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Top aide to Governor found guilty of corruption.
Following more than a week of deliberations, the jury delivered a partial verdict in the trial against Joe Percoco.
The Westchester Democrat was convicted yesterday of taking $300,000 in bribes from businesses hoping to get contracts in New York.
The jury found him guilty on three counts of public corruption but not of conspiracy.
Percoco is currently considering his options for an appeal as he could receive up to 50 years in prison at his sentencing in June.
Governor Cuomo has distanced himself from his former campaign manager, who he once referred to as his brother, saying more safeguards must be put in place to secure the public trust.

Batavia Students plan on walking out this morning.
Batavia High School students are joining other Students across the state and nation in a planned walk out today to protest that something be done about gun violence.
Syndney Atchinson a Senior at Batavia has taken the leadership role locally, organizing the students and contacting media to cover the protest.
Students plan to walk out of class at ten o’clock today for 17 minutes symbolizing the 17 victims at the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The same group that organized the women’s march is responsible for rallying students across the country.
School Administrators at Batavia are allowing the students to participate in the walkout and have requested a police presence to ensure the safety of the student protestors.
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch…

The Chief said he has been in talks with the school district for a long time in the hopes of establishing a permanent School Resource Officer in Batavia.
He said currently financial restraints on the school and Department have hindered the creation of such a position.

Jackson Street man jailed for alleged drug sales in the City.
35 year old Jonathan Hoges of Jackson Street in Batavia has been arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Sale and two Counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance which were all Class B Felonies.
Hoges was accused of selling crack cocaine to a task for agent on two occasions.
He was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for areas to the south, including Wyoming County.
The warning is in effect until tomorrow morning.
Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected with winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

Evening News Briefing

One of Governor Cuomo’s former top aides is guilty of public corruption. Following eight days of deliberations, the jury delivered a partial verdict in the trial of Joseph Percoco. He was convicted on three counts of public corruption, but acquitted on conspiracy charges. Twice the jury had told the judge they were deadlocked, but today’s development comes after they were told a partial verdict was acceptable. Percoco faces a maximum of 20-years in prison on some of the counts, and a maximum of ten-years on others.

 

Property owners in the city of Batavia will see a three-percent decrease in their city property taxes.
Council last night unanimously approved next year’s city budget.
The decrease was due in large part to the sal.e of the county owned nursing home to a private company. That put the facility back onto the tax rolls.
The budget also contains a 3 and a half percent increase in water rates and a two percent pay raise for non-union city emplolyees.

 

Batavia High School students will join in tomorrow “walk-out” with the school administrations blessing.
The students will leave their classrooms at 10am for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the lives lost in the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida.
That shooting has touched off a wave of support for greater gun control across the country.

 

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch says his department has been in talks with the school for a long time about providing a permanent resource officer:

The Chief said he doesn’t have an opinion on whether the walkout is right or wrong and his primary concern remains the safety of students and staff.

 

Maybe we will dodge this one. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for areas to the south of us, including Wyoming County.
The warning takes effect at 6 this evening until Thursday Morning.
Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected with winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

Top Cuomo Aide Found Guilty of Corruption

Joseph Percocvo

One of Governor Cuomo’s former top aides is guilty of public corruption. Following eight days of deliberations, the jury delivered a partial verdict in the trial of Joseph Percoco. He was convicted on three counts of public corruption, but acquitted on conspiracy charges. Twice the jury had told the judge they were deadlocked, but today’s development comes after they were told a partial verdict was acceptable. Percoco faces a maximum of 20-years in prison on some of the counts, and a maximum of ten-years on others.

Batavia Students plan on joining the National Walkout tomorrow

School administrators are allowing Batavia High School students the opportunity to participate in a planned protest tomorrow morning encouraged by the March for Our Lives and Women’s March movements.

Batavia Senior Sydney Atchinson has organized the walkout for tomorrow at 10 a.m. and has sent out media coverage requests.

Batavia Police were requested by the school to be in attendance to ensure the safety of the student protesters.

Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said the department has been in talks with the school for a long time about providing a permanent resource officer…

Heubusch said the police are there to support the school in any need that they have.

The Chief said he doesn’t have an opinion on whether the walkout is right or wrong and his primary concern remains the safety of students and staff.

Last Chance is TODAY to Register for SAT Prep Course at GCC in Lima

Press Release:

What: Last Chance is TODAY to Register for SAT Prep Course at GCC in Lima
And the Registration deadline for Dansville session is April 19, 2018

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Course Schedule: Thursdays, March 20 through May 1, 2018 (no class April 3) from 6 – 9 p.m. Note: Date change

Where: GCC’s Lima Campus Center ~ 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY

Who: Anyone planning to take the SAT Exam

Background: The BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center at Genesee Community College will host its second SAT Prep courses in Lima and the registration deadline is March 13, 2018. The SAT Prep course is designed to prepare students for the English and Math components of the SAT exam. The course familiarizes students with the format of the exam and provides practice using questions similar to those that will appear on the SAT. In preparation for the English component, course participants will practice critical reading, sentence completion, grammar usage and writing. The Math component practice will focus on pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.

The SAT Prep course consists of six sessions totaling 18 hours and costs $149.00 per participant which includes the course prep textbook. Participants are required to bring their own calculators.

The SAT Prep course session will be at GCC’s Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY. The course will run on Thursday evenings beginning March 20, 2018 through May 1, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. No class on April 3. Participants MUST register by today, March 13, 2018 to attend.

The BEST Center will also offer the SAT Prep course at:

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

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

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/19/gcc-offers-sat-prep-course

Arc Art Show & Film Festival News Release 2018

Best Friend is going to be featured at the Arc Film Festival. It’s the story of Deirdre, a young girl from New York
struggling to accept Los Angeles as her new home

Press Release:

A St. Patrick’s Day art show and film festival highlights Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at Arc of Genesee Orleans. The community is invited to attend the Saturday event at Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the art show featuring work by individuals served at the Arc followed by films at 1:00 p.m.

Arc Director of Development Shelley Falitico said this year eleven different films from the New York City based Sprout collection will be presented. “Sprout films are produced by or feature individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities – the work is amazing,” Ms. Falitico said.

The March observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month began in 1987
When President Reagan invited “all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” He urged all Americans to encourage opportunities to help people with developmental disabilities lead productive lives.

In the years since that first observance, Arc of Genesee Orleans has grown immensely over two counties with the opening of several community homes, development of unique vocational training and day programs. Ms. Falitico said the Arc also encourages volunteerism and giving back to the community. “From Waterport to Pembroke, Oakfield to Holley and every town in between, the community has played a significant role in our growth and the opportunities we are able to offer the people we serve,” she said.

Also during March, the Arc of Genesee Orleans is kicking off its annual membership drive and has a Developmental Disabilities Awareness display at Case-Nic Cookies in Medina. From March 19 – 24, Case-Nic Cookies will donate $1.00 of every dozen cookies sold during that week directly to the Arc Genesee Orleans. You will find more information on the Arc of Genesee Orleans programs, services and upcoming events at www.arcgo.org.

Genesee Promise Plus Summer Scholarship Program Celebrates its Ten Year Anniversary

Press Release:

Since 2008, Genesee Community College has offered the Genesee Promise Plus (GPP) scholarships to help remove financial barriers to higher education for citizens in the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) counties. As the scholarship program celebrates its 10th Anniversary, the College encourages all qualified individuals, from students in high school to adults who have never taken a college course before–to apply for up to two summer semester courses tuition-free at GCC!

Ten years ago, GCC’s Board of Trustees sought unique ways to encourage high school students who may have been reluctant to enroll in college. The first year, Genesee Promise Plus was only for graduating seniors, but officials soon realized that GPP would serve high school juniors equally as well. In successive years, GPP was opened up not only to juniors, but also to adult students who have never attended college in the past.

“Summer is a perfect time for new GCC students or students in our Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) program to immerse themselves in the college culture, acquaint themselves with the rigors of college coursework or appreciate the nuances of online learning,” Lindsay Gerhardt, assistant dean for Recruitment and Admissions said. “The GPP program provides a wonderful opportunity for college-bound students to cost effectively earn up to six credits, complete prerequisite or general education courses and get a head start on a degree program. It’s a win-win for all.”

GPP is available to GLOW region citizens who are high school juniors (rising seniors), graduating high school seniors or new adult college students (adults who have never attended college before). With more than 60 courses being offered this summer, in two summer sessions and both online and at GCC’s seven campus locations, there are ample opportunities for all eligible applicants in these categories:

High School Juniors (rising seniors) and qualifying Homeschool Students are eligible for scholarship funding to take one course.
Graduating High School Seniors are eligible for scholarship funding to take one or two courses
Adults who have never attended college are eligible for scholarship funding to take one course. This includes adults who have received a GED prior to May 1, 2017 or graduated from a GLOW area high school in December 2016 or earlier. GCC will require a copy of high school transcripts.

GPP scholarship applications are being accepted until June 22, 2018 for the 2018 summer session. The complete list of courses available this summer is available at https://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/ and includes Females Roles in Film (CIN242), Beginning Personal Fitness (PED259), Principles of Business (BUS101) and many, many more.

Applications, qualification criteria and additional information are available at http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/promise/.

All interested individuals are encouraged to contact the office of admissions at admissions@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 345-6805 today!

Additional information about Genesee Community College is available at www.genesee.edu and through Facebook and Twitter.

HAWLEY, COLLEAGUES HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE MEDICAID REFORM

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left] joins members of the Assembly Republican Conference to unveil a plan requiring a ten year state takeover of Medicaid costs

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his Republican colleagues today in Albany to announce a groundbreaking plan that would pave the way for significant local tax reductions for upstate residents. The plan would entail New York State taking over the county share of Medicaid expenses over a 10-year period.

“These cradle-to-grave welfare programs are bleeding our state dry,” Hawley said. “Many state leaders do not realize that a large portion of these state-imposed costs are mandated expenses on counties which are then passed down to residents in the form of higher property and local taxes. The bottom line is that Albany should pay for what Albany spends instead of passing the buck down to local governments.”

New York’s Medicaid budget is about $70 billion, more than one-third of the entire state budget. In federal fiscal year 2016, New York spent more on Medicaid than Texas and Florida combined, despite the fact that the combined populations of these states was approximately 46.1 million to New York’s 19.7 million.

Morning News Briefing

An Albion man accused of incest in child sex abuse investigation.
Investigation into an Albion couples alleged sexual abuse of three children has led to disturbing new charges.
45 year old Richard L. Hering Jr. has been charged with incest, rape and predatory sexual assault against a child.
Hering and his girlfriend, 54 year old Renee Koch were both arrested two weeks ago after being accused of sexual abuse, forcible touching and child endangerment.
The couple resided at 301 Hamilton Street in Albion and according to authorities the abuse against the three children took place at various locations in Albion.
The children were said to be between 4 and 15 years old.
The couple was initially released on bail when they were first arrested, however Hering has since been ordered to be held without bail.

Budget passed by City Council boasting a 3 percent tax decrease.
Council members have unanimously passed the City budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that begins on April 1.
Batavia Interim City Manager Matthew Worth boasted about the included three percent decrease in taxes before entering the Council’s Executive Session. He also explained some changes in the cities investments policy.

The $26.9 million budget calls for a tax levy of $5.25 million dollars, and also includes a 2 percent salary increase for 10 supervisors and department heads.
City Counci breezed through two dozen resolutions during the meeting.
Council passed Local Law No. 1 for 2018 which establishes 3.5 percent increases in water rates and meter fees, and a 10 percent increase in capital improvement fees.

Investigators continue to piece together Perry Murder case.
More details were released on the shooting death of 32 year old Robert Irvine the third of Perry.
Irvine was allegedly shot to death by an acquaintance, Joseph Mlyniec last Wednesday evening in the suspect’s driveway.
Authorities said Mlyniec, a retired Wyoming County Sherriff’s deputy, shot Irvine four times with a .45-cal handgun.
In the leg, chest, neck and head.
The death has been ruled a homicide.
Mlyniec is being held without bail charged with second degree murder.
Deputies say the two men knew each other but a motive for the slaying has not been determined.

Winter Storm Warning to the South.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie Counties from 6 this evening until Thursday Morning.
Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected with winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

Evening News Briefing

New charges have been placed against an Albion an Albion man previously charged with sexually abusing these children, between the ages of 4 and 15.
45 year old Richard L. Hering Jr. is now facing a charge of incest, rape and predatory sexual assault against a child.
Hering was arrested two weeks ago along with his girlfriend, 54 year old Renee Koch. Police said both lived at 301 Hamilton Street in the Village of Albion.

Richard Hering

Renee Koch

The two were accused of sexual abuse, forcible touching and child endangerment.
Police have said the abuse of the children occurred in various location in Albion over the past eight years.
Both had been released on bail at the time of their original arrest. Hering is now being held without bail.
Police are not releasing any information about the children or their relationship to the suspects.
We are learning new information today into the shooting death of Robert Irvine of Perry.
Irvine was found shot to death last Wednesday evening in the driveway of an acquaintance, Joseph Mlyniec,
Authorities said Mlyniec, a retired Wyoming County Sherriff’s deputy, shot Irvine four times with a .45-cal handgun. One shot struck Irvine in the head.
The death has been ruled a homicide.
Mlyniec is being held without bail charged with second degree murder.
Deputies say the two men knew each other but a motive for the slaying has not been determined.

State Police are saying littler about the arrest of a Buffalo man on a charge of rape.
28 year old AddikadirSabtow of Buffalo was arrested following a report of a rape in the Town of Batavia.

 

Victoria Young

An Attica woman takes plea deal in child sex abuse case.
23 year old Victoria Young of East Ave in Attica has pleaded guilty to a felony child pornography charge for a promised 5 year prison sentence.
Young was arrested in January, accused of sexually assaulting a four year old boy she was related to by using the child in a sex video.
She is also set to receive 10 years post release supervision and will be ordered to register as a sex offender when she is sentenced on April 26th.

Joshua Bush has been indicted on a count of rape in the first degree.
The case date back to October and allegedly occurred in the Town of Bergen.

New Charges Placed Against Richard Hering

News Release: Albion Police Dept.

Richard Hering

Renee Koch

On February 27, 2018 the Albion Police Department conducted an investigation involving Richard L. Hering Jr. and his girlfriend Renee D. Koch who reside at 301 Hamilton Street in the Village of Albion. The investigation involved sex crimes allegedly committed by both Hering and Koch on separate times and dates. The 3 victims in the case ages when these crimes were committed range from 4 to 15 years old.

As a result of the investigation both Hering and Koch were charged with various crimes on February 27, 2018. The investigation then developed further evidence that resulted in additional charges being filed against Hering on March 9, 2018.
Hering and Koch were arraigned on February 27, 2018 in the Town of Albion Court and placed in the Orleans County Jail. Hering’s Bail was set at $20,000.00 while Koch’s bail was set at $10,000.00
Hering and Koch were released from Jail after placing bail on March 7, 2018.

On March 9, 2018 Hering was arrested again after additional information was developed. Hering was arraigned on the additional charges in the Town of Albion Court and placed in the Orleans County Jail on No Bail.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred over the past 8 years at various locations in the Village of Albion. The case is being prosecuted in both the Town of Gaines and Town of Albion Court because of the locations of the offenses.
The names of the Victims and their relationship to the suspects will not be released.

Charges: 02-27-18

Hering: 2 Cts Sex Abuse 1st PL 130.65(1) D-Felony
6 Cts Endangering the Welfare of A Child PL 260.10(1) A-Misdemeanor
4 Cts Forcible Touching PL 130.52(1) A-Misdemeanor

Koch: 2 Cts Sex Abuse 1st PL 130.65(1) D-Felony
2 Cts Forcible Touching PL 130.52(1) A-Misdemeanor
2 Cts Endangering the Welfare of A Child PL 260.10(1) A-Misdemeanor

03-09-18

Hering: 2 Ct Predatory Sex Assault Against a Child 130.96 A-II Felony
2 Ct Rape 1st PL130.35(3) B-Felony
2 Ct Incest 1st PL255.27 B-Felony

Byron-Bergen Elementary School Names New Assistant Principal

News Release: Byron-Bergen Central Schools

Betsy Brown

Bergen, NY ~ “The growth mindset of this district was what really attracted me to Byron-Bergen,” said Byron-Bergen Elementary School’s new Assistant Principal Betsy Brown. “The approach to education is innovative and forward-thinking. I’m so impressed with the opportunities our students have here.”

“We’re fortunate to have an administrator with Betsy’s depth and experience,” said Elementary School Principal Brian Meister. “She is a great addition to our team, and I think she will bring a wonderful combination of commitment, caring, innovation, and humor to her role.”

Brown has 15 years of experience in elementary education. She came to the district from Avon Central Schools, where she supported students and staff as a literacy coach for three years. Prior to that, she taught in third- and fourth-grade, and kindergarten classrooms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Master of Education degree in literacy, earned at the State University of NY at Geneseo. Her administrative coursework was completed at the University of Rochester.

Brown was an active member of the video coaching professional development team at Avon, and will continue her activity as a coach at Byron-Bergen. “Byron-Bergen has been the regional leader in offering video coaching as a way for teachers to grow and to improve their teaching methods,” she said. “Teachers here have embraced the technology, and students are benefitting from the results.”

Open communication, Brown believes, is an essential part of any school. She is looking forward to meeting families and parents and working with them to ensure an exceptional school experience for their students. She encourages parents to call or stop in. “We have an active social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, too,” she said. “They provide a window into all the activities students are doing in the classroom.” The community can follow the assistant principal on Twitter @MrsBetsyMBrown.

Buffalo man is being held for Rape in Batavia

28 year old Abdikadir Sabtow of Buffalo was arrested by State Police Troop A in Batavia on Friday afternoon following a report on March 6th of an alleged rape in the Town of Batavia.

According to State Police details have not been released because the nature of the pending investigation.

Sabtow was charged with a Class E felony of third degree Rape for allegedly having sexual contact with someone who was not consenting or incapable of doing so.

WCSO: Update on Perry Murder Investigation

News Release: Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph reports, “On Thursday, March 9, 2018 at about 8:00 p.m. and after about twenty-seven hours of forensic work, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office released the house and property to Cathy Mlyniec, Joseph Mlyniec’s wife. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office investigators and forensic technicians were assisted by: NYS DEC Police (K-9 assisted in locating projectiles), NYS Parks Police (assisted utilizing their drone for an overview of the property), NYSP (Forensic Unit assisted in measurements and 3D imagery inside the residence). Additionally, Sheriff’s Office Forensic Technicians secured several electronic devices and a request will be made to the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to assist in analyzing for potential evidence.

On Friday, March 9, 2018, at the direction of Coroner Renee Hill, the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy of Robert Irvine, III. A Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Technician attended. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide. Additionally, it was determined Mr. Irvine had been shot four times (leg, chest, neck and head). It is believed a .45 caliber handgun was used, which was secured at the residence but further analysis needs to be conducted to confirm. A full autopsy report will not be completed for several months awaiting toxicology.

As of the 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018, the Criminal Investigations Division has conducted 16 interviews to continue to develop a timeline for the victim, Mr. Irvine, and the defendant, Joseph Mlyniec, along with a motive. Many more interviews will be conducted in the days and weeks to come. District Attorney Donald O’Geen has reported a Felony Hearing has been waived by the defendant and there will not be an appearance in the Town of Warsaw Court on March 12, 2018. A new Town of Warsaw Court date of May 21, 2018 has been set, however, it is expected the case will be presented to the Grand Jury and transferred to Wyoming County Court in the interim. The defendant remains remanded to the Wyoming County Jail with no bail. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Captain Edward Till at: 585-786-8989 or our Confidential Tipline at: 585-786-8965.”

 

ORIGINAL- March 8, 2018

On March 7, 2018 at 5:42 p.m., the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 2468 Route 246 in the Town of Perry from Joseph Mlyniec (age 60 of the same address) who reported the incident. Two Deputies arrived at 5:48 p.m. and after a very brief conversation, Joseph Mlyniec, was taken into custody and transported to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was later identified as Robert Irvine, III- age 32 of Perry. A Search Warrant has been obtained for the property and the Forensic Technicians continue to process the scene. Mlyniec was arrested and charged by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office with Murder in the second degree. He was arraigned by Judge Mohun and ordered to the Wyoming County Jail with a return date of March 12, 2018. The investigation is continuing and will continue through court proceedings.

Joseph Mlyniec retired as a Patrol Sergeant at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 after a twenty plus year career. In 2009 he returned to the Office on a part time basis as a Deputy Sheriff and resigned in 2013. He is also a current Councilman of the Perry Town Board. The Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen and his Office has been involved and assisting from the outset and was represented at the arraignment. Additionally, Wyoming County Coroner Renee Hill is investigating the official cause of death with the assistance of the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. “The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is committed to justice in this case and will utilize every resource to ensure that happens. This investigation will be conducted at the upmost professional level, leaving no stone unturned.”

Pratt Road resident picked up for DWI after driving off the road in Bethany

44 year old Scott Beswick of Pratt Road Batavia was arrested and charged with DWI and failing to stop at a stop sign following investigation into a vehicle that had went off the roadway on Ellicott Street Road in Bethany early yesterday morning.

He was released with an appearance ticket for April 10th in Bethany Town Court.

Record Number of Students and School Districts Attending Tech Wars at GCC

10th Annual Tech Wars at GCC in 2017

Press Release:

Anyone interested in watching teams of teens and young adults embrace, engage and enjoy all the facets of new and existing technology should come to Genesee Community College for the 11th Annual Tech Wars on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the College’s Batavia Campus. More than 750 students from 23 regional school districts, an all-time record, will be competing in 30 different events all focused hands-on activities that use technology of all kinds.

The yearly event matches area middle and high school students against each other in many competitions including the Robotic Tractor Pull, Catapults and SUMO Bots in the gymnasium, the Regatta in the Aquatics Center, and Bridge Designing in the central Forum. A new event this year is Battlebot Soccer where high school students will design and build a remote control robot to compete in a soccer match.

Hosted by the College’s ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) Program for students in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties) region, this is the 11th consecutive year that Tech Wars brings area middle and high school students to GCC’s Batavia Campus where teams of students work collaboratively to demonstrate their technical expertise through innovative, mind-expanding competitions. The students arrive on GCC’s Batavia Campus at 8:30 a.m., with the competitions scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony luncheon from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Students participate in a variety of challenges, many in groups of two or more. Many of the competitions involve bringing projects they’ve been working on to GCC’s Batavia campus, and other events are more spontaneous with materials and exact directions shared day of.

“We are very excited that Tech Wars continues to grow both in the number and interests of the students, the schools they represent, and also the creativity of the planners who continue to invent new events to challenge GLOW area students each year,” Debbie Dunlevy, GCC Career Pathways Program director said. “Tech Wars is always a day of great fun alongside some serious competition.”

 

In addition to the new Battlebot Soccer competition listed above, there are 29 other events to challenge students in an array of technologies. The 2018 Middle School events include: Catapult, CO2 Car and Truck Challenges, Logo Design, Mystery Project, Paper Airplane, Rube Goldberg, Sculpture and Tower. The 2018 High School events include: Battlebot Soccer, Bridge Design, Architectural Design in CAD, CO2 Car and Truck Challenges, King of the Hill, Logo Design, Mystery Project, On Site CAD Project, Regatta, Reverse Engineered CAD Drawing, Robotic Tractor Pull Limited and Unlimited, Sculpture Event, Skimmer Car, SUMO Bots and Trebuchet which must launch a projectile at a given target 40 feet away.

For the rules and details on all these competitions, go to http://www.techwarsgcc.org/.

The event would not be possible without significant sponsorships. The Gold Sponsors this year include: Amada Machine Tools America Inc., Graham Corporation, Liberty Pumps, Northeast Technologies, Inc. and Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning.

“We thank all of our sponsors for their support in helping to create a successful event for all participants,” Dunlevy said. “Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.”

The ACE Program’s Career Pathways helps students explore career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to learn hands-on, often in business settings and with industry professionals.

For more information, please contact Debbie Dunlevy, Genesee Community College Career Pathways program director at 585-343-0055 ext. 6316 or dkdunlevy@genesee.edu.

For photographs from the 10th Annual Tech Wars at GCC in 2017 go to GCC’s Facebook Photo album at:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/sunygcc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155110462863103

Custodian at Dansville School busted for possessing child porn

An Investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office into alleged misuse of a Dansville school computer has led to the arrest of 21 year old Kyle Webster.

The Sheriff’s Office was tipped off by a Dansville teacher in October that there were inappropriate website searches done overnight on her computer.

A School Resource Officer identified Webster who is employed as an overnight custodian at the school as the suspect.

Investigators obtained the school computers and an electronic device from Webster’s residence for forensic examination.

There were no illegal images found on the school computer however there were images of child porn on Webster’s personal device.

He was arrested and charged with 2 felony counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child and with Peitit Larceny for allegedly stealing 150 dollars from a class fundraising envelope in the teacher’s desk.

Webster was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of one thousand dollars bail.

School Officials and the Sheriff’s Office say there is no reason to believe that any students were affected by this incident.

Update: NYS Missing Child Alert Cancelled

Press Release:

…This is an ACTUAL MISSING CHILD ALERT…

Issued By: NYS-DCJS-MPC
Affected Jurisdictions: Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates Counties

Headline: NYS Missing Child Alert Alert for TREVYAN ROWE on March 09, 2018 at 02:26 am has been cancelled.

The New York State Missing Child Alert on behalf of the Rochester City Police Department for TREVYAN ROWE is now cancelled as of 08:01 am on March 12, 2018.

Thank you for your subscription to NYS Missing Child Alert.

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For a permanent link to this Notification (may contain additional formatting and / or content which could not be sent), follow this link: https://users.nyalert.gov/newsitem/5165477?messageID=300417271

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse

Press Release:

Women’s Lacrosse Team Returns From Road Trip with Split

The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team took to the road to open their season and returned with a 1-1 split with a season-opening loss to the Community College of Baltimore County Essex 19-7 March 10 and followed that with a 19-13 win over Frederick Community College March 11.

“After a tough first year of trying to build a program and teaching a complete new sport, we are finally turning the corner in our second year. We have all learned a lot and have all come a long way and are so happy to come out of this weekend with a 1-1 split,” head coach Jeff Reyngoudt said.

Leading the way in the latter win was Molly Barden with seven goals and Bri Heers with five. Kali Wright added three goals, while Rachel Ladd added a pair with a single tally coming from Olivia Steedman.

The season-opening loss to the Knights didn’t start well with the Cougars falling behind 7-0, but in a span of just over four minutes late in the first half the Cougars cut the deficit to 7-4 with Barden starting a scoring spree that was followed by a single tally from Wright and a pair from Heers.

The Cougars scored another three goals in the second half with all of them coming off the stick of Barden, who also led the team with nine shots.

Twenty-two of the team’s 26 goals over the weekend came from three players with Barden leading the way with 11. Heers and Wright have another 11 combined with seven coming from Heers and four from Wright.

The Cougars next travel to powerhouse Monroe for a 5 p.m. start March 21.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball/Men’s Lacrosse

Rahmel Thompson led GCC in both weekend playoff games with 52 points (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)

Press Release:

Men’s Basketball Team Loses Heartbreaker after Impressive Rally

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team was close to a storybook ending in their Region III semifinal playoff game against Erie, but the Kats snatched Genesee’s only second-half lead away in the final 30 seconds to end the Cougars’ season.

The Cougars entered the second half down by six at 38-32 and trailed by as much as 11 during the second, but Genesee put together an impressive rally that saw the Cougars stay within striking distance before taking their first lead of the second with just one minute to go.

A Brian Fobbs layup made it an 80-79 game, but Erie went back ahead 81-80 with 30 seconds to go before adding a pair of free throws that gave the Cougars just eight seconds to sink a three and send the game to overtime.

Both halves almost played out identical as aside from exchanging baskets in the first few minutes, Genesee trailed almost the entire first half but took its first lead in the final minute with a Rahmel Thompson layup for a 32-31 lead. Erie rattled off the half’s last seven points in the final 30 seconds for the 38-32 halftime lead.

The difference in the game ultimately came down to the Kats ability to respond to Genesee taking its lead from them with the Kats holding a collective 11-0 scoring edge when combining the final 30 seconds of each half.

On paper it appeared Genesee was the far better shooting team in holding the edge percentage-wise from the floor percentage 51-40 and from beyond the arc at 42-26, but the Cougars who have been strong at the foul line all season only shot 67 percent to Erie’s 85 and Erie dominated the boards with a 45-28 edge. Of Erie’s 45 rebounds almost half (22) were offensive. Erie also edged the Cougars in second-chance points (24-11) and bench points (38-9) and were able to hold the nation’s leading scorer – Fobbs – to 17 points, something very few teams were able to do all season so credit has to go to Erie’s defensive game plan.

Leading Genesee was Thompson with 22 points, followed by 20 from Jarett Haines. Brandon Peters added 10 to give Genesee four double-digit scorers. Fobbs led the team in rebounds with eight, followed by seven from Thompson.

Thompson’s 22 points moved him into 10th place on the all-time career scoring list with 1063 points; five ahead of Dave Spiller. Fobbs finished with 1306 in fourth-place all-time and 48 behind No. 3 Rodney Knight.

No. 4 Men’s Lacrosse Team Moves to 2-0 with 22-4 Win

The No. 4 nationally-ranked Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team moved to 2-0 with a 22-4 road win over the Community College of Baltimore County March 10.

The Cougars got out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The fifth goal of the opening quarter by Jason Chiodo proved to be the game winner as Genesee added 16 more goals in quarters two through four.

Two Cougars accounted for 16 points with each registering eight. Alex Mack scored five goals to go with three assists, while Kevin McParlene split his eight points evenly with four scores and four helpers.

The Cougars threw 53 shots at the net with 37 on target. Mack had nine shots, while McParlene had eight to lead Genesee. Eight other Cougars scored in addition to Mack, McParlene and Chiodo with none of those eight registering more than two points for the contest.

Genesee dominated in faceoffs (21-6) and groundballs (27-13) and utilized three goalkeepers during the contest. Garrett Lazore saw the bulk of the action from the cage with six saves in almost 42 minutes, while Troi Benedict and Lincoln Potter combined for three saves in 18 combined minutes.

Chiodo finished with three goals, while two Cougars recorded a pair of goals each from Zach Wade and Patrick Bilbrey. Single tallies came from Josh Bernas, Joshua Shields, Tyler Thompson, Robert Campany, Mat Anderson and Evan Hollfelder.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Albion man facing 17 felonies after drug raid in Orleans County.
Following a three month long investigation by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force 44 year old Jason Abron of Lydun Drive in Albion was arrested and charged with selling drugs.
He allegedly sold cocaine and crack cocaine to a Task Force agent on numerous occasions and was charged with eight felony counts of Criminal Sale and eight felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with two additional felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
The Orleans County SWAT team stopped Abron on Linwood drive in Albion while search warrants were simultaneously executed at his address on Lydun Drive and at an East State Street Address.
Task Force members seized a quantity of drugs, cash, ammunition, scales and packaging materials in the raid.
Abron was jailed without bail.

Police chase through Batavia ends with a man in custody.
A disturbance on Hutchins Street in the city Saturday night spurred on a car chase that soon involved three law enforcement agencies on a pursuit through Batavia into Stafford.
When police arrived on scene, a man who was believed involved in an altercation, fled the scene down East Avenue leading police to another address on Clipnock Road in Stafford.
Police, deputies and state troopers surrounded the house after the man locked himself inside.
He was eventually taken into custody and hospitalized for a mental health examination.

Warsaw man arrested on Batavia warrant for alleged threats.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46 year old Keith Legge of South Main Street in Warsaw on a Batavia City Court arrest warrant following investigation into alleged harassment.
Legge was accused of sending numerous threats to multiple individuals through Facebook.
He was charged with Aggravated Harassment and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

Summer Street woman accused of striking a police officer.
21 year old Katty Jackson of Batavia was arrested and charged with Harassment and Obstruction of Governmental Administration following a domestic disturbance that occurred last week on Central Ave in the city.
She is accused of hitting an individual along with the responding officer in the incident.
Jackson was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected in Batavia City Court on March 29th.

Deliberations in the federal corruption trial of a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are stretching into another week.
The jury announced last week that it was deadlocked about whether Joe Percoco accepted bribes from companies looking to do business in New York State.
However, the judge ordered jurors to keep trying to reach a verdict. Percoco was a confidant and close friend of Cuomo’s for over two decades, but the governor has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Tyrod Taylor is set to be a Cleveland Brown.
The veteran Bills quarterback was traded Friday for a third round draft pick.
Taylor took to Twitter to thank Buffalo Friday and updated his account to say he’s now with the Browns.
The trade won’t be official until the new league year begins Wednesday afternoon.

WBTA Sunday News

Police from three agencies chase a man from Batavia into Stafford.
The chase started last night following some type of disturbance on Hutchins Street.
As police arrived a man, believed involved in an altercation, fled the scene down East Avenue and eventually out to a residence on Clipnock Road in Stafford.
There the man locked himself inside as police, deputies and state troopers surrounded the house. The man was eventually taken into custody and hospitalized for a mental health examination.

An Albion is man facing 18 charges of selling and distributing crack cocaine in Orleans County.
44 year old Jason Abron of Lydun Drive, Albion, was charged following a three-month investigation.
He is being held in the Orleans County Jail without bail.

The Batavia City Council is scheduled to take final action on next year’s city budget when they meet tomorrow night.
The budget reduces city property taxes by three=percent but increases water rates.
There is also a separate measure to grant a 2-percent pay raise to non-union city employees.

The season has ended for the Elba Lady Lancers varsity basketball team.
The Lancers were defeated yesterday in a Class D regional playoff against Franklinville.
Final score was: Franklinville 60,  Elba 40.

Press Release:

…This is an ACTUAL MISSING CHILD ALERT…

Issued By: NYS-DCJS-MPC

Affected Jurisdictions: Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates Counties

Headline: Missing Child Alert, 14 years old black/male *UPDATED*

At the request of the Rochester City Police Department, a New York State Missing Child Alert has been issued relating to the disappearance of TREVYAN ROWE; age 14; from ROCHESTER, NY at 02:26 am on March 09, 2018.

Click on the link for further details. www.criminaljustice.ny.gov

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Missing From: ROCHESTER, New YorkDate Missing: 03/08/2018
TREVYAN DEVON ROWE

DOB: 02/01/2004
Sex: Male
HGT: 5’06”
WGT: 140 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Race: Black

Other Information: Trevyan Rowe is a 14-year-old missing child with autism and may be in need of medical attention. He was last seen getting off the school bus on South Avenue in Rochester, Monroe County, at 7:30 AM on Thursday, March 8. Trevyan was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, tan pants and red shoes.

Case Date: 03/09/2018

Rochester City Police Department(585) 428-7210 or 911

WGCC Connects with Community Through a New “Geezer” Radio Show

Richard Beatty (right) with Kelli Pease (center), WGCC faculty advisor, and student announcer Austen Vroman (left) at GCC’s recent Student Club Fair

Press Release:

Richard Beatty of Batavia, and Cody Catlin of Waterport, opened the new radio show with a long song by Big Brother and the Holding Company, and they continued on to play a little Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even a Chet Atkins number. All were songs from the WGCC library of music that don’t see a whole lot of play time anymore. Those tracks of music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond will begin to see a bit more airtime on most Thursday nights from 8 – 10 p.m.

Genesee Community College’s student-run radio station, WGCC (90.7 FM), has welcomed the interest of Beatty, who has many years of music appreciation and a wide personal collection of albums, CDs, a few cassette tapes and now streaming playlists. At 67 years old, he quickly reflects back on 50 plus years of attending concerts across the country.

“One of my first concerts was the Who opening for Herman’s Hermits – after experiencing Pete Townshend’s windmill attack on his guitar and Keith Moon’s drumming, I didn’t bother sticking around for Peter Noone’s crooning ” Beatty said. “I was lucky enough to see many of the greats before their lives were cut short – maybe the best was the Allman Brothers in ’71 at a University of South Florida gym in Tampa- my recollection it was a 4 hour show.” RaeAnn Engler, Richard’s partner in life, has shared many great club shows in the 21st century. “We shy away from arena shows and prefer club shows featuring largely unknown acts. We saw a Jeffery Lewis show in Medina where the band out-numbered the audience. It was still a great show!

Beatty, a retired industrial property appraiser for New York State Real Property Services, approached the College about his interest in developing a weekly program to feature music from earlier years, creating a community opportunity that he hoped would allow him to interact with GCC students, exchange an appreciation of music and even feature of few special guests on his ‘Geezer Radio’ show. Next Thursday, March 15, 2018 – his first guest will be local author and screen writer Bill Kaufman, who was also GCC’s 2017 Commencement speaker. Other proposed guests may be Craig Yunker, another friend of the College who attended Woodstock, GCC retirees and musicians Ray Chaya and Bob Knipe, Richard Schauf, detective for Batavia Police Department and maybe even GCC President Jim Sunser.

Working with the students has been a pleasure for Beatty. He has enjoyed helping them relocate station equipment during the renovation project between the fall and spring semesters. He regularly attends station meetings, and he supported WGCC at the Student Club Fair. In the spring, Beatty plans to help out at GCC’s Scholars’ Symposium on March 29, 2018.

“Cody has been a real pleasure to work with, and I appreciate all that he is teaching me about the equipment and airtime guidelines,” Beatty said. “And Kelli Pease, the faculty advisor to the station and also a GCC alumnus has also been a joy to work with. In the world of being retired, it doesn’t get better than this.”

Beatty is also president of Landmark Society of Genesee, a docent volunteer for the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, and a regular supporter of Richmond Memorial Library Books Sandwiched In program. WGCC is a not for profit non-commercial radio station run by the students, faculty and staff of Genesee Community College. It’s been on the air since 1985 and has become a well-loved part of the Batavia community.

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

GCC English Instructor Publishes Young Adult Fiction Book

The cover of Melissa Ostrom’s new book, The Beloved Wild

Press Release:

Melissa Ostrom, known to many as an extraordinarily gifted teacher of English Composition at the Albion Campus Center of Genesee Community College and also known as a widely published short story writer, is now being recognized as an accomplished young adult fiction author.

Melissa, who lives with her husband and children in Holley, New York, and who has taught for GCC for over a decade, has her first novel, The Beloved Wild, forthcoming from Macmillan in March of 2018.

Winner of a 2008 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Master Teacher Award for her engaging classroom teaching style, her passion for excellence in writing, and her devotion to student success, Melissa’s reputation as an exemplary educator at GCC is well known.

Her short story fiction has appeared in The Florida Review, Quarter After Eight, The Baltimore Review and Juked, among other journals. As Melissa puts it, “Good short stories, in my opinion, do possess… piercing quality. They are like lamps that shine through the murk of life and allow us to see something important and true. And they bore into us, the readers, as well, leaving us awakened, startled, changed.”

For those interested in learning more about Melissa’s writings, check out her blog at http://www.melissaostrom.com/about-melissa/, attend her upcoming talk at the Hoag Library in Albion, Thursday, April 26 ~ 7 p.m. or stop by the Albion Campus Center at 456 West Ave, Albion, NY, to sign up for her Fall 2018 semester English 101 class.

The Albion Campus Center is located at 456 West Avenue, Albion. 585-589-4936.

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Press Release:

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

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 16th and will end on March 18th. New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired related injuries and deaths.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp
Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. If you’re headed out for St. Patrick’s Day, designate a responsible and sober driver! Remember, “Don’t Drive, Get a Sober Ride”

The STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s day Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation courtesy of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween, the national Holiday Season in December and the Super Bowl weekend.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Rahmel Thompson scored 30 points in GCC’s quartfinal region playoff win

Press Release:

GCC Men’s Basketball Team Punches Ticket to Region Final Four with Win Over Saints

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team out-scored Mercyhurst North East 25-13 in the final dozen minutes to break a 46-46 tie and advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Final Four with a 71-59 win. The Cougars will now face Erie Community College in the region semifinals at 6 p.m. March 10.

Rahmel Thompson scored half of his game-high 30 points down the stretch when the Cougars needed him most. After a three gave the Cougars a 46-44 lead, Mercyhurst tied the game one last time before another Thompson three gave the Cougars the lead for good.

After consecutive threes, Thompson would add another nine down the stretch and help the team to a double-digit lead before the final horn.

The Saints started the game on fire with a 7-0 run and maintained that lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the first half with a 16-9 lead. Genesee went on a 10-0 run to take a 19-16 lead with six minutes remaining before settling on a 32-30 lead at the half.

Mercyhurst responded with a 38-36 lead early in the second half and went up by as much as four twice at 42-38 and 44-40 before Thompson exploded for the Cougars.

The sophomore finished the game with a double-double performance with a team-high 11 rebounds, while teammate Brian Fobbs also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.

Jordan Smart also had a double-digit performance with 10 points and the along with Thompson and Fobbs, the trio was the team’s top-three rebounders.

Jarett Haines, Brandon Peters and Fobbs co-led the team in assists with three, while Peters also added a team-high three steals.

Thompson’s 30 points moved him into 11-th place on the all-time career Cougar scoring list and he now needs 18 more points to move into the top-10 to pass Dave Spiller (1975-77).

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Saturday News Briefing

Second defendant in East Main Street assault found guilty
26 year old Anthony Spencer Jr. of Batavia has been found guilty on all counts.
Spencer also known as “Trouble” was accused of beating victim Jon Roblee over the head with a cooking pot during a gang assault on East Main Street in Batavia.
The attack left the victim bleeding uncontrollably, clinging to life.
The verdict was read shortly after 10 o’clock Friday morning after the jury deliberated for around 3 and half hours.
Spencer was found guilty on count #1 of Gang Assault in the first degree and on count # 2 of Assault in the first degree.
Co-Defendant JW Hardy the Third also known as “Dubs” accepted a plea deal in December regarding the incident and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Spencer is scheduled for sentencing on April 6th.
He was ordered to be held without bail pending sentencing at the request of the District Attorney.
Investigation into the incident still continues as there were other alleged suspects involved that fled the scene.

Murder suspect in Perry waives his preliminary hearing.
60 year old Joseph Mlyniec of Perry is behind bars charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing 32 year old Robert Irvine the third of Perry.
He allegedly shot Irvine in the head while in the driveway of his home on Route 246 in Perry at around quarter to 6 Wednesday night.
The former Wyoming County Sheriff Sergeant and current Perry Town Board Member not give a formal statement and investigators say they do not have a clear motive for the shooting, only that the two men were acquainted.
The latest information regarding the case is that Mlyniec has waived his right to have a preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Warsaw Justice Court on March 12th.
Mlyniec is now expected in court on May 21st however, it’s anticipated that the matter will be presented to the Wyoming County Grand Jury before that date.
He remains in jail without bail.

Albion couple accused of child sex abuse with more victims emerging.
54 year old Renee Koch and her boyfriend 45 year old Richard Hering Jr. both of Albion were arrested and charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years of age.
The couple is accused of sexually abusing children between the ages of 12 and 16 during a number of reported incidents last year.
Police say more victims are coming forward accusing the Albion residents of sexually abusing them as the investigation continues.
The couple are due back in Orleans County Court next Tuesday.

Evening News Briefing

A second suspect in last summer’s violent assault on East Main Street has been found guilty on all counts.
26 year old Anthony Spencer Jr. of Batavia, known on the street as “Trouble” was found guilty of Gang Assault on John Roblee last July.
Roblee was left in the street bleeding profusely and barely clinging to life.
A second defendant, JW Hardy the Third also known as “Dubs” accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years.
The Genesee County Court jury began deliberating Spencer’s fate yesterday afternoon. Their verdict was returned gthis morning.
Spencer will be sentenced next month.

More potential victims of of an Albion couple’s suspected sexual abuse have come forward.
Police say more possible victims have accused 54 year old Reneee Koch (Cook) and her 45 year old boyfriend Richard Herring of molesting children between the ages of 12 and `17.
Koch and Herring are due back in Orleans County Court next week.

Batavia City Council is scheduled to take final action on next year’s city budget when they meet this Monday night.
The budget calls for a 3% decrease in city property taxes but increase water rates.
City lawmakers will take a separate vote on hiring a full time Building Maintenance worker for the City Centre Mall now that the city is taking over responsibility for the mall concourse.
In another separate council will be asked to approve a 2% pay raise for non-union city hall workers.

The New York Senate is considering a bill that would legalize sports betting.
The legislation would make it legal to place sports bets in casinos and online.
There would be an 8.5% on gross revenue. Proponents say legalized sports betting would generate between $10 and $30 million a year for New York State coffers.

For the second week in a row, flu rates are down across New York.
The latest numbers by the state show a more than 50-percent drop in new flu cases from the week before.

Batavia Downs Gaming Statement on The Introduction of Sports Betting Legislation That Will Increase Batavia Downs Community Development Contributions

Press Release:

Yesterday, Sen. John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope) the head of the New York Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee introduced legislation that would pave the way for sports betting, should the Supreme Court knock down the federal prohibition.

Western Regional Off Track Betting and Batavia Downs Gaming are perfectly positioned with existing infrastructure to deliver a sports betting platform to our customers in our 15 Counties including the cities of Buffalo and Rochester.

As the only municipally owned gaming facility in the state, Batavia Downs Gaming is not only a strong economic driver for Central and Western New York, but it provides critical funding for community development which creates jobs, keeps families safe and helps to offset tax increases for residents. Since its inception, Batavia Downs Gaming has generated over $226 million to 17 municipalities and bringing sports betting to our locations will significantly increase these important contributions.

“If we are able to offer sports betting to our customers, we would see more resources flowing directly to our bosses – the millions of New Yorkers who live in the Western Region Off Track Betting counties,” said Henry F. Wojtaszek, President/CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming WROTB. “We’d be able to deliver critical funds to help local law enforcement, first-responders, and help in the fight to keep property tax hikes at bay. We want to thank Sen. John Bonacic for his leadership on this important issue. Our delegation in Albany and Governor Cuomo has always stood by our side to get our fair share out of Albany, and we hope it’s no different with sports betting. “Operationally with our brick and mortar locations, Batavia Downs Gaming and WROTBC is a natural affiliate to deliver sports wagering to residents of Western and Central New York as we have delivered Parimutuel wagering since 1974”, said Michael Nolan Chief Operating Officer Batavia Downs Gaming/WROTB.

BACKGROUND: STATE OF POLITICS: Bonacic Bill Would Legalize Sports Betting

BPD: Focus Group on Crime Victims Legal Network Website

Press Release:

The Crime Victims Legal Network is a partnership of organizations working to create a website that will connect victims of crime with civil legal information and the assistance they need.

CVLN wants to make sure the website is easy to use, helpful, and appealing to the people who it is designed to serve, namely victims of crime and the professionals who work with them. They are holding a focus group in Oakfield and are looking for:

• English-speaking individuals
• Over the age of 18
• Who have been victims of a crime – such as burglary, identity theft, assault, discrimination, abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, etc., OR work with victims of crime

The focus group will be held
March 27, 2018
Noon – 1 pm
Oakfield Town Hall
3219 Drake Street, Oakfield NY 14125

If you or someone you know would like to help by participating in the focus group, please RSVP to Dr. Dietzel at sdietzel@albany.edu

Jury finds co-defendant in East Main Street attack guilty of Gang Assault

A Jury of 12 has found 26 year old Anthony Spencer Jr. of Batavia guilty on all counts.

Spencer who goes by the nick name “Trouble” was on trial for the July 18th assault on East Main Street in Batavia that left victim Jon Roblee clinging to life, bleeding uncontrollably from his arm.

The jury reached their verdict at around 9:30 this morning after beginning deliberations at approximately 3 o’clock yesterday.
Spencer was found guilty on count #1 of Gang Assault in the first degree and on count # 2 of Assault in the first degree.

Co-Defendant JW Hardy the Third also known as “Dub” or “Dubs” accepted a plea deal in December regarding the incident.
He was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Spencer’s trial began at the beginning of this week with jury deliberations extending to this morning.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman called an 18 year old witness who identified Spencer as one of the attackers.
She testified that the suspects were getting into a verbal altercation with victim Jon Roblee, threatening him to make a payment or something would happen to him or his friend.
She said Roblee went inside his residence and came out wielding a knife, then threatened other people in the area including her briefly.
A group of around 15 people gathered in the area.

Somehow co-defendant JW “Dubs” Hardy allegedly obtained the knife from the victim and soon the group turned the tables on Roblee and began chasing and beating him up and down the street.

The witness said that Spencer hit the victim in the head with a cooking pot with full force several times.

A dented cooking pot with a broken handle was submitted as evidence that the item was used with great force.
The cooking pot was located at the scene and the handle was found on Swan Street in between the scene and where Spencer was picked up at 218 Ellicott Street.

Defense Attorney Frederick Rarick argued that the testimony of the witness was suspect because she had only just met the suspect earlier that evening and that she was protecting other members of her group that he alleged were involved in the assault.

He questioned her ability to accurately recall the event because she admitted to drinking and smoking pot the night of the assault.

Rarick also noted in cross examination of both Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Forsyth and Batavia Police Detective Thaddeus Mart that they observed no blood on Spencer’s clothing when he was taken into custody the night of the assault.

DA Friedman argued the lack of blood on Spencer’s clothing proved nothing.

Spencer is scheduled for sentencing on April 6th at 9:15 a.m. and following a request by the DA, was ordered to be held without bail pending sentencing.

Investigation into the incident still continues as there were other alleged suspects involved that fled the scene.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Press Release:

Each year in April, the Office for Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed in 2018 on April 8-14. This year’s theme “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims” emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services.

Criminal Justice Day 2018: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma
Monday, April 9, 2018
8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T102
1 College Road, Batavia NY

Keynote Speakers:
Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb of Cattaraugus County. Sheriff Whitcomb is a dynamic and powerful speaker who lectures on topics such as: post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and protecting and treating those exposed to trauma.

Eva Abrams, a survivor of the Holocaust, along with her daughter, Bonnie Abrams, who is Director of the Center of Holocaust Awareness and Information in Rochester. Eva was born in Oradea, Romania, in 1926 and was 17 when the Nazis occupied her hometown and sent her family to a ghetto. Her family was then deported to Auschwitz a month later.

***This day is sponsored in part by GCASA and Our Lady of Batavia Knights of Columbus***

Presented by the Criminal Justice Day 2018 Partners:

Batavia City Police, Justice for Children Advocacy Center, Genesee Community College, Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA), Genesee County District Attorney’s Office, Genesee County Mental Health, Genesee County Office for the Aging, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Youth Bureau, Genesee Justice, Mental Health Association of Genesee and Orleans Counties, RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, and YWCA of Genesee County.

Cost: $20.00* per person / $10.00* per student or senior (62+)
* includes lunch
For registration details: Contact Genesee Justice at 344-2550 ext. 3929
or e-mail: Holly.McAllister@co.genesee.ny.us

Renowned ballerina Aesha Ash encourages Byron-Bergen students to dream bigger

Ash encouraged students to believe in themselves and do what makes them happy.

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ Ballet star Aesha Ash told the hundreds of students at Byron-Bergen Elementary that when she was growing up in Rochester, “there were no princesses or fairies that looked like me. There were no magical creatures, unicorns or swans that looked like me.” When she dreamed of being a ballerina, she was told that there were no black ballerinas, and that she would never succeed. She dreamed anyway, and she did succeed. She was accepted to the legendary School of American Ballet where she was chosen to join the New York City Ballet when she was 18—one of the first black dancers in the corps.

How did this world-famous dancer and winner of the National Women’s History Museum’s 2016 Women Making History Award, come to be in Byron-Bergen? Fourth-grade teacher Alyson Tardy heard about Ash’s Swan Dreams Project, which was founded in 2011. This project uses powerful imagery to counter negative stereotypes of race and socio-economic background and inspire children to dream bigger. She thought that Ash’s message would be a great tie-in to the school’s character education program. She invited Ash and coordinated the special visit. Students surprised their visitor with a hallway lined with artwork featuring swans of many shapes and colors.

Students had the opportunity to meet international ballet star Aesha Ash in person after the formal presentation.

“The art is so beautiful,” said Ash. “I’m honored that the kids welcomed me this way.”

At the crowded assembly, Ash shared her story with attentive students, beginning with her passion for dance and her determination to become a ballerina. She explained how she was part of Rochester’s Urban Suburban program, and constantly faced questions and misunderstanding from peers about her background and city neighborhood. Her family was not rich; she told the story of borrowing toe shoes for her first tryout. Even when Ash became a professional ballet dancer, she felt a sense of not belonging, of being different.

Representatives from every grade level prepared a series of questions for Ash.

“All my life, I’ve fought to change perceptions and dispel myths—for myself, my family and my Rochester community,” she said. “The more that people told me that I couldn’t do something, the more I wanted to do it.”

Ash’s professional dance career lasted 13 years. It included eight years with the NYC Ballet along with performing in the Bejart Ballet in Switzerland and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, and with many other companies as a freelance artist. She and her family currently live in California where she is working to make the Swan Dreams Project an afterschool program. She hopes to open a studio where she can teach ballet to children who are not able to afford lessons. The Swan Dreams Project video she shared with Byron-Bergen students can be found at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7h58rXzsNhU

 

Now-retired ballerina Ash gamely performed chaînés turns in her high-heeled boots when the students requested a dance move.

 

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Swimmers Break More Records

Nanako Shiozawa sets school record in the 100 Butterfly here in Fort pierce Florida during Day Two of the NJCAA Championships (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Andrew Crofts)

Press Release:

Cougar Swimmers Break More Records on Second Day of NJCAA Nationals

The Genesee Community College swimming teams ended the second day of competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Nationals with two new school records in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Nanako Shiozawa set a women’s record in the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:01.40 time early into the start of finals, while the men’s 400-meter medley relay completed the day with a school-record time of 3:39.70.

Including those two school records, overall the Cougars recorded four top-10 finishes in both men’s and women’s competition.

Leading the women was Shiozawa’s aforementioned record that was good for fifth place. Angel Priest finished seventh in the 50-meter backstroke with a 29.45 time. The women’s 200-meter freestyle relay team finished eighth with a 1:48.58 time, and the 400-meter medley relay team finished 10th with a 4:38.18 time.

Leading the men was Ferran Martinez’s fourth-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley with a 4:08.94 time. Just like the women’s team, the men recorded top-10 finishes in both the 400-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays. The former was the school record time previously mentioned for a seventh-place finish, while the latter was good for an eighth-place finish at 1:32.52. Joan Ferrer rounded out the men’s top-10 finishes with a ninth-place showing in the 100-meter butterfly with a 53.82 time.

Both Nathan Richardson and Brandon Brown just missed top-10 finishes. Richardson in the 50-meter backstroke (25.91) and Brown in the 200-meter freestyle (1:52.44), with the pair both finishing 11th. Also competing in the latter event was Matthew Langerman with a 14th place finish (1:54.55), while Ryan Mahaney finished 16th in the 100-meter butterfly (59.67).

Natalie Amico recorded a 15th place finish in the 100-meter butterfly to round out the women’s top-15 finishes.

While the men’s team remained in eighth place with 134 points after the second day, the women’s team moved up two spots to 10th with 75 points.

GCC Sports Information
Mark Jagord

Morning News Briefing

Teen jailed for school shooting threat in LeRoy.
A 16 year old Leroy student is behind bars after being arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported threat at the LeRoy Junior-Senior High School on Wednesday afternoon.
The 16 year old male student who resides in Stafford had allegedly been involved in several confrontations with other students in a hallway and threatened to shoot another student.
No weapons were found and no injuries were reported.
The student is facing a Class D Felony and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The Sheriff’s Office thanked the School Administration and staff for their quick action during the incident and reminds citizens of their “no Tolerance policy” for any threats of violence involving a school, students or staff.

Investigators search for a motive in Perry murder case.
Former Wyoming County Sheriff Sergeant and Perry Town Board Member 60 year old Joseph Mlyniec of Perry remains behind bars while the investigation into the murder of 32 year old Robert Irvine of Perry the third continues.
He allegedly shot Irvine in the head while in the driveway of his home on Route 246 in Perry at around quarter to 6 Wednesday night.
Mlyniec called 911 himself to report the shooting and following a brief conversation with two deputies who responded, he was taken into custody without incident.
Investigators say the two men were acquainted however they do not have a clear motive for the shooting and Mlyniec did not give a formal statement.
Mlyniec continues to be held without bail with the investigation on-going.

Victims emerge during investigation in an Albion couple’s alleged sex abuse.
Police say more victims are coming forward accusing Albion residents, 54 year old Renee Koch and her boyfriend 45 year old Richard Hering Jr. of sexually abusing them.
The couple was arrested and charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years of age.
They are accused of sexually abusing children between the ages of 12 and 16 during a number of reported incidents last year.
The couple are due back in Orleans County Court next Tuesday.

The New York Senate is considering a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Empire State. The legislation, introduced yesterday, would make it legal to place bets in casinos and online. There would be an eight-and-a-half-percent tax on gross revenue. Proponents say legalized sports betting would generate between $10 and $30 million a year for New York.

For the second week in a row, flu rates are down across New York.
The latest numbers by the state show a more than 50-percent drop in new flu cases from the week before.
Positive flu rates in Western New York are at a nearly two-month low.
The flu has been geographically widespread in the state for more than three months and has caused nearly 20-thousand hospitalizations.

Evening News Briefing

A 16 year old LeRoy High School student is locked up in the Genesee County jail for allegedly threatening to shoot another student.
Police tell WBTA the 16 year old was involved in a confrontation yesterday with several other students in a school hallway.
Police say threats were made but no weapon was displayed and no one was hurt.
The 16 year old boy from Stafford was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, a low grade felony. He is being held on $10,000 bail.
The Sheriff’s Office says it has a “no tolerance policy” for any violence or threat of violence directed at anyone in a school.

 

Joseph Mylyniec

A retired Wyoming County Sheriff’s sergeant and current Perry Town Board member has been arrested for murder.
60 year old Joseph S. Mylniec is charged with in the shooting death of 32 year old Robert Irvine III of Perry.
Authorities said Myliec shot Irvine in the head early last evening while in the driveway of Myliec’s home on Route 246 in Perry.
No motive for the shooting was made public. The two men reportedly knew each other.
Mylniec called deputies to report the shooting and was taken into custody without incident.
He has been charged with Second Degree murder andis being held without bail in the Wyoming County jail.

 

The man infamous for streaking across New Era Field during a Bills game last November may be redeeming himself.
Tristan Lambright rescued a Lackawanna family’s cat had been stuck high up in a tree for more than a week. He scaled the tree and safely removed the fragile feline.
The rescue was caught on video and as of last night, it had more than ten-thousand views on Facebook.

LeRoy Student Threatens to Shoot Another Student

News Release: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office

The Genesee County Sheriffs Office responded yesterday afternoon to a report from the LeRoy Junior-Senior High School, 9300 South Street Road in the Town LeRoy that a student had threatened to shoot another student. Upon the arrival of Sheriffs Deputies, it was learned from School Officials that a 16 year-old male student had been involved in a confrontation with several students in a hallway and the threats were made. No weapons were displayed and no injuries occurred.

The 16 year-old male resident of the Town of Stafford was subsequently charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, a class D Felony. Arraigned before Town of LeRoy Justice John Duyssen, the defendant was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail to await further court proceedings.

The Sheriffs Office commends the School’s Administration and staff for their quick notification and assistance during this investigation and reminds citizens that we have a “no tolerance policy” for any violence or threats of violence directed at anyone in school or about school.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer/Athletes of the Week

Official Men’s Soccer championship Photo

Press Release:

NJCAA National Champion GCC Men’s Soccer Ring Ceremony Live-Streamed March 8

In a private ceremony on the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College, the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Cougars’ men’s soccer team will be presented their national championship rings.

 

The event will be live-streamed around 5 p.m.(EST) March 8 on GCC Special Events Channel 2 with the following internet link:

https://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/streaming-channel-2/

In addition to GCC President James M. Sunser, other speakers include director of athletics Kristen Schuth, coaches Ken Gavin and Josh Carpenter, and team captains Glenn Holmes and Joseph Calvert.

A highlight video is also planned prior to the official ring ceremony and introduction of the team.

Reika Murota (Yachiyo, Japan) and Rahmel Thompson (Jamaica, NY)

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending March 3 are Reika Murota (Yachiyo, Japan) from the women’s basketball team and Rahmel Thompson (Jamaica, NY) from the men’s basketball team.

Murota led the Cougars to their most convincing WNYAC win this season with a team-high 22 points at Mercyhurst North East Feb. 28 in a game where Genesee never trailed and won by 16 points, 78-62. The 22 points were also a season-high, eclipsing her previous total of 17 against Herkimer County Community College Jan. 16. Murota shot 64 percent from the field, but her 18 points from beyond the arc were the most impressive as they came with a 66 percent shooting accuracy. In addition, she also added an assist and block in the season-finale win.

Thompson became only the 13th men’s basketball player in GCC history to top 1,000 points in a career when he scored 21 points last week in the regular season finale for the Cougars. Thompson added a team high three steals in the win over Mercyhurst University – North East securing the third seed in the upcoming Region III-Division II/NJCAA District II Tournament. It was Thompson’s third-consecutive 20 or more point performance where the team has seen an offensive surge by averaging 99 points during that span. For his efforts, Thompson was also named NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week.

GCC Sports Information
Mark Jagord

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Swimmers

Ferran Martinez

Press Release:

Cougar Swimmers Complete First Day of NJCAA Nationals

The Genesee Community College swimming teams began competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Nationals in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The Cougars highlight was the breaking of the men’s 200-meter medley relay with a new school record time of 1:40.10. The record-breaking group included Nathan Richardson, Ferran Martinez, Joan Ferrer and Ryan Mahaney. The seventh-place finish was the best on the day for GCC.

Host Indian River State College leads both the men’s and women’s scores after the first day with 290 and 326 points, respectively. The Cougar men’s team sits in eighth after the first day, while the women’s are tied-12th.

The best event for the Cougars turned out to be the 200-meter individual medley. In the women’s race, Nanako Shiozawa finished eighth with a 2:19.04 time, while Martinez and Richardson finished in 10th and 15th respectively in the men’s race. Martinez clocked in at 1:56.90 and Richardson at 2:03.95.

In individual competition, while Shiozawa’s eighth-place finish was the best for the women’s team, Matthew Langerman’s eighth-place finish in the 1000-meter freestyle was the best for the men’s team with a 10:22.18 time.

The Cougars had three top-20 finishers in the 1000-meter freestyle. In addition to Langerman, Brandon Brown and Alex Bookmiller finished 16th and 18th respectively. Brown finished with a 10:47.50 time and Bookmiller with a 11:09.02 time.

Rounding out Cougar top-20 finishes was Benjamin Vacanti in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 29.65.

GCC Sports Information
Mark Jagord

Morning News Briefing

Murder in Perry lands a former lawmen in lock up.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to WBTA that Joseph Milyniec of Perry has been arrested and charged for second degree Murder.
He is accused of shooting and killing Robert Irvine the third during an incident at Milyniec’s home on Route 246 in Perry at around 5 p.m. yesterday evening.
Milnyiec is a current Perry Town Board member, a retired Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant and a past president of the Perry Center Volunteer Fire Department.
He was arrested a few minutes before midnight last night and after being arraigned was committed without bail to the Wyoming County Jail.
According to the Sheriff’s Office a more detailed arrest report will be forthcoming sometime this morning.

Scottsville Woman faces felony in LeRoy for driving drunk with three kids.
32 year old Amy Page of North Road in Scottsville was arrested and charged with a Felony Aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
A concerned citizen reported an erratic driver last Sunday on Route 5 near Stafford.
They reported that Page’s vehicle had almost hit two other vehicles and was driving in the wrong lane going off the road numerous times.
LeRoy Police located the vehicle after Page turned into a parking lot on West Main Street and allegedly drove into a snowbank.
She recorded a Blood Alcohol Content above .18%
Page was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and a full stay away order of protection was issued for the children.

Law Enforcement and Legislators in Genesee County agree that they want a police officer in every school in the county.
Local Lawmen and state government representatives met recently to address the growing concern of school safety against the backdrop of the tragic school shooting in Florida.
The general consensus from the meeting was that there should be a resource officer in every school.
Currently LeRoy Schools are covered by LeRoy Police, the Genesee county Sheriff’s Office provides a deputy for Byron-Bergen and Genesee Valley BOCES and Batavia PD provides resource officers at city schools.
Sheriff William Sheron says it is his goal to a have a resource officer in every school building.
The big question remains how to pay for the amount of resource officers needed to meet the goal.

State Police in Batavia are alerting the public of a new Bank text message scam.
State Police say if you receive a text from your personal banking cooperation it could be a scam!

The message alert will appear like it was sent from the bank and will have a way for you to “contently” contact them back.
Police say DO NOT give your personal banking account or credit/debit card information or over the phone or by email.
If you have questions or concerns about your banking accounts, contact your bank directly or in person.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County lawmen and agree they want every school in the county to have a police officer in their building.
The question is: how to pay for it.
Law enforcement officials and state government representatives met recently against the backdrop of the tragic school school in Florida.
According to a statement released following the meeting, there was a general consensus that there should be a resource officer in every school.
LeRoy PD provides an officer to LeRoy Schools, Byron-Bergen and Genesee Valley BOCES is covered by a deputy from the Genesee county Sheriff’s Office and Batavia PD provides security aides for city schools.
Sheriff William Sheron says it is his goal to a have a resource officer in every school building.

A former teacher at Brockport Central Schools pleads guilty to child pornography charges.
31 year old Roland Yockel faces to 5 to 20 years in in Federal Prison. He will be sentenced in June.
Prosecutors say Yockel lived in the basement of his parent’s home where his mother providing baby-sitting services.

The Elba Lady Lancers continue in girls high school basketball playoffs.
Elba defeated Wheatland-0Chili last night in a game called by WBTA’s John Vazquez

Elba now takes on Franklinville Saturday afternoon at 3 at Rush-Henrietta in the Far West Regionals.

Jurors in the corruption trial of a former top aide to Governor Cuomo are getting a snow day. Joseph Percoco has been on trial for six weeks in for allegedly accepting bribes.
The jury says it’s deadlocked and a few jurors have asked to be dismissed for exhaustion. The judge ordered the jury to get back to deliberating tomorrow morning.

GCSO: Officials Meet to Discuss School Safety and School Resource Officers

SRO-Deputy Matt Butler

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. hosted a meeting last week with Genesee County School Superintendents, local police officials, local government representatives, along with state representatives Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, to discuss school safety concerns and the viability of having School Resource Officers within each school district.

Senator Ranzenhofer & Sheriff Sheron

“School Resource Officers can play an important role in our school districts, from helping to resolve conflict to preventing tragedies. I fully support placing these officers in our local school districts, and I have been working to secure state funding to expand School Resource Officers in Genesee County and across New York State. I commend Sheriff Sheron for his leadership on this issue, and I will continue to work with him to keep our children safe,” said State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.

While it was the consensus of most of those in attendance that there should be a School Resource Officer in each school within the county, concerns were expressed of how to fund the position and identifying the source of this funding. The attendees discussed a variety of possible federal, state and local options and agreed to explore funding sources to offset the cost of the potential School Resource Officers.

Assemblyman Hawley

“I was pleased to meet with Sheriff Sheron, local educators and community stakeholders to discuss how we can increase school safety. The state needs to take action to help our schools become the most secure and comfortable environments they can be. We need to look at working with retired law enforcement and veterans in our schools because our children’s safety should be our number one priority,” said Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia).

Currently, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has School Resource Officers at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s (BOCES) Batavia Campus (for the past 15 years) and in the Byron-Bergen Central School District (for the past three years). Additionally, the Village of LeRoy Police Department provides a School Resource Officer to the LeRoy School District, and the Batavia City School District has Security Aides within its facilities.

During the meeting, representatives from Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s (BOCES) Batavia Campus and the Byron-Bergen School District spoke highly about the advantages of having a School Resource Officer. They explained that it not only provides a safe environment for the students and faculty but also provides for direct interaction and guidance with the students. Both officials agreed that the benefits of having a School Resource Officer far outweigh the expense associated with the position.

“When we started our SRO Program 15 years ago, the prevailing question was, ‘Why?’” said Christopher Hayward, LeRoy Police Chief. “With everything that has happened in the last 15 years, and sadly will continue to happen, the question has to be, ‘Why not?’”

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch stated, “the City Police Department remains dedicated to the safety and security of all schools within its district. The time has come for the lawmakers in this state to step up and allow school districts to utilize their aid in establishing programs that make sense on a local level. This type of flexibility would go a long way to allowing each district in Genesee County to partner with local law enforcement to provide a School Resource Officer.”

Sheriff Sheron stated that it his goal to establish a School Resource Officer in all county schools to ensure the safety and protection of the students and faculty. “Although the cost associated with placing a School Resource Officer in the schools is significant, I believe the safety and security of our children should be of the utmost precedence.”

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies will be visiting schools on a regular basis and assist during school safety drills. This will aid in familiarizing Deputies with the school’s faculty and students along with the layout and procedures of each school.

Scottsville Woman arrested under Leandra’s Law in LeRoy

Press Release:

A complaint from a concerned citizen of an erratic driver on 3/04/2018 led to a Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated Charge with a Child (Leandra’s Law) and three counts of Misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child for 32 yr old Amy M. Page of 526 North Rd, Scottsville.

The caller, who was following the vehicle that Page was driving, reported that Page’s vehicle almost hit two vehicles on Route 5 near Stafford, was driving in the wrong lane and went off the road numerous times.

Page’s vehicle was located by the LeRoy Police Department after it turned into the parking lot of the business on West Main Street in the Village and allegedly drove into a snowbank.

During the course of the investigation, It was Alleged that Page was Intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content above .18% and did so with three children in the vehicle.

Page was arraigned in the Town of LeRoy Court and committed to the Genesee County Jail on $2,500 bail and a full stay away order of protection was issued for Page to stay away from the children.

Rochester resident arrested in Bergen traffic for driving on a revoked license

65 year old Felix Cabrera-Lopez of Emerson Street in Rochester was stopped on South Lake Ave in Bergen late Tuesday night where he was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and for having an Uninspected Vehicle.

Deputies found that Cabrera-Lopez had his driving privileges revoked on at least 10 different occasions.

He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Lackawanna man picked up for drunk driving with dealer plates in Batavia

53 year old Anthony Calabrese of Firestone Road in Lackawanna was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 5 in Batavia early Tuesday morning.

Calabrese was accused of being intoxicated and was taken into custody for DWI.

He was additionally charged with speeding, moving from a lane unsafely and Misuse of dealer plates.

He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court on April 19th.

GCC Names Dr. Thomas C. Priester Associate Dean of Wyoming County Campus Centers

Dr. Thomas C. Priester, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

Officials at Genesee Community College announced that Dr. Thomas C. Priester of Lancaster, NY has accepted the position of associate dean of the Wyoming County Campus Centers in Arcade and Warsaw. Dr. Priester has been operating as interim dean since the summer of 2017 when his predecessor retired. He came to GCC in 2012 as an instructor of Transitional Studies and was named director of Transitional Studies in 2015. Prior to GCC, Dr. Priester worked as the director of Academic Success at Finger Lakes Community College and the program coordinator at Monroe Community College.

“I first came to GCC for an opportunity to serve as a faculty member at a forward-moving community college in Western New York,” Dr. Priester said. “Community colleges are affordable, transformational institutions. From access to success, the unique role of the community college is to meet students where they are and help to get them to where it is they want to go. As hope-inspired institutions dedicated to helping students interact with the future, community colleges assist students overcome barriers to enrollment, develop and deliver rigorous curricula that prepare students for their respective life-career goals, and lead purposeful efforts that activate student persistence, retention and completion.”

Dr. Priester also serves as a lecturer for the Higher Education Administration graduate program at SUNY Buffalo State College, and he is a member of the board of directors for the SUNY Fredonia Alumni Association, an accreditation reviewer for the National Association for Developmental Education and a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

“Tom’s commitment to the Wyoming County community and his dedication to higher education are evident in the work he began as interim associate dean,” said Dr. Craig Lamb, dean of Distributed Learning who oversees both GCC’s six Campus Centers and Online Learning. “His official appointment as associate dean will only spur his efforts and allow him to continue to serve our students, our faculty and staff, and our communities.”

Dr. Priester earned his B.A. in Secondary English Education at SUNY Fredonia, his M.S. in Student Personnel Administration at SUNY Buffalo State College, and his Ed.D. in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.
“With the academic and life-career success of our students (both inside and outside of the classroom) as our motivating factor, I am thrilled to work closely with the exemplary team of faculty and staff at the Wyoming County Campus Centers as we work together towards our common goal-student success,” Priester said. “While relationships are the currency of higher education, one of our immediate goals is to rejuvenate successful relationships with local high school personnel and community members to position both the Arcade and Warsaw Campus Centers as educational hubs in Wyoming County. Ultimately, we plan to keep our hallways hoppin’!”

In Wyoming County, the Arcade Campus Center was established in 1995 and is located at 25 Edward Street, Arcade, NY 14009, https://www.genesee.edu/home/about/campuses/arcade/; and the Warsaw Campus Center was established in 1991 and is located at 115 Linwood Avenue in the YMCA Building, Warsaw, NY 14569, https://www.genesee.edu/home/about/campuses/warsaw/.

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

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

Jason Chiodo (left) carries the ball before scoring one of five goals in a 15-10 win at MCC (photo credit:GCC Athletics/Mark Jagord)

Press Release:

Men’s Lacrosse Team Scores Double-Digit Middle Frames to Rally Over MCC

The Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team must have had the weather on their minds because like the temperature, the team had a cold start. The Cougars put together back-to-back five goal quarters for a combined 10-goals in the middle frames in the second and third to coast to a 15-10 road win to open the season.

After trailing 4-2 after the first quarter, the team rallied to take a 7-5 lead at the intermission and then scored eight more goals in the next two quarters. Andrew Forte was a key figure in giving the Cougars possession after dominating the faceoff circle with 18 wins.

Genesee had four multi-goal scorers and was led by Jason Chiodo’s five goals. Alex Mack scored three including the game winner, while Jordan Brennan and Evan Holfelder each added a pair. Single tallies came from Kevin McParlene, Patrick Bilbrey and Tyler Thompson.

Brennan and McParlene co-led the team in assists with three, while Chiodo also recorded a pair of helpers for a seven-point night. Garrett Lazore and Lincoln Potter split equal time in the cage with Lazore getting the start and recording four saves, while Potter recorded three saves in relief with each logging 30 minutes. Although each keeper allowed five goals against, one of Lazore’s and two of Potters’ were while Monroe was man-up.

Genesee had 18 more shots toward the net than Monroe at 51-33 and also won 14 more draws than the Tribunes at 40-26.

Jason Chiodo blows this shot past Monroe’s netminder and would pick up seven points on the day with five goals and two helpers

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GLOW Region High Schoolers to Participate in 15th Annual Virtual Business Trade Fair at GCC

2017 Virtual Business Trade Fair, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to host the Virtual Business Trade Fair on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The trade fair will be set up in GCC’s William H. Stuart Forum at the Batavia Campus from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for everyone to come and enjoy some virtual shopping.

The Virtual Business Trade Fair, available through the Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program, provides students enrolled in economics and entrepreneurship courses with a hands-on learning opportunity to apply the theories, practices and knowledge from their classroom learning to an almost-real innovative business venture. The students work collaboratively to develop all of the components of a successful virtual business. They begin by writing mission statements and conducting extensive research into product features and competition, and culminate their work in building advertising pieces and their trade fair displays.

The students’ trade fair goal is to sell their products or services and allow the attendees to make purchases with virtual dollars. Community members are invited to come, pick up virtual spending dollars, shop any of the companies and support our local students. Thousands of virtual dollars will be given out to attendees to “spend.” At the end of the trade fair, the business or school with the most virtual dollars and virtual sales will be recognized.

As in years past, high schoolers from the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties will come to the forum and set up booths to “sell” their virtual products and services. This year will feature the following high schooler-created companies:

• Batavia High School featuring Relaxation Corporation
• Byron-Bergen High School featuring Survival Surplus
• Dansville High School featuring Trendline Designs
• LeRoy High School featuring Wide Awake Café
• Livonia High School featuring Delicious Deliveries
• Notre Dame High School featuring Cruisin’ Cuisine
• Pavilion High School featuring Spectrum
• Pavilion High School featuring Tailgatorz
• Wayland-Cohocton High School featuring iSnack
• WNY Tech Academy featuring AmeriWare

“The students learn so much building their virtual businesses. From basic business operations to salesmanship and marketing strategies, booth design and product presentation, this is a complete hands-on learning experience,” Deborah Dunlevy, Career Pathways Program director said. “It’s wonderful to watch the students learn to work collaboratively to make their businesses and the event successful.”

For the third year, volunteer bankers from M&T Bank will be on-site to help the virtual businesses to track and manage their sales.

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

2017 Virtual Business Trade Fair, courtesy of GCC

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP ON FACEBOOK MARKETING

Press Release:

“Facebook Marketing” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on March 14.

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

“Facebook marketing is a great way to market your business at a lower cost,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber President. “This workshop will offer tips on how to make your Facebook marketing more effective.”

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. The session will run from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and includes a question and answer period. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space.

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

BATAVIA/GENESEE COUNTY RECEIVES HIGHEST RANKING EVER AS A TOP MICROPOLITAN BY SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE

Press Release:

While Batavia and Genesee County have long been recognized as one of the top micropolitan regions in the United States, the area received its highest ranking ever as it climbed all the way to number 2 among 575 micropolitans across the country. The annual rankings are compiled by Site Selection magazine.

Batavia was the only town in New York State to be ranked in the top 40 of micropolitans. It is the fifteenth consecutive year Batavia and Genesee County have been recognized. The ranking of “Top Micropolitans” is based on cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people which cover at least one county.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment and it once again demonstrates the commitment and collaboration among the public and private sectors to bring new investment and jobs to the region and just as important assisting companies that are already here in expanding and retaining jobs,” said Steve Hyde, President and CEO of the GCEDC.

The GCEDC achieved 16 project “wins” in 2017 that generated approximately $240 million in investment.
Since 2003, the GCEDC has provided similar assistance and incentives for 449 projects which have generated $1.3 billion in capital investment and the creation and/or retention of approximately 4,528 jobs.

Full the full list of rankings, including some commentary about the region’s rise to 2nd place, please visit:
https://siteselection.com/issues/2018/mar/top-micros-2017-crowning-achievement.cfm?utm_source=Dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Editorial

Morning News Briefing

Former kindergarten teacher in Brockport pleads guilty to child porn charge.
Prison awaits a disgraced former teacher at the Brockport Central School following a guilty plea for receiving child pornography.
31 year old Roland Yockel the second admitted to receiving and possessing the material in a Federal Court in Buffalo Yesterday.
Yockel is said to have lived in the basement of his parents’ home with his mother providing babysitting services at the residnce.
Last year investigators searched through his residence uncovering hundreds of child porn videos.
Officers even found children’s underwear beneath his mattress.
Yockel admitted he had contact with a girl under seven years old who was being babysat by his mother.
He faces between 5 and 20 years behind bars when he is sentenced in June.

Flu rates on the decline after tripling previous cases recorded.
Health Director Paul Petitt reported to the Human Services Committee during their Monday meeting, that there have been 520 confirmed flu cases in Genesee County this season.
The number is nearly three times the average of the 150 to 200 cases usually recorded during the same period.
Fortunately the number of reported cases is beginning to slow, however there is typically a second peak during flu season.
Petitt said the flu shot is still the best way to prevent or reduce the severity of the flu even though it is only reported to be around 40 percent effective.

A 100 year old home is lost to an early morning fire in Batavia.
Flames ripped through the home on 20 Columbia Avenue yesterday morning destroying the home and belongings of a family of five .
Fortunately there were no injuries.
The fire went to a third alarm with crews from Elba and Alexander activated as well as the Town and City of Batavia Departments.
The home was declared a total loss and several pet dogs perished in the blaze.

Two Medina residents behind bars for drugs and funny money.
A home visit by Parole officers at a Medina residence allegedly uncovered a small amount of pot along with bag of various other drugs.
That spurred a full search of the residence with a police K-9 unit.
The search uncovered even more cocaine and marijuana along with a large sum of money as well as several counterfeit bills in 100 dollar denominations.
Collen Poole and Rebekah Champlin were both arrested and charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell along with several other related charges.
Both were committed to the Orleans County Jail.
Poole was ordered to be held without bail and Champlin was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

A brand-new initiative to sniff out suspected opioid dealers in Western New York is off to a fast start.
On Monday, law enforcement in Erie County offered people up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an opioid dealer.
It said about 70 tips were received within 24 hours of the offer.
The Erie County D-A has set aside $45,000 to reward tipsters through Crime Stoppers Buffalo.
WHEC says they’re working to find out if Rochester will start a similar program.

Evening News Briefing

The number of confirmed cases of the Flu in Genesee County this year is three times what it was last year.
County Health Director Paul Petit told the legislatures Human Services committee yesterday there were 520 confirmed cases so far this flu season, compared to 150 cases last year.
There was a bit of positive news: Petit said the number of new cases seems to have slowed but he added that there is usually a second peak of cases before the season is over.
Petit also reported there was a cases of rabies in January. A total of 12 people required treatment after they took in a stray kitten that tested positive for rabies.

PHOTO: Courtesy: The Batavian

Fire at 20 Columbia Avenue this morning rips through a 100 year old home.
There were no injuries.
A family of five, including an infant, has been left homeless.
City of Batavia Fire Captain Marty Heinz;

Three alarms were sounded to bring the blaze under control.
The home and contents declared a total loss. Several pets dogs perished in the blaze.

Two Medina residents busted with drugs and phony money.
Collen Poole and Rebekah Champlin were both arrested during a parole visit last week. Authorities say the found a quantity of cocaine and pot along with several counterfeit $100 bills.
Both were committed to the Orleans County Jail where they held on $25,000 bail.

Darien Lake is hiring for the upcoming summer season. The amusement park is looking to fill 1,600 positions in lodging, entertainment and food service. The theme park is holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Lodge on the Lake Hotel.

Flu rates are starting to slow in Genesee County

Health Director Paul Petitt reported to the Human Services Committee at a meeting yesterday that there have been 520 confirmed flu cases in Genesee County this season.

That’s well over twice the average of the 150 to 200 cases usually recorded during flu season.

Fortunately the number of reported cases is beginning to slow, however there is typically a second peak during flu season.

Petitt said the flu shot is still the best way to prevent or reduce the severity of the flu even though it is only reported to be around 40 percent effective.

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

 

Two Medina residents busted with drugs and fake currency

Parole officers allegedly located a small amount of pot along with bag of various other drugs during a home visit Thursday in Medina.

The discovery led to a thorough search of the residence by Local and State Police along with a K-9 unit.

The search uncovered even more cocaine and marijuana along with a large sum of money as well as several counterfeit bills in 100 dollar denominations.

Collen Poole and Rebekah Champlin were both arrested and charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell along with several other related charges.

Both were committed to the Orleans County Jail.

Poole was ordered to be held without bail and Champlin was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

GCC’s Nurse’s Club is Taking Care of Easter for Rochester’s Ronald McDonald House Families

Press Release:

When we think of nurses, we think of the care they provide to patients in a hospital, nursing homes, medical offices or schools. However, Genesee Community College’s Nurse’s Club is taking “care” to another level. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 GCC’s Nurse’s Club will host a community Easter Basket Assembly event at the Dr. Bruce A. Holm Upstate MedTech Centre. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. the entire community is invited to come and help assemble the baskets. Families are encouraged to bring their children and donate a couple hours to this meaningful community project.

The Nurse’s Club’s goal is to prepare 50 baskets to be given to the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester on Westmoreland Drive as well as the House within the Hospital in Rochester.

Supporting GCC’s Nurse’s Club, Willow Group, Ltd. of Batavia has donated all 50 baskets and Pauly’s Pizza also of Batavia is donating pizza for the basket-makers to enjoy during the assembly event. The club is currently accepting monetary donations, candy (no peanuts), plastic eggs, playdoh, sidewalk chalk, or other Easter goodies to fill the baskets. The club is also eager to welcome any volunteers who’d like to help assemble. To volunteer or to make a donation, please contact Sandy Kosciolek at sdkosciolek@genesee.edu or (585) 343-0055 ext.6355 by March 7, 2018.

“The families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are there to be near their sick children. They didn’t choose to find themselves there during the Easter holiday, but they are there. These baskets will hopefully lift their spirits and make the holiday a little easier,” Rebecca Herlan, a GCC nursing instructor and co-advisor to the Nurse’s Club. “Often times, the hospitalized child’s siblings are staying at the Ronald McDonald House too and so these baskets will go to them as well.”

For Trista Teets, the student organizing the entire event, this is much more than a community service project, it is about the warmth these donations bring to the hearts of these children and families. Teets’s daughter was a patient at Golisano Children’s Hospital when she was just two weeks old. “It was Easter time and our entire family was so wrapped up in our daughter’s care, we had no time or energy left for an Easter celebration for our older children. The Easter Bunny and a local police officer visited the hospital and gave both of our sons a small stuffed bunny. It made our sons smile and our hearts melt. I am hoping this basket event will do the same for other families who are just trying to get through this difficult time in their lives,” says Teets.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families while their children receive the medical care they need. The Westmoreland Drive House has 24 bedrooms, three kitchens, complimentary laundry facilities, gardens and play areas where kids can be kids. The house also provides meals and snacks for the families and transportation to and from the medical facilities is available. More information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities including ways to donate or volunteer is available at http://www.rmhcrochester.org/.

The Nurse’s Club at GCC was founded over two decades ago with the desire to promote community involvement and leadership. The club members provide health information and charitable contributions to organizations related to the health care industry. In addition to the basket assembly event, the club is currently operating a drive to collect towels and feminine hygiene products for the House of Mercy in Rochester.

The basket assembly event will take place at the Dr. Bruce A. Holm Upstate MedTech Centre which is located at 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia, across the street from GCC’s Main campus. The MedTech Center provides GCC’s Nursing Program students with state-of-the-art medical equipment and laboratories. The facility also houses the United Memorial Medical Center’s Physical Therapy program and the Genesee County Economic Development Center offices.

To volunteer, to make a donation, or for further information please contact Sandy Kosciolek at sdkosciolek@genesee.edu or (585) 343-0055 ext.6355 by March 7, 2018.

Morning News Briefing

Fire crews face tight quarters in structure fire on Columbia Ave.
What was initially reported as a basement fire on Columbia Ave in the city quickly went to a second then a third alarm after spreading to the upper floors.
Firefighters were called to respond at around 4:20 this morning for a working struture fire at 20 Columbia Ave near Ellsworth Ave in Batavia.
First responders reported only a few flames were visible however there was heavy smoke pouring out of the house.

City of Batavia Fire Captain Marty Hinz…

City of Batavia Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano…

City and Town of Batavia Fire Departments along with Elba Fire and Alexander’s Fast Team were all activated.
Firefighters had a tough job maneuvering equipment around the scene due to the closely neighboring buildings and the narrow street.
There have been no serious injuries reported and all the occupants along with a pet dog made it out safely.
The occupants are said to have several pets which have yet to be accounted for.
The Chief said the building appears to be a total loss as of his current assesment.

Troopers arrest a Lockport man on multiple felony drug and gun charges, with five kids in the car.
Police received a report of reckless operation on Transit Road near the Wendy’s and Walmart in Lockport.
Troopers located the 2016 Nissan speeding through a parking lot and performed a traffic stop.
After failing a field sobriety test, 26 year old Alexander Ruof-Brown was taken into custody.
He was allegedly driving intoxicated with five children ranging in from ages 2 to 9.
The children were turned over to family.
During the inventory of the vehicle a loaded handgun was located along with powder cocaine, over 82 grams of marijuana, numerous Alprazolam pills, a digital scale and empty glassine baggies.
He is facing a litany of felony charges including Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra Law.

Orleans County man arrested for threatening to shoot someone in Batavia
30 year old Derek Dingman of Route 231 in Albion was arrested following an alleged incident on Prospect Ave in Batavia last Friday.
Police were alerted of a disturbance in which Dingman allegedly threatened to shoot another person.
He was charged with second degree Harassment and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Conversion therapy is now illegal in Erie County.
The practice aims to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of someone under the age of 18.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed a law yesterday banning the therapy.
Officials say the law will ensure the physical and mental well-being of minors.

Several bills are under consideration in the New York Senate that aim to keep students safe.
Lawmakers are looking to increase schools’ ability to hire security, invest in infrastructure to improve school safety, and strengthen penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Other bills that have been introduced would increase access to school-based mental health services and expand actions and intelligence coordination to help protect schools against attacks.
As current bills are being sent to the Assembly, additional safety measure could be unveiled next week during the conference’s Security Agenda.

Batavia Wards 1 & 6: Neighborhood Meeting

Press Release:

On March 10th at 10:30 am the sixth ward and first ward will have a neighborhood meeting open to the public for any concerns. City reps and Council will be there. Please join us. Rose Mary Christian 6th Ward council person.

Albion man sent to jail for threatening to shoot someone in the city

30 year old Derek Dingman of Route 231 in Albion was arrested following an alleged incident on Prospect Ave in Batavia last Friday.

Police were alerted of a disturbance in which Dingman allegedly threatened to shoot another person.

He was charged with second degree Harassment and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

He is expected in Batavia City Court this afternoon.

Highland Park man jailed without bail for violating order of protection

47 year old Twan Conway of Batavia was accused of entering a Walden Creek Drive address in Batavia at the end of last month violating a court order of protection.

Conway was allegedly told to stay away and leave before being arrested and charged with Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Contempt and with an Aggravated Family Offense.

He was committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court on Thursday.

Batavia teen picked up for pot after driving unregistered vehicle

18 year old Baily Burns of Goade Park in Batavia was accused of driving a black sedan on Jackson Street in the city that had no insurance or registration plates along with being uninspected.

Batavia Police allegedly discovered an amount of marijuana in the vehicle that Burns was operating.

Burns was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, No Registration Plates Displayed and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

Bailey was released with appearance tickets for March 20th in Batavia City Court.

HAWLEY HERALDS LOCAL LIBRARIES IN ALBANY

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) poses with Carl Gouveia, Director of the Seymour Public Library, and his family in the Assembly Chamber

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) met with several representatives of prominent local libraries who visited the Assembly Chamber in Albany recently. Hawley thanked them for their community support and work to sustain such great educational resources, and for sponsoring many public programs in Western New York.

Hawley poses with representatives from the Monroe County Library system in his Albany Office

“Libraries are such an integral party of communities across New York State, and it is saddening to hear that some state leaders propose to cut library aid in our budget,” Hawley said. “Many times, these dedicated men and women volunteer long hours to see that that our local students and children have access to books, research materials, broadband internet and helpful community programs. That is why I spearheaded a letter with nearly 40 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle asking Assembly Speaker Heastie to restore full library aid in this year’s budget.”

‘St Josephs Table’ being set for March 18th

Press Release:

WHO: Ascension Parish

WHAT: Saint Joseph Day Table

WHEN: Sunday, March 18th, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Slomba Hall, 15 Sumner Street, Batavia, New York 14020

WHY: To provide funding for the ministries and outreach of Ascension Parish.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: A traditional Italian Buffet offered by DFC Catering of Batavia, NY. A seven course meal will be served family style to include: antipasti, bread, fish, greens and beans, smelt, pasta con sarde along with a cash bar and wine available for your table. A childrens menu will include mac and cheese, pizza and finger foods.

COST: $20.00 DONATION/Per Person $5.00 Children ages 2-8!

HOW TO OBTAIN TICKETS: Call the Parish Office at 585-343-1796 to Reserve your table, families and businesses welcome. You may also Pre-pay and buy your tickets online at: www.ascensionrcc.weshareonline.org. Please note: There is a service fee for this option! Tickets are Pre-Sale only. Day of Sales available at the door this year!

Cash or Check ONLY.

Make Checks Payable to: Ascension Parish $20.00/pp Adults $5.00/pp kids

Alexander Grad, Graduates Basic Training

U.S. Air Force Airman Haley L. Fletcher

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman Haley L. Fletcher graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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

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

Fletcher is the daughter of Jamison and Suzanne Fletcher of Alexander, N.Y. She is also the sister of Courtney Fletcher.

The airman is a 2017 graduate of Alexander Central School, Alexander, N.Y.

Pete and Kristy Broughton of Broughton Diversified Farming Honored as Wyoming County Pride of Agriculture Good Neighbors for 2018

Press Release:

Pete and Kristy Broughton are generous neighbors in Wyoming County. Their home and business Broughton Diversified Farming, are located in Silver Springs. Pete and Kristy give of their time and talents in many leadership roles. They can also be depended upon when disaster strikes in their neighborhood to lend a helping hand. On Saturday, March 3rd, at the Wyoming County Pride of Agriculture Dinner at the North Java Fire Hall, they were named the 2018 Wyoming County Pride of Agriculture Good Neighbors.

Pete’s present leadership roles include President of the Letchworth Central School Board, Open Class Superintendent of the Livestock Show at the Wyoming County Fair and a member of the 4-H Livestock Committee. Kristy is a member of the Wyoming County 4-H Program and Dairy Committees and Leader of the Showin’ and Growin’ 4-H Club. Pete is a former President of Wyoming County Farm Bureau. He has served in a leadership capacity with beef organizations across New York.

Their farming enterprise includes custom heifer raising, field crops, custom field operations and Hubner seed sales. They are a respected local employer. On numerous occasions, Pete has lent a helping hand by moving livestock, sharing equipment or just getting a crop in for someone in need. The Broughton’s willingly reach out when neighbors are in need.

Their work with youth extends to countywide activities. Pete is always on hand helping to keep the 4-H Livestock Sale moving smoothly and sorting and loading animals following the sale. Kristy is often observed helping a youngster with an animal of one sort or another. They support the activities of FFA at Letchworth too.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County and Wyoming County Farm Bureau are proud to honor Pete and Kristy Broughton as Wyoming County’s 2018 Pride of Agriculture Good Neighbors.

Herricks Named 2018 Wyoming County Friends of Agriculture

Press Release:

2018 Wyoming County Friends of Agriculture were announced at Pride of Agriculture Good Neighbor Dinner on Saturday, March 2 at the North Java Fire Hall. Will and Louise Herrick were honored for their commitment to helping youth explore opportunities for the future in agriculture.

The Herricks were celebrated for their tireless support of the Wyoming County 4-H, Junior Holstein Club and Dairy Princess activities. They have coached teams for Dairy Bowl contests for both 4-H and Junior Holstein. As leaders of the Barnstormers 4-H Club, they actively seek opportunities for youth to learn about agriculture as a career path. They have energetically supported the Dairy Princess Program for several years. Louise serves on the 4-H Home Economics Committee.

Will serves his community as a Councilman for the Town of Eagle. He has also been on the Town Zoning Board. Louise is a Trustee for the Bliss Library and involved in supporting the National Honor Society at Pioneer Central School. Their whole family is actively involved many aspects of their local church community.

If the Herricks aren’t hosting a youth practice activity at their home, they are providing or organizing rides for children in their community to participate in contests to grow their knowledge and instill passion for agriculture. Will and Louise are serious about showing young people the opportunities in agriculture that abound in Wyoming County.

Thank you Louise and Will for your dedicated support of agriculture and the efforts you make to develop future leaders for agriculture in our community. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County and Wyoming County Farm Bureau congratulate you for your knowledge, generosity and forward thinking approach to leadership in agriculture, your local community and Wyoming County.

Morning News Briefing

Breaking Down Batavia’s Police Blotter.
Alleged incident involving a child lands a Milton Street man in lock up.
22 year old Juaquin Davis of Milton Street in Batavia is accused of punching and choking a female acquaintance while she as holding a child during a reported domestic incident last month.
Davis was arrested and charged with Harassment, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following the alleged incident on Center Street in the city.
He was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500.

Students get an earful of obscenities as a Batavia man is arrested for Middle School incident.
34 year old Eric McGill of Lewis Place in Batavia was arrested for alleged concerning behavior following investigation into an incident at the Batavia Middle School last month.
He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for his bad behavior and for allegedly cursing loudly in front of the middle school students.
McGill was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court on March 28th.

Beer bandit finds himself behind bars.
34 year old Matthew Zane of Park Road Batavia was arrested and charged with Trespassing and Petit Larceny following report of a larceny at the Speedway on West Main Street.
City Police were called to respond early Sunday morning for report of a man who had just stolen beer.
Zane was previously removed from the property and barred from returning.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail to await arraignment.

Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly says cancer isn’t going to slow him down.
This weekend the hall of fame quarterback was honored in Milwaukee with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation award of excellence.
This comes just days after he announced that his cancer was back yet again.
Kelly said he’s going to have surgery at the end of the month but planned on fishing this weekend in Miami with a cold one in his hand.

Congratulations to the Elba Lancers Girls team on another championship.
‪‪The girls from Elba emerged victorious in a tough back and forth matchup against Andover.
WBTA’s John Vazquez covered the championship match live from Cal-Mum…

The final score was 47 to 42.
The game can be heard on demand on our website at WBTAi.com.

Sabres star Jack Eichel’s ankle is getting better.
The forward was injured last month while playing, and beating, the Bruins.
Yesterday head coach Phil Housley said this weekend Eichel was able to start skating again.
He said progress is being made and Eichel wants to play before the season ends. No timeline or schedule was put on his recovery.

Sunday News Briefing

Congressman calls 1366 technologies into question.
Spokesperson for 1366 Laureen Sanderson told our news partner The Batavian the company has decided to build their first full scale factory aboard following the much lauded construction of a solar wafer production plant in Genesee County as their first full scale factory site.
The company said delays and uncertainty around a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy spurred the decision to go overseas.
After blame was apparently cast on the DOE under the new president Congressman Chris Collins defended the Trump Administration questioning whether 1366 was ever really serious about staying with the STAMP Park site.
Collins said it seems like 1366 was spending the last six and a half years playing the field to see if they could get a better deal elsewhere.
The GCEDC which helped secure 1366 as a tenant said, regardless of the recent news they will continue with infrastructure investments to prepare the site for development.

Maple Street man jailed for prison contraband.
23 year old Jason Perry of Batavia was accused of introducing contraband into a secure portion of the Genesee County Jail.
Perry was arrested and charged with Promoting Prison Contraband in the first degree.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Two busted for Bail Jumping in Batavia.
54 year old Scott Spencer of Rochester was wanted for allegedly failing to appear in Genesee County Court on a Felony charge last November.
He was arrested by Monroe County Probation and turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Spencer was ordered to be held pending his arraignment.
48 year old Dawn Gates of South Glenns Falls was also arrested for Bail Jumping after she allegedly failed to appear on a felony criminal matter from January of last year.
Gates turned herself into the Pembroke Court where she was arraigned and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Hawley blasts bill targeting Veterans Medical Leave.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley voted against legislation this week that would reduce the number of days veterans would be able to take for medical leave related to their combat duties.
The bill was introduced by Westchester County Democrat Amy Paulin, and would reduce the amount of medical leave days provided from eight down to five.
Hawley a staunch proponent of protecting our state’s veterans said in a statement “We should be doing everything in our power to protect and care for our servicemen and servicewomen at home and abroad, and this is a terrible display of gratitude.”

Congratulations to the Elba Lancers Girls team on another championship.
‪‪In a tough back and forth matchup against Andover, the girls from Elba pulled out ahead with a final score of 47 to 42.
They become the Section V Class D2 Champions for the second-straight year in a row.

Congressman Chris Collins Earns Wyoming County GOP Endorsement

Press Release:

Wyoming County, N.Y. – U.S. Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has once again earned the support of the Wyoming County Republican Committee. The Committee voted to endorse Congressman Collins during their meeting on Thursday in Warsaw.

“I am honored to have once again earned the support of the Wyoming County Republican Committee,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “These men and women have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a representative in Washington who will help grow our region’s agriculture industry, fight to protect our dairy farms, and expand broadband access throughout our rural communities. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made on these important issues together and I look forward to bringing more results back to Wyoming County in the years to come.”

GCC Athletics Update: Softball/Men’s Basketball

GCC’s first 2018 softball all-skills clinic recently concluded at the Richard C. Call Arena as participants gather for a group photo

Press Release:

GCC Softball Begins First of Several Community Clinics at Richard C. Call Arena

The Genesee Community College softball program recently held its first four-week all-skills clinic in the new state-of-the-art GCC Richard C. Call Arena located on the Batavia campus of GCC.

The clinic was well attended with 40-plus registrants and was open to girls of all skill levels ranging in ages from 8-16 years old.

Matt Landers and Stan Kaus of Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball were prominent in the success of this initial clinic in many capacities that also included gathering participation from more than a half-dozen local school districts that included Pembroke, Albion, Alexander, Batavia, Oakfield, Elba, and Chili.

The clinic was held weekly on Sundays during the entire month of February and was instructed by GCC softball coaches and players and led by GCC head softball coach Taylor Maurer and assistant coach Kenneth Maurer.

The players included incoming 2018 prospects, former players, and last year’s National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Player of the Year, Mackenzie Weber.

“It was a great opportunity for our players to serve as role models and coach drills they are used to performing,” the GCC head softball coach said.

“The participants were exposed to topics such as hitting, pitching, defensive plays, throwing and catching, as well as improving their knowledge of the game, “ Maurer added in describing a comprehensive overview of information and skills.

“With early softball revolving around weather at this time of year practices must be held indoors. There aren’t many places locally that offer the kind of space the Richard C. Call Arena offers. It is great to see the younger generation take advantage of such an amazing venue. From utilizing the college’s new, high-end athletic facilities-to-working with coaches and players, it’s our hope that everyone left having a positive experience. We will most definitely be hosting another clinic this summer.”

2017-18 GCC Men’s Basketball Team

NJCAA Region-III Releases Men’s Basketball’s Division-II Playoff Brackets

Monroe Community College will host the Region III-DivisionII/NJCAA District II Men’s Basketball Tournament March 9-11.  The Tribunes earned the right to host the tournament as the top seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season with a 22-5 overall record including a 13-2 record against divisional foes in Region III.  Erie Community College will enter the tournament as the second seed (16-9, 10-5) and earns a bye along with MCC to the tournament semifinal round.

Two quarterfinal matchups are set for Friday, March 9th. Third-seeded Genesee Community College will take on Mercyhurst University – North East at 5:30 p.m. in the first game while Niagara County Community College enters as the fourth seed and will take on the Community College of Rhode Island at 7:30 p.m.

Genesee swept the regular season series with Mercyhurst NE as the Cougars most recently defeated the Saints 109-94 in the teams’ regular season finale.  Niagara CCC will take on CCRI for the second time this season in their quarterfinal matchup.  The two teams faced off in the Genesee CC Holiday Classic in mid-December when Niagara emerged the victor 86-65.

Monroe CC will face off against the winner of the Niagara/Rhode Island matchup on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. while Erie awaits either Genesee CC or Mercyhurst NE in the second semifinal scheduled to tip off at 6:00 p.m.

Mark Jagord

GCC Sports Information

 

HAWLEY STANDS AGAINST BILL TO TAKE MEDICAL LEAVE AWAY FROM VETERANS

A photo depicting the current bill up for debate and vote that hangs on either side of the Assembly Chamber in Albany.

Press Release:

This week in Albany, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) voted against legislation that would reduce the number of days veterans would be able to take for medical leave related to their combat duties. Gov. Cuomo signed the bill last year allowing eight days of leave in exchange for Assembly Democrats amending the law to reduce the number of days to five this year.

“These are the kinds of political games Albany politicians and the governor play with people’s livelihood,” Hawley said. “While Assembly leadership had a chance to stand strong for our veterans against the governor’s desires to cut paid leave, they capitulated per their pre-arranged backroom deal.”

The bill was introduced by Westchester County Democrat Amy Paulin, and would reduce the amount of medical leave days provided from eight down to five.

“This was a shameful day in Albany as downstate politicians introduced a bill that reduced the number of medical leave days our veterans can take to receive treatment related to their combat duties,” Hawley said. “We should be doing everything in our power to protect and care for our servicemen and servicewomen at home and abroad, and this is a terrible display of gratitude. I voted no on this bill and will continue to stand up for our armed forces to see they receive the time for treatment they greatly deserve.”

Hawley, a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, is a staunch proponent of protecting our state’s veterans and serves on the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Hawley hosts the Patriot Trip each year, traveling to Washington D.C. with local veterans and their families to visit our nation’s sites and memorials.

Saturday News Briefing

13-66 technologies has confirmed that the company will not continue pursuing a solar wafer production plant in Genesee County as their first full scale factory site.
Spokesperson for 1366 Laureen Sanderson told our news partner The Batavian The company has decided to build the first full scale factory aboard.
The Masschuchett’s-based company said it made its decision based on delays and uncertainty around a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy.
Following the initial reports of the decision yesterday, Congressman Chris Collins responded by defending the Trump Administration and questioning whether 1366 was ever really serious about staying with the STAMP Park site.
Collins said it seems like 1366 was spending the last six and a half years playing the field to see if they could get a better deal elsewhere.
The company spokesperson claimed they are still interested in manufacturing in the U.S. and the GCEDC will be the first call they make.
The GCEDC which helped secure 1366 as a tenant said, regardless of the recent news they will continue with infrastructure investments to prepare the site for development.

Batavia man busted for DWI as deputies follow a female driver who fled an accident.
35 year old Robert Campbell of College View Drive in Batavia was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI and Unlicensed Operation following investigation into a property damage accident in which the female operator had fled the scene.
Campbell was accused of being intoxicated while operating a vehicle at the female suspect’s residence.
He was released with appearance tickets for March 29th in Batavia Town Court.

Two year old incident leads to a Liberty Street woman’s arrest.
41 year old Shannon Klinkbeil-Hayday was accused of assuming someone else’s identity with the intent to defraud them and of stealing more than one thousand dollars’ worth of property.
Klinkbeil-Hayday was arrested and charged with Identity Theft and Grand Larceny following investigation into the alleged incident that occurred in November of 2016.
She was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected back in Bethany Town Court on March 20th.

Jury deliberations continue in the New York corruption trial of a former aide to Governor Cuomo. Before the jury got the case Thursday, prosecutors argued that Joseph Percoco used his position to shake down several businesses that wanted to do jobs with New York. His lawyer claims there’s no legal basis to convict Percoco, who declined to testify during the trial. Cuomo, meanwhile, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

LCSO: UPDATE TRAVEL ADVISORY

Press Release:

LIVINGSTON COUNTY: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises that Livingston County is no longer under the “No Unnecessary Travel” advisory.

The travel conditions have improved on our primary roads within the county. However, you may encounter some hazardous conditions on our secondary roads. The Highway Departments are still out working diligently to further improve conditions throughout the county.

We are still under a Travel Advisory as you may encounter hazardous conditions. If you must drive, please plan ahead, provide yourself with extra time, and drive safely.

Thank you for your partnership in public safety!

STATEMENT on 1366 Technologies BY STEVE HYDE, PRESIDENT AND CEO of GCEDC  

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – “We are obviously very disappointed by the news from 1366 Technologies, but understand the business decision.

“Regardless, we will continue with infrastructure investments to prepare the site for development. This infrastructure work is the result of the financial support of New York State and I think it is important to note that no taxpayer dollars have ever been allocated to 1366 Technologies.

“We remain extremely excited and committed to STAMP because there is a long pipeline of leads and great interest in the site by various advanced manufacturing businesses.

“We also have a number of partners in the public and private sector who I know remain committed to STAMP. This collaboration is critically important in our efforts, especially as we combine the resources of our economic development partners to market the significant attributes of the Buffalo and Rochester metropolitan areas as one region.

“So, for the GCEDC it is business as usual in our ongoing efforts to get STAMP shovel ready and continuing to market the site to these businesses.”

STAMP Park Tenant decides to go overseas

The anchor tenant for the STAMP park project planned in Alabama has pulled out of the deal to house a major manufacturing facility in the region with intentions of taking operations overseas.

A representative from 13-66 technologies spoke with our news partner The Batavian, confirming that the company would not continue pursuing building their first full-scale solar wafer production plant in Genesee County.

The Masschuchett’s-based company made its decision based on delays and uncertainty around a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy.

Spokesperson for 13-66 Laureen Sanderson told The Batavian The company has decided to build the first full scale factory aboard.

Sanderson said that doesn’t mean the second can’t be here in the U.S. and as those pieces come into place, the GCEDC will be the first call they make.

The heavily anticipated economic impact from the company was lauded by local development agencies and Governor Cuomo’s Administration as a big win for Western New York.

The GCEDC which helped secure 13-66 as a tenant said, regardless of the recent news they will continue with infrastructure investments to prepare the site for development.

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

City and County crews clean up as Travel Advisory is lifted

The Travel Advisory for Genesee County has been lifted

The advisory for no unnecessary travel was lifted at around 10 this morning.

Route 63 in Pavilion which was shut down this morning due to the weather has been reopened.

Clarence Grad, Graduates Basic Training

U.S. Air Force Airman Jonathan G. Rice

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman Jonathan G. Rice graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Rice is a 2017 graduate of Clarence High School, Clarence, N.Y.

Troop T advises motorists on the New York State Thruway to use caution when traveling

Press Release:

Troop T advises motorists on the New York State Thruway to use caution when traveling during winter weather conditions.

Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent and allow for adjustments to your schedule to ensure a safe commute or simply avoid unnecessary travel.

****Allowing Some Space*****

Use the “two second rule” Choose an object near or above the road ahead. As the vehicle ahead passes it, count aloud, slowly, “one thousand one, one thousand two.” If you reach the object before you finish counting, you are following too closely. Allow the other vehicle to get further ahead. In bad weather, increase the count to three or four seconds for extra space

*************Keep the following tips in mind*************

  • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio or TV stations
  • In WHITE OUT conditions, turn on your Hazard or 4-way lights
  • Always clean your windows and mirrors FULLY of any snow and ice before driving
  • Keep a full tank of gas
  • Ensure your fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid and anti-freeze)
  • Ensure the spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench
  • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility
  • Vehicles equipped with simultaneous flashers are required to use them while traveling on the Thruway at a speed under 40 miles per hour.
  • Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly
  • Look down the road for potential hazardous
  • Be observant
  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN VEHICLES, DON’T TAILGATE
  • DO NOT use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply brakes.
  • Be aware of all EMERGENCY VEHICLES: Police, Fire, Ambulances, Town Trucks, and Maintenance Vehicles
  • If you do not absolutely have to go out onto the roads, then don’t

If you are involved in a collision or leave the roadway:

If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911. DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.

Roll the windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.

If you should become stranded on the Thruway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly as possible.

Follow the New York State Police’s Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.

The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information.

Morning News Briefing

Sheriff’s issue Travel Advisories for Genesee and Livingston.
Both the Genesee and Livingston County Sheriff’s Offices, have issued travel advisories due to the poor visibility and road conditions from blowing and drifting snow.
They advise no unnecessary travel.
Roads leading north to south will be particularly difficult to drive due to the storm’s path.
The advisory is in effect until further notice.
Route 63 in Pavilion has been shut down because of the poor weather.
Click here for a complete list of closings and cancellations this morning.

Female flees accident and Batavia man busted for DWI during investigation.
35 year old Robert Campbell of College View Drive in Batavia was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI and Unlicensed Operation following investigation into a property damage accident in which the female operator had fled the scene.
Campbell was found operating a vehicle at the suspects residence allegedly intoxicated.
He was released with appearance tickets.

Liberty Street woman arrested for Identity Theft.
41 year old Shannon Klinkbeil-Hayday was arrested and charged with Identity Theft and Grand Larceny following an investigation into an alleged incident that occurred in November of 2016.
Klinkbeil-Hayday was accused of assuming someone else’s identity with the intent to defraud and is accused of stealing more than one thousand dollars’ worth of property.
She was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected back in Bethany Town Court on March 20th.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly has cancer again.
The former Bills all-star who led the franchise to four Super Bowls in a row announced yesterday that his cancer had returned.
In 2013 he had part of his upper jaw and several teeth removed for oral cancer and in 2014 announced that he was cancer free.
Right now it isn’t known what Kelly’s outlook is.

Joe Zambito has been named the new head football coach at Notre Dame High School. He takes over for Rick Mancuso who has retired.
Zambito has been a volunteer coach at Notre Dame for the past seven seasons following a successful run as coach at Elba.
Joe Zambito works as race secretary and track announcers at Batavia Downs.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Storm Warning that takes effect tonight shuts down Genesee Community College for tomorrow.
College officials announce this afternoon that all classes and special events at GCC’s Batavia campus scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled.
The National Weather Service is forecasts 8 to 12 inches of over Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Northern Erie counties.
The heaviest snow is expected late this evening through early Friday morning.
Travel will be very difficult especially during tomorrow’s morning commute.
Gusting winds will impair visibility.

One other cancellation has been received today:
The Genesee County Pamona Grange meeting scheduled for tonight in East Pembroke has been cancelled.


Jim Kelly PHOTO: Buffalo Bills

Hall of Fame Quarterback and Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly is again fighting cancer. After first being diagnosed with oral-cancer in 2013, the 58-year-old Kelly has endured several battles with the disease. The Bills issued a statement calling Kelly tough and courageous, asking fans to pray for their long-time signal caller. Kelly said he will continue to focus on faith, family, friends and fans in a statement of his own.

 


Joe Zambito has been named the new head football coach at Notre Dame High School. He takes over for Rick Mancuso who has retired.
Zambito has been a volunteer coach at Notre Dame for the past seven seasons following a successful run as coach at Elba.
Joe Zambito works as race secretary and track announcers at Batavia Downs.


Dr. Michael Eula Genesee County Historian

Genesee County’s historian is looking for the Melton shirt off your back!
Historian Michael Eula is working with an engineer and clothing entrepreneur who wants to bring the old Melton Shirt Factory in Batavia back to life as a museum.
Eula said the museum would focus on the work of Polish and Italian immigrants who made up most of the Liberty Street factory’s workforce

You can call the history department at 815-79-04. A meeting has been set for 2pm on March 6th at the Liberty Street site.

Jim Kelly Cancer is Back

Hall of Fame Quarterback and Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly is again fighting cancer. After first being diagnosed with oral-cancer in 2013, the 58-year-old Kelly has endured several battles with the disease. The Bills issued a statement calling Kelly tough and courageous, asking fans to pray for their long-time signal caller. Kelly said he will continue to focus on faith, family, friends and fans in a statement of his own. He was enshrined in Canton in 2002, and after playing college football at the University of Miami also played for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers before joining Buffalo.

Threat of Bad Weather Closes GCC Batavia Campus on Friday

A Winter Storm Warning that takes effect tonight shuts down Genesee Community College for tomorrow.
College officials announce this afternoon that all classes and special events at GCC’s Batavia campus scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled.
The National Weather Service is forecasts 8 to 12 inches of over Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Northern Erie counties.
The heaviest snow is expected late this evening through early Friday morning.
Travel will be very difficult especially during tomorrow’s morning commute.
Gusting winds will impair visibility.

Genesee County: Plumbing List

Press Release:

The following is the list of City of Batavia Plumbers who have obtained their 2018 Plumbing Renewal License to do plumbing in the City of Batavia, NY.

Arthur Allen
2927 Main St.
Leicester, NY 14481

Richard Biegasiewicz
2 Burke Dr.
Batavia, NY 14020
344-0051

Jason Brownlie
100 Nassau St.
Rochester, NY 14605
325-1290

Anthony Cellino
631 Bullis Rd.
Elma, NY 14059
716-683-5874

Henry H. Cook, Inc.
3508 Rose Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
345-0915 or 762-8064

Christopher Cook
3508 Rose Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
345-0915 or 762-8064

James J. DeWald
JW Danforth
300 Colvin Woods Pkwy.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 832-1940

Diegelman Plumbing LLC
4995 Ellicott St.
Batavia, New York 14020
356-3438

Michael Dollendorf
140 Cooper Ave.
Tonawanda, NY 44150
(716) 873-5000

James Ficarella
19 Warren St.
Batavia, NY 14020
409-5256

Timothy Fortin
JW Danforth
300 Colvin Woods Pkwy.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 832-1940

Joseph Grasso
2690 Wilson-Cambria Rd
Wilson, NY 14172

Ricky Hale
28 Swan St.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-3805

Warren Herdic
5769 Herman Hill Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
716-913-5721

Matthew Kandefer
2215 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14212
716-893-8376

Richard Lovria
150 Ross St.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-4852

Michael Mager
8939 Alexander Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-2678

Robert Marvin
Tradestar Mechanical
764Flower City Pk.
Rochester, NY 14615

Carl McQuillen
8171 E. Main Rd.
LeRoy, NY 14482
768-2322

Philip Martorana
64 Hickory Hill Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221
716-688-1456

Fredrick Mruczek
1 Valle Dr.
Batavia, New York

Thomas Mruczek
3 Valle Dr.
Batavia, New York

Dave Muskopf
3198 Union Rd.
Orchard Park, NY 14227
716-681-6997

Mark Napoleon
44 Morrow Ave.
Batavia, NY 14020
409-9961

William Penepent
7182 Kenyon Ave.
Basom, NY 14013
762-8687

David Pero
Charles R. Pero & Sons
121 Trumbull Pkwy.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-7011

John Pestillo
8486 Seven Springs Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020

Erich K. Postler
615 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620
546-7450

Alfred Rosemark
27 West Ave.
Elba, NY 14058
757-9291

Gabriel Sepi, Jr.
25 Ganson Ave.
Batavia, NY 14020

Walter Szczesny
24 Wood St.
Batavia, NY 14020
345-1697

Mark Taylor
8734 Stahley Rd.
East Amherst, NY 14051
716-913-2023

Larry W. Toal
3670 South Main St. Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
344-3839

Ryan Toal
3670 South Main St. Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
344-3839

Joel Tucciarone
202 Roosevelt St.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
716-696-6122

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

Rahmel Thompson

Press Release:

Thompson Goes Over 1000 in Cougars Second-Consecutive Triple-Digit Win

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team coasted to a 15-point road win over Mercyhurst North East by registering their second-consecutive 100-plus point game, 109-94, in their regular-season finale Feb. 28.

Rahmel Thompson entered the game with 990 points and his 21 against the Saints put him at 1011 for his career. Thompson joined teammate Brian Fobbs as the second Cougar to hit 1000 career points this season. Thompson, who wears jersey No. 13 is now No. 13 on the Cougars’ all-time scoring list and needs 48 points to move into the all-time top-10. Fobbs is currently No. 4 and needs 82 points to get to No. 3.

In addition to Thompson’s 21 points against Mercyhurst, three other Cougars recorded double-digit performances including Fobbs (30), Jarett Haines (26) and Brandon Peters (17).

Fobbs registered a team-high seven rebounds, just ahead of Peters’ five and Haines’ four. Thompson co-led the team with Peters in steals with three, while Peters and Haines co-led the team in assists with three.
Genesee shot 57 percent from the floor with 39 points coming from beyond the arc at a 54-percent shooting percentage.

With the game just a one-score affair with a Cougar 21-19 lead, Genesee went on a 17-2 run to go up 38-21 before taking a 52-38 first half lead. The Cougars kept a double-digit lead through the second half with a lead between 15-20 points for most of the way.

Jasmine Holmes had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks

Lady Cougars End Regular Season with Double-Digit WNYAC Win

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team beat Mercyhurst North East 78-62 to end both the month of February and their regular season. The 16-point winning differential was the highest by the team in any Western New York Athletic Conference win this season and the 78 points were three points away from a season-high.

The contest became the lone Genesee WNYAC game where the Cougars never trailed at any point during the game. After starting with a 10-2 lead, the Cougars ended the first quarter with a 17-10 lead. Genesee nearly doubled its winning margin after the second quarter at 39-26.

The Cougars played their best overall quarter in the third by out-scoring the Saints by double digits that was fueled by a 12-0 run during the quarter.

Genesee shot 54 percent from the floor and 53 percent from beyond the arc that accounted for 30 of its 78, while recording five double-digit scorers.

Reika Murota led all Cougars in points with 22 points with 18 coming from three-land that included a 67 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

Jasmine Holmes added 18 points with team-highs in rebounds with nine and blocks with four. Both Rosalyn Sealey and TaLia Burgess added a dozen points apiece with Sealey recording a team-high eight assists and Burgess hauling in seven boards.

Current Cougar Female Athlete of the Week Kierra Perl rounded out the double-digit offensive Genesee players with 10 points.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Double Signee for Soccer and Lacrosse/Athletes of the Week

Riley Marconi (center) became a double signee for GCC soccer and lacrosse from gates Chili

Press Release:

Marconi Becomes Double Signee for Soccer and Lacrosse

Riley Marconi became the latest Cougar to join the Genesee Community College athletic program as a double signee Feb. 26 for the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams for Cougar coach Jeff Reyngoudt, who coaches both.

Marconi plays for the Gates Chili Spartans in Section V of the New York Public High School Athletic Association for one of the largest high schools in Western New York that compete at the Class-AA level.
The senior Spartan joins both teams with the best attributes a recruit can possess that include academics, leadership and talent as she has been tabbed as an honor student, captain and most valuable with her high school team.

Marconi plans to attend GCC after high school graduation and compete for the Cougars in the fall of 2018 with the women’s soccer team at the midfielder position, and then with the women’s lacrosse team in the spring of 2019 at either the midi or attack positions.

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 24 are Kierra Perl (Attica, NY) from the women’s basketball team and Brian Fobbs (Rochester, NY) from the men’s basketball team.

Kierra Perl (far right) battles under the boards against Niagara Feb. 17

Perl just missed recording back-to-back double-doubles by a single rebound last week against No. 1-ranked Monroe Community College and Jamestown Community College, but still averaged double-double statistics in scoring 27 points to go with 20 rebounds in the pair of games. Although she led the Cougars in scoring in both games last week, her better of the two was in Jamestown with a 17-point performance that accounted for 40 percent of the Cougars’ offense.

Brian Fobbs gets one of several dunks Saturday against JCC as he moved into the eighth in all-time GCC scoring

Fobbs averaged 26 points, 10.5 rebounds, two assists and three steals in a pair of games last week while shooting 56 percent from the field as the Cougars locked up third place in the WNYAC. On the weekend game at Jamestown, Fobbs recorded a double-double 30-point performance and 13 rebounds to go with three assists and four steals. With his 30-point performance, Brian moved into sole possession of fourth-place all-time in Genesee career scoring with 1243 points.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse also known as GCASA has received a $1.9 million state grant to build a 16 bed detox unit.
The grant was provided through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Rapid Treatment Expansion Capital Funding Grant.
The detox facility would be the first for the GLOW region, something that GCASA Executive Director John Bennett said is urgently needed in the area….

The new building will be constructed on CGASA’s Main Street campus and will consist of 16 single units for patients going through drug detoxification.
Bennet hopes to open the facility by July of next year.

Plans for brewing in Batavia remain firm as Buffalo based Resurgence Brewing expands its operations in the Queen City.
Resurgence plans to build a restaurant and tavern along Ellicott Street as part of Savarino Development’s Ellicott Station project.
Sam Savarino spoke with our news partner The Batavian saying that financing for the Ellicott Station project should be completed by the end of this month and construction could begin with two months after that.
Ellicott Station is expected to include the brewery, some office space and 50 market rate apartments.

Lawmakers in Albany are struggling to find common ground on gun reform legislation.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says her colleagues need to work quickly to get bills passed…

Senate Democrats tried to bring a handful of bills to the New York Senate floor on Wednesday.
The legislation included a bump stock ban and more research into gun violence.
However Republicans in the GOP-led senate blocked the bills from going to the floor.
Republican leaders say they’re currently working on their own legislation to address gun violence.
The GOP says their bills will focus on beefing up school security and make it more difficult for people with mental illnesses to get firearms.

Forecasters say the area could be in for a foot of snow.
Another relatively warm week will end this evening as a Winter Storm Watch goes into effect lasting through tomorrow.
The Watch covers most of Western New York including Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.
The National Weather Service is forecasting possible snow accumulations of 6 to 11 inches in the most persistent areas.

Evening News Briefing

Buffalo based Resurgence Brewing says its expansion in the Queen City will have no impact on its plans for Batavia.
Resurgence plans to build a restaurant and tavern along Ellicott Street as part of Savarino Development’s Ellicott Station project.
San Savarino tells our news partner The Batavian today that financing for the Ellicott Station project should be completed by the end of March and construction could begin with two months after that.
Ellicott Station is expected to include the brewery, some office space and 50 market rate apartments.


The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, GCASA, is awarded a state grant to build 16 bed detox unit.
The grant amounts to $1.9-million.
GCASA Executive Director John Bennett tells WBTA the need for such a facility is urgent

The detox unit will consist of 16 single units in a new building to be constructed on CGASA’s Main Street campus. Bennet says he hopes to have the unit operating by July of next year.


Batavia firemen quickly knock down a minor fire at Hanson Aggregates on Cedar Street late this morning.
Officials said Hanson employees were doing some work in a silo when materials onto the roof and caught fire.


Genesee County now has an estimate of the cost of a brand new jail.
Consultants tell legislators are looking at $52-million for a new lock-up and maybe more.
The estimate takes into account new state regulations and a projected increase in the county jail population.


A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect tomorrow night through Friday
The Watch extends to Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties and most all of Western New York.
The National Weather Service is forecasting possible snow accumulations of 6 to 11 inches with most falling in higher elevations.

GCASA Awarded Grant to Build Detox Unit

The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) gets a $1.9-million state grant to build 16 bed detox unit.

GCASA Executive Director John Bennett tells WBTA the need for such a facility is urgent:

The detox unit will consist of 16 single units in a new building to be constructed on CGASA’s Main Street campus. Bennett says he hopes to have the unit operating by July of next year.

The GCASA grant was part of a $10-million award in capital funding to five providers for the development of 84 new community-based Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services beds throughout New York. The detox programs will provide around-the-clock care to people who are under the influence of alcohol, opioids, or other substances, or suffering from withdrawal, and help stabilize them and connect them to long-term treatment services.

“This investment for new community-based detox programs will provide the care and treatment services needed to help people suffering from alcohol and drug addiction,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force. “These programs are providing resources and helping to save lives, particularly in underserved communities.”

Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Programs offer medical assessment, information about recovery support, family treatment, clinical services, and medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. This expansion of services is part of the Governor’s continued multi-pronged approach to address the opioid epidemic by providing comprehensive prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Structure fire reported on Cedar Street in Batavia

Fire crews in Batavia were called to a report of a structure fire at the Hanson Aggregates building off of Cedar Street and Ellicott Street Road at around 11:30 this morning.

Apparently workers at the sand and gravel supplier were doing work on the silo when some materials fell onto the roof and caught fire.

The workers thought they had put the fire out before it reignited.

City fire crews quickly extinguished what was left of the fire.

Ranzenhofer Introduces Bill to Expand Child Tax Credit

Press Release:

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) has introduced legislation (S7815) today in the State Senate to expand New York’s Child and Dependent Tax Credit by doubling the current cap on child care expenses across the board.

“Child care costs continue to rise for parents. These high costs are a major burden for families, even among households with both parents working. This legislation would make it a little easier for hard-working parents by doubling the child tax credit. This new proposal makes it more affordable to raise a family in New York State,” said Ranzenhofer.

The proposed expanded tax credit is estimated to provide $225 million in new relief for middle-class families. Most families are estimated to receive a new average credit of $750, an increase of $375 from last year.

Under existing law, taxpayers are eligible to claim the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help offset the costs of caring for a child under the age of 13, a disabled spouse or a disabled dependent. The expense amount allowed toward the credit is limited at various levels depending on the number of children.

Number of Children Current Cap (2018) Proposed Cap (2019)
1 $3,000 $6,000
2 $6,000 $12,000
3 $7,500 $15,000
4 $8,500 $17,000
5 or more $9,000 $18,000

If enacted, taxpayers would be able to take advantage of the increased limits starting in 2019.

Morning News Briefing

Amherst man arrested in Thruway stand-off identified as court officer.
The Amherst resident responsible for shutting down the thruway during an hours’ long stand-off has been reported to be a court officer in Erie County.
WKBW in Buffalo has identified 50 year old John Pezzino of Amherst as the man who was taken into custody after leading police on a short pursuit and negotiating for several hours on the Thruway near Stafford Monday.
The news source confirmed with the New York Courts that Pezzino is a Court Officer Sergeant in the Erie County Court.
State Police have charged him with fleeing and resisting arrest.

Consultant tells County a new jail is needed in Genesee.
Genesee County Officials are looking at the new requirements and necessity of building a new jail while being faced with increasing pressure from New York’s corrections commission.
Consultant Rod Miller who is president of CRS Incorporate spoke Saturday morning with members of the Legislature, senior county officials, and Sheriff’s Office staff about his analysis of the county’s incarceration facility.
Miller said the county needs a new jail.
The Jail could cost more than $52 million dollars to house the projected jail population of 184 by 2042.
The design of the jail must also deal with the reality of state regulations and the needs of a jail population that is ever in flux.
When it comes to the question of a regional jail, Miller said there are states with examples of successful regional jails, but in those states, the state government picked up half the cost. For more on the story check the article be our news partner The Batavian.

Byron man busted for allegedly stolen steel.
37 year old Joseph Kuzma of Byron Holley Road in Byron was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny following investigation into an alleged theft that occurred in January.
Kuzma is accused of stealing $780 worth of steel from a Byron Elba Road address and selling it in Monroe County.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Byron Town Court in March.

Sheriff’s Office warns of the latest phone scam.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about reports of scammers calling residents attempting to elicit medical records.
The scammers use medical histories to refill prescriptions which are sent to medical offices and once signed by a doctor, are used to bill insurance companies.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents NOT to provide personal or medical information over the telephone.

New figures paint a bleaker picture of the opioid crisis throughout New York State.
New Health Department statistics show that there were close to two-thousand opioid-related deaths in the state, not counting New York City, in 2016, up 100 from previously reported.
The discrepancies suggest that medical examiners can’t keep up with the number of people dying of opioid overdoses.

Winter Storm Watch Going into effect tomorrow.
The National Weather Service has issued the watch for counties including Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming to be in effect from Thursday evening through Friday evening.
Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are possible.
The morning commute on Friday is expected to suffer from difficult travel conditions.

Evening News Briefing

Dawn Fairbanks City of Batavia H-R Specialist

A Cincinnati, Ohio executive search company will now begin finding Batavia’s next city manager.
The city council last night awarded a $26,000r contract to Novak Consulting Group.
Dawn Fairbanks is the city’s H-R specialist.
She said the three firms that made the final cut were very close

Council noted that the cost of the search firm is easily made up because the city is not currently paying a manager or assistant manager.


New figures paint a bleaker picture of the opioid crisis throughout New York State. New Health Department statistics show that there were close to two-thousand opioid-related deaths in the state, not counting New York City, in 2016, up 100 from previously reported.
The discrepancies suggest that medical examiners can’t keep up with the number of people dying of opioid overdoses.


Another telephone scam. This time, authorities are warning the public about an attempt to elicit medical records.
Scammers use medical histories for prescription refills which are sent to medical offices and once signed by a doctor, are used to bill insurance companies.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents NOT to provide personal or medical information over the telephone.


Would you like to help out some baby Blue birds?
The Genesee County Park and Nature Center is offering a special program on March 10th to learn all about Nest Watch. You’ll get the chance to be outdoors and prepare next boxes for this season. The program is free but you have to register. Call the Park and Nature Center in East Bethany at 585-344-1122.

Bluebird Babysitters Needed

News Release: Genesee County Park 

How does a team of volunteers help baby birds?

Join us for Bluebird Babysitters: Nest Box Monitoring for Science on Saturday March 10th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm as we look out for the Bluebird families at Genesee County Park & Forest! Learn about NestWatch – a nationwide nest monitoring program – and find out what YOU can do to keep baby bluebirds and their friends happy and healthy. Dress for the weather and meet at the Interpretive Nature Center at Genesee County Park & Forest. Get all the latest tips about bluebird nest boxes and the secret life of the Eastern Bluebird, then head outside to prepare the boxes for nesting season 2018! This event will go on, rain or shine.

This program is FREE!! Pre-registration is required, call 585-344-1122!

Three women busted for Bail Jumping in Genesee County

47 year old Nancy Mordenga of Hilton was arrested on Route 237 in Byron after allegedly failing to appear in court.

She was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

35 year old Nefetiria Turner of Seven Springs Road in Batavia was apprehended on Drake Street in Oakfield for allegedly jumping bail.

She was remanded in lieu of bail to the Genesee County Jail.

30 year old Kendra Thomas of Bank Street Batavia was taken into custody on West Main Street and charged with Bail Jumping in the Third Degree.

Thomas was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Orleans County Deputies take plea deal for double dipping while on duty

53 year old Dean Covis and 46 year old Tom Marano have been on unpaid leave from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office since their arrest last year for working security jobs while on the clock as deputies.

The pair were initially facing over 100 counts each of falsifying business records along with counts of Grand Larceny.

Both Covis and Marano accepted a plea deal yesterday in which they pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of Petit Larceny and Falsifying Business Records and agreed to pay back restitution.

There were no sentencing promises made in the deal and the charges carry a maximum of one year in jail.

Both are scheduled for sentencing on May 7th.

For now, it remains unclear what their status with the Sheriff’s Department will be.

LCSO: H.E.R.O. Presentation

Press Release:

H.E.R.O. Program: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty announces that on February 15, 2018 the H.E.R.O (Heroin Education, Resisting Opiates) Program was provided to youth of Livingston County.

This is the third year of presenting this program which began with students from the Dansville School District receiving the program. The program continues to grow with seniors from every high school in Livingston County invited to attend. This year’s event took place at the Wadsworth Auditorium on the campus of SUNY Geneseo, where approximately 600 students attended the program. To date, over 1,000 students have received this program.

The goal of the program is to educate the students on the “real Life” dangers of heroin and opiate use.

The program was moderated by Dansville High School Principal Tom Frazier. The students heard emotional and powerful presentations from parents who have lost children to a heroin overdose, Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty, a Livingston County Jail inmate who has had been incarcerated due to heroin addiction, a recovering addict who is currently in counseling, the Dansville School drug and alcohol counselor, and a mock ambulance call by the Livingston County EMS representing a heroin overdose.

Sheriff Dougherty would like to thank the school districts for their commitment to educate their students to the opiate crisis. Sheriff Dougherty would also like to acknowledge the Dansville Central School District, Livingston County EMS, parent and family victims, Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse of Livingston County, and the SUNY Geneseo Staff for their support and planning of the program.

GCSO: Warning of Medical Information Scam

Press Release:

The Genesee County Sheriffs Office would like to warn the public of a scam involving personal medical information. Perpetrators of this scam contact local residents by telephone and attempt to elicit medical history/records. The information received is then used to fill out prescriptions which are sent to medical offices for refill. Once signed, these prescriptions are being used to bill insurance companies. The origins of this scam are unknown at this time but it is under investigation and is, quite likely, a multiple-state crime. The Sheriffs Office would like to remind local residents NOT to provide personal or medical information over the telephone. Remember, thieves can appear to be very knowledgeable and convincing in nature. It is important to contact your local physician or pharmacy if you believe such information has been compromised.

Spring Open House at Genesee Community College

GCC student activity image, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

What: Spring Open House at Genesee Community College

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College – One College Road, Batavia NY

Who: Everyone looking for affordable higher education!

Background: Ready to begin your college experience? Not sure where to start? GCC is truly the place to be! At Genesee Community College, our admissions team and student success coaches, know how daunting it can be to begin a degree or certificate program. So, we’re here to help!

To get started, attend a Spring Open House! The first will be on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If evenings are difficult for you, then join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Representatives from GCC’s student services offices will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, career and transfer services, student activities, athletics and you can even attend a financial aid session. Tours of the campus will be available, including the new Student Success Center, Richard C. Call Arena and College Village – GCC’s apartment-style residential housing.

To register for either Open House visit www.genesee.edu/openhouse or call 1-866-CALL-GCC!

Can’t make it to either session? Consider attending a Friday Visit Day! You can learn about GCC’s simple application and admissions processes, financial aid opportunities, take a campus tour, and even sit in on a college class!

Friday Visit Days begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon on the following dates:

• March 2, 2018
• March 23, 2018
• April 20, 2018
• May 4, 2018

You can also visit www.genesee.edu/VT for a virtual campus tour!

GCC offers a comprehensive selection of over 70 degree and certificate programs! Dedicated to student success and accessibility, GCC offers a totally FREE application process, FREE career counseling, FREE tutoring and FREE parking! With over 100 courses available online every semester and 15 degrees that can be earned completely online, GCC is more convenient than ever. GCC’s Campus Centers located in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw provide additional options to attend class close to home.

For more information about the Open House, contact GCC’s Admissions Office at 585-345-6800 or email Admissions@genesee.edu. For online, door-to-door driving directions go to: http://www.genesee.edu/about/visit/maps/.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/02/08/gcc-place-be

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES MARCH OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
March Office Hours:

Monroe County:

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, March 28, 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, March 9, 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, March 23, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Stand off on the thruway with a possibly suicidal suspect ends without injury.
A dangerous police pursuit that shut down the Thruway in Batavia for nearly five hours ended with the arrest of an emotionally disturbed Amherst man.
Shortly after one yesterday afternoon State Police were called to the I-90 in Stafford for a BOLO or (be on lookout) alert for an emotionally disturbed person that was possibly operating an SUV in the area.
Police located and attempted to stop the vehicle however the male occupant refused to pull over.
The suspect crossed over the median avoiding roadblocks that were put in place at the interchanges in LeRoy and Batavia.
The male subject surrendered peacefully after lengthy negotiations, and was taken into custody.
He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for evaluation with no injuries reported.
The Thruway was shut down between LeRoy and Pembroke causing massive traffic jams on Routes 55 and 33 in and around Batavia.
The Thruway was reopened around 6 p.m.

Council approves hiring recommended search firm from Cincinnati.
During their Special Business Meeting last night, council voted unanimously in favor of hiring the Novak Consulting Group to conduct the search for a new city manager.
The city’s search committee tasked with filling the vacant position recommended the Cincinnati based firm because they had more experience recruiting in New York than other service.
It’s estimated to cost around $26,200 to conduct the search, an expenditure that is offset because there is no salary currently being paid to a city manager or an assistant.
One guarantee provided with the Novak deal is that the company would conduct a new search for free should the new hire leave the position within two years.

Mayors from across Western New York are standing behind Governor Cuomo on his campaign to change tax law.
Cuomo wants to sue the federal government for eliminating the ability to fully deduct state and local taxes.
The mayors of Rochester, East Rochester, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Honeoye Falls and Warsaw are all onboard.
Cuomo says he’s proud to have mayors from across the state working with him on this.

It isn’t known if a woman accused of making a terroristic threat against a Rochester school will be deported.
Rochester police arrested 21-year-old Abigail Hernandez on Friday for allegedly threatening East High School, where she had been a student.
WROC reports her dad says she’s special-needs and isn’t capable of making this type of threat considering she isn’t capable of finding her own way to school.
Hernandez doesn’t have legal status in the U.S. and is in federal custody waiting for an immigration judge to decide if she stays.

The Buffalo Bills are picking up a veteran cornerback.
Last night, they announced they signed Vontae Davis, who most recently played for the Indianapolis Colts.
Davis and the Bills have agreed to a one-year contract.
“The Buffalo News” reports this could mean cornerback E.J. Gaines would go on the market as a free agent next month.

Thruway Reopens, Suspect in Custody

The police standoff with a potential suicidal suspect ended late this afternoon along the NYS Thruway between near Batavia.
The suspect in the police pursuit is in custody and the Thruway has been reopened.

The incident, which began around one o’clock Monday afternoon, shut down the Thruway between LeRoy and Pembroke for almost five hours.
During that time, traffic backed-up into Routes 55 and 33 in and around Batavia creating traffic jams in the city’s normally easily passable streets.
Dozens of tractor-trailer trucks further hampered the traffic flow when inadvertently blocked intersections.

Troopers said the pursuit of the suspect began between LeRoy and Batavia. At times, the suspect crossed the I-90 median to avoid roadblocks that were established at the LeRoy and Batavia interchanges.

Thruway Closure – Alternative Routes

News Release: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office

I-90 is closed between exit 48A Pembroke to Exit 49 Le Roy due to an ongoing law enforcement incident. For travelers please use the following alternate routes until further notice:

Eastbound traffic: Please use Route 77 South to Route 20 East to Route 19 North to rejoin I-90 in Le Roy (travelling East on I-90 only).

Westbound traffic: Please use Route 19 South to Route 20 West to Route 77 North to rejoin I-90 in Pembroke (travelling West on I-90 only).

Any questions regarding I-90 operations, please contact the NYS Thruway Authority.

Thruway Closure Impacts Batavia – UPDATE

PHOTO Above:  Westbound truck traffic backs up several blocks on Main St. in Batavia

What has been described as police activity has closed the thruway between Pembroke and LeRoy.
As a result, traffic is building up in Batavia along Route 5 and 33 at times creating a small city grid lock.
The closure of the Thruway began around one this afternoon.
State Police began to pursue a driver from Canandaigua along the thruway from LeRoy toward Batavia.
There was a report that the suspect driver may be suicidal.
Once the thruway was closed in each direction, the suspect vehicle began to cross the median of the 1-90 to avoid the roadblocks.
It appears now that the pursuit is over and troopers have stopped the suspect vehicle but the thruway remains closed and traffic continues to build-up in Batavia.
The 1-90 is closed between Pembroke and LeRoy, in both directions. Westbound traffic is allowed to enter the thruway at Pembroke and eastbound traffic can get on the thruway at LeRoy.

PHOTO Below: Two car accident at Main & Center Streets this afternoon. No serious injuries. Occurred at peak of traffic congestion.

Thruway Closed between Pembroke and LeRoy UPDATE

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE

The New York State Thruway is closed between Pembroke (Exit 48A) and LeRoy (Exit 47) due to a police incident.
Both the eastbound and westbound lanes are closed.

State Police have responded to a report of a potential suicidal driver traveling along the Thruway between Batavia and LeRoy.

The pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle began in Canandaigua.

Witnesses said the driver crossed the median of the I-90 several times
The driver was reportedly making U-turns to avoid the blocked exits.

Several State Police patrol cars have responded.

Traffic is being allowed to travel eastbound on the Thruway from LeRoy.

Batavia Police have remarked that traffic along Main Street in Batavia is heavier than usual and travel has slowed considerably.

Warsaw man arrested on drug related charges after breaking down in Attica

56 year old Jacob Sumeriski was arrested following an investigation into a broken down car on Plowe Road in Attica.

He was allegedly found in possession of a suspected crack pipe and other drug paraphernalia and was showing signs of drug impairment.

After a drug influence evaluation Sumeriski was arrested and charged with DWAI by drugs and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.

He was released to a sober party with appearance tickets for Attica Town Court.

Stankevich: Staying in the Race for Congress

Press Release:

There will be a primary, and I plan on being your next Congressman. The people of this district deserve the freedom to choose their candidate.

You deserve the freedom of a primary, and you deserve a rural candidate who lives in the district. I’ve shown you, my neighbors, that I have a plan to beat Chris Collins come November, and it starts with you.

Throughout this campaign I’ve promised you honesty and accountability, and that’s why I am staying in the race. I’ve committed to you not to divide us on partisan politics, but to unite on the values that makes us all Americans.

I encourage you to listen to all candidates, to learn about who we are and what we stand for, and choose the candidate that you want to be your next Congressman.

You’ll learn that I believe in family, in accountability, and in you. Imagine a Congressman who does not hide in Washington or does not believe that this is the next step in a political career. I’m running because we can do better.

I came back to Western New York to take care of my family and my family’s business. I’ve taken what I learned from business school and experiences throughout my career in business to invest in new technology and grow my family’s small business. Our small businesses can do better. They deserve the chance to grow and to thrive.

Imagine a Congressman who does not worry about your political party, how much money you make, or what you look like. A Congressman who only cares about ensuring every single person in Western New York is doing better than they were before, and a Congressman who ensures our children can do better than we ever believed.

I’m looking forward to meeting you on the campaign trail and learning how to make Western New York a better place. Remember, this is about your values, your voice, and your vote.

Nick Stankevich

Morning News Briefing

Search committee makes its recommendation for firm to handle City Manager search.
The specially formed search committee tasked with filling the vacant city manager position is recommending that The Novak Consulting Group conduct the professional search.
They estimate the total search to cost around $26,200.
Council members Eugene Jankowski, Adam Tabelski and Robert Bialkowski along with HR Specialist Dawn Fairbanks comprise the committee.
During tonight’s Conference Meeting the committee is expected to ask Council to consider the Cincinnati based firm with the ultimate goal of garnering a positive vote from council at their Special Business Meeting later this evening.
The search committee received seven responses from executive search services, which were narrowed down to three finalists, and each of those companies were interviewed via a conference call.
The two year contract would come with the guarantee that if the new hire leaves the position within that time, Novak would conduct a new search for no professional fee.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

An Elba man stopped for speeding now faces felony drunk driving charge.
41 year old Cale Rice of Drake Street Road in Elba was stopped for speeding on Oak Orchard Road.
Due to having a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, Deputies charged him with a felony count of DWI.
He was released with an appearance ticket for March 21st in Elba Town Court.

Dellinger Ave man turns himself in after domestic disturbance.
26 year old Joseph Tornabene of Batavia was arrested and charged with second degree Harassment with physical contact following a reported domestic incident that occurred Friday afternoon at a Dellinger Ave address.
Tornabene was accused of striking his wife in the face before leaving the scene.
After a charge was signed Tornabene turned himself in to the Batavia Police Department and was released with an appearance for today in Batavia City Court.

Tyrod Taylor might be sticking around Orchard Park long enough to pick up a six-million-dollar bonus.
The Bills need to up their offense to stay competitive next season which could mean trying to trade up quarterbacks.
However last week it was reported that the Bills could be hedging their bets and keeping Taylor on.
If Taylor is still a Buffalo Bill on March 16th, they owe him a six-million-dollar bonus.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is warning President Trump against cutting funding for school safety.
Last night Schumer tweeted against Trump’s budget saying it calls for nearly half a billion-dollars in cuts from the Department of Education’s school safety measures and mental health assistance.
Schumer said this funding has made schools like Newtown safer and will do everything in his power to fight this.

WBTA Sunday News

The National Weather Service posts a High Wind Warning for Genesee and Orleans counties.
Southwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour are forecast with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening

An Elba man arrested on a felony drunk driving charge.
41 year old Daniel Rice of Drake Street Road was stopped for speeding on Oak Orchard Road.
Deputies then charged him with DWI and filed the added felony charge when it was learned that Rice had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years.

A guard at Wyoming Correctional is on the wrong side of the bars for allegedly taking money from inmates for drugs.
37 year old William Fannan of Orchard Park is accused of taking bribes from two inmates to smuggle the drug K2 into the prison.
Fannan is now in the Wyoming County Jail on $40,000 bail.

Saturday News Briefing

Police patrols to increase around Batavia City Schools.
There has been no credible threat against students or staff according to The Batavia City School District however following several perceived threats locally, police will increase their visibility around city school buildings.
Yesterday Superintendent Chris Daily released a letter addressed to parents, faculty and staff referencing the tragedy in Parkland, Florida:

Daily says the increased police presence around schools is meant to be a positive and proactive step toward thwarting any real or perceived threat.

Evans Street woman busted for drugs after being taken in on a bench warrant.
32 year old Madalyn Muntz of Batavia was arrested following investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Muntz was taken into custody on a bench warrant and was allegedly found in possession of cocaine, a hypodermic instrument, and other various drug paraphernalia.
She was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and of a Hypodermic Instrument along using drug paraphernalia and pot possession.
Muntz was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on March 6th.

Suspicious store customer arrested for shoplifting and found with drugs.
35 year old Jonathan Stanton of Vine Street in Batavia was arrested and charged with Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia and Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument, along with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Petit Larceny.
Stanton was apprehended following report of a suspicious male at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Main Street Road in Batavia.
He allegedly stole $119.97 worth of merchandise and was found in possession of various drug paraphernalia and pot.
Stanton was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on March 26th.

Dog abuser sent to prison.
35 year old Shawn Twardowski formerly of Bank Street Batavia appeared for sentencing in Genesee County Court yesterday on a burglary conviction.
Twardowski was arrested a year ago, for strangling and punching a beagle, attacking a woman, stealing and attempting to disable her mobile phone and then, upon police arrival, barricading himself in a bedroom.
Judge Charles Zambito agreed with the prosecution that Twardowski is a threat to society, and sentenced him to two-and-a-half to five years in prison.

An officer at Wyoming Correctional has been put on the other side of the bars for allegedly taking money from inmates for drugs.
37 year old William Fannan of Orchard Park is accused of taking bribes from two inmates to smuggle the drug K2 into the prison.
Fannan is now in the Wyoming County Jail on $40,000 bail.

Governor Cuomo is extending his emergency executive order allowing New York pharmacists to give flu shots to children ages two to 18.
The governor says it’s important to increase access for New Yorkers as flu diagnoses continue to rise across the state.

Evening News Briefing

The Batavia City School District says there has been no credible threat against students or staff but police will increase their visibility around city school buildings.
Superintendent Chris Daily released a letter today addressed to parents, faculty and staff referencing the tragedy in Parkland, Florida:

Daily says the increased police presence around schools is meant to be a positive and proactive step toward thwarting any real or perceived threat.

An officer at Wyoming Correctional has been put on the other side of the bars for allegedly taking money from inmates for drugs.
37 year old William Fannan or Orchard Park is accused of taking bribes from two inmates to smuggle the drug K2 into the prison.
Fannan is now in the Wyoming County Jail.

A Town of Darien man arrested for allegedly grabbing a 13 year old boy by the neck during a domestic dispute.
28 year old Alexander Seegar of Allegany Road charged with harassment and endangering eh welfare of a child.
Seegar given a court appearance ticket.

It looks like jurors in the bribery trial of Joseph Percoco might start deliberations as early as next week.
The government has rested its case and the defense will likely wrap up on Monday.
Prosecutors say the former aide to Governor Cuomo accepted more than $300,000 in bribes in exchange for political favors.

Governor Cuomo is extending his emergency executive order allowing New York pharmacists to give flu shots to children ages two to 18.
The governor says it’s important to increase access for New Yorkers as flu diagnoses continue to rise across the state.

Darien man arrested for allegedly harassing a child

28 year old Alexander Seegar of Alleghany Road in Darien was arrested and charged with Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a domestic incident that occurred late last night.

Seegar is accused of grabbing a 13 year old child by the back of the neck during a verbal altercation.

He was issued an appearance ticket for March 13th in Darien Town Court.

Alabama man busted for DWI after report of an accident on the Rez

28 year old James Longmire of Bloomingdale Road was arrested following a complaint on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

He allegedly crashed into an embankment after failing to negotiate a curve on Councilhouse Road on the Reservation.

Longmire was allegedly intoxicated at the time and was charged with DWI, and Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle along with traffic infractions for speeding and failing to keep right.

He was released with appearance tickets returnable to Alabama Town Court on March 28th.

Two Batavia residents picked up for petit larceny at Walmart

46 year old Barbara Ferrando of Summit Street was arrested yesterday following investigation alleging that she and another person stole an item from the store two weeks ago.

Ferrando was released with an appearance ticket for March 12th in Batavia Town Court.

In a separate incident 37 year old Michael Jackson Jr. of State Street in the city was also arrested and charged with Petit Larceny.

Jackson was accused of committing the larceny from Walmart last Thursday.

He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court on March 15th.

Warsaw man jailed for drug possession following traffic stop in Wyoming

23 year old Jordan Mock of Warsaw was stopped Wednesday night for allegedly speeding on North Academy Street in Warsaw.

Deputies allegedly found Mock in possession of heroin, hydrocodone pills, both powder and crack cocaine and marijuana.

He was arrested and charged with three felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia and pot possession.

Mock was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse/Athletes of the Week

 

Hannah Kirisits (center) is surrounded by her parents as she commits to GCC’s women’s lacrosse program from lancaster

Press Release:

Kirisits is Latest Women’s Lacrosse Edition

Hannah Kirisits became the latest Cougar to join the women’s lacrosse ranks after signing on and enjoying a family campus visit Feb. 21.

After returning from one end of the state and signing Julia Malkischer from the Albany area, Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt stayed a little bit closer to home by heading in the opposite direction this time – west – to recruit literally a legend.

Kirisits plays for the Lancaster Legends in Section VI of the New York Public High School Athletic Association for one of the largest high schools in Western New York that competes at the Double-A level.

Not only does Reyngoudt’s latest recruit have the versatility as both a defender and midfielder, but like so many other Reyngoudt recruits, she comes along with a winning pedigree as a high-school sectional champion and her athleticism goes beyond the lacrosse field and onto the courts of basketball and tennis. In addition, there’s no better recruit than one that excells both on the field and in the classroom as Kirisits is also an honor student.

Kirisits plans to attend GCC to help pursue a career in graphic design and will join the team in the spring of 2019.

Nanako Shiozawa (Chiba, Japan) from the women’s swimming team and Ferran Martinez (Barcelona, Spain) from the men’s swimming team

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 18 are Nanako Shiozawa (Chiba, Japan) from the women’s swimming team and Ferran Martinez (Barcelona, Spain) from the men’s swimming team, with the latter also being selected as the NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week.

Martinez helped the GCC men’s swimming team set three school relay records and he also captured first place three times at the NJCAA Regionals/NE District Championships in helping the Cougars to a regional championship runner-up finish last weekend. Martinez captured half of all the men’s individual first places that included the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley. The three school relay records Martinez was a part of were the 400-yard freestyle, the 400-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle.

Shiozawa was the lone Cougar to capture a first-place finish (200-yard butterfly) in women’s compettion at the NJCAA Regionals/NE District Championships in helping Genesee to a third-place Region-III finish (fourth-place NE District) last weekend at MCC. Shiozawa took home three top-three finishes overall that also included a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, as well as being part of four relay teams that finished in the top-four with one second-place (400-yard medley), one third-place (200-yard freestyle) and two fourth-place (200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle) finishes.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Students report Threat of Violence at another area school.
Concerned students at Letchworth Central School contacted Lawmen in Wyoming County to investigate a possible threat of violence.
According to The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, students identified another Letchworth High School student as the author of a perceived threat posted on social media.
Sheriff Greg Rudolph said there was no actual threat to campus, students or staff.
He said school safety is the number one priority for the Sheriff’s Office had he is glad that students and staff at the Letchworth District share the same mission.
The incident follows The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office investigation into verbal threats made by a Batavia High School student attending BOCES late last week.
No arrests have been made in either case, however police said they take threats of any kind very seriously.

Corrections Officer in Wyoming behind bars for allegedly taking bribes from inmates.
37 year old William Fannan of Orchard Park is accused of taking money from two inmates to smuggle in a dangerous synthetic drug called K2 into the Wyoming Correctional Facility.
Fannan was arrested and charged with Promoting Prison Contraband, Receiving a Bribe, Official Misconduct and Conspiracy.
The two inmates who were purchasing the drugs from Fannan were transferred to another facility after being charged with promoting prison contraband and conspiracy as well.
Fannan was ordered to be held in lieu of $40,000 bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Judge gives Batavia woman final chance to avoid prison.
32 year old Ann Capuano of Montclair Avenue was originally arrested for attempted burglary last April when she allegedly entered a State Street business brandishing a knife.
She later admitted to being on drugs at the time.
Yesterday she was sentenced to 6-months in jail and 5-years’ probation for violating provisions of her release under supervision.
In treatment, she was accused of stealing medication from another patient.
Judge Charles Zambito told Capuano this was her last chance and the next step would be state prison.

Flu rates in New York continue to rise.
The newest numbers from the state department of health show confirmed flu cases are up nine-percent from the week before but related hospitalizations are down 13-percent.
Western New York’s flu season is slightly better than it was the week before.
However, we still have the second-highest flu rate of any part of the state.
Governor Cuomo is again urging New Yorkers to get the shot and help stop the spread.

Evening News Briefing

A threat of violence at Letchworth Central has Wyoming County lawmen investigating.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a perceived threat on social media was traced to a Letchworth High School student.
The sheriff says there was no actual threat to campus, students or staff but were thankful other students came forward with their concerns.
Late last week, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office investigated verbal threats made by a Batavia High School student attending BOCES.
In both cases, police said they take threats of any kind very seriously.
No arrests were made in either case.

A Batavia woman gets 6-months in jail and 5-years’ probation for violating provisions of her release under supervision. 32 year old Ann Capuano of Montclair Avenue was originally arrested for attempted burglary last June when she allegedly entered a State Street business brandishing a knife.
She later admitted to being on drugs at the time.

The Batavia Development Corporation gets a vote of confidence from City Council.
During a budget session last night council debated the $110,000 in funding for the BDC.
Ward 4 Councilman Al McGinnis favored funding BDC for another year, he was review it for next year:

The Batavia Development Corporation and its executive director are funding with the city’s share of slot machine revenue from Batavia Downs.
That cash feed the city’s general fund and could be used for any purpose.

There’s speculation Governor Cuomo may be eyeing the White House in 2020. Cuomo has said he’s focused on winning a third term but gave a one liner during a union endorsement speech yesterday that sounded presidential. Cuomo told the crowd, we’re going to make America America again. When asked if that was a presidential campaign slogan, Cuomo ducked the question and referred to a poem titled “Let America be America Again.”

City Council backs up BDC’s impact on development

The Batavia Development Corp received support across the board from City Council members during their latest budget workshop.

Council was discussing the $110,000 in funding the city provides to the BDC which includes paying Economic Development Coordinator Julie Pacatte salary.

Councilman Al McGinnis said he he would like the funding reviewed next year but that it might be OK to fund BDC this year.

After learning that funding for the BDC comes from the video slot machine proceeds paid to the city by Batavia Downs, McGinnis backed off his initial request.

City Maintenance unpacks seven year tree master plan

The City’s Superintendent of Maintenance Ray Tourt was a featured guest on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning where he laid out plans for a lengthy tree replacement project…

Tourt said that they are planning on replacing between 40 and 60 trees this year.

He said there will be an award for the tree bid within the next month.

Judge gives Batavia woman final chance to avoid prison.

32 year old Ann Capuano of Montclair Avenue appeared for sentencing in Genesee County Court this morning after repeated violations of her release under supervision agreement.

She pleaded guilty to a Class E felony of attempted burglary in June after admitting to a bizarre incident in which she entered a business on State Street Road brandishing a knife.

She later admitted to being on drugs during the incident.

First Assistant District Attorney Mellissa Cianfrini requested incarceration after citing a list of interim probation violations including an accusation that she stole medications from another patient at drug treatment, and that she skipped appointments.

Before being sentenced Capuano rapidly went through a list of excuses for every violation incident and blamed transportation issues for her absence at scheduled treatments before breaking down in tears.

Judge Charles Zambito sentenced her to shock probation which consists of 6 months in jail and 5 years’ probation.

He told Capuano this was her last chance and the next step would be state prison.

Kiwanis Club of Batavia celebrates its 95th Anniversary

Press Release:

February 22, the Kiwanis Club of Batavia celebrates its 95th Anniversary. The club’s rich history of performing community service projects for the children of the Batavia community has left its mark in a variety of ways.

The club received its charter from Kiwanis International on February 22, 1923 with 56 original members, including the former Batavia Mayor, Ashton W. Caney, and many other community businessmen and professionals. The mission of Kiwanis is to serve the children of the world, and as one of their first projects, the Kiwanis Club of Batavia started a fresh air program where they sponsored bringing children from the cities into the country for a week. The club began recognizing the top ten students from Batavia and Notre Dame High Schools in 1944, and continues to do so today. The club’s largest project during their first half century included raising over $42,000 to assist in building the city pool at MacArthur Park, which was dedicated in 1962. Following the pool project, the club sponsored the development of Kiwanis Park in the Town of Batavia. The park was dedicated in 1977, and most recently the club helped to convert the park to one that offers specialty equipment for children with developmental disabilities.

During the second half century of the club’s existence, a most significant impact was realized through the Bidding on a Brighter Future Gala event that raised a combined total of nearly $200,000 over five years to assist the Justice for Children Advocacy Center in securing a permanent home. These funds are presently be utilized to renovate a building that will meet the service needs related to assisting children who have been physically or sexually abused.

Other projects started by the Kiwanis Club include a Soap Box Derby, an ice carnival, Farm City Days, a ski tow in Attica, and the Golden Olympics for seniors. The club continues to work tirelessly for the community in a variety of ways. Monies raised through their Pancake Day, Spaghetti Dinner and 5K for Autism Awareness are distributed to local children-centric organizations. Money from those projects also funds several annual community events: Easter Egg Hunt, Thanksgiving Morning Skate, Holiday Tote Project and AMBA Blood Analysis. The club supports Meals on Wheels by delivering meals on a weekly basis, as it has done for nearly 20 years. Most recently in partnership with Genesee County, club members volunteered to maintain the outdoor ice rink at DeWitt Park on Friday nights so the community would have the opportunity to skate under the lights on a weekly basis. The club also partners with the Genesee County Bar Association to recognize outstanding law enforcement professionals from the Batavia Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, State Police Troop A and the Leroy Police Department at their Annual Law Day Dinner.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia currently has 43 members, and is proud of the long-term membership of Kiwanis Past Lieutenant Governor Richard Rung since 1973, as well as that of local Past President Donald Lewis since 1965.

Sen. Ranzenhofer: Executive Budget Proposal Lowers Tax Rate for Batavia Downs

Press Release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) announced today that the Executive Budget proposes a lower tax rate for Batavia Downs. The proposal would provide $1.4 million in tax relief.

“The Executive Budget proposal is a first step to leveling the tax playing field for Batavia Downs. Lowering the tax rate will make the local facility more competitive and ensure a fairer share of dollars are returned to taxpayers through our local governments. I will continue to advocate for establishing tax parity between Batavia Downs and other gaming facilities across the state,” said Ranzenhofer.

Gaming Operation 2017-2018 Fiscal Year: Portion of Net Winnings (%) Executive Budget Proposal:
Portion of Net Winnings (%)
Batavia Downs 35 37
Vernon Downs 41 42
Hamburg Gaming 41 42

The Executive Budget also eliminates mandated spending levels of 10% for marketing expenses and 4% for capital improvements. Under existing state law, the oldest nighttime harness track in the country pays one of the highest effective tax rates among gaming centers in the region.

In January, Senator Ranzenhofer introduced legislation (S7397) in the State Senate that would lower Batavia Down’s taxes paid to New York State by increasing the facility’s portion of net winnings from 35% to 41%. If enacted, the act would take effect on April 1, 2019.

Batavia Downs Gaming, operated by WROTB, is a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. WROTB is a public benefit corporation–owned by 15 Western New York counties, including Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Wyoming, as well as the cities of Rochester and Buffalo. Since its inception, WROTB has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in operating and surcharge revenues to the residents of those participating municipalities.

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

 

Caylen Williams goes in for a layup against No. 13 MCC Feb. 21 (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)

Press Release:

Men’s Basketball Team Falls to No. 13 MCC

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked Monroe Community College (No. 13) for the entire first half in a key Western New York Athletic Association matchup in the Cougars’ regular-season home finale.

Genesee responded to a 7-0 Tribunes run to start the game by rallying back to take the lead at 16-15 with a Rahmel Thompson bucket midway through the first half. The Cougars would go ahead by as much as four points and hold the lead for most of the latter part of the first half until the Tribunes went on an 8-2 run to take a 38-34 lead at the break.

Monroe came out in the second half just as hot as in the first, but this time Genesee’s rally didn’t fare as well before dropping the contest 88-67.

Brian Fobbs and Thompson did most of the damage for the Cougars as the pair combined for 42 points and 15 rebounds. Fobbs scored a team-high 22 points with Thompson right behind him at 20. Fobbs may have had a string of double-double performances snapped, but it didn’t stop the sophomore from still leading the team in boards with eight. Once again, Thompson wasn’t far behind with seven rebounds.

Jarett Haines was Genesee’s other double-digit scorer with a dozen points and he led the team in steals with four and co-led the team in assists with four, as Caylen Williams also registered four assists while adding seven points.

Fobbs’ 22 points moved him into sole possession of fifth place on the Cougars’ all-time scoring list with 1213 points. After starting the game at No. 7 all-time, Fobbs leapfrogged LaShawn Levert (1206 points) and Jason Cornute (1211 points) and now need just 29 more to pass current No. 4 Naquil Jones’ 1241 total.

Departing Cougars from the women’s basketball team were honored prior to their game against No. 1 MCC Feb. 21 (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)

Lady Cougars Fall to No. 1 MCC

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team closed out its home schedule by honoring its departing players and hosting the National Junior College Athletic Association’s No. 1 ranked team Monroe Community College Feb.21.

The Cougars started the second quarter within three scores before the Tribunes pulled away for an 83-39 win. Genesee put up double-digits in three of the four quarters and were led by Rosalyn Sealey and Kierra Perl, who each scored 11 for the Cougars.

Perl also led the team in rebounds with nine and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Jasmine Holmes and Rachel Meyer added eight boards, while Holmes also scored seven points for the Cougars.

Sealey and TaLia Burgess each registered three assists to lead the team, with the latter also adding seven boards.

Rounding out the scorers for Genesee were Burgess and Reika Murota, who each scored three; and Sierra Chudy and Meyer with a pair of points apiece, with the latter also adding a pair of assists.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

30 year old J W Hardy of Batavia has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his part in a violent gang assault last year.
Hardy appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday for sentencing on his felony gang assault conviction stemming from last July’s beating and stabbing of a man on East Main Street.
If it wasn’t for the quick action of first responders Hardy’s victim would have likely died in the attack according to Prosecutors.
26 year old Anthony Spencer of Batavia was also arrested for the assault and his case is still pending.
Spencer is expected to take his case to trial.

Rochester man adds to prison time for Batavia Bank robbery.
25 year old Steven Vega of Rochester is currently serving a 2-4 year sentence on a charge in Monroe County.
Yesterday he added to his term after being sentenced to 3-6 years in prison for robbing the Bank of America branch in Batavia last July.
Judge Charles Zambito agreed with the prosecution that he was already provided a substantial break in his plea deal gave Vega the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement.

Tops says vendors have no reason to worry.
“The Buffalo News” confirmed yesterday that the supermarket chain filing for bankruptcy is telling its vendors that this will have no impact on their dealings.
The company says this is just an internal restructuring and it will be business as usual.
Tops says that food providers or other vendors will be paid in full moving forward but any debts owed before the filing have to be addressed by the court.

Committee approves funding for Jail elevator.
It will take nearly $72,000 to fix the elevator at The Genesee County Jail.
It’s a matter of safety according to Former Sheriff Gary Maha.
Maha who is now a county legislator, told the County’s public safety committee that it is safer to use the elevator to move inmates between floors. It’s also used to deliver meals to inmates.
The Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the expenditure.
The County legislature will be presented a full analysis on the Jail conditions by the SMRT Architects Firm This Saturday Morning at 8.

Families displaced after apartment fire in Lima.
A passer-by driving past an East Main Street residence in Lima reported flames coming out of the front of the house to Emergency Communications at around 9:00 pm Tuesday night.
The caller went to the house and alerted the other residents of the fire while dispatchers requested assistance.
The building contained six apartments that were occupied and all the residents were able to get out of the house safely.
All the residents were displaced from the building and The Red Cross was on scene assisting and continues to help the residents with a place to stay.
No injuries were reported however several family pets were lost in the fire.
The cause of the fire has not been determined but authorities ruled out any criminal act as the cause.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Jail needs almost $72,000 just to fix its elevator.
It’s not a convenience for the inmates, it’s a matter of safety.
Former Sheriff Gary Maha, now a county legislator, told the legislature’s public safety committee that moving inmates between floors is safer with the elevator. It’s also used to deliver meals to inmate cells which otherwise would mean carrying trays up several flights of stairs.
The Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the expenditure.

A Batavia man gets 10 years in prison for his part in a brutal gang assault last year.
30 year old J W Hardy was sentenced this morning for last July’s beating and stabbing of a man on East Main Street.
The assault, prosecutors said, nearly killed Hardy’s victim.

Eugene jankowski

Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski continues to rack up marksmanship awards.
Jankowski finished third in the Bushnell Elite Tactical Sniper challenger in South Carolina.
Competitors hiked 25 miles over three days carrying a 50-pound backpack from one shooting stage to the next.
Jankowski is a retired Batavia Police lieutenant and host of a cable TV on rifle shooting.

A six unit apartment building in Lima is heavily damaged by fire leaving six families homeless.
Authorities said several family pets perished in the blaze that occurred last night.
A passer-by reported to the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) that he was driving by the residence and observed flames coming out of the front of the house. The caller went to the house and alerted the other residents of the fire. All the residents were able to get out of the house safely.
Firemen were able to contain the fire to the front down stairs apartment and were able to bring the fire under control. The down stairs front apartment suffered major fire, smoke and water damage and the other apartments suffered smoke and water damage
The Red Cross is assisting all residents.
The cause of the fire has not been determined but authorities ruled out any criminal act as the cause.

Rochester will not be the final frontier for William Shatner, but the former Star Trek star is coming to town anyway.
Shatner is scheduled to appear April 5th for the screening of the movie “Star Trek Two: The Wrath of Khan”.
The actor who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk will then engage in a live conversation with audience members.
Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Creativity in the Entrepreneurial Zone Conference at GCC

Press Release:

What: Creativity in the Entrepreneurial Zone Conference at GCC

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus ~ Conable Technology Building

Who: Entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and all are welcome!

Background: Do you have a hobby or passion? Ever consider turning it into your own business? Then you won’t want to miss this conference! Genesee Community College will host the fifth annual Creativity Conference: Creativity in the Entrepreneurial Zone on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Batavia Campus.

The Creativity Conference will open for participants to check in at 8:15 a.m. in the Conable Technology Building lobby. The conference cost is $49 per person. For GCC students, faculty or staff, the conference cost is $25 per person. Registration includes a continental breakfast and delicious lunch. Seating is limited, so register today at www.genesee.edu/best under “View our classes now!”

At 9 a.m. conference attendees will be welcomed by GCC’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kathleen Schiefen. Then, the conference will feature keynote speaker, Erica Swiatek. She will address the link between creativity and entrepreneurship as she has demonstrated in her own business, 3600 Escape – a Buffalo based company that hosts escape room experiences.

From 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Swiatek will host a special escape room experience right here at GCC! Participants will work in small groups to look for clues, propose hypothesis and race against other teams to solve the problem first. Anyone registered for the conference can sign up for this special breakout session which costs an additional $15 per person and is limited to 30 participants, so sign up quick!

For those not attending Swiatek’s escape room experience, there will be nine unique and inspiring breakout sessions featuring entrepreneurial leaders from our region to share stories of their own startups, answer audience questions, and inspire the next generation of great new ideas. Conference participants will be able to select three of these sessions to attend. Each session will be offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 noon.

Among the breakout sessions will be:

• Rashaad Santiago, special effect/ make-up artist, Face Off-Season 6 Winner (2014)
• Sue Fuller, owner of Della’s Chocolates in Medina
• Trace George, President/ CEO of VSP Graphic Group in Buffalo, (the official graphic company for the Buffalo Bills) and GCC Alum
• Shawn Ramsey, owner of Canalside Tattoos in Medina
• Maureen Spindler, owner of The Village Photographer in Hilton and GCC’s own visual communications specialist/photographer
• Deb Altrieth, owner of Deb’s Bakery in Batavia
• Rhonda Parker, Writer/ Director and founder of Beaver Alley Studios, Inc.
• Leslie Zink Ward & Geoff Dale, owners of Lovin Cup & Three Heads

Additional sessions will be available and session schedules are subject to change.

At 12:45 p.m. everyone will come together for a sit-down lunch, provided by American Creative Dining served in the centrally located William H. Stuart Forum.

After lunch, the team from Startup Genesee will conduct a powerful wrap-up session for all conference attendees with give-aways and a very exciting announcement sure to help take entrepreneurial ideas to the next level!

The Creativity in the Entrepreneurial Zone conference, presented by GCC has been made possible through partnership with the Startup Genesee Committee and the Ain Center at the University of Rochester’s ongoing support for the “Year of Entrepreneurship” series.

Behind every great business is a great idea! Let GCC be a resource for your idea and your path to success! GCC offers both an Associate Degree and a Certificate program on Entrepreneurship. Check out the options at https://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/business/entrepreneurship/.

For more information, contact Director of Business Programs Lina LaMattina at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6319, or via email: lmlamattina@genesee.edu.

Additional Details can be found through the following links:

https://www.genesee.edu/home/events/creativity-conference/

http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/02/08/gcc-s-creativity-entrepreneurial-zone-conference-inspires-pursuit-one-s-passion

Tompkins Insurance Agencies Promotes LeRoy Resident Kevin Robertson to Assistant Vice President

Assistant Vice President Kevin Robertson

Press Release:

BATAVIA, N.Y., February 21, 2018 – Tompkins Insurance Agencies announces Kevin Robertson has been promoted to assistant vice president, personal lines supervisor. Robertson is responsible for overseeing personal lines account managers throughout the entire Western New York region. He has been with Tompkins Insurance for six years. Robertson holds his New York State Insurance Brokers License for property and casualty, in addition to a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Robertson currently resides in the Village of LeRoy.

Holley Grad graduates basic training for Air Force Reserve

Press Release:

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

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

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

Sabo earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Wes and Carmen Sabo of Holley, N.Y.

The airman is a 2007 graduate of Holley High School, Holley, N.Y.

LCSO: Update Missing Teen Located

Per LCSO Facebook:

*****UPDATE***** Per Dansville PD – Evan Sinsebox has been located.

FULL CANCEL-SUBJECT HAS BEEN LOCATED

*MISSING JUVENILE*

The Livingston County Sheriffs Office is assisting the Dansville Police Department with a missing juvenile.

Missing is 15 year old Evan Sinsebox. Evan is 5’7 140 pounds with Brown hair and blue eyes. He is possibly wearing a blue hoodie and dark pants or sweats.

Evan may have a hand injury that is bleeding. He is missing from the area of Chestnut Ave in the Village of Dansville but resides on Jay Knapp Road in Ossian.

If located please call 585-243-7100.

Morning News Briefing

Student under investigation for making threats at BOCES in Batavia.
Local Law Enforcement is looking into alleged threats made by a Batavia High School student to shoot people at BOCES.
The unnamed student was taken to Buffalo for a mental health examination yesterday.
Genesee county Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster:

The potential threat of a school shooter is keeping everyone extra vigilant following the latest incident in Florida.
Assistant superintendent at Batavia Boces Julie Donlon says the threat has been addressed and the school will start up as usual tomorrow.

Donlon says the school is will be offering specialized training in the region to help schools recognize and deal with potential threats.

Livingston County Law Enforcement Search for Missing Teen.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Dansville Police are continuing to look for 15 year old Evan Sinsebox of Jay Knapp Road in Ossian.
The missing boy was last seen near Chestnut Avenue in the village of Dansville.
He is described as 5 foot 7 inches approximately 140 lbs with blue eyes and brown hair.
Evan could possibly be wearing a blue hoodie and dark pants or sweatpants and may have a hand injury that is bleeding.
Anyone with information on Evan’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100.

 

Council President is a real hot shot.
Eugene Jankowski of Batavia was awarded for finishing in Third Place for the Trooper Division at the Bushnell Elite Tactical Sniper Challenge held last weekend in Clinton, South Carolina.
During the team competition the members must carry their rifle and gear between the nine separate stages of fire based off of real life military and police incidents.
In total teams hiked around 25 miles over three days in natural terrain carrying an approximately 50-pound backpack.
Jankowski is a retired City of Batavia police lieutenant and current president of the Batavia City Council.
More than 100 competitors from all over the country attended the event.

A New York lawmaker wants the state to pay to put school resource officers in all New York schools.
Senator Patrick Gallivan says the funding should be included in the 2018-2019 budget.
The school resource officer program is currently in place in only some school districts.
It places trained law enforcement officers inside schools to help deter negative situations.

Weather records were broken in Rochester on Tuesday.
The high temperature at the Greater Rochester International Airport was 70 degrees, which broke the old record of 62, according to the “Democrat and Chronicle”.
A dramatic drop in temperatures is expected for Wednesday, with forecasters predicting highs in the 30s and a chance for snow on Thursday.

Shooting Threat Investigated at Batavia BOCES

Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster

A Batavia High School student, attending BOCES, is under investigation for threatening to shoot people at his school.
The student, who has not been identified, is undergoing a mental health examination in Buffalo.
Genesee county Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster is handling the case

The threat of violence in schools is top of mind since the murderous rampage at a Florida high school recently.

Julie Donlon, Ast. Superintendent BOCES Batavia

 

Julie Donlon is the assistant superintendent at Batavia Boces. She says Boces is taking the lead in offering specialized training int the region to help schools recognize and deal with potential threats:

Donlon assured parents that this latest threat is under control and that Boces is safe for the return of students on Thursday.
The school has been on a winter break.

BOCES student in Batavia suspected of making threats of violence

An unnamed BOCES student is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation in Buffalo after allegations that he made threats of violence at the Batavia campus.

What the student said or wrote, if anything, remains unclear, however initial investigation has characterized the threats as vague without specific reference to how the student would actually carry out the alleged acts.

Batavia’s Superintendent Chris Daily confirmed he notified local law enforcement after being made aware of the threats.

The name of the student is not being released and he has not currently been charged.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said that the student will be charged if there is enough evidence that he committed a crime.

Brewster said local law enforcement takes these kinds of threats seriously and they will act on them.

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

 

Morning News Briefing

An altercation on Center Street in Batavia leads to charges for three.
47 year old Raymond Cook and 28 year old Rae Cook both of Clinton Street Road in Bergen along with 33 year old Lyndsay Wilcox of Center Street were all arrested and charged with second degree Harassment following an incident last Thursday in the city.
Raymond Cook was accused of holding someone’s arms during the fight while Rae Cook was accused of striking someone in the face and head multiple times.
Wilcox allegedly struck someone as well in the scuffle and all three were released with appearance tickets for March 6th in Batavia City Court.

Couple accused of using coke and driving with their infant from Attica.
39 year old Joseph Marr of Attica and 29 year old Jenna Josephite of Batavia were both arrested by Genesee County Deputies following the alleged incident on Thursday.
Deputies say they used cocaine in front of their one year old baby before driving with the child from Attica to Batavia.
They were both charged with Endangering the welfare of a child.

Burglary in Batavia lands an Otis Street man in lock up.
Following a domestic dispute last week at an East Main Street address in the city officers arrested 28 year old Cody Eaton of Batavia.
He was charged with two counts each of Burglary, Criminal Contempt and Petit Larceny.
Eaton was arraigned in city court and committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Super 8 worker arrested for phony record keeping.
40 year old Joseph Blatchley of Pratt Road in Batavia was arrested following investigation accusing him of removing and altering business records at the Super 8 Motel on Oak Street.
He was charged with Falsifying business records in the first degree and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court this afternoon.

Tops Markets headquartered out of Western New York could be filing for bankruptcy.
On Saturday, “Bloomberg News” reported that Tops could file Chapter Eleven to stay in business.
The head of the union representing more than ten-thousand Tops workers says they’re working to deal with enormous debt.
It isn’t known if the chain will have to sell any stores.
As of now, the supermarkets will be open for business.

Forecasters are warning that unseasonably warm temperatures could cause ice jam flooding Upstate.
Highs are expected to reach into the 60’s in the region over the next couple of days.
Snow melting and rainfall could raise water levels, shifting ice jams and causing unexpected flooding.
The National Weather Service has a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued for the entire Western New York Region reminding residents who live along rivers or streams to take extra precautions.

Evening News Briefing

Tops Markets, Batavia

Tops Markets is saying nothing about growing reports of their financial troubles.
Over the weekend Bloomberg News reported that the Williamsville based grocer could file for bankruptcy as early as this month.
The union representing almost 12-thosuand Tops workers say it’s been monitoring the company’s financial health for months.
Tops operates the largest free-standing supermarket in Batavia.

 

A Town of Batavia couple accused of driving while doing dope with their baby in the car.
29 year old Jenna Josephite of Main Street Rd and 29 year old Joseph Marr of Attica were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Authorities said the two used cocaine in front of their one year old child and then drove under the influence of the drug from Attica to Batavia.

 

State Police arrest an Alden woman for a violation of Leandra’s Law.
Troopers say they stopped 47 year old Deanna Carhart for speeding on Crittenden Road in Alden.
They said Carhart was driving drunk with a 9 year old child in the vehicle

 

The journalism dean at SUNY-Stony Brook is calling on the Board of Regents to offer “news literacy” lessons in classrooms throughout New York State.
Howard Schneider says the alternative could be generations of young people unable to distinguish fake news from the real thing.
Stony Brook’s Center for News Literacy has been offering courses in news literacy since 2007 that are now used by 22 other colleges in the U.S. and in ten other countries.

Final Land Acquisition Made for National Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke

Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has completed the final acquisitions of an additional 60-acre parcel and a 77-acre parcel in Pembroke, New York that is required in order for the VA to construct the new Western New York National Veterans Cemetery. With the acquisitions complete, Schumer is now urging the VA to swiftly begin construction of the cemetery this year. Schumer said with the two newly acquired parcels the cemetery will effectively double in size. Schumer said once constructed, the new Veterans’ Cemetery in Genesee County, will be the first and only of its kind in the Buffalo-Rochester area and will save thousands of military families from having to travel upward of 100 miles to visit their loved ones at what is now the closest vet cemetery in Bath, NY. Schumer said now it is vital the VA begin the cemetery’s construction.

“I applaud the Department of Veteran Affairs for overcoming this last impediment and acquiring these two land parcels. With this final hurdle cleared, I urge the VA to stick to a swift construction timetable and take the steps to begin the Western New York Veterans Cemetery construction this year. Making this cemetery a reality has been one of my top priorities, and now the VA has a clear path to begin construction. I am elated the VA heeded my calls and I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition,” said Senator Schumer. “This cemetery’s construction guarantees Western New York’s veterans will have the proper burial, at a site close to the homes, families, and the very communities they dedicated their lives to defend and serve.”

Previously the VA purchased a 132-acre site bordering on Indian Falls Road and State Route 77 in the Town of Pembroke as the site of the new veteran’s cemetery but required these two additional parcels before construction could begin. Schumer explained the new cemetery design calls for the main entrance to be built through this 60-acre parcel of land so that veterans, their families, and cemetery visitors can access the cemetery from Indian Falls Road, rather than via the busy State Route 77 corridor. Schumer said both parcels are located adjacent to the existing 132-acre cemetery site that was purchased by the VA in 2014. The VA had advised last year that before the VA could acquire these two parcels needed to begin the cemetery’s construction, a buried gas line that traversed the 60 acre and 77-acre parcels needed to be plugged and then relocated. Per the timeline provided by the VA to Schumer’s office in June 2017, the VA aimed to begin construction approximately six months after purchase of the 60 and 77-acre parcels, followed by the opening of the early turnover area for burials a year later in 2019.

Evening News Briefing

Tops Markets, Batavia

Tops Markets is saying nothing about growing reports of their financial troubles.
Over the weekend Bloomberg News reported that the Williamsville based grocer could file for bankruptcy as early as this month.
The union representing almost 12-thosuand Tops workers say it’s been monitoring the company’s financial health for months.
Tops operates the largest free-standing supermarket in Batavia.

 

A Town of Batavia couple accused of driving while doing dope with their baby in the car.
29 year old Jenna Josephite of Main Street Rd and 29 year old Joseph Marr of Attica were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Authorities said the two used cocaine in front of their one year old child and then drove under the influence of the drug from Attica to Batavia.

 

State Police arrest an Alden woman for a violation of Leandra’s Law.
Troopers say they stopped 47 year old Deanna Carhart for speeding on Crittenden Road in Alden.
They said Carhart was driving drunk with a 9 year old child in the vehicle

 

The journalism dean at SUNY-Stony Brook is calling on the Board of Regents to offer “news literacy” lessons in classrooms throughout New York State.
Howard Schneider says the alternative could be generations of young people unable to distinguish fake news from the real thing.
Stony Brook’s Center for News Literacy has been offering courses in news literacy since 2007 that are now used by 22 other colleges in the U.S. and in ten other countries.

GCC Athletics Update: Results of Swimming Regionals

Cougars are runners-up

Press Release:

Cougars Finish Second and Fourth in Swimming Regionals

The Genesee Community College swimming teams concluded their third and last day of competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Northeast District Swimming Championships at Monroe Community College Feb. 18.

The Cougar men’s team finished as regional champion runner-up, while the Cougar women’s team finished fourth.

The highlight of the last day of competition was the setting of another men’s relay school record. The foursome of Nathan Richardson, Joan Ferrer, Ferran Martinez and Brandon Brown finished with a new record time of 3:19.53 in the 400-yard freestyle.

The men’s relay team was just one of seven top-three finishes on the day that was highlighted by three individual first-place finishes – two by the men’s team and one by the women’s team.

Two of the three first-place finishes were in the 200-yard butterfly. Nanako Shiozawa took first in women’s competition with a 2:24.55 time and Martinez did the same in men’s competition with a 1:58.71 time.

Matthew Langerman recorded Genesee’s other first place; in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:02.32).

In addition to the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay, two other individual Cougars were runners-up in individual competition with both coming in the 200-yard backstroke. Angel Priest was second in women’s competition with a 2:21.39 time, while Richardson was second in men’s competition with a 2:02.41 time.

Ferrer rounded out Cougar top-three finishes with a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.

Genesee’s 464.5 points were only second to host Monroe, who finished with 631 on the men’s side. On the women’s side, Fashion Institute of Technology took first with 512 points followed by Monroe (414), Erie (312) and Genesee (220).

The Cougars finished ahead of seven other schools combined in both competitions and now Genesee gets set for the NJCAA Nationals in Florida next month.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Swimming Regionals

 

Nanako Shiozawa finished second in two events during the second day of NJCAA Swimming Regionals at MCC

Press Release:

Second Day of Regional Swimming Competition Completed at MCC

The Genesee Community College swimming teams completed the second of three days of the National Junior College Athletics Association Region-III and Northeast District Championships with the men’s team in second with 317 points and the Cougar women’s team in fourth with 163 points after 26 events.

Genesee finished in the top-three in 10 different events.

Three Cougars recorded first-place finishes that included Ferran Martinez, Joan Ferrer and Nathan Richardson.

Martinez captured the 400-yard individual medley (4:22.10), Ferrer took the 100-yard butterfly (54.06), and Richardson was first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.68).

Genesee finished second in six different events including two relays.

Nanako Shiozawa finished runner-up in two 100-yard events that included the butterfly (1:03.04) and the breaststroke (1:16.07).

Angel Priest was second in the 100-yard backstroke, while Benjamin Vacanti was second in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Two men’s relay teams also took second that included the 200-yard medley (1:45.27) and the 800-yard freestyle (7:26.58).

The 10th Genesee swimmer with a top-three finish was Brandon Brown, who finished third in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:53.58 time.

Matthew Langerman, Richardson, Martinez, and Ferrer comprised the 800-yard, second-place relay team; while Richardson, Vacanti, Brown and Ryan Mahaney were all part of the 200-yard medley relay team.

The men’s team currently trails leader Monroe by 100 points, while the women’s team is 80 points out of third behind Erie.

Day Three begins with preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 18 and finals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at host Monroe Community College.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

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

Brian Fobbs (center) dunks the ball against Niagara Feb. 17 as he moved into No. 7 all-time on GCC’s career scoring list (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)

Press Release:

Men’s Basketball Team Rallies from Double-Digits Late in Second Half for Comeback Win

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team trailed by as much as 10 points in the tail end of the second half, but went on a 13-2 run to re-take the lead with four minutes left. Both teams were tied with 78 seconds at 65 apiece, but clutch free-throw shooting proved to be the difference in giving the Cougars a 71-66 win against visiting Niagara County Community College Feb. 17.

A pair of Cougars decided the game in the final 30 seconds. The second of Jordan Smart’s free throws put Genesee up 67-65 and ended up being the deciding score, but Caylen Williams added another four charity-strip scores with the first pair coming with 13 seconds and the insurance free throws with just four seconds to seal the win.

Niagara built as much as a four-point lead in the first half at 20-16 with six minutes left before Genesee rallied late in the first with a 14-6 run to close out the first half with a 30-26 lead.

Current National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Basketball D-II Player of the Week Brian Fobbs led the team in points with 31 and rebounds with 11 in recording yet another double-double performance. His 1,191 points moved him to No. 7 all-time among GCC scorers by passing Melvin Council (2001-2003) and now Fobbs needs just 21 more to leapfrog into sole possession of fifth place on the career scoring list.

Although the starting guard has a nation-leading 27 points-per-game, he has averaged 32 during February and he also continues to lead the nation in rebounds-per-game with 13.5.

Jarett Haines and Rahmel Thompson each added 13 points, but Haines also recorded tam-highs in assists with six and steals with four. Thompson was second on the team in rebounds with five despite only playing 26 minutes.

The Cougars close out their regular season home schedule against conference-leading Monroe Feb. 21 with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. The Tribunes are also nationally-ranked at No. 9.

Kierra Perl (far right) battles under the boards against Niagara Feb. 17 (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)

Lady Cougars Post Back-to-Back Seventy-Point Performances

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team may have come up on the short end in their contest against Niagara County Community College, but the team has had one of its most productive offensive surges in its last two games.

The Lady Cougars put up 76 points in an 86-76 loss Feb. 17 to NCCC and combined with their previous game’s total have averaged 73.5 points during the past two games for the most points in consecutive games when not winning this season.

Genesee got out of the gate hot while building an 8-0 lead and kept the game close at 22-20 after the opening-quarter of play. Their best quarter came in the second when the Cougars took a six-point lead into halftime by a 43-37 margin.

The Cougars stayed close and were tied in the dying seconds of the third at 58 before the Thunderwolves went on a roll to take the contest.

While the offense has been there it has also come by committee with five Cougars recording double-digit performances.

Rosalyn Sealey led the way with 21 and Kierra Perl added 14. Both Jasmine Holmes and TaLia Burgess scored 13 each, while Reika Murota added 11.

Burgess’ team-leading 12 rebounds gave her a double-double, while Sealey also led the team in assists with seven and steals with four. Holmes just missed a double-double with nine boards and had a pair of blocks.

The Cougars close out their regular season home schedule against conference-leading Monroe Feb. 21 with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. The Tribunes are also nationally-ranked at No. 1.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Tops Friendly Markets may be close to bottoming out.
Leading financial news organization Bloomberg is reporting Tops markets and Winn-Dixie are close to filing bankruptcy with an announcement expected as early as this month.
Tops operates the largest stand-alone grocery store in Batavia.
Newer grocery shopping options like Walmart, and Amazon are building competition for regional chains like Tops making it harder to compete in an already tough business.
The Williamsville based supermarket chain has around 170 stores across New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont.
It remains unclear what kind of impact filing bankruptcy would have on the supermarkets approximate 15,000 employees, or if any stores will be closed.
The company has made no official comment.

Batavia parents arrested for driving infant from Attica on drugs.
Following investigation into an alleged incident early Saturday Morning deputies arrested 29 year old Jenna Josephite of Main Street Road Batavia and 39 year old Joseph Marr of Nesbitt Road Attica.
The couple allegedly used cocaine in front of their one year old child then drove with the child while under the influence from Attica to Batavia.
Both were arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and issued appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court.
Josephite is scheduled for March 8th and Marr for March 13th.

Troop A takes in an Alden woman under Leandra’s Law.
47 year old Deanna Carhart was stopped by State Police for allegedly speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign on Crittenden Road in Alden.
Police allegedly found her driving with a 9 year old child in the vehicle while intoxicated.
Carhart was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law and was released with an appearance ticket for Alden Court.

District Attorney says he’s done with deals for Sex Offender with second thoughts.
The drama continues with the case of convicted child molester Marlek Holmes.
In his last court appearance on Friday, Holmes tried to back out of a sentencing deal again.
That deal would dismiss remaining charges against him in return for a sentencing cap of 25 years.
After a half-hour of talks with his lawyer, Holmes decided to stick with the original offer.
D-A Lawrence Friedman said it’s possible Holmes could back out again but his deal will not get better.

Bills Safety Marries Social Media Star
An Instagram model has made an honest man out of Bills safety Jordan Poyer.
Poyer married Rachel Bush in Jamaica Saturday.
They met in 2015 through Twitter and have a daughter.
“The Buffalo News” reports that the bride wore a Bills garter.

WBTA Sunday News

Tops Friendly Markets finding the grocery market is not to friendly these days.
According to Bloomberg, one of the nation’s leading financial news organizations, Tops markets is ready to file bankruptcy.
The announcement could come as early as this month.
Tops operates the largest stand-alone grocery store in Batavia.
With low margins and increasing competition the grocery business has always been challenging.
With additional competition from non-traditional grocers like Walmart, and on-line groceries like Amazon, traditional chains like Tops are threatened.
Tops is headquartered in Williamsville. The company has had no comment.

 

Pastor Allen Werk

Active shooter training draws a big response in Batavia.
St. Paul Lutheran Church on Washington Avenue hosted the training yesterday with deputies from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Over 100 people attended.
St. Paul’s Pastor Allen Werk

Audio Courtesy: 13WHAM

A similar class is planned at Grace Baptist Church on Vine Street in Batavia on February 25th.

The case of convicted child molester Marlek Holmes seems like a never ending saga.
In his last court appearance on Friday, Holmes tried to back out of a sentencing deal again.
That deal would dismiss remaining charges against him in return for a sentencing cap of 25 years.
After a half-hour of talk with his lawyer, Holmes decided to stick with the original offer.
D-A Lawrence Friedman said it’s possible Holmes could back out again but his deal will not get better.

A Batavia man suffered burns to his arms in a fire on Porter Avenue.
The fire was reported in a garage at 17 Porter last night.
Batavia firemen said damage was minor and the fire was nearly out when they arrived on scene.
The unidentified burn victim was treated at UMMC.

GCC Athletics: Men Swimmers

Ferran Martinez (fourth from left) and Nathan Richardson (third from left) finished 1-2 in the 200 IM at NJCAA Regionals

Press Release:

Men Swimmers Shatter Two School Relay Records in First Day of Regionals

After the first of three days of National Junior College Athletics Association Region-III and Northeast District competition complete, the Genesee Community College men’s team is second with 131 points and the Cougar women’s team is fourth with 76 points after 11 events.

Ten different individual swimmers qualified for final competition and both men’s and women’s relay teams also advanced.

The highlight of the day was two new school relay records recorded by the men in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:32.05 and the 400-yard medley with a 3:42.06 time.

Ferran Martinez, Joan Ferrer and Brandon Brown were a part of both record-setting relays. Ryan Mahaney was the fourth member of the 200-yard freestyle, while Nathan Richardson was part of the 400-yard medley.

The best finish individually came at the 200-yard individual medley where two members of the men’s team took first and second. Martinez won the event handily with a 2:00.59 time, while Richardson was second at 2:05.08.

The men’s team did almost as well in the 500-yard freestyle after taking first and third. Matthew Langerman posted a winning time of 5:06.58, while third-place went to Brown with a time of 5:15.08.

Also notching a third-place finish was Mahaney in the 50-yard freestyle with a 23.55 time.

The women’s team had a pair of top-three finishes in individual competition with Angel Priest finishing as runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:26.02 time, and Natalie Amico finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle at 6:07.37.

Both the men’s and women’s relay teams finished in the top-three in the 200-yard freestyle with the men at second and women in third (1:50.78) with the latter foursome comprised of Zulwena Alberto, Nanako Shiozawa, Priest and Amico.

Day two begins with preliminaries at 10 a.m. tomorrow – Feb. 17 – and finals again scheduled for 6 p.m. at host Monroe Community College.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Saturday News Briefing

Batavia Sex Offender attempts to back out of sentencing deal.
A pattern of delay tactics and appeal attempts is becoming evident in the numerous cases brought against convicted child sex predator Marlek Holmes.
Holmes was scheduled to appear in Genesee County Court yesterday after sending a letter to appeals attorney Timothy Murphey stating that he had changed his mind on the sentencing deal that capped his sentence to 25 years satisfying all remaining charges in Genesee County.
Holmes was transported from the Correctional Facility in Auburn to Batavia where after 30 minutes talking with attorneys, Holmes decided to stick with the original deal.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said it’s possible Holmes could back out on the agreement again, however he will not be afforded a better deal.
Friedman said he would pursue convictions on remaining sex offender violation charges and a persistent violent felony offender status for Holmes that would potentially lock him up for life.

Henrietta Swim Coach cat-fished by Police pretending to be teen girl.
37 Matthew Lincoln of Henrietta was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Lincoln who was the head coach for the Golden Comets Swim Club was accused of engaging in sexually explicit online conversations with a child believed to be 16 years old.
After allegedly sending nude pictures of himself to the child he set up a meeting to engage in sexual activity.
Unbeknownst to Lincoln, the child was actually an undercover Brighton Police Investigator and he was arrested.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, a maximum of life, a $250,000 fine, or both.

An Erie County contractor will spend weekends in jail for the next four months.
24 year old Mathew Hardesty of Blasdell was accused of taking money to build a fence for a Batavia customer and never doing the job.
Hardesty made restitution but only after facing a longer jail term.
D-A Lawrence Friedman described Hardesty as a con-artist.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia is holding special Active Shooter training for leaders of local congregations.
St. Paul Pastor Allen Werk says the training will address what individuals and groups can do to be prepared for the worst.
He said one issue the training will not address is whether parishioners are safer with guns in church

The training will be offered this morning at 10 at St. Paul’s Church on Washington Avenue.

Evening News Briefing

An Attica woman is accused of using a stolen credit card to run up almost 300-dollars in charges.

The Genesee county Grand Jury has indicted Leah Wimmer of Attica on two felony counts.

Authorities say Wimmer used the stolen credit card at the Rite Aid on Prospect Avenue in Attica back in September.

 

An Erie County contractor will spend weekends in jail for the next four months.

24 year old Mathew Hardesty of Blasdell was accused of taking money to build a fence for a Batavia customer and never doing the job.

Hardesty made restitution but only after facing a longer jail term.

Genesee County District Attorney  Lawrence Friedman described Hardesty as, ” a con-artist.”

 

 

Pastor Allen Werk

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia is holding special Active Shooter training for leaders of local congregations.

St. Paul Pastor Allen Werk says the training will address what individuals and groups can do to be prepared for the worst.

He said one issue the training will not address is whether parishioners are safer with guns in church

The training will be offered tomorrow morning at 10 at St. Paul’s Church on Washington Avenue.

 

Governor Cuomo is boosting security at schools around New York State following a pair of copycat threats in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting.

Cuomo says there were two incidents this morning in Western New York where students threatened violence and said they would bring guns to schools.

He says the threats, involving the Chautauqua Lake School District and the Randolph Academy in Cattaraugus County, are under control and that both students are in custody.

Troopers make two arrests in school violence threats

Press Release:

On February 16, 2018 at 9:05 a.m., Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) responded to Chautauqua Lake School for a threat of violence reported to school staff. The school initiated a lockout while State Police investigated.

The investigation revealed that a possible threat of violence could exist at Ashville BOCES. Ashville also went into lockout and additional Troopers and BCI responded. During this investigation, a 17-year-old student at Chautauqua Lake and a 15-year-old student from Ashville BOCES were taken into custody under the state’s mental hygiene law. Subsequently, the lockouts at both schools were lifted.

Both students were transported to hospitals for evaluation, and this investigation is continuing.

Active Shooter Training Offered in Batavia

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was invited by St. Paul Lutheran Church leadership to present Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training or ‘CRASE’ for short, to address what individuals and groups can do to be prepared for the worst.

St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor Allen Werk has been the Chaplin for the Sheriff’s Office for the past 5 years.

He was taught on administering the CRASE training after completing it along with other local deputies.

The training will focus on how to avoid, deny access, and potentially defend yourself against the threat of a shooter.

One hot button issue the training doesn’t address is whether congregants are safer with guns in church.

The Pastor said that is a decision better left to the congregation.

St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting the special training event for community congregation leaders tomorrow, February 17th at 10 a.m.

Turn 27 Blue Endorses Nate McMurray for Congress

Nate McMurray

Press Release:

Turn 27 Blue proudly endorses Nate McMurray for Congress. For the first time in a generation, Democratic leaders, who normally endorse, have joined ranks with grassroots activists to make a strong endorsement in this year’s congressional race. We believe that Nate has what it takes to represent the people of Western New York. His impassioned and energizing campaign is already gathering the momentum and support it needs to win in November.

Nate McMurray is an experienced businessman, dedicated public servant, and Western New York native, who believes that families should have access to quality healthcare and education, that full-time work should come with a decent paycheck, and that elected representatives should represent their constituents, not their donors.

Turn 27 Blue brings together voices from the county Democratic Chairs and from many of the district’s dedicated activist groups. We endorse Nate because of his demonstrated ability to work across the aisle as Town Supervisor of deep red Grand Island, NY and his dedication to improving the lives of hardworking Americans. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of this group of county Democratic Chairs and grassroots leaders. I’m confident we are going to turn the 27th District blue, and I’m eager to take this fight to Chris Collins,” Nate said, in response to the news.

Michelle Johnston Schoeneman, a resistance leader in the 27th and member of Turn 27 Blue, said “we were incredibly impressed with Nate’s passion for Western New York, his platform for bringing jobs and prosperity to the area, and his ability to persuade people who have never voted for a Democrat that he’s the person for the job.”

Over the past several months, Turn 27 Blue has hosted public forums, meetings, and interviews with the several talented and dedicated individuals running. “From the start, our goal was simple: identify the best candidate to beat Chris Collins,” said Judith Hunter, Chair of the Livingston County Democratic Committee, “and create the best possible conditions for victory in November. Each of the five announced candidates has something to offer, and we are grateful that they volunteered to serve. We are extremely proud to conclude our process by supporting Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination.”

As the candidates traversed the 27th and met residents from every county in the district, one thing was clear: “from the pending ethics investigation against him to his decision to ignore his district in favor of his wealthy donors, people were fed up with Chris Collins and his cronies,” said Jeremy Zellner, Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee. Chris Collins’s arrogant disregard for his constituents and his support for extreme policies that directly hurt New Yorkers has remade NY-27 into a competitive district.

Jamie Romeo, Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee added, “we urge everyone who cares more about Western New York’s economy than tax cuts for the rich, who cares more about affordable healthcare for our families than favors for donors, and who cares more about a true representative of the people than a talking head who rushes onto cable news to talk about anything but the needs of his constituents, to support Nate McMurray for Congress.”

GCASA Foundation announces scholarship

Press Release:

Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Foundation will award two $1,000 scholarships, one to a Genesee County student and one to an Orleans County student.

GCASA Foundation supports the work of GCASA and other non-profit organizations in Genesee and Orleans Counties. Several organizations have received mini-grants to help sustain the crucial work they do in our community. Now, individuals pursuing a degree in health sciences or human services can apply for scholarship money that will help them pay for college.

The board of directors of both GCASA and GCASA Foundation are committed to providing quality services. Educated, skilled employees and board members are the necessary for effective service delivery. GCASA Foundation Board President Brian Paris states, “GCASA is excited to once again be providing scholarship funding to Genesee and Orleans County residents. We are dedicated to supporting our mission and this creates a strong alignment in this regard. It is our goal to produce positive community change and we understand this begins with the commitment and education of future generations.” GCASA Foundation has been pleased to honor some exceptional students in the past.

Individuals whose primary residence is in Orleans or Genesee County and who have been accepted at an accredited college in an eligible program such as social work, nursing, health science or human services are encouraged to apply. Scholarship criteria and applications are available in high school counseling offices throughout both counties and on-line by visiting www.gcasa.net.

Warsaw Man Accused of Taking Peeping Pics

45 year old Douglas Uberty of North Main Street in Warsaw was arrested and charged with Unlawful Surveillance in the second degree following investigation into an alleged incident at Walmart in Batavia in June of last year.

Uberty is accused of using a cell phone to take photos under the clothes of a person while at the store.

He was issued an appearance ticket for March 1st in Batavia Town Court.

St. Paul Lutheran Church to Host CRASE Training

Press Release:

St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting a special training event for community congregation leaders tomorrow, February 17, at 10:00am, to assist in preparations should an active shooter situation occur in their church.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was invited to present Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training, which addresses individual responses and actions as well as group preparations. The training has been developed in partnership with Texas State University and is funded in part by the United States Department of Justice. “We are pleased to assist Pastor Werk in educating congregation leaders on the appropriate actions to take should an active shooter situation arise,” stated Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

“This training affords congregation leaders the opportunity to come together to talk about ideas they may want to implement in their own churches should the unthinkable occur. We pray this will help all our churches be better prepared if the inconceivable happens,” stated Pastor Allen Werk.

For More Information, Contact: Pastor Allen Werk 585-721-4218

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Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.



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