labor Bill’, authored by New York City politicians, which passed the Assembly during a slew of faintly vetted legislation at the end of this year’s session.

“Family farms are sadly becoming an endangered species in New York State with increased minimum wage requirements and the misguided ‘Farm Labor Bill’ which allows unionization and restricts an owner’s use of labor,” Hawley said. “I’m looking forward to this tour because our farmers have been shortchanged by Albany and they deserve to have their voice heard over lawmakers who have never even set foot on a farm.”

**Media invited and encouraged to attend**

Farm Tour Schedule: Thursday, Aug. 22

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
CY Farms
5327 Watson Road
Elba

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Zuber Farms LLC
3846 Westside Drive
Churchville

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Kludt Bros Farm
1161 W. Kendall Road
Kendall

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lynn-ette & Sons Inc.
1512 Kent Road
Kent

Dansville stop leads to Leandra’s Law arrest

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Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Monroe County resident on several felony charges including Leandra’s Law after a traffic stop involving a three year old.

On August 18, 2019 Deputy Connor Sanford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit when he stopped a vehicle on Clara Barton Street in the Village of Dansville for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Dylan T. Holmes, age 26 from Fairport NY. The Deputy Sheriff suspected that Holmes was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a roadside DWI investigation which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Holmes was taken into custody for DWI.

Holmes was also found to be in possession of marijuana and he was also operating the vehicle with his three (3) year old child in the car. A records check revealed that Holmes’ driver’s license had been suspended or revoked a total of three (3) times, one being for a DWI related conviction on October 2, 2018. Holmes was restricted to an interlock device as well but the vehicle was not equipped with one.

Holmes was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy William Schwan of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division administered a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer tests revealed that Holmes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .09%.

Holmes was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated (due to the previous conviction within the last ten years), felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child (Leandra’s Law), felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Holmes was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Holmes be held on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Holmes was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Lima Justice Harris. The Judge did remand Holmes to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

The child was turned over to a responsible family member and the incident was referred to Child Protective Services (CPS).

Deputy Devin Ricks and Deputy Michael Donals assisted with the investigation.

Late Blight Detected in Genesee County

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BATAVIA – Late Blight was detected in Genesee County on August 16. Late blight is a serious, airborne disease of tomatoes and potatoes best known for causing the Irish potato famine. Late blight is caused by a fungus-like organism that spreads dozens of miles on storm fronts.

Late blight can kill plants in less than two weeks. Disease spots are often dark gray to brown in color and tend to be surrounded by pale green tissue. Initially, spot shape and size varies but eventually most of an infected leaf or stem will become discolored and die. Leaf spots often look slightly fuzzy on the underside of the leaf in the early morning or when the weather is wet and humid conditions. Late blight will put dark brown to black smears on plant stems. Tomato fruit may also develop large, firm, greasy-looking, brown, gray, or black smears on the upper part of the fruit. Potato leaves show dark spots with fuzzy white spores on the underside during humid weather. Potato stems show similar lesions to those seen in tomato.

Late blight does not resemble lower leaves that yellow and contain numerous small black specks. Late Blight does not leaves to have spots that contain small, black, concentric rings.

Since this disease is aggressive, spreads easily, and can be very damaging to area farmers, Cornell Cooperative Extension asks that anyone suspecting they have late blight please contact their local CCE office for assistance with identification. In Genesee County, home gardeners may contact the Master Gardener Helpline at 585-343-3040 x 127. Samples may be dropped off at the office, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Please put them in a clear, plastic bag. Commercial vegetable farmers may contact the Cornell Vegetable Program – cvp.cce.cornell.edu/specialists.php.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County provides equal program and employment opportunities.”

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Soccer in Top 10 in Poll

Genesee women’s soccer (Left) and Genesee men’s soccer (R) both in top 10 of NJCAA Division III Soccer Preseason Poll

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Genesee Soccer Teams Both in Top 10 of NJCAA Preseason Polls

BATAVIA, NY… On Monday, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its 2019 Pre-Season polls for men’s and women’s soccer and the programs at Genesee Community College are inside the top 10 in both polls.

The Genesee women’s soccer team placed seventh in the preseason poll. Conference for Erie came in sixth and regional opponent Herkimer came in at number eight. Defending national champion Richland College (TX) is the pre-season number one.

Genesee will kick off the season with home games against Clinton Community College on Saturday, August 24 and against North County Community College on Sunday, August 25. Returning for his seventh season, Jeff Reyngoudt along with assistants Macy Reyngoudt and Kelly Starchok are looking for redemption in the NJCAA Women’s Soccer National Championships as well as repeating as NJCAA Region III Champions.

The Genesee men’s soccer team is second in the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer preseason polls. Reigning National Champion Richland College is the preseason number one. The season opener for the men’s soccer program will be on Saturday, August 24 against Clinton Community College and will host North Country Community College on Sunday, August 25.

Head Coach Ken Gavin returns behind the bench for his 12th season. The Cougars men’s soccer team is looking for another trip to the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament in hopes of the program’s second National Championship in three seasons. Genesee is the four-time and reigning NJCAA Region III Champions.

The complete schedule is available online at www.geneseeathletics.com For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com; follow us on social media by using #cougarPRIDE and check out our new Athletics video.

Batavia Muckdogs head into all-star break and home stretch in first place

The Batavia Muckdogs are in first place at the all-star break with just 12 games left and one game separates seven teams from the playoff spots. The Muckdogs are home at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia starting Thursday for six straight games that could decide the division.

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Batavia Muckdogs head into all-star break and home stretch in first place

NILES, Ohio – The Batavia Muckdogs used a balk and a 3-run home run to hold off Mahoning Valley, 8-6 on Monday night.

Meanwhile in West Virginia, the host Black Bears fell to Williamsport, 8-7 in extra innings. As a result, Batavia (35-29) and West Virginia (34-28) are tied at the top of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division heading into the all-star break.

The break won’t be relaxing for the Muckdogs as they have an NYPL high seven players and three starters in the game on Wednesday at Staten Island.

On Monday night, Batavia trailed 2-0 to Mahoning Valley, a team that won four straight and was not allowing Batavia on the scoreboard.
Batavia shortstop Dalvy Rosario hit one of the biggest home runs of the season in the top of the third, a 3-run home run to give Batavia the lead.

With the scored tied, 4-4 in the top of the seventh, J.D. Orr coaxed a balk, his eighth of the season as a runner causing a balk, allowing Albert Guaimaro to score the go-ahead run. While Mahoning Valley would stick around, Joey Steele and Evan Brabrand shut the door for the win and the save respectively.

Steele improved to 2-0 on his solid season, as he threw 2.1 innings of shut out ball, striking out four and giving up just two hits.
Steele, an all-star selection and 30th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins out of University of San Francisco, lowered his ERA to 1.59. He has thrown 17 innings and walked just three wile striking out 28.

Meanwhile, Brabrand, who has made a final-score impact in the stats in every game he has pitched in but one (that was a perfect inning), had a new roll on Monday.
Batavia manager Tom Lawless, looking to stop Mahoning Valley’s win streak and Batavia’s losing streak, brought Brabrand in with two outs in the eighth.
The 6-3 righty closer out of Liberty where he was a 9th round pick of the Marlins, hit the first batter in the ninth, but got a double play to end the game.
Brabrand now has 12 saves on the season and a 3-1 record in 17 games. He has struck out 21 in 17 innings, walked just one and given up just three runs for a 1.59 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Josh Simpson picked up his sixth hold of the season striking out one while Andrew Miller had the start and struck out five over 4.1 innings.

Rosario, just 19 and a Marlins signing out of the Dominican Republic, is 10-for-23 (.435) in his last six games. In addition to his second home run of the season, he also crushed his 13th double of the season, scored twice, had the 3 RBI’s and a walk.

J.D. Orr, who will start in left in the all-star game, increased his NYPL leading average to .387 going 2-for-4 with a RbI and run.

Troy Johnston had a hit and a RBI while Nic Ready and Guaimaro each had a single, Sean Reynolds walked and scored, Harrison Dinicola had two hits and scored and Jack Strunc had a double and a run. Catcher Dustin Skelton also had a RBI singe and scored a run for Batavia.

The all-stars for the Muckdogs are Ready, Orr, Johnston, Milton Smith II, and pitchers Julio Frias, Brock Love and Josh Simpson.

The game is hosted by the Staten Island Yankees and starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Just one game separates seven teams fighting for four spots in the NYPL playoffs.

The Muckdogs return home on Thursday for three straight crucial home games at 7:05 p.m. each night against State College, then three more home games against Williamsport.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the death of a Williamsville man in a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Sliker Road, Pembroke.
Deputies were called for report of a male lying in a field unconscious just minutes after 7 p.m. last night.
60 year old Michael Block of Williamsville was found by first responders not breathing and without a pulse and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Block had apparently failed to negotiate a left hand curve while heading west on Sliker road and then lost control of his 2000 Yamaha Motorcycle striking several trees and coming to rest in a field.
The accident remains under investigation.

Serrano sentenced to maximum.
49 year old Jennifer Serrano of Irving in Chautauqua County appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday where she was sentenced to 4 to 14 years in state prison on counts of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Serrano was sentenced to serve two consecutive terms of 2 to 7 years on her conviction connected to last summer’s hit and run death of 18 year old Connor Lynskey of Hickley in Oneida County.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said the only appropriate sentence was the maximum…

Serrano was found guilty of hitting Hickley who was camping with friends as he was walking back to his campsite from a Darien Lake concert.

Motorcycle crash in Byron ends in a DWI arrest for a Bergen man.
Following investigation into an early Sunday morning single motor vehicle accident on Byron Holley Road in Byron Deputies took 35 year old Jason Skivington of Buffalo Street Bergen into custody for DWI, moving from a lane unsafely and failing to stop at a stop sign.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Byron Town Court.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to help pick the next state license plate.
A petition has been launched on the governor’s website where people can vote for one of five plate designs.
Four of the designs include the Statue of Liberty while another features the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River.
Voting runs through Sept. 2nd, and the design with the most votes will become available in April.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is continuing to push for tougher gun laws following recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.
Yesterday, he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the best course of action would be to expand background checks.
Over the weekend, President Trump blamed mental health as a reason for the increase in violence.
Schumer says he believes the president isn’t serious about gun reform and is only trying to delay debate until pressure to act fades with lawmakers.

The City’s Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today and tomorrow from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the area south of East Main Street and east of Jackson Street.
Homes and businesses nearby may see a temporary discoloration of water.

Evening News Briefing

A $23-million contract has been awarded for the first phase of construction on the Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke.
This first 65-acre phase will result in 4,000 gravesites and could be ready for the first burial late next year.
The contract has been awarded to Global Union Enterprises of Ontario County. The cemetery will be located along Indian Falls Road.

There is a Republican hat in the ring for the 27th Congressional District seat now held by Chris Collins.
New York State Senator Robert Ortt announced over the weekend he wants the job and took immediate aim at any Democratic Party opponent:

Photo: NYS Senator Robert Ortt (R-Lockport)

Democrat Nate McMurray has announced he’s is taking a second run at the 27th district seat. Incumbent Collins says he hasn’t decided yet.

The start of the next legislative session in Albany is still months away, but Democrats are already looking at what gun control measures they may want to introduce.
The Buffalo News reports there are several options on the table including bans on some big caliber weapons and microstamping identification on ammunition.

Summer is starting to wind down, but Western New York drivers can still save on their final road trips.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.79. That’s down 2-cents in the last week and 7-cents in the last month.
Gas Buddy.com reports the average cash price in Batavia is $2.76.

The Batavia Muckdogs are on the road tonight.
They take on Mahoning Valley.
The Dogs return home against State College Thursday night following two days off.

Woman Gets Maximum Sentence in Fatal Hit and Run Near Darien Lake

Jennifer Serrano

Jennifer Serrano of Irving has been sentenced to a maximum of 14 years in prison today in connection with last summer’s hit and run death of an 18 year old Darien Lake concert goer.
Judge Charles Zambito sentenced the 48 year old Serrano to two consecutive terms of 2 to 7 years for vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said today he never considered a plea bargain in the case:

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman

Serrano, from Irving, NY, had been convicted in a jury trial in July of hitting Connor Lynskey of Hickley in Oneida County.
He was camping with friends and was walking back to his campsite from a concert at Darien Lake when he was struck and killed.

Hydrant Flushing Continues this Week

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing / testing fire hydrants on Monday August 19th, Tuesday August 20th. And Wednesday August 21st from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the general area of south of East Main St. and east of Jackson St. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.

Black Is Back wins Batavia Open; Gray wins five

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night’s (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion.

Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just continue to extend their lead from there.

After hitting the half in :56.2 on top by 1-½, Black Is Back paced away to a two length lead at three-quarters and four lengths by the top of the stretch. As he turned for home, McNeight sat statuesque as the wrapped-up Black Is Back continued to pull away and hit the beam on top by seven in 1:53.2.

It was the second win in four Batavia Downs starts and seventh win of the year for Black Is Back ($3.70) who now has banked $50,110 this year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner.

The $11,000 Open II Handicap also went to a coast to coast winner; Tullow N.

John Cummings Jr. rousted Tullow N off the gate and to the front and never let anyone get close to them the whole mile. After clicking off fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.4 with a loose lead to boot, the field was scattered behind Tullow N except for Manceiver (Drew Monti) who sat the pocket the entire way and was close enough to be considered a contender. But Tullow N didn’t see it that way as he turned for home and pulled away to a 2-¾ length win in 1:53.1.

With $55,135 in earnings on the strength of four wins in 2019, Tullow N ($8.10) is also two for four since coming to Batavia Downs. Blindswitch Racing owns the 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac and Dave Russo does the training.

Shawn Gray was in from Saratoga to drive on Saturday and put on a clinic while he was here. Gray won half the card; five out of the 10 races including a natural Hat Trick in the final three races of the night. He had his picture taken with Best Ears (1:54, $9.20), Myell’s Rockstar (1:54.2, $6.30), Thisjetsabookin (1:54.2, $4.20), M G Home Run (1:56, $13.60) and P C Shockwave (1:56.4, $2.60). The five-bagger vaulted him from ninth to fourth in the local driver standings in one night.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18) at 1:15 p.m. Sunday will feature a $3,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website or by clicking here for a direct download. (http://bit.ly/2Nc7pwj)

Morning News Briefing

The list of candidates vying to take the 27th Congressional District seat is growing.
Senator Rob Ortt announced his run for the congressional seat Saturday, first in Lockport and then later in Batavia out in front of City Hall.
Ortt called Batavia the heart of the district and spoke of the shared values of many of its residents that are being threatened by the majority in Albany…

Ortt touted his military service repeating the slogan that he is a “battle-tested warrior” both in war and with his conservative credentials.
The Senator joins the race to unseat incumbent Congressman Chris Collins, who while under indictment for insider trading charges has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.

Troopers in Warsaw have located the vehicle involved in a hit and run that killed a dog and injured two young girls.
State Police located the 2017 Chevrolet Trax over the weekend that was allegedly involved in the Town of Sheldon accident.
The incident occurred at around quarter after eight Thursday night as a 12 year old girl was walking her dog with her 14 year old friend on the grass along the side of Dutch Hollow Road when a car swerved and struck them.
The driver took off, leaving the two young teens and their dog on the ground only about 200 feet from their home.
Troopers are still determining who was operating that vehicle at the time of the crash.

Senator Chuck Schumer announced Saturday that the Department of Veteran Affairs has awarded an over $23 million contract to a company in Victor to begin construction on the very first Phase of the Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke.
The nation’s newest veteran’s cemetery will be located at 1232 Indian Falls Road in the Town of Pembroke.
The cemetery site was originally 132 acres, then they purchased adjoining 60-acre and 77-acre parcels, closing on those early last year.
The first phase of construction encompasses 65 acres of the cemetery’s total 269 acres.

The start of the next legislative session is still months away, but Democrats are already looking at what gun control measures they may want to introduce.
The Buffalo News reports there are several options on the table including bans on some big caliber weapons and microstamping identification on ammunition.
Some gun control advocates think the state already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and it’s up to the federal government to take the next steps.
Several gun control and safety measures were passed by the Legislature this year.

Summer is starting to wind down, but Western New York drivers can still save on their final road trips.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.76 in Genesee County.
That’s down six cents in the last week and seven cents in the last month.
The state average is $2.82 while nationally it’s $2.62.

Batavia Muckdogs land seven all-stars for New York-Penn League All-Star game

 

Batavia has seven all-starts on the New York-Penn League All-Star team including outfielders Milton Smith II, left, and Troy Johnston.

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Batavia Muckdogs land seven all-stars for New York-Penn League All-Star game

BATAVIA – The 2019 season for the first-place Batavia Muckdogs has been a special one at Dwyer Stadium. Now, add the all-star game to the memories.

The New York-Penn League has announced seven players will represent Batavia in the all-star game on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Staten Island.
Nick Ready (third base), J.D. Orr (left field) and Troy Johnston (right field) were named starters. Milton Smith II (center field) and pitchers Julio Frias, Brock Love and Josh Simpson were also named to the team.

The all-star game is at 7 p.m. hosted by the Staten Island Yankees with gates opening at 3 p.m. There will be a home run competition between the New York City Fire Department and NYPD.

During the pre-game, the 2019 NYPL Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take lace with Batavia’s Gene Baker going in the hall with Bernie Williams, Jane Rogers and Josiah Viera.

Baker, who died in 1999, became the first African-American manager in organized baseball, when the Pittsburgh Pirates named him skipper of the Batavia club in 1961.

In 1963, he became the second black coach in the major leagues following Buck O’Neill by a half -season. He can also be credited with being the first black manager in Major League Baseball when he took over for ejected Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh on September 21, 1963. He was also the first African-American player to ever make the Chicago Cubs roster in 1953.

Here is a look at the Batavia all-stars:

Nic Ready
It has been a wild year for Nic Ready. The son of former Major Leaguer Randy Ready, Nic won the 2019 NCAA Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska, then was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 23rd round out of the Air Force Academy.
Ready, a 6-foot-3 righthander who plays third and first, has shown tremendous power this season with seven home runs and 34 RBI’s with 26 soubles and a triple. He is hitting .280 with a .525 slugging percentage.
Ready is currently active duty with the Air Force, but a new law will allow him to play professional baseball and fulfill his military commitments the next two years.
In the all-star game, Ready will start at third.

J.D. Orr
It is no surprise J.D. Orr will start in the outfield in the all-star game. The 5-foot-10 Orr was drafted this year in the 10th round of the draft by the Miami Marlins out of Wright State, where he led the nation in stolen bases.
In Batavia, he not only leads the team with 24 stolen bases, but he leads the entire New York-Penn League with a .373 average and has 59 hits. He has hit three doubles, two triples and scored 46 runs.

Troy Johnston
Another starter in the outfield for the Muckdogs will be Troy Johnston, a 17th round pick of the Marlins out of Gonzaga this year.
Johnston, a 5-foot-11 lefty is hitting .295 with 46 hits, 11 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He has driven in 26 runs and scored 23. At Gonzaga, he was leading the nation in doubles furing the 2019 season and led his team in average.

Milton Smith II
During the 2019 season, Milton Smith II spent time as the top hitter in the New York-Penn League, and is still hitting .319 with 52 hits, a triple and 17 stolen bases, as he was caught just four times. Smith II is also an outstanding centerfielder for the Muckdogs.
Smith, a 5-foot-10 lefty, was drafted in the 22nd round by the Marlins out of Meridian CC in Mississippi in 2018.

Brock Love
Love is a 6-foot-1 right hander who has made a big impact on the Muckdogs this season coming out of the bullpen. He has thrown 14.1 innings with 18 strikeouts and just four walks, giving up just four runs for a ERA of 2.51 and a WHIP of 0.77.
He was picked by the Miami Marlins as the fourth pick of the 2019 draft in the 34th round out of the University of Alabama.
In college, Love was injured in 2017 but in 2018 he was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, something he did in his first seven performances with Batavia. In 2019 he led Alabama in strikeouts with 66 in 60 innings while starting 13 games. Love showed right away as a freshman his command of the strike zone, walking just three batters his first year while strikeout 21 with a 2.81 ERA.

Josh Simpson
The 2019 season has been frustrating for batters opposing Josh Simpson as the 6-foot-2 lefty has a 0.55 ERA in 11 games and has struck out 21 batters in 16.1 innings with just two walks. He has given up just one run all season for the Muckdogs.
Simpson was a 32nd round draft pick out of Columbia University by the Miami Marlins this year. He was an all-Ivy League selection and struck out 56 batters. He threw a nine-inning complete game shut out against Cornell as a senior.

Julio Frias
Frias turned 21 as the season started, and the 6-foot-2 lefty out of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic has enjoyed a great season as a top starting pitcher. Frias has 11 starts and has gone 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 56.2 innings with just 21 hits allowed.
In his short career, Frias has tossed 182 innings with 174 strikeouts. His last start was on Aug. 11, a win over Mahoning Valley. Frias signed in 2014 as an international free agent with the Marlins at age 16.

Muckdogs fall, 9-3 to West Virginia

Julio Frias records one of his three strikeouts Friday night against West Virginia.

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Muckdogs fall, 9-3 to West Virginia

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs lead in the New York-Penn Pickney Division is down to a half game after a 9-3 loss to West Virginia on Friday night.

Batavia is on the road for three games starting Saturday at Mahoning Valley then the all-star break before returning to Dwyer Stadium on August 22 to host State College.

Batavia’s Sean Reynolds blasted his 12th home run of the season on Friday and the 34th of his short minor league career in the fifth-inning in the loss.

J.D. Orr had two doubles and scored a run increasing his league-leading average to .379.

Harrison Dinicola hit his sixth double of the season while Dalvy Rosario had a RBI, and Andrew Turner singled in a run. Milton Smith II had the other Muckdog hit.

Julio Frias took the loss and is 4-3 on the season. He struck out three in four innings. Edison Suriel had six strikeouts in three innings of work giving up one run while Joey Steele struck out two in one inning and Evan Rebrand had two strikeouts without giving up a run in the ninth.

Batavia is 34-26 and West Virginia is 33-26.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Water Main Repair on Walnut Street to Law Street

Press Release:

August 17, 2019 for the Bur. Of Water and Wastewater

Effective immediately the is a water shut down on Walnut Street from the City line to Law Street for a repair to a broken water main.

Service will be restored as soon as possible. Once service is restored, you may notice some discoloration.

Please delay doing laundry until the water clears up.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Wheels A Turning rolls in Batavia Open trot

Wheels A Turning (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After heavy late afternoon rains degraded the track to sloppy, a very game Wheels A Turning overcame the weather, a slow start and a breaking horse to score a decisive victory in the $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Aug. 16).

Off the gate, Dragin The Wagon (Shawn McDonough) went for the lead and in doing so, got parked three-deep around the first turn before clearing at the quarter in :27.3. Once on top, McDonough backed off the half to :57 trying to save some for later. Going past the stands before they hit the third turn, Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Wheels A Turning (Dave McNeight III) pulled and got an outer flow going to try and take advantage of the early speed.

As they trotted past the five-eighths, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from second and immediately made a break in front of Rose Run Speedster. That cleared the way for Rose Run Speedster to draw alongside Dragin The Wagon and Wheels A Turning, who was on his back, to go three-deep at three-quarters in 1:26.3. Dragin The Wagon said goodnight at the top of the stretch leaving Rose Run Speedster and Wheels A Turning engaged in a match race to the wire. After trotting in unison for almost the last eighth of a mile, Wheels A Turning finally nudged ahead before the wire and won by a length in 1:56.4.

The eighth win of the season for Wheels A Turning ($5.60) was also a seasonal best effort and the winner’s share of the purse boosted his earnings to $61,810 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the winner.

In the $11,000 Open II trot, Lucky Guess (Ray Fisher Jr.) was on a mission when the gate released the field, taking control from post one like a shot. After being unchallenged to the half in a tepid :59.2, Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from third at the half with Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) behind him and they both started to push the issue.

Motoring up the backstretch, Lucky Guess and Noble Legend went stride for stride to the three-quarters when Noble Legend started to fade and Southern Palms tipped three-deep and advanced. When the race moved off the turn, Lucky Guess had opened up a two-length lead and down the lane, Fisher raised the lines over his head to let his horse trot home on her own and win in 1:58.2.

The time was a new lifetime mark for the 6-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky-Athenea.

It was the second win in three Batavia Downs starts for Lucky Guess ($14.20) and her owner Dennis Beaver. Kirk Desmond trains Lucky Guess.

Ray Fisher Jr. was the hot driver for the night, scoring a Grand Slam on the card. Jim Morrill Jr. got the Hat Trick and Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. each had driving doubles.

In a true oddity of racing, there were two dead heats for win recorded at Batavia Downs on Friday with Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer JD Perrin involved in both of them.

Batavia Downs hosted a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) on Friday night. Donations by many owners, trainers and drivers along with donations from fans attending live racing combined with proceeds from the silent auction to earn a total of over $13,500, which exceeds last year’s best-ever record. That money will go directly to the BCCR.

Batavia Downs would like to thank everyone who participated in this great fundraiser for such a worthy cause.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 17) with post time at 6 p.m. Saturday’s card features a chance for one lucky fan to win a $3,500 diamond bracelet courtesy of TAG Jewelers.

Weekend News Briefing

Troopers out of Warsaw responded to Dutch Hollow Road near State Route 78 in Sheldon for two teens struck by a vehicle.
The incident occurred around quarter after 8 Thursday night.
Further investigation revealed that the fourteen and twelve year old girls were walking their Australian Shepard on the grass next to the roadway when a dark colored vehicle swerved into the lawn striking both girls and killing the dog.
The twelve year old suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and the fourteen year old had minor injuries.
The NYSP Forensic Identification Unit examined the parts from the scene and have updated their initial vehicle description.
The vehicle in question is believed to be a black or dark colored 2017 or newer Chevrolet Trax with passenger side mirror damage and possible head light damage.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, you are encouraged to contact State Police at 344 – 6200.

Corfu man arrested for trying to buy a gun while facing an order of protection.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 29 year old Robert Barnes of Corfu on counts of Attempted Criminal Contempt and Falsifying Business Records after he allegedly tried to purchase a firearm in Corfu last Tuesday while there was an active order of protection against him.
The FBI was notified after he provided false information on the background form that was submitted to the ATF bureau.
He was ultimately issued an appearance ticket for Corfu Village Court.

Perry woman arrested for endangerment after allegedly fighting in front of kids.
52 year old Beth Lennon of Perry, is accused of striking a female in the stomach and throwing a cell phone at another woman’s leg while arguing in an apartment lobby in Perry Thursday.
The violence reportedly played out in front of a 4 year old, a 12 year old and a two week old baby.
Lennon is facing two counts of harassment and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was released on her own recognizance with orders of protection established for the victims.

The New York-Penn League has announced seven players will represent Batavia in the all-star game on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Staten Island.
Congratulations to Nick Ready, J.D. Orr and Troy Johnston who were named as starters and to Milton Smith II, Julio Frias, Brock Love and Josh Simpson who were also named to the team.
The all-star game is at 7 p.m. hosted by the Staten Island Yankees.

According to Batavia’s Bureau of Water and Wastewater water is shut down on Walnut Street from the City line to Law Street for a repair to a broken water main effective Saturday Morning.
Service will be restored as soon as possible.

UPDATED: NYSP: Requesting public’s assistance with two teens and a dog being struck by a vehicle

Press Release:

*UPDATE*
On August 15, 2019 at 8:15 P.M., Troopers out of SP Warsaw responded to Dutch Hollow Road near State Route 78 in the town of Sheldon for two teens struck by a vehicle. Further investigation reveals that the fourteen and twelve-year-old girls were walking their Australian Shepard on the grass next to the roadway and a dark colored vehicle swerved into the lawn striking both girls and killing the Australian Shepard. The twelve-year-old had serious, non-life threatening injuries and the fourteen-year-old had minor injuries.

**NYSP Forensic Identification Unit examined the parts from the scene. The vehicle in question is believed to be a black or dark colored 2017 or newer Chevrolet Trax. The vehicle has passenger side mirror damage and possible head light damage.

If anyone has information on this investigation, contact the NYSP at 585-344-6200. Refer to SJS 9095959.

LCSO: Route 63 Fatal Crash

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GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a fatal crash on Geneseo- Mount Morris Road in the Town of Geneseo.
On August 14, 2019 at approximately 9:18 pm the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call for a single car motor vehicle crash on Geneseo- Mount Morris Road (State Route 63) in the Town of Geneseo near Fallbrook.

Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel from the Geneseo Fire Department, Geneseo Ambulance, and Livingston County EMS were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The initial investigation by responding personnel found that the vehicle was travelling southbound on Geneseo – Mount Morris Road when it veered off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a ditch and went airborne, ultimately crashing through a fence and striking a tree before coming to rest.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as John R. Chasey, age 34 from Dansville NY. Chasey was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Livingston County Coroner’s Office.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit (FIU), and Drone Unit were on scene for the investigation.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

LCSO: Child Pornography Possession Arrest

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LIVONIA: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Livonia NY resident on possession of child pornography charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

On August 13, 2019 Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Monster arrested and charged 71 year old David F. Farr with Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class E felony.

The arrest came after the Sheriff’s Office received information that Farr possibly had images of child pornography on his laptop computer. Investigators conducted a forensic examination on the laptop and allege that Farr had searched, viewed, and possessed images containing sexual conduct of children under the age of 16.

Farr was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that Farr be held on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond.

Farr was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Lima Justice Harold Harris. The Judge did remand Farr to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

Assisting with the investigation were Sheriff’s Investigator Brad Schneider, the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, and the Regional Computer Forensic Lab in Rochester.

Batavia Downs steps up to fight breast cancer

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Friday night (Aug. 16) at Batavia Downs is noteworthy for two reasons. One, it’s the first live card of harness racing held on a Friday this meet at the Downs as the track previously hosted their now completed concert series on Friday.

Second, it’s the night of the Batavia Down’s annual “Races to Benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester” (www.bccr.org) fundraiser that will be held at the track to raise both awareness and dollars to fight this deadly disease.

This annual event is one of the larger fundraisers held by this organization and Batavia Downs has been proud to put on the event with them and be a part of this very worthy cause. It will be held in the clubhouse and runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“We have partnered with BCCR for several years now and each year this event gets bigger and better,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing. “It’s an opportunity for us to help raise money to defeat the scourge of breast cancer in our lifetime. The generosity of our horsemen and patrons always shines through and I’m sure we will see that again this Friday.”

There will be a silent auction held adjacent to the clubhouse with a list of prizes that will please anyone’s taste. They include two suite tickets to the Buffalo Bills versus Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field on Sunday (Oct. 27), four suite tickets to the Buffalo Sabres versus the St. Louis Blues at Key Bank Center on Tuesday (Dec. 10), two suite tickets for the Carrie Underwood concert at Key Bank Arena on Sunday (Oct. 13), one Batavia Downs Hotel night and racing package, two Batavia Downs clubhouse racing packages, a recliner form Max Pies Furniture in Batavia and a host of other items too numerous to mention.

Dozens of local owners, trainers and drivers have already committed to donating some or all of their winnings realized on Friday night with more coming on board every day.

The track will also be taking cash donations from anyone willing to help that will be forwarded directly to the BCCR.
“Last year we were able to raise in excess of $13,000 and this year we aim to break that record. The clubhouse has been sold out for weeks so we’ll have many caring people here that night. And we will also have runners in both the paddock and grandstand area taking bids for the silent auction and also collecting any donations people may wish to make,” said Haight.

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

Morning News Briefing

Warsaw resident 33 year old Kory Doyle, who has been convicted of possession of child pornography, appeared in federal court where he was sentenced to 36 months in state prison on the charge.
Investigators looking into Doyle’s child porn possession back in September of 2017 conducted forensic analysis on multiple computers, hard drives, and cell phones owned by Doyle revealing images and videos of violent child pornography.
He is said to have downloaded the content from various websites.
According to prosecutors some of the material included violence, with children under 12 years old, and the sexual abuse of an infant.

Strangulation and Endangerment in Bergen leads to arrest for a Rochester man.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 24 year old Alan Price of Chili into custody on counts of Strangulation, Criminal Contempt and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a reported incident from April of this year on Interstate 490 East in Bergen.
Price who was in violation of an active order pf protection at the time was accused of strangling the driver of a vehicle while they were still driving with a one year old child in the backseat.
He was subsequently released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Child porn charges put a Darien man behind bars.
55 year old Aaron Pawlikowski of Sumner Road Darien was arrested by Troopers out of Batavia following an investigation into the promotion of child pornography from an incident reported back in March of 2016
Pawlikowski was apprehended Wednesday afternoon on felony counts of both Promotion and Possession of a Sexual Performance of a Child.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail.

Corfu man arrested for trying to buy a gun while facing an order of protection.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 29 year old Robert Barnes of Corfu after he allegedly tried to purchase a firearm in Corfu last Tuesday while there was an active order of protection against him.
The FBI was notified that the accused provided false information on the background form that was submitted to the ATF bureau.
He was ultimately issued an appearance ticket for Corfu Village Court.

The Buffalo Sabres have listened to their fans and are announcing a uniform change.
The team will switch back to their classic royal blue jerseys for the 2020-2021 season.
Royal blue and gold were the Sabres’ primary colors from their inaugural season until the 1990’s.
The team will also be unveiling their 50th Anniversary alternate jersey later this morning.

The Buffalo Bills will take the field tonight for their second preseason game.
They’ll be in Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
Last week, the Bills beat the Indianapolis Colts 24 to 16.
Kickoff for tonight’s contest is set for 7 p.m.

BATAVIA DOWNS TO HOST PANEL DISCUSSION WITH MEMBERS OF 1969 NEW YORK METS WORLD SERIES WINNING TEAM

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BATAVIA – Representatives from Batavia Downs announced that the facility will be hosting a panel discussion and Q & A session with players from 1969 World Champion New York Mets. Mets legends Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool & Ron Swoboda are touring the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of their unlikely, astonishing 1969 miracle campaign. The event will take place at 7pm on Friday, September 27th inside Batavia Downs’ Park Place Events Center and will be hosted by WGR’s Morning Show Host (and Mets fan) Howard Simon.

Regarded by baseball historians & enthusiasts as ‘The Greatest Season Ever,’ the previously, remarkably terrible franchise defied every prognostication (and several laws of physics) to surmount impossible odds in a historic year when Neil Armstrong also walked on the moon, & half a million music fans gathered in Bethel NY for Woodstock, while the War in Vietnam offered stark realities on the evening news.

“We are pleased to welcome these Mets legends to our facility,” said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO at Batavia Downs Gaming. “We look forward to hosting Mets fans from far and wide to relive this era of our history including this magical season.”

Tickets are $30 for General Admission Tickets and include entry into the event. GA ticket holders receive $20 in Free Play for the Batavia Downs Gaming Floor.

For those interested in the VIP experience, a $100 VIP ticket is available. VIP ticket holders will receive preferred seating, a meet and greet session after the event and an autographed baseball from the night’s guests. They’ll receive $50 in Free Play for the Batavia Downs Gaming Floor.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 16th at 10am on BataviaConcerts.com.

There will be concessions available for purchase of drinks and food. There will also be memorabilia dealers on site offering all kinds of Mets items.

GCASA recovery recreation center in Batavia

Guitar-playing trio and group shot from a Recovery WOW campfire outing at Northgate Free Methodist Church earlier this month. Photos courtesy of Thomas Claffey.

Press Release:

News that Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse has made the commitment to offer a recovery recreation center in Batavia is music to the ears of local residents who believe the much-needed support is a key to their sobriety.

“This needs to happen, and the sooner the better,” said Batavian Thomas Claffey, an adult digital art/photography student at Genesee Community College.  “It’s always good to be around people and to have a good support system … people that can relate to what you’re going through and not judge you.”

Claffey, 33, has struggled with alcohol and drug use for many years. He has been sober for the past nine months – “I have found my ground recently and am doing well,” he said – but is acutely aware of the possibility of relapse.

“I’m really glad to be in Batavia, away from where I encounter triggers that lead to substance use,” he said. “Addiction is a sickness and a disease that affects you mentally. It changes the chemical makeup of the brain, and makes you constantly scared of that withdrawal, but yet you’ve got to feed that demon.”

He said it is essential for him to keep his schedule filled and that’s why he got involved with Recovery WOW, a program of GCASA, and is looking forward to taking part in the various activities to be offered by the recovery recreation center that will be housed at the former Bohn’s Restaurant on Clinton Street Road.

GCASA, under the guidance of Executive Director John Bennett, is in the process of purchasing the building and plans to convert it to a gathering place for those in recovery – a destination where those dealing with drug and alcohol addiction can interact through sober living activities.

Planned activities include community clean-up and community garden projects; fitness activities (yoga, hikes, runs, biking, basketball, martial arts); art classes; peer support; cooking and nutrition classes; mutual aid and self-help meetings; games and live music, and special events during holidays.

‘Peers’ Lend a Helping Hand

Bennett said that GCASA has trained 18 peers — Certified Recovery Peer Advocates – through the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to assist those in recovery.

And statistics show the need for such a program as Genesee County has one of the highest opioid overdose rates in New York.

While there is no exact statistics regarding the number of people in recovery, it is estimated that 7 percent of the population suffers from some kind of substance use disorder and that only one in seven get treatment for it, Bennett said.

Amy Kabel of Batavia is one of the peers who will be working at the recovery center.

“I’ve visited other recovery centers and realize that this is something that Batavia really needs,” said Kabel, who has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and formerly was employed at Hope Haven, an in-patient program in Batavia.

“Our job isn’t to tell those in recovery that you can’t do this or that, or that you have to stop using (right away),” she said, “but to be there for them, no matter what their choices are.”

GCASA has set up an advisory committee, steered by Sue Gagne, the agency’s recovery center coordinator for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Kathy Miller of Byron, a committee member, said that her goal is to help erase the stigma placed upon those who have been involved in substance use.

“A lot of people have been diagnosed with substance or alcohol disorder and there is no place for them to hang out and not feel the stigma of addiction,” she said. “I would like to see this program expand to offer a wide variety of places for people to go and events to attend. We need to stress that it is okay to not drink or do drugs – to make that more the norm.”

Ricco Oquendo, 58, another advisory committee member, is in recovery and has been sober for 10 months. He said he is prepared to educate the public about the disease of alcohol and substance use.

“This is the best I have felt in a long time,” he said. “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired, and, with the help of my savior, Jesus Christ, am determined to make something out of my life.”

Gagne has put together a full activities calendar – events such as campfires, hiking, tie-dye, yoga, karaoke and cooking classes – and sees the recovery recreation center as the next logical piece of the puzzle. (For more information, like us on Facebook – Recovery WOW).

“The recovery center will only increase the awareness and opportunities,” said Gagne, who previously worked for Wyoming County Mental Health. “It’s a confusing world out there, and hopefully this will be a place where people and their families can come and get support without being judged.”

The outside of ROCovery Fitness in Rochester, a former fire station, and the facility’s co-founder Yana Khaspher, left, and Lindsay Chambers, director of development. Photos by Mike Pettinella.

ROCovery Fitness: A Model for Success

The Batavia facility is being patterned after the ROCovery Outreach Center on Dewey Avenue in Rochester, a converted fire station that promotes physical fitness as a vital step on a road to recovery.

ROCovery Fitness was founded five years ago by Yana Khashper and Sean Smith, both of whom are in recovery.

They opened the outreach center two years ago after it was gifted to them by an anonymous donor. Since then, the program has been used by an estimated 3,000 people in the Rochester area.

“Greater Rochester has been very supportive,” Khashper said. “They believe in our mission, which is to meet the needs of the community.”

When asked to speak of the program’s success, she said the success is “this place.”

The outreach center features a large community room and a gymnasium (with exercise machines and free weights) on the first floor and another community room, yoga room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and offices on the second floor.

Structured activities include hula-hooping, kettlebells, weightlifting, boxing and group meetings. It is open every day except for Sunday.

Currently, the staff there is gearing up for its major fundraiser – a ROCovery 5K and X-Challenge on Sept. 15 at Mendon Ponds Park.

Jay Dockum and Adam Welch, both in recovery, said they have found a renewed sense of purpose while participating in ROCovery Outreach Center programs and are focused on living a healthy and sober existence.

“Isolation was the worst place for me,” Dockum said. “I go to meetings here, use the gym and am meeting like-minded people. I just got sick and tired of the way I was living and had to make a change.”

Welch said he has volunteered at ROCovery for about seven months after being in and out of rehab for several years.

A former software engineer, he said drugs took a toll on his career and marriage.

“Sobriety is my main job now,” he said. “I go to AA meetings and hopefully will be able to see my two boys (ages 5 and 8) soon.”

Story by Mike Pettinella, GCASA publicist

Batavia Muckdogs keep first place lead; fun standoff video goes viral and fans top attendance mark

For over 3.5 hours, West Virginia’s Ryan Haug, left, and Batavia’s Harrison Dinicola were in the same position from the national anthem. Dinicola won the stand off and the video went viral Wednesday night after the Muckdogs won, 11-5 to stay in first place.

Press Release:

BATAVIA – There are 18 games left in the New York-Penn League season, but there was a playoff atmosphere at Dwyer Stadium Wednesday night.

With the West Virginia Black Bears coming in just 1.5 games behind Batavia, the managers were stealing bases, making pitching changes and even the players were involved in a stand-off that lasted over three hours.

In the end, the Batavia Muckdogs improved to 34-24 with an 11-5 win over West Virginia (31-26).

The Muckdogs trailed, 3-1 in the fourth when Nic Ready blasted a home run deep over the left field fence to cut the lead to 3-2. Ready has seven home runs on the season and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI’s and his 25th double of the season.

A 2019 Miami Marlins draft pick in the 23rd round out of the Air Force Academy, has 34 RBI’s on the season.

Batavia shortstop Dalvy Rosario had it best offensive night of the season, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, 2 RBI’s and scored two runs as well as turning two double plays with Jack Strunc.

J.D. Orr, who leads the NYPL in hitting with a .381 average stole his 24th base of the season and despite just one hit on the night scored four runs. Strunc had two hits and scored twice.

Troy Johnston, a 17th round pick of the Marlins out of Gonzaga was 2-for-4 with two runs, 2 RBI’s and a walk. He hit his 10th double of the season.

Milton Smith II is hitting .327 after going 2-for-4.

The crowd noticed a fun stand off between Batavia’s Harrison Dinicola and West Virginia’s Ryan Haug. The two held their hats over their hearts during the national anthem, then players from both teams picked them up like a statue and put them standing in the same position on the bench. During each inning, the players were decorated by Gatorade cups and never moved from the position for over three and a half hours.

When Haug finally had to leave the dugout after the game to catch the bus, Dinicola was the victor, touching off a wild celebration by the players including a water and Gatorade bath.

“That was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life. My teammates gave me a lot of adrenaline during the game,” said Dinicola. “We had a great team win .The pitchers came in and did their job and our hitters kept hitting, I love it. Go Muckdogs!”

The video of the standoff on the Muckdogs social media sites, had over 20,000 combined views after the game and was shared by Minor League Baseball, Yahoo Sports and others.

The Muckdogs went over 30,000 fans on the season, which is over 3,000 more than all of 2018 with 10 home games remaining.

Andrew Miller started and struck out four in 4.1 innings giving up three runs. With runners on in the fifth, M.D. Johnson came in and retired the only two batters he faced to pick up his first win of the season. At 1-0, Johnson has pitched 12.2 innings with 16 strikeouts.

Bryan Hoeing earned his third hold throwing two innings with two strikeouts, no walks, no runs and just two hits.

Brock Love then closed it with three strikeouts in the last two innings.

Tonight is First Responders Night as all first responders receive two free general admission tickets. it is also Thirsty Thursday with Labatt’s and other special $2 beer prices. The two teams also play Friday night at Dwyer Stadium, both games at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

A Genesee County Grand Jury has handed down an eight count indictment accusing Benjamin Santiago Jr. of forcibly robbing an individual in an upper apartment on Ellicott Street back in June and attacking them with a hammer.
He is facing Class B Felony counts of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and intentionally causing serious physical injury to a person during the commission of a crime after allegedly forcing his way into their residence, threatening and then attacking them with a hammer.
Santiago is also facing counts of both grand and petit larceny for allegedly stealing a credit or debit card, a Fuji bicycle from a different victim on Bank Street the same day and for allegedly stealing a 2010 Ford F150 Lariat super cab truck, belonging to yet a third victim.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took three people into custody during the Beck Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Tuesday August 13th.
33 year old Michael Bauer of Cheektowaga was arrested for Harassment and Criminal Mischief for allegedly punching another patron and breaking their glasses in the parking lot.
A 20 year old from Snyder was arrested for False Personation after she allegedly provided a false license and a 19 year old resident of Newark was pinched for Trespassing after he allegedly climbed on top of a vending building inside the venue.
All three were issued appearance tickets to appear in Darien Town Court on August 27th.

Ellicott Street man behind bars following a domestic incident.
38 year old Wesley Thigpen was arrested by City Police Tuesday night following report of a domestic dispute at a Hall Street residence in Batavia where he was allegedly in violation of a court order of protection.
Thigpen was charged with Criminal Contempt and remanded to the Genesee County Jail to reappear in City Court on August 22nd.

The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the addition of Jodi Fisher to its team as the new museum marketing coordinator.
The museum and its supporters welcome Fisher as her experience and personality will be wonderful additions to the HLOM.
As marketing coordinator, she will be responsible for promoting the museum’s large number of exhibits, events and programming to a wider audience both within Genesee County and Western New York as a whole.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tomorrow from approximately 8 to noon in the areas south of Main Street and west of Jackson Street.
Flushing and testing operations will continue south of East Main St. and east of Jackson St. next Monday through Wednesday from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

GCSO: Three arrested at Beck Concert

Press Release:

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Beck Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Tuesday August 13, 2019:

The following were issued APPEARANCE TICKETS to appear in Darien Court on August 27, 2019 at 3 PM:

Michael L. Bauer age 33 of William St. Cheektowaga, NY arrested for Harassment 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th after allegedly punching another patron and breaking their glasses in the Parking Lot.

Wendy M. A. Woite age 20 of Chateau Ter. Snyder, NY arrested for False Personation after allegedly providing a false license.

Luke D. Wilson age 19 of W. Miller St. Newark, NY arrested for Trespass after allegedly climbing on top of a vending building inside the concert venue.

GCC Board of Trustees Approves Resolution of Appreciation to Recognize Emmett and Antoinette (Marchese) Clancy

Antoinette Marchese Clancy

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BATAVIA, NY (08/14/2019) Love stories play out in amazing ways-from poetry and song, to the choice of a vocation or career as a lifelong caregiver. Occasionally, a love can be so strong that it pays forward and manifests itself in the future becoming ever stronger over time. That is the story behind the Antoinette Marchese Clancy Nursing Scholarship, a newly established fund recently created by the Clancy Family to recognize Antoinette Marchese Clancy, a 1974 graduate of Genesee Community College’s Nursing Program.

On Monday, August 12, 2019, the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees approved a Resolution of Appreciation to recognize a substantial gift made by Emmett and Antoinette Clancy, residents of Southern California. Together, they created a new scholarship that will annually support several, second-year nursing students enrolled at GCC. And, as life and love would have it, this new scholarship fund, the largest gift ever made to a GCC academic program, comes at the perfect time as GCC is getting ready to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Nursing Program this coming year.

Antoinette Marchese was born in 1952 and grew up in Batavia on Farwell Drive. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1970, where she met Emmett, who recalls falling in love with her at age 13. After working as a nurse’s aide at St. Jerome’s Hospital, she started her nursing degree at D’Youville College, but transferred and graduated from GCC in 1974 earning the Nursing Excellence Award, an honor that still makes her heart sing. That same year, she married her high school sweetheart, which still makes his heart sing!

They first settled in Albany where Emmett attended Albany Law School, and his lovely bride was hired by Albany Medical Center “sight unseen.” She quickly became the charge nurse of the Maternity Unit, a position she maintained until 1977 when they started their family. They relocated to California in 1982 where they raised their family.

As they celebrate 45 years of marriage and enjoy a family of five children and 11 grandchildren, Mr. Clancy sought an opportunity to recognize the hard work, dedication and selflessness of his partner of 53 years. He reached out to Genesee Community College, remembering how much the College and the Nursing Excellence Award meant to his wife, and also knowing that she would want to help the next generation of nursing students. The resulting scholarship and the new Antoinette Marchese Clancy Excellence Award is a unique form of poetry and music, reflecting how the gift of giving is almost always shrouded in love that makes life worth living.

“On behalf of the College community and scores of nursing students who will not even step on this campus for years to come, I thank the Clancy family and express my deepest gratitude for their generous support,” James M. Sunser, president of GCC said. “Their gift will have a lasting impact on nurses of tomorrow-and by extension, hundreds of students in decades to come. This truly is an exemplary example of paying it forward.”

A formal recognition reception with the Clancys in attendance will be held in the Spring of 2020 as a highlight of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of GCC’s Nursing Program and the annual Nursing graduation ceremony.

For further information, contact Tammy Arneth, director of development with GCC’s Foundation at tlarneth@genesee.edu or call 585-345-6809.

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

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

While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on August 14th and will end on September 2nd.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

The STOP-DWI Labor Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from our STOP-DWI Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.
You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Morning News Briefing

LeRoy Police took part in a short standoff at a residence on Church Street in the Village to apprehend a Parolee wanted on a State Parolee warrant.
45 year old Michael VanBuskirk Jr. of Lake Street, LeRoy was allegedly wanted by New York State Parole as an Absconder and had a Parole Warrant issued for his arrest.
VanBuskirk was seen entering a relative’s house on Church St in the Village yesterday shortly after noon and when Officers attempted to take him into custody he failed to answer the door or come outside.
The residence was surrounded and the roadway was closed for a short amount time.
During the standoff, the homeowner came home and allowed the officers inside where VanBuskirk was located and taken into custody without further incident.
He was then jailed on the Parole Warrant.

Members of City Council expressed their disappointment with the lack of progress seen at what has been dubbed the Ellicott Station project.
The development project planned on Ellicott Street in Batavia was announced in March of 2016 with Buffalo based developer Savarino Companies’ vision of office, retail, residential and entertainment space filling the brownfield site.
Council members voiced their concerns at their Monday night meeting citing that there has been no visible work done on the $20 million development since the announcement.
Council Member Robert Bialkowski said he was very disappointed in the developer, calling the property an eyesore and questioning what kind of landlord Savarino will be considering the state the site has deteriorated to.
The board voted, 6 to 2, in favor of City Manager Martin Moore writing a letter of support to the commissioner of the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal highlighting the importance of the project to the city and how it aligns with the HCR’s mission to build and support affordable housing.

Genesee County lawmen taking part in Statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown Enforcement Effort.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives in the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort which begins today and ends on September 2nd.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants from 9 to 3 today and tomorrow and on Friday from approximately 8 to noon in the areas south of Main Street and west of Jackson Street.
Homes and businesses in the vicinity will be affected and may result in a temporary discoloration of tap water.
As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing with discolored water but instead run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.

The Genesee County Highway Department announces that Railroad Avenue between Route 98 and Sandpit Road in Alexander is closed through August 27th.
Detour signs will be posted.
The public will be notified when it reopens.

Muckdogs fall, $2 Tuesday tickets as race for first place tightens

The Batavia defense held Mahoning Valley to one run into the ninth but couldn’t put the game away in a 5-0 loss Monday. Jack Strunc tags out a Scrapper baserunner.

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Muckdogs fall, $2 Tuesday tickets as race for first place tightens

BATAVIA – As the race for the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division gets tighter, the Batavia Muckdogs have four crucial home games this week.
Batavia (33-24) fell to Mahoning Valley, 5-0 on Monday night as second place West Virginia (30-25) picked up a win to move two games out of first.

The lead was just 1-0 in the ninth as the pitching staff held Mahoning Vally in check.

Edgar Martinez who suffered the hard-luck loss, gave up one run in six innings, striking out one without a walk. He is 2-3 and his ERA dropped to 2.88
Easton Lucas had a strong seventh and finished with four strikeouts in two innings.

At the plate for Batavia, Dustin Skelton, Andrew Turner, Julian Infante, Nic Ready, Troy Johnston and Milton Smith II (stolen bases, his 17th on the season) all had hits, but the Muckdogs stranded all seven runners.

Tuesday night is $2 Tuesday as all general admission seats are just $2 and it’s UMMC/Genesee Orthopedics Night as the first 1,000 fans will receive 16 ounce sturdy tumblers with dishwasher safe straws and lids. courtesy of UMMC. The game is at 7:05 p.m.

Also, it’s Pups in the Park as dogs get in the game free.

On Wednesday, second-place West Virginia comes to town for three games.

COMING UP: The Batavia Muckdogs are holding First Responders Night at Dwyer Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 15 when the team takes on the second place West Virginia Black Bears.

In appreciation of area first responders, the Muckdogs will be offering two complimentary general admission tickets to the game for all active police, fire, and emergency services personnel. First Responders can receive their tickets by showing proper identification at the Dwyer Stadium box office during normal business hours (weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) leading up to the game or on game night up until the 7th inning.

In addition, First Responders will have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets beyond the two complimentary at the group rate of $5.00 per ticket.

The Muckdogs currently have a two-game lead over West Virginia for first place in a hotly contested playoff race. First pitch Thursday is set for 7:05 and it’s also Thirsty Thursday presented by Labatt. All fans 21 and over can enjoy $2 16 ounce cans of Blue and Blue Light until the 7th inning.

Morning News Briefing

A Parolee in LeRoy is behind bars for beating a woman after being sought on an arrest warrant.
34 year old Jeremy Lyons of Perry Road was arrested after he was found hiding in the weeds in the area of the Little League Field between East Main Street and St. Marks Street last week.
According to LeRoy PD, Lyons was allegedly in violation of his Parole conditions while staying with a female on Church Street in the Village when the domestic incident occurred.
Lyons is accused of tackling the female victim to the ground then punching her multiple times in the face and choking her.
Afterwards, Lyons ran off but was located later that day by Police after a small search.
Lyons was charged with Assault and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation and committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo is calling for a line of heavy showers to blanket Northwestern Wyoming, and Southwestern Genesee Counties this morning.
Forecasters are saying rainfall of up to one inch in less than 30 minutes is possible and may cause localized flooding.
Drivers are reminded not to drive through flooded roadways.

An Irondequoit resident arrested for drugs in Stafford.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 35 year old Tyson Carpenter on counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminally using drug paraphernalia, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and driver obstructed view.
Carpenter was stopped on Route 33 in Stafford Friday afternoon for alleged vehicle and traffic violations when deputies determined he was driving on a suspended license.
Further investigation uncovered that Carpenter was allegedly in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
He was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court on August 23rd.

Three family members arrested at Bryan Adams Concert for fighting security.
48 year old Julie Adam, 26 year old John Adam and 22 year old Joseph Adam all of Abbott Road Buffalo were arrested for second degree Harassment during the concert Friday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
All three were accused of either punching, shoving or striking a Live Nation Security Guard.
The Adam family members were all issued appearance tickets for August 20th in Darien Town Court.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on sweeping new workplace harassment protections.
The law extends the statute of limitations for employment sexual harassment claims filed from one year to three years.
Cuomo says it also makes it easier for workplace sexual harassment claims to be brought forward by eliminating the restriction that harassment must be severe or pervasive in order for legal action to be taken.
All non-disclosure agreements must now include language allowing workers to file a complaint of harassment or discrimination.

Roll over crash in Oakfield shuts down strip of Main Street

A two vehicle rollover accident with minor injuries occurred outside of 89 N. Main St. in the Village of Oakfield at approximately 5:20 this morning.

Oakfield Fire Department and Mercy medics responded to the scene along with a tow truck from Ron and Newts.

Reportedly a male driver in a white SUV was eastbound on Main Street on his way to work when he struck a parked grey Dodge caravan.

The SUV ended up on its roof, on fire and the driver was able to get out on his own with only minor injuries.

Fire crews have temporarily shut down Main between Cary Avenue and Bennett Avenue through Oakfield.

GC Highway Dept. -Telephone Road Closure

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Telephone Road between Sandpit Road and Route 98 will be closed from August 13th through August 27th. Detour signs will be posted.

I will notify you when the road reopens.

 

Lisa Grice
Principal Clerk
Genesee County Highway Dept.

GCSO Investigating Cow Killed in Darien

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The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident in the Town of Darien involving a cow intentionally being shot and killed. The incident occurred sometime after sunset on 8/10/2019 and sunrise on 8/11/2019.  The incident occurred in the area of Bennett Rd and Simonds Rd.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident please contact Deputy Kevin McCarthy at 585-343-5000.

LeRoy PD: Arrest Report 8/12/2019

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1. A violent domestic/assault led to the arrest of a Parolee in the Village of LeRoy on 8/6/2019. The domestic incident was reported in the early morning hours of 8/6/2019 on Church St in which the victim reported 34 year old Jeremy D. Lyons of Perry Rd was staying with the female on Church Street, allegedly in violation of his Parole conditions. During the domestic, it is alleged that Lyons tackled the female to the ground then punched her multiple times in the face and choked her. Afterwards, Lyons ran off. Lyons was located later that day by Police after a small search, in which Lyons was discovered hiding in the weeds in the area of the Little League Field between East Main Street and St. Marks Street. Lyons was charged with one count each of the misdemeanors of Assault 3rd and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation. Lyons was Arraigned and committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $750 bail. A Parole Violation Warrant was also issued due to this incident.

1. 64 year old Donald Frisby was arrested by the LeRoy Police Department on July 16, 2019 and charged with one count of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree, a class D-Felony. It is alleged that in the month of July, while in the Village of LeRoy, Frisby subjected a female to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. Frisby was arraigned before the Court and Released Under Supervision of the Genesee Justice Program.

1. 34 year old Christine Wark of School Street, LeRoy was arrested by the LeRoy Police Department on 7/22/2019 and charged with one count of Petit Larceny after a complaint from a local business that Wark was allegedly seen shoplifting inside the store. Upon arrival of the LeRoy Police, Wark was arrested and released on an Appearance ticket to appear in the LeRoy Court at a later date.

Byron-Bergen named as NYSPHSAA School of Excellence

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Bergen, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) announced its 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award winners. The purpose of the awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75% of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

“I’m so proud of our athletes,” said Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “These students are applying the discipline learned on the field of play to their academics and results are incredible. Congratulations to all our student athletes and coaches on this amazing achievement.”

This year, 135 schools in New York State earned the School of Excellence Award. An additional 19 schools received the award compared to 2017-18 school year. This year’s figures represent the highest number of NYSPHSAA member schools recognized for their academic achievements.

“To see the numbers of schools honored increase again is a true testament the kind of student-athletes were have here in New York State,” said Dr. Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “We continue to be proud of this program that highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics.”

Joey Pro extends win streak at Batavia

Joey Pro (photo credit: Paul White)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Trainer John Hallett left the friendly confines of Tioga Downs with Joey Pro this week in lieu of a visit to Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 11) but despite the change in venue, they came away with the same result. Joey Pro scored another win, but this time in the top-class $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at the oldest lighted harness track in North America.

Joey Pro (Jim Morrill Jr.) made it quick and simple; he left, took the lead and outlasted the competition. Morrill set quarters of :29, :58.1 and 1:27 with the field pretty much single-file behind him. Going into the last turn, Wheels A Turning (Dave McNeight III) was moving up the outside first-over, two-lengths behind the leader. But he was also trotting up a storm. When the race straightened out down the lane, Wheels A Turning had drawn almost even with Joey Pro and appeared poised to motor right on by, but Joey Pro swelled up and held him off at the wire to win by a nose in 1:56.2 for his third straight victory.

Well on his way to beating his career year of 2018, Joey Pro ($10.80) has now registered eight wins in 2019 and pocketed $41,780 in purses for owner Mark Wamp.

The $11,000 Open II Handicap trot also went to an outsider after Saratoga Raceway regular Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled past the half, took control of the race before the three-quarter pole and rebuffed a late bid by Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) to win handily by 1-¼ lengths in 1:57.4.

Rose Run Speedster ($4.40) is owned by Simzer and Derue and trained by Brett Derue.

Jim Morrill Jr., Shawn Gray and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving triple on the card; Davis scoring the natural hat trick in the final three races of the day. Trainers Brett Derue, JD Perrin and Steve Kiblin all had two wins apiece.

Live racing resumes Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 14) and the New York Sire Stake 2-year-old pacing fillies will be in town to compete for $107,000 in purses. Post time for the first race is 5:00 p.m.

Muckdogs pitchers shut out Mahoning Valley as Batavia increases first place lead

Batavia manager Tom Lawless called on Joey Steele after an injury and the pitcher threw 2.2 scoreless innings for the save. Steele has not give-up a run in 13.1 innings this season and just one walk with 22 strikeouts. Catcher Michael Hernandez called the shutout, handling all four pitchers in the win.

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Muckdogs pitchers shut out Mahoning Valley as Batavia increases first place lead

BATAVIA – Just a day ago, the Batavia Muckdogs were in danger of losing the lead in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
However, back home at Dwyer Stadium, the Batavia pitching staff and clutch hitting led the Muckdogs to a 5-0 shutout of Mahoning Valley Sunday.

With the win and a West Virginia loss, Batavia (33-23) now has a 3.0 lead in the division.

Julio Frias improved to 4-2 wth the win, throwing five shutout innings with two strikeouts and one walk.

Jonaiker Villalobos struck out two in a scoreless sixth for his second hold and Geremy Galindez earned his second hold, but left the game with with discomfort after a pitch.

Joey Steele, the 30th round draft pick this year of the Miami Marlins who has a perfect 0.00 ERA, was called to the mound in the seventh with one out. With a few minutes to throw and stretch, he went out and threw 2.2 innings of one-hit, shutout ball with four strikeouts and no walks for his first save.
Steele has now thrown 13.2 innings with 22 strikeouts, no runs allowed, 11 hits, one walk and a 0.88 WHIP to go along with his 0.00 ERA.
“That was huge of Joe, he really picked up the bull pen, went 2.2 innings … that was big time of him,” said Batavia catcher and Miami native Michael Hernandez. “We really needed that.”

Hernandez not only handled the four pitchers for a shutout but had a basest and scored a run.
“I’m just taking it one pitch at time and trying to hit the ball hard,” said Hernandez. “We are in first place, there is no better feeling than winning. It’s always a great day when you get a shut out, that means it’s a combination of defense and pitching … it was a great day for us Muckdogs.”

At the plate, J.D. Orr was close to an inside-the-park homer when his sharply hit single to right skipped off the glove of an outfielder to the fence. He raced around the bases, scoring three runs on the play.

Orr finished 2-for-4 with two runs, his 13th RBI and increased his NYPL leading average to .384.

Nic Ready had two hits and scored a run while Sean Reynolds ripped a RBI single and Jack Strunc had a single and scored.

Not only did West Virginia (29-25) lose, but State College (27-28) in third place lost and Mahoning Valley (25-30) is in fourth.

The Muckdogs have five game left in this home stand, taking on Mahoning Valley Monday and Tuesday with games at 7:05 p.m. all week.

There will be specials on food and drinks Monday and on Tuesday, all general admission tickets are just $2.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Nate McMurray is officially making another bid for Congress.
Over the weekend, he announced his candidacy for the 27th Congressional District.
McMurray requested an interview with our news partner The Batavian soon after the announcement, where he revealed his intention to stand against President Trump and seek his impeachment if elected…

Visit TheBatavian.com for the full interview.
Last year, the Democrat lost to Republican Congressman Chris Collins in a closely contested race.
Collins hasn’t said yet if he’ll run for re-election in 2020.
He’s currently awaiting trial on federal insider trading charges.

A Rochester resident arrested for harassment on Bank Street in Batavia.
City Police took 27 year old Carlos Flores into custody on a count of second degree Harassment following a reported incident at 16 Bank Street late last night.
Flores was accused of gesturing to threaten another person during a verbal dispute and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for City Court on August 20th.

Also from the Batavia Police Blotter for this morning.
39 year old Carrie Stewart of Church Road in Darien and 26 year old Cody Proefrock of Liberty Street Batavia were both busted in separate incidents for petit larceny after stealing from a local business located in the plaza in the 400 block of East Main Street in the City.
52 year old Darrell Smith of Highland Parkway was also arrested for Criminal Mischief following a domestic incident at a Prune Street address.
All three were released with appearance tickets for City Court at a later date

The Batavia Police and Genesee County Probation Departments have teamed up to warn citizens of the potential dangers associated with the possession of BB and Airsoft guns.
The concern comes from how close BB and Airsoft guns appear to actual firearms, especially if they have been modified to appear more realistic.
Airsoft guns are generally shipped with an orange tip to help distinguish them from actual firearms, but both police and probation have encountered guns which have been painted to appear real.
Officials say parents and children should always treat these items as firearms and state law requires children under 16 should only be in possession and using them with under supervision adding that it is also illegal to possess them on school grounds.

Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing a new bill to regulate body armor.
The Senate Minority Leader says the legislation would require the FBI to approve body armor sales to civilians.
Earlier this month, a gunman wearing body armor shot and killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.
Any approved restrictions wouldn’t apply to law enforcement.
Schumer says he’s planning to introduce the measure when the Senate reconvenes.

Weekend News Briefing

A mess is an understatement.
An 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig, loaded with garbage, collided with a car on Route 33 in Stafford.
It happened Friday morning near Ivison Road.
Deputies said a sedan apparently crossed the centerline. The truck, traveling in the opposite direction, unsuccessfully tried to avoid the crash and tipped over.
Its load of trash spilled out along the side of the road and took hours to clean up.
The driver of the car was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. An 18-month old was also in the car and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The state Health Department says five measles cases have been confirmed in Wyoming County.
All of the illnesses were found within a Mennonite community. Officials are now trying to find out if anyone else may have been exposed.
Measles symptoms include fever, dry cough, runny nose and a sore throat. If you have any of those issues, it’s suggested you contact a doctor.

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking candidates to fill an expected vacancy on city council.
The position is an at-large post now held by Adam Tabelski.
The City GOP will make a recommendation to City Council to fill Tabelski’s unexpired term.
Tabelski must leave City Council when his wife, Rachel, takes over as assistant city manager.

The Batavia Police and Genesee County Probation Departments have teamed up to warn citizens of the potential dangers associated with the possession of BB and Airsoft guns.
The concern comes from how close phony firearms appear real.
Authorities warn that often times the orange tip generally found on Airsoft guns have been painted over, making them look even more realistic.

The Batavia Muckdogs return home Sunday to take on Mahoning Valley.
Game time is 5:05 and can be heard here on WBTA.
The Dogs will have just finished a three game series in State College.

Clean up required on Clinton Street Road in Stafford following crash

The accident involving a car and a semi-truck hauling trash was reported just east of Ivison Road on Clinton Street Road in Stafford at around 9:30 this morning.

There was minor injury reported with tons of trash strewn all over the roadway.

According to our news partner The Batavian, an 18-month-old baby girl, who was appropriately seated and strapped in the rear passenger side of the car, was transported to UMMC for evaluation.

Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College Announces Call for Artists

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Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College Announces Call for Artists

BATAVIA, NY (08/08/2019) Genesee Community College invites visual artists to submit their work for possible exhibition at GCC’s Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery located in the Genesee Center for the Arts on GCC’s main campus located in Batavia, New York. This call for work is open to individual artists and group exhibitions in all media interested in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Steiner Gallery’s mission is to foster community involvement in the arts while enhancing the learning experience for all GCC students, faculty and staff. Proposals are selected by the GCC Gallery Committee, which seeks out exhibitions rich in content and quality craftsmanship.

“Our gallery attracts artists and visitors from across Western New York, and with our robust international student population, there is also a dynamic community of enthusiastic supporters right on campus,” Mary Jo Whitman, gallery coordinator said. “During the academic year, we average about 300 visitors each month. Our committee is always looking for artists who contribute meaningfully to the education of students while participating in the larger discourse of the contemporary art world.”

The Roz Steiner Gallery opened in Spring 2011 and offers 1,700 square feet of outstanding exhibit space featuring 25-foot walls, moveable island walls, bamboo flooring and multimedia capabilities. To review the space and submit an exhibition proposal go to GCC’s webpage for the Roz Steiner Art Gallery: https://www.genesee.edu/home/campus-life/arts/gallery/submissions/. The deadline for consideration for the 2020-2021 academic year is December 31, 2019.

To view various photos from past exhibitions, speaker’s lectures and artists’ receptions go to the Gallery’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/gccgallery

HAWLEY TO HOLD MONROE COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS AUGUST 24TH

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) is to hold a series of town hall meetings throughout Monroe County on Saturday, August 24th. Hawley will make a circuit of several key town halls to get a gauge on citizens’ concerns and questions.

“After one of the most impactful and tumultuous legislative sessions in recent memory, where one party controlled both legislative houses and the governor’s office, residents deserve to know what happened, why it happened and what is on the docket for next year,” Hawley said. “I encourage residents to join me at either of these informative town halls later this month for a full recap of this year and other happenings in our community.”

Town Hall Meeting Schedule:

Village of Churchville/Town of Riga
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Riga Town Hall
6460 East Buffalo Road, Churchville

Village of Brockport/Town of Sweden
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS ANNOUNCES USDA FUNDING TO IMPROVE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE TOWN OF BERGEN

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Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing a $5,900,000 loan and a $3,058,000 grant to the town of Bergen in Genesee County. This loan and grant will be used to install a water distribution system.

“I applaud the Trump Administration for investing federal funds back into the town of Bergen to improve rural water infrastructure,” said Congressman Collins. “Now residents will be provided with reliable water which will yield key health benefits and spur economic growth.”

This project will extend public water service to 335 residential connections and to 32 commercial properties in the town that do not have safe access to potable water.

Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool. They can also apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

For more information on USDA’s projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities, click here. Municipalities seeking assistance from the USDA are encouraged to call Collins’ Clarence District Office at 716-634-2324.

Race for first place in NYPL getting tighter for Batavia

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The race for the Pinckney Division lead in the New York-Penn League is getting hot as August as the Batavia Muckdogs lost and West Virginia picked up at least one win on Thursday.

Batavia (31-22) has a 2.5 game lead over West Virginia, who won the first game of a doubleheader against Williamsport on Thursday.

Batavia’s lone run in a 4-1 loss to State College Thursday came in the ninth when Julian Infante had a RBI double. He finished with two hits and is hitting .300 on the season.

J.D. Orr continued his tear, going 2-for-4 with a run to increase his lead-leading average to .387.

Milton Smith II, Harrison Dinicola and Andres Stormes all had hits for Batavia.

Andrew Miller threw the first five innings with two strikeouts, one earned run and two walks. Dakota Bennett went three innings with four strikeouts and one earned run.

Batavia is at State College Friday and Saturday and return to Dwyer Stadium for a 5:05 p.m. game on Sunday with Mahoning Valley.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Lengthy prison sentence for a child porn producer in Dansville.
Dansville resident, 42 year old Ryan Lander appeared in federal court for sentencing on a conviction of producing child pornography yesterday.
Investigation by Homeland Security into Lander began based on images he was posting on a website known for child exploitation according to prosecutors handling the case.
Investigators discovered through a forensic search of his electronic devices that Lander had two minor victims engage in sexually explicit conduct between July 2011 and March 2013 which he recorded.
Landers was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Byron traffic stop leads to drug arrest for an Attica man.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 27 year old Darius Jones after he was allegedly caught speeding down Clinton Street Road in Byron Wednesday night.
Jones was allegedly found in possession pot, a controlled substance and other drug paraphernalia and was also driving without a license according to officers.
He was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Byron Town Court on September 9th.

Parking lot accident ends in DWI arrest for a Batavia woman.
58 year old Linda Clemens of South Main Street is charged with Aggravated DWI after deputies responded to the Batavia Downs Parking lot for report of a motor vehicle accident.
Clemens is accused of striking a parked car in her vehicle while intoxicated and was released with appearance tickets for August 26th in Town Court.

Plans for a solar farm are struck down.
Last night Genesee County planners unanimously disapproved a special use permit and area variance for a pair of 20-acre, 7.2 megawatt ground solar systems on Route 98, just north of the Thruway interchange.
The request by Oak Orchard Solar 1 does not fit into parameters set by the Town Board on what is considered to be prime agricultural land and falls halfway short with the minimum acreage required for such a permit.

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking City Republicans who are interested in being considered for the Committee’s recommendation for Council At-Large.
This position is for the seat soon to be vacated by Adam Tabelski.
The City of Batavia Republican Committee will make a recommendation to City Council with the appointment being made by City Council for the unexpired term.
You can send letters of interest via email by September 24th to City Republican Chairman David Saleh at salehdavej@gmail.com.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a new bill to boost the health and safety standards for animals sold at pet stores and by dealers.
The legislation requires the animals have sanitary living conditions, have annual checkups and be groomed.
Pregnant dogs also need to have enough room to nurse their litters when they’re born.
Supporters say the legislation will protect animals from abuse that can happen at so-called “puppy mills.”

The Buffalo Bills get their preseason off on the right foot in front of their home crowd.
The Bills beat the Indianapolis Colts last night at New Era Field by a final score of 24 to 16.
Quarterback Josh Allen played two series and completed six of his 11 passes for 66 yards.
Up next for the Bills is another preseason contest against the Carolina Panthers.

City Republicans being sought for Council At-Large

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking City Republicans who are interested in being considered for the Committee’s recommendation for Council At-Large.

This position is for the seat soon to be vacated by Adam Tabelski.  The City of Batavia Republican Committee will make a recommendation to City Council with the appointment being made by City Council for the unexpired term.  Letters of interest can be e-mailed to City Republican Chairman David Saleh at salehdavej@gmail.com by September 24th.

NYSS trotters break Batavia track record twice

(Photos courtesy of Paul White) Bourbon Express

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters invaded Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 7) and they did some damage to the record book by breaking the local mark for their age, gender and gait in two successive series races.

In the first $52,000 division, Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha) was sent down the road by driver Jason Bartlett and once gone, the pair never looked back. Operating with a gapped advantage, Bourbon Express went quarters of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:28.2 before rounding the last turn and heading into the stretch with a two-length lead. From there he trotted home a wrapped-up winner by four-lengths in 1:57.3.

The time was a new lifetime mark for Bourbon Express and also a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. The former mark was 1:58.1 set by Zack’s Zoomer in 2016.

“This horse is very handy, he doesn’t act like a 2-year-old,” said Bartlett. “He’s a real nice colt.”

It was the third win of the year for Bourbon Express ($5.90) who started 2019 as a winner in Excelsior “A” action. Now he has won two NYSS races. Those victories have earned $78,008 for his owners Salvatore Vullo, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko, who also trains the winner.

Annette Roydon bred Bourbon Express.

Barn Holden

Then two races later in the second $51,000 division, Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) and driver Andy Miller seemed to be taking the record-breaking seriously as they were on a mission as soon as the gate released them. Barn Holden was on top by three at the quarter and that margin would only grow as the race progressed.

After a :28.2 and :57.4 first lap, Barn Holden opened up four lengths by the three-quarters in 1:27.1 and five by the top of the lane. Miller however kept his colt to task and tapped the wheel disk twice in the straight and raised the lines mid-stretch and Barn Holden trotted away to an eight-length win in 1:57.1, eclipsing the mark set less than an hour earlier by Bourbon Bay and becoming the new Batavia standard-bearer.

“I thought he was the best going in and I wanted the front,” said Miller. “He trotted very handily to the wire.”

Barn Holden ($2.70) has now won three out of his last four races, all in NYSS action, and has an even $90,000 on the card for his efforts. Steve Pratt, Nancy Pratt, the Purple Haze Stable and the Out In The Country Stable own the top points and money earner in his NYSS division.

Steve and Nancy Pratt bred Barn Holden.

Andy Miller had a big day at Batavia winning four races on the card and posting a stout .814 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the six races he was in. Those wins included both $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior “A” series and those horses were both trained by the other half of Team Orange Crush, Julie Miller.

Book Seven (Chapter Seven – Tantalizing Donna)
Driver – Andy Miller
Owner – Stroy Inc.
Trainer – Julie Miller
Breeder – Winbak Farm
Time – 1:59
Mutuel – $7.00

All Profit (Credit Winner – Bambino Supreme)
Driver – Andy Miller
Owner – Andy Miller Stable and Kapildeo Singh
Trainer – Julie Miller
Breeder – Steve Jones
Time – 2:02
Mutuel – $10.20

Jason Bartlett, who just scored his 8,000th driving win this past June, added three more to his total after getting a hat trick on Monday. Like Miller, Bartlett’s percentage for his eight drives was stellar as well, as he ended the evening with a .597 UDR.

Batavia Downs perennial driving leader Kevin Cummings was involved in a spill before the start of the third race when the horse he was driving fell behind the gate. Cummings was transported to the hospital for further evaluation and no further information is available at this time.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 10) with post time at 6 p.m.

Muckdogs sweep Williamsport behind dominating pitching, timely hitting

Batavia pitcher Easton Lucas struck out the first six batters of game 2 to set the tone of Batavia’s 6-3 win. The Muckdogs are 31-21 with a four game lead in first place.

Press Release:

Muckdogs sweep Williamsport behind dominating pitching, timely hitting

WILLIAMSPORT – The Batavia Muckdogs ended a three-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of the Williamsport Crosscutters by identical scores of 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Despite a six-run first inning in game one and a huge clutch triple in game two, the story of the night was the dominating pitching performance of Easton Lucas. The 6-foot-4 lefty, who was drafted in the 14th round this year by the Miami Marlins out of Pepperdine, struck out the first six batters of the game as Batavia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game. He reached his pitch limit in the fourth and did not get the decision, but Batavia pitching coach Chad Rhodes said he did his job.
“He did for us what we needed and plus some,” said Rhodes. “He took the spirit out of them with his command and tied up some good hitters with his fastball inside.”

Williamsport started the night with a six-game win streak.

“His fastball coupled with his command set the tone and made hitters have to cover the whole zone which allowed him to push and pull them with his changeup tonight,” said Rhodes. “he was very crisp and in complete control.”

Lucas struck out eight in 3.1 innings and walked one, gave up one hit and one run. Lucas is 1-1 on the season with 26 strikeouts in 21 innings allowing just four walks and six runs all year with a 0.86 WHIP and a 2.57 ERA.

Geremy Galindez improved to 4-0 on the mound as he threw the final two innings of the second game, striking out one, did not walk a batter and gave up three hits.

Brock Love tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out three without giving up a hit. Love is a 2019 draft pick of the Marlins out of the University of Alabama.

The big hit was from shortstop Dalvy Rosario, who broke a 2-2 tie in the final inning with a triple to centerfield.

Rosario finished with two hits and run while Andrew Turner was 2-for-4 with a run to increase his average to .283 (Turner had a 2-RBI single which was later ruled a fielders choice), Nic Ready had a RBI and scored while Jack Strunc had a RBI single and catcher Mikey Hernandez ripped a double.

Milton Smith II stole second and third, for 14 steals on the season while Rosario stole his 10th base of the season and Ready swiped his third steal.

In the first game, Batavia scored six runs in the top of the first to seal the 6-3 victory.
From there, four pitchers took over. Edgar Martinez went the first three, striking out three without allowing a walk, Josh Simpson picked up his first win of the season, going two innings and striking out two with no walks and one run, the first he has given up this season. His ERA is a minuscule 0.71. Simpson is a 6-foot-2 lefty out of Columbia and a 32nd round pick of the Marlins this year.

Joey Steele earned his third hold of the season, throwing one inning of shut out ball with two strikeouts, no walks and one hit.
Steele has a 0.00 ERA this season. The 6-foot-2 righty, a 30th round draft pick this year out of University of San Francisco has appeared in 12 games, thrown 11 innings with 18 strikeouts and one walk, not allowing a single run.

Evan Brabrand picked up his 11th save of the season, throwing the final inning, striking out one and not allowing a walk, run or hit. Brabrand, a 9th round pick out of Liberty this year, has made the most of his 14 appearances, going 2-1 with 11 saves, a 2.03 ERA and has struck out 18 in 13.1 innings.

At the plate, Julian Infante, a 36th round draft pick out of Vanderbilt this season, went 3-for-4 with a RBI double, a run and increased his average to .304.
J.D. Orr is hitting a lead-leading .383 as he had a RBI single, scored a run, walked and stole his 22nd base of the season.

Brayan Hernandez (RBI), Dustin Skelton and Strunc (RBI, run) all had hits.

Batavia is at State College Thursday, Friday and Saturday and return to Dwyer Stadium for a 5:05 p.m. game on Sunday with Mahoning Valley.
Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Mexican citizen busted in Warsaw faces possible life in prison after guilty plea.
Mexican citizen, 48 year old Humberto Martinez-Vega, has admitted in federal court to engaging in a drug dealing conspiracy with another illegal immigrant as he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of one kilogram or more of heroin.
Martinez-Vega was stopped by State Troopers in Warsaw on July 26th of last year with another citizen of Mexico, 27 year old Giovani Ramirez-Soto, as a passenger.
Martinez-Vega provided police an expired Georgia identification card and authorized police consent to search the vehicle.
Officers called a State Police K9 unit to the scene which resulted in the discovery of 1,200 grams of suspected heroin, and approximately 421 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind the front dashboard of the vehicle.
It was later determined that both men were in the country illegally.
Martinez-Vega is looking at a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Co-conspirator Giovani Ramirez-Soto has been convicted and awaits sentencing.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the new GLOW With Your Hands career exploration program for students to engage in activities associated with careers like electrical wiring and advanced manufacturing.
At the Genesee County Fairgrounds yesterday, Hochul commended the program’s benefits for students’ education and the regional economy.

Economic development agencies and education groups in the four counties partnered to plan this day-long, hands-on workforce event on September 24th.

New GCASA Social Center location gains approval.
The Town of Batavia Planning Board approved a permit for the GCASA recovery social center at the former Bohn’s Restaurant location.
Kathleen Miller, a supporter of the project, spoke to the board about the unique features of the space.

In response to concerns about people smoking outside, GCASA’s John Bennett reassured that there will be a designated smoking area on the property.

Governor Cuomo is calling on Democratic presidential candidates to endorse what he’s calling a “Make America Safer Pledge.”
It’s a four-point plan the governor believes will help keep Americans safe from gun violence.
Steps include banning assault weapons with high-capacity magazines, creating a mental health database to keep dangerous people from owning guns and passing universal background checks.
The governor’s request for action and others like it have come on the heels of weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Buffalo Bills fans will get a chance to see their team in action tonight.
The Bills are hosting the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field for their first preseason game of the new NFL season.
The game will serve as a homecoming for former Bills quarterback and current Colts coach Frank Reich.
Kickoff for tonight’s contest is set for seven o’clock.

Evening News Briefing

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the new GLOW With Your Hands career exploration program for students to engage in activities associated with careers like electrical wiring and advanced manufacturing.
At the Genesee County Fairgrounds today, Hochul commended the program’s benefits for students’ education and the regional economy.

Economic development agencies and education groups in the four counties partnered to plan this day-long, hands-on workforce event on September 24th.

New GCASA Social Center location gains approval.
The Town of Batavia Planning Board approved a permit for the GCASA recovery social center at the former Bohn’s Restaurant location.
Kathleen Miller, a supporter of the project, spoke to the board about the unique features of the space.

In response to concerns about people smoking outside, GCASA’s John Bennett reassured that there will be a designated smoking area on the property.

City Police arrest 21 year old Kaleb Bobzien and 19 year old Michaela Bruce of Dellinger Ave, Batavia, following a reported domestic incident.
Bobzien faces counts of Criminal Contempt and Aggravated Family Offense and was jailed without bail. Bruce was charged with Menacing and Harassment and was ordered held in lieu of $500 bail.

Health insurance companies doing business in New York must now cover the expense of annual mammograms for women 35 and over. The new legislation is known as “Shannon’s Law,” named for Shannon Saturno, a Long Island teacher who passed away in 2016 from breast cancer, when she was just 31 years old. Her father says he has worked hard with so many others to get this bill passed. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law on Friday. Up until today, most insurance companies were only required to cover annual mammogram screenings for women over the age of 40.

Onion Growers Put Skin in the Game, Earn Excellence in IPM Award

Elba muck onion growers received their awards for Excellence in Onion Integrated Pest Management from New York State IPM in a small roadside ceremony appropriately at Muck Donut Hour this week. Flanked by Brian Nault, Cornell Onion Entomologist on the left, and Christy Hoepting, Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program Onion Specialist on the right are award recipients, Chuck Barie (CY Farms), Peter Smith (filling in for award winner Guy Smith with Triple G Farms), Emmaline Long (CY Farms), Matt Mortellaro (G. Mortellaro & Sons), Jennifer Grant (Director of NYIPM) and Max Torrey, Torrey Farms. Missing from photo was Mark Torrey.

Press Release:

Batavia: Elba onion growers, Matt Mortellaro, Guy Smith, Chuck Barie, Emmaline Long, and Mark and Max Torrey received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM). The six are muck onion farmers in Elba, NY who meet weekly during the growing season for what is known as Muck Donut Hour, to discuss crop protection tactics. NYSIPM develops sustainable ways to manage pests and helps people use methods that minimize environmental, health and economic risks. The award honors individuals who encourage the adoption of IPM in their businesses, schools, communities, and farms, and who develop new tools and tactics for sharing these practices.

Onions grown in muck soil—organically rich former swampland where production practices are unique and intense—are one of the most valuable crops in New York, with an average value of $34.6 million. In the Elba muck and surrounding pockets in Orleans, Genesee, and Livingston counties, eight farms produce 40% of the New York onion acreage on 3,000 acres. Mortellaro, Triple G, CY, and Big O farms account for almost 75% of that production.

In 2005, onion thrips infestations were nearly uncontrollable in New York. Populations of the vegetable-loving insect were resistant to multiple insecticides, and the hot and dry conditions created a worst-case scenario, causing crop losses exceeding 30%. The Elba muck growers helped Cornell researchers conduct dozens of research trials and host large-scale demonstrations on their land, in an attempt to understand the biology, ecology, and management of thrips. “The result culminated in a practical thrips management program, which includes regular scouting of onion fields followed by sparing use of insecticides designed to minimize resistance”, said Brian Nault, Professor of Entomology at Cornell AgriTech. The Elba growers are now able to successfully manage their thrips infestations. They average between 1- 4 fewer insecticide applications and have saved an average of $113/acre, which is approximately $6,000-$226,000 per farm per year. In addition to regular scouting, the other key tool in the IPM arsenal is information exchange and discussions at the Muck Donut Hour, which Christy Hoepting, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program, describes as a way she keeps her ‘finger on the pulse’ of the pest complex each year. A CCE tradition for over twenty years, the Muck Donut Hour is held weekly during the growing season. There growers and researchers discuss the latest research findings, scouting and spray reports. Hoepting notes the willingness of the muck onion farmers to entrust their crops to Cornell’s research, and their transparency in sharing spray records. She continues: “the Elba growers are undeniably brave; to so wholeheartedly adopt IPM practices demonstrates the extent of their faith in Cornell’s research on their farms. The risk of a pest spiraling out of control in a high-value onion crop is frightening. Clearly, these growers believe in solid science and go above and beyond to
support it.” Steven Beer, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University, says, “without the cooperation of the Elba onion growers, it is not likely that so many IPM-themed tactics would have been adequately tested under real grower conditions. They set the standard for other growers.” The Elba muck onion farmers are: Matt Mortellaro, a third generation muck farmer and co-owner of G. Mortellaro & Sons, with his brother Paul. “Matt is a fearless leader in adopting IPM strategies. He is committed to sustainable onion production and environmental stewardship, and is a strong advocate of onion IPM,” adds Hoepting. Guy Smith, a fourth generation muck farmer, owns Triple G Farms with his brother Greg and nephew Peter. Guy represents the Elba growing region on the board of directors for the New York Onion Research andDevelopment Program. Chuck Barie and Emmaline Long are Crop Production Managers for CY Farms LLC, which grows 120 acres in Batavia and Elba. Chuck has been responsible for planting, spraying, irrigating and harvesting the onions for over twenty years. Emmaline joined the farm in 2014, after graduating from Cornell; she scouts CY’s entire onion acreage weekly, including counting thrips, to implement IPM. Together, she and Chuck make pest management decisions. CY has the ability to micro manage every 5-20 acre onion field based on each area’s precise pest management needs. Mark and Max Torrey are a father and son onion growing duo, and 11th and 12th generation farmers with Torrey Farms Inc. Max serves as the General Manager for Torrey’s onion operation, Big O Farms. As the largest grower in Elba, the Torrey’s pest management practices affect everyone, Hoepting adds, “Their commitment to implementing resistance management strategies and following IPM spray thresholds has been instrumental in preserving the longevity of insecticides remaining effective against thrips.” The award will be presented to the pioneering growers during their Muck Donut Hour on July 30. Learn more about Integrated Pest Management at nysipm.cornell.edu.

Batavia Downs Gaming/WROTB Presents Niagara County With Community Development Contribution

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – Today, leaders from Batavia Downs Gaming and Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (WROTB) joined Niagara County leaders to present a significant community development contribution to Niagara County.

As the only municipally owned and operated gaming facility in the state, Batavia Downs Gaming/WROTB is not only a strong economic driver for Niagara County, but it provides critical funding for community development which creates jobs, keeps Niagara County families safe and helps to offset tax increases for residents. Since its inception, Batavia Downs Gaming/WROTB has generated over $235 million to 17 municipalities and $20.3 million to Niagara County. Today’s contribution of $178,818 from Batavia Downs Gaming/WROTB’s year-to-date earnings is the highest amount given to Niagara County in 20 years. Batavia Downs Gaming/WROTB had their highest quarterly earnings of $1.7M just this past quarter.

“We are proud to have such an important role in growing Niagara County and are thrilled today’s contribution is the highest amount given to Niagara County in 20 years,” said Henry F. Wojtaszek, President/CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming WROTB. “Thanks to our success, we are able to reduce the tax burden, help fund our local schools and ensure our law enforcement officials have the tools they need to keep us safe.”

“We are grateful to have such wonderful partners in the Niagara County Legislature,” said Ryan Hasenauer Director of Marketing. “Our success is truly a team effort and we are proud to work for an organization whose contributions can be seen and felt across Niagara County and all of Western New York.”

Morning News Briefing

The legal case involving Congressman Chris Collins has had some recent development.
Three securities charges against the 27th District Republican have been dropped by prosecutors.
Those charges may have caused a legal obstacle that could have stagnated the case against the Congressman and were tossed according to the Buffalo News.
Collins was arrested on federal insider trading charges last year, but has maintained his innocence.
He has still not announced whether he will run for reelection.
Collin’s is slated for trial in New York early next year.

An Orleans County man sentenced for firing shots outside of a Greece residence.
In federal court yesterday 23 year old Christopher Rivers of Holley was sentenced to 30 months in prison on a conviction of a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
Rivers was arrested after firing a shotgun multiple times outside an apartment window at an Affinity Lane address in Greece during the early morning hours of January 25th.
The conviction and sentence was elevated because Rivers was previously convicted of Criminal Possession of a Firearm in Orleans County Court, and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

California man who attempted to have sex with a 12 year old child is going to prison.
44 year old Gabriel Murillo of San Bernadino County, California, who was convicted of attempted online enticement of a minor, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison in a federal court yesterday.
Prosecutors say that between April 2018 and February of this year, Murillo engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an individual who he believed was a 12 year old girl living in upstate New York, attempting to groom the child and requesting that she meet with him for sex.
In February Murillo flew from Los Angeles to Rochester in order to have sex with the child, however unbeknownst to him the child was actually an undercover New York State Police Investigator.
Murillo was apprehended while disembarking a plane at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

The United Memorial Medical Center League is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Founded in 1969 by local volunteers who wanted to give back to the community, the organization’s mission was to raise funds and collect resources to support United Memorial Medical Center.
The league is credited with making the community a healthier and better place to live through their efforts.
Recently the UMMC League has been purchasing water bottles, through the continued dues support of League members, for patients at the Lipson Cancer Center at UMMC.

New York’s waterways will be getting a bit safer thanks to legislation signed by Governor Cuomo.
“Brianna’s Law” requires boat operators to take a state-approved boating safety course by 2025.
Violators will face a fine between 100 and 250 dollars.
The measure is named after an 11-year-old Long Island girl who lost her life in a boating accident.
The law goes into effect January 1st.

Drivers who illegally pass school buses are more likely to get caught thanks to a new law.
The measure allows cameras to be installed on the stop-arms of those vehicles.
Any driver caught breaking the law will face a $250 fine for their first offense.
Officials say the new legislation allows school districts to hold dangerous drivers accountable while also having the tools needed to keep kids safe.

City of Batavia Celebrates National Night Out 2019

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Police Department is proud to announce, in partnership with City Church, National Night Out 2019.

The annual event will be held Tuesday, August 6, at the St. Anthony’s facility on Liberty Street between 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.. Liberty Street and Central Avenue in the area of St. Anthony’s will be closed starting at 4:00 P.M. for the event.

We wish to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations in order to make this event happen;

Ken Barrett                                          Chevrolet Carquest Auto Supply                         Tompkins Bank of Castile
Chapin International                          WNY Chiefs of Police                                            T.Y. Lin International
Batavia P.B.A.                                      Hillside Children’s Center                                    Kiwanis Club of Batavia
Graham Corp.                                      Bill’s Auto                                                                Artic Refrigeration
Genesee County Deputy                    Batavia’s Original                                                   Dunkin’
Sheriff’s Association                           Salmon Orthodontics                                            GCASA
Target                                                    City Church                                                              Extended Sound, DJ & Event Rentals
Brian Kemp, T-Shirts Etc.                 Southside Deli                                                         Toyota of Batavia
Batavia Family Dental                        the Radley Family                                                  Northside Deli
Blondies Sip & Dip                              O’Lacy’s Irish Pub                                                  Batavia Tailor & Cleaners
Human Energies                                 the Benedict Family                                              Bohm-Clarco-Smith Funeral Home
CSEA                                                      Red Osier                                                                  7-11

The event will feature many displays by First Responders, including the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Posse Mounted Patrol, City of Batavia Fire Department in conjunction with the NY State Park Police will demo high-angle Rope Rescue, NY State Police will demo the Seat Belt Enforcer, a tour of the Batavia/Genesee Emergency Response Team vehicle, car seat installation and checks provided by the City of Batavia Fire Department, a K-9 demonstration by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and much more.

There will be face painting, balloon animals, a live band and a dunk tank, where attendees will have an opportunity to dunk a police officer and other public officials. The event is free to the public and City Church will be cooking for those in attendance. There will be raffles and give-a-ways throughout the evening.

The event also serves as a fundraiser to help bring back the Police K-9 Program to the City of Batavia Police Department. Any donations collected will go directly to the K-9 program.

Please come join us for a night of fun and come get to know your City of Batavia First Responders.

Muckdogs fall to red-hot Williamsport, 9-3

Press Release:

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs ran into the hottest team in the New York-Penn League on Monday, falling to the Williamsport Crosscutters, 9-3.

Batavia (29-21) could not overcome a four-run first inning as Williamsport won their sixth straight and Batavia has dropped three. With the loss and a West Virginia win, Batavia now has a three game lead for first place in the Pinckney Division and trails Lowell by 1.5 games for the best overall record in the NYPL.

Leadoff hitter J.D. Orr, who is always good for at least one hit a game, went 4-for-5 to increase his NYPL leading average to .385 while scoring a run and stealing his 21st base. Orr is a 10th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins out of Wright State and has played left and center for the Muckdogs.

Troy Johnston (17th round pick out of Gonzaga this year) had two hits and a run while Albert Guiamaro is back in the lineup and belted a RBI double.
Kobie Taylor, a 15th round pick out of Texas in 2016 by Miami came off the bench and since for the second game in a row.

Julian Infante (RBI, run), Harrison Dinicola (RBI) and Jack Stunc (RBI) also had hits.

Julio Frias dropped to 3-2 on the season, but went five innings and struck out six as his ERA is 2.79.

Edison Suriel was another bright spot, throwing a perfect ninth and striking out the side.

Batavia is at Williamsport for two more games before heading to West Virginia for three games and returning home on Sunday.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Accused drug dealer busted in Bergen after running from and resisting lawmen.
A Rochester resident is behind bars after resisting arrest and escaping officers in a drug arrest in Bergen.
24 year old Ajie Smith-Ezell of Cummings Street Rochester was stopped by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies on Clinton Street Road in Bergen Thursday morning.
After officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana, Smith-Ezell was escorted from the vehicle and a search commenced in which officers allegedly discovered a quantity of marijuana and packaging indicative of narcotics distribution.
Smith-Ezell is accused of resisting arrest as deputies attempted to remove an anomaly from his pant-leg and briefly escaped officers taking them on a short foot chase before finally being taken into custody.
He was jailed on counts of Criminal Possession of a Narcotic with Intent to Sell, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest and Escape and is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Additional Charges are also pending.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department report a single arrest during the Breaking Benjamin Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday.
32 year old Micah Carey of Niagara Falls was arrested for Harassment and Disorderly Conduct after allegedly hitting and kneeing another person and using abusive and obscene language causing public inconvenience.
He was issued an appearance tickets for August 20th in Darien Town Court.

Batavia has a new Assistant City Manager.
Following an extensive candidate search Rachael Tabelski has been appointed to the position of Assistant City Manager by City Manager Dr. Martin Moore.
Tabelski most recently served as Director of Economic Development for the Batavia Development Corporation and previously as Director of Marketing & Communications for the Genesee County Economic Development Center.
Tabelski lives in the City with her husband, Adam, and their two children.
When Rachael steps into the role of Assistant City Manager on August 12th Adam will step down from his position as an At-Large Member of City Council.

Governor Cuomo says it’s up to Congress to prevent future mass shootings in America.
Yesterday, the governor said fellow Democrats need to work together to ban assault weapons, toughen up background checks and keep guns from domestic terrorists.
He also criticized a speech President Trump gave yesterday where he condemned racism, bigotry and white supremacy.
Cuomo said the speech was a great act of hypocrisy since he believes Mister Trump has made racism his stock and trade.

National Night Out is tonight.
The Batavia Police Department would like to remind everyone that National Night Out is tonight from 6pm to 8pm at St. Anthony’s on Liberty Street rain or shine.
The event helps build safer communities by improving relationships with local law enforcement.
There will be free food, giveaways, a bounce house, demos from local lawmen along with live music and many other activities.
For more details visit the City of Batavia Police Department facebook page.

New Assistant City Manager is Named

Rachel Tabelski

Dr. Martin D. Moore, Batavia’s City Manager, announces his appointment of Rachael Tabelski to the position of Assistant City Manager. Tabelski was selected following an extensive candidate search.

“I believe that Rachael has the unique skills and leadership qualities we need in the City of Batavia to advance our mission and strategic priorities. She will be responsible for different projects and issue areas in the City including: administrative services, organizational risk management, organizational values, community & neighborhood development, public relations, information technology and implementation of the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. She will also be assisting with the annual budgeting preparation,” said Moore.

The Director of Economic Development for the Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) for the past year, Rachael Tabelski has held executive government positions in Genesee County since obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport in 2008. Her professional roles have included Legislative Assistant to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, elected Councilwoman in the Town of Bergen, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC), as well as her current position with the BDC.

“Rachael has a thorough knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques used in government, economic development, community development, planning, marketing and communications,” added Moore. “She has experience in municipal budgeting, grants, organizational culture and policy development—all of which will be extremely helpful as we work together to move Batavia forward.”

Tabelski has volunteered for multiple local community boards and various fundraisers over the years including Genesee County Cancer Assistance, Vibrant Batavia, City of Batavia Planning & Development Committee, City of Batavia Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Batavia Business Improvement Business Development Committee and Batavia Kiwanis Club. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Genesee. She has received numerous awards for her work at the GCEDC for her efforts in marketing and communication.

Tabelski lives in the City of Batavia with her husband, Adam, and their two children, Adrian and Anna. When Rachael steps into the role of Assistant City Manager on August 12, 2019, Adam will step down from his position as an At-Large Member of City Council.

Byron-Bergen High School ranked in the top third of high schools nation-wide

Byron-Bergen High School students join Superintendent Edwards and Principal McGee with the US News & World Report award banner Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

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Bergen, NY – Byron-Bergen Senior High School was named on the 2019 list of America’s Best High Schools as determined by U.S. News & World Report. To earn this distinction, Byron-Bergen Senior High School ranked in the top 40% of schools nationally, placing in the top third out of the more than seventeen thousand schools.

“This is a very prestigious recognition,” said Byron-Bergen High School Principal Patrick McGee. “We are a small, rural public school district claiming our place among larger districts, charter and magnet schools with rigorous admissions requirements, and elite college preparatory schools.”

According to the publication’s website, the list identifies top-performing high schools based on scoring comprised of six factors:

  • College readiness (30% of the ranking): The percentage of 12th graders from the class of 2016-2017 who took at least one AP or IB exam during high school and the percentage of 12th graders who passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.
  • College curriculum breadth (10%): The percentage of 12th graders from the class of 2016-2017 who took a wide variety of AP and IB courses across the multiple disciplines and the percentage of 12th graders who passed them. Passing is weighted three times more than taking.
  • Reading and math proficiency (20%): Measures how well students scored on state assessments that measure proficiency in reading and mathematics. Passing these assessments can be required for graduation. Examples of assessments include Smarter Balanced in California and STAAR in Texas.
  • Reading and math performance (20%): The difference between how students performed on state assessments and what U.S. News predicted based on a school’s student body. U.S. News’ modeling across all 50 states and the District of Columbia indicates that the proportions of students who receive subsidized school lunch, are black and are Hispanic are highly predictive of a school’s reading and math scores.
  • Underserved student performance (10%): How well the student population receiving subsidized school lunch, and black and Hispanic populations perform on state assessments relative to statewide performance among students not in those subgroups.
  • Graduation rate (10%): For the 2019 rankings, the graduation rate corresponds to the 2017 graduation cohort who would have entered ninth grade in the 2013-14 school year. The high school graduation rates were collected directly from each state along with the math and reading assessment data.

“I want to thank all of our staff for this recognition as this is a direct reflection of their hard work,” said McGee.

For more information on Byron-Bergen’s ranking on the U.S. News & World Report list, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york/districts/byron-bergen-central-school-district/byron-bergen-junior-senior-high-school-13565

UPDATED: Hit and Run suspects ID’d in UMMC Accident

UPDATED:

We would like to thank everyone for their assistance with identifying the suspects in the hit and run accident. They have been contacted and rectified the situation.

Officer Marc Lawrence, PIO
Batavia Police Deparment

 

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The Batavia Police Department is looking for assistance with identifying the suspects in the attached picture. The suspects were involved in a “Hit and Run” property damage accident at UMMC on 7/29/19.

Ofc. Marc Lawrence #168
Batavia Police Department
mlawrence@batavianewyork.com
(585) 483-1428

Muckdogs fall to Tigers, keep four game lead for first place

M.D. Johnson threw a strong ninth inning giving up no runs on Sunday. The Muckdogs lost, 9-2.

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Muckdogs fall to Tigers, keep four game lead for first place

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs lost in grand style on Sunday as the Connecticut Tigers powered by a grand slam home run by Avery Tuck powered the visitors over the Muckdogs, 9-2.

Despite the loss, the Muckdogs (29-20) still have a four game lead in the New York Penn-League Pinckney Division as second place West Virginia also lost and are tied with State College for second.

Batavia’s J.D. Orr continued his impressive 2019 season with a 2-for-4 performance and a run, raising his league-leading average to .368.

Gunner Schubert was 2-for-3 and is hitting .444 since joining the team last week. Harrison Dinicola also had two hits and a RBI for Batavia while Nic Ready and Kobie Taylor had hits.

Moises Nunez also homered for the Tigers and Riley Greene, the No. 1 pick of the Tigers in the 2019 draft and No. 5 pick overall, had a RBI single and scored.

Jackson Rose fell to 5-3 with the loss for Batavia as Brock Love threw a strong two innings with one hit and two strikeouts without allowing a run and his ERA is still 0.00.

M.D. Johnson threw the ninth for Batavia and gave up a hit and no runs.

Batavia is on the road for six straight games in six days at Williamsport and State College before returning home on Sunday, Aug. 11 to play Mahoning Valley at 5:05 p.m.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Landlord on Hutchins Street accused of choking a tenant.
37 year old Jason Freeman of Batavia has been arrested by City Police following a complaint of harassment from his residence on Hutchins Street that is shared with other tenants.
Lawmen accuse Freeman of choking and then throwing a bicycle at one of his tenants last Wednesday morning.
He is facing counts of Harassment in the second degree with Physical Contact and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court dated for tomorrow afternoon.

Darien woman arrested over twice the legal limit in Pavilion traffic stop.
Sheriff’s Deputies took 35 year old Candice Tortorice of Darien into custody Saturday afternoon following a traffic complaint on Route 20 in Pavilion.
Tortorice was allegedly intoxicated over twice the legal limit with a Blood Alcohol Content over .18 percent and was charged with Aggravated DWI, Reckless Driving, Failing to Use the Designated Lane and for having an Obstructed View.
She was subsequently released with appearance tickets for Pavilion Town Court on September 10th.

An Oakfield resident is facing a count of forgery for providing another person’s name to police.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 29 year old Jonathan little of Drake Street Oakfield on counts Forgery and Criminal Impersonation, both in the second degree.
Little was arrested Saturday after it was discovered by lawmen that he had allegedly impersonated another person by forging another individuals name while being processed at the Genesee County Jail early last month.
He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to City Court on August 20th.

Investigation on East Main ends in drug arrest for a Highland Park woman.
City Police apprehended 35 year old Tonya Weber-Jackson on counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstruction of Governmental Administration following investigation into an unrelated matter outside a local business on East Main Street in the early morning hours yesterday.
She was ultimately released with appearance tickets for August 20th in City Court.

Folks across New York are being asked to be aware of an ongoing scam.
State officials say criminals are making calls to random people and claiming they’re from government agencies.
When the person receives the call, the caller ID display makes it appear like it’s coming from a phone number associated with an official office.
The scammers often ask for personal information that they could use to steal someone’s identity.
Officials say if you get a suspicious call, hang up and call the agency back at a number found on an official website.

The top Democrat in the Senate is calling for an emergency session to deal with gun control after two deadly mass shootings.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should have senators come back from recess to vote on a gun control bill that has passed the House.
The bill would close background check loopholes that Schumer says allow people who shouldn’t have guns to get them.
The call comes after a reported massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas Saturday and another in Dayton, Ohio yesterday.

Akron native Oakes trainees favored in $117,400 NYSS at Batavia Downs Sunday

(Photo by Fotowon #4 Shake That House and Brian Sears)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — It will be a homecoming of sorts for Akron, New York native Chris Oakes when he brings two powerful members of his now Wilkes-Barre, PA based stable to Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 4) to compete in two divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for purses totaling $117,400.

In the first $58,700 division (carded as race one) Oakes will start Shake That House (American Ideal-Shake That Junk) as the morning line 6-5 favorite.

Shake That House only has two starts in the NYSS this year and both were wins, but he has also been competing successfully on the Grand Circuit.

After drawing the outside at Mohawk Park in an elimination of the North American Cup, Shake That House got parked for most of the mile and did not qualify for the final.

But the resilient colt bounced back to win his next start which was an elimination of the Max C. Hempt stake at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. After taking the lead past the half, Shake That House led the rest of the way and won in 1:49, which was a lifetime mark. The following week in the $500,000 final he left from post seven, went right to the front and won handily in 1:49.2.

Then in his most recent start, Shake That House was in a NYSS event at Vernon Downs and sat third to the half before pulling to take the lead before the three-quarters and then paced away from the field in 1:47.4 which was another new lifetime mark for him and also a new track record at Vernon for 3-year-old pacing colts.

For the year Shake That House has six wins in seven starts and has earned $336,400 to date.

Tyler Buter will be in the bike behind Shake That House on Sunday and will start from post five. Also, Shake That House will be coupled in a stable entry with Buddy Hill (Roll With Joe-Lessofit Hanover) for betting purposes.

Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star) and Major March (Art Major-March You And Me) who finished second and third in that track record mile at Vernon are also in this division starting from post one with Matt Kakaley and post two with Jason Bartlett respectively.

The second $58,700 split (carded as race six) finds another Oakes trainee, American Mercury (American Ideal-Tessa Hanover), the prohibitive morning line choice at 4-5.

(Photo by Fotowon #6 American Mercury with Tyler Buter)

American Mercury has raced exclusively in NYSS races this year and has won four of the six he entered, finishing second and third in the other two. He started the year racing from off the pace but has since found as much success on the front end.

He took a new lifetime mark at Yonkers in June winning easily in 1:50.3 over the half-mile strip and it set a track record for 3-year-old pacing geldings and also tied the all-age seasons mark at the Hilltop.

In his next start at Vernon Downs American Mercury lowered his personal best again, touring the facility in 1:49.4 and winning by two lengths.

American Mercury has five wins in seven starts this year and has bankrolled $182,493 as a result.

Tyler Buter gets the call on American Mercury as well and drawing post two off the gate.

Magic Joe Lindy (American Ideal-Lindy’s Bandita) who finished third to American Mercury in that sub-1:50 mile at Vernon should be his main competitor here and starts from post five with Drew Monti up.

The track record for the 3-year-old pacing male division at Batavian a Downs is 1:51.2 and that mark is serious jeopardy with perfect weather being forecast for Sunday.

Also at Batavia Downs for the matinee card is Dollar Sundays which continues this week. Sahlen’s Hot Dogs, draft beer and sodas are only $1 each from noon until the last race at the Homestretch Grille.

Post time for the first race Sunday is 1:15 p.m.

Ready’s HR, game-winning RBI life Batavia Muckdogs to fifth straight, 6-5 over Connecticut

Nic Ready is doused by water from Sean Reynolds after he hit a 2-run home run and then the eventual game-winning RBI double to lift the Muckdogs to a 6-5 win, their fifth straight.

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Ready’s HR, game-winning RBI life Batavia Muckdogs to fifth straight, 6-5 over Connecticut

BATAVIA – The five-game win streak for the first place Batavia Muckdogs is intact thanks to another clutch performance from Nic Ready.

Ready hit a home run to give Batavia a 3-0 lead, but with the Muckdogs tied 5-5 in the seventh, his RBI double proved to be the game-winner.
“I knew he was going to try to challenge me, he went in on me earlier and I didn’t get to it,” said Ready of his double. “I thought he was going to come with a fast ball, I got my foot down, I got my timing ready and I put the barrel on it.”

Ready, who graduated from the U.S. Air Force, was a 23rd round draft pick of the Miami Marlins this year. He finished the game 2-for-3 with the home run (his fifth) and double and 3 RBI’s.

Batavia is 29-18 and up five games on West Virginia and six games on State College. Both teams chasing Batavia lost Friday night.

“It’s the dog days of August, the dogs are hot, let’s have a strong second half,” said Ready.

Troy Johnston, a 17th-round pick by the Marlins out of Gonzaga this year, had the game-winning run and went a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and a RBI to up his average to .297.

Gunnar Schubert and Brayan Hernandez (two hits, run) tripled while J.D. Orr (run), Julian Infante and Dustin Skelton singled.

Evan Brabrand continued his impressive 2019 season, picking up his 10th save of the season. He threw a scoreless ninth, striking out one and lowering his ERA to 2.19.

Edison Surial (2-1) picked up the win, throwing 2.1 innings with three strikeouts and did not allow a run.

Easton Lucas had a solid start, going four innings, lowering his ERA to 2.55 by scattering three hits with no runs and a strikeout.

Batavia is home Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. start and fireworks sponsored by O-AT-K-A after the game. Sunday is a 5:15 p.m. start with autographs and photos with players for the fans before the game near the concession stands, it’s MuckPups Day for kids who also get to run the bases after the game.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Albion’s National Night Out 2019

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The Albion Police Department would like to remind everyone that National Night Out at Bullard Park is a few days away. The event will be held next Tuesday August 6, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm and will have more participating agencies taking part than we have ever had before.

Our mission is simple. We want an event where families can come for a night and be entertained at no cost and eat for free in an environment that is free of Violence, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs. Our goal is to have those that attend walk away with a positive contact that can assist with any needs a person may need. We strive to make this event a one-day event that lasts all year long.

This year’s event will include many demonstrations from Law Enforcement, Fire and Ems along with over 50 other organizations providing entertainment and give-a- ways. Mercy Flight will be arriving at with an Aircraft that everyone is welcome to tour and sit in.

We will have bikes on hand for kids to ride in an obstacle course with Police Officers and to receive a Free Bike Helmet. There will also be Free Food and Water for everyone.

We are very excited to be doing a “Battle of Belts” competition again this year to promote vehicle passenger safety. The competition entails teams of 4 who compete to see who is the fastest getting into car and fastening their seatbelts. Each contestant then must switch seats and again fasten their seat belts. The time ends when each person has sat in each seat in the car. This event is fun to participate in and even more fun to watch. There is still time to enter and details can be found on the event Facebook Page listed below.

Details about the event can be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OrleansNNO/

A Webinar was hosted by the Population Health Collaborative where Chief Nenni gave insight on what the National Night Out Event is all about. It can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4OR1XL82cI

Come out and enjoy a Night of Fun.
Authority: Roland D. Nenni III
Chief of Police

Weekend News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 37 year old Robert Villano of Oak Street in Oakfield following investigation into a reported overdose in the presence of a child.
Emergency Dispatchers received a call the morning of July 17th for an apparent drug overdose at his residence.
Medics who arrived on scene requested law enforcement to investigate.
Deputies allegedly found narcotics in plain view of a child at the residence and took Villano into custody on a count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was issued an appearance ticket for September 2nd in Oakfield Town Court.

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies took 35 year old Nathan Rogers of West Seneca into custody following an incident Wednesday evening at Darien Lake during the popular Kingdom Bound Festival.
Rogers allegedly used his cell phones to take video a female juvenile who was changing in his camper while attending the festival.
He faces two counts of Unlawful Surveillance and a single count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Rogers was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for mid-August in Darien Town Court.

17 arrested at the Dierks Bentley Concert.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged nearly 20 individuals, over half of which were teenagers, with Possession of Alcohol under 21 with the intent to consume. 14 were caught with alcohol Thursday night at the Dierks Bentley Concert at Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center.
One person was charged with Trespassing. An Ontario resident was arrested for Harassment after allegedly pushing another individual.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center approved incentives for Graham Manufacturing at the board’s meeting Thursday.
Graham Manufacturing is investing over one million dollars in capital improvements to expand various properties at its Batavia campus.
The board accepted a supplemental application from Graham Manufacturing at the meeting, with a public hearing to be held.
The board also accepted an application for incentives from the Sanborn based business Wendt Propane. Tax exemptions of approximately $125,000 to build a new 9,600 square foot facility in the town of Le Roy, which would create four new construction jobs.

The centennial of the Upton Monument is being celebrated this weekend.
The monument which pays tribute to Upton and the military service of men and women in Genesee County at the juncture of routes 5 and 63 is being celebrated with a ceremony Saturday morning marking 100 years since its construction.

GCEDC APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR $1 MILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT BY GRAHAM MANUFACTURING

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BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for Graham Manufacturing at the board’s August 1st meeting. The GCEDC board also accepted an application for incentives from Wendt Propane.

Graham Manufacturing is investing $1.075 million for capital improvements to expand various properties at its campus in the city of Batavia. The company will renovate an existing 8,000 sq. ft. of buildings, including an expansion and renovation of its 4,000 sq. ft. welding school to meet market demand for welders.

An existing 4,000 sq. ft. manufacturing building also will be re-purposed and the company will build a new 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse for storage needs. A supplemental application from Graham Manufacturing was accepted at the meeting, with a public hearing to be held.

“Graham Manufacturing has a very long history in our community and once again the company is demonstrating its commitment to our community by making capital investments in its infrastructure,” said GCEDC Board Chair Paul Battaglia. “When companies are making these types of investments, it means they intend to stay and grow which is always a positive sign.”

Wendt Propane, based in Sanborn, NY in Niagara County, is seeking sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions of approximately $125,000 to build a new 9,600 square foot facility in the town of Le Roy.

The $1.3 million project consists of $800,000 is construction costs, $410,000 is equipment costs, and $90,000 in real estate costs. Construction of the new facility would result in the creation of four new jobs.

Batavia’s Gene Baker earns induction to the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame

 

 

Head shot of Baker and his honor that hangs at Dwyer Stadium

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Batavia’s Gene Baker earns induction to the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame
Second straight year Batavia is represented in the Hall

BATAVIA – For the second year in a row, Batavia will be honored with an inductee to the New York Penn League Hall of Fame.
The 2019 class features Batavia’s Gene Baker, who was not only an outstanding player and manager, but a pioneer in breaking the color barrier in minor and major league baseball.
Baker will be joined in the NYPL Hall of Fame with Jane Rogers, Josiah Viera and Bernie Williams.
The purpose of the New York‐Penn League Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their overall accomplishments and contributions to the league, on the field of play or in an administrative role, in addition to their overall career in baseball.
“As the oldest, continuously‐operated Class-A league in professional baseball, the list of players, coaches, field managers, general managers, and owners reads like a Who’s Who of Baseball,” said Ben Hayes, President of the New York‐Penn League. “We are proud to induct another class of extraordinary nominees.”
The following individuals comprise the New York‐Penn League’s 2019 Hall of Fame Class:

GENE BAKER
A man of firsts, Baker played a significant role in the history of the New York-Penn League and baseball in general when he broke the managerial color barrier by becoming the first African-American manager in organized baseball, when the Pittsburgh Pirates named him skipper of the Batavia club in 1961.
In 1963, he became the second black coach in the major leagues following Buck O’Neill by a half -season. He can also be credited with being the first black manager in Major League Baseball when he took over for ejected Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh on September 21, 1963.
After his coaching days, Baker spent many years as a scout for the Pirates organization. He spent 8 seasons in the majors with the Cubs and Pirates and was the first African-American player to ever make the Chicago Cubs roster in 1953.

JANE ROGERS
As the first person hired by the Staten Island Yankees in 1999, Jane Rogers has been with the club for the entirety of its twenty-year history in New York City.
Originally hired as the organization’s office manager, Jane has progressed through various roles, including that of General Manager, and her current position as Senior Vice-President, Baseball Operations.
Her tireless efforts leading the organization, and in particular the club’s relationship with the New York Yankees, have led to strong relationships with players and front office administrators alike. Jane’s personality, generosity and kindness have led to her holding a special place in the hearts of many present Major League superstars.
During the three months that followed the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Rogers was responsible for managing Richmond County Bank Ballpark’s operations which included a 24 hour/7 day a week distribution center for NYFD, NYPD and other city agencies that used the ballpark for a staging area.
Over the past two decades, she has mentored and led countless former SI Yankees employees who have gone on to become executives throughout organized baseball. In addition, Rogers has been an important contributor to the Staten Island community and the New York-Penn League as a whole.

JOSIAH VIERA
Viera captured the hearts of baseball fans around the country during his life, but it was in the New York-Penn League, with the State College Spikes, that his impact was most directly felt.
Josiah was born with Hutchinson-Guilford progeria, a rapid aging condition. His joyous spirit and enthusiasm was a source of inspiration for players, coaches, staff and fans. During his time as the Spikes’ honorary bench coach, Josiah helped propel the club to three Pinckney Division titles and New York-Penn League championships in 2014 and 2016.
Just like all of the other coaches, Josiah gave instructions, encouraged players and exhorted them with his life’s motto, “Never Give Up.”
His presence created an unforgettable moment at the 2019 NYPL All-Star Game, held at his home field, in State College. As he made the final pitching change of the game, he left the field to a standing ovation from both teams and every fan in attendance.
Late in 2019, Josiah passed away at the age of 14. While he is greatly missed by every member of the Spikes and the New York-Penn League family, Josiah’s spirit remains as a shining example of determination and perseverance in the game of baseball and the game of life.

BERNIE WILLIAMS
Williams hit .344 as a member of the 1987 Oneonta Yankees playing in 25 games before a promotion to Ft. Lauderdale. He made his Major League debut with the N.Y. Yankees on July 7, 1991 and would go on to play his entire 16 year MLB career in pinstripes. In his 16 seasons he collected 2,336 hits, 449 doubles, 287 HR and 1,257 RBI to go along with a lifetime batting average of .297. He is a four-time World Series champion and the all-time leader in postseason RBI with 80. He also ranks second all-time in postseason HR (22), hits (128), doubles (29), total bases (223), and runs (83).
A 5-time All-Star and 4-time Gold Glove winner, Williams won the 1996 ALCS MVP, 2002 Silver Slugger and 1998 AL Batting Title. He joined Yankee immortals by having his number 51 retired in 2015.
The New York‐Penn League Hall of Fame was established in 2012. Inductees are nominated and voted on by New York-Penn League club officials.

Inductions are scheduled to take place on August 21, during pregame ceremonies at the 2019 New York‐Penn League All‐Star Game at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees.
Last year, Fuller was joined in the Hall of Fame with Marvin Goldklang and Andres Galarraga.
Fuller’s voice was a constant in Batavia,, the birthplace of the New York-Penn League. For almost four decades Wayne served various roles for his hometown team including radio broadcaster, PA announcer and official scorer from his spot in the Batavia press box which was named the Wayne H. Fuller Press Box in 2009.

Batavia Muckdogs win fourth straight, sweep Tri City

Joey Steele, left, had a perfect inning with three strikeouts to keep his ERA at 0.00 this season. Steele, a 2019 Miami Marlins drat pick, has thrown 10 innings, struck out 16 and walked one without giving up a run. To the right is Geremy Galindez who won on Tuesday to improve to 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA.

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Batavia Muckdogs win fourth straight, sweep Tri City

TROY – Thursday was a new day with new leading hitters and new pitchers for the Batavia Muckdogs, but the same result, a victory.

The Muckdogs defeated the Tri City ValleyCats, 4-1 to sweep all three games of the series on the road.

The Muckdogs (28-18) have won four straight, sit in first place in the New York Penn-League Pinckney Division and play at home Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Connecticut Tigers.

Jack Strunc (double) had two hits and a run for Batavia while Andrew Turner also doubled and had two hits.Troy Johnston had a RBI single and scored while Kobie Taylor and Ronal Reynoso singled.

Harrison Dinicola continued his three-game tear for the Muckdogs, driving in two runs with a single. He then scored on a Dustin Skelton RBI.

Edgar Martinez picked up the win to even his record at 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA. He struck out seven in five innings, allowed just one hit and no runs.

Janaikevr Villalobos threw two innings giving up a run then Joey Steele continued his dominance with a perfect inning, striking out the side in the eighth.
His ERA remains at 0.00 and he earned his second hold.

In the ninth, Josh Simpson came on and the lefty threw a perfect inning for his second save and struck out one.

Batavia returns to Swyer Stadium Friday to play the Connecticut Tigers. Check muckdogs.com for a new ticket special for Friday’s game, a family four-pack of tickets is just $20. The game is at 7:05 p.m.

The Muckdogs also play at home Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
There will be fireworks on Saturday and specials all three games.
Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer


Ryan Curtis (25 – Pembroke, NY) goes by a defender during a match last season vs Tompkins

Press Release:

Men’s Soccer Releases 2019 Schedule

BATAVIA, NY… The department of intercollegiate athletics at Genesee Community College is announcing the 2019 schedule for the men’s soccer program. All home games will take place on the turf field at the Richard C. Call Arena on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College.

Head Coach Ken Gavin returns behind the bench for his 12th season. The Cougars men’s soccer team is looking for another trip to the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament in hopes of the program’s second National Championship in three seasons. Genesee is the four-time and reigning NJCAA Region III Champions.

The Cougars will host Clinton Community College in their season opener on Saturday, August 24 before hosting North Country the following day. The end of August will see Genesee host Mohawk Valley Community College.

Genesee will start the month of September on the road with contests at Corning (September 4) and travel to Long Island to take on Suffolk and Nassau September 7 and 8 respectively. The next two games are at home against Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) foe Niagara on September 11 and against region opponent Cayuga on the 18th. After two road games at Hudson Valley and Tompkins Cortland, Genesee returns home to take on Erie and CCBC Essex to end the month of September.

Heading into October, the Cougars host Jamestown on the 2nd followed by a road contest at Herkimer College on October 5. Genesee will head down the thruway to Canandaigua to take on Finger Lakes CC on Wednesday, October 9 before returning home to host University of Maine at Fort Kent on October 11. Genesee finishes the regular season on the road at Fulton Montgomery on October 12 and at SUNY Broome on October 19.

Postseason play will open up with the Region III Sub Regionals on October 29. The NJCAA Region III Men’s Soccer Championships will take place on Sunday, November 3rd at Genesee Community College. After the Region Championships, the 2019 NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Championships will take place November 14-17 in Herkimer, NY.

The complete schedule is available online at www.geneseeathletics.com.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES AUGUST OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
August Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, August 21, 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, August 9, 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, August 23, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS ANNOUNCES $781,313 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE COMMUNITY ACTION OF ORLEANS & GENESEE, INC.

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $781,313 in federal funding for the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start Projects Program which promotes school readiness of children under five from low-income families.

The Head Start program supports children in growth and development through a variety of services depending on the needs of the local community. Their programs are based in centers and schools, but also in child care centers and family care homes. Children gain the access to early learning for school readiness, healthcare needs, and family well-being.

“This grant is crucial in providing children with the learning tools they need to learn and grow,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “This funding solidifies this program in our community for years to come.”

The Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has served Western New York for over 40 years. This organization empowers and provides opportunity for those who are not yet self-sufficient. They work with programs, like Head Start, to provide short and long term goals for children and their parents in the community.
The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 35 year old Nathan Rogers of Sky HI Drive in West Seneca following investigation into an incident during the Kingdom Bound Festival at Darien Lake.
Rogers was accused of using two of his cell phones to record a female juvenile who was changing in his camper while attending the festival Wednesday evening.
He was charged with two counts of Unlawful Surveillance in the second degree and a single count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Rogers was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Darien Town Court on August 13th.

Man arrested at Darien Lake for impersonating a police officer.
Following a complaint at the Darien Lake amusement park Wednesday, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46 year old Paul Avino of Ellicott Street, Batavia.
Avino was allegedly swearing in public while in possession of a Police Officer Badge and resisted arrest as deputies attempted to take him into custody.
He is charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer.
Avino was released with an appearance ticket for Darien Town Court in early September.

There’s no swimming allowed at a Genesee County park due to concerns over E. coli.
The beach at Darien Lakes State Park will be shut off to swimmers until further notice.
Officials say E. coli levels were discovered a few weeks ago, but levels had gone down before increasing again.
There’s no word if any illnesses have been reported.

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $781,313 in federal funding for the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc.
The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start Projects Program which promotes school readiness of children under five from low-income families.
The Head Start program supports children in growth and development through a variety of services depending on the needs of the local community.

Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that will protect the privacy of sex crime victims.
The legislation expands the current “Address Confidentiality Program” which gives victims state-provided substitute addresses for their work and home.
The governor says the law will protect survivors from further abuse.
The legislation goes into effect in three months.

The story of Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly could be coming to the silver screen.
The Hall of Famer tells The Buffalo News a project is in the works that could see a movie about his life released in the next two years.
Kelly has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the film.
The movie would focus on Kelly’s Christian beliefs and how it has helped him overcome challenges.
There’s no word yet on a possible title.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer team in huddle before contest last season (Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

Women’s Soccer Releases 2019 Slate

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College Athletics Department released the 2019 schedule for the women’s soccer program Wednesday. All home contests will take place on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College.

Returning for his seventh season, Jeff Reyngoudt along with assistants Macy Reyngoudt and Kelly Starchok are looking for redemption in the NJCAA Women’s Soccer National Championships as well as repeating as NJCAA Region III Champions.

Genesee starts their 2019 campaign at home with three dates in August, taking on Clinton Community College in the home opener on August 24 at 5pm, followed by a 1pm start vs North Country on the 25th and a 1pm start against Mohawk Valley on the 31st.

Entering the month of September, the Cougars travel to Corning Community College on September 4 before hosting four straight home games against Niagara, Columbia-Greene, Monroe, and Cayuga. Genesee will travel to Hudson Valley and Tompkins Cortland before hosting Erie and CCBC Essex to end the month.
October starts with a home contest vs Jamestown Community College at 6:30pm followed by a trio of road games at Herkimer (October 5), Finger Lakes CC (October 9) and at Fulton-Montgomery (October 12). Genesee returns home for their regular season home finale on October 15 vs Mercyhurst Northeast. The regular season ends on Saturday October 19 at SUNY Broome.

Postseason play will begin with the Sub Regional game on October 29. Sunday November 3 will be the Region III Championships hosted at Herkimer College. The 2019 NJCAA Women’s Soccer National Championships will take place starting on Thursday, November 14 at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, NY.

The complete schedule is available online at www.geneseeathletics.com

Clouser, Morrill sweep distaff features at Batavia

Miss Mary Mach

Miss Mary Mach (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — It was a total team effort in the top tier races at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (July 31) as horses trained by Jim Clouser Jr., driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi won both fillies and mares Opens in coast to coast fashion.

It’s been nine weeks since Miss Mary Mach cut the mile in a race, but it finally happened again and produced the same result. Miss Mary Mach beat the best mares on the grounds in the $12,500 distaff Open Handicap.

Leaving from post one Miss Mary Mach seated the field and Morrill set a pace that was comfortable for his mare. They went to the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :56.3 where Heaven’s Diva (Kyle Cummings) drew near the leader and made it interesting to three-quarters in 1:24.4. But shortly after that station Miss Mary Mach dug in, put away the competition around the last turn and paced away down the lane to win handily in 1:53.1.

The time was a new seasonal mark and just 1/5th of a second of her lifetime mark.

It was the ninth win in 25 starts this year for Miss Mary Mach ($3.60) who now has earned $65,262 in 2019.

Then in the $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace, the second half of Clouser’s alliteration entry was Blue Bell Bonnie who also left from post one and dictated the pace.

Morrill found himself on the point with Blue Bell Bonnie before the turn and with no one mounting a challenge to the half, the leader backed it off to a very pedestrian :59.2 first half. Finally Mach’s Echo (Drew Monti) rolled up the rim and got close to the front runner at the five-eighths pole and forced a :28.2 third split. But Morrill leaned back and raised the lines a bit and the mare did the rest herself. Blue Bell Bonnie paced away with no urging down the lane to win by a length in 1:56.

Blue Bell Bonnie ($3.60) scored her fourth win of the year in Wednesday’s effort.

Both Morrill and Clouser picked up one additional win during the card giving them each three to lead their respective categories for the night.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 3) with post time at 6 p.m.

Blue Bell Bonnie

Orr’s ninth inning hit lifts Batavia Muckdogs to victory as team increases lead in Pinckney Division

J.D. Orr came through again for the Batavia Muckdogs, delivering a 2-RBI single to give Batavia the lead in the ninth on Wednesday. The Muckdogs held on and won, 6-5.

Press Release:

Orr’s ninth inning hit lifts Batavia Muckdogs to victory as team increases lead in Pinckney Division

TROY – The Tri City ValleyCats kept J.D. Orr hitless on Tuesday night, a rain-shortened 1-0 Batavia Muckdogs win. It snapped a 10-game hitting streak for Orr.

Wednesday night, Orr made the ValleyCats pay. With one out in the ninth inning and Batavia trailing, 5-4, Orr laced a 2-RBI single to left and the Muckdogs held on to win, 6-5.

It is the third straight win for the first place Muckdogs who are 27-18. The Muckdogs had a lot of help as the three teams chasing Batavia for first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division all lost on Wednesday.

West Virginia (22-21) now trails Batavia by four games, Mahoning Vally trails by five along with State College and Auburn. The only team to win on Wednesday in the Division was 15-29 Williamsport.

Batavia Manager Tom Lawless used five pitchers in the victory, but the last one he turned to was closer Evan Brabrand, who pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout. Brabrand, a 9th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins, picked up his ninth save of the season. In 11 appearances he has the nine saves, a 2-1 record and in 10.1 innings has struck out 15.

Orr, a left-handed outfielder who was drafted in the 10th round this year by the Marlins out of Wright State, hit third in the lineup Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with 3 RbI’s, a run and a walk. Orr, who has 20 stolen bases on the season, is hitting .368.

Batavia had a lead in the sixth when newest Muckdog Julian Infante belted a 2-run home run to left field for a 3-2 lead. C.J. Stubbs hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the 8th for Tri City and Batavia was down to their last three outs.

However, Orr’s single brought in Milton Smith II and Jack Strunc.
Strunc (run), catcher Andres Storms (double, run) and Rosario all had hits.

Geremy Galindez improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, as he pitched the eighth. Julio Frias started and went five innings, striking out five, allowing one walk and two runs. Brock Love, a 34th-round pick out of Alabama came in a tough situation and went 1.1 innings, pitching perfect baseball with two strikeouts. Love has a 0.00 ERA this season for the Muckdogs in five appearances and 6.2 innings.

Batavia is at Tri-City Thursday then returns home to Batavia on Friday to play the Connecticut Tigers. Check muckdogs.com for a new ticket special for Friday’s game, a family four-pack of tickets is just $20. The game is at 7:05 p.m.
The Muckdogs also play at home Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
There will be fireworks on Saturday and specials all three games.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a Batavia Muckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Albion PD hope to ID armed suspects after releasing video.
In an attempt to identify a pair of armed suspects, the Albion Police Department has released clips from security camera footage of the attempted robbery that occurred at the Crosby’s North convenience store on Monday July 29th.
The videos can be viewed on the Albion Police Department’s Facebook page.
Albion Police encourage anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Department at 589-5627.

Alleged huffing in Batavia lands a Warsaw man in lock-up.
54 year old Duane Miller of Linwood Ave in Warsaw was allegedly located on West Main Street in the City huffing from an aerosol can.
City Police allege that Miller refused commands to stop his behavior while being taken into custody and was ultimately arrested on charges of Obstructing Governmental Administration and Illegal Use of Toxic Vapors.
Miller was committed to the county clink with an appearance scheduled in City Court today.

Threats to social workers leads to arrest for a Pringle Ave woman.
27 year old Brittany Smith was taken into custody by Batavia Police on a count of Harassment in the second degree with physical threats after Smith allegedly threatened to assault Department of Social Services Case Workers during a child house visit.
Smith was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for August 6th.

Cuomo continues his firearm restriction campaign in NY.
Governor Cuomo is making sure teachers are never provided with guns in schools in New York State.
He signed legislation yesterday preventing school districts from arming teachers.
This comes after some suggested they and other school employees should be armed to help prevent and respond quickly to school shootings.
The legislation also creates new programs for the removal of illegal or unsecured guns and establishes regulations to strengthen gun buyback programs.
This legislation builds on New York’s gun laws, which are the strictest in the nation.

Muckdogs beat Valley Cats to increases lead in Pinckney Division
The Batavia Muckdogs came from behind and held on to win over the Tri City ValleyCats 6 to 5 while away last night.
It is the third straight win for the first place Muckdogs who are now 27 and 18.
Batavia is at Tri-City tonight then returns home to Dwyer Stadium on Friday to play a three game home series against the Connecticut Tigers.
You can hear all the action right here on WBTA.

Albion Police Department robbery Press Release & video clips

Press Release:

The Albion Police Department is continuing to investigate the attempted robbery that occurred at the Crosby’s North convenience store on July 29th, 2019. In an attempt to identify the suspects involved, the Albion Police Department has released clips from the security camera footage of the incident and they are attached to this press release.

The videos can be viewed on the Albion Police Department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AlbionNYPoliceDepartment/

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Albion Police Department at (585)589-5627 or Orleans County Dispatch Center (585)589-5527.

BATAVIA DOWNS TO HOST NATIONAL VETERANS RESOURCES RV FRIDAY DURING TANYA TUCKER CONCERT

Press Release:

BATAVIA – Representatives from Batavia Downs have announced that Michele Ladd, the Founder of National Veteran Resources, will be bringing their 32ft wrapped RV to the Tanya Tucker Concert this Friday, August 2nd at Batavia Downs.

The National Veteran Resources website aims to help Veterans and First Responders get resources for PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and Addiction.

“I wanted to do something for our Veterans and First Responders that make the ultimate sacrifice for us, so I decided to get “Boots on The Ground” and try to save lives. I call this “Operation 22 to ZERO” based on the fact that 22 Veterans a day are dying by suicide.” Ladd said.

Ladd said her motivation is her two sons, who are Veterans. She has their pictures, along with other military men and women printed on her RV.

During her stops, Ladd meets different Veterans and First Responders and interviews them on camera. She then posts the videos online, hoping it can help someone else. Michele also visits organizations across the country to add them to the website for resources.

“It’s real, I don’t edit, it’s raw, we laugh, we cry,” Ladd said. “Just in three weeks I’ve had over 100 family members, widows, veterans, reaching out to me, sharing their stories.”

Ladd said she has traveled more than 35,000 miles to raise awareness and will continue her travels as long as the good Lord allows her.

“We are pleased to welcome Michelle to be present at Friday’s concert,” said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO at Batavia Downs Gaming. “As a veteran myself, I appreciate people who take the time to reach out and help those who have served our country.”

Doors for the Tanya Tucker concert are at 4:30pm, with live music starting at 5pm. All VIP and Premium tickets are sold out, but $10 General Admission tickets are available at BataviaConcerts.com or in person at the Lucky Treasures gift shop.

Muckdogs pitchers toss 1-hitter in 1-0 win

Eli Villalobos earned his second save of the year, throwing a perfect inning with two strikeouts as the Batavia Muckdogs defeated the Tri City Valley Cats, 1-0 in a game called after six innings because of rain. Batavia is 26-18 and in first place.

Press Release:

Batavia Muckdogs win, 1-0 on one-hitter from Rose, Villalobos

TROY – The Batavia Muckdogs have won a lot of close games this season. Tuesday night, the Muckdogs won not only a close game, but a game that was stopped because of rain after six innings.

Jackson Rose and Eli Villalobos combined on a “perfect” 1-hitter as the Muckdogs defeated the Tri-City Valley Cats (Houston Astros), 1-0.

Rose, a 35th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins in 2018 out of Minnesota, improved to 5-2 on the season as he went five innings, struck out four and did not allow a walk or a run. He gave up a single in the third inning.

Villalobos, a 14th round pick of Miami in 2018, threw the sixth, striking out two and getting a ground out to Nic Ready at third topic up his second save of the season.

After that play, the rains came down and the thunder and lightning were closer and the game was called.

Batavia improved to 26-18, and remains in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Julian Infante, who joined the Muckdogs Tuesday from the Gulf Coast League, singled and scored the only run of the game.
Infante, a first baseman, was a 36th round draft pick of Miami this year and played at Vanderbilt. he is a Miami native.

Catcher Andres Sthormes singled in Infante for the game-winning RBI in the fifth inning. Another new Muckdog (who has played Batavia), Harrison Dinicola, had a single and Jack Strunc also singled.

After Batavia took a 1-0 lead, Rose had a seven-pitch inning thanks to the defense of Muckdogs left fielder J.D. Orr. The first batter, Joe Perez hit a low-liner to left and Orr made a running, diving catch and rolled twice, holding on to the ball. With little time to enjoy the grab, C.J. Stubbs then hit what appeared to be a base hit and again made a great catch.

Batavia is at Tri-City on Wednesday and Thursday.

The team returns home to Batavia on Friday to play the Connecticut Tigers. Check muckdogs.com for a new ticket special for Friday’s game, a family four-pack of tickets is just $20. The game is at 7:05 p.m.

The Muckdogs also play at home Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

There will be fireworks on Saturday and specials all three games.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Richard Hanes has been found guilty of Murder in the second degree by a Genesee County Court jury.
Hanes was accused of beating Ray Morgan to death on Liberty Street in Batavia last July.
The jury consisting of seven women and five men deliberated for around 3 and a half hours before reaching their verdict at 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
WBTA’s Lauren Leone has been covering the trial…

Hanes faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when sentenced on August 28.

The community of Dansville continues to mourn the tragic loss of four teenagers who were killed as the result of a one car crash.
State police say 16 year old Rebecca Earner drove through a stop sign in Burns Saturday night and her SUV ended up hitting a tree.
She and three friends, 16 year old Ambra Eddleton, 14 year old Justin Carpenter and 14 year old Kyrstin Wolfanger were all killed.
A fifth teen survived and was reportedly the only one wearing a seat belt.
A prayer service is being held tonight at 7:30 at the Dansville Presbyterian Church.
Troopers say driver inexperience may have been a factor however they are still investigating the tragedy.

Police in Albion are on the lookout for a pair of armed suspects who held up convenience store clerks.
According to authorities two suspects dressed in black entered the Crosby’s North convenience store in Albion Monday night and demanded money from store employees while flashing a handgun.
The white male and female suspects took off without any cash.
There are surveillance photos of the pair and contact information for Albion Police in the article on our website.

Congressman Chris Collins says he’s in no rush to announce whether he’ll seek re-election next year.
Two fellow Republicans, State Senator Chris Jacobs and attorney Beth Parlato have already announced they’re seeking the 27th Congressional District seat.
Collins is also awaiting trial next year on federal insider trading charges.
Collins says he’s innocent and called the case against him circumstantial.

Two new gun laws have been signed by Governor Cuomo.
The first piece of legislation makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, transport or have 3-D printed weapons.
Those weapons can be a threat to public safety since they can pass through metal detectors unnoticed.
The second law requires all gun owners to make sure their weapons are safely stored if children are living in their home.
Governor Cuomo says both measures continue New York’s legacy of having the strongest gun laws in the country.

Hanes Found Guilty of Murder

A Genesee County Court jury has found Richard Hanes guilty of Murder in the second degree.
Hanes was accused in last summer’s beating death of Ray Morgan on Liberty Street in Batavia.
The seven women and five men of the jury deliberated for a total of about 3 and a half hour, returning their verdict at 2:30 this afternoon.

The panel had returned to the courtroom several times asking to review evidence and testimony.
Hanes faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Batavia Downs post impressive opening week numbers

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The first week of live racing at Batavia Downs produced some very impressive numbers for betting and attendance, showing a dramatic spike over last year.

After the last race on Sunday was over the track had realized a 27% increase of on-track handle, a 6.8% increase on export betting, WROTB handle up a total of 12%, total betting up 11% and attendance up 16%..

“Where we are very pleased with all of our handle numbers, the most impressive stat might be the attendance,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs.

“Our opening night crowd was unbelievable and that carried over into the weekend. We had the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and some really nice weather which helped, but there is a definite buzz about our championship meet in the area this year.”

The Batavia Downs summer/fall meet continues on Wednesday (July. 31) with post time at 5 p.m. The highlight of this year’s racing session is the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions that will be held at the Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14).

LeRoy PD looking for owners of stolen items

Press release:

The LeRoy Police Department is requesting assistance in determining the owner of the items depicted in the attached photographs. These items were recovered during the investigation of a rash of larcenies from vehicles, which were entered during the overnight hours in the Village of LeRoy.

If you recognize any of these recovered items, please contact Detective John Condidorio of the LeRoy Police Department at 585-768-2527 x 2219.

Proof of ownership may be requested before the property can be released.

Morning News Briefing

As the end of the Liberty Street murder trial draws closer suspect description still remains a key issue for the defense.
The description of the man who jumped out Raymond Morgan’s window remains a powerful piece of evidence that could identify the perpetrator of the bludgeoning death last July.
Defense attorney Frederick Rarick said due to insufficient evidence, the case is all speculative as to who that subject is and he motioned for a trial dismissal for his client, Richard Hanes.
The last witness for the prosecution, Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora, questioned inconsistencies about the grey sweatpants and green shirt, similar to those of the unidentified suspect, found in Hanes’s closet.
The clothing items did not match either the descriptions given by witnesses or clothing shown in surveillance video footage.
Jurors will hear closing statements and elements of the second-degree murder charge before entering jury deliberations today at 9 a.m. Hanes faces life in prison if convicted.

Attempted armed robbery has Albion Police seeking assistance in identifying a pair of suspects.
Albion Police were called to the Crosby’s North convenience store located on North Main Street in Albion for a reported armed robbery last night at around 9:50 p.m.
Two suspects dressed in black entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from store employees, however the suspects took off without any money.
There are surveillance photos and a description of the pair in the article on our website.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Albion Police Department at 589-5627.

An attorney and former Darien town judge says she has her eye on Capitol Hill.
Beth Parlato has officially announced a bid for the 27th Congressional District seat held by incumbent Congressman Chris Collins.
The Republican still hasn’t said if he’ll be running for another term next year.
Parlato, who is also a Republican, calls herself a political outsider with an unapologetic conservative voice.
Republican State Senator Christopher Jacobs has also entered the race.

Governor Cuomo has officially signed off on two new pieces of gun legislation.
The first law will ban “bump stocks” which allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon.
The second measure establishes a 30-day waiting period for buying a firearm, which allows the person looking to purchase a weapon to undergo a background check.
Both laws were passed by the Legislature this year and are the first significant changes to the state’s gun laws since the SAFE Act in 2013

Albion Crosby’s North Attempted Armed Robbery

Press Release:

On July 29, 2019 at approx. 9:50pm the Albion Police Department was dispatched to the Crosby’s North convenience store located at 202 North Main Street in the Village of Albion for a reported armed robbery.

2 suspects entered the store and displayed a handgun and demanded money from store employees. The suspects then immediately left the store without getting any money.

Suspect descriptions are as follows:

Suspect 1: White Male wearing blue jeans, black hoodie with “ZOO YORK” in white bold letters on the front and 2 white Stripes on the rear, black bandanna with sun glasses covering his face. Suspect described as having a lighter colored receding hairline and missing teeth.

Suspect 2: White Female wearing black sweatshirt, black baseball hat, light colored bandanna with sunglasses covering her face. Short curly blonde hair with brown in it.

Both suspects were last seen eastbound on foot on Caroline Street.

If anyone was in the area of the store around the time of the incident or if anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Albion Police Department at 585-589-5627.

Evening News Briefing

The Defense and prosecution have rested in the Genesee County Court murder trial of Richard Hanes.
Hanes is charged with Second Degree Murder in the beating death last summer of Ray Morgan.
Police said Morgan was beaten beyond recognition.
The jury has listened to four days of testimony. Tomorrow morning (Tues) they will hear closing arguments, receive their instructions from Judge Charles Zambito and then deliberations will begin.

Governor Cuomo is signing legislation that decriminalizes marijuana use in New York. The new legislation reduces the penalty for unlawful marijuana possession to a violation punishable by a fine. The law will also create a process for individuals with certain marijuana convictions to have their records expunged.
Cuomo says the legislation addresses racial and ethnic disparities, as New York’s existing marijuana laws disproportionately affect African American and Latino communities.

A Bergen man is killed in a sky-diving accident in Wyoming County.
68 year old Richard Cordaro was skydiving with four friends when his parachute opened but somehow became tangled.
The four had flown out of the Perry/Warsaw airport yesterday afternoon.
The three others landed safely.
Authorities said Mr. Cordaro had 45 years of sky-diving experience.

An incident of domestic violence in Warsaw.
33 year old David Snyder of State Route 19 in Warsaw was arrested by troopers for allegedly choking and menacing a woman with a knife.
Snyder was jailed on $10,000 bail.

The Batavia Muckdogs are on the road for their next three games.
The Dogs meet the Tri-City Valley Cats tonight.
The Muckdogs defeated Williamsport last night 5 to 4.
The Dogs remain in first place in the Pinckey Division.

Black Is Back wires Batavia’s best in feature win

Black Is Back (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, For Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY— A craftily rated second quarter provided success at the end of the mile for Black Is Back who went gate to wire in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (July 27).

Dave McNeight III sent Black Is Back to the point off the gate and took the six-horse field to the quarter in :28. He then grabbed leather and backed the second panel off to :29.3 and essentially won the race as a result.

Mac’s Jackpot (Drew Monti), who became forwardly placed third from post six at the start, pulled first-over at the half and proceeded with urgency towards the leader on the backstretch. He continued to gain ground on Black Is Back and got to within a half-length of him in the last turn. But that was as close as he would get as McNeight shook the lines and Black Is Back accelerated into the stretch and pulled away by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:53.3.

A former Saratoga regular, Black Is Back ($12.80) now feels at home in western New York after scoring his first win at Batavia and sixth win of the year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner.

In the co-featured $11,000 Open II, Upfront Countryboy (Drew Monti) took the lead from Iammrbrightside N (Jim Morrill Jr.) before the quarter and then hit that station in :28 flat. From there he proceeded unchallenged to the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1 before turning for home and pacing to the wire under minimal urging to win in by two in 1:53.3.

It was the 59th lifetime win for Upfront Countryboy ($2.40) and it pushed his career earnings over the half-million dollar mark to $505,145. WIlliam Emmons owns the esteemed 10-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Cambloid that is trained by Jim Clouser Jr.

Drew Monti won a total of three races on the card to lead all drivers on Saturday. Kevin Cummings, Shawn McDonough and Jim McNeight Jr. all had two wins apiece. Jim Clouser Jr. also had a double to lead all trainers for the night.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (July 28) with post time at 1:15 p.m, Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings will compete for a total purse of $104,598 during the afternoon.

Batavia Muckdogs stay in first with a 5-4 win over Williamsport before another large crowd

Bryan Hoeing, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound righty who was a 7th round Marlins draft pick out of Louisville this year threw 2.2 innings for his second hold, striking out one and allowing one run.

Press Release:

Batavia Muckdogs stay in first with a 5-4 win over Williamsport before another large crowd

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs had lost four straight and were suddenly down 3-0 on Sunday to Williamsport with their first-place lead in danger.

That’s when Muckdogs Manager Tom Lawless started pulling out the stops as he has all season. The team started bunting, double steals with a steal of home and then a big home run.

The Muckdogs then turned to the bull pen with the lead and held on to win, 5-4 before an Irish Night crowd of 1,021 at Dwyer Stadium, just a day after a near-record crowd of 2,779 filled Dwyer. That’s a three-day total of 4,687 to see the 25-18 Muckdogs.

Down 3-0, in the fourth, Brayan Hernandez singled in Troy Johnston, advancing Andrew Turner to third. On the double steal, Hernandez swiped second then Turner stole home, cutting the lead to 3-2.

In the bottom of the 5th, Dalvy Rosario’s RBI double scored Milton Smith II to tie the game then Nic Ready’s sacrifice fly scored Rosario for the lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Batavia catcher Michael Hernandez crushed an opposite field home run to give Batavia a 5-3 lead they would not lose. it was the second home run of the season for Hernandez, who came to the Miami Marlins organization out of Nova Southeastern College.

J.D. Orr blasted a triple for Batavia and his average of .374 still leads the entire New York-Penn League.

Left starter Andrew Miller, a 2018 Marlins draft pick out of Kentucky, had the win to even his record at 3-3. He went five innings and struck out five walking just one.

Josh Simpson, another lefty and a 32nd round pick this year out of Columbia University, earned his fifth hold of the season throwing a perfect sixth.

Bryan Hoeing, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound righty who was a 7th round Marlins draft pick out of Louisville this year threw 2.2 innings for his second hold, striking out one and allowing one run.

Evan Brabrand, one of the best closers in the minor leagues, picked up his eighth save of the year, striking out the last batter of the game with runners on base. Brabrand was a 9th round pick of the Marlins this year out of Liberty.

Batavia at 25-18 holds a two-game lead over 22-19 West Virginia in the Pinckney Division and a three-game lead over State College and Mahoning Valley, both 22-21. Only Lowell with 26 wins has more wins in the entire NYPL than the Muckdogs.

Batavia is on the road for three games with the Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston farm club) before retuning home to take on the Detroit Tigers Class A team, the Connecticut Tigers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2, 3 and 4. There will be fireworks on Saturday and specials all three games.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

State Police report the death of a Bergen resident after his parachute became tangled in a skydiving accident.
Troopers based out of Warsaw responded to a cornfield off Soper Road in Perry for a skydiving accident Saturday just a few minutes after noon.
Officers located the victim, 68 year old Richard Cordaro of Bergen, and immediately attempted life saving measures, however Cordaro was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Further investigation revealed that Cordaro who had over 45 years of skydiving experience flew out of the Perry/Warsaw airport that morning with three others employing the Rochester Skydivers company.
All four individuals jumped from the plane with the other three landing safely.
According to investigators Cordaro’s parachute opened normally but then became tangled.

Frederick Rarick, defense attorney for accused murderer Richard Hanes, intends to call witnesses to the stand today.
His defendant Hanes is on trial for allegedly beating Ray Morgan to death at his Liberty Street apartment last July.
Rarick plans to call Hanes’s mother and father along with three individuals connected to the Liberty Street address where Morgan was killed.
Hanes is not expected to testify in the case.
It is expected that District Attorney Lawrence Friedman will call Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora, to attest to his investigation as the last witness for the People.
Witness testimony begins at 9 this morning and once both sides rest, jurors will hear summations and elements of the second-degree murder charge before entering deliberations.
Hanes faces a life sentence if found guilty and the trail is anticipated to continue into Wednesday according to observers.

Police seeking eyewitness to a rollover accident on Liberty Street at East Main.
The Batavia Police Department is seeking assistance from the community to provide information a two-car roll-over accident at the intersection of East Main and Liberty Street at around 1:50 p.m. on Saturday July 27th.
Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to please contact Sgt. Dan Coffey at 345-6352 with any information or to call the confidential tip line at 345-6370.

Warsaw man jailed following a domestic incident with a knife.
Troopers out of Warsaw arrested 33 year old David Snyder for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Menacing, Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault after responding to a domestic complaint on State Route 19 in Warsaw.
Snyder is accused of choking and menacing a female victim with a knife.
Snyder was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail and an order of protection was issued to the victim.
He is expected to return to Warsaw Town Court at a later date.

Holland Ave man jailed on multiple counts after fighting with a family member.
21 year old Kiha McNear was arrested after allegedly violating an order of protection and illegally entering a home on Walnut Street where he got into a physical fight with a family member.
He is facing two counts of first degree Criminal Contempt, counts of Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Harassment and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Effective today there will be a single lane closure on Creek Road at the intersection of Cook Road for bridge painting.
There will be a temporary traffic light at the intersection.
The closure will last approximately 2 weeks and the Genesee County Highway Department will notify residents when the road reopens.

Muckdogs come up short against the Crosscutters

Press Release:

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs dropped a tough home game to Williamsport, 5-3 Friday night.

With a loss by West Virginia, Batavia keeps a two game lead in the New York Penn-League Pinckney Division.

Saturday night could be a record crowd, as it is Tompkins Bank of Castile Night and they bought 2,000 tickets which have been given out to fans.

“We are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces,” said Batavia Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly. “In addition to fireworks, there will be events all games and it should be a great atmosphere for families.”

On Friday, Batavia had the pitching, hitting and defense, but did not get the timely hits to win. The Muckdogs out-hit Williamsport and the three Batavia pitchers racked up 12 strikeouts and zero walks.

Milton Smith II is now hitting .358 on the season as he went 2-for-4 and Dalvy Rosario had two hits for Batavia (24-17).

Catcher Andres Storms belted a 2-RBI triple that brought Batavia within one, 4-3 in the sixth but the Muckdogs could not bring in another run. Troy Johnston, Nic Ready and J.D. Orr all singled for Batavia.

On the mound, Edgar Martinez struck out seven in 5.2 innings of work and did not walk a batter. he gave up three earned runs and took the loss, given up just four hits.

Edison Suriel threw 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and Jonaiker Villalobos threw two innings and struck out two without a walk and gave up one hit.

On Saturday, the Muckdogs not only have fireworks after the game, but Tompkins Bank of Castile bought all the general admission seats and are giving them away to fans. There are still a few available at the box office.

Sunday is a 5:05 p.m. start and it’s O’Lacy’s Irish Day. O’Lacy’s has specials and tickets, you can visit the restaurant or follow them on Facebook. It is also free admission for MuckPups and kids can run the bases. Before the game, next to the souvenir stand, it is Autograph Alley as eight players will sign autographs, pose for photos and selfies with fans. There will be special Irish Chips, which are fries covered with fresh corned beef, gravy and cheddar cheese. There will also be specials on Irish beers.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

2nd Annual GCSO Teen Academy Graduating Class

Press Release:

“I am pleased to announce that the Second Teen Academy was another great success. This academy was made possible with the support of Genesee County STOP DWI and the Genesee County Legislators. The students were provided with the opportunity to experience the various roles of law enforcement in our community, and they eagerly embraced all aspects of the curriculum. I want to thank the students for their hard work and dedication and to all those that provided instruction throughout this week-long program. A special thank you to the Academy Director, Deputy Matthew R. Butler, and Deputies/School Resource Officers
Chad P. Cummings, Richard S. Schildwaster, Eric J. Meyer, Patrick J. Reeves, Howard O. Wilson, and Jeremy M. McClellan along with Investigator Chad J. Minuto for their assistance and efforts in coordinating such a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for the students. We look forward to continuing this annual event for students throughout Genesee County for many more years to come,” stated Sheriff Sheron.

The following participants are graduates of the Second Annual Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Teen Academy:
Class Captains: Paola Perez-Matos & Drew Edwards

Alden Belknap      Nicholas Burdick      Jayden Doyle
Shawn Morabito      Jack Falls      Alexander Hunt
Aaron Spring      Regan McPhee      Gianni Vallese

Weekend News Briefing

Alleged sexual abuse of minors at Darien Lake ends in arrest.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 23 year old Buffalo resident Terill Cunningham into custody following a sexual abuse investigation at Darien Lake.
Cunningham is facing counts of first and second degree Sexual Abuse along with Forcible Touching of two minors.
He was arraigned Thursday night in Darien Town Court and ordered held at Genesee County Jail in lieu of 25-hundred dollars bail.
Cunningham is expected to reappear Tuesday in Darien Town Court.

Congressman Chris Collins has announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission’s State & Infrastructure Investment Grant has allocated $480,000 to the Orleans County IDA.
This grant will provide funding for engineering work and construction improvements to nine railroad bridges and culverts on the Falls Road Railroad in Orleans and Niagara Counties.
This grant is expected to help retain more than 225 jobs in the surrounding region.

Sheriff William Sheron announces the second Annual Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Teen Academy Graduating Class
The academy provides students with the opportunity to experience the various roles of law enforcement in our community, to which Sheron said students eagerly embraced throughout this week-long program.
Paola Perez-Matos and Drew Edwards were named Class Captains for the Second Annual Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Teen Academy.
The Sheriff said the academy was made possible with the support of the Genesee County STOP DWI and the Genesee County Legislators adding that the Sheriff’s Office is looking forward to continuing this annual event for students throughout Genesee County for many more years to come.

Muckdogs come up short against the Crosscutters.
The Batavia Muckdogs dropped a tough home game to Williamsport, 5 to 3 Friday night.
With a loss by West Virginia, Batavia keeps a two game lead in the New York Penn-League Pinckney Division.
Saturday night could be a record crowd, as it is Tompkins Bank of Castile Night and they bought 2,000 tickets which have been given out to fans not to mention they will have fireworks after the game.
You can hear the Saturday home game live on WBTA beginning at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s match up at 5:05 p.m.

Effective this Monday July 29th, there will be a single lane closure on Creek Road at the intersection of Cook Road for bridge painting.
There will be a temporary traffic light at the intersection.
The closure will last approximately 2 weeks and the Genesee County Highway Department will notify residents when the road reopens.

BATAVIA DOWNS WINS INDUSTRY MARKETING AWARDS FOR PROMOTIONS

Press Release:

BATAVIA – Representatives from Batavia Downs are pleased to announce they have received 2 Romero trophies during the closing ceremonies of the Casino Marketing and Technology Conference in Las Vegas. The Romero Awards honor excellence in gaming marketing and are named for gaming marketing pioneer John Romero. Awards are given in two size categories (above or below 1000 gaming positions) in several different marketing categories. The winners are selected by an independent panel of expert judges.

Lindsay Matikosh, Batavia Downs’ Promotions Manager, was on hand to receive the trophies as they were awarded. A Gold Trophy was received for Batavia’s Fall Ball Promotion. An Honorable mention trophy was won by the company’s “Best Seat in the House” promotion, whereby texters into the Batavia Downs Text Club could find themselves sitting on the Max Pies Furniture Couch for a concert at last year’s summer concert series.

Batavia Downs’ Host Supervisor, Mikala Phillips, was part of a group that won the Team Challenge Championship. As part of a 5 person team, she and her teammates were presented with a problem that they needed to solve by working together in just a matter of hours. They then presented their solution to a panel of judges with over one hundred people in the audience.

“Everyone at our facility shares in these awards,” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing at Batavia Downs Gaming. “All departments were involved in either the creation, promotion or the execution of our events. The trophies will be added to our display case near Player’s Club for all to see. We are also proud of Mikala for winning an individual award. Staff is looking forward to her sharing all she learned at the conference with us.

Pies, Pizza and Paddle boat Palooza fundraiser

Pictured: Jackie Whiting, Recreation, Town of LeRoy and Martha Bailey, LeRoy Women of the Moose Chairperson.

Press Release:

Pies, Pizza and Paddle boat Palooza fundraiser was held to provide LeRoy family pool scholarships for those in need in LeRoy.

The LeRoy Women of the Moose are providing 8 scholarships. A big thank you to Shell’s Post, Pastore’s, Pizza Land, Woody’s Deli and LB Grand for their pizza donations. And to the Oatka Paddle Company for paddle boat ride certificates. And of course, our wonderful team of pie bakers from our club. To learn more about what the LeRoy Moose does in our community, stop by and see us.

Creek Road Bridge over Little Tonawanda Creek Road Closure

Press Release:

Effective, July 29, 2019, there will be a single lane closure on Creek Road at the intersection of Cook Road for bridge painting. There will be a temporary traffic light at the intersection. The closure will last approximately 2 weeks.

I will notify you when the road reopens.

Lisa Grice
Principal Clerk
Genesee County Highway Dept.

Batavia Muckdogs remain in first place despite last-inning victory by West Virginia

The patience the Miami Marlins have shown with lefty Julio Frias is paying off. He threw six strong innings Thursday and left with his team ahead, 3-1. The Muckdogs fell, 4-3.

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Batavia Muckdogs remain in first place despite last-inning victory by West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The race for first-place in the Pinckey Division of the New York-Penn League got interesting on Thursday night as West Virginia scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to down the Batavia Muckdogs, 4-3.

Batavia is now in first place at 24-16 and West Virginia is 21-17, taking 2-of-3 from the Muckdogs.

Batavia returns home for three games Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Williamsport.

A bright spot for the Muckdogs was the pitching of Julio Frias, who pitched six strong innings, striking out six, five of them in the first three innings.he gave up four hits, one run and walked two.

Frias, 21, was signed out of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic by the Miami Marlins. The Marlins were patient with the young 6-foot-2 lefty, giving him two years with the Dominican Summer League Marlins and two years with the Gulf Coast League Marlins.

During that time, Frias, who started his career at 16, went 3-15 with an ERA close to five.

However, this season with Batavia, Frias is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA and he has struck out 50 in 41.2 innings with 12 walks and 25 hits.

Batavia took a 1-0 lead in the second when Milton Smith II scored on a mild pitch with two outs, then West Virginia tied the game at 1-1 in the third.

In the top of the fifth, Nic Ready, crushed his 21st double of the season to left scoring J.D. Orr then Smith II then singled to left scoring Ready for a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, a sacrifice fly tied the game and a single by Nick Patten to score Matthew Fraizer won the game for West Virginia.

Orr forced two balks of West Virginia pitchers while he was on the bases with his unique leading style. He had the hit and walked three times and it now hitting .375 on the season. he also stole his 20th base of the season.

Smith II had two hits a RBI (his 15th) and a run. Ready’s RBI was his 23rd on the season.

Andrew Turner had two hits for the Muckdogs while Dalvy Roasario and Jack Strunc also had hits.

M.D. Johnson had his fourth hold on the season, going 0.2 innings and Geremy Galindez had his first hold pitching 1.1 innings of perfect baseball with one strickout. Evan Brabrand took the loss, he is now 2-1 on the season.

On Friday when the Muckdogs host Williamsport, it is Flash Back Friday, there will be Crafty Hour as Eli Fish craft beers are $3 for an hour before the game and all fans can get a bag of tennis balls after the game and take the chance on throwing one into a hula hoop to win two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Allegiant Air. There are other hoops to win other prizes.

On Saturday (also a 7:05 p.m. start, the Muckdogs not only have fireworks after the game, but Tompkins Bank of Castile bought all the general admission seats and are giving them away to fans. There are still a few available at the box office.

Sunday is a 5:05 p.m. start and it’s O’Lacy’s Irish Day. O’Lacy’s has specials and tickets, you can visit the restaurant or follow them on Facebook. It is also free admission for MuckPups and kids can run the bases. Before the game, next to the souvenir stand, it is Autograph Alley as eight players will sign autographs, pose for photos and selfies with fans.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Engraved Brick Campaign at VanDetta Stadium

Press Release:

The Batavia City School District Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce their Engraved Brick Campaign at VanDetta Stadium at Woodward Field.

The bricks will be located in front of the weight room and will be a “River Red” color. Each brick is $100 (including engraving). All engravings will be approved by the BCSD Foundation, Inc.

Each brick will be 7¾ x 4 x 1¾ inch and on each brick there will be a maximum of 14 characters per line with a maximum of 3 lines. A character is any letter, space or punctuation mark.

Order forms are available on the BCSD Foundation, Inc website (https://www.bataviacsd.org/Page/7505) or at the Batavia City School District’s Instructional Services’ office at 260 State Street, Batavia. Orders received by September 1, 2019 will be installed in the Fall of 2019. All others will be installed the following years.

If you have any questions, please contact the BCSD Foundation, Inc at foundation@bataviacsd.org or Julia Rogers at 343-2480 ext. 1010.

Morning News Briefing

Buffalo man jailed for sex abuse at Six Flags in Darien.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 23 year old Terrill Cunningham of Treehaven Ave in Buffalo on counts of Sexual Abuse in both the first and second degree along with Forcible Touching following investigation into an incident at Six Flags Darien Lake.
Cunningham is accused of forcibly touching the intimate parts of two individuals less than fourteen years old at the amusement park Thursday evening.
He was arraigned in Darien Town Court late last night and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Cunningham is set to appear back in court on Tuesday July 30th.

Detectives attempt to piece facts together for jurors in Liberty Street trial.
Batavia Police Department detectives tried connecting the bludgeoning death of 47 year old Raymond Morgan to Richard Hanes, the man accused of murdering Morgan in his Liberty Street home last July.
Detectives Eric Hill and Thad Mart testified saying lab tests detected Hanes’s DNA on a baseball hat below Morgan’s bedroom window, and that Morgan’s DNA began to be collected throughout the city following his death including some DNA that was swabbed from a handlebar grip of Hanes’s bicycle and a hammer on the roof of an Ellicott Street house.
Detectives suspect Hanes may have thrown the alleged murder weapon before pedaling back to Thorpe Street.
Jurors also listened as Hill reassembled a text conversation between Morgan and Hanes from the fatal night last July in which Hanes told Morgan that he was going to pay him $395 dollars that he owed him minutes before Batavia PD was called.
Hanes faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. Defense attorney Frederick Rarick will have the opportunity to cross-examine detective Mart this afternoon.

The Batavia City School District Foundation is announcing their Engraved Brick Campaign at VanDetta Stadium at Woodward Field.
The bricks will be located in front of the weight room and will be a “River Red” color.
Each brick with engraving is $100 and all engravings will be approved by the BCSD Foundation.
Order forms are available on the BCSD Foundation website bataviacsd.org or at the Batavia City School District’s Instructional Services’ office at 260 State Street, Batavia.
Orders received by the first of September will be installed this fall.

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation aimed at protecting New Yorkers from data breaches like the one Equifax experienced two-years ago.
The SHIELD Act puts stricter guidelines in place for companies that handle private data, requiring that they properly inform consumers in the case of a data breach.
In addition, credit reporting agencies are required to offer identity theft prevention and protection services to anyone affected by such a breach.
This week, New York joined in on an over 19-million-dollar settlement with Equifax, as eight-and-a-half-million New Yorkers were impacted by the 2017 breach.

The race for first-place in the Pinckey Division of the New York-Penn League got interesting on Thursday night as West Virginia scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to down the Batavia Muckdogs, 4 to 3.
Batavia is now in first place at 24-16 and West Virginia is 21-17, taking 2-of-3 from the Muckdogs.
Batavia returns home for three games tonight, Saturday and Sunday against the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Listen to all three games live right here on WBTA.

Evening News Briefing

Richard Hanes

Jurors heard opening statements and testimony about the bludgeoning death of 47-year-old Raymond L. Morgan, of 111 Liberty St., Batavia, in the third day of the Richard D. Hanes trial on Wednesday.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman described the brutality of Morgan’s death in his opening statement. Friedman told jurors that at least 24 blunt force trauma injuries, most likely caused by blows from a hammer, were sustained by Morgan’s body.
Friedman revealed the perpetrator dropped 12–15 feet from a second-floor window of Morgan’s apartment and fled the scene in the direction of Ellicott Street after the incident occurred the night of July 24, 2018.
Friedman also said Batavia PD investigators collected blood samples matching the DNA profiles of both Morgan and Hanes from a bathroom at 5 Thorpe St., Batavia, which is the rooming house where Hanes resided at the time.
In defense attorney Frederick Rarick’s opening statement, he said Hanes was in the vicinity of the Liberty Street home on July 24 to purchase drugs from Morgan. Rarick maintained that neither forensic evidence at the scene nor witness testimonies will prove Hanes as the perpetrator.
Rarick told jurors that police did not ask for blood or fingerprint samples from other witnesses once Hanes was questioned and his DNA sample was taken. Rarick’s last message in his opening statement was that Hanes had no motive to allegedly commit the murder.
Hanes faces a life sentence if the jury returns a guilty verdict for his second-degree murder charge. Jurors will draw nearer to a verdict tomorrow morning in Genesee County Court.

Wyoming County Sheriff reports man dies in custody.
According to the Wyoming County Sheriff 46 year old Rochester resident Timothy Pabone died Tuesday afternoon while in custody of the County Jail Division.
A Correctional Officer observed Mr. Pabone unresponsive in his cell just before noon on Tuesday and immediately initiated Medical emergency procedures such as CPR and an AED.
Monroe Ambulance and emergency medical personnel from the Warsaw Ambulance arrived within minutes performing further lifesaving efforts, however, at 12:24 p.m. Mr. Pabone was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was ordered to be conducted at the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Pabone was initially arrested on a warrant out of Warsaw Town Court late Monday night by Irondequoit Police.
The cell block where he was housed was under video surveillance and there are no indications of any type of foul play.
While the cause of death remains under investigation it appears likely that Pabone suffered a medical event.

A Dellinger Ave resident jailed without bail after multiple violations.
50 year old Ricardo Sampel of Batavia was taken into custody following investigation into report of repeated violation of a court order of protection in Batavia.
Sampel was accused of continually contacting the protected party by phone and was hit with 5 Class E Felony counts of Aggravated Family Offense.
Sampel is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on a seperate Criminal Contempt charge and was ordered to be held without bail due to previous felony convictions.

The Buffalo Bills will hit the field today to kick off training camp.
The first practice is set for nine-45 this morning at Saint John Fisher College in Pittsford.
In addition to watching the team prep for the upcoming season, the Buffalo Bills Experience will give kids the chance to take part in activities like a football toss, quarterback challenge and running back challenge.
Buffalo’s season opener is September 8th against the New York Jets.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is signing legislation aimed at protecting New Yorkers from data breaches like the one Equifax experienced two-years ago. The SHIELD Act puts stricter guidelines in place for companies that handle private data, requiring that they properly inform consumers in the case of a data breach. In addition, credit reporting agencies are required to offer identity theft prevention and protection services to anyone affected by such a breach. Earlier this week New York joined in on an over 19-million-dollar settlement with Equifax, as eight-and-a-half-million New Yorkers were impacted by the 2017 breach.

Buy a Brick at VanDetta Stadium

News Release

The Batavia City School District Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce their Engraved Brick Campaign at VanDetta Stadium at Woodward Field.

The bricks will be located in front of the weight room and will be a “River Red” color. Each brick is $100 (including engraving). All engravings will be approved by the BCSD Foundation, Inc.

Each brick will be 7¾ x 4 x 1¾ inch and on each brick there will be a maximum of 14 characters per line with a maximum of 3 lines. A character is any letter, space or punctuation mark.

Order forms are available on the BCSD Foundation, Inc website or at the Batavia City School District’s Instructional Services’ office at 260 State Street, Batavia. Orders received by September 1, 2019 will be installed in the Fall of 2019. All others will be installed the following years.

If you have any questions, please email the BCSD Foundation at: foundation@Bataviacsd.org or call Julia Rogers at 343-2480 ext. 1010.

Muckdogs lose but remain in first and in the hunt for best record in the NYPL

Milton Smith II gives a high-five to Troy Johnston (27), who hit his second home run of the season for the Batavia Muckdogs on Wednesday night. Johnston had two hits in the loss for the first-place Muckdogs.

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Muckdogs lose but remain in first and in the hunt for best record in the NYPL

MORGANTOWN, W. VA. – Nic Ready hit two home runs in a Muckdogs win on Tuesday, and two home runs were not enough on Wednesday for Batavia as they fell to the West Virginia Black Bears, 8-2.

Troy Johnston belted his second home run of the season for Batavia and shortstop Dalvy Rosario hit his first of the season. Both were solo shots. Johnston, a 17th round pick of the Miami Marlins this year out of Gonzaga had two hits.

Eli Villalobos took the loss for Batavia, throwing the first 2.2 innings, giving up three runs and he struck out four.

Brock Love and Joey Steele once again had strong outings in relief for the Muckdogs and both have an ERA of 0.00 on the season.

Love, a 34th round pick of Miami this year from Alabama, went 1.1 innings of perfect baseball and struck out one.

Steele, a 30th round pick this year by there Marlins out of the University of San Francisco, tossed the eighth and struck out two without giving up a walk or a run.

Jackson Rose, a 2018 draft pick, threw three innings and struck out six without allowing a walk.

Batavia is now 24-15 and three games up on second place West Virginia (20-17) in the NYPL Pinckney Division. Third place State College also lost, and dropped to 19-20 with Mahoning Valley jumping ahead at 20-19. The Muckdogs are back in a battle with Lowell (23-13) for the best overall record in the league.

Batavia plays Thursday at 6:35 p.m. against West Virginia.

The fun continues at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday when the Muckdogs host Williamsport, it is Flash Back Friday, there will be Crafty Hour as Eli Fish craft beers are $3 for an hour before the game and all fans can get a bag of tennis balls after the game and take the chance on throwing one into a hula hoop to win two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Allegiant Air. There are other hoops to win other prizes.

On Saturday (also a 7:05 p.m. start, the Muckdogs not only have fireworks after the game, but Tompkins Bank of Castile bought all the general admission seats and are giving them away to fans. There are still a few available at the box office.

Sunday is a 5:05 p.m. start and it’s O’Lacy’s Irish Day. O’Lacy’s has specials and tickets, you can visit the restaurant or follow them on Facebook. It is also free admission for MuckPups and kids can run the bases. Before the game, next to the souvenir stand, it is Autograph Alley as eight players will sign autographs, pose for photos and selfies with fans.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Wyoming County Sheriff reports the death of an inmate.
Sheriff Gregory Rudolph reports the death of 46 year old Rochester resident Timothy Pabone who was in custody of the County Jail Division.
Just before noon on Tuesday a Correctional Officer observed Mr. Pabone unresponsive in his cell and Medical emergency procedures such as CPR and an AED were immediately initiated.
Within minutes Monroe Ambulance and emergency medical personnel from the Warsaw Ambulance arrived and further lifesaving efforts were performed. However, at 12:24 p.m. Mr. Pabone was pronounced deceased.
The Wyoming County Coroner responded to the Jail and ordered an autopsy be conducted at the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Pabone was initially picked up by Irondequoit Police on a warrant out of Warsaw Town Court for failure to pay fine late Monday night.
He was in a locked cell where the block is under video surveillance and there are no indications of any type of foul play.
Although the cause of death has yet to be determined it is suspected Pabone had some sort of medical event.
Pabone’s death remains under investigation and there is also an internal audit of procedures of the officers that is on-going.

Opening statements and early testimony sheds light on Liberty Street murder case.
In the third day of the trial against 37 year old Richard Hanes, formerly of Holley, Jurors heard opening statements and testimony about the bludgeoning death of 47 year old Raymond Morgan, of Liberty Street, Batavia.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman described the brutality of Morgan’s death telling jurors that Morgan’s body sustained at least 24 blunt force trauma injuries, most likely caused by a hammer.
Friedman also said investigators collected blood samples matching the DNA profiles of both Morgan and Hanes from a bathroom at 5 Thorpe Street, where Hanes resided at the time.
Defense attorney Frederick Rarick said Hanes was in the vicinity of the Liberty Street home on July 24 to purchase drugs from Morgan and claimed that police did not ask for blood or fingerprint samples from other witnesses once Hanes was questioned and his DNA sample was taken.
Jurors will continue to hear the case this morning in Genesee County Court.
If found guilty Hanes faces a life sentence for his second-degree murder charge.

An Octogenarian arrested for allegedly slugging her roommate.
80 year old Marquerite Magee of North Street, Albion, was arrested just after midnight Friday on Bank Street in Batavia after allegedly punching her roommate in the face at the assisted living facility where she resides.
She is charged with second-degree harassment and was issued an appearance ticket for July 30 in Batavia City Court.

An Ellicott Street man picked up for pot plants on his roof.
City Police took 42 year old Ronald Williams of Batavia into custody on counts of Unlawfully Growing Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana after officers allegedly found pot plants growing on the roof of his residence.
Williams was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on July 30th.

New legislation will create an artificial intelligence and robotics commission in the state of New York.
Governor Cuomo signed it into effect yesterday, saying that as the technology’s impact continues to grow, it’s critical to understand its capabilities and potential drawbacks.
The commission will analyze the latest uses of robotics and A.I. so as to determine how the state can benefit, and if regulation is needed.
Specifically the commission aims to examine the impact on employment, individual’s privacy, how to enhance aspects of the public sector, and what if anything could be dangerous.

The Buffalo Bills will hit the field today to kick off training camp.
The first practice is set for 9:45 this morning at Saint John Fisher College in Pittsford.
In addition to watching the team prep for the upcoming season, the Buffalo Bills Experience will give kids the chance to take part in activities like a football toss, quarterback challenge and running back challenge.
Buffalo’s season opener is September 8th against the New York Jets.

Evening News Briefing

Following two days of questioning, a panel of 12 jurors have been selected to hear the case against 37 year old Richard Hanes.
Hanes, a former resident of Holley, is accused of bludgeoning 47 year old Raymond Morgan of Batavia to death in his Liberty Street apartment last July and is facing a charge of second-degree murder.
Morgan was pronounced dead when police arrived at the scene with the cause of death determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.
Morgan was reportedly beaten beyond recognition.
Batavia Police officers and detectives are expected to take the stand to answer questions about their investigation in the coming days.
The first day of testimony coincides with the anniversary of Morgan’s death.

An East Main Street man jailed without bail for violating an order of protection.
26 year old Jordan Bradley of Batavia was arrested on counts of Criminal Contempt, Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child after he allegedly truck an individual who had an order of protection against him.
He was remanded to jail without bail and is expected back in City Court today.

An Ellicott Street man picked up for pot plants on his roof.
City Police took 42 year old Ronald Williams of Batavia into custody on counts of Unlawfully Growing Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana after officers allegedly found pot plants growing on the roof of his residence.
Williams was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on July 30th.

The Justice for Children Advocacy Center is inviting the community to attend an Open House at the Justice for Children Advocacy Center at 304 East Main Street in Batavia on Thursday, August 15th from noon until 6 to celebrate the completion of phase one of the renovation of their Batavia location.
Since 2011, the Kiwanis Club of Batavia has led the fundraising efforts raising nearly $200-thousand dollars to create a physical environment at the Justice for Children Advocacy Center that is as welcoming to kids and families.
The construction on phase one commenced in March of this year and was completed at the beginning of July doubling the amount of space available.

Ready blasts two home runs in 8-3 Batavia Muckdogs win

Nic Ready, with his signature toothpick, is all smiles. He has hit three home runs in two games, had six RBI’s Tuesday and Batavia is in first place.

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Ready blasts two home runs in 8-3 Batavia Muckdogs win

MORGANTOWN, W. VA. – Nic Ready blasted his first Batavia Muckdog home run of the season Monday, then jumped on a bus after the game to play the West Virginia Black Bears Tuesday night.

He had a chance to stretch his legs, this time rounding the bases again.

With Batavia trailing 1-0 in the third, Ready, the NCAA Home Run Derby champion as a senior at Air Force Academy, blasted a two-out, 3-run home run.

As West Virginia (wearing their special Moonshiners uniforms) closed the lead to 5-2, Ready crushed another home run. That was it as Batavia cruised to an 8-3 victory.

For the game, Ready increased his average to .305 by going 3-for-5 and had a RBI double as well as he drove in six runs on the game.

Batavia catcher Andres Stormes also hit a home run, a solo shot as he went 2-for-3 with two runs.

Milton Smith II had a hit and a run and stole his 10th base of the season.

J.D. Orr, who jumped to the top spot in the NYPL average race with a .378 average, went 2-for-3 with two runs and two walks. Putting him on base means a steal, and Orr stole two bases and has 19 on the season.

Dalvy Rosario scored once and stole two bases, giving him nine on the season.

The win was big for Batavia, as the Muckdogs are 24-14 and gained a full game (up 4.0) on second place West Virginia (19-17) in the NYPL Pinckney Division. Third place State College also lost, and dropped to 19-19 with Mahoning Valley. The Muckdogs are back in a battle with Lowell (23-12) for the best overall record in the league.

On the mound, lefty Andrew Miller won his second straight to improve to 2-3 on the season. he went five strong innings with two strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Bryan Hoeing had his first career hold, going three innings and striking out two without allowing a walk. Josh Simpson, another lefty on manager Tom Lawless’ roster, pitched the ninth and struck out the final batter of the game.

For Buffalo Bills fans, Batavia won on Jeff Hostetler Bobble Head Night. The former West Virginia baseball player was featured with a Black Bears No. 15 jersey on his bobble head. Hostetler led the New York Giants over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, 20-19 in 1990. The first 1,000 fans received the gift and the former QB was there to sign autographs.

Batavia has two more game in West Virginia, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:35 p.m.

The fun continues at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday when the Muckdogs host Williamsport, it is Flash Back Friday, there will be Crafty Hour as Eli Fish craft beers are $3 for an hour before the game and all fans can get a bag of tennis balls after the game and take the chance on throwing one into a hula hoop to win two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Allegiant Air. There are other hoops to win other prizes.

On Saturday (also a 7:05 p.m. start, the Muckdogs not only have fireworks after the game, but Tompkins Bank of Castile bought all the general admission seats and are giving them away to fans. There are still a few available at the box office.

Sunday is a 5:05 p.m. start and it’s O’Lacy’s Irish Day. O’Lacy’s has specials and tickets, you can visit the restaurant or follow them on Facebook. It is also free admission for MuckPups and kids can run the bases. Before the game, next to the souvenir stand, it is Autograph Alley as eight players will sign autographs, pose for photos and selfies with fans.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Bellavia receiving “Key to the City” from City Council President Eugene Jankowski: by our news partner The Batavian

Homecoming ceremony honors a local War Hero.
Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia has been honored by his hometown.
Bellavia was met by a brass band and a crowd of around 200 community members outside City Hall where he was given the key to the City of Batavia during a ceremony yesterday afternoon.
Bellavia thanked his family and community for their support and shared a message stressing the importance of service to young families…

The Staff Sergeant and his family were greeted by local politicians, area veterans and media and he patiently greeted all those coming to see him.
He was given the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Iraq War at a White House ceremony last month with President Trump.
Bellavia is credited for helping save his platoon after the men had become trapped while clearing buildings in Fallujah back in 2004.

A Greece resident busted with multiple drugs in a Byron traffic stop.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Byron Holley Road yesterday afternoon after a distracted driver reportedly ran a stop sign.
The driver was identified as 26 year old Rachael Ezzezew of Bronze Leaf Trail Greece and was allegedly in possession of marijuana and two different types of controlled substances.
Deputies also discovered her license had been suspended and Ezzezew was taken into custody on two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Pot.
She is expected back in Byron Town Court on August 13th.

The man accused of murdering a mother and her son is in the process of negotiating a plea deal on federal charges.
Paperwork filed yesterday by Alberto Reyes’ attorney says he’ll accept the agreement as long as it’s approved by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Reyes is facing charges in connection with the murder of 18 year old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her son Owen.
Hidalgo-Calderon’s remains were found last May on the Sodus farm where she worked.
Her son’s remains were identified in October.

Win against the Blck Bears means the Muckdogs are back in the game for the League’s top dog.
After blasting his first Batavia Muckdog home run of the season on Monday Nic Ready hit two more homers to win the game against the West Virginia Black Bears Tuesday night.
Ready crushed a two-out, 3-run home run in the third and then blasted another homer allowing Batavia to cruise to an 8 to 3 victory.
The Muckdogs now 24 and 14 are back in a battle with Lowell who are 23 and 12 on the season for the best overall record in the league.
Muckdogs continue their away series to return this Friday to host Williamsport for three at home.

Governor Cuomo has signed a law making revenge porn illegal throughout New York State.
The term refers to the publication of intimate images, often of a sexual nature, that are published online without someone’s consent.
Typically such a situation results after two people that had been in a relationship break up.
Governor Cuomo says the law is needed to make sure the legal system keeps pace with technology, and the way abusers harass victims.

As of yesterday, the bridge on Searls Road between North Byron Road and Tower Hill Road in Byron has been reopened, the GC Highway Department announced yesterday afternoon after it had been closed for replacement.

NYSS first year fillies trot into Batavia Downs

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Batavia Downs will celebrate their opening night of the 2019 live racing season on Wednesday (July 24) by welcoming the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) as they make their first of nine stops at the Genesee County oval this year. The initial visit will bring two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies along who will compete for identical $53,000 purses.

The first split that’s carded as race five features the undefeated Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) who is listed as the 6-5 morning choice from post six for Team Orange Crush: Andy and Julie Miller.

This filly has already taken a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 at Tioga Downs in her second career start and has won all three of all her races by open lengths. She is the top pointgetter in her bracket and has $52,600 made this year. Love A Good Story will look to add the winners share of this race to her total as well.

Per Engblom’s Munster (Chapter Seven-Richesse Oblige) is coming off a sparkling effort of her own at Yonkers where she went gate to wire in a career best 1:57.4. That was her first time on a half mile track and the result bodes well for her prospects at the Downs. Jordan Stratton will be at the controls from post two at 2-1.

The second division in race six has a pair or performers from from the Ake Svandstedt Stable that were made morning line choice at 2-1 by the track handicapper, as a stable entry.
Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) and Destiny Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Chasin Clouds Away) will leave from post one and post seven respectively.

Seventimesalady is winless in two starts but not for lack of performance. She chased Love A Good Story in a fast 1:55.1 at Tioga to finish second in her first lifetime start and then got parked out for a majority of the mile from post seven at Yonkers last week before finishing third. She will be looking to get a good trip from the pylons with her trainer Svandstedt in the bike.

Destiny Blue Chip is also winless in two starts but has put in two solid races trotting close to the leaders, garnering a couple of thirds for her work. Unfortunately she moves out in post from those starts but does pick up driver Jim Morrill Jr. this week who will be an asset to her as he knows the track at Batavia well.

Another ready candidate is Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who has shown she likes a half -mile track. She sat a pocket trip behind Hypnotic AM at Yonkers last week and finished second in a 1:56.1 time, trotting her mile in 1:57.2. And she does have a win in the NYSS already this in her first lifetime start at Buffalo. She is in a perfect spot here to take that next step for trainer Scott Di Domenico. Really Blue Chip leaves from post five for driver Jordan Stratton.

There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior “A” series in races three, four and seven and two $6,700 Excelsior “B” series events in races eight and nine.

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

Johnston, Ready lead first-place Batavia Muckdogs to 4-1 win Monday

Batavia Muckdogs pitcher Evan Brabrand has thrown in nine games this season and he is 2-0 with seven saves. He had the win on Monday before 1,139 fans.

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Johnston, Ready lead first-place Batavia Muckdogs to 4-1 win Monday

BATAVIA – As a senior at the Air Force Academy in 2018, Nic Ready won the NCAA Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Nebraska when he hit a record 55 home runs in three rounds for the title.

During his senior season, he hit .341 with 20 home runs.

A 23rd-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins this year, Ready hit his first professional home run as the Batavia Muckdogs defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrapper, 4-1 on Monday.

Batavia (23-14) is in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Ready, who is now hitting .293, had a 3-for-4 day with two runs and his home run gave Batavia a 1-0 lead in the seventh.

With the game tied 1-1 in the eighth with two outs, Troy Johnston a 17th-round pick of the Marlins this year, ripped a 2-RBI double off the right center wall to give Batavia the lead for good.

“I thought it was gone, I did, it was an awesome feeling, you love when you get a ball like that in a situation like that,” said Johnston. “Milton (Smith II) starting it off with a hit (in the eighth), Nic Ready squeaking one through and Andrew Turner got us an insurance run,” said Johnston. “ Hitting is contagious especially with two outs.”

A crowd of 1,139 saw the Muckdogs win on Kids Day.

“The kids were awesome, they were loud, they got after it, I loved it. It was a great atmosphere here in Batavia,” said Johnston.

Batavia has the two top hitters in the NYPL and they both contributed, as J.D. Orr (.368) had a hit and Smith (.352) had a hit and a run. Orr was a 10th round draft pick this year and Smith went in the 22nd round last year to Miami.

Andrew Turner, a 39th round pick in 2018, continued his recent hot streak as he is hitting .329 in his last 10 games and .299 on the season. He had two hits including a RBI double.

On the mound, Evan Brabrand continued his dominating season.

Brabrand, a 9th round pick this year out of Liberty is now 2-0 with 7 saves in nine mound appearances. He has stuck out 14 in 9.2 innings and given up one run for a 0.93 ERA. on Monday, he had one strikeout in 1.1 innings, one hit allowed and no runs.

Starter Easton Lucas had a shut out for the three innings he pitched, struck out four and did not walk a bater. Lucas, a lefty, is a 14th round Marlins draft pick this year out of Pepperdine and he has a 1.69 ERA.

Lefty Dakota Bennett went 4.2 innings, struck out two, gave up two hits and no earned runs.

The pitching is phenomenal, I am just glad I’m on the other side,” said Johnston.

Right after the game, the Muckdogs left for West Virginia for three games with the Black Bears. The Muckdogs are home Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. with Williamsport and Sunday at 5:05 p.m. The game Saturday is sponsored by Tompkins Bank of Castile and free general admission pickets are available at the box office while they last.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

Thirty Three arrested at Whiz Khalifa Concert.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department had its hands full during the Whiz Khalifa Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday as deputies made 33 arrests in total.
Thirteen people were arrested for Trespassing many for Criminally Trespassing, eleven for Unlawful Possession of Pot, three people were charged with Harassment for fighting with either other concert goers or Live Nation Security, four were arrested for Obstructing Governmental Administration, and four for Disorderly Conduct.
20 year old Sonia Vasquez of Hilton was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Weapon after allegedly being found in possession of a stun gun while entering the Darien Lake parking lot and 19 year old Arthur Meaney, a Grand Island resident, was remanded to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail after being arrested for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration.
Meaney was allegedly found in possession of a fictitious license and then refused to be placed under arrest by struggling with Deputies.
Surprisingly no one arrested was from Genesee County with the majority of those charged from the Rochester area.

New Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia will be honored in Batavia today.
He’s set to receive a “Key to the City” during a ceremony this afternoon at 2 outside the City Centre.
Bellavia was given the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Iraq War.
The military says Bellavia helped save his platoon by providing cover for his fellow soldiers to escape and is credited with killing insurgents when the men had become trapped while clearing buildings in Fallujah back in 2004.
A note to motorists that Jefferson Avenue between Main Street and the north entrance to the Wendy’s and Tim Hortons’ parking lots will be closed to traffic beginning at 1:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the presentation.

New York is banning cat declawing, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.
Governor Cuomo signed the ban into law yesterday, calling the procedure cruel and painful.
Declawing involves the removal of tendons, nerves, and the last bones in a cat’s paw.
Although the bill had overwhelming support, some vet groups opposed it, mentioning some people who have compromised immune systems can’t risk owning a cat if it has claws.

First-place Batavia Muckdogs win 4 to 1 taking the series against the Scrappers.
The Muckdogs brought home another win in front of a crowd of 1,139 fans during “Kids Day” yesterday at Dwyer Stadium.
Batavia now 23 and 14 on the season remains in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
The Muckdogs will be in West Virginia for three games with the Black Bears and return for a home series against the Williamsport Crosscutters Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
You can hear all three games this weekend right here on WBTA.

Folks across Western New York are being urged to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.
Officials say the need for donations is high this year and more donors are needed to meet demand.
Folks who have O-negative blood are also being asked to donate their platelets.
The lack of donations can have an impact on lives since surgeries may have to be canceled and doctors may not have the resources to save patients in hospitals.

Batavia Downs Championship season starts Wednesday

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The 73rd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs gets underway on Wednesday (July 24), runs through Saturday (Dec. 14) and features the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be the richest card of racing ever presented in Western New York.

Opening night post time is 6 p.m.

During the 65-day season, live racing will take place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. (Sundays through August only). There will also be racing on Monday on four occasions during the meet including July 29 (5 p.m.), August 5 (5 p.m.), Labor Day Sept.2 (1:15 p.m.) and Columbus Day Oct. 14 (1:15 p.m.). And please note a special 3:15 p.m. post on Saturday (Nov.2) for Breeders Cup Day.

The racing product will be as good as it gets in both stake and overnight action led by eight divisions of the NYSS that will visit the Downs on Wednesday (July 24), Sunday (July 28), Sunday (Aug. 4), Wednesday (Aug. 7), Wednesday (Aug, 14), Tuesday (Aug. 23), Wednesday (Aug. 24) and Sunday (Aug. 28). And the NYSS Night of Champions will be contested on Saturday (Sept. 14). That night will also mark the return of Batavia Downs signature stake the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace.

The overnight action is sure to draw the best horses available with the announced 10-percent purse increase across the board. With that in place the Open I events on both gaits (with a minimum of six starters) will compete for $12,500, Open II for $11,000 and Open III for $10,000.

Claiming races will be positively affected as well and at all levels. For example, a $25,000 claimer will go for a $11,000 purse, a $10,000 claimer will go for $8,500 and a $4,500 claimer will go for $4,900.

As a result, Batavia Downs will pay out over $8 million in purse money during the 65-day meeting.

Last year’s leading driver Drew Monti will be back to defend his titles against the likes of Kevin Cummings, Billy Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Shawn McDonough. The Downs top trainer JD Perrin will also return to try and repeat against last year’s leaders that include James Clouser Jr., Ryan Swift, Gerry Sarama and John Mungillo.

All participating horsemen will find the track has been completely resurfaced with newly banked turns, proper stretch grading and all new surface material. This should ensure a lightning fast and safe track that and produce fast miles and strong competition.

There have been some changes made to the betting menu this year with the addition of a late Pick-3 (on a minimum 10-race card) and a late Pick-4 (on a minimum nine-race card) giving fans two chances to play this popular wager each night.

Also starting after Labor Day there will be a guaranteed Pick-5 pool offered on Wednesday in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program. This will include free downloadable program pages available for each of those nights.

Betting minimums for each wager include $2 Win/Place/Show, $1 Daily Double and Exacta, 50-cent Trifecta, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 and 20-cent Superfectas.

The Downs very popular Clubhouse group dining packages (minimum of 10 people) will return offering delicious buffet options, free programs, Free Play on the gaming floor and new this year, a free $2 bet for each attending member of a group. For availability and pricing check our website at www.bataviadownsgaming.com or call Mary Bucceri at 585.344.6144.

Fans attending the track will again find a robust slate of promotions throughout the year. A total of 30 food, betting and prize promotions dot the 65-day schedule with something to interest everyone.

Opening night features free programs (while supplies last) to everyone attending the track.

Dollar Sundays run from July 28 to August 25 and feature hot dogs, draft beer and soda for only $1 from noon until the last race.

Saturday (Aug. 10) is Batavia Downs Gaming Hotel Night where 10 one-night stays at the beautiful Hotel at the Downs will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing.

Saturday (Aug. 17) is TAG Jewelry Night and a $3,500 (retail) diamond bracelet will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing.

Saturday (Aug. 24) is Artemis Spa Night. 10 $100 spa gift certificates will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing.

Sunday (Aug. 25) is Family Fun Day and the famous Wiener Dog Races. This is always the most attended day at the track and features the 15th annual Dachshund Dash wiener dog races sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. Ten elimination races with eight dogs in each will come down to one final to crown this year’s champion.

Other events that day include free pony rides, face painting, sand art, snow cones and appearances by Pringles the Clown, Jason the Juggler, Johnathan the Magician and Mr. Scribbles.

Monday (Sept. 2) is the annual Labor Day Driver’s Bike Race. Eight of our top drivers compete on bicycles for a quarter mile and then those bicycles are randomly given away by drawing to fans who selected the winning driver.

Saturday (Sept. 14) is the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions and the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational Pace. There will also be a NYSS T-shirt give-away in conjunction with the Night of Champions. Players Club members will receive a ticket redeemable for a New York Sire Stake T-shirt after the seventh race.

“Although our meet is just getting underway, our staff has been working feverishly all year with an aggressive schedule of projects to ready the Downs for the biggest meet we’ve ever held,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Batavia Downs.

“With the New York Sire Stakes selecting us to host the Night of Champions, it was our goal to have our track and facilities in the best possible shape to provide the best conditions for visiting owners, trainers, drivers, their horses and our customers all year and I think we have done just that.”

Muckdogs fall, 5-4 remain in first place

Edison Suriel delivers a two-seam fastball to the plate Sunday afternoon. Surreal lowered his ERA to 1.69 throwing two scoreless innings with four strikeouts and allowed one hit.

Press Release:

Muckdogs fall, 5-4, remain in first place

BATAVIA – Even when the Batavia Muckdogs lose, they find a way to keep the crowd excited to the last out.

The Muckdogs ended a 3-game win streak with a 5-4 loss to Mahoning Valley on Sunday.

The Muckdogs play at home at 11:05 a.m. on Monday as part of Kids Day and a special for fans age 55 and over. Tickets for anyone 55 and older is just $2 and there will be food and drink specials as well.

On Sunday, Mahoning Valley jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the sixth and held off a Batavia rally to win.

Batavia remains in first place in the New York-Penn Pinckney Division with a 22-14 record and Mahoning Valley is 18-18.

J.D. Orr had another strong game going 2-for4 with two runs and is now hitting .369 on the season, jumping just ahead of teammate Milton Smith III (.356) for the top average in the NYPL.

Dalvy Rosario (two runs), Nic Ready and Ronal Reynoso all had hits while Jack Strunc and Andrew Turner had RBI’s.

Starting pitcher Edgar Martinez went four innings and struck out three, Jonaiker Villalobos, who took the loss, struck out one in .2 innings.

Jeremy Galindez went 2.1 innings giving up two hits and struck out one.

Edison Suriel lowered his ER to 1.69 throwing two scoreless innings one one-hit ball with four strikeouts to keep the Muckdogs in the game.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Morning News Briefing

LeRoy resident arrested after attempting to fight with a Deputy.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 49 year old Ryan Sharlow of West Bergen Road LeRoy following investigation into an incident of West Main Street Road.
According to lawmen Sharlow allegedly damaged another person’s property at the address last Tuesday and as the arresting officer was attempting to take him into custody he began to resist the deputy by grabbing him and throwing punches at him.
Sharlow was ultimately charged with Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest and was issued appearance tickets for LeRoy Town Court on August 8th.

Traffic stop in Stafford ends in arrest for a LeRoy woman.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Batavia Stafford Townline Road yesterday evening for alleged vehicle and traffic violations.
The driver was identified as 29 year old Jessica Culver of Walker Road LeRoy and during the course of the investigation it was determined that she was driving on a suspended license in a vehicle without an inspection ticket.
Also a subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly led to the discovery of a controlled substance in Culver’s possession and she was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Inspection Certificate.
She was released with appearance tickets for August 15th in Stafford Town Court.

Guests at the Darien Lake theme park were left stranded on the ferris wheel over the weekend.
The ferris wheel at six flags darien lake came to a halt Saturday evening leaving passengers stuck on the ride until park employees reset the it so they could exit.
The park says the ride will undergo a thorough inspection before reopening.

The City of Batavia will make a special presentation of the “Key to the City” to one of its distinguished residents, Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia.
Bellavia was presented with the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest military award for valor, on June 25th.
The award was earned through Bellavia’s heroic actions during the second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004, as part of and Operation Phantom Fury.
As part of his homecoming, Bellavia is set to receive the “Key to the City” in a Presentation to Tuesday, July 23rd at 2 PM in the Entrance Courtyard to Batavia City Centre.

Muckdogs split series with Mahoning Valley.
The Muckdogs improved with a 7 to 2 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrapper Saturday night then slipped back one after losing 5 to 4 in last night’s match up.
Batavia remains in first place of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division with a record of 22 and 14 and will face the Scrappers for the third game in the series tonight at Dwyer Stadium.
You can hear all the action here on WBTA starting with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Drivers are saving a bit of money at the gas pumps these days.
According to Triple A, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in Batavia is now $2.84.
That’s up 7 cents from the price a month ago but down a whole 12 cents from this time last year.
The state average is sitting at $2.88 a gallon while nationally it’s $2.77.

David Bellavia Homecoming

This Tuesday, July 23, the City of Batavia will make a special presentation of the “Key to the City” to one of its distinguished residents, Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia.

Bellavia was presented with the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest military award for valor, on June 25, 2019. The award was earned through Bellavia’s heroic actions during the second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004, as part of and Operation Phantom Fury.

The public is invited to attend.

WHAT: “Key to the City” Presentation to Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia
*Press availability with Bellavia to follow program

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

WHERE: Entrance Courtyard to Batavia City Centre
1 Batavia City Centre
Batavia, NY 14020
*Rain location—inside City Centre in Council Chambers (second floor)

WHO: SSG/Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia
Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski, Jr.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley
Other community officials and veterans representatives

SPECIAL NOTES:
• City administrative offices will be closed beginning at 1:30 PM until the conclusion of the presentation

• Jefferson Avenue between Main Street and the north entrance to Wendy’s/Tim Hortons’ will be closed to traffic beginning at 1:30 PM until the conclusion of the presentation

Big Rig Flies off Thruway Overpass in Pembroke

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian More photos HERE

A spectacular crash just before 4 this morning on Route 5 in Pembroke.

A tractor-trailer ran off an I-90 overpass in Pembroke and landed on Route 5 below.

The driver of the truck and a female passenger were injured.

Both were taken to ECMC.

Pembroke Fire Interim Chief Jamie Waff:

There were two dogs in the truck. One is OK, the other is missing.

Route 5 was closed for several hours. It has now re-opened.

Batavia Muckdogs rally falls short in 5-4 loss to Auburn

Muckdogs shortstop Dalvy Rosario goes deep in the hole to throw out a runner by half a step on Thursday. Rosario went 3-for-5 with a RBI double.

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs almost mounted a last inning comeback as they fell short in a 5-4 loss to the Auburn Doubledays Thursday night at Dwyer Stadium.

Trailing 5-2 in the ninth, J.D. Orr led off with a walk, Dalvy Rosario hit a RBI double then Troy Johnston singled in Rosario. However, Pearson McMahan came in and struck out all three batters he faced for his third save of the season.

Both teams combined to leave a staggering 46 runners on base, 25 for Auburn, 21 for Batavia.

Batavia (19-13) remains in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division and will play at Auburn Friday at 7:05 p.m. before returning to Dwyer Saturday.

Rosario finished 3-for-5 with a run while Johnston, Jack Strunc and Dustin Skelton each had two hits. Nic Ready added a RBI double.

On the mound, Bryan Hoeing, a 2019 seventh round draft pick out of Louisville tossed three scoreless innings with a strikeout. His ERA remains 0.00 on the season. Edison Suriel had another strong outing with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings without allowing a hit.

The Muckdogs are at home on Saturday with fireworks at the ball park following the 7:05 p.m. game with Mahoning Valley. The theme is Beach Boys music for the fireworks, which was sponsored by Farm Credit East.

On Sunday, the Muckdogs play at 5:05 p.m. as kids can run the bases, there will be an autograph alley and it is Muckpups funday, a kids club day.

Tickets are available at muckdogs.com or stop by the Dwyer Stadium Ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. The number is 585-483-3647.

The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

BATAVIA DOWNS CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCES PRECAUTIONS FOR ANTICIPATED HEATWAVE

TENTS, MISTING STATIONS, 2 FOR 1 WATER AMONG MEASURES TAKEN

Press Release:

BATAVIA – In anticipation of the high temperatures forecasted for Western New York, Batavia Downs Gaming has announced the following steps will be taken to ensure the safety of guests at the facility’s two outdoor concerts taking place this weekend; The Gin Blossoms on July 19th and BataviaStock Woodstock Tribute show on July 20th.

-The facility will have on site several tents for shade from which concert goers can still enjoy the show.

-There will be misting tents at the facility

-The facility will allow concert goers to bring in factory sealed water with them to the shows. They will not allow coolers but patrons are allowed to leave and re-enter the show with hand stamp if they have additional waters in their vehicle.

-On-site water sales at Batavia Downs shows are one ticket ($3) per water. From 4-6pm on Friday and 1-4pm on Saturday – one ticket will give you 2 waters.

“We saw the anticipated forecast and knew we had to act in the best interest of all the concert goers coming this weekend, “said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO and President of Batavia Downs. “We encourage all patrons coming to the facility to apply sunscreen and if necessary bring sealed waters and umbrellas.”

Morning News Briefing

Programs are popping up and dropping off locally to beat the heat as an Excessive Heat Warning goes into effect this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for counties including Genesee and Wyoming, from noon today through early Saturday evening.
Heat index values locally could reach up to 100 during the day.
The Weather Service out of Buffalo has elevated the Heat Watch across Orleans, Monroe and Livingston counties to an Excessive Heat Warning, also in effect from noon until tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Highs of up to 108 degrees are expected in spots both days.

Due to the extreme temperatures locally, the Ricky Palermo annual soccer clinic scheduled for today is canceled and will be postponed until next Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Batavia Sports Park.
Also the City of Batavia Summer Recreation Program will be closed today to resume as scheduled Monday.
The Youth Center at 12 MacArthur Drive will remain open from 1 to 6 p.m. for children ages 10 through 16.

Governor Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to prepare for the extreme heat this weekend.
The high temperatures and increased humidity could be dangerous for at-risk populations, particularly the elderly and small children.
The governor says state park swimming pools will have extended hours this weekend and cooling stations will be available across the Empire State.

Darien Lake is allowing concertgoers to bring water to the amphitheatre.
If you’re heading to a concert at Darien Lake this weekend, you’ll be able to bring water into the venue.
Officials say the only condition is those bottles have to be factory-sealed.
Thomas Rhett will take the stage tonight, followed by 311 and Dirty Heads Saturday.
Live Nation says there will also be free water stations around the venue.

A semi-truck has come off the Thruway and over turned this morning, landing on Route 5 in Pembroke.
One person was reportedly pinned by the trailer and Mercy Flight is requested to the scene at around quarter after 4 this morning.
With no guardrail on the bridge in place emergency units were parking on the side of the road.
Alternate routes are suggested to avoid potential delays.

Ten people busted at Blink 182 concert.
Blink 182 and Lil’ Wayne performed at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Wednesday evening where the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reportedly arrested five individuals for Trespassing and four for Unlawful possession of pot.
A resident of Opa Locka, Florida was also taken into custody for Harassment after allegedly harassing a Darien lake Employee after the concert.

Today veterans can get $20 in checks to buy farm-fresh produce from vendors at the Downtown Batavia Public Market.
From 9 a.m. to noon Friday, a representative from the Batavia VA will give out FreshConnect checks on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The checks are part of Governor Cuomo’s “New York FreshConnect Farmers’ Markets” program.
The checks also help farmers in the community by increasing the sale of locally grown food.
The market is excited to give back to veterans for their service.

Hot Weather Alters Local Events

Youth program cancellations are occurring due to the high heat index in Western New York.

The Ricky Palermo annual soccer clinic scheduled for tomorrow is canceled due to the dangerous heat index. The clinic will be postponed until next Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Batavia Sports Park. Contact rickypalermo24@gmail.com or Roger Hume at 345-1701 with questions or concerns.

Due to the extreme temperatures forecast for tomorrow, the City of Batavia Summer Recreation Program will be closed to ensure the safety of participants. The program will resume as scheduled Monday. The Youth Center at 12 MacArthur Drive will remain open from 1 to 6 p.m. for children ages 10 through 16. The program apologizes for the inconvenience and encourages anyone with questions to contact the Youth Bureau.

Batavia Muckdogs hold three-game lead in first place, host Auburn tonight

Dakota Bennett, an 11th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins picked up a win last night in an 11-0 win over Auburn for the Batavia Muckdogs.

Press Release:

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs have increased the lead in first place in the Pinckney Division to 3.0 over the West Virginia Black Bears, the Pirates affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

Batavia (19-12) hosts the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Dwyer Stadium.

The team, featuring mainly recent draft picks and signings by the parent club, the Miami Marlins, won 11-0 on Wednesday night over Auburn.

Three pitchers combined for a 3-hitter, each given dup just one hit.

Dakota Miller pitched five innings in relief to pick up the win. Miller, an 11th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins in 2017, improve to 2-1 on the season. He struck out one, gave up a single hit and walked one.

Easton Lucas, a 15th round draft pick of the Marlins this year, threw the first three innings and struck out two, gave just one hit and no walks or runs. His ERA dropped to 2.35 on the season.

Joey Steele, another 2019 draft pick, kept his ERA at 0.00 as he threw the ninth innings, striking out two.

Muckdogs manager Tom Lawless gave two of his best hitters the night off, Milton Smith II (hitting a NYPL leading .402) and Sean Reynolds (two home runs, 33 home runs in three years).

However, the offense scored 11 runs led by the electric J.D. Orr, a 10th round 2019 draft pick out of Wright State.

Orr is second to Smith II in hitting for the lead league and had a triple and a double to increase his average to .357 while scoring three runs. He also drove in two runs, stole a base and walked.

Shortstop Dalvy Rosario tripled and drove in four runs on the night.

Troy Johnston, a 17th round draft pick out of Gonzaga this year, is now hitting .300 on the season as he went.

Catcher Keegan Fish, a 13th round pick of the Marlins in 2018, went 2-for-3 wth two runs, Nic Ready belted a RBI double and Brayan Hernandez had a single and stole a base.

On tap tonight: It’s Labatt’s Blur Thirsty Thursday as all 16 ounce Labatt Blue products are just $2 until the seventh inning.

Tickets: 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.

Social Media; The Muckdogs are on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now have a BataviaMuckdogs snapchat account. Follow the team on social media for game updates and videos and photos during the games of fans and players.

Batavia Downs wiener dog race registration open

(Photo by Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Registration for one of the most popular promotions of the season at Batavia Downs Gaming — the annual “Dachshund Dash” wiener dog races — begins on Thursday (July 18) and will remain open until entry capacity is met.

These races are scheduled to take place on Sunday (Aug. 25).

If you have a dog that has competed in this event in the past or have one you would like to enter for the first time, please call Sara Tenney at 585-343-3750, ext. 439 to register or for more information. If you leave a message you will receive a call back for confirmation.

Please be aware that entries are limited to the first 80 dogs and the fields have filled fast the last several years.

This is the 15th year Batavia Downs has hosted the annual races that are sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. A total of 10 heats will be contested with eight dogs competing in each heat. The first race will begin after the last live harness race of the day, which will be approximately 4:30 p.m.

All those who enter will receive doggie bags full of treats courtesy of Genesee Feeds of Batavia, the official sponsor of the race. The owners of all heat winners will receive $25 in gaming Free Play and the top three finishers in the championship race will receive two clubhouse buffet certificates and $100, $75 and $50 (first through third) in Free Play for the gaming floor. The top winner’s total prize package including the gaming Free Play is valued at $200.

The wiener dog races are the final part of Family Fun Day at Batavia Downs Gaming that runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. This fun-filled event includes many activities for kids including free pony rides courtesy of Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Also on that day there will be $1 hot dogs and sodas from noon until last race.

Last year a crowd of nearly 3,000 people showed up to watch “Louie” nose out “Jasper” in a photo finish with “Dexter Tyberius” finishing a close third in the championship heat. The very friendly Louie, who is owned by Bruce Hummel of Pittsford, NY, quickly became a fan favorite in the Purple Haze winner’s circle after the race.

Track officials expect to host a similar sized crowd again this year.

HAWLEY TO HOST GENESEE COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS SATURDAY, JULY 20

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is pleased to announce he will be holding two open town hall meetings this Saturday, July 20 at different locations in Genesee County. All residents are welcome to attend to discuss local issues and to express any questions or concerns they might have.

“I always look forward to these summer town hall meetings as a way to provide insight and answer questions about the recently concluded legislative session,” Hawley said. “We had one of the busiest and most impactful sessions in recent memory and, although I disagree with much of what was passed, I look forward to informing my neighbors and listening to their reactions. I encourage all those who are free to attend one of these town hall meetings.”

TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Town of Stafford/City of Batavia/Town of Batavia
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Batavia City Centre Community Room
One Batavia City Centre
Batavia, NY 14020

Town of Pembroke/Town of Darien/Village of Corfu
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Village of Corfu Village Hall
116 East Main Street
Corfu, NY 14036

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has signed a new law allowing farm workers to unionize.
The Farm Laborers Fair Practices Act also mandates a 60-hour work week, sets overtime pay at one-and-a-half-times the normal rate, and guarantees farm workers at least one day off per week.
Western New York farmers and lawmakers were among those who lobbied against the legislation, citing the devastating impact it could have on family farms and agriculture, the primary economic driver of the region.
New York Farm Bureau president David Fisher said many of New York’s leaders dismissed the dignity and respect farm families have long provided to their workers adding that the legislation will lead to significant financial challenges for farmers and the continued erosion of our rural communities.
Cuomo was joined by his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy at yesterday’s bill signing.
The governor credited her for being a tireless advocate for collective bargaining rights.

A pair in Stafford busted for pot growing operation.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to a reported domestic incident at an address on Seven Springs Road in Stafford last month ended up arresting two of the residents for growing pot.
29 year old Alexandra Lasky and 24 year old Alexander Scheg were both arrested for Unlawful Growing of Cannabis after deputies discovered a marijuana grow operation and Lasky was additionally charged for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing other drugs at the residence.
Both Lasky and Scheg were released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia Town Court on August 13th.

Six injured in a two car crash in Darien.
Report came in at around quarter to 11 last night of a two car accident with serious injuries on Route 20 at Harlow Road in Darien.
There was initial report of entrapment with one person possibly laying in the roadway.
According to a source at the scene, a vehicle from Pennsylvania occupied by four women ages 18 to 20 was southbound on Route 20 when the driver allegedly ran a stop sign and was struck by a westbound Jeep.
The southbound driver was taken to ECMC via Mercy Flight while the front passenger was taken by ground ambulance along with all four occupants of the Jeep.
State Police said drinking or drugs did not play a role in the crash.

Folks in Orleans, Monroe and Livingston counties are really going to be feeling the heat the next few days.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch that will go into effect tomorrow afternoon and last into Saturday.
Forecasters are predicting the heat index in some locations could reach 110 degrees.
That could put anyone who spends time outside at risk of a heat-related illness.

The International Joint Commission has made an announcement involving its future.
The agency, which is responsible for managing Lake Ontario’s outflows, will be adding two new members.
One member will be from Canada while the other will be from the United States.
The IJC says the people selected will help fellow members look at the human and social impact of lakeshore flooding.

Today is Kid’s Day at the Genesee County Fair!
Midway ride wristbands will cost just $10 each and will be good to ride all of the rides at the Fair from noon until 10 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

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.

Morning News Briefing

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.

 

Morning News Briefing

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.

Evening News Briefing

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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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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