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Cummings five, Sarama two at Batavia Downs

Southern Palms (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Two longtime Batavia Downs regulars put up big numbers on Friday night (Aug. 17) in front of a packed apron and sold out clubhouse on a beautiful late summer evening in Genesee County.

First, perennial driving leader Kevin Cummings won half the card, scoring five wins on the night, pulling away from his fellow drivers for the dash lead at the meet. Cummings won with Keystone Keen (1:56.4, $4.10), Striker Ace (1:57.2, $5.40), Gold Star Sonata (1:57.1, $4.00), Southern Palms (1:57, $21.20) and Northern Matador (1:59, $3.00).

Cummings is firmly entrenched as the current driving leader to this point with 27 wins; seven ahead of his nearest competitor. He is chasing his fifth title at the Downs and is off to a flying start.

Then legendary western New York horseman Gerry Sarama conditioned the winners of both featured trots, winning each with ease and returning double-digit payouts to boot.

In the $10,000 Open Handicap, Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) got off to a slow start fourth as Ruddy Rusty (Jim McNeight Jr.) was rolling down the road with a four-length lead in a fast :56.4 half. Southern Palms took advantage of the fraction and became second over at three-quarters behind Call My Broker (Ray Fisher Jr.) who was rushing the leader. At the head of the stretch the three were even across the track but Southern Palms trotted home the best and won by two lengths in 1:57, which was a new seasonal mark.

The very next race in the $8,000 Open II, Sarama decided to send Theresnoway (Ray Fisher Jr.) right down the road and he never looked back. After getting to the half in :58.2, Fisher let out the lines and Theresnoway opened up five by three-quarters and eight by the top of the stretch and from there he cruised to the wire much the best by eight in 1:57.1, which was also a new seasonal mark.

Southern Palms ($21.20) and Theresnoway ($11.40) are both owned by Mike Torcello.

Bedsides the big nights had by Cummings and Sarama, driver Drew Monti and trainer John Mungillo each added two wins to their meet totals.

The annual Race to Defeat Breast Cancer fundraiser and silent auction that was held by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) and sponsored by Batavia Downs was a rousing success as donations collected amounted to over $12,000 and beat last year’s total.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 18) with post time set at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Hit and Run in Batavia under investigation.
The Batavia Police Department is investigating a personal injury accident in which a bicyclist was struck by a sport utility vehicle.
The accident reportedly occurred at the traffic circle Friday morning at approximately 9:15.
A female in her early 20’s was riding her bicycle in the round-a-bout when she was struck by a gold SUV operated by a male believed to be in his 30’s with short blonde hair.
The vehicle then left the scene and the female sustained only minor injuries.
She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Batavia Police or the confidential tip line at 345-6370.

Troopers out of Batavia arrest a Clarence man for leaving infants in a parking lot.
25 year old Stephen Dewes is accused of leaving two infants unattended, in his running vehicle in the parking lot of Home Depot on Transit Road in Clarence Thursday.
State Police charged Dewes with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and he was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Clarence Town Court at a later date.

Hutchins street man picked up on warrant for Grand Larceny.
31 year old Patrick Rumble of Batavia was arrested on warrant stemming from an incident on Cedar Street on the first of the month.
Rumble was accused of pushing and striking someone while stealing their cell phone, at the same time violating an order of protection.
He was remanded to County Jail on charges of Criminal Contempt, Robbery and Grand Larceny. Bail for Rumble was set at $5,000.

The City Batavia Water Department is working to repair a water main break on Chase Park at Elm Street.
As of 4 o’clock Saturday morning water has been shut off on Chase Park from Elm to North Spruce.
City crews are trying to restore water as soon as possible.
Once water is restored please avoid doing laundry until clarity returns.
Chase Park is closed from Elm to Trumbull and officials ask to avoid the area until repairs are complete.

Muckdogs Announce 2018 Youth Baseball Clinic.
The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise have announced the return of the popular Youth Baseball Clinic.
The clinic is open to children ages 6 – 14 and will feature a day full of on-field instruction along with the chance to take the field with the team for the National Anthem.
The 2018 clinic will take place on Saturday, August 25th from 10 am until 1 pm at Dwyer Stadium.
The cost of the clinic is $50.00 per child.
Call 483-DOGS for more information and registration.

Orleans County man arrested for DWI in Leroy hit and run.

Orleans County man arrested over twice the legal limit after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Leroy.

26 year old Candido Candelaria of East State Street Albion was apprehended following report of a hit and run in Leroy yesterday afternoon.

Candelaria recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit and was charged with felony Aggravated DWI for having 2 prior convictions within the past 10 years along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.

He is being held on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear Monday in Leroy Town Court.

Sheriff’s K9 Gibbs End of Watch

Press Release:

GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty sadly announces the passing of a Sheriff’s K9.

K9 Gibbs suddenly became ill earlier this week and was diagnosed with a large mass in his abdomen. K9 Gibbs underwent surgery to attempt removal of the mass and repair of his internal organs. Regretfully, the procedure could not repair the damage. Gibbs passed Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Sheriff’s K9 Gibbs has been partnered with Sergeant Ryan Swanson for over seven years. They were a NYS DCJS certified Patrol/Tracking and Narcotics Detection K9 team. Gibbs is credited with numerous alerts of dangerous drugs, many potentially lifesaving human tracks and searches. He was a warrior that would fearlessly protect his handler. Gibbs was often called upon to seek out danger and clear the way for his human partners.

K9 Gibbs served his handler, the Sheriff’s Office and Livingston County with dedication. He will be missed by Sergeant Swanson, his family and fellow Deputy Sheriffs.

Morning News Briefing

Drug related activity that’s endangering children reported by City PD.
Local Police report the arrest 32 year old Kelly Howell of Montclair Ave in Batavia for allegedly using intravenous drugs and leaving the drugs and paraphernalia out in front of three children.
Howell was arrested following the alleged incident at a Montclair Ave residence Tuesday evening.
She is facing charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, and Use of Drug Paraphernalia along with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Howell was remanded to jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Wayne County man locked up under Leandra’s Law.
Batavia Police stopped 37 year old Robert Sindon of Clyde New York on East Main Street following a traffic complaint last week.
Sindon was accused of drinking and driving and officers discovered he was traveling with two children under 15 years old.
He was arrested on multiple counts of DWI and was committed to County Lock up without bail.

Homeless man in Batavia behind bars without bail for allegedly beating up on mercy medics.
36 year old Dustin Bogue who has no permanent address listed is facing charges of Attempted Assault, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Tampering.
Bogue was remanded to jail without bail after he allegedly started a fight with Mercy EMS Paramedics at UMMC and damaged property in the incident.

Democrat Nate McMurray says he’s not concerned about a new poll in the 27th Congressional District.
According to Ohio-based Clout Research, Republicans have a strong chance of keeping control of the seat come Election Day.
But, the party still doesn’t have a candidate after incumbent Congressman Chris Collins suspended his campaign after being arrested on federal charges.
McMurray says he’s confident he’ll win, pointing out a lot of polls have been wrong in recent years.

Governor Cuomo has signed a bill banning children under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.
Under past law in New York, children age 17 and over were permitted to use such facilities without parental consent.
Governor Cuomo hopes the move protects more children from the harmful effects of indoor tanning booths such as skin cancer.

The Muckdogs win over West Virginia.
Batavia beat the Black Bears 8 to 4 in their contest last night in Dwyer Stadium, tying up the two game series before heading to Auburn for a Double header tonight.
The first game starts at 5 p.m. and the second is a scheduled makeup match after being rained out last Wednesday.
You can listen in to the away games via the Muckdogs website.

Mechanical failure pushes back road work in Batavia.
The scheduled milling for Tracy Avenue in Batavia has been delayed due to mechanical breakdown, and according to the City’s Bureau of Maintenance will be rescheduled when equipment is functioning again.
Paving operations start on Vine Street between Main and Bank Street today and progress to Bank and East Main on Saturday.
The work is weather dependent.
Paving operations are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City PD release lengthy blotter of bad boys and girls in Batavia

Making the Batavia Police blotter is 51 year old Kevin McCoy of Central Ave who was arrested for Criminal Mischief, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia and Harassment.
He is accused of breaking into an apartment on East Main Street on Monday.
McCoy reportedly fled the scene but returned later where he was eventually apprehended and ordered to be held without bail pending his City Court date next Thursday.

36 year old Dustin Bogue who has no permanent address listed was remanded to jail without bail after he allegedly started a fight with Mercy EMS Paramedics at UMMC.
Bogue is facing charges of Attempted Assault, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Tampering.

32 year old Kelly Howell of Montclair Ave in Batavia was arrested for allegedly using drugs and leaving hypodermic needles out in front of three children on Tuesday evening.
Howell is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, and Use of Drug Paraphernalia along with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She was committed to the County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

City Police arrested 37 year old Robert Sindon of Clyde New York under Leandra’s Law.
Sindon was stopped on East Main Street following a traffic complaint when it was discovered that he was allegedly driving while intoxicated with two children under 15 years old accompanying him in the vehicle.
He was remanded to jail without bail on multiple counts of DWI.

Friday night live returns to Batavia Downs this week

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Although Batavia Downs has had their 2018 live racing season underway since Monday (July 23), this will be the first regularly scheduled Friday (Aug. 17) of the meet due to other events going on at the facility. Friday racing will now be conducted weekly until the end of the meet with a 6 p.m. post time.

This Friday will feature the best trotters on the grounds vying in Open I, II and III classes. But aside from the racing, there will be much more going on in front of an almost sold out clubhouse.

The “Races to Benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester” (www.bccr.org) fundraiser will be held at the track raising both awareness and dollars to fight this deadly disease. This annual event is one of the bigger fundraisers held by this organization and Batavia Downs has partnered with them for years now and is proud to be a part of this very worthy cause.

“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 cancer in our lifetime. The generosity of our patrons and horsemen always shine through and I’m sure we will see that again this week.”

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 Justin Timberlake concert at Key Bank Center on Sunday (Oct. 28), two suite tickets for the Buffalo Bills versus Jacksonville Jaguars game at New Era Field on Sunday (Nov. 25), four suite tickets to the Buffalo Sabres versus Tampa Bay Lightning game at Key Bank Center on Tuesday (Nov. 13), a Buffalo Sabres autographed Jack Eichel jersey, a Buffalo Sabres autographed Danny Gare jersey, one Batavia Downs Hotel night and racing package, two Batavia Downs clubhouse racing packages and a recliner form Max Pies Furniture in Batavia.

The track will also be taking cash donations that will be forwarded directly to BCCR.

Also on Friday, Batavia Downs will be offering a guaranteed $1,750 early Pick-5 pool with an $838 carry over. It’s a 50-cent base wager that runs from race one to race five. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.

Batavia’s Bureau of Maintenance: UPDATE – Tracy Avenue milling is postponed

Press Release:

Tracy Avenue milling is postponed until Monday, August 20th due to mechanical breakdown

The scheduled milling for Tracy Avenue in the City of Batavia has been delayed due to mechanical breakdown, and is rescheduled for Monday, August 20th, 2018 from 7AM to 5PM. Tracy Avenue (Washington Ave to North Street) will be closed to all through traffic. All accommodations will be made to get residents to their property, but please expect delays.

All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes during the operation.

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation in advance; we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Batavia’s Bureau of Maintenance: Road Closed Liberty Street 8/16/18

Press Release:

On Thursday August 16th, 2018, Liberty Street will be closed from Central Ave. to Pringle Ave. to all through traffic for a street repair. The repair will start at 8:00 am. All motorist that regularly use this street are asked to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place.

Thank you for your patience.

Morning News Briefing

New city manager in Batavia makes his initial introduction.
Newly named Batavia City Manager Dr. Martin Moore made his first appearance in front of media through a video chat at City Hall.
Dr. Moore, who prefers to be called Marty focused on transparency in his first impression with local leaders and reporters.

He spoke to local leaders and reporters yesterday afternoon via Skype from his office in Eunice, New Mexico where he is current city manager.
Moore’s wife Joanne was born in Buffalo and he has raised seven children, the youngest of which is a senior in high school.
Moore said even though he might have been hired by the city council, he believes he is answerable to the people…

Dr. Moore begins his new job in Batavia on October 15th.

Some good news rolling in from a research group regarding Republican foothold on the 27th Congressional District.
According to Ohio-based Clout Research, the seat will probably remain as a GOP strong-hold on Election Day.
Republican Chairs in Western New York have yet to name a new nominee following the decision by incumbent Congressman Chris Collins to suspend his bid for re-election.
Whoever ends up on the ballot will take on Democrat Nate McMurray in November.

Muckdogs beat by Black Bears.
Batavia was shutout by West Virginia in last night’s game at Dwyer Stadium with a final score of 2 to 0.
The dogs get another shot to tie up the two game series tonight with a first pitch scheduled at 7:05 in Batavia.
You can hear all the action live on WBTA.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting criticized by challengers looking to take his job.
Speaking at a bill signing event in New York City, Cuomo said, “We’re not going to make America great again – it was never that great.”
Cynthia Nixon, who’s facing Cuomo in next month’s Democratic primary, said the governor’s words show he’s out-of-touch.

Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro issued a statement shortly after Cuomo’s event saying even with imperfections, America has always been great, and Cuomo owes the nation an apology.
The governor made the comment while criticizing the President’s policies on women’s reproductive rights and immigrants.

Road work continues throughout the city.
Cold milling operations are picking up on Tracy Avenue today between Washington and North.
There will be construction delays and lane reductions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Liberty Street will also be closed to all through traffic from Central to Pringle Ave today for a street repair. Work is expected to start a 8 this morning.
Tomorrow paving operations are expected to move to Vine Street between Main and Bank Street and Bank Street to East Main Street on Saturday, depending on the weather.
Paving on Friday and Saturday is scheduled to occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

Dr. Martin Moore

Batavia’s new City Manager holds his first local news conference.
Dr. Moore, who prefers to be known as Marty, spoke to local reporters this afternoon via Skype from his office in Eunice, New Mexico.
Moore has seven children, the youngest is a senior in high school. His wife Joanne was born in Buffalo.
Although hired by the city council, Moore believes he is directly responsible to the people

Dr. Moore begins his new job in Batavia on October 15th.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo steps into some political mud going against President Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” slogan.
While blasting the President for his opinions and track record on women’s rights and immigrants, Cuomo said that America was never that great. Republican candidate for Governor, Marc Molinaro, said even with imperfections, America has always been great, and Cuomo owes the nation an apology.

Western New York Republican leaders trying to find a legal way to remove Chris Collins name from the GOP line in the November election.
Eight county GOP party chairs met at Batavia Downs last night where it was decided to begin an interview process among the more than one dozen candidates who expressed an interest in running.

Steve Hawley

One of them, Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley

The GOP is planning another meeting next week.
They hope to have some final answers by late next week.

Road construction on Tracy Avenue in the city is planned to start tomorrow
Tracy Avenue between Washington and North will experience construction delays and lane reductions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Meet Batavia’s New City Manager

Dr. Martin Moore

Meet Dr. Martin Moore, the new Batavia City Manager

Dr. Moore, who prefers to be known as Marty, spoke to local reporters this afternoon via Skype from his office in Eunice, New Mexico. Moore has seven children, the youngest is a senior in high school. His wife Joanne was born in Buffalo.
Although hired by the city council, Moore believes he is answerable to the people

Dr. Moore begins his new job in Batavia on October 15th.

Morning News Briefing

GOP party chairs set up process to replace Congressman Collins in the upcoming election.
Local Chairs of the Grand Old Party move forward with plans to pick a new Congressional candidate.
Republican leaders from across Western New York gathered at Batavia Downs last night to discuss the process of selecting a candidate for the 27th Congressional District.

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy summed up the focus of the meeting…

According to Langworthy there are no front runners being tapped and party leaders are currently working in collaboration with Election lawyers and Congressman Collins to have his name taken off the ballot.
Niagara County GOP Chair Rich Andres said the next step is to hold interviews with potential candidates to narrow the field…

Andres said they will be meeting sometime again next week and put a loose timeframe of 10 days for the party members to make their final pick.
There are more than a dozen people who have expressed interest in running for the seat, but none of them were invited to last night’s meeting.
Interviews provided by our news partner The Batavian.

Victims fight off attacker in a Wyoming County home invasion.
Two brothers were attacked by an intruder in their Wyoming County home.
A 28 year old resident on West Middlebury Road reported yesterday afternoon that he and his 13 year old brother had both been cut several times by an unknown intruder.
Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph…

The two victims were taken to Strong Hospital.
Police searched the area and located 39 year old Michael Finch of Parrish Florida who was taken into custody.
Finch was charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder, Attempted Robbery, Assault and single counts of Burglary and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Sheriff Rodolph said they recovered multiple weapons and at last report the brothers were both recovering from surgeries at Strong.

Governor Cuomo has finally agreed to debate Cynthia Nixon ahead of next month’s New York Democratic primary.
The activist and Sex and the City actress has been pushing for a face-off with the two-term governor for months.
Cuomo and Nixon will meet at Hofstra University in Nassau County on August 29th.
Recent polls show the governor with a solid lead in the race.

Milling on Tracy Avenue in the city planned to start tomorrow.
Tracy Avenue in the City of Batavia will have construction delays and lane reductions for cold milling of pavement. The work will be done between Washington Avenue and North Street tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes during the operation. Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from your residence or place of business.
This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Evening News Briefing

Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph

Two brothers were attacked by an intruder in their Wyoming County home.
A 28 year old resident on West Middlebury Road reported yesterday afternoon that he and his 13 year old brother had both been cut several times by an unknown intruder.
Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph…

The two victims were taken to Strong Hospital.
Police searched the area and located 39 year old Michael Finch of Parrish Florida who was taken into custody.
Finch was charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder, Attempted Robbery, Assault and single counts of Burglary and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Sheriff Rodolph said they recovered multiple weapons and at last report the brothers were both recovering from surgeries at Strong.

City Council has appointed Dr. Martin Moore of New Mexico the next City Manager of Batavia.
Moore is currently city manager of Eunice, New Mexico which has a population of around 3-thousand.
That’s less than one third the size of Batavia.
Dr. Moore starts at $110,000 annually increasing to $114,000 in the third and final year of his three-year contract.
Moore will begin his new post in Batavia on October 15th.

Western New York Republican leaders gather in Batavia tonight to find a candidate for the 27th Congressional District.
GOP party chairs will be working on a way to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the November ballot.
They are meeting tonight at Batavia Downs.
Genesee County GOP Chair Richard Siebert said he knows of 15 potential candidates, however he thinks his local Assemblyman in Batavia fits the bill the best….

Siebert said he was unsure whether Collins name could be taken off the ballot but it would be critical to have a strong candidate on the ticket to take his place.

Governor Cuomo has finally agreed to debate Cynthia Nixon ahead of next month’s New York Democratic primary. The Sex and the City actress, who’s behind in the polls by double digits, has been pushing for a face-off with the two-term governor for months. Cuomo and Nixon will meet at Hofstra University in Nassau County on Wednesday, August 29th.

WNY GOP Leaders Meet in Batavia Re: NY 27th

Republicans talk in Batavia tonight about the next candidate for the race to the 27th Congressional District.

GOP party chairs will be working on a way to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the November ballot at a meeting at Batavia Downs this evening.

Genesee County GOP Chairman Richard Siebert said he knows of 15 potential candidates, however he thinks his local Assemblyman in Batavia fits the bill the best….

Siebert said he was unsure whether Collins name would be taken off the ballot but it would be critical to have a strong candidate on the ticket to take his place.

Victims fight off attacker in Wyoming County home invasion

Two brothers were attacked by an intruder at their Middlebury residence ending in arrest for a Florida man and hospitalization for the victims.

A 28 year old resident on West Middlebury Road called Emergency Dispatchers shortly after 2:30 yesterday afternoon reporting that he and his 13 year old brother had both been cut several times by an unknown intruder who walked into their home unexpectedly.

The two victims were in an upstairs bedroom at the time of the invasion and despite being severely cut multiple times the brothers were able to fight off the intruder.
Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph…

The two victims were treated on scene and quickly transported to Strong Memorial.

State Police and Deputies searched the area and around an hour and a half later located 39 year old Michael Finch of Parrish Florida who was taken into custody.

Finch was remanded to jail without bail on two counts each of Attempted Murder, Attempted Robbery, Assault and single counts of Burglary and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

Finch reportedly has multiple felony convictions and was arrested as a fugitive from Florida in Wyoming County in 2011.

Sheriff Rodolph said they recovered multiple weapons and at last report the brothers were both recovering from surgeries at Strong.

City Bureau of Maintenance: TRACY AVENUE MILLING

Press Release:

On Thursday, August 16th, 2018, from 7AM to 5PM, Tracy Avenue in the City of Batavia will experience construction delays and lane reductions for cold milling of pavement. The work will be done between Washington Avenue and North Street.

All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes during the operation. Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from your residence or place of business.

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation in advance

Morning News Briefing

Council names New City Manager for Batavia.
City Council appointed Dr. Martin Moore of New Mexico the next City Manager of Batavia.
Moore is currently city manager of Eunice, New Mexico which has a 3 square mile footprint and a population of around 3-thousand.
That’s less than one third the size of Batavia’s population.
Council President Eugene Jankowski said even though Moore might be managing a smaller municipality, his ability to persevere through tough times caught his attention…

Jankowski said Dr. Moore’s resume rose above the rest of the applicants and as recently as 2015 Moore was named city manager of the year by the New Mexico Municipal League.
Dr. Moore starts with a $110,000 annual salary increasing to $114,000 in the third and final year of his three-year contract.
His contract entitles him to the use of a city car, health insurance and up to $10,000 of reimbursement for expenses related to relocating.
Under the contract Moore will begin his new post in Batavia on October 15th and according to Council a video “meet and greet” will be announced in the coming days.

Chautauqua County woman arrested for DWI after allegedly hitting and killing an 18 year old pedestrian in Darien.
48 year old Jennifer Serrano of Irving is accused of fatally striking Connor Lynskey of Hinckley New York early Saturday morning while he was walking back to his campsite at the Darien Lake State Park from the Jason Aldean concert.
Shortly following the alleged hit and run Serrano was arrested for DWI after reportedly running into a Genesee County Sheriff’s department vehicle.
Serrano was jailed on various other charges including vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident for her alleged role in Lynskey’s death.

Republican chairs to congregate in Batavia tonight to formulate plans for the future of the 27th Congressional District race.
Following the fallout from the arrest of Congressman Chris Collins on federal insider trading charges Republican officials will be working on a way to replace him on the November ballot.
Collins suspended his campaign over the weekend however it remains uncertain who will take his place on the party ticket.
Several candidates have shown interest in running for Collins’ seat according to Erie County’s Republican Party chairman.

The ex-girlfriend of Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is taking him to court.
Delicia Cordon is suing McCoy in connection with a home invasion at his Georgia residence last month.
Cordon says someone got inside, demanded jewelry and attacked her.
She also claims McCoy didn’t give her access to a new security system that could have alerted her to an intruder.
McCoy has denied being involved in what happened and is not facing any charges.

Road milling operations on East Ave.
East Avenue from Ross to Clinton Street in Batavia will experience construction delays and lane reductions for cold milling work today through Thursday from 7 AM to 7 PM.
All residents on East Avenue are encouraged not to park on the roadway during the day and all area motorist should try to avoid East Avenue if possible.
Portions of this work are weather dependent and delays may occur.

Meet Batavia’s New City Manager

Dr. Martin Moore

The City of Batavia has a new manager.
He is Dr. Martin Moore, who is currently the city manager of Eunice, New Mexico.
Eunice is a city of 3 square miles and has a population of 2,500.

Dr. Moore was named city manager of the year by the New Mexico Municipal League in 2015.
He had applied for a city manager position on Cortez, NM earlier this year.

It is believed that Dr. Moore’s wife has relatives in Erie County, NY.

Dr. Moore has accepted a three-year contract with the City of Batavia calling for an annual salary starting at $110,000, increasing to $114,000 in the third and final year.
Fringe benefits include the use of a city car, health insurance consistent with other non-union city employees and relocation expense reimbursement up to $10,000.
The contract calls for Dr. Moore to begin his new job on October 15, 2018. A video “meet and greet” is expected to be scheduled with the next few days.

Evening News Briefing

The woman arrested for vehicular manslaughter in the hit and run death of a young man on Sumner Road in Darien, was charged with drunk driving less than an hour after the fatal incident.
Authorities didn’t realize at the time 48 year old Jennifer Serrano was arrested for DWI Saturday night that she would be implicated the death of 18 year old Conner Lynsky of Hinkley, New York.
Serrano refused a breathalyzer test and was released on bail.
Lynsky was struck and killed early Sunday morning while walking along Sumner Road following the Jason Aldean concert.
His body was found almost 12 hours later after friends became concerned that he had not returned from the concert.
Serrano is being held in the Genesee county Jail on $100,000 bail.

Batavia will learn the name of its new city manager tonight.
Council is expected to vote on a three year contract with the manager candidate whose name will not be made public until minutes before the vote.
The manager has been offered 110-thosuand a year, a car and 10-thosuand dollars in re-location expense reimbursement.

President Trump is signing a defense authorization act named after Arizona Senator John McCain at Fort Drum army base in upstate New York.
But Trump, who has been at odds with McCain over the years, did not mention the Arizona Senator by name during his remarks to the troops.

Governor Cuomo will part ways with an eagle feather after apparently breaking the law by taking it from an upstate lake. Last week, Cuomo recalled being with his family on Lake Saranac and grabbing an eagle feather from the water and keeping it after the bird swooped in by their canoe. Federal law says it’s illegal for non-Native Americans to have eagle parts. A Cuomo spokesperson says the family was unaware of the regulation at the time and Cuomo will either put it back in the water.

Suspect Arrested for DWI an Hour After Fatal Hit and Run in Darien

Jennifer Serrano

The woman arrested for vehicular manslaughter in the hit and run death of a young man on Sumner Road in Darien, was charged with drunk driving less than an hour after the fatal incident.
Authorities didn’t realize at the time 48 year old Jennifer Serrano was arrested for DWI Saturday night that she would be implicated the death of 18 year old Conner Lynsky of Hinkley, New York.
Serrano refused a breathalyzer test and was released on bail.
Lynsky was struck and killed early Sunday morning while walking along Sumner Road following the Jason Aldean concert.
His body was found almost 12 hours later after friends became concerned that he had not returned from the concert.
Serrano is being held in the Genesee county Jail on $100,000 bail.

National Fuel Reminds Customers to Call Before You Dig

Press Release:

In recognition of National 8/11 Day on Aug. 11, National Fuel reminds homeowners and professional contractors to Call Before You Dig.

Before starting any excavation projects this year, call 811, a toll-free national phone number, or visit www.call811.com. New York state law requires residents and contractors to call 811 at least two but no more than 10 business days in advance of the start of their projects in order to prevent accidental damage to underground utility lines.

The national 811 phone number connects callers with local One Call Centers. Operators record the excavation locations and notify National Fuel of callers’ plans. National Fuel then dispatches professional locators to mark the approximate locations of its lines. It’s a fast, easy way to protect yourself and those around you. When a locate request for utility lines precedes an excavation, damage is avoided 99 percent of the time.

“All excavation projects– even small or shallow digging landscaping projects like planting trees and shrubs, or installing a fence or mailbox require a call,” said Emily Ciraolo, spokesperson for National Fuel. “Many of the pipeline leaks and emergencies we respond to each year occur when homeowners and businesses dig on their properties without knowing the location of underground utility lines. These types of accidents can be easily avoided by calling 811, a free service for homeowners, before digging.”

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a national association representing the utility industry and committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure, states that:

• There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the U.S.
• Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
• When you make the call to 811, damage occurs less than 1 percent of the time.

As always, if you smell gas, leave fast! If a rotten-egg natural gas odor is present, leave the premises immediately and call National Fuel’s emergency line, 1-800-444-3130, from a different location. If you smell gas outdoors, call National Fuel’s emergency number and provide the address nearest to the site of the odor. To learn more about natural gas safety, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com/forhome/gassafety.aspx.

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation is the Utility segment of National Fuel Gas Company, a diversified energy company that is engaged in a number of natural gas related activities. The Utility provides natural gas service to more than 740,000 customers in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com.

Batavia Bureau of Maintenance: East Avenue Road Milling

Press Release:

Subject: East Avenue– Milling of Road

East Avenue from Ross Street to Clinton Street will experience construction delays and lane reductions for the cold milling of the pavement, August 14, 2018 through August 16, 2018 from 7 AM to 7 PM.

All residents on East Avenue are asked not to park on the roadway during the day and either park in their driveways or neighboring streets. All area motorist are asked to avoid East Avenue if possible.

Portions of this work are weather dependent and delays may occur.

Please, plan accordingly and contact the D&H Excavating at 716-492-4956 if special accommodations
are needed.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of the Bureau of Maintenance

Shawn Gray wins seven and 4,000th of career at Batavia

Shawn Gray (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—Shawn Gray had the night of his life on Saturday (Aug. 11) as he won seven of the 12 races he drove at Batavia Downs and during that run, garnered his 4,000th career driving win.

Gray came into the night needing four wins to reach that plateau and once “The Maine Event” got rolling, there was seemingly no stopping him from getting to the winner’s circle. Besides his seven wins (which included the last five straight races of the night), Gray also had a second and two thirds giving him a stellar universal driver rating (UDR) of .685 for the night.

Gray reached the 4,000 win milestone with Barn Star (1:57.4, $4.70) in race 10.

A native of Waterville, Maine, the 44-year-old Gray has been driving since 1993 when he got his first pari-mutuel win with Timer Choice at Presque Isle, Maine. He has been a regular on the New England circuit for his entire life, but in 2012 he came to western New York and made an instant impact on the racing scene here, taking the driving title at Batavia Downs that year.

Gray has also been a regular at Saratoga Raceway and Plainridge Park in recent years and enjoys the same success at those tracks as he does everywhere else.

In 19,230 starts, Gray has now won 4,003, has been second 3,098 times and third 2,709 more times making him over 50% in the money for his career. That high percentage performance has earned him $15,114,821 in purses over that time.

Gray’s best career year was 2012 when he captured 356 victories and earned $1.859 in purses. A habitual high percentage driver, Gray posted a personal best .440 UDR in 2011 but consistently ends the year in the high .300 range.

There was another horseman making history at Batavia Downs on Saturday. Trainer James Clouser Jr. won a track record seven races on the card and posted an unbelievable universal training rating (UTR) of .917 in the process.

Clouser won with Freak On A Leash (1:55.2, $7.10), Whosurpapa (1:54.2, $3.20), Lenny Mac (1:57.3, $7.90), Upfront Countryboy (1:53.2, $4.20), Tyler (1:54.4, $2.90), Zipnthruthehall (1:54.3, $3.40) and Autobiographical (1:54.3, $2.60).

Shawn Gray drove six of Clouser’s seven winners.

The top Open pacing and trotting features were also contested on Saturday night.

Validus Deo

Validus Deo ($4.40) won the $10,500 Open Handicap pace in 1:54.3 for driver Kevin Cummings who also trains and co-owns the winner with Matthew Rosiek and Robert Johnson.

BZ Glide

And BZ Glide ($29.60) upset in the $10,500 Open Handicap trot in 1:56.2 for driver Mike Caprio. Alana Caprio trains the winner for owner the Caprio Stable.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 15) with post time set at 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Fatal hit and run following Darien Lake concert ends in arrest.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 48 year old Jennifer Serrano of Irving in Chautauqua County for allegedly causing a deadly collision on Sumner Road in Darien.
Serrano was apprehended in Amherst yesterday on charges of Vehicular Manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, both Class D felonies.
She is accused of hitting and killing 18 year old Conner Lynskey of Hinckly, New York who was reportedly walking down Sumner Road shortly after midnight Friday following the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.
According to authorities, Lynsky became airborne and came to rest in a ditch near a corn field after allegedly being struck by Serrano heading northbound on Sumner Road.
Lynsky was discovered late Saturday morning on Sumner Road near Harlow Road in Darien.
Serrano was remanded in lieu of $100,000 bail to the Genesee county jail.

City Council expected to welcome a New City Manager tonight.
Council members in Batavia have been silent on the name of the new city manager candidate expected to be voted into the office at their meeting tonight.
According to Council President Eugene Jankowski members were not allowed to reveal the name before tonight due to a confidentiality agreement.
What has been made public is the new mangers compensation, which starts at $110,000 annually which will increase by $4,000 after three years.
Other managerial perks include full time use of a city car and a $10,000 dollar re-location expense reimbursement.

Chris Collins halts re-election bid in the face of federal charges.
Congressman Collins was arrested last week on insider trading charges stemming from his time as board member on an Australian biotech company.
After initially vowing to clear his name and continuing his re-election campaign, Collins made the decision to call off his campaign Saturday.
Collins said in a brief statement, it was in the best interests of the Republican Party and voters in New York.
Republican Party leaders are now looking for another candidate to replace Collins on the November ballot.

Over the weekend Western New York businessman Carl Paladino announced plans to run for the seat held by Congressman Collins.
Paladino is no stranger to campaigning, having unsuccessfully run for governor in 2010.
He says he’s planning to keep the 27th District seat in the G-O-P’s hands.

Buffalo Bills fans are hoping two of their three quarterbacks are OK after they were hurt in training camp.
A-J McCarron injured his leg during a drill yesterday, but he was able to finish practice.
Meanwhile, Nathan Peterman suffered a shoulder injury on his last play of practice.
The Bills continue getting ready for their season today at Saint John Fisher College.

Weekend News Briefing

New City Manager in Batavia to receive Council vote on Monday night.
The Batavia City Council is expected to vote on a new City Manager at their upcoming Monday night meeting.
The final candidate selected by council to run the day to day operations of the city has not been revealed.
The new city manager is set to receive a $110,000 annual salary climbing up to $114,000 by the third year of the contract.
Other perks of the job include full time use of a city car, including to and from work and a $10,000 dollar re-location expense reimbursement.
City Council President Gene Jankowski said due to a confidentiality agreement he was advised not to reveal the name of the manager candidate.
The name will be released just prior to the vote Monday night.

Updates to Ellicott Station as developers deal with funding requirements.
This past week Savarino Companies sought backing by County Planners for a special use and site plan review, before starting construction on the $17.6 million project planned to include a brewery, apartments and office space.
Development associate with Savarino, Courtney Cox said pairing the New Market Tax credit which enables Savarino to secure private financial support with money from the Homes and Community Renewal, a state agency that provides funding for housing in depressed neighborhoods is something that’s rarely ever done.
Cox said due to the requirements from the state agency the project is making some last minute changes to the layout before breaking ground…

Director of the Batavia Development Corp Rachel Tabelski, said Ellicott Station remains one of the state’s ground-breaking projects and has put Batavia on the map with investors because of how far the brownfield opportunity project has progressed so far.
Cox estimates financing will close in August or September and is hopeful to break ground before the first freeze.
Construction is expected to take around 2 years. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Board of Elections reminds residents of upcoming primaries.
There will be a countywide Democratic and Reform Party primary election on Thursday, September 13th along with a Republican primary only in the Town of Bethany.
Polls open at noon and close at 9 PM and only voters enrolled in their respective parties can vote the in primary elections.
The last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections is August 19th.

The Double-days take second in series against the Muckdogs.
Friday night’s game at Dwyer Stadium ended in an upset for the home team with a final score Auburn 5 Batavia 3.
The two teams will meet again in Auburn to finish out the series and begin a new one starting with a doubleheader next Friday.
The Muckdogs move on to Williamsport this weekend for a two game stint against the Crosscutters.

Evening News Briefing

The Batavia City Council will vote on a new City Manager this Monday night.
The name of the person selected by council to run the day to day operations of the city remains a secret.
The un-named city manager will receive a salary of $110,000 a year increasing to $114,000 by the third year of the contract.
Other perks:
Full time use of a city car, including use of the vehicle to and from work, and $10,000 in re-location expense reimbursement.
City Council President Gene Jankowski said he was advised not to reveal the name of the manager candidate due to a confidentiality agreement.
The name will be released just prior to the vote Monday night.

A report is bringing to light a new claim involving Western New York Congressman Chris Collins.
According to C-N-B-C, Collins used campaign funds to pay his legal bills. It’s not illegal, but what’s not clear is if donors knew what their money was being used for.
Collins, his son and the father of his son’s fiancée pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges of insider trading.
Collins has denied any wrongdoing and vows remain in the race for re-election this November.

The Buffalo Bills have some work to do after losing their preseason opener. Despite a strong performance from quarterback Nathan Peterman, Buffalo fell to the Carolina Panthers last night by a final score of 28 to 23.
Their regular season opener is September 9th against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Dogs drop a close one to the Double Days.
Auburn beat Batavia 4 to 3 last night at Dwyer Stadium.
The same two teams meet against tonight at Dwyer Stadium. First pitch 7:05.

Primary Elections on September 13

There will be a countywide Democratic and Reform Party primary election on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Only Democratic enrolled voters can vote in the Democratic Primary. In the Reform Party primary, per Reform Party Rules, all Reform Party, Other and No party voters are eligible.

There is a Republican primary only in the Town of Bethany on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Only enrolled Republican voters can vote in this Republican primary.

Polls open at 12:00 PM and close at 9:00 PM.

The last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections, which is located on the 3rd floor of County Building 1, 15 Main St., Batavia NY for the September 13th primary is August 19th. Mail registrations must be postmarked by August 19th and received at Board of Elections no later than August 23rd.

Applications for absentee ballots must be postmarked by September 6, 2018. September 12, 2018 is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot at the Board of Elections. September 12, 2018 is the last day to post mark a primary ballot and must be received by the county board no later than September 20th. September 13th is the last day to deliver a primary ballot in person to the County Board of Elections, by close of polls.

Morning News Briefing

Congressman Collins accused of using campaign funds to pay for legal battle.
New information is being revealed claiming Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is siphoning money from his campaign to his legal defense.
While facing a list of charges related to insider trading the local Republican apparently used donor raised campaign dollars to pay his legal bills according to a report by C-N-B-C.
The report says donors may not have known where their money was ending up even though it may not be illegal for the Collins camp to have done.
The Congressman, his son Cameron and his son’s future father in-law pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in a Manhattan Court Wednesday.
According to records, Collins payed the legal firm BakerHostetler up to $60,000 campaign dollars to fund part of his legal defense.
Prosecutors say while Collins was on the board of an Australian biotech company he called his son allowing him to sell off shares of the company before news of a failed drug trial were made public, devastating the stock value.
Collins called the charges meritless and vows to clear his name while continuing to seek reelection in the district.

One car crash in Alabama leads to arrest of an Oakfield man.
42 year old Anonito Dames of Knowlesville Road was arrested on a litany of charges following a single car crash on Lewiston Road in Alabama yesterday afternoon.
After recording a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit, Dames was taken into custody for Aggravated DWI and was accused of operating a motor vehicle without an interlock while on a revoked license.
He sustained minor injuries in the accident and ultimately released with appearance tickets returnable to Alabama Town Court on August 29th.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s office is alerting residents of a reported scam.
They are reporting complaints from people receiving calls concerning their utility bills.
The scammers apparently claim the victim’s electricity will be shut off in a matter of minutes if they don’t pay them immediately over the phone.
The callers ask for payment by either credit card or gift cards.
Residents are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office if they receive one of these calls.

A Tennessee man accused of attempting to run people over in a church parking lot is behind bars in Batavia.
According to police 63 year old Paul Hussey was intoxicated by a combination of drugs and alcohol when he tried to run down four people at the Northgate Free Methodist Church Wednesday night.
Hussey is charged with reckless endangerment and attempted assault. He’s now in the Genesee County Jail.

Doubledays’ defeat Muckdogs at Dwyer stadium.
Batavia was bested by a single run in last night’s matchup against Auburn with a final score of 4 to 3.
Wednesday’s away game has been rescheduled for next Friday to be played as a doubleheader.
Tonight the teams will take to the field in Batavia for what is now the second in the series beginning with a 7:05 first pitch.
You can hear the game right here on WBTA.

Morning News Briefing

Church patrons in Batavia targeted by an intoxicated Tennessee man behind the wheel.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s received report of a reckless driver attempting to run over patrons at a church on Bank Street Road in Batavia.
The incident occurred outside the Northgate Free Methodist Church just before 7 o’clock last night according to authorities.
63 year old Paul Hussey of South Hurricanemills Tennessee was taken into custody and was subsequently accused of driving under the influence and being the possession of Meth.
Hussey was charged with four counts each of Attempted Assault with a dangerous instrument and Reckless Endangerment and along with DWAI by a combination of drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was remanded in lieu of $25,000 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Damage accidents and threats in Pavilion land a Depew man in lock up.
Following investigation into a disturbance on Telephone Road in Pavilion late last night, deputies arrested 23 year old Joseph Sieg of French Road Depew.
Sieg is accused of threatening four people with a knife then allegedly driving away from two property damage accidents while under the influence.
He was charged with Menacing with a deadly weapon, DWI, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and is scheduled to appear in Pavilion Town Court at a later date.

Congressman Chris Collins continues push for reelection amid serious charges.
While facing charges of insider trading The Western New York congressman says he will remain on the ballot for this year’s mid-term elections.
Federal prosecutors say Republican Chris Collins tipped off his son to sell shares in a pharmaceutical company before unfavorable results of a clinical drug trial were made public.
Collins says the charges are “meritless.”
His challenger in the mid-term election, democrat Nate McMurray, says he is not surprised by the charges

Collins has been removed from the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee by House Speaker Paul Ryan, pending the outcome of the case.
Collins is vowing to fight the charges.

Muckdogs rained out in Auburn.
The Batavia team will return home to Dwyer Stadium today to start what was scheduled to be a home and away series against the Auburn Doubledays.
Last night’s away game was postponed due to rain and the series now starts this evening at 7:05 pm.
You can hear the game live here on WBTA.

Ross Street Closing this morning.
Ross Street will be closed today from Ellsworth Ave. to Miller Ave. to all through traffic for a street repair.
The repair will start at 7:30 am.
All motorist that regularly use this street will need to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place.

Evening News Briefing

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins and his co-defendants are pleading not guilty to charges of insider trading.
Collins represents a district that includes Genesee County and stretches from Rochester to Buffalo, was released on bond.
His son Cameron and the father of Cameron’s fiancee, Stephen Zarsky, were also released. The elder Collins allegedly shared confidential information concerning a failed drug trial, allowing investors to avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.
Congressman Collins, who was an early Trump supporter, says he’ll mount a vigorous defense to clear his name.

Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say the indictment of Representative Chris Collins for insider trading is a “violation” of public trust. Both echoing that the allegations demand a thorough investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Speaker Ryan continued to say that Collins will no longer serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee until the matter is settled. Democratic Leader Pelosi says the charges demonstrate the culture of corruption that runs rampant in the Republican Party.

More bear sightings in Genesee County.
Two black bears were spotted yesterday.
One was seen around Scribner and Lake Roads in Pembroke.
Another was spotted strolling through a backyard in Corfu.

The New York Penn Baseball league names a local broadcast legend to its Hall of Fame.
The league has announced that Wayne Fuller has been inducted into the hall’s class of 2018.
Wayne passed away earlier this year.
His career included several years as a staff announcer at WBTA and a nearly life-long association with professional baseball in Batavia.

Darien Lake theme park announces today it plans to hire a thousand new employees for its extended season.
The park plans to be open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays through October 28th.
Applications can be submitted in person during open interviews on Saturday afternoon from Noon to 4.

Congressman Collins indicted for insider trading and lying to federal agents

Photo provided by our news partner The Batavian

The Western New York Politician, his son and son’s future father in-law were all indicted this morning in Manhattan.

Republican Congressman Chris Collins has been charged along with his son Cameron and the son’s future father-in-law, with insider trading.

Collins who served on the board of directors of Innate Immunotherpeutics, an Australian biotechnology company is accused by federal prosecutors of tipping off his son to the results of a trial for a multiple sclerosis drug.

The drug failed and the company’s stock price dropped drastically when the results went public.

According to court records Collins and the others had made already made $768,000 before the news dropped.

The defendants are accused of securities fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements and Collins reportedly surrendered to federal agents in Manhattan this morning.

Attorneys for Collins issued a statement saying in part they “will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name.” noting that he’s not been accused of trading a single share of Innate Therapeutics stock.

Collins is expected to appear in federal court later this afternoon and his lawyers said he will have more to say on this issue later today.

Heavy Rain halts car in LeRoy

WBTA’s Chris Kalen sent in this picture of a car that apparently ended up in flood like conditions on Main Street in LeRoy at around 11:30 a.m. this morning.

Morning News Briefing

Kathy Hochul switches her support after being backed by the NRA.
While campaigning for reelection in 2012 against Chris Collins, Kathy Hochul actively sought out and obtained support from the National Rifle Association with the PAC donating $7,000 to her campaign.
Collins who eventually won the seat only received $1,000 from the NRA PAC.
Lieutenant Governor Hochul now appears to be cheering for the NRA’s demise as she seems to have increasingly aligned herself with rhetoric from Cuomo’s administration.
Last week Hochul retweeted a statement by the Governor and responded “good riddance!” in reference to the NRA apparently being driven to the brink of financial ruin.
In a statement defending the tweet Hochul said.
“The NRA’s extremist and unlawful actions are promoting violence and threatening the lives of people in New York and across the country.”
Hochul told SCOPE members in 2012 that she would protect Second Amendment rights and shortly after the meeting received an A rating from the NRA.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Bears spotted in Corfu and Pembroke.
More black bear sightings were reported yesterday evening around Scribner and Lake Road in Pembroke along with another bear seen strolling through a backyard in Corfu.
Officials encourage using loud noises to chase them away but to always keep your distance and never approach a bear, even when it’s in your backyard.

Central Ave woman busted on bench warrant and resisting arrest.
Batavia police responded to 41 Central Ave for an open 9-1-1 call where they reportedly found 30 year old Minnie Henry, a Batavia resident wanted on a City Court bench warrant from June of this year.
Henry was accused of physically resisting officers attempting to arrest her and was additionally charged with resisting arrest.
She was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Local announcer and WBTA alumni named to the New York Penn League Hall of Fame.
The inductees for the New York‐Penn League Hall of Fame Class of 2018 have been announced and topping out the list is former WBTA personality Wayne Fuller.
Fuller’s voice was a constant in Batavia, the birthplace of the New York-Penn League. Wayne served as a radio broadcaster here at WBTA, a PA announcer and Official Scorer from his spot in the Batavia press box which was named the Wayne H. Fuller Press Box in 2009.
Fuller passed away in February of 2018 but will forever be remembered as a shining example of the connection between a team and a community.

Evening News Briefing

A Pembroke man arrested for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.
36 year old Patrick Thompson of Gabbey Road is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of the unborn child.
Thompson was locked up in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

She apparently wanted a souvenir from Darien Lake.
The problem, according to police, is that 33 year old Stephanie Burmeir of North Tonawanda just took some souvenirs without paying for them.
Burmeir is charged with petty larceny and harassment for allegedly kicking a security officer at the park.

The Muckdogs shut out by the Black Bears in West Virginia.
The bears bested the dogs six to nothing last night to even the series at a game apiece.
The same two teams meet again tonight in West Virginia.

National Night Out will be observed locally at Birchwood Village tonight.
The Batavia police and fire departments will be on hand, along with the Youth Bureau and State Police K-9 team from 6 until 8 this evening.
Everyone is invited.

Wayne Fuller Named to NYP League Hall of Fame

The New York Penn League announced its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees today.
Topping the list of three inductees is Batavia’s Wayne Fuller. Wayne had been a staff announcer at WBTA for several years.
The league wrote in a news release today:

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.

He also served a variety of roles with Batavia High School sports leading to his selection to the Batavia High School Sports Hall of Fame and was a broadcaster for the Rochester Lancers soccer club of the NASL where he is a member of their Wall of Fame. A man for all seasons, he also, at various times, was a PA announcer for the Rochester Flash (soccer), Rochester Red Wings (baseball) and the Rochester
Americans (hockey).

Fuller, who passed away in February of 2018, will forever be remembered as a shining example of the connection between a team and a community and will surely
be remembered by the countless players, coaches and broadcasters who have passed through Batavia on their way to the big leagues.

No racing Sunday at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—Track officials at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel announced today that racing for Sunday (Aug. 12) has been cancelled, pending New York Gaming Commission approval.

Simulcast wagering and the gaming floor will be open regular hours.

“We have only been able to card 32.5 races per week since we opened” Director/GM of Live Racing Todd Haight said. “And with no New York Sires Stakes scheduled next week, we didn’t see any way we could put together four race cards.”

Haight pointed out that the Down’s group sales department has packed the Clubhouse for Wednesday (Aug. 15) and that their annual Breast Cancer fundraiser is on Friday (Aug. 17), so not racing on either of those two nights was not an option.

“Our plan is to add the Open trotters to our Saturday (Aug. 11) racing schedule. That should make for a spectacular Saturday program that would include both the Open pace and Open trot. The top-class trotters would then race back on Friday (Aug. 17)” Haight said.

Further adjustments include switching horses that have been racing on Sunday to Wednesday (Aug. 15) to fill that program along with the Open mares.

Then moving forward, the Friday program (Aug. 17) will be comprised of horses that have been racing on Monday plus the return of the Open trotters to their regular day.

The Saturday (Aug. 18) program should remain unscathed although a few races may have to move to Sunday (Aug. 19).

“We may have to scratch and claw to fill that program but we are going to do whatever we can to get that card to go” Haight said

“Once the New York Sire Stake races return on Wednesday (Aug. 22), they will remain for four straight Wednesdays so the cards should fill until the track reduces it’s schedule to the normal Wednesday, Friday and Saturday rotation.”

If the race office is able to fill 33 races per week, the track will conduct 10 races on Wednesday, 11 races on Friday and 12 races on Saturday. If more races need to be added, Batavia Down’s will do whatever it takes to get all horses raced.

Horsemen and woman looking to enter horses at Batavia Downs are asked to reference the updated condition sheet that is now avaiable.

Haight also said that even though there is no racing this Sunday, the “Dollar Sunday” promotion will continue. It has been highly advertised, it’s very popular and the track thinks it’s best to continue it from noon until 4 p.m. at the Homestretch Grille.

Morning News Briefing

Family pets rescued from a mobile home fire in Pavilion.
Family members believe most if not all of their eleven animals living in their doublewide mobile home in Pavilion escaped from a blaze at the residence.
A half dozen volunteer fire companies responded to the call for a structure fire at 7230 Telephone Road shortly before noon yesterday morning.
The doublewide trailer was home to a woman and three children along with 6 pet dogs and five cats.
The residence was first reported to be vacant, however firefighters quickly jumped into rescue operations once they spotted a black lab panting out of a window of the home
Assistant Chief in Pavilion Don Roblee said the hot and humid weather affected the volunteers…

Firefighters rescued five dogs from the flames with owners believe all the other animals escaped on their own.
A total of five cats were still missing at last report and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Pembroke man jailed for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.
36 year old Patrick Thompson of Gabbey Road was arrested following report of a domestic incident at an upper apartment at a Gabby Road address.
Thompson was accused of menacing and making threats then physically assaulting a pregnant woman and in doing so was additionally accused of endangering the welfare of an unborn child.
He was charged with Assault and Menacing both in the third degree along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Thompson was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and is expected back in Pembroke Town Court on August 14th.

Bail raised on Batavia teenager accused of stabbing his classmate.
Batavia City Court Judge Robert Balbick presided yesterday when 18 year old Antwan Odom appeared back in court.
Judge Balbick raised Odom’s bail from $15,000 to $50,000 after it was revealed that he was facing a felony DWI case for allegedly driving drunk with a minor in the Town of Sweden.
The judge said that even with a good bail evaluation score, Odom’s bail should be increased due to the severity of the crime and the pending felony.
Odom is accused of attacking his friend and teammate 17 year old Raymond Leach with a knife.
Officers found Leach suffering from several stab wounds at a home on Ross Street Saturday night.
Leach says the violence started after he accused Odom of stealing from him.
He was hospitalized but has been released and is reportedly doing well.
Odom is due back in court Thursday.

Muckdogs bested by the Black Bears.
West Virginia came out with a clean sweep over Batavia beating the local team 6 to zero at Dwyer Stadium last night.
The series is now split heading into the third game scheduled for tonight.
You can hear the game live on WBTA starting with the first pitch at 7:05 tonight pending the weather conditions.

Attention Batavia motorists.
Richard Avenue will be closed today from Redfield Ave to Woodrow Road for street repairs.
Work is expected to begin this morning at 7:30.

Evening News Briefing

Antwan Odom

17 year old Antwan Odom of Batavia remains in the Genesee County Jail this afternoon, his bail increased to $50,000 cash.
Odom is charged with Attempted Assault and weapons possession following a fight on Ross Street over the weekend.
During the fracas, police say Odom used a sharp object to cut his friend and neighbor, 18 year old Ray Leach.
Both Odom and Leach are star athletes at Batavia High School.
Leach suffered at least 10 wounds, some requiring stiches. He was treated at Strong Memorial Hospital and is now at home.
Odom was jailed since Saturday night. He appeared in court this afternoon when his bail was increased from $15,000 to $50,000 cash.
Odom has a felony DWI charge pending in Orleans County.

Fire of unknown cause destroys a doublewide mobile home late this morning in Pavilion.
A half dozen volunteer fire companies answered the alarm at 7230 Telephone Road. A woman and three children lived in the trailer.
None of them were home at the time.
Don Roblee was the on-scene fire commander:

The cause of today’s fire is under investigation.

A New York City company has purchased a Batavia Nursing home.
The Grand Healthcare System has acquired the Batavia Health Care Center on State Street.
The 62 bed skilled nursing facility has a staff of 200.
The nursing home will be renamed the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia.

Cynthia Nixon is getting the top spot on the New York Democratic primary ballot.
The “Sex and the City” actress’ name will come before Governor Cuomo’s name based on a random draw by the Board of Elections.

This note for Batavia motorists:
Richard Avenue will be closed tomorrow from Redfield to Woodrow for street repairs. Work is expected to begin tomorrow morning at 7:30.

An Air Quality alert remains in effect for most of Western New York.
The alert is posted until 11 o’clock tonight.

Odom Bail Increased

Antwan Odom

17 year old Antwan Odom of Batavia remains in the Genesee County Jail this afternoon, his bail increased to $50,000 cash.
Odom is charged with Attempted Assault and weapons possession following a fight on Ross Street over the weekend.
During the fracas, police say Odom used a sharp object to cut his friend and neighbor, 18 year old Ray Leach.
Both Odom and Leach are star athletes at Batavia High School.
Leach suffered at least 10 wounds, some requiring stiches. He was treated at Strong Memorial Hospital and is now at home.
Odom was jailed since Saturday night. He appeared in court this afternoon when his bail was increased from $15,000 to $50,000 cash.
Odom has a felony DWI charge pending in Orleans County.

Richmond Ave to Close for Repairs on Tuesday

Press Release:

On Tuesday August 7th, 2018, Richmond Avenue will be closed from Redfield Ave. to Woodrow Rd to all through traffic for a street repair. The repair will start at 7:30 am. All motorist that regularly use this street are asked to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place.

Morning News Briefing

Star athlete for the Blue Devils jailed for allegedly stabbing his teammate.
A City teen and three-sport star athlete at Batavia high school is facing charges after police say he was involved in a classmate’s stabbing.
Officers were called to investigate a fight at 153 Ross Street Saturday night and found 17 year old Raymond Leach suffering from a number of cuts and stab wounds.
His classmate, teammate and friend, 18 year old Antwan Odom was arrested in connection with the attack, which according to lawmen started after Leach accused Odom of stealing from him.
Odom is charged with a felony count of Attempted Assault, and criminal possession of a weapon and was remanded to the County Jail.
Leach was taken to UMMC and released after being treated for his multiple injuries.
Investigation into the incident continues and police encourage anyone with information on the case to contact Batavia PD or the confidential tip line at 345-6370.

LeRoy resident jailed for stalking and forcible touching.
Police arrested 53 year old Paul Hogle of Vallence Road last Thursday after a complaint was received by the LeRoy Department that he had allegedly placed a GPS locating device on a victim’s vehicle using it to track them down.
Hogle is also accused of having unwanted contact with the victim.
He was charged with Stalking, and Forcible Touching and was subsequently arrested and charged the following day for Criminal Contempt for allegedly violating a stay away order of protection.
Hogle was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and is to return to LeRoy Town Court on August 13th.

Ransomville man arrested for harassing young girls in Batavia.
53 year old Alejandro Chaparro of Braley Road Ransomville was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following investigation into a harassment complaint at a Main Street Road address in Batavia late Saturday night.
Caparro was accused of pushing and following an 11 year old and a 9 year old girl in the incident.
He was arraigned on charges of Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in Town Court and was released with appearance tickets for August 27th.

Eleven arrested at Dierks Bentley concert and two at Slayer over the weekend.
The country crowd at the Darien Lake Performing Art Center provided lawmen more arrests than the satanic heavy metal group Slayer with eleven total arrests.
Three were arrested for trespassing while 8 others were busted for underage drinking at the Dierks Bentley concert Saturday night.
At the Slayer concert Friday a Buffalo man was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Lockport man was busted for public urination.

Weekend News Briefing

Police identify two suspects in thruway pursuit in Batavia.
State Police in Batavia have apprehended two suspects that reportedly evaded lawmen in Monroe County following a dangerous chase in town.
Shortly after noon on Friday Troopers responded to assist Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies who were following a 1997 Mercedes Benz with switched license plates that was involved in a larceny from Sears at the Market Place Mall in Henrietta, NY.
The suspect vehicle fled once emergency lights were activated and pursuit continued onto the Interstate-90 west bound.
The suspect vehicle exited the I-90 at exit 48, Batavia.
Patrols attempted to block the Mercedes near the toll barrier at which time they continued aggressively toward Troopers and as a result an Officer shot his service weapon at the threat.
The pursuit ended when the suspects turned into a private driveway on Kelsey Road striking a dirt embankment and stopping in a wooded area.
The operator 49 year old Andrew Adeb Said of Port Richey Florida and the passenger 35 year old Tara Hackrott of Williamsville New York attempted to flee on foot and were subsequently arrested.
Both suspects were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Said had minor injuries and Hackrott was taken for evaluation.
The incident remains under investigation and criminal charges are pending.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center OKs nearly a half million dollars in tax in incentives for a Solar energy farm.
The agency approved $472,000 in sales and property tax exemptions for the construction of two – 2 – Mega Watt community solar farms on Pearl Street Road.
The six million dollar project is expected to create one permanent job but will have economic benefits in its construction.

County hears proposal to include a Senior Center at the planned Healthy Living Campus.
As plans for a new Healthy Living Center at Main and Bank streets in Batavia are continuing to formulate the YMCA and UMMC have found around 7,000 square feet of available space which could accommodate a new Genesee County Senior Center and the Office of the Aging.
County Manager Jay Gsell and County staff are working with the Y and UMMC to determine if merging the operations would be possible.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Shots Fired During Police Chase in Batavia

A police chase along the Thruway ends in gun fire at the Batavia exit.
There were no series injuries.
The shots were fired by a State Trooper when the car being chased suddenly came at police in an aggressive manner.
The incident played out beginning around 12:30 this afternoon.
Troopers said a couple in a gray Mercedes were wanted in connection with a theft from Sears in the Marketplace Mall. Monroe County deputies gave chase onto the Thruway when troopers joined in.

The suspects left the Thruway at the Batavia exit and lost control of their vehicle.

Maj. Edward Kennedy

Stater Police Major Edward Kennedy picks up the story from there

The suspects managed to get away from police, heading west on West Main. The car was finally stopped near Kelsey Road and the suspects were taken into custody without further trouble.
The suspects have not yet been identified.
The male half of the couple went to Strong for treatment of minor injuries, the female was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
No law enforcement officers were hurt.
State Police say further information will be released tonight.

Two in custody after shots fired in Thruway chase

Two subjects are in custody following a car chase on the Thruway in Batavia where shots were fired.

According to our news partner The Batavian, State Police were in pursuit of a gray Mercedes on the Thruway and then into Batavia as the vehicle exited the thruway into Town right around one o’clock this afternoon.

Shots were fired according to reports and the vehicle was tracked northbound down Kelsey Road.

Report came in that a white male subject in his late 40s, early 50s was on foot in the 83-hundred block of Kelsey Road.

A perimeter was set up on Pratt Road and a State Police helicopter was brought in to help in the manhunt.

Within about 10 minutes there were two subjects in custody between West Main Street Road and Pratt Road.

At last report Mercy medics were called to evaluate two patients at 83-64 Kelsey Road and East Pembroke Fire had shut down Kelsey Road at Route 5 and Pratt.

GCEDC APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR SOLAR FARM

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) voted to approve incentives for the construction of two 2MW community solar farms for a combined total of 4MW at 2901 Pearl Street Rd. The developer, Pearl Solar, LLC will invest approximately $6 million investment and will receive incentives of approximately $472,000 in sales and property tax exemptions.

“While we were concerned about the fact that the project will only create one job, there are other temporary economic impacts such as construction and installation jobs as well as benefits to the local community in approving a renewable energy project of this nature,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Paul Battaglia.

Among the benefits of the project include an enhanced property tax payment through a 15-year PILOT resulting in approximately $311,000 in property tax payments to Genesee County and the Pembroke school district; energy discounts of 10% for local residents who sign an agreement with the company to purchase solar energy from the project(s); and, a community benefit agreement in which Pearl Solar will make a $50,000 donation to the Genesee County STEM2 STAMP workforce development program when the two projects are completed.

“This project fits into our local economic development strategy and marketing alignment as we are finding that renewable energy is becoming a preference item for site selectors or companies conducting site location searches,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde. “The project also will have no carbon footprint providing environmental benefits to local residents and just as important it aligns with Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative.”

Morning News Briefing

Investigation continues into a fatal farm accident in Wyoming County.
According to State Police 72 year old Roy Bell of Perry was moving cattle around his farm on Simmons Road in Covington when he was apparently trampled by a young bull.
A family member found Bell who wasn’t breathing after being trampled shortly before noon yesterday.
Farm workers and family members attempted to save Bell’s by administering CPR however he was unable to be resuscitated.
The investigation remains on-going pending autopsy results.

GCASA will open the area’s first Methadone clinic this month.
The Opioid treatment program is slated to open on August 13th.
The cities first Methadone clinic will be housed at GCASA on East Main Street in Batavia.
The clinic will provide patients from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties with highly regulated methadone treatment for their opioid addictions.

Felons use feces to harass employees at the Attica Correctional Facility.
30 year old inmate Michael Ford was arrested by State Police in Warsaw for allegedly throwing toilet water onto several correctional officers responding to an incident in his cell.
Ford is serving a sentence for an Attempted Assault and Robbery out of Queens County and was charged with two counts of Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate.
27 year old inmate Shafiqul Islam was accused of using an eyedropper bottle to spray a civilian teacher with a combination of feces and urine while in a classroom at the facility.
Islam who is serving a sentence for Murder and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property out of Columbia County was additionally arrested for Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate.

The Muckdogs return home to take a win against Mahoning Valley.
The Scrappers were defeated by a single point losing to the ball-team in Batavia last night final score of 8 to 7.
The dogs play the second in a three game series against the scrappers tonight at Dwyer Stadium.
First pitch is at 7:05, catch all the action live right here on WBTA.

Governor Cuomo is appointing a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program.
He wants to give Albany lawmakers a game plan, following a Department of Health report in January concluding that the positives of a regulated marijuana market outweigh the negatives.
It found that regulating pot benefits public health by enabling government oversight over production, quality control, labeling and licensing.
The workgroup has 20 members and will be led by Alphonso David, a counsel to Governor Cuomo.

Evening News Briefing

A man has been trampled to death by a bull on a Wyoming County Farm.
The man has been identified as 72 year old Roy Bell.
The incident happened on Bell’s farm on Simmons Road in Covington just before noon today.
According to reports from the scene Bell was moving cattle around the farm when he was trampled by a one year old bull.
Farm workers and family performed CPR until paramedics reached the scene but they were unable to revive Bell.

Batavia’s first Methadone clinic is scheduled to open on August 13th.
The Opioid treatment program will operate at GCASA on East Main St.
The clinic will serve patients from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

Governor Cuomo is appointing a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program. He wants to give Albany lawmakers a game plan, following a Department of Health report in January concluding that the positives of a regulated marijuana market outweigh the negatives. It found that regulating pot benefits public health by enabling government oversight over production, quality control, labeling and licensing. The workgroup has 20 members and will be led by Alphonso David, a counsel to Governor Cuomo.

Senator Chuck Schumer says the Federal Railroad Administration needs to step up its inspection of railroad bridges.
His request comes after one of those structures partially collapsed in Syracuse last month.
While no one was hurt by falling debris, an investigation found the bridge may not have been independently checked out.
It’s up to railroad companies themselves to do that work.

Man Trampled to Death by Bull

A man has been trampled to death by a bull on a Wyoming County Farm.
The man has been identified as 72 year old Roy Bell.
The incident happened on Bell’s farm on Simmons Road in Covington just before noon today.
According to reports from the scene Bell was moving cattle around the farm when he was trampled by a one year old bull.
Farm workers and family performed CPR until paramedics reached the scene but they were unable to revive Bell.

Certificate Programs at Genesee Community College Offer Career Preparation in Just One Year!

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (08/02/2018) A lot can happen in 12 months-especially at Genesee Community College. Knowing that one year can create a whole new career trajectory for new employees or incumbent workers, GCC has introduced several new certificates for the fall 2018 semester. Specifically, one year certificates are now available in Enterpreneurship and Fashion Design.

In addition to dozens of associate degree programs, there are now 17 certificate programs that can be completed in just one year. Certificate programs, generally requiring 30 academic credit hours, are designed to provide specific knowledge and skills required to perform a specific function. While certificate programs can catapult learners into two and four-year degree programs, they also fast-track the transition from beginner to qualified worker. Certificates can also be used to advance a current career path for incumbent workers who find themselves stalled in their occupation.

Certificate programs are also perfect for those who are balancing responsibilities of children, jobs and family care making attending a class on a college campus a real challenge. Eight of GCC’s certificate programs can be 50% -75% completed online, and certificates in Criminal Justice, General Education and Teaching Assistant can be completed 100% online providing maximum convenience and accessibility.

Turning a hobby or a personal passion into a full-time business will be easier after earning the one year Entrepreneurship Certificate which can be 75% completed online! Business and Management Principles Marketing, Business Communication and Law, Professional Sales or Advertising and computer skills are all covered in the program. Anyone interested in fashion, design, merchandising, apparel, textiles, draping or fashion illustration should enroll in the one year Fashion Business: Fashion Design certificate program.

GCC also offers certificate programs in: Accounting, Child Care, Computer Repair, Computerized Drafting and Design, Developmental Disabilities Studies, Gerontology, Health Studies, Help Desk Support, Hospitality Management, Medical Office Assistant, Musical Theatre and Web Design. Additional details on each of Genesee Community College’s programs, including the online opportunities are available at https://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/default.cfm?sort=degree#CERT.

Registration for all of GCC’s certificate programs is now open and there is still time to register for classes for the fall semester which starts Monday, August 20, 2018. Apply at https://www.genesee.edu/offices/admissions/apply/ or contact GCC’s Admissions Department at admissions@genesee.edu or call 1-866-CALL-GCC.

For convenience, GCC offers classes online and at seven campus locations throughout the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties region. For a full listing of the degree and certificate programs that incorporate online courses, visit https://www.genesee.edu/offices/online/ or contact GCC’s Online Learning department via email at gcconline@genesee.edu or by calling (585)345-6969.

Morning News Briefing

The County’s first methadone clinic starting treatment this month.
GCASA is expanding their treatment options in Batavia.
The Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse will open the Opioid Treatment Program or OTP on August 13th.
This will allow patients in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties to receive highly regulated and monitored methadone to treat their opioid addiction.
The organization points to research showing that most communities with similar programs have decreased rates of crime because people are not stealing to maintain their drug use.
GCASA has been serving Genesee and Orleans Counties for over 40 years and providing Medication Assisted Treatment since 2004.
For more information visit their website at gcasa.net.

Woman arrested after Car versus Pedestrian accident in Oakfield.
Deborah Rodriguez was taken into custody by Deputies after she allegedly struck and injured an individual while backing out of a driveway in the Village yesterday.
Following investigation into the accident officers discovered she was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol and was charged with DWI, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs Aggravated Unlicensed Operation along with unsafe backing.
The individual was transported to the United Memorial Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.
Rodriguez was released with appearance tickets scheduled for September 10th in Oakfield Town Court.

Park Road resident busted for banging up parked cars in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Quality Inn and Suites on Park Road in Batavia yesterday morning following report of a motor vehicle striking a building as well as two parked vehicles.
Officers apprehended 24 year old Brenna Decillis of Batavia on charges of Aggravated DWI, DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Decillis was released with appearance tickets for August 20th in Batavia Town Court.

A Pennsylvania man arrested for making terroristic threats to concert goers in Dairen.
25 year old Seth Kronenwetter of Eldred Pennsylvania was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly making threats of violence towards patrons of a Darien Lake Concert earlier last month.
Kronenwetter was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat and Aggravated Harassment.
He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected back in Darien Town Court on August 27th.

The Muckdogs bring home a win against the Spikes.
Batavia beat State College while away with a final score of 5 to 4 in last night’s matchup taking the series by two games to one.
The Muckdogs return home to Dwyer Stadium tonight for another three game stint against Mahoning Valley.
You can hear the game here on WBTA with a first pitch scheduled for 7:05 tonight.

Senator Chuck Schumer says the Federal Railroad Administration needs to step up its inspection of railroad bridges.
His request comes after one of those structures partially collapsed in Syracuse last month.
While no one was hurt by falling debris, an investigation found the bridge may not have been independently checked out.
It’s up to railroad companies themselves to do that work.
Right now, there are only three inspectors assigned by the F-R-A to look at the state’s roughly three-thousand railroad bridges.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia City Council President Gene Jankowski expects to name a new city manager within the next two weeks.
Jankowski tells WBTA News Partner The Batavian that he hopes to name the new manager at city council’s August 13th meeting.
He said the salary offered the new manager will be around 110-thousand a year.
An offer has been made to the finalist but no contract has been signed.
The city has been without a permanent manager since the departure of Jason Molino in January.

Billy Goats closing party   PHOTO Courtesy: The Batavian

A bittersweet night at Billy Goats bar.
The West Main Street tavern served its final drink last night.
Regulars packed the bar spilling out the front door.
Owner John Spyropoulos appreciated the turnout

John continues to operate Settlers Family Restaurant next door.

There is just six weeks until primary day in New York, and a new poll finds Governor Cuomo with a huge lead over his Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon. The Sienna poll of likely voters gives Cuomo a 60-29 percent lead over Nixon, one of the former stars of the TV show “the Sex in the City.”

The National Comedy Center is holding its grand opening today in Jamestown.
The opening coincides with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown – Lucy’ home town.
The festival features four days of events, including appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Lily Tomlin and Amy Schumer.
More than 40 comedians will be on hand.

Evening News Briefing

Photo Courtesy; The Batavian. More pictures HERE

A Faith based group originally out of Tupelo, Mississippi is making a difference in Batavia.

Eight Days of Hope is in town for Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake.
Working with City Church, volunteers selected a home on Watson Street.
Eight Days of Hope Founder Steve Tybor talked about the woman who owns the house

So many volunteers turned out this morning that they took on landscaping and other projects in the neighborhood
The group normally travels around the country helping out after natural disasters. They are opening a regional office in Buffalo.

A car drives into Tim Horton new donut shop in Pembroke, literally.
The Tim Horton’s recently opened at the intersection of Main and Allegany Roads.
Preliminary reports indicate the building sustained heavy damage.
The mishap occured around 11:30AM this morning.
Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments and Mercy EMS were dispatched, but later determined there were no injuries.
The investigation continues.

 

The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing a water main break on Richmond Ave at Redfield Parkway tomorrow, August 1st at 8:00 a.m. Water may be turned off on Richmond Ave from Union St to Redfield Parkway. Richmond will be closed from Redfield Parkway to Bogue Ave.

There is just six weeks until primary day in New York, and a new poll finds Governor Cuomo with a huge lead over his Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon. The Sienna poll of likely voters gives Cuomo a 60-29 percent lead over the Sex in the City star.

Cattaraugus County Deputies have identified the hiker killed following a fall at Zoar Valley.
Investigators say 20-year-old Conor Long from the Erie County Town of Boston was hiking with three friends Sunday afternoon.
When he tried to climb near a waterfall to take a picture, he slipped and fell about 70 feet to his death.

Road Closings for GLOW Corporate Cup

News Release: Batavia Police Dept.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 the 6th annual GLOW Corporate Challenge will be starting out at 6:00 PM. on Richmond Ave. in front of the NYS School for the Blind.

Starting at approximately 5:30PM, until approximately 6:15PM Richmond Ave. will be closed from Prospect Ave. to Bank St. for the start of the GLOW Corporate Cup. The race is expected to have a large group of runners and walkers in the area. The run will take place in the North-East sector of the City. Vehicles traveling in the area should expect extended delays while runners and walkers are in the area. Please plan accordingly or make alternative travel routes to avoid the area.

Anyone with information in reference to any suspicious activity are encouraged to contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370

or online HERE

Water Main Repairs on Richmond Ave.

News Release

The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing a water main break on Richmond Ave at Redfield Parkway tomorrow, August 1st at 8:00 a.m. Water may be turned off on Richmond Ave from Union St to Redfield Parkway. Richmond will be closed from Redfield Parkway to Bogue Ave. Please avoid the intersection of Redfield Parkway & Richmond Ave.
The water department will make every effort to restore the water as quickly as possible. Please avoid doing laundry if water is discolored when restored.

Downs Announces Tribute Concert Series

News Release: Batavia Downs

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced the lineup for their fall and winter tribute shows, with one concert each month featuring music from great artists.

The Paddock Room will play host to Abbamania – A tribute to Abba, based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The cast looks and sounds like the famous Swedish rock group and will roll through all your favorites on Saturday, September 8th.

Saturday, October 6th is the date for American Graffiti starring Johnny Gems and the Red Hot Bananas. These artists have collectively been performing for 30 years. The show brings back every major hit from every major artist, from 1955 to 1965. You’ll hear hits by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley and Bill Haley and the Comets! Into the 1960s with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Four Seasons, Roy Orbison, Del Shannon and a highlight to Danny and the Juniors with “At the Hop” and “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay”!

Next up, on Saturday, November 17th, Batavia Downs welcomes Walk the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash. With Gavan Rosseau playing the part of “The Man in Black” with a 4 piece backing band, this tribute show showcases Rosseau’s ability to emulate the voice, look and mannerisms of the late singer. Songs performed include the Sun Record days all the way to those from the 1970’s.

Blame it all on Their Roots – Garth Brooks and Shania Twain Tribute takes the stage on Saturday, December 15th. This high energy show performs all this hits of the two country headliners whose records have sold over 230 Million Albums worldwide.

Each concert will take place on a Saturday immediately following live racing. $10 General Admission Tickets will go on sale at www.BataviaConcerts.com for each show on Tuesday, July 31st at 10am. Each concert begins at 8:30pm with doors at 8pm. Each ticket is redeemable on the gaming floor the day of the concert or the next day for $10 in Free Play. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at their “Lucky Treasures” Gift Shop located in the lobby.

“We are looking forward to these indoor tribute shows.” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President at Batavia Downs Gaming. “Building on the success of our summer concert series, we’re happy to keep General Admission ticket prices at a reasonable $10 to make sure everyone can enjoy these great tribute shows.”

Morning News Briefing

Becky L. Frens

A Town of Batavia woman, charged with overdriving and torturing her dog, has shown up in court represented by a State Senator.
56 year old Becky Frens appeared in Town of Batavia court yesterday with her lawyer, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, who maintains a private practice in Batavia.
Frens was arrested by State Police earlier this month when she attempted to retrieve her dog Maya that was turned over to the Genesee county Animal Shelter.
Animal Control Officer Ann Marie Brady describes the condition of the dog that is still being treated:

Ranzenhofer asked for and received a delay in the case.
Meanwhile Maya remains in the care of Volunteers for Animals.

An Oakfield man was hit by his own car, in his own driveway, on Drake St.
The door of the vehicle was left open and the man suffered cuts to his abdomen as the car moved backwards.
He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Rochester police say they took 20 people into custody following the city’s Puerto Rican Festival.
The department says most of the arrests Sunday were for traffic or alcohol related crimes.
Some officers said they had things like rocks and bottles thrown at them. No serious injuries were reported.

Cattaraugus County Deputies have identified the hiker killed following a fall at Zoar Valley.
Investigators say 20-year-old Conor Long from the Erie County Town of Boston was hiking with three friends Sunday afternoon.
When he tried to climb along a waterfall to take a picture, he slipped and fell about 70 feet into a gorge.

The Batavia Muckdogs drop another road game.
The Dogs were shut out by the State College Spikes 3-0 last night.
The same two teams meet again tonight.
The Dogs return home on Thursday night.

Camper Rolls over on Thruway Near LeRoy

A travel trailer rolled over on the State Thruway near LeRoy this morning.
The accident occurred in the westbound lane but blocked both lanes for a while.
An ambulance from Leroy was dispatched, but there were no serious injuries.

The camper was destroyed.

Photos: Alex Feig, WBTA News

 

Morning News Briefing

A Bergen man accused by Batavia Police with using a hole-punch to pierce the ear of a child.
46 year old Jeffrey Torrey of McKenzie Street, Bergen, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Police have only said that the child was under 17.

Joseph Berry of Bank Street, Batavia, has been charged with assaulting an employee of a West Main Street business.
The incident happened yesterday at 4 in the morning.
The business was not identified. The 32 year old Berry was locked up and will be back in court today.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office investigating a deadly fall at Zoar Valley. A man was hiking with three other people yesterday afternoon when he fell 70 feet into a gorge.
A rescue was attempted but steep terrain and rainfall made it difficult.
The victim’s name and age have not been released.

Organizers of this year’s Beertavia say twice as many people attended this year’s event than last year. A crowd of 700 was estimated Saturday afternoon. More than two dozen local brewers offered samples of their suds.

The Muckdogs take only one game of their three game series against the Lake Monsters in Burlington, Vermont.
The Dogs are still on the road and begin a series tonight in State College against the Spikes. The Muckdogs return home Thursday night to meet Mahoning Valley.

There will be some delays on Vine Street today.
Crews are scheduled to perform repairs today through Wednesday on Vine between East Main and Bank.
Portions of this work are weather dependent.

Weekend News Briefing

Person of interest in custody for murder on Liberty Street.
City Police say they have a person of interest in the recent murder on Liberty Street in custody.
47 year old Raymond Morgan was found in his room at 111 Liberty Street, a boarding house for parolees on Tuesday night, beaten beyond recognition.
Morgan died at the scene shortly after police arrived.
Police say the person of interest in the case is already in custody on an unrelated matter.
Batavia Police have declined further comment.

Former Billy Goats Bar closing slated after Tuesday night special.
Owner John Spyropoulos says since the passing of his father Steve, who he considered his best friend and business partner, he’s decided his family is more important than trying to run two demanding businesses by himself.

He wants to eliminate his existing inventory of booze on Tuesday night and shut down the bar because that’s the final day of the current liquor license and he decided not to renew it.
There will be drink specials at the tavern formerly known as Billy Goats on West Main Street in Batavia, on Tuesday from 4 to 11 p.m. with DJ Kevin providing entertainment.

An Oakfield man arrested for allegedly raping a girl under 17.
40 year old John Grabowski of Fisher Road is charged with Rape in the Third Degree. Deputies say additional charges are pending.
Grabowski is being held in the Genesee County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Hawley Condemns Governor Cuomo’s move pardoning pedophiles.
Earlier this week Governor Cuomo made a controversial decision to pardon 77 sexual predators, many of whom are convicted rapists and pedophiles deemed too dangerous to live among the general public.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley is condemning the decision and calling for the ban of any such person from a school setting under any circumstance.
Hawley says that with pardoning dozens of sexual predators, the possibility exists that they will be allowed to enter schools after a certain time and with a Superintendent’s permission if that is their polling place.
Hawley said at the very least they should be given an absentee ballot and never allowed to vote in or near a school.

Work on Vine Street begins Monday.
Vine Street from East Main to Bank Street will experience delays and lane reductions for road repair from Monday July 30th through Wednesday August 1st from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All area motorist should avoid Vine Street if possible.
Portions of this work are weather dependent and delays may occur.

Evening News Briefing

Sheldon Silver

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to seven years in jail on corruption charges.
The 74 year old Silver was convicted in May for accepting bribes in exchange for political favors. Prosecutors were seeking a decade behind bars while Silver’s defense team was hoping for community service.
In a letter to the judge, Silver says he is deeply sorry and prays he will not die in jail.

Batavia Police say they have a person of interest in this week’s murder on Liberty Street.
On Tuesday night, 47 year old Raymond Morgan was found in his room at 111 Liberty Street, a boarding house for parolees.
Morgan was severely beaten and died a short time later.
Police say the person of interest in the case is already in custody on an unrelated matter.
Batavia Police have declined further comment.

An Oakfield man arrested for allegedly raping a girl under 17.
40 year old John Grabowski of Fisher Road is charged with Rape in the Third Degree. Deputies say additional charges are pending.
Grabowski is being held in the Genesee County Jail on $100,000 bail.

State Police based in Warsaw net over a kilo of heroin and a pound of Crystal-meth.
The seizure was made last night following a traffic stop on Black House Road.
Two suspects, both from the State of Georgia, were arrested on felony drug possession charges and jailed without bail.

The Batavia Muckdogs travel to Burlington, Vermont today to open up a six-game road trip.
The first three games are in Vermont, then the Muckdogs head south for a three game set against the State College Spikes.
The Dogs return home to Batavia on Thursday night.

Person of Interest in Liberty Street Homicide in custody

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Police Department has identified a person of interest in the death of Raymond Morgan at 111 Liberty Street on the night of July 24, 2018. The Department is not releasing the person’s identity at this time due to the very active nature of this investigation. The person is currently in custody on an unrelated matter.

No further information will be released at this time.

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

Morning News Briefing

Oakfield man accused of underage rape.
40 year old John Grabowski of Fisher Road in Oakfield is accused of having sexual intercourse with a female victim under 17 years old.
Grabowski was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies on Tuesday for the alleged incident that occurred on Monday at a Fisher Road address.
He was arraigned in Batavia Town Court on a count of Rape in the third degree and according to authorities additional charges are pending.
Grabowski was remanded in lieu of $100,000 bail to the County Jail and is expected to appear on August 6th in Oakfield Town Court.

LeRoy resident jailed for felony weapon’s charge.
29 year old Joshua Gaudioso of Genesee Street in LeRoy was accused of being in possession of a shotgun while at a North Bergen Road residence in Bergen last Friday.
He was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon with a previous felony conviction and was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Assault at an Alexander address ends in arrest.
24 year old Anthony Micucci of Main Street in Alexander is facing charges of third degree Assault and Menacing along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was arrested on the charges following investigation into a domestic incident at a Main Street address in Town.
Micucci was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Alexander Town Court on August 8th.

The Sheriff’s Office has started training at their First Teen Academy at Byron-Bergen High School.
The 14 students enrolled are taking a one week crash course covering the same material a standard police academy cadet would cover in five-and-a-half months.
Notre Dame Senior Morgan Rhodes said the training has given her a better idea of what branch of law enforcement might be a good fit for her…

Resource officer at Byron-Bergen Deputy Matthew Butler presented the Teen Academy to Sheriff William Sheron which is the first of its kind in Genesee County.

The Buffalo Bills will be back on the field for training camp today. And, they’re being joined by star running back LeSean McCoy.
Yesterday, reporters asked McCoy about abuse allegations made against him earlier this month.
The claims came from someone who knows his ex-girlfriend.
McCoy wouldn’t discuss the case, only saying it was an open investigation and that he’s focused on football.
He’s not facing any charges.

The Muckdogs lost their daytime game yesterday to the Staten Island Yankees with a final score was 6 to 5.
The dogs dropped two of the three game series.
The dogs won’t be back home until next Thursday night.

A Notification for those who look forward to Friday night Bingo at St. Joes.
The Bingo at St. Joes on Summit Street is canceled for Friday night due to lack of volunteer staff.

One more open mic night at Elba’s Stumblin’ Inn

Dylan Desmit

Local musicians Paul Draper and Dylan Desmit decided to host one more night of music at the former site of the beloved Stumblin’ Inn which burned to the ground on July 8th.

The bar on Main Street in Elba was not only a home to Steve and Jim Goff but home to many local artists just trying to book their first gig.

Desmit was one of those artists…

Desmit who has hosted countless open mic nights at the Inn said it felt like a second home.

Draper and Desmit plan to pass a hat and give the proceeds to the Goff brothers who lost nearly everything in the fire.

The event starts at 8 p.m. tonight in front of Chap’s Elba Diner one door down from the site of the former Stumblin’ Inn.

Morning News Briefing

Investigators identify homicide victim in the city.
Police have released the victim’s identity of an apparent homicide at a boarding house for parolees in the city.
Following report of a physical altercation in one of the rooms at 111 Liberty Street at around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night, responding officers located an injured resident, 47 year old Raymond Lee Morgan.
Morgan had sustained significant injuries and after officers had requested EMS response, Morgan died at the scene.
Morgan is described by police as a white male who was on Parole for drug charges at the time of his death.
He was also well known to local police and had an extensive history of arrest.
A description of the suspect has not been released pending further investigation according to Police Chief Shawn Heubusch.
The murder does not appear to be a random act of violence and Investigators say the suspect and victim likely knew each other.
Investigation continues, and more details are expected to be released pending autopsy results slated for today.

Orleans County rollover crash claims the life of a former Albion resident.
One driver is dead and another injured after a crash between two trucks at the intersection of State Route 31A and Fancher Road in Clarendon late Tuesday night.
40 year old Kevin Lupiani of Medina failed to stop at a stop sign while driving a flatbed truck across 31A according to authorities.
He reportedly collided with the eastbound pickup heading down Fancher Road.
Lupiani was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where was listed in stable condition.
Both vehicles ended up in a cornfield in the rollover crash leaving the pickup truck driver 25 year old Matthew Gardner of Hamlin seriously injured.
Gardner was transported to Strong West in Brockport where he later died from his injuries.
Investigation into the crash is on-going.

The wife of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly says his latest scans show he’s cancer-free.
Earlier this year, Kelly had surgery to remove oral cancer from part of his jaw.
His wife says while the Hall of Famer is in some pain, he’s otherwise healthy.
Kelly said earlier this month he’s still scheduled to have another procedure in September.

The Muckdogs tie up series with Staten Island.
Batavia pulled ahead of the Staten Island Yankees with a 5 to 4 win in last night’s match up.
They finish out their series with the Yankees in Dwyer Stadium with a day game this morning.
The first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m.

Homicide Victim Identified

The victim of an apparent homicide that occurred on Liberty Street was identified by Batavia Police on Wednesday afternoon.
The victim, who is believed to have many relatives in the area, is Raymond Lee Morgan, 47. Morgan’s body was discovered in his room late Tuesday night at 111 Liberty St.
Authorities said Morgan died in his room following a report of a fight.
Police have not yet disclosed the manner of death. They said the killing did not appear to be random since the victim and suspect knew each other.
The suspect has not been identified and has not been taken into custody.

Rollover Crash in Orleans County claims life of one driver.

Two trucks were reportedly involved in a rollover crash at the intersection of State Route 31A and Fancher Road in Clarendon that left one driver deceased and the other injured.

The crash was reported at around 11:30 last night according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say 40 year old Kevin Lupiani of Medina was driving a flatbed truck when he failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the eastbound pickup while crossing Route 31A.

The unnamed driver of the pickup, was transported to Strong West in Brockport where he died from his injuries.

Lupiani was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where was listed in stable condition as of this morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

Homicide in the city under investigation

One man is dead and a murder suspect remains at-large following a report of a physical altercation at a Liberty Street residence.

Batavia Police responded to one of the rooms at 111 Liberty Street at approximately 11:15 p.m. last night where officers located a male, who had sustained significant injuries.

Officers requested EMS to respond however the victim succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

A possible suspect description was obtained, and Officers canvassed the area for evidence with the assistance of State Police K-9’s.

The suspect description is not being released at this time pending investigation along with the identity of the victim as police are still in the process of notifying relatives.

Police have released little information in the case but say it appears not to be a random act of violence and that the suspect and victim knew each other.

The investigation is on-going, further information will be released following the results of the autopsy scheduled for tomorrow.

Anyone with any info regarding this incident is encouraged to call police at 345-6350, information may also be submitted via the confidential tip line at 345-6370.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police called to bust up a brawl on Walnut Street.
City Police were called to 18 Walnut Street in Batavia for another reported brawl between several households.
The fight was reported at around 7:30 last night and ended in injury for some.
After arriving, Officers on scene reported a subject with a head injury and Mercy medics were called to respond.
Request for a second ambulance came in a few minutes later for another unknown injury.
An individual refused treatment for an injured hand, however another male who apparently had sustained some type of injury to his nose from was transported to UMMC.
There is currently no report on whether anyone was arrested in the incident.

Tractor Trailer rollover in Pavilion lands Driver in the hospital.
A tractor-trailer rollover accident with injuries was reported shortly after 7 last night on Ellicott Street Road and Starr Road in Pavilion.
The male driver apparently told officers he swerved to avoid a deer before rolling the big rig.
Captain Bryen Murrorck said Mercy Flight was put on standby once the driver was discovered…

The driver had apparently crawled out the truck, walked about 20 feet and collapsed.
The first on the scene was Firefighter David Clor who stayed with the driver…

The man was complaining of neck and back pain before being airlifted to ECMC.
He was sent as a precaution to determine any possible internal injuries.

Medina woman faces drug charges following a crash in Stafford.
A crash with a female driver reported to be falling asleep at the wheel with a hypodermic needle sticking out of her arm drew the response of State Police to Route 33 in Stafford Monday night.
29 year old Samantha Wroblewski of Medina allegedly admitted to possessing heroin and additional hypodermic needles when she was taken into custody by Troopers.
Wroblewski was charged with DWI, and drug possession and released with an appearance ticket returnable for August in Stafford Town Court.

The Muckdogs lose first of three to the Yankees.
Batavia was dealt defeat by the Staten Island team in a one sided match last night with a final score of 7 to 1.
They continue their series in Dwyer Stadium tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.
You can hear the action right here on WBTA.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is displaying a unique item donated by Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly.
It’s a custom-made motorcycle autographed by Kelly, Evel Knievel and his son Robbie.
Kelly first got the bike at his celebrity golf tournament back in 2009.
Kelly himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

BATAVIA DOWNS GAMING & HOTEL TO HOST EV STATION RIBBON CUTTING

Press Release:

Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, which has been installed in the parking lot adjacent to the valet entrance with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The public and media are invited to attend the event, which will be held by the EV Stations in the valet parking lot on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at 11 AM.

Batavia Downs charging station is one of several stations installed throughout the Genesee-Finger Lakes region through implementation of the Genesee Region Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan, prepared by the Greater Rochester Clean Cities coalition in 2016 with NYSERDA support. Other local communities recommended by the Plan to increase electric vehicle infrastructure and have recently installed charging stations include the villages of Victor, Geneseo and Brockport and the City of Canandaigua.

“Our region continues to see growth in the number of EV charging stations and the adoption of electric vehicles by drivers. The addition of an electric charging station at Batavia Downs creates an opportunity for local EV drivers to come to Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel and recharge their vehicles while they experience all that Batavia Downs has to offer” said David Keefe, Greater Rochester Clean Cities coalition coordinator.

EVs can save money and reduce air pollution in New York State. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, EVs are more energy efficient and cost 50-70% less to operate per mile. A large portion of New York’s electricity grid is powered by clean low-carbon energy sources (not oil or coal), allowing EVs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that cause smog and acid rain.

Wisdom Tree in NYSS at Batavia Wednesday

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—For the second time in as many racing days, a band of state-bred sisters will be invading Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (July 25) when the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old pacing fillies go postward to compete in three divisions for a total purse of $120,400.

NYSS divisions go in races one, five and seven with post time for the first race at 5 p.m.

Headlining the pool of 22 participants is Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) who will be competing in the $39,900 third division. This filly is not only tearing up the NYSS this year; she is also racing large on the Grand Circuit.

Besides winning three New York events so far, Wisdom Tree also won the $142,000 Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park on July 6, setting a new lifetime mark and track record of 1:49.4 in the process. A week later she drew post 12 in the 1-1/8th mile $191,800 Mistletoe Shallee at the Meadowlands and finished a strong closing fourth behind the winner Kissin In The Sand after being parked out over half a mile in the distance race timed in 2:04.1.

Wisdom Tree ranks high in stats among all 3-year-old pacing fillies in North America. For the year so far she is the third richest ($195,835), fourth fastest (1:49.4) and fifth winningest (seven) against all her rivals. In the NYSS she is the highest point-getter, has the most wins and has earned the most money.

Trainer Ed Hart has called on Kevin Cummings to drive the 8-5 early favorite Wisdom Tree who will leave from post six.

In the first $39,900 division Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink) started the year strong, winning back-to-back NYSS events. She then qualified for the $315,400 final of the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway where fast early fractions caught up to her late and saw her finish seven lengths behind the winner. She was given a 26 day rest after that start and looked fresh finishing second by a head in 1:52.2 in a NYSS event at Vernon Downs. Now after another 11 day break, she looks like the one to beat.

Trainer Blake Macintosh has Mark Macdonald in the bike behind Ubettergo Go who starts from post seven at 5-2.

The main competition looks to be Solitary (American Ideal-Lonesome Day) who moves up from Excel “A” action at Vernon where she finished a strong second in 1:52.1 and Apothic (Art Major-Permafrost) who paced in 1:51.3 finishing third in a NYSS race at Vernon as well. Both mares are still looking for their first NYSS win.

Solitary leaves from post one for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Nick Surick and Apothic starts next to her in post two with trainer Mark Harder calling on Drew Monti to drive.

The second division goes for $40,600 and has Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie) listed as the 5-2 morning line choice. Alexis Faith has yet to win a NYSS event this year after being the 2-year-old champion in 2017, but she has finished second on two occasions. Like Ubettergo Go, Alexis Faith also raced in the Fan Hanover final and fared a bit better. After cutting three-quarters of the mile and having an open lead at the head of the stretch, Alexis Faith ended up fourth by only two lengths in 1:50.4.

Arguing for the purse will be Presto Blue Chip (American Ideal-Cantor’s Daughter) who just got beat at Vernon in 1:52.2 in her last start in NYSS action and Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy’s Jewel) who took a lifetime mark of 1:51 at Tioga Downs in the $23,500 Geers Stake on June 29.

Drew Monti drives Presto Blue Chip from post two for trainer Jeffrey Smith and Jewels Forreal has the services of Matt Kakaley from post six for trainer Ron Burke.

There are also two $15,000 division of the Excel “A” series in races two and three and one $6,800 division of Excel “B” in race 11.

Medina woman arrested for possessing and driving on drugs after crashing in Stafford

Troopers out of Batavia were dispatched to State Route 33 in Stafford last night for a one car crash with report of a female falling asleep at the wheel with a hypodermic needle in her arm.

Officers arrested 29 year old Samantha Wroblewski of Medina for operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance and moving from lane unsafely.

Wroblewski apparently admitted to possessing heroin and additional hypodermic needles.

Wroblewski was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Stafford Town Court in August.

Buell Street Closed this morning

Press Release:

Buell Street will be closed on 7/24 from 7:30am – noon. The City of Batavia Water dept will be repairing the pavement. We appreciate your patience during this process.

Morning News Briefing

Corrections Officer in Albion accused of attempted rape.
A Batavia man employed as a Corrections Officer in Albion has been indicted on sex abuse charges by a Genesee County Grand Jury.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 42 year old Adam Brokaw of Northern Boulevard in Batavia following investigation into an alleged incident of abuse from November of last year.
A Genesee County Grand Jury filed an indictment yesterday against Brokaw including felony charges of Attempted Rape and Sex Abuse in the first degree.
Brokaw is accused of committing the abuse following a party at a city residence last fall according to investigators.
Brokaw was released on his own recognizance and is expected back in court in September.

South Swan Street woman jailed without bail for assault with an ashtray.
Batavia police arrested 51 year old Cynthia Mack of Batavia following an alleged incident at an upper apartment of a South Swan Street address in the city last Friday night.
Mack is accused of striking another individual with an ashtray causing injury.
She faces charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Assault with a Weapon in the second degree.
Mack was jailed without bail pending her appearance in city court.

State Street woman jailed without bail after bolting from Batavia police.
According to City Police State Street resident 30 year old Jessica Deridder knew she was being sought by law enforcement on an active arrest warrant for a previous crime when she decided to run from cops last week.
She was eventually apprehended on Ellicott Street and now faces an additional charge for Resisting Arrest.
Deridder was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Gasport man busted for blowing three times the legal limit.
State Troopers out of Albion were dispatched for report of a sick or intoxicated driver northbound on State Route 63 in the town of Shelby on Saturday night.
Police stopped 37 year old Ross Vendetta of Gasport on Route 31 for reportedly crossing hazard markings.
Troopers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage while speaking to Vendetta, and after failing multiple field sobriety tests he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated DWI.
Vendetta reportedly provided a breath sample with a Blood Alcohol Content of .24 percent.
He was issued traffic tickets returnable to Shelby Town Court.

Kesha Concert ends in five arrests.
Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies made a number of arrests during Sunday night’s Kesha concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Two were taken into custody for pot possession and two for trespassing and disorderly conduct
20 year old Joseph Patterson of Williamsville was arrested for harassment after he allegedly attempted to strike a deputy.
All five were given appearance tickets.

Muckdogs start series against Staten Island tonight.
The Ball team is in Batavia for a three game stretch against The Staten Island Yankees starting with the first pitch at 7:05 this evening.
You can hear the entire series live from Dwyer Stadium right here on WBTA.

Batavia season opener Monday features NYSS action

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As the Standardbreds gather for the start of the 72nd season of racing at the oldest lighted harness track in America on Monday evening (July 23), Batavia Downs celebrates the opening by hosting three $36,567 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies.

The NYSS events are carded in races two, four and six with post time for the card set at 6 p.m.

The first event has Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) listed as the 8-5 morning line choice and she certainly looks the part. After winning her first lifetime start wire to wire over an off track at Yonkers Raceway on July 3, Quincy Blue Chip just got beat a neck in her second outing at Buffalo Raceway but still knocked two-full seconds off her initial clocking, being timed in 1:59.

Quincy Blue Chip will leave from post four with driver Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Garth Dowse.

Gobi Princess (Muscle Mass-Mrs. D) made a break in her career debut at Yonkers but still finished fifth despite the trip. In her last start at Buffalo she minded her manners and was rated well along the pylons to finish a strong second, closing at the wire. She will be a major competitor from post one and should get a perfect trip from there.

Trainer Annette Lorentzon has Scott Zeron in the bike behind Gobi Princess and they are listed at 7-2.

In the second split, Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) is coming in off a two-race win streak and has improved with each start all year. After finishing second in her first outing at Monticello Raceway, she proceeded to win at Yonkers by a head and then win again at Buffalo by almost five-lengths. She is currently tied with Amal Hall as the top point getter in the series and also leads all her divisional peers for earnings.

It’s a Batavia Downs home-coming for Jeff Gregory who trains and drives Safe Word and will leave from post one at 9-5.

The horse to watch in this race is Conway Kellyanne (Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold) who seemed to really blossom in her second lifetime start on July 3 at Yonkers. She left, cut the mile and cruised to a very fast 1:58.1 win, which was a lifetime mark for her and the fastest of four heats at the Hilltop that night. Her connections did not race her in the third leg at Buffalo so she does come in 20 days between starts. Look for her to use her speed to get forwardly placed and take her best shot late.

Charlie Norris trains and drives Conway Kellyanne who will start from post four at 7-2.

The final leg is headlined by Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) who is coming into the race red hot. She won her first NYSS start at Monticello then finished second to Conway Kellyanne in 1:58.2 at Yonkers. Her last outing at Buffalo was not only another win; it was a 1:59 lifetime mark for her and a new track record for age, gender and gait by a full second. She will be a stalking force from inside with her late brush.

Amal Hall will leave from post two at 2-1 for Team Orange Crush: Julie Miller doing the training and Andy Miller in the bike.

Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie) comes into this event batting .1000 in the NYSS. She has two starts (at Monticello and Yonkers), two wins and has displayed two different styles of racing. She closed in :28.4 in both of her wins and dropped almost three full seconds off her win time between the two outings. She currently sits third in the point standings right behind Amal Hall and Safe Word and is poised to move forward.

Trond Smedshammer both trains and drives Winndevie who starts from post five at 5-2.

There is an upset minded filly in the race named Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation). She has yet to win a NYSS event but hasn’t missed the board either, finishing second twice and third once. She has dropped a full second in three consecutive starts and has closed in :28.2 her last two trys which is faster than anyone in the race besides Amal Hall.

Sensibility is trained by George Ducharme and will be driven from post six at 4-1 by Scott Zeron.

There are also four $15,000 Excel “A” series trots on the card that go as races one, five, seven and nine and two Excel “B” series trots in races three, eight and 10.

Morning News Briefing

No leads in search for a man considered armed and dangerous.
Livingston County Lawmen are without a lead in the search for David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Morgan has been on the run since last week after he threatened an officer with a gun and ran off during a traffic stop in Geneseo.
Sandra Brown also of North Carolina was in the car with him and is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 for menacing a police officer.
The Livingston County Sheriff said in an update on Twitter yesterday that he wished to remain transparent about the case and that there were still zero confirmed sightings of Morgan with no leads on his location and no idea where he is.
Morgan was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, grey baseball cap and blue jeans. If you see him, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Drunk driving in Darien lands a Wayne County woman in lock up.
52 year old Lisa Ayres of Newark was taken into custody by deputies late Saturday night following a traffic stop on McGregor Road in Dairen.
She was stopped for a number of violations after allegedly interfering with safe operation while passing on the left, failing to yield the right of way on a left turn and making an unsafe turn without a signal.
Ayres is now facing felony counts of DWI for having two prior convictions within 10 years along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
She was ordered to be held on $5,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail and is expected to appear tomorrow in Dairen Town Court.

Resident of the Reservation behind bars for repeated violation.
Deputies arrested 36 year old Jonathan Shirley of Council House Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation on two counts of Criminal Trespassing.
Shirley is accused of illegally entering the victim’s residence on Bloomingdale Road twice Saturday morning before being taken into custody.
He was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and a court order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

Bergen beating leads to arrest for a Warsaw woman.
Deputies arrested 47 year old Amy Guiles of North Main Street in Warsaw after she allegedly punched a victim multiple times during a physical altercation on North Lake Road in Bergen earlier this month.
She was charged with Harassment and issued an appearance ticket for August 15th in Bergen Town Court.

The Muckdogs lose to Mahoning Valley 16-8.
The Batavia ball team is off tonight before taking on their next opponent Staten Island Tuesday at Dwyer stadium.

Two people are facing charges in connection with the drowning death of a six year old girl.
Greece police say 25 year old Laura McCasland of Texas and 23 year old Tyler Kanaley of Texas had a half pound of marijuana in their car Thursday.
That’s the same day Aliyah Williams drowned at Henpeck Park in the Erie Canal.
McCasland and Kanaley, who is the girl’s cousin, will also be charged with child endangerment after police say they lost sight of her before she went into the water.
They’re both being held in the Monroe County Jail.

Weekend News Briefing

Police investigate human bone found in Batavia.
The Batavia Police Department received information that a citizen found what appeared to be a human bone in along the Tonawanda Creek bank in the City.
Officers responded to the scene Thursday and took possession of the bone.
The creek bank was searched and no other remains were located.
Investigators believe the bone has been on the creek bank for an extended period of time.
Anyone with information may contact the Batavia Police Department or the confidential tip line at 345 – 6370.

Batavia woman busted for allegedly stealing from her employer.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 18 year old Katlyn Buzzell of Burke Drive yesterday on a count fourth degree Grand Larceny.
Buzzell was accused of stealing over $1,000 in property from a department discount store on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia while she was employed there.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on July 30th.

New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood is calling on federal regulators to ban flavored tobacco.
She says the products attract teens, and that eliminating them could help reduce future cases of addiction and respiratory disease.
Underwood highlights research indicating that most middle and high school age students who smoke prefer flavored products, such as electronic cigarettes, cigars, and hookah.

The Muckdogs short lived win streak broken by the Scrappers.
After coming off of a clean series sweep with a season high score against Williamsport, the Batavia ball team was dealt defeat with a final score of 4 to 5 in last night’s match up against Mahoning Valley.
The Muckdogs look to even out the three game series tonight against the Scrappers with a 7:05 start at Dwyer Stadium.
Tune in to hear all the action live here on WBTA.

Evening New Briefing

Genesee County first responders busy this afternoon at two incidents.
Several volunteer fire companies have responded to a barn fire on Terry Street in Byron.
That blaze was reported shortly after 2 this afternoon.
The fire is now out. The barn described as s small two-story wooden structure, has been destroyed.
A passerby rescued a cat from the building.

Just after 3 this afternoon two cars crashed head-on along Main Road in Pembroke.
Two persons are being taken to the hospital.
Mercy Flight was originally put on alert but later told to stand down.

It’s been a week of bizaire finds for Batavia Police.
Earlier this week, officers found a 4ft long alligator in an abandon building on Lehigh Ave.
Yesterday, what appears to be a human bone was discovered along the Tonawanda Creek.
A citizen found it, notified police.
They says the bone has been there for quite some time.
A search of the immediate area did not turn up any additional bones.

Some parts of Western New York are experiencing drought conditions.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says northern sections of Western New York are in what is termed a “moderate” drought.
Niagara Falls through Orleans County and beyond Rochester have received only 40 percent of the rainfall that they would see in a normal summer.
Minimal rain chances are expected over the next few days, so the drought conditions may worsen.

The Muckdogs sweep their series against the Crosscutters.
Batavia beat Williamsport for the third night in a row.
The final score last night was 13 to 5.
The Muckdogs performance last night set season highs in: runs scored, hits, home runs in a game and biggest margin of victory

GCC Summer Soccer Camps Set to Start Next Week

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College athletics department will be hosting soccer camp next week beginning July 23.

GCC head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt and GCC head athletic trainer Amber Nichols (MS, ATC, PES) are the featured instructors.

The soccer camp for both boys soccer and girls begins July 23 and runs through July 27.

To register electronically and reserve a spot and get further information, simply click on this link: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/camps/camps-list

Genesee Community College soccer teams believe the “game” is the best teacher and that philosophy is evident at our camps. Daily activities include individual ball skills, small-sided games, group tactics and learning through playing. Also, we will have sessions strictly for goalies to work on their skills.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LEGISLATION TO HELP BREWERIES, WINERIES AND DISTILLERS

Press Release:

Today, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced that a bill passed earlier this year aimed at helping local breweries and distilleries attain tax-exempt status when doing various sampling events in New York state (A.11203) will be amended to become congruent with current law.

Under the current version of the bill, a portion of the legislation restricts anyone between the ages of 18 and 21 from serving alcohol, which is contrary to current state law. Hawley announced the legislature has agreed to pass a chapter amendment resolving this issue before the bill is signed into law.

“It is extremely important to our producers, wineries, distilleries and breweries, who host many tasting and sampling events, that employees under the legal drinking age are still allowed to work at these events,” said Hawley. “Furthermore, this legislation provides a great boost to local businesses and tax credits will be available to New York producers who offer tastings on their own premises. I hope these sales tax exemptions will help boost economic growth in our state and encourage new businesses to open here as well. The bill will not be sent to the governor until the end of the year, but I’m pleased by its widespread support. I’d like to thank the sponsors of this legislation for dedication to helping and promoting our state’s businesses.”

Morning News Briefing

Investigators seeking help to explain exotic animal abandoned in the city.
Batavia Police are attempting to explain how a four foot alligator ended up in a vacant building on Lehigh Ave.
Police responded to the area of 11 Lehigh Avenue on Monday after tracing a 9-1-1 hang up call to the location.
No signs of distress were found but as officers swept the interior of the building they came across a large make-shift aquarium containing a 4-foot-long alligator.
Police contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation in to handle the scaly surprise.
The reptile was then brought to Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo.
It turned out the 9-1-1 hang up was unrelated and investigators have turned to the public for information.
Anyone with information, or knowledge of someone else harboring illegal animals is encouraged to contact the DEC office at 226-2466.
It is illegal to possess or sell alligators in New York without a permit.

Woman arrested in Geneseo traffic stop identified by Livingston County Lawmen.
According to the Livingston County Sheriff, Sandra Brown of Southport North Carolina was the female passenger arrested in the Geneseo traffic stop in which an officer was threatened with a weapon on Wednesday.
She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges including a felony count for menacing a police officer.
Lawmen in Livingston County are still searching for David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina who they say is armed and dangerous.
Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty posted an update yesterday saying officers have cleared acres of fields and wooded areas with zero sightings of him.
They encourage anyone to call 911 if you see anyone fitting his description.

Some parts of Western New York are experiencing a drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says northern sections of the area are in a moderate drought.
Niagara Falls through Orleans County and beyond Rochester has received only 40 percent of the rainfall that they would see in a normal summer.
According to the Drought Monitor most of the Glow region is Abnormally Dry.
Minimal rain chances are expected in the next few days, so the drought area may increase.

Teacher in an Attica prison arrested for smuggling item to inmate.
State Police out of Warsaw have arrested 30 year old Elaina Freeman, of Buffalo who was employed as a teacher at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica.
Freeman is accused of smuggling a cellphone into the facility for use by an inmate while teaching at the prison last year.
She was taken into custody yesterday on charges of promoting prison contraband in the 1st degree and official misconduct.
Freeman was released with appearance tickets returnable to Wyoming County Court in August.

The Muckdogs swept the Williamsport Crosscutters 3 nights in a row.
Batavia beat Williamsport 13 to 5 last night.
The Muckdogs set season highs in runs scored, hits, home runs in a game and biggest win margin.
Batavia begins a three game series against Mahoning Valley tonight at 7:05 at Dwyer stadium and can be heard live on WBTA.

Evening News Briefing

Ptlm Chris Lindsay with captured gator

Batavia Police are asking the public for any information about a four-foot long alligator holed up in a vacant building.
The gator was collared Monday as police were investigating a 9-1-1 hang-up call that came back to the area of 11 Lehigh Ave.
Police said the reptile was found in a makeshift aquarium inside the building. Other than the gator, there was nothing unusual and cops determined the gator was unrelated to the hang-up call.
State DEC officers took custody of the animal, which is now enjoying temporary housing in Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo.
It is illegal to possess an alligator in New York State.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man it says is armed and dangerous. Deputies say David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina is on the run in Geneseo. Morgan was pulled over yesterday when he allegedly threatened an officer with a gun and ran off.
A woman in the car with him is now in custody.
Morgan was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, grey baseball cap and blue jeans. If you see him, call 9-1-1 immediately.

An Oakfield woman jailed for menacing.
37 year old Jennifer Roskey is facing felony charges following a fracas last night on South Main Street in Oakfield.
State Police said Roskey was released after posting bail.

 

Sheriff William Sheron

Telephone scammers posing as IRS agents continue to target local residents.

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning:

The sheriff said another popular scam targeting seniors involves a caller claiming that a grandchild has been injured or in in legal trouble and needs money.

The Muckdogs cut down Crosscutters for second night in a row. Batavia beat Williamsport 2 to 1 last night. The Muckdogs look to sweep the series tonight before returning to Batavia on Friday to begin a three game series against Mahoning Valley.

Alligator Found in Batavia

BPD Officer Christopher Lindsay subdues suspect Al E. Gator, found Monday loitering in a building on Lehigh Ave.

BPD News Release

Officers from the City of Batavia Police Department responded on Monday to the area of 11 Lehigh Avenue for a 911 hang up call plotting to the general area.

Upon arrival Officers found no signs of distress and checked the building located at 11 Lehigh Avenue for any signs of a disturbance. Officers located an open door to the building and checked the interior to ensure that there were no problems inside the building itself or anyone in need of assistance. During the search of the interior of the building officers located a large make-shift aquarium that contained a 4-foot-long alligator. Officers immediately notified the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and EnCon Officer Wilson arrived on scene a short time later.

The alligator was captured and turned over to EnCon Officer Wilson. It was determined that the 911 hang up call was not related to the found alligator.
Residents are reminded that the possession or sale of alligators and other dangerous animals is a violation of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. Not only is it illegal to possess such an animal, but they are dangerous and should not be harbored by anyone without specific training and the appropriate licensing or permits.

If anyone has any information regarding this animal or knows of anyone harboring such a dangerous animal, they should contact the DEC Region 8 office at (585) 226-2466. The alligator was temporairly turned over to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.

“New and Improved” Batavia Downs Opens Monday

(Photo courtesy of Batavia Downs)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—As the doors swing open for the start of the 72nd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs on Monday (July 23), patrons, horsemen and horsewomen will see a multitude of changes made by the track to improve the racing product and enhance the wagering value.

The 2018 racing session features 70 dates, including seven matinees that all start at 1:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evening post times are 5:00 p.m. with Friday and Saturday night races beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are four twilight Saturday programs during the season on Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov.17 and Dec 15 with a 4:45 p.m. post.

Those racing at the Downs this year will be greeted by $600,000 worth of paddock improvements including a new barn that will house two additional races. It was constructed adjacent to the existing four-race paddock and across from the 16-stall wash barn and finished off with fresh blacktop. The new layout of the complex will allow for six races to be in the paddock at one time and provide uncluttered ease of bathing for horses that are done racing.

Fans viewing the races on the monitors in the stands or via simulcast will enjoy an enhanced video product thanks to a brand new audio/visual studio that will broadcast everything in full digital video. The state-of-the-art control room will make the Batavia Downs signal and programming the best the track has ever offered and make the races easier and more enjoyable to watch.

Another change that will be noticeable from both sides of the fence is the passing lane has been removed from the home stretch of the track. Batavia Downs has had a passing lane since 1989 and during that time the track has seen the bias towards inside posts go up dramatically. So in an attempt to create more early movement making outside posts more bettable and decrease the amount of winning favorites, this change was implemented.

“This year we’ve made some changes that we feel will help the horsemen and bettors alike” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. “The new paddock will make the transition from race to race much easier for our participants and removing the passing lane should add some value for our gamblers. We look forward to getting underway and expect and exciting season of racing.”

The schedule looks to provide some of the best competition the track has seen and the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) will be the centerpiece of it. Eight divisions of state-breds will visit the Downs and there will be $800,000 (est.) up for grabs for the participating horses.

Then on Friday (Sept. 21), all eight NYSS final consolation races will be held at the Downs with an additional $320,000 to be doled out.

That same night the Downs two signature races will be held. The $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial trot and $15,000 Duke Dranichek Memorial pace will feature some of the best Open talent around including the richest pacer of all time.

Trainer Ron Burke has marked his calendar and said the $7.5 million-dollar man/100-win wonder, Foiled Again is scheduled to compete in the Dranichek pace. Foiled Again has won three $50,000 Kane Memorials in Batavia along with two Saturday night Opens. He likes the track and he’s coming back for a farewell appearance before his mandatory retirement at the end of the year.

“September 9th is the 30th anniversary of Batavia Downs hosting the Breeders Crown and the card we have on tap for September 21 this year rivals that historic night for purses and competition. And to have Foiled Again here on top of it makes it a real draw for western New York” Haight said.

The very next night (Saturday Sept.22) the very popular racing under saddle or “RUS” will return for the third year with horses and riders from New York RUS. They will attempt to break the track record that was set in 2016 when they made their first appearance at the track.

The driving colony will be filled with familiar faces but with last year’s dash title winner Larry Stalbaum not returning, a new champion will be crowned in December.

Drew Monti, who is western New York’s leading dash driver this year, will be in the mix along with Shawn Gray, Kevin Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. and John Cummings Jr. to name a few.

On the conditioning side, last year’s leading trainer Kim Asher will be back but with a reduced stable. That will open the door for the red hot James Clouser Jr. and three-time best Batavia conditioner JD Perrin to vie for top honors.

Also competing at the Downs this meet will be 18-year-old Riley Asher-Stalbaum who began her training career earlier this year. She has made an instant impact among area trainers with a sparkling Universal Training Rating (UTR) of .428.

Once again the fans will enjoy a plethora of promotions this year and as always, there will be something for everyone on tap.

As has been the norm for many years, racing programs will be free on opening night and the first Saturday of the meet to welcome back our racing fans and each program contains a valuable free play coupon redeemable on the gaming floor.

Sunday (July 29) and every Sunday in August is Dollar Days at the Downs. Fans can enjoy dollar drafts, sodas and hot dogs on the apron.

On Saturday (Aug. 4) 10 lucky fans will win a stay at the beautiful new Batavia Downs Hotel which is connected to the race track and gaming floor.

One lucky fan will win a $3,000 diamond pendant on Saturday (Aug. 11) during a jewelry night giveaway sponsored by TAG Jewelers.

On Saturday (Aug.25) 10 lucky Patrons will win $100 gift certificates to the Spa at Artemis.

Family Fun Days and the Wiener Dog races will return on Sunday (Aug. 26). The day includes free activities of all kinds for the kids. Then after the live racing is finished, the Wiener Dogs will hit the track for the main event. Genesee Feeds of Batavia is the official sponsor of this event.

The traditional Driver’s Bike Race will return for the 40th year on Labor Day (Sept. 3). Eight of the Down’s favorite drivers will be pedaling bicycles from the top of the turn to the wire. Eight fans who select the winning driver will win the bikes used in the race. Labor Day also features the annual chicken barbecue.

For information on racing or promotions log onto www.bataviadownsgaming.com .

Morning News Briefing

A North Carolina man accused of threatening an officer in Geneseo remains at-large.
The suspect David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina is considered armed and dangerous according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.
Lawmen say he was subject to a traffic stop yesterday on Route 63 when he then threatened the officer pulling out a gun before running from the scene into a nearby cornfield.
Preliminary reports revealed the officer discharged his weapon in the incident.
Approximately 100 officers along with air support and K9 units were on the scene with the manhunt continuing this morning.
A woman who was in the vehicle during the stop was taken into custody.
Morgan is described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, grey baseball cap and blue jeans.
Officers say to immediately call 9-1-1 if you see him.

Vacant building in the City holds a scaly surprise for local law enforcement.
A vacant building on Lehigh Avenue in Batavia was temporarily home to a four foot alligator.
Police discovered the reptile on Monday before notifying the Department of Environmental Conservation to handle the animal.
After the DEC officer took custody of the gator it was then turned over to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.
It is illegal to possess an alligator in New York State without a permit.

A Downstate resident jailed for violating court order in Pembroke.
53 year old Shawn Springsteen of Poughkeepsie New York was taken into custody by deputies following a domestic incident at a truck stop on Route 77 in Pembroke.
He was accused of violating a court order of protection by being in the presence of a protected party and was charged with first degree Criminal Contempt.
Springsteen was jailed in lieu of bail and is due back in Pembroke Town Court on August 2nd.

Governor Cuomo is ready to make a criminal referral against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
The governor’s legal adviser said yesterday the state is prepared to provide New York’s attorney general with a criminal referral on the matter, if asked.
David Alphonso noted the move comes at Governor Cuomo’s direction.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a civil lawsuit against President Trump and the Trump Foundation in June.
It accused Trump of violating federal law by using the nonprofit as a personal checkbook for his 2016 presidential campaign and other expenses.

The Muckdogs cut down Crosscutters for second night in a row.
Batavia beat Williamsport 2 to 1 last night to take the three game set.
The Muckdogs look to sweep the series tonight before landing back in Batavia to take on Mahoning Valley for a three game stretch.

Paving Operations to close Margaret Place in Batavia.
Margaret Place in the City will be closed to all through traffic between 7 AM and 5 PM for paving purposes.
During the closure drivers will need to find alternative routes.
As per usual the work is weather dependent.

Evening News Briefing

Philip Pastore

The co-founder of Batavia’s legendary Pok-a-Dot restaurant has died.
Phillip Pastore passed away yesterday. He was 93.
Pastore opened the Pok-a-Dot in 1953 with his partner, the late Joseph “Trigger” Marone.
The restaurant will remain in the hands of the Pastore family but will close this coming Sunday and Monday.
Calling hours for Philip Pastore will be held Sunday from 2 until 6 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home where services will be held Monday morning at 10.

A surprise discovery in a vacant building on Lehigh Avenue in Batavia.
Police on Monday found a four foot alligator in the building.
An Environmental Conservation officer took custody of the gator, which has been turned over temporarily to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.
It is illegal to possess an alligator in New York State without a permit.

A Flag Football league is being established in Batavia for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13.
Kevin Rogers and Otis Thomas said they started looking into the idea when they realized many parents were turned off by tackling heavy equipment.
Rogers said flag football is a way for kids to learn the fundamentals of the game without the worry of injury:

Games will be played on Sunday mornings.
Registration will be held this Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Veterans Memorial Drive from 1o until 3.
A $65 registration fee includes a replica NFL jersey and a pair of flags with their team’s logo.

The Batavia Muckdogs win one on the road. The Dogs beat the Williamsport Crosscutters last night 7 to 5.
The same two teams meet again tonight in Williamsport.
The Dogs return home on Friday against Mahoning Valley.

MARGARET PLACE PAVING AND ROAD CLOSURE

Press Release:

On Thursday, July 19th, 2018, Margaret Place in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. This closure is expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to pave the street.

All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes while the closures are in place. Businesses and Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from your residence or place of business.

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Morning News Briefing

Longtime Owner of the ever popular Pok-A-Dot passes.
Batavia has lost a local legend of the restaurant game.
Co-owner of the Pok-A-Dot Restaurant in Batavia, Philip Pastore Jr., the passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93.
Pastore died peacefully at the United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family.
He opened the restaurant with the late Joseph “Trigger” Marone in 1953 at its storied Ellicott Street location.
The Pok a dot was not only a hit with locals but continues to draw in visitors from near and far to try its famous Beef on Week which has steadily stayed the signature dish over the decades.
The Gilmartin Funeral home is currently handling arrangements for the family.

East Main Street man Jailed for on sex abuse charges.
City Police have arrested 50 year old Thomas Brenkaus of Batavia on charges of First degree Sex Abuse and Forcible Touching following investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred late last month at an East Main Street address.
According to authorities he allegedly forcibly touched a female acquaintance for sexual gratification.
Brenkaus was jailed in Genesee County without bail.

Disturbance on Dellinger Ave lands resident behind bars.
25 year old Darien Rhodes of Dellinger Ave in Batavia was arrested on a litany of charges following a reported domestic dispute last Thursday.
He is facing charges of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Unlawful Imprisonment, Menacing, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon along with drug possession.
Rhodes was ordered to be held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Scuffle on South Swan Street leads to lock up.
31 year old Thomas Griffin the second of Batavia is accused of attempting to take a child out of the arms of another individual before striking the same victim in the face.
He was jailed on $2,500 bail on charges of Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling for immediate hearings on President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On the Senate floor yesterday, Schumer called the meeting disastrous.

He argued that Putin could not have scripted it better.
Trump is facing broad, bipartisan criticism after the summit.
Schumer said Trump’s comments at a joint news conference were naive and weak.
He called on Republicans to step-up and start holding Trump accountable.

The Muckdogs win while away against the Crosscutters.
Batavia broke a four game losing streak while at Williamsport last night with a final score of 7 to 5.
The team continues tonight and tomorrow against the Crosscutters before returning home to Dwyer Stadium Friday to start another series against Mahoning Valley.

Fed Funds Cover Cost of All Batavia City Schools’ Breakfast and Lunch

The Batavia City School District (BCSD) applied for and was granted federal funding that will allow all students attending a District school to receive one nutritious breakfast and one nutritious lunch each day that school is in session. This four-year funding will begin in 2018-2019, with the District being eligible to re-apply for additional four-year terms as long as the federal program is funded. Batavia qualifies for this Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) funding – a provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – because of its classification as an economically disadvantaged community due to a significant number of students already qualifying for free or reduced meals.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for the District, and we are very excited to be able to take advantage of a federal program that allows us to offer every student one healthy breakfast and lunch every school day at no cost to our families,” says Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Dailey. “Research is conclusive that good nutrition is a critical factor in learning. This is a program that allows us to bring some of our federal tax dollars back to our community to provide nutritious meals for all of our students.”

The CEP funding is for the first full breakfast and first full lunch. If a student would like a second breakfast or second lunch, or would like one or more particular separate items (“ala carte” items), then those will need to be purchased. Purchases can be made with cash or through My School Bucks – the Nutrikids computerized payment system which has been used by families in the District for several years. Because all children will receive one breakfast and one lunch at no cost, the option of charging items to a tab to be paid at a later time will no longer be available.

To qualify for other income-based funding and grants – a process which was formerly measured by information recorded on the Free and Reduced Meal Applications -all students’ families will be asked to submit a short household form to establish the level of community need. The District currently receives a significant amount of money in grants and other funding based on economic need. Collecting data from all households will permit us to continue to apply for and receive funding for which we are eligible. The new form is currently being developed to ensure that the information required for applications to grant-funding agencies is gathered while not being unnecessarily burdensome or invasive to families.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Batavia City School District

Question: Who receives free meals?
Every student enrolled in the Batavia City School District will receive the first breakfast and the first lunch at no cost each school day regardless of the family’s household income. Students are not required to participate; students may still bring their lunch if that is their preference.

Question: Is my child able to make purchases, such as for milk (if bringing lunch from home), for other a la carte items, or for a second school meal?
Yes, students may make purchases instead of or in addition to the first free breakfast or first free lunch. The purchase of all a la carte items will remain the same, in that families are responsible for payment. Additional meals are not covered under the program and it is each family’s responsibility to pay for those meals. Payment is due at the time of purchase. Purchases may be made with cash or through My School Bucks, the Nutrikids computerized payment system which has been used by families in the District for several years.
Please note: there is NO charging allowed for additional meals or a la carte items.
Prices for second meals and additional milk (or milk purchased a la carte) for 2018-2019 are:
Jackson and John Kennedy Middle School and High School
Second Breakfast $1.35 $1.45
Second Lunch $2.10 $2.30
A la carte Milk* $0.60 $0.60
Milk is included with the first breakfast and the first lunch or any additional paid meals. However, milk purchased separately (for students who bring their lunch) will be charged at a la carte prices, which is $0.60.

Question: How does the program work?
The New York State Child Nutrition (CN) Department began this program several years ago with federal funding backing the program. School Districts must be eligible based on their specific poverty rates and have to apply to CN for approval. Batavia City School District is eligible because it has an Identified Student Percentage of 40 percent or higher according to building level data. An Identified Student refers to any student certified to receive free meals by any means other than the submission of individual paper applications, such as SNAP and Medicaid.

Question: What impact does this program have on school taxes?
There is no impact on school taxes. The General Fund budget (which the taxpayers vote on each year) is completely separate from the self-sustaining School Lunch Fund.

Question: Who needs to fill out the CEP Household Income Eligibility Form?
All District families are asked to fill out the CEP Household Income Eligibility Form. The completion of this form is essential for the District. Many state and federal programs use socioeconomic data (that is, household and income information) to determine eligibility for their programs. In addition primary state funding calculations use socioeconomic data. In order to continue to receive such funding and grants, the income information still needs to be gathered from our student population. The form is available in the school calendar, online at the Batavia City School District Nutritional Service web page at: https://www.bataviacsd.org/Page/5872 and will also be available at all school open house events.

Question: If I have questions about the Household Income Form or if I received a letter this school year indicating that my children are approved for free meals, who can I contact?
Please contact the Food Service Department at 585-343-2480 x1007. The office will be able to assist you with any questions or paperwork.

Question: Who do I include as members of my household and what if my monthly income is not always the same?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends) who share your income and expenses. You must include yourself and all children living with you. If you live with other people who are economically independent (people that you do not support, who do not share income with you and your children and who pay a pro-rated share of expenses), do NOT include them. List the income that you normally receive if your monthly income varies. If you have lost your job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

Question: Does this program change the quality of food that can be served?
There is no impact to the quality of food that is served. The District must still continue to follow all food and dietary guidelines that are set by New York State Child Nutrition Program.

Question: What constitutes a complete meal for breakfast and lunch?
The District complies with the Federal Program: Choosemyplate.gov. For breakfast, the District offers two grains, a fruit, and a milk. Students must choose at least three of the four offered items, and one of those chosen must be the fruit. For lunch, the District offers a protein, a grain, a fruit, a vegetable and a milk. Students must choose three of the five offered items, and one of those chosen must be the fruit or vegetable.

Question: May a student be charged for an incomplete meal if the student refuses to select the required components for a complete meal?
The District will offer a complete meal to each student in order to qualify for the CEP fully funded reimbursable meal. However, if a student refuses to take the complete meal then the student will be charged a la carte prices for the foods selected on their tray.

Question: My child has a positive balance on his/her “MySchoolBucks” account. What happens to the current balance?
The balance on the My School Bucks account can be used for a la carte purchases or for any additional/second meals. If you would like a refund of your account balance please send an email to Susan Presher at slpresher@bataviacsd.orgor a written letter to Susan Presher, Nutritionals Services Director, 260 State Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

Collins Announces USDA Funding to Improve Rural Water Delivery

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing millions in waste and water disposal loans and grants in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre. In each of these towns, water quality testing has indicated threats to public health and a lack of safe water. The funding will go toward various solutions to alleviate these concerns and provide reliable water service to residents.

“USDA’s investment in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre will improve the quality of life for residents of those communities,” said Collins. “Access to clean water is essential, which is why I voted in support of the 2018 Omnibus spending bill that included these funds to our nation’s rural communities. The Trump administration has prioritized investing in rural communities to build a foundation for rural prosperity, and I am pleased that these efforts are being seen in Western New York.”

Funding awarded is listed below:

• Town of Alexander will receive a $2.7 million loan and a $2.2 million grant
• Town of Oakfield will receive a $236,000 loan and a $691,000 grant
• Town of Canadice will receive a $1 million loan and a $200,000 grant
• Town of Barre will receive a $708,000 loan and a $493,000 grant

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’ Lancaster District Office at 716-634-2324.

Cops to Crackdown on Seat Belts in State Parks

Press Release:

The New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are partnering to ensure that visitors to state parks are buckling up for safety.

“BUNY in the Parks” is an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure that visiting motorists and their passengers properly buckle-up their seatbelts while travelling inside state parks, and to teach the importance of properly securing our youngest visitors in approved child safety seats. This year’s campaign will be held from Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, August 13, 2018.

Since New York State became the first state in the nation to enact a primary seatbelt law, effective January 1, 1985, countless lives have been saved. The seatbelt compliance rate has steadily increased, reaching 93% in New York State in 2017. However, motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Additionally, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2016, more than one-third (35%) of children under the age of 13 killed in car crashes were not restrained using seat belts, car seats or booster seats.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “As the summer travel season continues, the State Police, State Park Police, and our law enforcement partners strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles. By simply buckling-up, motor vehicle occupants dramatically reduce their risk of severe injury or death if involved in a crash. We will be working diligently to promote proper seatbelt use and compliance, and reduce the senseless tragedies caused by people who ignore the seat belt laws.”

State Park Police Chief David Page said, “The safety of our visitors is our greatest priority and through our partnership with other law enforcement agencies, we can continue to administer and educate the public on proper seat-belt usage to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all motorists that enter our state parks.”

Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “We are proud so many New Yorkers understand how important it is to wear a seat belt and to make sure children are properly secured. Still, we can do better. Every unsecured person risks their life so we continue to work along with our law enforcement partners to educate the public. When you enter a state park, you go there to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, but don’t relax when it comes to safety. Keep all belts and restraints buckled as long as the car is in motion.”

This initiative coincides with one of the peak times that visitors travel to state parks throughout New York State, and the goal is for motorists and their families to arrive and depart safely. Increasing seatbelt use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash related injuries and fatalities. Ensuring motorists adhere to proper child restraint laws will, no doubt, protect the lives of many that cannot speak for themselves.

During the 2017 BUNY in the Parks campaign, State Police and State Park Police issued more than 43,089 total tickets. That included 929 tickets for child restraint violations, and 1,921 tickets for adult seatbelt violations.
Highlights of New York State’s occupant restraint law:

  • In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt. The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up.
  • Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, must use a safety restrain when riding with driver who has a junior license or learner permit.
  • Each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt or use an appropriate child safety restraint system. The restraint system must comply with the child height and weight recommendations determined by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the restraint system may be a safety seat or a booster seat used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive up to three driver license penalty points for each violation.

Morning News Briefing

Alleged Arby’s Robber indicted.
A Batavia man with a lengthy criminal record has been indicted for a robbery at Arby’s in the city.
A Genesee County Grand Jury indictment filed against 37 year old Michael Piasta Jr. includes counts of second-degree robbery, a Class C violent felony along with Class D felonies of third-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
Piasta allegedly entered the Arby’s restaurant on West Main Street on March 25 and while displaying what appeared to be a pistol forcibly stealing over 6-thousand dollars in property.
The pistol was later found to be just an imitation, however it added to his charges due to his intent to use it unlawfully against another person.
Piasta has already served three state prison terms returning twice after violating parole.
He was just released in October after serving seven years on convictions of burglary and forgery.
Piasta now faces up to 15 years on the charges.

Wyoming County woman arrested under Leandra’s Law.
State Troopers stopped 39 year old Beth Fleischman of Arcade for speeding on State Route 16 in Cattaraugus County on Saturday.
Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Fleischman and observed a 13-year-old passenger accompanying her
After submitting to a field sobriety test she was taken into custody for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger Less Than 16.
Fleischman was issued appearance tickets and released.

Bank Street man busted for cocaine in LeRoy.
29 year old Roy Watson Jr. of Batavia was arrested by deputies on Main Street in LeRoy early Sunday morning.
Watson was allegedly found with a quantity of cocaine and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to LeRoy Town Court on August 6th.

Walnut Street resident busted for stealing from grocery store in Batavia.
26 year old Jacob Klotzbach was taken into custody by deputies following investigation into a shoplifting complaint at Tops in Batavia last night.
He allegedly stole merchandise and concealed it in his backpack before walking past all points of purchase.
Klotzbach was charged with Petit Larceny and released with an Appearance Ticket for August 7th in Batavia City Court.

The State Department of Transportation is working to replace flag poles pulled from areas along Interstate 490.
They were taken down last week after D-O-T officials said they were experiencing trouble, and couldn’t appropriately display the American flag.
But, some people were angry the state didn’t contact veterans groups to let them know what was happening.
Two of the three removed poles were being replaced yesterday, with plans in the works to find a permanent spot for all of them.

The Muckdogs fell to the Spinners in the final game of three.
Last night’s matchup between Batavia and the Lowell Spinners ended with defeat for the Muckdogs 4 to 3.
The series was a clean sweep for the Spinners.
Today Batavia heads to Williamsport for a three game stretch before landing back in Dwyer Stadium this Friday to face off against Mahoning Valley.

Trumbull Parkway to close as paving operations pick-up today.
The city has scheduled the closure of Trumbull Parkway in Batavia for all through traffic today from 7 AM and 5 PM for paving.
During the closure all motorists that regularly use this road will need to seek alternative routes.
Area residents and businesses and should anticipate delays.
As per usual this work is weather.

Man Biking Across Country with Brain Injury Stops in Batavia

Ohio native and former New Jersey resident William Galloway is a man on a mission, that mission is to travel across the country to raise awareness for those who live with a disability like himself.

After heading to Costa Mesa California for medical treatment William faced losing everything with homelessness and decided to take his chances heading back east…

William has relied on his own persistence and the kindness of strangers to keep his wheels turning.

He stopped at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle in Batavia this morning where he had his bike fixed before heading back out on the road toward Maine.

You can donate here to keep William rolling safely to his destination, or contact him via email at fundraiser3000@gmail.com.

Five arrested at Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert

Press Release:

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 13, 2018:

Stuart M. Thorp age 41 of Magnolia Cres. Grimsby, Ont. Canada arrested for Criminal Trespass 3rd after allegedly reentering the concert venue after having been ejected and told not to return. Stuart was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $1500 bail.

Andrew G. Lehmann age 30 of Prospect St. Attica, NY arrested for Disorderly Conduct after allegedly flipping over benched outside the concert venue. Andrew was arraigned in Darien Court and released on $150 bail.

Chad R. Carrington age 25 of Marcy Pl. Bronx, NY arrested for False Personation after allegedly providing a false name to Deputies.

The following were issued APPEARANCE TICKETS to appear in Darien Court on 7/24/18 at 3pm:

Pasquale A. Damato age 43 of Kinsley Rd. Elma, NY arrested for Harassment 2nd after allegedly punching a female in the face.

Christine M. Kroger age 52 of Barks Rd. Caledonia, NY arrested for Trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Batavia Downs NYSS draw and condition sheet info

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—The Batavia Downs 2018 live harness racing meet kicks off on Monday (July 23) and will host legs of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on the first two nights of the season.

Those entering the NYSS events should note the following draw schedule:

The draw for opening night (July 23) that includes the NYSS, Excel A and Excel B divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies will be held on Thursday (July 19).

The draw for Wednesday (July 25) that features the NYSS, Excel A and Excel B divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will be drawn on Friday (July 20).

The box for both draws will close at 9 a.m. on their respective draw days.

Also, please note that post time for Monday (July 23) is 6 p.m. while post time for Wednesday (July 25) is 5 p.m.

For inquiries about conditions or to call your entries in, please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-343-3750 ext. 6304.

The complete condition sheet for the first full week of racing at Batavia Downs (that includes all NYSS events) is now available on the Batavia Downs website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com) under Live Racing>Horsemen>Condition Sheet and also on the USTA website (www.ustrotting.com) by clicking Horsemen>Condition Sheets.

Morning News Briefing

Heat Advisory going into effect with Hazardous Weather on the horizon.
The National Weather Service is issuing another heat advisory for much of Western New York including Genesee County.
The advisory lasts from noon until eight tonight, with temperatures expected in the 90’s.
Officials encourage checking on children and the elderly during the heat wave because they are the most vulnerable to suffer from weather-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Forecasters are calling for potentially severe thunderstorms for counties to the north and have issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this afternoon into the evening.

Animal cruelty leads to arrest in Batavia.
Town of Batavia resident, 56 year old Becky Frens was arrested by State Police following report of a badly neglected dog by animal control officers at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.
Troopers were called to the shelter as Frens had arrived to pick up a dog in very poor health that was located the day before.
The dog was diagnosed with multiple skin infections, mange, double ear infections, and had uncut nails so long that the dog could not walk.
Frens was arrested and charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance.
The dog was left in the care of the Animal Shelter and Frens was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court.

Batavia students will be offered two square meals without spending a dime.
Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch will have to eat their words this year in Batavia.
The Batavia City School District was granted federal funding that will allow all attending students to receive one nutritious breakfast and one nutritious lunch each day that school is in session.
The Community Eligibility Provision funding will provide the free student meals over the next four years, at which time the school can reapply.
Batavia qualified for the funds as a provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act due to a significant number of students already qualifying for free or reduced meals.

With the summer heating up, Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to come up with a campaign to help prevent drowning deaths among children.
Schumer says the number of fatal drownings has increased, with boys drowning at twice the rate of girls.
The senator says three children die every day of drowning and it’s the leading cause of death for children under five.
He wants the C-D-C to come up with an outreach campaign that better reaches the parents of toddlers about the dangers of being near pools or other bodies of water.

Cuomo dolls out tax credits to entice TV stars from heading west.
Governor Cuomo wants to keep late night TV kings in New York City.
He reportedly gave CBS 16 million dollars in tax credits when Stephen Colbert took over the Late Show, including five million to renovate the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The Governor put a little known provision in his 2013-14 budget to allow the Tonight Show to qualify for the city’s Film Production Tax Credit program.
It covers 30 percent of production costs and enabled the show to move from California to New York in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon took over.

WEEKEND NEWS BRIEFING

Cleanup complete next to Superfund site in the city.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has completed cleanup of environmental contamination on city property next to the former Batavia Iron and Metal Co. property on Bank Street.
The state Superfund site has been a target of environmental remediation since 2013.
During remediation over this past year, 17,000 tons of soil and debris were removed from property along the northern end of the Dwyer Stadium parking lot and replaced with clean soil and grass seed.
The DEC estimates the remaining surface cleanup of the Iron and Metal property will be completed by the end of the year.

Lawmakers are being called back to the capital to renew the controversial speed camera bill at the request of Governor Cuomo…

Some lawmakers believe the speed cameras are nothing more than a big government revenue grab.
The Governor can force lawmakers to return to Albany, but he cannot force them to take a vote on a specific bill.

Local Drug Task force take down an alleged drug dealer from LeRoy.
Following a traffic stop in Batavia on Thursday afternoon Drug Task Force members executed an arrest warrant on 19 year old Conner Beaumont of East Main Street LeRoy.
Beaumont allegedly sold a controlled substance to a task force agent on two occasions.
He is facing four Class B-Felonies for Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance and was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Two sex offenders in Batavia jailed for failing to register digital accounts.
34 year old Michael Brade of Olyn Ave, a level three sex offender, and 34 year old Matthew Diers of West Main Street, a level two offender, were both arrested in separate incidents and charged with Failing to Report after creating online email and Facebook accounts without notifying the sex offender registry.
The pair were arrested and held on parole violations and they are both expected to appear on August second in Batavia City Court.

Two Saratoga County residents jailed for prompting prison contraband in Albion.
38 year old Joshua Johnson and 33 year old Rebecca Bradford both of Waterford New York were arrested for multiple felony counts of Promoting Prison Contraband in the first degree following investigation at the Albion Correctional Facility.
Both were ordered to be held behind bars.
Johnson was additionally charged with four felonies for criminal drug possession with his bail set at $100,000.

Muckdogs drop in first extra-inning contest of the season.
The rubber match against the Connecticut Tigers went the way of the Tigers, as they picked up the 2-1 victory in eleven innings.
The Muckdogs return back to Dwyer Stadium this weekend for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners starting Saturday night for a 7:05 first pitch.
All Little Leaguers get in free all weekend by wearing their jersey.

GCC Finishes Second Among Region-III Teams in NATYCAA Scholarship Standings

Press Release:

Genesee Community College was one of just two National Junior College Athletic Association Region-III schools to finish in the top-25 in the Scholarship Division standings kept by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).

The calculations are computed through championship appearances with GCC finishing 16th overall in its category. Nine of 22 Region III teams made one of the top-25 lists in the Scholarship and Non-Scholarship divisions with GCC finishing second in the former among all Region-III schools.

In addition to Monroe in the scholarship division, the other seven Region-III teams to appear in the non-scholarship division’s top-25 included: Herkimer, Onondaga, Mohawk Valley, Erie, Hudson Valley, Jamestown and Schenectady, respectively.

The results are a testament to quality and caliber of the region that Genesee competes in, with nine Region-III teams appearing in the top-50 when combining both division’s top-25.

Genesee also proved to be the most consistently-scoring college of all the nine aforementioned Region-III teams with only a single point differential from last season’s totals.

Iowa Central Community College captured the Scholarship Division, while Rowan College at Gloucester County won the Non-Scholarship Division and Mt. San Antonio College took home the State Association crown.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCEDC PROVIDES FUNDING SUPPORT FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – At its July 12th board meeting, the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors unanimously approved providing $10,000 for a feasibility study to determine uses for the Batavia City Centre site. The GCEDC is collaborating with the city of Batavia and the Batavia Development Corporation in conducting the study. The city and the GCEDC also are applying for funding from Empire State Development’s Strategic Planning Program for matching funds.

“We continue to strongly support economic development initiatives in the city of Batavia,” said GCEDC Board Chair Paul Battaglia. “The redevelopment of Batavia City Centre site is critically important to the efforts to bring more capital investment and jobs to the region’s urban center as it has such a prominent footprint in the city.”

The intent of the study is to evaluate various redevelopment scenarios for the site, including remaining as a retail center. Other components of the study may include site planning, engineering, architectural renderings, cost estimates, permitting and financial analyses. The study also is intended to build off of current plans that have been developed for the site through the DRI process.

“After a number of discussions with our partners on this effort, we came to the conclusion that a feasibility study would build upon and advance the goals of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde who also serves on the DRI advisory group. “In essence, a study will help create a vision for what the site could be and we believe that the information and analysis resulting from the study will generate interest among the development community.”

GCEDC Approves Tax Breaks for Two Local Projects

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for two projects at the agency’s July 12th board meeting. The combined projects are anticipated to create 20 new jobs and approximately $7.6 million in capital investment.

J. Rental is receiving sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions of approximately $723,000 to build a new 60,000 sq. ft. facility on 19.5 acres in the Apple Trees Acres business park in Bergen. The $6.3 million project will create 15 new jobs. For every $1 in public benefit, the company is investing $14 into the local economy.

Lancor Development Corp. is proposing to invest $1.3 million to build a 12,000 sq. ft. facility in the new LeRoy Food and Technology Park. The project would create 5 new jobs and retain 7 jobs. Lancor is receiving sales and property tax exemptions of approximately $122,000. For every $1 of public benefit, the company is investing $28.5 into the local economy.

The board also accepted an application from Pearl Solar, LLC for the construction of two 2MW community solar farms for a combined total of 4MW at 2901 Pearl Street Rd. Both projects have the same address but would have separate parcel tax map numbers. Pearl Solar, LLC would make an approximate $6 million investment and is seeking approximately $288,000 in sales and property tax exemptions.

Morning News Briefing

City applying for study to possibly expand Falleti Ice Arena.
The City is applying with New York State to fund a feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Falleti Ice Arena.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth explains what the planning grant would provide…

The two sheets of ice would mean another rink in a new building.
Beyond what Genesee County may be able to support the study will also answer whether adding to the facility could attract new tournaments and events and ultimately sports tourist dollars from Rochester and Buffalo.
Hockey parents at Falleti pushed the request for the grant and City Council approved an application for the grant at its Monday night meeting.
A feasibility study is estimated to cost between $30,000 to $50,000.

Tense moments for teens following report of a handgun in Austin park.
Report of a youth concealing a handgun in a backpack drew Police to Jefferson Avenue shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon.
The caller reported that the youth had “brandished” the gun in Austin Park.
Police stopped the male teenager with a group of teens ordering them to the ground with guns drawn in the parking lot behind Tim Hortons.
After retrieving the backpack the supposed weapon turned out to be a paintball gun.
The juvenile was taken into custody and turned over to a parent.

$4 million of DRI funds are flowing into a new YMCA campus in Batavia. downtown Batavia’s 10-million prize.
The Y’s joint effort with United Memorial Medical Center to build a $22-million Healthy Living Campus was injected with the downtown revitalization funds following a State announcement earlier this week.
Rachel Tabelski, Batavia’s new Director of Economic Development explains the next steps…

A total of eight projects were awarded DRI funding approved by the State.
The full list and funds can be found here.

The Muckdogs even up series in second game against the Tigers.
The Batavia Muckdogs proved victorious in last night’s away game match-up defeating the Connecticut Tigers 4 to 3.
This is the only meeting of the season between the Muckdogs and the Detroit Tigers affiliate.
The win leaves the series split with their final game scheduled for tonight at 7:05 which you can hear via the Muckdogs website.
The team returns to Dwyer Stadium tomorrow night to take on the Lowell Spinners for a three game series.

City Councilwoman being recognized by Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Congratulations to Second Ward Batavia City Council Member Patti Pacino on her nomination as one of the 2018 Women of Distinction being honored by the Girl Scouts in Buffalo.
Girl Scouts of Western New York will recognize eight honorees at this year’s Women of Distinction Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo.
The honorees were nominated for demonstrating leadership through public service and are considered role models for all girls.

“Go Fund Me” for Stumblin Inn Owners

For nearly 40 years Steve and Jim Goff, owned and managed the Stumblin’ Inn in Elba.

The pair were left homeless with nearly all of their belongings lost in the blaze this past weekend and they now face a massive excavation cost with no income to make it up.

Fire investigators have determined the fire was accidental however there was no fire insurance on the structure, so now they are straddled with the cost of tearing down what’s left of the 143 year old building which is estimated between $20,000 and $25,000.

The Stumblin’ Inn hosted many community fundraisers over the years and now Jim’s daughter, Jess Goff has set up a GoFundMe account asking for $40,000 to help her dad and uncle get back on their feet.

Click here to reach the donation page.

College Entry Help Sessions at GCC

Press Release:

What: College Entry Help Sessions at GCC in July, August and September!

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Room T122 – Conable Technology Building ~ One College Road, Batavia NY

Who: Anyone looking for some help enrolling in college!

Background: Are you looking to go to college? Change careers? Lost a job? The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) can help you figure out your next steps with its year-long schedule of open monthly sessions designed to get anyone started on their way to a college degree!

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

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

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

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

Career Services: the AEOC staff can assist with career exploration and navigation, financial literacy and more!

Both appointment and walk-in sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 and Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Appointments are also available on additional dates by request. To schedule any appointment, please email AEOC@genesee.edu or contact Adult Education Director Kate Trombley, M.S. at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6285.

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

Additional details and a list of the session dates for all of 2018 is available at: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/05/ready-enroll-college-looking-some-help

Correction Officer Norman T. Itjen Retires After 25 Years

left to right: Undersheriff Gregory Walker, Sheriff William Sheron, Jr., Correction Officer Norman Itjen, Jail Superintendent William Zipfel

Press Release:

Correction Officer Norman T. Itjen, a 25-year veteran of Genesee County and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, retired at the end of his shift Tuesday. Itjen started his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in the Jail on September 8, 1993.

During his tenure, Norm earned several awards which include a Meritorious Award and three Commendations. Norm’s commitment in serving as the Sheriff’s Employee Association President for numerous years shows the dedication and passion he has for his profession and fellow colleagues.

“I would like to thank Norm for his dedication to serving the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Genesee County,” said Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

Morning News Briefing

Downtown Projects approved to share $10 million handed out by the State.
The $10 million of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds awarded to Batavia through New York State has now been split up between numerous improvement projects in the city.
The collaborative effort between the YMCA and UMMC to build a new Health Living Campus received the most funding from the DRI designated funds with $4-million being awarded to the project.
Matt Worth, Batavia’s Interim City Manager is excited about the announcement…

Projects to improve the City Center Mall, the former Carr’s Department Store Building, and the Save a lot building on Ellicott Street are set to receive $1-million each and the State also announced that $500K will flow into the planned Ellicott Station craft brewery project, $700K is set aside for the Batavia Players Theatre in the Mall and $750K will go towards improvements of Jackson Square.
Check our news article for a complete list of projects and funds.

An Elba man facing list of felonies for raping a child repeatedly.
44 year old Jason Cole of Quaker Hill Road is accused of forcibly raping a child under 15 years old on numerous occasions.
He is facing one count of Rape in the first, three counts of Rape and Criminal Sexual Act in the second and a single count of Strangulation.
All the charges are considered felony level.
Cole was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
His next appearance is scheduled for July 25th in Elba Town Court.

Congratulations in order for a retiring Correction’s Officer.
25-year veteran of Genesee County and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Norman Itjen, retired at the end of his shift yesterday.
Itjen started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in September of 1993 in the County Jail.
During his tenure, Norm earned several awards which include a Meritorious Award and three Commendations.
He also served as the Sheriff’s Employee Association President for numerous years.
Sheriff William Sheron thanked Norm for his dedication and service.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is now being represented by a powerful defense attorney in Atlanta.
Don Samuel has worked for NFL players in the past, including Ray Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger.
McCoy is accused of being involved in the beating and robbery of his ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon.
She posted photos of her injuries online earlier this week and suggested McCoy had a role in what happened.
McCoy has denied the allegations.

The Muckdogs lose first of three against the Tigers with a final score of 3 to 1.
The Batavia Ball-team continues their away game series against Connecticut tonight which can be heard via the Muckdogs website starting at 7:05 pm.
Batavia returns home Saturday for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners.

Evening News Briefing

New York State has announced the final list of projects to receive $10-million in funding under the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The biggest project to get funded: $4-million for a new YMCA / Healthy Living Campus being developed by the YM and UMMC.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth said its the biggest project of the package:

Also getting final approval for funding: $1-million for the City Center Mall, $1-million for the former Carr’s Department Store Building, $1.1-million for the Save a lot building on Ellicott Street, $425,000 for Ellicott Station and its proposed craft brewery, $700,000 for the Batavia Players Theatre in the Mall and $750,000 to fix up Jackson Square.
The complete list of projects and the entire text of the Governor Cuomo’s statement can be read HERE

A Erie County based company plans to build a $6.3-million facility in the Apple Tree Acres business Park in Bergen.
J Rental of East Amherst is asking for $720,000 in tax breaks for the project which is expected to create 15 new jobs.
J Rental is in the party supplies and tent rental business.

A Batavia man listed in guarded condition this afternoon at Strong Hospital with injuries suffered when his pick-up truck rolled o ver on Hawley Drive near the GCC campus.
51 year old Gerald Nicholson was pinned beneath his truck yesterday afternoon after he lost control of the vehicle and was ejected.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean Mc-Coy is denying domestic violence allegations. The claims were made on Instagram by a woman who has been identified as Mc-Coy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon. In the post, Mc-Coy is also accused of injuring his son, a dog and also taking drugs. Mc-Coy says he hasn’t had any contact with Cordon in months. In a statement, the Bills say they’re gathering information about the case.

Gov Announces Downtown Projects to get $10-million

News Release

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight transformational projects for Batavia as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in downtown Batavia will help to drive new, mixed-use development, improve access to local healthcare, and transform public space for community use. The investments are part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Finger Lakes.

“Through smart investments and sustainable development, we are transforming Batavia’s downtown and generating prosperity throughout Western New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “These projects will help to not only preserve Batavia’s rich history and character, but they will enhance the city as a destination and act as an engine for future growth for the entire region.”

Batavia was named a DRI Round 2 winner in October. The downtown area is a mixed-use, affordable neighborhood with access to jobs, anchor businesses, and city and county services. The area has an excellent foundation upon which to continue its revitalization, including amenities such as recreational sites, healthcare facilities, food markets, a library, and various retail and restaurant venues in a walkable environment.

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI include:

Create a Thriving Residential and Commercial Hub on the site of the former Della Penna property by constructing a new mixed-use development on the vacant and abandoned industrial brownfield. The new Ellicott Station will contain mixed-income residential units, four commercial spaces, and a brewery/restaurant and will leverage more than $20 million dollars in grants and private investment, become a thriving residential/commercial anchor for downtown Batavia. ($425,000)

Rehabilitate the Former Genesee Bank and the Carr’s Department Store Buildings for Mixed-Used Redevelopment. The first floor of the buildings, which have been vacant for more than five years, will be renovated for commercial uses, including a new cidery/café and retail and office incubator space. New mixed-income upper-floor residential units on the upper floors will provide additional housing options for downtown residents. ($1,000,000)

Establish Ellicott Place as New Mixed-Use Gateway to Downtown by renovating a large, underused building at a prominent location on Ellicott Street to include three first-floor commercial spaces, first-floor covered parking, and ten upper-floor residential units. A new elevator and facade upgrades will improve access and instill community pride in a previously chronically vacant space. The redevelopment of this 48,121-square foot building will complement the nearby Ellicott Station project and establish a new gateway to the downtown. ($1,150,000)

Develop an Intergenerational Healthy Living Campus in the Heart of Downtown, including a new home for the Genesee Area YMCA. The centrally-located facility will include a 55-60,000 square foot building and parking for 300 cars. Together with a complementary medical building planned for the site of the former YMCA building, the project is expected to generate 3,000 visits downtown daily. ($4,075,000)

Establish a New Regional Performing Arts Center at Batavia City Centre by renovating the façade and interior of the city-owned building. The new visually prominent and centrally located downtown theater will feature space for offices, concessions, retail, and a dance academy, and will augment nightlife and weekend activity. ($700,000)

Support Downtown Building Improvements by creating a Building Improvement Fund that will provide grants to assist downtown property owners to undertake both interior and exterior renovations. Building improvements will enhance the aesthetics and livability of the downtown core and provide opportunities for new entrepreneurs to establish their businesses. ($600,000)

Transform City Centre into an Indoor Market and Performance Space by upgrading the concourse and entrances to accommodate an indoor marketplace with micro-retail kiosks and public performance space to hold community events. Improvements will include flooring, lighting, entrance structures, wall color, and roof upgrades. ($1,000,000)

Enhance Jackson Square, a public gathering space bordered by historic buildings in the heart of downtown, with decorative pavement upgrades, a multi-level deck/stage, seating, lighting, decorative signage, a networking nook, and landscaping. The upgraded public plaza will become a lively hub and common space for community interaction, and provide connections to multiple businesses through its unique alleyway node configuration. ($750,000)

Morning News Briefing

Driver hospitalized after being pinned under truck in rollover near GCC.
A rollover accident across from the College Campus in Batavia landed the driver in the hospital after their truck landed on them.
The crash occurred on Assemblyman R. Steven Hawley Drive near the Batavia-Stafford Townline Road shortly after one yesterday afternoon.
The pick-up truck was apparently traveling northbound on Hawley Drive before skidding off the roadway, flipping, and ejecting the driver.
The unidentified driver was then pinned under the wreckage after the truck landed on him coming to rest in a corn field.
The man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight with serious injuries.
The injuries were reportedly non-life threatening however his current condition is not known.
State Police have released few details in the case as the investigation remains on-going.

Tops shoplifters in Batavia identified by city police.
A pair of out-of-towners allegedly stole nearly one-thousand dollars’ worth of groceries from the Tops Supermarket in Batavia last Friday.
49 year old Jeffery Wozniak of Niagara Falls and his co-defendant 46 year old Keith White of North Tonawanda are facing charges of Conspiracy, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Petit Larceny.
They are accused of stealing steaks, lobsters, shrimp and other household items from Tops and allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart as well.
The pair were released on appearance tickets to Batavia City Court.

Alleged spitting and trespassing land a Bethany man in lock up.
After allegedly entering the Swan Street residence of someone he did not know last week Batavia Police arrested 38 year old Sath Dhanda of Clapsaddle Road in Bethany.
Dhanda was charged of Criminal Trespassing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child where he was committed Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail to the Genesee County.
Around an hour later Dhanda was arrested and charged with Harassment after being accused of spitting on another person.
He was issued an appearance ticket for city court.

The teenager who police say admitted to stabbing his grandmother is due in court today.
Deputies say the crime happened over the weekend at the woman’s home on Oak Orchard Road in Albion.
17 year old Brandon Foster is accused of attacking his 54 year old grandmother, Rachael Spearance while she slept before stealing 23 dollars, her cell phone and running from the scene.
Foster’s mother says he has stolen from his family in the past.
Police are still trying to figure out a motive for the stabbing.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean Mc-Coy is denying domestic violence allegations.
The claims were made on Instagram by a woman who has been identified as Mc-Coy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon.
In the message, Mc-Coy is also accused of injuring his son, a dog and also taking drugs.
Mc-Coy says he hasn’t had any contact with Cordon in months.
In a statement, the Bills say they’re gathering information about the case.

Evening News Briefing

The driver of a pick-up truck was seriously injured this afternoon when he became pinned under the wreckage of his vehicle.
The as yet unidentified man was flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. His condition is unknown.
The accident happened just after 1 this afternoon on R. Steven Hawley Drive near the Batavia-Stafford Townline Road.
It appeared the pick-up was northbound as it crested the top of a hill near the GCC campus. The vehicle flipped over, ejecting the driver and came to rest in a field with the pick-up landing on top of the driver.
State Police are investigating.

Governor Andrew Cuomo criticizes President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Brett Kavanaugh has not commented on Roe versus Wade but Cuomo thinks if confirmed, Kavanaugh will ltry and overturn it.
The Governor’s comments come one day after he signed an executive order that protects a woman’s right to choose and to get contraceptive care that he says no federal agency can deny.

A couple of bear sightings in Genesee County.
A black bear was seen near Putnam and Francis Roads in Bethany yesterday afternoon and on Saturday a black bear was spotted off of Day Road in Alexander.
Officials say never approach, surround, or corner a bear and do not run from one. It’s best to just make a loud noise and hope the animal runs away.

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos continues to defend himself at his corruption retrial. During his second day of testimony, Skelos denied accounts he pressured anyone to give his son a job. He admitted that he asked business people to help his son but claims he never used his power or influence to pressure them to give him high paying no-show jobs.

Photography Show Continues at Nature Center

Curtis Kreutter’s photograph, Until Next Time, is available at:

Caption: “We have our modes of transportation and our places where we need to be. Things we need to get done. We never really think about what we pass on our way to work or school. These small things have a lot more meaning than we think. As we go through life we think of the things we used to do and the things we have encountered in the past that remind us of where we came from and at the same time it reminds us of where we are going.”

Press Release:

The “#ArtToo: A Photo Show” at the Genesee County Park Interpretive Nature Center in East Bethany continues for three more weeks until August 4, 2018, and features photographic work by Genesee Community College students. Historically, the term ‘art’ has been used to describe paintings and sculptures, the #ArtToo show title reminds viewers that digital art and photography are critical and highly expressive forms of fine art as well. The artist statement, by GCC student Kasey Edgerton describes the exhibit and includes a quote by a noted nationally acclaimed gallery director.

“Art conveys the zeitgeist of a generation. It expresses our greatest hopes and aspirations, and reflects our deepest fears and uncertainties. It is impossible to disentangle art from its socio-political moment, or the psychological maelstrom surrounding it.”

A statement by former Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Broun helped inspire the theme of this show:

“Art is not always about pretty things. It’s about who we are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected.

“Art is a product of what shapes us; our highest highs and lowest lows, individually, and as a people. Perhaps most strongly in times of adversity, art lifts us up, gives voice to the disenfranchised, and galvanizes the oppressed. Now in this age of rampant mistrust and polarization the autonomy and power of art is of the utmost importance, particularly in holding to account those who would seek to quell it. Art too, can be fearless. Art too, can be a commanding force for political change and social justice. In a time when a band of courageous voices can sweep the nation with two simple, but potent words: #MeToo, and a group of young survivor’s poignant plea that #Enough is enough, art can do its part to take the world to task.
The work collected here spans mediums and genres but is united by bonds of scholarship, intention, and the insatiable need to process and contextualize the experiences we are subjected to. It is a way to work through and ultimately derive meaning from the seemingly random string of occurrences which weave together into individual lives. We have come together to support, strengthen, and experience each other, as each of us is art too.”

This exhibit is the culmination of the students’ hard work and creative talent, something Genesee Community College encourages and features in the College’s Recognition Matters series which shines the spotlight, sometimes literally, onto the high-quality inspirational contributions created by GCC’s students, faculty and staff.

Genesee County Park Interpretive Nature Center is located ¼ mile from the Bethany Center Road entrance of the Genesee County Park at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany, NY 14054. The Center’s summer hours are Thursday through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. For more information go to: http://co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/inc.php

 

David Fenn’s photograph, Timila, is available at:

Caption: “During my time as a photographer for the Seneca Park Zoo, I get to see many of the animals that come through the door. The day to day activities of these creatures varies with each visit and every time I learn something new. On this day I captured one of the newest residents of the zoo, Timila, the snow leopard. Seeing how she adapts to the new scenery and making her feelings known to those that come to see her. It was an honor to be one of the first ones to capture her.”

Miranda Schiller’s photograph, Trestle, is available at:

Caption: “I love photographing industrial structures, and the bridge on Oak Street in Batavia has always intrigued me. Especially in the winter, with the snow contrasting against the black wrought iron and the dark water, the bridge is a stark component of the landscape. While man made, it’s been there so long that it looks almost natural spanning the creek, its vertical struts reflected in the water beneath it and echoing the trees behind it. With my interest in black and white film photography, I’m drawn to extreme contrasts even when working with color images.”

Morning News Briefing

Albion teen is behind bars accused of attempting to murder his grandmother.
Orleans County Deputies have arrested 17 year old Brandon Foster of Albion on first degree felony counts of Attempted Murder, Burglary and Assault following an incident on Oak Orchard Road in Albion.
According to deputies, Foster broke into his grandmother’s house through a window Saturday night and tried to murder her.
Lawmen say he stabbed his grandmother while she slept then put her in a chokehold before stealing 23 dollars and her cell phone and fleeing the scene.
K-9 teams track the teen hiding behind the Albion Burger King where he was apprehended without incident.
The victim, Rachael Spearance was taken to Medina hospital then flown via Mercy Flight to ECMC where she is in stable condition.
Foster was jailed on $50,000 bail and is expected back in Albion Town court tomorrow morning.

Black Bear’s being spotted in Genesee County.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has reported a black bear sighting near Putnam and Francis Roads in Bethany just before 3 yesterday afternoon.
Over the weekend someone reported a young black bear wondering through a cornfield on Day Road in Alexander that was in close proximity the roadway.
Another bear was spotted in Attica last week.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation say to never approach, surround, or corner a bear.
To never run from a bear and to use loud noise to scare away bears.

Orleans Emergency Management phone line outage fixed after going dark.
All emergency telephone lines were out of order yesterday afternoon in Orleans County along with all of the 9-1-1 and seven-digit administrative lines.
Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies say the outage has since been resolved and that all lines are restored however they did not provide a reason why the phone system was down.
They provided an additional number for emergencies at (585) 590-4171.

No meeting for Batavia’s Board of Education tonight.
The Batavia City Schools Board of Education have postponed their regular meeting for this evening moving it to next Tuesday night.
The will now meet July 17th in the District Administrative Conference Room at 6:30.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is heading to Yonkers later this morning for a rally on reproductive rights.
It comes a day after the governor signed an executive order that he says will allow women to choose and to get contraceptive care.
Cuomo is calling on the New York State Senate to pass legislation which aims to protect reproductive rights.
Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has said the bills would allow a woman to get an abortion late in the pregnancy, which he doesn’t support.

Muckdogs defeated by Spikes after splitting three game series.
The State College Spikes proved victorious over the Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium last night with a win 3 to zip.
The Muckdogs take a night off then head east to face the Connecticut Tigers before returning home this Saturday for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners.

Evening News Briefing

Brandon Foster

An Albion teenager is accused of trying to murder his grandmother for $23 in cash.
Orleans County deputies have charged 17 year old Brandon Foster of Albion with breaking into the home of his grandmother late last night on Oak Orchard Road. Deputies say he attacked the woman with a knife as she slept.
The woman, Rachael Spearance, fought back and managed to get away.
While bleed profusely, police said Spearance drove herself to Medina Hospital where she was later flown to ECMC in serious but stable condition.
Foster fled the house and remained on the run until early this morning when police from several agencies, with the use of K-9 teams, tracked down the boy hiding in bushes behind the Burger King in Albion.
He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Bear sightings seem to be getting more common these days.
A black bear was sighted this afternoon near Putnam and Francis Roads in Bethany.
Last week a bear was spotted in Attica.

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The Batavia City Schools Board of Education has postponed their regular meeting.
The board of education was to have met tomorrow night.
That meeting has now been moved to next Tuesday night, July 17 at 6:30 in the District Administrative Conference Room.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants there to be more transparency when hurricane-damaged cars are sold. He says hundreds of cars damaged in last summer’s hurricanes are being cleaned up sold to customers who have no idea that they suffered flood damage. That’s because there’s no law requiring the disclosure be made to buyers.

The Muckdogs finish their series with the State College Spikes at Dwyer Stadium this evening.
Batavia has split the series with an 8 to 3 win over the Spikes last night and will try to take the series with the third home game tonight.
Listen to all the action live right here on WBTA beginning with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Albion Teen Charged with Attempted Murder of Grandmother

News Release: Orleans County Sheriff’s Office

On July 9th, 2018, The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Foster, 17, of Albion, N.Y. following a violent incident at his grandmother’s house on Oak Orchard Road in the Town of Albion.
Undersheriff Christopher M. Bourke reports that shortly before midnight on July 8th, Foster allegedly went to home of his grandmother, Rachael Spearance, located just outside the Village of Albion. Foster entered the residence by climbing on a chair and forcing a rear window open. Upon climbing through a window, Foster proceeded to the bedroom and began attacking his grandmother with a knife as she slept in bed. Spearance began fighting back. Foster then placed her in a choke hold. Spearance was able to get away from Foster’s grasp and confront him about what he was doing. Foster then stole $23.00 cash and the victims cell phone and climbed out a different window and fled the scene.
Spearance, while bleeding profusely, was able to leave the residence and drive to Medina Hospital. Spearance was then transported to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight where she remains in serious but stable condition.
Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Albion Police arrived at the scene. The man hunt for the suspect took place in the Village of Albion throughout the night involving several agencies including the Sheriff’s Office, Albion Police, N.Y.S Police, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Bloodhound and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. Several interviews were conducted and several houses and building were searched. K-9 units tracked the suspect for hours through the Village of Albion. Around 6:00AM, K9-Teams were able to locate the suspect hiding in the bushes behind Burger King. The suspect surrendered peacefully at that time.
Foster is charged with Attempted Murder in the 1st degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 1st Degree (all felonies), Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Petit larceny. Foster was arraigned before Albion Town Justice Hon. Joseph Fuller. Bail was set at $50,000 cash, $100,000 Surety Bond. Foster is scheduled to return to the Town of Albion Court on July 11th, 2018, at 9:00AM.

Troopers Bust Suspected Walmart Shoplifter

Press Release:

On July 6, 2018 at 7:23 PM, Troopers out of SP Albion arrested Jessica R. Schofield, 29 of Albion, NY for petit larceny.

Troopers were dispatched to the Walmart Store on State Route 31 in the town of Albion for report of a larceny. Walmart Loss Prevention employees alleged that Schofield was observed stealing $432.54 worth of grocery merchandise and attempted to exit the store without paying. Schofield was arrested at the scene and transported to SP Albion.

Schofield was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the town of Albion Court in July 2018.

Seven Day Faith Reunites at Downs

Press Release:

BATAVIA – After a 15 year hiatus Pop Rock Group Seven Day Faith, featuring their original lineup of Rob Ferenc, John Rosini, Kevin Ernst and Rob Bilson, will reunite for a One Night Only Concert experience. Taking place on Saturday, September 15th 2018, the four original members will perform such hits as “Everything” “Ready To Go” and “Forever and a Day” on stage together for the first time in over 15 years.

“We are looking forward to hosting Seven Day Faith’s reunion show,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President at Batavia Downs Gaming. “These talented musicians have entertained thousands of Western New Yorkers and we’re excited to welcome their fans to experience what’s sure to be a great night of music.”

“The four of us John, Kevin, Rob Ferenc and Myself, we have not been on stage together for over 15 years. I am looking forward to performing our songs and reliving those years of making great music and traveling together. This is sure to be a magic evening,’ said Rob Bilson, lead singer of Seven Day Faith. “The time is right, it has been this is the 15th Anniversary of our 2nd release Somebody Save Me. That record gave us arguably our biggest single in “Forever and A Day” which was a top 5 hit on the Kiss 98.5 charts. It will be an amazing night revisiting this record as well as the wonderful music from our debut release “Life Says We Think Too Much.”

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 10th at 10am on bataviaconcerts.com. Doors open at 7pm, with live music starting at 8pm. Tickets are just $7. Each concert ticket is also redeemable at Player’s Club that night for $7 in Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines.

About Batavia Downs/WROTB
Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Region Off-Track Betting Corporation is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 17 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western Region OTB has generated over $215 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.

About Seven Day Faith
Founded in 1996 by Western New York musicians Rob Ferenc, John Rosini, Kevin Ernst and Rob Bilson, Seven Day Faith’s musical and lyrical talents helped them earn the distinction of the Top Original Rock Group at the 2002 Buffalo Music Awards with Rob Bilson winning the Top Original Male Vocalist award at the 2003 Buffalo Music Awards. They claimed the number one spot in Billboard magazine’s Independent music Charts in 2004 and have gone on to open for national acts such as John Entwhistle, Pat Benetar, Michele Branch, Simple Plan, Switchfoot, Gavin Degraw, Avril Lavigne, Shaggy, LLCool J, , Vanessa Carlton, JC Chasez, Papa Roach, Fuel and Our Lady Peace.

Morning News Briefing

Photo credit The Batavian

Fire destroys century old Stumblin’ Inn in Elba.
The Local landmark that was the Stumblin’ Inn is now just a memory for most residents.
A fully involved structure fire was reported at the South Main Street address in Elba yesterday morning right around 9 a.m.
Owner of the nearby Elba Diner, Doug Chappius was among the first to spot the fire…

Elba fire was dispatched along with Batavia’s Fast Team, Oakfield and Alabama Fire along with Tankers from Bethany, Stafford, Alexander and East Pembroke and Fire Police from Barre.
Elba Fire Chief Mike Heale was one of the first responders on scene

The Fire Chief added that they are investigating whether the blaze began inside or outside.
Chief Heale said they were fortunate to have good weather to fight the fire.
The flames were reportedly to under control shortly before 1 p.m. and the building had to be excavated yesterday afternoon in order for fire crews to douse the remaining hot spots.
The two residents who lived in the upper floors managed to escape before firefighters arrived and there were no injuries reported.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Byron resident busted for DWI after accident on Lyman Road.
34 year old Kelly DiMatteo of Byron Holley Road was taken into custody following investigation into a one car crash on Lyman Road last Wednesday night.
DiMatteo was arrested and charged with a Class E felony Count od DWI for having a previous conviction within 10 years along with counts for Refusing a breath test, failing to keep right and moving from a lane unsafely.
DiMatteo was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Senator Chuck Schumer wants New Yorkers to be careful when buying a used car.
Thousands of vehicles from areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year are now flooding the market. Schumer says they can be cleaned up for a low cost and sold to unsuspecting buyers.
He believes it’s up to the Federal Trade Commission to do more to help protect consumers, and expand mandated checks for flood-damaged vehicles.

The Muckdogs have split the first two-games of a three-game series with State College at Dwyer Stadium.
Despite a strong start on Saturday night the home team lost 7-4, however yesterday afternoon, the Muckdogs scorched the Spikes 8-3.
Batavia will attempt to capture the three-game series tonight.
Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium and you can hear the game as it happens live here on WBTA.

Fire Rips Through Stumblin’ Inn in Elba

Fire is consuming the historic Stumblin’ Inn on Main Street in Elba.
The first of several fire companies responded shortly after 9:30 this morning.
Thick smoke is visible from several miles.
Witnesses say flames were visible from every part of the building.
Authorities have blocked traffic on Route 98 in both directions.
Motorists are asked to avoid the scene.
Shortly after 10 am, all interior firefighters were ordered out of the building – an indication that the fire was spreading to rapidly to contain.

Doug Chappius owns the nearby Elba Diner. He said the Stumblin’ was a local landmark. He was also among the first to spot the fire

No cause for the fire has been determined and no injuries have been reported.

GCC Athletics Update

Press Release:

GCC Athletic HOF Set to Induct Five this Fall

The Genesee Community College athletics and alumni departments are pleased to announce five new inductees into the Cougars’ Athletic Hall of Fame to be enshrined this fall.

The list includes four players and one coach. Almost every sport season is equally represented when each of the soon-to-be inductees was involved in Cougar sports during their time at GCC. That demographic includes: fall (one volleyball student-athlete), winter (one swimming and diving student-athlete, and one basketball coach), and spring (one baseball student-athlete, and one lacrosse student-athlete).

Congratulations to Tammy Conrad Wickens, Sara Barr, Scott Hemer, John Polonius, and Connor Latimer; on their outstanding Cougar careers that expanded from the water to the court, field and diamond.

The induction location has yet to be determined, but will take place Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. with the induction ceremony to begin at 5 p.m. Further details – including athletic biographies – will be forth coming as the induction date nears.

With the inclusion of this year’s class of inductees, the GCC Athletic Hall of Fame will expand to 21 with two teams and 19 individuals.

Three GCC Summer Athletic Camps Accepting Applicants

The Genesee Community College athletics department will be hosting three soccer camps this summer. In addition to the boys and girls soccer camps is a new camp designed to improve performance in any sport in speed, agility and conditioning.

The latter all-sports co-ed camp runs from July 9 – August 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. for ages 10 and above.

GCC head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt and GCC head athletic trainer Amber Nichols (MS, ATC, PES) are the featured instructors.

Both the boys soccer and girls soccer camps begin July 23 and run through July 27.

The girls soccer camp will be held in the morning from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the boys soccer camp starts in the afternoon at 1 p.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m. Both soccer camps are for ages 10 and above.

To register electronically and reserve a spot and get further information, simply click on this link: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/camps/camps-list

Genesee Community College soccer teams believe the “game” is the best teacher and that philosophy is evident at our camps. Daily activities include individual ball skills, small-sided games, group tactics and learning through playing. Also, we will have sessions strictly for goalies to work on their skills.

Baseball Cougars Land Pitching-Ace Cole

The Genesee Community College baseball team inked Parker Cole as its newest signee, as the Bolivar-Richburg High School Wolverine comes to the Cougars with impressive credentials.

Cole led Bolivar-Richburg to a Section V Class D title by throwing a no-hitter and earning his school its third sectional title in the last five years.

Although that may have been the senior’s most impressive game on the season, voters found Cole’s season as equally impressive as he was awarded the Allegany County Division-I Most Valuable Player Award.

Cole averaged two strikeouts per inning in amassing a 108 total – that was the most of any in the Allegany County division. For those that weren’t struck out, Cole gave up a hit about every four innings on the average with just 16 total on the season. His earned-run-average finished at 1.55.

Cole also helped his team offensively with a .495 on-base percentage that included 29 hits, 29 runs and 21 RBI with a batting average near .400.

Clingerman Solidifies Women’s Lacrosse Defense as Newest Signee

The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team added yet another vital piece to its team with the signing of Olivia Clingerman.

The three-year high school varsity defensive starter for the Waterloo Indians is set to trade-in her orange and black attire for Cougar blue and gold, after leading the former to consecutive semifinal appearances in each of her three years of varsity play.

For head women’s lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt, it was a signing that he had pursued beyond most of his already impressive list of incoming players for next season but one well worth the wait.

The former honor student at Waterloo will pursue a career in respiratory therapy with studies in that field while attending GCC.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Weekend News Briefing

Air conditioning issues disrupt residents during a heat wave at a nursing home in Batavia.
The Privately operated Premiere Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia was dealing with air conditioning failure on two of the hottest days of the year.
A brief outage on Monday was quickly amended and a much longer outage occurred Thursday.
Residents had to be moved from the upper floors where temperatures reached the mid 80’s.
Premier Administrator Christine Schaller says the AC is back up and running however portable units have been purchased to aid in the cooling effort…

Officials with the State Health Department came in to investigate the situation.

Shoplifters apparently planning a surf and turf busted by Batavia Police.
According to our news partner, The Batavian, the trio of shoplifting suspects allegedly filled their cart full of groceries from Tops including items such as steaks, lobster, shrimp and a large roast before taking off in a red van.
Police stopped the vehicle at Park Road and Oak Street and discovered even more merchandise that had been allegedly taken from Walmart.
They appeared not to be local residents.

46 year old Keith White of North Tonawanda was taken into custody shortly before noon yesterday for allegedly stealing from Walmart in Batavia.
White is currently being held without bail in Genesee County on charges of Burglary and Grand Larceny.

The Muckdogs lose game two but win the series with a third game victory over The Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
After finishing up the remaining innings for Thursday night’s match up in a loss of 6 to 7 Friday night finished strong for the Batavia ball-team with a 2 to 1 win over the Scrappers.
In the upset, Batavia dealt the division leaders their first series loss of the season.
Batavia returns home this weekend for a three game series against the State College Spikes you can hear all three games beginning at 7:05 p.m. Saturday through Monday night here on WBTA.

Raffle season returns for the Rotary Club of Batavia.
Rotary’s annual Corvette Fundraising Raffle was cancelled two years in a row over fear that the State would crackdown on raffles that sold tickets over the internet.
The club is now selling raffle tickets for a $20,000 grand prize to be awarded at the end of September.
Rotary is happy to report the raffle is completely compliant with New York State law.

Evening News Briefing

The former Genesee County Nursing Home, now privately operated as Premiere Genesee, lost air conditioning on two of the hottest days of the year.
There was a two hour outage on Monday and a much longer outage yesterday.
Residents had to be moved from the upper floors where temperatures reached the mid 80’s.
Nursing home administrator Christine Schaller says the old AC system has been repaired but new portable units are being brought in to supplement it

Officials with the State Health Department came in to investigate the situation.

Batavia Police nab a trio of shoplifting suspects with enough food for a feast.
The three allegedly grabbed the groceries from Tops and fled in a van which was stopped at Park Road and Oak Street.
The names of the three have not been released.
Our news partner, The Batavian, reports the three do not appear to be local residents.
The stolen food included steaks, lobster, shrimp and a large roast.

New York State’s maple industry hit a 74-year record this year with the production of more than 800-thousand gallons of maple syrup.
The maple industry in New York has grown by nearly 50 percent in the last five years and continues to maintain the state’s standing as the second leading producer in the nation.

The Rotary Club of Batavia has announced it is back in the raffle business.
The club curtailed its annual Corvette Fundraising Raffle two years ago when it was feared New York State would crackdown on raffles that sold tickets over the internet.
The club is now selling raffle tickets for a $20,000 grand prize to be awarded at the end of September.
The club promises that this raffle is 100 percent New York State law compliant.

Batavia Rotary Renews Raffle

The Batavia New York Rotary Club has a long history of making significant capital contributions to local projects which are typically multi-year commitments. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the most recent and major fund raiser –The Annual Corvette Raffle – was put on hold while the State of New York’s elected officials in Albany reformed outdated 1950’s laws with regards to non-profit/charitable gaming raffles. Specifically: to who, where and when tickets could be sold.

In the 21st Century of internet, credit card and remote sale transactions , the current NYS lim-ited raffle laws continue to be a major constraint on Batavia Rotary Club ticket sales necessary to cover the previous cost of the car, ten other $500 winners, the expenses to run such a raffle and net proceeds to satisfy our financial commitment to donations towards the UMMC operat-ing room renovations, YMCA/UMMC wellness center and our annual $18,000 college scholar-ship program for three deserving high school graduates from Batavia High, Notre Dame and Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.

All that said, the Batavia Rotary Club is pleased to announce they are reentering the game with a 100% NYS Raffle Laws-compliant Cash Raffle having a $20,000 top prize. Only 999 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the vast majority of the tickets will be sold here in WNY the counties of Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara and Erie (as is still required by an-tiquated NYS Lottery laws).

The Batavia New York Rotary Club – 85 members strong- will be soliciting and reaching out with tickets through a limited distribution and face to face contacts starting July 6, 2018.
The top prize winner will be selected as part of our Annual Brew Fest Event on September 29, 2018 at the Batavia Downs Gaming. Five other lucky ticket holders will receive $100 cash priz-es.
Contact any Batavia Rotarian for tickets. Tickets will also be available at:

Lawley Insurance at 20 Jefferson Avenue
Dr. Michael Kubiniec, DDS at 180 Washington Avenue
WBTA at 113 Main Street

Ranzenhofer Launches Summer Reading Program

Press Release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer is encouraging students to continue growing, learning and developing– even though school is out of session until September– by participating in his Summer Reading Program.

“As the school year comes to an end, students are turning their thoughts away from books to vacation. This program is a great way to promote literacy and keep children’s minds active when they are not in a classroom. I encourage students to read all summer long by participating in the Summer Reading Program,” said Ranzenhofer.

The theme of this year’s program is Libraries Rock! Students and parents can participate by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website, ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov.

Evidence shows that children who stop reading over the summer often fall behind when they return to class in September. Over 2.2 million students participated in summer reading at New York libraries last year.

GCC Graduate Gets Up from Wheelchair and Walks to Receive Diploma

Lauren Stumpf shaking hands with SUNY Chancellor Johnson at GCC’s 50th Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2018

Press Release:

As Genesee Community College’s 50th graduating class crammed for finals, one student worked harder, practiced longer, collaborated more and without realizing it-embodied the College’s “Beyond Expectations” brand with quiet dignity and integrity seldom seen.

Lifelong Bergen resident, Lauren E. Stumpf was born in 1994 with Cerebral Palsy, and has relied on a wheelchair for mobility for most of her life. But this challenge never much slowed Lauren down, nor dampened her spirited disposition. With hard work and dedication, she has enjoyed great success. She graduated from Byron-Bergen Schools in 2012 and months later enrolled at GCC with plans to earn a degree in Human Services.

Lauren’s determination has always been a mark of her character and integrity, first by proving her doctors wrong by far exceeding their projected life expectancy of just five-years. Then at GCC she excelled in her coursework and quickly made friends across campus.

Several months before graduation, Lauren decided she wanted to make the ceremony even more special by surprising her family and friends with another significant accomplishment-walking across the Commencement stage to accept her diploma. To that end, Lauren began doing exercises to strengthen her muscles, and she contacted her friends who were enrolled in GCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. Together, with guidance from their professors, they helped Lauren by monitoring her progress, educating her about proper posture and exertion levels to ensure she rested appropriately and did not injure herself.

As Lauren proudly walked across the stage, the crowd cheered, applauded and many people jumped to their feet with enthusiasm and support. She shook hands with keynote speaker Dr. Kristina Johnson, the new SUNY Chancellor, whose speech included a message about optimism and rising to her own challenge of being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Lauren’s determination inspired the GCC’s admissions office to capture her story in a short video that would illustrate her resolve. It also will inspire others to meet their challenges head-on and realize the many resources available to help make their dreams a reality.

Lauren’s story is proof that good news travels fast and far. After posting Lauren’s story on the College’s social media channels, there were more than 4,500 views in just one week. This included a message from Buffalo State College who is looking forward to having her on their campus this fall, as she begins her next challenge. Lauren will be enrolled in Buffalo State’s Special Education program, in part, as a tribute to her close friend who also enrolled in the program but sadly passed away before she graduated.

“After Buffalo State, I want to get a job as a special education teacher and possibly go back to GCC as a professor for the developmental disabilities class,” Lauren said.
And to that GCC remarks, “Bring it on! We can’t wait to see you.”

 

BPO to Perform at Letchworth State Park

Press Release:

The Genesee Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announces a day of musical and theatrical performances culminating with a grand outdoor concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks display over the Grand Gorge at LETCHWORTH STATE PARK.

The Saturday, July 14th events will be held at the Archery Field Overlook in the park, just inside the Castile entrance. All activities are outdoors and the public is encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets.

Schedule for the day:

2:00pm— Steve West, Local Musician –An afternoon of Acoustic Guitar

4:30pm— Shake on the Lake, the Perry, NY professional theater company performing – “Experts Guide to Shakespeare – All 36 plays in 36 minutes or less”

5:30pm— “Injest” Comedy and Juggling

6:30pm— Shake on the Lake – repeat of the 4:30 show

8:00pm— BPO Concert featuring an Americana Program lead by celebrated conductor JoAnn Falletta

9:30pm— Grand Fireworks over the Gorge

Parking for the day’s activities will be available at Trailside Lodge, Lower Falls, Octogan and overflow at Group camp area. Shuttle buses will be operating between these locations beginning at 3:15pm until 1am.

Admission to the show is included with the $10.00 per vehicle park entrance fee. Letchworth is a ‘carry-in / carry-out’ park.

For further information call 585-493-3600 or write to Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, and NY 14427. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.parks.ny.gov

Letchworth State Park is part of the statewide system of parks, recreation and historic sites of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation administered by the Genesee Region, Western District.

GCC’s Joseph Petrillo of Warsaw Honored with STAR-NY Mastery of Practice Award

Joe Petrillo with his awards

Press Release:

On May 21, 2018 Genesee Community College Adjunct Mathematics Instructor and Professional Tutor Joseph Petrillo of Warsaw was awarded a STAR-NY Mastery of Practice and the STAR-NY Team Spirit award for his academic efforts during the Spring 2018 semester.

STAR-NY, which is an acronym for Shared Technology And Resources, is a consortium of SUNY colleges and universities who employ instructors and tutors to provide free online one-on-one tutoring for students through the use of the WorldWideWhiteboard. The program’s goal is to teach the student how to learn, not what to learn. Students can upload documents into the whiteboard which allows both the student and the tutor to write on them and they both use a chat box in the virtual room for questions and responses. Quality control teams monitor and check sessions to improve the service and document various student needs. The program’s subjects and functions are governed by supervisors from each member college and university.

STAR-NY’s Mastery in Practice is awarded each semester by a five-person quality review panel to a tutor who consistently demonstrates both a deep understanding of the STAR-NY tutoring philosophy, and considerable skill in applying that philosophy in a variety of challenging situations.

The Team Spirit award recognizes a tutor who is alert and conscious of unusual occurrences during tutoring sessions for both colleagues and students and reports that information in a timely fashion. Examples of such occurrences could include opening a dialogue with other subject tutors about a shared tutee (even if not on the same night); notifying the quality control officer immediately upon noticing that no room was open for another subject at a scheduled time or following up with a tutee to provide further resources after a session was completed. These types of actions support an effective learning environment.

“Joe’s performance has been exemplary during his time as a STAR-NY tutor. The skills and techniques he uses have proven to further student learning through very difficult course content,” Dr. Craig Lamb, GCC’s dean of Distributed Learning said. “It is for these and many other reasons STAR-NY recognized Joe’s talents with these awards and will soon welcome him to their quality control team.”

These recognitions have earned Petrillo a place in GCC’s new Recognition Matters series which highlights the accomplishments of the College’s faculty, staff and students. Officials at GCC have embraced this series as a way to acknowledge not only the achievement, but the continued high quality of individuals who demonstrate GCC’s “beyond expectations” brand each day.

Petrillo, who has been a professional physics tutor through STAR-NY since February 2017, also has experience tutoring in basic college math and algebra, statistics, calculus, biology and chemistry. In addition to the hours he spends tutoring, Petrillo has served as an adjunct mathematics instructor at GCC’s Arcade, Warsaw and Batavia campus locations and a test proctor at GCC in Warsaw.

In the Spring of 2012, Petrillo was named GCC’s Warsaw Instructor of the Semester. He earned a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1994, his B.S. in Liberal Arts and Science from SUNY Empire State College in 1981 and his A.S. in Engineering Science from Monroe Community College in 1977. He currently resides in Warsaw.
Any student interested in using the STAR-NY tutoring services is encouraged to visit http://www.starny.org/ to see the “Available Subjects and Times” and from there, click on “Request a Tutor”.

Students can also contact onlinetutoring@cortland.edu for more information.

Morning News Briefing

Stolen items replaced and security being added following theft from the Peace Garden.
Community members have come out offering a helping hand after it was reported that two large black granite urns were stolen from tht Batavia Peace Garden off of West Main Street in the City.
Treasurer Carol Grasso credited funeral director Michael Tomaszewski as the kind hearted community member who stepped up to replace the missing urns.
Grasso said another donor who wished to remain anonymous contacted members of the Peace Garden about funding for a new security system…

Police have obtained surveillance footage from businesses across the street and are currently investigating the incident.

Erratic operation on Redfield leads to charges for a Lewis Ave resident.
Following a complaint of an erratic driver on West Main Street last Friday evening, Genesee County Deputies stopped 69 year old Ronald Metz of Lewis Ave in Batavia.
Metz was stopped on Redfield Parkway and was subsequently arrested for allegedly being intoxicated.
He is facing counts of DWI along with traffic infractions for failing to signal and keep right.
Metz was given appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court on July 18th.

Fallen State Trooper services this weekend.
While responding to a call near Corning Monday morning 29 year old state police officer Nicholas Clark lost his life.
43 year old Steven Kiley shot and killed Clark according to investigators.
Kiley’s estranged wife called police after she says he was showing suicidal behavior.
After shooting Trooper Clark, Kiley took his own life. Clark’s wake will be tomorrow on the campus of Alfred University.
His funeral is Sunday.

Senator Chuck Schumer is raising a red flag over the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on paper sent from Canada to New York.
Speaking at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs yesterday, Senator Schumer said those taxes could have a negative impact on businesses.
For example, Schumer says it could cost Quad Graphics alone 90 million dollars a year.
He believes the tariffs could also put printing companies out of business, leading to layoffs.

Last night’s ball game between The Batavia Muckdogs’ and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers had to be suspended due to rain.
The weather stopped play in the top of the 5th when Batavia was trailing 3 to zip.
The full nine innings will be finished in yesterday’s game beginning at 5:05 p.m. tonight then 30 minutes after that the teams will take to the field again to play a seven inning match to complete the originally scheduled game for tonight.
It will be the Muckdogs’ first seven inning game of the season.
After winning game one of the series, the Muckdogs look to give Mahoning Valley their first series loss of the season by winning either game tonight.

Donations Aid Peace Garden Following Theft

Local funeral director Michael Tomaszewski is replacing urns stolen from the Peace Garden.

Members of the Batavia Peace Garden reported two large black granite urns had disappeared from the site on the south side of West Main Street while tending to the garden on Monday.

Police are checking surveillance footage from businesses across the street to see if they can possibly identify any suspects.

Since the news spread, community members have stepped up to help out.

Peace Garden Treasurer Carol Grasso…

Grasso said that after approval to purchase a surveillance system for the garden was decided an anonymous donor offered to help pay for the security system.

She said the congregating Pokémon players are welcome in the garden but have likely led to some property damage and littering.

Grasso also encouraged volunteers to come out the morning of August 4th if they are interested in grooming the garden with the weekenders.

Office for the Aging: HEAT ALERT

Press Release:

With potential high temperatures, we want to be sure you understand summer heat dangers. Please be aware of the following:

Danger signs for Heat Exhaustioncall the doctor if any of these symptoms arise:

heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps
tiredness, weakness, dizziness
headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting
skin – cool & moist, pulse rate – fast & weak, breathing – fast & shallow

Danger signs for Heat Strokeneeding immediate medical attention:

• extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
• red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
• rapid strong pulse
• throbbing headache
• dizziness and nausea

To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the CDC recommends the following tips:

• Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
• Rest.
• Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
• If possible, seek an air- conditioned environment. (If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall, public library to cool off).
• Wear lightweight clothing.
• If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
• Do not engage in strenuous activities.

The Office for the Aging is air-conditioned and is open to any older adult, age 60 and over. Come and cool off in the Senior Center lobby, TV room, and/or activity rooms.

Morning News Briefing

Crash in Elba sends three to the hospital.
Three people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital after a two car crash was reported at Route 98 and Lockport Road in Elba.
The Batavian reports that a sedan and a pickup collided at the intersection at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
Both involved vehicles had two occupants inside.
One person was airlifted via Mercy Flight to the hospital, while two others were taken by ambulance.
The fourth occupant was a sign off on scene.
All injuries were apparently non-life-threatening.

Eight concert goers arrested at Darien Lakes latest rap performance.
The Logic concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 3rd ended in arrest for a number of individuals.
Four were arrested for unlawfully possessing pot, others were charged with Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing and one for Harassment for allegedly shoving a Live Nation employee inside the venue.
27 year old Michael Stutzman of Hamburg was arrested for DWI after allegedly getting an accident in the concert parking lot.
All eight were released with appearance tickets.

Buffalo boys arrested for various felonies after taking a joy ride into the sticks.
Buffalo residents Jason Mann and Travis Kent both 17 along with 19 year old David Edwards were apprehended in a corn field after attempting to take two ATV’s in Dairen.
They allegedly ditched a stolen vehicle from Lackawana in a farm field off Harper Road before attempting to steal two ATV’s from a Broadway Road residence.
Fortunately the resident scared them off and they fled into a field.
The trio is facing various felony charges for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief and all three are being held in lieu of $10,000.
Investigation remains on-going and further charges are pending.

State Police in Albion arrest a Rochester resident on a felony sex offense.
Troopers are investigating an alleged sex offense in the Town of Murray from March of this year.
20 year old Antonio Reyes of Rochester was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Reyes was released on his own recognizance.

Heat Advisory goes back into effect today.
According to the National Weather Service a heat advisory remains in effect from noon to 8 pm today for the entire region.
The heat index in some places is expected to stay in the upper 90s.
The hot temperatures and high humidity is a recipe for heat illness.
Officials encourage drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, out of the sun and to check in on relatives and neighbors.

Muckdogs take game one from division leaders Mahoning Valley.
In their Independence Day matchup, Batavia bested Pinckney Division-leaders Mahoning Valley 4-3 for their third win in four games.
The Scrappers haven’t lost a series all season, and Batavia has a chance to deal them their first tonight.
Game two of the series is this evening with a 7:05 first pitch from Eastwood Field.

Hawley on 4th of July

Press Release:

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

“As we wade into the dog days of summer, Independence Day is a cherished reminder that the American Dream is alive and well and the right of any nation and its people to live free should not be infringed upon.

“Our founding fathers, the patriots who forged our nation through a crucible of revolution, knew that the will of men and women to live free, govern themselves and choose their own destiny was undeniable and worth any sacrifice they may endure.

“The strength and courage of our founders to break from the tyranny of Great Britain, their home country, ultimately gave rise to the greatest military, economic and social power in world history, the United States of America.

“It is a true gift to have a sense of patriotism and it will forever be our responsibility to remember the brave men and women who made our country what it is today. The fight for liberty and justice is never complete; and as Americans it is our duty to remember and cherish our independence. It is a day to celebrate our freedom, our country, our triumphs and to remember all those men and women who have served our nation and who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of those ideals.

“Although this holiday is a joyous occasion, I encourage everyone to stay safe and to celebrate responsibly with family and friends. Happy Independence Day!”

Morning News Briefing

Three Buffalo boys busted for attempting to take ATVs from a Darien address.
Three suspects were apprehended by deputies in a corn field about half a mile off of Broadway Road in Darien after allegedly stealing a vehicle and then trying to take two ATVs.
17 year olds Jason Mann and Travis Kent along with 19 year old David Edwards all of Buffalo were arrested on various felony charges for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief.
The trio allegedly stole a vehicle from Lackawana then after damaging the vehicle significantly ditched it in a farm field off Harper Road.
They attempted to take two ATVs from a Broadway Road address but were thwarted by the resident and the subjects fled into a field.
All three are being held on $10,000 apiece and further charges are pending.

Lyndonville man arrested for sexual abuse.
State Police out of Albion have arrested 43 year old Jason Dusett of Lyndonville for Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
On June 4th investigators received a report of a possible sex crime with a juvenile. Further investigation revealed that Dusett had sexual contact with a victim under the age of 11 years old.
Dusett was arraigned in Albion Town Court and remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $10,000.
Anyone with information is to contact the State Police at 585-344-6200 in reference to SJS 8301609.

Batavia Police are looking into the apparent theft of decorations from the Batavia Peace Garden.
Two large resin urns and a ceramic snail turned up missing on Monday from the Garden along the south side of West Main Street.
Police are checking security camera footage from businesses across the street.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Batavia Police.

Batavia Muckdogs win their second series of the season, as they bounced back off of Monday night’s loss to the Black Bears to take the final game defeating West Virginia 5 to 4.
Dwyer Stadium was packed to witness the home team win and the night was capped off with a fireworks display.
Batavia goes on the road today to Pinckney Division leader, Mahoning Valley.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police are looking into the apparent theft of decorations from the Batavia Peace Garden.
Missing are two large resin urns and a ceramic snail.
The Peace Garden is located along the south side of West Main Street.
It was built in 2012 to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
The urns turned up missing yesterday.
Police are checking security camera footage from businesses across the street.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Batavia Police.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley expects to split his vote in the next legislative session on two issues that would legalize previously illegal activity.
The assembly adjourned last month putting off a vote on two bills:
One would legalize sports better and the other would legalize recreational pot.
Speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning Hawley said he remains opposed to legal recreational weed

Hawley said he will likely support the sports betting bill.
He expects both bills will be taken up early in the next session.

Flags flying at half-staff for a fallen State Trooper.
29 year old Trooper Nicholas Clark was responding to a call of a suicidal person early yesterday near Corning.
Clark was allegedly shot and killed by 43 year old Steven Kiley a former principal in Bradford Central Schools.
After shooting Clark Kiley then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. Funeral arrangements for Trooper Clark have yet to be announced.

Another day of high temperatures and humidity across Western New York.
The Heat Advisory has been cancelled but forecasters still expect it to be in the mid-90s today with the heat index near or above 100 degrees.
Cooler temps aren’t expected to move in until later in the week.

The Muckdogs are one and one in their home series against the West Virginia Black B ears.
The Dog were defeated last night 3 to 1.
The rubber match is tonight at Dwyer Stadium.
The game to be followed by fireworks.
The Muckdogs are on the road tomorrow night.

Morning News Briefing

Road Rage with a weapon lands a Liberty Street man behind bars.
A Liberty Street man was committed to County jail for Road Rage.
Following the incident last Friday on Main Street in the city, 19 year old Jacob Sponaugle of Batavia was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Menacing.
Sponaugle apparently brandished a shotgun during the incident and pointed it at someone according to authorities.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500.

Stolen wallet sends a city man to County jail.
24 year old Joseph Burr of North Lyon Street in the city is accused of stealing someone’s wallet while they were involved in an argument on Lyon Street in Batavia last Friday.
Burr was arrested and charged with a number of counts including Grand Larceny, Robbery and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was ordered to be held on $2,000 bail in the County Jail.

Flags across New York are at half-staff in memory of a State Trooper.
Nicholas Clark lost his life early yesterday morning in Erwin, located near Corning.
The 29 year old Trooper was responding to a call of a suicidal person when he was shot and killed.
Police say 43 year old Steven Kiley, a school principal, murdered Clark before being found dead of a gunshot wound.
Clark is survived by his mother, father and brother.
Funeral arrangements haven’t been announced.

Another day of high temperatures and humidity across Western New York.
The Heat Advisory has been cancelled however forecasters still expect it to be in the mid-90s today with heat indices being near or above 100 degrees in some places.
Cooler temps aren’t expected to move in until later in the week.
Officials are still asking people to check on the elderly and children until the heat wave passes.

Added strain from air conditioning has National Grid asking people to cut their unnecessary electrical usage for the rest of the week.
Officials say their power grid is holding up adequately considering the extra demand.
One thing you can do to help out is using less of your hot water appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.
And if you have a pool, make sure your pump isn’t running all the time.

West Virginia evens the score with a win in the second of three game series against the Muckdogs.
The Black Bears beat Batavia 3 to 1 last night tying up the series.
The Muckdogs have another shot to take down West Virginia tonight at Dwyer Stadium beginning with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
Listen to all the Batavia baseball action right here on WBTA.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has posted a Heat Advisory until 10 o’clock tonight.
The advisory extends to Genesee and Orleans counties.
The heat index, a combination of temperature and humidity, could reach as high as 100 degrees.
In addition to the heat, the Weather Service is forecasting scattered thunderstorms for this afternoon and early evening. These thunderstorms could contain damaging winds.

Two Batavia men were scheduled to appear in City Court today facing felony charges in separate incidents.
19 year old Jacob Sponaugle of Liberty Street is charged with Menacing. Police say he brandished a shotgun at another person following a road rage incident on Main Street last Friday.

24 year old Joseph Burr of North Lyon Street is charged with Robbery and Grand Larceny for allegedly taking a wallet from another person during an argument.

State Police say a trooper was shot and killed early this morning near Albany when responding to a call of a suicidal suspect.
The suspect was also killed.
The shooting took place near a community college, which prompted a massive police response.
The trooper has been identified as Nicholas Clark.

The Batavia Muckdogs look to win their second straight game and clinch a series win tonight over the West Virginia Black Bears.
The Dogs beat the Black Bears 8 to 4 yesterday in spectacular fashion with a Brayan Hemandez walk-off grand slam home run.
First pitch tonight at Dwyer Stadium is 7:05, the game can be heard  on WBTA.

Last call for Batavia Downs stall applications

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

With the start of the live racing season just three weeks away, horseman should be advised this is the last call to turn in a stall application for the upcoming 2018 summer/fall meet.

Stall applications must be received by the track no later than Friday (July 6).

The backstretch opens for tack on Monday (July 16) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Wednesday (July 18) at 8 a.m.

Stall applications are available for download on the track’s website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com). Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application and Agreement and also Stall Reservations. Applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association (WNYHHA) office located onsite at Buffalo Raceway.

The first draw will be held on Thursday (July 19) for Monday (July 23) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs.

Starting this meet, Batavia Downs will now have a six-race paddock with the opening of the new two-race barn which was built adjacent to the existing pre-race staging area. The 16-horse wash stall barn is also incorporated on that campus.

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

All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing at 585-343-3750, ext. 6322.

Kayaking at DeWitt Recreation Area

Press Release:

Seize the day with a guided kayak tour of DeWitt Lake on Saturday July 21st! Explore the lake by water and discover a new world. Session 1 takes place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Session 2 takes place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Meet at the boat launch at DeWitt Recreation Area. No experience needed, a beginner kayaking lesson is provided! Rent a kayak or bring your own. Kayak rentals with life vests are provided by Adventures in Fitness Inc. Solo kayak rentals are available for ages 12 and up, tandem kayak rentals are available for kids under 12 and must be piloted by an adult.
Guided tour fee is $20/person without rental or $25/person with kayak rental per session. Fee for children under 12 is $10 per session. Pre-registration is required by Saturday July 14th, call 585-344-1122!

For more information visit our website at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Shannon Lyaski at Shannon.Lyaski@co.genesee.ny.us or (585) 344-1122.

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Genesee County Fair Returns for 179th Year

Press Release:

The annual Genesee County Fair returns for its 179th year on July 16 – 21, 2018. This year’s fair will include a demolition derby, cowgirl couture barrel racing, an Empire State Pullers tractor pull, an expanded midway with nearly 20 rides and a host of other exciting changes and events to be enjoyed by the whole family.

New this year, the fair will be giving away tickets to the demolition derby and tractor pull on their Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the fair. Anyone wishing to win tickets can reply to a trivia question on the fair’s Facebook page for a chance. The fair is also hosting a Battle of the Bands on Thursday night, July 19. Several local bands will go head-to-head in the musical competition, with the winner playing the main stage on Friday night. The fair is pleased to announce the return of the talent show on July 21.

One of the longest consecutively running county fair in New York State is a short drive from both Rochester and Buffalo. Admission is $5 per carload, also making it one of the more affordable family activities of the summer. Since 1839, Upstate New York families have attended the annual fair at the Genesee County Fairgrounds to enjoy classic fair foods, meet and greet with animals (over 800 will be at the fair this year!), hop on the kids rides and more.

Attendees of the six-day fair will be treated to live music at Faith at the Fair on July 17, Under the Gun on July 21, as well as the winner of the battle of the bands competition on July 20, a creative container garden contest and chainsaw carvings. There will also be 4-H animal shows, tractor pulls, car shows, draft horse shows, stock car racing, a Fair Queen pageant and more.

Event Highlights:
7/16 Emergency Responder Night and Grande Parade through the Fairgrounds
7/17 Senior Citizen’s Day and Midway opens, Faith at the Fair
7/18 Children’s Day, 4H and Fair Queen Pageant
7/19 Veteran’s Day at the Fair, Battle of the bands and Special Stock Car races
7/20 Grand Demolition Derby and Cowgirl Couture Barrel Racing
7/21 Bring Your Tractor to the Fair Day with all day tractor pulls and the Empire State Pullers Show, Talent Show

For a complete list of events, visit gcfair.com/fair-schedule/. To keep up-to-date on the latest happenings of the fair, visit the Genesee County Fair’s Facebook page. The fair is also accepting applications for both sponsors and volunteers. For more information visit gcfair.com

Parking is available in the fairgrounds and admission is $5 per carload. The Genesee County Fairgrounds are located at 5056 E Main Street Rd, Batavia NY.

Hawley: July 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 July 11. The office hours will be attended by Hawley’s staff. The 139th Assembly District, represented by Hawley, includes all of Genesee County and portions of western Monroe County.

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
July Office Hours:

Monroe County:

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

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, July 13, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, July 27, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Rekindle reported at dump off of Transit Road.
A fire that was reported Friday evening at a dump off of 5955 Transit Road in Byron has apparently rekindled this morning.
The call came in shortly before 6 a.m.
All manpower from Byron Fire Department and South Byron is called to the scene along with mutual aid and tankers from Elba, Clarendon and Barre.
A dispatcher reported the location was a fill site at CY Farms.
According to reports the Department of Environmental Conservation was requested to be contacted and the farm has “an excavator on the way” to the blaze.

Excessive Heat Warning Cancelled as Heat Advisory remains in effect until this evening.
The heat index in some places is expected to reach 100 degrees or more today according to the National Weather Service.
A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 10 tonight for the region.
With air conditioners and fans working hard during the heat, utility companies are giving tips on how you can save a bit on your energy bills.
They suggest keeping your blinds or shades closed during the day, which helps prevent the sun from getting in, lowering cooling costs.
Also, use a programmable thermostat if possible.
Finally, unplug an unnecessary electronics you may not be using since some of them may still draw electricity even if they’re off.
For those without AC, officials from the state health department have provided a list of cooling centers on its website.

Stafford Scrap with deputies leads to arrest for a Rochester resident.
27 year old John Kelly of Rochester was arrested following investigation into a domestic incident on East Bethany-LeRoy Road in Stafford.
Kelly allegedly refused to leave the residence after being told he was not allowed to be on the property and then fought with deputies who were taking him into custody.
Kelly was charged with Criminal Trespassing, Obstruction of Government Administration, Resisting Arrest and Harassment.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court on July 5th.

Corfu man faces charges for a dangerous crash in Pembroke.
Deputies were called to the scene of a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 5 in Pembroke early yesterday morning.
Arriving officers reported a vehicle lying on its roof with a broken utility pole and wires down arcing in a tree.
20 year old Jacob Jasinski of Akron Road Corfu was identified as the driver and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
Investigation revealed that Jasinski was allegedly intoxicated and had moved for a lane unsafely with unsafe tires.
He was given appearance tickets for the DWI, traffic and vehicle infractions and is expected to appear in Pembroke Town Court on August 28th.

Muckdogs win while away against West Virginia.
Batavia came home with an 8 to 4 win over West Virginia in last night’s match up.
The Muckdogs return to Dwyer stadium to continue their three game series against the Black Bears tonight beginning with the first pitch at 7:05.
You can hear the entire game right here on WBTA.

State Police start Fourth of July holiday enforcement effort

Press Release:

The New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the Fourth of July holiday. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel. This special enforcement detail will begin on Saturday, June 30, 2018, and run through Thursday, July 5, 2018.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “State Troopers will be highly visible on the roadways during the holiday, targeting drivers who needlessly put others in danger. We know all too well the preventable tragedies caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving. Make the right choice – if your celebrations include drinking, plan ahead for a safe ride home.”

Last year, the State Police issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July holiday. Troopers arrested 240 people for DWI and investigated 152 crashes, which resulted in three fatalities and 248 injuries.

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2015, 146 people died nationwide in alcohol related crashes. Two thirds of those crashes involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher which is almost twice the legal limit.

If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, loss of your drivers license and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

The Fourth of July initiative is partially funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC). The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Droid and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties, and provides a way to report a suspected impaired driver

The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:
Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
Use your community’s sober ride program;
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Weekend News Briefing

An Intense Heat Advisory in effect over the Weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the entire GLOW region and several surrounding counties to be following by an Excessive Heat Warning.
The Advisory is in effect Saturday through Sunday at noon and the Excessive Heat Warning is in effect from noon on Sunday through late Monday evening.
The highest heat index values will be from about noon through 8 PM each day.
Temperatures are expected to reach 104 on Saturday and as high as 108 Sunday and Monday.
There will be an increased risk for heat related illness with the elderly, very young, pregnant, and those with heart and respiratory conditions at the highest risk.
Officials encourage staying well hydrated, staying in an air-conditioned room, out of the sun and to check up on relatives and neighbors.

Hilton woman facing felony for allegedly driving drunk in Darien with a one year old.
38 year old Stacy Lynn Parks of East Ave in Hilton was stopped late Wednesday night on Route 20 Broadway Road in Darien where Genesee County Deputies allegedly found her to be driving while intoxicated accompanied by a one year old child a s a passenger.
Parks was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in Darien Town Court on July 17th.

Three arrested at Chris Stapleton Concert at Darien Lake.
Genesee County Deputies arrested two people for alleged possession of pot and one for Criminal Trespassing and Harassment during the Chris Stapleton Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday.
40 year old Joseph Proia of West Creek Drive in Spencerport allegedly grabbed a Live Nation employee while being ejected for illegally reentering.
All three were issued appearance tickets for July 10th in Darien Town Court.

Bear spotted in Attica.
Someone driving on West Main Street near Bunnell Street in the village, reported seeing the Black Bear in the roadway at around 4 a.m. Friday.
The bear was described as a younger adult.
State Officials say you should Never approach a bear, Use loud noise to scare away Bears as soon as you see them and to Never Run from a Bear.

State Police start crack down on drunk and drugged driving beginning this weekend.
State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe over the Fourth of July holiday
This special enforcement detail starts this weekend and runs through Thursday, July 5th.
Lawmen in Genesee County begin their special STOP-DWI crackdown on Wednesday July 4th to conclude on Sunday July 8th.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Softball

Carli Marino (center seated) is surrounded by family and friends after committing to GCC’s softball program next season

Press Release:

Marino Commits to Cougar Softball Program

Genesee Community College head softball coach Taylor Maurer introduced her latest recruit from Alexander High School – Carli Marino.

The three-sport athlete has been recognized multiple times while at Alexander that includes accolades beyond the court or diamond, and into the academic realm.

In the latter category, she has received awards and honors in the following areas: academic leadership, presidential ward, academic progress and an award of distinction.

Athletically, the high school senior has received two or more distinctions as most valuable, most improved, while also garnering a pair of coaches’ awards. In addition, she has landed the all-star team for Greater Rochester on at least one occasion.

Whether it was with her school or travel team she has been a force on the diamond in whatever position she has played; having thrown her first high school no-hitter during her junior season against Holley.

She also threw a pair of no-hitters with her travel team in help leading them to a league crown and Coach Maurer is hopeful her success and experience will help pay dividends with the Cougars next season.

Marino looks to pursue a science degree or concentration while attending GCC next fall.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Office for the Aging: HEAT ALERT SUMMER 2018

Press Release:

With potential high temperatures, we want to be sure you understand summer heat dangers. Please be aware of the following:

Danger signs for Heat Exhaustion-call the doctor if any of these symptoms arise:

heavy sweating paleness muscle cramps
tiredness weakness dizziness
headache nausea or vomiting fainting
skin – cool & moist pulse rate – fast & weak breathing – fast & shallow

Danger signs for Heat Stroke – needing immediate medical attention:

• extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
• red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
• rapid strong pulse
• throbbing headache
• dizziness and nausea

To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the CDC recommends the following tips:

• Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
• Rest.
• Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
• If possible, seek an air- conditioned environment. (If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall, public library to cool off).
• Wear lightweight clothing.
• If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
• Do not engage in strenuous activities.

The Office for the Aging is air-conditioned and is open to any older adult, age 60 and over. Come and cool off in the Senior Center lobby, TV room, and/or activity rooms.

Attica PD: BEAR SITING VILLAGE OF ATTICA

Press Release:

Incident Description: The Attica Police Department has received a report of a Black Bear in the Village of Attica. At about 04:00 am Friday, June 29, 2018 a motorist on West Main Street, State Route 354 sited a Black Bear in the roadway. The motorist believed it to be a very large dog however as he slowed he realized it was a bear. The bear was reported in the area of Bunnell Street and West Main Street and described as a younger adult.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals if you encounter a bear do the following:

Never approach, surround or corner a bear – Bears aggressively defend themselves if threatened.
Use Noise to Scare away Bears – yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon siting the bear.
Never Run from a Bear – stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away.
Do Not Throw any objects at an approaching Bear. Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage and pet food.

Bears eat nearly anything – they are omnivorous.
Bears are curious – they spend a great deal of time exploring for food.
Bears are intelligent – they learn from experience. If an activity results in food, they will repeat that activity. It is illegal in New York State to feed bears.

Keep all small animals indoors or chaperoned if let outside for the time being. If you see or encounter a bear contact the Attica Police Department at 585-591-0881 or the Wyoming County Sheriff Office at 585-786-2255. DEC pamphlet’s concerning bear encounters can be obtained at the Village Office located at 9 Water Street or the Police Department located at 43 Exchange Street.

Dean R. Hendershott
Chief of Police

Morning News Briefing

Budget cuts being dealt with at Notre Dame High School in Batavia.
Notre Dame Principal Wade Bianco has said after the school lost their Catholic diocesan subsidy, 10 percent of its annual budget has essentially been eliminated.
Bianco said the news came in a latter earlier this year…

He sent the message out to parents with student report cards earlier this week and in the meantime has made necessary moves to restructure staffing and other spending decisions that have the least impact on student opportunities.
Bianco said school administrators were first looking for staff who would volunteer to retire or drop down to part time …

Bianco added that the school is close to addressing all of the $125,000 lost in the cuts with their current budget plan.
Student parents are starting a grassroots campaign to keep the Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School open.
After news of the lost funds earlier this week, officials said the doors would be closed.
Work is now underway to help the more than 120 students affected by the closure find a new place to learn.

County Development Center seeking a new communications director.
Following Rachel Tabelski’s recent appointment as Director of the Batavia Development Corporation the Genesee County Economic Development Center is conducting a search to hire a new director of marketing and communications.
Tabelski held the position for seven years.
Interested applicants must respond by July 12.
A job listing has been posted on www.gcedc.com.

If you’re one of the millions of people hitting the road this holiday weekend, get ready to pay more at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in the Rochester area is two-96 and in the Buffalo area it is three dollars.
That’s between 60 and 65 cents more than the same time last year.
The state average is sitting at three-01.
Gas prices have been rising recently due to increased oil prices.

GLOW region going under an intense Heat advisory for the weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued the advisory starting Saturday at noon until Monday at 10 p.m.
With temps expected to be as high as 102 on Saturday and 107 Sunday and Monday the heat and humidity may pose a greater risk for people with heart and respiratory conditions

GCEDC to Search for New Marketing Director

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) is conducting a search to hire a new director of marketing and communications. The position was recently vacated when it was announced that the current director, Rachel Tabelski will become the next Director of the Batavia Development Corporation.

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the development, implementation and management of marketing and communications plans and activities in support of the GCEDC’s mission. Among the responsibilities include, but are not limited to: development, implementation and management of the organization’s marketing collaterals; media and public relations; management of web site, social media and customer communications; sales support; and, public policy engagement.

“The position has really evolved over the last few years under Rachel as the person we are seeking to hire will have a number of responsibilities as the role touches all aspects of the operations of our agency,” said Steve Hyde, GCEDC President and CEO. “It is a dynamic and a critically important role as our region continues to attract interest among national and international site selectors, but also keeping in mind that we have many local and regional companies seeking to grow and expand here and we need to make sure our marketing and communications are aligned for both.”

Those interested in applying for the position must respond by July 12, 2018. A job listing has been posted on the GCEDC website at www.gcedc.com.

 

Notre Dame H.S. Seeks to Close Budget Gap

Notre Dame High School in Batavia has started to restructure staffing and services after losing around $125,000 or 10 percent of its annual budget following the elimination of their Catholic diocesan subsidy.

Notre Dame Principal Wade Bianco said the school received notice of the cuts in a letter from the financial director for the WNY diocese on April 30th.

The school informed parents of the cuts in a letter sent out with student report cards.

Bianco said he had tri-fold approach to addressing the cuts with the least impact on students…

He said subsequent to the news of the budget cuts, he and his administrators have approached the issue as an opportunity to reduce spending where it is felt the least and to grow the programming with a leaner approach…

Bianco cited a handful of savings to the school including merging two academic advisor positions, as one member was heading into retirement along with smarter staffing in the library and tweaking the maintenance staff hours.

The news was felt much harder at a Catholic High School in Niagara Falls as it has announced its immediate closure following the loss of its subsidy.

Collins Bill Would Deny SBA Services to Chinese Investors

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Chris Collins (NY-27) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the Denying Chinese Investors Access to U.S. Small Business Aid, a bill that would prevent businesses owned by citizens of the People’s Republic of China from accessing all assistance offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

“The SBA exists to help Main Street America grow and flourish, not to aid companies whose profits go to China,” said Collins. “This is a common-sense reform that provides a greater check on where taxpayer dollars are going, because they certainly should not be going to China. SBA programs should focus on helping small business owners in communities like Western New York, and I am proud to join with Senator Rubio to advance this important legislation.”

“Chinese companies are abusing our current system to exploit American small business programs, which are taxpayer subsidized and were created to help spur American ingenuity and boost small businesses,” said Rubio. “This bill will ensure that our tax dollars aren’t going overseas to China, our biggest economic competitor.”

Current law permits SBA to provide assistance to qualifying small businesses who legally operate in the United States, allowing Chinese-owned businesses to obtain a federally guaranteed loan, surety bond, research and development grant, or disaster loan, among other SBA programs.

The Denying Chinese Investors Access to U.S. Small Business Aid would prohibit SBA benefits from being awarded to businesses headquartered in China. Under this bill, those China based businesses with operations in the United States or those with at least 25 percent of their voting stock owned by Chinese investors will no longer be able to benefit.

Hawley Critical of Cuomo’s Aid to Illegals

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today condemned the Cuomo administration’s recent announcement that more taxpayer-funded resources across a wide array of departments will be available to illegal immigrants in New York state. The announcement is another staple in Gov. Cuomo’s recent history of sparring with the federal government on a host of policy issues.

“While I believe it is always the best policy to keep families together, I am concerned about continual use of taxpayer-funded resources being dolled out by the Cuomo administration to individuals here illegally,” Hawley said. “Instead of state leaders engaging in useless political quarreling and grandstanding we should be using those resources to better empower Child Protective Services and the Department of Social Services to protect the needy and less fortunate children that have already suffered in our state.”

Gov. Cuomo has recently called himself “undocumented” in recent weeks and boasted about the success of his signature Liberty Defense Project, a multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded program, signed into law last year, which offers legal defense and counsel for illegals facing deportation.

“Our state agencies and departments are already working at full capacity to help law-abiding citizens and to think Gov. Cuomo is pushing them to the wayside to help illegals is deeply regrettable,” Hawley continued. “We need to end the billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses forced upon local governments so agencies working at the local level can realize more resources to care for our children. The priorities of this administration are extremely out of control and continue to endanger middle-class New York by the day.”

Morning News Briefing

Redfield community practicing patience with Pillar repairs.
Pricey Repairs to the Redfield Pillars will be considered for next years’ budget.
A request to fund repair the Redfield pillars was again raised during Monday night’s Council meeting.
The project which is being considered as a capital expenditure for 2019 has a price tag of approximately $60,000.
Councilman Bob Bialkowski says the City should pony up on the repairs…

Council President Jankowski made sure that the topic would be a priority discussion when deciding the city budget for 2019.

Pennsylvania resident jailed after repeatedly lying to law enforcement about his identity.
36 year old Ernest Smith of Philadelphia was taken into custody last night at Darien Lake for Criminal Trespassing and False Personation.
Once Ernest arrived back at the Genesee County Jail he allegedly told officers his name was Calvin Smith the third and forged the same fake name on documentation.
Smith was jailed on charges of Forgery and Falsifying Business Records both in the second degree.
His bail was set at $25,000.

Crash in Pavilion leads to four felony counts under Leandra’s Law.
23 year old Rachael Lochner of Rochester is indicted on four counts of Aggravated DWI a Class E felony.
Lochner allegedly crashed into two fences, two vehicles and a building in the Town of Pavilion in April.
She was found to be intoxicated over twice the legal limit and was allegedly accompanied by four children under the age of 15.
A fifth count was included in the indictment for allegedly having a Blood Alcohol Content of .18 percent or more at the time.

Drunk driving on a Darien Lake sidewalk lands a Stafford man in lock up.
54 year old Carl Altman of Clipnock Road was arrested and charged with Felony DWI’s along with Driving a Motor Vehicle on a Sidewalk for allegedly driving in a densely populated pedestrian area of the Darien Lake Theme Park.
He was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail and is expected back in Darien Town Court on July 19th.

Collaboration coming together for a teen center in the city.
The United Way, City Youth Bureau, and the YMCA are coming together to create Teen City a designated teen center for Genesee County.
Erik Fix the Executive Director for United Way is looking to open the center this fall…

United Way of Genesee County supported 20 non-profit agencies this past year allocating $225,000.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, along with City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving for the upcoming Independence Day weekend.
The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Wednesday July 4th and will end on Sunday July 8th.

Trumbull Parkway may be subject to paving operations today.
Trumbull is scheduled to be closed to all traffic today from 7am to 5pm for cold milling the paving work between East Main and East Ave.
As usual as with paving operations the work is weather dependent.

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